There are few things I love more than museums. It’s the perfect year-round activity that you will find me enjoying quite often. I also really love ice cream. So you can probably imagine that the combination of such things would make me most excited. And you would be oh so right. Last week, I was given the opportunity to go to the Museum of Ice Cream with my family and some friends for my Dad’s birthday. Yep. THE MUSEUM OF ICE CREAM. Even the small act of typing those words still manages to get me excited.

I had seen so many pictures of this museum, so I was beyond ready to go and take a look at it myself! The museum is here in NYC for the Summer, but tickets have been sold out for months. From ice-cream sandwich swings, to a giant pool of sprinkles, it was easy to see why everyone had been raving about it! This place literally felt like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory with edible balloons, candy-themed decorations, and a large array of ice cream samples. You better believe I was in my happy place.

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We were greeted at the door by boysenberry ice cream with crushed biscuit, a situation I’m still raving about honestly.

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From there, we moved into the room with the edible balloons. The balloon itself was made purely of sugar, but was filled with helium, causing for a room filled with people with high-pitched voices. Now that I think about it, it probably wasn’t the healthiest for me to be consuming as many of these as I did. But hey, it was so worth it.

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After participating in building the worlds largest ice cream sundae, and walking through a chocolate wonderland of sorts, the time had come for us to venture into the headline attraction of the sprinkle pool. This thing was insane. Watching the  kids (and adults) frolic in this pool was more entertainment than I ever could of imagined.

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I’m still finding it hard to believe that this place exists, and would like to send my deepest gratitude to whoever decided to make it. I had so much fun and it was such a great way to spend the day with my Dad (a man who loves ice cream almost as much as I do), and I’m hoping it will be back next Summer! Be sure to sign up for ticket updates if you would like to go but haven’t got a ticket! Hope you have a great week.

Sincerely,

M xo

This Summer has been a Summer full of hard work and opportunity. If there is anything I have learned, it is that you have to hustle to get what you want. Sure, I’m only a rising Sophomore, I have some time to figure out what I want to do with my life. And while this might be true, I’m not one to make excuses and slack off. There’s too much I want to do in the next couple of years for me to adopt the mindset of “I have time”. And while I’m sure it might have been nice to have dedicated the three months to nothing but decompressing from the school year I just completed, I have many more Summers to do so, and I am honestly so glad that I decided to continue working hard in different ways over the past few months. There is so much that I have been blessed to be part of, but the one organization that stands out to me is My Social Canvas.

My Social Canvas is a social enterprise fashion brand that involves students from across the nation. This brand markets its product as “designed for girls, by girls”, and truly upholds this message. All products produced through My Social Canvas are designed for a variety of social causes by girls from all walks of life.

MSC is passionate about giving girls a voice and opportunity, and perfectly encompasses this through their campus representative program. The campus rep program gives High School and College girls access and an exclusive insight into the world of Sales, Marketing, Public Relations, Communications, and Fashion. I am so honored to announce that I am now a campus rep for MSC! I am so blessed by this company, and the team behind it.

Lisa, the founder and CEO, is passionate about fashion, social responsibility, and female empowerment; and embodies all of that through My Social Canvas. The way Lisa and I were connected was completely God-orchestrated from the beginning. My Mom was originally introduced to her at church through a friend, and after hearing more about Lisa and her mission, knew that I would be so excited to get involved (which I was)!

 

 

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Me and Lisa on the day I became a Campus Rep! 

 

 

Since becoming a campus rep a little over a month ago, I have already been given so many opportunities through MSC. One in particular, was being invited to HerConference with Lisa as a VIP guest.

Her Conference was held in the Financial District downtown, and consisted of college girls from across the country involved in HerCampus. HerCampus is an online magazine dedicated to the college girl. With hundreds of chapters, HerCampus has gained a strong presence in the life of the typical college girl, marketing itself as “a Collegiate’s guide to life”. This conference was such an amazing event. It was so great to hear from the Co-Founder and President Windsor Western, Rebecca Minkoff, as well as many other female entrepreneurs and professionals in the fashion industry. The whole experience felt totally surreal. Here I was, at age 15, hanging out with some of the most inspiring women, who all shared the same passion of female empowerment. UNREAL!

 

 

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Repping MSC as Rebecca gives advice on how to ‘make it’ in the Fashion Industry

 

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Lisa and I taking advantage of the photo-ops! 

In addition to HerConference, I also attended the MSC Campus Rep Job Shadow day just last week. This day was an opportunity for a few of the campus reps to unite, and explore what life in the industry is like even further. These Campus Rep days are an annual affair, and are truly unforgettable opportunities. MSC always gains access into the most incredible places. In the past, they’ve visited magazines such as Marie Claire and Seventeen. This year, however, we visited DVF, Elle Magazine, and Rebecca Minkoff, and as you can probably imagine, it was incredible! All of us campus reps were blown away by the genuine kindness of everyone we met, further disproving the whole ‘devil wears Prada’ stereotype. I have so much respect for everyone we met. These people, the ones that have the power to say what’s cool and what’s not, are just regular people who worked their butt off and are now doing what they love. Now I don’t know about you, but to me, that is more than enough to get me inspired and motivated.

 

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The entrance at DVF! So beautiful, right?! 

 

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This staircase was the centerpiece of the building, and went all the way to the top where Diane’s office is! 

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The entrance at Hearst! How amazing?! And, that’s rain water flowing. Yep. Hearst Tower is one of the most environmentally green buildings in the city!  

 

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It was SO good to be back at Hearst! I had been once before last Summer when I visited Seventeen and Cosmopolitan with FIT, but I was so happy to be back! 

 

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It’s kind of hard to see, but all the magazines have their names frosted on the glass of their entrances in Hearst, and I think it’s so pretty! 

 

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Overlooking the city from the 49th floor! CRAZY! 

 

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THE GOODIE BAGS! Oh man, I LOVED the gifts they gave us! Both DVF and Elle gave us gifts and I’m obsessed! 

Something else that is unique about MSC is that a lot of the designs they produce are through design competitions. Girls from all over enter their designs into the competitions MSC holds in partnership with other well known brands, and a panel of seriously well-known judges pick their favorites to be produced! Something that is so special about this, is that not only is the girl’s design produced, but she is also featured with the design. Recently, I was able to attend the Ivy League Designathon MSC held in partnership with Alma Mater! Girls from all the Ivies came together to design new school apparel to be produced if they win! Events like this are so innovative and cool to be part of.

In addition to working with students, MSC has also worked with some Syrian girls, and has featured them, and their designs in their ‘Art of Hope’ campaign. I am so blessed to be part of a company that is doing so much for girls across the globe and is truly changing the culture of the fashion industry.

For anyone who would like to connect with MSC, or buy some of their products (they’re pretty amazing, just FYI), head to their website here. I am so excited for the days to come for My Social Canvas, and am so blessed to be part of it all.

Sincerely,

M xo

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Hello my lovelies!

I do hope you are well. Today I am going to be talking about something that I have gained a new perspective on over the past few years. And that is, suburbia. I grew up in a small beach city on the east coast of Australia. And while Newcastle (my hometown) is considered a city because it has a cathedral, it’s not exactly what I would consider to be a “bustling city”. In fact, Newcastle is way more suburban than it has ever been urban. And so, with this in mind, you can probably imagine just how much my perspective on cities changed once I moved to NYC.

There are so many things I instantly appreciated in assimilating into a “city lifestyle”. However, there were also plenty of things that I began to miss/appreciate way more about a suburban lifestyle. So today, I am going to share my top 5 picks of things that city kids (like myself), appreciate about suburbia.

 

1. Drive thru everything! 

As you can probably imagine, drive thru’s basically do not exist in Manhattan. There is one McDonald’s drive thru in Harlem but that is literally it. Everything else requires you to walk in and get your food the old fashioned way. Now while this doesn’t feel like a massive chore when you’re doing it, it’s when you leave the city, and experience the ease of getting food from the comfort of your car, that you realize just how much of a luxury it is. I’m not kidding when I say that I got so excited when I saw a drive thru Starbucks, I literally screamed. Yup. I’m not sure my parents enjoyed hearing my excited squeals as we drove past, but nonetheless, the excitement was very much present.

 

2. Grocery shopping with a cart.

Living in Manhattan, the weekly food shop looks a little different to how it would be anywhere else in the world. Instead of being able to load up the shopping cart with the supplies for the week, and then afterwards load it all into the car and drive home, New Yorkers tend to get food as they need it. Unless opting for a delivery service (in which case, go crazy), New Yorkers only buy what they can carry. With this in mind, having the luxury of a car and huge supermarket is definitely something that suburban kids don’t think twice about, but is truly a novelty for people like myself. It is so refreshing to buy food and not have to worry if you’ll be able to carry it home.

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3. Backyard activities. 

Those who know New York, know how limited space is. Therefore, no one has huge backyards like they do in the suburbs. Don’t get me wrong, the parks and public areas in NYC are amazing, and I am so thankful to always be so close to them. However, there are some things that you can really only do in a backyard. One example of this, is S’mores. As an Australian-New Yorker, my experience with S’mores had only ever been over the stove top– so I was craving the real experience. So, this Summer, when we finally had access to a fire pit, making S’mores was one of the first things we did. And man oh man– it did not disappoint!

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4. Quiet streets. 

OK, now while living in Manhattan is a whole lot of fun, it certainly isn’t quiet. I mean, I guess it is ‘the city that never sleeps’, but when it’s 2am, the sounds of people outside or the faint ringing of sirens can seem obnoxiously loud. That is why, coming out to the quiet streets of the suburbs where you can walk around without the constant fear of being run-over, can be so refreshing. Now I’ll admit, it took me a little while to get used to things winding down a whole lot earlier. I was in Ocean Grove, NJ with a few friends a couple of weeks ago, and at about 10pm, we found ourselves having to walk around so quietly, because everyone had already gone to bed. This definitely does not happen in Manhattan, but it’s certainly nice to hear the sounds of crickets late at night again.

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5. Being able to see the stars.

I love to look at the stars. I don’t know what it is, but there is something that I find so comforting in star-gazing. Being in NYC for most of the year however, does not allow me to have any view of stars too often, as they are masked by thick layers of light pollution. This reality is one that was frustrating at first, but ultimately led me to even more appreciate the opportunities I was given to see the stars. I think it goes without saying that I have simply adored having a clear view of the sky this Summer.

 

Well, there you have it! My top 5 things city kids appreciate about suburbia. While it has been fun to venture out of the city a little, my heart is still, and always will be in NYC. If you’re a city kid, and have any other things that you appreciate about suburbia, let me know! I would love to hear from you. Additionally, let me know if you would like to see a post on my favorite things about living in NYC, I would be more than happy to share!

I hope you all have a great day! Talk to you soon.

Sincerely,

M xo

 

 

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Hello my lovelies!

I do hope you are well. Today, I am talking about something extremely close to my heart, and that is, memorizing scripture. In the Eighth Grade, I memorized the book of Ephesians, an act that took more courage and endurance than I’ve ever needed. I had already memorized the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) in the Seventh Grade, however I was still utterly terrified to dig into this huge project. Now I wish I could tell you that what I thought would be difficult wasn’t, and that I had a beautiful experience. I wish I could say that, but it wouldn’t be the truth. The truth is that memorizing Ephesians was not easy. In fact, it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.

What I believe made this project so difficult, was that it forced it’s way into my life, a reality that all of hell continuously aimed to thwart. I knew the only way that I would ever be able to memorize the book word for word, would be for me to say it every day. However, I thought I didn’t have the time to recite this passage (which takes 30 minutes to say) every night.  It was in this experience though, that I realized that I did have time to recite it every night, and that the “I have no time” excuse really does not have any validity in it. You do have time. It’s your priorities that are getting in the way of tasks such as these. Personally, I began reciting Ephesians as I was getting ready for bed. However, by the end of the year, I found myself reciting it several times a day. This practice became part of my everyday routine, something that I didn’t even think twice about.

When embarking on this huge project, I never thought that it would have as large of an impact on my life as it did. I personally believe that the words you speak out have absolute power, and I have been raised to speak out only with love. And while I have always believed that words have power, I never realized just how much power they have. In my every day practice of reciting Ephesians, I learnt more than I ever could of imagined. Speaking out the truth of God on a daily basis ultimately made it become apart of me.

They say that you become like those you spend time with, and so by me speaking out the words of God (through Paul), I became more sensitive to the Spirit and His likeness than I had ever been before. By speaking out the truth in Ephesians, I eventually began to (unintentionally) live it. I began walking through life with the knowledge that I have been saved by grace and that I am God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for me to do.

As a fifteen-year-old girl in Manhattan, I am constantly faced by (and measured against) the best of the best. Whether this be in regards to beauty, school, dance, theater, athletics, popularity, this reality is one that constantly lingers. Because of this, it can be so hard sometimes to remember my worth when I’m constantly being compared to someone older, smarter, and prettier than I. However, in memorizing large portions of scripture, I have an advantage that not many of my kind have; I have the advantage of knowing the truth so well. And through that, having the ability to recognize what comes from God and what doesn’t. I know that I am a child of God, so perfectly crafted in my mothers womb. No part of me is a mistake, no part of me is unworthy. I have been created in the image and likeness of God Himself, and I am more than enough. Those are some pretty bold statements, aren’t they? But it’s because of my unshakeable knowledge of the word and truth of God that I can believe them wholeheartedly.

I am so thankful for the task I was given in memorizing scripture. And I am so thankful to my mentor who guided me through it. To those who don’t believe that scripture memory is necessary, let my experience show you otherwise. To those who think they can’t memorize large portions of scripture, you can. Trust me. And to those who would like to memorize scripture, but don’t know where to start, email me at madelinechadbanblog@gmail.com. I would love to guide you, and possibly even partner with you through this process.

I hope you all have a wonderful week.

Love,

Madeline xo