Monday, December 11, 2017

Elements + A Little Change To My Blog!

Water is something interesting. Sometimes it can literally save your life. We do need it to live. Other times though you seem to drown in it and it suffocates you until you don't need it anymore. Sometimes there is just too much. Some people say rain is god crying. I very much disagree. That's just sad and rain should not be sad. But then again it's not good either. It's just somewhere in between. I would say rain is god both cleansing and feeding the earth. Everyone has a water in there lives that they can't live without but can also kill them in the process.

Earth is what makes us whole. It is what we are and what we do and who we are. It is our home. It is everything. It gives us life. Sometimes though it gets angry at us and moves a bit. Because like all beings. It has feelings. It can't help but get mad. Just as we can't help but feel. But feelings are natural Just like earth.

To breathe we need air. It's Oxygen. Breathe in. Breathe out. Calming. Invisible. But essential to everything. A gift from the trees. Without air we would be corpses without a heartbeat because it is what makes us go and move and survive. But air can also come in it's full force and seem to just knock the air out of us. It can push you and make you stumble. It both gives and takes away.

Fire. Usually a destructive force. It can some suddenly. Just a flash of those autumn colors we love and then everything is gone. It can almost bulldozer everything and leave nothing but ashes behind. But then again. Isn't fire supposed to be what made us humans as in actual humans and not cave men? It lights our homes with just a flip. It cooks our food and warms us on cold winter nights. It's beautiful.

There are so many different elements to this world. Things that makes us who we are. It is what we are, how we think, what we like, and what we do. They are all elements of us. There is a good and bad to pretty much everything in this world. You just have to look on the good side and you will be a million times happier.

I think one reason people are sometimes so down is because they have this mindset that some things are good and some things are bad. Sometimes yeah this is true. One area where this isn't true? People. People are so complex and everyone has a good and bad side.

So that was different. Lol. So I was thinking about my blog lately and I realized I hadn't done one of my more.... I don't really now what to call them. Like all of the posts on my blog that aren't lifestyle for example this one or this one  or this one.  There like writing posts and I've called them poems in the past but something like this post wouldn't be considered poetry and I put them in the same category in my head. I think for now I'm going to call it my writing. So anyway I was thinking how much I love doing posts like this and how I haven't done one for a while mostly because I feel like there not long or good enough I guess. Starting now there will be more posts like this sometimes on my regular posting day which is Monday but also I will be doing a little extra post for you guys on Thursdays sometimes! 


What do you think this means? Do you like these types of posts from me? What something awesome you did this week? Are you excited to see more of this stuff from me? What kind of post would you call this? 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Interview With Jaiya Victoria A 10 Year Old Model, Actress, and Dancer

Hello you guys! Today I'm pretty excited for this post because I have an interview with Jaiya who I met on Instagram recently! Soooo she's basically famous. Like she has a IMDB page which in my book makes you famous. She's also a dancer and model and skater and drummer and everything else. Did I mention she's 10??? Like this is not fair. So I decided she was like the coolest person so I messaged her and asked her if I could interview her for my blog and she kindly agreed. Let's get started!

In your bio you say you are a dancer, model, and actress but what does that actually mean?
Well it takes a lot of practice and patience and being confident. I take 15+ hours of dance classes per week, plus trying to make time for auditions, and homework of course! 

Ok wow. 15+ hours is super impressive! Who would you say inspires you the most? 
Someone who inspires me is Beyonce’ because she is so brave and confident.

Beyonce is super awesome! If you could have coffee with anyone (dead or alive) who would it be?
Prince because he was so unique and confident.  From the first time I heard Prince, when I was 2 years old, I used to hold onto the Prince CD cover and ask my mom to play the CD over and over and I even brought it to preschool for show and tell I love Prince so much!!  Also King Bach because he is really cool and funny and he does all these try not to laugh videos mostly by himself.

That's so sweet! How would you describe yourself in 5 words? 
Kind, confident, beautiful, amazing, successful.

Love it. What's something that you've done that you are most proud of? 
Shooting Chronicles Of Jessica Wu and it came out on YouTube on November 19, 2017, and I am proud of shooting it because its about a girl that grows up with autism and discovers her own power and grows up to become a crime-fighting hero. You can watch and subscribe at the following link, I hope you do!!

Everyone should go check that out by the way! I've only seen the trailer so far but even that looks super cool! What advice would you give kids your age who also want to do things like act and dance? 
Just believe in yourself and be confident and brave and respectful and trust yourself.

Totally awesome advice! What would your dream day look like?
My dream day would look like a bunch of unicorns and candy and so much fun and happiness and it would never end and you wouldn’t get bored or tired!

OK same. Unicorns are freaking awesome. What is your favorite thing to do? 
My favorite thing to do is dance, watch tv, spend time with my friends, and be myself.

Nice! What is something that you always try to remember? 
I try to remember that I’m perfect the way I am and everyone else should remember that, to stand up for what you believe, and be yourself.

Everyone should totally remember that! 

Make sure to follow her on Instagram (and while you're at it feel free to follow me as well) and check out the series she's in Chronicles of Jessica Wu!  I absolutely love doing interviews like this or general collabs with other people so if you're a blogger or someone with an online presence make sure to check out my collab page as I would love to work with you!

Do you like when I do interviews? Should I do more interviews like this? How could I improve my interviews? What type of post would you like to see more of on my blog? What would your dream day look like?

Monday, November 27, 2017

7 Things I Have Learned About Instagram So Far

So I got an instagram account recently when I turned 13 and I have been really enjoying it so far! I was super excited because my parents said I couldn't get an account until I turned 13. Also no this whole post is not just me trying to get you to follow me. That is what most of this post is about but not like the whole thing. I'm like so funny. So anyway I thought I would do a fun little post where I shared 7 things I have learned about instagram. :) Some of these are tips for other newbies and some are just general life things. Let's get started!

1. Hashtags Are Super Important

Before I started Instagram I realized hashtags were of course a thing but I don't think I realized how much. I know some people who use like 30 hashtags per post which is super impressive first of all because hashtags are actually harder to think of then some people think. For people who have like an amazing feed that is basically all the same you can use the same hashtags but for most people there pictures are different.

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2. Looks Are Everything 

Instagram is how things look. That is the basis of what the platform is about. It is looks and perfection and pretty colors and how things fit together. On instagram I've realized that it's how pretty and how pleasing to the eye the picture is that makes them popular not really how cool they are.

3. It's Harder Than You Think

Like seriously. Before I got an account I'm pretty sure I had it in my head that I would post like ten times a day or something. I love photography and am always taking pictures but I've realized that most of the time those pictures aren't that great. Even posting everyday is pretty hard.

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4. Captions Should be Interesting 

Although as I said above Instagram is all about looks but the captions should also be good. I think one of the best example would have to be paperfury who is an amazing book blogger. Her feed of course looks amazing and like a magical rainbow unicorn library (I'm not kidding) but her captions are also super funny and snarky and interesting. Also I've noticed that shorter captions just about blogging things to better then longer captions about life things. Like are you guys not interested in my wonderful life???? Am I not cool enough for you???? I'm kidding but still that interested me.

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5. Filters Are Addicting

I've never had snapchat or anything and Instagram is pretty much my first social media and seriously the filters are so addicting. A couple weeks ago one of my little baby cousins came over (she's one of the cutest beings on the entire earth) and I was just playing with all of the filters and we got a couple adorable pictures. When I'm bored I literally find myself just taking random pictures of me with maybe the dog filter. I have an actual problem.

A wild bored Nabila. 

6. You Have To Actually Interact With People

Sadly like most of the rest of social media internet things you have to actually interact with people to get interaction. This means liking posts, commenting, and a bunch more stuff like that. I knew this from my blog but I'm realizing it more now is that I'm actually bad at commenting on people's things which sounds weird but let me explain. A lot of times I want to say something nice but genuine and cool and funny but then I think too much about it and just end up putting something like "awesome picture" for instagram or "awesome post" for blogs. This is an actual problem of mine. We all know those people who are genuinely funny and amazing and always make people smile online because that's their personality and I guess that's just not me? I'm not sure. Anyway... We've gotten off topic.

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7. Themes Aren't Essential

I've been debating over this a lot lately and I have to admit I can't really decide but I would say in general this is true. Before I got an instagram I heard a lot about themes and being consistent and all of that general stuff. I've realized that first of all themes are freaking hard to keep up with. It's hard to even find good photos to post and it's even harder to make them actually look good together. Second it's not necessarily essential to have a theme. 

And that's it for today! Make sure to go check out my account  and comment down below your own! I'm not like a stalker but all of you guys are awesome so I want to get to know you! 

Do you have an instagram account? If so what were your first impressions of the app? Have you followed me yet (this answer should of course me yes)? What are some of your tips for instagram? What is your favorite social media app? 

Monday, November 20, 2017

99 Things I Am Thankful For | Thanksgiving 2017

Thanksgiving is IN 3 DAYS and if you haven't already guessed I'm pretty excited! Just the food and the family and the time off and everything just makes me happy. I did a post last year with 29 things I was grateful for and I liked writing that so I thought why not do it again this year? Plus I think for most people writing down what you are grateful for just makes you happy and helps you realize how truly lucky you are. Here are 99 things I am thankful for right now. :)
1. Life
2. Happiness
3. My blog
4. My followers
5. Social media
6. Family in general
8. Friends

9. My besties
10. Isabel
11. Lydia
12. Emma 
13. Alyssa
14. Layla
15. Lexie
16. All of my other friends
17. Mom
18. Dad

18. And my little sis eden 
19. School
20. Everyone who beleives in me
21. Anyone who has ever told me I'm awesome
22. All of the strangers who have waved to me and made me smile
23. The art in my house
24. My house and my bed 
25. My ability to sleep
26. Instagram which you should totally follow me on
27. My phone
28. Photography

29. Theatre 
30. Journalism 
31. Dodie for being the cutest little bean ever and for making amazing music
32. Jessie Paege for having the coolest hair in the known universe and also just being a generally cool human being
33. The rest of my favorite youtubers 
34. Grace Vanderwall who I am hopefully going to see perform in february :)
35. Sabrina Carpender 
36. The Internet
37. My computer
38. Color story for being a cool photo editing app
39. My country aka the US vb
40. Houston

41. Earth
42. Time
43. My voice
44. Songs
45. Music 
46. My brain
47. All of my favroite bloggers!
48. All of the wonderful blog posts that I have read that have made me smile or just think
49. Books

50. Reading
51. My eyes
52. Salad
53. Fridays
54. Saturdays 
55. When I feel productive 
56. The feeling when I finish a book
57. All of the authors in the world
58. The people who inspire me to be me by being truly to them
59. The cheesy inspo quotes that keep me going

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60. Pen and paper
61. Writing 
62. Completing goals
63. My health
64. Tea
65. Water and how it has no taste but this amazing beautiful taste at the same time 
66. My theatre teacher
67. My amazing blogging friends (yes you!)
68. My hair (I like my hair ok don't judge)
69. Netflix
70. My favroite tv shows 
71. Kitty cats 

72. All of the other adorable animals in the world 
73. Fall adorableness 
74. Spring flowers
75. Purple 
76. Rainbow
77. Colors
78. The 8th graders who have for some reason been nice to me especially in my theatre class 
79. Sunrise and sunsets 
80. Flowers 
81. The astros for you know, winning the world series for houston 

82. Technology
83. When I was born
84. My egyptian heritage 
85. Anyone who has ever given me a present
85. People who are fighting for what they believe in and actually fighting the injustice 
86. Emojies 
87. My teachers who I try to remeber don't actually hate me 
88. The english language 
89. The future 
90. Ice cream

91. Brownies 
92. Socks 
93. Rainbow bookstagram photos 
94. Christmas 
95. Thanksgiving 
96. Holidays in general
97. The people who keep me safe
98. Chocolate 
99. Everything sweet

That is a pretty big list. :) If you liked this post make sure to follow me on both bloglovin and also instagram! As I said earlier listing what you're grateful for really makes you realize just how lucky you are. I challenge all of you guys to list at least 3 things you're really thankful for in the comments down below or maybe in a blog post of your own! 

What are you thankful for this year? What are you doing for thanksgiving? Do you celebrate thanksgiving? What is your favorite thing about thanksgiving? What is your favorite holiday? 

Monday, November 13, 2017

My Blog Is 4 Years Old!! // Q&A + Freaking Out + Thank You!

Saturday was my blogiversary and seriously you guys I LIKE DIED AND THEN CAME BACK TO LIFE AND THEN REPEATED THAT PROCESS LIKE TEN MORE TIMES. My blog is officially 4 years old! You might be confused if you go back into the archives on my blog because currently I only have public posts to 3 years back. The reason is because when I started blogging I was 9 and probably the cringiest person ever (anyone who has followed me since my 9/10 year old days will know) so about a year ago I kind of deleted a lot of my posts. I do regret it now but they were terrible so I kind of get it. In honor of my blogiversary I decided to do a fun little q&a which you can either find here or down below!

Interestingly if I remember right my first post was a post about halloween published on (of course) November 11, 2013. I didn't even have like an intro post. I literally just put pictures of me from halloween and then told what I did in even worse grammar then I use now.

At the beginning I had a private blog called Nabila Eve. My content was literally just what I did that day in hard to read sentences because I had like zero idea how to type.

Then I got my parents to let me have a public blog and we redid my site. I decided to change my blog name to Hot Town Cool Girl which is what is it now.

I had the default blogger design and I absolutely cringe at how it looked back then. I also had like ten million gadgets because I was that person. Then I actually got someone to design my blog and that was the first time my blog actually looked ok.

In 2015 I started posting more and thinking about it more but I definitely wasn't invested. I posted mostly really short reviews, interviews, and lots and lots of tags.

For the people who actually liked me at this point or at least commented on my blog you are amazing. This would include Noor, one of the people who really inspired me to seriously start blogging!), Dani, a newbie at the time but someone who was always willing to to talk to me, and Rukiya, an incredibly awesome human being who also hosted the blogger choice awards that year!

All throughout that year I did really grow and I posted quite a bit and I was involved but my posts were not at all the best. My the end of that year I had grown a lot blog and non blog wise and had 27 followers.

2016 was when I really got serious and I think sometime in december of 2015 it really switched for me.

Blog wise the beginning of 2016 was neither good nor bad. I posted a lot (maybe too much at times) and some of my posts were pretty good if I do say so myself. I started to really read other people's blog and started learning a lot about blog design and how to get more followers.

I would say by march I would have started calling myself a true and true blogger. My graphics were actually terrible now that I look back on it (I thought picmonkey was the greatest thing in the world)  but at that point I thought of myself and my blog as pretty cool.

May 2016 might have been one of the best months for my blog at least content wise. I am proud of every single post that I published that month and that's something I can't even say now about some of my posts.

One cool thing I remember in July/August is helping out the awesome Bubbles with her blog. She is one of the sweetest people I know ever and everyone should go check out her blog and tell her she's cool.

At the end of 2016 I officially hit 60 followers which means double then I had the year before. When you look at that in a statistical way that is actually kind of impressive but then you look at my post quality in 2013, 2014, and 2015 and you're like oh yeah that makes sense.

And then begins 2017 which has been an AMAZING YEAR (except for the whole flooding thing but that doesn't count!). I turned 13, I went to a blogging conference, I got instagram (where everyone should go follow me, I started getting real about collabs and working with other bloggers and brands, 108,073 page views, and  last but not least I hit 80 followers on the blog and 100 on bloglovin (where everyone should also go follow me).

It's still so so crazy to think that my blog is actually 4 years old! My blog gives me so much joy and I've met so many amazing people on here so before I end this post I just want to say thank you! Thank you to everyone who stuck with me in the beginning when I was kind of horrible. Thank you to everyone who actually talk to me. Thank you to everyone who reads my blog and comments on my posts. Thank you to everyone who cares. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.  If you liked this post make sure to follow my blog  and maybe possibly share this post and just my blog in general! Think of it as a present to me and my blog on it's birthday. :)

Are you as excited as I am about this? Do you blog? If so link it down below! What's something you're super passionate about? When did you find my blog? 

Monday, November 6, 2017

A Halloween Themed Interview With The Wonderful Edie + Special Announcement That Might Just Include My Blogiversary!

You guys are probably all confused which is ok because YES I KNOW HALLOWEEN HAS ALREADY PASSED. So one of my awesome online friends Edie just started a new blog  (which you should definitely check out)! We started talking again and she asked if we could maybe do a halloween themed post swap type thing and I suggested we do a fun little halloween themed interview. The whole timing thing was mostly my fault BECAUSE I AM HUMAN AND FORGET THINGS. Anyway, so today I'm going to be asking edie some halloween themed questions and she will be asking me some questions over on her blog which you can check out here

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What’s your favorite costume you’ve ever worn for Halloween? 

My favourite costume I've ever worn has to be when I was a pumpkin for my first ever Halloween when I was only a month old.

That sounds so cute! When babies dress up it's always adorable. Favorite thing about Halloween? 

About MeMy favourite thing about Halloween is probably the spooky feels and this year specifically, Stranger Things 2.

I was annoyingly outlawed from watching stranger things because of super annoying parents. Like they say it's "too scary" even though I DON'T REALLY GET SCARED FROM TV! What do you think is the background of Halloween (you can’t look it up)? 

I'm not entirely certain on background of Halloween (which is terrible as it's my favourite holiday) but I know it originates back to Celtic traditions.

4. Yeah it has something to do with monsters and the day of the dead and stuff like that. I actually totally recommend everyone looking up the history cause it's pretty interesting. :) Do you like horror movies? Why or why not?

I love horror movies a lot of the time, but they sometimes annoy me as they don't really scare me, if that makes sense. 

5. Yeah that makes sense! Like it's supposed to be scary but it's not scary so it's really just annoying. What’s the scariest story you’ve ever heard?

Probably one where a hitchhiker ends up being a ghost, it's more spooky than that but it would take up a lot of space to write it all down.

That sounds super spooky! Thanks for being here Edie!

Speaking of halloween I had a pretty awesome one! Halloween was on a tuesday this year and having halloween on a weekday is always interesting. This year I was going to be a cat but then I couldn't find my cat ears so we ran to the store and I found this witch hat so I ended being this cat witch hybrid. I personally thought I looked pretty cute. After school I went to my friends house and them my parents picked me up and we went to one of my sisters friends houses. From there we went to this thing that they do every year but that I have never been to. It was like a cool halloween block trick or treating parade thing. So pretty much the rode is blocked off and the parents just set up on the side off the road with candy and then all of the kids can just go and trick or treat. Pretty much it's just an easier version of trick or treating especially for the parents. I personally like actual trick or treating better but I got a lot of candy so I'm not really complaining. 

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Again make sure to go check out my interview with Edie!  She has some pretty awesome questions that I loved answering and while you're there make sure to follow her blog as she is a super cool human being. Also my blogiversary is in 5 days which is so crazy! My blog is going to be 4 years old which is weird to even think about. Because it's a pretty big occasion I'm going to be doing a fun little Q&A video. Comment down below all of your questions you have for me. They can be funny or serious or whatever.   

What are some questions you have for me? What did you do for halloween? Did you dress up? If so as what? Do you like my costume? What is your favorite thing you have ever been for halloween? What are your halloween traditions? Did you like my costume? Do you like halloween? Do you celebrate halloween? 

Monday, October 30, 2017

How To Take Awesome Photos With Your iPhone

I literally wrote a lot of this before the hurricane so if anything sounds out of place that might be why Hello. It is me. I am here. I am Nabila. Today I am talking about photos. And iPhones (although this will apply to pretty much apply to any phone).

Who will this help?

-Your friends
-Everyone you know
-anyone who has social media
-anyone who has a phone
-and the troll under the bridge
-your little sister

Pretty much everyone. Pretty much everyone who either has a phone or has access to one. If what I looked up was correct, 77% of all American adults own smartphones. I mean that is a lot and doesn't even include teens and tweens. In this post, I'm going to list 13 tips/things you should if you want to get cool photos with your iPhone. These are super user-friendly so don't fret if you are very new to this whole "Taking photos thing". 

How To Take Stunning Photos With Your iPhone

1. Use The Rule Of Three's

I originally heard about this when I was in 4th grade (I think). I was doing this after-school computer club thing where we made silly videos and it was actually a lot of fun (it was pretty much just a bunch of technology geeks which are of course the best people). The teacher who was in charge of the class mentioned the term but didn't really explain it. I asked my dad about it and he explained it to me. Pretty much the rule of 3's says that the actual subject of the photo should take up about a 3rd of the photograph while the other 2/3rds of the photo should just be background. You can find the actual definition here. This doesn't apply to all photos but you should always keep it in mind. Maybe you are taking a picture of a plant. Instead of just getting the plant show the plant and its surroundings. This makes the photo more interesting and unusual. 

2. Put On The Grid Feature

This goes along with the point above. When you put the grid on when you are taking a photo there will be 9 equal squares. This helps so that you can make a photo look exact and use the rule of 3's. It is super easy to turn this on and personally, I think it really helps. All you have to do is go to the settings app and scroll down to the thing that says "Photo and Camera". Once you are there you just have to scroll and tiny bit and then you should see something that as "Grid" that you can turn on. For some people, this makes it harder to take photos as it can be a bit distracting though. 

3. Don't Use Flash

Most of the time flash just makes a photo look fake a weird. Unless it is dark and you are taking a photo with your friends try not to use flash. I did actually have an example but I can't find the photos so you know...

4. Try Not To Zoom

Whenever possible try to physically get closer to whatever you are taking a photo of. Yes, I know more walking is almost never a good thing but it will make your photo better. I, of course, get using zoom because sometimes you have to. Whenever you do zoom in though it degrades the quality of your photo and makes it really fuzzy. 

5. Clean Your Lens

Don't look at me like I'm a crazy person this is a thing. I promise. It is a good idea to clean your lens everyone once in a while. The lens on your camera can get dirty super easy. I mean think about where your phone has probably been in the past few hours. Maybe in your pocket, in that drawer you haven't cleaned in like 10 months, and maybe even a bathroom. That is both gross to think about but it also means that there is probably a lot of dirt on the lens. Any soft cloth will do the trick. If you happen to have one of those things that are supposed to clean glasses than those also work super well for this. 

6. Try To Use The Rear-Facing camera

This means instead of what I like to call your selfie camera or the camera on the screen side of your phone. There are a couple reasons for this. Number 1 is that personally, I think it is a million times easier. Second though and most importantly the rear-facing camera is a lot better quality than the "selfie camera". 

8. Get A Tripod

You might be confused but yes there is such thing as a phone tripod. I was actually looking them up on Amazon recently because I really want one. The average price is about 10-40$ which isn't like that expensive. They are really useful especially if you have really shaky hands which I definitely do. 

9. Pay attention to lighting 

This is really important for basically every photo you ever take. Things like lighting are essential. I kind of have 3 things for. Number one is when you can if you are taking photos outside get the sun behind you. This makes whatever you are shooting a lot brighter and easier to see and less weird shadows. Number two which relates to number one is that you should always use natural lighting when you can. Number three is..... Something. I actually did have a number three and then I forgot because as I said I have memory problems. 

10. Edit Your Photo

Last but certainly not least is edit your photos! I love editing photos and although it might sound complicated it's pretty easy. I use an app called VSCO on my phone which is really easy to use but also has a lot of features. So I personally love VSCO but there are also a lot of other super cool editors out there and there are some like super professional ones if you are willing to pay money for it.

Thanks to Aura (a cool digital picture frame company) for providing me with this awesome graphic!

And that was how to take awesome photos with your iPhone with the one and only Nabila! Actually, though I took a bunch of photos for this post right before the flood (this post has been pushed back and changed dates when it was supposed to be published like ten times) and it's both making me cringe and smile but also kind of frown and I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THEY ARE.

So anyway how is life for you guys? Do you use your phone for photography? Are you a blogger? What are your iphone photography tips? Do you enjoy taking photos? What is your favorite photo you have ever taken? 

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