Sweet Designs Featured Writer

Age 14, California

Joined the SDM Team: May 2007

Why I Write for SDM: I'm all about expressing myself through writing, and Sweet Designs serves as that creative outlet.

Activities, Sports, Interests: Interests? Horoscopes, tangerines, the many different dishes that involve potatoes, rainbow print suspenders, indie films, laughter and applause, poetry that doesn't rhyme, red iPods, unlined journals, magic 8 balls telling you what you want to hear, computer lingo, and animal rights, of course! ;]

Favorite Authors: Now we're getting deep! haha. Uhm, let's see ... Janet Fitch, Augusten Burroughs, David Sedaris, Mark Bekoff, and Holiday Mathis.

Favorite School Subject: Above all, English and Journalism.

Favorite Movies & TV Shows: Project Runway, The Office, Weeds, and Boy Meets World :]

I listen to: Anything with a beat! My most frequently played are Amy Winehouse, The Dresden Dolls, Feist, Fiona Apple, Immortal Technique, Jack Johnson, Jewel, Joss Stone, The Kooks, KT Tunstall, Nellie McKay, Nouvelle Vague, Regina Spektor, and The Shins.

Most Important Values: Respecting non-human animals and getting a good education.

I enjoy: The end of the day when I'm in my bed writing in my journal, and I'm warm and cozy with about five minutes before I fall asleep.

Future Plans: Some kind of college, and being an extremely indie / underground singer nobody has really heard of.

Cara's Articles
2-08 National Ferris Wheel Day?
12-07 Go Faux!
12-07 Testing, Testing
11-07 Reduce Your Stress with Yoga
9-07 The Top Selling Albums of All Time
8-07 Six Stress Busters [for Teens and Everyone]
7-07 How to Save a Cell Phone
7-07 Throw a Party!
6-07 Playdough?! NO WAY!
6-07 The Keys to Your Dreams

What I'm All About: Friends, expressing myself in poetry form, dancing to stupid pop songs, and accomplishing tough tasks.

A Favorite Quote: "I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go. Things go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they're right. You believe lies so that you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself. And sometimes good things fall apart so that better things can fall together." - Marilyn Monroe

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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