27 August 2015


 If you are reading this, it is probably close to the time when you go back to school. Here is a list of things you can do to help prepare you for the school year. Score your school supplies early. Beat the rush, avoid traveling to more than one store, and relax. Consider letting someone else do the shopping. Use a service like educate where you pay a flat fee to have all your child's supplies delivered to his/her classroom on the first day of class. Plan a wardrobe. Instead of buying things all willy-nilly, make a plan -- see what fits and is still fashionable from last year. Look for "holes" in the wardrobe (in other words, what's missing), and shop accordingly. You'll save time, money and stress. Plan some outfits. To keep the first week of school stress-free, plan out five cute outfits. Make sure they're comfortable and you like them. Attack the closet. Try to organize your closet and to keep it organized. Try using labels, bins, or shelves. Make a plan for success. What worked last year (in terms of homework and studying) may not be a perfect fit this year. Be open to new ideas and be willing to make adjustments as necessary. Set up a place to study. Many students find it helpful to have a desk stuffed with supplies in a quiet place. That way, they have somewhere peaceful and well-stocked to work. Set up study station long before school starts. Jump-start your knowledge. If you're a student about to enter into first-year french, consider buying a phrasebook or dictionary and doing a little studying before the course actually begins. You may also find it helpful to brush up on previous knowledge that may help you in this year's classes. Plan lunches. It's important that a student has a healthy and tasty lunch packed when they go to school. That way, they won't eat cafeteria food or things from vending machines; those are high in calories and low in nutrition. If you're a student, work out a healthy meal plan for yourself, or if you're the parent, make sure you pack nutritious things for your children. Update at regular intervals. It only takes a few minutes to ensure that things are running smoothly and to make any necessary adjustments. It doesn’t have to be anything as formal as a “family conference,” rather, it can be as simple as a five-minute conversation with your student and a quick room inspection.

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23 August 2015


Welcome to a new trend in beauty: hair chalking. I’ve been hearing this term floating around amongst the “hipsters” of Tumblr and decided to do some research. Turns out, it’s actually the coolest non-committal beauty trend I’ve seen in awhile! So, what exactly is hair chalking? It’s taking your hair and using either regular chalk or specifically made hair chalk to color your hair. Crazy? Maybe. Fun? Definitely.

What you need to know about hair chalking:
1.       It can be done to ALL hair colors and types; blondes, brunettes, redheads, all without the use of bleach or dyes.
2.       If you use soft pastels chalk from your local arts store, be sure to not use oil pastels.
3.       Blick is a good brand to go for.
4.       There is also a brand called HairColorChalk, which makes hyper pigmented chalks specifically intended for hair.
5.       If you have dark hair, you should lightly moisten it before applying the chalk.
6.       If you have blonde hair, do not moisten your hair or it WILL stain.
7.       To apply just twist your hair, then rub the chalk into and around it, small sections as a time.
8.       You can have fun with the style! braids, fishtails, buns, beachy waves, etc.
9.       Before you shower and wash your hair, brush out as much of the color as you can.

Step 1: Spray a 1-inch section of hair with water. You don't need to soak the entire strand, just go as high up as you want the color to be.
Step 2: Color on your hair with one of the pastels. I recommend choosing about three colors, and putting one at a time in your hair. Start with the lightest shade first, since, as you can see, the color gets all over your gloves and you'll end up with a muddied version of the same hue throughout if you go dark to light.
Step 3: Wait for your hair to air dry. This was the hardest part for me - I was so anxious to see the final look!
Step 4: Using the curling or flat iron, go over each colored strand. This sets the colors in your hair, so it will last longer. Then brush and style however you normally would! The color stayed in my hair (which is naturally medium blonde)for about a week, while my friend's (who bleaches her hair washed out the next day. The best part about this technique is that it works for girls with darker
hair too, although the color is much more subtle.

Is it really that easy? Yes! You too can have My Little Pony, unicorn or mermaid hair for the weekend, and still show up to work on Monday looking like your buttoned-up professional self.

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20 August 2015


If there’s anything fashion people are as fanatical about as getting their hands on their favorite designers’ collections each season, it’s getting into their favorite workout classes each week. They all have their alliances, whether it’s to a particular yoga teacher, a state-of-the-art Pilates reformer class or a boutique spin studio, and, naturally, they're not going to show up in just any old pair of sweats. Having the right high-end workout gear has become just as important. Of course, this phenomenon is not limited to the fashion community, though the industry has seen an uptick in sports-inspired clothing and activewear as daywear in 2015. Activewear sales are booming, and the active sports category is the fastest-growing segment of the market. It’s really based on the trend towards activewear as daywear and weekend wear, which we’ve seen as a fast growing theme on the runways for the past few seasons. With more fashion-minded people adopting this trend, it’s natural for many labels to create product that speaks to what consumers want and are wearing.
In line with that thinking, a number of traditional ready-to-wear and accessories brands have added an activewear category to their offerings in recent months, with H&M, Old Navy, Juicy Couture, and Free People among them.

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14 August 2015


 I have actually gone back and forth about this post today! I was going to post it…and then I wasn’t….and then I was going to… and then I wasn’t… and now if you are reading this, I guess I decided just to DO IT!

Today I am 23 YEARS OLD! I normally don’t like to announce to the world that it is my birthday – but with a few little pushes from people that I love, I decided to make a special birthday post today. 

Birthdays have always been super special in my life. I have always loved parties, presents, cake, ice cream and spending time with friends and family. I remember when I was little I had LISTS of items that I wanted out of magazines or things I saw on commercials. As I got older my lists slowly turned from pages long into one thing: gift cards and cash!

I decided though that today… I am going to have fun! I may be getting older, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t celebrate! In fact –  it seems like we are ALWAYS doing things for other people and never for ourselves. Do you agree? {Full Time Gays Job Description} There is no better day to celebrate YOU… than on your birthday! Just because we are grown, doesn’t mean we can’t love our birthdays!! In fact, each of us are even more special TODAY than we were yesterday. So why stop celebrating?

I am so grateful to be alive! I am another year older. I have had so many blessings come into my life this year – one being YOU!