We are about half way through summer and sadly I’ve been to the beach only a few times. I know, I think last summer I went at least a few times a week. As a… More
This is for the girls like me. You love fashion, but don’t like the word “high-maintenance” because you’re not. You like how you dress and are chill af.
1. You love makeup, but you refuse to spend more than 5 minutes doing it.
You love looking at makeup tutorials on YouTube, but never spend more than a couple minutes doing your own. It’s a classic look you love and have found the best products over the years.
2.You know all the latest makeup trends, you never take time to try them out.
You know every makeup trend and say you want to try them out, but it never happens because you know soon they’ll be onto something else.
3. You’re a pro at getting ready in under 15 minutes.
You can go from bed head to fabulous in under 15 minutes and awe everyone.
4.It drives you crazy when someone else takes forever and you have to wait for them.
You are a little impatient when it comes to waiting for people to get ready. It’s because you don’t understand because you can do everything in a few minutes when it takes others hours.
5. You have hair straighteners and curlers, but never use them because your look is classic.
You have a curling wand and the latest straightener that won’t harm your hair, but you’ll never use them. You like your hair how looks and don’t over think it.
6. Your beauty routine is constant and only consists of a few products.
Over the years your beauty routine has changed. You’ve found products that work and some that don’t. Today you have your small set or products you love and use daily.
7. You love dry shampoo.
It’s perfect for mornings you don’t have time to shower and just need your hair looking your best.
8. You love looking at expensive things but never buying them.
You love reading fashion magazines, looking at all the gorgeous dresses that were worn at the Oscars, but you don’t need anything that fancy.
9. You love online shopping.
You have flashbacks of being a kid and having to try on everything because your mother needed you to. Today you love the convenience of being home and shopping online.
10. For you, feeling comfortable is absolutely key.
You love finding clothing that is cute and comfy af. You have pieces of clothing that are very stylish, but people would never know you actually bought them in the sleepwear section.
11. You have a closet of clothing, but wear the same five things.
You have your favorite pieces, probably the newest things you just bought in a haul. You wear the same few pieces and try different ways to style them.
12. Your nails are never painted.
You love nail art, but don’t see the point of painting your nails. You have a large selection of nail polish you’ve collected over the years, but never use it.
13. You’re chill, but like to look cute.
You look amazing at your 8ams and everyone thinks your outfit took so much effort. But really you got up 15 minutes before your class.
I would just like to start off that this was one of the best experiments I’ve ever done, even better when I did the mentos and diet Pepsi experiments in the 7th grade.
I got this idea because I was getting very annoyed with bras. My top reason was that they are expensive, uncomfortable, and I wanted to find out if they were even necessary. There’s been many studies that there is no benefit to wearing a bra. According to a recent French study, boobs gain more tone and support when you don’t wear a bra. The study found that when you’re wearing a bra “supporting tissues will not grow and even they will wither and the breast will gradually degrade.” That means you’re basically atrophying your boobs when wearing a bra.
A little about my relationship with bras. I’ve been wearing a bra since probably the 6th grade. My bra size is a 32C: not that small, not that big. I started going braless when I started my semester after winter break.
At first, it is a little weird going braless. Before this, the only time I was braless was when I was sleeping. You do feel a little bare and feel like everyone can notice because you’re not used to not wearing anything to support your girls throughout the day.
The first thing I realized was how much more comfortable I was during the day. I’m a broke college student, therefore no fancy Victoria’s Secret bras for me. I would get indents from the wires and was constantly moving them to make them more comfortable.
Then, when the weekend came around, I was getting ready to go out and I thought, “is this too much?” After a few times, I got use to the idea and I gained more confidence about my boobs. I always wasn’t very positive about them because they’re not that big.
When I was working out or wearing a shirt that I thought was too revealing to wear to class without one, I wore a bralette. What I would do is buy a sports bra that looked very similar to a bralette and it was one of the most comfortable things ever. I would wear it under all my open knit sweaters. My name sweater got a classic sexy look.
Lastly, I want to comment on the comments I got for going braless. The first thing I would like to say is that no one realized I wasn’t wearing a bra. The people I told were very supportive of the project and gave me advice on my outfits – seeing if you could tell I wasn’t wearing one or if it was too inappropriate.
The last thing I want to talk about is how guys viewed it. I would like to say first and foremost that a way a woman dresses is not an invitation and I didn’t do this to get any type of attention from guys. But I did get a response from a guy I was talking to at the time. I told him what I was going braless and he said, “so you’re trying to get fucked?” First off, I think any girl doesn’t have to not wear a bra to get hit on. Also, going up to a girl and instantly looking at her chest isn’t going to get you anywhere.
After the end of the month, I took out all my bras from the dresser and put them away. The only reason I would ever wear one now if for some reason I had a formal event where it was mandatory. With bralettes being as cute as they are and as comfy, there doesn’t really seem to be a need for me to ever own a bra again.
Going through Etsy is one of my favorite things to do when I’m trying to “take a break” from doing my homework. A little over a month ago I came across MiniCamplt. Mini Camp is an Etsy shop that sells mainly teepees for pets and children. When I saw it I knew I had to get one for my little puppy.
What I love initially about this teepee was how easy it was to put together. I’ll be honest, I suck at putting things together and initially had thought, “where do these poles go?” After I figured out that they were used along the base to hold together the teepee, it took me about two minutes to put together.
There are many teepees for sale on Etsy, some are very colorful, and others are classic canvas. What I love about this one is it’s not overly flashy. There’s little details that make this teepee cute and adorable. The front has little balls going down the opening and can be tied back. The same little cotton balls go around the pet bed that is also included with the teepee. This tent is all about the little details. The top poles sticking out have two larger pom poms hanging from it.
My advice when getting a teepee is get a few pillows to fill out the back, especially if you’re getting it for a child. This will make it more comfy and also the same Etsy company sells adorable pillows.
There a few things I love about living off campus. The first is no more gross dorm food and the other is no room inspections. Therefore, I can have all the lava lamps, wine, and most importantly, candles I want. Now that I have this freedom I wanted to try out some interesting scents and came across, Ahnas Sweet Soy Candles and asked them if they wanted to make a partnership.
The owner, Ahna, absolutely loves to be crafty and creative. When she became interested in learning the art of making scented soy candles at home, she became obsessed with it. She was inspired to create something different and unique, something that would really reflect herself and her love of all things sweet, girly, and pink.
1. Fruity Loops
This was the first one I wanted to try out because I had no idea how this would make a candle. The best part about soy candles is they last longer, are less toxic and in my opinion, have a better smell. This candle smelled just like the cereal you loved as a kid.
Each candle comes with two pieces of taffy, something I didn’t know. I was having a rough day and this turned it right around.This candle is my favorite to light when I wake up in the morning. It’s very welcoming and reminds me of home cooked waffles.
I got these candles right before Valentine’s Day, and this was the best candle for that day. It’s perfect for when you want to smell something sweet, but are too lazy to cook anything.
If you want to relieve stress, you have to actually relax – it’s one of the most important aspects. In college, it’s easy to realize how much stress you’re under, but it can sometimes be difficult to find an easy way to relieve it. In my opinion, exposing yourself to a good scent and creating a relaxing environment is a very easy way to relieve stress.
In my opinion, bath bombs are perfect for a night when you can make your own spa day, but not for the everyday. Bath bombs tend to be more expensive and sometimes even a little overwhelming. If you want a classic comforting bath – try bath melts.
I loved how natural these bath melts felt. Bath melts from IrishWildAtlanticWay are free from detergents, propylene glycol, SLS/SLES, paraben and other unnecessary ingredients.
Another and probably the best thing about bath melts is the price, especially being a college student. One bath bomb can be as much as ten dollars, while you can get 8 melts for the same price.
When I was in elementary school I honestly would never be caught dead in velvet. For some reason, I thought it was the equivalent to wearing Crocs to a formal event. But there is not one trend right now that I’m more obsessed with.
Starting off with the most classic and traditional way to wear velvet. These are perfect for the winter months when you don’t feel like wearing pants. Cause, well 8 am’s are probably the worst.
Even though everyone said to ditch bodysuits in 2017, I will try to keep the trend alive and I want you to also. The reason being is it is impossible to get the perfect tucked in look. Also, they are great to show off the shape of your body.
3. Sock boots
When you think of velvet, the last thing you probably think about is them on shoes, but there are actually a bunch of new shoe designs using velvet that I just love. These are perfect for going out or honestly just wearing to class when you want to look a little dressy.
Velvet black chokers are cool and super popular, but I love the colored velvet choker. Even colors you wouldn’t think would look good, for example green looks great.
There are so many different types of velvet dresses that are popular. My three favorite are the wrapped dress, slip dresses, and bodycon dresses.
This one surprised me the most that I decided to put it in the article. I said earlier that I never liked velvet, well the same goes for jumpsuits. I never thought they were flattering to body types, but there’s something about a black velvet jumpsuit I love.
7. Crop Tops
If you love wearing crop tops, but believe that you can’t wear them pass the warm summer weather, velvet crop tops create the perfect opportunity to wear them out in the winter months.
In August of 2016 I started Isotretinoin which is most commonly known as Accutane. “Accutane is a form of vitamin A. It reduces the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin, and helps your skin renew itself more quickly. Accutane is used to treat severe nodular acne. It is usually given after other acne medicines or antibiotics have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms.” (Source: http://www.drug.com).
Starting Accutane was honestly one of the weirdest experiences ever. What I’m talking about is I went to the dermatologist and they asked me what kind of treatments I looked into. The second I mentioned Accutane, my doctor immediately got a smile of his face.
The reason I decided to write this blog is because being on Accutane is a process and I wanted to give support to people who are currently taking the drug. I am in no way a doctor and if you’re experiencing any side effects you should really call your doctor because honestly, my medical knowledge I owe to Grey’s Anatomy.
I’m writing this in my last month of using Accutane. The reason I decided to do that was because when I got on Accutane I was freaking out over the side effects and went to YouTube for comfort. What I found there was a bunch of other people freaking out about the same thing I was. So you can guess it didn’t make me feel any better. I wanted to write this with a clear head and not in a rant type of fashion.
What I experienced month one: 30mg a day
The biggest – and pretty much the only thing – my doctor told me about being on Accutane is it makes your lips dry AF. I never thought this would affect my life at all, but it made me super self-conscious because I always thought people were looking at my lips. During the second week, they started to bleed on the creases of my lips. Also, my gums started to bleed.
The second or third day of Accutane, I made the biggest mistake you could possibly do while on Accutane: I dyed my hair. Accutane is very powerful and even that early everything was starting to dry out. I completely burned my scalp and it was horrible.
With Accutane, it’s normal to break out initially. My acne was never cystic and was only on my face. I never had severe acne, it was just extremely persistent. I was on topical creams and antibiotics and my skin always had pimples. Within two weeks on Accutane, my face completely cleared up.
The biggest thing during month one that freaked me out was my hair. After dying it, my hair started falling out like crazy and like any normal person, I started Googling (which is the worst thing to do). When this happens to you, just relax – you’re not going to go bald. My hair definitely thinned out, but no one could tell.
Before Accutane, I had very very oily skin to the point where I would shower midday and have to put on my makeup again. On Accutane, I can put on my makeup at 7am and it looks the same at 3am.
The first month of Accutane, I was in a lot of pain physically. I had horrible lower back pain to the point that I wasn’t sleeping and would have to take medicine for it to go away.
Last thing I want to touch on is your mood while on Accutane. Every month at your doctor appointments you have to be counseled. Accutane has a warning that is causes depression and suicidal thoughts. My mood during the first month was very unlike myself – it made me super irritable and more impatient than I already am.
My tips for month one:
Skin: Moisturize (I’m the worst at this). The best thing to do is leave a bottle of lotion in your shower and put it on every time you take a shower. It’s way better to moisturize before it becomes a problem.
Hair: Don’t wash it every day. I had very oily hair and would have to shampoo my hair every day.
During Accutane your body doesn’t produce oil; therefore, I only conditioned my hair. Lastly, on hair: no heat products during Accutane – it’s so bad.
Take the Internet with a grain of salt. Yes, I get this is ironic because of this article, but you should still read all of mine. When I was worried about my hair, it just stressed me out more watching videos and going though ance.com posts. But, the Internet is great for finding products that work to solve any Accutane problems.
After spending all day today inside because of a snow strom and being stress about school, I can’t wait for spring break. The only problem with looking cute at the beach and also being a college student is bathing suits are expensive AF. Amazon is a great source to get cute and aforadable suites.
1. Cute One piece you can wear as a body suit also
“Wore this on my trip to Hawaii. Everyone was jealous. Haha. I usually hate how my booty looks in suits but this one actually helped me out! Has a little loose fit which is nice! Would definitely recommend. No padding but that’s fine with me.”-
2. Tropical print bikini for the perfect insta
“Alright, I’ll admit it. I’m actually shocked by how much I like this swimsuit. I’m very skeptical about ordering brands that I don’t know, but I decided to give it a shot after reading the reviews (mainly because so many of them had pictures). I ordered the size small. I’m 5’6″ and 115 pounds, wear a size 30D in bras, and the small fits perfectly. Seriously, the bottoms fit better than any other I own. The top looks like it could be the tiniest bit bigger (it just looks too narrow) but I still love it. I really inspected the whole swimsuit and didn’t find any issues. I would definitely recommend it, and I may even consider other options from this seller. ” Amazon customer
3. Sporty two piece for anyone who loved R&B
” I was very impressed with this swimsuit. I did not have very high expectations and was very surprised with the quality of this once I received this. It actually looks and feels like a swimsuit and has the breast padding included as well. It took about 4 weeks to get here but that was expected. I believe it was worth the wait for the low price and good quality of it.” Amazon Customer
4. Cute lace top that will look perfect on the beach
“This is a very pretty suit! There’s nothing that I am upset about and it looks really sophisticated. I love to mix and match the top with different bottoms. The lace is not itchy when you’re wearing it, and the suit itself is made with a nice quality material. The padding in the cups is pretty thick, but does not have an underwire. Overall, I am happy with is suit and recommend getting it!”- Amazon reviewer
5. Mesh one piece that will look perfect with shorts
“Its a great one piece swimsuit! I never thought i would feel sexy in a one piece but i do in this! I am 5′ 2″ and 144lbs. I bought a medium and it fits perfect. Ive washed it a couple times already and holds up well. I like that it has adjustable straps.” Amazon Reviewer
6. The Lace up trend is still not over
“This top is so unique, I haven’t swam laps in it yet, but I’m gonna safely assume this top isn’t going anywhere! You can adjust how close each triangle is with the halter string. In the photo, I didn’t adjust the top so the crosses look a little loose but that is easily fixable. The bottoms are nice, I like the cheeky look and this covers just the right amount where it’s not too much skin. ” – Amazon Reviewer
7. Cut out lace one-piece
“First I was surprised at the quality especially in the bust. I was worried the cup size would be small but not at all! The bust area is great quality and it feels like a full bra. Thick padding but not like fake boob padding. Vey supportive. I am a 34C in bra. I was able to cross straps at the back. I will post a pic if I can figure it out”Amazon reviewer
Instagram has quickly became the most popular social media platform used by people my age. Over this past break, I got the lowdown about how guys used Instagram and it made me a little interested to know if what my friend thought was true, was actually how guys use this platform.
Last year I was in a room with the guy I was seeing at the time and a group of his friends. One of his friends pulls out his phone and starts analysing this girl’s profile, seeing if she was cool enough to hook up with.
I haven’t had a personal Instagram for a few years now and when I did it was pretty much pictures of my dog and when I went out to eat I’d take a pic. A few weeks ago, I got a text from a friend asking me to “approve” of her Instagram. The photo was clearly edited and staged, which kinda surprised me.
Today people go to extreme lengths to get attention from people on social media. From editing their photos to going through the “following” setting on Instagram to see what their friends are liking.
I decided I wanted some answers to some of the things my friends were talking about, when talking about the guys that interact with them on Instagram.
1. How do you use Instagram?
“Let’s just say Instagram is on that bottom toolbar of my most used apps on my phone, right next to my messages app.” The answers I got for this question were pretty much all the same. The guy would check it a few times a day to stay connected to their friends as well as keeping their friends updated on their life.
2.What entices you to like a girl’s photo? ( ex. To get her attention, or is it a harmless)
“I mean, I never usually have ulterior motives, usually it’s like, wow! She looks really nice, I’ll leave a like! Or sometimes someone will make an edgy joke or post a sweet meme I’ll give that shit a like.” This was one of the questions I was most interested, and here’s the reason why. For this experiment, I went through the following setting to see what photos the guy I followed like. Every guy I interviewed said they check Instagram a couple times a day, but only one of them liked a photo that day. The guy in question said “Attractiveness plays a role” and the photos he liked were both of girls. I also found it was very rare that a guy would come up in the “following” section and when they did the photo was in some way related to sports.
3. Have you ever DM someone on Instagram? If so why?
“Yes, because that was the only form of contact I had with my lab partner in a college class. Also, I’m a part of a couple lit group meme sharing group chats.” Out of the guys I asked, their DM’s consisted of group chats with friends sharing memes.
4. Have you ever posted a photo of your GF because you did something wrong?
This question had a little bit of a personal incentive to get the answer to why guys did appreciation posts. Over the past summer, I had a friend who cheated on his girlfriend of years. Instead of owning up to his infidelity he posted a photo of her on his Instagram in order to solve his relationship issues. “I try to not get in that situation in the first place but if I do I generally try to apologize in person rather than posting a picture.” All the guys had the same consensus that they wouldn’t post a photo in order to solve a problem, but one thing did come up interesting.
Whenever I start talking to any guy the first thing I do is creep through his social media. Not to find out who he is, but to find out if he also has a girlfriend. “One time we argued and she posted a pic of us from my Instagram and I didn’t take it down if that counts. It was a pretty dope photo though regardless of the circumstance.” Going through his Instagram before this photo it didn’t look like he had a girlfriend, which he has been dating for over a year. The girl even tagged herself in the photo she posted to make sure no one was confused she was his babe.
5. What makes you post a photo on Insta?
Girls tend to post on Instagram multiple times a week, while guys might post about four times a year. Guys will post on a larger event “Life events, share a memory.” Rather than just their pink drink on Instagram.
6. Do you Insta creep? If so, on who?
Of all the guys, the most I got them to admit they Insta creep was “I sometimes Insta creep on people who I just met or don’t know too well just to get a better feel of them or see what their interests are.” Out of all the guys I interviewed only one admitted to creeping on more than once. “Honestly, yeah. I have an Instagram for my band as well, and I’ve used that to creep on my ex.” A guy sees someone’s photo for about a millisecond, and even if they do like it they’re not analyzing it, because they’ve already moved on. There is really no reason to need to have a “perfect” feed because the only one creeping on you is your friends or people you don’t even talk to anymore in high school.
7. Do you analyse girls profiles? (ex. Oh she looks cool, just from her photos)
This brings it back to the extreme editing and photoshopping girls do on their photos. The only reason someone edits a photo is to get more attention. Celebrities are edited on magazines because well society’s version of attractiveness isn’t realistic. Out of all the guys one found the secret to pretty much everyone’s Instagram, “Hahaha I judge a couple of my friends’ profiles who I KNOW just post on Insta to look like they have a cool life. Here’s a shocker, they actually have a shallow personality.” I’ve had a friend tell me that she makes sure her feed is always perfect because she wants guys to go through and think “she’s cool” and start talking to her. But the thing is, you can’t tell who someone is from a photo and a short caption, they are just seeing the looks. “No, usually if it’s a girl’s profile, it’s just “she’s hot”, find some more hot photos and move on to the next one that’s sent to me via MLD or explore.”
“I would say most of the time I judge people based on their profile whether I mean to or not.” When Instagram first started pretty much no one shared selfies and now it’s pretty rare someone posts a photo of just their meal. Instagram was probably started as a way to share photos, but now some people think their self-worth is defined by how many likes they get on a photo. And if it’s not as many likes as the others, they delete it.
*When looking for gifs for this photo, I search Judging gif. What came up was a bunch of gifs of girls doing the stink eye. Life isn’t the bachelor, but it seems that girls are still competing for guys and giving “stink eyes” other girls. Let’s try to end that.
8. Do you use social media to get girls attention?
This is one of the most talked about aspects of Instagram and even more now that they have the story feature. For this question it was split, the guys I interviewed for who used it for attention and those who don’t. “I don’t specifically use social media for this purpose but I can’t say it doesn’t cross my mind when posting.” None of them completely said it was their whole purpose of posting a photo because they do only post when something interesting happened in their life therefore their posts are not that direct.
What is most misconstrued is that it means anything that they look at your story first. It doesn’t mean they like you, it only means they happen to be on their phone at that moment. It’s actually even worse if they’re the first one to view it every time cause that means they have nothing better to do. It only means something if they never view it for a consistent amount of time.
9. Are there certain people that you get happy when they like your photo?
Pretty much every guy admitted to getting happy when someone particular likes their photo. “Yes definitely, I’m even guilty of looking at who likes my pictures.” Only one guy said, “I like when I get likes. Period. (I’m desperate.) Or I don’t really care. I don’t know, it depends what kind of mood I’m in.”
10. If you’re in a relationship and you like other girls photos, is it all harmless?
“Totally harmless, I would never cyber cheat.” With the “following” section on Instagram pretty much your every move is tracked, unless the person you’re following is private. That being said, if someone you’re dating is liking a girls photo it probably means nothing. Not saying if you do have some suspicions you should ignore them, but talk to him before going cray.
11. What really goes down in the DM?
Many of the guys I interviewed said the only thing that fills up their DMs are group chats where they mainly send memes. When asked what they typically thought about what goes down in the DM I got this response. “You tell me, come find my DMs @…. I like to imagine it as “hey, I looked through the last 5 months of your Instagram history.” “awwww, thats so sweet and not creepy at all.” “yeah, I had a boner the whole time? U want mak fuk?!” “of course I would love to be nude and alone in a building with you!” All of the guys I interviewed, the only thing they admitted to going down in the DM was getting someone’s phone number. Therefore if any guy is DMing you he is probably a weirdo. There are so many normal ways to get someone’s photo today and therefor if his only way to contact you is through a DM he’s not worth it.
I have to disagree with Taylor, staying in on Valentine’s day with your friends is nothing but pathetic. Even though every romantic comedy makes it seem like is impossible to be happy single. You don’t need anyone, but yourself to be happy. You are a strong independent women who don’t need no man.
1. You don’t have to spend any time picking out something he “might” like
I have two older brothers and still have no idea what to get a guy in any situation. I usually write something dirty, but probably shouldn’t do that cause well, I’m single so clearly doesn’t work.
2. You can look as fancy or as ratchet As You Want
The best part of staying in is you don’t have to wait 45 minutes to get into a so-so restaurant in your town than to get seated next to some couple who is feeding each other chocolate cake. When you stay in your friends and put frozen food in the oven and bake some chocolate goodies.
3. No disappointment
After being in a relationship for the past year, only thing amazing about being single is there’s no disappointment. Here’s my trick talk to at least three guys, therefore you can’t ever build up expectations. Also, I’ve gone through planning pretty romantic things to never be what I thought it would be. Long story short any girl who rants about how great her boyfriend was on V-day, it probably wasn’t that lit.
4. Boys come and go, best friends stay through it all
5. You don’t have to share
Oh, your boyfriend bought you a box of chocolate, but you didn’t get any? The best thing about any holiday regarding candy is the day after everything is half off. You can have all the candy you want and can eat that toffee bar that you normally let him have.
6. You can do WHATEVER you want
No Taylor you don’t. Every article about being single on Valentines Day says that if you’re single that it’s just a normal day, but why does it have to be? Do something you want to do, just cause you’re single doesn’t mean you have to go home watch mad men, and shit on guys. Treat ‘yo self.
7. You can meet someone new on Valentines Day
Just cause it’s on some random day in the middle of the week doesn’t mean you can’t go out. Go out, wear that cute top you’ve been needing a reason to wear. Meeting new people is a great thing, which we don’t (at least my generation) doesn’t take advantage of.