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In junior high, it makes me a little sad how long it took me to get ready, yet I was late pretty much every day. When high school came around, school started at 7:30am and I don’t know how I made that when I complain about my 10am class now. In high school, I used to be able to shower, do my makeup, and have straightened hair in 20 minutes. Today, every morning I get up 15 minutes before I have to leave and am never rushing to my first class.
1. You can do your makeup in under 5 minutes
Sticking to a basic routine has two pros. One is you get so good at it it only takes about five minutes to do your makeup. The second is no one ever knows you wear makeup because you only have five minutes, no time for winged eyeliner, therefore no one ever thinks you’re even wearing makeup.
2. You’ve mastered the art of multitasking
My most impressive multitasking is doing my makeup while brushing my hair. When you’re crunched for time, because well you love your sleep, you learn some tricks that are actually super useful.
3. You’ve lost count of how many times you’ve worn those leggings
We all have “those” leggings. The ones that sit somewhere in your room or on the hook in your bathroom. Even though you may have a couple more pairs you just love these ones. Therefore you may forget how many times you’ve worn them.
4. You’re not a morning person
The only time you’re awake before 9 is because food is involved and even then you have to think about it again.
5. You have a morning alarm, but never stick to it
Every day my alarm goes off at 9am, but I don’t think I’ve ever gotten out of bed at that time. I continually set timers that go off until I have 15 minutes before I have to leave.
6. You’ll scroll through your phone until you absolutely have to wake up.
On the days where you’re awake, but don’t feel like participating in life just yet. You start going through your phone because so much has changed since you went to bed at 1am.
7. You don’t understand why you didn’t do this in high school
You used to wake up hours before class and now you’re waking up 15 minutes before and even looking better.
8. You wear the same pieces of clothing in a loop
You have your classic pieces hanging somewhere in your room you can grab in a rush. My current favorite it is maroon yoga hoodie. Have I ever done yoga? No, but who has to know.
9. Dry shampoo is your best friend
I don’t understand how people have time to shower, and no one wants to walk outside in winter with wet hair. Therefore, if your hair looks a little greasy just spray in some dry shampoo.
10. You love your nighttime shower
If you do have time to take a shower, it’s about 45 seconds and you don’t have any time to relax. You love your nighttime shower because you have time to sing through your favorite song.
11. The last time you sat down and ate breakfast was pre-k
I don’t remember the last time I ate a breakfast sitting down. You love just grabbing something to go, eating it in your first class, or stopping by your favorite place on campus to get food.
12. You continue to challenge yourself
I’m always seeing how fast I can get ready. It’s fun because whenever I challenge myself I end up getting ready even faster than planned.
13. You haven’t failed so far, so why stop now?
You have never failed. Your routine is an accomplishment you can talk to your friends about, sharing your secrets about how to look flawless without taking hours.
I would like to start off by saying I hate shopping. I still have flashbacks from having to try on shirts multiple times in a dressing room with the store employee asking if I’m okay. I love to do my shopping in my bed and preferably on Amazon. Recently I’ve started to go to Tj’s to pick up things for my new dog. I found that Amazon was actually more expensive and the quality was way higher at Tj Maxx. Like pretty much everything in life, shopping is always better with a few strategies, here’s a few of my tips.
1.Go to your local store, not online
In my opinion, I always find better things at the store that are also less expensive. The main reason behind this is the online store has more expensive brands and a smaller collection. For example you can’t buy bras or many home items online.
2. Never go on the weekends
This is one of my biggest rules about Tj Maxx. On the weekends, the store is packed and sometimes you don’t get to relax and look through everything. You could miss out on a great deal because you skipped over the section because a woman was standing in the way for ten minutes.
3. Always check the clearance
Even if you’re going there for a black pair of pants you only need for work, always check the clearance (unless you’re strapped for time). Some of my favorite things for my house I found in the clearance; sometimes you even find some funny stuff you just have to get.
4. Shop during January and July
Stores tend to try to clear out inventory during these months to make room for the new season. This could be the best time to get your winter jacket or bathing suit.
5. Use the Amazon Price comparison app
All you have to do is simply scan the barcode and you can figure out if you’re getting a good deal. Everyone knows about the “compare at” price on all their tags. Well that “compare at” price is sometimes very inflated to make it seem like you’re getting a better deal.
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.
The reason I started this blog way back when was to show that fashion is more than just clothing, it’s about making a statement. Even though it may seem longer, Trump has only been president for a month, and so far he’s signed multiple executive orders that have upset Americans. His most popular being the “muslim” ban. This ban “prohibits nearly all citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days”.
Trump did this to “protect” our country. What I don’t think he understands is that these people are coming to America to start a new life and be safe. They go through years of screenings and background checks to come here. Most importantly there has been no attacks made from any refugee entering in the United States.
The fashion industry has greatly impressed me by the statements and stand they are making with this ban. Teen Vogue has completely changed and has political articles and are showing young women how to be educated about the topic and make sure they have a voice.
Halima Aden made one of the biggest runway impacts this past fashion week in New York City by simply being herself. Aden stepped out on Kanye West’s Yeezy show wearing her hijab. She was proudly representing Muslim women at one of the biggest shows. Aden was born in a Kenyan refugee camp.
“My goal is to send a message to Muslim women and young women everywhere that it’s okay to break stereotypes and be yourself,” she says. “Always stay true to who you are—barriers can and will be broken!”
Aden is on her way to break even more of them. She has a photo shoot with fashion legend Mario Sorrenti. “I haven’t received any pressure to be anything other than myself,” she says, “and for that, I am so grateful.”
In 1991 Wek fled to Britain to escape the Civil War in Sudan. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York. When she was only 14 she enrolled in London’s College of Fashion. One day in 1995 Wek was discovered in an outdoor market in Crystal Palace, London.
She appeared in a Tina Turner music video then signed to Ford Models. Since 2002 she has been an advisor to the U.S. Committee for Refugees Advisory Council. That Council helps raise awareness about the situation in Sudan as well as refugees worldwide.
Deng came to the United States when she was 12; she was one of the 3,500 Sudanese refugees that fled their war-ravaged country for the US in 2004. When she was 16 she signed with Trump’s agency, and quickly was whisked away to walk runways all over the world and part of high profile campaigns. Corinne Nicolas who is the president of Trump Model Management, told the San Antonio Express-News, “I think Ataui, through the hardships that she’s had in life, through what she’s seen, it’s probably made her stronger.”
All of the models in Trump’s business are foreigners, and are not permitted to work in the US because they only have tourist visas. Michael Wildes who is Trumps own immigration attorney, said, “This is not the way you deal with people’s lives.”
Mayen escaped a terrible civil war in South Sudan and setting in Syracuse in 2013. She started doing some photo shoots, but for money she took part time jobs at Marshalls and TjMaxx. One day while working she met Cushman and has since been on two issues of Vogue Italia, many American magazines, and Esprit Clothing campaign. Since moving to America, Mayen has worked for these glamorous opportunities. As a refugee, her vision of the American Dream involved education and stability.
Monica is from a small town in northern Argentina where her family lived as refugees after leaving the violence and chaos of the secret war in southwest Asia. “We lived a life of poverty that only a refugee could know,” said Phromsavanh. “Hundreds of families lived in a warehouse without electricity or running water. Work was sporadic and often impossible to find. We didn’t speak Spanish and the Laotian people were subject to harassment and treated with little respect.”
She dropped out of school at 14 and began working 60-hour weeks. She stood on her feet from morning to night in a dusty warehouse in Buenos Aires. Instead of focusing on the small paycheck and the horrible working conditions she cherished the opportunity to be independent. “For the first time in my life, I could afford groceries, shoes, and a winter coat. That meant the world to me, and I was happy,” she said.
After taking a trip to Laos she decided to start Modabox. “I was ready to create something worthy of the business acumen I had developed over the years, and that matched the potential I knew I had,” she said. “I wanted to reach a greater audience than I could through a traditional retail setting.” Modabox provides the convenience of a personal stylist for online shopping. Modabox created fully styled outfits delivered to your door.
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.