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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 native Cape Codder, I know a little about how to pack the perfect beach bag. So here we go.
My beach bag is not your typical colorful bag, but I love the fridge, also it’s has a round shape and no sand gets stuck inside of it. I got this bag from American Eagle probably last summer for under $10. If you’re ever looking for an inexpensive well made a bag look for an end of season sales at American eagle.
Never ever go to the beach without a water bottle. The reason is no one wants to stand on the hot pavement waiting for the millions of kids trying to get their ice cream. You don’t have to fill it with water, the beverage is up to you.
For me, I’m always exhausted at the beach, but where do you get good coffee at the beach? The answer, is sadly nowhere, at least on the cape. These mints are super tasty and actually give you some energy to beat everyone in can jam.
Lets just say, the sun is horrible. I got a sunburn on my leg yesterday from just eating lunch outside. The sun is also very damaging to your hair, but this serum can help protect it. Also, you can use it as a detangler and a leave in conditioner.
I absolutely love this brand more than you could ever know. I probably spend hours going through their website wishing I could buy everything. They have extremely creative patterns and literally everything you could need. From bags to yoga pants.
I always put the lotion in my beach bag, because my skin is always so dry. Always keep your skin hydrated when you’re out.
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.
One of my biggest weaknesses is keeping organize. You’d be surprised by the things I’ve lost, everything from socks to some of my favorite pieces of jewelry. Jewelry is incredibly easy to loose, but it is also very easy to keep organized if you just add one thing to your life.
What I’m talking about is a ring dish. It’s the perfect size to keep all your jewelry you wear every day and is small enough for your bathroom sink or your nightside table. All the items below are made by Elycia Camille, which is a handmade Ceramic Art business on Etsy.
Any bride who opens this gift is going to love it because her husband will always have a safe place to put his wedding ring. It also is a cute gift for a couple to keep for their new life together.
This is perfect for someone who always has new bling they wanna show off. It’s very important to take your rings off before you go in the water, even for a shower. This way nothing will get lost or tarnished.
Just in time for mother’s day! This gift is perfect for any mother. Over the years you’ve gotten her plenty of jewelry and now she has a place to keep it all.
At least, in my opinion, I never know what to get my dad. This is the perfect gift for your dad to hold on to his cuff links.
Creating the “natural look” is commonly known as being more challenging than it looks. The thing is it is if you’re using the wrong products. These five products from IBY Beauty will make this effortless look actually effortless.
After washing your face in the morning apply this concealer. This pen does a grat job of covering unwanted dark spots or blemishes. It also works as a great highlighter, to emphasize your face.
2. BB Cream
BB cream is perfect to use for a light makeup. This look is perfect for the summer months. The reason being is BB Cream also has SPF and your face will be protected from the sun.
3. Brow Tint
First, let me say that this brow tint is absolutely amazing. A few years ago I got a brow tint and they stopped making it. And since then I haven’t been able to find anything to come close until this brown tint.
This lip stain is perfect for the right amount of color for your lips. A common misconception is that you shouldn’t use any lip color for this look, but a little color make it look a lot better.
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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.
Even though it’s a little worry some that it’s not snowing this month, I’m enjoying the nice weather. The only problem is I have no idea what to wear in this in between weather. It’s too hot for a jacket, scarf, and a hat, but it’s too cool to wear just a sweater. Here’s the guide we all need for this weather.
1. Lightweight longline bomber
These are great for when you’re going out. The reason being is it’s still a little chilly to be bare legged, but a longline bomber will keep you warm.
It’s the perfect thing to bring with you when you’re unsure about the weather. If it’s too warm it’s so small you can always just throw it in your bag.
3. Wool coats
I know what you’re thinking, wool? Really? But they are perfect for a day out in inbetween weather. The reason being is you don’t have to zip or button them up.
4. Light jacket, with a mini tee
I just got a mini tee and love it. Tees are one of the most underrated tops. It’s a perfect opportunity to wear a pair of high waisted jeans. A light jacket will keep you cozy when you’re outside.
5. Bright accessories
With warmer weather it’s a great chance to start wearing your favorite baby pink bag that you thought you could only wear in spring and summer.
6. Mini skirts
I did this last week when the weather was so nice, warm, and it was amazing. Stick to colors that are still wintery like denim, suede, or corduroy.
7. Light sweater
Don’t worry – sweater weather is still not over. Just trade in your wool knit sweaters for lighter ones. They are perfect under a light jacket.
8. Statement coats
Remember that leopard print coat you bought thinking you’d wear so much, but it’s always been so cold? Good for you this warmer weather let’s you wear that coat all you want.
No need to worry about messing up your converse that you can’t possibly get any type a scuff mark on. Also, sneakers are super cute and way easier to walk in than heels.
10. Leather Moto jackets
These a great because they add the perfect amount of warmth. They also look amazing zipped up or better yet not zipped.
11. Long sleeve crop tops
These are great for when you’re going out. Let’s just say this warmer weather has made going out so much better. You look cute and you’re also not freezing.
No longer is this look for people who think they’re “too cool”. This is perfect for when you’re walking around town and need a little warmth and love your winter jacket.
Match your overalls with a sleeveless turtleneck. It’s perfect for when you’re going in between chilly and warm. For example going between classes.
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.