I was tired of having my nails a dark color so I decided to try something different. I got them painted with shellac again, the kind of polish that lasts for a few weeks. First they were painted beige to bring out the natural hue of my nails, then they were painted with glitter. The glitter is silver and gold and has three different sizes of glitter in it. I thought it was simple and cute. Now I just need to grow my nails out long again so they look prettier! Sorry the picture is kind of blurry.
Cold weather is upon us and one of the only things to look forward to is bringing out clothes we forgot we even had during the warm season! It is kind of a nice change I guess to wear clothes that have been hiding away so long. I like sweaters that look like they are from the 80’s, like baggy knit ones, off the shoulder ones.. so cute. This is one of my favorite ones. It’s flower printed and mint green. It is pretty warm and I wear a tank top under it and pair a big necklace or big earrings with it to make it look more 80’s inspired.
What do you wear to a funeral? In movies everyone is always in some over-the-top black outfit from head-to-toe that usually has a big hat, veil, and gloves, or something similar. That looks pretty tacky and also that would draw too much attention to you, which defeats the purpose of a funeral. It is a time for honoring a loved one who has died so you don’t want to wear something crazy or something that is distracting because that could be seen as disrespectful.
You don’t have to wear all black. In fact, you don’t have to wear anything black if you don’t feel like it. Any color is fine, if you feel that bright colors are too loud for the event, stick to neutrals then such as beige or grey. Just avoid casual clothes such as jeans or a tee shirt. Go with a basic conservative outfit you might would wear to work. Black dress pants, tweed pants, khakis, etc. Wear a shirt that isn’t too low cut. Make sure if you wear a pencil skirt or any kind of skirt for that matter that it is not too short or too tight. If it is short, you could wear leggings. Bring a sweater because churches tend to be chilly. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and you might not want to wear heels because the grass out in graveyards makes high heels sink into the Earth, which could pull off your shoe or make you trip, etc. (Trust me, it is annoying!) Guys should wear a suit. If you don’t have a suit, at least wear a nice collared shirt, or an oxford with a blazer, dress pants, and dress shoes.
Don’t wear too much makeup. Keep it simple. Just your usual foundation, eyeliner, lip gloss, and maybe mascara. No bright pink eye shadow or anything that looks like you’re about to go out for a night on the town. Jewelry is fine, just make sure it isn’t too much for your outfit.
Bring a smaller sized purse. You never know who you might have to sit with during the ceremony, it could be crowded and you don’t want your purse to be in the way. You also don’t want to have to lug around a heavy bag. Just carry the essentials, like chap stick, lip color, gum, powder compact, extra make up in case your’s smears or comes off, and of course a pack of tissues.
Since I am older now, I don’t have as many things that I want or need for my birthday or special occasions. That is why I decided that gift cards are the way to go. The stores I usually get my clothes from are Pacsun, Forever 21, and Victoria’s Secret. The thing is, I haven’t grown since I was probably 13 so I have quite a large collection of clothes. That’s why I am also asking for gift cards for Starbucks, Target, and to restaurants. Both my birthday and Christmas are in the same month and many people often skip one or the other because they run out of ideas.
– Jar with cute things in it
– Something handmade
– Coupon book with romantic ideas
– A picture or painting you drew
– A letter
– Handmade card
– Best friends forever necklace or keychain, etc.
– Concert tickets
– Jewelry, like a watch, or earrings with your birthstone.
– Personalized mug
– Picture Frames
– Donation to charity
– Bedroom shoes
– Under shirts
– Dishes, pots and pans, etc.
– Nail polish
– Fruit basket
– Festive wreath
Bath and Body Works
Bed, Bath, and Beyond
I wrote this paper for the people who think that dolls are sexist or teach girls to be a cookie cutter in society.
I never once looked at my dolls and thought, “I should be just like this when I grow up”. You have dolls so you can play house or dress up or play school. When I played with my stuffed animals I would pretend to be an animal, like a lion most of the time. I would roar, crawl around, growl, and act as if I was a lion. When I played with baby dolls, I would pretend to be a mom. I would pretend to breast feed, change diapers, and comfort my dolls. I never once thought, “I have to be a mom because I am a female and this is what my life purpose is supposed to be.” I played with my dolls and stuffed animals as if they were real because I was creative, it was fun, I liked mocking the actions of real people I saw who had small children, etc.
Dolls are props that you can dress and talk to or pretend with, but that doesn’t mean the little girl thinks she has to BE the doll or be a certain way just because the doll looks a certain way or is portrayed a certain way. I certainly knew that I would never BE a lion, it was all in fun, obviously. I had million Barbies, I never once felt like i had to BE her or even be just like her. I thought of each of my dolls as a unique personality and i was taught that i would one day grow into my own person. They were not all blonde haired, big chested Barbies either, I had short Barbies, tall Barbies, flexible Barbies, stiff Barbies, freckled Barbies, curly haired Barbies, short haired Barbies, long haired Barbies, Hispanic Barbies, Asian Barbies, Native American Barbies, Arabian Barbies, redhead Barbies, tan Barbies, Pale Barbies, toddler aged Barbies, teenage Barbies, pre-teen aged Barbies, boy Barbies and Men Barbies. Barbie is always pretty and glamorous, yes, but she did not shape how i look at the world or influence my whole being. At least not in a negative way.
What she did teach me is that it is important to dress nice because first impressions do mean a lot in our culture. She taught me that you have to be confident and do your own thing, wear what you want as long as it makes you feel comfortable. She taught me how to be creative by creating themes for my playtime. She taught me that everyone should have their own style. She taught me that it is important to have a job in which you enjoy such as being a Vet if you love animals, being a gymnast if you like to tumble, being a baby sitter if you enjoy kids, etc. Many Barbies have a career that let’s little girls see it is important to go to college so that one day they can have a job that they love and be independent. Although as a child, I didn’t pay much attention to her job or life situation, because I was too busy accessorizing and having fun!
I had a Barbie convertable car, I never once thought that because my Barbie had a nice car that I would have a nice car or demand a nice car when I grew older. Just because I had a Barbie dream house does not mean I believed that I would one day have my own elevator in a house or own a jacuzzi. Just because I had some Barbies that did not look like me does not mean that I thought that was the way I should look someday. Just because I had a pregnant Barbie does not mean that I wanted to one day become pregnant, it didn’t influence me in the least, I never want kids. Just because Barbie had a boyfriend (Ken) did not mean that I ever wished to have a boyfriend or a man to support me since she had that, that did not cross my little girl mind. So maybe these examples will help you see that a little girl doesn’t take her toys THAT seriously… It is all in the name of make believe and fun.
Our society is taking a harmless thing way too far because they are over sensitive about body image. Young girls have creative minds, they think about playing, they dream, they have an enormous amount of free time to laugh and play and sing and dance. They do not sit and think about the future in the ways that an adult would. Their cognition is not advanced enough to think through what their life is going to be like, I know that I could not even fathom what I would be like in the future when I was little. The future to them is just an hour away. They do not understand the concept of time or reality for the most part. They do not envision themselves as grown ups with everything Barbie has because they know that Barbie is not REAL, even if sometimes they pretend she is. Kids just live in the moment, that is what being a kid is about, living in the moment. Don’t take a fun toy away from your child just because she looks a certain way, your daughter thinks about her dolls the same way she sees her my lil ponies and stuffed animals: as toys. Not as role models or a guide to her future.
I always liked watching Disney movies as a kid. My favorite was Lion King, but there’s really no princess in that. My favorite princess would be… well that is a hard decision. Each of the princesses is pretty in their own way. Lots of people pick the princess that they feel looks most like them. However, I am not sure I look like any of them because none of them have light brown hair and blue eyes. I guess I really like Belle from Beauty in the Beast a lot because it is set in France and that pretty yellow dress she has is nice. Snow White is also lovely with her puffy sleeved dress and I like that her hair is shorter and she wears a red ribbon if I can remember correctly. Snow White was really scary as a child too, the witch was so creepy; I loved it! Growing up, I had each of the princesses in doll form. I had Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Arial the mermaid, Jasmine the Arabian princess, Pocahontas, and Mulan. I played or acted out scenes from Pocahontas the most, but I played with my Arial Barbie more than the others.
My favorite perfumes are ones that smell like the ocean, linen, or fruit usually. Different occasions call for different scents.
After showering: I prefer scents that are mists after a shower because they are light and non-greasy. I used to spray on Secret Charm by Victoria’s Secret after each shower. I really like the Sea Island Cotton scent at Bath and Body works and also the Fresh Citrus fragrance smells super clean and relaxing!
School/work day: I like to wear this scent called Love Me by Victoria’s secret because it smells very sweet and it has been my overall favorite scent for the past year or more. It has berry, exotic orchid and musk which smell really fresh and clean to me.
Lazy summer day: Bare Bronze mist spray perfume by Victoria’s Secret. It smells like coconut and sunscreen to me which makes it the ultimate go-to summer perfume for me. I also like Juicy Couture’s Viva La Juicy. It has Berries, Mandarins, Honeysuckle, Gardenia, Jasmine, Amber, Caramel, Vanilla, Sandalwood, and Praline, which make it sweet and feminine smelling.
Going out with girl friends: I typically like to be fun and feel fun when I am out with my friends who are girls. We joke around and take pictures and laugh tons, so I want to smell fun too! I have all of Gwen Stefani’s Harujuku girl fragrances. The bottles all feature different Harujuku girls like an anarchist, a girl with an afro, and even a mermaid! They all have their own unique smell and I just choose based on how creative I am feeling.
For a date: I don’t like heavy scents very much unless I’m going out for a special occasion. I will wear something like Daisy or Lola by Marc Jacobs because they make me feel fancy since they smell so strong and powerful. My favorite for going out on a nice date or dancing is Very Sexy for her.
On a guy I like all of the Very Sexy for him scents by Victoria’s Secret, the BOD Man Black cologne, and the Ocean scent at Bath and Body Works.
It’s almost getting to be too cold for leggings. Unfortunately mother nature decided to go from hot weather to pretty nippy weather within days so it has been hard to adjust to lately and I’ve heard many people say they are confused as what to wear when the weather jumps in extremes. Today is not so bad though, the sun is out and it’s decent if you have on a jacket. Anyways, leggings are great for this kind of weather! I have see-thru ones, striped ones, wool ones, holey ones, polka dot ones, blue ones, pleather ones, you name it. They’ll keep your legs from getting too chilly and they look good with lots of different tops and bottoms. Not to mention, if it is cold in the morning and warmer later in the day, leggings are the perfect amount of coverage so you won’t be too hot or too cold.
What to wear with leggings: You can wear dresses, tunics, an over-sized shirt. Short shorts or a skirt over the leggings if you just want to wear a regular shirt. Just don’t wear your leggings as pants, no one needs to see that much of your curves and lines unless you are in dance class. I must admit that I have some yoga pants that are about as tight as leggings so I feel sort of weird wearing them as pants, but at least they have a big waist band that covers a little bit more than just plain old leggings.
I really like wearing boots with leggings. It’s really chic, edgy twist on the femininity of leggings. Although, you can wear flats, heels, or sneakers with leggings because they are very versatile!
Face: As soon as I wake up I wash my face with a cleanser called Purpose that was recommended by my dermatologist. It is very gentle and oil free. I wet my face and then rub the Purpose on my face in a circular motion with two fingers, I move across my face doing this so that I feel nice and clean. I then use an astringent. I like Clean and Clear’s deep cleaning astringent for sensitive skin that has salicylic acid to help treat and prevent breakouts and wrinkles supposedly. It helps remove deep down dirt and makeup. Then I use Clean and Clear’s dual action moisturizer that is oil free and also contains salicylic acid. I have used it for years because it keeps my face from drying out or getting chapped in cold weather. I have used all three of these products since I was in high school, so I like them pretty good. I follow this routine twice a day, in the morning and at night before I go to sleep!
Body: I don’t like to dry out my skin or rid my hair of natural oils so I tend to take a long shower every other day. I like to exfoliate either with a lofa and some body wash or bodywash that have little gritty pieces like beads. They make your skin feel so soft and it gets rid of dead skin so that new skin cells can emerge which also prevents breakouts because it helps untrap dirt and oil. Then I shave and after I am out of the shower I put lotion on my legs, they will feel dried out and itchy if you don’t give back the moisture you took away while shaving.
Hair: As I stated above, I like to wash my hair twice so that I make sure it gets super clean. The first time I let it sit a minute while massaging my scalp, then I put my head under the water. The second time I apply it, I massage my scalp harder to make sure I get all the dirt and oil out of it. I then put a conditioner on the ends of my hair and let it sit a minute. Just apply it to the ends because as it dries, your hair will gradually absorb the conditioner all the way to the roots. I really like Swuave’s shampoo, conditioner, and body wash products. After you are out of the shower, make sure to apply an anti-tangle serum or spray or lotion to your hair so that heating tools like a hair dryer will not fry your hair. John Frieda’s anti-frizz serums are fine, but my hormones have changed so much that my hair really never frizzes anymore, it just tangles and falls out! The best after shower hair product I have is got2b Smooth Operator with cashmere, a smoothing Luster Lotion. It contains ingredients that protect your hair from hot styling tools and also has a UV protectant. I use it to keep the short layers of my hair from feathering out especially when it’s humid outside, or if I am going to go dance in a stuffy club, and I apply it because I use a hair dryer in the cold season (I actually have a silent one because my ears are so sensitive). I have to sit and dry my hair for at least ten minutes, very evenly for it to be almost all the way dry.
-I use a make up remover called Pond’s cold cream because it doesn’t clog my pores and it is for sensitive skin so it won’t burn my eyes. My grandma Ida used it all her life so she always smelled like it and I am wondering if it kept her from wrinkling up, because she was never very wrinkly at all !!
-If your face keeps breaking out, you may be over-drying it with products that are too harsh for your skin type. Reach for a facial moisturizer.
-Don’t forget to put body lotion on your knees and elbows also since those are key areas that like to dry out. Before bed put lotion on your hands and feet (then put on socks).
-A good body lotion for very dry skin that is not greasy or heavily perfumed is Vaseline’s intensive rescue clinical therapy skin protectant lotion.
-If your hands are severely cracked from cold weather, or you want to soften up callouses, use Aquaphor healing ointment which is a skin protectant that feels much like Vaseline.
-Wear Carmex moisturizing lip balm every night at bedtime so you won’t wake up with chapped lips.
-Wear a soft headband when you sleep so that your hair does not get tangled or stick to your face.
-If you dye your hair a lot, apply a deep conditioner all over your hair and let it sit for a couple minutes. Do this at least once a week. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deeeeep Conditioner is a fantastic product for dry or dull hair — i love it!!!!
And that’s basically all I have on keeping up with good hygiene!
If you want to plan a nice date for your significant other:
1:Choose a place that you guys don’t go often. This will make it more of a special occasion which is more romantic.
2:Make sure it is a date your date will enjoy. Don’t pick a sushi bar if your date is allergic to fish.
3:Don’t forget to make reservations !! Make it a couple days in advance if you think about it. I would say that people forget reservations more than anything, which is a bummer if you’re starving and have to sit around for an hour waiting.
4: Make sure your date is somewhat aware of the date even if it is a surprise because you don’t want them to be under dressed or unprepared to go out, or else you will end up having to wait on them and delay the date which could mess up reservations, etc. If it is a surprise, tell your date, “I would like to see you/It’d be cool if you were in something fancy/pretty/handsome/nice/sophisticated tonight.”
5: Dress according to how fancy the restaurant is. For a man, Wear a blazer, collared shirt, and dress pants if it’s a very nice, upscale place. You can just wear a collared shirt with dark washed jeans if it is a nice place, but not too above average. Women should stick to dresses most of the time. Sundresses or cocktail styled dresses when it’s warmer, sweater dresses when it’s cooler. Wear a nice jacket and leggings if it’s cold out. Wear nice black skinny pants or dark washed jeans with a pretty blouse like you might would wear to work. It just depends on where the date is. If you have been to the venue before, try to remember what the people around you dressed like to get an idea of maybe what you should rock. I tend to dress up more than other people just because I like to wear big earrings and do my makeup and wear pretty things that I can’t wear on a daily basis!