Monthly Archives: April 2015

PROM!

It’s that time of year… PROM season! The most anticipated event for teenage girls, and the most dreaded event by more teenage guys. The amount of times I hear the word Prom throughout the day at school are far too many to count – everyone’s thinking about it and everyone’s talking about it!

My favorite part of Prom is, of course, the attire. The time that I’ve spent browsing Pinterest looking at Prom dresses is too embarrassing to share. I think that Prom dresses have been revamped over the last few years, and the styles to chose from are so so trendy and cute.

Last year, my favorite style was definitely the one-shoulder. Although I did not sport this look to Prom, I really wish I would have. I think it’s the perfect mix of having straps and support, but also showing off the collar bone. I also think that a one-shoulder dress truly compliments all body types and looks so good with an updo to the side that is bare.

This year, I am so excited to see girls try out the two-piece trend. I applaud girls who have the confidence to wear two piece prom dresses – you go girls! I think it is so fierce and awesome. Having a two piece can be kind of risky, but I think it shows off some skin in a tasteful way.

I also am a sucker for strapless gowns, as I’ve purchased a strapless dress for both of my Proms. I think strapless makes the collar bone look so pretty. I told myself I wouldn’t purchase another strapless dress this year, but here I am, with another strapless dress. Whether the dress is tight or flowy, it’s flattering on a variety of body types, although it can be a pain to keep up all night.

Last but not least, I am in love with dresses with really full skirts. I’m so glad they are making a come back. I can imagine feeling like such a princess in a full skirt. I especially love the skirts will floral patterns – they are so adorable! I can’t wait to see girls rocking them at my Prom.

For a girl who loves fashion, Prom dresses are right up my alley. What’s your favorite part about Prom?

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish

I used to be nail-obsessed, trying out many different colors and attempting to try different patterns. And when I say attempting, I mean attempting. More than half of the time, my nails were a wreck. Now that I have grown out of that phase, I just want my nail polish to look good and to last at least a week.

Until a couple of weeks ago, my polish would last a good four days before it would chip, crack, and look unpleasant. No matter which brand I used – from OPI and Essie to to cheap dollar brands, nothing seemed to stay on my nails for a long period of time.

Then I discovered the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish. This stuff truly lives up to the name – it is a miracle. The first step is applying the nail color, followed by a coat of the special Miracle Gel Topcoat. The topcoat is necessary in order to get the desired results. The first time I used this product, my polish lasted two full weeks without any chips. As I write this, two weeks sounds a little bit ridiculous, but I am completely honest in saying that it truly did last two weeks! I could have left it on longer, but my nails were growing to be too long.

In addition to the longevity, the polish dried so much faster than normal polished. In less than 30 minutes, my nails were completely dry. Usually with normal polish I have to wait a full hour until they are truly dry.

And if the longevity and dry time weren’t enough to persuade you, the shiny finish and abundant color selection will be! I only own two colors right now, but I see many more in my future. Of course, the beautiful lasting finish is hard to say no to! Do yourself a favor and pick up some of the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish!

 

Our Votes Matter

I’ve always been interested in politics, probably because I am a part of a very opinionated family. However, my family’s very strong views on politics have not inhibited me. In fact, seeing how seriously they take voting and supporting their favorite candidates inspires me to figure out what I stand for and what I am passionate about. At school, I know individuals who are the same way – they want to explore the different views of politicians and see where they stand; but there are other individuals my age who could not care less, and it’s sad, considering we are the future for America.

Hillary Clinton’s recent announcement about her campaign has sparked my interest in why people my age don’t take advantage of the opportunity and vote. According to the U.S. Census, only about 45% of individuals aged 18 to 29 voted in 2012. I think that statistic is just crazy. Even more interesting is the fact that 72% of individuals aged 65 or older voted. While the opinions of the older generation are equally valid, the younger generation is not educating themselves nor taking advantage of their rights.

Each day, I see women who support Hillary Clinton simply because of her gender. I know many people who voted for Barack Obama just because of his race. I also know people who have voted for John McCain based off his age. While these characteristics can persuade easily, the crucial part is candidates’ beliefs and plans, and if they align with the voter’s beliefs.

My generation is surrounded by so many new concepts – social media, technology, etc. I just see it to be such a shame that we do not use such things to educate ourselves and truly find out who we are and what we believe in! Decades ago, it was a privilege to watch a presidential debate, and now, people could care less. We are the future for the U.S., and soon enough our votes will decide the path in which our country takes.

Spring Fever

It’s hard to believe it’s actually April, primarily due to the weather not being able to make up it’s mind! Here in Indiana, one day is bright and sunny, and the next is cold and dreary. All I really want is to be able to whip out my spring clothes and say goodbye to winter for good. Unfortunately, the weather has a mind of its own… Below are a few ways I “spring” up my winter styles in order to combat my serious case of spring fever.

Scandals with Jeans. I think open toed shoes with long pants is so flattering and cute! I feel like it elongates the legs, although that’s probably just my imagination. However, scandals look good with not only skinny pant styles, but also straight and boot cut styles. Scandals are the perfect way to add a little extra something to any outfit. From sparkly scandals, to gladiator scandals, to just simple black scandals… they are the perfect way to say you’re ready for some warmer weather!

Pairing Tank Tops with Cardigans. Layering is the perfect way to show off your favorite spring tops while still staying warm! Adding a creme cardigan to colorful tanks is my go-to for this “in between” weather.

Pastel Nail Polish. I’ve always been a big fan of pastels, but wearing pastels on my nails is a trend I will never dislike. From lavender to baby blue to mint to even just nude, pastels are so flattering and are to perfect segway into bright colored polishes for summer. (And they make your hands look tanner! Who doesn’t want that?)

Bright Lip Colors. Don’t get me wrong, I love my “Kylie Jenner” lip colors for fall and winter. However, bright pinks, purples, and corals seem to brighten up any look.

Just like Lilly Pultizer said, “Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring.”