5 Struggles Only Impatient People Will Understand

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(Image Credit: Syda Productions)

We’ve all heard the saying: patience is a virtue. As true as it may be, some of us are just flat-out incapable of developing that quality. Life isn’t easy when you’re impatient, and other people tend to think that you’re unreasonably tense all the time. For those of you who don’t quite get this way of life, or for anyone who needs to know that they’re not alone, here are five struggles that only impatient people seem to understand.

  1. Online shopping is painful

Any inconveniences that are avoided through online shopping are almost immediately outweighed by the pain of waiting for the purchase to arrive. Instant gratification is our best friend. This means that the order status page will be refreshed at least 500 times before it gets delivered, and don’t even get me started on the horror of sites that don’t provide shipping status updates.

  1. Laid-back people are kind of terrible sometimes

It’s great that you’re so relaxed, really, but could you maybe try to be just a little more considerate of us timely folks? If I have plans with someone at 3:00, I expect them to arrive at 2:59. If I ask you a question over text, I’d love a reply within 5 minutes or less, ‘cause I know you have that phone in your hand at all times. That way, nobody has to get the “where are you?” phone call or double text, and I don’t have to break out in hives because I can’t wait around for another minute.

  1. Lines are dangerous

I’m not kidding. I’ve probably made some enemies in lines due to my impatience. It’s great to be friendly and all, but an ultra-chatty cashier is the absolute worst when I want to get in and out of somewhere in a hurry, and if you’re going to use coupons, do us all a favor and get them ready before you’re at the front of the line. I’m not willing to sacrifice my time so that you can save ten cents on your toothpaste.

  1. Waiting for your food is torture …

A hungry, impatient person whose order is taking forever to arrive is not someone you want to mess with. If I’m hungry, I need to eat right now. I physically don’t have the ability to enjoy myself until my meal is in front of my face. Until that point, you can find me watching the waiter like a hawk, and don’t bother with conversation.

  1. … and traffic is just as bad

The thing about traffic is that it’s unpredictable and out of anyone’s control. Maybe you’ll be caught up in the same spot for 30 seconds, or maybe you won’t move for another 30 minutes. Either way, you can’t do anything about it. If you’re stuck, you’re stuck. All the screaming and banging on the steering wheel won’t get you where you need to be any faster than if you were cool, calm, and collected (but everyone knows that’s impossible).

If you’re pestered by a hungry restaurant patron or hear a loud sigh behind you in line while you take your sweet time to pay, don’t take it personally. Impatient people can’t help it! We do what we can to not let things get to us, but it can’t be avoided every time. Just take any bad attitude with a grain of salt, and do what you can to keep us on time and running efficiently. Trust me, it will be appreciated.

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Fashionable Coats that Won’t Break the Bank

(Image Credit: Topshop)

(Image Credit: Topshop)

We can all finally stop with the “winter is coming” puns, because guess what? Winter is finally here! Although it might not feel like it with all the abnormally warm weather, the season is upon us. This means it’s time to ready your cold-weather gear. Not prepared? No problem! Check out these coats for something trendy that won’t break the bank, all coming in under $200.

1. Bomber

Bomber jackets are everywhere this season. This green one from ASOS will add warmth while still keeping your outfit looking sporty.

2. Wrap

Wrap coats are a super easy way to dress up an outfit and look put together when you might not be underneath. Throw it on, tie, and you’re set! Check out this versatile wrap coat from H&M.

3. Parka

There’s no reason you should have to sacrifice warmth for fashion. Parkas that cinch in at the waist are a great option if you don’t want to completely lose your figure! This parka from American Eagle has an extra cozy faux fur collar.

4. Faux Fur

Speaking of faux fur: it’s warm and fuzzy and feels like you’re wearing a blanket out in public. What’s not to love? Get full-on faux fur for a less than full-on price from TJ Maxx.

5. Cape

Capes are very on trend at the moment. They might seem tricky to pull off at first, but stick to one with neutral colors and a basic pattern, like this one from ASOS, and you’ll have no problem.

6. Faux Suede

Faux suede jackets look luxurious and can be worn in a ton of different ways. This one from Nordstrom in a charcoal brown is perfect to throw over any outfit.

7. Trench

You can never go wrong with a classic trench coat. They can be dressed up or down and look great with just about anything. This Calvin Klein trench is a small investment for a coat that will never go out of style.

8. Duster

If you’re a fan of menswear-inspired styles, a duster coat is the choice for you. The structured, boxy silhouette of this one from Topshop is balanced out by a softer wool fabric.

9. Biker

A good [p]leather biker jacket never goes out of style. The quilted material on this Topshop biker jacket adds interest while still keeping an edgy vibe.

10. Fringe

Feeling more western-inspired? A fringe jacket like this on-trend suede jacket from Forever 21 might be for you. It’s not the warmest option on the list, but it will definitely add a whole new dimension to a look.

Let us know which of these styles are must-have items for you, and hurry up and grab a new winter coat (or maybe a few) before it gets too cold out!

5 Reasons to Watch ‘Jessica Jones’

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(Image Credit: Netflix)

I should start by saying that in no way am I someone who’s overly into comics or superheroes or even sci-fi, typically, so naturally, Jessica Jones wasn’t immediately at the top of my must watch list. However, when I started hearing all the fuss among friends and coworkers about how I just have to check it out, I figured I’d give it a shot. Well, I’m here to tell you that I was not disappointed.  In fact, I was so pleasantly surprised that I watched all 13 episodes – please hold your judgment – over a three-day period. If you still aren’t convinced to tune in, here are a few reasons you need to be watching Jessica Jones.

 

The cast is super talented

Krysten Ritter plays the perfect anti-hero. She’s sarcastic, intelligent, and super relatable. Plus, she doesn’t run around saving the world in a full face of makeup and heels like so many other female protagonists, because really, why would anyone do that? The female-based cast is dynamic and powerful (another nice change), and the men are equally impressive. As much as I hate Kilgrave, our villain, I can’t help but feel the smallest hint of pity towards him through his “I just want to be loved” act.

 

You don’t have to be a Marvel expert to enjoy

Like I mentioned earlier, I knew nothing about superheroes or Marvel aside from the few episodes of Daredevil I watched a while back, but that had no effect on my ability to enjoy the show. There are subtle hints to the fact that “regular” people know about the existence of superheroes but aren’t aware of too much else about them. Don’t feel like you have to study up before diving in; the plot is captivating and won’t leave you confused.

 

There are lots of interesting relationships

Unlike many other action movies and shows, the relationships portrayed in Jessica Jones aren’t just there for the sake of having some romance. Instead, they actually add to the plot and keep the storyline moving along. I definitely found myself rooting for some and hoping for others to fizzle out.

 

The show tackles real-world problems

It’s true that the issue of accidentally murdering people isn’t a standard problem for most, but there are other real, important problems that the characters have to face. These include addiction, rape, loss of loved ones, divorce, PTSD and abuse, just to name a few. However, all are tactfully approached and aren’t just there for shock value.

 

The ending is satisfying

There’s nothing that I hate more than investing my time on a show (approximately 13 hours to be exact) only to end up feeling dissatisfied with the ending. I felt like nothing was overly rushed or dragged out, and characters generally got what was coming to them. How could anyone complain about a great show with an equally great conclusion?

 

The next time you find yourself looking for a new show to binge-watch, look no further than Jessica Jones! We promise you won’t be disappointed.

The 5 Best Products for Shaping Your Eyebrows

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(Image Credit: Miya227)

2015 has been the year of the eyebrows. Everyone seems to have suddenly remembered what great things eyebrows can do for your face! A strong brow really does frame the face — anyone who’s seen edited photos of celebrities without eyebrows would agree — and can seriously change your look for the better. Check out these products to see which options might be right for you!

 

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil

A brow pencil is the most obvious choice. There are lots of different shades to choose from, they’re easy to control, and they can look as natural or artificial as you want. This pencil by Hourglass is one of my favorites because of its shape; since it’s already on an angle, you don’t have to put too much effort into creating hair-like strokes.

 

Benefit Gimme Brow

This kind of product is perfect for someone who wants to achieve a quick, natural look. Gimme Brow is a tinted gel with fibers that volumize the brows. Comb through brow hairs, focusing on areas that need a bit more filling in. You’ll get added volume without looking like you’ve spent the last hour painting product on your face.

 

Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade

If your goal is to have a flawlessly executed brow, look no further than this brow pomade. You’ll need to pair it with an angled brow brush, and make sure you go easy on the product application! With a light hand, fill in spaces with tiny brush strokes to mimic hairs. Once you’re done, comb through with a spoolie to spread the product evenly. This will last you through a day at the office or an intense cardio session at the gym.

 

Sigma Brow Powder

This product is also a great one if you’re going for a more subtle look. Like the brow pomade, you’ll need an angled brush to pick up the product and mimic brow hairs with small strokes. However, this option isn’t as “permanent” and is a bit easier to control and fix up if you make a mistake. Plus, each duo comes with one light and one dark shade, so you can focus them in different areas depending on how intense you want your look to be.

 

NXY Control Freak Eyebrow Gel

If you want to set your look in place, or if you just want to keep your natural brow hairs from moving around too much, using a clear brow gel is the way to go. It will keep everything in place without the appearance of adding on any more product, and this one won’t leave you with a shiny coating.

 

Be sure to let us know if you try any of these out, and comment below with other brow products you’ve been loving!

Snapchat with Celebs: Who should you be following?

Snapchat with Celebs: Who should you be following?It’s no secret that celebs are all about social media. First, the trendy thing was Twitter. Then, everyone started making Instagram accounts (and thank God for that — what would we do without the knowledge of what Chrissy Teigen eats at every meal?). Now, it seems like everyone who’s anyone has Snapchat. Although it can get a little TMI with certain people, Snapchat is actually a pretty cool way to keep up with your favorite celebrities on a more personal level. Check out these famous accounts if you’re looking for some serious entertainment!

Shay Mitchell (@officialshaym)

Shay is one of my favorite Snapchatters. She’s the type of person that is always doing something, and she seems to always be willing to share her adventures with her fans. As of recent, her snaps have been filled with book signings for her new novel, Bliss, as well as with fun photo shoots and filming of Pretty Little Liars.

Ryan Seacrest (@ryanseacrest)

That’s right, everyone’s favorite host has a Snapchat! Here, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at red carpet events and see footage that you won’t find on any televised coverage.

Justin Bieber (@rickthesizzler)

As we’ve learned from recent events in Bora Bora, the “What Do You Mean?” singer is certainly not camera-shy. The Biebs loves taking pouty selfies and snapping clips of his fans at various concerts.

Calvin Harris (@calvinharris)

I’ll be honest and admit that I’m here mostly for any romantic T-Swift shots (which have yet to appear on my phone screen), but in the meantime, the DJ is quite active on Snapchat nonetheless. He’s a bigger fan of the selfie than you might guess, although he tends to take a more humorous route than Bieber, often poking fun at himself and those around him.

Rihanna (@rihanna)

I love Rihanna’s Snapchat stories. They’re just what you’d expect from her, if a bit more toned-down. Last week, she showed her fans a full day of wine tasting with her mother and friends and gave us a peek inside the primping process before a big event, because who doesn’t want to know what the day in the life of Rihanna is like?

Kylie Jenner (@kylizzlemynizzl)

I think it is safe to say that Kylie is the queen (or shall we say #kingkylie?) of Snapchat. She’s probably the most active out of everyone on this list, and shares a large variety of snaps, as well. On a regular day, you’ll probably see her getting her hair and makeup done, playing with her dogs, videos of her friends, shots of her many expensive cars and famous boyfriend Tyga hanging around her house. In short, Kylie never fails to keep her fans in the know.

Let us know what your favorite Snapchat accounts are below, and be sure to give some of these celebs a follow!

Why You Should Stop Checking Your Scale

Unless you participate in a sport that requires you to fall within a certain weight range, there is really no reason you should be overly concerned with how much you weigh. If you’re rapidly gaining or losing weight, then of course you need to address it with your physician, but basing your health and fitness off of a number isn’t always the best way to operate. Here’s a few reasons why you should quit checking your scale.

Weight fluctuates

If I weigh myself at three different times in a day, I can almost guarantee you that all three measurements will reflect different weights. This is for a few reasons. First, your weight will fluctuate during the day depending on what goes into (and what comes out of) your body, and second, you can’t guarantee that all scales are the same. If I eat and drink nothing between my house and the gym and get on the scales at both locations, I can never get one, guaranteed-accurate number.

 

It’s frustrating

Because weight does have this tendency to change on us every minute, tracking your health and weight loss progress through a scale can be a trying process. Nobody wants to see that they’ve gained a pound the day after a hard workout, but it happens often. This can be very discouraging; if you’re doing everything right but don’t seem to see any results via the scale, what motivation is there to keep pushing yourself?

 

Weight is just a number

I’m well aware that this is probably the most cliche thing I could tell you, but it’s true! Weight is nothing more than a number on a scale. It has little to do with how you look and is definitely not a reflection of how you feel. Many people who decide to dedicate themselves to a healthier lifestyle will find that their weight doesn’t change, or that they actually gain weight. However, this doesn’t mean that you don’t look way more toned and feel like a totally new person.

 

What you see in the mirror isn’t defined by the number on your scale. Learn to keep your focus on how you’re feeling, both mentally and physically, and you’ll start to notice much more consistent progress!

10 Things You Should Never Do at Work

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(Image Credit: Olly)

So you got a new job? Congrats! Working in a new place is exciting, but also a big adjustment. If you’re unsure of how to present yourself, avoid an awkward  faux pas and check out this list of 10 Things You Should Never Do at Work so you at least know what not to do. Continue reading

Cast Catch-Up: The stars of ‘The Hills’

THE HILLS (Image Credit: MTV)

THE HILLS (Image Credit: MTV)

If you had access to MTV between the years of 2006 and 2010, chances are good that you watched MTV’s The Hills. This Laguna Beach spinoff seemed to be just about every teen and preteen’s guilty pleasure back in the day. Since I’m sure you’re wondering what ever happened to your favorite Cali drama queens and kings, here’s a cast catch-up to bring you up-to-date! Continue reading

The Fall 2015 Beauty Trends You Need to Know!

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(Image Credit: Soup Studio)

As hard as it may be to admit, Summer 2015 is quickly coming to an end. While a lot of you might be most excited for pumpkin everything, what I’m looking forward to is the new wave of fall beauty trends. Put away your neon lipsticks and dark bronzers and check out what new makeup looks we’re eager to try this season! Continue reading

Managing Your Money Post-College

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(Image Credit: Masson)

So you’ve finally graduated from college. Congratulations! Now what? For many of us, this means finding a job, moving to a new place and starting our “adult” lives. This is an exciting step, of course, but it doesn’t come without its challenges. One of the most daunting aspects of this new chapter of life is the financial responsibility. Some graduates may be lucky enough to walk away with no debts and the start to a substantial savings, while others are struggling to see how their last four years of education will ever be paid off. Regardless of where you fall on the financial spectrum, here are some tips for managing your money post-college. Continue reading

Unruly Women in Media: Katniss Everdeen of ‘The Hunger Games’

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in THE HUNGER GAMES (Image Credit: Lionsgate)

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in THE HUNGER GAMES (Image Credit: Lionsgate)

Welcome to the final installment of the Unruly Women series! Thus far, we’ve looked at women from the ‘60s, ‘90s and present day. This week, we’re jumping way ahead and analyzing everyone’s favorite futuristic heroine, Katniss Everdeen. Continue reading

Unruly Women in Media: The Ladies of ‘Broad City’

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer in BROAD CITY (Image Credit: Comedy Central)

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer in BROAD CITY (Image Credit: Comedy Central)

Hello, and welcome back to the Unruly Women series! Last week, we looked at Samantha Jones, the overtly sexual, successful, Manhattan woman from Sex and the City. This week, we’ll be talking about two Manhattan girls who have the blatant sexuality of Samantha, but are nowhere near as well off, and have about a 20-year age gap with the notorious socialite. I’m talking about the one and only power duo, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer from Broad City. Continue reading

Unruly Women in Media: Samantha Jones from ‘Sex and the City’

Kim Cattrall as Samantha Jones in SEX IN THE CITY (Image Credit: HBO)

Kim Cattrall as Samantha Jones in SEX IN THE CITY (Image Credit: HBO)

Welcome to the third installment of our Unruly Women series! This week, we’re jumping back to the late ‘90s with Sex and the City’s own Samantha Jones. Last week, Sophia from Orange is the New Black showed us one trans woman’s struggles with gender and sexuality. As many of you probably know, these are not problem areas for Samantha. In fact, this is where she thrives. Continue reading

Entertainment’s Unruly Women: Sophia Burset of ‘Orange is the New Black’

Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset in ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Image Credit: Netflix

Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset in ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Image Credit: Netflix

Welcome back to the Unruly Women series! Recently, we took a look at Joan Holloway from Mad Men, an ultra sassy, forward-thinking businesswoman of the 1960s. Today, we’re jumping forward to the 21st century to another groundbreaking female character: Sophia Burset (Laverne Cox) from Orange is the New Black. Continue reading