Spice Up Your Summer Wardrobe With Our Summer Boot Guide

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When you think summer footwear, you probably envision some nice toe-freeing sandals, maybe some wedges if you’re feeling fancy – but boots probably aren’t at the top of your list. Though boots are traditionally associated with the cooler fall and winter season, with the recent trend toward ankle boots and booties, it’s easier than ever to incorporate boots into a trendy summer look.

We partnered with JustFab to bring you some ideas how to match your boots with your warm weather wardrobe. Check out our favorite creative ideas, and if you like what you see, click through any image to purchase from JustFab.

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How to Look Your Best in Pictures!

How to look your best in pictures!

There unfortunately is no step-by-step manual on how to be photogenic, but being “unphotogenic” does not mean that you are not physically attractive. The most gorgeous person in the world could look like an absolute toad in pictures. There is a certain art to taking a good picture. Sometimes it is random, someone just catches you at the right time in the right place. But there are some tricks of the trade that can help you to make every picture a good one. Continue reading “How to Look Your Best in Pictures!”

Finding the Right Bra for Your Summer Tops

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It’s officially summer, and I’m officially hot. I’m not complaining – I’ll take 100 degrees over 40 any day. But summer weather comes with a summer wardrobe, and a summer wardrobe comes with unique challenges. Specifically: how in the world are you supposed to wear a bra with that see-through, giant arm-holed, weird-backed tank that happens to be the only thing that keeps you cool at high noon in the summer sun?

It is increasingly impossible to wear a good ol’ fashioned normal bra with trendy summer tops without it peeking out in a variety of unflattering or unattractive ways. In most cases, though, this problem can be solved with the right bralette or sports bra – something that’s both meant to be seen and doesn’t cut your body in weird places. As an added bonus, they’re usually more comfortable than a regular bra.

But you still have to be careful – the wrong bralette might not give enough support, and sports bras have a tendency to smush breasts into the dreaded uniboob. But fear not! There are bras out there that will actually look nice peeking out from under summer tops and give you some support and shape. Here are some of our favorites:

Victoria’s Secret Keyhole Mesh Sports Bra

(Image Credit: Victoria's Secret)
(Image Credit: Victoria’s Secret)

 

While technically a low support sports bra, this baby comes with removable padding for shape and the functional but cute design makes it perfect under racerback tanks or for yoga class. And for only $20, it’s a multitasking deal!

Aerie Lace Pushup Racerback Bralette

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(Image Credit: Aerie)

Lace bralettes are certainly pretty, but often they lack support. This lace bralette has a leg up on its friends due to soft foam padding, which makes it a viable option for even larger-chested ladies.

H&M Soft-Cup Microfiber Bra

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(Image Credit: H&M)

This bra takes the form and function of a normal bra and meshes it with a soft, smoothing fabric. The result? A bra that gives you shape but doesn’t poke or squish in awkward places – and it  doesn’t look awkward peeking out of a shirt! (There’s a similar lace version if you’re looking for something prettier. )

Victoria’s Secret PINK Ultimate Racerback Push-Up Bra

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(Image Credit: Victoria’s Secret)

This unique bra looks like a sports bra but is built to be a comfy push-up. It has the lines of a sports bra, but is a more supportive option if you’re not entirely comfortable with a minimal support bralette.

 

Fabletics Lyra Bra

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If you have a lot of low back or backless tops, this bra offers a funky, strappy design in the back that would jazz up any outfit. It has removable cups and is available in handful of unique colors and patterns.

 

TopShop Microfiber Crop Top

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(Image Credit: Topshop)

Smooth on the front and sides but with fun lace flourishes in the back, this bralette is the perfect marriage of form and function. It would look great under a top with open sides or an open back; the only shame is that it’s not available in more colors.

Now you’re all set for a summer bra shopping spree – and don’t forget to pick out bold colors and patterns to make the most of it!

Off the Runway and Down the Street: An Easy Way to be on Trend this Spring

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(Image Credit: Urban Outfitters, Free People)

Spring has finally sprung in most of the country; time to peel off the heavy layers and defrost our look.  We saw some killer looks for Spring 2016 on the runway and in the top fashion mags—here are some easy, wearable looks that will keep you right on trend without breaking the bank.

 

The Cold Shoulder

We’re seeing a lot of cool, off the shoulder looks this season.  It’s a subtle way to show a little skin all while creating major interest in a piece that instantly wows.

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(Image Credit: Urban Outfitters)
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(Image Credit: ASOS)

 

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(Image Credit: Free People)

 

 

All White Everything

White is a big color this season from head to toe.  We’re seeing a total revamp of the basic white shirt; textiles and designs that make it current and closet-worthy.

And “Damn, Daniel!” wasn’t wrong either!  He most definitely is ‘back at it again with the white Vans”… and you can be too!  White sneakers – especially white throwback sneakers and slip-on sneakers, are having a moment this season.

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(Image Credit: H&M)
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#TBT Sneaks

Speaking of all white sneakers, throwbacks are making a huge comeback for spring/summer 2016. Sneakers and slip-ons haven’t left the fashion scene; they just keep getting better.  It’s back to basics with the styles we lived for in the 90’s and the top brands are all over this—and nailing it! Not to mention, our feet have been comfortable for about 3 seasons straight now—we SO want this to keep going!

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(Image Credit: Sketchers)
(Image Credit: Sketchers)
(Image Credit: Sketchers)

 

 

Mixed Media

A total mash-up of fabrics, textiles, and textures has entered the mix.   It’s not just leather and lace, it’s unique blends and creative looks that guarantee to stun.  Add interesting hemlines, ruffles, and/or stripes to the mix and you’ve hit the trifecta.

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(Image Credit: Nordstrom)
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(Image Credit: TJ Maxx)

 

 

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(Image Credit: Urban Outfitters)

 

 

Come Suede with Me

Suede is another hot look for spring 2016.  Whether done in a slinky dress or a cool top, It’s one way to add texture to your wardrobe.  Find suede, or faux suede pieces done in a simple way that stretch your closet—wearable, mixable, and flattering.

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(Image Credit: TJ Maxx)
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(Image Credit: Urban Outfitters)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Little Slinky Dress

This will become your go-to this season for a dressed up look or even a basic layering piece.  It skims the body so delicately, making it figure flattering and creating a beautiful neckline that will elongate the body.  Wear it as is with a cute sandal, or make it casual with a retro sneaker, OR throw a chambray shirt or denim jacket over for a daytime vibe.

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(Image Credit: TJ Maxx)
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(Image Credit: Urban Outfitters)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Backpacks on Backpacks

It’s settled! The backpack stays for spring/summer 2016 as women everywhere love this easy, fresh look.  Look for fun colors and feminine silhouettes to spark some interest in this easy to wear must have.

(Image Credit: Urban Outfitters)
(Image Credit: Urban Outfitters)
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(Image Credit: TJ Maxx)

 

5 Pizza Inspired Accessories for The Pie-Lover in Your Life

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(Image Credit: Dolls Kill)

How awesome is pizza? So awesome, right? Well, as much as you may love it, there’s always someone in your life that loves it even more. Like, two to three times a day kind of love. So why not get them awesome for their birthday or even Valentine’s Day! It’s coming up soon! Here are a few ideas to get you started on the right pizza-centered track.

Pizza Necklace

What’s a better way to express their love for pizza than wearing it around their neck and keeping it close to their heart?

 

Pizza Sleeping Bag

It’s pretty pricey, but how awesome would it be to bring this awesome sleeping bag on camping trips or sleepovers? Pretty dang awesome is the answer.

 

Pastel Pizza Earrings

Is there a pizza lover in your life that’s pretty girly and likes cutesy things? Then these earrings are perfect for them! From far away, they barely even look like pizza!

 

Pizza Scarf
With winter fully upon us, what better way to keep warm than this adorable scarf? It even comes in a cute pizza box!

 

Pizza shirt

Do you have a pizza loving not-so-friendly friend that needs a gift this year? This shirt is sure to make them smile at least a little!

 

Well, there you have it. Just a few ideas to get you started as you search the internet for seemingly never ending pizza accessories. Good luck in your shopping and may the Pizza Gods smile down upon you!

Fashionable Coats that Won’t Break the Bank

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(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!

AshleeeyBash: Niall Horan + Selena Gomez?! #VSFashionShow. Saint West! Oh, my!

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(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

It’s December 9 (AKA CHRISTMAS IS REALLY SOON) and THIS is what’s been happening allover my feed lately. We got the whole Niall + Selena rumors, Victoria Secret Fashion Show, Remakes, Saint West AND MORE. Thanks for letting me do this guys. THIS IS AWESOME.

Top 5 Awesome Gifts (For Any Occasion!) from Modcloth

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(Image Credit: Modcloth)

I have done way too much online shopping in my day. Like, honestly, it’s a problem. But my shopping addiction aside, whenever a friend is struggling for Christmas or birthday gift ideas, I always send them to Modcloth. They have such a wide variety of items and there is always some kind of wonderful treasure you can find as a gift for a friend or a gift for yourself! So with Christmas almost upon us, here are just a few awesome gift ideas from Modcloth.

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Whaled It! Measuring Cups

Do you have a friend or relative that’s just settling into a new house or apartment? It’s very likely that they’re also trying to settle into adulthood, but some things slip through the cracks – like buying the right curtains or kitchen tools that you don’t think of until you’re baking cookies at two in the morning. So maybe this Christmas be a great friend and get them these adorable and colorful whale tail shaped measuring cups. While functional, they are also so playful and cute. Adulthood won’t seem so bad as long as you’re still having fun, right?

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Biking through Brussels Dress in Navy

Do you have someone in your life that is in love with the vintage style? Perhaps they are obsessed with Jessica Day’s wardrobe from the Fox show New Girl? Well, with a little research, they might be surprised to find out that a lot of her wardrobe comes from Modcloth! Whether it’s polka dots or Peter Pan collars, Modcloth has the vintage style dresses you are looking for. The dresses can be on the pricier side, such as this navy blue A-line dress that runs for $89.99. But if you really want to surprise a loved one, splurge on a dress or two from Modcloth.

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Twine After Time Photo Hanger Kit

If you have a brother or sister that’s about to move into a dorm, this is the perfect gift for them. Dorms can be so dull, and what better way to spruce up a room than with pictures of your loved ones? This hanger kit is perfect for organizing your favorite photographs on your walls. And at $24.99, not that expensive! If you want to make your room a little more festive, grab some twinkle lights and string them around this kit for an ultra-awesome look that will have that dorm room feeling like home in no time.

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Mittens Inspired by Kittens Convertible Gloves

The accessories category on Modcloth is unbelievable. Vintage sunglasses, cute and creative purses, and endless scarf options – how do you even begin to choose? If there’s a cat lover in your life, it’s very likely that they will fall in love with and greatly appreciate these adorable mittens as the colder months creep up on us, Besides, they have cat heads on them! What’s cuter than cats? The answer is nothing.

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Gloaming Review Blanket

Have you ever opened a present to reveal a blanket and been upset about it? No, of course not! Blankets are the best present to get, because who doesn’t love pretty soft things you can wrap yourself up in? If you’re shopping for someone and are at a total loss for what to get them, you cannot go wrong with a blanket from Modcloth. There are so many patterns to choose from, you may be there for a while.

 

So there are just a few options to choose from as you scroll through Modcloth’s amazing selection. Whether it’s a dress, a pair of shoes, pillows, kitchen tools, or a necklace or two, you cannot go wrong with this creative and fun website. Your options are endless, and with the Christmas season coming up, it’s time to start scrolling!

Would You…Wear Days of the Week Underwear?

Would You…Wear Days of the Week Underwear?What could be better than a designated pair of underwear for every day of the week? No time spent digging through your dresser trying to find the right pair; you already have them! Underwear is underwear so as long as it serves the same purpose, I’m not opposed.

Yes, without a doubt I would wear some day of the week undies. In my search for pairs that caught my eye I realized that a pair of underwear for every day of the week does not come cheap! You can get them from a department store, a chic and trendy designer or even handmade on Etsy. Regardless of where you go you’re going to lay down some serious dough for a pack of undies.

These colorful panties from JCPenney come included with daily hashtags. Is there anything better than a pair of underwear and a daily Instagram reminder all-in-one? Out of all of the options I came across, these seem like they’re the most comfortable and realistic to be worn seven days of the week.

If you’re in the mood to splurge on undies, you could go the designer route and get these frilly and delicate Stella McCartney panties featured on ShopBop for the small price of $195.00. If you have that kind of money to spend on underwear, please go ahead and tell us if they’re worth the price tag!

Don’t worry guys, there’s day of the week underwear out there for you too! Amazon has an assortment of daily boxers for men just in case you were feeling left out. These casual boxer briefs will be your daily reminder to slip into a clean pair!

No fuss, no thought process, just grab the day and slide them on! Let us know down in the comments if you would wear a set of these convenient undies!

See What It’s Like to Be a Supermodel with Karlie Kloss’s ‘Klossy’

Karlie Kloss is a world-famous supermodel, fashion icon and Girl Squad member all-in-one. The mega star has found herself thrust into the spotlight thanks to her successful modeling campaigns with companies like Victoria’s Secret and Dior, just to name a couple. Kloss has recently been seen strutting the catwalks at various fashion weeks, as well as red carpets all around the world.

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What’s the Big Deal About…Fabletics

There are monthly subscription services for basically everything these days, so it was only a matter of time before athletic gear got tossed into the mix. You may have heard about Fabletics, a monthly subscription service for fashionable workout apparel, but you may have some questions or hesitations about committing to signing up. I’m going to give you the rundown of everything Fabletics to help you determine if the service is right for you.

What it is: Fabletics features an online shop with a variety of workout gear including tops, leggings, sports bras, shorts, jackets, and even accessories. You can purchase individual products on their own, or you can choose to purchase a full “outfit,” which is a pre-selected combination of 2-4 Fabletics items carefully chosen to work together perfectly.

When you sign up, you take a short quiz that helps Fabletics determine which outfits are best suited to your needs, but you’re welcome to purchase any outfits, not just your top picks.

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(Image Credit: Fabletics)

How it works: You can purchase items or outfits as a guest at their full price, or you can register as a VIP member, which gives you a discount on all Fabletics merchandise.

The catch? Once you register as a VIP, Fabletics will send you a message at the beginning of each month linking you to their new monthly outfits. You can choose to purchase an outfit, or, if nothing strikes your fancy, you can skip the month – but you only have until the 5th of the month to select the “skip” option, or your credit card will get charged $49.95 and you will be given an equivalent credit on your account to use at any time.

You can cancel your VIP membership at any time, but unlike other subscription services (like Birchbox), you need to call and speak to customer service; you can’t just cancel over the web.

As a VIP, you earn rewards points for each dollar you spend and for each product review you post. Your reward points can be redeemed for specific items in the Fabletics shop – there are a variety of reward item options at varying point levels.

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(Image Credit: Fabletics)

Quality and Price: Fabletics gear is high quality and sturdy. It’s not quite Lululemon, but it’s definitely a step up from what you’ll find at Target. The prices are in line with that – you won’t be spending $100 on a pair of yoga pants, but you are looking at around $40-$60 for a pair of pants at the non-membership price. VIPs are looking at about $30 for the same pair.

Outfits run around $50-90 for VIPs depending on the amount and type of pieces included, but outfit prices increase significantly if you’re not a VIP – for example, an outfit that costs a VIP $79.95 is $139.90 for a non-member.

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(Image Credit: Fabletics)

What are the outfits like?: Pretty much all outfits include a top and a bottom of some kind, whether it’s shorts and a tank or compression crops and a sweatshirt. Some outfits offer a third piece, like a sports bra or a jacket, and occasionally you’ll find 4 piece outfits with headbands or other accessories included.

Outfits are added monthly with new pieces and updated patterns. There are some standby items (like the salar capri) that is consistently available, but the colors and prints offered change based on the month. Other pieces are specific to a particular month or season and are unavailable after they sell out.

The patterns and designs are usually really cute and fashionable, but you do have to be mindful of fashion vs. function. Most fabletics pieces are intended for both, but they do offer “athleisure” pieces that might not hold up to intense activity. You’ll find that some months the new outfits are full of adorable and fun new ideas, while others are a little less exciting – but it balances out when you skip a few months but then have a month where you want all the outfits.

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(Image Credit: Fabletics)

What I Like: The quality for the VIP price is quite high for Fabletics, and I’ve yet to receive a piece that’s a total dud. The website features a really useful (and active!) section of user reviews and fit surveys to help you determine what items will work for you and what size to select. The only bummer about it is that you won’t find any reviews on brand new pieces, so you have to take a chance. That said, Fabletics does have a very simple return process if you do happen to get something that totally doesn’t work for you.

The concept of pre-determined outfits is great if you want a little help putting together a look, but you also have the freedom to mix and match colors and patterns within the outfit you pick, so you don’t have to order an outfit exactly as is if you are more interested in the individual pieces than the overall look.

I really like how often Fabletics mixes up their colors, patterns and styles, and their pieces often have unique details that make them feel special. I like the freedom of being able to get the VIP deals a few times a year but not having a commitment to buy every month.  I don’t have any problem remembering to skip months (Fabletics sends an email on the 1st of the month, which serves as a great reminder), so I’ve never run into trouble with having my card charged when I wasn’t expecting it.

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(Image Credit: Fabletics)

What I Don’t: The reward system is just okay. It used to be that once you reached a certain amount of points, you could trade them in for a full Fabletics outfit of your choice. Now that points are traded for single items, it does feel like you get less for your points, and you don’t have as many options to pick from. I also find that the items available for rewards are often sold out in most colors/sizes, further limiting your options.

I hate hate HATE that you have to call to cancel, and I’ve heard that customer service can be a huge pain about canceling. I’ve also heard from people who had no trouble canceling, though, so it might just depend on who you talk to.

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(Image Credit: Fabletics)

Bottom Line: Fabletics is a great service if you like variety in your workout gear and value the combination of style and functionality. However, if you’re not planning on taking the VIP route, the price might outweigh the novelty. And if you do  take the VIP route, make sure you’re comfortable with the responsibility of checking in at the beginning of each month in case you want to skip.

 

Halloween Costumes for Slackers Like Me

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(Image Credit: Zinkevych)

Here we are, in October, and I’m thinking, “How did I get here?” As I have this seasonal existential crisis, I search through my closet for warmer clothes and catch a glimpse of the singular costume I own—a sexy pirate costume– which I have tucked away in the back of my closet. I’m one of those girls that jerry-rigs my Halloween costume together with pieces I own or can quickly pick up the day before, because let’s face it, you know I am not planning that far in advance. “Oh, Halloween is tomorrow? I guess I can go pick up a yard of fur fabric and call myself a cave woman.” But in all seriousness, let’s take a deeper look into how we can go from Last Minute Lillies to the Belles of the Ball this Halloween. Continue reading “Halloween Costumes for Slackers Like Me”

REVIEW: Jackpot Candles are a real prize!

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(Image Credit: Jackpot Candles)

There are several things in life that I have a hard time turning down. One of those things is a candle. I love candles, and I have two shelves in my pantry that prove to you that I seriously don’t need to buy anymore. However, I just keep coming back to candles because there’s nothing like coming home from a stressful day at work, turning on your favorite music, dimming the lights and lighting a candle to just relax (optional but usually required – a glass of wine). Continue reading “REVIEW: Jackpot Candles are a real prize!”

Ashleeeybash: My reaction to Hollaback! Collaborating with ModCloth

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)
(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

We’ve all, in one way or another, experienced street harassment, and it’s so annoying. Enough is enough. When I found this little email in my inbox, I jumped at the thought of it and figured this would be great to really talk openly about because I’ve experienced it and it’s not fun. At all. Let me hear your stories down below! Continue reading “Ashleeeybash: My reaction to Hollaback! Collaborating with ModCloth”