Sequin Leggings

Between glitzy grandmas, pageant queens, Vegas bachlorette parties, New Year’s Eve clichés, and the 1980s, sequins often get a lousy reputation. Sure, they’re shiny and jazzy, but they don’t have to be tacky—or hackneyed. In fact, sequins can look extremely chic when styled in a modern way. The secret? Subverting expectations. Our favorite trick, as far as holiday dressing goes, is to replace that predictable sequin minidress with a pair of sequin pants, and keep your top casual—think a worn gray crew-neck sweatshirt or T-shirt, an oversized denim shirt, a fisherman sweater, or a black turtleneck.

Not only will you look like the most effortless girl in the room, but you’ll also stand out in the sea of ho-hum cocktail dresses. Check out the outfits below—all featuring sequin pants—for some serious holiday fashion inspo that’s equal parts festive and laid-back.


 

Wear Me!

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one. Etsy two. Nordstrom three. H&M
four. CiChic five. Pink Queen six. Dillard’s
seven. Shoptiques eight. Nordstrom nine. JC Penney
ten. Modern Vintage eleven. The Limited twelve. Urban Outfitters

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8 Wedding Rules and Traditions That Could Be Optional

Bouquet And Garter Toss

My cousin was married a few months ago and she was talking about the dreaded (well it is to me) garter toss. And how people won’t even know they’re missing it if they don’t do it. I thought, I’ve never been to a wedding where they haven’t done it but you know what, I love the idea! I don’t want to stand in a frenzy of women who feel the need to to grab this bouquet out of each others hands. I get it, I’m not married, let’s not shove a man’s hand up my dress in front of my gram to get the point across. ALSO I sure as hell don’t want my new husband displaying my thigh for all to see while he removes the garter and then tosses it to one of his drunken buddies. End rant.

 

Seeing the Bride Before the Wedding

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It’s tradition that the groom cannot see the bride in her dress before the ceremony begins. However, it’s become extremely popular for couples to have what’s called a “first look.” This means that the bride and groom get to see each other before the wedding ceremony begins and the emotional moment is kept between the two of them. This also makes the walk down the aisle a little less stressful. Still like the idea of surprising your husband? Do a first look with your mom and dad, the idea melts my heart, plus it’s a special moment alone with your parents!

 

The Bride Being Escorted Down the Aisle

The music is playing and all eyes are on you as you walk down the aisle. Though it’s tradition for the bride to be escorted not all people have that special someone in their lives. If you’re struggling to find someone who can walk you down the aisle, consider making the big walk on your own. Though it’ll mean more eyes are strictly on you, you’ll be able to make a grand entrance that highlights your beauty and happiness.

 

Wedding Party Must Match

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Why is this a thing? We all have different styles so why not show it off? Plus as I think of my best friends they come in all shapes and sizes. So, what looks good on a petite frame might not look so good on DD boobs. Don’t forget the guys either because I just adore having the mismatched look with the men as well. Mixing up tie styles along with different fabrics and shoes, what could be better?

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This looks amazing on people who can mix and match colors and fabrics, however, I am not one of them. Instead leave that up to the dress designer. Find a shop that offers dresses in a variety of colors and styles. That way if you have different body shapes and want everyone in red, they can pick out the dress they feel comfortable while you don’t worry if all the reds will match.

 

Wedding Favors

Quite frankly, most of us don’t even LIKE Jordan Almonds. Plus, we really aren’t looking for objects monogrammed with the newlyweds initials or wedding date to add to our ever-growing pile of “stuff.” Unless you can find something that’s unique,  meaningful and practical, you can pass on the wedding favors. My favorite idea is donating to a charity in lieu of a tchotchke that I’ll forget to take home at the end of the night.

 

Wedding then Honeymoon

Heading straight to your honeymoon sounds romantic, but it can be a logistical nightmare. Also,  for some couples, going on their dream honeymoon isn’t exactly in the budget after paying for a wedding. There’s no need to hop right on a plane after the wedding because most want nothing more than to relax with your new husband the day after. When you take your honeymoon is entirely up to you  (and maybe your boss a little bit). You can always take a few months, enjoy being a married couple at home, and save money. Also after you settle into your married routine you can enjoy a getaway a few months or a year later and relive that newlywed feeling!

Wedding Cake

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: a traditional wedding cake will never go out of style. But why settle for a classic white confection when your wedding day should be an event that is uniquely yours? After all, you’ve customized every aspect of your day, starting with a meaningful ceremony and ending with a handpicked playlist of your favorite tunes. And yet when it comes to the wedding cake, couples often forgo personality in favor of tradition.Who’s to say you can’t have a cupcake cake or a Krispy Kreme donut tower?

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Arranged Seating

I love these kind of laid back seating charts for casual beach weddings and rehearsal dinners. Believe it or not, guests do too. Who wants to be told where to sit? they came to relax!:

Guests can choose to sit wherever they want! It used to be that guests of the bride sat on the left side at the ceremony and guests of the groom sat on the right. Even now, plenty of your guests will go by this guideline to find their seats. But if your fiancé’s family is huge and yours is tiny, your ceremony will look a little weird if most people are seated on the right side. Keep the prime seating for your parents and grandparents and post a cute sign like “Pick a Seat Not a Side”.

So tell me your thoughts on traditions! Are there some you skipped out on your special day or did you hold as true as you possibly could? Comment below and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Coffee Table Trays

Dressing up the largest focal point of any living space, the sofa, the coffee table should be used for more than just a table for Friday night pizza or a place to store all the remotes. Instead, it should have as much style and presence as any of your home’s decor. And then, when you add a tray to keep the chaos at bay, you’ve got the perfect bit of foundation for styling and organizing. Let’s take a look at a list of great ideas and inspiration on how to style coffee table trays.

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Now, think about what you want to display but remember that it should either be something you love, or something you need. If it doesn’t fit into those two categories, then don’t display it.  Your decisions should reflect you, not what you think people want to see. For a good mix, consider this list and choose 4 main categories to fill your quadrants.  If you want more, that’s fine too.  You will just layer them.

|| Natural || Whimsical || Intellectual || Personal || Historical ||
||Scents”-able || Cultural || Practical ||

Got all that? Good.  Now, consider these as well as they are important for a eye-catching arrangement:

|| Height differential || Color blending || Layering || Textures ||


So get shopping and designing!

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one. Zara    two. One Kings Lane    three. wayfair
four. Crate & Barrel    five. Kohls    six. Pier 1
seven. Target    eight. Sur la Table    nine. World Marketten. West Elm    eleven. World Market    twelve. Etsy


  

 

Flannel My Favorite Winter Fabric

The best part of flannel shirts, besides that they’re fuzzy and warm, is that you can wear them so many different ways! They’re one of the most versatile pieces of clothing you can wear right as the temperature begins to drop. I really quite enjoy looking like a hipster lumberjack as I tie my buffalo check shirt around my waiste or add a little something to a cream sweater! Check out how to wear my favorite fabric then get shopping!

How to Style

Stay #Wellheeled with Solemates! https://www.thesolemates.com/our-products/: flannel shirt and jeans, so casual and comfy but looks stylish: tuck you plaid shirt into a skater skirt and add tights fot a gorgeous winter look: The Pink Lily Boutique - Navy Hooded Puffer Vest, $46.00 (http://www.thepinklilyboutique.com/navy-hooded-puffer-vest/): Grey knit + flannel Shirt + Mid denim | C/o www.pinterest.com/manonmuller/clothings-comfy-and-lounge/: Layer your plaid shirt under a sweater and let the collar and sleeves pop out for a preppy look.: Nordstrom Anniversary sale plaid shirt with open cardigan: Street style | Distressed denim, grey tee, plaid shirt and flats: Shoes: H&M, Jeans: F21, Tee: Target (old), Plaid: F21, Hat: F21: leggings and ankle boots are such a comfy match. add a flannel shirt to be even more comfortable: 15 outfits you can make with your flannel and plaid shirts!- flannel over dress: .Tartan plaid shirt, skinny black jeans, brown boots, white tshirt outfit, grunge hobo chic:


 

Get Shopping

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|| Nasty Gal || Wet Seal || ModCloth ||
|| Target || J. Crew || Madewell ||
|| J. Crew Factory || ASOS ||
|| H&M || Banana Republic || Gap ||

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Things I Never Learned in School

Hey, high school graduate of 2016! Congratulations on your graduation! You don’t know me, but I was you about 10 years ago.There’s a whole bunch of stuff that I wish someone taught me that would have been really, really useful. But nobody did. So I had to learn it the hard way.

This is my grandmother’s generation’s worst nightmare. Coming from a woman who could cook, clean and sew she didn’t have google to tell her how to cook a turkey. There are some things I wish that we learned a lot younger so we weren’t so… screwed now.

I remember in 1st grade learning about checks and balancing a checkbook which was awesome but that’s when the practicality ended. I don’t need to know the Pythagorean theorem or who the protagonist is in Othello. We need to learn more about life because not everyone goes to college after high school. So here are some topics I wish I didn’t have to learn the hard way.

Loans and Debt (Two words that make me sick)

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Looking back, few things are scarier than realizing that high school seniors are given the capacity to sign away their financial future, encouraged by deceptive college pamphlets that promise amazing job prospects and a four-year-long party. It’s hard to imagine an 18-year-old who wouldn’t sign up for 100,000 worth of debt for their studies. But if someone in their high school was teaching them exactly what paying that money looks like on an average salary, and how much money a month it will take away from things like rent and “going out,” they might think twice before taking the most fun-looking option, instead of the best deal.

 

Your Biggest Investment

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It’s not a car; it’s not a wedding ring; it’s not a house, and it’s not college. It’s retirement. You have to be able to pay yourself a salary from the day you retire until the day you die. How will you do this? By starting to save early and often. The second you get a job, start saving for retirement. You may not retire for 45 more years, but if you start now, you won’t have to save much every month.

 

How to sew a button back on.

Learning how to sew a button is a relatively simple skill. It’s also one that I never learned how to do in high school. I also had no idea how to work a sewing machine or hem my jeans. It’s important to learn how to fix them because it looks terrible when your buttons are missing off blazers and overcoats. You don’t have to be Vera Wang but teach me the basics!

 

Cooking something that isn’t instant.

Unfortunately, man cannot live on Taco Bell alone, though I wish I could. I remember taking a health class in my Freshman year of high school where I learned what the labels on the packages of food meant and what the proper daily intake is of sodium, sugar, and other things like that. Other than that though my cooking experience was pretty limited. It’s not something you can master right away but it would have been nice to at least learn the basics. Like when the hell an egg is hard boiled or how to cook rice and NOT have to call my mom with “when does chicken go bad?”.

 

Basic car stuff

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My father knows his way around cars and whenever he would go to teach me a little about changing my oil or about basic maintenance I’d just stare back at him pretending to listen. Then I would drive away in my Jeep. Later, I’d have a minor meltdown when my car’s oil light went on. No I still don’t know what a dipstick is….

 

Credit Cards

A credit card has its place in a household’s financial arsenal. However, too many people rely on credit cards to pay the bills, which can turn into a dangerous cycle. A credit card should not be viewed as something you can use to purchase things you can’t afford. Rather, it should be viewed and used as a last-case scenario for an emergency or a tool to build your credit. The easiest way to avoid a bad credit card scenario is by not getting into one.

 

What are taxes? Do I claim “0” or “1”?

Okay did anyone learn how to do this in private school? Because when it comes to paying taxes I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing. In fact, I don’t even know what “W-2” means. I just know that’s what I call that paper with my yearly income information. If it wasn’t for my CPA boyfriend literally doing my taxes every year I’m pretty sure the IRS would’ve thrown me in jail by now (if I made more money)…

 

Managing money

It’s fine when your mom packs your lunch and buys your clothes. There will come a point when the well runs dry. Does anyone really know how to manage their money? Be honest, can you even tell the difference between the accounting number and routing number on your checks?  Mainly I just really want to be able to buy a few sweaters and also eat for the week. Is that so much to ask?

 

Phone etiquette

Ringbacks are not ok. Vulgar voicemail recordings are also, not ok. Answering the phone with “What?” or “Yeah?” literally melts a piece of my soul away every time I hear it. So please grow up and learn how to use a phone or to be safe give out your mom’s home phone if you aren’t capable of adulting yet.

 

Cleaning

Turns out spraying Febreeze all over your apartment doesn’t actually make it clean and you need more than just Clorox wipes. Also shoving everything in a closet does not a clean home make. Now that you’re living in your own place and trying to function like a real adult, its time to become friends with your broom, vacuum and mop. Basically remembering that there are spaces that still need to be cleaned like doorknobs, refrigerators, and baseboards.

 

Time Management

Remember that time you had a paper due but decided a Netflix marathon was more important? Or when you told yourself you’d just go on Facebook for a few minutes and you ended up in your lab partner’s prom 10th grade prom date’s son’s first Christmas album? Time management is hard, especially when revamping your résumé is less entertaining than, well, literally anything else.But remember SVU is literally on every day and Lifetime now has a movie channel, so step away and get shit done!

 

Laundry

Is there a cycle for “hand washing”? Yes, it’s called bring it over your mom’s because she’ll know what to do. From foundation to pen, you should know how to take care of your clothes. Seems silly but the better you take care of this stuff the best you have to replace it!

So learn what you can from people around you especially you grandparents and parents. They though at certain ages does not seem it, are in fact a wealth of knowledge that you can learn so much from!

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Faux Fur Vests Under $100

My latest obsession? Faux fur vests. It’s chic, it’s warm, and it’s cruelty free — get cozy with the faux-fur trend that pops up every autumn and winter season. These vegan vest no longer look cheap and tacky like fake fur used to because more designers are going cruelty free in their collections. It adds a touch of extravagance and luxury to every outfit.

They are the perfect addition to any winter wardrobe and take your look from not-so-interesting to WOW. When you find the right faux fur, your pairing options are endless. Add a tan or creme colored best to an all black outfit or dress it up a little more and throw on your favorite LBD with some booties to glam up your night. Still doubtful check out these adorable outfits that incorporated these vests!


 

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Now get shopping!

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.one.  ModCloth .two. Lord & Taylor . three. Etsy
.four. ASOS .five. Nasty Gal .six. Zappos.com
.seven. Forever 21 .eight. Chic Wish .nine. Shoptiques
.ten. Zappos.com .eleven. Forever 21 .twelve. H&M

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Lace-Up Flats

When something’s hot, it’s hard not to notice these days. Micro-trends are picked up so quickly by some of my favorite brands and retailers and at the end of summer these laced beauties were being pinned left and right. Lace up flats are still having quite the moment right now and I’m loving it. If you’re like me, sometimes I like to give these types of trends a shot before investing in a pair that will last me longer. I rounded up my favorite on the web right now for you guys to enjoy… would you wear them too? Comment below! But first see how these rando girls on Pinterest rock this style into the cooler months ahead!


 

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Shop. Shop. Shop

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.one. ASOS .two. Nine West .three. Topshop
.four. Old Navy .five. Urban Outfitters .six. Gap
.seven. Lord & Taylor .eight. Threadsence .nine. Macy’s
.ten. River Island .eleven. Zara
.twleve. Charlotte Russe .thirteen. American Eagle .fourteen. Express

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No Bake Cookies

I’m not what you would consider a cook or baker. My mom on the other hand should quit her job and open a bakery but that’s another blog post for another day! A friend of mine shared this recipe and I have been obsessed ever since I tasted them! I love sweets and I am constantly looking for a healthy alternative to cupcakes and chocolate bars. These are super filling and have some pretty healthy ingredients for… well cookies. There are six simple ingredients! Check out the recipe!

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Combine the first three ingredients in a sauce pan. Warm until they all melt together.

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Add the last three ingredients in.

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Stir well!

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Drop by spoonful onto foil rapped trays to let them cool. I put mine in the refrigerator.

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Enjoy and store in an airtight container!

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Let me know what you think of the recipe! Comment below! I’d love to hear how they turn out if you decide to try these delicious cookies! So until next time my loves!

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I Wish I Was More Like Her

We compare, we lust and we want.all the things we can’t have. I look on with jealous eyes to those who have flawless skin, long legs and beautiful hair. I am envious of those who don’t need to workout and look incredible in a bikini. Why can’t I be more like her? Because she isn’t you. These girls I constantly compare myself to aren’t me, they don’t have my smile, my laugh, my heart. You have to be able to see everything from your complexion, to your shoe size as a unique and perfect part of you.

Free yourself from beauty trends, people’s opinions, and who you think you should (but never will) be. Accept yourself and what you have been given. Love and embrace every bit of it. Show others what you have to bring to this world, don’t become the girl you want to mimic. Who you are and what you are capable of is not restricted by your body, curves, skin or hair.

You are seen as more than bone and flesh, even though it does not always seem that way. You will be felt, from the heart, by all souls that want to see past the facade we paint on. Because that’s what you deserve and what you will get as long as you let it be. You are a collaboration of your beliefs, what you give your heart to, what you find funny, how you’ve been raised and so much more.

Comparing yourself to another is poisonous. You will constantly fail on trying to be someone or something you aren’t. Your body brings life, it has cared for you this long, it’s time t return the favor. Having a healthy body includes having a healthy mind with pure and kind thoughts. Start there and see how it goes.

It’s hard to do when there is this that nagging voice in our head that keeps seeing something wrong with us. It says we’re too much or too little, never enough and we need to change. But just for a moment, try to turn that voice around. Look at yourself with curiosity, excitement and especially with no judgement, no comparison. Rid yourself of feeling like you aren’t good enough.

All of this becomes irrelevant when people really understand who you are. You no longer are the pretty girl in the bar or the chick all the guys wanted in college, eventually you become someones mental stimuli, their world and better half.  I’m not talking about what you look like but who you are. You may feel seemingly ordinary but it’s your destiny to benefit someones life, even if it one human on this Earth.

The more attractive you feel the more attractive you are. So the ultimate goal is not to compare yourself to the rando girl on Pinterest but to wake up and feel like a rock-star every single day you wake up.