Copy Girls

I admire personal style. From the streets of Paris, to the girl wearing a bird on her head, it speaks volumes about someone who stays true to themselves. So, there is nothing that irritates me more than a girl who is not confident enough to have her own style. They become a carbon copy of the people they surround themselves with. You can easily spot these people because usually they are dressed very similar and act in the same ways. So one girl is trying to be her own person, while the other is the “parasite”. The most awkward part of it, is that people notice the change. People see that you now have the same hair cut and are wearing similar outfits.

When you’ve got something great going on, people notice and unfortunately some can’t resist jumping on your super-cool bandwagon. But if you understand why other girls are taking your style, then you can figure out what to do about it.

And let’s face it: We’ve all been guilty at one point or another of copying our friends. My sixteen year old self would tell you how much I wanted to wear exactly what the cool girls were wearing. They were pretty and popular, who wouldn’t want to look at them? Everything they were about made me want to copy them, shoes on their feet to their naughty saying AE tees.

But sometimes you’re looking at a living example of a psychologists wet dream. You know the girl who runs out to buy the same top you said you liked the weekend before, the girls who all of a sudden likes the same bands and worst of all the girl who tries to covet YOU, the language you use, the clothes you wear and the attitude you hold. So what do you do? Let it go? Stop talking to them? Scream?!

So my reaction would be the latter but I know my mom would tell me “if she copies you it means she likes your style”. I think that people imitate those they admire in hopes that their personality will magically rub off. Also, girls who copy tend to have a lower self-esteem. They don’t know how to be themselves, so they copy. If I like a shirt a friend is wearing so much I buy it myself, I twist it my own way.

So, if copykitty persists in her evil ways, and tries to use the lame old excuse that: “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” thank her for the compliment and all, but explain that she’s more likely to achieve fabulousness by being herself than by trying to be someone else.

But to be fair, imitation is human nature. Without consciously realizing it, we copy looks we see in magazines, on television, and in popular culture that surrounds us. It’s how trends are born. From leather pants to overalls, we copy looks that we think will fit our personal style or how we want to be perceived. Those who determine trends, fashion designers and magazine editors, know many seasons ahead of the rest of us what we’re all going to be wearing. They know it because they decide it. They determine how and what we will wear and when we wear it. It just takes you to twist it into your own.

Don’t be afraid to be different – we need individualism in this world. That’s what gives us our personality, stand out and be bold!

 

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I Pledge to Keep Up My Christmas Lights

Are you one of those people who can’t bear to take down your Christmas lights at the end of the holiday season? I can tell you that I definitely am! The house always has a cozy and festive ambiance through the holiday season that when it’s time to packed away for the following year, the house feels, well, rather cold and boring. There is something magical about a room being light solely by a few strings of lights, it’s welcoming and comforting.

So this year, I vote we all keep that festive spirit alive by giving classic Christmas twinkle lights new life! From adding ambiance to your bedroom to bringing a big dose of glamour to parties, lights warm up a room. Plus they make for the perfect ambiance to watch an entire season of Game of Thrones and drink a bottle of wine. So ANYWAY, here are a few ways to rock your Christmas lights all year and where to buy them so you can keep up the comfort and somewhat hipster vibe.

Try Me!

Picture Perfect WindowCozy HideawayOutdoor AmbianceOr just hang a few strands behind your canopy for a cozy glow.You can use globe string lights to outline a killer accent wall.If all else fails, drape them along a wall to make the whole place shimmer like the stars.Another trick: Forgo a pendant light or chandelier over the dining table and just go full-on string lights.Or use them to brighten and draw attention to high ceilings.If you want to divide an open-concept room without making it darker, add a wall of lights.Put a battery-powered strand in a bell jar for an artsy DIY light.String lights are often used in wedding, holiday and home decoration, and they can always make you feel warm, cozy and romantic. String lights are often used in wedding, holiday and home decoration, and they can always make you feel warm, cozy and romantic.

Buy Me!

RAMSTA Light chain 24 diamonds IKEA The LED light source consumes up to 85% less energy and lasts 20 times longer than incandescent bulbs.Starry Glass Globe String Lights - Diamond Lights On Silver Wireedison string lightsLED Fairy Lights, Timer, Silver Wire, 3 Feet, Warm WhiteString Lights Vickerman

|| Anthropologie || Urban Outfitters || Pottery Barn ||
|| Urban Outfitters || Ikea || Restoration Hardware ||
|| CB2 || Lights & Decor || Amazon ||
|| True Home Comfort || Target || PB Teens ||

My Christmas Playlist

Nat King Cole, “Adestle Fideles”

Ella Fitgerald and Louis Jordan, “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

Roger Whittaker, “Christmas Is Here Again”

Raffi, “There Was a Little Baby

Mariah Carey, “All I Want For Christmas Is You”

Perry Como, “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”

Elvis Presley “Here comes Santa Claus (right down Santa Claus Lane)”

Bing Crosby & David Bowie, “The Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth”

The Drifters, “White Christmas”

Nat King Cole, “The Christmas Song”

Brenda Lee, “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”

Mariah Carey, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Gloria (In Excelsis Deo)”

Eartha Kitt, “Santa Baby”

John Denver and The Muppets, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”

Alvin and the Chipmunks, “The Christmas Song (Don’t Be Late)”

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”

John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”

Perry Como, “(There’s No Place Like) Home For The Holidays”

‘N Sync, “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays”

The Beach Boys, “Little Saint Nick”

Wham!, “Last Christmas”

 

If Looks Could Kill..

A phrase my mother often would exclaim as I showed my distaste for something or someone. My fellow overly expressive facers, I know how hard it is, not having control over your facial reactions. There is nothing we can feel in secret – it’s all over our face. We constantly look incredibly shocked, or intensely focused, or more confused than any normal person has ever been. We struggle in silence, because our faces say it all. Here are some things that you’ll only understand if you, too, have an overly expressive face. Just remember, you’re not alone.

You face is even worse than you are at keeping secrets

If something exciting is happening, you can’t stop smiling. If there’s bad news, you’ll look slightly perturbed through all interactions. The simplest of emotions fly over your face quicker than you can help it.

You have no control over your eyebrows

Before you even know it they shoot up like fireworks on the Fourth of July, or even worse they scrunch together with every annoyance you come in contact with.

Half the time you have no idea your face “says it all”

People who know you, know best. They know when you’re happy and when you’re sad. Which means the whole, “nothing’s wrong” bit doesn’t really fly.

Your more of a candid gal

 

People think you’re excessively emotional

But actually, it’s just your face. You’re totally fine… once your eyebrows dropped

Your face is usually the first to know how you feel

‘You had a bad day huh?”

‘Yeah actually, I did!’

Your face has definitely landed you in trouble before

You know the terror of being asked ‘have something to add?!’… well nothing that won’t get me fired…

People stop mid conversation

Apparently your friends can tell your disgust with the way a story is going and often just exclaim, “WHAT!”

Two words: opening presents

The disappointed can be seen for miles as you open the matching scarf and glove set

People love watching you read

Everyone can tell when the book takes a turn on pg. 145 or when that really funny part happens in the movie you’re watching on your iPad.

‘What’s wrong?’

Occasionally your focused face looks a bit too intense, and ‘sh*t, I just realized I forgot to buy milk’ comes across as ‘everything is wrong in the world.’

The crazy eyes come out

You completely forget to wish your aunt happy birthday or to send out that email to your boss, and the look makes you a bit unstable

Isn’t that awesome?!

People often think your super excited when really you’re just normal excited. Or when your scared people think you’re overreacting, nope just my face.

Meme face

You often fear you’re face will be the next internet meme sensation

Resting bitch face?

Oh god no, my face doesn’t rest, ever. If I have an emotion or thought, my face is the first to let you know, and trust me, you’ll know.

So wrinkles are inevitable but it just means that I’m expressive and that I squint when the sun is in my eyes.

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Vegan Leather Leggings

Faux leather leggings are a major closet staple. You can wear them when you’re on the go, meeting up for coffee dates, or even out on the town for a girl’s night out. I am having a love affair with leather but my heart and wallet allow for a faux version to adorn my closet. Most (or at least me) might think of the Friends episode where Ross sweats too much and the pants become like casing on sausage which is most likely the case but you already wear those skinny jeans that dent your legs so you might as well add a leather legging to the difficult pants you wear.


 

How to wear them?

faux leather leggings, a denim shirt, favorite sweater, pile on the bracelets, grab your favorite structured bagNeed a pair of faux leather leggings like these! Found these for only $38!: Capri loves finding new ways to dress up and accessorize flannels. She approves of the trend!: Leather leggings! From the creator of Sex and The City, 'Younger' stars Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor and Nico Tortorella. Discover full episodes at http://www.tvland.com/shows/younger.: Is that a jacket or a cardigan? Either way, I love the shape.: Lovely grey loose sweater and leather leggings: #street #style / knit + scarf: Easy..perfect..look great...go...black sweater + "The Zoe" + booties..:


Where to buy them

 

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|| Nasty Gal || Bloomingdale’s || SOHO Girl ||
|| Target || Lord and Taylor || Charlotte Russe ||
|| Impressions || Macy’s || Topshop ||

So comment below I’d love to hear what you think about these faux leather leggings! Are they for you or do they look better on other people? Let me know!

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Life Is Too Short

Wear colorful lipstick. That really bright kind that you always try on in Sephora, love, but ultimately decide against because it doesn’t feel “like you.” You are definitely a lipstick girl.

Buy that dress that is a little too expensive. If you love something you should treat yourself every so often because it feels good. Sometimes it’s not always a financially smart decision to go blow through $200, so get a mani and pedi instead. Trust me the right color does wonders for the soul.

Your sanity is not worth a paycheck. A workweek should be enjoyable, never sacrifice who you are or your well being for a job. Just because a job feeds your bank account does not mean it should feed on you and your mental health.

Make yourself feel like a guest in your own home. Draw a bath, light a candle, play songs you enjoy and just relax. End your night with a good RomCom and you’re set.

Walk around naked in your apartment after a shower for as long as you like. Hell, watch an entire movie naked. Forget that you have to get dressed at all.

Surround yourself with people who encourage you, inspire you, love you for all your faults and believe in your dreams. Never settle for anyone less than those who love you with all their hearts. But remember you must do the same in return.

Mute people that you can’t literally cut our of your life. Remember that they hold not power over you so don’t let them control any aspect of your life.

Paint a room or a wall a crazy color. It’s just paint and it can always be changed. Give that fuchsia color a try, who knows you might absolutely adore it.

Go out on a random weeknight and have one too many drinks, because it’s fun and the second you swear off Tuesday-night spontaneity forever, you know you’ve gotten old. There’s always room for one impromptu happy hour every so often.

Order the fries. Have the extra scoop. Make yourself cupcakes, just because. Being healthy includes mental health, and agonizing over something delicious is never worth it. You can find balance and also find chicken nuggets. Sometimes.

Say “I love you” to the people you love. Let them know how much you care for them. Hearing the love someone has for you is an incredible feeling one we often put aside. So share that happiness.

Say “I’m sorry” to the people you know deserve to hear it. Swallow your pride and give them the apology that you would want to hear, and tell them how you’ll do better in the future. Ask what you could have done differently, and listen to what they say.

Call your mom just because, send your aunt a hand written note telling her all about what you’ve been up to, FaceTime a friend you haven’t talked to in awhile. Make someone’s day by reminding them how much you love them, and that you just happened to be thinking of them.

Take a trip with someone that you haven’t seen in awhile. College roommates make great travel partners. Plan a vaca! want to get a little crazy? Vegas is always a good time, or even plan a weekend getaway in a central location. You wont regret it.

Laugh at yourself. Laugh with others but remember be kind to all. People will remember the patience you had with them and the kindness that was in your heart.

Life is too short not to live exactly how you please.

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Gift Guide Under $50: For Her

I’ve collaborated some of my favorite gifts this season all under $50! There is so much out there for everyone, from your mom to your boss. So check out the different categories and get shopping! Just click on the picture! Don’t see anything you like? That’s ok because most stores now have a “Gift” section around the holidays that you can break down by budget. So go visit your favorite store and check their gift section! Happy shopping loves!

|| Fashionista ||

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|| Cold Weather ||

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Swarovski 14K Gold Initial Charm NecklaceDogeared Healing Gem Garnet BraceletProduct ImageWooden bead necklace - Long wood bead tassel necklace with taupe tassel - Natural wooden beads with a pale taupe tasselFeather Ring | Whimsical and handmade feather ring has a golden brass feather... | Rings


|| Techie ||

Amazon Fire TV StickR2-D2 USB Car ChargerSuper-Wide Angle Phone Camera LensEarmuff Headphones


|| Home Goods ||

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Ugly Holiday Sweaters

Guys, it’s that time of year again! The Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Season is upon us! I may or may not have made that up, but truth is…these sweaters aren’t going away any time soon. And why should they? Instead of wearing some dressy whatever to holiday parties this season, why not bust out a fun coversation-starter sweater?! I scoured the web for some seriously awesome ugly (and not-so-ugly) holiday sweaters. Go forth, find the one for you, and rock it with pride this holiday season.

jcpenney.com | Ransom Long-Sleeve Christmas Sweater Women's Ugly Christmas CardiganMen's Elf the Movie 'Son of a Nutcracker' Sweater (Red) - Ugly Holiday Sweater (Small)Men's Decorated Christmas Tree Hoodie (S/M)Main Product ImageWomen's Snowman Nose Thief SweaterUgly Christmas Sweater Keg Snowman Sweater with LED Motion LightsNational Lampoon Vacation Shitter’s Full SweaterMen's Star Wars Christmas SweatshirtHoliday Sweater Vest Green - Xhilaration™

Straight Outta North Pole - Ugly Christmas Sweater - Funny Christmas Sweater for Men Women - UnisexUgly Christmas sweater -- Dreaming of a White Christmas --- pullover sweatshirt -- s m l xl xxlHot Line Bling Grinch Ugly Christmas Sweater

 

one. JCPenney two. Target three. Amazon
four. H&M five. Amazon six. Dillard’s
seven. Tipsy Elves eight. Macy’s nine. UCS.com
ten. Kohls eleven. Forever 21 twelve. Target
thirteen. Etsy fourteen. Etsy fifteen. Etsy

So party on friends and wear your ugly sweater with pride! Don’t want to buy, I bet your gram has something that is party worthy!

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From Coworkers to Friends

Work is where we spend the majority of our time, so it’s no surprise the people who sit a few desks over can quickly become some of your closest friends.You see them every day, you spend time collaborating or sharing lunch with them along with growing your career and life with them.

Office chat

No matter what type of messaging chat your company has, you and your best are beyond thankful to have a more private way of communicating. If anyone asks it’s for professional reasons, of course. Unofficially though, it’s probably a good thing no one routinely reads your discussions. When you become friends with your co-workers, its pretty much an unspoken rule that you will be chatting periodically about everything from last night’s bad date to why on God’s green earth does there have there been so many phone calls today.

 

Fits of laughter and bad timing

21 Joys Of Having A Work BFF

It’s your month end meetin and you look over and burst into laughter over something.. someone did.. that really isn’t funny…and this happens, well… on a monthly basis.  Because you have tons of inside jokes (see chat point from above) and because you spend more time with them then your family, you understand each other on a very real level. Depending on how long you’ve worked together, this might occur without any verbal communication whatsoever. I’ve had this happen, it’s lovely.

 

You know each others secrets

21 Joys Of Having A Work BFF

At some point, office talk ends and you talk about your lives together. When you coworker shows up hungover, you know exactly why. When your coworker has a mysterious significant other around, you already know who the person is and how they met. When your work BFF looks exhausted or sad, you’ve probably shared what is happening with each other the night before, or you were there aiding in the sleepless night. At some point in your work relationship, you found a common bond that allowed you two to share information about your lives.

…and coffee order

24 Signs You've Found Your Work BFF

This means we’re going past like and into love territory. The day a co-worker or boss brings in your favorite drink along with those McDonald’s hash-browns you love, you know you can never work anywhere else.

 

Lean on me

21 Joys Of Having A Work BFF

It can get kind of tricky keeping your personal life completely out of your work life (if for some reason someone is amazing at this, please tell me your secrets in the comments section) but when you work with cool people they help you keep it together when those pesky personal life issues leak their way into work life. Without even trying your friends keep you focused when the furthest thing in your mind is work, and the best coworkers have a knack of offering unsolicited advice that is both funny and helpful.

 

Good days and bad

21 Joys Of Having A Work BFF

Everyone has a bad day at work every now and then. The people who sit next to you can very easily pick up on your everyday habits and mood fluctuations. That’s why, when you have a particularly bad day, it’s easy for your coworkers to tell something is off. They’re also the ones most likely to pick you up and help shake you from whatever might be bothering you. Sometimes you need a vent session in the kitchen or a good cry in the chart room.

Time flies when you’re having fun

27 Faces All Work BFFs Have Definitely Made Before

When you least expect it, you find yourself laughing with your coworkers. They seem to find ways to entertain you until you realize half of your day is gone. Without them, how could work ever be so enjoyable? They are the reason you realize you love your job, and you love to spend every day with them.

Cover my back and help each other

21 Joys Of Having A Work BFF

Like when you left early because you honestly could not handle one more minute of (insert mind numbing task here) or when they totally fucked up that really important thing for your boss and you had the decency not to throw them under the bus to make yourself look better. In the dog eat dog world of professional careers, it’s always nice to know that you have people looking out for you and vice versa. Plus it’s nice to have someone to help you whenever you need it. Friday at 4:45 is a bad time to file but if you have a friend to join you for a little gossip session, the task is done in no time.

 

Everyone in the office knows your friends

27 Faces All Work BFFs Have Definitely Made Before

You end up getting so incredibly close to them, seeing as you spend day-in-and-day-out together, that you inevitably know every single thing about their lives. Usually more than you need and want to know. They support your goals and dreams and terrible ideas. They always seem to have what you need, be it a feminine product, medicine, a no-judgment zone when you need to cry about your ex during the work day… again.