Girl Power

Feminism: good or bad? I think good, but that depends how you define it. I’m not talking whatwouldabout the “I don’t need a man! I can do everything myself!” kind of feminism, but the kind of feminism that empowers girls to be who they are. Being yourself is so important because it makes you happy in life. So many people think that if they are true to themselves, the will be judged – which can happen. The truth is, you should have people in your life that you are comfortable being yourself with, not afraid to be yourself with. Don’t keep people around who bring you down, it’s that simple!

Selena-Gomez-seventeen02Seventeen Magazine (one of my favorites) dedicated their entire March 2014 issue to Girl Power! It was truly one of my favorite editions for a number of reasons. One, its cover girl was Selena Gomez and I mean who doesn’t love her? She talked about how to find your power and how to be yourself.  It was such a popular piece that Seventeen now has devoted a section of their monthly editions, for now at least, to Girl Power.

Not only is Seventeen making a difference, but Sheryl Sandberg has started a movement called “Lean In.” It is an amazing empowerment movement that encourages women and girls to speak up and lead in life. Women should not be held back or hold themselves to lower standards than men. It is amazing what women can accomplish and they should not be afraid to show who they are and reach higher than ever before. Her book is all about TD_BanBossy_1this and you can also check out Leanin.org to see how you can empower yourself. In addition, Sandberg teamed up with the Girl Scouts to start a “Ban Bossy” campaign that is against the word “Bossy” or “Bitch” for women in the workplace, or in life, who are aggressive (act like a man) to achieve their goals in life. It is not fair to call a women bossy for being powerful. Women have every right to succeed in life and they shouldn’t feel bad about it. Celebrities like (the fiercest woman of all time) Beyoncé, Jennifer Garner, Jane Lynch, fashion designer  Diane Von Früstenberg, and more all have teamed up with the campaign to show their support and share how powerful this message should be.


Beyoncé has always been so involved with women’s empowerment so it is no surprise that she was involved here. Her songs empower women to do all kinds of good for the world and for themselves. She is the definition of fierce and I mean that in a good way. Her involvement in Lean In and Ban Bossy will help change the mindsets of girls for generations to come. So the obvious answer to the question “Who runs the world?” will always be girls.

Keep doing you Bey, keep doing you.

Keep doing you Bey, keep doing you.

Don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in and for yourself because you can do anything you want and you can do it without letting other people bring you down. In the words of Beyoncé “I’m not Bossy, I am the Boss.” So be a badass and take control of your life, because I am telling you that it will be amazing.

Instgram: My (Not So) Secret Obsession

If there is one thing I love in this world more than food, it would have to be taking pictures (yes of other things beside my food). Instagram is my favorite place to share those pictures with people that I know. Not only do I take the time to take the perfect picture, but I also take the time to perfectly edit it. Let’s put it this way, Instagram is pretty important to me.

This is my Instagram Page on the website

This is my Instagram Page on the website

I know that this probably sounds ridiculous to a lot of you, but Instagramming pictures makes me happy. When I see a new picture on my page, it makes me excited. I am happy to share my life with my family and friends through pictures. I think that photography is an amazing way to express yourself and being able to share those pictures is a big part of the fun. I like taking pictures of all sorts of things – although I don’t love taking pictures of other people because I, being who I am, like to be in pictures.

As you can see, from the Instagram scroll on the side of the blog, I like taking pictures of all sorts of things: sunsets, food, my friends, food, myself, food, and city scenes. Then I take those pictures and edit them on another app called “Afterlight.” Afterlight is a miracle app and I believe that it is the best editing app out there (I have probably tried close to 100 apps). It is easy to use and makes your pictures look incredible. So after the picture is edited, I take it over to another app (Instagramming is a long and important process so stay with me it’s almost over) called “Squareready.” Basically, what the app does is in the name: it gets your pictures ready to be instgrammed in the shape of a square, whether it be cropping or adding a white background to fit the whole picture into Instagram. From there, just bring the picture to instagram and you’re set to go! Oh and for those of you wondering, never use an Instagram filter and an editing app – that’s just too much.

Just my computer... which I am obsessed with!

Just my computer... which I am obsessed with!

Finally, the caption. Sometimes emoji’s will suffice, but I usually opt for something clever + emojis to add some flare. For example, “sNOw doubt the best place on earth,” on a picture of a snow scene and on a picture of my fudge “this is fudeging awesome.” The punier the better. It makes for a better Instagram overall. And then theres the geotag. Geotagging is also strongly encouraged because it adds to the “chicness” of your overall Instagram.

So don’t shy away from the temptation, this is actually a harmless thing to be addicted too. I promise. The worst thing that could come out of this is too many likes on your picture…wait, is that even possible?

February Favorite Brand: Brandy Melville

Brandy Melville has become one of the most popular brands among teenage girls everywhere. In my town, it is impossible to walk down the hallway in school without seeing at least five people wearing an article of Brandy clothing – so you know it must be über trendy! I cannot explain the excitement that purchasing new clothing gives me and I am sure a number of other girls as well, so when I found this amazing brand that was really affordable, I was in love.  brandy-melville-new-york-201205301203-2-flyer053012

Brandy has so many locations. They are all so cute and the vibe of them makes you want to shop (which I think is one of their secrets to success). In each store, the walls are lined with wood and there are clothes to purchase hanging all over the walls. It is a very creative way of selling their items. In addition, they also have a great online site. It is very easy to buy things from their website -which can be dangerous because it is simple to “overclick” (guilty as charged).  Image

Another thing that is so fun about Brandy Melville are the graphic t-shirts. Brandy has taken quotes from movies, songs and books and perfected them into shirts, hats, signs, Screen shot 2013-06-05 at 9.31.54 PMand more. Some common quotes they use include the infamous “you can’t sit with us” from mean girls, “bitch don’t kill my vibe” from Kendrick Lamar’s Bitch Don’t Kill my Vibe and their own famous “stay weird.” In addition to quotes, the graphics also feature LA and NY fashioned items and other graphics like skulls, moons, stars, and fun sayings. The shirts pair perfectly with sweaters or skirts, leggings or shorts, and the hats can be worn year round. You can never have too many graphic items because they can be worn so many different ways.

Beside the graphics, Brandy has some great regular clothing items. Brandy is a brand that has a brandy-melvillelot of basic items, although when put together they can create a great outfit. The tops are very soft and comfortable. They are light & perfect to pair with leggings when you are in a rush or dress up when you want to layer. My favorite clothing item from Brandy are the skirts. I wear them high waisted with crop tops in the summer and in the winter they look great with sweaters and tights.

Screen shot 2014-02-20 at 5.20.34 PM Brandy Melville also has awesome accessories. I have 6 scarfs which is made from the softest material ever (same material as a bunch of the shirts – so you know everything is super comfy). The jewelry is really cool and although it isn’t the best quality, it is usually $5 so it’s worth a few outfits. They also have bags – I have an over the shoulder bag that I use daily and it works wonders. Also (i feel like this is a never ending list of accessories) there are amazing phone cases!! They are very fun and very cheap – i also have 7 of them (#sorrynotsorry). They usually have the same pictures or quotes that are on the graphic Ts and Beanies (this is how i am mentioning that Brandy has beanies).

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Brandy Melville makes these signs (I am giving the signs their own little paragraph because you can only get them in stores). that are awesome. They are kind of like beach signs – except I have never seen a sign like this at the beach so yeah. They have some generic signs that are everywhere like “<3 is my religion” and “Keep Out” but they also have signs that are specific to where you are shopping. For example, in the NYC store they have some signs that say “East Coast” “NYU” “New York City” (you get the picture). They make great gifts or just buy one for yourself because you deserve it!

The only negative thing I can say about this brand is that they have a “one size fits all”  Brandy-1024x860policy. One size doesn’t fit all. We all know this is true. What I can say is that their clothes do fit almost all body types. My friends and I are all able to share their clothing and when I go to the stores, people of all shapes and sizes seem happy to shop there. So it depends on what works for you. Some other brands make copies of Brandy’s clothing or try to in different sizes which is great if that works for you, but Brandy has a great selection to choose from. Try it out. You won’t be disappointed.

Fudge It!

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this was the finished, edited, instagrammed, fudge

The only thing that makes me happier than makeup and clothing is food! I love to bake and cook so I figured that I would also share my creations with you guys! Yesterday was Valentines Day (happy V day to all the single ladies out there #foreveralone) and my friends and I had a blast making Funfetti Fudge! It was insane!

You may be thinking “oh my gosh Chloe is so cool! how did she come up with this sick recipe?” Actually, I found the blog the domestic rebel while stalking someones instagram page, and I was hooked! It is my mission to make everything on that blog. I seriously go recommend that you check it out because I think you will fall in love with it. That blog was my valentine.

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I should have used a bigger bowl!

The fudge was super easy to make. You only needed four ingredients: white chocolate chips, rainbow sprinkles (or as some people call them, jimmies)  sweet condensed milk, and vanilla extract. Basically all you do is microwave the chocolate & milk, then stir in the vanilla extract, then add the sprinkles. It was so easy and it gave us something to do/look forward to while we waited 2 hours for sushi.

It was insane fudge, but the best part was taking the pictures. Not only am I an avid instagrammer, but I also consider myself a bit of a photographer so along with my typical teenage girl friends, we spent a good 10 minutes rearranging the fudge in different stacks and shapes and taking an obscene number of pictures. I wouldn’t expect anything less from my friends and I.

I figured it was super colorful and delicious so hey, why not share it on the blog? Let me know if you want more cooking posts or what you would like to see. I also really suggest that you make some for yourself because you will lovvve it!

This is before it hardened...we were  considering just eating it like that.

This is before it hardened…we were considering just eating it like that.

This is only a small part of my camera roll after we were done making the fudge!

This is only a small part of my camera roll after we were done making the fudge!

It was so yummy! I could only eat a small bite

It was so yummy! I could only eat a small bite!!

January 2014 Favorites!

Even though it feels like it was just New Years Eve, January of 2014 has already ended! I have been loving some new products this month and I couldn’t wait to share them with you. They are all reasonably priced and will be used well. I use all of these products every day and they are all products I would love to purchase again!

Daisy, Marc Jacobs

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Daisy has always been my favorite perfume and when Eau So Fresh came out, I was so excited to try it. It has such a sweet scent and it is not overpowering. I love putting it on because it is so light and at the same time it is powerful. Not only does it smell great, but the design of the bottle is gorgeous! It is simple and fun. To be honest, the bottle is what first attracted me to the perfume.

You can purchase Daisy or Eau So Fresh here. I know it is a little pricey (I promise it is the most expensive thing on this list), but in my opinion it is totally worth it!

Santa’s Lip Scrub, Lush

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The Lush Lip Scrub is one of my favorite products. This version was a limited holiday edition. It’s called Santa’s Lip Scrub and it works really well. Not only does it leave a beautiful red tint on your lips, but it also tastes like cherry coke! It’s such a fun way to get into the holiday spirit. It is super easy to apply as well. You just scrub some onto your lips and then you get to lick off the excess sugar! Like I said, it is delicious! Lush also makes other flavors of the lip scrub that work just as well and taste just as great.

Check out the Lush Lip Scrubs here!

Lipstick by Calvin Klein in the shade 210: Fancy

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The Calvin Klein lipstick in shade 210 fancy is the perfect color for all occasions. It is so natural that I can wear it to school without it being too much. I find that it creates the perfect finish to any makeup look: casual, formal, or even alone it works too! It is very smooth and stays on for a long time. I usually throw it in my bag before leaving the house for the day so I can make sure it stays on all day long!

You can get this color and a bunch more from Calvin Klein exclusively at Ulta!

Clean Whipped Creme Foundation, Covergirl

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Clean Whipped Creme foundation is such an amazing product. It provides full coverage all day and it looks natural. I had been looking for a full coverage foundation for a long time that was not crazy expensive and after trying many brands, I found this hidden gem. I usually apply this with a foundation brush. I used to use a beauty blender, but I feel that the brush works best. I know it may seem like this is a teeny jar, but it is full of product! Trust me, it will last you a long time.

Covergirl makes the perfect shade for any skin tone. Find yours here! 

Matte About You, Essie

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Essie’s Matte About You is my most used nail polish. Matte nails have become such a popular trend and I have definitely jumped on the bandwagon. It looks amazing with dark colors for the winter.  Right now, on my nails I have Licorice by Essie and then topped it off with Matte About You. It is my go to winter look. Not only does this look great on your nails, but it also is super easy to apply. It dries in less than 5 minutes so it is great for quick application!

Shiny is so last year! Try Matte for only $10! 

Clump Crusher Mascara, Covergirl

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Covergirl makes it’s second appearance on my list! Clump Crusher is an amazing mascara! It is only $6 at the drugstore and it works wonders! Mascara is my holy grail product, so for me to like a mascara is a big deal! This mascara makes your lashes look insane!  The brush looks, to me at least, like it wouldn’t give you clumps and the packaging so sleek! Everywhere I go, people always ask me what mascara I am wearing. Try it out, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Covergirl has so many great mascaras to choose from, but this one is for sure my favorite! 

Naked 2 Pallet, Urban Decay

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The Naked 2 Pallet has become one my favorite pallets. I use it daily to create gorgeous natural looks. There are so many colors to choose from. Everyday I am able to create a different look that still looks so natural! The neutral shades blend well with the shimmery shades as well. There is a much larger mirror on this pallet, than the previous Naked Pallet. This makes it a lot easier to apply your eyeshadow – especially on the go!

Urban Decay usually runs out of these so you better get one quick! 

Beanies: The Perfect Accessory

Beanies! Can’t live with them can’t live without them (or is that boys?!). Beanies have become such a popular trend lately and I LOVE IT! Not only are they super cute, but they also keep your head warm in these freeeezzzinngg winter months. So now the question is: Which Beanie is right for you?

The Classic Beanie: Not only do you see these beanies in every store you go to, but now everyone you know seems to be sporting one as well. Another added bonus is that they are unisex! Now you and your boyfriend can buy one hat and share (talk about a good bargain)! But really, these pieces have become a staple in my wardrobe. I find that they are so easy to add to an outfit without detracting from the rest of my ensemble. Also, many of my guy friends have realized that beanies look good on them too! Whenever I go out, I realize that I should have brought 2 beanies so I could actually wear one because someone always seems to be stealing mine! So do your friends a favor, and go buy yourself a classic beanie.

Which one's your favorite? The Hipster Beanie: While very similar to the classic, these beanies are for those of us who have a lot of self confidence. With spunky sayings like “Weird is Rad” and ” You Can’t Sit With Us”, these beanies are being sported by teenage girls everywhere. Brandy Melville, pioneered this trend when they started selling black classic beanies with embroidered sayings. These are very similar to the classic in that, they can go with anything. You can grab it out of your closet on the way out the door and it will go with your outfit perfectly. The difference is, they can be obnoxious if you are unaware of the trend. These  are the beanies that work best with your friends in a casual setting because like you, they will appreciate the pop culture aspect of your outfit. 

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The Animal Beanie: This is where it starts to get tricky. While with a classic beanie, you can throw it on without a problem, the animal beanie requires some styling of your outfit as well. The key is to have the animal beanie be the star. If you are planning to wear it just outside – then wear whatever you want, but once it is part of your outfit you have to plan around it. Now this doesn’t have to be bad! You can come up with super cute outfits planned around your beanies – it just becomes more time consuming and not as casual. In addition, you probably get more attention if you wear one of these because not only will people stare, but they will ask you about what animal is on your head. The blog The Fashion Police also makes a very good point. When wearing one of these beanies, it kind of looks like you are dressing like a toddler. So while they are super cute, you may want to evaluate where and when it is appropriate to wear an animal beanie so you’re not caught looking like your baby cousin!

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$(KGrHqV,!lEE+3BPZu!1BQL7W(YYuw~~60_35The Fun Beanie: While animal beanies could be considered fun beanies, the ones I am talking about go past ears and snouts. I’m talking full on beards and cupcakes, masks and brains! Now these are probably the least fashionable, but like I said the most fun! You wouldn’t buy one of these to wear everyday but on occasion, they can be pretty cool. They also make the perfect gag gift because while they are funny, they are not a complete waste of your money.

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So now heres the thing – Which beanie is for you? Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of them! I recommend having a neutral classic one and then go crazy with the fun and animal colors because once you are adding ears and beards, why not add some color?

Beanies aren’t that expensive if you take into account how much use you will be getting out of them. Here are some of my favorite places to shop for beanies. Urban Outfitters, Brandy Melville, Zumiez, & PacSun.

Happy Shopping!

DIY: DESK COLLAGE

Hi guys! Re-doing your room is something that most people love to do. I am lucky to have the chance to re-do my room this year. While I am purchasing many new items, I am also looking for ways to fix up my old stuff. One idea that I had was to collage my desk. It was really fun and easy to do. I am still expanding on it, but one thing that I love is that it really will never be finished. Whenever I have time, I sit down and cut out some things and just glue them where they look good. I use clippings from magazines because there are so many cool items and words to include! My favorite magazine to use is “Seventeen.” There are always a lot of fun words and items to include in my collage. Here are some easy steps to collaging your desk.

Step 1: Find some magazines. Really anything you have works because picking out words from ads is fun and sometimes the contents of a magazine will surprise you. Another thing you can do is also print out some pictures that you like as well, it does have a different look, but when you mix them with the magazine cut outs it looks really great!

Step 2: Cut out your pieces! It really depends on the piece for me if I am going to cut it out or just rip it. Some words tend to look better with straight lines around them, but I find that a lot of stuff looks good when you rip it.

Step 3: Glue down your art! I don’t use regular glue, I use Mod Podge. I paint it onto the back of the pieces to glue it down and then I cover the front to give it a shine. I usually arrange a few pieces before I glue them down; that way I know how it will look. One good thing about this project is that if you do not like the way something looks, all you have to do is find another piece and cover it up! It is so simple!

Just a few tips:

  1. The more layers of Mod Podge, the better! It gives your desk a really nice finish and it brings all of the pieces together.
  2. Words from titles of sections or articles work well. I tend to use the names of brands from ads, like Chanel or Louis Vuitton.
  3. The more color the better! I didn’t really have a color scheme for my desk; I just chose the pieces that I thought looked good. It would be cool to have a color scheme – maybe all shades of purple or black and white!
  4. Have fun! Be creative and don’t worry if you don’t like a piece the way it ended up. Like I said before, it can always be fixed!

For more ways to spice up your room, you can watch this video! It gave a bunch of ways to repurpose your old stuff into new decorations, just like my desk!  ImageImageImage