Self Care Sunday: Why self care is so important

All week you are running ragged. You go from school to activities to homework. The days are long and sunlight is limited in these winter months. That is why self care is sooooooooooooo important.

Girl, turn off your phone and have a little me time. I know, you might miss that all important snap or you are in the middle of binge watch some great show on Netflix, but lets be real….aren’t you more important than that?

The answer is YES!

Now that you’ve turned off that phone, or device, or TV, what are you going to do? Instead of wandering the halls or heading to the fridge try these ideas.

Number 1: The Bath

If you haven’t yet invested in bath bombs or bubble bath, whip out that amazon gift card you got for Christmas and get yourself some top notch product. Here are a few we’ve tried and LOVE! Both of the products below smell amazing and leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated.

Number 2: The Mask

Masks are so fun and make your skin the pick me up it really needs before

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starting a long week. The best part about masks is they are made for every skin type and range in price from $1.00 – $12.99. You can even look like your favorite animal while you lay back and enjoy the silence.

Number 3: Yoga!

If you have not jumped on the yoga bandwagon, you are really missing out. There is nothing more relaxing then a few yoga poses. If you’ve never done yoga and aren’t sure it’s your thing, start with this simple pose. It will change your life!

Find a wall free of stuff. Lay down on your back scooting your bottom up to the wall. Lay back, stretching your legs up the wall. (You should be in an L position with your legs on the wall and your back on the floor.) Let your arms fall naturally to your sides. Stay in this position for 15 minutes. This pose will increase mood and circulation.

Number 4: Water

Research shows that 55%-70% of the human body is made up of water. (depending on age and gender) That means it is important that you are constantly rewarding your body with that glass of water.

To keep it interesting, try adding these infusions to your water:

  • add cucumbers and/or lemon to your water
  • blueberries with slices of lime
  • strawberries and a few leaves of fresh basil
  • grapefruit and and chopped mint

What do you do to self care? Tell us in the comments below.

Be Mine?

Whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day or having a Galentine party, you will still want to look your stylish best. So before you nibble on those chocolates or throw down a few candy hearts, let’s talk about this festive holiday.

Valentine’s day has a long history. Dating back as far as the 14th Century when Geoffrey Chaucer romanticized this day in his novels associating the holiday with courtly love. By the 18th Century, folks were sending cards and confections as grand gestures to their sweethearts.

With red hearts being the symbol of this grand holiday, a red focal point is great place to start. In our Valentine’s outfit, we have combined a bright red skirt with a black turtleneck. Add in some athletic socks and Vans. You’ve got a fun girly ensemble to wear on a date or out with the girls!

Tell us what you’ll be wearing this Valentine’s Day in the comments below! Or join us on Instagram for more ideas.


Everyday Girl

Oh where, oh where have my eyebrows gone?

It’s time to get real on today’s blog post. There comes a time in every girl’s life when she realizes that her eyebrows have become one giant furry caterpillar living over her eyes.

The day I realized my caterpillar was not going to turn into a beautiful butterfly, I announced to my mother that it was time to get my eyebrows waxed. I imagined walking into the salon a gruesome awkward tween, and leaving as Karly Kloss. The best part? Shelly Salsberg would be soooooooooo jealous. Yes, my life was about to take a turn for the better.

What I hadn’t imagined?

“Honey, you’re much too young to get your brows waxed. What will people think?” My response, “Um, that Burt on Sesame Street is not my beauty icon?”

That got me sent to my room.

I spent the next few days reviewing my options. I could shave my eyebrows. It works on my legs, why not my brows? I grabbed a razor and headed to the bathroom. I turned that blue stick to the left, then the right, maybe a little bit sideways. “Stupid razor.” The thing was much too big and bulky to see what I was doing. Epic fail. I put the razor back and slumped on the floor.

Now what?

I guess it’s time to try the old tweezers. I creep down the hall and into my parents room, cracking the door just enough to peek inside without being noticed. The coast is clear. I slip through the doorway and into their bathroom. Mom’s beauty products are in the top drawer. I shuffle some items around and spot the tweezers.

Perfect! I turn the tweezers over in my hands not sure how to use it. But here goes nothing. I lift them to my right brow and grab a patch of hair. Then with all my might yank the tweezers away from my face.

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Photo Credit: Sweety High

“Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh,” I scream.

Looking into the mirror I am horrified. The hairs are still there, but a small circle of blood is starting to form. Are you kidding me? I plucked my skin and not the hairs? This is worse then when I burned my forehead with the curling iron. At least I could cover that up with bangs.

Placing a corner of toilet paper on the cut, I storm back to my room. It is clear that my mother is totally ruining my life.

About a week later we are in the drug store. I wander down the beauty isle and notice the brow waxing kits. After the plucking incident, I’m not sure I should try waxing, and that’s when a see it. A bottle of hair removal cream.

“That’s it!” I say. The directions seem simple enough. Place cream on hair removal area, wait 10 minutes and wipe off with a wash cloth. PERFECT!

As soon as we get home, I rush upstairs and open the bottle. Using my finger I place the cream above and below my eyebrows. Done. Now time to relax. I jump into bed and lay back to let the cream do it’s thing.

My alarm sounds and I rush into the bathroom, excited for my new and improved eyebrows. I grab a wash cloth and begin the removal process.

“Wow, my brows are bushier than I thought.” There is a lot of hair on the blue washcloth. “Oh it’s fine,” I tell myself. After a few minutes it’s time for the big reveal. I slowly lift my head excited for the new and improved me.

“Wait, what?”

Half of my right eyebrow is missing and almost all of my left brow is gone. And I mean gone. Goodbye. Not there. How did this happen? For the next ten minutes I stare in the mirror and that’s when it sinks in. How am I going to go to school. I look ridiculous. And I mean alien freak show ridiculous.

Now you might be wondering where the story goes from here and as you might guess, there was a lot of shock, tears, yelling and finally laughter, but I got through it. And I did learn something very interesting from this experience…

Eyebrows serve a very important purpose. That night at gymnastics as sweat starting dripping down my forehead, there were no eyebrows to catch it. And yes, sweat in your eyes does hurt. So, don’t take your eyebrows for granted, they’re there to do a job.


Everyday Girl

Snowy with a chance of Freezing!

Okay girls, we really need to talk about the cold weather we are having. The snow, the freezing temps, these are a fashionista’s worst nightmare. With these come red noses, dry flaky skin and goodness knows what else.

So the big question is…how to look cute and stay warm. Well, you’re in luck! The Everyday Girl has been scouring the internet looking for the best winter wear.

We’ve also put together a few pics to help you get started.

Hats: Hats are your best friend in the cold weather, but also your worst enemy. Newly done beach waves can be totally ruined by hat static causing you to look more like Albert Einstein II than the cute girl in geometry class. To avoid this, french braids, messy buns, and ponytails work the best. Also, don’t be afraid to spray a little Static Guard in your hat before putting it on. Worried about the bun or ponytail making you look

Ponytail Messy Bun Beanie Knitted Winter Hat - BNB Beanietail

like a cone head? Many companies make ponytail friendly hats for winter. Like the BNB beanie tail – and it’s on sale right now for $9.99 . Click on the link below to shop.

Messy Bun Knitted Beanie - Ivory

This one, on sale for $8.99 at Three Bird Nest is great for those days when you want to wear that messy bun! Click on the link below to shop!

Boots: Is it even possible to get the best of both worlds in this category? Dare we ask for style and warmth…I’m not totally sure it’s possible. I think it’s all in the styling. The truth is, if you’re wearing anything besides jeans or leggings, you’re going to have to tip toe through the snow in a fashion boot and hope for the best. For today’s purposes, we’re hoping you can throw on a pair of denim and head to class. In which case, your choices are endless. Let’s begin with the most popular Uggs, Sperry and Sorel.

UGGS love ’em or hate them, there is no denying that this is a trend here to stay. They’re comfy, well made and go with just about every jean style out there. So, which styles are our favorites?

Another great winter boot are Sperry. Now I know these boots look more like you’re stomping through the swamp, but their bulkiness adds a unique balance between well dressed girl and “keeping it real”.

Finally, there is the ever popular Sorel. These are a bit pricey, but very edgy. A great way to make it through the snow and still look fabulous.

THE SCARF: My number one pick for the scarf is the infinity scarf. You can get them at every store from Charlotte Russe to Nordstrom. They’re next to impossible to mess up (as you don’t need any fancy scarf tying skills) and they work with just about any shirt or sweater.

Now all you need is a warm winter coat. We have put our look together. What do you think?

BTW – the jeans in this picture are on sale right now at Charlotte Russe. Use the link to shop.

Let us know how you are staying warm and fashionable this winter. Leave us a comment in the comment section or check us out on Instagram

Sneaker Girls…Customize!

I have to tell you that I am totally obsessed with shoes. I am like a Kardashian when it comes to these suckers. And yes, my dream is to have a shoe closet!

So last week when I fell down a Pinterest rabbit hole and found these, I had to have a pair. I immediately raced to the vans website, but couldn’t find them ANYWHERE! After a bit more research it became clear that these were customized. Okay, off to etsy to find a seller. Whoa! 85-150 bucks, for Vans? No way.

That’s when it hit me. “I can do this. How hard can it be?” Now normally when I say this, it turns out to be really hard and usually an epic fail (like the time I tried to wax my own eyebrows, or weave my own hair) But this time, I took my time, read a few posts around town and came up with a full proof plan.

I already had a pair of white Vans, and the applique was only a few dollars plus free prime shipping. Done deal! I am off on my own customizable adventure.

Here is what you will need, and trust me this is not difficult!

All the supplies you will need!

Before you get started it is best to stuff the shoes with something to keep the sides flat. I used a couple pairs of men’s socks. Now you are ready to begin. Turn the shoe on its side and align the flower to the logo. Start by gluing ONLY the large flower and centering it. It takes about 8 hours to dry. Once the center flower is dry, you can work with the other flowers moving them around to get the look you want. Don’t worry if some of the glue seeps out from under the applique. Use a Q-tip to wipe it off and remember the glue will dry clear.

And Voila! You have your own one of a kind Vans!

To mom jean or not to mom jean, and why is that even a question?

New York fashionistas love them, middle age women loathe them; the “Mom Jean”.

Whose idea was it to bring back the mom jean anyway? I imagine it like this: Somewhere in the center of the fashion district, a desperate designer paces back and forth in a fluorescent lit hallway readying himself for his big presentation. CEO’s, CFO’s and others with letters for their job titles sit unimpressed by his competition. The designer begins to freak out as he waits for his turn. The door opens and a top designer runs out in tears. Suddenly, his drawing and sketches seem trite and silly. He enters the room as expectant eyes glare in his direction.

He gingerly walks to his spot waiting for inspiration to strike. He opens his mouth, but nothing comes out. A noise outside the room grabs his attention. The “Waaaaaaaa” of a baby can be heard across New York. A young mother races by with her little one. That’s when it hits him.

“Mom jeans,” he screams out.

The room goes silent. He waits hoping for some sort of a response. From the back of the room hears, “Mom jeans. I love it.”

“Yes, it’s so ironic,” says a woman in the front.

The designer begins to frantically wave his arms as he explains how the trend will sweep the nation. The meeting concludes and thousands of tiny hands across China begin mass producing the mom jean for teens and women across the globe.

There is also the possibility that it was some evil wizard in a dark castle surrounded by fog “Mawhahahaing” that he would turn all the females of the world into moms?

Either way, we are stuck with the mom jean. If you are not familiar with this latest trend, see below.

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Credit: SNL, Today Show

Our mission: to figure out a way the Everyday Girl can wear this trend without looking completely ridiculous.

We will start with the following items:

  • Mom jeans
  • A modern turtleneck shirt  
  • The 90’s black belt
  • A pair of black Converse

Overall, this look is not horrible. It does give a nod to the 90’s, but by adding modern day pieces and the converse, it pulls the look together and allows the Everyday Girl to go out in public without drawing unwanted attention to herself.

If you are interested in trying out this look, you we recommend the following mom jeans.

or try these

Girl, turn on a light: A tale of two shoes

Yup, it was that morning. You know the one… your alarm goes off and you think, “Didn’t I just fall asleep?” You hit the alarm at least three more times and then debate with yourself if you really have to get up and go to school.

That was me at 6:19 a.m. Cold, tired, regretting the social media rabbit hole I had fallen down last night. Did I really need to watch those last two episodes of the office?

Anyway, I literally and I mean literally roll out of my bed and onto the floor. Crawling across the carpet in the dark, because at this point, light is the enemy, I fish around in my closet for an outfit like a racoon in a garbage can. “Nope. Wrong ones. Too tight,” I say tossing half my wardrobe across the room. Finally, with a solid yank, my favorite pair of jeans are on. I grab a light blue hoodie, create a messy bun, and I’m ready to go.

Taking the stairs two at a time I hear my mother screaming that I’m going to miss the bus. The front door is within my reach when I realize I’m not wearing any shoes. “Crap!” I drop everything run upstairs snatch the first sneakers I see and race out the door, but something’s not quite right. My left shoe feels a bit weird. Whatever. I’ll fix it later..

The halls are my runway. You need to know that in my mind, I am Gigi Hadid at a Tommy Hilfiger show. I arrive at first period and that’s when I notice people staring at me, and not that, “Hey look at that super cute outfit” stare. It’s more of a “What’s up with that freakshow” stare.

My body scanner quickly leaps into action. Clean clothes. Check. Body odor. None. Breakfast on face. Zilch. Okay, clearly this is just my imagination. 

I walk into Chemistry and head to my seat. “Nice look.” Some loser calls across the room. And that’s when I notice it. Two different shoes! How in the world did this happen? I have a Converse on one foot and an Adidas on the other. Fashion fail people! I bang my head on the desk a couple of times.

My brain goes into damage control mode as I do not want to be known for the rest of my high school days as “that girl who wears two different shoes.” I raise my hand and ask to go to the bathroom, which is really code for “walk the halls and figure out what to do about this problem.”

The empty hallway brings no solace. I text my mother to see if she will bring me my other shoe. Our conversation:

Me: Need a 2nd shoe. Can u bring to school?

Mom: You left the house with only one shoe on?

Me: No. I have 2 shoes on.

Mom: Then you’re fine. About to enter a meeting. We’ll talk tonight.

My current options are as follows; hide in the bathroom all day and sneak onto the bus when school clears out, take my shoes off and tell my teachers/friends some kid took them from me, or three, say I am doing research on the most comfortable shoe.

I settle on option 4. Turn the whole thing into a big joke and hope a picture doesn’t show up in the yearbook. A couple of my friends are coming to find me.

“Hey what’s up?”

I point down at my feet. They both laugh. “Yeah, I guess I need to learn how to turn on the light.”

So what’s my fashion advice here? Number 1, always get dressed with the lights on. And number 2 be yourself, find your style and rock it like Gigi on the runway.

Daily Dilemma

So, it’s 6:55 and your ride to school is going to show up in 10 minutes. You are standing in front of your closet in a bathrobe, fuzzy slippers and a towel on your head. Next to you stands a mountain of clothes. The daily dilemma… what to wear. Black jeans? Wore them yesterday. Plaid skirt? Too cold. Your favorite PJ’s? If only.

Your problem…you need a stylist.

And, unless you’re on the road to becoming the next reality superstar, chances are you are NOT getting your only stylist. That’s were I come in. I’m here to help you pick out that oh so perfect outfit for school. Our focus: The Everyday Girl!

This Blog will help you make it through your school week. We’ll help you stock your closet with “go to” items, give you outfit tips and show you photos of everyday girls wearing these styles.

Now, grab those jeans and your favorite T-shirt and go rock your day! After all, you’re an awesome everyday girl!

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