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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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.