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  • GirlSpring.com

    This Simplified Morning Routine is Everything!

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    A Sleepy Girl’s Simplified Morning Routine

    Look Fresh in Half the Time

    Sometimes that additional five minutes of sleep can make or break your day.

    However, indulging in extra sleep can throw off the entire morning. For example, five extra minutes of sleep means five minutes less of morning routine.

    Although that extra sleep took time, your appearance doesn’t have to suffer. Investing in a few time-saving products will get you out the door in half your regular time. You deserve a well-rested and put-together look. Regardless if it is an illusion.

    The first product to streamline your morning routine is dry shampoo.

    Dry shampoo is the holy grail of hair products. It doesn’t matter if you’ve just come from the gym or simply haven’t washed your hair in a few days. Dry shampoo will leave your hair looking fresh and clean.

    In addition to dry shampoo, here is a tip I’ve learned from years of hair trial-and-error.

    If you have time for a quick shower the night before, sleeping in a bun then blow drying your hair for less than a minute creates quick volume and waves.

    Another product I swear by is BB Cream.

    There are multiple types and brands of BB Cream. In my opinion, a tinted BB Cream is best because the coverage is equivalent to a heavier foundation. If you are running short on time, do not stress! BB Cream and a well-moisturized face is all you need!

    Understandably, the no-makeup look isn’t for everyone.

    Whenever you’re running late, a little bit of makeup can go a long way. BB Cream, tinted lip balm, and a touch of mascara create a natural makeup look with minimal effort.

    Lastly, decide on the next day’s outfit on the night before. Doing this saves much needed morning time.

    Your typical morning routine doesn’t have to be a give-and-take. Ruling out extra sleep to look good the next day is unnecessary. By integrating key products in your daily routine, you’ll be ready to take on the day with time to spare.

    Products Recommended By Me:
    Dry Shampoo
    BB cream
    Tinted Chapstick
  • GirlSpring.com, Movies

    4 Movies That Prove We Are Stronger Together

    Girl Power Movies

    Movies that provide a Girl Power Boost when you need it most!

    Mean Girls (2004)

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    Throughout Mean Girls, there is a constant, underlying theme: girls against girls. Society encourages female competitivity as if there is a limit to the amount of women society can accept. This movie is a comedic, but honest portrayal of the daily struggles teen girls endure.

    Legally Blonde (2001)

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    Legally Blonde puts the questions of brains and beauty to rest. Elle Woods gets dumped by her Harvard bound boyfriend because according to him, she is too blonde. Elle decides to let her fury guide her to success. Which in this case means Harvard Law. Legally Blonde shines a shimmering light on the fact that girls can do anything!

    Chicago (2002)

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    Ladies, we have to stick together! Chicago illuminates the possibilities that arrive when women put aside their differences and focus on what makes them alike. Through music, dance, and criminal activity – the female prisoners exhibit Girl Power in a unique form.

    13 Going On 30

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    13 Going On 30 is a great reminder that WE ARE STRONG. Society places a pressure upon women to find their Prince Charming. However, this movie provides a glimpse into the future of a 13 year-old girl who’s only worry in life is being popular and receiving her first kiss. The next day, Jenna wakes up as a 30 year-old woman. Her experience as an adult causes her to want nothing more than the simplicity of being a teenager. 13 Going On 30 is sort of a fairy tale, but it accurately conveys the importance of patience. Life is too short, so don’t treat it like a race.

  • Articles

    Matcha Madness!

    Matcha Madness

    Matcha Madness

    Despite originating in Japan, matcha is becoming a staple in millennial and health gurus’ everyday diets. Not only does its coloring give the illusion of health, but major benefits are attributed to it. It’s time to find out what all your favorite fitness Youtubers are talking about.

    What is it?

    Matcha is more than a simple tea bag. In Japan, farmers harvest tea leaves then steam and air dry them. After this, they grind the leaves into the substance we know as matcha. Today, it is casually sipped in a mug during a gathering with friends. However, the Japanese hold tea ceremonies based on the preparation and offering of matcha. The powder holds weight in their culture, and it’s slowly sneaking its way into ours.

    What are the benefits?

    Many people confuse green tea and matcha. Think of it this way – matcha holds many of the same benefits as loose leaf tea, but its potency is 10 times greater. The majority of antioxidants and minerals are trapped in tea leaves. But since matcha is ground into a fine powder, all its qualities are easier to absorb. For perspective, a single serving of matcha equals 10 cups of brewed green tea.

    Matcha contains antioxidants, which are naturally occurring chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic disease. A blueberry contains 93 units per gram of antioxidants, a pomegranate has 105 units per gram, and spinach only contains 12.6 units per gram. How much does matcha contain? 1573 units per gram. 

    The main use of matcha in Japan is for meditation. This is because of a rare amino acid, L-Theanine, that promotes relaxation while also improving function of the brain. Matcha causes the body to become alert yet calm, and free from the jitters that accompany coffee. L-Theanine assists in the production of dopamine and serotonin, which lead to a happier mood, more reliable memory, and better concentration.

    If all the above isn’t enough, there is one final selling point of matcha. It is nearly calorie-free, boosts metabolism and burns fat without putting stress on the body. Similarly, high amounts of chlorophyll give matcha its vibrant color and serve as a detoxifier. The refreshing taste along with multiple health benefits makes matcha a difficult competitor. Matcha powder is in most grocery stores. Matcha is a simple pleasure. But if you’re feeling adventurous, you can explore the endless recipes online.

  • TV

    Must-Watch True Crime Series on Netflix

    Must Watch

    More True Crime Series!

    Must-Watch True Crime

    Entertainment Guaranteed!

    1. Evil Genius

    Evil Genius is a documentary series about a bank robbery gone bad. This documentary reviews the robbery. It also shows the investigation. Additionally, it reveals the odd truth. Evil Genius is short and easy to watch.

    2. Amanda Knox

    Amanda Knox was in Italy studying abroad. While she was there, her roommate was murdered. Knox was convicted, but is she guilty? This documentary answers the question of her innocence. The case is very interesting. Therefore, expect to watch it all at once.

    3. Making a Murderer

    Throughout the documentary, one will see Stephen Avery spend two decades as a prime suspect. However, he did not commit the crime. Making a Murderer tells why.

    4. The Ted Bundy Tapes

    The Ted Bundy Tapes tell the story of a killer. Bundy was charming. While at the same time, evil. After watching this, expect to be very aware. I recommend not watching alone. 

    5. The Disappearance of Madeleine Mccain

    Madeleine Mccain disappeared during a family vacation. The story is sad but captivating. This documentary tells the story of Madeleine’s disappearance and the investigation that followed. 

  • Fashion

    Polishing your Wardrobe with Megan LaRussa

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    Polishing Your Wardrobe!

    With Style Coach, Megan LaRussa

    Gearing up for an interview? Style Coach, Megan LaRussa shares quick and easy ways to ensure you look and feel polished!

    Check out the GirlSpring Youtube page, here! You can watch more of Megan’s videos there.
    Megan spoke at one of Wonder Woman talks, learn more here!
  • GirlSpring.com, Interview

    I Spent my Summer at MARVEL!

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    Spending The Summer At Marvel Comics

    An Interview With Marvel Summer Intern, Jade Stewart 

    Can you give us a little background on you, your education, and your writing experience?

    I was born in Irondale, Alabama. I’ve had a passion for art since I was a kid and started taking writing stories seriously when I became a teenager. In my spare time, I read (mainly fiction—novels, comics, graphic novels) and play video games.

    I graduated from Jefferson County International Baccalaureate High School (JCIB) in 2012 and from Loyola University New Orleans Magna Cum Laude in 2016 with a degree in English Writing (and a minor in French). Near the end of my senior year at Loyola, I was accepted to Columbia University’s MFA (Master of Fine Arts) Writing program. I began the program in the fall of 2016 and graduated in October 2018.

    My first writing experience involved writing speech bubbles for the characters I drew. When I was younger, I was more interested in drawing my stories than writing them. It wasn’t until the summer entering my sophomore year of high school that I began writing my stories. I loved every minute of it. I wrote the first draft of my novel, FATE, and its three sequels when I was 16-17 years old. In retrospect, I’m shocked I was able to write as much as I did because I had so much homework and tests to study for! It wasn’t until 2016 that I self-published FATE. Currently, I am a freelance writer for Marvel, writing articles for their website, which has been awesome. Additionally, I just completed the sequel to FATE and am looking forward to marching across the graduation stage in May 2019.

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    What made you want to pursue an internship at Marvel (besides the fact that it is super cool!), and how hard was the application process?

    I was searching for summer internships in New York that dealt with being in an editorial role. When I saw that Marvel was looking for someone to fill their New Media Editorial internship, I applied immediately. Marvel wasn’t just part of my teenage years and adulthood but my childhood as well. A couple of my childhood memories included watching reruns of the 90s Spider-Man cartoon before heading to school and watching X-Men: Evolution on Saturday mornings. (Storm was/is my favorite character.) You could say I’m a bit of a nerd.

    The application process wasn’t difficult at all. I had to upload my resume and a cover letter to be considered. It was important to have experience in editorial work and/or in narrative media. The difficult part, personally, was the interview. I was extremely nervous!

    Can you describe the internship experience at Marvel?

    During my summer at Marvel, I had the opportunity to proofread some of the character biographies for their new website as well as transcribe interviews featuring comic book writers. I was also exposed to non-editorial aspects such as sitting in on a podcast session and observing an actor from one of Marvel’s TV shows being interviewed. Additionally, I was able to interact and socialize with the other interns. Most importantly, the staff at Marvel was absolutely awesome! I was surrounded by the nicest, nerdiest people who were open to me receiving as much experience during my internship as possible.

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    What were the highlights? Did you meet anyone famous?

    Two highlights from my internship were viewing an early, private screening of Ant-Man and the Wasp and being given the responsibility to write several articles for publication during my last month there. I met Miles Mussenden, who plays the dad of one of the protagonists in Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a random encounter of running into the cast of Black Panther or Chris Evans. (laughs)

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    What’s next for you?

    I was contacted by a literary agent last summer, thanks to an excerpt of my submission from the Writing program’s Thesis Anthology. She admired some of the descriptions of the manuscripts I was working on. Two of the manuscripts included my graduate thesis, Summer League, a Young Adult sci-fi story, and the sequel to FATE, which is a Young Adult fantasy story. I recently finished revising those manuscripts and emailed them to her. I look forward to having them published, especially for those frequently requesting the sequel to FATE. My dream goal is to become a professional writer/novelist, which I am working hard to achieve.

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    What is your advice to girls wanting to get into the comics industry?

    My advice to girls is to never let anyone deter you from following your dreams. Some people will think you are weird or they will try to make you prove that you are a “real fan” of comics/comic book characters. They may even say, “Comics are for boys.” It’s 2019! Pay them no attention. Write your stories. Draw your panels. Continue to work hard and strive to become the best comic book writer, illustrator, colorist, or whatever career choice you choose. The heavens are your limit.