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  • Body Image, Celebrities, Confidence, Fashion,, Makeup

    How To GLOW UP This Summer

    So, it’s finally the summer. You’re looking forward to laying out in the sun, hanging with your besties, and taking some time to yourself. But the summer is good for something else too, and we all know what it is…. glowing up. No, I don’t mean playing with glow sticks. I mean glow up. Urban Dictionary defines glow up as “when someone becomes really attractive after they hit puberty.” Now maybe you’re thinking to yourself “I’m past puberty! I missed my glow up time!” No need to fret, my friend! It is NEVER too late to glow up. And the summer is the perfect time! You have a couple months off from seeing everyone at school, so you can come back looking completely different. Without further ado, I present to you, how to glo up this summer.

    Visit a hairstylist

    Visiting a hairstylist is one of the easiest (and most fun!) ways to change your whole look in a single day. A new haircut can completely change your appearance and face shape, so a good hairstyle is a must. It’s important to visit a hairstylist so that you can ask a professionals opinion on what hair color and cut will look best with your look! Make sure if you set an appointment to bring photos of the hair you want, so your stylist will know exactly what you’re going for.

    Experiment with make up

    If you’re a girl and you’ve never experimented with make up before, it can really change your appearance! One of the best ways to get exposure to make up and how to learn some tips is by the magical and wonderful world of no other than Youtube. You can simply search “Make up tutorial” on Youtube, and millions of videos will pop up. The good news with the summer is that you have plenty of time to practice and perfect your look! That way, if a makeup tutorial goes wrong, you can just wash it right off and nobody even saw! And if you decide you don’t like wearing make up, then it makes your life even easier!

    Get healthy

    Something good for your body, skin, and mental health is deciding to get healthy! Getting healthy can be as easy as deciding to work out a few days a week, or limiting the amount of junk food you eat. The healthier you become, the better you will feel! Plus being healthy helps you live your best life, so this one should be near the top of your list.

    Take care of your body

    Whether it be through skin care, working out or taking time to yourself, taking care of your own body can make a huge difference. From treating yourself to a mani pedi, finding a toothpaste that whitens your teeth, or even finding the perfect shade of self-tanner, taking care of your body has a huge impact on the way you look. This means going to the doctor, dentist, dermatologist- you name it! Your body is all you’ve got- so treat it with some respect!

    Become confident with who you are

    If you have any sort of transformation this summer before coming back to school, let it be this- learn to be confident in your own skin! You don’t have to look any specific way to “glo up” because glowing up should be the way you feel about yourself. If you learn to love the reflection in the mirror, it will translate into the way other people see you!

  • Articles, Fashion, Shero

    Teen Fashion Designer: Chloe Miller

    How long have you been designing?

    As long as I can remember, I have always had sketchbooks and various other stuff to design with. My parents encourage my passion, they gave me my first mannequin when I was eight, which I still use today. Fashion has always been something that has caught my eye.

    What inspires you to make a new piece?

    I really, really enjoy creating stuff from something that has already been made. The coat/vest that Im wearing, I found at a thrift store. It was a gross, huge coat and I just saw that it had potential to be this new cool thing. I like reusing or recycling something that I am inspired by.

    What piece was featured in Birmingham Fashion week?

    The rules that they gave us to enter into the contest was to create something without using normal sewing material. No sewing machine, fabric, tread, nothing. So it forced us to create outside of the box and it made me want to go in an avant garde direction. The theme for this past year was the future of fashion. So I created the dress that was made entirely out of plastic bags, it was floor length. It was about 350 bag from head to toe. The great thing about it was it didn’t look plastic at all.

    My whole idea behind it was that I wanted to create something out of recycled products. But have it not look recycled because that is a really big issue that is plaguing the fashion industry right now. There is so much waste and consumerist mindset of not caring about your clothes after they aren’t trendy anymore or if they aren’t special to you and you just throw them out. Fast fashion is popping up and creating really cheap stuff that you throw out after 6 months, it’s almost on the level with oil production and how horrible it is for our environment. So I was really thinking in that realm for the dress.

    The fast fashion industry completely prays on impoverished women and Eastern Asia countries that don’t have any other option. They put them in horrible working conditions and all these terrible things that just aren’t necessary.

    When it comes to style:
    “Do what makes you feel like you are the best version of yourself.”

    How did it feel to have your work on display?

    It was fantastic! I really loved it and I made a lot of really meaningful connections through fashion week. Just the atmosphere of a fashion show is really wonderful to me. It’s a female dominated industry, it is highly focused on women helping women, we are all doing this together. Also it is completely insane backstage, you have hair, makeup, models, and clothes everywhere. Its really interesting to see that controlled chaos that go into a step by step process. From the movement and steps of the model to the way the clothes move, its all completely planned out.

    Do you want to continue and make fashion your career?

    I don’t know yet. With college, I would really like to major in Environmental Science and minor in fashion design. I have to find a school that will let me take that direction. What I would really like to do, at some point, is create a brand that is made of a sustainable source and recycled products. Ever since I started working with plastic bags, they have just captivated me, because right now they aren’t recyclable so there isn’t anything we can really do with them. I would really lie to find a way to incorporate those into some kind of material because fabric can be made from plastic. So figuring out the problem with plastic bags is one of my dreams.

    How do you feel about the fashion industry being so focused on having the ideal size?

    I think it is incredibly problematic, at this point in time and as it always has been, because there isn’t an ideal or standard size. There is no perfect person. I think it’s really toxic and really horrible for everyone even for the people who are idealized. I feel like it is getting better, The Body Positive Movement and the brands that are not using Photoshop and more diverse size model are coming into the main stream. I don’t like saying “normal” size model because there isn’t a normal size person. I think that models like Ashley Graham and Iskra Lawrence are really pushing the industry forward with modeling because they are both absolutely stunning and intelligent women. They are shameless being like “Here I am, This is me.” They are starting to do editorial as well, which is really great because for a while it has only been very, very skinny women. Even brands like Aerie, which is a swimsuit and lingerie brand, are using models with less makeup and no Photoshop.

    Is that something that you would incorporate into your brand?

    I would like to do that, yes. I would mostly start out as an online store and have my friends model for me.

    What advice do you have for girls when they are trying to find their own style?

    Just play around with it and have a good time. Search everywhere for inspiration. Style, to me, is an outside form of self expression. I think if you outlaw some shops to yourself, you aren’t doing yourself any favors. You can find stuff that peaks your interest almost anywhere if you look hard enough. Also wear things that make you happy. It doesn’t matter what you are wearing, you look so much better when you are confident and happy with how you are presenting yourself to the world. If you are happy wearing clothes that aren’t trendy, thats okay be a trendsetter.

  • Body Image, Celebrities, Fashion, TRENDING

    Tim Gunn blasts designers: They don’t make clothes that fit American women

    The “body positivity” movement may not be a new phenomenon, but after Tim Gunn’s recent Washington Post essay, it’s seen such a boost in relevance that it may as well be.

    The average American woman now wears between a size 16 and a size 18, according to new research from Washington State University,” the 63-year-old fashion consultant and TV personality wrote in an essay that slammed fashion designers for their role in dismissing the bodies of larger women.

    “There is money to be made here ($20.4 billion, up 17 percent from 2013),” Gunn continues. “But many designers — dripping with disdain, lacking imagination or simply too cowardly to take a risk — still refuse to make clothes for them. This is a design failure and not a customer issue.”

    Women who are larger than a size 12 shouldn’t be cast aside simply because designers don’t believe they can make clothes that will look good on them, he says.

    “There is no reason larger women can’t look just as fabulous as all other women,” he writes. “The key is the harmonious balance of silhouette, proportion and fit, regardless of size or shape. Designs need to be reconceived, not just sized up; it’s a matter of adjusting proportions.”

    He’s also quick to point out that moves to include plus-size women in fashion campaigns are generally “the exception, not the rule.” And even when they’re not done in poor taste, they often feel like “tokenism,” as he believed to be the case when designer Ashley Nell Tipton won this past season of Project Runway with her plus-size collection.

    To Gunn, her win felt less like an achievement and more like a forced milestone.

    “I’ve never seen such hideous clothes in my life,” he explains. “… One judge told me that she was ‘voting for the symbol’ and that these were clothes for a ‘certain population.’ I said they should be clothes all women want to wear.

    “I wouldn’t dream of letting any woman, whether she’s a size 6 or a 16, wear them. Simply making a nod toward inclusiveness is not enough.”


    Article From: Today

  • Articles, Fashion

    Clothes Can Be More Then Fabric

    Despite bipolar weather trends, I’m sure you are all aware that Spring has finally arrived. And what happens in Spring? Spring Cleaning! This is a magical, happy time where we go through our closets, donate anything we haven’t worn in awhile, find fun new additions to our wardrobe, and create some organization in our living spaces and lives. Right? No. Most of the time, the words “Spring Cleaning” are followed by groans: It takes too long. I will never be organized. I don’t have the time to go through all my stuff. I like all of my clothes, whether I wear them or not. I don’t want to be reminded that I can’t fit into those jeans any more. Thoughts such as these reflect society’s determinations about who we should be, what clothes we should wear, and how our closets (and our selves) should look. In this article, I intend to show you how your closet can be a place of self-expression and confidence, as I believe that when we allow society to determine what our closet looks like, we limit our ability to express ourselves confidently.

    How many times have you hopelessly watched a trendy girl walk through the mall, desperately wishing you looked like her, dressed like her, or had some feature she possessed? How many times have you said to yourself, “I will never look like that,” or “I could never pull that off?” I am definitely guilty of that comparison, and I am willing to bet that you are, too. But why is this the case for so many girls? Why do we want to be someone we are not? What makes us envious of trendy girls in the mall?

    I believe that we envy the girl who is fashionable, quirky, and edgy not because we are jealous of her attire, but because we are jealous of her self-confidence.

    Take a look at these pictures:

    What do all of these women (appear to) have in common? They know who they are, and they are comfortable with sharing it with the world! They wear what reflects their lifestyles, their passions, their dreams, and their ambitions. They express themselves and their personalities through their clothing, and even if their styles are not cohesive to our own, we appreciate the beauty portrayed through their creative confidence.

    Kids are the perfect example of beautifully creative self-expression. Why? Because they are not worried about being “judged.” When they like something, they wear it, no matter what it is or who is watching. They let their personalities and their dreams shine through their clothing. And it rocks!

    Let me show you what I mean….

    Just like these kids, we need to take time without distractions to discover who we really are. Each one of us has unique attributes and passions, and I am afraid that we are falling into the black hole of “sameness,” of being afraid to be different. It is time we stop hiding and be the individuals we long express with the world. A quote from Bob Dylan comes to mind: “The highest purpose of art is to inspire. What else can you do? What else can you do for anyone but inspire them?” Our lives (and our wardrobes) are like easels ready to become masterpieces. Are you going to paint the same picture as the person next to you? Each one of us holds our own brush. How will you use it to inspire the world? Because who you truly are is inspiring.

    So we must ask ourselves: What are my core beliefs? What am I truly passionate about? What do I love? What are my favorite things? What is my style? What am I naturally good at? What are my quirks? What are my dreams and goals? We must stop copying the trends of others. The trends of what they wear, what they eat, and what they do. As cheesy as it sounds, you are your own person. What works for someone else may not work for you. So if you love something, be it. Do it. Dream it. Live it. Wear it. Don’t worry about comparison. Add these dreams and ambitions to your closet, because clothes can be more than fabric.

  • Articles, Fashion, Portfolio

    Why a New Haircut Can Feel So Empowering

    Chopping Off Your Locks May Bring You One Step Closer to Who You Want to Be

    Whether you are male or female, a new haircut can feel so amazing. Sometimes, the more drastic the haircut, the more empowered we feel with the end-result. In movies, a drastic haircut often represents a character overcoming an emotional or life barrier. This may be because when everything seems out of one’s control, a simple haircut is something we can control. In doing so, it can make us feel like we have control over something in life. In movies, you may see someone shave their head or butcher their hair when trying to take control of their life, but in real life, the change isn’t usually so dramatic.

    After having very long hair for years, it can feel refreshing when you decide to get a shoulder length cut or even a pixie cut. It can be symbolic of getting rid of an old part of yourself and embracing the new. The simplicity of a haircut can make you feel like a brand-new human being, which can cause you to feel more confident than you did before. There are many ways one can do this, but a haircut is the simplest yet most powerful way to do it.

    Our hair is a big part of our identities, so a new haircut can not only make you feel refreshed and confident, but it can also make you feel like you are becoming the human you want to be. Whether you want to look more mature, more feminine, or more confident, a fresh new haircut can go a long way in creating the person who you want to become in life. It is perfectly fine if you love your hair the way it is because we all look our best when we feel our best. Nonetheless, a haircut can be exactly what some people need when feeling down or like they need a little boost in life. A simple haircut can be one of the most empowering things you can do for yourself, even if it may seem scary at first.

  • Fashion

    The Life of a Pageant Girl

    As most people know there is such a thing as beauty contests, but a lot more goes into it that anyone knows. Coming from someone who as experienced the Miss America Outstanding Teen first hand I can tell you these beautiful girls put there heart and soul into it. Being in a pageant takes months to years of preparation. The typically pageant has Talent, Interview, and Beauty Walk depending on if your OT (outstanding teen) or Miss you will either have fitness or swim suit. None of it is easy.

    The day is always an early start with showing up any where from 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The first thing everyone does is set up the area in which they will get ready in, but by the end of the day everyone has grouped together to get ready together. Once everyone has there area set up there is the meeting in the morning that goes over the itinerary and any unfinished paperwork. After everything is in order we begin learning the opening number which is the first dance when everyone can get a look at all the contestants including the judges. After everything is learned we typical eat lunch, then we begin talent rehearsals.

    After talent rehearsals begins the more stressful part of the day, Interviews. This is when the judges get to have a one on one conversation with all the contestants. the judges ask questions ranging from what’s your favorite color, to anything political like who did you vote for? One thing never changes while we wait to go into the interview room it doesn’t matter that we are all competing for the same crown we all want the best for each other.

    Even after all that the day isn’t over as everyone gets ready to go on stage to perform opening number. Once opening number is over everyone introduces them selves on stage, and the Miss contestants begin their onstage questions. While the Miss contestants are answering their question the OT’s are busy getting ready for the fitness portion of the evening. While fitness is going on Miss contestants are getting ready for swimsuit. Once swimsuit is done everyone does there talent. Once talent is finished everyone does evening wear. Once evening wear is finished we wait for ll the reigning winners to do there final walks then go onto stage for crowning.

    I just described what it is like for the day of the pageant not even the months of practice of talent, going to stores and trying on every dress in the store, spray tans, nail appointments, Interview dress shopping, talent outfit shopping, meeting with coaches, and most importantly practice practice practice. Not to mention the pageant world gives out the best scholarships. Maybe next time before you look look at someone who does pageants and you judge them for doing what they do, stop and think for a minute about how much time and effort they put into what they do.