11 Things You Remember If Alex Russo Was Your Middle School Style Icon

11 Things You Remember If Alex Russo Was Your Middle School Style Icon

The only place for a shirt is on top of another shirt.
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If you were a Wizards of Waverly place fan as a kid (or, let's be real, as an adult), you probably were obsessed with that main character Alex Russo's style. Her 14-layer outfits were the perfect way to make our middle school selves look even weirder than we already did. If you were obsessed with the fashion sense of Here's 11 things you know if Alex Russo was your middle school style icon. (I would like to disclaim that some of these photos were taken in high school. The shame.)

1. The only correct place for a shirt was on top of another shirt

Over a long sleeved shirt or a short sleeved shirt, the only way to wear your cool new tank was to throw it on top of something else.

2. And the only correct place for a vest or jacket was on top of 2 other shirts

Three layers was your ideal amount of layers.

3. There is nothing cooler than a beanie resting on the back of your head

I swear after Alex wore that hat I went out and bought at least 5 to dawn on my own head. Here's a classic example of no matter how hard you tried, you never looked even remotely as good as Alex.

4. And nothing could sharpen up an outfit quite like a clunky belt

While I never went so far as to wear the belt on the outside of my outerwear, I wore enough clunky belts that if I attached them all into a line, it'd stretch at least as far as all boys stayed away from me at all times.

5. White pants were cool no matter the relation to Labor Day

After this iconic look I walked my little ass to Delia*s and got myself some white pants.

6. As were all other colored pants

And green pants. And purple pants. I recall being made fun of and I was like, okay clearly people at this lame middle school don't get their fashion advice for someone wearing a sleeveless vest over top of a V-neck.

7. A jean skirt just wasn't a jean skirt unless leggings (not tights) were underneath them

Alex's most iconic style choice was wearing leggings under jean skirts and the placing 47 more articles of clothing on and around it. Definitely something I had to get in on.

8. Bermuda shorts could have a place in everyone's wardrobe

Plaid bermuda shorts no less! A fashion icon.

9. And tall socks were a staple to truly any outfit

Hells? Boots? Shorts? Need something to pull your outfit together? No matter what, I guarantee a pair of mid-calf socks will do the trick.

10. Got a tube top? Just throw it on something else, who cares.

I mean, come on. This look is the height of luxury.

11. And the only proper place for a scarf was on top of literally every outfit ever

Alex shared with us a the fashion secret that everybody deserves to know. Nothing pulls together an outfit like a scarf. Winter, summer, dress, teeshirt (and, surprise! Clunky belt) alike, a scarf is the most important article of clothing a middle schooler can have.


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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.


2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."


3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.


4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."


5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."


6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."


8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)


9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.


10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.


11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.


13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.


16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."


18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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How To Amp Up Your Thrifting Game

Consider this Thrifting 101.

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If you're a big thrifting fan like me, you know that you don't always have to go to the mall to get a cute new sweater or a belt to match your outfit. However, while basically anyone can thrift, there are definitely some tips and tricks to step up your thrift game and help you score some great finds, as well as other things you should definitely know.

1. Goodwill doesn't wash their clothes.

While Goodwill is definitely one of the biggest thrift stores out there, they don't wash their clothes before putting them out on the floor (but people who donate are encouraged to wash all their donations before dropping them off). Don't let this discourage you though-- I've found some really great things at Goodwill. Just remember to wash everything you get there before you wear it!

2. Find out when stores put out new items.

This is literally as easy as calling and asking, or asking a staff member while you're at the store. This way, you'll know when there's more variety to choose from.

3. Don't be afraid to branch out into different categories.

Me and all of my friends who thrift can tell you that some of the best (and coziest) sweaters can be found in the men's section, and besides, clothes are for everybody, and don't have a gender.

4. Be mindful of the season.

If you want winter clothes, go when everyone is getting rid of their old jackets and sweaters. If you want a sundress of a pair of shorts, go when summer is beginning or over and people are purging their closets.

5. If something is damaged, make sure you can repair it (or know someone else who can).

There's no point in getting a pair of jeans that are ripped off the seam or a shirt with multiple moth holes no matter how cute they are unless they're mendable.

6. Know that the older the clothing item, the more "off" the sizes may be.

Older items of clothing can run anywhere from 2 to 6 sizes smaller.

7. Don't buy swimsuits or undergarments.

Just don't.

8. Learn when your local thrift shop has deals and sales.

That way, you'll know when is the best time to go in price wise-- but remember that doesn't necessarily mean that there will be a good variety.

9. Don't get something just because it's "unique".

Sure, you might see something that catches your eye, but don't just get something because it's unique and cheap. If you don't really like something, or if you know that you'll never wear it, don't get it.

10. Don't give up.

If you don't find something amazing the first time you go thrifting, don't worry! When you go thrifting you won't always find a standout piece every single time. Keep going, and branch out to different thrift stores, and you'll be sure to find the thrifted piece of your dreams.

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