5 Ways To Feel Your Best During The Winter

5 Ways To Feel Your Best During The Winter

Your ultimate winter survival guide.
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It is unquestionable that the warmth of summer allows us to feel our best selves. Our hair gets lighter, our skin gets darker, and we possess a natural glow that’s hard to replicate. As the seasons change and it begins to get colder, it is easy to get down on ourselves. However, there are some simple ways to combat the brisk weather, and show the cold who’s boss!

1. Cute outfits

There is nothing better than finally breaking out your big comfy sweaters. During these cold winter months, it is essential to stay as warm as possible. By throwing on a comfy sweater with leggings or jeans, and booties, you can accomplish warmth and style all in one.

Having a variety of jacket’s is also a great trick to changing up your day to day look. Pairing simple joggers and a long sleeve with a trendy bomber jacket will leave you comfortable and fashionable. Jacket’s with big fur hoods are always a great photo opportunity, and who doesn’t love that!

2. Self-tanning

I don’t know about you, but I feel my best self when I am tan. Unfortunately, it is hard to achieve the optimal tan during the long winter months. Luckily, there are several products available to achieve natural and healthy looking tans.

Going for a spray tan is an instant self-confidence boost in the middle of January! Other options are St. Tropez Tanning Mousse, Jergens Lotion, and L'Oreal Tanning Towelettes. Who said you can’t bring vacation to your house?

3. Staying hydrated

It is easy for your skin to dry out from the chilly winter air. Always keeping lotion or moisturizer in your bag will help keep your skin moist and glowing.

Drinking water in between endless cups of hot coffee is also important to keeping your body hydrated during these cold months.

4. Fun with accessories

Hats, scarves, and gloves are definitely a winter luxury. Pom-pom hats with a matching scarf are the perfect addition to any cute outfit. Whether you are walking to class or having a fun day with your friends, winter accessories will keep you warm, and looking your best self.

5. Embrace it!

While it may be simple to accomplish the above steps, I’m sure you’re still wishing it was summer. Unfortunately, there’s not much we can do to change the inevitable seasons. Learning to accept it and embrace it will make you not only happy, but give you even more incentive to look forward to the warmth!

Maybe you didn’t know you had a hidden talent for snowboarding. Give winter sports a try, and if you suck at them, at least it’ll give you a great photo opp!

All in all, we all wish it was warm all year long. However, accepting the brutally cold months and making the most of them can truly make us happy, healthy, and most importantly, looking our personal best!

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11 Feminist Halloween Costumes You Don't Need Cleavage To Feel Sexy In

If you’re looking for the most scandalous outfits to wear this Halloween, this may not be it.
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If you're a socially conscious f eminist, you'll know sexy shouldn't be defined by anything other than what you make of it.

However, when most people type in "sexy Halloween costumes" into their search engine, they might be looking for tight bodysuits or something that shows a little more cleavage. Don’t get me wrong, I'm not knocking out bunny ears or mesh tights. However, it might be time to stretch what that definition means.

I've gathered a few costume ideas that are sure to make a statement this Halloween while representing some of the most iconic women of our time. So, here are the ten best Halloween costumes for forward-thinking women like us!

1. Rosie the Riveter

Who better to show that we are equal and can do a “man’s job” just as good (or better) than Rosie the Riveter? This outfit is bold and inexpensive. You may even have this in your closet!

2. Marilyn Monroe

"I am very definitely a woman and I enjoy it.”

More proof that you can be beautiful in pants or a dress. Embrace the beauty within.

3. Taylor Swift

“I don’t really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life,” Taylor Swift said in an interview with The Daily Beast.

Enough said.

4. Hillary Clinton

President or not I’m still with her. Just like feminists and activists before her, she has paved the way for modern women to stand up for themselves and have a voice.

5. Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony proved any woman could turn her dreams into a reality. She helped remove limitations and showed women to be fearless. Fast forward 97 years and women can achieve even more than. Yes, we still have more to accomplish, but we’re definitely nearing the horizon!

6. Amelia Earhart

Not only was she an American aviator, she was also the first woman to ever fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Talk about goals. This Halloween, you can defy gender norms just like Amelia did.

7. Frida Kahlo

Surrealist painter Frida Kahlo explored the depths of her identity, culture, gender, class, love, and loss. Through her persona and her artwork, she defied feminine beauty and gender stereotypes in a time where women had few rights and were viewed as submissive. Who ever said you had to get your brows waxed anyway?

8. Birth Control

Hands off my birth control!

This might be sound a little kooky, but isn't that what Halloween is all about? This year, make it a point to express how you feel through your costume. Women need to stick together! So, let's dress up as birth control to remind the GOP we will not accept another restriction.

9. Wonder Woman

Adding Wonder Woman to our list was a no-brainer. She’s a crowd favorite, especially the way Gal Gadot represented her in the new movie.

Overall, Wonder Woman is a symbolic character that reminds us anyone can be a hero. The days when only little boys looked up to their favorite superhero are long gone. Now, kids and adults of any gender have a badass female superhero to fawn over.

10. Madonna

More than 30 years ago Madonna broke the barriers of what men wanted women to be. In a time where women were expected to follow certain rules, her attitude and bravery overcame those norms. Shoutout to "Hocus Pocus" for the inspo.

11. Rey from "Star Wars"

In "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Han Solo's new protégé Rey is loaded with martial skills anyone would admire. Daisy Ridley plays the franchise's first female protagonist with a strong feminist persona. Rey refuses to be defined as "just a woman" and is definitely no damsel in distress. Instead, she is a fighter, survivor, and all around badass.

This Halloween, don't just be brave. Be Rey.

Cover Image Credit: Beyoncé's Facebook Profile

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The Spooky Start To 5 Of Our Favorite Halloween Traditions

Halloween is known for its spooky traditions, however, you may be surprised by the even spookier origins of those traditions!

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Halloween is absolutely my favorite holiday! I love the spooky movies, the fun costumes, and the tasty treats. It's the one time of the year you can be anyone or anything you wish to be. Not only do I find Halloween interesting, but I find the background of the traditions that we participate in even more interesting!

1. Halloween

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The word Halloween derives from two separate meanings. "Hallow" meaning "holy person", referring to the saints celebrated on All Saints' Day, which is on November 1st, and "een" meaning "eve" or evening before. So basically, Halloween or All Hallows Eve means All Saints' Day Eve or the evening before All Saints' Day.

Halloween itself is linked to the Celtic Festival known as Samhain. This festival celebrated the end of the summer and the end of the harvesting season in Ireland and Scotland. According to the Celtic mythology, at this particular time of the year, the veil between the "otherworld", that held spirits of the dead, and our world thins, making it possible for spirits and the souls of the dead to come through the veil and into our world.

2. Bobbing for Apples

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The origin for bobbing for apples originally came from an old courting tradition from a Roman festival honoring Pomona, the goddess of agriculture. This party game actually used to be considered as a form of divination. Men would dunk their heads into a bucket of water, trying desperately to catch a piece of floating fruit in an attempt to figure out who their future spouse would be. Women would mark apples before putting them in the bucket and men would bob them out. The thought was that the woman who marked the apple would then forever be destined to be with the man who caught it. So the next time you're sticking your head in a bucket to catch an apple, remember, you might be bobbing for your future spouse!

3. Costumes

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Even though costumes are now used as a way to force your child to dress as that cute (but honestly horrifying) clown or your best opportunity to dress as the newest (and even more horrifying) provocative cartoon character (that totally ruins your childhood), costumes used to be known as the best way to avoid being terrorized by the spirits that passed through the veil on Samhain. This was their way of faking out the ghosts and hopefully, be mistaken as one themselves.

4. Carving Pumpkins

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The tradition of carving pumpkins, or Jack-O-Lanterns, originated in Ireland. However, it was first an activity done with turnips instead of pumpkins! The concept behind this craft and spooky tradition is based on an old legend about a man named Stingy Jack.

Stingy Jack was a terrible, mischief, old drunk who played horrible tricks on everyone he came in contact with, even the Devil. One day, he tricked the Devil and trapped him in a tree where he forced the Devil to promise not to take his soul. Many years later, when Stingy Jack died, he found out that not only would the Devil not take his soul because of the promise he made, but Heaven wouldn't take him either because of how horrible and mean he had been. Now he had nowhere to go except to wander around the dark world between Heaven and Hell. He asked the Devil, his old friend, how he could leave without being able to see because there was no light. The Devil gave him an ember and Stingy Jack put the ember in a turnip that he had with him (it was his favorite food, so he always had one with him). From that day on, Stingy Jack roamed the earth, lighting the was with his "Jack-O-Lantern".

On All Hallows Eve, the Irish carved out turnips and placed a light in them to ward off evil spirits and keep Stingy Jack away.

5. Trick-or-Treating

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Regardless of where this tradition comes from, let's be honest, nobody is going to deny the opportunity to get free candy! However, there is lots of debate about where the tradition of trick-or-treating came from.

The first theory suggests that it came from the Celtic's. During Samhain people would leave food out to appease the souls, ghosts, and spirits that crossed the veil and traveled the earth that night.

Another theory is that trick-or-treating sprouted from the Scottish practice of souling. In the Middle Ages, soulers would around to local homes and collect food, money, or treats in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls' Day.

Either way, tricker-treating is a fun tradition that it great for kids and adults alike.

Enjoy your spooky Halloween traditions!

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