12 Must-Have Fashion Staples For This Spring

12 Must-Have Fashion Staples For This Spring

Out with the old and in with the new.
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Each year, new fashion trends emerge and become popular amongst society. Since Spring has just arrived, I have cracked down on the 12 most relevant fashion trends for this season.

Read up on these latest trends and see which fashion staples you want to incorporate into your wardrobe.

1. 90s inspired pieces



From boyfriend jeans to slip dresses, the '90s are making a comeback in fashion! My personal favorites from this decade are suspender skirts, crushed velvet shirts, and combat boots. Be sure to check out stores such as Garage Clothing, Modcloth, and Urban Outfitters.

2. Gingham patterns

Another throwback fashion statement…gingham patterns are probably the biggest trend for the summer. From the traditional black and white coloring to the pink and white coloring, this pattern can be easily incorporated into your lifestyle. Some shops to definitely look through for this trend would be Express and Hello Molly.

3. Off the shoulder tops

Off the shoulder tops are really awesome because there are so many different styles of them sold both online and in stores. Some of the trending colored and styled tops for this season include: pastel bell sleeved off the shoulder tops, millennium pink off the shoulder tops, and cropped lace off the shoulder tops. If you are looking for a great variety of these types of shirts go to your local American Eagle and Windsor for great styles and even greater deals!

4. Button down dress

As someone who enjoys all things button down, I am excited that this trend has emerged. From looking at the stores this month, I have noticed a lot of button down dresses are either gingham printed, pastel-colored or yellow-colored. Personally, I own two of these types of dresses and hope that my next one is a cute fit and flare half-buttoned dress. For a broad selection of these types of dresses go visit Missguided online and even Nordstrom for your next dress.

5. Soft shorts

Soft shorts are basically my best friend in the summer, that is when I get sick of my sticky denim shorts. Some of the different types of soft shorts include pompom trimmed shorts, tasseled trimmed shorts, floral shorts, striped shorts, and more. Since these shorts are rather beachy and breezy, I suggest checking stores like Hollister and Tillys for your perfect pair.

6. Satin bowed sneakers

Since Puma released their new line when they partnered with Rhianna, bow-tied sneakers have been continuously trending. From hunter green colored sneakers to silvery pink sneakers, these shoes can compliment almost every outfit. To get your own pair check out both Puma and Asos for the perfect satin bowed sneaker.

7. Crochet swimsuits

From high neck styled, bandeau styled, and triangle styled swimsuits, crochet can be found on all types of swimsuits. What I love most about this trend are the DIY type suits I see regularly online that are absolutely beautiful. If you are so inclined to make your own, check out some YouTube tutorials. However, if you are not the best at crocheting I recommend looking in Zaful, Billabong, and Aerie for a great buy.

8. Summery mini backpacks


For the past two summers, I practically lived out of my Michael Kors mini backpack and I intend to do the same with my new Aldo nude backpack. Mini backpacks are actually really stylish and easy to grab on the go. This summer specifically there are so many new styles of these backpacks that are furry, sparkly, and even velvet which makes the bags impossible to resist. Three of my favorite places to hunt down a mini backpack are Michael Kors, Macy’s, and Dolls Kill, which include a large variety of styles.

9. Oversized button downs

From Kylie Jenner to Gigi Hadid, stars have brought the oversized dress shirt back on the map. Personally, I like a more casual oversized button down, but an actual oversized dress shirt could do the trick as well. Be sure to visit stores and sites like H&M and Revolve for some great options.

10. Self-tying clothing

Self-tying clothing and even self-tying shoes can be found in perhaps every women’s fashion store this season. From bow tied shorts to lace up bodysuits, this trend doesn’t show a sign of stopping. After scouring the internet for these types of clothing, I would recommend Boohoo USA and Shein to shop at to get the best deals on this specific trend.

11. Tropical print dresses


Print dresses have been around for centuries. However, subtle tropical prints have been trending these past few years now. Fortunately, these dresses can be dressed up or down and can be found in practically every silhouette and length. Some of my personal favorite places to get dresses likes these are Forever 21 and Pacsun.

12. Strappy ribbon heels

A refreshing update to the well-known strappy heel, the strappy heels laced up with satin ribbons are very in right now. From neutral colors for a business setting, to bolder hues for the weekends, this shoe can fit into your lifestyle perfectly. Make sure to check out stores like Lulu’s and Aldo for a great pair!

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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 semicolon 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 into 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 and 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 glyph 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 and the strength we all have inside of us.

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


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12 Items To Buy From Five Below That Will Inexpensively Modernize Your Dorm Room

You would be amazed at what you can get at this store!

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When you're redecorating your bedroom, you might not think to stop by Five Below, considering everything is $5 and under. But you would be amazed at what you can find in that store.

I went not to long ago to get those cube storage boxes, that go into the shelf, and I left with almost $200 worth of stuff. Now mind you, I've been to this store a million and one times and never have spent this much, but while I was there I figured I would get Easter basket things for my niece and then the idea to redecorate dorm rooms popped into my head as I was looking around. Because let’s be real we all could use a more modern dorm....even if you school just bought new furniture. So here’s 12 things you need to buy from Five Below to modernize your dorm.

1. Wall shelves

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Use command strips to hang these up because you can’t drill into the walls at school!!

2. 3 clip photo frame

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4. Cordless hexagon cage lamp

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5. Cute storage basket

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6. Light up sign box

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7. Letter board

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8. An initial light

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So this I've had for years but I'm 100% positive it came from Five Below.

9. 3 piece frame set

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10. Salt rock lamp

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Mines pretty big, but they have smaller ones.

11. An ottoman

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12. A mini cactus

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Or any plant really. They have basil, roses, daisy, strawberries, etc.

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