An Open Letter To My Converse

An Open Letter To My Converse

Thank you for providing me with options, because we all know how hard it is for me to decide on one thing.

To every single pair of Converse I own, have owned or will ever own:

Thank you all for being there with me through so much. From the very first pair I wore during middle school until they absolutely would not fit me anymore -- that wonderful turquoise blue color -- to the ones I've worn almost every day in college -- the classic black. You go with almost everything, from the chilly days of leggings and sweaters to the hot and sunny days of flowery dresses. Speaking of chilly days, thank you for giving me an excuse to buy cute socks that I know for sure will match at least one of the pairs I own. Thank you for letting me get a few more seconds of sleep every morning because I know that you'll match whatever it is I want to wear.

Thank you for being so easy to clean, but somehow also looking good when you're dirty. I remember when I bought my white Converse that I was worried about them looking disgusting after walking around high school, but you put those worries to rest. Somehow, the dirt that is on people's Converse gives them all a unique character, and mine are no different. That durability is one of the many things I love about you. My white Converse have been on many trips through the washer, and my dark blue ones remember that time that I fell in a stream during a vacation in the mountains and got soaking wet. Thank you for not falling apart afterwards and sticking with me through the tough times of freezing my butt off on that trip.

If there is one thing I would ask of you it's for you to not come untied. PLEASE. I am begging you. Do you know how annoying it is to have to find the exact tightness of the laces where they aren't too loose but not too tight so that I can't slip them on my feet? In the past, it has literally taken me weeks. I know I put you through a lot every day and it probably feels better for you to be gently re-tied every morning instead of yanked on my feet as I'm walking out the door, and I am sorry about that. Life is crazy, though, so I'd appreciate it if you could work with me on this one.

The thing I most thankful for is that you let me to express myself. Thank you for providing me with options, because we all know how hard it is for me to decide on one thing. I am looking forward to all of the wonderful Converse I will own in the future, and those from the past that still hold a special place in my heart. Here's to many more years of rushing around campus, fun days out and long hikes in the woods. Thanks for everything.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

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 where you can't go wrong. Here are 20 small tattoos with big meanings. (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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These 12 Things NEED To Be Your Summer Makeup Routine

Here is an easy way to have full glam during the summer heat.

Summer is coming around the corner! Even though it still feels like winter most days, it's never too early to practice your summer glow. We all want to wear a glam makeup look to our friends' graduation parties or a night out on the town, but hate the feeling of it dripping down our face. Using light makeup helps fight the heat.

Here is how to keep it simple this summer with drugstore and higher-end options.

1. Use a light primer.

Go to Ulta and try out POREfessional Face Primer by Benefit Cosmetics as a matte option or MAC's Prep + Prime Fix + as a more natural option. Always moisturize your face before you prime!

2. BB creams can do the same job.

Skip the full coverage and protect your skin from the sun. Try Clinique's Age Defense BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Using sunscreen helps prevent against sun spots and wrinkles.

3. Try a new concealer.

I know we are all stuck on our Tarte Shape Tape concealer, but a lighter option is Too Faced's Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer. Don't add too much or else you will be blending for days.

4. Bronze your face.

Warm up your face with a lighter bronzer by Physicians Formula called Butter Bronzer.

5. Add color back to your face with blush.

Use Tarte's Amazonian Clay 12 hour blush on the apples of your cheeks for longer wear. For more options and mixing colors, use Makeup Revolution's Ultra Blush and Contour Palette. Just do not overdo it like how our mother's used to for dance competitions or picture day.

6. Glow!

Blend in Morphe's Limited Edition Morphe x Bretman Babe in Paradise Highlighter Palette above your bronzer for a soft glow.

7. Fill in your brows naturally.

Use Anastasia Beverly Hills' Brow Wiz pencil or Benefit Cosmetics' Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel for easy application.

8. Use your favorite eyeliner.

Use a brown or black pencil on the lower lash line to make your eyes smaller looking or use a white pencil to make you look more awake for those early mornings. Cheaper options are NYX's Retractable Eye Liner or ULTA Brand's Gel Eyeliner Pencil.

9. Skip the eye primer and heavy eyeshadow!

Use the bronzer and pop into the crease of your eyes for an easy eye look. Or if you want the full look use a fun eyeshadow palette like Tarte's new Be A Mermaid and Make Waves. Blue eyeshadow is acceptable these days... unlike middle school.

10. Pop on lashes... or just mascara.

Depending on the occasion or preference, make your lashes fuller with wispy lashes or mascara such as Kiss' Looks So Natural Lash and Benefit Cosmetics' Roller Lash.

11. Try a hydrating gloss.

Try Tarte's new water-based H2O gloss for hydration or Anastasia Beverly Hills' Lip Gloss in 25 shades.

12. Last but not least...

Use a setting spray to hold in your makeup. Depending on your skin type you could use matte or dewy. A good option with SPF 50 is Supergoop's Defense Refresh Setting Mist.

Save yourself from the embarrassing mistakes that can be easily fixed while getting ready. Follow this routine and you will slay all day and make your friends jealous of how well your makeup has stayed put.

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