NYE LookBook For Men and Women

NYE LookBook For Men and Women

Say hello to 2015 while wearing the perfect outfit
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"Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right"

-Oprah Winfrey

Ahhh! It's that time of the year again.. New Years! Can you believe it? 2014 is already coming to a close. Everyone is coming together and deciding what exactly the plan is for such an exciting night. What better way to kick off 2015 than wearing the perfect outfit?

When deciding what to wear on New Year's Eve, keep in mind what type of event you are dressing for. If it's a small get-together, keep it classy and understated. If it's a larger party where you will be making an appearance, don't be afraid to stand out like never before!

Ladies Night Out

Spice It Up With Glitter

Perfection! This look is guaranteed to stand out. However, make sure to keep the outfit clean and simple so it's not too busy. A black or nude heel usually compliments the sparkle to a T- toning the look down a bit to show off your more sophisticated side. There's not such thing as too much.. Who doesn't love a pop of glitter on New Year's Eve?

Stand Out In Red

So, not a big fan of glitter? No problem! This look contains an apple red flowy top, a simple diamond statement necklace, black tights, and black close-toed wedges. This outfit is also topped off with matching red lipstick and nail polish. The dramatic contrast in color guarantees a sophisticated look that pops while wearing the appropriate color for the holidays. 

Guys Night Out

The Cool Gentleman

So.. you want to ditch the suit and tie for New Years. After all, it's not technically a formal event.. but you still want to dress to impress. This look contains a classic button up cuffed at the wrist, a classic jean, topped off with a casual suit jacket. The accessories include a black watch, brown belt, and a navy blue pocket square. There's no doubt that this outfit will turn heads while still looking laid back and relaxed!

Girls Night In (Casual Approach)

Cozy With Style

This look is perfect when you're simply wanting to stay in with a few friends and watch the ball drop. This outfit contains a cream oversized sweater, black jeans or leggings, and chestnut riding boots. Add a little more to this look with an infinity scarf of any color, purse, long necklace, or watch. This look is the way to go when wanting to stay casual but still presentable! 

Guys Night (Casual Approach) 

Gentlemen, have a chill night in while showing off your style with either of these looks. It's all about the layers! The top outfit contains a button up flannel with a casual sweater, a snapback hat, and a classic cuffed jean. The bottom image sets a cool laid-back feel by adding a cocoa-colored leather jacket on top of a dark green zip-up.

No matter where you're going this New Year's Eve, remember that this is the one time out of the year that your look should shine. Looking like a ball of fun while still staying classy and sophisticated is key! 2015 will be full of many great memories that you are yet to experience, along with a list of goals in which will only better yourself―Start if off with a bang by looking fabulous!

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15 Things Only Lake People Will Understand

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.
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The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people. Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look. Every year when summer rolls back around, you can't wait to fire up the boat and get back out there. Here is a list of things you can probably identify with as a fellow lake-goer.

1. A bad day at the lake is still better than a good day not at the lake.

It's your place of escape, where you can leave everything else behind and just enjoy the beautiful summer day. No matter what kind of week you had, being able to come and relax without having to worry about anything else is the best therapy there is. After all, there's nothing better than a day of hanging out in the hot sun, telling old funny stories and listening to your favorite music.

2. You know the best beaches and coves to go to.

Whether you want to just hang out and float or go walk around on a beach, you know the best spots. These often have to be based on the people you're with, given that some "party coves" can get a little too crazy for little kids on board. I still have vivid memories from when I was six that scared me when I saw the things drunk girls would do for beads.

3. You have no patience for the guy who can’t back his trailer into the water right.

When there's a long line of trucks waiting to dump their boats in the water, there's always that one clueless guy who can't get it right, and takes 5 attempts and holds up the line. No one likes that guy. One time my dad got so fed up with a guy who was taking too long that he actually got out of the car and asked this guy if he could just do it for him. So he got into the guy's car, threw it in reverse, and got it backed in on the first try. True story.

4. Doing the friendly wave to every boat you pass.

Similar to the "jeep wave," almost everyone waves to other boats passing by. It's just what you do, and is seen as a normal thing by everyone.

5. The cooler is always packed, mostly with beer.

Alcohol seems to be a big part of the lake experience, but other drinks are squeezed into the room remaining in the cooler for the kids, not to mention the wide assortment of chips and other foods in the snack bag.

6. Giving the idiot who goes 30 in a "No Wake

Zone" a piece of your mind.

There's nothing worse than floating in the water, all settled in and minding your business, when some idiot barrels through. Now your anchor is loose, and you're left jostled by the waves when it was nice and perfectly still before. This annoyance is typically answered by someone yelling some choice words to them that are probably accompanied by a middle finger in the air.

7. You have no problem with peeing in the water.

It's the lake, and some social expectations are a little different here, if not lowered quite a bit. When you have to go, you just go, and it's no big deal to anyone because they do it too.

8. You know the frustration of getting your anchor stuck.

The number of anchors you go through as a boat owner is likely a number that can be counted on two hands. Every once in a while, it gets stuck on something on the bottom of the lake, and the only way to fix the problem is to cut the rope, and you have to replace it.

9. Watching in awe at the bigger, better boats that pass by.

If you're the typical lake-goer, you likely might have an average sized boat that you're perfectly happy with. However, that doesn't mean you don't stop and stare at the fast boats that loudly speed by, or at the obnoxiously huge yachts that pass.

10. Knowing any swimsuit that you own with white in it is best left for the pool or the ocean.

You've learned this the hard way, coming back from a day in the water and seeing the flowers on your bathing suit that were once white, are now a nice brownish hue.

11. The momentary fear for your life as you get launched from the tube.

If the driver knows how to give you a good ride, or just wants to specifically throw you off, you know you're done when you're speeding up and heading straight for a big wave. Suddenly you're airborne, knowing you're about to completely wipe out, and you eat pure wake. Then you get back on and do it all again.

12. You're able to go to the restaurants by the water wearing minimal clothing.

One of the many nice things about the life at the lake is that everybody cares about everything a little less. Rolling up to the place wearing only your swimsuit, a cover-up and flip flops, you fit right in. After a long day when you're sunburned, a little buzzed, and hungry, you're served without any hesitation.

13. Having unexpected problems with your boat.

Every once in a while you're hit with technical difficulties, no matter what type of watercraft you have. This is one of the most annoying setbacks when you're looking forward to just having a carefree day on the water, but it's bound to happen. This is just one of the joys that come along with being a boat owner.

14. Having a name for your boat unique to you and your life.

One of the many interesting things that make up the lake culture is the fact that many people name their boats. They can range from basic to funny, but they are unique to each and every owner, and often have interesting and clever meanings behind them.

15. There's no better place you'd rather be in the summer.

Summer is your all-time favorite season, mostly because it's spent at the lake. Whether you're floating in the cool water under the sun, or taking a boat ride as the sun sets, you don't have a care in the world at that moment. The people that don't understand have probably never experienced it, but it's what keeps you coming back every year.


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10 Scorching Hot Summer Hacks

Ingenious tips and tricks to make your life and summer more enjoyable!

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As the temperature keeps rising, you find yourself needing more ways to cool down. Don't worry, the cool mom friend has your back covered...with sunscreen and 10 ingenious summer hacks that you won't believe you didn't do before:

1. S'more station

Don't get me wrong, I love campfires, but sometimes they aren't needed when you just want some s'mores for you and your gang. Here is the perfect tabletop fire pot for s'mores.

2. White converse sneaker cleaner

Aren't they just beautiful? It feels like they stay like that for a hot five seconds. Make those pearly white shoes shine longer with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. I kid you not, they are as magical as a unicorn and put things back in tip-top shape.

3. Frozen water balloons

Let's say you're going to the beach or even a tailgate and are providing the drinks. You're filling up the cooler and are about to pour buckets and buckets of ice into it. STOP. Why not freeze water balloons and drop them in the cooler as your ice? You have chilled drinks and when they melt, you can have a water balloon fight to cool off even more! Talk about multi-purpose.

4. DIY alcoholic popsicles

Florida Georgia Line's latest hit "Simple" perfectly describes this hack. Go about making your favorite mixed drink like you normally would, but pour the concoction into popsicle trays instead. Of course, you would then pop 'em into the freezer. Take note that alcohol takes much longer to freeze than water so make these at night for the next day. Pop them out and enjoy!

5. Frozen fruit cubes

Don't you hate watered down drinks, especially on hot summer days? An easy solution to this problem is to drop frozen fruit into your water or even alcoholic beverages. You get an ice cold drink with a refreshing fruity taste.

6. St. Tropez tanner

Are you whiter than a polar bear? Yeah, me too. Being a pale redhead does have some challenges. If you're anything like me, you desperately want a healthy glow but don't want to look like you were dipped in Cheetos from the nasty self-tanners. You also can't handle being fried in the tanning beds. The safest solution is to snag yourself some St. Tropez bronzing mousse. You instantly get some color that doesn't fall on the spectrum of orange, and it looks very natural. 10/10 would recommend. You can pick up this hidden wonder at your nearest Ulta or online!

7. Dryer sheets for bug repellent

No one likes bugs flying in their face, especially bees. Don't have bug spray on you? A dryer sheet will work just fine. You can do a quick load of laundry and throw in the dryer sheet or just take a dryer sheet and wear it as an accessory!

8. Retail Me Not

This hack is not just for summer but can be of great use in the summer! Thinking of buying a new swimsuit? Check Retail Me Not before completing your purchase! You could be saving big money on name brands like Gymshark, Victoria Secret, H&M, Forever 21, and more! Your wallet thanks you!

9. Coffee ice cubes

With the heat rising, we still need our coffee in the morning. Some may opt for the iced coffee, but nothing is worse than coffee that's watered down. Instead, pour coffee into ice cube trays and pour them into your cold brew. Sip on my friends, sip on.

10. Baby powder

Coming home from the beach normally involves sand stuck to you in a variety of places. Just when you think you have brushed it all off, you find it stashed somewhere in your nooks and crannies. Luckily, there is a way to part with the sand when you leave the beach and that is with baby powder! Don't forget it on your next trip to the beach.

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