Top 10 Summer Wardrobe Must-Haves

Top 10 Summer Wardrobe Must-Haves

Every college girl's summer essentials. Replenish annually.

Summer is not only my favorite season because of the weather, but because of the fashion! Here's how to make cool summer fashion the most fun!

1. Bathing suit.

The basis of a cute summer wardrobe is a comfortable, reliable bathing suit that you feel confident in! Whether that's a bikini, one-piece, or somewhere in between, that's up to you! I recommend Aerie and Target for bathing suits. When bathing suit shopping, please remember that there is no such thing as a beach body. Wear what makes you feel good about yourself.

2. Flip flops.

You can't be summer ready without a good pair of colorful flip flops (or four)! Old Navy sells flip flops for between $1 and $4, and they last basically forever. I have multiple pairs in multiple colors, and I wear them everywhere all summer long. They are comfortable and reliable, and they go with anything!

3. Rompers.

Rompers from Forever 21 are my go-to outfit in the summer. No matching tops and bottoms together required! It's so easy to throw on a romper, and they're so cute! They come high-necked, strapless, off-the-shoulder, and everywhere in between.

4. High-waisted shorts.

High-waisted shorts look great with crop tops and sweaters! I shop Target and Charlotte Russe for shorts.

5. Bralettes.

I will never stop singing the praises of bralettes! They are sexy, comfortable, and you can wear them with anything. I shop Aerie and Victoria's Secret.

6. Sundresses.

Nothing goes better with your fresh beach tan than a simple white sundress! Try T.J. Maxx or, my go-to, Forever 21 for light, comfortable sundresses. They look cute, and keep you cool in the summer heat!

7. Over-sized cover-up.

For breezy mornings by the ocean, or nights watching fireworks on the beach, you may need something a little heavier to throw on. And there's nothing comfier than an over-sized beach cover-up or large pajama top. Shop Pink by Victoria's Secret or Bob's Stores.

8. Floppy sun hat.

Big, floppy sun hats are umbrellas (sun umbrellas, rather, AKA parisols) for your head! Plus they're super cute. Check out sun hat collections at Nordstrom or DSW, and bring them along to the beach, or out on the town. A sunhat will keep your precious face from getting sunburned. Please wear sunblock, though, guys.

9. Weekend tote/beach bag.

Grab a cute tote bag from Target or a Marshalls near you, and throw all your beach and weekend essentials in it!

10. Silky sleepwear.

When summer heat is on full blast, go to bed in a silky satin pajama set for ultimate comfort. Shop Victoria's Secret sleepwear, bathrobes, and kimonos for cool, sexy comfort.

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What I Learned About Millennials And Makeup

What This Generation X Gal Learned in Her 40’s.

Millennials and Make-up: What This Generation X Gal Learned in Her 40’s

During my years in graduate school, I was one of three women in Generation X. These women, albeit amazing and wonderful, were family women, attached and often times, difficult to get to know. I found myself, begrudgingly, focusing on making friends with women in their early 30’s. To my surprise, these Millennials had much to offer. Although they would often seem distant or aloof, once I got to know them, their vulnerability was palpable. They saw me, not as mom or big sis, but as the strong woman they wanted to be, which was laughable because I was phoning that shit in daily. They reached out, asked me my opinion on most matters, but also checked in on me, wanted to know how I was doing and how my family was, which was mind blowing because the Millennial generation is not known for their empathy. I found myself diving in wanting to know more about this culture.

I became close with two in particular: Crystal and Candice. In and out of class, although tired and spent from a day at work, had their makeup complete. Candice’s makeup was always pristine with a look as if a make-up artist had perfected it before class. Crystal’s make-up had a “natural” flare and never needed retouching.

Initially, I avoided conversation with most students in my classes. As an introvert, it was difficult for me to engage in basic conversation, but after hearing their intelligent and witty comments in class, I pursued their friendship. I discovered these women were searching for the same things I was: knowledge, respect and a chance at a better life, in a world filled with struggle and sadness. The makeup was not a form of hiding or cultural obligation, but it provided them focus and empowerment.

After graduation, Candice and I went to her uncle’s cabin up at Lake Harmony. We went into town to walk around and check some things out, there was an event going on and some vendors were selling their goods. A jewelry vendor, who was probably from Generation Y pointed at my friends’ eyebrows and said, “I love your eyebrows.” I had always noticed, Candice took great care with her eyebrows, were perfect. My eyebrows were throwbacks to Brooke Shields in the 80’s. I thought the Generation Y girl was joking when she asked her about her eyebrows, but I could see she was admiring her, ogling her skill. I turned to Candice and said, “Is that a thing?” She replied, “Yeah, it’s a thing.” Women, admiring other women’s eyebrows, who knew? Women complimenting each other, empowering one another, I believe, is part of the new wave of feminism. These women are not working on their makeup to impress men or even other women; they do it to feel good about themselves and to gain a skill for life.

Candice and Crystal led me to YouTube where I discovered a woman in her forties who has an autoimmune illness, as I do, who is producing videos on how to do your makeup in your mid-life. She’s beautiful before and after makeup and she empowers her audience to be their best selves on a level I never would have given credence to as a feminist. I used to feel that Millennial women hid themselves in the wild, with makeup, now I have learned the value of showing off your mad skills and the truth of “putting your best face forward.”

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5 Style Stars Every Girl Should Know

From Gigi Hadid to Margaret Zhang, these stand out style stars should be on your watch list.

January has been a beautiful month for fashion. With award season in full swing and new street style trends emerging as everyone fully adapts to the bitterly chilly weather, there has been so much to see in the world of fashion.

Fresh pairings of bold colors and bright details, mixing dressy pieces with bulky sneakers, form-fitting skirts, monochromatic looks, raw cut denim... the list could go on forever. There's so much to gather inspiration from, but of course, certain looks stand out more than others.

I've found a few fashionistas who I know I can always look to for inspiration. These style stars have earned permanent spots on my watch list for the rest of this year.

1. Gigi Hadid

I must admit that I have not been the biggest fan of Gigi Hadid's style in the past, but in recent months she's made quite the impression on me. Her off-duty style has come a long way. Her looks are simple and well-paired without being too boring or basic.

We can always expect Gigi to be perfectly on trend. I appreciate how she takes dressing for the weather up a notch by playing with color or simply letting a jacket hang off her shoulder.

2. Chioma Nnadi

Although she's not the easy to spot out and about, any time Chioma Nnadi steps out, she STEPS OUT. The writer and editor rocks anything and everything with pure confidence but still holds an effortless vibe.

Many of her looks feature bright colors and longer silhouettes. She's an all-star in pattern play and loves to work denim into her wardrobe.

3. Margaret Zhang

Margaret Zhang is an impeccable dresser. She knows exactly what works for her body shape and is never afraid to play with dramatic details, such as ruffled sleeves, shoulder pads, or heavy-duty layering. Her looks are so easy on the eye it's almost unfair.

4. Anaa Nadim Saber

This newbie is not one to mess with. As an athleisure writer, it's no surprise that her street style game is A1. Anaa has an amazing ability to pair urban, athletic pieces with chic designer items to create super unique looks, even working in menswear and vintage pieces.

5. Karen Blanchard

I'm not exaggerating when I say Karen Blanchard is the epitome of cool-girl style. Bomber jackets, denim, florals, vintage, leather pants, combat boots, bold metallics... she does it all and does it very well.

Her style is so well-rounded and yet consistent, it's hard to not look forward to what she'll do next.

With so many names in the fashion industry, it can be hard to keep up with everything and anyone. The style game of these women have definitely caught my attention and hopefully yours too.

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