Top 10 Summer Wardrobe Must-Haves

Top 10 Summer Wardrobe Must-Haves

Every college girl's summer essentials. Replenish annually.
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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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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 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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Sexism In The Makeup Industry Has Got To Go

It's twenty-eighteen, y'all, and dudes can do makeup too.

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Go into just about any beauty store, and you will find a visibly uncomfortable-looking guy hesitantly following his girlfriend around the stacks of foundation and matte lipsticks. Heck, walk into your local Walmart and you can find dudes pointedly steering away from the makeup isles. You would think Maybelline and Cover Girl carried the plague, not affordable makeup lines.

Here's the thing:

Wearing foundation on your skin doesn't make you a male or a female.

Your chromosomes determine that.

Enjoying applying makeup isn't a one-gender-fits-all sort of situation.

Gender is made up anyway, so there goes that excuse.

Finding pleasure in having clean, clear skin, taking care of your body, and using "beauty" products doesn't decide who or what you are.

You do.

The makeup industry is one of the most women-driven fields out there, but that really is not something to celebrate. Girls dominate the makeup industry because guys aren't "allowed" to partake in the art that truly is makeup (they are called makeup artists for a reason). There are a lot of reasons for this, and none of them are good for men, women, nonbinary individuals, or other gender non-conforming people.

Society hyper-feminizes makeup.

Men make fun of men who like makeup.

People consider makeup to be misleading, to be put on as a show for others' entertainment.

Really, makeup is about making yourself happy, about putting the things you feel inside and showcasing them for the world. It is for making yourself feel good, for creating a living piece of art on your face or body. Makeup takes skill and practice, hours of refining and finesse. It is an expressive art.

Not being a femme woman does not mean your makeup interests should be policed. If you think makeup is cool, do makeup. If you don't like makeup, don't do makeup.

It really is as simple as that.

The thing about this constant battle of who is allowed to do makeup and in what context or for whom that bothers me most, is by doing this, we are preventing incredibly talented individuals from rising to the top in the industry.

Take the makeup artist in the cover image for this very article as an example. Manny is arguably one of the most talented makeup artists of this generation. His YouTube following is made up of over five million subscribers, and his Instagram also has surpassed the 5M followers mark. Not only is Manny incredibly skilled with a brush and makeup palette, but he is charming, witty, compassionate, and entertaining. His newly released makeup line, Lunar Beauty, is a testament to his legacy as an MUA.

Think. Dream. Create. This is how Lunar Beauty finds inspiration to create a world filled with life and color. By blending Manny's passion and experience, we have concocted cosmetics and designed apparel that both men and women will love.

Manny is not the only guy out there slaying the makeup game, and people like him are slowly breaking down the sexist barrier in the makeup industry.

Makeup is all about self-expression. Nobody should get to pick and choose who is allowed to participate.

If you are a gal and you feel threatened by a guy's wickedly sharp cut-crease, grow up and open up your mind. Complement him. Support him. Ask him for tips.

If you are a guy and some pigmented powder threatens your masculinity, go sniff some beef jerky and you'll be fine. Just because your fragile sense of self is easily deconstructed, it does not mean everyone else needs to follow suit.

Let people enjoy the harmless things they enjoy.

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