The ABCs Of Halloween Costumes

The ABCs Of Halloween Costumes

Name one person who doesn't love Halloween and the alphabet, I dare you.

I love getting dressed up more than anything in the entire world, so Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday. Through dedication and hard work, here is an alphabetized list of Halloween costumes because why not!

A is for Alien

B is for Barbie

C is for Cat

D is for Dorothy

E is for Eleven from "Stranger Things"

F is for Festival Girl

G is for Guy Fieri

H is for Harley Davidson biker gang

I is for Ice queen

J is for Jasmine the princess

K is for the Kardashians

L is for Lion

M is for Miley Cyrus

N is for Nerd

O is for Olaf

P is for Purge

Q is for Queen of Hearts

R is for Rabbit

S is for Spiderman

T is for Tigger

U is for Unicorn

V is for Vampire

W is for Witch

X is for X-ray (skeleton)

Y is for Yoda

Z is for Zebra

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8 Summer Time Struggles You'll Only Understand If You're Whiter Than Mayonnaise

A jar of mayonnaise could get a tan easier than me.

With Spring and Summer around the corner, everyone is slowing trading in their thick layers and boots for daisy dukes and tank tops. We are quite literally shedding our winter coats. It is truly a great time of the year. But for some, it is not as great as it is for others. I'm talking about all my pale people out there. If you find yourself paperwhite, immune to tanning, pasty AF, and most likely covered in freckles, then this article is for you.

Now, even though the sun is my mortal enemy, I still love the warmer seasons because I am not the devil. But, with warmer weather, us pale folks have a few struggles that seem to happen each year, no matter how hard we try to prevent it.

1. You can't wear a swimsuit without blinding every unfortunate soul that sees you

^ Everyone after you take off your cover-up to reveal your blindingly pale stomach (and rest of your body).

I can't go swimming without one person commenting on how pale my thighs and stomach are. I get it; I look like the Pillsbury Dough Boy.

^ In case you needed a visual, this is the Pillsbury Dough Boy, AKA me.

2. You HAVE to wear 1,000,000,000,000 SPF sunscreen

Because if you don't you will be set on fire by the sun and die. No exaggeration.

3. You don't tan you just get more freckles

It looks like an entire constellation of stars is mapped out on my face by the end of the summer.

4. Your sunburns NEVER fade into a tan

You would hope that after being burned to a crisp you would at least get a tan in the end. But no, you are wrong if you ever hope for such fantasies.

5. People constantly compare their new, golden tan to your pasty pale skin

^ Me every time after someone holds up their beautifully tanned arm to my translucent arm. Yes, you are tanner than me, but so is a napkin.

6. Fake tans are not as promising as they seem

To look like a Cheeto or a piece of paper? Neither are ideal options.

7. You are the "pale friend" of your friend group

^ Me every time my friends start to complain about their tan lines.

8. You are too pale for some swimsuits

Some colors are just not going to look good up against paper, pale skin, especially when so much of that pale skin is visible.

But in the end, you just have to embrace your luminous skin and not care that you look like Casper the friendly ghost — because everyone is beautiful in their own way!!! (Sorry for the sap.)

Now go put on some sunscreen.

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When Is Makeup Appropriate In The Workplace?

I looked at different career fields and analyzed social pressures for women who wear makeup.

I work at a Clinique counter. It is my job to know about makeup. I love working with different products that we have, and I wear makeup to my job every time I have a shift.

I would like to start off with the pure fact that I believe everyone is so individually beautiful inside and out, and I am not saying in any way that you need to wear makeup to be beautiful or successful.

When a few of my co-workers and I were leading a seminar for women in the communication field, something that is close to my heart because this will be affecting me as well, we were researching some facts about how women in the workplace. How if you wear too much someone will comment, but if you do not wear any someone will also comment. How much is too much, how much is not enough, and how does it depend on where you are working, and your age?

I worked at a golf course this summer, and although I would not get dolled up for work every day, I did make sure I had a clean-looking appearance, and when I knew I was closing a tournament, I would try a little harder, and make sure I did look a little better than my usual day. When I work at Clinique, I wear makeup because I feel like I should look the part, and if people see me I want to look like I know what I am doing. These both just personal preferences that I choose for when I go to work.

Women on average spend a whopping $300,000 on cosmetics in their lifetime, meaning those women who are making minimum wage spend around an hour just to cover the expenses of looking good for work that day. Different jobs have different standards, but a woman who was working at a clothing store was asked by her manager that she “hoped she could start wearing makeup,” even though she had never received a customer complaint and dressed the part.

Another example was a woman who worked at a restaurant who faced rules that stated their dress code was “date-ready makeup.” Management would correct one who was not adhering to the subjective standard.

Through these examples, it brought up the fact that men did not have to cover up their dark circles and wear a “date-ready” face of makeup. There is a complete double standard for women and men. Sometimes men show up in jeans and a shirt, looking unprofessional, but somehow this is okay because they are men.

Women are put in these hard positions and have to put beauty above all else because it is something is so commonly seen in the workplace, but it is something unavoidable.

What can we do as women to stop these double standards? Is this something that we just have to live with? Let's start the conversation and do something about these societal pressures that women are facing today in the workplace.

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