Why I Love Shopping

Why I Love Shopping

Shopping is my happy place.
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Rachel Zoe, once said, "Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak." In other words, an individual can make a statement every day with what they wear, without saying a word. Fashion speaks for itself and that's what makes it so special. It gives people an added sense of confidence without even trying.

In that respect, I think that's why people love shopping so much because it is not only a way of life but there's just something about getting something new that makes them feel good and confident. Some may find it silly that clothes or materialistic things may be the key to happiness; however, it does make life more enjoyable. Without fashion, life would be boring and the world would be a sea of black and white hues with no color and no inspiration. The world of fashion and shopping allows people to have a sense of expression and establishes individuality. That's what is so great about fashion, it's bold and never the same, it's always keeping up with the times. Each person has their own personal style and that's what is so cool about fashion, a new day starts and new fashion statements are made.

This leads to one of my favorite quotes from the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic: "When I shop the world gets better, the world is better. And then it's not anymore. And I just have to do it again." Although shopping is comforting, not everything is about buying new things. Sometimes, getting sucked into this shopping cycle creates more problems for yourself and you realize that happiness equals a new pair of shoes or a new handbag. However, there is so much more to life than shopping, for example, meaningful relationships, work, family, and success. Therefore, not everything revolves around fashion and shopping.

Even though, shopping does create problems for people like getting in debt and missing out on the importance of life, it does help to stimulate the economy. Every time a person shops at a store, their sales increase and the customer in return gets a product they so desperately crave. That's how this lucrative industry works, people spend and companies need more inventory. On the contrary, in the world today people like nice things that are shiny, new, and rich-looking and as result people shop more.

In conclusion, shopping may be a great thing but there is also a bigger picture that is so much more important. In the words, of Michael Kors: "Clothes are like a good meal, a good movie, great pieces of music." Fashion allows us to dream and makes out goals that much more in reach, however, we need to remember that there is so much to the world than shopping and buying new things.

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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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