Category Archives: fashion

Nailed it

I have never been one to splurge on mani/pedis every other week. Usually my nails are boring or bare or I’m working on scratching the already chipped polish completely off. I envy the perfectly painted full sets of my girl friends, but  I can’t justify spending $30+ only a little polish and hand massage. Luckily, the internet has provided me with the tools and tutorials I need to get just the look I want at home. This isn’t your regular ruby red polish and top coat. Do It Yourself nail art and nail designs are running rampant on beauty and fashion boards, blogs and social media sites.

With the right brushes, a little scotch tape, and the right polish nails can be transformed into a work of art.

Some of my favorites include:

All of these designs are A LOT easier than you would probably think. Toothpicks or small paint brushes can be used for small lines, dots, and details; scotch tape across the nail can help you achieve the perfect color block; as for the print letters, a little alcohol and a newspaper pressed against the nail. Getting a unique look may take a little time and a lot of patience, but the outcome is something uniquely you.

These homemade designs are also great for the holidays. I’m itching to try:

Here a a couple of great fashion blogs that have more great ideas: POLYVORE or fuckyeahnailart 

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Disposable Clothing

Before Forever 21 moved to its current location in Mall St. Matthews, and before it became the 2nd largest Forever 21 in the world, there was a time when I lived for Saturdays at the mall looking through heaps of poorly made foreign clothing- or disposable clothing, as I have come to call it. It was manageable then. Shopping was still a positive experience. In an out in less than an hour  99% of the time.

Now, what used to be my favorite store, has become a daunting, frustrating, and overwhelming experience. The first time I visited the new locale I was in shock. At a staggering 110,000 square feet, Forever 21 at Mall St. Matt’s is only second to the 126,000 sqaure foot store in Las Vegas. It takes the better part of 2 hours to cover the first floor.

Just the first floor.

On my last visit, one particular room had more clothes on the floor than on the racks, and there is always at least one dressing room closed due to the mountains of clothing that lay on its floor. And don’t even think about asking an employee about where a particular item is or if they have a different size. The workers are almost as lost as the customers.

Even though I don’t particular like or enjoy my time at Forever 21, it doesn’t it mean I refuse to shop there. I wish I was stronger. I wish I could resist the draw of polyester blends and and zippers that break after the third zip. I can’t. I’m a slave to the fashion machine.  In the mean time I’ll secretly berate the store behind it’s back and cackle at the hilariousness of


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Leggings are pants. Shut up.

It’s about this time of year where I here this phrase at least once a week: “Leggings are NOT pants.”

I would just like to note, I have never heard this sentence uttered from a male body. Ever.

I don’t know why exactly, but there are a lot women out there who despise the legging and everything it stands for. Personally, I love them- hell, I practically live in them. They are comfy, and for a fairly skinny girl like myself, give me the appearance of a little more curviness than I actually possess.

I’ll admit, leggings are not for everyone, but for those of us that aren’t on the heavy side and are comfortable with a little cling, leggings provide a comfortable, fashionable alternative to jeans, slacks, and sweatpants. Dress them up or dress them down, leggings can add a femininity, edginess or class to any outfit. However there are a few cardinal rules for those of us who are comfortable with the fact that leggings are pants:

  1. Make sure your pair are completely opaque. No one wants to see what color underwear you are wearing when you bend over.
  2. There is such a thing as leggings that are too tight. Puckering at the seams  is a direct indication of this. You want your look to look smooth and put together, not sloppy.
  3. No unsightly camel toes allowed. Ew. See below for the horror.

Abide by those rules and you should be good to go.  I’ll have fun looking cute and curvy while the haters hate.

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