Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Why I Predict that Taylor Swift Will Fall in Love Again Soon

When I heard the news that Taylor Swift—aka the Queen of Relationships—revealed to Cosmopolitan UK that she’s done with the whole boyfriend thing, I had to re-read it again and again. This is, after all, the singer who writes songs about ex-boyfriends as often as she brushes her teeth or cleans her cat.
You get the picture.
“People will say, let me set you up with someone, and I'm just sitting there saying, 'That's not what I'm doing. I'm not lonely; I'm not looking ... they just don't get it,” she told the magazine. “I've learned that just because someone is cute and wants to date you, that's not a reason to sacrifice your independence and allow everyone to say whatever they want about you. I'm not doing that anymore."
While she does make valid points, given the string of failed relationships in the past, here’s why I predict that all hope isn’t lost and that our homegirl will have a leading man in her life again very soon. And all because (and here’s the secret): not looking for love helps you find love.
Take my story for example. When I entered into first year of university, I had recently gotten out of a relationship that ended up being a complete waste of time. So yes, I was bitter but also firm in my decision to give up on love and focus completely on being single.
Or so that’s what I planned. All of my vows to myself went completely out the window when I met my now-boyfriend. It was like, the second I stopped looking for love, it came and found me. Which, is exactly why I know that the same will happen for Taylor and the rest of the single ladies of the world who have sworn off relationships.
Here’s the lowdown on how not looking for love really works:
You concentrate on becoming the best version of yourself
Being in a relationship means you have to focus on yourself and your partner. This isn’t the case when you’re single. Instead, you have the free time necessary to work on yourself, pick up a hobby and simply become comfortable being alone. This, coupled with the fact that you’re resisting love, will make it come into your life ten times faster and stronger as you will emulate the attractive qualities that most men look for. 
When you do find love, you’re in it for the right reasons
If you’re constantly on the search for love, it isn’t going to be as satisfying when you do finally find it. It may even seem forced or fill you with the nagging feeling that you might be settling. Love requires the element of surprise and if it happens when you least expect, wouldn’t it be much more sweeter and meant to be?

Friday, October 10, 2014

When it Comes to Relationships, Do We Really Need Closure?

The saying goes that when a door closes, leave it shut. But, in matters of love, what if that nagging feeling that you just need one more peek to see what you left behind, won't go away?

This saying applies easily to relationships. When one ends, especially badly, never getting the closure you need can only tug at your mind, filling it with what-ifs: What if he hates me? What could I have done better? What if I try one last time and talk to him?

Closure is important after the ending of any relationship, but the question is: do we really need it?

Some people who are more than pleased to wipe their hands clean of a relationship may say no, but what about the rest of us? What about those who feel as though they need that closure in order to signal that it's OK to move on?

It's going to be different for everyoneI personally don't like leaving a relationship with loose ends or on bad terms, with the person hating and never wanting to speak with me again. It's animosity that can eat away at a person and make them feel as though things are truly never finished. 

So, it's up to you to decide if you want closure or not, but if you do, here are a few options:

Write a letter, but don't send it

This is easily one of the best ways to be as honest as you possibly can. It's a letter where you get to put your heart on the page and, if you drink enough wine, you might actually send it. Just in case, though, have a friend nearby. 

Learn to accept that the relationship didn't work, it's not your fault and move on

Not all relationships work, accept that. Think for a moment now at your past relationships and you may just have a few that never ended well, but now, with time, you healed. Acceptance is key here; don't resist the nagging feeling that you need closure, simply accept and trust that you will eventually be OK. 

Reach out for contact with the person

Before using this option, be aware and prepared that he or she may not want to hear what you have to say. You can't go into it with high expectations, so go into the situation, doing it for yourself. If you have to, even block them after sending your message so that you can't see if they responded or not. Just be happy that you said your peace. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

How Being Single has Revolutionized

You tell em', Carrie. 

Back in the days when every girl’s favourite show, Sex and the City, was on, being ‘single’ was coined as the equivalent of walking around with a big stamp on your forehead that said, ‘I'm desperate, love me!’

Now, in today’s much more revolutionized society, being single means you're free and have no one to worry about but yourself. 

You're single and fabulous, exclamation point.

Before, being single meant being alonetoday, there's a difference. We've gotten so wrapped up in the term 'single,' that we've decided it means being lonely and desperate.

And with all of these online dating options so readily available to find men, if we don't exercise any of them, we're able to fall into the category of making the choice to be singlesomething that society never truly recognized before. 

If you want to sit at a restaurant alone, all you need is a good book or your cell phone to keep you occupied. If you visit home for the holidays sans a date, that's okay, you'll find the right person someday.

You may look back one day on your old flames and have regrets, but if you do settle into a long-term committed relationship, at least you can look back and know that you've gotten the single life out of your system. 

Of course, being single isn't always all rainbows and butterflies. After all, the grass is always greener on the other side, so those single girls may soon see couples in the street and long for a relationship. As Miranda from Sex and the City wisely said that we bitch when we’re single and bitch when we’re not.

But, for now, the most important thing that we can celebrate is that being single is no longer a death sentence. You won't turn into a cat lady or die alone, and one day, when your heart is truly ready, you will find someone who knows that you're fabulous no matter what, exclamation point.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

My Go-To Healthy Lunch: Turkey and Laughing Cow Wraps

Photo via rachaelraymag.com

For those of you who don't know, I've been making huge efforts to eat healthier, which coincides with the fact that I'm started doing the workout, Insanity Asylum. I've already finished about two rounds of the Insanity program, but this one is, hands down, so much harder!

But I've seen great results (I'm on day 16!), and this only motivates me to keep going and maintain my healthy eating. So, without further ado, here's my go-to healthy lunch.

Turkey and Laughing Cow Wraps

What you need:

  • Turkey - either sliced or shaved
  • Laughing cow light mozzarella cheese
  • Red peppers or any kind of veggie that you'd like
  • 1 whole grain tortilla
  • Mustard, mayo or any other preferred topping

Lay the tortilla on a flat surface and spread the laughing cow cheese. On top of this, add the turkey, veggies and toppings. Voila, done! It's a super easy and healthy meal. 


Sunday, April 20, 2014

My Go-to Downtown Makeup look

Got a little camera (and duckface) happy

One of my favourite parts about going downtown (besides the booze, dancing and post-downtown pizza, of course) is getting ready for the night. I'll put on music, pour myself a glass of wine and get all dolled up. It's a relaxing, small version of me-time that combines my favourite things: music, makeup and wine. 

I've tried many makeup looks over the years, but this is hands-down my go-to look. It's simple, chic and will definitely have you turning heads. Here's how to re-create it!

First off, here's what I use:

Urban Decay Naked Pallette - $64 
Bobby Brown, long-wear gel eyeliner - $28

Annabella lip liner - $6.95

Dream Fresh BB Cream by Maybelline - $9

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Blush & Highlighter $11.95

Steps to re-create the look:

For the face: I'm currently waiting on my foundation brush from Sephora, so for now I've been using my fingers to apply the BB creme. I place product onto my cheeks, chin, nose and forehead and blend until it's smooth and there are no streaks. Next, I smile and place blush onto my cheeks and use the highlighting part of the shimmer strips to highlight right above my cheekbones, on the bridge of my nose and on the cupids bow of my lips to accentuate them even more. 

For the eyes: I love smoky eye looks, so this one is perfect for going from day-to-night. I begin by using the colours 'virgin' and 'sin' in my inner crease and all over the lid. I also put the virgin eyeshadow right into the crease of my eye to make them pop. Next, using the colour 'sidecar,' I brush that on the outer part of my eye and into the crease. I add a smoky effect by using the colour 'darkhorse' as my outer crease colour. Using a blending brush, you can combine all of the colours and erase any harsh lines. 

For the lips: I love making my lips appear bigger, so I always use my Annabella lip liner by lining the outer edges and in the middle of my lips for further fullness. Since I'm doing a dramatic eye, I usually just use a simple, nude lipgloss or lipstick. 

This is the finished product - I hope you like it! Let me know if you want to see a video tutorial!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The 7 Stages of Being a Drunk Girl, According to Chris D'Elia

By now, you've probably seen comedian, Chris D'Elia's hilarious, yet true re-enactment of being a drunk girl, aka #DrunkMess. Ladies, I think we can all agree that he was pretty spot-on, but if you're still not convinced, here are the 8 stages of being a drunk girl, according to the funnyman himself. 

1) Uh... excuse me?

Nine shots may equal too many, but we haven't reached the "making a fool of ourselves" stage until this happens...

2) We become a hot-ass version of Voltron

Sure, our powers combined does make us as powerful as Voltron. After all, we're able to flirt, get free drinks, gag mid-way during a conversation and you still want to take us home. #Winning.

But why be Voltron if we could just become Beyonce? She's just as powerful and fabulous. 

3) Hellz yes we made it. We're now Voltron and Beyonce combined, how could we not have made it? You do the math.

4) Occasionally our speech slurs and we make no sense, but you know what? It doesn't even matter.

5) And yes, we may gag, but at least we've got the balls to still carry on the conversation. 

6) Oh yeah, in addition to being Beyonce, when our jam comes on, we also become Rihanna. Talk about fierce. 

7) But no night of being a drunk girl is complete without ending it at the drive-thru. Number 7, please. 

Watch out, boys, cause' at the end of the day, drunk messes or not, we're still fierce a$$ bitches.

And in case you haven't seen the video, here it is:

Don't Wait to Save the Relationship Lessons for Your Next Relationship

Relationship's aren't easy, and it's something that we all either realize before or during the relationship. At some point, problems will arise and although annoying, these are crucial lessons that can translate to help us in all areas of our lives. But if you find yourself giving up the fight, realizing the mistake and saying to yourself, 'I'll be sure to not do that in my next relationship," read on to find out if you can fix the problem or if it really is too little too late. 

If you know the solution, try and fix it

If you're sitting there with the answers in the palm of your hand, why not try it out on your current relationship? Things may be awkward or tense, but if you love the guy, you owe it to the both of you to try and come up with a common-ground solution. 

Communication is key

Most problems in relationships arise due to miscommunication. Maybe you're not saying how you really feel about him choosing his friends over you, or perhaps there is unsaid resentment towards something he didwhatever it is, you need to be open in sharing how you feel. Nothing will get solved until you both speak up.

Know when the relationship really is over

When a relationship is going through a rough patch, a couple is likely to fight a lot. But, when the relationship is truly near-over, fighting becomes exhausting and both partners simply don't have the energy to bother anymore. If you're at this point, recognize it, talk about it and decide where to go from there. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Product Must Try: Fullips Lip Enhancers

Lips like hers are only seconds away
As a total beauty junkie who has always longed for luscious lips like Angelina Jolie, I was ecstatic to find a new lip enhancing product that was tested by my favourite magazine, Cosmopolitan during their 'Beauty or Bullshit' YouTube segment. 

I had read about their stellar customer service online, but was still blown away by the attentiveness that the owner, Linda, put into my order. Not only did she include a handwritten note, explaining the product and including her personal phone number in case I had any problems, she also included a free oval lip enhancer and an exfoliating toothbrush. 

So, if you want natural, plump lips that will have you turning heads for all the right reasons, then keep reading.

This is the enhancer that I ordered, it's perfect for those who already have fuller lips
How to use it:

Start by cleaning and exfoliating your lips with water and a toothbrush. Next, you want to place the enhancer over your lip area and begin inhaling short puffs of air, which will create the suction. You should feel a good amount of suction (release if it hurts, it shouldn't be painful), then you want to simply allow your lips to relax, hold for about 15-30 seconds and then use your finger to break the suction. Repeat this a few more times until your desired fullness is set. Don't overuse the product though, it can lead to bruising or swelling. 

This product is super small, making it the perfect accessory for your makeup bag. I highly recommend this product and although the company is new, I know that this product will soon become a staple in every girl's makeup bags. 

Here's a great video that will give you a step-by-step approach:

To place an order, visit www.fullips.com 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Stop Wasting Time and Go After the Life You've Always Wanted

As I get older, I become much more attuned to the fact that life is picking up the pace. Three years ago, I started my university degree and now, I'm entering into my last year. Time truly does fly, and it's been a useful lesson to me that we really need to appreciate life and stop wasting time. When I was growing up, all throughout elementary school and high school, I wished so badly for time to fly so that I could be older and more in charge of my life. But now that I'm here, it's scary, confusing and not as fun as I thought it would be. We drift apart from our childhood friends, have a dwindling back account and most of our hopes and dreams are pushed to the side thanks to settling for a paycheque and working the nine to five. 

Movies, reality television and other entertainment platforms are another element of how I realized how much time I was wasting in my life. I've been constantly waiting for my "movie moment." By that, I mean that part in the movie where the main characters gets their life together while a happy-go-lucky song plays in the background. Think of the movie Bridesmaids where the main character, Annie, starts taking charge of her "shitty" life by baking again and trying to get back together with her love interest. 

Life is not like that, though - that two hour movie ends and you're back in reality, where your head should have been all along. 

Living your life through others is not ideal, yet so many of us do it. You won't get the life that you've always dreamed of by watching others through a television screen. So, my pledge is to screw waiting for my movie moment and rather, go out and get it. Follow your passions, listen to your gut, stick to your heart and what it wants and go after life. We only have one shot, and why look back and regret the things you didn't do? 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

5 Instagram Accounts You Need to Follow

Daily inspiration is right at your fingertips with these Aussie Instagram accounts 

As a self-confessed Instagram addict, I basically bought my iPhone just to have the opportunity to post a million pictures of my meals. Talk about dedication. But soon, thanks to Sabo Skirt, the Australian-based fashion company, I found such amazing accounts from Australian beauties who inspire me regularly with their beauty, fashion, health and fitness. Check out the accounts below and get ready to hit follow. 

For beauty inspiration:

Steph Clare Smith - @stephclaresmith

Steph's account is hands-down my favourite to follow. She's a 20-year-old Australian model who, is not only drop dead gorgeous, but she gives you an inside look into her beauty, health and fitness regimes. With 285,000 followers so far, she's definitely one to keep your eye on.

Gabbie Epstein - @gabbyepstein

Gabby is a total blonde bombshell whose bikini posts will make you want to step up your fitness game, stat. Along with being a beauty inspiration, she posts pictures from her photoshoots and her adorable puppy, Hunter.

Lydia Simonis - @lydiasimonis

16-year-old Lydia is my top prediction for one day becoming a Victoria Secret model.  She is just such a natural beautymost of her pictures are of her sans makeup and she's still gorgeous. Her posts are mainly selfies, but she also shares dancing pictures and photographs showing her spiritual side. She's definitely one to follow as her career is only going to get better and better. 

For the health/fitness junkies:

Emma Jaye Patterson - @emmajayepaterson

Emma is the sister of Caitlyn Paterson, a model for Sabo Skirt. Her account is mainly of her fitness journey, which includes delicious and healthy recipes, fitness posts and smoothie combinations that will provide you with tons of daily inspiration.

Brooklyn Read - @brooklynread

Brooklyn is all for the raw lifestyle. Her account is so colourful, thanks to all of her healthy, raw food posts. These include smoothies, smoothie bowls, healthy food hauls and fruit combinations. 

Happy following!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Beat the Winter Blues with a Super Simple and Delicious Sangria

I'm sure my fellow winos' can agree:
a pitcher of sangria is the only thing better than a bottle of wine

As a total wino, I jump at any opportunity to take my one bottle of wine and double its goodness by creating a delicious and tropical sangria. 

I created this recipe the other night (no clue if it has been done before), and it was extremely delish and super simple. It'll take you out of the winter blues and onto a tropical beach somewhere. Now that's something to cheers about. 

What you need:
  • Pitcher
  • Mixing spoon
  • Bottle of wine - I used Barefoot's Pink Moscato
  • Pineapple (juice or the actual fruit)
  • Strawberries
  • Juicer (if you don't have one, you can just buy pineapple and strawberry juice)
  • Lots of ice
  • Can of Sprite

Start by pouring the bottle of wine into the pitcher. Next, cut up slices of pineapple and strawberry (keep some aside to put into the pitcher). If you have a juicer, use it to create a pineapple and strawberry juice. Pour the juice into the pitcher, along with ice, a can of sprite and a few of the leftover fresh fruits. Leave to chill in the fridge or freezer for approximately 20 minutes and voila, get out the glasses, twirly straws and enjoy the night!

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Forget #ForeverAlone, Here's How to have a Single (And Fabulous) Valentine's Day

We love you Penny, but Valentine's Day doesn't have to look like this

For those single ladies who feel like their V-Day plans are destined to consist of a bottle of wine, a tearjerker romantic movie and the hashtag #ForeverAlone, think again. With these tips, from simple to over-the-top, you're about to have a Valentine's Day so fabulous even a diamond ring couldn't match it.

For the romantic:

Just because you're single on Valentine's Day doesn't mean that you have to give up on the notion of romance. Hello, being single gives you plenty of opportunities to connect with those like you. Put on one of your sexier outfits, a great pair of heels and hit a local pub or bar. Brownie points if you can find a singles-only 'meet and greet' type of event. 

For the bitter single:

Remember the movie Valentine's Day where Jessica Biel's character throws a "I hate Valentine's Day" party? If you're feeling particularly vengeful, gather up a few of your single girlfriends who have the same mentality, bring items and photographs of your ex's to rip and burn and remember, it's BYOP (Bring Your Own Pinata) to smash, of course. 

For the drown-your-sorrows-in-alcohol type:

Getting your girlfriends together to drink is a must if you want to have an amazing anti-Valentine's Day. Get classy by dressing up to the nines or throw on some club attire to go dancing (V-day falls on a Friday, so there will be plenty to do). Make sure you're going into drinking with good intentions, though. Drinking for fun with your girlfriends is fine, but drinking to get wasted and forget Valentine's Day will only lead to trouble throughout the night, aka you drunk-dialing an ex or ending the night with a total random. 

For the single and lovin' it gal:

This Valentine's Day is all about you, baby. What better way to celebrate the awesome relationship you have with yourself than by splurging on you for the entire day? Buy yourself flowers, treat yourself to a mani/pedi, go on a little shopping spree! This day has to be 100 percent focused on pleasing yourself. 

Have an amazing Valentine's Day, ladies!

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Slut Shaming is Never Cool: Last Night's Episode of the Bachelor

Clare took it too far, but was it really her fault?

Ay ay ay... where to begin on last night's episode of The Bachelor. First, I think we all know that Juan Pablo and Clare definitely did the deed and second, can we please all acknowledge the fact that Juan Pablo is kind of a major douche?

After a group date that basically consisted of Juan Pablo and Clare macking on each other every chance they got, Clare took it upon herself to keep the festivities going by knocking on his door at four a.m. When Juan Pablo found her on his doorstep, instead of wondering why this fifth stage clinger was there, he greeted her politely and agreed to her request of swimming in the warm Vietnam ocean. 

Then, like the crazy (and horny) kids that they are, they began to make "pure bliss" in the water. Now, it never admitted that they had sex, but c'mon, from her metaphor of a baby giraffe to her cocktail party toast of "making love," it's pretty obvious that they did the nasty.

But as lovely as that all sounds and as into it as Juan Pablo seemed, he decides to change his mind for the millionth time, and decide that he needs to set a good example for his daughter. I'm all for that, but he seriously needs to stop pulling the daughter card every time he doesn't want to kiss the ladies. He's completely being wishy-washy with his decisions and the ladies and Bachelor Nation are definitely starting to notice. 

But the part that really pisses me off is the fact that Juan Pablo basically slut-shamed Clare. I know that he will probably blame it on his cultural differences, as he did with the homophobic comments that he recently made, but even The Bachelor host, Chris Harrison, admitted that he made Clare feel cheap. 

We all saw how game he was to dip in the water with her (and dip something else, if you catch my drift), but then, out of nowhere at the cocktail party, he tells Clare that they took it too far and that he needs to be a good example for his daughter. To which, Clare tried to explain that he should have said something, but he hushed her down by talking to her like a little child and telling her to look at him.

So, at this point, I am not a big fan of Juan Pablo. I'll still watch the show, of course, I wouldn't dare miss any more possible trainwrecks, but as for the slut shaming, Juan Pablo can blame it on as many things as he'd like, but I, and I'm sure the rest of America and Canada still think that he pulled one major douche-worthy move. 

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Don’t Be Afraid to Date Someone Who’s Like Your Ex

When it comes to our ex-boyfriends, besides the money we've gotten from pawning the jewellery they once gave us, we've also gained insight as to what we want and definitely don’t want in future partners. You may have vowed to stay away from guys like your ex, but what do you do in the event that you meet a seemingly great guy, butand here's the real kickerhe  reminds you completely of him. Do you a) break it off before a romantic relationship can even start or b) suck it up and realize that yes, while he may be a long lost twin of your ex, that doesn't mean that he is your ex. With these two guidelines in place, you'll be able to decide whether it's worth it or not to put your heart on the line again. 

Ask the important questions to determine common personality traits of your ex:

Getting to know this guy is extremely important if you want to decide whether or not to give him a chance. It's not easy to prod a stranger for information about their personal life, but if your ex-boyfriend cheated on you and you want to see if this guy has a similar history, be extra clever when asking questions. A good trick, for example, would go something like this. "My best friend is currently going through some guy troubles. Her boyfriend cheated on her, and she's trying to decide whether or not to stay with him. What do you think?" His answers to questions like these should help you determine if his relationship values match up with yours. 

Follow your instincts:

The best piece of advice I can give you, though, is to follow your gut. I've experienced this situation before and it confused the hell out of me, but by following your gut and trusting your instincts, just as you would in any relationship, you can determine whether or not you'll find yourself down the same road as before. Remember, hesitation is normal, but if red flags are waving around in your mind, it's probably a sign that its time to either stay single or go after different types of guys. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Drunken Stupor: Don't be "That" Girl at the Party

Talk about a trainwreck

From Tierra's LiCausi's uncontrollable eyebrow to the drunk mess that was Victoria Lima on Monday night's episode of the Bachelor, viewers at home can always count on there being at least one lunatic who's at the centre of the drama. 

It's great for the show's ratings, but torture for the poor soul who has to endure her mistakes over again and, oh yeah, the whole world gets a front row seat to watch it unfold, too. Talk about pressure, right?

Well, Monday's episode of the Bachelor got me thinking to some of those nights where I got sloppy drunk and became that girl. You know, the one who stumbles around, barely speaking English and who explains to each lovely soul who helped that, "I'm never like this, you have to believe me; I never get this drunk." But, of course, it was much less comprehensible than that. 

Now, I can admit those times, albeit how embarrassing they are, because I'm sure that you, my lovely readers, have had similar experiences. Being "that" girl is never fun, so to help you skip the next-day shame and help you be the life of the party, not the hot mess, follow these tips. 

If you feel like you're beyond drunk, find a safe way home:

This is the simplest way to avoid ending up in a drunk tank overnight. But while you're in this drunken state, you probably won't be in the right sense of mind to make the decision to go home. Instead, enlist your close friends with the task of knowing when you've reached your limit, calling you a cab and making sure you end up safely at your destination.

Drink water and eat something. Stat.

When you're beyond drunk and feel like you need to reverse some of the damage, the best and easiest solution is to drink a shit ton of water and eat something like bread or crackers; these foods will absorb the alcohol in your stomach.

Sometimes you just have to throw up...

It's pretty embarrassing, but sometimes you simply have to do it. If you've become a hot mess and truly do feel sick, throwing up will make you feel a million times better. If you're embarrassed of people knowing, let your friends know and hopefully they will cover for you while you finish your business.

Now, the true test will be if you can remember all of this useful information the next time that you are white-girl-wasted. Safe drinking, ladies!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

How to: Take Charge of the Life You've Always Wanted

Rule #1 of taking charge: own the strut 

When we're younger and still living with our parents, we don't have much say as to how our life pans out. Our parents are in charge of buying the food, choosing and paying for our yearly back-to-school outfits and having the final say on our curfew, boyfriends, friends and the typical do's and don'ts. But, as we grow up and gain independence, we may take that great leap and move out, get our own apartment and start our own real adult lives. Yes, it may be scary as hell, but the best part is: we're in charge! The freedom is sweet, the bills are not, but here, in this article, I'll show you the best ways to finally accept your new adult-status and live the life that you've always wanted. No parental supervision required. 

Take charge of your financial situation

Being broke during one of the most exciting periods of our life is not ideal, but with student loans and newfound financial independence, it is to be expected. To help you take charge of your current financial woes, you must be willing to take the time and figure out a budget that works for you. There truly is no better time to start looking onward to the future and getting into the habit of solidifying your financial freedom. You want a plan that will help you curb unnecessary spending, create savings and still leave a bit of wiggle room to splurge on those fabulous heels. There are a ton of books available on the topic, written specifically for us twenty-somethings such as Alexa Von Tobel's new book, Financially Fearless. Alexa is the Founder and CEO of LearnVest.com and a monthly columnist for Cosmopolitan magazine. 

Take charge of your social life

Yes, you may be busy with school or getting a jump start on your career, but it's vital that you take time to spend with your friends. Having a strong social circle will help you unwind, release those feel-good hormones and strengthen social skills that will prove useful in many careers and networking events. Plan weekly or monthly girls nights with your friends or, if that's not possible due to location, keep in touch through Skype and regular phone contact. 

Take charge of your relationships

I've written plenty of articles on this topic, so I'm hoping you're becoming an expert on it, too. If you have the time to date during your twenties, I say go for itlife's too short and whether it's just a short-term relationship or one that is meant to last, have the attitude of taking chances and not regretting missed opportunities which could have led you to the one. 

Take charge of your style

When you're in high school, it can be difficult to express yourself through your style in fear that other's will judge you. I remember being afraid to wear high heels to school because I thought that people would think I was trying too hard. But now that I'm older, I realize that I don't care what people think and I choose to dress for myself, not others. If I want to wear bright red lipstick and heeled boots, I will and I'll strut my stuff in the process. The goal is to finally take charge and live life for yourself and that includes a style that fully embodies you

Take charge of your home

Since you're no longer surrounded by the hideous carpet and creepy dolls that your mom likes to keep around the house, it's your chance to dress up your new digs in a way that is fitting and cozy (not creepy) for you. Use your personal interior style as your guide to help you choose the best paint colours, furniture and cozy personal touches such as candles or picture frames. If money does inhibit a lot of these choices, go the DYI route and get creative. Pinterest, as always, is one of the best websites for fun, but budget-wise projects. 

Take charge of you

Last, but certainly not least, you must take charge of yourself. We all know ourselves best, so taking care of your physical and mental well-being can be customized in a plan according to your own personal routines. An example to give you some ideas is my daily care for myselfI've recently adopted a six-week vegan lifestyle, which I will post a blog about soon. I work out regularly and do a daily relaxation tape to keep worry and anxiety at bay, and I make sure to save plenty of time to relax, focus on myself and my relationships with my boyfriend, friends and family. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

From Girlfriend to... Stepmom? A Take on Last Night's Episode of The Bachelor

We can definitely add 'Superdad' to his list of irresistible traits

In last night's season premiere of the Bachelor, viewers watched as 27 gorgeousand sometimes crazywomen, from all over America, vied for Juan Pablo's heart. When they weren't busy obsessing over his sexiness (when weren't they?) or memorizing their newly-bought Spanish language books, they were admitting that they love the fact that Juan Pablo is a single dad. 

Of course, seeing a gorgeous man play the role of superdad to his daughter is enough to make us ovulate on the spot, but when it comes to fully taking on the role of 'stepmom,' are we ready for that?

As we move up throughout our twenties, the dating world will offer a ton of different, unique relationships, including the possibility of dating men who already have children. We need to be prepared for the possibility of taking on a new role that could potentially change everything. 

In the case of Juan Pablo, though, he is crazy about his daughter, often referring to her as his "Valentine" since she was born on the holiday. Aww. Albeit being first place in his life, his fiancé at the end shouldn't have to worry about a Parent Trap-esque daughter thanks to Camila's young age. 

So, for nowone episode inthe women seem completely head-over-heels with the thought of being Juan Pablo's wife and Camila's stepmom, but only time will tell if these woman are in it for the real deal or just the thought of it. 

What are your thoughts on the Bachelor so far? Any favourites?

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Friday, January 3, 2014

4 Beauty Looks to Try in the New Year

Get ready to steal the show in 2014

With a new year comes a vast array of unique ways to look fabulous. From a dark, vamp lip with romantic waves to the classic smouldering smokey eye with nude lips, you'll be taking on 2014 in major style. 

1) Vamp lip with romantic waves

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Despite the obvious stress that Khloe Kardashian has been under during 2013, homegirl has definitely kicked up her beauty regimes. This is just one of her looks that I absolutely adore. It looks like she crimped her hair, but then lightly ran her fingers through to tousle it and create a more relatable style. This look, paired with a dark plum lip, has her moving on to be one of the more stylish Kardashians. 

2) Smokey eyes with a nude lip

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For a night out or special occasion, you can never go wrong with a smouldering eye paired with nude lips. This is a look that will never go out of style as it appears each year and you can easily wear it as a day-to-night look with the proper eyeshadow shades. 

3) Pop of colour

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Adding a pop of colour to your makeup palette is a simple way to make your best features stand out. If you want to show off your eyes, adding a pop of an accentuating colour will definitely add the splash that you need. For lips, using light and hot pinks is another great way to be seen. 

4) Keep your nails simple

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Nail trends have appeared year after year; from shattered to magnetic nails, the trends simply keep on coming. But, for this year, I dare you to keep it one-tonedthink Lauren Conrad during her time on The Hillswhere her simple, yet elegant mani's struck a cord in us beauty hopefuls. 

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