What the Colors You Wear Say About You

Devil Wears PradaBeing the fashionista of my friend group automatically qualifies me as the one everyone asks “what should I wear?” or “does this look good?” Too many people in this world are comfortable looking like trash everyday, and it’s up to those of us who have a good sense of fashion to help save others from their own incapabilities.

More often than not, I find that the hardest decision for people involves the colors they wear. Colors have a powerful effect on the way we act and the way the society sees us. They give off an energy that affects our emotions, confidence levels and our desires. So basically, if you want to be a bad bitch then you better dress like it.

RED is powerful and strong. It may suggest you could be impulsive and ambitious. It’s also the color of desire; some studies show that it makes others feel more attracted to you, and makes you, yourself, feel more attractive. You should wear red when you want to up your game on a date, or you’re going out for a night on the town- don’t wear it to an important work meeting.

The color of purity and positivity is WHITE. This color runs the risk of washing you out and also can hurt your level of attractiveness in the minds of others. White is also the color of innocence and virginity- wear it when you’re going for an air of innocence.

On Wed We Wear PinkPINK is plain and simple. If you’re a man, others respect you more having the balls to wear this color. If you’re a woman, wear this to meet your boyfriend’s parents. That is all.

YELLOW is a happy color! It can boost your happiness and help the moods of those around you. This color tells the people around you that you are fun, interesting, active and lively. Wear any day you need a pick-me-up.

PURPLE has two sides to it- a lighter shade will tell people you are sensitive and compassionate, and a deeper purple will show you are intuitive and have strong feelings. Wearing the color purple can help with confidence levels, and helps creativity and critical thinking. Wear this when you need to get the BIG idea at work or in school.

Success is generally associated with the color BLUE. It’s the color of both the sky and water which represent loyalty and authority- this is great for you! It helps you work creatively, and shows others you are trustworthy. Navy is a color that shows friendliness and power. Wear this color to ACE the job interview of your dreams!

GREEN gives off a peaceful and cautious energy. If you wear it correctly it can increase your positive feelings, but if it’s worn wrong then you might look sickly. Because the color green is regularly associated with nature, it is a refreshing and soothing color. Wear it if you are feeling stressed and need to calm down.

Own too much blackI LOVE BLACK! Many like to wear BLACK because it’s slimming and it goes with everything, but it’s also the color of mourning. When wearing black, a person can come across as strong-willed and disciplined but they might also seem too independent and inflexible. Wear this color when you’re standing up for something or someone, or need to put your foot down. Or just feel like a bad-ass, wear it any time you want.

ORANGE is both bold and optimistic. Shades of orange motivate and energize, and increases spontaneity. Wearing this color suggests to others that you are competent and independent, and sometimes impatient (due to the increased spontaneity). Wear this color whenever you’re in a team leader position or are working with children.

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How to throw a Dinner Party

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Being the socialite of your friend group isn’t an easy job- especially when college funds are tight. You’re the one who usually comes up with ideas, figures out the date and details, makes assignments and finds the venue (which most of the time ends up being your cheap apartment). It’s work, but you enjoy it and you know that you’re one of the only people who can make sure everyone has a fabulous time.

My favorite setting to enjoy good friends, fine wine and juicy gossip is at a dinner party. There are many different ways to put on one of these little soirées, but there are a few ways to make this a memorable event and not just a dinner party. I have a few suggestions for making sure that everyone wants an invitation to the get-togethers you throw, regardless of their size, style and budget.

Guest List: A guest list is the best way to help streamline your planning process. It allows you to plan for the right amount of food, give out assignments and set the venue up properly. I love having a guest list because I don’t have to invite people I don’t like, and they can’t just show up without an invitation.

Where to Splurge: I say only splurge with investments. If you find centerpieces, serving dishes, dinnerware (etc…), then it’s okay to spend guiltlessly while you invest in your future parties.

Where to Skimp: Little things like decor, appetizers, music and all the other tiny details are things that should make a very small dent (if any at all) in your bank account. Decor can be super cheap, and I’ve found that paper decorations can look chic if applied in right way.

Family Style over Buffet: I prefer family style over buffet because it’s easier to connect with each other around a table where we are sharing food instead of lining up and serving ourselves. Successful events are all about creating an emotional connection with others, and that’s easily done over a shared meal.

Your Signature: Every chic soirée you put together needs to have your own personal touch to it. Whether it’s a signature cocktail, a memorial toast, your calligraphy or personal logo on the invitations, menu or decor.

Say Cheese: Always have a photo booth! Pictures with friends, after a fun and memorable evening, helps to ensure that everyone wants to come back to future parties. It also is a huge ego boost when you see all the Insta posts about how fun YOUR party was.

Theme: Every good party needs a theme. It makes your life easier when it comes to decorations because everyone’s outfit adds to the room’s ambiance. A theme also creates an obvious difference between all your get-togethers and the other events you host. Keeping things fresh helps keep the interest of your guests.

 

Fashion Hacks

I recently discovered the YouTube channel But First, Coffee– and I am in love. I know a lot of her posts are for girls (actually, all of them are), but I found this video and saw some things that I think both guys and girls can benefit from. So, check it out and follow this fabulous channel- you wont be disappointed!

A Guide to Arriving Fashionably Late

Better late than uglyI have set a rule in my life that I won’t ever show up anywhere without getting ready and making sure that I look like I try too hard to put myself together every day. Looking good, every day, is one of the best ways to ensure that you shape other’s opinions of you.

Always looking good allows to you judge others for not looking good without reservation- Jesus said “thou shalt not be a hypocrite” and so I’m not. After all, if Jesus can judge, and I’m supposed to ask WWJD, then it’s only logical that I should judge others #AmIRight.

I have a reputation for always looking pretty- I consider it one of my larger successes. I have classmates who constantly mention how much they wish that they had my wardrobe. I’ve even had professors mention, in the middle of class, how impressed they are that I don’t just look nice- but that I am ALWAYS put together.

This one time, I had a couple friends who made fun of me for getting ready to go grocery shopping. They told me, “You’ll never see anyone you know,” and “you’re wasting time.” After I got ready, my friends and I headed to the store. I ended up seeing quite a few people while shopping, and they all mentioned how great I looked- my friends ate their crow.

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There are some important mindsets to take on when you’re the bitch who’s always late. You can’t be 30 minutes late to a job or interview- that’s just bad manners. There is a tasteful way to make sure that your being late leaves the right impression and doesn’t piss anyone important off.

First: Never be late to a situation where people are depending on you. Being late isn’t worth it if others are going to be guaranteed to think less of you. Save being “fashionably late” for social situations. In a professional setting, just make sure you arrive at the last second.

Second: Make sure that everyone knows the reason why you were late is for their benefit. Nobody wants to look at the ugly, unpolished version of you.

Third: Never apologize for being late. You were late because it’s important to look good. If you apologize then you give others the license to believe you are in the wrong.

Fourth: Everyone hates being in the front of the room, so if you’re late you are forced to walk your beautifully late self to the front- everyone will be forced to notice you. Sitting in the back means that nobody notices you. Don’t be a #BackRowBitch.

Fifth: Make a joke of it. Don’t let it become a super serious issue. I crack jokes about my being late all the time, and now all of my superiors join in on the fun. As long as you aren’t a huge slacker AND always late, they usually don’t care.

Sixth: Make sure to use eye contact and flash a smile. Owning a room is all about gushing with confidence and looking fabulous.

Lastly: Always remember the golden rule…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Wine

I’m going to preface this post with a disclaimer…

Disclaimer: Don’t expect me to tell you how to get good wine for cheap- you get what you pay for. And, after you’ve had a few, taste doesn’t matter as much anyways… once you’re taste buds are drunk they probably can’t tell the difference between a bottle of Dal Forno Valpolicella (I dare you to pronounce that correctly) and a bottle of Barefoot Merlot.

Wine-FountainNow that we’ve got that out of the way, we can talk about what really matters- wine.

Saying that wine is your favorite way to drink your alcohol is the “classy” way of saying you like to have a good time- collegiate socialites are ALL about that classy drunk life. Having a long stemmed glass of wine makes thinking you’re better than everyone else a lot easier. Let’s be honest- believing in yourself is the first step to having everyone else believe it too.

We go to college to learn. Part of every college curriculum should be learning how to go from being a wine drinker to a knowledgeable wino.

Categorizing wine isn’t as easy as white or red- there is a whole spectrum of wine. In fact, there are hundreds of types of both red and white wine grapes (called varietals) contributing to the diversity of wines. Since this is a beginner’s guide, here are some general categories to help you impress your friends and show them you aren’t just a boozhee college bitch:

Sparkling: Sparkling wine ranges from very dry to very sweet, and generally contains less alcohol than other table wines (boring, right?!). You’ll usually find that sparkling wine is either white or rosé.

  • Pair with: Poultry or seafood, a creamy sauce, cheese, or enjoy on its own.
  • When to serve: Celebrations and parties

Betty White WineWhite: With white wine, grapes are separated from their skins and made into juice before fermentation. They’re not all light wines. They can be light-, medium- or full-bodied, which represents how thick they feel in your mouth. Sweet wines like Riesling tend to be on the lighter (thinner) end while Chardonnay is at the fuller end, with a higher alcohol content, and a rich, creamy flavor.

  • Pair with: Fish, salads, and meals with sour flavors like lemon, as well as desserts.
  • When to serve: Light whites for summer events, or fall for full-bodied whites

Rosé: If you’re looking for an in-between selection, Rosé is a good option.It is a versatile wine that can be paired with many dishes. It’s typically made from black grapes (red-wine grapes), giving it subtle color. Like white wine, it’s best served soon after its release for optimal flavor and aromas.

  • Pair with: Most cheeses, pasta dishes, as well as any spring or summer meal.
  • When to serve: Spring and summer events and parties

Red: Red wines have bold, complex flavors, but it’s hard to generalize them because they have so many flavors and aromas. These are most commonly paired with red meat. When choosing the type you want to pair with your meal, consider the meat you’ll be serving. The bolder the wine, the richer the meat should be.

  • When to serve: Great year-round, but should be your go-to for fall and winter dinner parties and gatherings.
  • Pair with: A main course that includes red meats, strong cheeses or salty foods

Dessert: Made from naturally sweet grapes, these wines are the sweetest. These always taste delicious alongside fruit, chocolate and other desserts. Remember that you want to serve one that’s sweeter than the dessert, so the food doesn’t take away or change the wine’s flavor.

  • When to serve: After the main course in any meal
  • Pair with: Other desserts, or salty foods

WINE TASTING TIP

Wine TastingThe key to successful wine tasting (and avoid looking foolish) is developing your palate (something I’m still working on). The easiest way to start is to begin with what you smell and taste – from there, you’ll unearth the many aromas and flavors that go into your first sip. Wine can have aromas ranging from fruit to herbs to smoky scents, and over time you’ll pick up on the different hints of each.

 

9 Reasons it is Never Okay to Wear Sweats

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I have never really had any political ambitions. Other than my theory that pretty people are better leaders and should be elected over the ugly, my only other political ambitions are based on fashion atrocities that I think should be banned (i.e. white socks, scrunchies, untailored suits, etc…). But, the one article of clothing I never cease to question why it even exists is sweatpants- seriously, ew. Don’t, just don’t.

Christian Louboutin said it best. “I hate the whole concept of comfort,” he says. “It’s like when people say, ‘Well, we’re not really in love, but we’re in a comfortable relationship.’ You’re abandoning a lot of ideas when you are too into comfort. ‘Comfy’- that’s one of the worst words! I just picture a woman feeling bad, with a big bottle of alcohol, really puffy.”

Jimmy Fallon Thumbs DownI’m not sure who thought it would be good idea to create a pant out of thick cotton material, bind the bottom with elastic, and share them with the world. What idiot would create such an ugly concoction and then think it was a good idea to sell it? Whoever they are, I want their name, number and address stat because we’ve got some shit to talk about.

For those of you who disagree with me, and think that being comfortable outweighs the benefits of being an upstanding member of society, here are 9 logical reasons you should boycott sweatpants right this second and to the end of time:

  1. People will automatically label you as “the poor girl who just got dumped and who is comforting herself with Nicholas Sparks movies and a few pints of chunky monkey.” It doesn’t matter if it’s true, just don’t have them thinking it is.
  2. Nobody believes you are going to work out. Everyone wears track pants, running shorts or yoga pants now- people stopped wearing sweatpants to the gym in the 90s.
  3. Your wrinkled dress at the bottom of your laundry hamper, with the mustard stain down the front of it, STILL looks better than a pair of sweat pants.
  4. There is nothing that you can pair with sweatpants to make them look even kind-0f stylish and not like you just rolled out of bed (which you probably did).
  5. Everyone will probably assume that you’ve been gaining weight and none of your other clothes fit. It’s a awful thing to think, but it is true.
  6. Mean-Girls-Cant-Sit-With-Us-GIFMean Girls taught us that wearing sweatpants in the wrong situation, will make you lose all your friends.
  7. You probably don’t remember the last time they were washed, and you couldn’t care less about your shitty pair of sweats.
  8. Other people wear proper pants; pants with buttons and zippers, so you should too. It’s only fair to them and the rest of society.
  9. You are not Justin Bieber. If you wear them hanging halfway down your rear (even if it is accidentally) people will think that you’re a huge douchebag.

Do everyone a favor and forget about the sweatpants- they aren’t worth the trouble.

How to Save Money at Starbucks

Coffee optionA large cup of coffee has been one of the most consistent fashion accessories for years. How can it not be when celebrities and high class socialites are constantly being photographed with them. When you carry a cup of coffee with you, you carry the nectar of the gods. It makes the statement that you are strong, powerful and have a lot of important shit to get done.

Starbucks is my go to place to receive my daily dose- you could say I have an addiction. If you, like me, have the need to feed your inner white girl with a latte, macchiato or frap then your credit card probably lets out a small whimper every time you enter the store or drive through. Well, tell that little bitch to shut up- I have some great tips to cut down on how much you spend on each cup (which just means you can get multiple doses each day now)!

Order basic menu items and get creative: While Starbucks baristas will whip up nearly any combination of flavors at your request, by understanding what goes into many drinks you can get creative and save a lot. It’s all about ordering a basic (and cheaper) menu item and adding free ingredients such as creamer, milk or vanilla flavoring to get it closer to your favorite but high-cost drink. This will significantly cut what you pay while getting you essentially the same beverage. Here are two easy examples of substitutions that are much cheaper.

Order an espresso with room instead of a latte: The basic ingredients of a latte are espresso and steamed milk, while an Americano contains espresso and water. By opting for an Americano with extra room in the cup, you can add your own milk at the store for free. An Americano is priced similarly to drip coffee, so this Starbucks menu hack represents meaningful savings relative to a latte.

This substitution makes even more sense in the summer when you’re ordering your drink on ice. An iced latte is just espresso and cold milk (not steamed), so order an iced Americano or a double-shot espresso on ice and add milk yourself to get essentially the same end result for a fraction of the price.

Order a chai tea instead of a chai latte: This is a similar idea to the substitution suggestion above: Opt for a chai tea with plenty of room in the cup and add your own milk. You can save significantly because the cost of hot tea is dramatically less than the cost of a chai latte. In this case, the drink has some other differences from the original chai latte and won’t taste exactly the same, but it’s close enough and the savings are worth it.

Join the My Starbucks Rewards loyalty program: Starbucks has done a great job of making its loyalty program both easy to use and a helpful, money-saving tool. You can easily sign up through the Starbucks site and get a membership card, and manage your rewards account through the My Starbucks Rewards app. The app includes features that allow you to order ahead of time, pay electronically at the store, quickly reload gift card balances and more.

Most importantly, your My Starbucks Rewards membership will qualify you for plenty of free giveaways. For example, you get a free espresso drink on your birthday, plus you will receive regular offers for discounts and other giveaways. You’ll also get freebies if you’re a frequent Starbucks customer. After you have made 30 purchases in a year, you qualify to receive a free purchase for every 12 items you buy. If you follow Starbucks on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, you can be alerted to coupons, free drink certificates and other promotions.

Find Starbucks deals online: Similar to the offers you can find on social media sites, Groupon is often a great way to save money at Starbucks and its online store that sells its signature brand of coffee and related items. While these deals are not always available, when they do show up they can lead to significant savings.

Know Starbucks policies: Starbucks offers a few simple ways to save money, but only to those who know to ask for them. For example, if you bring your own mug, you save 10 cents on your drink order. By using your own mug, you can do something for the environment and save a few cents along the way. If you are a Starbucks regular, this can add up to real savings over time.

Another policy that is not widely broadcast is Starbucks’ refill policy. If you are drinking drip coffee and want a refill during the same visit to the store, you will be charged only 50 cents (unless you’re a Starbucks gold member- then refills are free). This couples well with the free Wi-Fi, making Starbucks a great place to settle down and get some work done.