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My Beauty Health Regimen

Beauty is an investment. At least that’s what I’ve been told and I don’t mean that in a “wow, this mascara is $30!?” kind of way. In today’s society, which advertises a thin culture and gives surgical access to people willing to pay large sums of money to achieve their ideal body, beauty can really break the bank. I fight the mold of what is considered beautiful by being my own kind of beautiful.

1. Night Cream and Daily Moisturizer

My mother, who from an early age started applying night cream and face moisturizer every day, has yet to see more than a few wrinkles. She is living proof that taking care of your skin pays off in the long run. I have taken her advice to start young and formed a skincare routine comprised of Korres Quercetin & Oak Antiageing & Antiwrinkle Night Cream, Benefit Cosmetics It’s Potent! Eye Cream, and Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+. Making a habit of caring for your skin seems like a chore at first, but I’ve come to acknowledge that 40 years from now I will be thanking myself. These products basically serve as a time capsule.

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7 Ways To Use Ice Cubes In Your Summer Beauty Routine

via Fiesty Veggies

Ice cubes are a great way to keep yourself cool during the hot summer months, but did you know that you can also incorporate them into your beauty routine? Here are a few great ways to start using ice cubes in your summer beauty routine…

1. De-puff eyes

Ice is a great way to reduce swelling around the eye area. Wrap an ice cube in a paper towel and lightly glide the ice over your eyes for a few minutes. I also use this trick to help clear up any redness in my eyes. You may want to wear a glove when applying the ice to your skin—it will become uncomfortable to hold the ice with your bare hands for too long.

2. Perk up tired skin

Ice is believed to improve circulation in the skin. The body responds by gradually by sending an increased flow of warm blood to the area. Be careful that you’re not applying ice taken straight from the freezer—extreme cold applied straight away can actually harm your skin. Place the ice in a glass for a couple of minutes and then take to your skin. Also be careful not to apply the ice to any broken capillaries on the skin.

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The Five Essential Neutral Layers For Summer

I’m a retail stylist at Madewell part-time, so I’ve been trained to follow their dress code. For the most part it’s pretty lenient — I wear Birkenstocks literally every day to work. However, the challenge that I’ve found is their rule about knits (T-shirts and knit tanks): I always, always, always need a layering piece on top of it.

While this may seem simple enough because I’m perpetually cold and always have a cardigan nearby, as the summer has gone on, it’s become increasingly difficult to creatively add in a third piece to my outfit. Sure, I could take the easy way out and just grab my favorite knit cardigan… but there are so many more possibilities for cute layering pieces for summertime! Check out some of my new go-to neutral third pieces after my summer styling gig at Madewell!


1. UNIQLO light cardigan | 2. High cardigan | 3. MAX MARA cardigan | 4. Ralph Lauren cardigan | 5. Fluffy knit cardigan | 6. Vanessa Seward knit cardigan | 7. Oversized knit cardigan | 8. JCrew boyfriend cardigan | 9. Short-sleeved cardigan | 10. Grey madder cardigan

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Throwback Thursday: 15 Songs That Defined My ’90s Adolescence

I was born November 29, 1991, which makes me  two things: a Sagittarius and most importantly… a ’90s girl.

There are countless social media pages dedicated to this amazing stretch of time and why it was the best decade — refer to my favorite for some relatable struggles and “oh my gosh, yes!” moments here. Honestly though, if it were a life-or-death situation and I had to choose just one thing that I missed most about growing up in the ’90s? Next to my ribbon dancer and Polly Pocket, it would have to be the music. And I am sure of this every day, as I constantly catch myself mumbling that they don’t make music like they used to, when my younger coworkers try desperately to convince me just how amazing Justin Beiber and One Direction are.

So in honor of Throwback Thursday and the ’90s in general, I thought I’d make a playlist, allowing us all to rewind back to 10 plus years and a whole other world. These are the 15 songs that ruled my life in  the ’90s… the ones I saved up a week’s worth of allowance to buy the CD. The ones I would try to learn the music video dance moves to on MTV. And the ones that I would listen to while hanging out with my friends on my bad ass Walkman (may it rest in peace!).

1. Wannabe by Spice Girls

In a day and age where pop music girl bands are extinct, I would like to make this my number one. The concept of a group of girls singing about having each other’s backs, and only allowing a guy to come into their life with the approval of her besties, might be an outrage today. On a side note, the Spice Girls also doubled as hilarious actors in their movie Spice World, and made for great Barbie dolls.

2. Bye Bye Bye by *NYSNC

I was blessed enough to see *NYSNC in concert, and when this song came on, the audience of adolescent and young adult girls alike melted. Bye Bye Bye is just one of their many songs that had an upbeat and catchy vibe , which masked their true, hopeless romantic selves. The ’90s was also prime for boy bands, so the group thrived in their natural habitat – the frosted and spiky hair, the killer hip hop dance moves and the at times cringe-worthy, campy music videos made them all the more loveable.

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Megan’s Daily Hair Routine

Anyone who has known me for a long time knows that I get very bored with my hair. I love my hair — don’t get me wrong — but I like to change things up quite frequently. I have had extremely long hair, extremely short hair, blonde hair, orange hair (after an unfortunate Sun-in experience), brown hair and black hair. I am also quite fond of extreme changes made in the spur of the moment, which explains why I have donated 8 – 10 inches of hair, on three separate occasions to Locks of Love (which is an amazing charity by the way!). Lucky for me my hair grows out pretty quickly, so I keep changing my style depending on my current whim.

But no matter how many times I have changed my hair color or style, my hair routine has never really changed! When I like a product I stick by it, which explains why I have been using many of the same products and styling tools since middle school! Since I’ve been using some things for almost ten years, I feel completely confident in recommending them to you!

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9 Tips for Styling Patterned Shorts

Everyone knows how to style a good pair of denim or colored shorts. Almost any top matches, throw on any pair of your shoes then you’re out the door. Circa summer 2014 and every store is selling patterned shorts with prints from tribal to flower to tie-dye. They’re cute, but the biggest question is how do you style them? A white shirt is obvious, but what about when you’re ready for a night out and want to wear the cute new pair of shorts you bought, or would love to wear them to work?

Patterned shorts have quickly become a favorite staple in my closet because they are so versatile. They can easily be dressed up or dressed down, making them surprisingly much easier to style than you might think. Not only are they super chic, but they are extremely comfortable. If that won’t get you to try printed shorts, I don’t know what will.

 1. Chelsea Flower Chiffon Top  |  2. Alice+Olivia Oliver Blazer  |  3. Boy by Band of Outsiders Shibori Plaid Shorts   |  4. Rebecca Minkoff ‘MAC’ Clutch Bag  |  5. Stuart Weitzman D’Orsay Pumps | 6. Lucite and Metal Triangle Necklace

Just because you work an office job that doesn’t mean you have to lose any sense of style you have. Making a black and white patterned pair of shorts the focus of your outfit makes your look professional yet chic. By dressing the outfit up with a color blocked open front blazer and black heels the look is complete and much more modest than the typical print shorts.

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8 Delicious Recipes To Make With Nutella

If there’s one thing that I absolutely love eating, it’s Nutella. I used to love Nutella so much that I constantly had a jar in my room with a bag of pretzels to match, but I’ve calmed down a bit since then. While I still crave entire spoonfuls of my favorite chocolate hazelnut spread, I now try to opt for foods to make with Nutella instead of eating just the chocolate itself.

I would have to say that my favorite Nutella-based dessert of all time is a crepe with the hazelnut spread and strawberries/bananas. Now that I’m trying to expand my horizons in the dessert world, I’ve been searching for delicious new recipes to try at home. So far, I’ve found a few amazing treats for Nutella lovers and super-fans to enjoy!

 via Sweet and Savory Tooth

1. Nutella-Banana Crepes 

I had to start this off with my personal favorite. It’s lightweight, delicious, and tastes great with fruit! I would just add a bit of powdered sugar, along with some whipped cream and ice cream for it to pretty much be the best dessert ever.

I have a favorite place in NYC called Creperie that makes just about any Nutella crepe you can imagine. Their “Chocolate Lovers” and “The Famous” crepes are to die for! And for anyone looking to re-create this amazing treat at home, Sweet and Savory Tooth gives a full guide on how to bring quality crepes to your dessert plate.

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