The Turtleneck Trend

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I remember being obsessed with turtleneck sweaters when I was younger, especially the ones from Gap. I was that girl who owned the same piece of clothing, in this case turtlenecks, in different colors. In the past they’ve been associated with Steve Jobs (Apple’s former CEO was known for wearing black turtlenecks) and nerds, but just like pumpkin spice lattes, turtlenecks are back in season and they’re chicer than ever! With various designers featuring the trend in their Fall 2014 runway shows from Proenza Schouler to Elizabeth and James, we’ve falling in love with the turtleneck trend again. Who could resist this warm and cozy clothing choice?

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Fall Fashion Guide: The Best Boots For Every Budget

Is there anything better than sliding on a new cozy pair of boots this time of year ? I shop for boots right when they hit the store because they are one of the first things to sell out. Almost everywhere across the U.S. it’s starting to cool down, and it’s time to begin swapping out summer sandals for cold weather boots because it is safe to say your fall wardrobe is not complete until you have found the perfect pair of boots. If you want a boot, there is definitely one out there just for you at the perfect price point!

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O V E R $150

1. Kork-Ease Kalpana Boot | 2. Ivanka Trump Onna Knee Boot | 3. Steve Madden Munch Military Boot | 4. Rachel Comey Alley Boots

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Why You Should Consider Skipping Shampoo

Have you heard of this trend? Lately, a lot of bloggers I follow have been throwing out their products to embrace this trend of “quitting” shampoo. I couldn’t imagine not washing my hair every two days—the concept seemed so gross to me. But these bloggers have shared picture after picture of their hair looking healthier than ever… more volume, shine and wave. But what exactly does it mean to go without shampoo and is it actually healthy? I found that many of my misconceptions about this trend was wrong, and wanted to share my findings.

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Myth #1: Going without shampoo means you never wash your hair. 

The name “no shampoo” or “no poo” can be misleading. This trend definitely isn’t advocating for everyone to not wash their hair anymore. Instead, most people use a mixture of baking soda and water instead of shampoo. Others use honey or different oils to wash their hair. They definitely use these mixtures less, but most of my research found people use them about once a week (a major difference from every other day!)

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8 Things You Should Consider When Adopting A Pet

After wanting to adopt a pup for years, I finally took a deep breath and headed to the Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center on Wednesday. After walking around and seeing all of those hopeful eyes looking back at me (I’m not going to lie, I was tearing up pretty badly and it wasn’t because of the dander), I saw a little furball wagging her tail and smiling at me. I opened the door to her room and she immediately went for me, spinning in circles and jumping up on me. I asked her if she wanted me to take her home and it became pretty clear that she was totally down for that. I headed back up to the front desk and signed her paperwork and I’m picking her up today!

Hello, Birdie! (I’m keeping this as a ‘before’ picture… she definitely has an oatmeal bath and good brushing in her future!)

I was lucky to grow up in the country, living with tons of different animals throughout my life. I never really viewed caring for my animals as a chore because we viewed them as members of our family, but taking proper care of a pet can be tough. Keeping this in mind, it baffles me when people are so eager to surrender their animals when their living situations change. I mean, I certainly know that it isn’t easy at times—a few years ago, I was going through some major issues and ended up leaving my cat with my ex-boyfriend. I knew that he would take wonderful care of her, but it’s something that still bothers me to this day. So if you’re thinking of adopting an animal, here are a few things to consider beforehand…

1. Is my current space big enough for my pet?

If you’re currently living in a small space, it may not be the best time to adopt an animal that requires space to play. If you’re in an efficiency or small space, I recommend getting a fish until you get a space that’s a little larger. I have three beloved betta fish (the last one I owned lived for many years) and I was a little surprised by how much I enjoy their company. If you already have a pet and relocated to a smaller space, make sure you make up for it with lots of walks and play time.

2. What will happen if I move and the place where I want to move doesn’t allow pets?

We haven’t found our forever home, so we are moving at least once every year or two. When you have a pet, it can impact your living arrangements and options. There are breed restrictions, expensive pet deposits and downstairs neighbors that won’t take kindly to a critter playing right above their heads. If this is something that gives you pause, it may be best to put the brakes on any plans to adopt just yet. There are tons of ways to work around this, though—request a ground floor apartment, save up for a pet deposit in advance, etc.

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Girl Crush: Pat McGrath

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For years I had been reading Vogue, and noticing that each issue there would be such a creative take on the makeup for the front cover and throughout the entire magazine. After some research I came across makeup artist who created the work of art. That is where I had learned about Pat McGrath. If I had to name one person that inspired my love for all things beauty related it’s McGrath, one of the most sought-after makeup artists in the world. Currently an international makeup artist and the creative design director of Procter & Gamble Beauty, McGrath is a legend when it comes to her artwork as is my girl crush.

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It seems like she has had years of professional training, but think again! McGrath is self-trained and that’s why I think she is so special. I admire people who can create a fulfilling life for themselves by working hard believing in themselves. It takes a strong person to truly go after their dreams and Pat McGrath is a great role model for our generation. It boggles my mind how somebody can be so creative, it is truly inspiring.

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The New Beauty Brand You Need To Try

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Into The Gloss just got glossier! Founder of the beauty website, Emily Weiss recently introduced Glossier, a new skincare line and a brick and mortar pop-up store in New York City. As a beauty obsessed enthusiast and a huge fan of ITG I am super excited to try this beauty brand! For those who are unfamiliar with Into The Gloss, CEO and founder Emily Weiss launched the blog in 2010. The website has garnered a loyal following with popular series Top Shelf, which features celebrities and ITG readers sharing their beauty routines as well as various other insightful features. With the beauty website’s success, it’s no surprise that the brand would want to expand and create its own line of products, which leads me to Glossier.

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The Ultimate Guide To Your 1920s Halloween Costume

During Halloween season we always see the typical flapper dress and when you think of The Roaring Twenties, flappers, jazz, lavish parties, the Charleston and The Great Gatsby may come to mind. But what you may not realize is how much the 1920′s have influenced our beauty and fashion today and how we can modernize the typical costume. The iconic 20′s look has been recreated for years and is the most influential and favorite time period for fashion, beauty and attitude for me. Here is a guide on how to dress and act like you just walked out of The Great Gatsby this Halloween

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The flapper, as most people know, is the beaded dress with red lips and bobbed hair look. But a flapper was not just a look — it was an attitude. They were characterized as being different, risk-takers, rebellious, going against the status-quo, sexual and freed from previous restrictions. Their attitude brought about the sexy and flashy beauty and fashion trends that we see inspiring people today. 

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