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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18 Perfect Back-To-School Bags

Every year I’m on the hunt for a new school bag. And every year, there are beautiful new trends for what bag I want to invest in! Middle school years were the monogrammed LL Bean backpack, high school had the strappy Urban Outfitters bag and the messenger bag. The struggle always was how to fit all of my books, binders, notebooks, pens, pencils, and everything else absolutely necessary for pre-college life. But now that I take only a few classes every day, I can finally put form over function! Check out these 18 amazing bags for back-to-school this fall!

1. Madewell transport tote | 2. Valentino graphic bag | 3. Humble chic vegan tote | 4. Tory Burch tote | 5. Modcloth striped tote | 6. Baggu basic tote

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Taylor’s Recipe For A Perfect, Sunless Tan

Coming from someone with skin whiter than a sheet of loose leaf paper — okay, maybe not that light, but pretty close — I am the biggest advocate for sunless tanning. I’m sure some of you can relate. I’m not one of those people who refuse to go into the sunlight… I’ve been a head lifeguard at a lake every summer for three years, and I’m at the beach any chance I get. But I am one of those people who applies sunblock like a fiend, and have yet to set foot in a tanning bed. Instead, I opt for the safer, easier and more economical route: sunless tanning.

This is my very own recipe that I use in order to achieve a faux, sun-kissed look throughout my summers (and even during the year)! Follow these steps and you’ll literally be glowing in no time, with a natural (and safe!) look.

1) Victoria’s Secret’s Self-Tanning Tinted Spray | 2)  Tarte Brazilliance Mitt Duo | 3) Paula’s Choice’s Almost The Real Thing Self-Tanning Gel  | 4) Sonia Kashuk® Couture Shower Cap | 5) Aromatherapy Associates’ Polishing Body Brush | 6) Jergens’ Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer 

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A Sporty Ensemble Fit For Fashion Police Approval

Feeling motivated to go to the gym requires three components: having a workout pal, a routine, and a killer outfit that’s both comfortable and cute. Sometimes you don’t have time to shower and change post-endorphin high so running errands in gym clothes shouldn’t be an extension of your gym sesh, jumping over hurdles trying to rush out of stores in embarrassment. Feeling good is also about looking good in an outfit that says “yeah, I work out… but you’ll never see me break a sweat (well, figuratively).”

1. Top

Who hasn’t repped their college at the gym? A play on a certain Ivy League school’s name, the Sub_Urban Riot Kale Racer Tank ($34) is perfect for grabbing a cold-pressed juice with gym buds after spin class and paying homage to the kale craze. It’s super soft – the kind of cotton/poly blend you just want to wear all day, sleep in, and wait until someone makes a comment to consider changing into a different shirt – plus, the lightweight fabric won’t turn into a heavy, sweat-drenched rag. And hey, If Beyonce is a fan of the phrase, I think we all have a duty to support any trend that Queen B has worn.

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