4 Fun Ways To Decorate A Locker

lockerA locker is a student’s room away from home. It is a small bit of personal space you visit throughout the day, and it is a prime place for you to show off your own style. Personal expression aside, a decorated locker is easier to keep organized to keep you on track so you make it to class on time. Here are 4 fun ways to decorate a locker:

Clean It The first step is to start with a clean locker. Then, check on the school’s locker policy before purchasing accessories. Some allow students to do everything up to painting lockers, while others permit little to no personalization. If your school has a policy, it should be in the student handbook or just ask an administrator.

Light It Up While the school’s hallways are well-lit, the lockers in those hallways can be dark caves. Put some light in there and it will be easier to find the right books and supplies in a hurry. Battery operated LED candles can go almost anywhere and they’re designed for energy efficiency. For extra bling, use string lights to dazzle your locker. You can even coordinate the light with a curtain that hangs over the locker opening.

locker2Magnetic Personality The metal walls and doors of lockers practically beg to be covered with refrigerator magnets. Funny ones or inspirational ones, they can hold up personal pictures, to-do lists or reminders to help you get you through the day.

Artwork and Photos The quickest way to personalize a locker is to fill it with pictures. Print and hang up single Instagram photos of friends, or create a big collage. Tuck in some magazine clippings, artwork, postcards, and mini posters. Don’t forget to save space for your own creations, too. Sports and trading cards are a cool touch, as well.

 

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Organizers, Mirrors and Magnets A mirror on the inside of the locker door will give you a place to primp in between classes and list pads and small wall bins help with organization.  Bins provide catch-all storage for pens, pads, art supplies, and more.Nothing is too heavy to put on a locker door; keep everything secured with inspirational magnets or double-sided foam tape. Add shelves to multiply the space for books, but they can also be a good place to hold your gym bag. 

However you decide to decorate your space, remember the decor is a reflection of you. Make it personal and it will be a welcome picture during your breaks between classes.

7 Ways to Wear a Scarf

scarf tiesScarfs aren’t just to keep us warm these days. They can add a lot to an outfit and can be worn in many different ways. With tons of materials, patterns, and colors to choose from, scarf wearing is now a year-round trend! Here are seven ways to get the most out of your new scarf.

1) Infinity Knot

This one is perfect for both warm scarves and also various long fashion scarves. Begin with the scarf folded in half and place it around your neck. Put one arm of the scarf through the loop, then twist the loop a couple of times to the left, the end of the scarf should be hanging down. Put the other scarf through the top of the loop and let it hang, and you?re done! Once you master this scarf knot, you?ll be happy to use it for just about any long scarf.

2) Scarf Bow?

Place the scarf behind your neck and check that both sides are even, and then simply tie it the same way you learned to tie your shoes, or any bow! It will be loose and a little floppy, depending on how soft or stiff your scarf is.

3) Layered Knot

This is perfect for a lightweight fashion scarf, as it is high on your neck. Put the scarf around your throat so the ends hang in back. Wrap the ends around to the front and loosen the front section. Tie the ends in a loose knot, and cover with the section around your neck.

4) Belt Accessory

You can brighten up your boring brown or black belt with a twist of color by wrapping your scarf around the belt after you put it on. Secure the belt into place, then wrap the scarf as loosely or tightly around the belt as you like. Leave the ends long, continue wrapping, or tie them together in a bow.

5) Headband

There?s really not much difference between a fashion scarf and a loose headband, so spruce up your ?do with this elegant style. This look is good for ladies with lots of hair, especially on bad hair days. Bunch up your hair in a messy bun and wrap a colorful scarf around the base, where the bun meets your scalp. Tuck it into your hair tie or bobby pins as much and as tightly as you like, or tuck it a little and pull the edges loose for a messy look.

6) Fake Tie Knot

The fake tie knot is a really unique way to wear a scarf. It looks almost like a tie, but it?s not. It?s a scarf. Tie a loop at one end of your scarf, but leave it kind of loose. Run the other end of the scarf around your neck and through the loop and tighten!

7) Knotted Shawl

This is another great way to wear a scarf as a something other than a scarf! This shawl style works best for large scarves and pashminas, as it will be wrapped around your arms. Put the scarf around your shoulders just like a shawl, then wrap the ends below your arms and tie a knot behind your back. Pull the knot up high and the loose outside down low and you?ve got yourself a shawl!

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The Story Behind Your Favorite Gems

Gem-StonesColored gemstones are more than just pretty to look at. Some people have even assigned meanings and characteristics. If you believe in that sort of thing, you may want to check out your jewelry box and see what each piece says about you. Look at your most favorite gemstones. Does it surprise you that they match your personality so well? Or is it the exact opposite? Take a look at the meanings behind the most popular stones on the market and see how they relate to you.

Diamond

It’s most common appearance is of the colorless kind, yet can also be found sporting hues of pink, green, blue, brown, and even black. Once believed to be ‘splinters of stars fallen to earth from the heavens’ by the ancient Greeks, the diamond symbolizes love, beauty, and purity. It is thought to bring clarity of thought and has been used in intellectual pursuits as well as meditation.

Emeralds

These gems are beautiful green stones that are just as at home in a silver or platinum setting as they are in gold. It has been said it was the sacred stone favored by the goddess Venus and is associated with female fertility. Some say emeralds actually promote psychic insight and can help with memory and focus.

Sapphire

You might not realize that they are more than just blue stones. They also come in pink, green, and colorless varieties. Popular among those of the royal bloodline, they are associated with calmness, truthfulness, and devotion. They were called ‘celestial gems’ by the ancients due to the varying colors matching the sky at any given time during the day from sunrise to sunset.

Pearl

Pearls have often been associated with the moon thanks to their moon-like appearance. They come in a variety of colors and each has its own characteristic. White pearls, not surprisingly, give an air of purity and innocence while gold pearls are associated with prosperity and wealth, much like the precious metal gold.

Peridot

These gems are a stunning neon or olive green stone that has been favored by many over the years. There are those that think some of Cleopatra’s emeralds were actually peridot. Napoleon even gave his mistress, Josephine, one as a token of his love and devotion. They are thought to help with sleep, strength, and positive attitude.

Bloodstone

This stone has been called the ‘Hero’s Gemstone’ as it is thought to provide the wearers with courage and help them to overcome difficulties. Athletes in Greece and Rome wore them as they thought they would help increase their endurance.

So, now that you’ve seen a little insight into the meanings and characteristics of some of the more popular gemstones, do they coincide with any of your own principles or personality? If not, it really doesn’t matter. If you truly love the stones you’ve chosen, just assign your own meaning to them and continue to wear them with pride. Just check out this online jewelry store and find a piece that speaks to you.

3 Ways to Battle the Cold Winter Air

It’s bad enough winter brings in super cold temperatures, but the cold wind can do a number on your skin. We’ve got a few tips up our sleeve to help you battle the cold air this winter.

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1) Upgrade Your Face Masks & Lip Balm

Super windy conditions in places like Chicago cause a lot of cracked lips and dry faces. Rather than hoping your normal moisturizers and creams will protect you, supplement them with rejuvenating facemasks to replenish your skin?s moisture barrier. Look for those that contain healthy-skin ingredients like honey, rose hip oil, beeswax and purified bee venom, and Shea and cocoa butters.

Tip: Skip the face toner and harsh face wash and use a gentle cleanser instead.

When it comes to your lips, you might want to skip the lipstick altogether, because it has a tendency to dry out those beautiful puckers of yours. Instead, go for standard jellies like Vaseline and Carmex, or tinted and flavored balms that use essential oils. The oils will nourish and moisturize to avoid cracked lips, to leave them feeling firm and soft.

2) Rich Body Cream

Although you might not have many inches of arms and legs exposed while outdoors, the cold winter air can still do a number on your skin. Invest in a high-quality concentrated body cream with Shea butter, honey, oatmeal, almond butter and natural oils. The best way to get more moisture into your dry skin is to lather it up with natural balms and products, and let the lotion sit on your skin to soak in, so only rub it in about 80-90%. Many chemicals in beauty products have the opposite effect ? they end up drying out your skin, or leaving a greasy film.

Tip: Skip the shower gel during winter if it contains alcohol, and opt for Maternity skin care brands with coconut milk and other creams.

If your hands and feet are really feeling the effects of the cold winter air, lather them up with either a gentle aloe lotion or an all-natural body cream, and then wear socks and gloves for 30-60 minutes or overnight to let the moisture really set in.

3) Bundle Up ? Beauty Before Fashion

Sure, that awesomely warm pea coat looks fantastic, but is it protecting your skin from the cold? Look for winter jackets and snow-coat shells that are specifically meant to block the wind. We recommend layering an outer shell from a ski jacket over your fashionable coat to keep out the wind and protect your skin, then just remove the outer shell and tuck it away when you get to your destination.

Tip: Buy a size-too-big windbreaker or raincoat to wear over your winter coat to make sure the wind stays out. You might feel excessively bundled, but your skin will thank you!

When you bundle up to head out the door, make sure you remember to take care of your neck, chest, hands, and head! Scarves can really help protect the majority of your face if you walk to public transportation, or you can always go for the ninja look with a high-end facemask. Hats are a great (and fashionable) way to keep your hair and scalp from drying out completely in the wind.

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Winter Items You Can’t Live Without

warm clothes LTDWith the ice and snow from the Polar Vortex beginning to melt, it?s easy to look forward to spring. Unfortunately, warm weather is still a few months away, and now is the best time to score discounts on winter apparel. While the items are still around, stock up on a few of these winter necessities for both this season and next year?s winter. A Scarf For Warmth ? Not Fashion Okay, it doesn?t have to be hideous or anything, but fashion scarves made from satin, silk, linen, jersey, and other lightweight materials are not meant for warmth. Grab yourself a nice alpaca or wool scarf and learn a few fun ways to tie it to make it fashionable. A scarf is always a fun accessory for men and women?s winter coats, cardigans, and sports jackets. Once it warms up a bit, you can turn to those beautiful fashion scarves once again. Waterproof Boots (Galoshes) Sure, they might not match your skinny jeans that well but with the Polar Vortex melting, you?ll do anything to keep your feet warm. There are tons of different styles and shapes of boots, but make sure they?re lined with warm fabric on the inside and coated with waterproof material on the outside! Keep the fashionable boots at home for next fall. Go-To Hot Chocolate Recipe We?re not talking about Swiss Miss here, although, if that?s your favorite, then your job here is done! There are so many more ways to make rich and velvety hot chocolate, from maple-mocha syrup to rich Valrhona cocoa powder. One thing everyone seems to agree on is that it?s better on the stovetop, so find yourself a whisk and a sturdy pan and whip up a batch for your family. The winter is hitting its peak right now, so if you want to relax and let your fingers thaw, hot chocolate is a must! TV Series on DVD The holiday season is over, and you can finally get a little me time with your couch and television. When you?re stuck inside without access to the outside world, you?ll be so thankful you bought the DVDs for Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad. Nothing says winter quite like a snowy outdoor wonderland and a cozy indoor comfort zone. Grab a blanket and your steaming mug of hot chocolate and take a few hours off, getting lost in your favorite TV series.

5 Tips on How to Add a Retro Flare to Your Wardrobe

Retro-flareRetro is back in a big way and is here to stay. If you are looking for a new style and feeling like you should upgrade your wardrobe cheaply, going retro is one of the best options. Retro is great for any season, there is no set theme here.

5 Retro Style Dressing Tips You Can Easily Use

1. Take a Trip to Thrift Stores

Some of the best looks can be achieved for very low cost, provided you shop at the right stores. Charity stores, thrift shops and secondhand clothing dealers are all fantastic places to find retro style gold mines. One of the best things about shopping at thrift stores is not so much the incredibly cheap prices, but the fact that nobody else will have the same piece of clothing.

We all know the feeling when you buy a new t shirt and love it, then later that day you see 3 people wearing the exact same one. Nothing makes your fashion heart bleed more! Charity stores often have clothing that is actually really old, however most of these stores will only take the clothing that is in good condition.

2. Mix and Match Your Outfits

Depending on the style of retro you are looking for, mixing up your outfits with others can create some winning combinations. If you are trying to go for a retro rapper/musician sort of style, you can easily achieve this look by throwing on an assortment of old, colorful clothing. Retro girls outfits are often matching in color, but they have different styles of clothing put together. An example would be some cute high heel shoes with a floral dress and then some hippy style sunglasses, and then your hair done in a totally unique way.

 3. Accessorize With an Assortment of Bling

Retro is all about the bags, sunglasses, watches, hats, handkerchiefs and jewelry. Whether you choose a snakeskin style of purse with rayban style sunglasses or a big leather satchel and aviators, you can be guaranteed that if you whip together a few accessories you will complete the retro look. Anything that is considered to have gone out of style over 10 years ago is what people call retro, that leaves you with a huge range of options for picking outfits.

4. Do Something Outrageous With Your Hair

Your haircut is something that says a lot about you. Are you a bit lazy and have an overgrown mop with facial hair? Are you a pretty boy who likes to pamper himself with fancy haircuts with designs in it? Doing something that has been out of fashion for a while is key to retro, and that is no different with your hair. Try teasing your hair out like on Grease, cut yourself a mohawk or give yourself a bowl cut (okay, maybe not that last one). Doing something different with your hair is a huge amount of fun, and even though it may seem crazy to you, 99.9% of people won’t bat an eyelid. Retro is all the rage at the moment and if you aren’t doing something fun with your hairdo, you are leaving plenty of fun on the table! One thing that that is big in the retro look is for guys to have slightly shaved hair on the side and styled nicely on the top.

5. Use Your Parents/Grandparents Clothes

This option is great fun, zero cost and gives you an authentic look in to your genealogy! Wearing that leather coat that belonged to your dad in the ‘70s or wearing that purse your grandmother used to sling in the ‘60s gives you the real deal retro look. One of the great things about this is that if your parents or grandparents still have some clothing from that long ago, it will be of the highest quality.

There is no need to rummage through thrift stores if you have a hoarder in your family, however it can always add to the flavor. Using your grandparents or parents clothing is always a good strategy as they would have worn what was in fashion 20 to 30 years ago. Ask them if they have any classic pairs of sunglasses, handbags or other accessories from their past as well.

Retro Style Clothing is Something Anybody can Master

Whether you want to look like the crew who wrote “Rapper’s Delight” or resemble the Jackson 5, retro looks are relatively easy to do for one simple reason – you can’t really get it wrong. There is no right or wrong way to dress for retro, it is totally up to you. If you want to wear a fluro jacket with a flowery pair of trousers and sandals, who is going to tell you that you aren’t retro? One of the best ways to find epic retro outfits to copy is by watching a few old movies such as Gone In 60 Seconds. The characters in this movie are retro to the letter (and also a great bunch of actors).

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6 Styling Tips for Cocktail Dresses

Dress-shoppingA cocktail dress is just one of the most important things that a woman needs to have. Whether it is to be worn to a party, a wedding reception or any other important function you just need to have a cocktail dress. At times it might be daunting to go out there to shop for cocktail dresses. The variety of them out there might make it quite hard to choose the right one. Some people might just be vexed to the old designs while others might jump to the latest fashions without really considering if the style is good for them or not. As such, one needs to have the tips to follow while shopping out for these items.

1. Highlights your best features
Many people do not always know what to look out for when getting a cocktail dress. One of the things you need to consider is what the dress highlights. You need to go for one that will bring out the best part of your body rather than one that will make you feel insecure. For instance a cocktail dress that ends just near the knees give a more modest look for your legs while one with low neckline will highlight the bust.

2.  Accessorize
Many people have quite a notion that wearing the accessories that match your dress is the best ways to accessorize. That is not really the case, you may want to choose a contrasting color to compliment rather than match. Some accessories might be too flashy that they totally change the look of the dress. You must always be aware with the number of colors the dress can be worn with, whether it can be worn with gold or silver jewelry and even the type of shoes that can be worn with the dress.

3. Dress length
It is quite important to watch out for the length of the cocktail dress you select. There is a variety of dresses ranging from the knee height, ankle height and many more. Your length is the greatest determinant of the type of dress you should look for. If you need one that will give you an illusion of height, then a good choice can be empire waistline.

4. Show off your figure
One of the best cocktail dresses that can greatly highlight once body shape is the little blacks A line dress. This dress can fit perfectly on a variety body shapes and be able to easily highlight them. The dress can very well fit into one figure and hide or highlight some of the problematic parts of the body, which are the hips and the stomach.

5. Wear it more than once
Things have changed and now you can wear a cocktail dress not only to the party, but to other formal functions and even during the day. This can be done very easily by trying to show off only part of the dress. For instance you can put on the dress with a cardigan or some casual blazer. As long as you select a cocktail dress that is versatile. Such a dress can be worn in every other function by just pairing it up with the right accessories like handbags, jewelry and make up.

6. Control on the dress
One thing that is very important is that you need to wear the cloth, but not the cloth to “wear you” this is to say that you need a dress that compliments your complexion. It is necessary that the cocktail dress you select perfectly matches your hair color and skin tone.

In a nutshell, by paying attention to color, cut, and style you will find the perfect dress for your event. The room will be breathless upon your entrance and you will be the belle of the ball.

This post has been written by Anne Smith. She loves to write about Fashion.

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10 Fashion Tips That Will Never Go Out of Style

Fashion-TipsThere is more to fashion than just following what is trending. Fashion is about dressing in a manner that suits your body figure, your personality, occasion and feeling confident about your clothing. Fashion keeps changing and at times it becomes difficult to keep up with the trend, however below are fashion tips that will never go out of style.

1. White and black
Black and white never goes out of fashion. It does not matter how you blend it, be it a white top and a black trouser, a white trouser and a black top, or dress that has black and white prints. You cannot go wrong with these shades; black and white has been in fashion for a long time.

2. Consider the shoe that you are wearing
You cannot wear one pair of shoes with all your outfits. The clothes that you are wearing should be coordinated with the shoes that you have on. The shoes should suit how you are dressed, not only the color but also the entire outfit.

3. Don’t dress in clothes that don’t fit
Dressing in clothes that don’t fit be it large or small, may show that you are not organized. It doesn’t matter if the clothes that you are wearing are in fashion or not. You shouldn’t dress in clothes that do not fit properly.

4. Little black dress
Little black dress should be in every woman’s closet. Before you purchase this staple dress, ensure that it fits well. This dress will out stand the tests of time.

5. Avoid overdoing
Just be simple, know when you have reached the limits. This is on the dress that you are wearing, accessories and make up. You must not overdo your make up or use too many pieces of jewelry. Ensure that you have kept it simple and smart.

6. Simple plain jeans
If you are shopping for a pair of jeans, you will want something that will serve you for a long time. Avoid purchasing jeans that are baggy, overdone, or printed. Just go for a simple pair of jeans that are straight. This is a fashion tip that will never go out of style.

7. Use of belts
Belts never run out of fashion and they come in all sorts of colors, designs, shapes and textures. If you choose to accessorize using a belt, ensure it fits the clothes that you are wearing. There are endless possibilities that you can choose from.

8. Colors that blend
One thing that you should consider if you want to be in fashion is to choose colors that blend with your skin tone. The colors that you chose play an important role of bringing out your shape and figure. In case there are certain areas that you do not want to draw attention to, wear clothes that are not too bright.

9. Label size
You should not trust the label size that is in a given piece of the outfit. Always try on the clothes that you want to purchase before purchasing. Some brands have different styles than others and you should ensure that the outfit that you are purchasing fits well.

10. Material that has been used
The material that has been used to make an outfit is something that you should put into consideration. There are some materials that tend to stretch or shrink after they have been washed. Avoid such clothes as they will disappoint you in the long run. These are great fashion tips that will fundamentally make you the fashionista you have always wanted to be.

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