Not so Jolly

Don’t you just love the holidays? The smell in the air, Christmas Caroling, the turkey on the table and that all around warm and fuzzy feeling. What I don’t love is the mad rushes to buy presents, the stress of attempting to get everything done and all the cleaning, primping, and shopping that comes with the Holidays.

But this year will be different. Because you’ll have this blog post with you as a guide. You’ll know the best ways to get rid of your stress, cute outfit ideas and my guide to inexpensive presents for almost anyone on your list. Enjoy ūüôā

Buh-bye Stress

Here are my favorite ways to get rid of stress or at least reduce it…¬†

– Just say no. Do you really need extra credit when your average is a 96? What about the Holiday bake sale? Sounds great, until you remember that you hate baking. Say no to the things that you don’t really want/don’t need to do, and save yourself lots of time and extra stress while you are at it.

РBubble bath. These are so relaxing, especially when paired with an ah-mazing bath melt.  Add some magazines and light some candles to create an even more peaceful mood.

РLaugh. I love YouTube videos for this; two of my favorites are  IISuperwomanII & WorldofNimi (Disclaimer-  Some of these videos may include swearing)

– Just do it. Do that one thing that’s been driving you crazy. From making flash cards for your Chemistry mid term or wrapping your least favorite aunt’s present, get it over and done with so you won’t ¬†keep on stressing.

Midterms?!?!? 

Just when you don’t need them. Here are my favorite study strategies plus an extra surprise to keep you going ūüėȬ†

Outfit inspiration 

Midterm Madness

This is an easy to create outfit created by yours truly that uses lots of items that can be found in your own closet. The striped shirt and pink jeggings look way cuter and are (almost!) as comfy as sweatpants and a hoodie. The leopard flats keep things on trend with pattern mixing while a quirky tote and ring give your outfit a fun touch. Keep makeup natural with a BB cream & Setting spray by Urban Decay (one of which is named all-nighter) and a light lip balm. A sweet smelling hand sanitizer prevents you from being sick.

 

Macbarbie07 is one of my favorite Youtubers (how can you not love her?) and this is a very helpful guide for finals that you can also use for midterms.

Study Tips + Tricks

– Who isn’t easily distracted by Instagram & Twitter? That’s why I love the concept of this site. Cold Turkey¬†is a free program that you can install on your computer, that temporarily blocks off distracting sites for however long you choose. A must have for research projects!

– Organize by color. Have a different color for each subject and make everything (notebooks, folders, etc) that color so you can grab and go.

– Read it in funny voices. ¬†Try reading your chemistry textbook in a bad southern accent or even a french one (don’t do this when people are home) to help things “stick” in your mind.

– Ask for help! If you are too shy (or just don’t want to look “dumb”) ask your teacher for extra help during free periods, or before/after school. Most will be happy to ūüôā

Gift Guide

All of these options are under $50 and there are plenty of ¬†choices , so you’re sure to find something you’ll love ūüėČ

Beauty/Fashion 

Birchbox– A beauty editor favorite, Birchbox is a subscription service that delivers beauty samples (and even some full size products) for $10 a month. A 3 month subscription is only $30.

eLF nail polish cube– 10 super pigmented mini nail polishes for $10? This set has the perfect polish colors for anyone on your wishlist.

Ulta Lip glossaryР30 gorgeous mini  lip glosses for $16. This has enough shades for even the biggest beauty junkie.

kate spade new york reusable shopping tote РA fun gift for any shopaholics.  $16

Pearl Statement Necklace– How cute is this? It’s handmade & a steal at only $11.

For the Boyfriend 

The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy– The classic sci-fi novel with a funny twist. This edition contains all 5 books for only $15.

Think Geek graphic tee– If he has a favorite TV show/book series, try a funny graphic t-shirt. Think Geek’s are funny and under $20.

Sports Tickets– If your guy is into sports, try buying tickets for his favorite team for a fun date night.

Fun extras 

Pottery Barn Must have mini speaker– How cute are these? I love the Navy Peyton color, it’s so classy and chic. ¬†$20

Jonathan Adler Giant Eraser– These are so cute! Give them to your favorite younger cousin for only $10

iTunes gift card– Who doesn’t love music? This is a great gift for the impossible to buy person.

Mani/Pedicure- Treat them to a fun girl’s day with a mani-pedi at a local salon.

In other News 

– New surprise is coming to my blog in January for the new year! Stay tuned for updates.

– Shoutout to¬†Splendid & Southern! Her blog is so cute & classy; it’s a must see!

– What’s your favorite part of the holidays? Comment below and the best answer will get a shoutout ūüėȬ†

xx MBOB

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Planning the Perfect Outfit

Monday morning rushes. Filled with an unusual mixture of caffeine and sleepiness. In your haziness, you pick some hideous combination. Maybe it’s gaucho pants and a turtleneck or forgetting to put a skirt over your leggings.

In order to prevent that from happening again, (what were you thinking?) this post is filled with my favorite tips, tricks and even some inspiration to ensure you look like a perfect 10. Enjoy ūüôā

Consider the Weather

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Please don’t be that girl who rocks Uggs¬†when it’s 70 degrees outside. Always factor the weather into your choices. Make it even easier by installing a weather app on your smartphone or computer.

You should also follow same basic seasonal choices as well. White in Winter is completely fine, but avoid sandals/flip flops in October¬†unless you live in Alabama.¬†Avoid wearing boots after spring break as well. A lot of these are just common sense, but it’s ah-mazing how many people don’t follow them.

Get Inspired

Look at what you wear the most in your closet. Is it your black skinny jeans? That mint green chevron infinity scarf? Use those pieces as starting points

The Clique books themselves feature tons of very detailed  outfit descriptions which is a great first source of outfit ideas. You could also make an inspiration collage from magazine pictures or look at fashion blogs. For a list of Massie approved fashion blogs, click here.

Style muses are also very helpful towards determining your unique style. Find a celebrity, blogger, model, etc.¬†who’s style you would just love to¬†have. Then add your own unique touches¬†and finishes to have a fun style that you’ll lovr.

Also be sure to try on everything. Even if something doesn’t look that great on a hanger, it can never hurt to try it on.

Color. Texture. Pattern. Shine.

These are the 4 elements of interest. They take an outfit from casual to chic. Each one of these elements can be used to downplay a part of your body that isn’t your favorite or draw attention to your assets.

For example, the outfit above was created by the lovely Gabi Fresh. It’s a basic black outfit, ¬†but she manages to keep it anything but basic with a luxe tweed blazer (texture), hot pink lipstick (color), some sparkles on her dress (shine) and black and white bracelets (pattern).

Some ways you could use the 4 elements in everyday outfits include…

РSwapping your plain black flats for a pair with a cute crystal detailing

РTry Emerald colored skinny jeans instead of your usual pair. They go with almost anything that denim does.

– Try patterned sneakers. I love this pair.

–¬†Wear 3 jewel tones at once.

–¬†Wear a sparkly headband.

Keep in mine that you don’t have to use all 4 elements at once, but factor in at least on or two.

What not to wear

I’m not the kind of girl who abides by the typical fashion rules. Stripes with leopard print? White after Labor¬†day?¬†All fine by me. But I have found these items to look good on nobody¬†no matter their body¬†type. Please avoid these items as much as possible.

Tapered jeans/pants

High on the waist, balloons around the hips and thighs, then tapered at the ankle. Just those words make me cringe.¬†I haven’t seen anybody who looks good in these (not even models)¬†so stay as far away as possible.

Gaucho pants

AKA high waisted flared capris. A complete don’t.

Fanny Packs  

Only if you want to look 50 years older.

Accessories

 

Turn a plain shirt into something special by adding an infinity scarf or by layering several necklaces. Transform your LBD from day to night by changing from heels to flats. The Possibilities are endless.

To be honest, these are even more fun then clothes for me. You can find cute necklaces and bracelets for inexpensive prices and they are much easier to try on. Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, Urban Nog all have a wide selection of affordable choices.  If you want something higher end, try Betsey Johnson or Brighton. Want something unique yet inexpensive? Shop local thrift stores or Consignment shops.

Hair & Makeup

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Of course, an Outfit is never complete without prefect hair and makeup. While you don’t need to match your eye shadow to your shirt (how 80’s!), it is important that your hair and makeup complement your outfit.

For example, I love to curl my hair when wearing more feminine pieces like a vintage floral dress because it gives you this ah-mazing retro feel. You could also do a cute topknot if you are wearing something more quirky and fun  a la Suzie Bubble or sleek and straight for something edgier.

Makeup can also lend a feel to your outfit as well. Channel the 50’s with a flirty cat eye and blush or explore your wild side with bright eye shadow.¬† Check out Youtube videos for makeup tutorials and explore beauty blogs for product suggestions.

The Clique books also offer several makeup and hair descriptions as well.

Putting it all together

Now that you know the basics of planning an outfit, it’s time to put it all together. I typically to do this the night before, so I’m not panicking in the morning.

Lay out your clothes and even try them on if you haven’t worn something in a while. As a general rule, don’t repeat an outfit more then every 2-3 weeks. Also keep at least one thing basic/neutral. If you are doing a sparkly dress and bag, keep the shoes a little bit simpler. You can also organize your closet by color to see which colors work the best with each other.

Then grab the accessories you’ll need (like shoes, scarves, etc..) and place them right besides your clothes. Make any final adjustments like cuffing your jeans or cinching the waistline.

You don’t have to decide how to do your hair¬† & makeup the night before, but doing so can save you a lot of time.

In other News

– I will not be blogging as frequently as I did in the summer due to school work. However, expect at least one post a month ūüôā

– What do you think of the mini makeover? Sound off in the comments!

– This tumblr is ah-mazing! http://l-i-f-t-3-d.tumblr.com/

xx MBOB