iBooks!

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Last semester, I spent a ton of time putting together an e-magazine of some of my favorite posts from here. The e-zine is now available on the iBooks store for free downloads to your iPad or computer! I had a ton of fun making it, and I hope you guys will enjoy reading it. Below is the link that will bring you to the listing on the iBooks store:

https://itun.es/us/Th-i7.l

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Sometimes I Wear Tiaras, Even During My Own Graduation (What Tiaras Mean to Me)

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As you can see from the photo, my graduation cap bore my signature tiara, complete with sparkles and the color pink. Maintaining this blog for the past two years has dramatically changed my outlook on life – probably more than any college class, this blog taught me what I wanted to do with my life. That is why, for my final moments of my undergraduate career, I decided I couldn’t be complete without a tiara.

It wasn’t about the tiara itself, in fact, for those of you who don’t know, “princess” is not how I would ever describe myself. I like pink and sparkles and glitter and all things girly, but I still don’t think of myself as a princess. I was never a princess-obsessed little girl, and I am not a princess-obsessed grown woman. Tiaras, to me, mean confidence. They mean self-assurance and strength. Tiaras are a blatant symbol of womanhood, and womanhood is a beautiful thing. Tiaras mean beauty, elegance, and smiling even when you’re upset. Tiaras mean being strong when all eyes are on you and being strong when you’re alone. Tiaras are about mothers, daughters, sisters, and feminists.

For everyone who thinks “Sometimes I Wear Tiaras” is just a silly blog title, you’re wrong – for me, it’s so much more. This post was originally going to be about me wearing a tiara on graduation, but it’s turned into more than that; just as my blog has turned into more than a place for me to put rantings and personal stories. “Sometimes I Wear Tiaras” has opened so many doors for me and shown me where I might want to go in life. And tiaras aren’t just accessories, they are a way of life.

Why Jenna Marbles Should Be Your Beauty Icon

If you don’t know who JennaMarbles is (have you been living under a rock since 9th grade?), then you should immediately look her up. She’s a popular YouTube vlogger who posts videos about a variety of topics, like how to do your makeup drunk, what girls and guys think about during sex, and the infamous “face” video; her videos are hilarious and she’s totally the voice of our generation (okay, maybe not our generation, but definitely the voice of broke twenty-somethings who are trying to get their lives together but still like getting drunk on wine). But beyond being an internet sensation, Jenna Mourey is freaking gorgeous. She usually rocks perfect makeup (and pretty heavy amounts of it), but once in a while she goes au natural and seems totally comfortable like that too. Most importantly, Jenna isn’t afraid to try new makeup and beauty trends (gray hair? She wore that months before it became big). Her videos may be iconic, but her beauty is pretty iconic too; check out the pictures below if you need to love with JennaMarbles even more than you already do.

Most of the time, her makeup looks something like this (heavy mascara, natural-looking blush and lip color):

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But she’s also totally comfortable going without makeup (and with silly faces):

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She absolutely kills it with funky hair colors:

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She called this one her “silver fox” look

She makes crazy lipstick colors look reasonable (I may be running to the store to buy bright blue lipstick as soon as I finish work today):

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And she hits the nail on the head with the most important beauty mantra of all:

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(images via tumblr.com and Instagram)

Coachella Doesn’t Need to Define Your Summer Style

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For the past few years, Coachella has probably been the most influential event of the year for summer fashion. Photos of celebrities wearing flowy dresses, floral crop tops, and boho headgear have plastered our Pinterest and Instagram feeds, telling us what outfits are in for the coming season. Let’s be real, how many pictures like these have you seen in the past week alone? I’m going to guess more than ten.

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Music festivals are all the rage, and Cochella’s popularity has turned it into a worldwide fashion event. I’m so obsessed with the amazing photos that come out of Coachella that I’ve even looked at tickets (until I realized they’re basically the same price as an entire college education). The tumblr-ready outfits seem light, colorful, and perfect for summer, but they just don’t work for everyone. Not everyone can throw on a loose white dress and look like Bella Thorne; some of us end up looking pregnant and pale (I totally don’t know this from experience). That being said, Coachella does not need to be our only summer style inspiration.

With so much fashion inspiration in magazines and on the internet, how is it that Coachella seems to be the most influential? Stores like American Eagle even have “festival” sections on their websites, advertising all the clothing you need for your next music festival (that seems crazy to me). So if loose, flowery, hippie-style clothing doesn’t suit you, you may feel totally out of luck when it comes to looking cute for the summer. Don’t worry though; there are plenty of other places to look for summer style (that offer significantly less fringe and crochet). If you generally try to channel Zooey Deschanel or Beyoncé over Vanessa Hudgens when it comes to your clothes, then searching Instagram for #coachella pictures probably isn’t going to do you much good (other than make you jealous of everyone who can rock itty bitty lace shorts).

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When the warm weather finally comes around, it’s hard not to get caught up in the fun that is music festivals, but the fashion doesn’t have to follow us in our daily lives. For inspiration that does not scream Woodstock, use New York Fashion Week as your go-to source. Instead of following celebs on Instagram, follow your favorite designers and models – this will give you a much broader scope of the trends you should be rocking this summer. And don’t worry if you can’t pull off the three-foot wide floppy hat – nobody can.

(images via treblezine.com, tumblr.com, fashionofgoodwill.org, and popsugar-assets.com)

Senior Year: Myths and Realities

It’s the end of senior year, and I’m finally kind of coming to terms with the fact that I’m graduating from this wonderful place (at the same time, I’m also totally devastated). Anyways, I thought now would be a great time to share my wisdom on this past year in the form of myths and realities about senior year:

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Myth: You’ll take a really easy class schedule and have lots of free time to hang out with friends.
Reality: You’ll realize you actually have a bunch of classes to take to finish your major/minor/graduate on time, so you’ll be completely swamped with work and only ever see the people you live with.

Myth: You’ll go to bars with your friends on weeknights, since you’re all legal.
Reality: You’ll drink wine alone on your couch, watching Netflix and pretending to do homework.

Myth: Your professors will understand your senioritis and respect the fact that you don’t want to do work ever.
Reality: They’ll say things like “This is a 300 level class, you knew what you were getting yourself into.” UGH.

Myth: You’ll be great at time management, now that you’ve had four years of practice.
Reality: You’ll tell yourself, “It’s okay if this assignment is late, I turned in the last one on time.”

Myth: Your sex life will flourish.
Reality: You spend most weekends in bed with your teddy bear.

Myth: Freshman 15.
Reality: Senior 15.

Myth: You’ll have a job by graduation.
Reality: You won’t.

Myth: On the off chance, you don’t get a job, you’ll be totally okay with it.
Reality: You’ll cry to your mom, your boyfriend, your professors – basically anyone who will listen.

Myth: You’ll be really excited about graduation and finally being done with college.
Reality: Well, you will be, but you’ll also cry about it regularly.

Myth: You’ll realize that despite the hardships, the work, and the fights with friends and parents, these were four incredible years.
Reality: Nope, this myth is true.