20 things to do before you’re 20

Remember that bucket list you made when you were 9 years old? It’s awesome that you’re ambitious, so it’s time to get really real. Get inspired and get stuff done. Here are some things that you should try to do before you’re 20 and officially an adult. Make a list for yourself and stick to it, but most importantly – have fun.

1. Go on a road trip with your favorite people

2. Go to at least 5 concerts and sing/dance your heart out

3. Learn another language

4. Kiss the boy/girl that you like

5. Write a novel

6. Meet someone famous

7. Have a water balloon fight with friends

8. Learn to skate

9. Eat something you’ve never eaten before

10. Do yoga on the beach

11. Finish High School

12. Learn a song on an instrument

13. Buy yourself something Designer

14. Learn to surf

15. Get your drivers license

16. Make a drastic change to your hair

17. Go stargazing

18. Do a Color Run

19. Volunteer and donate to charity

20. Go Skydiving

 

PS. Don’t grow up too fast.

Alissa x

IMATS LA 2015 RECAP

 

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Earlier this month I had the opportunity to go to the International Make-Up Artist Trade Show with the ladies of Half Baked. IMATS is an event where make-up artists and lovers come together and get to explore the wonderful world of creativity through make-up.

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10 Closet Essentials

The ultimate wardrobe is right here; all the basics you’ll ever need, all year round. Throw on some of these closet essentials, then glam up to reflect your own unique style! Have you got the core closet?

– Click on the image to shop each closet essential, products sell fast so be quick –

 

LBD

Bralette

Sunnies

Basictee

midirings

coat

bikini

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High-Waisted

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Alissa x

GTL: Winter Formal Makeup

January is rapidly coming to an end and that can only possibly mean one other thing, THE WINTER FORMAL/WINTER DANCE IS COMING UP! To all my fellow high school beauties, I know that it can be a hassle (and pricey) to get your dress, hair, nails, and makeup done, believe me, I’ve been there but have no fear because I’ve got you covered! Well, on the makeup part at least haha! Here is a quick, easy, and versatile makeup look that I demonstrated on my 15-year old sister that anyone can rock and look fabulous in! The best part is that I only used ONE palette to achieve this look but feel free to use whatever you have. Now, lets get started!

For this look I used the BH Cosemetics Neutral palette.

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Step 1: After applying primer to your eyelids, apply a skin tone or off white shade onto your brow bone.

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Step 2: Apply a light brown transition shade onto the crease. This will help with blending later on when you apply other colors to the crease.

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Step 3: Define the crease a little more by adding a darker brown shade into the crease. Blend in small circular motions keeping the color in the crease and not blending it too far up to your brow bone.

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Step 4: Apply a rose gold shade onto the lid.

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Step 5: Apply a deep brown shade onto the outer parts of your eyelids and concentrate the color onto this area.This is also known as the “outer V” because you are making a sideways V motion when you blend.

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Step 6: Apply loose glitter onto the eyelids for that extra UMPHHH! (Optional) I used Wet n Wild’s Mega Shimmer.

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Step 7: Apply the light brown shade that was used to deepen the crease earlier onto the bottom lash line. Then, apply the deep brown shade on top for a little more smokiness. BLEND.

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Step 8: Apply eyeliner and false eyelashes.

Step 9: After finishing the rest of your face (foundation, concealer, blush and bronzer) pair this look with a nude lipstick shade, or any other shade of your choice, with a little bit of gloss applied to the center of your lips for a cute little pout.

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And your look is complete! I hope this makeup pictorial helped and I hope you all have a blast and dance the night away! Enjoy it while you can because high school is most definitely going to fly by (at least for me it did) and always remember to be safe. Until next time, stay weird my friends =)

xoxo,

Jenn

How to: Fall in Love with Anyone after 1 Date

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Yes, you read the title right! This will be a post about making anyone fall head over fucking red bottom heels in love with you. This isn’t a joke. It’s Friday and I’ve got something to share with you ladies and possibly ‘gents.

Friday is a great time to try out this interesting and proven to work quiz on a date or with someone of the opposite sex willing to. I read about this quiz from an article for The New York Times that was posted about a week and a half ago. The quiz below was originally crafted by a Mandy Len Carton in an essay “To Fall In Love With Someone, Do This“. The essay then refers back to a psychological study conducted exploring intimacy and how accelerating closeness within strangers or people who don’t know each other well can lead to love. Not to beat around the bush…it’s worked before! This is the real deal but it will only work if the two people are completely uninhibited and actually ask/answer all the questions. After getting down to number 36, afterwards the two are supposed to stare into each other’s eyes ranging for 2-4 minutes! Sounds like a load of bull, but it just so happened to work for Mandy. Who knows? It could work for you. Try this exercise on your next date or with that crush you finally managed to ask out…today is the perfect time to try.

THE QUIZ

SET 1 (it’s all in the name of fun)

1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?

3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?

4. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?

5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?

6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?

7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?

8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.

9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?

11. Take four minutes and tell your partner your life story in as much detail as possible.

12. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

SET 2 (Shit just got real!)

13. If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?

14. Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?

15. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

16. What do you value most in a friendship?

17. What is your most treasured memory?

18. What is your most terrible memory?

19. If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living? Why?

20. What does friendship mean to you?

21. What roles do love and affection play in your life?

22. Alternate sharing something you consider a positive characteristic of your partner. Share a total of five items.

23. How close and warm is your family? Do you feel your childhood was happier than most other people’s?

24. How do you feel about your relationship with your mother?

SET 3 (be honest…)

25. Make three true “we” statements each. For instance, “We are both in this room feeling … “

26. Complete this sentence: “I wish I had someone with whom I could share … “

27. If you were going to become a close friend with your partner, please share what would be important for him or her to know.

28. Tell your partner what you like about them; be very honest this time, saying things that you might not say to someone you’ve just met.

29. Share with your partner an embarrassing moment in your life.

30. When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself?

31. Tell your partner something that you like about them already.

32. What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?

33. If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having told someone? Why haven’t you told them yet?

34. Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?

35. Of all the people in your family, whose death would you find most disturbing? Why?

36. Share a personal problem and ask your partner’s advice on how he or she might handle it. Also, ask your partner to reflect back to you how you seem to be feeling about the problem you have chosen.

*After, stare into each other’s eyes for 2-4 minutes. (Seems freaking scary but hang in there)

I haven’t tried this out myself but I think I just might on my next date (hah, if that happens). I’ll let you know how it goes and please don’t hesitate to comment below if you decide to try this out too.

XOXOXO

Porschia 😉

DIY Bomber Jacket

Stay out of the cold and rug up with this Bomber jacket made by the one and only, you. This little Do It Yourself project lets you be as original as you can possibly be and you get to look all cute and warm up when your done.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

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– A plain Jumper
– Scissors
– White chalk/pencil
– Pins
– A needle & thread OR a sewing machine
– Materials for your choice of decorations (optional)

 

STEP 1 Grab your jumper and fold it in half, marking the folded center with your chalk.

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STEP 2 Unfold your jumper and flatten it out in front of you. With your scissors, follow and cut along your chalk line.

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STEP 3 Using your pins, fold back about half an inch from where you cut.

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STEP 4 Sew along the edge using a sewing machine or by hand

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STEP 5 At this stage, you have the basic Bomber design down. Now it’s your choice if you want to carry on and decorate your Bomber or leave it the way it is.

STEP 6 Decorate as you please. You can use all kinds of cute shit – rhinestones, ribbon, patches, badges to name a few. I chose to do a bit of dainty embroidery on mine, so I drew my designs on with chalk first, then went ahead and began embroidering away.

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So simple right? Make one for yourself, your sister, your brother; your Grandma would probably love one too.

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So why don’t you go out and find a sweater and cut it up and bling it up? It’s ridiculously inexpensive, versatile and original! Get on to it babe!

 

Alissa x

Get Fit: Follow these 7 Instagram accounts for a fab body!

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January is almost over which means 2015 is practically down one month. What are you waiting for to get fit? We all know that everyone’s New Years Resolutions lists have fallen by the waist side already but that doesn’t mean you should not try getting into shape. I know from personal experience that it’s super easy to become accustomed to lazy days consisting up binge watching tv shows, eating junk food and doing absolutely nothing when you don’t have to do anything. I love lazy days more than the next person but at some point it gets boring. Yes. This has happened to me. How, you ask, does being able to sleep in and do nothing all day get old? Well, I’ve started to notice that my ex-cheerleader body has begun to un-tone itself. And let’s face it, your twenties are when your metabolism begins to slow down ladies. Translation, it’s about damn time to at least muster up the time and courage to start a weekly workout schedule and learn to eat things other than fast food or Hot Cheetos.

It may be cold out since it’s still winter but Spring is right around the corner people!! Below are some links to Instagram accounts that you should follow ASAP! They have easy, at home exercises that you can do by yourself, with friends or with a significant lover 😉 Try them out, even for you lazy asses out there like me. I mean that with the sincerest love. Go Work Out! While you’ll be ready for Spring and Summer because of consistent exercise, everyone else will be rushing to get in shape at the last-minute or even wasting half their summers just getting “bikini ready”.

Sucks for them but, hey you’ll look hot.

 

Inspiring Health & Fitness Accounts:

1. @Basebodybabes 

This account is run by two sisters from Sydney who happen to be personal trainers.

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2. @cookinwithmima

Amazing recipes are posted on this account and most are healthy, what’s not to like?!

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3.@fithealthyworkouts

This account posts easy videos from various other fitness minded people so you’ll have plenty to look at.

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Fitness Queens to follow:

1. Tanya Poppett @achieving_balance

This fitness instructor shows lots of easy, no equipment needed workouts to try anywhere you have room!

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2. Dariel Rozanes @MissD411

She posts everything health and fitness related that you can imagine. Recipes, workout videos and more!

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3. Jen Esquer @jen_es_care

She utilizes strength wraps for her exercises and does a lot of Pilates so if you’re into that she’s the one for you to follow!

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4. @Progressivefitball

Want to find new cool workouts with fitness balls…then this is the account to check out. Can you say…OMG enough?…I hope to be able to do this pose in the photo below!!

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XOXOXO

Porschia 😉

It’s time to stop blaming Women for having breasts.

If you’re new to society and mass media marketing, here’s one thing you need to know. Apparently, women’s breasts are there for show and for men’s eyes only. They have no other purpose, unless they’re used for breastfeeding in which case you should never do in public because 1. that’s absolutely disgraceful and disgusting and 2. that’s obviously not what breasts are for.

In a recent article, I read the title “It’s time to stop blaming women for having breasts” then continue on to read the sub-heading, which states “Women who choose to wear clothing that reveals their cleavage are scorned by a hypocritical press – and accused of provoking assault.” The fact that it’s 2015 and these are still news headlines is unbelievable.

Now is a good time to embrace womanhood and now is a good time to show off who you are without any shame.

It’s not your responsibility to dress modestly for anyone. You make that decision and you dress how you want to. You’re not a thing that can be objectified. Remind yourself that men do not have control over you and you do not exist for their gaze. We don’t want to be accused of being attention seeking sex objects, so hold your head up high when you walk down the street knowing that you’re ready to throw a punch at the creep that wants to call you his ‘Babe’ and know that we shouldn’t be apologetic about that. We shouldn’t have to say ‘sorry’ because something we wear is offending someone; instead we should be the ones offended that they feel that our bodies are in the wrong.

Next time someone wants to slut shame you for having breasts, you have my permission to tell them to fuck off. If you want to show off some boobage because it boosts your confidence and makes you happy about yourself, go ahead and do just that because that’s fucking awesome.

 

Alissa x

Fashion Talk Friday: All About that MESH

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Fashion Talk Friday is back! This time I wanted to talk about a trend that has been around for about a year but hasn’t been fully tamped into. More and more people have been wearing it. You guessed it…mesh!! This may seem like a trend that should have stayed behind back in the day but it’s one that has comeback with fierceness and will be sticking around from now on until most likely after this upcoming spring and summer seasons. I wouldn’t be surprised if you were to see mesh detailing,perforated mesh, play on textures and garments at highly anticipated fashion shows of New York Fashion week. The New York Fashion Week begins soon in February, don’t be caught out of the loop gals. This fabric is very versatile and can be incorporated in a lot of different clothing. Whether your working out, looking for a cute office outfit or going out with the girls you will be able to utilize this trend to your needs. If you thought this trend would only work for warmer whether you might have been right but then again fashion and style is all about pushing boundaries and now a days anything is possible with enough innovative thinking. This trend can and will work in winter weather as well. Don’t believe me? Keep reading to find out. Some ways you can wear it is by laying pieces underneath it, wearing big warm coats over it, or in a perforated style (thicker mesh). Rita Ora even posted to her Instagram these photos below about 8 months ago showing off her collaboration with Adidas with a mesh detailed  hoodie and sweats.

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A lot of collections have featured mesh and plenty of celebrities have rocked looks with mesh pieces of clothing.

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from left to right: Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Jill Sander and Vidur S/S collections

This look is here to stay, I would catch on to this and rock my ass off out doing all the other basic bitches out there. Even Queen B and her sis as seen below have rocked this trend along with the likes of fashionistas like Alexa Chung, Rita Ora, Bad girl “riri” Rihanna and the Jenner sisters. This trend is steppin up…so why don’t you too?

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This white two piece ensemble is so perf! Gotta love the chic perforated mesh detailing.

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Everyone remembers last year when Rihanna went to Paris Fashion week. She definitely helped build the mesh trend and caused a scene in this top with no bra underneath. Are you willing to try the daring look out? …or maybe stick with a bralette under.

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Rita Ora looks stunningly hardcore in this completely mesh skirt. Can you say DAMNNN?!

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Gold Soul even  sells some jaw dropping pieces for this sick trend! Shop them while you can, they are going fast. There are more than the 4 items shown. Click HERE for all mesh at Gold Soul.

*photos from Gold Soul website and pinterest

1. Boyfriend Jersey Tee $27.80

2. Net mesh skater skirt $24.80

3. White mesh midi skirt $22.80

4. Black mesh panel dress (restocking soon) $22.80

XOXOXO

Porschia 😉

THE VAMPY LIP

One of the hottest beauty trends right now is the Vampy Lip and why wouldn’t it be? Smack some dark colour onto your lips and BAM, it becomes one big statement to everyone who walks past you – I’m one bad ass bitch so do not fuck with me.

Perfect for the cold weather paired with a dark and feminine outfit, or the Vampy lip would look stunning on you in the Summer contrasted with bright colored pieces on that hot bod of yours. So go right ahead and dig through your lipstick collection and grab yourself a dark color that catches your eye.

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You’re also going to need your go-to lip liner to get the perfect Vampy Lip and to make that shiz stay in place all day and night! It’s up to you whether or not you want to add a bit of gloss to your pout, so grab your fave gloss and smack on some shine when we’re all done.

Line your lips with a sharpened liner. I’m using Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Lip Contouring Pencil in ‘Cherry Kiss’. It’s important that your liner is sharpened for that extra precision and the trick is to draw right on the edge of the lip line. Then fill the rest of your lips with your lip liner.

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Take your choice of lipstick and glide that onto your top and bottom lip. I’m wearing Topshop’s Lipstick in ‘Depth’.

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Blot your lips by pressing a piece of tissue between your top and bottom lip. This stops any lipstick getting onto your teeth.

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And that’s it! It only takes a few minutes to achieve Vampy Lips and stays on all day. Try it out and flaunt it – don’t let anyone fuck with you today or any other day.

Alissa x