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An “On Point” Insta in 10 Steps.

For many of us, Instagram is by far our most checked social media platform. While I know very few people who boast the like/follow rankings of a celebrity or major fashion bloggers, it's clear to see that there are posting patterns among users. Many people I know who have considerably high follower counts (for normal peeps) are extremely selective Instagramers, posting only once every few weeks, and usually receives 100+ likes on a photo. While its nice to get a…

Urban Outfitters: The Next Abercrombie.

Despite dark lighting, loud music, and a poisonous flow of perfume in the air; ten years ago there was no place more desirable to shop than Abercrombie & Fitch. Although the sizing of their clothing was drastically skewed to fit only the most fit individuals, we accepted that our thin frames were indeed "large". Cool, popular, wealthy teens flaunted a small moose on most of their clothing. If someone were to identify as a beach babe, you might see them sporting a…

Kardashed Myself.

For awhile I really thought I hated the Kardashians. Earlier this year I unfollowed all of them on social media. I preached about the unimportance of their existence and encouraged others to follow my lead. I grew more and more frustrated each time they would show up on my news feed. Despite my efforts, they were still a common presence on my social feeds, and it drove me crazy. The more I heard their names, saw their photos, and skimmed their headlines, the angrier…

Shaping your face: Cream Contouring & Demo

Hello all, it's Nicole! Let's talk about contouring, highlighting, bronzing, all that crazy stuff Pinterest tells you to do: Contouring color: Typically a cool toned color leaning toward the taupe/grey side Highlighting color: Typically 1-2 shades lighter than your foundation to highlight the high points of your face. Powders can be matte or have a glow. Bronzing color: Typically 2 shades darker than your foundation and a warmer tone Fun fact: You can do whatever the hell you want. Don't…

Girl Crush: Elle King

There are times when celebrities appear and you immediately dislike them. You can't figure out what it is, they just bother you. I felt this way about Carley Rae Jepson. Not as often do you discover a new talent that you're sure will succeed from the moment you hear their voice. That is how I feel about Elle King. Sometimes bedrooms are just too messy to clean. — Elle King (@ElleKingMusic) January 13, 2015 Her voice is raspy soulful and appealing. Think Bon iver…

10 Reasons Why We Should ALL Be Little Monsters.

One year my parents gave my sisters and I the most obscure Christmas gift possible; Lady Gaga tickets. It wasn't that I disliked her music, but I never really got the hype.... until I actually saw her live. I was sold-- GAGA for GAGA. The next day my sister and I agreed that from that point forward, we were Little Monsters. Reasons why YOU should be a little monster too: 1.) Because she supports LGBT rights, hardcore. Since the beginning of her career…

Bruce Jenner and the Limitations of Tolerance.

My New Years Resolution was to stop keeping up with the Kardashians. It hasn't been easy; those fucking people are everywhere. Despite unfollowing all Jenner/Kardashians on social media, I cannot buy toothpaste at CVS without viewing a recap of their lives via magazine stands. I don't care about Kylie's lips, Kim's "Selfish" book, Kris's younger boyfriend, Kourtney's pregnancy, Rob/Khloe's weight, Kendall's modeling career, and Scott's narcissism. I'm also unamused by Bruce Jenner's decision to transform into a woman. Still, despite how…

Meet Your Hangover Helpers

Rumor has it the older we get the harder it is to recover from our binge-drinking ways. I wouldn't know because at 25 I'm still young and perfect... Just kidding. Word to the wise, the rumors are true and the pain is very real. With each passing year and each passing after-party, I can assure you the morning after gets scarier. With Sunday-day being the new Saturday-night, we all try very hard to look like we aren't trying at all. If you've ever…

2014 Bad Bitch Awards

At Sparkles & Secrets there is no greater compliment than referring to a woman as a "bad bitch." In 2014, we were overwhelmingly impressed with the strength of women in the media. This was the year of bad bitches, and these women did it the best.  Most likely to become President of The United States: Elizabeth Warren- Last month Elizabeth fearlessly gave a speech calling out big banks and major corporations with too much political power such as Citigroup. Warren is…

30 Ways To Not Be "That Girl" In 2015

With the new year rapidly approaching we find ourselves assessing our lives as is. Although I cannot complain about the card 2014 dealt me, I am aware that there are some aspects of my life that I could afford to work on. That being said, this year for my New Years article, I want to outline ways that we can all improve ourselves for the benefit of others. Although the theme is "don't be THAT girl," most of these are (clearly) unisex.…