Selfie Apps

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Editing selfies can be a real pain! Switching between apps to get the desired result can end up taking much longer than anticipated. Well, my two favorite apps have FINALLY been translated to English and they are too cool not to try for yourself!

MeituPic and BeautyPlus. They’re similar in filters, but each has their own special features! I took my selfie to a super kawaii level, but they have the BEST skin smoothing effects! It’s amazing. You can also make acne disappear, eyes and teeth whiter, or make your face slimmer!

One other app that can be really beneficial in selfie editing is Perfect365. When downloading this, be sure to have some time because you’re sure to get carried away with this app! Change your hair and makeup completely, make your smile bigger, and even CONTOUR YOUR NOSE. This app is a lot of fun, especially when comparing the before and after so check it out!

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Date Night Fun

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If you’re in a relationship and low on cash, a great way to spend time together and have fun while saving money is having a night in! What better way to spend the night in than baking dessert?! I found this molten lava cake kit at Aldi, and it tastes delicious. Just mix the ingredients together, cook in a muffin tin, and top it off with ice cream! Perfection.

DIY: Case Candy

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I personally love changing my iPhone case as often as possible, however, I don’t love waiting weeks for one ordered offline or paying 20$ for one at the mall. So, I craft my own and make them as gifts for friends. It’s a lot of fun, and super affordable. I buy plain cases from the Dollar Tree and then stop at Michael’s and Joann Fabrics and to buy trims, gems, and appliqués with a bunch of coupons. It’s a great craft to do on a rainy day, but just make sure you have lots of superglue, you’ll need a surprising amount!

“Reboot” your Wardrobe

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We all have old or bland items in our wardrobes that could use a little something more. Well, after I found these boots while on vacation in Key West for only $10, I knew I could easily personalize and update them! I made a quick trip to Joann Fabrics and headed toward the trim aisle. I then found 2 different fringe trims and black studs that I was instantly drawn to. After coupons the trims came to about $3! I used a combo of fabric glue and super glue I already had and attached the fringe and studs. I liked the boots before, but after I “rebooted” them, I LOVED them! So next time you clean out your closet, consider personalizing some “oldies but goodies” before tossing them, you’d be surprised what inspiration can come from the craft store!

Haute Halloween: Costume ideas for girls, guys, couples & friends!

Every year around the time the trees start to change color we are all faced with an epic question: “What will I be for Halloween?!” Maybe a witch? Or a ghost? Maybe just throw a scary mask and cape on? Nope, not this year! Why not be something unique, fun, and not to mention haute, all without emptying your wallet? Well, here is your guide to having a Happy Haute Halloween costume this October whether you go out solo, with your significant other, or even your closest friends! (All Polyvore’s made by yours truly)!

Just for Girls:

Broken Doll: If you’re looking to be something spooky this year, what’s creepier than a porcelain doll? How about a broken, twisted, deathly one?! Think Kerli from her music video “walking on air.” Simply wear a dress or skirt, and add a tutu underneath it. Wear a corset, bustier, or a frilly lace blouse over the dress (or with your skirt) and add funky accessories! For example, I recommend a cute headpiece like a mini top hat or enormous bow (check out Claire’s). Add striped or fishnet tights with huge platform heels like Jeffrey Campbell Lita Booties (you can find knockoffs at Charlotte Russe). You can even carry something spooky like a teddy bear with a missing eye or arm. As for hair and makeup, choose something doll-like: big pigtails, teased braids, thick false eyelashes, and exaggerated pink cheeks. Add a shock factor by using pale powder on exposed skin, black lipstick, drawing on fake scars, or even doing mismatched eye makeup! You’ll be sure to get attention wherever you go!

Big Bad Wolf: Sexiness is always a popular deciding factor when looking for costume ideas amongst girls. A simple costume idea using some basic clothing pieces is a sexy wolf. All you need is a fur vest! Wear it closed with a push up bra and some liquid leggings (or even leopard leggings if your closet is limited), slip on some stiletto heels and top it off with ears and a teased ponytail and you’re good to go! You can take it to the next level with fur leg warmers, false fangs, fake blood and red lipstick. Boys will be begging you to huff and puff and blow their house down!

Fashion Addict: Here’s a fun and simple costume for any fashionista! All you need is your own clothes, plus a Starbucks cup and optional Vogue magazine! Start by going through your closet and picking out anything extremely fashion forward or uber trendy. Then, layer it all together. The more layers, the more Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen-esque. For example, wear multiple necklaces (the sparklier the better), lace socks with open toed heels, rings on every finger, or a sequin tank under a cardigan, under a fur vest. Go all out! Then carry around a Vogue magazine, your iPhone and a Starbucks cup (which you can fill with your drink of choice if you’re of legal age)! Finish it off with red lipstick and top knot and you’ll be looking like Rachel Zoe in no time.

Chic Sushi: If you want to be some super unique and quirky, look no further! Being sushi for Halloween is much easier than it seems. Wear a white dress (or white shirt with bottoms of your choice) and attach a small pink or orange pillow to your back using a thick elastic black belt or ribbon tied around your waist. Then, glue one large green pom pom and one large pink pom pom to a headband to act as wasabi and ginger (use ribbon or bows if you cannot find pom poms) or even take it a step further by adding a bun and chopsticks to your look. Voila, a sushi costume good enough to eat!

Katniss: Celebrity costumes are always a popular choice year after year. This October, channel your inner heroine and dress as the infamous Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games. You’ll need: cargo pants, combat boots, a windbreaker, an optional backpack, and bow and arrow (which you can easily find at your local dollar store). Give yourself a simple side braid, conservative makeup, and pin on your prized golden Mockingjay pin (obtainable at party stores, Hot Topic, and even Icing, aka Claire’s Accessories stores). Now you can make your grand entrance by walking into the party shouting “I volunteer! I volunteer as tribute!”

More Ideas: Mother Nature, Glam Ghoul, Peacock, Harajuku Girl, Bambi, Dark Raven.

Just for Guys:

Slenderman: For guys, dressing scary means wearing a mask and splashing on some fake blood. Well, this Halloween creep out the party by dressing as Slenderman. This costume can be even scarier if you’re tall and skinny. Wear a suit coat and dress pants (or tux if you have your own) with a skinny black tie and white gloves. Wear a white mask or even make your own faceless mask by cutting off one leg to women’s white, sheer tights, making a small knot on one end and slipping it over your head! (PartyCity also sells a $55 tux “morph suit” that looks surprisingly realistic if you’re running low on time)!

Where’s Waldo: Here’s a very fun and effortless costume that’s sure to be the center of attention. You’ll need a red and white striped shirt, a pair of jeans, a red or white beanie and “Harry Potter” glasses (or any other glasses will do). That’s it, there’s nothing else to it! And want to know the best part? Photobombing! Jump into the background of every possible picture and when it comes time to uploading them to Facebook, name the album “Where’s Waldo.”

Classy Hobo/Like a Sir: If you’re a guy looking to save money this Halloween, look no further than your dresser. Here’s a fun and “tasteful” costume idea that will get you lots of laughs. Simply throw on 1) a blazer and dress pants, 2) jeans and an old raggedy t-shirt/plaid button down, or get the best of both worlds with 3) the tuxedo t-shirt! Using your mom’s or girlfriend’s eyeliner pencil, draw on a mustache and faux monocle. Wear a top hat and then talk all night with a snooty accent and sip your drink pinky-up.

Instagram: No app has gained more popularity than Instagram. If you’re a photo major or just plain quirky and creative, this is the costume for you. Start off with a trip to your local craft store. Purchase sheets of felt (or even ribbon) in red, yellow, green, blue and black. Also grab a half yard of brown ribbon and white fabric paint. Then stop at the Salvation Army and pick up an old record. Using a brown t-shirt and sharpie, draw a horizontal line across the chest, armpit to armpit. Then, cut out a square from the black felt and glue it to the right side of the shirt, above the sharpie line. On the left side, create a “rainbow” by cutting out strips of the colored felt and gluing it from the sharpie line to the shoulder seam. Write “insta” under the rainbow in the white fabric paint. Then, hot glue both ends of the ribbon to the record and make a “necklace” out of it to act as the lens. Wear khaki pants, and then Instagram yourself Halloween night!

Psy, aka Gangnam Style: Korean rapper, Psy, has made quite the impact in the media lately with his hilarious dance moves from his latest music video “Gangnam Style.” His outfit in the music video consists of a blue blazer, dress pants, bowtie and sunglasses. Simple enough right? Well, if you really want to make an appearance this Halloween, you need to learn the Gangnam Style dance moves! You’ll be flash mobbing everywhere this October 31st!

More Ideas: Full Body Cast, Magic Mike, Creep, Father Time, Gingerbread, Gameboy, iPhone.

Just for Couples:

Princess Bubblegum and Finn: This cute couple from Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time will make the coolest couple costume ever! For Princess Bubblegum, you can easily wear a pink dress, pink wig, and gold headband or ribbon around your head! For Finn, you just need jeans, a blue t-shirt, backpack and white beanie. Glue two cotton balls on either side of the beanie to create Finn’s look, or you can even buy a Finn hat from Hot Topic stores! Guys can take the costume even further by carrying around a sword or blue Game Boy to act as Beemo from the show! And if you’re a true Adventure Time fan, Beemo iPhone cases are easy to find online!

Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby: Nothing can be more haute than the Great Gatsby, and with the new remake hitting theaters soon, you and your significant other can be the most glamorous couple at any Halloween bash. For Daisy, simple wear any pastel dress, or shirt/skirt combo with fringe. If you don’t own anything of the sort, check out any vintage or thrift stores for flapper-inspired dresses. Wear a feather boa, an oversized floppy hat or feathered headband, and a long pearl necklace to finish of the look. As for hair and makeup, go with a smoky eye and wine stained lips, paired with soft waves. For Gatsby, try your best to wear all white or khaki. If that is not possible, any suit or blazer with dress pants will work great or even a vest with a button down and tie! Top off Gatsby’s look with slicked, polished hair, a newsboy cap, and suspenders!

More Ideas: Carrie and Big, Helga and Hey Arnold, Jack and Sally, Kate and Prince William.

Just for Friends:

Kardashian Sisters: If you and your girls are looking for a simple and sexy costume that will get you noticed, look no further than E! TV. In every girl’s wardrobe lies the body-con skirt. Pair this with any plunging neckline top, your highest heels, thick false eyelashes and long straight hair. You can even carry around a baby doll if you’re Kourtney! This group costume works best for 3 girls, but you can always take it a step further by adding Kris Jenner, Kendall and Kylie. Talk in your best Kardashian accents all night to really polish off your looks.

One Direction: Hey guys, if you want the girls to be all over you this Halloween, you MUST dress as teen heartthrobs, One Direction. Wear slim or skinny jeans (colored or white denim is best), trendy t-shirts, and high top sneakers. Style your hair and throw on a scarf, vest, or zip-up to really make it look legit. Carry around microphones and sing or talk in British accents all night!

More Ideas: The Wiggles, Men in Black, The Expendables, A [dead] Wedding Party, The Breakfast Club, Disney [Hipster] Princesses, The Duggars, Olympic Team, Zompires, Sexy Sirens.

Motivational Money

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As a college grad, you’re going to be faced with hideous loan payments about 6 months after graduation (unless you’re blessed and have wonderful parents who can pay for your college). So if you’re like me and can’t resist shopping and buying Starbucks AND need to pay for school, you might need some reminding that loans are approaching. Hence, the money jar. I’m a firm believer in “Out of sight, out of mind.” I need something visual to stimulate and motivate me. So, I made a quick trip to Joann Fabrics and bought materials. Here’s what you’ll need:

1. Mason jar (3$)
2. 1 piece of scrapbook paper (1$)
3. Letter stickers (1$)
4. Scissors
5. Tape

Now the rest is simple! Cut a strip of scrapbook paper, about 3-4 inches tall. Feel free to use decorative scissors to make a funky edge! Place your message using your stickers BEFORE applying it to the jar. This way, the stickers won’t come out crooked. Add cute details like ribbons, rhinestones, and studs! This is a the fun part, so go all out! Next, simply wrap the strip around the jar and secure it with tape. Finally, remove the inner top of the mason jar, leaving it open. Now, place it in an area you walk by everyday, and every time you find spare change or have a couple extra dollars, drop it into the jar! Try saving a specific amount from each weekly paycheck and promise yourself that whatever amount is in that jar, it CANNOT be touched.

What’s great about this simple and affordable DIY, is that you don’t have to use it for just loans. Need motivation for weight loss? Label the jar “new wardrobe” for when you reach your goal! Want to splurge on new fall boots? Tape a picture of them onto the jar! It seems silly, but seeing something that will remind you to save daily will truly help in the long run. And remember, every penny counts!