✭ ✭ SUMMER LOOKS✭ ✭
hiya beautiful people! this is sarai, and this is an article about clothes that i like that are fitting for the summer season. (credit for the photo: urbanoutfitters.com)
a. High Waisted Shorts: i love this look. i have so many pairs of them. whether you have a long torso or a short torso doesn’t matter. these shorts accentuate your hips and makes you look like you have the best figure ever. they also look classy and retro.
b. Floppy Hats: floppy hats literally save my life at the beach and at the pool and anywhere else during the hot summer. i get burnt so so easily and these hats keep my face and shoulders from getting too much sun. they also look rad and elegant.
c. Retro Round Sunglasses: urban outfitters has a ton of these. they normally aren’t too expensive. the ones i got were only 10$ and i love them to pieces. they are fascinating really. i love the look of them on anyone. it doesn’t matter what your face shape is. i think they look good on everyone.
d. Rompers: you can get so many different fits and types of rompers. i like them because they’re easy to wear. they’re like dresses in the way where it’s only one article of clothing, and they’re shorts. which is fantastic. they’re great for the beach when you don’t want to look so fancy by wearing a dress.
e. Gladiator Sandals: i mean why not? they’re always cute and if you have big feet (like i do), they’ll make your feet look smaller. i really like the ones that have jewels on them.
okay, i hope you liked this article and are inspired to buy some of the pieces that i recommended to you :-)
remember, you’re all lovely and i hope you’re having a good summer thus far. message me here if you have any questions concerning this article or fashion or life.
SPRING LOOK: HAIR FLOWERS
a while ago I wrote a DIY article on floral crowns, but I realized theres so much more you can do with flowers that I haven’t covered! flowers are so versatile, real or fake, there are so many ways you can incorporate them into your look to give it a spring-y feel. here are a few ideas I’ve experimented with this season thus far:
- headbands- not as popular as floral crowns, but super cute & typically can be bought for much cheaper.
- braids-braiding flowers into your hair looks super cute- but if you plan on using real flowers, keep in mind they won’t last long. I recommend real flowers because they’re easier to work with, + they smell nice :-) you can pick flowers to braid into your hair in many outdoor areas, but if your don’t have access to real flowers, silk flowers work well too.
- clips-flower hair clips are a personal fave of mine, they keep my unruly hair out of my face & look rad as heck at the same time. you can buy them super cheap online, but I personally buy most of mine at H&M, they have a really good selection to choose from :)
if you try some of these hair tips & it works well, snap a pic & submit it and you may be featured in a future article :)
check out my floral crown DIY here
SPRINGTIME NAILS (FEATURED WRITER)
FEATURED WRITER: Tyler aka tylerthestyler.tumblr.com
Spring is here! It is time for pastels and cute springy prints. So I decided to embrace spring by doing a simple but adorable design for my nails!
Obviously I started with a base coat. Then, I painted my nails with Green With Envy #320 by Maybelline New York. I absolutely love this color. I waited for the green to dry. After my nails were dried, I used my dotting tool to make a heart on my thumb, middle finger, and pinky. To make the heart I first outlined it then I filled. After I completed the heart, I outlined the heart with Sidewalker #270 by NYC with my dotting tool. Finally, I added dots to my index and ring finger. For the dots, I used a one dot then two dot pattern, which is start off with one dot, then the next row is two dots and so on. I finished off the design with a top coat.
This design was inspired by onenailtorulethemall.tumblr.com!
I’m very grateful to our first featured writer, Tyler, for this awesome submitted DIY. Sarah & I have been swamped with application reading lately, so we’re very thankful for all the wonderful submissions we’ve been receiving :-)
submit an article of your own here
no matter how cliché it sounds, we all know this to be true: its awfully hard growing up. many teens struggle with self esteem. having low self esteem sucks, but have no fear, there are ways to overcome it.
- learn to love yourself:every morning when you wake up, take a moment to look in the mirror and list things you like about yourself. it doesn’t necessarily only include your physical appearance, maybe you’re a gifted dancer or you can make the best mac & cheese in the whole world. no one hates everything about themselves, they just tend to focus on the negative qualities. focus on the positives instead!
- accept what you can’t change:if you don’t like your innate ability to procrastinate, you can set goals for yourself and work to change that. but there are some things you can’t change. instead of hating yourself for things that are out of your control, embrace them. your flaws are what make you unique.
- stop comparing yourself to other people: its oh-so easy to compare yourself to others, and just as destructive. how can you compare yourself to another human being when every person is as one-of-a-kind as a snowflake? no one is exactly alike, everyone has things they’re good at. no one can be the best at everything!
- take pride in who you are: there is no one just like you in the entire universe. everyone is talented, just not in the same way. when you find you’re feeling bad about yourself, think about all the wonderful things you’ve accomplished in your life. remember that you are YOU, and you is a wonderful thing to be♡
stay wonderful ORACLE friends & fans :-)
I can’t believe my article has gotten over 1k notes in just 1 week! thank you so much you guys, it means a lot♡ -xo Emma Catherine
TRAVEL: SUGGESTIONS & TIPS
hi there friends & family! since spring break is coming up, im just going to give you guys some tips and first hand knowledge about traveling. i have been extremely fortunate to travel to many places outside of the USA. out of all the places i have had the pleasure to travel to, my favorite is the beautiful turks and cacios islands.
I loved the beach, the crystal clear water, the natives, and the food (yes, especially the food). another reason why i probably liked it so much is while staying in turks&cacios, i went on my first date ever. turks&cacios is a great place to go with friends/family/a special someone. i suggest it to anyone wanting an intimate beach experience.
to get to the point of this article, traveling can be stressful, especially if you are traveling via plane. here are some tips to ease your stress:
- pack light:i know what you’re thinking. probably something along the lines of “im going out of the country to a beach, im CAN NOT pack light”. but, really, pack light! take one or two bathing suits, two pairs of shorts, one pair of sandals, one pair of fancy shoes, a dress, shirts, and of course pjs. and make sure not to bring your whole makeup bag!
- make sure to purchase your ticket asap:you want to have first pick on seats, trust me. the last thing that you need is to have a terrible seat on an 8 hour plane ride.
- read reviews/book a hotel prior:once you arrive, you’re going to be exhausted. and, once again, the last thing you need is to have to worry about your hotel bed being infested with bed bugs (it can happen, im being serious)
- do some research on your vacation destination:if you are going on vacation, especially out of your country, you’re going to want to see more than just tourist sites. the native people are why traveling is so much fun. do some research on places that aren’t just made for tourists to see. trust me, you’ll get a lot more out of the trip.
- go scuba diving/snorkeling: if you’re visiting a place near/on a beach, you have to go scuba diving/snorkeling. the experience is unreal. i promise that you will not regret it!
i hope these tips & suggestions will inspire you to step out of your element and travel. also, i hope they will take some stress out of the commute. i wish you all well :)
DIY FLORAL CROWN
I love floral crowns, but buying them can be really pricey (typically around $60-$80) and personally I’m too busy saving up for concert tickets to shell out that kind of cash! so here’s a little tutorial for you guys, overall the price is about $10-$15 and most of the materials used are common objects found around the house :)
here’s what you need:
- floral wire
- floral tape
- silk flowers
- optional: ribbon
- wrap a long piece of the floral wire around your head in a halo-like shape. trim the wire to your desired length. pull the 2 ends together and wrap with floral tape to make the base for your crown.
- begin attaching the silk flowers with floral tape. make sure to trim the flower stems/cut off any leaves you don’t want in your crown. do not cut the stem off completely, or the flower won’t stay attached. lay the flower parallel to the floral wire crown and wrap floral tape around the flower’s stem and the floral wire. do not use too much tape or your crown may get too thick and heavy, just enough to secure it to your crown.
- repeat this step until you run out of space &/or flowers. generally flowers go all the way around the crown but you can style it to your liking.
- optional: tie long pieces of ribbon to the back of your floral down to decorate it a bit more. you can put as much as you want or none at all. green or white ribbon tends to looks the best with floral crowns, but any color that matches your flowers will work
the best part about making a floral crown yourself is that you can style it anyway you want! I like to put big flowers near the front of the crown and reduce the size as they go towards the back. good luck, hope your flower crowns turn out to your liking :)
I’m a huge movie person, like I love movies more than life itself (well maybe not that much, but i rly like movies). Last weekend, I went to see Divergent with my bestest friend ever, Emma. I haven’t read the book, but I decided that Divergent looked cool, and that I wanted to see it.
Set/Special Effects/Costumes: I’m a sucker for movies that are visually appealing, and the set/special effects/costumes/makeup for Divergent were just magnificent. I especially enjoyed the city that the movie was taking place in. I think that the movie producers did a spectacular job on that. My favorite part was probably the beginning because it showed the area around the city, leading into the city eventually. It was perfectly done!
Cast & Acting: Before seeing the movie, I wasn’t sure how Shailene Woodley would do, but I happily report that her acting was quite good. I really enjoyed what she did with the character. She is also so gorgeous. Theo James (Four) was also superb. But, honestly, I got distracted by his abs & pErFeCt body like 99% of the time.
Plot: I looooved the back story to the movie. It was so intricate; you could tell that the author of the book put a lot of thought into it. I liked almost everything about the plot. The only thing that I kind of didn’t like is the cliché love between Four and Triz. Don’t get me wrong, they are an adorable couple, but it was just the basic teen romance novel love that you see every day. The ending of the movie really made me sad because it left it open for interpretation (*cough* a sequel *cough*). I wouldn’t mind a sequel though.
Overall Experience: I give the movie an 8/10 because the set and the visual effects were absolutely stunning, the acting was good, and the plot was good, just a bit cliché.
I would suggest seeing this movie for a fun Friday night out with some friends :)
"Oh Me! Oh Life!" by Walt Whitman
Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?
That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.