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Dress For Less: Meghan Markle

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Ever since the Royal Wedding, all eyes have been on Meghan Markle. We can't steal her husband, Prince Harry, but we can steal her amazing style. Something Meghan has been notorious for in recent months. While most of us can't afford to dress like the Duchess of Sussex, we can find affordable alternatives. Becoming a British royal has its perks and the incredible new closet is definitely one of them. Despite the many restrictions Meghan now has, such as deleting her Instagram, she is the modern-day Disney princess.

1. Stylish Outerwear

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Meghan Looks Classy And Confident

Meghan has been spotted wearing numerous styles of coats in past months. Reminding us that when you don't know what to wear, throw on a stylish jacket. Instead of spending minutes or even hours mulling over your closet, choose a longer length coat to define your outfit. If styled properly, like with a trench coat, your jacket can make the look.

Forever 21 Jacket: https://bit.ly/2MOOuox
Abercrombie Jacket: https://bit.ly/2Bb7mwk

2. Denim On Denim

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Lighter Denim Looks Great With Darker Denim

Who says you can't wear denim on denim? Certainly not Meghan Markle. Megan's style consists of timeless wardrobe staples like jeans and a chambray top. Pieces like this will never go out of fashion. Not only do they look classy, but they are also really comfortable. Every woman feels confident in dark denim jeans.

Gap Chambray Top: https://bit.ly/2P9KRed
Amazon Jeans: https://amzn.to/2nFTbWA

3. Sleek Pencil Skirt

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There's Nothing Classier Than A Pencil Skirt

H&M Sweater: https://bit.ly/2nDCLy1
Banana Republic Skirt: https://brstyl.es/2MrQGFf

Megan is often photographed wearing shades of green, which is definitely her color. This flattering and sleek pencil skirt looks amazing on her and is great for women in the office. Below the knees, this is a comfortable length and the color makes it different from the normal black pencil skirt.

With so many style icons out there, Meghan Markle is one to watch. Her elegant and classy style is the perfect inspiration for working women. Even though her outfits have a higher price tag, fortunately, it is easy to find clothing alternatives. And the rise of social media outlets like Pinterest makes it a fun challenge to find a look for less. See if your friends like your Meghan Markle inspired outfits by spying on text messages of theirs.

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3 Reasons To Lookout For Artist Billie Eilish

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If you don’t know who Billie Eilish is, I’ll give you a little bit of background. Billie is a 16-year-old singer and songwriter from Los Angeles, California. Her music falls under the Electronica/Electropop genre and since 2016 has gotten bigger by the minute. Despite her pop genre, you won’t catch her singing any songs that sound like Taylor SwiftShe is already selling out shows on tour so it’s time to get in on this fandom before she starts selling out stadiums. Here are some of the reasons why:

1. Her Voice

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Her Songs Have Intense Emotion

Let’s start with the obvious. This girl is TALENTED. Her voice was hand-crafted by angels and she is only 16 and writing hits with meaning and emotion you would not expect from someone her age. She tells stories about her and her family (all musicians) writing and singing together. And in that talented environment, there’s no wonder she is wise beyond her years. Her first hit “Ocean Eyes” came out when she was only 13 and is still one of her most popular songs to date.

2. Her Style

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Billie Is Known For Her Unique Style

Billie Eilish is no cookie-cutter GenZ star for many reasons but the biggest one is her unique and SUPER cool style. If we had to categorize it in an ancient term it would be ‘tomboy’ but I think we are a bit more fluid today and can just say that she makes you want to throw out every dress you’ve ever owned and buy designer basketball shorts. She is also stunningly beautiful with bright blue eyes, flawless skin and silver hair. So, basically, she is goals. All of the goals.

3. Her Authenticity 

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She Is Cool And Confident

This girl is cool and confident and it shows every time she steps into an interview. Billie admits she has a lot to learn in life and music, has made mistakes and is growing up and constantly changing.  She said in an interview, “I have definitely said ‘yes’ to things I shouldn’t have. But now I’ve learned to say no. I’m not scared to walk away from something if "it’s not who I want to be.” There are people in their 20’s who still haven't learned that lesson. She will make every teenager realize it’s cool and ok to be who you are unapologetically and every adult realize that we have no reason to lose hope in the younger generation.

Influencers Of Today

With all the YouTube stars and social media influencers of today, it’s hard to find someone young working hard for their trade. Many of them deceive their fans or use software to spy on text messages. But this 16-year-old singer and songwriter has dedicated her life to music and her fans. She’ll remind you of the days when music was more than something to listen to at a party. She is who you turn to when you are happy, sad or need an escape. To sum it all up, I’m 10 years older than her and still want to be her when I grow up.

Check out her latest single "Lovely" with Khalid:

https://youtu.be/V1Pl8CzNzCw

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10 Reasons To Join A Sorority

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When most people hear the word "sorority" they think of countless news stories about hazing and binge drinking. Or, they think of the “mean girls” and 100 other girls that look like Taylor Swift. Girls who will only let members join that are cool or pretty. There’s a reason that women like Betty White, Michelle Obama, Joan Rivers and Barbara Bush joined sororities in their college days; there are a lot of positives that come from taking on those Greek letters. Joining my sorority was one of the best decisions I ever made and I want to encourage young women to join for all of these good reasons:

1. A HUGE Network Of Friends

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You'll Make Plenty Of Friends

Even in the smallest sororities, by the time you graduate you have met at least 100 women who are just like you. The reason people are inducted into sororities is to find people to relate to, trust and love enough to call them a "sister." Hence the phrase "sorority sister", this bond really is a sisterhood. 

2. Not Just Friends, Best Friends

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Lifelong Friendships Are Created

Because you and these girls are so similar and spend so much of your time together, it is rare that some of these friendships don’t last a lifetime. You can look back at all the fun times when you're older. College is such an amazing experience that you will never forget who you spent it with. 

3. Sorority Parties

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All The Sorority Parties

Ok, so parties aren’t always a positive (especially if you are under 21 *looks around nervously for moms*). BUT if you are someone who is shy and has a hard time meeting new people, your sorority will book out your weekend plans. And you know who usually loves sorority girls? Cute boys. Just be careful who you're with, do a background check with Kiwi Searches

4. Alumnus

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Making Connections Is So Important

The women that came before you and established the sorority can be some of the best people you meet. I've had middle-aged women run up to me in grocery stores while wearing my letters ECSTATIC to ask me questions. Just to see what their sorority is like today and if we still follow the traditions they started. I have also seen countless girls get jobs from Alumni directly or simply from being in Greek life.

5. Philanthropic Work 

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Volunteer With Your Friends

Every sorority is required to take on a charity and dedicate a certain amount of hours a year to doing philanthropic work. At the very least, you will have some great resume material for when you graduate. But it feels great to be a part of something bigger and give to people in need.

6. Unlimited Network For ANYTHING

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Missing A Book? Ask Your Sorority Sister

My sorority, at all times, had approximately 150 girls. So that means if you need something you will find someone who can help. There’s someone that has taken the same class as you and has a textbook you can take it instead of buying one. Or, my favorite, having closets full of clothes to choose from.

7. Emotional Support

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Get Emotional Support From Friends

You think calling your best friend when you’re sad feels great? Try writing that your boyfriend just dumped you in a 100 girl group chat. You’ll get presents, alcohol, invitations for plans, hotter boy’s phone numbers… the support is endless. People forget that we call each other "sisters" for a reason. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, you will have people who will catch you every time.

8. Amazing Instagram Posts

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Have The Best Instagram Posts

If you’ve seen blog-worthy posts of girls having the time of their lives and strive for that kind of golden content just ask your sorority sisters to take a picture. They will click that photo button 50 times to get the perfect candid and at your best possible angle. Your friends at home will be jealous of your social media page. Not to mention, with over 100 sisters that are over 100 likes. Plus they give you the most self-esteem-boosting comments.

9. Improvement Of Art Skills

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You'll Create So Many Sorority Banners

I don’t care where you go to school or which sorority you join if you don’t know what puffy paint is you will soon. You will make banners, paint posters, decorate wine glasses… the creative gifts are endless. If you wear letters, I’m making you my group project partner because I know you’re creative.

10. Women Supporting Women

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Women Supporting Women Is On The Rise

One of the biggest movements to date has been women shutting down sexist comments and women who tear down women for their benefit. Since the early 1900’s sororities have been preaching this very cause. Your sisters build you up and tear down any man who thinks he’s better than you. No matter what, your sorority sisters will support you for being who you are.

College Is Hard, Join A Sorority

Ultimately, the best part is that you aren’t alone during one of the hardest, yet most fun, times of your life. College is hard. Whether it’s your classes or the amount of growing up you are forced to do. If you don't cry at least 10 times during college you’re a robot. Of course, you don’t need to join a sorority just to have friends but sororities provide you with a family and a big step towards your future. They also provide so much fun and happiness to distract you from the hard times. Also, Michelle Obama was a sorority girl and I think we can all agree she is one of the best women on earth.

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Crazy Little Thing Called Love

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I took a trip down memory lane the other day while strumming through my catalog of favorite songs. I had just transitioned from the Ramone’s “I Wanna Be Sedated” to “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen. I also like Billy Joel's music. That rockabilly song hit #1 on the charts when I was about 16 and it was one of the crowd favorites at my local roller rink, which is where I decided to make a move on Maria Petruzzi. Maria was a really pretty girl in my grade.

Super popular and also way out of my league—but incredibly nice. Me? Well, I was just me. I played sax (mediocrely) in the school band, loved art class, and played soccer (which I wasn’t very good at). Really nothing special. So any time I got a chance to see Maria in a class or in the hallway, my heart felt like it was going to explode. So when I saw her one Friday night at the rink—while "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" was playing—I decided to take a chance.

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Maria was really pretty, and way out of my league.

A Girl Named Maria

As I (a wobbly pony-boy) neared Maria (a beautiful gazelle-girl) her eyes lit up and I felt my heart literally skip a beat. But as it turned out, her enthusiasm wasn't for me. It was really for Kurt Martin, the school’s varsity QB, who slid gracefully in between us—eclipsing me completely. Immediately, I tried to reverse myself in order to avoid embarrassment and fell flat on my butt. Thankfully, Maria didn’t see that. She was too wrapped up in whatever Kurt was talking about.

Still, it was humiliating. But what hurt more was knowing right there that I never really had a chance with Maria (and that I never would). So I picked myself up off the floor and shuffled my way towards the skate return as the rest of Freddie’s song hit my ears: “This thing called love, I just can't handle it. This thing called love, I must get round to it. I ain't ready! (Ooh ooh ooh ooh) Crazy little thing called love….”

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Love is a crazy thing.

What's The Point Of This Story, Wayne?

Why am I telling you all this? Well, because love is a crazy little thing and it can make you feel like you have no control over anything in the universe. And guess what? You don’t! This is why you need to check criminal recordsSo, if you're experiencing anything like what I did back in the day, quit worrying about it and do what Freddie says. Be cool. Relax. Get hip. And get on those tracks. Even if you or the other person are not ready yet for that crazy little thing called love? You will be...someday.

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3 Tasty Recipes With Watermelon

Today is National Watermelon Day, and Friday, so celebrate it with these fun summer recipes. Not only is watermelon delicious, but it's also very healthy. In fact, I just learned that watermelon is both a fruit and a vegetable. I always thought it was a fruit because of all the seeds. So, it’s no surprise that it has numerous health benefits. As tasty as it is, watermelon is mostly water, so go ahead and eat as much as you want. Enjoy it on a salad, in a drink, or just eat a slice.

Health Benefits of Watermelon

  • Provides some protection from the sun
  • Lowers your blood pressure
  • Good for your eyes
  • High water content (92%)
  • Prevents joints inflammation
  • Easy to digest

Now that you know the health benefits of watermelon, here are three mouth-watering watermelon recipes you need to try!

1.Watermelon Fruit Bowl

 

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Source: Heather Overton

  1. Cut a slice off the bottom of the melon to make it level.
  2. Cut off the top third of the melon.
  3. To make watermelon balls, scoop out the inside with a melon-ball cutter or teaspoon.
  4. Using a cup as a guide, trace scallops around the edge of the hollowed shell. Then carve out the scallops.
  5. Fill the shell with melon balls, small slices of peaches, or assorted fruit as desired.

This crowd-pleasing watermelon fruit bowl will be fun to eat at any summer party.

2.Watermelon and Tomato Salad

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Source: Healthy Eating

  1. Arrange three tomato slices on each of four salad plates.
  2. Combine vinegar, oil, and basil in a bowl, and mix well.
  3. Then, add watermelon to the bowl and toss gently until it’s evenly coated.
  4. Spoon out the watermelon and put over the tomatoes.
  5. Top with salt and pepper, and serve.

For an interesting twist on a salad (because salads can get boring) try this watermelon and tomato salad.

3. Watermelon Smoothie

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Source: Pinch of Yum

  1. Add 2 cups of frozen watermelon
  2. Then add 1 cup water
  3. Use 1 tablespoon of honey or another sweetener for taste
  4. A few mint and/or basil leaves will take it to the next level

To make a refreshing summer smoothie, try this tasty recipe for the world's best watermelon smoothie.

 

Who doesn't love fruit? Especially when it's this aesthetically pleasing. Next time you're invited to a party this summer, bring one of these delicious recipes. For a nighttime event with some friends, try adding a splash of vodka to the watermelon smoothie. This way, you'll be partying all night long. Just make sure you're with people you trust when drinking. If not, be sure to do a background check on the hosts of the party.

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