Fall Floral

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Just because it is the fall, doesn't mean that you have to stop wearing floral! The lively fashion pieces can be worn year-round if you choose the right print and pair them with the correct items! I found this gorgeous yellow maxi skirt with flowers on it at Chicwish -- on sale!

DIY Mermaid Costume & Makeup Tutorial

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Being a culturally and socially appropriate Halloween character these days can be kind of tough! It seems like no matter what you choose, someone will get offended. In an effort to avoid such controversy, I went with one of the old school, classic Halloween costumes: a mermaid! Makenzie Peacock of Peacock Artistry, a makeup artist, came over and she showed me what I needed to do to achieve this look. Here is the breakdown of how you can achieve this simple, yet stunning, homemade mermaid costume!

Olay 28 Day Skincare Challenge End Results

This post was sponsored by Olay. All opinions are my own.
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I made it through 28 days completing the Olay Skincare Challenge! It isn't often that I can keep a routine up day in and day out for almost a month, but this was the type of challenge I wanted proof of, and my skin needed the rejuvenation! For twenty-eight days, I used Olay Total Effects Moisturizer with SPF 15 (only in the morning) and Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel in place of my regular moisturizer and eye gel. I am recapping my results, including before, middle, and after photos!


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Girl Power! Feminism is a topic that has been on my mind for a few years now, and I would like to contribute to the women's equality discussion. I grew up knowing that as a girl (now a woman), I was strong. My mind could take on the smarts of boys, my muscles could beat boys in physical competitions, my skills in building relationships could outdo those of the boys around me. However, I didn't truly understand the way I felt as a female and why it was important to acknowledge those feelings. Starting at the age of twenty, I started to develop my identity as a woman, and my ideas began to take more shape. I had opinions on Feminism, (in)equality in the work force, and women's suffrage, and it was time for me to spread my wings!

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Did you know that 57% of women participate in the workforce? Of those women, 70% raise a family at home. The wage gap is at 21.7% showing that women earn just 78.3% of what men working the same career might earn (data found at the Women's Bureau). The statistics get even crazier (and not in a good way) when you factor in women from minority groups! I happen to work at a job (teaching) where the wage gap isn't based on gender. When I get a raise, it isn't based on performance, and I don't even have to have a conversation with my employer. Rather, teaching is a set salary, based on school district, that increases over time and level of education. Although teaching doesn't offer me a large paycheck, I am certainly thankful I don't have to deal with a differing salary from a male coworker based solely on our gender. However, I do have friends that are impacted by the wage gap, and even worse, taken less seriously in an office setting. This really does exist!

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The wage gap and lack of clout in the office setting are just examples of how women are still fighting for equality, but what are we going to do about it? Becoming a hardcore feminist is tough for many people, including myself. Part of the reason is the stigma attached to the word feminism, and what people expect of you if you call yourself one. In fact, I think of myself as a feminist--I am not as radical as some may think you need to be to qualify as one. Being a feminist, and using the F word for yourself, simply means that you fight for yourself as a woman, and for the other women around you. Empowering other females to be the best versions of themselves is definitely enough to consider yourself a part of the movement. In order to help us reach the same goal, I have listed a few things you can do to encourage equality of women.

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How to Encourage Equality For Women

  1. Support other women in their endeavors, EVEN if they are competition.
  2. Tell people to stop "mansplaining". This is when you bring up something relevant, and a male decides to re-explain what you meant, as if you didn't make sense. Simply say, "thank you! I am glad that you agree with my idea!"
  3. Stop allowing others to tell you you are acting a certain way because of your "time of the month". You are allowed to have feelings, and just because you may have fluctuating hormones, that does not give an excuse for someone to hold it against you. Men going through hormonal cycles as well, but when they do, we just think they are grumpy.
  4. Educate yourself. It is hard to prove that we are worth our salt if we don't have knowledge in our area of work or field. You can be an expert in rocket science, or an expert in sewing, but as long as you are an expert, you will always have a skill worth being paid for.
  5. Be transparent and confident. It is easy to think that your ideas don't matter, but by not speaking up you are allowing your great ideas and contribution to go unheard! Be confident and open about your opinions.
  6. Be happy with yourself. You don't have to be a boardroom boss to be a feminist. There is room for stay-at-home-moms at the table as well. We need strong woman today to raise the strong women of tomorrow and we should value the work that women do at home just as much as we value the work that women do in the work force. Remember, feminism is about getting women who work to be treated as equals, its about getting all women to be treated with equal respect. 
We could-- literally-- talk for hours about the different ways to advocate for yourself as a woman, but I will leave you with those 6 simple steps above. If we continue to work on this together, we can get closer to the change in mindset we are looking for.

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How do you encourage quality for women? Tell me in the comments below!

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How to Feel Confident in Your Twenties

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Ahh the never ending battle with your confidence. Its a tough one, and sometimes we lose. Being a women in this day and age presents many obstacles in building unshakable self-worth. The world expects you to be easy on the eyes, eloquent when you speak, to have a successful career, be the top of your class, have the best looking partner, and make enough money to live and dress well. These are not easy tasks to achieve, especially all at once, and that can really damage our self-image. In an effort to be the best (most confident) you, here are a few tips to build that ego!