Accomplishing A Stylish Lifestyle.

I fully believe that anyone can look great or at least good with the right clothing and hairstyle. It doesn’t matter what your body type is, or the size and shape of your eyes/ears/nose/mouth, or how unmanageable your hair is. It’s hard to tell what the right clothing is, though. Especially when you don’t really pay attention to fashion-y stuff, or try to copy other people’s style. That’s not going to work. They (probably) look completely different from you. You need to know what looks good on you.

What’s your body type? Check out the recommendations for your body type on the website. What skin undertones do you have? Are you long-waisted or short-waisted? Stuff that fits you will always look better than stuff that is too tight or baggy. Just because it’s in your size doesn’t mean it fits you. Use the fitting rooms! Also, get comfortable stuff. Even if an uncomfortable shirt looks great on you, you will never wear it. If you can’t clasp your hands behind your head without the shape of the shirt changing overtly or cutting into you anywhere, it’s too tight. If the shirt’s neckline slides over your shoulder or the shirt is loose enough that you can wrap your hand in the leftover fabric, it’s too loose. Find a happy medium.

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In general, a scarf will make an outfit look much more put-together and stylish. Find one in a color that sets off your eyes. Cooler colored eyes look well with warmer colored makeup and scarves. I have green eyes and a maroon scarf, which doesn’t clash with my cool skin tones but does make my eyes look brighter. I can wear that scarf with anything and it makes it look better. Neutral clothes, like jeans and anything with a simple cut and no pattern in white, brown, black, grey, or beige, are really good for basic outfits. You can wear the same jeans with a dozen different shirts a dozen days in a row, and almost nobody will notice because jeans are basically invisible. Save your cool brightly-colored pants with the embezzled seams or ruffles for outfits with plain shirts, so it’s not overwhelming.

Where can you get all of these cool things without ending up broke? Thrift shops. I’m not kidding. Thrift shops are cool. It’s kind of like a treasure hunt. The Savers SuperStore is a great thrift shop with hundreds and hundreds of clothes to choose from. Browse through the stuff in your size range, and try everything on. Five to ten bucks per clothing item. Half of my wardrobe comes from thrift shopping. Search for thrift stores near you. Remember, a lot of the clothes in your size range will be ugly or won’t fit you right, but it’s worth it for the rare gems.

No thrift shops in your area? Check the bargain areas of stores for good deals. Kohl’s has massive sales racks in the back of each clothing section, with up to 80% off the tag price. I got a pair of black skinny jeans for eight bucks at Forever 21. Target usually has some sales as well. Make it happen.

Gingersnaps Fit For A King

Brown-bag school lunches are boring and monotonous, for the most part. I don’t know about you, but I tend to eat peanut butter every day during the school year. Every. Day. And peanut butter sandwiches get all weird tasting and limp after a couple of hours in a bag in your backpack. Probably because I keep accidentally sitting on my backpack and squishing them. As a result, I’m on a campaign to improve the quality of my school lunches through baking and fruit and vegetables. HEALTHY AND DELICIOUS LUNCHES OR BUST!

Today, however, we have something which is not very healthy at all. Mm-mmm. All sorts of things like butter and sugar and molasses in these cookies. They’re still better for you than Oreos and Nabisco, though, seeing as they have no corn syrup. And anyway, they taste so good it doesn’t matter.

These cookies are pretty difficult to mess up, so they’re perfect for the beginning baker, and they’re the best cookies you will ever have, bar none. Well. Maybe, someday, you will come across a cookie that tastes better than this. If that ever happens, please contact me so that I, too, can share in the cookie bliss.

Without further ado, THE RECIPE:

Finished Cookies

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour                            1 tablespoon ground ginger

2 teaspoons baking soda                                      1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt                                                    3/4 cup butter, softened

1 cup white sugar                                                    1 egg

1/4 cup dark molasses                                           1/4 cup cinnamon sugar (1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 cup sugar.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Sift the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into a mixing bowl. Stir the mixture to blend evenly, and sift a second time into another bowl. If you don’t have a sifter, you can use a whisk in order to get the ingredients to the right consistency and mixiness.

Place the softened butter into a mixing bowl and beat until creamy, with either an electric mixer or a whisk. Gradually beat in the white sugar. Beat in the egg, and dark molasses.

Sift 1/3 of the flour mixture into the butter mixture; stir to thoroughly blend. Sift in the remaining flour mixture, and mix together until a soft dough forms.

Pinch off small amounts of dough and roll into 1 inch diameter balls between your hands, around the size of a small bouncy ball. Roll each ball in cinnamon sugar, and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. An average baking sheet can hold about twenty cookies comfortably, without spreading into each other

Bake in preheated oven until the tops are rounded and slightly cracked, about 10 minutes. Cool cookies on a wire rack. Store in an air tight container.

Credit to Marie Ayers, who posted her grandmother’s famous recipe on Allrecipes.