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.

How To Find Your Dreams.

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My blog is about giving teens a happy life, mostly through helping them follow their dreams now, not later, as I try to do the same thing.

It took me ages to figure out what I wanted from life, and there were times I thought I wanted to be a veterinarian or a politician, but eventually I learned that I love to write, and being a writer would support my ideal lifestyle. That means that the dream I’m going after right now, the one I’m focused on and working towards, is becoming a writer. That doesn’t mean I’m giving up on my other dreams. The main reason I wanted to be a vet was so I could be around a lot of animals and help them. I can volunteer at an animal shelter for that, but it isn’t my main goal. The main reason I wanted to be a politician was so I could change the world, and also because politics are pretty cool. If I can get a good enough article in a big enough newspaper, I can change people’s minds, which usually works better than changing laws.

One of the things that helped me most when trying to figure out what my dreams were is a sort of visualization of my ideal life. When you grow up, what do you see yourself doing, ideally? Maybe you want to stand on a platform and give resounding speeches that will touch everyone’s hearts and get into the newspapers and maybe even the history books. Maybe you want to live in a little country house with a big garden full of lavender and tomatoes. Maybe you want to cook and bake and then earn money from it. Maybe you want to be on TV. Picture it. What would your ideal day be like? If you have two different lives you’re picturing that both sound great, is there a way to balance them?

I want to live in New York, but I also want to travel all over the world, so I thought, hey, you know what would be cool? Living in New York and taking off for trips to other countries for months at a time. Of course, I’d need a flexible job that will pay me for traveling or at least pay me enough so I can travel. Like, for example, freelance journalism. You think of an idea for an article, you send out the proposal, someone accepts it, you write the article, you get paid. You don’t have any boss to tell you not to go to Fiji. Go to Fiji. Write an article about Fiji. Write many articles about Fiji.

Dreams don’t have to be just careers. What’s missing from your life right now that would make it more like your ideal life? (Apart from a car/ability to make your own legal decisions/money.) Go for the thing that’s missing. Find out what you would have to do to create your ideal life.

And, when you’ve figured it out, shoot me a comment below. Let’s see what I can do to help you.