three ways to style wide-leg pants (aka sorry i’m hyper)

Happy Thursday, Magical Creatures!

For some reason, mother nature has decided that Muncie is not worthy of a warm, sunny May.

It has been rainy-and-cold with the exception of the occasional sunny-and-cold day.

As a result of this anomaly, getting dressed has been….challenging. In anticipation of the impending beauty that is summer, I’ve been dreaming about breezy dresses and slides, but have had to adjust my fashion expectations.

Luckily, I’ve found the perfect remedy to my chilly May blues: WIDE LEG PANTS.

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Specifically, these Gap wide-leg crop trousers.

Wide leg pants are all over the place right now, and I honestly never thought it would be a trend I’d get into. Once I tried a pair on, however, I was sold. Literally, because I bought them. Evidence: this post.

These pants, subtly different from flared jeans, are super high-rise and are fitted through the midsection, beginning to flare at the top of the thigh.

I was a little confused at first as far as styling goes because these pants are just…a lot. Don’t get me wrong, I love them, but they seem like a super bold statement (especially when you live in Muncie, IN).

But good news, magical creatures, the world is wide enough for both wide leg pants and me.

After a bit of work and experimentation with different outfits, I found tons of ways to style them. They are surprisingly versatile, like chameleon pants.

Mandy Underwood and I ventured out to the chilliest and windiest alleys in downtown Muncie to show you a few ways that I like to wear these beauties. Despite the cold, she managed to take some incredibly amazing photos and I would like to thank her publicly for all the work she does to help me. Wow.

Here are three different looks you can try when styling wide leg pants.

1. cute + flirty

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For this look, I tapped into my girly side. I feel like these pants don’t exactly scream feminine, so I was pleasantly surprised after putting this outfit together. For my top, I have a cold shoulder ribbed tank from American Eagle, because discount. Those ruffles, though, am I right?

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Also, these blush block heels from Kohl’s are giving me life. If you want to try a girly look, pair your wide leg pants with light colors and simple statement pieces.

2. classic + edgy

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In this outfit, I went with some classic black pieces, really letting these pants be the star. I paired this outfit with a sleeveless turtleneck and some ancient black slip ons from Nordstrom Rack. I added a little edge with a silver choker and some angular cat-eye sunnies.

3. fun + comfy

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If y’all know me, you know I love to be casual. This is probably my favorite of the three looks, just because of how comfy and fun it was to wear. Paired with one of my infinite bowie tees and sneakers, this is a look I would seriously wear every day for the rest of my life. I accessorized with a little bandana, just for fun.

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I was legitimately looking at buying Adidas Superstars for $80 when I found these babies at T.J. Maxx for $14.99. That is a true story. I know they don’t have the stripes, but they totally give the same vibe which is all I care about.

You can tell that I love this outfit because half of the pictures of me wearing it look like this:

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And this:

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And I’m only silly when I’m happy, therefore, this outfit. Love.
Well, magical creatures, my La Croix is running dry so it must be time to wrap this little post up.

What do you guys think of wide leg pants? Cool? Fun? Weird? Too much? I’m crazy?

Let me know in the comments.

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

obsessed with these 5 beauty products (aka spring-y)

Happy Thursday, Magical Creatures!

As spring is in full bloom, I’ve been obsessing over the season’s trends.

Not only am I stocking up on ruffles, block heels and two-toned denim, but also new beauty and skincare products.

My springtime beauty motto: natural, lightweight, floral and fresh.

With spring comes terrible allergies for me, so I’m trying to stick with simple beauty products that keep me feeling clean, cute and comfortable all day.

I’ve been focusing on re-vamping my skincare routine, and I think I’ve finally come up with one that helps keep my skin under control (curse you, adult acne).

Below are a few affordable, spring-y products that might add a little magic to your beauty routine.

1. Soap & Glory Face Soap & Clarity

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This is seriously the most amazing face soap I’ve ever used. I have combination skin, so I need a soap that purifies without drying, and this is it. It has a thick consistency that makes my skin feel clean and bouncy. It has a moderate amount of micro-beads to gently exfoliate the skin.

Unfortunately, the downside is that micro-beads aren’t biodegradable, which is crazy harmful to our water supply.

It’s only $12 and is available at Ulta and Target among other retailers. The bottle is GINORMOUS, so this product comes at a decent value.

2. Thayers Witch Hazel Toner

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I honestly never loved using toner before, but adding to my routine has totally revolutionized my skin. Basically how it works is that you dab it on your face after cleansing and it minimizes your pores to keep dirt and other impurities out. This means that acne never has a chance to form in the first place.

Seriously, I’ve noticed a huge difference since I started using this toner about a month ago. I like this one better than other toners because it is a classic, tried and true formula that leaves my skin feeling fresh. Also, it has the most delicious spring-y rose scent that makes me feel like I’m one big turkish delight.

I order this 12oz bottle off of Amazon for $11.

3. Deep Steep Lavender & Chamomile Bubble Bath

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If you know me, you know how passionate I feel about baths. This is the perfect light, springtime scent. It’s an all-natural product and makes me feel so calm when I get stressed out (hint: that is often).

This is another Amazon purchase, at $12 for this 17oz bottle. Economically, I like to get a bottle of bubble bath rather than use a $4 bath bomb every time I want to take a bath. It just makes sense.

4. Nip + Fab Viper Venom Micro Blur Fix

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GUYS. This is technically a primer, which blurs imperfections and minimizes the look of pores, fine lines and blackheads. I, however, use it as a minimal coverage skin perfecter. I don’t like wearing heavy makeup, and I usually go with a natural and lightweight look. This is PERFECT. It is so smooth, and doesn’t feel thick on my skin.

If I want more coverage, I dot concealer on my problem areas and use this with a sponge to blend the concealer in.

Nip + Fab is a British beauty company, so I ordered this online from their website for about $20. It is beautiful. Seriously, I love this product.

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I’ve used these products before, but I recently bought a mini tester set of all three shades of Benefits lip & cheek tints. I haven’t used them in a while and I totally forgot how in love I am with them. The Posie Tint is a light pink, the Cha Cha Tint is coral and the Bene Tint is a darker mauve.

These are the perfect lip stains. They last all day, and they are completely dry and natural to the touch. Even after eating or drinking they still look like I just applied them. When applied to cheeks, they look rosy and sweet.

I bought the mini tester set from Ulta for $18, but if you want to buy them individually you can get the full sized Posie, Cha Cha or Bene Tint for $30 a piece.

 

All of these products are serving me that fresh, clean, natural and floral look I try to embody in the springtime. They are putting me in the most positive, blissful spring mood.

What beauty products are you guys into right now? Leave me a comment!

I’m off to buy a plant for my front porch. I’m sure a picture or four will be popping up on Insta shortly.

Have a wonderful weekend, magical creatures.

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

P.S. I went to buy a unicorn frappuccino and they were SOLD OUT. I almost said, “Okay…but do you, like, know who I am? Please give me one? I really need it to take a picture with?”

politics are tricky (aka send help)

Happy Thursday, Magical Creatures!

If you follow me on social media, you know that I don’t make political posts.

I was raised to believe in the secret ballot. I honestly never knew who my dad voted for, his stances on political issues or if he had any party loyalties at all.

I’m grateful that my parents were thoughtful when it came to sharing their political views with me. They managed to teach me morality without viewing it through a political lens.

As a teenager, I was able to form my own opinions based upon the moral code I had already built. This led me to be more open-minded when faced with opposing viewpoints.

My dad was (and still is) a public relations professional and has always worked with governmental officials of both parties, which was why he had to be extremely careful about expressing political opinions. He is a smart guy (duh).

Social media wasn’t around when my dad was looking for PR jobs.

Having a strong online presence and image is now a necessity, therefore I am careful. I proceed with caution, because what I say could cost me a job.

Now here’s where things get crazy.

Recent events have led me to believe that staying quiet no longer adheres to my moral code. Compassion, equality and tolerance seem to have taken a backseat in today’s political environment.

In the future, I’m going to be a little more daring.

Social media has always been the best way for me to express myself, and it feels dishonest to continue to avoid certain topics.

If employers are turned off by my viewpoints, so be it. That means that I probably wouldn’t have been happy at their company, anyway.

I know that this is going to be tricky. I know that this is a risk, which means I will be doubly cautious when crafting content.

In this era of filters and Photoshop, I want to be the most genuine me I can be.

I want to be truth-y.

Thanks for sticking by me, magical creatures.

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

 

photo: Nan Schamerloh Miller

 

 

bangs in the wind (aka smh)

Happy Thursday, Magical Creatures!

I did it. I got bangs.

Curly hair and bangs are usually a no-no, but why would I obey that rule?

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If you can tell by my oozing enthusiasm in this picture, there are quite a few reasons I may have wanted to obey that rule.

In the past two weeks I have encountered obstacles that I expected when I committed to this new look.

I have also encountered obstacles that I did not expect.

CURRENT OBSTACLES:

  • bangs do not automatically “bang,” they need a bit of training while wet
  • bangs flip out instead of in sometimes
  • bangs curl in a way that isn’t like the pretty girls in the magazine
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  • bangs do not listen to pleading or crying, they think I am a sissy
  • bangs look like furry unibrow when viewed from my own eyes
  • bangs look greasy if conditioned properly
  • I am lazy and bangs require motivation

I am beginning to suspect that the magical curly-banged Pinterest girls actually work hard to get that effortless tousled look

As with I do with everything in my life, I have been researching like crazy to try to figure out some ways to make my new bang-ed life a little bit easier. Here are a few tips I have for anyone thinking about doing the chop.

INVEST IN HEADBANDS

I should have bought headbands before I cut my hair. Some days, bangs just aren’t worth the work. That’s where headbands come in to save the day. Other valuable assets include cute clips, bobby pins, bandannas and headscarves.

CURLY HAIR WORKS IF YOU WORK

I have found a few methods that help me to have cute, voluminous bangs without slaving over them. Sometimes, I blow dry them down before I go to bed. It takes about 30 seconds. Or, I twist the wet bangs into cute curly sections, and let them air dry. I separate and style them after they’ve completely dried. Occasionally I’ll use a curling iron to curl them under; a straight iron will make them stick straight out. Not cute.

REMEMBER THAT WIND EXISTS

Generally, styling  bangs is a struggle so when you finally get them in place you desperately want them to stay exactly like that. Then, you go outside and the wind is like, “OH LOOK BANGS WHY DONT I JUST COME IN AND MESS THEM UP FOR YOU.” The best method I’ve experimented with is a lightweight hairspray to tame them slightly. Another solution is a compact mirror to immediately fix your hair when you get inside again.
If any of you bang-ed beauties have any advice on this matter PLEASE share. I’d love to try anything you have to offer.

Have a good weekend, magical creatures! I’ll be attending the Women’s March on Washington (the one in Indy) with my sis. I hope to see some of your fine, feminist faces there!

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

 

getting rid of clothes and not buying new ones (aka bish, please)

Happy Thursday, Magical Creatures!

Let’s talk new years resolutions.

I’ve never actually made a new years resolution, because I don’t buy into the “new year, new me” myth. I know that I’m still going to be me come Jan 1, so there’s no use in trying to change something about myself.

This year is a little bit different. I’ve felt really suffocated by the amount of clothes I have lately, because fashion is clearly my weakness. I always seem to have a full closet and an empty wallet.

Recently there has been much talk in the fashion community about the benefits of minimalism and capsule wardrobes. I kind of feel like this topic has been over-covered, but it feels really relevant to me right now.

If you read my last post, you know that I’m going to be interning with a fair trade, sustainable clothing company this summer, Liz Alig. As I’m becoming more familiar with this company and the amazing work that it does, I feel drawn to leading a socially responsible existence.

About a week ago, I was doing laundry and Anthony was helping me by hanging some of my stuff up. I still had about two loads left to do when Anthony said to me, “You don’t have any more hangers to use.”

So, here I am, half-way through completely cleaning out my closet (does anyone understand eBay, or maybe just want to buy a couple of kate spades in like-new condition?). I’m actually having a more difficult time choosing to get rid of stuff, even items I’ve only worn once or twice. I seem to have an irrational emotional attachment to my clothes.

When I was little, my mom used to jokingly tell me, “It’s always better to look good than to feel good” (for some reason it was always in a germanish accent which I never questioned before but am now realizing I don’t understand why??).

This saying, albeit a joke, feels almost true for me. If I don’t feel well, emotionally or physically, I can always find a pair of shoes or a dress that makes me feel better. Shopping has always been my therapy. This is obviously a danger to my health and my bank account.

My criteria for keeping items are as follows:

  • Have I worn this item in the past year?
  • Do I feel happy when I look at this item?
  • Is this item versatile?
  • Is this item functional?
  • Do I feel good when I wear this item?
  • Do I look good when I wear this item?

If the answer to any of these questions is “no” then I give it a kiss goodbye and send it on its way.

My goal, by the end of this, is to only have items that I adore and that make me feel confident about myself. I’m setting myself up for style success.

What is going to be even more difficult for me is breaking this habit of buying clothes. I’ve made a deal with myself that if I don’t buy anything for the next month, I can buy one full priced item (I’m looking at you, black denim skirt).

After that, I’m only going to buy high quality items that fit perfectly in my personal collection. Each item that I bring in means one has to go out.

Keeping me accountable on this venture is my partner in crime, Manda, who has a very similar problem with keeping money in her bank account.

Not only is this going to help me out personally, but by owning and buying less units at a lower frequency, I can reduce my carbon footprint! Yay environment!

Wish me luck, magical creatures.

Also, quick update on the GPA thing from last semester, I thought I was going to get a 3.5, and I actually ended up at 3.611. Never thought that would happen.

Have an absolutely wonderful weekend. Let me know if any of you are chasing a similar (or entirely different) goal in 2017!

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

 

accepting an internship (aka !!!!!!!)

Happy Thursday, Magical Creatures!

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season so far.

Good news to share! My hard work this semester has paid off. Grades aren’t final and I still have a few loose ends to tie up, but it looks like I will be finishing the semester with above a 3.5 GPA. This is the best I have ever done in classes, so I’m sufficiently pumped.

Other news: I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I have officially accepted an internship for this summer with Liz Alig, and skilled designer Elizabeth Roney. This is the last step in my journey towards becoming a college graduate (yay).

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(photo from Liz Alig)

Not only is it exciting that I received any internship, this is the perfect internship for me.

As you all probably know, my dream is to do public relations in the fashion industry.

Not only is Liz a local designer based out of Indianapolis, but her company is focused on providing sustainable, fair-trade clothing.

This company works closely with organizations to provide fair wages to women in developing countries to craft every item by hand. Not to mention, much of the clothing is made using recycled fabrics.

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(photo from Liz Alig)

I am seriously blessed to have the opportunity to work with an eco-friendly, entirely ethical company that produces quality, “fashion-forward” products.

Expect to see an upcoming post about the “fast fashion” fad. I have a few strong opinions to share regarding the subject.

So WOW, right? My internship doesn’t begin until summer 2017, but I am completely restless to start crafting content for this amazing organization.

Thank you to everyone who believes in me! I believe in you, too!

Have a wonderful weekend, magical creatures. Stay warm.

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

(featured photo from Liz Alig)

 

a midi-fall trend (aka let’s twirl)

Happy Thursday, Magical Creatures!

I hope that you are all finding some sort of peace during this very stressful week.

I am here to distract you for a moment with fashion.

I want to discuss a trend that has swept me off my feet and inflitrated my wardrobe. Hopefully it will stick around for a (moderately) long time.

Yes, I’m talking about the midi-skirt.

They are so feminine and flattering, and they might be a little more versatile than you might think.

Personally, I love a full, calf-length midi with an intriguing but classic pattern. It must be completely twirl worthy.

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I am dying to make my own midi-skirts with lavish fabric and vibrant hues. Unfortunately, I can’t sew. Would anyone want to give me lessons? (please)

Now, about working this piece into your wardrobe. I’ll show you how I would wear this specific midi-skirt for any occasion. This is, of course, purely for inspiration purposes. Don’t forget that you are the best fashion consultant for yourself.

In advance, sorry about the terrible lighting. Anthony did a wonderful job in slightly terrible circumstances.

Going to Class:

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Contrary to popular belief, you can definitely dress down a midi. You don’t have to be dressing up to rock this mid-length style. Try pairing it with sneaks or booties (I love my motorcycle booties from Target), and either a vintage tee or sweater. Keep hair and makeup casual, and no one will ask, “Why are you all dressed up today?” Instead they will say, “You look so cute AND casual!”

Going to the Office:

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I will usually pair the skirt with a slightly structured top for business situations. I add tights or hose (!!!!!!) to make the look a little more modest and warm while giving my legs extra length. Experiment with heels or classy flats, some simple jewelry and a sleek hairstyle. I would totally wear this outfit to an interview, because when I feel confident about how I look, I usually do better under pressure.

Going Out:

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Ditch the tights (unless it is REALLY cold), and go for a fun shoe like this peep-toe wedge. I made it a little edgy by adding a leather jacket and a bold lipstick. Underneath the jacket is a fitted sleeveless crop top.

It is entirely acceptable to splurge on this piece because there are so many different ways you can wear it! On the other hand, I have found some great skirts at Goodwill.

Here are a few super cute midi-skirts that are currently on the market. Click on the picture to find them online.

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Have a good weekend. Twirl away, magical creatures!

Stay positive.

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn