8 Reasons to Embrace Online Shopping

When purchasing clothes, most of us would just head out to a store, try something on for size and then buy it. However, with the internet growing to become such a popular platform for shopping, more and more people are turning to web stores for the sake of finding their new styles and saving money on clothes. To help convince you that this is the new frontier for online fashion, here’s 8 brilliant reasons for why you too should embrace online shopping.

  1. Browse in the comfort of your home at any time

One of the most convenient things about online clothes shopping is the ability to shop online at your own discretion and being given 24/7 access to all the stores. It could be 3 AM  and you could still shop for clothes that can potentially arrive the next evening! No matter what time it is, online clothing stores are always open for business.

  1. Access to a wider range of styles

Another fantastic advantage of buying your clothes online is the access you get to a huge number of different styles. You’ll find that the selection of dresses on a website will far exceed the choice you get from a mall, and you can even dive into international styles. The fashion scenes in places like Italy or Japan are probably far from what you’d expect, and learning about overseas styles is a great way to augment your own. If you want to learn more about online styles, then it’s a good idea to take a look at some fashion blogs that specialize in the clothes that you can find in different parts of the world. You’ll usually come across communities that have the same interests as you and you’ll find even more websites on the internet that sell international fashion pieces. Just remember that shipping can sometimes be expensive if you’re buying something from across the world and you’ll likely have to pay customs depending on where you live and where you’re ordering from.

  1. Plenty of discounts, deals and other savings

If you want to be frugal about your fashion then look no further than buying online. There are plenty of discounts to be had and you’ll find that your loyalty is rewarded constantly with discount coupons and special deals. The best way to keep up with these deals is to follow clothing stores and brands on social media. They’ll occasionally tease upcoming sales and discount codes, so it’s never a bad idea to browse their Twitter account or Instagram now and then. You can also register for their newsletter on their website to get the latest news and offers sent directly to your inbox.

  1. Great return policies to make buying more secure

One of the biggest problems with online shopping is the fact that many people feel it’s difficult to return clothes. Thankfully, returns are now easy to process for most online retailers so there’s no fear if you accidentally buy the wrong size or if the colour they sent was incorrect. It’s usually the well-known retailers that have comprehensive returns systems. You should be wary of buying from websites like eBay because trying to process a return is usually a headache. Unless absolutely necessary, you generally want to avoid buying from online auction websites because there’s a good chance there will be scams and fakes floating around the listings.

  1. Online model images to help you picture the clothes

Clothes shopping is time-consuming because you need to try on everything that piques your interest. Before you know it, you’ll have spent several hours in the mall and you might not even walk out with something new to wear. With online stores, there are plenty of images on every online website that will help you decide if something is right for you or not. Just keep in mind that they’re usually worn by models and the images are often processed with Photoshop to make them look a little more pleasing to the eye.

  1. Quick shipping from most popular retailers

Shipping times are relatively quick now thanks to improved logistics systems. It’s possible to get your clothes within 24 hours from many major retailers, so you don’t have to wait around at all! Some retailers even offer same-day delivery or collection at the nearest local store if you’re buying from a well-known retailer that also has physical stores around. Collection options are usually subject to availability but can be handy for people that are busy and might not be at home to accept a delivery.

  1. Build confidence in your clothing without heading out

If the last thing you want to hear is the snickering of a clerk behind your back as you walk out of the store with a new dress, then online clothes shopping is a fantastic way to shop in confidence without being judged. Let’s face it, building a personal style is difficult and having the attitude to go with it is just as hard, which is why online clothes shopping is a safe way to shield yourself from judgemental staff members at a fashion boutique.

  1. Extremely convenient for those with busy lifestyles

Let’s face it, when’s the last time you really had time for shopping? If you’re a busy person, then online clothes shopping is a brilliant way to get yourself the latest trends without spending too much money or time. Simply log on when you have time (you can even shop for clothes on your phone!), browse around the latest styles, add to cart then they’ll arrive the next day.

As you can see, purchasing your clothes online is simple, convenient and a lot of fun. It’s definitely the prefered way to find your next outfit and can save you plenty of time.

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Kitty Cat Pie Bites

If there’s one thing that can bring people together, it’s food! Who doesn’t love food, right? Because of our love of food and cooking/baking, my coworkers and I decided that on Mondays we’ll all bring a dish to share with the team. Each week we pick a different theme or food group and this week, the lucky winner was PIE!

Scrolling through Pinterest for ideas, my creative juices got flowing and I decided to make pie bites. But how would I kick it up a notch? Well, with none other than a cat shaped cookie cutter.

For those who don’t know, I’m the Recruiting Manager for BarFly-HopCat (our logo is a black cat) and I also adopted a black cat named Paisley. So how perfect are these?!

To make your own:

**I wasn’t feeling ambitious enough to make homemade pie crust but go for it if you have the time!**

Unroll thawed pie crust and use cookie cutter to make cat shapes. Of course, any cookie cutter shape will work. I picked mine up at Michaels for 99 cents.

Fill with a fruit jam and seal the edges with a fork. These cat pie bites are filled with Raspberry Jam. Glaze with a dab of egg wash, then pop into the oven and bake at 375 degrees for 15mins or until lightly brown.

Let cool and outline in cookie icing. I chose black cookie icing, also from Michales. Let the icing harden and enjoy!!

The jam coupled with the icing makes for a perfect treat reminiscent of Toaster Strudels.

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Santa Snacks

I grew up not believing in Santa. It was kind of an unspoken fact in my household that he isn’t real. I even ruined Christmas for a girl name Jennifer Kudson in 4th grade by breaking the news to her that there’s no such thing as Santa Clause. Jennifer, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry!

Whether you believe in the big jolly guy or not, you have to admit Christmas is the perfect time to experiment with cookies. Cookies are allegedly Santa’s favorite, so I decided to whip up a treat for the make believe fella (but really for myself because I totally have a sweet tooth). You may have seen in a previous post, I made Unicorn Breakfast aka Funfetti dip; so without making a trip to the store, I used what I had at home and finished up the box of Funfetti mix to make Funfetti Cookies!

These cookies are like a fluffy party in your mouth. So yummy and so easy to bake.

What you’ll need:

  • Funfetti Cake Mix
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Vanilla
  • Eggs


I didn’t want a full batch of cookies so I cut the recipe in half, but here are the instructions to bake 2 dozen cookies:

Mix 1 box of Funfetti cake mix with 2 large eggs, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, and 1tsp of vanilla extract. Form cookie-like circles on cookie sheet and cook until light golden. I baked my cookies at 375 for about 18 mins. The vegetable oil gives the cookies a cake-like consistency so they are perfectly moist and fluffy.

Let cool and enjoy!

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Fashion Lessons to be Learned from the Effortless Italian

A bucket list destination of mine is Italy! So until then, I’ll follow their fashion.  There is no doubt that Italians have a flair for fashion, and an aspiring trendsetter should turn to the country for inspiration. But, what are the main lessons to take away from the eternally effortless Azzurri? The following are the ones to keep in mind.

Color Is Key

Now that the winter is here, it’s tempting to get in a rut no thanks to the likes of the Starks. Is it the end of the world, Jon?! The bad weather and the lack of sunlight lead lots of women to opt for neutral colors. The likes of blacks and white and creams are everywhere in the winter, and they can look the part. However, the Italians are always colorful and always stand out from the crowd as a result. Sure, it may not be seasonal but no one cares. The key is to use a neutral base layer and to add elements of color on top. A dark top and jeans combo, for instance, goes well with vivid shoes.

Buy Quality Materials

Italian women, and men for that fact, never look tired or outdated. Their clothes are always on point and in season, which is the reason they are appealing. How they do it is simple: invest in high-quality items. Rather than shop little and often, they would rather go big and then go home. Gucci, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana may be expensive, yet the material lasts forever and stays in fashion. Regardless of the year, you can dress to impress without updating the wardrobe.

Accessorize

This has to be one of the worst-kept secrets in fashion, but it’s one the Italians take to the next level. You can do it with almost any accessory, as the following paragraph will highlight, but jewelry is the gold standard. For starters, rings and bracelets add elegance to a part of the body that is pretty basic. Let’s face it – a manicure only goes so far. And, in keeping with the buying quality theory, it’s usually Roma designer jewelry or Marco Bicego. Aside from the obvious, pendants are a terrific way to add originality as necklaces are common.

Keep The Sunglasses On

Winter, it may be, but the sun still shines. At least, it does in Italy! Winter sunlight is one of the joys of an otherwise stressful and cold season. However, it too comes with pitfalls, such as blinding light which causes the retinas to take cover. And, if you are in a car, it’s not just annoying but dangerous. The Italians have a solution, and it’s called never taking off the sunnies. Not only is accessorizing essential, but it also adds a sense of glamour. Plus, it’s an original move in the winter.

 

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Museum Of Ice Cream Los Angeles

I don’t remember when or how I came across the Museum Of Ice Cream (MOIC) Instagram account, but when I did, I fell in love! All the color. All the fun. All the fab. So when a girl’s trip to LA commenced, we HAD to make an appearance. And let me tell you, this was an unforgettable experience! If you ever have the opportunity to visit any of the MOIC locations, I fully recommend it.

The experience starts outside where there is music and dancing. I had a mini jam session with some of the staff who all wear pink, even down to their Apple Watch bands – how cute?! You are then taken in groups to the entrance and learn a little bit about MOIC and solemnly swear to have fun, take pictures and touch almost everything. The smaller groups help to enhance the museum experience as you’re not rushed or crowded.

Upon entering the doors of MOIC, you’re greeted with your first treat. Each room in the museum has a special sweet treat from ice cream to magical concoctions made of candy. Pro Tip: Don’t eat too much before you visit so you can fully enjoy each treat.

Each room in the Museum of Ice Cream pays homage to a type of ice cream, its toppings, and vibrant colors that make you feel nostalgic. The MOIC provokes magical, happy thoughts making it OK to literally scream for ice cream.

Unlike many museums, MOIC strongly encourages flash photography and video. And you know what else is encouraged? Playing in a pool of sprinkles and hugging giant gummy bears. You guys. Seriously, the MOIC is like a dream! All the things you image as a kid come to life and you can document it all.

We had so much fun taking photos/Instagram Boomarangs, stuffing ourselves with delicious sweet treats and making memories. The Museum of Ice Cream is the perfect mixture of art, color, and childhood dreams come true.

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AdDRESSing Your Confidence

Dresses are a fantastic feature of any wardrobe. Whether you’re a girly girl, or a tomboy at heart, wearing a classy number now and again can feel amazing. The right dress is a power symbol, like a decent car, or a flashy watch. The perfect dress ensures you’ll turn every head in a room. No matter your tastes, that power is sure to feel great.

But, sometimes, we all go through a bit of a wobbly when it comes to dresses. They’re a clothing choice which needs a fair bit of confidence. There’s no getting around the fact that you’ll have to show more of your body in a dress than you may at other times. And, that takes guts! But, it usually does pay off. If you’re having a crisis about the prom dresses you can’t get yourself to try on, or just a dress for a business meeting, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to look at a few ways you can address your lack of dress confidence, and get back into the swing of things.


Do the prep

As mentioned above, wearing a dress means showing more of yourself than you may be accustomed to. That can be tough. But, if you know you that those parts are primed, you’ll find the exposure much easier to deal with. Obviously, your first step should be to shave and moisturize your legs. If you have the confidence to reveal the fuzz, then good for you. But, most of us can’t go that far, and even one day’s worth of growth can stop us reaching for that dress. So, make sure to shave before you even attempt getting your legs out. Think, too, about applying some fake tan. You don’t want to over the top here, but a sun-kissed glow is always a great way to bolster your confidence.

Small practice sessions

Like anything, dress confidence is all about practice. If you jump straight in with a big event, you may struggle to find the necessary courage to go all out. But, if you get into the habit of wearing a dress for small trips, you’ll soon get used to the exposure. So, instead of waiting for your next night out, wear that dress to the shop, or on a walk around the block. In no time, you’ll feel much more comfortable. You may even start to crave the freedom dress wearing offers.

Believe you look good

There’s no denying that this is easier said than done, but believing you look good in dresses is a sure way to find your awesome. Half of the battle with a dress is the way you wear it. If you don’t believe you’re owning that outfit, your posture will become hunched and defensive. That kind of thing really shows with a revealing dress. Instead, believe you look terrific. Hold your head high, and your back straight, and strut your stuff. Before you know it, your belief is sure to come true.

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Living Legend Wallahi G

You ever make a new friend and a little bit into the friendship you think, “You really just fell into my life and I kinda fux with it!” That’s how things are going with my newfound friend, Giancarlo aka Wallahi G.

He randomly entered my life almost four months ago and he has been a pain in my ass, but most importantly, the friend I never knew I needed. He’s one of those people who has a contagious sense of humor, good spirit and motivation out of this world. And with that, I am proud to introduce you to song writer, hit maker, risk taker – Wallahi G.
Wallahi’s story:

He’s a recruiter by day, artist by night (or whenever he gets time away from his desk and feels inspired). He’s also a proud supporter of the City of Southfield, where I’m also from (shoutouts to the S). **Southfield made us, college changed us**

Wallahi has been into music for 15 years, but is fresh to recording having 1 year under his belt with his first project called “Funemployed”. It’s a compilation of tracks relatable to millennials, or anyone who likes to have a good time. He describes Funemplyed as “millennial-focused rhythm and poetry.”

Fun fact about Wallahi:

He left his management-based job at a well-known grocery chain, packed up and traveled through Central America for 6 months. If that’s not awesome and inspiring, I don’t know what is. During his travels, he fell in love with the culture, the people, and the architecture. He came back to the states to re-up on funds and create more music. His most recent release, and one of my personal favorites, “All I Need” ft. 2:19pm is a rap ballad chronicling his “lust issues”. Give it a listen here. I promise you’ll bob your head!

I won’t spill all the details on this young gent. Get into his music to learn more! Jam out on SoundCloud.

Oh, and Happy Birthday!!! ❤

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