Resolve. Evolve. 

2016 has been a crazy year for everyone. It was definitely a year of tragedy, surprises, and mayhem. Going into 2017, a lot of people are probably seeing a big blur as to what to expect. I know I am for sure. But I encourage you to not drag negativity with you into this new year. 

There’s a phrase called “Manifest Destiny”. It’s a time in American history, and I personally love this phrase. It’s a term I use when I think I won’t be able to handle something, or I will never get it right, or any other negative thought. For me, Manifest Destiny is a mindset. It means to create the life, the future, you wish to lead. If you don’t succeed the first time, you keep going further. I want to use this as a motto for 2017.

I hope to see a lot of encouragement in the streets. For everyone to come together with humanity. Reach out to new people and don’t be afraid to do new things. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful New Years and that some resolutions turn out successful. 

New Year’s Resolutions:

1) To do laundry more often/buy less clothes. 

2) Work less and focus on other stuff.

3) Make more smoothies so my body will be stronger

4) Not let rude people ruin my mood

5) Cook dinners with my friends 

6) Try to paint again

7) Check my oil more often 

8) Be as nice as my brother 

9) Try not to always hide real emotions under jokes

10) Always encourage my friends passions

Set some short term goals for yourself, and don’t be too harsh for not fulfilling them right away. I have a good feeling about 2017.

2016 Top 10 Trends

It’s a new year which means new trends. I thought that 2016 had some really unique trends develop, so I figured it would be a good idea to compile what I felt were the best trends and share them with you. 

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Eyebrows have been a big deal lately, and I personally credit Cara Delevingne for opening our eyes to beautiful brows. Some people prefer them very dark, very shaped, or very natural. It has grown to be a defining feature in full face looks.

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Slip dresses are so simple and easy to find. You can find them in all kinds of fabrics, in every type of store. The best part is that not all slip dresses are form fitting, so they can accommodate all types of bodies. 

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Ombre lips are something I’ve been seeing and absolutely adore. I am not gutsy enough to try this out yet, but I think the idea is wonderful and something we will continue to see more of in 2017. 

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I am obsessed and am regretful that I never invested in a pair of fishnets. They were sold out every time I checked my wishlist. There may still be time to wear this super edgy trend, but I feel it’s end is drawing near due to the weather. This was definitely a fall/early winter look WIN. 

Platinum blonde hair is ugh, so gorgeous. I started to see this hair trend spread across so many youtubers, and fell in love. I recently went blonde myself, which has been wondering if platinum might be in my future. 

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Choker neck shirts also spread quickly on YouTube hauls and I personally prefer this cropped sweater look over the plunge neck shift shirt dress version, but both seem to be doing sucessful. 

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This isn’t a “trend” but in 2016 we saw a lot of people defending their natural hair and hairstyles from cultural appropriation and conformity. That was a much needed social change. It’s wonderful to see beautiful women wearing hairstyles that make them feel confident. 

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Lace up everything: shoes, sweaters, dressrs, shirts, pants, EVERYTHING! This trend exploded during 2016 and I honestly don’t see it going anywhere. This technique can be used on so many verstile ways, there are many ways to reinvent it. 

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Forever 21 completely took over the bodysuit game. These look weird at least, but can be so cute! Meant to give you that perfectly tucked in look, body suits looks AMAZING with pants, shorts, and skirts. These I’ve been seeing on the decline, but they were definitely a staple in 2016 and may make their way around again soon. 

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Last but not least, we see distressed clothes. It started with our jeans and spread to tops, hoodies, hats, and I think I saw a pair of shoes out there but I’m not entirely sure. I honestly did not see it coming, and think it’s a pretty cool trend for those adventurous go getters. It was definitely popular. This reminds me of a grunge look back in the day, which I think a lot of styling drew inspiration from. 

2016 was a wild year, and although a lot of trends suraced and died, these were the ones that really stood out to me. I enjoyed seeing a lot of voice in people’s clothing. I feel like people are beginning to find their own voices in their clothing, instead of relying on expensive brands. I hope this continues in 2017, and even more positive changes happen. 

New Years Glitz

New Years is right around the corner which means new year parties, fireworks, and midnight kisses. So for this post, I wanted to put together a few looks and styling ideas that you could wear alone or together. 

The Cut-Crease: 

Every beauty guru is doing it, and you can too. The cut crease eyeshadow trend is taking over, and it is so cute. 

For this look, I decided to use purples instead of nudes, because I was feeling festive. I encourage you to use whatever bright colors makes you feel wonderful! 

The trick to this look is concealer and a crease brush. I used a pigmented purple and a dark shimmer purple and concentrated on my crease. Once that was blended to my liking, I dabbed a little bit of concealer on my lid. I blended it with an eyeshadow brush. This technique cleans up your eyeshadow and gives you that sharp look. And then, because I was feeling extra, I added some very glittery white eyeshadow to my lid. 

I  wouldn’t recommend this look unless you start getting early like 2 days in advance. No, I’m kidding, but yeah it really does take a long time. I was actually very pleased with this look, but I do see room for improvement. I dont usually go for looks like this. But hey, the New Year is starting! Change and risk is what it’s all about. 
Tipsy Lipsy:

Matte lipstick has been the staple for the past few months. But this look is inspired by what your lips would look like when the fireworks go off in the night and sparkle off the beautiful color.

For this look I used a matte liquid lipstick underneath and applied gold glossy top coat. 

If you wanted to match the cut crease with glittery lips, I commend you. I personally think switching from the cut crease for the morning and then going to bold lips for the romantic evening. 

The Nyx matte lipstick came with my Madrid palette, and my gold lip gloss came with a set. The mixture of red and gold has been my absolutely favorite for the past few weeks, but this is something you could really have fun with. A pale pink with a white gloss would be stunning. I’m hoping gloss comes back in 2017. 

Sparkling flare in your Hair: 

Oh my God, we’ve seen glitter roots trends running around all over social media, and I thought this trend would be so wonderful for New Years. 

Honestly, when I was putting this together I was like “oh God what have I done” but I love this so much. To recreate this all you need to do is find some multi colored glitter. I had some lying around, but you could get it at any dollar store. I parted my hair on the sides to get that undercut look.

I sprayed some hair spray in a dish, then poured in a little glitter. I used my finger to dab it in my hair. After I was done, I put on more hair spray to keep the glitter in. 

Even though this trend is so cute, you should be warned about the clean up. Getting glitter out of your hair is very hard and takes a while. Don’t be surprised if people are saying in a weird voice “you have glitter in your hair???” Just reassure them you had an awesome New Years. 

I hope you found this styling and beauty thing helpful and use these techniques. Have a safe New Years and set some resolutions. I will write about mine soon and would love to hear about some of yours. Thank you so much for reading.