Author: Alyssa Ruane

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Finally, Stocking Stuffer Ideas That Don’t Suck

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A Fun Leather Skirt Outfit + The Bomber Jacket That Saved Me $100

Fashion is what designers create and throw onto lanky runway models. Style is what you make of it. Time and time again, I see so many women (and men) taking hold of trends and wearing them all to death. There is no special style sprinkled in. All I see is trend-on-trend-on-trend. Sure, it makes for a "cool" look, but it doesn't tell me anything about who you are. Having personal style is like telling people who you are without ever having to open your mouth and talk about yourself.
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30 Better Words to Use Instead of Great

Have you ever been writing something and felt like you kept using the same words over and over again? Perhaps you were writing a blog post, a speech, a paper, or even just a Facebook post, and no matter how hard you racked your brain, you just couldn't muster any other word to use instead of "great." It can be seriously frustrating, especially when the known synonyms are kind of lame and severely overused (looking at you, amazing). But, rejoice, my woeful communicators! I am nobly delivering 30 amazing words to use instead of great. Because you are entitled to an amazing vocabulary just like those snobby English majors. (What? I was an English major? OK, well I don't count because I'm not like those other English majors; I'm a cool English major.)
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Shirtless and Crying Over Pink Birthday Gifts: Growing Up A Tomboy

I'm a fashion lover through and through. I've been obsessed with fashion magazines ever since I can remember--they were my guilty pleasure--hence my current profession. I'd accompany my mom on her weekly trip to Publix (I still accompany people on their trips to Publix because I love it that much), and my reward would be that I could get a magazine and a packet of Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers. It was my ideal Sunday. But to say that I am only a fashion lover or a girl who prides herself on always being put-together would be a lie. Make no mistake: I grew up as a tomboy.

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Want To Be More Likable? Improve Your Charisma.

You walk into a room. People see you, but they don't rush over to talk to you. In fact, they hardly notice much else besides the fact that you entered the room. Within seconds, they've forgotten about you, and you blend into the ho-hum mediocrity of the others who surround you. Why? You're not exuding charisma. If you want to be more likable, a people-magnet, you need to improve your charisma. And it's actually something you can do if you give it a little effort.
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Black is the New Black

Whoever said anything other than black "is the new black" is sorely misguided. Orange is not the new black. Pink is not the new black. What kind of lunatic would shove out the best color in the world to make room for another, less awesome color? Black is the new black. You can wear black on black in a variety of situations. There's no such thing as too much black, to be honest, and if you don't agree, then I don't know why you're reading this post. Does white make you look thin? Didn't think so.
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When To Use “Well” Versus “Good”

We all know that the English language is finicky. Some things about it simply don't make sense--especially when you compare it to the other languages of the world. However, that doesn't mean you can't master it (or at least get a little better every day). With that being said, I'm here to tackle one of the most confusing debacles in the book: when to use well vs good.
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True Life: I Hate PSLs (and Other Complaints About Fall)

Ahhh, sweet autumn. I never once knew your true beauty before I left the balmy confines of Florida, my home state, just about a year ago. Before I started a new, shiny life in North Carolina, I spent countless miserable hours in Florida bars, wiping the sweat off my face and trying to reapply a smidgeon of face powder--anything to get rid of my glaring, shiny forehead. But no powder is a match for 100% humidity in a crowded place--everyone smells, and nobody smells good. Gross humans rub up against you and you can't blame them for not having large quantities of skin covered, but you still think they should be wearing a turtleneck of sorts, just to prevent their spiky forearms from accidentally touching yours. But that is my past. I have a new, shiny life in a place that has all four seasons. I can finally, officially experience fall.
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