Family VS Facebook

1374166_668942679783592_214847276_nFacebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. The social media world; entertaining, but can also become harmful to people. Have you ever seen a person that never has time for anything else but surfing through their phone on social media? What if a close family member or friend is too busy on their social network to spend time with you or even acknowledge that you are there?

According to statistics found on The Guardian Liberty Voice, “when habits begin to interfere with daily lives – where one simply can’t do anything else until they’ve had their social media ‘fix’ – then it has become an addiction.” One doesn’t only like to get on social networks daily, it becomes you, you cannot seem to go with your day without getting ‘online’; after a while it simply becomes an addiction to social networks. 

These social networks have become more than a part of our lives, but part of who we are and what we choose to do on a daily basis.

Mom VS Facebook

Sometimes when I get home from school and something exciting happens I would like to run home and tell my mom, but recently it has become a war for her attention between myself and Facebook.When we hear her laugh it is because of a picture she saw, when she talks to me is to help her navigate better through Facebook. It has been bothering me and I didn’t know how to face it, until I just learned to accept it. Once I wasn’t paying attention to her anymore she noticed she was excluding everyone around her and realized the mistake she had done, and now she only uses Facebook when she has nothing to do or no one to talk to, she learned to make time for her social media use and myself.

Stephanie, 18, had a similar experience like mine. ”I love my Mom, but sometimes I just want to yell at her because all she does is Photoshop me in pictures and post them on Facebook, everyone would see and some of those pictures were embarrassing. I didn’t want to hurt her feelings, but I had to tell her to stop because she wasn’t even paying attention to me, she wasn’t even doing her job good, and she wasn’t paying any attention to her family. It got to a point where she was ‘talking Facebook’, she would used to say. ‘Ooh, Like! Poke! 50 Likes, yes’ and she would post every 30 seconds to say exactly what she was doing, even when she was going to shower! It was already to another level, she had gone over board. Good thing we… talked some sense into her. Now, she only gets on social networks when she’s bored at home and I couldn’t be more proud of her,” said Stephanie.

The Pew Research and Project claim how “a widely-reported 2006 study argued that since 1985 Americans have become more socially isolated, the size of their discussion networks has declined, and the diversity of those people with whom they discuss important matters has decreased.” People care less and less about social interaction face-to-face now with the new technologies and have been socially alone, and the ethnic group that belongs to this is mostly Americans.

“My best friend was always on it, she even started missing school because she would stay up until 5 in the morning on social networks, posting pictures, looking at her feed, it got to a point where I had to do an intervention to show her how bad social networks were affecting her. She realized then how it was also affecting everyone around her. I just think everyone needs a balance, everything must be done with moderation,” said Lizzeth, 24.

Social networks can be entertaining and fun, but if you choose not to do it with moderation, there will be consequences. Being stuck to our electronic devices daily can affect how we behave and cause us to miss out on special moments with people that matter. Put down the phone and go look at the world, enjoy the priceless times you get with your loved ones and you can go back to the social media world when you have absolutely nothing better to do. Use it as a way to get away from reality once in a while, but don’t let that take away time from precious moments you could be spending with someone you love.

Planning For Your Future

College Chica, 2013

College Chica, 2013

Do you know what you want to study or what you want to be when you grow up? If you don’t, that’s okay. Your parents or friends have probably encouraged you to start thinking about what you want to be when you grow up so you can pick the best college for you. From financial aid to finding the perfect university, they might have shared some advice because they are concerned about your future.

You might know what you want to be when you grow up or maybe you’re just barely thinking about it. Knowing what you want to be when you grow up increases the opportunities that you can take advantage of in middle school and high school. Even if you are torn between two dream jobs, knowing what type of career you are interested in helps in knowing what type of scholarships you can apply to , and you can start early in your career by picking classes in high school that will give you a head-start in your dream job.

“I want to be an FBI agent, I was so ready for college and ready to have fun, but I never thought it was going to be this hard. I should’ve listened to everyone; college is really expensive, I can barely afford it, and I have to take out a lot of loans just to get by. I should’ve applied for scholarships and applied to more colleges. I procrastinated too much,” said Jocelyn, 20.

Even though she knew what she wanted to study, she didn’t plan for her future. Unlike Jocelyn, girls like Xochitl whom needed extra time to figure things out had a back up plan in high school.

“I didn’t quite know exactly what I wanted to be or what to study, but when I was a senior in high school I applied to all of the scholarships available, even if I thought I wouldn’t get it. I applied everywhere no matter how hard it was,” said Xochitl, 23.

She started early, even if she didn’t know what to study she kept applying everywhere. Some were a miss, but in the end she did wind up receiving enough money to pay for everything and still had some leftover money.

Even if you already know what college or university you want to go to, it is recommended for you to apply to more than one school and multiple scholarships because it is always better to have a plan B, just in case.

“Of course, I didn’t win all the scholarships, but the more you apply the more chances you have of winning one. I got two scholarships; I paid my tuition, my books, and everything I needed for school. I still had $2,000 left all for myself, but I bet if I knew what I wanted to study like I do now I would’ve gotten more scholarships,” said Xochitl.

Preparation may not be easy, might take awhile, or you might think you still have a long way to go, or that you will do it later, but take advantage of the time where you have nothing to do and start brainstorming. It’s never too early to start.

If you start planning your future now who knows, you might get more money than you ever expected. If you don’t you’ll have to pay out of your own pocket or with loans. Loans are often the last resort, and it’s not the best financial decision because you’ll be in debt. The worst thing you can do is to not apply at all. Planning ahead will not only help you financially, it will reduce the stress. Start planning, little by little, it might be stressful having so many options thinking of your life, what you want to do with it, but it will all be worth it in the end.

Winter Wear

The winter season is the best time for getting together, but you want to stay comfortable chic in the process. Scarves, socks, and beanies, if you don’t have them now’s the time to start. Cute accessories are the best way to stay warm and you can finally bust out with those cute boots; unless you live in Texas, that’s all year round. This year’s staple is of course, the always changing and always fashionable winter coat.

 FAUX SHOW!

The winter season calls for many festive events along with many family and friend get-togethers, where you always want to dress conservatively but still cute. That’s where the faux comes in, faux fur and leather.

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Coats lined with fur on the collar and sometimes the sleeves are darling, a full fur coat  or vest is also a classic staple. There’s nothing wrong if you’re into the real stuff, real leather and fur can be very nice this time of year. Full fur coats are also a staple and add an extra heat insulator. Leather isn’t only for rock stars anymore, it’s a versatile material that can give you that classic edgy look that only you can pull off.

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Another important staple for the cold weather is the boot. Everyone knows that the key to a warm body is a cute boot. Whether it be knee highs, or booties, boots are stomping on the streets, and they’re getting creative. Boots work well in any setting, a day out on the town, walking around school, and family get-togethers. They’re a stylish casual wear that is acceptable everywhere.

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TRENDY

One trend that has been catching on this past year is the skater skirt and the color or print pant. The skater skirt can also be in the form of a dress but is extremely flattering on the waistline. It’s perfect with a tight fit top or cozy sweater, and you can wear it to a holiday dinner or a night on the town!

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The print and color bottoms give your outfit that fun, creative accent to any perfect basic. Especially if they’re high wasted or a fun fabric, like velvet or corduroy. Pair these bottoms with a sheer button up, lace blouse, or a fun T-shirt coupled with a sports jacket for a little maturity. Add your favorite pair of heels or flats and you’re ready for a fun day at school or the movies with your friends.

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WINTER WHITE

You can’t survive winter without a coat, and this year the lighter colors are in. Winter white, soft cream, light gray, and powder blue all compliment any occasion, creating a soft and fun winter warmth.

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If you’re like most people and have a hard time keeping white clothes clean, simple black coats with a longer lapel (collar) and limited buttons work fabulously. You could also wear the simple black petti coat, a timeless winter classic. Below are a few outfit ideas to fit into your everyday life.

Latinas Living Healthy

Did you know Latinos are the largest and fastest growing minority group in the United States? That’s right, according to the U.S Census Bureau, there are approximately 52 million Latinos living in the country! With a population like that, you would think Latinos would surely be healthy, right? Well, according the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly one-third of Latinos in the U.S. do not have access to health insurance and are facing some pretty serious health conditions like Cancer and High Blood Pressure. Diseases like these and many more are becoming a noticeable trend amongst Latinos and are indeed affecting La Raza of all ages.

Recently, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the topic of Latino Health and stated that a whopping “Forty percent of Hispanic children are overweight and 50 percent are on track to develop diabetes.” With data like this, you may be pretty worried about you and your loved ones also becoming part of the statistics, but, don’t panic just yet, there’s good news! Simple lifestyle changes like exercising and eating healthy can drastically improve your health and lower your chances of diseases.

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San Jose State University alum, Karen Gonzalez, says when you choose healthier snacks and leave the sugary drinks behind, life has more to offer.

“Health is important because you cannot enjoy the pleasures of life or any aspects of life to the fullest if your health is not a priority,” shares Karen.

While some focus on their health to enjoy present times to the maximum, other like Claudia Candelas says she maintains a healthy lifestyle today to make her future brighter. The Public Relations major says, “I want to be healthy when I have my children in order to be more active and keep up with them, eating clean and staying active is part of my life.”

Finding healthier food alternatives can be somewhat difficult so ask your parents for their full support and make it a family lifestyle change all together. Join them on grocery store visits and even offer to find new healthy recipes to whip up together. You’ll show your parents and family that you are actively taking interest in your health, which will inspire them and many more to take preventative action against health diseases in the Latino community.

Now that you know the value and importance of living a healthy lifestyle, the next step is in your hands.Doctors typically recommend daily physical activity anywhere from 30-45 minutes so find a local hiking trail or grab a few girlfriends, a softball bat and a new attitude to hit your health out of the park!

Stand Up to Cyberbullying

As technology advances, so do the problems that come with it.  Cyberbullying is defined as the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostel behavior by an individual or group who wants to harm others. It is a serious social problem that seems to be growing among teens. Cyberbullying has led to eating disorders, depression, suicidal thoughts and suicides. Cyberbullying needs to be addressed by schools, law enforcement, parents, and online websites in order to stop completely. Here are some actions you can take to avoid cyberbullying and stay cyber-safe.

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Ways to Stay Safe:

1. Never give out personal information: Waiting for hours on your favorite band’s page to buy tickets, to their upcoming show, is extremely important, along with your online shopping addiction. But be on the lookout, keep personal info like bank account numbers, pin numbers,and  passwords to online social networks to yourself! This will help prevent others from posting inappropriate information on your accounts and stealing personal information.

2. Don’t believe everything you see or read:
Just like your soccer team’s locker room gossip, don’t  believe everything people say or post online, because they could easily be rumors. Also, don’t believe all the  personal information people share, like their age. That Justin Bieber look-alike can be lying and tell you he’s 15 when he can actually be a lot older.

3.Use Netiquette:
Manners online are just as important as those in the real world. Be cautious of what comments you make, or words you use to address others. When online treat others the way you would like to be treated. In other words, treat them just like you would off-line, with respect.

4. Don’t send a message to someone when you are angry:
Keep an online diary or notepad and write down all your frustrations, but don’t send anything. Anger can cause you to express yourself in ways you normally wouldn’t, which can be hurtful. Wait until you are calm and have analyzed the situation before sending a virtual message.

5. If it doesn’t look or feel right, it probably isn’t:
Trust your instincts and if your gut tells you not to do something then don’t do it. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

6. You don’t always have to be “on.”
Escape back to the real world. Turn off, disconnect, or unplug your device once in a while!  Try actual reality instead of virtual  reality: Don’t spend too much time online; try riding a bike, reading a book, or exercising instead. Challenge yourself to an afternoon without electronics!

You followed the safety protocol but are being threatened by a cyberbully, what should you do? Here are some tips on how to handle a cyberbully.

 How to Handle A Cyberbully:

1. Don’t reply to messages from cyberbullies:
To avoid any problems simply ignore the cyberbully by  not replying to his/her messages. This might be difficult, but it’s best not to add fuel to the fire.

2. Do not keep this to yourself!
You are NOT alone and you did NOT do anything to deserve this!  Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to talk to a parent or adult. The best way to deal with this sort of situation, is to ask someone you trust for help and advice.

3. Inform your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or cell phone/ pager service provider:
Most websites or cell phones have ways to block a bully. Use these services and don’t be afraid to report anyone who is harassing you.

4. Inform your local police:
If the bullying continues and escalates, call the police.  This might be scary but remember, the police are there to help no matter what your problem is.

5. Do not erase or delete messages from cyberbulies:
If things get really bad, don’t delete anything so that you have proof of the cyberbullying. Do not reply, but save them so you have evidence for when you do report them.

6. Protect yourself!!:
Never arrange to meet online with someone without knowing who they are. If you decide to meet up with a new online acquaintance make you sure it is in a public place and that you have your parents approval. Always practice internet safety, chicas.

Cyberbullies tend to be male and the cyber-victims female. More research needs to be done in order to determine how much influence gender really has on cyberbullying.  Statistics show that 1 in every 7 students is either a bully or a victim, which should be a high enough number for schools to realize more should be done about the problem. Some online websites that aid victims of cyberbullying mainly approach parents or caregivers instead of the adolescents who make up the highest number of cybervictims.  Schools are slow to do something about the problem because they’re not quite sure how or when to approach an incident.

Cyberbullying should be taken more seriously because of the physical or physiological consequences it can have on someone. More can be done if Cyberbullying is seen as a problem and not as an issue among adolescents.

How to Start Experimenting with Makeup

Deciding whether or not to wear makeup should come down to two things: if you want to and if you are comfortable with it! According to tenth grader Ana Rivera, girls should wear makeup “if they like it, not if they [feel] they need to [according to] someone else’s [opinion].” Twelfth grader Nancy agrees with Ana, saying: “[it] depends on them (girls) and how they feel about it.” Wearing (or not wearing) makeup is a personal decision. Glam it up or keep it natural because it is what makes you happy, not anyone else!

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At What Age Should I Start?

Ah, the age old question. The answer is, well, there is no definite answer! In a series of interviews conducted for this article, high school girls gave a range of responses. Alyssa Ariola, a tenth grader says 13 is a good age for girls to start wearing makeup. For Adriana Cardiel, a  twelfth grader, 13 is too soon. “14 or 15” is an appropriate age for girls to start, she says. Nancy Palacio has a median answer, saying 14 is a preferable age to begin experimenting with makeup.

If age does not determine when you should wear makeup, what does? According to Beauty Fool blogger Renée, the best age to start wearing makeup is “whenever you feel you are ready to wear [it. Everyone is different, so a single answer does not fit everyone. Whenever you’re ready, go for it!

How Much Makeup Should I Wear?

For those of us starting out, it is tempting to want to try on everything in the makeup department; everything looks so pretty and fun! However, it is best to slowly “ease into it with little things,” according to Ana Rivera.

To play up your eyes, Adriana suggests wearing clear mascara and pencil eye liner. For your lips, Nancy suggests trying lipstick. If you are barely starting to wear make up, soft pinks are the way to go. Leave those dramatic hot pinks, reds, browns or purples for when you are older and more experienced with makeup. If you want to take it a step further, you can sweep on a little blush, according to Nancy. Keep in mind: you do not have to wear all of this stuff at once! It depends on what features you want to bring out.

Now What?

Now that we have answered some of your big makeup-related questions, the choice is up to you. If you feel like you are ready to experiment with makeup: go for it and have fun, because makeup should be fun. Never feel obligated to change the way you look because of peer pressure or because you feel you are not “good enough.” You’re already perfect, chica.

Your Questions About Body Image, Answered

1. My friends are always calling themselves fat even though they’re not. I weigh more than they do and it sucks that they’re always calling themselves fat. They make me feel like a whale. Should I tell them something? I’m worried that they’ll make fun of me. 

Yes, tell them something! Friends should always be able to talk and be honest with one another. What’s more, I think you’ll probably be surprised by what this conversation brings to light. Notice that you don’t think they’re fat, even though they call themselves fat. Could it be that the way they’re looking at their own bodies is way too critical? And if that’s the case, isn’t it also possible that you’re being way too critical of your own body when you say you feel like a whale?

Talk to each other. Listen. Use this opportunity to help bring each other up, rather than putting each other down. We’re always hardest on ourselves, and what are friends for if not to help us see the good in each other?

2. My mom calls me “gordita” and makes comments that my clothes are feeling tight. It bothers me, but every time I bring it up she tells me I’m being dramatic.

First of all, know that you’re not being dramatic—words are powerful and for some reason in our culture, words like “gordita” and “flaca” are considered terms of affection, even though I’ve never met anyone who actually enjoys being called either. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our loved ones called us by nicknames that are a reflection of who we are rather than how we look?

In fact, next time your mom calls you “gordita,” ask her to think of a new nickname for you—one based off her favorite quality about you. Make it something you both can do together: ask her to pick a few names, tell her which ones you like and which ones you don’t, and why.

If she continues to comment about your clothes or say that you’re being dramatic, don’t let that stop you from speaking up. Tell her, “You may think I’m being dramatic, but it’s only because this is a big deal to me. Can we please talk about it?”

3. I started to lie about what I eat to lose weight. My friends are telling me it’s not healthy, but I’d rather be skinny than be fat. How do I make them realize it’s what I want?  

Let’s start with the issue of lying. Ever notice that we only lie when we know something we’re doing isn’t right? You should never have to lie about your eating habits, so why do you feel you have to? Could it be because you think your friends might be right? It sounds to me like they’re concerned about your health, and are worried that you aren’t eating enough in an effort to lose weight. If this is the case, they’re right. There are healthy and effective ways to lose weight, but lying about what you eat and starving isn’t one of them.

It’s time to be very honest with yourself and those who care about you. Are you trying to be “skinny” because it’s something you really want, or are you hoping to look like the supposedly perfect models we see in magazines or in the movies? The problem with having “skinny” be a personal goal is that we end up pursuing an idea of perfection that doesn’t exist. Skinny models and actresses in magazines are Photoshopped to look pounds and pounds lighter than they are in real life. This means that girls who end up pursuing this idea of skinny can never reach that goal, because that goal is a lie.

But, you know what’s a great goal to have? To be healthy and strong. If you want to feel good about your body, start by treating it right—no negative thoughts like calling yourself fat allowed. Make sure that your body is getting the foods and nutrients it needs, and find fun ways to exercise like playing sports, dancing, or whatever other fun activities you enjoy. Ask your parents to help you pack meals that are healthier for you.

You’ll find that eating better and getting exercise creates some positive changes in your body, like giving you more energy and helping you get stronger so you can do more of the things you love. Take care of your body and it’ll take care of you. Honestly.

4. Every time I go to a family member’s house they serve me soooo much food! I try to be nice and say I don’t want that much, but they get offended. I don’t want to be fat like them, what do I do? 

First, thank them for the food. Oftentimes food is how family members express their love and affection, so it might be hard for Abuela or Tia to not take it personally when you turn down their homemade meal. Keep this in mind as you tell them how much you want—it’s not that you don’t appreciate them cooking for you, and it’s not that you don’t like the food, it’s just that you want to enjoy it without feeling super full afterwards. Try to make this clear to them, and well, if they still serve you too much, listen to your body and stop eating when you’re no longer hungry, not when you’re feeling stuffed. Offer to put away your dish and thank them again for the meal. Keep this up and they’ll get the message eventually—no one likes to see food go to waste!

Most importantly, treat each other with respect and kindness. Nobody likes being called fat, and if you judge your own family by their looks and weight, you’re bound to judge yourself by the same measures. We are all so much more than that.

How to Have Flawless Skin

In order to have a porcelain skin you need to take care of it in many ways, especially on how you clean it. Your facial cleaning routine is very important because you can get rid of dead skin cells and it prevents breakouts. It is important to remove all your makeup before you go to sleep so you won’t get your pores clogged with makeup products.

Face wash:

To start your routine you need to use a face wash that is specially formulated for your skin type (oily, dry or combination). Washing your face is important because it keeps the impurities away from your face and it removes all the dirt from your skin.

Here are some options for a cleansing face wash: Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub for oily skin or if you have dry skin use Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser.

Makeup wipes:

If you are feeling lazy and you want an easier alternative you can use makeup remover wipes, like the Yes to Cucumbers Facial Cleansing Wipes. Another affordable alternative is the E.L.F Studio Make-up removing wipes. However, you shouldn’t use makeup remover wipes everyday because they tend to leave some residue on your skin that can clog up your pores.
Eye makeup remover:

It’s a tough day for a chica when she has problems removing waterproof mascara with plain water. This is why you should use a makeup remover specifically for your eyes. The eye area is the most sensitive part of your face and makeup residue can irritate your skin. To remove eye makeup residue you damp a cotton ball with a gentle makeup remover product like Clinique Take the Day off Makeup Remover for Lids or Lashes and Lips. A drugstore alternative is Sonia Kashuk Remove-Eye Makeup Remover.

Exfoliate:

Exfoliating helps remove your dead skin cells to rejuvenate and leaves your skin velvety soft!  Instead of your skin looking dry and blotchy, exfoliating will make your skin look soft and clean. The Clean and Clear Deep Action exfoliating scrub or St. Ives Fresh Skin Invigorating Apricot Scrub are affordable and good products for making your skin radiant and fresh.

To use these product, you rub the product in circular motions around your face and then rinse with warm water. You finish your routine by rinsing your face once again; this will tighten your pores and helps remove blackheads.

Moisturizer:

The most important step in a face wash routine is to moisturize your skin that is ideal with your skin type (oily or dry).  A moisturizer refreshes your skin and hydrates it while prevents premature aging signs.  One recommendation is the Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer.

Sunscreen:

To protect you from being  sunburnt, you should always wear sunscreen — yes, even on cloudy days. You should apply at least an SPF 15 facial sunscreen every day before you head out the door. Some moisturizers include sunscreen which is a plus. You might consider using Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Moisture with sunscreen SPF 15 or Aveeno Daily Moisturizer Ultra Calming, SPF 15.

Facial Mask:

Once a week you should apply a facial mask to pamper your skin. Facial masks help you open your pores and remove impurities from your skin. Facial masks come in different forms, such as: clay, peel- off, gel or cream.  You might consider using the Freeman Facial Peel-Off Mask Cucumber or Freeman Facial Clay Mask.

You should take into consideration that our bodies need water to function properly and so does your skin. You should drink plenty of water for your skin to remain hydrated and radiant. The way you take care of your self will reflect on your skin. If you follow these simple tips you will have fabulous skin for years to come.

Five Fresh Summer Hairstyles

Summer – school is out and experimenting with hair styles is in. From messy braids to flower crowns, the key to fresh summer hair is to mix it up.

One thing about summer hair is clear:  The “ombre” hairstyle is out.

“You walk down the halls and everyone has hair that goes from brown to blonde,” says 17-year-old Destanee.

Even though fierce ladies from Ciara to Jennifer Lopez still rock the gradient hairstyle, here are some tips for fresh, new summer looks.

Twist and turn

Update braids for summer by aiming for less than perfection.  Here are some quick steps to get a unique, messy, side braid:

1.      Take all of your hair to one side and divide it into three parts

2.      Loosely braid the middle section and “mess-it-up” by gently pulling the hair to make the braid look loose

3.      Now take the other sections and begin braiding your side braid (the middle section will be the messy braid you just made)

4.      Now, “mess-up” your side braid by gently pulling the hair out of the braid. This will create the “messy” feel.

Viola!  In a few easy steps you have made a romantic, braid-within-a-braid look.

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Summer heat can mean harsh rays on new summer dos.  To protect hair from the summer sun, re-purpose fall scarves into colorful head wraps.

Here are a few steps on how to make a sassy bow with your head scarf:

1.      Place the middle of the scarf on your hairline, taking one end in each hand

2.      Wrap each end around your head, crossing each side at the back of the head

3.      Bring the ends back up to the front and make a bow to the right of the center of the hairline

4.      Tuck the ends under the bow and fluff to perfection

Hair illusions

Rubi, 13-years-old, and Fernanda, 14-years-old, nodded in agreement to short hair as an up-and-coming summer fad.  But for those who are not ready to commit to short hair, the faux bob is here to help.

Here are some steps to get the runway-ready faux bob:

1.      Divide you hair into a top and bottom section

2.      Braid the bottom section into two braids and pin them diagonally to the bottom of your head

3.      With the top section, make a low and loose low ponytail

4.      Tuck the ponytail under, pinning it to the braids underneath for security

 

Top it off

This look is a style that is chic in any season – the top bun.  The do-it-yourself internet community took this style to a new level of popularity with tutorials on how to create the top bun using only parts of a sock and an elastic band. Here’s how:

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1.      Find a lonely sock, the thicker the better, that more or less matches your hair color

2.      With scissors, cut the foot off of the sock, leaving the sock straight and open at both ends

3.      From one end, roll the sock down making a donut shape

Now you have your own, hand-made, donut that you can use to make the perfect bun. Here’s how:

1.      Make a high ponytail and pull your hair through your sock donut

2.      Spread your hair evenly around the sock donut

3.      Tuck or pin the excess hair around the donut

Now you have your very own timeless top bun.

Flower power

“Flower crowns are the new trend,” says 17-year-old Janette.  “You can use real flowers or fake flowers.”

Whether you clip petals from your garden or find silk flowers at a local craft store like, flower crowns are the summer answer to winter headbands.  This youthful trend is blooming on runways, red carpets, and on do-it-yourself websites. Here’s what you will need:

1.      5-10 assorted silk flowers

2.      Wire

3.      Pliers and

4.     Scissors

5.      Tape (painter’s, masking, or packing tape)

Making your floral crown:

1.      Make a circle with the wire large enough to fit your head

2.      Cut the silk flowers, leaving around 1-2 inches of stem

3.      Using pliers or your hand, wrap the flower stems around the wire crown

4.      Tape the ends of any wires sticking out so you don’t poke your head or hands

In a few minutes you have made your very own, trendsetting, flower crown.

With personal takes on these looks, you are ready to make waves with your fresh, new summer styles.

Summer Fashion Trends

Written by Liz Ruiz with contributions from Jasmine Villa  

The sun is out, the heat is here and it’s that time of year to get new summer clothes! This summer the 90′s are back with a modern twist. You will see trend setters wearing jean jackets with cut off arms and floral patterns. Additional rising trends are neon colors and lace. While some of you may be too young to remember the 90’s fashion trends, this summer is your chance to relive them with a bold burst of color!

Floral Print

Spice up your wardrobe this summer by adding bold colors and rocking the floral print. Mindy is wearing cobalt blue shorts with a floral top. In the first photo she paired it with a sleeveless jean jacket. A jean jacket is a must-have for your summer wardrobe. Pairing a floral print with a jean jacket adds that extra summer flair to your look.

The 90's  look is back with a twist of color and comic book design !Crop Tops

Crop top is the hottest trend this summer. From vibrant colors to bold prints, like animal and oriental, crop tops are a must have for the vintage flair that is sweeping the nation. Show off your personality by wearing bold prints, like the blouse pictured to the right.  This blouse is really cute and fun! Here is a taste of the 90′s revival with the crop top look embedded with a retro comic book design. You can pair this top with some high waist jeans or shorts for a fun and fresh summer look. If the crop top isn’t your favorite look this summer, pair your high waist jeans or shorts with a bold graphic print shirt or blouse.

Color Block
For the ladies who love dresses, try the color block look. The colors on this color block dress are exactly what you will see when you are out and about in the hot summer sun. These bright reds and oranges are in! You can pair this kind of dress with some cute colorful flats or some nice summer wedges.

You do not have to throw out your entire wardrobe, remember that you can accessorize, like with a boxy purse or new sunglasses, to add that extra oomf to your wardrobe. Always remember to have fun when choosing your outfits. You can always use the latest trends and make them your own with your personal style and accessories.

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