Teen Fashion: Let’s Go To The Movies Ally!

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About a month ago I was invited by my friends to go out to the movies in order to celebrate both my birthday and another friend of mine who also shared a birthday in August. We decided that we all wanted to see Guardians of the Galaxy because a lot of kids at my school were talking about how amazing it was. I was super pumped because I always love going to the movies to hang out with my friends. To be completely honest I don’t care for watching the actual movie, I enjoy being able to talk to my friends and I really enjoy movie theater popcorn! Is it just me or does anyone else have an obsession for movie theater popcorn? One of my friends gave me a ride to the movies and it was super fun chilling with them in the car… and we may or may not have sung along to fancy while we were in the car. There are two different movie theaters near where I live and on our ride to the movies, my friend’s grandma accidentally took us to the wrong one. Good thing we left early, because that gave us enough time to drive to the other one and get their on time. One minute later and we would have been late. When we got there we immediately ran out of the car because we saw how long the lines were and we had ten minutes to get tickets before the movie started. Standing in line was pretty cool because the rest of my friends were already there so we just talked about what was new since not all of us went to the same school. After we got our tickets we ran to the popcorn and drink station to fill up our buckets and cups. When I went to go get my usual slushy, (which was a mixture of cherry and coke) they ran out of both flavors! I was sort of upset because I don’t get my slushy fixing unless I go to the movies. So what was I forced to do? I had to get the blue raspberry flavor! How inhumane is that! The world must have been ending! Well that’s what I thought before I tried it. It actually turned out to taste pretty good, not as good as my cherry coke mixture though. Turns out my friends and I know how to hustle when it comes to having ten minutes to get everything together because we made it just seconds before the movie started.

Now it’s time for a movie review!!! I give the movie 3.5 stars out of 5. Now this is pretty good on my rating scale because in order to get 5 stars you gotta be a top notch movie. What I liked about the movie was that it had pretty much everything you could ask for. You’ve go a bit of romance thrown in, scenes that pull at the heart strings, comedy, and tons of action! Now I’m a girl who prefers to see a good battle before a mush love story. If the fight is done well and the action is very engaging then count me in! This movie had a good amount of action and I also enjoyed a lot the funny tidbits that they threw in to keep the audience engaged. After watching that movie my friends and I kept saying “we are groot.” For the sake of spoilers I’ll make sure not to tell you the reason for why we continue to say to this day but it’s pretty cute. I also give credit to the soundtrack that they used! I love 80’s music and that pretty much makes up the soundtrack that is used. I will also admit that I am guilty of singing along to a couple of the songs, but hey! I couldn’t help it, I had to!

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I decided to wear a dress to the movies because I knew that we were going to be taking plenty of group pictures. Now I will admit that it’s and odd choice in order to go watch a marvel movie, but there are no laws against it so YOLO! Yes, I am aware that I am the only teenager left on this planet who still uses yolo. No, I don’t care that I’m the only teenager left because I like how it sounds. Now the dress I wore has a tie-dyed sort of look to it. I usually don’t like tie-dyed clothing but I liked how cool it looked with the blue. I also liked how the back was cut out in a v cut. My favorite part of the dress is how flowy it is! I love twirling in it so much because I get to look at the skirt fly up and spin around. I can’t spin too much though because it’ll fly way up too much… that wouldn’t be good at all, quite embarrassing actually. To add some more flare to the dress, I added a white belt with silver circles on it. I know, the pattern play is quite on point if you ask me. The jewelry I kept pretty simple. Some stud crystal earrings, a simple silver chain necklace, and a cuff with white and silver. My shoes were white sandals. This outfit may look a little simple but it also looks very stylish and you can wear it for many other occasions other than to go to the movies. Say you want to walk around town, go on a date, or attend a nice family gathering, this outfit is perfect for those reasons and more.

Teen Fashion: BETA Induction: Beautiful, Elegant, Tasteful, and Authentic Outift

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So I know it’s been a while but… I GOT INTO THE BETA CLUB!!!. When I first got the letter I was way excited and humbled because only a selected few get chosen. I wasn’t exactly sure what it was (I know, what rock do I live under), but I’ve always heard about how great it is for college applications so I knew this was going to be a great opportunity for me. I read the long and somewhat boring letter to find out more about the club but the gist of it is that it is an educational youth organization that encourages academic achievement, character, leadership, and service so it requires students to do work around the community. You earn points based on the service you do and for how long you do it. I was pumped when I heard about this because I’ve wanted to do community service for a while now but I’ve never seemed to get around to it. The best part is that I’m doing community service with some of my other friends so we get to be able to share these experiences with each other. They give you a certain amount of points that you must withhold in order to stay in the club as well as keeping up a 3.5 average or higher.  When you sign up for BETA, you are given the option to attend the induction. At the BETA induction they talk about what you do in the club, a bit about its history, who are the officers, we pledged to stay pure (ok, that is not what we pledged), and induct new members into the club (I know, it sounds like a huge snooze fest). We had a dress code to go by, which they basically described to us as:  “dress as you would if your grandmother was going to church”. To them that meant no jeans, t-shirts, tennis shoes, and any other informal wear of the sort. Wouldn’t have been easier to just say casual elegant?

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Before the induction ceremony started my mom and I went through the halls of the school and took some pictures of the outfit. I also caught up with a few of my friends that I had not talked to since school started because we no longer have classes together. There were over 170 new sophomores being inducted that night and it was a long process. Trying to line up 170 chatty teenagers in alphabetical order was difficult and no one seemed to want to pay attention to the poor teacher who kept yelling over us to get our attention. I will say that he was not the man for the job, most of the students were taller than him and to top it all of he was sick, so yelling was difficult for him. They should have had some of the cheerleaders bring out their megaphones and allow the man to use it. The induction process was longer than I expected and it got sort of boring, then finally they started pinning kids and giving out certificates. Of course as the socially awkward person I am I went out there walking as if I was the tin man from the Wizard of Oz and needed oil in my joints. I thought I did completely fine just walking and smiling, in fact in my head the walk went down as if I was walking a catwalk or something… and then I saw my mom’s pictures. I wasn’t really smiling, and my walking was stiff and all over the place! But what can I say, at least my outfit looked good and took some attention away from my actions or at least I hope it did.

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What I wore was a navy blue dress that had an open back which was covered with lace. I also wore a pearl necklace that had different subtle colors such as a pearl white, light grey, and a soft gold. The bracelet was pearl white as well as my earrings. My shoes were a nude color and brown to go along with the necklace. I made sure to keep the outfit more on the simple side because it was a semi formal event and I didn’t want to wear a color that wasn’t appropriate for the setting. The dress was very comfortable, especially since we were there for more than two hours. I started looking around at what some of the other girls were wearing and I saw a lot of the same things. I saw a lot of maxi and skater dresses paired up with long over sized cover ups. I also saw a lot of girls wearing sandals, I understand it’s still hot outside but this is a semi formal event people! I don’t know about you but when I think semi formal, sandals are definitely not the first thing that comes to mind. Yep! I’m up to a good start this year.

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Loved the back of the dress!

The Purse that Traveled the World

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purse flea market find teen fashion blog 80's

Every once in a while when the weather is nice outside and I have a craving for tacos, (there is a Mexican food truck there with yummy tacos and tortas) I will go to the flea market with my parents.  My mom and dad have creative minds and love to build, refurbish, and create things, so a visit to the flea market allows them to treasure hunt, let their imagination go, and bounce ideas off each other (like the show Flea Market Flip). I have to admit I don’t get too involved when it comes to their projects, but do enjoy looking at the clothes racks and accessories. In the past I have been able to buy things, like a super cute Halloween fairy costume for $5.00, so I never know what I can find. A girl is ALWAYS hopeful.

This past Sunday as my mom looked for crystal (one of her favorite things to look for), I spotted laying down on a box this awesome purse. I could not believe what my eyes were seeing! It was instant attraction! I imagined Carrie Bradshaw in one of the episodes of The Carrie Diaries strolling around Manhattan with it. And then it hit me, “No! What has my mom done to me?”.  All the memories of the past summer came rolling down on me as I remembered the never ending art lectures from my mom. I realized the attraction was coming from an even deeper place. The purse reminded me of art pieces I had studied, it reminded me of Mondrian’s work. The 2013 summer of art appreciation had changed me forever!!!

As I held on to the purse I let my imagination go. In a matter of minutes I thought of the purse’s story and its previous owners. I thought of the era: “the 80’s? It looks like it but I’m not sure”. I imagined the outfits that I could create with it. I imagined a really pale brunette top model in an all white background and clothing admiring the purse. The purse had finally made it to the cover of Vogue. I thought of how awesome it would be to be able to own something that nobody else would have or maybe even feel confident enough to wear. Yep! That was not me, I was certainly confident enough to wear it everywhere. Why not? And then the doubt, really are you going to wear it? Or is it too bright?

I convinced myself it was probably more money than I could afford at the time for a purse that I really didn’t need it, but I decided to ask for the price anyway. I was now way too curious to know how much value would somebody else give to a purse that had clearly been around the world and owned by celebrities and eccentrics alike (at least in my imagination).  As I braced myself to hear the lady spell out the exorbitant price… she said: “3 dollars”. What??? Lady!!! You clearly don’t know what you are talking about! She probably was, but I didn’t want her to devalue my find, to devalue the connection that I now had with it. So I replied to her: “Ok, thank you”. I put the purse down and walked away.

I left her booth, confident that I had done the right thing. I didn’t needed the purse anyway. All of a sudden I heard my inner voice talking to me: “You don’t like it? The price is really good for something so different!”. It was not my inner voice anymore, it was my mom. She then proceeded to give me great advice: “If you like it but don’t need it offer her $2.00, if she accepts you leave with a great bargain, if she says no you were going to leave it anyway. Win-win.”  In a second she had shared a very important lesson, a lesson I will never forget, a lesson about the power of asking. You’ll never know what you can get if you don’t ask. The rest is history, the very nice lady agreed to give it to me for $2.00 and I came home with a purse to play with!

Do you have dreams like these when you go shopping or is it just the delusions of an utterly hormonal and dramatic teenager? 🙂

Teen Fashion: First Impressions: Open House Outfit

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Every year when I go to Open House I always make sure to dress up. Just like when going to an interview for a job, you make sure to look good because it’s all about first impressions. I like my teachers to think that I am well put together and organized because that is what they are going to think of me when I walk into school on the first day. I enjoy getting ready for something since the whole summer I stayed in shorts and a t-shirt most of the time. What I like most about the outfit is the pastel colors paired up with the darker colors. I love the light pink and gold color and how it contrasted so well with each other. I also loved the long striped cardigan over the outfit, it added visual interest.

How do you guys like my hair? I cut it a few weeks back, but it’s a lot shorter now. I have to admit I get frustrated sometimes when trying to style it, but it looks good in the end. It feels so good not having to manage so much hair. 🙂 Besides a change now and then is not bad. What do you think?

Teen Fashion: Quinceañera Fit for a Queen

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quinceanera teen fashion blog damas

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Last year in the beginning of my 9th grade school year, one of my friends came to me with the idea about how she was going to have a quinceañera. I thought it was an awesome idea and that it would be great for her to have one. Moments later she then asked me to be one of her damas. Damas are pretty much the bridesmaids of the quinceañera. I was super stoked to be one. She talked about it all year and threw out some ideas. She started having some gatherings at her house so that her and all the damas could plan on the dance and the dresses we had to wear. We originally were supposed to find dates but none of us could find a date or keep a date in time for the party, so she cancelled having dates. The only person who found a date in time was the birthday girl herself which was great and needed anyways.

Two weeks before the party we started meeting up every day to learn the dance. It is tradition that at a quinceañera the damas and the birthday girl do a dance with their dates, in this case we had to do it without dates. Coming up with a good dance was sort of difficult because we all had our own opinions and some of us could and couldn’t pick up certain moves. Also it was hard to teach everybody the dance because not everybody would be at each rehearsal so we would have to go back and teach the people who weren’t there the day before. I will admit that it was pretty fun learning the dance. During our breaks we would play games like hide and go seek, we even made a Harlem Shake video just for fun.

Since I was a dama, that meant I had a very specific dress code to go under. All the damas have to look the same, so that meant wearing the same dress. We all wore a white dress that was one sleeved and had a gold piece that served as the one sleeve and had gold and silver embellishments on it. It was a fairly simple dress so it wasn’t very hard to style. We also had to wear gold, white, or silver shoes with the dresses. We were only supposed to wear minimal jewelry, which was simple silver or gold earrings. We had to have our hair up in some sort of bun, I decided to go with a messy bun to style it a bit differently. Makeup was very simple, but we had to wear a bold red lip stick color. All the damas looked great because we all made sure to stay within the dress code and we ended up looking amazing together and matched the birthday girl’s dress very well.

It came to the time of the party and all the damas were pretty nervous about the dance. I mean it’s not often you stand in front of a bunch of people and bust out your moves for their entertainment, at least not often for me. Before we got to the party we made sure to take some pictures of all the damas and the birthday girl. The first set of pictures were taken by mom because she insisted on it, I think she wanted the practice. The next round of pictures were taken by the birthday girl’s mom, we drove to some water fountains and took some nice pictures there. The next stop was the party and I was sort of freaking out and making sure I remembered the dance because I was the one who had to lead everyone into the dance, it was sort of scary for me. We got there and came in to the building in an orderly fashion. The DJ announced that birthday girl had just walked into the building and everyone started clapping. The birthday girl and the damas were seated in their own table at the front of the room, kind of like the king and queens.

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Just moments after sitting down we were rushed onto the floor so that we could do our dance. We had some troubles at first because the DJ started too early and he couldn’t hear us when we were telling him to rewind the song, this caused me to freak out a bit more. The track then started and I walked out and started dancing and the girls came after one by one. The dance went so smoothly and well by what I could see. Everyone seemed to remember each part and there was no trouble! That was a huge load off my shoulders. The rest of the night consisted of me rapping to “Can’t hold us”, dancing the Gangnam Style, the Cupid Shuffle, and the Electric Slide. Also they played some hispanic music to which I dance with my parents (remembering how we used to dance back in Puerto Rico). I also made sure to teach a few moves to my friends while I was at it.

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In all I would have to say that I did have a lot of fun. I had fun being able to hang out with my friends and just have fun and let loose. We all were dancing and smiling, I would say we all had fun. I’m mostly happy that I was able to be there for my friend on her birthday because you only turn 15 once. I would have to say that my first quinceañera was a success and I hope to be attending more in the future!

 

 

 

Teen Fashion: Beauty Queen By Day, Killer By Night

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First I want to start saying Cardigans and Necklaces has now reached its 100th post! This is really special to me because it just shows how much I’ve been able to do since the beginning of the year. I also want to be able to thank all the  people who follow me and leave comments. I ask that you keep leaving more comments so I can continue to grow and get better with my writing. Also leave comments on what you would like to see on my blog and I might even make an article about it. I’m so excited to continue posting and writing my articles.

A couple of months ago I was invited to a Miss Teen U.S.A. Mystery Pageant birthday party. Once I called and did my RSVP I was given a packet containing my character.  I was given Ms. California which was pretty cool. Ms. California is doing the pageant to make her mom proud. In order to do the pageant she got some plastic surgery done on her nose and she went to Ms. Teen Alaska’s spa to get it done. So of course I had to be cautious of Ms. Alaska to make sure she didn’t rat me out at the party.

When I got to the party we were all given a certain space to sit and eat at. We had several meals and between each meal the waiter (birthday girl’s dad) would bring us a mint sherbet to cleanse our palates. Once we finished our meals we started the mystery pageant part. We were all given tasks to do and money to bribe others into spilling secrets. After we got the papers the lights went out and then one of the girls screamed. The lights came back on and then there lied a dead Ms. Texas among us. Everyone immediately got up and started questioning each other and threatening each other with “I will tell your secret” to find out who killed Ms. Texas. Everyone had something against Ms. Texas so everybody seemed like they were the ones who killed her. That made it kind of difficult to figure out who did it. Near the end all the girls were given the last couple clues. Ms. Texas had an affair with the past Ms. Teen U.S.A’s boyfriend. Also Ms. Texas was poisoned with green tic tacs. Looks like spear-mint is a  pretty good weapon! I know, bad pun. A girl can only try.

Later when the results were given everyone was dead silent and anxious to find out who killed Ms. Texas. The killer was… Me! Just kidding! It was Ms. Arizona, but it would have been pretty funny if it was me. I guessed that the killer was Ms. Teen U.S.A. because of how Ms. Texas had an affair with her man. What I missed was that the tic-tac bottle said made in Arizona. Good thing I’m not a detective because there would be a lot of unsolved crimes.

Also near the end there were two different contests. One of the contests was who stayed in character the best and the other was who was best dressed. I was told about the best dressed contest and I was really shooting toward winning that contest. The birthday girl won the girl who stayed best in character with a good majority of the votes. I won best dressed with a majority of the votes as well. I was super excited to get the award because the award was in my area of expertise. Also before we left we were given goody bags that included tic-tacs, bobby pins, a nail filer, tissues, hand sanitizer, nail polish, and lip gloss. All things that a mysterious beauty queen will need in her every day life.

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The invitation I was given told me to dress like a beauty pageant contestant so I wore the dress I wore to my 8th grade formal. The dress was a lace up dress so it still fit me pretty well. It’s an icy blue color which I love because the color is really pretty and it looks really good on me. The dress was an A-line skirt and one sleeved. I decided to wear flats to be comfortable that is why you can see in the picture that is a bit long. The jewelry was a simple silver and crystal bracelet and earrings that I got from Claire’s that looked expensive but fairly priced. I also wore my crystal tiara to match the jewelry as every pageant princess needs her own tiara. I even made my own sash because I thought we needed to bring our own, but they supplied us with sashes and tiaras at the party. Like I did for formal I made sure to curl my hair, except this time I did it myself.

Teen Fashion: A Day at the Lake

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About a month ago before I was let out of school, some family friends invited my family to go along with them to Lake Lanier for a boat show. Our family was on board immediately because it’s been a while since we visited the lake or any body of water. I was super excited to go because I heard about a lot of different things we could do there. I thought that we would get to watch boats drive by on the water but they were just parked on a dock. Not what I expected but it was still pretty cool to see all of the different kinds of boats. We then decided that we were just going to park somewhere and chill out by the lake. We couldn’t go in just yet because the water was still kind of cold. My parents played horse shoe and I walked around the shore. We then moved to a different place that had tables so that we could go ahead and eat lunch. Like all people, we just wanted to experience some adrenaline. So what we did was we took these two wheel barrels and used them to slide down the hill. Luckily none of us rode into the water. Once we got done and it was time to leave, we went to a seafood restaurant. I ate crab legs and learned to open them like a pro. I was really proud of myself for being able to pull out a huge chunk of crab meat out of the leg with it intact. I also ordered a pina colada. That was a really fun day and I hope that we get to do it sometime again soon.

It was really hot that day so I made sure to wear something that wouldn’t make me too hot. So what I did was that I wore this gray tank top with green, white, and teal flowers around the neckline as well as on the sides. I also put on some white shorts to match the white flowers on the top of the neckline. I wore some brown and teal sandals so I could stay comfortable and cool. The jewelry I wore are some silver stud earrings and a teal bracelet with a silver and rhinestone bow. Also to shield my eyes from the harmful rays of the sun, I brought a pair of teal sunglasses which also matched my outfit very well.