I’m Finally a Senior!

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After three interesting years of high school, I am quickly approaching my final year at a pace I’m not too comfortable with. With being a senior comes a lot of responsibilities and tasks that need to be checked off the to-do list. There are campus tours that need to be done, capstone projects that need to be started, SATs to study for as well as take, applications to send off to colleges, senior dues to pay off, a GPA to keep up, a show choir to lead now that I’ve been appointed captain (I’m super stoked about this), and on top of all that, balance a job on my plate. I will say that trying to write this list down got me breathing a little heavier, but every senior has to go through this. I should be able to do it too.

From the list, I’ve started campus tours. I visited Kennesaw State University a few weeks ago. I didn’t take any pictures, which I currently regret, because I was like a kid in a candy store. The campus is super cool and KSU seemed technologically advanced and offers good programs. In a few days I will be visiting the University of Georgia and I’m quite excited to see what’s in store. Another exciting milestone is that I started working. My first official job! I work as a cashier at a local pizza restaurant and I’ve been loving it. I’m the kind of person who will take working over sitting at home watching TV any day! Plus as a cashier I also take in orders, so it’s been definitely helping me build confidence when speaking to new people and enhancing my customer service skills.

A project that I’ve recently started is starting to take my senior pictures. I still have yet to sign up with a studio to get both my yearbook and cap and gown pictures. When it comes to the scenes my mom and I decided to do our own, ones that catered more to who I am and backgrounds that express the real Allyson. Like everything I do, I like to add a bit of a twist. My mom and I thought it would be a good idea to do some pictures at home since it’s where I live and spent my entire high school life in. We decided to do more of a high fashion shoot for my pictures, so we waited on a rainy day to take some cool shots. What I like about the pictures is that they have a range from almost playful to something a little gothic. I look like one of those chicks from horror movies who’s about to haunt someone (honestly those shots were my personal favorite). The rest of my senior picture scenes are still yet to be taken and ideas are still being brought to the table. Honestly, I think I need a scene surrounded by Disney characters. Those who know me will tell you that Disney movies make up my life. What can I say? I’m still a five year old at heart, despite the fact, I may need to face some responsibilities that require a tad bit of growing up.

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Teen Fashion Blog: Celebrating Wolves

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teen fashion cropped top high waisted pants cardigansandnecklaces.com

teen fashion cropped top high waisted pants cardigansandnecklaces.com

I am pretty excited to say that this week will definitely be an eventful, but good week. Today is the two year anniversary since Cardigans and Necklaces was officially created. I’m ready to begin adding a second year worth of content to the blog! Another year of creating pretty outfits sounds pretty great if you ask me!

Another thing I’m pretty siked about is starting a brand new semester of school tomorrow. Last year I had an accelerated pre-calculus block class that I was not very fond of, but this semester I won’t have it any longer! I’m ready to meet new teachers and make new friends in my classes. This semester I will be taking a block physics class and a block Spanish 3. I’m not big on physics since it’s a mix between math and science (not my favorite subjects), but I’m ready to give it my best.

For those of you who don’t personally know me, I am probably the biggest Teen Wolf geek there is around. I mean, who else would binge watch all five seasons of the show in four days or learn all of the ages and heights of the actors in the show? Okay, I may have quite a bit of an addiction for the show going… but I promise you I’m not crazy (that’s a lie, I’m pretty crazy). All I can say is that a girl needs her fix of super attractive mythical creatures with crazy cool butt kicking abilities. Tomorrow season 5b of Teen Wolf starts and let’s just say that I may have cried a few tears of excitement this morning, #FanGirlAlert.

Speaking of my quirkiness, we all have learned from the past that I can be quite the mixaholic. A Mixaholic is a person who loves to mix and match different patterns and colors together quite a lot to the point where loved ones worry for the person’s well being and wonder if they will ever give up this addiction. Well for you loved ones, the answer is a big no, I will forever play around with patterns. The outfit above is a perfect example of my mixaholia (that might not be a word). A floral purple crop top with a grey and blue striped cardigan is quite a pattern mix but it definitely works. Since I’m not big with exposing too much skin, I always try to pair up crop tops with high waisted bottoms (in this case a high waisted blush pink pant). Since I already had so much going on in the top I kept the shoes and pants a light neutral color. The buttons in the pants were a rose gold color so I made sure to tie in rose gold earrings. Other than that, the outfit required little jewelry and looked pretty great. Remember young grasshoppers, sometimes less is more.

Teen Fashion: First Impressions: Open House Outfit

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Back to School Outfit teen fashion

Back to School Outfit teen fashion

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?

Back to School Geek Style: Doctor Who

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TheCityGirls, FeerieDoll, bellalise, ConsultingFanGeeks, clpstudio

Today I’ve decided to write a post for the geek and nerd in some of us. The first thing I want to talk about is the word fandoms. If you’re a nerd like me, you belong in some sort of fandom (or many fandoms). To belong to a fandom means you have to be a hardcore fan, you love something so much you freak out. This freak out is common among girls, it’s called fangirling. The first time I heard fangirling was when this girl in my class was telling me how she fangirls about One Direction and started freaking out and lecturing me about each of the boys. I’m not a One Directioner so I didn’t see what the big hype was about and I thought fangirling was pretty stupid. Then it hit me! Shows such as Doctor Who and The Walking Dead knocked at my door. Books like The Hunger Games and The Fault in our Stars started breaking down my windows! I had come down with the fangirling disease . Once you become a fangirl you can never go back, you become part of a fandom and there is no escaping. I became a fangirl a long time ago and I belong to more fandoms than all of my fingers and toes put together. Some of the main fandoms I belong to are: The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, Reign, Hunger Games, Disney, and The Fault in our Stars.

The fandom I’m going to talk about today is Doctor Who. This is one of my main fandoms where I shriek at the mention of The Doctor. I’m pretty lucky to have my whovian friends because I would not be able to rant about each individual show to people who don’t watch the show. Today I started looking for when season 8 of Doctor Who is coming out, and sure enough it’s coming out August 23 on the BBC channel. I have no words to describe how excited I was when I read about how soon season 8 is. I’m excited to see how the 12th doctor (played by Peter Capaldi) is going to do. Clara remains the companion for this season. Also I heard of rumors about the Doctor’s worse enemy, the Master, making a comeback in this season.

Doctor Who is a really famous British show on the BBC Channel. If you like Doctor Who then you also might be interested in the show Sherlock and Supernatural. If you’re someone who loves these shows, then you belong to the superwholock fandom. Doctor Who is actually an alien. He mentions often in the show that he has two hearts. He is the last surviving Time Lord from Gallifrey. Gallifrey and all other time lords were destroyed in the Great Time war against the Daleks. Daleks are another one of the doctor’s main enemies, and their mission is to take over the universe and exterminate the doctor. Some other aliens that come up a lot are the Cyberman, Sontarans, and scariest of all the Weeping Angels. All of the shows the Weeping Angels come up in have me at the edge of my seat but they are indeed my favorite alien. The only way to make sure you don’t get caught by a Weeping Angel is by looking at it the whole time and no blinking. If you blink the angel takes its true form and attacks you. The way it kills you is by sending you back in time and has you live your life to death. To me that’s the best death someone could go through because you still get to live your full life, just in a different time period. If I was caught by a weeping angel, I would want to be sent back to the Renaissance time period because that sounded like a really fun and interesting time period. There were so many geniuses of music, art, and literature in this time period. On the way to my school we pass a cemetery that has a few angel statues. Every time my bus passes by the cemetery I turn to my friend and whisper don’t blink in her ear. My friend nearly had a heart attack the first few times I did it. 🙂

The Doctor often gathers companions to travel with him in the Tardis (phone booth) and to help him keep balance in all the universe. My favorite companions have been Amy and Rory so far because they go along with the doctor really well. Plus Amy and Rory were the cutest couple ever! I hear about how Disney gives girls an untrue picture of men, but Rory is just amazing! Pretty sure Doctor Who has Disney beat!

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Geekcetera, StylishGeek

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StarworksDesign, princessnightmare, ItsABowThing12, TimeMachineJewelry,

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Above I have a bunch of Doctor Who merchandise that will bring out your inner geek when going back to school. The reason I chose these certain items is because they are stylish and great pieces that you can do a lot with. The key with these things is moderation! Wear one item at a time because wearing all Doctor Who items won’t look all that good. I made sure to include all sort of things that anybody needs when going back to school. There are clothes, jewelry, pens/pencils, cases, book bags, and water bottles. I will admit I saw these different items and died a little inside.

Now that you all know what the fangirling is and what fandoms are, I want you think of what geeky fandoms you may be involved in. Make sure to leave comments about any fandoms you may be in. I would love to find out what type of fandoms you are all involved in. Maybe I’m in them as well.

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I’ve Got your Back…Pack: 2014 Back to School Backpacks

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Just a few days ago I was watching TV and all of a sudden a demonic commercial came up. Tales of kids going back to school! I had to cover my ears it was so scary! Kids around the world are crawling up into little balls in hope that the summer is not yet over. It almost feels as if we just started our summer break and they have decided to start recruiting us back to that child jail! I’m definitely not ready to go back to school. I got used to sleeping in and doing nothing. I remember at the beginning of the summer I couldn’t wait to go back to school because I had already missed all my friends. I was getting a little antsy since I didn’t really have anything to keep me busy. What I am looking forward to is being able to meet new people and make new friends. I’m also excited to start show choir this year! I’m not looking forward to all the homework I’m going to end up with every night!

The only thing that cheers me up when I hear back to school is the shopping. I like being able to get new outfits that I can wear to school because it’s a lot of fun to style them. One of my favorite parts of shopping is looking for the backpack. I get backpacks based on size, look, and quality! I like a backpack that can hold a lot of things and won’t break, makes it a lot easier on me. Looking for a backpack is different for me because with clothes you wear something different every day. Backpacks you usually wear every day to school so you want something really cute that will last you.

I went online book bag shopping and decided to share my discoveries with you! I found a lot of cute bags all at different prices. Since everyone has their own price range, I decided to separate the book bags by price. I went through a lot of online stores looking for book bags and looking for all price ranges. I found a lot of different book bags that all look very nice! I also divided each price category for different styles. There is casual, sporty, black staple, elegant, whimsical, and stripes.

 

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The first category we have is the $0-$25 price range. Just because you may be on a budget doesn’t mean that you still can’t get a nice looking bag. I have actually found multiple book bags that are super cute within this price range. Here’s a tip for those who have a budget: sale and clearance shopping is key! Just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean it will be any less cuter than some of the other things on display.

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The next category is the $25.01-$50 price range. Since it’s a higher price range, you will get better quality bags and a lot of nice designs. This category was one of the easiest to find book bags for. For this price range hitting great sales can help you a lot as well.

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This continuing category is the $50.01-75 price range. When I started looking through this category I started to get amazed with how cute some of these bags are!

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Next category is from the $75.01-$100 price range. This category has one of my favorite back packs. I fell in love with the one that’s all white and has a cute black bow on it. It’s from Macy’s for $80.99.

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The second to last category is the $100.01-$250 price range. There are so many cute book bags in this category! They all look designer…well maybe because they are.

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The very last category is the $250.01 and up price range. I know what you’re thinking, isn’t a little absurd to spend hundred of dollars on a book bag? Well, some people can afford thousand dollar book bags, and for those people I made this category. But I will say that these book bags are super cute and I love each and every one of them!

For more ideas on bags, make sure to look below!

 

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Teen Fashion: Beauty Queen By Day, Killer By Night

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prom teen fashion blog mystery birthday party

 

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.

AFI Top 100 Movies #2: Casablanca, not a White House Documentary

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Me as Ylsa

I can’t really recalled when was the first time I heard about Casablanca, but I know I was very young. As a child, I used the title to come up with an idea of what the movie was about so I thought it was a White House documentary for Hispanics because casa blanca means white house in Spanish. As the years went by I saw movies and shows making references using parts of the movie and I started to figure out that it was a love story. I was never the kind of girl who truly enjoyed love stories, I was always that little girl who would see my parents kiss and scream “ewww” afterwards. I’ll confess to still doing that to them now and then, but my sister harmonizes the ewwwwww with me so I’m not alone.

I watched Casablanca the other day with my sister and my parents and I didn’t enjoy this movie either. I will admit that I enjoyed it a bit more than Citizen Kane for sure! It’s going to be difficult for a movie to be worst than Citizen Kane. The reason I didn’t like this movie is because I feel like they had a great opportunity to make a great story out of it and they totally messed it up. This movie took place during World War II and I have always loved learning about that war because of all the interesting things that went on. They could have done a perfect love story movie about the war with Germany but instead they decided to make a really sucky love story out of it. If you really can name that a love story. That upsets me big time.

Another thing that upset me about this movie is the “love triangle”. It may just be that I’m too young to understand what it feels like to love another (or two) in that way, but I feel that love triangles are pretty pathetic. I would think that you would be able to know who you truly love easily because you would be willing to go the distance with them more than the other, but like I said, I have never experienced what it is to feel that kind of love. It didn’t help that Ylsa was also being a total brat in the movie! I felt so bad for the other men that she kept leading on! It’s almost as if none of the guys could win with that girl and it’s really not fair at all to them. Girl, stick to one man and quit cheating them both. You are in such desperate need of attention that you are wasting everybody’s time.

This  may be a bit off topic about what I was just ranting about but I thought that Yvonne was a lot prettier than Ylsa! Captain Louis Renault told Ylsa that she was the prettiest girl in Casablanca and all I could think was: “Are you blind?! Did you not just see Yvonne?” She was prettier than Ylsa therefore making her the reigning prettiest girl in Casablanca. Long may she reign.

I will admit that the movie did have a few key things that I found interesting. I heard a lot of quotes that came out of this movie that I have heard in multiple TV shows and movies. When Rick says “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship” to Captain Louis Renault. Also when Ylsa says “Kiss me as if it were the last time” to Rick. I would have never guessed that those quotes came out of Casablanca and that impressed me quite a bit. My favorite quote out of the movie was when Rick said “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine…”. I found this quote really interesting, how funny it is that life throws people randomly into our lives because we have a purpose with them, as if everyone that comes in and out is there for a specific reason.

Casablanca teen fashion blog

Casablanca teen fashion blog

But back to what really is important to me about this movie, THE clothes! The clothes in this movie were super fabulous! Yvonne rocked this crop top with a deep V neck and a semi A-line skirt in the beginning of the movie. Then when she was leaving Rick’s club she put over this sheer cape looking thing over the outfit which made her look even more fabulous! You go glen coco!

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Casablanca teen fashion blog

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The next outfit is Ylsa wearing a striped shirt (can’t tell what colors because the movie is in BLACK AND WHITE and it totally sucks that I can’t tell what color pairing they did) under a white dress topped off with a big hat which sported the high fashion look. The next looks is Ylsa again wearing a white coat (or at least I imagine it white) and I absolutely love it, it’s super stylish and looks like something I would see a rich girl wearing in New York. The next picture is Ylsa wearing a silk nightgown in Paris which I found super elegant and luxurious. Imagine sleeping in silk every night, I would sleep like a baby.

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On a completely different and random note, I was watching Casablanca and suddenly noticed the girl above and screamed Kourtney Kardashian! I can’t be the only one who thinks this girl looks a lot like a tired version of Kourtney. The faces are so similar that it’s pretty difficult to tell the difference. Weird!