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Spring Break Essentials for Guys

Spring Break is just around the corner and, chances are, you’re either itching to escape school for one week or you’re simply getting desperate for a sunny vacation. That’s why Cancun, Miami and Las Vegas are some of the most popular destinations.

So when is Spring Break this year? In the U.S., state universities start Spring Break on March 26, while private colleges begin a week later on April 2.

Traveling during this time means long airport security lines and cluttered beach-side streets. But it’s totally worth it once you have the warm sand between your toes and a cold beer in your hands. Before you’re ready for all that, you need to overcome the dreaded task of packing your suitcase (and trying not to forget any must-haves). We suggest planning your outfits and looking to our ideas of perfect Spring Break attire.

spring break packing essentials for guys

(Clockwise from top left) Diesel jacket, $129 | Original Penguin t-shirt, $29 | Von Dutch hat, $34 | Ben Sherman wallet, $49 | Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes, $99 | Sperry Top-Sider socks, $15 | Diesel jeans, $199 | Original Penguin chinos, $69 | UGG Australia sandals, $79 | 7 Diamonds shirt, $109 | Kurt Vonnegut ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ book, $6, amazon.com | Amara beach towel, $66, amara.com | Lacoste toilet kit, $64 | Sanuk sneakers, $79 | Jackery phone charger, $16, amazon.com

Or, if you’re reading this and are currently in a panic trying to stuff all your essentials into a last-minute packing spree, here’s a helpful checklist you should print out and run through.

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Not Your Boyfriend’s Polos

I mean, technically, you might be wearing your boyfriend’s polos, but with all the potential you have to style them, they’re bound to look flirty and cute, like they were made for you. Whether you go for a women’s style or you start sifting through the men’s department now, remember, you’re not buying it for your boyfriend. This collared tee is all yours. It’s the ladies’ turn to shine in this sporty-chic, goes-with-anything top.

We’ve gathered up photos from five of our favorite fashion bloggers as inspiration. These girls rock the look with the utmost confidence and ease. Style goals.

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Wendy of Teen Spirit in Fred Perry

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A Visual Guide to Wearing Booties on Any Occasion

Booties are basically the lower maintenance, more versatile alternative when compared to every other shoe. Better yet, you can actually pair them with anything! Don’t believe us? We looked to five of our favorite fashion bloggers of the moment to provide perfect examples of how to wear ankle boots if you needed to dress for any occasion.

Going to lunch with friends:

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Rebecca of The Clothes Horse | Pandora of Pandora Sykes

Go casual but chic. Buckled booties with sheer polka dot tights and a coordinating skirt-blazer set, topped off  with a beret and roomy purse. Or try pointed booties with a button-down suede miniskirt and a slim-fit turtleneck. Subtle flirtation at its best. Continue reading

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How You Should Wear Your Makeup on NYE

Whether your New Year’s Eve is going to be low-key at home or you’re planning on dancing the night away at a club downtown, there’s nothing wrong with dressing a little festive and adding some glamour to your usual makeup routine. Take a note from fashion blogger Lesley of Fresh Lengths, who recommends green as the color of the season. She keeps her emerald eye shadow simple over the lid and adds some (holiday-appropriate) glitter. The lip is then muted to let her colorful eyes shine. New Year’s Eve done right!

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It’s true. Olive is basically a neutral in my book. It looks great on all skin types and matches with just about any color. Plus, emerald is one of my favorite go-to holiday colors to wear. But when it comes to what shade might work for you, take a page out of these celebs’ stylebooks from this past year.

Hopefully you’ve already got a dazzling dress picked out for tonight, so match your makeup to your outfit to make everything look cohesive and eye-popping. From rich golden eye shadow to blushing crimson lipstick, 2014 had its share of stunning fashion moments. You may not be attending a red carpet affair, but why not act like you are?

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Holiday Outfit Inspirations From Our Favorite Fashion Bloggers

The presents are wrapped, your holiday plans are made, but what are you going to wear?! Get inspired by the best fashion blogger looks of the season! These girls know how to style any color, print, or silhouette, so it’s no wonder we look to them in such times of need.

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Think festive colors – Stephanie Sterjovski of SS Life + Style paired this beautiful emerald midi skirt with a black turtleneck for a subtle, charming outfit. Emerald, crimson, pale blue, silver, and gold are the basis of the perfect Christmas palette. Take the hues you might find on your Christmas tree and go a shade darker to make it a bit dressier. Top it all off with pretty embellishments, and you’re ready for the party!

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Traveling for the Holidays? What You NEED to Pack

Whether you’re flying or driving, the first rule of packing for the holidays is bring only what you need. Easier said than done, right? But when airlines force weight limits upon us, we really don’t want to be frantically sorting through our suitcases in the middle of the airport for what we can stuff into our carry-on bag. So, my number one tip to you is: Know your upcoming schedule of events, and pack outfits accordingly.

what to pack on a plane

>> Kenneth Cole jacket, Dex top, Lacoste backpack, UGG Australia boots, 7 for All Mankind jeans

Getting there >> Wear your heaviest jacket and clunkiest boots on the plane. Yes, this can be a pain when it comes to stripping down for TSA agents, but it’s worth it when your luggage is a couple pounds lighter. It’s also a good idea to dress in layers because planes tend to be cold one minute and super stuffy the next. Wearing a jacket, a sweater, and a simple tank keeps you prepared for every eventuality. Don’t forget to bring your biggest purse and a useful backpack for all your essentials!

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How to Wrap Oddly Shaped Gifts

It’s not just you or your lack of artistry – wrapping presents can be difficult. Tape is sticky. Scissors are unwieldy. Paper is fragile. On top of all that, some gifts don’t fit the box-shaped mold. Throw it in a bag and call it a day? Sure, you could, but the excitement and mystique is gone. Instead, take these instructions and make something beautiful. Or, at least try.

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For stuffed animals:

how to wrap stuffed animals

Credit: ToysRUs.com

Lay your fluffy fellow down on a sheet of tissue paper and tape where the ends meet. Put another sheet of tissue on top of that, taping at the opposite end. Cover with cellophane and tie wire ribbon around the ends, in the style of a giant piece of hard candy. Snip the ribbon for a polished finish.

For bottles:

Wrap tissue paper or cellophane around the bottle. Then, roll a layer of wrapping paper around that. Tape the ends together. Fold the paper over the bottom of the bottle and tape this as well, securing it in place. Cut the top layer of wrapping paper at the top so that it’s shorter than the tissue. Cinch the paper at the neck of the bottle and fluff it out with your hands. Use wire-trimmed ribbon to tie a double knot around the neck, and add a custom bow for flair!

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Winter Fashion Trends in 2014: Must-Have Shoes

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SHOES >> 1) UGG® Australia Cambridge Boots | 2) Rocket Dog Camilla Bromley Boots | 3) UGG® Australia Marela Boots | 4) Sperry Top-Sider Boat Shoes | 5) Tsubo Gianina Boots | 6) Lacoste Rene Platform Sneakers

Winter is creeping up on us, which means it’s time for snow, rain, and generally wet conditions. Going out and dressing up gets a little more difficult when the slippery streets are beckoning for us to trip and slide in our heels. That’s when we face a dilemma. Do we sacrifice our sophisticated look for lackluster, yet comfortable flats? With this selection of shoes, we don’t have to choose anymore!

These shoes have strong flat game, and no one is complaining. They don’t need a heel to make a statement – each shoe features something special about them in their own way. Whether it’s the buckles, zipper details, or two-tone fabrics that catch your eye, these shoes are not to be overlooked. Featuring a fall/winter palette and varying silhouettes, wear your fave pair with glittery tights or chunky knit socks. Perfect for dressing up at holiday parties, or keeping it casual at a restaurant with friends.

Don’t sacrifice your style in the name of winter. Use our free shipping and shop these shoes now!

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9 Crucial Tips to Stay Safe Online and In Stores This Holiday Shopping Season

It’s that time of year again when you spend brisk nights outside retail stores, or long hours sipping coffee in front of computer screens. All in the name of savings! According to the National Retail Federation, six in ten people say they will or may shop this holiday weekend. That’s more than 140 million shoppers nationwide. But before you get out there and hunt down the deals, you need to be aware of the risks you face, whether shopping online or in stores.

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  1. Make sure the website is secure. When you’re ready to check out, the first thing you need to do is verify that the site address begins with “HTTPS://” which means it has SSL (secure sockets layer) blackfriday3encryption installed. Basically, your transaction will be safe and any information you type on that page will be secure via encryption. However, it is also important to check that there is a padlock in the address bar or near the bottom of the page, depending on which browser you’re using. The padlock must be green! Click on it and there will be further information about whether the site is completely secure or not. If there are unsecure resources, think twice before entering your payment information.
  2. Check for verified seals. These are the little logos usually located black friday shopping tipsat the bottom of the webpage. Click on them for more info. Look for security seals such as Norton Secured, Comodo or Trustwave. These seals verify that the website is legitimate and your information is being secured via SSL, which is another way of encrypting the data being sent over the Internet. Consumer ratings seals, like Stella Service and Shopping.com, are also a good indicator of a company’s trustworthiness based on fellow shoppers’ reviews.
  3. Use a strong password. It’s easy and convenient to create an account on a store’s website and save your credit card information for future use. But this means you need to make sure your account is secured with a strong password. You should use a string of text that mixes numbers, lowercase and uppercase letters, and special characters like spaces or underscores. Really, the more characters, the better. And these characters should be random, not alphabetical or in the order of your keyboard layout. Still unsure? Visit HowSecureIsMyPassword to check your password’s strength.cyber monday shopping tips
  4. Keep your anti-virus software up-to-date. You need to protect against malware with regular updates to your anti-virus program. Ad-Aware Free Internet Security 9.0 is the editor’s choice at PCMag and has gained a 4.5 star rating. A program such as this is always a good idea for extra protection.
  5. Know what’s too good to be true. Never give out personal information in exchange for coupons or promotions. Oftentimes, there will be a deal on social media that offers a free product with purchase, in particular an iPad. Clicking on the link can lead to phishing scams, which can result in email spam and identity theft. If you’re ever asked to fill out multiple surveys requesting personal information, credit card details or passwords, this is also a red flag. It can be particularly tricky if friends innocently post the fake deals on Facebook. That’s why you need to look at everything with a skeptical eye.
  6. Going mobile? Check your network. The trick for an easier mobile shopping experience is to shop directly through apps provided by the official retailers, like Best Buy or Target. If you’re ever unsure, read the app’s reviews, check out the ratings, and search online for any claims of being scammed before downloading. If you’re out and about with your mobile device, be wary of public Wi-Fi networks as they are not encrypted, which means anyone has the ability to eavesdrop on what you send. Only use the Wi-Fi if you access it over a virtual private network (VPN) connection.

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How to Clean Your UGG Boots

With sleet on the ground and chilly temperatures all around, you can feel the moisture in the air as winter approaches. You layer on long johns under your colored denim and a thermal to keep you cozy under your favorite holiday print sweater. To top off the look, you slip into your most comfortable UGG® Australia boots.

To the fashion-conscious, the outside weather could mean one thing — your sheepskin/leather boots are at risk of staining and discoloration. Not necessarily. UGG® Australia has ensured a way of protecting your most precious footwear, no matter how dire your situation.

Click here for a cut-and-dry, step-by-step guide on how to clean your UGG boots.

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For those who plan ahead:

Take the first step to protect against water damage and staining. The UGG® Australia Sheepskin Water and Stain Repellent is your new best friend.

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