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Stylish Summer 2009 Trends For Real Girls

Let’s face it. Very few of us are models and fewer still have an unlimited amount of cash to spend on building a new wardrobe each season. That’s why we’re giving you the REAL DEAL on the top 10 trends for this summer. We’re not kidding about this – we’ve searched high and low to find out what 10 items or looks all you fashionistas-in-training should be concentrating on this summer. Stick with our advice, and you’ll be right en-trend!


No. 1: Just-right Jeans
The first thing you need to do to build a solid foundation for your wardrobe this summer is to find yourself the perfect pair of jeans. Darker denim is a classic that you can’t really go wrong with, but lighter blues are perfectly acceptable as well. In fact, we’ve read that faded fabrics that have a distinctive, vintage look to them are all the rage right now and that nothing beats an old, beat-up pair of jeans for summer ’09. Whatever you decide, the important thing is to choose a shade, style and size you love, that feels comfortable and makes you look rockin’! You’ll likely be wearing these jeans a lot, so make sure to get something you like that makes you feel good about yourself.


No. 2: Big On Belts
One thing’s for sure: you’ll need a belt to go with those cool jeans. Again, the style, size and color are up to you, but choose one that fits you properly and can be paired with clothing other than pants (the belt around a dress look is still going strong). For 2009, bright colors like (the hottest shade of the year) yellow, red, aqua blue, bubblegum pink, lime green and bright white are big in belts, but the most important thing is that you love it and feel comfortable wearing it. You may also want to leave those ultra-wide belts behind – the skinny on this season’s belt is – SKINNY!


No. 3: Sub Skirts For Shorts
A skirt will instantly up your summer style to the maximum factor. Mini skirts are, literally, a cool choice for hot weather but if you feel uncomfortable wearing something so short, go for knee-length or a looser, shorter version of last year’s peasant-style skirts (somehow, an itty-bitty mini is easier to pull off when it’s ruffled and has a looser fit). Denim is classic when it comes to skirts, and can be dressed down or up. If you’re tired of the blues, go for white denim, which looks a lot more glam.


No. 4: Foot Wear
You’re gonna need to right footwear if you plan to pull off that mini-skirt look. We know, cheapie flip flops are comfy and fun, but some outfits require more from your feet than a flimsy foam thong. Pass on the heels and go for a flat open- or closed-toe sandal or, if you’re simply stiletto obsessed, try a pair of wedge sandals on for size. Our final recommendation in the shoe department is the espadrille – nothing screams summer louder. Flat or wedged, espadrilles are casual and hip at the same time and work with everything from a swimsuit to a flirty skirt.


No. 5: Pump Up The Pattern
For a twist on shorts (which no doubt you’ll be wearing plenty of this summer) go for super-short or just above the knee – those old mid-thigh-length numbers are outdated now. And instead of basic denim or ho-hum khaki, patterned is the way to go. We love preppy materials like plaid and seersucker and the cargo trend has officially been passed on to short-shorts (from capris), which are decked out with pockets. Shorts that come with a tie around the waste (and through the belt loops) are very vogue au current.


No. 6: Accessorize Away
We’ve already mentioned belts, but when it comes to jewelry the important thing to remember is, for summer, stick with one piece only at a time. Having said that, basic silver and gold pieces go with just about anything – gold is especially gaining popularity this year, as is the trend of wearing your birthstone. To keep the sun out of your eyes, the bigger the shades the better.


No. 7: Let’s Be Sheer About This
The fact is, stylish fabrics this summer are sheer and barely there. But you don’t want to send out the wrong impression with your clothes, so follow this trend cautiously. Sheer summer dresses aren’t see-through, for example – rather, they’ve got several sheer layers for a breezy look that still leaves a lot to the imagination.


No. 8: The Writing’s On The Shirt
Tops that tell a story are totally hot this summer. Look for shirts and tees with words on them. We especially love the ones that have IM lingo on them, like LOL or BRB in bold lettering. Great big graphic prints are also so in style – big bold prints and pics that make your clothing look sort of like living art.


<No. 9: Shoulder Show
Michelle Obama did it at her husband’s presidential inauguration. So did the star of the award-winning film, Slumdog Millionaire, on Oscar night. The off-the-shoulder look is hot, and it works on everything from tops to tank to dresses. You can bare one shoulder or both depending on your comfort level. Add some shimmer powder to your shoulders to glam things up for a hot night out.


No. 10: Hello Yellow … And Blue
Every season’s got its IT color, and this summer IT is yellow. Crayon-bright is the way to go with this hue, whether you’re wearing it in a dress, top or swimsuit. And right on yellow’s heels is blue – we’re talking turquoise people!


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    Dear Dish-It In The Forums

    Littkekawaiiigirl
    I have a friend, she was so nice and funny when my best friend and I met her on the first day of school. As months passed she started getting annoying. The way she texts, acts, and talks is starting to get annoying. Then she is becoming such a drama queen now. What should I do?
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    Kirsteeeeen
    Thank you for sharing something that has helped you cope with loss, and I'm sorry that you lost your friend and had to go through the grief and pain. I don't know what it is like, but I know there are a lot of people who do and would appreciate that you shared that way of coping. I hope that you are continuing to find more ways to deal with it, and don't forget those good memories you have with her. They'll always be yours to cherish.
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    Kirsteeeeen
    Hi Wonderfulcalico, I'm sorry to hear you're in such a bad situation. It must be tough, and it must be having a profound negative impact on you and those around you. It sounds like your mom has some things she needs to work out. But know that this behaviour from your parents is not okay. You shouldn't have to be subjected to this type of environment, which is toxic for your health physically and mentally. It also sounds like it is physically dangerous and it is making you live in fear, which is not okay. It is NOT your fault. If you feel that you are being abused, please get another trusted adult involved. Don't act on things that make you feel unsafe or confront your parents directly if you know they will act in a dangerous way. Your safety is number one. Try contacting another adult such as a teacher, a nurse, a doctor, a worship leader, social worker, child protective services, or call the police. Remember that 911 is also an option in any emergency, and that includes yourself being in danger from physical abuse. You can also call Your Life, Your Voice at 1-800-448-3000 , message them online, or even text them, or contact another local help line that you know. Please take care of yourself and stay safe. I know you may not want to do any of these things, and it's okay to feel that way, but also remember how important your safety is and make that a priority. 
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    KayKayZ
    KayKayZ posted in Friends:
    Hmm, okay, well I'll try to give you the best advice that I can, Error. So you say you don't like your friend for a number of reasons: Liar, bad influence, uses swear words, too blunt, etc. I feel like some of these could be over-looked, such as the swearing and the 'bad influence' part. Really, all you have to do is just not copy her actions, and they won't be influential at all. If you disagree, it shouldn't be hard to just refuse to follow in her steps. However, lying isn't the best quality I would look for in a friend.  She doesn't seem like an enjoyable person to be around in general, which is why you are making this post, obviously. But I'm gonna ask you something here. Don't you think that, in a way, you're lying too? You're pretending to be her friend solely for purposes of monetary value because, I assume, your family cannot pay for or get you to gymnastic class themselves. If this is true, that's kind of bad, isn't it? It sounds like, to me, that your friendship isn't exactly a healthy relationship at all. But I'm gonna sympathize with you, since I know gymnastics must be important to you, and you wouldn't be doing this if you didn't have a good reason. So, what should you do about it? Well, personally I think there are a few things you could do. You could stop being her friend, therefore no longer having to deal with her; but in the process lose access to your gymnastics class and have to look for it in another way. On the flip side, you could continue to put up with her, which would probably not be in your best interests, but you'd still get to attend your class. Or, you could try talking to her about it. Ask her what she really thinks of your friendship, if she actually values you as her friend. Maybe you two can talk about problems that you're having with each other and work on fixing them. This option could have negative effects, since she might want to stop being your friend or things could become very awkward after that. But it's probably your best bet to be honest with her, as you'd hope she would be with you. How about if you tried being really nice to her? Kindness is contagious, and perhaps if you treat her well enough, she'll start doing the same to you. I feel like maybe if you complimented her, told her things that you really like about her, maybe even got her gifts or made her food once in a while, that she would come to appreciate you and all that you do for her. And in turn, she might start to respect you more herself, and become a good friend. That's about all I can say. If you're close enough with her mom, maybe you could even try asking her about her daughter and see if she can give you any advice. Hopefully that helped in some way, but if it didn't, maybe it at least made you think? I hope your problem gets resolved, Error, and you can be content with the outcome of it. :-)
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    Error101
    Error101 posted in Friends:
    Okay so I have this friend and I don't like the type of person she is and I wouldn't be friends with her but her mom takes me to gymnastics every week.  I  had her over to spend the night and she lied about everything to me.  She kept telling me that she used to think I was weird and she didn't like me and it kind of hurt my feelings...  I would never tell someone that even if it was true.  She cusses and is a bad influence and she lies a ton.  There are a ton of bad qualities about her, and very few good ones.  I can't be mean to her because she is how I get to gymnastics but I don't really want to be her friend.  What should I do?  :(
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