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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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    GlimmeringSky16
    Shouldn't this be titled like, "Suicide Isn't the Answer" or something.
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    HannahG
    HannahG posted in Family Issues:
    Why? You're worth so much more than that. You deserve to live, don't let anyone else tell you otherwise. You're an amazing human being, you're capable of so much more than you think you are. You're special. I know you probably think you aren't but you must certainly are. The idiots who tell you to commit suicide, well, as I said, they're IDIOTS. I know life sucks sometimes with them but don't let that end your life. Don't let them win. Prove them wrong. They're not worth your thoughts, why bother letting them take your life? They're not worth the amazing person that you are. Don't let them stop you from living your dreams, because they aren't worth them. They're just a bunch of jerks who have no heart, the devil took theirs away, don't let them take yours. Thanks for reading this. You're a great person and I really hope you decide not to do that to yourself. If you need anyone to talk to, I'm always available for you. -HannahG
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    Harmonia
    Harmonia posted in Family Issues:
    "HannahG" wrote:I've honestly learned a lot with my parents, and with my experiences I'd like to share with you what I've learned so you don't make mistakes(although you will, I'm here to prevent as many as possible). So go grab your parents and your siblings, and listen to My Rant To Parents Across America(or mainly to my own parents, since this is what I'd tell mine). #1. The relationship between a child and his or her parent is NOT a dictatorship. Sorry to burst your bubble but it's not. See, dictators are cruel to prisoners of war or basically ANYONE and push them around in any way they want because their people should obey them. The dictator's people are his slaves. Because they should obey them, because he keeps them alive. In your case, you think that you should be the dictator because you gave them the gift of life, making them owe you themselves. Well, see, um, no. You gave them the gift of life because you LOVED them! You knew that your child may make mistakes, and you didn't care because you loved them more than anything else. You didn't give them life so they could be your slave, you gave them life because you loved them enough to let them live with you. Which brings me to my next point.... #2. Don't compare your child to other children. Don't tell them you like that person better. I thought that you loved them so much you wouldn't care about their mistakes, you gave them life knowing they may not be the best of the best, but you loved them so much you wouldn't care! Do you not have that unconditional love between a parent and their child now? Because if not, maybe you should leave yours at an adoption center and go adopt the child you're comparing them too, because they're OBVIOUSLY better. The second reason why you should never compare is because, see, I don't care if you are bff's with them on social media sites, or how often you speak to them, you probably don't know your child as good as you think. You may not know what they're going through. They may not have been the lead in the school play, but most of this generation can actually be really good at acting when you're around. So many parents think that they know their child so well, when they haven't a clue. You don't see what goes on outside that door of your house. They can hide it if they're being bullied. And you just made it worse by comparing them to someone else. This world will tear them APART. To pieces, until all that's left is a small atom left inside of them. They need to know that there's always gonna be someone there for them when they're hurting, when this world has crushed them to bits. Someone who loves them, who doesn't think anyone else in the world is better than them. You're not giving them that message when you compare them to another. And also, you don't even know the person you're comparing them to most of the time. That child could be screwed in the head and you'd have no idea. They could be a much worse child than yours is. #3. Yes, I WILL make mistakes. I'm not perfect. I'm sorry. I wish I were too. But I'm not, and you need to accept that! It hurts me when you're insulting me. That stuff makes me feel bad. You don't even know the effect you have on me. I know I say I don't care. But guess what? I'm the best actor there is at saying that. I do care. And it really hurts me when you insult me. Like, seriously, I just got home after being bullied by a girl who called my fashion style stupid, and you're treating me worse than she did. You don't know what's going on in my life! Why do you hurt me? For all you know, I could be a suicidal who's cutting themselves every night(I'm not, just using it as an example. I love life. But what other way can I get to you than by lying?)! You don't know! What if that insult could be the one thing that leads me to suicide? What if I'm gone tomorrow? I bet you'll have wished you hadn't said that now. The parents, they probably know who they are, they go insulting their child and guess what happens the next day? They're bringing a knife to their heart! Those parents feel like absolute ####, and they wish they hadn't said that. I'm not suicidal or anything, but what if someone else is? What if you don't know who that person is? You probably don't know. You don't have any idea at all the effect you can have on people. If it were me, I'd want my effect to be good. Your compliment could mean the difference of a lifetime and you'd never know. You have no idea. Please take my word, and pass this on. And thank you for reading this. -HannahG Every parent needs to read this. From my personal experience, my parents are examples of a lot of the stuff you listed above. No one's parents have a complete idea of what is going on, and by one word or one action you could make everything worse. In fact, my parents were the reason I self-harmed for the first time... But that was in the past. No kid should ever have to be slaves, be punching bags of their parents that make them miserable. Parents need to care about their kids. Isn't that what a mom or dad is?
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    HannahG
    HannahG posted in Family Issues:
    I've honestly learned a lot with my parents, and with my experiences I'd like to share with you what I've learned so you don't make mistakes(although you will, I'm here to prevent as many as possible). So go grab your parents and your siblings, and listen to My Rant To Parents Across America(or mainly to my own parents, since this is what I'd tell mine). #1. The relationship between a child and his or her parent is NOT a dictatorship. Sorry to burst your bubble but it's not. See, dictators are cruel to prisoners of war or basically ANYONE and push them around in any way they want because their people should obey them. The dictator's people are his slaves. Because they should obey them, because he keeps them alive. In your case, you think that you should be the dictator because you gave them the gift of life, making them owe you themselves. Well, see, um, no. You gave them the gift of life because you LOVED them! You knew that your child may make mistakes, and you didn't care because you loved them more than anything else. You didn't give them life so they could be your slave, you gave them life because you loved them enough to let them live with you. Which brings me to my next point.... #2. Don't compare your child to other children. Don't tell them you like that person better. I thought that you loved them so much you wouldn't care about their mistakes, you gave them life knowing they may not be the best of the best, but you loved them so much you wouldn't care! Do you not have that unconditional love between a parent and their child now? Because if not, maybe you should leave yours at an adoption center and go adopt the child you're comparing them too, because they're OBVIOUSLY better. The second reason why you should never compare is because, see, I don't care if you are bff's with them on social media sites, or how often you speak to them, you probably don't know your child as good as you think. You may not know what they're going through. They may not have been the lead in the school play, but most of this generation can actually be really good at acting when you're around. So many parents think that they know their child so well, when they haven't a clue. You don't see what goes on outside that door of your house. They can hide it if they're being bullied. And you just made it worse by comparing them to someone else. This world will tear them APART. To pieces, until all that's left is a small atom left inside of them. They need to know that there's always gonna be someone there for them when they're hurting, when this world has crushed them to bits. Someone who loves them, who doesn't think anyone else in the world is better than them. You're not giving them that message when you compare them to another. And also, you don't even know the person you're comparing them to most of the time. That child could be screwed in the head and you'd have no idea. They could be a much worse child than yours is. #3. Yes, I WILL make mistakes. I'm not perfect. I'm sorry. I wish I were too. But I'm not, and you need to accept that! It hurts me when you're insulting me. That stuff makes me feel bad. You don't even know the effect you have on me. I know I say I don't care. But guess what? I'm the best actor there is at saying that. I do care. And it really hurts me when you insult me. Like, seriously, I just got home after being bullied by a girl who called my fashion style stupid, and you're treating me worse than she did. You don't know what's going on in my life! Why do you hurt me? For all you know, I could be a suicidal who's cutting themselves every night(I'm not, just using it as an example. I love life. But what other way can I get to you than by lying?)! You don't know! What if that insult could be the one thing that leads me to suicide? What if I'm gone tomorrow? I bet you'll have wished you hadn't said that now. The parents, they probably know who they are, they go insulting their child and guess what happens the next day? They're bringing a knife to their heart! Those parents feel like absolute ####, and they wish they hadn't said that. I'm not suicidal or anything, but what if someone else is? What if you don't know who that person is? You probably don't know. You don't have any idea at all the effect you can have on people. If it were me, I'd want my effect to be good. Your compliment could mean the difference of a lifetime and you'd never know. You have no idea. Please take my word, and pass this on. And thank you for reading this. -HannahG
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    Tech-King
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    Just tell him, or do what my friend did, get someone to do it for him.
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