Flamingo’s Top 4-March

Hello lovelies! Yet another month in 2018 has flown by quickly. In Ohio, the temperatures are starting to rise very slowly, but we’re getting there! March has honestly been the month of zero inspiration because of the not-so-fun weather. I’ve been ordering a lot of spring clothes and accessories. Once the weather warms up I’ll be styling them and sharing new outfits on the blog. For now, today’s post is the (late) March edition of Flamingo’s Top 4, so keep reading if you want to know my four favorite things from this past month!

1. Pretty Pink Nails

Pink nails have been my go-to this past month, especially light pink. I’ve been stocking up on all kinds of pink OPI nail polishes that I find at Marshalls for $4 a bottle. I can’t decide if my favorite is Suzi Shops & Island Hops, the bubblegum pink shade pictured below, or The Color That Keeps on Giving, a pale, pearl pink.

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2. NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

Now that it’s spring and I’m wearing a lot of pink lip colors, I’m reaching for this one more than anything. I love to layer it over other pink hues, or even wear it alone!

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3. Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley

I received Emily Ley’s book, Grace, Not Perfection,¬†in my Easter basket this year, and I’ve hardly been able to put it down. Something I seriously struggle with is trying to create a life that I deem “perfect.” There’s nothing wrong with being the best version of yourself, but I think sometimes it’s easy to become overwhelmed with trying to reach something nonexistent, perfection. This book addresses that, as well as embraces simplicity, like it says on the cover, lol. Honestly, I’m so bad at explaining the contents of books, so if you’re looking for a good read and you feel like you get overwhelmed with trying to be perfect, check out this book!

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4. Striped Kate Spade Sam

This post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning my striped Kate Spade Sam Bag. It’s all over my Instagram and I even wrote a blog post about it! I’m seriously obsessed with the bag because it’s the perfect everyday bag. It holds all the essentials, like a water bottle, wallet, sunglasses, and if you’re like me, a bunch of miscellaneous lip products!

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I guess with it being spring (even though it doesn’t feel like it) I’m really loving pink! What are some of your favorite things from the month of March? Let me know on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest!

xoxo, The Chic Flamingo

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The College Credit+ Program: My Experience & Tips

Hello lovelies! I’ve mentioned a few times on my blog before that I take college classes while I’m still in high school. Ohio has a program called the College Credit Plus program where students can take classes through a lot of different colleges in the state. I’m not sure what other states have a program similar, but in Ohio students can take college courses through it without having to pay for tuition or books. Today, I’m sharing my experience as a CC+ student, and a few tips if you’re thinking about taking college courses in high school too!

I started taking college classes through the program my junior year of high school at Wright State University Lake Campus. My school does offer a few college courses at the high school through CC+, but they are through a state college and not a university. This isn’t always a huge deal, but I felt more comfortable getting college credits through a university where I knew the credits would transfer better. Also, when I decided that I was going to do CC+, I was considering Wright State University Main Campus as a potential college after high school.

When I first started CC+, I had completely no clue what classes to take. I didn’t know whether I should do online or on-campus, so I just stuck with on-campus my first semester to get a feel for it. The school gave me a list of courses other students had taken, and my advisor at college gave me some basic classes freshmen typically take. Honestly, my first semester I winged it. I signed up for three random classes (a psychology, English, and history) and went with it.

My first bit of advice is to just go for it, even if you don’t know what degree you want in the future.

After my first semester, I pretty much knew I wanted to go to Kent State for Fashion Merchandising. I got in contact with an advisor from Kent and she sent me some information about the courses required for a fashion merchandising degree. For Kent State, the program requirements can be found on their website too. She sent me an online transfer guide for Kent, too. The transfer guide became my lifesaver before every academic appointment. I would check out the general education courses required for fashion merchandising, and use the transfer guide to find the Wright State equivalent.

I recommend getting in touch with prospective colleges to get a transfer guide and program requirements. It saves you from wasting your time taking classes that won’t contribute much to your degree.

Although, I did take a few classes that I’m not quite sure will transfer or that weren’t a program requirement. I took a Small Business Management class because at the time I wanted to own a boutique in the future.

My third semester of CC+, I did all online. It was a mistake for me, but it may not be for anyone else. Every day I had the mornings off and went to high school for 3 periods a day. I slept in most mornings and saved all of my homework for the day it was due. It was a huge mistake on my part, but taking all online may work for other people!

The college courses I’ve taken weren’t too difficult in my opinion. I wasn’t a straight A student in high school, but it wasn’t anything unachievable. I think some times people assume you have to be super smart to do CC+, but that’s just not the truth. At the college I go to, there is free tutoring, and I take full advantage of it. Earlier this semester, I was struggling in the microeconomics class I’m taking. I figured out the only way I am going to comprehend the material is to sit down and read the book until I understand it.

If you start to struggle in a college course, ask for help. Professors may be able to offer you extra credit or you can find a tutor to help you out. At my school, if you fail a college class, you have to pay for it!

Now, if you don’t know where your future is headed, you can still do CC+. Casey did CC+ with me my junior year and he did not really know what he wanted to do when he was older. He assumed college, but soon decided after that the military was where he was meant to be. Casey was able to take the classes through CC+ that counted for high school too, and he graduated a year early. Even with him being in the military it benefited him because he was able to rank up prior to enlistment.

Even if you aren’t 100% sure college is in your future, college credits can benefit you.

There’s a big misconception around CC+ that you might miss out on important events in high school. This is so wrong on SO many levels because if you want to be involved at school, you can be involved. I went to homecoming, prom, I played sports, and I’m even in a club. The things I missed out on were things I didn’t want to do, so if anyone tries to tell you that you’ll miss out on high school experiences, don’t believe them. I’m only a part-time college student, but I know people who do CC+ full time and feel the same way.

Another misconception about the program is that it’s hard to participate in sports. Again, SO wrong! I played golf and swim and I knew I had practices in the evening, so I made sure to take classes in the morning. There was one time when I had a sectionals golf match and a college exam on the same day and at the same time. I talked to my professor and he let me take the exam a day early. All the professors I had handed out a daily schedule in the syllabus, so I knew at the beginning of the semester when exams and important events were.

Don’t let anyone discourage you from the CC+ program. There’s a lot of misconceptions surrounding the program. If you have a question, don’t be afraid to ask someone who has already done it, like me!

Taking courses at a college campus during high school was genuinely the best decision I’ve ever made. I matured and became a lot more independent because of it. I should graduate high school with 38 college credits, and I didn’t have to pay for any of it except a parking fee! It takes some hard work and self-motivation, but it’s all worth it!

Please, if you have any questions about the CC+ program, let me know. I know when I started to consider it, I had a ton of questions that were left unanswered until I dove in and found out for myself. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest to see more of The Chic Flamingo!

 

 

The Foolproof Way for Classy Chic Girls to Wear Black Jeans

Hello lovelies! One of the harder pieces to style in a chic wardrobe is destructed black jeans. I have a pair of faded Gap ones that I wear all the time with sneakers and a tee when I want to wear something casual and edgy. I think mixing two different style s creates an interesting outfit, so today I’ve styled a pair of edgy black jeans to be chic and classy!

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My go-to classy top is a white blouse. They’re simple, relatively easy to style, and there is so many types to choose from. I’m wearing a white blouse with flutter sleeves from Trendz Boutique, but this outfit would look super cute with a classic white button up too.

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Accessories always make or break the look. I wanted to make sure I really made the chic part of the outfit come through, so I added mules. I’m not a huge fan of bright colors with black, but a subtle blush compliments the destructed denim well. Stripes are a pattern I heavily associate with a classy chic style. I’m living for my striped Sam bag right now and I’m constantly reaching for it no matter the occasion. If you want to read more about it, head on over to the review I did awhile back after you’re done reading this post!

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I kept my hair sleek with a low bun to finish off the look. Styling destructed black jeans to be chic can be a little hard. I suggest really amping up the girliness with the rest of your look, like I did with the flutter sleeves. Pick the right accessories that will contrast the edginess of the black jeans, but not clash.

What’s your favorite way to style black destructed jeans? Let me know on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest!

xoxo, The Chic Flamingo

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Spring Shopping Wishlist

Hello lovelies! A few weeks back on the blog, I shared how I budget shop for spring and a few items I was planning on getting. Although I’m trying to save money, it’s still fun to look! With this cold weather we are having right now in Ohio, I’ve been doing a tad bit more online shopping and window shopping than normal. I’m just tired of cold weather clothes, so I find myself scrolling through stores online finding inspiration and wishing I was able to wear the clothes I’m looking at. Today, I’ve rounded up a few of the items I have stashed in my online cart that are making me wish it was spring!

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1. Gap Bag 2. Target Top 3. Old Navy Romper 4. Old Navy Dress 5. Target Sunglasses

6. JCrew Skirt 7. Gap Top 8. Old Navy Shoes 9. Target Shoes 10. Gap Short

Seriously, I’m dying for warmer weather! I wish I could buy everything from this post, but I’m still saving up, like I mentioned in my Spring Budget Shopping post. Let me know what you’ve been dying to purchase on my Instagram, Facebook, or Pintereset!

xoxo, The Chic Flamingo

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A Few Things EVERY Coffee Lover Needs

Hello lovelies! I’ve been drinking coffee every morning since my freshman year. It’s a bad habit, I know, but I love the taste of a rich, dark cup of coffee. I’ll drink it iced or hot, during any season, and at any time of the day. I know I’m not the only one who craves a late night cup of joe! Today, on the blog I’m sharing some of my favorite coffee gadgets, knick-knacks, and tees!

1. Zoku Iced Coffee Maker

This has to be my favorite coffee gadget by far. I love coffee in general, but there’s nothing better than iced cold coffee to wake me up in the morning. With taking an 8am college class, I don’t always have time (or money!) to drive through the coffee shop. I also have yet to find a method to make iced coffee that takes little effort and that tastes good. With this iced coffee maker, all you have to do is freeze the cup, brew hot coffee, and pour the hot coffee in the cup. In less than three minutes, you have a really good cup of iced coffee. The only downfall is that it only produces 11 oz. of coffee.

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2. Syrup from Starbucks

I try really hard to skip the coffee shops and make my own coffee at home when I’m trying to save money. Buying syrup from Starbucks is a great way to get the Starbucks taste without having to spend $5 for a cup. My favorite is the vanilla syrup, and I keep it on hand at all times. I did some searching around to find that the Starbucks online store isn’t open anymore, but you can purchase at most of their shops!

3. Coffee Tee from Old Navy

Waking up is hard¬†for me, so this coffee tee from Old Navy is perfect for me. It says, “Reasons to wake up,” with different coffee makers, cups, and accessories underneath. They show it with a pair of pj pants on the model, but I wear it as an everyday tee with distressed jeans and sneakers!

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4. No Stain White Jeans

Although the weather tells otherwise, spring is coming. I’m ready to start wearing white jeans to brighten up my wardrobe, but not for any unwanted coffee stains. Luckily, Old Navy created a pair of white jeans awhile back that repels stains for coffee enthusiasts. I’ve linked a pair of high-rise, but any white jeans that have “Clean-Slate” in the title will repel stains. I spill coffee like it’s my job, so I’m definitely going to have to try these out!

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5. Ozark Trail Tumbler

I really only picked this up at Walmart because of the pretty rose gold color, but found that it worked great! It keeps iced drinks cold and hot drink warm for hours, and it’s less than $10! I have the 20 oz., but it does come in a 30 oz. as well. They don’t have the blush/rose gold color online at Walmart, but I found it here on Amazon. Or, my mom has this Built rose gold tumbler (pictured below) that she swears by, and it’s under $10!

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Coffee lovers, I want to know your favorite gadgets and accessories! Let me know on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook!

5 Best Beauty Buys

Hello lovelies! I don’t share a lot of beauty products on my blog, but when I do, it’s makeup. I decided to switch things up today and share five of my favorite beauty buys that AREN’T makeup. I’ve got a little bit of body, hair, and nail products packed in this post, so if you want to know some of my favorite products, keep reading!

1. St. Tropez Gradual Tan

Last year for prom, I knew I didn’t want to tan in a bed or get a spray tan. I’m a very pale person, so I knew I’d need a little bit of color. My mom bought me the St. Tropez Gradual Tan and I used it for about two months leading up to prom. It gives the right amount of color, absolutely no orange color, and is incredibly moisturizing. If you’re fair skinned, or if you just want some color with spring approaching, then I highly recommend the St. Tropez Gradual Tan! (P.S. don’t mind the dirty bottle, I use it a lot, lol!)

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2. Joico Texture Boost Dry Spray Wax

When I want volume, grip, messy waves, or the perfect topknot, I reach for the Joico Spray Wax. It’s my favorite hair product that does just about everything! I especially love the texture it gives when I curl my hair with a flat iron because it helps make the waves separate and look beachier.

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3. Gillette Venus Platinum Razor

Sometime back in February, Influenster sent me the Gillette Venus Platinum Razor complimentary for testing purposes. I genuinely love this razor, and I’m not just saying that because they sent me the product for free. Every swim season, I’d grow out my leg hair from the first practice until the last meet just like every other swimmer. We do this for drag during practice and because it feels amazing to race at our biggest swim meets with silky, smooth legs. I tested out this razor after 3 months of growing out my leg hair, and I can honestly say it was the BEST shave ever. I continued to use it every few days since then, and I even switched back and forth between a traditional 3-blade razor and this one. In this picture, it doesn’t have the 5-blade, because it did become dull after a few weeks, but I’m going to be purchasing more soon. It doesn’t even feel like I’m shaving when I use the Platinum Extra Smooth razor because it’s that smooth!

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4. OPI Nail Envy

I used this product like CRAZY back in middle school, and I recently started using it again. My nails have been growing like weeds and they are so strong, too. I use it as a base coat, top coat, and sometimes just by itself. I’m dying to try out some of the Nail Envy polishes with color in them, like Hawaiian Orchid!

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5. Tweezerman Tweezer

I used to buy any random tweezer from the drugstore, until my mom gifted me a Tweezerman tweezer. She only got it for me because it was cute and rose gold, but after using it for awhile it was clear why it’s an Allure Beauty Winner. I’ve had mine for two or three years and I swear it’s just as sharp as it was when I first got it!

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What are some of your favorite beauty buys? Let me know on my Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest!

xoxo, The Chic Flamingo

Let’s Talk Trend: Kitten Heels

Hello lovelies! I am back for another edition of my “Let’s Talk Trend” series! If you don’t know already, “Let’s Talk Trend” is a series where I discuss current trends and showcase a few different pieces that encapsulate that trend. Today, we’re talking all about one of my new favorite trends, the slingback kitten heel. So, let’s talk trend!

The kitten heel has been a fashion girl favorite for awhile now, and it isn’t hard to see why. Kitten heels offer a little bit of height, but aren’t impossible to walk in. Lately, I’ve seen a lot of kitten heels in the retro slingback style, and I’m all about it!

From neutrals, prints, and pops of colors, slingback kitten heels can be found pretty much anywhere right now. Pair a hot pink pair with white denim and a white bell sleeve top for a fun, spring look. Or, style a white pair with a denim skirt and a graphic tee for a casual, cool girl vibe. There’s not doubt these fancy shoes go with everything!

Here’s a few of my favorite slingback kitten heels right now:

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The first pair of slingback kitten heels I came across were these Kate Spade Ollie heels. I think we all can agree that everything is better with a bow on it, so these KSNY heels really take the cake.

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Can we take a moment to thank Target for creating the most adorable, yet affordable shoes? If you want to rock this trend, I suggest these red heels from Target for only $24.99.

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I’m also really obsessing over this “shocking pink” pair from Gap. I swear one of these days I’m gonna crack down and buy them, but for now, they’ll just sit in my online cart.

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I’ve always been a fan of Sam Edelman shoes, and these white slingback heels are no exception! Not to mention, white shoes are so on trend right now.

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What do you think about the slingback kitten heels trend? Let me know on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest!

xoxo, The Chic Flamingo