February 29, 2016

Disney Movies of 2016

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I love movies and I love Disney. Whether it's Disney itself, Pixar, Marvel, or Star Wars, I like it all. For all you Disney fans, here's a list of upcoming Disney movies, and my thoughts about them.


Zootopia- March 4
Zootopia takes place in a world populated with animals that walk, talk, wear clothes, have jobs, and are basically like us. Judy Hopps, a rabbit police officer, joins forces with Nick Wilde, a fox, to solve a mysterious case and show everyone she can be a police officer. Its cast includes Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Shakira, and Idris Elba.
This looks like another great Disney classic. The trailers alone are hilarious (try the sloth one). I'm already in love with it and especially with Judy and Nick. Try Everything, Shakira's song in the movie, is beautiful and already on my favorites playlist.


The Jungle Book- April 15
This is another one of Disney's classic animations remade into a live action film, though how live action it can be when most of the characters are wild animals, I don't know. I assume it will be following the same basic story of the old film. We've already seen giant animals and several scenes reminiscent of the old one movie in the trailer. The cast has some big names with great voices including Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, and Scarlet Johansson. It also is introducing adorable Neel Sethi as Mowgli.
I've always enjoyed the Jungle Book and I'm excited to see what they do with this new one. I hope they keep the fun tone of the old one and maybe some of the songs. The most interesting thing will be seeing what Warner Brothers, who are coming out with a Jungle Book next year, will do with the film. Will they follow the book more? We'll have to wait and see.


Captain America: Civil War- May 6
This is the third Captain America film, based off the comic book by the same name. After a incident causes some big problems, probably the death of civilians, the government wants to watch the Avengers. They split up into two factions, the ones with the government decision, led by Tony Stark, and the ones against it, led by Steve Rodgers. The superhero roster grows as more heroes are added in this film. Most of the old cast is there and they are also adding Martin Freeman, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman.
Sorry, Stark fans, but I'm team Cap all the way. I'm really excited and nervous for this one. One of the trailer shots shows Rhodey lying on the ground. If he dies, I'll be rather upset. And if Cap dies, like in the comics, I'm going to go through the roof. Anyway, it looks epic and with all those new heroes, I can't wait to see it. 


Alice Through the Looking Glass- May 27
I loved the first Alice in Wonderland and I can't wait for this one. This time, Alice has to travel back in time to save the Hatter from losing his Muchness. The Red Queen returns and a new character, Time, played by Sasha Baron Cohen, appears. All our old friends are back, including the Caterpillar, voiced by the late Alan Rickman. The movie also includes a new cover of the song White Rabbit by Pink.
As I said, I am look forward to this one. I think it will be a nice continuation from the first one. There's new locations, including a cool fortress of Time's, and more bizarre but awesome costumes.


Finding Dory- June 17
Instead of trying to find Nemo, this time Dory is seeking answers to her past. She wants to find her family, and probably will, since this is Disney. The old cast is back, except for Nemo, and a few new people have been added- like Diane Keaton.
Personally, I didn't like the first film so this isn't of big excitement to me. The people who enjoyed the first one will probably be flipped to see there's a second one. There's bound to be some more beautiful scenery that you can't believe isn't real, and more hilarious lines. Shark bait, oh ah ah.


The BFG- July 1
Steven Speilburg will be directing this adaptation of the book. The first trailer gave us a small taste of what looks like a great movie. It follows Sophie, a London girl, who meets the BFG (big friendly giant). He takes her to his cave and teaches her about the giant world. He also shows her dreams, which he collects to send to children. The other giants are probably going to make mischief in the human world by the time the story's over. Cast members are Mark Rylance, Bill Hader, Rebecca Hall, and Ruby Barnhill as Sophie.
I've never read the book, though I plan to before July. But I think this will be a great movie, though maybe a little scary for small children. The giant will be especially interesting as we haven't seen him yet.


Pete's Dragon- August 12
Disney's second remake this year but this time of the 1977 movie. I bet the dragon will be a lot more real looking. A forest ranger meets Pete, who claims to have a dragon named Elliot as his best friend and protector. I have a feeling someone will threaten the dragon and they'll have to stop him. Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Karl Urban, and Oakes Fegley star.
I never liked the old film, so I only saw it a few times. However, I am looking forward to see this new adaptation. My only problem is they didn't let us see Elliot in the trailer they released. I guess they can't show everything at once.


Queen of Katwe- fall
I'll be honest, I don't know much about this film. It's about a girl who wants to become a chess champion. It takes place in Uganda, a country in Africa, and is based off a true story.
The cast of this one is predominantly black so far, which is good. I think if it is done right, this could be a very powerful story. I'll be interested in seeing more about this film as time goes by.


Doctor Strange- November 4
A new superhero is being brought to the big screen. The awesomest part? He's being played by the one and only Benedict Cumberbatch. Not much has been released about the plot except he was a neurosurgeon and got in an accident, forcing him to stop working. He discovers, though no one says how, alternate dimensions and magic.
I've seen all the concept art so far and it looks cool. Benedict is a pretty good match for him. Hopefully he'll be able to pronounce all those weird names of things from the comics.


Moana- November 23
The next Disney princess is from the Pacific Islands. She sets off with her friend Maui, the demi-god, to finish a job her ancestors left unfinished. The cast has Dwayne Johnson and Hawaiian native, Auli'i Cravalho so far. (Don't ask me to say that.) She says she dreamed of being a Disney princess. I think it's nice that they wanted to cast a real Hawaiian in the role.
I think this movie will be a big hit and I hope it has super songs. Moana looks like another spunky princess who will let nothing stop her.


Rogue One- December 16
It's the first stand alone Star Wars film. It's about a group of pretty tough looking resistance fighters who try to steal the Death Star plans. We'll have to wait for more information than that until later.
I love how the new Star Wars films have strong female main characters. This film looks grittier than some of the others but I think it will be a good movie.

Which movies are you most looking forward to, and why? Tell me what you think in the comments.

February 25, 2016

Book of the Month: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library



Escaping from a library? What is there to escape from? A title like that is an instant hook, along with the colorful cover. Based on an interesting what if, this is a great book for any reader.

Our hero is twelve year old Kyle. He is the youngest of three brothers and often feels he is not good at anything. From the beginning you see that while competitive, he is also kind and thoughtful. When he wins a $500 gift card to use on Lemoncello games, instead of spending it all himself, he splits it up between his family.

Kyle is one of twelve winners who are invited to a library lock-in at Mr. Lemoncello's new library. Mr. Lemoncello is a millionaire game maker. However, getting out of the library isn't as easy as getting in. The kids must compete to be the first to escape from the library and become a star in Mr. Lemoncello's commercials. Through puzzles and clues, Kyle and his team race to beat Charles and his team to get out of the library. Risks are taken and alliances formed. As the game comes to an end, the race becomes frantic. Who will get out first?

Thoughts about Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

The story is well written and fast paced. By the end of the book, you won't want to put it down. Of the twelve kids, only seven are actually around for most of it. But those seven are all unique. There's Charles, the stuck up snob, Haley the cheerleader, and Sierra the book geek to name a few. The library is amazing. There's a game room, holographic librarians, and more. I wish I had one like it.

One of the best parts of the book is Mr. Lemoncello. He is the Willie Wonka of the book world. Instead of a factory, he has a library. He wears fart shoes. He's funny. Mr. Lemoncello is awesome. He also encourages kids to be creative and read. That's the most important thing to him.

Throughout the book, Mr. Lemoncello frequently makes references to books. Twenty-five are referenced and others are mentioned. Sometimes it's subtle, other times they're easy to see. The puzzles are great too. Chris Grabenstein also includes an extra puzzle for readers to solve. Some versions have a hint in the back, but for those who don't, here's a hint from me. See what else you can play First Letters with in the book.

Recommendation

The book is geared towards elementary and middle schoolers, though a teenager would like it just as well. It is a great read aloud but I warn you, they won't want to stop. Great for kids who love reading and a bit of humor.

February 22, 2016

My Fave Writing Articles

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Writing is a hard craft and there's nothing better than being able to find an article to help you with your needs. Whether it's characters, plot holes, or editing, a good post can be useful. It's a bit long but you can either read it all or skip to what you're looking for. Without further ado, here is a list of some of my top articles for writers.

Pre-Writing

Before You Type "Chapter One"- A short but good post on things to think about before you start your story.
50 Questions for Your Outline- Fifty may seem like a lot, but look them over anyway. There are some excellent ones you might be missing from your outline.
Plan Your Novel for NaNoWriMo with World Building- Don't be fooled by the title. This advice can be used anywhere and is great for both fantasy and sci-fi writers.
Writing Historical Fiction: You Don't Need As Many Facts as You Think- A great post about not stuffing your novels full of facts, no matter how cool they are.
How to Cut the Crap and Research Your Novel Effectively- This goes over research from making a plan, conducting an interview, taking notes, getting information off the internet, getting information from books, and then using all that information. Check out the rest of the site too.
Creating a Fantasy Culture- A post about creating an original fantasy culture.

Writing

5 Tips for Setting Reasonable Writing Goals- Getting writing done is hard and this post shows you how to set goals and accomplish them.


This picture tells you the best ways to include a prologue.
3 Ways to Start Your Novel- Includes examples from well know books.
The Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel: Advice from Literary Agents- I like this one a lot because it is full of opinions of the people who actually work with novels. Read through all of them.

And here is an infographic of Pixar's rules of storytelling. Always take tips from the pros.

Editing

5 Words to Eliminate from Your Writing- Good prose is part of good writing, and you need to cut useless words for that.
5 More Words to Eliminate from Your Writing- The second part to the first post.
8 Things to Cut When You Kill Your Darlings- In this article, Kristen tells you what kill your darlings means, and how to do it.
10 Things Your Beginning Should Do- A list of the things your beginning, or first three chapters, should do.

Characters

10 Signs Your Villain Might Be Cheesy- I like this one because I often see some of these things in my writing. You should read this one.
6 Terror Tactics for Really Scary Villains- Who doesn't want to write a super scary villain that will make your readers wet themselves.
Building a Character Arc: Start at the End- This make a really great point to make a strong character arc.
Four Behaviors Fiction Needs to Stop Glorifying- I think this one makes an excellent point about what you should and should not have characters do.
6 Ways to Hide Your Villain in Plain Sight- Villains you can't locate are the best ones.
How to Write Diverse Characters- Characters anymore seem rather cliche and boring. This article tells you how to making them better.
Your Heroine Doesn't Have to Kick Butt to Be Strong- My absolute favorite article. I love all the points she makes.

You can also find my writing boards on Pinterest here. Just keep scrolling until you find them. I hope this helps you.

February 18, 2016

Picking the Right Jewelry for You

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Every girl loves jewelry. And look good. Jewelry can really make or break an outfit. So how do you decided what looks good on you?

Cool or Warm?

This is the first thing you need to decide your jewelry. It is also excellent for clothing and makeup. When you wear the right colors, you look awesome, and who doesn't want that? Figuring out whether you are cool or warm is easy. Just search the internet for cool or warm skin quiz and take one of the quizzes. Which one you are will help you pick jewelry in the future.

Cool

Cool skin tones have pink, peach, or blueish undertones. Celebrities like this are Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Shania Twain. If you're a cool person, silver and platinum are the best metals for you. Bright jewel tones are your best colors.

Warm

Warm skin tones have yellow, peach, golden, or olive undertones. Celebrities with this skin tone are Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, and Kate Hudson. If you're a warm person, go for the gold in your jewelry. Earth tones are your friends.

What's Your Style?

This is the second thing to consider when choosing jewelry. It should match your style of dress, most of the time. I suggest this post for a good overview of the types of styles- http://www.enkivillage.com/types-of-fashion-styles.html. And here's a pretty good style quiz- http://www.thechicfashionista.com/fashion-style-quiz.html#Quiz. Once you've figured that out, it's easy.

Let's take a classic person like my mom. She like to wear simple but elegant jewelry that looks very nice on her. Or my sister, who is more edgy. She likes layers and funky pieces she makes herself. I like a combination of things. Once you've figured out what your style of jewelry is, it helps a lot.

Choosing Jewelry

Now we finally get to the fun part, picking out jewelry. When you shop for things, keep in mind your style and skin tone. However, these are only guidelines. You can be more than one thing. If you want to wear something different, go ahead.

If you can, try on the jewelry before you buy it, or carefully consider it. Will you actually wear it, or does it just look cool? Do you like it? Will it match your wardrobe? Is there at least two outfits you can wear it with? This last one is optional if you're looking for a certain piece for a certain outfit.

Keep in mind that these are guidelines, not absolutes. It you like this post, also check out my post on jewelry essentials- http://rs-loft.blogspot.com/2016/02/8-jewelry-essentials.html. Have fun finding your best jewelry.

February 15, 2016

Mod Podge: Why You Should Totally Use It

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You've probably heard of mod podge before. Seen it in a craft tutorial or saw it on a shelf at a craft store. But what is actually good for? you wonder. That's today's topic. Good old mod podge.

What is Mod Podge?

Mod podge is a decoupage medium. But unlike some types, mod podge can be used to glue, seal, or finish crafts. You don't need a glue and a top coat with mod podge. It does all that.

Not only is it multipurpose, you can use it on many different things. Cloth, metal, wood, paper, cardboard- basically everything. There are special formulas for certain surfaces. You can even get outdoor, waterproof, and dishwasher safe. Mod podge works for most projects.

What Can You Make with Mod Podge?

Almost anything. I've made notebooks, jewelry, doll house flooring, and custom pencils. Just search mod podge projects and you'll come up with thousands of ideas. It works to make custom shoes. You can make art with it. It works awesomely for almost any project you can think of.

The Formulas

Mod podge comes in multiple formulas, which are what they call the different types. Here's a quick guide to the ones I know. For a more in depth look at them, read this article by Mod Podge Rocks- http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2009/07/mod-podge-formula-guide-youve-been.html.

Classic- This is the mod podge you will use for most projects. It comes in gloss and matte. The first gives a shiny finish and the second a dull one. I like to use the matte for gluing and the gloss for finishing.

Dimensional Magic- I use this one for jewelry. It has dimension like epoxy but much safer. It makes great pendants, if you do it right.

Fabric- A formula made just for use on fabric. It prevents fraying, so it would work great for a sealer.

Outdoor- The perfect one for all your outdoor needs. It has extra resistance to the elements.

Like I said, this is not a great list, but please check out the one I linked above. Then check out the rest of her site. It is my top spot for mod podge projects of all types. 

I hope this encourages you to try using mod podge in your crafts. Don't be afraid of it, it is super easy to use. I plan on doing some mod podge DIYs in the future.

Keep mod podging!

February 11, 2016

Writing With a Short Atten- Oh, Look!


I'll be the first to admit it, I don't have a very long attention span. If I lose interest or get distracted, I'll quickly lose my focus. This can be quite a problem when I'm writing. I want to write three pages a day, or sometimes write for an hour, but it can be hard. Sitting down to write takes focus. For all you people out there who have this problem, whether you're ADHD or just have issues focusing, here are seven do's and don'ts to help you.


1. Don't writing at the computer.
When I write on the computer I instantly have a harder time concentrating. Part of the problem is all the stuff on it. I think, oh, I should look this up while I'm thinking about it. Or I'll just take a little break and play a game. Or check Facebook. Next thing you know I've wasted half an hour. Also, my creativity just dries up when I stare at that stupid, blinking cursor.
My advice- use paper as much as possible. You may burn through reams of it. I do. But it will help get the writing done. If you have to use a computer for writing, my trick is to close my eyes. This helps to to focus on what I want to say, not stare at the blank screen.

2. Do break it up
Don't just write all three or whatever pages at once. Break it up into smaller chunks. Sometimes I'll write a page and a half, then take a five minute break. I'll read a chapter of a book, play a game of solitaire, or get a snack. Then I'll finish my writing. Or you could break it up into time chunks, if you count writing by time. Say you want to write for half an hour. Do fifteen minutes, take a break, and then do fifteen more minutes. And it actually has to be writing, not just staring at the page.

3. Don't write in the car
Time after time I've brought my writing in car, thinking, I have plenty of time to write. I'll get a lot done. Right. When we return home, I've barely written anything. There's just so much to look at or people to talk to, I can't concentrate on writing. No matter how good my intentions, it doesn't work. If you're like me, leave your writing at home or finish before you leave.
When you have to write in the car, try hanging a blanket or jacket in the window to block you from looking out it. Make yourself focus on the page and do it one page at a time. When you have to take a break, keep thinking about what you'll do next, so you can keep going faster.

4. Do reward yourself
There is no greater reward for accomplishing your daily goal than a piece of chocolate. Or a game, or a few minutes of reading, or whatever works for you. It helps me to have a motivator to finish my writing. When I get this done, I'll play some fun stuff on the piano. Or make a piece or jewelry. Something to keep me going.

5. Don't write around others
I always find it harder to write when other people are around. Especially my sister. We get talking and I get distracted. It's easiest for me to just shut myself in my room and write until I'm done. Then I can be around people again.

6. Do focus on one thing at a time
When I'm have problems figuring out what to write next, mostly when I write on the computer, this tip I read in Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird helps a lot. She suggests looking at your story through a one inch frame. What she means is, instead of looking at the big picture and freaking out, focus on a little thing. This scene. What is happening right now to this character. That bit of dialogue. Once you get going again, then you can return to seeing the bigger part.

7. Do make writing every day a habit
This is one of the best ways to get your writing done. Habits, once made, are hard to break. So if you make good habits, like writing a couple pages every day, it will help you focus and get it done. Try playing a game with yourself. See how many days in a row you can write without missing. Even if it's just a page. (You don't have to count Sundays. I don't.) If you make it fun, you won't want to miss a day and have to start over. Set an amount of days to complete- 30, 60, six months, a year- and when you reach it, reward yourself.

Of course, these are all things that work for me. If you write better around people, go ahead. If you do best on the computer, don't stop. I am simply suggesting things I know help me. Take what helps you from this and leave the rest.

Happy writing!

February 8, 2016

Have Skirt, Will Exercise



I don't know about you, but I'm one of those girls who have to wear skirts. It's not like I mind. I've always had it that way. But there are times when wearing a skirt can be annoying. One of those times is exercise. Over time, my sister and I have figured out ways around the skirt issue and that's what this post is about.

Pants vs. Skirt
So why are pants easier to exercise in? For one thing, they are close cut. Skirts have a lot of loose fabric that gets in the way, perfect for tripping you up. Second, pants don't ride up. A skirt, depending on what you're doing, can do that and show off things you don't want seen. Third, pants enable you to see your body better. They allow you to see your legs and feet easier than a skirt would. Exercise one of the few times I wish I could wear pants. They are more ideal for it. But sometimes you have to work around these things.

Pants Alternatives
The best alternative is a good pair of culottes. If you don't know what this is, it is a skirt divided into two sides. Another common name is a split skirt. They look like a skirt, but give you more freedom of motion. You can make them at home or buy them. Culottes work well for exercise because of their freedom. They are also good for many other activities like sports or hiking.

If you aren't even allowed to wear culottes, don't worry. A skirt can work for exercise. The following tips will help you decided what to wear for exercise, whether you can wear culottes or a skirt.

Choosing Exercise Clothes
1. Determine what to wear by what exercise you're doing. I like to do mostly dance exercise and yoga for an example. If you plan on dancing, you can wear skirts or culottes. Just make sure your skirt is loose for leg freedom. If you're doing a sculpting exercise, culottes are preferable. And so on.

2. Wear a tank top or fitted shirt. Keeping as much cloth out of the way as possible helps a lot.

3. Wear good shoes. Yoga, Pilates, and other sculpting exercises don't need shoes. But most types of cardio do. Make sure your shoes fit well. The same goes for your socks.

4. Have the proper equipment. Leslie Sansone's walking workouts often need a resistance band. Some cardio has weights. Yoga needs a mat. Check what you are doing and make sure you have everything within reach before you begin.

5. Keep that hair out of the way. I never exercise with my hair down. When I do, I regret it. It's best to put your hair in a ponytail so it stays out of your face and doesn't heat you up.

I hope this helps you to exercise well no matter what you wear. Get out there and make your body beautiful.

February 4, 2016

Classic of the Month


Welcome to February's classic of the month! This month it is-

The Lord of the Rings
I chose this book because it is one of my favorite books ever. Top five, most definitely. Allow me to get personal for a minute. I don't know which I can say I did first- watched the movies or read the books. Technically, my mom and I started the movies first. But I loved the first movie so much, and we had to watch it so slowly, that I got out the books and read them. I read them all in about a week. Yes, all one hundred thousand something pages in around a week. Then I got out the Hobbit and read it in a few days. I was 13. Since then I've read a lot of Tolkien. It is one of my goals in life is to read everything he wrote. But I just wanted to share that story with you to show how much I love these books.

This book (I'm going to count it as one for simplification) falls under the heroic quest type plot. A inexperienced hero, Frodo the hobbit, gets burdened with the task of taking and destroying the Ring- a terrible weapon. At first he is reluctant, but later takes up the Ring again by choice. Along with his company of friends, they begin their journey to the one place the Ring can be destroyed, right in the heart of enemy territory. Along the way they split up and rejoin in various ways. In the end, however, Frodo, must end the journey alone. With a killer plot twist which I will not reveal in case you haven't read the books (shame on you!), the Ring is destroyed and Middle Earth is returned to peace.

What I Like About It
Oh, where to begin? How about the language, one of my favorite things about Tolkien's writing style. He's a beautiful writer. His prose flows and he uses all the best words. You should see how much he changed as he wrote. Whole characters would be rewritten, deleted, or renamed. Middle Earth was his life. He wrote so much more than we've seen. If you're a writer, you've heard the iceberg comparison. A character has so much showing above the surface, but is supported by a lot more below. Tolkien's whole world was like this.

Then there are the characters. From hobbits to men to elves to dwarves to orcs, Middle Earth is filled with races, each wonderfully built. He has a cast of nine main characters, with unique personalities, and tons of other characters. Frodo is an excellent hero, seeming to be weak, but is actually much stronger than he appears. I like Legolas. Not just because he's an elf and totally awesome, which he is, but because he's interesting. His father is a prince, yet he is out on a quest, risking his life, instead of loafing about in Mirkwoood. He's also funny and sarcastic, things that people often don't think about in an elf.

And the world. Every country in Middle Earth has it's own history, people, lifestyle, and geography. They are all iconic and easily recognizable. Tolkien is a master writer. If I could only visit one person in history, it would be Tolkien. So all that adds up to say, Tolkien is probably my favorite author. Ever. Closely followed by Rick Riordan.

One day I want to get the Alan Lee illustrated versions of the books, as well as a Hobbit book with the original illustrations by Tolkien. Here's another fun fact. Christopher Lee, who passed away last year, actually met Tolkien. He also read the Lord of the Rings once a year, probably until he died. I am also trying to do this, as you can see by the way my books look.

Movie Adaptions
I couldn't not mention Peter Jackson's versions of both the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films. They were excellent and a must watch. His casting and cinematography was superb. He makes you feel like Middle Earth is real and he filmed there. Maybe someday I'll find that secret passage that will lead me there. The Hobbit films were good too, but my favorite is the first one. That one captured the feel of the book best to me.

The other film adaptions, which are lesser known, are the ones by Rankin/Bass. They did the Hobbit and the Return of the King. The Hobbit was the better of the two. If you want a gentle film that closely follows the book, it is a great one. It's especially good for kids not ready for Peter Jackson's versions. Their Return of the King is not as good. It leaves out characters, horribly mispronounce names, and skips parts. But still, it was all they had before Peter Jackson.

When did you first read the Lord of the Rings? What's your fondest memory from the books or movies? Which is your favorite? Comment and tell me.

The road goes ever on and on. . .

February 1, 2016

8 Jewelry Essentials

Today I'm writing about one of my great loves- jewelry. We're going to talk about the pieces of jewelry you totally should have in your collection. A good piece of jewelry can really pull together an outfit. Before I start, here are a few things to consider.
If it's a piece of jewelry you know you're going to wear a lot, it would probably be good to spend a little more money on it. This will save money in the long run, since you won't have to buy the piece again when you wear it out. Look for a good quality piece that will last. Etsy would be a good place to look, as they are made by hand and are normally high quality. There are probably other places to find good jewelry but I don't know them, because I don't shop at a lot of fancy stores.
Make sure it's something that looks good on you. I'll be writing a post on this later this month, so if you don't know what this means, read that article when I post it. Not every trend that you like will work for you. Also, not all trends will last, so keep that in mind.
Note to people without earrings- try clip on's. You can get them at Claire's, I know, and probably other places. Clip on earrings look pretty and mean you don't have to actually pierce your ears.
All right, with that out of the way, let's get down to it.


1. Diamond or (if you're like me) Imitation Diamond Studs
These work with any outfit and are definitely a must have. They can dress up a plain outfit or look awesome with a fancy one. Whether at home or out and about, these are perfect for any occasion.


2. Pearl Studs
Like the diamond studs, these work with many outfits. For people who like a classic look in jewelry, like my mom, these are perfect. You can even get them in different colors.


3. Pearl Necklace
Whether you get one with a single pearl pendant or a complete loop of pearls, you should have one of these to match your earrings, or just to wear on their own. You can even match them with diamond-looking jewelry. Pearl and sparkles look great together. Careful when buying pearl items. Some of them are bad quality and will chip and look terrible quickly.


4. Diamond or Imitation Diamond Pendant Necklace
A single sparkly pendant on a chain looks pretty and adds a nice touch to a normally plain top or dress. If it's short enough, it can rest above the neckline of your shirt and bring attention to your beautiful neck.


5. Hoops
A pair of hoops in your preferred color- silver or gold- can look good on anyone. And there's nothing like the feel of something brushing your cheeks when you shake your head.


6. Bangle(s)
Either one wide one, which often come with a hinge, or several thin ones, these look excellent with a three quarter sleeve, short sleeve, or sleeveless top. If you love your wrists, like I do, this is a great way to accent them. Beware of multiple bangles if you want to be quiet. After you put on two or more, they start clanking against each other.


7. Dangle or Chandelier Earrings
Good dangle or chandelier earrings can really bring out your face. Research and figure out what type looks best with your face shape. Like for my face shape, a teardrop shape can help soften my jaw line. They can reach anywhere from an inch or two to brushing your shoulders. Get a length that you enjoy. Some people may love earrings to their shoulders, while others may want short ones.


8. Statement Jewelry
This is one I would like to work on myself. You can get statement earrings or necklaces. Try to aim for one that will match multiple outfits and you feel comfortable with the style. Not everyone wants something big, heavy or flashy.

I hope you enjoy this list and that it will help you build your jewelry collection. Remember to check back later in the month for my post on choosing the right jewelry.