7 Weird Hacks Everyone Needs to Know

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Accessorize With Me: You Are What You Wear

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Hold up. Before you do anything else…

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Want to find a neat way to look chic even when you are in a hurry?

Accessories speak a thousand words. Whether you step out in sweats or distressed jeans, a simple scarf thrown over, a hat, a ring, or nice shoes can alter your look completely. Just because it is finals week or you just rolled out of bed, doesn’t mean you should look like a bum.

How you look has a profound impact on your level of confidence. If you ran into a potential employer or potential partner at the grocery store, ask yourself if you would want to approach them if your hair is in a bun, your under-eye bag game is strong, you missed a spot while shaving, and are wearing sweats and flip flops. By all means, be comfortable in your own skin but unfortunately, in this world first impressions mean a lot. This is why employers care so much about your clothing choices in interviews. Would you wear neon yellow strappy heels or classic black pumps?

Shop my accessories

Shoes: Chestnut Makalu Thuli Moccasins, Shoe Carnival

Scarf: Tommy Hilfiger

Backpack: Walmart

Spiked Cuff: Forever 21

1. Your shoes show who you are, while your hair/hat shows who you want to be perceived as.

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If you aren’t going to the beach, there is no need to settle for flip flops. That’s not trying. If flats are your thing, try faux leather sandals like these:

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2. It’s the little things that count. Don’t overdo your jewelry. No one has time for that. A simple thumb ring and cuff will suffice and make you look classy.

3. Style up the inevitable. If you have to go to school, work, or the grocery store, you need a purse, wallet, or a bag with you. Don’t buy a basic backpack. Get something colorful or cute so that you won’t have to do anything extra to glam up your look. Just grab your daily backpack/purse and head out. Make sure to buy these in neutral colors to ensure they go with most of your outfits. A brown-orange leather color, deep blue, dark red, black and white are your safest options.

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My daily wallet from Forever 21

4. All you need for this trick is a scarf. Scarves can be worn in hundreds of different styles. Buy four patterned scarves for less than $15 at Walmart and you are good to go. Style them up a different way each week and revive a normally dull look.

My favorite scarf tutorial:

Have fun on your journey to glamour!

Review: ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks

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The Orlando Shooting: Little Did We Know

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It was like any other day when I woke up on Sunday morning. I sat up in my bed, groggy  and a tad bit hungry since I was fasting for Ramadan. My first instinct was to check my phone, as if I am immobile unless I am constantly updated. I checked my e-mail hoping to hear back from an online magazine I had applied to write for. No luck.

“Oh my God, my group chat is blowing up again. These people stay up all night talking about who knows what,” I thought to myself. Little did I know that America had its deadliest mass shooting a few hours before, in the city of Orlando.

I grabbed my laptop and scanned the headlines sprawled across Yahoo News. The first thought that sprung to my mind was “Please don’t tell me the shooter was Muslim.” We already get so much loathing from several people as it is. We don’t need psychopaths stirring up any more trouble for us.

Omar Mateen. Such a beautiful Arabic name, meaning long-lived, powerful, and eloquent speaker. It’s a shame the shooter didn’t know how to live up to it. If his heart was suffused with that much rage against the LGBTQ community, why not post a Facebook rant? Worst comes to worst, he may have lost a few online friends. Not literally.

This man was enraged when he saw two men kissing at Pulse night club that night. What did we assume? We assumed he was a radically religious man who wanted to put an end to something he hated, gays. But what we didn’t know was that this man wasn’t as religious as he seemed. If he was, he wouldn’t have picked up his Sig Sauer MCX that day and snatched the innocent souls out of 49 bodies ruthlessly. But what did we do wrong? Assume. We assumed his motives before we had any evidence. Just because he was a “Muslim”.

Little did we know that he was gay. All the dating apps he used prove it, but this man was too cowardly to come to terms with it. Sources say that most of the people he reached out to blocked him because he was too emotionally unstable. Maybe he was furious at the men he saw not because he was repulsed, but because he was jealous. Little did we know that he was trying to fight his inner demons and get rid of his homosexuality that he didn’t want to deal with. So he took out his gun and killed the joyous spirits of those who accepted themselves and were proud of their identities.

I am proud of who they were because they put smiles on faces, loved one another, formed a community to withstand the hate that society throws their way, and they owned up to who they were. My condolences go out to their friends, families, and loved ones who are grieving.

Omar Mateen was not a human, nor were his actions Islamic.

 

Watch the emotional story of Orlando shooting survivor, Patience Carter here .

Are You Scared of Me?

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I am a Muslim and I have dreams and aspirations just like you.

Shortly after I was born in Missouri, my parents moved us frequently during my childhood till my dad could get a stable engineering job and till we found the perfect “home” that met all our needs. New Jersey was wonderful. I grew up there with the few cousins I have in America and I immensely crave that sense of family and homeliness.

New Jersey was too cold and pneumonia every winter wasn’t something I looked forward to every year. On the day of my 8th birthday, we hopped into our Denim Blue Mica Toyota Sienna to drive to Texas, where my dad found his ideal job. Houston is my home now and I wouldn’t want to have been raised anywhere else. I am taken aback by the beauty of this city, it’s cultural diversity, and friendly Texans who ride horses to school (don’t tell me you fell for that).

Since I was a child, I always knew I would do something artistic in life. My dream has always been to go into the film industry and it still is. Now that I started wearing a headscarf two weeks ago, I am putting acting on the hold, but I can always direct films. For now, I am focusing on becoming a journalist. It’s not going to be easy at all but this is a choice I made for myself. Not going to lie, I question my decision more frequently than I should. But I know that this scarf only makes me unique and stronger.

Maybe I am one step behind in my career. However hard others have to persevere to break into the journalism industry, I have to try twice as hard just to convince people I am capable before they even consider looking at the resume I so carefully put together. That doesn’t stop me from pursuing my dreams. I am going to strive just so I can put an end to this discrimination and make life easier for headscarf-wearing women all over the country.

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This one article of clothing changes everyone’s perception of me and I don’t understand why. I am still the same quirky, funny (at least I think I am), creative, ambitious and generous person I was two weeks ago when no one even assumed I am Muslim at first glance. Come on, I am that girl who cries when she sees an animal in pain.

My parents are somewhat lenient in these kinds of things and I am so grateful for them. Not once have they pressured me into doing something I don’t want, so don’t tell me I am oppressed. What is oppression? Merriam Webster defines oppression as “the state of being subject to unjust treatment or control.” The only people oppressing me are those people denying me jobs in a career I know I am skilled in. It sure as hell isn’t my religion.

And for those people who randomly shout “Allahu Akbar” at the Muslims they see, does anyone actually know what it means? It means “Allah (our name for the same God Christians believe is Jesus’s Father, just through the preachings of their own religion) is greatest.”Atheists and people of other religions, you do you. I still respect and love you as humans.

Just because stereotypically, terrorists scream this phrase before murdering innocent people like us (because they psychotically think that’s what God wants them to do) doesn’t mean “Allahu Akbar” is a bad phrase that you say to insult Muslims. You can kill someone saying “Potatoes.” Does that make potatoes bad? No. I still love my french fries. And you know what? God is awesome. So Allahu Akbar. I wish peace for every one of you and I hope all of you are given all the happiness you can ask for.

 

Do I still scare you?

How about now?

Please share this on your social media. Change must start now. Let’s end this struggle together.

5 DIY Jewelry Cleaning Hacks

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Do you have that one pair of earrings you wore so much that they got tarnished and you just didn’t know how to clean? Bust them out and open your pantry because we have a quick and inexpensive fix. These DIY’s will literally take you minutes and won’t cost you an extra penny!

1. Tomato ketchup acts as a great household silver and sterling silver jewelry cleaner. because of the natural acids present in it.

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Just take the silver accessory, place it in a small bowl of ketchup, roll it around a bit for 5-10 minutes, remove from the ketchup, and clean the crevices with a toothpick. Voila! Say goodbye to the tarnished silver.

2. Aluminum foil, dish detergent, and baking soda bring the sheen back to hard stones like diamonds or crystal rhinestones, and platinum jewelry.

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Take a bowl and line it with a square of aluminum foil. Then pour the salt, baking soda, and dish detergent solution on top of the foil. Now add hot water and you can see that the liquid fizzes. The ion transfer is effective in cleaning metals. Drop in your jewelry and let it sit for 10 minutes. Remove the ornaments and gently scrub off any debris with an old toothbrush. Rinse with cold water and pat dry.

3. Ammonia brings a shimmery shine to your gold ornaments.

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Brighten up your gold ornaments by soaking them for 10 minutes in a solution of 1/2 cup clear ammonia and 1 cup of warm water. Gently wipe the jewelry clean and let it air-dry. Ammonia is a strong cleanser so avoid using it too often to prevent wear on your jewelry.

WARNING:  Don’t use ammonia when cleaning gold jewelry that contains platinum or pearls.

4. Soak your precious gemstones in a bowl of seltzer water overnight and wipe them clean in the morning. 

5. Toothpaste is an all-purpose jewelry cleaner (don’t use it on pearls though).

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Put some toothpaste on an old toothbrush and gently scrub your silver, gold, or gemstone jewels. Dip a clean cloth in warm water and wipe the paste.  See the transformation
instantly.

Meet This Ten-Year-Old Journalist

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Young reporter Janna Jihad, 10, sets an example for all of us. She saw evil so she set out to inform the world about it, hoping it will provoke us to make change. This girl has a spark like no other. She is a dreamer, but she takes action. I believe it is possible for her to go to Harvard to study journalism and she will get that position at CNN or Fox.

Pray for the struggling souls in Palestine. No human deserves to die that way.

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Complete Yourself

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The empty canvas stares, mocking her

fears meant to be poured out as vibrant splatters.

Beastly secrets seething in the artist’s soul gather,

pounding on the doors of Hell, summoning to be released.

Into a dream of fairy tales and lovers’ sacred decree.

 

The artist must choose, a life of murder or letting go.

Release the demons within, and row

the boat in a river of untouched goals.

She escapes to become one with God, her savior truly.

Takes off like a bird, and revels in the world’s trivial beauties.

 

Travel this game of life one place at a time,

Roll the dice and see where you go,

like a drop of rain before the rainbow.

Expand the bounds of your horizons, illuminate them with pastel.

Go conquer your fears, and complete yourself.

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America’s Got Talent: Now the World Knows Her Name

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Here come’s Season 11 of America’s Got Talent. The latest episode featured 12-year-old Grace VanderWaal singing an original song, “I Don’t Know My Name.” At first glance, this adorable little girl from New York seems like she can steal our hearts with a cute song. But she definitely shocked the judges and America in a much different way. Just as the ukulele finished her touching song, she received a standing ovation from Cowell, Mandel and Klum.

“I think you are living, beautiful, walking miracle,” Mandel said before giving her the golden buzzer.”You’re original…I think the world is going to know your name.”

For those of you who don’t know what the golden buzzer is, the concept was introduced in Season 9 of the show. Each judge may only press it once during the season and it sends the act straight to the live shows.

“Grace, you know what I predict for you? I think you are the next Taylor Swift ,” Cowell said. Hearing something like this from a tough cookie like Cowell says a lot about her talent. VanderWaal’s unique voice and  Southern English accent in her songs make her that much harder not to love.

None of VanderWaal’s friends knew she sang. Now the whole world knows that she will become a star. This video had me tearing up. Seeing people’s dreams come true is such an inspiration to all of us. If they can do it, there is still hope for every one of us. Shoot for the stars and you shall reach them.

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