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November 10th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile The Best Book to Movie Adaptations of 2016

The number of literary to big screen adaptations seems to grow each year. As controversial as book to movie adaptations can be for literary fans, with the right studio, a well-written book can come alive and turn into a great film. Check out my recommendations for the best literary to big screen adaptations of this year, cozy up with a good book, and look forward to its film.

 

The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins

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The Girl on the Train is on track to be the best psychological thriller of the year, both in book and movie form.

Buy the book here.
Watch the movie trailer here.

 

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

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An undead twist on a classic, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies continues the story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy with—if it wasn’t obvious already—zombies!

Buy the book here.
Watch the movie trailer here.

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs

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One of the most anticipated films of the year is also one of the last to come out. Miss Peregrine is scheduled for release on Christmas day. If you’re into creepy, edge-of-your-seat stories, this is the one for you.

Buy the book here.
Watch the movie trailer here.

 

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Mike and Dave Stangle

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Not all literary adaptations have to be masterpieces! Mike and Dave is a fun, lighthearted story and worth your time if you’re in need of a laugh.

Buy the book here.
Watch the movie trailer here.

October 27th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile 10 Last Minute Pop Culture Halloween Costumes

Running behind on Halloween preparations this year? No worries—we all get busy! This year, consider taking a detour from your usual costumes and have a bit of fun with a pop culture-inspired costume. From iconic movie characters to digital sensations, check out my list of last minute pop culture Halloween costumes that anyone can put together in a matter of a couple of hours—without going over budget!

Sandy from Grease

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A classic, this sexy costume is easy to replicate with clothes already in your closet and a little bit of thrifting know-how.

Wednesday Addams, The Addams Family

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I bet you’ve pulled this look off on a normal weekday without even trying! A schoolgirl-ish dress with some knee-high socks and a touch of white powder will give you an instant costume.

Carrie White, Carrie

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Slip dresses happen to be trending, making this costume all the easier. Add a tiara and fake blood and you’ll be instantly recognizable as Carrie!

Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

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And now for a completely different Carrie, but one that’s still a classic pop culture icon: a Carrie Bradshaw costume will have you feeling fun and flirty!

Phyllis Nefler, Troop Beverly Hills

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This was my favorite movie as a child. If you have access to a vintage Girl Scout uniform, you’ll have the best throwback costume at the party!

Alex Owens, Flashdance

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This will possibly be the most comfortable costume you will ever wear. Throw on an off-the-shoulder sweatshirt, a leotard, and some leg warmers, and you’ll be right at home on the dance floor.

Eleven, Stranger Things

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One of TV’s most mysterious characters is also one of the simplest costumes to put together for Halloween. Grab a pink dress, a blue track jacket and of course, don’t forget the Eggo waffles!

Rosie The Riveter

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Representing strong, hardworking women in America, a Rosie the Riveter costume requires just a denim jumpsuit, a bandana, and a fierce attitude!

Snapchat Filters

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We’ve moved on from emojis to Snapchat filters, and I think they are both more fun and easier to pull off!

Instagram Photo

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Simply using a square cardboard cutout, paint a caption on the bottom (don’t forget all the likes!), and you’re transformed into a live Instagram photo.

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October 13th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile 5 Simple Tips to Build Your Brand on Instagram

Instagram allows bloggers to connect on a more personal level with their followers. Less staged than blog content and less casual than Snapchat, it’s the perfect middle child that gives followers just enough of a peek into a blogger’s real life. It’s what takes them from a follower to a fan.

That is what a blogger, brand, or anyone that is looking to expand their following is looking for: fans. Followers are fleeting, while fans typically develop brand loyalty and have the power to make a stronger impact. Are you looking to build your brand on Instagram? Or just looking to become Insta-famous? (Hey, no judgment here!)

I’ve scoured the Internet for the best Instagram brand-building tips and rounded them up for you below. Remember to thank the little people when you’ve hit it big with your first 100,000 (or more!) followers!

 

1. Keep it Simple

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No worries if you don’t have a fancy camera or professional lighting set up—the biggest bloggers out there are simply using their iPhones. Look for even, natural lighting and a clean backdrop. You won’t even need a filter! If you do choose to use filters, only use one or two to let the natural beauty of your photo shine through.

2. Study Photographs

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You don’t need to go to photography school, but when you see a photo that you love, ask yourself what it is that you love about it. Is it the lighting, the subject, the framing, or something else? Focus on one or two details when you’re taking your next Instagram photo and see the difference it makes.

3. Consistent Posting

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You can’t post once every couple of weeks and expect to gain a massive amount of followers. Posting relevant content three or four times a day will make followers notice you.

4. Engage and Reach Out

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Take the time to find new accounts to follow and engage in their feed. Like their photos and leave meaningful comments. They will most likely return the favor. Also, use proper hashtags so that users can find you based on your content.

5. Utilize Statistics

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Apps like Iconosquare can analyze your Instagram statistics and show you your most liked photos, most successful time of posting, most successful hashtags, etc. Use these statistics to better cater to your followers, current and future!

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September 29th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile Hollywood’s Favorite Jewelry Designers

I’ll admit it for us all: We’re fascinated with celebrity style. On and off the red carpet, we are waiting to see what and who they are wearing. Oftentimes accessories can make or break an outfit, and our favorite Hollywood ladies know just how to make their outfit special with the help of some of their friends: celebrity jewelry designers. One thing we see in common with all the designer pieces below? They are minimalistic; less is more. Don’t get me wrong, statement jewelry and bling have their own time and place (hello, red carpet!), but the minimalistic trend can sometimes make an even bigger statement. If you’ve ever wanted to accessorize like your favorite star, check out some of Hollywood’s most loved and worn jewelry designers below.

 

Jennifer Meyer
Jennifer Meyer makes the most beautiful, delicate pieces and you will often spot them on your favorite star, on and off the red carpet.
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Pamela Love
Pamela Love designs with just enough edge to make her standout amongst the heaviest hitters in the jewelry industry.
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Jennifer Fisher
Jennifer Fisher’s designers are made for elevating a simple look to chic and playful.
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Melinda Maria
Sleek, modern, intricate details have put Melinda Maria at the top of the celeb list when it comes to accessories.
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Ariel Gordon 
It’s no wonder celebrities can’t wait to show off their Ariel Gordon jewelry pieces; intricate, yet simple, Ariel Gordon has created something beautiful for everyone.
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August 31st, 2016 by Jennifer Beile A Look Back at the MTV VMA’s Best Moments

Let’s rewind a few days and talk about the MTV Video Music Awards. I used to be glued to the TV for each and every award show. They were fascinating to me! I would vote, root for, and cross my fingers for my favorites—and definitely overreact if they didn’t get the win. Eventually I began to stick to the red carpet streams for the fashion coverage, and now I have the habit of just waiting for pictures to flood the Internet.

But there’s just something about the VMAs that gets me every time. It may be nostalgia or my excitement at knowing it’s a bit more uncensored and unplugged. Maybe it’s the fangirl in me still cheering on her favorites. Either way, there’s no denying it was a big night. I’ve put together a list of my favorite moments from this year’s VMAs.

1. Beyonce’s Lemonade Medley

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This list wouldn’t be complete without bowing down to Beyonce’s incredible performance!

2. Britney Performs

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Though she was shafted for being scheduled after Beyoncé, I’ve always been a Britney fanatic and will always have a soft spot for her in my heart . I love everything she does! Plus, ‘Glory’ is, well, glorious!

3. Drake & Rihanna Share A Moment

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Who knew you needed tissues for the VMAs? Drake’s declaration of love for Rihanna was so sweet.

4. Alicia Keys’s Speech and Performance

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Alicia Keys’ moving political statements honored Martin Luther King Jr. and only helped to keep motivating our youth to continue to stand up for change.

5. Rihanna’s Five Performances

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Rihanna reminded us why she won the Video Vanguard Award this year with five separate performances! This one is my favorite!

6. Blue Ivy’s Fashion Statement

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Blue Ivy stole the red carpet. How can she already be so fabulous at her young age?

 

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