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Your Complete Guide for July 4th!

The fourth of July is such a great time of the year. From barbecue to fireworks, it’s a time to celebrate with friends and family. To help you lovely pageant ladies get into the Independence Day mood, I have scoured the Internet to find great makeup, nail, hair, outfit, and sweet treat ideas to make this July 4th awesome! So dawn your red, white, and blue and let’s get started! :)

Makeup

Want to show off your American pride? Makeup is a great subtle or not so subtle way to do just that! Feel free to take or leave what you like from the tutorials, or let them inspire you to create your own fun, festive look! Additionally, there is a 3-in-1 nail tutorial to both challenge and inspire you! Have fun and experiment. :)

 Wearable 4th of July Makeup Tutorial

 Makeup Perfect for the 4th of July!

Fourth of July Nails!!! ☆ Three Easy Designs!

Hair

July, for most of us, is a hot and humid time of year. Thus, being outside all day for your 4th of July shindig means you need a hairstyle that can take the heat! What better way to do that than a ponytail? Casual, but simultaneously beautiful, ponytails are a great way to keep cool and look good during your July 4th bash! Add a fun hair accessory (like a bow or ribbon) in red, white, or blue to your ponytail to give it a little more 4th of July oomph.

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Braided Wrap-Around Ponytail 

Outfit Ideas

With your makeup and nails already showing off your U.S.A. pride, you may want to tone it down for your clothing. Thus, I found you pageant ladies three fun outfit ideas to inspire your own Independence Day outfit! Check’em out and enjoy!

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P.S. Click the pictures to get linked to the blogs or LookBook that they come from!

Sweet Treats

One of my favorite things about holidays is the dessert! Next to Easter, the Fourth of July has some of the brightest desserts. Below are four tasty looking desserts that are sure to wow and please any pageant girl’s family. So get baking! :)

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I hope this short, sweet guide to the Fourth of July helped inspire you in ways to show off your red, white, and blue pride!

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St. Patrick’s Day Nail Art Ideas

HSN_Festive-Nail-Art-Ideas-for-Saint-Patricks-DayThe lovely ladies over at the Home Shopping Network (HSN) have contacted PageantToPhD to do a guest blog post of sorts. As we know St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and one fun way to embrace St. Patty’s Day green is through nail art!

There are so many different ways to create fun St. Patrick’s Day inspired nails. Luckily, on the HSN blog they have put up their own fun St. Patty’s Day nail art tutorial. It is easy to follow, and the ideas are super cute! After following their tutorial you are bound to get compliments all day. :)

So click here to check out their awesome “Festive Nail Art Ideas For St. Patrick’s Day.”

Enjoy and have a fabulous St. Patrick’s Day!

P.S. If you are interested in guest blogging on the PageantToPhD blog or would like us to guest blog on your website, let us know! :)

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Your Complete Guide to St. Patrick’s Day!

Your Complete Guide to St. Patrick's DaySt. Patty’s Day is right around the corner, so I thought it would only be apropos to give you lovely pageant ladies a complete guide to St. Patrick’s Day! When one thinks of St. Patty’s day we picture Leprechauns, gold, and McDonald’s tasty shamrock shakes. So how do we incorporate these awesome things appropriately into our wardrobe, makeup, and hair? I have searched the vast Internet to compile tutorials and ideas for you guys to use to spice up your St. Patty’s Day! So have fun and enjoy! :)

1.    Makeup

Thinking about St. Patty’s Day makeup one is instantly daunted by the thought of green eye shadow. I mean how can green look good? Well, some wonderful ladies on YouTube have made it possible, and you will find three links to their St. Patrick’s Day makeup tutorials below. Pick whichever one you feel most comfortable with as they vary in intensity! Either way, have fun and maybe get a little inspiration for a future pageant makeup look.

2.    Hair

Hair is the easiest part! Any sort of braid can naturally look very Celtic, and thus is great for St. Patty’s Day. Here are three great hair tutorials to check out that will bring a little more Irish to your St. Patty’s Day look:

Another bonus is that you can reuse these looks for a beautiful pageant hairstyle!

3. Outfit Ideas

So how does a pageant girl embrace St. Patty’s Day green without going over the top? The simplest way is to wear green accessories such as a necklace or earrings. You can easily pick up some cheap St. Patrick’s Day inspired jewelry at Claire’s or Icing. Additionally, you can wear a green scarf to add some St. Patty’s Day spirit to your outfit.

If you are in a more daring mood you can go all green by wearing a green skater dress, which is great for spring in general. Otherwise, you can keep it simple by wearing a green shirt with jeans or a nice white blouse with a green skirt.

4.    Sweet Treats

Holiday-themed treats are always a favorite! So here below are some simple, fun St. Patrick’s Day treats that any pageant girl can make and share!

I hope you guys enjoyed this little guide to St. Patrick’s Day! Now go grab a Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s and remember to wear green. You don’t want to get pinched by a leprechaun! ;)

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Your Complete Guide To Valentine’s Day

ID-100158646-gubgibValentine’s Day is one of my favorite times of the year because it’s a day to celebrate love (think the Beatles’ song “All You Need Is Love”). Even if you don’t have a special someone that is no excuse NOT to celebrate! Get dressed, go out with your girlfriends, and have fun! Whether or not you are in a relationship here are some tricks and tips to have a fabulous Valentine’s Day! :)

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Whether for yourself, your significant other, or just to catch that certain someone’s eye ;) Valentine’s Day is a great day to get gussied up! The ideal makeup for Valentine’s Day channels pinks, whites, and reds. Remember to focus on the eyes or lips for that perfect, romantic look. Below are some great makeup tutorials that focus on the eyes. Want to emphasize the lips? Put on a pretty red and pucker! :)

  • How To Be A Heartbreaker- Not literally, but it’s a fun Valentine’s Day makeup tutorial. Don’t feel obligated to add the false lashes or the little heart, but the rest is perfect!
  • Love Me For Me-Love this look! Sweet, romantic, and fun, it’s a great date night out look! Also, watch until the end for the hilarious guy advice!

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2.     Hair

Every girl wants great hair for her big Valentine’s Day night out! Loose, romantic curls are a must! Below are two tutorials by Luxy Hair that do the job well. One is specifically for V-Day and the other for a date night out, both are perfect nonetheless! Feel free to use these looks for your pageant hairstyle as well!

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When one pictures Valentine’s Day we stereotypically think of a guy giving a girl a box of chocolates and flowers. Although this is all fine and dandy, what about the guy? Well, if you do have a special someone in your life the appropriate gift can really depend on how long you have been dating! Cosmopolitan gives a nice little breakdown of appropriate gift price ranges, as well as great gift ideas.

Valentine’s Day Gifts For Every Stage Of A Relationship 

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But what about the date night itself? I could give you a bazillion different ideas, but in the end it really depends on your relationship and what you and your partner would love to spend time doing together. Still need some help? To get the ideas flowing, here are my top four suggestions for a Valentine’s Day date night.

  •  Dinner At A Really Nice Restaurant—Just don’t forget to make the reservation!
  • Concert—This does not necessarily have to be exactly on V-Day, although that does make it convenient. :)
  • Dinner & A Movie—A great date night go-to, although with the cost of tickets and movie theater refreshments it’s probably best to go to a more reasonably priced restaurant.
  • Cook At Home—intimate, romantic, and relaxing it is a great private way to reconnect and have fun.

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If you have a special someone, Valentine’s Day is a great reason to have some private, bonding time. It is a day dedicated to showing your significant other that you love and cherish them. Maybe the restaurant was bad or the weather is keeping you guys in. That is not as important as remembering why you are with that special someone and letting them know you appreciate them. So no matter the situation, make a romantic, loving evening out of it, and most importantly enjoy it together!

If you’re single that’s okay! Like I wrote earlier, make it a girls night. Feel sexy and confident, and go out with your girls and rock it. Who knows? Maybe you’ll meet that someone special! Not feeling like going out? Then have a girl’s night in! Grab all your favorite romantic comedies or dramas (as well as some ice cream), and have fun! Reminisce, laugh, and bond. Girl’s nights are always the best. :)

Bonus Video: Valentine’s Day Hair, Makeup & Outfit ideas! + Easy V-day treat!

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Holiday Treat Traps and How to Avoid Them

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Part of what pageants girls are being judged on is their physical appearance so it is important that you eat healthy and exercise to stay fit.

During the holiday season, however, this is easier said than done. There are temptations everywhere, and I mean everywhere! There are chocolates sitting in your living room, cookies on the counter, latkes at the Hanukkah party, and your neighbor’s famous caramel popcorn delivered right to your front porch.

Here are a couple ways to avoid putting on those holiday pounds:

–       Share the treats you are given. Invite your friends over to munch on cookies with you so you do not end up eating the whole dozen on your own.

–       Don’t sit down to watch a movie with the box of chocolates because by the time the ending credits roll you might find that the chocolates are all gone.

–        If you receive a holiday treat, make sure to cover it in a non-transparent container so you are less tempted to snack on it throughout the day.

–       Don’t buy big bags of candy to put out for holiday decoration—it reduces the chances that you will end up eating it.

While it is important to stay healthy, don’t prevent yourself from having a treat every now and then—it’s part of the holiday spirit to have some sweets.

And if you find that you accidentally ate a dozen cookies or drink a whole bottle of apple cider, don’t be discouraged. Just forgive yourself, go to bed, and wake up the next morning and try to do better. Hating yourself for eating that extra piece of pie will get you nowhere, but the confidence from loving yourself will.  Happy Holidays!!

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Thanksgiving Advice: 3 things to avoid, 3 things to do

The leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and Turkey Day is fast approaching. Thanksgiving is full of yummy, fattening food and it is often hard to resist that huge piece of pumpkin pie; at the end of the day you find you are letting out your pants a bit.

Trying to stay in shape for the pageant takes a lot of will power and trying to maintain a healthy diet and exercise plan around Thanksgiving can be very difficult. Instead of cutting yourself off from all delicious foods and being miserable throughout the holidays, try out these tips to get the most out of your Thanksgiving.

3 things to avoid:

  1. Make sure to eat breakfast on Thanksgiving. Many of us are tempted to “save up” our hunger for the big feast so we can fill up on turkey and mashed potatoes. However, eating earlier in the day will help you avoid consuming an overwhelming amount of calories during the Thanksgiving meal.
  2.  Drink water instead of punch or another drink. This is a great way to cut out empty, unnecessary calories. But if you are just in love with the special drink your grandma makes then have a small glass and count that as a treat.
  3. Don’t nibble at little things because you will lose track of how much you are actually eating. Make yourself a plate of food, eat it slowly, then sit for about twenty minutes before going up to get seconds so you can tell how full you really are.

3 things to do:

  1. Cut yourself some slack! Eat healthy the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, so you have a little freedom with what you get to eat on the actual holiday.
  2. Try cutting down on the super fatty parts of the meal (gravy, butter, pies, cream) and load up on veggies, turkey, and fruit.
  3. Choose your desert wisely. Instead of taking 4 pieces of pie and scarfing them down, choose one small piece and savor it, really enjoy it. Try pumpkin pie instead of the chocolate cream, it is lower in calories and has many nutritional benefits!

Remember that balance is the key to being healthy in most things, so enjoy the holiday! Just remember the holiDAY is not all week. Get back on your healthy eating plan and keep your goal of general wellness–and performing well at your pageant–in the front of your mind. That makes it easier to make good choices day in and day out.

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