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The women who play the main characters on HBO’s comedy series, Girls, love nail polish. Although their characters haven’t quite figured out what stylish clothes to wear yet, the one thing they have in common is their love of colored nails.

But, in order to have good style requires taking baby steps, and that is something that celebrity stylist Deborah Lippmann, understands full well.

In fact, Lippmann is releasing a nail polish line inspired by the show’s four main characters, Hannah, Marnie, Shoshanna, and Jessa.  The set of nail polishes is a collaboration between Deborah Lippmann and Girls creator, Lena Dunham.  The line retails for $45 and includes four bottles of polish; one for each of the four main characters.  The colors include Hapless Hunter Green for Hannah, Virtuous Vivid Violet for Shoshanna, Prim And Proper Pink for Marnie, and Bohemian Burgundy Jessa.  Deborah Lippman has previously created nail polish lines for True Blood,  Snow White and the Huntsman, as well as for various celebrities.

Go to Lippmann’s website to pre-order your Girls inspired nail polish now!

– Lauren Levine

Dressing for the Rain

Posted: December 14, 2012 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style
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At this point, I don’t think anyone would disagree with me that all rain sucks.  Sandy, you bad, bad girl.  Even without Sandy though, it seems like this has been an unreasonably rainy winter.  I personally blame global warming, and if that’s really the case, we’re all screwed.  Either way, I’m here to tell you how to look good on the rainiest of days because you can’t come to Syracuse expecting sunshine and rainbows. And if you do, you don’t even go here.

First off, wear color!  Rainy days honestly make me so depressed as it is, so if not for yourself, do it for me. I’m kidding. But really, wear color. All it takes is something as simple as a colored scarf/bag/shoes, whatever.

I’m not too big a fan of raincoats.  Yea, they get the job done and should be worn to sporting events and stuff like that, but if your just going to class, I suggest a trench coat instead.

So now you have your pop of color, your trench coat, and last but not least, the ultimate rainy day accessory: the umbrella. Besides the fact that they protect your hair (hey ladies), they’ll keep the majority of the rest of your body dry too.  This is always good, because I hate feeling like a soggy wet dog in class. With so many affordable umbrellas out there, don’t be that girl spending $200 on a designer one. That is beyond unnecessary, especially if you’re anything like me and lose them everywhere.

I suggest looking into the bubble umbrellas.  At first, I literally thought they were the ugliest things ever, but in Syracuse, they are necessary.  If not, you have to hold regular umbrellas at this awkward ankle so the wind doesn’t make them turn inside out (trust me its happened multiple times).  At first bubble umbrellas were just all clear; however, now they make them with patterns and colors.

You also can’t forget to wear rain boots. I can’t even tell you how many times I see people wearing moccasins to class when it’s torrential down-pouring. It may not sound like a big deal, but imagine sitting in class with wet socks for two hours. Yeah, that’s what I thought.

They might not be the most attractive things in the world, but it’s better to wear them than have to sit there smelling like wet feet. I’d give you a suggestion of a brand I love, but I know most of you that read this just buy everything else your peer group does.  So, just buy the Hunter’s and call it a day.

Rainy days don’t mean yoga pants and a hoodie. Class it up.

-Lauren Levine

The Naked Palette

Posted: December 14, 2012 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style
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I’m sure you probably clicked on this with hopes of me talking about Ryan Gosling’s latest nude pics. But unfortunately, those don’t exist, and I’m about to talk about makeup.

Most girls have that one beauty product that they can’t live without and never fails them, feeling the need to buy it over and over again. Mine, happens to be Urban Decay’s Naked Palette.  Although some may think it’s a bit pricy at $50, trust me when I say that it is well worth it, and lasts forever.  Individual Urban Decay eyeshadow is priced at $18 each.  So, you really are getting more for your money.  The brand first came out with their Naked palette in 2010, and due to its huge success, created the Naked 2 in 2011.

On the Sephora website, the Naked pallet has 5 stars with over 5,000 comments, while the Naked 2 palette has 4.5 stars.  Both palettes consist of 12 different shades of eye shadows that are all extremely pigmented.  The shades consist of neutral colors from beige to browns, to grays and silvers.  My favorite shade is Half Baked, which both palettes conveniently have.  Other Urban Decay Eyeshadows that are in the palettes include Booty Call, Foxy, Virgin, Snake Bite, Tease, and Blackout. A.K.A., there’s one for every girl in your sorority.

I use my Naked palette every time I go out.  The shades are perfect for blending together.  The colors are a little too dark for me for daytime use just because I like a more natural look.  However, there are definitely some shades you can use for during the day if you do not blend them with the darker colors.  Although both products came out a while ago, go buy them!  I continuously get compliments when I go out on my eyeshadow and my friends always borrow my palettes too.  Another bonus is unlike other eyeshadows the ones from Urban decay last until the end of the night and do not wear away.  So buy it people will say “Ya look good”.

-Lauren Levine

Plaid With A Twist

Posted: December 11, 2012 by jerkmagblog in TRIM -- style
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Plaid shirts are characteristically un-feminine, but this year, they’ve been revamped. The shirttails are now being tied at the bottom to give it a flirty twist making it look like a bow, which of course is always okay. On second thought…

Plaid has never been a feminine look. The tie at the bottom is just a way of making a shirt cover less of your body. The point of plaid is to insulate for more heat. It’s a winter fabric. If you’re supposed to look like Daisy Duke, I suggest you move South so you’re not bitter cold in that shirt. It’s an oxymoron on a mannequin.

Let’s talk about the color options too. Plaid fabrics could use some better color choices. Winter colors are dark, but mashing them all together in a checkered pattern is not acceptable. It’s like a designer throwing a bunch of colors together because they cannot pick just a few favorites to use for their collection. It’s hard to match an outfit to every color thrown together. Fashion stylists often advocate a three-peat, which is using one color in three parts of an outfit to make it appear cohesive. Plaid throws this foolproof rule out the window, just like the proper placement of a bow.

A bow typically goes in your hair or around your neck, not at your navel.

– Jenna Jacobsen

Faking Thin

Posted: November 27, 2012 by jerkmagblog in TRIM -- style
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For many of us, Thanksgiving is the first time we will have been home since August. So, in order to avoid that “What the hell happened to her?” moment, I’ve compiled a list of ways to appear skinnier, even if those crammed recent hours spent at the gym are giving you zero results.

Rule Number 1: Stand straighter

I know, I know all of our moms and grandmas constantly nag us on standing up straighter and not slouching over.  I’ve had numerous times in my life when my mom has literally come up to me and pulled my shoulder’s back.  However, over the years I have realized a good posture not only makes you look skinnier, but also makes you feel more confident.

Rule Number 2: Wear clothes that are the right size

This is probably the most important rule. If something is too small, don’t wear it! You may feel good if you somehow manage to squeeze into your old pair of jeans, but if your fat bulges, giving you a muffin top, it’s just not worth it.

Rule Number 3: Belt it

I always suggest wearing a long sweater and cinching it with a belt. Belts always define and help draw attention to the narrowest part of your body.  You can do this by wearing both thin and thick belts.

Rule Number 4: Don’t Wear Stripes

Stripes usually make you appear wider. So don’t do it unless they are horizontal, which make you look longer and leaner.

Hopefully you listen to my advice because you definitely don’t want to go home and hear people whispering “what the hell happened to her?

– Lauren Levine

Weather Woes and Your Wardrobe

Posted: November 27, 2012 by jerkmagblog in TRIM -- style
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It’s hard to know what to wear when the weather decides to be a bipolar bitch. It’s even more unfortunate that this is typical for Syracuse. It mocks you for being over prepared and changes so often you’re often lost in preparation for the day. You can leave your house wearing rain boots and ten minutes later you wouldn’t have needed them at all that day. You can have it be snowing, raining and sunny all in the same day. Not only can Mother Nature not make up her mind, it’s also like she laughs at us for living here for the next four years.

You carry an umbrella around for days expecting it to rain, and the one time you don’t take it with you, it rains. It’s even more unfortunate when you leave for class in shorts and then try to find a ride home, because the temperature dropped to an unreasonable low. It gets even worse when you wear a sweatshirt and leggings only to have it warm up throughout the day, and because you got dressed in five minutes, you’re literally wearing a “sweatshirt.” It’s gross and sad, but we have all been there.

Rock those rain boots, even though it rained for ten seconds right before you left the house and not again that day. Pretend you planned it. No one needs to know Mother Nature won that battle, even if it is rather obvious. You never know, you might be the next style icon. The only rule that should be followed is: stop trying to make snow boots happen, they’re not going to happen. Seriously though, they are for snow emergencies only and are rarely pulled off in an acceptable manner. It’s the one fashion faux pas that won’t be tolerated due to Mother Nature’s inconvenient behavior.

– Jenna Jacobsen

Ombre: The Two Tone Hair Trend You Should Avoid

Posted: November 25, 2012 by jerkmagblog in TRIM -- style
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When I first heard the word “ombre,” I actually heard the Spanish word “hombre” and wondered why the hell a girl would call her hair “dude.” Naming hair trends is not at all like naming a car, which would be more acceptable. I mean, I’d drive an Ombre…

Unless ombre in your hair is done really well, it ends up looking like someone dipped half your head in a container of bleach on accident. This leads into the two-tone hairstyles this year. It could just by a dye-job gone wrong.

The time to experiment with your hair is in your childhood when your parents cry the first time you chop it all off, and then in middle school when you dye it with your friends and your parents cry again. By the time you’ve reached college, you need only to look professional. You take hundreds of photos a year, and you better believe that companies are judging you by your appearance. These photos can determine whether you get a job or not. Why would you jeopardize that for the latest trend in hair color? You know you’re going to regret that look when you’re older. Your body is a temple, so your hair should be held to the same standard.

In the words of Elle Woods, the rules of hair care are simple and finite:
1. Your natural color is your best look
2. Well-matched highlights or low lights add dimension
3. Go by the shape of your face for a complimentary cut
4. Avoid adding unnecessary chemicals to your hair. It only damages it in the long run, which is why you want to avoid too many dye-jobs.
5. Healthy hair is sexy hair; get it trimmed every 6-8 weeks!

– Jenna Jacobsen