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Tan is Always Better

Your BecauseGirls creative team is heading to Venice Beach for the holiday weekend. What’s better than being in California? The beach. What’s the greatest thing about being at the beach? Tanning.

Some other people may disagree… But there is nothing like a super sunny beach day and hours to hang out the ocean and the sand. Something about letting your whole body soak in the sun just feels so good! The cool thing is that the sun although may be the cause of skin cancer, (cough cough), it can also give you a beautiful bronze glow. I don’t know about you, but I long all winter for the first summer day when those bikini tan lines start to show.

Tanning can actually be a very strategic operation. If your goal is to tan today, you must start to think of the details:

  • What suit to wear? – The less material the better, duh
  • What side of the body do I need to focus on? – Whatever is still the lightest, duh
  • Most importantly: What tanning oil/lotion do I use?

Bingo. What the heck is the best product? I will swear by –

Banana Boat

Gets you bronze, brown and beautiful in just a few hours of sun soaking pool sides. Now once you master how to position your perfect angles, you come back into the house anxious to see your new skin tone. (Because, duh you need to match that new foundation from Sephora) The next step is your after sun care:

Burt’s Bees

Yes honey, this is your perfect combo. Believe it or not, this Burt’s Bees after sun paradise will turn any hard core tan (aka almost burnt) skin tone revived. I was honestly surprised when I found this product and it is actually hard to find! My local Target ran out of it. Works like magic.

Remember to EXFOLIATE and lotion always <3

#becausegirls

 

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Professional Girls?

Are girls getting the recognition they deserve? Why does it seem women are slower to move up roles within companies? Someone’s getting in trouble at a company where you think they would be up to par during these progressive times – Facebook. Facebook was in the press this week  regarding a claim by a fellow Facebook employee that ran a data study on women in the engineering department. They crunched the numbers between men and women submitting development code to find that more of women’s work was being rejected than men’s.

Even though Facebook claims the study was incomplete and totally inaccurate, the company doesn’t have to disclose pertinent information in their diversity reports that would explain whether this most recent claim is true. Hmm…

My young professional career is still premature. However, it seems like Facebook will just try to sweep this one under the rug. It is a hot topic that young and professional girls today have not reached a closure in the gender wage gap perceived by society. At BecauseGirls, I’d like to think girls and women worldwide can use their intuition, confidence, and drive to go above and beyond societal standards, although with being a successful woman it also takes a supportive narrative mutually between both genders in the workplace.

Is being a young and professional girl easy? In social media, there are a lot of jokes about how being a young professional is so hard. Oh, you have to wake up this morning and have coffee and go to work that is paying for your bills? No, it’s really not that hard. But is being a young women in higher paid roles intimidating, or is it harder to find support by being the only women in a higher role? Sure it is. I think it is harder for a women to move up than men, and that is still visible in the workplace. We need to continue to work harder but smarter, at destroying the societal standard that a woman boss is harder to come by.

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Cinco de Drinko

I’m not sure why Americans love Cinco de Mayo so much. It’s not really because of the tequila and delicious mexican beer, right? We like May 5th for the camping and the barbecue, drunk old guys, and a great way to pretend like you’re on vacation. Grab your amigas and amigos and don’t turn down for what at today’s Cinco de Mayo fiestas. Since I know most of you will have at least one tequila shot, let’s learn a little bit about it:

Did You Know…?

  • tequila could help you lose weight
    • Ya bitches, guess what, tequila just became your best friend. The 100% agave is what keeps you 100 and I’m sorry, but only 2 shots please. Stimulates metabolism and help dissolve fats. Your welcome
  • it can help you sleep
    • You definitely have a high chance of taking a nap after your taco food coma. Or the one who is gonna cha cha all night and you’ll sleep real good. Hey, you deserve it!
  • it won’t give you a hangover
    • Sure, if you’d like to break your bank with a top shelf shot, you’ll be ready for round 2 Saturday for those post-cinco de mayo fiestas, mis amigas. Bring on a whole weekend of tequila!

May the chips and salsa be with you.

#becausegirls

(we have some taco and tequila shirts, browse here)

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You Are What You Eat

I have talked a lot in some of my previous blogs about working out. Although going to the gym and lifting weights are half the battle, your fitness and overall body health depends tremendously on how you feed it. There are a gazillion diets, nutrition plans, meal preparation methods, and all those other food fads. How the hell do you figure out what’s best for you? I’m not an expert, but by growing up with a mom who’s a nutritionist, I’ve gained love and appreciation for good food. Most importantly, how significant it is to our well-being.

First: I don’t care how healthy some “superfood” might be – if it tastes like shit, don’t eat it! If you’re not liking some “healthy” foods that someone somewhere is suggesting, don’t push it. If it doesn’t taste good to you, you’ll always wish you were eating something else and boom, your “diet” is wrecked.

Second:  You’re not on a diet. “Dieting” is so 2000s. You are making a lifestyle change. To see a change, you gotta make a change. I’ve heard stories of people that workout all the time, but they never change up their routine or change what they’re eating and they hit a fitness plateau. The keyword here is: “lifestyle change”. Usually a “diet” means temporary; if you want consistent, long-lasting results in your body or health improvement, it is much more than temporary.

Third: Read the labels. We are in a mass-production, mass-consumer market. How do you think those corporations mass produce food? Yummy. There’s added sugar, added salt, added preservatives, fillers, coloring food dye, added random crap to make that shit taste good. Know what is in the food you buy. Top hitters that are the absolute worst: High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Sodium Nitrite/Nitrate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, BHA & BHT, and all food dyes. Here gives you some info as to why they are so terrible.

There is so much to learn about nutrition and health, but I hope some of this gives you insight into why food is so important. You are what you eat is a actually a literal phrase. Feed yourself good and you’ll receive the benefit.

#becausegirls

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Why Does Music Make Us Feel So Good?

With Coachella around the corner and lots of other festival go-ers getting excited for their summertime events, we thought it’d be interesting to discuss why these gatherings are so contagious. There’s music, tons of people, fashion, and all that other fun stuff. Wink Wink. There’s Lollapalooza, EDC, Warped Tour, Coachella, Bonnaroo, Sasquatch – the list goes on. But why do so many people get SO stoked about these events?

Music is actually still considered a human evolutionary phenomenon. In general, it’s a universal language. English speakers can still dance to spanish music, the tourists in Africa can march to the beat of a drum, but in the end, music is a feeling and a different type of language that all of the human race can understand. If you remember who Bill Nye is, he makes the statement, “certain qualities of music are found in speech that affect behavior in natural ways, which also suggests that musical qualities are buried deep in our evolutionary history”.

Nobody really understands why listening to music can trigger such profoundly rewarding experiences. But in recent studies, it has been linked to — can you guess? — dopamine releases in the brain; i.e. your brain’s pleasure chemical. However, why it’s so tricky to find out how and why music can make us feel so good is because it’s not tangible. You might be able to hold onto a guitar or hit a drum with a stick, but the actual music is created through space and sound. The music is wave lengths being processed through your brain and only YOU can decide if that sound feels good to you.

Ironically, the area of your brain that processes sound is referenced by scientists as the “pleasure center”. Those areas of the brain that ignite when you hear music are involved in processing emotion, learning and memory, and decision-making. Ultimately, music creates an intellectual exercise within your brain. It creates feelings relating to past, current, and future experiences in a whole new way – making each music festival new, exciting, and reaching into emotions we probably haven’t felt before: an addicting pleasure source that we strive to feel more of.

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Your Sunshine Survival Guide

The perfect day surprisingly takes more effort than you may think. Not only does the preparation begin months in advance, a real sun child will appreciate this approach to achieving the highest level of successful days in the sun. Whether this means at the pool, on the beach, floating down a river, or on a boat – hopefully this can give some well-deserved insight to what goes into the best experience of soul-soaking sunshine.

Your Body Prep:

Yes, ma’am. Here’s when you can have Nike preach in your ear, “Just DO IT”. Just get yourself workin’ out and you’ll thank yourself later. Here’s a good all body workout. This can help you feel totally fab when you get to rep your brand new swimsuit this summer. Not only to boost your confidence, but to show all the haters how much you #slay.

Don’t forget about how us women have to be hair free! Wax that sh** off, or get profesh with that razor.

Your Sun Protection:

You need SPF – I don’t care if you’re black, hispanic, cuban, white, asian – whatever you are, sun causes cancer AND wrinkles. Get a sunscreen special for your face. Protect that gorgeous, flawless face of yours! Then for your body, my favorite recommendation is Banana Boat Tanning Oils. Smells great, 15 SPF gets you a really nice bronze tone, and oils you up for a moisturizing lay-out.

Your Hair Style:

This can all depend on your sunshine-day activity. For the pool, that’s usually low key and you can do your hair however you want. Depending whether you like to swim, you can even glam-up and do that sh** like you about to hit the club. No one’s judging. However, if you’re going to beach or on a boat – be prepared for winds 15+ mph. Braids work great.

Your Sunglasses:

Don’t be blinded by the sun! There are also a stupid amount of options. Find the shape of your face and what style sunglasses look good on you and keep on deck at least 3 different options.

Check out our new summer edition apparel for ALL your sunny days!!

#becausegirls

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Adventure

When was the last time you went on an adventure? Not like a pool party or a walk around town. Like a real, totally unknown, make you excited adventure. Something that gets your clothes dirty or scrape your knees. Somewhere without cell phone service, or access to your snap story. An adventure that lights up your inner soul to feel full and alive and totally involved with the moment around you. That, is the adventure you should strive to find this spring break or summer time off.

Get a crew who likes this or who wants to adventure. Maybe even a longer trip so that you can spend time with people in a whole new experience. People who can show you cool new ways to do things, a different outlook or different state of mind. When the new frontier appears, you all can awe in wonder together and really take a whole new experience to the next level by living this with people who you’re with.

What matters, is the people

Someone once said to me on a very long trip, “Stop and smell the roses”. I didn’t quite understand until during that trip, it appeared to me it could mean to live in the moment. Stop and soak in where you are at, what is around you, and who you are with. The buildings, the shops, the beaches, the trees, the food — this can be all new to you, but imagine a new experience by yourself. It’s fun for awhile, but not until after some time, it’s not so glamorous. This is what I learned from that man when he shared the simple idea that, “What matters, is the people”. What matters, is the WE.


“We traveled through the Sonoran valley with the  Grand Canyon to our side. Red rocks and blue skies illuminate the horizon and tease us for the trip ahead. We wake up to a bluebird sky and get our gear together for an action-packed day. Snow like butter, glistens aside the mountain in this Utah county. The cold wind rips through our clothes tickling our bones, but we love the feeling anyways. It whistles through the trees and fills the air with noise of pure bliss”.

#becausegirls

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Let’s Talk About Raving*

Have you raved before? I bet you have. If you haven’t, you’re either 45 years old saying, “I remember U2 in college”, or you’re a college student who spends too much time playing video games, or broke. Otherwise, I’m sure we all have experienced a rave. Thank God.

If you’re a guy, make sure you follow your “get shredded in one week plan” before the big event. Shirts off and hats back are definitely a girls dream. Sweaty, wet and so gross it’s sexy. Stepping on my girlfriends toes and too tall for us to see the stage… Okay, maybe ripped sweaty man bodies are not a girls dream during a rave.

Believe it or not, raves are not always flower headbands and light-up-shoes kinda fun and dandy. Here’s some reality-checks about raving, no matter how old you are:

  1. Unless you’re pro-ravers, you will lose friends in the group: whether there is too many people, or your friends are party people, the group will get separated and some people are gonna freak out about it
  2. Water will never taste so good after a show: at least the event hosts are getting smart now and promoting “Vibedration” and serving water for free; I think people have died before
  3. There are massive men in this world. They will find you in the crowd of hot and sweaty people and crush you. Unless you are a super-crowd surfer, the crowd will consume you in it’s rave-sweat, and glory.
  4. You might be totally normal, but there are still crazy people out there. Sorry to say, raves and big shows do draw out the crazies from your town. Take this as a fair warning.
  5. If you’re single, remember, everyone there is dtf. Even the blow-up totems and bartenders stuck working the show. Everything is dtf… because that rave love is all around.

So, ladies and gentlemen! Spring is in the air, gym workouts should be showing results by now, and you and your friends are ready to party! Rave safe my friends, now go get your dirty party self to a badass show.

Here’s some of our picks for this rave season:

March 4-5 (this weekend) San Diego CA: CRSSD

March 18-25, Morzine, France: Snowboxx

March 21-26, Miami FL: Miami Music Week (UMF)

April 6-9, Austin TX: Euphoria

 

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Slay Girls: Vol. 1

Volume 1

YOU MIGHT HAVE GUESSED IT…

Slay Girl Vol. 1: Beyonce Knowles

I’m not sure if anyone has claimed to be the inventor of “slay“, but I’m about to do it for them and say that Beyonce just might be it. When did this all begin? Let’s rewind for a minute and really soak in Beyonce’s journey to the highest point in her career. It didn’t just happen overnight…

If you all don’t remember, Beyonce ruled the 90’s as the leader of Destiny’s Child. The energy doesn’t stop. After becoming one of the top selling girl groups, she made the decision to go her own way and become a multi-platinum solo artist. Let’s put this in a timeline for you, so you can plan out the next couple years and hope to catch up:

In 1992, her group was featured on Star Search, she signed with Columbia in 1997, and in 2001 she started her solo career and married Jay-Z. In 9 years, Beyonce started with a vision and kept going, kept working, kept putting out more and more songs and made top hits. She’s been making music not to just create a song to put on the radio – she is creating songs that are movements and ideas that she believes in.

In 2012 she had Blue Ivy; I’m sure you just thought twice and said, but it’s 2017? Yes, Beyonce has been KILLING IT and she had a kid 5 years ago. Oh ya, and is now currently prego with twins. This women’s persistence, determination and dedication is beyond amazing. Her net worth, racking in at about $450 million, is the result of relentless drive, strength, and so much consistency in her work. A hunger for not only making music, but communicating change.

Her music video, “Formation“, released earlier in 2016 was her turning point. It was also the turning point for many girls and women that received her message. The “slay” movement only began because of Beyonce. I’ll decide for you. I mean, the first line in this song is, “Y’all haters’ corny with that illuminati mess”. Straight up, Beyonce is gonna call you out:

The epitome of “slay” is Beyonce. Carry yourself with confidence, believe in who you are, and never give up for what you desire. Show your worth – don’t talk about it. Act on your dreams – don’t just think about them. Be who YOU are – not what someone thinks you should be.

#becausegirls

Side note: She is most definitely NOT going to be at Coachella – who do you think will take her place?

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Essence of the Power Couple

Millennials are awesome.  I’m not sure how we’ve come to get such a bad reputation. Maybe it’s because we are swaying from the status quo or trying things that no one has done before. Although there might be many reasons, there are also some really amazing movements that could be rooted back to the rumored, “not-so-favorable” millennial-thinking. In tribute to Valentine’s Day, there is not a better time to bring up the movement of “power couples“.

The power couple definition from Urban Dictionary is summarized as:

A relationship between two people [who] are as individually awesome and fun to be around as they are when they are together.

They know in their heart that they are just as valuable to the world as the other. Good looking, optimistic, and sparks a light in the world that people recognize.

In a power couple, if one person is flawed, the other person makes up for their weaknesses in strength.

This is a relatively new concept. Until maybe 40 years ago, men had the spotlight. (Don’t quote me on that) But in relationships, in careers and daily life, the women needed to cater to the men. Their self would have to come second.

The focus has since changed from patriarchy to togetherness. The status quo wants to see couples together who are feeding from each other’s success. It’s inspiring to see the support between them, ultimately being able to grow together.

An example is Gerard Adams and Alyssa Yannuzzi. You might know Gerard from his amazingly inspirational IG and Alyssa for her looks. From an outsider’s perspective, her strengths help Gerard where he needs support and vice versa. Maybe Alyssa has more weaknesses than Gerard, not hatin’, but they are able to work together and build each other up. Be a #powercouple

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