Let's be honest, Jersey girls take a lot of heat -- and not just the heat from the tanning salon! From their big hair to big attitudes most people have an opinion of girls from Jersey.
T.V. doesn't help either! Jersey Shore, Jerseylicious, Housewives of New Jersey, and a few other shows depict these fabulous women in a not so fabulous light. But if you really think about it, there may actually be something we can learn from these bronzed beauties!
1. The Benefits of a little Color
Now, some of our Jersey girls have gone a little over the edge in their attempts to stay tan, but their reason for doing so isn't crime; it's actually pretty valid. When our skin is a little sun-kissed we look more refreshed, younger, and even a bit thinner. And the best part? There is no need to actually hit the beach for eight hours a day for the entire summer, while potentially damaging your skin! There are amazing sunless tanners that work famously and give your skin that vibrancy it could really use. Furthermore when you're rockin' a nice glow you don't need to put on as much makeup, hence saving you time and money! Check out L'Oreal's Sunless Sublime Glow Daily Moisturizer! Under $10 bucks!
2. Go ahead! Tease away!...Your hair that is! You've seen it, the HUGE Jersey hair; compiled of layers upon layers of hairspray, products, and whatever else they jam it to make three times the size of their heads. And well, although some may say that it's not a great look, I think that they've got the right idea. When your hair has a little lift at the roots and a little body, it really opens up your face and can really add a new dimension to your look. Now we all think of "body" in terms of hair height, but it's really the hair texture that the term "body" is referring to. By adding a just a touch of product and quick 5 minute blow dry at your roots, you can change your whole aura! Check out Pantene's Fine Hair Root Lifter Spray -- on $4.70!
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Glitter, rhinestones, and spandex are just some of the things we sometimes see our Jersey Girls wearing. And even though we may not want to rock a hot pink tube top with glitter, doesn't necessary mean our Garden State girls are doing anything wrong. It's obvious that they think about and take pride in the outfits that they chose and how they want to look. When you feel like you look good, you feel good. And when you're feeling good you're usually more confident and outgoing; what's wrong with that? Taking pride in your appearance is not only good ol' quality time for yourself and maybe some friends, but it gives you a chance to present yourself to the world how you'd really like to be seen. Instead of throwing on sweatpants and an old t-shirt to run to the supermarket, take 15 minutes and actually put something on. You may be surprised by how you feel and how others treat you! Take a peak at the selection at LuLu's, they have tons of awesome clothes at even better prices.
4. Nails! Nails! Nails!
"Um I'd like my nails really lowng, with purple french tips, and umm yeh yeh - add some silver sparkle to them too...ok great, thanks doll!"
It's the stereotypical Jersey girl conversation you've either seen on T.V. or heard at your local salon, a pretty young lady asking to have talons glued to her fingernails. For most of us this is not a look that we'd wish to copy. How are you supposed to button a button or tie your shoes with those things attached to your fingers? But I think our clawed gals are on to something. Your hands are not something you can hide with baggy sweat pants or a long t-shirt, and unless you'd like to wear gloves all the time, they are constantly out for the world to see. If you have torn up cuticles, bitten at nail beds, or yesterday's gardening extravaganza underneath your finger nails you look a bit unkempt. And that's not you! You're beautiful and fabulous! For under $10 dollars at some salons you have those babies lookin' great in no time! And for under $10 dollars you can buy a nail kit and clean them up yourself. If you'd like to add color, pick a light shade of polish, like OPI's polish in "It's a Girl!", that's easy to touch up and not as noticeable if it chips.
5. Stilettos, Heels, and Pumps -- Oh My!
Shore girls can strut! They can rock a 4-inch heel like flip flops. The boardwalk is their runway and they want all eyes on them! And although we may not want to wear a 3 inch black patent leather heel to the office on a Tuesday doesn't mean we shouldn't! It's a little known fact that wearing heels elongates your legs and can make a finishing statement to any basic look. Also, not only are you physically taller, but you psychologically walk a bit taller too. The next time you throw on the same black skirt with your basic black top, think about adding some killer (in appearance, not comfort) colorful pumps! Jessica Simpson has a great line of affordable heels, flats, and boots that are definitely worth checking out!
In the end I know this list can seem a bit silly, but if you think about it Jersey girls are only exaggerating tips, tricks, and girly secrets that we've known forever! So the next time you see a Garden State girl doin' her thing, give her a compliment....or maybe just a smile!