Two-cent Tuesday (Vol. 2)

Contributor Alex Langston's recommendation on what to read, watch, and listen (old + new, mostly old). All descriptions are in tweet form--140 characters or less. These recommendations aren't based on any formula or theme. It's a random selection that she considers share-worthy.

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Style: Classic Stripes

JC Penney Stripe Sweater (similar) | ASOS black mini skirt | ALC Hutton Crossbody Bag | Forever 21 booties (sold out, love these)

Though mild, the winter temps are slowing creeping in, which means us girls who aren't so keen on showing off our legs can finally whip out the black tights. My to-go as of late is layering my tights with a mini-skirt and a sweater. And because I no longer know how to dress to go out, I wore this combo for a night of dancing with the girls. Sweat ensued but I had the time of my life not worrying that my goods would fall out. And maybe, being all covered up helped to burn a few more calories than normal. Nothing beats the morning after a solid night out with the girls - toner legs, aching feet, and a list of unmentionables safely embedded in our memories.



 poncho | statement bracelet | candle | knits | journal

if you've been following my Instagram, you might have seen this fun sneak preview (involving the goofiest sweater of sweaters) of Target's newest collaboration. Last Sunday, Target launched its partnership with TOMS, one of the top socially conscious brands with a limited time offer gift collection.  Like TOMS “one-for-one” model, with each gift purchased by Target shoppers, a gift will be made to a person in need.  Donations include one of the following:  one blanket via American Red Cross, one week of meals via Feeding America, or one pair of shoes via TOMS. So, shopping for yourself at Target can easily translate to giving back. Woo!  I really love how the collection truly represents the TOMS brand and cannot wait to hop over to Target to scoop up a few pieces for myself! You might want to pounce on the collection, too. I hear they're selling out fast. But pssh, you can shop the entire collection online here and check out what everyone is saying about the collection with the hashtag #TOMSforTarget.

Disclosure:  “Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.”

Instagram: the Good, the Bad, and the Filters

Resident wordsmith, Tuvy, approaches every situation with a little wit and a lot of humour. She contributes monthly columns that will make you think and just might tickle you. 

Wondering why you aren’t getting likes? Noticing more unfollowers than followers? Don’t really care about any of that? You’re in luck, because this is a satirical guide on how to properly manage your Instagram account that will not guarantee you any of the above.

Thou shall not choose a bad filter. Tip: Instagram has a lovely, lovely feature where you don’t have to choose filters, but instead use tools where you can adjust the contrast, brightness, saturation, etc. Play around with those; your scenic pictures will look really scenic!

Thou shall not post a picture with a bad caption.  There are great pictures, and then there are horrible captions. A terrible caption can be detrimental to the picture; it’s a team effort!   Example: A zoomed in selfie with caption “The Eiffel Tower is so majestic.” Or a picture of a cupcake with hashtags #abs #6pack #gym #squats #muffintop. Tip: Writer’s block? Ask your more creative friends for help. The safe route would be just using one hashtag that’s simple and relative to the picture.

Thou shall not use Flipagram (or similar app) to create a video of 100 pictures lapse in 15 seconds. Tip: Just don’t.

Honor your friends. Don’t be that friend who posts a picture where everyone else looks like shit except for you. Tip: Ask for a consensus before posting, so you can avoid that text message, “Et tu, Brute?”

Thou shall not take offense if unfollowed.  An unfollow from someone you know does not always mean your friendship is on the rocks. Instagram just does not have a “hide” function yet. Tip: Don’t obsess over it.

Thou shall never post a blurry food picture. A person is most likely on Instagram during his/her lunch break, eating his/her sad lunch (unless you’ve taken Juley’s tips on how to pack a good lunch), so do us all a favor and show off your superior lunch clearly and deliciously. Tips: Tap screen to focus, and snap!

Thou shall not post private moments. This is pretty subjective, but moments such as funerals (open caskets) and your birthing video should be kept between you and your family. Tip: If you want to recognize a special moment, snap a pic of anything else. Anything.

Thou shall give credit where credit is due. Tip: Don’t rip off other people’s work, or else people are really going to think you painted that Monet.

Thou shall not fall for scams. The whole “first 100,000 followers will win a ridiculous amount of money if you repost and tag blah blah” account is hardly ever real. Please don’t spread the nonsense. Tips: If your Instagram is on private, this especially does not work (this tip also applies to those trying to win a legitimate contest on Instagram).

Thou shall not post a selfie a day unless you’re a Kardashian/Jenner/January Jones. Tip: If you have a little “k” or “m” after your number of followers, you can do whatever the hell you want, which means you can disregard this entire list.