No matter what season it is, I always seem to have a million parties to go too; it could be family parties, graduation parties, fancy birthdays, or a sorority formal. I find myself spending hundreds of dollars on fancy dresses to wear because you can't wear the same thing twice, with the same group of people.

The problem is that these dresses sit in my closet because their too fancy or too casual for certain gatherings, or they go out of style. I have a ridiculous collection of dresses.

Also, I have a mighty expensive taste; I love luxurious designer clothing but my bank account does not agree with that particular addiction. 

Well I have found a site that solves all those problems, that I'm sure you lovely ladies go through as well! 

HireStyle is an internet based designer clothing rental company. They have great brand names from Burberry to DVF to Rag and Bone for less than 90% of the retail price. Can you say score?! 

Rentals can last anywhere from 4 days to a month.

HireStyle just launched their gorgeous, new website and a great feature that will be coming soon is a look-book of all the greatest styles, put together by some fabulous, fashionable guest stylists.

A membership to HireStyle is completely free and a portion of every rental will go to Feeding America! So you're getting great, designer fashions and helping a wonderful charity at the same time. I don't think it gets much better than that!

Here are some of my favorite looks from HireStyle:

For a limited time, HireStyle is offering Royally Pink readers 10% off their first rental when you use the code RP4HireStyle at checkout. 10% of your order will go to support the organization FairGirls which helps rescue young girls from human trafficking. 

Take advantage of this discount and get your first designer rental, whether it's for a party, a summer BBQ, or just a normal day!

Look out within the next few weeks for a special giveaway with HireStyle!

It's officially summer and the heat has turned all the way up. When it's scorching outside, the last thing I want to do is cake heavy makeup onto my face. I hardly wear foundation but even putting liquid or powder bronzer feels like a lot.

That's why the invention of BB Creams is so wonderful! One package and it gives you everything you could want in makeup. Foundation, bronzer, concealer, SPF, and more! I have developed a little obsession and have been experimenting with different brands.

I've talked before about the Urban Decay Naked Skin BB Cream and my tube is almost used up, therefore, I did some research and went to the drug store to buy a cheaper BB cream. At $34 a tube, Urban Decay can be classified as a luxury and I needed something that wouldn't put a dent in my wallet.

After reading a good amount of reviews, I decided to buy the Garnier BB Cream; it's a pretty decent sized bottle for around $13. I thought I could deal with it.

I tried it out immediately and was slightly confused. Garnier's BB cream is very watery, definitely more liquid than the Urban Decay. Urban Decay has a more moisturizing feel while Garnier felt like I was applying foundation.

Garnier's BB Cream was semi heavy and didn't give me as much of a bronzed look. The coverage on the Garnier BB Cream was actually pretty great, a little better than Urban Decay but the too liquidly formula was too much of a deal breaker for me; every time I touched my face, the BB Cream came off.

I couldn't deal with that.

I tried to use it a few more times but I just wasn't feeling it. I still had to use a powder bronzer with Garnier and I didn't like the extra layer, especially in the hot weather. Maybe I'll like it better in the winter but for now, I'm sticking with Urban Decay.

I went back to the drugstore last week and thought about buying another BB Cream, whether it was Maybelline or the new Olay BB Cream but then I decided, I never splurge on makeup. I always buy drugstore brands.

I always see people posting their favorite luxury make up products and I realized I don't have one. I then decided to not try another cheaper BB Cream; I found one I liked and I'm going to stick with it. 

I've had the Urban Decay Naked Skin for over three months and there's still a good amount left in it. I could definitely afford the $34 every few months or so.

My mom told me that I shouldn't fix something if it's not broken so I will be sticking with Urban Decay as my choice BB Cream for now.

What's your favorite BB Cream?

If you have paid any attention to the news over the past few months, you probably heard about Sheryl Sandberg's groundbreaking book, "Lean In".

It's basically a career book for women, by women, all about women. At first, when I heard about it, the media was making it sound negative. The women on The View didn't seem too fond of the book and it got a negative connotation.

Then, I started seeing other career people talk about it; the Levo League, Intern Queen, and many others were responding positively to this change the world book.

For the Intern Queen Book Club, we've been reading "Lean In" over the past month or two and I really enjoyed it. My negative thoughts about it floated right out of my head. I don't even remember what exactly was said.

Here's some back story: Sheryl Sandberg is the current COO of Facebook and previously held leadership positions at Google. She made a name for herself by speaking out for women in the work place and giving some inspirational TedTalks. 

Sandberg's whole theory about "Leaning In" is that women need to take more power of their careers. They need to sit at the table with the men and literally lean in; to listen, to speak up, to take what is theirs.

Women, naturally, tend to be more meek in the work place, letting men take the reigns and take over. More men raise their hands in meetings, they speak up more, they negotiate more--men, men, men. 

Sheryl talks about the discriminations that women are still facing in the work force. She tackled issues that I thought were non existent. It's 2013, how could there still be discrimination against women in offices and businesses around the country?

Well there is; whether it's because women are emotional, want to start a family, or a plethra of other reasons, women are not equals to their male counterparts in places of business.

Sandberg wants to put an end to that. She has completely started a movement for women, with her book and a website dedicated to the "Lean In" motion.

 This is our time, ladies. It's time to do what we need to do to establish ourselves as powerhouses in the work place. Over the past few years, we've been hearing about how women entrepreneurs, leaders, and executives are taking over but looking at the statistics, it's just not enough.

We need to ask more questions, answer more questions, stop being fearful, and pull up a chair to the men's table.  

I can't encompass everything that Sheryl points out; she makes great analogies, incredible points of interest and writes some inspirational quotes that will give you the chills and move you to tears.

I'm not trying to sound like a feminist (there would be nothing wrong with that) but we are women, we are strong, and we deserve to be equal to men in the work place--just as men deserve to be equal to us.

Go get Sheryl's book today! There are some chapters (like on starting a family) that you may not need right now but the entire book, as a whole, has a wonderful, positive message that will affect you and inspire you for the rest of your life.

Stand up, sit at the table, and lean in.

I don't think I posted this quote yet but even if I did, it deserves to be seen many times. I saw this image on Pinterest and immediately fell in love with the quote. Ms. Tina Fey is pretty incredible in more ways than one and she is so inspirational, even if she is the queen of comedy.

I think saying yes to things is really important; it opens up many doors and opportunities for you, even when you aren't thinking clearly. 

Sometimes saying yes is scary and some people, including myself, over think every situation. I cannot tell you how many times I've said "no" to things because I found a reason that it wouldn't work out.

A few weeks ago, I was offered the chance to write a blog post that might turn into something bigger eventually. I didn't think I had enough time to write the post but knew that this could be HUGE for me and my career. I said YES to the opportunity after thinking of this quote.

I knew that the right thing to do was to say yes; I would figure out how to get it done afterwards. I would figure it out because I had too.

That's the brilliant thing about saying yes; once you affirm the situation, you have to do it. On big chances, there is no going back after you say yes.

This is something that can be used in every aspect of life; career, personal, love--anything at all.

I've been saying yes to a lot of things lately and it might get me into some trouble along the way but either way, I'll figure it out.

Life Update

in , , , , , by RoyallyPink, 5:47 PM
This week, I've kind of been MIA and I have a great reason for that! This summer, I didn't really have anything planned. I didn't have an internship, I barely had a summer job, and I was really just counting down the months, weeks, days, and minutes till I returned to New Rochelle for my senior year.

That all changed last week.

If you follow the blog frequently, you know that I have talked a bit about Levo League. I blogged about them two weeks ago, tweeted the link at them, and received such positive feedback from the entire Levo team.

Hearing that the people I admire enjoyed what I wrote about their company was more than enough for me. 

Something incredible happened a week later; I was offered an internship at Levo League! A company that I have adored for the past year offered me an internship and I was going to be in the office, helping out on projects, and actually doing something I loved surrounded by incredible people.

I had my first day at Levo on Monday; everyone is so nice and so welcoming. All week I've been interning (from home since I have a night time job) and then I went into the office on Friday also.

It's been an incredible week so far and I'm learning so much. I've been assigned so many cool projects and have done so much already in a week! 

It's literally so surreal that I'm working at this company. It's amazing to see what goes on behind the scenes. I am ultimately living my dream right now and I can't believe it happened to me.

I won't lie and say it hasn't been an adjustment; I have never traveled into Manhattan by myself so that was adventure in it's own. Also, balancing interning, work, Royally Pink, along with all my other insane projects and having time to enjoy the summer has been rough but it's only the first week. I have tackled time management before so I'm sure I'll figure it out again.

Nonetheless, I adore interning at Levo League--it has been an amazing week and I can't wait to see what the rest of the summer brings!

Follow Levo League on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram

Well I've been on summer vacation for a little more than a month now but today, June 21st, marks the first day of summer.

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year but it's exciting that summer has officially arrived. I, though, feel like summer is near over since I go back to school in the beginning of August.

Nonetheless, June 21st is always "National Wear Your Lilly Day". Summer marks the arrival of white dresses, sandals, and everything bright colored. That is pretty much the definition of Lilly Pulitzer.

I do not (yet) own a Lilly Pulitzer dress/shirt/pants so I took it upon myself to throw on my Lilly scarf. Yes, a scarf in 80 Degree weather is not ideal, especially when traveling in Manhattan but I couldn't resist. And if it's Lilly, I could automatically wear it in the summertime, right?

Well, I had a great first day of summer at my new internship and if you follow me on Twitter, you know where that is! I'll be updating you more on that over the weekend.

For now, kick back and enjoy summertime with some splendid Lilly Pulitzer!

Thursday Inspiration

, by RoyallyPink, 2:22 PM

A lot has been going on in my life the past week, which I will surely be updating you on once I get myself together. So many new and exciting things have been happening and this quote can pretty much sum it up. 

I'm naturally a little fearful and a bit stressed but remembering that courage is all you need is a great boost of confidence to get through the day!

It's that time of the month again! My Ipsy Glam Bag arrived in the mail last week and I had been so anxious to receive this bag. I took a sneak peek the minute the website let me and I was so happy!

I am obsessed with the fact that this month's bag was a wild, leopard print. I don't know if it's my Queens/Brooklyn roots that draw me to the leopard but I love a good animal print. 

All the products featured in my bag this month were full sized which was such a wonderful surprise. The fact that I'm getting great quality products in a full size for just $10 a month astounds me. How is this possible?!

I'm not going to question it, though, Ipsy is great! 

Aside from one product, everything in the bag is useful to me and I'm really happy with.

This full sized lip pencil comes in a beautiful pink shade. It has a coral tint and goes on really smooth. I don't use lip liner a lot so I gave this to my mom but I stole a few uses. Put it this way, I should've never given it up--it's too beautiful and perfect.

I was in desperate need of a new blush so I was thrilled when I saw this came in my bag! It is the perfect pink shimmer shade; it looks similar to NARS Orgasm. It goes on really nice, a little goes a long way with this blush. The formula and texture is really smooth too so it stays nice all day.

This is the one product I don't really care for. I didn't try it out yet but in my opinion, I won't really need it for anything. I haven't worn a great deal of eyeshadow in the past few months and I definitely wouldn't choose to wear glitter shadow. Maybe this won't be as glittery as it looks but I doubt it. Maybe I'll use it for Halloween, or give it to Ke$ha.

I haven't gotten the chance to use this yet but I'm excited too! There is a built in brush with this creamy, gel eyeliner which makes it easier. The purple color isn't too bright or too dark, it's perfect for a summer or winter look. I've been looking for a good, liquid/gel eyeliner so hopefully this won't disappoint!

This was probably my favorite product in the glam bag. I love eyebrow products and combining that with highlighter product is a match made in heaven. The pencil works really well to add a little more arch to your eyebrows and it brightens the brow bone. For the past week, I haven't left the house without using this pencil.

This June bag has officially sealed the deal; I am in love with Ipsy.
I've been at a lost for inspiration lately; getting into my summer routine has been rough, mostly because I am missing my college campus way more than I should. 

Because of this lack of inspiration, I've been thinking of ways to get out and improve my thought process. I came to the conclusion that I need to step outside the box and do different things. 

Until I have the chance to do those different things, I might take a different approach and do some semi personal posts.

Therefore, this post, Five Everyday Things is showing you five things I use on a daily basis. I am a very product filled person, I won't lie, so I have a lot of products I use every day; narrowing it down to just five is very difficult.

1. iPhone 4S

Lets start it off simple; I am a tech junkie and never go anywhere without my iPhone. It is attached to my fingers and I don't even leave a room without it. Whether it's social media, reading articles or emails, I use my phone from the moment I wake up till the moment I go to sleep.

2. BabyLips

It doesn't matter the season, my lips are always dry. I've tried so many different lip products and Maybelline's Baby Lips works the best for me. Whether it's a plain shade or tinted, it keeps my lips moisturized and fresh. My favorite shade right now is Fruit Punch; it's perfect for summer and gives my lips a great pink touch.

3. Notebook

I hardly go a day without opening one of my many notebooks or planners. I always think of something that needs to be done or have a random thought. I still like the feeling of a pen in hand and normal paper instead of writing things down electronically. It's strange that I love technology so much but still appreciate a good pen and paper.

4. Phi Sigma Sigma Cup

I try to live the healthy way but my sweet tooth and love for carbs sometimes gets the best of me. I do, however, maintain a strong liquid diet: WATER. I only drink water; no iced tea, soda, or juice. I like my H20 (and my coffee/tea) so using my Phi Sig cup that I won in a game of SIGMA at Leadership Conference is my go-to. It's a pretty big glass so I don't have to keep refilling and I love sporting my letters at all times of the day.

5. John Frieda Frizz Ease Finishing Creme

My hair is incredibly curly and frizzy, especially during the summer months. Maintaining it is so difficult but Frizz Ease helps, a lot! I love this product because it's a creme so it doesn't make my hair oily but still keeps the frizz under control. Whether my hair is straight or curly, I use it right before I leave the house, running a dime sized amount through my hair. It's magical!

What are five things you use on a daily basis?

Summer, to me, is the season of reading. I have a lot of free time on my hands and I use that to read all the books that have been rotting away on my shelf, my Nook, or iPad. 

I love finding new books to read, to already add to my long list of wants. I love picking other people's brains to see what they're reading and trips to Barnes and Noble lasts no less than two-three hours.

This weekend I made a trip to my favorite book store, B&N, searching for Kate Spade New York: Things We Love, which they did not have. Fortunately, I always have a book I want to buy so I did not leave empty handed.

Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close and Paris in Love by Eloisa James are the newest additions to my large book collection. I already sped through "Girls in White Dresses" and I feel indifferent about it.

I have heard so many people rave about the book and I'll be honest, I expected more from it, even though I don't really know what I was expecting.

The novel has a great story lying within it; a group of young twenty somethings who are friends from college are living in New York City. They are trekking through these confusing years with boyfriends and career changes; babies and marriage. It's basically a younger version of Sex and the City with a more sarcastic tone.

The book is definitely funny and I cracked up during a few scenes; it was a little difficult to get into. There are a lot of characters and not much detail into what they look like so it was hard to keep track of who was who.

The fact that these women jump from relationship to relationship but really have no idea what they're doing makes the book very relatable.

Though, from the title and summary of 'Girls in White Dresses' I expected a lot more showers and weddings, in detail. Weddings and marriages were the main subject of almost all conversations but we didn't 'see' as many as I thought we would.

The tone of the novel was strange, it was very straightforward and blunt. It was different from anything I've ever read and did take a bit of getting used too.

Needless to say, I still gobbled it up. I couldn't put it down because I just wanted to be immersed into this world. It was so relatable I couldn't stop wondering if I would end up like these women.

I really did love the book and I would recommend it to anyone for a light but interesting beach read. 

I am not a huge lover of summer because I really dislike the heat; the one saving grace of the warm summer months is the colorful nail polish trends that come into play.

I love the bright pinks and neon blues that are fully appropriate to wear. I've been taking full advantage of this and enjoying every second.

This week I decided to take a break from the really bright colors and try out my new Zoya polish that I received in my May Ipsy Bag.

I never tried Zoya polish but always wanted too. The color I received in my Ipsy bag is called 'Gie Gie' and is a light pink.

The pink has a bit of a frost to it when you apply it to your nails which is a nice change from the opaque polishes I'm used too.

The formula is okay, you needed two-three coats to have the polish really show up. The picture doesn't do the polish justice, it's very light in the photo. I liked the Zoya polish, not better than Essie but it was still pretty great. 

Along with the Zoya polish I used my Orly Top2Bottom as a top coat and my Julep Maven Quick Dry Drops. Both these nail products are essential in my manicure and are great products that
help keep the manicure dry quickly and minimal chippage. 

Since joining Phi Sigma Sigma (almost) two years ago I have become quite the crafter; between making a paddle for my big or crafting hardcore for my little, I've learned my way around a bottle of Mod Podge and Michaels Craft Store.

I'm still not the most artistic sister in the chapter but I sometimes get the sudden urge to break out the paint brush. It usually happens on rainy days or when I take a glance at Pinterest. I'm always on the verge of a trip to the craft store, in my mind.

This weekend in NYC with Tropical Storm Andrea ruining Friday night, it was the perfect time to craft something up.

I've been dying to use my Lilly agenda pages to make something and with the new Lilly agendas on the way, I broke out the sponge brushes and the Mod Podge and got to crafting.

I had a Monogram 'B' lying around from my last craft excursion and I thought a Lilly monogram would be a perfect addition to my new bedroom when I move into my apartment in August.

I had seen several posts on how to make this particular monogram and it's very simple. 

First I ripped out some planner pages with my favorite designs and cut them into tiny squares; some were larger than others and different shapes to cover the sides and inside of the 'B'.

Then, using a sponge brush, I put one layer of Mod Podge on the wooden letter. Mod Podge is a great sealer, glue, and finish that can be used pretty much on every surface. I used the matte finish but there is also a glossy finish available that I'm sure looks fabulous when dried.

Then I carefully placed the pieces of paper on the Mod Podge covered letter, making sure every bit of wood was covered. It got a little messy but I embraced my gluey hands.

After the paper is in place, let the monogram dry for at least a half hour. After it's dry, take the sponge brush and once again, apply a light layer of Mod Podge to seal and finish the paper. I was a little hesitant at first to layer the glue on top because it looks like the white will show up but after it's dry, you can't even tell.

Applying the last layer of Mod Podge, the monogram is sealed and finished, making it perfect for hanging.

This was such a simple craft for such a great finished product. I'm definitely going to save my old agenda pages (there is SO much left over) and figure out a way to use them to craft something else.

Get crafting, Lilly girls!

As a young college woman, a year away from embarking on the real world, I'm a few weeks away from a panic attack about the future. There is so much to consider when thinking about graduating college and finding a job that you love.

There is a resource that has inspired me and kept me calm since I started junior year. Levo League is an incredible outlet that speaks to women everywhere whether it's about career, lifestyle, or the news. I've spoken about them before but recently, I've been obsessed. 

The Levo team works really hard to give users the greatest experience and most useful information available. They put great twists on certain issues to point it back to helping younger women, whether it's figuring out why we love Cinderella or how the color pink can be used in the work area. Levo makes every day situations into insightful life lessons which is my favorite part about it.

Levo League truly cares about the well being of their users and young people every where. You could just tell from everything that they do, whether it's a LocalLevo event or their incredible, inspirational office hours.

Levo recently launched their mentorship program where users can ask big executives, including former Cosmo editor, Kate White and Sheryl Sandberg, questions about anything from the job search to entrepreneurship. It's incredible useful and a resource that sets Levo apart from other networks that might seem similar.

Levo League gives off such a positive energy; on their Instagram and Twitter accounts, I just want to jump into their office and pick the incredible team's brains. 

I have a few favorite articles that I re-read frequently because they keep me so inspired:

I feel that Levo League has completely redefined the work place. There is so much advice and so many different resources on the site that I just don't know what I would do without it. How did people survive before Levo League? How did they know what was right, wrong, and what you definitely should do when entering the work force. I know that when I graduate next year I will be fully prepared for anything that comes my way because Levo League taught me well. 

If you haven't made an account, I advise you to do so now, you will not regret it!

This is a sponsored post

Even though summer just started, there are millions of teenagers across the country that are mentally, physically, and emotionally preparing to take a giant leap and start a new chapter in their life. Those kids are getting ready to head off to their freshmen year of college.

If you're like me, you'll be going away to college and living in a dorm; living on your own for the first time in your life.

It's a scary thought and it definitely is a completely different living situation. Aside from the emotional preparation, there is a lot of physical preparation that goes into heading off to live the dorm room life.

Don't worry though, you'll be fine. There are so many resources at your disposal to get everything you need.

The biggest part of moving out of your house and into a dorm room is the difference in space and the fact that you'll be living with strangers. Learning to deal with their living habits and keeping the peace is the biggest stretch but once you have your own space in that little dorm, things will work out.

Residence Hall Linens has everything you'll need in your dorm room from XL twin bedding to storage units you could fit in the tiniest of spaces. 

At relatively low prices, RHL makes buying everything you need for college living a lot easier. On a student's budget, every cent counts and RHL makes sure of that. 

The essentials are simple: bedding, towels, pillows, hampers, storage bins, and maybe a mini fridge along with a television. 

There will always be a few things that you forget that's why Residence Hall Linens has great value packs so nothing is left behind. There is the The Complete Campus Collection that has every bedding and towel you could think of, along with a hamper and bedside buddy. The Student Starter Pack comes with the same items, just a lesser number, than the Complete Campus but still, everything you need is right there. 

Buying these packs instead of buying individual items will save you money and it'll be great because everything will match. Determining a color amongst your items will help in distinguishing your stuff from your roommates.

Aside from the living essentials that you'll need, RHL has some great decor items to make your space feel more like home. It'll be nice to decorate your dorm with pictures, pillows, and rugs that fit your personality. 

One of my favorite things to decorate with are wall canvases and posters. They are the perfect thing to add a bit of yourself into your dorm.

Here are two of my favorite pillows from them:

Once you're all decorated and your bed is made, storage is going to become a problem. I recommend using rubbermaid bins and under bed storage to make life easier. Storing summer clothes in the winter and vice versa under your bed will make more room in your closet. Making use of a hanging shoe organizer will also be helpful. Good thing RHL has everything you need for storage also!

The first year is going to be tough but after the first year, you will become a pro at moving in and storing all your belongings.

College is scary, I won't lie but it is an incredible experience that will shape you and make you a better person. By the time senior year comes around, you'll be wanting to handcuff yourself to your bed in order not to leave.

Happy shopping, freshmen!

Ever since I was a little girl, I was in love with television. My parents and family members have told me countless stories about how I would sit in front of the TV for hours upon hours, staring aimlessly at the square box.

I was almost late to school a handful of times because I couldn't stand the thought of being ripped away from Barney or Winnie the Pooh.

As I grew older, my addiction got worst. I became obsessed with TV shows such as Gilmore Girls and One Tree Hill and I couldn't go to sleep without the dull lull of the television in the background.

I realized how bad my obsession with TV was this year when one of my roommates pointed out that whenever I enter a room, I must turn the television on. I cannot be in a room without the TV on, even if it's on mute.

A world without television is no world I could bare to live in.

Through my years of addiction, I have acquired a particular love for certain characters. There are some shows that have a character that you connect with--a character that can do no wrong in your book, someone who speaks your language and makes you feel things you've never felt.

I have a lot of characters in my years that have made me feel that way, some are classics and others are some that I just can't seem to get away from.

They are in no particular order because choosing a favorite is somewhat what I imagine picking your favorite child is like.

1. Rory Gilmore

If you haven't watched Gilmore Girls, you are seriously missing out. Between the quick banter, the pop culture references, and the dynamic of the people in Stars Hollow, this show was one for the ages. Rory Gilmore was at the center of it all; a simple plain Jane with an intense love for books and studying--at times she was more of an adult than Lorelai, her mother was. I am Rory Gilmore in so many different ways. I think she is part of the reason I wanted to be a journalist. Rory is the all American girl next door with the sweetest intentions, a wise mind, and a tongue so quick you have to think twice about what she said. I connect with Rory because I am so similar to her and she is part of who I am today.

2. Damon Salvatore

The brooding, older vampire in the Vampire Diaries, Damon Salvatore is the brother with the smoldering glare. He has a heart of iron but somewhere deep down, he is a good person. He loves Elena with all his heart and would do anything for her, even though he has done a lot of bad. He loves his brother and his friends too, even if he won't admit it. Damon has a good heart, he is a good person, if you look hard enough. Yes, he makes bad decisions but that to me makes him more lovable. Plus, he is super hot so that doesn't hurt. 

3. Carrie Bradshaw

Do I even have to explain this one? She is perfect; even with all her flaws. She's made mistakes but did her best to clean them up. Ms. Bradshaw is completely fabulous and gave me all the courage I need to rock my curly locks. She lives in Manhattan, goes out all the time, attends fabulous events, shops till she drops, and has a great career. I want to be Carrie Bradshaw in more ways than one. Her voiceovers give me that burst of encouragement and inspiration I need on a daily basis. I can't help but love her!

4. Barney Stinson

This is the newest addition to my list. Since becoming addicted with How I Met Your Mother, I have not been able to get enough of Neil Patrick Harris' amazing portrayal of womanizer Barney Stinson. On the surface, he is a good looking, suit wearing, sexual being who loves to take advantage of women but deep down, he is that way because of his upbringing. He's also so in love with Robin that he changes who he is in order to be with her; also Nora and Quinn--he changed who he was because he loved them enough. That goes to show that he isn't a bad person. I just have such a soft spot for him.

5. Blair Waldorf

Queen B; my alter ego. Blair Waldorf is completely amazing. She is broken and bent but always holds her head high. No matter what the world throws at her, Blair never faults. She is the crazy bitch around here, as she likes to remind everyone. She has a huge heart and loves so hard that it breaks her. Blair Waldorf is someone I look up too, even with all her faults and flaws.