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Fashion Style Forecast Pretty in Pink Meets Urban Hipster it’s all about personal style.
19 OMGirl’s Color POP Style Guide
OMGirl’s models show us their personal fashion style favorite looks and bright pops of color.
21 Samantha in the Kitchen OMGirl Samantha shows you how to make stain glass sugar cookies!
23 Create a Time Capsule Bury your memories in a box and dig them up in 20 years.
25 Watch Taylor Swift’s New Video
See behind-the-scenes pics of cover model, Shea before her photo shoot! View
04 Indie Rock Holiday List Happy listening!
06 Friendship with Boys The perks of being his BFF!
See if you can I Spy Knew You Were Trouble in Taylor’s video.
29 Pet Sitting Entrepreneur A job you can do as a kid!
32 Top 10 Apps for Girls For iPhones and iPod Touch
34 Sporty Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!
Meet Karly, a real life girl learning gymnastics and a few other things that might surprise you! See her YouTube clips.
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Meet Our Cover Model! Also See Shea in the 2012 Justice Tween Clothing Holiday Catalog!
little about Shea... Shea was born in San Diego and moved to NY when she was 6 months old. She now lives in Orlando and has one little sister and two little brothers.
er modeling career began last year when she took a few test shots and submitted them to various modeling agencies. That one photo session basically launched Shea’s career. She immediately signed and started working with the of the top modeling agencies in Central Florida as well as the prestigious World of Kids Agency in Miami and Wilhelmina Kids in New York City.
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hea has kept very busy modeling and shooting commercials. She has been honored to represent many companies throughout the US and Europe including H&M Worldwide, Justice for Girls, Nickelodeon, Lego Friends, Decathlon France, SeaRay Yachts and dozens more. hea loves acting and modeling but but her favorite part about working is making new friends on set. She stays in touch with the other children from shoots and now has friends from all over.
hen Shea isn’t in front of the camera you will find her cheering for Windermere Prep as well as The Orlando All-Stars. She loves gymnastics, riding horses and of course goofing off and hanging out with her friends- an amazing group of girls that keep life both fun and silly! Shea is a 2nd degree black belt and a water sports enthusiast. When Florida summers get hot Shea and her friends spend their days boating and kneeboarding.
special thanks to Nicole Mitchem from Nicole Mitchem Photography for taking a chance on me and believing in me when I was brand new to the industry!”
hea would like to thank OMGirl Tween Magazine for this amazing opportunity! It is an honor to be part of your magazine!
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Gu ys te nd to be m o re l a i dbac k than gi r l s, so i f yo u tel l your guy fr iend som e t hi ng, he is l e ss l i k e l y to get caught up i n it emot i ona l l y or m ake a bi g de a l o u t o f i t.
o you ever feel worried about not having a boyfriend or thinking that you can’t be friends with boys? ? Sometimes girls are so busy with school, sports and friends that having a boyfriend is the last thing on their minds. But, what if we still want to be friends with boys without the drama of a boyfriend? No problem! Here are some beneﬁts on simply being friends with boys:
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F RI E NDS WI T H BO Y S rama? What drama? Sometimes it can be easier to talk to guys than girls because you don’t have to worry about possible gossip or being judged unfairly by what you say. Guys tend to be more laidback than girls, so if you tell your guy friend something, he is less likely to get caught up in it emotionally or make a big deal out of it.
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ow’s your chance to ﬁnd out what boys really think! Texting a boy you like or ﬁguring and what to wear when meeting up with him can be frustrating, but your guy friends can always give you their opinion! Also, if you are having trouble with your boyfriend, your guy friends can always give you their take on the issue, it might help explain what your boyfriend is feeling!
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o need to get all dolled up for him, now is there? Be yourself! There is no need to stress about the perfect outﬁt or what to talk about. Act the same as you would with your girlfriends, why should he get special treatment? Have fun, and act natural! He’s just a friend so there is no need to be nervous!
Brilliant Eye Makeup Tips For all eye colors. Whether you’re a blue-eyed girl looking for tips to make your blues sparkle, a brown-eyed girl seeking ways to make your browns brilliant, or a green, hazel or grey-eyed girl, we have some magic eye makeup tricks to enhance your natural eye color. Blue Eyes Add a little lavender to the outer corner of your eyes, then lightly brush a glowing gold shadow on the lids of your eyes. Pink is also a great color for blue eyes. A dash of glitter and a soft, pastel pink shadow will give you an angelic, daytime look. Blue eyes work best with neutral colors, pinks, white eye shadow or shimmer, and a little glitter. A thin line of brown eyeliner, highlighting the line of your lashes, will give your eyes a fresh, awake look. For blue eyes, try to avoid too dark of colors. Very dark colors could create the effect that your eyes look sunken in. Green Eyes To intensify yur green eyes, lightly outline the creases of your eyelids with a richer colored shadow. Shade your lids with a sun-kissed shadow, such as; bronze, copper or gold, to make your green eyes brilliantly stand out. The best eyeshadow colors to use for a sweet, clean look are; warm, earth-toned colors, light peach, apricot, and softer golds and bronzes. When choosing colors for your green eyes, try to avoid using light blues, pinks, white or silver. Hazel Eyes The best eyeliners for hazel eyes all depend on whether you want your eyes to appear greener or bluer. Toss your black eyeliner aside and switch it up! To make your hazel eyes look greener, apply a greyish-purple or taupe liner.
Deep navy blue, rich browns, purple and gold eyeshadow compliment hazel eyes beautifully. When choosing blue shadow, try sticking to deeper blues that don’t have a blue-grey tone.
Brown Eyes The best thing about having brown eyes is that they can virtually pull off any darker hued color. Brown eyes look amazing with a slightly thicker line of black eyeliner. Apply a thicker line of black liner that follows the crease of your eyelashes. Also, draw a thinner line on your bottom lids.
If you prefer a lighter color, peach and light brown work great for brown eyes. Apply a thin layer of black eyeliner on your bottom lid and accentuate your brown eyes with a luscious plum shadow. Apply a glowing gold to the crease of your eyelid Grey Eyes Deep, chocolate browns can give grey eyes a green or turquoise effect, while neutral-tone shadows make your eyes look bluer. Luscious lashes can brighten your grey eyes and make them look larger. Apply black mascara on your lashes and brush on a greyish-blue shadow to enhance the grey in your eyes. For a smoky look, apply charcoal shadow to your lids.
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Lavendars and shimmery golds make your baby blues pop!
To intensive your natural green eyes, try applying a darker, richer color, like plum or burgundy in the outer corner of your eyes.
Hazel Eyes Try a deep purple liner to make your eyes resemble the blues of the ocean.
Brown Eyes Deep purples and bold, shimmery golds can make any browneyed girl’s eyes stand out.
Grey Eyes Like hazel eyes, adding a splash of color to your eyes all depends on what color you want your eyes to resemble.
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These are changing times. Life’s barreling down the highway, full-speed, no brakes. You can’t stop it, but you can take a snapshot of it while it whizzes by. To capture it, why not try to cram your life, as it is now and will never be again, into a shoebox to bury in the backyard and dig up in a few years? Here are some suggestions. Remember, you’re trying to capture who you are at this point in time, so don’t be afraid to get creative! A Mix CD of your current favorite songs. The ones you’ve got on repeat. The ones you keep the radio on, waiting for. Pictures. A picture is worth (and takes up much less space than) a thousand words. Magazine clippings of clothes that resemble your style. Or, the style you would have if you were a gazillionare living in a fashion capital. Lists. Your top five movies. Your best friends. Your favorite scents. Three words that you’d use to describe your life. Your top three school crushes (don’t hold back; the only person who will see this is future you, and who cares if she laughs?). “What if” questions. If I could travel anywhere, it would be_____________. If I could live in any TV show, it would be_____________. The most recent page from your diary. Or, the last online conversation you had. A poem about what it feels like to wake up being you every day. What’s good? What’s funny? What’s weird? What makes you think? Your footprint, stamped on paper with paint, mud, or whatever squishy material you’d like! A map of your neighborhood. Who are your neighbors? What shortcuts do you take? Where have you made memories?
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torious Angry Birds are back, but this time they’ve traveled to space. Slingshot those little birds through the anti-gravity galaxies of space and knock down the barriers that the bad green piggies created. There are 10 new levels and bonus levels that you have yet to unlock! Download Angry Birds Space completely free on iTunes.
Sally’s Spa - Snip, color and blow dry beautiful hairstyles with Sally’s Spa. Run your own salon and keep customers happy to make money and help your business grow. If you save up enough money, you can hire employees to help you create stylish hairdos faster. $2.99 at iTunes.
Diner Dash - Keep up with impatient customers and quickly serve delicious meals with this exciting time-management game. So, when you’re sitting in the car, and it seems like it’s taking forever to get home, pull out your iPhone or iPod Touch and see how many levels you can beat. A helpful tip to keep in mind is, the more points you rack up, the more upgrades you can get. One great thing about this app is that it’s completely free at iTunes!
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live how the frontiers used to when America was prospering to become a country of its own. But, make sure you have enough money, energy and resources before taking on the tasks of a pioneer. You can chop wood, create shops, raise animals, and build your own town. Besides learning the ropes about frontier life and having an exciting game to cure boredom, this app is completely free to download at iTunes
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popular and entertaining games has been developed just for your iPhone or iPod Touch. Create a ‘virtual you’ or a completely new person. With all the advancements in The Sims 3, you can almost do anything in this game that you can do in real life. This app is a little more expensive, costing $6.99 plus $0.99 for each expansion pack you decide to download. From a Firefighter to a Rockstar, The Sims 3 Ambitions is an interesting expansion pack where Sims can apply for a variety of exciting careers. Available on iTunes.
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to play the guitar on your iPhone or iPod Touch! This app teaches real guitar techniques to help you develop a sense of melody and rhythm. Unleash your inner rockstar and practice playing guitar to your favorite songs or popular songs on the radio. You can share your performances on Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, or online leaderboards. This app costs $2.99 to download.
Fruit Ninja - Simple and addicting, this entertaining app tests your swiftness, while allowing you to master the skill of slicing. Avoid bombs and rack up points by unleashing your inner ninja. This app is available on iTunes for $0.99; however, if you want a free version, Fruit Ninja Lite is offers the classic mode of Fruit Ninja. It’s not as jammedpacked with levels and fun things to do, but you can still indulge in the simplicities of slicing colorful fruit. Find it on iTunes.
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dicting to play and simple to learn, Hungry Sumo combines gluttony and entertainment. Fill your sumo wrestler’s belly with food to defeat floating enemies, but watch out! Try not to defeat enemies while you’re feeding your sumo. There are different 100 levels to beat. Hungry Sumo is available to download for $0.99.
Some of these apps offer a ‘Lite’ version, which means it’s completely free! Check iTunes to see if this version is available for the app you choose to download. 31
S P O R T Y G I R L S J U S T WANNA H AV E F U N ! Written by Jackie Costa
Karly knows ﬂipping won’t land her a job when she’s in high school, but the lessons she’s learning in the gym just might.
W H AT G E T ’S H E R B LO O D P U M P I N G ?
arly, a girl like you, smiles shyly and says gymnastics is her sport. She’s tried soccer, dance, softball and basketball, but vault, floor, bars and beam are the things that really get her blood pumping. “All those sports are great for girls who love them, but I love gymnastics so I’m just going to keep doing what I love, and doing it the 32 best I can.” 32
lus are working for high team scores,” she says. “The camaraderie between these girls is awesome.” According to Karly her sport keeps her fit, active and healthy. She says girls should play sports for exercise, fun and to give them courage and strength to do other things.
or her, right now at age 9, the main thing she gets from gymnastics -- beside skills and strength – is the importance of friendship, having fun and sportsmanship. She practices two nights a week at the YMCA gymnastics facility in a Wisconsin town about 30 minutes away from hers and says “time in car and time in the gym is as important as time in school because I’m learning other things than what books teach.”
arly’s idea about finding something you love to do and doing it with all your heart sprouts from seeds planted in her by her parents who are dedicated to exercise and leadership themselves. “How can a parent argue with child who tells you, ‘it’s not about medaling, mom, it’s about having fun,’” says Michelle, Karly’s mom who’s a swim instructor and Girl Scout leader. “Gymnastics is as much a team sport as it is an individual sport. The girls – all the girls at the gym – want to achieve their personal best.“
he recently had a prick test for allergies and instead of thinking about how much the poking hurt, she just focused like she does when she’s competing. “When I get butterflies, to make them go away, I just focus on what I have to do and get out there and do it. I can’t worry.”
here are plenty of other reasons to find your sport and give it everything you’ve got. According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, girls who play sports get a lot more than just fit. ui G I R L S W H O P L AY S P O R T S DO BET TER IN SCHOOL. ou might think that athletics willBut research shows that girls who play sports do better in school than those who don’t. Exercise improves learning, memory, and concentration, which can give active girls an advantage in the classroom. etty futurafraid should buildn G I R L S W H O P L AY S P O R T S LEARN TEAMWORK AND GOAL-SET TING SKILLS. ports teach valuable life skills. When you working with coaches, trainers, and teammates to win games and achieve goals, you’re learning how to be successful. Those skills will serve you well at work and in family life. u
n addition to being fit and maintaining a healthy weight, girls who play sports are also less likely to smoke and are more likely to develop healthy lifestyle habits. P L AY I N G S P O R T S B O O S T S S E L F - CO N F I D E N C E . irls who play sports feel better about themselves. Why? It builds confidence when you know you can practice, improve, and achieve your goals. Sports are also a feel-good activity because they help girls get in shape, maintain a healthy weight, and make new friends.
EXERCISE CUTS THE PRESSURE. laying sports can lessen stress help you feel a little happier. How? The brain chemicals released during exercise improve a person’s mood. Friends are another mood-lifter. And being on a team creates tight bonds between friends. It’s good to know your teammates will support you — both on and off the field.
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ife is happening and you want to be there for it. That makes sense. Soon enough you’ll be making your own choices, but right now is a different story. It’s a sweet, small world, even if it doesn’t always seem that way, and you and your parents have to live in it together. 36
he least you can do is try to make it easier for each other. Trust that your parents aren’t saying no just for the fun of saying no, and give them more reasons to say yes. Play by the rules and hopefully you’ll be rewarded with a little more freedom.
Be trustworthy. you don’t have to tell your parents every single thing. You’re allowed to have secrets. But, if you tell your family that you’re going to be somewhere, be there. If you have a curfew, be home on time. If you’re having trouble in math class, tell your parents before they get the progress report in the mail.
Use your head. you’re smart. If you know something is stupid, even if everyone else is doing it, don’t do it. That is easier said than done, but you just have to remember that there will be other adventures. If you get caught or hurt doing something you shouldn’t have, there will be plenty more times you’ll miss out on than just this once. “Grounded for life” sound familiar? That’s no good, girl.
Give. as boring as it might be to stay in for movie night or go to the grocery store with them, your parents just want to spend time with you. If you’re always with your friends, they might feel like they are losing you and try to pull you closer. So, just help out with dinner, tell your mom about your day at school, go for a short family walk with the dog. Let them know that you still care about them, but that you need to do your own thing as well. 37
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Fun ways t chalkboar o use i n y o u r b ed p a i n t droom.
Chalkboard paint continues to be a hot trend, but the whole “wall as a chalkboard” thing is far from original. Now it’s time to turn it up a notch by being inventive with what you paint. No surface is safe! Here are four ideas of creative ways to use chalkboard in your room!
1. Paint the outside of your door. You don’t need a sign on your door
when the whole thing is a giant chalkboard! Shh—homework in session! Stay out—this means YOU little bro! Write as many messages as you want. Or here’s another idea—have your friends sign your door whenever they visit.
2. Dress up your headboard. Most bed headboards are so boring!
Now you can have a fun place to rest your head, and you can write on it. So ya know, if you have a really great idea in the middle of the night, you can just reach for a piece of chalk and jot it down.
3. DIY chalkboard frames. Get big thick picture frames and paint the
edges with chalkboard paint. You can then personalize the frames with special messages—BFF forever. Or change out the message as often as you want (just in case forever turns out to be two weeks).
4. Create a desktop to doodle on! You won’t need Post-it notes when
you have a whole desktop as a chalkboard. You can use it to figure out those tough math problems or just for doodling. Bull dog print can be purchased at Great Big Canvas (www.greatbigcanvas.com)
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