It’s that time of the year again! Holiday bells are ringing and the festivity of the seasonal spirit is in full swing before Thanksgiving has even begun! Kudos to our consumerist culture for making us feel like we should begin our Christmas shopping beginning Black Friday all the way up until the magic day! Whoopee to showering our loved ones in jewelry, money, and gifts oh my!

Though I don’t support the culture around excess spending (even if I may be guilty of it myself), I do like to get a head start on my own Christmas shopping. I’ve noticed that pushing it off until the last minute doesn’t work for me. You know the mental image of a woman pulling out her hair as she throws everything haphazardly into her shopping cart, strolling down the aisles of her local Walmart? Yeah, I don’t want that person to be me.

This is why I’ve decided to do a holiday gift guide in the weeks leading up to Christmas/Hanukkah/whatever Holiday you happen to celebrate. Of course these gifts can be used for any occasion (like birthdays, holidays, or celebrations), but I figured this would be the perfect time of year for this kind of post.

This gift guide is specifically catered towards the men in your life, whether that be your brother, boyfriend, guy friend, or coworker. Though this is, by no means, a hard and fast guide, I hope that it will inspire other gift ideas and help turn Christmas shopping into a breeze. Check out my favorite items to gift below!

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We live in a man’s world, that much is true. The modern woman may be successful, intelligent, and poised…and still only make 80¢ to a man’s dollar. If that’s not a slap in the face, then the constant barrage of insults she encounters on a daily basis has to be the icing on the cake.

“Slut,” is what she hears when she won’t smile at the construction worker who catcalls her on the street, and,”Bitch,” is often muttered through the teeth of other women the patriarchy has taught to hate their own kind. She lives in a world where she is constantly told,”No, no, no,” and,”Women are expected to be x-y-and-z.”

Tack on any ambitions she may have the desire to chase and she’s labeled as “thirsty” or “fake” for trying to achieve them. God forbid she speak up for what she wants, demanding it without hesitation. An open palm ready for reward is translated by society as open legs, because there’s no way she could have climbed her way up from the bottom on just her brain alone.

Even more unfortunate, the moment she takes the time to criticize those who criticize her, she is simply labeled as an “Angry-lesbian-feminazi-bitch.” This is the world we live in.

But a real boss ass bitch knows her worth, and she knows how to get it.

What is the it?

Anything she wants it to be.

Below are the mottos HBIC’s live by… and yes, even Blair Waldorf would approve.

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After traveling around Europe for a better half of the month of August and moving back to DC for another wonderful (yet whirlwind) year of school, I’ve hardly had any time at all to post. You know how it is– always school, friends, boyfriend, family first… not always in that order.

Blogging, for me, is a form of therapy. It’s not something I do because I have to, or because I want to make money from it, or because it’s cool. It’s simply a fun way for me to keep track of my day to day. Seeing as I haven’t had much time to keep track of my day to day as it happens, much less blog about it, I thought I’d share my most helpful apps for blogging on the go.

My last blog post was written, created, and edited solely on my iPad, and it has been my new baby as of early August. The iPad really does simplify my social media inundated life, and it’s just an added bonus that it’s so easy to carry around. Below I’ve detailed some apps that are useful for iPad blogging.

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