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5 reasons why you should use Groupon when purchasing your next gift

Groupon is a great resource that you should be using if you don’t know about it already, and here’s why:

DISCLAIMER: I am not being paid or compensated in anyway to endorse Groupon. This is an unsolicited piece stating my opinion based on my experiences as a subscriber of Groupon.

1) Savings

For starters, Groupon is free to sign up and there are no additional fees for paying with a credit card or shipping. As a virtual marketplace, Groupon’s goal is to connect customers (i.e. subscribers) with local businesses. So, I think Groupon’s most valuable and simplest asset is that there are actual savings on various products and services starting at 25% off and more! Everyone likes to save money, so it’s worth checking out.

2) Variety

Personally, I cringe when I think about Black Friday Shopping so when it ramps up again so soon for Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/New Years Eve–I tend to avoid going to the stores unless I absolutely have to this time of year. Groupon is great because you can avoid the in-store shopping madness while having a great variety at your fingertips. With many local and national businesses on Groupon there is something for everyone. And unlike a giftcard, Groupon allows one to purchase an experience-based gift, which is more personalized and relevant to millennials. Even if you’ve already completed your holiday shopping, there are plenty of dining, classes, and unique experience based offers for bae’s birthday, various celebrations, trying out a new hobby, or simply treating yourself.

3) Nationwide and Local Offers

Imagine this scenario: You’re living in Texas, but your mom is back in Pennsylvania— What and how will you surprise her with a birthday gift? Groupon allows you to purchase a giftcard or specific service/treatment in a salon near her without having to go in person or send a sibling to covertly buy it for you. If you think about it, Groupon could save a lot of time and prevent unnecessary stress. If you’re into the “Small Business Saturday Movement”, Groupon has businesses and merchants both large and small.

4) Simple but meaningful gift giving

Groupon makes personalized gift giving easy especially for that hard to shop for individual in your life (lord help us) because you can a) download your voucher to give in-person or mail OR b) directly email it (for those who are looking to be kind to trees). Once again I stress: Just think about how much time, energy, and money you’ll save by not having to wrap, ship, or use gas by shopping with Groupon.

5) Usability

From my personal experience, I’ve never had any problems with Groupon’s website. It is easy to use and I’ve never had any concerns over my personal data or payment information. That being said, you should be watching your finances regardless of where you shop because fraudulent credit card charges are no joke. Also, in my personal experience that business owners get excited when they discover you’re using a Groupon because it means they are reaching new customers. So, they’ll pay some extra attention and up their customer service. VIP treatment for all!

 

Have you ever used Groupon? What’s your experience been like?

 

 

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How you can turn your “Struggle Meals,” into Instagram-fine dining!

Millennials get a lot of flack for wanting careers that have a greater purpose or goal…and, so sometimes this means that we will work a job for less pay if we whole-heartedly support the organization or feel fulfilled by our work. Some even refuse “to settle” or buy into the notion that you need to have a job until you find one you care about. Unfortunately, this means that we don’t always have our finances in great shape or worse we’re living “paycheck to paycheck”. Among the list of things we can’t afford to spend money on, food is definitely a big one. Food is a basic necessity and as busy young people we often don’t want to take the time or even have the funds to create varied and nutritionally balanced meals.

However, at this point in our lives career building is pretty important, but that doesn’t mean you should deprive yourself of quality food when it can be done on a budget and with your health in mind. Like anything else, it takes practice and a little bit of preparation/research (all of which is more readily available than ever thanks advances in technology). So, instead of making you feel bad about how you’ve had boxed mac n’ cheese 3 nights this week or ate an entire box of your favorite name brand cereal for dinner—I’ll offer some ways to be mindful and step up your meals from little kid staples to Instagram-worthy meals. I’ll also state a few reasons why millennials make food that resembles items found on the kid’s menu.

Reason 1 for Struggle Meals — They often require less prep time.

Transport yourself back to childhood and recall how hungry and impatient you were. Now, take a moment to thank your poor parents and/or caregivers for feeding your sometimes-needy younger self. Because unless you’re crashing with Mom and Dad (which a notable percentage of our generation is and does for some length of time) you don’t have someone who is lovingly preparing food for you. Take this as an opportunity to better yourself and become empowered in the kitchen! You control what goes into your body! For busy young adults, the idea of slaving away in a kitchen sounds pretty crappy after a long day. Sometimes it is just easier to make the mac n’ cheese. So, when you feel that urge to eat the unhealthy or easy options consider finding similar or more health-conscious alternatives. For example, if you’d like to upgrade (culinary skill and nutrition-wise) from boxed mac, give this Mac N’ Cheese with Cauliflower recipe a try! PS: If you prefer broccoli, substitute it! We should all care more about our health and this is an easy way to have a grown-up version of something delicious.

Reason 2 for Struggle Meals — There is often a lower cost and/or fewer ingredients used.

As mentioned above, most millennials aren’t raking in the cash and don’t feel super confident about their financial situation. This could also mean that someone may not have access to a fancy kitchen or specialty utensils (Hint hint great gift idea – a crockpot along with a list of your favorite recipes). The bottom line is food can be expensive and it sometimes takes a while to build a living space. No one at any age or stage of life should feel ashamed of preparing simple and cost-savvy meals.  Try experimenting  with ingredients you already know, like or feel comfortable using. Host a dinner with friends to pool resources and poll taste testers (and hopefully someone who knows how to cook). There are countless resources for recipes with few ingredients. Here’s two great articles from Buzzfeed about cheap and simple homemade dinner options!

Reason 3 for Struggle Meals — They are often easier to break down and for sensitive stomachs.

Like many kids, I was a picky eater growing up. Luckily for me I don’t have any life-threatening food allergies or dietary restrictions (other than personal taste). However, I have a sensitive stomach where some days even eating my favorite foods can be tricky. Often “kid foods” are designed to be simpler for the body to break down and less likely to lead an upset stomach. When my body is being annoying, my favorite dishes include dry cereals, lighter/non-cream or dairy based soups, rice, mild sauce or seasoning, peanut butter, fruits, smoothies, and vegetables. There is nothing wrong with being kind to your body. You have to find what works best in terms of eating schedule and portion size. So, here is an interesting article about easily digested lunch options.

Reason 4 for Struggle Meals — They do not require one to own or use sophisticated kitchen utensils.

This one goes along the same lines as fewer ingredients: It’s an issue of cost and experience. If you don’t cook a lot, I would assume that you probably have a hard time navigating the kitchen, and don’t use fancy equipment because it’s expensive and scary to use. Unfortunately, unless you have a family member who made it their mission to ensure you learned how to cook or know a chef/friend willing to teach, it can be intimidating and time-consuming to learn to cook fancy adult meals. These two links are  good places to start and get ideas of what you may need for most meal prep and cooking.

With all of this being said, there’s no point in feeling like less of an adult for doing what’s best for you; if that’s macaroni and cheese, that’s awesome. But don’t be afraid to check other sensible and simple options out—you might find your new favorite!

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20+ Stores for Twenty-somethings to Shop for Work-Wear

As promised, I’ve compiled a list of places to buy business professional and business casual clothes that range in price, style, quality, and accessibility (i.e. geographic availability, brick and mortar stores v. online, etc.). Be sure to keep in mind: This list is crafted for millennials! Feel free to let me know in the comment section if there are any you think I may have missed!

Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor LOFT

It’s been awhile since I’ve purchased from Ann Taylor. However, its sister-store LOFT makes up way too much of my wardrobe, both regular and professional. So LOFT is both a personal shopping weakness and fave of mine. The quality is good and it also offers regular and petite sizes. Be sure to keep an eye out for sales and sign up for email offers to save extra money. DISCLAIMER: ONLY if you think you’re fiscally responsible or financially secure enough to apply for a LOFT credit card you receive some extra benefits for shopping with them including an extra discount for birthday, an extra 15% off the 1st Tuesday of the month in-store or online, etc.

Anthropologie** (Sale Rack)

The faint of heart should not venture to the regular-priced merchandise in this store. Spoiler Alert: It’s beautiful, but expensive. Go straight for the sale rack and don’t look back. It’s like digging for gold on this one. A lot of work for a little gold nugget, but great quality at a reasonable price if you don’t let yourself stray from the sales. Sign up for the free loyalty program called Anthro where you’ll gain access to pre-shop new merchandise (make sure you have some gift cards on your wish list or in hand), a birthday discount (you must sign up at least 30 days prior), the ability to have a personal stylist if you’re into that sort of exclusivity and personal attention in addition to notice of special shopping events.

Banana Republic** (Factory or Outlet Stores)

I discovered this place post-high school and have developed quite a fondness for it. If you have an outlet/factory store available in your area, I would highly suggest taking a look! If not, there are deals to be had in-store and online too. There are a number of options for professional and business-casual settings.

Charming Charlie

I’ve personally never shopped here, but I’ve heard and read great things about it.

Dillard’s (Department Store)

This is a typical department store that is designed to be a shopping mecca. It has a ton of brands and options to choose from. This may be vain sounding, but I’ve found that you run a lesser risk of having the same exact clothing outfit or outfit because of the sheer number of brands and options. Whoever decided that department stores were less cool than brand only buying is missing out!

Eloquii

I would describe this store as a big sister or cousin to Torrid (see below). It’s a great option for a selection of stylish and plus-size clothing. It also has a cute name, so that’s always promising.

Express

This is another personal favorite of mine that I have the luxury of physically visiting to shop. As a member of L Brands Fashion Empire, this has a trendier, more street wear look that’s still mainstream and helps me to not blow my budget. Sign up for rewards program called Express Next to receive notice of sales, new arrivals, birthday gift, etc.

H&M

It’s popular in Europe and around the world for a reason. Great value if you’re willing to settle for pieces that may not last forever quality wise.

J-Crew** (Regular or Factory and Outlet Store)

For my personal aesthetic, J-Crew can be a little too preppy or Hamptonsesque… Nonetheless, I’ve purchased quality clothing from this brand. I prefer to shop the outlets to save some cash since I buy from this store less frequently.

JCPenney (Department Store)

I’ve recently seen the light of shopping at a department store (don’t tell my mother). They reward you for your loyalty as a customer by giving you discounts to buy more merchandise. It’s a simple and genius marketing scheme that has certainly helped keep them in business.

Jessica London

Once again, for the sake of honesty, I haven’t shopped here. I’ve read some good reviews and blogs about this brand and it seemed within a reasonable budget when I perused their website.

Kohl’s (Department Store)

I’m not sure how widely these are located but where I grew up, they’re a rite of passage, and also how my mom kept up with my ever-changing fashion sense. They’ve got a wide variety of brands like Lauren Conrad, Vera Wang, Polo, etc.

The Limited

I’ll fess up. I was lured in by their 60% off promotion and I now keep meaning to unsubscribe from their email blasts. I bought not one, but two really professional dresses and loved both. If you catch a sale, I’d suggest this store for the sheer sake of getting a great quality item.

Macy’s (Department Store)

See Descriptions for Kohl’s, JCPenney, and Macy’s.

Marshalls

Deals on designer and no designer clothing items. Be prepared to scavenge the racks and make multiple trips to the dressing room.

Maurice’s

Shout out to my college roommate and a high school friend who told me about this one! Finally a grown-up version of Delia’s!

ModCloth

Is an online retailer of indie and vintage-inspired clothing. This is a great option if you’re looking for unique handmade items to add to your wardrobe.

New York & Company

You can always find deals here, if you subscribe to emails and take advantage of sales. The aesthetic is chic and affordable work wear, which is perfect for this post and millennials trying to make their mark in their careers.

Nordstrom Rack (Department Store)

This place is great for professional designer clothes at a fraction of the cost. They’ve got a large selection of shoes too!

Old Navy

I swore off Old Navy in the summer of 2009 after a pair of flip-flops broke after one wear.  After a visit post-Black Friday shopping, I can admit that they’ve upped their style game and the prices are still great. Quality has improved too, but I’m still wary and I’ll keep you posted. Be warned! The cute stuff and the popular sizes go quickly!

Torrid

I’ve heard a range of positive reviews online about this as an option for plus size women.

T.J. Maxx

A sister brand to Marshalls means it’s always worth a quick trip. You never know what gem you might find.

Target

Long live that cute little Bull Terrier! Their recent hacks make me a bit wary, but it’s not strong enough for me to resist the red-hot deals and varieties of brands. Plus, I’m a sucker for a slushy.

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Professional Overhaul: The 5 Items You Should Have In Your Closet for Dressing Business Professional

Let’s get real: As much as we hate to submit to traditional corporate rules, “dressing the part,” can play a huge role in our success at a company or firm. It can determine if you get another interview. If your superior puts you up for a special project or promotion. If a client will trust you to get the job done. And, it can indicate  if you’re  trustworthy or not. The majority of communication between people is nonverbal, so it is important that your appearance speaks to the role that you’re trying to obtain.

I personally subscribe to the old adage that “If you look good then you’ll feel good.” So, I think that our generation, the much loved and hated millennials, have immense potential, but the fact remains that we need to showcase it. We have to showcase  it in our work ethic, our passion, and in our willingness to play the career game by dressing for the part. There are many individuals in hiring positions that come from a generation of conservative leanings and so, in order to bridge that gap we must dress the part.

Here are the top 5 clothing items you should own as a young professional

 

  • Black blazer

 

This item is a staple and should be in your wardrobe if it already isn’t. Black is always classic and acceptably stylish.  And, you can get so much value and use out of this item. For example, you can dress it up with a skirt or pants and turn it into a suit for business professional settings. Pair it with a dress, with denim, or with a skirt for business casual and other everyday looks. You can find this piece in any store and at a variety of price points. But a word of advice: Spend the money on a nice quality one because you’ll certainly get your money’s worth.

 

  • Dress or suit

 

Buy a dress or pants/skirt to create an outfit that makes you feel confident and mature. It can’t hurt your chances to look completely poised and polished despite the fact that you may be sweating bullets or nervously fidgeting while trying to emphasize how you’re a qualified candidate.

 

  • Professional and comfortable shoes

 

Invest in some durable, comfortable, closed toed shoes. Style-wise, closed toed is a great option for all seasons and once again suitable for a conservative workplace or industry. In terms of comfort, quality does matter because you will hate yourself and cause unnecessary pain and suffering if you go the cheap route. So, really consider how much mobility or walking your position requires and adjust accordingly. Also, no one can freaking tell (or will care really) if you’re re-wearing a pair of shoes.

 

  • Dress shirts in short or long sleeve (depending on climate or season)

 

You definitely need to wear something underneath that black blazer or suit you’ve purchased. For greatest versatility, stick to neutral colors or business colors so you can mix and match with ease. Often they’re on-sale in several options and shades, but learn your workplace dress code before you splurge on a bright color or bold pattern. My suggestion for sizing is something that is fitted, i.e. snug enough so that it has a shape without looking sloppy, but may also look good not tucked into pants or a skirt. You should also be able to gesture and move as if you were presenting, so you’re physically most comfortable and thus projecting that comfort into confidence.

 

  • Professional bag or briefcase

 

It’s 2016, so this means women and men can carry anything from a briefcase to a satchel. If you’re like me and manage to have too much stuff for a typical purse or bag, do yourself a favor and invest in a nice large tote. There are so many stylish and affordable options that is if you’re willing to research, budget, and spring when the  price is right. Also, nothing looks more unprofessional and frankly immature than not having a place to keep papers (i.e. resume or portfolio), your phone, keys, tablet, laptop, snack, wallet or anything else tidy. Stick to a neutral, simple two tone, or a solid color to avoid looking busy and drawing the eye in a distracting manner. I would also recommend purchasing a bag that has metal grommets to increase the bag’s longevity.

Stay tuned for a list of places to purchase quality professional clothing on a budget!

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Movie Review of: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

It was the opening weekend for the Harry Potter series spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. So, I convinced some friends (one a fan like myself and the other not so much, but went with an open mind) to see if the hype lived up to my expectations.

CAUTION! THERE MAY BE MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD!

The first minute of the film, I was excited as I heard the telltale musical score, but was soon transported to an aesthetic of the United States in the 1920s, where we were introduced to an awkward but lovable fellow called Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne). I’ve been a fan of Redmayne since his appearance in The Other Boleyn Girl and in the 2011 remake of Les Miserables. The cinematography was reminiscent of the later, much “darker” in terms of theme, Harry Potter film adaptations, which worked well for the more complex and mature themes (i.e. class divides, poverty, gender norms, child abuse, alcohol as contraband, latent sexuality as a trope, political power brokering etc.) trailing throughout the film.

Great moments of the Roaring Twenties appeared at the forefront of this film that met historic sights such as the Central Park Zoo and other NYC landmarks, which fared well with the tone set. Animal lovers and other moviegoers will appreciate the nostalgia of the 1920s setting and costume design, but also the not-so-subtle message of preserving various species (i.e. the diverse, colorful, and complex beasts listed in the film’s title) and taking the time to study and understand them much like our main character does. I would venture to say that this film will please both hardcore Harry Potter fans with the unique expansion of the HP universe and others with its casting and plot decisions.

Of particular note, I was thrilled and honestly surprised to see a woman of color in a position of power at the American version of the Ministry of Magic. This is a distinct moment because although the original children’s books are set in Europe, mainly the United Kingdom, where there is an expectation of ethnic and cultural diversity, American society was not as progressive at this point in history. Therefore, seeing a woman of color in a powerful, authoritative role speaks to a message of division, which exists in Rowling’s HP universe as class and species in the terms of magical v. non-magical, witches/wizards v. giants/werewolves etc. (HP fans are familiar with the term Muggle or in this film the equivalent is No-Maj.) Seraphina Picquery (Carmen Ejogo) AKA President of the Magical Congress of the United States of America is clearly experienced, respected, ambitious due to her young appearance, and attractive to boot.

However, I was left with the nagging question as to whether it seemed a bit of a stretch for the time considering the historic and present racism that exists in this country. Either way I love her inclusion and that J.K. Rowling was involved in the decision making process that led to her casting. On another progressive and pleasant note, I’m thinking this film may pass the Bechdel Test where a film has two named women characters who speak to one another about something other than a man.

As much as the special effects (i.e. magical spell casting) delighted and frankly at some points startled me, I don’t think this film was worth seeing in 3D. I adore the entire movie-going experience, but the last few 3D films have left me wishing I hadn’t spent the money, and with a headache. So, for this film, I opted out of 3D and was perfectly stupefied and entertained. Though, I wish I had read the guidebook that inspired author and screenplay writer, I was thoroughly content with the direction of the plot and characterization.

There were great moments of hilarity that paired well and allowed viewers to swallow the moments of despair more easily. As Shakespeare was famous for his comedies and tragedies, this film uses both comedic relief and strife to drive plot and characters while keeping moviegoers’ attention. I was able to guess some plot reveals, but the biggest reveal I only pieced together a few moments before the film’s final scene.

Overall, I would certainly go see this film again to catch all of the references I missed the first time around, and pay attention to those British accents! I think this film was a good extension of the Harry Potter brand, while still giving enough room to explore this more mature cast of witches and wizards.

I give this movie 3.5 out of 5 stars because it sets the stage for greatness and to distinguish itself, but I found myself feeling a little claustrophobic and unsatisfied with the magical world despite being set in one of the greatest U.S. cities.

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Here Are The Top Celeb Baby Names of 2016

Because there are 12 months in a year and I needed to cap off the cuteness overload at some point…

2016 has been a bit of an odd duck and a rollercoaster in many regards. To add to this odd sense of chaos and sameness, it seems celebrities can still think of new and unusual names for their kids. So, to provide some much needed simple joy (i.e. the kind that comes from small humans) I’ve ranked some of the unique names of celebrities’ progeny.

Little lion man 🦁 straight up chilling. He's definitely my son ✌🏼️

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1) Anacã Swanepoel? Anacã Swanepoel-Nicoli? Anacã Nicoli?

October 7

Proud Parents: Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel and her fiancé Hermann Nicoli

His parents may have been “mum” so far on his full legal name, but who cares! Perhaps feeling inspired by the beauty of nature, they decided upon Anacã (pronounced AhNahCah for my fellow non-Brazilian/Portuguese speakers.), which is a Brazilian word for a species of bird that is brightly colored. Just seeing the accent makes me want to dance, which as we saw in the Rio this summer, Brazilians are great dancers.  

My princess A'mei. 👑. #nofilter 😗😊

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2) A’mei Kazuko Grandberry

March 7

Proud Parents: American rapper, singer-songwriter, actor Omari Ishmael Grandberry AKA Omarion and now ex Apryl Jones

I can’t say I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting an A’mei, but it’s short, sweet, and definitely not mainstream in the United States. Paired with her middle and surname—She will certainly not be forgotten.

#evenwhenyoucantleavethehouse

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3) Onyx Solace Morissette-Treadway

June 23

Proud Parents: Canadian crooner Alanis Morissette and husband Mario “Souleye” Treadway

In my humblest opinion, onyx is a highly undervalued and beautiful gemstone. Sure you’ve heard of Ruby, Sapphire, or Emerald for a little girl, but Onyx is strong both in a figurative and literal sense. Secondly, the choice of middle name is also a statement. Solace means “comfort or consolation in a time of distress or sadness” so she’s hopefully not going to grow up to be the friend everyone over-shares their emotions to. But don’t worry Onyx will have big brother Ever to quash any bullies she might encounter.

Happy 6th month birthday baby Story. You make every day brighter. Xoxo

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4) Story Goldberg

May 16

Proud Parents: Actress Soleil Moon Frye and producer husband Jason Goldberg

This one is a head scratcher. I can’t even make up something that would explain this bold name choice. Story is the fourth child who joins older sibs Poet Sienna Rose, Jagger Joseph Blue, and Lyric Sonny Roads.

5) Amada Lee Gosling

April 29

Proud Parents: Actors Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes

Ultra-privacy concerned, Amada’s arrival was a tightly kept secret. It’s not a secret why she’s included on this list. Not only is her name delicate and lyrical, but it’s just as perfect as big sis, Esmeralda.

.@caseypattersontv and the team at #lipsyncbattle sent an entire scene 😂😂😂 I love you guys so much

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6) Luna Simone Stephens

April 14

Proud Parents: Model and entrepreneur Chrissy Teigen and singer John Legend  

I’ll be honest, when I first heard Chrissy Teigen and her husband John Legend were expecting—I got a little misty-eyed. They appear so in-love and supportive that I thought they’d make great parents. I also hella respect Chrissy Teigen’s hustle by expanding her career and also in the authenticity of her social media posts. She seems like someone who I’d love to babysit for because she’s so damn funny. Luna means ‘moon’ in Latin and is elegant, but different enough to not seem overdone or cheesy. If her momma’s Instagram is any indication, she’s going to be a stunner!

Dusty Rose Levine 9/21/16

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7) Dusty Rose Levine

September 21

Proud Parents: Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and Victoria’s Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo

At first blush, “Dusty Rose” is a romantic shade of pink that would suit a shadow in my Urban Decay Naked3 palette. It also adds evidence to floral trend that is still going strong in Hollywood and in lives of ordinary families. However, I’ll admit I was hoping the couple would give their daughter a name that reflected Behati’s unique Namibian background.

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8) Journey River Green

August 4

Proud Parents: Actress Megan Fox and husband and fellow actor Brian Austin Green

Reportedly, Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green were headed towards divorce and perhaps this little dude helped reunite his parents? My first thoughts are as such: Journey is a great classic rock band. His name appears meaningful. And, most importantly, he has a great stage name if he discovers his inner virtuoso and desires a music career.

😴

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9) Dream Renée Kardashian

November 10

Proud Parents: Robert “Rob” Kardashian and Blac Chyna AKA Angela Renée White

The newest Kardashian has arrived and she’s a dream come true! With big brother King Cairo on the scene, this little bundle of joy had big shoes to fill. This little one is on the list because of her uncommon names’ simplicity, softness, and the warm and fuzzy feeling it creates. It also doesn’t hurt that Dream is certainly up to par with her cool older cousins North, Saint, Mason, Penelope, and Reign.

Happy babies! #rainbowaurorarotella #forestleonardoantoniorotella

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10) Forest Leonardo Antonio Rotella

August 7

Proud Parents: Former Playboy Bunny and star of Peepshow Holly Madison and husband Pasquale Rotella

Mamma mia! Dis boy has a long name! Falling into the same nature and flower inspired trend, Forest joins his sister Rainbow Aurora. Greenpeace and Fleetwood Mac approve.

Did I just see a Unicorn?? #happyholloween

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11) Minka Jagger John

March 2

Proud Parents: “Shark Tank” star Daymond John and longtime girlfriend Heather

He may be a shark in business negotiations, but I have a feeling he’ll be a little less cutthroat with this little lady. Hopefully, Minka Kelly will be willing to share the spotlight.  


12) York Banks Asla

January 27

Proud Parents: Former model and entrepreneur Tyra Banks and her boyfriend Norwegian photographer Erik Asla

Last but certainly not least, York rounds out the list with his New York inspired and on-trend name. York is classic sounding and even a little sporty. Wishing all the best to this little guy!