By Tayler, age 16, California
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

Beautiful (adj.) - Something that expresses true happiness and confidence.

Girls, we are all beautiful. Never let anyone make you believe otherwise. The world we live in is influenced by models and Megan Fox, but at some point you have to realize that those girls aren't really a reflection of the true beauty out there. In some cultures, beauty is defined by just being happy with who you are. Confidence in yourself makes you beautiful.

In my heritage, we believe that if you are different than everyone else you are an outcast. In my case, everyone on both my mom's and dad's sides has blonde hair and blue eyes, and I am completely different - I have auburn hair and green eyes. I stand out. But I do not ever feel like I should change myself to be accepted by the world. I am a fair skinned, brunette, green eyed Russian, and I love every part of myself. I have grown more secure with myself by expressing who I am. I have a lot of heart and passion, and just by expressing myself through music, I feel like my personality makes me beautiful. Beauty is not about what you look like, it is about what is in your heart.

I have allowed myself to become more confident by just being myself, and allowing people to see the real me. And hey, when people can see who you really are, you can attract the attention of someone special. Let your guard down, and do not forget to be yourself, because that it what makes you beautiful. By loving who you are, and by doing what makes you happy, this world can find a new definition for beauty. Be confident, and we will revolutionize beauty.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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