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  • TeenNick Top 10: Vote For Your Favorite Videos + Sara Bareilles Visits This Friday!

    Posted on 04/03/2014 by baileyb2112

    TeenNick Top 10

    Last week on TeenNick Top 10, we highlighted some of your favorite countdown stars who were nominated for the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards, and tons of them went home with the gold (or orange, that is...)! Because of your votes, Selena Gomez was named Favorite Female Singer, while Justin Timberlake took home the title of Favorite Male Singer! Plus, superstar boy band One Direction came out on top with the honors of Favorite Band AND Favorite song for "Story Of My Life!"

    And who could forget special KCA performances by countdown veterans Austin Mahone, Aloe Blacc and American Authors? Not to mention the most special moment of the night, aka the double Austin Mahone/Cody Simpson epic sliming...

    If you missed any of these magical musical moments at the KCAs this year, or if you just want to see them again, head on over to our recap to relive all the awesome action!

    Still, even though the KCAs have officially passed, TeenNick Top 10 is going strong and voting this week is back on! Once again, it's time for YOU to decide which videos will make it onto the countdown this week. Vote right here to make sure all of your favorites artists are represented on Friday's show! And guess which celebrity guest is stopping by this Friday?

    It's Sara Bareilles, y'all!

    TeenNick Top 10


    Until then, don't forget about TNT10's Spotify playlist--an epic mix featuring all of the songs nominated for this week's countdown!

    So who will be this week's #1?? Tune in this Friday at 10 PM ET to find out! And don't forget to give us your best guesses in the comments below!

  • Melinda's Beauty Blog: Lipstick Or Lip Gloss?

    Posted on 04/03/2014 by Melinda Shankar

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Lipstick or Lip Gloss

    FAN QUESTION: Lipstick vs. lip gloss: Which is better, and why?

    If you've ever seen my image sense when I'm not in Alli Bhandari-mode, you'll know that I'm a big fan of makeup. A quick lipstick and mascara combo is one of my favourite go-to looks when I'm in a hurry. To me, lipstick has a more finished and elegant look, whereas lip gloss is often more youthful and fun. Depending on the occasion, a lipstick/lip gloss combo is a perfect best of both worlds!

    When I was filming my sitcom How To Be Indie I played a fourteen-year-old. My makeup artist always used lip gloss when applying character makeup to get that youthful look. I personally wear a coloured lip gloss on a daily basis for things like shopping, daytime events and running errands—It's a simple way to freshen up while on the go!

    Lip stick is a little bit more of a commitment, but definitely worth it. There are a few challenges when wearing lipstick, like keeping the colour from getting on your teeth or chin and staying in your lip lines, but when done right, it's definitely the finishing touch to a high fashion look I usually rock a bold colour as a statement for events, meetings, and for fun nights out with my friends!

    Lipstick and lip gloss are both items I must carry with me at all times. Depending on the situation, sometimes one can work better than the other, but both are great items to spice up your makeup routine!

    Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of�Degrassi�in its eighth season as Sav Bhandari's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. Melinda's passion for beauty has led her to a new position as CEO of Miss Conception image consulting.

  • Q&A With April HALO Effect Honoree Teagan Stedman

    Posted on 04/02/2014 by Rachel1016

    HALO Effect: Teagan Stedman

    Hey, TeenNick do-gooders, do you feel that? The mighty force of Helping And Leading Others? The HALO Effect continues to spread as we congratulate our HALO Effect honoree for the month of the April!

    Meet Teagan Stedman, a high school freshman who brings together the power of music and service to make a serious difference in the lives of kids battling cancer. He's the founder of Shred Kids' Cancer, a non-profit organization whose mission is not only to help raise awareness and support for pediatric cancer, but also use music to hold events that are meaningful and uplifting for kids bravely fighting this terrible disease.

    Congratulations on your HALO Effect award! How did you come up with the idea for your organization, Shred Kids' Cancer?
    A friend in my school carpool had an older brother who was battling cancer. I wanted to do more than ask, "How's Alex doing?" So I looked into ways I could help other organizations that supported kids with cancer. I found that they had a lot of rules and restrictions about letting kids help, so I thought I should do something myself and thought that other kids would also want to help out.

    I knew my friend liked music and was also feeling isolated being out of school for so long, so I thought a concert with a bunch of bands would lift his spirits. I knew other kids bands could help, so I asked them, got the Roxy in Hollywood to agree to be the venue, got Guitar Center to be a sponsor and help us get items for our auction and as well as help with other costs. Then, to attract a crowd, I got Guitar Center to ask some celebrity musicians and Shredfest was born.

    The event was a great success. Other kids said they had friends that needed support, so we had another Shredfest the following year and raised a lot of money for pediatric cancer research to benefit more than just one person. Then I realized it was time to make Shredfest an official charity, and I founded Shred Kids Cancer as a corporation and it eventually became a 501c3 public charity [which means that SKC is an official tax-exempt non-profit organization].

    What do you think is particularly special about bringing together music and service?
    Music has the ability to change people's moods and lift their spirits—especially live music. People can get lost in it. It also has a way of bringing people together to share a common bond. It is almost like another language that we all speak. Music works well with service, as it is a gift, in a way, that allows people to share a common mood and move them to either dance, sing or help each other. Also, whether it be through lyrics or tone, music helps get messages to sink in with people.

    When did you start playing guitar? What is your favorite song to play?
    I started playing when I was seven years-old. My favorite song to play is my original music with my band Clockwork City—I love improvising and jamming with other musicians on stage.

    What is one of your most memorable moments from a recent Shredfest?
    It was this last one, Shredfest 6, when Kaitlin's (our "Shredhead" aka someone who is currently battling cancer) mom said, "Shredfest 6 was as good as any 'Make A Wish'! Not only are you raising much needed funding and awareness, you are truly making Kaitlin feel like a princess who is loved by a huge community that you have brought together."

    Who are some of your favorite guitarists?
    I really admire Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck.

    What has been one of the biggest challenges you've had to face while growing your organization?
    We realized in order to grow we needed to diversify and get different groups interested in helping out. Trying to diversify so that we can spread awareness to all types of people has been a challenge. We have several events, including Shredfest, our annual music event which attracts a lot of musicians, we have had a lot of success with our Rock The Runevents (5K/10K and 1K kids run) that attract those who are into healthy lifestyles, and we have our Be Bold, Be Bald event (in which participants wear a bald cap for a day to raise awareness for what someone going through chemo has to deal with), and we are an official charity partner with the LA Marathon, attracting those super endurance athletes or those wanting to do a bigger challenge than the 10K. We are looking into other areas and always keep music as a priority woven into each event.

    Another challenge for us is trying to spread throughout the nation. We are working to have kids start Shred Kids' Cancer clubs in their schools and hope to have clubs and/or chapters in other areas and regions.

    You have already accomplished so much at such a young age. Do you have any advice for other kids who might want to start an organization like yours?
    Think big but start small. Enlist a lot of people to help out. If your project is a success then, build on it and never give up on your goals.

  • Degrassi Recap: 'Army of Me'

    Posted on 04/02/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Hey, Degrassians! Did you catch last night's new episode? Between an act of domestic terrorism, a tough (but cute) new teacher, and an ongoing game of "He loves me, he loves me not," these kids better see all the drama a-brewin' before things get out of control! If you haven't seen "Army of Me," watch it online and then read our recap below!


    It was finally time for Alli to present her project at the science fair. She was so excited because she and Dallas had been working tirelessly for weeks, and only few loose ends stood between her and total science domination. But when Dallas and Alli went to the mall to pick up her posters, a frightening incident shook things up. Literally.

    Someone set off a homemade dry ice bomb in the middle of the food court and forced everyone to duck and cover under tables. No one was hurt, but when the police cleared out the room, they asked Dallas to stay behind for questioning.

    And before long, he realized that both he and Connor were being profiled as suspects because of their race.

    After waiting for a long time, disgruntled and upset, Dallas and Connor were finally released. Unfortunately, the bus to the fair had already left without them. They had to figure out a way to meet Alli and Jenna at the fair, and thankfully, Principal Simpson let Connor borrow his car so they could make it in time. (It pays having the principal be your legal guardian!) Keys in hand, Dallas and Connor hit the road.

    But while they were on their way, the boys got pulled over by two cops. And since Dallas was positive he wasn't speeding, he asked the officer why he was stopped. The officer scornfully replied, "Your exhaust is very loud." Dallas knew this wasn't a legitimate violation, and when the officers questioned the boys' permission to use the car, he was sure they were being persecuted. Because of their race.

    Do you think will Dallas' anger inspire him to make a stand in a constructive way? Or will it lead to even more trouble?


    There's a new teacher at Degrassi, and his name is Mr. Grant Yeats. He stands on desks, prefers that students and teachers "teach each other," and has this super-secret-invite-only play-writing collective (because multi-hyphenates = prestigious, obviously).

    Tristan really wanted to get into Mr. Yeats' play-writing collective to keep his mind off of how things weren't going so great at home. But when Zoe got her invitation to the collective, Tristan was confused about how and why his invitation was, er, lost in the mail?

    Well, turns out, Mr. Yeats didn't think Tristan's work was deserving of admittance into the collective.

    Degrassi: Close To Me

    Determined to get a spot in the super-secret society, Tristan followed the group to their meeting place… in the middle of the woods. But as he spied on them behind a tree, Mr. Yeats noticed him. (Let's be real, when you swat a fly like a kung fu warrior, you're bound to get noticed.)

    Degrassi: Close To Me

    At first Mr. Yeats was a little confused, and suggested that Tristan's boldness might not have been in the best taste. But after the meeting was dismissed, he told Tristan individually that he admired his determination. And even said that he could foresee Tristan being his favorite student.

    Degrassi: Close To Me



    After Becky called Clare and Drew "work spouses" (y'know, because they finish each other's sentences, know the intimate details of each other's candy intolerance, and basically are in LURVE), Clare became worried that everyone at school thought she and Drew were dating. And since they kissed that one time (oh, riggghhtttt), Clare decided that it would probably be better to have no suspicions floating around. So, she set out on a mission to find Drew a girlfriend.

    She created an online dating profile for Drew, and it didn't take much time for her inbox to be flooded with responses. Clare thought she was being sneaky, but Imogen sensed her ulterior motives for playing matchmaker: "You're trying to avoid your feelings for Drew," she said.


    But when Clare asked Imogen to keep her "stupid crush" on the down low (HEY, ELI), Imogen tried to ease her fears by saying that Drew wouldn't actually date her, anyway. She wasn't his type.

    Degrassi: Close To Me

    Wait, what?

    To see if Imogen's hunch was true, Clare made a fake profile for a made-up girl named Annabella. And this girl was basically Clare—she had all the same interests and attributes, just without the picture.

    However, when she gave Drew his options, he chose another girl named Eden based on her looks. Was Clare a little bummed? We think so.

    Will Clare finally face her feelings and tell Drew the real identity of Annabella? Will Tristan and Mr. Yeats form a bond? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

  • 2014 Kids' Choice Awards: Degrassi Stars, Austin Mahone + More!

    Posted on 03/31/2014 by Rachel1016

    They came, they saw, they slimed.

    This year, TeenNick stars turned up at the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards in a BIG way! Degrassi's Melinda Shankar, Luke Bilyk and Demetrius Joyette hit up the Orange Carpet, TeenNick Top 10 heartthrobs Austin Mahone and Cody Simpson dueled it out in MAJOR slime showdown, and Aloe Blacc and American Authors tore up the KCA stage with unreal performances!

    If you missed all the jam-packed fun on Saturday, here are some of our favorite moments (and a few you haven't seen before) from the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards!


    KCA Recap

    Before the show, Demetrius, Melinda and Luke hit up the KCA Orange Carpet for a little step-and-repeat. They clean up nice, don't they?

    KCA Recap

    But you better believe they showed their silly side, too!

    And signing some autographs for adoring fans? No big deal.

    KCA Recap

    Then there was that time Luke had a moment with a talking zebra. It was real, and it was beautiful.

    KCA Recap

    But before the gang made their way to their seats, they hammed it up in the Live GIF Booth.

    KCA Recap

    Meanwhile, over on the Orange Carpet stage, Austin Mahone kicked off the pre-show with a performance of his hit "MMM Yeah." The hair! The moves! I was just everything. Check out his performance here!


    KCA Recap

    Then the main show began, and Ariana Grande won the KCA for Favorite TV Actress. Ah, emotions!

    KCA Recap

    But it wasn't long before Aloe Blacc kicked things up a notch. His mash-up of "Wake Me Up" and "The Man" had everyone bopping their heads and singing along.


    KCA Recap

    A bunch of classic Nick stars including Kel Mitchell, Drake Bell, Josh Peck and the casts of shows like Victorious, iCarly and Sam & Cat gathered to honor Dan Schneider, one of the greatest TV shows creators of all time! It was so cool to see '90s stars and current stars sharing the same stage!

    Then, in one of the most epic moments of the night, Cody and Austin dueled it out in a slime showdown. You voted for who you wanted to see get slimed, and, well…

    KCA Recap

    KCA Recap

    KCA Recap

    You get the picture.

    KCA Recap

    And finally, American Authors closed out the show with a performance of "Best Day of My Life." Watch their full performance here!

  • Melinda's Journey To KCA: One Day to Go!

    Posted on 03/28/2014 by Melinda Shankar

    Melinda's Journey to KCA

    A sneak peek of Melinda's KCA Orange Carpet look!

    The Kids' Choice Awards are only a day away and I'm so excited! If you've ever wondered what it's like to get ready for a big event, I'm giving you an inside look into the routine that I'll be following for the big day! But you don't need an Orange Carpet to use these tips in your own life. Follow some of my tried and true tricks for your next big event (hello, prom and graduation!).

    Before a big event I make sure that:

    • I get my nails done. I usually attempt to coordinate my outfits and my nails, a nude colour is always a safe go-to. For this year's KCA, I got some amazing nail art done! It took three hours (and no wonder, because they are all bejeweled), but it was totally worth it! I've never seen such intricate nail design.

    • Melinda's Journey to KCA

    • I have my eyebrows waxed a couple of days before the event just in case there is any redness or swelling. It's also important to not wear makeup right after waxing because your pores are open and they can get clogged by the makeup!

    • I avoid makeup for the day prior, if possible, to let my skin breathe. Since I have to wear makeup everyday on the Degrassi set, it's great to give my skin a break. On a day like the Kids' Choice Awards, where there are constant stage makeup and touch-ups for the photo-ops and Orange Carpet, it's good to prepare myself!

    • I moisturize my skin as much as possible. I have dry skin and being in a studio all day filming doesn't help. Depending on what kind of skin you have, it's important to compensate with lots of moisture treatments!

    • I drink A LOT of water! Did you know that only three percent of the water you drink goes to the maintenance of your skin? The rest is for your body. Extra hydration is key to looking fresh on the carpet. It truly is nature's best remedy.

    • And finally, I get a good night's sleep! Nothing kills a fun event more than exhaustion! The days are long and you want to be on your game, so having a well-rested and sharp mind is so important!

    But above all, I try to remember that with events like these, the anticipation is everything and then it's over before you know it! Don't forget to enjoy it—these big moments in your life are special for a reason and you have to savor every second. Sure, the dress, the hair and the makeup are all part of the fun, but it's the memories you make that stay with you forever!

  • Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of�Degrassi�in its eighth season as Sav Bhandari's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. Melinda's passion for beauty has led her to a new position as CEO of Miss Conception image consulting.

  • Best Spring Break Ever: The Do's And Don'ts of Spring Break

    Posted on 03/28/2014 by Rachel1016

    Sure, you know how to live it up, but are you doing it right?!

    Here at TeenNick, we're all about bringing you the Best Spring Break Ever. And even though a week off means time to relax and let loose, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Spring break can come and go in a flash, so no matter where you go or what you do this year, heed our spring break wisdom and make the most out of it!

    DO: Fill up on your favorite foods.

    Do's and Don'ts of Spring Break

    DON'T: Fight your best friend over meatloaf.

    Do's and Don'ts of Spring Break

    DO: Read that book you've always been meaning to check out.

    Do's and Don'ts of Spring Break

    DON'T: Throw an out-of-control party while your parents are away.

    Do's and Don'ts of Spring Break

    DO: Spend all of your time eating junk food. (But don't tell anyone we told you.)

    Do's and Don'ts of Spring Break

    DON'T: Be that guy on a plane.

    Do's and Don'ts of Spring Break

    DON'T: Be completely anti-social.
    Take time for yourself, but also make sure to catch up with friends and family!

    Do's and Don'ts of Spring Break

    DO: Something out of the ordinary! Go a little crazy!

    Do's and Don'ts of Spring Break

    And finally, DO tune in every Saturday for the next five weeks to catch TeenNick's Best Spring Break Ever! We're packing your Saturday's with the best adventure-themed episodes of Nick favorites like Victorious, iCarly, and Big Time Rush—reall, you don't want to miss out.

    Remember to follow us on Twitter @TeenNick to take our Best Spring Break Ever logo with you wherever you go, whatever you do! Send us your photos, and we'll put our favorites on air!

  • TeenNick Top 10: KCA Takeover With American Authors and Aloe Blacc!

    Posted on 03/27/2014 by baileyb2112

    This week on TeenNick Top 10, The Kids' Choice Awards are taking over! In preparation for Saturday's star-studded awards ceremony, tune in for a very special episode of TeenNick Top 10 featuring the hottest videos from celebs nominated for a coveted orange blimp! Tons of your favorite countdown veterans are up for some of the night's biggest awards—you don't want to miss this one!

    TeenNick Top 10

    This week, we're showing love to all of our KCA nominees, so make sure you vote for your favorite groups, singers and songs for the 2014 awards! Will Katy Perry take home the ultimate prize for favorite female singer? Can former KCA host and award winner Justin Timberlake secure another blimp? Will One Direction be able to beat out Taylor Swift for this year's favorite song? You decide! Vote right here to make sure all of your favorites are winners this year!

    In the spirit of the KCA's, this week's special episode of TeenNick Top 10 will also packed with some very special guests, American Authors and Aloe Blacc!

    TeenNick Top 10




    Tune in this Friday at 10pm ET to learn even more about these music stars and to prepare yourself for Saturday's epic Kid's Choice Awards at 8pm ET! Who do you think will win those orange blimps? Give us your best guesses in the comments below!

  • Degrassi Recap: 'Close to Me'

    Posted on 03/26/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Valentine's Day may have been a month ago, but this week at Degrassi was all about sweethearts and love triangles! And chalk it up to pre-dance jitters, but a few things went down last night. If you haven't seen "Close to Me" yet, make sure to watch it online before reading our recap because, you know, spoilers.


    The incarnation of Connor 2.0 made quite the impression at Degrassi and the lovable-nerd-turned-total-hunk started to get a lot of attention: Grade Nine girls were suddenly in dire need of biology tutoring, and Jenna, sensing some ulterior motives, didn't feel too great about how in-demand her boyfriend had become. With the semi-formal coming up, she felt like she had to pull out all the stops, "wow" Connor with a stunner dress, and bury those creeping jealous feelings!

    But when it came time to get ready for the dance, Jenna found herself not loving any of her outfit choices (been there!) and she started to get frustrated. She knew that if she wanted to show up the younger girls, her dress had to be perfect.

    A few dozen outfit changes later, Jenna arrived at the gymnasium in her chosen frock that, well, turned a few heads. And despite the fact that Alli thought her dress selection was a bit bold, Connor, being the adoring boyfriend that he is, said she looked great. He gave her the reaction she was looking for, and she was happy.

    Later on, Dallas and Alli announced that Connor and Jenna won King and Queen—everything was going as planned! They took the stage to retrieve their crown, and Jenna was all, "You can call me Queen Bee." But just as she addressed her adoring subjects, Connor took her hand, raised it in a triumphant "BOO YAH!" and caused her dress strap to snap right off.

    Degrassi: Close To Me

    Mortified, Jenna quickly ran off stage.

    As much as we wish Jenna could just rewind a few hours, let's face it, we've all been there before. Sometimes a fashion risk turns out to be a mistake, and you suffer through the embarrassment.

    But as Connor walked into the bathroom to comfort Jenna, he made it clear he didn't care about those Niners, anyway: "They only like me now that I'm conventionally dressed," he said. "You liked me before then." Jenna was so caught up in creating the right image that she forgot why her relationship with Connor was so strong in the first place!

    Plus, he didn't love any of those other girls.

    Degrassi: Close To Me

    And that's the way the #Jonnor cookie crumbles, my friends.


    Last week, Becky accidentally asked Imogen to the Sweetheart Semi-Formal, as her date. And even though she did want to go to the dance with Imogen all along, she wasn't really sure whether or not she like liked her.

    Degrassi: Close To Me

    Jack, on the other hand, totally had a thing for Imogen. And when she told Becky that she wanted to ask Imogen to the semi-formal, Becky wasn't about to let the new girl threaten her friendship.

    …But was she getting in too deep?

    At the dance, Becky and Imogen danced their tushes off, and seemed to be having a great time. But when the slow dance music forced everyone to couple off, they had to figure out what in the world was going on between them. After about a millisecond, she realized:

    Degrassi: Close To Me

    Becky admitted that she wasn't actually gay. She told Imogen that she just didn't want to lose her first best friend. And Imogen was so relieved, too, because Becky was her first best friend who wasn't her girlfriend.

    After they officially solidified their BFF (not GF) status, Becky realized that she needed to make things right with Jack. She told Jack about the mix-up and encouraged her to ask Imogen to dance. Now the question is, could there be another budding romance in the works?


    Since Zig moved in with Maya, things got a little tense between Maya and her boyfriend, Miles. Miles didn't totally trust Zig's motives, and sure as heck didn't want Maya in close quarters with him. But Maya, hoping that everyone would just put a little kumbaya in their hearts, had a plan to ease the tension: She thought that if everybody hung out together at the dance, maybe Miles and Zig could get along!

    But Maya soon realized that her friends (Tristan, Zoe, Grace, and Tiny, to be exact) thought it was a useless idea to try to make BFF out of two hotheaded boys who clearly had feelings for her. And even though Maya didn't want to give up, Zig put his foot down and said that it wasn't his responsibility to fix her problems with Miles. He didn't want anything to do with the dance.

    Degrassi: Close To Me

    Back at Matlin household, Maya confronted Zig right before the dance. She told him she was really upset that he was "such a jerk" about the whole situation, and even though Zig scoffed it off, you could tell that he cared.

    Degrassi: Close To Me

    Oh, he cared.

    Zig eventually showed up to the dance, and much to Maya's surprise, chatted with Miles by the punch table. They started talking man-to-man and everything was going fine until Zig, well, said some stuff that didn't exactly sit well with Miles. He talked about living with Maya and provokingly joked, "It's gonna be kinda hard to be just friends when you're sleeping down the hall."

    Yikes, you could practically see the steam coming out of Miles' ears.

    In fact, Miles was so mad, he tried to get Zig out of the picture for good. He went to Mr. Perino and got two cops to accuse Zig of hiding drugs in his locker. They whisked Zig away to investigate, and Maya stood there, dumbfounded and shocked. Miles insisted that he just did it to protect her, but Maya couldn't believe Miles would do such a spiteful thing. Holding back tears, she told him, "I need some time to think."


    Back at home, Maya waited to for Zig to see what happened with Perino. Turns out, there were no drugs in his locker, and Miles had just thrown him under the bus. But when Maya tried to explain that Miles wasn't a bad guy and couldn't understand why he'd so something like this, Zig said he had an idea. And it went back to a promise he made Maya months ago.

    "Remember when I told you I'd wait for you?"

    Degrassi: Close To Me

    Well, what say you, Degrassians? Will Zig test #Matlingsworth's fate? Is Imogen on her way to a new relationship? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

  • Melinda's Journey To KCA: 4 Days to Go!

    Posted on 03/25/2014 by Melinda Shankar

    Melinda's Beauty Blog: Essentials For Spring

    Melinda Shankar is no stranger to the Orange Carpet!

    Hey there, TeenNick fans! The countdown to KCA has officially begun! In case you haven't heard, I am going to be walking the Orange Carpet this year and I'm taking you along for the journey! I just had a fitting for my KCA dress last week, and I've narrowed down my options to two -- prepping for the big day is half the fun! Do you have a big event coming up? Here are some tips and tricks that you can apply to any big day like prom or graduation!

    Sometimes, picking the "perfect" outfit can be the most stressful part of our day. The fear of over or under dressing for the occasion, hoping to not wear the same style as your GF, etc., is enough to drive us crazy. The trick to creating a head-turning outfit is to cater to your own personal appearance. Personal style means wearing whatever you want, and it often reflects your personality and helps create a first impression. Just because trends are "in" doesn't mean you have to attempt to rock them. Take your body type, style, and the occasion into consideration, and use your judgment to pick an #OOTD (Outfit Of The Day) that makes you feel beautiful and confident! After all, once you commit and leave the house, there's no turning back. You can delete the photo proof of an outfit fumble, but you can't delete the memories!

    You might start with a dress or blouse, but shoes can make or break an outfit. Dressing up a casual outfit with some bold shoes is always a great option for jazzing up a regular #OOTD to be photo-op-worthy! Generally, if an outfit is more fashion-forward or "out there", however, neutral heels help keep the focus on the dress or ensemble. This rule applies to clutches, purses and jewelry, as well!

    Want to hit up the salon before your big day? If you're planning a new hair style or cut, try it before hand to make sure it's exactly like you pictured. I suggest getting a haircut at least four days before the event to give it time to settle in and, of course, time for you to get used to it. A great outfit/look takes a lot of thought and preparation, but once you've put all the pieces together, you'll be so glad you did! #FashionistaFact

    Can't wait to see you all at the Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday at 8pm ETon Nickelodeon!

    Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of�Degrassi�in its eighth season as Sav Bhandari's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. Melinda's passion for beauty has led her to a new position as CEO of Miss Conception image consulting.