Debby Ryan on Her Hit Show and Upcoming Debut Album

Even if she wasn’t famous, Debby Ryan would be a cool girl. You know the type: Smart (see her charming Tumblr), funny (see her hilariously witty tweets), and she can rock ball gowns and band tees with the same aplomb. The actress-slash-singer is totally BFF-worthy, and she just so happens to be real-life besties with half of youngHollywood.

But Debby is famous, and deservedly so—the Disney star has acted on loads of hit series (remember The Suite Life?), the latest beingJessie, which kicks off its third season this summer.

We stole a few minutes with the 20-year-old to chat about movies, music, and making it big on the small-screen.

What can we expect from season three of Jessie?
Disney has never done a show with someone who starts out so grown-up̬Jessie’s 18! She’s still trying to figure out what kind of career she wants, so she’s trying different things and attempting to move forward and really advance as an actor. More than anything, it’s about watching her grow.

You’re going through a lot of the same things are your character. Do you influence the storylines at all?
I think that’s where we get half the inspiration for the show, just saying, “Okay, Debby, what’s going on with you right now?” I’m doing what Jessie’s doing. She’s moving forward, and life is changing and shifting around her. All the stories about her family and her relationships—all of those personal things—are totally typical of someone that age.

You’ve been on TV for years now. Are movies next for you?
It’s funny—for a lot of people, features are the dream, and they’re like, “When life settles down, maybe I’ll go to TV.” For me, it’s the opposite. I’ve really fallen in love with television. TV acting is a great skill to have, and it’s nice to have that stability.

But you’re into movies and music too, right?
I can do a little bit of everything, which is such a blessing. I have an amazing team of people around me. They don’t come to me and say “You should really do this, or you should reallyconsider that.” It’s, “Do you care about this project? Do you really want to do this? If not, don’t push it.” Acting and the industry of making movies is beautiful, but it’s so exhausting and suchhard work, if you don’t absolutely 100% want to do something, it defeats the purpose. You haveto want to do it and choose things that are worth fighting for. A career is not as much defined by things you say “yes” to as much as things you say “no” to.

You’re also recording an album! What should we expect from that?
I wouldn’t do the music thing if it weren’t for my brother, who’s a producer. He understands me and helps my vision come to life. I want to tell stories, and I want to tell them in the right way. He helps me do that. For the longest time, I was afraid to be a Disney girl who does music. It’s like, I love those girls. Those girls are my favorite. But it didn’t feel like me! Music is such an intensely personal thing for me, and I knew if I was going to do it, it would be in my own way.

What does it sound like?
There’s a little bit of everything. There are ukeleles and screaming guitars and loud drums and fun piano. It really is a fun record that’s about experiencing every shade of life.

You also manage to do a lot of charity work, too! What are you doing right now?
I’m an ambassador for Disney’s Friends for Change, and I asked them if there’s anything we can do to help little girls in India get education and a better quality of life, because that’s important to me. A few months later they introduced me to an incredible charity called Free the Children, which helps young people empower other young people. They recently partnered with Amwayto look for changemakers who are positively affecting their communities and, therefore, the world.

You always look awesome on the red carpet. Are you into fashion?
It’s such an exciting subplot of what I do. I’m blessed because get to tell stories and help people, but I also get to step out and wear cool things and tell people who I am. I’m inspired by street style and Teen Vogue. I love band tees and pearl earrings!

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How to Be Adventurous With Your Style

Have a fashion crisis that needs solving? Every week our editors will answer a reader-submitted question, and you can tell us all about your wardrobe woes here. Read on for this week’s advice!

14-year-old Pav D. of England writes: “I try to be fashionable, but I don’t feel confident enough to be adventurous and try something different. I’ve never been super self-assured, and now as a teenager, I feel a lot more insecure about what I wear! Should I be bold in my dressing or stick to what I know?”

Being different, standing out, taking risks—these are things that sound scary and uncomfortable, but are actually really awesome. Your teens are for figuring yourself out, which means you should absolutely try new things. (It also means this all gets a whole lot less stressful with each passing year.)

One of the easiest and most significant ways we express ourselves on a daily basis is through fashion. Everyone wears clothes, right? Since you change your outfit every day, you have a near-infinite number of chances to take risks, both big and small. And if you don’t like how something looks or how it makes you feel, on to the next one! It’s also important to remember that style isn’t static. Your look is bound to change as you get older and as trends come and go. Don’t let anyone make you feel like you aren’t being true to yourself if you’re wearing something out of the ordinary.

What To Wear With A Denim Vest

When summer rolls around, leave your jean jacket behind and opt for a wear-with-everything denim vest.

A denim vest is one of the most indispensable items for in-between seasons like spring, because it adds a layer of warmth without being too bulky. It also brings a touch of cool to virtually any look, from sweet sundresses to sassy maxi skirts.

It’s a simple trend to embrace, because not only does it suit any personal style, but it’s also easy to incorporate because you likely have one lying around in your closet—and if you don’t just chop the sleeves off a jacket you no longer wear. So whether you toss it over a floor-sweeping dress, or pair it with your favorite worn-to-shreds vintage tee, this is a trend that’s certainly worth investing in.

Spring Cleaning Tips to Whip Your Closet Into Shape

Spring is synonymous with fresh starts. Everything seems more exciting when the weather warms up and the end of the school year is just within reach, you know? A good spring clean is also part of the seasonal package, and while it can be kind of a drag, we promise you’ll feel oh-so-accomplished once the deed is done. Plus, we have many a tip to help make the process as painless as possible!

Set the mood.
We’re serious—it’s important to create an environment that’s as stress-free as possible. Open your curtains or blinds and let in as much light as you can! Pump the jams! (May we suggest aspring fever playlist? Or perhaps a festival-approved mix?) Also, make sure you’re dressed in comfy clothes. Cleaning is always way more active than you think it will be—consider it a workout alternative of sorts.

Divide and conquer.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed, so think about your cleaning as a collection of smaller tasks. Make a list of the areas you want to cover—your closet, your dresser, your bathroom cabinet—and prioritize them. Splitting up the work into manageable chunks is especially important if you can’t devote a whole uninterrupted day to digging through your stuff.

Embrace the pile method.
Okay, this isn’t a scientific term or anything, but we’re big advocates of what we call the pile method. Once you’ve settled on an area, dive right in and start placing things in piles for “yes,” “no,” and “maybe.” Only put things you wear or use regularly in the yes pile, and don’t freak out if your no pile is big. Getting rid of superfluous clothes, beauty products, and other things lying around your room is the whole point of spring cleaning! Once everything is separated out, go back through the maybe pile and try to make yes and no decisions. (And if you still have items in limbo, move on to another area and revisit the maybes after the next round of piling.)

Ask the tough questions.
Are you ever going to wear that too-tight tee you’ve been hanging onto since middle school? Or that bag that can’t hold more than a pack of gum? Or those shoes that you’ve never been able to walk in? No, no, and no. (Probably!) A good rule of thumb is to purge anything you wouldn’t wear right then and there, if weather weren’t a factor. As far as beauty products go, expiration dates vary from product to product, but you should get rid of anything that’s changed colors, developed an odor, or that you haven’t touched in the last year.

Get organized.
You’ve got your piles…now what? Well, unless you put your yeses back into their respective homes in an organized manner, most of your work will be for naught. Take the time to fold your clothes and organize your space logically. This means putting winter coats at the back of your closet and lining up hanging clothes by type (tops, bottoms, dresses), color, or even by outfit. If your room is in need of a lot of help, think about purchasing shoe racks, drawer dividers, and other organizational tools. It might also be helpful to make a list of oft-forgotten pieces to reference whenever you’re in a style drought.

Say goodbye to your stuff.
Items that are badly worn out should be thrown away, as should things like half-used jars of old moisturizer. Clothing and accessories that are in decent shape can either be donated to places like Goodwill or Salvation Army, resold at shops like Plato’s Closet, or swapped on sites like Bib + Tuck. Of course, if you encourage your friends to do some spring cleaning of their own, you could have your own wardrobe exchange. One girl’s trash is another girl’s treasure, right?

Treat yourself.
Yes, treat yourself. An emptier closet means you have room for some new purchases, but a Netflix binge will do the trick, too. Having a reward in sight can give you that extra bit of motivation you need to get the job done. Now go forth and clean!

Get Summer Style Inspiration from the Boston Calling Festival

Check out the well-dressed music fans who totally rocked out in Beantown.

It’s all music festivals all the time, but we don’t mind! Ever since Coachella stylishly started off the season in Indio (with Topshop creating a collection to boot!), we’ve been totally obsessed with go-to concert pieces like denim vests and maxi skirts.

Even though school might be out for the summer, the Boston Calling show-goers definitely earned an A+ in mixing and matching festival staples despite cold temperatures and generally lousy weather.

Sasquatch’s Stylish Show-Goers Flaunt Serious Festival Fashion

Memorial Day saw not one but two major music festivals: Boston Calling in Massachusetts and Sasquatch in Washington. While Boston Calling gave us a taste of East Coast city style (in the rain!), Sasquatch showed off the Pacific Northwest’s particular brand of easy-going cool.