Monthly Archives: April 2012

Spring Trends for Men and Women

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By guest blogger Serena Piper
Journalism major at the University of Oregon. Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Oregon. Magazine, freelance blogger, future world traveler. In her spare time, she likes to read as many books as she can, go for long drives, and peruse news websites. Hopes to one day write for National Geographic.

April showers bring May flowers, but the dreariness doesn’t have to apply to your wardrobe, too. Spring is here, and with each new season comes new trends. You may be fine sticking with your normal t-shirt, jeans, and flip-flops or Chucks, but just in case you want to switch things up a bit, here are a few spring trends I dare you to try!

Photo by Leah Robin Napier.

For the ladies:

Pleats

On the runway, Dior is showing off its collection and love of nude pleats, black pleats… pleats in every color! When the weather is nice, break out a pleated skirt and match it with some cute flats or to hit the town in style and dress it up with heels.

Neons

This spring is all about the electricity color can bring. Pair some bright orange skinny jeans with a simple top, or grab a pair of hot pink heels. Not comfortable with so much color? Grab some neon-colored bracelets.

Lace

Lacey tank tops, lacey skirts, lacey bathing suits…the choice is yours! Play up your femininity with something flirty and watch the heads turn.

Roaring 20s

Designers like Roberto Cavalli and Gucci are showing their jazz age spirit on the runways with drop-waist dresses and deco detailing. A little fringe never hurt anyone, right? If you’re going out this weekend, this is your go-to style. Take a break from the short miniskirts and take a hint from the 20’s.

Summer Suits

Ralph Lauren and Rachel Zoe know what they’re doing. Instead of wearing barely-there jean shorts (a la Daisy Duke), try a summer suit: dressed up pin-lined shorts with a nice, crisp blazer. You’ll look casual, yet sophisticated and put together.

Guys can dress up any occasion with a leather jacket. Photo by El Cabron.

For the men:

Leather Jackets

Guys, just in case you’ve been living under a rock the last century, women love guys in leather (must have something to do with the bad boy image, go figure). The awesome thing about leather jackets is that they work with jeans, dress pants, suits, whatever! Faux or real, no one will care and you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank. Nordstrom offers them, as well as Guess.

Moccasins

From what I’ve heard, these bad boys are worth the money. Celebs like Peter Facinelli and Zac Efron have been spotted wearing these comfy kickers out and about and it’s no wonder. They’re quick to put on and they’re a simple accessory that goes a long way toward making you a classic. Gucci, Ugg, and Zappos.com all over moccasins in a variety of styles and prices.

Khakis and Cargos

Both must haves, khakis and cargos offer comfort and versatility. Grab a pair of these Sun-FadedChinos by Ralph Lauren and you’ll be the most crisp-looking guy on campus. What to remember: khakis are more fitted while cargos are baggier and casual. With both, don’t buy them too baggy, otherwise you risk looking sloppy.

Do some research of your own to find out what’s hot for spring and let us know which trends you’ll be rocking!

 

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Keeping Cool During the Heat of Finals

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By guest blogger Tiana Bouma
Tiana is a senior at University of Oregon double majoring in Political Science and Journalism with a focus in magazine. Her hometown is now Bend, OR but she graduated from high school in Danville, CA. After graduating from UO, she plans on traveling and working for National Geographic. During her spare time, she enjoys music, reading, sports and movies.

Finals are the best and worst parts of the term. On the one hand, it means one day closer to freedom (and summer!), but it also means time catching up and cramming is beginning to dwindle. During spring term when the sun is out, the last thing any of us want to do is sit inside and read through our notes and study guides.

The best thing to do is to create a balance between losing our marbles and having a little bit of fun during some well-earned study breaks.

Take a break and play frisbee with some friends! It'll get your endorphins going and help you study. Photo by Nathan Rupert.

The easy answer to making a little time for yourself during the upcoming finals period are things we do every day that may be taken for granted

  1. Go out for coffee with friends and take it on a walk. A walk around campus, or anywhere really, will help to get the blood flowing and reduce stress. The Vitamin D in sunshine will always help to increase your mood.
  2. When you are studying try to take breaks between subjects and items on your to-do-list. Even a fifteen-minute break from a subject will restart the creative juices and allow your brain to catch a little breathing room in between all of the information.
  3. Frisbee and pick-up basketball are perfect ways to relax from studying and stress while also increasing blood flow. The exercise combined with some friendly competition will release endorphins and give you a natural energy boost that just can’t be replicated by coffee after coffee.
  4. Take some time to just lie in the sun if you aren’t feeling athletically inclined. Just as taking a walk will help give you tons of Vitamin D, so too will relaxing in the sun. The Vitamin D will help with rejuvenating your brain and will also help you to return to studying faster. Just make sure you don’t fall asleep.

Overall, the important thing to remember is that you need to fully close the books and turn off the studying part of your brain while you take a break. Reading a magazine or a novel is still a break as long as your brain isn’t working hard to comprehend the material. Getting out of your chair and moving around will also help to make the break that much more rejuvenating.

Good luck with your finals!

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College Bucket List — Don’t Let Time Run Out!

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By guest blogger Kelsey Bradshaw
Kelsey is a sophomore at the University of Oregon majoring in Journalism and Facebook (wait, that’s not a real major?!). Originally a track star from Medford, Oregon, she now enjoys going for runs with her friends and working out at Eugene Crossfit. She also enjoys visiting National Parks, playing in the snow, and hanging out at the beach…double points if they’re all at the same time.

When I was in eighth grade, I had a “quarter-quarter-semi-life” crisis and got really freaked out that I was going into high school. No matter the fact that I was 13, nor that virtually everyone from my middle school would be going to my high school…I got scared that I was getting old and I wouldn’t see anyone ever again. So I made a bucket list of things I wanted to do before high school…and it made school the most fun it had ever been. So, I decided to do a college version of it—but, you know, wearing glitter every day for a week won’t be on the list this time. Or maybe it will. Hmm….anywho, here’s a list everyone should think about doing before school ends! (I’ll be splashing in puddles naked if you need me).

1. Get out of the habit of wearing sweats to school. Dress up for a week, and see if not wearing lazy outfits makes you not so lazy at school.

#6 - Take a road trip with your friends. Photo by zeroatthebone.com.

2. Pick one sunny day and play hooky. I’m not telling you to do this every day—but pick one really nice day and sit in the sun, relax, and catch up with your friends. You deserve a break every once in a while.

3. Ace a test. Getting an A on a test could possibly be on the same level as Ryan Gosling asking for your number. Okay, maybe not, but it’s a really good feeling, so stop procrastinating.

4. Explore your town. Find a new restaurant, take a walk downtown, try a different street vendor or go into a shop you’ve never been into. You may find that café you pass by every day has killer mochas, or something else exciting like a cute barista.

5. Get in shape before summer. Less than two months until bikini season? Yikes. Get on that elliptical.

6. Road trip. The grass (and shopping, and restaurants, and overall hotness of the population) is always greener on the other side—so go explore the grass in the few cities over.

7. Decide who you want to be remembered as. When you graduate, will you regret anything? Will you have become the person you had always hoped of being? The sooner you start taking steps to get there, the sooner your goals will be achieved.

8. Actually talk to that One Person you’ve been eyeing all year long. Start a conversation, ask him or her out—just try not to reveal how much you know from Facebook stalking them for the last two terms.

 

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The Best Way to Pick a Course Schedule

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By guest blogger Stan Whitcomb
Stan is a freshman at Santa Clara University. He is currently undecided, but is leaning towards a major in computer science. He is new to the blogosphere but is a seasoned writer (thanks English class!). In his free time, he likes to Dougie with his hallamtes and he is an avid Frisbee player.

Class selection, while subtle, is one of the most important things you can do to improve your college experience. Whether you stack all your classes for one day, or take a more balanced approach, one must always be wary of the pitfalls of a bad schedule.

The first major question you should be asking yourself when contemplating schedules is: who are the good professors? There are many resources for doing this. Talking to classmates and even upperclassmen can help you get a sense of what a professor is like. Sometimes the popular website ratemyprofessors.com can be helpful as well. Good teachers make college the experience it is, so make it a point in your scheduling to find the best ones possible for the most gratifying education you can achieve.

When picking classes, you need to decide if you want a balanced schedule or if you want all of your classes on certain days. Photo by Alisa Ryan.

Next major question has to be a preference ordeal. Simply, do you like to get up and think early in the morning? If so, man, am I jealous! Either way, if you don’t care about which professor you get (you should after that last paragraph), or there are two equally good professors from which to choose, the time of the class is the next big question. A study conducted a few years ago has shown a linkage between brain functionality and the time of day. It concluded that college students tend to think better during the evening hours. These results can impact when you decide to take your classes. Personally, I picked early class times so that I could do my homework later on in the evening when my brain is at its peak performance.

Now, when choosing classes based on timeslots, you may be inclined to stack all your classes on the same day and use the days with no class to get your homework done. I do not suggest doing this. After an informal testing with my fellow students, I have found that stacking all of your classes on one day rapidly leads to overwhelming amounts of work. Overloading your days is like scratching an itch; it feels like a good idea, but once you itch it, the desire to keep on scratching only gets worse and worse until you’re stuck with 8 hours of homework on one day, and 5 hours of class on the other.

So, my advice? Do research on professors before you start picking classes, get one that you want, and a couple more that you can settle for. When you’re picking a timeslot, make sure you know thy self and are positive you can function well for the entire class. Who wants to pay for a college education just to sleep through it?  Finally, remember that classes in the early morning are god awful abominations and the people that get up for them are nigh on superheroes for making it to them coherently, and that when it comes to class scheduling, make all the decisions with care.

 

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BookRenter’s Ultimate Money-On-The-Mind Playlist

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Bones, bread, clams, dinero, dough, funds, green stuff, mazumah… MONEY. Whether you’re spending it, saving it, making it, or craving it – it’s always a part of your day-to-day, so it makes sense that in one way or another, it’s often on your mind.

Don’t worry – you’re not alone. Even mainstream musicians, who are practically bazilionaires, have got their minds on their money (and their money on their minds!). How do we know? They’ve performed beloved and time-honored songs about the good ol’ greenbacks, from Jay-Z to The O’Jays, Pink Floyd to the Wu Tang, heck, even Kenny Loggins and ABBA—they all either love… or feel totally depressed… about money.

BookRenter has combed the archives and assembled an ultimate playlist of 30 money-minded tunes for your enjoyment, should you need a killer soundtrack for your current financial contemplations. As always, comes in flavors of Grooveshark or Spotify, depending on your music platform of choice.

Happy listening!

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