Monthly Archives: October 2012

Adjusting Your Wardrobe For Fall Fashion

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The leaves are falling, the weather is cooler, and people are wearing leggings as pants once more. We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto, we’ve officially arrived in Fall. Fall is my favorite time of year – from pumpkin spice lattes (heaven in a cup), to perfect weather, and to rock my new school clothes. But if you’re like me, even though the temperature’s dropping, you’re probably not ready to put away the crop tops you wore all summer. Not to fear! Here’s how to mix your summer wardrobe into your fall wardrobe so you don’t have to grieve the passing of your daisy dukes just yet.

1. Mix, Don’t Match

While the weather cools down, only one half of your body should be uncovered at a time. Not only will you freeze if you wear a tank top and shorts when it’s 50 degrees outside, but there’s something about the fall that makes showing off obscene amounts of skin just not quite as classy as it did in the summer. Therefore, tank tops and t-shirts should be worn with pants. Bonus points if they’re colored pants, which instantly will put your outfit in cute territory. Wearing long sleeves on top totally justifies wearing itty bitty summer bottoms. Oversize sweaters look great with a skirt and flats. Flannels and shorts make for a unbeatable casual (and comfy) look. Avoid wearing knee-high boots (especially leather ones) with shorts. This will rarely look good since they make your legs look shorter than they really are.

Red Sweater Black Miniskirt Fall Fashion

Photo © CrashingRed

2. Cardigans

Make cardigans your best friend. Cardigans are great for transitioning through those awkward days where it’s just chilly enough to add on the layers, but too hot for full-on sweaters. Also, if you have a crop top that just needs to be worn, wearing high-waisted bottoms and a cardigan keeps it classy.

White cardigan fall fashion jeans black shirt

Photo © buytrends2012

3. Sneakers

Wearing sneakers instead of sandals keeps your toes warm and is a great excuse to show off your new Tom’s. Scarves are another Fall accessory which will add hotness (in both the sexy and temperature kind of way) to your outfit.

Female Fall Fashion Sneakers

Photo © cyde02

But the most important thing to remember is this: as long as you’re confident in what you’re wearing, you’ll look fantastic. So go put on a scarf, enjoy a pumpkin latte, and enjoy the fall weather you’re ready to dress for.

 

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New Town? No Problem.

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I grew up in a pretty small town in Texas, so when we got to California a few days ago I was a little more than intimidated. When I went off to college, I chose to go to a town that I was already familiar with, making that transaction pretty easy. California, however, seems like a whole new world to me. If you would have seen me driving on the highway, you would have laughed, I promise. As I was sitting on my porch this morning trying to find things to do here so that I can get familiar with the surroundings, It dawned on me that most college students go through this once or maybe a few times. I wanted to share a few tips that I am learning of how to become more acclimated in a new area:

1. Google It!

Google the town. I typed in Vista, California and I was flooded with information! You can get the scoop on the best coffee spots, restaurants, shopping, and anything else you’re interested in. Not only do you get the names/addresses but most of the time there will be reviews so that you can judge whether or not it’s worth it.

2. Explore

The first day we got here, we jumped in the car and just drove around. If you see something you think you’d like or something familiar, then go in! There’s no harm in checking things out for yourself.

3. Neighbors

Who knows your new town better than someone who already lives there? Unless you have Scrooge next door, most people won’t have a problem at all sharing the “need to know” information. We ate at a really cool restaurant last night because our neighbor suggested it. You’d be surprised by how much someone will be willing to share with you about their city (the good and the bad)!

Adventurous City Night

Photo © NZR

Be bold and vivacious, or at least fake it until you make it! The easiest way to get comfortable with something, is to get familiar with it. I hope these tips urge you to go see your new city!

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3 Cheap Ways to Spruce Up Your Dorm / Apartment

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Dorms or apartments can be dreadful, especially if it’s your first year away from home. Make it your own and then you will feel more than welcome! Here are some dorm décor ideas to spruce up those boring old rooms!

1. Gift-Wrap Wallpaper

Dorm room and apartment walls can be a such a bore! Add a splash of personality by decorating your wall. This DIY project is cheap, easy and only requires a couple items: 2-3 rolls of gift-wrap paper, thumb-tacks, scissors and tape. Tack on two thumbtacks to the edges of the gift-wrap paper. Make sure you align the edges parallel to the ceiling and then let the gift-wrap roll all the way down to the floor. Cut off the gift-wrap paper parallel to the floor using the scissors and fold it inwards to have a straight-edge look at the bottom. Secure the bottom by tacking on thumbtacks to the bottom as well. Use pieces of tape to hold down the top, sides, and bottom of the gift-wrap paper. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have run out of wall space. Now, you should have your own customized wall design that everyone will envy!

Green Decorative Wallpaper Wrapping Paper

Photo © The Shabby Nest

2. Can Pen Holders

Need some inexpensive yet chic way to store your pens and pencils? Here’s a way to recycle some of your empty cans! All you need is a can opener, nail file and a few empty cans. Go ahead and take the empty soda can and remove the entire top portion and then file down the sharp edges of the can and rinse it out with soap and water. Let it dry and voila! You have yourself an awesome pen/pencil holder.

Fabric Covered Can Pencil Holder

Photo © Making This Home

3. Clothespin Photos

Why buy frames or tape photos on your wall? Here’s a unique, cheap and artistic way of posting photos onto your wall! All you need is some ribbon, clothespins, thumbtacks and your favorite memorable photographs! Cut the ribbon to size and tack thumbtacks onto each end. Evenly space out the areas in which you’d like to post your photos, use the clothes pins to create markers. Hang the photos in place using the clothespins and now you have a cool way of displaying photos!

Photos Hanging from Clothes Pin Line Inside

Photo © My, oh my! D.I.Y.

No need to splurge all your money on dorm/ apartment décor! Try these DIY décor projects and save even more cash! Can’t get enough of these DIY projects? Well, check out this website for different ideas on how to add a splash of your personality into your dorm/apartment!

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5 Skills Every College Girl Should Have

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Women are increasingly becoming more independent and self-sufficient (yay us!). We are taking matters into our own hands and making it known that we are self-starters, making things happen for ourselves and not depending on anyone else to do it for us.

But I’ve noticed that this independence thing is lacking in the 20-something year old women. Perhaps it’s the cool thing to do, or the way to get a guy – pretend you don’t know something so you look cute and need “rescuing.” We’ve all done that before, right? However, independency in women is so attractive, so why don’t we start embracing it?

Here are some things every woman should know to do:

1. Fix A Car

Okay, maybe not the whole car, but at least learn how to check your oil and refill coolant and window cleaner. When your car is acting funny, it won’t be intimidating to look under the hood for any clues as to what’s going on. It’s greasy under there, but you’ll live. Bonus points if you can change a tire.

2. Put Furniture Together

 Love shopping at Target? Now you can feel free to buy a dresser or side table without the inconvenience of who you’ll call to put it together for you.

Woman Building Furniture Independently

Photo © j2davis2005

3. TV / Internet Hook-Up

Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to call your dad to hook it up for you? Face it, you’re going to move more than once in the next few years – at least you’ll have TV the first night in your new place.

4. Just Say No

Have you ever said yes to something because you were afraid of how people would react if you said no? Remember, being nice does not mean saying yes to everything. There are times when you can and should say no. Learn how to do it and be firm.

5. Basic Tools

Screwdrivers, hammers, drills, etc. It’s kind of liberating when you realize you know how to fix that loose table leg, replace the door locks, or even fix your garbage disposal.

Woman holding screw gun outside independently

Photo © ckelby

Although I’ve only listed five things here, there are more ways out there to express your independence. What would you add to the list?

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Fall Semester Daycation Ideas

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Yes, it’s only the beginning of October, but I’m sure students are already counting down until the end of the semester. I want to share with all of you impatient students some fun Fall daycations that you can take during this semester to make the school days fly by. Taking little breaks to get away won’t have you yearning for winter break so much.

1. Visit A Farm

Drive off campus for the day and go to a farm. Especially for those who live in the city, this can be extremely fun! Go pumpkin picking, drink some apple cider, or go for a hayride. It’ll feel like you went on a vacation to a completely different place even though it’s only an hour outside of the city! A lot of farms have haunted houses and mazes in October!

Pumpkin Picking

Photo © wearitdotcome

2. Go To An Amusement Park

In the Autumn months, amusement parks such as Six Flags and Hershey Park turn the entire park into a haunted experience. We may be too old for trick-or-treating but this is the perfect type of excitement college students need. Plus it is a lot cooler, so you don’t have to sweat the entire day!

Riding Rollercoaster at Amusement Park

Photo © hounddiggity

3. Football Parties

Football season can be a lot of fun, even if you’re not a die-hard football fan! A lot of people throw football parties so get in on that and have some fun. Or throw a party yourself.

Football Food Party

Photo © sassyradish

4. Enjoy The Foliage

Fall is the perfect season to enjoy being outdoors. The fall foliage is a beautiful thing to experience and the weather is a lot cooler. Go for a hike or a walk outside. If you’re not much of a hiker or a walker, the fall colors can also make a romantic atmosphere; so grab some food and take your date on a picnic.

Fall Foliage with Autumn Leaves Outside

Photo © evening4u

5. Camping

Although most people think camping is a summertime activity, it doesn’t have to be. It can be a little chilly in the mountains this time of year, but it just means you can sit in front of the fire and cuddle under the blankets. Also, because of the cooler weather, there are LESS BUGS!

Camping Tent in Fall Outside

Photo © Glenn Loos-Austin

Who says you can’t have fun just because Summer is over? That’s 5 things you can do to have fun and speed up the Fall semester. Space these activities out and before you know it, it will be December!

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