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The Must-Have iPhone Accessories

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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.

For my last birthday, I got what I wanted more than anything else in the whole entire world: a shiny white iPhone 4s.

So, as with anything new and exciting, I wanted to make it even better.

I needed a case to protect it, obviously, and maybe one that just looked cute, and as long as I was on that website I could just order another pair of headphones. Before I knew it, I had spent a good portion of time (and money, oops!) ordering and/or salivating over all these things my new iPhone needed.

Here are the must-have accessories to make your iPhone the best iPhone ever:

iPhone protection

Now you won't forgot your phone or your wallet because they are in the same place. Photo by Griffin Technology.

Duracell Portable USB Charger: I feel like my phone runs out of battery whenever I need it the most. But my social life and battery power can be saved, with this portable charger that hooks up via USB cord and provides instant power to your phone.

Incase Capsule Headphones: If you want better headphones than the standard Apple ones (but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for Dre Beats), try Incase. They are a surprisingly good quality (and deal!) for $50 headphones.

Polka Dot Portable Speakers: Forget ugly metal speakers that look like your little brother’s science project. These have polka dots! And are monogrammable!! I’ll take two, please.

Spiderpodium iPhone stand: I hate all things with 8 legs with a dedicated passion. Except for this. It attaches to your phone and gives it eight bendable legs so you can stick it anywhere: the seat in front of you in the car to watch movies on long road trips, on your desk so you can have the perfect FaceTime angle, or on the handlebars of your bike so you can make a video of your sweet jumps and other tricks.

Bottle Opener Case: So you’re at a party. Hottie to your left passes you a refreshing beverage, you whip out your phone and BAM! Open drink AND an awesome first impression. How do you do it without breaking your phone or telekinesis? This case.

Wallet Case: Never leave your wallet or phone at home again – they’re attached! Everything you need in one phone case. And if your budget is on the higher end, this iPhone wallet case is to die for. And technically you’re saving money by buying a phone case and a wallet, right?

Wood cases appeal to the inner "hipster" in all of us. Photo by Sharyn Morrow.

Wood Print Case: And, finally, something that can appeal to the hipster in all of us. Wood things are like my secret obsession: floors, alarm clocks, etc. And with a turquoise Apple logo to top it off, this case is number one on my wishlist.

Other awesome phone cases can be found at these sites:

  • society6.com (I dare you to buy just one),
  • speckproducts.com (they have adorable candy-colored cases that do an excellent job of protecting your poor defenseless iPhone)
  • Etsy (always has unique, but cute, cases)


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Charmaine’s Top 4 Ways to Pay for College

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Guest Blogger Charmaine Ng

After college, we will emerge with four years of unforgettable experiences, a group of lifelong friends, and a very expensive piece of paper. Tuition is rising across the country, and most of us resort to taking out loans, landing us in debt for years. Here are my top 4 ways to help you pay for that diploma.

by AMagill

1. Open up shop.

You don’t need business expertise to run with an idea. Just dedication and passion! One afternoon, two sophomores at my college, Erika Welsh and Keely Tillotson, ran out of peanut butter and decided to experiment with a bag of raw peanuts and a food processor. Soon, they were whipping up a wacky variety of peanut butter flavors, from “Sneaky Cinnamon” to “Pretzel Pizzazz.” By spring break, their Flying Squirrel Peanut Butter business regularly received over 100 orders a week from all over the country! By charging $4 per 8 oz. jar, they’re definitely making a profit that can go towards their tuition. Etsy and Shopify offer easy ways to set up online shops.)

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2. Display advertising on your blog.

Fancy writing for an online audience? Start a blog, create a following, and partner with businesses to sell advertising. You can even partner with BookRenter as an affiliate.  A simpler route: the Blogger platform allows you to easily arrange advertising with a Google AdSense feature that delivers targeted ads to your site. If your blog becomes popular, the pennies will add up!

3. Apply for scholarships.

People want to help you. You just have to find them. Talk to your university’s financial aid offices, and see what they offer in terms of scholarships based on merit, ethnicity, desired profession, financial need, and athletic talent. Also look beyond campus. The College Board and College Scholarships both offer national search engines. Be patient!

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If you’re in the Bay Area, give ScholarMatch a shot. By posting select profiles, ScholarMatch hopes that potential donors will personally connect with a student in their community and support his or her education.

4. Sign up for tests, studies, and focus groups.

My school’s Psychology and Human Physiology departments are always conducting studies that need participants. You can receive over $100 for spending time in an MRI lab or hooked up to an exercise machine. You may not feel comfortable with the idea at first, but think of it this way: you’re contributing to science AND getting paid for it! Another option is donating plasma, the liquid portion of your blood cells. My friend does this regularly and can make up to $200 a month. Head to your nearest Talecris Plasma Resources location, and see if you qualify for donation.

College doesn’t have to be as expensive as it sounds. While none of these options will completely solve your tuition woes, they can help you along the way. Don’t flounder in debt, and use your imagination!

By Guest Blogger Charmaine Ng I UNIVERSITY OF OREGON: Ambitious and talented, honest and human, this tri-lingual social media strategist and curator is also a published author. Harbors a secret desire to one day have a multi-hyphenated title

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Budget Friendly Winter Wear

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By BookRenter Briana

Winter Fun!

The cold weather is coming! As much as we are going to miss the warm summer it’s time to pack in our shorts, dresses and tank tops and swap them warm scarves, coats and boots. But more clothes mean more fashion! Just because we have to wear more doesn’t mean that we can’t find cute winter wear that won’t hurt your budget.

Jackets– This is one item that you can feel good about splurging on. Every girl needs a cute winter coat that you can wear every day. My tip for you, try holding off buying a nice coat until after Christmas. This is when they are extremely cheap. If not try places like Macy’s, they have a wide range of coat selections and they normally always have great sales.

Boots– These are both functional and fashionable. They keep you warm and they come in very different styles and types. My favorite place to buy boots is Overstock.com. They have great prices and shipping is very inexpensive.

Briana's Scarf

Mofei's Shop

Scarves – The nice thing about these are that one size fits all! You can also swap or exchange them with your roommates plus they make for a great accessory! You can try Etsy.com which is a great site to find unique handmade clothes. I just got a cute purple scarf while browsing for good buys!

We wanted to give another Etsy shop a shout out- Susan Williams Designs – one of our amazing Facebook Fans. Thank you, Susan for the lovely necklaces and earrings!

Susan Williams Designs

Here are a few more places to check out;

Hercampus.com – Wrap it Up, has included there style tips on how to wear scarves.

Collegefashion.com is a great site to check the latest fashion tips and has helpful ideas for winter.

HowToLookGood.com – has a great site that helps you find clothes that fit your particular body type.

“Project Runway” judge Nina Garcia shares five fashion secrets. Nina Garcia from Project Runway shares here fashion tips with a video from ABC

So what’s your favorite winter wear?

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