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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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5 Classes That Should Be Offered in College

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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.

When registering for new classes each term, do you ever come up with a list of classes you wish were offered? I know I wish my college offered Egyptology. I’ve spent the past week talking with a bunch of people about the classes they wish they could take at school. A lot of them were caught off guard by the question, but let’s face it: in between math problems, English essays, and our jobs, we don’t really have a lot of time to daydream about better and more interesting classes. It was interesting to me to hear what my friends would like to take a class on. They were great ideas and, who would’ve thought, classes I would enjoy too!

Here’s what people told me they’d like to learn about in college:

How to Catch Some Zzz’s
“A class that would teach me how to actually get eight hours of sleep each night would be so worth it,” sophomore Carly Davy said. “And if I actually got to sleep during the class, even better!”

Get Organized
Leave it to the girls to speak up about a class that teaches organizational skills. Of course, this might come in handy for the guys, too! “I would want someone to teach me how to organize my closet and my dresser so that it doesn’t look as cluttered,” Alandra Bailey said. Bailey says Pinterest has been her only inspiration to try and organize it herself. Hey, if HGTV makes money off teaching us how to organize our homes, why can’t colleges?

Fashion Trends
One student said they’d like to study fashion trends and why exactly they are a trend. In the February issue of Real Simple Magazine, one article talked about how geometric shapes is a popular trend on the runways right now. I’m all about dressing fashionably, but I don’t think anyone likes math enough to wear it! Maybe this class would teach us the dos and dont’s of fashion? Like What Not to Wear, classroom version.

Pick a country, any country. Photo by David Holt.

Pick a Country, Any Country
“I would like to take a class that assigns each student a country to study the entire term,” junior Megan Bauer said. Now this would be one fun way for the world to learn about other countries, not to mention completely easy! Who says physical fitness classes have to be the only easy classes?

The Art of Seduction!
Americans aren’t the only ones who would be lined up to take this class.  “I think that seducing people is part of our lives, and it’s nice to be the one getting seduced,” says Pelayo Perez, a junior from Gijon, Spain. College isn’t just a time to be “serious” about your future; it’s also a time to explore your interests, as far as they may reach. I wonder how many people would enroll in a class that teaches the basics of seducing someone?

What would you like to take a class on? As always, the sky is the limit!

And check out Online College’s list of the 15 Strangest College Courses in America.

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Back-to-School Shopping

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In which your inner fashionista learns to rock her wardrobe with savvy combos, pops of color, and oh yes, major attitude.

by Guest Blogger Kelsey Bradshaw / all collages made by Kelsey

In the middle of the summer, with pool parties every night and flip-flop tan lines growing more distinct by the day, the coming of school in the fall seems like a long way off. But with each sun-drenched day, the beginning of the school year creeps closer and closer. Even though this means that dealing with homework and overeager frat boys is also edging closer, there’s one thing I’m super-excited about: back-to-school shopping. The stores in the mall fill up with new clothes, sales start popping up, I realize how much I miss wearing sweaters – it almost makes up for the fact that you have to wear these new clothes to, you know, class. Plus, everyone needs an excuse for a new pair of shoes.

If, like me, you’re feeling kind of bummed about summer’s end and going back to class, there’s no better remedy than a little back-to-campus retail therapy. And if you’ll follow a few simple steps, you can shop your way straight to the head of the class.

Step 1: Buy things that you like and that express your personality. You can’t go wrong if you stick with what you know works for you. Instead of stocking up on [ever-changing, quick-passing] trends, though, pay attention to the classics, too. You’ll be able to wear your new clothes for years to come, not just for a season. Casual or classic, change things up by adding new accessories to old outfits.

Casual Back to School

Step 2: Mix it up with creative, edgy fashion combos. If your inner fashionista just won’t quit with her demands for something that really rocks, there are lots of ways to have fun with trends this fall. The good news: This year the most popular trends include pieces that are easy to mix with clothes already in your closet to create classic, more timeless looks.

First, try wearing a monochromatic outfit, or wearing one color all the way down. This can range from wearing different shades of bright yellow from head to toe to layering tank tops from the same color family. This trend is an easy one to shop for, since you probably already have different shades of one color in your closet. Keep an eye out for clothes and accessories in colors or patterns that complement what you already have in your closet, or grab a new spectrum of color to layer and have fun with.

Monochrome

Step 3: Master the art of the monochromatic – with a pop of color, of course. Take a neutral, monochromatic outfit and infuse a pop of neon. In fact, the outfit doesn’t even have to be monochromatic, as long as the neutrals don’t overpower the neon. Wearing this look calls for some major attitude, but no problem there, right?

Neon and Neutral

Step 4: Get back to the future. To make sure you get an ‘A’ in back-to-school fashion, invest in some high-waisted shorts. Whether you go for the vintage, 70′s I-just-stole-these-out-of-my-mom’s-closet look or the more preppy style, they’re sure to earn you major fashion points.

High-Waisted Shorts

Remember, as cute and fashion-forward as you’ll look wearing your new duds, be sure to make them your own and let your natural fabulous style shine through. If you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing, you’ll look fantastic no matter what.

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Back to School Shopping: The Coolest Backpacks Ever!

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From wearable art to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fantasy, we’ve found something for everyone.

by Guest Blogger Serena Piper

We all know that high school and college are times when what everyone else is doing or wearing has an influence on what you do or wear, even when it comes to backpacks, of all things. The North Face backpacks and stereotypical leather messenger bags are popular choices, but if you’re looking for something more unique, here are the coolest ones I’ve found.

If they seem a little out of your price range, then enter our Summer Snap-off today for a chance to win a $1,000 Back to School shopping spree! Submit up to three of your favorite summer photos, and one of these backpacks could be yours.

1. Buzz Backpacks

If you appreciate design and wearable art, you need to check out the Buzz backpack. These are by far among the nicest looking backpacks around. Shoulder-slung to distribute the weight evenly across your back, they’re made of silk – silk! – and boast plenty of zippered pockets and hidden compartments for pens or a cell phone. They’ll also work for the yoga-goer needing to store a change of clothes, or even as a carry-on for that summer trip to Cancun.

$60 on Athleta.

2. The Meiosis Backpack

via Yanko Design

This unique backpack was designed by Davidi Gilad of the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Tel Aviv. Made of mesh fabric overlaid by a grid system of three-dimensional polygons, the Meiosis (in biology, a type of cell division) is perfect for heavy toting and might just satisfy the secret fantasy you still harbor – come on, you can’t hide from us – of being a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. There isn’t an official release date for this bag, unfortunately, but if you’re really interested, keep your eye out!

3. Voltaic Switch Solar Bag

If you’re a total techie and like to carry around your laptop – or your Kindle, your smartphone, whatever – this bad boy might be your match made in heaven. It will charge all of your electronic gadgets using two solar panels that generate power in sunlight. For example, one hour in sunlight will fully charge your cell phone. Can you say eco-friendly?

$129 at Voltaic Systems.

4. Built NY Large Laptop Backpack

Specifically designed to hold any 12–17 inch laptop, the Built NY Laptop Backpack is both water- and stain-resistant. Don’t worry, there’s extra room for a textbook or notebook.

$30 at Amazon.

5. iPhone Wallet

A friend of mine bought one of these when she got her iPhone and she gets compliments on it all the time. The wallet has slots for all your credit cards and cash, and snaps closed so you know everything in it is safe and secure. A lot of different stores have these available and they come in a variety of different colors. Check out Amazon first for the best deals.

Happy Hunting, and enter the Summer Snap-off today!

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Summer Snap-off Is Here!

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How time flies! It’s already back to school season, and here at BookRenter we are rushing around preparing all sorts of cool stuff for you guys. First up is the Summer Snap-off. Upload your favorite summer photos, and you could be the lucky winner of a $1,000 shopping spree. Spice up your closet. Show off your snapshots. Enter today!

The contest runs from July 18 to August 1 at 9:00am. Voting will then begin on August 1 and last until August 12. We can’t wait to see everything you guys have been up to. Enter your photos now for a chance to win a Back to School wardrobe!

…And we’re joining in! Throughout the promotion, we’ll be posting a snapshot of something fun from around the office. Visit often, and guess what it is!

Post what you think it is below to be entered to win a BookRenter t-shirt. Check back at the end of the day for the answer!

Update: Congratulations Mayra you are our first t-shirt winner!

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