With the weather getting a little cooler, kimonos are the perfect light weight cover for the end of summer. Instead of going out to buy one, you can make one yourself! 

All you need for this project is a large rectangular scarf, scissors, and a needle and thread. This DIY project cost me just $4 (plus tax) for floral scarf. I had scissors, needle, and thread already.

Step 1

Fold the scarf in half and lay it on a flat surface.

Step 2

Measure up from the bottom of the scarf about 10 inches on both sides. Mark each side with a piece of tape. Then measure about 8-10 inches inside of the original mark. mark that spot with tape as well. This will be the line you will need to sew. Sew along this line in a thread color that matches your scarf.

Step 3
Cut one side (important: only cut one side of the fold) of the folded scarf to the top. This will be the front opening of the cardigan. If you're having trouble with instructions, you can also watch a similar tutorial here.

Step 4

Try your new kimono cardigan on! Open up the cut and put your arms through the two "sleeves". If you want your sewed lines to be invisible, flip the kimono inside out.

Now, go rock back to college in style. 
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It’s August, which means it’s time for back to college shopping! I went to Target the other day to get a few things for back to school, and I wanted to show you a few things I got. It's easy to be overwhelmed by back to college shopping, so here are a few things people often forget about, but should definitely be on your list. Everything I got is available at Target.

Brita®water pitcher

As you all know, drinking water is great for your skin and your health overall. Brita®water filters are great because they filter out impurities from tap water. They're also environmentally friendly because you don't need to buy water bottles all the time. I just fill my own water bottle before I head out for class or the gym! 

Glad food storage containers

Food storage containers are a lifesaver. Sometimes you can be on campus for an entire day, and you don’t always have time to go back to your dorm or apartment for lunch. I pack my lunch and snacks in these containers: chopped fruit, salads, leftovers, sandwiches, etc. This way, I’m eating healthier than I would be if I bought lunch everyday on campus – plus, I’m saving money!

Glad trash bags

It’s easy to get caught up in back to school shopping and forget some of the more mundane necessities, like trash bags. I guarantee lots of people will forget to bring trash bags, so be the awesome roommate that doesn’t forget to bring them. I like Glad trashbags because they tend to hold up really well.

The small things: Burt’s Bees

I also stopped by the beauty aisle and got two products from Burts Bees that I love. First, I bought moisturizer. I got the one for sensitive skin and I love it! It’s light and doesn’t make me break out. Second, I bought some lip balms: one in pink grapefruit and a tinted lip balm in Red Dahlia. I love the smell of the pink grapefruit lip balm, and I love that the tinted lip balm adds just the tiniest amount of color. 
Watch my haul here! 

So that's it for my Target haul! Everything is available at TargetWant your own Brita®while Back to College shopping? We're giving away a $25 giftcard to Target. Just leave a comment below stating which Brita® item you want for your college dorm or apartment!


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Whether you're interning this summer, working part time during the year, or starting your new post-grad job, you don't want to be the girl with the frumpy suit or the girl who tries to pass off a too-tight club dress as appropriate professional clothes. Luckily, you can easily get away with stylish, professional outfits on just a few well-fitted staples.

Here are three basic outfits to wear to the office, plus a list of our favorite basic office staples:

I love the simple yet stylish look of fit-and-flare dresses. Depending on how conservative your office is, you want to go for a dress that ends somewhere between your mid-thigh and your knee. A blazer goes well for a chic look while the A/C is running, and a leopard shoe can top off the neutral look with a bit of intrigue.

Peplum and pants are a dream pair when it comes to office wear. Make sure the peplum top is conservative enough: no see through lace, spaghetti straps, and cut-outs please! Pair the outfit with a neutral heel if the peplum top is bright.

I love how this outfit looks professional, but is actually very comfortable. With a slouchy wrap top and a jersey skirt, comfortable fabrics can go a long way. For days you can't be bothered to wear heels, nude flats will help elongate your legs while you still maintain the comfort of flats.

If you're just starting out, it's a good idea to have a few versatile pieces on hand. My favorite office wear staples include:

  • An office appropriate dress
  • A fitted blazer
  • A cardigan
  • A pair of trousers
  • A peplum top
  • A pair of neutral or black pumps
  • A boatneck top (or any top that doesn't show too much cleavage)
  • A pencil skirt
  • Nude flats

Although your office atmosphere will dictate how you can dress, generally you'll want to stay away from:

  • Dresses that are much too tight
  • Leggings as pants
  • Spaghetti strap tank tops
  • Transparent clothing
  • Mini-skirts (or dresses)
  • Too-high heels

What's your go-to office outfit? What are your office do's and don'ts?

Take one listen to "We Are Infinite" by Starling Glow, and you'll be hooked. Citing both EDM and rock influences, Starling Glow's new single "We Are Infinite" has already made it into the Billboard Top 20 Dance Club debut singles. We caught up with Liz Hill, the lead for Starling Glow, with a few questions about her music, style, and life.

Tell us about your single “We Are Infinite”!

I think "We Are Infinite" is the kind of song you can crank in the car with your friends when you're heading out for an adventure, or can play while just chilling in your room when you need a reminder that life is awesome. The lyrics are about making the most of the moment, and  not being afraid to shine. I hope listeners feel alive when they hear it.

We also love your style! How would you describe your look?

Why thank you!  I definitely would have never won an award for my fashion sense in high school, haha. Once I stopped caring about following trends and just started wearing things that I loved, I felt like my style came together.  I'm obsessed with the southwest, so I'm always wearing feathers, fringe, turquoise, tooled leather, etc.  I love thrifting, especially for pieces that are vintage and or lace. There's also a rock-n-roll side of me... If it's black and studded and in my size, it's coming home with me.

What are three things you can’t live without?

My horse (and horses in general), makeup (I love getting dolled up), and food (I know this is a given, but man I really really love food... Indian food, cupcakes, Mexican food, cupcakes, Italian food, cupcakes, all of it!)

Who is your role model and why?

Dolly Parton hands down. She's a legend, has written so many iconic songs, she owns who she is and doesn't seem to care what anybody else has to say... And she has her own theme park, I mean, come on! P!nk, Kelly Clarkson, and Gwen Stefani are all pretty high up on that list too!

What is one thing your fans don’t know about you?

I'm a huge nerd. Like, competed in the Science Olympiad and proud of it nerd.  I'm always curious about EVERYTHING, so if you catch me staring at my phone, there's a good chance I'm looking up random facts about plate tectonics or how pasteurization works or methods of animal communication.

Check out Starling Glow's music video for We Are Infinite below, and tell us what you think!

With summer passing us by, I'm not quite ready yet to start the school year. One thing I'm already looking forward to, however, is back to school shopping! My weakness, besides shoes, is cute school supplies.

During summer, it's easy to forget that juggling a full course load, a part-time job, and extra-curricular activities is not easy. It’s nice to have something to write down assignments, exams, and important events in, and it really does help me keep organized. Although you can easily use a calendar app on your phone these days, I find that writing things down helps me figure out my schedule better. I personally love using these colorful Pilot G-2 gel pens to plan my days. I also use my planner to write down some short term and long term goals.

To start the year off on a good note, I'm making sure to invest in a school planner. I don't want just any planner. After looking at these chic planners on the web, I just can't go back to my school's generic ones anymore:

(Aug 2014 to July 2015)
(Aug 2014 to July 2015)
(Aug 2014 to Dec 2015)

(Aug 2014 to July 2015)
(Aug 2014 to July 2015)
(Aug 2014 to Dec 2015)

Do you use a paper planner?

I love the fun half-print shorts trend that has started this summer. But why shell out for a new pair when you can make yourself a pair from an old pair of shorts? 

I personally wanted a more neutral look with a fun print. I had a pair of khaki shorts on hand, and turned them into my new favorite pair for summer.

For this DIY, you'll just need just a few supplies:

First, take a piece of cardboard and place it inside the shorts on the side you want to paint. This is to prevent the fabric paint from bleeding to the back of the shorts. I also recommend you place the entire project on a piece of newspaper so the paint doesn't stain your floor or table. The pair of shorts I used had couple of small stains on the front, so the fabric paint will cover it up perfectly. 

Second, take your masking tape and create some patterns! I used the tape to create a triangle pattern and a straight line. I kept it rather simple, but you can get as creative as you want!

Third, take your fabric paint and paint brush and paint your masking tape stencil! A good method is to blot the paint with the brush instead of swiping it across. 

Lastly, let your shorts dry for half an hour before taking the paint off. I also used the eraser on a wooden pencil to stamp some dots into my pair. Remember to follow the instructions that come with your fabric paint about drying and washing.

That's it! This DIY took just 15 minutes for me (not including the drying time), and now I have a new favorite pair of shorts this summer! Let us know in the comments if you try this too!
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Comfort and style should go together, especially during festival season! That's where Teva Original Sandals come in. Teva Original Sandals are built to last, and are one of the most comfortable sandals out there. Durable and versatile, the Original Sandal will see you through adventure after adventure.

Since 1984, Teva has been a brand devoted to being the go-to shoe for anyone who wants to go anywhere, do anything, and live life for those unscripted moments that make the best memories and adventures. Teva sandals and flip flops are available at Zappos. They have a variety of bright colors that I really love. My favorite is the teal pair, which would be perfect paired with white shorts, a crop top, and an over-sized cardigan for cooler nights.

Teva is the official footwear of the Bonnaroo Music Festival this year, and the sandals are perfect for any music festival! With it's comfort, you'll be able to dance all day and night. Besides wearing comfortable sandals, however, here are three tips to having a blast at music festivals this summer:

1. Keep hydrated: It's easy to get caught up in the music and the fun, but make sure to drink plenty of water! A combination of sun, dancing, and alcohol can quickly dehydrate you. Have a water bottle with you at all times.

2. Bring extra clothing: When the temperature drops at night, you'll want an extra layer or two, especially if you've been sweating throughout the day.

3. Bring shade: Whether it's sunglasses, a tent, or a hat, bring some shade with you! Being outside all day in the sun can give you a terrible sunburn, not to mention heatstroke. Stick to some shade when you can, and don't forget the sunscreen.

Check out more festival tips at Bonnaroo's The Fountain and posts tagged #ready2roo. What are your festival tips?

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Final exams are winding down and summer is here! With the hot weather in full swing in most places, it's time to start thinking about your summer wardrobe. Here are 8 summer trends that college students are loving:

1. Crop tops

I used to think that I couldn't pull off a crop top, but it really depends on how you wear it. Crop tops look great with a pair of high waisted shorts or a high waisted skirt. A small bit of stomach showing is a great way to keep cool and look stylish.

2. Pineapple print

Pineapples are finally getting their turn, with the print seen everywhere from Brandy Melville to Forever 21. I personally love the trend because pineapples are my favorite fruit. And what better way is there to tackle summer than by having some juicy, cold pineapple? 

3. Boho inspired necklaces

Festival wear is really inspiring this summer's fashion, and colorful, boho inspired necklaces are one trend that will definitely be surviving. 

4. Mint anything

Mint may not be this year's Pantone color, but a mint green is the perfect color for summer nails.

5. Kimonos

I'll be living in lightweight kimonos this summer. They're a great way to tone down the crop top look, and are great for the evening when it gets a little cooler.

6. Minimalist sandals

I love the look of minimalist sandals, especially in white and nude. Especially if you're dressing in prints, a minimalist pair of sandals really adds a clean cut effect.

7. Floral headbands

Floral headbands are in! Also inspired by this year's festivals, floral headbands have been going mainstream and are a cute way to keep your hair tamed this summer without much effort. Just tuck it over your head, and add a bobby pin or two to secure it in place.

8. Cut-off shorts

Lastly, this summer is all about cut-off denim shorts. Pair a high-waisted pair with a crop top or a regular pair with a loose crochet tank for a casual, flirty look.

What are your favorite trends this summer?

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Taking notes in class? Studying for finals? You'll have to try something new old school. I recently took BIC® 4-Color™ pen out for a spin in some of my classes. I had a bunch of these multicolored pens when I was a kid, and it was great using them again for a different purpose: taking notes in class! Maybe I'm just OCD about my class notes, but I love how colorful and organized they turned out. It's seriously an easy way to outline or organize thoughts through color coding.

It was hot and I was hungry, so yes, I did doodle an ice cream with a cherry on top.

My favorite thing about the BIC® 4-Color™ pen is that there are 4 Inseparable Colors in 1 Pen! Each color not only helps your organize your thoughts, but the different colors can help express your mood. With just a click, I can switch over to a different color. Feeling good about yourself? Write with blue ink, because let's admit it… blue is the boss. Feeling envious? Write with green ink. Green doesn't get used as often and it's the color of jealousy. Feeling a little OCD? Write with the red ink. Red likes to go around correcting everything: grammar, spelling, and calculations. Feeling a little plain? Write with the black ink. It's not as colorful as the others, but arguably is the most useful. Which color are you? I'm just a little red, but hopefully mostly blue.

I literally just have to grab this pen and a notebook before class, and I'm good to go. If you're struggling with your non-color coded notes, you can get one yourself from Amazon or Staples. And don't forget to follow BIC®'s Facebook for cool doodles and giveaways, as well as the Twitter, where you can follow the antics of the different colors.

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If you have fallen victim to more than two of the signs of wearing too much makeup, this guide is just what you need to get out of your beauty rut. Don’t throw away your falsies or red lipstick just yet, follow these tips for a flawless, effortless face for a natural look this summer.

1. Switch from a full coverage foundation to a BB Cream
If you are prone to hormonal breakouts, save the full coverage foundation for that time of the month only. Usually, a full coverage foundation is highly detectable on your visage and makes you prone to a cakey face. A tinted moisturizer or BB cream will do, instead.

2. Keep falsies to a minimum
There is no crime in wanting to accentuate your eyes, and the good news about makeup is that there are a dozen of techniques to flatter them. But vow to wear falsies only on special occasions then, you will feel extra glamorous and flirty when you do wear them.

3. Don’t give up on red lipstick
Just like we push our au naturale girls to try dark colors for winter time, we recommend you perfect the nude lip or the perfect shade of pink for your pucker.

4. Think sheer
We like to think smokey eyes are perfect for every occasion, yes, even to your 7 a.m. class (just use softer shades). Experimenting with natural colored blush, lipsticks and eyeshadows instead of always going dard. This doesn’t mean you’re boring, it indicates the opposite; everything looks good on you. Try a gorgeous peach blush to bring out your complexion or a fleshed colored eyeshadow.

5. Make sure your eyeliner isn’t wearing you
It’s totally fine if you are into a grungy, intense kohl look, inspired from the 90s; think young Kate Moss and Taylor Momsen. We are all for a messy eye look, it brings edge and sex appeal, but it becomes an issue, when we can’t see your peepers. A smudgy eye is supposed to be purposefully smoldered, not a mess. Take it from us, a makeup overdose is never pretty, unless it’s in your shopping bag.

If you do find that your liquid or pencil line are becoming too harsh for your taste, switch to matte shadows. Using matte eyeshadows are liner will create an effortless smoldering effect.

6. Eyebrows need attention too
We admire Audrey Hepburn’s eyebrows for decades, but there is room to grow. The times have changed since her iconic brows paved the wave for Brooke Shields and Cara Delevingne. Don’t deprive yourself from this major it moment in beauty, but also, do it right! Do not draw in eyebrows. They’re are meant to frame the face, not detract from the rest of your features. Always chose an eyeshadow or pencil two shades lighter than your natural brow color, and remember, never use a black pencil to fill in your face framers.

7. Stop at two coats of mascara
Your eyes are the window to your soul and the place where people most often look, so beware of the spidery lashes! Creating the illusion of full, voluminous lashes is not a crime, until they become crispy. Although some of you ladies like spidery lashes, they’re not always a good idea. Over time, spidery lashes lead to breakage and fall out, meaning you’ll have less lashes.

8. Be picky with powder
Stick to the T-zone dolls, if you have dry skin, don’t worry about it. Over-powdering is the least flattering technique.

9. Watch out for the blush
We will admit it, we are guilty of clown cheeks. We can’t help it, but we have learned from our mistakes, as you should too. Blush is definitely one of the funnest makeup products. Before you leave your dorm, don’t forget to ask your roomie if you have on too much. If you do, grab your foundation brush and blend to tone down the color.

10. Natural light will tell all
Before stepping out, any beauty guru will tell you that they don’t leave the house without checking their made-up under natural light. As a glamour girl, you love to look flawless, don’t forget to check for any mascara smudges, harsh lines (especially along the ching), lipstick on your teeth or for clown cheeks!

If you are still hesitant about going through a make-under, think about all its advantages: Your skin will forever thank you, and more makeup won’t cover up your imperfections, instead it magnifies them. Give your skin the time and space to breathe. You won’t regret it. We would never tell you, college goddesses, to tone it down without a reason, we want you to be the best you. Keep it professional and pretty, but don’t deprive yourself from experimenting.