5 Easy Breakfasts for the On-the-Go College Girl



College is full of busy days with a mix of deadlines, meetings and responsibilities. It's easy to let breakfast become something that you only make when you have time, which usually ends up being pushed off and never happens because you're too busy running out the door to make it to class on time.

Don't leave breakfast on the back-burner; it can be easier than you think with these quick and easy recipes that don't require a microwave or stove, so they can be made right in your dorm room with just a few ingredients.

1. Oatmeal
If you’re looking to step up traditional instant oatmeal, try overnight oats, which are even easier because they don’t require any microwaving. Just add water or milk to rolled oats and store it in a glass jar or container for a few hours or overnight. In the morning, all you have to do is add the toppings – anything from nuts to dried or fresh fruit, and your breakfast is ready.

2. Smoothie
Making a smoothie can be made easier than you think with a single-serve blender, which is portable for your convenience. Add frozen fruit, veggies and yogurt or protein powder to some water or milk for a quick and delicious drink to take with you as you head on your way.




3. Yogurt parfait
It may sound fancy, but making a yogurt parfait is a simple and tasty breakfast that won't make you feel guilty because of its healthy ingredients. Pair up your favorite plain or flavored yogurt with dried or fresh fruit, nuts and granola. For an extra sweet touch, drizzle a little honey over the top.

4. Toast with peanut butter and bananas
To fix up a breakfast that only requires a few basic ingredients, fix up some toast. To make a sophisticated version of the toast you ate as a child, cover a slice of your preferred bread with peanut butter and then add slices of banana to top it off. This sweet treat is the right way to kick off your busy day. 

5. Avocado and egg toast
For a breakfast packed with nutrients, eating hard-boiled eggs and avocado as your first meal can help you start your day off right. Spice up a regular piece of toast with slices of hard-boiled eggs and avocado. For additional convenience, buy ready-to-eat hard-boiled eggs or have them peeled and ready to slice onto your toast. For extra taste, add a light drizzle of olive oil and some salt and pepper for a wholesome meal.

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10 Ways to Bounce Back from a Bad Break Up


Sure, it’s okay to binge watch Netflix and bawl your eyes out for the first week or so, but one bad break up doesn’t have to dictate months to come. There comes a point where basking in self-misery, frustration, and even confusion, can start to make you lose yourself— case and point: Carrie Bradshaw. But even the girl who was left at the altar was back to her fabulous self in a matter of weeks. Yes, getting back on your feet isn’t as easy as it looks (and may seem physically impossible), but there’s a light at the end of the heartache tunnel! It just takes a little guidance to get there. Here’s a few tips to help the healing process and get that smile back on your face:

  1. Start your day off early. Sleeping in till noon will only make a day of lounging, crying, and French fries sound appealing. And don’t even think about fueling the “I have nothing to look forward to anymore” mentality because there is literally everything to look forward to. Acting like your whole life is over just because of one person should never be your reality.
  2. Get exercising. I’m not saying go into hyper fit mode or start hardcore training for the next Cross fit games (unless you want to), but going for a jog each day or a walk can help clear the mind. It’s more therapeutic than you think and will give you more energy each time. 
  3. Please, for the love of God, don’t stalk his social media. This is by far one of the most self-destructive things to do post break up. Sure, he’s posting pictures of him at a party and maybe even with other girls, but letting your imagination get the best of you is never a good thing. Chances are he’s posting it because he knows you’ll see it, but guess what? No one has time for games and you are MUCH better than that. Good riddance.
  4. Alcohol is not liquid happiness. If anything, coffee is and I fully endorse that. Binge drinking will only lead to regrettable things, especially if you’re in a vulnerable state. I’ll let you think on all the possible scenarios, but just to name a few: Drunk texting, drunk calling, drunk ubering to his house. Trust. It will only make you feel worse.
  5. Venting is healthy, however, a pity party is not. There’s a fine line between venting to your friends about it and becoming obsessed with the topic. You’re never going to move on if you keep dwelling on what could have been.  
  6. Surround yourself with positive people and uplifting music. You want to be surrounded by those who will help you move on, not fuel your emotions —Same goes for your music choices. Listening to sad songs can lead to more sobbing, chocolate eating, and emotional tweeting. Turn up the Beyoncé. You are flawless and sometimes, you need to hear it.  
  7. Tindr is not your friend fresh out of a break up. Yes, feeling pursued and wanted is an amazing feeling. But, you have to be stable within yourself before seeking someone else. You are the source of your own happiness. Only then should you step into the dating world.
  8.  “Do you.” Whether you think it’s true or not, this is your moment. Embrace your newfound independence and do the things you love. Go on adventures, make memories, and try something new. Sometimes break ups can help you learn a lot about yourself. You just have to go for it.
  9. Make sure you’ve found closure. If you have unanswered questions, unsettled conversations, or anything left in the air that’s going to eat you up inside, do yourself a favor and meet with him for coffee—but only when you’re ready. You can’t go your whole life wondering why things didn’t work out. Sometimes one conversation can put all those unresolved feelings and questions to rest. You both owe it to each other to have one last talk.
  10. You can’t force someone to love you. This is by far the hardest thing to accept. A relationship means two people putting in all their effort and all their love. No one deserves half the love in return of what they’re giving. Just like Kate Winslet says in the film “The Holiday,” you’re supposed to be the leading lady of your own life. Find the power within you and you’ll bounce back from this bad break up stronger than you ever were.

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4 Reason Why You Need to Watch Or Read Emma Watson’s Speech on Feminism


You may have seen various celebrities including Harry Styles, Sophia Bush, Joseph Gordon-Levitt tweeting and posting photos with signs reading “#HeForShe” over the past few weeks. A few weeks ago, Watson gave an inspiring speech at the United Nations Conference on the importance of gender equality and advocating for the HeForShe campaign. Here are four reasons why you need to watch (or read) this speech, if you haven’t already:

1. Men, gender equality is your issue too
Yes, that’s right - gender equality is a men’s issue too. As mentioned in her speech, feminism isn’t just a “women’s issue,” it’s everyone’s issue. Lots of men struggle with gender stereotypes whether it’s pressure to be more masculine or being unable to express their feelings because it will make them look weak.

2. Feminism isn’t about man-hating
When people hear the term “feminism,” they often associate it with man-hating. This can’t be further from the truth. Feminism is about believing that people should have equal rights regardless of their gender.

3. Emma Watson faces the same gender challenges

It’s refreshing to hear that Watson has experienced gender inequality as so many other women have dealt with. She talks about being called “bossy” because she wanted to direct plays when she was younger and being sexualized by the press at the age of 14.

4. It’s thought-provoking

The discussion offers insightful questions including, “How can we effect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation?” and “If not me, who? If not now, when?” The speech makes you stop what you’re doing and personally reflect on your own experiences with gender inequality. After watching Watson’s speech, I thought of all the challenges I’ve encountered relating to gender inequality.

Gender inequality is an issue that applies to everyone and Watson’s speech has laid the foundation for conversation.

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4 Things You Should Do This Year for Your Future Career


As the school year is beginning, you're probably thinking about classes or activities, not your future career. It's easy to get caught up in everyday college life, but job hunting might come up sooner than you think! Before you get too far into midterms or finals, here are four things you should do this year for your future career.

Update and proofread your resume
Your resume is sometimes all an employer has to go off of when they are deciding whether to interview you. You never know when an opportunity to apply for a job will come up, so keep your resume updated and polished. Make sure to update your resume to reflect your internships over college. You should also make sure to proofread your resume, or better yet, have someone else proofread your resume for any spelling or grammatical errors.

Clean up your social media accounts

Employers often will check your social media accounts these days. While your Facebook profile pic does not need to be professionally done, you probably should delete photos of you drinking excessively, doing drugs, or in the middle of anything illegal. With other social media, make sure you haven't posted anything that will excessively count against you.

Talk to your career center
Most schools have a career center, and their job is to help you find a job! Even if you are not sure what you want to do after you graduate, it's a great idea to talk to them. They can help point you in the right direction when it comes to your future goals.

Look and apply for jobs

Finally, you can prepare all you want, but you won't get anywhere unless you look for and apply to jobs. Job boards like JobTonic are a great resource to find all kinds of positions. Get into the habit of checking these boards from time to time to see what kind of opportunities are out there.

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5 Ways to Stay Organized



With busy schedules balancing a heavy course load of classes, extracurriculars and relationships, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel like you’re forgetting something. That’s where organization becomes key.

In addition to important deadlines and test dates, it’s also critical to remember friends’ birthdays and that date you planned with you best friend months ago. As a college woman, you want to keep it together and make it look easy. Planners, lists, and sticky notes can help with that.

1. Keep an agenda

Have your planner with you at all times; anywhere and everywhere. It might seem unnecessary to carry it at all events, but it’s surprising how new plans can be made unexpectedly. Once you have your agenda, then follow through with it. Update it constantly as new plans are made and due dates are assigned, and check it regularly to make sure you don’t miss any important dates.

2. Make lists

Keep to-do lists everywhere if you have to. Just make sure to check each of them. Using sticky notes is also helpful in serving as a constant reminder of things to do. Written lists on paper, in your phone and on your laptop can keep you up-to-date with what is coming up and when you need to have a paper or project completed by. 

3. Use smartphone apps

Whether you have an iPhone or not, there are apps out there to help you simplify your days. The iPhone has a reminders app to alert you of important meetings and dates, but for the non-iPhone users, there are similar apps. There are also apps to take study notes in, make flashcards and slides, or track various lists, from homework assignments to grocery shopping necessities. 

4. Use labels

Keeping notes, binders and your laptop clearly labeled will simplify things for you when you’re looking for something. Use specific folders on you computer for better organization. Having a separate folder for each of your classes to save assignments in will make it easier for you to find those notes from the beginning of the year when studying for the final, and it’ll save you some stress. Labeling each class’s folder or using tabs in a binder to separate classwork by sections (notes, assignments, study guides, etc.) can help you keep things in an appropriate place so you can refer back to it when necessary.


5. Prepare ahead of time

Sometime it’s necessary to relax and take a deep breath. At the beginning of each week, take a moment to think about what needs to be done and how you can get that accomplished. Start your week off with the right attitude by knowing what your priorities are, and when work needs to be completed.

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3 Pants Trends For Fall

 

Fall means it’s time to switch out your shorts for some jeans and leggings. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of wearing either options this fall. Instead substitute these for harem pants, bell-bottoms, or joggers! Take a look at the options below:

1. Jogger Pants

Who said sweatpants are just for lounging around? Jogger pants are must-haves this fall! These updated jogging pants are super comfortable and are a great alternative to leggings. Whether you’re relaxing at home or going out, you can dress them up or down. Just pair them with a graphic t-shirt or cropped top.


2. Bell Bottoms

I’m happy to say that the 1970s trend is back - bell bottoms! Get away from those skinny jeans with this hippie chic and sophisticated style! Dress it up with a white button down or make it more casual with a cropped sweater or peasant blouse. You have to try this boho chic trend!


3. Harem Pants

Harem pants became very popular this summer but why not carry the trend into fall? They are super versatile - patterned ones are perfect to wear to class while solid black ones could be worn on a night on the town. Pair them with sneakers to get a sporty look or with booties to get a classic look.


Which trend are you going to try this fall?

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3 Easy Recipes for Fall



Embrace the fall season with a little help from your pantry. With these essential spices, you’ll have all the ingredients you need for a quick and savory bite. Whether you’re looking forward to a cozy night in or rushing in between classes, there are plenty of ways to bring fall into your pallet. You’d be surprised how a pinch of fall spices can transform everything from your morning coffee to your snack on the go to your chicken dinner. Disclaimer: With all the enticing aromas protruding from your kitchen, don’t be surprised if your roommates want a little taste.

Spice up your pantry with these fall ingredients:
  1. Sage
  2. Pumpkin pie spice
  3. All spice
  4. Cinnamon sticks
  5. Ground cinnamon
  6. Ground Mustard 
  7. Nutmeg
  8. Turmeric
  9. Tarragon
  10. Cumin
Prep for quick and easy snack in between your week’s classes:

Fall Granola 

Ingredients:

1 bag of plain granola

-1 cup dried cranberries

-1 cup sliced almonds

-1 tbs. of cinnamon

-1 tbs. of nutmeg

-1/4 cup of brown sugar

-3/4 tsp. of salt

-1/4 cup of vegetable oil

-1 cup of dark chocolate chips


Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl, mix the granola, almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, oil and salt.

3. Pour onto sheet pan. Place pan in the oven and let cook for 35-40 minutes.

4. Remove from oven and place into large bowl. Let it cool.

5. Add and mix cranberries and dark chocolate chips.


Afternoon or midnight snack while studying:

Sage and Butter Popcorn


Ingredients:

-1 bag of popcorn

-1/2 cup of sage

-1 tbs. nutmeg

-1 tbs. of brown sugar

-1/4 stick of butter


Directions:

1. Place one bag of popcorn in the microwave to pop.

2. Place one small pan on low/medium heat.

3. Add butter, sage, brown sugar, and nutmeg. Stir until butter is brown.

4. Put popcorn in large bowl and pour butter mixture over the popcorn.

5. Mix and enjoy!


Fall chicken and zucchini




Ingredients: 
(Serving size: 2)

-2 chicken breasts

-1 zucchini

-1 clove minced garlic

-1/2 cup of chopped onion

-1 tsp. ground mustard

-1 tsp. turmeric

-1/4 tsp. cumin

-1 tsp. tarragon

-1 tsp. sage

-1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

-Salt and pepper to taste


Directions:

1. Mix ground mustard, tarragon, sage, cumin, turmeric, salt, and pepper in small bowl.

2. Place medium pan on medium heat with olive oil and minced garlic.

3. Toss chicken in spice mixture and add to pan to cook.

4. In separate medium pan, add chopped zucchini, onion, apple cider vinegar, and salt and pepper. Stir and let cook for about 10 minutes.

5. Place chicken and zucchini on a plate with some cold apple cider for a great fall meal!


Turn any coffee or dessert into a sweet fall treat:

Add cinnamon sticks to your hot chocolate or sprinkle pumpkin spice into your coffee. Better yet, add a pinch of cinnamon or pumpkin spice into your vanilla ice cream! Make any of your favorite desserts or drinks seasonal by adding a touch of these spices.

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5 Reasons We Love British Show "Made In Chelsea"


Last week’s season finale of Made In Chelsea NYC was intense to say the least. With relationships ending and new ones forming, and just lots and lots of drama, the show is definitely a great source for entertainment. Although the spin-off series of Made In Chelsea has just ended, no need to be sad. By the looks of it, season 8 is approaching and is expected to return fairly soon.

For those who are unfamiliar with the show, the reality television series, Made In Chelsea follows the lives of a group of 20-somethings throwing lavish parties in some of the London’s most exclusive hotspots and traveling on holiday around the world. The show is a MUST to watch so if you haven’t seen it yet, you can catch up on all seven seasons, including the spin-off season in NYC online before it comes back in October!

Read on for the five reasons why you should watch Made In Chelsea.

Amazing Soundtrack

From the series’ theme song “Midnight City” by M83 to songs by artists such as Lorde, The 1975, HAIM, as well as newcomer, Banks - the show has the best soundtrack on TV. The series features a mix of well-known and up-and-coming artists. In addition, the music is perfectly placed to convey the appropriate emotions.

Impeccable Style
It’s no surprise that the cast members have impeccable style wearing the most expensive designers such as Prada, Valentino, Saint Laurent, and more. They shop at the best luxury stores including Harrods, London’s most famous department store. It’s even more refreshing that the male cast members are just as trendy and daring with fashion as the ladies. A few members even have their own fashion blogs.

Comparable to The Hills
If you’re a fan of The Hills – this is the show for you! It has just as much if not more drama. Not to mention, Stephanie Pratt has made several appearances in season 6 as well as the spin-off in New York City. It also looks like she will be appearing in the latest season since she has something brewing with Stevie, one of the main cast members.

The Friendships
Although there has been suspicion that the show is fake, there’s no doubt that the friendships are real - from the bromance between Stevie and Andy to the sisterly and brotherly relationship Lucy and Stevie have. Fans know that Lucy will always have Stevie’s back. Although the cast may get into rifts with one another, there’s no denying that they will make up in the end - just like longtime friends Cheska and Binky did.

The Cast
You have Lucy Watson who is blunt, opinionated, and let’s not forget her one liners, especially her most famous from season 4, “Why is everybody getting up in my grill?” Then there’s ladies man Spencer Matthews (who repeatedly cheated on his former girlfriend Louise); and the life of the party, Jamie Laing who just likes to have a good time; Proudlock who is really edgy but wise - all of them are really different but complement each other well. Whenever they’re all together, it makes for great entertainment!

Drawing in more viewers each season, the buzz surrounding Made In Chelsea is evident. If you want a show with lots of drama, romance, and more drama MIC is the show for you! Catch up on the last seven seasons including the spin-off series before the new season premieres in October! I promise you, you will be addicted!

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DIY Decor for Your Dorm Room


When “Home Sweet Home” turns into “Dorm Sweet Dorm” there are ways to make what might be your small and cramped space feel more like a second home and reflect your personality and interests. Decorating your dorm can be done on a budget with DIY methods.

1. Tapestry 

To quickly fill up wall space, find tapestry that speaks to you and hang it up. These decorations are available in all sorts of cool patterns, colors and designs. Whether you’re looking for an abstract print, a bohemian scheme or a girly floral design, tapestries come in a variety of assortments to meet your taste.

2. Paint samples 

If your university doesn’t let you paint the walls, don’t fret. If you’re looking for an alternative way to brighten up the space, paint samples are your best friend. Arrange them in whatever pattern you please, and they quickly turn white space into a creation of your own. You can even make an ombre pattern using the samples.

3. Pin boards 

To remind yourself of good times like dinner with your family back home, a movie night you had with your significant other, a road trip with friends, pinning up things that remind you of good times along with concert tickets, postcards and inspirational quotes can help you feel more at home in your home away from home and give you a reason to smile during late night studying. 

4. Block letters 

Using block letters to spell out words, your initials or your name are a cheap and fun way to add some character to your room. To get more creative, buy wooden or plain block letters from the crafts store and decorate them with paint or glitter for a little extra sparkle.

5. Mason jars 

 Customizable using paint, lace, glitter, ribbon and other craft tools, mason jars can work as cute decoration, convenient jars for storing pens, using as a vase for flowers, or as lanterns. By adding a simple electric candle into them, they can provide a warm glow to the room that will make it feel as cozy as ever.

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How to Apply Game Day Eyeliner


Game day can be a gaudy affair. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way. This game day eyeliner tutorial is designed so that you can show off your school spirit without the tacky temporary tattoos.

For this look, you will need:
  • white eyeliner that has a cream base
  • eye shadow in your team’s colors
  • black liquid liner
  • a small angled eyeliner brush
  • mascara.

I have used both gold and bright yellow in this look to replace the “Maize” part of “Maize and Blue.” For a more wearable feel, swap out white for silver, or gold for yellow.

Step 1: Thoroughly clean your lids and lashes. It’s always a good, hygienic idea to start with a blank slate.

Step 2: Draw a thick band on your upper lid along the lash line with the white eyeliner.

Step 3: Take a damp angled eyeliner brush and dip it into the darker of the two colors. Start at your outer corner and pat the color onto the white liner, stopping just past your pupil.

Step 4: Clean off your brush by rubbing it on a dry paper towel, dampen it again. Place the lighter second color on the inner half of the band of white eyeliner. Careful not over blend the line between the two eye shadow colors.

Step 5: Line your upper lid just above the lash line with a thin layer of black liquid eyeliner to add definition. If you choose to go past your lash line to make a cat eye, ensure that the tip of our line points up at the end of your brow line.

Step 6: Apply a thick coat of mascara, put on your game day outfit, and enjoy the game!

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3 Ways to Show He's Still on Your Mind





Let’s face it. When school kicks back into full gear, all that carefree summer lovin’ with your significant other no longer fits into your busy schedule. You go from spending every waking moment together to barely finding time to sleep. The start of a new semester means adjusting to new schedules, reuniting with old friends, and a little thing called homework. As much as you’d love to continue the summer love affair, sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day. But just because you can’t be there in person, doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to show you’re still thinking of him. Maintaining a relationship doesn’t have to be stressful. With a little creativity and a touch of sappy romance, love can fit into any busy schedule.

Love Notes:

Humor me here. People tend to completely underestimate the impact of a simple note. All sappiness aside, with all the impersonal technology we use nowadays, sometimes a handwritten note can make all the difference. Whether your note is one sentence or one page, your significant other will appreciate the time you took to write a personal message. It could be as simple as leaving a post-it note on his door saying, “Good luck on your test today” or sending a letter to your long-distance love.

Sweet Treat:

Sometimes… you just need candy. No explanations or justifications needed. Maybe it’s the little kid inside of us that gets excited over a sugary surprise or maybe it’s the homework that makes candy taste so much better. Whichever the reason, candy has a special way to our hearts. There’s nothing better than appearing at your significant other’s door with his favorite candy. Not only will it show that you remember his favorite sugary delight, but it will also show how much you care—and there’s nothing sweeter than that.

Date Night:

If spontaneity can’t fit into both of your schedules, there’s nothing wrong with planning! Setting a date night in advance can give you both something to look forward to during a week of craziness. Grab a bite off campus to get that sense of isolation you both need and wind down together over delicious food. Catch up on each other’s weeks without any distractions—yes, that means putting your phones aside. Even reserving an hour or so of undivided attention can make a world’s of difference.

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DIY Kimono Cardigan (Made From a Scarf)


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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