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.
- 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
- 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!)
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:
- Old denim or khaki shorts (or cut-offs from an old pair of jeans)
- Soft paintbrush
- Black fabric paint (or any color you want)
- Masking tape
- Cardboard / newspaper
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.
1. Crop tops
2. Pineapple print
3. Boho inspired necklaces
4. Mint anything
6. Minimalist sandals
7. Floral headbands
8. Cut-off shorts
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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.
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.
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