6 Stylish Planners to Organize Your Life This Year

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?

Easy DIY: Tribal Half Print Shorts

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!

The Best Shoes & Tips for Festival Season

This is a Sponsored post written by CG on behalf of Teva. All opinions are 100% mine.

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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8 College Summer Style Trends

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?

Take Better Notes with BIC® 4-Color™ Pen

This post brought to you by BIC 4 Color. All opinions are 100% mine.

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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10 Ways to Get a Natural Look This Summer

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.


Get the Job: An App to Help You With Interview Questions

Preparing for interviews for your first job after college? You might want to check out the new "Get the Job" app, created by HR professional Tiffany Gibson.

This user-friendly app prepares you for various questions or scenarios presented before and during the job interview process. To make it a fun and enjoyable experience, the “Get the Job” application was designed as a multiple-choice game. Users are asked up to 50 questions and their responses yield either a “correct” or “incorrect” reply screen. If you answer incorrectly, you are also given the proper answer.

 The questions Gibson selected came from her experience as a job recruiter. “It’s all about being prepared. When you go into an interview feeling confident, it shows. The “Get the Job” app helps you understand thing like: How many days should I wait before following-up with the interviewer? What is the best way to answer a question about teamwork? Or, how many pages should my resume be?” Tiffany said.

Tiffany graduated from Ohio State University and has a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan. She has worked as a career coach helping prepare and train clients for landing their dream jobs. Her experience also includes working as a recruiter for Robert Half International and a resource specialist with Alexander Mann Solutions.

Have you tried this app out? Let us know if it was useful to you in the comments below.

How to Handle A Flirtationship

Dealing with a guy who’s a little more than a friend but not exactly a boyfriend can be more than confusing because you have no commitments and thus, no obligations to each other. Navigating through a flirtationship -- a situation where you flirt and have special feelings for a friend but do nothing more -- is no easy feat. Feelings can get hurt, and friendships can be damaged. Read on for some information on how to safely handle your flirtationship!

Take stock
Evaluate the situation. There is nothing wrong with a little harmless flirting here and there. It’s perfectly healthy, especially when you’re in college. If you and your guy friend are content with the occasional kiss on the cheek or going for a hand-held walk through the park without crossing any lines, then good for you! It can be nice to have that type of affection without having to commit to a serious relationship. What’s most important is that the two of you are on the same page.

What should you do when you realize that you want more than a flirtationship? You can either tell your friend that you have a bit of a crush on him or you can keep it to yourself. Both scenarios have pros and cons. If you tell him and discover that he feels the same way, you’ve opened the door to what could grow into a wonderful relationship. On the other hand, if he doesn’t feel the same way, it could be awkward or tense. If you don’t tell him, you protect yourself from a possible embarrassing scenario. However, you could possibly be cheating yourself out of a great situation due to your own fear. Either way, you’re taking a substantial risk, so it’s something to think about.

What if he wants more?
It can be equally weird if your guy expresses romantic feelings for you, but you don’t exactly feel the same way. In situations such as these, it’s best to be as straightforward as possible. Try to steer clear of telling him how it’s not him, it’s you or declaring how at some point he’ll meet a girl that’s perfect for him. Although you may think you’re being comforting, after being rejected, your guy might feel as though he’s being patronized. Let him know that while you think he’s great, you simply don’t view him in a romantic way. Give him some time to process. If you two are able to return to your friendship after that, stay away from the physical affection, as it might lead to confusion and him feeling led on.

Friendships with guys are always tricky. As much as we’d like to believe that we could be strictly platonic with the opposite sex, the lines always seem to blur. Having a flirtationship is dicey, so it’s important to stay on the same page and keep the lines of communication open and clear. Doing this will protect you, your guy and the friendship that the two of you share.

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3 Outfits for Late Night Library Sessions

With finals right around the corner, nighttime library runs are more common than not. Late night studying is the worst, but you never know, you could run into a cute study buddy. Try these three outfits to be cute and stay comfortable while at the library.

Too Chic for School

You can’t go wrong with a chic sweater and a pair of dark skinny jeans. Keep warm while studying with this gold-collared Chanel sweater and Burberry jeans. Pair it with gold flats and a stylish, convenient bag. This Michael Kors satchel will keep you looking chic but can easily contain all the studying materials you will need.

The Brainy Basics

Want to be a little more comfortable but still stylish? Try sticking to the basics. Leggings and an oversized sweater with riding boots is a classic library look. Add an adorable backpack to carry all of your school needs. Now you can stay cute and be cozy.

Laid back Library Look

Is it getting way too late, and there is no way you have time to put effort into your outfit? Don’t worry, the sporty look is laid back and classic. Throw on some yoga pants and a jacket for the ultimate laid back library look. Carry this Victoria’s Secret gym bag to hold all of your essentials, and you’re guaranteed a successful night of studying at the library.

Whether you are camping out at the library all night or just making a quick stop, with these three outfits, you can’t go wrong. Study on, fashionistas!

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5 Ways to Fix Frizzy Hair

Weeks of heat-styling your hair regularly, chemically-coloring, and 10 pounds of glitter makeup later, literally every part of you is dry after all those end of the semester parties! The most difficult part of your winter beauty care can be your hair, believe it or not. Fight freezing temps and frizzy strands with these five steps.

1. No more wet hair
No matter how late you are to class, do not leave your dorm room with wet hair, or you’ll risk getting sick and damaging your locks due to freezing.

2. Condition
This may sound like a no-brainer, but you would be surprise to find out how many women skimp out on this step to avoid greasy locks. This is the biggest hair myth, we all need to condition our hair. Just opt for a lighter formula, if you’re worried about greasiness and avoid the roots.

3. Wear a hat
It’s only natural to hate hat hair, but a hat is the best defense against a dry scalp when walking to class or doing some holiday shopping.

4. Carefully choose products
Look for products geared to your hair type, whether it’s thick, thin or colored-treated. Also consider a leave-on conditioner because using daily products for your hair type “...will not be enough to coat the hair for the all the days between washing,” said YouBeauty. “To help maintain a more moisturized hair shaft, daily leave-on products can be very helpful in the maintenance of smooth hair shafts, minimizing frizz, as well as minimizing the heavy weighed-down feeling that a wash-off conditioning product will cause if left on the hair.”

5. Deep condition
This step is vital during winter. Hot oil treatments are our favorites. Apply Extra Virgin Olive Oil on your damp hair half an inch from your scalp. After application, put a shower cap on and let the oil heal your strands for 30 minutes. To remove the olive oil, use a mild shampoo and rinse it out completely. Voila, this will make a world of difference. If you’re worried about creating a greasy look, you can always book a professional conditioning treatment with your next haircut at the salon.

For the most moisturized hair, don’t follow the same hair routine as you did last fall or summer season. Remember conditioning is key, and wash your hair as frequently as you would like. Find your happy medium.


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