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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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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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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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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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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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. 
This post brought to you by Brita. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

 
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:

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

Do you use a paper planner?