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A Collegiette's Guide to Life

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    Good morning, Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.

    But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)

    Trump Team Not Worried About Michael Cohen

    Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, said he’s not worried about what Michael Cohen might tell federal prosecutors, saying, “As long as he tells the truth, we’re … home free.”

    Giuliani told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” Sunday that he has “zero” concerns about Cohen.

    Stephanopoulos asked Giuliani about Cohen’s recent interview with ABC News in which he said that his wife, daughter and son will always have his first loyalty and that he puts his “family and country first.” Cohen said he would cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors.

    “What was the president's reaction to that interview with Michael Cohen?” Stephanopoulos asked Giuliani.

    “Same as mine, which is fine. Michael Cohen should cooperate with the government. We have no reason to believe he did anything wrong. The president did nothing wrong with him,” Giuliani said.

    “I have no concerns that Michael Cohen is going to do anything but tell the truth, and if he does, as I said, there’s no suggestion that anything happened,” Giuliani added.

    According to ABC News, Cohen is currently being investigated for possible financial crimes associated with his business dealings and potential violations of election law for the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels.

    Cohen has not been charged with any crimes.

    Diplomatic Troubles With North Korea

    Less than a month after the historic Trump-Kim summit and President Donald Trump talking about “opening a new chapter” between the two countries, it looks like the diplomatic efforts have taken a turn in the wrong direction.

    On Saturday, North Korea accused the U.S. of a “gangster-like mindset” in the negotiations over denuclearization, a blatant contradiction from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s description of talks as “productive,” CNN reports.

    This diplomatic disconnect definitely shows that the two countries are not on the same page, and that North Korea is setting the pace for these discussions.

    Pompeo did say that another meeting would take place on July 12, saying it would involve “discussions between the folks responsible for the repatriation of remains” of U.S. service members from the Korean War, and that “some progress” had been made in discussing “what the modalities would look like for destruction” of North Korea’s missile facility, but little specifics were provided.

    Pompeo told reporters on Saturday that “the complete denuclearization of North Korea” remains the objective of the talks, and “no one walked away from that. Chairman Kim is still committed.”

    But when asked about the overall timeline for denuclearization, Pompeo said, “I'm not going to get into the details of our conversations.”

    Despite North Korea’s comments about the talks, a spokesman for North Korea's foreign ministry said in a statement Saturday, “We still cherish our good faith in President Trump.”

    Woman Who Accused Justin Trudeau of Groping Breaks Silence

    A former newspaper reporter who accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of groping her at a music festival 18 years ago broke her silence, saying that the rumors are true, and that she considers the matter closed.

    In a statement obtained by CNN partner CBC News, Rose Knight, the reporter, said Trudeau, who was not in politics at the time, apologized the following day.

    Last week, Trudeau said he did not recall“any negative interactions that day at all.” On Thursday, however, Trudeau said he did apologize for the incident.

    “I do not feel that I acted inappropriately in any way. But I respect the fact that someone else might have experienced that differently and this is part of the reflections that we have to go through,” Trudeau said.

    At the time, an unsigned editorial appeared in the Creston Valley Advance newspaper, stating that Trudeau had apologized for inappropriately “handling” the reporter, and although it did not provide details, the piece did say Trudeau “blatantly disrespected” the woman, CNN reports.

    The allegation resurfaced last month after Canadian political commentator Warren Kinsella tweeted a picture of the article with the #MeToo hashtag.

    Knight said she issued her statement reluctantly due to “mounting media pressure.”

    “I did not pursue the incident at the time and will not be pursuing the incident further. I have had no subsequent contact with Mr. Trudeau, before or after he became Prime Minister,” Knight wrote.

    Trudeau said Friday, “I think there is an awakening going on right now and I think it's a good thing but it also requires all of us to be having difficult conversations, difficult reflections and model the kind of responsibilities and reflections that we have to have moving forward.”

    What to look out for...

    Millennial pink coffin pool floats are a thing, and I kind of want one for the next pool bash. 


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    It started as a way to save money after my first year of college (because let’s be honest, nothing else besides being basically broke or experiencing an existential crisis could stop me from shopping). I spent the year focusing on school, only working (read: making money) over winter break, and spending almost the entirety of my already low checking account balance.

    Heading into a summer of interning and working only part-time, I decided that I needed to cut back my shopping in a big way. Not that I was an extravagant spender to begin with—I shopped at affordable stores and usually never bought anything unless it was on sale, but all my small purchases added up surprisingly quickly.

    Near the end of February, I made a pact with myself that I wouldn't spend any more money on clothes until my bank account reached what I considered to be sufficiently far enough from broke. It’s been five months, and although that may seem like a miniscule amount of time to some people, it feels like a pretty long time for someone who consumes fashion like it’s air.

    It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, although I still tortured myself by filling up online shopping carts only to abandon them, and I actually learned a lot about my personal style. Since my bank account has just barely reached an amount I consider acceptable, it’s time to start shopping again. But the truth is, I don’t know if I will.

    Here’s what I learned from my shopping fast, and why I probably (hopefully) won’t go back to spending like I did before.

    1. Layering can make you feel like you have an entirely new wardrobe.

    It’s a good thing my body temperature runs pretty cold, because I really took advantage of the wonders that layering can do for an outfit. Layering shirts and sweaters and combining patterns and fabrics added some much-needed excitement to to my older, over-worn clothes.

    Once I started to look at the contents of my closet not as individual pieces but as things that can be infinitely layered on top of each other, the size of my closet doubled – not literally, but you know what I mean. Thinking about layering a blouse under a sweater, a turtleneck under a button-down, or a t-shirt under a dress can instantly change your perspective on the potential outfits your closet holds. (Like how the same pair of statement pants can make two completely different outfits. See: below and above.)

    2. You have way more to wear than you think.

    My closet is far from small. When I came back from school, I didn’t even have room for all the things I’d accumulated throughout the year (another validation that I had been spending too much). So obviously I have a lot to wear, but who doesn’t always think to themselves “I have nothing to wear” at least a few days a week?

    Without a semi-constant flow of new clothes, I rediscovered things in my closet that I had forgotten about, things like my favorite dress from last summer, a pair of the most comfortable sandals ever and a t-shirt I never knew I had. It was a boatload of new (old) clothes at the ready for me to experiment with. Since what's in has changed a lot since a year ago, I was able to style the old clothes in new ways, making them a lot more exciting to wear.

    3. My personal style is not what I thought it was. 

    By wearing the clothes I’ve had for a long time, rather than shelling out money on the latest and trendiest styles (clothes that I didn’t actually like and never felt like me), I learned what I actually enjoy wearing and what makes me feel the best.

    In the past, whenever I went shopping, I would pick clothes that emulated what I saw on Instagram and other people. I usually only wore those piece once or twice, but never more than that, because it turns out that I didn't really like them all that much. Without those items to distract me, I began wearing (and re-wearing) the same clothes over and over. I always reached for the same few button-down blouses, the same comfortable pants and the same sandals when I needed something to wear—which was really telling. I was wearing what I liked instead of what I thought I should like.

    Without the pressure to wear the uncomfortable, trendy styles, I wore what I wanted and felt more like myself than I had before. 

    Why I won’t be spending the same way again:

    I’m not going to lie and say I’m never going to buy new clothes again (I already have a cart full on H&M and a shopping date planned for next weekend), but I’ll be spending a lot differently than I did before.

    I refuse to be a fast-fashion sheep and buy things that I don't love. I'll still keep up with the trends, the influencers and the runway shows because I love them so much, but I just won't look like them. I’ll try to keep my personal style (the one that took me so painfully long to discover) in tact, and when I get dressed in the morning, I'll remember that I actually do have something to wear.


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    Today, there are great strides being made in the fashion and beauty industries towards inclusion for all body types, genders, and skin shades. But the movement towards diversity and acceptance is lacking in one particular area, and blogger Emily Davison is working to change that.

    Emily is almost completely blind due to multiple conditions that impact her sight. Throughout her life she has experienced bullying, stigma, and has been the target of countless misconceptions. In 2012, Emily decided that it was time to shut down these misconceptions around her disability and started her blog, Fashioneyesta. It’s became not only an outlet for her creativity, but a way to change the perception of people with disabilities in the fashion and beauty industries.

    Creating content about her disability allows Emily to spark conversation and help people truly understand the prevalence of disabilities in our world today. While the disabled community makes up almost 15 percent of the population, the representation for the community in mainstream fashion and beauty is significantly lacking. With her blog, Emily is breaking down the barrier between the disabled and non-disabled communities and shattering the stigma that surrounds disability. She is proving to the world that her disability does not define her, and proves time and again that  her merit as a fashion and beauty blogger is in no way hindered by her visual impairment.

    We had the opportunity to sit down with Emily to discuss her inspiration for starting Fashioneyesta, why representation of people with disabilities is so necessary today, and what she hopes the future of fashion and beauty will look like. 

    HC: Your goal is to “challenge people’s perceptions of sight loss through fashion, beauty and style.” So can you start by talking a bit about your visual impairment, what it is and how it affects your day to day life?

    Emily Davison: I have a condition called Septo Optic Dysplasia, which amongst a number of things also impacts my eyesight. I have Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, which means that my optic nerves are severely damaged. I am completely blind in one eye and have restricted vision in the other. I also have Nystagmus which means my eyes cannot focus and they rapidly move involuntarily…not ideal when you’re half way through winged eyeliner.

    My sight impacts my ability to see far distance objects like train times or bus numbers. Because I have no peripheral vision I can’t see things either side of me or above or below me, I can only see what’s bolt on in front of me. This is one of the reasons why I have my little guide dog Unity, she helps me to be able to get around independently and navigate difficult situations like stairs, curbs and any pavement obstacles that may get in my way.

    There are some tasks where I need visual aids or specialized apps to help me like reading print, planning journeys and writing. But, generally my sight doesn’t hold me back from doing a lot of things accept driving, but lets hope one day a self-driving car is invented!

    HC: You went through so much, from bullying to body image issues that even further affected your physical and mental health, but your persevere and received a scholarship to study at Goldsmiths University of London. Can you tell us about your experience in college and your journey to get there?

    ED:  When I attended college (or sixth form as it is also known in the UK) I was at a very difficult point in my life. I have just overcome a major 2-year battle with an eating disorder and I had faced some very tough challenges being bullied and getting out of toxic friendships. So, I was very introverted, I had always been a bookish girl, preferring the company of a book to people. But this was a time where I really harnessed all my time and energy into my studies and my self-development. I didn’t want to put any more energy into seeking people's’ approval and equally I didn’t want to spiral back into depression and anorexia. So, I decided to work hard at my A Levels because I knew University was on the horizon if I applied myself.

    There was a lot of work and planning, being a disabled student I needed to ensure I had all the right support and resources. I had to apply for something called Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) which entitles disabled students to funding for things like books, course materials, specialist equipment and non-medical help. There was a lot of meetings and paperwork. But, finally in September 2012 I was about to start my new life as a student. After graduating with my Degree I applied to study an MA in Children’s Literature which I graduated from last year.

    University was some of the best years of my life. I was surrounded in a bubble of happiness and prosperity. It was like a fairy tale I got accepted to study English Literature at University, got a scholarship, I got my first job and I also got matched with my guide dog Unity. I found an amazing group of friends who respected and appreciated me for who I was. I got everything I hoped for.

    HC: How did your visual impairment make you experience different/more challenging? And how did you face those challenges?

    ED: Sight loss definitely taught me to think outside the box. From little things like being able to do my eyeliner to more major things like the prospect of studying at University. I had to look for resources to help me, I had to try different ways of doing things. For example something as simple as going to a library and borrowing a book wasn’t the case for me. I had to get books in accessible formats either online or in audiobooks, if they weren’t available this way I had my books transcribed. For a non-disabled person traveling in London it may take you 10 minutes getting on a tube. But when you have a disability you tend to have to double or even triple this, because not all stations are accessible and you often have to request assistance. Everyday things when you have a disability often take that little longer and that little more effort. I often say having a disability isn’t the problem, it’s that society hasn’t risen to meet the needs of my disability that is.

    HC: What inspired you to start your blog and YouTube channel? What was the process like?

    ED: It was a variety of reasons, I loved to write and I’ve always been a creative person. But, equally I was rather fed up with people having all these misconceptions towards me because of my disability. So I wanted to put my skills to good sue and start up blog to get them out in the open.

    People would often say to me “Wow! You don’t look blind” in a really incredulous manner. As if I’m supposed to look horrendous just because I can’t see. But then I would also get a lot of questions from friends with visual impairments on how to do makeup when you can’t see. My mother was a makeup artist and it was something I loved to do, so I was often their go-to person to ask. One day a friend of mine said to me that with all my knowledge and experience I should start a blog and share it with the world. I thought about the idea and decided I would give it a try.

    There was a lot of trial and error in the early days, there still is in fact. I’m self-taught and I enlisted the help of my mother to take pictures and help me with the visual side of things. There was a lot of laughs and groans of frustration along the way, but it was all in the fun! I couldn’t be more grateful to my mother for the countless hours she spent helping me to get to where I am now.

    HC: What is your favorite kind of content to create? And what parts of your role as a blogger/influencer do you find the most enjoyable?

    ED: Whatever inspires me at any given time. The world is changing constantly and there’s always something new to be discovered. I love to write blogs first and foremost, I started with my blog and writing is where my passion lies.  

    Although I love fashion and beauty posts I also do love talking about living with a disability, especially when I can throw humor into the mix. I love creating disability content because it always sparks really interesting conversations between me and my audience. People tell me their stories, share their experiences and discuss topics with other followers both disabled and non-disabled. I love to think that my content helps people to open up and gets the conversation started surrounding disability. In my own way I’m helping to break down barriers between the disability community and the non-disabled community by giving my disabled followers a space to talk about their experiences.

    HC: You’ve found so much success and worked with so many brands, most recently beauty brand Being by Sanctuary. There is a serious lack of representation and diversity in the beauty and fashion industries, but you’re working to reverse that. Why is it so important that there is more representation and awareness in the beauty industry?

    ED: The beauty industry is huge and has a lot of influence over many people, it’s something many people love and find a common ground in. So to see someone with a disability working with a brand has great significance when it comes to helping people truly understand disability. The disability community makes up around 15% of the world’s population and when you think about how many people there are in the world that’s a lot of people. We equally deserve to be represented as a strong and diverse community. Disability impacts a lot of people and its important to see others who also live with the disability so that people understand that disability doesn’t have to prevent you from having a quality of life. So often disabled people don’t have control or censorship of how they are portrayed in the media or when we are portrayed the representation is very askew. So to actually have disabled people work with brands and share their story in their own words has to potential to shatter the stigmas that surround disability.

    HC: In the early days of your blog you received a lot of push-back and skepticism about your ability to create a fashion/beauty blog, and I’m sure that skepticism hasn’t disappeared (if not grown). How do you deal with that?

    ED: I will say things certainly have improved form when I first started blogging, with so many more style conscious disabled influencers on the rise like Molly Burke, Jordan Bone and Jessica Kellgren-Fozard. People are now actually starting to see disabled people in a positive light and understand how we actually go about our daily lives. Disabled influencers have such a unique opportunity to alter perceptions of disability because they make the content, the words and their own and they portray themselves as they want people to see them. So because of this the skepticism is slowly starting to retract, but that doesn’t mean it’s totally out of the picture.

    In life, you will face people. who are always going to have their opinion and nothing you say will ever alter that. There are lots of people I’ve interacted with on social media who are genuinely just curious about how I make videos, respond to comments and apply makeup as someone with a severe visual impairment. So as a disabled influencer I see it as my duty to the disabled community to reply and facilitate that person’s understanding of disability. I have no issue with talking to people and answering their questions, even if they may come across as skeptical of my abilities.

    But of course there are some who are convinced I’m lying about having a disability because according to them I “shouldn’t” be able to do what I do whilst having a visual impairment. In those situations I choose to distance myself from that negative energy.

    But then the other major positive about all this skepticism is that is gives me content! I literally need to buy a t-shirt that says something like “careful or I’ll put you in my next blog post.” When people say weird things about my disability I don’t get deflated anymore, instead the cogs in my brain start turning and I think, “This is great! I can make a story out of this for my YouTube channel.”

    HC: As the industry is adapting and, even if slowly, becoming more inclusive, what are some of the “do’s and don’ts” of how to treat disabled people in the beauty and fashion community?

    ED:

    1. Represent us: we are a huge and thriving community.
    2. Listen to us: if we are telling you that you need to make your brand more inclusive and how take that advice on board.
    3. Don’t tokenize us: Don’t use a disabled person for a campaign or collaboration one time and go back to never showcasing disability again.

    HC; In an ideal world, what does the landscape of the fashion and beauty industries look like - in terms of inclusion and reducing stigma? How do you hope people’s perceptions change?

    ED: I would love to see further and consistent representation of disabled people being used by brands in campaigns and advertisements. If we see more disabled people in the fashion and beauty scene then people like me wouldn’t have to keep facing the backlash of being told, “oh wow! You’re so well dressed for a blind person!”

    HC: What’s coming in the future for you? What do you hope to do - expanding Fashioneyesta, starting something new, etc?

    ED: I would love to continue to grow my audience of my blog and YouTube channel and continue to create more content. I want to do more creative projects on my channel and get into filmmaking and making the content on my disability that I have always dreamed of making now I have more time at my disposal.

    I would love the opportunity to collaborate with more brands, its been really fun over the last two years as my blog has grown to be able to represent the disability community when I work with brands on campaigns. So I hope I get the opportunity to do that.

    I would love to return to academics at some point in the future, the ultimate goal being to return to study for my PHD.

    But of course my biggest dream is to write a book, it always has been. I am brimming with ideas and becoming an author is still the big dream for me. I’m currently working on a young adult novella that is a retelling of classic fairy tales through social media. You can never have too many dreams, I mean look at the BFG he has a whole room of them!


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    Linda Wells, founder and former editor-in-chief of Allure and chief creative director at Revlon, has been writing about beauty for over 20 years, so we’re pretty confident that she knows a thing or two about what makes for a fantastic beauty line. And it looks like we’ll finally get to put that to the test, with the launch of Wells’ brand Flesh Beauty, coming to 510 Ulta stores on July 8.

    Flesh Beauty is Revlon’s first high-end makeup brand, and all 12 of the new products have people buzzing. One of the most talked-about points is the brand’s commitment to inclusivity, with a whopping 40 foundation shades, a move Wells credited in an interview with The Cut to Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty for “set[ting] the bar.” It’s so exciting to see more brands start to be more conscious of darker skin tones in their complexion products, but Wells told The Cut that it shouldn’t be just a trend. “A trend suggests it can go out of style. This is a change in behavior, approach, and business. It has to be a new reality. It’s not just fashion. It’s sad we didn’t think about it before. It’s really important.”

    Flesh Beauty’s approach to inclusivity doesn’t stop with its products, however, as its name (however uncomfortable it may sound) was also a conscious choice. According to Allure, the name is inspired by Wells’ time working as a beauty editor and being off-put by writers referring to peachy-beige products as “nude” or “flesh-toned.” Naming products meant for people with lighter skin “flesh” or “nude” implies that lighter skin is the natural or default skin tone, which is offensive and ostracizing to anyone not with that skin color. So, Wells says, “this is the idea of flesh color being every color of skin—the color of your skin. We want to change that idea by changing the whole color assortment of Flesh."

    Wells’ thoughtful approach to creating Flesh Beauty is inspiring, and totally has us looking forward to heading to our nearest Ulta Beauty after July 8. Below, we’ve picked out some of our highly-anticipated favorites.

    1. Firm Flesh Thickstick Foundation ($18)

     

    Okay, ladies, now get in formation #showyourflesh

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    The whole situation

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    How could we not start with this one? Refinery29 had seven of their staffers with a range of different skin tones try out this product, and not only did each one find their perfect shade, but they also raved about the Thickstick’s formula and coverage. Sounds like a win-win to us. Wells told The Cutthat the formula is entirely different for the darker and lighter shades: rather than simply adding more pigment, she wanted to tailor each formula to each skin tone so every consumer gets the best foundation for them. And since many of the “inclusive” foundations currently on the market are liquid foundation, this product might be the perfect fit for a collegiette with a darker skin tone who prefers a stick formula.

    The actual amount of product is apparently pretty small, but a little goes a long way, from what we’ve heard. And as there’s no concealer available from Flesh Beauty just yet, you can consider picking up a lighter shade to cover up your undereyes.

    2. Fleshpot Eye & Cheek Gloss ($20)

    In case you haven’t heard, glossy lids are in. Wells took inspiration from the runways for this multi-use product, which is perfect on the eyes, and also as a highlighter or even lip gloss, according to the product description.

    It also reportedly won’t be as sticky as a petroleum jelly, so you don’t have to worry about making a mess when doing your makeup (well, not any more than you already do usually). The gorgeous iridescence also hits the light in super flattering ways, giving you a gold, pink and peach sheen. And like all other Flesh Beauty products, it was created with all skin tones in mind. We’re adding this to our cart immediately.

    3. Fleshy Lips Lipstick ($18)

    The name may make you kind of squeamish, but don’t count this lipstick out just yet: the sheer finish and creamy feel makes this a cross between a tinted lip balm and a traditional lipstick. According to the Flesh Beauty website, the four available shades are “like the best version of your natural lips.”

    So if you’re going for that “no-makeup” makeup look, considering picking up one of these.Allureand Refinery29 both recommend the shade Hungry, but they all look fabulous, and they’ll keep your lips moisturized and supple. What more could you want?

    4. Fresh Flesh Illuminating Primer ($32)

    Bustle reported that this primer sold out in one day, so you know it’s bound to be a good one: the Fresh Flesh Illuminating Primer adds radiance and glow that your skin will be thankful for, especially if you wear it under a matte or heavy foundation.

    It’s also got some sweet ingredients, like ProVitamin B5 and glycerin, so your skin will be moisturized all day. We love beauty products that aim to keep your skin healthy in addition to making it look healthy, so we can’t wait to add this primer to our daily routine.

    We can’t wait to try out all the Flesh Beauty products when they hit stores. Which product are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments!


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    Between Cardi B and Offset’s secret wedding (which we totally get) and Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s sudden engagement, it’s been difficult to keep up with all the celebrity relationship news. We can’t even get our Bumble matches to message back (though that might be because we keep asking them what their stance is on Chris Evans’ ever-changing facial hair). But love is certainly in the air in Hollywood and apparently, Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin aren’t immune because they’re reportedly engaged. (Now, we’re just wondering if Insta-sleuthing their social media accounts counts as doing a thing.)

    According to TMZ, the duo apparently got engaged on July 7 at a resort in the Bahamas. The two were allegedly dancing at a restaurant at the resort before Bieber asked Hailey to marry him.

     

    @justinbieber Proud is an understatement! Excited for the next chapter!

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    While Hailey and Justin haven’t made any formal announcement regarding their alleged engagement, Teen Voguenotes that the two have been cozied up with each other for the last several weeks, including donning matching outfits. (Uh, where do we find someone who’s willing to match our fashion backwardness forwardness?)

    The couple hasn’t posted anything explicitly to DTR to the public and their followers—however, Hailey did sleuth-bait us with a video of a ring on her Instagram Story yesterday.

     

    @haileybaldwin's mood

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    In the video, Baldwin says, “It’s official.” Shortly thereafter, she follows up with, “I said yes.”

    We get it: the yes is probably, definitely in reference to her alleged engagement, but Hailey could have also said yes to a diamond-coated present to herself (because even celebs treat themselves). Granted, E! News reports that Hailey was spotted wearing the same ring in the Bahamas this weekend.

    We hope Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin will officially confirm or deny these engagement rumors soon, so we can give our Insta-creepy ways a rest. (Because even we need a hiatus from our Insta investigations.) 


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    Ashley Greene, known for playing Alice Cullen (aka the best Cullen) in the Twilight saga, got married on July 6 to Paul Khoury, an Australian voice actor and partner in popular bracelet company Lokai.

    Their wedding definitely gave off some Twilight-inspired vibes. According to Us Weekly, the ceremony was held in an outdoor grove in San Jose, California with 120 guests in attendance. Among those guests, PEOPLE reports, were Khoury’s best friend Liam Hemsworth, Greene’s Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson, Brittany Snow and more. Now that’s a wedding I would’ve loved to score an invite to.

    While Katie May designed her beautiful backless dress for the ceremony, her reception dress was a stunning sheer floral gown designed by Wendi-Williams Stern, according to Brides. I have no doubt that with a dress like that, Greene was the center of attention all night, as she should be.

    The two have been engaged since late 2016, when Khoury proposed to Greene on vacation at Bridal Veil Falls in New Zealand—and if you’re going to propose anywhere, that’s probably the most appropriately-named place to do it. And the two aren’t afraid to share their love for each other; both Khoury and Greene posted an adorable video of the engagement on Instagram with swoonworthy captions like Greene’s “I can’t wait to show you my unfaltering immeasurable love for the rest of our lives.”

    Despite this, though, Greene told PEOPLE that she wasn’t in a hurry to tie the knot. “We’re at the age where a lot of our friends are getting married and many of them are stressed out,” she said. “That’s just not how I want to enter into our union. We’re enjoying the honeymoon engagement stage.”

    IMO, Greene was all the better for that mindset, because their wedding looked absolutely fabulous.

    Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Khoury!


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    Move over Unicorn Frappuccino — because this summer is all about embracing the avocado. To all my avocado-lovers, Starbucks just came out with this summer’s new not-quite coffee obsession—an avocado frapp that literally looks like an avocado, garnished with a green rim like an avocado peel and a pit made of chocolate!

    The “Avocado Blended” is part of the seasonal menu at Starbucks in South Korea. Even though this delicious drink isn’t available in the States, it has gone viral on Instagram because of it's beautiful avocado-inspired look. 

    On June 26, Starbucks Korea took to Insta to reveal that their popular avocado drink is back and better than ever. The avocado-flavored beverage has graced Korea’s Starbucks locations before, according to Popsugar.

    It was previously introduced back in 2015, and has come back due to popular demand. I mean I can see why, this is basically every millennials dream (including mine)! The dark green “shell” around the rim and chocolate pit were the new Instagram-friendly features added to the drink. 

    The avocado-infused concoctions are now everywhere on Instagram and they look mouth-wateringly good. According to Elite Daily, the “Avocado Blended” features a ton of real avocado mixed with some yogurt flavor and some energy-boosting caffeine.  It is bound to be delicious. It is so popular that Popsugar reports that people have immortalized it with fan art

     

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    But alas, Starbucks hasn’t made any plans to bring the Avocado Blended to the States. In all seriousness, you've had three years Starbucks. Three years. How much longer are you going to make us wait for this avocado dream?

    In the meantime, we will have to make due with the new summer drinks. Summer Sunrise and Summer Sunset may not be as Insta-worthy, but at least there is foam. The two new drinks are both made with lemonade, pineapple infusion, and Teavana Passion Tango mixes that are topped with “cold foam”. It’s essentially like regular steam milk foam that you’d get on top of your cappuccinos, but just summer appropriate. 


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    No more crying over spilled wine or sand in your drink the next you are at the beach. As reported by Delish, Aldi’s is selling beach wine glasses. These aren’t your ordinary wine glass though. Instead of having a round, flat base, the glasses have a spiked bottom that you can stick into the sand for some stability. They can even float in the water, so you won’t have to worry about them tipping! 

    You won’t have to worry about bringing actual glass to the beach, pool, or lake as these wine “glasses” are actually plastic and reusable. As well, they can be used for more than just wine. Fill your glasses with some water, juice, or iced coffee. You can even use them for your favorite beach snack. I think a good amount of M&M’s or pretzels would fit. Anything you don’t want to see tipping over into the water or sand would work!

    The glasses come in turquoise, white, and clear shades, and the stems are designed with round bulbs that act as stabilizers in the sand. They have a 13.5 ounce capacity, which basically amounts to half a bottle of wine. The best news is that they are currently on sale for $2! (In other words, you could fill your shopping cart with these and your wallet wouldn’t be in tears.)

    If you aren’t thrilled with Aldi’s options, have no fear. Popsugar points out that a company called Floating Beach Glass has a wide variety of similar “patented ball and stem design” glasses with a range of color options. If you are in the mood for some champs, they have a clear floating champagne glass. They also have a “beach glass bouquet” featuring six multi-colored glasses. These glasses will cost more than the ones at Aldi’s. A single glass from The Beach Glass retails for $11. 

    So grab a glass and dive into the ocean, because there will be no more tipping this summer! 


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    The ladies of Litchfield are back—and it looks like they’re in more trouble than ever before.

    The trailer for the newest season of Netflix’s original series Orange Is the New Black finds our favorite inmates moved to Litchfield’s maximum security prison after last season’s prison riot. But it looks like only a select few have been transferred. “Don’t you think it’s weird that we’re the only people in here?” Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) asks.

    The fullness of the cast isn’t the only thing that’s changed with the move to maximum security. The ladies are thrust into completely new social circles and rivalries, as the women with navy uniforms have beef with women in khaki uniforms. “Navigating adult female friendships is so hard,” remarks Suzanne aka “Crazy Eyes” (Uzo Aduba).

    Looks like season 6, more than ever before, is about the inmates fighting to maintain their self-identity and humanity despite the conditions of prison. “You have no idea how strong my girls are,” Red (Kate Mulgrew), the former prison chef, says. “We have iron wills and f---ing nothing to lose.”

    Orange Is the New Black, based on Piper Kerman’s memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, has been one of Netflix’s most popular original series. OITNB has been notable for its portrayal of LGBTQ women and women of color, and I’m sure we’ll see more hilarity and honesty out of its characters this season.

    Season six premieres Friday, July 27 on Netflix, and I can’t wait for OITNB to become my summer binge-watching show once again. Check out the trailer below.


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    Once you're past the initial stages of a breakup—the crying, the Ben & Jerry's, the sad songs on repeat—there comes a point when you wonder what's next. How do you know when you're ready to start dating again? You don't want to hold yourself back, but you don't want to use someone as a rebound either. Obviously breakups (and recovery time) vary based on the relationship, which means there's no hard and fast rule for when to enter a new one. But if you're thinking about getting back in the dating pool, here are a few red flags that mean you might not be ready just yet.

    1. You constantly compare everyone to your ex

    Whether you use your ex as a golden standard or scrutinize potential beaus for their old annoying habits, this is a major sign that you still have a lot of baggage from your last relationship. "It's definitely alright to use them as a baseline whether it be good or bad, but if you compare your new partner to your ex for everything and still have them on your mind, you're not ready to be dating again and still have some healing to do!" says Mary, a junior at the University of Maine.

    Even though you might be angry—not wistful—if your ex is constantly on your mind, it means you're not over them. It's unfair to the other person (and to you) to rush into something when you haven't let go of past feelings for a SO, even if those feelings aren't necessarily positive.

    2. You're not open to love yet

    You've made eye contact across the room for weeks, lingered after class to ~accidentally~ run into them, and got their number "just to check homework." Your friends tease you endlessly about it and, to be honest, your heart kinda does skip a beat. But when you find out they're single (aka available), you get cold feet.

    This is a sign that you like the idea of a relationship, but don't want to actually dive into one just yet. Whether you're still exhausted from all the breakup fights or feel a little afraid of commitment, don't feel pressured to "get over it." Trying to force something you're not feeling isn't going to end well for you or that cute classmate.

    Related: How To Tell Someone You're Not Looking For a Relationship

    3. You feel like you NEED to be dating someone

    This means you're looking for someone to fill a role, not someone to fall for—or maybe you're embarrassed by being single, especially if your ex has already found someone new. "If finding a [partner] feels like your number one priority, you're not ready to date again. I remember a time when I was insecure about being single and all I wanted was a boyfriend. Not only is this attitude unhealthy, it hardly attracted anyone to me," Mackenzie, a sophomore at the University of Washington, says.

    Our society places a lot of emphasis on dating and love, but there's so much more to life than that. “You should feel confident enough in yourself as a single person before adding another person to your life,” says Lyndsay, a sophomore at Sam Houston State University. “You should be able to validate your own existence, not count on someone else for that.” If you find yourself obsessing over how to get a new SO, take a step back and remind yourself that you aren't defined by your relationship status.

    4. You change yourself to be what you think the other person wants

    It's one thing to compromise on which restaurant you two head to Friday night, but it's another to undergo an Invasion of the Body Snatchers-style transformation on the first date. This might be a sign that your old relationship left you with some insecurities about who you are or your self-worth—or maybe you were a chameleon with your past partner too. Either way, it's important that you bring yourself to a relationship, not lose yourself in it. Katie, a senior at SUNY Oswego, agrees.

    "I had lost myself in this previous relationship," she says. “For over a year, I tried really hard to mold myself into someone that he wanted, and lost who I truly was along the way. I started to care less and less about things, and forgot about all my goals and career ambitions. I was so obsessed with trying to make him love me, I forgot about myself and the bigger picture. Now, I know I’m not ready to date again because I’m trying to find myself again; what I like and don’t like, working on what I want to do when I graduate next May, and I don’t want any boys to distract me from that."

    Which brings us to our next red flag...

    5. You've lost yourself

    As the saying goes, the most important relationship in your life is the one you have with yourself. "I think that girls should look to focus on themselves for a little while after a breakup,” Colby, a sophomore at St. Lawrence University, says. “Focus on the relationship you have with yourself, and everything else in your life will follow suit, Get outside, go for a run, listen to your favorite music, go out with friends, have a sit down with your mom and/or sisters over some coffee, give some love to your pets, take yourself shopping, go to a yoga or painting class—just do something!"

    Being single is an opportunity to give yourself some time and attention. Is there a hobby you've always wanted to try? A book you've been meaning to read for forever? Sushi restaurants you never went to because your old partner didn't like fish? You finally get to do all those things.

    Related: 7 Things I Learned From My First Heartbreak

    6. You're settling

    Whether it's saying yes to a second date after an underwhelming first one or putting up with disrespectful behavior, settling for candidates who aren't a good match for you is a huge red flag. "It's the classic scenario of, 'Do I actually like him, or do I like him because he's showing interest in me?'" Rachel, a freshman at USC, says. "There's no need to rush into anything with anybody." When you're eager to get back in the dating world, it's tempting to settle for someone who's not great but “good enough.” Unfortunately, this kind of relationship rarely lasts. Know your worth and wait for someone you really connect with instead of wasting your time with people who aren’t right for you.

    7. You're still tight with your ex

    Being on good terms with an ex is obviously preferable in comparison to shooting each other frosty glares across campus, but that continued closeness might be holding you back. "If you still talk or text or Snapchat or whatever with them frequently, chances are you're still in that mindset of being with them one way or another,” Margeaux, a senior at Barnard College, says. “The feelings are still there and you haven't really had any sort of closure, even if you think you're 'friends' after a breakup."

    When they’re your go-to for advice or their sweatshirts are still in your closet, it can be hard to remember you two aren't actually dating anymore. You won't be ready for your next love until you're over your last one, and keeping an old SO as a BFF might be an obstacle to truly getting over them. Setting some boundaries could be crucial to moving on.

    After a breakup, it's easy to want to rush back into dating again—or swear off love forever. However, as Colby says, "You can never plan on who you will date or who you will meet, but you have to keep an open mind and you cannot shut yourself off to people just because of one bad breakup experience." But if one or more of these signs that you’re not ready to start dating again rings true for you, just take your time to make sure you don’t rush into anything just yet.


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    The United States stopped a resolution that encourages women to breastfeed their children at the World Health Assembly by threatening to withdrawal military aid and impose new trade regulations. The New York Times reports that Ecuador initially introduced the resolution. 

    The resolution is meant to recognized the science that recognizes breastfeeding is the better option in areas of health and economics when possible. In an article published in 2016 edition of The Lancet, they stated that breastfeeding could save 823,000 children and 20,000 mothers. It could also save $300 billion worldwide. The US decided to side with the manufacturers of baby formula interests, at the possible expense of children and mothers' health, according to the Times.

    To be clear: The resolution does recognize that breastfeeding isn’t always an option, especially in cases where the mother has HIV or cannot produce enough milk — because it is very much not cool to treat breastfeeding as the only ethical, health-minded baby-feeding option. 

    There has been tons of research establishing that breastfeeding provides infants with crucial nutrients that manufactured baby formula doesn't provide. According to WebMD, breastfeeding has numerous benefits such as lowering an infant’s risk for having asthma or allergies. That is why American officials shocked many international delegates at the World Health Assembly in May opposed a widely popular pro-breastfeeding resolution, according to the Times.

    The US picked the side of baby formula manufacturers, which is a $70 billion industry. They then threatened Ecuador unless they removed key lines from the proposal. According to the Times, they pushed to remove the sections asking governments to “protect, promote and support breastfeeding”, and to limit the promotion of replacement food products. Ecuador unable to handle such restrictions withdrew proposal, the Times reports. 

    Dozens of other countries refused to introduce the resolution again in fear of any US retaliation — until Russia stepped in to reintroduce the breastfeeding proposal. According to the Times, Russia did not received any threats from the United States. 

    “We’re not trying to be a hero here, but we feel that it is wrong when a big country tries to push around some very small countries, especially on an issue that is really important for the rest of the world,” said an anonymous Russian delegate to the New York Times.

    The Department of Health and Human Services explained the decision to the Times in an email saying, “The resolution as originally drafted placed unnecessary hurdles for mothers seeking to provide nutrition to their children. We recognize not all women are able to breastfeed for a variety of reasons. These women should have the choice and access to alternatives for the health of their babies, and not be stigmatized for the ways in which they are able to do so.”

    According to the Times, the only section the US was able to take out of the resolution was the part giving the Whole Health Organization license to offer technical support when countries wanted to stop “inappropriate promotion of foods for infants and young children”. 


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    Kylie Jenner has decided to go au natural.

    After posting two photos to Instagram of her and friend Anastasia Karanikolaou, in which her lips looked noticeably smaller than usual, her fans noticed immediately that something was different. Confirmation came after a fan commented on the Kylie Cosmetics businesswoman's photo saying, "She looks like the old Kylie here. I don't know why," to which Kylie replied, “I got rid of all my filler." While the youngest Kar-Jenner may be known for her signature lips, she still looks flawless as ever touting her natural smile.

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    Kylie’s lips have been the subject of media attention and scrutiny since she was 16. She originally admitted to having lip fillers done back in 2015, after being accused of having work done. On an episode of her Keeping Up with the Kardashians spinoff series, Life of Kylie, the new mother further discussed her lips and the insecurities which led her to enhance them.

    But Kylie definitely turned her insecurity into a superpower, creating lip kits which became highly popular. According to TIME, in its first 18 months alone, Kylie Cosmetics racked up a whopping $420 million in sales. And with over 16.5 million followers on Instagram, it seems unlikely anything could mess up the popularity of her beauty line. We’re eager to see whether Kylie’s newfound pride in boasting a more natural look will translate over to Kylie Cosmetics.


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    Starbucks is saying goodbye to plastic straws. The company announced their plans on Monday to eliminate plastic straws from 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020.

    The coffee-shop giant will instead use recyclable strawless lids and an alternative material straw option, so you can still enjoy your favorite cold brew while helping the environment. The move will eliminate more than one billion plastic straws per year from Starbucks stores, according to the company. 

    According to the announcement, Starbucks is focused on “reducing waste and safeguarding the environment”. The new lid with a thumbprint-sized opening on the top is made out of plastic, but it contains “polypropylene content”. This basically means the material is easily recycled. 

    While the strawless lid is perfect for iced coffee, tea, and espresso beverages, it could be problematic for our beloved frappuccinos. Don’t worry though, Starbucks will serve all the delicious beverages with a paper or compostable plastic straw. According to the release, the compostable plastic straw will be made from “fermented plant starch or other sustainable material”, so it won’t create plastic waste. 

    “For our partners and customers, this is a significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways,” said president and chief executive officer for Starbucks Kevin Johnson in a statement to NPR

    The environmentally friendly lid is also available now in more than 8,000 of its stores in the US and Canada for beverages like the Draft Nitro and Cold Foam, according to USA Today. Cold beverages take up more than 50 percent of Starbucks sales in 2017, said the company.

    Customers in Seatle and Vancouver will see strawless lids take full effect in the fall, and the rest of Starbucks 28,000 locations will follow suit by 2020. 


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    It seems the summer of love is in full swing after Justin Bieber proposed to Hailey Baldwin following their recent rekindled romance—and by recent, we mean a few weeks ago. This isn't the only speedy engagement we've seen this summer, as Ariana Grande and her beau Pete Davidson just recently did the same. Though some of us may not understand the sudden rush to the altar, Ariana is here to explain it all, after a fan tweeted about the two couples and their choice to tie the knot so quickly.

    On Sunday, a fan tweeted about Justin and Hailey's engagement and tied it back to his manager Scooter Braun, who also happens to be Ariana's manager. "First Ariana gets engaged to Pete Davidson and now Justin Bieber to Hailey Baldwin. The devil works hard but Scooter Braun works harder." So this fan thinks it's all just a stunt? Not on Ari's watch. The "No Tears Left To Cry" singer replied to the fan with a tweet that has since been deleted, defending not only herself, but Justin and Hailey too. "You do realize we are human beings who love and have lives… right? And that Scooter is a wonderful human being, too, who cares first and foremost [about] our health and happiness? Love is lit. Shit happens. I hope to god it happens to you too. You deserve it,” she wrote. Yes, girl!

     

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    The singer also added a defense of Scooter in another response to a fan, telling them to "be nice" after the fan made a joke. "Be nice to that man. He's wonderful and very human. Always puts his artists' health and happiness first." Awww.

    Whether or not you support the two couples and their engagements, you have to admit Ari is right. They are only humans and if they are in love, then let it happen. I wish the best for both Ari and Pete and Hailey and Justin. Maybe we will see some double dates in the near future?


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    Back in May, the Trump Administration announced a “zero-tolerance” policy on people entering the US illegally, and families were separated at the border as parents were prosecuted and children were held in inhumane detention centers. Since then, Trump signed an executive order to stop the separation of families at the border and to reunite parents and children that have already been separated, according to the AP.

    On June 26th, US District Judge Dana Sabraw set a deadline to reunify all children under five years old with their families by tomorrow (July 10). But a statement from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says that the Trump Administration is going to fail to meet the deadline, The Daily Beast reports. 

    There are currently 102 children under five years old that need to be reunited with their families, but the ACLU has learned that “less than half” will be reunited by the deadline. While the Justice Department says they have “worked tirelessly” to meet the deadline, surely there could have been more done to avoid keeping these families apart for longer than they have been already.

    ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt told the Associated Press, “It’s extremely disappointing that the Trump administration looks like it will fail to reunite even half the children under [five] with their parents. These kids have already suffered so much because of this policy, and every extra day apart just adds to that pain.”

    The Justice Department asked Judge Sabraw last week for an extension of the deadline, but he decided to uphold the overall deadline and only consider certain exceptions, as the “crisis level” situation and the “chaotic circumstances” are the government’s own fault.

    Even though the deadline to reunite children under five with their parents hasn’t been met, the deadline to reunite those older than five with their families is July 26. Hopefully the Justice Department can meet that deadline and fix the chaos they’ve created for so many families.


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    Every day I thank goddess not only that we have Wonder Woman in a world of male-dominated superheroes, but that her casting was so amazing and Gal Gadot kicks just as much ass off-screen.

    Gal visited Inova Children’s Hospital in Annandale, Va. in costume as Wonder Woman. She likely visited on a break from filming Wonder Woman 1984, the upcoming sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman, in nearby Washington D.C. (That’s right, a DC Comics movie is filming in D.C.)

    Patients and staff alike were geeking out about seeing a real-life superhero in person. Inova’s Dr. Lucas Collazo tweeted, “You are a true wonder woman.” Dr. Inova is right, this is definitely something that the Amazonian queen would do in real life!

    Wonder Woman 1984, which is set to be released in July 2019, is directed once again by Patty Jenkins, making it another awesome female superhero movie with a female director. The new movie also features Chris Pine reprising his role as Wonder Woman’s friend and love interest Steve Trevor and Kristen Wiig as villain Cheetah. I’m pretty excited for the sequel, but surely not excited as these kids were hanging out with Wonder Woman!

    Wonder Woman isn’t the first superhero to surprise kids in the hospital. A few years ago, Chris Evans (Captain America) and Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy’s Starlord) bet that whoever’s home team lost the 2015 Super Bowl would go visit a children’s hospital in their superhero costume. In the end, both of them paid a visit to Seattle Children’s Hospital, with Evans in costume as Cap.

    I love seeing these little acts of good that Hollywood can put out into the world. Way to go, Gal, for using your super persona for a good cause!


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    In general terms, affirmative action is used to protect members of groups who have historically been discriminated against. In the US, affirmative action laws prevent colleges, universities and employers from discriminating against applicants based on their race and encourage Universities to consider the various intersecting obstacles individuals from different racial backgrounds experience en route to higher education.

    Under the Obama Administration, affirmative action was championed, as Vox notes —  and the importance of diverse college campuses was stressed, and colleges were encouraged to consider a student’s race when deciding on their admission to the college and Universities were encouraged to engage deeply with the diversity of their student bodies and examine which demographics were still underrepresented.

    The Trump Administration, however, has decided to revoke the Obama-era guidelines for affirmative action, and the Education Department wants race to play zero role in admissions decisions at schools and universities. Here’s everything you need to know about how this decision and how it will affect college decisions:

    1. Colleges don't need to meet quotas for diversity

    The Supreme Court ruled under Obama that considering race in admissions decisions is legal, but quotas are not. Colleges are not required to admit a specific number of students of a certain race into their schools, but are encouraged to consider race when making decisions. As The Cut notes, The laws state that colleges should “[take into] account the race of individual students in a narrowly tailored manner” and the Justice and Education departments detail how to do so constitutionally.

    Many colleges and universities take race into account in their holistic review of an applicant, but do not use it solely as a deciding factor (to meet quotas or abide by laws), Boeckenstedt of DePaul University told NPR

    So, Trump and his administration are not changing an explicit law that states that colleges must accept a racially diverse population, but are just strongly suggesting that universities shouldn’t consider race as a factor at all.

    2. Many colleges likely won’t be making changes to their admissions process

    Colleges are not required to follow guidelines released by the Trump administration, says Boeckenstedt, “recent Supreme Court decisions are still the law of the land.”  Colleges still must abide by the Supreme Court decisions under Obama, however. But, because they aren’t currently obligated to make any changes, they likely won’t any time soon. Colleges will likely still continue to consider race as a factor in admissions decisions.

    Although colleges do not have to follow the guidelines, the administration’s guidance is stronger than just a suggestion — with language that's pretty clear on potential consequences of continuing to abide by the Obama-era guidelines: “School officials who keep their admissions policies intact would do so knowing that they could face a Justice Department investigation or lawsuit, or lose federal funding from the Education Department,” according to the New York Times.

    3. In the next few years, laws may change

    Although Trump’s guidelines are not law now, they may be in a few years.

    Boeckenstedt told NPR that while the administration has no ability to pressure the Supreme Court into changing the laws, with Trump’s appointment of a new Supreme Court Justice, there is a possibility that the affirmative action decisions might be reversed.

    Hopefully Universities and colleges across the U.S. will continue to strive to be as racially diverse as possible, even under these new "guidelines" from the Trump Administration. 


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    In a thrilling conclusion to the IHOB -> IHOP saga, it turns out that the joke is on us.

    IHOP announced on Monday that it’s going back to its original identity, the International House Of Pancakes. 

    For anyone blissfully unaware about what went down in the pancake-burger drama, last month the chain announced that it was changing its name. In a major marketing stunt, the company only announced the acronym at first, leaving many to speculate and investigate what in the world the “b” could stand for. Some thought it stood for “bees.” Others thought it stood for “booze.” 

    Many thought it would stand for “breakfast,” which honestly would have made more sense. Sadly, the change was simply to “burgers.” This was basically a plot to get people to remember that IHOP serves more than just pancakes.

    We were apparently fooled because less than a month later the chain announced it was just kidding. 

    “We’re giving away 60 cent short stacks on July 17 from 7a-7p for IHOP’s 60th birthday. That’s right, IHOP! We’d never turn our back on pancakes (except for that time we faked it to promote our new burgers),” the chain posted on Facebook

    “Just because we have pancakes doesn’t mean we can’t do anything but pancakes,” said IHOPs Darren Rebelez to Business Insider. “That’s what we’re after: Giving more people more reasons to come to IHOP more often.” 

    So long IHOB, you will be missed, but I am so ready for some delicious, 60 cent pancakes coming my way. 


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    We’re going to level with you: we’re basically just writing this article because Paul Rudd is a living, breathing GIF. Frankly, that’s a commendable accomplishment on its own. Beyond Rudd’s extensive acting career, he has a diverse GIF portfolio, especially from his current Ant-man and the Wasp press shenanigans.

    But let’s face it: Paul Rudd, in general, is a whole ass mood and his GIFs are multiple mini-moments in our snarky mood board, which makes it so easy to find a Paul Rudd-themed GIF that embodies our zodiac sign’s characteristics. And, now, we’re just going to use our respective Rudd GIF as our new zodiac sign because Paul Rudd media is now canon with astrology. Sorry, we don’t make the rules; we just enforce the natural laws of astrology.

    Although this article is riddled with zodiac terminology and relevant info on your ever-changing horoscopes, this article is a high-key Paul Rudd appreciation post, and we’re not ashamed of it.

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    Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

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    Your retrograde is still out of alignment. Jupiter is still amid its four-month-long orbit and it’s wreaking havoc on your typically diligent, well, diligence. Capricorns aren’t typically impulsive, but right now you’re dedicated to being an impulsive goon. So, thank Jupiter for all your late-night snacking charades and Independence Day shopping treats.

    Sure, Jupiter might be f*cking up your diet, schedule and bank statement, but a little impulse is sometimes a good thing—and totally necessary for your self-care and mental health. After all, it’s tough being a self-controlled Capricorn day after day of the astrological year. Jupiter’s retrograde inspires a lot of your spontaneity, which makes you a clear candidate for Paul Rudd’s notorious dancing bloopers.

    Seriously though, ad-lib life a bit, you over-planning Capricorn.

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    The coy, confident queens of the astrological realm. There are few things that Chiron will change about your natural BDE. However, Chiron’s orbit will make you more humorously bold—because what’s subtle without sarcasm? And what’s an Aquarius without their charming comedy?

    Paul Rudd is basically synonymous with snark and snarky humor, but there’s nothing more overtly-but-subtly snarky than the GIF from his Wired auto-complete interview, where he meta toys with our Marvelous emotions. Let’s face it: like Rudd, you know what you’re doing with your sly humor and Chiron just makes you more humorous.

    If others don’t find you funny, don’t worry, your natural Aquarius confidence will reassure you that you’re funny.

    Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)

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    While Chiron influences the other signs to heal others in their lives, Chiron’s comet compels you to focus on yourself in a much more introspective way than any face mask or serum ever could. You’re testing out different hobbies and crafts to redefine who you are as a person (and a potential DIYer).

    You might take some metaphorical punches along your self-discovery (or self-re-discovery) path, but you’re still game to try everything—which clearly makes you the over zealous Scott Lang GIF from Ant-Man.

    Though typically selfless, your innate Pisces nature will shift a bit this month while you work on trying and failing at a lot of things to improve yourself and your array of identities.

    Aries (March 21 – April 19)

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    Congrats, you’re actually just Paul Rudd. Your astrological mood board is filled with the Ruddiest of GIFs because Mr. Rudd is a fellow Aries. (It’s okay, we only dislike you a bit because we’re jealous, but we’re also proud of your amplified Ruddiness.)

    Seeing as Rudd is a diverse person filled with a myriad of moods, emotions and zodiac-related quirks, it can be difficult to pick just one Paul Rudd GIF that matches the Aries’ aura. Since Venus is currently ascending toward you, Venus is critically impacting your relationships with basically everyone in your life, which will drive you to carry your friends and fam (sometimes literally). But your loving, nurturing nature also extends to yourself.

    Albeit Venus typically reigns over Libra and Taurus, Venus’ projection toward Aries will make you more inclined to shower yourself with self-love, which is never a bad thing. Your increased inclination to love yourself and your mental health inspires you to lift up your mood and pick up your bestie during her difficult times (i.e. when Harry ghosted her, again). After all, your Aries-ness makes you a well-versed multi-tasker.

    Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

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    The dynamic duo, Chiron and Venus, are also impacting Tauruses everywhere. As a Taurus, you’re naturally stubborn. Combined with Chiron’s healing ways and Venus’ amplifying affection (because, well, Venus is the Goddess of Love), you’re extra clingy. TBH, it makes sense though.

    Venus makes you more affectionate, but your naturally brutish demeanor makes you adamant about expressing your love and appreciation for your friends, coworkers, family and mail person. But, it’s okay, because that’s one of the many reasons your friends love you so much, which is why you’re the iconic Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas Ant-Man promo GIF—because you’re going to be buzzing in your bestie’s business until mid-December.

    Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

    There’s a lot going on this month in the world of Gemini, which is pretty much indicative of your zodiac sign in general—because Gemini’s have a never-ending supply of chaotic energy (don’t get us wrong: that can be a positive, negative and neutral attribute, so there’s no shame in being chaotic AF). Venus is making you strangely chill (which, tbh, is an eerie vibe for any Gemini), but there are two impending eclipses that will overshadow the Sun’s overarching stabilizing nature on your life—and that can make you extra unpredictable.

    But, the conflicting astrological forces can also make your feel the need to justify your actions, opinions and personality in general. Since you’re currently protecting every aspect of your personhood right now, that easily makes you the now-classic GIF of Paul Rudd declaring, “Why don’t you just go fuck yourself,” in response to his own remarks that he’s not as nice as the headlines make him out to be. (BTW, Rudd pulls off Gemini energy effortlessly.)

    Combined with the Mercury retrograde later this month (i.e. your ruling planet, which again makes sense), get ready to take hold of your mutable zodiac nature. In other words, you’re going to be a chameleon for emotions and change itself until eclipse season is over.

    Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

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    Honestly, Venus’ orbit, which will linger over your sign until the beginning of August, makes you feel super comfortable with basically everything (well, everything that you’re already comfortable with because, if you’re afraid of snakes you’re probably not going to adopt a carpet python anytime soon).

    Venus’ calming vibe just kind of makes you content with everything, even some things that you might typically find offensive. Naturally, that makes you the Paul Rudd GIF where he casually nods his head in agreement to that mean tweet (which we totally don’t agree with, but whatever).

    Your overall blissfulness this month doesn’t make you a pushover though, it just makes you more accepting of criticism. So, monetize (literally or figuratively) on your extra calm nature this month and ask your mentor to edit your manuscript or your professor for guidance on a project.  

    Leo (July 23 – August 22)

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    Chiron, the comet with a chaotic AF orbit, entered Leo’s astrologic atmosphere a few weeks ago and you’re still feeling the effects of the comet (until December, depending on your specific birth chart). As a “wound healer,” Chiron intensifies your need to please other people, so you’ve probably been even more of an unnecessary problem-solver in the recent weeks.

    You’re already preemptively stocking up on whiskey and ice cream for when your bestie breaks it off with that fuckboy she isn’t even somewhat-dating yet. Naturally, that makes you Paul Rudd in a Captain America costume. (Trust us. That’s really Paul Rudd. It also took us a while to realize it wasn’t actually Chris Evans.)

    Like real-life Ant-man (i.e. Rudd), you’re not going to back down from saving your friends, even when there’s no foreseeable danger. Plus, you’re a fearless stan of your besties, just like Rudd is with his super-powered pals.

    Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

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    Virgos are the overachievers of the astrology-verse. Because of Chiron, you might be a bit unusually timid of your decisions. Don’t worry though: Chiron will breeze out of your orbit at the end of September, but until then you might need some extra encouragement to finish even the most direct tasks.

    Your need for extra validation could lead you to lean on your friends and loved ones a bit more often this month. Conversely, it makes you more easy-going, which leaves your physical and metaphorical schedule open to more impromptu friend-dates.

    Jupiter is also working through your atmosphere, so you’re more susceptible to trying new things and experiences, and that only amplifies your vivacious Virgo charisma. More notably, it makes you the Paul Rudd drink-laugh-spilling-water-during-an-interview-for-Dinner For Schmucks-with-his-costar-Steve Carell GIF.

    Not only do you not have to worry about rushing to a meeting (or staining your business-casual attire for your next professional venture), you’re shamelessly enjoying your leisurely activities and corporate ventures more.

    Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

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    You’re always day-dreaming, but as the stereotypical romantic, you’re always imagining about the quintessentially perf date with the perf bae (whatever your definition of perfect is, ofc). While Venus’ orbit won’t tarnish your ideological views on relationships—in every capacity of the word—because, well, Venus is the harboring of love and emotion, Venus could spark an iconic crossover of your romance and your professional career.

    As you start to daydream about the career of your dreams and falling back in love with your work in general, Venus is helping you actively reexamine your vocation. This rediscovery process could lead you to either being giddy about your day-to-day work duties or it could lead you to a new career venture that you might have only fantasized about in your dreamily trance. Because Venus could lead you to two polarizing outcomes this month, you could be one of two Paul Rudd GIFs.

    If you fall back in love with your career (or just find new revitalizing reasons to love your job), then you’re Rudd getting his face licked (for the second time) by an interviewer because you’re fully immersed in every aspect of your career—even the aspect that others might not even fathom (in this case, having your face licked).

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    On the other side of Venus, you might realize that you never really liked your professional life at all—you only liked the idea of your job (you know, the scenarios you’ve been daydreaming about). Once you figure this out, you’ll basically be the human embodiment of Paul Rudd’s fake-gag face.

    Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

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    Scorpios are notorious for their judgment—seriously, Scorpios hold grudges easily and they make snap judgments because they fearlessly trust their intuition. Yet, Venus’ vibe makes you second guess your judgy ways, at least for a brief interlude before you start judging and thoroughly vetting your roommate’s Bumble matches. Because Venus’ loving nature allows you to at least feign empathy for everyone that you mentally (and sometimes outwardly) assess, you’re at least more subtle about your snide comments and Insta inspections.

    Seeing as Paul Rudd has basically made his low-key Scorpio tendencies seem like loveable remarks (which they probably are, tbh, because it’s Paul Rudd), you’re obviously the Rudd GIF where he judges everyone’s painfully obviously Rudd-related Google searches.

    If judging people’s Google history were an occupation, you’d be a senior supervisor in that industry.

    Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

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    Venus is making you goals AF in your career, your personal life and in your romantic SO-ship (or fling-ship). While Bobby Newport from Parks and Recreation might not scream professional or recreational goals, Bobby (hence Paul Rudd as Bobby) is exuberant in everything he does—which makes the notable “Give me it” GIF your inspo until Venus trails out of your atmosphere earlier next month.

    Granted, Sagittariuses are natural go-getters because you’re always intensely ambiguous with anything you put into motion. However, July is where your professional fruition especially comes to life. If you want to start writing a novel or craft a YouTube channel, then this month is the time as your opportunities align with your astrological attributes and can make your more prone to success in your ventures.

    Regardless of what Paul Rudd GIF exemplifies your zodiac sign or your specific astrological forecast, we can all identify with parts of Rudd’s on-screen (and off-screen personality), which is why it’s perfectly acceptable (and encouraged) for every zodiac sign to go on a Rudd GIF binge. Plus, Paul Rudd movies and media should be a revised pillar of everyone’s self-care plan at this point. And if you don’t like Paul Rudd, why the f*ck did you read this entire 2,000+ word article about Rudd in the first place?


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    Chrissy Teigen brought the same wit we’ve come to know and love on Twitter to the pages of her first cookbook, Cravings. Her unique and delicious recipes wow’d us all from the start. Ultimately, Cravings became the number two bestselling cookbook in 2016. Teigen announced via Instagram that her second cookbook Cravings, Hungry For More is available for pre-order. 

    Teigen also shared a few recipes that you can expect to see in the book, and they all seem so good! She mentions recipes for Everything Bagel Cream Cheese Breakfast Bake, French Onion Soup with Croissant Croutons, Grilled Pork Banh Mi Sandwiches, Philly French Dip, and Roasted Butternut & Pomegranate Salad.

    She will also reportedly sample a few new recipes from her partnership with Blue Apron. 

    You can pre-order Teigen’s cookbook on Penguin Random House. The Kindle versions will by $15.99 and the hardcover copy will be $23.99.

    The book will be out on September 18, 2018. I don’t know how much longer I can actually wait for this because all of these recipes are the hearty, comfort foods I have been waiting for!


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