Articles on this Page
- 07/17/18--08:55: _This Student's Boss...
- 07/17/18--09:00: _5 Things to Know Be...
- 07/17/18--09:15: _Actress Maia Mitche...
- 07/17/18--09:25: _7 Style Hacks To Pr...
- 07/17/18--09:30: _‘Rugrats’ Is Gettin...
- 07/17/18--10:35: _What to Bring to Co...
- 07/17/18--11:00: _7 Questions to Ask ...
- 07/17/18--11:45: _A New Lawsuit Alleg...
- 07/17/18--12:45: _'Dietland': Karma F...
- 07/17/18--12:55: _Friendly Reminder T...
- 07/17/18--13:10: _Just Guess The Top-...
- 07/17/18--14:16: _10 Prime Day Style ...
- 07/17/18--14:25: _MGM Files Lawsuit C...
- 07/17/18--15:00: _Brooklyn Beckham Is...
- 07/17/18--16:00: _How to Take Better ...
- 07/17/18--19:20: _Buckle Up Bach Nati...
- 07/17/18--20:16: _Barack Obama Preach...
- 07/17/18--21:00: _7 Body Positive Hab...
- 07/18/18--06:15: _HC Wake-Up Call: Tr...
- 07/18/18--08:45: _'The Bachelorette':...
- 07/17/18--09:00: 5 Things to Know Before Planning a Summer Trip to Miami
- 07/17/18--09:25: 7 Style Hacks To Prevent That Horrible Summer Chafing
- 07/17/18--09:30: ‘Rugrats’ Is Getting A Revival & I Don't Know How I Feel About This
- 07/17/18--10:35: What to Bring to College: The Best College Packing List EVER
- Bedbug-protecting mattress cover
- Foam topper
- Mattress pad
- Twin XL sheet set (and an extra set)
- Duvet and duvet cover or comforter set
- Twin XL bed skirt
- Reading pillow
- Throw blanket
- Throw pillows
- Underbed storage
- Sleeping bag or air mattress
- Additional seating (beanbag chair, folding chair, comfy chair, etc.)
- Couch cushion
- Cushion cover
- Bedside table
- Dining table
- Alarm clock
- Wall clock
- Bedside lamp
- Floor lamp
- Hanging lamp
- String lights
- Coffee table
- Area rug
- Bed risers
- Bed net
- Adhesive hooks and strips (that come off cleanly)
- Bulletin board and/or dry erase board
- Push pins/magnets/whiteboard markers
- Wall art
- Picture frames or photo clips
- Closet organizer
- Skirt hangers
- Over-the-door storage units
- Space bags
- Curtain rods (if needed)
- Space cooler
- Wall mirror/full-length mirror
- Jewelry organizer
- Jewelry safe
- Clothes rack
- Candle holder
- Brita Stream (Features filters-as-you-pour technology)
- Utility cart
- Shoe rack
- Decorative baskets
- Laundry hamper or bag
- Lingerie bag
- Laundry detergent
- Color catchers
- Fabric softener
- Stain remover
- Dryer sheets
- Drying rack
- Garment bag
- Ironing board
- Lint brush
- Portable stain remover pen
- Sewing kit
- Bulk snacks (candy, granola, dried fruit, etc.)
- Bottled water
- Granola bars
- Coffee creamer
- Instant hot chocolate
- Microwaveable mac and cheese
- Instant oatmeal
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Tote bag
- Binder clips
- Paper clips
- Business cards
- Clicker (if you need one for class)
- Desk chair
- Desk lamp
- Desk organizer
- Cards/notes to send home
- File folder for important documents
- Desk storage box
- Notebook paper
- Index cards
- Sticky notes
- Laptop fan/stand
- Pencil case
- Pencil sharpener
- Pens/colored pens
- Permanent marker
- White out
- Portfolio/portfolio case for interviews
- Rubber bands
- Staple remover
- Three-hole punch
- Microwave (if your school allows it)
- Mini fridge (if your school allows it)
- Toaster (if your school allows it)
- Coffee maker
- Oven mitt
- Water boiler
- Water filter pitcher
- Water filters
- Reusable water bottle
- Travel mug
- Bottle opener
- Can opener
- Chip clips
- Food storage containers
- Plastic wrap
- Paper plates
- Sealable plastic bags
- Dish towels
- Paper towels
- Dishwashing soap
- Hand soap
- Disinfecting wipes
- Glass cleaner
- Mini vacuum
- Trash bags
- External hard drive
- Flash drives
- Wireless mouse
- Lap desk/stand
- Laptop Case
- SD card for camera
- Chargers (phone, laptop, camera, etc.)
- Portable phone charger
- Ethernet cable
- HDMI cable
- Extension cords
- Adapters (HDMI, ethernet, etc)
- Headphones and spare headphones
- Printer ink
- Cord organizer
- Printer paper
- Surge protectors
- TV stand
- Air freshener
- Shower curtain and rings (if needed)
- Shower mat
- Shower organizer (if your school allows it)
- Upgraded showerhead (if your school allows it)
- Bathroom rug
- Shower shoes
- Shower cap
- Shower caddy
- Bath pouf
- Bath towels
- Hand towels
- Bathroom cleaning supplies (if you need them for your dorm: i.e., drain cleaner, glass cleaner, rubber gloves, shower cleaner, sponges, toilet brush, toilet cleaner)
- Self-tanner (HC Pick: Sublime Bronze, Self-Tanning Towelette, Medium + Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Mist, Medium)
- Bar soap
- Body wash
- Body scrub (We love L'Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Scrub in Kiwi, Grapeseed and Cocoa!)
- Lotion (HC Pick: Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion, Medium + Sublime Bronze Hydrating Self-Tanning Milk, Medium)
- Shampoo (Obsessed with L'Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Repairing Shampoo)
- Conditioner (HC Pick: L'Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Repairing Conditioner)
- Hair Treatments (Try iconic L'Oreal Paris duo Total Repair 5 Protein Recharge Treatment + Everpure Moisture Hair Sheet Mask)
- Hair Color (Choose between L'Oreal Paris Colorista Spray + Colorista Semi Permanent + Feria Glam Grunge)
- Cleanser (L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Liquid Moisturizer + Micellar Cleansing Water)
- Moisturizer (Check out L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Liquid Moisturizer)
- Mask (Try L'Oréal Paris Pure Clay Mask in Charcoal, Red Algae or Seaweed)
- Acne medicine/cream
- Shaving Cream
- Waxing strips
- Hair removal cream
- Foundation (We love L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Foundation)
- Primer (HC Pick: L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Primer)
- Eye cream
- Eyeshadow (HC Pick: L'Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Eyeshadow Palette)
- Eyeliner (HC Pick: L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Eyeliner)
- Mascara (Use L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara with Voluminous Lash Paradise Primer/Base)
- Eyebrow pencil
- Lip balm
- Lipstick (HC Pick: L'Oréal Paris Infallible Les Chocolats Liquid Lipstick)
- Makeup remover
- Hair gel
- Hair mousse
- Hairspray (HC Pick: L'Oréal Paris Elnett Extra Strong Hold Mini)
- Nail polish
- Nail polish remover
- Antibacterial gel
- Hand mirror
- Toothbrush holder
- Bobby pins
- Blow dryer
- Hair curlers
- Curling iron
- Hair straightener
- Hair ties
- Hair clips
- Contacts, solution, and case
- Eyeglasses and case
- Eyeglass cleaner
- Cotton balls
- Cotton swabs
- Makeup brushes
- Nail clippers
- Nail files
- Pumice stone
- Tampons and pads
- Toilet paper
- Sports bras
- Casual dresses
- Little black dress
- Semi-formal dresses
- Formal dress
- Going-out clothes
- Long-sleeve shirts
- Short-sleeve shirts
- Tank tops
- Leggings/Yoga pants
- Professional clothing (dress, dress pants, button-down shirts, skirts, blazers, shoes, purse)
- Winter coat
- Workout clothes
- Athletic sneakers
- Casual shoes
- Rain boots
- Snow boots
- Slipper socks
- Socks for rain boots
- Bathing suits
- Everyday purse
- Formal clutch
- Going-out purse
- Change purse
- Gym bag
- Costume clothing for theme parties/extracurricular events
- Bank documents
- Credit card
- Debit card
- Driver’s license
- Car registration and insurance information
- AAA card
- Copy of birth certificate
- Copy of Social Security card
- Student ID
- Emergency contact list
- Financial aid documents
- Health/dental insurance cards
- Lease (if you have an apartment)
- Renters insurance (if you have an apartment)
- Product warranties
- Allergy medicine
- Aloe lotion
- Antiseptic wipes
- Cortisone cream
- Blister bandages
- First aid kit
- Birth control (check out this non-daily option!)
- Menstrual pain medication
- Cold medicine (HC pick: Cold-EEZE to ease your symptoms)
- Throat drops/lozenges
- Throat spray
- Eye drops
- Hot and cold packs
- Insect repellent
- Caffeine Alertness Aid (HC pick: Vivarin for your late-night study sessions!)
- Supplements (iron pills, etc.)
- Over-the-counter pain medication
- Prescription medicine
- Prescription refill information
- Rubbing alcohol
- Thermometer covers
- Upset stomach medication
- Beach towel
- Bike helmet
- Bike lock
- Board games
- Books to read for fun
- Video game console
- Playing cards
- Art supplies
- Musical instruments
- Religious materials
- Sleep mask
- Safety pins
- Safety whistle
- Pepper spray (if legal in your state)
- Tool kit
- Duct tape
- Weekend bag
- Travel organizer for toiletries
- Suitcase/duffel bag
- Luggage tags
- Hand weights
- Yoga mat
- Sports equipment
- 07/17/18--11:00: 7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Date Someone New
- 07/17/18--14:16: 10 Prime Day Style Deals To Add to Your Cart Last Minute
- 07/17/18--14:25: MGM Files Lawsuit Claiming No Liability Over Las Vegas Shooting
- 07/17/18--16:00: How to Take Better Care of Your Combination Skin
- 07/17/18--21:00: 7 Body Positive Habits You Should Add to Your Routine
We all know how important it is to make a good first impression, especially on your first day at work. But college student Walter Carr took that to the next level on his first day working for a moving company in Pelham, AL.
Carr was set to begin working for Bellhops moving company on July 13, but ran into a problem when his car broke down the night before. Rather than panic or call in and say he couldn’t come, Carr decided to take matters into his own hands.
"This was the first job in a long time to give me an opportunity to get hired,'' Carr told AL.com. "I wanted to show them I got the dedication. I said I'm going to get to this job one way or another.''
And the way he showed that dedication was by walking 20 miles to Pelham, where his first job was going to be helping a couple move out from their house. Carr left his house at midnight and made it to Pelham by 4 a.m., meaning he was walking alone on the side of the road in the dark for hours. Jenny and Chris Lamey, the couple who was meant to be Carr’s first job, opened the door the morning of July 13 to see Pelham police officers escorting Carr to work.
https://t.co/8IrwDmeRso Birmingham college student walked 20 miles to 1st day of work so his boss gave him his car https://t.co/8IrwDmeRso When a young Birmingham college student's car broke down the night before he was supposed to start a new job, he… https://t.co/Mwf7aSIzeCpic.twitter.com/TPsbOeB0t0
— US Live News (@USLiveNews) July 17, 2018
“You could tell how the officer told us this story that he had complete admiration for Walter and by my reaction he could tell I did too,” Jenny Lamey wrote on Facebook. “The police officer said they picked him up earlier that morning, took him to get some breakfast and once they checked his story out, brought Walter to our house."
An officer saw Carr walking alongside the road at 3 a.m., and stopped to ask him if he was alright. When the situation was explained, the officers were awed by his perseverance and took him for breakfast. But that wasn’t the end of the story; when Bellhops CEO Luke Marklin heard Carr’s story, he drove to Alabama from Tennessee to meet Carr—and give him a huge surprise.
“When I heard your story … I was blown away,” Marklin told Carr in a video (above). “[I thought,] He’s got everything he needs to be a Bellhop, but one piece he’s missing is a way to get there.” So he handed Carr the keys to his 2014 Ford Escape and told him it was his.
Carr was clearly so moved by this gesture of kindness, and will continue to move forward with the same dedication that drove him to walk 20 miles to work. He said, “I want people to know this - no matter what the challenge is, you can break through the challenge. Nothing is impossible unless you make it impossible.”
Honestly, I’m a little emotional too. So if you’re ever searching for some motivation when you’re in a pinch, Carr is the perfect role model. “You can do anything you set your mind to,” he said. “I've got God by my side. I'm really emotional right now trying to hold back the tears."
JQ Louise is a food and travel writer based in Boston. She has written for Teen Vogue, Style Me Pretty, Paste Magazine and several other publications. You can also occasionally find her on the Food Network Snapchat! She loves to share her travel tips and tricks on her blog jqlouise.com and her Instagram account @jqlouise. Catch her first book called "Boston Food Crawls".
Summer is a time for fun in the sun, and Miami does that better than anywhere else. Here are a few things to keep in mind next time you make your way down to this Floridian gem:
1. Anything goes when it comes to fashion.
Miami is a tropical paradise all year long, so no matter what time of year you visit, you can really stretch your wardrobe. The vibe is colorful, fun and sexy. Embrace your inner beach goddess because in Miami if you got it, you are flaunting it. Bring that bikini you have been too shy to wear on Nantucket, bring plenty of crop tops and flowy dresses. This is the place to get those gorgeous palm tree filled Instagrams you’ve been lusting after!
2. The city is beautifully diverse.
I'd say that Miami feels like the most diverse place on the East Coast, and that means there are so many tasty fusion restaurants to explore. Latin fusion combinations are available for the foodies in your group, and I had an amazing meal filled with Peruvian/Japanese creations at a funky hotspot in downtown called Chotto Matte. Our meal consisted of things like beef tataki with passion fruit salsa and Nikkei calamares. Oh, and the drinks celebrated all the tropical ingredients locally available, so 10/10 would recomend!
3. You will eat a lot of tacos.
While you can find any food that your heart desires in Miami, you just need to have a few tacos. The taco scene is huge in Miami, and whether you are looking for a late night snack or a date night meal, tacos are a great choice! I even found a place called Bodega Taqueria that has a taco truck out front and a secret speakeasy in back. (You even have to go through a door that looks like the entrance to their freezer to get to it!)
4. The sun is no joke.
Pack the sunscreen! Since Miami is so close to the Tropic of Cancer, the sun is extra strong during the summer season. Since you'll most likely be spending a lot of time outside (the beach is calling your name, obviously), make sure you protect your skin from all those damaging UV rays. Why not throw in a cute sun hat as well?
5. There is a big difference between Miami and Miami Beach.
When planning your trip, know the difference between Miami and Miami Beach. “Miami” is on the mainland, home to areas like downtown Miami and Wynwood. Miami Beach is home to those famous miles-and-miles long stretch of beach that I’m sure you'll be checking out on your trip. So, depending on what you want to do on your vacay, choose your hotel wisely so you can avoid too many Ubers across Biscayne Bay.
If you are into cool hangouts, than perhaps Miami proper is for you, so you can check out all the hotspots in Wynwood (like the rooftop bar, No. 3 Social, which is located above an amazing fine dining eatery called Number 3 right in the heart of Wynwood's fabulous street murals). Or if you want to be in the heart of the beach party scene, maybe South Beach is for you – or if you want something more laid back, Mid Beach or North Beach may be the best choice.
Here's to wishing your a gorgeous trip to Miami – it'll definitely be one for the books.
We’re used to watching Maia Mitchell portray Callie on the set of The Fosters, but good news is she's currently working on Good Trouble—which she and her IRL bestie, Cierra Ramirez (who plays Mariana Adams Foster in The Fosters and Good Trouble), also executive produce. While we impatiently wait for the 2019 premiere of Good Trouble, Maia is filling our entertainment-obsessive cravings with some new some-to-be-favorite films, including her new upcoming flick Hot Summer Nights. (After all, how could we not watch a movie that stars Maia Mitchell?)
Maia told us all about her role in the thrilling film Hot Summer Nights, which is Elijah Bynum’s directorial debut. Beyond the Cape Cod drama, the Aussie-born actress also talked to us all about her friendship with Cierra Ramirez, her obsession with The CW's Riverdale, working with KJ Apa and more.
Her Campus: In Hot Summer Nights, you portray Amy, who falls in love with kind of a bad boy of Cape Cod, Hunter Strawberry. Have you found that you’ve learned any lessons in love from your time portraying Amy?
Maia Mitchell: Yeah. I think Amy’s love story kind of goes beyond the kind of stereotype of when a good girl falls in love with a bad boy because there’s so much more to Hunter that you learn throughout the film. I think Amy sees that from the get-go. She’s kind of this catalyst in turning his life around. Hunter’s really drawn to her because she’s got this kind of pure innocence, and, I guess, optimism in her that he’s lacking in his life. So, she doesn’t see him as the bad boy—she sees him as who he is, which is someone with a really big heart. That’s what’s really sweet and special about that love story and what drew me to the character.
HC: Definitely. And I think that kind of helps break down the stereotypical bad boy persona.
MM: I think that’s what this film does really well. You know, it’s got all these really enigmatic characters that are kind of icons of this town. The story’s told from the eyes of a young boy, and he’s telling these tales. The film lets you [see], once you peel back those layers of who these people really are and their vulnerabilities, the kind of hopelessness that exists. That’s what’s really kind of thrilling about the film.
HC: What’s one thing that you hope viewers take away from Amy’s story arc in the film?
MM: I guess if there was a lesson [in Amy’s story] it would be not to judge by appearance. See people for who they are, and see beyond the rumors of what you’ve heard about someone. Just see who they are and see them for who they are as a person.
HC: I think that’s a good lesson to learn from any character and to take on into anyone’s life. And before Hot Summer Nights you portrayed Callie in The Fosters, what were some things you learned from your time on The Fosters that helped you portray Amy in this role?
MM: What I love about Amy and the characters is that it’s so different from Callie and what I have been doing on the show for so long. Callie’s kind of the exact opposite of Amy—she’s very damaged and quite withdrawn. Whereas, Amy is kind of authentically herself and hasn’t seen a lot of damage or been exposed to a lot of trying situations. What excited me was playing a character that, you know, wasn’t plagued with the kind of trauma that Callie has. That was really fun to kind of set into another character’s shoes that has this really different experience from Callie. So no, there wasn’t really anything that I learned. I think the biggest challenge for me was just to let go of the habits, and the things you do when you play a character for so long, and to just really let go of that and become someone else. That’s what really excited me about it.
HC: That can almost seem refreshing to kind of let loose [from a character] and get a change of pace.
MM: Yeah, it was. And I think when I went back to the show after we’d wrapped—I think it helped. You know, we created this movie and you kind of step out of it for a second.
HC: Production on Good Trouble started recently, what can you tell us about this new spinoff series, if anything?
MM: It takes place about a year after—right after where the finale of The Fosters left us. So, Callie and Mariana have relocated to Los Angeles. They’re living downtown and they’re kind of lost. They have a lot of new roommates, and there’s going to be a lot of new characters. Callie is a first-year law clerk, so she’s working for a conservative judge, which she’s going to kind of struggle with and kind of try to reconcile throughout the season. And Mariana is working at a tech startup and kind of fighting the patriarchy. It’s quite political. You’re going to see, basically, the heart of The Fosters and what was so relatable about The Fosters, just through a different lens. I’m really excited about it. We’re about a month into shooting, and it’s so much fun. This new cast is so talented and there’s also some of the cast from our Fosters family as well. So, it’s really exciting, and I’m really looking forward to it.
Good Trouble where we play lawyers doing legal things and saying law stuff. Law https://t.co/2ykw1UnurG
— Maia Mitchell (@MaiaMitchell) July 10, 2018
HC: And it must be nice to reunite with Cierra Ramirez, what's it like getting to work with her again? How would you describe your friendship?
MM: Cierra and I have a very similar dynamic to Callie and Mariana. She’s my best friend in real life, so she’s so easy to work with. We know each other so well. We know what presses each other’s buttons, and we kiss and then we make up. We just forget about it two minutes later. She’s like the easiest person to work with because I could never say anything that would offend her. And we hang out on the weekends. People think we’re crazy because we’ll wrap like a day of 14 hours together and we’re like ‘What are you doing tomorrow night?’ So, I’m really, really lucky that I get to keep working with her.
HC: I bet that fuels your passion on set, too, which is lovely to see because it creates another dynamic of your chemistry in the show.
MM: It does. It’s just really easy at work. We don’t have to put in that extra level of effort of creating that chemistry and that dynamic on screen. It’s just how we are when we walk onto the set. It’s really effortless for us.
HC: You're also going to star in The Last Summer alongside KJ Apa. Can you tell us anything about your character in that movie and working with KJ?
MM: Yes. I play Phoebe in The Last Summer, and she’s the love interest for KJ Apa’s character, Griffin. The structure of the movie allows for a lot of different storylines and the love stories that kind of interconnect. So, Phoebe is heading toward going to NYU, and she’s spending the summer to make a documentary. It’s a really sweet story. KJ’s great to work with. I never worked with anyone else really. There are so many different storylines, so I feel like when I see the film it’s going to be a surprise. It was a really fun time.
HC: Important question, are you obsessed with Riverdale like so many of us?
MM: Yeah, I’ve watched every episode. So, when I got the offer, I was like, ‘Of course!’ KJ’s great, he’s talented. And they got Tyler Posey to come on, and a bunch of really great actors. So, it’s a really fun cast.
HC: Having been in this industry for quite some time now, what advice would you give to young women just starting out?
MM: I think the thing I would tell my 18-year-old self would be just to trust your gut and just be really sure of yourself—with people, with projects. Make sure you trust your gut about people and gravitate toward people who make you feel like yourself—rather than trying to fit some sort of a mold. It’s really easy to get caught up in this town. It’s a tough town.
While it might seem like forever until we see Callie in Good Trouble, Maia Mitchell thankfully gave us some helpful advice and same major friendship inspo. After all, trusting your gut instinct and developing a solid understanding relationship with your bestie are goals to live by—regardless of where you are in your life or what industry you work.
Make sure to catch Maia in Hot Summer Nights, which hits select theaters on July 27.
Summer fashion is iconic – we’re always looking forward to wearing cute sundresses, mini-skirts, rompers and shorts. But to be completely honest, we have a love-hate relationship with summer fashion. While that sundress looks amazing, it also causes some serious damage to our thighs. In case you’ve forgotten, let us remind you of basically one of the only negative aspects of wearing a sundress: chafing.
If you, like many women, have thighs that touch, you probably deal with the pain that comes from them rubbing together in hot weather. The sweaty weather isn’t the only thing to blame—many of us also tend to be more active during the summer, whether we’re walking long distances on summer vacay, going for a run in the finally sunny weather, swimming on a hot day, or just going outside more often. It’s all fun and games until our inner thighs are red and sore.
The good news is that chafing doesn’t have to be an inevitable damper on an otherwise perfect summer day. Here are some of our favorite style hacks to prevent that dreaded summer chafing.
1. Wear bike shorts
If you don’t mind wearing an extra layer under your clothes, bike shorts are a great option for preventing chafing. Sure, they involve wearing more fabric in hot weather—but they also stop the friction that you might experience sans bike shorts.
2. Keep the area dry
Keeping your inner thigh area (or another high-risk chafing area) dry and cool can help you avoid chafing, dermatologist Dr. Marie Jhin told The Huffington Post. Using a powder to absorb moisture, such as baby powder, might help. Also avoid wearing sweaty, damp or wet clothes for too long, if possible. Verywell Fit suggests using a body powder or sports powder for a little more protection. One powder product is Lush’s Silky Underwear, which has a cornstarch and kaolin base and is designed to absorb moisture and keep your skin soft.
3. Lather on some moisture
Sometimes, you might be out for too long to change clothes, or powder might just not do the trick for you. Everybody (and every body) is different. If powder doesn’t work for you, you might want to try a method that is basically the opposite—apply petroleum jelly, like Vaseline. Using a lubricant like Vaseline will keep the areas from rubbing harshly against each other—instead, they'll just be smoothly sliding, Verywell Fit says.
4. Use tried-and-true anti-chafing products
Lafayette College student Morgan Levy recommends Body Glide, which is marketed as “the original anti chafing, anti blister balm.” According to Morgan, “It goes on like deodorant and works super well for chafing." If you think other options sound a little too messy, this is great because it’s easy to use and not wet or greasy.
Central Michigan University alumna Katia Koerner uses Bandelettes, which are anti-chafing thigh bands. “Bandelettes are the best,” she says. “They look cute, are comfortable and totally work to prevent rubbing.”
5. Try some products that aren’t marketed for thighs
There are some products that are marketed for chafing—and there are products that are designed to serve other purposes, but also work wonders for preventing chafed thighs. Some options are Fresh Balls Lotion, which is marketed toward men, A&D Ointment (yes, for diaper rashes), and glide-on deodorant, which you can roll on your inner things in the morning. The Independent reports that deodorant continues to protect the thighs even after it has dried for many women. Again, you might have to try out different products to discover what works best for you.
6. Avoid cotton
Cotton might seem like a comfortable fabric, but it can actually make chafing worse. According to Men's Health, because cotton soaks up moisture (like sweat), it will cause chafing. Instead, opt for synthetic materials because they don't absorb that moisture, Bustle reports. Though looser clothing might seem more breathable and best for comfort, wearing tighter clothing in synthetic materials is actually one of the best clothing hacks for dealing with chafing. For thigh chafing, running coach Christine Hinton told Competitor that longer, tighter shorts are best for when your thighs rub together.
7. Search for seamless options (or less stitching)
Chafing can also be caused or made worse by the seams in your clothes. Why? Because seams are yet another thing that can cause more friction and rubbing when you're walking or running. Hinton also told Competitor that some women choose to wear their sports bras inside out, leaving the exposed seams on the outside so they don't rub against their skin (smart hack, TBH). An even better alternative is searching for undergarments, bike shorts or other anti-chafing garments that are seamless or have flat seams and smoother surfaces.
Though you might have to try some different methods to find your favorite, with so many different chafing prevention hacks, you shouldn’t have to put up with chafing anymore. Enjoy your summer and your favorite romper without your thighs hating you for it.
For people of a certain age, Nickelodeon’s classic animated series Rugrats will forever be a part of their childhood. The adventures of babies Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, and Lil entertained millions of kids between the years 1991-2004 and sparked multiple films and a spin-off series (remember All Grown Up?).
Well, if you miss the glory days of Nickelodeon and want to catch up with the Rugrats, you are in luck.
Nickelodeon and Paramount has announced that Rugrats is getting a revival that will include 26 episodes and a new live-action feature film featuring CGI characters, with a tentative 2020 release date.
"Rugrats is hands-down one of the most celebrated cartoons in TV history, and we are thrilled for a whole new audience to meet these iconic characters in brand-new adventures. What was true in 1991 when the original show premiered is still true today: kids are fascinated with the world of babies. We can’t wait for today’s kids to meet Tommy, Chuckie and pals,” Sarah Levy, the interim president of Nickelodeon, said in a statement.
Brian Robbins, President of Paramount Players, the group that will be handling the TV series and live action film, also felt positively about the decision.
“Now feels like the ideal time to reintroduce this iconic cast of characters to a whole new generation of young fans. Kids who grew up with Tommy Pickles and the Rugrats crew will now be able to share that experience with their own children,” he added.
And while Nickelodeon may be aiming to reach new audiences with this revival, fans of the original are making their feelings known. Even though there were a few individuals who appeared to support this plan, many are against the revival.
I’m surprised that no one has brought this up, but if the Rugrats reboot features the original babies as adults now with their own babies, it could be the perfect way to continue the series.
If the reboot sticks to the original formula, then things WILL get stale fast.
— NICKtendo (@itsnicktendo) July 17, 2018
MY TWO CENTS: In general, I don't like reboots/revivals. And that's no different here. Just wait for the new art style and everyone's "OMG this isn't MY #Rugrats!! They're (insert dramatic verb here) my childhood!!!"
— Nickandmore! (@nickandmore) July 16, 2018
Just saw there's a Rugrats reboot. I'm over this reboot age. I know there are hungry people out there with quality material that are being passed over. It can't be that there are no new good ideas that make it to these people's desks...
— Ryan K. Smith (@MeWeFree) July 17, 2018
Surprisingly, I'm not that mad that Rugrats is getting a reboot or a live action film. Probably because I barely had any nostalgia memories towards it.
— Crimson Mayhem [6 Days] (@mayhem_crimson) July 17, 2018
I ain't even gonna say a thing about the #Rugrats reboot. It is not aimed at me and that's fine. Plenty of things I enjoy already to consume instead. I am going to be a mature adult and simply focus on the multitude of things I am looking forward to!
*screams into pillow*
— Peyton [Ready For SDCC] Presgrove (@ASliceofComics) July 16, 2018
I don’t know how I feel about the Rugrats getting a reboot. I don’t want a piece of my childhood to be ruined. Can’t they just show re-runs of all the good Nickelodeon classics instead of remaking them? Then put the money into making some new decent shows
— Sam (@NerdyPerspectiv) July 17, 2018
Excited for the Rugrats reboot, just hope they don’t mess up the animation aspect
— TonyTheTiger™ (@datyger927) July 17, 2018
Please if you reboot Rugrats DONT change it! I hate all these new versions of my childhood favorites (Ducktails, Ninja Turtles)! Please dont ruin it! #Rugrats
— Jennifer Reese (@Jenn2NsReese) July 17, 2018
I, for one, don’t think this is a good idea. Those of us who grew up watching Rugrats don’t want to see the iconic elements of the show changed and are bound to be disappointed when that inevitably happens. And today’s kids may not be able to connect with a show about talking babies in the same way the previous generation did.
Maybe we should just stick to watching reruns of classic Rugrats episodes and call it a day.
Contains Content Sponsored by Mylan, Brita and L'Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze
We at HC know there are few things more daunting than packing up your life to move into your (really tiny) dorm or apartment at college, especially if you’re a freshman. What do you need to bring with you? What sounds like a great idea to pack now, but will just end up unused and taking up precious closet space? What if you forget something important (hello, health insurance card) and you can’t get it until Thanksgiving?
Lucky for you, we know exactly what you need to bring to college. Just use this all-inclusive checklist that covers everything from bedding to food to medicine, to help you avoid having any of those awful “oh-no-I-forgot-X-important-thing” moments on move-in day.
Contains Content Sponsored by Mylan
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of falling for someone new; everything is exciting and you discover so much about yourself and the other person throughout the entire process. It truly is a magical feeling. However, before you start picturing your life long-term with them, you might want to take a few steps back and evaluate the situation to determine if you really want to start developing feelings. The next time you start dating someone new, ask yourself these seven questions to see if you really should be taking that plunge into a potential relationship.
1. What are you looking for?
Before you can even attempt to start dating someone new, it’s best to sit back and reflect on what your personal goals are for a potential relationship. Are you interested in finding something serious, or would you prefer more of a hookup-only scenario? Determining what you want before you start dating someone new is absolutely essential so you can ensure you’re both on the same page. If you don’t know what you want, how do you expect them to know what to give you?
“First and foremost, it’s important to know what you’re looking for—a hookup, casual dating or a relationship?” says relationship counselor and dating coach Samantha Burns. “This impacts how you approach dating and the emotional energy you invest into the process. If you’re hoping to land a new relationship, you should reflect on your love lessons, which are things you’ve learned in your past relationship(s) so that you can become a smarter, more intentional dater moving forward. You should also ask yourself: what are you most proud of and most passionate about? Feeling confident in yourself and being able to speak energetically and engagingly about a topic is a big turn on when dating.”
Remember the popular phrase, "You have to love yourself before someone else can love you?" Well, this applies to knowing what you want out of life, too.
2. Do they make you laugh?
Having a compatible personality with a potential SO is such a key element of a successful relationship. A sense of humor is often something that is listed high on people’s requirements for a SO, so finding someone who can make you laugh is so important. “Nice gifts or fun dates are always enjoyable but the way to my heart is a good laugh,” Hannah, a senior at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, says. “Any guy I fall for has to have a great sense of humor and be able to make me laugh with his jokes.” Before you start actually dating someone, consider their personality and decide whether you two laugh at the same things. If the answer is no, you might want to reconsider pursuing a dating relationship with them.
3. Would they get along with your friends and family?
Even if you aren’t looking for something too serious right now, it’s important to consider whether this person will get along with those who are the most important to you: your friends and family. Successful dates often end with that person being introduced to all who love you and their approval usually weighs heavily on the outcome of the relationship. Try to avoid any negative outcomes by considering whether your crush will get along with your friends and family. “I always like to think about whether my parents will like them,” Kandis, a senior at University of California, Santa Barbara, says. “If I don’t think they’ll get along, I don’t want to waste my time developing feelings just to have to cut things off later. I wouldn’t want to date someone who doesn’t want to come hang out with me and my parents for a casual night in; that’s such an important aspect of a relationship for me!”
4. Do you even have time to commit to growing a relationship right now?
We all know college can be an extremely busy time for everyone, and you have to decide whether you can squeeze in yet another thing into your already hectic schedule. Building a new relationship takes time, so you should really consider how much spare time you have to devote to something new. If you barely have time for yourself, you might want to pump the brakes a little and avoid starting anything new. “I always have the busiest schedule, but if I’m interested in someone enough, I’ll make time to grow that connection,” Carmen, a senior at San Diego State University, says. “It really depends on the person though. If I don’t see potential for something serious, I’ll just hang out with them when I can instead of actively making time for them.” Again, knowing what you’re looking for ahead of time is absolutely essential.
5. Do they fit in with the picture you have for your future?
Honestly, what’s the point of dating if you don’t see some sort of future with them? You might not need to see wedding bells, but if you can’t picture yourself with this person for at least the next few months, save yourself the trouble and cut ties now. “It’s easy to get swept away in the early stages of a new relationship, when the neurochemical cocktail of hormones, such as dopamine and oxytocin, give you that lovin’ feeling,” Burns says. “This stage can last anywhere from about six months to two years, so to figure out if you’re truly a good match, you’ll want to see how your relationship grows and feels once you’re out of the honeymoon stage. If those smitten feelings wear off and you realize you don’t have a lot in common, have very different belief systems, or you don’t like yourself in the relationship because you’re constantly feeling needy, jealous, insecure or sad, then it may be time to call it quits.”
It might be tough to ask about their core values or beliefs early on in a fling, but it’ll definitely be worth the awkward convo if it saves you from realizing this person has a completely different life plan than you.
6. Do you have physical chemistry with them?
Physical attraction isn’t everything, but it is an important element when it comes to dating someone. It might take a little bit more than just being able to daydream about a steamy hookup with this person, but it certainly won’t hurt anything to have that extra connection! “I’ve tried dating the ideal ‘good guy’ but I just didn’t have that sexual chemistry with him…it just didn’t feel right,” Josephine, a sophomore at Arizona State University, says. “Even though he was everything I said I wanted on paper, it just couldn’t turn into anything because I never felt the urge to just make-out with—which is definitely what you need in a relationship!” After all, this is what sets someone apart from just being a casual friend.
7. Ultimate question: Are you willing to take the chance of getting your heart broken?
Honestly, getting into a new relationship is scary AF. Letting yourself fall for someone new is a huge step, and some of us are just too afraid to even try. One of the biggest questions you can ask yourself when faced with the opportunity to start seeing someone new is whether you’re willing to take that chance of being heartbroken. If that person is worth the risk, then by all means, go for it! Not sure if you’re even ready for something that risky? You might want to err on the side of caution and slowly ease yourself into seeing someone new instead. “I’ve been burned too many times in the past, it’s sometimes hard for me to fall for someone new,” Madi, a junior at Colorado Mesa University, says. “If I think I could actually develop feelings for someone, I make sure they know how cautious I am about it all so they can understand why I sometimes act the way I do.” If they are worth it, they’ll wait for you to be ready.
Basically, being open and honest with yourself about your dating goals and intentions is absolutely crucial when you’re faced with dating a potential new beau. As cliché as it sounds, how can you expect someone to be honest with you if you can’t be honest with yourself? Save yourself (and the other person!) some time and consider these questions before you pursue a new relationship!
Former Olympic divers allege in a class action lawsuit that USA Diving has ignored and allowed the sexual abuse of athletes. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Indiana last week. It claims in the suit that this allowed for one couch to continuously rape two of his female divers, according to Indy Star.
According to CNN, the lawsuit accuses defendants William Bohonyi, the diving couch for sexually preying on at least two female divers, USA Diving, and the Ohio State University Diving Club. Attorney Jon Little, who filed the suit last week, told The Indianapolis Star that the divers accusations are “worse than gymnastics, worse than swimming.”
Last year, hundreds of former gymnasts came forward to make accusations against former Olympic doctor Larry Nassar. Nassar pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the gymnasts and was sentenced up to 175 years in prison. Swimmer Ariana Kukors in May filed a lawsuit claiming that USA Swimming failed to protect her after she was sexually abused as a minor by coach Sean Hutchison. Smith claimed that the couch used his position of power over her to sexually abuse her. She then claimed that USA Swimming protected him rather than her.
A class action lawsuit against Indianapolis-based USA Diving accuses the national governing body of ignoring or obstructing sexual abuse allegations, and the lawyer says the organization is "worse than gymnastics, worse than swimming."https://t.co/qJl0qr1bBo
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) July 16, 2018
USA Diving suit claims that Bohonyi forced the women into repeatedly performing sexual services for him. “Bohonyi demanded sexual services because he was her diving coach and could coerce [the victim] into sexually servicing him,” the lawsuit said
A spokeswoman told the Indy Star on Monday that, “Providing a safe environment for our members is of tremendous importance to USA Diving, and we take these matters very seriously.”
“Bohonyi used his position of authority and control over [the victim] as a USA Diving coach to demand and obtain daily sexual services,” the lawsuit claims. “Bohonyi was extremely aggressive in making these demands and never took ‘no’ as an answer from [the victim]. She was not free to refuse her sexual services and he forced her to provide him sexual services every time he demanded them.”
According to The Hill, the lawsuit also alleges that the coach forced a sexual relationship with a 16 year old diver at the Ohio State Diving Club. After another diver reported the abuse, the team sent the abused diver home instead of punishing Bohonyi. Even after he was fired in 2014, Bohonyi continued to abuse the young girl, saying that “she owed him this and that she had lost him his job”.
Eventually USA Diving deemed Bohonyi as “permanently ineligible” for coaching. Deadspin reports that he was still able to coach female divers under the age of 18 until 2017.
The case will go through the courts, and more information surrounding the case is likely to be revealed.
We’ve known since the beginning that Kitty Montgomery really doesn’t care about anyone but herself. Maybe it’s because of all the “assholes she had to humor and cater to” in order to get ahead in the media industry that she learned to be so ruthless and unfeeling. But honestly, that’s not really an excuse for how she treats those around her.
Kitty treats Plum like she’s dispensable, worthless, and undeserving of any success as a writer. She talks to her assistant Eladio like he’s a servant, and treats Julia the same way. Although they all technically work for her, she treats them like serving her is their life’s sole purpose.
Throughout the season and up until this point, Kitty hasn’t cared about the feelings of anyone but herself. Kitty has treated everyone like the dirt under her shoes. But in this week's episode,"Rad Fatties," once she has lost everything, she realizes she has nobody to turn to. #Karma
— Dietland (@DietlandAMC) June 28, 2018
Kitty has lost her job as editor-in-chief of Daisy Chain, fired Plum and Julia, and now has nothing and no one left. “It’s strange... I miss her. Both of them actually," she says. "It’s not like I can confide in anyone who actually works here. I need the basement people.” Kitty starts to recognize that maybe she didn’t appreciate Julia and Plum when she had them, but she kind of ruins the moment by calling them “basement people.”
She even gives us a glimmer of hope when she tries to get back on Plum’s good side after firing her. But her intentions and the way she goes about it are... not ideal. Instead of talking to Plum directly, Kitty sues her instead. She forces Plum to give an interview promising that there’s no hard feelings between her and the magazine. This is less for the benefit of Plum and more to salvage her own reputation—one that has basically fallen into the gutter.
Kitty is someone who only cares about her own success, and will cut others without a second thought in order to achieve it. She acts as though she’s doing things in the service of others when she’s really doing them for herself, which sounds eerily familiar to someone else in this episode.
Plum becomes so preoccupied with her own 15 minutes of fame that she reveals the secrets of Calliope House to the world, putting every woman there in danger. When confronted about it, she doesn’t see what she’s done wrong—in her eyes she’s only helping them. We can only hope that Plum isn’t turning into a Kitty-in-the-making.
Summer weather is possibly your worst enemy when you have a tattoo. It’s important that if you want your ink looking great to make a point of protecting all your tattooed skin from the sun on a daily basis. Especially if your tattoo is relatively new. When tattoos aren’t properly cared for, it can result in your art possibly being ruined. It can result in blurry-looking or faded designs.
For anyone with a new tattoo, staying out of the sun is probably your best bet. Leo Palomino, tattoo artist from Atomic Tattoos in Orlando told Bustle that, “The sun may cause your skin to blister and affect some of the colors from your tattoo.” Your tattoo could look bad now, or even worse in the later future. For the first few weeks of your brand new tattoo, you should keep it covered and avoid getting a nasty sunburn, at least until the healing process is done.
for those of you with tattoos such as myself, remember to use shea butter this summer as a natural spf to protect your skin from sun damage & fading tattoos
— 5 (@hennythewitch) May 7, 2018
Now protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is the most important step in your skincare routine, especially in the summer. When you are sitting out in the sun for long periods of time, its so crucial to keep reapplying your sunscreen, even on your tattoo. It’s so important that I am repeating myself again: Sunscreen IS important! The sun can really dull the colors and cause it to fade a lot faster over time, if you don’t use the proper protection. So basically you’d be ruining a tat you spent possibly a good fortune on.
All you need is a lotion or spray sunscreen that can be used anywhere on the body. You really don’t need anything too special to coat your ink in. I tend to lean more towards drug store based sunscreens like Equate Sport Continuous Spray SPF 30 for $5 or Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion SPF 50 for $13. If you are looking for a higher end sunscreen, La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk was rated the best on the market, according to Consumer Reports.
Proper tattoo maintenance is major during the blistering summer days, so make sure to take care of yourself and your ink.
Apparently, many people on social media thought the word “treason” was the best way to describe President Trump’s joint press conference with Putin on Monday.
And we got further confirmation that it was perfect from the dictionary, of all people. According to a tweet by Merriam-Webster, following the two presidents meet up, the top searched words were treason, traitor, and collusion.
📈Top searches, in order: treason, abase, traitor, collusion, presser
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) July 16, 2018
During the Helsinki summit, Trump pretty much refused to blame Putin for Russian intelligence officers interference in the 2016 election.
“They think it’s Russia, I have President Putin - he just said it’s not Russia. I don’t see any reason why it would be,” Trump said. He told reporters that both countries were to blame for the poor state of the two countries relations. Remember when Trump called the European Union a “foe” on Sunday? Well, Merriam Webster also tweeted out the definition then too.
📈To everyone looking it up: yes, 'foe' still means what you think it means. https://t.co/Bq1oqTkXqq
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) July 15, 2018
Dictionary.com couldn’t help but also throw its hat in the ring to clarify the meaning of the words “patriot” and “traitor” - which frequently came up during the meeting.
Patriot: A person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion.
Traitor: A person who commits treason by betraying his or her country.https://t.co/Keq4fhTlRB
— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) July 16, 2018
After CNN’s Jake Tapper called the treason summit as “an unmitigated disaster” and “embarrassing”, Thesaurus.com also tweeted multiple synonyms for the word “disaster”.
— Thesaurus.com (@thesauruscom) July 16, 2018
I am all here for this dictionary joke.
At this point, Amazon Prime Day is the only relevant unofficial-but-totally-official holiday. Just when you’re getting ready to update your wardrobe, Prime Day savings can help you save on your clothing overhaul. Sure, you could scour through the dozens of pages of Prime Day deals, but here are a few of our favorite fashion-forward deals that might be worthy of a cart add.
Cute, but simple sports bras should be a college fashionista’s athleisure staple at this point. Unless you don’t wear a bra at all, and we feel you. (If you need a budget-friendly bra that could be fitted to a crop top, then we got you.)
Why shouldn’t you add a maxi skirt-dress hybrid to your clothing artillery? Shouldn’t you get the most of your discounted dresses, anyway? Plus, this dress-skirt shapeshifter incorporates a gorgeously vibrant wax print pattern.
Denim jackets have become synonymous with inter-seasonal style, because denim jackets and leather jackets are the only reason to wear a jacket in the summer months. (IMO, denim jackets are worth the extra sweat. Because sweat pain is fashion.)
More iconic crossovers. Well, it’s not exactly a crossover bag, but it is a convertible backpack and a purse all in one fashionable pouch. You can carry your overpriced textbooks with convenience and without sacrificing your personal style brand. Carrie Bradshaw would be proud.
If you don’t like corgis, then we don’t like you. (We’re not sorry.) But seriously, the simplicity behind this pupper-inspired design is already an ever-green in our jewelry drawer.
Maybe you legitimately need new shoes, or you just need an excuse to order some need kicks. Regardless, plain sneakers are the ultimate customizable shoe trend. After all, you can pay your artistic friend to doodle on your heel. Just don’t pay them with exposure. (Seriously, nobody can survive on exposure, so pay up.)
Regardless of your style preference, you’re probably drawn to chiffon tops and chiffon in general. After all, chiffon is an extremely lightweight material which makes it effortless to layer—and therefore, easy to dress-up, dress-down or dress-sideways (which is when you’re late to work but your office isn’t business casual enough to negate sleepwear).
From chiffon to yoga pants, there are a ton of Amazon Prime Day deals currently available (with more on the way).
Months after the October 2017 mass shooting at Mandalay Bay hotel, MGM Resorts International is filing a lawsuit against more than 1,000 Vegas shooting survivors in federal court. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, the company is asking federal courts to declare them not liable for the deaths in the attack.
The tragic 2017 shooting at the country musical festival in Las Vegas killed 58 people and injured another 851. The gunman stayed at the Mandalay Bay hotel. As of right now, more than 450 victims have filed suit since against MGM Resorts, which owns Mandalay Bay and Route 91 Harvest festival venue. The Las Vegas Review Journals reports that the victims argue that the company had a “duty of reasonable care” and should have mention the actions of the shooting better.
The lawsuits don’t claim that the survivors owe the company for any damages, and it is instead a preventative measure to protect the company, the Las Vegas Review Journal reports. MGM’s lawsuit argues that “plaintiffs have no liability of any kind to defendants” and that the lawsuits against them “must be dismissed”. As the Review Journal explains, MGM is trying to get ahead of any possible damages that the survivors are claiming they might be liable for. The lawsuit names more than 800 defendants in California and 200 defendants in Nevada, according to NPR.
“The Federal Court is an appropriate venue for these cases and provides those affected with the opportunity for a timely resolution. Years of drawn out litigation and hearings are not in the best interest of victims, the community and those still healing,” says MGM Resorts spokeswoman Debra DeShong, in a released statement.
Las Vega attorney Robert Eglet who has represented many of the shooting victims said in response to the Review Journal, “I’ve never seen a more outrageous thing, where they sue the victims in an effort to find a judge they like. It’s just really sad that they would stoop to this level.”
MGM Resorts says in the lawsuit as well that the security company at the concert provided a bunch of services designed to prevent mass violence. Each of those serves were certified by the Department of Homeland Security, which makes the hotel not liable. According to the Review Journal, MGM’s lawsuit is based on a previous act passed in 2002. The act stated that companies employing “anti-terrorism” services or technology wouldn’t be held liable for any damages, so because the company hired protective services certified by the DHS, they cannot be sued.
According to Daily Mail, the FBI hasn’t classified the attack as terrorism, which would be a major issue in MGM’s reasoning. The act refers to acts of terrorism, but according to the Review Journal it has a broader definition of “terrorism” than the FBI. The 2002 act defines it as “mass destruction, injury, or other loss.”
Yes, you can still get homesick when your dad is a world-famous soccer star and your mom is a former Spice Girl.
According to Teen Vogue, Brooklyn Beckham, Victoria and David Beckham's oldest son, is leaving NYC’s Parsons School of Design to move back to the United Kingdom due to homesickness. Brooklyn had spent the last year studying photography at the art school and made the decision to return home after completing his first year.
Being far from home had its challenges, but British Vogue reports that “in moving to New York, Brooklyn was afforded some space away from being Victoria and David’s son and could embrace student life.” And while the reports of homesickness may be true, The Sun is hinting that an opportunity to work with a famous photographer could have been part of what lured Brooklyn back home.
“He hasn’t quit, he’s just deferred his place so he can do an internship back in the UK. He was offered work with a prestigious photographer and couldn’t say no,” a source said.
Brooklyn has not commented on the move but did recently share Instagram posts with the caption, “Missing Wales” and “Love you Mum.”
If Brooklyn did return to the UK for an internship, congrats! That is a big accomplishment and something to be proud of. But, if he went home because he was homesick, that is also okay. Almost everyone will experience a form of homesickness at some point in their life, and if moving back home is what Brooklyn needs to do to take care of himself, good for him! I wish him all the best.
Combination skin can be really tricky to take care of. You have to find out which parts are dry and which parts are oily and then treat those sections accordingly. If you deal with combination skin, you’re not alone! Combination skin is the most common skin type. Luckily, we have the low-down on how to identify your combination skin, how to treat it, and a few products our skin experts recommend. Get ready for your healthiest skin yet!
Identify your combination skin
Combination skin occurs when you can see sections of the face that are oily and tend to have more acne and sections of dry patches. Mia Kut, founder of Luna Nectar, a 100% natural skincare company, says “Some traits of combination skin [are] when you apply a serum or cream to moisturize, some areas of your face feel as if it has absorbed the product, but other areas feel greasy or oily. Another test is to wash your face with a gentle cleanser, then let it dry. Are some parts of your face tighter than others? Scope out the pores on your nose – are they more dilated? Do you have both blackheads and dryness on your face? If so, you have combination skin!”
Vance Soto, Owner of the OleHenriksen Face/Body Spa, echoed Kut’s words. He says, “Some of the most common traits we see in my spa OleHenriksen Face/Body Spa are oily T-zone and normal to dry elsewhere, enlarged or more pronounced pores on your nose, and dry areas over the cheeks, jawline and hairline.”
Using our skin gurus’ guidance, you can definitely identify if your skin type is combination. Looking for those different areas on your face will help you to know how to take care of your skin.
Practice a skincare routine that’s right for you
Making sure your skincare routine is on point for your skin is essential. If you’re not sure where to start, there are some basic foundation steps to follow. Founder of SkinEscens, Veronica Devine, says “We need to cleanse the skin twice daily…A cleansing wardrobe is key to [tackling] combination skin.”
Kut also stressed the importance of a good cleanser. She suggests staying away from fragranced and harsh, chemical-based products. This goes for toners and hydrators as well; pretty much anything going on your face should be fragrance free with relatively few, simple ingredients.
Soto chimed in with the suggestion of using the OleHenrikson Balance skincare line, which he says are “the perfect skin care products for this skin type...Balance is essential to even, radiant, healthy skin.” Bonus – it’s all available at Sephora!
So now that we have a cleansing routine, we need a couple extra skin treatments to make sure we stay in tip-top shape.
Both Kut and Soto strongly suggest an exfoliation twice a week or once a week depending on how your skin reacts to exfoliating. Soto says, “If you're more dry and sensitive, then [exfoliate] once a week.”
He added “Exfoliation is key to deeper penetration of your lotions and potions and radiant glowing skin. Our Pore Balance Facial Sauna Scrub is perfect containing volcanic sand, glycolic and lactic acids, and neemseed oil.”
Finally, of course, a sunscreen is essential. Soto says, “Sunblock is a non-negotiable!” and he’s absolutely right. Sun Bum sunscreen is a collegiette favorite because it smells amazing (like bananas and coconuts and the beach) and is coral reef safe! Checking to be sure your sunscreen is safe for marine life is a great way to contribute to the environment. Sun Bum can be heavy sometimes though so if you're not going to be baking in the sun and are looking for a more light-weight, every day sunscreen, definitely try out Glossier's Invisible Shield or Panacea’s daily SPF. Using a daily sunscreen is super important because it not only protects you from terrible sun burns but also blocks you from long-term skin damage and wrinkles.
Prevent breakouts and skin damage
Aside from your essentials, there are a few things to help you prevent a skin disaster. Each one of our skin specialists pointed out different things you can do to take care of your radiant skin.
Devine says, “Remember, our skin is the largest organ we have. Taking a mind, body, soul approach to lifestyle choices is as important for overall wellbeing, as it is for overall fantastic skin tone and texture!”She continues with these suggestions, “If you break out, for example, avoid dairy (it contains hormones which have been proven to trigger acne if you are prone to pimples), wash your pillowcases every few days (breeding ground for bacteria!), drink plenty of water for hydration from the inside out. The better you take of YOU, the better your SKIN will be.”
Kut agreed, suggesting an “inside out” method:“Nourish yourself inside for healthy skin on the outside--exercise, eat foods rich in essential fatty acids, and practice stress-relieving activities such as meditation or yoga, as stress plays a big role in the condition of your skin.”
She added, “We find that heat brings on an especially oily T-zone. Have some powder handy, and if you want to go au-naturel, arrowroot powder really does the trick.” Try this powder recipe that combines cacao powder, cinnamon powder, and arrowroot powder for a natural, perfect finishing powder!
Soto is right on board with indulging in skin self-care! He has three pro-tips for us:
1. Drink plenty of water every day.
2. Take a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil and suspend into a sink full of warm water. Perform hot towel compresses and create a mini spa treatment. Light a candle and perform your favorite mask.
3. Grate a cool cucumber into a paper towel to release the active enzymes and create a "burrito" placing over the eyes for 15 minutes and relax. Again, all about balance and taking care of you first! Especially wonderful for those with dry and sensitive skin.”
Hopefully you’ve gained some insight and helpful tips for taking the best care of your combination skin. Go forth with your healthy, glowing skin!
There are three things that are certain in life: death, taxes, and Bachelor in Paradise's ability to entertain.
I know what you're thinking. "Duh — isn't that the entire point of a reality TV show? Entertainment?" Well, yes — but for a franchise that relies on a show with a format that hasn't changed since 2002, it's hard for things like Chris Harrison's empty platitudes not to get old. The Bachelor and The Bachelorette certainly have their dramatic moments, but nothing compares to the hot mess that is BIP.
Luckily for everyone — especially those that stuck it out and watched the entire snoozefest that was Ar*e L*yend*k Jr.'s season — the summer show is back. Entertainment Weekly obtained a teaser for season five, and it does not disappoint.
Tia, Bibiana, Kendall, Annaliese, Chelsea, and Nysha, Krystla, all from Arie's season, can be seen in the clip. Jordan, Chris, Joe, Connor and David from Becca's season, Eric B. and Kenny from Rachel's season, and Kevin from Bachelor Winter Games also make appearances.
There's a lot going on, but highlights include Tia boldly declaring she "could fall in love," Kimball and David drama, and of course, practically everyone breaking down in tears. Sign me the f*ck up.
Season five premieres August 7 at 8 p.m. In the meantime, check out the rest of the BIP cast here.
Former President Barack Obama addressed a crowd of nearly 15,000 people in Johannesburg, South Africa on Tuesday in one of his most high-profile appearances since departing the White House. Obama made the trip to deliver a speech in honor of the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth.
"We have to follow Madiba's example of persistence and hope," Obama said, referring to Mandela by his clan name. "It's tempting right now to give in to cynicism. To believe that recent shifts in global politics are too powerful to push back. That the pendulum has swung permanently. Just as people spoke about the triumph of democracy in the '90s, now you're hearing people talk about the end of democracy and the triumph of tribalism and the strong man. We have to resist that cynicism, because we've been through darker times."
Obama continued praising Mandela throughout his speech, calling the South African political leader "one of history's true giants." But for Obama, Mandela's perspective is needed now, more than ever.
"Mandela said, 'Young people are capable, when aroused, of bringing down the towers of oppression and raising the banners of freedom," Obama said. "Now's a good time to be aroused."
Former Pres. Barack Obama honors the late Nelson Mandela: "It is a singular honor for me to be here with all of you as we gather to celebrate the birth and life of one of history's true giants"https://t.co/s4drXPlcRDpic.twitter.com/JjugmjzvgC
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 17, 2018
Though the former president never mentioned the current one by name, he did make vague references to things like "fake news," Russia meddling in the 2016 election, politicians' continued lies, and more.
"The free press is under attack. Censorship and state control of media is on the rise," Obama said. "Social media – once seen as a mechanism to promote knowledge and understanding and solidarity – has proved to be just as effective promoting hatred and paranoia and propaganda and conspiracy theories."
Obama addressed a number of other problems plaguing both the U.S. and entire world, ranging from xenophobia to wealth inequality. Ultimately, though, he wants people to keep fighting for progress.
"Let me tell you what I believe. I believe in Nelson Mandela’s vision. I believe in a vision shared by Gandhi and King and Abraham Lincoln. I believe in a vision of equality and justice and freedom and multi-racial democracy, built on the premise that all people are created equal, and they’re endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights," Obama said. "And I believe that a world governed by such principles is possible and that it can achieve more peace and more cooperation in pursuit of a common good. That’s what I believe."
He continued, "And I believe we have no choice but to move forward; that those of us who believe in democracy and civil rights and a common humanity have a better story to tell. And I believe this not just based on sentiment, I believe it based on hard evidence."
Read the full speech here.
In a time where everyone has so much stress (side hustles, school, full-time work, you name it), parts of society have started to raise awareness for self-care tactics. Self-care, body positivity and increased kindness are all phrases used to refer to strategies that are meant to promote an overall mental and physical wellbeing and positive state of mind.
We spoke with Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN and author of Body Kindness, to discuss how to incorporate healthy, body-positive habits into your regular routine.
The main components to living a kind, heathy lifestyle can be hard to define. However, Scritchfield says to start off by figuring out what works. “Create a definition of health that works for you. It's about your choices and feeling good—not appearance. But there are times when you don't feel good and that's totally normal. So then it's about self-compassion and non-judgment. Talk to yourself like you would a good friend. Treat your body with kindness,” she says.
There are so many different ways to treat your body with kindness, so we’ve compiled seven tips that will hopefully give you the tools to build both your mental and physical confidence.
1. Think about your actions
It’s not only the way you interact with yourself that’s important. Thinking about the way you interact with other people, whether it be in person or through social media, can have an impact on the role that body kindness has on your life. Subscribing to body-positive bloggers and keeping up with companies that embrace body positivity are great, and can help normalize you to the idea of accepting the way your own body looks. However helpful doing this may be, it’s also important to think deeper about what body positivity and kindness means to you. One way you can do this is by stepping back and evaluating how the celebrities you follow on social media make you feel. When you look at their Instagram, do you feel empowered? Or do you feel kind of put down? If something in your life (even something like the people you follow) isn’t bringing you a sense of positivity, you may want to reconsider keeping it around.
“People have been working on fat activism since the 1950s and we still have a long way to go,” Scritchfield says. “I don't think we should stop at a ‘just love your rolls’ selfie. We should really think about our common humanity and what it means to judge people by their appearance. It's not helpful and it doesn't improve health and wellbeing.”
If you’re someone who tends to make comments to yourself or others regarding how people look, it may be better to start reevaluating the way you think about things. Rather than focusing on the positives or negatives of the way someone looks, try and find out more about them. Instead of just giving a compliment, start a conversation about the thing that you liked. Similarly, if you feel yourself starting to judge someone based on their physical appearance, take a step back and take stock of what you’re doing and why you’re doing it.
2. Remind yourself that there’s more to your identity than the way you look
It’s easy to get caught up in how you perceive your own physical appearance. Though the opinions of others shouldn’t be the base on which you perceive yourself, it may be helpful to evaluate physical attributes that others may like about you, that you don’t really connect with.
If someone compliments a part of your physical appearance that you’re not confident in, it may be beneficial to let those compliments give you some confidence.
“I like to point out parts of my body that people like (and I personally don't like) and to tell myself that I am lucky because people want what I have. I eventually start to love them,” says Jessica Morley, a first-year student at the University of South Wales in Britain.
Doing this will help build your physical confidence and open up your mind to look at some of your attributes in a different light from the viewpoint of others.
3. Unplug and get some sleep
It’s no secret that a lot of us are sleep-deprived. The demands of work and class are bound to cause some light nights and caffeine overloads. Sleep deprivation mixed with constantly being plugged-in can tire out your brain and ultimately cause you to overthink just about everything—including the lives of people who you’re friends with on social media. This can distract from getting the sleep you need in order to maintain a sense of mental balance.
“We tend to ‘compare and despair’ when we look at everyone's supposedly amazing lives on social media,” Scritchfield says. “You have to set boundaries on your time. Start with sleep. I recommend you don't have any devices in your bedroom and you get in bed one hour before you want to be sleeping for an 8-hour night, which most people need to have productive days.”
We hear time and time again that staying plugged in all the time can subconsciously play a negative role in the way our brain works, so it makes sense that one of the best ways to take care of yourself is to take a break from being on your phone.
4. Own the compliments you get
When you’re having a less-than-great self-esteem day, it’s easy to dismiss any compliments you may get. Being so quick to brush off compliments may decrease your ability to fully recognize how great you are.
Amanda Goecke, a senior at Carthage College, suggests doing the exact opposite. “When someone gives me a compliment on my physical appearance, I always take it with acceptance and grace rather than shooting it down.”
This advice works for physical appearance, as well as for compliments that may not be about the way you look. Is someone complimenting how on-top of everything you are? Own it.
Giving compliments can be a two-way street. Generally, giving compliments to other people can open you up to building new connections with people, and help give you a more positive outlook on the way you interact with people. Everyone’s heard of the golden rule: treat others how you want to be treated. So, you should go forth and do the same.
Related: 7 Easy Ways to Practice Self-Care
5. Say some affirmations
Affirmations can be a great way to ingrain deeper, lasting thoughts into your mind. Affirmations are often talked about in regards to how they can help build your confidence or even help you succeed at new endeavors, so it makes sense that they would be a good way of practicing self-care.
“I like to remind myself that there's literally no other person 100 percent exactly like me on the planet. Our uniqueness is truly incredible and that makes us special,” says Stephanie Huynh, a sophomore from Lehigh University. Smaller, more on-the-fly affirmations can be something as simple as, “you’ve got this” or “you can do it." Even written affirmations, like song lyrics or quotes (I have one next to my mirror that says “you don’t grow when you’re comfortable”), have the power to transform the way you think.
Affirmations like Stephanie’s can be incredibly helpful in rewiring the little voice in your brain that tries to push its’ doubts through. After repeatedly reminding yourself of the traits that you enjoy about yourself, or even your own uniqueness, you’re more likely to feel ready to take on the day and be your best self.
6. Take care of yourself
Something that may get overlooked when beginning your body positive journey is possibly the most simple way of practicing body positivity: simply taking care of yourself. We're all for treating yourself, but the primary way to make your body and your mind happy is to take care of them.
“Body positivity doesn’t mean just letting yourself go and having all the pizza or chocolate that you want, while telling yourself it’s okay. You still should eat healthy foods, exercise, have regular checkups and so on. And you should still take care of things that you don’t like about yourself that can be fixed. For example, there are many products on the market to treat acne, but there is nothing you can do about big feet. So, make an honest appraisal of yourself to fix what you can, and then just accept the things you can’t change,” says Carole Lieberman, M.D., Beverly Hills psychiatrist and author.
Making an honest appraisal of yourself isn't limited to evaluating what you can change about your appearance. It's also important to appraise your mental health. If your mental health is struggling, be sure to talk to someone about it and book an appointment with a therapist or psychiatrist. Seeing a professional can help you work out any mental blocks you may be having, as well as work on any other aspects of your life that may be bothering you.
7. Make a conscious decision to get started
The first step in your body positivity journey is to actually implement new ways of body positive thoughts and actions into your regular routine.
“You have to have a goal in mind, but people tend to make a lot of mistakes with goal-setting. In my book, I provide a whole framework for goal-setting do's and don'ts based on human psychology and behavior,” Scritchfield says. She offers the example, “Don't set a dead person's goal— something a dead person can do better than you—like I'll never eat chocolate cake again.” Instead, Scrichfield recommends describing the action you want to take. “It should be interesting and challenging, but not overwhelming. Take action repeatedly and it will become a habit,” she says.
When making the decision to live a more kind, body-positive life, it will help if you have a support system with similar goals. “It helps to form a group of friends who believe in body positivity, so you can support each other,” says Lieberman.
Though it may seem enticing to start practicing every type of body kindness at once, don’t jump into your goals right away. Give yourself time to think through the plans you have and the actions you want to take.
Life is stressful, and it’s important to take care of yourself. Embracing plans to be kind to yourself and practice body positivity can help you destress.
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.)
President Trump Backtracks Russia Comments
ICYMI, Trump angered people on both ends of the political spectrum on Monday when he declined to endorse the U.S. government's assessment of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. More specifically, when asked about the possible interference, Trump said, "My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others; they said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin; he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be." However, Trump is now claiming he misspoke and actually has "full faith and support for America’s intelligence agencies."
"It should have been obvious — I thought it would be obvious — but I would like to clarify, just in case it wasn't. In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word 'would' instead of 'wouldn't.' The sentence should have been: I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia," Trump said on Tuesday, after explaining that he didn't realize why people were upset until he watched a clip of the answer he gave.
Though Trump clarified a particular quote, The New York Times noted a number of things he left unaddressed: "Mr. Trump also did not retract or explain his withering attack on the F.B.I. and the Justice Department for investigating his campaign’s ties to Russia. He did not withdraw his assertion, standing next to Mr. Putin, that the Russian leader had offered an “extremely strong and powerful” denial of involvement during their two-and-a-half-hour meeting. And he did not amend his answer to a question about whether he believed Mr. Putin or officials like Dan Coats, his director of national intelligence."
Prior to Trump's clarification, Coats had defended the U.S. intelligence community's findings in a statement. "We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security," Coats said on Monday.
Trump addressed the situation again Tuesday night, tweeting that the "meeting between President Putin and myself was a great success, except in the Fake News Media!"
States Suing U.S. Government Over GOP Tax Cuts
New York, Connecticut, Maryland, and New Jersey are suing the U.S. government over last year's tax overhaul. The suit alleges that the tax law — signed into place by Trump — was designed to specifically hurt Democratic states. According to CNN, the law placed a cap of $10,000 on once-unlimited deductions for state and local taxes. As a result, many homeowners in blue states will see large increases in their federal tax bill.
"New York will not be bullied. This cap is unconstitutional – going well beyond settled limits on federal power to impose an income tax, while deliberately targeting New York and similar states in an attempt to coerce us into changing our fiscal policies and the vital programs they support," said New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood in a statement.
#BREAKING: We just filed suit to protect New Yorkers from the federal government's unconstitutional tax law, which drastically cuts the state and local tax deduction. New York will not be bullied. https://t.co/MVH4wfbpZ0pic.twitter.com/0vtxLYgh8c
— NY AG Underwood (@NewYorkStateAG) July 17, 2018
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called the provision "un-American." The Treasury Department is currently reviewing the complaint, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
A New Snake Species Was Discovered
The Vermicella Parscauda — about 12-15 inches long, with thin white bands and fatter black bands along its body — is the newest venomous snake to join the Bandy Bandy family. A team of biologists in Australia accidentally discovered the species when returning from a research mission. Bandy-bandies are known for their burrowing, but The University of Queensland’s Associate Professor Bryan Fry and his student, Chantelle Derez, noticed that the snake they found was "visually and genetically distinct" from other bandy-bandies.
After searching for more, the team ended up finding six in the same small area. However, Professor Fry said the species could already be near extinction. "Bauxite mining is a major economic activity in the region, and it may be reshaping the environment to the detriment of native plants and animals," he said. "Every species is precious and we need to protect them all, since we can’t predict where the next wonder-drug will come from."
What to look for...
...free food — hot dogs, specifically. Here's everywhere you can celebrate National Hot Dog Day at no cost.
It’s hometown week—time to meet the faces behind all those childhood sob stories we’ve been hearing about all season! Also, Tia is back to stir up drama because those lash extensions aren’t going to pay for themselves, but more on that later.
First, we’re off to somewhere outside of Manteca, California, to meet Garrett’s fam, and the setting is really pretty. Why are the final guys always from these cute towns that are basically Hallmark/Lifetime/Disney movie sets? Anyway, Garrett shows Becca around his “agricultural business,” aka farm, and Becca is shook. It’s like she literally thinks avocados just materialize in the middle of Whole Foods.
Garrett: These are tomato plants. They grow tomatoes.
Becca: OMG NO WAY!
Garrett: This is a planter. It’s where we’re going to plant the tomatoes.
After Becca learns about all the different types of vegetables and how they grow from–get this–seeds, Garrett takes her for a ride in a tractor and she is SUPER into it. Um, maybe you shouldn’t make out with him while he’s operating heavy machinery? At least now we know Becca’s type––guys who drive things, and it doesn’t matter if it’s a race car or a tractor. Soon, Garrett starts to get a little weirded out by Becca’s obsession with seeing him drive the tractor and takes her to go meet his family before he changes his mind about her.
They go to his parents house, and Becca learns that Garrett has a twin! Plot twist! You can tell she’s wondering if he has a better personality than him but it’s too late for that now. Garrett’s dad pulls Becca to the side to talk to her about Garrett’s ex-wife, which is totally an appropriate topic of conversation for the first time you meet your son’s new girlfriend. Scare tactics much? Becca doesn’t exactly handle it well.
Garrett’s Dad: Garrett went through a nasty divorce, and it was a very difficult time for him–––
Becca: OMG same, almost. I was engaged which is basically the same thing. Have you heard about what Arie did to me? If you’ve been to a CVS within the past six months you probably have, but still.
Yikes. Okay, if we needed confirmation, Becca is definitely the girl that tries to make every tragedy ever about her through social media. Then, she makes the situation even more awkward by implying that her and Garrett have a special soul sister blood oath bond since they were both (almost) married and now they’re not. Then, Becca sits down with Garrett’s mom, who is not amused.
Garrett’s mom: I take my family very seriously.
Becca: Same, that’s why I’m looking for a husband on a reality show.
Um, does anyone else remember how Becca straight up forgot this guy’s name during that spa group date in week three? Well, I think he’s only still here because Becca feels really bad about what happened and has been making an effort to say his name at every rose ceremony since then. IDK about him, he just seems like one of those guys who will annoy you until you let them buy you a drink and then act like you owe them, usually at a bar below 14th street. Maybe it’s the half-zip, popper collar, and scarf situation.
They head to Buffalo, NY, which is where you can get the best chicken wings ever, and compete in a chicken wing eating contest, which is the worst date idea ever. Guess what Jason and Becca do? I could literally feel Becca’s makeup artist cringing every time she got wing sauce all over her contour.
Then, they go ice skating because Jason is a hockey bro, surprise surprise. He also starts calling Becca “Beckster.” Ouch, Becca. You forgot this guy’s name and he has a nickname for you?
Later, Jason’s dad pulls him aside for a talk and is just really confused about why his successful banker son has decided to do reality TV, but is trying to be supportive.
Jason’s Dad: If this is what you want to do with your life…
Jason: Yeah, I always dreamed of promoting detox tea with my wife on Instagram.
Okay, Becca can say whatever she wants about Garrett, but she looks the most excited to see Blake by far. They’re in Bailey, Colorado, and it’s snowing. You know Becca is thinking about what a nice backdrop it would make for their family Christmas card. They head over to Blake’s high school and he gives her a tour, including his football picture on the school’s wall of fame. Okay, so maybe Blake peaked in high school. It doesn’t mean we like him any less!
He takes Becca into the auditorium and there’s some sort of concert going on (Yup, one of THOSE dates) and Becca acts like whichever P!NK knockoff is performing is her all-time favorite singer, like, ever. How much do the producers slip Becca on the side to pretend to be into all these random artists that agree to go on the show? At least Blake is looking super cute. His gray bomber jacket and tee almost make up for the hideous black button down and red bow tie combo we were subjected to during the rose ceremony. Come on Blake, are you a trendy beer sales rep or a bar mitzvah emcee? All he’s missing is a fedora and a matching vest.
They head back to Blake’s parents’ house and Blake’s mom is drinking a GIANT glass of wine, which is understandable considering her son just told the entire country about how she had an affair with his English teacher/basketball coach. She seems really nervous about how Blake is holding up and tells Becca how delicate and sensitive he is. Like, okay Mrs. Horstmann, but did you hear Blake roasting Colton about being a virgin last week? He’s fine.
Speaking of everyone’s favorite cherub, Colton takes Becca to the children’s hospital he volunteers at. It’s all super wholesome and cute and perfectly on brand with Colton’s patron saint of football image.
Colton: Hi, everyone! This is my girlfriend Becca.
The little girls: Um, who? I thought we had something going here, Colton!?
At some point Becca and Colton have a conversation where it becomes very clear she is not at all over what happened last week.
Becca: Tbh I don’t know if you’re ready for this.
Becca: It’s because you’re not very experienced.
Colton: I get it.
Becca: I'm talking about you being a virgin.
Colton: Ok please stop.
She won’t drop the subject when they go meet his fam and brings up the whole “Colton is a virgin” situation to BOTH of his parents. Blake’s dad is just, like, low-key disappointed that Becca isn’t Tia, but his mom is SHOOK.
Becca: So, Colton told me he’s a virgin.
Colton’s Dad: Yeah it’s wack. So, where’s Tia?
Becca: So, Colton told me he’s a virgin.
Colton’s Mom: We do not talk about that in this family, excuse me while I go cleanse my soul. I better see you in church this Sunday, young lady.
Girl Talk Time
Before the rose ceremony, Becca talks to her closest girl squad, aka her Bachelor franchise frenemies that she is contractually obliged to post Instagrams with at least twice a month. Tia is there, obviously, looking like she straight up wants to murder Becca. The second Becca mentions Colton’s name, Tia reaches across the coffee table and grabs her by the throat! Okay, not exactly, but the producers would have LOVED that.
Tia: You. Me. Outside. Now.
Becca: Okay, bye bye girlies, time to talk to my BFF Tia!
They head out to the glass terrace and tbh if I was Becca, I would be freaking out and staying far away from Tia’s acrylic-nailed fingers, and the edge of the terrace. You know, just playing it safe. They sit down on some trendy outdoor furniture and Tia cuts right to the chase.
Tia: I still have feelings for Colton. He’s a former NFL player and the only way I can be relevant.
Becca: Ugh, this sucks. I thought you were going to tell me that he’s lying about being a virgin.
The Rose Ceremony
Blake, Garrett, and––what was his name again? Oh, Jason––roll up to the rose ceremony without incident. Colton, on the other hand, decides to stop outside to talk to Chris Harrison and basically ask him to give him “the talk.”
Colton: So, um, fantasy suites are next week, and I don’t really know what goes on in there––
Chris: That’s a conversation you should be having with Becca. Or with your dad when you were in eighth grade.
Also Chris: They don't pay me enough for this.
Garrett gets a rose, obviously. That tractor really sealed the deal. Blake does too, because Becca hasn't completely taken leave of her senses yet. Then it’s time for the final rose: Will it go to America’s Sweetheart, Colton Underwood? Or the guy whose name Becca forgot in week three?
And it goes to the guy whose name Becca forgot in week three! Yeah, this season is something else. Girl really must have not wanted to get all educational in the fantasy suite with him. But also, props to Becca for not picking a husband just because they’re a former NFL player and she thinks it will increase her chances of getting her own reality show post-Bachelorette *cough* Jojo *cough*