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A Collegiette's Guide to Life

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    Let’s face the facts—if you were given the opportunity to have glowing skin, you would never say no. And while you can achieve this look with a bevy of beauty products, believe it or not, there are ways to get glowing, picture-perfect skin without turning to your makeup bag. 

    These days, companies offer a variety of cleansers, moisturizers and lotions that give you gorgeous skin without using even a touch of makeup. Many products contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, green tea and exfoliants which all play a part in brightening skin. And whether you're selecting a cleanser, toner or moisturizer, it is important that it has one of those ingredients if you want to see results. Here are nine options to guide you on your quest for glowing skin. 

    1. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizer ($16.19, Target)

    If you struggle with dry skin, Neutrogena has the perfect product for you. The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizer contains hyaluronic acid, an active ingredient that absorbs water, which makes your skin look (and feel) dewy and bright. 

    “It is so light and keeps my face from feeling dry without a heavy layer of face lotion,” says Becca Brennan, a senior at the University of South Carolina. 

    This long-lasting product is also oil-free and can be used as base if you choose to layer makeup on top.

    2. GlamGlow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer ($49, GlamGlow)

    This product is on the expensive side, but it's worth every penny! Available in three shades, the Glowstarter moisturizer has ingredients like hyaluronic acid and green tea to hydrate skin and reduce redness, but also contains“illuminating pearl particles” that reflect light, further enhancing your natural glow. You’ve got to love a product that can do all of that! 

    3. Oh K! Avocado Sheet Mask ($3.99, Walgreens) 

    Everyone loves a good sheet mask––especially one that’s a bargain. Caroline Currie, a senior at the University of Cincinnati, loves the Oh K! Avocado Sheet Mask from Walgreens. 

    “It makes my skin so glowy and soft,” says Caroline. “You just leave it on for 10 to 30 minutes and rub the extra goo into your skin after you take it off.” 

    Everyone knows that avocados are a healthy addition to your diet, but they can also help to brighten your skin. Avocados contain vitamin E, which helps make skin soft and protects against free radicals that can cause skin to age. Avocados also help reduce inflammation, naturally brightening your skin. 

    Related: 7 Holy Grail Skincare Products Every Woman Should Try

    4. Glow Tonic by Pixi ($15, Target) 

    If you aren’t looking for a cleanser or mask, but still want bright skin, try Glow Tonic by Pixi. This toner contains glycolic acid to cleanse skin and aloe vera to hydrate. This product also promotes cell renewal, which is the first step towards brighter skin. 

    Micki Wagner, a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, loves the effect it has on her skin. 

    “I was skeptical about it at first but it really does give your skin a healthy glow,” she says. “When I put on foundation, it already looks like I’m wearing highlighter even though I haven’t applied any.” 

    Glow Tonic is easy to use and can be applied twice a day after washing your face. 

    5. St. Ives Apricot Scrub ($3.59, Target) 

    If you prefer a wash-and-go product, a scrub may be what you’re looking for. Náosha Gregg, a junior at Brooklyn College, recommends the classic St. Ives Apricot Scrub. 

    “It exfoliates and leaves my skin clear and soft, and doesn’t cause breakouts, which is great because I have sensitive skin,” says Náosha. 

    This scrub, which should be used 1-3 times a week, contains natural exfoliants like walnut shell and apricot. Additionally, the scrub is non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog your pores and cause breakouts. Less acne and brighter skin? Sign me up! 

    6. Mario Badescu Rose Water Spray ($7, Ulta) 

    This mist is a great way to refresh your skin after a long day. The gentle product, which contains rose water to calm skin and reduce redness, is perfect for individuals with sensitive skin. The spray can be mixed with the skincare products you currently use, or can be used on its own to provide a pick me up for tired skin. 

    7. Glossier Green Galaxy Mask ($22, Glossier)

    Another mask choice is Glossier’s Green Galaxy Mask. To use the mask, simply cleanse your skin, then apply the mask 3-4 times a week. This product uses kaolin clay to detoxify your skin and remove excess oil. An added bonus, this product contains vitamins that are good for your skin as well. Glossi-YAY!

    8. St. Ives Even and Bright Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange Scrub ($5.49, Walmart)

    Every individual has unique skincare needs, so it is important that products can reach a wide audience. Audrey Lent, a fifth year at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, is a fan of St. Ives Even and Bright Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange Scrub. 

    “I have rosacea, so it is not easy to find products that help me balance out my skin so well, but this definitely does the trick,” says Audrey. 

    The yummy combination of pink lemon and mandarin orange smooths rough, dull skin away while vitamin C amplifies brightness. 

    For an added benefit, Audrey recommends applying the product starting in the chin area and working up towards the forehead. This helps the product get absorbed deeper into the skin. 

    Related: How To Take Care of Your Combination Skin


    9. Freeman Beauty Cucumber + Pink Salt Clay Mask ($14.32 for 6 masks, Amazon)

    This mask clarifies pores and is perfect for all skin types! It is easy to apply and can quickly be rinsed off in the shower. The Cucumber + Pink Salt Clay Mask contains pumice to buff away dead skin, and cucumber to even skin tone and calm skin. The beautiful pale green color and refreshing scents make it fun as well. 

    With so many great (and affordable) products on the market, you will be ready to leave your foundation behind in no time! 


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    The sneak peeks of Quentin Tarantino's highly anticipated film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood continue. On Monday, Margot Robbie shared a photo of herself as Sharon Tate on Instagram. 

    Clad in '60s attire with an era-inspired blowout, Robbie is almost unrecognizable as the late actress.


    First look. #OnceUponATimeInHollywood @onceinhollywood

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    Tate was married to director Roman Polanski and pregnant when she was killed in her home by Charles Manson's cult followers in 1969. The upcoming film takes place the same year, and though it follows a TV actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double (Brad Pitt) as they try to make it in Hollywood, Tate's murder — and the entire Helter Skelter reign of terror — play a large role. 

    Tarantino wrote Once Upon a Time in Hollywood's script, and he's directing and producing the film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project has been in the works for five years. "I'm very excited to tell this story of an L.A. and a Hollywood that don't exist anymore," Tarantino said. "And I couldn't be happier about the dynamic teaming of DiCaprio and Pitt as Rick and Cliff."

    Back in June, DiCaprio shared an Instagram photo of him and Pitt in their looks for the film.


    First look. #OnceUponATimeInHollywood

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    Luke Perry, Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Al Pacino, and James Marsden are also set to star.

    Prior to Robbie posting the photo on Instagram, Tate's sister, Debra, tweeted her feelings about the film. "I'm grateful to Quentin for letting me read the script, and sitting down with me to explain his vision," she wrote, adding that she has to "protect" her sister's legacy and ensure her memory "is not exploited." 

    "I'm proud to fully support his [Tarantino's] film," Debra tweeted

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is set to be released July 26, 2019.

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    Names: Kristin Groos Richmond and Kirsten Saenz Tobey
    Job Title and Description: Kristin is the CEO and founder of Revolution Foods; Kirsten is the CIO and founder of Revolution Foods
    College Name/Major: Kristin attended Boston College with a major in Finance & Accounting, then went on to receive her MBA from UC Berkeley; Kirsten attended Brown University with a major in Development Studies, then went on to receive her MBA from UC Berkeley
    Twitter Handle:@KirstenTobey; @RevolutionFoods
    Instagram Handle:@RevolutionFoods

    What does your current job entail? Is there such a thing as a typical day?

    KR: We are the co-founders of Revolution Foods, a company that sources fresh, clean-label meals that are affordable, nutritious and taste-test approved by the students and families. We work to serve over 2.5 million freshly-prepared meals each week to 2,500 schools and community sites nationwide, specifically in low-income communities where access to fresh and healthy foods can be challenging. My role as CEO is to ensure that our team and board have a clear strategic plan and resources to execute the plan. A typical day - if I’m not traveling to one of our regional culinary centers -  is usually jam-packed, but might include a meeting with an investor, tasting a new menu item, planning for a critical partnership development meeting and connecting with members of our executive team, either one-on-one or in a strategy meeting.

    KT: Each day is a little different. We both have families to attend to before the work day which means making breakfast and school drop-offs each morning, and when we return home from a work day, our focus is on our families. My day might include a meeting with a current or potential strategic partner, interviewing a candidate for a key role, tasting new food items for our school or community meals program, working with our team on a new innovation idea and visiting a school site.

    What is the best part of your job?

    KT: Working with and building an amazing team and witnessing firsthand the impact we are having on schools and communities. We are working toward and seeing evidence every day that the system is changing as a result of our work. This is incredibly satisfying.

    What was your first entry-level job in your field and how did you get it?

    KR: After college, I worked as an investment banker and later moved to Kenya to start a school. Returning to the U.S., I worked in teacher recruitment and retention, and both of these experiences demonstrated to the importance of the school environment for building healthy habits in kids, as well as the critical role that food plays in setting students up for success.

    KT: My first job in the food industry was working as a catering delivery driver; I got it by looking in the yellow pages. But it was my work as a classroom teacher and my later work in food systems policy where I developed a deep understanding of the disparities that exist among students’ access to healthy food across communities.

    What words of wisdom do you find most valuable?

    KR: When I was 25, I worked in Nairobi, Kenya, helping to start a school for children with learning differences. We recruited a new head of school, Janice Simpkins, who moved to Kenya from Pittsburgh. After watching me buzz around the school in a constant state of motion, attacking item after item on my checklist, she sat me down one afternoon to have a conversation. She explained that over the years, I would likely learn that the presence and depth of conversation with my colleagues was far more important than "checking" off my daily to-do list. She shared that she had a similar energy and approach at my age, but learned over the years how to build trust, teams and commitment in her work through taking the time and presence to truly connect and show respect. I have never forgotten the wisdom of Janice and her incredible guidance early in my career.

    KR: When Kris and I were first starting the company, a woman told us to always make sure we wore comfortable shoes. As silly as that advice seemed at first, looking back I think there is something metaphorical about it. If your feet are hurting, or you aren’t taking care of yourself, you won’t be your best self.

    What is one mistake you made along the way and what did you learn from it?

    KT: One of the biggest challenges we’ve experienced was our expansion into a major market early on in the company. When we were in the process of planning the expansion, we had different scenarios in place for what we would do if it was unsuccessful. We put so much thought into planning for our failure but failed to discuss what would happen if it were actually a success, which ultimately it was. We ended up having to temporarily relocate our families to build the program because we won so many contracts right off the bat. What we took away from it was you can’t forget to play for every scenario – both positive and negative.

    What has been the most surreal moment of your career thus far?

    KT: Every time we see kids eating healthier meals in a school cafeteria or look at the career progression of our earliest employees, we are reminded of the important work that we are doing each day to change the system, which is a surreal realization.  

    What do you look for when considering hiring someone?

    KR: We look for individuals who are hard workers and who fit into our company culture. We are a mission-driven company, so we want team members who are familiar with and passionate about the work we do. We are so lucky here because our team believes in the mission of transforming the food system. They have a deep connection and feel a responsibility to achieve that, which is an important draw for inspiration and ultimately success.

    What advice would you give to a 20-something with similar aspirations?

    KR: Don’t sweat the small stuff – when it comes to your career, try not to ride the ups and the downs so hard. Celebrate the wins, learn from your mistakes but don’t dwell on either. Also, if your goal is to build your own business, be sure to invest in a good team and have a good support system behind you. We believe that the team is everything, and when you reach a point when your business is expanding and you can no longer do everything yourself, you’ll want to be sure that you invested in the right individuals early on that you can rely on.

    KT: Learn how to integrate your personal and professional lives, but not put one off for the other. When you’re running a business, it’s so easy to forget to take "me time" and work on your personal life, but it is so important not to put your life on hold because of your work; that is how you start to resent it.

    What's the one thing that's stood out to you the most in a resume?

    KT: I always like seeing people doing something off the traditional track with pursuing passion-related endeavors. It’s important to build a solid foundation and get traditional training in a core skill area, but we like to see people who have also taken some risk in their career.

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    Since its release, Bo Burnham's Eighth Grade has been lauded as an earnest depiction of what life is like for 13-year-olds. However, the Motion Picture Association of America's "R" rating of the film is preventing teenagers and those who are actually in eighth grade from seeing it. Luckily, Burnham is trying to combat this. 

    As a result, this Wednesday, A24 is hosting a night of free Eighth Grade screenings in all 50 states, with no age restriction enforced. 

    Burnam and the film's star, Elsie Fisher (who plays Kayla), announced the news in a video. Eighth Grade's website reads, "If you've been through 8th grade, Eighth Grade is for you." 

    According to UPROXX, "language and some sexual material" were cited for the film's "R" rating. But according to some parents— and even Common Sense Media— the rating is an overreaction. 

    "But despite the swearing and some suggestive comments and conversations about hook-up culture, implied masturbation, sharing nude photos, and 'how far' Kayla has gone or is willing to go physically with a boy, this is a good (if slightly cringeworthy) movie to watch with your teen,"wrote Common Sense Media. "There's so much here for parents and their teens to unpack, from mean-girl behavior and too much/inappropriate screen use to the importance of being careful around older teens (particularly for girls) and saying no to unwanted sexual advances. Ultimately, it also promotes open communication between teens and their parents, as well as courage, since Kayla learns to love and speak up for herself."

    Find a free screening near you here.

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    As much as we love summer vacation (or the summer internship grind), autumn is almost here. As the leaves change and PSLs pop up on the Starbucks menu, it can be tempting to take “sweater weather” literally. But just because temperatures are dropping, it doesn’t mean you have to drop your summer clothes, too. (Well, your avocado swimsuit might have to go.) Plus, more outfit options means you can push back laundry day (the chore we all love to hate). So don’t pack up your warm-weather clothes just yet—take our advice on how to transition those favorite summery pieces into next season.

    1. Crop top 

    The key to comfort when rocking a crop top in autumn (or even winter!) is keeping the rest of your outfit weather-appropriate. That way you can show a little skin, but not be covered in goosebumps for the entire day. Layer up and opt for high-waisted jeans or leggings to keep cozy. If it’s super windy, you can always just button up, and if the sun makes an unexpected appearance, you’re already prepared.

    2. Sundresses

    A sundress is actually one of the most versatile pieces in your closet, and shouldn’t be banished to a dusty hanger in the back once September hits. Just swap out your denim jacket for something a little cozier and throw a cardigan on top instead. Add some rain boots or a beanie for an extra autumnal look. You can also try layering it over another shirt to stay warm without covering up the dress itself, or if it’s a little too warm for a cardigan but too cold to rock bare shoulders, a button-up shirt might be just right for layering. Tie it in a cute knot to highlight your waist.

    Related: Keep Summer In Your Beauty Routine with This Giveaway from L’Oréal Paris

    3. Shorts

    ​Shorts over tights is a bold look, but one worth trying this fall. Whether you’re going with plaid, denim or high-waisted, just coordinate your outfit like you normally would, then slip a pair of tights on underneath to stave off the autumn chill. It’s such a Serena van der Woodsen look! Plus, no one will be able to tell you didn’t shave your legs. Stick with black tights (and shoes!) so they don't overwhelm the rest of your outfit.

    4. Romper

    Just throw on a snuggly grandpa sweater and you’re good to go! This isn’t an #OOTD you see every day, but all you need to pull it off (and inspire campus around you to take a fashion risk as well) is a healthy dose of confidence. Striding down the quad listening to a killer playlist wouldn’t hurt either.

    You can also add tights or leggings once the temperature drops a little.

    5. Tank top

    It might be too chilly on campus to rock such a strappy style—or so you thought. Just slip a snug-fitting t-shirt under your cami and you’ve got a chic combo that totally gives us Cher Horowitz from Clueless vibes. The 90s are back!

    6. White jeans

    You can rock white jeans after Labor Day with just a few easy tips. First, autumn means darker colors, so balance out the bright white of your jeans with shades like burgundy or navy. This contrast will make the outfit look polished and sophisticated—not like all your other jeans that are in the wash. Also, try booties or heels instead of flats to keep your hemline safe from dust, dirt and puddles.

    Don't be afraid to incorporate some bolder shades, too! Keep the rest of your outfit neutral so your crimson heels or cobalt blue bag can pop. Finally, don't forget to throw a stain-remover stick in your bag just in case—better safe than sorry.

    Related: College Party Wardrobe Essentials: Buy These Before School Starts!

    7. Denim skirt

    This summer-to-fall transformation is an easy one. Just swap out your tee for a warm sweater and grab a plaid scarf and some tights to keep you from freezing on the walk between classes. Riding boots or suede booties would be a great finishing touch to this look as well.

    8. Maxi dress

    Try some heeled booties to avoid stowaway autumn leaves on your hemline, and gravitate towards more muted shades rather than neon tropical prints. The long skirt will keep your legs warm against the autumn chill and it's basically an instant blanket if you feel like curling up for a nap in the library.

    Don’t let rainy forecasts deter your from wearing your favorite warm weather pieces—with these easy tips, you can style them all year long.

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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.)

    Rick Gates Testifies In Paul Manafort Trial

    ICYMI: Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, is currently on trial in Virginia after being charged with 25 crimes related to his lobbying work for Ukraine's government and political leaders. The tax evasion and money laundering charges are unrelated to the separate trial he'll face in September in Washington, DC, which has to do with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. The latter continued on Monday, with key prosecution witness Rick Gates testifying. According to CNN, Gates admitted to committing crimes "alongside" and "at the direction of" Manafort. More specifically, Gates said that the two of them had 15 foreign accounts that they didn't report to the federal government — despite knowing that it was illegal. 

    Gates also admitted to embezzling"hundreds of thousands" of dollars from Manafort. He apparently created false expense reports to steal from him, and to his knowledge, Manafort had never found out. In exchange for his testimony against Manafort, CNN reported that Gates reached a plea deal with Mueller. 

    Court will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, with Judge T.S. Ellis continuing to oversee the case. 

    The US Restored Sanctions On Iran

    In an apparent attempt to increase economic pressure on Iran, the Trump administration announced the reinstatement of US sanctions that were previously suspended under the Iran nuclear deal on Monday. According to The Wall Street Journal, the sanctions aren't aimed at toppling Iran's Tehran regime, but to instead change the regime's behavior. "The United States is fully committed to enforcing all of our sanctions, and we will work closely with nations conducting business with Iran to ensure complete compliance. Individuals or entities that fail to wind down activities with Iran risk severe consequences," Trump said in a statement.

    The sanctions are set to go back into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday. The WSJ reported that the sanctions will remain in effect unless Tehran "meets a dozen stringent demands, including that it cease its support for militant groups in the Middle East and end its enrichment of uranium." 

    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said, "If there is sincerity, Iran has always welcomed dialogue and negotiations." He added that he has no pre-conditions, and that he's willing to start talking right now if the US government is, too. In Trump's statement, he encouraged other countries to help ramp up the pressure on Iran. "We urge all nations to take such steps to make clear that the Iranian regime faces a choice: Either change its threatening, destabilizing behavior and reintegrate with the global economy, or continue down a path of economic isolation," he said. But European officials "registered their opposition to the new sanctions," the WSJ reported. 

    Apple, Facebook, & YouTube Remove Alex Jones' InfoWars 

    On Monday, Apple removed the entire libraries of five podcasts associated with InfoWars and its founder Alex Jones from iTunes and its podcast app. One of them, Alex Jones Show, is hosted by Jones himself on a daily basis. "Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users," the company said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. "Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming. We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions."

    Afterward, Facebook and YouTube — A.K.A. "platforms that have come under far more scrutiny for hosting Jones and his content," according to BuzzFeed News — followed suit. YouTube had one of the largest impacts on Jones' audience, as his channel had nearly 2.5 million subscribers and more than 1 billion views. Most of the videos are gone now. "When users violate ... policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts," a spokesperson for YouTube said.

    According to CNN, "InfoWars is notorious for spreading demonstrably false information and conspiracy theories on a host of issues. It has suggested that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, and that the September 11 terrorist attacks were an inside job orchestrated by the US government." Jones is currently being sued by numerous family members of Sandy Hook victims. On Monday, he encouraged his fans to continue receiving content through the InfoWars website.

    What to look for...

    A theater near you to see Eighth Grade for free on Wednesday.

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    OMG, can you believe this? Millions of sequins, 10 weeks, and two sales reps later, it’s time for The Bachelorette finale. Tbh, it’s kind of nice how the whole thing is three hours long because when it started I was feeling mildly nostalgic about the season ending, but two and a half hours in I was ready to throw my phone at the TV to make it stop. I mean, how many times did Becca mention Arie? I Iegit lost count. RIP to anyone who played an Arie-related drinking game this season.

    In any case, let's get this finale recap thing started...

    Garrett Meets Becca’s Fam

    Garrett and Becca roll up to the villa that Becca’s family is staying in and continue the trend of talking about Arie because mentioning your ex makes for great meeting-the-fam conversation. Becca’s mom looks SO PROUD that her daughter is attempting to find a husband on a reality show not once, but twice.

    Becca: You always told me to never give up.
    Becca’s Mom: I should have told you to never go on a reality show.

    Then, when talking to Garrett, Becca’s mom brings up––you’ll never guess––Arie. Garrett counters by bringing up his ex-wife, and then cries about… something. He realizes he has some good, sensitive-looking tears going and makes sure that every single member of Becca’s family sees him cry. Someone even calls him poetic. Wow. The things guys will do to make you forget about their problematic social media behavior. 

    Becca’s Sister: Garrett cried a lot.

    Blake Meets Becca’s Fam

    Then it’s time for Becca to take Blake to meet her fam. Chris Harrison was right about this episode being a tear-jerker because Becca’s bright green top and giant, aggressively colorful pants literally made my eyes water. I guess her stylist really wants to send her out with a bang. You can tell her family is trying really hard not to call Blake Garrett by accident and really wrap their heads around the she’s–in–love–with–two–guys thing. 

    Becca’s Sister: *trying to convince herself* Garrett and Blake are so different from each other.

    Blake is really trying to impress Becca’s fam by showing them all the different ways he can use “strong women” in a sentence. Unfortunately they repay him by asking him about Garrett, which sends Blake into a nervous downward spiral.  

    Blake: *downs entire mimosa* I’m feeling good.

    He continues to internally freak out during the rest of the visit, even though Becca’s sister seems really into him, like almost too into him? Blake is, like, semi-present, and seems really caught up in the fact that Garrett was sitting exactly where he sat the day before, which is weird considering they’ve been dating the same girl for 10 weeks. He also starts talking about how he has a bad gut feeling about things all of a sudden. Maybe it’s food poisoning, maybe he’s trying to guest star on Long Island Medium

    Blake: Usually my gut is right when it comes to this stuff.
    Also Blake: Its like I have ESPN or something.

    Becca's Last Date with Garrett 

    Becca’s date with Garrett low-key confirmed him as the winner. I mean, ABC basically blew most of the episode’s budget on it—especially obvious compared to her date with Blake, but more on that later. They go on a yacht in the Maldives, swim with dolphins across the equator, you know, every day activities that will definitely help Becca decide whether or not she wants to spend the rest of her life with Garrett on his farm. Speaking of his farm, remember how shook Becca was over the tomato plants? Turns out she is even more shook over realizing dolphins actually exist in real life. Did this girl ever leave the house before selling her soul to reality television? Also, whoever called Garrett a poet before better take that back because this is an actual quote.  

    Garrett: I don’t get butterflies with you… butterflies are small… I get eagles.

    Becca's Last Date with Blake ​

    Becca’s date with Blake is literally just them riding bicycles to the beach and going swimming in some shallow water, no dolphins included. It’s almost like ABC forgot there were still two guys left so they only planned one date and just rented Citi bikes for the other. Yeah, Blake must’ve been annoyed about watching Becca turn him down on the finale, but he was probably way more salty about how much better a date Garrett got to go on this week.

    Blake gives Becca a time capsule he made (read: that the producers threw together to up the sentimental factor) Low-key it feels like he’s trying to take a page out of Jason’s––wait for it––scrapbook. Seriously though, what’s with all the crafts this season? Is this The Bachelorette or Martha Stewart Living

    Blake’s Proposal

    If old-Hollywood-swan-lake was a Party City Halloween costume, it would literally be Becca’s proposal dress. Sorry, no amount of tasteful side boob can distract from all those sparkly white feathers—dnd this was for a DAYTIME event. I bet if the proposal was at night her dress would have, like, glowed in the dark or something. Thank God we were spared from that. 

    Blake is wearing a suit and gazing pensively ahead from a speedboat, aka really making any advertising execs watching consider him for a fragrance campaign. Meanwhile, Becca is freaking out because she “doesn’t want to hurt anyone.” Like, maybe you should’ve thought about that before you sent Grocery Joe home on the first night. Anyway, it’s all about to go down and Chris Harrison warned us. 

    Chris Harrison: This is a breakup so painful, to be honest its a little difficult to watch.
    Me: Just like this THREE HOUR episode!

    I’m gonna cut to the chase with this one. BECCA SENDS BLAKE HOME. Yeah, we all saw that coming, but still. Becca legit just dumped him because there was nothing wrong with him and their relationship was “too easy and consistent.” Girl, this is how you ended up in the whole Arie situation. You should be looking for something move-in ready, not a fixer upper! 

    Blake is super upset, saying he’s going to have to deal with the breakup all alone. Don’t worry, Blake, I’m sure the hundreds of girls that have slid into your DM’s during the show will be more than happy to keep you company. 

    Garrett’s Proposal 

    Garrett runs into Neill Lane on the beach to pick out a ring for Becca, casual. (Blake picked a way nicer ring, don’t @ me)

    Garrett: This ring symbolizes our past, present, and future. Like our past relationships, get it? Remember I was married? For like two months? 

    Ah, yes, because bringing up your ex-wife when picking out an engagement ring is such a good look. Anyway, Garrett proposes to Becca and she says yes—shocker. They’re perfect for each other because neither of them is over their ex. Later, Becca says she totally blacked out during it, aka she probably realized that she should have picked Blake at that point and was trying to mentally escape. 


    Tbh, the fact that Garrett was married before is one of the least problematic things about him. Remember those controversial Instagram likes? Of course you do! Did you really think Twitter would let us forget about them? Nope. There were a lot of ~feelings~



    I’m not anti Garrett but I’m extremely disappointed in how #TheBachelorette painted Blake as mentally unstable and therefore unfit to be in healthy relationship. Insecurity is normal and we should be encouraging men to express their feelings bc if not we end up toxic masculinity


    Garrett is clearly so done with being in the public eye. Becca, on the other hand, is ready to start selling detox tea and FabFitFun boxes, like, yesterday. 

    Garrett: Please let me go back to my farm and my tomato plants.
    Becca: We’re moving to LA! 

    Well, wherever Garrett and Becca are headed, ABC is sending them there in their very own mini van, which Becca freaks out over. I hope this doesn’t become, like, a trend. If a guy pulled up to a first date with a car seat and a diaper bag in the back of a mini van you can bet I’d be asking plenty of questions and none of them would be “will you marry me.” 

    ABC is also sending Becca and Garrett to Thailand, so they can relive getting scammed into camping when they thought they would be living it up in some hotel’s “fantasy suite.” 

    Chris Harrison: You’re going to Thailand!
    Becca: OMG, we’re going to eat so much rice. 

    Oh, Becca. Your basicness will be missed.

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    Congratulations are in order for former Pretty Little Liars actress Troian Bellisario and her husband, Suits star Patrick J. Adams!  E News reports that the couple is expecting their first child together! 

    Rumors that the couple were expecting began to swirl after Bellisario was spotted with a baby bump during a beach vacation at the end of May. 

    The couple first met in 2009 when they co-starred in a play and have been together ever since. They got engaged in 2014 and married in December 2016. 


    Even with a child on the way, the two stars have stayed busy. They attended the Royal Wedding in May and, after starring in two successful television dramas, their next project (besides parenthood!) is the sci-fi drama Clara, which will have its world premiere at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival

    There is no word yet on when the baby is due or any other details, but we absolutely can't wait for all the adorable baby pics in the future! 

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    Never say that equal representation of men and women in the workforce doesn’t matter—in fact, it could be lifesaving to have a woman doctor nearby. 

    According to Scientific American, a new study analyzed 500,000 heart attack cases in the state of Florida between 1991 and 2010, categorizing them based on the genders of the doctor and patient (i.e., male doctor with male patient, female doctor with male patient, male doctor with female patient and female doctor with female patient). For three of the categories, there wasn’t much difference: The average chance that a heart attack patient dies in the ER is about 11.9 percent. But when it came to male doctors with female patients, that number rose to 12.4 percent.

    So what’s the reasoning behind the numbers? It can, of course, be very easy to just say, “Men are trash!” and leave it at that, but many researchers are hesitant to draw conclusions from this initial study, pointing out that further research needs to be done. And while that is correct, there’s also some potential explanations behind this increase.



    For starters, multiple studies have found that women generally receive poorer medical treatment, or are more likely to be misdiagnosed, or diagnosed less quickly than men. This is systemic bias at play—as Scientific American points out, male doctors probably don’t listen to their female patients’ concerns as much as they do to those of male patients, whether or not they realize it.

    It could even be that female doctors are just better at their jobs. Yes, that sounds like a wildly general statement, but a study found that heart attack patients had lower mortality rates overall when treated by a female doctor, as compared to a male doctor. Scientific American reports that this could be due to female doctors’ having a more evidence-based approach and longer conversations with their patients, which could help them pick up on patients’ symptoms and diagnose heart problems more quickly.

    This information, while it does require more research, is crucial to the argument that more women should be in medicine, especially emergency medicine: right now, only 25 percent of emergency doctors are women. Since women with heart attacks face higher chances of death under the supervision of a male doctor, better female representation within the emergency medical field could prevent more and more women from dying by heart attacks.

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    Paying for college is probably one of the top worries that so many college students have—we bemoan our tiny financial aid package, we take on part-time jobs, we resign ourselves to paying off student loans until we’re well into middle age. Especially at private schools, where the price tag can go up to a hefty $50,000 a year or more, worrying about college finances can be a huge burden. This is—or rather, was—especially true for Seth Owen, a recent Florida high school graduate.

    NBC News reports that Owen had been accepted to Georgetown University, and was planning to attend when he got his financial aid statement. Owen had originally been depending on help from his parents to pay for college, but cut ties with them in February after they rejected him because of his sexuality. Owen made the decision to leave after being subjected to months of Christian gay conversion therapy.

    "They made it clear their intention was to make me straight," Owen said.

    Despite his parents kicking him out, his financial aid package from Georgetown was still based on expected family contribution, with a fall tuition price of $20,000.

    “I started to cry, because I realized there was no way that I could go to college,” Owen told NBC News. “Georgetown was my only option, because I had already denied my other acceptances.”

    “I started to cry, because I realized there was no way that I could go to college,” Owen told NBC News. “Georgetown was my only option, because I had already denied my other acceptances.”

    But this isn’t a sad story—in fact, it’s a reminder of the hope and help that the community around us can provide, especially for queer teenagers. Owen’s former biology teacher, Jane Martin, who is also gay, decided to take matters into her own hands and help Owen achieve his dream of attending college.

    “We know that he's not the type of person to always say, ‘I need help,’” Martin said. “He tries to be very solution-oriented and deal with things on his own. We just got to the point where we came together and said, ‘This is something where we need to take the lead, and make sure that he gets what he needs.”

    Martin’s way to get Owen what he needed turned out to be a GoFundMe page, where she attempted to raise the $20,000 he would need for his first semester. The result blew everyone away: over 750 donations were made to Owen’s cause, and over $50,000 was raised in total.

    Martin was overwhelmed and overjoyed by the support. “He has had so much support and so many people reach out and say ‘You're not alone,’ and ‘It gets better,’ all of the things that we all need to hear when we're queer teenagers and are suffering,” she said.

    Owen was also grateful for the support, making a short video to say thanks.

    His financial aid package from Georgetown was eventually amended, as NewNowNext reports—he got a full ride! He plans to use the money raised on GoFundMe to start a scholarship fund to support other queer teenagers in unsafe home situations.

    In the meantime, he’s preparing to start his freshman year at Georgetown. There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that he’s going to do great, and though his parents’ refusal to accept him and love him unconditionally is heartbreaking, it’s comforting to know that his community will continue to look out for him.

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    If the only present on your wishlist is a shoutout from Draco Malfoy or you want the gender of your baby to be revealed by Bella Thorne — there’s an app for that. Released in April, Cameo is an app for personal shout outs from your favorite Youtubers, musicians, actors and more. 

    According to Cosmopolitan, these videos can cost anywhere for $20 to $1000. Whether you’re a 90’s kid who loves Lance Bass or a 2000s kid whose first crush was Drake Bell, you’re sure to find a face you recognize on the Cameo app. 

    Here’s how it works. First, download the app or visit the Cameo website and pick the celebrity you want to hear from. Next. Fill in some personal information, including instructions on name pronunciation and what you want said in the video. And finally, enter payment information and wait for your shout out. It’s surprisingly easy and cheap (depending on who you want to hear from). 

    The founder of the site, Steve Galanis, came up with the idea after seeing so many people ask his business partner, an NFL agent, for pictures with clients, Paper Magazine reported.

    Cameo’s business model has since been based on social media. These videos are designed to be shared, and the Cameo watermark in the bottom of each tells future customers where they can get their own. 

    The most popular celebs on Cameo are Evan Breen, Nick Colletti and Cody Ko, Cosmopolitan reported. If you haven’t heard of these social media stars, that’s ok because it seems like Cameo isn’t built for big name stars — just those with a cult following of fans willing to pay. 

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    It’s common knowledge that having shared interests and values is crucial in any relationship, but what happens when nighttime rolls around and one of you can’t wait to go out and hit the town, while the other is already in their PJs ready for a Netflix marathon? College campuses typically have a large party scene, but that doesn’t mean every college student wants to go to fraternity parties or drink until the early hours every weekend. If you find yourself in a relationship where you or your SO likes going out more than the other person does, don’t be discouraged! There are many ways to make the relationship successful and focus on what really matters: the quality time you spend together and what you love about each other.

    We talked to current college women, as well as Rhonda Ricardo, relationship expert and author of Cherries Over Quicksand for advice on this potentially tricky situation. Here’s what you’ll need to know:

    Learn to compromise

    Most people would say compromising with your partner is an essential part of maintaining a relationship. Doing a little of what the other person likes can go a long way in making them happy, even if it’s outside your comfort zone.

    “If one person does not want to go out, it’s alright to stay home sometimes but memories are built on adventures,” Ricardo says. “Maybe the couple should find something like rock climbing, volleyball, the gym or go on a local train excursion to get out and have fun together after a long week of responsibilities and deadlines.”

    Even if you both decide on an activity together, you can always compromise by doing lunch with one another, and then having separate night plans.

    Accept your SO for who they are and don’t try to change them

    Don’t pressure the homebody in the relationship to go out, in the same respect the person going out shouldn’t be made to feel guilty for leaving the other alone. “My boyfriend LOVES going out with his friends and I’m more of a stay at-home-and-watch Harry Potter kind of girl,” says Kayleen Parra-Padron, a senior at Florida International University. “I’m only human; of course I get jealous but I won’t stop him from going out just because I’m a homebody, it’s not fair.”

    Even if you two don’t share the same idea of a perfect weekend night, you should always focus on what you love or value in your partner by giving verbal compliments such as, “I love how much you prioritize your education” or “You’re always able to make everyone in the room feel comfortable.” Accepting them for who they are and what they love is key.

    Build, maintain and practice trust

    Trust is the foundation of any lasting relationship. Both partners should feel comfortable with the other going out without them there, knowing there will be no flirting or infidelity.

    “When there is (earned) unshakeable trust present, a valuable carefree spark is added to the relationship,” Ricardo says. “This couple will most likely have a great time with their friends while apart but will also miss each other and look forward to spoiling each other when they reunite! Time apart is healthy, keeps the relationship spicy and fun.”

    If you’re the one staying home, don’t assume if your SO doesn’t respond to a text for ten minutes it’s because they’re hitting the dance floor with a hot single. And if you’re the one going out, don’t abuse that trust by acting single just because your SO is not physically there.

    Related Link: 5 Signs Your SO Loves You (Even if They're Not Saying It)

    Set expectations

    “It sounds formal, but my boyfriend and I had to sit down and have an honest conversation about what we both need to be happy,” says Dartmouth College sophomore Rachel. “He agreed to not post multiple snap stories with single girls, because it always made me a little worried and I promised to not get upset if he takes a while to respond to a text.” Have an honest discussion with your SO about what you’d like the next time one of you goes out solo. For example, how much you’d like to text, letting the other know when you have gotten home safely and what behavior or social media postings you both can agree are appropriate.

    Focus on your similarities

    Although your idea of a perfect Friday night may be different, it’s important to remember what made you decide to become a couple in the first place. Make spending time doing what you both love to do a priority by working out together, watching a sports game or trying a new restaurant near campus the next time you both are free.

    If you're the person who loves going out...

    If you’re the person in the relationship who loves to socialize and get wild, there are ways to make sure your partner does not feel left behind. “When the party person comes home they could bring back food, flowers or better … a fun story, as to share their adventure,” says Ricardo. “Also, significant others get extra points for letting him or her know that everyone at the party said hello! This helps make it clear there are never any secret agendas when out with friends.”

    If your partner does decide to join you one night, Ricardo suggests “holding their hand, touching their shoulder or offering to bring them a drink at times during the night. If the extrovert completely disappeared and leaves the introvert alone for disrespectful amounts of time, the introvert will not want to attend parties with him or her and might see the lack of attention as uncaring or worse, an insult.”

    Let your SO know they are always invited to go out with you. If there are certain events throughout the year that you really don’t want them to miss, such as a semi-formal or friend’s birthday party, make sure you communicate that so you are not left feeling resentful that they aren't present.

    If you'd rather stay in...

    If you’re one who’d rather order take-out, watch a movie, attend a club meeting or just lay in bed when nighttime roles around, there are steps to make life easier for you as well. “After a busy week, I’d be so excited for a calm night in to myself,” explains Laura, a senior at Virginia Tech. “But then I would find myself checking Snapchat every five minutes to see what my boyfriend and friends were doing while out. I’ve finally learned to put my phone down and realized by staying in once I’m not going to miss the most fun night ever.” Make your decision and stick to it without any regret. Find something to do other than constantly checking your phone, such as reading a chapter in a textbook, cleaning up your room or a DIY pampering night.

    If you find yourself constantly worried about what your partner is up to when you’re not around, Ricardo suggests taking a look inward. “Accusations of cheating behaviors that are not true, not fair and foolishly destructive to the relationship are HUGE red flags. Hopefully the false-accuser cleans up their actions and realize they could lose a great person in their life if they don’t raise their own standards for cherishing their relationship before it is too late.” Don’t accuse your SO of unfaithful behavior if you have no real evidence, but also trust your own intuition if something feels off in your partner’s behavior.

    So maybe your SO wants to hit the bars on Thursday night, but you’d rather get a head start on a big project due Monday. Or you can’t wait for the weekend to roll around for your sorority mixer and your SO just wants to have a Netflix marathon for two days straight. There’s no reason a relationship can’t last with these differences if both people appreciate who their partner is and are willing to compromise a bit.

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    Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott posted a fake Winston Churchill quote on Tuesday morning, and the backlash was almost immediate. 

    Abbott quietly deleted the error, but while tweets can be deleted, screenshots are forever. Reporter for the Texas Tribune, Patrick Svitek, captured the moment and shared it with his followers.

    Perhaps the most ironic part? The original image is clearly watermarked by the popular humor website, 9GAG, which should’ve been a clear tip that something was off.

    The incident spread across the internet as Twitter users noted how easy it is to search the quote and find it was fake on Google. Others couldn’t help put poke fun at the Governor’s error.

    Mashable speculated that Abbott’s tweet was a comment on the current debate between fascists and anti-fascists as both sides claim the other is more violent. The quote Abbott used is actually attributed to Huey Long, a senator in Louisiana. 

    In a press conference reported on byDallas News, Abbot stood by the tweet. "What I tweeted was a sentiment that I had. It was irrelevant to me who may or may not have said that in the past. I didn't want to be accused of plagiarism for saying it. If no one else said it, attribute the quote to me because it's what I believe in,” said Abbott. 

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    We all know and love Gabrielle Union from Bring It On, but she’s a cheerleader no more: in Breaking In, Union shows off her acting chops by taking on the role of mother Shaun Russell. Shaun takes her two children, Jasmine (13 Reasons Why’s Ajiona Alexus) and Glover (Seth Carr) to her childhood home after her father’s murder, but they soon encounter danger in the form of four home invaders who take Jasmine and Glover hostage. Shaun must fight back to get her children to safety, with the determination and strength that only a mother can have.

    In this exclusive clip, we get a behind-the-scenes look at Breaking In, and get major insight into Gabrielle Union's character by both screenwriter Ryan Engle and Union herself, who was also a producer on the film.

    “Shaun’s biggest strength is that she’s terrified,” Union shares. “When you’re that afraid, you’re not thinking of, ‘Well, I’m going to just go to this degree.’ You don’t care. There are no boundaries. There are no limits that you can put on a situation that stands between you and your children.”

    Breaking In is driven by Shaun’s love for her kids, which is what makes it so intriguing. While so many films have action for the sake of action, it’s refreshing to see one that is so focused on its characters and their motivations. And on top of that, seeing a woman of color like Union kick ass and take names in this clip is exciting and awesome, since so many action movies are focused on men.

    Breaking In sounds like the perfect movie night thriller, and if you thought so too, you're in luck—you can now get it on Blu-ray and DVD starting August 7.

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    Zendaya is everything I want to be when I grow up: she has a successful career, is a socially conscious activist, and is one of the most stylish celebs out there. And I didn't think she could be any more inspiring—until right now. 

    In an interview with Marie Claire, Zendaya revealed that she chooses to audition for a variety of roles, even if they are intended to be for white girls. "I always tell my theatrical manager, 'Anytime it says they’re looking for white girls, send me out. Let me get in the room. Maybe they’ll change their minds,'" she told the magazine. "And, honestly, if there’s a part that I didn’t get or that I really wanted at the time, shit always ends up working out."

    One of those roles in particular was that of Michelle Jones, aka MJ, in 2017’s hit, Spider-Man: Homecoming. Zendaya went into the audition, hopeful that the creative team would be open to having a more diverse character in the film. “I remember making the decision to straighten my hair,” she said. “I didn’t know that they were going to be more diverse in their casting. I didn’t know that I was walking into a situation where they were already breaking the rules. You get so used to having to break the rules for people.”

    Zendaya is not planning on slowing down any time soon. Her latest film, Smallfoot, will be released in September and she is currently filming the next installment in the Spider-Man franchise, Spider-Man: Far From Home. She is also set to begin work on a new HBO drama, Euphoria, with Drake serving as executive producer. 

    Zendaya is an incredible role model and an inspiration to us all. I am excited to see what else she accomplishes!

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    Returning to college after a long summer has its perks, especially if you spent summer at home huddled on the couch with your laptop. You finally get to reconnect with those friends you lost touch with, everyone is throwing back-to-school parties, and your social life is once again in full swing! But while we totally encourage you to take part in all the fun and games, we don’t want you to be distracted from making sure you’re maximizing safety on campus too.

    Even if your school’s admissions brochure told you that your campus is one of the safest in the country, it never hurts to be cautious. That’s why we’ve partnered with SABRE to show you five ways you can stay safe, whether you’re at a party or just walking home from the library.

    1. Carry the right tools

    Most of us have been told by a worried parent to carry self-defense sprays when going out, just in case – and it’s totally normal to have apprehension about this! How effective is the spray? What if it blows back in my face and hurts me? Can it be used repeatedly?

    Luckily, SABRE has your back in the form of an innovative Pepper Gel, so you can relax. By using a gel rather than other spray formulas, there are no airborne particles and virtually no blowback, meaning you’re less likely to get hurt in the process of protecting yourself. Its range is also up to 12 feet (that’s 20 percent farther than traditional pepper spray), so you can fend off your attacker from a farther and safer distance.

    SABRE is the #1 brand trusted by police worldwide, so you know it gets the job done. And since one canister is good for 25 sprays, which can provide protection against multiple threats and is five times more than other brands, we think it’s the perfect safety product to stock up during back-to-school season, so it’s ready to use at any point of the school year.

    2. Use the buddy system

    This is a rule that’s been around since elementary school, so we hope you’ve got this one down. You might be tempted to stop by the party that cutie from your math class invited you to, but make sure you bring a friend before heading anywhere unfamiliar with people you don’t know or trust yet.

    And even if your campus claims that nothing will hurt you, try your best to avoid walking home alone at night, even if you’re just heading from the dining hall to your dorm. Having more friends with you is even better. So, the next time you’re thinking about checking out that new place downtown on a Friday night, turn it into a girls’ night and invite some friends. You’ll be much safer while also having fun!

    3. Know what you're drinking

    Parties are one of the best parts of the back-to-school season, and you can be sure that for the first weekend or two, almost every sorority house and dorm floor will be swimming with people. We know you’re eager to jump into the fun, but you should still be aware of everything that’s going on in the space when you’re there. You’ve probably heard, “Don’t drink the jungle juice!” before, but in truth, things get a bit more complicated than that.

    Don’t accept a drink from anyone you don’t know, and even if you do know them, be cautious—they may act like your friend, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. You should never put your cup down, either; always keep it in your sight, so nobody can try to sneak something into it when you’re not looking.

    And before you take a sip, you’ll want to do a test to make sure that beer really is just beer. SABRE sells their Drink Test Kits that are user-friendly: You just place a drop of your drink on both spots of the strip, wait for them to dry and if either of them turns dark blue, you’ll know that your drink is no good. The strips test for GHB and Ketamine, two of the most common date-rape drugs, so you can be safe whether you’re letting loose or fulfilling your role as the designated sober friend for the night.

    4. Learn some self-defense

    While some schools mandate self-defense classes during orientation, others haven’t equipped their students with the same knowledge. If you don’t already know the basics of self-defense, you can schedule a campus visit to bring SABRE’s College Safety Program to your school, and get an in-depth look at what you should be watching out for on campus and how to protect yourself.

    In addition to basic self-defense teaching, the College Safety Training Class will teach you how to use safety products like that pepper gel we mentioned, and personal alarms (more on that in a bit). They want to prepare you for every situation, too, so you’ll learn travel safety, situational awareness, active shooter response and sexual assault risk reduction. These are lessons you’ll take with you far beyond college, but SABRE will tailor the class to your specific campus, so they’ll provide the most comprehensive class for you and your fellow students.

    This isn’t something you have to go through alone, either—sign up with your sorority sisters, a club or a big group of your girlfriends. That way, you can be looking out for each other as well. Then when the class ends and it’s time to live it up, you can do so feeling better about your newfound knowledge, and more confident in your ability to help yourself or get help from others.

    5. Sound the alarm

    One of the most basic rules of self-defense is to yell when you’re being attacked, because it attracts attention to your situation. People will rush to your defense, or your attacker might get nervous that they’ll be caught and run away. But while yelling can be effective, having a personal alarm will ensure that you’re heard, and that people know something is wrong immediately.

    SABRE’s Personal Alarm with Key Ring attaches to your backpack, purse, keys or whatever else you take with you when you go out, so you don’t have to worry about carrying an extra thing with you. It’s also so simple to use: Just pull the pin out to sound the alarm, then slide it back in to stop it. And this thing is loud. Your alarm will be audible up to 600 feet away at 120 decibels, so anyone nearby will be able to rush to your aid. It’ll also throw your attacker off, and probably scare them, so you can get away.

    The best part? If you buy a pink or red personal alarm, you’ll be benefiting the National Breast Cancer Foundation or the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, respectively. So now you can protect yourself and help others at the same time—that’s what we call a good deal.

    If you come home from parties after dark or just likes to exercise at night, having the Personal Alarm with Clip and LED Light is a smart idea for your lifestyle. Like the Personal Alarm with Key Ring, this alarm is easy to use by just pushing the button to turning the alarm on and off. It clips to clothing, bags, waistbands or whatever else you may have with you, so you’ll always have easy access, too.

    It also comes with an LED light in three settings: a normal flashlight, slow flash and fast flash. So whether you need it for everyday use (like letting cars know you’re crossing the road when you’re on a night jog) or if you get attacked in the dark and want to alert passersby to your location and situation, this is so useful for every person on campus. Plus, the design is weatherproof, so rain or shine, you know you’ll be safe.

    With these tips, you’ll be ready to hit up all the on-campus back-to-school events and have a good time with new and old friends, all without having to worry about what to do if you’re in danger.


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    It’s summer and that means it’s officially sandal season! Vogue has you covered in the statement summer dress department, but sometimes you want to look just as fashion-forward in shorts and a tee – and that’s where these trendy sandals come in. Even if you’re more of a fashion-sneaker kind of girl, don’t be intimidated by swapping out your comfy kicks. We promise that these sandals are just as comfy as they are stylish.

    Here are seven statement-making sandals that will take your summer style staples to the next level.  

    1.  Viola Satin Fringe Slide Sandals (Kenneth Cole, $99) 

    These satin sandals from Kenneth Cole definitely scream summer. Not only are they bright and colorful, but they have the perfect amount of statement-making fringe to make you look and feel like you just stepped out from an exotic bazaar on your way to the beach. The low heel is really flattering while still being comfortable. They’re also available in a vibrant green, but we're low-key obsessed with the hot pink. 

    Wear them with literally anything to make your outfit just a little more dressy and sophisticated — you’ll be surprised about how versatile they are! 

    2. Reason Slide Sandals (Steve Madden, $79.95) 

    If your go-to little black dress and diamond earring combo were a sandal, this would be it. These Steve Madden slides are all kinds of glam while still being casual enough to wear with jeans and a tee. TBH, they make the biggest fashion statement when paired with everyday basics. And if you absolutely hate wearing heels, try rocking them with a black romper next girl’s night out. 

    3. Becky Leather Sandals (Vagabond, $120)

    Swedish shoe company Vagabond has updated gladiator sandals with a futuristic twist — super thin straps and bright metallic gold leather. The square toe makes them stand out from your average summer slides. Stick with the ancient-meets-modern theme by pairing them with a white sundress and delicate gold jewelry.  

    4. Minorca High Platform (Soludos, $143)

    It's not summer without espadrilles. This pair from Soludos shows you that statement-making shoes don't always have to be colorful — the silhouette can make enough of a statement on its own. The neutral colors let the extreme platform shine and they really go with everything. Wear them and make any outfit look #OOTD ready.

    5. Raye X House of Harlow 1960 Glimmer Sandal (Raye, $148)

    Who knew minimalist sandals could be so fun? They almost look more like jewelry than shoes, and the delicate straps balance out the bright rainbow colors so that they make a statement without looking too over-the-top. Keep your outfit neutral and stick to light, airy fabrics to match their breezy vibe.  

    6. Cally Illusion Block Heel Slide Sandals (Charles David, $219) 

    OK, is it summer 2018 or summer 3018? These ultra-futuristic block heel sandals from Charles David are out of this world. They have clear paneling a la Yeezy, but they take the sleek, modern aesthetic a step further with shiny silver leather. Don’t be afraid to wear them with denim or other more casual staples because they’ll elevate any outfit. Of course, they’re also perfect for dressier outfits, especially summer evening looks. 

    7. Apple Sandal (Sigerson Morrison, $350) 

    These snakeskin print sandals from Sigerson Morrison are just so cool. From the buckle detailing to the asymmetrical heel, they’re statement-making without seeming like they’re trying too hard to make a statement. They’re low-key edgy, making them the perfect way to balance out a girly sundress. Or, play up the edgy look with black cutoffs or destroyed denim. 

    From a show-stopping pair of block heels to a vibrant set of flats, there are tons of sandal options out there to try. No matter your style, statement-making sandals are a super easy way to elevate any look this summer!

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    This season of The Bold Type has made us think about a lot of relatable issues, ranging from disagreements with friends about gun ownership and white privilege to potential health issues like Jane's BRCA status. It's also shown us that relationships can be, well, messy. On last week's episode, "Trippin'," Sutton, Jane and Kat took a road trip to Sutton's hometown in Pennsylvania to try and get Sutton's birth certificate, which she needs before she can leave for Paris. We meet Sutton's mom and learn more about Sutton's upbringing, while also seeing Kat struggle with her open relationship and seeing Jane fall deeper into a love triangle.

    Here are some of the messiest relationship moments we saw on "Trippin'."

    1. When Jane gets drunk with Pinstripe

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    Jane is still struggling to process what her BRCA mutation diagnosis means for her future. When Ben sends her medical information about fertility, she doesn't really appreciate it. It stresses her out, so instead of going over the information, she decides to get drinks with Pinstripe when she runs into him. Of course, we all know that Jane and Pinstripe's (Ryan) relationship is not exactly platonic. Ryan just keeps showing up and being there for Jane every time she's freaking out about something, so obviously things are about to get complicated. Later, when Jane is drunk during the road trip, she tells Kat and Sutton that sometimes she feels like Ryan gets her more than Ben does. Yikes. 

    2. When Sutton runs into Billy

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    When Sutton goes to a bar in her hometown to find her mom, she sees not much has changed (people from small towns can definitely relate to this). This is further proven by the fact that the guy she used to have a thing with is still there, and still flirting with her and her friends. The look on Sutton's face is exactly how we feel when we run into former hookups or ex-SOs that we would much rather avoid.

    3. When Kat flirts with the bartender

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    The bartender starts hanging out, then making out, with Kat. Kat, being in an open relationship with Adena that allows her to explore her sexuality, is into it at first, and when the bartender asks her if she wants to get out of the bar, she says yes. Kat's mood shifts when she looks at her phone and sees a bunch of negative comments about Scarlet's relaunch on social media. Feeling stressed, she calls Adena. She realizes that an open relationship and sex with an attractive stranger are not what she wants anymore. She misses Adena and doesn't like how this open relationship is taking away from their time together.

    4. When Ben initiates bathroom sex

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    After returning to the city, Jane meets up with Ben, apologizes for how she acted in response to his medical information and tells him that she's decided to freeze her eggs. Ben says he has to go to work, and it seems like this interaction will end there, but then Ben says he's always wanted to try something and gestures toward the bathroom. The two of them aren't even very discrete. They just go into the bathroom at the same time, which, you know, is totally cool and fine, but maybe a little expected from Ben, who kind of gives off puppy-like vibes sometimes. Bold move, Ben. 

    5. When things get real between Jane and Pinstripe

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    Jane runs into Pinstripe yet again, so we know things are about to get real messy (There has to be a reason Pinstripe keeps appearing. He's seriously everywhere). On this episode, Pinstripe calls Jane by her first name on more than one occasion, when he normally calls her by her last name. Jane points it out more than once, but in this scene she says, "When you call me Jane, it makes it sound like you're serious about me." (Really, Jane? These are your standards for serious? We can relate though, honestly.) Pinstripe replies with, "Maybe I am," then walks away. *Mic drop* In previous episodes, Jane denied that she was part of a love triangle but now, it's escalating quickly. She can no longer reasonably deny that Ryan is into her and we have to wait until tonight to see just how messy this situation gets.

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    The DCEU has been expanding its cinematic and television line up. From releasing the Titans trailer at the San Diego Comic Con to the upcoming Bird of Prey film, the DCEU has finally started to broaden its comic-inspired horizons to include mindful representation. After the showrunners for The CW's impending Batwoman series noted that they were looking to cast a lesbian actress to portray Batwoman, the shamelessly lesbian crime-fighter, we’ve been gaily waiting for any news about who will play Kate Kane. In a statement earlier today, The CW announced that Ruby Rose will portray Batwoman in the upcoming titular show, and we have so many (queer) feelings RN!

    Aside from her vigilante endeavors, Batwoman is an out lesbian in nearly all of her comic book cameos (and titular comic runs). Her crime fighting ways have served to show DC Comic readers a healthy role model for LGBTQIA+ characters—apart from the harmful pop culture tropes that also include mental health conditions in LGBTQIA+ characters’ story arcs, which not only perpetuates stigma about mental health but also stigmatizes the LGBTQIA+ community.

    Beyond her comic panels, Batwoman has bolstered the charge to fight discrimination against lesbians. Business Insider reports that in 2013 the Batwoman comic creative team quit after DC Comic annexed Batwoman’s wedding with her girlfriend, Maggie Sawyer. Batwoman’s impact extended beyond her comic series because her unabashedly sexuality showed people in the real world (in this case, the comic book team behind her series) that we can actively fight against discrimination against lesbians (which simultaneously includes oversexualizing lesbians and discriminating against women who love other women) and the entire LGBTQIA+ community. Hiring Ruby Rose to portray Batwoman, who’s a defender of LGBTQIA+ rights in and out of her comic appearances, is an exceptional step toward mindful representation.

    The CW notes, “Rose is a fervent supporter of many charities, including the causes closest to her heart, such as Anti Bullying, Women and Gay Rights, Animal Welfare and Youth Mental Health. Rose was most recently awarded with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 2016 GLAAD Media Awards, which is presented to an LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance.” Naturally, Rose is an exemplary actor to portray Batwoman. Like Batwoman, Rose is a vehement supporter of the LGBTQIA+ rights as well as a mindful mental health advocate.

    Showing Batwoman’s audience that Kate Kane is also portrayed by a lesbian who supports the entire community assures viewers that an important part of Kane’s identity—her sexuality—won’t be erased or diminished in the upcoming production. Granted, we don’t know how much input Rose will have on the production, but we’re pretty sure that she’ll be vocal about showcasing Batwoman’s sexuality in a way that represents the lesbian community is a positive, non-fetishizing light. While Rose can be perceived as a defender of the LGBTQIA+ community in her own right, it’s even more noteworthy that Batwoman will be portrayed by a gender fluid actress.

    You might already know Rose from her days on Orange Is the New Black or the upcoming book-turned-film, The Meg (which, btw, comes out later this week on August 10). However, Rose gained popularity after her self-produced short film, Break Free, which illustrated her definition of her gender fluid identity.

    Since her short film, Rose has talked about her gender fluid identity to various publications, such as Teen Vogue. Along with her gender fluid identity, Rose uses the she/her pronouns which is important because non-binary women and similar identities exist. Because Rose is open about her gender identity and her sexual identity, her involvement in Batwoman can show viewers that they can have a healthy relationship with every aspect of their identities, too.

    It’s critical that a gender fluid person portray Batwoman as well. While she isn’t gender fluid in the comics, Rose’s gender fluid identity can continue to debunk the traditional, and often hackneyed, definition of femininity and masculinity. This will help show that Kate Kane is so much more than her womanhood, or what others might perceive as typical feminine characteristics, which is particularly critical in comic-related media—because women in refrigerators is still a prevalent trope in comic books.

    As The CW's impending Batwoman series focuses on Batwoman’s transition to becoming a full-fledged superhero, Batwoman is the first-ever out lesbian superhero to make her television debut. To make this on-screen milestone even more monumental, Ruby Rose is the first out lesbian to portray a lesbian superhero. Hopefully, the DCEU and other superpowered entertainment companies (side-eyeing you, Marvel) can take the hint from Batwoman and continue (or start) to celebrate representation in a respectful manner.

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    This season of Dietland was a whirlwind. The life of almost every major character was turned upside down and back up again, more things happened than we could keep track of, and it seemed that for every answered question created another unanswered one.

    At the beginning of the season we had no idea who/what Jennifer was. Now we do. We had no idea what Calliope House did. Now we do. We had no idea how far Kitty would go in treating people like trash. Now we do. We now know all the answers to these questions, but we’re still left wondering about a lot more...

    1. What is going to happen to Leeta?

    In the season finale it was confirmed that Leeta was not the ringleader of Jennifer, as the police believed, but rather just a member of the group. From Jennifer, we learn that Leeta organized a survivor’s group at a women’s shelter, but was then allowed to help the group with the murder of Stella Cross in an earlier episode.

    Now, we see Leeta huddled on the floor of the beauty closet muttering to herself. She’s clearly in shock, traumatized by the role she has played in killing Stella. She starts whispering words like “jugular” and comments about “the whole head” being cut off. We see Julia try to help Leeta, but once she is arrested and Eladio abandons her, we have no idea what’s going to happen next for Leeta.

    2. What is going to happen to Kitty?

    Kitty finally has her job back at Daisy Chain (and a huge promotion, too). We might have thought that her days of terrorizing those who work for her were over, but it doesn’t appear that way. She shows some sympathy in allowing Dominic to work for her, but it seems he has to sell his soul to do it—and she even fires one of her closest friends at the magazine.

    Sure she’s back on top now, but the show ends with some seriously disturbing threats from Stanley Austen. Is she going to continue unscathed, or will karma finally come back around to get her?

    3. What’s going on with Verena?

    This whole season Verena has been the nice one. We could even call her the calm and compassionate foil to Kitty’s nastiness. She’s always been about helping others, but when she feels betrayed by Julia and Plum, she decides to go out for revenge. In doing so, and finding joy in doing it, she shows a side of herself we’ve never seen before.

    Verena goes to the police to turn Julia in as a member of Jennifer and lets them know who the leader of the group is, and it starts to seem like she might actually be the bad guy. Although we can’t blame her for wanting to end the violence that Jennifer inflicts, we can’t help but wonder how she can be so happy with herself for ruining the lives of her supposed “friends.”

    4. What’s going to happen to Jennifer?

    Because the FBI knows who they are, Jennifer (including Plum) are now on the run. Plum seems pretty motivated to stay with them. It seems like she’s finally found her place in society, and doesn’t seem ready to give it up anytime soon. But if they’re on the run, how much can they do to fight back?

    And while running away from the cops, only a few of them made it out. What’s going to happen to the rest of Jennifer?

    5. What other important issues are going to be addressed in season two?

    This season covered everything from fat acceptance and self-worth to violence against women and sexual assault. While almost every topic that is controversial or important to wider discussions in today’s society were touched on, there’s definitely a lot deeper that the show can go.

    We’re crossing our fingers and hoping for a season two because we're more than ready for these questions to be answered.

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