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A Collegiette's Guide to Life

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    Jennifer Lawrence may not be sporting a "verified" blue check next to her name on any social media sites, but that doesn't mean she isn't lurking around.

    The Hunger Games alum revealed she has been active in the social media realm for some time, but only as a voyeur. In her words: "I watch, I don't speak."

    Her recent statement to InStyle came as a bit of a surprise since the star has been an outspoken opponent of Twitter and other social media sites. In 2014, the actress said, "It's fine, I respect that, but no, I'll never get a Twitter. If you ever see a Facebook, Instagram or Twitter that says it's me, it most certainly is not."

    And while J. Law has changed her mind about joining the rest of the world on Instagram, Facebook, etc., she still has the same mentality about it's negativity—hence her role as a watcher. "There is always so much backlash. So many people are listening and paying attention, and they have so many opinions about absolutely everything," she said. "I really don't want to welcome that unless it's absolutely necessary."

    The only time the Silver Linings Playbook star will entertain the idea of posting or tweeting is when she is "promoting something or something really burns my onions," otherwise her lips are sealed. "I'm aware that I have a tendency to say whatever pops into my mind," she told InStyle. "So when I go out, I try to be my own personal trainer and tell myself, 'Don't say it.'"

    Keep your eyes peeled because you never know if that photo-less profile picture is J. Law herself creeping on you.


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    Update: Hailey Baldwin hopped on Twitter earlier today to refute claims that she and Justin Bieber have already tied the knot. "I understand where the speculation is coming from, but I'm not married yet," she tweeted.

    It's official! Heartthrob Justin Bieber and supermodel Hailey Baldwin have tied the knot, just two months after getting engaged. (Ummm, I think my invite got lost in the mail)

    The newly wed couple were married Thursday in New York City, according to PEOPLE. A religious source confirmed they were legally married at the courthouse, but are going to have a religious ceremony and celebration with family and friends soon: “They’re going to have a big blowout, in front of God and everyone they love."

    PEOPLE also reported that the couple appeared to be extremely emotional with a witness stating they saw Bieber telling Baldwin, in tears, “I can’t wait to marry you, baby.” According to the outlet, Justin told a court official, “Thanks for keeping it on the DL.”

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    A post shared by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on

    The whirlwind wedding comes as no surprise, as a source close to Bieber previously told PEOPLE the two preferred quick and quiet nuptials, as they "don’t want a long engagement and are already planning their wedding."

    In an interview with The Cut, Baldwin dished on a potential wedding venue. “I just picture lights strung everywhere . . . I think having it in the woods would be so beautiful,” Baldwin said. She also revealed who would be in her wedding. “My sister will be my bridesmaid . . . And maybe Justin’s little sister as a flower girl."

    Baldwin also addressed whether or not her family feels she’s too young to get married. “My sister was 24 when she got married, and my parents also got married when they were young, too,” she said. “I see no reason to wait. When you know it’s right, it’s right.” Baldwin then went on to tell the magazine that her parents are completely on board. “I said to them, ‘You’d stop me if you didn’t think this was the right decision, right?’ And they didn’t.”

    Although I'm a little bummed there weren't photos of the two in a tuxedo and wedding gown, I'm excited for their journey as a married couple. Congrats to the two newly weds!


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    Ellen DeGeneres loves to bring viral Internet sensations on her show, and Mary Halsey is no exception. Halsey, also known as Missy Elliott's "funky white sister" appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show because of her popular video where she covers Missy's song "Work It." Missy Elliott shared the video on Twitter, calling Halsey byb the nickname and it's stuck ever since.

     

    In true Ellen show style, of course Mary had to perform her version for the crowd live. The performance is great, but it's even better when she sees the surprise she received.Get ready to smile from ear-to-ear because her sister surprises her on stage! Yes, Missy comes out and joins Mary, making the cover even more enjoyable.

    Her face when Missy enters the stage is priceless, but the best part is how she still finishes out her cover with Missy, without missing a beat. Ellen always knows how to make people smile, doesn't she? Now the real question is, when is Mary Halsey joining Missy on tour? Seeing the rendition go worldwide would be iconic, TBH.


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    Ariana Grande is saying her final goodbye to ex-Mac Miller, who was found dead last Friday in his home in San Fernando Valley after an apparent overdose. Ariana posted a photo of the rapper shortly after his passing last week, but on Friday afternoon she shared a few touching words. 

    The singer posted a video of Mac singing at dinner and then getting embarrassed. Ariana is heard laughing, saying how he "makes me happy." But the caption for the video is what made it all the more tear-inducing. "I adored you from the day I met you when I was 19 and I always will. I can’t believe you aren’t here anymore. I really can’t wrap my head around it," she wrote. "We talked about this. So many times. I’m so mad, I’m so sad I don’t know what to do. You were my dearest friend. For so long. Above anything else. I’m so sorry I couldn’t fix or take your pain away. I really wanted to. The kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved. I hope you’re okay now. Rest."

    Ugh, my heart breaks for her.

    Ariana and Mac were together for a year and a half before their split. However, their break-up did not mean Ari was any less supportive of the rapper and his efforts to be sober. "There could not have been anybody more supportive of him being sober than Ariana," Mac Miller's friend Shane Powers said on his podcast. "This little girl was unbelievably involved and helpful to him being healthy."

    Mac Miller was only 26.


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    New York Fashion Week has started off with a frankly tear-jerking and empowering bang, thanks to Queen Rihanna. Rihanna's highly anticipated lingerie line, a collaboration with Fenty and Savage, has finally debuted with an incredible fashion show featuring women of all shapes and sizes. Last Wednesday night, Rihanna's Savage x Fenty lingerie fashion show featured women of different ethnicities and body types, showing off the line's aim to deliver sexy lingerie to a greater range of women. Pregnant models took the runway as well, letting audiences know that mothers, too, are beautiful and sexy in every form of their own body. 

    The show was mesmerizing, presented with a garden theme, making the models stand out as the beautiful flora in their colorful lingerie pieces. The models not only strutted across the garden stage, but they posed and danced gracefully. The choreography brought Rihanna's pieces to life, but also allowed all those different women to proudly and boldly illustrate their own individual beauty. The show, combined with its natural imagery and tribal sisterhood choreography, was a fashion spectacle like no other. To top it off, many familiar famous faces modeled at the show as well, including Bella and Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls, and Duckie Thot. Instagram was especially hyped over the colors and designs of the new lingerie line.  

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Bella backstage @savagexfenty @bellahadid #bellahadid #NYFW #savagexfw18 #rihanna

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    As if the sheer beauty of the Savage x Fenty lingerie pieces weren't enough to be excited about, people were raving over the size inclusiveness, looking to the beautiful models as inspiration.

     

    The line's apparel sizes range from sizes 0-2 to sizes 20-22, while the lingerie and bras range from sizes 32A to 44DD. With this inclusive range and the gorgeous models that proudly represent that range, Rihanna's Savage x Fenty lingerie line is very likely to become a huge success. The Savage x Fenty line is now available online and the 18-minute long runway show is enough to show you all the line's options in all their garden-esque glory. 


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    Earlier this week, Justin Bieber’s longtime manager, Scooter Braun, sat down with Van Lathan’s The Red Pill podcast for an interview, revealing how the Bieb's past bad behavior worried him to the point where he feared the young singer was going to die.

    “There was a time when I would go to sleep almost every night, when he had the money to fly away from me, and I was worried every night that I was gonna lose him," Braun said. "That was the time when I was telling him he’s not allowed to work. He used to yell and scream at me and he wanted to put music out. He wanted to tour, but I thought if he did that, he would die. So I just refused. We weren’t making any money, it wasn’t like I was trying to take advantage. I didn’t want him to work, I wanted him to get healthy.”

    Then, without revealing too much, such as what substances Bieber was abusing and the extent of its damage, Braun admits to having attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings when things got serious. “I thought he was going to die. I thought he was going to [go to] sleep one night and that he would have so much crap in his system that he would not wake up the next morning."

    Braun then explained when the "What Do You Mean?" singer decided to change, after trying to help him for a year and a half. "It wasn’t until one day he woke up and said, ‘Hey, I need to talk to you. I don’t want to be this person anymore,"’ Braun said. "And he made the decision to change, and actually put that into action, and the result is who he’s become today, and that is the result of his own decision, no one else’s.”

    Then, Bieber's manager went on to reflect on the scrutiny Bieber’s behavior received. “I think Justin is an extraordinary young man who has been given an extraordinary life and because of that, he cannot complain that he’s held to extraordinary standards . . . He used to complain, he used to fight it, and that’s kind of what got him into a dark place.”

    Braun continued, “But when he accepted his responsibility and took a hard look at himself and not what everyone else was doing, that’s when he owned it, and he got healthy, and he got better, and he made the choice to change.”


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    Florence may have been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm on Friday afternoon, but the powerful wind and rain have already resulted in the deaths of five people — including a mother and infant — in North and South Carolina.

    The tropical storm is expected to continue throughout the weekend. According to CBS News, hundreds have been rescued from New Bern and Jacksonville, North Carolina alone. Nearly 900,000 in the state are without power, and Duke Energy anticipates that number climbing to 3 million.

    So far, more than 30 inches of rain have fallen in North Carolina. One meteorologist predicted that Florence "could dump a staggering 18 trillion gallons of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland," CBS News reported

    North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper is urging residents that evacuated to not go home yet. "Stay in place. People are still being rescued in coastal North Carolina. We've got a lot of debris, a lot of covered roads, covered with water. (It's) a dangerous situation here," Cooper told ABC News

    The governor said his main concern is the record-breaking storm's water and flooding. "With every inch of rain, our rivers rise and we'll see significant flooding on into next week -- could be of historic proportions. ... Our No. 1 concern right now is the safety of our people here," Cooper said. "We're seeing potential for flooding in counties that haven't seen flooding in recent years and we're looking at 500- to 1000-year rain and flood events here in North Carolina. Our preparation is now having to turn to determination and we're going to work hard to recover and recover quickly. North Carolinians are resilient and we’re going to pull together and get this thing done."

    The state could potentially face anywhere from $10 billion to $60 billion in economic damages. President Trump issued a disaster declaration on Saturday, making federal money available to people in various North Carolina counties. 


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    If you need any more proof that we're living in a simulation, look no further than the recent performance by Good Charlotte... and Dr. Phil. Yes, that Dr. Phil.

    The two joined forces for a sketch on The Late Late Show with James Corden, in which the host embraces the role of a "renowned music performance enhancement coach." 

    "Some people call me the Ghandi of music," Corden says. "So when Good Charlotte called me saying they needed my help, I hopped on the first flight to Dallas."

    However, it turns out that the band lives in Los Angeles. The camera flashes to Benji and Joel Madden, who reveal they never actually called Corden. "We've never met him. He just showed up," they said.

    "Right now you're Good charlotte, and I want you to be Great Charlotte," Corden tells the band before presenting his grand idea: a collaboration with Dr. Phil. 

    "I'm here to rock this bitch!" Dr. Phil says after arriving. 

    When it comes time for the duo's performance, Dr. Phil emerges with deep eyeliner, a fake tattoo sleeve, and way too much leather. The whole thing is hilarious, and Dr. Phil clearly had a lot of fun. "I'm like a pig in the mud. I cannot thank James enough," he said. "I knew it was what I needed to be doing. It's like I always say, when you get the right chicken in the right coop, pretty soon, you're eating scrambled eggs, man!"

    Corden, however, admitted that his idea wasn't one of his best: "If anything, that was Bad Charlotte."

    Watch the entire sketch below. 


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    Apparently, people — even those with the degree of fame that Eminem has — still use the word "f****t" as an insult in 2018. The rapper used the homophobic slur against Tyler, the Creator in a track on his new album, "Kamikaze."

    Now, he's apologizing (more like, attempting to apologize, TBH).

    "I think the word that I called him on that song was one of the things where I felt like this might be too far," Eminem said in an interview with Sway. "Because in my quest to hurt him, I realize that I was hurting a lot of other people by saying it. … It was one of the things that I kept going back to and going ‘I don’t feel right with this.'"

    Eminem added that he "wasn't in the right mind frame" since he was angry. He specifically targeted Tyler because of a tweet that apparently criticized Eminem's track "Walk on Water." 

    Tyler hasn't officially stated that he's gay or bisexual, but his latest album seemed to hint toward it. Regardless, Eminem shouldn't have used the word.

    That hasn't stopped him before, though. The rapper has frequently used the slur in the past, including on two of his albums. 


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    Who needs a senior prank or ditch day when you could literally have the coolest senior class tradition ever? While most high school seniors think of picture day as their chance to take an A-plus photo for their school ID, seniors at North Farmington High School took their ID pictures to a whole other level.

    Seniors at North Farmington High School in Michigan are gaining lots of attention on Twitter for their epic school ID photos, in which they dressed as pop culture icons and memes. According to Hello Giggles, last year’s senior class’ ID photos went viral on social media. But this year, the class of 2019 decided to up their game to top the class of 2018, and boy did they sure deliver.

    The NFHS seniors’ ID photo costumes range from movies to television shows to celebrities and memes, and honestly, these school ID photos are the GOAT.

    The tradition began a few years ago, but senior Erin Sawyer says that the seriously cool tradition just keeps growing bigger.

    “The idea behind it is that the way our yearbook works is that everyone submits their own senior portraits,” Erin told POPSUGAR. “Therefore, the ID pictures are only on the IDs. The first class of seniors [that did it] took this as an opportunity to have some fun with their pictures! Now, I think some people wish the ID photos could be their yearbook photos!”

    Tagged #NFID2019 on Twitter, the school ID photos are all must-sees.

    Our newest Netflix obsession, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, made this year’s school ID photos.

    I hope there’s a Peter Kavinsky out there!

    This student’s school ID photo got the suite treatment. 

    Unsurprisingly, The Office was also included in the bunch. 

    This student is a princess? SHUT UP!

    As Willy Wonka would say, this one is a bad egg. 

    My personal favorite: Elle Woods. 

    This school ID photo is so cute, I’m gonna to die.

    This is one super school ID photo. 

    It’s the Magic School Bus!

    And don’t forget about the incredible Princess Leia!

    10 million points to Gryffindor for this ID photo. 

    There were also some major icons repped on picture day. 

    And these iconic memes came to life in these school ID photos.  

    We give NFHS class of 2019 major props for their school ID photos. Good luck, class of 2020, because they raised the bar pretty high. 


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  • 09/16/18--08:32: Links We Love 9.16.18
  • The most iconic tracksuits of all time. [Women's Health]

    How to help those affected by Florence. [USA Today]

    Will female candidates set a record in November? [New York Times]

    How Asia got crazy rich. [N+1]

    All the curve models who walked in NYFW. [Glamour]

    6 fan theories for this season of This Is Us. [Cosmopolitan]

    Celebs cuddling rescue puppies. [Entertainment Weekly]

    What will kids do with $100? [BuzzFeed]

    How to get better at multitasking. [Elite Daily

    What I learned in my first year of recovery from my eating disorder. [Spoon University]


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    Even though Riverdale stars Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart have never actually explicitly shared that they are in fact dating, they have strongly implied it by sharing Instagram photos that indicate that they are a couple. Reinhart had called Sprouse “my love” in a birthday message on Instagram last month, and now it looks like Sprouse is returning the sentiment for Reinhart’s birthday.  

    For Reinhart’s birthday, which was on September 13th, Sprouse shocked Bughead fans everywhere with a sweet birthday message.

    Sprouse paid tribute to Reinhart by sharing a stunning topless photo of the actress in front of a mirror, captioning the photo, “Both the birthday and the gift. My little muse, happy birthday my love.”

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Both the birthday and the gift. My little muse, happy birthday my love.

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    SWOON.

    As fans know, Sprouse is a talented photographer and it definitely shows in this photo.

    This intimate image follows a rare photo of the couple posted on Instagram by Sprouse on Monday, according to Insider.

    But that didn’t stop Bughead stans from just about losing it, and having some serious ~feelings~ about Sprouse’s birthday post.

    Last month, Sprouse said he wanted to share more private photos on his social media account, and he certainly has stuck to his promise. We hope Reinhart had a wonderful birthday, and that we get to see more sweet moments like this in the future.


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    Name: RAYLA

    Age: 17

    Twitter Handle: @Rayla

    Instagram Handle: @rayla

    Sure, we might be high-key jealous whenever we see a hyper-successful person who’s younger than us. TBH, it’s honestly refreshing to see how social media and the internet, in general, has allowed the younger generation to bolster their passions sooner.

    While Neopets might have helped us hone our coding expertise at an early age (because we couldn’t let our fan-based Guilds look drab), RAYLA has always found her passion at an early age. Instead of using a using a virtual community to discover her passion, RAYLA’s been immersed by music since she was five, which has inspired her to become the accomplished singer and songwriter she is today.

    At only 17 years old, RAYLA has opened from Olivia Holt and Jana Kramer. Plus, she’s used her lyrical aptness to create empowering songs that help connect people who are going through similar situations. After all, music can connect people, regardless of how divergent their experiences might be, and RAYLA’s also used her passion for music to connect and work with other artists. From Halsey, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, and Camila Cabello, RAYLA has been inspired by a plethora of musicians and she has a lot of advice about breaking into the music industry.
     

     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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    Her Campus: Since you're a singer and songwriter and you write songs for a lot of notable artists, what does a typical day as a songwriter entail?

    Rayla: Well, every day is different, that's for sure. But most days, I guess my preferred day is to just go to the studio with like a mood or an idea and just brainstorm and kind of talk to my producer about what I’m feeling and what I want to write about. And then he’ll kind of say, “Okay, cool, we’ll start creating the music and creating the beat." Then, that’s when I’ll start thinking of melodies and writing lyrics basically.

    Sometimes, I like to work with other writers because I kind of like throwing my ideas off of them. So, every day’s different, definitely. But most the progress is pretty good.

    HC: Absolutely, and that's kind of entertaining that every day is different, so it doesn’t get too mundane. And then what’s the best part of being a songwriter in your opinion?

    Rayla: Probably that I just get to show how I’m feeling. It’s really cool because whenever I write a song, especially when it’s an emotional song, it’s literally like I’m letting the world see my personal diary. And it’s cool, in a way, because I say exactly how I’m feeling. Nobody ever truly knows exactly who it’s about or exactly what happened. I think that’s kind of cool because in my own way it’s very therapeutic. I definitely feel lucky and fortunate that I get to work that way.

    HC: Absolutely. And I I know your song “Boys Like You” is a very empowering song written from a woman’s perspective of being used by a bad boy and kind of realizing that and coming into her own because of that situation. Were there any other messages that you hope listeners gain from that song?

    Rayla: “Boys Like You” is definitely just about a toxic relationship that I was in, so it’s a personal, true story. Basically, no matter what this guy would do, I would always find myself going back to him and knowing that wasn’t right. I feel like this is something that so many so many teenage girls go through. So it’s important for them to know that they’re not alone.

    And I wish that was there when I was going through that, that I had the following case. But just hearing the feedback about the song has been really cool because when I did write this, I did feel alone. And everybody has sort of been like, ‘I really love this song.’ Even if you’re 25 or 13.  It’s definitely like a comforting song.

    HC: Absolutely. I think it's necessary, in terms of self-care, to really have that feeling of togetherness and community. Like you said, you felt like you're going through this alone, and I feel like your song especially will help others in similar situations get through that and realize that they are empowered.

    Rayla: Definitely.

    HC: And then what inspired you to become a singer and a songwriter?

    Rayla: Honestly, I don't know.  I mean, I grew up in a house full of music. No one in my family is musically talented, though they’d like to think so. But just 24/7, my dad was playing anything under the sun, like night and day all the time, just Johnny Cash, Stevie Nicks and everything. So, I grew up with a really wide variety of music, and I just remember being really young and I would literally perform on my dishwasher in my diaper.

    I would always tell my mom that whenever I would cry or scream, it was because I was practicing, and it’s always just been something I wanted to do. I was a performer when I was five years old, in my opinion. I’m just lucky because my mom has a lot of [those memories] on film, so we’re going to have to release those one day.

    HC: That’ll be amazing. But it would also be interesting for a music video even.

    Rayla: Yeah, no, I know!

     

    HC: So how did you first get involved in the industry?

    Rayla: So, I’ve always liked to write music. I actually wrote one of my first songs when I was like five years old. I remember I couldn’t even write it, so my sister wrote the lyrics. And, I just started off writing little things here and there. Then, there was one summer where I’d broken my leg. So, I had the entire summer and I just got into songwriting. When I was 11 years old, I found this local studio, and it was really cool because all of the kids there, they were my peers. So as an 11-year-old, usually when you’re in this business, you kind of write with older people who don’t really understand. But this was cool because I got to write with people who understood how I was feeling as an 11-year-old.

    So, I always did music. Always liked to sing. Then a couple years ago, for high school, I decided to be homeschooled, and that’s sort of when I really picked it up and took it really seriously. I took trips to the city and Nashville and LA, so it’s been a really long journey but it hasn’t felt that way.

    HC: That’s always good when it doesn’t feel like a long journey because that means you’re very passionate and immersed in your passion. Since you’ve been through this journey since you were five, do you have any words of wisdom that help keep you empowered and motivated in your work?

    Rayla: One of the things I really recommend, for whoever is trying to do this, is that I always keep my mom around. I think that definitely helps keep me grounded because I know that I’m not actually truly alone. She keeps me going a lot of the time because sometimes I’m just like, ‘Ugh, mom, I’m 17 and I want to do this.’ And she’ll be like, ‘Let’s do this after. This is your dream and you’ve always wanted it.’ So having a mom to give you advice here and there is helpful.

    HC: Definitely. And finding that motherly figure probably helps when you’re on the road, too. Then, what’s one mistake that you’ve made along the way? And what did you learn from it?

    Rayla: There have definitely, probably, been a couple of mistakes along the way. But, I don’t always look at them as mistakes. I just kind of like to look at it as this is what happened and let’s just grow from it. But, have I made any major mistakes yet? Probably, but it mostly just some minor performance hiccups here and there. But, I just like to grow and learn from whatever, so I don’t look at them as mistakes. I kind of look at them as a way of growing.

    HC: Then, what’s been the most surreal moment of your career so far?

    Rayla: Definitely hearing my song on Radio Disney because I literally grew up listening to Radio Disney. So, I got in the car waiting for it to come on, and I was really excited and then I heard them say ‘Rayla’ on Radio Disney. And I just started bawling. I had no control, and I just started crying. Sometimes I’ll be in the car, and it’ll come on and I’m like, ‘That’s me.

    HC: Definitely. And that had to have been a nostalgia-induced accomplishment to have something you grew up listening to playing your song.

    Rayla: Definitely, just knowing that people in Ohio could be listening. It’s just so cool because Radio Disney reaches across the country, so it’s just super weird to know that I was living in New Jersey and listening to it in somebody’s car, but someone could’ve been listening to it in their room in California.
     

    HC: Absolutely. And then, I know you spoke about your writing process and working on different projects a little earlier on. However, is there any advice you’d give to someone who’s currently in the field, or even a different industry, who are trying to balance working with very different clients or artists?

    Rayla: Just kind of keep working and keep writing. I mean, I wrote my first song when I was five, and that’s probably not very good. But, you just kind of have to keep working at it, and you’ll adjust eventually. I know that I’ve been all over and have worked with so many different people, and you just have to be yourself and people will love you.

    HC: And then do you have any overall advice for college-age women who might want to get into songwriting or singing for the first time and they’re not sure where to start?

    Rayla: Same thing. Just put it out there. With what we want to do today, we have social media so it’s easy to post videos. Just work on yourself and the sound and connect with other people, who are trying to do the same thing because everybody’s really just trying to get somewhere. So find the person, find yourself and just keep staying true to yourself. It’ll work out.

    HC: Absolutely, and surround yourself with motivational people, like you with your mother. Then, how has your songwriting experience evolved since you first started your career? And how do you hope it will continue to evolve in the foreseeable future?

    Rayla: I definitely think it will keep getting better and better. I mean, the more you write the better it gets. Even if I went and wrote a song and it wasn’t my best work right now, maybe the next time it will be. So it’s kind of a long process. But, it’s kind of cool. Ed Sheeran was doing an interview and he said that he didn’t start getting good at songwriting until his 100th song or something. So, that’s kind of my spiel about it too. It’s not going to be perfect when you first do it, but stick with it and it’ll come more naturally because you’ll start going through these life experiences and you’ll want to talk about it.

    And, that’s sort of how it is with me that I go through something, and I’m immediately finding inspiration from things. And I’ll just be like, ‘That’s cool, what can I do with that?’ So, you just kind of have to look for things and let [your songwriting] take its own course. Let it evolve itself.


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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.)

    Hong Kong Hit By Typhoon Mangkhut, World’s Strongest Storm In 2018

    Deemed to be the world’s strongest this year, Typhoon Mangkhut ripped through Hong Kong on Sunday, collapsing bamboo scaffolding, tearing the corner off of a building and slamming the city’s waterfront with nearly 13-foot surges.  

    Typhoon Mangkhut’s winds reached nearly 106 mph and upgraded to a hurricane on Sunday morning as it moved westward into China’s Guangdong Province.

    As the storm ripped through the Philippines with sustained winds of over 105 mph and gusts of nearly 162 mph, it inundated its northern island with floodwaters and left dozens dead, The Huffington Post reports.

    In Guangzhou, the Chinese province of Guangdong’s most populous city, the winds pinned people to the ground. Officials at two nuclear power plants in the storm’s path on the mainland said they were “in combat readiness” as the hurricane made its way onto land.

    This storm comes as Hurricane Florence drenched the Carolinas in the United States. Hurricane Florence, which downgraded from a Category 4 to a Category 1 as it made landfall on Friday morning, had knocked out power to nearly 930,000 homes on Saturday afternoon and left multiple people dead.

    “Typhoon Mangkhut is a huge monster with very similar strengths as Hurricane Florence,” Yuan Xu, an associate professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said.

    Xu said that Hong Kong “has learned from past lessons to get itself well prepared,” and expected damage to the city to be limited, explaining that the city’s drainage system is built to handle storm surges and its buildings designed to sway in high gusts of wind.

    In addition, according to HuffPost, Hong Kong began to build electrical cable tunnels in 1988, so many of the power lines are underground.

    “Strong wind is not expected to cause significant, if any, disruption of electricity supply,” Xu said.

    Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Denies Sexual Assault Allegations

    President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, strongly denied on Friday the newly-surfaced allegations from a woman who claims that Kavanaugh “attempted to force himself on her” during a party when they were both in high school in the early 1980s.

    “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation,” Kavanaugh said in a statement Friday released by the White House. “I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”

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    On Friday, the New Yorker reported details of the allegations made by the woman in a letter that was given to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    According to the New Yorker, the woman claims that “during the party, Kavanaugh held her down and that attempted to force himself on her.”

    The magazine also reported that the letter alleges “that Kavanaugh and a classmate of his, both of whom had been drinking, turned up music that was playing in the room to conceal the sound of her protests, and that Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand.”

    The account said the woman was ultimately “able to free herself.”

    On Thursday, Feinstein said she had received the “information” and had passed it on to the FBI.

    “I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision. I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities,” Feinstein said in a statement Thursday.

    According to a source cited by the New Yorker, Feinstein had learned about the information in July, and while her staff had mentioned it to other Democrats, they did not share the letter.

    The FBI said it had received the letter but was not pursuing the allegations at this time.

    According to ABC News, Senate Republican released on Friday a letter drafted by 65 women who knew Kavanaugh during his high school years and vouched for his character.

    “We are women who have known Brett Kavanaugh for more than 35 years and knew him while he attended high school between 1979 and 1983. For the entire time we have known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect,” the women said in the letter sent Friday to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is, however, pushing ahead for a committee vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination next Thursday.

    Man Dies After Being Attacked By a Shark on Cape Cod

    A man has died after he “was bitten by what is believed to be a shark” in the water of a Cape Cod beach on Saturday, according to the Wellfleet Police Department.

    According to ABC News, the incident happened when the man was swimming at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.

    The man was pulled from the water, given first aid and taken to Cape Cod Hospital where he, unfortunately, died.

    The victim was identified by the Cape and Islands district attorney's office as 26-year-old Arthur Medici of Revere, Massachusetts.

    Medici suffered “injuries to his lower extremities,” an off-duty lifeguard told The Cape Cod Times.

    “Witnesses at the scene told officers the victim and another male were about 30 yards off the beach boogie boarding when the attack occurred,” the district attorney's office said.

    The local police is currently investigating the incident, along with the National Park Service and the state police.

    What to look out for…

    The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards are tonight!


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    Looking for a revolutionary new accessory to spice up all of your outfits? Behold, the new denim waistband, newly released from ASOS, retailing for $29. Its patent "just cut off the top portion of your old pair of jeans" design will make any outfit look stunning...right? ASOS dropped its new denim belt/waistband this past week and its function and style have people's heads turning for sure. As mentioned previously, the waistband retails for $29 on the ASOS website, is made with 100% cotton and comes in one-size. For that price range, the new denim belt can be considered a relatively expensive accessory. But is it really worth the cost? You could probably get a decent pair of "whole" jeans for about the same price. 

    ASOS has an interesting way of describing the garment as well, saying it features "button fastening", a "raw hem", and most comically, "an unfinished finish". Well, they got that right, at least. ASOS models the waistband as a belt on top of another pair of pants, showing off a double-waist button waistband design. The double waistband look could definitely appeal to some but could still confuse others. Maybe pairing the waistband with a pair of sweatpants could be an interesting combination as well or a plain short skirt. 

    The big question though is, do you really need to buy a $29 denim "belt", when you could realistically find an old pair of jeans and just cut the waistband off? You would know that it fits you perfectly as well, instead of risking the one-size fit of ASOS's belt. Twitter didn't really take kindly to the belt as well, seeming pretty skeptical of the growing "denim craze" across fashion brands. Has it all just gone too far? 

    While we're all here for the growing denim aesthetic in this year's fashion, let's not forget that fashion doesn't have to be insensible. This belt, while it may be just what some people are looking for, definitely calls that into question. 


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    Planned Parenthood has officially announced that Dr. Leana Wen will take her new position as President of the organization in November, CNN reports, and has a very accomplished past of advocating for and acknowledging the reproductive health rights of women across the country. Here are some of the key things you need to know about her:

    To start, Wen, 35, is currently the health commissioner for Baltimore and an emergency physician. This is the first time in 50 years that Planned Parenthood will have a president that is a doctor, the organization wrote in a blog post about Wen.

    Wen moved to the United States from China when she was eight years old, according to the New York Times. She graduated from college at 18 and became a clinical fellow at Harvard. Besides this she is also a Rhodes Scholar. She is obviously extremely smart and it's great to see such a powerful woman making her mark.

     

    In addition to her accomplished education, she has also been a longtime advocate for various reproductive rights issues. For starters, she won a lawsuit against the Trump administration. Yeah, already impressed, right? When Trump's team indicated that there would be severe cuts to the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, Wen made it her mission to combat this. With her help, the city of Baltimore joined a lawsuit against the administration and the judge ruled in the city’s favor.

    Along with challenging (and winning against) Trump, she also received national attention for working to make a drug which would reverse opioid overdoses available over the counter in Baltimore. This action helped to save more than 1,600 lives.

    In a written statement released by the organization she wrote about her longtime connection to Planned Parenthood: “as a patient, I depended on Planned Parenthood for medical care at various times in my own life, and as a public health leader, I have seen firsthand the lifesaving work it does for our most vulnerable communities.”

    As Wen takes this new leadership position, she is gearing up to face a very controversial and crucial time for the organization. Back in May, Trump presented a nationwide initiative to cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood if it continues to perform abortions.

    Wen is also likely to face many obstacles coming from the administration, but if her proactive past tells us anything, we're sure she’s up to the challenge.


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    Yara Shahidi is back at it with her efforts to get 18-year-olds to vote, but this time she collaborated with The Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon, to spread awareness through a cartoon all about voting.

    This animated video, which is reminiscent of the decades-old School House Rock cartoons (which you might've seen in like a middle school history class once or twice), is out to educate a whole new generation of teens.

    In a message of informing and educating the young audience, Shahidi, Fallon and a talking voting ballot work together ~in song~ to show the importance of voting during elections. Shahidi's cartoon character stresses the importance of not just voting during the presidential election years.

    The Grown-ish actresses cartoon version tells a character version of Fallon, “There’s an election every year Jimmy. And state and local elections can be just as important, if not more.”

    In her fight to get 18-year-olds and young millennials to vote, Shahidi worked withNowThis to create Eighteenx18. Through social media and their online website, the organization aims to educate young voters on how to vote and how registration works on a more in-depth level.

     

    The actress who previously starred in Black-ish, has been praised consistently for her work for inclusivity in Hollywood and as a voice for younger generations.

    This is the first time in a while that Fallon has been openly public with politics. In a 2017 interview with Sunday Today, Fallon said that he doesn't get involved in anti-trump speech and subsequently trying to stay away from politics, adding that “It's just not what I do.” However, when it comes to the importance of voting, seems like the old “SNL” is all about getting people to the polls.

    And, if you’re not already registered to vote, go do it now at vote.org. No, seriously.


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    The newest and most wholesome Twitter meme has hit us this week — and it comes in the form of an incredibly talented Lizard who just wants to dance. Found at @dancinglizardd, this unbelievably cute, groovy, lovable and smooth dancer will make anyone smile for hours, even if everything else in the world is terrible. 

    There’s literally no possible way to watch this lizard move and not feel joy. Honestly his moves are better than most people’s on a night out.

    Those are some of my personal faves but there’s a seriously wide range to choose from depending on whatever mood you’re looking for. The Dancing Lizard has you covered. The little guy even got 100,000 followers in just over a week, with hundreds of faves and retweets across his many eclectic dance routines.

    In a time where news can bring you down, this is a serious boost. We should all take some points (and maybe some dance inspo) from the Dancing Lizard.


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    Your dorm room is a blank canvas for you to start completely fresh — you can build an entirely new space for yourself and get as ambitious as you want with decorating (well, as long as your roommates are okay with it). As exciting as that may seem, your freedom is unfortunately bound by some pesky dorm and college apartment rules — for example, no nailing or drilling your favorite art frames, gold-plated key hooks, or photos of your BFFs on your wall.

    Lucky for you, VELCRO® Brand HANGables® Removeable Wall Fasteners are here to save the day and your dorm. Their easily removeable adhesive hooks and fasteners make it so easy and convenient to adorn your dorm in the cutest décor. Once your room is complete with VELCRO® Brand HANGables® Fasteners, you’ll want to snap a photo ASAP to show off your dorm masterpiece on the ‘gram. #cutestdormoncampus

    Keeping your space neat and cute

    One essential part of adding that chic, Instagram-able touch to your room is by creating a gallery wall. Pull up your Pinterest board and start gathering your inspo, because that perfect gallery wall you’ve always wanted to create is now 100% attainable. Hang up all of your gallery wall pieces with the easy-to-hang VELCRO® Brand HANGables® adhesive wall hooks and removable wall fasteners to safely keep your décor up throughout the entire school year. Some of our fave gallery items that really pull the look together include new or vintage art prints, large statement photos or framed pieces, small knick-knacks with gold or rose gold accents and a few photos of friends and family for that perfect personal touch.

    Another key to achieving a truly aesthetically pleasing living space is by keeping it as clean and organized as possible. In a dorm room, you’ll probably have limited space for extra dressers, drawers or organizational furniture (especially if you’re sharing the space with multiple other roommates). Using your wall to hang all your extra accessories is an easy, accessible and affordable way to organize your belongings without ruining the ~feel~ of the room. Using one of the chic and colorful VELCRO® Brand HANGables® Removable wall hooks, feel free to create an entire wall filled with your statement necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and your most fashionable purses.​

    Don’t let organizational pieces ruin the vibe

    Nothing’s worse than a room with organizational furniture that just don’t match the room. From discreetly hiding your plastic drawers underneath your bed frame, to keeping your dirty laundry bag in your closet, there are tons of tips to follow to keep those temporary furniture eye-sores out of sight. So why don’t we do the same with temporary fixtures for all our wall pieces?

    You can thank VELCRO® Brand HANGables® Removeable Wall Fasteners for their sleek and modern design, which add to the stylish vibe of the room rather than ruining it. Whether you’re looking for stylish hooks for hanging your keys or coats or want an unnoticeable wall fastener for your picture frames, there are VELCRO® Brand HANGables® Fasteners to ensure your room’s vibe isn’t killed. Plus, the adhesive wall fasteners come in several sizes and shapes, including L-shaped corner pieces and rectangular fasteners, making it super easy to conceal behind all of your wall decorations.

    Goodbye, hammer and nails!

    One of the biggest challenges of achieving that perfect dorm aesthetic is getting around all those annoying dorm and apartment rules. As you may know, most dorms and college apartments don’t allow for you to nail or drill holes in your wall to attach securely fastened furniture and décor on your walls. They also typically don’t allow any sort of tape or tacky surface in the event that it may rip off some of the wall’s paint.

    So, before you grab your hammer and nails or duct tape to start beautifying your bland dorm room, grab some safe and secure VELCRO® Brand HANGables® Removable Wall Fasteners and Hooks instead. Both the adhesive hooks and fasteners are extremely easy to remove and guarantee not to create any damage to the wall or rip off any paint. That way, you won’t get charged with any of those move-out fees at the end of the school year (hooray!). The removal process is way easier and quicker than removing tough nails and tape anyways, giving you more time to focus on all of your final exams and projects during the end of the semester.

    Ready to start planning for your dream décor for your dorm? You won’t want to forget to pick up your VELCRO® Brand HANGables® Fasteners before decorating your dorm to perfection. Getting that Instagram-able room has never been easier!


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    Now that summer is just about over, the best season of the year is FINALLY around the corner and I honestly can't contain my excitement. With the fall season comes a whole new wave of fashion trends to try out over the next few months. Animal prints, checkered patterns, corduroy pieces, fur accents...the list of super stylish trends happening right now goes on and on. TBH, it can feel a little overwhelming when you're trying to nail every trend that comes from the runway and the street. I often feel like once I finally get my hands on an ultra-trendy fashion piece, another trend has taken over my Instagram feed seemingly overnight. You can probably feel my #struggle in being able to physically and financially keep up with this style cycle. 

    In the midst of my frantic fall fashion shopping spree, I came across a Reversible Skirt from Marley Lilly, an online boutique filled with the cutest monogrammed jackets, jewelry, boots and more. Yes, you heard me right, a reversible skirt. I was immediately attracted to its most unique selling point being its ~double side~ and needed to add it to my fall ensemble. 

    As someone who tends to rely on just a few go-to fashion pieces for an outfit (i.e. my favorite mom jeans from Goodwill and my black Birkenstocks), I already loved the idea of being able to create twice as many potential outfits with just one item. When the skirt arrived in the mail, I was honestly *shook* at how soft and stretchy the material of the skirt was. One side was a plush brown faux suede that felt like a warm blanket on my skin, and the other was a just-as-soft tartan plaid pattern. The waistband was extremely stretchy and flexible, making it so different from any stiff skirt I've ever worn in my lifetime.

    The skirt also featured on-trend brushed gold buttons that go all the way down the middle, making for a cute accent that pairs perfectly with both the suede and plaid. Plus, they're snap buttons (!!!) which makes taking the skirt off at the end of the day even easier. 

    Once I was done raving to all my friends about how unbelievably comfy this skirt was, I decided it was time to take it for a test drive. For styling the suede side, I went for a more neutral look to let the skirt's texture do the talking. I paired it with a black crop tank top and some classic cat-eye sunglasses. I absolutely loved the way the skirt looks when you're wearing it — it drapes so perfectly and is just the right length. When it gets chilly in the fall, throw on a jean jacket and some sheer black tights and you'll be good to go with a chic yet cozy look.

    For the plaid side, I decided to pair it with the same black tank top and a light beige corduroy jacket with the black tartan plaid print. I'm totally digging all the primary colors in the plaid, including a cherry red, emerald green and a light blue — it makes it so easy to pair it with really any top or accent piece for the fall. The plaid is also so on-trend for the season, giving major"Clueless" vibes to any outfit you pair it with.

    The sheer amount of outfits you could make with just this one skirt is not only economical AF but so convenient for things like weekend getaways or heading back home for the holiday breaks (hooray for ALL the packing space). Plus, this skirt was honestly made for the season — whether it's a football tailgate during the day or a bonfire with your BFFs at night, the Marley Lilly skirt is honestly fit for any fall occasion. I'm going to go ahead and say that this is the fashion piece to have this season. 10/10, fall approved.

    Want to shop for all the fall staples you'll need from Marley Lilly? Enter our giveaway on the Her Campus Instagram for your chance to win a Marley Lilly gift card!


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