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A Collegiette's Guide to Life

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    Being single has its perks (read: saving money on dates and gifts, doing whatever you want without worrying about another person, etc.), but sometimes – especially after scrolling through endless fall-themed couple pics on Instagram – we just want to feel loved and satisfied. However, there’s no need to start frantically swiping through Bumble and Tinder trying to find your next bae, because you can fulfill yourself without a SO. Need proof? Read on.

    1. Take yourself on a dinner date

    They have small tables at restaurants for a reason, so don’t be afraid to hit your favorite places by yourself! “I love going solo to dinner,” says Sarah, a senior at Temple University. “I can order anything I want without feeling judged. I also don’t have to think of weird small talk. Sometimes I bring a book along, because there’s nothing better than good food and good reads.” There’s no shame in being by yourself at a restaurant; you can reflect on yourself and your life, all while chowing down on your fave foods.

    2. Watch a romantic movie in bed

    Grab your boyfriend pillow – I mean, body pillow – and snuggle up for a night in, accompanied by your favorite rom-com. We recommend anything with Katherine Heigl or anything based off a Nicholas Sparks book – you can’t go wrong. Even better, you can pop a big ol' bowl of popcorn without having to share it with anyone. Pour a glass of wine, queue up the Netflix and think about all of the people that are probably on horrible dates right now.

    3. Write down all of the reasons you love yourself

    It might seem cheesy, but taking some time to journal positive thoughts might just fulfill you. Once you see all of the beautiful qualities about yourself written down on paper, you’ll realize you don’t need a SO in order to be living your best life as your best self. "Whenever I'm feeling insufficient, I pull out my phone or a notebook and jot down positive thoughts and characteristics that remind me of my worth," says Anna, a first-year student at Montgomery County Community College. "It's hard to feel fulfilled when you're single during cuffing season, but this helps me a lot." Make a list of all the reasons you love yourself, from surface-level thoughts about your appearance to your personality characteristics. Hang it up in your bedroom for a little much needed inspo when you’re feeling lonely.

    Related: What it Really Means to Love Yourself

    4. Take things into the bedroom…(you know what we mean)

    Whether you’re single or not, feeling sexually fulfilled is important. Even if you’re not sexually active, sometimes you still need some satisfaction. Watching porn isn’t anti-feminist or dirty, and it can even be ethical. So if that’s what you’re into, go enjoy yourself! Masturbation usually goes hand-in-hand with watching porn. It allows you to learn what you like sexually, it can be empowering and it can even relax you. So go ahead, indulge yourself.

    5. Pick up a new hobby

    One benefit of being single is that you can do anything you want without worrying if your SO is having fun. You can be entirely selfish – at least when it comes to how you spend your time. Have you had an urge to pick up embroidery? What about something like power lifting or running? "When I was with my ex, I always felt like I couldn't try things that were adventurous or tomboy-ish," says Morgan, a senior at Temple University. "I've always loved rock climbing and hiking, so when we broke up, I finally was able to start doing these things." You have more time to try new adventures when you don’t have to focus on planning things with a SO, so maybe try to learn more about yourself in the process.

    6. Treat yo’self!

    Who said you couldn’t order 1-800-Flowers for yourself? Exactly. Order a bouquet, write yourself a love note and act super surprised when you receive it. Splurge on fancy underwear and bras (because feeling sexy even when you’re wearing sweats is *so* important). If you’ve been vying for Fenty Beauty products or those amaaaazing leggings from Lululemon, treat yo’self! You’d be spending the money on dates and gifts for your SO anyways.

    See? You can do just about everything without an SO that you could with one. Romance doesn’t just have to be between you and another person; it can be all about you.

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    What comes to mind when you hear the words “combat boots”? Do you think of punk rock and band tees? Are you reminded of your middle school self with extra-long bangs with an oversized sweatshirt? If the idea of wearing a good old fashioned pair of Dr. Marten’s doesn't bring a smile to your face, then you’re not doing them right.

    Combat boots often get a bad rep: People assume they’re only meant for specific moments, such as a rock concert, and it might seem like they only work on someone with a grungy or edgy personal style. But that’s not the case, obv!

    This fall, fashion trends have been all about pushing the envelope. We’ve been seeing style icons, like Serena Williams, showing that you can be elegant and a little crazy. But really, can we take a moment to reflect on her US Open outfit?! A full button mini dress and knee-high leather boots? We see you, girl!

    Like Serena, you can make CB’s work for any and all occasions, whether it’s a quick trip to run errands, a night out with the squad, or a formal affair. But, if you’re still not sure this look makes sense for you, here are five easy ways to style combat boots and work them into your daily outfit rotation.

    1. Channel your inner ‘90s diva

    The stars of the ‘90s are famous for wearing dresses with boots and giving life to the girly-girls who want to show a little rocker-chick flare. Think Jennifer Aniston-style dresses paired with chunky boots for a Friends-meets-grunge vibe.

    "You can never go wrong with combat boots," says Camryn, a sophomore at Cal Poly San Louis Obispo, "Dress them up or down— I love how in style these are right now!” So if you want to make the look work a bit better for the daytime, switch out the typical black boots for a pair of white ones. Add some statement jewelry to make the look a lot more casual so you can rock this throughout the day.

    Related: Seven Trends For Fall That'll Make You Wanna Run To The Nearest TJ Maxx

    2. Keep it casual

    If you’re not feeling the grunge look, trade the black & white combo for brown and maroon instead. The natural tones blend the boots with the rest of the clothing and overall make the outfit a bit less aggressive.

    “Combat boots are my FAVE go to. They’re perfect to make any outfit look a little bit more extra!” says Rachel, a sophomore at Cal Poly. Pair them with your fave jeans and a sweater that steals the show, and you’ll be ready for a stylish day on campus and a trip to the pumpkin patch after!

    3. Be a boss babe

    Wearing combat boots at your internship or job may not seem like a natural choice—especially with bigger and bulkier styles. But, if you’re going for a darker feel with your #profesh ‘fit, adding a killer pair of boots gives the look a hint of personality.

    Of course, you want to make sure you pick the right pair to fit the dress code. Try styling your combat boots like you would any other pair of booties and it’ll totally change your internship wardrobe from here on out.

    4. Brunch o’clock

    We all know brunch has basically become its own day of the week and an official meal time, so outfits need to be planned accordingly. The dress code for brunch is usually a bit more dressy and charming, so your outfit should make for a great Insta (typically including flowers or some sort of hat). But that doesn’t mean you can’t break out a pair of CB’s and add an edge.

    A floral sundress immediately becomes elevated when worn with some kick-ass shoes. Adding the lighter brown CB’s makes the look less understated as well! They’re a great way to add some edge to a classier look.

    5. A night on the town

    The most basic way to incorporate combat boots into your wardrobe is to use them as your “event” shoes. They're such a great way to show the world that you’re ready to take on anything. Not only do they look assertive and ready to go, but they make you feel uber-confident.

    These boots were made for dancing and that’s just what they’ll do! Emily, a senior at Cal Poly seems to agree. "“The best part of wearing combat boots is that they give off a cute look while being so comfortable. I can wear them for hours!” she says. 

    The minimalist combination of a black skirt and bodysuit is an easy ‘go-to’ outfit to create for any event. Your boots will blend in perfectly, giving you room to let another piece from your wardrobe steal the show—like this corduroy pink jacket (another trend this fall)!

    No matter how you style these bad boys, they will always steal the show. They can turn any outfit from drab to fab, or from underwhelming to showstopping. They can be just a casual addition to your look, or can be a piece that helps you express your fiercer side!

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    The death toll for the Camp Fire that’s raging through Northern California has climbed to 29, ABC News reports, with an additional 228 people reported missing.

    In the southern part of the state, two more people have died due to other fires in the area.

    The town of Paradise, where the Camp Fire is blazing, was home to about 27,000 people, many of whom now have no homes to return to once the fire is out, CNN reports.

    With 10 search-and-rescue teams out looking for the missing people, residents aren’t giving up. Colusa Police Sgt. Jarrod Hughes is one of more than 30 police officers who lost their homes, and are still out helping others, according to CNN affiliate KTXL.

    "It's my community, it's where I grew up. It's something I absolutely had to do," Hughes said. "There was no question about it. It was get my family to safety so I can get in and get back up there and help everybody else.”

    CNN reports that the three major fires, the Camp Fire in the north, and the Hill and Woolsey Fires in the south, have scorched over 200,000 acres of land. Nearly 7,000 homes and other structures have been destroyed, and another 57,000 in Southern California are currently under threat, officials say. 

    More than 300,000 people have been forced to evacuate, with 170,000 of those being in Los Angeles County.

    California Gov. Jerry Brown discussed the role climate change is playing in the disasters, saying “This is not the new normal. This is the new abnormal. This is real here.”

    Donald Trump, on the other hand, tweeted that the fires were due to “gross mismanagement of the forests,” and threatened to cut funding to California if it doesn’t “remedy now.”

    Many people blasted the president for his callousness, calling him “heartless” and “demented,” Refinery29 reports.

    Hopping off Twitter and back into real life, here’s how you can help everyone dealing with this massive disaster.

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    Stan Lee, Marvel Comics visionary and creator of beloved characters such as Spider Man, Iron Man, X-men, and more, has died at the age of 95.

    Kirk Schneck, an attorney for Lee’s daughter, told CNN that the comic giant was taken by an ambulance to Cedar’s Sinai Medical Center on Monday morning, where he later died. The cause of his death is unknown at this time, according to Schneck.

    “Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A superhero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect,” Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, said. “The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart.”

    Born Stanley Martin Lieber in 1922, the comic visionary said that as a child he loved to read, but was never particularly interested in comic books. Lee began his career at Timely Comics, which would eventually become Marvel Comics, in 1939, once saying in an interview that his assistant position consisted of proofreading, refilling ink for the artists and other remedial tasks.

    via Gage Skidmore - Flickr

    According to ABC News, Lee made his comic debut in 1941, writing a Captain America comic book, and used the pseudonym “Stan Lee” for the first time. In the early 1960s, Lee was asked to come up with a group of superheroes to go up against DC’s Justice League, and with the help of artists such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, Lee began a revolution, creating superheroes with human flaws, something that had not been done in the comic world before.

    First came the Fantastic Four. The superhero team became popular, with the grumpy, rock-skinned Thing becoming the most notable character. Following the Fantastic Four’s success came characters Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men and Daredevil.

    Lee said of all of the characters he helped to create, Peter Parker, the lonely, high-school student alter ego to Spider Man, was always the one with whom he related the most.

    “He’s just an ordinary guy. And underneath all this wonderful exterior, I’m just an ordinary guy. He had so many problems and nothing ever worked out perfectly for him. He was always in some sort of trouble. Yeah, I could feel for old Peter,” Lee told AMC in 2012.

    “I never thought that Spider-Man would become the worldwide icon that he is. I just hoped the books would sell and I'd keep my job,” Lee said in 2006, according to CNN.

    Lee served as Marvel Comics’ editor-in-chief until 1972, when he became publisher. He helped create the comic world’s first mainstream black superhero, the Black Panther, in 1966, and created strong female superheroes, drawing inspiration from Joan Clayton Boocock Lee, his wife of more than 60 years.

    “She inspired me,” Lee told the Huffington Post in 2012. “Because I’ve spent most of my life with such a beautiful, talented, challenging female, I feel I’ve gained, and am still gaining, a great deal of knowledge about the feminine mystique and about personal relationships.”

    Lee’s wife died last year.

    Though Lee, who developed the catchphrase, “Excelsior!”, had in the later years become more of a company figurehead rather than an everyday writer or editor, he became quite the cult icon. Making one of his first cameos in “The Trial of the Incredible Hulk” in 1989, Lee went on to be featured in every Marvel movie following “X-Men” (2000).

    “I’d like to be remembered as a guy who provided some entertainment for people, and who enjoyed doing it,” Lee told the Archive of American Television in 2004. “I’m not a guy who thinks much really of posterity or how I’m remembered, because you know I’ve never believed in this building, this business of building statues for people, cause once you’re gone you don’t know about it. I mean, once I’m not here anymore it’s not going to matter to me if I’m remembered or not. I’d like to be remembered while I’m alive, that would be nice.”

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    Miley Cyrus, who lovingly sang about Malibu in her hit song named after the California beach city, lost her home in Malibu after the California wildfire ravaged through the area.

    The singer wrote that she was “completely devastated” by the California wildfires that has left 31 people dead and has forced thousands to flee their homes, The Huffington Post reports. The home that Cyrus shared with her fiancé Liam Hemsworth “no longer stands,” she shared on Instagram Stories on Sunday night, but added that she and her loved ones are safe.

    via Miley Cyrus - Instagram Stories

    “I am one of the lucky ones. My animals and LOVE OF MY LIFE made it out safely & that’s all that matters right now,” Cyrus wrote. “My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong.”

    “I am grateful for all I have left,” Cyrus added. “Sending so much love and gratitude to the firefighters and LA country Sheriff's department!”

    Cyrus concluded by encouraging her fans to donate money, time and supplies to help those affected by the wildfires, adding, “I love you more than ever, Miley.”

    According to HuffPost, the singer purchased her $2.5-million home in Malibu’s oceanside Ramirez Canyon neighborhood in 2016.

    The Woolsey Fire is one of three wildfires burning across California. As of Monday, the Woolsey Fire, wreaking havoc in Southern California, grew to 91,572 acres, moving through Los Angeles and Ventura counties and leveling homes of celebrities in Malibu, West Lake Village and Calabasas, ABC News reports.

    Approximately 370 structures, including homes, had been destroyed by the Woolsey Fire on Monday, up for 177 on Sunday, according to Cal Fire. The wildfire has left two people dead in Malibu, and as of Monday, was only 20 percent contained.

    Other celebrities were also affected by the California wildfires, including Gerard Butler, Robin Thicke, Camille Grammer and Neil Young, whose homes all burned in the Woolsey Fire.

    Butler, who starred in the movie “P.S. I Love You” shared a photo of his Malibu home that had been destroyed in the fire on Instagram, writing, “Heartbreaking time across California. Inspired as ever by the courage, spirit and sacrifice of firefighters.”

    Thicke, according to CNN, posted a statement on Instagram, thanking firefighters who had “risked their lives trying to save our home.”



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    Young, singer of hit song “Sweet Caroline,”confirmed on Sunday that his home had been destroyed in the fire.  

    “We are up against something bigger than we have ever seen. It's too big for some to see at all,” Young wrote on the Neil Young Archives page on Facebook. “Firefighters have never seen anything like this in their lives. I have heard that said countless times in the past two days, and I have lost my home before to a California fire, now another.”

    Other stars, including Lady Gaga and Alyssa Milano, also fled the fires.

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    Pixar fans have long been awaiting the news of a Toy Story 4 since Toy Story 3 hit theaters in 2010. Now, we finally have a first glance at the new Toy Story 4, and it will make you both laugh and cry.

    While not many details are revealed in the new teaser trailer, it does look like our favorite toy gang is back, including Woody, Buzz and Forky?

    Here’s what we know about the next Toy Story movie.

    The tagline for the new film is “Every Ending is a New Beginning,” a reference to the final scene of Toy Story 3, where Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) says goodbye to Andy.

    But now the toys are in a new room, bringing happiness and fun to another child, Bonnie, and with that comes new adventures.

    In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, director Josh Cooley said, “Like most people, I assumed that Toy Story 3 was the end of the story. And it was the end of Woody’s story with Andy. But just like in life, every ending is a new beginning. Woody now being in a new room, with new toys, and a new kid, was something we have never seen before. The questions of what that would be like became the beginning of an entertaining story worth exploring.”

    According to ABC News, the gang encounters a cute, but awkward “Forky,” voiced by Tony Hale, who asserts that he is not a toy.

    “An actual spork-turned-craft-project, Forky is pretty sure that he doesn’t belong in Bonnie’s room. Unfortunately, every time he tries to get away, someone yanks him back into an adventure he’d rather skip,” according to Pixar.

    “The world of Toy Story is built upon the idea that everything in the world has a purpose. A toy’s purpose is to be there for its child. But what about toys that are made out of other objects? Forky is a toy that Bonnie made out of a disposable spork, so he’s facing a crisis,” Cooley said. “He wants to fulfill his purpose as a spork, but now has a new toy purpose thrust upon him.”

    In the teaser trailer, you can see that the toys are all content with their place in the world as they spin around hand in hand to Judy Collins’ song Clouds, but Forky’s anxiety builds as he desperately tries to escape from the gang.

    According to Hello Giggles, the film’s synopsis reveals that Forky reluctantly joins the toys on a “road trip adventure” where Woody learns “how big the world can be for a toy.” Sounds exciting!

    Toy Story 4 opens in theaters on June 21st, 2019.

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    Grocery shopping and meal prep is one of those adult things that hits you like a ton of bricks once you start college. With Postmates and fast food, it’s easy to just avoid the whole process, but it’s better for your health and your wallet to learn how to make use of your kitchen. Figuring out some staple foods to keep in your fridge and pantry at all times helps you get into a routine and ensures that you always have something to eat in a pinch. It’s not like we’re Chopped contestants or anything, so keeping it simple is a-okay. If you’re totally clueless on where to even begin, here are some recommendations to get you on your way.

    1. Eggs

    This sounds kind of obvious, but it’s also the kind of thing a college student who feels like she has zero time to make breakfast might overlook. However, eggs are super versatile and pretty hard to screw up. “I knew I would never go hungry as long as I had eggs in my fridge,” Kristin Perrone, a senior at Siena College says.

    You can boil a huge batch to keep on hand for the week, or make customizable dishes for some egg-citing meals. Yes, I said that. Plus, breakfast for dinner? Honestly killer.

    “Unless you're one of those people that can't eat breakfast foods during the day, you can get so versatile with eggs, from scrambling them for breakfast or putting them on your sandwich for lunch,” Kristin says. “When I studied abroad, I got in the habit of making huge omelets with veggies for dinner, which I haven't really done since, but they're so filling!” Fun fact: you can also scramble eggs in the microwave. If that isn’t a gourmet college meal, I don’t know what is.

    2. Fruits

    Some fruits can be on the pricey side, but for the most part, they are pretty dang cheap. Keeping apples, bananas, grapes or whatever suits you around your kitchen makes it easier to choose that as a snack instead of opting for processed chips or crackers. It can also be a better way to satisfy a sweet tooth.

    “We get fruits and veggies from the farmers market which is so cheap!” Hannah Harshe, a sophomore from the University of Michigan says. “I only spend about $45 on groceries each month.” Sounds good to us!

    You can also pre-chop fruit like watermelon, or create a massive fruit salad to keep in your fridge and eat throughout the week. Or just grab an apple on your way to class for a snack when you get hungry.  

    “My favorites are clementines and any other dried fruits that aren't coated in sugar,” Emily Schmidt, a sophomore at Stanford, says.  

    3. Grains (Pasta, Rice, Quinoa)

    Who doesn’t love pasta? It’s honestly a godsend for college students because it’s cheap, easy, filling andtasty. Plus, choosing whole-grain noodles will give you sustainable energy for your busy college life. If you’re not as enthusiastic about pasta, no worries. There are other grains that are also affordable. “My roommates and I are vegan, which sounds really expensive but it's so cheap,” Hannah says. “We eat a lot of rice, oatmeal, and pasta, and we buy all of those in bulk.” Keeping a jar of pasta sauce or pesto in your pantry and you’ll always have a quick meal to rely on.

    Rice is also cheap and customizable. With rice, canned beans and salsa, you can make a fantastic little burrito bowl. Chipotle who? With some creativity, and a minor amount of flavor profile knowledge, you can make some bomb dishes with rice. Quinoa might be the trendy option of the group, but it still isn’t exorbitantly priced and has more health benefits, like protein and fiber. “Quinoa is life,” Erica Galluscio, a junior at CUNY Hunter says. She speaks the truth.

    4. Nuts and nut butters

    Another great thing to put into oats, on a sandwich, an English muffin, fruit or whatever else is peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter—whatever suits you. See all of the options? Sometimes you just gotta dip the spoon right in there too—no shame.

    You can also skip the butter and go straight to the source. “Almonds and other nuts are a great snack to have on hand since they can actually keep you full,” Mary Hilliard, University of Notre Dame ’20 says. If you portion them out in a bag, you can also make sure you don’t eat too many. Add some unsweetened dry fruit and you've just made your own little trail mix.

    Related: 12 Recipes for When You're Hungry But Lazy

    5. Vegetables

    Fresh or frozen, vegetables are also a healthy (duh), affordable thing to keep stocked up on. When veggies are just sitting there, staring at you from your fridge, you are probably much more likely to eat them. "I always keep some green pepper in the fridge because it can go with so many things! You can put it in salad, eggs, a sandwich, eat it by itself! You can incorporate it into every meal and the flavor is bomb,” Marisa Pieper, a sophomore at ASU said. For dinner type meals, you typically have to prepare the veggies, but hey, that's what being an adult is all about, right?

    6. Oats

    More grains, but hey, a girl’s gotta eat. With the whole overnight oats trend, oats could be your new BFF in the mornings. Again, this is something that you can make with whatever you have available: fruits, nuts, honey, milk, etc. Just put your favorite ingredients in and your milk of choice, let it soak overnight, and it’ll be soft and ready to eat in the morning. And if you just want to make more traditional oats, that doesn't take too long either.

    Obviously, everyone has different tastes, but once you establish a standard fridge and pantry your life will become so much easier…or at least your culinary life will, no guarantees about anything else. 

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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.)

    Democrat Kyrsten Sinema Wins Arizona Senate Race, Flipping Seat

    Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is the apparent winner in the Arizona Senate race, and will be taking over Sen. Jeff Flake’s seat after narrowly beating out Republican Rep. Martha McSally.

    According to NBC News, as of Monday night, Sinema had 49.68 percent of the vote share, while McSally had 47.96 percent, making Sinema the first Democratic senator elected in Arizona in 30 years and the very first female senator in the state’s history.

    The race had been too close to call on election night, and had since been in the middle of nail-biting tallying of outstanding mail-in ballots. Since each mail-in ballot has to go through a signature verification process, the counting took several days after the election.

    The process had come under scrutiny after President Donald Trump, along with other Republicans, claimed that Sinema’s growing lead in the race was due to voter fraud, NBC News reports.

    During the campaign, Sinema and McSally had criticized each other’s voting records in Congress and drilled each other on hot-button issues such as immigration and health care. Sinema, a former Green Party activist turned centrist Democrat with a fairly conservative voting record among Democrats, painted McSally as someone who would blindly follow the president. Sinema presented herself to voters as a problem-solver who would work with the president on some policy issues, while still holding his administration accountable.

    In her victory speech on Monday night, Sinema rejected the divisive political rhetoric and honored the late Sen. John McCain by referencing his call for bipartisanship in his final address to Congress.

    “It won’t be easy, and it won’t happen overnight, but we can work together to meet the challenges our country faces,” Sinema said in her speech. “We can do this differently. For our country, for our future, for Senator McCain, and for each other I think we must.”

    McSally conceded the race in a video on her Twitter account Monday evening, saying she had “called Kyrsten Sinema and congratulated her on being Arizona's first female senator after a hard fight battle.”

    “I wish her all success as she represents Arizona in the senate,” McSally said.

    House Democrats Plan to Review Trump’s Role in Hush Money Payments

    When Democrats take control of the House in January and gain subpoena power, the House Oversight Committee plans to investigate President Donald Trump’s involvement in hush-money payments to two women who during the 2016 presidential election alleged that they had affairs with Trump, a senior aide of the committee told ABC News.

    According to the aide, Democratic members on the committee have already began their investigation, with the committee requesting documents from the Trump Foundation in September.

    The two women in question, adult film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, had been paid $130,000 and $150,000, respectively, to essentially keep quiet about their alleged sexual relations with Trump.

    Trump has long denied that he knew of the hush-money payments or that he had had affairs with either woman.

    “Since the payments were not campaign contributions based on the FEC rulings it would be as useless as Mueller’s absurd investigation of Russian collusion, which has established that the only Russian involvement was collusion with Hillary and DNC to produce fraudulent Steele dossier,” Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said in the statement to ABC News. “You insist on calling it a hush payment, which is an opinion not a fact. Payments for confidentiality in settling claims is common and the amounts involved here, not millions but $150,000 and $130,000, means the case was considered as harassment not as a serious claim. Look at the serious settlements with billionaires and companies and few are at this level and they are the nuisance suits.”

    Trump only acknowledged awareness of the payoff after Giuliani admitted on Fox News in April that Trump had paid back his then-attorney Michael Cohen for costs related to the payment made to Daniels. Giuliani asserted that the payments were made for personal reasons, so no campaign finance laws were broken.

    This is not the first time, however, that Democrats have said that they would be investigating Trump. According to ABC News, Democratic members of the House Ways and Means Committee said last week that they would probe Trump’s tax filings.

    “I don’t care. They can do whatever they want and I can do whatever I want,” Trump said in response to the Democrats’ announcement.

    On “This Week” Sunday, incoming Oversight Committee chair Rep. Elijah Cummings told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos that the committee would be investigating the president, but would do so judiciously.  

    “I'm not going to be handing out subpoenas like somebody's handing out candy on Halloween. I take this as a lawyer and as an officer of the court. I take subpoenas very seriously and I plan to, if I have to use them, they will be used in a very, in a methodical way, and it must be in the public interest,” Cummings said.

    Ousted Republican Blames McCain for Losing House

    An ousted Republican congressman blamed the late Sen. John McCain on Sunday for the Republicans’ loss of the House majority in the election last week, writing in The Wall Street Journal that it was McCain’s vote against the repeal and replace effort for the Affordable Care Act that lead to the Democratic midterm victories.

    Jason Lewis (R-MN), who was unseated from his congressional seat by Democrat Angie Craig last Tuesday, wrote in his his op-ed that it was McCain’s vote against a so-called skinny repeal of the Affordable Care Act “prompted a ‘green wave’ of liberal special-interest money,” allowing Democrats to hammer Republicans over the issue of pre-existing conditions.

    According to Politico, attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act began in 2017 in the House, which passed the American Health Care Act as a replacement. However, due to tense negotiations, Republicans in the Senate decided to put a “skinny” repeal of the law to a vote, in an attempt to only repeal controversial parts of the Affordable Care Act, such as the individual mandate.

    The effort was unsuccessful, however, with McCain along with Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME) voting against it.

    Lewis wrote in his op-ed that the successful vote allowed for Democrats to campaign on the claim that Republicans were trying to remove protections for those with pre-existing conditions, adding that the House bill would have “[alleviated] the pre-existing condition problem,” rather than eliminate it as he accused Democrats of falsely claiming.

    Lewis singled out McCain, saying his vote was an attempt to slight the president.

    “The late Arizona senator’s grievance with all things Trump was well known, but this obsession on the part of ‘Never Trump’ Republicans has to end,” Lewis wrote. “Disapprove of the president’s style if you like, but don’t sacrifice sound policy to pettiness.”

    What to look out for...

    Today is World Kindness Day, so make sure to spread some kindness today. 

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    In our new dorms and apartments, we think about the basics: mattress, lighting, storage, how long can we keep the mattress on the ground and save money by skipping a frame? But once you have the basics down, then comes the fun part: decorating. While we can, of course, reach for the string lights and the fake plants, we've been putting a lot more thought into our ~accent pieces~ so we can live our best lives. In the name of stepping up our decor game, we tried out Society6's new furniture line, and, you guys, we're honestly in love.

    We're unique, and our spaces should be, too, so we're always down to spice up our home decorating game. What's ridiculously cool about Society6's furniture line is that they come in endless designs. Crafted by individual artists, you can get credenzas, coffee tables, side tables, benches, bar stools and counter stools that are not just truly adorable, but also seriously high quality. LBR: it can be risky to buy furniture on the internet, but it's 2018 and all we want to do is online shop. So the fact that we can snatch up a bar stool or two, support an artist, and get a work of art that 100% matches our aesthetic is kind of a dream come true.

    Our editors picked their fave pieces below, and we're so excited to share these with you. We hope they inspire your own inner interior designer, and get you lots of Insta-love, because we're preeetty sure you're going to want to grab something for yourself once you see how freaking cute this stuff is. 

    1. This delicate line-art side table, $159

    "The most important things for my space is that it's comfortable - I want to be able to sit here for 8 hours straight and not move - and has a lot of personality,"Gina said. "Lots of pretty colors are ideal."

    A nice, subtle orange, with loads of super dainty details, this side table is absolutely dreamy. The white detailing showcases everything from faces to plants to teensy shapes, and it's a major personality piece. 

    2. This on-trend tropical bench, $299

    "I like for my space to be minimal, with subtle pops of color rather than anything too overwhelming,"Rachel said. "I tend to like cool tones and more of a beachy feel since I live by the beach." 

    This year, nothing is in quite like plants are. We finally realized that maybe being plant moms isn't our forte (though we really wish it was), but, luckily, there are other ways for us to keep the plant vibes alive. With this plant bench, you can get a bright pop of color with several shades of green while maintaining your trendy minimalism. 

    3. This patterned bedside table with pops of gold, $159

    "I'm really into the minimalist look, and want to highlight my white brick wall," Felicity said. "In three words, my style is minimal, chic, and character, because the pieces that are unique to you will really help pull the look together."

    Felicity totally lived her best life with this plant-themed table (see how trendy plants are RN?), which she uses as a bedside table to add a mix of greens, yellows, and whites to her neutral-toned space.

    4. This chic banana leaf bench, $299

    "I prioritize versatility above all else,"Elaina said. "When it comes to how I decorate my place, I want for everything involved to be comfortable, versatile, simple, yet chic."

    This custom-made and printed bench definitely accomplishes that. It's surprisingly soft, making it just as cozy for inviting friends over as it is to push it against the foot of your bed and use it in place of "The Chair" (because, let's be real, we all have that one place where the not quite dirty, but not quite clean, clothes go to live). Pro tip: you can also get these benches with either gold or black legs, allowing you to seriously curate your living space. 

    Tune in to watch At My Place, an Instagram Story series, every week on the Her Campus Instagram for more home decor inspiration, and DM us with what furniture and home-goods lines we should try next! 

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    Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we're starting to hit winter weather. This means it's time to put those summer sandals and fall ankle booties away and bring out the winter weather gear.

    This season, however, don't feel limited to just the classic riding or combat boot. Here are a few different trends, across all shoe styles, to wear this winter that will make you stand out in the crowd and show everyone how stylish you are. 

    Platform Flats

    Flats are always a great way to go due to how comfortable they are. Platform flats, in particular, are the perfect addition to your winter wardrobe because they are high enough to keep you warm and cozy even through puddles and snow slush. Here are a few of our top recommendations: 

    Chinese Laundry Cecilia Platform Oxford ($69.95)

    This chunky Oxford perfectly meshes the classic shoe with an edgy color and style, making it a unique choice. It comes in both silver and olive, easily fitting with any outfit. 

    Jon Josef Gogo Lug Shoe ($170)

    A classy and feminine take on a men's classic, this option is perfect when you need to walk through ice to get to class, but still want to look stylish while doing so. 

    Victorian Combat Boots

    Update your winter wardrobe with a new take on the classic combat boot this season. The slimmer, lace-up look of Victorian combat boots will keep your feet warm and your outfit on-trend no matter the weather. 

    Pikolinos Bayona W8T ($210)

    With a square heel that provides the maximum amount of comfort, these boots from Pikolinos are perfect for crunching through those lingering fall leaves on the ground or that fresh snow. 

    Vagabond MYA Brandy Goat Suede Boots ($195)

    With a bit of a witchy vibe going on with the pointed toe, these vintage-inspired boots are sure to inspire envy among your peers and make you the most stylish person on campus this winter season. 

    Metallic Party Heels

    What would the winter season, full of holiday parties, be without metallic party heels? There are many ways you can approach this trend, from going with a classic pump to wearing shiny ankle boots. Here are two of our favorite options: 

    Chinese Laundry Rian Pump ($59.99)

    This classic pump by Chinese Laundry is sure to go with any party outfit you choose. The sleek, gold color evokes the New Year's spirit and will add some brightness during those dark winter nights. 

    Alias Mae Akilah Bootie ($250)

    On the other side of the ~shine~ spectrum, this silver bootie perfectly represents those crystal clear, cold winter days. The accent of the silver buckle and the shape of the heel really adds to this option by Alias Mae. 

    Clear Boots

    Believe it or not, clear plastic boots are making a come-back this winter. There are many different styles you can choose from, and you do not have to go for a full clear boot unless you want to. These two options, both from Ritch Erani, are our favorite takes on the trend. 

    Ritch Erani NYFC Barbarella Boots ($625)

    This first option more clearly resembles a traditional clear boot, but the suede toe cap adds some additional elegance to the look. This is a style that can be worn anywhere and with anything, making it the perfect addition to your winter closet. 

    Ritch Erani NYFC Argo ($675)

    This option, with faux python print, perfectly meshes the classic snakeskin boot with the clear plastic boot. There isn't as much clear material, but the strategic placement of the clear heel and the clear cutouts still give the boot a unique style. 

    Party Mules

    Who doesn't like wearing mules both inside the house and out? They are the ultimate comfort shoe, having originally been slippers, and now there are plenty of options that work as party shoes or work shoes, even in the middle of winter. 

    Daniella Shevel Madame Ruffle ($355)

    These adorable blush pink mules are perfect walking around the city on a clear winter day. They will help remind you that even if the world seems cold and dead now, spring is just around the corner. 

    Chinese Laundry Mollie Mule ($89.95)

    The small heel on this mule, plus the silver studs, make the shoe reminiscent of a Western bootie. You still get protection from the elements, but you'll be comfortable and ultra-stylish – what more can anyone want?

    These are just a few of the best options from each trend. Don't follow the same path this winter— try some of these new trends to update your wardrobe and show off your style!

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    A photo showing 60 high school boys in Wisconsin Nazi saluting in their prom photos went viral and sparked outrage from the community this week. One of the students in the photo, however, gained attention for not making the salute and has since gone on to speak about the experience.

    That student, Jordan Blue, told CBS News, “I knew what my morals were and it was not to salute something I firmly didn't believe in.”

    Blue was also featured on CNN to clarify that most of his class was in attendance while these photos were being taken, and that the female group photo was never asked to do a similar pose. “It was a huge misrepresentation of the school community and of Baraboo,” said Blue. “Our community is very hurt, very distraught.”

    The photographer, Peter Gust, said to CNN that when he asked the students to raise their hands, “I didn’t tell them to salute anything…It was waving goodbye to their parents.”

    A school official took to Twitter to denounce the issue publicly. The tweet said that the image is “not reflective of the educational values and beliefs of the School District of Baraboo. We are investigating and will pursue any and all available and appropriate actions, including legal, to address.”

    Baraboo Superintendent Lori Mueller said the the photo appears to have been taken off of school property last spring, according to CBS News.

    An investigation is currently underway by the Baraboo police and the school is reportedly prepared to take legal actions, if necessary.

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    Overnight sleep masks, which are masks that are applied before bed and washed off in the morning, are a hot new trend in beauty. The trend, which took off in South Korea, is not only fun, but a great way to take care of your skin. But like any trend, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. How exactly should you use a sleep mask? What products are the best to use? What even qualifies as an overnight sleep mask? Well, set your worries aside. Here are some answers to your biggest sleep mask questions. 



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    What is a sleep mask?

    According to Jordana Mattioli, an esthetician with Complete Skin MD in New York City, a sleep mask, or sleeping pack, is a mask that is left on the skin overnight. These differ from clay masks and sheet masks, as clay masks must be rinsed off, and sheet masks are removed after a certain time period. These sleeping packs can contain different formulas and compounds depending on the type of skin issue you want to address. 

    What are the benefits of using sleep masks?

    Different masks will have different ingredients that are designed to target specific skin concerns. But at the end of the day, all masks have the same goal—hydration. Mattioli says that one benefit of using a sleep mask is to hydrate the skin and lock in other products that have been layered under the sleep mask. “Creating this seal with a sleep mask makes anything underneath penetrate more effectively,” she says. As a bonus, sleep masks tend to be less rich than night creams, so there isn’t any mess left on your pillowcase!

    Related: The Mask You Should Add To Your Skincare Routine, Based on Your Skin Type 

    How do you use a sleep mask?

    Mattioli says you should use a sleep mask after cleansing and exfoliating. Additionally, you should apply serums and essences, and then use the sleep mask to lock everything in. The masks can be used every night, but at least should be used two to three times a week. Mattioli also says that those living in drier climates should use them to take advantage of the hydrating benefits. Claire Biggerstaff, a junior at Davidson College, is a big fan of the trend: “Sleeping masks are awesome,” she says. “Especially during the cooler months, it’s so important to keep your skin from getting dry and flaky.” As the winter months approach, now is the perfect time to start using sleep masks. Start using them once or twice a week to see if they work with your skincare routine. If you like the results, you can progress to using them multiple times a week. Your skin will surely thank you!

    What should you look for in a sleep mask?

    You should pick your mask based on any skin concerns you have. So, for example, if you want to brighten your skin tone, look for a sleep mask that has ingredients to help with brightening. Mattioli also recommends “going for sleeping masks in an airtight container instead of a jar so the ingredients stay potent and active longer.” There are so many products out there, you are sure to find the perfect mask for your specific needs. 

    Related: 7 Holy Grail Skincare Products Every Woman Should Try

    Are there any drawbacks or safety concerns to using sleep masks? Is there anyone who shouldn’t use sleep masks?

    Mattioli says that any skin type that needs moisture should use a sleep mask, with some exceptions. “Very oily skin or skin types with a lot of active acne [shouldn't use them]," she says. "A sleep mask essentially locks in everything underneath, and with very oily skin [you] don’t want all that oil getting trapped.” Bottom line: if your skin is flaky, a sleep mask will work great for you. But, if your face constantly feels oily, you may want to skip the sleep mask, and check out another skin care product.

    What are some product recommendations?

    The specific product recommendations that Mattioli likes provide more benefits than just hydration. The masks can be used on their own without adding anything else underneath. The Allies of Skin Overnight Mask“contains a gentle form of retinol to increase cellular renewal which softens fine lines and brightening antioxidants, it's great for fine lines and brightening dull skin.” Additionally, Claire likes the Tony Moly Sleeping Packs. She says, “It’s basically a thick gel type mask that sinks into your skin as you sleep.” With a variety of products at a wide range of price points, it’s easy to find the perfect mask for your skin (and your budget!).

    Sleep masks are a great way to amp up your skincare routine. With almost no drawbacks, nearly everyone can use a sleep mask to get better looking, healthier skin. Remember, if you take good care of your skin today, your future self will thank you!

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    University of Texas at San Antonio officials are investigating a video showing a student being escorted out of a classroom by police, according to My San Antonio. The video went viral claiming that the professor called the class “uncivil” before having a student, a young black woman, removed from the class by campus police because her feet were up. 

    Apurva Rawal, who tweeted the viral video, clarified that, “The class before this professor went on a whole tirade about how uncivil we all were because a few students were on their phone or not paying attention, cutting lecture time for the rest of us because her ego was bruised.”

    The university officials said that they were concerned with the video and would be looking further into the incident. In an email to My San Antonio, Chief Communications Officer Joe Izbrand said “We are aware of this situation and are working closely with the student and Department of Biology to better understand what happened today.”

    Since going viral, Twitter user @FavoritePaigeee identified herself as the young woman in the video. She called out professor Anita Moss for the actions and said that a police report has been filed. In the tweet, this student also said that she has “never disobeyed the student code of conduct” and that the police report is “just the beginning.”

    News 4 San Antonio shared a statement by the university’s president, Taylor Eighmy, that clarified the Interim Dean of the College of Sciences Howard Grimes and the Office of Equal Opportunity Services are both looking into the issue and this incident “represents another example of the work we need to do as an institution around issues of inclusivity and supporting our students of color.”

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    Year after year, our love for stretchy pants lives on. There's no denying leggings are the comfiest pants a girl can own. But, come on, it's 2018 — we all know that leggings can be just as fashionable as they are comfortable. 

    Leggings are practical and perfect for busy days when you really just want to feel comfortable AF, whether it's in the office, on campus or even out on the town. Here are five ways to wear leggings all winter long:

    1. For work

    Yes, you can wear leggings to work! By picking a pair that borders more on the pants side, you're sure to stay office appropriate. 

    Pair with: a blazer and a polished blouse,dpr_1.5,f_jpg,h_1200,q_85,w_1200/v1/i/64a14351_3b05.jpgWork Pant ($50),

    2. For a first date

    According to Who What Wear, leather leggings are the hottest legging trend of the season. They're perfect for wearing in place of basic black skinny jeans. 

    Pair with: a sweater and ankle boots 

    Express Leather LeggingsFaux Leather Leggings ($49.50),

    3. For class

    The perfect pair of black leggings is hard to find. This basic high-rise pair received rave reviews for avoiding our biggest fear: see-through leggings. 

    Pair with: an oversized graphic tee and sneakers

    Madewell LeggingsHigh-Rise Knit Leggings ($34.50),

    4. For a night out

    Make a bold statement by wearing a pair of textured or patterned leggings on your next night out. The best part is they're stretchy enough to let you get down on the dance floor. 

    Pair with: a black bodysuit and a faux fur coat 

    Zara Sparkly LeggingsSparkly Velvet Leggings ($35.90),

    5. For lounging

    Athleisure is LIFE. We all have those days when we can barely make it to class, let alone put on real pants. Choosing a great pair of jogger style leggings means you can look cute, even on your laziest days.

    Pair with: a hoodie and sneakers 

    AE Sweater LeggingsAEO Plush Fleece Sweater Leggings ($39.95),

    There's no shame in reaching for your favorite leggings on days when you need a little comfort. With these picks, you'll avoid that just left yoga class look and stay comfy all winter long. 

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    Life has been pretty hectic for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex since getting married a little less than six months ago, with the royal couple having already embarked on their first royal tour and announced that they're expecting their first child. While all of this has been happening, Meghan Markle's personal assistant, known only as Melissa, resigned, according to the Daily Mailas have two other close aides to the couple. 

    While Kensington Palace declined to comment on Melissa's departure, a Palace source was authorized to pay tribute to her, stating that she was a "hugely talented person" and that she "played a pivotal role in the success of the Royal Wedding and will be missed by everyone in the Royal Household." 

    Also leaving her post is Samantha Cohen, the royal couple's private secretary who has been working with the royal family for 17 years. It was her role to prepare Markle for what life as a royal would be like. 



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    Melissa and Cohen's departures follow Edward Lane Fox, who stopped working for Prince Harry during the summer after 15 years in the role.

    "His Royal Highness is hugely grateful to Ed for his hard work during a period that has seen the launch and growth of the Invictus Games, countless tours around the world, and the detailed planning for his wedding," a spokesman for the Prince said at the time. 

    It is currently unknown if Kensington Palace will officially confirm the reports or announce vacancies. In the meantime, we wish the royal couple the best of luck in getting through their busy lives!

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    We’re right in the middle of World Vegan Month, and Disneyland celebrated by debuting four new vegan dishes, Bustle reports.

    The new antipasti salad, couscous dish, pozole-style soup, and vegan chili dog (yes, you read that right) debuted on World Vegan Day, Nov. 1, and were available through Nov. 4, according to PopSugar.

    World Vegan Day began in 1994, as a way to celebrate the founding of The Vegan Society, according to the organization’s website. The Vegan Society was founded in 1944, after Donald Watson, Elsie Shrigley, and a few others decided they wanted to branch off and distinguish themselves from The Vegetarian Society.

    Fast-forward to present-day, and Bustle adds that the Disneyland dishes were found at Harbour Galley, which is typically known for its seafood. While they’re no longer on the menu, Bustle was able to get a look at the descriptions on the restaurant’s website before their limited-time availability ended.

    The antipasti salad had cherry tomatoes, baby artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, red onions, roasted red peppers, pepperoncini, and campanelle pasta with a vinaigrette dressing. The couscous featured grain, roasted pistachios, and marinated black mission figs with turmeric, finished with a fresh cucumber salad. It was served with roasted eggplant purée and naan. The lentil chili dog tops off a vegan hot dog with lentil chili, onions, and mustard. The pozole-style soup, the only one that appears to have stuck around past the Nov. 4 date, contains slow-roasted tomatillos, hominy, serrano peppers, lime, onion, radishes, and shredded cabbage.

    Missed the Nov. 4 deadline for snagging one of these yummy meals? Fear not! Disneyland has plenty of other vegan options year-round. Check out this list for some great recommendations.

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    It’s no secret that slept-on makeup, roommates, and overstayed welcomes are just a few of the realities when it comes to staying over at your significant other’s dorm place. Sleepovers in college can be tricky, especially when your SO’s apartment or dorm (more than likely) involves at least three roommates that you’ll want to be respectful of. Whether it’s your first time over or your fiftieth time, there are a few unwritten rules and tips you should definitely follow to make it as great of an experience as possible. That you and your SO can spend more time enjoying each other’s company and less time worrying about things that won’t matter in the morning.

    1. Be amicable with their roommates

    Staying over at your SO’s place means that you will probably be bumping into their roommates on a pretty regular basis. Even something as simple as making the effort to say hello and send friendly vibes can go a long way in making sure you’re always welcomed. “Become friends with their roommates. [It] makes things much less awkward!” Kait Wilbur, a junior at Butler University, suggests. 

    Instead of beelining it from the front door to your SO's room, try being cordial with their roommates from the get go! Introduce yourself the first time you come over, and after that make sure to give a small hello when you come in. There’s no need to have a lengthy conversation, but a simple “Hi, how are you?” is a step in the right direction. No one wants a rude guest waltzing into their space without so much as an acknowledgement, so just don’t be that person!

    In the long run, having a good connection with your SO’s roommates is something that will leave everyone feeling good, making it more likely that you’ll be a welcomed guest rather than a dreaded one.

    2. Respect their space

    Being respectful of a person's home space goes beyond keeping the volume down and not eating all their Oreos without permission – it also means being mindful of their boundaries when you’re hanging at their dorm or apartment. Rummaging through a fridge for food that isn’t yours, borrowing a roommate’s belongings without asking, and leaving a mess wherever you please – those are just a few examples of how not to act when you’re staying over. Everyone has their own opinions of what is disrespectful and what isn’t, so keep the peace by simply being aware of what you do and say in their home. 

    One way to show your consideration is to be content with just doing whatever it is your SO normally does in their home. "It’s important to remember that it’s still their space and you need to respect that. If they want to play video games or just hang out, that’s okay! Not every visit has to be planned out. I’ve learned that most of the time they appreciate just having you around", says Haley, a senior at the University of Texas at Austin.

    Related: Spending the Holidays at Your SO’s: The Dos & The Don’ts                                                                                                              

    3. Pack light and smart

    Over-packing: We’re all guilty of it! Caught up in the rush of staying at our SO’s for the night, we stuff our bags with as many “just-in-case” products as possible, only to never find ourselves needing that extra box of Band-Aids we threw in just to be safe. As hard as it is to not give in to those over-packing tendencies, it’s important to not only pack light, but pack smart. Smart essentials are extra underwear, deodorant, lip balm, a toothbrush, lady essentials like tampons and your debit card. The great thing about staying at your SO’s is that you can easily borrow a comfy t-shirt or toothpaste, just to make sure you supply the must-haves your partner may not have on hand.

    4. Rock your morning look

    Ever imagine waking up to your SO with an unreasonably perfect head of hair and baby breath? While that may be the stuff of dreams, it’s so important to accept that no one wakes up actually looking like Beyoncé. Bedhead, dark circles, and morning breath are real! If you can accept both you and your SO’s woke-up-like-this looks, your relationship and the trust within it will have just risen to a whole other level

    5. You can say “no” if something makes you uncomfortable

    Just because you're staying as a guest at your SO's place doesn't mean you have to do things you would otherwise be uncomfortable with. With all the pressure associated with staying over at an SO's, do your body and soul a favor by communicating with your partner about what you’re comfortable with sexually, and be sure there’s a mutual understanding of what crosses the line. This is so important, especially if you’re in a relatively new relationship. 

    Related: 7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Date Someone New

    Spending the night with your SO is something that should be fun, exciting and memorable. Next time you stay with them, say hi to their roommates and know that staying over is something to be appreciated and enjoyed. Be yourself, plan ahead, and bring on the power of the sleepover!  

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    The state of Georgia will not be able to certify election results before Friday thanks to a federal judge's order, issued Monday night, that election officials review all provisional ballots cast. 

    According to CNN, the Secretary of State's office — which Republican governor candidate Brian Kemp resigned from last week — estimated that more than 21,000 provisional ballots were cast. 

    Judge Amy Tontenberg also established a hotline that voters can contact to determine whether or not their provisional ballots were counted, and if not, the reason why. 

    The new deadline for the election results to be certified is November 20 by 5 p.m. 

    What's more, a different judge ruled on Tuesday that absentee ballots that were initially rejected because of problems with a voter's date of birth will also be counted.

    The decisions come as the state's governor's race remains "unsettled,"CNN reported. Kemp declared himself the winner last week since he was leading Democrat Stacey Abrams by nearly 59,000 votes. However, Abrams has refused to concede. 

    "I am fighting to make sure our democracy works for and represents everyone who has ever put their faith in it," Abrams said in a statement. "I am fighting for every Georgian who cast a ballot with the promise that their vote would count."

    Kemp called Abrams' decision "a disgrace to democracy." 

    Monday's ruling was a response to a recently filed lawsuit by Common Cause Georgia, which accused Kemp of "acting recklessly after a vulnerability in Georgia's voter registration database was exposed shortly before the election,"NBC News reported. 

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    Most Southern California residents have evacuated and left their homes in the hands of firefighters as the state's deadliest and costliest wildfire rages on. But Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are going a step further — TMZ reported that the couple hired a private team of firefighters to protect their home and others surrounding it. 

    The Woolsey fire was apparently approaching Kimye's Hidden Hills mansion on Friday. Had the blaze reached their house, it likely would've had "a domino effect" on the whole neighborhood since it's located at the end of a cul-de-sac and a field. 

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    According to TMZ, the private firefighters fought the approaching flames in addition to digging ditches to create a fire break. The efforts ended up saving the house and others on the block. The couple's neighbors have apparently been expressing their thanks.

    Kim revealed in videos on her Instagram story that she, Kanye, and their kids were leaving their house Thursday night. A total of 52,000 people have been evacuated since the fires — Camp, Woolsey, and Hill — began. Here's a breakdown of the numbers via CBS News:

    Camp Fire

    • Location: Butte County
    • 130,000 acres burned
    • 35 percent contained
    • 42 fatalities confirmed, 3 firefighters injured
    • 228 people unaccounted for
    • 8,817 structures destroyed, 7,600 of them homes

    Woolsey Fire

    • Location: Los Angeles County, Ventura County
    • 96,314 acres burned (roughly the size of Denver)
    • 35 percent contained
    • 2 fatalities confirmed, 3 firefighters injured
    • Some 370 structures destroyed, 57,000 in danger 

    Hill Fire

    • Location: Ventura County
    • 4,531 acres burned
    • 90 percent contained

    On Tuesday alone, 9,000 firefighters were battling the flames. 

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    It's been just a little over a week since Bachelorette alums Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth announced their breakup, and now, Booth has issued his own statement.

    "I just want to thank everyone who has been so supportive of my relationship with Kaitlyn over the years," Booth captioned an Instagram photo of him and Bristowe from 2015, shortly after he received Bristowe's final rose on season 19. "You’ve made me feel incredibly special, supported, and very loved."

    He continued, "So from the bottom of my heart, thank you. It truly means a lot. And thank you to everyone who has sent their love & support during this painful time. I love you guys."

    The Instagram post was the first time Booth had publicly addressed the split since the couple issued a joint statement earlier this month.

    "After three incredible years, we have decided to go our separate ways. This difficult decision comes after thoughtful, respectful consideration. Even though we are parting as a couple, we’re very much committed to remaining friends. We have both evolved as people, which is taking us in different directions, but with the hope that we will continue to support each other in new ways," their statement read. "Due to the nature of how we met, our relationship has always been very public, and we have enjoyed sharing it with all of you, but we ask that you respect our decision and our privacy at this time."

    Prior to breaking up, Booth and Bristowe were living together in Nashville. A source told PEOPLE that "this was the last thing Kaitlyn wanted."

    "She was willing to fight for the relationship, but there was nowhere for it to go," the source said. "It’s only natural to think about the next steps when you’ve been together for three years. Kaitlyn wants to be married and have kids. But it didn’t seem like they were on the same page."

    In June, Booth told Entertainment Tonight that making their relationship work was "tough."

    "I can understand why couples break up," he told ET. "If you're not strong enough to handle a lot of the outside noise and just the concept in general, it's very easy to call it quits. We've obviously had a lot of bad times, but a lot of good times. We've just stayed humble through it all, put each other first and worked on our relationship. But it's not easy."

    Bristowe is currently spending time at home in Canada. 

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