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A Collegiette's Guide to Life
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    Even though we all know that the glamorous life of an influencer requires a lot of smoke and mirrors to maintain that beautifully filtered, aspirational branding. But one influencer recently opened up about how ugly that pretty-for-pay industry can get. 

    In a Q&A with her instagram followers, influencer, model and mommy blogger Ruby Matthews said her "life was tapas and cocaine" in an attempt to stay extremely thin — which, she acknowledges, is something plenty of her peers are also constantly trying to do. 

    “I did a lot of cocaine, like a lot so basically I just smoked cigarettes, had long blacks and did coke,” Matthews said. “And in between, had the tapas. Like my life was tapas and cocaine." 

    While that line "my life was tapas and cocaine" has made the rounds online as a bit of a punchline, Matthews was really candid about how damaging the effects of influencer culture could be — and how the work of making an Instagram feed seem so effortlessly ~aesthetic~ can do a lot to hide the IRL problems a person is facing.

    Especially as more and more accounts gain notoriety for posting "aspirational" content, it's all the more important that we look critically at how our social media consumption might be warping our sense of what human bodies are supposed to look like and what we're willing to do to reach goals that are reductive (and uninteresting, and unhealthy) as they are unattainable. Some studies even have linked use of instagram with disordered eating — particularly one from University College London (UCL) that found a link between instagram use and rises in Orthorexia Nervosa (which is a disorder where a person obsesses over so-called "clean" or healthy eating.) 

    “A lot of people never really understood like how I could eat and still be so thin. But I guess it’s pretty easy to hide an addiction,” she said. “Like people don’t really realize how easy it is to hide something. Whether it’s addiction, depression, anxiety.”

    As PEOPLE notes, Matthews says she's since overhauled her health habits — crediting motherhood with helping her make the change.

    In a recent instagram post, sharing a photo from four years before, she wrote: "What a difference 4 and a bit Years make. I was pretty tiny here, I actually have no desire to look like that ever again. The [modeling] industry is a tuff [sic] industry with the expectation of you having to look a certain way."

    If you or someone you love are living with an eating disorder, you are not alone. You can contact the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) helpline at (800) 931-2237

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    If Rihanna wasn't known for being a total fashion icon or a legendary singer-songwriter, she is definitely known for being an advocate for inclusivity in the style and beauty industry. After breaking into the makeup scene with Fenty Beauty, filled with diverse foundation shades for every skin tone, she jumped headfirst into the lingerie game with the creation of Savage x Fenty. Although the lingerie industry has historically catered to smaller sizes, Rihanna's Savage x Fenty lingerie line has aimed to change the standards of lingerie inclusivity by accentuating and celebrating diverse bodies of all shapes and sizes.

    With Valentine's Day season coming up, Rihanna has absolutely nailed it with Savage x Fenty's latest collection, titled "Savage Kinda Love." Trust us when we say we'll be happily shopping this collection until our bank accounts run dry. 

    Rihanna released the collection on January 9th, displaying a gorgeous line of lingerie with the classic Valentine's Day pink and red color palette. This collection definitely treads the line between playful Valentine's Day vibes and classic, sexy style. Some pieces in the line includes bralettes, panties, and mesh suits, all in shades of red, pink and black. The collection carries an extensive size range from 32A to 44DD for bras and XS to 3X for panties (thank you, inclusive queen Rihanna).

    There are cutesy pieces like this baby doll top and panty set, as well as more sophisticated sets like a pastel pink and black lace lingerie set. Feeling more risque? There's are a sexy mesh heart set for that. Not to mention, the collection carries a line of "accessories" as well for Valentine's Day. Yes, you guessed it, pasties, blindfolds and whips (oh my!). 

    In all seriousness though, it's amazing for Rihanna to release yet another inclusive lines of products. You can grab your sexy V-Day essentials now on the Savage x Fenty online store.

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    It’s everywhere. You see it on billboards, and you even hear Cardi B rapping about it. That’s right—it’s all about the green, sis! We’ve heard that adage time and time again that money makes the world go round, and tbqh, it does. This can cause a lot of stress, and adding money on top of managing after college life is even more daunting. We at Her Campus know how difficult money issues can be and feel that it’s very important to know all you can know about money and how it works. That being said, here are five real AF things you discover about your finances post-grad.

    1. Your first “grown-up” job isn’t necessarily going to bring in the big bucks.

    You’ve made it. You have finally left the world of all-nighters and two-dollar Tuesdays to join the ranks of the pencil skirts and briefcases… or so you thought. You’ve updated your LinkedIn page more times than you can even imagine, and to make matters more stressful you’ve been eating, sleeping and dreaming in resume. Despite all your efforts, you have yet to land that “dream job” that you paid so much money for in undergrad. After all the time you spent on Microsoft Word and the money you spent on printing your CV, manage to get an internship at a start-up that offers a small stipend, but has free lunches and dogs in the office every Thursday.

    It’s time to take off your green-tinted glasses and face the music. Having a degree, despite all the importance people have and continue to put on it, does not guarantee you a bomb-ass job. You may constantly find yourself looking for better jobs and better pay.  It’s annoying and disheartening, but don’t let that get you down. Your employment is not your worth.

    Luckily, you’re not alone.  Post-graduates across the country struggle with the entry-level blues and even unemployment. Ginny, a master’s candidate in Curatorial Studies at The New School, spilled the tea on her experiences with unpaid internships. "Although these opportunities offer much promise, experience and even college credit," she says, “they alienate people of different backgrounds from being able to apply to these because they don’t pay. Working for free sucks!”

    2. You don't have any money.

    Let’s face it, adult life is freaking EXPENSIVE. Once you add up your rent, food expenses, transportation and the occasional bottle of wine, you will soon after finding that your paycheck was #HereTodayGoneTomorrow. Making weekly plans with friends becomes scarce, and you barely treat yourself to buying new clothes. The money that you thought you had is long gone, and so are your spirits.

    Fret not, after-college amigo! You may be broke as hell, but you are still the baddest bish in the post-grad game.In those times where cents don’t make dollars, keep your spirits up, surround yourself with supportive friends and family and never feel too prideful to ask for help.

    3. Checking your bank account is a horror story.

    What’s scarier, asking your cubicle crush on a date or an email alert from Chase? We can confidently say that the latter is more frightening than any horror film you can think of.  It’s so easy for us to spend, spend, spend on glitz, glamour and, of course, food, and still think, “Oh, wow! I MUST have $152.31 left in my account.” However, once you check your banking app, you are unpleasantly surprised to see that you are $150.00 off. From this point onward, you swear to never spend again and are petrified of looking at your wretched account.

    To avoid being shook, be sure to watch your spending and also be consistent in checking your account. It is crucial to keep track of any bills, i.e. Netflix and the gym, that get paid for via auto-pay so that it is no secret where your money is going.

    4. Student loans and debt are even scarier.

    If the boogymen known as banks aren’t enough to haunt your dreams, wait until you hear about Sally Mae. Ah, yes, Miss Sally—the queen bee of post-graduates’ nightmares. Signing a contract with her is worse than any deal you can strike with El Diablo himself. Between compounding interest rates, the inability to choose your loan servicer, and on top of that, being broke AF, it’s a never-ending cycle of losing money and bad credit.

    It’s super important to not only read the fine print of your loans, but it’s equally important to talk to your loan servicer about other options for repayment.

    5. Budgets and willpower are your best friends.

    We know that it’s not easy being financially stable as a post-graduate. However, there are ways to cut costs. Creating a budget is a great way to both map out your cost to spending ratio and also to make your money more visible in order to avoid over-spending. Budgeting also helps you to get on the road to saving money so that you can take a much-needed vacay or buy those Balenciaga trainers you’ve been dying to have on your feet. Although this is a useful tool, it up to you to develop the willpower to stay on track. Once you have mastered the art of budgeting and saying no to the temptation of spending, you will be on your way to saving money like a boss!

    It’s very easy for us to overspend when we are stressed about life. However, we must find other ways to curb our frivolous spending habits such as attending free events or looking for places and stores with great discounts and prices.  

    Money management after college can be overwhelming. It’s one thing to have to adjust to paying bills, rent and having more responsibilities than you would ever imagine, but it’s completely different when adding low-paying jobs and lack of funds to the mix. On the bright side, having knowledge of money, loans and budgeting will cut your stress and help you navigate post-grad life like a pro. Let’s start snatching bags and avoid having our edges snatched.

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    Let’s face it — Noah Centineo is the boyfriend of our dreams. Following To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Sierra Burgess is a Loser, Centineo is back for Netflix’s new upcoming rom-com, The Perfect Date, where he will pretend to be your boyfriend.

    According to Netflix’s See What’s Next, Centineo will play Brooks Rattigan, an “enterprising young man” who, to raise money for college, creates a dating app where he stands in for nonexistent boyfriends.

    Riverdale’s Camila Mendes and Lady Bird’s Laura Marano will also star in the film, and based on the first-look photos for the film, it appears that both ladies are enlisting Brook’s services, Entertainment Weekly reports.

    However, there’s a downside to dating so many people at once, as “playing a different character every night of the week leads him to question who he really is…and who he wants to be with,” Hello Giggles reports.

    But this isn’t the last the we’ll see of Centineo. The To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Sequel was officially announced in December, and he will reprise his role as Peter Kavinsky.

    The Perfect Date doesn’t have an official summer release date yet, but honestly, we can’t wait.

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    Following Megyn Kelly’s controversial tenure at NBC, the television host has formally parted ways with the network and will receive the rest of her $69 million contract.

    According to CNN, Kelly’s departure from NBC was announced Friday evening, ending a tense and lengthy exit that was put in motion after Kelly made comments about how it was acceptable to incorporate blackface in a Halloween costume during her 9 a.m. talk show.

    The talk show host brought up the topic of blackface during a round-table discussion a week before Halloween with an all-white panel about offensive costumes.

    Kelly defended a white reality star who had dressed up as singer Diana Ross.

    “But what is racist?” she said during the round-table discussion. “You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface in Halloween or a black person who puts on white face for Halloween. Like, back when I was a kid, that was OK as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.”

    In defense of the reality star, Kelly said, “I felt like, who doesn't love Diana Ross? She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day, and I don't know how that got racist on Halloween.”

    Despite Kelly’s apology for her comments the following day on the show, the daytime talk show was cancelled following her comments, ABC News reports.

    NBC announced Kelly’s departure from the network late Friday with a brief statement.

    “The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC,” a spokesman said.

    NBC News reported that Kelly will leave the network with the remainder of her three-year, $69 million deal -- about $30 million.

    Kelly, a former Fox News host, had joined NBC in 2017 where she was to host a daytime talk show, a Sunday night news show and be featured in political coverage on NBC’s news programs, ABC News reports. But the talk show host struggled to attract viewers.

    According to CNN, Kelly will be subject to an industry standard nondisparagement clause, meaning that she will be limited in what she can say about her time at NBC and the executives that she worked with. Kelly is not believed to be subject to any non-compete clause, however, which means that she can join any network at any time.

    When asked “will we see you on TV this year” by celebrity photographers on the street in New York City on Thursday, Kelly responded, “You will definitely see me back on.”

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    There’s officially another Bachelor nation couple who've tied the knot. On Saturday, Jan. 11, Arie Luyendyk and Lauren Burham got married in Hawaii on the island of Maui, according to US Weekly

    Arie posted a photo of Lauren drawing a heart in the sand to his Instagram story on Saturday morning, writing “Happy wedding day!! 1/12/19 [heart emoji].” The couple officially said their “I dos” at Haiku Mill in front of 100 guests. The ceremony was also officiated by none other than The Bachelor franchise host Chris Harrison. And of course, the guest list also included a ton of Bachelor alums, such as Seinne, Jenna, Sean Lowe, Catherine Giudici, Jenny Delany and more. 

    Arie and Lauren first met while filming Season 22 of The Bachelor in 2017. The two got engaged 10 months ago during The Bachelor’s After the Final Rose special. After the proposal aired in March, the couple told People that they wanted to be engaged as soon as possible. “We’re so ready for this,” Arie said. “Lauren told me I’m four months late on this proposal, and I wanted to give it to her and I wanted everyone at home to share in it.” The two revealed that they didn’t want a long engagement, and confirmed to People that a wedding would happen within the year. Lauren moved to Arie’s home in Scottsdale, Arizona in March, and the two later revealed they were expecting a baby girl.

    On social media, the couple’s friends were quick to share their heartfelt congratulations and well-wishes. 

    Sienne shared a gorgeous photo of the ocean on Instagram minutes before the wedding, “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. Beyond thrilled to celebrate the union of @laurenburnham and @ariejr in a few hours. Wishing you a lifetime of love, happiness, and beautiful Dutch babies!” 

    Chris Harrison, who officiated the ceremony, had a ton of kind words for the happy couple. He shared a snap of himself with the couple in Hawaii, and he wrote, “It’s been an incredible week full of love and laughs. Today I’m honored to stand before your friends and family and officiate your wedding. Love you both @ariejr @lauren burnham I now pronounce you…..” 

    Catherine Giudici and her husband, Sean Lowe, also shared some sweet words to the newlyweds on Instagram. “CHEERS TO LOVE Congratulations to Lauren and Arie (and Baby Girl Luyendyk) on making it official tonight! So honored to have witnessed it and to have celebrated you (Also, have you seen this stunning of a bride before?!?)” 

    It seemed to have been the perfect day, surrounded by friends and family. The wedding is just the beginning for the couple, who are starting a family together in Arizona. And even though this relationship had a bit of a rocky start, the wedding day suggested nothing but a happy ending for this Bachelor nation couple. 

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    The Washington Post reported on Sunday details of how President Donald Trump allegedly tried to conceal details of his meetings with Russian leader Vladimir Putin from the rest of the U.S. government, his personal staff, and even his advisors.

    The news comes one day after The New York Times reported that the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into whether the president worked for Russia against the United States. This was around the time Trump fired former FBI director James Comey in 2017.   

    Trump and Putin have met five times so far, and the report revealed that very few within the administration knew what the two leaders discussed behind closed doors. According to the report, Trump’s meeting with Putin in Hamburg, Germany, ended with the president telling his interpreter “not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials.” A White House spokesperson told The Post that at the meeting former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shared a “readout to the press,” and an official needed more details, but he could not get it from the interpreter. The Post’s report also said it was unclear whether Trump had taken the notes from interpreters in other meetings, or just in the meeting with Tillerson. 

    Sources also told The Post that there hasn’t been any detailed records of Trump’s conversations with Putin—even in classified files. According to The Post, U.S. officials have also been unable to get a transcription of Trump’s two-hour meeting with Putin in Helsinki, Finland last summer. No cabinet officials or aides were allowed in the meeting too. 

    Former officials told The Post that the president’s secrecy might have stemmed from worry about leaks.

    Trump has yet to give a comment on The Washington Post report, but he addressed The New York Times report on Jeanine Pirro’s Fox Newsprograms. On the program, Pirro asked the president whether or not he worked for Russia. “I think it’s the most insulting thing I’ve ever been asked,” Trump responded. He then claimed that he had been tougher on Russia than any other president. 

    He continued with, “I had a conversation like every president does. You sit with the president of various countries. I do it with all countries. We had a great conversation, we were talking about Israel and securing Israel and lots of other things and it was a great conversation. I’m not keeping anything under wraps. I couldn’t care less.”

    White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responded to the report on Sunday. “The Washington Post story is so outrageously inaccurate it doesn’t even warrant a response,” Sanders said to CNN. “The liberal media has wasted two years trying to manufacture a fake collusion scandal instead of reporting the fact that unlike President Obama, who let Russia and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russia.”

    Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), who is the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told The Post, “Every time Trump meets with Putin, the country is told nothing. America deserves the truth and the Foreign Affairs Committee will seek to get to the bottom of it. 

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    The darkest secrets of high school teachers. [BuzzFeed]

    11 women reveal why they're doing dry January. [Bustle]

    The new, low maintenance way to go blonde. [allure]

    A unique way to honor the lives of the students killed in the Parkland shooting. [Teen Vogue]

    People keep stealing Mile 420 signs on this state's roadways. [The New York Times]

    10 times Kim Kardashian was absolutely savage to her sisters. [PEOPLE]

    The future of music festivals. [Vulture]

    Meet the starters in this year's Puppy Bowl. [Entertainment Weekly]

    Demi Lovato's latest move on Instagram has us LOL-ing. [Cosmopolitan]

    Ranking the best bagged popcorn. [Spoon University]


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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.) 

    A Federal Employee, Who Had Been Furloughed During The Government Shutdown, Won The Lottery

    As of Saturday, we are currently in the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. The shutdown has broken the previous record of 21 days, and it has left hundreds of thousands of federal employees without pay. The president and Congressional leaders still seem no closer to a spending deal that would put federal workers back to work. Now, a wife of a furloughed federal worker won the lottery in Virginia, according to The Washington Post

    The family took home a $100,000 check and a new SUV as part of the state’s Ford Expedition Plus $100K Promotion. “I cried,” Carrie Walls said, according to the Virginia Lottery. “I couldn’t believe it.”

    But Wall’s win was timely, as the Virginia resident told the Virginia Lottery that her has was a furloughed federal employee. On Friday, her husband and thousands of other employees weren’t able to pick up their paychecks from the government, but Walls was able to pick up her $100,000 check from the Virginia Lottery.  

    The Virginia Lottery’s official Twitter account posted a photo of Walls with her $100,000 check and sitting behind the wheel of her brand new SUV. She plans to take her family on a trip to Disney World, according to the Virginia Lottery. 

    TSA Workers Will Receive Some Money To Ease The Strains Of The Government Shutdown, But It’s Not Too Much

    Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) workers will have some relief coming their way amid the partial government shutdown. TSA workers will receive $500 and one day’s pay to“alleviate some of the financial hardship” they’ve faced. 

    Administrator David Pekoske announced the move on Friday via Twitter, finding it “legally & financially” allowed. According to CNN, the $500 is actually a bonus “in recognition of [officiers’] hard work during yet another busy holiday travel season, maintaining the highest of security standards during an extraordinary period. The finally pay period of the year still remains on hold. “I’m able to do this because of unique authorities provided TSA in law,” he tweeted. 

    Pekoske also recognized that workers didn’t deserve to work and not receive their pay. “While I realize this is not what you are owed for your hard work during pay period 26 and what you deserve, I hope these actions alleviate some of the financial hardship many of you are facing,” he tweeted.

    A Suspected Mass Overdose in California Has Left One Dead and 12 Hospitalized

    One person died and 12 others were hospitalized on Saturday in Chico, California, after overdosing on reportedly synthetic opioid drug fentanyl, police said.  

    First responders received a 911 call from a resident in the area at around 9:00 a.m., according to BuzzFeed News. One man was pronounced dead at the scene, and 12 others were quickly transported to a hospital. 

    “Every indication is that this mass overdose incident was caused from the ingestion of some form of fentanyl in combination with some other substance, though that is yet to be confirmed,” Chico Police Chief Mike O’Brien said in a press conference on Saturday. 

    CPR and naloxone, which is a narcotic overdose treatment, at the scene, O’Brien said. “It certainly would have been far worse without the response and dispensing of naloxone by Chico police officers,” he added. 

    Four out of the 12 overdose victims remain in critical condition. “Certainly there’s potential for additional fatalities,” O’Brien pressed. “I want to emphasize that.”

    What To Look Out For….

    An account on Instagram, @world_record_egg’s, is trying to break Kylie Jenner’s record for the most likes with a photo of an egg. It was published on Jan. 4, and as of Sunday, the post had over 15 million likes. Kylie Jenner broke the record for most likes in February of last year with a photo of her announcing her daughter, Stormi, name. The post has more than 18 million likes. 

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    2018 was a loooong year. There was a royal wedding, we had a Winter Olympics, kids ate tide pods, and, apparently, wearing bike shorts outside of athletic events made a comeback from the days of leg warmers and Princess Diana. Also known as cycling shorts, these bad boys popped up on the Dolce & Gabbana runway and on Instagram influencer profiles. They’ve even been ~sported~ by Mrs. Kim K herself.

    Athleisure is nothing new to Millennials and Gen Z, with an estimated 44 billion dollar market size in the US in 2018, it’s been predicted that global sales will grow to over 350 billion by 2020. But why is stylish athletic wear so popular? Writers at Forbes believe it’s due to younger generations spending their money on experiences rather than material goods. “As athleisure clothing is typically worn for an experience…[Millennials] are more likely to spend their money on it.” And just like any other fashion style, athleisure wear also cycles through new looks – thus, the bike short trend is re-born.

    This sartorial statement has been popular both on and off runways and social media and is projected to be one of the biggest trends of 2019. Obviously there are a ton of ways to wear bike shorts, so if you’re interested in jumping on this train but you’re not too sure where to start, here a just a few ideas to get your wheels turning (see what I did there?).

    1. Pair them with an oversized top

    Whether you’re wearing a crop top underneath an oversized bomber jacket or a baggy sweater, deciding to pair a loose top with a tight bottom is always a safe bet in the fashion world. For anyone who’s looking for a more comfortable way to wear these fitted shorts, this pairing is foolproof. And for those who are still feeling out the style and seeing if it’s going to be their new thing, this simple combo is a great place to start. This style also gives you that Ariana Grande vibe, which is all the more reason to try this out.



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    2. Play with color

    Fashion is meant to be an experiment, so playing with colors and prints is a surefire way to make a statement. You could pair your neutral-colored shorts with a bright top, or wear your favorite vibrant hue or geometric print on the shorts themselves. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, make your outfit all one color. Wearing all black, all gray, or even all orange (if that’s what you’re feeling at the minute) is completely on trend right now.



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    3. Accessorize

    From the hundreds of pictures of bloggers, influencers and celebrities in bike shorts, it’s safe to say that about 70 percent of their outfits include a fanny pack. Some matched the bag with their outfit, and others used it as a statement piece. With the right accessories, you can easily transition your look from a day-spent-in-the-library look to an I'm-ready-to-party look for a night about the town.



    ✖️fully on the bike shorts train now & not getting off any time soon✖️📷: @_seesea

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    4. Pair them with heels

    Another great way to elevate your bike shorts is by accessorizing with a killer pair of shoes. While wearing bike shorts with some sort of athletic shoe is expected (and definitely the route most people often take), there’s also the option of wearing heels. Have some fun with your accessorizing and swap your sneakers for a pair of high-heeled, thigh-high boots or even a strappy wedge.

    Related: 11 Fanny Packs You'll Actually Want to Be Seen With at Coachella

    5. Wear them under denim shorts

    This is a great way to wear your favorite shorts that might be a touch too short for your school’s dress code policy. It also gives any outfit that extra boost to take it to a whole new level.

    You can style this look with a nice top and neutral-colored cardigan, a chunky necklace and round it out with a pair of flats. But if you're really feeling the denim look, why not eliminate the middle man all together like Gigi Hadid and wear a pair of denim bike shorts? Alternatively, if you're simply not interested in rocking the Levi's, try the avant-garde approach wear them underneath a printed skirt or short dress as seen in the MSGM show during the Milan Fashion Week.

    There are even options to add a bit of texture to this look - like these lace trim "slip shorts" featured on Amazon.    



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    6. Go full-on sporty

    Who said athleisure has to die in the new year? There’s nothing wrong with wearing clothes that make you feel comfortable while at the same time allowing you to always be ready for an impromptu jog to Taco Bell. So wear your bike shorts with a sports bra or a workout hoodie and rock your new look! Because this is a classic ensemble, you'll have the opportunity to put your own spin on it. Try playing with the color or invest in a stylish jacket to be the accent piece. 



    Are we bringing biker shorts into 2019???

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    The sporty look is best paired with a chunky sneaker - like the Fila Distruptor II (which even comes in pink if you're looking for color).



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    Related: The Best Chunky Sneakers for When You're So Over Heels

    7. Try business casual

    Hear us out: When we say “bike shorts” the last thing you usually think of is a blazer and a pair of red-bottom heels. But hey, it works.



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    It’s definitely a statement, but if you’re ready to give it a go, then why not? While we don’t recommend wearing this outfit to a job interview, this is a great way to spice up a class presentation or just go about your business around town.



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    If you're interested in another perspective, fashion blogger Sarah Spellings chronicles her quest to find the best way to wear bike shorts like an influencer, and she includes pictures of her attempting three different looks. She even references this look from Maryam Nassir Zadeh which is a great example of combining business, a pop of color, and minimal accessories that tie the outfit together. But whether you’re looking to pair them with an oversized sweater and a pair of Converse, or you want to make a statement with Christian Louboutins and a blazer, there’s no wrong way to wear a pair of bike shorts.



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    Let us know if you give this look a try by posting a picture to Instagram and tagging @hercampusstyle or adding the hashtag #HCWearsWhat. We'd love to know what you think!

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    Here’s the deal, y'all. I like to try new things. I like to save money. So any time I can combine the two, I jump at the chance. I am the kind of person who will spend $300 to bleach and color my hair, but I refuse to spend $25 on a haircut. There was one time I tried to cut my own hair in first grade, and all I remember is deciding to chop off a section of my hair, and then giving it to my mom as a gift (LOL). Needless to say, she did not like the gift, and I was forever scared of touching my own head with a pair of scissors again...until recently, when I decided to try cutting my hair again.

    Unfortunately, an almost-finished journalism degree and a few hundred hours of watching beauty vlogs did not properly train me to be able to call this attempt a complete success. So, I am here to share with you all of my mistakes, that way you don’t have to make the same ones. 

    Related: 7 Things You Need to Know Before Getting Bangs

    Do your research.

    For some reason, I thought that if I watched one tutorial from a girl with thick hair down to her waist, that it would teach me to trim my shoulder length and practically invisible thin hair. The first lesson for any kind of attempt to do permanent change to your body should be: RESEARCH. Do more than just Googling a few tips and tricks. Look up specifics for your hair type and length. Make sure you know the proper way to hold your hair and section it off, too.

    Don’t use kitchen scissors.

    LOL guys, this is when I realized this attempt would be more of a fail than anything else. I grabbed trusty scissors that I'd been using to cut open plastic wrappers, boxed packages and sometimes even food – thinking it would be fine to cut my ends with the same tool. I could tell something was off right away, because they weren't slicing my hair as easily as you'd imagine. Not only was it a struggle, but it probably wasn't the safest or healthiest idea to use these on my hair. You can find the right type of hair-cutting shears on Amazon for less than $10, and if you plan to keep up with caring for your hair on your own, it's definitely a great investment. 

    Professional Barber Hair Cutting Scissors/Shears (Amazon, $8)

    Don’t attempt cutting the back of your hair.

    So this might be obvious, but you should only trim the parts of your hair that are super easy to see. I would suggest only trimming the really dry ends because those tend to fall off eventually from breakage. Unless you’ve had a ton of practice or you’ve been well-trained, it can be easy to think you’re cutting a clean line until – you brush your hair out and realize one side is hanging a bit lower than the other.

    Make sure you section your hair off as well. You may not think you've left your 'do in layers, but you will when your roommate takes a picture of your hair from the back.

    Maybe just go to a professional.

    All in all, being able to trim your hair is probably a good life skill to have. If you can keep your hair healthy without needing to go to your hairstylist to cut two inches, you have truly achieved a certain level of greatness. Sadly, if you’re like me and are more likely to cut your side-bangs a bit too short, I’d say to just save the snipping for the pros.

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    Things may have wrapped up in Rosewood for Lucy Hale, but that doesn’t mean the 29-year-old doesn’t have big things on the horizon. Her Campus had a chance to chat with the former Pretty Little Liars star about her new partnership with Honey Nut Cheerios, what she learned in her 20s (plus, what she's looking forward to in this upcoming third decade of life), her secret tip to becoming everyone’s source of brow envy and more.

    Hale recently partnered with Honey Nut Cheerios through the Good Rewards program, along with Michael B. Jordan and Rob Gronkowski. Each celeb chose a charity that resonates with them—the ASPCA for Hale, Feeding America for Jordan and the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation for Gronkowski—and through April, any time you buy a box of Honey Nut Cheerios and scan the “Buzzcoin” on the box, you can vote for your favorite at

    “I have partnered with Honey Nut Cheerios, and I chose ASPCA,” Hale says, “which is the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. And this is really important to me because I'm obviously a huge animal lover, and animals don't always get a voice in something. So, the ASPCA's job is to protect, rescue, and support these sweet little babies.” The ASPCA is the first animal welfare organization in North America who serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals, so we can see why she was drawn to it.

    The winner of the Good Rewards program will receive a donation of $100,000 to their chosen charity, but even if Hale doesn’t win, she’s still doing some massive good—the second-place winner’s charity receives a $50,000 donation and whoever comes in third place will still get $25,000. Hale mentioned that even though she’s involved in a super-busy lifestyle (like many of us college women!), Honey Nut Cheerios gave her a fun and easy way to give back.

    “For me, it's always about finding something that resonates,” she says of finding causes to support. “You don't have to do everything. I used to think that I had to do everything, but now I've just found programs, or charities, that really speak to me and that's why partnering with Honey Nut Cheerios really made sense because it makes giving back really fun and easy for people that have really busy schedules, or don't know how to give back. This made sense to me—ASPCA really spoke to me. But I think it's more about just finding what works for you, and then it doesn't feel like a job, it just comes naturally.”

    Beyond her philanthropic involvement, however, Hale has more excitement coming up in the form of a milestone birthday: the star will turn 30 years old in June. Her 20s saw her get her big break as Aria Montgomery on PLL, so she definitely learned a lot and came into her own over the last decade.

    “I think your 20s are all about trial and error, whether it be who you date, how you talk to yourself, the everyday decisions that you make, and you live and you learn,” she says. “I don't have any specific advice, but I would say that 20s are about discovering who you are.”

    And what is Hale looking forward to in her 30s? “I'm just gonna own it and love it,” she declares. “I think that you always hear people say, ‘Your 30s are you best years of your life.’ And so I'm looking forward to not worrying as much about the things that I used to worry about.”

    Moving on to her 30s also means moving on from the roles of her 20s, however, so if you’re hoping to see Aria return to Rosewood, you may be stuck waiting a while. Even though anticipation is high for the PLL spinoff Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, Hale admits, “As of now, I'm not a part of the spinoff, but I know that a couple of the girls are going to direct, which is very cool.”

    Never say never, though: Hale continues, “I have a feeling the show will go for a little bit, so I'm sure you'll see, whether it's me or someone ... You'll see them pop up in the show somewhere.”

    Finally, we couldn’t not ask Hale about her amazing eyebrows and see if she has any beauty tips for getting those thick, strong brows she’s known to rock. Her biggest piece of brow advice? “Don't do anything to them. I will occasionally go get them trimmed, but the wilder the better, in my opinion. I don't really tweeze them. I kinda let them grow wild, and always brush them up. Fluffier the better.”

    We can’t wait to see what Hale does next—and, based on her upcoming projects, it seems like she has a lot in store: beyond the Good Rewards program, she has at least two movies—A Nice Girl Like You and Unicorn—coming out in 2019, and will soon start filming on Fantasy Island. She’s also keeping her options open, though: “The year is young, so maybe more wonderful things” will happen, she says.

    It looks like 2019 is going to be a great year for Lucy Hale.

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    Lana Condor, star of the beloved Netflix rom-com To All the Boys I've Loved Before, revealed to Jimmy Fallon on Thursday's Tonight Show that the spark we all witnessed between her and her dreamy co-star was genuine.

    Condor and Noah Centineo have been praised for their on-screen chemistry, which has made fans question whether any of their fictional feelings transferred over into real life. According to Condor, the potential for that to happen was there from the beginning. She told Fallon that she and Centineo had to make a no-dating pact right from the start, after an adorable-sounding afternoon spent at a hot-yoga class, followed by pizza.

    “I felt something,” Condor said. “I looked at him and I was like, ‘Noah, it’s not gonna happen between us.’”

    After the audience finished laughing at her very direct approach, the Deadly Class actress continued, “Because I felt that for the show to do well, we had to be best-friend professionals!”

    Centineo apparently agreed with her, stating, “Yeah, it’s not gonna happen.” Thus came the dating pact... allow Lana to explain.

    According to Condor, the two film stars still share a "spark," but a romance between them is currently off the table. With the second installment of To all the Boys I've Loved Before confirmed, if the series follows the books, there could be a third movie made as well. 

    Fallon echoed what most of us seem to be not-so-secretly hoping for, “Then, after the third one, you really fall in love.”

    Whether or not the too-cute pair will ever end up being an official couple is up in the air, but we can still dream.

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    The pursuit of good, comfortable, stylish jeans is one that takes pretty much your entire life. I feel like I've probably tried on 500 pairs of jeans in the last 10 years, only to buy about 10 of them and actually end up wearing two. It's hard to find a good pair of jeans. You need them to be stretchy, but not too stretchy. You don't want them too high-waisted, but you definitely don't want them low-rise (well, I definitely don't). And god forbid you find a wash that isn't absurd.

    When you do find a good pair of jeans, you want to share them with the world. But, unfortunately, more often than not when you find a good pair of jeans, they probably don't come in a super wide range so you can share that wisdom with your friends. There's nothing like trying to tell your BFF about a pair of jeans that just rocked your world... and them not coming in a size she can actually wear. So when Warp + Weft, fashion's favorite, new-ish denim line, reached out, we were like, yes, let's do this.

    We tried three pairs of their jeans to see if inclusive denim can really, truly be a thing.

    Felicity, our Assistant Editor, Gina, our Beauty Editor, and Rachel (me!), our Senior Editor, put these to the test. Because all butts are good butts, and all butts deserve good denim.

    But first, let's talk about how cool these are.

    Our resident style expert, Felicity, explained, "These jeans are totally approved as a 2019 trend. The wash is unbelievably cool — there’s an acid-wash feel to it without going completely overboard. But I need to address something about these jeans: the one, frayed and ripped back pocket is what really gives these jeans their ~edge~ and I’m SO about it. This edgy detail gives it an unexpected twist that’s most definitely on-trend right now."

    Gina, a size 14, tried the JFK Petite Skinny Dorset

    "OMG the subtle detailing at the end of the jeans looked so good with ankle boots," Gina said. "And I think they’re super transitional from winter to summer as well. I don’t think they’re the edgiest denim I’ve ever seen, but rather a really good staple pair of pants that I’d wear all year round."

    Felicity, a size 8, tried the MXP High Rise Legging in Encore.

    "Remember those pajama jeans that were a thing for a hot minute? These definitely had that same feel with the stretchy jegging material. Although I love that tight and high-waisted feel, it’s not the most comfortable article of clothing to run your errands in all day. Warp + Weft honestly get it right with their material — and it makes for a completely comfortable jean."

    Rachel, a size 10, tried the ICN Wide Leg in Lotus.

    "I'm absolutely in love with these jeans. And I hate jeans. Most denim is just way too harsh for me, from the lines they create on your body to the fabric itself. But these felt super soft and gentle. The cut was killer, as I love nothing more than a deconstructed pair of jeans."

    How was the fit?

    Gina:"I felt soooo stretchy and free. In terms of fit, these are elevated enough to wear to work and out with friends, but they’re also cozy enough that I could see myself lounging in them all day, without feeling stuff. Like, I can bend in these!"

    Felicity: "The length was just right on me — the end of the jeans meet my fave pair of ankle boots just perfectly. I recommend sizing down just a bit if you like that tight, high-waisted feel like I do. If you prefer a casual fit, then these jeans are great for keeping it just a little loose and flexible."

    Rachel: "I probably should have sized down, as these definitely stretch through the day, but I appreciated how they looked with an oversized sweater, and imagine they'll look very chill and artsy paired with a fitted bodysuit in warmer weather."

    How were our butts?

    Gina:"I’m 5’ exactly, so I love when a petite jean hits just right and I don’t have to worry about tailoring. They’re totally adaptable to all kinds of curves, and let me work the ~booty~. I love!"

    Rachel: "Throughout this shoot, we couldn't stop talking about our butts. They were so happy. Such good butts."

    How would you rate the price point here?

    Gina:"I’m cheap AF, but definitely willing to drop money on really good denim. I would be first in line to buy these on a sale day, and if I had extra cash would totally splurge on another pair. They’re not unaffordable, but definitely an investment purchase instead of an all-the-time purchase."

    Felicity:"If we’re being real, it’s hard for me to spend anything over $50 on one article of clothing. (#ballingonabudget) But I will say that I whole-heartedly believe in investment pieces, and a good pair of jeans that fit you just right is a damn good investment. Knowing how well they fit and how high quality they are, I would definitely buy these IRL if I were looking for another pair of go-to jeans."

    Rachel:"I hate shopping for jeans, so when I buy them, I want to buy one pair and keep them for as long as humanly possible. So I'm someone who spends more on denim (probably around $100/pair, sorry guys). These, especially on sale, are super worth it."

    LBR: are these really inclusive?

    Gina: "Oh, YES. I loved watch the way these jeans worked on editors of all different sizes, and appreciate the range of sizing going up to 24. Also, shoutout to the petite and maternity choices as well."

    Felicity: "Giving this three thumbs up for three cute booties that these jeans blessed us with. Not only is their sizing inclusive, but they have so many shapes and fits to please any pants preference."

    Rachel: "Absolutely. The range is from 00-24, with maternity and petite. I was so happy with these, and I feel good supporting them." 

    Denim on denim is a very big Thing these days, so it's important that we can all find a pair of jeans that we're happy with. We want to feel good in our clothes. It's a simple ask. And brands that allow us to do that by making it possible for us to wear their styles with massive amounts of confidence are clearly leading the way. 

    Follow Rachel on Instagram.

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    On the same day that Trump’s birth control rule was supposed to take effect, a federal judge in Pennsylvania blocked it nationwide. According to Politico, the ruling extended a partial injunction from a California judge that began on Sunday night, and it stopped the rule from going into place in 13 states that are currently involved in a lawsuit against it.

    The rule would basically allow employers to stop providing their employees insurance coverage for birth control on the basis of religious or moral reasons. On Monday afternoon, Judge Wendy Beetlestone sided with a group of Democratic attorney generals, who challenged the administrations violation against the Affordable Care Act. 

    “Fundamentally, given the harm to the States should the Final Rules be enforced—numerous citizens losing contraceptive coverage, resulting in ‘significant, direct and proprietary harm’ to the States in the form of increased used of state-funded contraceptive services, as well as increased costs associated with unintended pregnancies—a nationwide injunction is required to ensure complete relief to the States,” Beetlestone’s ruling read per BuzzFeed News

    The Trump administration tried to—again—roll back on an important requirement of the Affordable Care Act, which says health insurance plans must provide contraception coverage. As The Washington Post reports, this requirement has been in place since 2012, and it says all FDA-approved forms of birth control must be offered. In attempting to offer coverage exceptions and exemptions to employers, Trump’s policy most likely would have affected many women seeking free or low-cost birth control.

    “Decisions about birth control are for women and their families to make—not their employers,” Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey tweeted on Monday. “That was our argument and the court agreed. We led a coalition to support @PAAttorneyGEn in this fight and now omen everywhere cna celebrate this victory.” 

    “No American Should be forced to violate his or her own conscience in order to abide by the laws and regulations governing our healthcare system,” Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson Caitlin Oakley said to The Washington Post. “The final rules affirm the Trump Administration’s commitment to upholding the freedoms afforded all Americans under our Constitution.” 

    This ruling comes one day after Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr. of the United States District Court in Oakland, California, issued a temporary block of the new rule in 13 states and the District of Columbia, according to Politico. Gilliam wrote on Sunday night that the new rule is “nearly identical to” the administrations earlier versions. He also wrote that he “fully recognizes that limiting the scope of this injunction to the plaintiff states means that women in other states are at risk of losing access to cost-free contraceptives when the final rules take effect.” 

    Beetlestone argued, instead, on Monday that the only way to provide “complete relief” to the states suing was to block the rules across the United States, according to Politico. Both the partial and full injunctions stem from two different lawsuits that challenge the Trump administration’s attempt to provide birth control exemptions for employers. As NPR reports, Beetlestone found that states would have been harmed by the rule as women who lost birth control coverage would turn to state-funded programs. 

    Unfortunately, the fight to protect Affordable Care Act’s requirement for birth control coverage isn’t over. But Sunday and Monday marked a huge win for contraception coverage advocates. 

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    After taking some time away from social media in September, Selena Gomez has finally returned to Instagram on Monday with some empowering and heartfelt words. 

    “It’s been awhile since you have heard from me, but I wanted to wish everyone a happy new year and to thank you for the love and support,” the 26-year-old captioned the Instagram photo of herself. “Last year was definitely a year of self-reflection, challenges and growth. It’s always those challenges which show you who you are and what you are capable of overcoming. Trust me, it’s not easy, but I am proud of the person I am becoming and look forward to the year ahead. Love you all.” 

    While the message doesn’t go into depth about everything Gomez has experienced in 2018, it’s obvious she’s ready for the new year. The singer started a social media hiatus in September of 2018. In an Instagram Story post, she explained that she would be stepping away from the platform after receiving some hate on social media.  

    “Update: taking a social media break. Again. As much as I am grateful for the voice that social media gives each of us, I am equally grateful to be able to step back and live my life present to the moment I have been given,” she wrote. “Kindness and encouragement only for a bit! Just remember—negative comments can hurt anybody’s feelings. Obvi.” 

    TMZ reported in October that Gomez had sought treatment for her mental health after reportedly suffering from a panic attack during a hospital visit for her low white blood cell count. This can be a common complication for kidney transplant patients. 

    A source told People about the incident, stating that “the panic attack in the hospital was the tipping point” and she needed to enter treatment in order to fully recover. “She realized she needed to seek additional help for her ongoing emotional issues,” the source told People. “She’s surrounded by close family and has a lot of support. She’s doing better now and is seeking treatment on the east coast.”

    In recent weeks, Gomez went on a snow-tubing trip with her girls, starred in a Pantene commercial, and snapped a pic with Taylor Swift and Cazzie David.




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    After what seemed like a difficult 2018 for Selena Gomez, we are so happy that she seems to be in a better place! 

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    Over the weekend the Internet became obsessed with UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi—because she is honestly a living legend. For approximately one minute and 30 seconds, the 21-year-old gymnast performed a stunning and energetic floor routine, which earned a perfect 10-score. 

    On Sunday, the UCLA team’s official Twitter account posted a video of Ohashi’s electrifying and fun floor routine. The video of the performance went viral and it currently has over 28 million views. 

    “A 10 isn’t enough for this floor routine by @katelyn_ohashi,” the UCLA Gymnastics official Twitter accounted tweeted. The video has also received some high praise from senator Kamala Harris and Atlantic writer Jemele Hill. 

    “Her whole floor routine is ridiculously hard,” said UCLA coach Valerie Kondos Field to UCLA’s student newspaper Daily Bruin. “Every single thing about it including the backward split that she does after her leap pass—it’s insane.” 

    Ohashi took to the floor at Anaheim arena on Saturday night, where she flawlessly flipped, leapped, and twisted high in the air. Not only did she stick every single landing, but she included some difficult and incredible splits into the routine. Honestly, so impressed!

    The gymnast’s energy and smile radiated throughout the performance. Ohashi’s dance moves were choreographed to a medley of songs that included “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner, “September” by Earth, Wind, & Fire, “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5, “Rhythm Nation” by Janet Jackson, and Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel.” 

    “I’ve never seen her perform like that,” Field’s told the Los Angeles Times. “Ever, in your entire life. I’ve never seen her facial, her performance quality, be that professional, as I saw tonight.” 

    But seriously, you have to watch it for yourself: 

    This isn’t the first time that Ohashi has gone viral for being a legend on the mat. According to the Washington Post, her floor routine at the Pac-12 gymnastics championships in 2018 earned her first place. The video of the routine received more than 4 million views on YouTube. Ohashi also was a part of the elite gymnastics world, but left five years ago after facing some intense criticism. At the time, she was considered a shoo-in for the Olympics. 

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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.) 

    Nothing Says Dinner Of Champions Like Fast Food — At Least According To Donald Trump

    The president celebrated the Clemson Tiger’s national championship on Monday night with a curated meal....of fast food. 

    “I think we’re going to serve McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger Kings with some pizza,” President Trump said to reporters on Monday, per Huffington Post. “I really mean it. It will be interesting. And I would think that’s their favorite food. So we’ll see what happens. But they’re coming tonight, the national champions, subject to the weather.” 

    It’s tradition for collegiate national championship winners to visit the White House, but many were puzzled by POTUS’s fast-food choice. According to CNN, President Trump paid for the fast food out of pocket because most of the White House food staff have been furloughed. 

    “The President wanted to host a fun event to celebrate the College Football National Champion Clemson Tigers,” said deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley in a statement to CNN. “Because the Democrats refuse to negotiate on border security, much of the residence staff at the White House is furloughed—so the President is personally paying for the event to be catered with some of everyone’s favorite fast foods,” he said. 

    The menu had many people seriously confused on social media. 

    Steve King’s House Committee Seats Taken Away Over His “White Supremacists” Remarks 

    Republican leaders have taken away Rep. Steve King’s (R-Iowa) House Committee seats On Monday night after he spoke with The New York Times and questioned when phrases such as “white supremacist” became offensive. According to The New York Times, he will lose his seat on the Judiciary and Agriculture Committee. 

    “We will not be seating Steve King on any committees in the 116th Congress,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California), per The Huffington Post, following the unanimous decision. 

    King argued his comments were “mischaracterized” and responded to his removal, saying, “Leader McCarthy’s decision to remove me from committees is a political decision that ignores the truth.” 

    “Ultimately, I told him ‘You have to do what you have to do and I will do what I have to do.’” King wrote, per Alex Moe from NBC News. “I will continue to point out the truth and work with all the vigor that I have to represent 4th District Iowans for at least the next two years.” 

    This decision follows King’s comments on Thursday, in which he said, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilizationhow did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”

    In an official statement on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor through Fox News, “There is no place in the Republican Party, the Congress or the country for an ideology of racial supremacy of any kind.” 

    He went on, “I have no tolerance for such positions and those who espouse these views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms. Rep. King’s statements are unwelcome and unworthy of his elected position.” 

    Bernie Sanders To Meet With Former Women Staffers About The Sexism & Harassment On The 2016 Campaign

    Sen. Bernie Sanders will meet on Wednesday with former female staffers who have alleged they faced sexual harassment and sexism while working on his 2016 presidential campaign. 

    BuzzFeed News first reported Sanders meeting, and a spokesperson for Sanders later confirmed it to CNN. Following reports by Politico and the New York Times, the Vermont senator and his current staff will meet with a number of the women in Washington, D.C. Sanders reportedly paid for their flights and hotel accommodations via his campaign account, BuzzFeed News reports. 

    The meeting will be led by Jenny Yang and Pamela Coukos from Working IDEAL, which is a group that improves workplace inclusivity and diversity. 

    Bernie Sanders apologized, again, last week to the women that have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment and sexism while working on his 2016 presidential campaign, according to CNN

    “What they experienced was absolutely unacceptable, and certainly not what a progressive campaign or any campaign should be about,” Sanders said. “When we talk about—and I do all of the time—ending sexism, and ending all forms of discrimination, those beliefs cannot just be words...They must be based in day to day reality and in the work that we do. And that was not the case, clearly not the case, in the 2016 campaign.” 

    This comes amid a potential 2020 presidential campaign bid. 

    What To Look Out For….

    Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story has finally found its Maria, according to Deadline. Seventeen-year-old New Jersey High School student Rachel Zegler will star alongside Ansel Elgort, who plays Tony, in the film.

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    Nothing says a fresh start like the new spring semester. From selecting an aesthetically pleasing planner for the year, to planning the ultimate tropical getaway for spring break, spring semester is arguably the very best semester of college.

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    Kylie Jenner has long been recognized as the Queen of Instagram. However, there’s now an unlikely contender who is giving Jenner a run for her money: the account @world_record_egg, whose verified account boasts 3.9 million followers and features only one post—a stock photo of an egg. Simple as it may seem, that photo of an egg recently beat the record Jenner held for most liked Instagram photo of all time, earning over 32.5 million likes and counting.

    For comparison, AJC reported that Jenner’s most liked photo, the announcement of her daughter Stormi’s birth, gained only 18 million likes.

    The account had the goal of toppling Jenner from the get-go. According to Vogue, on January 4, the account posted the photo of the egg with the caption “Let’s set a world record together and get the most liked post on Instagram. Beating the current world record held by Kylie Jenner (18 million)! We got this.” Since then, news of the egg’s mission went viral, spawning an unavoidable campaign, not to mention some pretty hilarious memes.

    One of the people who has been enjoying the egg memes is Kylie Jenner herself who responded by posting a video on her Instagram account that shows her cracking an egg on the ground under the heading “Kylie when she sees the world record egg account.”



    Take that little egg

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    Perhaps, at the end of the day, the Instagram egg is just that—an egg.

    But maybe the story of the egg is actually much more profound, reflecting our values and the state of society as a whole. Popularity on Instagram can often feel like a reinforcement of the status quo. Having any combination conventional good looks, wealth, and a degree of fame attract likes by the boatload, and it’s no surprise that Kylie Jenner happens to have all three. What better thing to upend that hierarchy than something as pure and simple as an egg?

    The egg is a reminder to chill out about our followers and likes. It makes Instagram just a little more meaningless, and, as a result, just a little more fun.

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    This article was written by Emily from Currently Emily, an InfluenceHer Collective Member

    Like most of us, I love cookie dough. So when I found out about Cookie Dō, the edible cookie dough shop making waves in NYC, I had to check it out. I arrived at the shop around 3:30pm and there was a crowd inside. Everyone from locals to even a group from Michigan was there to test the dough. It was just THAT popular. 

    The shop itself was in an adorable area, only a few blocks from Washington Square Park and NYU. The decor inside was very on trend, with pastel colors and chalk board styles signs. It felt like a trendy ice cream shop, which Kristen Tomlan, the founder of Cookie Dō, mentioned was her intention. Inside the shop was a large glass window where you could watch them making the cookie dough right in front of you and see exactly what goes into the process. 

    Needless to say, it was very popular, and was very PACKED.

    I tried two kinds of cookie dough. First, I tried Kristen’s personal favorite, Heavenly, a sugar cookie with Nutella, chocolate chips, caramel bits and sea salt. Then I tried scoop of their seasonal dough Coffee Toffee, which was a signature base with espresso and dark chocolate toffee pieces with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. So. Good. The seasonal Coffee Toffee flavor was my favorite! It was perfect for the fall turning into the winter months.

    I caught up with Kristen to pick her brain about how to turn a passion into a business (and ate a bunch of cookie dough along the way). 

    Emily: Who was your cooking inspo growing up?

    Kristen: My mom definitely, I kind of grew up in the kitchen next to her. She taught me everything I needed to know about navigating the kitchen, especially the mixer. I really had a huge sweet tooth growing up so I was always one that was making cookies, and kind of became the baker of the family.

    Emily: What was the hardest part of building your own business?

    Kristen: Everything. I think just figuring it out, there’s not really a book that tells you what to do. Every business is different and you kind of just have to trust your gut and go with your intuition, and just figure it out along the way.

    Emily: Personal favorite Dō flavor?

    Kristen: Heavenly, which is a sugar cookie with Nutella, chocolate chips, caramel bits and sea salt. So it has a little bit of everything.

    Emily: What inspired you to launch Cookie Dō?

    Kristen: Honestly just my love for baking and eating cookie dough so I wanted to share that with as many people as possible. I think eating cookie dough always brings me back to a very happy place and so I was just inspired by sharing that with others. I wanted to see if there was a business around edible cookie dough, since there wasn’t anyone doing it.

    Emily: What advice would you give young women who want to launch their own business?

    Kristen: I would say to just do something, kind of jump in even if its little by little. I think a lot of people are paralyzed by the fear of the unknown. There’s so much to do when starting your own business, you kind of get bogged down with, “Omg where do you start?”

    My advice is to always just start somewhere, even if it is a little bit at a time and baby steps. Eventually those baby steps add up and it’ll become what you want it to be. But you really have to dedicate time and start somewhere.

    Emily: What would you tell your college self about starting a business?

    Kristen: I would probably tell myself to just trust your gut, I feel like a lot of times you just second guess things or you are concerned about so many things you are trying to think about it all. The decisions I have made where I have trusted my gut and kind of gone with that instinct have been the ones that have been the right decisions.

    Trust yourself, have confidence in yourself, I think confidence is huge because you just have to be confident in a decision and just go with it. I would encourage myself, you can do it, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. Just reminding myself to trust myself.

    You can hang out with Emily on her Instagram

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    Moms are the best and it makes our hearts happy when we can spend quality time with them. But according to a study, as much as hanging out with our moms brings happiness to us, it’s actually quite beneficial to our mom’s health and may even extend her life.

    Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco found that loneliness can be detrimental to those that are older and can contribute to a decline in health, according to Oprah Magazine. Of the 1,600 elderly individuals that researchers followed, 23 percent of those that reported they were lonely passed away within six years of the study, whereas only 14 percent of those that said they had adequate companionship passed away within that time frame.

    Barbara Moscowitz, senior geriatric social worker at Massachusetts General Hospital, told The New York Times that “the need we've had our entire lives — people who know us, value us, who bring us joy — that never goes away.”

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    According to the findings of the study, those that are older place greater value in companionship. Rosemary Blieszner, a professor of human development at Virginia Tech, told The New York Times that, due to their life experiences and wisdom, older individuals often overlook more in a relationship, and know what’s worth fighting about and what isn’t.

    So invite over your older relatives, including your mom, because not only does it benefit us to be in our mother’s embrace, but it benefits her, too. Plus, maybe mom might cook us one of her famous home cooked meals.

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    As President Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee William Barr’s confirmation hearing got underway on Tuesday, Barr told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that he didn’t believe special counsel Robert Mueller “would be involved in a witch hunt,” as the president has repeatedly called Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference, and said he would not fire Mueller without due cause.

    Barr tried to assure Democrats, who have been trying to secure protections for Mueller and his investigation, that he would allow the special counsel to finish his report.

    “I believe it is in the best interest of everyone — the President, Congress, and, most importantly, the American people — that this matter be resolved by allowing the Special Counsel to complete his work,” Barr told the committee. “The country needs a credible resolution of these issues. If confirmed, I will not permit partisan politics, personal interests, or any other improper consideration to interfere with this or any other investigation.”

    Barr added that he believed it was important the Justice Department would be transparent under his leadership, saying, “Second, I also believe it is very important that the public and Congress be informed of the results of the Special Counsel's work. For that reason, my goal will be to provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law. I can assure you that, where judgments are to be made by me, I will make those judgments based solely on the law and will let no personal, political, or other improper interests influence my decision.”

    When asked under what circumstances Barr might fire Mueller, the attorney general nominee instead praised Mueller and said it would be difficult to image a situation arising in which he would have to relieve Mueller of his duties.

    “Under the regulations, Bob Mueller could only be terminated for good cause. Frankly, it’s unimaginable to me that Bob would ever do anything that gave rise to good cause,” Barr commented. “I believe right now the overarching public interest would be for him to finish.”

    Barr, who previously served as attorney general during President George H.W. Bush’s administration, faced tough questions about a 19-page memo he wrote in June 2018 opposing an obstruction of justice case against the president, The Huffington Post reports. In the memo to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Barr argued that any obstruction of justice inquiry into Trump’s firing of then-FBI Director James Comey in May 2017 would be “fatally misconceived.”

    While some have been concerned about the memo, and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer had even called on Trump to rescind Barr’s nomination over it, Barr addressed the controversy over his memo, ABC News reports.

    “I wrote the memo as a former Attorney General who has often weighed in on legal issues of public importance, and I distributed it broadly so that other lawyers would have the benefit of my views,” Barr said in his opening statement.

    Downplaying the significance of the memo, Barr said he, as well as other commentators, were basing their analysis on the limited information publicly available at the time.

    “As I explained in a recent letter to Ranking Member Feinstein, my memo was narrow in scope, explaining my thinking on a specific obstruction-of-justice theory under a single statute that I thought, based on media reports, the Special Counsel might be considering. The memo did not address — or in any way question — the Special Counsel's core investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election,” Barr added. “Nor did it address other potential obstruction-of-justice theories or argue, as some have erroneously suggested, that a President can never obstruct justice. I wrote it myself, on my own initiative, without assistance, and based solely on public information.”

    Barr, who has “known Bob Mueller personally and professionally for 30 years” and is close friends with him, discussed a private conversation he had with Trump in June 2017, as Trump was looking to expand his legal team. Despite not wanting to take up the position, Barr still met with Trump, according to HuffPost. The meeting, which took place at the White House, was brief, and Barr shared with the committee that he told Trump that “Bob is a straight shooter and should be dealt with as such.”

    According to Barr, he gave his phone number to Trump but never heard from him.

    As attorney general, Barr said his priorities would be to fight violent crime, prosecute hate crimes, enforce and improve immigration laws and protect the right to vote.

    Noting that he took the position out of love for the Department of Justice and the law, Barr added that he “want[ed] to help in this circumstance and I am not going to do anything I think is wrong, and I will not be bullied into doing something that I think is wrong, by anybody" including the president or Congress, ABC News reports.

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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.)

    Judge Blocks Trump Administration From Adding Citizenship Question to the Census

    A federal judge blocked the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, a ruling in a series of lawsuits that claim that the citizenship question would harm immigrants and cause fewer immigrants to answer the decennial survey.

    The plaintiffs in the case ― 18 states, the District of Columbia, 15 cities and a a few activist groups ― have claimed that the citizenship question argued that the Trump administration intended to decrease response rates among immigrants and minorities, Reutersreports.

    And those fewer responses could potentially have a lasting impact. The census is used to determine the allocation of congressional seats and how federal funds are disbursed, and could cost these Democratic-leaning communities representation in the House of Representatives and cut their federal funding, The Huffington Post reports.

    The Trump administration said that it was within its power to add the citizenship question, and did not think the question would decrease responses, and even if it did, the Census Bureau planned to follow up with individuals, officials said.

    But U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman of the Southern District of New York did not agree, saying it would mean that “hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of people will go uncounted in the census.”

    While Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross claimed that citizenship data ed from the citizenship question — which hasn’t been on the decennial census since 1950 — was needed to better enforce the Voting Rights Act, which protects voters from discrimination, but plaintiffs claimed that Ross’ plan was to decrease responses all along, Reuters reports.

    In a 277-page opinion, Furman called Ross’ Voting Rights Act “pretextual.”

    “He announced his decision in a manner that concealed its true basis rather than explaining it,” Furman said.

    Ross has said he added the question upon the request of the Justice Department, but evidence at the trial showed that Ross has intended to include the question prior to the department’s request. In addition, Ross did not heed the advice of experts, including from individuals within the Census Bureau itself, about how including the question could potentially hurt data, HuffPost reports.

    Furman said Ross and his aides behaved “like people with something to hide,” ultimately leading to “inescapable” conclusion that they had “something to hide.”

    Kelly Laco, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said the Trump administration was “disappointed” by the ruling, adding that the “government is legally entitled to include a citizenship question on the census, and people in the United States have a legal obligation to answer.”

    Dale Ho, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, called the ruling “a forceful rebuke of the Trump administration’s attempt to weaponize the census.”

    The Trump administration is expected to repeal the ruling.

    Brexit Deal is Voted Down by Parliament

    The political future of the United Kingdom (UK) is once again up in the air as Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal was voted down in Parliament on Tuesday.

    According to ABC News, the lead up to the vote on the Brexit deal saw May criticized on both sides of the political spectrum, with some arguing that the deal would leave the UK too closely tied to the European Union (EU) and other argued that the deal would hurt the economy.

    Following eight days of debate, the House of Commons voted down the deal 432 votes to 202, CNN reports.

    With the Brexit deal voted down, the future relationship between the UK ad the EU remains uncertain. On Sunday, May posted in a Facebook statement that if the deal did not pass, the UK could end up remaining in the EU or leaving it without a deal.

    “If Parliament does not come together and back this deal in our national interest, we risk leaving with no deal, with all the uncertainty for jobs and security that will bring,” May wrote. “Or, with MPs unwilling to face the uncertainty of no deal and with no other offer on the table, we will risk not leaving the European Union at all.”

    The opposition Labour Party immediately triggered a vote of no-confidence. If May’s government loses that vote, it means that the prime minister would have to resign, triggering a general election.

    But May urged all the members of Parliament (MPs) to listen to the British citizens that voted to leave the EU.

    “I ask members on all sides of the house to listen to the British people, who want this issue settled, and to work with the government to do just that,” May said.

    According to ABC News, other MPs called for a second referendum to end the political gridlock, which could result in the UK remaining in the EU.

    From this point, the UK could try to renegotiate another deal with the EU, or leave the EU on the March 29th deadline without a deal.  

    Netflix Just Raised Its Prices Again

    Binge-watching our favorite shows just got a bit more expensive on Netflix. The streaming giant just raised prices on its streaming plans again for both new and existing customers.

    According to Hello Giggles, Netflix’s basic plan, which allows you to watch your favorite shows on one device, will increase from $7.99 to $8.99 per month. The company’s most popular plan, which offers high-definition streaming on two devices simultaneously, will increase to $12.99 from from $10.99. Netflix’s Premium subscription, which allows users to stream on four screens in Ultra HD 4K format, will also raise by $2 — from $13.99 to $15.99 per month.

    The price increase will immediately go into effect for new customers, and will be implemented in the next few months for existing customers, according to ABC News.

    This is the fourth time that the streaming giant has increased its price — the last increase was in 2017.

    In a statement during the last price increase, Netflix said, “From time to time, Netflix plans and pricing are adjusted as we add more exclusive TV shows and movies, introduce new product features, and improve the overall Netflix experience to help members find something great to watch even faster.”

    But the extra money from the new price increase will help pay for Netflix’s huge investment in its original shows and films, as it tries to rivals such as Disney and Amazon.

    While it’s never easy to the prices to our favorite services go up, having access to all of the new, incredible content coming, such as the upcoming third season of Stranger Things which will hit Netflix this summer, is definitely worth it.

    What to look out for…

    Airbnb will pay for you to spend the summer in the Italian countryside, and sign me up.

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    You’re probably familiar with her voice, but have yet to meet the woman who brought some of the most iconic animated characters to life, like Tommy Pickles (Rugrats) and Buttercup (The Powerpuff Girls). E.G. Daily is truly a triple threat—she's appeared in films, such as Valley Girls,Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and 31, provided the voices for some of our favorite animated TV characters, competed on The Voice, and even has her own YouTube channel.

    Her Campus chatted with E.G. all about how much she impacted our childhoods, how Hollywood’s emphasis on appearances inspired her song “So Pretty" and how she lives her truth, and the unforgettable advice that Blake Shelton gave her during her time on The Voice.

    Her Campus: You've had an incredible Hollywood career, what has been your favorite part of it all throughout the years?

    E.G. Daily: My favorite part is the variety that I’ve gotten to experience. I’ve gotten to do so many different kinds of things, all in the realm of creativity and mostly with my voice.

    HC: Our generation remembers you as the voice of Tommy Pickles and Powerpuff Girl Buttercup—what is it like to know that you've had such an impact on people's childhoods?

    ED: It’s so awesome—I really enjoy it now more than ever. I feel like I have more gratitude and am more humbled than ever about it because back when I used to be doing all the episodes—many, many years ago—it was awesome and we were happy to do it and it was fun, but I didn’t realize that decades later, it would’ve made such an impact on so many people’s lives. Today I can actually really absorb how much of an impact it made because of the time that’s passed, and the impact it's still making.

    HC: What is it like to step into the shoes of an animated character and bring them to life?

    ED: It’s kind of like a dream come true because you get to transform into anything. You can be an inanimate object, you can be a boy, you can be a girl, you can be an old lady, you could be a balloon or a talking toy. With animation, you can be anything, there’s no limit—it’s pretty incredible. You get to go into the fantasy of things but even bigger than, let’s say, a Sci-Fi picture. It can go anywhere.

    HC: Cartoon Network created an #EMPOWERPUFF internship program which allows talented writers, illustrators, video editors and graphic designers to have a chance to create content for The Powerpuff Girls—what are your thoughts on it?

    ED: I think this is awesome and it’s what we’re supposed to be doing. I think with everything artistic, we’re supposed to use it as a messenger piece to help empower and teach people. It's so important that we seize opportunities to use popular characters and popular TV shows to influence people, because that’s what we’re supposed to be doing. It is just beautiful and makes me proud to be part of The Powerpuff Girls project.

    HC: In a time of female empowerment, do you feel it's important to have shows like The Powerpuff Girls to inspire young girls and help them believe that they are strong and capable of doing anything they want?

    ED: Yeah, absolutely! I mean, we’ve come a long way—women have come a long way.. girl power! How perfect is it to have these tiny little things become these role models and superheroes? It just goes to show you that it is possible for anyone of any size, of any demographic, boy or girl, any race, any religion, for anyone to make a powerful impact. We all have our own Powerpuff superpowers and who knows what each of ours is, but everybody’s got a superpower, I believe. I think that what’s happening, with the climate of today, is that we’re creating a place for us to really have a voice and make sure that it is mattering. It’s no longer like in the old days where people were just shy and let other people run the show or make the decisions. It just feels so valuable that today, especially with the #MeToo movement, that everyone’s voice matters. We have to use our superpowers and be fearless and fierce so that you can make a difference on the planet.

    HC: You have two daughters, what is one piece of advice you’ve passed down to them?

    ED: To listen to their inner voice and make sure they’re paying attention to what it's telling them. The more you listen to your inner voice, the louder it gets. So, if your inner voice is telling you, “I don’t like that person, that person doesn’t feel good, that person feels dangerous…”, pay attention. I really taught my girls to pay attention to their inner voice, even if it’s a random little thing that they might hear. I really encourage them to listen and act on that on it because that voice is so powerful. It’s a subconscious and the more you use it, the more you listen to it, the louder it gets and then your life becomes easier because you don’t waste a lot of time on things that are harmful or weird or strange, or that make you feel uneasy. The more you listen to your inner voice, the bigger it gets.

    HC: You recently released a song titled "So Pretty," what was the inspiration behind it?

    ED: I was actually writing songs for some film and TV projects with my two writers, and we just came together and we wrote. That was the first song I had written with this team of writers and once we got done writing it—it was really quick, it probably had been written in an hour—I just felt so strongly about that message, like, “Oh, God, this message feels really important to me,” and they [the writers] kind of let me run with it. They were really great for listening to me. I said, “There’s a lot of objectifying. A lot of girls nowadays are trying to make their booties bigger and their boobs bigger and their lips bigger and their face bigger, and there’s just so much self-objectifying.” And I’m guilty too, like I’ve done some fillers and I’m all about wanting to look good, just like the rest of us. My daughters are really into the beauty world and fashion. 

    But sadly, on the other side of that, there’s so much pressure to look perfect. Like, with selfies and the selfie filters, that we can’t possibly be an unfiltered person. And, there needs to be some embracing of imperfection and embracing of your genuine beauty, which is more beautiful than anything. Being a kind person is beautiful, being gentle is beautiful, being thoughtful is beautiful, being healthy is beautiful, taking care of your insides is beautiful, self-care, self-love, that’s all beautiful, and the word ‘beautiful’ is not just for the outside. It’s a bottomless pit if you try to look good on the outside because we’re all gonna get older. I know for myself, I’ve had top makeup artists and hair people and wardrobe people all working on me at one time for a project and I was feeling sad in that moment, let’s say, and I couldn’t even feel how beautiful they were making me look on the outside at that moment. And so, writing that song just reminds me of those times when I realized like, you have to fill yourself up from the inside to feel your beauty. And then, you’ll feel how beautiful you are on the outside. But, it doesn’t start on the outside necessarily.

    HC: You were on The Voice a while back and got to work with Blake Shelton. What was it like being on Team Blake? Did he give you any memorable advice?

    ED: Yeah, he did actually! It was kind of like a dream because I remember watching The Voice and I remember my sister used to watch it religiously and she was like, “Oh, I’m watching my show, The Voice!” and I go, “What is that?” and she goes, “It’s a cool show about singers.” And I watched it and I loved how it had nothing to do with about how anybody looked. It has nothing to do with it, so it kind of ties into a lot of what I talk about, like going for the talent, the beauty, the good health. Then, when I was actually watching that show, I remember watching it, thinking, “Huh, if I was ever on that show, I would want to be on Team Blake because he’s so funny and a goofball!” And then, cut to the end of getting on that show, which is pretty remarkable. They say be careful what you wish for, but it happened. I learned so much on that show, it was a great experience. What I learned from him [Blake] was he said, “I never know what you’re gonna do, you do things different all the time," which is kind of how I am. I sort of go with the flow a lot, and I’m pretty spontaneous and I never know what is gonna come out of my mouth sometimes, which is scary, in a good way. But I remember him saying that and, “I also want you to practice being consistent. If you’re gonna do it that way, do it that way again the second time too, so you have a way to get back to that place," and that was a really good message.