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A Collegiette's Guide to Life
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    Instagram can be great for social purposes — but it’s also the perfect place for companies and influencers to market clothes, gadgets and even health products. Your favorite celebrity may be advertising that a certain tea made them lose 10 pounds, but not all of these products live up to their miracle-making promises.

    1.  Flat Tummy Tea

    From the Kardashians to Snooki, it seems like the best diet trick in the celebrity world is Flat Tummy Tea. Whether they’re posing with it right before they go to bed or after their workout, this product has flooded people’s Instagram accounts.

    “They contain ingredients with diuretic and laxative properties. Diuretics and laxatives are not bad for you, if you need them,” says Summer Meister, a registered nurse and nurse extern at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. “So the teas can basically dehydrate you throughout the day while they are working to get rid of your water weight. Furthermore, water weight is exactly what it sounds like: water. You will not be really losing any weight by using these teas.”

    It would be great if simply drinking a tea could help everyone lose weight, but old-fashioned healthy eating and exercise may be the best alternative for your body.

    2. Weight loss supplements

    Progress pictures are a big part of the Instagram fitness communityand can be a great source of inspiration for those looking to lose weight or tone up. But when these progress pictures come with a blurb thanking a supplement or vitamin, you should do your research.

    Taylor Denning, an EMT and physical therapist aide, says, “Honestly, some of the products are dehydrating supplements, which most people do not understand. Doing them too much or too often could result in your body going into hypovolemic shock, essentially sending your body into a low blood volume shock by dehydration.” 

    If a weight loss supplement or a miracle vitamin seems like it might be legitimate, look up the ingredients and search for honest reviews.

    Related: 4 Reasons Why You Aren't Seeing Fitness Results Yet

    3. Waist trainers

    You may have seenthese waist cinching devices sported by the Kardashians. The girdle-like wraps come in different forms — some lace up or Velcro — and they promise to give you the ultimate hourglass figure.

    “Avoid trends that you see celebrities doing. More often than not, they are being paid a nice chunk of money to post five times about something they could care less about,” says Denning.

    Literally sucking in your stomach with a piece of fabric may seem like the perfect way to get fit, however, you should use your intuition. Some fitness and health trends may work and be the answer to your concerns, but you should act like a skeptic whenever it comes to something that’s supposed to change your body.

    4. Protein World Slender Blender

    Protein shakes can be a good thing, that’s why so many people are a fan of them before and after the gym. However, the fitness community on Instagram has taken a certain liking to Protein World’s Slender Blender, which isn’t the same one your gym crush is drinking before their intense workout.

    “While this one in particular does contain many vitamins and minerals, it is a meal replacement shake. When adding milk as instructed, it is higher in calories than advertised,” says Meister. “It’s always important to consider that meal replacement shakes are in a way a crash/fad diet. Most, including this one, contain high levels of caffeine which is not recommended for long periods of time.”

    Not all protein shakes are bad. Do your research to find a brand that is good for the type of lifestyle you lead and one that won’t have scary long-term side effects.

    5. Hair vitamins

    Long hair, don’t care, right? Gummies like Sugar Bear Hair vitamins and Hair Burst vitamins seem to be the trick to luscious locks, but they really aren’t anything special.

    “While the vitamins found in Sugar Bear Hair vitamins are known to help hair growth, you would probably get the same effect by taking biotin or a normal multivitamin for a cheaper price,” says Meister.

    With an influencer’s coupon code, you may think you are saving big bucks, but you can save by finding a drug store alternative.

    As for Hair Bursts, it seems like they are also just trendy vitamins. Meister says, “The problem is, it does not seem like it could be used as a multivitamin like Sugar Bear could. So if the ingredients don’t end up helping your hair, you’re basically wasting your money. It’s also important to note that if you eat a well-rounded and healthy diet, you can naturally get the vitamins you need for stronger, healthier hair.”

    Put your credit card away for now and check out your local drugstore’s vitamin aisle to find these hair-growth solutions.


    Instagram is a great place to get inspired, but not the place to take the advice of strangers. If you are interested in a health trend, do your best to find honest reviews and research the product. It will save you money, time and grief!

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    With the release of this year’s Common App essays on the horizon, you’re probably already thinking about the upcoming deadlines. The beginning of November usually marks the first round of application due dates. If you’re a little late to the application scene, it’s really important to distinguish between early decision and early action applications. Typically, early decision is a binding contract, meaning if the school accepts you, then you’re obligated to go. Early action, however, is just an earlier version of regular decision, and there’s no binding contract involved. If you’re unsure whether early decision is right for you, consider the following signs that you’re probably not ready for this possibly life-altering commitment.

    1. The financial situation makes you nervous

    No matter what kind of background you come from, financial aid can be a touchy subject for your family. The sky-high price tag of a single college semester is enough to drop a school from your application list. One of the stipulations of submitting an application by any deadline is you won’t know the financial aid package until you’re accepted.  

    Becca Segel, a sophomore at Case Western Reserve University, believes that you should be wary of the monetary gamble you’re taking by applying early decision. “You don’t want to bind yourself to a school because you could also bind yourself to a certain financial plan,” she says.  “It’s possible another school would’ve offered you more money, but you’re already bound to the first school.” If you’re having second thoughts because of tuition, it’s probably best to talk to your family or college counselor before applying early decision. Money is a crucial part of the college experience, especially with the possibility of future debt accumulation. Part-time jobs, loans, and scholarships can affect the financial aid you’re stuck with if you apply early decision.

    2. You’re strongly considering other schools

    It’s completely possible to be in love with multiple schools, but you can’t apply to more than one for early decision. You should, however, apply to other schools via regular decision if you don’t get accepted to your early decision school.

    Zaynah Javed, a freshman at the University of California, Berkeley, advises that your early decision school should rise above all the rest. “I was going through this when applying to colleges,” she says. “One sign for me was that I wasn’t absolutely in LOVE with the school. I’m naturally more logical, so I saw it as a way to increase my chances. But this was a bad way of looking at it since I came to realize that the college I wanted to apply early decision to wasn’t one I had no reservations about.”

    You wouldn’t want to regret being forced to go to a school you weren’t ecstatic about attending. You’ll want to be proud of your alma mater the rest of your life. Please don’t be the student that roots for the other team at home sporting events. Chances are you’ll want to transfer if you’re cheating on your own school.

    Related: What to Do if You Regret Applying Early Decision

    3. It just doesn’t feel 100 percent right

    Every decision in life requires at least some thought. Whether you’re deciding between desserts or colleges, you should weigh all possible choices. Casey Mullins, a sophomore at Stanford University, believes that listening to your intuition is a good way to decide if applying early decision is the best option. “I’d say that when making decisions about college, you’ve got to trust your gut,” she says. “If you find yourself constantly second guessing or questioning the school you’re thinking of applying early decision to, consider that it might be your subconscious telling you it’s not quite right,” she says. “I think the school you apply to early decision should be your first choice. It should be the place you’d never want to turn down.”

    Even if you’re a strictly logical person, you should be completely comfortable with signing a binding contract. If you’re not, you might want to ponder the decision longer. Complete assurance is a sign you’re ready to commit. Anything but a good feeling should set off warning bells in your head that applying early decision isn’t the best idea.  

    4. You’re going to start the application really late

    Depending on your planning habits and your schedule, you could end up starting an early decision application three days before the deadline. Before you try and write 3,000 words in one night, think about the last-minute stress you’ll feel. Dr. Bari Norman, a certified educational planner and co-founder and president of Expert Admissions, advises against turning a college application into a spur-of-the-moment decision. “In an ideal world, you don’t make decisions at the very last moment. Deadlines lead us to make decisions quickly, but it’s always important to give yourself a cushion,” she says. “The only thing you can do to deal with the stress of feeling under the gun is to try your best to prepare. Be authentic to avoid feeling jittery while pressing the submit button.”

    If you don’t think you can showcase your best self in your early decision application, it might be better to apply regular decision instead. While it’s difficult to finish an application only a few days before the deadline, polishing the writing portions is even more tedious.  You may skip this part altogether and miss silly typos that could come across as careless, costing you an acceptance.  

    5. You’re applying for the wrong reasons

    College admission often morphs into a high-pressure competition among friends and family members. For magnet high schools, an early decision acceptance is like a medal of honor. Students strive to be that top achiever that gets into all eight Ivy League schools, or really, any school they perceive to be elite. Applying early decision is a way to up increase your chances. Schools will sometimes accept more students in the first round because the applicant pool is smaller.

    Kayley Miller, a sophomore at Stanford University, believes that parents should be supportive but not controlling in the college application process. “I think having an extra layer of pressure from my parents would’ve made me second guess myself,” she says. “I knew where I wanted my early decision application to go and was lucky to have parents who allowed me to send it there.”

    Friends and significant others tend to also sway unsure minds when it comes to college applications. If you’re only applying early decision to a school because your best friend is dying to go there, please think twice about pressing the submit button. You may grow apart in during college or just not like the school as much as they do. Your own happiness and success should be the most important, not anybody else’s.  

    Applying to college is stressful enough, but when you factor in binding deadlines, the stakes are raised even higher. If you’re considering applying to a school early decision, it’s really important to think about all possible outcomes and whether or not you’re okay with all of them. We want you to celebrate college acceptances without the burden of a million “What if?” questions zooming around in your mind. If any of these signs speak to you, take it as a reminder to think twice about hitting that final submission button.

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    By now, you’ve started compiling that ever-growing back to college shopping list and searching for all sorts of items online to compliment your personal style. Moving to college is a big step, and it’s also a chance to reinvent your new space and school supplies! So why settle for boring, basic gear when you could have the best products that show off your authenticity?

    eBay is the only shopping destination for collegiettes who value their individuality and want products that scream "me." With everything from chic dorm decor to the latest in college fashion, eBay truly has everything a girl could need. Here are just a few of our favorite essentials! 

    1. Twin XL Sheets 
      Beautiful bedding is the key decor staple that ties a room together, so make sure to pick sheets you’ll love all year long! From colorful geometric patterns to neutral, soft hues, eBay has endless sheet options so you can truly customize your space to fit your personality.
    2. Laundry Hamper
      Laundry in your dorm usually mean dealing with communal, coin-operated machines, so a cute laundry basket makes this tedious chore ~so~ much more fun. eBay’s huge selection of hampers offers options for both aesthetic and productivity. Plus, who ever said you couldn’t incorporate personal style into your laundry routine?!
    3. String Lights

      We’re all about that ambiance! Find the perfect lighting style to transform your bedroom into a reading nook or relaxing getaway from class. eBay’s dorm lighting options starts at just $5.99, so you can choose from Himalayan rock salt lamps, geometric floor lamps, white string lights and more to give your dorm or apartment that homey feel.
    4. Mandala Tapestry
      Are you even a college student if you don’t have a tapestry hanging on your wall? Seriously, this is a must-have not only because it brightens up a plain dorm, but is a huge statement piece for showing others your personality. Your friends will love looking at your mandala tapestry whenever they hang out in your room! 
    5. On-Trend Backpack
      Your college backpack will compliment your look every day when you go to class, so make sure to choose a bag that’s as authentic as you are! eBay has a huge selection of top brands from Herschel Supply Co. to JanSport to Toms, and you’re sure to find something to fit your needs. The only struggle? Picking just one when ALL the options are ridiculously cute!
    6. Sports Apparel

      One of the best parts of college is the amazing sporting events. When you go back to college with eBay, you can narrow down your product search to your specific university. Talk about customization! Shop for cute NCAA apparel, and get a jump on representing your college’s team. Whether it’s a glittery Gators t-shirt or a South Carolina spirit jersey, there’s nothing like heading to the stadium in your college colors, chanting your school songs and enjoying a cheesy soft pretzel.
    7. Jeans for every occasion
      Ripped, boyfriend, skinny, bootcut or flare—the world is your oyster. There’s no need to go to a department store for jeans when you can shop your favorite brands on eBay! Versatile jeans are a must for class, sorority socials and casual days at your internship, so find the perfect pair to highlight your personal style.
    8. Keurig
      If there’s one thing you’ll learn in college, it’s that coffee is your best friend. Save some cash by skipping the Starbucks line, and instead, invest in Keurig! Not only can you brew various drink sizes, but the Keurig also creates a lot more than coffee if you’re a tea or cocoa lover. eBay has endless options so you can find the right price and look to compliment your lifestyle.
    9. Apple Laptop

      If you’re looking for a college laptop, then eBay’s the place. You can search by family (like Air or Pro), release year, screen size, memory, hard drive capacity and condition. All those custom searches make it easy to find a laptop customized for you! From watching Netflix to writing a paper, eBay is the best place to find Apple offerings.
    10. Headband Headphones

      College dorms aren’t known for being the quietest of places, which means a pair of headphones is a must for some noise-cancelling privacy and also for enhancing your look. Jamming to your favorite playlist just got that much more stylish, and so did listening back to important lectures or podcast for class! Plus, 80 percent of eBay’s items are new and 87 percent are Buy It Now (which means you don’t need to bid and can get it right away!) guarantees the best tech shopping experience.

    Clearly, eBay really does have it all. Nowhere else will you be given such diversity in your back to college shopping experience, and the chance to pick from a range of products that truly highlight your authentic self. Happy shopping, collegiettes!

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    How the upcoming Bachelorette finale will play out is an agonizing mystery to us all, but an inside source may have just dropped major hints about who Rachel Lindsay ends up picking. According to Refinery29, Astrid Loch, who appeared on Nick Viall’s Bachelor season alongside Rachel, shared a little too much in a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight. If you want to steer clear of possible Final Rose spoilers, you should probably make your gracious limo exit now.

    “They are going to Dallas to have a party there,” Astrid said of her friend and her fiance’s upcoming travel plans. “He gets to meet all of her friends and non-Bachelor people, too. And then they’re going to Miami after that to have an engagement party there, too.”

    Anyone keeping track of this season knows that smooth-talking finalist Bryan Abasolo is from Miami (who could forget Peter’s snarky remarks about the city?). Some of Bachelor Nation is interpreting Astrid’s reveal as a sign that Bryan won Rachel’s heart, but others claim that Miami is a mecca for parties, regardless if you're a local.

    Needless to say, this little clue stresses me out. We all know Bryan is a little sketch and that Peter is literally everyone's dream guy, so we may be in for quite the traumatic Bachelorette finale. Bachelor Nation will have to wait and see if Astrid truly spilled the beans!

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    Whoever said three’s a crowd was not thinking with a glass-half-full mentality. Okay, sure, you may not have that special someone to cuddle up with on a Saturday night or post cutesy photos with on Instagram. But there are many benefits to being the third wheel. For instance, while your best friend is busy making out with their significant other, you get to flirt with the waiter. If you’re having a rough time thinking of the positives, here are 15 reasons why being the third wheel is the best.

    1. When you go out on a Friday night with a couple, there is no competition when trying to get the hot bartender’s attention.

    2. Your friend and their SO will sometimes pay for your meal.

    And let's be real, who doesn't love free food?

    3. You don’t have to share your food and drinks with anyone.

    It's all for me, myself and I.

    4. You can get dating advice from two perspectives.

    5. There’s double the chance you don’t have to be designated driver.

    6. You have not just one but two people to root for you when you go ask for the cutie's number at the bar.

    7. When the going gets rough in the dating world, you have two shoulders to cry on.

    8. You gain a new copilot and a new group of friends.

    9. After all, three’s not a crowd—it’s a party.

    lol if I repeat it to myself, it must be true.

    10. If your friend’s boyfriend/girlfriend brings their cute friends along, you’re first in line.

    11. If there’s tension between the two lovebirds, you get to put your peacemaking skills to work.

    12. If you don’t want to deal with their fights, you also have the freedom to walk away.

    I'm out.

    13. You learn from their mistakes and successes.

    Be sure to take good notes!

    14. You’re always seen as the fun one out of the group.

    Because most of the time, everyone else is too busy being lovey-dovey with each other.

    15. Hanging out with a couple that's truly in love makes you hopeful that one day you'll find your own prince charming or dream woman.


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    It’s safe to say that Titanic is one of those epic films that never gets old. Despite turning 20 years old in 2017, Titanic (and baby-faced Leonardo DiCaprio) has an irreplaceable spot in our hearts. Now, there will be an opportunity for the movie to win over both old and new fans with a new National Geographic documentary celebrating the film’s milestone anniversary, HelloGiggles reports.

    Writer and director James Cameron will appear on the hour-long Titanic: 20th Anniversary to discuss how he maintained historical accuracy throughout filmmaking. In a statement, Cameron explained, “When I wrote the film, and when I set out to direct it, I wanted every detail to be as accurate as I could make it, and every harrowing moment of the ship’s final hours accounted for. I was creating a living history; I had to get it right out of respect for the many who died and for their legacy. But did I really get it right? Now, with National Geographic and with the latest research, science and technology, I’m going to reassess.”

    Given Cameron’s major level of dedication (I mean, those Avatar sequels are *still* being made), it’s not surprising that he wants to know just how accurate his work was. According to Entertainment Weekly, the documentary will show Cameron and some experts visiting a Titanic exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. After hearing about Leo and Kate Winslet’s latest charity venture, I’ll also have my fingers crossed for an appearance from the classic onscreen duo.

    Titanic: 20th Anniversary will air on National Geographic in December.

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    The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not reflect the views of Her Campus.

    By Cassandra Acker

    Online dating used to be viewed as dangerous or downright weird. Fastforward to 2017, and online dating has become socially acceptable for many of us. Fifteen percent of American adults reported in 2016 that they had used online dating sites or mobile dating apps.  

    Yet, most people are still completely terrified of online dating. First, you are being absolutely vulnerable to people online, or at least showing the side of yourself that you want the world to see. Secondly, you are communicating with complete strangers with the end goal of possibly meeting them—if the conversation goes well. On top of it all, the person that you meet online may actually be posing as someone else.

    Star and television host Nev Schulman fell in love with someone online, but it did not end well. He discovered that the girl that he fell in love with was not who she said she was. He had such a traumatic experience that he decided to make a documentary about it. Stories and situations from online dating users started pouring in and inspired Schulman to create the television show that we know today as Catfish. Because of horrific online stories and television shows like Catfish, why do we constantly continue to use dating apps to meet people?

    I embarrassingly admit I have been that person who is always online, meeting people. I'm confident that if a person mentions an online dating app or website, I have most likely tried it. In 2014, I decided to take online dating seriously and met quite a few candidates. The dates were fun, and I started seriously dating a guy that lived in my area. We hit it off instantly, and within a month we decided to be in a relationship. Things were going so well that I deleted all of my online dating profiles. At some point, we were even discussing long-term goals within our relationship.

    About a year into the relationship, I received an email from the same online dating website that I met him on, notifying me about a message someone sent me. I was shocked, because I was sure I deleted my profile. I clicked the message, so I could finally delete the profile. Curiosity struck when I saw that my current boyfriend was still using the online dating website after communicating with me that he no longer used it. The beautiful thing about online dating is that they can tell you when a user last logged on...and his time stamp activity was pretty recent. I addressed him about what I found, and he admitted to still using the app.

    The trust I had for him started fading away, because he began lying more about the apps he was using. At some point, he gave me permission to go on his phone. Three times I caught messages from other girls claiming that he was theirs and sending very inappropriate pictures. I broke off the relationship. We remained acquaintances, but nothing more. One of the girls that I discovered contacting him is now currently his girlfriend. After that experience, I decided not to use dating apps to find love.

    My initial reason is that I honestly don’t want to meet my significant other that way. The Pew Research Center reported that five percent of Americans who are married reported that they met their spouse online. I hear success stories all the time about couples that have found “the one” online and eventually got married. I think most of those success stories are wonderful, but depict this idea that meeting someone traditionally may be a thing of the past. I don’t want it to be. I want to meet him naturally, maybe attending an event about something I am passionate about or at a bookstore, buying books I really don’t need. Another reason is that I am just really tired of the fake persona that most people have online. If I want a genuine relationship to begin, I would hope that it would start outside of a digital world.

    My advice? If you’re curious about the online dating world, just try it. You never know what could happen. Yes, you are going to run into horrible dates and maybe even get catfished. That is the beauty of the dating world. Online dating is not for everyone, though. If it does not work out for you, at least you have a funny story to tell at your next event. To the ones who have found their soulmates online, I wish you every ounce of happiness. And to the guy I will meet someday, I like my coffee the color of a camel with two sugars, please.

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    Former First Lady Michelle Obama got real about people’s personal attacks of her earlier this week at her biggest public appearance since the 2016 election season, The Washington Post reports. While speaking to over 8,000 people at the Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s (WFCO) 30th anniversary celebration, Obama revealed what kind of harsh comments affected her the most during her husband’s time in the White House.

    “The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut,” she said. “Knowing that after eight years of working really hard for this country, there are still people who won’t see me for what I am because of my skin color.”

    In addition to facing negativity about her race throughout Barack Obama’s term, Obama was also once insulted for exercising, and Fox News referred to her as her husband’s “baby mama.” “We are living with small tiny cuts,” she explained about her ability to stay strong, “and we are bleeding every single day. And we’re still getting up.”

    After sharing her own experiences with unfair criticism, Obama also discussed what everyone should do to be a positive influence in young girls’ lives. “Tell her every day she is smart and capable and lift her up,” she said. “For so many people, the role models they follow are right in their backyard. It’s their mothers, teachers, siblings, and their fathers and the men around them who every day can lift them up. Don’t underestimate the power of day-to-day motivation and inspiration in a girl’s life.”

    WFCO states that its goal is to create a “future where Colorado women and girls of every background and identity prosper.” Focusing on advancing economic opportunities for women in the state, the organization asked Obama to speak because of her dedication to “creating access to education for girls.”

    Obama also stressed the importance of having others’ support in order to succeed in life. “I am a strong woman because of other strong women,” she explained. “You don’t mother alone, you don’t grandparent alone, you don’t struggle alone. You find your community.”

    Props to Michelle Obama for always being the classiest women in the room. Even without her in the White House, she’s still a totally inspirational force of nature.

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    Popcorn? Check. Mood lighting? Check. Netflix logged-in and loaded?…Check. Now here comes the hard part—while there are tons of wonderfully romantic movies out there, sometimes you and your partner might want to watch something a little more…risqué than your average romantic film. If you’re searching for a movie that will add some extra oomph to your romantic night in, then look no further. We talked to a few collegiettes and rounded up seven of the steamiest and sexiest movies to heat up your next movie night!

    1.The Notebook (2004)

    To kick-off the list, we’ll start with a popular favorite. Megan Scavo, a junior at the University of Central Florida, says that, “The Notebook, although a classic, is also very steamy at moments and can be a fun, flirty movie to watch with your partner."

    When a poor man falls in love with a rich woman, things get complicated. Stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams offer up some serious eye candy, and their hot and heavy whirlwind of a relationship will take you and your partner on a wild, passionate ride.

    Ways to watch: YouTube, Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Video

    2.The Blue Lagoon (1980)

    Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins star in a 1980s-film adaption of the 1908 novel of the same name and basically live out one of the sexiest (and slightly horrifying) fantasies ever—being stuck on a desert island with your lover.

    The movie follows the life of two children who are shipwrecked on a tropical island. When the two are left to fend for themselves, they mature into young, beautiful adults, unaware of the sexual awakening they will soon encounter.

    With their tanned and toned bods, newfound sexual desires and steamy love scenes, characters Emmeline and Richard “will remind you and your partner how it felt when you discovered each other for the first time,” says Leah*, a senior at Carthage College. “Their young love is so innocent, yet sensual at the same time.” The Blue Lagoon is one film that is sure to heat up your summer nights together.    

    Ways to watch: YouTube, Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Video

    3.Two Moon Junction (1988) 

    There’s just something about forbidden love that movies love to explore. If you’re looking for something a little steamier than just any old fling, then look no further than Two Moon Junction. “It isn’t necessarily Oscar-worthy but it’s steamy AF,” says Norris Goldflies, a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    The film portrays a young Southern debutante named April who falls for a drifter that works at a local carnival. The woman temporarily abandons her upscale lifestyle and semi-arranged marriage to pursue a lustful, erotic fling with the young man. While not the ideal situation for a real-life couple, this film offers some lusty-love scenes for you and your partner to enjoy.

    Way to watch: YouTube

    Related: 9 Date-Night Movies He’ll Actually Watch

    4.Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013) 

    A woman with blue hair, a sexually confused high schooler and a roughly seven-minute sex scene are in store for you in the film Blue Is the Warmest Colour. This 2013 film is a coming-of-age erotic romantic drama that tells the story of Adéle, a French teenager who discovers her sexual desire and freedom when she begins a relationship with Emma, a painter with blue hair.

    “The film is deeply passionate and an amazing depiction of self-discovery—it’s easily one of the raciest films I’ve ever watched, and it does not disappoint,” says Leah. If you’re looking to dive deeper into the steamier films and experience some LGBTQ+ scenes, then Blue Is the Warmest Colour is definitely for you.

    Ways to watch: Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Video

    5.Titanic (1997) 

    As another fan favorite, this option is extremely steamy to say the least. A young aristocrat named Rose falls in love with a poor artist named Jack (does anyone else catch a running theme here?) while aboard the R.M.S. Titanic, and their ill-fated, tragic love story will have you wanting your partner to draw you like one of his French girls. *wink*

    “The car scene. That’s all I have to say. If that scene doesn’t define steamy, then I don’t know what does,” says Leah. Oh, and Leonardo DiCaprio of course.

    Ways to watch: Netflix, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Video

    6. Secretary (2002)

    Need a movie that'll keep your partner interested? If you and your SO are into sexy roleplay, then Secretary (aka the original 50 Shades of Grey) is definitely the movie to watch. When a young woman gets released from a mental hospital, she gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer with certain needs–as you can guess, their relationship turns quite sexual.

    "Secretary is definitely a movie that's fun for both parties," Leah explains. "Seeing Maggie Gyllenhaal crawling on her hands and knees in a secretary outfit will have your partner jumping at the chance to do a little roleplaying between the two of you." Plus, it's an easy way to drop the hint if roleplaying is something you've been wanting to try!

    Ways to watch: YouTube, Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Video

    7. Bang Gang (2015)

    Although the topics toward the end of this movie shift to a more serious tone, the first half of the film will leave you and your partner all hot and bothered. The 2015 French film Bang Gang follows a group of young, hot and unsupervised teenagers who create a club to engage in sexual acts and games that get steamier and steamier. An added bonus? The movie is in French, so that in itself is pretty damn sexy. 

    If you're looking for some teenage angst, boredom and sexual expression to add some steaminess to your night, then Bang Gang is definitely worth a spot on your Netflix queue.

    Ways to watch: Netflix, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Video

    With some popular classics and maybe even a new one for you and your partner to watch, this steamy line-up of films is sure to make your next Netflix and chill a whole lot hotter.

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    So you thought skin problems would end after high school, but, in college, stressful classes, sweaty gyms and greasy late-night food can quickly get the best of your complexion. We’re right there with you, girl! That’s why we’ve put together a guide to ***flawless skin each step of the day.


    We’re sure you know the feeling: It’s 8 a.m. and your alarm clock is forcing you out of bed to get ready for class. It’s imperative you prep your skin for the rest of the long day ahead! Start your day on the right note with a gel cleanser that will remove impurities so you have a fresh slate. We love Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Cleanser ($4.79 at Target). This awesome face wash is the perfect way to feel refreshed and ready to take on the world. It’s even got vitamin C and ginseng to help wake you up for your early morning chemistry lab. Plus, it smells delicious!

    After you wash your face and apply moisturizer, you’ll want to go with a primer to keep your makeup last longer (if you wear makeup on campus). Neutrogena Shine Control Primer ($11.99 at Target) is your solution for oil-free primer that won’t leave your forehead looking greasy. It will help your makeup last longer, while minimizing the appearance of pores and controlling shine for up to eight hours. It’s a total must-have!

    In Between Classes

    It’s not easy to keep your cool in a stuffy classroom. Freshen up after your 9 a.m. lecture with Neutrogena Shine Control Powder ($11.99 at Target). This miracle powder keeps your skin shine-free without drying it out!


    So you went straight to your yoga class with a full face of makeup, and now your skin feels sticky. Unless you want to bring your entire skincare regimen to the campus gym, we strongly recommend bringing an easily-portable way to get oily skin under control. We like Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets ($4.49 at Target)! These gentle sheets will clear your skin of all dirt and oil while keeping your makeup intact so that you get only the best out of your workout.

    Pre-Going Out

    Your skin has been through a lot by the time you’re ready to party. So how can you primp for your night out without risking a breakout? It’s actually super simple, with Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil-Free Makeup ($5.25 at Target). This foundation doubles as a blemish treatment, so you don’t have to worry about a random pimple popping up while you’re talking to that cutie at the bar!

    Before Bed

    How you treat your skin before bed is crucial to waking up fresh-faced and as gorgeous as ever. Your mom was right: Going to bed with a face of makeup is a total no-no if you want to avoid dull, acne-ridden skin. Get even the most stubborn makeup off with these Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes ($4.49 at Target).

    After you’ve removed your mascara and foundation, if you’ve got acne, you’re going to want to finish your nighttime skincare routine with Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub ($7.99 at Target). The smell is divine and the gentle microbeads help refresh your skin without over-drying or irritating your skin—and the salicylic acid helps tame your acne! Finish with your night with a thick moisturizer and a giant glass of water—great skin is built from within, too!

    College can be rough on your skin, to say the least. But with these super versatile (and affordable!) products, shiny skin and impromptu breakouts will be the least of your worries this year. Plus, you can find all of them at Target, so you can pick them up while you’re shopping for your dorm! Back-to-school just got a little more beautiful. Sign me up! 

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    Remember those crossover episodes of Hannah Montana, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and That’s So Raven on Disney Channel? They were all I ever looked forward to on school nights—kind of like the crossover episode of The Bachelorette and Game of Thrones that *almost* happened this week. It would have been interesting, to say the least, between mythical rulers and mythical love.

    Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay revealed in a tweet earlier this week that Game of Thrones was filmed at the same place as her fantasy suite date with Eric in San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Spain. That's called fate. It’s a shame one of the Starks didn’t stop by for dinner; I can only imagine what the conversation would’ve been like. Unfortunately, as Rachel explained, “Jon Snow exited stage left for our date.”   

    Sadly, filming for our two fave shows didn't overlap. TV Guide reports that filming for GoT wrapped a month before The Bachelorette began filming Rachel's season.

    I’m still disappointed it didn’t happen, but there’s always next season.

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  • 07/27/17--10:28: Meet Our Summer 2017 Interns

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    COLLEGE. It’s an exciting word, but also a terrifying one. After months of endless applications, emotional acceptances and rejections, and difficult decisions, you’re finally ready to pack your bags and go. Or are you? 

    As your departure date draws closer, you’re probably suffering from some serious pre-college anxiety. You’ll have to make new friends, adjust to new academic expectations and learn how to live away from home.  That’s a lot of new—no wonder you’re nervous! But never fear: we’ve compiled a list of some tried-and-true ways to calm down and get excited about the next four years of your life.

    1. Talk to current college students

    When you’re nervous about something, the best way to feel better is to talk to someone who’s been through it and survived—and no matter where you live, there are sure to be tons of college students home for the summer.

    “I talked to a very good friend of mine who was a rising junior,” says Laura from Virginia Tech. “Listening to her tell me about her freshman year and everything she went through really put things into perspective that it isn’t as bad as you think and you CAN get through it.”

    Even if you don’t have close friends who are in college, there are still plenty of people you can talk to—friends of your older siblings, people who were in the school musical with you or played on the same sports team, etc.  If you work a summer job, there are probably college kids lurking around somewhere—see if you can start up a conversation with them while you’re scooping ice cream or on break.
    These students are your most reliable resource for what college is really like, from schoolwork to clubs to dining to parties.  Remember, though, that every college is different, and that traditions and customs at your friends’ schools won’t necessarily apply to your experience.  Just because your friend’s entire school participates in a naked midnight run doesn’t mean you’ll have to do the same!

    2. Use your nerves for good

    You’re nervous, and that anxious energy can manifest in all kinds of unhealthy ways—overeating, not eating, crying, etc.  Instead of letting yourself get worked up into a nervous wreck, put your energy into something constructive, like scouring the web for funky dorm furniture or doing research into your school’s student organizations on your school’s website under the “Student Life” tab.

    “I moved across the country on my own to go to college, so I was getting very nervous,” says Dylan from College of William and Mary. “I put all my nervous energy into packing—researching packing list recommendations, frequently visiting Bed Bath & Beyond, and looking around online for dorm decorating ideas. It made me feel like I had a better handle on the whole transition.”
    Doing research into your school will not only make you feel more prepared, but will also help you get excited about college. You might even learn something you never knew about your school, like that they have an amazing kickboxing club or that one of their professors wrote your high school history textbook!
    Looking for other great ways to channel your nerves?  Work on a project you’ve been meaning to get to for a while, like organizing your DVD collection or starting a blog.  If your school requires summer work, try to focus on that, and do it to the best of your ability.  Exercise is also a great way to get rid of nerves, so channel your anxiety into finding a cool new workout and giving it a try!

    3. Make a plan

    Make some concrete plans for the first week of school.  Your school is sure to have a huge activities fair, so plan to ask your roommate to go with you.  Make a promise to yourself to sign up for as many organizations as possible so that you’ll immediately have plenty of things to do and people to meet around campus. You might even join one of Her Campus's craziest clubs!

    “If you and your friends are bored one night, maybe you WILL decide to go to that Rugby Club party or Mock Trial Cookout,” says Ashley from Wake Forest University. “College is all about meeting all kinds of people and you won't find them unless you force yourself to get out of your room and try as many things as possible.”

    4. Actively get back into “school mode”

    You may be totally fine with the social aspect of college, but freaking out about academics.  Will the classes be too hard?  Will the professors be nice?  Will I even remember how to do school?  HC Contributing writer Ben Kassoy, who recently graduated from Emory University, suggests reviewing old high school notes or textbooks before leaving for college, especially for subjects you know you’ll be taking freshman year.  It’ll get you back into a “school” frame of mind, remind you how to study and take notes, and make you glad that you’re not headed back to high school come fall!

    5. Attend orientation and other school-related events

    Go to orientation, even if it isn’t required.  At orientation you can get a feel for campus, see all the great organizations that your school offers and make some new friends, all before the scary sophomores, juniors and seniors get there!  Many schools also offer a chance to meet with an adviser, so if you’re worrying about what classes to take,  they’ll be there to help you figure out what classes best fit your interests and aspirations.

    Some schools also plan other summer events, like meet-ups and picnics in specific cities.  If possible, attend one of these.  You’ll get to meet some of your future classmates, and these events are full of alumni and current students just waiting to tell you how amazing your new school is!  You’ll usually receive an email or card if one of these events is happening near you, but you can also search for your school’s alumni association and contact them.

    6. “Meet” your future friends

    If it’s not possible to meet your classmates in person, go on your school’s Facebook group and add to the conversation.  You’re not really “meeting” these people through Facebook, but it’ll make you feel like a part of your college class.  And through reading the posts you’ll realize that the other students are just as nervous as you are! 

    These groups are also a great place to ask and answer questions about your school.  Freaking out about the online Spanish placement exam? Someone out there will probably be able to calm your nerves!  To learn more about being a social-media-savvy pre-collegiette, check out this HC article on Facebook etiquette.

    7. Learn the skills for living away from home

    Another way to turn your nerves into productivity is to bond while still getting ready for college.  Nervous about those housekeeping tasks you’ll have to do for yourself once you get to school?  Ask your mom to help you wash and fold a load of laundry, or get some friends together to cook a simple meal.  You’ll be much better educated in those living-on-your-own chores, and you may have some great quality bonding time!

    8. Figure out what you’re nervous about and answer each fear

    Though it may just feel like an overwhelming wave of panic, there are some specific parts of college life that you’re worried about—and in reality, most of your fears probably don’t make much sense.  Maybe you’re an absolute pro at introducing yourself to complete strangers, but you’re still freaking out about the college party scene.  Or maybe you’ve always been at the top of the class, and you’re worried college classes will make your grades drop. Pin down these specific fears and refute them.  For example:

    • Fear:  I’m afraid that I’ll be awkward with the other people in my dorm, and they won’t want to be friends with me.
    • Answer: Last year at my summer job I made tons of new friends, and I’m still in touch with them!  I’m awesome!

    9. Find the humor

    Remember in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban when the students got rid of a Boggart (which would take the shape of the thing the student most feared) by turning what they found scary into something hilarious?  Humor is a great way to get past something that freaks you out because it forces you to look at the situation in a whole new way.  Watch funny college movies, talk to relatives and friends about their funniest college experiences, even make stupid jokes about the size of your suitcase—we guarantee you’ll be feeling less doom-and-gloom in no time.

    10. Put it all in perspective

    You may not feel like you’re ready, but you are.  You’re a smart, savvy collegiette who’s ready to take on the world.  And remember, you go to college to get an education—not just from books but also from friends, experiences, and yes, even mistakes.  It’s normal to feel nervous, but know that you’re going to be just fine.  If you don’t believe it, take this advice from Jenna, who attends the University of Maine:

    “I think some of the best advice I ever received was that although it seems like everything is changing when you leave for college, in no time at all you will feel at home there and a new 'norm' will be in place. Change is hard because it takes time to feel comfortable and adjusted to a new routine but everyone in college is going through the same transition and is looking for friends and study buddies, so there is no need to feel out of place. As I go into my senior year I am just as nervous for the new norm of post-college life as I was going into college. Your jitters will go away once you realize you are about to have the best four years of your life!"

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    British actor Tom Holland swung his way into theaters—and our hearts—with the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming earlier this summer. His comedic timing, swoon-worthy accent and acrobatic stunts have charmed moviegoers across the globe, and the film has made almost $600 million worldwide. Though this is hardly the start of his acting career, the 21-year-old has flown under the radar until now, and everyone wants to know more. Here are a few fun facts you might not have known about the Spider-Man star. 

    1. His first role was in a West End musical 

    The West End is London's Broadway, but Tom nabbed a role in Billy Elliot the Musical without ever acting before. It did take him eight auditions and two years of training before he took the stage in 2008 in this show about a young boy discovering his love for ballet despite his father's disapproval. Though he was originally cast as Billy's best friend Michael, he began playing the title role full-time after only a couple months of performances. Not only could he dance, but he was also known for his acrobatics in the show, including a flip after running up a wall. He played Billy for two years, finishing his run just before his 14th birthday. 

    2. He went to the same college as Adele

    Tom attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology, which is known for its notable alumni: Adele, Amy Winehouse, Jessie J and Leona Lewis, to name just a few.  

    3. He's part Irish

    Despite his British AF accent, Tom isn't 100 percent British. His "granny" lives in Tipperary, and he told RTÉ he has a "huge family back in Ireland." He's also spoken Gaelic in his film The Pilgrimage and calls Dublin one of his favorite cities. So who knows, maybe we'll see him on-screen in a kilt someday.

    4. He loves Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal"

    When PEOPLE asked him what song always makes him dance, "Smooth Criminal" was the obvious choice. "If that song just came on now, you'd see an amazing routine," he said. Unfortunately, he didn't demonstrate.

    5. His first film generated serious Oscar buzz

    Tom's first movie, The Impossible, was based on the real-life story of a family that got separated on vacation after a devastating tsunami hit their resort. Tom played oldest son Lucas, who spent much of the film trying to save his mother, played by Naomi Watts, from dying. Tom spent five months in Thailand and a water tank in Spain filming the incredible obstacles and journey this family undergoes to find each other again.

    Naomi had nothing but praise for his performance, particularly since he was only 13 years old at the time. "Tom is a beyond gifted actor," she said. "He's just a raw, open talent that's so easy to work with."

    6. Tom is the youngest actor to ever play Spider-Man

    Tom is also the only teenager to play the role—his predecessors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield were 27 and 26, respectively, when they were cast. 

    7. He found out he got the role from an Instagram post

    "I was in my bed scrolling through Instagram," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "It had been about a month since my audition. And Marvel just posted a photo saying go to our website and find out who the next Spider-Man is. I went on the Marvel website on my computer and there it was: The new Spider-Man is Tom Holland. I went ballistic, like absolutely nuts." Who wouldn't?

    8. He loves his dog Tess


    Happy national puppy day. Miss little Tess

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    His Instagram is full of photos of his adorable pitbull. Tom FaceTimes her when they're apart, and he's brought her to interviews before. He even has a painting of her, which he calls "the best present ever." So adorable.

    9. His favorite Spider-Man prop was super expensive

    It was the Lego Death Star! "It was delicate and we only had seven of them and we had to break them," Tom told IGN. "And Jacob [who played Ned] kept breaking them too early." Plus, they were $500 each.

    10. His comedian dad wrote a book about him 

    The humorous memoir, Eclipsed, chronicles Tom's rising career and how it began to outshine his dad's before he was even a teenager. For a sneak peek into Tom's childhood, find the book on Amazon.

    11. Spider-Man: Homecoming wasn't the first time Tom played Spider-Man

    Tom made a cameo in Captain America: Civil War to show off his new suit and dip his toes into the Marvel Cinematic Universe before starring in his own film. "I was lucky that I had the opportunity to just test the water a little bit and see what the fans wanted to see. It just turns out they wanted to see my version," he said in an interview with Newshub

    12. He's been bullied before 

    At a press conference in Italy, Tom shared, "I was not a cool kid in school. I got bullied pretty badly. Mainly because if I did my homework, I was called 'keen,' and being good at work wasn't cool…So I think it's a really good thing for kids to see someone they can look up to, but that someone they look up to is a geeky kid, not your typical jock who's a quarterback, you know."

    13. He runs a charity 

    Tom and his three younger brothers (Sam, Harry and Patrick) run The Brothers Trust, which donates money to medical research, fighting hunger and supporting children suffering from life-threatening illnesses.

    14. Tom and Zendaya had an epic lip sync battle

    Tom drew on his musical theater experience for a lightning-fast costume change to transform from Gene Kelly into Rihanna as he sang a mash-up of "Singin' in the Rain" and "Umbrella." He also got to do a killer dance routine. As one commenter wrote, "We need to start a petition for Tom Holland to get on Dancing with the Stars." ASAP.

    15. His favorite part of playing Spider-Man is too cute

    Tom says the best part of playing Spider-Man is visiting children in the hospital. Above, he's seen visiting kids (and performing a few flips) at the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. He's also visited Egleston Children's Hospital in Atlanta and the New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley in upstate New York. As if we didn't love him enough already. 

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    At this year’s Her Conference in New York City, four authors shared the tricks of the trade and offered advice to aspiring novelists about what it's really like to write a book, find an agent, sign a book deal and get published. If you've always dreamt of writing a novel but don't know where to start, read on to get the inspiration you need to craft the next bestseller. After all, the rest is still unwritten!

    On getting inspired:

    1. "If you love books and you read books carefully, you realize all that goes into it.” – Benjamin Rachlin, author of Ghost of the Innocent Man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption

    2. “Live a little bit and notice what’s unnoticed. Go people-watching.” – Tia Williams, author of The Perfect Find and Copy Director at Bumble and bumble

    On putting pen to paper:

    3. “Once you’ve obsessed over the idea, set a deadline and stick to it.” – Hannah Orenstein, author of Playing with Matches and Assistant Features Editor at

    4. "You need to plot it out from beginning to end. Don't leave out any detail in your story, and know exactly what's coming next at every moment.” – Julie Pennell, author of The Young Wives Club

    5. "Use a beat sheet, which is an outline or template to work from. You can find them online for just about every genre."— Tia Williams

    What to do after you've finished your book:

    6. “For fiction, you sell a manuscript. For nonfiction, you sell a book proposal."— Benjamin Rachlin

    7. "Join Facebook groups for writers, and use the websites Manuscript Wishlist and Literary Market Place."— Hannah Orenstein

    8. “While waiting to hear from agents, write something else. Never stop writing.” — Tia Williams

    On maintaining connections:

    9. "Following up and personal relationships are vital." – Benjamin Rachlin

    10. "You can't overstate the importance of making real bonds with people in the industry."— Tia Williams

    Advice on not getting discouraged:

    11. "Nobody's first draft is perfect. Keep writing."— Julie Pennell

    12. “So many eyes will see your writing—including people that don’t care about you. That’s why it’s so important to really believe in your work.” – Tia Williams

    13. "After reading my first draft, a classmate said, 'Honestly, I thought you were kinda basic, but this is actually really good.' Don't underestimate basic girls."— Hannah Orenstein

    This year's Her Conference mantra, "Now is the new later," aligns perfectly with each author's advice to simply start writing. Write when you're inspired and when you're uninspired. Get to know your characters and the world you're creating. There's no time like the here and now to tell your story, so pick up a pen, crack open that notebook (or Word doc) and let the writing (and rewriting) begin.

    Check out #HerConference on Twitter and Instagram to explore more highlights from the event!  

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    Growing up is weird. As if it doesn’t already seem like everyone but me has their life together, I'm also being surpassed by the Teletubbies. Yep, that’s right. Those colorful, weird, formerly cute but now kind of creepy characters apparently have babies, and they’re called “Tiddlytubbies.”

    Cosmopolitan reports there are eight Tiddlytubbies, each with their own color and personality just like the original Teletubbies. Not to mention their names sound like baby jibberish. The green one, “Daa Daa,” enjoys saying his name a lot. Violet “Ping" plays the xylophone while saying her name. And blue “Mi-Mi” enjoys bouncing and, yes, shouting her name. I think I'm seeing a trend here.

    According to the Teletubbies website, “The Teletubbies are always excited when a voice trumpet announces ‘Time for Tiddlytubbies’ and the Tiddlytubbies crawl into their own playroom.” 

    I'm not really sure how this happened or which of the original Teletubbies made these little ones, but congratulations? Here’s to the next generation of characters responsible for shaping the “physical, emotional and cognitive skills” of little ones while sufficiently creeping out adults.

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    The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (aka the leaders of the Defense Department) released a memo on Thursday assuring military officers that the military’s transgender policy will remain unchanged for now following President Trump’s shocking tweets on Wednesday morning.

    Apparently U.S. citizens weren't the only ones blindsided by the tweets. The officials told CNN that even the Joint Chiefs were unaware of Trump’s plan to tweet a ban on transgender military service.

    In his memo, Joint Chiefs chairman General Joseph Dunford assured officials that there will be “no modifications” to the transgender policy for the time being and that the military will continue to “treat all of our personnel with respect,” Politico reports.

    “I know there are questions about yesterday’s announcement on the transgender policy by the President,” Dunford wrote. “There will be no modifications to the current policy until the President’s direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary as issued implementation guidance.” Basically, tweeting something doesn't make it legally binding. “In the meantime, we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect,” Dunford continued. “As importantly, given the current fight and the challenges we face, we will all remain focused on accomplishing our assigned missions.”

    Dunford’s statement suggests Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has not been given any presidential direction on changing the policy, despite Trump’s tweet about his consultation with his “generals and military experts," leaving us to wonder who exactly he did consult. Republican Sen. John McCain seemed surprised as well, commenting on Thursday, "I think generally speaking, it's accepted you consult the Secretary of Defense before you make a decision that has to do with defending the nation."

    Since Mattis has been away on vacation all week, according to CBS News, we have yet to hear a statement from him. But less than a month ago, Mattis told military chiefs to conduct a six-month review weighing the pros and cons of allowing transgender persons to enlist—so the review that still has months to go. Mattis also said at the time that the delay “does not presuppose the outcome of the review,” but Trump’s recent tweets might imply otherwise.

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    The Department of Justice argued in a federal lawsuit on Wednesday that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 doesn’t protect LGBT workers from discrimination in the workplace, going against a decision reached by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under the Obama administration.

    This argument is particularly surprising coming from a department that isn’t a party in the case and doesn’t typically intervene in private employment lawsuits. The New York Timesreports that the case, based in New York, is a private dispute between an employee and his boss over gay rights issues and wouldn’t normally involve the Justice Department. That didn't stop the DOJ from involving themselves.

    The Times reports the lawsuit was initially filed by skydiving instructor Donald Zarda in 2010, after he alleged the company he worked for, Long Island-based Altitude Express, fired him because of his sexual orientation. Zarda said he had told a female client he was gay, trying to make her more comfortable with being tightly strapped together during the jump. Her husband filed a complaint with the company, which in turn terminated Zarda, who alleged that he was fired because of his sexual orientation.

    Seven years later, the Justice Department has weighed in on this case and contended in an amicus brief (i.e. an argument from someone not involved in the trial) that the civil rights law which bans sexual discrimination does not cover sexual orientation, according to BuzzFeed News

    “The sole question here is whether, as a matter of law, Title VII [of the Civil Rights Act of 1954] reaches sexual orientation discrimination,” the brief stated. “It does not, as has been settled for decades. Any efforts to amend Title VII’s scope should be directed to Congress rather than the courts.” The DOJ also argued that Title VII only applies if men and women are treated unequally in the workplace. “The essential element of sex discrimination under Title VII is that employees of one sex must be treated worse than similarly situated employees of the other sex, and sexual orientation discrimination simply does not have that effect,” the brief continued.

    Title VII’s scope has been a source of conflict for years, with the Obama administration arguing that the law included gender identity, protecting transgender workers, but never that the law’s scope included sexual orientation. However, the EEOC filed their own amicus brief a few weeks ago, supporting Zarda in his case, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of a woman who experienced sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace in what many consider to be a landmark case.

    BuzzFeed reports that James Esseks, the director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT & HIV Project, said in a statement that this DOJ intervention and President Trump’s tweets barring transgender individuals from serving in the military were a direct attack on gay rights.

    “On the day that will go down in history as Anti-LGBT Day comes one more gratuitous and extraordinary attack on LGBT people’s civil rights,” Esseks said. “The Sessions-led Justice Department and the Trump administration are actively working to expose people to discrimination.” He added, “Fortunately, courts will decide whether the Civil Rights Act protects LGBT people, not an Attorney General and a White House that are hell-bent on playing politics with people’s lives."

    Zarda died in a base-jumping accident in 2014, but the decision of his ongoing case could have repercussions for decades to come.

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    Former Bachelor contestant Britt Nilsson, who appeared on Chris Soules' season, recently took to YouTube to discuss addiction. The reality star has mentioned her addiction in past videos and explains that she wants to share her experiences with her fans as addiction is a "big part of [her] life." Not only does she talk about her drug and alcohol addiction, but she also makes a heartbreaking confession—she struggled with bulimia during her time on The Bachelor. 

    Nilsson begins by explaining how her addictive nature and addiction to alcohol affected relationships with those close to her. "My makeup is basically that I just want it all, all the time. That’s what makes me a really joyful person…I really like experiencing life, I really, truly enjoy life so much but I also don’t know when to stop." Luckily, Britt revealed that she will be a year sober at the end of this month.

    While she does admit that she was sober during the filming of the show, she says that she was facing another dark and long-standing struggle at the time: bulimia. Britt believes the problem started while she was in college, and she experienced many dark years after that. Being on The Bachelor, surrounded by food, she relapsed. "For me, having tons of food everywhere it just became too much. I had pain and anxiety, I felt insecure, I didn’t feel pretty enough, I didn’t know what was going on, I missed my family," says Nilsson of her time on The Bachelor. "I was totally terrified that it was going to be caught on a mic and that millions of people were going to know that I just couldn’t control myself. It was really, really hard for me, and it just kept going and going."

    As viewers of the reality franchise know, contestants are mic-ed all the time, which made her relapse even more difficult to handle. "I would take my mic off and try to hide it under towels so they wouldn’t hear me throw up, because then that was going to be on the show and that was going to be a plot line," she explains. "How horrible would that be, to be the girl who has an eating disorder, who can’t stop eating and throwing up? I mean, I had broken blood vessels. I would throw up until I was bleeding out of my nose. I just couldn’t stop, and that’s kind of been a theme in my life."

    Not only has Nilsson spent many years battling food and alcohol addiction, but she also says she had a drug problem. "I also was addicted to drugs in college—I used to be addicted to cocaine," she explains. “I used to smoke weed every single day in college. I would be high giving presentations. I basically didn’t know how to live without drugs.”

    Britt's fiancé, Jeremy Byrne, was the first person she ever told about her bulimia, and since then, he has helped her manage her addiction with tremendous support. "It actually was a huge release. He just stuck by me with it, he would ask me about it, he would keep me accountable, and it actually got much, much better," she says. "I started talking to people about it, I started going to groups about it. I learned a lot. It wasn’t completely eradicated, but it wasn’t this shameful, horrible secret."

    We wish all the best to Britt and commend her incredible strength for sharing her story.

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    If you're a fan of the Bachelor franchise and a lover of social media, then you know there comes a time when popular contestants fall victim to sponsored posts. *shudders* Take Peter Kraus for example. It seems he's jumped the gun on Instagram posts of a lucrative nature.

    Peter, one of the three men left on Rachel Lindsay's season of The Bachelorettehas caused quite a stir with his reluctance to propose to Rachel (Boy, wyd? Isn't that the point of going on the show?), so his eagerness to do a sponsored post for FabFitFun (with his own unique promo code!) is leaving fans ticked off. 

    His Instagram post includes two photos, one of which shows him hanging out with his coworker, Meg. In the caption, he writes, "Grabbed a @fabfitfun summer box for my coworker @megzsmith27 when I found out she broke her leg last week in the Chicago Half #fabfitfunpartner has its perks, check out and use 'PETER' for $10 off! Sorry Meg, I swiped the Juice Beauty Eye Concentrate. Gotta cover up these aging eyes lol."

    Fans, feeling betrayed by the post, were quick to make their feelings known in the comments section, where some people even went so far as to say they were going to unfollow Peter.

    One user wrote, "Oh Peter....I love you but you're so much better than advertising FFF. I hope all your posts don't become ads like the rest of Bachelor(ette) family cast members. It's just utterly annoying."

    Many others felt the same way:


    "Oh no, you're on the bandwagon of Bachelor cast members promoting products they wouldn't use if not getting paid."

    "Damn he starting with the promoting already lol usually they wait till season done."

    "Next is detox tea and hair gummies."

    "Well here are the ads I knew he was only in this for the fame."

    "Oh no not you too! At least find some original franchise to get behind. These are for women. If you start selling flat tummy tea I'm gone."

    I guess you've got to get your side hustle on somehow. While Peter is free to do what he pleases with his Instagram, the least he could've done was wait until his season was over.

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    Regardless of where you are in your life, you may be panicking about your future. Maybe you don’t know what you want to do when you grow up, or maybe you know what you want to do but don’t know how to get there. Luckily, internships are one route that can help you figure out your future (while also looking totally impressive on a resume).

    Being an intern can change the way you do things: manage time, think about your future and prepare you for the working-world ahead. As a rule, experience is never a bad thing to have, and internships can be one step on the way to your future career.

    We sat down with NYC-based career counselor Allison Cheston to talk about some of the ways an internship can change your life.

    1. You can try something new

    While internships can help you work on honing the skills you already have, they can also open the door to new experiences you may not have considered.

    “This is the ideal time to try out different work experiences to identify strengths and interests, says Cheston. “It’s too early for a college student to be 100 percent be sure about his career choice. This could be an opportunity to try something new—you never know what will spark a new career idea.”

    Even if you know exactly what you want to do as a career, having an internship while in college or while job hunting can clue you in to the nuances of your field that you may not be aware of.

    You may even land an internship that gets you to consider new career paths, as well as help you out on your way to pursuing your dream career.

    Helmi Henkin, a senior at The University of Alabama who’s currently interning with a domestic violence advocacy group, found that her internship was even better than she thought it would be, “It is not a glamorous gig … and time at the office is usually not fast-paced or exciting to any stretch of the imagination. nonetheless, the experiences I have had as an intern have been invaluable; I am able to contribute to work that most people have to undergo years of schooling and training to get near. It is through going through the "boring" tasks of my job that I learn what it really means to have this job in the future, and gives me plenty to think about as to whether I am meant to pursue this career field in the future.”

    2. You’ll learn time management

    It’s no secret that there are too little hours in the day. At first, an internship might seem overwhelming because of the added responsibility and time commitment. Though this may be the case at first, adhering to an internship schedule may end up helping you with your time management skills.

    ”Time management is a lifelong skill to be honed while still in school. The same principles apply between school and work: Figure out your best system for tracking your time and managing your obligations,” said Cheston. “Everyone is different so it's important​ to find something that works for you. Even if you're not a morning person to begin with, you can become one. Starting early gives you the time you need and creates an oasis of calm when you begin your day.”

    Having a regular schedule can kickstart your brain into being more motivated to wake up early like Cheston said. Though time management may be more difficult to grasp, it’s probably one of the most useful skills to have. We all know we shouldn’t wait until the night before to write that important paper- the time management tools you learn in an internship may help you stay ahead of schedule.

    Related: 8 Tips for Calming Your Nerves at a New Job

    3. You’ll be more prepared for future jobs

    Internships are the stepping-stone on the way to a real life job. Because of this, a lot of the trials and tribulations you’ll experience as part of an internship will prepare you for ones that you’re likely to encounter in a full-time job, such as working in an office all day.

    “What I see most is that students have a tough time transitioning to being in an office and at a desk all day. They find it tough to manage their energy. I advocate managing your eating and sleeping, and making sure you exercise regularly,” explains Cheston.

    Something like maintaining energy while at a desk job isn’t likely to be at the forefront of your brain when considering future jobs. However, an internship may teach you that you’re not the type of person who can work an office job (or you may find out that it suits you). Regardless, being an intern will allow you to learn more about yourself, and how you work best.

    4. You may doubt yourself

    It’s clear that internships can be a beneficial experience, but there’s no denying that internships (especially unpaid ones) may cause you to second-guess yourself. If you put all of your time and effort into a job you may not be getting paid for, you’re most likely going to have to reconcile yourself with the fact that you won’t receive monetary compensation for your work.

    “Although I've loved the experiences, I've found some unexpected struggles … of course many companies do not offer monetary compensation for their internships, but having seen how much I can contribute to a team, I have become extremely frustrated at the lack of pay,” says Isabela Espadas, a sophomore at The New School who’s currently interning for an Atlanta-based non-profit, “Although I don't regret undergoing this experience at all, it has taught me how valuable my time is, and that there is nothing wrong with being compensated for hard work.”

    Though unpaid internships pay not be for everyone, some people prefer them. Having an unpaid internship can definitely be stressful if you feel like you’re pulling a lot of the weight, but they can also be a less-stressful way of gaining insight into what your future career may look like.

    “To anyone thinking about getting an unpaid internship, I would tell them to definitely go for it. Even if you think your work does not matter, it will give you important insight into the sector in which you work and great practice at skills that will benefit you in any job you get later in life,” said Henkin.

    5. You gain experience with the job application process

    Oftentimes, internship applications have the same general specifications and require the same documents as if you were applying for a job. Because of this, applying for an internship can give you the extra push you need to perfect your resume or your interview skills. One of the most important (and difficult to perfect) documents you’ll need to gain experience making is your cover letter.

    “Most people–of all experience levels–write really bad cover letters. If you can write one that focuses on what you can do for an organization, instead of what it can do for you, you will automatically stand out. Think about three skills you offer and use bullet points separated from the main paragraphs, for ease of reading,” explains Cheston.

    Even before you become an intern, the application process will teach you valuable lessons that you can apply to your life as you move forward past your internship (or graduation!) and begin applying for your dream job.

    6. You’ll learn to think of co-workers as more than just the people you work with

    Interning may be the first time you get to spend time with people in a solely work environment. Though this can be anxiety-inducing, it will ultimately teach you how to adapt to how your coworkers work, as well as give you insight into the bigger picture of where you’re working.

    “I have gotten a peek into my co-workers' daily lives and follow their cases from beginning to end at various stages of the support process,” said Henkin.

    If you end up interning for somewhere like a university, the experience may also help you get to know school officials that may seem distant.

    “As a first generation college student, I was able to humanize the esteemed heads of college admissions and learn the behind the scenes mechanisms,” says Bonnie Lin, a sophomore at Amherst College who interned for the Amherst College Office of Admissions.

    Being an intern may seem tough at first. However, you may be able to find your niche and learn more about yourself while doing so. Nobody said interning would be easy, but it will be helpful.


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    Given the current political climate, it’s easy to imagine what might have been if Hillary Clinton emerged victorious from the 2016 presidential election season. Although most of us have moved past election results and are focused on making the best of what’s happening nationally,  news junkies and nasty women everywhere will soon have the chance to view the 2016 election from Clinton’s perspective. The Washington Post reports that Clinton will call her latest memoir, which is due out this fall, What Happened.

    “In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net,” Clinton wrote in her book’s introduction, which appeared alongside her publisher's book announcement. “Now I’m letting my guard down.”

    The book’s publisher, Simon & Schuster, claims that What Happened will explore Clinton’s “intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism...and an opponent who broke all the rules.” Discussing her campaign and how Clinton recovered from her loss, the book also promises to warn readers of the “cautionary tale” of how a “foreign adversary” (reportedly Russia) became involved in the election cycle.

    Clinton took to Twitter to share the news, saying, “Writing What Happened was hard, so is what we see every day. As we move forward [and] fight back, I hope this helps.”

    The book was initially announced in February as a collection of personal essays leading up to Clinton's involvement in the presidential campaign. Now, What Happened is undoubtedly more personal, and perhaps for the better—it even reached the No. 17 spot on Amazon after its title was announced on Thursday.

    What Happened will hit bookshelves on Sept. 12. 

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    After beating Jimmy Fallon in late night ratings for several weeks and scoring an Emmy nomination for his CBS show, Stephen Colbert has another reason to celebrate. HuffPost reports that the late night host will help create an animated cartoon about President Donald Trump for Showtime. Um, yes, please!

    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is known for its recurring segment featuring a cartoon Trump often interacting with the host about recent political news. The animated president first appeared on Colbert’s election special last November and is likely a strong factor in what’s been a solid year for the show so far.

    “I know a lot of people wanted to do this, and I’m honored that the Cartoon President invited our documentary crew into his private world,” Colbert joked in a statement. “I’ve seen some of the footage, and I look forward to sharing the man behind the MAGA.”

    The currently untitled cartoon already has 10 episodes on the way and is expected to incorporate ongoing political events into its episodes. According to Showtime’s Twitter, Colbert and his showrunner Chris Licht will serve as the series’s executive producers.

    A statement from Showtime calls the cartoon “a workplace comedy where the office happens to be oval.” Anyone from Trump’s family to Cabinet members could make an appearance in animated form, doing what the network calls giving “insights into what makes them so definitively Trumpian."

    I’m *so* ready for this The Office-meets-South Park mashup. Do you think Colbert will ask Alec Baldwin to voice Trump?

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    New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci publicly revealed attacking personal opinions of other Trump staffers without holding much back, The New York Timesreports. On Wednesday night, Scaramucci harshly divulged on a phone call with The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza that he was facing conflict with chief of staff Reince Priebus. His remarks led to him addressing the phone call on CNN Thursday morning and Lizza creating an entire New Yorker piece discussing the conversation by Thursday evening.

    “Reince Priebus—if you want to leak something—he’ll be asked to resign very shortly,” Scaramucci revealed to Lizza on Wednesday night. The communications director contacted Lizza after the writer tweeted that Scaramucci was having dinner with President Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Fox News host Sean Hannity and a former Fox News executive. Scaramucci was intent on finding out who Lizza’s source was. “Reince is a f***ing paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac.”

    Lizza revealed in his New Yorker article that Scaramucci threatened to fire the entire White House communications staff when he refused to tell the director who told him about dinner with the Trumps.

    “I ask these guys not to leak anything and they can’t help themselves,” Scaramucci said, as quoted by Lizza. “You’re an American citizen, this is a major catastrophe for the American country. So I’m asking you as an American patriot to give me a sense of who leaked it.”

    Scaramucci also spoke against chief strategist Steve Bannon, exclaiming about him, “I’m not Steve Bannon...I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f***ing strength of the president. I’m here to serve the country.”

    Sharing such negative opinions of the other men isn’t too surprising of Scaramucci, as Priebus and Bannon did not approve of his appointment to communications director. When he phoned into CNN to discuss his exchange with Lizza, Scaramucci asked Priebus to deny “being a leaker.” When a story including his financial disclosure form hit Politico earlier this week, Scaramucci inserted Priebus’s Twitter handle in a tweet calling the form’s presence a “felony,” suggesting that he thought Priebus was to blame for the form’s leaking. However, calling out Priebus was pretty unnecessary—the story’s reporter later explained the form was publicly available.

    According to Lizza, Scaramucci changed his explanation for calling out Priebus to wanting to “work together with Priebus to discover the leakers.” “He’s the chief of staff, he’s responsible for understanding and uncovering and helping me do that inside the White House, which is why I put that tweet out last night,” he shared on CNN.

    He later tried to explain his behavior with a tweet defending his use of "colorful language" in the phone conversation. 

    Lizza’s piece includes even crazier quotes from the pair’s conversation, which basically provides insight into how tense White House staff relations currently are. Scaramucci subtly responded to Lizza's work with yet another tweet on Thursday night.

    If you want a summary of how this White House administration seems to work, take a look at one of Scaramucci’s quotes from his phone call with Lizza:

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    Between our laptops, phones, tablets and e-readers, it’s safe to say that we love our technology. Can you blame us? It makes life so much easier to have the Internet at our fingertips, plus we can do things so much faster (like Facebook stalking…er…we mean writing papers…) To make sure you’re plugged into the newest technology trends, here are seven of the best tech accessories to rock this school year.

    1. A phone charging case

    You know that sinking feeling when your phone reaches three percent and there’s no charger in sight. Well this year, you’ll never have worry about your phone dying in the middle of the day with this teal phone charging case ($99.99 at Office Depot)! It’s lightweight, protects your phone and holds 100 percent charge right when you need it. Talk about a lifesaver.

    2. A sleek laptop

    Perfect for when you’re stuck in the library, this durable laptop will be your ideal study companion. With its thin design, it’s easy to take anywhere you go and its 500 GB hard drive will help you store all your assignments, music and photos. While it’s not the cheapest thing on this list at $529.99 (Office Depot), a laptop will always be a good investment.

    3. A laptop case

    Now that you have your super cool laptop, you need an equally awesome case to carry it in! We’re obsessed with this stylish case from Herschel ($34.99). Not only is it adorable, it’s also double-lined with fleece so your laptop will always be protected. Plus, it comes in a variety of color combinations to match your personal style!

    4. A single-serve coffee machine

    If you’re not a coffee lover already, college will make you one. As much as we crave our Starbucks lattes, our caffeine habits have the potential to break our banks fast. Although this Keurig brewing system comes in at $99.99 (Keurig), investing in one will help you from going (completely) broke! Keep it classic with a white finish or pick a pop of color with red or jade.

    5. Wireless headphones

    Whether you’re hitting the gym or studying in the library, you can’t go wrong with a solid pair of headphones. Now you can go cord-free with these wireless headphones ($99.09 at Office Depot), complete with volume, play/pause and skip controls. They also last for five hours so you can rock out no matter where you are on campus!

    6. Bluetooth speakers

    On a similar music note (pun intended), bring the party wherever you go with this cute portable speaker ($13.99 at Target). Available in three different colors, this speaker is tiny but powerful. It can connect to any device that has Bluetooth and lasts several hours. Anyone else feeling a dance party coming on?

    7. A trendy Fitbit

    Sometimes finding the motivation to work out can be tough. But with a Fitbit, it’s easy to keep track of your fitness goals, plus you can put it in stylish accessories to compliment your outfit! We absolutely love this edgy necklace pendant ($79.95) that perfectly holds any Fitbit Flex 2 tracker inside. You do have to buy the Fitbit Flex 2 separately ($99.95), but pairing fitness and style is always a win-win to us!

    Whether you need a new laptop or want to keep track of your fitness goals, we’ve got you covered. This is your year to become tech savvy with these trendy, cutting edge accessories!