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A Collegiette's Guide to Life
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    Actor Timothée Chalamet has expressed his love for rapper Cardi B before when he gave her a shout-out during his acceptance speech at the IFP Gotham Awards. He mentioned how she, among many artists, inspired him to pursue his career. Though this is so adorable, his recent rap on the SAG Awards red carpet Sunday night might just take the cake when it comes to his love for Cardi.

    The Call Me By Your Name actor was up for Outstanding Performance of a Male Actor in a Leading Role and though he lost to Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour, he still left with a win for the best red carpet moment.

    While he was on the carpet, he was asked about Mary J. Blige and Cardi B. and their impact on Chalamet. 

    “Well, they’re both New Yorkers and they’re both from The Bronx, I know Cardi B. is from the Bronx, I'm pretty sure Mary J. Blige is from the Bronx," Chalamet said. "My grandparents are from The Bronx, I live in the Bronx, and the music is lit, and it’s what I was listening to on the way here."

    Then he shared his favorite Cardi B. song. "Well, it’s got to be ‘Bodak Yellow,’ but ‘Bartier Cardi’ just came out, which is fantastic." 

    That's not all, though. Chalamet then went right into rapping the song and dancing with his mom. It's so perfect, you have to see it for yourself.

    Twitter was freaking out over the video like I am RN.

    Honestly, this was the best thing I've seen from the 2018 SAG awards. I don't care if you like Cardi B or not, you have to appreciate his open obsession with her. I hope Cardi B sees it and gives him a response. 

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    Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and you and your S.O. have everything from the dinner reservations to the after dinner drinks spot lined up — but have you thought about what to wear yet? If you’re still in need of the perfect look to feel sexy on your special night out with your S.O, don’t freak — we have five solid ideas below.

    1. Low-key lace

    Valentine's Day Outfit Ideas 1


    LULUS lapel jacket


    Cynthia Bodysuit


    Topshop rolled up jeans
    $54 -


    Jeffrey Campbell pointy toe booties
    $175 -


    Crossbody handbag



    Yes, it is possible to opt for jeans for a Valentine’s Day date. A sexy black lace bodysuit paired with the slightly more buttoned-up look of a black satin blazer dresses up the look — and ditto for an on-trend pair of kitten heeled booties.

    Related: The Best & Worst Valentine's Day Dates College Girls Have Had

    2. Satin slip dress

    Valentine's Day Outfit Ideas 2


    NBD sexy party dress
    $59 -


    Nasty Gal velvet shoes


    Forever 21 chain jewelry



    For a super fancy dinner date trade in your go-to LBD for the Valentine’s Day-appropriate LPD — that is, the little pink dress. A ‘90s-inspired satin slip dress topped off with a leather jacket (to help combat those freezing February temperatures) is perfect for nailing those date night vibes. Take advantage of the one day a year it’s totally appropriate to pair red and pink with a pair of burgundy satin stilettos, and layer on a few dainty chokers for good measure.

    3. Red hot

    Valentine's Day Outfit Ideas 3


    Topshop petite top
    $20 -


    Satin cami


    I AM GIA white skirt
    $89 -


    Ettika star earrings
    $35 -



    Make this statement-making patent mini skirt the main event by pairing it will neutral pieces like a lace and satin cami layered over a super thin turtleneck for extra warmth. Fur-lined loafers feel like wearing slippers out of the house — except they’re totally appropriate for date night.

    4. All-in-one

    Valentine's Day Outfit Ideas 4


    Missguided fake fur coat


    J O A jump suit
    $99 -


    Forever 21 handbag



    Forego a dress on date night altogether with a satin jumpsuit in a universally flattering wrap shape instead, and pair with strappy heels to create the illusion of legs for days. If there were ever a time to tap into your extra AF side a fancy date is the time to do it — so wear it with a shaggy fur jacket for maximum snuggly-ness and style.

    5. Very velvet

    Valentine's Day Outfit Ideas 5


    Madewell mauve dress


    MANGO fur lined coat
    $68 -


    Steve madden boots


    Rebecca Minkoff clutch
    $63 -


    Madewell beanie hat
    $28 -



    There’s something so subtly sexy about over-the-knee boots — especially when paired with a velvet mini dress and thigh-skimming wool coat in shades of neutrals and millennial pink. Accessorize with a beanie to keep things looking extra cozy and bring along a leather clutch for carrying your essentials.

    No matter what outfit you opt for on your V-Day date night, make sure it’s something that makes you feel as sexy and special as you deserve to on your night out.

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    You know that you're still suffering from your junior high crush on Joe Jonas when the reactivation of the Jonas Brothers' social media just reminded you that middle brother and former lead JoBros vocalist is off the market. Jonas got engaged to Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner in October 2017, and I'm so intrigued about this wedding will play out. Will there be a theme of "New Jersey meets Britain"? A cake with musical notes dancing around dragon designs? So many questions. 

    However, Turner's Game of Thrones co-star and close friend Maisie Williams answered one of the pressing questions on my list. While promoting her role in the animated film The Early Man, 20-year-old Williams revealed to Radio Times that she's already locked in as one of 21-year-old Turner's bridesmaids, Entertainment Weekly says. Excuse me while I imagine an entire Stark family reunion at this wedding. 

    After hinting at the unpredictability of GoT​'s upcoming eighth and final season, Williams revealed her role in the wedding party when the interviewer asked if she was "bidding" for a bridesmaid spot. "Oh, I already got it!" she said. "Yeah, it's very, very exciting. It's kind of bizarre, though."

    Girl, same. 

    "We're waiting until the [GoT] season's done until we get into any of that," Williams said of wedding planning. "But I think she's already letting her little heart wander and imagine."

    The onscreen sisters have had a well-documented friendship off set. Turner called Williams her "sista / soulmate (sic)" in a May 2017 Instagram post, and the duo even filmed their own Carpool Karaoke segment together for James Corden's Apple TV series.


    Sista/soul m8

    A post shared by Sophie Turner (@sophiet) on

    We may have to wait quite long before this wedding happens, but I already have my fingers crossed for some beautiful wedding party photos to be shared. 

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    The House has passed a short-term spending bill to move towards ending the government shutdown, the New York Times reports. Allowing the bill to officially reopen the government, President Donald Trump signed the measure on Monday evening, meaning that government employees would return to work on Tuesday. A bipartisan group of senators worked together to create the solution to the three-day shutdown. 

    The bill consists of a plan to fund the federal government for another three weeks. It also allows for the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, to run for another six years. The program has recently gotten national attention for its role in the health of talk show host Jimmy Kimmel's infant son, who was born last year with a heart condition. 

    In a statement, Trump said, "I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their sense and are now willing to fund our great military, Border Patrol, first responders and insurance for vulnerable children. As I have always said, once the government is funded, my administration will work toward solving the problem of very unfair illegal immigration."

    Earlier in the day, the Senate passed the bill by an 81-18 margin, while the House of Representatives responded to it with a vote of 266-150. According to ABC News, Democratic senators who voted against the bill were prominent figures such as Sens. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer discussed his belief that the White House displayed a "lack of bipartisanship" while on the Senate floor. "The great deal-making president sat on the sidelines," he said of Trump, revealing that he hadn't spoken with him since before the shutdown started. 

    Some Democrats also spoke about their wishes that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would have delayed the vote in order for the bipartisan group to compose a broader bill. Other concerns regarding the bill involve funds related to immigration, although McConnell has assured that there will be a "level playing field" on immigration. 

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    As one of the most commercialized American holidays, it’s pretty hard to get away from Valentine’s Day. Red and pink displays filled with heart-shaped chocolate boxes and bunches of roses crowd the majority of grocery store lobbies, making it rather difficult to shop in peace. By popularity February 14 is supposed to be a romantic celebration for couples, so if you’re single, it might not be your favorite day of the year. And it doesn’t have to be! There are ways to survive Valentine’s Day without being a bitter bummer who curses every cute couple walking down the street holding hands, and here’s how:

    Treat it just like any other normal day

    When you were in elementary school, holidays sometimes didn’t mean much more than getting out from school. Everyone loved President’s Day because it meant a long weekend. While you still had to go to school on Valentine’s Day, you probably gorged yourself on sugary treats at the class party in the afternoon. Just as you didn’t give much significance to the day back then, you can do the same thing now.

    Madison*, a sophomore at Stanford University, says, “Some people see Valentine’s Day as just another day in February and there’s no need to make a big deal about it, especially if a person is single.”

    Of course, some of your friends might go out partying or taking their SO out on a fun date, but there’s no obligation for you to do the same. Madison believes “the expectation to partake in some sort of festivities is unnecessary,” as no one can make you do anything. You’re an adult (or at least trying to be).

    Plus, there are so many other things you could be doing with your time instead of ironically hating on a holiday dedicated to love. It’s a waste of valuable energy that could be spent procrastinating more efficiently. Maybe you’ve been meaning to start that Gilmore Girls marathon on Netflix since winter break. It’s possible you might also want to try your hand at a new cookie recipe from Pinterest that your roommate texted you the other day.

    Valentine’s Day can just be another day on the calendar if you believe it to be. The choice is completely up to you.

    Make it your own and practice self-love

    If you’re determined to throw an Anti-Valentine’s Day, at least consider turning it into something beneficial for yourself. In the last few years, incorporating self-love into one’s life and dedicating time to it has become a modern phenomenon.

    Setting aside time to make relieve the stress that comes with academic and social drama is more important than many college women realize. There are times when you can – and should be –selfish with your private time to wind down and pamper yourself. Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to do so.

    “Valentine’s Day is about giving and receiving love,” says Eirene Lo, a sophomore at Temple University. “Especially in this day and age, it is beneficial for all women, in a relationship or not, to practice loving themselves.”

    While not everyone has the same self-care rituals, relaxation is often the result of the incorporated activities. Eirene believes the best practices of self-love help you connect to your physical and mental beings.

    “Activities may include yoga and meditation, a relaxing bubble bath, journaling, listening to good music, and so much more. [They] do not necessarily need to be an act against the holiday, but merely an alternative as a reminder to love oneself,” she adds.

    It’s almost impossible to be bitter about traditional Valentine’s Day when you’re spending time doing all the things you love.

    Related: The 20 Stages of Valentine’s Day, As Told by Single Ladies 

    Celebrate Galentine’s Day as an alternative

    Even though it’s not an official holiday, Galentine’s Day is more than just a Parks and Recreation reference. Leslie Knope’s brunch date with her female friends has become a real celebration of women showing love and appreciation for other women. Some of the most important people in your life are the sisters you never had. Take Valentine’s Day as opportunity to spend time with your girls and thank them for putting up with you all these years.

    Liv Brooks, a senior at the University of Pittsburgh, says, “I think [Valentine’s Day] can absolutely be about your friends! Most of my friends are single, so we use Valentine's Day as an excuse to have some quality time – drink some wine or maybe try out a new restaurant. My friends are the biggest part of my life at school, so I like that there's a day dedicated to appreciating them.”

    And if you know the majority of your friends will be busy on Valentine’s Day, plan a get-together on Galentine’s Day, February 13. Going out and having fun the day before can work in your favor because you can then spend Valentine’s Day pampering yourself. And this way, you’re having you’re not technically participating in any typical romantic affairs without being bitter.

    With Valentine’s Day approaching, there’s no need to angrily protest against all things romantic and sappy. There are plenty of options to turn the holiday into something that celebrates a variety of relationships. And if you’re still not thrilled about it, the thing to remember is that it only lasts 24 hours. It’ll be over before you know it.

    *Name has been changed

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    Three leaders of USA Gymnastics have resigned and the coach of the 2012 women's Olympic team has been suspended after months of criticism about the organization's handling of former team doctor Larry Nassar's sexual abuse of athletes. NBC News reports that USA Gymnastics' decision to suspend coach John Geddert came only hours after other leaders' resignations.

    Geddert oversaw the 2012 gold medal-winning team members, four of whom have come forward to say they were sexually abused by Nassar. 2012 and 2016 team captain Aly Raisman was among the victims who recently addressed Nassar and officials at a courtroom hearing, sharing details of her encounters with Nassar. 2012 competitor Jordyn Wieber also read her victim statement aloud, while former teammates McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas, as well as 2016 gold medalist Simone Biles, have identified themselves as victims. 

    Following the statements of 124 women at five-day-long court procedures, board of directors Chairman Paul Parilla, Vice Chairman Jay Binder and Treasurer Bitsy Kelley resigned on Monday. Former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny left the organization in 2017 when he was accused of mishandling reports of abuse from Nassar, who was sentenced last month to 60 years in prison on child pornography charges. According to a U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman, top officials asked Parilla to resign nearly two weeks ago.

    "We support their decisions to resign at this time," said current USA Gymnastics president Kerry Perry. "We believe this step will allow us to more effectively move forward in implementing change within our organization. As the board identifies its next chair and fills the vacant board positions, we remain focused on working every day to ensure that our culture, policies and actions reflect our commitment to those who serve."

    Although the organization didn't reveal why Geddert was suspended, he was known to be a close associate of Nassar, and was "described as something of a tyrant who funneled patients to the doctor." 

    Raisman, who has stayed extremely vocal throughout the case, shared a statement via Twitter, calling out the organization for only reprimanding certain board members for their involvement. "And why just those three board members?" she wrote. "How about the others, who either allowed them to do whatever they did wrong, or were so oblivious they didn't know it was happening? Either way, these — and any other changes — won't matter, until we know exactly what happened. Suggesting otherwise is dangerous to athletes."

    USA Gymnastics has also received accusations of waiting too long to inform the FBI of a gymnast's complaints, never informing Nassar's employer Michigan State University of claims against him and paying Maroney to stay silent about her abuse. 

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    If you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to study abroad in college, take it. From traveling across Europe to exploring the “land down under,” there are so many adventures to be had around the world. And what better time to immerse yourself in different cultures than college? You’re already expanding your knowledge and learning more about you who are, studying abroad will help you to do this in an even more unique way.

    We spoke with a variety of collegiettes about their study abroad experiences, but more importantly, their mistakes. They shared their insights about certain mistakes they made as well as advice on what to do instead. Basically, they told us what you can do to make your time abroad even better!

    1. Not taking the time to do things on your own

    Traveling alone can be intimidating. New people, new faces and little knowledge about where you are is a turnoff for many collegiettes. Alanna O’Connell, a senior at Marist College, shares why she believes it’s important to venture out of your comfort zone to truly immerse yourself in new things.

    “As fun as it is to do everything with friends, it’s also nice to take time to do things on your own,” she says. “Go on a run at the city’s riverside, visit a museum, walk to that hidden sandwich shop you once saw. Doing things like this alone gives you a new appreciation for the country you’re living in and time to reflect on your adventure. At the end of the day, this is your time abroad, so do what you want when you want!”

    Who doesn’t want to be an independent woman? As long as you’re safe in your explorations, don’t be afraid to try new things alone!

    2. Overpacking

    This is something most ladies can relate to, on any trip we take. It’s easy to think you’ll need every cute clothing item you own, but in reality you should focus on the necessities. Alysson Aquaviva, a senior at Southern New Hampshire University, made this mistake her first time abroad. “For some reason I thought I would need ten clubbing dresses and one pair of jeans and no winter jacket," she says. "I also thought bringing two pairs of four-inch heels to a cobblestone city was smart. Let’s just say those lasted one night only. Also, I didn’t save any space for when I was coming home so I spent about two days trying to figure out how to stuff things accumulated over four months into two suitcases.”

    One of the worst things is having to leave behind some of your belongings because they won’t fit in your suitcase. This is where owning a lot of basics can come in handy. You can pack the essentials and spend your money on fun accessories abroad, which take up less room and keep you looking stylish.

    3. Not keeping a journal

    Journaling, or even blogging, is a great way to help you remember specifics about your trips. While abroad you’ll usually travel to other cities or even countries. You do so much that it becomes a blur, but keeping a journal can help you revisit special moments.

    “I really wish I put in the effort to even jot down some of my feelings and experiences that I had,” Alysson says. “Being able to look back at a certain day and remember how I was feeling or what was going on at that time would have been nice.” Alysson suggests taking a lot of photos if you’re not one who enjoys writing. “I will always be able to cherish them,” she says.  

    We say do both! Start a blog or write in a journal, but definitely take lots of pictures! These are all great ways to revisit certain memories years later.

    4. Not exploring your host city

    No matter where you study, it’s important to take the time to get to know the area you’re living in. Many people get wrapped up in the idea of travel, which is wonderful, but if you have the opportunity to learn more about your host city, don’t pass it up. Alysson shares her regrets from studying abroad her first time around.

    “Not taking the opportunity to appreciate and explore my surroundings as much was a very big mistake,” she says. “As amazing as it was to travel around to nine other countries during my stay, I feel as if I did not have the chance to really get to know the area that I lived in.” This resulted in not making as many connections with locals or fully indulging in the food and social culture of that area.

    It’s easy to get swept up in the thought of travel, but it can be even more rewarding to truly get to know the area you’re living in. Plus, you can always return to explore different places another time!

    Related: Where You Should Study Abroad, Based on Your Zodiac Sign

    5. Not doing research on the places you visit

    Spontaneous travel is no doubt exciting, but sometimes researching places before you go to them will allow you to fully make the most of it. Juliet Goulet, a senior at Bishop's University, talks about wishing she knew more about events before they happened.

    “Partying is fun, and I spent a lot of my time doing it, but I missed out on so many things because I didn’t spend the time to research them. Every so often I would stumble on something, like a Christmas market, and be wowed by the intricacy, quality and atmosphere. And I would want more, and curse my terrible luck that I didn’t know about them sooner.”

    Although there is always plenty to do and partying abroad seems to be a must, researching ahead of time might help you discover more culturally rich things to do or places to visit.

    Doing research can also save you money. Erin Lovett, a senior at Lasell College, says, "A lot of people don't check all of their options when it comes to booking flights and hostels. I have learned that it is best to do your research and look through all of your options. Whether this means taking a bus instead of a plane or staying in a hostel a little outside of the city to save money, it's worth it." Be sure to take the extra time to compare prices and find the best options for your journeys before you finalize your plans. 

    6. Saying no

    Similar to exploring alone, trying new things can be nerve racking. This usually leads to you saying “no” due to the fear of going out of your comfort zone. Juliet shares why you have to give yourself the chance to try new things, even if your natural instinct is to say no.

    “Whether it’s trying food you’ve never eaten before, hanging out with classmates you don’t know very well yet or taking an impromptu trip across the country, you should be able to finish your exchange experience with a long list of things that you said 'yes' to,” she says.

    “On the very first night I met my new roommates, one of them had the idea to go to a pub. I was tired, jet-lagged and hadn’t even unpacked yet, but found myself ordering a 1£ beer and having one of the best nights of my four months there.”

    Her memorable night never would've happened if she had said no. Don’t be scared to try new things and branch out to meet new people. Clearly, it can be very rewarding.

    7. Not bringing enough money

    It’s no secret that traveling can be expensive. Being a full-time college student doesn’t make this any easier, either. Making sure to go abroad with a budgeted amount of money is important because it will allow you to do more things.

    “I worked two jobs the summer before I left and made enough money for my semester abroad that I literally lived like a Florentine princess,” Maria Rago, a senior at Emmanuel College says. “I shopped. I went on trips almost every weekend and I never said no, unlike some of my friends. There is no 'next time' so take advantage of the trip you’re on. Get lost, make friends, cry happy tears, but never turn something down because of money.” We love this mindset, but realize every situation is different. Don’t be afraid to budget for the more important things you want but never turn down the chance to indulge. You’re only abroad once, so enjoy yourself!

    8. Over-planning

    There is a definite comfort that comes with plans. You know what to expect and this can be necessary in some cases, but what’s the fun in that?

    Juliet, a planner herself, tells why she wishes she was a tad more spontaneous during her time abroad. “You never know the adventures you can have when you just decide to go. Instead of worrying about sticking to a plan you get to enjoy the world around you,” she says. “Once, I was taken on a surprise trip to Bath. I knew nothing about the trip, which albeit scary was also exhilarating. It was the most spontaneous thing I did that semester, and I loved every minute of the adventure.”

    Spontaneity always seems to lead to the best stories. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.

    9. Getting hung up on the things you didn’t get to do

    The sad thing about studying abroad is that it usually only lasts for a semester. This means your time is limited, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. If anything, it makes your time more valuable so you can truly focus on the things you want to do. Juliet shares why you shouldn’t dwell on the things you missed.

    “You’ll never have the chance to do everything," she says. "You’re only one person in a big foreign country, and you’d need an entire lifetime to experience everything. You should leave your time abroad thinking of all the positive experiences you had, not stuck on the things you never did.”

    This thought is true in all aspects of life. Why focus on the negatives or dwell on the things you missed when there is so much else to smile about? Realize your time is precious and plan your adventures abroad accordingly.

    No matter where you go or who you travel with, keeping a positive mindset and an open heart is a must. Trying things out of your comfort zone can help you discover a lot about who you are, or better yet, who you want to be. Be sure to take time to explore safely on your own and never turn down an opportunity to be adventurous. This world has a lot to offer, and hopefully with these tips you will make the most of your travels!

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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.)

    Up to 58 Refugees in Australia Are Coming to the U.S. as a Resettlement Deal

    The Huffington Post reports that up to 58 refugees in Australia held at an offshore detention center will fly to the United States on Tuesday. Split between two different flights, the all-male refugees have been staying at Papua New Guinea's Manus Island facility after previously trying to reach Australia by boat. Included among the group are Rohingyas, Afghans and Pakistanis who will eventually settle in L.A., Philadelphia and certain parts of North Carolina. The immigration procedure, carrying out for the second time, aligns with a resettlement argument formed between former President Barack Obama's administration and the Australian government in 2016. 

    Move Over, Harry: Princess Eugenie Is Engaged to Longtime Boyfriend

    The royal family never rests! While 2018 already promises a royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton's third child, we now have another royal wedding to look forward to this year. William and Harry's 27-year-old cousin, Princess Eugenie, has announced her engagement to longtime beau Jack Brooksbank, CBS News reports. After dating for seven years, the couple plan to marry this fall at St. George's Chapel in Windsor, only months after Harry and Meghan's May wedding. 

    Jack and Eugenie, the daughter of the Queen's second son Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, seem to be literal couple goals for her mom. Often known as Fergie to the public, Sarah apparently spent her morning creating memes of the couple for Twitter. It's a weird way to express love, but okay. Congrats to the happy couple!

    Cheesecake Factory Will Sell Its Bread in Grocery Stores

    We all know that the titular dessert at Cheesecake Factory is what’s really worth a visit, but the restaurant chain’s bread is a close second when it comes to amazing dishes. The infamous Cheesecake Factory brown bread will soon be available online and in grocery stores, but with unique twists. The recipe will appear as in three different forms: dinner rolls, mini baguettes and sandwich bread. This basically means that you can turn to the delicious brown bread practically every day. I’m sold!

    What to look out for…

    What better way to celebrate an ordinary Tuesday than with pie? Today is National Pie Day (not to be confused with the mathematically inclined Pi Day), and depending on your location, you may be able to find a free or discounted dessert deal. If not, that’s what baking nights are for!

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    Welcome to the working world! You’ve done everything right. You worked hard all through school and landed job. You’re getting paid money you couldn’t even dream of in college and have started planning how to pay back those student loans. You’ve come so far and have been working so hard. Awesome! But you could be being paid less money than you’re worth without even knowing.

    Do your research

    There are many websites available to help you check salaries in your field. Tom Dezell, author of Networking for the Novice, Nervous, or Naïve Job Seeker, suggests, payscale and Glassdoor. In your research, it’s important to focus on your geographical location. Mary Pharris, Director of Business Development and Partnerships at Fairygodboss, says that your salary will change depending on where you are because things like cost of living will factor in. She also recommends using your network of friends, colleagues and mentors in your field or related industries to find out about your salary. You may even find help at your alma mater’s career center!

    There are many different factors that play into how much money you should be earning. For example, your experience can actually earn you more money. Consider your level of education and time working in your field (even if it's not at your current job) as making you a sort of expert in your field. Similarly, any professional certifications could earn you more money as well. As you work, keep track of the duties you’re responsible for and any projects you complete successfully. All of this can come in handy later!

    Consider your coworkers' salaries

    What about what your coworkers are making? Well, you may want to think about that. Many people think that money is something you should never talk about with your coworkers. So can you do it or not?

    First, you should check your contract. Some contracts have stipulations against employees discussing their salaries and you should follow those. Second, you should choose someone you know and trust. Dezell points out that “unless people show actual paystubs, [you have to] rely on their honesty.” If your contract allows it and both of you are comfortable discussing your salaries, go ahead and hit up Danielle.

    Keep in mind that although your company may not want you to, it’s not illegal to discuss your pay with coworkers!

    For some people, finding out they’re being underpaid will come rather abruptly. For Cece Buck, an accountant and graduate of Rutgers University, her notification came in the form of a law change. New Jersey passed a law that any employees working full-time in the US had to be paid overtime if they were paid an hourly rate/base salary under a certain amount (about $48,000). “I was under the cut-off, as were two of my male coworkers, so we were each told that we would be raised up to the base. I was excited, but quickly realized that if I was being raised up to the base salary, so were they, and I had been at my employer working full-time for over a year more than them,” Cece says.

    Related: The Wage Gap: Why It Matters!

    Bring up the subject with your boss

    If you find out through your research that you aren’t being paid fairly, there are things you can do. You need to make an argument for yourself. Collect the research that you’ve done on salaries in your field, but also compile a list of your own accomplishments and a plan on where you want to go from there. “The plan is what will really stand out to them,” Pharris explains. “Your accomplishments show that you’ve done great things, but the plan shows that you can continue to do great things.”

    From there, you should contact HR or your supervisor. Schedule a sit down conversation where you can make your case. Many jobs actually have reviews built into their schedule; these meetings would serve as a great opportunity for you to bring up a raise. “I sat down with my boss and my human resources representative,” Cece says. “I thanked them for the raise, but brought up that if they were paying me the base, I had to assume that the two other employees were being paid the same and that I should be paid more based on my time with the company.”

    Be brave during the conversation

    This can be incredibly intimidating. After all, you’re asking your boss for more money. Find your voice, speak up and keep in mind that you’re only asking for what you deserve. The odds are that your boss will understand. You may be surprised by their reaction. “I could tell that my boss, who is a woman in a male-dominated industry, was impressed with my negotiation. I think that she was surprised I had the guts to bring it up,” Cece explains.

    If you're denied a raise, you still have options

    So what do you do if they say no? Well, the obvious option is that you can find a new job. If you are trying to find a new job, you should make sure you find one before quitting your original job—and always give at least two weeks notice! But this isn’t always super realistic.

    If your boss says no to a raise, you don’t necessarily have to leave the company. You can consider negotiating for other benefits like vacation time, remote work options or a higher 401K contribution. You should come up with these back-up options when you make your plan; if you already have the back-up ideas in your head, you’re less likely to just get up and walk away if your boss says no to a salary raise.

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    Despite being nominated for both this year's Critics Choice Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards, Wonder Woman received exactly zero Oscar nominations on Tuesday. 

    Superhero movies definitely aren't award frontrunners; however, many thought that Wonder Woman would at least receive a nod in the Directing, Visual Effects or Costumes categories. Patty Jenkins was the first ever female director of an American studio superhero movie.

    The film didn't do too bad, either — it was just the highest-grossing superhero origin movie of all time, bringing in more than $800 million. NO BIG DEAL.

    Twitter, as always, responded accordingly. 

    I demand justice for Wonder Woman!

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    Arie and the 15 remaining women traveled to Lake Tahoe in this week's episode of The Bachelor, and of course, there was no shortage of drama. Oh, and at one point, there was talking of Jenna drinking her own pee. 

    But the biggest ~shock~ of the episode — at least for Arie himself — came during his one-on-one date with Bekah. She finally told the 36-year-old Bachelor that she's only 22.

    Before throwing out the actual number, the two discussed getting serious, with Arie wanting to make sure Bekah was ready to commit. 

    Despite the show's buildup to the reveal implying that her age would be a deal-breaker, that wasn't the case. Arie did, however, dramatically cover his mouth and say "Oh my god."

    Arie went on to express his concerns about pursuing a deeper relationship with Bekah. "I'm not here for a 22 year-old girlfriend. I'm here to find a wife," Arie said.

    But before we could run to the kitchen for another glass of wine, Arie continued, "This could be the start of something amazing," and then gave her a rose.

    Let the lovefest continue!

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    Miranda Lambert just found a way to make her iconic single “Little Red Wagon” even more iconic.

    Lambert, who kicked off her Livin’ Like Hippies tour in Greenville, South Carolina last Thursday, made a small edit to the song during the performance.

    In a video published on Twitter, instead of staying true to the lyric, "I live in Oklahoma," Lambert, full of sass and a hair flip, sang, "I got the hell out of Oklahoma."

    Speculators immediately made the connection between the state of Oklahoma and Lambert’s previous relationship with Blake Shelton. The two lived there together during their four-year marriage, which ended in July 2015 when they announced their divorce.

    Lambert has been dating musician Anderson East since December of the same year, but the sarcastic reference to Shelton is almost too obvious to overlook.

    Even the music video accompanying the song alludes to Lambert’s old flame. In a quick frame toward the end of the song, Lambert is seen wearing a belt reading “Mrs. Shelton.” Clearly the song — released in January 2015, just months before the big-name split — holds some Blake-related meaning.


    In an interview with Glamour in April 2015, though, Lambert revealed little about the personal meaning of her recording of the Audra Mae song.

    "I think it's just about a state of mind," Lambert told them.  "I've got this on my own. I've got swagger...I think it's just sassy, and it's up for whatever interpretation you have as a person."

    Sure, Miranda. We see you, girl.

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    Just in time for everyone’s favorite romantic holiday, Kim Kardashian West is releasing a new trio of candy heart-themed fragrances. With the line set to hit the KKW Fragrances official website on February 1st, the beauty mogul and new mom of three probably hopes to repeat past years’ unbelievable successes.

    In November she launched the KKW Crystal Gardenia collection but only in a limited supply of 300,000 units. And her first collection sold out in less than three hours!


    ‪Will you be our Valentine? @kimoji Heart fragrances coming 02.01 KKWFRAGRANCE.COM‬

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    Kim K has been working on this limited edition collection for quite awhile according to her social media accounts. Along with new scents, she’s been busy developing a line of concealers, baking powders and nude-colored lipsticks. But it doesn’t seem like they’ll be ready for pre-date makeover sessions on Valentine’s Day.

    It’ll be no surprise if these perfumes — BFF, Bae and Ride or Die — sell out faster than we can decide which one we want to splurge on. To prevent potential disaster, we might as well just purchase all three, right? There’s no harm in having multiple scents to choose from.

    We’ll definitely have KKW Fragrance Instagram notifications turned on in case more details are dropped in the coming days.

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    You finally got the courage to talk to that cute guy from your class, and one night at the bar, he made a move. You’re both having fun, but you decide to keep it casual without any real commitment. When your friends ask about him, you respond that you’re “hanging out” and nothing more, and you feel confident in this answer… until February rolls around. That’s when you realize that fun and flirty has the potential to get really awkward.

    Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love and friendship, but it’s more commonly known as the Hallmark holiday to get romantic with your SO or drink wine with your best friends. It can be fun whether you’re single or taken, but can be tricky for those of us whose relationship statuses aren’t so clearly defined. If you’re casually seeing someone, Valentine’s Day can get awkward. Here’s HC’s guide for how to handle your casual hook-up on February 14.

    You’re not official, so you don’t have to do anything special

    The biggest source of your anxiety probably comes from wondering if you have to do something special with your casual hook-up on Valentine’s Day. There’s definitely pressure to be romantic on February 14, but if you’re not official, the experts say celebrating Valentine’s Day together isn’t required.

    “A gift would be nice, but definitely not necessary if you’re not in a defined relationship,” says Dr. Ish Major, psychiatrist and dating expert.“You’re not obligated to see each other, get together, go out or even hook up on that day. It’s not a ‘relationship,’ so it’s likely not exclusive.”

    If you want to keep things strictly casual with your hook-up, consider doing something else on Valentine’s Day, whether it’s a chick-flick marathon with your girls or pampering yourself with a pedicure. You might be involved with someone, but you’re technically single, so show yourself some love instead!

    Small gifts are okay to give

    On some level you probably care about your casual hook-up, so if you want to get him or her something small, make sure it’s more funny than romantic.

    “If you are not in an official relationship, but see something that reminds you of the person, it is a lovely gesture to give it to him or her,” says Jodi RR Smith, etiquette consultant and president of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting. “However, if you want to keep it casual, keep the gift on the light and funny side and under $20. When in doubt, a card is a great way to do something without it being too much.”

    Dr. Ish encourages erring on the side of caution so you don’t send the wrong message. “Be careful [with gifts],” he says. “You don’t want to send the wrong message that could change the dynamics of what you have. It’s a balancing act.”

    For example, instead of getting your casual hook-up a teddy bear holding a heart that says, “I love you,” give your hook-up some of his or her favorite candy or a funny card. You want to send the message that says, “I care about you” versus, “I’m madly in love with you.” A good rule of thumb: If you would feel uncomfortable getting the gift from your casual hook-up, don’t give it to him or her.

    Giving gifts can get potentially awkward, especially if one person doesn’t reciprocate. If you decide to get your casual hook-up a small gift and you don’t receive one in return, don’t take it personally. “Remember the phrase: ‘Nice but not necessary,’” Dr. Ish says. “[The person] you’re hooking up with might be shy about giving gifts for Valentine’s Day because they don’t want to send a too strong of a message. It doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t care about you or think less of you; it just means they’re unsure of what, if anything, to do.”

    On the flip side, if your casual hook-up gets you something for Valentine’s Day and you’re caught empty-handed, don’t freak out. Instead, stay calm and thank him or her sincerely. “Look him or her in the eye and say, ‘Thank you so much for thinking of me!’” Smith says. “Remember: A gift is not given with the expectation of getting.”

    Don’t be afraid to talk about Valentine’s Day plans

    The best way to avoid awkwardness on Valentine’s Day is to just have a conversationabout it. You might feel uncomfortable bringing it up depending on how long you’ve been hooking up or how casual the relationship is, but if you don’t want to keep guessing, bring it up casually without adding any pressure.

    “You can say, ‘Hey, I wasn’t planning or expecting anything but I just wanted to double-check. Are we doing anything for Valentine’s Day?’” Dr. Ish suggests. “Keep it casual; keep it light. But do ask. [There are always] expectations or lack thereof, so it’s better to talk about them early than letting the day come and having it turn into something awkward.”

    Want something a little subtler? Instead of flat-out asking, make a joke about how over-the-top convenience stores get with the holiday or ask what he or she’s doing that weekend in general. It would get the conversation started so you can gauge how your hook-up feels about the holiday, and then you can decide to make plans or not!

    Whether you want to do something for Valentine’s Day or not, talking to your casual hook-up can be a lot easier than trying to guess what will happen on February 14. As long as you’re clear about how you feel and your expectations for Valentine’s Day, you can avoid the awkwardness!

    If you find yourself somewhere between “just friends” and “in a relationship” with someone, Valentine’s Day can be a tricky situation. Before you rush to define your casual relationship or end it, keep these tips in mind so you can successfully avoid any awkward encounters on February 14!

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    The nominees for the 90th Academy Awards were announced bright and early on Tuesday morning. This year's previous awards shows, like the Golden Globes and Critics Choice, served as early indicators of frontrunners like The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri— but that doesn't mean there weren't surprises (and, in my opinion, snubs!). 

    Irregardless of any opinion on the selected films, there's no denying the significance of some of this year's nominees. For example, Mudbound's Rachel Morrison made history as the first female cinematographer nominee. Roman J. Israel, Esq.'s Denzel Washington scored his eighth Oscar nomination, making him the most-nominated black actor in Oscar history. Greta Gerwig, nominated for her director role on Lady Bird, broke the eight-year all-male streak. She is only the fifth female Best Director nominee ever. The Shape of Water's Octavia Spencer tied Viola Davis as the most-nominated black actress. She's also the first black actress to receive back-to-back nominations. Meryl Streep received her 21st Oscar nomination for The Post, breaking her own record for the most actor nominations in history. 

    #OscarsSoWhite certainly isn't solved for, but this year could've gone a much different direction. Hopefully, the Academy will continue to listen to its audience and prioritize diversity. 

    Here's the complete list of nominees: 

    Best Picture

    • Call Me by Your Name
    • Darkest Hour
    • Get Out
    • Lady Bird
    • Phantom Thread
    • The Post
    • The Shape of Water
    • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Actress in a Leading Role

    • Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
    • Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    • Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
    • Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
    • Meryl Streep, The Post

    Actor in a Leading Role

    • Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
    • Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
    • Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
    • Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
    • Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

    Actress in a Supporting Role

    • Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
    • Allison Janney, I, Tonya
    • Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
    • Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
    • Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

    Actor in a Supporting Role

    • Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
    • Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    • Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
    • Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
    • Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


    • Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
    • Jordan Peele, Get Out
    • Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
    • Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
    • Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

    Foreign Language Film

    • A Fantastic Woman
    • The Insult
    • Loveless
    • On Body and Soul
    • The Square

    Documentary (Short)

    • Edith + Eddie
    • Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
    • Heroin(e)
    • Knife Skills
    • Traffic Stop

    Documentary Feature

    • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
    • Faces Places
    • Icarus
    • Last Men in Aleppo
    • Strong Island

    Original Song

    • "Mighty River,"Mudbound
    • "Mystery of Love,"Call Me by Your Name
    • "Remember Me,"Coco
    • "Stand Up For Something,"Marshall
    • "This is Me,"Greatest Showman

    Original Score

    • Dunkirk
    • Phantom Thread
    • The Shape of Water
    • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
    • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Animated Feature Film

    • The Boss Baby
    • The Breadman
    • Coco
    • Ferdinand
    • Loving Vincent

    Adapted Screenplay

    • Call Me by Your Name
    • The Disaster Artist
    • Logan
    • Molly's Game
    • Mudbound

    Original Screenplay

    • The Big Sick
    • Get Out
    • Lady Bird
    • The Shape of Water
    • Three Billboards Outside, Ebbing Missouri

    Production Design

    • Beauty and the Beast
    • Blade Runner 2049
    • Darkest Hour
    • Dunkirk
    • The Shape of Water


    • Blade Runner 2049
    • Darkest Hour
    • Dunkirk
    • Mudbound
    • The Shape of Water

    Costume Design

    • Beauty and the Beast
    • Darkest Hour
    • Phantom Thread
    • The Shape of Water
    • Victoria and Abdul

    Sound Editing

    • Baby Driver
    • Blade Runner 2049
    • Dunkirk
    • The Shape of Water
    • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Sound Mixing

    • Baby Driver
    • Blade Runner 2049
    • Dunkirk
    • The Shape of Water
    • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Animated Short Film

    • Dear Basketball
    • Garden Party
    • Lou
    • Negative Space
    • Revolting Rhymes

    Live Action Short Film

    • DeKalb Elementary
    • The Eleven O'Clock
    • My Nephew Emmett
    • The Silent Child
    • Watu Wote/All of Us

    Visual Effects

    • Blade Runner 2049
    • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
    • Kong: Skull Island
    • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
    • War for the Planet of the Apes

    Film Editing

    • Baby Driver
    • Dunkirk
    • I, Tonya
    • The Shape of Water
    • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Makeup and Hairstyling

    • Darkest Hour
    • Victoria and Abdul
    • Wonder

    The Academy Awards will air March 4.

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    In the last few years, I feel like the entire world of skincare has completely blown up — but in the best way possible. There are so many different products out there to try, from serums to masks to essences to moisturizers, and the possibilities are endless. As a skincare obsessive (a phrase that basically means I spend an absurd amount of money, and time, on skincare), I try to stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest. I want products that work, but I also want products that are fun AF, and one such product I've been so curious about lately is the bubble mask. 

    This week on our Face Mask & Chill segment on Instagram Stories, I tried out a newly launched mask from H2O+ Beauty: The Soothing Probiotic Bubble Mask

    What really drew me to this mask is that it's a bubble mask, but one that seems to be more than just on-trend. The fact that it has probiotics and champagne and yuzu extracts made me super curious, as I take probiotics religiously and also enjoy champagne, but had no idea how they'd actually benefit my skin. But if champagne could make me pretty, I definitely wouldn't hate it.

    The mask was so, so easy to apply, which, if you read last week's story, you'd know is one of my top requirements for face masks. They can be such a pain, but this one required hardly any product at all, went on super easily, and was just generally a positive experience to put on. Within literal seconds, the liquid formula was turning into bubbles, and I could actually hear my face bubbling. For sure one of my most bizarre face mask moments EVER, but I didn't hate it. It was pretty darn cool. 

    ICYMI on our Instagram Story, you can watch a video review of the mask below!

    So what was the result? My skin felt extremely hydrated, and some acne scars (thanks, hormonal zits) were just a bit lighter. Overall, my skin felt way softer, and I was impressed to realize it's not a single-use packet, but that you can actually use the mask several more times! H2O+ Beauty recommends using one packet 2-3 times, which is a straight up steal considering how affordable it is. 

    Plus, there was no weird tingle or tightening. Pro tip: if your skincare products make you tingle or turn read, they're probably not right for you. While it might feel like it's just having a super strong impact and really scooping the crap out of your pores, in reality, it tends to be a sign of irritation. This was super gentle, and would easily fit into your skincare routine since the clean up was minimal. And for just $6, it's going to fit into the average college student's budget much easier than your typical soothing mask. 

    Want more skincare wisdom? Follow @HerCampusBeauty on Facebook, and tune into @HerCampus on Instagram every week for Face Mask & Chill! 

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    Another year has flown by and we've borne witness to another powerful night at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. It seems like only yesterday we were buzzing about David Harbour's passionate acceptance speech, and now we're recognizing the silence breakers and moving forward in the #TimesUp movement.

    Aside from the political and social standout moments, there was plenty of good fashion to admire. Darling baby pinks and silvers reigned, with the occasional pop of bright color making a surprise appearance. Here are some of our favorite looks from the red carpet!

    1. Yara Shahidi

    Yara's updated spin on the LBD was the perfect mixture of trendy and classic. 

    2. Natalia Dyer 

    I never thought it could be done, but Natalia has managed to make galaxy print tasteful. Now, where can I buy a skirt like that? 

    3. Lupita Nyong'o

    As always, Lupita looked classy and utterly otherworldly in this smoky mermaid gown. 

    4. Nicole Kidman

    Nicole opted for old Hollywood glam vibes, and it paid off in this stunning look. 

    5. Margot Robbie

    Margot sported a beautifully simple beaded gown with a hint of 1920s flapper style. 

    6. Millie Bobby Brown

    A sugary pink gown with matching converse looked absolutely gorgeous on MBB. 

    7. Saoirse Ronan

    Saoirse added silver and black accents to her take on the color of the night, giving her an ethereal silhouette.  

    8. Kristen Bell

    As host of the ceremony, Kristen opted for a refined, timeless black gown with silver accents. 

    9. Mandy Moore

    Mandy took a simple sheath gown to the next level by wearing it in a deep cerulean blue.

    10. Gina Rodriguez

    Gina wore her Time's Up brooch proudly with her floral mosaic dress. 

    11. Allison Janney

    Allison's chainmail-esque dress was the epitome of fierce. 

    12. Uzo Aduba 

    Perfectly fitted with an off-the-shoulder element, this gown made Uzo look like a Greek muse. 

    13. Sydelle Noel 

    Arguably one of the brightest looks of the night, Sydelle looked positively radiant in this flowing honeysuckle gown. 

    Header Image: Yara Shahidi / Instagram



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    At the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards, in the midst of celebrities dressed in elegant gowns and dashing suits, stood one actress who dazzled us all. Susan Sarandon took a bold move and wore sunglasses on the red carpet (and looked hella confident while doing so).

    Now, there isn’t exactly a rule against celebrities wearing sunglasses to award shows, but it’s not something that's typically seen. Maybe she wanted to show off the work of her glam squad, or maybe she just doesn't enjoy photographs? Whatever the reason may be, it's obvious that Sarandon doesn’t give a damn about the rules.


    = @albertaferretti #sagawards

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    She did give a shout-out to her glam team via an Instagram post, but that didn’t stop her from sporting some shade on the red carpet. Regardless, Sarandon looked like a rockstar and absolutely blew us all away.

    Twitter, having an opinion on everything per usual, offered words of praise for Sarandon's ~look~.

    Now, you're probably wondering where to get these amazing shades, and at what cost? Well, Sarandon's Moooi x Gentle Monster Divinity sunglasses can be yours for just $240. Moral of the story: Susan Sarandon can pretty much wear anything she wants and still look like a stunner. Hands down, her sunglasses definitely ruled the 24th Annual SAG Awards. 

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    Don't you just love when you realize you forgot to put deodorant on, or when it wears off before the end of the day even when you do remember? It's impractical to carry around a big stick of the stuff and so obnoxious to apply in public. So, Secret is doing us a huge solid by creating on-the-go Freshies! These tiny deodorants totally look like lip balms, meaning they're easy to throw in your purse, car, backpack—anywhere!

    Janine Miletic, the marketing director at P&G, says the idea came from "consumer feedback about wanting a more transportable stick" and that women told Secret "it was too difficult to shove a normal-sized deodorant underneath their shirts or around their necklines," according to Refinery29. We 100 percent feel that. Plus, these babies offer the same formula as the regular stick version, so they work just as well! 

    The adorable little minis come in four fresh scents: Paris Rose, Cool Waterlily, Luxe Lavender and Chill Ocean. Look for them starting this March for just $5!

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    We don't know about you, but Steve and Dustin's relationship in season two of Stranger Things 2 gave us all the feels. So, it doesn't help at all that actors Joe Keery and Gaten Matarazzo totally rocked matching hairstyles at the 24th Annual SAG Awards.

    Usually, Gaten steps out on the red carpet in his famous curls, but this time he took a page from the Steve Harrington book! Remember when Dustin goes to the snowball dance and Steve helps him with his hair to get that sleek look? Well, this red carpet twinning moment is just squeezing our hearts some more.

    This meme explains all our feels. We can't wait for Season 3!

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    Celebrities that have worked with director Woody Allen like Timothée Chalamet, Greta Gerwig, Rebecca Hall and more have continued to distance themselves from him; some of them even donating their salaries they earned to the Time's Up movement.

    Then there's celebrities like Selena Gomez and Justin Timberlake, who — despite publicly supporting Time's Up and having worked with Allen — haven't said anything about Dylan Farrow's sexual assault allegations against Allen.

    Now, she's calling one of them out.

    On Tuesday, Timberlake tweeted about how he didn't understand the saying, "You just want your cake and to eat it too."

    This was more than likely just a joke, and not at all intended to spark a conversation about Time's Up or Allen. 

    Farrow, however, quickly replied. 

    "The saying means, for example, you can't support #TIMESUP and praise sexual predators at the same time," Farrow said. "You can't retain your credibility as an activist (i.e. - retain the cake) and, at the same time, praise a sexual predator (i.e. - eating the cake). 

    Timberlake hasn't yet replied to Farrow's tweet, which as of 4:30 pm ET, has more than 1,200 retweets and 4,200 favorites. 

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    Warning: Spoilers for Big Little Lies season one below.

    The end of Big Little Lies season one shook us all. The "death" the show had been leading up to turned out to be none other than Celeste Wright's abusive husband, Perry Wright (Alexander Skarsgård). 

    But, was he really dead? It was definitely implied, but now I'm not sure of anything. 

    According to TVLine, Skarsgård is "expected to return in some capacity." So, like in flashbacks, right?

    Not so fast. Skarsgård recently told PEOPLE, "I don’t even know if I’m really dead or not. I feel okay right now but we’ll see." 


    At this point, I can't tell if this makes me excited or concerned about season two. Although Skarsgård served a major purpose in the first season, I'm not sure how convincing a plotline about him basically returning from the dead will be. 

    Then again, Big Little Lies was originally designed as a stand-alone. A second season is uncharted territory, without a book to rely upon. I suppose we'll just have to wait and see how everything works out! And we'll be waiting awhile, too — Big Little Lies isn't set to return until 2019

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    Last week, attorney general Jeff Sessions was questioned for several hours as part of a special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and obstruction of justice on the part of President Trump. This is the first time that the special counsel investigators have questioned a member of Trump’s cabinet, and it may imply that the investigation has reached advanced stages.

    Of course, Trump has repeatedly denied any ties with Russia, and his lawyers have expressed their confidence that the investigation will end soon and Trump will be in the clear, according to NBC News.

    Because of Sessions’ roles on Trump’s cabinet, as well as his role in the Trump campaign, it makes sense that he would be of interest in Mueller’s investigation. In March, Sessions faced great controversy when he reportedly lied under oath, stating that he did not have conversations with a Russian ambassador, despite claims from the Washington Post .

    The content of Sessions’ interrogation last week is unknown, but it’s likely that it centered around his talks with Russia.

    White House attorney Ty Cobb stated that “out of respect for the special and his process, and because of the privacy obligations we owe to potential or actual witnesses, the White House does not comment on witness appearances before the special counsel."

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    It's been nearly a month since Logan Paul posted a YouTube video of him in the Japanese forest Aokigahara, more commonly known as the “Suicide Forest," which caused an outrage on social media. 

    Logan apologized for the video, which repeatedly showed a person who hanged himself, but his brother and fellow vlogger, Jake Paul, has stayed silent for the most part — until Monday. 

    In a YouTube video called "YouTube, Let’s Talk About Brother Logan Paul.." Jake discusses the situation, first explaining why he took so long to speak out. 

    "I wanted to let the situation have some time to breathe," Jake said. "It didn't feel right to comment on it right away. But as his brother and as someone who knows Logan the best, I do feel it's necessary to say something about it."


    Jake then spends most of the video defending his brother.

    "I think what Logan did was very, very, very, very wrong, and he made a huge mistake," Jake said. "And not only is he paying for it, but he is learning from it. I think that in no way, shape, or form is suicide a joke or should be made fun of.”

    Jake said he only hopes that Logan will be able to "bounce back" from the situation. 

    Read more about Logan's original video here.

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    It’s no secret cigarette-smoking is bad for you. However, some people, even ones close to you, might still choose to light up-like your significant other or best friend. If you disapprove, you may be hesitant to voice your concerns. While there’s no guarantee you can change their mind, it’s definitely worth a try. We’re here to help guide you through this difficult conversation.

    Before the conversation

    Ask yourself these questions: How often are they smoking? Why does the smoking bother you? Are you concerned for selfish reasons?

    Write out what you’re feeling and why you disapprove. This will help you sort through your thoughts and you won’t be scrambling when it comes time to actually speak with the person.

    Also, think about what you’re hoping to get out of the conversation. Do you want them to quit? Is smoking a deal-breaker for you? Would you be okay if they decided to keep smoking?

    Do some research. It never hurts to have your facts straight and to be familiar with the subject of smoking. Here are some resources to check out:

    Also, don't approach the person via text. Dr. Barton Goldsmith says “If it’s personal, you will get a better resolution by talking face-to-face.” Figure out a time that works for both of you when you both can give your full and undivided attention.

    During the conversation

    When it comes times to talk with your SO or friend, no matter what the topic, don’t start the conversation if you haven’t taken care of yourself first. Follow Dr. Goldsmith’s advice of “HALT if you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired.” If you’re feeling any of those ways, find another time to talk. If you don’t then you’ll be starting off the conversation on the wrong foot.

    Things to remember:

    • Don’t judge
    • Ask questions
    • Listen

    Approach the topic from a place of care. Make sure they know that you’re bringing this up because their smoking habits affect not only them but you as well. During the conversation, experts at suggest asking open-ended questions such as “what made you want to start smoking?” and “what things make you crave a cigarette?" and remember not to lecture them of their behavior. Don't count how many cigarettes they've smoked nor nag them about how unhealthy and terrible smoking is. says that doing so can actually cause the person to not come to you when they need help especially in regards to quitting.  

    Here are some potential situations you might come across:

    If they say that their smoking shouldn’t be your concern…

    Preface by saying your primary concern is them; however, there are other legitimate reasons you’re worried — like secondhand smoke. Also, since they are an important person in your life, their health, as well as your health, are areas of your concern. You want them to be living their best life and to be healthy. The truth is that they just can't be the best version of themselves while smoking. 

    Related: The Truth About Social Smoking: How Bad For You Is It?

    If they say you don’t understand…

    Ask them to explain it to you then. Be active listener while they’re talking and remind them that you do care and want to understand.

    Don’t be afraid to ask why they smoke, too. Are they smoking because of other people they’re hanging out with? Did a parent or close relative smoke? Are they trying to deal with something else? Do they just not know how to quit? Getting down to the root cause of why they smoke can help you understand where they’re coming from.

    If they say I just won’t smoke around you…

    This might be the best compromise at the moment. Don’t say you’re fine with something if you’re not. Dr. Goldsmith says, “The problem is that if your mate finds out the truth, it will damage the core of your relationship: trust. Being honest up front can save you from a lot of pain down the road.”

    Just because they aren’t smoking around you doesn’t mean it won’t still affect your relationship or friendship. The saying “out of sight, out of mind” doesn’t apply here. The smell of smoke will still be on their clothes, car and wherever they live. Even if they aren't smoking right in front of you, it doesn't mean that them smoking won't be an issue. 

    If they say they want to quit but can’t…

    That’s great that they actively want to be done with smoking. If they think that they can’t quit, the American Lung Association suggests telling them that you know they can do it and for you to not offer your own advice on how they should quit. If they’ve tried to quit before, ask what they did. While you can, of course, be there to support them, don’t take on more than you can handle. Help them find the right resources to try to kick the habit.

    There are a lot of resources out there to help. Encourage them to sign up for SmokefreeTXT. It’s a texting service to help those who are trying to quit. People can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free support as well. The American Lung Association has a program called Freedom from Smoking which is worth looking into.

    Quitting is not an easy task and they’ll need your support. Here are some ways that the experts at say you can be the person they need:

    Plan smoke-free activities

    •             Have you both been dying to try that new restaurant down the street? Make reservations!
    •             Is their favorite artist coming to town? Go to the concert!
    •             Play tourist for the day. Who doesn’t love exploring?
    •             Get some friends together and have a game night.

    Help them figure out ways to deal with cravings

    •             Chew some gum
    •             Eat veggie sticks or suck on hard candy
    •             Play a game; Smokefree has an app called Smokefree’s quitSTART app that features games and challenges to help distract the person from their cravings to smoke. 

    The road to recovery will not be an easy one, so remember to be patient, celebrate successes and help them de-stress.

    If they say thanks for telling me, but I’m going to continue to smoke…

    While it may not be the outcome you were hoping for, be proud of yourself for having the courage to bring it up with them. If this is their response, vocalize how you don’t want them to be smoking around you then. Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard and is known to cause cancer. According to the American Lung Association, secondhand smoke causes more than 41,000 deaths per year.

    If smoking is a deal breaker for you, you might have to decide whether or not you want to stay in the relationship or keep this friendship. This is definitely a tricky situation. As much as you may wish that they would just stop smoking because you want them to, at the end of the day the only person who can make the decision to stop smoking is them. Before you make any decisions, take time to really think about what you want. 

    When it comes down to it, if smoking is a deal-breaker for you it might be time to say bye to this friendship or relationship. 

    After the conversation

    Check back in with them. Conversation didn’t go how you hoped? Give it a couple days or even a week before broaching the topic again. If they said they were going to try to quit, hold them accountable and ask what you can do to help them.

    While it might be a hard pill to swallow, at the end of the day it’s their decision to smoke. The important thing is that you spoke up. Open communication is key to any healthy relationship whether that be a relationship with your SO or BFF. If them smoking bothers you, bring it up. It’s important to talk about how you’re feeling. While part of you might think you should just brush it under the rug or to forget about it, odds are that doing that will probably bite you in the (cigarette) butt later.