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A Collegiette's Guide to Life
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    Over twenty wildfires have burned across more than 221,000 acres in Northern California and resulted in at least 32 deaths, but officials say that number will likely increase as they continue their search efforts.

    “We’re not even close to being out of this emergency,” Mark Ghilarducci, the director of California’s Office of Emergency Services, said Thursday.

    Firefighters continue to fight the fires into Friday, all while facing strong gusts of up to 60 mph this weekend, USA Today reports.  

    There are currently over 8,000 firefighters responding to the disaster, which has destroyed at least 3,500 homes and businesses and caused thousands more to flee their homes.

    A California Fire incident report filed Thursday night suggests the fight will not be easy.

    “Steep inaccessible terrain coupled with critical fuel moistures, and northwest winds will provide challenges for crews working on the fire,” the report stated, referring to the Redwood fire in Mendocino County, which burned through 34,000 acres and was only 10% contained as of Friday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    The rising death toll has already made this one of the deadliest set of fires the state of California has ever seen. CNN reports the largest of these fires is still going strong.  

    California Fire Director Ken Pimlott had similar thoughts on the future of the fires as Ghilarducci: “We are a long way from being done with this catastrophe.”

    Reinforcements are coming in from across the state to help battle fires, according to Napa County Fire Chief Barry Biermann, which he told CNN is “starting to give us the upper hand, allowing us to actually … (get) some containment started in certain areas.”  

    Firefighters will continue working on containing the fires despite the 60 mph winds predicted for the weekend. Authorities are investigating the cause of the wildfires.


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    In college, Halloween is a week of fun, partying and getting the chance to be someone besides yourself for a change. The ultimate goal is to dress as something unique that no one else at the party will be. Some people don't exactly get the memo. Keep reading for a list of the 11 Halloween costumes you're guaranteed to see at any and every college party.

    1. The Cat

    We're convinced that cat costumes are for those who couldn't care less about Halloween. They either don't care enough about the holiday to plan an actual costume, or they procrastinate, and when October 31st comes around, they're so antsy to get drunk that they throw on the nearest scrap of fabric and cat ears and call it a night. This costume is typically worn by those who are, in layman's terms, basic.

    2. The Main Character From a Hit TV Series

    Whether it's the Liars, Khaleesi, Dexter or Leslie Knope, when people like a TV show, they find it necessary to dress up as one of the main characters. Expect at least six people at your party this year to be dressed as the main character of whatever the most popular TV show is around Halloween 2017.

    3. The Solo Cup

    This dude loves inconvenient costumes and really loves the attention that comes with them. His likes include beer pong (obviously), being shirtless and pushing through the crowded dance floor, making everyone else tumble to the ground and have no choice but to notice him.

    4. The Risky BusinessCostume

    Similar to the cat costume, the Risky Business costume is generally worn by basics. It requires little to no effort and is almost always worn by those who haven't actually seen the movie. "Wait, there's a movie?"

    5. The Sexy [Insert Literally Anything Here]

    Want to go as a sexy beer can? Sure. What about sexy Skittles? No problem. Sexy iPod? Yeah, that can be a thing! All it takes is a tight dress, sometimes made out of duct tape if you're into that kind of thing, and a logo on the front. You can be anything your heart desires with a trip to Michaels and a good printer.

    6. The Literal Costume

    This guy is all about the irony. He's a total goofball, and his goal of the night is to make people laugh. When a literal costume is as elaborate as the picture above, it's a great costume, but literal costumes can often be a failed attempt at wit and will produce many an eye roll. The same guy has also been seen going as a "pothead" by wearing an actual pot on his head at past Halloween parties. 

    7. The Creeper Costume

    The creeper costume is always worn by an equally creepy dude. He just came to the party to get with girls, and, ironically enough, his costume is doing the exact opposite of its intended purpose. Ladies, keep your distance from the "Free Mammograms" guy. He's not a real doctor. 

    8. The Non-Costume

    Costumes like this are for the guys who are too cool to care. Hipster, intellectual, maturewhatever this dude calls himself, he sucks. Yeah, the non-costume can be funny if done like our boy Jim Halpert, but what's the point of Halloween if you're going to be boring and dress normally? Come onit only happens once a year, everyone dresses up and, as Cady Heron once said, "You'd better be one of them, biotch."

    9. The Costume Nobody Gets

    There's always someone at the party who wants to flaunt her intellectual side and show that she's above the typical and childish costume choices that most college kids are into. And there are always drunk people who straight up don't get it. Most conversations overheard between a person wearing this costume and a drunk partygoer go as follows:

    Drunk: "Like, what are you?"

    Intellectual:"A Freudian slip."

    Drunk: *Stares blankly*

    Intellectual: *Stares blankly*

    Drunk: *Burps then walks away*

    10. The Buzzed LightBeer

    This costume is for BROOOOs. If you don't bro out as hard as this bro, then go home. This bro wants everyone around him to know that he drinks alcohol. And he drinks a lot of it, often. He can pound tons of beers. You only drank eight beers? That may as well be like drinking water.

    11. The Costume That Ruins Your Childhood Memories

    At every party, you're always graced with the girls who choose a beloved childhood character, such as a Disney Princess, a Rugrat (Yes, we've seen "sexy" Chuckie before) or even Mario and Luigi and wear lingerie in relevant colors to try to pass as said characters. We personally don’t remember Mario or Luigi wearing sparkly bras in Super Smash Bros. That must be in the newer version.


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    Despite the fact that they announced their separation earlier this year, we're going to keep on reliving Anna Faris and Chris Pratt's most adorable AF couple moments as much as we possibly can in order to prevent our hearts from completely shattering — and one super juicy part of Anna Faris's upcoming book Unqualified is helping us reminisce on better times.

    According to Cosmopolitan, in a newly-released excerpt from Unqualified, which comes out October 24, Faris says she left her first husband Ben Indra when her chemistry with Chris was so insane on the set of Take Me Home Tonight, she knew she had to do something about it.

    She writes that she became so "incredibly jealous" of the "background actresses" that Chris was hooking up with while they were filming. As a result, she made the decision to end things with Indra, who didn't think she was serious at first and told her she was, "just tired." But because she and Chris were basically meant to be the cutest celebrity couple ever, she stood her ground.

    Things take a steamy turn when Faris also writes that she basically showed up at Chris's house following her split from her first husband, "ready to get boned." And in case you were wondering, their hookup was apparently, "hot and heavy in a way that [she'd] never experienced before." DAYUM.

    "Sure, I get to proclaim that I didn't f*ck Chris before I left Ben, but what is there to celebrate in that? It didn't make me a hero," she writes. "After all, I wanted to. Desperately. And I had feelings for him, obviously, even if I wasn't honest with myself about what those were."


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    As if we could possibly love Chrissy Teigen even more, the model and professional clapback-er just released a super chic clothing line for Revolve, and we basically want to add every single thing to our carts.

    The 36-piece Chrissy Teigen x Revolve collection features amazing statement coats, killer boots and some seriously sexy lingerie-inspired pieces that are super ideal for a night out. Nearly every piece comes in a minimalist neutral hue, allowing you to mix and match to your heart's content. We can see the stylish AF Chrissy wearing pretty much all of it IRL, which only makes us want to shop it even more.

     

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    "I imagine the collection being worn by like-minded women on the go," she told Glamour in a statement. "I wanted to create beautiful, classic pieces that are sexy yet comfortable. I also wanted to make sure the pieces were very versatile to be able to mix and match. The color palette in the collection is all neutrals in order to create that timeless look. It's all about being confident and feeling sexy!"

    Prices range from $78 to $328, making it the perfect splurge if you've been looking for an extra special way to ~treat yourself~ to something that makes you feel fab.


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    Being accepted into college is one of the happiest moments in your life. However, what some people may not see behind the tears of joy associated with receiving your college acceptance letter are the numerous hours you spent studying for the SAT or ACT ––or maybe even both. If you are currently preparing to take these tests or if you are just trying to plan ahead, read below for a guide on the best test to take to get into college.

    Both tests are different

    The SAT consists of reading, writing and language, math (with and without a calculator), and an optional essay. The ACT, on the other hand, consists of English, math, reading, science and an optional essay.

    Neither test penalizes you for wrong answers, but you do get a little more time for the SAT ––three hours plus 50 minutes for the essay portion. During the ACT, you get two hours and 55 minutes of test-taking plus 40 additional minutes for the optional essay.

    The SAT scores two sections; math and reading make up one section and writing and language make up the other. You can get a possible score ranging anywhere between 400 to 1600 points. The ACT scores all four sections individually on a scale from one to 36, where 36 would be the highest score possible.

    Pros and cons of the SAT

    As stated above, if you miss a question on the SAT, you will not be penalized. The test is also aimed at creating questions that have to do with the real world. Be warned, though--you can't use your calculator on every math question on the SAT (you can on the ACT!)

    Nicole Harris, a student at the University of Connecticut only took the SAT. “I applied to state universities and was fine with just that test,” Nicole says. “As for the ACT, I didn’t feel like it was necessary for me to take it based on where I was applying and what major I wanted to go into.” This is the case for many other high school seniors applying to college.

    Some cons of the SAT include interpreting graphs in the middle of a reading passage and wordy math questions that have you use critical reading skills.

    Related: Should You Work With a College Counselor?

    Pros and cons of the ACT

    One of the major drawbacks of the ACT is that unlike the SAT, it has a science section. Regardless of if you consider yourself strong in this subject, it is still an added section to worry about. The section is more about scientific reasoning, though (can you interpret this science graph?) rather than cold hard chemistry facts, for instance. The ACT is taken in a shorter amount of time, but it asks more questions, giving you less time to review your answers. If you work well under pressure, the ACT may be the test for you. 

    Students are not allowed to send the scores of individual sections to colleges because all of your scores are averaged together. However, the ACT doesn’t take off for wrong answers. 

    Elaina Steingard, a student at the University of Missouri took the ACT and found that it was an accurate measure of her knowledge.““I would suggest taking the ACT over the SAT," Elaina says. "For me, I thought that it did better at covering basic understanding and important concepts.” She is not alone in this belief!

    So, should you take both?

    Tommy Rogers, a college recruiter for the University of Missouri, thinks that the ACT is more practical knowledge. “I personally liked the ACT better,” Tommy says. “It hit on more subjects we learned in high school and the scaling was fairer.” But, just because an expert suggests taking the ACT doesn’t mean that everyone would do better on that test. The SAT was changed this year to take a new approach to testing.

    If you decide to take only one test, you are bound to save time and money ––but if you decide to take both, then you can have more of an option of what to send to certain schools. Check with the college admissions for each school you apply to and make sure you are taking the test that they accept because not all universities will take both.

    The best thing you can do as a student is to take a practice test for each and then make a decision on the test to take. Don’t worry, it’ll all be worth it in the end!


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    The college essay. It’s the most daunting paper you’ll ever write in your high school career —and for good reason. This is your first personal introduction to colleges and it has the potential to make or break whether you receive that huge ‘Congratulations!’ envelope in the mail or not.

    From picking a topic to writing the actual paper, to editing (and editing, and editing…), there are plenty of dos and don’ts to consider. So, before you put pen to paper—or fingers to keyboard in this case–check out this list of the college essay clichés you should avoid in order to write a killer essay.

    Understand what your essay is meant to do

    This essay isn’t meant to be a personal memoir or speculative essay, it’s supposed to get you into college. Dan Lipford, an education consultant at ScoreAtTheTop and co-author of ScoreAtTheTop’s College Application Essay Don’ts: Part 1, says that this is the only reason for the college essay. So, how do you accomplish writing a kickass essay? He says that if you keep these two objectives in mind, then you’re on the right track:

    1. Hook the reader: grab his/her attention immediately and make him/her want to read the rest of it.

    2. Present yourself as an interesting person who’s likely to be a good student.

    “If an essay accomplishes those two objectives, it’s a good one,” Lipford says. “If there’s stuff in the essay that doesn’t help accomplish those objectives, that stuff needs to be deleted. And if the essay doesn’t accomplish those objectives, it sucks.” With these things in mind, here are three tips to avoid the most comment college essay clichés and mistakes counter these objectives:

    1. Choose your topic wisely

    Any student who has ever written a paper will tell you that the hardest part is getting started. When you’re staring at a blank piece of paper and your head is swarming with possibilities, it can get overwhelming. But, keying in on what you want to focus on is imperative.

    Make sure the topic is something you’re passionate about, but definitely be wary of what you choose. “The trick is this: Don’t write about an experience,” says Missy Rose, the director of college guidance at Laurel School, an all-girls college prep school in Ohio. “Write about what you learned about yourself from that experience. Be reflective and dig more deeply than just a superficial description.”

    Rose recommends that students stay away from service trip essays. “It is virtually impossible to write a good essay about a service trip–just don’t try,” she says. “That topic is a joke among college admissions officers.  I’ve seen it done well exactly one time.” Don’t take this as a challenge. Steer clear and pick something that you know you can do well.

    She also recommends that students pick a small topic, like a few minutes in time rather than a whole summer. Don’t feel that you’re required to write about something tragic or depressing–as long as the essay is less about the event and more about what you learned, you’re on the right track.

    Lipford says to stay away from the “dreaded Ds: death, divorce, depression, disease, and dogs.” Unless you’re a phenomenal writer —and even if you are— writing about one of these topics is extremely hard to do successfully because they’re overdone, slightly melodramatic and unsurprising.

    In addition, he urges students to stay away from hot-button issues. “There’s no reason to take a risk by taking a position with which the admissions officer just might disagree,” Lipford says. So, remember what your goals are with this essay. You’re not changing the world with it, you’re trying to get into the college you want and then change the world.

    2. Don’t bore admissions counselors

    Writing a good intro to hook your reader is important because although the admissions officer is required to read your essay, your goal is to make them want to read it. Lipford says to avoid these top ten overused essay hooks:

    • From a young age I have (always) been (interested in/fascinated by)…
    • For as long as I can remember I have…
    • I am applying for this course because…
    • I have always been interested in…
    • Throughout my life I have always enjoyed…
    • Reflecting on my educational experiences…
    • Nursing is a very challenging and demanding (career/profession/course)…
    • Academically, I have always been…
    • I have always wanted to pursue a career in…
    • I have always been passionate about…

    Rose also says to avoid any topic that is too dramatic and discourages students from creating a drawn-out hook that just wastes space instead of telling your story. With such a short essay, every sentence is crucial.

    3. Let your personality shine through

    Since this essay is supposed to be a personal representation of you, you don't want to make it boring. Rose recommends asking yourself, “What do I want the admissions readers to learn about me as a person from this essay? Did I convey that, or did I just describe something?” You’re not Shakespeare, so don’t try to write like him. Your admissions officer is looking for your voice and tone, so muddling your essay with huge words and confusing syntax won’t help your case.

    “It is ideal if it [your essay] feels conversational,” Lipford says. “You’re sitting across from the admissions officer, who’s a good friend of yours, and you’re simply telling the story about yourself.” By making the essay formal, yet conversational, you’re making it more personal and relatable.

    In this day and age, anyone with a computer (or iPhone) can look up synonyms. It’s more important to create strong, meaningful sentences than show off your vocabulary.

    Related: How to Perfect Your College Application Essay

    The college essay is one of the most daunting parts of the college application. But, with a strong point of focus and clear thought process, you’ll be on your way to your dream school.


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    If you, like basically all of us, are pretty much dying to hear Taylor Swift's soon-to-be-released album Reputation, then prepare to be super jealous — because the singer just treated 100 insanely lucky fans to a secret Reputation listening party.

    As Hello Giggles notes, Swift stalked 100 of her biggest fans on Twitter for around a year and hand-picked them to score an invite to the listening party — which was held on Friday, October the 13th (naturally) since 13 is Tay's lucky number. Oh, and did we mention that she *casually* held the whole thing at her house in London? Best Friday night plans ever, am I right?

    According to their tweets, her fans understandably lost their collective minds:

    Because Taylor is the actual sweetest to her fans, she also supplied them with plenty of merch and photo ops:

    As for the actual album, according to fans who apparently cried during one *particular* song, it will absolutely be worth the wait for the rest of us. November 10th can't get here soon enough.


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    Between classes, extracurricular activities, jobs, and internships—not to mention maintaining a social life—college students have a lot on their plates. While it’s not ideal, feeling stressed out from time to time is an inevitable part of the college experience. If you’re experiencing an excess of anxiety, however, it may begin to negatively affect your day-to-day life. In that case (and in general), it’s a good idea to have a few coping mechanisms in your arsenal. We talked to three mental health experts who gave us the scoop on how to deal with anxiety in college.

    1. Develop healthy habits

    Now that you are living away from home, it’s even more important to take care of yourself. “Starting college for most students is one of the most exciting (and at the same time terrifying) times in their lives,” says Dr. Roy Stefanik, DO and clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University. “Developing good habits to deal with anxiety can be tremendously helpful.” Regular exercise, talking a walk outdoors, activities such as yoga and meditation, a balanced diet and a consistent sleep schedule are all beneficial habits that will help lessen anxiety. Drinking or smoking pot heavily can make anxiety much worse, as for many, it can make people feel disinhibited or out of control. Dr. Stefanik also suggests avoiding caffeinated drinks, as they too can worsen anxiety. “If problems persist, learn some relaxation techniques—diaphragmatic breathing, progressive muscle relaxation or visual imagery,” he says. Whether you’re a college freshman or a senior, taking care of your body and mind now will only make you happier in the long run.

    2. Listen to your body

    According to Dr. Nancy Stockton, psychologist and director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Indiana University, frequent headaches, stomach aches and poor sleep without any apparent physical cause are all possible signs of chronic anxiety. Worrying incessantly and self-medicating with alcohol or drugs are also indicators that you may be experiencing an anxiety disorder, rather than just a “normal” amount of stress. “Watch for flags that may be a sign of problematic anxiety,” agrees Dr. Stefanik. These signs include persistent sleeplessness, irritability and being fearful in situations that shouldn’t be anxiety provoking. Listen to your body, because it may be trying to tell you something.

    “I was diagnosed with anxiety when I was 15,” says Krystal Douglas, a senior at Georgia State University. “I saw someone who helped me cope with it, without medication. I was taught how to relax and refocus my thoughts when I became overwhelmed with anxiety and started to feel the physical symptoms. Although I still deal with anxiety today, as far as physically and mentally, I manage it a lot better. Remembering to breathe and relax at times when things get hectic and overwhelming keeps me afloat with the high demands of college life.”

    3. Incorporate structure into your day

    Finding balance among academics, student activities and your social life may seem impossible, but working towards a stable schedule will make your days much less stressful. “Watch out for perfectionism and its converse, procrastination,” says Dr. Stockton. “Both can contribute substantively to anxiety.” Instead, fight anxiety by trying to incorporate structure into each day. “Go to class, study at set hours, plan a structured fun activity to have something to look forward to,” advises Nancy Wolf, a parent coach, young adult mental health advisor and college planner. “Set aside regular time to listen to music, exercise, write, read or a combination of all of them.”

    Christine Burney, a senior at Savannah College of Art and Design, has dealt with a lot of anxiety in her life. “I just have to regroup and do things one at a time,” she says. “Multi-tasking is not a good way to finish things. One time, I looked up the word root for anxiety and it painted the picture of being pulled into two different directions. So, a key would be to focus and do one thing at a time.”

    4. Take pleasure in the little things

    When anxiety hits, it can be difficult to keep things in perspective. “Silly as it may sound, a key strategy is to remember to breathe,” says Wolf. “Often when I get anxious, I tense up and almost forget to breathe. Stopping, focusing on the moment—thinking ‘this too shall pass’—and taking a few deep inhales and exhales calms me down.” Dr. Stockton also tries to enjoy almost everything she does, no matter how small. Believe it or not, concrete tasks like household chores can be a nice change from abstractions of work. While no one can be positive all the time, looking at your mundane or difficult responsibilities in a more optimistic light can make them less anxiety provoking.

    Madelyn Pellegrino, a senior at Emmanuel College, finds that writing in a journal calms her down when she is experiencing anxiety. “It took me a while to really get into it, but physically writing out everything that has happened to me and how I'm feeling really helps me get out my stress and leave [it] on the page,” she says. Whether it’s writing, reading, or simply breathing, sometimes the smallest tasks have the most impact.

    5. Have a solid support system

    Wolf cites recent studies, which show that college students experiencing anxiety—the number one most common on-campus complaint—think they are alone in feeling anxious. Well, you’re not! Talk to your friends about what you are feeling. Chances are, they have felt similarly and can give you advice on what worked for them. “Share your concerns with peers, with resident advisors, with your parents,” says Wolf. “If you feel you are out of your depth or experiencing more serious symptoms of anxiety, do not hesitate to seek on-campus or off-campus help.”

    Madelyn has struggled with anxiety for many years. “College can definitely be a time where your anxiety is at its peak,” she says. “I've found that having a strong support system really makes a difference. I have so many great friends I have made at college who are here for me whenever I need it.”

    "For a long time I was afraid to talk to anyone about my anxiety," says one junior at TCNJ. "But once I opened up to my significant other about it he started helping me through it. Leaning on others for support is nothing to be ashamed of, and I am so glad that I realized that before I let my anxiety consume me."

    Related: What to Do If Your SO Has Anxiety or Depression

    6. Take advantage of resources on your campus

    Get to know the resources available at your campus counseling center as soon as possible. It’s better to be aware of how, when and where you can get help before you or your friends need it. Most colleges have an on-campus counseling center. Some offer individual therapy sessions (sometimes with a cap on the number of sessions) and some offer group therapy. Wolf suggests finding out how the counseling center is staffed. Possible questions include: “Will you be seen by a psychiatrist (less likely), a psychologist or a social worker? How do they differ? If meds are needed, can they be provided off campus or do you have to find a psychiatrist in the town or city? Is there an after-hours support number? Is there a peer support network? Does the campus have a student-run chapter of Active Minds or National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) on Campus that you can join?” Exploring your resources ahead of time means you’ll know what to do if and when you are experiencing anxiety.

    Wolf also notes that if you have a diagnosed mental illness such as an anxiety disorder or depression (two common examples), you may be able—if you can present appropriate documentation—to obtain on-campus academic accommodations such as taking an exam in an alternate format, extended test time, pre-arranged class breaks or having a note taker. “Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) all such accommodations must be reasonable,” she says. “So if you have a pre-diagnosed mental illness or develop one in college, do register with your campus’s office of disabilities to discuss appropriate support and accommodations for your particular need.”

    7. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

    While some situational anxiety—about upcoming exams, general academic pressure, a breakup or roommate drama—may resolve with the passage of time, an anxiety disorder may show itself with warning signs such as sudden overwhelming fear for no reason, a panic attack or series of them or intense worries or fears that get in the way of daily activities and functioning.

    “College students cannot and should not attempt to diagnose themselves,” says Wolf. “If you are anxious, just not feeling right and can't shake it, go talk with an expert at your college counseling center as soon as you can.” Yes, talking to friends or family can be a beneficial outlet for anxiety, but don’t put off getting professional help. “The sooner you find out what is going on the better. Mental illness (if you do have a diagnosable illness) can be treated. You can go on to lead a full and successful life with proper treatment. The earlier the treatment, the better the outcome,” says Wolf. Medication can be an excellent supplement to therapy as well. While the recommendations above may be effective in curbing anxiety, if you have a severe diagnosable illness, it may require medication to treat.

     

    From situational anxiety to a diagnosed anxiety disorder, stress shows itself in different ways. Whether you’re looking for a way to deal with a big exam, or you think you may need regular counseling, don’t let your anxiety control you. Not every method is right for every person, so try out these tips and find what works best for you.


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    If you didn't think 2017 could get any scarier, you were wrong — because Saturday Night Live just turned Kellyanne Conway into Pennywise, the clown from It and it's absolutely as terrifying as it sounds.

    In what was probably the best skit from last night's show, Alex Moffat played Anderson Cooper leaving a taping of his CNN show late one night. As he heads out into the pouring rain in Manhattan dressed in a yellow raincoat, the wind blows his paper into a storm drain (two warning signs about the direction things are heading in).

    When Anderson goes to retrieve his paper, he looks down into the gutter only to be greeted by, you guessed it, Kellywise the clown. "What did you do to your makeup?" a terrified "Coopie" asks. "I toned it down," Kellywise replies. (And I can't stop laughing.)

    From there, Kellywise offers some rapid-fire alternative facts to Anderson in an attempt to get herself back on his show, including this gem. "Puerto Rico actually was worse before Hurricane Maria, and the hurricane actually did blow some buildings back together, and I don't know why Elizabeth Warren won't tweet about that," Kellywise tells Anderson. Which is hilarious until you consider the fact that it's something we could totally picture the IRL Kellyanne Conway saying.

    I won't spoil the ending, but let's just say things don't end well for poor Anderson — check out the whole thing below:


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    You finally decide to go with the trendy long bob like all of your favorite celebrities, but now, you’re absolutely clueless about how to style it. Unfortunately we can’t all be Nina Dobrev or Emma Stone and have a stylist on command, so you’re going to have to figure out how to style your hair by yourself. Since you’re busy, here’s a serving of easy, yet awesome hairstyles you can totally do for your 8 a.m.

    1. Beach Waves

    Everyone knows you didn’t hit the beach before class, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look like it!

    “If I make an effort, I curl my hair with a Revlon curling wand that's about three inches wide,” recommends Molly Gross, a senior at Bentley University.

    Beach waves work perfectly if you want to dress up a regular t-shirt and jeans, but make sure you keeps your curls loose so you don’t end up looking like a poodle. Not only is this hairstyle trendy, it shows off your length and adds just the right amount of class to any look.

    2. Not Your Average Ponytail

    Maybe you’re hitting the gym after class, but that doesn’t mean you have to throw up your hair in a messy bun. This style is awesome for medium length hair because it ensures your hair won’t be getting in the way when you’re busy. Also, it’s not boring at all.  Add some pep to your usual ponytail by switching it up a bit.

    Deirdre Bardolf, a junior at SUNY Old Westbury says, “I love the loop ponytail hairstyle because it's so easy but looks so classy. I always get compliments on it.”

    So, add some pizzazz to your typical ponytail if you work in a professional work or internship environment where you don’t have much fashion and beauty freedom. This this simple addition will give you a huge confidence boost and will immediately improve any boring business attire.

    Related: Should You Change Up Your Hair? 

    3. The Party Bun

    Maybe you’re hitting the house party down the street or maybe you’re just trying to make your unwashed hair look presentable. Either way, the party bun is the cutest option for a quick yet fab hairstyle. Not only does it send strong ‘90s vibes, it’s an easy way to look like you made an effort to style your hair without trying hard at all.

    “It's my favorite hairstyle of all-time because I can pull back the part that hangs in my face but then not have to worry about the part that isn't in my face,” says Micki Wagner, a junior at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

    This style is perfect for a girl on the go that needs a quick transitional hairstyle. People will get to admire your not-too-short, not-too-long hair and you won’t have to worry about your hair making you hot while you’re burning up the dance floor. Who doesn’t love a multi-purpose hair do?

    4. The Classic Pin-Up

     

    If you have curly or wavy hair and want to show off your volume, try pinning a section of your hair back on the side. It will bring attention to your beautiful face and will also contrast the volume that your hair naturally has. This is perfect for you gals who are growing out their bangs or if your hair is in desperate need of a trim.

    Sophia Walker, a senior at Bowdoin College, says, “I'll pin one side back, up, and over and let the volume out on the other side so there's a bit of an asymmetrical look going on. It's pretty easy to do, and super stylish.”

    Use this hairstyle for a quick fix in between classes, or fake the curly hair texture by using a curling wand, if your hair is naturally straight.

    5. The Side Fishtail Braid

    Oh, you fancy, huh? You’ll be feeling like a million bucks once you conquer the fishtail braid.

    “I always get a ton of compliments, it keeps your hair out of your face and off your neck, and is so easy!” says Ariel Vaisbort, a senior at Western University.

    Fishtail braids may look intimidating, but with a little bit of practice you will be a pro. Master the art of this braid and you’ll have a go-to hairstyle for formals, nights out and trips to the beach. This braid puts your length in the spotlight and shows that you do have enough hair to conquer the styles reserved for gals with longer hair. 

    With this arsenal of styles, you’ll never utter the phrase, “I don’t know what to do with my hair” ever again. And once you get comfortable with these styles, you’ll be able to experiment and create your own hairstyle, just like the hair guru you were always meant to be. These looks will take you from a trend follower to a trendsetter. 


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    Nothing says BFF like the perfect Halloween costume. Grab your bestie and get your creativity on this Halloween by disguising yourselves as a famous duo. Just a few of our faves? Cher and Dionne, SpongeBob and Patrick, Blair and Serena and even ketchup and mustard!

    1. Cher and Dionne

    You can’t go wrong with this iconic '90s BFF team. The Clueless pals never go out of style with their trademark plaid skirts and Valley girl talk.

    2. Netflix and Chill

    All about that Netflix and Chill lifestyle.

    3. Peanut Butter and Jelly

    A classic pair that doesn’t work without the other—similar to you and your BFF.

    4. Ketchup and Mustard

    Where would ketchup be without mustard and vice versa?

    5. CatDog

    All we can hear is the CatDog theme song playing.

    6. Blair and Serena

    XOXO, Gossip Girl.

    7. SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick

    The only thing that would complete these costumes are some late-night Krabby Patties.

    8. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy

    Anything is possible when Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy unite.

    9. Wayne and Garth

    Schwing!

    10. Three Blind Mice

    The perfect Halloween look for a group of besties who can't see clearly without one another.

    11. Strawberry and Pineapple

    Smoothie, anyone?

    12. Angel and Devil

    It's just a matter of deciding who's the angel and who's the devil in your friendship.

    13. Mario and Luigi

    Beware the Piranha Plants!

    14. Buzz Lightyear and Woody

    BFFs forever—Andy included.

    15. Napoleon Dynamite and Pedro

    I mean…


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  • 10/15/17--18:09: Links We Love 10.15.17
  • The best drink mixers if you're trying to be healthy. [Spoon University]

    Landscape architects now design for mass shootings. [The Verge]

    Disabled kids experience zero gravity. [Mirror]

    These panda cubs will melt your heart. [Jezebel]

    How to make your Halloween costume a protest. [Elite Daily]

    The one pair of jeans you need this fall. [Bustle]

    This Demi Lovato cover is everything. [Teen Vogue]

    What I learned from doing 8 internships in 4 years. [Jopwell]

    The first step to recovery is admitting you're a racist. [Splinter]

    Adding color to your all-black wardrobe. [Self]


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    Name: Alexis Irene
    Age: 24
    Job Title and Description: CEO and Founder of Static Nails and Volunteer Wish Granter for Make A Wish Foundation. I develop and launch innovative brands whose products produce real, good-for-you results—tested and proven.
    College Major: Marketing
    Website:StaticNails.com
    Twitter Handle:@staticnails
    Instagram Handle: @staticnailsofficial, personal is @itslexirene

    What does your current job entail? Is there such a thing as a typical day?

    AI: There is nothing it doesn't entail! Owning a company requires wearing many hats, so no day is the same, and the work load only grows. My days can involve tasks like trend forecasting to generate new product concepts, sourcing fantastic factories and chemists to work with, working with auditing firms to ensure the people and places we work with are safe and ethical, managing social media and securing retail partnerships. I also get to do a good amount of traveling for business meetings, pop-up shops and special events.

    What is the best part of your job?

    ​AI: I love everything I do, but a big reason why I got into this industry was to make a difference.  There has always been an abundance of replication, not enough innovation, and sadly too many products that don’t live up to their promises. A lot goes into trying to be different and trying to be better when it comes to making products. Whenever a customer writes me an email or comes up to me in person with a big smile on their face, telling me how much they love the products or how the products have benefited them, it makes my day.

    What was your first entry-level job in your field and how did you get it?

    ​AI: I became the country’s youngest professionally signed makeup artist. I took my portfolio to Bloomingdale's at my school’s career fair where I interviewed and was given the position “contingent” until something opened up in cosmetics.

    I came in when they needed me and did everything they asked, from auditing areas of the store to selling clothing. After a few months I was finally put in the makeup area (as a contingent), floating around, helping every counter from Chanel to YSL.  I loved working for Bloomingdale's and being surrounded by cosmetics, so I took extra care of the counters, gave people some pretty fabulous makeovers, and had great sales.

    I’ll never forget the moment when a head of the store came up to me and said, “There’s a management position open, are you interested?” I was 16. After a month of interviewing I become Macy’s corporation's youngest Business Manager for one of their top performing Bloomingdale's stores.  

    What words of wisdom do you find most valuable?

    ​AI: “Actions speak louder than words,” is a personal quote I live by everyday and apply to everything. Whether it’s dating, friendships, or the workplace--people can tell you whatever they want, but if their actions don’t follow those words in a timely manner, leave them in the past. Talk is cheap.

    “If there is a will, there is a way.” My mother has always instilled this in me and it again, applies to every situation. If someone really wants something, or someone, they will move mountains to make it happen and won’t stop until they get it (or get you).  

    “You’ll never get what you want if you don’t ask for it.” Although it sounds harsh, I cannot stand when people are timid. Some things are easier than others, but I believe in mind over matter, and being afraid to do something or ask for something will hold you back from SO much. If you want something, you should shamelessly go after it no matter how uncomfortable you may feel in doing so.  The only person that can hold you back is you, and that’s why I love this quote so much. The more you push yourself the easier it gets.”

    What is one mistake you made along the way and what did you learn from it?

    ​AI: Not trusting my intuition. Always go with your gut feeling. I was 20 and excited to get an online store built. I searched several days for web designers/developers, and finally found one that seemed promising. Long story short, after spending my life savings--I started to get sales and the website barely worked on the back end. Turns out, they had lied about their work and scammed other companies as well. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it--and if you are a small business, it’s totally fine to start with a DIY web building platform. A LOT of huge businesses actually use them. It will save you tons of money in the beginning.

    What has been the most surreal moment of your career thus far?

    ​AI: That’s really tough. It's a tossup between winning a big award for Static Nails when I was 22, getting into large retailers, or being featured in Forbes recently. I haven’t “made it” yet, but these have been really nice confirmations to keep pushing forward.

    What do you look for when considering hiring someone?

    ​AI: I am actually looking to hire some new employees in product development, operations and social media. Feel free to send resumes to hello@staticnails.com (Must live or be willing to relocate to Chicago!)

    I speak for all employees when I say this, because it’s extremely hard to find. Someone who is first an expert in the role they are applying for and also very knowledgeable of the beauty/fashion industry. That means actively reading and researching credible business, beauty and fashion sites, magazines and databases to see what's going on surrounding trends, marketing, advertising, product launches, ways people use social media to grow a business, etc.

    It’s very important in today's work world to be a well-rounded employee, because everything connects at the end of the day, and it will make your performance stronger and more valuable.
    The second thing I look for is someone who will treat my brands as their own and someone who wants to make something of themselves and grow within my brand long-term. Who will come to me with big ideas and ways to grow the business and contribute to it. I find people who put in extra effort, regardless of who they work for, go further and faster in life.

    What advice would you give to a 20-something with similar aspirations?

    ​AI: Innovate. Do not replicate or rip off. Have real points of difference. Always ask for advice from those more successful than you. However, know there is something to be learned from everyone. Working efficiently will get you places faster. If you’re a natural procrastinator (like me), set a challenge for yourself. Work like you’re cramming for a college final 5 hours before the exam. Focus, work quickly and pay attention to details. Anything very important, move to the side to spend more time on.

    With that said, sprint after your dreams. The only person that will hold you back is yourself.  If you want to start your own brand, be sure to have a solid game plan on how to grow, and ensure your product/service is one a lot of people actually want. Most business fail for lack of one or both of those reasons

    What's the one thing that's stood out to you the most in a resume?

    ​AI: Cover letters! Don’t ever apply to a job without a cover letter. If you do, it automatically signals the hirer that you’re not as interested in the position as other candidates. If you’re too lazy to write one, you should not be applying for the job. It’s obvious when people copy and paste cover letters and resumes. I trash those. Custom tailor both to make you shine for the roll you want, and keep things to the point. Only feature what directly applies to the role. Your cover letter is your first conversation with the company. Tell them what you’ve done in the past (if it applies) and how you will use those skills to produce results for them.

    Fill out my online form.

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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.)

    President Trump Has Been Hit With a Subpoena for Sexual Assault Allegations

    President Trump has been issued a subpoena by lawyers representing Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice and one of several women accusing the POTUS of sexual assault, BuzzFeed News learned on Sunday. The subpoena directs the Trump campaign to preserve all documents pertaining to, "any woman alleging that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately," and is part of an ongoing defamation lawsuit Zervos filed after Trump denied her allegations that he kissed and grabbed her back in 2007.

    Neither White House or Trump's lawyers have responded to BuzzFeed​'s request for comment. Trump's team has until the end of the month to respond to the subpoena.

    This Las Vegas Hospital Won't Bill a Single Victim of the Las Vegas Shooting

    Despite the fact that Las Vegas hospitals were overwhelmed with over 500 victims requiring serious and expensive procedures following the Las Vegas shooting on October 1,  Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospital has said it won't charge a single victim for out-of-pocket expenses related to treated their injuries.

    "Our focus remains on the immediate medical and supportive care needs of the injured as well as their long-term healing process," Jennifer Cooper a spokeswoman for the hospital said in a statement to the Las Vegas Sun. "St. Rose does not intend to bill or require payment from any patient victims of this tragic event."

    Meanwhile, other hospitals in the area are following suit, and plan to work with victims to alleviate medical costs.

    What to look out for...

    Yes, Mondays suck — but in case you need a reason to make it through the Monday blues, tomorrow is National Pasta Day, a.k.a. the perfect excuse to treat yo' self to some well-deserved carbs.


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    The last three seasons of Jane the Virgin have done an incredible job of breaking my heart and then putting it back together, only to shatter it into a million pieces again…and again and again. The emotional roller coaster ride is also never-ending for the show's leading lady, Jane (the not-so-virgin anymore). As the show begins a new season, one thing definitely hasn't changed: Jane's love life is as complicated as ever. The Season 4 premiere begged the question: Will Jane ever 100 percent understand her feelings? 

    Ah, yes. Chapter 65 of Jane's story began at her parent's wedding, where she planned to tell Rafael she still has feelings for him, but was interrupted by a love letter from her late husband, Michael, which was found and returned to her by her first love, Adam. Basically, Jane completely forgot about her undeniable love for Rafael as soon as she set eyes on Adam, Jane the Virgin's newest character, played by Tyler Posey. I mean, can you blame her? 

    And so began another love story… Adam and Jane were engaged when she was 19. Their reunion nine years later must've been a work of fate, right? At least Jane thought so…for about five minutes. In typical Jane fashion, she couldn't make up her mind about the men in her love life, torn between admitting her feelings for Rafael and exploring a new romance with Adam. Is anyone else having flashbacks to Season 1 Jane, when her heart was with both Michael and Rafael?

    I was hopeful that the love triangles ended with her marriage to Michael in Season 2. Even after his tragic death, I was confident she wouldn't end up back with Rafael. They were doing such a great job at co-parenting and being friends! Then this new guy comes along, and by Jane's standards (and mine), he's perfect. So why can't she make up her mind?

    While Adam and I thought the stars were aligning for these two once-forbidden lovers, Jane could only see one face in the sky: Rafael's. My question is: If Jane was so torn up about Rafael, why would she even go on a date with Adam? Even more so, how could she just bolt in the middle of a seemingly perfect date as soon as her baby daddy came to mind? And when she learned Rafael wasn't interested, she ran right back to Adam. The indecisiveness is overwhelming, but Adam is being so understanding about it. Lock this guy down while you can, Jane!

    Jane's constant internal struggle has a lot to do with her overthinking. I get that she's a planner, but hasn't she learned by now that you can't plan love? Maybe she's putting too much pressure on having that telenovela love she grew up fantasizing about. Or her mommy instincts are confusing her heart. Plus, her family is unconventional, to say the least. I'm sure the widow thing doesn't help either. Jane tends to play it safe in love. Michael was safe for her. And now so is Rafael. 

    Sure, Rafael is Mateo's father, but if it didn't work the first few times, what makes Jane think something would be different this time around? As hot as Rafael is, he's old news. I'm ready for Adam to sweep Jane off her feet and finally end her forever conflicted feelings.

    I'd personally love to see more of spontaneous skinny-dipping Jane, rather than play-it-safe mommy Jane who's worried about who she feels 100 percent about. This potential fling may be just the thing to stop her from being so damn cautious all the time. A little less conversation, a little more action, please.


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    In October 12’s episode of Grey's Anatomy, titled "Ain’t That a Kick in the Head," Amelia finally had her tumor removed (even though it’s really only been three episodes), and everything about it broke my heart. These six moments in particular destroyed me.

    When she basically verbalized her will

    While all of her friends were gathered with her pre-surgery, Amelia went around the room with tasks, demanding DeLuca ensure she start moving right away if she lived, asking Meredith to call her mother if she died, giving Maggie her room, telling Owen not to visit her if she was a vegetable and giving her power of attorney to April to ensure the plug got pulled if it came to that. She ended by saying, “I don’t know what’s me and what’s the tumor talking, but in this moment, I love you people tremendously.” Please don't say goodbye!

    When it looked like it could really be over

    There were immediate flashbacks to Derek when Amelia first woke up. She tried to respond to her doctors and friends only to realize that she was only responding in her head, unable to speak, and I couldn’t help but think we might lose our last Shepherd. I mean, was anyone else waiting for the “It’s too late. You’re too late”? Because I was definitely waiting for it. 

    When she begged to stay in bed, but they couldn’t hear her

    Luckily we didn't lose Amelia, but it was just as painful watching DeLuca keep his promise to get her up and moving with early ambulation and have her scream inside her head to stop. Please, please let her go, DeLuca!

    When she refused painkillers to maintain her sobriety

    As a recovering addict, Amelia adamantly refused opioids, despite the intense pain she was in. Dr. Webber reminded her that AA did not condemn drugs for pain release if patients were following doctors’ orders, and that she wouldn’t heal as quickly in so much pain. “Opioids were my drug of choice. What if they told you you could have just a drink or two if the doctor said it was okay?” she thought. Of all the irrational decisions attributed to the tumor, luckily she was able to maintain rational thought through the pain. 

    When she forgot Derek was dead

    When she finally started speaking (in English), Meredith and Owen wanted to call her surgeon, but Amelia said they should call for Derek instead. Let me tell you how far my heart dropped. She went on to say that she knew he was dead but had forgotten—that all of her thoughts were like a jigsaw puzzle that didn’t make sense until they told her, sending her into a panic attack at the thought that she might not be able to do surgery anymore.

    When she was convinced something was wrong

    Luckily we didn't get any cliffhangers when it came to Amelia's recovery. After answering her standard evaluation questions (like, "Do you know who the president is?""I wish I didn't." #bless), she was cleared to go home. She was convinced she shouldn't, though, demanding to see her scans and ordering additional tests to figure out what they were missing. DeLuca finally got her to stop when he assured her that there was, in fact, something she was missing: her tumor, and with it, the danger. 

    Unfortunately we didn't find out how Amelia would handle all of these so-called rash decisions with a clearer head. I suppose it's too much to ask for it to go smoothly for once?


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    Any girl boss can tell you that on top of earning your college degree and holding a few internships, landing a job after college has a lot to do with who you know in the industry. Never underestimate the power a little networking can have on your career!

    Because we’re all about mixing business with social fun, we’ve partnered with the Forté Foundation to provide one winner with ways to help jumpstart your career. Here’s all the amazing prizes you can use as networking opportunities:

    • Starbucks $100 gift card - Take an industry professional to coffee and request an informational interview about their company.
    • Michael Kors bag - Use this chic bag as a conversation starter by asking your friend what they like to carry on their work commute.
    • $400 gift card to Bliss Spa - Invite your boss squad to a spa day for some serious bonding. Not a Bliss Spa near you? We’ll allocate the funds towards a gift card to a spa in your area.
    • Amazon Echo Show provided by Cognizant - A new way to be together. Use the Echo Show to make hands-free video calls to friends and family­­––perfect for the modern multitasker. Thank you, Cognizant!  
    • Pimco swag bag - Complete with an umbrella, foldup-reusable shopping bag, tumbler, stainless steel coffee mug, beach towel and a $20 Starbucks gift. This has ~everything~ you need to be productive on the go.
    • Waterproof speaker provided by Goldman Sachs - get pumped up for your big days (and every day!) with tunes from this awesome waterproof speaker.
    • An expense paid trip to one Forte College Leadership Conference of the winner'schoice - Forté hosts around six conferences a year for college students hosted by industry leaders.
    • GMAT Voucher ($250) – Is grad school in your future? Women who take the GMAT in college often score higher than any other time in their lives. Start a study group!

    Enter here for your chance to win, and happy networking!

    #NetworkLikeABoss Giveaway

    A special thank you to Forté corporate partners for their support!

    About Forté Foundation

    In search of a phenomenal career? We’ll help you build one.

    Maybe you dream of founding a company. Maybe you want to champion social change, or serve as the CEO of a Fortune 500. At the Forté Foundation, we help you get there! Our network of 95,000 members and 130 top schools and employers works to launch women into fulfilling and significant business careers. Jumpstart your future by signing up for a membership, attending one of our events, and checking out our many resources. We’re here with inspiration and advice, and we can’t wait to help you make your mark on the world.

    Want more? You got it.

    College is the perfect time to start positioning yourself for the career of your dreams.  Your free student membership with Forté includes all these free benefits:

    Women with MBAs are opening doors, building amazing things and shattering glass ceilings.

    Women with an MBA experience a 51 percent increase in salary, and 85 percent of MBA graduates attribute their MBAs to advancing their careers. Here are a few Forté women that will be your next boss inspiration:

    How can you land a spot at your dream job, too? Take the GMAT! (Graduate Management Admission Test)

    • Women who take the GMAT in college score higher than any other time in their lives.
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    • That gives you options as you make important life decisions.

    Taking the test while you are in college gives you more control over your schedule and more time to study.

    “Pre-MBA, I presented good business cases, but at the end of the day it wasn’t my decision. After the MBA, people came to me to present cases, and afterwards it got quiet in the room. I realized I was the decision maker now.” – Anna Binder

    “My MBA allows me to understand a client’s business and have credibility when counseling them about the challenges of climate change, waste management, and energy reduction.” – Emily Chan

    “I pursued liberal arts instead of math and sciences. Business can be so analytical and data driven, and my MBA unlocked a whole new skillset I had not explored.” – Brenna Fleener

    Join the Forté Foundation here, and start owning your career in college!


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    Independent artist FLETCHER is a huge fan of the anti-pop movement, frequently naming New Zealand-born Lorde as her musical idol. But the 23-year-old singer has been shattering stereotypes of her own since her first single, “War Paint,” went viral on Spotify back in 2015.

     

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    At the time, FLETCHER was still a full-time student at NYU. Although unconventional for someone with her professional aspirations, she knew she wanted to finish college. “There was definitely a time in my life where I could’ve gone two routes. I could have stopped going to school and fully pursued the music, or [tried] to balance both,” she tells Her Campus. But proving that she could achieve a healthy balance between her academic accomplishments and her celebrity as an up-and-coming singer was especially important to her. “NYU’s been my dream since I was a little girl, so I definitely wanted to finish and to say, ‘I did them both,’” she adds. She took classes in marketing, branding and copyright law at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, which is where she developed her entrepreneurial mindset. While she notes that college might not be for everyone, she admits that she feels more confident walking into a meeting with the knowledge she gained during her degree program.

    The truth is, today’s artists have a lot more freedom to envision and realize their own creative journeys. They don't have to rely on being discovered and then immediately signed by an agent. FLETCHER is happy to be doing things her own way—in her career and in her art.  

    With almost 2 million views on YouTube, FLETCHER’s latest music video for the single “Wasted Youth” is definitely among her most popular releases. The video, which features a passionate yet perfectly organic homosexual relationship, was filmed spontaneously at the beach by director Ryan Hutchins and stars both FLETCHER and YouTube personality Shannon Beveridge. According to FLETCHER, the idea was so impulsive that they were forced to rely on an iPhone flashlight to shoot the entire thing. Perhaps what is most striking about the video is the ease with which it depicts the love-filled relationship. It’s not over-sexualized or dramatic. It just is, and the result is insanely beautiful.

    A proud and vocal supporter of the LGBTQ+ community, FLETCHER says, “‘Wasted Youth’ is a song about being with who you love, regardless of gender or what anybody has to say about it. [It’s about] being in the moment with people who make you feel good. Wasted time with people you love is never really wasted time.”

    Although the video idea came spontaneously, FLETCHER never had any doubts about releasing it. "I knew this was going to be really special for a lot of people. I think, the more that we normalize same-sex relationships, the less of a stigma and sort of uncomfortable thing it becomes to talk about. [Often] in music videos, same-sex relationships can be over-sexualized and very dramatic and even problematic. But it doesn’t have to be like that. It’s normal and I think we need more of that type of content."

    The “Wasted Youth” video isn’t the first time FLETCHER has shed light on the LGBTQ+ community. In her song “Princess,” she sings about lying in bed with her best friend who was kicked out of her home after coming out. The song’s positive message encourages fans to persevere through struggles with sexuality, body image, self-confidence and even mental health, and assures them they’re not alone. Speaking of coming out, it’s no surprise that FLETCHER isn’t a fan of the idea at all, adding, “I want to live in a world some day where nobody has to come out.” Everyone should be free to be who they want to be without having to declare it or rationalize it to what can often be a hostile audience.

    FLETCHER’s latest single touches on yet another topic close to her millennial and Gen-Z fans: having a relationship (of any kind) end poorly and, worse, without any closure. The young star co-wrote “You Should Talk” with female writing duo KNita + Delacey after realizing they had all experienced similarly painful situations. They figured that if they had all lived through the pain of something like that, it was probably a reality for thousands of other people as well. “Every time I do a live show of it, people will yell out to me, ‘You’re speaking my life,’” she says.

    As an artist, FLETCHER emphasizes the need to connect with her audience through feeling and self-expression, and isn’t afraid to put herself out there to do it. Her undeniable passion and liberating message definitely put her at the top of our #GirlBoss list and we couldn’t be happier about it. If you’re thinking of catching one of her upcoming shows—and you definitely should—here’s what she hopes you’ll take away from the experience. "When people come to my shows, I just want them to feel like they can come as they are and be who they are. I think it’s really important to create a safe space for people because the world is a scary place and not just for the LGBTQ+ community. I just want people to come and have a good fucking time!"

    Listen to FLETCHER’s latest single, “You Should Talk,” below.


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    Being intimate with someone can bring about a lot of new emotions and insecurities. Sex has the potential of making someone feel more vulnerable and definitely more self-conscious. Even the most confident people have doubts about their body, their performance in bed or what their partner is thinking of them. These thoughts are perfectly normal, but how do you deal with them? We asked some experts (one of them a student and “proud feminist”) and created a list of things to keep in mind if you start to feel awkward in bed.

    1. Sleep with someone you’re super comfortable with

    In today’s dating world, hookups are common. Whether hookup to you means a steamy make-out session or a one-night stand, everyone is going to have to make the decision to follow through with one at some point. However, having sex with someone you just met can increase thoughts of self-consciousness. Adam LoDolce, a dating confidence expert who started the popular site SexyConfidence.com says, “Be choosy about who you get involved with.” LoDolce, whose work and advice has been featured on MTV, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan, says that it’s better to get to know a person than jump right into bed with them. This familiarity with them will make it easier to overcome feelings of self-consciousness later on. Of course, do whatever you feel comfortable with; if you know you will be more than fine having sex right away with that hottie at a party, you do you as well!

    2. Don’t fall into the trap of societal standards AND communicate!

    A lot of self-doubt can be linked to how sex is portrayed to us in the media. Asha Sawhney, a junior at Northwestern University, is the membership chair of Sexual Health and Assault Peer Educators (SHAPE), a student organization that is all about empowering students in their sexuality and fostering healthy conversations around sex. Asha thinks that our minds are constantly running over “unrealistic social scripts from the media. People put pressure on themselves to look perfect, act completely confident, and particularly women are pressured to come off as experienced but not over-eager, due to slut-shaming in our society,” she says. “On the other hand, men feel they have to come off as experienced, totally in control, and worry-free because of our notions of masculinity. Queer and gender non-conforming folks are oftentimes left out of our social scripts altogether and have the added worry of navigating their safety as it relates to their marginalized identities in sexual relationships.”

    Men and women are also discouraged from talking about these concerns with their partners, according to Asha. While hardly being shown in the media and not being deemed as sexy, couples tend not to voice their opinions about self-consciousness during sex. “Not only does this lack of communication leave our worries unresolved, it is also downright dangerous to be afraid to communicate with one's partner because obtaining consent requires many levels of communication,” Asha says. You should never be afraid to speak your mind.

    Related: What to Do When Your Partner's Sex Drive Is Higher (or Lower) Than Yours

    3. Self-reflect on who you are and what you want

    If you have never had sex before or don’t have much experience, it’s always good to think about what you prefer. What do you want sexually and emotionally? What do you need from your partner or from the sex you’re having? Asha says that without reflecting on yourself first, you might be more prone to awkward feelings in bed. A healthy and satisfying sex life often comes out of being comfortable with your body and what you want. A great checklist of questions can be found at Everyday Feminism, and Asha says this is a great place to start! Be sure to also communicate your findings with your partner! Even if it’s a fling or hookup, at least this way you’ll know what you want.

    4. Don’t worry/stress too much about your sex appeal

    Another reason you may be feeling awkward in bed is your perceived sex appeal, or for some people, the lack thereof. However, that is not something you should be stressing about. Everyone obviously wants to feel wanted when getting intimate, but this can lead to thoughts of “Does he/she find me attractive? What do they think of what I’m doing? Does their silence mean I’m horrible at this?” These are common concerns, but not something that should inhibit you in the bedroom.

    Some partners are more verbal in bed, constantly telling the other how hot they are or how good they’re doing. However, this isn’t all that common according to LoDolce. “Many times if you’re not getting that positive feedback from that person, that overriding insecurity, that makes you think ‘Oh god, I must be doing something weird or awkward or he/she is just not that into me,’” he says. Silence isn’t a sign of a sinking ship. Other than voicing consent, it’s normal for partners to be non-verbal during sex. Just try your best to gauge the situation and how your partner is reacting to what you’re doing (and vice versa). Silence doesn’t mean dissatisfaction or judgment. While communication is key in any relationship, try not to worry if they aren’t vocal. Everyone expresses pleasure in different ways.

    5. Stop overthinking/over analyzing

    Though we know that it’s easier said than done, overthinking can kill any mood. It’s good to think through tough situations, and in the moment it’s super easy to fall into that pit of despair where “Does he/she think I’m cute?” and “What does this all mean?” just float around your head. And of course, if you know that you’re being awkward or you’re trying your hardest not to be, that continual mantra you have going on in your head is not helping your performance. “If you’re thinking about how to stop your self-consciousness during sex, that’s just going to make you worse,” says LoDolce. “It’s a feedback loop that’s going to get worse and worse and worse as time goes on.”

    Just like a reoccurring nightmare, this loop will kill not only the mood of your sexy night with your SO, it will surely just make you feel crappy in the end. We know that it’s very hard to turn your brain off sometimes, but just know that these thoughts will bring about your ultimate demise.

    Related: 5 Embarrassing Things That Can Happen During Sex (& How to Recover)

    6. Listen to your body and your feelings

    If you do have constant worried feelings about being intimate, you shouldn’t suppress them. “I don't think anyone under any circumstances should suppress feelings of being unsafe or uncomfortable in a sexual relationship,” Asha says. She suggests taking a step back and unpacking your feelings. If you find that you seem to have the same feelings through all or most of the same sexual experiences with all your partners, definitely try and work through that with the suggestions in this article. However, if the source of your discomfort comes from anything your partner is saying or doing, try and communicate that with him or her. But do be aware that this might be a signal of an unhealthy and possibly unsafe relationship, which should be dealt with. No one deserves to feel worthless.

    7. Remember: There’s no pressure!

    You shouldn’t feel like anything is expected of you in a relationship or any sexual situation. However, if you do ever feel self-conscious when having sex, just know that you’re not alone and that there’s no pressure to do anything you don’t want to. No partner should voice frustration if you refuse to do something or are uncomfortable due to lack of experience or otherwise. Reach out to someone you trust if you feel like you’re in an unhealthy relationship and just self-reflect and give it time if you know your awkwardness is stemming from your mindset.


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    Name: Abby Huntsman
    Age: 31
    Job Title and Description: Co-host of FOX & Friends Weekend (Saturdays and Sundays 6-10AM/ET), FOX News Channel Anchor
    College Name/Major: University of Pennsylvania, Communications and Political Science
    Instagram/Twitter Handle: @huntsmanabby

    What does your current job entail? Is there such a thing as a typical day?

    AH: The best and worst part of my job is that there is never a “typical” day. I love it because I’m never bored and constantly learning new things - It keeps me on my toes. But it’s tough to stay on top of the news that is always changing, thanks to social media. I can’t tell you how many times we produce a 4-hour show and halfway through news breaks or President Trump tweets something, and then everything changes. I would probably be very bored doing anything else in life. If you love uncertainty and a challenge every time you walk into work, this is your calling! You also have to love working crazy hours. Our show starts at 6 a.m., so my alarm goes off at 4 a.m. I realize I love my job because I still jump out of bed excited to do the show, even at 4 a.m.!

    What is the best part of your job?

    AH: The best part of my job is the people I get to work with and our audience. FOX & Friends is very much a family show. It’s like we’re sitting in our living room just hanging out with each other and millions are right there with us chiming in on twitter or sending us their own thoughts on social media that we constantly incorporate into the show. At a young age, I loved interviewing people. I always had so many questions (I drove my parents crazy!) so being able to talk to interesting people every day is a dream job for me.

    What was your first entry-level job in your field and how did you get it?

    AH: My first job was my freshman year of college. I was an intern for ABC4 in Salt Lake City, UT (where I’m from). I worked for their morning show, Good Things Utah. I would wash dishes for their food segments and open mail. Tasks that don’t sound fun at all, but I remember loving every minute of it because I was enamored with TV. I realized during that internship that I wanted to work in news, whether it was producing or on air I didn’t care. The next summer I was an intern for Good Morning America and then, World News. I was able to work for Diane Sawyer who remains my role model. Internships are the best way to figure out if you really something.

    What words of wisdom do you find most valuable?

    AH: My dad always says, “You know you’re doing something right when people are criticizing you.” It’s a vicious world out there, especially if you chose to have a more public role, the only way to survive it is to believe in yourself and to have a thick skin. My former boss also taught me that as an interviewer and a host, my job is to get the best answers out of the guests. It’s not about me. Sometimes we can get too caught up in wanting to look and sound our best on TV, we forget that our job isn’t about ourselves, it’s about giving a great product to the audience. I try to remember that whenever I interview people. They are the interesting ones, not me!

    What is one mistake you made along the way and what did you learn from it?

    AH: Oh, I still make mistakes every single show. And I’m sure I will for many years to come. The worst mistake I made (and still do) was being too hard on myself. We are often our worst critics - and for no good reason. I was lucky to start my career so young on TV, but that also meant I was surrounded by the very best. I would compare myself and try to be like others around me, and then I realized I could only be MY very best. I’m not a lawyer, I’m not a war correspondent, I’m not a medical expert, and that’s ok. Once I started to own just being me, I felt this new wave of confidence and I think it’s made me much better at doing my job. Believe in yourself, listen to good advice around you, and don’t be afraid to fail a few times along the way (because you will!).

    What has been the most surreal moment of your career thus far?

    AH: Probably being able to interview my dad on national tv for the first time. He is someone I have looked up to my whole life for so many reasons. In that moment I was still his little girl, but I could see in his eyes how proud he was. I will never forget that feeling. No matter how old you get you still want your parents to be proud of what you do. I’m sure that will never change.

    What do you look for when considering hiring someone?

    AH: I look for natural confidence and I look for someone who is genuine and humble. It’s tough to find the combination of confident and humble, but when someone has that it’s a game changer.

    What advice would you give to a 20-something with similar aspirations?

    AH: I would say go for it! Believe in yourself, because the sky is the limit. TV is all about luck, hard work, and having the ability to connect with your audience. You won’t be perfect on day one, or in year 10, so enjoy the ride without being so hard on yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice from people you look up to or for help getting an internship. Getting in the door is often the hardest part, but once you prove yourself and show people you’re motivated and willing to work hard, anything is possible.

    What's the one thing that's stood out to you the most in a resume?

    AH: A resume is a requirement for most jobs, but I always say meeting someone face to face is what will stand out more than anything else. Focus on the human interaction. You want them walking away thinking, "we can’t let them go"!

    Fill out my online form.

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    Halloween is right around the corner, but if you're a typical college student (aka procrastinator), then chances are you haven’t given thought to a costume yet. Don’t stress, because Lili Reinhart, the actress who plays Betty on Riverdale, has your back. Did you know she’s secretly a total makeup guru? These are just a few of her original looks that will give you total Halloween inspo.

    1. Creepy Doll

     

    Creepy doll look. #halloweenmakeup

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    Perfect if you want to nail the creepy-but-cute aesthetic. 

    2. Vampire

     

    Vampire beauties.

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    Nothing beats a sultry vamp.

    3. Queen of the Underworld

     

    Queen of the Underworld. #halloweenmakeup

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    Colored contacts always increase the scare-factor. 

    4. Pop Art Girl

     

    Pop art girl #halloweenmakeup

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    Pop art girl is iconic, and Lily made her look so amazing.

    5. Cracked Mirror

     

    Cracked mirror. #halloweenmakeup

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    Beautifully spooky.

    6. Evil Mouth

     

    Sweet dreams. #halloweenmakeup

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    Definitely won’t be having sweet dreams, but k thanks.

    7. Fawn

     

    Fawn makeup. Done by yours truly on my lovely model @tess.reinhart #halloweenmakeup

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    For us basics who need to amp our cute, furry animal look. 

    8. Mermaid

     

    Mermaid princess. #halloweenmakeup

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    THIS. This is what mermaid princess dreams are made of.

    9. Skeleton

     

    Skull #halloweenmakeup

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    Can you imagine showing up to a Halloweekend party rocking this?

    10. Jessica Rabbit

     

    My very animated/drag queeny Jessica Rabbit.

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    Because Jessica Rabbit is ALWAYS the sexiest thing you can be. 

    11. Frostbite

     

    Frostbite #specialeffectsmakeup in honor of this cold ass weather lately.

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    Don't forget your blanket and cocoa!

    12. Torn Mouth

     

    Torn mouth #specialeffectsmakeup

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    And we're terrified again, it’s cool.

    13. Gaping Wound

     

    Just a little behind the scenes of my #specialeffectsmakeup that I think you all will enjoy.

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    *covers eyes*

    14. Queen of Hearts

     

    The queen of hearts #halloweenmakeup

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    “Off with your head” to every unwanted advance this Halloween. 

    15. Pop Art Zombie

     

    Pop-Art zombie #halloweenmakeup

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    WORK.

    16. Creepy Clown

     

    Sweet dreams

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    Scarier than It any day. 

    17. Bowie Girl

     

    Bowie inspired Halloween makeup.

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    An amazing way to remember this legend.

    Lili is clearly bomb at this. We definitely want tutorials eventually, but until then we're trying to copy these ASAP.


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    Manicures don't just make your hands look pretty, they actually cure you of all the stresses in your life. Drama with your ex? Get a manicure. Failed that midterm? Get a manicure! Sadly, not everyone has the time or the money to just hop over to a salon and get the ~special~ treatment. So, here are five hacks you haven't tried yet to get the spa day you deserve right in your dorm.

    1. For the girl who loves acrylics and gels: Static Nails

    These aren't your average drugstore press-on nails. Static Nails actually look like those high-end manicures that take hours at a fancy salon, but now you can DIY them. Reuse these nails and shape them to your liking, plus they actually won't damage your nails at all. Whether you want a long, sharp stiletto or a short french mani, Static Nails has something for you. The vegan and cruelty-free kits (starting at just $14) come with 24 nails, backup nails, glue, instructions, buffer and a nail file. Bless. 

    2. For the girl who bites her nails: Mavala 

    Admit it, with the stress of college it's hard to break your nail-biting habit! Each fresh coat gets ruined by nerves, and there have been days where you've walked around with polish stuck in your teeth. However, this ingenious solution will stop you from biting AND make your at home manicure last longer! Mavala Stop cures your habit by adding a nasty, yet harmless taste to your fingernails. After just a week with this stuff on, you'll train yourself to never bite again. The clear top coat can go over your bare nail or over your favorite nail polish color, and it's just $14.95 with Amazon Prime.

    3. For the DIY girl: Matte Topcoat

    If you've ever gotten a matte topcoat done at a nail salon, you know the internal struggle of having to pay extra for that UV light. Little known secret: you actually don't need a manicurist or a bottled gel topcoat to get the matte look. According to this hack from Modcloth Blog, just use cornstarch to get the matte look. Find your favorite clear topcoat and mix with a pinch of cornstarch, then apply to your nail. You'll save money and so much time!

    4. For the girl who wants it all: VOESH

    If you love to be pampered when you go the salon, then this is for you. Ever heard of hand masks? VOESH New York sells manicure hand masks with collagen and shea butter. Use them before painting your nails and you'll have the full experience of getting your hands soaked, softening your cuticles, an oil treatment and a massaging lotion all in one. It also saves time by letting you paint your nails while your hand is being moisturized by the mask. Use the Salon Finder on the VOESH website to find out where to get these little beauties near you.

    5. For the girl with no time: NAILSINC

    It's spray on nail polish, and yes, it actually works. Seriously, we watched a bunch of Youtube reviews so we could make sure. It may sound to good to be true, but it is literally spray-and-go. NAILSINC instructs users to put on the base coat that is formulated for the spray, and then just simply spray each nail. The spray gets everywhere, but once it's dried and topcoat is applied, the excess washes right off. You're left with a practically perfect manicure, and it takes much less time than painting. A can of your favorite color starts at $8.00, and the two-in-one base and topcoat goes $8.00 as well. Happy manicuring! 


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    At least seven people were injured and one man is missing after an oil rig owned by Closely Oil Co. on Lake Pontchartrain in Kenner, Louisiana near New Orleans exploded on Sunday evening, CBS News reports.

    As of Monday morning, they report that three people were still in the hospital and the one missing man is still unaccounted for as The Coast Guard is performing a search and rescue.

    CBS also reports that Kenner Sheriff Joesph Lopinto said the platform stores natural gas.  As for what happened, "Authorities on the scene report that cleaning chemicals ignited on the surface of the oil rig platform," the City of Kenner Facebook page posted, adding that "seven crew members were rescued and are being treated at local hospitals."

    As of Monday morning the search for the missing worker is ongoing and that arson investigators will determine the official cause, WWL-TV reports. 

    Tim O'Leary, a spokesperson for Clovelly Oil Company said that five of the victims (including the man who was missing) are contract workers for the platform that collects oil and gas from wells, according to WWL-TV. He also said that the explosion occurred during maintenance and that the fire continued to burn overnight (only going out around noon on Monday.) 

    WWL-TV also reports that the Coast Guard has said there were no immediate signs of pollution on Lake Pontchartrain following the fire. 


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    Donald Trump has his fair share of people wishing for his demise, but porn tycoon and publisher of Hustler Larry Flynt is willing to pay good money for it. He's offering a $10 million reward "for information leading to the impeachment and removal from office of Donald J. Trump." 

    The tweet has gotten a lot of attention, but anyone can tweet something on a whim —which President Trump himself has proven again and again— but Flynt also took out a full page ad in The Washington Post to pair with his quest. Besides the bold typed offer, Flynt also claimed the election was illegitimate, listed the specific charges against Trump, compared him to former president Richard Nixon and gave his credentials as an opponent to corrupt politicians.

    "This is not my first rodeo," Flynt told readers. 

    This isn't the first time Flynt has done this for Trump either. Before Trump even won the election, he offered $1 million dollars for "verifiable video footage or audio recordings for use prior to the November 8 election clearly showing Donald Trump engaging in illegal activity or acting in a sexually demeaning or derogatory manner,"NBC News reported

    The ad itself is a pretty good read with some colorful language and a refreshing frankness. He says this is not just "a sour-grapes plot by Democrats."

    Whether it's the "skullduggery" of the electoral college or the fact that "long before the climate-change apocalypse strikes, Trump might trigger a nuclear war" Flynt wrote — and does not hold back. He set up a hotline and email address for tips, so if he's willing to listen to a bunch of crackpot conspiracy theories on the off-chance one leads to something impactful, he must mean business.

    He finishes with "I feel it is my patriotic duty, and the duty of all Americans, to dump Trump before it's too late."

    And you have to admit, "dump Trump" is pretty catchy. 


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    It may be fall, but autumn months often come with winter temperatures. The wonderful thing about fashion this time of year is you have way more options to spruce up your OOTDs with and keep warm, like playing with jackets, scarves and especially puffer coats. I mean, wearing one basically makes you a human marshmallow, and they are definitely in line with the raging athleisure trend, so we are here for it! Check out some of our favorite puffs here:

    1. Reversible Puffer Coat (Zara, $149)

    Millennial pink anything is such a yes this season. And if you're not into dusty pastels, then you're in luck because this coat is reversible in a classic black. Win!

    2. Silence + Noise Classic Puffer Jacket (UO, $99)

    With a boxy fit, this mustard puffer (which is also available in black) is the perfect choice for any cold night. Combine this with a casual, monochromatic look and you've got the whole minimalist, cool girl vibe going on.

    3. Kanda Puffer (Universal Standard, $230)

    If you're over the classic puffer fit, try this one out - the asymmetrical hem is a unique touch. Not to mention Universal Standard is a great brand for giving love to our curvy girls out there. 

    4. Cold Rush Puffer Coat (Free People, $98)

    It's basically Channel Balenciaga without feeling extra AF.

    5. ColdControl Lite Shine Puffer (Gap, $168)

    Puffer in a rose gold? Yes please!

    6. Short Puffer Coat (Zara, $89)

    The perfect color for this time of year! Channeling more of the ethereal wintertime into your look is a great way to transition into the next season.

    7. MissGuided Velvet Cropped Padded Coat (ASOS, $64)

    The easiest way to take your OOTD up a notch is to play with different textures. This jacket in navy velvet is it.

    8. Emily Fake Puffer Jacket (Topshop, $45)

    This coat screams holiday season and would be perfect to spend your winter break in.

    9. Vinyl Puffer Jacket (UO, $99)

    Vinyl anything is so in this season, and this puffer is the ultimate combo of both retro and cool.