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A Collegiette's Guide to Life
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    In 2019, the conversation around skincare has become more complicated. Is it self care? Is it capitalism? Is it all an elaborate, expensive lie, or is it 100% essential to our self-love and confidence? Each week in Face Mask & Chill, I keep it simple by diving into one product that I just really, truly enjoy, whether because it helps me feel ~more zen~ or because it just, like, works.

    So come hang out with me, and find me on Instagram to share your fave skincare essentials—and the ones so weird that you don't want to try them yourself. I'll do the research because i just like you that much.

    This week on Face Mask & Chill: my review of Red Earth. 

    To be honest, what caught my eye about Red Earth was their packaging. I loooove their font, I love the metal tube their masks come in, and I love their tiny little lipstick matches. Like, how cute are these? What was so promising to me about the pink coconut line was the combination of pomegranate extract, which is supposed to help with collagen production (aka plump, happy skin) and jojoba oil, which is super moisturizing. My skin is very, very acne-prone, and jojoba oil is antimicrobial and antifungal, which helps prevent bacteria that can lead to my clogged pores. Too, a core of the line is that it has aloe, which my skin LIVES for. Any time I add an aloe-based product to my rotation, my skin literally glows.

    While coconut oil has become a more controversial skincare ingredient since it's comedogenic, so it tends to be something you actually don't want to grab and just start slathering all over your skin. That being said, my skin tends to really enjoy coconut oil as a treatment, so while I'm no longer dipping into jars of the stuff, I do like finding subtle ways to integrate it into my skincare routine. So, for me, the way that Red Earth has made it a core ingredient in their pink coconut line works for my sensitive, acne-prone skin. 

    Here's what I tried:

    1. Pink Coconut Face Mist

    Red Earth, $14; Shop now 

    2. Pink Coconut Clay Cleansing Mask

    Red Earth, $15; Shop now

    3. Pink Coconut Lip Scrub

    Red Earth, $9; Shop now 

    4. Pink Coconut Nourishing Lotion

    Red Earth, $18, Shop now

    If I had to pick a favorite from this line, I'd immediately say it's a toss-up between the Coconut Clay Cleansing Mask and the Lip Scrub. I love the mask because it's by far one of the least-drying face masks I've ever used. I love how purifying clay masks are (kaolin is AMAZING) but at times I find them to just be soooo brutal. Because of the coconut oil and aloe in this one, it's really just more gentle to the face, which is ideal.

    I love the lip scrub so much because, well, I just love lip scrubs. The fact that this one has cocoa butter, my tried and true lipcare best friend, makes it totally better. You also get so much bang for your buck because I feel confident that despite using this basically every day now, it takes a super minimal amount to scrub off dry lip skin and emerge ~anew~ which is truly ideal.

    Save me for later:

    Get more skincare tips from Her Campus Beauty, our always-on, dope skincare hang. 

    Follow Rachel on Instagram.

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    If you’re like me, you love to go a day or two between washes, and without a doubt, dry shampoo was a gift from the hair gods to help you achieve just that. I used to have long, thick hair and would religiously follow a daily wash and style schedule. *I know, annoying* Since I started to use dry shampoo, I can go days without having to wash my hair. That’s right—days! No worries if you don’t have my hair type though because there’s a dry shampoo for literally everyone. It’s just a matter of finding the right product, and to do that you have to first know the difference between dry shampoo aerosol and powder. 

    Now, I know dry shampoo spray and dry shampoo powder may seem like they do the same thing, but the two actually have different effects on your hair. If you have fine or thin hair types, hairstylist Teddi Cranford told Vogue to use an aerosol dry shampoo. Not only does it instantly lift your ‘do, but the alcohol or starch in the product soaks up any excess oil and grease. It gives the impression of cleaner and fresher hair. The spray is extra fine so there won’t be as much residue as a powder could leave behind. According to Bustle, many dry shampoo spray products can now texturize hair for easier styling and to neutralize odors for long-lasting freshness. For the best results, beauty blog B-glowing says you should section off the hair, spray about 6 to 8 inches away, and massage or brush it into your roots. If you spray too close to the scalp, you could create a build up and won’t be able to evenly distribute the product. It could look super crunchy and stiff, which isn’t always the best look. With sprays, I’ve found that you sometimes play a game of target practice, hoping you get it exactly where you need it. If you get spray happy, you could make your hair look dull and discolored. So be super aware of how much you use and the placement of it. But the true benefit of an aerosol dry shampoo is that it does dry fast, so all you have to do is spray and go. 

    For those with a ton-o-hair or oiler hair, Cranford recommends a loose powder formula because it’s “drier and more concentrated.” Powdered dry shampoos allow you to distribute it exactly where want the product to be, and you only need at least a dime size amount to get all your roots. Most of the products contain simple ingredients, including a type of starch and other natural ingredients for some fragrance and to help mattify your hair, Stylecaster reports. These type of products are perfect after grueling and sweaty gym workouts because you can spot treat oiler areas of the hair. They’re also great for those who are sensitive to strong odors or for those looking for a more natural, chemical-free alternative. All you have to do is divide your hair into sections and tap the powder onto your scalp or onto really oily areas. Then, you need to rub it in to make sure your hair doesn’t look dusty or discolored. Unlike an aerosol spray, you have less of a chance of making your hair feel crusty and crunchy, and it gives you precise product placement. The powder should hopefully zap away the grease and add a bit of texture and volume, so you’ll be ready for a long day at work, a chill day at the beach, or a night out at the bar. 

    Here are two products for each dry shampoo type that I recommend for the best de-grease results. 

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    I thought I’ve seen and heard it all until I learned that Taco Bell is opening a hotel and resort. No, I’m not joking. The fast-food chain announced on Thursday that The Bell: A Taco Bell Hotel and Resort will open in Palm Springs, Calif, this summer for a limited time, and it pretty much promises to be every taco lovers and burrito enthusiasts dream come true.

    The Bell stands to be the biggest expression of the Taco Bell lifestyle to date. It will be fun, colorful, flavorful and filled with more than what our fans might expect,” said Taco Bell’s Chief Global Brand Officer Marisa Thalberg in a press release. “Also, just like some of our most sought-after food innovation, this hotel brings something entirely new for lucky fans to experience and enjoy.” 

    The immersive experience is designed to celebrate and spoil the brands number one fans. It will feature some awesome Taco Bell swag, including pool floats, fluffy bathrobes, towels, and of course, their signature food. Rather than a typical fast food, window service, Taco Bell plans to combine their menu items into the typical hotel amenities like breakfast, room service, or poolside cocktails. There’s even a twist to the menu items, and it will include “new menu surprises only available at the hotel,” according to Taco Bell. 

    The resort even has a salon that will offer “Taco Bell-inspired nail art, fades, and a braid bar,” according to the press release. Of course, there will also be a fully-stocked gift shop filled with Taco Bell apparel. 

    Reservations for The Bell begin in June, and the immersive experience will be open on August 9. You do have to be 18 years or older to enjoy. Note, though, reservations are first come, first serve basis, so act fast! 

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    Morning! While you were sleeping (or staying up to binge-watch Friends for the tenth time, or pulling an all-nighter in the library), a few things went down that you’ll probably want to know about. So grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and get scrolling.

    What In The World 

    UK reality television show, The Jeremy Kyle Show, was officially pulled off-air after the death of a guest that appeared on the show two weeks ago. ITV announced on Thursday that the show would be canceled due to concerns over contestants aftercare process.  Another ITV show, Love Island, also experience two deaths from former contestants, further adding to the conversation about reality television and mental health. Parliament will now launch an inquiry into reality TV and the dangers it poses on the mental health of contestants, The Guardian reports.

    After the cancellation, the Digital, Culture, Media, and Sports Select Committee launched an inquiry that will “examine the current practices of broadcasters and producers,” as well as what can be improved about reality shows aftercare system, The Digital Spy reports. “ITV has made the right decision to permanently cancel The Jeremy Kyle Show. However, that should not be the end of the matter,” DCMS Committee Chair Damian Collins MP said, in a press release on the committee's site. “There needs to be an independent review of the duty of care TV companies have to participants in reality TV shows and the DCMS select committee has decided to hold an inquiry this summer into these issues.” 

    He added: “Programmes like The Jeremy Kyle Show risk putting people who might be vulnerable on to a public stage at a point in their lives when they are unable to foresee the consequences, either for themselves of their families. This kind of TV featuring members of the public attracts viewing figures in the millions but in return for ratings, the broadcasters must demonstrate their duty of care to the people whose personal lives are being exposed. With an increasing demand for this type of programming, we’ll be examining broadcasting regulation in this area—is it fit for purpose?” 

    The Select Committee will open the inquiry to the public, organizations or anyone else will relevant expertise to help answer the terms outlined on their site. This includes psychological support provided by production companies, how the aftercare process could be improved, and whether or not reality tv shows put “unfair psychological pressure on participants.” The deadline for submissions is June 13 at 5 p.m.

    Rumor Has It 

    After Ben Affleck turned his wings, a new Batman has been reportedly named. Variety reported on Thursday that Robert Pattinson will star in The Batman. 

    Okay, it’s reportedly not *officially, officially*  confirmed. Deadline reported at the same time that Warner Bros. hasn’t actually chosen Pattison for Batman, but he was on the shortlist for the role along with Nicholas Hoult (of Warm Bodies, Skins, and X-Men: Dark Pheonix fame). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pattinson is the frontrunner for the role.

    Variety reported that the Twilight franchise actor would play in Matt Reeves’ upcoming movie about the superhero, which is set to film in late 2019 and early 2020. If chosen, he would take over the Batman role for Ben Affleck who starred in the 2016 movies Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, as well as the 2017 movies Justice League. Pattison, 32, would be the youngest actor ever to play the superhero, Variety reported.  

    Naturally, fans took to Twitter to express their mixed reactions to the casting choice. 

    Then This Happened

    After controversial anti-abortion laws passed in both Georgia and Alabama, Missouri’s state Senate passed a bill that would severely restrict reproductive rights for people. 

    On Thursday, CNN reported that the state Senate voted to pass HB126 or Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act, which would ban abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy. The bill would only allow abortions in cases of medical emergencies, however, it would still be banned in cases of pregnancies caused by rape or incest. According to TIME, the bill would also ban abortions based on race, sex or “prenatal diagnosis, test, or screening indicating Down Syndrome or the potential of Down Syndrome.” Minors wanting an abortion would need to notify both parents, but there are some exceptions to this. According to NBC News, the bill would also include a “trigger function,” meaning that abortions would be banned in all circumstances (unless the health of the parent is at risk) if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

    The Republican-led Senate passed the bill by a 24-10 vote, but the legislation still needs to pass through Missouri’s House of Representatives before the Friday, May 17 deadline. If it is passed, the bill will be in the hands of Gov. Mike Parson, who is expected to sign the bill. According to Slate, Parson has said he would sign the bill. 

    “I made a promise to all Missourians that I would continue advocating and promoting a culture of life here in Missouri,” Parson said in a news conference. He also said the act would make Missouri “one of the strongest pro-life states in the country.”

    This comes just one day after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the Human Life Protection Act on Wednesday, which banned nearly all abortions except in cases where the parent’s health is at risk.

    Happy Thoughts 

    You can send your long-distance BFF’s an edible unicorn bouquet. It’s not only cute, but it’s just one of the many ways to show that you’re thinking of them. 

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    When you walk across that stage and get your diploma, you’ve taken the first step to becoming a full-fledged adult. There are so many things that come with being truly on your own for the first time like taxes, bills and working regular hours. But it seems like cooking is one tiny detail that people don’t really talk about enough.

    Although it isn’t a hot topic immediately, the necessity to cook for yourself and make sure you’re eating right for your lifestyle kicks into gear the moment you’re officially on your own. This means you need to know how to prepare some go-to meals, and how to cook them well (otherwise you won’t eat them, let’s be honest). You also need to learn tricks to make your life easier, like dicing an onion without crying and maybe even how to deseed a pomegranate, if that’s your thing.

    Everyone could use some help getting started (or getting back on track), and with these totally doable pieces of advice you’re sure to own the kitchen.

    1. Know how to use these basic kitchen tools

    You typically don’t have the money to buy a bunch of new kitchen tools right after graduation, but it’s super important to invest in at least a few. If you don’t have the necessary supplies to make your meals, you might just go back to eating cereal every night.

    It’s most helpful to own a whisk, a sturdy spatula and a good knife! And, if you’re going to be cutting veggies, make sure you have a cutting board. Additionally, a seasoned chef may be able to get away without measuring spoons and cups, but for all you newbies, don’t forget to have both.

    If you’re busy and short on time, or just want to spend less time cooking, get a crock pot or rice cooker. You can make just about anything in one of those, and you won’t have to spend three hours standing over a hot stove to do it. Some crockpot recipes allow you to cook enough for a week’s worth of food.

    Another way to save some time is to think about utilizing a food subscription service. While it isn’t the traditional way to gather your ingredients, it allows you to follow a recipe and learn it. It also lessens the chance of you forgetting an ingredient (or four). There are many to choose from, but two that seem to be popular right now are HelloFresh and Blue Apron.

    2. Know how to make at least three meals

    It may seem a little intimidating to know how to make three meals, but I promise it’s not. Break it down as having one dish for each meal. While you can eat cereal for breakfast, it’s not as satisfying as cooking up some pancakes or your (soon to be) world famous waffles. Simple meals can include stir fry, spaghetti, sloppy joes, tacos and casseroles.

    Some people have what they call a signature dish. You don’t have to, though. I don’t think it’s so important to have a “signature” dish, but it is important to have at least a few recipes that are your go-to. These are recipes that are easy to memorize, always satisfying and have common ingredients.

    Having a go-to meal doesn't just make your life easier. You're now able to host a dinner party and actually know what you're doing. Invite your friends over and make your new favorite pasta dish; considering you're all in the same boat right now, they're bound to be impressed that you actually cooked instead of ordering take-out. 

    And, if you don't know how already, learn how to boil water so that you can prepare rice and pasta. Or make sure you know how to work your instant pot so that you can cook them that way. Jill Nussinow, MS, RDN and "The Veggie Queen," actually recommends using an instant pot. "You can cook rice, beans and other basics, as well as vegetables easily and quickly," she says. This makes learning those basic, go-to meals super simple! 

    Related: 7 Healthy Meals That Have 5 Steps or Fewer

    3. Grab a cookbook or download a recipe app

    Not everyone considers a cookbook a handy kitchen tool, but it’s such an important thing to have around when you’re starting out. You don’t even need a super expensive or fancy cookbook to make delicious meals for your friends and family; you may not even need a cookbook at all! Tasty and blogs such as Budget Bytes are super helpful for new cooks, and even a quick look through Instagram can give you the inspo you need for your next meal.

    If you are looking for a physical cookbook though, Samantha Kari, a 2016 graduate of Siena College, recommends the BrokeAss Gourmet Cookbookby Gabi Moskowitz. The cookbook itself is a super helpful way to eat for less, as each recipe in the book is under $20 – which, yes, is still a little expensive, but think of it as gourmet on a budget. Samantha notes that her favorite recipes in the book include a pumpkin macaroni and cheese and brown sugar siracha wings.

     “They’re not difficult to make,” Samantha says. “they make enough for multiple meals, and they taste good, so I haven’t strayed.” 

    4. Be open to getting creative

    While it would be ideal to have fresh ingredients all the time, part of cooking is knowing how to make meals with whatever you have around – even those leftovers you may really want to throw away.

    If I’m having tacos one night and nachos the next for dinner at my house, I try to convince my parents to go ahead and cook all the chicken/beef and then store half of it in the fridge. I can use half of the meat for the first meal, then the other half for the second. There are also so many casserole dishes you can make with several meals, but especially leftover pasta.

    Another good rule of thumb according to Antoinette Luna, a current student at the University of Puerto Rico on the Rio Piedras Campus, is to add salt, pepper and a squirt of lemon juice to any dish if you’re stuck on how to flavor it. “It’s sure to elevate any plate,” she explains.

    Overall, cooking doesn’t have to be difficult. Why should something you’re going to have to do for the rest of your life in order to survive cause you stress and panic? It shouldn’t. Hopefully, these tips helped and, if you need more, don’t be afraid to hit up foodie accounts on Instagram. Lots of people on the web have your back.

    Follow Katie on Instagram and Twitter.

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    This piece has been syndicated from Her Campus Illinois State.You can join a chapter at your school (or start your own!).

    Ladies, you have probably seen the fashion scarf trend at some point while scrolling on social media.

    Wondering how to wear fashion scarves? Although this trend may seem difficult to pull off, I have found fun ways to pull off sporting these trendy scarves. I stumbled upon these patterned and silky scarves shopping online and in person. The best part? They can be affordable, and do not have to be high end to give off a classy vibe. Truly ideal.

    Here are the ways I have incorporated these patterned scarves into my wardrobe:

    1. Around your neck

    At first, I thought I was never going to wear a neck tie around my neck, but then shortly after it was around my neck. I love this look and it wasn’t itchy at all because of the silky type material. This will add an instant statement to your outfit!

    2. On your purse

    This is a style I love doing to my purses because it can completely change your handbag’s look! It adds color and personality right away when you tie it around your chain.

    3. In your hair

    This is one of my favorite ways to wear scarves because it can make a lazy hair day look like you tried. Whether in a bun, half up half down, or in a ponytail, add your scarf to create a timeless elegant look.

    Now, this is what I have come up with so far with styling neck scarves, so let’s see what you come up with.

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    Let me set something straight: self-care in 2019 isn’t all it’s hyped up to be. Sure, that vanilla latte might give you some comfort before an important meeting. And that bath accompanied by an bath bomb from Lush, your fave playlist, and a candle might help you to detox after a long day – but is that really the key to self-care? It’s time to stop endlessly scrolling through Insta feeds for inspiration and really capture the reality of what wellness and taking care of yourself looks like IRL.

    There’s a lot you can do to settle into a routine and brush off the everyday stress that comes with being a student, but in a less vapid way. Sure, a latte or a bath might provide some sense of serenity for a mere second, but you have to think about the long term. Finals week isn’t the only time that we struggle, so you have to consider beyond fast-fixes.

    Self-care isn’t exactly supposed to be blissful afternoons without a care in the world, but rather a plan to put into action to take care of yourself. That’s right, I said it: self-care isn’t easy and fast. Deep down, self-care is about self-fulfillment, and sometimes, that’s harder to achieve than anything – especially during the school year.

    Let’s get down to business and chat about what it really takes to care for yourself during the school year.

    Start the week by saying no to burn-out

    If I'm being honest, probably the number one source of stress and struggle in school comes from feeling totally exhausted. You know, the feeling of trying to balance a full schedule of sports, clubs, academics, the arts, a part-time job, and studying. Sound all too familiar? It’s near impossible to “just cut something out of your schedule.” Yeah, right, try choosing between that dual-enrollment class and paid internship. No, thank you.

    Don’t worry, there are ways to work around your busy schedule that don’t involve ditching other areas of your life, the social one included.

    Plan it out 

    Balancing your schedule is the key to staying sane during the week. Don’t plan too many things on one day, or it simply won’t get done! By using a planner, you can prioritize, balance your week, and never forget a thing. 

    Make a list 

    There’s nothing better in this world than crossing everything off of your to-do list. Making a list will allow you to focus on the present, and not all of those ideas swimming around in your mind (although we’re sure those are amazing, too).

    “There’s really nothing like listing it all out at the beginning of the week,” says Millie of Boulder Creek High School, “It gives me an easily accessible place to chart out all of my responsibilities and obligations throughout the week.”

    Keep it going by keeping it clean

    Now that you’ve planned out your week, it’s time to add in the essentials. Planning your schedule out is one thing, but actually committing to it is another.

    That brings me to the health commitment: You can’t expect to be at full force if you’re not taking care or your body, so why not keep the ball rolling and be the best for yourself? Give your body the resources to do great work, then sit back and watch the magic happen.

    Work it out

    Believe it or not, working out can actually make you feel better. Still don’t believe me? Take a chance on a free yoga class in your community. If you’re more of a fighter, try a women’s boxing class. And if you’re more of the fun type, try a Zumba or Barre class (I’m a huge fan of this ballet-inspired workout regime).


    Yes, I saw you reach for your Hydroflask just now! If you don’t stay hydrated, the amount of stress dehydration can induce on your body is unreal. I’ve seen it first-hand working as a summer camp counselor in one of the hottest states in America. If you struggle with drinking water, try adding fruit or flavoring to it. In this case, anything is better than nothing.


    This is incredibly hard for students, much harder than it should be. Perhaps you struggle with sleep, or maybe you’re just too busy to go to bed before midnight. Whatever it is, make sure you’re keeping track of how long you’re sleeping and how you feel the day after. This will help you gauge how much sleep is right for you. Trust me.

    “Getting good sleep is so important because it can set the mood for your whole day,” says Jodi of Boulder Creek High School, “When I don’t get enough sleep, I usually wake up already feeling defeated and throughout the whole day I just don’t feel well.”

    Detox & revitalize 

    This is the fun part! Pull out your face masks, candles, and that new Ariana Grande album you’ve been listening to on repeat. It’s time to celebrate after a week well-managed.

    Sort out your “night off” 

    Seriously. As people constantly on the go, we tend to shove our own wellbeing under the rug sometimes (hint: this isn’t how we should do it). Do yourself a favor and pre-plan a night off. That’s right. Shut down the work computer, don’t answer that phone call, and give yourself a night to relax.

    If that’s face masks for you, a night at hot yoga, or a high-energy movie night with your girls, you do you. This is your time.

    Plan a social media vacay 

    Yes, influencer friends, I can hear your sigh. We all know it’s true, but social media can impact us for the better or for worse. Even taking a few hours away from your cell phone can make a world of difference. 

    I hope that maybe you’ve learned a thing or two about balancing your week as a student. Your next step is just to implement these things until they become habit!

    As a student, it can be a struggle to find your balance, but before you know it, you’ll be on your way to a well-balanced, healthy, happy life. You’ve got this!

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    Nothing lasts forever, and yes, that means not even high school. Even though it feels like a lifetime, the days of dealing with a repetitive schedule you have little to no control over are not permanent.

    Graduation is right around the corner, and that means you’re about to dive into the next chapter of your life. Right now, you might be hunched over a desk and assembling a list of the colleges you want to apply to – or you might be panicking and feeling unsure about, well, everything. That’s perfectly understandable, too!

    If college is your next big step, you’re probably wondering how to narrow down your choices when there are so many options out there. Considering the fact that the next few years of your life depend on this decision, it can feel terrifying to commit yourself to just one program and college, but rigorously planning your senior year and analyzing all the factors that come into play will ensure that you attend a college ideal for you and your goals.

    Choosing a place that feels like home and an environment of complete happiness will contribute to your success and help you make the most out of these years. So, here are some things you should keep in mind when looking at colleges.

    1. Rankings aren’t everything

    Contrary to popular belief, rankings actually aren’t everything. Shocker, isn’t it? You might want to engross yourself in lists of the top colleges and most prestigious universities, but don’t let numbers divert you from all the options out there.

    To an extent, rankings are helpful because they provide facts and statistics that make exemplary colleges stand out ­– but if a college isn’t making flashy headlines all the time, that doesn’t mean it’s substandard. It’s no secret that top-tier schools offer quality education, but there might be colleges out there better suited for you. For example, the most renowned university in your state might have an amazing academic program, but what if they don’t let you take a minor or live off campus, and that’s something you’d really been hoping to do?

    Basically, you can use ranking tools for comparison, but don’t let them be the ultimate factor in this significant decision; it’s also vital to pay attention to other factors. At the end of the day, what matters is that you’re attending a place that feels like home—no matter what its position is on a list.

    2. Have a back-up option

    Life doesn’t always go according to plan, which is why it’s extremely important to keep your options open. Always, always broaden your horizons and consider other colleges as well.

    Avoid applying to only one college even if you’re 150% sure you’ll get in. If (for any reason) you’re unable to attend the school that was your goal, you might find yourself confused, helpless and all out of options. To prevent this from happening, curate a list of reach, target and safety schools in order to have backup options if some aspect of your plan falls through. Such a relief, isn’t it?

    3. Pay attention to academic factors

    Aside from desired fields or majors, there are often other academic factors that students tend to overlook during their college hunts. If you’re still unsure about what you want to pursue (that’s totally cool!), you should consider applying to a college that offers a wide variety of options. To get a sense of this, go to the college’s website and browse their course catalog. See if they sound intriguing and if those are the classes you’d want to spend a few years indulging in.

    Every school is different, so it’s important to figure out whether yours has everything you’re looking for, in advance. Some specific academic factors you’ll want to pay attention to:

    • Public or private education
    • Opportunity to double major or minor
    • Online class options
    • Class size
    • Tutoring services
    • Study-abroad opportunities
    • Required courses for freshmen
    • Student-to-faculty ratio
    • Scheduling options

    These factors might make a huge difference to certain students, so it’s important to find out what your college offers. Ultimately, the goal by the time you graduate is for you to feel satisfied, accomplished and ready for what lies ahead. Pay attention to all the little things that matter to you, and you’ll do just fine.

    4. Consider the location and environment

    Your surroundings have an enormous impact on your college experience. Some have a preference for living in big cities and small towns, and others want to be saturated in nature instead of surrounded by skyscrapers. Those are things to consider as you apply to college. If you’ve always visualized yourself riding subways and basking in the electric vibes of urban cities like New York, you probably wouldn’t feel comfortable attending a college in a rural area.

    Distance from home is something to keep in mind as well. If you can’t bear to live without seeing your parents or childhood best friend every month, look at in-state schools that allow you to meet your favorite people regularly.

    Ashley*, a student at the University of Texas at Dallas, shares, “I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. I can’t imagine living without my loved ones or being away from my hometown, so when it was time for me to pick a college, I researched thoroughly and decided to apply to UTD! It’s in my city and has my dream program as well. I could not be happier!”

    On the other hand, if you crave the freedom of moving to a brand-new location, out-of-state schools will definitely appeal to you.

    A few other location aspects to consider:

    • Access to grocery stores and shopping
    • Nightlife
    • Safety of city
    • Weather and climate
    • Cost to visit home
    • Housing options

    Jessica*, a student at the University of Southern California, mentions, “After living on the East Coast my entire life, I needed a change. After learning more about USC, I decided to apply here, and it’s safe to say that it has been my best decision by far; I am having the time of my life! Aside from the top-notch education, the warm and sunny climate has had a very positive effect on me, too. I feel very cheerful and energized throughout the day!”

    Needless to say, the right atmosphere and vibes can truly help enhance your college experience by positively influencing your mood and even your likelihood to excel.

    Related: 4 Ways Location Factors Into Your College Experience

    5. Look into the student life

    An important factor to keep in mind is the student life. Have you always been a fan of showing immense school spirit? Extracurricular activities, football games, annual traditions, Greek life – those are all programs you should know if you have access to because they’re huge recreational parts of college life.

    Meredith*, a student at the University of Texas at Austin, says, “I’m so glad I decided to apply to UT Austin. Personally, I love participating in extracurricular activities and getting involved, so I love attending a school that has many things to do. The atmosphere is always electric and buzzing! The student life makes my college experience special.”

    6. Evaluate the cost

    Arguably one of the most important factors that comes into play is the school’s cost, and understandably so. Luckily, several schools offer generous amounts of financial aid. In addition, many even offer scholarships (including full-ride scholarships). If you want and/or need these things in order to be able to attend college hassle-free, research and find schools that provide them. Look into the procedures as well.

    Aside from tuition fees, make sure to consider other expenses as well. You might want to think about the costs of visiting your family or living in a certain neighborhood. Analyze these things beforehand in order to have a smooth college experience.

    7. Listen to yourself

    This one might seem like a no-brainer (we know), but in the midst of trying to find the perfect college, students sometimes don’t pay attention to all the other little factors that come into play. Though you should obviously consider important things like your college offering your desired major, think about other aspects as well. Not every factor might be your top priority, but all of them play one role or another in affecting your overall college experience! Some might even be deal-breakers for certain students, which is why it’s crucial to remember your personal objectives and preferences.

    Maybe you took seven challenging AP classes in high school and need to make sure your credits get transferred (we totally understand); maybe you want to be reassured that you’ll find a job as soon as you graduate (we get that, too). Everyone has their own priorities, so find out what matters the most to you.

    Additional factors you might want to consider:

    • Career assistance
    • Internship opportunities
    • Counseling
    • Medical help
    • Meal plans
    • On-campus facilities
    • Campus size
    • Population diversity
    • Transportation options

    Overall, does this school have everything that you prefer and deem necessary for a great time at college? Listen to yourself, and you’ll make the most out of these next few years.

    Approaching this new phase of your life while the a-word (adulthood, that is) constantly looms like a cloud can be very daunting. But it can be equally as exciting with the right amount of consideration and planning.

    Perhaps the most crucial question to ponder upon is the following: what will make you happy? Ask yourself where you’ll receive the best overall experience ­– one that will pave the way for the life you’ve always wanted and offer a glimpse into your future. You should feel satisfied, prepared and one step closer to achieving your goals as you face the endless possibilities of the world. Soon enough, you’ll be embarking on an exhilarating adventure and making exciting memories.

    Get ready for this journey; some of the greatest years of your life await you!

    *Names have been changed

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    Walking around campus can be hard enough, but can you imagine adding heels to the mix? Well, that’s just what two Her Campus UFL team members did. For a week, editor Jessica Curbelo and writer Veronica Quesenberry wore heels to class. These ladies braved the shoe-induced pain, and are sharing their perspectives on this unique fashion challenge.

    Veronica's Take:

    I wouldn’t know how to classify my results, but the experience definitely reshaped my previous sentiments about people wearing heels all day. Wearing heels for a week also made me reevaluate my personal expectations for the better.

    I’m no stranger to wearing heels for a day-to-day look. I have several pants that are way too long for me, so I pair them with platforms. My personal philosophy is that while an ensemble should go together, the shoes should stand apart, so I’m often wearing some form of heel. When I wear them, I’m not usually out all day, and if I am, I choose a comfortable heel. But, being away from home and thus being away from all of my shoes, I had limited options and still wanted to mix it up.

    I wore six-inch platforms, lace-up booties and pleather wedges to class for a week starting on a Thursday. Luckily for me, this meant I had a two-day break after the first two days of wearing heels, which I needed.

    I spent all day that Friday walking across campus for hours in the six-inch platforms, while carrying heavy bags. At the end of the day, as I sat in my room writing a different article, I realized that I had pinched a nerve in my right shoulder blade. So, I spent the rest of the weekend in my dorm room stretching, resting and trying to turn my head again.

    It turns out that if something happens to your feet, another body part can also be affected. An alternative healing method known as reflexology evaluates the relationship between the pressure points in your feet and corresponding pressure points throughout your body. I must’ve walked with too much weight on the balls of my right foot to have messed up my shoulder.

    Ditching the platforms, I stuck with the shorter wedges and booties throughout the next week. I didn’t have any more problems with pinched nerves, but I noticed some people had some problems with my heels. Just based on the looks and general disposition of others glaring at my feet as I walked passed them, it was clear that something about my heels disgruntled them.

    Was it just the audacity that someone, a student, would wear heels to class that was off-putting? Were they upset that it was me personally wearing them? Did they secretly wish to wear them, too? Out of politeness, I didn’t ask any passer-byers why they seemed annoyed when they looked at me and my heels. I assumed it wasn’t something to do with me specifically but rather something to do with them.

    One thing that did actually bothered me, was when I walked on a narrow sidewalk with other people. If there were many people passing by me or if there was one person close to me, none of them would move. I had to dodge people and walk in the grass and dirt beside the sidewalk. What happened to manners, hello? All jokes aside, whenever I see someone, whether they’re in heels, carrying something heavy or whatever the case is, I give them enough space to walk comfortably because I know their journey is not one of comfort. So, I was surprised that other people on campus weren’t as cordial.

    This expectation I had of others changed. Now, I realize that I can’t expect others to go out of their way for me regardless of what I’m wearing or what my situation is. However, I still made it to class despite people being in my way or trudging through sand. I made sure to leave early – just in case I lost some time from tripping – and I made it despite the obstacles I put in front of myself. I realize how much physical strain my feet and my body can take before it gives out. My time management skills improved. Basically, I’m unstoppable.

    The reality of the situation is that I won’t wear heels every day again until I’m in a position that requires it. But, I will wear them to class more often, knowing that they won’t be a major setback in my day.

    Jessica's Take:

    Let me preface this by saying that I am definitely one of those girls that wears heels to class for no reason other than because I felt like it. Heels are so much fun for me, and I have so many that my freshman-year roommate would look horrified every time she looked over at the dozens of pairs underneath my bed.

    I do have my favorites, however, that I wear more frequently. So, when Veronica brought up the idea of wearing heels to class every day for a week, I knew exactly what I was going to do.

    Wearing them every day for a week wasn’t a challenge for me; been there, done that (and I’ve gotten the blisters to prove it). No, for me, the challenge was to wear a different pair every day and to force myself to pick out the ones buried at the bottom of my shoe storage.

    I started off easy on Thursday. It was a long week ahead of me, and while I’m ambitious, I have a healthy amount of self-preservation, too. On Thursday, I wore my black lace-up boots. The three-inch block heels made it easy to walk over the brick paths all over UF, and they’re the same heels that I wore during a performance last semester, so if I can dance in them, it goes without saying that I can walk in them.

    Friday, on the other hand – I went big (and promptly went home, because... oh boy). I pulled out some sky-high nude stilettos that turned heads when I walked. People were probably wondering what a college student was doing wearing shoes that looked more like I was about to take my kids to their ballet lessons after picking them up from private school. The heels weren’t the worst that week, but they were just inconvenient enough that I didn’t revisit stilettos until Tuesday.

    After taking a step back and wearing some comfy brown booties on Monday, I decided that I was going to wear my faux suede stilettos. This pair is one of my all-time favorites. The pop of red makes any outfit look a thousand times more stylish, even if all I’m wearing is black denim jeans and a white t-shirt underneath a black denim jacket. I never really get to wear them, which I think is a damn shame because everyone should get to see them.

    This was my biggest mistake. Maybe it was the result of poor planning, or maybe I was putting my weight on all the wrong spots that day, but Tuesday was the worst possible day for me to wear those shoes. Tuesdays are my long days. My classes start at 10:40 a.m., and they don’t end until 7 p.m. when I get out of my reporting lab. Right after my 10:40 class gets out, I have exactly 15 minutes to run from Matherly to Weimer.

    Now, if you’ve happened to glance down while walking across Plaza, you’ve probably noticed that the bricks that make up the walkway from one corner to the other corner are oddly spaced apart. There are gaps in between every brick. Every. Single. Brick. I did not have the time to be carefully checking where I planted my foot because I needed to get to lecture on time or die trying. I almost died trying. I lost count of how many times I felt my heel drop just a little (along with my heart) when it hit a gap. My only saving grace is that I’ve gotten so used to wearing heels that my poker face every time I slip up is near-flawless. My recovery time isn’t so bad either.

    I definitely cheated a bit and switched to flip-flops when I walked home after my lab, but in my defense, it’s at least a 20-minute walk in the dark, and Gainesville has no chill when it comes to its brick aesthetic.

    The entire week culminated in the one pair of heels that I was determined to wear from the very beginning: a pair of denim mule heels that are ridiculously high and ridiculously hard to style – for me anyway.

    Those shoes hadn’t seen the light of day since I impulsively bought them from the clearance section of Macy’s. Every now and then, I’d look at them and think mournfully about what could be if only I was more of a fashionista. They’re really cute shoes, in my opinion, and they’re very different from any other pair that I own, but I’m not the greatest at putting together stylish outfits, especially if it involves pieces like these shoes.

    This was my challenge though. I wanted to force myself to style all of those shoes that I had neglected for so long. I didn’t want to keep limiting myself by thinking that I’m not fashionable enough to wear a pair of heels like that.

    The outfit I chose that day – granted, with some help from all of my roommates – is my personal favorite from the whole week. I’m so proud of myself for finally wearing those shoes and rocking them, too, because now, I’m not so self-conscious about my fashion sense. I’ll probably even wear them again, although not for a while considering how much they hurt.

    I probably won’t wear any heels for at least a month (or a week, we’ll see), but the experience wasn’t so bad. I ended up rediscovering the love I had for all of my shoes (much to the horror of my freshman-year roommate who still lives with me), and I realized that I’m a lot more capable of putting together a nice outfit than I thought. Heels are always going to be my favorite part of fashion, and this experience reaffirmed that just as much as it revived the old blisters I used to get. I’ll take the pain any day for the feeling of confidence and empowerment that heels give me.

    Photos taken by Her Campus UFL writer Cassandra Kuhn.

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    It looks like fans of Keeping Up With the Kardashians will be keeping up with the newest member of the Kardashian clan: Psalm West.

    One week after the baby boy’s arrival, Kim Kardashian West shared a screenshot of a text message from husband Kanye West, which featured a picture of the couple’s newborn son, on social media Friday afternoon.

    “Beautiful Mother’s Day with the arrival of our fourth child. We are blessed beyond measure. We have everything we need,” the message read.



    ‪Psalm West ‬

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    Kardashian West captioned the photo “Psalm West,” officially announcing the newborn’s name.

    A Keeping Up with the Kardashians source told PEOPLE on Friday that the couple “have had a name in mind, but wanted to meet the baby before they decided.”

    The new mother of four excitedly announced the arrival of her baby son via surrogate on May 10th, tweeting, “Here’s here and he’s perfect!”

    Kardashian West, 38, and West, 41 are also parents to North, 5, Saint, 3, and Chicago, 1. Though the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star gave birth to her two eldest children, health concerns prevented her from carrying her two youngest children, who were both born via surrogacy, ABC News reports.



    Celebrating Saint with a Tarzan themed party 🍃

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    The reality star also tweeted that there was a striking resemblance between newborn Psalm and his older sister Chicago.

    “He’s also Chicago’s twin lol I’m sure he will change a lot but now he looks just like her,” Kardashian West wrote.

    News that the couple’s surrogate was in labor came on May 9th when Kardashian West’s sister Kourtney Kardashian stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show during mom Kris Jenner’s appearance on the show and revealed that Kardashian West’s surrogate would be giving birth shortly.

    “Kim and Kanye were both present for the hospital birth on Thursday,” an insider revealed to PEOPLE. “They are ecstatic. Their little boy is super cute and looks like Kim.”

    The source added that the couple’s three older children “have met their brother,” and “North seems the most excited.”

    Congratulations to Kim and Kanye, and welcome to baby Psalm!

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    House Democrats on Friday unanimously passed the Equality Act, a historic milestone for the nation’s most comprehensive bill to protect LGBTQ individuals from discrimination in the workplace, housing, service and public accommodations.

    This is the first time the House of Representatives, or any chamber of Congress for that matter, has passed a comprehensive LGBTQ civil rights bill that would establish clear protections nationwide for LGBTQ individuals, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

    The bill was passed with a 236–173 vote, with Democrats voting unanimously in support of the bill and eight House Republicans crossing party lines to support it, BuzzFeed News reports.

    Known as H.R.5, the Equality Act expands the Civil Rights Act of 1964, explicitly banning discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation in housing, employment, finances, schools, and public accommodations.

    If passed and signed into law, the Equality Act would elevate the LGBTQ rights to the status of other protected classes, such as race.  

    “Despite significant advances, LGBT people across the country remain vulnerable to discrimination on a daily basis and too often have little recourse,” Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), the lead sponsor of the bill, said. “It is past time for the Equality Act to be written into law.”

    The bill was a top priority for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who said the bill would help to bring the United States “closer to equal liberty and justice for all.”

    “It was exciting. It’s historic. It’s not only about what it means in the personal lives of people – and that would be a sufficient reason to do it, but what it means for America – the ever expanding freedoms in our country. And that’s the history of our country – to ever expand freedom,” Pelosi told ABC News following the vote Friday.

    Several Republican critics have vociferously opposed the bill, saying it would harm religious freedoms.

    Republicans were alarmed that the bill is exempt from the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which states religious exercise cannot be burdened unless the government has a compelling reason.

    “It would allow the government to force its rigid and unyielding fist inside the church,” Rep. Ross Spano (R-FL) said, adding that it would encroach on the rights of religious business owners from objecting to serve customers based on moral concerns.

    “It would deliver a crushing blow to the base of the tree of religious liberty,” Spano said.

    “It’s vague and circular definition of gender identity will lead only to uncertainty, litigation, and harm to individuals and organizations that will be forced to comply with a law the authors don’t even seem to understand,” Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) said on the House floor Friday. “This is a classic example of passing something now and figuring out what it actually means later ... If the devil is in the details, we’re in for a lot of devilish surprises.”

    Despite the fact that the Equality Act has unwavering support from House Democrats, the bill faces slim chances in the Republican-controlled Senate.

    “At the moment, I have no scheduling announcements regarding Senate action,” a spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told BuzzFeed News on Thursday.  

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    If you’re anything like me, you loathe the struggle of finding a good bra. The straps might dig, the underwire might break, or the band might get stretched over time. Most of the time, I’m forced to wear one to avoid sharing my piercings with the world. So this week, I decided to forgo the inevitable and nix the bra.

    Here are the major takeaways I gleaned from the experience.

    1. People have no problem staring.

    I’m not particularly well-endowed, so I’m not familiar with having my boobs oogled at. I was surprised at the blatant disregard for subtlety the onlookers had. Whether I chose a T-shirt, hoodie or a patterned blouse, as soon as it was apparent: stares.

    2. Boobs really jiggle.

    This may have been the cause of the staring. Unhindered boobs are incredibly active when you’re walking along. I found myself hunching to reduce the obvious, even when no one is around. At work, my apron covered my chest, but I was worried customers would notice. Fortunately, I was behind the coffee machines all shift, so it was irrelevant. 

    3. It helps your skin.

    I have really sensitive skin, so any clothing that lies tight to my shoulders tends to cause breakouts. By not having the constant constriction of a bra, my shoulders really cleared up. That gave me way more confidence, as I didn’t have to worry about whether my shoulders were fit to be seen.

    4. Bras are still important.

    While I may have enjoyed my week free of bras, I do see their significance. The consequence of all that jiggling around is chafing. While bras are usually softly lined, your T-shirts are not. The pain of chafing from day-to-day running around I would not recommend. It was nearly impossible to jog across the street for a yellow light, or increase my pace walking without some pain.

    So, all in all, while there are benefits to going braless, I wouldn’t do it every day. Try it out for yourself! 

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    Happy one year anniversary to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle!

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex commemorated their first one year anniversary on Sunday by releasing new, behind the scenes photos from their royal wedding at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel on their Instagram account, @sussexroyal.

    The royal couple, who recently welcomed their first child, son Archie, shared a slideshow of newly released wedding photos, HuffPost reports. In their slideshow of wedding pictures, Harry and Meghan chose to feature the song “This Little Light of Mine,” which is the song they processed out of the church to. The slideshow included snapshots of Harry with his brother, Prince William, as well as touching photos of Meghan getting ready to walk down the aisle with her now-father-in-law, Prince Charles, and Meghan holding hands with her mother, Doria Ragland.



    Happy one year anniversary to Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex! Today marks the one year anniversary of the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Their Royal Highnesses exchanged vows at St George’s Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19th, 2018. The selected song “This Little Light of Mine” was chosen by the couple for their recessional. We hope you enjoy reliving this moment, and seeing some behind the scenes photos from this special day. A message from The Duke & Duchess: Thank you for all of the love and support from so many of you around the world. Each of you made this day even more meaningful. Photo credit: Chris Allerton/Joe Short (B&W); PA (color) ©️SussexRoyal (B&W images and video)

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    “We hope you enjoy reliving this moment, and seeing some behind the scenes photos from this special day,” the Instagram post read.

    “Thank you for all of the love and support from so many of you around the world. Each of you made this day even more meaningful,” Harry and Meghan added.

    One week ago, the royal couple posted a special Mother’s Day message on Instagram, celebrating Meghan’s first Mother’s Day since giving birth to the couple’s first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, born on May 6th.

    Harry and Meghan introduced their newborn son, the first American and British biracial baby born into the royal family, to the public on May 8th.

    “It’s magic. It’s pretty amazing,” Meghan told the press, as Harry held their son. “I have the two best guys in the world, so I’m really happy.”

    “He’s just been the dream, so it’s been a special couple days,” she later said, and thanked the public for “all the well wishes and the kindness.”

    The photo op with the new family of three took place inside St. George’s Hall at Windsor Castle, which was where Harry and Meghan held their daytime wedding reception, ABC News reports.

    From their wedding to the arrival of their new son, Harry and Meghan have had quite the memorable first year of marriage. And we couldn’t be any happier for them. Happy anniversary, Harry and Meghan!

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    Khloe Kardashian's favorite butt workout. [Women's Health]

    Republicans are focusing on abortion over the economy for 2020. [The New York Times]

    Chicago elected a black, female openly gay mayor. [USA Today]

    This college's commencement speaker paid off all student debt in the class of 2019. [The Huffington Post]

    How the extreme abortion laws happened. [The Cut]

    Faith, friendship and tragedy at this high school. [Texas Monthly]

    Romances where the couple never meets are becoming normal for teens. [The Wall Street Journal]

    Game of Thrones theories we wish had been right. [Glamour]

    What has these Brazilian students protesting so furiously? [Teen Vogue]

    Inside the lives of Instagram dance stars. [Cosmopolitan]

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    Ever felt the need to add some pizzazz to your wardrobe or just wanted to go for an outlandish look? I vote Goodwill! I could say that I’m addicted, but everyone needs some retail therapy. So, wondering what to look for in a store full of jumbled trends? It’s okay, I can let you in on some Goodwill essentials. 

    5. Crewnecks/Pullovers

    I dedicate my crewnecks and pullovers for days where I literally just feel like a blob. Throw a crewneck together with a pair of ripped jeans and a pair of converse, you’re good to go! The key pullovers and crewnecks I search for are either monotone olives/pastels, vintage Nike/Adidas, half-zips, and rare, but vintage Tommy. Honestly, any crewneck or pullover will serve the blob day purpose!

    4. Stripes



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    There is NEVER a wrong season for stripes. Pinstripe shirts even catch my eye! Let’s focus on the basic, black and white, stripes that are evenly distributed across the shirt. These are the most perfect with blue or black jeans. For super contrast, go with the stripes and a pair of kneecap ripped light blue jeans. I would heart eye emoji if I could! Now for those willing to overstep boundaries, look for a “where’s waldo” t-shirt.

    I know you’re probably thinking there’s no way a “where’s waldo” tee could be an essential, but this is just a little nickname for the red and white striped shirts. Clever? No, not so much.

    3. Oversized T-shirts



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    I’m starting to think maybe I live to dress for blob days because these are definitely an essential! Goodwill has options that range from your monotone tees, DIY bleach dye tees, and all the way to urban designer tees.

    These give you a little bit more of flexibility with your outfits because you could either style a monotone oversized tee with a pair of super skinny rockstar jeans (extra ripped), or bleach dye a black oversized tee and style it with a pair of high-waist jeans/shorts!

    2. Jerseys

    Pay close attention to the racks because you just might skim over a pretty cool jersey! It doesn’t matter what kind of jersey. It could be a soccer, NASCAR, vintage basketball/football, hockey jersey, literally anything! If you have a vision for it, snag it. Snag it quick too because I promise you the next person will take a look at it.

    Jerseys can really be pair with any bottoms, but try to refrain from patterns on patterns.. eep!

    1. Dad Hats (& Hats In General!)



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    Frequent questions I receive sound like “where do you find all of your hats?” or “dude, can you get me a dad hat?” So, I’ll just drop some knowledge on how to find your own! Snapbacks are not back, let’s look for the strap-backs or maybe even the belt-backs?  A key feature to look for in the dad hats is the brim! Dad hats have a slightly curved brim and they are usually cotton.

    To add some zest maybe try distressing the brim or even bleaching the hat! Again, dad hats are for the inevitable blob days!

    A challenge for you: after the essentials, up it a level and try thrifting to express your creativity!

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    When it comes to applying to colleges, students are largely evaluated based on a multitude of numbers: grade point average, class grades, class ranking and standardized test scores. But now, students might be judged by yet another number as the College Board add another score to the SAT: the adversity score.

    The College Board, which administers the SAT college exam, plans to implement a new yardstick it calls the “Environmental Context Dashboard,” which is being widely referred to as the adversity score. The system, which has used by about 50 colleges and universities, will be expanded to 150 colleges starting this fall, and the new system will be made available to all colleges in 2020, Inside Higher Ed reports.

    But what exactly will this new score accomplish?

    According to The Wall Street Journal, this new metric is designed to capture students’ socioeconomic status and to give context to the SAT score. The College Board is utilizing a variety of environmental factors that may affect a student’s school and home life, including neighborhood crime rates, poverty levels, housing values, median family income and the communities average level of academic attainment, to determine a student’s “resourcefulness to overcome challenges and achieve more with less,” according to David Coleman, CEO of the College Board.

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    The score does not take race into account but does look at factors like the student’s high school’s average senior class size, the percentage of students eligible for free and reduced-cost lunches, and academic achievement in Advanced Placement classes, CNN reports.

    “This is a tool designed for admission officers to view a student's academic accomplishment in the context of where they live and learn,” a spokeswoman for the College Board said.

    To calculate the score, students will be scored on a scale of 1 to 100 based on records such as the U.S. Census and the National Center for Education Statistics, The Atlantic reports. Scores above 50 indicate that a student has had to navigate more obstacles that the average student to attain an education and to have access to college, whereas scores that are below 50 show that a student has had more opportunities than their peers.

    While students won’t actually know their score, college admissions officers will be able to see an “environmental context dashboard,” which breaks down all the factors that have gone into the score.

    According to Connie Betterton, a College Board vice president who has led the team in developing the new scoring system, says the team has been working on this for the past three to four years, with a number of college admissions offices telling the College Board what sort of information they felt would be most beneficial for their offices to have.

    When developing the score, the team found that admissions offices were most concerned about the talent they weren’t seeing, particularly students who might thrive on their college campuses but may have had weaker academic transcripts, Coleman told The Atlantic.

    “What these years were spent on was examining if the data [on poverty and disadvantage] was looked at together in a really clear way with the SAT, could it help admissions officers find kids they wouldn’t have seen? And do those students go on to flourish?” Coleman said. “And the evidence is that they do succeed, that they are resourceful.”

    For colleges who participated in a pilot program of the new score, including Yale and Florida State University, applicants from “higher levels of disadvantage were more likely to be admitted, suggesting that the additional context influenced admissions outcomes,” according to the College Board.

    While this new system does not alter a student’s SAT score, it shows how a student compares to other students at the school but does not include any sort of personal characteristics.

    Pace University President Marvin Krislov believes the adversity score tells only part of a student’s story.

    “It won’t let admissions officers know if the student has overcome a major disability or illness,” Krislov said in a statement. “Or if the student has experienced a significant loss. But it can be a useful new factor in a holistic admissions review.”

    But this new system marks a shift in how the College Board wants college admissions offices to think of its SAT scores, which have largely been criticized as a measurement of wealth and privilege, not intellect, as higher test scores correlate with higher family income and education levels, according to The Washington Post.

    While this new score can’t solve all of these inequities, proponents of the new score say that it is a step in the right direction.

    “You might see a student’s score and think, not bad but clearly below our university average. But then when you compare it to the school, it might be above the 75 percentile, which means they outperformed most people at their school,” John Barnhill, Florida State University’s Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, said. “I believe this context is a more accurate reflection of what the score represents.”

    Anthony Abraham Jack, a Harvard professor and the author of The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students, told The Atlantic, “It is giving us a look at how poverty and inequality directly affect students’ college destinations, as it relates to [test scores]. When students sit down [to take] the SAT, that doesn’t mean that everybody’s at the same starting line.”

    Critics, however, feel the new score demonstrates the shortcomings of the SAT.

    “Test-makers long claimed that their products were a ‘common yardstick’ for comparing applicants from a wide range of schools,” Robert Schaeffer, Public Education Director of the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, said in a statement.

    “This latest initiative concedes that the SAT is really a measure of ‘accumulated advantage’ which should not be used without an understanding of a student’s community and family background,” he added.

    According to the statement, more than 1,000 accredited colleges and universities have already opted out of using SAT or ACT scores in their admissions decisions.

    “Is it fair that the College Board, the group that has designed a test that has proven to be unfair and biased towards black and Hispanic students and those from low income backgrounds, is now telling everyone that they have a secret score that somehow mitigates the discrimination?” a blog post by Top Tier Admissions said. “Is it fair that the College Board penalize students who happen to live in affluent areas and attend good schools, especially those schools that don't offer AP courses?”

    But for Coleman, the results — more colleges admitting these students that might have otherwise been unseen — are what matter most.

    “We are beginning to help admissions officers find talent that was previously unseen to them, because that was the originating mission of the College Board,” Coleman said. “And I think the College Board is trying to take seriously the claim that SAT scores alone don’t do that. But seen in context, they could be powerful.”

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    Anna Wintour. Steve Jobs. Mark Zuckerberg. There is a common factor when you hear such prominent names. Sure, they’re successful individuals — but have you ever noticed what they wear?

    Think about it: How many times have you actually seen Anna Wintour’s eyes? They’re always shielded behind black shades. When you say “Steve Jobs,” you immediately think “turtleneck.” Even Mark Zuckerberg sticks to one style choice: a plain t-shirt. These are all their trademarks.

    It’s all about eliminating choice. Thinking about it now, I have multiple wardrobe changes each morning. It’s why I was always late in high school. (Thank god for first period study halls.) The idea of sticking to one look leaves more time to focus on important matters, and it also creates a signature image. This made me wonder what would happen if I created my own trademark look, and how it could affect my productivity.

    Well, I did just that for five days, and this is what I learned.


    My tactic for this week was to stick to a monochromatic color scheme and one signature item. Black is such a stand-alone color that it’s one of the first things my eyes zero in on among the mess that is my closet. It’s simple and makes a statement, especially donned head-to-toe in it.

    Not much thought went into this look. In fact, I found more time to eat and reach out to sources for articles. On this morning, I headed to work in my signature look. I felt more inclined to talk to guests that entered the clothing store. I marked it off as a successful day.   

    So, here I am, a cross between Edna from the Incredibles and any Instagram model with Adidas sweatpants. I have to admit. This first look went out of my comfort zone, but I definitely enjoyed it. I felt bold and chic.


    Yes — back in black, and channeling my inner Audrey Hepburn. For the first half of the day, I slept and wrote — not much to tell there.

    In the evening, however, I had a formal event. Therefore, it was a must to try out my little black dress hung untouched in the depths of my closet. I have always thought that dresses are the best thing to grab when you’re in a rush. It’s literally just one article of clothing to throw on (and it looks like you put in some effort).

    It took me less than five minutes to picture what I wanted to wear, spot it in my closet and put together an outfit. For the remaining time I had to get ready after rushing home from errands, I actually applied makeup and did my hair, which only happens once in a blue moon nowadays.


    On the third day of the experiment, I went to class and caught up on work. I wore sweatpants and a black brami (a bra and cami, according to Free People — revolutionary).

    My blackout shades came in handy, as they hid the bags under my eyes. The comfort factor of my attire allowed me to be my most productive self, alternating between my laptop, coffee and naps.


    Back on campus, it’s time to be on my A-game. Thursday mostly consisted of me running around all day — hence my athleisure.

    The black pieces that I have tend to be casual and match just about anything. Since I chose a monochromatic theme, everything was easy to put together. The sunglasses were great in making me look like I had my life together and added a touch of coolness to the look.


    For the finale, I turned to inspiration from the first day. I paired a black skirt with a knotted black t-shirt. Again, not much thought put into it. Surprisingly, the outfit was cute and comfy, allowing me to continue throughout the day with confidence and comfort.

    I didn’t realize how much I worried about my appearance until now. Life is made simple when choosing from a select few options while still finding a way to incorporate my own style.

    Though I do have a lot going on as a college student, I feel like this experiment would have been more impactful if I actually had a huge brand for myself or maybe run a company. However, by reducing my wardrobe, I am able to make easy choices that’ll allow me to focus on important projects or tasks and feel focused when making big decisions.

    It did free up some time that I take to figure out my outfits. Ultimately, however, it did wonders in boosting my confidence, which changed the way I approached things.

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    Morning! While you were sleeping (or staying up to binge-watch Friends for the tenth time, or pulling an all-nighter in the library), a few things went down that you’ll probably want to know about. So grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and get scrolling.

    Rumor Has It

    In a recent interview with the Sunday Times, Sophie Turner credits Joe Jonas for saving her life following years of struggling with mental health and body image issues.

    Turner, who started on Game of Thrones when she was only 13, revealed that encountering fame at such an early age led to her feeling “mentally unwell.”

    The GoT actress said she was “desperately unhappy” and a “complete mess,” and even considered suicide at one point.

    Getting extremely candid about the issues she has faced, the 23-year-old actress told the Sunday Times that by the time she was 19, she needed to start going to therapy and that her biggest struggle was with body image.

    “Suddenly, everyone's metabolism slows down at 17, 18 and then that's documented,” she said. “My skin and everything. People commenting on it. I was too aware of my body at a young age. And it just kind of took over my mind, it was all I would think about. Calorie counting, everything. ‘Oh, I’ll just eat nuts today.’”

    Her food restriction, though, started to have a grave impact on her body, noting, “I stopped having my period for a year—that’s when I decided to have therapy.”

    “I just think it’s so important everyone should have a therapist, honestly,” Turner added.

    According to Turner, she was “mentally unwell” when she first met Jonas, 29, when she was 20-years-old.

    “He was, like, ‘I can’t be with you until you love yourself, I can’t see you love me more than you love yourself,’” Turner said. “That was something, him doing that. I think he kind of saved my life, in a way.”

    Though social media had severely negative impacts on Turner’s health with all of the criticism regarding her appearance, social media did help her find happiness after she and Jonas met after he slid into her DMs, according to the Sunday Times.

    Earlier this month, the couple surprised fans by getting married in Las Vegas after the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, E! News reports. The couple is to have a larger wedding later in France.

    Turner revealed that at some point in their relationship, she and Jonas broke up for one day.

    “It was the worst day of our lives,” Turner said. “For a second, we both had cold feet, then 24 hours later we were both, like, ‘Never mind.’”

    News You Can Eat

    Calling all chocolate lovers, because Hershey’s Chocolate World is opening a new attraction today, May 20th, and it will take chocolate lovers on the journey of a lifetime.

    The latest attraction to hit Hershey’s Chocolate World is Hershey’s Unwrapped: A Chocolate Tasting Journey, an immersive and interactive (and delicious!) experience that is designed to take chocolate enthusiasts on a behind-the-scenes chocolate tasting adventure.

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    What makes the attraction so unique is that it’s a theatrical show, a hands-on experience and a chocolate tasting sessions all in one, Romper reports. How fun is that?!

    The experience starts off with the theatrical show, hosted by a nutty professor who teaches the guests how to “utilize their senses” most efficiently before meeting Doc Chocolate, a seasoned chocolatier, according to a press release for the attraction.  

    Doc Chocolate will lead guests through a series of tasty experiments in the chocolate lab, where visitors will be able to sample Hershey’s most “iconic and sought-after” chocolate.

    “Multiple generations of families have created memories at Hershey's Chocolate World over the last four decades. For our guests, the standard of a new attraction is high,” Suzanne Jones, Vice President of the Hershey Experience, said in a press release. “That’s why I’m so excited about Hershey’s Unwrapped. The experience will truly exceed those high expectations, with a lot of laughs — and of course, plenty of chocolate — along the way.”

    This attraction honestly sounds like a dream.

    While entrance to Hershey’s Chocolate World, which is located outside of Hersheypark, is free, admission to Hershey’s Unwrapped is $15.95 for anyone 13 and older, and children between the ages of three and 12 can get in for $12.95, PEOPLE reports.

    But there is more fun to be had at Hershey’s Chocolate World, including a 4D Chocolate Movie, Create Your Own Candy Bar and Hershey’s Chocolate Tour ride. You can make your trip even more fun by visiting the adjacent Hersheypark, which boasts more than 70 attractions, including waterslides and rollercoasters.

    Looks like it’s time to plan for a Memorial weekend trip!

    Then This Happened

    Women’s and civil rights groups are planning to hold nationwide protests this week over the recent bills that states have passed restricting access to abortions.

    Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Women’s March and other groups are organizing the nationwide demonstrations Tuesday, The Hill reports.

    “Across the country, we are seeing a new wave of extreme bans on abortion, stripping away reproductive freedom and representing an all-out assault on abortion access,” the groups said on the “Stop The Bans” protest website.

    “This is [President] Trump’s anti-choice movement… and it’s terrifying, particularly for women of color and low-income women who are most affected by these bans,” the groups said, adding that these bans are an “unconstitutional attempt to gut Roe and punish women.”

    Demonstrations will be held Tuesday at statehouses, town squares and courthouses across the country.

    “We will show up to speak out and fight back against this unconstitutional attempt to gut Roe and punish women,” the protest website states, referring to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the U.S. “Politicians shouldn’t be making decisions best left to women, their families and their doctors.”

    Pro-choice groups have expressed outrage in the recent weeks as numerous states have passed laws to restrict access to abortions.

    This past week, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed into law the nation’s strictest restriction on abortion, prohibiting all abortions in the state unless a mother’s life is at risk due to a pregnancy and making it a felony in the state of Alabama for a doctor to perform an abortion, HuffPost reports.

    On Friday, Missouri lawmakers passed a ban on abortions after eight weeks, with no exceptions for rape or incest victims. Republican Gov. Mike Parson told reporters he’ll sign the bill into law.

    Georgia and Ohio have also passed what is called “heartbeat legislation,” in which abortions are prohibited once a fetal heartbeat is detected.  

    So far, a total of 16 states have either passed or are considering heartbeat laws.

    (Not So) Happy Thoughts

    Us now that Game of Thrones has ended:

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    Whether you're totally obsessed with astrology or are just curious about the power of the planets and your zodiac sign, it doesn't hurt to check in on current astrological ongoings for a bit of ~insight~ into your life. Here's what the week ahead has in store for your sign — you just might find some valuable intel on everything from elevating your daily grind or hitting your boldest goals (@Sag, your happiness will be on another level!), to making the most of your relationship. Read on for what to expect this week and if you know your rising sign/ascendant, you're going to want to take that in, too.


    While the sun is in your communication zone from May 21 to June 21, you’ll be even more confident than usual about your goals. Brainstorming new approaches with friends and colleagues comes naturally, as well. The only hitch with this phase is that you may be overwhelmed with so many awesome ideas and need to narrow your focus. On Sunday, the moon in your spirituality zone harmonizes with Mars in your home zone, making it the perfect day to embrace whatever makes you feel secure and calm. Want to meditate, go to hot yoga, canceling those plans you felt lukewarm about and staying in to enjoy that CBD bath bomb? Go for it.


    When it comes to dreaming up new ways to bring in more funds or amplify your existing stream, the sky’s the limit while Mercury is in your money zone from Tuesday to June 4. You’ll be eager to learn more and talk to higher-ups, apply to jobs, and do whatever research you need to do to take your cash flow to the next level. The more ideas you can get flowing, the better your chances of success. That same day, the moon in your adventure zone harmonizes with Venus in your sign, making it an ideal time to shake things up with your partner or BFF. Think heading to a concert or movie, going dancing, or enjoying an exotic meal—all activities that would make for an especially fun or romantic time now.


    On Monday, the moon and Jupiter pair up in your partnership zone, fueling a super-lucky and social vibe. Whether you’ve been wanting to enjoy a fun night out with friends, go on a hot date with your partner or a potential S.O., or pitch a big idea that could help you take your academic/professional goals to the next level, today’s the day to get after it. From Tuesday until June 21, the sun is in your sign, boosting your confidence around your boldest personal goals. You’ll likely feel fired up, passionate, and capable—but maybe also a bit scatterbrained or overwhelmed at times, because there are just so many possibilities. Make sure to take time-outs to meditate on and set intentions around your truest desires, and go from there.  


    On Tuesday, the sun moves into your spirituality zone where it remains until June 21, and you might be feeling a bit more withdrawn. It’s OK if you’re more interested in focusing on self-care than going out or RSVPing ‘yes’ to all of those invites now. Strive to strike the balance between well-deserved quiet, solo time and leaning into social support from loved ones and friends. For instance, on Sunday, the moon in your adventure zone harmonizes with Mars in your sign, and you’ll crave an eye-opening, unusual experience with your partner or closest friends. Sharing the moment with someone you care about makes it even more memorable.


    On Monday, the moon and Jupiter pair up in your romance zone, setting the stage for major desire fulfillment with your S.O. or a potential partner. Sure, you might have deadlines to hit and chores to be checked off your list, but definitely go with any urges to flirt and even enjoy an impromptu date night. It could turn out to be rather magical. On Tuesday, Mercury moves through your friendship zone until June 4, and though you tend love to run the show, teamwork on a group project not only comes more naturally now, but it’s in your best interest. Collaboration can set everyone up for a round of applause.


    From Tuesday until June 21, the sun moves through your career zone, amplifying your focus and confidence. Whether you’ve been itching to make a play for more responsibility, the opportunity to make a big presentation, or to take your studies or job to the next level, you’ll be feeling even more assured that your aspiration is within reach. That same day, the moon in your romance zone harmonizes with Venus in your adventure zone, bumping up the potential for flirtation with someone new or a magical date night with your S.O. If you feel like taking chance and doing something you’ve never experienced before, you can totally trust your intuition. The result could be amazing.


    From Tuesday until June 4, Mercury moves through your higher learning zone, magnifying your curiosity and appetite for knowledge. It’s a perfect time to travel—especially  long-distance, like on a study abroad or business trip, if that’s in the cards—or to sign up for a class that will allow you to hone existing skills. Making new connections and trading imaginative ideas with existing ones feels especially exhilarating now. And on Tuesday, the moon in your home zone harmonizes with Venus in your intimacy zone, and the vibe is ripe for sharing what’s in your heart with your partner or a dear friend. Allowing yourself to feel vulnerable can make for a positive emotional breakthrough.


    On Monday, the moon and Jupiter pair up in your money zone, and you’ll be feeling pumped—or at the very least, optimistic—about your current job sitch. Channeling that positive energy toward a bold move (think applying for a promotion or sharing long-term goals with your boss) has a high chance of paying off now. From Tuesday to June 21, the sun moves through your intimacy zone, boosting your confidence around expressing deep emotions. Even though this is an especially social time, you might be feeling like bowing out of major group hangs and focusing more on bolstering your closest connections—and getting after your steamiest desires. Owning and expressing this can feel transformative.


    On Monday, the moon and Jupiter pair up in your sign, and your generally joyful mood could be on another level. You can use this energy to write up an ambitious professional proposal, experiment with your personal style, or treat yourself to a fun night out with your BFF or partner. Basically, whatever makes your heart happy is what you’ll want to do—and should definitely do. From Tuesday to June 4, Mercury moves through your partnership zone, boosting communication with your S.O., closest colleague, and/or BFF. Bouncing ideas off of these closest confidants will have you feeling even more focused and motivated to hit your own goals, as well as the ones you share with them.


    On Tuesday, the moon in your sign harmonizes with Venus in your romance zone, setting the stage for sexy sparks with your partner or someone who definitely has the potential to be one. Though you’re generally anything but mushy, it’s natural to feel in love with love right now. In fact, removing any walls that you’ve built up for emotional self-protection and being real about what you want can make for a pretty dreamy end game. And from Tuesday to June 4, Mercury in your wellness zone reinforces your desire to learn more about self-care and your current fitness plan. Dive into all the research, and try those different workouts. What you learn now can have you feeling stronger mentally and physically.


    From Tuesday to June 21, the sun moves through your romance zone, boosting your craving for lighthearted, spontaneous fun and flirtation. Though you generally prefer having a set game plan, going with the flow makes for even more magic right now. And you may also find expressing yourself creatively comes more naturally and feels especially therapeutic, so definitely pull out that journal or blank canvas, and run with any artistic impulses. On Sunday, the moon in your money zone harmonizes with Mars in your routine zone, and you could have a razor focus on switching up your schedule in a way that boosts productivity and income. If you can figure out how to sneak even more work-life balance into the mix, the better the upshot, too!


    From Tuesday until June 21, the sun moves through your home zone, making this a time for prioritizing bonding with your loved ones and carving out well-deserved, tranquil downtime. Embrace your urges to sleep in, take your pup for long, leisurely walks, or trading that aggressive boxing class for restorative yoga. Whatever activities help you feel secure and centered are 100% on-point for this phase. On Sunday, the moon in your sign harmonizes with Mars in your romance zone, and you’ll want to share your desires with your partner or a potential love interest. Your confidence now is totally magnetic.  

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    Shein is a website known for its notoriously low prices and incredibly trendy clothes. But often what you see in the picture is not always what you recieve in the mail. Usually, the clothes you recieve look similar to the ones you ordered, just much lower quality. I decided to see if this theory holds true with their lingerie. I ordered four lingerie sets and my total came out to $36! I figured if the lingerie sets look anything like the pictures, the $36 would easily be worth it. The shipping was free and my order came in about a week.

    Here's what I bought:

    1. The Eyelash Lace Garter Lingerie Set

    I knew I wanted to order a classic black lingerie set. I liked that this one, the Eyelash Lace Garter Lingerie Set, came with six pieces for $10. I ordered it in an XL because Shein always runs small. What I got in the mail was pretty identical to the picture. However, when I tried it on I started to love it less. My main problem is with the bra.

    The cups are extremely small while the band was really loose and not adjustable. The garter belt also only had one loop for the hook, so it wasn’t adjustable either. I like the undies and the garters, so I’m glad I will be able to wear some pieces of this set.

    2. The Appliques Tanga Lingerie Set

    I was most excited to get this set,  the Appliques Tanga Lingerie Set, in the mail. I love how flirty and cute the baby pink is with the mesh and flower appliques. I ordered a large for $10 and it fits really well, but I do have some issues with it.

    The flowers are BARELY sewn on and one fell off immediately after I tried it on. The set I received also has a lot less flowers that the one in the picture. 

    3. The Harness Detail Appliques Lingerie Set

    This set is called the Harness Detail Appliques Lingerie Set. I ordered it in a size large and it cost $9. I loved the juxtaposition between the feminine top and dominatrix bottoms. However, I had a ton of issues with it. The top is just so small. My girls were being suffocated by the lace appliques.

    The band fit nicely, but there was no room in the cup for my boobs. The panties took me approximately 20 minutes to get into. It is so difficult to figure out all of the straps. They are super cute once you get them on, and I will just have to pair them with another bra.(Photo Courtesy of Hannah Tyson)

    4. The Lace Trim Backless Criss Cross Satin Romper

    This cute little bodysuit is the Lace Trim Backless Criss Cross Satin Romper, which I ordered in a size large for $7. This was by far my favorite thing that I purchased. The color is so rich and sexy, and I love the contrast with the white lace.

    Surprisingly, it fit perfectly! The adjustable straps are really nice for someone with a short torso like myself. If I were to recommend buying any of these sets, it would be this one! 

    The scoop:

    Overall, the issues were not centered around poor quality, they were more about the fit. All of them, except the pink set, were pretty decent quality, but the proportions were off. Also, the bottoms seemed to fit more often than the tops. If you want to order some lingerie sets for fun, this is a great place to look.

    But if you are looking for lingerie for a special occasion, I would stick to a more traditional retailer.

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    It can feel a little risky to try and rock the latest makeup trends if you don’t typically stray too far from your everyday foundation-and-mascara-only routine. But adding a colorful eyeliner or a subtle pop of glitter doesn’t have to be a nerve-wracking process.

    Whether you’re wanting to hop on the latest Glossier trend, try black lipstick for the first time, or incorporate a rainbow highlighter into your routine, taking makeup risks can be super rewarding. While it may seem like you’re just making a small change, you’re actually growing by pushing yourself outside your comfort zone and building your confidence. Taking time in the morning to be brave sets you up for an awesome day, and helps you feel like a badass all day long.

    It’s way easier than you think to start incorporating new things into your daily routine gradually, and it’s really exciting to find a new fave product or makeup look. Here are some of the best ways to start taking risks with your makeup, even when you’re not feeling super adventurous.



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    Start small

    Taking risks with your makeup doesn’t have to be an overnight, drastic change. The best way to start dipping your feet in is just to introduce new things one at a time. 

    For example, you could start by committing to do one thing differently every day to get comfortable with breaking your routine. This could be playing with one of 2019’s trendy colors through a bold lip or by trying out a bright blue eyeliner if the occasion calls for it. 

    If you’re typically a no-makeup gal, try wearing a bold lip with no additional makeup. It can dress up your everyday look and will feel less risky than trying to wear a full face of makeup for the first time. You can even branch out by using tinted lip balms, like these amazing ones from Fresh, instead of diving right into using matte lipsticks or liquid lipsticks. 

    Like any time you're making a change or setting a goal for yourself, make sure to give yourself room and flexibility to adjust. No one makes a huge change in their habits overnight! By doing a little every day and being super conscious of the things you eventually want to be comfortable with, you'll gradually make changes and feel more confident in experimenting with new looks.



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    Related:I Tried A New Lipstick Every Day for 30 Days — Here's What I Learned

    Wear your new look at home first

    Once you’ve started to explore new products and applications, wear them around the house before you wear them to class or out with your friends. You’ll start to feel more comfortable with the look before venturing out into the world. 

    Don’t be afraid to test out new looks with your friends, either! Have a little makeup party with your squad and try on a bunch of fun ideas in one night. You’ll all feel more comfortable trying new things when you’re together and can encourage each other to try out the styles IRL.

    Another great way to branch out is to use YouTube and Instagram as inspiration. There are millions of tutorials online that will share how to create the look and outline how to use certain products. If you have an idea for something new in mind, like using a bold shade of eyeliner or adding a little sparkle to your look, you can search for those things and see just how to test them out (without having to experiment all over your face first)!



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    Related: How To Actually Achieve the No-Makeup Makeup Look

    Know that you are your own worst critic

    This is the most important thing to keep in mind with anything you do involving changing up your makeup or style. You really are your own worst critic, and the people around you will not judge you for trying something new! The people that matter will support you no matter what. Do what makes you happy and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks. You can’t base your ability to experiment on the opinions of others. 

    Taking risks with your makeup doesn’t have to disrupt your routine or be a huge lifestyle change. It can be refreshing and exciting to incorporate new fave styles. By being a little brave and trying something fresh, you can really amp up your confidence

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    Just when you thought the chocolatey, peanut buttery goodness of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup couldn’t get any better, the classic sweet treat got an ice cream makeover. Cold Stone Creamery’s new summer treat, Reese’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cups, literally has us drooling.

    The new Reese’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cup starts with a chocolate cup, then is filled with the brand’s handcrafted peanut butter ice cream which is sandwiched between layers of Reese’s Peanut Butter Sauce, according to Chew Boom. The treat is topped a chocolate fudge drizzle, sea salt and a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

    The Cold Stone launched the new ice cream treat on May 18th, which also happened to be I Love Reese’s Day.

    The Reese’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cup doesn’t appear to be a limited-time menu item, so we’re crossing our fingers that it’ll be here to stay.

    According to Cosmopolitan, if you’re looking for another Reese’s ice cream treat, Rich Products Corporation released a Reese’s ice cream cake in grocery stores. The ice cream cake has ice cream, of course, and layers of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, peanut butter whipped topping and Hershey’s chocolate sauce. Sounds incredible!

    So if you’re in the mood for the classic chocolate and peanut treat, head over to Cold Stone Creamery. We’ll see you there!

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    While most commencement speakers offer the graduating class words of wisdom and inspiration as they head off into the real world, billionaire philanthropist Robert Smith offered more to the class of 2019 at Morehouse University, offering to “put a little fuel in [their] bus” by paying off the entire class’ student loan debt.

    Smith, the chief executive officer of the San Francisco-based Vista Equity Partners, made the announcement Sunday his keynote graduation address at the historically black men’s college in Atlanta, promising to pay off the student loans of the nearly 400 graduates, which is estimated to cost approximately $40 million.

    “On behalf of the eight generations of my family that have been in this country, we’re gonna put a little fuel in your bus,” Smith told the graduating class. “This is my class, 2019. And my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans.”

    The pronouncement surprised the 396 graduates, prompting a jaw-dropping standing ovation from the students and their families, who began chanting “MVP! MVP!”

    Smith, 56, who graduated from Cornell University and Columbia University Business School, also received an honorary doctorate Sunday. According to the Associated Press, he had already pledged $1.5 million to the college, and someone familiar with his plans told BuzzFeed News that he promised to pay off the graduating class’ student debt without knowing how much it would be.

    But Smith had one request from the beneficiaries of his generous gift: “Now, I know my class will make sure they pay this forward. I want my class to look at these alumni, these beautiful Morehouse brothers, and let's make sure every class has the same opportunity going forward.”

    Morehouse President David Anthony Thomas told reporters after the graduation ceremony that he was stunned by Smith’s announcement. He said he spoke with Smith the night prior to the graduation ceremony about debt being one of the toughest challenges Morehouse graduates faced, with the average Morehouse student leaving school with $30,000 or more in debt, ABC News reports.

    “To remove that burden allows them to start this phase of their lives with so much more potential than they ever had when they sat down this morning because they can now do anything they want to do and nothing because they have to pay that debt,” Thomas said, adding that he has “never seen anything like this” in his 30-plus years in academia.

    “Three-hundred-and-ninety-six individuals will have their debt wiped out thanks to Robert F. Smith,” Thomas said.

    Aaron Mitchom, a graduating student at Morehouse told the AP that he had drawn up a spreadsheet to calculate how long it would take to pay off his $200,000 in student debt — 25 years, according to his calculations.

    “I can delete that spreadsheet,” Mitchom said. “I don’t have to live off of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I was shocked. My heart dropped. We all cried. In the moment it was like a burden had been taken off.”

    Another graduate, Ernest Holmes, said he and his classmates were overwhelmed by Smith’s announcement.

    “When he announced that he was going to pay off all our student debt, it was like a brief moment of disbelief and then immediately everyone went into tears, into hugging, into crying together,” Holmes told ABC News, adding that he has $10,000 in student loans.

    Holmes, who earned degrees in computer science and mathematics, has accepted a software engineering job at Google and says he plans to fulfill Smith’s request of paying it forward by becoming part of the $100,000 club, a special designation for Morehouse alumni who give back $100,000 to the school.

    “So that’s one of my goals within the next 10 years,” Holmes said.

    People online applauded Smith’s actions and spoke of the opportunities that his gift would afford these graduates.

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted this could be “the start of what’s known in Econ as a ‘natural experiment.’ Follow these students & compare their life choices w their peers over the next 10-15 years.”

    Smith told the graduates at the commencement ceremony that “this is [their] moment.”

    “This is your moment graduates. Between doubt and destiny is action. Between our community and the American dream is leadership. That’s your leadership. That’s your destiny. This doesn’t mean ignoring injustice. It means using your strength to right order,” Smith told the graduates.

    “True wealth comes from contributing to the liberation of people and the liberation of communities we come from depends upon grit and determination, and the greatness inside of you.”

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    Morning! While you were sleeping (or staying up to binge-watch Friends for the tenth time, or pulling an all-nighter in the library), a few things went down that you’ll probably want to know about. So grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and get scrolling.

    What in the World

    The Eiffel Tower was evacuated and closed down on Monday after a man climbed to the top of the Paris monument and refused to come down.

    The tower was closed after security agents spotted the man in the afternoon climbing up the structure from the second floor, prompting an evacuation of the 2,500 visitors on the monument, including guests who were dining on the second floor, according to a statement from the tower management company.

    Streets surrounding the Eiffel Tower were also cleared and closed to the public.

    “The man entered the tower normally and started to climb once he was on the second floor,” an Eiffel Tower spokeswoman told Reuters.

    Video footage showed the man close to the observation deck towards the top of the tower and clung to the Parisian landmark for more than six hours, BBC News reports.

    Members of a special firefighter climbing unit and police negotiators eventually persuaded the man to surrender, a Paris police official said. As of Monday night, the man was “under control and out of danger.”

    The man, whose motives for climbing the tower are unclear, has not yet been identified.

    Authorities wouldn’t say how the man managed to get past the Eiffel Tower’s stringent security system, but the management company, SETE, said that such intrusions remain “very rare,” ABC News reports.

    Managers promised that patrons whose visits were affected Monday would be reimbursed.

    The tower will reopen to the public at 9:30 a.m. local time today.

    News You Can Eat

    One of the best parts about Disneyland is all of the Instagrammable food, and this month, Disneyland has a new menu item that you’re going to want to share on your feed: the spaghetti burger.

    We’ve all been there — deciding between having a burger or pasta can be really difficult. But Disneyland’s new photo perfect menu item is the ultimate combination of both.

    According to The Disney Food Blog, the Spaghetti Burger has a beef patty topped with gooey mozzarella cheese, sun-dried tomato spread and arugula, all sandwiched between two “buns” made of fried spaghetti.

    Image via Disney

    Sounds like the perfect meal!

    The new burger is served at Sand Bar Lounge at the Paradise Pier Hotel.

    But that’s not the only new item coming to Sand Bar Lounge. According to ABC News, the menu will also feature Confetti Dessert Nachos, topped with vanilla whipped cream, diced strawberries, chocolate drizzle and sprinkles.

    Sand Bar Lounge also has a plant-based burger, the PBJ Burger Slider, which is made with a plant-based patty, peanut butter and blackberry jam, and served on a toasted potato bun.

    Time to book a trip to Disneyland for all the new food!

    Then This Happened

    President Donald Trump has directed former White House counsel Donald McGahn to not testify before Congress Tuesday regarding special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, the White House said Monday.

    In a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, McGahn’s lawyer, William Burck, said the former White House counsel “will respect the President’s instruction” and not appear before the committee, HuffPost reports.

    “Mr. McGahn remains obligated to maintain the status quo and respect the President’s instruction,” Burck said, according to The Washington Post. “In the event an accommodation is agreed between the Committee and the White House, Mr. McGahn will of course comply with that accommodation.”

    Earlier, in a letter written to Nadler, current White House counsel Pat Cipollone said that McGahn is “absolutely immune” from being compelled to testify before Congress regarding his time as White House counsel.

    “The immunity of the President’s immediate advisers from compelled congressional testimony on matters related to their official responsibilities has long been recognized and arises from the fundamental workings of the separation of powers. Those principles apply to the former White House Counsel,” the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel opinion on McGahn reads. “Accordingly, Mr. McGahn is not legally required to appear and testify about matters related to his official duties as Counsel to the President.”

    Cipollone wrote that because of this “constitutional immunity,” “the President has directed Mr. McGahn not to appear at the Committee’s scheduled hearing on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.”

    On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders claimed the White House has been “completely transparent” with Mueller’s investigation.

    “The Department of Justice has provided a legal opinion stating that, based on long-standing, bipartisan, and Constitutional precedent, the former Counsel to the President cannot be forced to give such testimony, and Mr. McGahn has been directed to act accordingly,” Sanders said in a statement. “This action has been taken in order to ensure that future Presidents can effectively execute the responsibilities of the Office of the Presidency.”

    “The Democrats do not like the conclusion of the Mueller investigation – no collusion, no conspiracy, and no obstruction – and want a wasteful and unnecessary do-over,” she added.

    Nadler responded to the White House’s decision Monday, saying his committee would meet as planned Tuesday morning and McGahn was expected to appear.

    “It is absurd for President Trump to claim privilege as to this witness’s testimony when that testimony was already described publicly in the Mueller Report,” Nadler said in a statement. “Even more ridiculous is the extension of the privilege to cover events before and after Mr. McGahn’s service in the White House.”

    McGahn is an important witness to some of the activity outlined in the second half of Mueller’s report, which focused on whether Trump obstructed justice. According to ABC News, McGahn met with the special counsel multiple times for more than 30 hours and was questioned more extensively than any other member of the White House that went in to be interviewed.

    Mueller had requested to speak to McGahn regarding the circumstances surrounding former FBI Director James Comey’s firing and his alleged involvement in former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from the Russia investigation.

    “Mr. McGahn is a critical witness to many of the alleged instances of obstruction of justice and other misconduct described in the Mueller report,” Nadler wrote in a press release last month, along with a subpoena request for McGahn to testify and supply documents related to Mueller’s investigation. “His testimony will help shed further light on the President’s attacks on the rule of law, and his attempts to cover up those actions by lying to the American people and requesting others do the same.”

    The White House had instructed McGahn to not comply with the House Democrats’ documents request.

    Trump told reporters later Monday that his counsel is attempting to block McGahn’s testimony before Congress “for the office of the presidency.”

    “I think it’s a very important precedent,” Trump said. “The attorneys say that they’re not doing it for me, they’re doing it for the office of the president. We’re talking about the future.”

    Happy Thoughts

    Today is National Strawberries and Cream Day! A Starbucks’ Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino sounds pretty good rn. 

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    This piece has been syndicated from Her Campus U Iowa.You can join a chapter at your school (or start your own!).

    With Earth Day getting closer, I wanted to try the No Trash for a Day Challenge. While I usually try my best to reduce the amount of trash I accumulate and recycle often, I wanted to dedicate a day to do the absolute most for our planet with the hopes of finding new habits I can utilize on a regular basis. Little did I know how difficult this challenge would be due to being a college student living on campus.

    The Game Plan

    Before going into the challenge, I knew there would be exceptions. I was still going to be using things like toilet paper, opened packaged products I already own (shampoo, body wash, face cream, etc.) and tissues. I was also still going to eat meals from the dining hall that most definitely had packaging before being put out to serve. I knew that would be unavoidable for me.

    With those exceptions, I made a list of the basics I would have to do to go trash-free for a day:

    • Avoid all packaged products.
    • Use reusable shopping bags.
    • Avoid disposable straws, paper napkins, receipts, etc.
    • Reduce, reuse, recycle!

    Sounds easy, right?

    The Challenges & Realizations

    Everything comes in packaging. I didn't think about what I would do for an evening snack in my room and ended up not being able to eat anything I had.

    It wasn't just food in my room that was packaged, everything in all of the convenience stores on campus is packaged. It is impossible to find food on campus without producing some kind of waste. 

    I forgot to bring my reusable water bottle with me on the day I committed to this challenge. Usually, it wouldn't be a big deal and I'd buy a bottle of water. I had to commit to drinking from water fountains from 8 a.m. until about 5 p.m. It definitely was not an ideal situation, but I refused to give up, and I powered through.

    While I can recycle paper in this challenge, I came to the realization of how much paper I'm required to waste for many of my classes. I didn't think too much about it before this challenge, but why are students required to print course readings when they are readily available online? Recycling is great, but I'd rather avoid using all the paper (pictured below) in the first place. 

    What is the University of Iowa Doing?

    According to the University of Iowa Office of Sustainability and the Environment, by 2020 the University of Iowa wants to divert 60% of our waste from the landfill and by 2017 our campus diversion rate hit 38%. The university makes it easy to separate our recyclables, compost, and trash with separation bins, but why are these bins not in all campus buildings?

    In my short time here at the University of Iowa, I have also noticed certain places on campus swapping out plastic straws and cups to compostable alternatives. All of these things are great, but we could be doing more.

    My Final Thoughts

    Even though I hit a few bumps throughout the day, it felt rewarding going through my day without throwing out trash. It is ridiculous how impractical it is to go trash free. Even though the University of Iowa is continuing to make great progress towards reducing our waste, there should be easier ways to avoid using some waste altogether, especially on college campuses.

    We should all be doing more to save our planet. If anyone is thinking about participating in this challenge or even just reducing their waste the tiniest bit, do it.