Our Favorite Halloween 2017 Makeup Looks

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Your costume is only one part of your Halloween look. Where you should really spend your time is with your makeup. Using what’s already in your makeup bag, you can transform your costume using these awesome tutorials! Which one do you plan on trying this Halloween season?

     1. Basic Pennywise

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9sNJhVyYaA

Everyone’s favorite horror clown is going to be the Halloween costume of the year. Getting the makeup right is essential. This vlogger shows how to get the job done and scare all your friends in the process.

     2. Disney Villians

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJfi2AN_rmY

Being evil never looked so good. With looks from Ursula to the Queen of Hearts, you can get in the spirit by recreating your favorite bad girl looks from childhood movies.

     3. Dark Disney Princess

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8K1gLHmC7Bw

If you’re going to go Princess-y, you might as well go dark too. These reimagined princess looks will have you gasping at the site.

     4. Makeup on the Go

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a24nYM3tT8

Minutes to go and no costume? These easy makeup looks are so simple that just about anyone with a makeup brush and a small palette can do in ten minutes or less.

     5. Gothic Twist

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SjGZzyN81M

Witches, pirates, fairies, and other Halloween staples don’t have to be so innocent looking. With a little gothic makeup, you can paint a more sinister picture while still looking fantastic. You might even take some of this makeup advice to your regular look.

     6. Shining Skulls

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVgQV6v_QKY

One of the more classic makeup looks is to get down to the bone. Using shadowing techniques and vibrant colors, this neon skull is a great conversation look. Pair with an all black outfit or glow-in-the-dark costume.

     7. Dollar Bill Lace Skull

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shzxWIoQ7d0

It’s not hard to find skull makeup tutorials to fit your style. But we especially dig this one for the low cost makeup and the attention to details. It’s perfectly pretty and fits just about any outfit.

8. Basic Zombie

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7xQEG1JMKI

Zombie princess. Zombie president. Zombie football player. Zombie… you name it! Zombie-fy your costume with makeup looks that is as easy as it gets.

     9. Emoji Pro

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21otnaBvQ44

You don’t need makeup to look like the “whatever” emoji, but for the smiley faces, you could use some help from a big bottle of yellow and a tiny bit of creativity. This is a great costume idea, but make sure the person wearing the poop emoji knows what he or she is getting into.

10. Retro Girl

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dau67xQ7oA

Vintage is in and so are 1920’s-1960’s characters. Get your pin-up, flapper, and hippy vibe using makeup tutorials that match the era of your costume.

     11. Superheroes

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYiF_0VFVD4

Some of our favorite movie characters are the best ones to recreate in costume. This tutorial breaks down the Gotham ladies — Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman. You can even find pop art and cartoon versions of these looks if you want to get even more artsy with your makeup!

That wraps up our list of favorite Halloween makeup looks. Hopefully, you are inspired to take your costume to the next level. Let us know which look you decide to go with!

Campus Style on a College Budget

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Staying up on fashion trends is one of our top hobbies. But paying for clothes off the runway, at boutiques, or through our favorite designers has us entirely at a loss. How can you be as fabulous as can be when you can’t afford to wear what’s in? We break down 10 ways we’re keeping our style within your budget — spending little (sometimes not even a penny) on the latest trends.

  1. Throw a Closet Party

We grow out of our clothes faster than we like to think. That’s why throwing a closet party with your most fashionable (and closest-in-size) friends is a fast way to find new clothing staples. The rules are simple: bring clothes to exchange and only take the number you brought yourself. Whatever is left over can be donated to a local charity.

     2. Rent Directly

There are a ton of businesses who make bank allowing you to rent high-end designer pieces. The prices can range from $20 to $100, but you’ll get a thousand-dollar (or more) look without anyone knowing it isn’t yours. For those very special occasions, this is one of our go-to options.

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     3. Go Thrifting

Thrift stores are everywhere — and with good reason. Many of them specialize in designer pieces, specific sizes, and high-quality goods at unbeatable prices. Make an afternoon out of it, and visit a couple to score some great deals! Find one that fits your style, and most importantly your budget.

     4. Re-sell and Profit

Did you know you can sell your old clothes and then use the profits to buy new pieces? Sites like eBay and Polyvore are crazy-addictive, and they make a great side hustle for frugal college fashionistas with a good eye for what’s on trend.

     5. Borrow from a Fashionable Friend

Find your new BFF: Best Fashionable Friend. Your wardrobe will love the updating, even if temporarily, and you can bond over pieces you see in magazines or on your favorite celebrities. It’s a win-win!

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    6. Build a Capsule with What You Have

Minimalists will tell you that capsule wardrobes are a must. Build a wardrobe with staple pieces that are simple and high quality. Once you check off the pieces you need, then you can use Pinterest and minimalist sites to make hundreds of outfit possibilities!

     7. Check Resale Groups

Facebook and Craigslist are awesome places to find a deal on new clothing. Just be safe about what you buy. Always use cash. Pick up in a public spot, even bring a friend. And do your research on if the piece is real or fake before you purchase.

     8. Become a Clothing Couponer

While extreme couponing for clothes isn’t as easy as it is for groceries, you can get good discounts on clothing when you know where to look. Ebates, for one, gives you cash back for online purchases. Loyalty programs can alert you to exclusive discounts. And don’t forget your college ID! Stores like J. Crew offer a percentage off when you show it at the checkout.

     9. Hit Up Salvation Army and Goodwill

The time it takes to double check for stains and tears is worth it when you can find pieces like gently worn Lululemon for 75 percent off or Kate Spade dress for under $20! Go on discount tag days for even bigger savings.

    10. Make Your Own

Who says you must wear only designers? Recreate your favorite looks by following patterns and buying a used sewing machine. A class, experienced friend, or YouTube tutorial can show you the basics. In no time, you’ll be designing your own wardrobe!

While in college, staying on top of the latest fashion trends is one of the most important things. Spending within your budget can pose some unique challenges. Let this list serve as a starting point for more creative ways to look fashionable and save money!

Setting a Budget for the Remainder of Your College Career

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Welcome to adulting! It seems fun at first, but it’s also pretty risky. There’s a lot that can go wrong — especially with your money while you’re in college. The best way to protect yourself from debt or pesky fees is to set up a budget.

Here’s how you can make the best one possible in just a few easy steps:

  1. Gather Your Supplies

Before you get started, you’ll need your paperwork. Get a hold of a copy of every bill you pay regularly. Some frequent ones include your car insurance, phone, credit card, medical bills, debt to your parents, gym membership, Netflix subscription, etc. If you live in an apartment, bills would include your rent and utilities.

2. Categorize Everything

Then, if you use a debit or credit card, look at your complete spending statements from last month. Write it all down or print it out so you can categorize it. Our most common categories include Housing, Phone/Cable/Internet, Transportation, Food, Lifestyle, Entertainment, Insurance, Debt. Giving, and Savings.

Take those receipts or statements from your bank and start to give everything you spent a category. Eating out goes in Entertainment. The shoes you bought is classified as Lifestyle. Your credit card bill is in Debts. Do this until you’ve got a full picture of every dollar you’ve spent over the last month.

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3. Look at Your Income

Next, look at your paychecks, as well as any extra regular money you make from side jobs like babysitting or allowances from your parents. This is defined as income. If it’s not steady (say you work hourly or get tips), round down an average to be safe.

Compare your income and your total spend from last month. Does it cover your bills? If yes, then you’re doing great and proceed to step five. If not, move on to step four.

4. Get a Reality Check

Overspending in college is a huge issue and we rarely fail to see it until it’s too late and we’re short on cash. Now that you know you’re in the red, you need to act. Go back to those categories and see what you can cut. You can probably do without daily coffee or another new outfit in your closet every single month.

For example, if you’re consistently short $100, take $10 off of each category or cut out your shopping habit altogether. Can’t cut anything? Time to make more money with a side job or extra hours!

5. Give Yourself an Allowance

One great way to keep yourself within your budget is to ditch the cards and go cash only. I know — crazy! But it works, especially for overspenders! Having cash will make you think twice about those splurge night outs. And it will help you visualize your money. Use envelopes, clips, or even dividers in your wallet for your categories.

If you’re not comfortable carrying large amounts of cash, you can set up checking bank accounts or a reloadable Visa gift card for your big spend items (like eating out or shopping).

Start saving, even if it is just a piggybank!

6. Be Wise With the Extra

Now is the time to pay down your student loans. If you pay while you’re in college, even a small amount monthly, you’ll save HUGE on the amount owed when you graduate. No student loans? Get investing! Open a Roth IRA or Traditional IRA and save for retirement. Or open a traditional savings account and save for that future expense like a new car or your study abroad. When you know how to budget, you can afford to treat yourself.

Taking the initiative to establish a budget while still in college is one of the most important money-conscious actions that you can take. If you can abide by a stricter budget while in college, it will be a breeze post-graduation. Not only will you feel like a million bucks by having your finances under control, you will be well on your way to saving that million!

10 Halloween Costumes You Can Make In Your Dorm Room

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Making your own costume is a must when you’re on budget. But when you’re a college student living in a tiny dorm room with limited crafting resources, making your own Halloween costume can be tricky. We picked out our top ten creative ideas for college-approved costumes to help you pick out your winning look.

     1.Crazy Cat Lady

Bedhead, mixed matched clothes, stuffed cats pinned to your clothes or carried in a purse. That’s all you need to pull off this nightmare costume!

     2. Candy Crush

There are so many food-related DIY ideas out there. Our favorites are a gumball machine (red skirt or pants and taped fuzzy, colored balls to a white t-shirt), pineapple (yellow dress with green, leafy headdress), and can of soda (dress or single colored outfit with your flavor printed across your chest and a tin colored paper plate hat as the cap). So easy and sweet!

     3. Stickfigure

White shirt and pants and black electrical tape lining the body make an instant stick figure. Add string, battery powered lights and you’re the glow-in-the-dark version! Another twist is to be the women’s or men’s bathroom man or woman using cardboard cutouts.

     4. LEGO Piece

A large Amazon box and glued on containers painted in one color makes the perfect lego you can wear around all night. The trick is finding a box big enough!

     5. Fortune Teller

If you’re into the boho look, you can basically take anything in your wardrobe (crazy colored skirt or pants, bright colored top, knit sweater, and oversized headband) and go with it. Bring a crystal ball (glowing bouncy ball works) to tell fortunes all night.

     6. Game Piece

If you have a suit, you can be the Monopoly man with his monocle and fake money. You can DIY a Guess Who piece with a cardboard frame and some inspiration from the real characters. Add Operations cute body parts to nude colored clothing (and don’t forget the red undies). Or, consider buying the Twister mat and DIY-ing a simple dress for the night.

     7. Work of Art

If you’re great with makeup and a fan of fine art, combine your skills and recreate your favorite painting. Some popular choices include the Girl with the Pearl Earring, a Lichtenstein character, or even a Greek statue.

     8. Emoji Characters

A yellow outfit and some cut out facial expressions makes a quick and easy emoji. You can also be the more expressive emojis out there like the boy running or the girl crossing her arms.

     9. Brand Labels

Starbucks lovers can become a cup of whatever they order with a white or brown outfit and the Starbucks logo wrapped around their waist (giant green straw optional). Flannel loving guys with a beard (or a fake one if you have the patience to draw or glue one on) make great Brawny paper towel men. If you’ve got a yellow raincoat and an umbrella, you can become the Morton Salt girl in seconds! Get creative with your pantry items.

     10. Protesting Halloween

Maybe you’re not in the spirit or Halloween isn’t your thing. That’s okay too. Instead of playing along, make the message loud and clear by dressing in another holiday’s outfit instead. Wear an ugly Christmas sweater or a Santa costume. Bring out the Easter bunny baskets and ears. Go all Uncle Sam. It’ll have everyone talking!

5 Unconventional Homesickness Remedies

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Being away from your parents and home can be tough. At some point, everyone will go through that phase. If you’ve tried all the usual ways to cure your blues, have no fear! We’ve got five unconventional homesickness remedies that will have you back to yourself in no time.

 

1.    Book a Ticket Home

Surprise! One of the best ways to cure your homesickness is to actually plan a trip home. First, planning a trip will occupy your mind, and research has shown you’re at your peak happiness point when you’re planning travel than when you actually are on your trip!

Secondly, planning a visit back home will give you a date to anticipate. It’s like circling a date on the calendar and counting down days. You know it’s coming so it’s more set in stone. And having a ticket makes it final. You know you’ll come home on a specific date, so there is less to fret over and more to anticipate.

 

2.    Send a Care Package Home

If you’re a little sad about missing a holiday or a birthday, just imagine how your parents must feel not seeing you every day! Cheer them (and yourself) up with a little surprise love. By sending a care package, you’ll get the opportunity to totally change your perspective and mood.

Here’s how to do it. Find items around your campus. Take and print out pictures of you at your favorite spots. Go old school and send them a graded paper you worked on so they can hang it on their fridge. Parents love that stuff, and you’ll be sending them a piece of your new home all-in-one package.

 

3.    Cut Off Communication (Temporarily)

This one’s the hardest one of all. Your heart probably wants yet another Skype call with your mom or FaceTime session with your sister. But mentally, setting some strict limits on calls and video chats can really help you get over your homesickness.

It only has to be temporary. You don’t need to do it for weeks at a time (nor should you). But limiting calls to once or twice a week instead of every night sets boundaries between you and them. It also helps you lessen your dependency on home to make you feel better in your new environment.

 

4.    Act Like a Tourist

Even though you’re a few weeks into the school year, you can still consider yourself the new person. Take a weekend and some friends and go exploring. Get recommendations for the best ice cream shop, take a hike on a trail, or see a movie at a vintage theater. If you’re in the city, learn how to use public transportation.

Acting like a tourist can get you exploring. You’ll find a new pizza place to call your favorite. You’ll figure out how to get around your town. And you’ll feel more confident when you’re less of a tourist and more of a permanent resident.

 

5.    Start a Routine and Keep It

College is your chance to be who you want to be and to change who you were back home. And it all starts with a solid routine. Maybe you want to be more athletic. Set the alarm and get up early for a jog. If you want to read more, head to the library every day for some quiet time. If you want to look a certain way, practice makes perfect.

The point is that routines matter and they can help you settle into a new place faster. The more you devote yourself to the daily transformation, the easier it will be to look back and not dwell on what you’re missing. While homesickness can be a bummer, you can get by.

Grocery Shopping 101 for College Freshman

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Living on your own for the first time can be pretty intimidating, especially when it comes to the whole eating thing. Sure, you could rely on the cafeteria and the takeout menus you find. But do you really want to leave your health and your stomach to chance? Instead of having others do the cooking, learn how to shop for your food made for dorm rooms with this basic Grocery Shopping 101 guide.

 

Making Your Dorm Room Grocery List

Before you go anywhere, you need a shopping list. It’ll keep you from buying things you don’t need and from overspending on what you want. A grocery list also expedites the process and gets you in and out much faster.

So what do you need? It’s important to remember that you don’t have the fully loaded kitchen like you do at home. A full grocery cart will go to waste so avoid overbuying. Instead, stick to the basics with this list:

  • ½ gallon of milk
  • Instant breakfast drink mixes
  • Granola
  • Fruit (apples, bananas, berries, etc.)
  • Eggs (half-dozen)
  • Bread (or tortillas)
  • Sliced or shredded cheese
  • Cereal
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Small tub of butter
  • Veggies (lettuce, cucumber, baby carrots, etc.)
  • Yogurt
  • Sliced chicken or pre-cooked meat
  • Instant noodles, pasta, and soup (mac and cheese, ramen, etc.)
  • Instant rice
  • Snacks (cookies, chips, pretzels, popcorn)
  • Coffee, tea, or other drinks you enjoy
  • Salt, pepper, and other spices you use frequently

 

Where to Shop

Any grocery store will do just fine, to be honest. However, if you’ve never been grocery shopping on your own before, you may want to try somewhere smaller. Discount stores are a good place to start because there’s less selection and the prices aren’t so high. If you’re more health conscious, stores with a focus on organic products or local farmers markets are even better bets.

It also helps to do a pre-shop so you can get the lay of the land. Big box stores in particular can be overwhelming and confusing. If you find you’re going to be in a rush or you hate larger stores, just doing a practice shop to pick up a few items and explore the aisles can really come in handy.

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When to Shop

Frequency matters, especially if you’re working with limited fridge, freezer, or pantry space. A good rule of thumb is to shop weekly. That keeps your perishable items from going bad, and it means buying less each shop.

Go on a weekday, if possible. Weekends are terribly busy, and you may get stuck in a checkout line forever. Weekdays, especially in the afternoon, means you’ll have the place to take your time and do your thing with zero pressure. Plus, the pricier items go on sale during the week!

 

Shopping Tips and Tricks

A few sturdy and large grocery bags are essential these days. Plastic and paper aren’t in style, and having those things around is annoying and wasteful. Cloth or reusable plastic is a must.

Don’t forget to pick up some storage tubs and baggies. Avoid insect problems by locking it up if it can be easily gotten to. Plus, then it makes it easier to store in places like under your bed or in a grocery storage cube.

Coupon and cashback apps are essential to saving money. Ibotta is one example where you can get money back for buying certain grocery items. Seriously! Even more stores have reward programs where you can get discounts the more frequently you use it. If you’ve got the option, carry the card on your keys so it’s always handy.

Explore grocery delivery services if you’ve got the cash. They can be pricey, but they are good to know in case you’re sick and in need of soup and tea and can’t make it to the store yourself.

Managing Finances in College (Plus, Win $1000!)

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Money. There’s a good chance that, if you’re in college, you don’t have much of it, and you probably don’t have much experience managing what you do have. Whatever your financial situation, college is the perfect time to learn the basics of budgeting, saving, and investing for your future. Here are some steps you absolutely must take to manage your finances. Read on, and learn how you could win $1,000 through OCM’s Room Goals contest!

 

Keep School Costs Down

Did you know that the average student graduates with over $37,000 worth of student loan debt? That’s a year’s worth of salary for entry-level workers. Incredibly, it can take ten, twenty, or even thirty years to pay it all back — especially if you’ve got high interest rates.

Though your debt could end up being much less — or much more — there’s one step you should consider taking now: Pay something towards your loans every month! It could be a few bucks a month or a couple hundred when you get it.

Though it may seem like a waste of money to start paying before you actually receive your first bill, it’s actually a very smart idea. By starting your payback now, you can significantly lessen what you owe by paying down the principal before it starts accruing interest. A payment of just $5 per month can mean way more now than it will once you start getting regular bills.

 

Apply for Scholarships

Believe it or not, scholarships aren’t just for incoming freshmen. In fact, far from being the time to coast, now is when you should be ramping up your scholarship search! Apply everywhere and anywhere. Look in your community’s newspaper, on bulletin boards on campus, and on scholarship search sites. Plan on applying to at least ten scholarships a week, if not more.

 

The trick is to apply for scholarships that may be overlooked — ones that are $250-1500 range. While that may not seem like a lot when you have an insane tuition bill, several $1,000 scholarships can add up quickly!

One scholarship you simply can’t forget to apply for is OCM’s Room Goals scholarship. All you need to do to apply is submit a photo of your awesome dorm room and some info to be considered. It’s that easy — no tedious essay necessary!

 

Learn to Budget

Budgeting doesn’t have to be hard or complex. With little bills and income, we promise you that budgeting in college will only take about an hour each month to do. All you’ll need are your pay stubs, your monthly bills (like car insurance and phone), and a calculator.

First, write down how much you typically make in a given month. If you don’t have a regular income, or if you get tips that can vary from day to day, take an average or your best guess. Then, write out and total up your bills due. Next to each bill, write a due date, and then put that due date in your calendar so you don’t forget. Now, subtract your bills from your income and that is what is leftover for things like groceries, eating out, school supplies, and fun. Make categories that reflect your life and money goals and give each dime a place to go.

 

Open the Right Financial Accounts

You should have two bank accounts: checking and savings. These should be at banks that are close to campus and have online access. You should also have a debit card for at least your checking account.

If possible, set up your bills to auto-draft the amount from your checking account to your savings account each month. There are also apps like Qapital and Digit that will do it for you if you have a tough time pulling the trigger. Learning to save money while you’re in college will help you build a foundational good money habit.

 

Understand Financial Basics

Before pulling the trigger on anything financial, it’s a good idea to make sure you fully understand the terminology, methods, and costs. Grab a book from the library, take a financial literacy class, or read some blogs by other millennial money experts. The more you learn, the more confident you’ll be managing your finances.

 

Going into University in a Relationship

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Love in college can be a tricky subject. In fact, for many relationships, college serves as a tipping point, either setting you up for the ultimate commitment or exposing flaws you never even knew were there. Going into a new school or a new semester with a boyfriend or girlfriend can be tricky, but you two can make it work by understanding what to expect and taking a few pointers on how to make it work.

 

Long Distance Relationships

What to expect:

Arguably the most common and hardest of all relationships to manage, the long distance can be a killer. You’ll have days when your schedule won’t line up at all, when you’ll have doubt or uncertainty, and your trust will be tested (especially if you’re both freshman). Even managing visiting schedules can be tough if you’re more than a drive away.

 

How to make it work:

Be open and honest, and set expectations from the get-go. If you decide your relationship should be exclusive, make sure your partner agrees. Plan out dates well in advance, including screen time, and do your best to be flexible with travel. Don’t let one person travel more than the other or expect them to give up family time to be with you when you are in the same locale. Flexibility is key.

 

Shared College Relationships

What to expect:

At some point, you’re going to want your space — but you might be afraid to say it. You might even grow tired of seeing one another, since distance or parents isn’t a problem. It’s hard to keep things fresh when you live in the same residence hall so you may have issues with repeating dates or a lot of nights in going through a Netflix binge.

 

How to make it work:

Make your own friends, schedule time apart, and keep communication lines open. Don’t be afraid to say when you’re in need of some alone or friend time. All healthy relationships are ones where you can be apart for some time but still in love. Try not to cling to what they like to do, and certainly don’t pick a major just because of them. Being your own, unique person in college is important to both your personal growth and that of your relationship.

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One Partner Back at High School or Already Graduated Relationships

What to expect:

You might miss a lot of signals and experiences. This is especially true if your partner hasn’t been through college yet and doesn’t really get the pressure or stresses like you experience them. You might miss out on a lot of their world too, like prom or a job promotion, because of school.

 

How to make it work:

Be patient with your partner, especially if he or she is having a hard time keeping up with your new and insanely busy lifestyle. Don’t expect them to always be on the same page as you or to have similar goals. If they’re a senior in high school, try to support them as they search for their school, but don’t pressure them to pick the place you’re at. If they’ve graduated, try to make the relationship as normal as possible without the pressure to constantly come back to campus to be with you. Meet them where they are — both physically and emotionally.

4 Ways To Go From Dorm Drab to Fab (Plus, Win $1000!)

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We love watching home remodeling and decorating shows, and we’re big on pinning stylish spaces on our Pinterest feed. But even with all the inspiration and know-how, we still need some help making our plain dorm room go from drab to fab.

Transforming your room can be one of the coolest parts of living in the dorm. But did you know that by being yourself and expressing your own, unique style, you could win a $1000 college scholarship? Pick up some decorating tips, then head to the end of this article to see how you could win big with OCM’s Room Goals contest!

 

Find a Fun Rug

While you may think it’s the bedding that draws everyone into a small space like a dorm room, it’s really the floor! But dorm rooms are notorious for dated linoleum or scratched up tiles. Say no more to cold feet and hideous floors by finding a stylish and practical rug.

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Because they are larger in size, they can really help tie in a look or theme. Like the vintage look? Go with a patterned, light colored rug. Need an explosion of color? Go bold with blue, purple, red, and black. Whatever your look, a rug is the perfect highlighting piece for your dorm room.

 

Incorporate Wall Art

Years of wear and tear can make a dorm room feel run down. And who wants to be reminded by old holes in the wall or tape marks that you’re not the first to live there? No way! Instead, make your room completely yours with wall art that is expressive.

One of the best ways to make wall art stand out is to mix up sizes and styles. Add a large, inspirational message canvas with smaller framed pictures of your friends at the beach. Hang your favorite movie poster with string lights. You can even make wall art functional by adding shelving underneath or using framed mirrors.

 

Add a Wall Tapestry

Tapestries are coming back big-time this year thanks to the boho look. Hippy styles are totally on trend, which means you’ll want to look out for mandalas and tie-dye in a mix of earthy and vibrant colors.

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Placement matters when it comes to tapestries. Our favorite location is across from windows where it will get natural light or serving as a makeshift headboard for the top of your bed. This will draw the eye to your personal space.

 

Experiment with Removable Wall Paper

Shhh… don’t tell anyone else, but the best, easiest, and cheapest way to completely make over your room is by using removable wall paper. It doesn’t take much time or effort, but by using wall paper on a focal wall (the largest blank space available), you can take a blank canvas and reimagine it completely.

Don’t be afraid to go big with your wallpaper. And play around with color or printed texture matched with your bedding. The best part is that if you don’t like it, it isn’t permanent. When you want a change or the semester ends, you simply remove it and start over again!

 

 

Don’t stop with just these four tips! Go for your own look and share it with OCM. One stylish dorm room will win its owner a $1,000 tuition credit and a ton of bragging rights. Want to learn how you can enter? Check out the Room Goals contest to see how you can enter your made-over dorm room here.

Turning Your Dorm Room into Your Home

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Being far from home can be intimidating. This is especially true when you’ve moved into a tiny, unfamiliar dorm room with a stranger for a roommate. However, with a few simple ideas, you can turn your cinder block residence hall into a home away from home. These tips will help you get started on creating a personal space you’ll love coming back to.

 

1. Take a Tip from Decorating Pros

Don’t you love walking into a home room and feeling instantly relaxed and at peace? It’s such a great feeling — one you can recreate easily in just about any space. The trick is to focus on light and luxurious. White comforters, sheets, towels, or hanging robe can seem so expensive and spa-like, but they are a great way to make your place feel more restful.

2. Use Your Old Home as a Color Pallette

You may not always love your mom’s style choices, but home is inevitably where your heart is. Ask a parent or sibling to take a couple of photos of your favorite room in the house. Use that photo on color pallette websites. They will take out the most dominant colors in the image and give you a color snapshot of what works in your old home. Then, go shopping! Bring your home color palette to select items like beddings, wall decor, rugs, and throw pillows.

3. Bring in Pictures and Frames

No one has the same photos and memories as you. So if a framed poster or canvas print simply won’t do, add photos of you and your sister at the beach or a photo of your old soccer team in action. Use vintage frames in bright or white colors to give it a more antique feel. And don’t be afraid to add even more artifacts like medals from your last 5K race or a piece of sheet music from your band concert.

4. Add Personal Touches

Like photos, it’s the little things that bring the most warmth and joy to the room. Add similar touches like that inspirational wall hanging your dad has in his office or a lucky wooden horse shoe that matches the one in your old bedroom. If you want something more unique that still ties in the space, go more subtle with a jewelry organizer in the shape of deer antlers that hang in your family’s den or a canvas or framed print of your favorite vacation spot.

5. Get Comfy

Home is where you lay your head, and no one wants a space that is uncomfortable or feels uninviting. Layer your base of blankets and bed pillows with throws that have personality but also purpose. This season, we’re loving anything flannel. It’s perfect for the woodsy, Americana type. If your ideal home is more zen-like, go with ombre teal blankets or black and white pillows spaced on top of a shared futon.

6. Show It Off

You probably have a ton of memories of your mom or dad throwing parties for holidays or celebrations. Why not throw your own welcome home party in your dorm room? Have friends bring a dish and lay out throw pillows to sit on as you share a meal together. Make it a regular get together and you’ll find some pride in your space in no time.

 

And if your space is getting praise, why not win some cash from it?! Enter in OCM’s Dorm Goals contest by sharing a picture of your new home. The top dorm space will win $1,000 in tuition credit!