A Gold & White College Dorm Room


Dorm room shopping is usually one of the highlights off going off to college.  You finally have a room (or half of a room) that is solely yours to decorate, and you’re definitely going to take advantage of the situation!

One of the trendiest dorm room color schemes is gold and white;  everyone loves a chic white with metallic golden decor.  If you’re doing some last-minute dorm decor shopping and you happen to love this color palette, read on!

1. Gold Throw Pillows

Xhilaration® Hello Lovely Decorative Pillow - Gold/White

A throw pillow is one of those accents that makes a dorm feel more home-y.  If you’re going for a gold and white theme, small decor items like this one will be the perfect talking point for when your new friends come over to see your dorm!

2. White Duvets

Simply Shabby Chic® Ruched Duvet - White

If you think you can handle having a white duvet, then go for it! While there is certainly risk for stains and overall wear and tear, white is a refreshing and clean look for a dorm room. Just don’t overdo it on the white, make one large piece of your room focus on it!

3. Gold Lighting

OttLite® Alexander Desk Lamp in Brass

Who says that your lighting can’t be both functional and aesthetically pleasing at the same time? Besides using the typical college desk lamp, you can be more creative and find other lighting options. Or if you’re really feeling up to it, spray paint your current desk lap a beautiful gold for an easy DIY project!

4. Gold Wall Decor

Gold Pineapple Print -- Home Decor -- 8 X 10"

Wall decor is one of the more personalized touches of your dorm room, and there are so many different options to choose from.  This golden print is from Etsy, and you can even search Pinterest for more prints!

What do you think of the gold and white dorm room scheme?

–Tori A. from Prep For A Day

Ace Your First College Paper!


Educators are notorious for giving essays at the beginning of the school year.  It’s the ideal way for them to screen everyone in the class and assess their individual strengths and weaknesses. Most of us would prefer to fall to have more (if not all) strengths, but the truth is, we all could use a little extra advice! These a few tips that are guaranteed to help you write a solid essay, and they aren’t the least bit difficult. Just remember that a huge part of your grade comes from your effort, and there’s no writing trick that can teach you that!


1.  Make An Outline:  Students usually hate making outlines because they’d rather get straight to the writing. Take those extra ten minutes by putting together an outline. You might be tempted to skip it and save some time, but your grade may suffer because your essay will lack flow and organization.  Having an outline allows you to organize all of your thoughts into one fluid essay.

2.  Use A Thesaurus Moderately:  Wanting to impress the teacher with some unconventional vocabulary is typically a smart move on your part.  However, it’s best to limit your use of thesaurus words to less than four words per paragraph;  if you use any more, your teacher will notice an odd trend.  Also, make sure you know the exact definition of a word before using it (otherwise, it could come back to haunt your grade).

3.  Write Introductions Last:  If writing introductions gives you undue stress, just wait until you’ve finished all other components of your essay before tackling it.  Since the introduction is essentially a summary of your essay, it will be much easier to write when you have the entire essay in front of you.

What are some of your tips for writing the best essay?

–Tori A. from Prep For A Day

First Day of College Classes – Choose Your Shoes!


When you initially get thrown back into the school zone, one of the last things you’re going to be thinking about is what pair of shoes you’re wearing.  A sturdy and stylish pair of shoes can make rushing around campus a bit more comfortable. Plus, if you’re confident in the way you’re presenting yourself (from your head down to your toes), you’ll be more likely to have a good first day.

1.  Sturdy Sandals

Most of us want to look a bit dressier on the first day, but we don’t want to wear our dressiest pair of shoes;  sandals are the perfect solution.  A leather pair with some sparkle can easily be worn with dresses and skirts.  They combine the aesthetic of flats and heels with the comfort that you need and love.

2.  Stylish Sneakers
If you want a more casual look, a nice pair of sneakers is the way to go.  White Converse have been all the rage for the past year! Their popularity is not going to change any time soon, so you can proactively invest in a pair now.


3.  Sporty Tennis Shoes

It is perfectly acceptable to wear tennis shoes on the first day, and it’s pretty smart thinking too.  All the girls who opted for wedges and heels will definitely be envious.

4.  Not-So-Subtle Slip-Ons

Slip-ons are not only super durable, but also practically effortless (hence the name).  Mix a patterned pair with a simpler outfit for a chic twist.

5.  Snazzy Espadrilles

Lastly, if you’re seeking a European vibe, try out some espadrilles.  Find the right pair, and you’ll look as though you came straight from a J. Crew store–or one of its European counterparts.

What are some of your favorite shoes to wear for the first day of school?

Tori A. from Prep For A Day