2019’s Top Secondhand and Thrift Stores for Those Statement Pieces

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Now that the New Year is in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about a few things.  First, classes are probably starting up again soon and you should probably be getting everything in order for that ASAP.  Second, is your 2019 dorm room and wardrobe up to par?  After all, New Year, new you, right?

 

But updating your wardrobe or your dorm room can quickly become pretty costly if you’re not careful.  How can you update everything without blowing your new semester’s budget completely out of the water?  By hitting up your local thrift or secondhand store, of course!

 

If you’re on a budget or looking for something a little more off the wall for your wardrobe or dorm room, try hitting up a secondhand or thrift store to find the statement pieces you’ve been missing in your life.  Here are our favorite places to shop when we want a statement piece for a price we can actually afford.

 

STOP #1 – THE SALVATION ARMY

OUR FAVORITE PLACE FOR: affordable statement furniture

 

First up on our list is the mother of all thrift and secondhand stores – the Salvation Army.  These locations typically carry both furniture and clothing, and lots of it!  Do some online research and find the largest location near you to hit up for your statement-piece shopping.  With a larger selection of items available, you’ll be more likely to find what you’re after!

 

STOP #2 – GOODWILL

OUR FAVORITE PLACE FOR: statement clothing items

Another one of the classics, Goodwill is always a stop on our list.  From clothing to books, furniture to toys, this place has it all.  And the best part?  The discount days!  Head in-store on certain days during the week to score an additional 25 – 50% off a selection of items.  Who knows – you may be able to snag that killer statement 80’s windbreaker for next to nothing if you play your cards right!

 

STOP #3 – SAVERS

OUR FAVORITE PLACE FOR: statement clothes and home decorations

If you’re lucky enough to have a Savers in your hometown or near your college, make sure to take some time to take a trip here.  While most of the items Savers has in-store are clothes, they do have a pretty decent selection of small furniture pieces tucked in the back, too!

 

STOP #4 – YOUR LOCAL MOM AND POP STORE

OUR FAVORITE PLACE FOR:  statement vintage pieces

Nothing beats shopping local.  Most towns and cities have at least one locally owned thrift, secondhand, or vintage store that you can hit up to find statement clothing and furniture.  Be sure to do your research online before you head out and see what other people are saying about the store before you take the plunge.  Some stores can get very pricey very quickly if you’re not careful!

How to Deal With Seasonal Depression

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We’re nearing the close of the first month in January 2019, but it feels like it’s the 1,000th month of winter, right?  Between the cold temperatures, frigid wind, and general darkness outside. It’s hard to keep your spirits up this far into the winter season.

One of the worst parts about winter is absolutely the seasonal depression that can sometimes come with it.  Known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), this condition is common in the winter and can affect anyone.  Although the true cause o this condition is not entirely known, it has been attributed to the change in weather and shorter days that happen during the winter season.

With the lack of sunlight and the general misery of the weather, it can be hard to keep your spirits up.  Dealing with seasonal depression can be a challenge if you’re new to the game or just not sure how to handle it.  Never fear – here are our top tips for dealing with seasonal depression this winter.

 

TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR

The hardest part about seasonal depression is asking for help.  Your doctor is a fantastic resource for knowledge on how to deal with this condition as well as support for what you are feeling.  Make sure that you talk to them before taking on an action plan for treating this condition – they will be able to point you in the right direction.

 

INVEST IN LIGHT THERAPY

One of the most effective treatments for seasonal depression is the use of a light therapy box.  This contraption is designed to give off light that mimics natural sunlight, stimulating your body’s circadian rhythm and suppressing the release of melatonin.  It is often prescribed by a doctor and used for 30 minutes a day, primarily in the mornings, to simulate waking up to pure sunshine.

 

TRY OUT DAWN THERAPY

Similar to light therapy, dawn therapy uses natural light to help stimulate your body’s circadian rhythm, waking you up gently in the mornings with increasing levels of light rather than through the use of an alarm clock.  It helps to reset your mind, making you consciously and unconsciously aware that it is morning.

 

GET OUTSIDE

One of the best ways to help treat your SAD?  Experiencing the great outdoors!  In the winter months, we tend to hole up indoors in the library or our dorm rooms, keeping cozy and warm.  However, with seasonal depression, it is best to get outdoors as much as possible during the day to experience the sunlight.  This can help reset your body and your mind to a sense of normalcy.

 

ADD SOME VITAMIN D TO YOUR ROUTINE

One of the biggest deficits your body experiences in the winter is the lack of Vitamin D due to the lack of sunlight.  By adding a simple supplement to your everyday routine, you can help your body to feel better naturally.  Be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin taking a Vitamin D supplement, too – they may have an alternative suggestion or be able to prescribe a higher strength option to help you really get back to your best.

Our Favorite Holiday Cookie Recipes

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Now that the holidays are officially here, it’s time to indulge in some spirited treats!  If you’re as much of a fan of holiday cookies as we are, you’ll definitely want to keep reading.  Here are our five favorite holiday cookie recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth and get you into the spirit of the season!

COOKIE #1 – THE CHOCOLATE CHIP

The classic and one of our all-time favorites, we will always reach for chocolate chip cookies to get us into the spirit of the season.  Here’s what you need to get your hands on these delicious little morsels:

  • Ungreased cookie sheet pan
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. hot water
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Now that you have all the ingredients, here’s what you do to get these cookies ready to eat:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth
  3. Beat in eggs one at a time
  4. Add vanilla
  5. Dissolve baking soda in hot water and add to batter with salt
  6. Stir in flour and chocolate chips
  7. Drop by large spoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet pan
  8. Bake for 10 minutes

COOKIE #2 – THE SPRITZ COOKIE

If you’re looking for a cookie that you can decorate and really bring on the holiday spirit, Spritz cookies are it.  Here’s what you need to make these classic and totally delicious cookies:

  • Ungreased cookie sheet pan
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • ½ cup cane sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp. almond or vanilla extract
  • Food coloring

Now that you’ve rounded everything up, here’s how to bake these babies:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Beat butter and sugar together until smooth
  3. Mix in flour, salt, egg, almond extract, and food coloring
  4. Bake 4 – 8 minutes

COOKIE #3 – THE PECAN CRESCENT COOKIE

One of our favorite flavors of the season, pecans make for gosh darn delicious cookies.  Get in on this flavor by making delicious Pecan Crescent cookies – here’s the ingredient breakdown:

  • Ungreased cookie sheet pan
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Confectioners’ sugar

Now that you’re ready to go, here’s how to bake these cookies to perfection:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Mix butter, sugar, and vanilla until smooth
  3. Gradually add flour
  4. Add pecans
  5. Shape rounded spoonfuls of dough into 2 ½ inch logs and then shape into crescents
  6. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet pan
  7. Bake 20 – 22 minutes and let cool for 2-3 minutes
  8. Dust with confectioners’ sugar before service

COOKIE #4 – THE SNOWBALL COOKIE

Next up on our list of sugary delights is a holiday favorite – the snowball cookie.  These circular little balls of deliciousness are perfect for grabbing at a party or indulging any time during the holidays.  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Ungreased cookie sheet pan
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups finely chopped pecans
  • Powdered sugar

Now that you have your supplies, here’s how to put these cookies together:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Mix butter and sugar until smooth
  3. Add vanilla and mix well
  4. Add flour and pecans gradually until smooth
  5. Shape into 1-inch balls and place 1-inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet pan
  6. Bake 16 – 18 minutes
  7. Cool 5 minutes
  8. Roll in powdered sugar while still warm and again when cool

COOKIE #5 – THE CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT COOKIE

Last but not least on our list is one of our favorites – the chocolate peppermint cookie.  This treat combines two of our favorite seasonal treats – chocolate and peppermint!  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cookie sheet pan lined with parchment paper
  • 1 2/3 cup flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 ¼ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 16 oz. broken or chopped white chocolate
  • ¼ cup crushed peppermint bits

Now that you’ve rounded everything up and are ready to go, here’s how to bake these delicious little numbers:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl for 20 seconds
  • Mix butter, sugar, and brown sugar until smooth
  • Mix in eggs one at a time
  • Add vanilla extract and peppermint extract
  • Slowly add flour mixture, mixing well
  • Scoop out dough into rounded spoonfuls and shape into balls
  • Space cookies on sheets 2-inches apart
  • Bake for 8 minutes
  • Melt white chocolate in microwave or on stove
  • Once cookies are cool, dip half into melted white chocolate and roll in crushed peppermint

Chill for 10 minutes to set chocolate.

These are just a few of our favorite cookies. Do you have a favorite that wasn’t listed? Let us know which ones you plan to bake over the holidays!

Winter Hat and Scarf Combos for those Cold Days on Campus

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With winter now in full swing, it’s time to break out the cold weather gear to keep you warm as you trek across campus to class, the cafeteria, and wherever else you may be headed.  You have your jacket and boots ready to go, but have you planned out your cold-weather accessories?

Did you know that one of the quickest ways you lose heat when the temperatures drop is through your head?  The easiest ways to fight this is by keeping cozy with a hat and scarf on top of your usual gear.  Here are our favorite winter hats and scarves combos to keep you cozy all season long!

THE TRAPPER HAT AND CLASSIC SCARF

Ready for the ultimate winter hat and scarf combination?  Time to break out the classic trapper hat and woven scarf.  This timeless combo is the perfect way to keep toasty warm all season long, no matter how cold it gets outside.

The trapper hat typically covers the ears and wraps around the chin, keeping your entire head under wraps and super cozy.  Pairing this hat with a classic woven or knitted scarf is a great way to keep you warm without causing you to overheat as you hike around campus to class.

THE BEANIE AND INFINITY SCARF

More on the stylish side of things?  Try combining your classic ribbed beanie cap with an infinity scarf.  This is the perfect way to keep looking fashion-forward while still keeping it functional all winter long.

Because the beanie typically only goes to the ears, you’ll want a scarf that covers more of your neck and that can potentially be pulled up to help protect your face from the elements.  An infinity scarf is the perfect way to get that extra protection, as you can wrap it as many times as you need to keep cozy.

THE POM-POM BEANIE AND SHAWL SCARF

If the weather isn’t quite icy and you’re looking to keep warm but not totally overheat while walking around outside, pairing a pom-pom beanie and shawl scarf is the perfect way to go.

The pom-pom beanie is a great way to add a playful touch to your winter outfit without looking like you’re trying too hard.  By pairing it with a shawl scarf, you can customize how cozy your winter outfit truly is by wrapping it closer to the neck or letting it drape over your shoulders.

THE EARMUFFS AND WOOL SCARF

If hats really aren’t much of your thing or you don’t want to sacrifice a great hair day to keep warm, earmuffs are the next best things to keep you cozy.  By adding a classic wool scarf to your look, you’ll keep it timeless and super warm all season long.

Oftentimes, the first thing to get frigid when you hit the great outdoors during the winter is your ears.  Earmuffs fight the cold, keeping them covered and toasty warm as you prance about outside.  Keeping it classic with a wool scarf gives you the ability to customize how much warmth you get, by tightening or loosening it around the neck depending on your mood, sense of style, and the weather outside.

These are our favorite hat and scarf combos to get us through those bitter winter temperatures around campus. Tell us your favorites and how you stay warm in the winter!

College Style Battle: Athleisure vs. Preppy

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you know that the athleisure trend has absolutely taken over the fashion industry (luxury included) and that almost everyone is embracing the trend in one way or another. Now, when defining athleisure, it’s insufficient to say that it’s a blend of leisure and athletic wear as it has transcended the original idea and is now an all-encompassing fashion phenomenon. This is a trend that goes beyond rocking stylish sweats and sports bras on the streets or matching tracksuits with heels. Today, an outfit that contains even just one garment that is deemed ‘sporty’ is considered athleisure as this trend has completed its mission, the mission is becoming almost omnipresent in every outfit we decide to rock.

Why do we love it?

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The answer to this question is quite simple – the trend came to bridge the gap between the overly formal and the overly informal. It came into our lives in order to make them easier, to allow us to simply glide from one errand, arrangement or obligation to another without having to change our clothes (and waste the little time in a day we have). However, with its rise, came numerous variations in which to rock it – now it’s completely acceptable, if not cool, to wear a suit with tennis shoes, to rock evening dresses and romantic tulle skirts with hoodies and sneakers, and to even mix and match – put on a nice crisp white button-up, an oversized blazer and a pair of elegant wide-leg pants and complete the look with, say, a fresh new pair of New Balance sneakers. Essentially, the trend keeps on transforming, and it seems to be getting bigger – from the puffer jackets and slouchy jeans seen in this season’s menswear collections, and the now incredibly trendy pants with the sporty stripe on the side – who knows what the future of athleisure looks like. The one thing we do know is that the millennial generation, as well as this still quite unnamed, perhaps the college-attending Z generation, loves the trend, along with the lifestyle it stands for.

Whatever happened to good old preppy?

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Well, according to both Vogue and numerous lines that came strutting down the runways this year, one thing can be said with certainty – the preppy is back. Now, before you get your pearls and your sensible oxfords and loafers (which you are very welcome to do), you should be warned that, just as any other trend, the preppy has gone through some changes of its own. First of all, it’s become a tad more eccentric and bold, particularly in terms of mixing prints and patterns, which is highly evident in such collections as the Balenciaga spring line. The stripy shirts are still here, along with the conservative and length-appropriate skirts, and even chinos are making a comeback, but we can’t help but notice the ironic vibe in the way the collections have been executed. It’s almost like the cardigans and the crew sweaters tied around the shoulders aim to represent the preppy person as a kind of an old-school, old money stereotype. It’s almost satirical is what it is. As stated by Vogue, the trick to rocking preppy this season is to take a preppy piece (the polo, creased chinos), and then completely dismantle the look with an unexpected silhouette (cropped, oversized) or color – the bolder and more outrageous, the better, and finish the look off with something very street style-adjacent – the cheaper, the better. When in doubt, unbutton the collar or flash a sliver of skin for a dash of sex appeal.

Is there a fight here at all?

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From what we can tell by analyzing the current shape and form of the two trends, in their intentions, they don’t differ much. Athleisure may be the trend de jour while the preppy look may have taken a more subversive route, but they both share one thing in common – a kind of fashion rebellion we’ve been waiting for for quite some time. Now, perhaps not all of the pieces will get along just perfectly, but in the world where fashion has become everything and anything you want it to be, from our perspective, there is no battle – embrace items and garments from both styles, rock them seriously or ironically, and don’t be afraid to mix and match. By the looks of the garments, it seems that they will get along just fine, as long as you get a bit creative.

What we have to understand about the millennial generation is that they’re all about fluidity. Therefore, if you were expecting a fist fight between the two style movements, sorry to disappoint you – nothing to see here but perfect experimentation and harmony. The new generations are all about meshing and blending, and with a little effort, you can rock both styles impeccably, and look super cool even if you throw on a string of pearls – ironically or not.

Warm Hues and Evoking Emotions with Your Bed Linens

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Beautiful tonal bed sheets with laptop and coffee

Spring is in the air, the weather is warming up, and we’re beginning to dream of summer styles. When it comes to lightening up our room, the decor we focus on most starts right at the bed. Bed linens can be dramatic and bold or peaceful and serene. This spring and summer, we’re focusing in on the warm hues that are popping up everywhere we go. Here’s your guide on how to incorporate the top four colors of the season in your bedding style.

Sand Tan

Tan is probably not the color you think of when we say “warm hues.” But it’s a neutral you must know if you’re going to incorporate the rest of the colors in your bedding. Because so many of this year’s color schemes are beach based or Southern-inspired, tan fits in perfectly as a base. To find the right color, look for a tan that is more yellow than brown.

Canvas colored pillowcases with a faux textured detail will be all over stores this summer. They fit in with just about any other color or look you’ll go for, so be sure to grab one or two for your bed. You can also use canvas linens to create a romantic, Mediterranean canopy. Add string lights to the look, and you’ll feel as if you’re sleeping under the stars.

apartment decor with tan accents

Peachy Pinks

Peach is not everyone’s favorite shade on the color wheel, but the popularity of vintage has brought your Grandma’s lipstick color back to the front. Peach is an orange-leaning pink that resembles, well, the inside of the fruit. It’s a happy, go-lucky color that is an instant pick-up to look at without being too juvenile.

Fitting in peach can be tricky. Too much of it and your room can feel claustrophobic. Too little of it and it fades into the background. We recommend using peach in a medium-sized bed item that may not get much day-to-day use. For example, find a fuzzy peach toned throw blanket for the bottom of your bed or hang a peach-colored bedside organizer. You can even hide it in your flat sheets for an instant burst of happiness when you pull back your covers.

Hot Pinks

Forget “Millennial Pink.” This summer is all about the bright, in-your-face pinks that make you feel as if you’re about to burst out of your dorm and onto the best beach party ever. Hot pink is your go-to look if you’re vibrant and joyful or if you want bedding that is the focal point of your whole room.

To make it work, hot pink needs to be leveled out with a cold or neutral hue. More frequently, we see it paired with gold and bronze. And the color cannot be missed when it’s featured in polka dots on a white backdrop. Whether you paint your bed in a hot pink comforter or go demure with throw pillows or quilts, you won’t be regretting this color choice.

Pink bed sheets in a dorm room

Sunny Yellows

If you’re going for a beach party vibe but not feeling pink, there’s an alternative as cheery but slightly less daring: striking yellow! We’re not talking the water downed lemonade version. When we’re picking yellows this year, it’s the kind that reminds you of your brand new highlighter or a beach towel from your childhood. It should be the kind that jumps right off of your bed.

Like the peach, too much vivid yellow can go south fast. Instead, mix match it on a dark tone. Black works well, but you run the risk of the bumblebee pattern if you don’t throw in some white as well. Yellow also pairs well with an equally popping green in items like accent pillows or thin quilts. It may look cartoonish, but that’s what you want when you pick warm, bedroom hues that are made to lighten up everything they touch!

College Fashion Essentials

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When you’re a college student, you have to be smart and economical. That means that all unnecessary purchases are a no-go. You may think that one can’t possibly pull of stylishness on a budget and a limited number of pieces. However, there is a way to work around this if you learn which key pieces to invest in (and by this we don’t mean spend a chunk of your money). To that end, we have created the ultimate list of fashion essentials that will get you through the year on a budget, without sacrificing your style.

When fun meets appropriateness

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We used to think of plaid blazers as something professors wear, but oh, how times have changed. Everyone, from celebs to fashion bloggers to mere mortals is jumping on one of the most stylish (not to mention practical) trends of the season – the plaid trend. The best reason to add a plaid blazer to your wardrobe is definitely its power of transformation. With it, you can create great date-looks, mix with sportswear for more casual, athleisure vibes, and it can make you look sharp and polished in classes even on those days when you feel completely run over.

The ones that work for you

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The life of a college student is a hectic one, to say the least. This is exactly why you don’t need clothes that make you work hard to pull them off. You want something that works for you, not against you. So, the most sensible way to be in style while being comfortable is to choose jeans as your go-to when it comes to bottoms. Take the time to try on different styles and find four pairs of jeans that fit well and feel good. Aside from being the sensible choice, these are easy to mix and match and create outfits for almost every occasion.

Party time

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College parties are usually chill and low-key, so there’s no need to dress to impress. Still, you should always have one go-to garment and something along the lines of colorful designer kaftans may just fit the bill. They are, as the name says, playful. The colors are vibrant, but they’re not to ‘dressy’ so you’ll never look overdone or like you’re trying too hard. Throw a cute pair of Birkenstock shoes and a denim jacket into the mix and you’ve got yourself the ultimate frill-free party combo.

Simplicity above all else

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When life gets busy, so does your bag, so you better invest in a great, (and also a big one), that can handle everything you throw at (or in) it. A leather tote is the absolute best way to go. This bag can carry more items than you can imagine while never giving away the fact that it’s about to burst. You can put your laptop in it, along with your beauty essentials, notes, coffee, your pet, extra sheets – you name it, it can handle it. Black is the obvious choice because you will have chic moments, and this bag is ready to play that part as well.

Keep it warm

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If you have someone to keep you warm indoors, good for you. Now, no matter how much in love you are, your bae won’t keep you warm once you step outside. That’s why you need to pull out the big guns – a great coat and a blanket scarf. Stylish scarves are quite affordable, so feel free to get several, as they will serve as a great accessory. This way, the coat can be nice and classic, and come from the neutral color family, and you can then use the scarves to diversify your outfits.

Made for walking

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Yes, glitter boots are very nice and trendy, but can you wear them to your 9 am class? We didn’t think so. However, just because you can’t really rock the trendiest boot of the season during a college winter, doesn’t mean the alternative is any less on point. Of course, the alternative is a pair of ankle boots, and if you don’t want to look ‘too neutral’, you can always spice things up with the color of the season – red. Red boots will surely elevate any look, and the style allows you to pull them off in a way that is noticeable but not too ‘out there’.

When it comes to smart fashion choices, finding the balance between trendy and timeless is key.

Layering Basics as the Temperature Drops

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the jacket and scarf combo. A staple for colder months

The cold is finally here, and we’re pulling out all our winter gear and clothing. From stylish sweaters to chic blazers and coats, we’re ready to rock the fall and winter wardrobes. But a fall outfit can go cold fast if you don’t know how to rock the multiple garment look. That’s why we’ve created this list of layering basics so you can stay warm and stylish at the same time.

1.     Master the Double Roll Sleeves

Long sleeves that hang over your wrist are the worst. It makes you look sloppy and not put together. But this fashion faux pas is hard to prevent if you don’t have model-length arms. Instead of looking less than your best, learn how to do the double roll sleeves. Start by unbuttoning any buttons. Then, turn the cuff inside out and fold back once. Use the length of the cuff to determine how wide to make the second roll, which should be near your elbow.

2.     Keep Your Whites Crisp

One of our favorite classic looks is a white t-shirt under a pop of color sweater or a great flannel shirt. The only downside is that white doesn’t stay white for long. Even if you’re not using your t-shirt or tank to work out in, every day, wear and tear can make this look go from neat, to cheap in seconds. Be sure to do a quick bleach bath of your whites about once every other month or so. That, or buy cheap and resign yourself to buying replacements when necessary.

3.     Know Your Textures

The varying of textures is an important part of any stylish outfit. Pairing wool with wool or cotton with cotton isn’t very fashionable, and it can come across as boring or lazy. Try mixing a leather trench with a polyester tank, a fuzzy sweater with a silk blouse, or ripped jeans with a structured flannel and undershirt.

Cardigan, jeans, and boots. A cold weather staple

4.     Add Layers With Oversized Scarves

Scarves have been making a comeback for years now, but they can’t get any hotter this season! While thin or infinity scarves were a thing last fall, this year is all about long, thick, and tri-point style is what you need to be rocking. The best thing about larger scarves is that you can make an entire layer out of them! Add them to a simple long sleeve shirt or tuck them neatly under a casual coat for a daytime look everyone on campus will love.

5.     Avoid Baggy

Oversized is the look to have this year, but it can be tempting to do too much on a smaller frame. The only way to make loose work is to understand how to balance big and fitted. Go with a tunic style dress and add a structured cardigan with pleats or leather cuffs. If you’re wearing gaucho style pants, make sure your layers on top are more fitted to your body to balance the silhouette.

6.     Fit is Key

No matter what you’re wearing, you need to be sure it actually fits. We’ve already talked too big, but an even worse mistake is squeezing into a sweater or jacket that’s too small. Buttons should sit flat, zippers should make it to the top, and fabric shouldn’t pull around your waist or chest. Before you buy or pick out of your closet, do a “sit, stand, and move” test in front of your mirror to make sure everything looks just right on your body.

With these layering basics, you will be ready to tackle those cold mornings and late nights with exceptional style!

Fall Drinks you can Make in your Dorm Room

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Foggy autumn morning

Fall is for warm flannel blankets, fashionable checkerboard patterns, snuggling up by a cozy fire, and enjoying a frothy, spiced drink. If you’re not careful, you can end up spending a fortune at the grocery store or coffee shop on artisan or specialty drinks. Instead, craft your own fall drinks by trying one of these three amazing fall drink recipes — which you can easily make in your own dorm room!

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Homemade Apple Cider

You don’t need an apple press or a ton of time to make apple cider. Really, all you need to do is have access to a large pot and a stove to make this recipe happen. Experiment with different varieties of apples and a number of spices until you find the recipe that works for you. We guarantee it’s much better than store-bought versions!

 Ingredients:

  • 10-12 apples, sliced or in large chunks
  • 1 ½ tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. allspice
  • ½ cup sugar

 Directions:

  • Pour apples into a large pot and cover with 2-3 inches of water
  • Add the cinnamon, allspice, and sugar until mixed completely
  • Bring to a boil and keep it there for an hour
  • Cover the pot and let simmer for two hours
  • Strain the apple cider until all of the chunks are out and stir to ensure it’s mixed properly. Serve warm or cool.

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DIY Pumpkin Spiced Latte

At $4 a cup, we’ll pass on Starbucks! This homemade version is easy and fast, and you can serve it up at a party or tailgate! The only equipment you’ll need is a coffee maker, a blender (or hand mixer), and a microwave. It’s so simple and delicious, and this recipe makes 3 mugs so you can share with your roomies!

 Ingredients:

  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin spice
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 6-8 oz. coffee
  • Whipped cream (as desired)

 Directions:

  • Warm milk in microwave at ten-second intervals until warm
  • Place warmed milk, sugar, pumpkin spice, and vanilla in a blender and blend, or hand mix until mixture is foamy
  • Divide milk mixture among 3 cups
  • Add coffee and stir gently for a few seconds
  • Add whip cream and any extra pumpkin spice as garnish

Tailgating punch with fall inspired flavors

Tailgaters Punch

When you need a tasty, crowd-pleasing drink fast, you could stick with one of those pre-prepared sugar-laden fruit punch drinks, or even DIY the typically bland, overdone homemade kind. But none of those really says fall — definitely not like this seasonal version. Warm and full of apple and honey, it’s just what you need for cooler mornings and afternoons without missing out on that more festive feel. Plus, it pairs perfectly with tailgating foods like hamburgers, hot dogs, and BBQ.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups hot black tea
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 4 cups cranberry juice
  • 4 cups apple juice or apple cider
  • 3 cups orange juice, pulp-free
  • 4 cinnamon sticks

Directions:

  • Blend and stir all ingredients in large pot
  • Bring mixture to boil
  • Lower temperature and allow to simmer for 1-2 hours
  • Remove cinnamon sticks and serve warm or cold

These three recipes will help you sip on fall flavors all season long, without breaking your budget. Let us know which ones you make and what your favorite turns out to be!

Our Favorite Halloween 2017 Makeup Looks

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Clown with red nose

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!