CL’s Guide to Style Icon: Gwen Stefani

There is absolutely no doubt about it. When you think Gwen Stefani, you think fashion forward. Her style is just as addicting as her music. But unlike her music, her sense of fashion is not the most popular. Some may call it funky, and not fab, but she is everything that makes a fashionista. True, her style doesn’t always fall under the status quo, yet that is what sets her apart and makes her one of a kind.  Her confidence drips with her savvy outfits. And her beauty is undeniable because anyone that can pull off crazy costumes like hers is hot.

Check out some of my favorite Gwen Stefani street looks and try some of her sassy and stylish looks yourself!

Tulle Clothing double breasted coat, $98
Forever21 nylon stocking, $6.80
Black boots, $38
Mischa Barton cross body handbag, $47
With Love From CA leather belt, $13
Daytrip plastic sunglasses

Miss Selfridge blue blazer, £30
Sonia Rykiel linen scarve, $84
Square sunglasses, £145
Oasis black belt, £8
GLAM IN BLACK – 2070220965

Forever21 one button jacket, $25
Boy friend jeans, $35
Juicy Couture platform sandals, $165
ASOS hair accessory, $3.49
Monsoon hair accessory

Which styles do you like? Whose your favorite style icon? Send CL your favorite outfits so we can create classy looks with college cash.

Sana Ashraf is a fashion writer and fashion show intern and is a junior at the University of Michigan. Sana loves reading fashion magazines, shopping sprees, city lights, color coordinated closets, and all four seasons.

Residence Hall Paradise- A CL Guide to Hidden Treasures and Amenities

If you moved into a university residence hall as a college freshman, you’ve been in school for a few months now and chances are you’ve gotten used to dorm living. You’re starting to feel more comfortable with classes, homework and living on your own and you might have already made a few new friends! (Did anyone ever mention that going to college was like kindergarten all over again?) Living in a residence hall freshman year is just one of those things you’ve always been told you have to experience. The sense of community and available resources offer you an opportunity to learn and grow on your own, without feeling like you’ve been thrown to the sharks. While cafeteria food may never compare to your mom’s homemade spaghetti, there are a few perks to dorm living that often get overlooked:

Community Living and Study Spaces


Often times, dorms are full of hidden study spots, quiet lounges and great extra resources that very few students actually take advantage of! Why spend valuable study time trekking across campus to the library when an abandoned study room is right down the hall? Residence halls almost always have reserved silent rooms, computer labs, or fitness centers that won’t be available to you when you are living on your own. Set out on a dorm scavenger hunt to find your building’s secret jewels.

Endless Options in the Cafeteria


Students may moan and groan over standard cafeteria pizza or meatloaf, but if you know what to look for, there are almost always an abundance of healthy and delicious residence hall dining options! Take advantage of the fresh fruit supply while you can—it’s hard to eat an apple, banana or orange with every meal when you figure out how expensive they are at the grocery store. While you are there, stock up on food for later. Fruit, cereal, bagels and sandwiches are all easy to prepare ‘on the run.’ When all else fails, get creative! Try the panini press for a hot grilled sandwich, a fruit/yogurt/cereal parfait for a healthy dessert, or challenge yourself to use as many items from the salad bar as possible.

Student Government and Leadership


The first few years living on your own can be a whirlwind. Fortunately, residence halls almost always have a student-run government or leadership association that will help you keep your feet on the ground and offer valuable management and networking experience. Start getting your name out there now—the more people you know who can attest to your character and professional skills, the better!

Friendship and Social Connections


Living in the same building as hundreds of other students is ideal for stimulating friendships and social bonds. When you are in such close proximity to other young adults going through the exact same things, it’s easy to form connections and make lifelong friends. Challenge yourself to step outside your comfort zone; ask a hall mate to dinner, organize an all-floor movie night or simply get to know the people living right next door. You’d be surprised how many freshman year roommates or hall mates stay really close throughout their entire college experience!

Social Events

Similar to valuable friendship and social opportunities, residence hall associations typically organize weekly social events or fun mixers. These events are a great way to meet other students in your classes or to relax and get away from homework. Take advantage of the ice cream socials, dance parties and sports gatherings—if you are anything like me, you’ll look back on your dorm experience and wish you had appreciated the opportunities and events more while you had the chance.

Meaghan O’Connor is a Writer/Social Media intern at College Lifestyles (TM) and is a Communications/International Relations major at the University of Michigan. She is a proud member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and is known for her big heart and big dreams.

CL’s Guy v. Girl Pretty: What campus guys think of the latest fashion trends

Although we cannot always consider boys as “fashion experts”, sometimes it is nice to get the opposite gender’s opinion.  I gathered up several campus boys to share how they feel about the latest girly trends. The results showed various opinions but most of the guys did agree that it takes a certain personality to go with the trend.

Central Michigan University senior Mike, 23, puts it perfectly: “What’s most attractive to me is a great girl, not necessarily a great wardrobe. Although, in all honesty, most great girls have great wardrobes too.”

Check out what the rest of the fashion critics have to say below!


Floral prints

Ben, 19- “I think it takes a dainty girl to pull off a floral dress. But it’s pretty cute.”

Eric, 21 -“I’m actually a big fan if a girl can pull this off. But I think they only have about 2 more weeks of being attractive. They work from April through mid-October and if a girl can pull them off, it immediately catches my eye.”

Reid, 19- “Some floral prints in large doses make the girl give off an old woman vibe. Floral prints in small doses make girls appear innocent and cutesy.  I would be more likely to introduce this girl to my parents.”

Alex, 20- “I think they’re really hot. They show innocence. The kinda thing you expect a hot but classy girl to wear.”


Red lipstick

Kevin, 19- “It takes a very specific facial structure to be able to pull something like that off. I feel like you are looking for attention.”

Ben, 19- “Some girls can pull it off and look good, but it’s not something that I’m attracted to. It’s an older thing, like something out of a ’50s movie. ’50s girls may have been hot in the ’50s. But now they’re old.”

Mike, 23-“Not a big fan, although some girls pulling off the overall “40′s pin up” look can make it look amazing. But if it’s trying to be hipster or look roaring twenties, it loses me.”

Eric,21 -“Only one girl has ever made red lipstick cute to me and that’s because she basically came out of the 1940s herself. Not a fan at all.”

Alex, 20- “Depends on the situation. If I see a girl wearing red lipstick walking on campus I find it unattractive because it’s out of place.If you’re going to some kind of formal, more power to you.”

Reid, 19-“Girls who wear red lipstick typically are very confident. Red lipstick is very sexy.”

Blazer jackets

Kevin, 19- “I feel like they’re trying to hide their bodies and they’re shy. I feel like they should take off my jacket and give it back.”

Mike, 23-“I think they can be pulled off really well if mixed with casual clothes.”

Ben, 19- “Boyish blazer jackets are boyish. I like girls. Not boys.”

Eric, 21- “Not really a fan. I haven’t seen one girl wear them that makes me find it cute or attractive.”

Joe 20,- “Boyish blazer jackets are hot if they’re like bright colored.”

Reid, 19- “Girls who wear boyish blazer jackets are typically very confident which can be pretty sexy, but there is a fine line between spunky boy blazer jacket girl and uptight business woman.”

Fashion scarves

Alex, 20-” They are fashion forward. You know if someone is wearing a fashion scarf they actually care about what they look like.”

Kevin, 19- “It’s cute and innocent looking more than anything else.”

Ben, 19- “Not really sure how I feel about fashion scarves. Whenever I see girls with them on inside I want to tell them to take them off, and if they’re cold they should turn up the heat.”

Mike, 23- “Yeah these are cool. But only if it’s cool outside. If it’s summer and blazing hot, no scarves of any fashion should be worn.”

Reid,19-“Fashion scarves are okay if she wants to look trendy and well dressed, but they aren’t a turn on.”


Do you agree with what these guys have to say? How do you feel about floral prints, blazer jackets, red lipstick and fashion scarves? Also be sure to check out Meaghan’s  fashion tips for looking classy in the classroom!



Jessica Fecteau is a fashion, etiquette and apartment/dorm life writer and is a sophomore at Central Michigan University. Jessica loves fashion magazines, traveling to big cities and watching chick flicks with her roommates.

Food Tips: CL Interview with Big Girls Small Kitchen

College Lifestyles interviewed the food connoisseurs Phoebe Lapine and Cara Eisenpress, the founders of Big Girls Small Kitchen. Big Girls Small Kitchen is a food website with recipes and cooking tips for young women. The site provides information on how to do everything from making the most of your leftovers to frying an egg. Small Kitchen College is segment of Big Girls Small Kitchen that relates specifically to college women.

Here is what the food-savvy ladies of BGSK said:

College Lifestyles: What inspired the creation of Small Kitchen College?

Big Girls Small Kitchen: We launched Small Kitchen College back in March 2011 as a virtual little sibling to Big Girls Small Kitchen. Cooking brings people together, even if it’s done in a dorm room, and we wanted to take our original mission of providing accessible, affordable recipes for twenty-somethings and apply it to a younger generation with even fewer kitchen resources! Small Kitchen College gives current students and recent graduates, who may or may not yet have access to their own kitchens, the tips, tricks, and recipes they need to scrape together a satisfying meal for themselves, and for friends.

CL: What is your top tip for healthy cooking?

BGSK: We love using whole grains. It’s important not to deprive yourself of the things you crave. For us, that craving would be carbs. Brown rice, quinoa, and whole wheat pasta are great ways to stay healthy and still eat your comfort dishes. Some favorites include: Brown Rice Jambalaya; Nutty Quinoa Cakes; Moroccan Chicken Salad Sandwiches on Whole Wheat Pita

CL: What are two nutritious snacks that are perfect for on-the-go girls?

BGSK: Homemade Sweet Potato Chips if you’re making the snack yourself, and sunflower seeds if not. We give a run down of the healthiest vending machine snacks, and sunflower seeds are top of our list!

CL: What is your favorite quick and easy dinner recipe for college students?

BGSK: One of our first recipes developed for the site was a Cashew Chicken dish that you can make in the microwave! It doesn’t get quicker than that.

CL: How can students easily add veggies to their meals?

BGSK: Never underestimate the power of a side salad, at the dining hall or at home. Keep a box of greens handy and some homemade Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette, and you’ll always have a quick veggie side dish at your fingertips!

CL: What is one piece of advice that you would give to college students struggling to cook meals?

BGSK: Don’t be intimidated by your lack of money, equipment or skill—just get in the kitchen! If you’re just starting out, try cooking for one. If you mess up, you’ll be the only one witnessing the results. Once you get more practice ou can share all your wonderful creations with friends and really have fun with your cooking.

CL: What are two nutritious breakfast recipes that college girls can make within ten to fifteen minutes in the morning?

BGSKPerfect scrambled eggs on whole wheat toast is your best go-to basic breakfast. If you want to get a little fancier, spinach pie quesadilla helps you get a good dose of veggies in the morning, and comes together in a flash.

CL: What is one cooking utensil that every student should have in their kitchen?

BGSK: A good chef’s knife! Here’s a list of 10 other must-have items for a first kitchen if you want to go from there.

CL: What is a good rule for navigating the dorm cafeteria?

BGSK: Get creative, and put those microwaves to work. There are many DIY dining hall meals that you can “cook” yourself right on the premises.

CL: What is a universal cooking tip that you feel every college student should know?

BGSK: The art of the olive oil “fried” egg. It’s a great way to add protein to any dish without having to go out and buy meat, which can get expensive.

CL: What is your favorite recipe?

BGSK: Cara: Pancakes are really amazing, and these Pumpkin Pancakes are perfect for fall. Phoebe: I love a great stew, and this Beef Bourguignon is always a winner.

CL: Do you have a favorite quote about cooking? If so, what is it?

BGSK: “Playfulness and passion trump propriety.” –Frank Bruni

CL: What do you see in the future for SKC?

BGSK: We have a new group of writers who just joined the team—now we have over 30 contributors! We’re excited to keep building our recipe database with accessible, affordable dishes for college students. We’ll also be visiting campuses this fall to promote our book, In the Small Kitchen, bringing our recipes to a dining hall near you!

Big Girl Small Kitchen is an excellent resource for college women to learn how to cook nutritious meals on a budget. Happy cooking CL ladies!

Maggie Young is a junior at the University of Kansas majoring in journalism and loves to cook healthy meals. Her favorite recipe on BGSK is the Arugula Caprese salad because it is light and refreshing. 


Lorena Berges- This week’s classy co-ed

This week’s classy co-ed on campus is Lorena Berges. Her style consists of classy pieces, solid colors with a vintage feel.

Major: Communications, Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus

Year of study: Senior

How would you describe your style? Simple, girly, sophisticated and classy.

What tip can you give college girls when dressing for school? Have everyday pieces like a good watch or hoop bracelets. Keep it simple and a white button down is always a good one.

What is your favorite accessory? Matte gold hoops.

What is you dream accessory? From House of Harlow, chunky gold bangle with turquoise rock.

What are some of your favorite brands? Material girl, BCBGeneration, Michael Kors, Jessica Simpson.

What do you look for when shopping? Either basic timeless pieces with a good fit or clothes or accessories that can be conversation starters.

What are your favorite stores? Marshalls, Macy’s and Zara.

What is the clothing item you can’t live without? High waisted denim shorts.

Always remember to get great tips from your classy friends, they can surprise you! Would you try Lorena’s style?

Monica Perez is  a senior at the University of Puerto Rico majoring in Communications Public Relations and Advertising. She loves chocolate, animals, traveling, art, books, fashion and her family.

CL’s Guide to Midterms

It’s that time of year again. The leaves start falling, while our stress levels are rising. It’s midterm season! I don’t know about you, but this week I had a news story and essays in both English and a foreign language due in one day. The next two weeks are packed with tests. But, that doesn’t mean life as we know it is over until November hits! Here are some tips to staying positive.

Take a Nap. You have a history paper due, and need to study for both your sociology and biology mid-term. Class doesn’t end until 6:00pm and a girl still needs to a eat dinner! But running on four hours of sleep won’t help you be the best student you can be. Instead of focusing on the Sociology of Families you’ll be thinking about how tired you are. Even if you take a twenty-minute power nap you’ll be more refreshed and ready to tackle anything.




Spend Time With Friends. Nothing releases stress quite like your girls! Make sure to still grab dinner during the week or celebrate surviving midterms. Don’t lock yourself in your room with a textbook and a highlighter as your only friends. There’s life outside of Biological Diversity in the Amazon.

Go to the library with friends

Watch Your Favorite Show. Taking just an hour out of your super busy schedule to visit the Jersey Shore or add a little Glee to your day will instantly make you feel better. And it’s considered studying for Human Anatomy if you catch the latest episode of Grey’s, right?

Good Luck Studying, Pre-Meds!

Do Something You Love. Paint your nails, read a magazine, go to the gym or for a run. Anything that will remind you what to look forward to once you’re done studying and writing papers.

This may be one of the most stressful times of the year, but you can get through it while still being the fabulous girl you are!

Ariana Romero is sophomore at Syracuse University majoring in magazine journalism. When Ariana Romero is not preparing for midterms she is usually a fashion and sorority life writer for College Lifestyles.

The CL Girl’s Guide to Dealing with Drama

Even if you’re the most non-confrontational person on the planet, drama is bound to come your way.  Sometimes drama is an unfortunate inevitability, but how you deal with it is almost entirely controlled by you.  Here are some dos and don’ts of handling those stressful conflicts.

DO speak up.  If you ever feel threatened in a situation, you should definitely speak up.  Sometimes, a person may not even know their actions are threatening or offensive and other times, they may just be pushing you around because they don’t think you’ll fight back.  Drama often stems from at least one person with a more confrontational personality, and a lot of the time it can even be considered bullying, so speaking up could very easily be the solution to your problems.

DON’T add fuel to the fire.  Defending yourself in a situation where you feel threatened is OK, but it is very important to learn to pick your battles.  Acting defensive in every situation will only make you miserable in the end, and who wants that?  When you’re put in a situation where you have to decide whether to back down or fight back, ask yourself these questions:

  • Will I (or someone else) be seriously hurt if I don’t defend myself?
  • Will my future be negatively impacted if I back down?
  • Is this a person that I’m willing to be without if things end badly?

If you work through these questions, you should be able to easily decide whether or not it’s truly worth it to fight back.

DO avoid “friend drama.” Your friends should be the people helping you through your drama, not causing it.  It’s OK to have a little spat now and then as long as you can make up afterwards and fix the problem (without dwelling on it), but if the fights are escalating to the point of being mean and actually trying to hurt the other person, it can be a huge issue and definitely isn’t a healthy relationship.  If you look at the fights in Gossip Girl, the overwhelming majority consist of plotting and scheming in an effort to hurt or get back at someone who is supposed to be their friend.

Jordan has been my best friend since high school and we would never plot against each other!

DON’T let it get you down.  Drama can be brutal, and sometimes words can be really hurtful.  It’s important to keep in mind that this is something that everyone deals with and that although it may seem like it at the time, it isn’t the end of the world.  As someone who has gone through their fair share of drama, I can tell you that it’s going to be OK, and going through drama can (and usually does) turn into a positive experience rather than a negative one.  Learning to deal with people is an important part of growing up and becoming the fabulous, classy lady you’re meant to be.  And always, always remember, “no one can make you feel inferior without your consent,” – Eleanor Roosevelt.

Alli is a Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics junior at Michigan State University.  When she isn’t spending time with friends and family or on the sidelines of an MSU football game, she can always be found playing with her dogs!

CL Girl’s Night In: Fall Cookie Party

With fall just around the corner, I decided to invite my girlfriends over for a fun fall-themed study break at my apartment. Fall as a party theme is great because the colors are rich and beautiful and there are so many different ideas to explore. While keeping my budget in mind, I decided against making dinner or having a lot of snacks and decided to just have drinks and desserts – because they are simple, yummy and always a crowd pleaser. Searching high and low across the internet for cute fall and/or halloween themed desserts, I finally decided on the perfect theme: the Fall Cookie Party!

The party supplies!

I wanted it to be a very low-key get together; everyone was tired and stressed from their busy week, so I wanted to make it as relaxed and fun as possible! I kept the ingredients very simple, yet delicious!

Fall Cookie Party Recipe List:

Festive Fall Cookie Bars: To take the traditional cookie up a notch, I found this recipe for delicious butterscotch bars on My roommate had just made apple crisp so we had most of the ingredients already, except for the butterscotch chips and when I went to the grocery store, of course I couldn’t find any. So instead I used peanut butter chips which were just as delicious! Also, as far as pans go, I only have a large casserole/brownie pan, so I needed to double all the ingredients. But trust me, it still makes a reasonable amount because there weren’t many left over…

The Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

Store-bought Apple Cider: When I think of fall drinks, the first thing that comes to mind is warm apple cider. I found this recipe for Easy Apple Cider, but didn’t have many of the ingredients, so I kind of improvised and threw in some cinnamon with my Martinelli’s while it was heating up on the stove. And voila – it still tasted pretty good! For the 21-and-over crowd, I also hear that it’s tasty with spiced rum for a kicked-up girls’ night in.

Heating up the Apple Cider

Decorate-your-own Sugar Cookies: When thinking of another dessert to have, I realized that I had two choices: I could buy a lot of ingredients and add cooking time to my own schedule or I could pop in some sugar cookies and let my friends do the rest. Obviously I took the easier choice and my friends seemed to enjoy it even more! I bought pre-dyed orange and black packets of frosting and a container of multi-style sprinkles and that was it! This recipe added an activity to the party – so it’s not just eating – which is always a good aspect.

My friend Natalie decorating her cookie!

Bowl of Candy: This element was a last-minute decision. As I was leaving the grocery store, I saw a bag of mixed halloween candy on sale and I couldn’t resist. I just threw it in a bowl and everyone munched on it all night!

Some of the decorated cookies!

Will you try a cookie party with your friends this October?

Katie Maguire is a junior at Boston University, majoring in Public Relations with a minor in history. She is Sisterhood Chair of Kappa Delta Sorority and loves baking, working out and laughing with her friends!

5 Stress Relievers for the Over-Programmed Sorority Girl

There is no doubt about it: college girls are busy, especially us sorority girls. Between our weekly chapter meetings, exchanges with other frats and sororities and the daily hassles of work and class keep our schedules packed full. We all have to let off steam at some point, so when it’s your time to relax, try some of our stress relievers to make your free time worth while.

1.)   Watch a movie: Whether you check out a new movie at the local theater or snag a new release from the Redbox around the corner, watching a movie can be a serious mood changer. Taking a break from your normal, hectic life in order to take part in someone else’s exciting love life will make you happy and feel better about that pile of work you have to do. Grab a few sisters and a bag of popcorn to make it a group movie night. There is nothing in the world that cannot be remedied by your sisters, cute movie stars and some well deserved junk food.

2.)   Exercise: I know what you’re thinking. The last thing you will feel like doing after a long day of College Algebra or Chemistry is a run on the treadmill, but trust me, you will feel better after. Running a mile outside in this beautiful fall weather will not only lift your spirits, but will also help your body feel better and make you feel more confident about that Halloween costume you have your eye on.

3.)   Naptime: Everyone loves to nap. Seriously, there is nothing that brightens my day more than when I have an hour or two to lie in my bed and take a slumber. If you don’t have time during your week to have a consistent naptime, be sure to take a few minutes out of your day to rest your eyes and breathe for a bit. Perhaps even listen to some calming tunes on your iPod. You will feel so much better after a little R&R and will be more prepared to take on the daily challenges.

4.)   Read a good book: Recreational reading can be a lot of fun. As college students, we are so often forced to read textbooks that drone on and on about meaningless definitions and facts. But, by picking up a book, whether it is re-reading a past favorite or picking up a new title, reading will allow your mind to relax and drift away for a while. Double points if the book is funny. Anything by Chelsea Handler will do the trick.

5.)   A night on the town: Sometimes the best remedy to a long week is a fun night out with friends. Dinner, a classy cocktail and good conversation will improve your mood in no time. Try going to a new dance club or hang out at a new casual spot off of campus. Sometimes getting away from the official university buildings can allow you to take a deep breath and realize you are ready for some much needed fun.

What are your favorite stress relievers? Do you have a go-to activity to make you relax?

CL’s Guide to De-Cluttering Your Closet

The cute top you borrowed from your roommate a month ago? The flirty tank top that won’t see the light of day until next summer? The screen print T-shirt you bought and never wear? All of this and more is cluttering your closet, and it needs to go! But where to start in this retail avalanche? No worries – CL’s got you covered!

Step one: Return borrowed clothes.

We all do it. We see a cute top that our roommate, friend or sorority sister has, ask if we can borrow it and, usually a month later, realize that we still have it. We shrug and say, “Oh yeah, I meant to give that back to her. I’ll do that soon,” and then get distracted by something else and forget, usually for another month. So, CL ladies, stop whatever you are doing right now (yes, even reading this article…but come back as soon as you’re done – we have more de-cluttering to do!) and please return all clothes to their rightful owners!

Step two: Get rid of seasonal clothing.

Unless you are in a place that is 100% hot or 100% cold year rounfd, chances are that you have winter and summer clothing. Well, as much as we hate to admit it, summer is…over!  So, when you go home for fall or Thanksgiving break, take some of those warm weather pieces back.

Step three: Get rid of that unworn clothing.

Let’s face it: somewhere in your closet is a T-shirt that you claim to love but have never actually worn. So what do you do? Donate it to charity, or give it as a gift.

Still don’t have enough room? Remind yourself of that the next time you go shopping. Your weighed-down shelves and feather-light wallet will both thank you.

Debra Schreiber is a returning CL intern from summer 2011. She is a senior at Duquesne University, studying Journalism and Spanish. When she’s not studying, you can usually find her at the gym, reading or catching up on her favorite shows.

CL Interviews Clean Eating Chelsey

Chelsey S. is a fabulous 20-something and self-proclaimed foodie and health enthusiast who created the blog Clean Eating Chelsey. After graduating from Illinois State University, she began to experience health problems: stomachaches, migraines, joint pain, low energy, mood swings, and more. Soon thereafter, this classy co-ed learned that she was gluten and corn intolerant and probably lactose intolerant as well. No wonder she felt so sick! So, she eliminated these products from her diet and is now back with a healthy glow and a new food philosophy. Put simply: “If it comes from a box, I most likely will not be eating it.

CL: How long have you been blogging for? What got you started?

Chelsey: I have been blogging since June 2010. I originally began blogging because I really and truly love blogs! I had been reading for a while, but I knew I had to reach out to others to share my story. After being diagnosed with multiple food intolerances in October/November 2009, I had a very difficult transition period that I knew many others could identify with. Now, I can’t imagine my life without blogging!

CL: What is “clean eating”? What about it appeals to you?

Chelsey: Everyone has their own personal definition of clean eating. To me, clean eating is eating whole, unprocessed foods devoid of artificial ingredients or preservatives. Knowing that what I am eating is safe for my husband and me puts my mind at ease. With so many chemicals, processed foods, and genetically modified foods out on the market, I know I don’t want them in my body.

CL: What would be your advice to someone who wants to start eating “cleaner”?

Chelsey: Clean eating isn’t all that hard – and it really is not boring. In fact, my blog’s tagline is “where clean eating is anything but commonplace”. My main advice though is to start slow. Think about cleaning up your food choices as a lifestyle change, not as a diet to lose weight, but to feel better all around. For example, if you eat instant oatmeal for breakfast every morning, try eating bulk oats instead. If you usually buy prepared salads for lunch, try making your own at home with organic and fresh ingredients. If you are craving Thai takeout for dinner, look up a recipe to make your own stir-fry. Obviously time is always an issue, so plan ahead! Most meals that I make take less than 30 minutes on a weeknight.

CL: You have a full-time job, a blog, are married, AND run half-marathons, how do you find the time to fit in family, fun, work, and fitness?

Chelsey: Wow, I do sound busy, don’t I? In life, it is all about balance. I have always been good at managing my time, and that really helped me transition into the “real world” when I got married, bought a house, and took on a job. There is always something to be done, but living life always comes first. Sometimes the dishes can stay in the sink for a few hours a night. Sometimes the blog can wait until the next day because I have a family obligation. By planning ahead (key!) and really zoning in on my priorities, I have found what works for me.

CL: What does a regular week look like for you in terms of working out?

Chelsey: Most mornings I will exercise before school (I am an elementary school teacher). I get up around 4:15 (yes, I am a little bit crazy), get to the gym by 4:30, and am done with my workout by 5:15 every morning. I have so many other obligations after school between work, my family, and my other job (blogging!) that exercising in the morning works much better for me. On the weekends, I usually take a hot yoga class or complete longer runs when I have more time. Sundays are always rest days for me!

CL: What was your college experience like? What advice would to give to co-eds?

Chelsey: College was a blast. There is nothing I would change about my experience except for getting more involved with different organizations on campus, especially my first semester away from home. Any sort of change can be scary and stressful, so having a “home base” organization like a club or a sport can be very helpful to help ground you and keep you busy! Obviously staying healthy in college is difficult, so I would really urge college students to find exercise they enjoy, healthy snacks and food to keep their brains on top of it all, and to keep drinking at a reasonable level.

CL: Can you share your favorite healthy recipe with us?

Chelsey: Asking a food blogger to share her favorite recipe is like asking a mother to choose her favorite child. You do realize this, don’t you? I suppose I am a rule breaker, so I am going to share one sweet and one savory recipe. One of my favorite snacks is granola – I usually eat a bowl of it every night as a snack. My favorite granola recipe is Trail Mix Granola – I could eat this by the tubful. One of my favorite healthy and savory dishes is Creamy Pasta Primavera.

Check out Chelsey’s “How I Do ‘It’” series! She covers topics all of us CL girls worry about: time management, healthy eating, self-worth, and exercise.


Ellen Ratliff is a Health Writer at College Lifestyles ™. She is a junior at Michigan State University, majoring in Dietetics with a specialization in Health Promotions. She tries to eat “clean” as much as possible, but still enjoys her Enjoy Life Allergen-Free Dark Chocolate bars from time to time.

CL Party Planner: A Halloween Party Checklist

Channel your inner witch, ghost or goblin this Halloween season! Remember the days when door-to-door trick-or-treating was an event to be remembered all year long? Your classic princess or fairy costume from elementary school may not fit anymore, but you can still have a little fun of your own in college this holiday season! Here’s a quick and easy checklist to help you plan the perfect party in no time.

1. Invitations

These easy and eye-catching online invitations from Martha Stewart take only seconds to create and send to all of your friends. Impress guests with your creativity and let them know when/where the party is at so they can plan ahead!

2. Food & Drink

Try a few new recipes to flaunt your culinary skills—for a mature take on Halloween sweets, try making Candy Corn & Pretzel White Chocolate Bark or Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. Both treats will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. Offer simple Green Goblin Punch for a quick and easy mocktail (Sprite and Limeade) alongside hot apple cider or hot chocolate.

3. Décor

You can never go wrong with classic pumpkin décor at a Halloween party. Spice up traditional pumpkins by painting on fun designs, adorning them in glitter or attaching popular candy treats in unique patterns. Decorate your tables with creative, artsy centerpieces and themed accessories. Spread a few cobwebs on the staircase or in the windowsills to complete the look with relatively little time and effort.

4. Games & Activities

Make your party interactive with a few fun classics: Bobbing for Apples and Doughnuts on a String. These games will turn any social gathering into a fun-filled blast from the past. To encourage lively competition, offer prizes for the individual who can retrieve an apple or eat an entire doughnut the fastest.

5. Music

Nothing can set the mood like a few holiday tunes or creepy background music. This ‘Spooky Scary Sounds’ Halloween soundtrack from Martha Stewart Living is the perfect complement to an eerie evening—just be sure to warn your guests that things may get a little frightening!

6. Fun!

Although party planning can be stressful, just remember that holiday gatherings are meant to be fun and exciting. In the end, what matters most is that your guests enjoy themselves and that you can reconnect with friends and family.

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Meaghan O’Connor is a Writer/Social Media intern at College Lifestyles (TM) and is a Communications/International Relations major at the University of Michigan. She is a proud member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and is known for her big heart and big dreams.

iRemembering Steve Jobs

Yesterday was a sad day for most as the world lost a very important man. Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple, Inc. passed away at age 56. The last we had heard of Jobs was that he had stepped down as Apple’s CEO on August 24 due to illnesses– a rare form of pancreatic cancer. It’s hard to think of where we’d all be today without the invention of the iEverything, but we definitely wouldn’t be walking around campus with the famous iPod headphones.

While Jobs helped creating one of the most userfriendly computers ever, the Macintosh, he also helped creating actual jobs when he opened a chain of Apple retail stores. The stores went worldwide, and are growing by the day. We all know this because you have to make an appointment most of the time just to go in and talk to one of the educated employees. The stores are growing mostly because of the amount of iProducts that are being created, thanks to Jobs. This includes the original heavy iPod Classic, to the iPod Shuffle, Touch, Nano, Mini, Line, and then the newer devices such as the iPhone and the iPad. That’s not including the various computer systems available. As we are college students who constantly have headphones in, we can really appreciate all that Jobs has done. From avoiding an awkward conversation on the subway, to listening to the new NKOTBSB song the minute it is released on iTunes, iPods made college just a little bit easier.

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”  We are reminded of this excerpt and many more from Jobs’ Commencement address in 2005 given to Stanford graduates. In it, he speaks of when he was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and was preparing himself to die. He ended up having surgery and lived another 6 years, after that incredible speech.

“Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

Jobs and Woz

Steve Jobs was an inspiration to all, and showed that it is possible to make a huge dream become a reality worldwide– he created Apple in his parents’ garage with his high school friend, Steve Wozniak (or Woz, as Jobs referred to him). His fans, friends, and celebrities took to social media to share their admiration for Steve Jobs on Wednesday:

“Today a genius passed on. #SteveJobs- RIP” -Peter Facinelli, twitter

“I’m sad about steve jobs. He was a visionary. Life is short. Do what you love when you can.” -Sara Bareilles, twitter

“Sending love & light to everyone @Apple & the entire Jobs family.Today we lost a Giant who will be missed even by those who didn’t know him. We have all surfed on the wake of Steve Jobs ship. Now we must learn to sail, but we will never forget our skipper. I never thought I could be so busted up about the loss of someone I never met. #stevejobs” -Ashton Kutcher, twitter

“Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.” -Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook (obviously)

“Rest in peace, Steve Jobs. From all of us at #Obama2012, thank you for the work you make possible every day—including ours.” -President Barack Obama, twitter

“I never met Steve Jobs, but I always wanted to. What a tragic loss. I can’t believe it. About to call my family and tell them I love them.” Taylor Swift, twitter

“Take a beat & love the ppl around U coz u just never know… RIP Mr. Jobs.” -Chad Michael Murray, twitter

“Thank you, Steve Jobs, for all of the fun and amazing ways you made our lives better….Sent from my iPhone.” -Jimmy Fallon, twitter

Emily Longeretta is a fashion, etiquitte, and social media intern for College Lifestyles (TM). When she’s not buying new Adele songs off iTunes, she is spending her time in the Accessories Closet of Elle Magazine.

CL’s Guide to Feeling Homesick

Being on your own and independent is such a fabulous feeling! …Until you start to miss your mother’s home cooked meals or teasing your little brother. Oh no! You’re starting to get homesick – you’re not alone! Whether you’re an hour away or eight, being away from home for too long can really affect you.

My Story – I go to a school eight hours away from my home in New Jersey. I went to a university where I didn’t know a single person! My roommate went home a lot and every time she left I’d get to thinking about how much I wish I could just hop in my car and go home. It was such a hard adjustment, but I overcame it! I got involved on campus and joined a sorority and my undesirable feelings went away! Now I’m a junior and I love being at school! Being away from home really helped me become much more independent and confident. I still miss home at times, but it’s easier to deal with now. I call my family all the time to keep in touch, but hearing their voices makes me happy not down. If you’re feeling lonely and sad the way I did check out these helpful tips!

How to deal with getting homesick:

  • Keep Busy! If you are occupied, you won’t have time to think so much. Read a book, get a jump start on your test next week, and grab dinner with your friends.
  • Bring home to you – with your school friends! Home is where you’re loved ones are, your college friends become your family, embrace it! Meet as many people as possible while you’re in college and create bonds with them! They probably know how you feel.
  • Get Involved! Join a club or organization! I joined a sorority my freshman year and they have become my family and helped college feel like a second home to me.
  • K.I.T. – Keep in touch with your family and friends from home! Shoot them an email every once and a while and call them on the phone. Don’t overdo it so much that it takes out your life though!
  • Decorate! Put up pictures of you and your friends and family. Surround yourself with memories of good times that will put a smile on your face!
  • Hang in there! It can be hard sometimes, you need to stay positive and relish your college experience! It will go fast so enjoy it while you can! Live in the moment and enjoy it! Don’t go home every weekend or you’ll surely miss out on some great times!

Have you ever been homesick? How did you overcome it? Share your story!

Sharon Tendler is a junior at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She is majoring in business marketing and minoring in graphic design. Sharon is a proud sister of Sigma Sigma Sigma. She enjoys hanging out with friends and family, scrapbooking, texting, and watching movies!

The Spotlight’s On This Savory Snack

Picture yourself sitting in class, daydreaming about food because an empty stomach has gotten the best of you. Now picture the sound of your growling stomach catching everyone’s attention. Yeah, its happened to the best of us, but let the next time that this happens be the last. The mid-class slump is perfectly normal, so look  to nuts for a snack break that’ll give you the energy to keep you moving through your day.

There’s a laundry list of reasons why you should incorporate nuts (pecans, pistachios, walnuts, and a slew of others), into your daily diet. They’re wonderful sources of vitamins, omega 3′s, antioxidants, calcium, fiber and monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, a.k.a the “good fats” says And, thanks to research conducted by Penn State University, we now know that walnuts in particular contribute to a lower blood pressure and lower levels of stress according to

Now that CL has convinced you to start stocking up on nuts, here’s a product that once you have one, it’ll be impossible to resist.

The Spotlight’s On: Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters

Here’s Why:

Nature Valley gets it right every time, with all of their products taking a fresh–and especially tasty–approach to nuts and granola’s. Nature Valley’s Granola Nut Clusters have  all of the aforementioned health benefits literally rolled into one! Each crunchy bite would turn even the least health-conscious person into a healthy snacker.


This product comes with four cluster options: Roasted Cashew, Honey Roasted Peanut, Roasted Almond, and Nut Lovers, all of which are lightly salted and glazed with “a touch of honey,” says the package. At either 160 calories or less, each of the Nut Clusters is lower in calories and great tasting.

Push all of your other snacks out of the way, and make room for a few bags of these deliciously healthy treats. And check out this site for ingredient listings and prices! As always, stay happy and healthy, CL readers!

Tiana Blue is an intern for College Lifestyles™ and is a print journalism major at Penn State. This sophomore is an avid blogger that loves to write, draw, roam the streets of Manhattan, and channel her inner chef by watching Food Network re-runs.

CL-oween Dorm/Apartment Décor

Hosting a Halloween party, or just want to give your dorm or apartment that holiday vibe? Then try some of these CL Halloween décor ideas – simple and great for a co-ed on a budget!

Remember those paper people you used to string across your classroom in grade school? Try it again, but this time, cut out ghost and pumpkin shapes in orange and black. Hang them across your window, or zigzag them all across the room!

Want to make those cut outs super scary? Try this idea from Wisteria Garden Circle. Trace your hand (and your roommates) a few times on black paper and then cut the hand shapes out. Tape them to the back of your window.

If you’re going for a more chic and modern take on Halloween decorations, try these beautiful candy corn designs from Hostess with the Mostess ®: For a Halloweenified flower arrangement, put one small vase inside of a larger vase and fill the space between them with candy corn. Fill the smaller vase with water. Add flowers in festive colors like orange and yellow. For some festive candles, just put some candy corn into the candle holder, around the candle!

Need some decorative pillows? Pull out some white pillow cases that you’ll never use again and draw a ghost’s face on them – or use orange fabric and draw on a pumpkin’s face.

 Happy Halloween!

Debra Schreiber is a returning CL intern from summer 2011. She is a senior at Duquesne University, studying Journalism and Spanish. When she’s not studying, you can usually find her at the gym, reading or catching up on her favorite shows.

Celebrity Looks For Less

As college fashionistas, we dream stylish even when our wallets can’t. With College Lifestyles’ Celebrity Looks For Less, readers can dress classy with less cash.

Check out where to get these style icons’ fabulous, fresh fall looks:

Audrina Partridge dares to bring back plaid, do you?

Long sleeve top, $22
ALDO lace up shoes, $40
Flying Monkey Bright White Skinny-Denim, $49

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley dares to wear white after Labor Day, do you?

Jessica Biel dares to tie her blouse with a bow, do you?

Which looks do you love, and which looks will you create for yourself? Send College Lifestyles pictures of yourself in celebrity looks for less to be a featured classy chica!

Sana Ashraf is a fashion writer and fashion show intern and is a junior at the University of Michigan. Sana loves reading fashion magazines, shopping sprees, city lights, color coordinated closets, and all four seasons.

Diary of a CL Sorority Girl – The Big & Little Relationship

Diary of a CL Sorority Girl - The Big & Little Relationship

Big-Little Paddles

A sister is a forever friend.  This statement is definitely true for the bond between a “Big” and “Little.” A Big is a sister assigned to a new member within the first few weeks of their pledge period.  That new member then becomes that sister’s Little.

The Big-Little relationship creates a family lineage.  So the Big of the Big of the new member becomes the new member’s Grand-Big.  A Big can also take on two Littles, in which the Littles become each other’s twins.  Family trees can expand and continue for many generations.

Diary of a CL Sorority Girl - The Big & Little Relationship

Bigs and Littles

The purpose of the Big during the new member period is to act as a mentor for their Little.  It is their duty to introduce their Littles to the sorority and help them adjust to Greek life. Bigs answer any questions their Littles might have regarding the chapter, the sorority, college or with life in general.

A Big is often the one who gives her Little her first set of letters along with many gifts and words of encouragement throughout the new member period.  A Little often gives her Big a decorated paddle at the end of the semester.  Although the Big may want to spoil her Little throughout the new member period, the role of the Big is not as a gift giver, but as someone to lean on.

A great way to get closer to your Big or Little is through family meals.  Get together with your Little, Big, Grand Big, etc. and get to know more about each other.  Discuss your ambitions within the sorority, college and after graduation.  Seek advice from your family if you plan on running for a position.  Your sorority family wants to help in any way they can and watch you succeed.

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Ask the Intern: Sorority Relationships with Former Members

Last week, our sorority writers were posed with the following question from one of our readers.  Our sorority writers gave each their point of view on the situation, and we are encouraging our readers to do the same.

I am in a sorority and our chapter is experiencing a problem. We had a girl quit last year but she is still hanging around everyone and reaping all the benefits of being a sorority member without being a member. She even lives with someone who is still a part of the sorority. Recently she has been creating problems within the sorority by talking about members and it’s creating problems. How can we get this girl to back off without being rude or how can we get our members to see that they need to be careful who they hang out with?

That’s an extremely tough position to be in. As a member of your sorority, you want to embrace other women in your community with a sense of love and care, but you also need to look out for your sisters and the health of your organization as a whole. In this situation, the best solution may be to confront her in a casual, private setting. Try asking her out for coffee to explain the situation and how she is affecting the other members of the sorority. Calmly explain that because she withdrew her membership, she opted out of several activities that are reserved for active members. While you don’t want to shut her out of your life completely, it is okay to let her know that things have to change for the benefit of everyone involved.

In my opinion, it would be best to just be honest with this girl. She needs to know that by dropping out of the sorority it means no longer being there constantly. Although it would be fine to still talk to her occasionally, or even get dinner she is no longer a member of your organization and the longer you let her think we can do what she is doing the worse the problem is going to get. If she is creating drama that is even worse and needs to be dealt with immediately. The best way to begin to deal with this would be addressing it in chapter when most of the girls will be there and the most people will hear your complaints about it.

That’s a very rough situation.  You can’t be controlling though and tell people who and who not to hang out with.  At your next meeting create a time to talk about this situation, it is important to address the chapter as a whole so you’re not singling one person out.  Tell them that though they should act sisterly and kind to a former member, they should remember to keep sorority business to themselves and put their active sisters before them.  Make sure they know that it is a sister’s responsibility to squash any rumors about another.  Good luck with this!

We had a similar problem with our chapter. Usually in the spring we have cook outs with different fraternities or plan day trips to the pittsburgh zoo and she would still want to come along so we had the girl she was closest with and tell her that she can still hang out with us but meet us after an event.  As far as the gossiping, my best advice would be to talk to her one on one and tell her that she was once in the sorority and knows how much gossiping can hurt the chapter and that if she still wants to maintain good ties with the chapter and hangout with us the gossiping should cease.

Last year we had a girl quit our sorority, and she also lived with one of the active members. She still attended all of our events and was over at the house frequently. She did this for about three months, however after the semester ended she backed off. If this girl continues to intrude on your sorority I would explain to her that even though she quit, she is a sister for life. And as a part of that role, that means you have to respect all of your sisters and respect your ritual- meaning it is perfectly fine to continue friendships within the sorority, however she is creating issues that is none of her business which is not acceptable, and definitely not living out her ritual. My suggestion is to remind her of the ritual that she used to hold so close to her heart, and hopefully you will see a turn around.

What is your answer?

Style Icon: Whitney Port

With the streets of New York being designer Whitney Port’s runway, it’s no wonder she struts her style the city girl way. Her minimal effort often shows off those loooong legs and impecable taste in fashion. From the looks of it, being a “hit” or “miss” doesn’t seem to be on her mind when she goes through her closet. She mixes patterns, prints and colors without worrying what people will think.

I love her daring yet classy style. Most of her outfits are girly with an edgy twist or at least one “boyish” item. Her unique style inspires me to combine different items in my closet that I normally wouldn’t mix.

As an avid fashion fan of Whitney’s, I put together three different outfits inspired by the reality star herself.



Sporting dressy shorts and a tie-dye shirt, Port combines sophisticated and cool into one outfit.  To make this creation your own, add sequined ballet flats for that extra touch. This look is great for a party or a casual day in the office.
LORD TAYLOR layering tee $6.79 –
Ladies Slouch Shorts $14 –
Flat $30 –
Red Herring gold watch $20 –
Beach jewelry $4.99 –

With only three items, she looks put together and rocker chic. In a body conscious skirt and lookin’ leggy, she pulls it off by wearing a concealing top. Take this outfit out on the town adding your own flare by adding a bold red lip color and pulling your hair up into a high chignon like she did for the Sex and the City 2 premiere.

Red Herring black polka dot shirt $28 –

Fitted skirt $9.90 –

Bamboo Bilson Natural Peep Toe Wedge Booties $36 –

Whitney stepped out layered and bundled up on the streets in a snowy New York. To steal this boho hipster look, head to your local Forever 21 for any of the essential items. For bringing this look to campus, you could even switch the tassle bag for a book bag and add some gloves. Capturing the true look of a city girl, the coffee isn’t a bad accessory either.

Padded jacket $38- Forever 21

Anna Sui tight $25 –

Keds Shoe – Black $40-

Corduroy Backpack $35-

TopShop fringe scarve $32 –

John Lewis unisex sunglasses $12 –

Forever21 acrylic beanie $6.80 –

Since Whitney Port is a style icon of many CL interns, be sure to also check out Sana’s take on the fashionista.

Jessica Fecteau is a fashion, etiquette and apartment/dorm life writer and is a sophomore at Central Michigan University. Jessica loves fashion magazines, traveling to big cities and watching chick flicks with her roommates.

Think Pink, Wear Pink!

As were all aware, I am sure, this month is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  This month you will see constant Facebook posts that you may not understand and silly little sayings that make you laugh.  Find your own way to support this deadly disease in October!

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States aside from Skin Cancer.  It is a malignant tumor that grows in one or both breasts.  The American Cancer Society estimates that 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year.

For more information on Breast Cancer visit the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month or my blog post from last year, 25 Years of Breast Cancer Awareness.

This year support the case by wearing pink.  The smallest recognition can count and a majority of your purchases will contribute to the cause.

  • Pink Awareness at Target:  Target has put together several items to spread awareness.  Target is selling pink hair dryers, straighteners, curling irons, makeup kits and bags, and razors among other things.  Most of these can only be purchase online at Target.
  • Nail Polish:  What girl doesn’t love some pink nail polish once in a while?  Companies such as OPI, Revlon, and Essie are selling pink nail polish specifically dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness.  Support the cause and paint your nails pink!
  • Pink Bracelet/Ribbon: The classic way to spread the word!  Purchase a breast cancer bracelet or place a simple pink ribbon on your bag.  You can also purchase ribbons in the form of key chains, bracelet charms, and earrings.
  • Pink Clothing: For those of you that love the color pink, wear it all month long!  Take a few days this month to support the cause and wear the color pink.  The NFL is also selling breast cancer ribbon gear!  Support your favorite team and the cause at the same time!

Of course there are many ways to spread awareness but why not show it everyday!  A few purchases can go a long way.

Stephanie Coppola is an intern at College Lifestyles ™.  She recently graduated from Quinnipiac University with a major in Print Journalism and a minor in Sports Studies.  She is buying and wearing pink this month to support those who have and are suffering from Breast Cancer.

3 Ways to Wear: Pearls

What accessory could be more appropriate for a CLassy woman than pearls? The real thing might way out of a college student’s budget, but fake pearls work just as well!  CL shows you how to wear them in 3 different ways.

1. Casually.
To wear pearls casually, layer a bunch of strands together, whether on your neck or on your wrist. Make sure the necklaces are of different lengths, and don’t be afraid to mix colors! Or try using them as a headband, like the girl pictured below.

2. Classy.

Channel the Audrey Hepburn look with a single strand of pearls and a pair of pearl studs. A pearl brooch, like the one pictured below, can also add a touch of class. Pin it to the lapel of your jacket, or to hold a scarf in place.

3. Artsy.
Wrap an extra-long strand of pearls artfully around your arm. Take that same strand and wrap it around the brim of your hat. Or take a classic way to wear pearls and turn it on its head, like the girl pictured below. Be creative!

Do you have any other ways to wear pearls? Let us know in the comments!

Sasha Graffagna is a junior Journalism and Comparative Literature major at New York University. Pearls are her favorite accessory.

CL’s Ways to Leave a Positive Impression at an Internship

A first impression and a last impression are two of the most important things at a new job– especially at internships. All of the other things in between matter too, of course but how you impress the team you work for is extremely important. From one intern to another, I want to share with you ways to make a lasting impression- from the minute you walk in the door, to your last goodbyes.

  • Act as though everyday is an interview, because in reality, that is what an internship is– a three or four month interview, to prove to the company that you’d be awesome as an employee in the future.
  • Always dress better than you think you need to. One of my internships is in an accessories closet. Jeans and flip flops are allowed, and aren’t frowned upon. We literally spend much of our time kneeling on the floor, checking in Louboutin’s, or running to PR companies by cab or subway. So wearing a sleek dress and stillettos wouldn’t really work. However, just because they are acceptable, does not mean that wearing flip flops is right. The fellow interns and myself wear heels the majority of the time. Sure, I bring flats to change into when I’m running around the city, or if my feet end up hurting. If I do wear jeans (maybe once every two weeks), I stick to dark skinny and be sure to dress them up with boots, a dressy top, and accessories, or the classic flare with higher heels. The flares pictured were only $14.50 at Forever 21! It’s key to not dress down. Just because it’s allowed, doesn’t mean you should come in your ripped jeans and Old Navy flip flops (not that I don’t own every color of the $2.50 gems!)
  • Ask what else there is to do. My first internship was at a local newspaper, and there was a good amount of down time. However, it is important to make good use of your time, and show the boss that you are still working when there isn’t a specific job at hand. Whether it is looking for new story topics, reading through past issues for ideas, or even going in and asking the editor (which I did most days) if they need anything.
  • Offer treats! When you’re making a Starbucks run for your main boss, go over to other employees that you work with and ask if they need anything, too. It really is appreciated, because you never know when they are craving a coffee– and in most industries, coffee is always needed.
  • Volunteer to stay late, do extra, etc. There will be many jobs that a boss asks if someone wants to do… that no one will want to do. Jump at them, volunteering your time. It shows you’re ready to work, and that you’re willing to do whatever needs to be done. This also goes to coming in early/staying late. One time, there was an errand that needed to be done at 7:30PM. Usually, we get out of work around 6:30, but I had stayed to finish and when this came up, I quickly let them know I could do it– run across town. I didn’t get home until 9PM, but it was worth it because it was greatly appreciated– my boss even gave me her ticket to Jeremy Scott’s fashion show at NY Fashion Week! Don’t think you’ll always be so lucky though. You usually won’t get things in return most of the time, but you’re getting more because you are leaving an awesome memory in their heads.
  • Say ‘goodbye’ and keep in touch.. really. I know it seems like common sense but even if you have to walk a few steps out of your way, walk over and let them know you’re leaving at the end of the day. They’ll remember it. On your last day, make thank you notes for the few bosses/employees you worked with, and drop them off or mail them to them a few days after you leave. Let them know how much you appreciated how much you learned from them, and don’t forget to tell them how much you love the company, and leave your contact information with them. Keep in touch, especially with those who you formed good relationships with. Even if it’s just an email a few months later, just saying hello and checking in, lets them know that you are thinking of them, and let’s them be reminded of you. This could be extremely helpful if there happens to be a job opening up, and they have you in mind. (Don’t mention that, though!)


Emily Longeretta is a fashion and lifestyles intern at College Lifestyles (TM). When she’s not working her three internships, she’s skyping with her family back home and shopping in SoHo!

Benefits of Beauty: Shopping your way to supporting Breast Cancer Awareness

October brings more than colder temperatures, layers and layers of clothes and fall activities. It is also the official month for National Breast Cancer Awareness, making it the perfect excuse to go shopping!

Either you know someone who currently has breast cancer or has survived it, now is the time to support the nearly 1 in 4  U.S. women affected. These cute little gifts just happen to give back and look stylish at the same time. It is only right to shop til’ you drop if it means supporting the fight against the most common cancer among women.

My favorite breast cancer awareness product is the Reach for the Moon Tee designed by Jennifer Aniston herself. One hundred percent of net proceeds ($12.55 each) goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. I also am loving the Warriors In Pink 2011 scarf that is  a wearable work of art.

Give cancer the boot by wearing Pink UGG Boots. Feel even more cozy every time you slip your feet into these UGGs knowing that 5 percent of the purchase price will be donated to the City of Hope. As one of the nation’s leading research, treatment and education centers for cancer and other life-threatening diseases, they teamed with The Walking Company to raise awareness.

If you haven’t purchased your first Snuggie yet, do a good deed by buying one that will benefit more than just your fall chills. The Breast Cancer Research Edition Snuggie gives $50,000 from the sales to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Look classy on and off campus by wearing this Fight like a girl cuff bracelet. The adjustable fit will form around any wrist size while donating 100 percent of the proceeds to the Etsy desinger’s sister-in-law, who is battling breast cancer.

Bachelorette alum Ali Fedotowsky sports the "I Heart Cure" tee in honor of her support.

What makes the GUESS by Marciano tee even more adorable is for each $68 tee sold, GUESS will donate to Susan G. Komen for the Cure $54.90 per tee sold. Taking the splurge supports the fundraiser running past the awareness month by selling tees until Dec. 31.

Fill up your Breast Cancer Crusade Pink Water bottle and hit the gym sporting your support for breast cancer. For only five bucks you can help the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.

In addition to these lovely items, check out The Breast Cancer Site where every purchase made helps fund mammograms for women in need year-round.

Jessica Fecteau is a fashion, etiquette and apartment/dorm life writer and is a sophomore at Central Michigan University. Jessica loves fashion magazines, traveling to big cities and watching chick flicks with her roommates.

Curves & Love: CL Interview’s Tiffany Bank from TLC’s “BIG SEXY”

Earlier this year College Lifestyles launched the Beauty by Confidence Campaign, to show young women that beauty is not defined by clothing size or outward appearance. B.C.C. aims for co-eds to have a positive body image, self-assurance, and love for herself. Plus-size model, host, writer, and actress Tiffany Bank is the embodiment of beautiful confidence. Whether she is appearing on The Today Show or posing for DKNY or Liz Claiborne, Tiffany works her curves with a smile. As the co-star of TLC’s new break-out hit show “BIG SEXY” College Lifestyle’s asked Tiffany a few questions.

CL: Have you always been confident about your curves? What advice would you give to a young girl struggling with her body image?

TB: No, I wasn’t always confident with my body and every woman, no matter shape or size, has had an insecurity about them, that they wish they could change.  But after years of being bullied and tormented about my weight I decided to take my power back and own what I have.  Life is too short to worry so much. I would encourage young women to wake up everyday and point out the things that they love about themselves instead of comparing themselves to other women.  Over time, self-love wins.

CL: In the second episode of “BIG SEXY” viewers saw you were diagnosed with a thyroid problem, which made it difficult for you to lose weight. What do your workouts consist of now?

TB: I do different things that make me happy and that keep my interest.  I like to go boxing, swimming, dancing, jogging and I like taking long walks.  That’s the cool thing about living in NYC.  Every block is interesting and different. :-)

CL: How would you describe your style? Are there any Fall trends or pieces that have caught your eye?

TB: I would say my style is boho-chic.  I have a hippy side to me but I also like to keep it classy.  I love long flowing dresses or harem pants and a top.  My whole theory is to keep what you wear simple and add your personality with colors and accessories.

CL: Why did you decide to go on a reality TV show? What do you hope to gain from the experience?

TB: I decided to go on reality TV when I was asked to be apart of BIG SEXY.  I thought it would be a great stepping stone to doing the things I’ve been trying to do for years and its been an amazing experience.  I just want to keep working towards  my dreams and help inspire others.

CL: Congrats on landing the beauty editorial in Plus Model Magazine’s September issue! Do you have any other projects in the works?

TB: Thank you!  Yes I am working on a few things in my modeling, acting and hosting career that I will post on my fan page, Twitter and website. I love chatting with fans of the show and keep them in the loop. Thanks so much for all your support!