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.

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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.

Photo Credits: www.marthastewart.com and www.realsimple.com

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 healthcastle.com. 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 foxnews.com.

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.

From yumsugar.com

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 – lordandtaylor.com
Ladies Slouch Shorts $14 – peacocks.co.uk
Flat $30 – bakersshoes.com
Red Herring gold watch $20 – debenhams.com
Beach jewelry $4.99 – modcloth.com

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 – debenhams.com

Fitted skirt $9.90 – windsorstore.com

Bamboo Bilson Natural Peep Toe Wedge Booties $36 – lulus.com

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 – couture.zappos.com

Keds Shoe – Black $40- dsw.com

Corduroy Backpack $35- forever21.com

TopShop fringe scarve $32 – topshop.com

John Lewis unisex sunglasses $12 – johnlewis.com

Forever21 acrylic beanie $6.80 – forever21.com


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!


A classy sorority woman- 30 years later

Sorority sisters last forever. Often times, people laugh at girls for saying they are sisters, but the friendships made in sororities are always the ones that last the longest. Still not convinced? Take Mary Deming, a classy sorority woman that is still treasuring her days at Sigma Sigma Sigma. She has also instilled these values in her daughter, who is also a part of greek life. Oh yeah, did I mention she’s my mom? Check out what she has to say about the way sorority life affected not only her college life, but also who she is today.

1.) Why did you join a sorority?

I joined because my sisters were in the sorority and it was a good experience for them.  I had met their friends and everyone was very nice.  I did not know anyone when I first went to college and going through rush and joining the sorority was a great way to meet people and get involved at college.
2.) What were your most and least favorite parts of being in a sorority?

My favorite part was hanging out at the sorority house and doing activities with my pledge sisters, so I could get to know all the girls better.  I enjoyed Greek Week and the functions with the fraternities.  My least favorite was that sometimes the meetings were too long and sometimes it was hard to fit everything into my schedule.  For example, when we had practices for Greek Sing, it really made for a busy time.
3.) Did you want your children to join greek life?

I enjoyed Greek life and it was a good experience for me at the university I was attending.  I would want my children to make their own decisions, based on their needs and the activities they want to be involved in.
4.) What did you gain from joining a sorority?

I gained a sense of responsibility and learned how to manage my time.  I learned how to work well with a large group of people and how to interact with different personalities.  It gave me more confidence and it also gave me a wider range of people to learn from.  I had more friends to go to for advice and I also learned how to look at things from another person’s perspective.
5.) What is one of your favorite memories?

I always enjoyed Greek Week in the spring and Greek Reunion in the summer.  Everyone was there from all the sororities and fraternities and it was just great to be able to see everyone.  For Greek Week, we had different games and races and the week ended with Greek Sing on Sunday.
6.) Are you still in contact with your sisters? If so, how?

I gained the best friends of my life.  My group of pledge sisters and I still get together once a year or so from around the country.  We meet in different cities for a long weekend and it is like we have never been apart.  We keep in contact my phone and email throughout the year.  We laugh and cry together.  These friendships have lasted a lifetime.
7.) Do you think your college experience would have been less enjoyable if you hadn’t gone greek?

I am sure the experience would still have been enjoyable, but not nearly as much because I almost all of my friends through the sorority and most of my extracurricular activities were centered on the sorority.  I really cannot imagine not having all of those experiences and connections with the girls and the other people I met through our functions.
8.) What was your favorite event?

I loved the informal and formal dances we had.  For the informal dances, we would have a theme, such as a 50′s dance or barn dance, and we would dress accordingly.  For the formal dances, we usually went to a hotel out of town and spent the night.  The dances were great.


A CL Intern’s Guide to Desk Organization

Whether your desk functions as a quiet study sanctuary, a social gathering spot or a place to remember all your friends and family from home, it’s important to organize it based on your specific needs and how you want it to function.

When I moved into a sorority house this fall, it was important for me to create a desk space that could balance my study demands with other personal interests. I knew that finding a quiet, solitary spot in a house with 50 other women would prove extremely difficult, so I was dedicated to making this space my own.

Keep your desk neat and organized this year with a few helpful tips from a college student herself!

1. Keep your cosmetics and beauty essentials close by. It’s helpful to keep products like make-up, perfume and lotion all together so you can be out the door in a moment’s notice. Check www.storables.com for cute and affordable storage options!

2. Pictures of family and friends from home can keep you connected even when you’re miles away. High school pictures in cute frames not only spice up your desktop, but they also remind you of great times and bring back old memories.

3. Keeping up with your favorite weekly television shows may not be easy in college, but there always seems to be time to pop in a good chick flick or TV series on DVD. Keep your favorites on hand for the inevitable study break or girl’s night in.

4. Store several folders and binders with essential personal information in a place they won’t get lost. It helps to keep these documents separate from schoolwork, so you can find them quickly when they are needed and store them when they are not.

5. Keep space open on your desktop for a computer or homework. There has to be plenty of room for you to spread out and comfortably study! Computers are another great way to personalize your space—choose a cute desktop background to compliment your desk accessories.

6. It’s important to hydrate in between classes, homework and social gatherings. Store a water bottle on your desk to remind you to drink plenty of water. Water is great for your health and helps fight off sugar cravings!

7. Drawers on your desktop are perfect for random storage. Tuck small items that tend to float on your desktop into drawers to create more space. It can also be a great place to store other miscellaneous school supplies such as tape, a stapler or paperclips.

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.


Fashinspiration: ABC’s Pan Am

CL’s article told you about the most fashionable characters on TV. But, not every CL Girl has time to search from store to store for the perfect Pan Am inspired outfit, does she? That’s why we’ve done the work for you!

ABC’s Pan Am is the pinnacle of 1960’s glamour and class, and now you can be just as chic as Maggie (Christina Ricci), Laura (Margot Robbie), Kate (Kelli Garner), Bridgette (Annabelle Wallis) and Collette (Karine Vanasse) without the mandatory girdle.

The Ladies of Pan Am

The wedding scene of a certain Pan Am stewardess, not to name names or spoil it for anyone, just screams elegance! Both the would-be bride and maid of honor look gorgeous, and you can too. Their looks would be perfect for wedding, formal, or business casual occasions.

Delias $49.50

Urban Outfitters $100

Claire's $14.50

When she’s not in an overly starched uniform and white gloves, Maggie hangs out in New York City’s the Village as a beatnik. She’s debates the difference between Hegel and Marx and was grounded for a uniform violation. If this kind of unaffected cool sounds appealing, try these looks out.

Forever 21 $13.80

Target $5

Payless $20

Mysterious and missing stewardess Bridgette looks fabulous when we meet her. Steal her effortlessly chic look for less and maybe you’ll snag a dashing captain of your own.

Delias $34.50

JC Penny $22

Payless $35

Pan Am’s maiden voyage ends on a positive note, with a stewardesses-night-out. We get to see each woman’s style without the “costume” of a Pan Am uniform.

Forever 21 $24.80

Charlotte Russe $22

Target $35

Macy's $23

Target $34

Forever 21 $6.80

Your fashion sense can fly just as high as the women of Pan Am, without the behind-the-scenes stylist!

Ariana Romero is sophomore at Syracuse University majoring in magazine journalism. She’s crazy about the new fall TV shows Pan Am and New Girl.


Carmindize! College Lifestyles Interviews Carmindy from TLC’s What Not to Wear!

With our planners filled with class, work, study group, and organizational obligations, it is no wonder we sometimes dash to class with our hair in a bun and basic clear lip gloss.  While we sometimes long for a polished face, we fear it will take will take 20 minutes of our precious time.

Welcome a new routine to your morning schedule – ‘Carmindize!’ College Lifestyles interviewed Carmindy, makeup artist from TLC’s What Not to Wear, for her getting and feeling gorgeous tips for the busy co-ed.  Her simple, yet stunning makeup techniques and daily self affirmations not only fit into a busy co-eds life, but also promote beauty both inside AND out!  When Carmindy is not filming What Not to Wear, she is busy promoting her latest book, Crazy Busy Beautiful:  Beauty Secrets for Getting Gorgeous Fast (I already ordered mine!), and working with Sally Hensen on her new makeup line.  Carmindy took time out of her busy schedule to answer our questions on channeling your inner and outer ‘gorgeousness!’

Crazy Busy Beautiful by Carmindy

CL:  With the busy schedule of college students, what are simple tips you have for makeup application in the morning?

Carmindy: It only takes 5 easy minutes to get ready in the morning in a flash. I created The 5 Minute Face to help all women accentuate their natural beauty. They key for makeup lasting all day through all your classes is applying a sheer foundation first. Apply my Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Airbrush Spray Makeup to the skin and then dab on a little concealer under the eyes to hide the evidence of long nights of studying. Then dust on a little powder to set it and then “Carmindize” the face. This means applying a shimmering powder highlighter shadow on tops of the cheekbones, under the brows on on the inside corners of the eyes. Then line the upper lash line with a pencil and smudge over it with a finger and then apply black mascara on top lashes only. This is all you need to define the eyes in a hurry. Now swirl on a little powder blush to the apples of your cheeks and add a lipgloss and you are ready to roll!

CL:  What one beauty product should students use daily?

Carmindy: Always wash your face before bedtime no matter what and use Cetaphil Face Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin that cuts through makeup no matter what skin type you have. Always use sunscreen to prevent aging and  mascara and lip balm.

CL:  If you had to chose one makeup product (lipstick, mascara) for a student to use, what would it be and why?

Carmindy: I would say mascara because it really opens up the eyes.

CL: What one beauty rule should all students follow?

Carmindy: Always apply moisturizer and sunscreen and never tan in the sun!

CL: In regards to beauty confidence, what is/are simple affirmations students can tell themselves daily?

Carmindy: Do daily mirror mantras like, ‘Hi sweet cheeks” or “my eyes are gorgeous”. Never look into the mirror and say negative things like, “I hate my dark circles”. Focus ONLY on the best assets you posses for total self confidence.

For more of Carmindy’s getting gorgeous tips and to download her ‘app’ for your smartphone, visit her website www.carmindy.com.


CL Apartment Living: Gina’s Quick and Tasty Grilled Chicken

With a small lull in my busy week, occurring on Monday night, I decided to take advantage of my free time and cook a nice, healthy dinner. So I set off on one of my favorite cooking blogs, Gina’s Skinny Recipes and, since I haven’t used my George Foreman grill yet and really wanted to, decided on the delicious Grilled Chicken with Spinach and Melted Mozzarella…yum. I had the time and a Trader Joe’s gift card to follow this recipe exactly as printed, however there are a lot of variations you can make to this meal with things you already have in your fridge.

The chicken about to go into the oven!

We used my small George Foreman grill found at Target (for only $18!) to cook the chicken, however a skillet on the stove works just as well. Just make sure to cook the chicken through enough; I was nervous about over-cooking the meat and making it too dry, so I think it could’ve used a few more minutes on the grill. (oops, lesson learned!)

Our sauteed spinach, garlic and lemon juice.

Also, we already had jarred garlic in the fridge and both frozen spinach and chicken in the freezer already so all we needed to buy was a jar of roasted red and yellow peppers and mozzarella cheese, both found at Trader Joe’s. However, if you are missing any or all of these items, you can substitute many of the flavors with others that you enjoy more, such as lemon juice on the spinach (like we did – my roomie loves lemons), or another veggie on the chicken – play around with your favorite tastes. But, if you’re a fan of red peppers, then I definitely recommend splurging on a jar because it added such a delicious flavor and you can use them in the future in sandwiches, salads and other meats.

Below is the recipe from Gina, herself. Be sure to check out the rest of her recipes for ideas on more meals – she is a culinary genius!

The finished product! - in our lovely fluorescent lighting.

Grilled Chicken with Spinach and Melted Mozzarella

24 oz (3 large) chicken breasts sliced in half lengthwise to make 6 cutlets

salt and pepper to taste

1 tsp olive oil

3 cloves garlic, crushed

10 oz frozen spinach, drained

3 oz shredded part skim mozzarella

1 roasted red pepper, sliced in strips

olive oil spray

Preheat oven to 400°. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Lightly spray a grill (or skillet) with oil. Cook chicken on the grill until no longer pink, careful not to overcook or you’ll have dry chicken.

Meanwhile, heat a sauté pan on medium heat. Add oil and garlic, sauté a few seconds, add spinach, salt and pepper. Cook a few minutes until heated through.

When chicken is done, lay on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment for easy clean-up. Divide spinach evenly between the 6 pieces and place on top. Top each with half oz mozzarella, then slices of roasted pepper and bake until melted, about 6-8 minutes.

Enjoy with some bread, rice or salad on the side for an easy and oh-so-delicious dinner!

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!


How Music Kicks Up Your Workout

We’ve all had those days where it’s enough of an effort just to get out of bed in the morning, let alone get ourselves to the gym and try and talk ourselves into working up a sweat to keep our bodies strong and healthy. So, how does a low-energy, chic CL lady get herself motivated to work out? If you’re like a number of people, you plug in those earbuds and blast your favorite song and instantly feel like you could take on the world. Why is that?

More and more people are using music when they exercise. While it may not always be fitting, such as if you are running in an official race (many races do not allow mp3 players), it could be just the thing to give you that extra boost you need during a regular workout.

Several studies have been done on the use of music during exercise. One study suggests that music helps distract people from the physical discomfort they may feel. Let’s face it, even us fabulous CL girls get a little sore and out of breath; it’s normal! But, if you find yourself struggling with these mental barriers, music may be just the distraction you need. It also makes the time fly by! Listening to music narrows your focus so you may not realize that your body is starting to feel tired as quickly.

Music can also really get your heart pumping! Depending on the speed, or tempo, of the song you are listening to, your heart rate will actually increase in response to fast songs and decrease in response to slow songs. So, as much as you love that romantic slow jam, you may want to think about creating a special workout playlist that includes lots of upbeat songs. Your mother sang you lullaby’s to get you to sleep, so it makes sense that they probably would not be the greatest choice

Have you ever listened to a song while walking to class and found yourself walking in time to the music? Use that to your advantage! Running Music Mix allows you look up songs based on their BPM (beats per minute). Finding songs that sync with your steps will help you keep up your pace while running. For example, “Umbrella” by Rihanna is 89bpm and would be good for when you’re winding down, but “Rockafeller Skank (Funk Soul Brother)” by Fatboy Slim is 153bpm and would be perfect for endurance activities like jogging.

Music has been used for thousands of years to motivate physical activity. Just think back to when ships were propelled by men and oars. Remember the guy who beats the drum? He’s creating a rhythm for the rowers to follow. We naturally follow a tempo.

REMEMBER!: If you’re going to plug in, make sure that you use a moderate volume level so that you don’t damage your hearing. Also, if you run outdoors it’s very important that you stay aware of your surroundings. A classy co-ed always thinks about safety first! Also, listen to your body. While music may help you push through a little discomfort, you should never work out if you are in pain. Check with a doctor before you do some real damage to your body!

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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. Her favorite workout songs include “Raise Your Glass” by Pink and mash-ups like those done by Super Mash Bros. and Girl Talk.


Best Party Favors!

Social events are always fun, no matter what event it is, whether it be a sisterhood hanging out around a fire or a Hawaiian themed date party. Parties are always better with gifts though right? No matter what the gift is, a classy sorority girl will always appreciate it, but here are a few awesome party favors!

Cute colorful tank tops and t-shirts are always a great go to for easy gifts. All the girls will love them and the rest of the school will notice how adorable all of your sisters are and how much fun the social was!

Another great party gift are hats. Last year the events chair of my chapter gave us bright neon hats that said Kappa at our mystery date. All of my sisters wear them all the time and they were definitely a hit! They had a double use as well when we wore them with our neon shirts for bid day.

Bags and totes can always be carried with girls after the party is over, and is not just a gift that can be worn every once in awhile. It can be worn everyday!

Lastly, cups and mugs are favors I still see around the Kappa house every day from previous events. All the party favors I have listed above are things that can be used over and over and keep a great memory of a fun party around forever. All of these gifts can be willed down and keep older sisters and their stories with you.


How to Dress Like TV’s Most Fashionable Stars

Now that your school routine is finally beginning to settle down, it’s time to think about what’s really important for Fall: sitcom television! Catch my sarcasm or not, I think we can all agree there’s always time for at least one of your favorite shows. Why not try a new one with one of these leading ladies? They’re smart, hilarious, and thanks in part to their wardrobe crews, uniquely stylish:

Jenna (Ashely Rickards) – Awkward

If you haven’t seen  MTV’s latest series Awkward yet, you must. It’s the epitome of high school and every character is relatable, especially the main character, Jenna. Jenna’s style is very lax and casual. Her clothes tend to be more loose-fitting and she’s fond of button ups, jeans, and zip-up hoodies. Her long hair is normally in a loose ponytail and she wears little to no makeup. This look may sound somewhat plain and boring, but if you layer appropriately, you can look casual and chic.

Jess (Zooey Deschanel) – New Girl

Who didn’t love Zooey Deschanel in Elf and 500 Days of Summer? Taking a break from movies and bringing her talents to the small screen, Deschanel plays Jess, an eccentric, yet charming character who is sure to make anyone laugh. Jess has a nerdy-urban feel to how she dresses. Think cute sundresses, ballet flats, and big glasses and you’ve pretty much aced Jess’ style. Don’t forget the perfectly curled hair and you’ve found your look for city living.

Maggie (Christina Ricci) – Pan Am

If you’re intrigued by the way the ladies in Mad Men dress, than you’re sure to fall in love with Pan Am and the main character, Maggie. Maggie’s clothing is influenced by the stewardesses of the 60′s era, which probably seems like a pretty ridiculous way to dress unless it’s Halloween. However, these ladies definitely have a certain flair about them you could make your own. If you’re into perfect hair, impeccable makeup, and all around immaculate appearance, then Maggie’s your girl!

Amber (Mae Whitman) – Parenthood

Back for it’s third season, Parenthood just keeps getting better and better. Of course, so does Mae Whitman, who plays Amber, the rebellious yet lovable teenager. Amber’s style reflects her personality on the show – interesting and a little bit dark at the same time. To achieve Amber’s look form this season, try cutting your hair short, invest in some neutral basics, and make sure you’ve piled on the eyeliner.

Which character’s style do you relate to the most?


CL’s Guide to Toxic Friends

If you have seen or read “Something Borrowed” by Emily Griffin you know this is an excellent example of a toxic friendship!  Rachel and Darcy are best friends since childhood. Rachel is more laid back and a bit of a pushover compared to her BFF. Darcy is the fun life of the party, who walks all over Rachel. The storyline features flashbacks of Darcy competing, judging, and ordering Rachel around. The resentment towards each other gets so bad that Rachel has an affair with Darcy’s fiance! If you can at all relate to these characters (besides stealing a fiance!) you may have a toxic friendship!

What is a ‘Toxic Friend’?

Something Borrowed

A toxic friend is an unhealthy friendship.  This can be your friend who blabs all of your secrets or the friend who makes it all about her. A toxic friend can be more than just a bad friendship; it can be toxic for your overall morale. A friend isn’t like your boyfriend, but the dynamic is similar – some relationships simply do not work!

Examples of a Toxic Friend

  • The Gossiper – her favorite pastime is putting others down and drama. If this is her idea of fun, do you ever wonder what she’s talking about when you’re not around?
  • The Victim – something is always wrong, and you’re only needed to comfort her. If this is the case she may be using you, and you don’t even know it!
  • The Green Monster – jealousy is her thing, and she will critique every single thing you do. She will make you feel bad or stupid all the time.
  • The Competitive – everything with each other is a competition! Who scored higher on the math test? Who talked to the cute guy? Who has the cuter outfit? This is highly unhealthy in a friendship, a little competition is okay, but not when it really dampens your mood!
  • The Not So Dependable – an incident occurred and you’re having a hard time, but where is your “BFF”? If she’s too busy to be there when you need her, despite the fact you are always there for her, she may not really be your BFF.

There are many more examples. The best way to identify if you have a toxic friend is to think how they make you feel. After spending time with them do you feel bad about yourself or not good enough? No friend is perfect, but some are just down right toxic!

What to do about a Toxic Friend

  • The first step is to confirm she is a toxic friend. Notice signs and the way you feel when you’re around her. No friend is perfect, so be a little lenient unless there are clear signs she is toxic!
  • Make it all about you! Don’t cater to her needs anymore – take care of yourself! It’s important to be a good friend, but you need to love yourself first and foremost.
  • Talk to her about what she is doing. She may not even notice, and she may be willing to work on it. It will be a difficult conversation, but it is worth it!
  • Decide if you want to keep this friend or move on. It can be the hardest decision, but it needs to be made. You have to either be willing to give it time to heal, or foresee no future improvement. If you end a friendship it does not have to turn into a war, it can go civil! It may even be best for both of you!

You deserve a friend who builds you up not down! A friend should help you shine! Have you ever had a toxic friend? Do you have a story you’d like to share about your friendship?

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!