How to Incorporate Rose Quartz and Serenity into Your Dorm Decor

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Moving into unknown places where you have no idea what to expect can be hard. Classes and extracurriculars can be even more difficult and stressful, but coming back to your dorm should help relieve these feelings. When you lay down in your bed it should feel like home, because it is your home.

To make your dorm feel more like home, consider adding rose quartz and serenity into your room. Rose quartz is the crystal of love—not only the kind of love you feel when you’re with your significant other—but every kind of love you can experience. You might say rose quartz and serenity go hand-in-hand, but serenity is the sense of relaxation.

Pantone says rose quartz and serenity are the colors of the year. The pale blue and powder pink balance each other out for a timeless look. This look provides the perfect combination of comfort and energy, which is great for a new room.

Here are some ways to get the look:

Noise Concealing Rug

Add a light blue plush noise concealing rug. A sheepskin throw rug is a spa’s secret to keeping sounds from echoing. Not only are these rugs noise concealing, but also the plush material feels great against your toes after a long day.

Accent Furniture

A dorm room isn’t big enough to add a couch or anything of that size, but you have some space to add a chair. Oprah suggests adding a powder pink chair about the size of a butterfly chair to go with your light blue rug.

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Bed and Pillows

On your twin bed, add a pink duvet bed cover with some light blue accent pillows.  This adds serenity with the light blue and rose quartz with the pink.

Contrast

The best thing to do with rose quartz in a room is to add a lot of contrast. This way it stands out. This is also why the pale blue goes so well with the powder pink—it adds just enough contrast without being too harsh.

Wall Decor

It’s hard to decorate your dorm, especially since you can’t paint or nail anything to the walls. Instead, buy a 5×7 canvas and paint supplies. Stylecaster recommends some whimsical prints with the powder pink as the pattern and the light blue as the background. When you hang it up, be sure to use adhesive strips rather than hanging it with nails.

Here at College LifestylesTM , we hope these helpful tips make you feel more at home in your dorm. These balancing colors will light up your room and your mood!

For more great articles check out the links below:

How to Use Rose Quartz and Serenity in Makeup

DIY Nautical Decor

Dorm Décor Dos & Don’ts

First image courtesy of Amanda York.

Second image courtesy of Just2shutter/freedigitalphotos.net.

10 Packing Hacks for Moving Back to Campus After the Holidays

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Holidays are the best time of the year… until they come to an end. The end of the holidays marks another stressful semester and the end to a relaxing, lengthy break. Aside from the overwhelming stress building up in the back of your head just thinking about school, you also have the last days of break left to do everyone’s favorite thing: pack. Here are some of College LifestylesTM helpful packing hacks to limit your stress level:

Jewelry Storage

Use old pill containers for jewelry. Not only does it create space, but it also saves you money. This way, you won’t have to go out and buy something to hold them or separate your other jewelry from it.

Earrings in Buttons

Depending on how many earrings you have—and if they’re studs or dangly ones—they can easily get tangled. To avoid this, you can use old buttons to put a pair of earrings through each hole in the buttons. This helps to avoid tangles and keeps the pairs of earrings together.

Make a Checklist

This is the oldest trick in the book. Making a checklist is the first trick to packing in every Pinterest post. Before you start packing, make a list of everything you need to bring and check them off as you pack.

Straws for Necklaces

Jewelry is another popular gift, especially from your significant other and grandparents. It’s the worst when you haul them back to your dorm at school and have to spend fifteen minutes to untangle them. According to Onward State, you can avoid this by pulling your necklaces through a straw before packing them. 

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Save Space with Clothes

At this age we really don’t have much on our Christmas lists, so parents resort to buying you clothes. Rolling or bundling your clothes instead of folding them creates more room for other items.

Trash Bags for Clothes

What is the most basic gift that every girl is guaranteed to get during the holidays? Clothes of course. Steve Brown Apartments say this method allows you to create space for more clothes and protect them at the same time. For this method, you take a bunch of hangers with your clothes already on them and gather them into garbage bags.  

Toilet Paper Rolls and a Box for Cords

Don’t want to take the time to sift through your stuff once you get back? Collect old toilet paper rolls and cut them in half, then put them in an old box. Next, place your cords inside the roll so they don’t get tangled up with different ones.

Door Stop

Depending how much stuff you have, you might need to make multiple trips to the car. If you’re also carrying a lot of items, your hands can be too full to unlock or open the door. To avoid this issue, tie a rubber band from both the front handle and the inside handle to keep the door open.

Prevent Your Cosmetics from Breaking

A girl loves her cosmetics. Buzzfeed recommends placing a cotton ball or pad inside each individual makeup container. Make sure it is inside your cosmetics and that the item can close fully. This prevents any of your make-up from breaking.

Prevent Water Damage

Keep any pictures, papers and posters in a plastic bag. If your poster is too big for a bag, cover it with something else, such as saran wrap. This avoids from anything spilling on any paper based product. Moving all of your stuff in from the holidays can be rough. Here at CL we hope these helpful tips save you some time!

Here are some other helpful packing tips by other CL authors:

The Suitcase Saga – College Lifestyles’ Top 10 Tips for Packing Abroad

Freshman Year Essentials: The Packing List

Back to School! Dorm Room Packing the College Lifestyles Way!!!

Images courtesy of Amanda York.

Introducing Elizabeth Angarola, Dorm and Apartment Life/DIY and Sorority Life Editor, College Prep Writer From University of San Francisco

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Spring semester is on the way, which means cold wintery days ahead! This also means some new additions to College Lifestyles™, but don’t worry, some familiar faces are sticking around.

Elizabeth Angarola is a returning College Lifestyles™ writing intern and a new editor. This semester Angarola will be working hard to provide our readers with fun DIY projects and offering some helpful advice for college students.

Now, I have the pleasure of introducing all of you to my classy CL buddy and my swanky editor, Elizabeth Angarola. I hope you all enjoy learning a little bit about her!

 Name: Elizabeth Angarola

College Lifestyles™ position: Dorm and apartment life/DIY and sorority life editor, college prep writer

Hometown: Edwards, Colorado

School: The University of San Francisco

Major(s)/Minor(s)/Concentration(s): English with a concentration in writing

Organizational involvement: National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Sigma Tau Delta (future)

Angarola is excited for this semester because: I am taking on a new role as an editor!

Angarola’s absolute favorite thing about spring is:
The bright fashion and the beautiful scenery.

Angarola’s dream study abroad trip would be to: Italy and all across Eastern Europe.

Angarola’s No. 1 recipe for this semester is: I’ll be in cold weather for a while, so I definitely need some winter recipes to keep warm: carrot and ginger soup, pesto grilled cheese and more!

Angarola’s No. 1 DIY project for this semester is: DIY T-Shirt Rug

Angarola’s favorite movies are: The X-Men movies.

Angarola’s celebrity dream date is: Chris Pine.

Angarola gets her inspiration from: My family.

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Angarola’s friends would describe her as: Outgoing and hardworking.

Angarola’s favorite College Lifestyles™ article was: How to Make A Professional Career Out of Your English Language or Literature Degree

Angarola’s definition of a classy co-ed is: Someone who is unafraid to be themselves and fight for what they believe in a positive and professional way!

Angarola is excited to be a College Lifestyles™ team member because: Being a member of CL last semester was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to learn more about the world of writing.

Now that all of you have some insight about the lovely Angarola, I hope you are as excited as we are to get this semester started! Follow up with her for some great advice and helpful articles on the way!

Images courtesy of Elizabeth Angarola.

Introducing Amanda York, Dorm and Apartment Life/DIY/Interior Design Writer from Kent State University

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Every semester, College LifestylesTM is lucky enough to receive an outstanding selection of new writers. This semester we welcome the fabulous Amanda York, our newest Dorm and Apartment Life/DIY/Interior Design writer from Kent State University. CL met up with York this week to get to know her as one of our newest classy co-eds.

College Lifestyles™ position: Dorm and apartment life/DIY/interior design Intern

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

School: Kent State University

Major(s)/Minor(s)/Concentration(s): Multimedia journalism major with a minor in visual design and communications

Organizational involvement: Kent Wired and Black Squirrel Radio

York is excited for this semester because: [CL] will be a new learning experience.

Yorks’s absolute favorite thing about spring is: The flowers!

York’s dream study abroad trip would be to: Greece. She is also studying abroad this summer in Geneva.

York’s No. 1 recipe for this semester is: Cauliflower Cheese soup from the Intern Kitchen

York’s No. 1 DIY project for this semester is: A Mother’s Day bouquet

York’s favorite movies are: “The Runaways,” “Perks of Being a Wallflower” and “Pulp Fiction.”

York’s celebrity dream date is: Logan Lerman.

York gets her inspiration from: Her own experiences and through music.

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York’s friends would describe her as: One of a kind.

York’s favorite College Lifestyles™ article was: Waving Goodbye to the Evil of Timing

York’s definition of a classy co-ed is: Someone who is professional and knows her self-worth.

York is excited to be a College Lifestyles™ team member because: [She] will have a chance to get a sneak peek at the real world.

College LifestylesTM is so excited to welcome such a hardworking and determined co-ed to our team. We can’t wait to see her work throughout the coming semester!

Images courtesy of Amanda York.

Introducing the Spring 2016 Dorm and Apartment Life/DIY/Interior Design and Sorority Life Teams

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College LifestylesTM is excited to introduce two of our fabulous teams for the upcoming spring 2016 semester. These classy co-eds will be your guides to dorm, DIY and sorority life throughout the spring.

Say hello to Amanda York, our newest dorm and apartment life/DIY/interior design writer!

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Where do you go to school? Kent State University

Hometown: Westlake, Ohio

Year: Sophomore

Major/minor/concentration: Multimedia journalism with a minor in graphic design

What has been your favorite part of the college experience so far? Living on my own and the freedom.

What advice do you have for incoming classy co-eds? Don’t be scared to try new things and to get involved.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Hopefully, I will be writing for an online music magazine like SPIN or Rolling Stone.

Meet Alli Heitzenrater, sorority life writer and CL’s own social media manager!

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Where did you go to school? Penn State

Hometown: Erie, PA. But I have lived in Pittsburgh for 3.5 years.

Major/minor/concentration: I hold a BFA in creative writing.

What was your favorite part of the college experience? My favorite part of college was the friends I made.  I am still close with several of my sorority sisters and friends who I went to school with.

What advice do you have for incoming classy co-eds? Get out of the dorm a little bit – join a club, go to campus activities and events and just experience what the campus has to offer.

Where do you see yourself in five years? I hope to be married in five years with a well-established career.

Meet Elizabeth Angarola, dorm and apartment life/DIY/interior design and sorority life editor!

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Where do you go to school? The University of San Francisco

Hometown: Edwards, Colorado

Year: Junior

Major/minor/concentration: English with a concentration in writing.

What has been your favorite part of the college experience so far? Being able to study something I am so interested in and taking classes that are exciting to me!

What advice do you have for incoming classy co-eds? Don’t be afraid to be yourself! College is all about learning who you are and finding the people who accept you that way.

Where do you see yourself in five years? I hope to have written at least one novel and to be working in a career I love.

We can’t wait to see the fabulous advice and tips these co-eds have in store for you this spring!

Top and fourth images courtesy of Elizabeth Angarola.

Second image courtesy of Amanda York.

Third image courtesy of Alli Heitzenrater.

How to Beat (College) Guys at Their Own Game

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We can all admit that we have been played by a guy. More importantly, played by a college guy. Even when guys enter college, they are still underdeveloped and immature.

As girls, we all want to find that one “exception” (aka be the person they change for), but in order to do that we need to weed out all the idiots. Some girls say they want to outplay the player to make them their “exception” to change for.

Although, if you’re anything like me, you simply don’t want a player to change the game or become their “exception.” Instead, you want to put those narcissistic guys in their own place. There is nothing more satisfying than turning some hot, egotistical hockey player down and seeing the look on their face. Not only that, but it will make them want you more. Here are a few steps to take to achieve this deviant goal.

1. Make yourself stand out.

Everyone has something original or special about themselves. Find something both of you have in common and can share and bond on.

2. Be unpredictable.

What’s hotter than a little mystery? Guys claim they hate how complicated women are, but let’s be honest. Keeping them on their toes not only keeps it interesting, but continuously has you on their minds. Not knowing your next move will drive them crazy.

3. Play hard to get.

This is the oldest trick in the book. Contrary to what many people think nowadays, this trick still works like a charm. Ignore him a little bit and make him work for you. You’re never going to be able to keep the player without some chase. Players also tend to have an ego and when he notices you don’t want anything to do with him, he will try to change your mind anyway he can.

4. Let him see you smiling and having fun.

Nothing is sexier than when a girl is independent. It lets him know you know how to be happy on your own. It also shows that you don’t need him to make you happy.

5. Don’t get jealous.

This rule is easier said than done. I don’t care who the girl is, we all get jealous from time to time, whether we like to admit it or even realize it. Try your best to hide it, especially when you’re not in the relationship with a guy. Guys claim girls are crazy to get mad when they’re talking to another if they aren’t dating, although guys are used to and accustomed to having this happen. Once a girl gets jealous, it further solidifies how he already has you wrapped around his finger.

6. Tease him.

This may only be a temporary fix, but if you know how to play your cards right, it will work. If you tease him and not give him what he wants, it will make him stay around more because it’s intensifying the chase. We all know that guys never leave until they get what they want. The key is to not let them have it.

7. Never give into their sweet talk.

We’ve all encountered this guy. He is the one who thinks he can lather you with compliments. Sometimes they’ll take the more sophisticated route and try to act like they care or are interested in your personal life.

8. Lastly, make yourself unavailable.

When he calls or texts you to hang with him, tell him you have plans. It can’t always be on his time.

Proceed to each step with caution.

Amanda York is a student at Kent State University.

Image courtesy of Keegan Brewster.