CL Interviews: Classy Co-Ed Amy Koch

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Amy Koch is a rising sophomore at Misercordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania. She is studying biology and is accepted into Misercordia’s six and a half year doctorate plan for physical therapy. Despite her rigorous academic schedule, Amy is involved in various college organizations and makes living healthily a priority. One of my best friends for many years, Amy and I are very similar people, but have had quite different experiences in college. She dishes to CL about how she survived her freshman year.

CL: What was your favorite part of your first year at Misercordia University?

AK: I’d have to say my favorite part about freshman year was a service trip I took over spring break. All of second semester I was a part of service learning class, where I learned about one of Misericordia’s main values- service. After completing the eight week course, I was a part of a group of about 15 that went to Mercy Neighborhood in Northern Philadelphia. For the week, I worked in an activity room for senior citizens and in a tutoring program for kids after school. I made so many friends from Misericordia during this amazing week, all the while learning lessons and making memories I’ll never forget.

Photo Credit: From the personal collection of Amy Koch.


CL: Was it hard to adjust as a freshman?

AK: Adjusting to life at college was a little hard, only because it was like something I’d never done before. I was used to going to camps for a week or two, but after the week was over, I always came home. So for me adjusting to not seeing my family for a month at a time was difficult. However, not coming home and staying on campus for the first few weekends was a big help because I met some awesome people that were feeling the same way as me.

CL: How did you decide upon your major, biology/physical therapy?

AK: The summer before senior year I volunteered at the Reading Hospital in the physical therapy department. During that time I realized that I really liked what physical therapists do, and from there I started looking into the field more. I love working with and caring for people, so to me studying physical therapy seemed like a perfect match. At Misericordia, there are several options for an undergrad degree for people in the PT program, and I picked studying bio because I felt as if that would best prepare me for grad school.

CL: In what ways do you think your six and a half-year program will benefit you in the long run?

AK: I think being a part of the six and a half year program will greatly benefit me mainly because I know I’m already accepted into the PT program. As long as I keep up my GPA and do well in all my science classes, I will go directly from undergraduate classes to the PT program without having to reapply. The fact that the program is a straight-through program was one of the main reasons I chose to go to Misericordia.

CL: How important do you think being involved in co-curricular activities in college is and why?

AK: I think getting involved in college is super important and can really make or break your college experience. First semester of my freshman year I struggled with homesickness and I think that was due to my lack of involvement. Second semester I went out of my comfort zone and joined several groups which definitely made my time at school more enjoyable.

CL: What activities are you involved in and why did you choose them?

AK: I joined Chamber Singers which is a choral group because I love singing and I knew I would feel comfortable being a part of the group. Thanks to my involvement in choir, I tried out and was selected to be in the spring musical “Working.” I also was elected to be the class of 2016’s Activities Coordinator. I love planning activities and doing service projects, which is what the position requires, so I was really excited when I was elected. I’m also an Orientation Leader. I chose to get involved with freshmen orientation because I want to help make the transition to college life successful for freshmen like others did for me last year.

Photo Credit: From the personal collection of Amy Koch.

CL: How do you balance your academic schedule with your co-curricular involvements?

AK: Time management is really important when it comes to balancing my school work and my other activities. School work comes first, so I’m always working ahead and trying to stay on schedule with my classes. For me, being busy pushes me to get my work done on time. Rather than relaxing in the dorms, I try to make better use of my time so I can get more done in the day.

CL: I know that living a healthy lifestyle is very important to you, how do you fit working out and eating nutritiously into your life at college?

AK: I try to go to the gym between classes, and if I don’t have time I’ll go later that night. For me, working out is a great way to relieve stress and get away from school work for an hour. I also try to go on a few runs a week to clear my head and get fresh air. As for the eating, I steer clear of the grill, fries, desserts and soda. Most of my meals have a side salad and for something sweet I’ll have peanut butter toast or chocolate milk. Weekends are a different story though, and my salads are replaced with ice cream.

CL: What are you looking forward to in your sophomore year at Misercordia?

AK: I’m really looking forward to continuing to make Misericordia my home. I’m living in a town-house with five other girls, so I’m excited to see how that works out. I also hope to take a leadership class and join an a cappella group this semester. And of course I’m looking forward to taking my biology classes that’ll bring me one step closer to a degree.

CL: What advice do you have for an incoming classy college freshman?

AK: I would tell incoming freshmen to stay on campus as much as possible and to get involved. I know that’s what everyone says, but it’s so important! Staying on campus helps you to get acclimated quicker and to make friends with people in your dorm. Getting involved helps you to feel like you have a purpose and helps to make your college experience one to remember!

For classy- coed Amy Koch, getting involved in college, working out and leaving her comfort zone proved to be stress relievers and have improved her college experience. Amy is an intelligent young woman bound for a successful career in physical therapy.


Your Perfect Sunscreen

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Summer is about to get started! This is the time to stock up on all your savvy summer essentials. You’ve got your bikini. You’ve got your classy night-out outfits. You’ve got your dresses and colorful tops. What could you be missing? Before you take that vacation to the Bahamas or start relaxing out by your pool, be sure to stock up on a key ingredient for a safe summer – sunscreen! Here, CL brings you the best sunscreen options for this summer.

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Face Sunscreen

It’s important to not forget about your face when you’re out in the sunlight! If you are acne-prone, try a sunscreen that is oil-free, so you can protect your skin and not clog up your pores! If you have dry skin, then you might want to choose a sunscreen with some extra moisturizer. Avoid anything that contains alcohol and, instead, look for a sunscreen that contains aloe, so that your skin can feel ultra soothed and soft. If you have oily skin, avoid sunscreens with mineral oil. It’s important that the sunscreen doesn’t contain oil so that your complexion stays matte and fresh.

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Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin that means you might react to specific ingredients in sunscreen. To be safe and give your skin the healthiest glow, look for a sunscreen that is hypoallergenic so that your skin has no flare ups. Also, opt for a sunscreen that is fragrance-free. Simple is the best way to go if your skin is sensitive.

Water-resistant Sunscreen

If you plan on taking a swim while you’re out, it’s best to opt for a water-resistant sunscreen. If it is water-resistant, it will stay put for up to 40 minutes in the water. If the sunscreen is marked as very water-resistant, it will stay put for up to 80 minutes. If you’re also planning on exercising, a water-resistant sunscreen is a good choice for staying put!

Bronzing Sunscreen

If you’re feeling a bit too pasty to be delving out in the sun in your stylish new bikini, don’t fear! Pick up a sunscreen with added bronzer, so you can get a nice summery glow before you even step out of the house. This is also a good excuse to skip the tanning bed before summer. Opt for a safe glow instead of one that’s risking your health!

What sunscreen brands do you love? Tweet us @CollegeLifestyl!

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CL Interviews: Classy Coed Madeline Urban


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If multitasking were an olympic sport, junior Madeline Urban would bring home the gold medal. From being Alpha Epsilon Phi’s recruitment chair, the Illini girl’s water polo team captain, an ambitious student, not to mention a marathon runner on top of everything, she is the definition of a classy coed. Without this girl, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign would terminally suffer from a lack of spontaneity, personality and fun.

College Lifestyles: How do you balance water polo with school and work?

Madeline Urban: It’s easier than it sounds!  I have to be at work and at class at specific times, but I want to be at water polo.  Because that’s the case, I make sure to make good use of the spare time I do have.  I’m a lot more likely to sit down, do my work and not procrastinate when I know I can’t go to practice until it’s all finished. If I genuinely have too much work or if I have a test, I can miss practice.  School comes first for the entire team, so they all understand.

 CL: You were just elected captain, how does it feel?

MU: It feels really great! It was such a nice way to end my junior season, and I’m so excited it’s the way I’ll get to end my four years with Illini Water Polo.  It’s also just such an honor; there were a few other girls who would’ve made terrific captains, which makes me that much happier I was chosen. I guess that means there’s a little more pressure to be a good captain, though!

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CL: What was it like training for a marathon?

MU: It was definitely a time commitment, but once I got used to waking up early and running, the rest of the day was pretty much the same. I really had to use my spare time during the day and during the weekends to do homework and study, but once I started training, the running itself wasn’t too bad!  I’ve really taken to running since coming to college, so I actually really enjoyed the training part.

CL: What was your favorite part about running the marathon?

MU: My mom, brother and sister came down to watch me run! My siblings drove down from Indiana that morning, so I wasn’t entirely sure they were going to make it.  One thing no one really talks about when talking about marathons is how your inhibitions are really lowered and your emotions are really fresh, so when I saw my family at mile 8, I almost burst into tears right then I was so happy to see them!  They had the route all mapped out. They cheered me on at six different spots, I think, throughout the entire race.  It really makes a difference when you have people cheering you on and supporting you like that.

CL: At one point you had a really bad knee injury, how did you recover from it?

MU: My knee has always been a little bit of problem for me.  So, when it started to bother me again during training, I immediately went out and bought new inserts for my shoes, and those actually helped a lot! It didn’t bother me at all for the rest of training; but it hurt during the marathon.  I don’t know why, but it did. I think that’s another reason I’m glad my family was there.  If they hadn’t been, maybe I would have taken it a little easier, maybe walked a little; but they knew my goals, they knew I wanted to run the whole thing, and having them there was almost like holding me to that.  If the pain had actually been horrible or the worst it had ever been, I would’ve stopped, but it wasn’t so I just kept going, and took some Advil after the race.  I’ve been keeping off it more and more since the race though.  I think the furthest I’ve run since is only five miles; I think it just needs a little break.

Photo Courtesy of: Madeline Urban

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CL: What was your favorite part about being Alpha Epsilon Phi recruitment chair?

MU: Honestly, I loved the position, but the best part for me wasn’t actually being Recruitment Chair, it was getting to live in the house again.  I got to know a different group of girls and have become really close with a few of them.

CL: Tell me about the class you spontaneously took where you had to sing solos in front of everyone.

MU: Music 199: Musical Theater Repertoire. I let a friend talk me into taking it. It is an independent study class, and basically you had three weeks to learn a song, and on your week, you sang.  On the other two weeks, you watched people perform, critique, and learn from their strengths and mistakes.  You could sing a solo, duet or group number, so it was always really fun to watch and see who would be making surprise appearances each week.

It was fun for me, because I am actually not too great of a singer or performer, but it was a really fun opportunity for me to become more comfortable speaking–well actually singing– in front of people.  I consider it a more fun version of a public speaking course.  I got to learn a lot about music, singing, acting, and I also got to work with some very talented singers and musicians who were really nice and excited to help me out.  I definitely think I’m going to stay in the audience from now on, at least when it comes to singing and acting, but it was a really fun class, and I’m glad I took it.

CL: I know you can’t live without ice cream. What’s your favorite flavor?

MU: Cookie Dough!  Or Mint Chip… Depends on my mood!

CL: You’re going to do an internship in Panama this summer. How are you feeling about it and what are you going to do for it?

MU: Well I am going to be working in the Kalu Yala Valley, building trails, mapping trails and creating ropes courses. I’m basically creating tourist activities inside the valley, as well as cleaning up the area and making it more environmentally friendly.  It’s a really cool program that supports and encourages an active and sustainable lifestyle.

I’m a little nervous about everything; living out of a backpack for a few months, sleeping in a cabin with only three walls, but I’m mostly excited. I love to camp, and I know this is going to be a really good experience for me.  I think I’ll be a lot more independent afterwards.  It should keep me on my toes; I like that.

Aside from being an athlete, student, singer and environmentalist, Madeline is the best friend a person could ask for. When it comes to showing endless love and support, this girl has no boundaries. If it were not for her, the past three years of my college life would not have been nearly as amazing.

For more classy coed interviews, be sure to check out these articles:

CL Interviews Classy Co-Ed, Erin Chizner

CL Interviews: Classy Co-Ed Colleen Daw

CL Interviews: Classy Co-ed Maddie Byrd

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Chic Style: Earth Tones

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The warm weather is finally here and, with summer just around the corner, nature is at its finest. The flowers are in bloom and the grass is filling the earth with green once again. This season, embrace Mother Nature, not only in your daily activity, but also in your style! College Lifestyles™ brings you our favorite earth tone pieces to add to your wardrobe for the beautiful days to come!

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Looking at clothing pieces, try to get a little bit of everything in a sophisticated, neutral color. A raglan tunic top is perfect to wear as a beach cover up, or to any bonfires you might have planned for the summer! Its cozy knit is warm, but its style is perfect for the shining days of summer. Brown and neutral colored tanks are perfect for pairing and layering under cardigans and light jackets, or even for just wearing alone. A green cargo jacket is light and can be worn with almost any outfit for those chilly days. It can be paired with other earth tone colors, or it can be paired with brighter colors to tone them down. A chiffon shirt is classy and elegant, and if you pair it over a bandeau, it can be worn for a fun night out. A green bandeau comes in handy for wearing under light shirts. Find a nice pair of beige shorts for the summer because they can be paired with almost anything and they look flattering on all skin tones!

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Jewelry-wise, stock up on a few essential pieces. A green beaded necklace is fun for layering over plain shirts and dresses. Teardrop dangle earrings add some elegance to any outfit. A beaded leather bracelet is a stylish way to incorporate some earthy vibes into your everyday outfits. Timberlands are great for those days when you’re feeling extra-earthy and are going on a hiking trip, or just having some fun in the wilderness! A bow cross body bag is cute for stashing your stuff in before going out. A head wrap headband looks ultra chic when paired with your favorite lace top, or even for keeping your hair out of your face when going to the beach! Add some earth to your nails by picking up some nail polishes in shades of greens and browns. These neutral colors are fun to play around with and can match almost any outfit.

What’s your favorite earth tone essential?  Tweet us @CollegeLifestyl!

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My DIY Bucket List Spring 2013

Crafting is a great hobby to adopt. People use it to relieve stress, make gifts or personalize their space.  I asked some CL interns what’s on their must-do DIY list for 2013, and here are the crafts they can’t wait to tackle in the New Year:

 A lot of crafts come from collecting household items and turning them into something beautiful and fabulous. “My mom and I have been saving corks from wine bottles for about a year now. We’ve been waiting until we save up enough so that we can do an awesome DIY corkboard craft! (We found some on Pinterest, of course.)” – Rachel Crocetti, Hofstra University. Wine Corks can also be used to make picture frames, rugs, and other DIY crafts.

“There’s this awesome craft I found on Pinterest that I’m dying to make: you take a hula hoop and wrap it in either ribbon or fabric until you can’t see the pattern underneath then wrap string lights around it so they hang and it’s a mini chandelier. It will look so cute in my apartment!” – Kelly Glasson, Clemson University

Craft Supplies:


Icicle lights (white)

Hot glue

3 rolls of Romantic Lace (white)

Directions: Wrap lace around the hula-hoop to conceal the colors, then wrap the lights around the hoop. Use the remaining lace to hang the finished chandelier from ceiling.


“I am a HUGE DIY’er but one that I love is picture frames – not only ones you can make but also using pic monkey to make incredible prints for framing.” -Shelly Marie Redmond, CL Editor in Chief

Buttons are an inexpensive craft item that can turn almost anything into something stylish.

A popular and inspirational craft that is perfect in a dorm room or apartment is a vision board. The idea behind the vision board is that when you surround yourself with images of who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, or where you want to vacation, your life changes to match. It’s designed to inspire and motivate you.

Check out CLs Pinterest Board: Craft Ideas for more DIY must dos.

Meet Rising Pop Star/Actress Ashlee Keating!

At just 19-years-old, rising pop recording artist and actress, Ashlee Keating, is well on her way to superstardom. Raised in Southern New Jersey, the double-threat began her entertainment career at the age of three after being cast on Al Albert’s TV Showcase as a regular soloist, appearing in all of their live concerts. Two years later, Keating’s acting career was in full swing, after landing roles in theatrical productions of Annie and The Sound of Music. In recent years, Keating has focused her attention on jumpstarting her solo music career, being featured as a Radio Disney Incubator Artist in 2008, as well as opening live shows for KeKe Palmer, Demi Lovato and Raven Symone. College Lifestyles caught up with the dazzling starlet, where she dished on her upcoming music release, as well as the importance of having a strong fan base and a fabulously funky wardrobe!

College Lifestyles: At an early age, you discovered passions for singing, dancing and acting – all of which you excel at. Which of the three would you pick as your favorite? When did you realize you wanted to pursue a career in the entertainment industry?

Ashlee Keating: Aw, thank you – that’s a tough question!  I would have to say music is my first passion. It’s truly in my blood! I eat, sleep, and breathe music 24/7.  I don’t know what I would do without it!  At a very young age, I knew that performing and singing, dancing, and acting is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I started professionally when I was only 3!  Even though I tried many other things, like sports, I always felt most comfortable performing and I knew being in the entertainment industry is what I wanted to pursue.

CL: Congratulations on all of your success thus far! You’ve been working on recording new music. How would you describe your sound, and which of your original songs is your favorite to sing?

AK:  Thank you so much!  Yes, I have been working in the studio a lot lately and I cannot wait for all of my amazing fans to hear and see what I’ve been up to…VERY soon!! My sound is very up-beat dance/pop with the addition of my own flavor  - we like to call it “Ashleefied.”  While creating my new music, I came up with my own unique sound. I like being different. I can’t really say I have a favorite of my original songs yet.  I’m sure I will pretty soon!

CL: Do you write your own lyrics? Where do you look to find inspiration for your music?

AK: Yes, I do write some of my own lyrics, and I also co-write a lot, which is my favorite!  I love collaborating with other amazing writers. I love being able to write and co-write my songs because my fans can get to know me a little bit better if I am involved in that process. Most of the inspiration for my songs comes from my own life experiences – and occasionally other things.

CL: How important is it for you to relate to fans? Do you enjoy meeting them and performing for them?

AK: It is extremely important for me to relate to my fans! I absolutely LOVE signing into my twitter every day and seeing my timeline filled with incredible messages and tweets from them… it means the world!  Many of them say I am their role model and they look up to me. I want them to know I am a normal girl deep down inside and that they can always relate and look up to me.  Meeting and performing for my fans is the best feeling! I hope to eventually tour so that I can meet & perform for as many of them as possible.

CL: At the end of the day, what is your main focus? What goals do you hope to achieve on your way to the top?

AK: My main focus is to have a hit song on the radio that I can share with all my fans around the world! I would love to be a Billboard top charting artist. Also, being able to collab with some other top recording artists would be awesome.  I hope to perform someday at one of the big award shows.  Going on a world wide tour would be sweet!  Hopefully, with all of the amazing support of my fans around the world & my incredible team, I will win a Grammy someday.

CL: Switching gears a bit, the upcoming presidential election is fast approaching. Do you feel it’s important for young Americans to vote and voice their opinions?

AK: Absolutely!  It’s very important for everyone to cast their vote in the election.  We are the future of America and every vote counts!

CL: Part of being in the industry requires artists to look the part and take on a unique style of their own. How important is fashion to you? Do you enjoy shopping? If so, what are your favorite shops, and how would you describe your personal style?

AK: Recording artists are trendsetters in fashion. Fashion is an important part of my life, and I love shopping! When I have time, I love putting different pieces together and trying different looks. I do tons of mixing and matching of pieces of clothing I have. Some of my favorite shops include Forever 21, H&M, Bebe, Guess, Urban Outfitters, and many boutique shops. My personal style is very funky.  Obviously a lot of what I like to wear is pop culture based.  I like standing out!

CL: You have spent time volunteering at Children’s Hospital in L.A. You’ve served as a StarPower Ambassador for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. And most recently, you attended Variety’s “Power of Youth” event. Reaching out a helping hand and giving back to others is obviously an important aspect of your life. What has being involved in charity meant to you over the past few years?

AK: I think everyone should be involved in a charitable organization in some way.  Being involved in charity makes me realize how grateful I am to live the life I live. It means a lot to me to share my talents and bring a smile to the faces of children who are suffering with an illness or are in need. Giving back is very important to me.  The people I have met and made smile have made a lasting impact on my life.

CL: College Lifestyles prides itself on being classy, confident and chic. What is your definition of a classy individual?

AK: A classy individual is someone who demonstrates confidence in themselves and someone who knows how to present themself in a professional manner, who has a charisma about them that others look up to.

CL: On a much lighter night, who is your celebrity crush? Who do you admire most? And what is your favorite song on the Billboard charts right now?

AK: Oh man, I have several celebrity guy crushes! Right now, I definitely think the guys in One Direction are pretty hot, but there’s so many others!  I admire anyone who has set goals for themselves, never given up, reached for their dreams, and believed in themselves! I am literally a jukebox.  When it comes to top Pop Billboard hits I know them all!  It changes week by week, but I would have to say my favorite right now is “Let Me Love You” by Ne-Yo.

CL: Where can fans follow you? (Twitter?, Facebook?, personal website/blog?)

AK: Check out my website for everything Ashlee! I am always on Twitter!  @AshleeKeating

You can also check out Ashlee’s Facebook and YouTube Channel!


CL’s Exclusive Interview with Disney Channel’s Jennifer Veal

Born in Coventry, England on September 7, 1991, actress Jennifer Veal had a special spark, which would eventually land her the role of Lucy on Disney Channel UK’s As the Bell Rings, as well as a recurring role on America’s Jessie, alongside Debby Ryan. The vibrant, hardworking starlet began her career at the age of 10 when she starred in the production of Gypsy as Baby June, going on to land a role in The London Palladium’s adaptation of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang one year later at the age of eleven. Fast-forward to 2012, and Veal is one of Disney’s biggest British stars and her future looks just as bright. College Lifestyles caught up with the 21-year-old to get the scoop on her making it in the industry and how she defines her classy, sophisticated style!

College Lifestyles: Breaking into the entertainment business can be a long, difficult road for many. Of all the things you’ve accomplished so far, what has been the most exciting for you? What do you look forward to the most as your career continues to grow?

Jennifer Veal: It is a very intense and grueling industry, but I truly believe that it has made me the person I am today. The road to success has allowed me to really appreciate all the work I book. I would have to say that the most exciting thing I have accomplished thus far would be when I performed for the Queen and the Royal at the Royal Variety Performance in the UK. She’s a rare and pretty cool lady to say that you have entertained. Regarding things I look forward to, I would have to say my future in general, as it’s looking very bright, and my team and support system is only getting stronger!

CL: What has the experience of joining the cast of Disney Channel’s Jessie been like for you? Are there any tips or tricks from your time on the show that you will take away with you?

JV: Jessie has been such a wonderful highlight of my career here in America. I obviously don’t have my family living here full-time, so the Jessie cast and crew have really made me feel at home, and I truly love every single one of them. As far as tips and tricks go, I have learned that when on a kids’ show, don’t leave your dressing room unattended, as they WILL play a prank on you!

CL: If acting wasn’t your interest, what career path do you think you would have taken?

JV: Fashion. I love it! I’ve always loved dressing up and watching runway shows, and I’m hoping to still get involved with the fashion industry at some point in my career.

CL:  With the price of college tuition rising year after year, do you believe it’s important for young women to earn a college degree and work towards their career goals?

JV: YES. 100% I have always known what I have wanted to do for my career, so from a young age, I believe that working towards your career goals should be an extremely high priority. The harder you work, the more opportunities will come your way. Education is with you for life.

CL: How important is living a healthy lifestyle to you? Do you try to eat nutritious foods or maintain a workout regimen? If so, do you ever allow yourself to indulge in sweet treats or comforting foods, especially during the upcoming holidays.

JV: I always try to maintain a healthy life style, as my mum always says “A healthy life style = A healthy heart,” BUT, I do believe that chocolate once in a while isn’t a bad thing! As long as it’s in moderation.

CL: Describe your personal style? Do you prefer bright colors or neutrals? Heels or flats? Winter scarves or summer sundresses?

JV: My personal style is very 60′s. I love to wear bright colors and knee high socks, and I’m 5’1, so I’m ALWAYS in heels!

CL: How important is it for you to set a good example for your fans? With so many pressures and temptations amongst teens these days, how would you encourage your fans to stay out of trouble?

JV: I love my fans, lets start with that! Because I’m in the public eye, I really want to be a great role model and influence young people in a positive way. I’m blessed to have an extremely supportive and loving family, who has taught me wonderful morals. I encourage my fans to find something they enjoy and work as hard as they can to be the best they can be at whatever they choose and always treat people the way you want to be treated!

CL: College Lifestyles prides itself on being classy, confident and chic. What is your definition of a classy individual?

JV: My definition of being a classy individual is a person with lovely manners, someone who treats people with respect and takes pride in his/her appearance.

CL: Last but not least, who is your celebrity crush? Who do you dream of working with someday?

JV: My celeb crush…EEK! Ryan Gosling and Mr. Efron. I would love to work with Adam Sandler! His career is one I really look up to. He writes, directs, produces and acts! And he’s verrrry funny. BONUS!

CL: Where can fans keep up with you?

JV: I love my little Jenga pieces who follow me on Twitter. So come join the stack and follow @JenniferVeal :)

Top 3 “One of the Guys” Group Halloween Costumes

Top 3 “One of the Guys” Group Halloween Costumes


If you’re a classy co-ed going out with gentlemen friends this Halloween, you’re probably wondering – how will I fit in with the guys? What theme could we have for group costumes? Never fear! CL is here with three “one of the guys” group costume ideas.

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CL’s Guide to Summer Festival Fashion

Summer is well under way, and that can only mean one thing: festival season!  From state fairs to weekend long concerts, summer is the season of outdoor events.  Festivals are great venues to debut new fashion statements, and CL is here to help.  To pick out your perfect outfit just follow CL’s Guide to Summer Festival Fashion!

Trendy Tops

The search for the perfect festival look starts with the top.  From bright colors to bold patterns, this season is filled with fun summer trends perfect for a day in the sun.  For a classic and preppy look, pair a sheer lace top with a bright bandeau.  For an edgier look with a hippie vibe, try out a fringed tank.  If your style is somewhere in-between, wear a busy and patterned crop top.

This sheer, lace, high-low top courtesy of Forever 21 is great for outdoor festivals!

Stylish Shorts

While I love a classic summer sundress or high-waisted skirt, festivals often force us classy co-eds to sit on the ground.  That’s why I suggest rocking a pair of shorts whenever attending a festival.  Don’t be afraid to branch out of the traditional jean short look!  Festivals are the perfect time to be bold when it comes to fashion choices. RunwayDreamz makes tons of studded and died cut-off shorts that are perfect for any style!

Courtesy of RunwayDreamz

Comfy Shoes

2 words: flat sandals.  Summer festivals can get hot quickly, so you want a shoe that is light and open.  Outdoor festivals typically have uneven ground, and if you’re walking or standing frequently you’ll want a flat surface to stand on.  This makes the flat sandal the perfect shoe of the summer festival.  Try incorporating modern trends like this color-block shoe from Steve Madden!

Courtesy of Steve Madden

Bold Accessories

Accessories are the tools that will pull your festival look together!  If the sun’s going to be out all day, work a fedora or floppy sunhat into your outfit.  If your outfit is simple and laid back, add in a bold statement necklace to really pop.  Stackable bracelets can also go with any outfit in any style.  And most importantly- don’t forget your favorite pair of sunglasses!

This colorful fedora courtesy of Anthropologie will pull any look together!



Cassidy McAloon is pursuing a Bachelor in Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism at Marquette University.  She is an editor and feature writer at College Lifestyles.

Grilling 101: How To Grill Great Veggies!

With the season of summer BBQs rapidly approaching, what could be better than grilled vegetables? You may be thinking “vegetables are boring,” but there are some fun (not to mention, delicious) recipes to add color and zest to any plate. Not only are vegetables great for your skin, hair, and nails, but they are an easy way to help you feel full and keep your beach bod!


Grilled Vegetable Medley

2 small yellow squash, sliced

2 small zucchini, sliced

1 small onion, diced

1 red bell pepper, minced

1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon-pepper seasoning

1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat. When hot, lightly oil the grate.

2. Combine the squash, zucchini, onion, and bell pepper in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with lemon-pepper seasoning. Stir to coat.

3. Place the vegetable mixture in the center of a large sheet of aluminum foil. Top with another large sheet of aluminum foil. Roll the edges of the foil sheets together to seal into a packet.

4. Place the packet on the preheated grill. Cook until the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes, turning the packet every 5 to 10 minutes.

5. Unwrap the packet carefully. Serve and enjoy!


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Grilled Corn on the Cob

There is the classic grilled corn on the cob with butter, salt, and pepper and then there is this savory recipe:

8 ears corn, husk and silk removed

1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 cup melted butter

2 tablespoons minced garlic

1 teaspoon crushed rosemary

1 teaspoon rubbed sage

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 1/2 teaspoons pepper


1. Soak corn in cold water for 1 to 3 hours.

2. Stir together vegetable oil and melted butter in a bowl. Season with garlic, rosemary, sage, basil, thyme, salt, and pepper.

3. Drain corn and pat dry. Spread butter mixture evenly over each ear of corn, and place each piece on a square of aluminum foil. Tightly wrap each ear and puncture to allow excess steam to escape while grilling.

4. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat.

5. Grill the corn cobs until tender, about 20 to 30 minutes, turning frequently. Remove from the grill and check for doneness; if the corn is not done, continue cooking an additional 5 minutes.

6. Unwrap carefully, and serve!


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Great Grilled Asparagus

16 stalks fresh asparagus

3 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon onion powder

¼ teaspoon paprika

¼ teaspoon chipotle powder

1 small block of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar


1. Chop off the woody part of the spear near the bottom. Lay the asparagus on a platter or in a pan and pour the flavored oil over them and roll them around until they are well-covered. Let them marinate for about 5 minutes.

2. Preheat the grill to medium hot. Place the asparagus at a right angle to the grid of the grill grates so they don’t fall through.

3. Grill the asparagus, lid on, until they brown slightly on one side, about 5 minutes, roll them and grill for only 2-3 minutes on the second side.

4. Arrange on a platter when they are done, and let them cool for about 5 minutes.

5. Sprinkle with cheese, oil, and vinegar. You can substitute lemon or lime juice for the vinegar if desired.


If you want more tips on grilling asparagus, try!


Enjoy these fresh recipes for a great summer feast! Check out CL’s intern kitchen to pair these vegetables with for a delicious summer meal!


Allison Cohen is a Sorority and Lifestyle Writer. She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, a lover of hiking, running, and traveling, and is obsessed with her weenie dog, Maverick.

25 Fab Facts about Martha-Raye Adjei

Name: Martha-Raye Adjei

Position: Fashion and Lifestyle Writer

University: University of Delaware

Major: Environmental Studies (Concentration in Sustainable Apparel Design), minor in Spanish

Pets: None, but I’m getting a hamster when I graduate!

Me and my girls!

Nickname: Just call me Martha!

Dream Job: Working for Urban Outfitters… or Channel One News!

Favorite Color: Yellow

Favorite candy: Gummy bears

Favorite movie: The Painted Veil, so romantic!

Favorite cuisine: Chinese!

Favorite season: Summer- my dream would be to live on a tropical island

Coffee vs Tea: Coffee

PC vs Mac: PC

Coke vs Pepsi: I’m more of a Sprite person to be honest!
Stripes vs Polka Dots: Stripes
3 words to describe me: care-free, hard working, clever!
  3 words to describe my style: curvy, trendy, grungy

You will find on my desk: Books, snacks, makeup, my computer, my hair brush my crown (Miss Delaware National Teenager)… basically everything under the sun

You will find on my DVR/Tivo: Family Guy, Teen Mom

You will find on my Ipod: Lots of Rihanna, Britney Spears, and boy bands!

You will find in my refrigerator: cookie dough!

I have a slight obsession with: Youtube

I dislike: olives!

My friends would say I am: funny =]

I am most happy when: Outside in the wilderness!

Most people are surprised to know I: compete in pageants- but it’s a great job skill and it makes you more marketable!

A classy co-ed is: a determined young woman working hard to balance school, work, relationships, and life in general in a healthy and successful way!

Girls Can Grill

Now that the weather is holding at a steady 70 degrees, I’m sure you’ve witnessed the same scene I do on a weekly basis: beer in one hand, grilling tongs in the other, with a haze of manly ego floating in the air. It’s nice to get a break from cooking and sit back and watch the men take a crack at it for once, but don’t let them tell you grilling is all male. We are just as capable of handling the hot flames of an open grill as they are.
Turn on the hockey game, relax his recliner back, and slip out the door with the contents of these grilling recipes, and he’ll never know what hit him until you serve up a delicious grilled meal sans the “manly touch.”

Teriyaki Steak and Shrimp Skewers
16 oz beef tips or strips of your favorite cut of steak
1 lb thawed, pre-cooked shrimp
1 cup broccoli
½ cup teriyaki sauce
2 tblsp chopped garlic
2 tblsp soy sauce

1. Throw steak and broccoli into one Ziploc bag and the shrimp into another.
2. Add ¼ cup teriyaki sauce, 1 tblsp soy sauce, and 1 tblsp chopped garlic into each bag. Season to preference with salt and pepper.
3. Set the bags in the fridge to marinate. You can marinate anywhere from 15 minutes to an entire day, depending on your schedule.
4. Take skewers and set in a large bowl of water so that they are completely submersed. Soaking the skewers will keep them from burning. Let set in water for 15 minutes.
5. Take your two bags of meat. Push the meat onto the soaked skewers (alternating broccoli and steak on one set of skewers).
6. Heat grill to medium and place skewers on the grill.
7. Grill the steak and broccoli for about 10 minutes, turning every three minutes to prevent burning, and grill the shrimp for about 6 minutes.
8. Serve.

Grilled Corn on the Cob
4- 6 ears of corn
2 tblsp stick butter
1 tsp chili powder
2 tsp Lawry’s seasoned salt
tin foil

1. Shuck the ears of corn removing all husk from the ears of corn. Wash.
2. Place butter, chili powder, and Lawry’s seasoned salt into a microwave safe bowl and melt in the microwave.
3. Pull out a sheet of tin foil about 10 inches long. Place corn in the center and brush the melted butter mixture onto all sides of the corn.
4. Wrap the corn up tightly and repeat with the remaining ears.
5. Heat the grill to medium and place corn on, allowing space in between each ear.
6. Grill for about 20 to 30 minutes, turning occasionally.

Easy Cheesy Grilled Potatoes
4 medium potatoes
3 tblsp olive oil
1 tblsp Morton Nature’s seasonings
¼ to ½ cup cheese (depending on preference)
tin foil

1. Wash potatoes and cut into cubes.
2. Place potatoes on large sheet of tin foil and drizzle olive oil over. Toss the potatoes to evenly coat with olive oil.
3. Sprinkle seasoning over the top, and toss again. (more can be added according to taste preference)
4. Sprinkle cheese on top to liking.
5. Place another sheet of tin foil over top. Fold the edges of the bottom over the top and continue to fold until sealed.
6. Place on medium grill for 20 to 30 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through.

Kelsey Schirm is a junior at Iowa State University pursuing a double major in Journalism & Mass Communication and Art & Design. She loves exercising, cooking, and being outdoors.

CL’s Guide to First Day of Internship Looks!

Summer vacation is almost here coeds!  After a semester filled with hard work, summer is time to catch up with friends and take a much-needed break.  But summer isn’t all about taking time off.  Summer provides the perfect opportunity to complete an internship!  Being an intern can be stressful from managing a tough workload to interacting with coworkers.  But CL is here to help!  Making a good first impression is crucial for summer interns.  It has the potential to set the bar for how you are perceived for the rest of the summer.  And one way to make sure you come off as confident and capable is to dress to impress!  Just follow CL’s Guide to First Day of Internship Looks!


It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed.  Even if you aren’t sure about the dress code at your new office, you can’t go wrong by wearing a dress on your first day.  If you want to draw attention with a splash of color try a lighter tone like this yellow dress from J. Crew.  To stick to classic hues try this color-blocked style from Banana Republic.

Courtesy of J. Crew

Courtesy of Banana Republic


If you don’t feel comfortable wearing a dress, a skirt and top combo is another great way to dress for your first day.  The most important thing is to make sure your top is an appropriate cut for an office setting and professional enough.  For a summer blouse try a style like this Lilly Pulitzer button up.  In case the air conditioning is on high, bring a classic cardigan like this one from J. Crew in your purse.

Courtesy of Lilly Pulitzer

Courtesy of J. Crew


If you wear a skirt on your first day, the most important tip is to be sure the length is appropriate.  Aim for a style that hits anywhere from the middle of your thigh down to your knee.  For a classic fit, try a pencil skirt like this style from Banana Republic.  For a more modern look, check out this scalloped style from J. Crew.

Courtesy of Banana Republic

Courtesy of J. Crew


The first day of work can be hard to gage.  As a new employee, you can’t be sure about the office set up or your responsibilities.  You might be sitting at a desk all day or you could be walking all over town running errands.  To be safe, start the day wearing a sensible heel like this classic style from Aldo.  Bring a pair of flats in your purse like these from Tory Burch in case you need to change.

Courtesy of Aldo

Courtesy of Tory Burch


Cassidy McAloon is pursuing a Bachelor in Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism at Marquette University.  She is a fashion, sorority life, and apartment life writer at College Lifestyles.  


CL’s Guide to Senior Sendoff!

I know the saying is “time flies when you’re having fun,” but lately I’m finding myself altering it to “time flies when you’re having fun in a sorority.”  This weekend I’ll be attending my third senior sendoff for the Alpha Chi Omega chapter at Marquette University.  Even though I’m not a senior yet, it’s starting to hit me my time as an active member in my chapter is coming to a close!  But no matter what year you are in your chapter, senior sendoff is a time to celebrate.  From recalling favorite memories to willing special tokens, senior sendoff gives seniors one last chance to pass on advice to their younger sisters.  Whether you’re a new member going to sendoff for the first time or a soon to be graduating senior, CL has you covered!  Just follow CL’s Guide to senior sendoff!


Your outfit for senior sendoff should mirror the event: classy.  Now that the weather is warmer, sendoff is the perfect chance to show off your new sundress or favorite summer look.  Try working in trends like these Steve Madden patterned wedges or color-blocked dress from Forever 21!

Courtesy of Steve Madden

Courtesy of Forever 21

For Younger Members

Sendoff is a fun event for the whole chapter, but remember this night is all about the seniors!  Make the night one to remember by giving your seniors letters or even putting together a photo album to show them how much you appreciate them!

For Seniors 

Courtesy of 123 Greek

Seniors, this is your night!  After 4 years of dedication to your chapter, it’s time to remember and share your favorite stories and memories!  If you’re willing items to younger girls, make sure to have items labeled and organized before arriving at sendoff.  At sendoff, sit with your pledge class of other seniors so you can share the night together.  But above all, enjoy it!  Make sure you get to fully appreciate your last night out with your sisters as an active!




Cassidy McAloon is pursuing a Bachelor in Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism at Marquette University.  She is a fashion, sorority life, and apartment life writer at College Lifestyles.


DIY Cinco de Mayo Feast

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner, and there is no better way to celebrate Mexico’s independence than with delicious, authentic Mexican food. Skip the hassle and cost of visiting your favorite Mexican restaurant and stay in. Cook your roommates an extraordinary three course Mexican meal that will leave them full and satisfied. Here’s a menu for you to try:


First Course:

Fiesta Beans & Tortilla Chips (


  • 1 can(s) fat-free refried beans, preferably spicy
  • 1 can(s) no-salt-added pinto beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup(s) prepared salsa
  • 2/3 cup(s) grated sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 4  scallions, sliced


  1. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.
  2. Combine refried beans, pinto beans, salsa and 1/3 cup cheese in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the mixture is hot and the cheese is melted, 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Spoon the bean mixture into a 2-quart baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining 1/3 cup cheese and scallions. Broil until the cheese is lightly browned, about 2 minutes.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips.



Paloma (


  • 2 oz blanco or reposado tequila
  • 6 oz fresh grapefruit soda
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • salt for rimming (optional)


  1. Rim a Collins glass with salt.
  2. Fill the glass with ice and add the tequila and lime juice.
  3. Top it off with grapefruit soda.


Main Course:

Beef Fajitas (


  • 1 lb Sirloin steak, cut into strips
  • 1 Each red pepper, green pepper cut into strips
  • 1 Onion, cut into strips
  • 1/2 cup Mesquite-flavored marinade (any variety)
  • 1 cup Salsa
  • 8 (6-inch) flour tortillas
  • Guacamole, if desired
  • Sour cream, if desired


1. Cook sirloin steak strips in 1 tsp oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Add red peppers, green peppers and onion; cook 3-4 minutes.

2. Add marinade, salsa; reduce heat to medium-low. Cook until heated.

3. Fill warmed tortillas with meat and veggie mixture. Serve with a spoonful of guacamole and/or sour cream if desired.

Spanish Rice (


  • 12 cups long grain white rice
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 14 cup onion (finely diced)
  • 4 oz tomato sauce (el pato salsa fresca, find el pato)
  • 2 12 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 12 tsp sea salt
  • pepper



  1. Microwave buillion cube in water for 1 minute. Mix and add cumin, chili powder, and salt half a can of el pato sauce (if you can’t find el pato use regular tomato sauce).
  2. Brown rice, in hot oil, in a large skillet for approximately 5 minutes flipping occasionally.
  3. Add diced onion, minced garlic, and sauté for 1 minute.
  4. Add seasoned broth, bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Do not check on the rice before the 15 minutes is up, this will allow steam to escape and may make your rice turn out undercooked.
  6. Most of the water will absorb before the 15 minute time limit but keep covered and continue to steam for the entire 15 minutes. This will make for perfect rice that isn’t crunchy.
  7. After 15 minutes turn heat off, uncover. Flip rice over. Recover. Let sit until everything else is ready. You can let the rice sit covered for up to 25 minutes which will cook out most of the moisture. Leave perfect fluffy rice.


Third Course:

Fresas Con Leche (


  • 1 lb strawberries
  • 1 small (10 oz) can sweetened condensed milk (unsweetened may also be used)
  • Whipped cream, to taste
  • 4 maraschino cherries


Rinse, stem, and slice the strawberries, placing one fourth of the sliced berries in each dessert glass or bowl. Top with one fourth of the condensed milk (or a little less, to taste), top with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. Serve at once or chill for 30 minutes to an hour and serve cold.

CL’s Summer Shoe Preview!

The seasons are changing coeds!  As the weather gets warmer and summer break gets closer, stores are beginning to display their summer collections.  You already know this summer is bringing bright colors and bold patterns.  But make sure you don’t get caught up in the clothes and forget about your most important accessory- shoes!  Follow CL’s guide to the top 3 summer shoe styles!

The Sandal

Summer is all about the sandal.  This season, try to incorporate a pop of color into your shoe like this Steve Madden style.  Sandals are also perfect for showing off the trendy tribal look like these from Minnetonka.

Courtesy of Steve Madden

Minnetonka Sandal Courtesy of Nordstrom

The Wedge

Wedges are the ideal summer heels.  But be careful not to get stuck with the traditional wedge style.  Try to branch out with bold styles like this Aldo floral wedge or Steve Madden t-strap wedge to change up your look and make your shoes pop!

Courtesy of Aldo

Courtesy of Steve Madden

The Modern Flat

This summer, flats are so more than the classic ballerina look.  The modern flat is all about incorporating clothing trends into a shoe.  This Aldo take on the Oxford style is the perfect way to integrate bright colors into your outfit and this Sperry Topsider boat shoe is a great way to use the color-blocking trend!

Courtesy of Aldo

Courtesy of Sperry Topsider


Cassidy McAloon is pursuing a Bachelor in Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism at Marquette University.  She is a fashion, sorority life, and apartment life writer at College Lifestyles.

Guide to Eating Healthier Chips

There are certain snack foods that no matter how unhealthy they are we will never be able to cut them out of our diets. On that list of irresistible snack foods, chips rank highly. Instead of feeling guilty with every crunch of the delicious, salty chips, try looking for healthier brands of chips or making homemade chips. Here’s a quick guide to help you understand what makes a chip healthier than your average brand.

The top three things you need to consider when choosing a healthier chip is the oil, sodium, and natural ingredient contents.

Chips were originally cooked in oils that were high in saturated fat, which can lead to problems with obesity and the clogging of arteries. When looking at chips’ ingredient lists check for the type of oil the chip is being cooked in. If the oil is low in trans or saturated fat like soy oil or sunflower oil your chip is going to be much healthier. A good brand of chips to try that contains no trans fat or saturated fat is Popchips.

Another thing to keep in mind is the sodium content. Sodium can be just as dangerous as the fats in oil, and chips like Lays original are very high in sodium. Try finding chips that use sea salt. Sea salt is often regarded as healthier, more natural substitute to sodium. Look for Laurel Hill Multigrain Tortilla Chips in your grocery store.

The most important thing you can remember is that natural is always better. Artificial ingredients should be a red flag for you when you browse the nutrition facts on the back of your chips. Also look for organic chips to avoid added chemicals or preservatives that are harmful to your health. A good option for organic chips is Kettle Brand Chips.

If you aren’t a fan of taking the time to check the nutrition facts on the back of chip bags while you’re at the store, you are not alone. When I go to the store I’m on a mission: get in, get out, and get on with my busy life. What I like to do instead is make my own healthy chips at home. Here are a few recipes for you to try from EatingWell Magazine, including a microwavable recipe perfect for us busy college students.

Microwave Potato Chips


  • 1 1/3 pounds Yukon Gold or red potatoes, unpeeled, scrubbed
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Slice potatoes into thin (1/8-inch) rounds. Toss the slices in a medium bowl with oil and salt to coat evenly.
  2. Coat a large microwave-proof plate with cooking spray. Arrange some potato slices in a single layer on the plate. Microwave, uncovered, on High until some slices start to brown, 2 to 3 minutes (depending on potato thickness and microwave power). Turn the slices over and continue microwaving until they start to crisp and brown around the edges, 2 to 4 minutes more. Check frequently and rearrange slices as needed to prevent scorching. Transfer the chips to another plate and allow to cool, completely. (They will crisp more as they cool.) Repeat with the remaining potato slices.

Garlic & Herb Pita Chips


  • 4 6-inch whole-wheat pitas
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Position oven racks in middle and lower third of oven; preheat to 350°F. Coat 2 large baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Cut pitas into 8 wedges each and separate each wedge at the fold. Place the pita wedges, rough-side up, in an even layer on the prepared baking sheets. Brush with oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning, garlic powder and salt.
  3. Bake the pita wedges, switching the baking sheets halfway through, until golden and crispy, 6 to 10 minutes (depending on the thickness).

Chile-Lime Tortilla Chips


  • 12 6-inch corn tortillas
  • Canola oil cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Position oven racks in the middle and lower third of oven; preheat to 375°F.
  2. Coat both sides of each tortilla with cooking spray and cut into quarters. Place tortilla wedges in an even layer on 2 large baking sheets. Combine lime juice and chili powder in a small bowl. Brush the mixture on each tortilla wedge and sprinkle with salt.
  3. Bake the tortillas, switching the baking sheets halfway through, until golden and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes (depending on the thickness of the tortillas).


Kelsey Schirm is a junior at Iowa State University pursuing a double major in Journalism & Mass Communication and Art & Design. She loves exercising, cooking, and being outdoors.

Top 5 Sundresses Under $50

All coeds know there’s one summer staple that never goes out of style: sundresses.  From casual lunch dates to fun nights out on the town, sundresses are perfect for all occasions.  This summer promises bright colors and fun patterns, making the sundress more stylish than ever.  But staying in fashion doesn’t mean you have to break your bank!  Check out CL’s top 5 sundresses of the summer, all for under $50!

The Traditional

There’s truth to the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”  The floral sundress is a classically feminine addition to any wardrobe.  This dress from H&M features an empire waist that looks flattering on all figures!

Courtesy of H&M

The Classic White

What goes better with a summer tan than a little white dress?  This Forever 21 take on the classic white sundress features a traditional eyelet pattern.  The classic white sundress goes perfectly with trendy wedges or stylish sandals!

Courtesy of Forever 21

The Modern Take

It’s time to take the sundress to the next level!  Modcloth offers a variety of modern sundresses for under $50 like this colorful, open-backed piece.  It’s the perfect way to wear a sundress and stay up to date at the same time!

Courtesy of Modcloth

The Trendy

If there’s anything better than 1 trend, it’s 2!  This Nordstrom piece combines the sundress with one of the summer’s trendiest looks: color blocking.  The diagonal pattern adds to the unique look!

Courtesy of Nordstrom

The Bold

This summer is all about being bold with color and patterns, and this sundress from Forever 21 is both!  The bright hues and modern pattern make this sundress a must-have for the upcoming season!

Courtesy of Forever 21



Cassidy McAloon is pursuing a Bachelor in Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism at Marquette University.  She is a fashion, sorority life, and apartment life writer at College Lifestyles.

CL’s Guide to Wearing Summer’s Biggest Trends

Spring has sprung, coeds!  The time has finally come to push our coats and heavy sweaters to the back of the closet to make room for the colorful and decorative trends this summer promises to bring.  But from bright hues to busy patterns, the top looks of the summer can be a little tricky to work into any wardrobe.  I chatted with 3 stylish students at Marquette University each with their own fashion sense to see how they were working the top 3 trends of this upcoming summer into their wardrobe.  Check out their answers for tips on how to rock the latest trends!


Anna: I would wear a tangerine top with black skinny jeans for going out at night.  To be more casual, I’d wear tangerine with black leggings and my fringe boots.  I like to pair a bright color top with black because it goes with the color-blocking look.

Madeleine:I really like the tangerine/coral/dreamsicle color palate for spring.  I keep seeing it everywhere. If I were wearing it on top, I would probably choose a loose, billowy blouse and pair it with dark cuffed jeans and cute sandals.  I would also find a pair of tangerine jeans and pair it with a lacy cream blouse.

Courtesy of Forever 21

Kirsten: Tangerine is the perfect color for spring and summer, especially with a new tan!  It’s fresh and takes people out of the dark colors and mood of winter and springs them into, well, spring!  It’s fun and flirty, perfect for both day and nighttime looks.  Dress a tangerine top down with some jeans or jean shorts for a great day look.  Dress it up with a black going out skirt or some dark-wash jeans and that’s one hot springtime outfit! 

Nautical Stripes

Anna: If I wore stripes I could imagine wearing a navy and red nautical shirt or 3/4 sleeve top with white shorts in the summer.

Courtesy of J. Crew

Madeleine: I’m usually hesitant to wear horizontal stripes for fear of looking wider than I am, but I feel like this could be done pretty easily with either a 50s-style flowy skirt paired with a solid-color tank top or as a shirt with a solid-color sweater, dark jeans, and loafers.

Kirsten: I love nautical patterns however I think sometimes they are overdone in the spring.  I like to keep it fresh and not fall back on old patterns.  Nautical stripes are a staple this time of year but don’t overdo it!  Try a bold, bright color or fun print.

Bold Patterns

Anna:I like wearing bold patterned tops with neutral bottoms and shoes like black leggings and black boots. I want the pattern to be the center of attention.

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Madeleine:I’m not usually a bold pattern kind of girl, but I feel like I would wear the pattern on top with a plain bottom so as to not be overwhelmed. I’m thinking a cute, kind of loose, patterned tank tucked into a tight skirt.

Kirsten: I’m a short gal but if I’m careful and only have one part of my outfit as a bold pattern, then I’m all for it.  Bold patterns are perfect for springtime.  They are attention grabbing and come in all sorts of spring colors.



Cassidy McAloon is pursuing a Bachelor in Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism at Marquette University.  She is a fashion, sorority life, and apartment life writer at College Lifestyles.

Sunny’s Sanctuary: 3 Ways to Wear Animal Printed Tights

Hello Classy Co-eds! It’s about time that you all got to know me a little better so I’m going to bring you into one of the places that defines me most–my closet. Sunny’s Sanctuary is going to be a weekly blog, so feel free to pop in anytime!

This week, we’re going into my box full of tights. As a co-ed, leggings and tights are embedded into my wardrobe, and for good reasons. One, they are super easy to put on when you’re in a hurry. Classy co-eds are always on-the-go and leggings/tights just make life that much easier. Two, they are extremely comfortable. CL readers don’t you agree?! Three, you can dress tights and leggings up or down for all occasions, depending on how you style the rest of your outfit.
One of my dearest obsessions (people who know me and my style best would totally agree) is animal print. For a few years, it went underground, but it’s back and I love it! Recently, I invested in cheetah printed tights from Forever 21. At the time I bought them, they were only $3.50 and I can say with confidence that it was the best $3.50 spent. From fashion show fabulous to rockstar ready to 21st birthday classy, I was able to take the printed tights and fir them to three different occasions.
First, I dressed them chic and edgy for a College Lifestyle sponsored fashion show at U of M, which raised over $1,500 for the Southeast Women’s Center. I paired the tights with an olive high-low dress, a cream boyfriend blazer, and olive laced wedges.
The second look is rockstar ready! I wore it to an Air Guitar championship that I planned for the Center for Campus Involvement. This look is much more casual, and everyday appropriate. I paired the animal print tights with shorts, a black blouse, a faux fur vest, and cream block heels. To accessorize I added a gold necklace and one of my favorite watches.
Last, but not least, I dressed up the tights underneath a lace skirt for a friend’s 21st birthday dinner. The outfit was paired with some black beads, a cream collared shirt, and a watch from Francesca’s. This look is a lot dressier and very classy, so the tights add a bit of sass. For accessories, I wore black aldo block heels, gold bracelets, and China Gate pastel blue nail polish.
Next time you think you’ve already wore your printed tights all possible ways, try something new! Your closet has a lot of outfits just waiting to be discovered! Come back next week to see what’s new in Sunny’s Sanctuary.
XOXO Sunny
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.

CL’s Top 10 Big/Little Initiation Gifts!



It’s almost here!  After making it through recruitment and finding the perfect little, it’s finally time for spring initiation!  As a big myself, I know how much fun it can be to shop for your little as you see her become an initiated member of your chapter.  I also know how hard it is to find classy presents on a coed budget.  But don’t let shopping for your little stress you out!  Follow CL’s Top 10 Big/Little initiation gift list for help!

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5 Spring Break Mocktails

If your week has been anything like mine, you have been spending countless hours studying for midterms or putting the final touches on midterm projects. It’s stressful; trust me, I know. The good thing about spring semester midterms: spring break follows! Whether you’re hoping on a plane to Florida or having your very own staycation, the one thing on your mind is the awesome parties.

Hold up. You’re not 21? No problem neither am I. Us underage co-eds need to stick together! Your friends may be sipping on a cosmo or an appletini, but so can you with just a few mocktail recipes. What’s a mocktail, you ask? A mocktail is a cocktail without any alcohol and perfect for the younger crowd of college students.  Here’s a list of my top 5 mocktails from that I’ll be sipping on this spring break as I travel to the frigid state of Minnesota.

1.     Strawberry Daiquiri Mocktail


  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, de-stemmed and halved
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 medium sized ice cubes


Crush ice cubes in blender. Add all other ingredients, blend until icy and mixed. Slice a whole strawberry half-way through and place on rim of glass. Sprinkle with sugar. Serve in a daiquiri or cocktail glass.

2.      Sex on the Beach Mocktail (sometimes called Safe Sex on the Beach)


  • 3 Tablespoons peach nectar
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • ice


Place ice at bottom of glass. Pour in peach nectar followed by cranberry and pineapple juice. Serve in an old-fashioned lowball glass.

3.     Pink Shampagne


  • 1 1/2 cups Sparkling apple cider, chilled
  • 1 1/2 cups Sparkling cherry-flavored mineral water
    (or club soda mixed with cherry flavoring syrup)
  • 1 cup Cranberry juice


Stir all ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Serve in a champagne flute.

4.     Chocolate Martini Mocktail


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 Tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • crushed ice


Place milk, chocolate syrup, and crushed ice in blender. Blend until icy and slushy. Add ice as needed. Coat the glass rims with cocoa powder or chocolate sprinkles. Top with a chocolate covered cherry. Serve in a martini glass.

5.      Pina Colada Mocktail


  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream
  • ice


Crush ice in blender. Add pineapple juice and coconut cream. Blend briefly, until all ingredients are icy and mixed. Throw in a maraschino cherry and add a wedge of pineapple to the top of the glass. Serve in a Collins glass or margarita glass.


Kelsey Schirm is a junior at Iowa State University pursuing a double major in Journalism & Mass Communication and Art & Design. She loves exercising, cooking, and being outdoors.


The Intern’s Closet: Sunny’s Sanctuary

Hello Classy Co-eds! It’s about time that you all got to know me a little better so I’m going to bring you into one of the places that defines me most–my closet. Sunny’s Sanctuary is going to be a weekly blog, so feel free to pop in anytime!

Last week the University of Michigan was on Spring Break, which for most girls typically means bathing suits, sun tan lotion, shorts, and mini-skirts. Guess I’m not most girls! I spent my Spring Break partying it up not on the beaches of the sunshine state, but instead enjoying the warmth of my queen-sized, comfy bed and getting some R&R with family and friends.

For my relaxing, homey spring break I picked out pieces that I couldn’t normally wear to class (my everyday choices are often limited because of the massive coat I am forced to wear to keep out the harsh wind and wear flats with all the walking I have to do).

Naturally, I styled my outfits around my guilty pleasure: shoes! This outfit that I like to call Army A la Mode was completely styled around my olive wedge-booties I snagged from Target for $20.

Seriously, sometimes the places you least expect can carry the richest treasures (or cutest). I paired a breezy black blouse from Macy’s with an edgy military chic vest from Francesca’s that I got on sale amongst all the winter sweaters. To continue with the rough, edgy look I threw on my favorite H&M leather leggings. For the A la Mode half, I accessorized with some gold bling–on the left is a Guess watch/bracelet, on the right my beloved Michael Kors watch, and around my neck a Forever21 necklace.



When I get asked the question, “How would you describe your style?” I am usually at a loss for words. Not because I lack the vocabulary of a dedicated fashionista, but because my style isn’t easily placed into confined categories.  In my clustered closet you can find a variety of fashion: preppy blouses, hipster dresses, grungy jackets, high-waisted pants, business blazers, comfy tights, and casual jeans to name a few. I guess if I were to put a label on it, I would call it experimental. I like to experiment and mix and match different styles and looks, just like the one above where I mixed a softer, classier blouse with an edgy vest.

One day, over break, my best friend and I decided to be spontaneous and get the ombré hairstyle that has been all the rage for many celebs over the past few years…ourselves. Although I did it successfully (or at least I hope it looks good) I don’t recommend trying it at home–who knew bleach could burn your hair off?! Ahh back to my closet; to show my friends my new-do I wanted to go with an outfit that wasn’t doing too much. I styled Denim Dynamic for a day out with the girls and a Detroit Pistons basketball game. Though it didn’t feel like spring break, I wanted my clothes to make me feel as if it were so I pulled out my favorite denim jacket I got years ago from a Canadian shop, Smart Set.The casual denim jacket was a stark contrast to my Nordstrom blouse, but that’s what I liked about the look. I, of course, matched the cream blouse to my other Target find, laced up booties that have my current fav shoe fashion: block heels. To add some edge and definition, I added an H&M tri-layered necklace which has a bit of gold, silver, and bronze in it. My outfits are usually incomplete until I accessorize it with a watch, so I went with one I found over the summer from Francesca’s. To complete the look, I frosted my lips with MAC’s Ruby Red for a burst of color.

Even though spring break is well over, I’ll still be adding bits and pieces of spring from Sunny’s Sanctuary into my wardrobe. Come back next week for another look into my favorite place to just be :)

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.

3 City Spring Break Staples

It’s almost here coeds!  The ultimate collegiate holiday is just around the corner- spring break!  Even though break seems out of reach now through a cloud of midterms, papers, and exams, vacation will be here before you know it.  If your next few weeks are hectic and leave you little time to pack for your big city get away, don’t panic!  CL has 3 spring break staples for city vacations!

Versatile Shoes

Deciding on shoes to bring on vacation can be the hardest part of packing.  They take up room in your suitcase, weigh the most, and need to match a variety of outfits.  For spring break in the city, make sure you have comfy shoes!  Spring break trips to the city typically require a lot of walking, and you want to make sure you can keep up with your group.  These Sperry Topsider and Aldo flats are the perfect way to be sensible yet stylish and they can be dressed up or down!

Courtesy of Sperry Topsider

Courtesy of Aldo

Classic Cardigans

City weather has a tendency to fluctuate.  From high temperatures in the day to a chilly breeze at night, you need to have a lot of options in your suitcase.  Classy and chic cardigans like these are great additions to any city spring break wardrobe.  They’re lightweight and easy to carry around in a purse.  Try working in bold colored sweaters like these from J. Crew and H&M into your look to make your outfit pop!

Courtesy of J. Crew

Courtesy of H&M

City Glam

Spring break in the city is meant to be glamorous!  From trendy neighborhoods to the vibrant nightlife, cities are the perfect places to be daring when it comes to fashion.  I personally love the sequin trend hitting the runways right now!  Incorporate fun and fearless pieces like these from Forever 21 and H&M to stand out!

Courtesy of Forever 21

Courtesy of H&M



Cassidy McAloon is pursuing a Bachelor in Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism at Marquette University.  She is a fashion, sorority life, and apartment life writer at College Lifestyles.

Iowa State University Reopens State Gym

State Gym in the early 1900's (Photo Courtesy of Iowa State Recreation Services)

At the beginning of the 2012 spring semester Iowa State University reopened their newly renovated gym, State Gym. Originally built in 1913, the gym’s features were outdated. In 2004, recreation services administrative staff came together to discuss expansion options.

“At that point, our newest gym, Lied, had been in existence for about 15 years and it was clear that the university was moving upward in student population, so we decided that we needed to expand,” explained Michael Giles, Director of Recreation Services at Iowa State. “So, in 2007 and 2008 we did research and held forums and found out the students were very interested.”

Following a student referendum, the vote passed and construction began during the fall of 2009. As the result of a few minor set-backs in construction scheduling and material issues, the gym reopened a semester later than scheduled, leaving students high in anticipation.

The gym is packed full of features that have brought students flooding in the doors. On opening day a total of 4,200 cards were swiped to enter the facility. Since then the numbers have level off, but Giles estimates around 1,500 to 2,000 swipes on an average weekday.

New features that students are now enjoying on a daily basis include 125 new weight and cardio fitness machines, a leisure pool with a 30-person hot tub and whirl pool, 40 foot climbing wall, and several new full-sized basketball courts. At State Gym, you can also take several free fitness classes in one of their new studios or hire a personal trainer to help get you into shape.

The hype around the new gym is definitely living up to its image. Although I do not work out at this location on a daily basis, I do visit it at least once a week and the new equipment certainly enhances the experience of my workouts. The different opportunities and choices the gym offers makes fitness a new and more exciting experience. Whether it’s swimming laps in the new pool or running on the treadmill-stairs, there is always a unique way for me to get the results that I want.

The novelty of the gym is helping increase the health on campus in so many ways, something that has been a big priority in Iowa and on campus for many years now: “The student themselves are interested a great deal in the opportunities outside of the classroom and Iowa State serves as a great opportunity for wellness and healthy living. The expansion of the State Gym is going to further that even more,” explained Giles.

To further their goal of healthy lives on campus, Iowa State has other plans in the work to expand the recreational opportunities available. Currently, they are working on developing two outside multipurpose fields and hoping to outfit Lied Recreational Facility with new equipment.

Tour State Gym


Kelsey Schirm is a junior at Iowa State University pursuing a double major in Journalism & Mass Communication and Art & Design. She loves exercising, cooking, and being outdoors.