10 Tips To Help You Survive (and Enjoy) Your First Year Of College

For most, college is the first opportunity to experience freedom and independence away from home, while living in a community full of people your own age. That being said, attending a college is a huge life adjustment and comes with many changes. These easy tips will help you adjust more easily to your collegiate lifestyle and make the most of your time away at school…

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1. Be friendly!

Everyone is in the same boat when they first arrive at school. Introducing yourself to the people that live in your dorm or take the same classes as you is an easy way to make friends. You never know, the girl who lives next door could end up being your best friend for the rest of your life!

2.  Keep your dorm room door open.

Not only do you meet more people by keeping your door propped open when you are in the room, you will get a better feel for what is going on in your new residence. You can wave at people as they pass by or join in on a game going on in the hallway without missing out on anything while also showing off your perfectly paired milk crates, twin extra-long comforter and band posters.

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How I Dodged The Freshman 15

Yes, it is real. I know a couple of people personally who the Freshman 15 has caught hold of, and I went to school with a few girls (and guys) who also fell victim to it their first two semesters of college. The reason is simple: starting college is a huge change, and you’re on your own for the very first time. Living away at school was the first time in my life that I felt I had the most responsibility and pressure on me all at once. I had a lot of assignments due on the same days, two tests a week to study for, a part-time job, a roommate to get along with and new friends to see… hello, it is college after all!

The first week of my college career I lived at my university. I was so overwhelmed that I gained five pounds in the first week, living off campus food, Easy Mac and Ramen Noodles. I really didn’t see how I could make the time to prepare healthier options and on top of everything else I had to do, work out! But after feeling bloated, tired and genuinely crappy, I soon found ways to change my eating habits and inactive lifestyle, dodging the Freshman 15.

S W A P  S N A C K S 

Snacking is very important and you’ll be tempted to do a lot of in college. The good news is, you’re supposed to have two to three a day. The catch? The nutrition experts who suggest this aren’t talking about traditional junk food snacks like candy, chocolate and chips. They’re talking about protein-filled foods without high fat or calorie content. Here’s four main easy and inexpensive swaps that I made:

1. A bag of Doritos (907 calories) for three cups of Jolly Time lightly buttered popcorn (75 calories).

2. A snack size box of Reese Pieces (190 calories) for a handful of Dark Chocolate Acai Blueberries (170 calories)

3. A ½ cup  of chocolate ice cream (142.5 calories) for a ½ cup of Yogurtland’s Chocolate Truffle frozen yogurt (80 calories)

4. McDonald’s Ranch Snack Wrap (270 calories) for an Evolution Harvest Almond Cocoa Bar at Starbucks (180 calories)

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7 Tips For A Lovely Morning Routine

The mornings are a funny thing. As much as I love my snooze button, my bed, and my beauty sleep, there’s something that draws me to waking up with the peaceful morning light. Especially in the summer, the temptation to sleep in and get my day started after 3PM is sometimes too strong. I’ve adjusted my morning routine, though, to make my hour and a half before work every morning an energizing, and lovely, experience. Check out my seven tips for you to do the same!

G I V E  Y O U R S E L F  P L E N T Y  O F  T I M E

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It’s time to be realistic — how often do you hit the snooze button? How long do you linger in bed until you get up? Start factoring that extra time in, and set your alarm that much earlier. That way, you can dawdle in bed until you’re ready to face the day, and still have plenty of time for your morning rituals! Here’s a tip: do not set your favorite song as your alarm. I made the mistake of doing that, and now I associate my negative attitude of waking up with that song. Try switching your alarm music up every week — this will keep you from associating bad vibes with one particular song, and will add some necessary variety in your morning routine.

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Plan A Spa-Inspired Girls’ Night

Throwing an all-girls, no-boys-allowed bash doesn’t cease to exist past our pre-teen years. In fact, as adults we have a duty to keep our inner kid alive and do so by planning grown up get-togethers that channel our creative wonder. Girls’ night is usually comprised of chick flick marathons, cook-offs, or exploring some type of craft, but the one activity that will never get old is a spa mini-makeover.

I remember being around the ripe old age of eight and having friends over to celebrate my birthday with a spa-themed party. We headed out to the nail salon to get our hands and feet pampered and later turned my kitchen upside down while trying to create fragrant concoctions. This time around, I hope to avoid all the mess but still indulge in the same relaxing treatment. Sending out invitations might be a little juvenile, but I don’t know of a single friend who wouldn’t appreciate a formal invite to girls night with every working of a spa, champagne and all.

But before we get to refreshments, prepare to set the mood. Lighted incense or scented candles and a soothing playlist are both reminiscent of a spa ambiance. I like music with vocals rather than just instrumentals so I suggest downloading Someone Out Of Town by YunaLofticries by Purity Ring, and Wonder by Adventure Club for a more upbeat vibe that doesn’t disturb the tranquil energy. Also, if you are really getting into it, have robes ready for friends to throw on when they arrive.

Now onto beverages and snacks. Have a pitcher ready with iced water and lemon slices or brew herbal tea with milk and honey on the side. Champagne is a must for this kind of party. Lay out a spread of cheese and crackers with dishes of bruschetta and some sort of dip (my favorite is spinach artichoke!). For dessert, do something healthy but sweet and refreshing like lemonade pops with cucumber shavings.

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3 Amazing Cupcake Recipes You HAVE To Make (And Eat)!

Who doesn’t like cupcakes? They are pretty, easy to make and delicious! I have a major sweet tooth and have loved cupcakes since probably before I was born, yet I never had an interest in actually baking some on my own. That is until I created my Pinterest account! Everywhere I looked on Pinterest I found recipes that sounded and looked amazing. All of a sudden I couldn’t wait to try to make some delicious (and pretty!) cupcakes on my own.

At first my cupcakes were not coming out well. They just didn’t taste the way they were supposed to and definitely did not look the way they were supposed to. After throwing out what felt like the hundredth failed cupcake, I finally nailed the cupcake game. These recipes are my go to cupcakes that people always seem to love – I know I do!


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What To Wear In Europe’s Most Fashionable Cities

There are two cardinal rules when it comes to traveling around Europe. Number one is to have the time of your life! Number two is that you should try your best not to look too much like a tourist! After all, when in Rome do as the Romans do!

Wearing European styles will keep you looking fab and help protect you from pick pocketers or scammers who target tourists. Plus, Europeans are so chic, what better time is there to step up your wardrobe game than when you are vacationing abroad!

P A R I S,  F R A N C E 

Parisians are known for their gorgeous and sophisticated street style. You will probably never see someone walking around in a sweatsuit in France. Get glam but stay comfortable to properly spend your days in Parié sightseeing, luxuriating and shopping.

1. Gingham Shell Top | 2. GOAT Exclusive Redgrave Coat | 3. Kate Spade New York Je Ne Sais Quoi Phone Case | 4. Rebecca Minkoff M.A.B. Tote Mini | 5. Bobbi Brown Tulip Lip Color | 6. Karen Walker Northern Lights Sunglasses | 7. Tiffany Beads Earrings | 8. Histericks Pointy Toe Flats | 9. Isaac Mizrahi New York Lamis Pump | 10. Minnie Pant

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Get The Look: Bella Thorne’s Summer ‘Seventeen’ Cover

As I picked out a couple of magazines for some casual reading at the beach, I stumbled across this month’s issue of Seventeen. Although I’m older than the intended audience, I love their great taste in cover girls! Bella Thorne’s beach-inspired outfit  really caught my eye, and I immediately wanted to know where I could get her look.


Here’s my recreation of Bella’s cover look for the June/July 2014 issue! I also included my go-to spray tan that will give you a quick, easy and long-lasting glow — just like hers!

1. California Waves Striped Bikini  | 2. Shady’s Closet Palm Trees Sweatshirt  | 3. Kershie, Chunky Neon Necklace| 4. Neutrogena MicroMist Airbrush Sunless Tan  | 5. Lauren Klein Silver Hamsa Hand Macrame Bracelet in Black  | 6. Forever 21 Faux Stone Bangle Set  | 7.  Sparkling Sage Cabochon Stretch Ring  | 8. Vintage Hollywood Green Red Tassel Chain Bracelet

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