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5 Tips For Decorating Your Dorm

Back to school is quickly approaching. If you are a first year student who will be living in a dorm, you are in for one of the most memorable years of your life. When I lived in a dorm my first year of college I had no idea what to expect. I was stuck in a triple residence hall, which is the smallest living accommodation my university offers. Over the course of the year I certainly learned how to make the most of new home by adding personal touches to the bare walls, making my space organized, and storing my things that I wasn’t using. Here are some of my best dorm decorating tips to make your transition into a smaller space as smooth as possible.

 S E E K  U N L I K E Y  S T O R A G E  S P O T S

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In a tiny dorm room, one of the best things you can do is maximize storage. My freshman year I was crammed in a room with 2 other girls and any type of storage you can get will be great for saving space. Having smart storage lets you utilize every single nook in your dorm room from behind the door to under the bed. If possible, one of my biggest tips is getting a look at where you will be living before you actually get to move in. I YouTubed videos of my dorm online and you may be surprised at the number of people who give dorm tours! I was able to see what the size of the dorm was and how many drawers my desk had.

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5 Ways To Wear Fall’s Hottest Accessory

Although it’s a little painful to think that summer is already almost over, there’s a way to wear a reminder of those warm days spent at the beach. Pearls aren’t just for spring and summer—these classic accessories will be everywhere this fall, from shimmery manicures to a simple strand.

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Pearls are a great way to add a little color and texture to all of those fall/winter neutrals in your closet. Whether it’s with embellishments or just a fun manicure, here are a few ways to wear pearls this fall…

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My Picks & How To Style The Altuzarra For Target Collection

Up and comer Joseph Altuzarra and 2014 CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year is the latest designer to have a collab with Target (which will also be available globally at Net-A-Porter). Releasing September 14, the line encompasses 50 pieces that range from $10 to $89.99. You can find everything from coats to lingerie in Altuzarra’s stunningly sophisticated line. The colors and textures in every piece encompass Fall 2014′s trends, but it is all runway quality at affordable prices. My top picks are all finds that are unique from anything else you can find right now at this price point for the quality, trendiness and versatility.

1. Sweater with Crane Embroidery - This wide neck sweater is one of the most casual pieces from the collection, but can be easily dressed up with the right pieces. The embroidered cranes on the neck add a stunning detail to this all black knit sweater. There is also an accompanying  structured crane dress in the collection if you love the detailing on the sweater. $49.99

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3 Ways To Wear 3 Fall Wardrobe Staples

After purging my closet this summer, I’ve decided that I will not be buying any new pieces unless I have at least three different ways of wearing them. It seems like every season I end up buying a handful of trendier pieces, only to find myself scratching my head a year later when it’s time to wear them again. If you’re trying to cut down on the clutter and invest in some classic pieces, here are my three wardrobe must-haves for the fall and three different ways to style them.

1. Ankle boots

Ankle boots are incredibly versatile for fall, and you can wear them year after year. Go with a black boot with a low heel, so that they can easily be dressed up or down and paired with denim, a dress or even some separates.

1. Cullen Sweater, Need Supply | 2. Shimmered Tassel Clutch, Anthropologie | 3. Astrological Cuff, Catbird | 4. Tiny Dancer Moon & Star Studs, Catbird | 5. Charley Boot, Madewell

Ankle boots are amazingly versatile for every look: jeans, separates and dresses. This delicate look would be perfect for a chillier fall date night—add a few delicate, celestial-inspired accessories and a metallic clutch to break up the neutral colors.

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My 7 Favorite Fall Accessory Trends

One of my favorite elements of fashion during any season is accessories. In early 2014 designers gave us an insight to what the hottest trends of Fall 2014 would be, including accessories. I am excited for all of the bold new accessories hitting stores as early as this month; these are the seven pieces I am particularly looking forward to incorporating into my wardrobe this fall.

C H O K E R S


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Chokers have already made their way onto the necks of fashionistas everywhere, but this 90′s trend will be hitting hard this fall. It was shown on the runways in a variety of styles, from metals to cloth to even statement chokers. There are a variety of styles that you can wear daily from the classic hoop choker to a more glammed up stacked choker.

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My 20-Something Bucket List

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I’ve been feeling really adventurous lately. Maybe it’s the fact that summer is coming to an end, or that I’m feeling extra ambitious with the arrival of my senior year. Or that I’m turning 23 in a couple of months. Regardless of the reason, I’ve been putting a lot of thought into the rest of my life and how I plan on living it lately. There are just so many things I want to do, and so much that I expect to happen. To be honest, my greatest fear is to wake up one day and regret all the things that I haven’t done. So in an attempt to live in the moment and focus on right now, I decided to make a  mini bucket list, made up of what I want out of life before I turn 30. It’s my 20-Something Bucket List.

1. Graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Media Arts. Sticking with college hasn’t always been easy, from the price it costs me every month to make a small dent in my loans to transferring schools… twice! But I made it to my senior year, and I’ll be damned if I don’t graduate — with a 4.0!

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The 4 Essential Styling Tips With Short Hair

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I recently chopped all of my hair off into a cute pixie cut… and I am absolutely obsessed! One challenge that I’ve faced, though, is how to adjust my style appropriately. I generally love baggy clothes — boy jeans are my denim of choice, topped with an oversized tank top, long layered necklaces and maybe a big cardigan for when it gets chilly. However, with short hair, I’ve had to make an active effort to retain my femininity in my everyday style choices.

1. P L A Y  W I T H  P R O P O R T I O N S

This hasn’t been an easy one for me to deal with (again, I’m really into the baggy-on-baggy look)… but I’ve realized that I need to choose a more structured or fitted piece in every outfit. This helps you to show off your curves and complement your haircut, rather than contradict the feminine touch that you were going for. Check out some of my photo inspiration…

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