Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Girls Guide to DIY Halloween Costumes



Are you feeling the pressure of a tight college budget this October? With all of your everyday expenses, it's difficult to justify spending money on a packaged costume you'll probably wear once or twice...but who says you have to do that to win best costume at the Halloween rager you're going to?

Many people don't realize that you don't have to go to the closest pop up store near campus to look fabulous on Halloween. Sometimes all you need to do is go to the local arts and crafts store to make your own costume. Halloween is just over one week away, so it's time to get to planning. Start off by choosing your costume and then surveying your closet to see what you already have. After that just make your list, go to the store and then get to crafting.

Here are four examples of costumes you can make at home!


#1 The Loofah
Cost Average: $20-25
Time: 30 minutes
Supplies:
Nylon matte netting or tulle (your color of choice)
Elastic
White cord or rope (for the handle)
Safety pins


#2 Gumball Machine
Cost Average: $15-30
Time: 1-2 hours
Supplies:
Tank Top, tube top or bando
Real Gumballs OR multicolored craft pom-poms OR Styrofoam balls and paint
A red skirt
Silver duct tape or felt
Sharpie
Hot Glue Gun


#3 The Pinata 
Cost Average: $10-15
Time: 2-3 hours
Supplies:
Streamers or felt in color of choice
Slip Dress
Hot glue or fabric glue


#4 Mermaid
Cost Average: $25-30
Time: 1-2 hours
Supplies:
Bandeau
Fabric Paint in White, Gold & Glitter
Pearl stickers
Green Sequined fabric
Glue Gun 
Scissors
Paint Brush
Optional: Headband and small starfish 


Just remember that any packaged costume can pretty much be remade with enough imagination. So craft, have fun and be safe during Halloweekend!

All my best,

Gabby






Thursday, October 16, 2014

5 Ways To Repurpose Your Summer Outfits This Fall




Not ready to put your favorite mini dress or plunging blouse away for fall? You don't have to! With the weather somewhere in between hot and cold you may not be ready to fully cross over to the winter section in your closet just yet, so why not mix it up? A few simple wintery additions to your summer pieces will transform them in to fall ensembles.


#1 Outerwear Affair
Whether it's leather or jean, throwing a jacket on before heading out can take any look from summer to fall. The leather will give your outfit an edge and keep you warmer at night, while the jean will make you look comfier and give off a casual vibe. If it's not quite cold enough for a jean jacket, try a lighter version like a chambray shirt.

#2 Get it right with tights
Adding tights to any skirt, dress or pair of shorts can completely alter your look. Try playing with different colors and patterns to add a pop of fun.

#3 Bootie-licious
If it's not chilly enough to wear full boots yet, stick to ankle booties. They still keep your feet warm and can be worn almost all year round. Try experimenting with and without a heel to dress looks up or down.

#4 Scarf it up
If a t-shirt isn't keeping you warm but it's still too hot for a jacket or sweater, try adding a statement scarf. An over sized patterned scarf or a classic infinity style in a fall color, like a deep red, can add a new twist, making an old shirt look new again.

#5 The best inVESTment
When it comes to vests, one purchase goes a long way. Adding this extra layer keeps you warm and can make an outfit look completely different. Vests are great for all seasons and there are tons of different styles to choose from. Try a sweater vest to keep it casual or a faux fur vest for a dressier night out.


Happy dressing! I'm sure you'll look FAB,

Gabby



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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

8 Fall Study Tips



Papers and Tests and Quizzes! Oh my! When you have a bunch of different assignments and tests scheduled in each class, mixed with work and social obligations, it gets difficult to buckle down and study. Here are some tips to stay on track this Fall for midterms...

#1 Location, location, location
Are you a library person or do you like studying in a private area? Wherever you work best, go there! Your environment may really impact your focus. As the weather is cooling down, try going outside or sitting near a window. The fresh air may be a good break from the library or your desk in your room.

#2 Balanced intake
If you're a coffee addict that's okay, but you may want to switch to tea for just this week. Tea still gives you energy and leaves out the shaky feeling. For your diet, instead of grabbing a bag of chips out of the vending machine, try healthier snacks like nuts, power bars and berries to boost your energy and immune system.

#3 Find a study buddy
Even if you aren't quizzing each other or working on the same subject, having a study buddy will keep you motivated and focused. Try to match up schedules with some of your friends or classmates and get to work. You will drive each other forward and keep on task. Just make sure not to choose someone who will distract you.

#4 Social media is not your friend
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest are a big no-no when you're studying. They're distracting and take your mind to a different place. It's understandable why staying off of these sites are difficult since it's almost always necessary to use your computer to study and write papers. Try downloading Self Control on your computer. It's one of many downloads that allows you to block any websites on your computer for up to 24 hours, allowing you to shift your focus completely.

#5 It's all about the schedule
Segment out your day so that you know when you're studying for each exam. It is important to know how much time you are giving yourself so you don't study for one subject too long. Creating a schedule will keep you organized and leave you feeling less overwhelmed.

#6 Break free
Just because you have a lot to do doesn't mean you shouldn't give yourself time for a much needed break. Staring at a computer or notebook all day can get tiresome and you've been working hard, so treat yourself! Not sure what to do during your break? Try doing something to get you moving and stretch out your legs, like going for a walk or taking a gym break.

#7 Keep positive
If you don't have any confidence in yourself, how do you expect to ace your exam? Just have a realistic goal in mind and strive to surpass it. Try to think positively and know that you are doing your very best.

#8 Music boost
Studying with music is not for everyone, but if it's your thing then you have to make sure you choose the right genre that keeps you focused and allows you to get lost in your studies Are you a classical, indie, acoustic or pop person? Make a study playlist with your iTunes, log in to your favorite Pandora station or find a study themed playlist online to help you out. Try one of our favorite fall playlists here.


Best of luck with midterms. I'm sure you'll ace them,


Gabby