13 Ways To Spruce Up Your College Apartment

13 Ways To Spruce Up Your College Apartment

SO much better than dorm life!

Is off-campus living a step up from dorm life? Uh, YES! But it still isn't perfect. Here are a few ways to make it almost perfect:

1. Curtains

If the 'complimentary' blinds are bumming you out, add some cute curtains to cheer you up!

2. Area rugs

An area rug can not only complete and brighten up a room, it will also keep your feet from freezing and is a great cleaning tool!

An area rug can not only complete and brighten up a room, it will also keep your feet from freezing and is a great cleaning tool!

3. Mirrors

If you want your space to appear bigger, use the oldest trick in the book: add mirrors.

4. Removable wallpaper

If dull walls are depressing you, add some removable wallpaper.

5. Plants

Add some life back into your life with these decorative living creatures.

6. Removable tile

Just like the removable wallpaper, kitchens and bathrooms can be modernized with removable tile.

7. AND removable countertops

You can even redesign your countertops.


From wall stickers to stair decals, to sticky chalkboards, there are so many places to add fancy stickers in your new pad.

9. A fresh coat of paint

Although you may not be able to paint your actual walls, you can transform that furniture from your grandma's attic from drab to fab!

10. Handles

Or, install new furniture handles.

11. Tapestry

If removable wallpaper seems like too much of a hassle, try a tapestry to decorate your walls.

12. Lights!

You don't have to stick with plain ole' ceiling lights. As shown in the tapestry photo you can opt to use Christmas lights, table lamps, or standing lamps to light up your life.

13. Mug storage

If you have more mugs than cabinets (most of us do), turn them into wall decor. Easily accessible AND cute!

Perfect home? No. Perfect temporary living space? Absolutely!

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Beautiful: Nine Letters, Infinite Meanings

Macy's spring 2019 fashion commercial is making a statement by encouraging women to redefine beautiful


While anxiously waiting for my show to turn back on during a commercial break, one commercial specifically caught my eye. It starting out with a blonde-haired woman, standing proud with a noticeable scar down her nose. As they flip to some clips of a diverse set of women, a power voice begins to speak. The first line immediately took hold of my attention.

"Beautiful, one word that holds the weight of thousands. We collect false promises, contorting ourselves to fit inside those letters"

Find Your Beautiful | Macy's Spring Fashion 2019 www.youtube.com

The commercial captures a diverse set of women as they confidently exemplify their own beauty in a day to day setting. In doing so, they are encouraging individuals to redefine what beauty really is, in this case, through appearance. Macy's is sending the message to their buyers that their products provide individuals the opportunity to express themselves in whatever way they want with their new spring collection. By going beyond the boundaries that are socially installed our expectations are expanded.

As silly as it sounds, the Macy's advertisement made me think. It made me think of the concept of beauty, and how we perceive it.

Beauty to us is a social construct. You scroll through your feed of bronzed, tall and thin figures and you are fed to think that she is the one and only form of beauty worth striving for. You look in the mirror and pick out your flaws and imperfections thinking that it lessens your beauty. We are taught to believe that beautiful has one meaning and that definition cannot stray from the cover of a magazine.

But in reality, Beauty is fluid. It is what you want it to be. It is an appearance. It is a perception. It is imperfect.

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