5 Fashion Brands To Shop This Holiday Season

5 Fashion Brands To Shop This Holiday Season

It pays to give back.

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Although we are all searching the web for those one of a kind gifts, spending hundreds of dollars to please the people we love, and going above and beyond to find the perfect present, we are easy to forget to give back and being conscious of our shopping habits. After all, they don't call it, The Giving Season for nothing. Buying gifts can be stressful, hands down. So why not buy something that puts some good into the world. Here are some fashion brands that you can benefit buying from this gift giving season!

Girlfriend Collective

The Girlfriend Collective is a brand all about EQUALITY. They are mostly known for their amazing leggings made out of... get this... RECYCLED WATER BOTTLES! How freaking cool right?! With awesome quality you can purchase their one of a kind leggings for $68 in all the colors and styles you can image. Who doesn't love leggings??

Marine Layer

Marine Layer on Instagram: “New arrivals are here, people. Check out the site for new stuff to get you through the weird in-between season. #linkinbio”

Marine Layer carries guys, girls, and kids clothing for everyone on your list this year. They are known for their unique fabric and super soft t-shirt material. They have those 'must haves' for everyone's closet. This year they are starting up a RE SPUN program. If you donate up to 5 shirts from your closet, and send them in, Marine Layer will offer you $5 credit for every shirt donated! This means up to $25 to go towards your gifts, or something for yourself ;) After these shirts are donated, they are respun into new yarn to create NEW items. The average American throws away 80 pounds of clothes every year, so why not make it into something new?

Everlane

Everlane isn't big on trends, but they are big on giving you the highest quality product. This fashion brand carries both men's and women's amplified bassics. All their items are produced in ethically sound factories. Everlane is dedicated to creating the highest quality product, along with creating it in a place that they can take pride in. Although their prices are on the higher end, their designs will last a lifetime. Purchasing from Everlane can reassure that your items were made with love, and will spread the love :)

Project Social T

Based out of LA, Project Social T has everything from cute graphic tee's to trendy sweaters for every season. Every quarter, Project Social T partners with four organizations. At the end of the quarter they donated $5k to their programming so they can continue their amazing acts! Every item they sell has a special tag so you know which organization you supported with your purchase. Now THAT'S giving back!

Ninety Percent

Ninety Percent is a brand new company, founded in 2018. They carry all your must haves for the women on your list.

You guessed right, Ninety Percent donated 90 FREAKIN PERCENT of their proceeds to a charity of YOUR CHOICE. Now that sounds crazy right? Here's the break down: 80% will be shared with causes, 5% with those who make the clothes, and 5% with those who run the brand.

What's even better is that YOU get to pick the charity! Each item you purchase will come with a special code, enter that code online at, https://www.ninetypercent.com/vote/code and chose out of the charities given. That's putting the power in your hands. Yes, these items are a little on the spendy side, but remember, quality over quantity this holiday season.

There are so many more amazing fashion outlets out there that are DO GOOD companies. Who does't love clothes for Christmas? All these options and more should be your new go to for all your gift giving, and maybe even treat yourself needs. Happy shopping :)

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.
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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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