Closet Essentials For This Semester

Closet Essentials For This Semester

The ultimate fashion checklist for every girl
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Summer is slowly coming to an end. It's time to say goodbye to everyday sweat pants in your hometown and say hello to game days, nights at the bars and various other opportunities to get dressed up (when we aren't in our track shorts for class of course). As we get closer to the new semester, it's time to do a little shopping as we try to stay up to date on the latest trends. So here's the ultimate checklist for your closet this semester.

1) Suede skirts

These skirts can come in various styles and colors. They can be paired with a graphic tee or even tights when the weather gets a little cool.

2) Double buckle belts

Double buckle belts come in different styles and can be gold or silver. They are here to save your basic outfit by giving it a more edgy look.

3) Bomber jackets

These jackets are a crop tops best friend, especially when it gets a little chilly out!

4) Overalls

Perfect with a fun crop top and converse, overall shorts are perfect for any casual day.

5) Cat eye sunglasses

Say goodbye to aviators! These funky glasses are the next hot accessory!

6) Jean skirts

This look isn't just for Brandy Melville models! The jean skirt goes perfectly with booties or any kind of crop top.

7) Graphic tees

Lazy days just got a little bit cuter and a whole lot more fun. Pairing any cool graphic tee with yoga pants and converse gives you an effortlessly cute look.

8) Pins

Accessories like these come in all shapes and sizes and they can add some effortless personality to your jean jacket or backpack.

9) Jean jackets

This 90s inspired look is back and better than ever!


10) Bandana around the neck

Dig through your costume closet and pull out that red bandana that I know you already have. This simple pop of color stands out perfectly with a solid black top.


11) Cheer skirts for game day

You don't need to be a preppy cheerleader to rock this look. Originating at universities on the west coast, this game day look will soon be trending on campuses across the US.

12) Off the shoulder tops

As simple as it is, this look is a closet must. It can be paired with any bottom.

13) Baseball caps

Say goodbye to bad hair days forever!

14) Velvet

This fabric was sent from heaven. Not only is it soft, but it can come in various colors! Whether it's a velvet pair of shorts, crop top, or choker, this material is as adorable as it is versatile.

15) One piece swimsuits

Every season is one piece swimsuit season. Need I say more?

16) Midi Dresses

The Kardashians aren't the only ones rocking this look this season! Dressed up with heels or paired with Adidas tennis shoes for a casual look, these simple dresses can be worn for any occasion.

17) Lace up Shoes

This shoe style is available in sandals, flats, stilettos, and even chunky heels from various brands.

18) Adidas

This brand is more than just an athletic line. From trendy graphic tees to practical sneakers, this brand is taking over.

19) Two Piece matching sets

Correlating bottoms and tops ends here! This look is fun and easy.

20) Thick Chokers

Everyone's going to be looking like Gigi this season with this edgy accessory

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning. You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret. So here are 20 tattoos where you can't go wrong. Here are 20 small tattoos with big meanings. (But don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!).

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.



2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."



3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.



4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."



5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."



6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."



8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)



9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.



10. The Greek word “Meraki” means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.



11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.



13. “Lux in tenebris” means “light in darkness.”

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora” is translated literally as “Towards greater things.” It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.



16. A glyphs means “explore.” It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."



18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower’s first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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10 Places You Can Find Trendy Clothes For Under $10

I haven't bought a clothing item over $10 for over a year and here's how I did it.

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Keeping up with the latest trends is honestly so exhausting, especially when you have a limited amount of spending money. For someone like me who loves fashion and expressing myself through the clothes I wear, I've had to become very good at scouting out the best deals in order to get the most out of my money. This past year, I shopped exclusively at resale clothing sites and sale sections of stores in order to develop a wardrobe of clothes, with each article costing less than $10. Here are 10 places I shopped at to obtain the best deals.

1. Unique, Arc's Value Village or Savers

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Not gonna lie, 80% of the clothing I own is from these three thrift stores. You can find your choice of white dad shoes, Levi mom jeans, denim jackets and fanny packs for a small fraction of the cost. Something I like to do is keep pictures of clothes I like from expensive stores and search the racks of thrift stores to find similar pieces. If you haven't thrifted before, please do it; it will change your life and save your wallet.

2. Shein and Romwe

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These two online sites offer some of the cheapest clothing I've ever seen. Keep an eye out for flash sales because there always seems to be some sort of deal going on. While the quality of their clothes may not be the highest, you get more than what you paid for considering how quickly trends go out of style.

3. Boohoo or Yesstyle

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If you want affordable clothing that doesn't feel like cheap, itchy fabric on your body, these two sites are perfect for you. They also have amazing deals going on practically all the time. Plus, they do free returns.

4. Forever 21 or H&M

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Forever 21 and H&M are already very affordable clothing stores, but when they have an additional 50% off of sale items, you can leave with a bag overflowing with clothes and some leftover money in your wallet.

5. Depop or ThredUp

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These sites are basically a place where you buy others' hand-me-downs. If you want to earn some extra cash, upload pictures of clothing pieces you no longer need to sell to other online thrifters.

6. Amazon

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Not only can you get a 30-pack of ramen delivered to your door with Amazon, but you can also get some great deals on clothing. Honestly, Amazon is the way to go when it comes to buying anything, so you really can't go wrong.

7. ASOS

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ASOS is probably my favorite site to shop at when I am looking for the most contemporary and trendiest clothing. It is a huge website that offers name brand shoes, clothing and accessories. While it's prices vary a lot more, there is a feature that you can limit your price range to $10 or less, making it easy to find cheap deals. The site also offers free returns and a student discount.

8. Plato's Closet

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If you can't get on board with thrift stores, Plato's Closet is a good bridge between secondhand clothing and retail stores. Unlike other thrift stores that accept any donations to resell, Plato's Closet only accepts higher quality and name brand items; plus, they even give people compensation for their donations. You'll definitely find trendy clothing for cheap here.

9. Ebay

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Recently, I've been going to Ebay if I am ever looking for a specific clothing item. Many times, you can find great deals and you can even use your negotiating skills with a seller to bring the price down.

9. Marshalls or TJ Maxx

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Marshalls and TJ Maxx are the places to go for discounted name brand items, including clothing, skin care and beauty supplies. Make sure to buy your Calvin Klein, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger or Puma statement pieces here to earn the much sought-after title of "Maxxinista."

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