10 Fall And Winter Essentials Every New England College Girl Should Order BEFORE August Ends

10 Fall And Winter Essentials Every New England College Girl Should Order BEFORE August Ends

These are 10 must-haves for students for the upcoming school year in the New England area!

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All of these simple, affordable items are so necessary and worth getting, ESPECIALLY if you're planning on attending school in the New England area! Sorry to the HATERS of the COLD (myself included), it gets rainy and cold up there!

1. Comfy, warm winter coat — I AM GIA Pixie jacket

This jacket is such a cute go-to when the cooler weather starts coming through New England. It's thick, fuzzy material will 100% keep you toasty and warm all winter long!

I just got it in red and it's my absolute new favorite jacket:)

2. Quality rain boots — HUNTER boots

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These boots are so PERFECT for all the rainy weather the New England area gets especially during the fall, winter, and spring. It rains like crazy in Rhode Island so every time it rains I thank my mother (in my head) for getting me these babies (PLUS the blue is such a cute color for URI because our colors are blue)!

3. Woolly Threada pullover

IF YOU DON'T HAVE A WOOLLY THREADS... what are you waiting for?! You NEED one of these. They're like beach towel material that keeps you incredibly cozy and warm. That's all I gotta say...go get one NOW!

4. Real good snow boots — Adirondack ll Ugg boots

If you are planning on going to school in the New England area, lemme tell ya... you will 100% NEED snow boots!

It snows and snows and snows some more, until the point campus is closed. BUT the dining halls will sure as hell be open and you have to haul your ass there for some food! That's where snow boots come into play!

These snow boots have never failed to keep my feet warm, comfortable, and dry. They are so worth the $$.

5. Blue jeans and black jeans

These jeans have to be my #1 go-tos! Whether I'm wearing them to class or out to a party they match with pretty much any top paired with a cute bootie or platform sneaker!

The brand Just Black Denim is amazing and I only wear their jeans because I'm curvy and the material is stretchy and really good quality. The slit in the knee is a super cute touch too!

6. Booties (for parties!) — Steve Madden FERRIS

HELLOOOOOOO, LADIES!! I just got these booties ON SALE and they are FIRE.

These are going to be my go-to booties this fall/winter at school in Rhode Island! They are so trendy and will go with pretty much anything.

PSA: If I had to choose one brand of shoes to wear the rest of my life it would definitely be Steve Madden.

7. Cute winter hat — Love Your Melon

This hat is perfect for the colder weather and will for sure keep your head nice and warm, while adding a trendy element to your outfit!

8. Casual trendy sneakers — Vans

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Now, these are so dope. They are gonna be the next pair of shoes I need to buy myself because look at them... they're amazing.

A lot of walking across/around campus is definitely being done every day at school and Vans are trendy, comfortable, and reasonably priced! WIN WIN WIN!

9. DENIM JACKET! — ASOS

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Denim Jackets are probably the biggest must-have. It is such a staple item that I literally throw on over anything, in any season. SO MANY OPTIONS TOO! Oversized, distressed, cropped, black, red, blue, light wash etc. THE LIST GOES ON N' ON.

10. A few simple skirts — Brandy Melville

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Gingham is SOO in right now. Skirts are staple items that you can throw a cool vintage T-shirt on with and a pair of sneakers or Doc Martins!

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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 you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, 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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New York Fashion Week Shows Strong Diversity

Representation matters because it brings strong messages of love.

Amy Le
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The 2018 Fall New York Fashion Week now holds the highest record for having the most models of color, and it was so freaking amazing to see.

One of the biggest social issue in the U.S is the lack of representation in mainstream media. Until recent years, many people of color rarely saw models they felt related to when opening a fashion magazine or watching a beauty commercial. Even now, the number of diverse models is significantly lower compared to white models.

According to thefashionspot, the Fall 2018 NYFW had 37.3 percent models of color and 62.7 percent white models. This is a slight increase from 2017, which had 31.5 percent nonwhite models and 68.5 percent white models. All of the shows had at least one model of color, which is sad considering every runway averages about 20-30 models with longer shows having a much larger model capacity. But every progress, big or small, is better than no progress at all. And if you take a look at the 2013 NYFW, there were no models of color, which makes the subsequent years look so much more successful in comparison.

The increase in diverse models is definitely a breath of fresh air. This year's Fall shows saw designer Claudia Li cast all Asian models for her first New York fashion runway and clothing brand Telfar Global with an all-black cast in nostalgic 70s streetwear.

Representation in mainstream media is still lacking in many areas. Models of color still only represent about one-third of all models in the NYFW, which is the highest record. Models of color represent even less than that in mainstream media like magazines and ads. And the LGBT and people with disability communities are represented in an even smaller fraction. So although this year saw a positive spike for fashion runways, there is still a long way to go in creating a more inclusive space for everyone.

Representation and inclusivity are so important in creating safe spaces and making people feel like they belong. It matters to have young kids and adults feel positivity when they see models of color, LGBT, and people with disability being portrayed as beautiful and strong. And when there is strong representation for everyone, it helps break the outdated, negative stigma that has been unfairly associated with these communities.

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