10 Items To Add To Your Fall Wardrobe ASAP

10 Items To Add To Your Fall Wardrobe ASAP

Everyday essentials every girl needs for fall.
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I've tackled the necessities of summer and winter wardrobes, but fall is simply the best when it comes to fashion.

1. Shirt dress.

Whether you prefer a T-shirt dress, a button-up on the fancier side, or a cozy long sleeve dress, shirt dresses are the best for fall because they are adaptable to the cool-in-the-mornings, warm-in-the-afternoons New England weather. Pair with tall boots, with or without leggings, and add a fun scarf to pull the look together, or a belt for a more professional vibe. Shop Target's collection of shirt dresses.

2. Cozy cardigans.

Can you even consider your wardrobe fall-ready if it lacks at least one super cozy cardigan sweater? I think not. Whether you prefer heavy, cable knit sweaters to keep you warm, or lighter, fashion sweaters to leave unbuttoned (if I button it, no one can see my cute outfit!), they are perfect to throw on on your way out the door. I buy all my favorite sweaters from Charlotte Russe.

3. Black leggings.

Leggings go with everything, especially in fall. Toss on a pair of leggings, and an oversized sweater, flannel, or long sleeve blouse, and you're good to go! They are comfortable, versatile, and SO easy. I stock up at Old Navy and Forever 21.

4. Flannels.

Is it even fall if you're not wearing a flannel at least once a week? You can find cute flannels to wear in both the men's and women's sections of stores like American Eagle.

5. Combat boots.

Combat boots by American Rag are my go-to shoe from October to the first snowfall. They are comfortable, cute, and oh-so-fall.

6. Knee-high boots.

Fall is all about the shoes, OK? Invest in a pair of knee-high, or at least tall up the leg, boots. They are a sexy addition to any classic fall outfit, and will definitely turn heads. Shop Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW) or Nordstrom / Nordstrom Rack.

7. Suede skirt.

I love button up suede skirts, especially when paired with tall boots. Find all the cutest skirts at Urban Outfitters or Forever 21.

8. Jean jacket.

I am a firm believer in the jean jacket. They've been around for centuries, and if you can pull it off, go for it, girl! Just don't do so with blue denim jeans at the same time, please. Shop Rue21 or The Gap.

9. Sleeveless vest.

Hear me out on this one. I understand that vests are pointless and very preppy. But I adore them for fall fashion because they'll pull pretty much any outfit together. Don't knock it until you try it. Shop Kohl's or Target.

10. Scarves.

But you all knew this one already. My philosophy with scarves is the uglier it looks off, the cuter you can make it look on. Scarf wisely! Shop Target or Express.

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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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Melting Pot Or Salad Bowl

Everyone knows the common phrase that America is a melting pot, well recently there has been a shift in trend and people are replacing the world melting pot with salad bowl or mosaic. I have decided to look at this on a smaller scale: a college campus. Colleges in my opinion are not a salad bowl, but in fact are a melting pot.

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Picture a melting pot. You add the white chocolate and you add the dark chocolate, what do you get? You get a mixture of the two things coming together to become one. Now think of a salad bowl. You have the tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers and everything else. Sure a campus is a mix of people all with their own personalities and styles coming together but think about your campus for a minute. There are the sports players, the artists, the busy students, and the rest. Now look deeper, all the sports players are wearing their shirts and carrying their backpacks both marked with their team. Then you have everyone else. For the majority everyone is wearing clothes along the same style line. While everyone may have their own flair there is still a general standard. We all look the same, talk the same and dress the same. Conformity. Schools are many many people coming together with the vast majority all conforming to the accepted norm.

I think back to my first year at school and how all my friends call me a redneck. I love wearing my flannels and my cameo, but unless I tie up my flannel then chances are I'm not wearing it around campus. (Thankfully they are coming into style though) The majority of girls at my school you will mostly see leggings with a slightly baggy sweater or sweatshirt. While I would love to go to class in my sweatpants and a cozy shirt, that's just not the culture here and we all know the looks girls would give. Without even realizing it girls all dress like one another and reinforce an unspoken sense of conformity. Focusing on guys now you really only see two or three looks. It's either the full sports team ensemble, joggers or khaki colored pants. Although there is nothing wrong with this, it just shows how we expect everyone to accept the way things are here and just go along with it because it's those who go against the norms that are judged.

There is nothing wrong with being a melting pot, I mean let's be honest who wouldn't pick chocolate fondue over a salad, but in some cases maybe a salad is better. Taste each bite for what it is with each individual flavor coming together to form a delectable bite.

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