4 Steps To A Formal Under 40 Dollars

4 Steps To A Formal Under 40 Dollars

Who says you can't look good for formal and afford basic necessities for the rest of the semester?


Horror movies need to forget demons and ghosts and start focusing on the actually scary stuff: college student's bank accounts at the end of second semester. If that dwindling number doesn't keep you up in cold sweats all night, then you're fearless. It becomes a particularly difficult situation when formals are at the end of second semester, as students can hardly splurge on a $10 trip to Chipotle, nevermind a blowout, spray tan, dress, and nail appointment. But obviously, there is no need to spend over $100, or even over $50 on formal. Here are some tips and tricks so you can slay the night without consequently slaying the last $0.08 in your bank account too.

1. Shop your friends closets 

First of all, if you're tight on cash there is no need to buy a new dress for formal, even if your sick of your personal wardrobe. Borrowing a friends dress, shoes, or jewelry is a great way to feel new, exciting, and confident without spending a cent (as long as you stay far away from the neon colored Jungle Juice at the post party).

Cost: Free! (Total Formal Budget So Far: $0.00)

2. Buy your own nail polish 

You can't deny that the epitome of "put together" is when someone's nails match their outfit. Thus, getting your nails done to match your dress is a tempting splurge. Instead, try buying a nail polish color that matches your dress for cheap and then do them yourself or have a friend do them. Yes, you skip out on the hand massage and essential oils, but you also skip out on the hefty price tag that comes along with it.

Cost: Around $10 (Total Formal Budget So Far: $10.00)

3. Recruit your friends for hair

After annoying your friends by shopping their closet for hours, another way to keep them irritated is by then asking them to do your hair. In all seriousness, we all have a friend who is at least semi-decent at a curl or wave look, who won't mind helping you out. Although having your friends (or yourself) do your hair might not make it look red carpet ready, I bet you won't be able to tell much of a difference from girls who actually got blowouts (and you'll save a coin or two).

Cost: Free! (Total Formal Budget So Far: $10.00)

4. Get a Glow Boss spray tan

Getting your skin perfectly glowy and sunkissed definitely feels like an essential, but this can often be one of the most expensive parts of formal. One service that will save your wallet's quickly fading life is called Glow Boss, which is essentially the Uber of spray tans. The best part about it, though, is that groups of 3 or more get perfectly glowy tans for only $30. So if you grab three of your friends who also are broke to glow up with you, then you're budget is golden (or maybe bronzed). Check to see if your school or city has this service here: https://www.glowboss.co/find-a-glow-boss-near-you (PS- Villanova has the best glow bosses around).

Cost: $30 (Total Formal Budget So Far: $40.00)

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.


To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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Young Adults Aren't Lazy, They Actually Suffer From Being Burnt Out

I promise this isn't an excuse for "laziness"


If you're like me, or like any other student that attends a competitive and rigorous university, you know leisure time doesn't exist. I just finished my first year of college and am interning two places, and have two other part-time jobs for the summer. I average about 50-60 hours of work a week, this excludes the extra functions I am obligated to attend for my internships such as fundraisers and rallies. I also manage to workout four to five times a week and maintain a pretty active social life. So how do I balance all these components of my life? I don't.

Well at least not effectively. Did anyone notice I don't mention sleeping or participating in leisure activities because I don't. My existence is wrapped around my future career and any time left I focus on other aspects like friendships/relationships or trying to get ahead, by the time I have free time to do anything I just want to collapse and sleep for hours on end, knowing my alarm is gonna go off in five hours. Do I think I suffer from being burnt out? Yes. But what exactly is burnout? Burnout is when a person is mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted due to excessive and long running stress, which can ultimately lead to hopelessness, feeling nothing you achieve matters and can physically deteriorate one's body. People tend to find simple chores or tasks unimaginably hard, such as going to the post office or grocery shopping because they are just so exhausted from their more important responsibilities. Many older generations find this to be laziness, but in actuality, it is the opposite. This generation is so hellbent on being successful we overwork, overbook, and over criticize ourselves to the point where we can't properly function.

Is there a solution?

Honestly, I think we as Gen Z'ers and millennials are products of our environment, and society needs to change in order for us to change our habits. From comparing ourselves on social media to pushing ourselves academically we never truly get a break from trying to be the "best" version of ourselves. Personally, I am going to take a break from social media that I feel is only toxic to my life. I deleted my finsta, which just became a place to rant, deleted most of my twitter content because it depicted me as someone I'm not, and I am ending snap streaks because they are actually the dumbest thing I've ever encountered. Everyone is different but I challenge you to find out what is weighing you down in ways you never realized and may be contributing to your burnout.


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