How To Enjoy Fall Without Being Basic

How To Enjoy Fall Without Being Basic

The Basic Fall Girl won't stop talking about fall, so here's how to enjoy it just like she does!
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Autumn is finally here after a long, hot, sweaty summer, and we fall-lovers couldn't be more grateful. But, with the return of fall also comes the return of the Basic Fall Girl, the BFG. You'll know who she is immediately because she is, "like, literally in love with fall." With her pumpkin spice latte and her desire to go to pumpkin patches, she's almost impossible to avoid.

Instead of trying to avoid the BFG, learn how to enjoy her favorite fall things, without becoming basic yourself. If you can't beat them, join them, just don't Instagram the whole thing. Here are seven ways to enjoy fall, like the BFG does.

1. Pumpkin Spice everything.

Pumpkins are the typical fall vegetable and most associated with the season, so companies have managed to turn pumpkin spice into any item you want. There's pumpkin spice cookies, donuts, candles, lattes, cakes, ice creams, and even condoms.

We have to give credit for those that indulge in pumpkin spice everything because, after a while, it can get a bit nauseating. The BFG was the first one in line when Starbucks started selling the Pumpkin Spice Latte for the season, and she will remind you every time she gets one that she's having one.

2. Cozy Fall looks.

Autumn fashion is truly the best fashion. The BFG will tell you how much she loves fall because she can wear a big comfy sweater with leggings and boots, and it's "just so cute and cozy, right?" We're going to side with her on this one.

There's something wonderful about a nice cozy, warm sweater during a chilly fall day. It's the best time of year to wear those warm earth tones and get all bundled up. Be on the lookout for the endless #OOTD posts on Instagram of the BFG and her favorite fall fashion looks.

3. Pumpkin patches.

As cute and cool as pumpkin patches may seem, they're really not all that. In reality, it's a mini marketplace for people to pick out a pumpkin either for pie making or carving. Somehow, every BFG has found a pumpkin patch and deemed it "totally Instagram-worthy."

If you decide to stop by and grab yourself a pumpkin, you can bet there's a group of BFGshaving a photoshoot among the pumpkins. If you decide to go to the pumpkin patch, get ready to awkwardly shuffle around the photoshoot to grab a pumpkin that's been sat on. But, make sure to take pics of any dogs you might find having their own photoshoot in the pumpkin patch! That's a must!

4. Bonfires.

Some people only experience bonfires around this time of year, which is quite sad. The BFG will post numerous Snapchats of her at a bonfire with friends, with the obvious "Bonfire!" caption. Bonfires may be more enjoyable around this time because of the weather, but don't let that fool you- they can be enjoyed any time of year.

Put on a thick jacket and drop the tailgate for a nice night under the stars with friends. Just don't let people know it's your first time at a bonfire.

5. Flannels.

What used to be a cute, edgy clothing piece is now the BFG's go-to statement piece. Flannels are supposed to provide warmth while working at a lumber mill (shout out to all the Lumber Jacks who started this trend), but the BFG tries to incorporate flannel into every outfit.

She'll most likely be wearing it around her waist. If you choose to wear a flannel, pair it up with a denim jacket or some tan leather. Don't be basic.

6. "Friendsgiving."

Ah, another one of the BFG's favorite fall festivity. The Friendsgiving is an excuse to get all your friends together to eat poorly made turkey and green bean casserole (because let's face it, Jennifer cannot cook at all) and Instagram it for the less fortunate people that only have time and money for one Thanksgiving.

If Friendsgiving is your time to spend with true friends, and truly enjoy each other's company, then put a little extra effort into the occasion. Buy the decorative paper plates and light way too many candles. Show your friends how thankful you are for their company.

7. Watch classic Halloween movies.


Alright, this might just be everyone's favorite fall activity. The BFG won't stop tweeting about how badly she wants to lay in bed with someone, wearing fuzzy socks and drinking a PSL, watching scary movies all day. Don't succumb to that. You don't have to be basic to enjoy this, as long as you don't tweet, Instagram, or Snapchat the whole occasion. If you're going to watch Halloween movies, grab a few friends or your significant other, and pick the comfiest spot on the couch for an afternoon full of classics. It isn't a significant event, so it doesn't need to be documented.

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The Ultimate College Packing List: Closet

The transition from a walk-in closet to a non-existent dorm closet is a hard one ... My tips and tricks for making the transition smoother!
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Packing for college is a daunting task, and there's a lot of stuff you need to bring.

A fellow Odyssey writer, Taylor Paluczak, recently wrote an article talking about all the things you need to bring for college. If you haven't read it yet and are an incoming freshman, check it out!

There is one huge area of importance that she left out, however: the closet.

Growing up, I was used to having a walk-in closet that was roomy enough to hang all of my clothes, plus an enormous dresser in my room for foldable items.

I knew my closet at college would be way smaller than what I was used to, but I didn't think it would be that bad. So, when packing for college, I packed with a no-piece-of-clothing-left-behind mindset.

Bad idea.

When I arrived at my dorm in the fall, fitting all of my clothing into my closet was a struggle, to say the least. After both my closet, dresser, and the nightstand were filled to the brim with clothing, I was still left with extra pieces that didn't have a home in my tiny shoebox of a room.

This year, I plan on bringing way less stuff. As an incoming freshman, excitement takes over and your head fills with possibilities. Suddenly, you are convinced that of course you have to bring every dress you own - you never know when you'll need it! And that sweater you haven't worn in 4 months? Maybe you'll want it! And, yes, you'll need every one of your old Halloween costumes, just in case.

Trust me - I learned the hard way. Don't bring everything you own with you to college. Here's my list of what I used and what I didn't. Hopefully this makes it easier for you when deciding what to bring with you and what to leave behind.

First things first: Get a double-hanging closet organizer. This baby instantly doubles your closet space, allowing for double the clothes! Because let's be honest -- no matter how hard you try, you're still going to overpack. Also, I would recommend getting thin, non-slip hangers. They take up less space than traditional hangers, and your clothes will never fall off.

Here's my list:

Clothes

  • Lots of underwear and socks
  • Clothes for sleeping/lounging
    • Pajamas
    • Leggings
    • Comfortable t-shirts/sweaters
    • Sweatshirt
  • Workout clothing
    • Running shorts
    • Tank tops
    • Cropped leggings
    • Sports bras
  • Going out clothes
    • Rompers
    • Dresses
    • Printed pants/shorts
    • Skirts
    • Crop tops
    • Tank tops
    • Fun blouses
  • Jeans (only a few pairs)
  • Shorts (only a few pairs)
  • T-shirts/tank tops
  • Casual tops/blouses for class
  • Sweaters
  • Casual dresses
  • Formal dress
  • Rain jacket
  • Vests
  • Coat/jacket for colder weather

Shoes

  • Running shoes
  • Shower shoes!
  • Wedges
  • Sandals
  • Flip flops
  • Converse
  • Riding boots
  • Booties
  • 1 Pair of Heels
    • With wedges as an option, you won't wear heels as much as you would think. Bring one versatile pair that can be used for formal occasions.
  • Rainboots
  • Winter boots
  • Slippers

Accessories

  • Statement necklaces
  • Pendant necklaces
  • Earrings
  • Bracelets and bangles
  • Watch
  • Wallet
  • Cross-body bag
  • Tote bag
  • Backpack
  • Makeup bag
  • Duffel bag for travel
  • Belts
  • Tights
  • Baseball cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Hats/gloves/scarves

You Won't Need: High School T-shirts

Leave behind the high school T-shirts. Honestly. If you plan on joining a sorority, you'll be given more T-shirts than you know what to do with, and the ones you brought from home will sit collecting dust. One or two for sleeping is fine, but any more than that is excessive.

You Will Need: Casual Clothes for Class

Stock up on Nike shorts, leggings, workout tops, and sports bras. Not only can you wear these things to class when you're feeling particularly lazy (hello 8:30 a.m. classes!), but they will come in handy when you go to the rec center to workout. If you're feeling a little more ambitious, jeans/leggings paired with a sweater/flannel or a casual sundress and sandals are perfect options for class.

You Won't Need: "In-Between" Clothes

You know the clothes I'm talking about: they aren't fancy, but they aren't super casual either. You would wear these out to a nice dinner with your family or to church on Sunday. Trust me, there are practically zero occasions that you would need these type of clothes in college. Perhaps it's a good idea to bring along an outfit or two that would be appropriate for an interview or presentation, but other than that, leave them at home!

You Will Need: Going Out Clothes

You'll be going to parties in college, so going out clothes are a must. Going out clothes are different than your nicest Lilly Pulitzer dresses. Think: fun rompers, printed shorts, and cool tank tops. I recommend checking out Forever 21 or Tobi for affordable but fun pieces, because it's likely that these pieces will get spilled on and borrowed by all of your friends. Don't stress if you don't have hundreds of different outfits, either; I guarantee that there will be girls on your hall or in your sorority with closets that you can raid.

You Won't Need: Off-Season Clothes

When you get to school in August, there is no reason you need your winter jacket or cute fall sweaters, no matter how excited you are about your Nordstrom sale purchases. Leave them in a box at home, and your parents can send them to you whenever necessary. Otherwise, you should be able to survive until fall/Thanksgiving break.

You Will Need: Accessories

Statement necklaces, bold earrings, long pendants, fun studs, chunky bangles and big watches - bring them all! Jewelry storage is easy, plus displaying your jewelry acts as a part of your dorm decor. Accessories are perfect for spicing up your outfits and transforming them into a completely different look. This way, instead of buying a new dress, just add a new necklace to your favorite old dress and voilà! A totally new outfit.

You Won't Need: Every Halloween Costume You Own

Halloween is one weekend in the year. Yes, you'll need 2-4 costumes for themed parties, but you will not need your entire costume collection from your childhood. Costumes tend to be bulky, so why have them take up valuable space in your teeny-tiny dorm room? This is a perfect example of something to have your parents ship to you. Before you head off to school in August, pack up some costumes in a box and have your parents mail you it mid-October. Once the holiday weekend is over, bring your costumes back home with you over Thanksgiving break!

You Will Need: Weather-Appropriate Clothing

Depending on your college's location, this could mean rainboots, a winter parka, or a bikini. Be smart. You have to walk to class no matter the weather, so if you're going to school in southern California, chances are you won't need every sweater you own and your heavy-duty winter boots.

Remember, if you don't wear it at home, you're not going to wear it at school. If you're debating whether or not to bring a piece and it's not something you absolutely love, leave it at home! You can always pack up a box of "maybes" and have your parents send it to you if you decide you need its contents.

Getting ready for college is hard enough without the added stress of figuring out what to pack. Hopefully this list makes it a little bit easier. Good luck and happy packing!

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7 Stressful Things About Summer Break

Even though I love summer, there are a few things about the sunny season that really bother me.

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For most people, summer is the best time of year, and I am definitely one of those people. However, even though I love summer, there are a few things about the sunny season that really bother me. Here are some of the reasons why summer is stressful.

1. Air Conditioning

When it's hot out, this may seem like a good thing, except for the fact that public places fail to realize that when they blast their air conditioners in the middle of July, it kind of feels like you're trapped in the frozen tundra.

2. Sunburns

Seemingly unavoidable, yet almost always happening, even with a cover-up and huge hat.

3. Bugs

Bugs are EVERYWHERE. Not only are they super annoying, but if you're one of those people who's terrified of all things bugs and anything that looks like a bug, this is a total nightmare.

4. The Heat

Going back to number one, a little bit of warm weather doesn't hurt anyone. However, when it's too hot, most of the time you just feel sluggish and miserable.

5. Gross Swimming Pools

The level of gross-ness is almost indescribable. Wet floors, hair everywhere... let's just say it is not pretty.

6. Allergies

More of a spring struggle, but since some summers start in May, I thought I'd shed some light on something many people absolutely HATE. Anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies knows what I'm talking about. That miserable time of year when you're constantly feeling sick is never fun.

7. Occasional Boredom

Hopefully, this doesn't happen too often, but everyone has that feeling of having nothing to do at some point.

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