How To Have The Perfect #Basic Fall Day

How To Have The Perfect #Basic Fall Day

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People come from all over to experience fall in Vermont. Fall in Vermont is the accumulation of everything that is great about this state before the subzero temperatures and snow comes in. Fall is also the preferred season of basic girls everywhere...flannels and pearls for days. There are many ways to have a great fall day, but to truly have the most perfect #basic fall day in Vermont, you should check out these ten steps.

1. Pick out an outfit that is suitable for a range of temperatures. Jeans with a puffy vest layered over a flannel with Bean Boots scream, "I am basic and I love fall!”

2. Gather your #squad and take a stroll to the nearest Starbucks. You must get your Pumpkin Spice Latte before we can really begin a perfect #basic fall day.

3. The #PSL is an important part of a #basic diet, but so is #brunch! Athens Diner in Colchester serves breakfast all day and is so yummy.

4. After caffeinating and brunching, it is time to begin the real adventure—heading to your local orchard to pick some apples! Chapin Orchard in Essex, Vermont, is surrounded by mountains and pretty foliage—so picturesque, so Instagrammable!

5. It is very important that the apple picking is well documented, so break out the camera and start snapping. Make sure the “candids” don’t look too posed!

6. Make sure the apple picking/apple eating/cider-donut eating/apple-cider drinking makes your Snapchat story at least 60 seconds long. You need to make sure that everyone is well aware you went to an apple orchard!

7. On your way back from the orchard, pull over on the dirt road and peep at the leaves. It is fall in Vermont, and the leaves are so many different colors and "oh my gosh! should I Insta this or nah?"

8. To round out the afternoon, head to the Burlington waterfront to enjoy what is sure to be a spectacular sunset. Also a good time for more photo-ops!

9. Head up to Ben & Jerry’s on Church Street because ice cream is so important, especially in a waffle cone when you can take an artsy cone pic in front of the colored lights.

10. Last but not least, it is time to update the Facebook albums and pick out the perfect Instagram picture to forever memorialize the perfect #basic fall day.

Cover Image Credit: Nicole Butler

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

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3 Summer Resolutions You Should Make Today

Who says you can only make resolutions in the new year?

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If you're like me, you may like making resolutions. It doesn't even have to be during the New Year's time; I just like making goals for myself. I do this during the new semester and during breaks too. So, I decided to compile a list of summer resolutions that I'd like to do and that you should have too. You don't have to do these to have a great summer, but these things will definitely make your summer more exciting. Besides, if you don't really know what you'll want to do this summer, these tips can help give you ideas. I made sure to keep them general so you could have some wiggle room with what you'd like to do.

So, without further ado, here are 3 resolutions you should make this summer:

1. Go somewhere new.

This is a pretty simple resolution, and you can play around with this idea. Summer is a great time to try new things and go to new places, so why not? You could go to a new restaurant you've never been to before or you could even go to a beach that you've never visited. You can go somewhere that you've always wanted to go or go to a place you just heard about. It's up to you; just go on your own little adventure! Personally, I'll be going to a beach that I haven't visited since I was really young, so it'll definitely feel like a new place to me!

2. Work on a project.

I love working on summer projects. It could be some sort of fitness challenge or craft, but projects are always great if you're stuck at home one day with nothing in mind to do. I worked on a big craft last summer that I'd like to finish this summer. I also have a fitness challenge later this summer. You could do whatever project you'd like; just have fun with it!

3. Volunteer.

I know that summer is supposed to be all fun and games, but, if you have some extra time, why not use it to help others? You could volunteer at an animal shelter or soup kitchen. I'm volunteering at a local library. It can be wherever you feel led to be, but helping people is a great way to spend your summer. Maybe you'll find an opportunity that you really like and would want to continue working with?

I hope these gave you some ideas for what you'd like to do this summer. Even though we all love summer break to get out of school, it can be a bit dull sometimes. Still, summer is a great opportunity to go out and try something you didn't have time to do during the school year. I encourage you to go out and make the most of your summer.

Good luck!

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