Before school started, my cousins and I wanted to plan a trip that we would always remember and decided to go to Dubai. Dubai was definitely much hotter than Atlanta but the trip consisted of breathtaking scenery and a whole lot of fun. We were all sad when the trip came to an end but the pictures remind us of all the amazing memories we made.
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Essential pieces for Fall 2022 sweater season.
With fall 2022 already around the corner, it's time to bring out the flannels, thermals, button-ups, and sweaters that have remained untouched for almost a year. Fall is all about individuality and authenticity, so style these clothing items in whichever way you please.
That being said, I also included a few styling tips for each item to help you get some inspiration and create a mental lookbook. The following fifteen sweaters range from neutral, color block, stripes, cable knit, cashmere, cardigans, and more.
Furstenberg's lightweight ivory cable knit cardigan can be layered over dresses and skirts or worn solo with jeans and ankle boots. It fits snug on the upper arm, flares out at the lower arm, and wraps perfectly around the wrist.
Aritzia's ethereal crème knit sweater with dainty daisy embroidery is a versatile piece for fall 2020. With its scoop neckline. it can be paired with tennis skirts, plaid skirts, wrap skirts, and skorts.
The soft pastel color scheme of this cable knit sweater goes well with olive, tan, or crème bottoms. Bubble sleeves add an adorable and youthful touch that makes this sweater different from other striped sweaters.
Beginning Boutique's Crème Tie Front Top is the most versatile piece on this listicle. It can be layered over crop tops, tube tops, bralettes, or even worn alone. Different lengths of chokers and necklaces can complement the low neckline of this top. For a y2k look, pair the top with low waisted jeans or a color block cargo skirt.
Pacsun's fuzzy pink cardigan button-up is essential for fall 2020's sweater season. It's not your typical neutral-colored cable knit sweater.
It has a slightly cropped fit when worn with low rise jeans, but fits to the waistline of high-rise or medium-rise jeans. As seen in the picture above, it can be paired with distressed mom jeans, Nike Air forces, and a giant shoulder bag.
525america's lime green sweater is a must-have piece for this fall. It can be worn off the shoulder with a lace bralette tucked into mom jeans with a statement belt. The vertical knit pattern with the fraying neckline gives this piece a rustic look.
Although color-block makes frequent entrances and exists in fashion, color-block sweaters are always a classic. Vicidoll's brown, black, and crème sweater arranges colors in an eye-catching way, with one sleeve being brown and the other white, and a split midsection with one half being brown and the other one white.
Beginning Boutique's beige cable knit sweater is the epitome of fall fashion. The contrasting direction of the neckline, body, and sleeves pattern add to the intricacy of the sweater. Dress it down by pairing it with jeans and a shoulder bag, or dress it up by wearing it over a dress or tennis skirt.
Brandy Melville's white knit cable athelia is a twist on the sought after button up athelia top from Brandy. The sweater looks best paired with a plaid cara skirt and shoulder bag, as seen in the picture above, but it can also be dressed down with a pair of jeans and sneakers.
Brandy Melville's bubble gum button up sweater is a bold eye-catching clothing item this season. It looks best paired with light wash high-waisted jeans and a black faux leather shoulder bag. You can also dress this item up with a white or baby pink skirt or skort and a crop top with only a few buttons of the sweater done.
Lost and Wander's maroon chunky cable knit sweater can be worn with any style. For a cottage core look, layer it over a midi floral skirt or dress. For a casual look, pair it with distressed skinny or mom jeans, and of course a statement belt.
Zaful's black, blue, and white plaid cardigan can be incorporated into countless outfits. As shown in the picture above, it can be worn over a collared button up shirt with a white tennis skirt and an animal print shoulder bag. If you want to spice things up, wear it over a solid colored bandeau or crop top with layered jewelry and a maxi skirt.
Brandy Melville's gray athelia top is an absolute must-have in your fall closet. I have the black version of this top, and I love to wear it with plaid skirts. What I appreciate the most about this top is that it can be worn as a V-neck (first two buttons undone) or it can be worn as a scoop neck (all buttons done).
Pacsun's fitted lavender V-neck sweater has adorable scrunched sleeves with a ruffled hem. Lavender would go well with light-wash, acid-wash, or black distressed jeans and white sneakers or ankle boots. The neckline would be complemented with layered jewelry (choker and different chain lengths).
Brandy Melville's cropped Paige top is one of my personal favorites, and it remains a staple in my closet even a year after purchasing it. When I say this item can be paired with absolutely anything, I mean it. Sweatpants, mom jeans, cargo pants, skirts, dresses, skorts, and even leggings can be worn with this top.
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How to get through the best Hump Day get together.
What would Wine Wednesdays be without wine? Grab a bottle of red and a bottle of white so that you have some variety. If you feel like splurging, get a bottle of Rosé too.
A DIY craft: One you and your friends can do on your Wine Wednesday is making your own wine glass ID tags. Below are some examples:
(PLEASE do not drink and craft)
Cheese and Meats are a MUST: You can have a pot-luck where everyone brings cheeses, meats and crackers OR you can make a dish of meat and cheese to share with your friends.
Pick out a movie: You have your wine, food and friends. Gather around your television/laptop and pick out a few movies to watch together.
Pick out some music: If you don't want to watch a movie, pick out some songs and dance with your friends to the rhythm of wine.
(Lady Gaga wine costume is optional...)
Just remember that the night is about friends, making memories and enjoying your Wine Wednesday.
Every day of the week is unique, to say the least. Although they don't have to get up for work or go to class on a Monday, dogs truly relate to the struggle we face every day. Here are the days of the week as told by the cutest pups around:
The worst day of them all. Trying to get out of bed is actually the biggest struggle. How many more days until the weekend again?
Okay, getting out of bed on Monday is very hard, but you know what's harder? Staying awake in class on a Tuesday. The weekend is really hitting you now.
HUMP DAY!! So close, yet so far. We all need some serious assistance getting through this day.
Thirsty Thursday, the ultimate tease for the weekend. At this point, it's hard to contain one's excitement.
An accurate representation of everyone submitting their work so that they're free of responsibilities and can start pre-gaming.
Friday was pretty cool, but Saturday night is sure to be better. A full day to yourself without any classes. Where's the party?
Sunday, the day where it is a competition to see who can accomplish the least amount of work. This dog completely understands. No matter how hard someone tries, they will NOT get up. Wake me up when the week is over.
The hump day of your college years.
I remember freshman year like it was just yesterday. I remember frantically walking to my first class with my highlighted map of campus in hand trying to get there early to get a front row seat. I remember learning that college exams are very different from high school ones. Studying the night before an exam just doesn’t cut it like it used to. Through the good, bad and the ugly of my freshman year, I knew everything was going to be OK because I was only a freshman. I didn’t know any better! It was only going to get easier right?
“I’m Not a Freshman Therefore the Freshman 15 Doesn’t Exist”
Also wrong. Just because you are not longer a freshman, unfortunately doesn’t make you immune to packing on the lbs your second year at school. Some people are so psyched that they didn’t gain the obligatory 15 pounds freshman year that they just assume they’re in the clear for the rest of their time at college. Sophomore year might even be an even more difficult to keep your health in check. If you now live in an apartment with your own kitchen you might have to pay for your own groceries and skip the meal plan. This could be either a blessing or a curse when it comes to eating healthy depending on how much time/money you’re willing to spend. Cooking healthy meals takes a lot of time and it is expensive! Meanwhile fast food is dirt cheap and very quick. So don’t be fooled by the catchy saying, you can most definitely still gain weight even if you have been spared the “freshman 15”.
The Apartment Life
For many, sophomore year means ditching the dorms and becoming a real human and live in a real life apartment. Whether it be on campus or not the transition from a dorm to an apartment is a big one and takes some getting used to. You no longer have paid staff to clean your bathroom, you have to cook for yourself, and all while being a college student! The apartment experience really does depend on the types of roommates you have. Luckily I get along with mine (right now) but you will inevitably get annoyed with your roomies sooner or later. Your roommates are going to forget to buy toilet paper, or not put another bag in the garbage after taking it out, or not take the garbage out at all. It will drive you crazy. You will survive. What I miss most about living in a dorm was that I was basically living with my ten best friends my freshman year. Now my closest friend is about a seven-minute walk from my apartment. Not ideal.
“Put That Beer Pong Down”
During the first few weeks of my sophomore year I have come to the realization that frat parties aren’t as magical as they were when I was a freshman. I remember my first frat party * sighs nostalgically *. It was all so cool and foreign. Plus I no longer had a curfew so needless to say I was excited to be going out as a college student for the first time. I was star struck. There was cool music, there were cool guys and free beer (even if it was luke-warm natty light). My first semester of college I learned the hard way that going out three days a week does in fact take a toll on you (and your GPA). Although I was having a great time, I found that with every frat party I went to throughout my freshman year the magic of them was slowly wearing off. At the end of my first year I couldn’t help but think to myself “I am too old for this.” Don’t get me wrong you will probably find me at your local frat party this weekend, but I do miss the magic.
“Help Me, I’m Poor”
Being broke is basically a rite of passage as a college student. The four years you spend as an undergraduate student is probably the only time in your life it will be socially acceptable to be dirt poor. Everyone knows the struggle and no one will judge you for eating Ramen for every meal for a week straight. Something I noticed is that my parents were much more eager to give me money during my freshman year than they are my sophomore year. My phone calls home last year were a lot different than they are now. Last year, my mother would answer the phone enthusiastically, so happy that her loving daughter decided to phone home. If I even hinted that I was pressed on cash, she would send me money in a hot second. After a year of that, my mom isn’t so enthused about shelling out money to me. When you’re a freshman, your parents miss you and are happy that you still need them. But after a year, they’re used to having you away from home and are getting tired of giving away money. This is why you have to make the most of your freshman give outs and try to save up for when you’ll really be needing it.
Being a sophomore is awesome because this isn’t your first rodeo, you know what to expect but you don’t have to be worrying about your resume or internships just yet. Being a sophomore is difficult because you know what to expect therefore more is expected from you. Classes get harder and being a freshman isn’t a viable excuse anymore. My advice: make the most of it! You’re almost half way through the best four years of your life. Don’t waste it!
Why August is the longest month and the transition to fall is warmly welcomed.
August was a long month. This year, it was probably my longest month. It felt never ending. The end of the month felt so far away.
I’m not the kind of person to wish away time. I am someone who strives to savor seconds, minutes, days. But I simply couldn’t wait for August to end.
The single month of August was filled with more life changes than I’ve been through in my entire life. I lived in my house for only nine days in August. On the night of August the 8th, I told each one of my closest childhood friends goodbye. On the morning of the 9th, I told my home, my street, and my little sleepy town goodbye. Two days later I moved into a new kind of “home” and I met a new group of friends. I drove down a new street; I found myself in a new sleepy town. Just a few short days felt like an entire year’s worth of change.
And so the new adventure began. New roommate, neighbors, coffee shops, pizza places, stop lights, faces and ice cream shops, all within the same month.
Three days later and my family was on an airplane back home. A family of four flying home with just three tickets. All within August.
Two days later and classes started. A new school, new teachers, new desks, new classmates, new white boards. All within the same month. It felt like weeks and weeks had gone by, and yet it was still August.
And then slowly, reality began to set in. The missing your best friend reality. The missing family dinner, missing your favorite food places, missing your nightly driving route kind of reality. And so you thought to yourself, “Surely it’s September by now. It must be October. So much time has passed, right?” And yet it was still August.
Time just felt so stagnant. Like I was stuck. August made me think about the goodbyes. Summers on the beach with my best friends. Family cookouts in my backyard. Aimless nights spent driving in circles with the windows down. And yet here I was, trying to start something new, but feeling so conflicted. Like I couldn’t really start because August means summertime, not school. It means starting a new grade with your forever friends, not thinking about which stranger to sit next to in your next class. August felt long and still and nothing felt real. Nothing felt permanent. August felt like a dream.
So I really can’t explain how excited I was for September to start because September means the fall. It means routine. It means something new. And it sets the tone for the rest of the academic year. It wasn’t until September 1 that this new place started to feel just a little bit like home.
So August, I am glad you are over. I am glad that the goodbyes and the moving and the uncertainty and the big changes are over. September, I am excited for you. I hope you bring cooler weather and changing leaves and lasting friendships and exciting football games and just a little bit of clarity as to what I’m doing with this new stage of life.
1. Brittany Morgan, National Writer's Society
2. Radhi, SUNY Stony Brook
3. Kristen Haddox, Penn State University
4. Jennifer Kustanovich, SUNY Stony Brook
5. Clare Regelbrugge, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign