The 5 Essentials For Any College Woman This Fall

The 5 Essentials For Any College Woman This Fall

What to wear this season
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As the days get shorter and nighttimes have a little chill in the air, we start turing in out shorts and tanks for pants and sweaters. While summer is amazing for all of the warm weather freedom and bright colors that it offers, after weeks of simple and breathable outfits, we are all looking forward to some layers and more depths in our wardrobes. Get on track this season with these must have colors and layers.

Bomber Jackets


Kimonos are making the transition from summer to fall. With richer colors and slightly thicker fabric, these dreamy cardigans provide a girly style with some added warmth.

Olive Green

Olive green has been big for a few seasons and it is going no where. An amazing color that serves as both a neutral and a color pop (depending on what you wear it with) I would go so far as to say that this hue could be this season's black. Wear it as a top, bottom, shoe or accessory for a warm and fashion forward look.

Oversized Cardigans

Oversized is IN! Bring out your boyfriend-fit anything and get cozy. Long cardigans and the mom jean are totally in this season. Trade in or just layer your bodysuits with some chunky and COMFORTABLE layers.

Floral Print

Another returning look, floral is back again this season. Seen with more muted colors, this look is best paired with an otherwise simple outfit. A floral shirt and a darkish jean with booties is the perfect way to make your ought a statement without being overwhelming this season.

Open Shoulder Tops

Open shoulders are a great way to ease into the season. While the idea of crunchy leaves and crisp fall mornings is tempting, we are not totally ready to give up on summer yet. Ease into colder days with a look that pays homage to sun kissed skin and one last chance to avoid layers before winter comes along.

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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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'Sissy, Why is That Boy Wearing Makeup?'

June is time to celebrate equality.

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This past weekend, I went to the mall with my family. It was just a normal family excursion, and I wanted to walk into Sephora to show my mom a perfume I liked. We go inside, and my mother and I drift away from my dad and 6 year old sister, Sierra. I showed her the perfume I thought smelled amazing (Roses de Chloé) and we look for my sister and father to exit the store. As soon as we leave, my little sister grabs my hand and asks, "Sissy, why is that boy wearing makeup?"

This was the first time my little sister has ever asked about anything like this, and I wanted to make sure I gave her an answer. I turned to her and said, "Sierra, sometimes there are boys who wear makeup, and girls who may dress like boys. People are allowed to wear what they want, it doesn't matter." Sierra looks up at me, says, "Oh okay," and that was the end of it.

Sharing this experience to say, HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!

So thankful to live in a country where all sexual orientations get a day to celebrate their love. That's what this world needs more of-- love. It shouldn't matter who it is, where they are from, the color on their skin, or their gender identity.

When Sierra was born, I always wondered when this conversation would come up. I wondered what I would say, how she would react to it, and how she would be exposed to it. Like I consistently preach, everything happens for a reason, and I'm glad Sierra was able to get exposure and receive an immediate answer. Love is love, and I will forever stand by that.

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