What's On My Christmas List This Year

What's On My Christmas List This Year

Santa better get his wallet ready.

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It's the most wonderful time of the year with two weeks left in the semester and a one month break calling my name. Christmas is right around the corner and we all know what that means: time to break out the Christmas list.

This year, whether I receive these items as presents or impulsively buy them myself, I just want to say how grateful I am for everyone in my life, both old and new. No item on this list can replace the friendships I have.

But on a superficial note, here's what I'm asking for this year:

1. Nike Air Force 1's

Basic, I know, but they match with everything and I need a new pair of non-trashed white shoes. I can thank Castle Court for destroying my once perfect, white Vans.

https://www.nike.com/t/air-force-1-07-womens-shoe-KyTwDPGG

2. JBL Flip 4

Pregame in my room every weekend spring semester. We're always in my room anyway, so it's about time I stop borrowing my friend's speaker and get my own.

I also just like to blast music when I'm in the room, so it all works out.

https://www.jbl.com/bluetooth-speakers/

3. William Sonoma Peppermint Bark

Nothing screams Christmas quite like William Sonoma peppermint bark. Pulling this out of my stocking Christmas morning is easily the best part of the day. Please get yourself a box if you haven't tried it, it's to die for.

https://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/peppermint-bark/

4. Chipotle Gift Card

I cannot stand the dining hall food, so I end up spending more time in Chipotle than I do in the library. My friends know me well enough to know that they can convince me to do anything if getting Chipotle is part of the plan, but my bank account cries every time I decide to splurge on that burrito bowl AND chips and guac.

5. Hydroflask

$2 water bottles from the vending machine start to add up. I have reusable bottles, but the Hydroflask is such an aesthetic, I can't resist. And of course, it has to be pink.

https://www.hydroflask.com/18-oz-standard-mouth-flex/

6. Money

Please just send any dollar amount my way. I'll even attach my Venmo. I didn't realize how fast I can spend money when I don't have a job. At least in high school when I went on shopping sprees I could work extra shifts to make up for the new pair of shoes.

7. Fuzzy Socks

As soon as the cold season hits, I break out the fuzzy socks. I can never have too many, especially because they seem to go missing every time I do laundry.

8. Glossier Perfume

This scent is absolutely FYE. Glossier as a whole is an amazing makeup brand, but this perfume trumps any fancy perfume you can get at Bloomingdales, in my opinion. It's light, but also has a notable aroma that lingers. The bottle is cute, too.

https://www.glossier.com/products/

9. I.AM.GIA Pixie Coat in Black

Yes, I own the tan one, but I can really never have too many jackets. The Pixie Coat matches with everything and it keeps me so warm on windy days here in Cuseland. My closet may burst after this last jacket purchase, but we keep on moving on.

https://iamgia.com/products/pixie-coat-black

10. LPA Puffer Jacket 600 from Revolve

I lied, the Pixie Coat will not be the last jacket. The 80's are making a comeback with their colorblock windbreakers and bright colored puffer jackets and I am absolutely all for it. I own one in hot pink, so they can keep each other company in my closet between uses.

https://www.lpathelabel.com/products/jacket-600-black

11. Longchamp Le Pliage Neo Large Nylon Tote in Black

I saw this bag while I was Black Friday shopping and I fell in love. I couldn't splurge $190 on one item because Bloomingdale's was the first store I hit that night, but I knew I had to take a picture for a later date. I have the same one in navy, but it's too small to hold an overabundance of items. This bag is much larger, perfect for traveling, and will match with anything in my closet.

https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/longchamp-large-le-pliage-neo-nylon-tote/

12. Voevia Light Brown from Aldo

Another Black Friday find. I've seen these shoes, or shoes very similar, in so many pictures and they are absolutely adorable. I've been needing a cute pair of waterproof shoes to wear to class since there's always some type of precipitation here.

https://www.aldoshoes.com/us/en_US/Women/Footwear/Boots/Ankle-boots/Voevia/

Just let it be known that I don't necessarily believe I'm going to receive everything on this list, it's a lot, I know. I am a shopaholic, though, and like to follow trends, so it isn't too hard for me to find things that I want. Plus, hopefully this adds some inspiration to those who need to find something to add to their lists this year.

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13 Summer Struggles Only Thick Girls Understand

Chafing. So much chafing.

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Summer is a lovely time. A time of cookouts, swimming, and sunny weather. But if you're a " thick girl," summer sometimes brings more unpleasantries than it does for slimmer women. No matter how beautiful and confident you are in your body, it can bring some struggles.

1. The living hell that is shorts-shopping

Step 1: Find the biggest size the store has.

Step 2: (If you can even get those on): Realize your stomach is being squeezed into the top, your butt is falling out of the back and your thighs are having the life squished out of them.

Step 3: Realize why winter isn't so bad.

2. And dealing with them even after finding a pair that "fits"

Nothing like taking a pair of shorts home you remember fitting you okay in the store and then walking for 45 seconds and pulling them out of your butt or crotch 17 times. Truly a magical experience.

3. And every bathing suit you try on shows more skin than you'd planned

Even the most conservative bathing suit turns into cleavage-city and a non-cheeky set of bottoms turns into a thong. I promise, older people glaring at me in my sexual bathing suit, I didn't mean for this to happen!

4. Chafing. So much chafing.

No better feeling than four minutes into wearing short shorts realizing that your inner thighs are literally tearing themselves apart. Body Glide and baby powder are a thick girl's No. 1 necessity.

5. Loving rompers. Rompers not loving you.

Rompers are made with short and skinny girls in mind. Heaven forbid you're not short, and heaven forbid you're not skinny. Rompers are like a mystical article of clothing that, no matter what, always just barely doesn't fit.

6. Imagining wearing a sundress with a strapless bra and just laughing

Of course, not all thick girls are well-endowed in the boob department, but if you are, you understand how hilarious the thought of you wearing a strapless bra truly is.

7. And bralettes are a thing of fantasy

Once again, bralettes are designed for a very specific body type. One that I do not fall into.

8. Feeling like you need to constantly defend yourself for dressing like you want to

There are so many posts and tweets and just general ideals that people have that certain sized women can't wear certain clothing. You shouldn't feel the need to defend yourself for wearing a cute crop top or a bikini, but you will.

9. And always feeling looked at when you're rocking your swimsuit

Yes, I see your judging eyes, and yes, they are making me feel like shit. It doesn't matter how confident you are in your body, people looking at you like you just killed somebody just because you're wearing something typically made for smaller women doesn't make you feel good.

10. Did I mention chafing?

I just felt like something so horrible couldn't just be mentioned once.

11. Online shopping for cute summer outfits and then none of them fitting you correctly

There's always the dreaded "one-size-fits-all" for plus-size women. As if there's just one way to be plus-size. No matter how much they promise online that it'll fit well, it won't.

12. Seeing tiny girls complaining about losing their "summer bodies"

So many tweets talking about choosing food over a summer body. So many profile pictures of traditionally skinny women. I'm not saying that thick girls are the only ones who can complain about their summer bodies, and thick girls do not have a monopoly one not feeling confident in their bodies. But it is hard to see those posts knowing that those women would be glorified in their swimwear while you'd be gawked at.

13. The "you go girl!" comments on your oh-so-brave bikini photos

Compliments are nice, and positive comments while wearing a bikini go a long way. But the dreaded "you go girl" comment just seems so condescending. Just treat me like anyone else you'd see wearing a bikini. I promise, I'd like to feel like that.

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6 Ways To Start Pre-Gaming Your Summer Plans Today

A few ways to help you prepare for summer.

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Summer is coming sooner rather than later and we all need to get ready for it.

1. Start making trip plans now.

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If you are wanting to do a getaway over the summer, I would suggest starting to plan for the trip now. The closer you get to the time in which you want to go, the higher the prices of plane tickets and rooms go up. Also planning ahead gives you the chance to pinpoint exactly how you want to spend your trip and not waste your time. Nothing is worse than going on a trip and being stuck at the hotel the whole time because you have no idea what is our there for you to do.

2. Buy sunscreen.

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Do you really want to end up like her? I don't think so. Even if you are the type of person with the mentality that you will only be out in the sun for a short period of time, it doesn't matter. We all need sunscreen. Our skin is the largest organ of our body and we need to take care of it. Think of it this way, do you want to have sunspots when you're old? Or would you rather maintain your youthful appearance for as long as you can?

3. Find a new hobby.

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Let's be honest here for a minute, the majority of us do absolutely nothing over summer break and feel no guilt for it. I have done this several times over the years, and I now look back and realize all the time I wasted not learning or doing something new. If you are working full-time, have summer school, or a summer internship this does not apply to you unless you have the time to do so.

For the rest of y'all, get up and learn something. Learn how to knit. Take a kickboxing class. Try out new hiking places. Start learning another language, or continue practicing the one you learned in school at places where the language is commonly used. Get outside of your comfort zone!

4. De-stress and dispose.

You are so close to summer sometimes it stresses you out trying to get everything done. You need to realize that summer isn't going anywhere and you will get there eventually. Take a deep breathe and keep going. What I like to do is start throwing out the paperwork from this semester that I know I will never use again, don't want, and papers that I don't plan on using for the upcoming final. Disposing of those papers helps me visualize that the semester is almost over.

5. Buy a new swimsuit.

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Before you go out and buy a bunch of new swimsuits, try your old ones on first and see if they fit. Sometimes you just need a new top to match the bottoms that you already have or vice versa. Also, if you know that you are not going to buy a swimsuit for the pool or beach several times throughout the summer, don't waste your money on a new swimsuit. The one from last year that you never wore will do just fine.

Save Money

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The simplest way to understand it is no saving = no money to spend during summer. If you have all kinds of different trips and things you want to do that cost a fee, it would be wise to start saving up for all of your other expenses that you would normally have to pay per month like insurance, phone, or a car payment. I will be in the car payment category since I just bought a new one a few weeks ago.

That being said, my first car payment is due the week I am in New York. I don't want my New York money to be used for a car payment, so I've been taking extra shifts at work to compensate. I have also started going through my closet and selling the items I don't want anymore. There are several resale stores and places online for you to sell your unwanted clothes and other items to put some extra cash in your pocket.

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