We are being governed by fools

Sep. 20th, 2017 11:02 pm
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Even if your individual self-interest or the interest of your ethnic or religious tribe is the only thing you care about, that self-interest should compel you to ensure equal protection and full accommodation for people with disabilities -- because you could become one of them in the twinkling of an eye.

Fashion Inspired by Twin Peaks

Sep. 20th, 2017 10:00 pm
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Posted by Mariah - North Carolina State University

Isn't it just too dreamy?

Twin Peaks, a television show that first debuted in 1990, is widely considered one of the best TV dramas of all time. 

In case you haven't seen the show, it centers around the murder of high schooler Laura Palmer and the subsequent investigation. It was originally cancelled in 1991, but has returned for another season on Showtime after gaining a cult following. 

Besides the memorable surrealism and distinctive cinematography, what makes Twin Peaks so great is the mysterious cast of characters. They all have their own desires and secrets, and can even inspire some fashionable looks. 

Read on for our Twin Peaks fashion guide!

Twin Peaks Fashion: Laura Palmer 

Products: Bag - Forever 21, Shoes - Lulu's, Dress - H&M, Phone Case - Macy's, Highlighter - Benefit, Watch - Kohl's, Bracelet - Kate Spade, Keychain - Kirna Zabete

Before her murder, Laura Palmer was the angel of Twin Peaks. She was kind and beautiful, and everyone in town knew her. 

The delicate lacy dress and soft, feminine accessories in this look are inspired by Laura's seemingly pure persona. The statement keychain summarizes Laura's character as seemingly perfect but with many vices. 

Twin Peaks Fashion: Audrey Horne

Products: Sunglasses - River Island, Beret - Missguided, Eyeliner - Sephora, Lipstick - Colourpop, Bag - Boohoo, Earrings - Saks Fifth Avenue, Loafers - H&M, Keychain - Kirna Zabete, Sweater - H&M, Skirt - Miss Selfridge

Audrey Horne is the mischievous classmate of Laura Palmer and a Twin Peaks resident. Audrey is typically seen wearing 50s style saddle shoes and plaid skirts. 

To modernize Audrey's style a bit, I paired some sleek loafers with an on-trend gingham skirt. The accessories were inspired by Audrey's classic, ladylike appearance. 

Twin Peaks Fashion: Josie Packard 

Products: Backpack - Mango, Earrings - Mango, Lipstick - Dolls Kill, Booties - Kohl's, Top - River Island, Jeans - H&M

Josie Packard is the beautiful widow with an abundance of secrets. One thing that struck me while watching Twin Peaks was Josie's makeup, always very bare but with a bright red lip. 

Josie's style complements her beauty look by focusing on neutral, but powerful pieces that make a statement. That's what I went for in this look, pairing an all black outfit with a neutral bag and bold lip.

Twin Peaks Fashion: The Double R Diner

Products: Headband - H&M, Dress - RVCA, Cardigan - River Island, Booties - Hollister, Backpack - Amazon, Mug - Etsy

This look is not inspired by a character but rather by Twin Peaks residents' favorite place to get a cup of coffee: The Double R Diner

The blue dress and headband are inspired to the blue waitress uniforms that are worn by the diner employees. Pairing the dress with an oversized sweater and booties, you can make it fall ready. 

The coffee mug and cherry pie (both Double R Diner staples) are a nod to Norma Jennings, the owner.

What Do You Think?

Who's your favorite Twin Peaks character? Are you fan of the original and the reboot? Did you like my Twin Peaks fashion guide? 

What about dressing up as any of these characters for Halloween? They would make amazing costumes! Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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Posted by Hattie - Barnard College

Alert, alert: It's a skort!

True story: I caught Julia on my way out of the dining hall, screamed "skort!" in her direction and then she agreed to let me photograph her for CF. 

Having met her prior through theatre, I have noticed that Julia always seems to rock that cool-girl-without-trying style that I personally wish I could pull off.

Julia 101

Name: Julia

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

School: Barnard College at Columbia University

Year: Sophomore

Major: Theatre and Psychology

Let’s Talk Fashion

Who or what inspires your style? "My close friends are definitely my biggest style inspirations. They all have incredible, funky taste in a range of style genres. I like to think that I take little bits from what they have taught me and attempt to make it my own."

Where do you like to shop? "I get most of my clothing from cheap thrift stores like Goodwill and Buffalo Exchange. I always find weird things that I MUST buy."

How would you describe your sense of style? "I’d say that my sense of style is so eclectic that it’s borderline not a style at all. I dress differently according to the situation and the way I’m feeling that day. Sometimes I go all out and sometimes I’m just in sweats and a t-shirt with something odd on it."

Why did you choose this particular outfit? "This is actually a sort of go-to outfit for me. It’s really comfortable and easy to throw on but it still sort of looks like planning went into it. Also, my friends gave me a lot of the pieces I'm wearing, so I think of them when I put the articles on, which makes me happy."

What fashion advice would you give to other students looking to improve their style? "I’m sure people could more easily give me fashion advice, but I guess what I would say is that it’s important to fill your wardrobe with pieces that make you happy or remind you of fun times you’ve had. If you feel completely confident in what you are wearing, everyone else will love your outfit. It sounds cliché but I honestly believe that it’s true."

What are your favorite trends right now? "I’m really into the early 2000s nostalgia that’s been going on. Nothing beats slap bracelets, gauchos, tiny hair braids, and platform flip-flops. Also, denim-on-denim of course."

Do you have any favorite fashion designers? "Of course, I dream of Burberry bags and Louboutins, but I’m not sure if I could choose a particular fashion designer as my favorite. Of course, Betsey Johnson was my queen when I was twelve and she honestly still is."

What do you do for fun - do you have any unique hobbies or interests? "My main interests are theater and acting, but my hobbies definitely include eating In-N-Out Burger, watching RuPaul’s Drag Race, and petting puppies."

If you could raid anyone’s closet, who would it be, and why?  "I would probably raid Violet Chachki’s closet. She’s an incredible drag queen who always wears bejeweled pieces or intricate corsets. I think spending one second in one of her outfits would give me enough confidence for the year."

Where did you get this outfit? "Two of my closest friends, Bella and McKinley, gave me the top and the skort that I'm wearing out of their wardrobes. My shoes are Superga brand."

Elements of Julia's Style

1.The Faux Belt Buckle + Sweater Tank

Julia's skort was giving me serious nostalgia -- it reminded me of the outfits my mom dressed me in elementary school, in an amazing way. That makes this ensemble a perfect nod to back-to-school season. 

This belt, which is sewn onto the skort itself, gives Julia the perfect excuse to rock my favorite trend of all time: the half-tuck.

Julia paired her skort with the perfect oxymoron piece: a sweater-tank. She proves that this piece is perfect for the transition from summer to fall or spring to summer. The edge of the tank also has an unfinished look to it, adding another fun detail.

2. White High-Top Sneakers

No casual shoe style is more classic than the white high-top sneaker. Julia rocks hers through all seasons and with any outfit, and I love that she lets them get worn in and grungy -- they work well with her laid-back vibe.

3. Party in the Back

Storytime from Julia herself: she was walking around New York one afternoon when a guy on the sidewalk turns to her and calls out "looking good in that skirt!" However his fascination quickly turned to confusion as Julia kept walking and he discovered that she was in fact wearing "...shorts??" 

That hilarious anecdote aside, Julia's outfit is one that turns heads from the front as well as the back. The heart-shaped cut-out in the tank and the once-tacky now-trendy skort give this outfit an unexpected twist that really elevates her entire look.

Now tell us what you think!

Did you rock skorts as a child? Have you found some of your best pieces at used/resale shops? What looks are you looking forward to wearing this back to school season? Comment below and share your thoughts!

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Posted by Emily - University of Georgia

Bonus: They're perfect for the fall transition.

It's that time of the year again when it's chilly in the morning but still hot in the afternoon--not fully summer anymore, but not fully fall yet either. It's in this season that dressing for the weather can get a little tricky.  

So in this hybrid summer-fall time, here are three looks under $100 to help us transition into sweater weather. (I can't wait!) 

Summer to Fall Outfit 1 - $98.78

Products: Hoodie - Forever 21, Shorts - H&M, Shoes - Charlotte Russe, Backpack - Urban Outfitters, Earrings - Forever 21 

I'm a fan of the long-sleeved top and shorts look. You can take a hooded pullover (like this dusty pink one I found) and pair it with denim shorts, then add some hoop earrings, platform sneakers, and a backpack for a cute, simple look for school.  

Summer to Fall Outfit 2 - $76.19

Products: Shirt - Forever 21, Jeans - H&M, Shoes - Charlotte Russe, Necklace - Forever 21, Sunglasses - H&M 

For this look, I paired a fun tee (this one has cocktails all over it!) with distressed boyfriend jeans (which give your legs room to breathe). Then, I completed the look by accessorizing with a velvet choker, rose-gold sunglasses, and bow mules. 

Summer to Fall Outfit 3 - $90.98

Products: Dress - PACSUN, Cardigan - H&M, Shoes - Target, Purse - Old Navy

Another great option is to style a dress with a cardigan. For this look, I kept it simple with a striped t-shirt dress, a fine-knit cardigan, footbed sandals, and a faux-leather tote bag in oxblood. 

What Do You Think? 

Which look would you try? What do your summer-to-fall outfits look like? Let me know in the comments below! 

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Posted by Ngoc - University of Cincinnati

Confidence is the best outfit. Rock it, own it, and repeat.

Take a Movie’s Advice is a weekly column attempting to discover the similarities between our favorite movies and real life. Grab some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the show.

With the stress of tough academic courses and the struggle to maintain a healthy social life at the same time, it’s easy to succumb to the expectations of our peers. Every day it may seem like you’re surrounded by bubbly personalities, intelligent scholars, compassionate advocates, and high-achieving young professionals. 

In college especially, it's tempting to compare yourself to others, especially when those around you seem to have so many accomplishments.

The result? Feeling inadequate, inferior, defeated, and even envious. We've all been there. 

But in reality, there is no comparison to be made when it comes to who you are and who you have the potential to be. You just have to get your own self confidence up.

When it comes to boosting your self-confidence, there’s one genuine gal that comes to mind – The DUFF’s very own Bianca Piper. 

Here are four tips for becoming more confident, courtesy of her story:

About the Movie:

Based on the novel of the same name by Kody Keplinger, The DUFF is a 2015 teenage comedy following Bianca Piper (Mae Whitman), an aspiring journalist who’s currently living up her senior year of high school with best friends Jess (Skyler Samuels) and Casey (Bianca Santos). 

Everything is going well – she has high academic rankings at school, supportive friends, and a caring mom by her side.

That is, until her neighbor, Wesley Rush (Robbie Amell) passively reveals that she is the DUFF, or “Designated Ugly Fat Friend,” of her friend group. 

While Wesley defends his stance by claiming that the term doesn’t necessarily mean a person is ugly or fat by any means, the label offends Bianca. As it should!

She suddenly notices small details in everyday interactions with fellow classmates. Most ask her about her friends instead of herself, leading Bianca to believe that she is less popular and more 'approachable,' the mark of a DUFF. 

But after overhearing that Wesley could lose his football scholarship due to low grades in chemistry, Bianca strikes a plan to have him help her start being the “datable one and not the approachable one.” Her words, not mine.

From embarrassing videos going viral to attractive crushes, homecoming dances, and uncomfortable situations galore, Bianca sure lives the tumultuous high school movie experience. However, with the help of her trusty neighbor, she learns that she can keep her flannel and wear it too.

(Want to watch the movie before reading further? Check out the DVD here. Interested in the original novel? Find the book here.)

Here's what Bianca can teach us all about self-confidence:

1. Channel your strengths.

From the beginning of the film, it’s clear that Bianca is intelligent, thoughtful, and ambitious. While she maintains a top performance in her classes, it’s her love for writing that propels her to excel in her journalism class. Her wit and contagious sense of humor leave her readers wanting more.

In life, there is always room for improvement, but make sure you don’t dwell on your weaknesses too much. 

We all have our little niche "thing" – whether it’s design, coding, writing, or anything in between - that we enjoy and may even excel at. This "thing" makes us unique. Taking note of our achievements in this area, whether tiny or massive, can ultimately result in higher confidence levels.

What are you waiting for? You know you're good at some things. Compliment yourself today.

2. Confront your fears.

In his quest to make Bianca "dateable", Wesley advises her to strike up conversations with random guys at the mall (probably one of the more intimidating tasks EVER) so she'll be comfortable when she finally talks to her crush later in the film. 

While her first attempts are awkward and cringe-worthy, the experience teaches Bianca to not be afraid of making mistakes or saying the wrong words.

This is such an important lesson for all of us. Fear -- whether it's of failure, embarrassment, or disappointment -- can cause us to miss opportunities to succeed. It's okay to be scared. It's not okay to let that fear cripple you and stop you from taking risks.

So instead of focusing on any anxieties or nerves that come with leaving your comfort zone, turn those feelings into excitement. Feel the fear and do it anyway.

Also, remember that everything -- even the act of doing scary things -- gets easier with practice: Every time you do something scary, you build that muscle for stepping outside of your comfort zone. Soon, you'll be taking more chances and risks than you ever dreamed possible.

3. Good vibes only.

When reality-star-wannabe Madison (Bella Thorne) shares an embarrassing video of Bianca to the entire school, everyone has a different view of the fiery high school senior. 

Bianca's phone, in true catty high school form, is suddenly flooded with negative comments online. This leads Bianca to be more wary of her interactions with others.

However, once Bianca realizes that it doesn’t really matter if everyone knows about her crush on Toby (Nick Eversman), life gets a whole lot easier for her. 

The lesson here is to let things go, and to prioritize your own happiness. 

Replacing negative thoughts with positive ones is a good trick for being your own best friend. Regardless of the situation, don’t be too hard on yourself. Ask yourself -- does this criticism and nastiness I'm putting on myself really, truly matter? If not (and 99% of the time, it doesn't), stop dwelling on it.

Besides, shouldn’t you treat yourself in the kind way that you treat others?

4. Own your personal style.

While it’s helpful (and fun!) to keep up with the current fashion trends, at the end of the day, you should wear what makes you feel the most comfortable and free. 

Style is all about the expression of self and not about a repetition of society’s standards.

In order to prepare for the homecoming dance, Bianca seeks help from Jess, who also just so happens to be a budding fashion designer. Together, they work to formulate an outfit that is reminiscent of Bianca’s true style. Flannel and all. 

No matter the current trends, it's important to understand your own sense of style. Style is just another awesome thing that sets you apart from the crowd -- embrace yours and love it!


Do you ever compare yourself to others? Have any additional tips you'd like to share? What movie should we watch next? Start the conversation - comment below!

Wedding Wrecks, Fangirl Edition

Sep. 20th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Imani wanted this cake for her wedding, only with bright lime green flowers instead of pink:


She got this:




And Meredith asked for this design with little pumpkins instead of apples:


... but she got this:




And finally, as a baker herself, Zoey decided to keep her wedding cake design SUPER simple to avoid potential wreckage:

No piping required! Just plain frosted tiers and colored sugar crystals!


Say it with me, now:

What could possibly go wrong?


Oooh, Sherlock, you so bad.


Thanks to Imani R., Meredith R., & Zoey K., who want to know if I seriously just turned this post into a SuperWhoLock love fest. And the answer is yes, YES I DID.


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Norman Geisler's use of the term "therapeutic" in this section turned out to be unfortunate. Back in the early 1970s, when he was writing this summary of the common accepted "stance" for conservative white evangelicals on "When Abortion Is Justified," that term was entirely benign. He had no way of knowing that, decades later, it would become something of an epithet.
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Posted by Natalie - Loyola University Chicago

Take your look from "nice" to "pumpkin spice."


Fall is that season where clothing and makeup transition to showcase darker tones, luxurious textures, and intense pigments. 

It's interesting how during fall, you have that rare scenario where many people adopt the same general uniform for the season: cozy sweater + jeans + boots in warm tones. Makes me kind of think there's a secret memo that gets sent out to everyone and lets them know what's up. 

Regardless, it's interesting to see so many people get on the same fashion page, since personal styles vary dramatically throughout the population. Makeup tends to follow a similar pattern this time of year. Certain tones and pairings for eye and lip combinations become incredibly predictable. 

Let me interject with a quick aside here: While makeup is always a great tool to showcase your individual style, don't let that stop you from following well-loved makeup trends that can sometimes be considered "basic" or "overdone." 

Wear your makeup however you want, and don't let anyone stop you!

Truthfully it's the well-loved trends followed by most people that most often end up looking amazing on the face. Sorry, aside/rant over.


Anyway, back to fall makeup trends! This season's makeup looks are dotted with trademark colors like burgundy, plum, and forest green, and these shades are often combined with neutrals to give makeup looks that warm, but smoky feel. 

Here are four of the most distinct "Fall Makeup" look components, combined with product recommendations to help you look ready for fall! 

Burgundy Eyeshadow:

Products: Kat Von D Eyeshadow in Raw Power - Sephora, MAC Eyeshadow in I'm Into It - MAC, NYX Eyeshadow in Flustered - NYX

Deep, burgundy eyeshadow is underrated when it comes to makeup. Everybody immediately goes for a burgundy lip color when fall hits, but this shade can be just as alluring on the eyes. This shade can work as a neutral or a bold pop of color, so it's versatile with any style!  

Give your eyes that dramatic kick with the Kat Von D Raw Power eyeshadow, the MAC I'm Into It shadow, or the NYX eyeshadow in Flustered. 

Intense Lashes:

Products: L'oreal Lash Paradise Mascara - Target, Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara - Sephora, Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara - Sephora

Even though burgundy eyeshadow already makes the eyes look dramatic, don't forget the power of lashes! Generally for fall-ready lashes, the more dramatic, the better. 

Use mascaras like the L'oreal Lash Paradise Mascara, the Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara, or the new Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara. These guys will give you beautiful fanned-out, black lashes that hold their own against any other makeup you might wear.

Golden Highlighter:

Products: Jouer Highlighter in Skinny Dip - Jouer | Ofra Highlighter in Blissful - Ofra | Makeup Geek Highlighter in Luster - Makeup Geek

Highlighter is by no means a "fall only" product, but the changing leaves outside and the deeper warm colors that pop up in fall clothing provide a great backdrop to make that highlighter stand out. 

Give yourself an autumn-ready face by popping a soft golden or ivory highlighter on the cheekbones. Three great options are the the Jouer Highlighter in Skinny Dip, the Ofra Highlighter in Blissful, and the Makeup Geek Highlighter in Luster.

Vampy Lipstick:

Products: Maybelline Ink Lipstick in Believer and Escapist - Target | Loreal Matte Paints Lipstick in Cinna-Bomb - Ulta | Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Pretty Auburn - Sephora

Last but not least, what would a fall makeup look be without a vampy lip? Oxblood, plum, and brown lip colors come out to play during fall, and with tons of new formulas out there to try, it's like an entirely new world of lipsticks just waiting to be explored! 

Refresh this trend by upgrading to a new lipstick formula. Lipsticks like the Maybelline Ink Lipstick in Believer and Escapist, the L'Oreal Matte Paint Lipstick in Cinna-bomb, and the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Pretty Auburn will do the trick!

We Want to Hear From You!

What are your favorite fall makeup products to get that intense, fall glow? Let us know below!

How to Dress Like Icon Princess Diana

Sep. 19th, 2017 07:00 pm
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Posted by Maria - University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Diana was a princess, but her style was fit for a queen.

It's been 20 years since the death of the stunning, iconic, sweet, and beloved Diana, Princess of Wales. Her presence is still felt today in so many ways. 

Diana, if you don't know, was the epitome of beauty and class -- she was called "The People's Princess" for a reason. 

Personally, Diana is one of my role models: Even dealing with a cheating husband that sparked her eating disorder, a media spotlight that never let her rest, and a dramatic and messy divorce, Diana used her royal status to enrich the lives of others. 

Princess Diana did good all over the world, from hugging and shaking hands with HIV/AIDS patients (which was controversial at the time) to campaigning to remove landmines worldwide. Her heart went out to people in need, and she was known for using every possible resource at her disposal to make the lives of the needy better. 

Secondary to all the wonderful things she did, Diana was a style icon. In fact, some of her most legendary styles are on display at Kensington Palace, in an exhibit entitled "Diana: Her Fashion Story." This exhibition showcases 25 of Diana's most iconic dresses.

What's so inspiring about Princess Diana's style choices is she made many of them for specific purposes. For example, she didn't wear gloves because she liked to hold hands with hospital patients. And when visiting children, she tended to wear bright colors to appear more approachable. 

If you're interested in learning more about Princess Diana, definitely check out some of the wonderful documentaries and biographies out there.

And, if you're hooked on Diana's style choices like I am, below are three inspired looks from the beautiful Princess of Wales. 

Princess Diana Outfit 1: Trench Coat to Take the Streets

Products: Jacket - Forever 21, Shorts - H&M, T-Shirt - H&M, Scarf - Mango, Sunglasses - American Eagle, Bag - Old Navy, Socks - Pacsun, Sneakers - Nordstrom Rack

Whether you're on your way home from the gym or running late to class, channel your inner Princess Diana with a super casusal, sporty chic look. Grab your trusty white crew neck tee and denim shorts to stay comfy and fresh. Throw on this street smart trench jacket for extra flair.

Then, add some Adidas white crew socks and matching sneakers for an effortless street vibe. Grab some oversized sunglasses and black bag as equally important extras. 

Finally, wrap a baby blue scarf around your neck, à la Princess Diana, and you are ready to run your daily errands like her Highness.

Princess Diana Outfit 2: Matching Set Fit for Tea

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Products: Set - Boohoo, Earrings - 6PM, Satchel - Overstock, Heels - MissGuided

For a simply stunning look, shadow Princess Diana's grace in a lovely blue matching set, like this one from Boohoo. I imagine a young Princess Diana is attending high tea or lunch with girlfriends in this attire. Although crop tops aren't royal-approved, they're fine for us college girls, so take advantage!

Though we can't see what Diana is wearing on her feet in the photo above, I would imagine it is something lovely and simple. Pull on some dainty white strappy heels to continue this sweet ensemble. 

Carry your necessities in a grey satchel and accessorize with pearl earrings. Voila! You look gorgeous and pulled-together like the Princess herself.

Princess Diana Outfit 3: Working Hard in Chambray & Chinos

Products: Chinos - Pacsun, Top - Target, Sneakers - Amazon, Bracelet - Oliver Bonas, Earrings - Banana Republic

Princess Diana was one with the people and loved lending a helping hand whenever she could. You can do the same through volunteer work in your spare time! 

If you're wondering what to wear for your next volunteer opportunity, take inspo from Diana in a sleeveless denim top and olive green chino pants. Keep your feet comfortable so you can move around the best in some sneakers (like Converse!). 

Make sure your accessory load is light and stick with your favorite classics, like pearl earrings (we know Diana loves those!) and a gold bracelet. You can make a difference, just like Diana did. 

Do You Feel Royal Yet? 

Are you as obsessed with Princess Diana as I am? Which outfit is your fave? Which other icons would you like me to take style inspo from? Let me know in the comments below!

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Posted by Damica - Tennessee State University

It's layer season!

The season for layers is here! Nobody really likes the cold, but since it is inevitable, we have found a jacket that will keep you warm and on-trend.

Charlotte Russe has this distressed, oversized denim jacket with rose embroidery (a hot trend for fall) on sale for $25!

The Jacket

Embroidered Destroyed Denim Jacket - $25 at Charlotte Russe

This jacket is super cute and fun and can work for any casual occasion on campus. And, of course, if you want to see how to style it, we have three outfit ideas ready for you:

Embroidered Jacket Outfit 1

Products: Jacket - Charlotte Russe, Lipstick - Nordstrom, Shoes - Target, Dress - H&M

This look is super simple and smart -- you can't go wrong with an all black outfit, especially in the fall, and the monochrome palette allows the rose embroidery to really shine. 

Just throw on a simple dress and comfy sandals, then swipe on a red lip and you're good to go.

Embroidered Jacket Outfit 2

Products: Jacket - Charlotte Russe, Shorts - Fashion Nova, Shirt - H&M, Shoes - Rainbow

This look is SO chill yet completely adorable. Of course, the shirt and jacket go hand-in-hand with the rose embroidery. The rose gold sneakers are absolutely eye-catching and make a huge statement to complete the look.

Embroidered Jacket Outfit 3

Products: Jacket - Charlotte Russe, Dress - Boohoo, Shoes - Charlotte Russe

Here's a perfect way to wear the jacket for a night out. The statement on the T-shirt dress is bold and attention-grabbing, while the rose detail on the shoes matches the embroidery on the jacket. Add the red lipstick from outfit 2 (or one of our favorite red lipsticks, ever), and you're all set.

Do you have any embroidered jackets for this fall? 

What will you rock with yours? Which one of these styles best fits you? Comment and let us know!

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Posted by Anna - University of Florida

Garcia officially took the reins this week.

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It'll be a long homecoming (nine years long, to be precise), but Nina Garcia is finally coming back to Elle. And she's doing it in style.

The Colombian-born Project Runway veteran judge and longtime Marie Claire fashion director has recently been announced as the next editor-in-chief of Elle magazine. Though we'll always be a bit nostalgic for dear Nina's reign at Marie Claire, CF wishes her a warm welcome at her new post. (Personally, I can't wait to see what she cooks up next for the magazine!)

Below, five reasons why Nina Garcia will always be one of our favorites in the biz.

1. She knows how to look chic ALL THE TIME.

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"Oh, just stepping out of the house for an hour? Better pair off my incredibly comfy grey shirt with this simply fantastic snakeskin midi skirt. And let's not forget my pair of bewitchingly stylish platform wedges. "

"Heck, I'll even carry my hella rad reading glasses around like a prop. These people need to know I'm human, after all.

Buy this gorgeous Steve Madden snakeskin sandal here.

2. She's not afraid to wear all black.

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It takes a bold fashionista to master the art of an all-black wardrobe. 

While some fashion creatives choose to play dress-up in exotic ensembles, we think that the real professionals can turn a seemingly "bland" option into a daring look of its own. As shown here, Garcia can take festival-appropriate fringe and channel it towards an outfit that's mature and a little spicy. 

Buy this fringetastic Urban Originals bag here.

3. She makes casual look classy.

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To be honest, I 100% loved Garcia's outfit here because it looked like something my mom would wear out to brunch or a girl's night out. (When she's not already sporting sandals and shorts, because Florida.)

I mean, no fuss, beachy vibes, and comfortable AF? Heck yes.

Buy this unique CLU tee here.

4. She speaks her mind.

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"Don't bore Nina" — Tim Gunn.

As a judge on Project Runway (a requisite obsession for all fashion lovers), Garcia can be quite intimidating. She's the queen to the show's reigning sass master, Michael Kors, and she will cut you up if you're not being careful. (Case in point: Garcia's well-documented feud with Season 9's Laura Kathleen.)

Does this remind anyone of another brutally honest/genius fashion editor? Yeah, we thought so, too.

Buy this fierce Brighton silver necklace here.

5. She's a role model to Latinas everywhere.

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Last, but certainly not least, Garcia is a beacon of hope for any Latina (or Latino!) who wants to make it in the horribly elite, oftentimes clique-y world of high fashion.

Joining the ranks of influential Latinos in fashion — including Narciso Rodriguez, Carolina Herrera, and the late Oscar de la Renta — Garcia's promotion to Elle editor extraordinaire is a touchdown for the entire Latinx community. 

Or rather, we should say, a golaso.

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Are you sad to see Nina Garcia leave Marie Claire? Excited? Uncertain? Have any farewell messages to Nina? 

Write to us below! (We guarantee our replies will be faster than Nina's.)

Let's Play Telephone

Sep. 19th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Posted by Jen

Ever wonder what could possibly go wrong with a simple inscription on a basic cake? Well, WONDER NO MORE. 

Below I've listed the inscriptions some of my trusty Wreckporters ordered from professional bakeries, followed by the cakes they actually received:


"God Bless Neal"

I hear it's His middle name.


"Welcome Baby Arnold"

The spacing is what really sells it.


"Happy Birthday Mom"

Now that's a cake only a mother named Bob could love.

[Btw, I'm starting to wonder if a baker named Bob is doing these on purpose. And if so, I want to shake Bob's hand.]


"Congrats British Lit"

I hope this starts a trend; I want to see all the ways bakers butcher "Kyrgyzstanian."


"Happy Bandwidth Upgrade Day"

"Band With Upgrade" is the name of my retro Steam Powered Giraffe cover band.

(I realize only about 3 people will get that joke... and I'm ok with that.)


"Grats to Dad"

I like to think this is the baker's revenge on everyone who shortens "congratulations" to "grats." "CONGRATS" IS SHORT ENOUGH, PEOPLE.


"Old Dirty Thirty"

At some point you stop being surprised. Or so I'm told.


"When I'm 64"

That's actually how John says it when he's singing in his "drunk McCartney" voice, so maybe Kit sang her order over the phone. Drunk. While imitating Paul McCartney. 

(Don't keep us in suspense, now, Kit: did you?)


Thanks to Colleen C., Suzanne R., Morgan & Eric, Katie D., Ethan D., Leslie C., Becky L., & Kit K. for really phoning it in today. ;)


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Instagram Style Steal: @Miasaidno

Sep. 18th, 2017 10:00 pm
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Posted by Briana - Virginia Commonwealth University

Get inspired by this cute little style star.

Today's Instagram Style Steal is an unusual one but she's so cute I just had to include her. 

I mean, just look at her: 

This tiny tot has so much style at such a young age (although, okay, it's probably her mom that's responsible for much of it). Even though her outfits tend to err on the side of cute (understandably so), I wanted to interpret some of her ensembles into chic, grown-up outfits, perfect for the fall season.

So here goes! If you've never channeled a 3 year old in your style, there's a first time for everything. 

I promise: No one will be able to tell a toddler was your inspo.

Outfit #1:

This outfit is awesome for multiple reasons. First, Peter Pan collars are classic and I love seeing them incorporated into cute looks. Second, I just love how the girly dress gets edged up with a biker jacket. It's unexpected and so much fun.

To recreate this look, I decided to go with a similar dress, one with a Peter Pan collar and made of lace. I paired it with a patent leather moto jacket, a very current texture trend. 

I stuck with the sneakers just like our inspired look. However, since the dress I chose isn't as colorful as Mia's, I injected some color with the shoes, selecting a cute embroidered pair from Nastygal. 

Products: Jacket - NA-KD, Dress - Cynthia Steffe via Nordstrom Rack, Sneakers - Nastygal, Bag - Asos, Earrings - Boohoo

Outfit #2:

This is one of my favorite outfits on @MiaSaidNo's Instagram account. I mean, is this not the most adorable '70s throwback look you've ever seen?

'70s style has been back for several seasons now so these bell bottom overalls are perfect if you're feeling that hippie style. I decided, however, to go with a denim jumpsuit from Topshop that has a really cute tie detail in the front, another style from the '70s that has been very in lately.

Of course, during the summer, you can wear this jumpsuit as-is. However, since we are transitioning into the fall, I chose to take a style note from Mia and pair a top underneath. This particular one from Topshop has cute embroidery and lettuce trim. 

Since you can't see what shoes Mia is rocking, it was up to my interpretation and I chose these cool Public Desire heels in a bold print.

Products: Top - Topshop, Jumpsuit - Topshop, Heels - Public Desire, Bag - Amazon, Earrings - Colette Hayman

Outfit #3:

One of my go-to fall pairings is a cropped sweater and a cute skirt so I was excited to reinterpret this particular outfit. 

Transitioning this look into cold weather is as simple as going for a long-sleeve sweater and over-the-knee boots. 

Here, I chose a monochrome beige and gray vibe that will look grown-up on campus. Tucking just the front of your sweater into a cute embroidered skirt will really elevate the style. 

Products: Sweater - Mango, Skirt - Topshop, Boots - Chase & Chloe via Nordstrom Rack, Earrings - Humble Chic

Are you surprised at this week's Instagram Style Steal?

So, what did you guys think of the outfits today? Do you ever get style inspiration from little well-dressed girls like Mia? Would you give it a shot now? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

The church of rock and roll

Sep. 18th, 2017 09:23 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

This is, I think, a lovely story. It's about coming together to help bear each other's burdens, even when those burdens are unbearable. This is closer to what "church" should be than what we often see from the church itself.
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Posted by Fred Clark

"Biblical counseling" is a nasty bit of work that's going to get people killed. In the meantime, though, it will provide a bit of revenue for its fundamentalist advocates, while helping to isolate their followers from any source of truth they don't control.

Fashion Recap: 2017 Emmy Awards

Sep. 18th, 2017 07:00 pm
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Posted by Zephyr - Editor in Chief

Calvin Klein by Appointment won big.

The 2017 Emmy Awards were last night, and between all the political jokes, rudely cut-off speeches, strides toward true diversity, and appearances from the TV greats, there was plenty of gorgeous fashion to be seen.

Below, I'll take you guys through my personal fashion faves -- the looks I think were the best of the night. Read on for my Emmys 2017 best-dressed picks! 

One note about today's list. You'll notice that I did away with "least favorite look". I was waffling over this choice, but ultimately I felt bad doing it, which guided my choice. In addition, I truly don't think the idea of "worst dressed" jives with what CF stands for, namely ensuring every woman feels fabulous in whatever she wants to wear.

So, read on for my favorite looks of the night and some other notable looks we need to discuss!

Top Five Best Dressed

Here are my favorite looks of the night, in no particular order:

Millie Bobby Brown in Calvin Klein by Appointment

Millie Bobby Brown may only be 13 years old, but her style is miles ahead of not only her peers but women twice her age. She looked darling in a Raf Simons-designed Calvin Klein by Appointment gown. 

I especially love the details on this look, from the satin bandana as a belt to the sparkly ankle strap heels. Additionally, the lack of jewelry kept this simple, sweet, and age-appropriate. It's the perfect look for Millie's fun personality.

Yara Shahidi in Prada

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Had you told me yesterday morning that something "woodland fairy chic" would make my best-dressed list, I would have laughed. But Yara Shahidi killed it in a look that could be described as just that.

Yara looked young, fun, and fashion-forward in this glittering Prada gown. She made our best-dressed list for the SAG awards this year, and her reign at the top shows no signs of stopping. Yara is totally a young fashion icon to watch.

Jessica Biel in Ralph and Russo

Jessica Biel doesn't usually wow me on the red carpet, but this dress blew me away. I wasn't the hugest fan of her ultra-voluminous hair, but the gorgeous Ralph and Russo gown more than made up for it.

This photo totally doesn't do her gown justice -- when you see it on video, it's a gorgeous blush pink that complements Jessica's skin tone. (Here, it appears to wash her out a bit.) This was a slam dunk for Jessica Biel.

Issa Rae in Custom Vera Wang

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Issa Rae is a fashion icon to watch. (If you're not already watching Insecure on HBO, you need to be!) As the lead actress in a hit TV show AND the new face of Cover Girl, Issa's star is on the rise, and her look from last night was perfect for an up-and-coming red carpet icon.

Rocking Custom Vera Wang, Issa showed off one of the hottest trends of the season, head-to-toe red. It's certainly a bold choice, but Issa pulled it off to perfection.

Evan Rachel Wood in Moschino

True to recent form, Evan Rachel Wood rocked yet another amazing suit on the red carpet, this time by Moschino.

I loved this Jeremy Scott-designed wide leg tuxedo. How gorgeous! If you ask me, Evan doesn't need to wear anything but suits ever again. She rocks them like no one else. This look was no exception -- just perfect.

Other Noteworthy Looks

Shailene Woodley in Ralph Lauren

J'adore Shailene Woodley's green velvet gown by Ralph Lauren. It might be the most perfect "fall" gown ever. It's simple, luxurious, and sexy in an effortless way.

I also love this gown because it's ideal for Shailene's boho chic sense of style. It's nice to see stars stay true to themselves on the red carpet, and this look was Shailene to a T.

Tessa Thompson in Rosie Assoulin

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Once again, if someone would have told me I'd be obsessed with a metallic rainbow gown at the beginning of the night, I would have laughed. However, Tessa Thompson blew me away! 

Tessa pulls off this Rosie Assoulin look like no one else could. It's so high-fashion and unexpected on her. On a night when so many people went for white or metallic gowns, it was great to see such a bold use of color.

Sofia Vergara in Mark Zunino

Calling all Ballet fans! Sofia Vergara channeled Swan Lake to perfection in this gown by bridal designer Mark Zunino

Sofia explained on the red carpet that she loves Mark because he knows how to dress a woman with curves, a fact that's certainly obvious just looking at this dress. It fits Sofia perfectly, almost like it was custom molded to her body. 

Nicole Kidman in Calvin Klein by Appointment

Nicole Kidman won big last night, taking home the Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She also wore the perfect look for such an exciting night -- this dramatic gown from Calvin Klein by Appointment.

There's a lot to take in with this look. First, note that Nicole's lip color perfectly matches her gown. Pro move. Second, take a look at Nicole's shoes! Not only are they pink, which is "supposed" to clash with red but in fact looks awesome, but they're also mismatched! Love, love, love the mismatched shoe look. It's such a fun little risk for a red carpet.

Basically, the details on this make it perfect. It's the ideal look for an Emmy award winning leading lady.

Priyanka Chopra in Balmain

This was another look I wouldn't have loved on anyone else. Priyanka Chopra looked white hot in this bejeweled, feathered Balmain gown. This gown has a lot going on, but I love how Priyanka balanced it out with sleek hair and monochromatic makeup. 

And those emerald cut diamond earrings! Swoon.

What was your favorite Emmys 2017 look?

Did your favorite make my best dressed list? Who rocked your favorite look of the night? Tell me below in the comments.

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Posted by Demi - University of Maryland

Get Vanessa Hudgens's wrap dress, Rihanna's menswear-inspired blazer, and Nina Dobrev's red printed OTS dress, all for less.

Every week, I scour the web to find inspiring outfits on your favorite celebs and help you recreate their looks! This week, I was inspired by Vanessa Hudgens, Rihanna, and Nina Dobrev. Read on to see how you can get their looks for yourself.

Celebrity Look 1: Vanessa Hudgens All Wrapped Up

Vanessa Hudgens went on a coffee run this past week in a stylish wrap dress which she made casual with a cardigan sweater and her Gucci Princetown backless loafer mules.

Vanessa is known for her love of accessorizing, and she rocked some oversized tortoiseshell frame sunglasses and thin, layered gold necklaces including a matchstick style pendant. She also carried an oversized black bag.

Outfit Inspired by Vanessa

Products: Dress - Nordstrom, Necklace - Forever 21, Sunglasses - Mango, Bag - H&M, Loafer Mules - Target

This light blue wrap dress makes for a great dupe of Vanessa's dress, and can be dressed up with heels or down for a more casual look with flats. 

Loafer mules are a big trend this season, and many brands have created similar versions of Vanessa's Gucci pair. These flat loafer mules from Target have the gold chain link detail giving them a polished look, minus the designer price tag.

Accessorize with an oversized black bag, tortoise frame sunglasses, and dainty, layered gold necklaces – this set includes a matchstick pendant necklace like Vanessa's.

Celebrity Look 2: Rihanna's Androgynous Luxe

Rihanna brought the fall fashion vibes in an androgynous look while recently spotted in NYC.

Never one to shy away from bold fashion, Rihanna wore a menswear-inspired blazer as her top over some loose fitting, straight-leg jeans with busted knees. 

She gave her ensemble a luxe feel by wearing some heeled sandals with fur, vintage-looking sunglasses, hoop earrings, a chain necklace, and a Louis Vuitton top-handle bag in a boxy shape.

Outfit Inspired by Rihanna

Products: Blazer Jacket - H&M, Jeans - Topshop, Sunglasses - Forever 21, Bag - Sole Society, Earrings - Forever 21, Sandals - Nordstrom Rack

As Rihanna demonstrated, one of the major trends this fall is menswear-inspired clothing: think blazers, loafers, etc. Get in on the trend with a houndstooth print blazer – this one has a more oversized, jacket-like fit like hers. Pair it with some busted knee jeans with a straight leg or boyfriend-style fit for her androgynous look.

Give the ensemble a luxe feel with some standout shoes and accessories, like a pair of heeled faux fur sandals, hoop earrings, and a structured top-handle bag. Throw on a pair of vintage-inspired shades for extra effect. 

Celebrity Look 3: Nina Dobrev's Eye-Catching Dress

Nina Dobrev headed to a TV appearance in an eye-catching off-the-shoulder dress in a bold red hue with a white print.

She kept her fun dress looking laid-back by pairing it with some white low-top sneakers, and carried a black crossbody bag with gold detailing. Nina's look is simple in that it doesn't require a lot of pieces, yet totally makes a statement.

Outfit Inspired by Nina

Products: Dress - Asos, Bag - Forever 21, Sneakers - Amazon

No need to say goodbye to your summer dresses just yet. A printed, off-the-shoulder dress can be worn as a casual pre-fall look by pairing it with some white low-top sneakers. This dress features a red and white print similar to Nina's, which makes it super eye-catching and fun.

Since the print and color scheme is bold, accessorize simply like Nina did with a black crossbody bag with gold detailing.

What do you think?

Which outfit would you be most likely to wear? What other celebs would you like to see featured? Leave a comment and let us know!

Would You Wear... a Newsboy Cap?

Sep. 18th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Posted by Caitlyn - FIDM

Extra, extra, read all about it!

Product Information: Forever 21, Urban Outfitters

Some people call it a cabby hat, some call it a baker boy hat. We like to refer to it as a newsboy cap because here at CF we are the #1 source for fashion news for college students. Whatever you choose to call it, this adorable androgynous accessory is fall's latest fad. 

Whether you're donning one to cover up an untamed mane or rocking it with flawless curls, this hat will make a vital accessory when the cooler temperatures come knocking. Opt for all black for a more traditional style or grab one in a deep jewel tone for a trendier seasonal look.

Product Information: Net-a-Porter, Zara, ASOS

Now we want to know what you think! 

Do you love a good cabby hat? Would you ever wear this trend? Comment below and share your thoughts with us! 

Now That's A Bad Day

Sep. 18th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Posted by Jen

Where is the moment we needed the most?

You kick up the leaves and the Volvo is lost...

You tell me your blue skies fade to grey

Your baker still hates you, too, they say

But I don't need no carryin' on!

You fall in the line just to hit a new low

You pretend that you meant to, but everyone knows

You tell me it's hard working here offline

Your coworkers mock you all the time

But I don't need no carryin' on!

So you had a bad day

You're itching downtown,

You sing a sad song just to drown out the sound!

You say you must know,

You tell me don't lie,

Then you work on a smile and you opt for the pie.

You had a bad day!

Now that's a bad day.


Thanks to wreckporters Connie L., Deborah P., Melissa F., Fribby, Monique R., Anony M., & Rachel B. for inspiring a new CW policy: from now on, we want any and all apologies handwritten. ON CAKE.


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Trick or Treat 2017

Sep. 17th, 2017 10:07 pm
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Happy early Halloween! Thanks for offering one of my fandoms this round. I have some prompts under each if you need ideas. If you have your own, though, please feel free to go with it!

For reference, my AO3 is [archiveofourown.org profile] Themistoklis.

General likes: possession, ghost hunting, Groundhog's day, found families, the ins-and-outs of how magic works in a world, clothes sharing, undercover as a couple, cuddling for warmth.

My do-not-wants: body horror, crossovers, explicit sex scenes, non-canon-level violence, self harm.

Murder She Wrote )

SCP Foundation )

Atomic Blonde (2017) )

Harry Potter - JK Rowling )


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