So Far Away: Tips for Coping with Homesickness

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Over the summer, and for years prior (since the sixth grade) that I’ve been looking forward to attending college, I always dreamt of the fun activities in which I’d participate, the interesting people I’d meet, and the endless opportunities of higher learning. While I have come to realize all of those expectations, I never stopped to consider the hardships I might face—most notably, homesickness. So far college has proven to be everything I ever imagined. But all of sudden? This week has hit me hard with an insatiable longing for home, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. While nothing will fully satisfy that desire until an actual return a la casa, most likely for Thanksgiving, here are a few tips to manage the yearning until that time comes. Continue reading

Mustard Yellow is a Friendly Fellow

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As you might recall, the Pantone Color of the Year is ultraviolet, but I think mustard yellow is giving it a run for its money. This trendy fall color exudes warmth and mimics the pretty change in fall leaves, acting as the perfect autumn accessory or pop to an otherwise dull outfit. I realize a lot of people have a love-hate relationship with yellow…it can make your teeth look less than white, it washes you out, it has to be just the particular shade, etc. etc. I get it; the happy color can be difficult to style. But that’s why I love the mustard shade so much. It’s dark enough where it won’t give you the illusion of illness or coffee-stained teeth, but still cozy enough to add all the fall vibes to your wardrobe. Here are 5 ways to stay on trend with mustard this season. Continue reading

Maybe She’s Born With It, Maybe It’s Confidence

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Did you ever see the 2007 princess movie Enchanted? You know, the one with Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey that combines (and pokes fun at) all the major fairy tales? If not, bear with me for a moment as I describe one of the scenes. Nathaniel, played by Timothy Spall aka Wormtail, watches a dramatic and horribly cheesy soap opera in which the angsty woman asks the man, “How can I love a man who doesn’t even like himself?” Is it weird that I remember this scene so vividly? Probably, but I swear I have a point to make. Continue reading