Friday, July 31, 2015

3 things I've learned from being in a sorority

Ok, so I've been the worst about blogging lately. Last weekend I went to a leadership conference for my sorority (which was incredible but exhausting) and managed to pick something up on the plane so I have been out of commission all week. On the bright side, it's given me a lot of time to reflect on the discussions I've had during the 2 DZ conferences I've been to this year, so I thought I'd take a moment to be a little cheesy and reflect on some of the most important I've learned from being in a sorority.

sistahs from another mistah

Your success isn't contingent on others' failure. Seriously, this is a big one. So much of the time we try to tear others down when we feel threatened by their success. Somehow it feels like a personal attack- if they do well in school it's not just that they're going after their goals, but they're somehow trying to beat us. Envy is a natural feeling, but try to take a step back and realize that you probably aren't going out for leadership positions or applying for jobs to beat someone, you're doing it because it's a personal goal and gives you a sense of accomplishment. When show genuine happiness for others' successes and help build them up, everyone wins. 

You don't have to apologize for yourself. Why is it that we allow people to criticize us for everything from the way we speak to the shows we watch? Yeah, I like pink. Most of my iPod is Beyonce, TSwift, and Nicki Minaj with some 1D thrown in, I can recite most of Gilmore Girls (which I will do in my upspeak-y voice), I cry at ASPCA commercials and I just can't on a regular basis. You can call me basic, roll your eyes, say that it's 'so typical' of me or reduce me to a stereotype but I know that my Kate Spade obsession and the inhuman squeal I make when I see a puppy doesn't mean I'm any less intelligent, compassionate, or ambitious. I do things that make me happy and if you don't like it then that's too damn bad because I'm not sorry. 

You can do anything but you can't do everything. Take some time to figure out what's really important to you and figure out how to incorporate those things into your life in a way that you find fulfilling. Maybe that means taking on a leadership role in an organization, maybe it means joining a recreational sports league, maybe it just means joining a fun club. Just recognize your limits and know that you need to be your own first priority- when things start to feel overwhelming and activities are more stressful than enjoyable, it's time to rethink your schedule. 

xoxo,
Yasi "feeling very zen rn"








Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My guide to staying healthy in college


This isn't just about forcing yourself to go to the gym when you would rather be napping. This is about mental health, and the way physical health influences it. College is stressful, especially the first year. It's easy to fall into a rut, where you miss home and you're nervous about your future, and easy to fall into an unhealthy routine. No one is there to tell you what to do. You can eat when you want, sleep when you want, and hang out with friends when you want.


It's easy to become lazy and eat junk food all the time. It's okay, this is college life. There is going to be beer, french fries, chocolate chip pancakes, etc. there for you when you're down- and go for it! But, in order to maintain a good mental state, where you feel good, motivated and awake, you need some healthy habits to balance out the bad habits that are college.

Here is my guide to staying healthy:

1. Eat breakfast in your dorm room on weekdays. 

Dining Halls are like the best place to exist on Saturday and Sunday mornings/afternoons. You can sleep in, go to breakfast/brunch in your pajamas, and get a wide variety of eggs/bacon/potatoes/pancakes etc... It's the perfect pairing to the perfect weekend.

Save the big breakfasts for the weekends, and eat healthy, protein filled breakfasts to get you through the week. Eating a healthy breakfast before class everyday helps you stay awake and powers you through out the day. Some of my favorite dorm room breakfasts include:


  • Siggi's yogurt with granola & frozen raspberries 




  •  Nature Valley's protein oatmeal 


  • Almond milk protein drinks 

  • Egg white frozen breakfast sandwiches 


2. Procrastinate by working out/ being active


Being active is a natural stress reliever. College is stressful. Therefore, being active allows you to procrastinate without feeling guilty. You'll go back to your studying with more energy than ever before.

When I have zero motivation to work, I like to go out for a jog on some of the running trails around my campus. I am not a runner in any sense, but I put in some headphones, play some loud music, and go for a walk/ jog. My favorite app for running is Runtastic:



3. Find a gym buddy/buddies to keep you motivated + sign up for gym classes! 

I am very, very bad at self-motivating. I would much rather stay in bed and watch Netflix. This is why I rely on my friends, and they rely on me, to get me out of bed. Whether you like the gym, or would rather do something outside, make plans with your friends to do something. For me, making plans make me feel like I need to follow through with them.

Yasi is always a good gym buddy! 

PLUS: Most colleges/ universities offer gym classes (such as yoga, pilates, spin, etc) for little or no extra cost. Take advantage of this!

4. Bring healthy snacks to eat between classes 

I always get hungry during class/ between classes. You either have the option to bring something or go into the school store to pick out a snack. The problem is, at least for me, when I'm really hungry I will undoubtedly go towards the chips and the chocolate in the store. This is why I pick out my snacks before hand and bring them with me. Some of my favorites are:


  • Lara Bars


  • Cliff Bars

  • Green Pea Puffs (From Trader Joe's) 

5. Get creative in the Dining Hall 


Dining Hall food is mostly, well, disgusting. It's hard to stay away from the fried foods because it is one of the better tasting options. I like to get creative to try to make my own better tasting foods.

 My favorite thing to make is Chicken Teriyaki. I go to the grill and get a piece of chicken. I get rice from the regular line, and then I put in some veggies/ teriyaki sauce (from the asian grill) and mix it in. It's hard to go wrong with grilled chicken, and even though the rice is usually dry, the chicken juice and teriyaki sauce helps make it better.


6. Give yourself a weekly/biweekly/monthly limited on fried foods/ junk food 

I live on a small campus. My two main food options are Chick-fil-A and Moe's. I mean, don't get me wrong, they're delicious, but I would probably die of a heart attack at age 40 if I ate there everyday. I limit myself to going once a week.

7. Wear a FitBit or use an app to track your steps. 

I'm slightly a perfectionist, so when I'm counting my steps and haven't reached 10,000, I really feel like I need to reach 10,000 by the end of the day. This is a great motivating tool. It makes me walk an extra loop around campus or run a little further. Any activity is better than none.  



8. Bring a yoga mat and an arm band to keep in your dorm room 

Dorm rooms are small, but you can still get some exercising done in your room. I like to bring a mat and an arm band that I tie around the end of my bed. I turn on my TV or some music and do some yoga and arm exercises to relax after a high stress day. My favorite yoga app is Yoga Studio:


Another app I love to use in my dorm room is 7 Minute Workout
Yasi created this collage of the perfect pantry items a while back to have in your dorm room. We tend to like the same things, and everything can be found at Target/ Whole Foods/ Trader Joe's/ Other Supermarket Chains.  


I hope this helps, 

XO, Lexi

~I am in no way a nutrition/ fitness expert or specialist. This is just what works for me, personally, while I'm in college. ~  



Friday, July 24, 2015

'Trainwreck': Your typical romcom with your not-so-typical humor

Trainwreck opened last weekend, racking in more than $30 million- which is a feat for most R rated movies, especially comedies.

*Contains minimal spoilers*




Tranwreck, directed by the ever-so-amazing Judd Apatow,  stars Amy Schumer and Bill Hader, plus a billion cameos by various SNL cast members and many sport stars. Schumer and Hader undoubtedly shine on screen. Their humor is effortless and their chemistry is undeniable.

Being a romcom lover, I didn't mind how the storyline fit the basic mold: Girl says she will never find love, girl finds love, girl questions this decision which causes conflict, girl confesses love at end. The reason this mold worked so well in this movie is because the movie is filled with atypical characters, and original dialogue and jokes.


Firstly, Hader's character isn't your typical Romcom guy- thank god. He's grounded, mature, and has many emotions. Funny, because this is usually the description of the main female lead. Schumer's character is quite opposite. She's a partier, immature, afraid of commitment, and tries hard to hide her feelings- she's a Trainwreck (get it?). Something that makes this movie great is that there are no gender roles, and it feels completely natural (cause that's what real life is like). As seen in the trailer, Hader's character calls her the NEXT day and the girls think that something is seriously wrong with him. As a Buzzfeed article so amazingly pointed out, Schumer's character doesn't change who she is for a man, but changes for herself. This is a new beginning for the romantic comedies that the world is so used to.


Let's not forget Schumer's comedic talents. Haven written the script, every time you laugh, you can thank her. She clearly has an extremely dirty mind, but all of her jokes and off-colored comments are relatable to the truest sense. Plus, for every totally outrageous moment in the movie, there is a serious/ emotional scene to balance it out. This isn't just a movie that has pointless humor, it is a movie about family and love, and it has a real point. The character's aren't just there to make you laugh, they are representative of true people.


Lastly, let's not forget Daniel Radcliffe's infamous role of the Dog Walker. Who else remembers this picture that went viral over a year ago? Yep, it was for this movie.


Love your movie lover,
Lexi

*Pictures are not mine- courtesy of Universal

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Style Inspiration: Keira Knightley in 'Begin Again'


Classic, Sophisticated & Chic 

Three words that describe Gretta's (Keira's character) style in Begin Again. For those of you who haven't seen Begin Again (go watch it!), it is a great movie that stars Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, features amazing original music, and displays Gretta's great fashion sense. 

Her style is comfortable and relaxed, but professional and perfect for roaming city streets. It looks like her clothes have been taken straight off the racks at Anthropologie (which is a good thing if you ask me).  

In this iconic scene, Gretta records her original music in an alley way. Her linen gray pants and pink shell top make for a perfect outdoor work day outfit. 

Get her look here: 
A similar look includes my favorite shades of blues. 



Get this look: 
She also looks super cute as she strolls with her super cute boyfriend Dave (aka Adam Levine) 
  


Get this look: 
Lastly, everyone needs a comfy outfit to lounge around in and play the guitar, right? 





 Get this look:
Time to shop! XO,
Lexi 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Healthy Rice Pudding

I have a love/hate relationship with Sundays. Generally I try to get my work done on Saturday so I can enjoy the day, but I always wake up on Sunday feeling like it's time to get back to my weekly routine. As much as I love indulgent weekend breakfasts, I try to make something a little more wholesome on Sunday so I feel great starting the week.

That being said, I don't see any reason why a wholesome breakfast shouldn't also feel like a delicious, indulgent breakfast. After much experimenting, I've perfected this healthy brown rice pudding. It's vegan, it's gluten free, and it's packed with nutritious ingredients.

I whipped up a batch last night and am enjoying mine with some maple almond butter, homemade raspberry compote, cacao nibs, and pistachios, but you can top it with whatever you want. Whip up a batch on Saturday night and you'll have breakfast until mid-week, making this the perfect Sunday breakfast.


Brown Rice Pudding

prep time: 15 min total time: 2 hours serves: 4

ingredients:

2 c almond milk or coconut milk
2 c cooked brown rice
2 medjool dates, pitted
2 T chia seeds
1 t ground cinnamon
½ t cardamom
½ t vanilla extract

preparation:

Combine milk of choice, dates, vanilla, cardamom and cinnamon in a blender and pulse until completely smooth. Pour mixture into a bowl and whisk in chia seeds. Stir in brown rice, cover, and refrigerate until chia seeds have puffed up and mixture has set to the consistency of a pudding.

Top with your choice of ingredients and serve. Leftovers can be kept in refrigerator for 2-3 days.

other topping ideas:

coconut milk base + mango + pineapple + kiwi + shredded coconut
chocolate almond base + cacao nibs + hazelnuts + strawberries
unsweetened vanilla almond base + blackberries + macadamia nuts + ricotta + meyer lemon juice
chocolate almond base + peanut butter + peanuts + cacao nibs + bananas
coconut milk base + macadamia nuts + shredded coconut + papaya 

As you can see, this recipe is super easy and versatile. Let us know if you come up with any creative combinations to try in the comments! 

xoxo,
Yasi "Orrrr maybe this recipe will only last me until tomorrow... whoops?" 







The Best Ice Cream in Los Angeles

Today is National Ice Cream Day! If you didn't know this about me, I love ice cream. Like it is hands down my favorite dessert ever. If I could eat ice cream multiple times a day, every day for the rest of my life without dying of a heart attack, I 100% would. Because of my affinity for ice cream, I consider myself a sort of expert on the ice cream landscape of LA. If there's an ice cream shop you're wondering about, I have probably (definitely) been and have a strong opinion on it. I'm certainly picky, but LA has no shortage of amazing options. If you're in Los Angeles and are looking to celebrate National Ice Cream Day with a frozen treat, look no further: 




1. Mother Moo Creamery
Locations: Sierra Madre
What to order: Raw Honey
Why we love it: Their flavors are unusual but simple- think things like avocado, cornflake, and rosewater. Because there isn't much to distract you, they have to focus on the quality and they definitely deliver.

2. Carmela Ice Cream
Locations: Pasadena, 3rd Street
What to order: Lavender Honey and Strawberry Buttermilk in a Waffle Cone
Why we love it: Carmela's first store is out of the way in Pasadena but grew out of word of mouth. Yeah, their ice cream is so good that they managed to build a store out of the way of everything and still generated a cult following. Everything in the store feels so delicate and airy and you will feel like an ethereal fairy floating out on a cloud of lavender and roses.

3. Cool Haus
Locations: Pasadena, Culver City, Food Truck
What to order: Horchata on Snickerdoodles
Why we love it: Do you know of anyone that serves up dessert inspired by architecture with flavors involving both whiskey and fruit loops? No? Well you do now. Nuff said.

4. McConnell's
Locations: DTLA, Santa Barbara
What to order: Churros con Leche
Why we love it: McConnell's is still a family-owned operation that's been serving up quality ice cream for more than 50 years. Now that they've expanded into LA, you can stroll around Grand Central Market with your cone and pretend you're living in a different era. If you can't get downtown, they sell in grocery stores in the most adorable containers you've ever seen.

5. Mashti Malone's
Locations:Hollywood
What to order: Rosewater Saffron with Pistachios between wafers
Why we love it: Weekends spent at my grandma's always meant Mashti Malone's ice cream sandwiches. Their ice creams totally capture the flavors of Middle Eastern cuisine, making this an indulgence that is totally unlike anything you've had before.

6. Salt & Straw
Locations: Larchmont Village,
What to order: Stumptown Coffee & Compartes Love Nuts
Why we love it: Salt & Straw somehow manages to create unique flavors that still remind you of the classic flavors you grew up on as a kid. Plus, I'm a sucker for locally produced goods- I love that they use Stumptown in what is hands down their best flavor.

7. Milk
Locations: Beverly
What to order: Red Velvet Macaron Sandwich
Why we love it: Milk is basically an old-fashioned pharmacy lunch counter- they have classic lunch options in addition to shakes/malts/sundaes/etc.- but they've updated everything to suit the LA set. Also, macaron ice cream sandwiches. Duh.

8. Bennett's Ice Cream
Locations: The Farmer's Market @ The Grove
What to order: Chocolate or Vanilla w/ Rainbow Sprinkles (or Jimmies if you're feeling too grown-up for the rainbow goodness)
Why we love it: It's classic, it's unpretentious, and it's exactly what you need when all you want is some good, old-fashioned chocolate.

9. Sweet Rose Creamery
Locations: Santa Monica, Brentwood, Mid-City
What to order: Mint Chip in a Chocolate Cone or Strawberry and Peaches & Cream
Why we love it: Sweet Rose comes from the culinary geniuses that brought us Huckleberry & Farmshop so you know it's a winner. Everything is made in-house, including the tiny marshmallows that look the tiny jet-puffed things of your childhood (but taste soooo much better). The music is always perfect, everyone is always smiling, and you sort of feel like you've stepped into a perfect parallel universe where there's never any traffic and doctors tell you to eat more ice cream.


Alternatively, pick up a box of cake cones & chocolate malted crunch Thrifty's ice cream from your local Rite Aid and enjoy a cone or 5 at home. Happy ice cream eating!

xoxo,
Yasi "From now on I'll only respond to 'Ice Cream Guru'"


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Chobani Flips #BreakYouMake



As college students, it goes without saying that we're super busy. Just finding the time to sit down and have a meal is hard, so sometimes taking breaks for the sake of our health is out of the question (cough cough finals). Sometimes you need someone (or something) else to remind you to take a break, and Chobani Flips are the perfect way to do that! We both love Chobani because they provide delicious snacks that keep us healthy and energized, plus their new flips are so delicious. There's a flavor to match any personality or mood. Plus, they satisfy your sweet tooth and the protein fills you up! When Chobani asked us to nominate someone for a #breakyoumake, we were happy to participate.




My #breakyoumake nomination goes to Yasi. Yasi seriously deserves a break. She is very actively involved on campus, being on the executive boards of many clubs. As a double major in Business and Spanish, she is always studying and gives 110% on everything she does. Not only that, but she provides for herself. She has been working since 15, making her own money to purchase her own luxuries. Nothing is handed to her, and that makes for a very smart, independent person. With all of this, she still somehow has time to do DIY projects, bake gourmet goods, create dorm room recipes + so much more. Something we have in common is the overwhelming amount of pressure from our parents to succeed. Doing this, while trying to find yourself and make yourself happy, is a difficult task. Sometimes in life we just need a breather, and as Yasi is about to start her junior year, she seriously deserves a break. 

Love, Lexi 

Without a doubt, Lex gets my nomination for a #breakyoumake. Lexi totally commits to everything she does, even when she's got a million other things on her plate. She's totally fearless in going after her passions- our school may not be known for their film program, but Lexi knew that she loved film and has found ways to pursue her dream of having a career in the media industry by getting a job at an independent movie theater and getting involved with the Communications department.Lexi is one of the most self-aware, level-headed people I know and she's always the voice of reason in our suite. Despite the fact that she's a busy student/future filmmaker/feminist, she's always there for her friends and family. Lex is always taking care of everyone else, so this time I think she gets to take a well-deserved break!

xoxo,
Yasi










Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Lexi's Quick Trip to Montreal Travel Guide

On June 20th, my cousin got married at a beautiful resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. Being so close to the US/Canadian border, my family decided we would extend our vacation and go to Montreal. None of us had been there, and we only had 2 full days to discover the city. We loved it. You get the European feel (everything is in French) with the Canadian hospitality. Here is a list of what to see if you only have a couple days to explore Montreal.

1. Rue Saint Catherine: The Shopping Street

Picture from Google 

This street has every store that one could want. I wish streets like this existed everywhere!



2. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Picture from Google

On a rainy day, check out the Museum of Fine Arts. It's in a great central location and in a beautiful building. 

3. Old Town Montreal 





Old Town is an absolute must-see. It is filled with history and you have yourself thinking that you're in a historic town in France. From the cobblestone streets, and the boutique shops, it is full of charm. 

4.  Parc du Mont-Royal



Another absolute must-see. It is the central park of Montreal, but it is up on a hill and overlooks the whole city. It is incredible. If walking, be prepared to hike. There are many steep stairs and hills to get to the top - but - it is a great workout that ends with great views.  


5. A Bonus: The Restaurants, Bars, & Nightlife 




Montreal is known for their amazing restaurants. I went to a new and extremely trendy restaurant, named Jatoba, for my 20th birthday. I highly recommend this restaurant, as do many celebrities, as their Japanese cuisine is one-of-a-kind and to die for. Of course, there are many delicious French Bistros to check out. Another thing about Montreal is that the drinking age is 18. You can either take advantage of this or keep it classy and live your life, for a few days, as a sophisticated adult who sips on Cosmo's after shopping (that's what I did) if you aren't 21 yet.  

Overall, Montreal is a great city, and you can see a lot if you just have a few days to explore. Make sure to stay in a centrally located hotel- there are many great options! 

If anyone else has been to Montreal, please comment below with your experiences/ anything places or things to do that you recommend! 

Xo, Lexi "I'm already planning my next trip back" 

*All pictures are mine unless otherwise stated* 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The perfect dessert

In keeping with the theme of last-minuteness today, I thought I'd share one of my absolute favorite dessert recipes ever. Because I'm the type of person who lays in bed all day and then has 3 hours to do everything I need to get ready for a party, I usually use one of my go-to quick & easy recipes for potlucks. I'm usually in charge of dessert and I hate taking something from a bakery or grocery store, but when you only have a few hours it's difficult to put together some beautiful, homemade dish. That's why I love this blueberry and meyer lemon buttermilk cake- it's summery, it's delicious, it's adaptable, and it's easy to make!



If you're looking for a sort of snacking cake or brunch item, keep this cake simple. For something a little fancier, use some glaze and garnish to dress it up (recipe includes instructions for both).You can add whatever fruit you have on hand and make it a cake for any time year (think about adding peaches & ginger, apples & cinnamon, blackberries & cardamom, etc.), making this the perfect cake for any occasion.


Blueberry and Meyer Lemon Buttermilk Cake

adapted from Epicurious

for the cake:

2 c. unbleached all-purpose flour or cup 4 cup gluten free flour
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. sea salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 1/3 c. granulated sugar
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 c. buttermilk, room temperature
1 T. lemon zest (I prefer meyer lemons, but you can use regular)
1 1/2 c. blueberries, rinsed and drained

for the glaze:

1 c. confectioner's sugar
3 T. lemon juice, meyer lemon preferred
1/4 c. blueberries, rinsed and drained (optional)

preparation:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Butter and flour two 8" cake pans and set aside.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add granulated sugar, then add eggs one at a time and beat until combined. Add vanilla and lemon zest and beat well. Slowly add flour mixture and buttermilk, alternating between the two, until just combined. Fold in blueberries, then divide batter evenly between pans. **For snacking cake, sprinkle 1-2 T. granulated sugar over the top of each cake before baking to add a bit of crunch.

Run a spatula around the edge of the cake pans and tap gently on counter to even out batter. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown and cake tester inserted into middle comes out clean. Run spatula around the edge of the pan again and let cakes cool for 15 minutes before inverting onto cooling rack.

While the cakes are cooling, place confectioners sugar in blender and add lemon juice and blueberries a little at a time until smooth. Allow cakes to cool for at least 30 minutes on rack before drizzling on glaze. Top with garnish like fresh blueberries, candied lemon slices, little dollops of creme fraiche whipped cream, or mint. Enjoy!


xoxo,
Yasi "Or make one of each cake and eat it for every meal"





Yasi's 4th of July Roundup

I'm probably the worst planner ever. Every time I have an event or party or something, I realize about 2 hours before that I haven't showered, my nails are a mess, and I have nothing to wear. This year is, of course, no different. I've been hunting for the perfect 4th of July outfit all day and have yet to actually just go and pick something out, but in the process of outfit hunting I've gotten together quite the roundup of red, white & blue items to show your patriotism. For all you fellow last minute shoppers (or those of you who like to plan outfits a year in advance), here are some of my favs for the 4th!


Have a happy holiday!
xoxo,
Yasi "Can't wait to run around after my frantic dog tonight"

Last Minute 4th of July Outfit Idea

I am always a last minute shopper. Usually, I never find what I'm looking for. Luckily, this year, while shopping for the 4th of July, I found a skirt that was perfect for the occasion.


I love the length, and that it can be used on many occasions, from casual to formal. I also love the fact that it is only $38 from francesca's.


I paired it with nude pumps and red lips. My favorite lip color is 'Be Legendary' Long-Wear Lip Lacquer, by Smashbox. It stays on ALL day, and it doesn't come off when eating or drinking or sweating (perfect for a Florida summer). It also doesn't make lips dry!


Best part is- you can have fun and be silly in this outfit, while still looking put together! For a chillier 4th of July night, pair with a long sleeve shirt or a jean jacket.

Get exact & similar looks here:
Happy 4th,

Lexi

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Dressing for your Internship

By now you're probably settled into your summer routine, whatever that may be. If you have an internship, congrats! It's really exciting to explore potential careers and learn all about an industry in which you're interested. 
I did my first internship the summer after my junior year of high school. There was some confusion at the company- someone thought I was a junior in college and they’d already offered me a position by the time they realized I was in high school, so I just got to work there anyway. The week before I went shopping for professional clothing and basically tried to imitate what I’d seen in movies. A nice navy suit, a few button-downs, a sheath dress. The thing is, I felt like I was dressing up in my mom’s clothes every day and was so uncomfortable.
Which brings me to why I’m here today. How does one even dress for an internship? When you’re young, it’s hard to find a balance between professional and age-appropriate. Here’s my guide to choosing clothes as well as few favorite pieces I’ve found.
The Basics:
1. Know your environment.
 ‘Professional’ isn’t going to mean the same thing everywhere. If you’re working at a corporate law firm, you should probably think more formal and keep your wardrobe within the black/white/gray/navy color scheme. If you’re working at an ad agency or magazine, you’re probably going to have a little more wiggle room. Wait until you’ve seen what your colleagues are wearing before buying a lot of stuff.
2. Less is more. You don’t need to have a different outfit for every day of the week. Nice professional clothes can be expensive, so just invest in a few nice pieces that you can mix and match. They’ll last a lot longer, so you can just keep adding to your wardrobe rather than replacing everything, and I can promise you that no one cares if you wear the same skirt twice in one week.
3. How you present yourself is really important, so take it seriously. Whether we like it or not, people automatically judge how competent, organized, and generally on top of our shit we are by our clothes and outward appearance. This is going to be your first impression on a lot of people in your office, and for all you know one of your colleague’s best friends could be the CEO at the company of your dreams. You’re making valuable connections, so make sure you smell good, your clothes are in good repair, your nails are clean, and your hair is neat.* Make an effort to look polished and people will notice.
4. Err on the side of caution. If you’re asking yourself if a skirt is too short for the office, it probably is. If you’re wondering if you should go a size up in a top, do it. I had a friend in the office who was constantly pulling her skirts down because she didn’t want to flash anyone. There was another person who didn’t own a single pair of pants that fit him properly and the rest of us saw way too much butt as a result. Don’t be them. Think about country club attire as a general rule of thumb. Skirts no shorter than 3 inches above the back of the knee, usually keep shoulders covered, no shorts… you get the idea.
5. Make sure you’re comfortable. I can’t stress this one enough. Interns are expected to do anything and everything, from sitting in on important meetings to making coffee. Steer away from silky linings and go for breathable fabrics and non-constricitng clothes. It’s almost always better to size up a little bit in office clothes so you’ll have more room to move.
6. Keep in mind your current situation. Dry cleaning is expensive and you might not want to budget a ton of money for it just yet, so as cute as that dry-clean only dress might be, maybe look for things you can wash yourself. If you’re going to be running all over the place and then have to sit in on a meeting, make sure you opt for non-wrinkle materials that will stay looking good all day. The people wearing suits are usually high up in the company and have been working for a lot longer than you have- no one expects you to wear the same thing as the CEO.
*If you want to straighten your hair, go for it, but neat doesn’t mean straight. I’ve found that people are generally the most comfortable when they feel like themselves, so go for your natural hair! Just make sure you don’t roll out of bed and leave.
And now, some recommendations: 
internshipclothes
1. A Coordinated Set (SkirtTop)
Why: They can look professional together, are still young/trendy, and the individual pieces can be worn with other stuff.
What to Look for: Clean lines, covered shoulders, skirt that hits no higher than 3 inches above the back of the knee, fairly simple colors and prints.
2. A Non-Wrinkle DressWhy: This will be your best friend. It looks cute and polished, even if you just have to run 11 blocks to get to the courthouse before closing in it. Toss a blazer over it and it becomes super-professional.
What to Look for: Ponte, solid colors, reasonable hemline, classic cut (like a slight a-line), ponte. Also ponte.
3. A Fun Detail
Why: This says “I’m professional but still young and whimsical af”, and who doesn’t want to say that with their outfit? You’ll also be able to wear this one outside the office.
What to Look for: A textured fabric, fun hem detail, some contrast piping, a bow. Stick to one detail, and nothing too crazy.
4. A Comfortable Heel
Why: If you’re like me, you like wearing heels. They make that intimidating clicking noise and make you feel like a legit, grown-up, professional woman. But like, heels. Ugh.
What to Look for: Keep it below 2″, built in padding, no spots that rub, closed toe, no cheap/tacky looking material, solid colors (read: black, navy, nude).
5. A Pair of Stretch Pants
Why: They’re comfortable, you can wear them outside the office, and you can dress them up or down.
What to Look for: Slim leg, dark colors (because… you know), regular pants that just happen to have some stretch to them, higher rise, thick/heavier material.
6. A Dressed-Up Tee
Why: Ok, so this technically breaks the tee-shirt rule but this makes you feel so much more comfortable, you can wear it outside work, and it’ll be a great piece to mix and match.
What to Look for: Thick material (ponte), solid color, peplum, covered shoulders, crew or bateau neckline.
7. An A-Line Skirt
Why: They are so much more comfortable than pencil skirts and are equally professional yet a bit more youthful.
What to Look for: No prints, maybe a different material (like tweed? I really like tweed), colors that will match with lots of different tops, modest hemline (not like Duggar modest, but no mid-thigh skirts here).
8. A Classic Blouse
Why: You’ll wear this for every single thing where you usually say “Ugh I don’t know what to wear for this”. This is a grown-up person staple.
What to Look for: Solid, light color (probably white, actually), non-wrinkle material (silk or just non-wrinkle button down), covered shoulders.
9. A Unique Flat
Why: 2 weeks into your internship, you aren’t going to want to wear heels every day. Sure, deny it while you can. I know I’m right.
What to Look for: D’Orsay, ankle strap, color block. Whatever, just make sure it’s still polished, doesn’t look cheap, and is comfortable. Seriously, I’ve had flats that were less comfortable than heels, so really watch for that.
That’s all my advice! Do you have any suggestions for must-have professional wardrobe items? Let us know in the comments!
xoxo,
Yasi “Online shopping instead of studying now someone please make me do work”

Movie Review: The Hunting Ground

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One of this year’s most talked about documentaries is titled The Hunting Grounddirected and written by two time oscar-nominated Kirby Dick (best known for The Invisible War). I was very lucky to get the chance to attend a screening of the film that was followed by a Q & A with Kirby Dick himself.
The Hunting Ground focuses on what could be the biggest issue the United States is facing right now: rape on college campuses and the failure of administration and law enforcement to do anything about it. The statistics are very alarming. About 20% of females will be sexually assaulted during their time in college. To put that in perspective, 120 of the 600 females that are entering my college next year can expect to be sexually assaulted, possibly before class even starts. This is a major problem on all campuses, affecting mostly females, but also males, all around the country.
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