Finals week is stressful, hard, and horrible, but that doesn’t mean your outfits should be that way, too. Sure, Ugg slippers, leggings, and cozy sweaters are comfortable, but there are other, better, and prettier ways to dress during finals.
Think of it this way: If you look well, you feel well, and if you feel well, you’ll do better on tests, so instead of reaching for those dirty old sweats, start the day by wearing one of these cute outfit ideas.
The comfy look: The comfy look is a must during finals, especially when you know you’ll be spending hour after hour stuck in the library writing papers. But instead of going for the huge sweater paired with leggings and Ugg boots, try wearing something more fitted and colorful. You’ll feel just as comfortable and cozy, but you’ll look a million times better. Jeggings work great for this because they feel just like leggings but they look like jeans (seriously, what more could a girl ask for?). A fitted V-neck sweater will instantly make you look more stylish, and a cute pair of boots is always the cherry on top of an already great outfit. Pair this with your usual winter jacket and you’re set to go.
The classy-girly look: Another good idea—in case you’re anything like me and love girly, colorful clothes—is to go for something a little more stylish like a cute, flowy shirt paired with skinny jeans, a classic cardigan, cute flats, and a colorful scarf.
Wouldn’t a tall hot chocolate with extra whipped cream be great right about now? Yeah, well, that’s winter for you! Sadly, the prospect of cold weather and yummy holiday foods only make it harder and harder to say no to those chocolaty treats. After all, no one’s wearing bathing suits for months and that makes all those extra pounds add up extra quickly. But never fear! There’s always a way to avoid weight gain in the winter without avoiding the tasty treats of the holidays.
For starters, having breakfast every day is very, very important! I know you’ve heard it a million times, so you might as well as do it. Having an omelet, cereal or fruit will jump start your metabolism and make you less hungry throughout the day. That way, you will be less likely to snack between meals.
Next up is exercising. I know, I know, I hate it too, but if you want to keep the weight off, there’s no better way than to burn calories, especially on the days when you can’t resist that extra piece of chocolate or second scoop of ice cream.
Snack, snack, snack! Never go more than four hours without eating. I would go for the cheeseburger and french fries, too, if I was so hungry I couldn’t think straight. To avoid this, eat something small, like fruit, vegetables or peanuts in order to carry you to the next meal and make you less likely to eat junk food throughout the day.
Lastly, don’t forget to indulge once in a while. As long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle and exercise, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying yummy treats every now and then.
Alex Thomson is the kind of guy who wears his life on his sleeve (and he says so himself). He loves politics and has “a deep love for her Majesty,” yet he can be serious, hard working and hilarious, all at the same time. If you’ve ever met him, you know exactly who I’m talking about. Alex is a celebrity for many reasons; everybody loves him, and no matter what he’s doing, he always shines.
Hometown: Los Angeles, California (The west-coast-best-coast).
Majors: Politics and an independent major in Public Policy
Minors: Legal Studies and History
What’s your favorite thing about Brandeis?
I love the relationships I’ve been able to establish with my professors where I’ve just been able to have conversations about things not related to the coursework. I’ve enjoyed meeting people here and being impressed by how smart Brandeisians are and I love the opportunities that the school gives its students. I think it’s really easy to get involved with anything you want.
What are you involved with on campus?
I’m a CA for a leader scholar community focused on media, politics and society. I also have an on-campus job working for president Fred Lawrence where I do office assistant work. I’m also the co-president of the Brandeis Israel Public Affairs Committee (BIPAC) and I’m the student representative to the search committee for the senior vice president of communications. I also just got involved with the new club Queer Policy Alliance.
What’s the best class you’ve ever taken here?
It’s a class I’m taking now called Political Packaging in American with Eileen Mcnamara. She’s brilliant and witty, all at the same time.
If you could meet someone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Choosing the perfect mascara is hard, especially since there are more brands, colors and brush styles every day! But have no fear when it comes to selecting which mascara to use since there is one simple rule that never fails: to try it out for yourself! As they say, you never know until you try, and trust me, this applies to mascaras as well.
But, just in case you don’t have time to buy and try all the different mascaras out there, I’ll give you the ‘deets’ on the best of the best.
For the day, the best mascara is CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara in very black. Just a few strokes of this will last you all day, and it will add an extra something to your look. Plus, this really helps if you don’t have very long lashes. Sometimes it makes them look so dark and thick that I’ve had people come up to me and ask me if they’re fake. So if length is what you’re after, this is definitely something you should keep in your purse.
For going out/nighttime, the best option is MAC Haute and Naughty Lash Mascara. It’s very dramatic and fun, plus it won’t smudge. I especially love the brush on this one, the size is not too big or small, and not too long or short – it’s just perfect and very easy to handle. For extra volume and length add a few more strokes than you normally would, especially on the sides, and get ready for a fun, flirty look.
Coming from Mexico City, where safety—especially at night—is a huge concern, I definitely know a thing or two more than the average girl. Here are the most common do’s and don’ts that I’ve learned throughout the years:
• Always, always, always travel with a buddy. This is absolutely essential, especially if you’re going to be drinking or if you want to go to a party or a place where you don’t know many people. Having a friend will not only make the night more fun for you; it will also serve as protection if you get a little too, should we say, intoxicated and are not making the best decisions.
• Bring your cellphone, money and an ID wherever you go. You never know when you’re going to need them, so it’s best to have them with you at all times. For extra safety, make sure to add the numbers for campus police (781-736-5000), Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps (781-736-3333) or any other emergency lines you can think of to your contact list.
• Have fun, but do it responsibly! You can go out at night, but make sure it’s not too late when you leave, especially if have to walk through one of those deserted, creepy streets (and, whenever possible, take a cab instead of the subway, especially if it’s really late at night).
• Never, ever, ever take a ride from a stranger or leave a party with a guy you just met. Seriously! I don’t care how cute he is.
Fall fashion is admittedly hard—the weather is neither too hot nor too cold—and let’s face it: Pumpkin spice lattes and falling leaves can, and eventually do, get old. But overall, fall fashion is about basics, and with a little effort, basics can be fun.
And how, you might ask, can we make that happen?
Well, there are five things that you probably already have in your closet, which can totally transform your sense of fashion and your love of fall.
1. Most of you probably already know this, but a pair of thick, black leggings is absolutely necessary! They’re not only good at keeping you warm and comfortable but also match everything, which makes them the number-one must have.
2. Then come boots, which are an absolute must during the fall. They’re warm and cozy, and you’ll definitely want them once the weather is not warm.
3. Also very basic—and very important—is a black, gray, white or brown button-down cardigan. Added bonus: It’s cute, convenient and small enough to fit in your bag.
4. Then comes a colorful pea coat or any other fun jacket that stands out a little, which will instantly make you feel like a star.
5. Last but not least is a neutral-colored scarf, which completes the look and always makes you look fab.
Year: 2015 Major: American studies Minor: Music Hometown: Newton, MA
Let’s Talk Ladies: Do you have a girlfriend?
I don’t, but I could!...(@gabegoodman, www.gabegoodman.com, www.facebook.com/gabegoodman, etc. etc.)
What do you look for in a Brandeisian Cutie (Girl)?
My ideal Brandeisian cutie would be smart, witty, a lot of fun and a cutie, of course. I love a girl who is into the same kind of stuff I am, but I wouldn’t say I have a type.
What’s your ideal date?
For a first date, I think coffee or frozen yogurt is always a good choice. You can talk for as long as you like and really get to know the person, but you have an easy exit if things aren’t going well.
Favorites: Movie: That Thing You Do. It’s this kinda corny movie I saw when I was like 3 about a one-hit wonder band in the 50’s. I’ve seen it a million times since.
Chick Flick: I’ve actually only seen the last 10 minutes of The Notebook, but I already know it’s my favorite chick flick.
Song: Pretty impossible to pick…right now it’s “Towers” by Bon Iver.
Book: Catcher in the Rye
Part about Brandeis: I love that everyone seems to know each other; the feeling that you can walk around campus at pretty much any time of day and run into someone you know.
Place to study on campus: Einstein’s
I think it’s safe to say that 99% of the girl population, myself included, know the name of the nail polish they are wearing and could probably tell you what their favorite lip gloss is. What they might not know however, is when they bought them. Who here knows exactly when all of your beauty products expire? If you’re part of this group and don’t remember how long you’ve been using your beloved mascara or your favorite blush, it’s time to say adios! Trust me, when it comes to makeup it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially if any one of your products has the potential to create an infection later on.
Unlike food, makeup doesn’t have a printed expiration date, so it’s harder to decide how long products can really last. Generally it’s best to go the obvious route and throw away anything that has either changed in color or consistency, or smells bad. So if you’re gloss is gooey or your pink blush has turned orange, toss those away immediately!
As for every new product you buy, the easiest thing to do is to label them right away with the month and date of when you bought them. After that you, can follow these general rule for how long to keep your products:
Mascara - 3 months Liquid eyeliner - 6 months Foundation, powders, lipsticks and concealers - 18 months Eye shadows and blushes - 12-18 months Nail polish – 1 year
The first day of school can be difficult, long and stressful. It can be even worse if you spend it worrying about your hair! If you’re anything like me and have started planning ahead on how to beat the humidity and hot weather during that first day, then you’ll want to invest a few extra minutes to make yourself look great and to keep the frizz at bay.
Here are tips on how to ensure your hair looks flawless on your first day of classes:
1) Get frizz free shampoo and conditioner. Products like Silk Elements- Luxury moisturizing shampoo and TRE Semme- Vitamin E moisture rich shampoo should do the trick.
2) Don’t towel dry! Instead use a microfiber towel and press the water out.
3) Say no to heat and bye-bye to flat irons. Heat damage makes for frizzy hair.
4) Apply a silicone serum every once in a while. It’ll make the cuticle stay smooth. Try something like Göt2B Glossy Anti-Frizz Shine Serum.
5) Search for alcohol free products like Leonor Greyl Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice. 6) Use a fine comb and be gentle while combing your hair. No need for violence and anger, everyone knows that love works best.
7) Lastly, remember flyaways! Apply shine spray to tame every strand or a little bit of mousse to keep everything in place.
If you love the arts then get ready to celebrate them because the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts is starting this Wednesday, April 26. For those who don’t already know, the creative festival is a Brandeis tradition that takes place every spring. It is named after it’s founder, Leonard Bernstein, and it’s composed of a series of events in which work by national and regional artists (as well as Brandeis faculty and students) is presented. I haven’t witnessed this festival myself, but I hear it’s a blast. So much so, that it lasts four days.
This year it’s going to take place from April 26 to the 29th. Some of the highlights include the Brandeis Theater Company’s dance/sculpture collaboration “Beyond the Boundaries”; an outdoor folk festival, and “Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade,” a foursome inspired by vintage swing, blues country and folk. But there are many more events taking place during this four days, so make sure to go to http://www.brandeis.edu/arts/festival/attendees/index.html and start thinking about what events you would like to go to. A little warning though, there are so many, that you might just be tempted to go to every single one.
The Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts is not something that you’ll want to miss, so make sure to stop by, enjoy a quick study break, hang out with friends and check it out!