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Emily Randall

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HALF UNITED fighting to end hunger


Have you ever felt a little guilty after going shopping? HALF UNITED is a brand that will make you feel good (inside and out) after a purchase.

HALF UNITED was founded in 2009 on only two hundred dollars by a brother and sister duo. Carmin and Christian Black grew up exposed to community service and the fashion industry. After pursuing individual careers with TOMS Shoes (Carmin) and designing (Christian), they banned together to found HALF UNITED. HALF UNITED is an apparel and accessories company that combines their two passions of fashion and philanthropy.  


Half of every product’s profit goes directly towards feeding impoverished children through partnerships with NGO’s domestically, as well as globally. In developing nations, less than a dollar a day will provide a child with healthy meals. HALF UNITED plants school gardens, adopts neighborhoods, hosts food drives, gives lunch meals to children in developing nations, hosts food outreach programs, and even delivers meals directly to impoverished children.

Through affordable and cute clothing and accessories, HALF UNITED supports and empowers children around the world, doing their “HALF to make sure a hungry belly is the last thing they ever have to worry about.”

Do your part in fighting hunger by purchasing from

Gift Guide: For the Boyfriend



While boys may claim to be easygoing and laid back, they are impossible to find gifts for.  Here is a gift guide that will help you complete the task and impress your man!


Some boys like to drink. A flask is a gift that any college boy will appreciate. Include a bottle of his favorite liquor and head out to a party! 

Add a person touch and customize it! Check out to design your own flask. 


Look up tickets for your boyfriend’s favorite show or sports team! Not only will he appreciate the thought you put into the gift, but you get to join in on the fun too! 

Video Game

If your boyfriend is a hockey fan, consider purchasing him NHL ’13 for Xbox (if he doesn’t have it already!). Hopefully it will keep him occupied until this lockout is over...



An iPhone case is the perfect accessory for your guy if you don’t want to splurge, but want him to be reminded of you every time he looks at his phone. You can custom design your own at or go for the sleek, black leather look of this one from Urban Outfitters.


Alternative Christmas Songs



I know we’ve all heard and loved the classics, but there is only so much “All I want for Christmas is You” that a girl can take. Here are some holiday tunes that’ll hopefully put you in the Holiday spirit, but won’t make you want to kill yourself.


The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping

Three words: Never. Gets. Old. I start immediately bouncing when this song plays.


Jimmy Eat World – Last Christmas 

OC Christmukkuh anyone? 


The Raveonettes – The Christmas Song

Another OC Christmukkuh classic. Seth and Summer forever.


Ron Sexsmith – Maybe This Christmas 

Very hopeful and very soothing.


Cascada – Last Christmas

Maybe the only Christmas song you won’t feel weird pre-gaming to. 


Death Cab for Cutie- Baby Please Come Home

Everyone needs a little Death Cab in their life (for your more pensive moments).


Ingrid Michaelson – December Baby

Depressing and beautiful. 

The War on Men?



In a recent opinion piece posted on the Fox News website, Suzanne Venker argues that women have declared a “war on men.” She begins by stating that men no longer find a successful marriage to be an important goal in their lives. We’ve all heard women complain about how hard it is to find a “good man” to date or marry.  Venker views this complaint in a different light, claiming that it is men who can’t find a “good woman.”

She backs this argument by discussing the change of roles that women play in society today: 

“Much of the coverage has been in response to the fact that for the first time in history, women have become the majority of the U.S. workforce. They’re also getting most of the college degrees. The problem? This new phenomenon has changed the dance between men and women.”

The word that stands out most to me in this statement is “problem.” She immediately brings a negative light to the rising power of women. She then declares that the reason men are not looking to marry is simply because, “women aren’t women anymore.” Despite the blatant offensiveness of this statement, she is suggesting that there is a clear definition of what it means to be a woman, and apparently, women aren’t adhering to it.


Tips and Tricks for Not Freezing Your Bum Off in this Weather!


I am obsessed with dressing for the weather, especially once it gets chilly out. There is nothing worse than shivering in the Learning Commons. Here are some tips for keeping your tush warm without looking like an overstuffed sausage! 


Layers, Layers, and more Layers


I hope I’m not the only one who resorts to wearing sport/ski thermals under my shirts (…okay and jeans) once it hits below freezing. A much cuter way to stay warm is by layering. This season is all about the collared shirt under a sweater look, as seen on Add a jacket and statement necklace to look especially put together. 


While bare legs may attract the boys, they definitely aren’t worth the freezing pain you’ll feel when you walk home from the bars in negative degree weather. I have never made a better purchase than buying thick tights with soft fleece on the inside. There are some footless ones from Anthropologie.

Thick Socks:

Thick socks are the best. Hands down. Make them cute by wearing long ones with boots and jeans! 




The Smart Girls Guide To Voting


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Protect Our Breasts



Tell me about the organization Protect Our Breasts

Protect Our Breasts was started by Isenberg marketing professor, Cynthia Barstow, and is managed by an executive board of interdisciplinary UMass undergrads with help from several industry and science advisors. Protect Our Breasts focuses on breast cancer prevention rather than finding a cure. In May 2010, the President’s Cancer Panel report stated the role of environmental toxins have been “grossly underestimated.” We know that 5-10% of breast cancers are associated with genetics and 15-20% linked to lifestyle factors, leaving 70% of breast cancers unexplained. We also know from the Institute of Medicine report that came out in December (2011), women are most susceptible to carcinogens up through their first pregnancy. Our goal is to share the conversation about the chemicals found in everyday products that contribute to breast cancer, and empower women, at their most vulnerable age, to make safer choices. We do this through our online community on our blog, Twitter, and Facebook page, and offline at our on-campus events.

Online Shopping: Your Guide to the Best Stores


I think we should all admit that the amount of time spent online shopping skyrockets once classes start. As a method of procrastination, it’s almost endless. Not to mention how suffocating Amherst can feel when the closest mall is about thirty minutes away. There is only so much Forever21 that one can handle.
Online shopping is perfect for finding unique clothing while sitting in your dorm room, apartment, or admittedly, class. While online retail stores like Urban Outfitters, J.Crew, and Nordstrom are great, they are also boring. No one likes walking into the bar and seeing another girl in the same dress as you. Here are some online options if you’re looking for unique clothing that you won’t find in your local mall!




Brandy Melville originated in Italy, where you can spot girls on nearly ever street wearing the brand. You would never suspect it’s Italian roots, as the clothing screams California. The items are beachy, comfortable, and edgy; ideal for an outdoor music festival. Most items come in “one size fits most” which makes it the perfect store to shop from online! Not to mention that the only store on the east coast is in New York City.