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Fashion Forecast: Homecoming Weekend Edition

10/26/2014

It’s almost Homecoming Weekend, which means it’s time to start steppin’ up your game. With alumni back in town, it’s more than okay to binge on lots of online shopping, hit Retrah and Dwellings for the latest Lewisburg fashion, and put together your best ensembles to impress those Bucknellians who have already entered “the real world.” But believe me…they’ll be happy to see you, you’ll be happy to see them, and it’ll be a weekend full of fun and revelry that always requires being best-dressed. Here’s a look at the weather ahead for Homecoming Weekend, and what you should wear to make a lasting impression:

SATURDAY, NOV. 1: High of 57 degrees with a potential for showers in the afternoon.

For the football game…There’s nothing that says “Ray Bucknell!” more than a little orange and blue…but this year, try a more subtle approach. Pair your favorite blue boyfriend jeans with a burnt orange or amber-colored sweater; add a printed scarf, some loafers or booties, and your favorite jacket, and you’ll be good to go well into the 3rd quarter.

For daytime fun…The best thing about Saturdays? Frolicking with your friends outside in the backyards of Lewisburg. Since it’s gonna be a little chilly come Nov. 1, try wearing a printed pair of pants/jeans with your comfiest oversized sweater; your favorite pair of tall leather boots; some long, layered necklaces; and to top it all off, a cargo or leather jacket to keep warm while “playing” outside. J  

What It Means to be a Fall Girl

10/25/2014

Recently, one of my guy friends said to me, “You’re a Fall Girl, aren’t you?” Caught off guard, I replied with a confused “What do you mean?!” He then explained, “Well, your sweater game is on point right now,” referring to my bright pink, super cozy ensemble. Thanks for noticing, dude.

Since then, I’ve thought about what it means to be a “Fall Girl”. As silly as it sounds, there are marked differences between the girl described in LFO’s June 1999 hit “Summer Girls,” who like to wear Abercrombie & Fitch, and a Fall Girl. Read on:

“Non-Sexy” Halloween Costumes for Every Girl

10/23/2014

It’s time yet again for girls to break out their brassieres, fishnet tights, and animal ears for the biggest theme party all year: Halloween night. But…wait a second. What about the girls who don’t want to dress as “sexy cops”? Where’s the aisle in Spirit Halloween labeled “non-sexy” Halloween costumes? Ladies, I’m right there with ya…and although that aisle is non-existent, it doesn’t mean you have to dress like Karen from Mean Girls as a “mouse…duh.” Check out these hilariously cool “non-sexy” costume ideas that you can DIY and totally rock this Halloween.

Real-life Emojis: Are your text messages entirely composed of those adorable small pictures instead of actual words? These costumes are for you, girl.

Human Pinterest Board: Take your “Food” and “Fashion” Inspiration Boards to the next level by making them your costume.

Deviled Egg, not a sexy Devil: A clever, hilarious take on the classic Devil costume…

Golden Girls, not a Pin-Up Girl: Who said old ladies aren’t cool?

From Harry Potter Celeb to Feminist Sensation: Emma Watson’s Inspiring UN Speech

10/1/2014

We all know her as Hermione Granger, but Emma Watson has recently proven herself as much more than the studious girl waving her wand at Hogwarts. Her new life as a post-college grad led her to become a Women Goodwill Ambassador at the United Nations (casual). And what will she do as an ambassador? Well, for starters, she launched the HeForShe campaign, aimed at rallying one billion men and boys to advocate for gender equality. Her passion for putting an end to the gender inequalities females face worldwide stems from her role as a, drumroll please…feminist.

In her buzz-worthy speech at the U.N., Watson discussed how feminism and being a “feminist” have somehow become misunderstood. She talked about how these terms carry a widespread negative connotation, and questioned why and how it happened:

“I decided I was a feminist and this seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Apparently I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and, unattractive.”

I’m sure many of you can relate. From my experience, there’s a stigma against feminists as anti-this, anti-that. But essentially, feminism is a movement. It’s an empowerment for change; a call to action; a strong female force for equivalency; an avenue for self-advocacy. And men shouldn’t be afraid to get on board.

Watson then asked the important questions: “If not me, who? If not now, when?” She challenged all listeners to start caring, stop waiting, and do something about the issue of gender inequality.

What We Learned from Jane Goodall

9/22/2014

Recently, we had the honor of hearing Jane Goodall, in the flesh, give a talk at our University. Absolutely. Incredible. I don’t even know how I’m able to put this experience into words right now…! Dr. Goodall, an outstandingly accomplished, absolutely remarkable, superbly intelligent woman of 80 years old (rather, 80 years of profound wisdom) has impacted the way we understand ourselves; how we interact with our environment; and why we should start thinking critically about our future. She is the ultimate role model: smart, poised, humble, passionate, funny, and makes admirable, impactful improvements to the world around her.

Dr. Goodall’s unique, fresh perspective on how we live offered us these gems of insight. Read on for a dose of inspiration that just might alter your own perspective, too:

What’s New with Bucknell Dining

9/16/2014

A new academic year means new changes at the Buck. From comfy new chairs in the Library Couch Room, to flashy new television screens and game tables at Uptown, to a brand-spankin’ new residence hall in the works…change is happening like never before. But amidst all this change, what’s really on everyone’s mind? Food.

The Bison, Bostwick Marketplace, 7th Street Café, and The Flying Bison (Flyson?) recently decided to shake things up with new food, new hours, and new nutrition options. Check ’em all out…and, of course, bon appetite!

 

NEW FOOD:

Outfits Fit for Summertime Frolicking

7/6/2014

In the summertime when the sun's shining brightly, it's tough to not have a good day. Seriously...how could you be unhappy when you're surrounded by your best friends, dancing like fools beneath the summer sun and romping though the lush green grass together? But of course, as fabulous collegiettes, we've got to look our best at all times...even if the inescapable summertime accessory is beads of sweat on our brows and backs. This outfit guide will give you great tips on how to dress appropriately for some apropos summertime tomfoolery.  

 

Free to romp: It's called a "romper" for a reason, ladies. Invest in a cute cotton one, either in a solid color or a fun floral print, and I promise you won't regret it. Pair with some awesome gladiator sandals, diva shades, and piles upon piles of bracelets, and feel free to romp all day long.

Is Technology Making Us Loners?

6/30/2014

You scroll through your Instagram feed-in silence-while you’re in the car with your family. You Tweet instead of striking up a conversation with your seatmate on the train. You text your BFFs instead of making plans with them, content watching Netflix alone in bed while you’re glued to your phone.  

Is technology making us loners? Are we, as “millennials,” becoming more comfortable with the idea of being alone, yet staying connected 24/7? Let’s think about it: how many minutes each day do we actually devote to technology? Take a moment to stop and think about each time you check your cell, post a status, or upload a picture. Personally, between the texting, Tweeting, Facebooking, Instagramming, and emailing I do on a daily basis, my number probably hovers somewhere around two hours. That’s two hours less time I get each day to read, spend quality time with family and friends (sans the distraction of iMessages or Notifications), be outside, spend time writing, or anything other than staring at a screen. And let’s talk about the glaring irony present: I’m sitting here, typing away on my laptop, writing about how technology eats away at our personal time. Who’s pointing the finger now?

Five Steps to Dealing with Change

4/23/2014

Change: a five-letter word that symbolizes the inevitable. As I sit here and think about change, I realize that I’m different than I was five years ago, last year, last month, and even two days ago. We change and experience new things all the time; change will never stop. However, sometimes it’s difficult for us to handle these new beginnings, transitions, hellos, and goodbyes. We’re expected to suddenly adapt to different circumstances just because they happen; and oftentimes, we don’t receive a fair warning or the thorough explanation we want. When your world suddenly starts to shift, follow these five steps to genuinely embrace change and find happiness from the chaos.

Ode to Yik Yak

4/10/2014

Dear Yik Yak Creators,

Anonymity can be a beautiful thing.  We have the freedom of speech for a reason, so why not use it to its fullest capacity? With the creation of this new application, we are able to express what’s on our mind about the world around us, in 200 characters or less, without any repercussions. How liberating…until someone gets hurt.

Concealing your own identity shouldn’t mean creating a new persona for yourself.  Would you typically call a woman a slut; bash a fraternity’s reputation; or make snarky comments about your professor to their face? If so, congratulations! A mission of yours is to make people feel bad about themselves! Cool. Sike. When did rudeness become the latest trend? Especially in the form of anonymous posting? While I completely see how Yik Yak creates a social community in which people can relate to one another and “LOL” together, of course-based on a post or two, many of the posts about our Bucknell community are negative. There’s no denying that; we’ve all read ’em, liked ’em, chuckled at ’em, or been offended by ’em.