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Formal season is quickly approaching! One of the best parts about formal is the chance to get dressed up and glam. Every girl wants to find the perfect dress, but the search can sometimes be daunting. To help you in your quest, here are some websites with great dress options that will have you looking like a knockout!
1. The Outnet
This website is a discount designer outlet with amazing deals on designer fashion. It acts as a sister site to the ultimate luxurious designer website, net-a-porter.com. There are tons of authentic designer looks to choose from and great deals that you won’t believe! If you would describe yourself as a label-conscious fashionista, definitely check it out.
2. Rent the Runway
Rent the Runway is a great resource if you know that you will probably only wear your dress one or two times. If have your eye on a dress that’s a bit more pricey, you can get an amazing deal on this site by temporarily renting it and then returning it. It’s the perfect way to try out a new look without completely committing—and without emptying your wallet!
Shopbop.com offers a wide array of different styles and prices. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, this site will be a good place to start, as there are tons and tons of options. However, here’s a word of advice: try to refine your search quickly, as you can easily waste hours browsing cute dresses (speaking from experience).
4. Nasty Gal
Being set-up with someone you don’t know can sometimes be pretty scary. There are so many possibilities for how the night will turn out: What if your date turns out to be a weirdo? What if he doesn’t like you? What if he ends up with someone else? If you want to be prepared for all of the possibilities, follow these tips!
1. Meet your date before the event
This way, it will be a lot less awkward when it comes time for the actual event. If the ice is already broken, both of you will feel slightly less uncomfortable the next time you meet. Coffee dates are usually your best bet; the very short time commitment offers you the perfect escape if it’s not going well, and there is less pressure to keep a long conversation going.
2. Maintain the perfect amount of communication
Leading up to the party, make sure to keep in contact with him about plans for the pre-game, costumes, etc. But don’t overwhelm him! If you bombard him with messages every minute, he will immediately be turned off. Take your time in responding to him and make sure to keep him updated.
3. Find out if any of his friends are going
If his friends are also going, then maybe try to coordinate plans to go to the party together as a group. If you make the effort to make him comfortable, he will most definitely appreciate it.
3. If it’s not going well….
Now that second semester has begun, everyone’s thoughts are already turning towards the summer. But wait, isn’t May so far away?! Well, HC Readers, it’s never too early to start planning your summer, and now is the time to get cracking before your workload piles up!
1. Work those connections
Have a friend who had a cool internship last summer or a family friend with major connections in an industry you’re interested in? Don’t be shy! Ask any connections you may have if they know of any opportunities or people that they can put you in contact with. You might as well try!
2. Browse Craigslist
You never know what you might find online! Craigslist has tons of listings for almost everything you could possibly think of, so you will almost certainly find something that at least intrigues you.
3. Keep your eyes peeled
Be extra vigilant about posters around school, posts on your favorite blogs, and emails from the Career Center. The perfect opportunity may just catch your eye one day, so don’t let that slip through your fingers!
4. If all else fails, try the Career Center
The leaves are on the ground, the weather is turning brisk, and the puffy winter jackets are starting to come out… Thanksgiving Break is almost here! Most of us are going home to celebrate with our families, meaning that we will have tons of errands to do over break! In the few days you have at home, here are some essential things to do that will keep you busy.
1. Catch up on sleep
With the seemingly never-ending amount of midterms on everyone’s plate, many of us have had to sacrifice sleep for the sake of our work. But not to worry, Thanksgiving will provide you with the perfect opportunity to catch some z’s! The best part is, you won’t have to worry about noisy roommates or waking up in time for class!
2. Groom and beautify!
In your work-induced stress, you’ve probably been neglecting your personal grooming. Take this opportunity to make your waxing and hair cut appointments and treat yourself to a mani/pedi! You’ll come back to school looking and feeling great.
3. Hang out with old friends
Keeping up with friends from high school can be difficult during the year, so make sure to spend some quality time with them over this break! Share your best college stories over dinner, or have a fun girls’ night in with your favorite movies.
With Thanksgiving comes food! Indulge in whatever your family’s Thanksgiving feast may be (I’ve got my sights set on my mom’s pumpkin pie) and enjoy home-cooked meals while you can! As high quality as our dining is at Wash U, we all are a little sick of it by now.
Have a happy Thanksgiving, HC readers!
Where: College Hall, South 40
Where: College Hall, South 40
What: Come get acquainted with Wash U Greek life at a “Meet and Greek” brunch sponsored by the Women’s Panhellenic Association! If you’re looking to learn what Greek life has to offer, definitely don’t miss this opportunity. Plus, you get free brunch! Who could pass up this offer?!
Who: Freshmen girls interested in joining a sorority should definitely consider attending this event! Recruitment is fast approaching, so don’t miss this chance to get as much information as you can before you are thrown into the fast-paced recruitment process!
Thinking about getting involved in Greek life? Then make sure to stop by this special Meet and Greek event to mingle with sorority women and solidify your interest in Wash U’s sororities!
Television’s biggest awards show night has come and gone once again! It’s always fun to see if any of your favorite TV stars come away with any awards, but we all know that the best part about any awards show is ogling over the glamorously dressed stars as they glide down the red carpet. Here are some highlights (and lowlights) of the fashion of the night!
When: Saturdays and Sundays
There’s no debating that Wash U has some of the most high-quality food options for students. However, it’s fairly easy to get sick of the food on campus as time goes on. If you find yourself dreading the monotony of Bear’s Den and the DUC, don’t be afraid to be adventurous and explore your off-campus options! Here are some tips on where to eat if you’re looking to spice things up.
1. Drunken Fish (The Landing: 314-241-9595, Central West End: 314-367-4222)
If you’re craving fresh sushi, definitely try out Drunken Fish. With locations in the Central West End and Laclede’s Landing, this sushi restaurant and lounge is a great people-watching spot, because it’s always packed! Go out with a bunch of girlfriends and order some of their special rolls to share. The Wonderwoman Roll (spicy tuna, crab sticks, and sprouts rolled in cucumber) is definitely recommended!
Yelp Rating: 3/5
2. Ranoush (314-726-6874)
Not in the mood to drive to dinner? Ranoush, a Middle Eastern restaurant on the Loop, is an easy walk from campus. Their delicious hummus, falafel, and baba ganoush will leave you craving more. Added bonus: FroYo is just a few feet away!
Yelp Rating: 4/5
3. Barcelona (314-863-9909)
This tapas restaurant located in Clayton gives you a fun taste of Spanish cuisine. Everything is made for sharing, but there are also individual dishes if you’re more of a picky eater. The communal vibe of Barcelona gives it a warm ambience that’s perfect for a fun night out with the girls to catch up and gossip. Be sure to try the mussels and the sautéed broccolini!
Yelp Rating: 3.5/5
4. Momo’s (314-863-3511)
We are now in the final stretch of the school year. Can you believe it?! As summer approaches, I find everyone around me in a constant state of frenzy over packing, summer jobs, final exams and last goodbyes. This year has truly flown by in the blink of an eye. Before you sink into the depths of sadness, remember that with every ending there comes newfound knowledge and experiences to reflect on! After much reminiscing and rehashing of memories, here are the most important things that I have learned from my freshman year.
1.Work hard, but make sure to allow yourself to relax!
2. Make friends outside of the people on your freshman floor