In Defense of “Me Time”

I remember going to my first concert by myself when I was 17. Many of my friends didn’t know the Aussie pop punk band, Tonight Alive, and instead of extending the invite in fear they would waste their money on a concert they wouldn’t enjoy, I went by myself. I had an amazing time; jamming out in second row. I felt very much alive and loved surrounded by the music that collectively fueled the crowd and my soul. It was the defining moment in my life where I realized I should do more things on my own.

In general, people aren’t comfortable with solitude. Even when we find a moment when we are physically alone, we itch for connection and find it by scrolling through Instagram and reblogging images from people who are also bored, alone, and in their own version of “privacy.”

We crave independence, yet are shackled by the stigma of being alone. Lonely and alone are not mutually inclusive. In fact, finding solitude is essential to your creative juices, and, as Drake said, “know yourself.” Alone time is your opportunity to occupy yourself with your own thoughts, observations, and emotions.

Quality time spent alone is key to figure out who you are sans society telling you how you should act and feel. This is the time to do exactly what you want, plain and simple. There are so many activities you can do outside of your room to try solo. You can take a walk, wander around a library or museum, or go to exercise classes like yoga, spin, and ballet.

If you want to take baby steps toward spending time alone, I would recommend sequester yourself in a movie theatre. Pick a movie you’re super stoked to see, and enjoy it. There’s no need to feel awkward, paranoid, or self-conscious, because this is the time to revel in the film experience from its score, the setting, and acting. You’ll catch yourself at the parts you laugh at, the one part you cry at, and learn more about your quirks, interests, and thoughts.

Taking alone time can also be your new way to explore the city you live in or even better, travel alone. Whether it’s a flick or gig you wanted to see and none of your friends are able to tagalong, this is a chance to feel liberated and spend energy to treat yo’ self.

In the search for external connection and interpersonal communication, we often neglect the most important and longest relationship we will have in our lives: the one with ourselves. By fostering this relationship and carving out “me” time, you are better able to be the best family member, friend, partner, and most complete version of yourself. And you get to say you did all this self growth and experience all by yourself.

Do you crave alone time? Have you ever gone to a concert or movie by yourself? If so, comment below about your “me” time.

STYLE GURU STYLE: Pleat ‘Em and Weep

If you caught me walking by, you may think this is a pleated skirt, but they’re actually wide-leg pants. I’ve never been one for skirts, so this duo of pants and tucked in T-shirt is a perfect illusion.

Taking inspiration from disco pants, I styled my H&M pleated pants with a more casual flair. I went all black in a leather jacket with my favorite pins and a T-shirt from Haim’s merch collection. The floral logo is eye-catching against an all-black outfit—and just in time for spring, too.

Instead of going for a bright lip, I wore a berry plum shade from Urban Decay and complemented it with a sparkly eyeshadow. To complete my look, I wore my go-to heeled Chelsea boots and a black bag to carry all of my essentials such as lip balm, a notebook, pencil case, and a pair of sunglasses just in case.

As the semester draws to an end, so does my time interning for CollegeFashionista and studying at Ryerson. CF is not just a media company; it’s an evolving community that I value. I feel very grateful to have gained experience, made lasting friendships and become confident in my writing.

Editing and writing for CollegeFashionista was an awe-inspiring experience. I’m so proud to have been a part of such a diverse, girl power-focused website, and I’m excited to see what’s to come in the future.

Thank you to Amy, Melissa, Anna, Kali, and Katie, as well to my first editor when I joined CF back in May 2015, Sarah. I appreciate all of the hard work and dedication the CF team in New York puts in in order to continuously give Style Gurus more opportunities to improve their skills and bond with fellow #RAD Style Gurus.

CollegeFashionista helped me find my voice. The past two years have been not only a learning curve but a wild ride of joy that pushed me to stay motivated in pursuing fashion journalism.

This Easy DIY Decor Duo Will Make Your Room Look Like an Instagram Dream

After spring cleaning your apartment or room, why not take a break with a few, easy DIY to refresh your sparkling tidy place? Whether you’re packing up the dorm for home or staying on campus, these easy DIYs will get you in the mood for redecorating guaranteed.

Below are two easy-to-do DIYs that aren’t just on-trend, but affordable. Most of the materials you can find at the dollar store. In this tutorial we get to decor of it all, recreating expensive decor items for a fraction of the cost.

Yarn Wall Hanging
Do you ever walk past Urban Outfitters or Anthropologie mesmerized by their apartment goods? Well, now you can have your own with this yarn hanging that looks exactly like the ones they sell for so much more.

What you need:

  • Any colored thick yarn
  • Scissors
  • A small wooden dowel

Start cutting 20 strands of yarn that are about 50 inches long. We’re gonna put eight groups of 20 strands on the dowel. Gather the first group of 20, fold it in half and loop it around the dowel, and pull down.

Once you’ve reached the end, you can give it a haircut to make sure it’s even. To hang it up, just cut one more strands so it can hang off a pin, hook, or nail.

Metallic Wall Decor
We all wish we could have a disco ball in our room, but this is the next best thing! Other than the gold spray paint, you can get the rest of the materials at the dollar store. This under $20 DIY is super effortless, and it looks like you could have bought it from Crate & Barrel.

What you need:

  • Medium sized foam ball
  • Metallic spray paint
  • BBQ skewers
  • X-acto knife

First, carefully cut the foam ball in half. Also, carefully cut one-third of the BBQ skewers but make it’s not the sharp end, because we need it to stab the foam. Poke the ball however you please with about 20 skewers. Don’t put too many skewers in the ball because it will get too heavy to put on your wall. Finally, spray paint your master piece outside and leave it to dry over night.

Be sure to tag your DIY creations with #CFoffline and #CollegeFashionista. Comment below on which one you would make!

These 3 Desserts Require No Oven and Pretty Much Zero Baking Skills

If you’re craving cheesecake, chocolate, or peanut butter but i) want a healthy fix; ii) don’t have an oven (dorm life!); and/or you literally burn break and bake cookies, you’re in luck. There is a way to make all your dessert dreams come true. These are some healthy desserts that are 100 percent guilt-free. Prepare to be raw-struck because these treats don’t need baking in the oven.

Below are three raw vegan desserts to make for an on-the-go snack for class, a girl’s night in, or just cause you need a fix for your sweet tooth.

Mango Pineapple “Cheesecake” Bites
These bite size snacks are perfect for a warm spring day. They’re refreshing and good for you. It’s a win-win situation! Avocados have high levels of potassium, pineapples are super packed with vitamins and essential nutrients, and almonds are full of protein and can also promote weight loss.


  • 1 cup almonds
  • 6 medjool dates
  • 1 well sized ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 cup mango
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup

Start making the base by pitting the medjool dates (cut them in half and simply remove the pit) and adding them to a food processor or high speed blender with the almonds. Next, clump this mixture using your hands and pressing it down into the muffin pan. Then, place it in the freezer while you make the filling.

Blend your avocado, mango, pineapple, and maple syrup until it’s creamy. Grab your muffin pan from the freezer. Take a spoon and scoop the smoothie onto each bite. Finally, freeze for 30 minutes and it’s ready to eat!

Peanut Butter + Coconut Balls
Need an energy boost after writing an essay that’s due tomorrow? Get the ball rolling and make these snacks in a flash. It takes only 10 minutes to make these delicious and easy to make treats.


  • ¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed
  • ¼ cup chopped peanuts or other add-ins such as chocolate chips, raisins, etc.
  • ¾ cup natural, unsalted peanut butter
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup

First, in a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients. This includes the coconut, oats, flax, and peanuts. Next, in a medium bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: peanut butter and maple syrup. Then, pour the wet mixture with the dry ingredients. Fold it together with a spatula until it’s well mixed. If the mixture is too dry, then add more maple syrup and peanut butter. Lastly, scoop the mixture into your hands and roll it into bite-sized balls. You can put them in the fridge for a bit or go right ahead and enjoy!

Oat Fudge Bars
Save your money from going to Starbucks for one of these scrumptious bars. Instead, why not make a whole tray? Although they take more prep time to create, it’s so worth it.

For the base layer:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp honey

Put all of the base ingredients into a food processor and pulse until it’s combined. If it doesn’t hold together, add more honey to the mix. Then, place the mixture into a lined backing cake pan and press down with a fork.

For the middle layer

  • 2 cups soaked dates (boil water and pour into bowl with dates, leave for 5-10 minutes)
  • 2 tbsp all-natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp honey (optional)

Throw in the ingredients into a food processor and pulse. You may need to turn it off and using a spoon, push down the sides to the bottom. Repeat this a few times until it looks like “caramel.” Scoop the mixture on top of the base layer and freeze from three to eight hours.

For the Chocolate layer

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Melt the coconut oil in the microwave. Add the cacao powder and vanilla extract and stir. Top off the layers with the melted chocolate and put it back in the freezer for 30 minutes. Cut the oat fudge bars into slices and you’re good to go!

All of these treats will impress your friends, and give you that boost of energy to get through your day. Don’t forget to tag your creations with #cfoffline.

4 Things You Currently Aren’t Doing on LinkedIn (But Need To Be)

We’re all hustling to get relevant experience, but there is still more we can strive to do to make our dream job (or simply the dream of getting a job) a reality. LinkedIn is a great way to get your résumé online during job hunting season. Setting up a profile or adding to one you already have is the surefire plan to go way, way, way up.

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Whether you’re graduating this year (congrats!) or keen on stepping into the industry, here are four simple things you should do to improve your LinkedIn profile to help your profile cut through the clutter and land before the eyeballs of interested employers.

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Profile Picture
It’s super important to have a high quality profile pic. Remember this is essentially a résumé, so save that overly filtered and crazy poses for your Tinder profile. Depending on which industry you plan to break into, what you wear matters. If you’re pursuing a creative field such as fashion or graphic design, you can play with your wardrobe such as wearing patterns. But, if you’re all about anything like business or professional communications, keep it business casual with a blazer. Colors such as red, blue, and green really pop in photos.

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Go for one that is cropped from head to just below the shoulders. Also, do not wear sunglasses and remember to smile naturally. A smile goes a long way because it looks more inviting and positive. This is the first impression people will get when they go on your profile. So, make sure the photo is taken with a DSLR and during the daytime with no distracting background.

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This is the ideal space to tell employers about yourself in a few sentences. You can link to your website, blog, or Twitter (if it’s work friendly). Summarize your greatest hits such as your year, program, any clubs/organizations you’re in, and your current job.

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Talking to complete strangers online may seem daunting as it is in real life. The more you do it, the less scary it becomes. Networking on LinkedIn is how you gain more connections and prove how professional you are. Whenever you want to “connect” with someone, don’t just send the generic, pre-programmed message. Write something personal. For example, if you met this person at an event, say you remember speaking with them and you want to learn more. Keep your messages short and friendly.

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If you don’t have relevant experience in the field you want to pursue, don’t sweat it! Add in what you’ve done whether that’s a summer camp leader, retail, or volunteering the paper route. Another great tip is to include your coursework that you’ve completed so far in your undergraduate degree. Be sure to write a little background of what each job entailed and the skills you’ve learned such as team work, time management, and/or multitasking.

Everyone should have a LinkedIn profile because it will lead you to more opportunities, network easily, and get your name out there. So what are you waiting for? Get started on making a #RAD profile!

Are These Recipes For a Snack or Face Mask?

Taking care of your skin is super important for, like, a million reasons. And while we all wish we could stock our medicine cabinets with every serum, cream, and K-beauty sheet mask our favorite celebrities swear by, that just isn’t super feasible on a college budget.

Think just because you can’t spend several hundred dollars on products means your a lost cause? Think again! Next time you’re out grocery shopping for ramen, treat yourself with a DIY face mask.

Here are a few easy homemade face masks that’s all-natural and saves you the trip to the beauty aisle. Oh, did I mention they’re 100% edible?

1. Strawberries + Plain Yogurt

This classic on-the-go breakfast doubles as a moisturizing mask. All you need is ¼ cup of fresh strawberries and ¼ cup of plain yogurt. Mash the strawberries in the yogurt with a muddler or masher, and viola! Spread the mixture all over your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes. While you Netflix and chill, I guess you can eat the leftovers.

2. Uh Huh Honey + Avocado

Brighten your skin with this avocado mask. Avocado protects skin from solar radiation, moisturizes and softens our skin, and it’s packed with vitamins A, C, and E which help slow down signs of aging. I know we’re all young and free, but it’s never too early to start taking care of our skin.

All it takes is one avocado mashed with one to two tablespoons of raw honey. If you keep it closed in a jar, this mask mix lasts three to five days in the fridge (or tastes delicious on top of toast!). Spread the mask over your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Then, rinse it off with cool water.

3. Bananas + Honey + Plain Yogurt

This homemade remedy will leave your skin super moisturized and rich! Honey helps unclog pores, as well as hydrates and soothes skin which creates that sun-kissed glow. Bananas are high in potassium, and this mask boosts our lymphatic system which is what helps your skin clean itself and provides nutrients to every cell in our bodies. It also doubles as a quick breakfast when you’re running late to your next early morning lecture!

Which DIY mask would you love to try out? Make sure to comment below!

Check Out Our Girl Power Playlist for International Women’s Day

March is Women’s History Month and today marks International Women’s Day. So, it’s time to celebrate, dance, and rage with an all-female driven playlist.

Feminism is braided into pop culture and music. The femme fatale musicians of the ‘80s and ‘90s, such as Shania Twain, Bananarama, Destiny’s Child, Madonna, and TLC, made the feminist movement more mainstream. All genres were wildly represented from country, to pop, to hip hop.

Jam out to these curated tunes all month long on CollegeFashionista’s Spotify.

Here are a few hit tracks featuring new artists and the throwback songs you’ll never forget.

1. Independent Women, Pt. I by Destiny’s Child

Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams slay all day in this iconic song. If you don’t know who Beyoncé is talking about in the intro, you need to brush up on Charlie’s Angels with Lucy Liu, Drew Barrymore, and Cameron Diaz.

2. Say You’ll Be There by Spice Girls

Zig-a-zig-ah to this classic pop song about friendship and love. The Spice Girls helped pave the way for female empowerment in the ‘90s. They demonstrated positivity and honed that every girl is unique

3. Don’t Save Me by HAIM

Sister trio Alana, Danielle, and Este Haim emulate girl power in the purest sound. These California valley rock stars are progressive because they feel insulted when people refer to them as a “girl band.” Haim’s much-awaited sophomore album will be released this summer.

4. CRZY by Kehlani

The former America’s Got Talent finalist sold out shows when she was only 19 years old. Now, at 21, Kehlani released her sophomore album SweetSexySavage back in January. She has already collaborated with artists such as Chance the Rapper, Post Malone, and G-Eazy.

What’s your favorite girl power anthem? Make sure to comment below!

Here Are 4 Ways To Make Money While Spring Cleaning

Two dreaded words are upon us: spring cleaning. But this is a great time to refresh and declutter your wardrobe, and let go of pieces you won’t wear once the weather warms up (or, frankly, those that you never wear).

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We’re all guilty of keeping that one item (or five) in the back of our closet, because it might be trending in a few months and we’re attached to its sentimental value. Like that dusty denim jacket (totally keep it) or that dress with the tags still on, but it looked stellar on the rack. A college closet is small enough as it is—so it is important to get rid of those garments that are simply taking up prime real estate.

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What if I told you the emotion of parting with your clothes could be lessened by turning your unused clothes into cash? Instead of schlepping garbage bags to consignment shops, you can sell your unworn clothes without moving out of your beds. Selling clothes on apps and websites are on the rise and can become your side hustle. Ka-ching!

Here are four go-to platforms that make spring cleaning green on so many levels.

1. Poshmark

One of the easiest resell apps which is perfect for anyone who wants to just dive right in headfirst. You can list an item in less than a minute, and negotiate prices with potential buyers. Similar to social media, buyers can “follow” you and keep updated on your virtual store. Shipping can be a hassle but not with Poshmark, because your buyer pays for it.

2. Depop

Depop is a buzzworthy app that started in the United Kingdom has made its way across the pond to the U.S. and Canada. It has a more user-friendly design like Instagram and buyers can “follow” you. You can list as many items for however long. Payments can be taken via PayPal or debit and credit cards, which make it easier for sellers and buyers to use whichever method is most convenient.

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3. Instagram

If you love Instagram, then why not make another account to sell your closet. You get to control what you list, how long it stays active, and how you want to handle shipping and returns. There are no fees or third party. Most Fashionistas/os buying on Instagram like using PayPal, so make sure you have an account set up. Be prepared for buyers sliding into your DMs. The top hashtags to use are: #shopmycloset, #instashop, and #instasale.

4. Facebook Marketplace

Picture Craigslist or eBay but easier. Facebook Marketplace on the Facebook app targets people around you for an easy exchange. It’s a great start for your fast fashion items from Zara, H&M, and Forever 21, because consignment stores would only pay you for a few measly dollars. You take a quick pic and categorize it. Facebook organizes your messages by each item. Once you’ve met up with a buyer and exchanged clothes for cash, click to mark the item is sold and it will stop showing up in the feed.

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Before you set up your own online shop, remember to give accurate descriptions, price them fairly for the market, eye-catching photos are key, and be receptive in order to maintain on point customer service.

Which apps or websites do you use to resell clothes? Comment below!

4 Books To Read If You Need An “Excuse” To Stay in This Weekend

It’s time to lose ourselves in a good book. Stay cozy under the covers and let your mind escape into a story. If you’re bored on your commute to work or school or looking for an “excuse” to stay in, reading will make the time flash by so quickly.

Here is an assortment of what CollegeFashionista Style Gurus are adding to their library.

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1. Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos
This novel explores the decadency of aristocrats and ex-lovers. Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont play a sophisticated game of seduction and manipulation in order to entertain their jaded lives. Picture John Tucker Must Die but from Tucker’s perspective. You may remember the reference to this book in Blue is the Warmest Color.

2. Capture Your Style by Aimee Song
With a foreword by Diane von Furstenberg, you know this book is going to be amazing. This is the ultimate guide to curating your Instagram feed and growing your audience. Song built her personal brand on Instagram as the creator of her fashion blog, Song of Style. If you want to improve your Instagram and personal brand, this one’s a page-turner.

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3. I Don’t Belong To You: Quiet the Noise and Find Your Voice by Keke Palmer
In Palmer’s first book, she reveals stories from her personal and professional life. She candidly talks about 12 topics such as sexuality, race, anxiety, success, bullying, and body image to name a few. This is an inspirational guide and memoir that encourages young people to change their mindset and live with more freedom, confidence, and love.

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4. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
The #1 New York Times bestseller and queen of literary soul food is back with her latest novel that touches on the Zeitgeist of today. In this drama, a couple are admitted to hospital to have a baby and request that their nurse be reassigned because they’re white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is black, to touch their baby. The hospital complies, but the baby later goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is on duty. She hesitates before rushing in to perform CPR and her indecision ends in tragedy.

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What are you reading this winter? Comment below!

ALL IN THE DETAILS: Denim Days in a Yellow Craze

Winter wear doesn’t mean you have to risk style for warmth. All you need is denim and a pop of color.

Complement blue denim with yellow for a cool girl look full of urbanity. This Fashionista chose a vibrant yellow beanie and denim jacket, which are key pieces to her look. Not only will she stay snug during that dreaded three-hour lecture, but her outfit will brave the unexpected weather changes.

When I spotted this Fashionista, I immediately looked at her mustard yellow hat paired with a blue denim jacket. Fun fact: blue and yellow are Ryerson’s school colors. Even her tote bag has yellow details. These small hints of yellow are how you can incorporate the luminous hue. Playing with primary colors definitely amplifies one’s outfit because without them, this look would be simply monochrome.

Here in Toronto, campuses are not as chilly or snowy compared to past winters. Nonetheless, this Fashionista layered up in a woolly sweater. Instead of going for a Canadian tuxedo, she wore black loose-fitting pants. Life hack: wear fleece-lined tights under tapered leg pants like this Fashionista’s for optimum coziness. This Fashionista spaced out her use of patterns. She wore a patterned sweater on top then the checkered shoes at the bottom. It doesn’t look distracting and overall, she created an effortlessly normcore outfit.

Her skater and normcore-inspired look is clearly evident by her beanie, pants, and classic pair of black-and-white checkered Vans. This Fashionista proves you don’t need flashy brand names like Thrasher Magazine or Supreme in order to acquire that skater girl vibe.