3 DIY Face Masks You Can Whip Up in Your Kitchen

Beauty products can be expensive—especially when you’re trying to keep up with the latest masking trends. As someone who’s struggled with breakouts and uneven skin tone for the longest time, I always look for at-home natural DIY alternatives that offer the same benefits as many high-end face masks. Here are just a few:

PHOTO: Amber Sudra

1—Coconut oil. The benefits of adding coconut oil to your beauty routine are widely discussed. I love using it as a natural moisturizer. Simply rub about a teaspoon of coconut oil onto your face, and let the oil sink in for at least 20 minutes. Some people choose to leave the oil on their face until it’s all soaked in, but if it’s too much moisture for you and you have somewhere to go, you can wipe it off with a clean towel to reveal glowing skin.

2—Turmeric. Turmeric is known for being high in antioxidants, which helps with acne, dry skin, and overall texture. Not only is the orange colored mask fun to apply, but it’s also super easy to make. In a small bowl, combine a teaspoon of turmeric, a few drops of honey, two tablespoons of milk (or yogurt), and a tablespoon of flour. Mix all the ingredients together, and then apply the mask for about 20 minutes. You may have some leftovers which you can keep in the fridge to use later that week.

3—Baking soda. Baking soda is great for balancing the PH level of your skin. This allows it to help with blackheads, inflammation, and over time, it can slowly heal acne scars. The mask is really easy to create, just mix a tablespoon of water with 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda, apply and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water, and then apply a moisturizer.

Try out these face masks, and share with us on social @CFashionista!

Additional photos by Cassidy Clark.

Are Our Best Friends Our Soulmates?

The people who know me well know that I’ve watched all six seasons of Sex and the City too many times. Throughout high school, as a way of compensating for my nonexistent love life, I lived vicariously through Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte. At times, I felt like I was part of the lives of the four best friends, and I learned more about relationships by watching the show than what was taught to me in my ninth grade health class.

PHOTO: Kenia Viezcas

One famous line that Charlotte York said has always stayed with me, “Maybe our girlfriends are our soulmates and guys are just people to have fun with?” However, I can’t help but wonder if this could go either way; are our best friends our soulmates or is our soulmate our best friend?

I recently found myself on a mediocre date which left me extremely pensive in the days following it. As much as I wanted it to go smoothly, I felt like I was with someone who wanted to be anywhere else but with me. I met my best friends in fifth grade, and in the 10 years since the start of our friendship, we’re constantly making each other laugh, and everything always feels so effortless.

I’ve yet to find a male soulmate, so at this point in my life, my best gals pals definitely fill that role. Of course as we get older we’ll get busier, fall in love, have children, start working, aging, and worrying. Unfortunately this will mean we’ll have less time for our friends, but the love we have for them will always remain the same.

What’s your favorite thing to do with your best friends? Let me know in the comments below! 

Is the Wicker Basket Summer’s It Accessory?

The wicker basket is no longer solely reserved for Sunday farmers’ markets. It’s now one of the hottest accessories of the season. This extremely charming item has been a key piece in the wardrobe of many celebrities and bloggers as of late. So, you may be wondering; how do I pull off this trend like Jane Birkin or Brigitte Bardot?

The first step, clearly, is finding the perfect basket. There are many options out there, but the ones that many of Instagram’s globetrotters carry are usually pretty pricey. Luckily, there are lots of affordable choices that are still extremely fashionable, functional, and perfect for the summer heat.

But how do you wear this accessory without looking like a toddler at a tea party? That’s easy! The straw basket can be worn in a variety of ways. It goes well with feminine tops, which you can then pair with jeans or a skirt. It also complements flowy dresses and casual sandals. Feel free to choose a basket with color, as it’s always nice to liven things up and add a pop of color to your look.

The ideal wicker basket can be used for so many occasions: a day out shopping with friends, a sunny beach day, or even a night out. Make sure to pick a bag size that’s comfortable for you, so that it allows you to easily fit all your necessities.

Picking out the perfect summer bag can be difficult, but the affordable, chic, wicker basket makes the choice so much simpler; all while allowing you to feel like a movie star lounging on the French Rivera!

This is my favorite summer accessory! Is it yours? Show us how you’ll be wearing your wicker bag on Instagram by tagging @CFashionista.

3 Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Busy People

Bethenny Frankel once said, “Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments.” The ultimate busy woman couldn’t be more right, especially when it comes to breakfast. As students, we often skip the most important meal of the day or choose sugary alternatives. However, eating a nutritious and delicious breakfast doesn’t need to take a lot of time. I’ve gathered the recipes for my three favorite morning meals, which allow those of us on the run to properly invest in our bodies. 

1Oatmeal with Berries. To make the oatmeal, boil water in a saucepan (2/3 cup), then add the oats (1/3 cup) and cook uncovered for about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. I always use Quaker, but I’m sure there are other good oatmeal brands out there. Alternatively, you can choose the microwave option, which takes about half the time. Then, add a handful of berries and a teaspoon of peanut butter. I like to mix everything together to give the oatmeal more flavor, but any way you eat it, it’s still delicious.

2Avocado Toast. This extremely Instagramable delicacy can be quickly customized to appeal to your taste buds. Personally, I chose to cut a slice of a whole wheat loaf, which I then smear with hummus or cream cheese. I love spinach, so I place a hand full of spinach leaves onto the bread. Then comes the main event: the avocado. I’m usually quite generous with how much avocado I use, as I normally utilize about half, but it’s up to you. Just remember that it’s breakfast and that you may not be eating for a little while.

3Yogurt with Granola. I have to be honest and tell you that sometimes, I cheat with this recipe and use chocolate granola. In any case, the meal ends up being rather healthy and easy to make. Start off with a bowl of yogurt. I prefer plain Greek yogurt since there is already enough sugar in the toppings, but you can use whatever is available. I then add granola, hemp seeds, and some berries to finish the dish.

Next time you’re on the run, remember these quick breakfast recipes, which can conveniently cure your hunger. Bon Appétit!

Let me know your favorite on-the-go breakfast recipes in the comments below!

STYLE ADVICE: The Transition Team

The weather in Toronto is extremely confusing this time of the year; one day it’s warm enough for a light jacket, and the next requires a parka suitable for a trip to the deep freezer. This often leaves me wondering: what pieces are ideal for both spring and winter weather? The answer, of course, is the transition team.

Transitional pieces make it easy to update our wardrobes according to the weather. This Fashionista puts many of these key clothing items to the test.

Scarves are perfect for keeping us warm in the winter, and can add life to a lackluster outfit on a spring day. But, this multipurpose magician of an accessory can also be used in the summer as a bathing suit cover. It’s clear that no matter how you choose to wear your scarf, it all depends on one variable: The weather.

The leather jacket also plays a key role on the transition team. It’s completely unpractical for cold temperatures, and can be too warm for a spring day, allowing it to fall right in the middle of the equation. A leather jacket goes with almost everything, and can give an outfit a bit of added edge. So, it never hurts to add it on top of an ensemble if the temperature outside is questionable.

This Fashionista chose to finish off her outfit with a pair of booties. Hers are incredibly modern, and the see through heels are playful, in a way that’s very… transitional.

Whether the weather is hot, or whether the weather is cold, remember that there are some items that you can wear almost all year long.

STYLE GURU STYLE: Stripes and the Snow

The weather in Toronto can be really aggravating for a Fashionista because I’m often forced to bundle up and sacrifice style. However, there are some days when I’d rather be a little bit colder than be stopped by the fashion police. So, for this look, I decided to wear stripes in the snow.

The centerpiece of this outfit is obviously the striped turtleneck. It’s a French girl classic and can really be worn with anything. Just last week I wore it under a dress, which proves the item’s versatility. For this look, however, I chose a pair of light-wash cropped jeans because they seemed like a more effortless choice.

In order to ensure I wouldn’t freeze, I needed to add another layer. I’ve always adored trench coats because they can make any outfit look really sharp while keeping me warm. I added a black wool trench coat to this outfit and I find that it acts as the base for the ensemble.

You’ve also probably noticed that I love to accessorize, which is contrary to the French girl style philosophy that I try to live by. But, I guess I’m a maximalist when it comes to accessories; maybe more is more? So, I added a little vintage purse that my grandma actually gifted to me. Next, is the brooch on my jacket, which is also gold, and ties in well with the purse’s chain.

The ladybug necklace is my good luck charm and so I wear it every day. I love when people have signature necklaces because it’s very Carrie Bradshaw and she too was not one to let a little bad weather stop her from looking fabulous.

WHAT TO WEAR: Studying in the Rain

I found this Fashionista walking past the library on a rather gloomy and rainy day. Naturally, I couldn’t help but admire the feminine charm of her English-like outfit, which I consider perfect for a study day or date. We often sacrifice wearing the chicest of our clothes in the winter and instead opt for the warmest shamata in our closest, but this doesn’t have to be the case.

A trench coat is an excellent substitute to the puffy parkas that most freezing college students choose to wear. I find that the right trench manages to pull any look together while covering your bum, which is something that any good coat should not compromise.

Next, and certainly, the most difficult part of any winter outfit, is what’s behind the coat. Sweatpants, although warm and comfortable, should only be reserved for certain occasions. This includes, but is not limited to, sleeping, napping, and throwing out the trash. The perfect winter skirt, however, can go much further. This Fashionista is wearing a black corduroy button down skirt, which is effortlessly classic and unconventionally warm. Of course, the only downside of skirts is exposed legs, which are supposed to be hidden and unshaved in the winter. But not to worry as this can be easily fixed with a pair of thick tights.

Boots are the glue of any winter outfit and the perfect pair should evidently keep you warm, but also allow you to sing in the rain as easily as Fred Astaire. The combat boots worn by this Fashionista pull her outfit together and allow her to easily move through the slush. I have a similar pair and I love how they’re both warm and make me feel like a British spy.

So, the next time you reach for your sweatpants on a winter morning, remember that alternatively, you can study in style.

STYLE GURU BIO: Miriam Amdur

Hello dear friends, and thank you for stumbling upon my bio. Since most of you don’t know who I am, this should be rather informative, and to my mom, sorry if this sounds repetitive. Anyway, I’m currently an international business student, which means that there is little room for fashion in my life at school. So, I decided that between accounting and language studies, why not creep the best dressed students on campus as a CollegeFashionista Style Guru?

I also currently run my own blog where I talk about my pathetic love life, my latest fashion obsessions, and other social commentary. I aspire to live in New York one day, and work for a company like CNN or build a cookie cutting empire like Martha Stewart.

For now, though, I live in Toronto, and in the winter the city often leaves me feeling more like an icicle than a Fashionista. Thankfully, I’ve thought of ways to stay fashionable even in the cold weather, and I can’t wait to share these tips with you.

I frequently take inspiration from the over the top Russian women in my life, and this influence is clear in my first look. The leopard coat has become a fashion girl’s staple in the last few months and I think it’s actually rather timeless, so I purchased this faux fur jacket, and I find that it brings out the best in any outfit; maybe leopard is a neutral? I also added a ruffle top, which is very La Belle Époque, and induces an effortless French vibe. I topped off the ensemble with a pair of black boots, which are both stylish and perfect for slippery and snowy days.

I guess it’s clear that the days of tacky leopard print are behind us, and that Samantha Jones’ favorite pattern is actually quite fabulous.

Keep an eye out for my posts over the semester. I hope that they’ll be able to inspire you, and most importantly, make you smile.