A College Student’s Guide to Plan the Perfect Trip

Traveling is one of the most refreshing and enjoyable activities for college kids like us. Every single spring, summer, and winter break, you just want to gather your friends and get away from the 7 a.m. classes, the agonizing tests, and the captivity of your dorm. But before actually going somewhere, you need to go through the struggle of planning a trip. We’ve all been there, staring at our laptop with 20 tabs open, hoping some kind of magic trip fairy would just plan it all for us. Well, your prayers have been answered.

1—The longer you wait, the more you’ll pay. Booking tickets at least two months before your trip is one of the biggest ways to save money. Southwest usually has deals if you buy tickets well in advance. Signing up for the Spirit $9 Fare club is also a great way to save.

2—Where to go. Really think about what you want to gain from this trip. If you’re looking to take your mind off things, somewhere peaceful and nature-friendly like Colorado or Oregon can be very helpful. If you’re more into museums, architecture, and fine dining a big city like New York or Seattle will do the trick. A reference book before traveling always comes in handy while making a decision.

3—A queen bed or a couch. If you like to live like a local while figuring stuff out yourself, book an Airbnb. They tend to be cheaper most of the times, and really give you a sense of belonging. If you want to be in a safe haven of concierge desks and room service while you explore a new city, a hotel is the right choice for you. This could be the difference between risking your life for a 3 a.m. hot-dog craving in Chicago and ordering room service from the convenience of your comfortable and plush hotel bed in the Omni.

4—Plan everything. The best way to travel efficiently is to plan every day. Put pen to paper and write everything down. This includes making lists, figuring out food stops, and accounting for travel time between places. It is also smart to keep some wiggle room in case of unexpected hiccups along the way.

5—Bus, train, or Uber. You need to have decent knowledge about how transportation works in the city you’re going to. If there is public transport, the smartest thing to do is buy a three-day pass or something similar. Having a rough idea on what train is going to get you back to your hotel safely is always a plus. If it is not a public transport-friendly place, you can rent a car from the airport. If none of those is an option, be prepared to splurge a lot of money on Uber and cab fare. It is also smart to carry some currency and loose change in case of emergencies.

There you have it! Happy planning!

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3 Ways Fashionistas Are Fighting Creative Blocks

I believe there is absolutely nothing worse than experiencing creative blocks. Whether you’re dealing with the imminent end of your favorite fashion season, or—dare I say—suffering from that catastrophic moment where you have fallen out of love with quite possibly every article of clothing in your wardrobe, we can all agree these lackluster moments are only natural. Here’s a list of three ways Fashionistas can curb creative blocks and stay inspired.

1—Use your resources. The online fashion community has so much to offer. Fashion blogs provide limitless amounts of original content that is bound to spark at least one light bulb up in there. I favor blogs like Who What Wear to stay up-to-date with today’s trends. I’ve noticed that the easiest way to brew up a brainstorming session is to look at pictures, editorials, and magazines. A much-loved fashion blog inspires me the most, CollegeFashionista posts a monthly mood board for all your mid-monthly brain blocks. In case you didn’t know, red is in right now.

2—Journal. A fortune cookie once told me “There is great power in a pen and paper.” Unbelievably, the cookie was right. Journaling saved my summer, and additionally, it gave me a way to preserve all the content I found through using my resources. I cut and paste my favorite articles and pictures into my personal fashion journal. Journaling not only combats current creative blocks, but it provides you with a place to return to when you feel your originative thinking failing you.

Like me, this can provide you with a daily routine and a way to debrief at the end of your day. I now make it a habit to use my journal as a space to create my own mood boards, make fashion predictions, and make a list of possible internship opportunities to pursue.

3—Internships and relationship. Searching for an internship or a job is a great way to get out of a creative funk and reinvent yourself. Kick-starting your career can be intimidating, but channel that specific fear of adulting too hard into motivation. College is the environment for Fashionistas to find their muse, so be brave and get involved. Everything from my style to my creativity is influenced by the people I meet—networking is so valuable in any field. Try making connections with new people and watch that block turn into brilliance.

Are you struggling with a creative block? Let us know how you combat it in the comments below!

You Can Have Something in Common With Our Favorite Street Style Accounts

Street style has evolved over the past few years. No longer is it something that’s only available IRL. Instead you can constantly be inspired while mindlessly scrolling on Instagram every night.

Luckily for us here at CollegeFashionista, our community of Style Gurus offer a steady stream of fashion inspo. These Style Gurus show us that #ootd isn’t just a one time thing, it’s a lifestyle. (And for those of you interested in joining that “lifestyle,” be sure to apply to be a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista.)

For the best street style selection from our community, take a read below and hit the follow button.

“I would describe my style as quirky and playful. A lot of the pieces I wear are thrifted, so it’s always fun for me to combine vintage pieces with new ones. It’s important for me to love what I wear, it serves as a confidence booster and a way for me to feel comfortable with myself.” @brisaamarr“I find my style to be pretty simple. I get a lot of inspiration from French It-Girls per se like Jeanne Damas and Camille Rowe. I pretty much throw on my favorite vintage Levi’s and one of the blouses I’ve picked up along the way at flea markets and vintage shops and head out. I also really like small handbags and funky earrings when I want to add a little something fun.” @elizagracehuber“My style tends to not follow any rules, and instead, it goes along with what feels more personal to me on a specific day. One day, I’ll be wearing a simple sun dress and slides, and the next I’ll be wearing a full denim look with way too many accessories. There’s hardly any consistency.” @fracturedaesthetic“After having spent the past two summers in Manhattan and Los Angeles my sense of style has definitely become bolder and riskier as I’m wearing more interesting cuts and experimenting with different trends and colors. My favorite pieces to wear are menswear blazers, vintage sunglasses, and floral dresses and I will forever be inspired by 1960s Parisian street style.” @katilyn_perry“I believe that fashion isn’t about the brands, it’s about how you put the pieces together. Being in New York I have felt a sense of freedom with my street style opposed to being back in Florida. It’s quite amazing actually. The streets become your runway and you get to show the world your personal style.” @lovelyykelly“I love how “street style” has become its own fashion category. To me, it means playing with different styles and making them your own to fit with who you are. I’ve always described my style as ever-changing because I don’t want to limit myself to just one category. New York is the perfect canvas to establish your style and I feel like I’ve learned and seen so much by simply walking around the city” @maddyhaller“My style is all about being who you truly are and expressing it through the clothes you wear. It embraces being the different and unique person at each of us are. nothing is off-limits to me and how I dress! What I love most about my style is that it can change every single day. It’s all about what is inspiring me that day. Whether it be a photo I saw on Pinterest, A post I saved on Instagram, or even remembering a manikin in a store that I loved, I pull inspiration from every where. Lately I’ve been really inspired by vintage clothes and different decades styles. my mom always told me when I was little that I was an old soul and it’s definitely coming out a lot recently in my style!” @mmoorhead24“I always say this and I will continue to stand by it, my style is ever changing. I don’t necessarily believe in trends, I just wear whatever I want and whatever makes me feel good!” @samanthaneira“My style is typically very minimal and a little sporty. I tend to gravitate towards menswear pieces and looser silhouettes. I love a loose button down top with a pair of wide leg trousers and white sneakers.” @taylorknoxx

Are you inspired yet? These Fashionista’s know what’s good when it comes to street style. What’s your favorite look?

3 Different Ways to Rock Graphic T-Shirts

Graphic and band T-shirts have always been a major staple in my wardrobe because there are so many different ways to style them, and they hold a unique opportunity for me to be able to express myself. Today, I am going to show you three different ways I like to wear my favorite T-shirts!

 

1—Dress it up. People sometimes tend to think that graphic and bands T-shirts are typically more on the edgy side of fashion, but with the right accessories, anybody can rock them and make the trend their own! For this look, I paired my Breakfast Club graphic T-shirt with these adorable floral capris and wedges—a perfect look for the typical girly-girl! My favorite part about this look would have to be the floral accents on my capris. The key to any perfect outfit is uniqueness. Never be afraid to stand out!

2—Ripped jean queen.  The most simple look of them all, yet one of the cutest and most classic looks of all time! All you have to do is throw on that band tee, your favorite pair of Vans and ripped jeans and you are good to go! Don’t forget to accessorize with your favorite choker necklace!

3—My favorite look. You can absolutely never go wrong with the ever-so-adorable overalls! I always like to unhook one of the overall straps for a chic, vintage feel. Make it edgy with your best combat boots and for that extra vintage flair, some round sunglasses are the perfect addition!

What are your favorite ways to style graphic tees and band tees? Let me know in the comments below!

How I Maintain My Combination Skin

If you have combination skin like I do, then you know the struggle of having an oily T-zone and maybe some patchy dry skin in other areas. It is a constant battle for me to keep my skin clean, clear, and radiant. I have tried all sorts of products over the years, but have narrowed it down to a few skincare essentials you might want to try.

Every night, I start my skincare routine by removing my makeup. For removing makeup, I apply the Simple Micellar Cleansing Water ($8) to a cotton round or two and clean my whole face. I love how it is a quick way to remove your makeup. This product is nice to use for a quick cleanse in the morning or evening since you do not need to rinse it off. Sometimes, I only use this product and skip the rest.

On days when I am not tired or in a hurry, I will use my Foreo Luna Mini 2 in Pearl Pink ($139) with the Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel ($28). I love the Luna Mini 2 because it is small enough to travel with, the charge lasts forever (you can go months without charging!), and the silicone bristles not only are more sanitary than other cleansing tools, but they also help to really clean your pores and exfoliate. It is a great cleansing face brush for all skin types! If you want something more catered to your skin, they even have brushes for specific skin types like the Luna 2 Combination Skin ($199). I chose a gel cleanser because those work best for combination skin and work to really remove the surface oil and acne-prone bacteria. This cleanser from Bosnia has become my go-to.

As much as I try, I still get the occasional blemish here and there. Recently, I decided to try out a new product since the drugstore brands just did not seem to work for me anymore. I have been using the Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment ($26). It works wonders by drying out pimples, getting them to shrink, and reducing redness. I recommend using it when you first start to notice you are getting a pimple to stop it in its tracks! This product is best to use at night since it leaves pink marks and should be applied with a cotton swab.

Finally, once a week I try to use a mask when I find the time. My current go-to mask is the GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment ($22-$69). I typically just apply it to my T-zone area with a synthetic flat foundation brush and leave it on for 20 minutes. It leaves my skin looking radiant and feeling clean and smooth.

What’s your favorite skincare product? Let me know in the comments below!

How I Ended Up Being a Style Guru (Almost) By Accident

Doing what you love will always be a challenge, especially if that’s finding your own voice in a competitive field like the fashion industry. You have to find your own way of growing, but when you believe in consistency and effort, opportunities will come your way.

In one of my many moments of procrastination, I found an Instagram advertisement for CollegeFashionista. The post was about how to be a “Style Guru” and all the amazing perks of the internship.

I’m going to be honest: in spite of the fact that I love fashion, my application was an impulse. I applied without knowing what I was getting into, thinking, “What’s the worst that could happen?” Although many of my decisions are based on that principle, I admit that when I got an acceptance email, documentation to sign, training materials, and due dates, I got a little nervous.

Even though I didn’t think for a second about what a big responsibility being a Style Guru would be, it turns out that my little “accident” was one of the best things that could happen to me as a blogger. I never imagined that in a short amount of time, my ideas would be seen by editors and published on a well-known platform!

The moral of this story is to never let an opportunity pass you by. Great opportunities disguise themselves as small to attract those who are not afraid to try, grow, and work for what they want. Especially in the fashion world, opportunities will build a career and take you where you want to go. At the beginning, you’ll be nervous, but trust me, it’ll be worth it!

Have you ever taken a great opportunity by accident? Comment about your experience below! 

How to Style Knee-High Boots

Winter has now officially moved into the Southern hemisphere. Without warning, we are literally blown away by the cooler change. When I think of winter, I think of being covered from head to toe. The thought of wearing a skirt or dress rarely crosses my mind. While I do love winter fashion, it can get a little repetitive after a while. After all, a girl can only have so many knits and beanies. What if I told you there was a way to wear non-winter clothes in the winter while staying warm?

I introduce to you knee-high boots (the name is more daunting than the actual boots). After getting sick and tired of constantly choosing between pants or a skirt and tights, I decided to add a pair of suede knee-high boots to my winter wardrobe. They opened up a whole new world of outfit ideas. Gone are the days that I can’t wear my favorite non-winter outfits without being nervous I may freeze to death. After going through my whole wardrobe, I found the best ways to style your knee-high boots.

Try adding knee-high boots with a pair of patterned shorts and a black turtleneck. This outfit gives off a casual yet sophisticated vibe, and the boots definitely help to dress up the outfit. For something a little different, you could slip your boots under a colorful pleated midi skirt with a black blouse and statement jacket. Try knotting the bottom of the pleated skirt to show off those killer boots. Pairing the boots with a jacket, casual top, and black denim skirt makes sure those knee-high boots stand out the most in your outfit. Lastly, you can style your boots with a cute patterned dress and T-shirt combo with a jacket on top. This outfit lets you rock that spaghetti strap dress even though it’s winter, and it looks adorable. The outfit opportunities that come with wearing knee-high boots are endless.

How do you wear this trend? Show us on social media, and don’t forget to tag @CFashionista.

You Will Definitely Believe in Serendipity After Reading This

Serendipity is defined as a pleasant surprise. For many Style Gurus, including myself, finding CollegeFashionista was like a serendipity moment. We weren’t necessary looking for it, but it somehow landed before our eyes when we need it the most. I’ve been with CollegeFashionista almost three years now, and I’ve been able to see how this platform has grown and changed throughout time. Serendipitous or not, it will live on to be a beautiful adventure.

In honor of celebrating the CF Clubhouse that launched earlier this month, I wanted to share how other Style Gurus came to find CollegeFashionista and what attracted them to join our beloved Guru Gang in the first place. After all, everything has a beginning.

Jordan Rachel: “I actually discovered CF through a job board on my old school’s website. I thought it sounded like a wonderful opportunity to join a young community of like-minded people; while also developing my writing skills and completing an internship. Since I live in Paris, there are a lot of Fashionistas around me, but I sometimes miss connecting with other English speaking people in the industry.” –@lapresqueparisienne

Peyton Lee: “I was working at an ice cream shop over the summer before my junior year of college, and my friend walked in to get some ice cream. She noticed I was looking into interning at local boutiques, but suggested I apply to CollegeFashionista. I checked out the website, decided to apply, and waited to see what would happen. I knew I wanted to write and take pictures of style on campus because I always loved street style photography. I bought a Nikon camera, got accepted into the internship, changed my major, and have loved every minute of it!”-@leytonpee

Sarah Carrillo: “I first heard of CollegeFashionista not through social media (shocker), but in person at a networking event. A lot of girls had tags that said “CollegeFashionista” and I finally worked up the nerve to ask one of the girls what it was all about. This internship has opened so many doors for me and I thank the CF team so much for that. It really is what you make of it. This community is so welcoming and inviting, I’ve never experienced something like this before and I’m so grateful to be in it!”-@stylelinguistics

Sydney Ferrara: “I discovered CollegeFashionista through another Temple University student, and once she told me about it and how to apply I was instantly hooked! The thought of being able to showcase my style and others on campus was so awesome. It gave me a lot of inspiration that I was able to incorporate into my own style. The sense of community is also what I love because you get to meet great people who love fashion as well.”@coexvst

If you’re not a part of this Guru Gang, what are you waiting for? Make sure to apply to join our community today!

Jumping For Joy This Summer

The sweet, summer sun that we’ve been craving all semester has finally arrived, but don’t let the heat cause a frenzy while choosing your fabulous #OOTD.

I have always struggled finding a happy medium with dressing to perfection and the treacherous humidity that the summer brings. I could never decide what I was comfortable wearing throughout the season. Then, I discovered the ingenious jumpsuit. The long pant and spaghetti straps together make the perfect combination for the rising temperatures. I love that this piece could be taken from a daytime lunch with your family to a fun night out with your fellow Fashionista friends. Jumpsuits are an effortless way to carry out a chic outfit.

I have styled two outfits with the same jumpsuit to show how you can go from a casual event to a more glamorous affair.

The casual style was executed with the classic denim jacket, gladiator sandals, and simple bracelet stack. I believe the one easy layer every guru should own is a denim jacket. The classic style helps bring any outfit together. I found mine at Nordstrom a few years back and splurged because it is a piece that will never go out of style, and one that I use regularly. I have always been a fan of gladiator sandals as well. They are so comfortable and look great paired with the long pant. Of course, every outfit deserves a bracelet stack. When it comes to jewelry, I follow the phrase “less is more” especially when I’m dressing casually.

Moving from the day to the night jumpsuit look was an easy transition. I simply went without the jacket and added a gold belt, gold and navy jewelry, and navy wedges. The gold accessories complement each other and richen the color combination with the navy jumpsuit. Whenever I dress up, I love to add sparkling accessories to glamorize my outfit. I tend to find my favorite jewelry at local boutiques in my hometown; they always find the funkiest pieces. Anytime I’m dressing up I also like to add a heel because height adds a touch of maturity.

Jumpsuits are a great piece for every Style Guru to invest in because they are effortless and can be worn for any event that you may have this summer.

How do you wear your favorite jumpsuit? Show us on social media! Don’t forget to tag @Cfashionista!

Oppa Gingham Style!

Down south summer comes in hot and sticky, so finding something cute and comfortable to wear can be a challenge. As much as I would love to wear a pair of ripped jeans in the summer, it’s really not an option unless you want to be a sweaty mess. However, this fabric trend—gingham—has popped up everywhere and all the fashion gurus are wearing it!

Gingham is a light, comfortable fabric and I love it. I styled this ruffled gingham romper that keeps me cool but still trendy. This romper can be styled up or down. I decided to dress it up a bit with some bright pink beaded earrings from BaubleBar. Since I want most of the attention on my earrings and romper, I decided to wear a simple rose gold Kendra Scott necklace along with a rose gold mesh watch. Keeping my jewelry simple also helps me stay cool and add a pop of color as well. I also styled this oversize floppy hat to keep the sun from my eyes without the need of sunglasses. My purse is a Rebecca Minkoff that goes perfectly and easy to carry around.

This romper speaks for itself. With that being said, it doesn’t need much to be styled well. I love how airy it feels on and how flattering it looks as well. I added a pair of flat Steve Madden lace-up sandals so I can walk easily around and still look fashionable! Gingham is such a versatile fabric and I have seen shirts, skirts, pants, and the sort being worn. This fabric is super cute and I would recommend it to anyone going for a fun easy look. Finding a summer trend to beat the heat can be hard, but with this fabric, it won’t be!

How do you feel about the gingham trend? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!