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Simple Ways to Go Green: Part I

04-15 Going Green Featured
Saving the planet should be a year-round mission, but with Earth Day rapidly approaching, we're feeling particularly inspired to go green. Gather some inspiration of your own with our list of Simple Ways to Go Green below.  Full posts →
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The IT List: Delicate Jewelry

If you’re like me, then you’re not always sure which accessories to add to an outfit. This latest jewelry trend might be delicate, but it leaves a strong impression. Statement pieces have been all the rage for a while, but dainty jewelry is starting to make its mark. The best part? You can mix-and-match and layer until it really looks exactly how you want it to. Keep reading to see some of my favorite pieces…

Delicate Necklaces

I love the simplicity that a dainty necklace can bring to an outfit. They give the right amount of attention to your neckline without taking over your entire outfit. Different lengths are great for layering and will still maintain that delicate quality. Check out some of these super cute delicate necklaces that I’ve found!

Square necklace from Urban Outfitters ($14), Initial necklace from Forever 21 ($3.80), Heart necklace from J. Crew ($19)

Dainty Rings

I find dainty rings to be really feminine and perfect for any time of year. They don’t take over your hand, but they’ll still make your manicure pop. I’m really into the midi rings that I’ve been seeing around that only go down to mid knuckle. The good thing about these delicate rings is that you can really play around them and stack them up and they don’t look too cluttered or crazy. These are some of my favorites:

Rose gold knuckle set from Brandy Melville ($4), Arrow ring from Lulus ($11), BP. small stone ring from Nordstrom ($6), Heart ring from Nordstrom ($11)

Tasteful Bracelets

I’ve never liked having anything on my wrists because it always felt so bulky to me, but delicate little bracelets feel barely-there while still adding to what you’re wearing. They aren’t noisy like bangles and they aren’t bulky like cuffs, which is perfect for me! Here are some of the ones I love:

Love bracelet from ($19), Handcuff bracelet from ($9), Alex and Ani College Logo Charm Bangle from select B&N College bookstores ($32)

Which do you prefer, delicate or statement jewelry?

Written by Guest Blogger, Chloe Leach

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Finding the Right Mentor for You

As much as we’d like to get to where we want on our own, it often take the support of others to really propel us forward. We get the help of family, friends, and other supportive people. In particular, mentors can play a large part in shaping who we are and what we become. A mentor can be found in many forms, such as a teacher or an older classmate or friend. An article in “I Want Her Job” looks at how to find a mentor to guide your endeavors.

How to Find (And Keep) the Right Mentor For You:

1.)   Figure out what you want

What goal are you going for? What areas do you need guidance in? What kind of mentorship are you looking for?

2.)   Get the Coffee

Make as many connections as you can. You never know who you’ll find to help you or who you can help.

3.)   Create (and keep) the Relationship

Once you’ve found someone who you can see as a potential mentor, it’s time to create the relationship. Reach out to them, and remember that a relationship is a two-way street.

Be sure to check out the full piece for more helpful mentor advice!

Written by Guest Blogger, Katherine Chang

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College Care Packages

Whether you’re already back on campus or getting ready to head to college for the first time, sending (and receiving) care packages to friends at other schools can be a fun way to keep in touch. Not sure where to start? Here are some great snack ideas that your friends will definitely appreciate:

  • Bottled water
  • Candy bars
  • Gum
  • Canned soups
  • Cereal and oatmeal
  • Granola bars
  • Chips
  • Brownie mix
  • Rice crispy treats
  • Homemade cookies
  • Ramen noodles
  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels or party mix
  • Protein bars
  • Tea or lemonade mix

For Health and Hygiene care package ideas click here!

Please let us know your favorite items you always ask for in your care package!

Written by Guest Blogger, Myles Marcus

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Writing the Perfect Email

Nowadays, we’re so used to texting, Facebook chatting, and abbreviating everything under the sun that composing a proper email becomes a daunting task. HerCampus posted a great article about composing a professional email. Take a peek at some of their tips and check it out before you accidentally include “lol” in the next email to your professor. Full posts →

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Summer Book Club: World War Z

The AMC monster-hit (pun intended), The Walking Dead, has led me to realize that I am a surprisingly big fan of the zombie genre. I think what draws me to this topic is the survivalist aspect of the entire subject. Zombie epics tend to focus on how characters adapt to the dangerous new landscape, survive despite the horrifying twist in human nature, and work towards an ultimate solution.

I was intrigued when trailers for the movie, World War Z, began appearing and wondered how it would hold up. I was pleasantly surprised by the film – it was fast-paced and thrilling. These zombies were different than their The Walking Dead counterparts, but equally as interesting to watch. The movie also focused on the global nature of the pandemic, whereas The Walking Dead zeroed in on a group of survivors in Georgia. My interest was piqued…I decided to purchase the book by Max Brooks.

The format of the book was one thing I found most impressive and most interesting. It isn’t written as a regular narrative but, instead, as an oral history of “The Zombie War”. The main character travels all over the globe and takes down the testimonies, memories, and recaps of all those who experienced this undead nightmare first hand. By weaving together the stories of many people from many countries and many backgrounds, Brooks pulls together a fascinating story of human nature and national survival. Though the entire “story” is set ten years after World War Z has ended, the detailed accounts from each character make the reader feel as though they are living through it with them. Each person’s story revolves around the same major event and, yet, each story is vastly different than the one before it.

Brooks underlying social commentary is subtle, though very much present. The tale leaves readers with eerie thoughts of “what if?” – what if this really happened? What if I had to live through this? What if we didn’t respond quickly or effectively enough?

Another thing that I enjoyed was the difference between the book and the film. The film operates from the perspective of one man and how he travels the globe to help combat the pandemic, unlike the book which operates as an oral history from dozens of different perspectives. As a film, I felt this way of story telling was much more effective. It pulled general themes and specific events from the book, but lured the viewer in with action and a personal attachment to the protagonist. Because it was very different that the book, the differences were not bothersome but, rather, quite welcome. It felt like the same story told from one perspective, rather than many.

Have you read World War Z and/or watched the film? What did you think?

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The IT List: Gameday Boots

It should come as no surprise that one of our favorite times of the year is when football season starts up again. With a whole new batch of games on the horizon, an entire new array of school spirit & tailgate apparel becomes available. One of our favorite items for the new season is the handcrafted Gameday Boots. The school logo and intricate embroidery give a delicate, spirited appeal to the typically rugged footwear. We pulled together some stylish inspiration for whatever type of game you’re attending this year!


Homecoming is the perfect time to go all out with your school spirit. A loose tee and leggings are super comfortable without losing their stylish edge. Sunglasses will keep the sun off your face while the boots add the finishing touch.

Get the look: LSU Tigers Burnout Hi-Low Raglan Tee from LSU Bookstore, Aviator Sunglasses from Forever21, Gold Necklace from H&M, Gameday Boots from LSU Bookstore, Team Dynamics Game Faces Temporary Tattoos from LSU Bookstore

A Night Game

Stay comfy and cozy during a late-night game. We opted for jeans and a fleece crew to ensure maximum comfort while you cheer on the team. This pair of boots seemed like the perfect, spirited complement to the rest of the outfit.

Get the look: Gameday Boots from University of South Carolina Bookstore, H&M Jeans, South Carolina Elite Fleece, Reeds Hoop Earrings

Tailgating All Day

Some games just call for an all-day tailgate! Stay cool and comfortable in a breezy sundress with matching spirited shades. You’ll be ready for any photo-op with your logoed boots!

Get the look: Blue Eyelet Sundress from Madewell, Gameday Boots from WVU Bookstore, Key Necklace from Forever 21, Billboard Shades from WVU Bookstore

How would you wear your Gameday boots?

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Products We Love: Blogger’s Picks

When it comes to makeup, I have to admit, I’m a bit of a beauty junkie. I find myself inside Sephora every time I’m at the mall and I’m always in the makeup aisle at my CVS. I’m like a kid in a candy store! Since I spend a lot of my time trying out new products and playing around with different looks, I wanted to put together a list of some of my favorite products. These are my tried-and-true go to makeup items.

Covergirl Outlast Lipstain ($8)

I currently own three of these and I am obsessed! The pen-like applicator makes it’s so easy to use and I find that the stain really lasts all day. It doesn’t dry out my lips and all of the colors they have are amazing. These are perfect for almost any occasion – day or night!

Revlon Colorstay Foundation ($12)

What I really like about this foundation is that it comes in two formulas – one for dry/normal skin and one for oily/combination skin. There are 20 different shades so it’s easy to find a color that’s perfect for you! It’s a lightweight formula, but still has amazing coverage and looks natural.

Covergirl’s Clump Crusher by Lashblast Mascara ($7)

This really lives up to it’s name! This is my favorite mascara to reach for when I want a natural look for my lashes. The wand really separates the lashes so there aren’t any clumps, but still gives a little bit of fullness. I really like the black-brown shade because it’s not too harsh for a daytime look, but it still makes your eyes look amazing.

Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen ($7.80)

I am a big fan of dramatic winged eyeliner for a nighttime “going out” look and I find it very easy to achieve with this eyeliner pen form Revlon. The fine tip point glides across the lid very well and is easy to build with, so this can be used for both natural and dramatic eye makeup. I like how opaque the black is on the lid and the formula is very long lasting so it won’t fade! **Check your campus bookstore for all your CoverGirl necessities!

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette ($27)

I use this eyeshadow palette everyday because it’s so simple, but so versatile. It has 6 eyeshadows that are all matte except for the first color (Venus) that has a little shimmer in it. It has everything I need to take me from day to night and the packaging is small enough to take on the go. The pigmentation in the shadows is amazing, they’re easy to blend, and they last all day!

What are your makeup must-haves? Tweet us your favorites using the hashtag #bncollege!

Written by Guest Blogger, Chloe Leach

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Cosmopolitan on Campus

Get ready for a fabulous day of fun on campus! Cosmopolitan Magazine is making the rounds this fall on their campus tour. Join Cosmopolitan for hair consultations, mini manicures, and makeovers courtesy of L’Oréal Paris!

They’ll be stopping by several campuses so be sure to swing by the campus bookstore and take part. Admission on a first-come, first-served basis and all events will be held from 10-4! Find out which campuses they’ll be visiting here.

There will also be giveaways and other can’t-miss opportunities, so don’t miss out! You know we love seeing all of your event photos, so be sure to upload them with the hashtag #cosmocampustour.

As always, get great campus fashion & beauty tips and love/dating advice at

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School Supplies with Style

Going back to class doesn’t have to be such a drag! I’ve been on a mission to make note-taking more fun. School supplies keep getting better every year with more colors, patterns, and textures than I could have ever imagined. Now that school supplies are so aesthetically pleasing, you’ll look forward to having to use them every day! Check out some of the school supplies I’m loving right now…

Back-to-Back Style

Stash your stuff in style! No matter how much homework is weighing you down, you’ll look good carrying it with these backpacks.

JanSport Leopard Backpack available from JanSport, Teal JanSport Backpack available at select Barnes & Noble College bookstores

The “Write” Pattern

Taking notes isn’t always fun…but staring at your chic notebooks and planners will be!

Notebooks from Target ($3.99), Planner from Sakroots, Custom Mini Planners from select Barnes & Noble College bookstores

Color Me Organized

School supplies aren’t typically known for their exciting color schemes…but that’s about to change!

Scented Gel Pens from Urban Outfitters ($16) Polka Dot Scissors from Hobby Lobby ($2.24), Polka Dot Stapler from Hobby Lobby ($2.99)

What do your school supplies look like? Share them with us!

Written by Guest Blogger, Chloe Leach

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Back to School Checklist

As a kid, “Back to School” was a cringe-worthy, shudder-inducing time of year. It meant less time to play outside, the end of trips to the swimming pool, and back to tests and homework. Once you reach college, however, “Back to School” becomes an exciting start to a new chapter! There are new professors to learn from, new floor mates to hang out with, and tons of new activities going on on campus.  Be prepared for everything that comes your way with our handy Back to School Checklist! From ordering your books to planning out your dorm set-up, there is a lot to get done before classes start. However, it doesn’t have to be stressful! Plan ahead and you’ll have nothing left to do except be excited. Let’s get started with Step 1…

1. Order Your Books – This goes without saying. However, how your order your books can be important. Browse your bookstore website to find out which textbook options fit your needs. Looking to shop on a budget? Save big by renting used textbooks (yes, you can write & highlight in them!). Thinking of going digital? Check for eTextbook options.

Have everything all set before you even set foot on campus. Choose to order online and pick up on campus – the bookstore staff will have everything put together for you when you arrive! Now that is convenient.

2. Map Out Your Schedule – Few things feel more awkward than showing up to class on your first day…late. Save the grand entrance for another time and map out your schedule beforehand. After all, you want a good seat don’t you?

3. Get Your Finances in Order – No, we’re not saying you have to start investing heavily in the stock market or start researching mortgage rates. Simply find a way to manage your own budget in a way that works for you.

We are big fans of the app GoBank (And also, just so you know, GoBank is a business partner of Barnes & Noble College!). You check your balance without logging in, pay your cable bill or rent, send and receive money to and from friends and family all from your cell phone. It makes managing your money easier than ever. Members are free to choose what they want to pay for their monthly membership fee, anywhere from $0-$9. They’ll receive the same features, no matter what.

So maybe planning out every inch of your new dorm is a bit excessive, but it helps to plan out the general set-up of your room before you get to campus. Check your school’s website for dimensions or room layouts. If your room looks small or oddly shaped, it might be worth it to leave some of your extra stuff at home.

Check your bookstore website for their dorm collection! There you’ll find tons of supplies, electronics, and accessories all perfect for sprucing up a barren dormitory.

Reach out to your roommate and coordinate who will bring what. One of you might already have something, so there is no need for the other to go out and buy it. Work together to make your shared space as enjoyable as possible.

Two years ago we posted an article about how important it is to protect all of the technology you’re toting around. Laptops, cell phones, tablets…these items cost a lot of money and it’s important to treat them properly. Sites like Society 6 offer tons of awesome cases and skins, so pro-tech-t your tech in style!

One of our favorite new tech accessories comes from Guerilla. Add a fun case to your calculator in a variety of exciting colors (pick one up at your campus bookstore!).

We’re all guilty of the same packing method. You know – throw everything into a suitcase and hope you can squish it until it fits. Packing this way, however, often leads to extra items you don’t need and the inevitable face-palm upon realizing all of things you do need…but forgot. Beyond that, the disorganization leads to a seemingly endless unpacking session with half of your time spent searching through the bottomless pile.

When it comes to your clothes, pack like-items together (ex – jeans, tees, socks) and put heavier items (like shoes or coats) toward the bottom of your suitcase. Try rolling your shirts tightly together in order to fit as many as possible.

You also might consider grouping everything you need into categories – bedding, desk & school supplies, decorations, etc. That way you can unpack swiftly and correctly…and spend more time catching up with friends.

Really! It’s not a bad idea to think about the big picture. Is there anything specific you want to accomplish this semester? It could be academic – getting an A in Organic Chemistry. Or maybe you were thinking on a more personal level – expanding your group of friends. Whatever your goals may be, make sure they reflect what you want to get out of the new semester. Figure out how you can work towards your goals each day.

Looking for even more tips? Check out our Back to School Survival Guide!

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