Staying Fit While In College

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I am not the greatest person at staying fit, but these are some of the things that I do to stay happy and healthy. So here are my six tips for staying fit in college.

Take Study Breaks To Do Simple Exercises

It’s important that every once and a while you take a break from staring at your computer screen or having your nose in a textbook. Your body needs breaks to recuperate  and refresh. So if I’m studying and I don’t have time or don’t want to walk all the way across campus to go to the gym I take study breaks and do in-home/dorm exercises. I recently bought two fifteen pound weights to keep in my room so I can keep my arms toned. I will use my weights and do simple arm strength exercises while taking my break. If you don’t have weights, then use your own body weight to do exercises like squats, push-ups, crunches, and lunges.

Study/Quiz Exercise 

Another way of doing in-home/dorm exercises is when you are studying or quizzing yourself on terms or formulas and every time you get an answer wrong do a 30 sec wall sit or 10 squats that way you will get some exercise and remember the correct answer next time.

Stay Hydrated!

Drinking water is one of the most important things you could do for your body. I’m prone to headaches and I know that it is most likely due to my lack of water intake so I bring water bottles around with me everywhere. College can get stressful and it gets easier to become dehydrated or sick, but by drinking more water you will be more awake and less likely to get sick. Plus your body will thank you inside and out by keeping your skin looking healthy.

Take Longer Routes To Class 

If you get up early for class, like me, then you will likely have more time to get to class. Some days I like to take longer routes because it might be a nice day or I want to go for a walk or I’m feeling a bit tired and need more time to wake up. I enjoy going for walks because it’s the easiest way to get exercise without hardcore sweating and it can be quite peaceful.

Take Fun Classes At The Recreational Center/Gym

Getting myself to exercise on my own can be quite difficult, especially since I had to leave my family’s personal trainer back home in Minnesota after going to college. I find that sometimes I need another person to push me to work my hardest. Ever since I started taking classes at my campus gym, I’ve had more fun working out. I am and avid spin class taker and cardio dancer. Of all the classes I took I found these to be the most fun and the ones that made me sweat the hardest. Taking classes are the best way to exercise without feeling like you’re exercising, especially when you have a friend group along with you.

Wear Cute Gym Attire 

I know that if I wear cute gym clothes I feel better about myself and I don’t feel sluggish at the gym. Also if you buy cute workout clothes, then you are more likely to go to the gym and show off your little gym ensemble. Especially for me being a fashion student I find that when I see myself in the mirror at the gym wearing cute workout clothes, it motivates me even more. If the clothing part is not your thing, then buy cute workout accessories like a cute water bottle, gym bag, or sneakers.

 

Can Redheads Wear Red?

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RED, the color of fire, passion, anger, and love. Red is perhaps one of the most intimidating colors to wear. With such an important color, why are we so afraid to wear it? Nobody tells a person with brown hair that they can’t wear the color brown so why can’t redheads wear red? For years there’s been a myth that redheads can’t wear the color red…or yellow….or orange. Perhaps it’s not the fact that redheads can’t wear red, but it’s the fact that we are afraid to. We already stick out enough with red hair, so why bother to stand out more? There’s been excuses like “the colors wouldn’t meld with our hair, we would look odd, and I feel like I look like I’m on fire.”

The key to wearing red is finding the right shade. Just as makeup, finding the right color for your skin tone is important. If you are a redhead with paler, porcelain skin, then I recommend a blue under-tone red. Blue under-toned reds tend to be the brighter, a more true red while more pinky under-tone reds are better for tanner skin.

 

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I love red because it’s a very powerful and passionate color. The best way to wear red, in my opinion, is lipstick. I have a soft spot for red lipstick, I can’t tell you how many shades of red lipstick I own. It’s my secret weapon for feeling more confident or to give my look a more romantic feel. If I had to wear one outfit for the rest of my life it would be a stripped shirt, black pants, black leather jacket, and red lips.

Down below are my top red lipsticks that I wear the most.

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Not to be a little bit biased, but I’ve noticed that NARS has a good selection of red lipsticks that compliment my skin tone. I find that the velvet matte lip pencils are perfect for travel since they are so thin and light. Also, I find that they are quite pigmented, which means less layers and a longer life span for the lipstick. If I want a matte red lip that doesn’t fade or disappear after eating or drinking, then I suggest the Sephora brand lip stain because it has the amazing power of lasting all day and won’t come off even if you rub your lips on something. I used to use this one when I was a cheerleader in high school for games and it would last the whole time even with shouting, drinking water, and sweating. I use it even on days when I want to wear red lipstick, but have classes or lectures all day long and it still lasts through all that.

So if you’re a redhead out there thinking you can’t wear red, I say “Why not?” If you’re unsure, then start small, maybe wear red lipstick or lip gloss then ease into wearing a red top or skirt. Eventually you’ll be loving red and wearing it more often regardless of your hair color.

 

What Happened To Being Well Dressed?

 

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What ever happened to the politeness of being well dressed? Since when did wearing sweatpants all the time turn into the norm of today’s attire? Not long ago men were wearing suits on airplanes and it was normal for a woman to don a hat everywhere. My question is why has the downfall of dress etiquette occurred? In my opinion, I like to look nice when I go out in public, it makes me feel complete plus I have a passion for putting outfits together so of course I am going to show off my skills. Actually it is scientifically proven that if you dress nicer while taking a test you will tend to do better. Isn’t that interesting, how clothes can be linked with psychology. When people start dressing nicer, they feel better. Taking care of their body becomes more important and it should be important because the human body is an amazing thing and should be well taken care of by good grooming,eating healthy, and exercise. Now don’t get me wrong I know that there is a big athletic trend going on and comfy chic is the new style. I do like the athletic trend, but there is a certain way to wear it without looking like you just woke up. It is possible to master the art of “comfy dressing” or looking good while still wearing quite comfortable clothes. For example, a gray sweatshirt with a black leather jacket over it. Or even joggers can be considered a stylish pair of sweatpants.

“Dressing well is a form of good manners” – Tom Ford

Nowadays, I find it quite refreshing to see someone who knows how to dress. Personally, I think that if men and women knew how to dress there would definitely be a lot more going for them. People underestimate the power of clothing. Queen Elizabeth I used to wear the most ostentatious dresses with intricate details to show her power and wealth. She was the only one allowed to wear such outrageous clothes and everyone else in court would have to downgrade their clothes because no one could outshine the queen. Also another reason is because back then women were not usually put in such powerful positions so she had to find other ways to make her look just as intimidating.

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated” – Oscar Wilde

It is often hard to find inspiration on a midwest college campus where the dress code is pretty much sweatpants, sneakers, and a baseball hat. For those out there who are into fashion and are going to a college that is not on the east or west coast and are lacking in inspiration, don’t worry I’m in the same boat. Don’t get me wrong, I love my school and I chose to be there, but there is nothing quite like being in “The City That Never Sleeps” or by the beaches down in California. Most of the action in the fashion industry happens on either sides of the country. I often have to keep reminding myself that I am on a college campus, of course everyone is going to dress in lounge wear. I’m in a place where most people don’t know what they’re going to do with their life yet. Everyone here is young and foolish and still finding their life purpose. But for those who choose not to follow the crowd, I applaud you and I challenge you to be the inspiration for other people and perhaps your “sparkle” will rub off on others.

The Most Stylish Movies To Date

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These are the movies that I highly recommend if you are into classics, fashion, glamour, and romance. These movies are classics in a sense that although the clothing, technology, and everyday items are out of date, they still have a resonance in the present. The characters are just as relatable and their lives aren’t nearly as different as ours. As a person who is interested in clothing of the past I love to look at all the ensembles. The men wore the best, well-tailored Italian suits, women wore feminine dresses and skirts that flowed when they walked. I chose these movies because of their iconic status and influence on the fashion industry. Till this day most of these movies still have a hold on the fashion industry and I believe they will in the future.

One of the movies I have a special bond with is Dr. Zhivago (1965). I can still remember where I  was when I watched it and who I was with. I thought the movie was magical especially the most iconic part of the movie where Lara and Yuri enter their frozen house   getaway. Everything was frozen, a fresh bed of snow in the living room, iced hallways, and icicles hanging from the ceiling. I also thought that Lara, played by Julie Christie, was beautiful and looked like a Russian princess. What also makes that movie so special to me is that a few days later I went to a thrift shop and I found an old jewelry box and you guessed it, it played the Dr. Zhivago theme. When I found it I thought it was a sign and that that special jewelry box was meant to be with me and to this day it is still on my desk at home, still able to play that beautiful melody.

These are the movies that have left influences and special memories in my life and in watching these I hope you will love them as much as I do. I recommend watching these with someone you love because it makes them so much more special especially when you watch black and white movies.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

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La Dolce Vita (1960)

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Heathers (1988)

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Clueless (1995)

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Anna Karenina (2012)

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Atonement (2007)

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Roman Holiday (1953)

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Cleopatra (1963)

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Dr. Zhivago (1965)

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Fashion & Lifestyle Books I Recommend

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Throughout all the years I have been reading fashion books, I have stumbled upon a few that really stuck out to me. These are the books that I connected with the most and found the most inspiring, well at least to me. These books not only talk about fashion, but they also talk about finding yourself, relationships, and working in the fashion industry. These books have inspired my everyday life and I continually read them over and over. Whenever I take a flight, I always bring something to read with me, whether it be a magazine or a book, I always bring one of these books with me because I know that I will be entertained during the duration of my flight. I often go back to certain chapters in these books because I find a connection with it and it makes me happy to re-read those sections. I often find myself smiling or even laughing when reading these books because of the humor in the book or because it reminded me of something from my past and I couldn’t help but blurt out laughing. If books can give you that sort of emotion, then you know its good because you’ve found a relation in the book.

Many of these authors are people who are influencers in my life. I look up to these people because they give me advice and I admire their style. They write about the non-sweetened truth and I admire their bravery for writing about their past in order to help others in the same circumstance. They are the men and women who shape the industry that I want to work in someday.

I recommend these books because honestly they’re great books. They’re written well and have great visuals. It makes me happy when someone has a passion so strong for something that they write about it. Their book will live on years and years after they’re gone, they are immortalized through these books.

Fall Adventures

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” – Anne of Green Gables

Fall is my favorite time of year. Whenever the trees lose their leaves it’s like they are starting over fresh and I believe fall is the season to start fresh again. Everything is full of beauty, color, and life until the winter comes and the world is silent and still in the cold air.

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When I was younger I spent many long days at my local arboretum. I have been going there since I was a little girl and I share many fond memories of taking nature walks with my mother. As I got older I appreciated the gardens more and I would stop to soak in everything, it soon became my happy place. On nice days after school I would go to the arboretum and find a nice secluded spot under a tree and do my homework, sometimes even read a book. I could be content for hours being there.

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Pumpkin patches remind me of my childhood. Happiness and fall festivities usually happened around a pumpkin patch. For some odd reason pumpkins always make me happy. Maybe it’s because of the bright orange color or how each one has their own unique shape. I love searching through the fields looking for that perfect pumpkin that would come home with me.

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I love going to my local apple orchard house to pick up fresh picked apples. Apples some how taste better when you pick them out at a local market than when you get them at the grocery store. I especially love to pick out apples to make a pie with. Whenever I think of fall, I think of the warm, spicy smell of a fresh baked apple pie sitting out on the kitchen counter.

My Personal Style Icons

It has taken years to figure out my personal style. A lot of trial and error went through into refining my style. What I’ve have found out about my style is that it is always changing. I like to refer to my style as a “melting pot” or a mixture of different styles. I like to experiment with clothes and trends.

The women below are the women I look up to when it comes to fashion. They have a sense of self-confidence and they know who they are and they aren’t ashamed of showing it off through their fashion choices. On a fashion level I connect with these women because their style is similar to mine and I admire the way they dress. Most of these women have the job that I dream of having one day and the confidence that goes with it.

Leandra Medine

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Leandra Medine has been one of my “style gods” since I found her blog The Man Repeller. Although she wasn’t that successful in man repelling because she is married, the blog doesn’t pertain to how-to-get-rid-of-men it’s simply saying to dress for yourself and be who you are even if your fashion choices may not attract the opposite sex. But you do have to admire her husband for loving a women with such interesting fashion choices. I hope someday to have a man who understands the way I dress and how I express myself and he wouldn’t be embarrassed and would be proud to have me as his significant other.

On another note, I love her book she published in 2013, which is called, you guessed it, Man Repeller. I have re-read chapters in this book over and over and it still makes me happy to read it. My favorite chapters are the Hermès Clutch and the Harem Pants. Leandra Medine has a way of incorporating humor, fashion, a growing of age story, and love all in one little memoir that makes it so easy to connect to.

Chiara Ferragni

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Chiara Ferragni is a new style icon for me. I would see her pictures all over Pinterest and would appreciate her bold style choices. She really is the woman who started it all. She was one of the first few to start sharing photos of outfits online and through that gathered a large following. She is the ultimate business women of the 21 century. Thanks to Ferragni bloggers now have more power in the fashion world. I admire her business ethic for showing women that they can move up in the business world.

Miroslava Duma

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Miroslava Duma is the most stylist woman I have ever seen before. Never have I ever seen a woman with such a great eye for shape, color, pattern, and details. It is as if she is a walking, talking fashion dream. I’m sure she is the dream girl to take a picture of during fashion week. Honestly, If I could dress like her everyday I would because she knows how to make a women feel and look powerful in her clothes.

Rachel Zoe

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“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” – Rachel Zoe

I remember when I was a little girl and I would watch her reality tv show and think she was so glamorous. I really do think that Rachel Zoe is the first style icon I had for myself. She is a stylist, which is my dream job and we both have a appreciation for jewelry. I believe that Rachel Zoe was the one to inspire me to become a stylist and choose a career in the fashion industry.

 

 

Why I Chose To Study Fashion

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It all started when I was in 7th grade, I had started my first year of middle school and I finally started paying attention to what I was wearing. Before middle school one could have mistaken me for a chubby, frizzy-haired boy, but thanks to the amount of fashion magazines that would come to my house and the rise of Youtube beauty vloggers I quickly started to change the way I looked. Now not to get confused with my changing, I did not change to fit in with society’s standards a the time, I simply chose for my own benefit to start taking care of myself. I like to think that I was the ugly duckling that turned into a beautiful swan. Boys started to notice me for the first time and girls would compliment me on my outfits. I realized that I had a knack for putting together outfits. When I realized that my passion was fashion, no pun intended, I bought a whole bunch of books about fashion, styling, and outfit designs. Also, me being a huge history buff, I watched documentaries on fashion from the past. I soon became a pretty good sized book of walking fashion knowledge. For me, fashion was a way to connect with people. It was a way to express myself on myself. I love the way clothing can make you feel. When I have a good outfit I feel powerful and strong. Every women should feel amazing about themselves and clothes simply help me to feel that way. Through clothes you can attract people, convey a feeling, and show inner creativity.

Fast forward a few years and now I am a senior in high school. I now knew that I loved fashion and would want to pursue a job in that industry. I guess I was lucky in that way, I knew what I wanted to do in college and I had a plan. I decided that I wanted to go to a school that had a good fashion program, but still had the college feel with football games and sorority rush. I thought that If I were to go to an art school and then change my mind on my major, I would be stuck doing art. That is why I chose to go to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Not only was that school ranked high on the best fashion schools in the nation, but it was also near home and far away at the same time. I’m from Minnesota and I knew that I wanted to leave my state because I felt that it was the only way for me to grow as a person and be independent. The school is still in the midwest so I don’t feel as homesick as I would if I were to go to somewhere like California.

In the past few years I had fallen in love with looking at and reading blogs. I thought,  “Why can’t I start my own blog? I love fashion too.” That’s when I started Wear The Redhead Clothes in June of 2016. I created my blog because I loved fashion, wanted something for a job reference in the fashion industry, and I just wanted to have something to do in the summer before I would head off to college. Little did I know that keeping up with a fashion blog is harder than it looks. You have to constantly think of story ideas that people would want to read and create a visual to go along with the story. Sometimes it all becomes a little overwhelming having to juggle college, a blog, and an Instagram account to go with the blog, but I love my blog and it makes me happy when I write on it and I believe that the hassle is worth it.

I see many great things in my future and I will look to it with bright eyes. I believe if you love something enough, you will eventually find a way to make a career out of it. If you are reading this and you want to work in the fashion industry, I say go ahead and take the jump because you never know what will happen in your future.

A Fashion Show With A Cause

On July 31st 2016 I got the opportunity to go to a fashion show with an amazing cause. The fashion show was hosted by a charity called Kasie Helpz Kidz which helps children with cancer. The fashion show is hosted all around the country bringing children with cancer together in a fun environment where they can get all dressed up and feel like a million bucks walking down the catwalk. All the models in the show were cancer survivors ranging from the ages of 2-19 years old. Each model had their own outfit that they pick out themselves and got their hair and makeup done professionally, which I got to witness as the event planner showed me around the venue before the show and dinner started. The decorations in the room made it feel like walking into a fantasy wonderland of tulle and flowers. The twinkly lights gave a magical ambiance in the room which gave it a very special feel.

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The backdrop of the show was this handmade paper flower wall. The details of the flowers were amazing and gave the room a sort of whimsical feel.

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This little boy’s outfit was one of my favorites. I thought he looked very dapper and I especially liked the hat.

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I loved this girl’s floral dress and updo hairstyle
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This girl had one of the happiest and best smiles I have seen
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These were all the models in the show

Each model in the show looked stunning and had their own attitude or as I like to think of it, a “model alter-ego” as they strutted their stuff down the catwalk. The event was enjoyed by everyone by the funky-upbeat music, fancy cupcakes, and of course the smiling models.

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This little dude definitely had an alter-ego up on the stage
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How could I not take a picture in front of this intricate paper flower wall?

If you would like to know more about the charity here are some links you can take a look at down below!

Website: http://www.khkidz.org

Instagram: @lovehelpzkidz 

Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f307cuZwKv4