Managing Stress During Exams

With exams beginning this week, stress levels are rising to an all time high. While it is a well-known fact that stress is harmful to your overall well-being, many people often do not know how to cope with it. During this time of year avoiding stress is nearly impossible, but there are easy ways to reduce its negative impacts.

When managing stress, exercise plays a key role. Staying active daily is not only good for your body, but it causes the release of endorphins. Endorphins are essentially your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters. Take a study break and squeeze in 30 minutes or an hour of exercise. It can help clear your mind and let go of the tension that your body builds throughout the day. Making room in your hectic schedule to exercise may not be easy but it is definitely worth it.

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I am sure that we have all fell victim to the evil known as procrastination at least once, but time management can help a great deal in preventing stress. Some people like to make lists or write everything down on a calendar to stay organized and allot their time efficiently. While this sounds nice, in reality, it does not always work out the way you want it to. However, beginning that final paper a few days before the due date or not cramming for that chemistry final can certainly reduce your stress levels during exam time.

Talking about your problems, in moderation, to your family or close friends can provide the advice or reassurance that you may need during this time. Having a strong support system is important in coping with stress because it gives you the comfort of knowing that people are there for you when you need them. If the stress of finals becomes too much to bear, or you just need someone to talk to, counselors UNC-Chapel Hill’s Counseling and Wellness Services are always there to listen.

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Tips for Combating Winter Skin Woes

With winter right around the corner, it is time to get your new skin care regimen ready! As we all know, the brutally dry winter air can take a toll on your skin; however, there are steps to help prevent and combat dry skin.

Moisturizing is key. Although a great moisturizer should be a staple in your skin care routine year round, it is especially important in the winter months. Dawn Diorio, national trainer and aesthetician for Ahava told ELLE, “”In the winter, you need to add products to your skin-care regime to protect yourself from the harsh elements; if you’re using a normal, lightweight moisturizer, bump it up to a more emollient one.” However, thicker creams do not always hydrate better. In fact, they can actually lock in dead skin cells and leave the skin looking duller. Dermatologists often recommend using a serum under moisturizer to boost absorption. Boscia’s Antioxidant Recovery Treatment C is a great option that has a combination of botanicals and antioxidants to make your skin really glow.

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Another way to keep your skin radiant in the winter is by exfoliating 1 to 3 times a week, depending on how oily your skin is. Contrary to the running myth that exfoliating in the winter can worsen dry patches, using a gentle exfoliant in moderation can help remove dead skin and allow new, moisture-rich cells to move to the surface. Exfoliants that are enzyme-based are gentle and provide great results. Since your body’s skin is less delicate than facial skin, exfoliating 3-5 times a week will help your skin retain moisture and remove dead skin. Fresh Brown Sugar Polish smells wonderful and will keep your skin super soft.

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Protecting your precious pout is also very important. Have you ever felt a waxy film over your lips after using lip balm? If so, you may have been using the wrong kind. Balms that are made out of mineral oil (petroleum jelly) actually create an artificial film over your lips and prevent them from producing natural lipids that keep them moisturized. Instead, find balms that contain natural-oils such as shea or cocoa butter. If lips do get dry and flakey, use a gentle facial exfoliant, or a soft toothbrush, to remove the dead skin.

Regardless of which products you chose to use, protecting your skin during the winter is vital. Pick what works for you and stick with it.

Sources:

http://www.marieclaire.com/hair-beauty/trends/10-winter-skin-myths

http://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/winter-skin-guide-face-body-care-389158

Lovely Leather

There is no denying that leather is a force to be reckoned with this season. Paring a leather item with any outfit is an easy way to give your look an edgier touch. While genuine leather is on the pricey side, there are many synthetic leather options that provide you with all the bang for fewer bucks. This trend has also been a huge hit among celebrities. A-list stars such as Beyonce´, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and Kristen Stewart have all been seen rocking the trend. While you may be thinking that wearing tight leather pants or a tiny leather dress is a little too bold for you, there are a multitude of ways to tweak the trend to fit your personal style. Not a fan of black? No worries, there are plenty leather pieces available in this season’s hottest colors. All in all, leather is extremely versatile and should be a staple in every woman’s closet.

Leather Skirt

While leather skirts are typically seen as nighttime attire, this season feminine pleated option allows you to wear the trend day or night.  If you are looking for a sexier option, pair a leather pencil skirt with a peplum top and you’ve got the perfect mix of sexy and classy.

Leather Dress

When it comes to leather dresses there are a wide variety of options available. For the bolder fashionista, who is not afraid to show off her curves, a bodycon leather dress will be perfect. Those who are more modest may prefer a dress with leather accents.

Leather Pants

Remember liquid leggings? Well, they have been replaced with far more stylish, and breathable, leather pants. These pants will give any outfit a chic and edgy twist.

Leather Jacket

The leather jacket is a classic piece that can easily transform and pull together any look. A fun way to wear this season’s biker jacket is to pair it with ultra feminine dresses and skirts to add contrast to your outfit

American Apparel Receives Backlash for ‘Sandy Sale’

American Apparel is no stranger to controversy, and their new advertisement has landed the company back in hot water. Tuesday night while Hurricane Sandy was terrorizing the East coast, American Apparel sent out an email blast offering customers in the 9 states affected the worst 20 percent off their purchases for the next 36 hours. “In case you’re bored during the storm,” the ad leads off with, “Just enter SANDYSTORM at Checkout.”

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Due to the severity of the storm, it is understandable why, to some, the advertisement came off as extremely insensitive. People quickly took to Twitterverse to express their frustrations. Mashable.com compiled a few of the negative tweets:

Hey @americanapparel people have died and others are in need. Shut up about your #Sandy sale.twitter.com/whitneyhess/st… (via @whitneyhess)

— Christine Lu (@christinelu) October 30, 2012

As if sexualized ads and harassment lawsuits weren’t enough for a boycott, @americanapparel sent out a “hurricane Sandy sale” mail. Ugh.

— Leigh Honeywell (@hypatiadotca) October 30, 2012

Really @americanapparel? Sandy Sale email blast? really? The lowest of low. RT this if you are insulted.twitter.com/davehonig/stat…

— David Honig (@davehonig) October 30, 2012

Despite the criticism, the company insists that the email came from a good place, and that no harm was intended. An American Apparel spokesperson told Fashionista.com that the motivation for the ad, “is that retail stores are the lifeline of a brand like ours so when they are closed, we need to come up with ways to make up for that lost revenue. People forget how expensive it is to run a Made in USA brand like American Apparel and if we made a mistake here it came from the good place of trying to keep the machine going–for the sake of our employees and stakeholders.”

Although American Apparel has received the most backlash, they were not the only company that tried to capitalize on the storm. Gap and Saks Fifth Avenue both encouraged bored twitter followers to visit their websites. Gap later deleted the tweet and clarified their intentions via twitter.

 

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With the death toll still rising in the aftermath of Sandy, people have not responded positively to companies that tried to profit while others were suffering. However, in all likelihood, there were many people who appreciated and used American Apparel’s discount. But does that make it right? You decide.

 

5 Fun Fall Date Ideas

When it comes to autumn, it is safe to say that love is in the air. With the leaves changing colors and the temperature dropping, there is no better time to create memories with that special someone. Whether you two have been together for years or are in that awkward “getting to know you stage”, this season has a variety of perfect dates.

Fright Night!

With Halloween right around the corner, go get spooked with your sweetie! Instead of opting for the run-of-the-mill scary movie, be adventurous and go to a haunted house. There’s no better opportunity to get a little closer (literally) than holding hands while being scared out of your minds! Seeing your significant other terrified may bring a few laughs, but it will also show you a side that you may not get to see very often. To find a haunted house in North Carolina check out, http://www.nchaunts.com/nchauntsFmap.shtml

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Weekend Getaway

One of the many benefits of going to UNC-Chapel Hill is its central location. The school is merely hours away from the beach and the mountains. As the leaves change colors, the Appalachian Mountains are a sight to see in the fall. Whether it’s just a day trip or a short weekend vacation, hiking to the top of mountain together will surely be an unforgettable moment. If you can’t make it to the mountains, there are also many parks in the Triangle Area that offer great hiking trails.

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Get Lost in a Corn Maze

Normally getting lost is a gut-wrenching feeling, but not in this case. It can be a fun challenge to work your way out of the maze. It is a romantic avenue where couples have to put their heads together in order to find a way out. If communication is an issue, going to a corn maze may help you all to better understand how to productively work together, or it could be a train wreck. You decide. Either way it will be a new experience to share.

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Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Bring out your inner child by going to a pumpkin patch! These patches usually have a variety of activities tailored towards couples including hayrides, local food and drinks, and games. However, the real fun comes after you leave. Make a night of pumpkin carving and roasting seeds. Then cuddle up under a warm blanket and enjoy a quiet night in.

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Shopping at the Local Farmers’ Market

For those of us who like to eat, help out your local economy and enjoy locally grown produce while bonding with your date at the local farmers’ market. You can then keep the date going, and bring back whatever you buy to cook a meal together. The Carrboro Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays year round from 7a.m. to noon.

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Fendi Spring 2013

Fendi’s collection for Spring 2013, led by Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi, features pieces that are luxurious, modern and impeccably crafted. With the mix of geometric shapes and delicate blouses, it is clear that the designers wanted the collection to focus on bringing different elements together. The variety of multi-level skirts also highlight how duality is easily wearable and can be achieved by the everyday woman. Spring fashion is shaping up to be all about graphic and architectural pieces.

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The geometric structures are enhanced by the use of color blocking, a trend that is obviously here to stay. However, the bold mix of white, black, teal, peach and yellow add a refreshing new angle. Leather, fur and ruffles in combination with this fresh color palette create elegant, sophisticated pieces with an athletic sensibility.

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In an interview featured on the Fendi website, Lagerfeld said his inspiration for this collection was more abstract than in pervious shows. Instead of pulling ideas from nature, this concept arose from modern art and 3-diemensional effects. This is clearly evident the accessories. From the high block heels that feature metallic-cube embellishments to the redesigned Baguette and Peekaboo totes, Lagerfeld, as always, keeps the 87-year-old brand relevant and trend setting.

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Fendi effortlessly creates futuristic pieces while still retaining the luxurious feel that we have come to expect. Any woman who prefers sportier dresses, modern silhouettes and 3-D accessories will flock to this collection.

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Diane von Furstenberg — Spring 2013

Diane von Furstenberg’s spring collection is not for those who shy away from color. The array of bold tropical colors and billowing silhouettes paint a picture of vacationing in the world’s most exotic locations – surely a testament to von Furstenberg’s extensive travel repertoire. Creative director, Yvan Mispelaere, and von Furstenberg’s inspiration for the collection titled, “Palazzo,” was von Furstenberg’s jetsetter lifestyle.

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With this collection, DVF brought the local fashions of Mumbai and New Delhi to the American fashion scene. The abundance of looks featuring long tunics and dresses paired with slim fitting trousers outnumber von Furstenberg’s signature piece, the wrap dress. Always known for her body-friendly pieces, the looks are pulled together with waist cinching metallic belts that create an hourglass figure.

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Keeping up with today’s ever-changing technological environment, the designer partnered with Google to debut their new Glass technology. The glasses that were worn by some of the models, and von Furstenberg herself, recorded behind-the-scenes footage that is featured in a short film about the show.

The combination of plunging necklines, bright color blocking and bold accessories exudes confidence, and is made for the self-assured, modern woman.  DVF effortlessly updates statement retro pieces and delivers a fantastic collection.

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