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Happy weekend, loves!

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Style Diary x Kazia Taylor!

Scroll through the style diary of college blogger, Kazia:

Style is showing who you are with out having to speak! Name your top 3 trends you’re feeling this season?
I love oversized shades and different and fun frames, I feel like they are needed accessories.

If you had 30 seconds to grab your 3 favorite style pieces, what would they be?
A cool pair of clear/reader frames , slip on sneakers , and a nice jacket to finish the look.

Style inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate fashion icon + why?
Since I’ve started blogging and creating youtube content, I’ve been so interested in other creators. AnnieDrea is my favorite youtuber and her fashion sense really pushes the envelope. She’s never afraid to wear anything, which is how bold fashion is.

Getting ready for class can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s your go-to look if you’re in a rush?
I love to look effortlessly put together so I’ll throw on a college paraphernalia shirt or sweatshirt, and a pair of ripped jeans with slip on sneakers. This look is also comfortable for class.

What’s your number 1 rule when it comes to style?
Wear whatever you want to wear, and make it flattering.

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Press Play: Trevor Jackson!

Summer is creeping up & we’re always in need of a dope playlist to get us moving at the next kickback, right? Well, we perked up our musical ears + gave a listen to Trevor Jackson’s Rough Drafts Pt. 1. and we’re feeling it… a lot! See what C.O.R.E had to say about it!

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“I listened to Rough Drafts Pt. 1 and it exceeded my expectations. This album is fire! All of the songs tell a story and give off a dope R&B/Hip-Hop vibe. A few songs that I especially like are My House, Anakin, Right Now, and How That Sound. This album proved how mature Trevor actually is and how he’s not only an actor but he’s also got serious vocals too. Plus, he can dance! This guy is a true triple threat and I’ll be singing along to his album all summer.” -Tia B., Content Editor

Give it a listen! You’ll thank us later!

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Beauty Diary x Taiwo!

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Health/Beauty, Latest | by — April 11, 2018

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Scroll through the beauty diary of  UK based beauty teen blogger, Sharifah Taiwo Ojeniyi! 

What city do you live in?
A small town in Kent, England.

Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + having fun! What are 2 beauty trends you’re loving this year?
I am currently loving the glittery eyeshadow and the gold highlighter, especially from Fenty beauty!

If you had only 15 seconds to grab 3 beauty products, what would they be?
I would grab my eyebrow pencil, false lashes, and liquid eyeliner which is my number one favourite!

Beauty inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate beauty icon + why?
My number one beauty Icon is Jackie Ania because she is really honest when it comes to reviewing beauty products and relatable to girls like me. Also, Instagram makeup has inspired me to create my makeup look because I really like how it appears on photographs.

Getting ready for class can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s one beauty must-have that lives in your book bag?
False lash glue and lip balm, in case my lips are dry!

What’s your number 1 beauty rule?
Always be satisfied with your makeup look before you go out!

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Campus Crash? Zen Out!

Coming back from spring break + trying to focus on the rest of the semester is the task of the century. That’s not including the laundry list of responsibilities of  being a full-time college student, balancing a part-time gig, a dwindling social life and still trying to  scrape up all the extra-credit in an attempt to hold on to your GPA. Okay, so before you literally throw your hands-up + just pretend all of your responsibilities don’t exist, we have 3 for-sure tips to CREATE YOUR ZEN:

Breathe In, Breathe out + Chat it Out! Just breathe. Instead of stressing yourself with your  infinite to-do list of tasks in your mind, get out of your head. If that means writing out your thoughts or downloading the Talkspace app for a listening ear, it’s important not to drive your anxiety sky-high by bottling up your emotions. Although friends + family are great outlets, oftentimes they’re the ones bringing the most drama. So embracing online therapy can give you fresh energy to your situations.

Cleanse your CREW!– Speaking of friends, some of them you might need to sage. Okay, not literally burn sage everywhere they go, but  take inventory of who’s in your crew + the energy they bring.  Do you have that one friend that every convo is ALWAYS about her? Or the roommate who’s already on academic probation + gives you 10 reasons to skip class every day? Well, this is the time where you need to shower away draining ties in your life. It doesn’t haven’t to be a full announcement, just don’t be as available. They’ll catch the hint.

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Spring Space- So as the seasons change so should  your space! Do you need to be the next contestant on Room Makeover? Not necessarily, but a few tweaks here + there can help bring you peace while you’re studying for finals. So clean up all of your ramen noodles bowls and halfway full Starbucks cups. Add some color with fresh flowers + daily inspo quotes. You’re on the home stretch! Breathe, release + make it to the finish line.

You’ll thank us, later!

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5 Click-Worthy Shows!

Spring break is here! Sure, it’s fun to catch up with your homegirls but what’s really better than snuggling up with your drizzled in butter popcorn + binge watching your fave shows. Wondering what to click on your screen, yeah well we go you covered!

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1. Seven Seconds- Who doesn’t love a good crime series with tons of twists + turns? Well, Seven Seconds should be your pick!

2. Grown-ish- From the style to the definitely real-life college experience we absolutely had to put new hit show Grown-ish on our list!

3. Stranger Things – Did someone say thrilling drama? Yep, well Stranger Things is calling your name!

4. 13 Reasons Why- Get caught up with the dramatic twists + turns in 13 Reasons Why this spring!

5. Black Lightning- We’re totally here for super heroes, especially when it includes dope, fly girl sheroes!

 

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Style Diary Tiff x Tish!

Scroll through the style diary of Canadian fashion blogger, Tiffany:

Style is showing who you are without having to speak! Name your top 3 trends you’re feeling this season?
My favorite trends would have to be knee-high boots, velvet boots and of course, I can’t forget the fur. Knee-high boots have always been my favorite, they’re simple but can bring together any outfit. I’ve also been slowly falling in love with velvet. Velvet pieces have been becoming quite popular lately but for me, velvet boots (especially velvet ankle boots) have become my favorites. Lastly, fur has been making it’s come back but what really made me start loving fur – Fur cuffed jeans. I’m in love with those.

If you had 30 seconds to grab your 3 favorite style pieces, what would they be?
I love adding scarfs to my outfits so those have to come first. Next, I would get a denim jacket because you can never go wrong with a denim jacket. Lastly, I would pick high waisted jeans, they’re comfortable and easy to work with, so you gotta love them.

Style inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate fashion icon + why?
My fashion icon would definitely have to be Rihanna. I just love the touch of boldness incorporated into her outfits. Whether it be the thigh-high boots or the bright colors, she is always able to make a statement with her outfits. Rihanna’s outfits are always unique and I think show a true reflection of herself. I like to put the most into every outfit and always add my own touch to every look because I want to portray my character and creativity as much as I can through my style.

Getting ready for class can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s your go-to look if you’re in a rush?
My go-to look is an oversized jumper, comfy jeans, and high boots. I try to go with the warmest and most comfortable option, and when it comes to a nice oversized jumper you can’t go wrong. To keep things simple, I pair it with plain jeans. I really big fan of boots and I will admit I’ve got a few, so I head straight for my boots. Naturally, boots are not much of an option during the warmer months so my pair of white converse would be my​​ summer go-to footwear.

What’s your number 1 rule when it comes to style?
When it comes to style I think it’s important for people to try and stay true to themselves. If there is a certain style that you really like and you feel comfortable in, never hold yourself back. Style yourself in what you love and feel your best in. Everyone has a different perspective on fashion, so embrace it. Use your opportunities to express what fashion really is to you because you are you and no one can take that away from you.

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Spotlight x Karen McCormick!

What happens when your passion for music + beautiful vocals perfectly collide? An undeniable artist full of creativity, talent + energy sprouts up on the scene named Karen McCormick! Her captivating voice + inviting guitar creates musical magic for her audience + listeners to enjoy while being inspired.

Homegrown country pop artist Karen McCormick is a Washington based singer and songwriter. Raised on the contemporary country sounds of Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill and more, Karen began honing her guitar and songwriting skills at the young age of 13. After posting videos of her performances to YouTube, Karen caught the attention of many new fans, including NBC The Voice’s Terry McDermott who invited her be the opening act at his show. She has amassed over 830,000 views worldwide and continues to interact with her growing fan base who is eager to hear the release of her highly anticipated debut single “Just A Song“ on March 16, and her debut EP due later this year.

Let’s get to know Karen a little better…

You first picked up a guitar and began your musical journey at the young age of 13! Why was it important for you to express yourself through song + music?
Up until I turned 13, we had moved around quite a bit. Music had been something that remained constant for me. I had joined the church choir, then joined the school choir, and it was evident that I loved singing. But when I started to play guitar and write my own songs, I found it was the easiest way for me to express myself and I didn’t want to stop!

You have created an amazing following with over 800,000 views on YouTube! How has social media played a role in building a community + sharing your gifts? And why is it important to be proactive in going for your dreams by creating your opportunities + not just waiting?
Social media is an amazing tool and platform — especially for independent artists like myself. Artists have the ability to reach international audiences without a record label! That’s incredible. I would feel like I was doing myself and potential listeners a disservice if I didn’t take advantage of the opportunities that social media platforms can provide. More importantly, we only have one life and nothing is guaranteed — why not go all out for your dreams?

At the age of 22, you already have your debut single, “Just a Song” releasing on March 16th! Is it tough to tap into your emotions and pour your thoughts + vulnerabilities in your music?
I’ve actually found that music is the easiest place for me to be vulnerable and share my emotions. For me, if I write a song about a situation, then perform that song for an audience, every time it gets easier and easier — because I’ve processed the event and I’ve moved on. At that point, the song is for the audience. It’s for them to listen to and connect with and hopefully relate to.

You’ve opened for Terry McDermott of NBC’s The Voice + performed for countless festivals + concerts​, how does performing live inspire you in the music you write to connect with your listeners?
What I love about music is that it can bring together a group of people with completely different upbringing, ages, or beliefs. Music has no boundaries, no rules. When it comes to performing, if I’ve connected with just one person in the audience, I feel I’ve done my job. And I’m proud. As a songwriter, singer, entertainer, I feel my job is to help listeners forget about what is going on in their everyday lives and just have a good time during those two hours of my set.

We are all about empowerment, what does EMPOWERMENT mean to you?
For me, empowerment is taking control of your life. I’ve wanted to sing since I was 16 years old, but along the way I’ve lacked confidence in myself and my ability to go after those aspirations. Now I’m 22, and I feel like I can accomplish my goals as long as I believe in myself and work hard. It’s realizing that you have the ability to create your own path and the only thing that can stop you, is you holding yourself back. So don’t! 😉

What advice would you give girls who want to follow their dreams and passions but are nervous or intimidated?
It’s scary! I completely understand and 100% relate to being apprehensive to following your dreams. But think about it this way — what’s stopping you? In my case, it’s always been me holding myself back. No one else. You have the ability to make your dreams and passions come true, all you have to do, is do it. This year, I created a vision board for myself so I could have a visual representation of my goals and see them every day. It’s helped me so much! I wake up, see my goals, and ask myself, “What am I going to do today that will help me get one step closer to accomplishing these goals?”

Time for faves! Celeb Crush? Artist? Food? Movie?
Celeb Crush: Nick Jonas! Ugh, I’ve been waiting for him to realize I exist since I was like, 13!
Artist: Carrie Underwood. She has mastered the balance of having an incredible career and a family. I love that about her.
Food: Pizza, pizza, and still pizza. Though I’m boring…my favorite flavor is cheese!
Movie: I don’t have a favorite movie, because I have several favorites! But one that I can never get tired of is 10 Things I Hate About You!

Make sure to download her DEBUT single “Just A Song” on iTunes on March 16th!

 

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Pricey Prom? False!

Between obsessing over PROMposals + trying to pull your brain back from functioning after spring break, when do you have time to save up for having the ultimate prom night? Well, we’re here to bring good news for your stress level and maybe your dwindling bank account. Rule of life: You never have to break the bank to look unforgettable + feel like a star! The major key is creativity. So, let’s dive into the ultimate prom hacks!

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Swap + Switch-Have you ever heard a remix to a song and thought “this is completely better than the original song?” Well, it can be the same with your prom dresses and accessories. Call your girls (especially if you’re senior) and have an ultimate swap out between you + your crew. Now, it feels like a new dress to you. Plus, you have killer personal style so once you add your your special touch with hair + accessories it will be one-of-a-kind.

 

Spa Squad! – Let’s skip the expensive + excessive spa treatment of manis/pedis and just create your own spa squad. Instead of a stuffy spa that plays nothing but the ‘Best of Bach’ ,  create your own vibe. Get your playlist, snacks + most important you can now prep in your pjs while giving yourself an even better spa treatment.

Student Strands – Okay,  who knows the hottest trends other than someone who is actually part of our generation? Instead of throwing tons of money to someone who thinks finger waves are making a comeback, head to a cosmetology school where students know what’s hot or not. There’s always atleast one style student who is known to slaying strands. So cut down costs + look flawless!

You’ll thank us later!

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Beauty Diary x Joanna Sarah!

Scroll through the beauty diary of  New Jersey based beauty teen blogger, Joanna Sarah!
What city do you live in?
I live in Ocean, which is a town right next to the Jersey Shore.

Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + having fun! What are 2 beauty trends you’re loving this year?

I’m loving the bare minimal look that everyone is into now, where it’s just your eyebrows and a lipstick.

If you had only 15 seconds to grab 3 beauty products, what would they be?

That’s hard. I would grab my Maybelline eyebrow powder, a nude lipstick, and a gold highlight.

Beauty inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate beauty icon + why?

I actually have two ultimate beauty icons – Zendaya and Yara Shahidi. I love them as people and everything they stand for. They always rock their natural hair and their natural beauty, which I love. I believe that natural beauty is the best beauty and they represent that in an amazing way.

Getting ready for class can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s one beauty must-have that lives in your book bag?

Vaseline without a doubt. Vaseline is my substitute for chapstick. Plus you can honestly use Vaseline for anything.
 
What’s your number 1 beauty rule?

Do what you like. It is so important for girls to ignore the comments and opinions of others and just do what makes them happy. If you like to wear a full face everyday, then go for it. If you’re more of a do your makeup for special occasions only, then that’s completely fine. If you want to wear wigs because you don’t feel like doing your hair, then go ahead. Society shouldn’t determine how we take care of ourselves.

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