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Style Diary x Maya!

Scroll through the style diary of D.C. college blogger, Maya Fleming:

Style is showing who you are with out having to speak! Name your top 3 trends you’re feeling this season?
I’m not really into trends (and I can’t really keep up). With that being said, I love comfortable style, so I’ve really been feeling athleisure trends. Matching sweat sets (cropped crewnecks are my favorite) and sneakers are two trends that I can’t get enough of. I’m also really excited about nostalgic fashion and how everyone is into 80’s and 90’s brands and logos. It gives me a reason to go thrift hunting!

If you had 30 seconds to grab your 3 favorite style pieces, what would they be?
If I only had 30 seconds, I would most definitely grab my Levi’s denim jacket, my favorite black ankle booties, and my camel beret.

Style inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate fashion icon + why?
My style changes with my mood, so I definitely have more than one icon. Right now, one of my icons is Monica Brown because I love how she manages to stay on top of trends and hot brands without overdoing it and losing herself. Zendaya is also a huge inspiration because I love how laid-back her at-home style is while her red carpet style is all about ground breaking styles and amazing silhouettes. Her chocolate August Getty dress at the MTV awards was EVERYTHING!

Getting ready in the morning can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s your go-to look if you’re in a rush?
When I’m in a time crunch, I almost always gravitate towards a striped top (I have way too many), a pair of dark jeans, booties, and my denim jacket. It’s a classic look that works for most settings.

What’s your number 1 rule when it comes to style?
My number one style rule is to stay true to yourself. If you aren’t feeling a look or trend, it will show, and the look will still bomb no matter how amazing the pieces are. Be comfortable in what you’re wearing, and let yourself shine through. Style is meant to be a means of expression, so tell us who you are!

Check out more of Maya’s dope style here!

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You vs. You! Stop The Sabotage

It’s time to re-energize and start shifting your focus! Moving forward is an important part of growth. But sometimes we hinder our own growth and don’t realize how detrimental it can be. Here are three ways you’re sabotaging yourself from being the best you can be:

Hit The Brakes On The Negative Thoughts- This is probably the most common issue people have. It’s so easy to think “It’s never going to happen” rather than “Just because it didn’t happen today, doesn’t mean I’m going to stop trying”. Positivity is like karma. When you put it in the atmosphere, it will come back around to you.

Skip The Comfort Highway- It’s okay to be comfortable but don’t let comfort allow you to forget about your goals. The ease of being in a daily routine can make the thought of something new seem inconvenient.

Override Fear-If an opportunity presents itself and the fear of failing kept you from going for it, you’ve already lost. Despite how people seem to be living their best lives on social media, they’ve had failures too. Everyone does, however, often times you grow from them.

Yeah, you got it!

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Beauty Diary x Arion!

Scroll through the beauty diary of college blogger, Arion Hewitt!

What city do you live in?
I am from Kansas City.

Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + having fun! What are 2 beauty trends you’re loving this year?
2018 has been a year full of new and super exciting trends! The first beauty trend that I’m absolutely loving is the all inclusive foundation lines that are coming out. It’s very important that big makeup companies help women and men of all skin colors feel beautiful and I love that a lot of them are including lighter and darker shades. The second trend that I am really into is the new lip tints! Anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE a cute lip color.

If you had only 15 seconds to grab 3 beauty products, what would they be?
If I had 15 seconds to grab 3 makeup products, I’d grab my eyebrow pomade, concealer, and my lip favorite pink gloss of course!

Beauty inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate beauty icon + why?
I absolutely love Aaliyah Jay. She is my inspiration and I hope to be just like her one day.

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 bag?
I ALWAYS keep lip gloss with me no matter what. It’s either a shimmery one or one with a pink tint.

What’s your number 1 beauty rule?
My #1 beauty rule is “Your face, your rules!” Your makeup is a reflection of how you feel about yourself. Express yourself however YOU want & stay fabulous :)!

Follow MORE of Arion’s beauty tips here!

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Broke Vibes?

Summer is in full swing + so are those part-time checks from your summer gig! Don’t fret; we’ll cover our eyes on how you’ve already spent your money on clothes, beauty goodies and concert tickets for the first half of the summer. Well, for the rest of the month we’re going to give you 3 reasons why saving your money is “not your enemy” in your life!

Clouds Are Rolling In!– Have you heard the saying “save for a rainy day” in life? Well, with all this global warming happening you never know when a storm will pop up. Okay, so maybe not a real life tornado but a shift in your money flow. An extra book for your college course? Your basketball uniform? I mean it’s always good to have a little cushion.

Hands Out Syndrome– So your parents love you and your homegirls have your back but let’s be honest they are not your personal ATM. Always asking for someone to spot you or cover you can be a bit draining and can even break up friendships. Keep a stash and play it safe.

Shrug That Feeling– It’s as simple as that feeling. We all know that feeling. That feeling of finding a quarter is an upgrade to our empty accounts. It’s cool to look fly but when you have an empty account can take away from your fab life.

So get to stacking!

 

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Intern Ave.

It’s time to pull up on Intern Ave. and meet our dope summer interns for C.O.R.E Mag! Let’s meet the crew!

Name: Delyn Saffa

What’s your dream job & why?
My dream job is either an FBI or a CSI. I chose these because when I first watched “Law and Order” and “criminal minds”, I fell in love with what they do and wanted to be like them when I grow up, that’s where it all started.

What are your fave hobbies?
Hobbies that I enjoy is Basketball, doing my hair/other peoples hair, watching “law and order, and going new places.

Who’s your biggest celeb crush?
My biggest crush is Christian Casey Combs ( P-Diddy son )

What’s your fave song to jam out to right now?
My favorite song is “Way to fly”- A Boogie

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
If I could change the world one thing it would be stereotype and labeling.

What does empowerment mean to you?
Empowerment to me means being a positive leader that encourages others

What are your plans after high school?
After high school, I am going to move to Hawaii and go to a criminal justice school for 4 and cosmetology for 3 years.

How have you helped someone in your life lately?
Yes, I have helped my friends whenever they need something that I can provide or help with they get it.

Who is your role model?
My role model is my mother, I say this because she is strong and independent.

Name: A’yanna Rouse

Age: 14

City: Brooklyn

What is your dream job and why?
My dream job is coder because I like working with computers.

Who is your biggest crush?
My biggest crush is Jin from BTS.

What’s your fave song to jam out to right now?
My fave song to to jam out is Everybody Mad by O.T Genasis.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
If I change one thing about the world, I would change how people treat each other.

What does empowerment mean to you?
Empowerment means to me is to inspire and to have confidence.

What are your plans after high school?
I plan to go to college.

How have you helped someone in your life lately?
I helped my classmates with their final projects for the end of the year.

 

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Pause! Chill On Freshman Fears

The thought of starting your college career can bring excitement, but it can also bring tons of anxiety. However you’re feeling, just know this: College is a great learning experience and teaches the importance of independence. You’ll meet lifelong friends PLUS earn a degree. It’s a win win! Now, if you’re still feeling some type of way, here are a few ways to calm your nerves.

Roomie Connect- Normally you find out who your roommate is before you leave for school. Message them on social media and introduce yourself. Exchange phone numbers! They are the first friend you’ll make on campus and they’re probably just as nervous as you.

College Rundown- Preview events give you a chance to see the school without the bustle of all the students. You’ll get a feel for all the clubs, organizations, and sports teams that you can be apart of too.

Chat With A Grad-No one will be able to give you more in-depth and honest advice about your college than someone who already went there. They’ve been through it already and have a lot of valuable knowledge to pass down, like where the best spots to eat on campus are or what classes are easy A’s.

An there ya go!

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Tia B., Content Editor

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Meet Hannah + Charlie Lucas!

(Photo credit: Vania Stoyanova)

Keeping up with grades, navigating your way through a harsh social scene, parents constantly applying pressure for perfection…when does it ever stop? As a student, the pressures of life can quickly build-up and invite a “you against the world” mentality.

We have all been there–typed out a text message asking for emotional or physical support, only to delete it before sending. Teen entrepreneurs Hannah and Charlie Lucas are redefining the power of mental health while creating a fresh platform with their new app notOK™. Recently winning the NAMI Young Leader Award (National Alliance in Mental Illness), the fearless siblings are snatching away any shame that’s accompanied with asking for help. 

(Photo credit: Vania Stoyanova)

Just last year Hannah was fainting so much that she missed 70% of the school year due to a rare disease called POTS. While she was there she constantly got bullied and even threatened (by a fellow student) that she would be taken advantage of the next time she passed out in school. Being scared was a permanent state of mind. After becoming severely depressed and even attempting suicide, Hannah’s little brother Charlie stepped in to help her change things. The two searched for apps that helped teens in their time of distress. They didn’t find any so they created their own- the notOK app.

In just a few months after launch, these inspirational tech siblings have been gaining massive attention with over 49k downloads in just 3 months. They are working with Thrive NYC to implement a program in NYC schools next year and even scored their first investor.

To use notOK™, simply open the app, tap the red button and a text message will be sent to up to 5 pre-selected contacts that reads: “Hey, I’m not OK. Please call me, text me, or come find me,” along with a link to your current GPS location. Whether you’re a teen or an adult suffering from loneliness, anxiety, depression, stress, suicidal thoughts, or anything else, immediate help is only the tap of a button away.You no longer have to suffer alone. Help is closer than you think!

Let’s get to know Hannah + Charlie a little better…

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The notOK app is beyond brilliant and is blazing the way for teens to tap into mental health. Why was it important to create a platform that not only allowed both of you to overcome personal struggles but other teens as well?
It’s important to create a platform that allows people to have open discussions about the difficult topics. In having these difficult conversations, it suddenly makes it OK to be notOK. And it gives people the opportunity to answer some of the less talked about questions.

Hannah, due to having POTS caused you to miss 70% of the school year which led to bullying. How were you able to shift your energy from a negative situation into a positive solution?
To be honest, I don’t think I would’ve been able to shift my perspective if it weren’t for the help of a therapist. When I first started going to therapy, I’m not going to lie, I was obnoxiously sarcastic. I just wanted to get out of there as fast as possible. When I started working on notOK I finally saw hope again. At that point I started to take my therapist seriously because something clicked inside and I realized that she was there to help me not harm me.

Charlie, seeing your older sister having to overcome obstacles could have caused you to feel a bit helpless. What motivated you to use your strengths + talents to be there for her?
Well helplessness was a key factor in getting me to this breaking point, where I couldn’t do anything anymore so when Hannah gave me her idea I leaped at the chance to help her.

Unfortunately, a lot of time teen mental health or stress isn’t taken as serious as it should be. It is labeled as “growing pains” or even being “dramatic”. How does the notOK app make it clear of the pressures teens deal with on a daily basis?
notOK is designed to destigmatize mental health. In doing so, all alerts should be received as urgent. The trusted contacts should keep in mind that even though it seems small, to the user, it could be life altering. Being notOK means something different for each individual person.

Mental health can be looked as a “weakness” when it comes to teens of color, how can we shift that stereotype and push diversity in this area?
In order to shift that stereotype, you have to start thinking of mental health as physical health. You have yearly check-ups for your physical but just ignore your mental health. When you really think about it mental health is just the chemicals in your body that make you feel or think a certain way. Thinking about it this way often helps people be more understanding towards those struggling with their mental health.

Actress Jenifer Lewis and Hannah Lucas

Being young, juggling responsibilities while walking towards your dreams can sometimes get to be a bit overwhelming, how do you regroup and motivate yourself when you’re feeling a little defeated?
Personally, I love to exercise. Whenever I feel a bit overwhelmed I just hop on my bike and ride around for a while. This is a great way to release all of the tension in my body and also keep in shape.

We are all about empowerment, what does EMPOWERMENT mean to you?
Empowerment to me means having a hope for the future and having the power to achieve that future.
Empowerment means the hope of rights and equality for everyone, Empowerment means the hope of peace to me, Empowerment is the feeling of when the nation gets together to stop the injustices that happen within it.

Photo credit: Vania Stoyanova

Time for faves! Celeb Crush? Artist? Food? Movie?

Celeb Crush:
Hannah: Trevor Jackson without a question!!!

Artist:
Charlie:Brendan Urie, Ben Platt, Pitbull, and Last but definitely not least,*drumroll* BEYONCE.
Hannah: My top 3 are Queen Bey (of course), Drake (obviously), and Kendrick Lamar (without a question)

Food: Cheese Curds, Mozzarella Cheese Sticks, Creme’ Brulee, Cheese, All And Every Type

Movie:
Charlie: Greatest Showman
Hannah: Black Panther hands down!!!

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Summer Break x Style Guide

School’s out and it’s time to start making plans for the summer. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you look good doing it. Check out these stylish trends that will be poppin’ all summer long:

  • Off The Shoulder Top: These tops are super cute for the summer when you and your friends are hanging around enjoying some summer mocktails or if you and bae decide to kick it for a date.
  • Futuristic Sunglasses: This season, everyone is rocking sunglasses that have a year 3000 look to them. This includes defined shapes and bold colors. It’s a fun look that adds personality to a simple outfit.
  • Athleisure: The athleisure look is one isn’t going out of style anytime soon. Being cute and fashionable while also being comfy is a major key. Try a matching tracksuit with a cute pair of sneakers that pop.

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-Tia B., Content Editor

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C.O.R.E Mag x Teen Tour

So summer is finally here + C.O.R.E Mag is headed on the road to sprinkle a little magic your way! C.O.R.E Mag kicked off our Beautifully Bold summer teen tour to Indianapolis  for our Bold In Self brunch!  Stay tuned will be Chicago on 7/14 and back to NYC on 9/29!

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3 Ways To #SummerBae!

Flirting is essential when trying to catch the attention of bae, who doesn’t know he’s bae yet. It’s an ability that some of us have naturally and some of us, well, not so much. Let these tips below be a guide for you the next time you’ve got your eye on a cutie:

Touch N’ Go! When you’re chit chatting with a guy and the conversation is flowing smoothly, lay your hand on his arm. You’ve gotta have good timing on this though!

Mic Check!  There is a big difference between hearing him speaking and actually listening to what he’s saying. Pay close attention to him so you can ask questions based on his responses. That shows that you really care.

It’s All In The Gaze! This is a pretty common flirting tip, but one that actually works. Making eye contact with him while he’s across the room shows initial interest or reinforces the flirting you did earlier.

Tia B, Content Editor

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