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Keep Calm and Style On

Jes Christian | Friday, November 16, 2012

We all have those days. We sit with our laptops open in front of us and our books sprawled out aimlessly across our desks. We write the headings for our seven-page papers and then reward ourselves with hour-long Facebook, Twitter and Instagram perusing extravaganzas. Some refer to this phenomenon as the nightmare of procrastination: an unavoidable disease that infects many a college student, many a day or night, inhibiting them from reaching their full potential of academic productivity. I, on the other hand, like to refer to this sort of behavior as normal and necessary. Here at Notre Dame, as well as at other top-level colleges and universities worldwide, students know what it means to work hard. We stay up late and wake up early. Most of us participate in a series of extracurricular activities, where we act as leaders, learners, pioneers and problem solvers. No matter how unlikely it may seem, at the end of the day, the seven-page paper, the extensive lab report, the business presentation, the acting monologue, and the musical composition are all miraculously done. This, my friends, is the art of the being a college student. Like coffee and Taco Bell, Starbucks and Au Bon Pain, methods of procrastination are just ways to keep us up and working.
So why have I written this long paragraph about the necessity of procrastination when this is a fashion column and you’re most likely interested in fashion? Well because if you’re anything like me, then you’re tired of always resorting to the common social media websites to temporarily free you from your studies. You’re looking for something new and exciting that will spark your attention and will keep you up and wanting more. You’re looking for websites that are fun, fashionable and procrastinator-friendly, and you’ve come to the right place. I’ve scoured the web to find some of the most fun and interesting fashion sites in all the land.
Check them out, and don’t forget to do your homework too!.
STEALHERSTYLE.NET
Do you ever find yourself wondering where the heck celebrities get certain pieces in their wardrobes? I wonder the same thing, and for many years I would either keep an eye out for similar pieces when I hit the mall, or I would simply call it a lost cause. This all changed, however, when I stumbled upon a little website called stealherstyle.net.
The website takes stylish photos of A-list celebrities and breaks down each element from their looks, detailing both the price of each item and the store from which each item originated.
Feeling a little more edgy? The site also profiles different celeb hairstyles and tattoos, so if you’re interested in changing up you’re look or simply looking – then check it out for some of the best secrets for celebrity style.
LOOKBOOK.NU
If you’re interested in fashion, photography, business, or blogging, then lookbook.nu is the website for you. LB is, in layman’s terms, one huge fashion photo blogging database. Like any other social media website, on LB users can create an account and connect with other individuals worldwide. The site attracts people from all walks of the fashion world and encourages them to take photos of interesting looks that they find or create. As a result, they develop an online collection of their own looks to share with the rest of the world. So what’s the catch? Well, LB prides itself on exposing the world to high-quality imagery from the most passionate fashion-goers. Therefore, if you’re interested in taking photos for your own account, then your photos can only be taken with a high-quality camera. Additionally, the site only allows for one photo upload every few hours. The rules seem a little annoying upon first consideration, but the result is a crazy cool website with some of the edgiest looks from all over the world. Plus, because of the website’s high quality, top brand names like American Apparel, H&M, and Dr. Marten’s have teamed up with LB to allow bloggers to come up with styles for the brands clothes. Not interested in taking photos? That’s cool! Creating an account is easy, uploading photos is optional, and you gain the ability to “hype” your favorite looks, “fan” your favorite lookbookers. You can then refer back to your choices whenever you need some fashion inspiration! iPhone, iPod and iPad app available.
WEHEARTIT.COM
Are you one to scroll through pictures on Iinstagram only to find yourself thoroughly disappointed when you come across pictures that you’ve already seen? Well get ready for the procrastination goldmine. Weheartit.com is a never-ending database of photos of all types. Want a little bit of everything? Go to the site’s home page and scroll away. Every day users all over the world post thousands of new photos so you’ll never get bored.
Or, if you’re interested in finding something more specific, type a word or phrase into the search box and you’ll find an endless number of results matching your request. Like lookbook, if you’re interested in keeping track of photos that you like or posting your own, then signing up for an account is easy and free. In minutes, you’ll have infinite “hearting” privileges, and like “hyping” or “liking” you’ll be able to spread the fashion love while also storing images that inspire you. iPhone, iPod and iPad app available.

Contact Jes Christian at
jchrist7@nd.edu
The views in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer. 

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Jes Christian | Tuesday, November 6, 2012

There are very few people in the world who have flawless skin. For those individuals that do, I congratulate you and envy your fabulous gene pools. For the rest of you, who find yourselves dealing with the occasional breakout or worse, follow the steps below and you’ll be amazed by the difference in your skin.

Be aware and keep your surfaces clean. 

Most people don’t realize how many unclean surfaces their faces are exposed to on any given day. Some of the most common things we handle daily are pillowcases, cell phones, hands, hair, hats and towels, and rarely are these items cleaned as frequently as they should be. In fact, most of the time none of them are clean enough to prevent germs from reaching the face. The key is to stay aware and make an effort to keep everything that your face touches as clean as possible. If you can, try wiping your cell phone off with a damp disinfectant wipe as often as once a day. Additionally, it’s a good idea to wipe your phone with a tissue or paper towel after each call you make. Pillowcases should be washed about once a week, and flipped over half way through the week. All other items should go no more than a week without being washed. Most importantly, don’t forget to wash your face. Two to three times a day is ideal. Any more washing, and you run the risk of drying your face out and eliminating oils that protect your face from the elements. 

Avoid sleeping on your face. 

Don’t do it. Whether your pillow is clean or not – the best way to guarantee a germ-free face is to sleep on your back with your face fully exposed. It’s also one of the best ways to sleep in terms of your general health – so that’s a plus!

Take showers after you exercise. 

This may seem like an obvious thing to do, but chances are that if you’re someone who exercises regularly then you’ve failed to do this effectively a few times. On occasion, you’ve probably finished a workout and found other activities to distract you for a few hours before showering. We’re all human beings and everyone has their slip-ups, but try to minimize them by taking showers as soon as you finish your workout, or as soon as possible afterwards. When we exercise, we sweat, which advantageously gets rid of various toxins that have gathered in your skin. However, if we don’t shower soon after exercising, those same toxins have time to increase and settle back into your skin. Help your skin out, and wash all those germs away. Your complexion will thank you. 

Avoid overexposure to different acne products. 

It’s easy to get too experimental when it comes to the overwhelming number of acne treatment products out there. My advice would be to stop and take a look at your own skin. If you’re like most college students and just have minor breakouts, then you probably don’t need a hardcore or even a mild acne treatment product like Proactive or Differin. Many products have side effects, such as extreme drying of the skin, peeling and skin sensitivity. Furthermore, trying a string of different products can really do a number on healthy skin. Put down the creams and medicated scrubs, and try a simple non-prescription face wash or some plain old soap and water along with these other quick-fix tips. If you still don’t see an improvement in your skin, then contact your local dermatologist for a detailed consultation.

In the world of fashion, the body is considered the blank canvas. When blemishes and other impurities cause unwanted problems, one could say that the canvas is been torn or damaged in some way. In layman’s terms, an individual’s confidence and style can be significantly restricted by how good he or she feels about his or her appearance. Clothes are beautiful and style is a great way to stand out, but to lack confidence in the way you look is the quickest way to lose that standout flare. Don’t let breakouts and blemishes bring your style down. Take these tips into account and be fashionably happy – and healthier too.