Love + Dating // February 10, 2014

Yes, Valentine’s Day is all about the romance, but there are some practical gifts that every lady secretly desires on this day of love. Just say no to the giant stuffed teddy bears. Give your honey one of these items and watch her eyes light up with joy -- since she won’t have to sneak back to the mall to return your gift for what she really wants. Ouch.

Brook, 27, Single

You know what every girl (or guy) needs? A get out of jail free card. If your partner has any unpaid parking tickets, surprise them with a clean slate. Who needs chocolate when you can be citation free?

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Jessica Dumont, 29, Married

My husband and I aren't big on the Valentine's Day gift exchange. Instead, we splurge every year to go to dinner at a nice restaurant we wouldn't normally go to. We always pick a place we've both wanted to try for months, get all dressed up and indulge ourselves in good food and cocktails. It's much more fun for us than trying to pick out a gift!

Christina Chen, 21, Single

This is the perfect gift because it’s TIMELESS. Any girl would love a rose gold Marc by Marc Jacobs watch to match her everyday outfits. Not only is it lovely under the sun, it looks beautiful at night as well! On top of that, it would go with her outfit for that Valentine’s Day date tonight! It also comes in classic gold and silver.

Available online or at Nordstrom, $225.00

Jasmin Martin, 24, Long Distance Relationship

The Love Is Art kit is a DIY paint kit that supports you getting down with the get down all in the name of art. For $60, the intimate paint kit encourages lovers to paint their bodies with paint or to just throw the paint on the canvas and uh,"make a masterpiece". What's left after your wild time, is a custom piece of abstract art created by you and your partner that is a physical representation of the love you shared. When it comes to making your one-of-a-kind artwork, the messier the process the better, but when you're tired of being a bedroom Picasso, rest assured that the clean up won't be a mess. The kit comes with a painter's tarp, disposable slippers, non toxic body paint and a body scrubber to get the paint out of those unspeakable places.

I love this idea as a VDay gift because my beau and I are always looking for new and interesting things to do, since our time together is always limited. Making this piece of art is a unique way to not only spend time together, but to create something that we can look back on and remember how much fun we had making it.

Ava Puckett, 22, Long Distance Relationship

Well, I know what all of us girls really want for Valentines Day: a seat at this ultra chic and exclusive Beyoncé themed V day dinner at Brucie in NYC. Unfortunately, I live almost 3,000 miles away and it’s already sold out. Darn! But, if I were to think up some more great Valentines Day gift ideas I would pick the book Love Poems by Pablo Neruda ($11.95 at Anthropologie).

Jillian, 20, Single

While everyone loves a great gift, it’s the experiences that matter most. This Valentine’s Day, why not go on a road trip to a place where you both have never visited? This way you don’t have to hyperventilate while he/she opens their gift, and you’ll have stories to tell when you get back.

Beth, 29, In a relationship

Shoes are like jewelry for the feet. I've been eying these Ginny Gem Point shoes for a while. They are $95 on the Miss Selfridge site.

Mia Xuan, 21, Single

Look at that packaging!! YSL’s line of Rouge Volupte Shine lipsticks are known for being long-lasting and moisturizing even after hours of wear. This shade called ‘Nude In Private’ is a breathtaking, natural shade and works well in any situation. It applies flawlessly and has a gorgeous finish.

Available online or at Sephora, $45.00

Patricia Orr, 29, In a relationship

My boyfriend hogs the TV for months during football season. I don’t mind, but I think for V-day it’d be nice to get control of the remote all day long. If I want to watch The Notebook for the millionth time he can just pass me chocolates. All’s fair in love.

Have any more great gift ideas for Valentine’s Day? Come on, let’s help out everyone doing some last minute shopping for their significant others! Leave a comment below!

Published in Love + Dating

MW University // February 10, 2014

There is nothing worse than having back-to-back classes and being stuck with no lip-gloss. If you are like me, your school bag is an important part of your ensemble, so you change it regularly. And, if you are really like me, rushing to class leads to forgetting the essentials. I’m sorry but being without essentials is extremely distracting. How am I supposed to listen to an hour lecture and type the speed of lightening with ashy hands? I can’t speak up in a group meeting when I’m afraid that the odor of my morning coffee and onion bagel might melt off my classmate’s mustache. In order to avoid these potentially embarrassing moments, I came up with a solution: the minimergency kit. This kit is only for your book bag, and carries everything that you might need in a moment’s notice during a hectic school day. Here is the recipe for the perfect minimergency kit:

1. The Bag

This kit should be about the size of a small make-up bag, and should be brightly colored, so you won’t forget it when switching bags. Here are a few of my favorites this season:

                   Juicy Couture, $42                                                          Sephora, $18

2. Lip-gloss

Everyone has a favorite lip-gloss that they cling to for everyday use. However, you don’t want to put your favorite in the bag, because you will end up taking it out, and forgetting to put it back in. Either buy an extra of your favorite product, or put another option in the bag, so it’s always there. I always carry the Lancome Juicy Tube in Pink Horizon in my minimergency kit. Although, MAC’s Tinted Lip Gloss in “Oh Baby” is my favorite.

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3. Chap Stick and Lip Balm

Lip balm has different purposes than lip-gloss. There is nothing worse than having extra chapped lips, and trying to cover it up with sticky lip-gloss. There are a few chap sticks that have a tint, such as Maybelline’s Baby Lips, which have dual purposes. But, having some sort of soothing lip moisturizer is a must!

4. Lotion

I hate being ashy, and the hand soap in the lecture hall bathrooms is never kind to the skin. I like to keep a small bottle of hand lotion on me at all times. Also, during the summer, the terrain can be rough on sandaled feet, and you don’t want to be the girl with gray toes because you left your lotion in the pocket of your last book bag. I am a big fan of Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Shea Souffle, but I would suggest buying a travel size bottle of your favorite lotion.

5. Hand Sanitizer

Toilet seats have considerably less bacteria than a computer lab keyboard. And, believe it or not, there are still a few people that think it’s OK to sneeze into their hands, and then open the classroom door. Enough said!

6. Chewing Gum

Avoid coffee and bagel breath by keeping a pack of gum in your minimergency kit. Another perk: chewing gum can actually keep you alert by keeping you moving. It’s never a good idea to make a presentation while chewing gum. But, keep it on you for those slow mornings and potentially insulting breath.

7. Hair Ties, Hair Clips, and Bobby Pins

Having hair in your face can be incredibly annoying during a long day. I find that most people keep a hair tie around their wrist for this, but maybe I have big wrists, because they always cut off my circulation. I keep a whole pack of hair ties and one large hair clip in my pack. I have accepted that losing hair ties is just a way of life, so I like to stay stocked.

8. Mini Stain Remover

How many times have I dripped coffee or tea on myself and had to walk around all day resembling a 3-year-old? Hmm…too many. Learn from my mistakes and carry a Tide pen with you. Even if you don’t need it, believe me, one of your close friends will. Small stains are inevitable during a busy day, and have a reputation of ruining the cutest outfit.

9. Safety Pins

Another tool for outfit mishaps! You never know when the strap to your tank might finally come loose or the button on your sundress might give way to the extra 10  pounds you gained during freshman year. Better safe than sorry!

10. Advil, Tampons, and Pads

Your TOM (time of the month) always seems to come at the perfect time—NOT. Every woman’s worst nightmare is being stuck anywhere without the necessary precautions when TOM comes for a visit. Plus, cramps are the worst distraction in the world. Whether it is, Advil, Midol, or Ibuprofen, make sure you are not stuck in class while in pain. It’s just the worst.

11. Nail Clipper

For those awful hangnails!

You can build your own minimergency kit, or Sephora has a few options that you can buy. They are also great gifts or stocking stuffers for the holidays. Good luck!

Published in MW University