100 Followers!

YAY! We have reached 100 followers. This is a big milestone in our opinion.

To celebrate we are letting you all see this video that we made to celebrate the last day of classes and the last day of April. Hint on what it contains:

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+ Here’s a picture of us and our friends that we took before making the video!

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XO, Kate & Tay

Dressing for an Internship

It’s that time of year- school is winding down, summer is right around the corner, and everyone is asking what your plans are. Some of you might be waiting to hear back, but many of you have probably done it: you’ve landed an internship.

I did my first internship the summer after my junior year of high school. There was some confusion at the company- someone thought I was a junior in college and they’d already offered me a position by the time they realized I was in high school, so I just got to work there anyway. The week before I went shopping for professional clothing and basically tried to imitate what I’d seen in movies. A nice navy suit, a few button-downs, a sheath dress. The thing is, I felt like I was dressing up in my mom’s clothes every day and was so uncomfortable.

Which brings me to why I’m here today. How does one even dress for an internship? When you’re young, it’s hard to find a balance between professional and age-appropriate. Here’s my guide to choosing clothes as well as few favorite pieces I’ve found.

The Basics:
1. Know your environment.
‘Professional’ isn’t going to mean the same thing everywhere. If you’re working at a corporate law firm, you should probably think more formal and keep your wardrobe within the black/white/gray/navy color scheme. If you’re working at an ad agency or magazine, you’re probably going to have a little more wiggle room. Wait until you’ve seen what your colleagues are wearing before buying a lot of stuff.

2. Less is more. You don’t need to have a different outfit for every day of the week. Nice professional clothes can be expensive, so just invest in a few nice pieces that you can mix and match. They’ll last a lot longer, so you can just keep adding to your wardrobe rather than replacing everything, and I can promise you that no one cares if you wear the same skirt twice in one week.

3. How you present yourself is really important, so take it seriously. Whether we like it or not, people automatically judge how competent, organized, and generally on top of our shit we are by our clothes and outward appearance. This is going to be your first impression on a lot of people in your office, and for all you know one of your colleague’s best friends could be the CEO at the company of your dreams. You’re making valuable connections, so make sure you smell good, your clothes are in good repair, your nails are clean, and your hair is neat.* Make an effort to look polished and people will notice.

4. Err on the side of caution. If you’re asking yourself if a skirt is too short for the office, it probably is. If you’re wondering if you should go a size up in a top, do it. I had a friend in the office who was constantly pulling her skirts down because she didn’t want to flash anyone. There was another person who didn’t own a single pair of pants that fit him properly and the rest of us saw way too much butt as a result. Don’t be them. Think about country club attire as a general rule of thumb. Skirts no shorter than 3 inches above the back of the knee, usually keep shoulders covered, no shorts… you get the idea.

5. Make sure you’re comfortable. I can’t stress this one enough. Interns are expected to do anything and everything, from sitting in on important meetings to making coffee. Steer away from silky linings and go for breathable fabrics and non-constricitng clothes. It’s almost always better to size up a little bit in office clothes so you’ll have more room to move.

6. Keep in mind your current situation. Dry cleaning is expensive and you might not want to budget a ton of money for it just yet, so as cute as that dry-clean only dress might be, maybe look for things you can wash yourself. If you’re going to be running all over the place and then have to sit in on a meeting, make sure you opt for non-wrinkle materials that will stay looking good all day. The people wearing suits are usually high up in the company and have been working for a lot longer than you have- no one expects you to wear the same thing as the CEO.

*If you want to straighten your hair, go for it, but neat doesn’t mean straight. I’ve found that people are generally the most comfortable when they feel like themselves, so go for your natural hair! Just make sure you don’t roll out of bed and leave.

And now, some recommendations: 

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1. A Coordinated Set (Skirt, Top)
Why: They can look professional together, are still young/trendy, and the individual pieces can be worn with other stuff.
What to Look for: Clean lines, covered shoulders, skirt that hits no higher than 3 inches above the back of the knee, fairly simple colors and prints.

2. A Non-Wrinkle Dress
Why: This will be your best friend. It looks cute and polished, even if you just have to run 11 blocks to get to the courthouse before closing in it. Toss a blazer over it and it becomes super-professional.
What to Look for: Ponte, solid colors, reasonable hemline, classic cut (like a slight a-line), ponte. Also ponte.

3. A Fun Detail
Why: This says “I’m professional but still young and whimsical af”, and who doesn’t want to say that with their outfit? You’ll also be able to wear this one outside the office.
What to Look for: A textured fabric, fun hem detail, some contrast piping, a bow. Stick to one detail, and nothing too crazy.

4. A Comfortable Heel
Why: If you’re like me, you like wearing heels. They make that intimidating clicking noise and make you feel like a legit, grown-up, professional woman. But like, heels. Ugh.
What to Look for: Keep it below 2″, built in padding, no spots that rub, closed toe, no cheap/tacky looking material, solid colors (read: black, navy, nude).

5. A Pair of Stretch Pants
Why: They’re comfortable, you can wear them outside the office, and you can dress them up or down.
What to Look for: Slim leg, dark colors (because… you know), regular pants that just happen to have some stretch to them, higher rise, thick/heavier material.

6. A Dressed-Up Tee
Why: Ok, so this technically breaks the tee-shirt rule but this makes you feel so much more comfortable, you can wear it outside work, and it’ll be a great piece to mix and match.
What to Look for: Thick material (ponte), solid color, peplum, covered shoulders, crew or bateau neckline.

7. An A-Line Skirt
Why: They are so much more comfortable than pencil skirts and are equally professional yet a bit more youthful.
What to Look for: No prints, maybe a different material (like tweed? I really like tweed), colors that will match with lots of different tops, modest hemline (not like Duggar modest, but no mid-thigh skirts here).

8. A Classic Blouse
Why: You’ll wear this for every single thing where you usually say “Ugh I don’t know what to wear for this”. This is a grown-up person staple.
What to Look for: Solid, light color (probably white, actually), non-wrinkle material (silk or just non-wrinkle button down), covered shoulders.

9. A Unique Flat
Why: 2 weeks into your internship, you aren’t going to want to wear heels every day. Sure, deny it while you can. I know I’m right.
What to Look for: D’Orsay, ankle strap, color block. Whatever, just make sure it’s still polished, doesn’t look cheap, and is comfortable. Seriously, I’ve had flats that were less comfortable than heels, so really watch for that.

That’s all my advice! Do you have any suggestions for must-have professional wardrobe items? Let us know in the comments!

xoxo,
Kate “Online shopping instead of studying now someone please make me do work”

Finals Week Updates & a Playlist

Hey biddies!

We’ve been pretty serious on the blog lately, but in typical college student fashion I’m going to do a 180 and go from talking about the real issues in our society to complaining about finals. C’est la vie.

Finals week thus far has been ROUGH. The lady who works at Starbucks cut me off. I cried in the library. Oh, and did you know you can blackout from exhaustion? I didn’t. But then it happened.

I’ve never been one to listen to music while I study, but sometimes you just need a break. Here are a few song suggestions for every finals week situation you might encounter!

When you’re on your way to the library: Hall of Fame, The Script feat. will.i.am

When you’re on your way back to the library at 11:30 pm: Turn Down for What, DJ Snake feat. Lil Jon

When you need some reassurance: Shake it Off, Taylor Swift

When you make eye contact with someone in the library at 3 am and you instantly bond because you’re both going insane: Shout, Isley Brothers

When you really need some reassurance: Shake it Out, Florence and the Machine

When you’re about to turn in a paper: White Flag, Dido

When you’re drinking your 11th cup of coffee today: Stronger, Kelly Clarkson

When you, like, REALLY need some reassurance: Believer, American Authors

When you’re in hard-core study mode: Chopin or Tchaikovsky

When you’re delirious at 3 in the morning: Come on Eileen, Dexy’s Midnight Runners

When you’re about to cry and need a pick me up: Honey, I’m Good, Andy Grammer

When you can’t even remember why you’re doing this: Bills, LunchMoney Lewis

When you leave a final and you know you didn’t do well: Turnin’, Young Rising Sons

When you’re headed to a final you haven’t really studied for: Let it Go. But this one.

When you’re almost there but can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel: Sugar, Maroon 5

When you’re done and couldn’t care less about your final grades: C’est la Vie, B*Witched

When you’re FINALLY FREE: Think, Aretha Franklin

Are there any finals week scenarios we missed or song recommendations you have? Let us know in the comments!

xoxo,
Kate “Not even sure how I’m still awake”

Things you should know about inequality in America

By now I hope all of you have heard about the riots in Baltimore. If you haven’t, this article does a good job at covering the backstory and events leading up to the riots. We think this is really important though, so we’re going to give you a brief overview of what everyone’s saying about Baltimore, race, and inequality.

So what happened in Baltimore?:
A man named Freddie Gray was arrested. The officers who took him into custody say he ran when they approached him, prompting suspicion- they later found a switchblade on him. Gray was injured at some point between his arrest and his arrival at the police station. He died due to a severe spinal cord injury.

Why is this causing so much controversy?:
We don’t know for sure what happened to Freddie Gray. There aren’t videos from the police van, so right now it’s essentially just the officers’ words against whatever conjecture people make- the case is undergoing investigation. Meanwhile, using Freddie Gray as a symbol of racism and police brutality, people are protesting and rioting in Baltimore. Some of the protests turned violent. The Crips and the Bloods are involved. Basically, there’s a lot of confusion and a lot of he-said-she-said, so people are getting pretty heated.

What are people saying in favor of the Baltimore Police Department and police in general?:
Maybe the way to avoid police brutality is to avoid doing illegal things. The protestors are just using this as an excuse to gang up on police. Not all the police are bad. There’s no proof that Freddie Gray wasn’t doing something wrong.

What are people in saying in favor of Freddie Gray and the protestors?:
The officers approached Gray for no reason, which means they probably just thought he looked suspicious because of his skin color. Only part of the protests are violent. The media is portraying the violent protestors as a majority when, in actuality, this is more about peaceful protests and starting a conversation about race. There’s no proof that the Officers weren’t doing something wrong.

What do we think?:
To me, this is clear cut. Gray went into that van fine and came out with a lethal injury. Now someone always says, “but not all police are bad!” or “there are some Black people who should be arrested!” I agree completely. That being said, right now we need to focus on the fact that police brutality IS a real issue and racism DOES come into play in a lot of arrests. It isn’t hard to realize that Freddie Gray was racially profiled and that it was very unlikely that he did anything in that van to warrant the kind of force that could cause a major spinal cord injury.

And if you’re one of the people saying that “racism isn’t real” or that “they’re just complaining”, just remember that people said the same thing during the Civil Rights Movement. You’re probably horrified by the way People of Color were treated in 1960s, so just imagine how people will be thinking of us 50 years from now.

We can do better. We should do better. I get that it’s easy to ignore things that don’t affect you directly, but we owe it to people like Freddie Gray and Mike Brown to have the tough conversations, really evaluate ourselves and our societies, and figure out where to go from here.

xoxo, Kate

Finals Week 2015

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Unfortunately, it is that time of year again. On the bright side, summer is just a “short” week away (a week that literally feels like forever). Due to the horrendous amount of papers, projects, and tests that are making our lives miserable (and not to mention PACKING), we will be posting less than usual this week. We wish this wasn’t the case.

However, as soon as we have our freedom, we will be back and ready to have a post-filled summer! In mid-May, Kate and I will be reunited in Los Angeles and we will have A LOT to blog about.

To all of you who currently have finals, good luck. We feel your pain! This too shall pass…

Here’s the most recent finals themed Buzzfeed article to help get you through: Pitch Perfect Style 

Xo, Tay “This is me procrastinating right now”

Rape Culture on College Campuses: Tay’s Latest Review on “The Hunting Ground”

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One of this year’s most talked about documentaries is titled The Hunting Grounddirected and written by two time oscar-nominated Kirby Dick (best known for The Invisible War). I was very lucky to get the chance to attend a screening of the film that was followed by a Q & A with Kirby Dick himself.

The Hunting Ground focuses on what could be the biggest issue the United States is facing right now: rape on college campuses and the failure of administration and law enforcement to do anything about it. The statistics are very alarming. About 20% of females will be sexually assaulted during their time in college. To put that in perspective, 120 of the 600 females that are entering my college next year can expect to be sexually assaulted, possibly before class even starts. This is a major problem on all campuses, affecting mostly females, but also males, all around the country.

To read the rest go on Taylor’s new blog here & follow taygoestothemovies@wordpress.com 

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Hi guys! 

I just wanted to let you know that I have started my own blog, as an addition to Off Campus 101, that will focus specifically on movies and television! Movie reviews will still be posted on this blog, but we decided we wanted a separate space just for film and TV. If you love movies and TV anywhere near as much as I do, check out the new blog: taygoestothemovies and spread the word! 

Thank you!!

Xoxo, Taylor 

Movie Review + Feminist Rant: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

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This past weekend Kate and I got the chance to attend a screening of She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry at a film festival in our area. The film, directed by Mary Dore, is a documentary that focuses on the woman’s liberation movement of the late 1960’s-early 1970s, as well as modern day movements. In case you didn’t know, Kate and I are hardcore feminists, and before some of you freak out and decide to call us things like “feminazis,” we would like to provide the accurate definition of the word feminism:

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Feminism is all about equality for all. For us, it is not man-hating, it is about respect and equal opportunity. We strongly believe that men face many inequalities as well, but that those will continue to exist until society fixes the way it looks at women.

This idea is something that came up in the documentary often. The women of the time had basically no fundamental human rights. They were expected to get married young, raise children, stay home, and take care of the home. God forbid the wife didn’t have a home-cooked meal on the table when her husband got home from work. The only jobs available were secretarial jobs, with ads looking for “sexy secretaries”. They were seen as sex objects, yet birth control was not readily available and/or had extreme side effects, there were no daycare options for children and abortion was illegal. Women were too emotional to have positions of power. etc. etc…

As we watched the film, we recognized many things have changed for the better throughout time, but that we still face many of the same problems that women have been fighting against for more than 45 years. The film was incredibly good at pointing out the problems that still exist, like inequalities in the workplace, in politics, and society in general. As we watched the old footage, we were surprised to how relevant what they were fighting for is. It’s the disrespect and expectations that Kate and I face regularly. Whether it’s someone asking Kate if she picked her major to get a better version of the “MRS degree” or if it’s somebody I’ve never talked to asking me out because I have “big boobs and a nice ass” and then when I kindly reject I “friend zoned” him and should “give him a chance”. Rape culture and sexual assault on college campuses are issues that are just now coming into the spotlight, even though they’ve been problems for years. As college students, we’ve seen this culture first hand and are working hard to change it, although there’s a shocking amount of resistance.

Kate and I want to graduate college and be able to have equal pay as a man in the same job with the same degree. Both of us do well in school, yet we’re likely to make less than our male counterparts who had C averages.

And then of course there are still political disagreements about if women should have control of their bodies or not. The list goes on and on.

The film got us thinking, as the current generation, what can we do to continue the fight that women started in the early 1900s? Until women stop being objectified and seen as overly emotional weaklings and men stop having to be macho and emotionless, the fight won’t be over. Equality makes life easier for everyone. You can freely be yourself and express yourself without being judged by the opposite sex, or your own.

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If a man wants to be a teacher, a nurse, a business man, or a stay-at-home Dad, GREAT! If a woman wants to be a designer, a CEO, the president, a stay-at-home Mom, GREAT! Be who you want to be, not what society tells you to be.

I apologize for the long post, but it is something that we are both truly passionate about. PLEASE check out the movie if you have a chance, it is very informative for all! Furthermore, if you have an issue with women’s rights, gay rights, trans rights, civil rights, HUMAN rights, please kindly unfollow our blog.

Thank you all very much for your time,

Xoxo Tay “Kate and I could rant about feminism all day, no joke”

FUCK YEAH FEMINISM!!!
xoxo,
Kate “NOW I WANT A CINNAMON ROLL ALSO I AM FIRED UP RN CAN YOU TELL??!!”

Pro Tips for Tax Season

All right kiddos,

It’s that time of the year again! And by that time of the year I mean tax season. You may have some questions about taxes including, but not limited to:
– Is this going to cost me anything?
– How much effort is this going to require?
– What are my taxes even doing?
– Can I just ignore this whole thing and keep living young n wild n free?

To answer the last question on that list- NO. Sorry, you do actually have to pay attention to taxes. Luckily we’ve got a little bit of experience under our belts and are here to give you the quick & dirty.*

The short story:
Taxes are really important to keep this country going- they do things like repair
roads, fund public education, and other important government-provided services.

The long story:
Read if you dare.

The lingo:
The IRS: Stands for the Internal Revenue Service. They’re part of the Department of
the Treasury and handle anything and everything related to taxes. Which
is a lot.
 Audit:      Depends on the context, but what we’re talking about here is the IRS
giving you side eye because you’re doing something that seems shady.
Obviously if you’re a multimillionaire your audit is going to be a little
different than if you make $250 a month at the library, but this is just
someone checking out your tax records again to make sure you aren’t
evading taxes, committing fraud, etc. Also known as: something you really
don’t want to happen to you. Pay your taxes.
W2:        This is a report you should receive from your employer. It has the
information you need to complete your income taxes, like how much you
made that fiscal year, how much was automatically deducted for taxes,
how much was deducted for your 401k that you don’t actually have yet,
etc. etc.
1040EZ:  Probably the only thing you’ll be filling out right now  (Unless you are
Lorde, in which case your taxes will probably be much more complicated. If
you are in fact Lorde, you also probably have a very hip, Australian tax
person so you don’t really need to be here.) This is your basic federal
income tax form that’s going to ask you about things like dependents,
property, etc. Don’t let it scare you- it’s actually really easy.

The who/what/when/where/how:
– Unless you sold an app at the age of 16 or are, as we mentioned previously, Lorde,
as a student or early twenty-something your taxes are probably going to be pretty
simple. By simple we mean filing your taxes will either be free or cost <$50 and
take under an hour.
– You generally have to file by April 15th. You can apply for an extension, but as a
college student you proooobably aren’t going to qualify for one.
– Make sure you have your W2!!!!!!!!!!
– File online. H&R Block has free online tax services that make it really easy.
– Speaking of filing online, FILE ONLINE. Companies that specialize in taxes make it
a lot easier to make sure you’re doing everything you need to (because we want to
avoid that #auditgrind) so take advantage of them.
– You’ll get your return a lot faster if you set up direct deposit instead of asking to get
a check in the mail. If you don’t know your routing number/check number (like me
and probably everyone under the age of 25 because what college sophomore do
you know that has their own checkbook), go on your bank’s website. Routing
numbers are easy to look up and you can get your checking number if you receive
online statements.

That’s all the advice we have! If you or someone you know is a tax expert, please feel free to let us know any additions/changes you suggest.

xoxo,
Kate “Probs going to bake cookies for my local H&R Block peeps”

*Disclaimer: We are not nor do we claim to be tax experts! This information is intended as friendly advice only and we cannot be held accountable for any miscommunications, misinterpretations, misinformation, etc. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATE!

It’s someone special’s birthday… 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE KATE TO MY LEO, THE COOKIE CORE TO MY ICE CREAM, THE AMERICAN HORROR TO MY STORY, THE NAME TO MY GAME, THE BIG TO MY BRASS BUTTONS, THE RECORDER TO MY HEART WILL GO ON, THE CORN TO MY STORE, THE SHITS TO MY YEAAAAH- YOU GET IT. 

Friends who dine together stay together

Okay, but really. A big BIG happy birthday to my partner-in-crime for life, Kate! We truly understand each other in ways that are indescribable. Although we’re not at Coachella (sad face), watching Titanic for the 1023924928023 time was almost just as fun.

{the candles kept blowing out in the wind & we had to light them like 4 times}

I hope all your wishes come true! I’m guessing you wished for Leo to go back to his 1997 self or for Kevin Doyle to be a real person??

BIRFFFDAY HATS & TITANIC DRINKING GAME

The party has just begun. Many more years to come. Maybe we’ll look at this post when you turn 60 and think “wtf?”. But while we’re still young, let’s embrace our weirdness, be ourselves, and kick ass in life.

Love you more than Lizzie hates Paolo at the end of the movie,

Xo, Taylor “No one will understand this post except us and that’s awesome because we rock”