Doctah Harley: The Cutest Vine Star in the World

Harley

While spending a few days visiting my friends at Skidmore before going abroad, one of my friends showed me some Vine videos of a cute little boy and I instantly fell in love. Over the past three days, I have probably spent about three hours watching videos of this kid and I’m still not done. Whenever I need a pick-me-up, I know that Harley Phillips is the fastest solution. In seven seconds, he and his dad, Ben, will make you laugh, smile, “aww,” and learn about health (from Doctor Harley, one of Harley’s many Vine personas). Buzzfeed did a piece about Harley as well, which can be seen here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/patricksmith/meet-harley-the-cutest-three-year-old-vine-star-youll-ever-s. And obviously, if Buzzfeed says it, it has to be true: Harley is the cutest three-year-old Vine star you’ll ever see. Check out Ben and Harley here (and say goodbye to the next hour of your life): https://vine.co/benphillipsofficial

(Or, if YouTube is more your style, you can find them here: http://www.youtube.com/user/FollowTheKPs?feature=watch)

Jon Bellion: Next Big Star

Jon Bellion

I was recently introduced to the musical talents of Jon Bellion – you probably were too, although you might not know it. A good friend of mine played one of his songs for me the other day and I was instantly in love. If you’ve heard Eminem and Rihanna’s recent song, “The Monster,” then you’ve also heard his music; Jon Bellion wrote the hook for that song, which, honestly, was my favorite part before I even knew about him. Bellion is sexy, silly, extremely talented, and only 22 years old. If you check him out on YouTube, you can watch him creating his music – for the most part, he does all the parts of his music himself. He plays the music, does the claps, makes the noises, and sings; it’s pretty incredible. His song, “The Wonder Years” is available on iTunes, but if you want to check out my favorite song, “Dead Man Walking,” you can find it here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZoJZddsSfM

Here’s his Facebook page and website if you like what you hear:
https://www.facebook.com/jonbellion
http://jonbellion.com/

The 5 Guys Every Single Gal Will Date

An accurate representation of the hardships of dating that isn’t about “that douchebag guy” doing something to break your heart – take a look at the article, and then take a look at yourself… Have you dated these guys and had the same problems? Don’t blame the guy – sometimes the situation just isn’t right.

Single Gal Starting Over

I noticed a pattern when I’m single. I noticed that there is definitely a pattern in the guys that I date before I find a relationship. For better or for worse, these are the guys.

  1. The Guy That Is Totally Wrong For You
    I  usually know I’m fooling myself, I’m fully aware. And I think by now my friends know that, so I stopped getting questioned when I date the guy that’s 7 years younger than me and has no clue what he’s doing with his life. They appreciate that he’s adorable and gush with me about how hot he is. Then we move on, and change topics.I probably don’t sleep with this guy because I know that would be a waste of time. But I go out with him a few times, maybe drink a little more than I should, and have a lot of fun.I don’t know why…

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Great Study Abroad Apps

Study abroad apps!
Wrote this for my study abroad blog, check it out!

You're Off to Great Places

Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.”

-Dr. Suess

Smartphone/tablet apps to keep you feeling dexterous and deft:

Viber – Using wifi, you can call and text friends anywhere in the world!

Viber

Dropbox – Keep all your documents, photos, etc. in the same place, and have access to them from any wifi-enabled device.

Dropbox

Instagram – Just a great way to share fun photos of your travels with your followers.

Instagram

WordPress – Obvoiusly I’m a fan of this one, but it’s a great way to update your blog on the go! Now that everyone and their mother has a study abroad blog, be sure to follow your friends to stay updated on their journey while sharing your own.

Wordpress

Snapchat – Send all sorts of shenanigans to your friends whenever you have wifi. There’s nothing better than sitting in bed and…

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How to Survive a Hella Long Flight

Here’s an article I wrote for my study abroad blog, youreofftogreatplaces.wordpress.com. I thought it was just going to be study abroad-related, but I ended up kind of loving it. Check it out!

You're Off to Great Places

It’s opener, out there, in the wide, open air.”

-Dr. Seuss

SAA

So I, like many of my fellow CIEE Cape Town-goers, am flying directly from JFK in New York City to Joburg (Johannesburg). One flight to get from the US to South Africa sounds great, right? Right, until you realize that the flight is SEVENTEEN AND A HALF hours long. Let me just say that again so it really sinks in. Seventeen and a half. Yep. If you thought that sitting in class for an hour and twenty minutes was long (like I often do), welcome to hell. While I’m really excited to get to South Africa, I’m a little bit worried that I’ll die of boredom and butt-falling-asleep-ness on the flight there. Also, it’s not as though I’m a newbie to long flights; I usually end up on six hour flights from the east coast to the west when coming…

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Sometimes I’m Really Inefficient

Once in a while, I decide to do a “project.” Usually it’s art-based and it’s a really great idea in theory, but not necessarily in practice. For example, there is this really cool drawing that my mom’s architecture students did for her when she was the professor for a study abroad trip to Rome, and because it’s one of my favorite things ever, I decided I needed to use it as my inspiration for a class this semester that I was a peer mentor for. But I’m really not that artsy. I began by trying to draw each of the 14 freshmen who were in the class, but after I got halfway through one person, I realized that totally wasn’t going to fly. So, my next plan of action was to do silhouettes of each of them. And it turned out really well! Too bad I spent seven hours on it, outlining each and every one of them individually on Paint and coloring them in with the pen tool. What can I say, sometimes I’m just really inefficient…

Yup, so, there it is. Seven hours of my time, well spent.

Yup, so, there it is. Seven hours of my time, well spent.

Gingers Have More Fun

Last summer I became a ginger. It was the best decision I’ve made in a while. I’d been thinking about doing it for a while, and it was totally worth it when I took the leap. I have loved every second of being a redhead (okay, not EVERY second, but you get the idea). You know how people say gingers have no soul? That’s totally not true. And on the off chance that it is, then selling my soul was definitely worth it. Having red hair has made me more confident in myself – I finally feel like I stand out in a crowd and it’s the best feeling in the world. Some people think I have naturally red hair (like the people who work at Eugene’s Holiday Market and probably don’t even know that hair dye is a thing…), but I don’t and I have no shame. I love having red hair, and even more than that, I love that I chose to have red hair. For me, it’s a fun way to express myself without doing anything too permanent (like getting a tattoo). Plus, it suits me.

Ginger Before and After

Some of my favorite celebs who happen to be ginger goddesses:

Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain

Isla Fisher

Isla Fisher

Hilarie Burton

Hilarie Burton

Hayley Williams

Hayley Williams

Emma Stone

Emma Stone

Florence Welch

Florence Welch

Debra Messing

Debra Messing

Bonnie McKee

Bonnie McKee

Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne

Amy Adams

Amy Adams

Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams

Alyson Hannigan

Alyson Hannigan

Nicole Fox

Nicole Fox

Morgan Smith Goodwin

Morgan Smith Goodwin

Sarah Rafferty

Sarah Rafferty

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman

10 New Years Resolutions You Probably Won’t Keep

Unwritten

5… 4… 3… 2… 1… Happy New Year!  Congratulations, you somehow managed to survive another year of bloodthirsty professors, two-timing friends, and social media fluctuations (God damnit Instagram, direct messages, really?) “Next year will be different”, you tell yourself as you begin to reflect on all the things you didn’t do this past year. You have so many great ideas, so many great goals to strive for, and lucky for you there’s a new year to do it all in. Here’s a few of those great ideas you’ll make a commitment to do, but might just end up as another resolution 12 months later:

1. Start going to the gym more

If you went to the gym as many times as you told yourself you probably should, this wouldn’t be an issue. But let’s be honest, you’re busy as it is so why would you spend your free time in…

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When Winter Break Gets Too Long

Unwritten

So it’s official: You’re finally done with school for the semester.

You celebrate by tearing out every page out of your notebook and drinking every alcoholic beverage in sight with your friends.

And then you pack up your belongings and wait for the train or your mother to pick you up and bring you home for a period of well deserved relaxation.

At first being home is really nice.

You get to spend time with your family members who you haven’t seen in a few weeks.

And eat nice home cooked meals instead of the garbage you’ve been feeding yourself at school..

And last but not least: you get to sleep in!

But after a few days,  you start to realize that being the only one out of school is kind of miserable.

For starters, your family gets over the initial happiness of seeing you and then expects you to…

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Best Friend Dates for the Single Gal

Whether you’re still on winter break, or just starting up classes again, what better way to spend your time than hanging out with your best girlfriend? Check out some great best friend dates here:

Love Actually

1. Chick Flick Marathon – Snuggle up on the couch, grab some popcorn, and get comfy. You and your bestie should each pick out your favorite chick flicks and romcoms and settle in for a long night of sexy men and unrealistic love stories.

Lady and the Tramp

2. Messy Dinner – You know those dinner dates where you order the least messy food so you can stay cute the whole time? This is not going to be one of those occasions. Pick the messiest food you can think of (spaghetti with extra sauce, giant burritos, etc.) and share it with your best friend Lady-and-the-Tramp-style. Feel free to wear napkin bibs, and if you’re feeling gutsy, eat with your hands!

Mud Mask

3. Spa Night – Head to a local pharmacy and pick up some fun and easy spa treatments – think mud masks, peels, etc.! Or, if you’re feeling really crafty, make your own! Lather up your faces and exfoliate to your heart’s content.

Shopping Spree

4. Shopping – Guys (almost always) hate shopping. So while you’re single (and loving it), go shopping with your BFF! You know each others’ style better than anyone else, so help each other out and end the day with a fashion show in your house!

Gym

5. Exercise – If you’re one of those girls who dreams about working out but struggles to get off the couch and away from that “Say Yes to the Dress” marathon, grab your best friend and hit the gym! You can keep each other motivated and push each other to your limits. After your workout, hit up the closest smoothie place and rehydrate with something delicious!

Slumber Party

6. Slumber Party – Just like when you were 10, the best thing to do with your best friend is to have a slumber party. All the previous BFF dates can be combined into this one for an amazing 48-hour experience. Other slumber party hits include baking cookies (or making cookie dough and eating it before it gets to the oven), drinking mocktails (or cocktails), and talking until the wee hours of the morning.

Single girls everywhere, whether you’re lonely or lovin’ it, spend some time with your BFF and forget about all that other stressful stuff you have going on!

15 Guys From Harry Potter And Whether Or Not You Should Sleep With Them

Love this.

Thought Catalog

1. Harry Potter

Harry would mean well in bed, he really would, but being the adventurous little scamp he is, chances are good he’d also try to get really ambitious and wild without thinking things through. That move you saw in a porn flick? Harry would try it in the heat of the moment and fail to factor in the physicality that such moves demand, leaving you both sore, strained, and resembling overextended human paperclips. Still, starved for attention as a long-suffering orphan, he would try his best to be tender and sweet with you, you know, when he’s not attempting the double bare-backed horned dragon.

Bangability: 7/10

2. Ron Weasley

As the youngest of six Weasley boys, Ron has something to prove. He’s had to deal with the bragging and boastings of older brothers for as long as he can remember, and damn it if he’s not going to…

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