Open Call – I Want Your Story!

Ever wanted to share your story with the world? This is an open call for first kiss stories – if you’re interested in having the tale of your first kiss shared anonymously on my blog, send me an email (ipaulesbronet@yahoo.com)! I want to destigmatize when people have their first sexual encounters.

All I want is your story, in your words. Include as much or as little information as you are comfortable with; whatever you think is necessary to tell your story. It can be a sentence or a paragraph – it’s completely up to you. The only requirement is that you include your age. Your identity will remain completely anonymous and I will be the only person who knows which story belongs to which person. Thank you!

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Inside the Disruptive, Rule-Breaking Marketing of Dutch Bros.

I love Dutch Bros.

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Dutch Bros EmployeeI say that I am not a “chain guy.” When deciding on a restaurant I will try to choose a local restaurant over Chili’s or Applebee’s. Admittedly, I do slip and find myself in a Jimmy John’s or even the occasional Cracker Barrel for breakfast, because well, their awesomeness trumps. (They are also brands comfortable in their own skin, but that’s a topic for another day).

When it comes to coffee shops, I am especially local. I don’t have an anti-Starbucks mentality. In fact, I respect them as a company, but I try to go out of my way to find local coffee shops because I like the atmosphere.

Then there is Dutch Bros. Everything there is to love about coffee shops, they do the opposite, which is fascinating as a marketer.

They break all the rules and I am attracted to it like a bad boy to a water…

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Week on a Budget

If you ever feel at a loss for inspiration when it comes to choosing clothes from your closet, fear not! Here are some easy solutions for what to wear any day of the week. These clothes are even accessible for people on a budget! Each item costs less than $50, with most outfits costing less than $100 total – plus, you can easily trade out your own clothes for anything shown in the pictures above. Good luck!

Things You Know if You Work at the Dining Hall

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People who eat at the dining hall often think they know everything about it. This, however, is completely untrue. Students may understand the stereotypes of the people who sit in certain areas or the types of food that is served, but student workers know the truth about what goes on behind the scenes at the dining hall.

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1. College students love food that goes straight from the freezer to the deep fryer – from mozzarella sticks to french fries and chicken patties to onion rings, college students go crazy for deep fried food.

2. Cleaning tables sucks more than anything. Cleaning tables when they’re covered in food, salt, and napkins is the worst thing in the world. And cleaning tables when you see your crush for the first time in a week makes you want to crawl into a hole and hide there for the rest of the year.

3. Unhealthy food runs out much faster than healthy food.

4. Complainers are the worst. Ever heard someone say, “I pay X amount of money to go to this school, can’t they at least feed me some decent food?!” (What’s worse is the people who request fresh kale at the salad bar or ones who demand organic options because “it’s no longer the 1990s.” Right, because non-organic food became unacceptable when we crossed into this millennium.)

5, Some of the food is delicious and homemade, and some of it is frozen crap. Knowing which is which can make all the difference.

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6. People waste so much food. Think before you load up your plate or tray – how hungry are you really?

7. There are some people who will tell on you for trying to sneak food out in tupperware. If you don’t know who they are and how to avoid them, you will get caught.

8. You don’t know how you gained the freshman fifteen? Really? We do.

9. Some of the cooks are the coolest/nicest people ever. Befriending them can make every work shift and meal that much better.

10. A lot of work goes into every meal – it means a lot when people appreciate the work everyone in the dining hall does to make every day just a little bit easier for the rest of the student body.

Apple Recipes

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My housemates and I all went apple picking, so we ended up with a zillion apples. We’ve now made applesauce, apple crisp, apple pie, and a bunch of other apple recipes. Inspired by my apple-baking binge last night, I wrote this Buzzfeed post on apple recipes. Check it out! http://www.buzzfeed.com/ipaulesbronet/15-perfect-fall-apple-recipes-fsbd

Anxiety

Ignoring the grammatical and spelling errors that are rampant throughout this piece, the content of this article is relevant and well thought out. As someone with General Anxiety Disorder, I can tell you that anxiety is scary and it is not to be taken lightly. There is a difference between being nervous/stressed and having anxiety – it means a lot to people with anxiety when others don’t use the words interchangeably. Check out the article, it’s great.

Unwritten’s “Give Yourself A Break: Don’t Let Anxiety Run Your Life.”

What Guys Wish They Could Tell Girls Without Looking Like an Assh*le

This is an article posted on Unwritten, another blog I write for: What Guys Wish They Could Tell Girls Without Looking Like an Assh*le.

While these responses are “honest” and “candid,” they are also mean. There is a difference between being honest and being mean, in case people out there are confused. You can be honest to someone without acting like an asshole, and that is a concept the guys who responded to these questions don’t understand. Take a read and let me know what you think. Do you agree with me? Or are these things okay for men to think (and want to say) about women?

10 Ways to Stay Awake in Class

Do you have a really hard time staying awake in class? Half-way through class do your eyes start to droop and your notes get small and illegible? Join the club. Over the years, I’ve learned a few ways to stay awake in class (they are not foolproof).

1. Caffeinate. If you’re someone who never gets enough sleep (aka all college students ever), caffeine can be your best friend. Drink coffee, black tea, soda, whatever gets you the fix you need to stay awake.

2. Drink water. I don’t know the exact science behind it, but being hydrated makes you less tired and lethargic, which is super helpful in those long boring classes you have.

3. Chew gum. Chewing gum makes you move your mouth, which can sometimes wake you up.

4. Doodle.

5. Write notes to the people next to you in your notebook (only if they’re your friends, otherwise it might freak them out).

6. Take a bathroom break. If you feel yourself quickly slipping into sleep, sneak out of class and go to the bathroom. Splash your face with water, do some jumping jacks, walk around the hallway – whatever you need to do to get your blood flowing again.

7. Look at your upcoming assignments. Write them into a planner or just mentally take note of what you have coming up.

8. Write snail mail to people in other places. Whether you have friends and family in other cities or other countries, take a minute to write them a letter – they’ll love it and it’ll keep you distracted enough to not fall asleep.

9. Participate in discussion. If your class allows for you to talk, speak up. It’ll give you enough of an adrenaline rush (making coherent thoughts come out is hard) to get your blood pumping to your brain again.

10. Make lists: party themes, places you want to travel, recipes to make, costume ideas, baby names, groceries you need to buy, to-do lists, Yik Yaks to post later, jobs you want to have some day, etc.

Blogiversary!

It’s my one year blogiversary! One year ago today I created Sometimes I Wear Tiaras and found my calling. Thank you all for the support, love, shares, and happiness. And now, to show my love for all my avid readers, here are some photos of me in tiaras (and a nice one of my baby brother when I forced him into one as a kid):

I Believe in Pink

“I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn