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If you’ve been letting your lazy habits take the better of you and feel like your home needs a bit of a makeover, we have a few simple tips that’ll instantly make your house look much better. You know, so instead of feeling like you’re living in a shared student accommodation with 13 roommates, you’ll actually be willing to invite your parents over for dinner…


The first thing you should do is take down your old posters messily taped up on the walls. Instead, carefully select a few of your favorites and frame them properly, you’ll instantly see the difference.

Then, you need to get rid of all the little things you have lying around. Consider leaving out a pretty closed box to pop your keys and spare change into but everything else should be put away where it belongs. And for some things, that means in the trash… After all, do you really need to keep your second cousin’s Christmas photo forever? 

Once everything is neatly stored away, you’ll finally have some space for a few well picked out items. A nice candle is always a good idea or you can also go for a coffee table book if you’re feeling fancy! Plants are also great to add a touch of color and character to your home. We recommend getting a cactus as it’s super trendy and requires basically no upkeep…

Now moving on to the kitchen, wave goodbye to all the messy cereal boxes that never really fit inside your cupboard anyway, and put everything into food containers. It looks more tidy and frees up a ton of space. If you’re unsure which ones to go for, consider mason jars as they give a cool retro vibe and look just as good outside the cupboard as they do inside!

Another essential is getting matching plates and silverware. Nothing says adult like identical plates for the entire table, and the same goes for your bed sheets and towels. And remember, if you’re ever unsure what print or colour to go for, always choose the most simple option.

Finally, a soap dispenser and a hand towel are the ultimate items to complete your grown up home. So much better than your supermarket handwash and the toilet paper towels that you usually dry your hands with…

Now scroll down to shop our selection of items that’ll instantly take your home to the next level…

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Koffee With Karan is pretty much a household name as of 2017, amirite? Host Karan Johar has all the reigning Bollywood celebs take over his couch and share a little piece of themselves with their fans, which we love. And of course, all kinds of hilarity and cuteness ensues in this process! We've rounded up some of our favourite episodes of the show's fifth season, which is currently on air. Check it out! 


1) Twinkle Khanna and Akshay Kumar: TBH we don't know who stole the show with this one; both parts of this adorable duo had us floored! From Twinkle Khanna's hilarious candidness to Akshay Kumar's adorable serenade, we think that this episode is one to remember! 

2) Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh: Though the media is quick to depict these two as enemies, they shut those rumours down on the couch! They were both in genuine awe of each other's work, and happily admitted to using that awe to inspire their own acting. So cute! 

3) Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt: The season opened with the two costars sharing the couch, and we loved the teacher-student relationship that they share! SRK was quick to commend Alia's work, and even gave her some tips and tricks to succeed in the industry. And of course, Alia was all smiles while soaking it all in. 

4) Shahid and Mira Kapoor: The two lovebirds were so adorable in this episode, we couldn't handle it! Mira looked beautiful in a dark blue dress, as she shared funny insights about life with Shahid and Misha. We think she definitely needs to return to the couch, we love her! 

5) Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif: Both known to be extremely private and unyielding about their personal lives, we were a little unsure of what to expect from this one. But we were left pleasantly surprised, as both women were full of laughs and girl love throughout the episode! And teaming up against Karan? Hilarious!

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Time Magazine just named Trump their 'Person of the Year', don't spit out your tea, this isn't a joke. The article, which you can read here, is very well written by Michael Scherer, and you almost find yourself understanding his point- but then it dawned on me, the main reason this article is palatable is because Trump's voice is barely heard within it. Which is odd, for a piece which is all about him. But no, instead what you can hear is logic, statistics, ideology and philosophy- with the odd quote from the President Elect thrown in for good measure.

It's easy to make something sound plausible or even positive when it's dressed up enough, statistics of unemployment and the Obama administration's failings try and persuade you that Trump's election is understandable. 

Scherer writes that Trump's campaign was "not a campaign about the effects of tariffs on the price of batteries or basketball shoes. He spoke only of winning and losing, us and them, the strong and the weak. Trump is a student of the tabloids, a master of television. He had moonlighted as a professional wrestler. He knew how to win the crowd. First he needed to define the bad guys. Then he needed to knock them over". 

This statement is true- Trump did play the media into his hand, he uses sensationalist language to win support, but this isn't the issue. Yes, it makes people feel defeated that such showmanship can win over actual merit, but the problem lies more in how and who Trump defines as 'the bad guys'. How he gets people to agree with him is a lesser issue, it's what he's trying to get them to agree with that is scary for a lot of Americans, particularly the minorities. 

Time magazine understand this fear, and the validity of this fear that many hold. But they also understand why Clinton's campaign, and its want to condemn this political darkness, was its biggest downfall. "By seeking to condemn the dark side of politics, Clinton's campaign may have accidentally validated it. By believing in the myth that Obama's election represented a permanent shift for the nation, they proved it was ephemeral. In the end, Trump revealed in these denunciations, which helped him market to his core supporters his determination to smash the existing elite". 

The article finishes on a note of uncertainty "the truth is no one really knows what is going to happen, up to and including the occupants of Trump Tower. 'It's a very exciting time. It's been an amazing time' Trump says, as the country still tries to come to terms with what he accomplished. 'Hopefully we can take some of the drama out'." 

This drama is unlikely to die down, because it was Trump who built his campaign on drama and won because of it. The phrase "you made your bed now sleep in it" springs to mind- because this climate he's created and egged on, where "white supremacists throw out Nazi salutes in Washington meeting halls for their President-elect" is now his mess to run. 

Scherer finishes with this line "It's an America of renewed hope and paralysing fear, a country few expected less than a year ago. Because of Donald John Trump, whatever happens next, it will never be like it was before".

On the surface this piece makes me angry, but when you reach the end it feels comforting- Trump is our person of the year, whether we like it or not, because he's the new president-elect of America. This is the truth, no matter how uncomfortable. 

Time Magazine naming Trump their 'Person of the Year' is apt. It's sensationalised, click-bait and misleading- just like Trump's political tactics. 

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It seems like every other week, there is a mass shooting in the news. Just this week, a gun-wielding man injured 9 and killed 1 person on the popular Bourbon Street in New Orleans on Sunday, while another man injured 11 people with his car and a knife on Ohio State University campus on Monday. 


In fact, the Gun Violence Archive recently ran a study that showed that on average, a mass shooting occurs in the United States on 5 out of every 6 days. They defined 'mass shooting' as an incident that leaves 4 or more dead, not including the shooter. 

The problem has gained nationwide attention, and recent events have spurred President Barack Obama to announce “We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world.” In 2016, the June 12th massacre at Pulse (a LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando) which was the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, saw the tragic deaths of 49 people. (The deadliest massacres were back in the 1800's and 1900's, when white mobs and American troops killed hundreds of Native American and Black people in each of the Tulsa Massacre of 1921, the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890, and the Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857). In 2015, there was the Charleston AME shooting, where a 21-year old white man killed 9 Black churchgoers in a racially-motivated hate crime. In 2014, a 22-year-old UCSB student committed the Isla Vista rampage, killing 6. 

In 2012, a young man killed 26 people, mostly children, at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. In 2007, a Virginia Tech senior killed 32 other students on campus. And in 1999, two high school students at Columbine High School used four guns and two pipe bombs to murder 13 others. 

Mass shootings are not a uniquely American problem, but other countries have found much more success in curbing the shootings. In Australia, the 1996 massacre of Port Arthur killed 35, sparking national change. After the shooting, the country banned automatic and semi-automatics assault rifles and pump shotguns, created a gun registry, and established a 28-day waiting period for firearms. Since the 1996 policy changes, there have been 0 mass shootings in Australia to date. 

England has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the world. After the 1987 Hungerford Massacre, the country banned most semi-automatic long-barreled weapons, and after the 1996 Dunblane School Massacre, also banned most small firearms. Although there has been one mass shooting since then, which killed 12 in 2010, the shooter in that case used his own legally-owned guns. 

In Canada, guns are legal, but a 1977 ruling established a requirement for potential gun-buyers to get a background check before purchasing. While this has curbed killings, there have still been 11 mass shootings since the 1977 law - one of which was actually committed by a U.S. citizen, who brought his handgun to Canada - and the deadliest of which was a school shooting at the Ecole Polytechnique. The school shooter in that case was also a young man, who killed mostly women engineering students because, in his own words, he hated feminists. From 1995 to 2012 in Canada, all guns had to be registered, but each state dropped this requirement, eventually including Quebec because of a Supreme Court decision in 2015. While Canada does still struggle with mass shootings, it is a fraction of the problem in the U.S. 

In the United States, a study by the Guardian found that in the 20 deadliest shootings in 2015, most of the gunmen used their own, legally-owned firearms. President Obama, in an attempt to follow through on his campaign promises, has made several attempts to strengthen gun control laws. However, most of those bills died in the Senate, so there has not been much gun control reform in the past few years. From comparing U.S. laws to other countries' laws, how do we stack up? Tell us your opinion in the comments below!

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Last June, I was on a swing through California when I had the opportunity to do a small town hall in Los Angeles. Those are actually my favourite kinds of events. Big rallies are exciting, but I much prefer having conversations with people — hearing directly from them about what’s on their minds, then working together to think through what solutions might (or should) be available.


That night in L.A., I met a young woman named Chrissy Chambers, who went through an awful ordeal. Her ex-boyfriend secretly taped himself sexually assaulting her. After they broke up, he posted the video online without her permission or knowledge on more than 30 pornography sites. She said that the experience made her feel like she’d been “stripped of her dignity.” No one should have to endure something like that.

So Chrissy turned her personal humiliation into a powerful call to action. She organised nearly 200,000 people to petition Congress to strengthen laws against “revenge porn.” And now, the Congresswoman she petitioned, Rep. Jackie Speier, has introduced a bill seeking to criminalise revenge porn and protect the privacy of women like Chrissy.

Listening to Chrissy speak, I was bowled over by her bravery. After having the most private aspects of her life dragged across cyberspace, you could easily imagine her wanting to move on and forget the whole ordeal. Instead, in hopes of helping other women, she chose to tell her story.

I’ve seen that same spirit of courage and generosity reflected in so many young women I’ve met across the country. I see it in Astrid, a young woman I met in Las Vegas last summer, and whom I was honoured to invite to join us at the Democratic National Convention. She came to this country from Mexico at the age of 4 with nothing but a doll, a cross, and the frilly dress she was wearing. Now in her 20s, Astrid advocates for the rights of undocumented Americans all over the country.

I see it in Maxine, a young woman I met in New York City. She was a mom by the time she was 19, and she survived poverty and domestic violence to graduate from college and become a certified public accountant. We spoke together at a major campaign event where Max made a passionate case for young women — especially young women of colour — to get involved in this election.

Women like Chrissy, Astrid, and Max embody the essence of the Methodist teachings I was raised on: “Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the people you can, for as long as ever you can.”

That impulse to do something when you see injustice — or experience it yourself — is something most women can relate to. I felt it myself as a law student spending time in a New Haven hospital with poor children who needed an advocate. I wondered where the justice was in a system that abandoned our most vulnerable citizens.

That question brought me to my friend and mentor, Marian Wright Edelman, a civil rights activist who founded the Children’s Defence Fund. She sent me to Dothan, Alabama to pose as a white parent looking to enrol my children in what was known as a “segregation academy” — a school that illegally refused to admit African-American children.

Well, I had never done anything like that before. They didn’t exactly teach undercover work at Wellesley. But I went toe-to-toe with that Alabama school’s administrator anyway — until he admitted that he didn’t accept black children. And once I saw the kind of research I had done included in a landmark report on segregation, I knew that I could never again watch injustice unfold when I could do something about it instead. So, when I graduated from law school, I told Marian that I would come and work for her.

Just as I felt the need to fight for children’s rights as a young woman, and just as Chrissy, Astrid and Max are waging their own fights today, young women all over this country know that the issues we’re fighting for in this campaign – from alleviating student loan debt, to preserving access to Planned Parenthood and abortion services, to fighting for equal pay and paid leave – are not theoretical.

They’re real fights that matter to your lives. You’re out there every day doing something about them. And learning from your efforts will make me a better president.

So, I want you to know that I see you.

I see you making the drive to a clinic 200 miles away. I see you dropping your daughter off at daycare so you can make it to class on time.

I see you making the case to your boss for a long-overdue raise, even though you may worry about speaking up for what you deserve.

I see the difference you’re making in the world, in your own lives, and in the lives of the people you love.

And if I have the opportunity, I’ll do whatever I can to make things a little easier for you.

Just because you can and do wage these fights doesn’t mean you should have to.

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Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton has a message for young women everywhere. Hillary posted an open letter, just a couple days ago, in an attempt to win over the younger vote. Click here to read the full letter!

Watch the video above to see where Hillary now stands in the race to become US President and scroll through our gallery to watch EVEN MORE!

In it, she talks about meeting Chrissy Chambers, the young woman who began the bill against so-called "revenge porn". Chambers petitioned Congress to strengthen laws protecting women from these awful websites, and convinced Representative Jackie Speier to introduce a bill to criminalize posting "revenge porn" of others without their consent.

We can't believe that's not already a criminal offense! 

Hillary voices her support for Chambers, and cites other issues that are important to young women, like student debt, access to basic healthcare for women, and the wage gap. She promises to support women however she can, if elected. 

She ends her piece with: "And if I have the opportunity, I’ll do whatever I can to make things a little easier for you. Just because you can and do wage these fights doesn’t mean you should have to."

What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below to share.

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18-year-olds fear their 21st, 21-year-olds are hesitant to enter their mid-twenties, and everyone else has either undergone a quarter-life-crisis or has given up caring. 


In a time when millennials are being dubbed the Peter Pan Generation yet are having less sex, growing up faster yet are earning much less, and are accused of being spoilt but party less than previous generations, just how old is “old”?

Amid challenges to becoming financially independent (med and law students excluded)*, finding the right job, and rising above social/family pressure to find a “suitable" partner, it’s entirely plausible that young Western women aren’t living up to their wild child image nearly as much as everyone believes.

For example, the findings of a nationwide annual survey by the University of California showed that time spent partying by high school seniors has drastically decreased over the decades.

Life after high school and college graduation doesn’t appear to get much more carefree or exciting given it’s harder than ever to make rent. Radpad, an apartment search and rent payment services provider, found that a large number of millennials are paying over 30% of income for housing. Some are even paying twice that amount.

While the constant lamentations of young women fearing they’re “too old” can be grinding for "grown ups" everywhere, it’s important to consider their youths are spent overcoming career, housing, and relationship uncertainty in ways previous generations haven’t experienced.

Understandably, this forcibly propels young women to concern themselves with important yet mundane issues - #firstworldproblems - that prevent them from fully taking advantage of a time in which they technically have the “least” amount of responsibility.

The complaint of being or becoming “old” serves more as a figure of speech for holding back in life than anything else.

Ultimately, isn’t partying more fun when searching for a paid job and making rent an isn’t at the back of your mind? Joel Kotkin’s piece for Newsweek, Are Millennials the Screwed Generation? states "the wealth gap today between younger and older Americans now stands as the widest on record."

Here are some signs you’re definitely not living up to the perception millennials are “lazy, entitled, delusional, narcissistic, and unreliable”:

- It’s your BFFs birthday and you’re eager to forget the nightmare job interview you had for a hotel receptionist role in which you were asked if you knew HTML5, have at least one Michelin star, and outdoor survival skills. You’re broke AF but prefer to stay sober than allow a predatory barfly to buy you drinks.

- Your first-generation immigrant parents have been giving you sh*t about your lack of savings but your only leisure related outgoing is a $8.99 monthly Netflix subscription. *Just kidding, they aren't exempt from student debt either ;) 

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A new semester is about to start, which means you are either returning to campus or starting at a new college. What you're in need of is a new wardrobe- new term, new you. If you haven't started at college yet, then our edits below will be a good guide for what your campus style tribe is. 

Whether you're preppy, boho, all Americans, a party person or techy, we've got you covered..

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A new term is approaching, and for many of you a whole new course. Going to or returning to University is an exciting time, and a great excuse to get some stylish new threads. First impressions are important during Fresher's Week, because that's often where you meet a lot of your friends that will shape the rest of your University experience. 


Being comfortable is important, but so is looking on trend. You want to be the best version of yourself, because Uni is a great place to be yourself and become the person you want to be. Outfits are a good place to start!

Clothes say a lot about someone, and the transition from sixth form to uni means that your wardrobe is probably in need of a little TLC and reinventing . 

We've compiled 7 outfits for the 7 days of Fresher's week, with a mixture of looks suitable for uni nights out and day time activities. You'll soon learn that at Uni going out 'out' attire is pretty casual, so rather than buying some killer heels invest in a shoe that will be just as suited to your introduction seminars as it will a night in the SU. 

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According to retail and fashion consultant Leslie Asfour, there were over 4 million people working in the US fashion industry as of last year. This includes areas such as design, manufacturing, distribution, marketing, retailing, advertising, communications, publishing, and consulting.


Young men and women are constantly being reminded by industry professionals (designers, stylists, and editors etc.) that while rewarding, working in fashion isn’t always as it appears on-screen. Sure, there are glamorous parties and freebies but those aren’t always part of the everyday work slog - particularly for entry level workers.

Not discounting individuals who are truly passionate about creating fashion content and garment or print design, even the premise of long-term low paid internships post-graduation (assuming they’re paid at all) don’t seem to be putting them off.

Despite there being many paths leading into roles within the fashion industry, there are more applicants than ever yearning for a place at one of America’s leading fashion and design colleges. 

Parsons, The New School for Design, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), and Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) are among the top college choices for many aspiring fashion professionals - but do undergraduate degrees from these specialist institutions really give you an advantage in the fashion job market?

Putting aside the fact The Hills’ Lauren Conrad was already a reality TV star with endorsement deals falling out of her butt, her [supposed] time at FIDM was complemented by a long running part-time internship with Teen Vogue. Fellow Hills star Whitey Port was a student at University of Southern California (USC) where she majored in gender studies while interning alongside Conrad.

Yes, these two had the distinct advantage of being famous AF which undoubtedly helped launch their fashion careers - Conard debuted her first clothing line in 2007 and Port’s fashion brand Whitney Eve is still going strong - but for those eager for an internship at a national publication or well known design house, it’s reassuring to see one’s place of study isn’t always a make-or-break factor in getting your foot in the door.

Perhaps long forgotten by Hills fans everywhere, Emily Weiss, founder and CEO of Into The Gloss and Glossier, appeared in several episodes and seemed at odds with Conrad and Port who jokingly dubbed her “Super Intern.” Weiss was a Studio Arts major at NYU who flew to LA for her part-time internship at Teen Vogue three days a week.* After her studies, she secured a job at W magazine as a fashion assistant and later worked under Vogue’s Elissa Santisi as a stylist’s assistant for three years.

Following Port’s adventures in New York after graduation, The City (2008-2010) depicted her life as a PR underling at People’s Revolution led by Kelly Cutrone. Famously butting heads with Olivia Palermo (who studied media at The New School), Port’s PG-13 storyline was quickly forgotten by viewers who tuned in to see Palermo’s on-screen catfights with Elle’s youngest ever director of PR, Erin Kaplan.

In a story similar to Weiss’, Kaplan’s appearance on the reality program was one of happenstance. Already putting in the hours at Elle just as Weiss was a regular face at Teen Vogue at the times of filming, Kaplan’s continued career success is not attributed to having appeared on The City just as Weiss’ isn’t attributed to having appeared on The Hills.

Majoring in business and communications at Marymount Manhattan, Kaplan admits she had “a ridiculous number of internships throughout school” before being hired as a marketing assistant at Elle and working her way up.

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Lourdes Leon, daughter of Madonna, has been revealed as one of the models for Stella McCartney's new POP fragrance. 

Nicknamed "Lola", the 19-year-old University of Michigan performing arts student has made her famous mum proud. Madonna recently shared a picture of her daughter to Instagram captioned "I miss this Beautiful [sic] girl! Looking forward to seeing her very soon!" followed by many a celebratory emoji. 

Shot by Glen Luchford, the campaign also stars Grimes (AKA Claire Boucher, Kenta Kinksi Jones and The Hunger Games star Amandla Stenberg. 

Stella tells WWD: "It's a real, very personal casting. We wanted to try and set a precedent for for a new way to look at beauty, and a new way to just talk about how young women are allowed to be."

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As if we didn’t already adore Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt’s onscreen chemistry after Student of the Year, they’ve made us fall even more in love with them now! 


With their new movie Kapoor & Sons coming up (FINALLY another Sid-Alia movie!!!), the two actors recently did a super-hot beachy photoshoot together. 

Plus, they also did a really cute “Battle of the BFFs” video with Vogue, where we get to see their behind-the-scenes friendship. So fun! 

Also, we are sooo digging the beachy waves Alia rocked in the video!

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