Fashion Friday: Best Celebrity Facial Hair

By Mike Llerena

With the end of “No-Shave November” merely a week away, I thought it’d be appropriate to pay tribute to the best celebrity facial hair. Be warned, this list is completely subjective and totally biased.

1. Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman)

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Image Courtesy: healthypessimism.com

Nick Offerman’s portrayal of “Parks and Recreation” character Ron Swanson is nothing short of amazing– almost as amazing as Swanson’s mustache. Between his intimidating stare and woodworking skills, Swanson is a man worthy of such epic facial hair.

2. Zach Galifianakis

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Image Courtesy: disney.wikia.com

Zach Galifianakis may play a man-child in “The Hangover,” but there is nothing childish about his beard. This thing could make lumberjacks feel intimidated.

3. Ryan Gosling

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In the world of facial hair, sometimes less is more. Ryan Gosling’s well-groomed style certainly manages to steal the hearts of young women everywhere.

4. The Duck Dynasty Guys

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If the well-groomed look isn’t your thing, take a tip from the “Duck Dynasty” guys and let your hair down (beard hair, that is).

5. Santa Claus

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Image Courtesy: topoften.com

Santa Claus may not be gracing the cover of People magazine on a regular basis, but he’s still as famous as they come. I’m guessing that beard helps to keep Kris Kringle warm on those chilly nights at the North Pole.

Fashion Friday: Dressing for a Job Interview

By Chelsea Perry

When it comes to preparing for job and internship interviews, the thought of what you’re going to wear can be the last thing on your mind. Even though you’re busy preparing your resume and stressing about the interview itself, it’s important not to neglect your attire. What you wear to a job interview is incredibly important; it’s what your interviewer sees first, and first impressions can make or break your shot at landing that job.

Whether you’re about to graduate and searching for a job or looking to land that life-changing internship, here are our best tips for what to wear and what to avoid at your next interview.

Note: It’s important to always take into account the company you’re interviewing with when coordinating your outfit.

Also important to note: don’t wear perfume or cologne. You should still wear deodorant—B.O. is probably more of a turn-off than too much fragrance—but you don’t know what kind of allergies your interviewer has, so it’s best to avoid it all together.

According to CareerBuilder, blue is the best color to wear to an interview. However, if blue just isn’t your color, don’t stray away from neutral colors—like black, gray and brown. It’s OK to incorporate a pop of color into your outfit, but it shouldn’t be distracting.

For women:

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Classic black slacks are a must in your interview wardrobe. They’re formal and won’t leave you asking yourself if they’re appropriate or not, unlike a dress or skirt.

 

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If you do want to wear a dress or skirt, that’s totally fine, just make sure it’s not too tight or revealing. Go for high necklines and always make sure skirts and dresses are at least knee-length.

 

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Button-down blouses are also great. They’re simple and come in an array of different fabrics and colors. You don’t always have to stick to a boring white button-down—try going for silk or chiffon (layered over a camisole, of course). They’re a bit dressier and more interesting. It’s also OK to experiment with different colors, just make sure it’s not something outrageous, like hot pink or neon yellow.

 

For men:

Unlike women, men (usually) don’t have to worry about crossing the line when it comes to appropriate lengths and necklines. However, with all of the different types of sportscoats, blazers and suits out there, how do you know which one is best? And what colors should you choose?

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Again, be sure to take into account who you’re interviewing for. If you aren’t sure whether to dress formal or casual, khaki is always a great neutral option because it blurs the line between the two. Go for matching khaki pants and a blazer, and include a pop of color with your shirt.

 

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If you’re going to wear a tie, it’s good to choose a pattern. However, avoid a tie with silly prints that your high school history teacher used to wear, like footballs and comic book characters. Choose simple patterns like stripes or polka dots, and go for neutral colors.

 

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 It’s also OK to experiment with textures, like corduroy or tweed; just don’t wear a textured blazer and pants. Use texture as an addition; don’t be too matchy-matchy. You don’t want to go into your interview looking like Ron Burgundy… or do you?

Fashion Friday: Black Friday Accessory Deals

By Tova Miller

With the holiday season around the corner, it is important to have a few signature pieces to help you feel confident at any kind of holiday soirée. Black Friday is the perfect time to find these pieces, especially when you are a college student on a tight holiday budget.

** Note: You probably do not want to use all these accessories in one outfit.

1. Dangling Earrings:

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Dangling Earrings like the ones featured below from Anthropologie instantly dress up any outfit and can make any girl feel glamorous.

 2. A Statement Necklace:

2 Again like the dangling earrings, a statement necklace can bring an unexciting outfit from drab to glam.  The necklace featured above can be found at JCrew.

Fun fact: students get an extra discount when they show their student I.D. at JCrew

3. A Classy Purse

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Walking into a party with a purse that you feel proud of will help to boost your holiday spirit another ten points. Plus, you don’t have to worry about where your keys, phone or lipstick will go.

4. Bracelet

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Bracelets can help to bring any outfit together. This year a popular brand is Alex and Ani, as featured above. Alex and Ani have a wide variety of bracelets to choose from and it is said that each bracelet is infused with positive energy, a look that looks good on any individual.

5. Sunglasses

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While the weather outside maybe getting colder, the sun will remain to shine. Invest in some great new sunglasses that will be great for all those day time family get togethers over the next month.

Fashion Friday: The Search For the Perfect Graduation Dress

By Karina Cuevas

We’ve got quite a bit of time until the start of finals (thank goodness!), except I’m still freaking out about one thing: finding the perfect dress for graduation. The thought of a commencement in the early hours of a winter morning kind of gives me the chills — literally. But, nonetheless, here’s a jumpstart to finding the best dress for your graduation this fall.

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Cutting Edge Brocade Dress, $32.80

 

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Blaque Label True Love Neon Orange Dress, $107

 

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Visual Impact Royal Blue Dress, $43

print Printed Technical Dress, $80

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Persuasion Mesh Dress, $48

Fashion Friday: These Boots Were Made for Walking

By Alexandria Ugarte

‘Tis the season to wear boots, ladies. And we all know it’s a fairly short season around these parts, so we have to make the most of the little fall season – ahem, slightly cooler version of summer – mother nature bestows upon us.

I personally own two pairs of boots that I wear more often than is probably socially acceptable during the fall and winter – a pair of ankle-high combat boots for casual wear, like going to class, and a pair of flat knee-high leather boots for nicer occasions and cooler days. Both pairs are some of most comfortable shoes I own.

Find some different options below with varying degrees of style and price. Boots come in all shapes, colors and sizes. It’s easy to find your leather soul mate – and when you do, you won’t want to take them off!

 

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Nivo Boots, $229

These equestrian style boots aren’t just for riding. They are the perfect match for skinny jeans or a short, buttoned shirtdress. Wear them with thick socks for really cold days.

 

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Underground Combat Boots, $39.80

Edgy and fun, these combat boots are the perfect match for some tattered shorts or a plain dress. Pair them with some simple, and make them the focal point of your outfit.

 

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Cameron Silver for Nine West, $149

Channel your inner cat woman and pair these knee-high stiletto boots with your tightest jeans or favorite fitted dress for a going out look that is both sexy and warm. Me-ow.

 

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American Flag Fold Down Combat Boot, $45

Show both your pride and your funky sense of style with these fun combat boots. Wear them with your favorite jeans and band shirt for a grungy punk look. Concert outfit, anyone?

Fashion Friday: Best and Worst Florida Gators Jerseys

By Phillip Heilman

Well, another proud season of Florida football is soon coming to an end.

Better get your party hats and kegs ready as all of Gainesville celebrates another national title. See, who even needs Urban Meyer? Not the Gators.

Wait, what? Florida isn’t even going to make a bowl game? What the hell happened to Will Muschamp’s team. This is an outrage.

Well, there isn’t much to talk about concerning the Gators’ on-field results, so we might as well talk about some of the best and worst uniforms Florida has won in the past 10 years.

This list is completely subjective (although if you don’t agree, you’re probably wrong) and subject to change by the end of the season.

Without further adieu, lets take a look at some of the best Florida has worn.

Best:

3. The Throwback Uniform

NCAA Football: Alabama at Florida

Worn: 2006 season

Rationale: Keep it simple stupid. It’s a good rule for writing, and it is often a great rule for designing uniforms. The throwback uniforms are in total contrast to the Nike Pro Combat. They featured a slick white helmet with the old-school F.

The jerseys had no writing but instead blended a cool mix of colors. Sharp.

2. The 2010 Nike Pro Combat

NCAA Football: Florida vs Georgia

Worn: 2010 season

Rationale: Few changes were made for this uniform, but choosing to remove the stripe on the helmet was a pretty cool touch. Meanwhile, the design on the shoulder pad made the players look pretty sleek, even if they were in a post-Tebow haze on the field.

1. The Solid White

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Worn: 2009 SEC Championship Game

Rationale: Hot damn did the Gators look good in all white. It was as if Tim Tebow were actually an angel sent from Heaven. So what if they lost to Alabama and have never fully recovered? They looked super fly going down in flames. Bring them back!

Worst:

3. Blue on Orange

NCAA Football: Sugar Bowl-Louisville vs Florida

Worn: 2013 Sugar Bowl

Rationale: The only thing uglier than Florida’s performance in a loss to Louisville was what the Gators wore while getting beat down. Bright orange pants on linemen bring attention to the wrong places. Actually, I’m not sure there is any good place on a lineman’s body to bring attention. Still, no thanks.

2. Orange Shoulder

NCAA FOOTBALL: OCT 29 Georgia v Florida

Worn: 2005

Rationale: Seriously, what the hell were people thinking here? Florida was far from the only program to experiment with the different colored shoulder pad, but none of them worked. It looked like the players slipped into a bucket of paint. Gross.

1. Alternate Orange

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Worn: 2010

Rationale: All-orange jerseys are a bad idea to begin with, but if you are going to do it, at least use the right color. These jerseys looked more like what the Tennessee Volunteers wear than the Gators. No wonder that season was such a train wreck. Please, never ever again.

Fashion Friday: Glasses for a Cause

By Ben Paikowsky 

So I used to think it was normal to not be able to see anything or read anything more than 15 feet away. Then, after a couple missed appointments, I went to the eye doctor. Long story short: glasses were needed, and my eyes were finally open.

For a couple years, I had the most typical glasses available. I don’t even know how to describe them other than to say they looked like 200 other pairs in the store. Then, a friend told me about Warby Parker.

Warby Parker is a company that sells prescription glasses and sunglasses. The styles are atypical and the prices are far more reasonable than other “high-class” glasses. A pair of glasses shipped with a prescription runs at $95- for any pair.

One more thing–Warby Parker donates a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair sold. They announced in July 2013 that over 500,000 pairs of glasses have been distributed so far.

Check out their glasses at www.warbyparker.com to see what they have to offer. Take a look at the Whiskey Tortoise Crane; my first pair.

Swamp Talk: So You Need to Find a Subleaser

By Mallory Schindler

I graduate in less than a month (WHAT.). That’s great, except for one little thing – my apartment lease goes through next August. This is because the Gainesville apartment companies are the spawn of Satan, do not allow partial leases – and they hate me. I absolutely have to find a subleaser, or I will be paying for an apartment – and a pricey one at that – that I don’t live in. So, here I am, three weeks away from my exodus from Gainesville, and weighed down with a $4,200 burden. Agh.

Finding someone to take over my lease for the spring and summer semesters has been a physically-, mentally- and emotionally-tasking task. It’s not easy being your own real estate agent – let alone when your possible buyers are picky, noncommittal and cheap.

Here are a few quick tips to make your search a little easier.

Start looking early.

I waited much too long to begin my search for the next resident of Room A. I was busy living life, and forgot that I had some seriously expensive loose ends to tie up before the new year. I realized too late that waiting until the halfway point in the semester was risky. Start looking as soon you know you won’t be in your apartment for a semester.

 

Talk up your apartment.

Don’t start with “fully-furnished” or “it has a washer and dryer.” They’re going to assume you have those things because this is 2013. Lead with the strong selling points, like that it’s within walking distance of campus, that it has a free printing lab, or an amazing pool. Think about what made you want to live there, and make that your pitch.

 

Advertise in the right places.

You’ve seen many an ad hanging on the inside of the stall door in the women’s restroom, right? I didn’t take this route, because I’m not sure that the bathroom is going to be the location where a potential tenant will be in the buying mindset. They’re probably attending to other things.

Think about where someone would go when they are actively seeking an apartment. The Internet, anyone? Post in any Facebook groups you are a part of, post on the walls of student groups like “UF Class of 2015” and utilize websites that let you post free classified ads. Hit up Craigslist and take advantage of trustworthy sites like housing.offcampus.ufl.edu.

 

Don’t get picky.

This is referring to people and prices. Sure, you probably want your fill-in roommate to be Suzy Homemaker, a kind, clean, law-abiding, cookie-baking tenant. Truth be told, depending on how late in the game it is, you’ll just have to take what you can get. Things on your checklist might get knocked off should you get down to the wire time-wise.

As for prices, don’t expect to get your full rent. While that would be fine and dandy, it’s probably not going to happen. There are a million vacant apartments in this town at any given time, and there will always be someone selling their room for less. If you don’t want to get undercut by someone else, you need to set a lower asking price or be willing to compromise with your subleaser. In my case, I have offered to pay for the apartment complex’s $200 subleasing fee, as extra incentive to get someone to take my room.

 

Don’t do it under the table.

If your buyer is a friend or a friend of a friend, fine – going under the table is less hassle and usually cheaper. But if you are subleasing to Joe Schmo, sign a legally-binding document that holds that douche responsible if he has a rager and breaks the window or punches a hole in the wall. It can be a really nasty situation if the subleaser destroys your apartment and your complex blames it on you.

 

Profile your potential buyer.

No one wants to live with a crazy partier or a goody-two-shoes who wants all noise off at 9 p.m. You need to know a bit about this person – their interests, their age, their living style, their personality type and their habits. Make sure he/she is a good fit for your roommates, and most of all – make sure he/she isn’t a murderer. My suggestion? Stalk the hell out of this person on Facebook, Google them, and try to meet them in person before they sign.

Good luck!

Swamp Thursday – Lower Your Electric Bill, Save More Money

By Alexandria Ugarte

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It’s that time of the month again. (And no, ladies, not that time.) Your GRU bill has just arrived and the money you made at work – or the plasma center – just won’t suffice this time. Whether you have that roommate who does their laundry three times a week or you can’t remember to turn the lights off when you leave a room, these monthly expenses are tying into your weekend funds. So, what can be done to lower your GRU bill while also giving back to the world for once? Go green! Going green means putting forth a conscious effort toward the pursuit of saving our planet, while saving yourself money.

Here are some tips to  help you go green and cut that GRU bill in half:

1. Be cautious with your lighting

  • If you will be out of a room for more than 15 minutes, turn it off.
  • Buy LED lights. The operating life of a light-emitting diode (LED) is unaffected by turning it on and off.
  • Benefits: While lifetime is reduced for fluorescent lamps the more often they are switched on and off, there is no negative effect on LED lifetime.

2. Monitor your air conditioning

  • Change your filter.
  • Try turning your AC down during the night because it runs less this way.
  • Window or portable units can be controlled by what area of the house you’re in. This uses 50 percent less energy than a central air unit.

3. Save water

  • If its yellow, let it mellow; if it’s brown, flush it down.
  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth. You can save up to four gallons of water every morning by turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth.
  • Fix that drip! At 1 drip per second, a faucet can leak 3,000 gallons per year.

4. Recycle

  • Recycling conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals.
  • Recycle your old electronics. E-waste contains toxic and hazardous materials, which have the potential to leach into our soil and water.
  • Facts: According to Dosomething.org, in 2009, Americans produced enough trash to circle the Earth 24 times. Also, over 75% of waste is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it.

5. Save energy

  • Unplug appliances when not in use (e.g. coffee pots, blenders, microwaves and chargers). Since this is not always practical, use power strips because electricity is only monitored by how many cords are plugged into the wall.
  • Do full loads of laundry (this saves water, as well).
  • Remember that many electronic devices in our homes are quietly drawing electricity all the time.

6. Save paper

  • Cancel unsolicited mail. By doing so you can reduce clutter, protect privacy and help the environment by saving a natural resource.
  • Pay your bills online. This is convenient because you can preschedule so that each monthly bill gets paid on time
  • Don’t print unnecessary items. For example, don’t print things that are available for viewing online or coupons that are available via your smartphone.
  • If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we could save about 25 million trees each year.

7. Stop air pollution: carpool, walk or bike

  • Carpool with co-workers or your piers. This saves energy and diminishes traffic.
  • Walk to class or work if possible. This can be good for your health as well.
  • Benefits: According to The Rideshare Company, the average vehicle releases 10,000 pounds of carbon dioxide every year. An overabundance of CO2 in the atmosphere is the leading cause of global warming.

8. Support your local farmer

  • Buying local means eating food that hasn’t traveled thousands of miles to make it to your plate.
  • You could buy food that is grown without artificial chemicals, which are harmful for the soils and for your body.
  • Benefits: Buying locally and dining in can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars per year.

9. Purchase BPA-free water bottles and save some money

  • BPA is the main component of polycarbonate, the hard and clear plastic sometimes used to make water bottles. It contains a chemical that is hazardous to human health.
  • Plastic bottles can take up to 700 years to compost.
  • Fact: Americans throw away 25,000,000 plastic bottles every hour.

10. Use natural beauty products

  • There are so many products that can be made at home that don’t include any of the suspect chemicals used my large manufacturers. Ingredients like avocado, yogurt, oatmeal and sea salt can be used for facial scrubs, lip balms, masks, hand moisturizers, shampoos and conditioners.