Winter Basicness Is Upon Us

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The cold front is moving in. Geese are migrating to the south, bears are hibernating for the winter and pumpkin-flavored alcohol is no longer seasonally appropriate. Starbucks has busted out its red holiday cups and #basic girls everywhere are forced to substitute their favorite signature fall beverage, the PSL, with the Eggnog or Gingerbread Latte.

Much like squirrels collecting and storing nuts to last them the winter, we too must adapt our behavior according to the change in temperature. As much as it breaks every #basic girl’s heart to know there will soon no longer be any leaves left to Instagram, do not fear: there is always snow. And if you don’t #insta Healy covered in white this Christmas season, did winter even happen? (Answer: It didn’t.)

To help 4E’s #basic readers out with the seasonal transition, let’s discuss the critical differences between Fall Basic and Winter Basic. Failure to adjust your behavior and attire accordingly will result in “Seasonally Inappropriate Basicness”, for which you should be shunned.

Diet

It’s winter, ladies. Georgetown Cupcake’s pumpkin cheesecake cupcake is off the menu. It’s time for you, too, to remove pumpkin, real or artificial, from your life altogether. Stop holding on. No more pumpkin Burnett’s. No more PSLs. No more pumpkin loaves or pumpkin candles or pumpkin pie or pumpkin soap. Why do you need to smell like pumpkin? Move on from the pumpkin. Achieving Winter Basicness necessitates incorporating the following flavors and dishes into your diet in excess: cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, honey-baked ham, eggnog, figgy pudding and chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

Attire

Any #basic girl knows that a new season brings new obsessions. Because we can no longer freak out over crunching leaves in our leather riding boots, we must instead slush through the snow in our Bean boots and compete over to what degree we literally can’t even wait for Christmas. Whoever “can’t even” the most, wins. Wool circle scarves must replace light, patterned fall scarves and one’s Patagonia fleeces must be brought out in full force.

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Interests

A key tenet of Winter Basicness is talking about the holidays always. That means commenting on how cute every set of lights is on every house that you pass. That means taking #basic group photos with your girlfriends in front of the lights that spell “Hoyas” outside the front gates and captioning the Instagram “20 more days! #ChristmasCountdown” or “All I Want for Christmas is You #lovemygirls.” Winter Basicness means alternating between watching “Elf”, “The Polar Express” and “Love Actually” and playing Michael Bublé and/or Mariah Carey while wearing your #UglyChristmasSweater.

It’s time to let go of the fall. We at 4E wish you the best in your seasonal transition to Winter Basicness. And don’t worry, you will be able to return for your Fall #basic activities next year.

Photos: http://happygirlsaretheprettiest.me/category/lol/; http://hd4desktop.com/89168-autumn-leaves-falling-on-girl/; http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wordynerdy/2013/02/how-ll-bean-boots-mirror-my-marriage/; http://www.patagonia.com/us/home

InstagraMondays: Halloweekend

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Halloweekend is over. Four costume changes and 50 Facebook albums of a clique of blondes in Risky Business attire later, college students’ most anticipated holiday season has come to a close. With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, there was no excuse not to go big for both the pre- and post-Oct. 31 festivities. If you’re like me and were dangerously close to resorting to the brutally basic cat and/or devil ensemble, you’re relieved to be over the hurdle of stress shopping at American Apparel and Buffalo Exchange, strict dieting to accommodate spandex bodysuits, wearing a scant amount of clothing, trying to incorporate a coat into the outfit that necessitates said “scant” amount of clothing and seeing boys in too-short shorts.

Much like the anticlimactic morning after Christmas Day, the Monday after Halloweekend calls for some deep reflection. The same way we pack up the ornaments and say goodbye to the 25 Days of Christmas specials on ABC Family, so too must we put away our neon jumpsuits, body paint and tank tops that walk the fine line between a “cropped tank” and a bra. And much like waking up on Jan. 1 after a long New Year’s Eve night, we must take the time to contemplate our resolutions for the next holiday season.

Next Halloweekend, can you assure yourself with the same conviction that you can pull off that Miley Cyrus getup complete with leotard, teddy bear and foam finger? Should you? Should you try to be more politically correct with your costume choice next year (this one’s for you, promiscuous Barack Obama on the dance floor)? Or for the men in tights and the Cady Heron-esque Playboy bunnies, perhaps opt for more overall coverage?

To honor the memories of this wild Halloweekend, here are a few favorite Instas of your very own 4E bloggers.

D.J. Angelini shines as a cat lady. If it wasn’t for @ltonnessen615’s clarifying caption I would have had to call my grandma to make sure she wasn’t raging on the Hilltop this Halloweekend.

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Cristina Serra shows Texas how 4E does Halloween. Isn’t John Mayer from there? No? Okay well her body is still a wonderland.

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Sara Carioscia shows that Halloweekend has the unique ability to bring all walks of life together. Mormons and ninja turtles, for example.

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And now for some non-blogging fellow Hoyas this Halloweekend.

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” at Cuates is a very Hoya Halloween. Props to @sarahjdevs for the clever geotag (even though the Mexican blanket is a dead giveaway).

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Here is @mollyrose5494 and @annetayl0r with a cute Mary Poppins tribute.

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In this insta, @maireadryan3 & Co. kill the Charlie’s Angels trio. Location: Mission XXX.

IMG_7244And there you have it. Until next Halloweekend, Hoyas. May your post-Halloween stupor be filled with thoughts of how to better keep down that Pumpkin Burnett’s and maintain your dignity next October.

Photos: Instagram

How to Concert Successfully: A Guide to Concert Etiquette

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We here at 4E are constantly trying out fun activities that take us off campus and a good concert is no exception. For those of you who frequent concerts or music festival venues, you can probably relate to me on this one. For those of you who do not, please listen up because there are some rules to follow when going to see your fave band live.

Drink responsibly: Do not be that person that drinks way too much and is spastically trying to navigate the floor. You will spill your $7 beer on someone (Seven dollars wasted!) and they will most likely get very angry. If you are 21 and over and do decide to drink, please pace yourself. You do not want to be that person that distracts everyone from the beautiful people up on stage.

Don’t be this guy. You will not look this adorable.

This is not a photo shoot: If you didn’t post about it on all social media sites, did it really happen? The answer is yes. It’s okay to take a few quality pics or to add a video for your Snapchat story to alert your friends that you got this close to whoever, but do not have your phone out the entire time. I want to be able to see the stage, not my favorite guitarist on your tiny IPhone screen.

Limit the PDA: Do not be that couple that is having an intense dance floor make-out sesh instead of listening to the music. You came to hear the genius lyricism of an artist, not to publicly suck each other’s faces off.

Mastering the art of crowd surfing: Usually only done at large music festivals, crowd surfing is a move where timing is everything. So let’s imagine this situation: The show is packed and you are covered in everyone else’s sweat, but you don’t care. The guy in front of you gets lifted up by his friends and is floating throughout the crowd, like royalty. He looks like he is having the best time of his life and he probably is, so you decide that you’re next. Be cautious because you don’t want to be that person who falls flat on their a**. The key is to make sure there are some strong-looking guys around you and that the crowd is energetic. You really don’t want to mess this one up.

Don’t wander: Have you ever been to a concert and been shoved by that huge guy pushing his way to the front, then 15 minutes later being pushed by him again because he’s just not feeling the set? Well, maybe you haven’t, but being shoved around in an already over-capacitated space is no bueno. Don’t be that person who constantly walks around in order to get the best spot. Please, just relax, chill and enjoy the show.

Well there you have it, your guide on the do’s and don’ts of concert-going. To you concert professionals reading this, I’m sure you feel my pain and to you amateurs, take note and enjoy!

Gifs: giphy.com, tumblr.com; Photo: dismissedblog.com

The End of the Beginning

Study Abroad Guide

The final days of summer are fleeting. All Georgetown students are filled with mixed emotions towards the impending situation.

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Especially for those students, like moi, who are shipping out (well, flying out) to study abroad, the end of this summer is a pretty big deal. You are filled with the excitement of a new country, new people and a new drinking age (you know it’s true) but you’re also pretty sad because YOU WON’T BE AT GEORGETOWN.

Ugh, the struggles. How will we deal with not seeing the beautiful Lauinger Library everyday? It seems, at this point in time, impossible.

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Oh, how majestic!

That being said, I bet you all that in, let’s say, 5 days, you will be praising the study abroad gods. #blessed? (Please never use this hashtag seriously.)

Some things you need to do before you jet-set away…

EAT

Whether you fancy bagels with iced coffee or rich Italian pasta, make sure to get your fill of your favorite snacks. But then, PUT THEM OUT OF YOUR MIND. You will not be able to deal with yourself if all you are thinking about is Mai Thai Pad Thai.

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Netflix

While most countries in the world have come over to the dark side (and by dark side I mean Netflix), there are still some who are resisting the urge (cough cough, TURKEY). Just to be safe, binge watch a few episodes or seasons of your favorite show.

Fotografías 

Yes, fotografías is Spanish for photos. This is essential for your study abroad decor and your sanity. Yesterday, I printed about 50 photos from CVS (you can do it online) of all my friends, family and enemies. Hey, you never know who you are going to keep around and who you are going to de-friend IRL.

Tunes 

It is not always easy to download your favorite jams at the touch of a button while off in the middle of who-knows-where. I always like to have all of the songs I would want to, not want to or possibly want to listen to. Does that make sense? Maybe not now, but you will be bowing down to me when you realize how much of a life saver this is.

School Work? 

Contrary to popular belief, study abroad does actually include some studying. While you are also there to have fun and meet new people, make sure to save yourself and download all the things you may need from Blackboard beforehand.

Plans 

Make a list of all the things, places and monuments you want to see so that you can easily plan out your trips! Of course you’re going to learn about new places as you go, but it is always good to have a jumping-off point!

There are a ton of other things you should/need to do before you leave, but of course the most important is to continue reading the 4E.

Enjoy your time being Americans and drinking all the iced coffee you can. Maybe people will miss you when you’re gone.

Oh, and when you are finally at your study abroad destination complaining about “how weak your internet connection is,” just think about your favorite blogger (a.k.a. me) trying to stream videos in Turkey. God help me.

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Photos: wikipedia.org, psu.edu