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#nocaptionneeded : a review of my four years at UW-Madison

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We've all had those moments, the ones we can't describe to anyone else because there's not a single way to explain it that will do it justice. Well what if that moment for me wasn't just a string of seconds, days, weeks or months, but what if it years? Four to be exact. 

I can't begin to explain how amazing my experience at UW-Madison was these past four years; I can't even wrap my head around it myself. But I'm going to try. 


I came from a small high school, with about 120 kids in my class, half of whom I knew since I was five years old. Everything was familiar. I thought I knew how life worked. But then I came to Madison and everything changed. You see, all of my life, I thought happiness was good grades, soccer game wins and mediocre weekends (and by mediocre I mean my weekends mostly consisted of me and my friends driving around town because we didn't know what to do.) 

Madison taught me that happiness is breaking free of familiarity, challenging yours…

And so it begins...

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Three years ago, I embarked on the biggest journey of my entire life and discovered a place full of happiness, memories, friendship and laughter.  I couldn't have possibly asked for a better college experience thus far.  I've taken the most interesting classes, made the best friends, did some major soul-searching and had some of the most fun I've ever had.  From football games to sailing on Lake Mendota, I think it's safe to say that Madison is the greatest place on earth.  

Going into senior year, I'm excited for a whole year of endless memories, but I'm also terrified of moving on.  Terrified that I won't as happy and content as I am now.  Terrified that I won't love my job...or won't even have a job.  

Who knows what the future holds, but if it is anything close to the pleasant surprise of my UW experience, I think I'll be set.  

Right now, I'm just going to make the most of my senior year of college and take nothing for granted.  This might…

the biggest perks of being a journalist

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As journalists, we don't live the most glamorous lives.  In fact, most likely our "pockets are on a diet" as 2 Chainz would so eloquently say.  Meaning, right out of college we don't get jobs- we get internships.  Unpaid internships. In New York City, the most expensive city to live in. 

So why, you might ask, would one pursue a degree in this "dying field?" Where do I even start? 

1. You get to retweet yourself.  You can have multiple Twitter accounts for your different internships, blogs, classes, etc. and get the thrill of retweeting yourself without judgement from others because it's all part of your job. 

2. You have twice as many followers. Speaking of Twitter-and all social media for that matter- you have twice as many followers because half of them are you. The account you're in charge of for your club follows you, your multiple blog accounts follow you, your account you made for a class follows you.  No one has to know the secret to your popul…

15 things as uncomfortable as the Bachelor finale

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In case you missed it, the final episode of the Bachelor can be summed up in one word: uncomfortable. If you don't care at all about the show, skip to the summary. If you want to relive the painfully awkward moments continue on. 

Usually it's all about love, but this time proves...unique. First, the secret Juan Pablo and Clare conversation happened, followed by the awkward encounter with JP's family who pretty much told both girls that he is anything but husband material. Then, for the final rose ceremony, Clare spills out her heart to Juan Pablo only to be denied.  And it only goes downhill from there. Nikki tells JP she loves him, in which he responds "I'm not going to propose to you even though I have the ring in my pocket. I like to a lot, though," and winks.  I honestly don't know which is worse. The fact that he didn't say he loved her even when Nikki was waiting to hear those words or the fact that he winked at her.  


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weekly wisdom

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Earlier in the year I said that as my New Year's Resolution, I was going to write down something that I've learned every day so I thought I'd share a few of my favorites since the dawn of 2014. 

1. Pay for parking. I didn't know that this was a thing...until I got a $40 parking ticket. I mean, yeah, I knew you should pay, but I didn't think people actually checked if you did or not. It's like that 300 person lecture at 8:50 a.m. You should go but how do they expect you to actually make it to that? It's not like the professor is checking your attendance.  These types of things are made to make you feel good about doing something; you should feel good about making it to class on Friday, not ashamed that you missed it yet again. You should feel good if you remember to throw down a couple bucks to pay to use a slack of cement for a couple of hours, not obligated to pay. Apparently, that diligent parking patrolman didn't agree with this philosophy.  So pay up…

the best looks of the Golden Globes & where to get them for less

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Yesterday evening, our favorite stars strutted down the Red Carpet at the Golden Globes in the hottest trends of the season.  Check out my favorite looks as well as where to get them- so you'll shine like the stars even without their paychecks.  

The Black Dress 






There were so many hot black dresses this year, but the one that really caught my eye was Sophia Vegara's.  Pair this dress from Tobiwith a bold statement necklace to complete the look and turn it from Red Carpet to after-party-ready for only $58. 





The Pink Bodycon 

The Red A-Line 
Channel your inner-cupid like many of our Hollywood sweethearts, including Taylor Swift by choosing an A-Line dress that'll be sure to give you an elegant look right in time for Valentine's Day. Find this dress at House of Fraserfor $50.  http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk
The Foil Dress  Illuminate the room in a foil dres

happy birthday :)

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It's hard to believe that beauty & a blog is now officially ONE years old!!! I was feeling pretty nostalgic on New Year's because last year I had the opportunity to go to the Rose Bowl.  Not only was I warm in California (like WHAT are these negative 50 degree temperatures?!) but I also got to watch my beloved Bagders in the biggest game of the season.  

Naturally, I traced back my very first blog post to help me reminisce of the days of Santa Monica Beach and trying to navigate West Hollywood in 5 inch heels.  

It was titled "We're Doin' It Live" in honor of our adventures in Cali.  We had absolutely no plans.  We just went for it.  And we had the time of our lives.  

Our only goals were to not get lost and to not die.  Miraculously, we managed to pull both of those off.  Maybe it was because of the couple's advice we shared our taxi from the airport with- "don't ever agree to leave with a producer who promises to put you on TV and wants to bri…