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10 Celebrity Quotes That Will Make You Feel Good

Between Hollywood scandals and fashion faux pas, the media seems consumed by everything celebrities do wrong — and most often they tend to forget about all the positive things they have to say. Here are ten celebs with inspirational words that may brighten your day.

1. Michelle Obama
“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.”

2. Beyoncé
“Whenever I feel bad, I use that feeling to motivate me to work harder. I only allow myself one day to feel sorry for myself. When I’m not feeling my best I ask myself, ‘What are you gonna do about it?’ I use the negativity to fuel the transformation into a better me.”

3. Tyra Banks
“Girls of all kinds can be beautiful — from the thin, plus-sized, short, very tall, ebony to porcelain-skinned, the quirky, clumsy, shy, outgoing and all in between. It’s not easy, though, because many people still put beauty into a confining, narrow box … Think outside of the box … Pledge that you will look in the mirror and find the unique beauty in you.”

4. Sofia Vergara
“Confidence is sexy! I’m comfortable in my body and not afraid to show it off.”

5. Mary Lambert
“I am allowed to look sexy, feel sexy, and be in love. I am worthy of all of those things, and so are you. Own your good and bad, and all the scary parts that you’ve been covering up because it is yours and no amount of judgment can tell you how to love your body.”

6. Adele
“I think no matter what you look like, the key is to first of all be happy with yourself. And then you know if you want to try to improve things that you don’t like about yourself, then do it after you appreciate yourself.”

7. Emma Stone
You’re only human. You live once and life is wonderful, so eat the damned red velvet cupcake.”

8. Drew Barrymore
“Life is very interesting … In the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.”

9. Oprah Winfrey
“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”

10. Ali Tate
“True beauty comes from the soul. To change yourself and to conform to anyone else’s standards of beauty is to change your essence. Own who you are, and you become a truly powerful woman.”

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Start The New School Year On The Right Foot

Whether you’re entering college as a freshman or going into your senior year, it’s important to start off the semester strong in order to have a successful school year.

We’ve got some handy dandy tips to help sure you begin the new school year on the right foot!

When you arrive at school, make sure you get there with plenty of time to settle in. You’ll want to have time to unpack and get organized. If you are rushed settling in, you probably won’t finish and your room might stay consistently disorganized year-round.

Get organized from the get-go. Make sure you have binders and notebooks for your classes, and ensure that they are in order and ready for use.  To make sure you keep your ducks in a row, use sticky notes and a planner to for to-do lists and scheduling. Most importantly, make sure everything in your room is neat and tidy.  An organized room makes a better room for studying, and you’ll probably be happier overall, as well.

Be prepared to learn. College can’t be all fun and games; you’re there to learn, after all. Make sure your summer work is completed and that purchase your required textbooks. Also, make sure you know where all your classes are so you don’t have to worry about getting lost and arriving late to class.

Have your schedule planned out. You can’t have it planned out perfectly because things change — such as switching classes or adding club meetings — but you can start the semester with a general idea of your schedule. This will help you determine when you can study, complete homework, exercise, and hang out with friends. Knowing your schedule will help you manage your time well through out the semester.

Set personal goals. If you set goals for yourself it will help you accomplish tasks throughout the semester. These goals could be ambitious like landing an internship or attaining a certain GPA, or as simple as joining a new club that you find interesting. Make sure to make a list of your goals and check them off as you accomplish them. That way you can track your progress, pat yourself on the back, and see how far you’ve come!

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ModCloth Signs No-Photoshop Pledge

This past week was a victory for the Truth in Advertising movement — and online shoppers around the world. ModCloth became the first retailer to officially promise not to retouch its models by signing the Heroes Pledge for Advertisers agreement. The agreement, which was created by the Brave Girls Alliance, aims to get the Federal Trade Commission to regulate retouching in advertisements.

ModCloth’s pledge seems like a natural fit; since the company was founded in 2002, they have used everyday women to model their designs, rather than hiring professional models. Furthermore, they claim they’ve never retouched their images with Photoshop.

“I do believe that women of all sizes are beautiful,” ModCloth’s Chief Marketing Officer, Nancy Ramamurthi, told Today. “So why not show that and reflect back the diversity of women in this country today?”

By signing the self-regulating pledge, ModCloth promises to do the following:

“1. To do their best not to change the size, shape, color, or any physical features of their models in post-production.

2. To mark retouched ads with a “Truth in Advertising” label so as not to “confuse an advertising ‘ideal’ with what’s real.”

3. To not use retouched ads in media that might be seen by children under the age of 13.”

While ModCloth is currently the only retailer to agree to this mission statement, it’s encouraging to see a retailer publicly promise to represent their products — and models — truthfully. Plus, signing the pledge has provided some great publicity for the Truth in Advertising movement.

Ideally, even more retailers will see the need for ads that reflect the product realistically and offer an honest image of a healthy model. Who knows — if this movement gains steam, we could decrease the low self-esteem and negative body image that pervades our culture. This could be the kick retailers need to remember that their consumers want honest ads. Let’s hope it is.

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Miley Cyrus Wants To End Youth Homelessness

We all remember Miley Cyrus’ performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last year. People spent months talking non-stop about her barely-there outfit, her raunchy use of a foam finger, and how she twerked on Robin Thicke.

However, at this year’s VMAs, Miley had a different plan. She did not perform or do anything risque; instead, she brought 22-year-old Jesse Helt as her date. Jesse  is a young guy that has dealt with being homeless, and Miley has apparently befriended him on a personal level.

Miley won the award  for Video of the Year and managed to shock the audience for the second year around. This time, however, Miley’s antics weren’t nearly as controversial. Instead of going up to accept the VMA herself, Miley let Jesse go up and share an amazing acceptance speech about the shocking rates of youth homelessness.

The unexpected speech was quite inspiring, and we applaud Miley for taking the chance to do something meaningful with the large platform she has. At the end of his speech Jesse said, “If you want to make a powerful change in the world right now, join us and go to Miley’s Facebook page.”

Miley has created a campaign to raise funds for homeless youth, specifically through an organization named My Friend’s Place — a homeless center for young people in Hollywood. If you donate to Miley’s campaign, you are automatically participating in a contest to go to Rio, Brazil to watch her perform live. 

Unfortunately, it seems as if homelessness can fly under the radar as a social cause that needs support. It’s wonderful that Miley is using her fame — and the huge audience of VMA watchers — to bring this issue into the light and get people talking.

If you want to donate to the cause, click here.

On The Record: The Week’s Best New Music (August 26)

Itching for some new tunes? Our On The Record column features releases that are hand-picked as this week’s most promising new music.

Ariana Grande – My Everything

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Ariana Grande may be another product of the cable tv child star machine, but her musical work has a spirit and skill that many other reinvented child stars do not. The lady can sing…and sing she does.  Every hooky,  bombastic track is dialed up and delivered at 110%, in fully formed diva style. Featuring a rotating cast of huge names (like darling of the summer, Iggy Azalea) this is electric mini-Mariah pop with contemporary production.

Cassie Ramone – Time Has Come

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If Brooklyn’s the Vivian Girls were 60′s pop as interpreted by Daria, former Vivian Girls  guitarist and vocalist Cassie Ramone’s solo work keeps swimming the 90’s-meets-love waters. Her sardonic voice melts into a sea of Dinosaur Jr. reverb and psychedelic sway on each concise, heavy piece. Bring your tambourines and Doc Martens. It’s gonna be a time.

Cold Specks – Neuroplasticity

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Al Spx weaves cerebral, delicate soul-inspired music, weary church hymnals full of decay and darkness that transmute southern gothic literature into audio form. On her latest offering, Al’s earthy and bone-chilling voice oscillates with dissonant drones, Swans-like rattles and sonic oddities. It’s no surprise that Swans Michael Gira, a past collaborator, features on “Exit Plan,” but unlike his work, in Cold Specks’ desolate, ominous soundscape, there is always a tremble of warmth and humanity.

In The Valley Below – The Belt

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This peculiar fusion of folk-rock, synth, and of-the-moment neo-disco is brought to you by L.A. duo Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob. While the combination of influences is shaky at times, there’s an infectious energy in The Belt (especially in the intensity of Angela’s voice) on tracks like “Last Soul,” where the duets take on a cinematic scale.

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D.I.Y. Dorm Decor

“There’s no place like home.” These words have been hard to argue with ever since Dorothy uttered them while being far from home in The Wizard of Oz.  Sometimes we may feel like we’re all the way in Oz while living in residence halls  or campus apartments. If moving into your dorm is the first time you’re living away from your parents for an extended period of time, it can be a hard adjustment.

Making your new place feel like home is a must. You want your space to symbolize you, make you feel comfortable, and ultimately be your home away from home. You will, after all, be living there for a (school) year or longer — so why not personalize it into exactly what you want?

Now there’s no need to go out to the store and purchase products that can certainly become costly. Save your money and head on over to your local craft store instead; there you’ll find some crafty supplies. You’ll be able to create all of these D.I.Y. dorm decorations on your own — with a little bit of work and whole lot of inspiration.

Photo Wall: 
Photographs are something we hold near and dear to our hears. They hold visual representation of our memories, our favorite things, and of course what we aspire to do. A creative way to showcase everything you believe in and love is by making a photo wall. Choose one wall of your room and begin to fill it with printed out pictures or old photos of anything and everything that has a special place in your life. Design the photos into a symbol, the first letter of your name, or even into a lovely heart. Together they will create a gorgeous piece of art that you can see every single day – one filled with memories, inspiration, and a few of your favorite things.

Mirror Details: 
This is one cute and simple idea we just had to share! It goes without saying that us girls have to have a mirror in our dorm rooms. However, we never think of it as more than just a mirror except as something to see ourselves in. It can be more though! Basically it’s a frame that pictures you everyday  - why not decorate it? Add stickers, gems, flowers, or anything else along the frame. Post post its that motivate you along it. Write sayings along the border that you love. Make it into something beautiful that you’ll love to look at as much as you use it.

Lights All Around: 
If you have a roommate, you know the courtesy of turning off all the lights before you go to bed. Sometimes though, the darkness of a new place can get to us — and there’s no shame in that! Not to mention, the mere shadows of the room can leave us feeling lonely if we have it to ourselves.

Light your room up in a romantic way with Christmas lights, lanterns, or little bulbs you can get just about anywhere. Drape the lights across your bed frame, hang them from your ceiling, or put them around your photo wall. They will provide that extra touch that can make your room feel all the more cozy.

Multi-Use Mason Jars:
The mason jar trend is still going strong. You can utilize mason jars for just about anything. To make them a little more decorative, you can spray paint or hand paint the mason jars with your favorite colors.

Place them on your desk to hold your stationery supplies, put them in the bathroom to store your toiletries, or even lay them on your windowsill with some flowers. We’re sure they’ll look absolutely adorable in any way you choose.

Now that you’ve got some ideas for D.I.Y. dorm decor, happy decorating!

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Your Guide to Shaving, Waxing, and Laser Hair Removal

Hair removal is one of the more tedious parts of womanhood (if you choose to do it). There are multiple ways you can get rid of that pesty hair, which can be great and confusing — but how are we supposed to know which way is best? We’ve got the scoop on shaving, waxing, and laser hair removal.

Shaving
Tried and true, most women choose to shave. But shaving day after day can be a drag, especially if it’s causing you pain.

Always make sure your legs and razor are wet before shaving. It’s best to shave after a warm shower, since the water will open your pores and prepare your legs better.  And don’t underestimate shaving cream — it provides necessary protection between the blades and your skin. Find one that meets your needs; if you have sensitive skin, for example, make sure you’re using a cream that’s designed for that.

Shaving isn’t the most effective way to remove hair, since it doesn’t last long and doesn’t remove hair roots. It can also lead to razor burn, which you can avoid by changing out your razor head regularly and keeping your skin healthy by moisturizing between shaves. Still, shaving is arguably the most convenient way to keep your body hair-free for cheap.

Waxing
Waxing your eyebrows might seem simple, but waxing your legs is a different story. This method is more painful and expensive than shaving, but it lasts longer. Waxing can last from three to nine weeks, and as you wax more consistently, it’ll take longer to grow back. Instead of just cutting hair off at your skin, waxing removes hair further down the shaft, meaning it’ll take longer to grow back.

Though generally considered to be safe, waxing can be painful if done poorly. To minimize irritation, avoid hot water, direct sunlight, and fragranced cosmetics for a day after waxing.

Although relatively more expensive, waxing is a great option. You can do it in a salon or at home, and your skin will stay smooth for several weeks. The only drawback is that you have to wait for your hair to grow back (usually around 1/8-1/4 of an inch) before waxing again, meaning you’ll have some stubble for a while.

Laser Hair Removal
This probably isn’t the most practical method for young women. It can cost hundreds of dollars — so it’s something to consider for the more financially stable.

Essentially, laser hair removal is just like it sounds: it beams concentrated light into hair follicles, destroying the hair without harming the surrounding skin.

The best thing about laser hair removal is that it’s permanent. After several treatments, it’s likely that your hair will never grow back. It can be painful, though, but for many women, the benefits outweigh the inconvenience. For an honest account of one woman’s laser hair removal experience, check out this article on Vogue.

Hair removal is a pain — sometimes literally — but once you find a method that works for you, it’ll be a little easier.

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Two Simple Steps To Calm Acne Flare-Ups

Nothing can ruin your day like looking in the mirror and seeing a zit — especially if an important event is coming up. At its best, acne is inconvenient. At its worst, it can totally squash your self-esteem. As someone who has dealt with consistent, moderately-severe acne for the past eight years, I know the damage it can do to your self-image (and how it can truly put a damper on your day).

While it may take months to really clear up acne, there are a few tricks that can clear a breakout and give you more confidence. Plus, this routine only takes about 30 minutes!

Step 1: DIY Face Mask

Don’t be intimidated by the “Do It Yourself” part — this mask is incredibly easy. In fact, it requires just three ingredients, which you can easily find in your kitchen: honey, cinnamon, and lemon juice.

Why does it work? Though honey won’t directly clear up pimples, it has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, so it can help cool irritated skin. Cinnamon, on the other hand, can actually improve acne and make you look younger. Put these two together, and you’ll have clear pores and happier skin.

Directions: Mix 2-3 tablespoons of honey with about 1/2 a tablespoon of cinnamon (if you have sensitive skin, feel free to use less). I added a couple drops of lemon juice for good measure, since it helps to lighten scars.

Stir it all together in a small bowl and microwave it for a few seconds (but not for too long– you don’t want it to boil.). Then, let it cool a bit and apply it to your face. Leave it there for 10 minutes. Try not to lick it off, because seriously, this stuff is delicious. Then, rinse with lukewarm water.

My skin is recovering from a bad reaction to a new product, so I figured I’d give this mask a try. I don’t usually expect much from skin products, but I was pleasantly surprised. After just ten minutes with this mask, my skin was clearer, calmer, and brighter overall.

As a precaution, make sure you don’t have any allergies to the ingredients before trying out this mask. If you have sensitive skin, use less cinnamon at first, as it can be irritating if used too much. It’s best to test this product when your skin is a bit calmer, so you don’t risk making anything worse.

Step 2: Ice, Ice, Ice
Okay, you thought the last step was easy? This one is beyond simple. Literally all you have to do is ice your face.

I’d heard about the benefits of icing irritated skin, but I didn’t pay attention until I got my wisdom teeth removed. After having so much ice on my cheeks to reduce swelling, my skin was nearly clear.

Grab an ice pack, an ice cube, a cold soda can — anything — and move it around the inflamed areas for 10-15 minutes. This will help close your pores, decrease swelling, and make acne less noticeable.

After these following these steps to calm acne, your face should be glowing and your confidence should be through the roof!

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Love Your Lines Instagram Account Encourages Women To Embrace Their Stretch Marks

Self-love is one of the most important qualities that any woman can have within themselves. It requires one to look beyond anyone’s idea or concept of the word “perfect” and instead focus on what you were given and born with. We accept our freckles, scars, beauty marks, wrinkles, and anything else that makes up each and every part of us with undeniable love. And yes, that includes stretch marks. With self-love and genuine body positivity, we stand up for those that feel less than they should by loving every piece and bit that makes up our bodies and in turn help inspire others to do the same.

Self-love is not only being voiced outwardly by individuals, but through social media as well. Instagram has taken stage to a storm of accounts that focus on loving one’s self and accepting not only our flaws, but each other’s. One such self-love Instagram account, Love Your Lines, has created a safe haven filled with love and welcoming arms for real women that have stretch marks, or what the two creators call “love lines.”

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“I’m 22 and I have had my stretch marks since the age of 12. I thought my lines came from being overweight but being a size 2 I know stretch marks do not discriminate when it comes to weight or size. I love my lines, I flaunt them at the beach or pool side with friends.”

The creators of this utterly beautiful account are two anonymous moms — with love lines of their own — who started this mission on August 15th. Since then, the page has curated beautiful pictures and stories, while racking up 28,000 Instagram followers. Their posts consists of women that send pictures of their own love lines anonymously or openly via email, as well as women using the hashtag #loveyourlines.  Each post shares a story of the history behind the woman’s lines, inspiring other women to have courage and confidence. The women receive tons of praise, acceptance, and self-love through one another by sharing their stories and love lines. But it’s not just about praise; it’s about community. Love Your Lines aims to share “real women, real bodies, and real self love,” with every picture, comment, and follower received.

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“I’m a 34-year-old mother of a 3-year-old son. Every time I view this page, I cry my eyes out. His father left me last year after 11 years for a younger woman with a “perfect” body. He told me more times than I can remember that I’m “used up” “tainted goods” “unattractive.” I have truly earned my stripes. I’m not defective, I’m just like the rest of you, and we are amazing.”

One young woman shares a beautiful love lines’ story:

“At first I felt weird. Ashamed. Even ugly. I got stretch marks at an early age. I had my first period when I was 11 years old, and my body changed almost directly. I have been hiding them almost all my life. When they did show, I felt awkward around my friends. Now at the age of 20 I’ve accepted that no body is the same. Some people still ask me, “where did you get those scars from?” I can’t help but laugh at those questions. I call them tiger stripes, and I am proud of every single one of them. They are mine. I have earned them. You should be proud of yours 2!”

Beautifully said and inspirational, don’t you think?

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“Never thought in a million years I would be so g*d d*mn proud of my body. I appreciate it even more now after carrying, nurturing, and developing my special little girl. Being only 21 and having a baby has changed my life for the best, and recently finding out my daughter has a very rare syndrome (craniofrontonasal dysplasia) makes me love my lines so much more. [They're] the results of my body carrying one special baby.”

Check out the Love Your Lines account on Instagram (@loveyourlines) and be sure to click the “follow” button; you might even find the courage within yourself to share a picture too! You’re sure to be welcomed with nothing but love, love, and more love. (Oh, and of course some love lines too.)

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Must-See Movies This Fall

With new movies constantly being released, keeping up with the top films can be tough. But as always,The Miss Information has got you covered! We’re movie lovers ourselves, searching high and low for the latest and greatest films that will soon be in a theater near you.

Whether you’re into action movies, thrillers, or feel-good films, we’ve found four features that are definite must-see movies this fall. You might want to get your popcorn ready now! We have a feeling these are gonna be good.

Horns:

Adapted from Joe Hill’s novel, Horns, this mysterious film stars none other than Daniel Radcliffe as Ig Perrish. Despite this not being another Harry Potter film, Radcliffe stays close to his magical roots by playing a young man who suddenly begins to have paranormal powers – horns included. After the rape and murder of his girlfriend, Ig begins to experience these dramatic changes in his life. More shocking events continue to unfold throughout this magical and secretive film.

Joe Hill is the son of Stephen King,  and we’re sure that the adaptation of his novel will be just as fantastic and much of King’s work. Not to mention, Daniel Radcliffe always manages to pull off a stellar and epic performance  – even without a wand in his hand.

Release date: October 31, 2014

Laggies:

Starring two undeniably talented actresses , Chloë Grace Moretz and Keira Knightly, this story is all about making the most of your life and not letting it lag. Knightley plays 28-year-old Megan, who decides to take a break from her life and spend it at the house of 16-year-old Annika — played by Moretz. While living with Annika, Megan begins to live her own life differently as she realizes what she wants and what really matters to her.

Laggies is a film that many of us can relate to. We all get stuck sometimes, or don’t know what to do next. The film adds a touch of humor, but still keeps the strong meaning of not being afraid if life doesn’t goes as we planned. Instead, we must move on forward.

Release date: September 26, 2014

Love, Rosie:

Lily Collins (and her famous brows) are back on the screen to grace us with perfection. The fact that Collins has an British accent in this film already makes us want to watch it, and the handsome Sam Claflin is just an added bonus. The concept of best friends falling in love with each other isn’t a new storyline to any of us, but the way Collins and Claflin look on-screen together is something we want to keep watching. Add some British humor, obvious chemistry, and relatable detours, and there you have it: Love, Rosie. Face it: this film is too cute to pass up!

U.S. release date TBA

The Equalizer:

Chloë Grace Moretz is on fire; she is starring in multiple feature films this year. The Equalizer may be her biggest film to date, and she’ll be starring next to the visionary Denzel Washington. We have a feeling that movie fanatics will be flocking to the theaters because of these stars alone!

In The Equalizer, Denzel plays a man who is devoted to creating justice and helping any victim of crime — including Chloë’s character. After trying to enforce justice for her near-death experience by killing the gangsters that were involved, he comes to the realization that they were part of the Russian mob. Whoa. Picture tons of action and a whole lot of butt-kicking after that!

Release date: September 21, 2014

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