By Raehana Anwar
With the arrival of Valentine’s day comes the stress and chaos of prepping for the perfect date. Whether you’re going to dinner with your S.O. or having a night out with the girls, it can be tricky to find the right look for the occasion. With this in mind, I’ve put together four different outfits for four of the most common date locations I could think of, hopefully easing your worries and providing some inspiration for your perfect Valentine’s Day look.
The movies has always been the most cliche date spot, but also the most casual. With dark lighting and comfy seating, the movie theater has the most chill and laid back atmosphere, which isn’t a bad thing at all. You can easily pull off a comfortable yet cute look with a pair of sweatpants (or any other comfy pants), slip-ons, and a long-sleeved shirt.
Dinner is a bit more formal than a movie, which means, sadly, sweatpants won’t make the cut. Depending on how fancy the restaurant is can determine how dressed up you want to get, but a typical dinner can go along the lines of jeans, boots, and a sweater or long-sleeved shirt.
A coffee date or an afternoon in the park are both casual and easy options that call for more laid back outfits. You can pair leggings with an oversized shirt and a denim jacket layered on top for an effortless put together look. Slip on some sneakers and you’re good to go.
A concert or party would be the most dressed up look out of the four. My go-to party look is a black skirt paired with a long-sleeved shirt. You can dress it up with heels or keep it comfortable with sneakers. to make a simple outfit stand out more, add some accessories. Layer some necklaces or add on earrings and the look’s complete.
by Brenna Stefanov
On Monday November 20th, my mom and I got on a plane at 9 a.m. and flew all the way to Billings, Montana. I was very excited about this trip because I got to spend time with my grandparents, whom I don’t get to see as often as I’d like. When we landed in Montana, my grandfather picked up me and my mom. We went to a cute little sandwich shop and bakery, Great Harvest Bread Co., and ate lunch. After eating a delicious turkey pesto sandwich, we went home and started to unwind and relax.
We got up to see it had snowed a little bit, what grandfather called a dusting, but it definitely made the mountains look more stunning while driving to Columbus, Montana for the day. When we arrived at this small town, we stopped by a cute little jewelers and found my senior ring. Afterwards, we went to Uncle Sam’s Eatery, which is yet another sandwich shop, but this place has named its sandwiches after American presidents. I had a James Madison or a BLT. When we arrived back home we just talked and worked on a puzzle before making dinner.
It was a chill day where we stayed home, watched movies, and finished the puzzle later that night.
This was the first thanksgiving were I didn’t eat turkey. Instead we had “Million Dollar Spaghetti,” a spaghetti casserole, which didn’t even have turkey in it, but was still amazing. That night we all sat on a couch and watched Hallmark Channel movies.
On Black Friday we ended up at the movie theater and watched The Star, a very cute animated movie which I highly recommend. After the movie we got home and ate a turkey dinner. At last.
This was my last day in Billings. We started the day by making a family cookie recipe called “Auntie Em’s.” While we baked we played Christmas music and enjoyed the company of family. After the cookies we went to see The Nutcracker ballet, one of my favorite seasonal occasions. Unfortunately, after the ballet we had to go home and pack. Ending a vacation is always hard because you never quite want to leave, but at the same time you can’t wait to get home. It was bittersweet. We said our goodbyes and got on the plane. We finally arrived back home Sunday the 26 at about 3 am.
Thanksgiving break didn’t feel long enough, but sometimes it’s good to come home and get back into the regular schedule of life. I’m very thankful that I got to take the time to fly out and see my family. Overall, Thanksgiving was a successful trip of relaxation and visiting loved ones which is what the holidays are all about to me.
By Maryclaire Fox
I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for the month of December. It has to be one of my favorite months of the year because it is filled warm drinks, big sweaters, and Christmas joy. However, it is also one of the most stressful times of year with so many commitments. While we are all in panic mode with upcoming exams, don’t forget to take a few moments out of your day to just breathe. I made these printable coloring sheets and gift tags as a way for you to take a break from the upcoming craziness and still enjoy the little things like coloring. I hope these printables fill you with Christmas spirit!
By Kelly Hammond
Click here to listen to the full playlist filled with a mix of new and classic Christmas songs!
- Ariana Grande // Santa Tell Me
- Justin Bieber // Mistletoe
- Donny Hathaway // This Christmas
- Mariah Carey // All I Want for Christmas Is You
- Kelly Clarkson // My Favorite Things
- Band Aid 30 // Do They Know It’s Christmas (2014)
- Straight No Chaser // The 12 Days of Christmas
- OneRepublic // Christmas Without You
- Jackson 5 // Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
- Andy Williams // It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
- The Ronettes // Sleigh Ride
- Bobby Helms // Jingle Bell Rock
- Brenda Lee // Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
- Burl Ives // A Holly Jolly Christmas
- Idina Menzel & Michael Bublé // Baby It’s Cold Outside
- Michael Bublé // It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
- Nat King Cole // The Christmas Song
- Glee Cast // Last Christmas
- Dan + Shay // Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
- Bing Crosby // White Christmas
- Josh Groban & Faith Hill // The First Noel
- Dean Martin // A Marshmallow World
- Burl Ives // Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
- Jimmy Durante // Frosty The Snowman
- Faith Hill // A Baby Changes Everything
- Stevie Wonder // What Christmas Means To Me
- Dean Martin // Let it Snow
- Pentatonix // Silent Night
- Justin Bieber // Christmas Love
- Jose Feliciano // Feliz Navidad
- Josh Groban // I’ll Be Home for Christmas
- Pentatonix // Mary, Did You Know?
by Caroline Potts
Christmas is right around the corner! With all of the haste of the season, it’s important to take a step back and get into the Christmas spirit. Enjoy these movie trailers to Christmas and winter films, some classics, some new. Watching these films are sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.
- Elf- https://youtu.be/gW9wRNqQ_P8
- A Christmas Story- https://youtu.be/cfjEZ88NHBw
- Holiday Inn- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgxObbIqubE
- Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2IyVoSKOj8
- The Polar Express-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HOFMhpxceA
- Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD0m9t4WHEQ
- Home Alone-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHbo6zjTW6s
- Murder on the Orient Express-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mq4m3yAoW8E
- Frosty The Snowman-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v21UuibZ7ig
Now, choose your favorite movie on the list, and go watch it! Remember to enjoy the holidays with your family and friends even through the stress of exams, sports, and other activities. Merry Christmas!!
By Raehana Anwar
—click on the playlist titles to listen—
CHILL– comforting & calm
- Oh Wonder // Solo
- Frank Ocean // Pink + White
- Harry Styles // Sweet Creature
- Khalid // Another Sad Love Song
- Troye Sivan // Suburbia
- Billie Eilish // Watch
- Szymon // Golden
- Lany // 13
- Chance the Rapper // Summer Friends
- The Lumineers // Sleep on the Floor
STUDY- quiet & simple
- Petit Biscuit // Memories
- Tom Misch // The Journey
- Pools // Blue
- Petit Biscuit // Alone
- Lofi // Radio
DRIVE- upbeat & carefree
- Coin // Run
- Calvin Harris // Slide
- Portugal. The Man // Feel It Still
- Børns // Electric Love
- Camila Cabello // Havana
- Lorde // Perfect Places
- Frank Ocean // Lost
- Chance the Rapper // Finish Line
- Quinn XCII // Fake Denim
- Nappy Roots // Good Day