Thursday, June 27, 2013

College Girl Inc. - Sorority Life (NYC Edition)

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Hey High School/College Girls,
Now I know around this time, school are sending out invites for recruitment for September, trying to find what sorority fits them, on YouTube or doing research on the different sororities at their school. As many of my fabulous readers know, I go to school in Brooklyn and I commute to school. At my school, we have a lot of local sororities and only two national sororities. Every school is very different when it comes to recruiting new members especially at some of the colleges in New York City. My sorority, Sigma Rho Phi Multicultural Sorority, Inc., was founded in City College of New York, part of the College University of New York (CUNY) and so is my school, Brooklyn College. 
I was able to pledge for my sorority because of being part of the CUNY system, meaning I'm able to come into any of the 30 colleges & universities that are part of CUNY. Hopefully, I'm not confusing anyone...(lol). Now I know colleges outside of NYC is very different, to my opinion, I've watching YouTube videos on how the Rush process goes. From my personal views, how Rush is done is, they have Informational (Which is a brief synopsis of the sorority and what they do, etc.), after they do that they have Rush Events (either an outing, mixers with other sororities or fraternities, potlucks, etc.) With the local sorority you have to come to at least a certain amount of events (like 4 or 5 events plus 1 informational) and if you are what they are looking for, then you are giving a bid. 
I know in some schools, they have either a formal rush or an informal rush, in my school, it's more of an informal rush than a formal. The only time you have to dress in business attire is during informational, every other event, you wear casual clothes. Everyone's rush is different from each other especially in New York City, different colleges have Rush a differently than other sororities.

Be on the look out for new posts from my newest topic, College Girl Inc. (The insider on girls in colleges and girls about to start college...and how to deal with college life from City Girl's perspective.)

Happy Summer,

Sunday, June 23, 2013

My Sunday Outfit of The Day

Hey Everyone,
Today I went on shopping, and of course, I had to look cute while doing it. This is actually one of the outfits I brought today at one of my favorite places, Old Navy.

1. Women's Sequined Gauze Tunics - $32.94
2. Women's Everyday Khaki Shorts (5") (Under the Tunic) - $15.00
3. Glitter Sandals - $16.99 (From Pay Less)
4. Betsey Johnson Rose Gold Boyfriend Watch - $150.00

This is such a cute outfit, and I'm not even done Shopping for my Family Cruise which is in 4 months!! I can't wait. It's going to be amazing!!


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Dr. Tawana Speaks...About Coping With Loss

I can honestly say that I dealt with my share of losing a family member or friend. I can honestly say it was such a hardship to bear. It's not the best feeling to lose someone close to especially someone who has been a part of your life since you  were young. Everyone has different ways of coping to losing someone, sometimes they won't talk about, they will share but they won't share a lot, they cry, they don't think about it or they don't feel nothing at all. There are ways to cope with losing someone, but I will get to that later.

Right now, I want to tell you about the first time I ever went through losing someone. I was a freshmen in college when it happened, It was a Sunday night, and I was doing my homework for my classes when I got a phone call from a elementary/middle school friend of mines (I never transferred after 5th grade, I was literally in the same school from 1st grade to 8th grade so we all were pretty tight.) telling me about his cousin, who I also had classes with and was really cool with, passed away on Saturday Night at a club in Pennsylvania. He was stabbed outside a club after an argument. Here is a link of the original article ( I still couldn't believe it. Going to the funeral, was even harder because there was classmates I haven't seen it a long time, was a very sad moment. I remember the year before he got killed, I saw him in the summer and we talked he was telling me about how he was coming back to New York and how he wanted to change his life and better himself and when I was about to leave the last thing he told me was "I'll see you later." Those words have forever remember. Our last conversation, is what brings me to tears because he wasn't even make it to his 21st birthday and he was taking from us. I miss him everyday and I know that he is my angel looking after me.

Since the passing of my friend in 2009, I've lost my uncle that same year in September, My godmother in 2010, My aunt in 2012 and two of my grandmothers in the same year in 2012. I cried my eyes out for days when I lost them because they were apart of my life there were there for me when I needed them. I miss them everyday.

Even though I went through this lost in my life, I found ways to cope with them. These are tips on how to cope with your lost.
  • All that anger bottling up inside, it's good to write it out in a story, a poem or a song.
  • Thinking of the happy times that you shared with that person. Because they are no longer with you, doesn't mean that the memory of them is gone with them.
  • Talk to someone close to you, best friends or family members are there for you.
  • Sometimes it's good to just, sit in silence.
  • Make collages of the memory that you shared with them.

Sometimes there are other ways to cope with losing someone. Just remember, that people might leave this earth, but your memory with that person will never go away. Their love and care will always be apart of you no matter what. They are now your angels watching over you, you know they will always be there for you no matter what they will always be there.

Until Next Time,

Guest Post! Tips on How to Protect Yourself for the Summertime & Homemade Skin Care Recipe

 Hey Everyone,
I was please to have my first guest post from Michelle Pino, an employee from a Spa in Upstate New York called Skana. I was very happy that she pinch this blog post to me about taking care of your skin in the summer and making a homemade skin care recipe. I hope you all enjoy this post because I enjoy reading it.

Garden Variety Natural Summer Skin Care

Summer is that enthralling time of year characterized by outdoor barbecues and lazy days spent at the beach. Although the warmth and sunshine are part of what makes the season special, these summer elements are known to wreak havoc on the skin that is seen many years after the initial damage is inflicted. While one cannot spend one's life in a bubble, there are ways to minimize summer's harsh effects through the application of soothing natural skin care products.

Do It Yourself Summer Skin Care
People are becoming more aware of the dangers of the parabens and petrochemicals prevalent in today's popular skin care product brands, and many have decided to take matters into their own hands literally. That's right; many times they are skipping the expensive yet safer, commercially available “natural” skin care products and are heading straight to the kitchen cupboard this summer. Here is what they know.

·         Natural ingredients containing antioxidants fight free radicals even externally
·         Antioxidants are more effective when used fresh
·         Natural fruit acids gently exfoliate skin
·         Natural oils help skin retain moisture

A super nourishing, after beach skin care mask embodies all four of the elements of great natural skin care listed above, and happily, all the ingredients for the mask are common to the average kitchen pantry. The spa experts of New York resort, Turning Stone, developed the below luxurious skin mask. 

To make this luxurious skin mask, you’ll need:
1 good-sized tomato
1 avocado
half of a lime

  • The tomato should be squeezed into juice with its pulp to obtain a quarter cup of the juice; an additional tomato should be used if the original tomato is not large enough to yield a quarter cup of juice.

  • The avocado should be peeled and mashed to garner one cup, and two of them may be needed to yield the required one cup.

  • After squeezing the lime to get one tablespoon of fresh juice, mix the three ingredients to form the skin mask.

  • Prior to applying the rich mixture to the skin, rinse the face with warm water to open pores. Afterwards, the mixture should be immediately applied in a generous portion to the face and remain on the face for thirty-five to forty minutes. During that time, it is normal for the skin to tingle largely due to the exfoliating effects of the fruit acid in the tomato and lime juice. After the allotted time has expired, rinse the face with warm water and follow it with cold water to close up the pores.

The result of using this completely safe all natural mask is soft, smooth, and glowing skin with no traces of summer sun damage. The fresh antioxidants and gentle fruit acids serve to brighten, purify, and erase the lines caused by the harsh summer ultraviolet rays. The resulting softness definitely comes from the natural oils in the avocado. This guacamole style skin mask is the perfect ending to a day spent enjoying sunny sea breezes at the beach or a walk at one's favorite park.

I hope you all enjoy it and Thank you, Michelle Pino from Skana for your fabulous post. Ladies, take care of yourself during the summer and be protective of your body and stay fabulous.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Dr. Tawana Speaks...An Introduction

Hey Everyone,
I came up with a brand new alter ego named Dr. Tawana. I'm a Psychology Minor focusing on Relationships and Sex Therapy, that's what I want to get into once I graduate. Dr. Tawana will be focus on real life situations and solutions also, tips on different situations. Later today, I will have a new topic in a little while.

I hope you all enjoy the "Dr. Tawana" Series and also if you have a topic that you want me to discuss on this series, leave it in the comments below or email me, which is on my page. I'm actually very interested in this series because we, as females, go through a lot of problems dealing with family, friends, college life, high school, sex, virginity, relationship, insecurities, etc. and sometimes you can't find someone who gets you or been through the some of the situations that you have dealt with, that's where I come in. I know I been through most situations that we go through so I know I can give my honest 100% opinion on any situations that is giving to me.

I really hope the female...and males can be part of this series with me, because this is something that I want to do with my life because I always love to help others with any kind of situations or problem and find a light at the end of the tunnel. Be on the look out for my newest, series which will be posted every Wednesday and Fridays. I hope you all enjoy.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Suggestions for a new Blog Post...Help Me!!

I been trying to think of new blog post for my Blog, but I've been having some writer's block, which I hate having so I want to leave it up to my fabulous followers and new friends at Her Campus Bloggers for some fabulous suggestions for a new blog. I would greatly appreciate with some new suggestions and any other feedback.


Sunday, June 2, 2013

PGTC's Summer Reading List

Hey Everyone,
This is my first ever summer reading list and honestly, this is going to be fun to do. I been getting recommendations on different types of books from my sister and cousin. Here are some of the books I plan on reading and what I'm reading for the summer. I hope y'all enjoy it. 

1. The Great Gatsby By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
I read this book when I was in high school, it was a great book and since the movie came out, I needed to reread the book again. It is a classic book, if you haven't read it then you don't know what you are missing. Great Book.

2. Silver Linings Playbook By Matthew Quick
Good Movie, Great Book. I actually read the book before seeing the movie and I was very impressed the relationship within the book. I can't give it all away that would just spoil it. A must read book for the summer.

3. Vain By: Fisher Amelie 
My cousin actually recommend this book to me. I haven't started reading it yet but if my cousin recommends me a book to read, then I know it's good. I will be doing a book review on this book soon. Be on the look out.

4. Prep By Curtis Sittenfeld
I brought this book on my Kindle, I haven't read it yet since I'm reading a book right now. I can't wait to read this book. Book Review coming soon. 

5. Tiger Lily By Jodi Lynn Anderson
I heard a lot of good reviews on this book which made me interested to read it. It's basically Peter Pan before Windy Darling and her brothers came into the picture. It's a love story. I started to read parts of it because I brought a sample of the story before I brought the book. I'm going to start reading this book again. 

I have a lot more books to read but these books are part of my summer reading. If you have any books to recommend, please don't hesitate to comment below. What's in your summer reading list? What books interest you?