Brithny - Duke University

I am currently a sophomore at Duke University (AKA the best college ever!) and I can seriously say that I'm livin' the American Dream. I've lived in the States all my life until 10th grade, at which point job transfers led us to move to Shanghai, China. So I guess I'm a Chinese-American, a twinkie, a banana, and an ABC. Sah-weet! There are so many things out there that I love (besides Duke basketball, obvi) including juicy celebrity gossip, yummy new recipes, the latest new trends, fitness tips, or just some DANK STUFF (yes, I used the word dank). I'm undeclared right now, but I'm leaning towards a psychology & public policy double major, and a certificate in journalism. My dream is to become a broadcast journalist, and maybe someday become a sort of "Asian Oprah.". I would love to work in the international field of journalism so I can combine my Chinese and American heritages together into one melting pot of awesomeness. Oh, that reminds me. If you're ever in North Carolina, I'd be happy to give you a tour of our lovely campus. And if you're ever in Shanghai for the Summer or Winter breaks, let me know and I will show you what it's like living in the best city in the world.
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Jun 22, 2010

Is The College “Dating” Scene Ruining Us?

Red solo cups litter the floors and tables, filled with either Busch Light or some untrustworthy concoction made by the bartender. So called “bartender” is actually some frat boy wearing a beer helmet and a sign around his neck that says “007.”

Jun 22, 2010

Do It Yourself Tuesdays: Vinyl Record Bookend

The other day, while aimlessly roaming through the overpriced yet drool-worthy home goods at Urban Outfitters, I came across some adorable vinyl record bookends. They looked so cute hugging a stack of blogs-turned-books on the table and I just needed to have them. I have this problem where my books always tip over on my bookshelf and then it gets all messy and then my studying gets interrupted because I’m OCD…

May 18, 2010

Do-It-Yourself Tuesdays: T-Shirt Bracelet

If there's one thing all college girls have it's an abundance of drunk selfies t-shirts. Sure, you need a few to sleep in or work out in, but the rest? They're just taking up coveted space in that teeny dorm closet.

Apr 20, 2010

Do-It-Yourself Tuesdays: The T-Shirt Scarf

It doesn’t matter if you go to an Ivy League school or a community college, there’s one thing that all colleges have in common and that’s FREE STUFF. Namely, free t-shirts. My dresser is currently overflowing with them (of varying sizes) and there’s no need for all of that cotton getting in the way of the cashmere and the silk.

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Apr 11, 2010

Intro To Cooking: Oven Fries

The edges are crispy and savory while the insides are soft and piping hot. They’re so much better than the fries you buy at the concession stand or a fast food restaurant, because they’re actually made from potatoes. They're easy to make and even easier to devour. Just writing this makes me want to whip up a batch and chow down. In my bed. While watching an ANTM marathon.

Can You Turn a DFM Into a Serious BF?

Spring break is long gone. You’re back at your non-tropical, cold slash rainy campus, and all you can do is reminisce about all those tequila shots, bonfire parties, and, most of all, that boy you met.

Do It Yourself Tuesdays: Oreo Truffles

OK, so we've only got 5 days until Valentine's Day. And that means 5 days until you are inundated with cards, candies and treats.... and you still have nothing to give anyone else.

TV’s Most Important Life Lessons

There are some things you learn in life (and in textbooks) that you never forget: We went to the moon in 1969. Plants live by converting sunlight into energy through the process of photosynthesis. Cows have four stomachs.

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Dec 27, 2009

Intro To Cooking: Faux Cookie Dough

Any type of cookie dough is a good type of cookie dough in my book. Cookie dough ice cream, homemade cookie dough, even store-bought Nestle cookie dough is delicious. Especially when eaten directly from the plastic tube with your fingers while watching old episodes of Sex and the City.

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Dec 9, 2009

Campus Couture: Bright, Bold, Bootylicious, Amalia

I knew I wanted to feature Amalia for my fashionista-of-the-week from the moment I saw her walking to Psych class, leggings tucked into her buckled riding boots and a funky bright-blue American Apparel zip-up on top.

Dec 8, 2009

Do It Yourself Tuesdays: Stained-Glass Cookies

Whether you leave cookies out for Santa or just like the excuse to indulge in the sweets this time of year, it's time to stop making the slice-and-bake BS and get a little fancy.

Nov 11, 2009

Campus Couture: Casually Cool Jessica

She’s a senior and while she may be dealing with a bad case of Senioritis, her style certainly isn't. No matter what time she wakes up in the morning - sometimes ten minutes before class...and sometimes ten minutes after it's started - Jessica always stays fly and manages to pull on something cute.

Nov 10, 2009

Do It Yourself Tuesdays: The Bottle Cap Table

It's not always easy to make a college dorm room all your own with the standard res hall-issued furniture you've got in there. Sure, you can stack it up all nice and hang some fun pictures on the wall, but sometimes you want something a little different and cool to complete your pad. Like a fun table, perhaps?

Nov 4, 2009

Campus Couture: Peppy Peggy

It doesn’t matter if it’s rain or shine; Peggy always knows how to dress so she’ll stand out in a crowd and make any girl on campus want to emulate her. She has the cutest blazers for fall, the chic-est coats for winter, and the flirtiest dresses for spring. Her outfits are always full of personality - usually very colorful and bright, just like her!

Oct 28, 2009

Campus Couture: Keepin’-It-Comfy Meagan

I’ve known Meagan since elementary school, and she’s always been one of the happiest people I know (she’s a cheerleader so she has to be, I guess). Her clothing choices are always full of color and spunk, and she is the definition of cute: a tiny body with a big personality that shines through her outfits.

Oct 26, 2009

I’m Torn: Making The First Move

Boys. What a confusing subject. More confusing than my European History class and Biological Bases of Behavior class combined, and they’re tough enough alone as it is. You think they feel one way and it turns out they feel the exact opposite; sometimes good, other times bad. If they’re were an award on Most Mixed Messages Sent In One Night, boys would definitely take the cake. And the trophy.

Oct 21, 2009

Campus Couture: Poppin’, Lockin’ Alex

Meet my childhood friend, Alex! He’s one of the best dancers I know, and represents the new era of fashion that incorporates a street style mixed with urban chic. Every time I see him he’s always dancing; whether it be popping and locking while talking, or doing the finger tut. And all the while in Nike Dunks and a sick graphic tee.

Oct 14, 2009

Campus Couture: Lauren La’Flare

If there's one girl who's got some fashion courage it's Lauren. I spotted her on campus because, well, it's impossible not to spot her. She's always decked out in bright colors, bold accessories and some serious confidence. Oh, and her perfect hair helps, too.

Oct 13, 2009

Do It Yourself Tuesday: Paint Chip Art

We all know that painting the walls in your dorm room is a giant no-no. But that doesn't mean you have to settle for some BS Animal House poster for your wall decor; there is another way to show off your creativity and create a space that is both cool and easy to remove at the end of the year so you can get your security deposit back.

Oct 12, 2009

10 Things We Should Ban Instead Of Books

Having just "celebrated" banned books week in America, I started thinking about the importance of reading, the beauty of stories and how much books enrich all of our lives. And most of my thoughts came back to one single theme: W.T.Eff?

Oct 7, 2009

Campus Couture: Sweet and Simple Sarah

Even though she isn’t in college anymore, Sarah still exudes the typical college girl enthusiasm for new clothes and the word “sale.” When I approached her to take a picture of her look, she agreed... but only if I took a picture of the back of her skirt. She wanted to show off the best parts of her look: the pretty metallic details and ruffles next to the rich color of her scarf.

Sep 30, 2009

Campus Couture: Treehugging Chloe

Meet Chloe. Whenever I see her on campus, she always has the cutest outfits on that make you think of picnicking in green meadows and somersaulting across the grassy field. Her style is always really fresh with girly touches like headbands and hair pins, and plenty of gold-toned jewelry to go with. And no one has ever seen her without a cloth bag. Ever.

Sep 27, 2009

Intro To Cooking: Banana Soft Serve

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream. But I scream the loudest. And my abs scream quite differently. That’s why I totally flipped out (in glee!) last weekend at Target while shopping for a blender. I wanted to buy one to make fruit smoothies and iced coffees.

Sep 23, 2009

Campus Couture: Chic Mr. Shane

While everyone is fabulous in their own right, we thought we should celebrate the campus fashionistas of the world for their continued excellence in not looking like a hot mess for class. So, we started stalking those girls (and guys!) on campus to get a few pics and get some tips on their personal style. And maybe a restraining order or two.

Sep 21, 2009

I’m Torn: Drugs

Before anyone calls the police and I wind up on the next episode of Cops, let me clarify. When I say "drugs" I mean marijuana/weed/pot/green/reefer/hemp/buddha/herbage, or whatever else you want to call it. Lots of my friends have touted the effects of weed, and some even smoke it every day as a way to relax from a hard day of boring classes and crazy professors. I've never tried it, but lately I've wondered why not.

Sep 16, 2009

I’m A Virgin. So What?

Why does everyone think that being a virgin is bad? Ok, not necessarily bad per se. But definitely looked down upon, like we’re being foolish for not wanting to experience “the pleasures of life” you non-virgins always talk about.

Sep 15, 2009

Do It Yourself Tuesdays: Tiger Felt Rug

So your dorm room currently sucks. As in, the paint is peeling off the walls, the bed springs squeak every time you turn (and that's when you're alone...), and the whole space smells like the house of that notorious old lady with a gazillion cats. Ok, so we can’t fix those problems (try calling the R.A.), but we can make your room a little bit prettier and a lot bit more comfy!

Sep 7, 2009

Livin’ It Up Even After Labor Day

Labor Day may be an awesome third day to a typically-too-short weekend, but sadly, it’s also pretty much the last day of summer. But just because those summer days are drifting away, does that mean the fun is o-v-e-r? Not for CollegeCandy readers! Psh, we can have fun no matter where we are and September is just brimming with some awesome stuff to take part in.

Sep 4, 2009

Project Runway Rundown: auf Wiedersehen, Bitches!

You know what they say in baseball: “Three strikes, and you’re out!” And now we know the same is true in Project Runway. But more on that later. First let's discuss Tim Gunn in flip flops and Wayfarers.

Aug 28, 2009

Project Runway Rundown: Babies Kinda Scare Me

Ever since that horrible live birth video they made us watch in sex-ed in 5th grade, I’ve been disinclined to anything baby-related. Heidi Klum may look great pregnant, but there’s nothing pretty about a giant head poking out of a screaming woman’s…yeah.

Aug 25, 2009

Do It Yourself Tuesdays: The Six Pack Caddy

College just isn't college without those ubiquitous signs around campus: Party this Friday! Clothes optional. B.Y.O.B! Now, while we at CollegeCandy don't condone walking to a campus party in the buff, we do fully support B.Y.O.B-ing. And we can help you do it in style. Now you can bring your own beer in our cute Six Pack Caddy!

Aug 21, 2009

Project Runway Rundown: Freaks and… Lohan?

Of course, before we got to meet the new designers in the main event, we had a little taste of some of our favorite designers from previous seasons in the Project Runway All-Star Challenge. I was more than happy to spend two hours with Chris March, Santino Rice, Daniel Vosovic, among others, but after seeing the snooze-fest of a cast that is season 6, I wish I hadn't been teased...

Aug 19, 2009

Welcome Back, Project Runway!

Project Runway is finally coming back tomorrow night. They've kept us waiting for-freaking-ever and now it's all coming back in a MAJOR way. I am still not quite over the fact that I have to watch Lifetime (the same network my mom boasts as her fav), but I gotta say: I'm really excited to see what this new season has to offer.

Aug 10, 2009

I’m Torn: Gossip Websites

Perez Hilton... TMZ... The Superficial... dListed... You name it, I read it. Probably in the past 10 minutes. I even have a special folder under my bookmarks tab for my favorite gossip websites. And it's gotten a lot worse since I've started interning this summer...

Aug 1, 2009

So, It’s August…

Did you know that August was originally named Sextilis? In ancient times there seemed to be pretty high expectations for this month. But throughout history August has gained a bad reputation for being the most unfortunate month of the year.

Jul 28, 2009

Starbucks Goes “Healthy”

Those guys over at the Bux have been catching a lot of flack for their many drinks that have more sugar and calories than a liter of Coke, not to mention those fatty pastries, so they've decided to make some "healthy" changes.