Philadelphia University 2015 Pop-Up Shop is HERE!

Pop-up Shop April 29th, Kanbar Performance Space 9am-2pm!

Students of the Philadelphia University Global Fashion Insight class will be hosting a Pop-Up Shop Wednesday, April 29th in the Kanbar Performance space between 9AM-2PM. The students created fashionable items to help raise money for Chemo Clothes. Chemo Clothes is a foundation that helps cancer patients, survivors and family members through raising money by charitable acts. Charitable acts by Philadelphia Universities are just one of the many events ChemoClothes has donating to them.


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Makeup Secrets You Will Never Forget

Ever wanted to know makeup tricks that can change the way you put on makeup forever? Well today is your lucky day because I am here to share with you 8 makeup tricks that you will love to use! I will show you different tricks that can make your eyes pop and your face looking fab.

First lets show you how to make your eyes pop! You should always begin with concealer, but not just a strip under your eye but a triangle. You should start by putting a line under your eye then two lines forming a triangle that go all the way down to wear your nose is. This will make your eyes a lot brighter!



Another eye trick is if you like to put on bottom eyeliner, you should never put it on your water line, but right underneath it! Also to make your eye look bigger and brighter add a beige or white eyeliner on your waterline.

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When putting on eye shadow to make your eyes look bigger and beautiful you want to add a very light color or highlight to your inner part of your lid were your tear duct is and also on your eyebrow line tight under your eyebrow.

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Ever want the perfect wing on your eye, but always mess up somehow? Well here is a tick that will make you always get that perfect wing! The items you will need is tape, and a liquid foam eyeliner pen. First you will start by applying the tape to the preferred angle you want the wing to be, than apply the liquid eyeliner however big or small you want it. Then, there you have it, the perfect wing!

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Now onto face makeup tricks to make your skin looking flawless and highlighting all of you beautiful features. First, as a said before start with concealer, but now apply it to the corners of your lips and corners of your nose to get the redness away from these spots and make your face look complete without anything else on!

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Another facial tip is contouring. This technique highlights and defines your best features on your face. There are many ways to do this, there is just a simple way that I will show you and then there is a more personalized way of doing it, by finding the shape of your face and contouring it to that specific shape. The more simple way is by using bronzer and a highlighter to frame your face. You put the bronzer right under your cheekbone, the sides of your nose, the tip of your nose, and around the edge of your forehead. Then you apply the highlighter on your cheekbone, sides of your mouth, your chin, the top of your nose, and middle of your forehead.



When applying lipstick you always want it to stay on longer, well here is a way that can help your lips stay on for hours! First, clean off your lips to make sure nothing is on them, like dry skin or excess makeup. Then, apply a little bit clear chapstick to add moisture to your lips. After that is done use a makeup sponge or your finger to spread around the clear chapstick. Use a beige eyeliner or a lipliner pencil to shape the outer side of your lips. This will prevent leaking from the lipstick. Then apply the lipliner pencil that you want to use with your lipstick. After that is done you may apply the color you want on your lips. Lastly, gently place a tissue over your lips and dab clear powder into the tissue to get on your lips!

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The last trick I am going to tell you is about eyebrows. Eyebrows are one of the most important elements that makeup your face, so why not make them look perfect! An important tip is to make sure you use a powder and not a pencil because the powder makes them more natural looking. First, you want tweeze them to get any unwanted hair, then start by drawing a line on the bottom of your eyebrow. Make sure you are going in the shape of your eyebrows. Then draw a line above to in the shape of your brow. Lastly, blend and fill your eyebrows in, than BAM perfect eyebrows. (Always use an angled brush when applying powder)

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Garlic Parmesan Yellow Squash Chips


For a easy, healthy alternative to boring old potato chips with only 80 calories per serving, here’s a recipe:


  • 4 yellow squash (small to medium), sliced into ¼-inch to ½-inch rounds
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup panko crumbs
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • cooking spray (I use Organic Olive Oil by Pam)
  • Serve with Non-Fat Plain Yogurt


  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine squash, olive oil, salt and pepper; mix until well combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine panko crumbs, Parmesan cheese, oregano, and garlic powder.
  5. Dip slices of squash in cheese mixture and coat on both sides, pressing on the coating to stick.
  6. Place the squash in a single layer on the previously prepared baking sheet.
  7. Lightly spray each slice with cooking spray. This will help with achieving a crunchier texture.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes; rotate pan and continue to bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until chips are golden brown.
  9. Remove from oven and serve with a dollop of Non-Fat Plain Yogurt.

Nutrition: Serving size: ½ cup (if served as an appetizer/starter) Calories: 80 Fat: 8 grams


Are Leggings Considered Pants?

A recent debate in the fashion world is whether leggings are considered pants or not. From arguments on fashion websites or even Facebook pages that are trying to ban the use of them, a lot of people are feeling pretty emotional about the subject. They are deemed unprofessional and sloppy looking and even celebrities are criticized for wearing them.

Pants, as a definition is, “an outer garment covering each leg separately and usually extending from the waist to the ankle —usually used in plural” (Merriam-Webster). So therefore leggings must be considering pants, although they do sometimes come in Capri form. Even since they are tight, they still fit the definition, because after all, a tight shirt is still in fact a shirt.

They are a very comfortable alternative to pants, if you wear them under the right circumstances. Whether you’re going to class or to the gym, or even running errands, it is appropriate so wear them. They are comfortable enough to sit in for hours on end and pair well with most things; they even come in a variety of patterns and colors, but it’s usually better to just stick to a solid black or gray.

Leggings are still very inappropriate to wear somewhere professional. No one should ever be caught wearing them to a job interview or somewhere else where impressing would be done. They might make your butt look good, but that’s isn’t what will be getting you a job.

So in all, they should be a staple in every college girl’s closet, unless they’re see-through of course. Although these are a great essential item, try not to wear them every day, and please for everyone’s sake, try to stay away from ones that are the same color as your skin tone.

Here are some ways to wear them the right way:


Interview: Great Hair Tips, Tricks & Trends with Ida DiMichelle

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Ida DiMichelle is the owner of Salon West Endz. She is sharing a few tips, tricks, and trends for hair. Ida has been working in this field since she was eighteen. She started out at a salon in Drexel Hill, PA called Cuz & Company, and than she decided to make her own in West Chester, PA called Salon West Endz. She has been in West Chester for about 6 years now. It is middle to an upper class salon. Many of the clients there share great bonds with many of the hairdressers and workers. You get a very nice, warm feeling when you come in; with lots of welcome from the hairdressers and workers. Ida knows inside and out of all different ways to treat, cut, and color your hair. Here are some of her tips that you can take with you:

  1. What tips can you give people to make their hair more bouncy?
    1. First tip that I would recommend, that is also the simplest would be get a trim because it will get rid of the split ends and damaged hairs. Another easy one would be to use some kind of oil is Moroccan oil. That can give nutrients to your hair that will help it be less dry. Another oil that is good for your hair would be almond oil. The fatty acids in almond oil are a fantastic moisturizer. Lastly, try to always take a proper shower. The best is through colder shower, but you can also use tricks like avoiding plastic combs because they can make your hair have static and damaged ends. When using conditioner leave it in for at least ten minutes to really soak into your hair.
  2. What ways can people do simple hairstyles in a short amount of time?
    1. First one would be to use a blow dryer with a round brush and curl your ends with it. Make sure to always use heat protection and you could always add in a volume control cream. This one can be tricky but if you practice you will get better. I find a lot of different tricks and tips on Pinterest. That website teaches me more tricks than I even know! There is a lot of cute ways to do braids, ponytails, buns, and half up half down hairstyles on Pinterest. My favorite hair accessory is bobby pins. Always have a pack of them because they can make your hair look so cute with 2 minutes. They are great for putting your hair half up and half down and for adding accent pieces like a braid on the side or your head.
  3. Do you know any DIY hair tips to make your hair healthier?
    1. First I would say use some home remedies, and they are by applying something with a lot of protein in it, which is like eggs, yogurt and honey. You can find a lot of different tricks using some of these products, especially online. You want to apply it all you’re your hair and especially your ends, the longer you keep it in the better.
  4. What trends for spring 2015 are in for hairstyles?
    1. Boho ways
      1. Boho ways is a big one that has been coming up. If you want to try an easy way it would be to French braid your hair down the middle at night and sleep on it. Another way that makes it look like real boho waves would be by using a curling iron. The size that is best for this look would be a 1inch to 1and ¼, depending on the length of your hair. After your done curling it run your fingers or a wide-tooth comb through your hair and add a touch of hairspray.
    2. Long tails
      1. Long tails are just pony long ponytails. They are very cute and can wear them casually or even going out. The best way is to tease the crown of your head, or top half, and then gently brush it back into a ponytail. It adds great volume and a nice and different look for when you go out.
    3. Braids and twists
      1. This kind of hairstyle you can go pretty much anywhere with. It looks really nice when you add some little braids in your hair and pin them back. You can even make the braid look like a headband. There are a lot of tips for this hairstyle on Pinterest.
    4. Big buns
      1. The easiest way to create a big bun would be by using a sock or some kind of doughnut shaped item. That would be the simplest way, or you could put your hair in a ballerina bun and push some of it out to make it look better and then clean it up by using some bobby pins.
    5. Big blowouts
      1. This style is becoming more popular. How you complete this style is by using a blow dryer and a round brush. After your hair is almost dry, you want to go back to the roots of your hair with the blow dryer and brush and use the round brush to pick up some of your hair. After you pick up the hair you add the heat from the blow dryer and the hold the brush at the top of your head for about 5 to 10 seconds then let it go and repeat. This is what adds the volume to big blowouts.
    6. Using materials in your hair
      1. This is becoming more popular to teens and young adults by adding flower headbands or little fake flowers into braids. It just adds something cute in your hair.
    7. What hair colors are in for spring 2015?
      1. Dark reds
        1. A lot of people have wanted dark reds because it is not to dramatic in color if you have brown hair. It adds a touch of color with some different tones.
      2. Dark brunettes
        1. This is kind of like the Kardasian’s hair color. It is a very dark brown. This color is very sleek and sexy.
      3. Carmel blondes
        1. Instead of having that platinum blonde a lot of people are going for a more natural blonde. It makes the hair less damaged than platinum blonde does and add a lot more tones and movement to your hair.
      4. Balayage highlights
        1. This is a new technique that a lot of salons are using. Instead of the usual highlights and foils you use plastic wrap to cover your hair. When the hairdresser puts on the bleach it is more of where you want blonde tones to be, like in the front of your face. With this look you do not have to go every 4 to 6 weeks to get your highlights done. The way it is placed in your hair makes it look natural and without roots.

Spring Trend: How to Wear Fringe

Fringe has come along way since its first mainstream look on your everyday cowboy who sported some sweet chaps; it is now a staple for your wardrobe this spring. The 70’s are definitely in full swing, but instead of drowning in a full fringe outfit while simultaneously looking like your going to western themed costume party, there are a few easy ways to incorporate tassel inspired statement pieces  into your wardrobe that will keep you on trend.

Fringe Shoes

Fringe is all the rage in shoe stores everywhere, from cute spring booties to strappy sandals. A little side or front fringe will go along way  in accentuating your shoe. Plus you can stay extra trendy and buy a suede pair to go along with the 70’s  fringe.

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Another fun piece to mix into your spring wardrobe is a fringe skirt. Anything from a fringe layered mini to a pencil skirt that reveals skin from the knee down, in the form of fringe of course. Varieties are endless in the skirt department, and any color will do. Added perk: fringe swaying in the wind while you walk somehow makes you feel outrageously amazing. Image from

Fringe Purse

If your not into wearing the fringe but you still wanna stay on trend, sticking with a simple purse that has fringe accents will work wonders. Plus suede fringe bags come in array of colors, to add a pop of color to any spring outfit.

How to get the Perfect Selfie (Célfie)

Todays “trend” of the selfie has had a huge impact on how we take pictures and who knows how long they will be here, so why not learn to perfect them so long as they still exist! There are key rules to achieving the “perfect” selfie and here is where you will find them. These tips might just be what you need to catch the eye that cute boy on Instagram who you play “like tag” with (note: like tag is when you like a person’s picture on Instagram and they like yours back and so on until you get each others number… and then fall in love). So let’s get started! Tip one of taking the perfect selfie is SUN. To obtain the best selfie possible avoid artificial lighting, your light source should be above eye level, anything below that will result in an unnatural and unflattering look (YIKES). The preferable time to use natural lighting is around sunrise or sunset; it leaves you with a red warm glow that compliments any complexion.

Our second tip is to find the right angles that compliment your face the best. Holding your phone or camera of choice above eye level results in a slimmer jaw line, but not to high, doing so results in an elongated nose, enlarged forehead and zeroing in on those pesky eye bags (Don’t worry, staying up and watching 90210 on Netflix until an un-godly time was SO worth it last night). If you cannot find the perfect angle, why not create them by contouring. Contouring is the art of shading and highlighting to bring out or lessen features). When contouring you should focus right below your cheeks, towards your temples and ears for the most successful and flawless look. The third tip to taking that perfect selfie is ditching the filters! You don’t need to add 1930’s Dust Bowl to your selfie in order to create that look you have been searching for. The piece de resistance to the ultimate selfie is … practice! Who would have thought that the old saying “practice makes perfect” would apply to my daily instagram post? Well, anyway, I hope these tips have helped any of you ladies out there searching for that perfect “recipe” for the perfect selfie.

A trendy teen sporting a célfie t-shirt

Review: Coconut Oil

The coconut is among the world’s most versatile fruit, or the more technical term, drupe. A quick google search, will show you upwards of a hundred different ways to utilize coconut in your everyday life. While sipping on its water for hydration purposes and cooking with it in the kitchen are great, using coconut oil directly on your body is currently becoming the biggest thing. As a woman who has been coconut oils biggest fan for the last year, I am thrilled its many uses are catching on among people everywhere, but it is important to know which uses are worth trying.

When starting your journey, choosing the right kind of coconut oil is most important(if you raid kitchen like it did be sure to check the label). An organic unrefined coconut oil is your best bet, to get all the benefits; it is the most pure kind. As far as the benefits go, the options are almost limitless. But a general guideline to follow is basically if at any time you feel any part of your body is slightly dry and lifeless just rub some coconut oil on it.

After trying many brands of coconut oil, I recommend Dr. Bronner’s Magic “ALL-ONE!” for skin care; especially for use on your face. Those who frequently use coconut oil swear by its health benefits on acne prone skin, although it is not recommended for severe cases, those with the occasional  hormonal breakout can really benefit. Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and moisturizing so its seemingly the perfect thing to wash your face with. Plus those of you who, like me, truly believe that mainstream acne-stopping-face washes are the reason you still have breakouts will be settled by its au-natural appeal.

Washing you face with coconut oil may seem strange at first and if common sense is not your first language, you may find yourself in the impossible act of rubbing your face with water and oil; plus the added effect of black mascara running down oil stricken checks. But the point of washing your face with coconut oil is to not write off your usual cleanser but instead use them together; otherwise known as double cleansing. its important to thoroughly clean you face first then massage the oil into your skin, slightly rinse and pat dry leaving some on your skin.

At first, it may seem strange to have an oily residue on your skin after washing you face but it will take the place of your daily moisturizer and yes eventually it does dry. After a few weeks of this daily routine, I did notice a change in the amount of breakouts I had weekly, as well as a change in my skins overall appearance. As far as moisture goes, and the coconut oil wash pretty much brought all the life back into my skin especially after a harsh winter. It also faded acne marks, and healed existing pimples quicker than normal. While I still do have some breakouts, my skin is much better than usual, and I am much happier sticking to a natural option rather than drowning in mainstream acne washes than strip your skin of its natural oils. Coconut oil is really an all-in- one product, that is worth every penny. 

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