A Hoya’s Guide to Last-Minute Costumes

 

Last Minute Costumes

The greatest day of the year is almost upon us! That’s right Hoyas — in just a few short hours campus will be overrun with ghouls, goblins and other more creative costumes. If you’re planning on taking part in the #debauchery (and who wouldn’t be?) then a great costume is more necessary than a double shot of espresso during finals.

However, given the hectic past few weeks of midterms, parents‘ weekend and Homecoming, many of you may find yourselves in a costume-less predicament. If your lack of a costume is starting to worry you, and you’re actually considering not partaking in all the festive fun, then have no fear! 4E is here with a guide for some last-minute costumes that are somewhat creative and fairly easy to put together.

A Charlie Brown Halloween: If you’ve never seen this classic then you’re definitely missing out! Nothing screams Halloween quite like a ghost costume made out of a sheet with a bunch of holes. You might even receive some rocks when you go trick-or-treating on Embassy Row. For this look, all you need is a white sheet and a Sharpie or black construction paper to make it look like it’s covered in holes. Bonus points if you walk around with a rock all night saying “I got a rock” to anyone you see.

Koala and Tree: Looking for the perfect couple costume for you and your significant other? Or do you just have a really tall roommate and only couple costumes work with your height difference (the struggle is real)?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, then this is the costume for you! For the koala look, rock your best groutfit, throw on some animal ears and paint your nose a la the classic animal-for-Halloween look. For the tree, wear green on top and brown on bottom, and feel free to get creative with your use of leaves and branches to authenticate the look. Such accessories can be found all over Healy Lawn because it’s fall.

Shackers/Walk of Shamers/Stride of Priders: This costume is super easy because you actually put effort into looking as disheveled as possible. No need to flawlessly reapply makeup and style hair to achieve this look! I recommend getting ready and then taking a nap before you join in on the fun so you look as disorderly as possible. Before heading out, just throw an oversized shirt on over an undersized dress and feel free to accessorize as you see fit! Grab some sunglasses and heels to carry around. Dudes can do this too: Pour various colored drinks on your wrinkled and torn button up, throw on some sunglasses and one shoe.

“God’s Gift to Men/Women”: So you think you’re pretty great, huh? Yeah, well why not dress yourself as a present with a bow and attach a gift tag that says “To: Men/Women. From: God”.  Basically you can use this holiday as an excuse to show off just how awesome you think you are really are.

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#Basic: Need some inspiration for this look? Look no further than Red Square between class times. You’re sure to see some fellow Hoyas rocking the flannel-infinity scarf/vest/riding boots combination! Replicate their outfits, find a Starbucks cup and write PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte for you non #Basics) on it and go around saying things like “Which Instagram filter do you think I should use?”

The 99 percent versus The 1 percent:  This costume can be perfectly executed with just two people and minimal effort. Find yourself a friend in the MSB or someone with some spiffy business professional attire to be the 1 percent and dress up like the 99 percent by dressing as casually as possibly (yes, groutfits are acceptable). Make signs saying “I’m the __ percent” like in the picture below and you’ll absolutely kill it!

“When Life Gives You Lemons”: Step one: obtain a white shirt. Step two: write “LIFE” on your white shirt. Step three: carry around a bowl of lemons. BAM! A Halloween costume that required so little effort it’s ridiculous.

Royal Babies: Draw your inspiration from the greats and have a very royal Halloween. Grab two other friends and dress as Blue Ivy, North West and Prince George. You can go for the actual looks of these famous toddlers or go for a looser interpretation. Costumes could include an all blue outfit with fake ivy or leaves as accessories, a compass made out of cardboard pointing northwest or a British flag and a crown.

“One Night Stand”: This one really isn’t easy to make and definitely requires more effort than the rest, but it’s can be pretty hilarious. Use cardboard or some other sturdy material to put together a nightstand which you can wear around yourself.  Put a lampshade on your head and glue down some other bedside accessories like an alarm clock or picture frame.  Finally, enjoy the plentiful compliments your sure to receive on your creativity.

So there you have it, procrastinating Hoyas: A few costume suggestions to ensure that you have a very happy Halloween! Remember to take part in lots of #debauchery on this great holiday and stay safe.

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The 10 #Basic Commandments of Fall

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Fall is undoubtedly the greatest season of all: The leaves start to change colors, Starbucks releases its seasonal drinks and, of course, Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner. Naturally, the beautiful autumn backdrop and seasonal traditions lend themselves to the perfect Instagram (with the right filter), which is sure to rack up the likes. So really, it comes to no one’s surprise that fall is a  #basicgirl’s favorite season.

As you have most likely noticed, the #basic movement has definitely taken over the Hilltop as the aroma of artificially scented pumpkin everything fills the air and infinity scarves are in abundance. After noticing the trend, you may find yourself asking, “WOW! What can I to do to become more #basic?” If this applies to you, then we here at 4E have some answers, as we’ve compiled the 10 Commandments of Being #Basicinthefall.

1. Thou shall visit a pumpkin patch for the sake of a new profile picture (which thou shall delete if it does not get enough likes).

2. Thou shall go “apple picking” at least once and Instagram the entire excursion because thou shall always #doitfortheinsta.

3. Thou shall not pick more than three apples when “apple picking”, because excessive apple picking detracts from picture taking time.

4. Thou shall instill creativity in your Halloween costumes.

5. Thou shall honor the sacred combination of riding boots, vests and flannels and this shall be worn at least three times a week.

6. Thou shall purchase an abundance of fall scented Yankee Candles, for which your roommate will surely thank you.  Permitted scents include: Apple Pumpkin, Season’s Blessings, Cozy Sweater, November Rain and Autumn Wreath (and yes, these scents actually do exist).

7. Thou shall partake in an extravagant Friendsgiving feast … in your dorm.

8. Thou shall channel your inner Martha Stewart and try every fall related recipe on Pinterest for your aforementioned feast.

9. Thou shall go out of your way to crunch every dead leaf you encounter on your walks to and from class, which is sure to be a nuisance to all other passersby’s.

10. Thou shall spend at least half of your flex dollars at the Leavey Starbucks this season exclusively on Pumpkin Spiced Lattes and Salted Caramel Mochas.

So there you have it 4E readers, a whole set of #basicguidelines. Hopefully, it will help you embark on your #basicjourney to become a #basicHoya. Good luck!

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No Yates, No Problem!

avoidyatesThe leaves are beginning to change color, Halloween is quickly approaching, and the aroma of Pumpkin Spice Lattes fills the air around you, signifying one thing: it’s finally fall!  However, with all of the good comes the bad. Midterms are hitting us like a brick wall, summer tans are definitely fading and your motivation to make the trek to Yates is dwindling fast.  (Seriously though, at this point in the year I consider the stairs to Yates enough of a workout for an entire week…anyone else?). While 4E can’t really do very much to help with midterm struggles and paleness, we do have a few suggestions that should help our fellow Hoyas combat their workout woes.

First off, what many Hoyas fail to realize is that the treacherous journey to Yates really isn’t necessary. I mean who really says you have to go to Yates to exercise?  There are plenty of ways to incorporate a great, sweat-inducing workout into your daily schedule without even considering going to Yates.

Squats in Lab If you happen to be a science student then this workout is perfect for you!  You know how you waste hours of time standing on your feet while waiting for some chemicals you mixed together to react? Yeah?!  Well why not take advantage of that time and use it to work out?  Do a few sets of squats and you’ll definitely be feeling the burn the next day.  Everyone, including your TA, will be in such awe of your ingenuity that they’ll be begging you to let them participate next time.

Calories Burned: 111

Lunges Between Classes Lunges are a fantastic way to target your leg muscles, but why limit yourself to doing them at Yates?  Make use of your spare time between classes by lunging your way through campus!  Don’t worry about looking silly, seriously, no one will judge you for improving your fitness.  Plus, I’m sure a lot of people will move out of your way so you have ample space to work your legs which will help you get to class even faster!

Calories Burned: 98

Impromptu Dance Party:

Bored of studying?  Take a quick study break with this fun-filled workout!  Don’t be shy about busting out your best jazz hands or wop; the more intense, the better the workout.  While you can dance your heart out in the comfort of your room, we highly encouraged you to dance in public places like Lau 2.  Just think of all the people you could inspire with your incredible moves, trust me you’d be making the world a better place!

Calories Burned: 119

Grapevine Through Leo’s:

Have you ever noticed that the music in Leo’s is actually pretty great pump up music?  Well, it is and you should totally use it as motivation for this workout.  Casually grapevine your way from station to station as you begin the hunt for edible food.  Make sure you listen for the beat in the Leo’s playlist so your timing isn’t off, because that would be suuuuuper embarrassing.  By the time you actually find your food you’ll have worked up such an appetite from all the grapevine-ing that you’ll definitely be headed back for seconds!

Calories Burned: 82

Prancercise Through Campus: 

Looking for a great way to get in some cardio, but really hate running?  Then Prancercising is just for you!  According to Prancercise creator, Joanna Rohrback, all you need to do to is grab some ankle weights, play some of your favorite tunes, “stop talkin and do some walkin”.  Basically opting to Prancercise means you get to gallop around campus like a horse, totally functional and totally fun!

Calories Burned: 95

So there you have it, Hoyas!  With these great new exercises you may never have to make your way to Yates ever again.  Just complete the above exercises daily and you’ll be in the best shape of your life.  Total calories burned? 555. Satisfaction from avoiding Yates?  Priceless.

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So You Think You Can Snapchat? Try Pickle Instead

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Have you ever thought there is more to life than just being really, really, ridiculously good at Snapchatting? Are your snaps so witty and creative that your friends immediately screenshot and save them for their own personal entertainment? Do people know who you are because of your Snapchat prowess? We know you answered yes to the preceding questions.  So you agree? You think you’re really good at Snapchatting.

Luckily for you, the newest app, Pickle, will allow you to up your Snap game even more, which is kind of a big dill. It is, in essence, the Olympics of Snapchatting, making it the most exciting technological innovation since Facebook replaced Myspace.

Pickle allows you to create fun themed competitions for up to four users. Once all of the users submit their entries, the competition opens up and voting for the best Snap begins. Pickle has the potential to fulfill all of your wildest dreams as you can finally prove to everyone that you really are the greatest Snapchatter to ever exist (except if you lose). Given that the possibilities for competitions are seemingly endless, 4E decided to provide you with a few starting options:

Most Delicious Dining Option at Leo’s: Where do you even start, given the sheer number of appetizing choices Leo’s has to offer?  I mean have you seen the Leo’s website?  The pictures they post on there really do look pretty delicious, so I’m pretty sure you could snap something comparable given the right angle and lighting, right? (Well, maybe not. But it’s still worth a shot!)

Best Selfie with a Professor Taken During Class: This competition could really go in one of two directions. You could go with the stealthy approach where you take your snap without your professor even noticing. However, a more daring option would involve getting your professor to willingly participate in the debauchery. Could you imagine getting up in the middle of a packed lecture hall to personally request a selfie with your professor? That would hands down win any Pickle competition.

Most Stylish Outfit of the Day: Canadian tuxedos, Hawaiian shirts, turtle neck sweaters … Let your inner fashionista shine when you decide to partake in this competition! I’d even suggest mixing and matching your most stylish pieces to create one very fashion forward ensemble sure to win over the masses. I mean, why limit yourself to just jorts or just a sweater vest when you can easily rock both?

Best Georgetown-Themed Snap: Think you’ve got a lot of school spirit? Then why not show it off in this fun themed competition! Get a snap of you climbing the John Carroll statue while petting J.J. and eating a hot chick sandwich from Wisey’s and you’ll be a contender.

Most Awkward School Photo: This competition really has a special place in my heart, given my plethora of incredibly awkward school photos courtesy of my middle school years.  Braces? Check. Horrible haircut? Yup. Outfit that was super stylish for tweens circa 2006?  You know it. If your school photos from your awkward phase glory years meet this criteria, then you certainly have what it takes to win this battle!

So what are you waiting for, 4E readers? Go download Pickle and get your competitive Snap game on!

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A Crash Course in Cuddlr-ing

cuddlrguideIn 2012 the world witnessed the launch of Tinder, a groundbreaking new “dating app” that allowed users to connect with each other with a single swipe.  Coeds across college campuses found themselves captivated as they wasted hours upon hours of their lives scrolling through photos and making the quick decision between left and right swiping.  However, fingers soon began to tire and cramp from tedious Tinder-ing, emotions ran high from the rejection of not matching with a solid right-swipe and confusion arose as awkward messages were exchanged.  Such sentiments made it clear that a new innovation in dating apps was necessary.

The breakthrough presented itself in September of this year with the emergence of Cuddlr, an app which allows users to connect with one another in the hopes of finding a platonic cuddle buddy.  The app functions similarly to Tinder as it accesses your Facebook and allows you to scroll through potential matches while providing you with the option of sending other users “cuddle requests”.  If your potential match accepts your request, you are given the option to exchange messages and also view a map with the GPS location of one another.  We here at 4E took it upon ourselves to compile a list of the top 5 cuddle requests you should actually accept (because let’s face it, you won’t want to give your exact location to just anyone):

5. Bradley Cooper: This one made the list for pretty obvious reasons.  Bradley is a former Hoya, big time celeb and all in all pretty easy on the eyes.  He may live outside of the Cuddlr app vicinity for Georgetown, but hey a girl can always dream.

4. Jack the Bulldog: He’s cute, furry and pretty easy going.  Give this potential match a treat and he’ll cuddle right up to you…just make sure you watch out for his drool!

3. Your Roommate:  If you and your roommate are pretty inseparable then matching on Cuddlr is really just the next step in your relationship.  It’s convenient because you’re likely already in the same room, so travel arrangements won’t really be an issue as it could be with other potential matches.  Pull up your favorite show on Netflix and let the binge watching ensue (bonus points if it’s a shared account)!

2. Pumpkin Spice Latte:  It’s finally fall on the Hilltop, and what’s more in season than a steaming PSL to go along with your pumpkin scone and pumpkin scented candle collection?  Answer: Nothing.  Be honest, does anything really sound better than cuddling up with your favorite seasonal drink after a long day of classes?  That’s what I thought… #Basic

1. The Boyfriend Pillow:  This one speaks for itself.  It’s easily portable, incredibly comfortable, and it won’t complain when you insist on watching Rom-Com marathons…I mean could things get any better than this?!

Cuddle on, 4E readers!

Images and Gifs From: blog.travelbox.com, tumblr.com, and svetlanasevich.com

Confessions of a Confession Page Celeb

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If you follow Georgetown Confessions on Facebook, you may have noticed a trend in recent posts.  Over the past few weeks, there have been several confessions posted about a certain Georgetown cutie who seems to have caught the attention of students across campus.  While he may not be the biggest man on campus, he’s definitely the big man on campus at the moment.  For those of you still in the dark, I’m referring to 4E’s very own D.J. Angelini.

Now of course, you may find yourself asking, “Who is this D.J. Angelini and why is everyone posting about him?”  If such questions have been keeping you up late at night, you’ll be pleased to know that 4E has got you covered. I recently sat down with the man who inspires the confessions to get the exclusive scoop on what life is like as a self-proclaimed “big deal”.  So without further ado, D.J. Angelini …

 How are you handling your newfound fame?  

My newfound fame has definitely been exciting to say the least. My favorite moment was when I was walking in Lau and I overheard this freshman girl say, ‘Really? THAT’S the kid all of these confessions are about? SERIOUSLY!? HIM? I don’t agree…’ I would say that was a defining moment of my sophomore year so far.

 

 

Would you say these confessions are an accurate representation of yourself?

I think we can acknowledge all of these confessions are grossly overblown. I mean, one person wrote that my roommate was better looking than me! Obviously, I don’t agree with that one.

Any idea about who’s writing these confessions? Anything you’d like to say to them?

I have my suspicions about who’s writing these confessions. If I had to guess, it’s probably either the cleaning lady in Regents who roughly (but flirtatiously?) stabs me in the head with the back of her mop to wake me up when I’m taking naps in the wee hours of the morn. Or it’s the lady at Salad Creations who doesn’t charge me when I ask for extra croutons. Either way, I’d be happy. I guess I’d say to them that Georgetown Confessions is not a great way to compliment me. I mean, they only post every two weeks. I can’t wait that long. Just text me or something jeez!

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Do you consider yourself a big deal?

I’ve had five or six people anonymously mention my name in a rarely viewed Georgetown-specific Facebook page frequented by incoming freshmen and five kids studying in Lau on a Friday night. Wouldn’t you say that makes me a big deal?

So there you have it, straight from the Georgetown celeb himself. And for all you Tinder-ers out there, make sure to keep your eye out for D.J.!  He’s been crushing it lately with his right-swipe-to-match ratio (likely due to his new fame and awesome 4E articles).

Photos: Georgetown Confessions and Facebook courtesy of D.J. AngeliniGifs: blogspot.com, tumblr.com, wifflegif.com, likegif.com