1596884_806230462752868_6054760640731441224_oAs some of you may have realized, this past weekend I was invited to be a part of College Fashion Week Chicago! The event was hosted by Her Campus, and held at The Revel Downtown and featured clothing from Boohoo, an online fashion store based in the U.K. All the models were chosen via Instagram. Her Campus put out a casting call for girls to post a #selfie to enter their model search (mine), which really added to the show because it featured real girls of all shapes, sizes, and ethnicities.

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The first event of the weekend was a ‘Primping Party’ hosted by Bare Minerals at which we got our makeup done, saw the outfit we’d be modeling, and practiced strutting our stuff.

The next day, we arrived at The Revel for fittings, more practice, hair by TRESemmé , and fashion show makeup by Bare Minerals. Though the outfit I modeled wasn’t really my style, I loved getting a sneak peek into what life as a model would be like. Plus, sometimes it’s fun to get outside your comfort zone a little :)

The show featured 3 ‘scenes’, Imperial, Brooklyn Princess (mine), and Woodlanders. Between the shows, local performers entertained the audience – I didn’t get to see this part, but from what I heard, the audience loved it!_1480936

Overall it was an awesome experience. Got to see Chicago, meet a bunch of lovely ladies (including a fellow blogger, Morgan, of Mostly Morgan – she’s adorable), and got to not only attend, but participate in a fashion show (take that 30 Before 30!)gnotd

An unidentified man is being hailed as a hero for rushing into a burning building in Fresno, to rescue a senior citizen who was trapped inside. Beth Lederach, was able to record footage of the successful rescue. Lederach said the hero seemed to come from nowhere. The video shows the man walk into the smoke and flames. At one point, a crash or explosion sends other would-be rescuers fleeing, but not the hero, who emerges from the blaze with the 73-year-old man draped over his shoulder. Check out the full story and video here!

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I have such incredibly fond memories of picking pumpkins as a kid. We used to go to Lohrs Orchard to pick apples and pumpkins. My grandma used to love taking us there and challenging us to climb the trees to find the best apples :)

I think my most vivid pumpkin patch memory is actually of my brother. I’m not sure exactly what year this was, but I think he was about 6 years old. We took a hayride to the patch, scoured for the best pumpkins, and headed back to the store to pay. Upon arrival, Orion tossed his pumpkin off the side of the tracker (spoiler alert: this did not end so well). The pumpkin exploded. And Orion, lost it. He was beside himself. I don’t remember if we ended up having to pay for the destroyed pumpkin, but not even a pre-picked pumpkin could make him feel better._1480059

Dress: Thrifted (Similar) // Cardigan: Target // Boots: Modcloth // Belt: Thrifted // Hat: Threadsence (similar) // Scarf: H&M

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Do you have any fun/funny pumpkin patch memories?_1480079

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Wednesday marked the 40th anniversary of the Ronald McDonald House — a charity that provides temporary housing to families of sick children — and to celebrate, the organization launched a #Sockie campaign. The initiative called on people to buy Ronald McDonald’s iconic socks from the organization for $10 a pop and share a photo on social media using the hashtag #Sockie. Inspired by one of their own, Roslyn Talley, who has used the charity’s services, the Philadelphia Police Department allowed a one-day mass uniform violation, as the officers proudly displayed their silly stripes, Check out the adorable photos here.

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Last year was the first year I really did anything with Halloween makeup. Instead of a deer, I decided to try my luck at giraffe makeup. For this look, I used everyday makeup items and Neutrogena cleansing towelettes for cleanup.

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Most of the products I already had lying around. I grabbed a few extra things from Wal-Mart, including a new pack of those life saving Neutrogena cleansing towelettes I mentioned earlier.

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Remember that Youtube channel I said I was going to start months ago? I finally uploaded a new video to it – this time, showing off a really easy giraffe look for Halloween. Check out my Halloween look and see how I took part in the #NeutrogenaFaceOff challenge..

Now, it’s your turn! Show off your Halloween look and how you use Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes to remove your festive look for the #NeutrogenaFaceOff.

Are you dressing up for Halloween this year? What will you be?
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Melissa Vasquez, 28, lost control of her Chevrolet Cruze around 2 p.m. Monday, driving off the road east of San Jose, California, and tumbling hundreds of feet down a steep slope, ultimately coming to rest in a spot where the OnStar GPS system in her car couldn’t pinpoint her precise location. After spending 18 hours trapped in her car at the bottom of a 500-foot deep ravine, a California woman was rescued by officials Tuesday morning — thanks to an ingenious police officer and an app on her iPad. Technology really is a lifesaver! Check out this full story here.

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