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These are ugly. I wish people would stop wearing them.


I understand that some people still aren’t over the whole cowboy boots thing, which is fine. Sometimes it takes a while to let go. But all things in moderation, people. Rain boots and cowboy boots are not supposed to mix. They come from different worlds.

I feel about these boots the same way I feel about peanut butter flavored ice cream: it’s not right. Ice cream is sweet. Peanut butter is salty. Ice cream is cold. Peanut butter is room temperature. Who had the bright idea to mix those two properties?

I blame the drought on people who wear boots like these. Stop disturbing the rain gods.


GBF wears short shorts! Actually… that’s not true. I don’t wear shorts. I used to wear shorts. But I also used to think Britney Spears was a wholesome role model, Pluto was a planet and Duke was a respectable institution of higher learning.

And those sentiments are obviously shot to hell.

But, the more I shop, the more I notice all the spring collections rolling in. And most of you out there do wear shorts. So, let’s talk about ’em!


I’ll be honest with you, boys and girls. I can’t stand J. Crew. Really. Every time I see it, I’m bombarded with images of pastel colored frat stars dancing in my head.

But, I will hand it to you, J. Crew. These ain’t half bad. They’re a good way to wear short shorts without being– er — inappropriate. They’re definitely classy, and they come in lots and lots of bright, summery colors.


I know, I know. These Urban Outfitters high-waisted shorts are a little daring. But if you feel like breaking down all denim shorts barriers, these are the way to go. And if you have a little tummy problem, the high waistline does wonders. But, they also work if you have a teeny tiny waist and a big booty. They highlight all the right places. Ooo la la.


Bermuda, Bahama, come on, pretty mamma. If short shorts aren’t for you, you can still let a little leg show with Bermuda shorts. This American Eagle pair is perfect. They should hit you just above the knee so they don’t fall into capri pant territory. And the best part? You won’t constantly be pulling them down so that your thighs don’t rub together (ouch).


If you can wear these American Apparel hot shorts and pull them off, I will seriously consider bulldozing my house and building a monument to you in its place. Honestly. I’m not worthy. I saw them in an Am App store this week, and I was sick with jealousy of all of those who can rock them. So, please. If you can wear them, e-mail me a picture and you will be the new GBF star.

All hail.

Name that movie:

“Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.”

I love Mean Girls as much as the next oh-my-God-this-is-SO-my-high-school girl, but this memorable Lohanian quote might not be is definitely not accurate.

As an RA (insert nerd-joke here), I saw a–um–variety of costumes on the much-anticipated evening. Pardon my French, but I saw slutty, skanky, raunchy and everything in between. And let me just say this: as a lover of all things fashion, I was not impressed.

Ladies, ladies, ladies. Halloween is a time to showcase your creativity. It’s the one day of the year when you can pull off literally anything you want to wear. Always wanted to wear a fluorescent pink wig? Please do! Haven’t acted out that Charlies Angels fantasy you’ve been cultivating for 3 1/2 years? By all means. Got a soft spot for Edie Sedgwick? Why not show it off today? But Halloween does not, under any circumstances, mean that you must feel social pressure to pull a B. Spears and give us all a below-the-belt flash.

A DISCLAIMER ON THIS STATEMENT: We have all been there! Well, most of us, at least. I know I certainly have. It was not until this year that I reached this much-needed epiphany. In fact, just last year I was roaming Franklin St. with the rest of the risque parade. But, it’s never too late to change. I give you all a great deal of credit; not only as GBF readers, and not only as UNC students, but as women. Men will find your originality, classy attitude and respect for yourself far more attractive than the bottom two inches of your–ahem–well, you get the picture.

Now, rarely do I put pics of my friends and/or myself on the ol’ blog. But, just for fun, here’s what stir-crazy RAs do when they’re only allowed to go out for an hour and one of them just bought a new camera:



Oh, and in case you didn’t get it: I was not a wood nymph, nor was I Eve, nor was I A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I was a tree. DUH.

Here’s what I love most about North Carolina weather: when it’s the end of October and still a sweltering 85 degrees, we all drag our feet around campus, whining and complaining that it’s not fall yet. “It’s so gross outside,” we moan as our hair obnoxiously waves in ways we didn’t think were possible for a normal, breathing (barely) human being.

Then, all of the sudden, it’s 35 degrees during our morning walk to class. Oh, but that’s just not good enough for us. Now it’s “freezing.” You know you do it, too. You know you sit there shakin’ in your Ugg boots when the afternoon temperature reaches a frigid 65 degrees. Let’s not lie to ourselves.

But, there’s one thing we have to look forward to– other than chipping off the icicles forming in our freshly showered locks.



This is one of my favorite trends for the fall. I remember when we got these slouchy beanies from Urban Outfitters in the fashion closet when I was working at JANE this summer.

I seem to recall slipping the purple one on my head and staring at its cable-knit-goodness in the mirror for hours on end. Then I remember putting it on a brown, fuzzy teddy bear and crowding around a quaint little table for some afternoon darjeeling with my closest friends, Mr. Giraffe and Mrs. Bunny Rabbit Hop Hop.

That was fun.


There are a few things I love about these hats:

1. Greasy hair day fix. We all have them. Live it. Love it. Work it.

2. They’re so MK (see previous post).

3. Cheap cheap cheap. The hats are around 20 bucks at Urban and probably even cheaper at vintage prices. And if you don’t love vintage, it’s time to click that little “X” in the upper right hand corner of your screen. I’m just kidding please stay. Seriously I’m sorry I take it back. You know I can’t stay mad at you, look at that face.

Finding an ensemble fitting for North Carolina weather often entails more than just matching your belt to your shoes.

Chilly mornings and blazing afternoons are not uncommon as the summer months dwindle, leaving students in a bind when dressing for class.

“I hate it, because I like to wear sandals,” said Cameron McClain, a sophomore from Greensboro.

“I know it’ll get warmer, so I wear sandals in the morning. But, then my toes get cold,” he said.

Andrea Blanford, a sophomore journalism major from Pinehurst, agreed with McClain.

“I can never decide if I want my arms to be cold or my legs,” she said.

“You have to decide if you’re going to wear short sleeves and long pants or long pants and short sleeves.”

The weather certainly can be unpredictable, but there’s no need to give up hope for a practical, stylish outfit just yet.


Pic #1:

9:00 a.m.

A lightweight sweater over a short-sleeved T-shirt will block the morning wind during the walk to class. Stick with peep-toe flats or other shoes that give your toes a little bit of coverage.

Pic #2:

12: 30 p.m.

Push up your sleeves, cuff your jeans and switch up the scarf placement when it starts to warm up. Don’t forget to add some shades for the midday walk.

Pic #3:

4:30 p.m.

Loose the sweater to reveal a basic tee—a piece that can never go wrong. No one’s hair looks perfect all day long, so pull it back when it really starts to heat up.