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4.6 Billion in Federal College Grants: Know What's Up, So You Don't Miss Out!

Yesterday, the Federal Education Department created new grants for college students based on the kinds of courses the students took in high school. _"The grant program is also open to college juniors and seniors who maintain good grades and are pursuing a degree in math, science, engineering or foreign languages in high demand."_ "Read the Article"://www.cnn.com/2006/EDUCATION/05/03/college.grants.ap/index.html

Fashion Blog: Me, eating a hot dog, eyeing you....You, a beautiful bag

*Have you ever asked a stranger where they got their bag, shoes, shirt...?* I do it _all_ the time. *I don't think there's any shame in walking up to someone on campus and asking them.* I try to make it seem like more of a compliment than a _I-want-that-now!_ kind of a thing. Like, _"Wow, that is soooo cute! Where did you get it?_ Sounds really cheesy, but it gets the job done.
So I'm in a big food court the other day with my best friend and I see the coolest bag. It's a very large rectangular shoulder tote in a taupe canvas with a diamond stitching pattern. There's silver hardware and brown braided leather straps that criss-cross all over it. *_(If you know this bag please tell me!!!)_*

Kaavya Coverage: Official Statement from her "former" Publisher

_"Little, Brown and Company will not be publishing a revised edition of How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life by Kaavya Viswanathan, nor will we publish the second book under contract."_
I was in a bookstore in downtown D.C. the other day and saw copies of the book for sale _(they were supposed to be sent back to the publisher)_. A closer look showed that they were marked "Autographed Copies" so I opened one up. The bookstore had crossed out Kaavya's name and signed Megan McCafferty instead. *Harsh....but what do you think?*

4.6 Billion in Federal College Grants: Know What’s Up, So You Don’t Miss Out!

Yesterday, the Federal Education Department created new grants for college students based on the kinds of courses the students took in high school. _"The grant program is also open to college juniors and seniors who maintain good grades and are pursuing a degree in math, science, engineering or foreign languages in high demand."_ "Read the Article"://www.cnn.com/2006/EDUCATION/05/03/college.grants.ap/index.html

Fashion Blog: Me, eating a hot dog, eyeing you....You, a beautiful bag

*Have you ever asked a stranger where they got their bag, shoes, shirt...?* I do it _all_ the time. *I don't think there's any shame in walking up to someone on campus and asking them.* I try to make it seem like more of a compliment than a _I-want-that-now!_ kind of a thing. Like, _"Wow, that is soooo cute! Where did you get it?_ Sounds really cheesy, but it gets the job done.
So I'm in a big food court the other day with my best friend and I see the coolest bag. It's a very large rectangular shoulder tote in a taupe canvas with a diamond stitching pattern. There's silver hardware and brown braided leather straps that criss-cross all over it. *_(If you know this bag please tell me!!!)_*

Kaavya Coverage: Official Statement from her "former" Publisher

_"Little, Brown and Company will not be publishing a revised edition of How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life by Kaavya Viswanathan, nor will we publish the second book under contract."_
I was in a bookstore in downtown D.C. the other day and saw copies of the book for sale _(they were supposed to be sent back to the publisher)_. A closer look showed that they were marked "Autographed Copies" so I opened one up. The bookstore had crossed out Kaavya's name and signed Megan McCafferty instead. *Harsh....but what do you think?*

The Kaavya Controversy: What Went Down and When

As many of you may have read on our site or seen in the news, our book of the month, *How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life, has been pulled from bookstores nationwide due to suspicions of plagiarism*. Because of this, we will not be able to continue with our subscriber giveaway, however, this controversy has brought up many interesting discussions and comments _(thanks to you!)_ and we will continue to follow this developing story. And keep checking the site for a new reader giveaway very soon! Meanwhile, we created a timeline to get you up to speed on the very latest. *Here are the facts:*
19-year-old Kaavya Viswanathan publishes her first novel, How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life. She received a two-book deal from Little, Brown and Co. when she was seventeen with an advance of almost half a million dollars. Dreamworks options the book for a future movie.
Kaavya speaks to UChic's, Exec Editor, Stacy about her favorite writers, her experience at Harvard and "why she was inspired to write the book"://www.universitychic.com/taxonomy/term/58 . Fans of author, Megan McCafferty, read Kaavya's book and notice similarities to two of McCafferty's works: Sloppy Firsts, published in 2001 and Seconds Helpings, published in 2003. Soon after, the Harvard Crimson publishes *a side-by-side comparison of passages* from the books.
Kaavya releases a statement saying she had unintentionally internalized McCafferty work and that she was sorry.McCafferty's publisher rejects Kaavya's apology. They say they have documented more than 40 similar passages between the books. Little, Brown and Co. releases a statement defending Kaavya.
The plan is to keep the first 100,000 copies in circulation, but start work immediately on a revised edition sans similarities.
Kaavya is interviewed by Katie Couric on the "Today Show"://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12521477/ and apologizes for unintentionally borrowing some of McCafferty's material.
Dreamworks drops the movie project. Little, Brown and Co. requests that all books be pulled from bookstores and returned.

Weekend Buzz: A New Magazine called Blueprint

I'm living in a house right now and since the weather is getting warmer, I'm really getting into planting flowers, going to the farmer's market and refinishing pieces of furniture.... _I'm hoping it's just a phase._ Anyway, that's why I quickly snatched up the premier issue of Blueprint, a new magazine from Martha Stewart. I know what you're thinking now...a magazine dedicated to pruning your rosebush. But it's not like that. There are makeup features, fashion tips and lots of cool and trendy ideas for home decor. I particularly liked learing how to make a purse out of a silk scarf. _No, I'm not lying._

The Generation GAP: It's not the store.....it's you.

Catching up on the news this morning, I came across an article blasting the GAP. Now I hate their floppy hats as much as the next girl, but that wasn't the complaint. The writer recalls a 'charmed' era when pairing square-toed black ankle boots with a pair of stretchy black pants was the foundation of a good outfit. *Hang on...I'm confused.*
I'll agree with her that the GAP's denim selection has gone downhill and that I'm not always thrilled about the new season's top colors. But the fashion industry is about evolution. Even if it ends up becoming a cycle, you have to go with it...not get stuck on one certain style. Today's look isn't boring, it's about new silhouettes and unusual color combos. She should head over to Forthe & Towne and *leave the GAP for the casually avant-garde twenty-somethings it was designed for.* "Read the Article"://www.slate.com/id/2137794/

New Daily Fashion Blog! - Bringing Home My New Baby

Any of my friends will tell you, and if you read enough of these fashion blog posts you will learn... *I'm a clutch girl.* Now don't get me wrong, I have a lot of bags. But when it comes to clutches, I will break the bank. It is rare for me to spend a lot of money on a big bag or purse. Growing up, I hated the idea of carrying a purse. I like carrying my wallet, cell phone and my keys...that's it. But when I saw this bag in Lucky, there was no hesitation. *I love this bag!* It's a new addition to the Cole Haan G Series and it's also a new addition to my closet! Made from nubuk leather with white crocodile trim, rope detail, and gold carabiner hardware...talk about a genius combination.

UChic Book Buzz: How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life

There's new buzz since this was published regarding parts in the book that are supposedly similar to parts in Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty, published in 2001. Us girls at UChic are very interested to see how this all shakes down. So we've got Exec Editor, Stacy on the case. Stace, who reviewed Kaavya's book, has decided to read Sloppy Firsts for herself to see what's up.
*Hear From Kaavya Herself:* UChic's own Stacy Hinojosa spoke with Kaavya about the book, her studies at Harvard and most importantly, what she loves to do for fun. *Read about her own experience applying to Harvard, her favorite handbag* _(Chanel)_ *and much, much more!* "Read the Interview"://www.universitychic.com/taxonomy/term/58

New Daily Fashion Blog - Cargo Shorts and Heels for Summer!

I just ordered these whiskey-colored T-straps by Seychelles. I love that they are sandal-like but still closed toe. These will look great wtih long denim shorts, skinny jeans, flowy skirts and maybe even with baggy cargo shorts! All in all, a good summer shoe, but still a very high heel. I still need to find that great pair of cute summery flats.

UChic's New Daily Fashion Blog!

_"You're not stupid because you love fashion. I think a lot of people do get grief for it and I hope other women can relate and can learn to embrace it and be proud of it. There needs to be more of us out there. There's nothing wrong with it. So what if I like my shoes?"_ *- Julie K. L. Dam author of Some Like It Haute*

Shoes Imitate Art....and I love them.

I was in an art museum the other day, staring at a Matisse postcard when it hit me. _I have shoes that look like this._ I was skeptical. _No, they can't look exactly like this, I'll have to go home and check._ But a quick glance into my closet confirmed it...I invest in fashion like other people invest in art.
*I haven't always been so obsessed with shoes, handbags, jewelry, et al.* There was a time when the majority of my clothes had an Old Navy label and that was fine with me. But now I need to insure my closet...protect my investments. The e.zues clutch, the new Cole Haan, the co. & co. top and the Rubber Ducky skirt....this could go on. *Check back daily for updates on what's in the closet*, what's leaving the closet and most importantly, the new things going into the closet. I'm going to embrace my love of fashion. _I'm no dummy....I just love my shoes!"_

UChic Music Buzz: Check Out Zero 7...if you're in a new age kinda mood

Simple Things by Zero 7 is a refreshingly cool collection of unique and meditative tracks. If you're into jazz, new age, or trip hop then you should check out this album. It's not new or anything...it's just good. Listen to it while driving _(to keep your road rage in check)_ or while doing yoga poses or even while sleeping. But don't wear headphones while sleeping.....or driving. I'd imagine that they wuld get in your way while doing yoga poses too. Pretty much, you need to invest in some speakers.
*Get Your Hands On*: "In The Waiting Line - Zero 7"://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005R5M6/sr=8-1/qid=1145659897/ref=pd_bbs_1/104-5191227-0756746?%5Fencoding=UTF8

UChic’s New Daily Fashion Blog!

_"You're not stupid because you love fashion. I think a lot of people do get grief for it and I hope other women can relate and can learn to embrace it and be proud of it. There needs to be more of us out there. There's nothing wrong with it. So what if I like my shoes?"_ *- Julie K. L. Dam author of Some Like It Haute*

Shoes Imitate Art....and I love them.

I was in an art museum the other day, staring at a Matisse postcard when it hit me. _I have shoes that look like this._ I was skeptical. _No, they can't look exactly like this, I'll have to go home and check._ But a quick glance into my closet confirmed it...I invest in fashion like other people invest in art.
*I haven't always been so obsessed with shoes, handbags, jewelry, et al.* There was a time when the majority of my clothes had an Old Navy label and that was fine with me. But now I need to insure my closet...protect my investments. The e.zues clutch, the new Cole Haan, the co. & co. top and the Rubber Ducky skirt....this could go on. *Check back daily for updates on what's in the closet*, what's leaving the closet and most importantly, the new things going into the closet. I'm going to embrace my love of fashion. _I'm no dummy....I just love my shoes!"_

UChic Music Buzz: Check Out Zero 7...if you're in a new age kinda mood

Simple Things by Zero 7 is a refreshingly cool collection of unique and meditative tracks. If you're into jazz, new age, or trip hop then you should check out this album. It's not new or anything...it's just good. Listen to it while driving _(to keep your road rage in check)_ or while doing yoga poses or even while sleeping. But don't wear headphones while sleeping.....or driving. I'd imagine that they wuld get in your way while doing yoga poses too. Pretty much, you need to invest in some speakers.
*Get Your Hands On*: "In The Waiting Line - Zero 7"://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005R5M6/sr=8-1/qid=1145659897/ref=pd_bbs_1/104-5191227-0756746?%5Fencoding=UTF8

Five and Counting: Wedding Season is Upon Us…..

Five close friends/relatives of mine are getting married this summer, which poses the question... *"When you're in college or just graduated, how do you afford lots of wedding gifts?"* There are the engagement parties, bridal showers, the wedding itself...it can really add up, especially when you multiply it by five.
The fact is, I would love to get all of my friends an expensive gift or even just a gift from their registry. But I can't always afford it. I just got an invitation telling me that *my friend is registered at Bed, Bath and Beyond, Pottery Barn, Williams - Sonoma and Z Gallerie. What about Target??* And how do you justify spending an obscene amount of money on a new handbag or pair of shoes, when you "can't" even buy your friend a toaster oven? *Wedding season is here....How do you give gifts?*

Entertainment Buzz: TomKitten Has Arrived….Is that entertaining?

In celebrity news, *Katie Holmes gave birth to a girl yesterday* _(Tom Cruise is the father for those of you who might have recently come out of a coma)_ and named her *Suri*. The name has origins in Hebrew and supposedly means princess. I kinda like the name, but it wasn't what I expected from them. Of course, I never really saw the whole couch jumping scenario coming either, so I guess I shouldn't really be surprised.

Site Buzz: There's Always Free Shipping At HoldEverything.com

"!http://www.universitychic.com/files/hold.jpg!"://www.holdeverything.com "HoldEverything.com"://www.holdeverything.com is a site where you can find just what you need to....hold everything. The prices aren't always blue-light special worthy, but the items are quality and they always have a good amount of their merchandise on sale _(not to mention their free shipping section!)_. Trust me, there is no better way to make your apartment go from "dorm room chic" to "out of a pottery barn catalog" than to just stuff your junk in some pretty boxes and baskets. I can browse this site for hours. But if you see something you love...act on it! I'm still reeling over a desk I wanted for months that's no longer available. "Check It Out"://www.holdeverything.com