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Sasha Cohen wins Silver, Arakawa wins the Gold

!http://www.universitychic.com/files/skate.jpg! *Shizuka Arakawa of Japan wins Olympic Gold in women's figure skating.* I actually used to be a competitive figure skater, _(but only on a _very_ local level, and only ever completing double jumps)_ , so I have a big interest in women's figure skating in the Olympics. I was actually still wanting Michelle Kwan to tough it out and compete. She actually might have been able to squeeze onto the podium with Sasha and Irina's mistakes. But with Kwan out of the picture, I was really behind Cohen. Unfortunately, Sasha had a really bad warm-up _(including an akward split fall on a triple loop)_ and she fell on her first jump, the triple lutz, which was supposed to be a three-jump combination. She also touched down both hands on her triple flip _(many people are calling it a fall...it was not)_. Favorite to win, Irina Slutskaya, shocked me when she doubled a jump and then fell on her triple loop. I still thought her performance was good enough for Silver, but Sasha's spirals and choreography trumped Irina, who ended up with the Bronze medal. Americans, Kimmie Meissner and Emily Hughes, who replaced Kwan at the last minute, finished sixth and seventh.

Book Buzz: Some Like It Haute comes out

"!http://www.universitychic.com/files/hott.jpg!"://www.universitychic.com/node/374 *Put down the fashion magazines* and click off of shopbop.com...there's something better! *Some Like It Haute*, a novel by Julie K.L. Dam *is available in bookstores now* and follows Alex, a down-to-earth magazine writer covering the major fashion shows in Paris. This book has everything too...exotic location, romance, mystery and intrigue, and of course....a glimpse into the fabulous world of the fashion elite. *Check out Executive Editor, Stacy Hinojosa's one-on-one with Haute author, Julie K. L. Dam.* "Read the Interview"://www.universitychic.com/node/374

Shorts For All Seasons

    Ah, the dreary middle of winter slump. Getting frustrated with the uniform of sweaters, jeans and Uggs? Tired of leggings under skirts? I feel your pain; fortunately the latest trend will remedy all of your winter wardrobe woes. Read More

Glossy Buzz: From the Publishers of Lucky Magazine

Does anyone else read this magazine religiously like I do? It's basically Lucky, for your room/dorm/apartment. *And it's fabulous.* I have used so many of their ideas. It approaches putting your room together the same way you would put together an outfit, with strong and classic basics, timeless designs, quality materials, funky/trendy accessories and lots of pizzazz. What i've always liked about Lucky is that a lot of the stuff the feature is actually affordable for a student income. Unlike major fashion mags like Vogue, Bazaar, et al, which only feature $600+ items. Domino is the same way. Sure, some stuff is a little out of reach, but I've actually purchased a lot of what I see in Lucky and Domino. And it doesn't mean I don't have a mind of my own, it simply means that *this is chic stuff...so check it out.*

Shoe Showdown…Spring against Winter

!http://www.universitychic.com/files/shoes.jpg! *It's a confusing time of year for fashion...* Stores are beginning to introduce *Spring* merchandise, but there was just a major *Winter* snow storm in New York right after Fashion Week which previewed next *Fall*. *It's enough to drive a girl crazy.* Should you buy these beautiful *Summery* sandals by Enzo Angiolini, or some puffy Lacoste snow boots? And add to the confusion that the boots are on clearance, but you probably won't wear them till next *Winter* ...These are things that keep you up at night. Oh yeah...and there's that whole school thing too.

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue….

!http://www.universitychic.com/files/candyhearts.jpeg! I have to be honest, I haven't had much time to write this week because I've been busy preparing for an interview with the author of *Some Like It Haute*! I've also been working long and hard on the Valentines newsletter, full of all things chic, as well as some exclusive online savings. If you want to get the newsletter, all you have to do is "become a UChic member"://www. *However, in light of Valentines Day, I did make a short list in what I am looking for in the perfect guy...I mean, job.* 1. Loyal - because job security is always nice, especially since right now I have none. 2. Attractive - good teeth...mine, aka: a handsome healthcare plan. 3. Giving - generous paycheck, always surprising me with little bonuses. 4. Sense of Humor - the watercooler chat is always witty and never dull. 5. Adventurous - always providing me with challenging and worthwhile assignments. *Happy Valentines Day!*

Go Sarah from Tennessee!

!http://www.universitychic.com/files/paris.jpg! *If you're here on the website to read the usual Monday column, My Life On Mondays*, _(Hi Mom.)_, then make sure to check back tomorrow for a special My Life on Tuesdays Valentines edition. In the spirit of everything lovey-dovey, I thought I'd highlight tonight's episode of *The Bachelor in Paris* on ABC. Now normally I do not watch this show, I spend my time on better things like watching The Real World and Laguna Beach. However, without cable, I have discovered the "magical journey" that is the Bachelor in Paris. Although, I have to admit that I cringe every time I hear the announcer tells me to tune in next week to see who will be eliminated and who will get a rose and a chance to become... "_a doctor's wife."_ That almost turned me off the show entirely, but I kept watching. At first I liked Susan, but now I am firmly rooting for Sarah from Tennessee, _I guess since Sarah from Winnipeg did not get a rose last week I can just say I'm rooting for Sarah._ On tonight's episode, it's down the the final three women and they each go on a romantic European weekend with Travis...swooon.

NY Fashion Week & BCBG

*So it is Fashion Week in NY* right now and the people who are lucky enough to be there are previewing the Fall collections. I can't really wrap my head around Fall right now...I'm too busy getting into Spring colors and trends. I don't know whether it's because I work around clothing all day or all the major fashion magazines are already in full Spring mode, but I'm buying skirts and strappy sandals while wearing a peacoat and a scarf. Speaking of Spring 2006, I saw this *Max Azria for BCBG* jacket in the new Glamour and I _love_ it. _I also love the silk chartreuse shorts, but really, where are you going to wear those?_

NY Fashion Week & BCBG

*So it is Fashion Week in NY* right now and the people who are lucky enough to be there are previewing the Fall collections. I can't really wrap my head around Fall right now...I'm too busy getting into Spring colors and trends. I don't know whether it's because I work around clothing all day or all the major fashion magazines are already in full Spring mode, but I'm buying skirts and strappy sandals while wearing a peacoat and a scarf. Speaking of Spring 2006, I saw this *Max Azria for BCBG* jacket in the new Glamour and I _love_ it. _I also love the silk chartreuse shorts, but really, where are you going to wear those?_

The Best Show You're NOT Watching….or maybe you are, but then why didn't you tell me about it?

Every night at 11 I watch reruns of *Girlfriends on UPN*. I LOVE this show! Every time William calls the girls heifers, I laugh out loud in a "this-is-highly-misogynistic-but HILARIOUS" kind of way. The show follows the lives of four women in Los Angeles, Joan _(lawyer)_, Toni _(realtor/crazy lady)_, Maya _("executive" assitant turned writer)_ and Lynn _(over-educated unemployed free spirit)_. Living alone, these four women have become my actual girlfriends... _sad I know._ But at 11 pm, I flip on the t.v. and hear the now-familiar cheesy theme song.... _"Girlfriends... there through thick and thin, Girlfriends...ready for anything," and I am strangely comforted. But really, it is a great show. *Check it out*.