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UChic Tech Tips: Blackberry vs. Treo

!http://www.universitychic.com/files/blackberry.jpg! The Blackberry alerts you every time you get a new email. You can take high resolution pictures and video with the Treo. Which to you get? On a similar note, do you get the iPod Nano, because it is impossibly tiny...or the new iPod video, because you can get episodes of Desperate Housewives?

Is this a guy vs. girl thing or what?

*Would you pay $95 dollars for a cashmere scarf?* Well, I would. At least, with careful consideration, much budgeting and planning and after I cut back on expenses for the week....I would. Is this wrong? The other day I was in a store with a friend of mine and I was tempted to buy this scarf. He told me I was out of my mind, crazy, reminded me of starving orphans in Africa...everything. He thought it was frivolous. I think it's okay to pay that much if it is a quality item and if you do it in moderation. His friends agreed with him. My friends agreed with me. Let's do a poll. If five people post a comment that I should buy the scarf....I will. If five people say it's too much...then I won't. By the way, did I mention I'm looking into humanitarian work in Africa?

London On My Mind

I'm sure that you're sick and tired of hearing about my experiences at Banana Republic, but let me assure you, _I_ am sick of _having_ experiences at Banana Republic... _which is why you should all make sure to have several job offers in your email inbox by the time you graduate college_. Anyway, I actually meet people from all over the world, since the mall that I work at is in a capital city. The other day I met someone from London, this is how it went: _"We're from London."_ _"Oh, really? I lived there last year."_ _"Oh, really? Where?"_ _"Oh, on Palace Court off of Bayswater by Queensway."_ _"Oh, we live in Putnam."_ _"Hey, that's where I went to see the boat races..."_ *People always ask me if I miss it there* _(London)_. I tell them yes, which is the truth...now. But I distinctly remember that after five months I wanted to come back to America. I wanted good-tasting pizza, affordable pizza, and stores like Walmart, that have everything I need in one place and are open past 8 pm, instead of having to go to Boots for makeup, Ryman's for school supplies and WHSmith for a magazine. But now that I'm back, I do miss London...I miss Top Shop. I miss the Pancake Cafe on Little Russel Street. And I miss the crazies at Speaker's Corner. So it was with bittersweet longing that I read Jamie's new article, "The Ultimate Guide to London"://www.universitychic.com/taxonomy/term/122 *If you've been to London, read it with fond memories*. If you haven't, go pour yourself a cup of tea and pretend that you're sitting across from Jamie by Tower Bridge. *Oh, and Jamie, here is some advice about the pashminas*. Go to Queensway where they sell them for cheap in every color of the rainbow and even though you are probably sick of them right now, and they are so wrinkled because you never have time to iron it, and there are bits of croissant and jelly stuck to the tassels, buy a lot of them for your friends and family. I wish I had them right now for Christmas gifts.

My Life on Mondays

I can't believe Christmas is in two weeks! I haven't really shopped at all for presents for people. And even though I am surrounded by mistletoe and wrapped presents at work, it still doesn't really feel like the holidays yet. Working at Banana Republic, it's really funny to watch guys come in frantically looking for something to get their girlfriends. I've been asked everything... _"Would you like this?", "Would this look good on a blonde?", "Will you try this on so I can see how it looks on you?"._ It's pretty comical. Someone today said to me, *_"The holidays are different when you're single."_ Agree or disagree?*

Fashion Trend of the Week: Rain Boots

*Rain Boots for Every Fashion Maven:* Rain or shine, colorful rain boots are everywhere. You can find jeans tucked into the boots or the classic mini skirt being worn with them. Being able to fearlessly jump into puddles and not care whether or not you just stepped in mud is more than enough reason to wear them. But they have many perks like keeping your feet warm and dry, and they're durable thus lasting oh so long! The catch is, however, trying to find the cutest pair. Some of my favorites come from Coach, Polo and Target! "Read More!":http://www.universitychic.com/node/322

UChic Career: Updating Your Resume

I had to do a scary thing yesterday....I had to update my resume. Updating your resume is kind of like getting a haircut or cleaning out your closet. It's something you do once and a while to freshen things up, get rid of old stuff _(like split ends or an ugly sweater)_. Anyway, I was reading an article the other day about really bad resumes. They list the top ten things to avoid when writing, or re-writing your resume. Among them are using unique, large or distracting fonts, givng out personal information such as height, weight, hobbies, etc., and exceeding more than three pages. I used to have a two page resume and I'm working on it. In college, I was always told that your resume should NEVER be more than one page long. That confused me because my father's resume is pretty long. I asked him. He said that it's okay to have more than one page of stuff...as long as it's good stuff. He says the general rule in his line of work is one additional page for every ten years of experience. Here are my top three ways to improve your resume. *1. Keep it Current*: Exclude any achievements from high school...unless you are a freshmen or a sophomore in college. Then, you can include them, as long as they are worthwhile and positive. *2. Be Professional*: Create a new email account if your email is anything like toohot4U@hotmail.com. This is bad. Create another account using your first and last name. *3. Don't Forget the Details*: A lot of times, you cut the resume fat in places such as your job description or responsibilites. This is not the place to trim lines. Go into detail about what you accomplished and how you helped the company...show an employee exactly what you did there!

UChic Entertainment Buzz – Reality Show Guilty Pleasure

!http://www.universitychic.com/files/model.jpg! *I love America's Next Top Model.* I watched a marathon of the first season and then I haven't watched since then, so I'm probably missing out on a lot, but here are my thoughts on this cycle: *First, I love the fact that all the girls are 5'10 and wear size 10 shoes* _(I'm 5'8 and wear 9 1/2)_. My favorites from the show have been *Lisa* _(the coolest no matter what anyone says)_ and tomboy Kim. Now that both of them have been eliminated _(sniff sniff)_ I am forced to cheer on Nik. Not that I don't like Nik, she just doesn't have a whole lot of personality. *So it's down to Nik, Bre and Nicole...who are _you_ rooting for? Do you like the show? Do you agree with it's depiction of the modeling world?*

Top Five Reasons Why I Have No Life on Mondays

5. I spend my lunch breaks in Barnes and Noble reading celebrity gossip magazines for free while sitting in the cafe eating my sack lunch. 4. Speaking of work...my job as a sales associate at Banana Republic has consumed my life to the point that I often utter phrases such as _"I think I saw that pair of socks in the stock room"_. 3. I can't find my car keys..... _anywhere_. 2. The hot water in my apartment isn't working so I take two minute cold showers every day, who am I kidding...every _other_ day. And the #1 reason I have no life this Monday is...because I can already tell the highlight of my week will either be watching America's Next Top Model or receiving a skirt from Banana Republic online...I'll have to keep you posted.

Denim Delight

*Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas says they love her "lady lumps" in Seven jeans and True Religion.* I'm sure that if we all looked like Fergie, we could probably wear jeans circa 1980 from Good Will and still "drive these brothers crazy." Unfortunately for most of us, jean-shopping is a nightmare, complete with pinched back fat, unpleasantly squeezed thighs and hellacious trips to the mall. It is a nightmare that comes back to haunt us every time we need a new pair and leaves us feeling utterly devoid of our sex appeal. I work in a store where we have jeans for people from size teeny-tiny to size 22, and believe me, *shopping for the perfect pair of jeans doesn't have to break the bank, the back and the spirit*. In fact, if you apply what you'll learn here to your shopping trip, what is usually a denim disaster can be quite a delight. "*Read more of Desha Dishes on Fashion...*"://www.universitychic.com/node/316

Trend of the Week: Leg Warmers

*A Bush in the Oval Office, sky high gas prices, new wave throwback bands* (The Killers, Bloc Party, The Bravery), soda companies producing ridiculous new soda flavors (Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper the new New Coke?) it certainly feels like we've been thrown back into the delicious era of the eighties! Well, if we're stuck in some kind of time warp, we might as well embrace it and rock the latest trend to hit the lower legs of neo-mall rats everywhere, the leg warmer! "*Read more!*"://www.universitychic.com/node/312