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Get Inspired: Make Room for Spring Clothes!

Okay, Okay, Okay, Winter was fab. Really. Now, can we pleaassee move on to a warmer season? I confess that I am really just in it for the new clothes, but there is one small issue:my closet.

There is simply no room in my teeny-tiny closet for all of these new clothes and shoes that I have circled in my Spring Preview magazines, which leaves me with two options: Don't buy new clothes and pretend like it's winter for another year, or clean out my jam-packed, junk infested closet. I think you know the answer...

When cleaning your closet, the first thing you need to do is to get everything off of the closet floor. This includes hangers, clothes that have fallen down, shoes, and the usual random crap that ends up at the bottom of our closets. Next, try on clothes that you haven't worn in awhile to see if they still fit. If they are too small, put them in a pile to be donated. If they are too big, decide if you want to have them tailored, and if not, put them in the donation pile.

By the time you sort your clothes into keep, tailor, and give-away piles, you will probably notice a pretty big improvement on closet space. Do the same thing with shoes and accessories and look on the internet for a place to donate them such as a battered women's home or a non-profit thrift shop.

I cannot even pretend to be Miss Organized, I admit that I am quite the slob. My advice stops at the clothes. However, Target carries amazing little closet organizers and fun colored baskets and plastic containers perfect for sorting and organizing all of our closet contents. They are usually on sale this time of year because everyone is striving to be more organized.

The real reward in cleaning out your closet the satisfaction of knowing that your clothes/shoes/accessories are going to someone who will wear them, and being pleasantly surprised to open your closet without an avalanche. Plus, you have a great excuse to go shopping and plenty room for all of your fabulous finds!

UChic Hot List: Photography Scholarship

Here's a great scholarship for photography lovers!

MyParkPhotos.com, a website devoted to public parks and other natural spaces, is holding a competition to award tuition scholarships up to $500.

Get Inspired: Veganism is hella sexy.

Like many of you girls out there, I've tried almost every other diet known to mankind. I even had enough creativity to make up my own! I've tried the fat-free diet (eating only foods that have exactly 0 grams of fat), no-cook diet, five-factor diet, calorie restriction diet, and everything else in between. sigh.

Obviously, they haven't worked. If they did, I doubt I would have gone on so many different types. And surprise, surprise! One of my new years resolutions is to eat healthy and get back into shape. It's time to step out of hibernation, I decided.

The most inspiring method of eating healthy? Skinny Bitch is a no-fuss, straight-up way of teaching all you sexy women out there to eat well. I picked up this book after finding out they advocated the vegan lifestyle. Yep, that's right. No more meat, eggs, and cheeeeese. But Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin (authors of Skinny Bitch) make it sound sexier than your most risque party dress. And they give you straight facts. Something that was pleasantly surprising from a book with profanity in its title.

Reading this book will open your eyes to the all the atrocities of the meat business. How cows cry out in grief because their families are getting slaughtered. How chickens are put in cages so small that they can't even turn around. How they are packed with steroids so they'll ultimately grow bigger than normal. Yea, spit out that piece of grilled chicken sandwich you were eating.

Of course, like many others, I doubted my loyalty to this lifestyle. It made me excited and ready for my new adventure. I love, love, love animals so I knew I was doing this for a cause also. But alas, when I went out the other night for dinner with some friends, I was definitely tempted. But no one is telling you to be perfect. Start slow one day at a time. You don't think you'll be sexy from eating like this? Check out the pic of the authors - former models? Bring it on. I would kill to look like them. Oh yea, and Victoria Beckham even was spotted picking up a copy. Reason enough?

Best of all, they just came out with a new book that's chock full of vegan recipes. So easy that I can even pull it off - and trust me, I can't even boil an egg. So pick it up for some New Years inspiration! Maybe you'll find the passion and the heart to carry on this lifestyle not just for yourself, but for the treatment of animals everywhere.

Get Empowered: Break Out of Breakup Slump

As if all the holidays and family gatherings weren’t stressful enough, I read in Cosmopolitan magazine that between December and February there is an increase in breakups. Generally I wouldn’t think anything of this statistic, but a handful of my friends are dealing with break ups over the winter break. I write a weekly sex

Get Inspired: Releasing Your Inner Bookworm

What’s the best way to start 2008 off in a good direction? Hold tight to old ways hoping they work again? Party like a rock star? While I’m sure many of us would like to do the latter, the best way I want to start the year off is to read a few good books. The only problem is finding the time. With work, classes, extracurricular activities and other obligations it’s hard to find time to read for recreation; but I have a few good reads lined up to coach me on how to make the best of my year from finance, to romance to self-help.

The Money Book For The Young, Broke and Fabulous by Suze Orman – I was tired of stuffy financial advice more fit for people with full-time jobs, kids, a white picket fence, and the whole shabang. Any college student or college graduation should own this book which discusses credit cards, debt, paying back student loans, buying a car and more – in a way we all can relate to.

Do You! by Russell Simmons The hip hop mogul and creator of the Phat Farm clothing collections borrows the slang phrase, do you (which means do what you have to for yourself for those that don’t know), and applies to a book filled with business, professional and personal lessons for anyone who wants to be simply better.

The Secret – I’ve heard great reviews about this self-help book which has also been turned into a movie! The Secret boasts the best ways to live purposefully and unlock the ways to get the best out of life.

He’s Just Not That Into You - An oldie, but a goodie. Whether your in a “so-so” relationship. Single or perfectly happy this book by talk show host Greg Behrendt, and writer/actress Liz Tuccillo is a must-have for all women to find out the method to your guy’s madness.

Reading has many benefits. It expands your way of thinking, you learn facts you may never have known, and it can take your mind off the stress of the day. Like I said before, I know finding time is difficult. Carry a book with you and read whenever you can. Or leave a book at your locker at work, at your boyfriend's house, or even in the car. Skim a few lines or get in depth with a chapter on your lunch break – just don’t get so engaged you forget what time to come back to work! If you take the train, or bus to work, read when you’re on your way there or back.

Also, if you cut a third of time you probably spend watching reruns of "I Love New York" or "The Hills" and dedicated to reading, you’d be getting some extra time. If all else fails designate a time per week where you take the time, find a quiet corner, and find your inner bookworm.

Freshman Diary: Meet Kayley

Hi, I’m Kayley Richards, a freshman at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington and the newest freshman blogger for University Chic. Since I’m sure you’re all on the edge of your seats in anticipation of learning who I am, I’ve compiled five quick, absolutely-necessary-if-you-want-to-understand-my-blog facts about me: 1) Someday I want to be a magazine

How to Survive Sorority Recruitment

Many sororities on campus hold recruitments during the wintertime. If you've decided to rush one now, here is some helpful advice on having a great experience.

Get Empowered: Creative New Year's Resolutions

Every year around January 1st, people around the world take out their pens and paper (or open a new Word Document) and solidify on paper exactly what it is that they hope to accomplish during the new year. So, in honor of this tradition, I decided that I would compile a list of original and

Get Empowered: Creative New Year’s Resolutions

Every year around January 1st, people around the world take out their pens and paper (or open a new Word Document) and solidify on paper exactly what it is that they hope to accomplish during the new year. So, in honor of this tradition, I decided that I would compile a list of original and

Get Inspired: Embrace the American in you…for 2008!

Finally, it's 2008 and a brand new year! I don't know about you guys but I am definitely looking forward to some warmer weather and new fashion. Ugh, can you say I am so over the muted fall colors and the never-ending layers?

What's in the books for fashion spring 2008? During the days, bright reds and greens are back. On the beach (yes, I know we've forgotten about them) khaki colors and dark greens are sure to make your tan seem lustrous and golden. For a late-night with your summer fling? Try mysterious purples and lavenders. Throw in some pieces of dark blue, black, and light pink you're sure to keep breaking hearts all throughout the year.

I'm a type of person who shops for spring clothes during winter, and shops for winter clothes during the summer. Hm, perhaps I'm a little impatient but that way I can keep an eye out for new trends way ahead of time! What are some great stores that would carry the type of clothing for the spring/summer? It might be a little pricey but try Anthropologie. I just received a catalogue from this store and trust me, their little sweaters, sun dresses, and cute tops are absolutely darling! Mixed in with some J.crew and Banana Republic, you're closet is sure to be up-to-date this season!

2007 was the year for Euro-Chic. A type of sophistication that wasn't the mark of Americans but rather Parisians and those sexy Italians. But patriotism is taking its turn this year and I say grab your tanning lotion, throw on some comfortable sandals, and embrace the new U.S.-Chic. The type where the youth is celebrated and sunlight is welcomed. This year, say no to monotones and cigarettes. Let us be proud and fashionable. Here here!