Thursday, August 30, 2012

Ramen Noodle Diet: Week 4

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For back-to-school month, a weekly post dedicated to money-saving tips from college kids for college kids.

Although the post title suggests otherwise, I'm not proposing the literal Ramen noodle diet, aka: eating cheap, unhealthy, never-expiring, Americanized, Asian noodles for four years because you're a broke mofo. I'm suggesting you cut down spending in non-health compromising ways.

This week's topic: fashion.

Daily college fashion ranges from dressing-to-the-nines to just-rolled-out-of-bed. Whether you're dressed-to-kill or dressed-to-sleep, here's a few hints to save some cash on clothing:
  • Get thrifty: Thrift stores or secondhand shops will save you a bundle on back-to-school threads. Check out your area for local secondhand stores instead of shopping Goodwill and Salvation Army. Also, look for consignment shops or stores such as Plato's Closet for nearly-new, name-brand clothes. 
  • Brands don't matter: No one will crucify you for wearing a Target t-shirt. Sit down, take notes and do your homework.
  • Swap meet: Swap clothes with similar-size friends. A free way to change your wardrobe or try a new trend.
For most of us, the fall 2012 semester has already started. Go forth, conquer your classes and when exams are done, take some of your savings and treat yourself. ;)

Until next time...

Your Girls Under PRessure 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Back to School: UPR News and Announcements!

And so it begins. Today marks the start of another school year. As geeky as it may seem, I always look forward to buying school supplies and the thrill of the first days of class. Call me a dork, but I love it. And now I'm in my third year, which is absolutely crazy and unbelievable. Seriously, where has the time gone?

Part of my school shopping this year was my new apartment, which I share with my younger sister, a brand new college girl. She's more excited to be in Detroit than I am, which is great because she keeps the environment positive (and pretty...she has a great eye).

A wannabe PR girl, my sister Catia will be a monthly contributor for Under PRessure this school year, and Jasmine and I are really excited. Though we have yet to name the segment, Cat's contributions are going to be perfect for the PR girl to-be.

So now that that announcement is out of my system, some other news. I'm finally going to get some of my PR classes in this semester, and I'm beyond excited to share what I'm learning with you, our darling readers. This summer has also been an amazing learning experience, so expect some bits of wisdom to come your way. I'd really like to work up some new segments (suggestions welcome!) and we're working on making our tried and true ones even better (if that's even possible...kidding). Get ready, because this is going to be quite a year.

And as always, your feedback is beyond welcome! Tweet at us, comment, email us, tell us what you want to see more of here on Under PRessure.

Have a wonderful school year!



Monday, August 20, 2012

Ramen Noodle Diet: Week 3

Courtesy of Google
For back-to-school month, a weekly post dedicated to money-saving tips from college kids for college kids.

Although the post title suggests otherwise, I'm not proposing the literal Ramen noodle diet, aka: eating cheap, unhealthy, never-expiring, Americanized, Asian noodles for four years because you're a broke mofo. I'm suggesting you cut down spending in non-health compromising ways.

This week's topic: food.

Since this post is dubbed the Ramen Noodle Diet, I should touch on the category Ramen falls into: food. 

There are a few ways you can save money on food:

  • Buy generic. If available, buy the store, or generic, brand. Of course, not all stores offer an generic option for everything and sometimes the name brand is just better.
  • Buy in bulk. Depending how much storage, how many roommates and how you split food, buying in bulk can be a money waster. But, in most cases, bulk is the way to go. Just choose wisely what you stock up on.
  • Everyone's favorite option: eat at home. By home, I mean your parents' house. A lot of college kids take advantage of this option. But for students more than a few miles from home, this isn't option. So suck it up, hit the grocery store and buy generic. 
Remember ladies and lads, you're spending a ton of money (unless you received a lot of scholarship dollars) on your education. Cut corners whenever and wherever you can.

Until next time...

Your Girls Under PRessure

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Monthly Mani: DIY Glitter Polish

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As a future PR maven, it's important to look put together. This is especially important when it comes to your hands--you'll be meeting people, shaking hands, working with papers--and it's super important to have a nice manicure. This is a monthly series that will show you perfect colors so you can always be polished.

Glitter polish is one the latest nail trends. The best occasions to sport this trend are special events and holidays. Also, like all quality polish, glitter polish can be expensive.

While pinning or stumbling, I can't remember which, I found a pictorial for DIY, glitter nail polish. Unfortunately, I cannot find exact the pictorial, but Googling DIY glitter polish will garner tons of results.

The steps are simple:
  • Grab a clear coat polish
  • Make a paper funnel
  • Add desired about of glitter to polish
  • Stir/shake
Now you have homemade glitter nail polish.

Give it a try. Let us know how it works.

What nail trends are you wearing? We're always looking for suggestions. Send us an email or tweet!


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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

I'm Addicted to Coffee and Other #GrownUpProblems

Disclaimer: I'm not trying to be complain-y at all here. Just want to put a humorous spin on some of the little things that I've faced while being a part of the working world. Well, kind of. 

Before I start today's post (or rant) I'd just like to say that yes, I did just hashtag the title. I know, so ridiculous and tasteless...this isn't Twitter (or's cool to hashtag there, yes?). I'm doing things I never thought I would, kind of like when I say I won't change my taste in music because I met a gorgeous boy with better taste or that I won't change my writing style to get an A in a class or that I'll stop wearing all black to church. But I digress (don't I always?).

Anyway, I've dabbled in the big girl world a bit this summer, and it's been pretty amazing. Like, "I'm really obsessed with everything I'm doing and can't wait to be a pro" amazing. But flirting with the ideas of being a grown-up and an almost 20-something have caused some issues which I affectionately call and hashtag #GrownUpProblems. I know you're positively itching to read them, so here it goes:

1. I'm addicted to coffee. I thought this was bad when I was taking Organic Chemistry, but it's only gotten worse. The sad part is that I know I'm only going to love coffee more and more. My grande skinny iced caramel macchiatos are just a gateway drug to more espresso-loaded, sugary, soy-latte style drinks. UH-OH.

2. I can't wake up early, especially on Friday. Call me spoiled, but my earliest class last year started at 11:45. I know, beautiful. I was also blessed with an entire year without Friday classes. That one was a blessing from God. He's gotten A LOT of "thank you" candles at church for that. I've had so much trouble waking up early, and after three months, it hasn't really gotten easier. And the sound of the  iPhone tone that is my alarm makes me cry sometimes cringe. 

3. Talking on the phone. Maybe it's because people think I have the voice of a five year old, but talking on the phone gives me serious anxiety. I can't even tell you how many people have asked me if I'm old enough to be making the call to wherever, be it the doctors or to order a pizza. As I forge my way into the working world, I know I'm going to face things like phone interviews or client calls and those things scare me to death. I'm being so real.  

4. Commuting. I like driving. I don't mind being in a car for an hour. But there is nothing that I hate more than traffic. I'm always stuck in traffic on the drive home from my internship, despite the several crafty routes I've figured out to make my commute easier. The trick to getting through rough bouts of traffic, though, is good music. And with my recent acquisition of satellite radio, I recommend Sirius channels 36 and 51. You're welcome. 

5. Irrational People. Let's face it, we're going to have to work/deal with some crazies in our careers. There are going to be people you love, and for every one of those, there will be three you either can't stand or can't reason with. And that's ok, it builds character. At least that's what I tell myself to keep me from going totally and completely insane. 

So those are my five #GrownUpProblems. If you agree or disagree, or have a #GrownUpProblem of your own to share, let me know! Try me on twitter and don't forget to hashtag #GrownUpProblems and #UnderPRessure!



Monday, August 13, 2012

Ramen Noodle Diet: Week 2

Courtesy of Google
For back-to-school month, a weekly post dedicated to money-saving tips from college kids for college kids.

Although the post title suggests otherwise, I'm not proposing the literal Ramen noodle diet, aka: eating cheap, unhealthy, never-expiring, Americanized, Asian noodles for four years because you're a broke mofo. I'm suggesting you cut down spending in non-health compromising ways.

This week's topic: discounts.

The target market for most products and services is ages 18 - 25. People in that target market, typically, have thousands of dollars invested in higher education. Brands, companies and stores know their market doesn't have extra spending money. For that reason, they usually create incentive programs, discount cards and promotions.

Can't find these discounts?

Try your university's student center or student services website.

Wayne State partners with a lot of local businesses to offer discounts on everything from food to hotel rooms

The stipulation, typically, is you have to show your student ID. Which shouldn't be an issue since you already carry it daily. WSU even provides key chain card holders for students.

Think of the untapped savings. Go forth, dig deep and find discounts. Happy hunting, ladies and lads!

Your Girls Under PRessure

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

5 Social Sites You Should Be on NOW

Under PRessure Social Media

If you haven't realized that social media has taken over the world, then you've been living under a rock and the fact of how/why you're reading this completely eludes me. But for real, in an ever growing socially and digitally connected world, social media sites are more important than ever in curating your brand. And I would be lying to you if I said that these sites (or apps) aren't vital tools for being successful in this world. With all of that in mind, here are five social media sites you should be on now (actually, you should've been on them yesterday. Or the day before that.)--by category, of course, because this is a hyper-organized Elise post--and how they'll help you build your brand (because, let's face it, that's the most important part).

1. News: Mashable

So, this isn't really a social networking site, and I'm pretty sure Jasmine has covered Mashable and its importance in the social world. Why am I doing it too? Because IT'S A REALLY IMPORTANT SITE. I'm not even going to apologize for scream-typing. Mashable is loaded with social media related news, tech news, and tons of articles and infographics spouting information that is essential for the burgeoning PR girl (or guy) or social media guru. 

2. Microblogging: Twitter

Twitter is the new Facebook. Yeah, I said it. It's witty and quippy and limiting, so basically it's perfect in my eyes. To think than only a year and a half ago I was so against this site. Oh, how things have changed. 

3. Photo-sharing Apps: Instagram and Snapchat (It's a tie!)

Instagram has definitely become MAJOR in the photo-sharing world, and for good reason. You can take a picture and make it look beyond fabulous and appealing, regardless of whether or not it's a good shot. It's a great way to share info about your brand, showcase your adventures, or just be a little ridiculous. 

Snapchat is a whole world of different. I recently heard about this from a friend (and a Mashable article, go figure) and the concept was both cool and crazy. Here's the deal: you take a picture and send it to whomever you want and it self destructs after a certain period of time. If you don't want to ruin your reputation or the brand of you that you've worked oh-so hard to create, this might be the photo site for you. This is absolutely not to say that I condone irresponsible picture taking/sharing habits though. 

4. Interets: Pinterest (obviously)

I totally hate to say this because I have an almost vehement hate for this site, but Pinterest is skyrocketing in popularity, and not just as a way of showcasing your personal interests. It's a great way to show off products, to launch a brand, and to develop a "persona" in a visual way. If you're particularly crafty and sentimental, this site is the perfect tool to develop your brand. 

5. Social News (from users): Reddit

Since I opened with a social news site, I thought I would close with one too. Reddit is a world of different from Mashable but is still a useful tool. Here's why. It allows its users to post social media related news or other stories, and these can be up or downvoted as a way of showcasing popularity. It's a really good way to gain exposure for yourself/your site/your writing as well as a source of news and info from other tech-savvy social pros. 

Notice that I left off the ever-classic (does, like, 6 years of mega-popularity even really count as classic...I'll just chalk it up as a sign of the times?) Facebook. Zuck is on a bit of a downward spiral with his little gem of a site, even though it still has millions upon millions of users and is a great way to curate a brand and creep what others are doing to build theirs. I wanted to showcase some tried-and-true sites as well as introduce a new thing or two. 

I hope this is a helpful list and that your social media enhanced life is all of the techie goodness that you expect it to be!



Monday, August 6, 2012

Ramen Noodle Diet: Week 1

Courtesy of Google
For back-to-school month, a weekly post dedicated to money-saving tips from college kids for college kids.

Although the post title suggests otherwise, I'm not proposing the literal Ramen noodle diet, aka: eating cheap, unhealthy, never-expiring, Americanized, Asian noodles for four years because you're a broke mofo. I'm suggesting you cut down spending in non-health compromising ways.

This week's topic: drinking.

Not drinking in university is as easy squeezing into pants three sizes too small. The odds are extremely slim, no pun intended, it's going to happen. While alcohol isn't a necessity in college. It just often happens: happy hour after work, beers during the game, a glass of wine with dinner, a last minute invite to a BYOB party and the list could continue.

Here's a few ways to cut down on your booze budget:
  • Host BYOB parties. Make sure you clearly state your party is BYOB. That way you don't have to feel obligated to serve guests that "forgot" or didn't read the invitation. If you want extra host points, provide mixers. Mixers are cheap and won't make your wallet scream.
  • Stay in for happy hour. Instead of hitting the bar after work, grab a bottle wine, your friends and head back to your place for happy hour at home.
  • Swap cocktails for beer. No need to downgrade from your favorite mixed drink to Bud Light. Look into flavored beers. Leinenkugel is my favorite. They have a great selection of flavored beers. Also ask about local brews. Those are often great tasting and cheaper than the $9 cocktail, but better tasting than mass-bottled, light beer.
What ways do you save on alcohol? What ways do you save money, in general? Let us know! We love reader input!

Your Girls Under PRessure

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The PR Playlist - Jasmine's Picks (A Top 10 List)

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Elise graced you with her PR-playlist picks. Now, it's my turn.

At work, I listen to music all day long. It helps me stay engaged and productive. My weapon of choice is Pandora because I can't use my personal laptop. I have a dinosaur-sized, molasses-slow desktop I'm forced to work from everyday.

One day, the IT guy was remotely fixing my computer and he said it was extremely slow. Did he fix it? No. But, at least he noticed, right? That has to, eventually, get me an upgrade, right?

Back to the music. Before we begin, I must warn you: Elise and I have very different music tastes. They're so different, sometimes it's a wonder how or why we're friend compatible.

I like to think it's because opposites attract, we're both slaves to fashion or we can watch football together.

My music tastes tread on the rock, hard rock and metal end of the spectrum. As a matter of fact, recently, I was moshing and passing crowd surfers at the fifth annual Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival. Per usual, it was a fantastic time. The sore throat and aching body were an OK price for a spectacular day.

Now that you've been warned, I present my top 10 PR-playlist:

1. Duality - Slipknot; they're headlining Mayhem Fest and promoting their newest album, Antennas to Hell. Plug aside, Duality is a Slipknot classic and, of course, is part of their setlist on the tour. Everyone needs a hard-rocking, heavy-hitting, pick-me-up song.

2. Madhouse - Anthrax; Legitimately had my ass kicked--excuse my French--at Mayhem during this song. I've never been to a show with so many people crowd surfing at once. This song gets everyone moving.

3. Cowboys from Hell - Pantera; I spend a lot of time driving around metro Detroit for my internship. This song is perfect for summertime cruising. Try it. You won't be disappointed. Plus, it makes you feel like a badass.

4. Have a Drink on Me - AC/DC; though I'm a child of the 90s, growing up 80s rock 'n' roll was what we enjoyed. In middle school, AC/DC was the band everyone liked. Also, Have a Drink on Me is a great party tune that isn't Nickelback.

5. Welcome to the Jungle - Guns n' Roses; Friday, the best hard rock album, Appetite for Destruction, turned 25. Welcome to the Jungle was GNR's first single off that record. And was chosen by VH1 as the best hard song of all time.

6. So Far Away - Avenged Sevenfold; no top 10 list is complete without one song from your favorite band. This Avenged Sevenfold track is a ballad, lyrics written by the band's lead guitarist, for their late drummer, Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan. He's been gone almost three years and the band continues to tour in his honor.

7. Have Faith in Me - A Day to Remember; I can listen to ADTR's discography, on repeat, and never get sick of it. This is my favorite ADTR song. Oh, the acoustic version rocks too.

8. Raised by Wolves - Falling in Reverse; Yes, I'm a member of the Ronnie Radke faithful. If you're still listening to Escape the Fate, they've managed to kick out almost all the founding members, you're doing it wrong.

9. Paralyzed - The Used; This is just a catchy tune by a great band. The Used is another band I often listen to their discography on repeat.

10. Feel Good Drag - Anberlin; Or The Feel Good Drag, as it was originally released, was the initial single and a chart topper from the band's first album. It was originally released on the band's second album, but was re-recorded for their fourth album, and first record on a major label. Both versions are good. Throw it on your late summer playlist.

Well, there you have it! My PR playlist! What tunes are you rocking? Let's know! Elise and I love reader feedback! Hit us up on Twitter or shoot us an email.

Until next time...
Rock out, kiddies!
- J

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Constructive Distraction: Knoword

Procrastination doesn't have to be a total waste of time. This monthly post highlights websites to make your time avoiding research papers and textbooks productive.

via @knoword

Knoword is designed to make your brain work. This distraction is about speed, accuracy and knowledge. You can practice typing, spelling and vocabulary.

No need to register. Click "start game" on the page and voila! If you want to record your scores, however, you do need to register.

Try it out. Let us know what you think. Do you have any games or puzzles you enjoy playing? Let us know!


Your Girls Under PRessure