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Melanie Kessinger

Bio: Melanie Kessinger is a third-year English major with a minor in Italian at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Melanie grew up in Marin County, California and her passions for nature and horseback riding often inspire her writing. After graduating from college, she hopes to become a teacher and inspire young children with her love of journalism and reading. Melanie also enjoys spending time with her dog, Mocha, and wandering the aisles of Barnes & Noble.
Movies

5 Netflix Movies to Binge this Summer

Several new movies have come to Netflix just in time for summer movie nights. Here are a few of my favorites to add to your 2000’s rom-com watchlist.

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Fashion

Why I No Longer Shop at SHEIN

SHEIN is an online, fast-fashion retailer that has taken the internet by storm over the past year. They sell cute, trendy clothes for very cheap prices (expect to pay no more than five to ten dollars per item). Normally, I try my best to shop at environmentally friendly clothing stores, but these low prices seemed too good to pass up. So, a few months ago, I placed an order on SHEIN’s website for the first time.

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Latest News

Lisa Banes Dies After Hit and Run Accident

‘Gone Girl’ actress Lisa Banes passed away on Monday after suffering injuries from a hit and run in New York City earlier this month. While on the way to meet her wife for dinner, Banes suffered severe head trauma when a scooter hit her after running a red light in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She was hospitalized immediately after the accident.

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TV

The Bold Type Returns for Fifth and Final Season on Freeform

The Bold Type won my heart when it premiered in 2017. Set in New York City, the show follows three best friends, Kat, Jane, and Sutton, who work at Scarlet, a women’s magazine. I love this show because while — in typical Freeform fashion — it is about drama and romance; it is also centered around female friendships and real-world issues. Viewers have watched as Kat explores her sexual identity, Jane struggle with breast cancer, and Sutton and her husband go through a divorce. The women of The Bold Type are simultaneously glamorous and vulnerable — as many real women are.

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Beauty

Glossier’s New Ultralip is Three Lip Products in One

Glossier has launched an all-new lip product, Ultralip, which aims to combine the “moisture of a balm, sheen of a gloss, and color of a lip tint” in one tube, according to their website. After ‘good 4 u’ singer Olivia Rodrigo debuted the shade “Ember” in her Vogue Beauty Secrets video, I decided I should try this product.

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Fashion

Meet Instagram’s Favorite Affordable Handbag

I love affordable purses because I can shop fun trends without worrying about whether the style will remain popular for years to come. Lately, the brand JW PEI has dominated my Instagram explore page with their colorful shoulder bags. I received their Eva Shoulder Bag in sage green as a birthday present, and it has since become one of my favorite accessories.

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Latest News

HBO Releases Trailer for Gossip Girl Reboot

HBO has finally released a trailer for the Gossip Girl reboot, which is set to premiere on July 8th this summer. As a die-hard fan of the original series, I nearly wept at the sound of Kristen Bell’s voice returning to play Gossip Girl herself in the promo. Although Bell …

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Politics

Biden Administration Plans to Donate 500 Million Pfizer Vaccine Doses

The Biden Administration has bought 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine and plans to donate them to countries worldwide over the next two years in order to help other nations get vaccinated. According to Reuters, Biden’s coronavirus advisor, Jeff Zients, has been working with the coronavirus task force team on this deal for a month.

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Music

Lorde’s Website Promises Release of New Music in 2021

Lorde, who rose to fame with her hit song “Royals” in 2016, recently updated her website with the artwork for her new album, Solar Power. This is particularly exciting news for her fans because it has been nearly four years since her second album, Melodrama, was released.

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Politics

Biden Revokes Trump’s Actions Targeting Tik Tok and WeChat

President Joseph R. Biden revoked several of the Trump Administration’s executive orders targeting TikTok, WeChat, and other Chinese-owned apps.

As first reported by the Wall Street Journal, Biden replaced these orders with a new one addressing apps linked to foreign adversaries, such as China.

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Beauty

The Ultimate Summer Lip Gloss: Tower 28 Beauty

As someone who struggles with dry, acne-prone skin, I have spent hours perusing Sephora’s website for the perfect lip gloss — one that is long-lasting but also moisturizing, and shiny without being sticky. I recently decided to order Tower 28’s ShineOn Jelly Lip Gloss because, as a college student, I was not willing to carve out $30+ dollars on a luxury brand. I expected to receive an average clear lip gloss, and instead found my all-time favorite makeup product.

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Latest News

Chris Harrison Exits The Bachelor Franchise after Hosting for 19 Years

Chris Harrison has officially stepped down from his 19-year post as host of Bachelor Nation.

In February, an interview between Harrison and former “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay went viral after Harrison defended Rachael Kirkconnell, a contestant on Matt James’ season.

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