Erin Rehley


Drink of the week: pumpkin pie smoothie

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This pumpkin smoothie is a healthy alternative when those sweet tooth cravings hit. Photo by Erin Rehley

When holiday time rolls around, it can be extremely difficult to resist all of the delicious foods that are popular that time of year.

Even if you’re trying to eat healthy, it’s important to be able to indulge once in a while for a yummy fall treat.

This pumpkin pie smoothie is the perfect healthy alternative for when those pumpkin pie cravings hit.

The ground flaxseed even adds the taste of pie crust, so it really gives the impression of a real pumpkin pie.

This smoothie is light and delicious, so you’ll be feeling satisfied and healthy after drinking this.


• 1/2 cup pumpkin puree

• 1 medium banana (frozen)

• 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

• 1 tablespoon honey

• ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

• ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

• 1 cup vanilla soy milk


1. Add everything to a blender.

2. Blend until smooth. You may need to stop to stir once or twice. If the smoothie is too thick, add a touch more of the soy milk or even a little water.

Burgundy is the new black and other fall nail colors

Deep burgundy and dusty rose are two popular nail colors this fall. Photo by Michelle Liringis

Fall has arrived and brought with it a whole slew of new nail colors to try. From dark and bold to light and neutral, there is a trendy color choice for everyone.

Burgundy (Essie in Carry On)

Is it possible to get through the fall season without feeling the need to paint your nail a burgundy color at least once? With the fall and winter seasons quickly approaching, the air gets colder and the colors in trend get darker. Burgundy is a perfect blend of deep red and purple, and it creates  a rich looking color on the nails. Essie’s Carry On is more on the purple side, but I believe it really captures the beauty of a very deep burgundy that is suitable to wear for many occasions.

Dark Blue (Essie in Bobbing for Baubles)

A color that is popping up on numerous fall nail polish trend lists is deep blues and navy colors. Essie’s shade Bobbing for Baubles incorporates that deep blue color, but brings a bit of a grayish undertone with it. This color seems unlikely to be so popular in the fall season which adds to its draw. This color is bold enough that it makes a statement, but the grey tones it down enough that it can be work appropriate. There are other brands of nail polish that have a similar dark blue color, but this polish has that special touch of the grey that really makes this color unique from the rest.

Dusty Rose (L’Oréal Colour Riche Nail Color in Mauvelous)

With every season, a nail color that is trendy but still close enough to a nude so it will work for every day wear is a necessity. This season, this dusty rose color fits. The L’Oréal Colour Riche Nail Color in Mauvelous brings this look into your nails. It’s muted enough that it can be worn with a variety of different outfits and still fit and best of all it’s close enough to a nude that if it were to begin to chip, it would be less noticeable. That is definitely something that can be important for extremely busy individuals who don’t have enough time to redo their nail polish too often.

Blood Orange (Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Ever Reddy)

Every season should have at least one super bold and unexpected nail color to accompany it. Blood orange is very trendy this fall.  Covergirl’s nail polish in Ever Reddy is close enough that it could pass for a classic red, but bright enough that it could be pulled off as a blood orange. It is important to have one of those in between colors so that it’ll be a versatile nail polish that you can incorporate in various ways. It’s always interesting to have a classic red nail polish contain a new, bright element for an extra sense of boldness.


Revlon Colorstay Longwear Enamel is the perfect long-lasting polish for fall

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“Fall mood” is the perfect nail color to transition from bright summer shades to the more bold fall hues.

Being a lover of neutral and pale tones when it comes to nail polishes for most of my life, it is a rare occasion when I will paint on anything out of the ordinary. When I was walking the aisles of Target one day, a glittery, metallic nail polish caught my eye. Revlon Colorstay Longwear Nail Enamel in the color Fall Mood gets me excited for colder weather and bolder colors just with the name alone.

This polish is best described as a bronze color with gold and silver glitter, which creates a different look depending on the lights and angle it is viewed in. Revlon Colorstay Longwear Nail Enamel in Fall Mood is definitely anything but boring.

Revlon claims that this line of nail polish lasts up to “11 days of lasting color” with no chipping or fading when used in conjunction with the Revlon base and top coats. I used this nail polish with the Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat and did notice that it lasted longer than other brands of nail polish that I have tried, but I would not say it was any longer than the 11 days they suggest and lasted an average amount of time in my opinion.

The color can be high impact with just one coat, but I found that using two coats of this polish really gives the most flawless and opaque look.

The Revlon Colorstay Longwear Nail Enamel line retails for $4.99 at Target, Walmart and many other drugstores. They have around 30 gorgeous colors in the line, and Fall Mood definitely stands out from the rest as being a unique and multi-dimensional shade. It is the perfect color to have for the fall season.

L’Oreal Total Repair Five Damage Erasing Balm revitalizes hair

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This deep conditioner revitalizes hair and will keep it shiny and healthy despite cold, dry winter weather. Photo by Erin Rehley 

With the winter season quickly approaching, many of us are prematurely preparing ourselves for the wave of dry skin and hair that we may encounter once the weather hits winter lows.

After using the Aussie Three Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner to battle the weather’s drying effects on my hair for years, I figured this year it was time to give a new deep conditioner treatment a try.

I picked up the L’Oreal Total Repair Five Damage Erasing Balm for $6.99 at Target, but other drugstores also carry it for a similar price. It comes in an 8.5 ounce tub container rather that a bottle and has a thicker consistency than a regular conditioner.

This range of hair care contains other products, but this mask claims to reverse a years worth of damage in one use, which definitely caught my attention.

I used the erasing balm the same way I would a hair mask, putting it through my hair, avoiding the roots and leaving it in for about five minutes.

I have used this mask multiple times on my hair over the past few weeks and I definitely notice a difference in my hair after using it. I have really thick hair and this seemed to smooth it out and make it a lot more manageable. I was constantly asking people to feel my hair and after they did, they wanted to know what I had used to make the difference.

My hair wasn’t extremely damaged before using this product, but since the school year started in August, I had been using more heat on my hair than usual to straighten it for classes, and I was beginning to notice dryness throughout.

Overall, I liked this hair mask a lot. It gave my hair more smoothness and shine as well as made it more manageable. At the low price of $6.99 and being readily available at the drugstore, this is definitely something that a college student could try out if they are looking for a new beauty or hair care item.


Suicide, the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, is also considered the second leading cause of death among college students according to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center in 2004.

The week of Sept. 8 to 14 is Suicide Prevention Week, and it is important for students to be informed about the services available and to raise awareness about this growing issue.

Two resources on campus pertaining to suicide prevention are the UNC Charlotte Counseling Center and the campus chapter of the national organization To Write Love on Her Arms.

There are many resources available at the Counseling Center for students who may need them. Dr. David Spano, the director of the UNC Charlotte Counseling Center, described some of their services in depth.

According to Spano, “suicidal thoughts are not uncommon among students when they are under severe stress, depressed or experiencing significant loss or failure.” Addressing those thoughts with a professional is important, and it is imperative that students are aware of the services available to them.

With 1,200 appointments slots available for students per month to meet with counselors, the Counseling Center at UNC Charlotte offers a wide range of services available for every student, including individual, group and couples counseling. All services are free of charge.

Students are eligible for up to 12 individual sessions per year, although most students require fewer than 12 sessions to address their problems. The average amount of appointments per student is about five per year, says Spano.

Services are available throughout the academic year as well as during the summer. For summer appointments, the student must have been enrolled during the spring semester and registered for classes for the fall.

The center maintains a list of “community psychologists, social workers, clinics and other resources throughout the region” for any student who needs more assistance or has concerns of a more serious nature.The Counseling Center staff is “experienced and skilled in helping students relieve stress, improve moods, cope with difficult circumstances and manage suicidal thoughts,” said Spano.

According to Spano, students who are having suicidal thoughts but are not planning to act on them immediately should consult with a counselor as soon as possible. Students who feel they are in need of immediate assistance should call 911, campus police at 704-687-2200 or the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

The Counseling Center also offers services for students who know someone who has committed suicide, including group-counseling sessions for groups of students who may have been “impacted by a suicide or other death.”

Another organization involved on campus relating to suicide prevention is the UNC Charlotte chapter of To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), which is a “non-profit organization, which aims to present hope for people struggling with addiction, depression, self injury and thoughts of suicide, while also investing directly into treatment and recovery,” said the TWLOHA UChapter President, Lynda Thornton.

The organization will have a table on campus from Sept. 9 to11 and will be handing out orange ribbons in order to raise awareness of suicide prevention, according to Thornton.

The group will also be having a meeting centered around self-injury during the week following Suicide Prevention Week.

Throughout the week, the national organization of TWLOHA will be using the hashtag #NSPW13 in order to promote awareness.