About candicecruz

A member of the fabulous K Book editorial board! Junior at UK, Broadcast Journalism and Marketing Major

Valentine’s Day for the Single Girl

Valentine’s Day: a day of flowers, chocolate, hearts, lovey-dovey couples…basically a day that looks like Cupid threw up leaving traces of red and pink heart-shaped crap everywhere, right?

Over the last few days as Valentine’s Day’s immediate doom has been slowly creeping up upon us, I have listened to SO many girls complain about being single and that they will NEVER find that special one. Add a little bit of black and a bonfire burning of all ex-boyfriends that did you wrong, you have yourself the biggest pity-party of the year.

But I propose a radical change for all the single ladies out there. Throw away all of your black and join in with the pink-ified festivities. Who says that you have to have a boyfriend to enjoy Valentine’s Day? V-Day is supposed to be a day to tell those you love how much you care, and why can’t we show ourselves a little love along the way too?

Being a single lady myself and with no date invites currently coming my direction, I have decided to take the high road and enjoy myself without a man this upcoming Tuesday. Along with getting a mani and pedi, I am going to pamper myself with spending time with some of my closest (single) friends and make it a date all our own.

But if watching “The Vow” and going out to a nice dinner isn’t your forte, do not despair!  Your day still doesn’t have to revert to black-fire-burning fun as I have made a full list for you below with some fabulous options for all you single ladies out there (sorry guys, you’re outta luck! I’m sure you don’t mind having a night just with the boys)!

  1. Go sing karaoke—There’s nothing better than getting a good laugh at your best Britney Spears and Lady Gaga impressions. Be sure to pick the cheesiest love song and belt your little heart out!
  2. Pamper yourself—You can follow my lead and go get yourself a mani and pedi at your favorite salon or even splurge a little bit and go get a fabulous massage; it’s up to you. Just be sure to go all out and enjoy yourself. Who says you can only pamper yourself before a V-Day date?
  3. Send yourself flowers—Now this one could be considered pushing the envelope, but if you love flowers as much as I do it doesn’t matter who they come from.
  4.  Indulge yourself—Whether you want to spend your night with Ben & Jerry or Mr. Russell Stover, let yourself have the best of the best.
  5. Go after what you want—Have you been wanting a 4.0 for the semester or that top-notch internship? Don’t let anything hold you back! So find your inner She-Man-Woman power and go after it! What a better way to show that you love yourself on Valentine’s Day then by achieving your dreams?
  6. Find something new to love—Find a new activity to try or go to an animal shelter and spread your love to a new addition to your life.  Give all of your love to something that means something to you, new and old.
  7. Send love someone else’s way—Don’t only pamper yourself; share your love with everyone you know.  Send some flowers to your mom or give your best friend a gift card to her favorite place; a little amount goes a long way.
  8. Go watch a chick-flick—“The Vow” is a must-see for this day! But if tear-jerking chick flicks aren’t what you’re in the mood for, maybe a romantic comedy would be better for you and your best girlfriends!
  9. Do something silly or child-like—I love this idea, but with the crazy weather we’ve been having lately some of these options may be out of your reach.
  • Go Karts
  • Bowling
  • Arcade
  • Mini-Golf
  • Ice Skating/Roller Skating

Whatever you may choose, just remember… throw away those matches for the bonfire, open up the curtains and turn on some happy tunes. Love yourself on V-Day (and you can still secretly hate all of those sickening mushy couples, just don’t let it consume YOUR special day)!

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How to Survive Finals

Surviving Finals Week

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…FINALS! Ok, not so much, but it is one of the most important times of the year.

I know that if you’re like me you can taste the homemade cookies and smell the evergreen trees already, but we have to FOCUS! Just a few more days… and if you need that extra boost to get you through the last two weeks, I have a few tips for you on how to survive the dreaded finals week.

1.    Make sure to start studying early

Whatever you do, don’t wait until the last minute! I know that you have a lot of information to go over and the worst thing you can do is try and cram a semester worth of information into two days.

2.    Allot your time properly: PRIORITIZE

Go over your finals schedule and organize your study time for each class this week. You know which classes are harder than others and you need to plan accordingly.

 3.    Get plenty of rest

We all know that all-nighters are a favorite of the college student, but believe me, this won’t help! The most important thing to do in order to retain all of your information is to get plenty of sleep. The more rested you are the better and more efficiently your mind will work when it comes time to ace your test!

4.    Stay calm

The worst thing you can do is panic. If you prepare well enough trust yourself to know the information. Once you’re taking the test there is no going back. So trust yourself and give it all you’ve got! You will be FINE!

5.    Don’t spend all your time on Facebook and/or Twitter

I know it’s tempting but STAY AWAY! All of your friends should be studying right now too, so I know you are not missing anything – PROMISE!! My freshman year I had my roommate change my password and she wasn’t allowed to tell me until after finals was over. This may be extreme but you gotta do what you gotta do!

6.    Find some time for yourself. Do something every day that is not related to studying.

As important as it is to focus and study hard, you must find some time for yourself. Take a step back and finish your “to do” list outside of studying. This will relax you and allow you to reflect on what you have been going over.

7.    Get out of where you’re studying

This goes back to having time to yourself. Get out and get some fresh air. By the time you go back to your studying you will be refreshed and even more focused.

8.    Don’t study in your bedroom

I know so many of us have heard that you’re not supposed to study in bed, but this is true! Your mind needs to have two separate spots: one to sleep and one to study. If you confuse the two you will never get the right amount of shut-eye needed to function and you will never be able to study without dosing off…

9.    Find your “study” spot

Find that one spot where you can focus and feel comfortable at the same time. For me freshman year it was the top floor of Blanding Tower. Keep in mind that the library may not be the ideal spot. This is the number one hangout spot on campus and when it’s crunch time the last thing you need to worry about is socializing when you should be flipping the pages of your books.

I hope that these tips will help you reach your way to success!!! Good luck on all of your finals and have a wonderful break!

-Candice

Keeneland Fashion: What Every Wildcat Needs to Know

And they’re off…to the fabulous boutiques and stores in Lexington, that is.  Keeneland Opening Day is here, and the many women of UK’s campus are looking for that special attire for the beginning of fall horse racing in the Bluegrass.

Not only is Keeneland an awesome UK tradition, it’s a celebration of our rich heritage and horse racing at its finest. My freshman year I was completely oblivious to the marvel that is Keeneland. Young and clueless, I scheduled Friday classes that were during Keeneland hours and had no idea what to wear as Lexington fashion has a mind of its own. I had an experience I’ll never forget, regardless, and Keeneland has become one of my favorite times of the year in the Bluegrass. It is my job is to help you have the best experience at the races, looking chic, fashionable and maybe leaving a couple dollars richer!

Here are a couple of great places to look for all of your fabulous Keeneland fashion attire! You’ll be sure to make a “winning” statement. (Boys, scroll to the bottom of this post for an important tip!)

The Peppermint Palm:  Who doesn’t love them some Lilly Pulitzer!? Peppermint Palm is your number one Lilly location found in not only Lexington but in Louisville as well! Filled to the brim with newly released Lilly fashions as well as some great accessories, this story will help you be one of the best dressed girls on the paddock!

Bella Rose: If you’re looking for that “big city fashion with small town charm” this is the place for you! With a sweet southern feel to it, this cute boutique on E. Maxwell has been a Lexington favorite for years.

Calypso: Looking for more of a boho chic look? Calypso is one of the best places in Lexington to find great deals just for your look. From beautiful vintage cowboy boots to dresses ordered just for Keeneland and tailgating, you will be making heads turn. Not only does this boutique have a fun name, they also offer fun deals all the time on their Facebook page.

Bluetique: This new boutique has plenty of “blue” options just for you! If you’re going for the “trifecta” and you want to be game day ready too, you definitely want to wander over to the corner of E. Maxwell and Woodland where this cute store is located! All of the prices are totally reasonable, and you get a FREE Ale 8 if you go!

World’s Apart: With their beautiful accent pieces that I absolutely love and their great selection of clothes you will be in the most perfect little spot in the world. This store is a little bit pricier so be sure to come with a fluffy wallet or bring mom in on a girl’s shopping day. She won’t be able to say no to all of the beautiful things that you may find.

Rent the Runway.com: For high New York and Hollywood fashions for a fraction of the cost, look no further! Designers such as Lilly Pulitzer, Tibi, Herve Leger, and Christian Siriano are just some of the fabulous designers featured on this website. The best part is you can rent it, wear it, and return it!

Fayette Mall: A #1 go-to place for all of Lexington, Fayette Mall can be your one-stop shopping experience. With places like Arden B., J. Crew, Francesca’s, Dillard’s, Macy’s and more, you may come out with more than just Keeneland opening day attire.

Runway Couture: Brand new to Lexington and found downtown in Victorian Square, this fashion headquarters is ready to be used.  Cute and affordable fashions can be found in this little boutique in the heart of downtown culture.  I came upon this place by chance and I’m glad I went in! I found some great sandals and beautiful clothes that added that extra flare to my wardrobe! Runway Couture is just waiting to be your new Keeneland top spot.

AJ’s: Tibi and Tory Burch are just some of the favorite fashions featured at this locally-owned boutique on the corner of Euclid and Tates Creek. For anyone familiar with the Tibi and Tory style, you know this look is perfect for the runway and the racetrack. But  these clothes are just too hard to pass up, so don’t torture yourself if you are running on a ramen noodle budget. Tori doesn’t come cheap, unfortunately.

Some of the best places on earth can be found right here in your own backyard! As a freshman, I had no idea any of this existed, and let me tell you, it would have made my life a WHOLE lot easier. I am confident that no matter what location you go to above, you will be making even the horses notice!

And as for the couple dollars richer, that’s about all I have won at the races. But you could be that lucky one who lands the coveted trifecta win and walk away with closer to a couple hundred dollars rather than my lowly $2 profit. If you want to be sure to learn all the lingo that you need to know to place your bets, check out your K Book in the Lexington section and you’ll be in good hands. Now if you want a little more expertise than betting terminology, you may just have to check out Horse Racing for Dummies found a bookstore near you.

Now for the boys! There are some fashion skills every guy needs to know–especially if he’s going to survive the Keeneland season. One of them: How to tie a bow tie! Check out the video below for a lesson from K Bookers, Ethan and Taylor.

K Book and Keeneland Love,

Candice