warm weather clothes

FALL has arrived for our Kagehina Fic Zine collab announcements!

Trees changing color, warm weather clothing, and bright foliage crunching underfoot are all sure to leave an impression in these collabs!

GhostFox | Kidovna

accordingtomyresearch | Ainu

Winter is our preview next weekend, so stay tuned!

I’m thankful I didn’t date anyone seriously in high school because I’ve learned I have skin like paper and get hickeys from nothing

Northeastern University Freshmen Packing List, 2015

Hello future Huskies!!

Now that July is about half way over, many of you are probably starting to think about packing up and moving to Boston for your freshmen year, since it’s only about ~a month and a half~ away. Pretty soon, it’s going to be time to plan the road trip route, buy your airfare, and make the hard decisions about what to bring to college.  Like Andy in Toy Story 3, you’ve got a whole room full of sentimental necessities/crap you never got rid of, and pretty soon you’ll have to decide what stays and what goes.

As surprised as you surely are, forgotten essentials oftentimes aren’t the problem that new freshmen face when they move to college.  Instead, it’s the overbearing monster of too much stuff that simply won’t fit in your residence hall which becomes the real challenge during Move-In Day.  So, before you go and buy the complete Dorm-Home Makeover set at your local Target, consult the below list for the things you should, should not, and should really think about bringing to college.

*Note: bolded things are things you should bring from home.  Everything else? Get it in Boston, unless you already own it/it’s easy to move. More info below.

Should Bring:

  1. Clothes - This is self-explanatory, but beware: oftentimes, pre-made college packing lists will get really specific about what to pack.  Don’t follow them.  You don’t need 10 nightshirts, 10 socks, and 4 different types of jackets: all you need are the clothes you regularly wear and you’ll be good to go.  If you have 30 pairs of jeans and only wear 2 of them, donate the rest and call it a day.  Make sure you have a few pairs of warm weather clothes, but remember that it will probably be between 20F - 60F during your entire freshmen year, so a mix of cool weather clothing is probably best.  At the end of the day, if you have a big winter jacket there’s nothing more you’ll desperately need.  Know that the built-in closets in freshmen residence halls are pretty big, so do bring all your favorite outfits….just don’t over do it. Gotta look chic, but also gotta save some space. 
  2. Rain Boots - I know this technically fits in the above category, but I can’t stress it enough: Boston is rainy in the fall, so you need to make sure you have more than a single pair of Toms to wear to class.
  3. Mirror - You wanna look good? Know that there isn’t a mirror in your room, and you probably won’t want to go to the bathroom every time you want to check yourself out. 
  4. Comforter - Make sure it’s warm! I recommend a Twin XL Down Duvet, and cheap duvet cover. You’ll thank me in the winter. 
  5. Twin XL sheet set. 
  6. One or two pillows 
  7. Twin XL Mattress Pad 
  8. School supplies - Since you won’t be at home, also remember to get things like hole punchers, tape, scissors, etc.! 
  9. Lamp - Whether it’s a floor lamp (which I recommend) or a desk lamp, you’ll find that most freshmen housing have fluorescent lights which aren’t always the best.  I have one collapsable floor lamp and it’s the only light I use. 
  10. Bulletin Board - Throughout the year, you’ll accumulate tons of papers, flyers, info brochures, etc. I used a bulletin board to organize everything over my desk, which also helped to save space and fill up empty walls. 
  11. Collapsable Clothes Hamper
  12. Laundry Bag 
  13. Laundry Detergent and Dryer Sheets
  14. Shower Caddy 
  15. Hangers
  16. Towels/washclothes 
  17. Bathrobe 
  18. Alarm Clock 
  19. Surge Protector 
  20. Extension Cord 
  21. Trash Can 
  22. Fan 
  23. Cleaning Supplies - Don’t go crazy with these, because it’s mostly for incidentals.  However, getting some Clorox Wipes or some Febreeze is usually a good idea. 

Maybe Bring, It’s Up to You:

  1. Area Rug - For me, this is absolutely something I needed since most freshmen residence halls have tile floors.  To protect you from the chill, I would definitely suggest a rug.  However, if you don’t think the tile will bother you, then save yourself the space and go without. 
  2. Iron/Ironing Pad - Only bring one of these if you frequently wear clothes that have to be ironed.  Otherwise, leave it at home. Some people would suggest you bring a hand steamer, but in my experience they don’t work that well. Also, note that I wrote an ironing pad, not an ironing board. Pads can just be laid on the floor, and take up way less space. 
  3. Posters/artwork - Good to have, but only in moderation.  Don’t bring every single movie poster for every single movie you’ve ever see.   
  4. Drying Rack for Clothes 
  5. iHome/Speakers for Music 
  6. Desk Organizers for Pens/Pencils/etc. 
  7. Hair Accessory Caddy for Blowdryers/Straighteners/etc. 
  8. Egg Crate - Highly recommended! Put it under your mattress pad and your bed will be extremely comfortable.  However, again, it’s definitely not necessary. 
  9. Throw Blanket
  10. Under-the-Bed Organizer Drawers - Usually a small, plastic chest of drawers or a series of bins, these are really the only pieces of “furniture” that you should be bringing. Everything else, the university will provide for you. 
  11. Keurig Machine - Remember, you’re not allowed to bring any other type of coffeemaker! 
  12. Photos of family and friends 
  13. Calendar or White Board 
  14. TV - Up to you, but definitely bring a small one if you want it (I’m talking like 15 inches).  You won’t have a ton of space to put it, you won’t be able to attach it to the wall, and you probably have Netflix on your computer anyway.  Know that your freshmen Common Room will have a TV in it that you can use, but if you do decide to have a TV in your room then the University will provide cable and premium channels for you for free. 
  15. Over-the-Door Hooks - Use it for towels or jackets or anything you’d like, but make sure it’s thick enough to fit over the door! 

Should Not Bring:

  1. Christmas Lights - Fire hazard (lame) and your RA will make you take them down. 
  2. Mini Fridge/Microwave - Fire hazard, you’re not allowed to bring your own.  If you want either, you can rent them both from the University for $100 for the entire year. Split it with your roommate. It’s a pretty good deal.
  3. Cooking Appliances of any kind - Doesn’t make sense, you don’t have a kitchen.  Also, your RA will make you get rid of them. 
  4. 3M Sticky Hooks - They don’t work on our walls!!! I don’t know if it’s the humidity or the type of paint, but they’ll all fall down and just won’t work. 
  5. Furniture - As said above, you won’t have space! The University will provide everything you will need. 
  6. Crazy Collections - I knew one girl who didn’t have space in her closet for the 19 designer bags she brought to school her freshmen year.  I also know someone who brought a whole bunch of succulents (you know? the plants?) as decoration, and was shocked when he didn’t have endless table space in which to arrange them.  Be very reasonable about any “extras” you bring, and remember: you’re living with another person. 
  7. Bedbug Repellant Anything - When you begin shopping, you’ll see that there are specialty college items sold to be “bedbug repellant.”  Because Northeastern provides all your own furniture, this isn’t a problem.  If you buy these bedbug repellant things, you’ll simply be wasting money. 
  8. Curtains - Just unnecessary, don’t bother. 
  9. Anything labelled as a “dorm accessory” - LOL don’t buy these things. Don’t be the freshman who shows up with a “dorm chandelier.”
  10. Bed Risers - At Northeastern, your beds will probably be lofted to 3 or 6 feet.  Do not bring your own risers, because a). you won’t be allowed to use them and b). if you do, your bed won’t sit in them right so your bed will probably collapse.  It’ll be like Step Brothers, except it won’t be funny and you’ll probably have to go to the ER. 
  11. Ironing Boards/Vaccuums/Large Cleaning Supplies - You won’t have space for these, and you don’t need them.  If you need a vacuum, you can borrow it from the RAs. 
  12. Books from Home - Now, if you have a few things left on your summer reading list, bring them.  However, between textbooks and everything else you’ll naturally acquire, know that you won’t want to be bringing a whole library with you.  Leave them at home. 
  13. Any kind of kitchen utensils - If you have a Keurig then bring a few mugs, but otherwise just limit yourself to paper plates and utensils.  Remember: you won’t have a sink in which to wash these dishes, other than in the bathroom! 
  14. Decorative Pillows - These will be thrown on the floor Day 1 and will never not be in your way again.  Kick’em to the curb. 
  15. Extra Chairs - Yeah beanbags are cool, but there isn’t room.  Those bungee chairs at Target are cool, but you’ll never actually sit in them.  Leave extra chairs at the store. 

Getting Stuff in Boston

  1. Bed, Bath, and Beyond - 401 Park Drive, Boston (Highly recommend the BB&B College Lay-Away Program! Go to your local store and ask about it)
  2. City Target - Opening in Fenway in August
  3. TruValue Economy - 219 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston 
  4. CVS - 231 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston


And there you have it! Do you think I forgot something? Is there something you have questions about? Let me know, send me a question, and good luck packing up! 

Worth It

Philip Hamilton x Reader
Prompt: 40 “Don’t you dare throw that snowba- Goddammit!”
Warnings: Swearing
Word Count: 1343

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There was no weather in the world that could get you more excited than snowy weather. The warm clothing, the hot drinks, the snowmen and of course, your personal favorite, the snowball fights. What better way to show you affection towards someone than to fling freezing cold, dripping wet snow into their faces and clothes. Snowball fights were the best part of snowy weather to you, so when your best friend and long time crush, Philip took you put to the park to enjoy the previous nights heavy snowfall, what would happen was inevitable. He’d been talking about law, his fathers old job or something when you’d found a particularly good patch of snow. Not too wet, not too hard and enough to compact into one perfect ball. You gathered the snow into your hands as Philip began to cross over one of the bridges, laughing about something or rather, when he turned around to see if you were following, that smile was wiped off his face.
“Y/N.” He warned, putting his hands out in front if him, as you stood a mere 10 meters away, snowball in your gloved hand. You took a step forward, and he, a step back.
“Y/N I swear to God…” He began, not taking his eyes off of the snowball. You raised it up, as if you were  about to throw a baseball. Philip panicked, scrambling backwards.
“Y/N! Don’t you dare throw that snowba- Goddammit!”  He yelped, taking cover behind a tree on the other side of the bridge.
“I can’t believe you’ve done this!” He yelled, unable to stifle his giggles, you snorted and gathered more snow up in your hands, an idea popping into your head.

“How could you betray me like this?” He laughed, you really liked that laugh. Moving languidly towards the bush, you crushed the snow into a small precise sphere, the size of a cricket ball.
“I’m sorry! Baby come back!” You joked as you stepped onto the bridge, being careful not to make a lot of noise, in case you alerted him.
“I don’t know Y/N… you cut me pretty deep.” Philip said, mock upset. You didn’t answer, for fear he would realize how close you actually were.
“Y/N?” Philip called again, you stepped off the bridge, his hiding tree was a few metres away, just a little more…
“Y/N?” Philips voice was a bit more concerned now, you quickened your pace, readying the snowball in your hands. 2 more steps. You lifted it over your head and swiftly turned to the other side of the oak, catapulting the snowball into- the tree?

You stood there for a moment, watching the snow slide down the bark, Philip was nowhere to be seen. You frowned on confusion, where was he?
“Wha-” An unpleasant, icy cold sensation slammed into the back of your neck, cutting off your sentence and leaving the rest of your body shuddering. You barely had time to swivel around before you were hit with two more.
“What the-Philip!” You screeched as your so called best-friend pelted you with snowballs. Stumbling backwards you lifted your hands to your face, trying to shield yourself.
“I didn’t start this war Y/N but I’ll sure as hell end it!” He declared, grabbing snow and flinging it at you, he wasn’t even bothering with fine tuning it into a ball shape, just chucking the raw snow! Amature. You kept stumbling backwards, unable to see where you were going and unable to beg for mercy, hysterical laughter seemed to be the only sound you were capable of making.

You kept stumbling back, one arm in front of you, the other feeling around for something you could take cover behind. You were unable to keep track of where you were going and the freezing slush onslaught was doing nothing to help your sense of direction. Your feet kept pushing onward, bent on finding shelter, however in your determination you were unable to process the words Philip was shouting to you, his tone grew more and more urgent, you assumed it was because he was winning. You took another step, to which Philip shouted again, what was he getting so worked up about? You kept walked that way, 1 step, 2 step, 3 step, 4 ste-.

Your heart stopped in your chest as you realized that there was nothing under your foot. Philip shouted out your name but it was too late and you could only shriek in surprise as you fell and were greeted by the arctic cold creek you had crossed over only moments ago. The water wasn’t deep enough to completely envelop you, but your thrashing about in reaction to the stinging cold was enough to soak the rest of your clothing, leaving you confused, drenched and shivering.

After realizing you were in fact, not drowning you sat up in the river, curling in on yourself on instinct.
“Y/N! Y/N Please tell me you’re ok?” You looks up to see Phillip on the bank of the creek, trying to rush across the rocks as quickly as he could to get to you, he had a worried, guilty look on his face.
“I-I’m ok-k.” You stuttered, teeth chattering, you were lying and quite obviously not ok. Taking a few more reckless steps Philip was close enough to grab you, he extended his hand and you took it eagerly, anxious to get out of the river. Your cheeks were red from the cold, and from embarrassment, you felt ridiculous , you probably looked ridiculous. Philip pulled you up and lead you out of the river. You stood on the bank and squeezed out your coat as Philip fussed over you.
“I’m so sorry Y/N. I’m so sorry are you ok?” He ran his hands through your hair trying to dry it off, but only succeeding in making you more flustered.
“It’s ok, I’m ok, I’m ok.” You reassured him, but he continued to fuss. Impatient and embarrassed you took his hands in yours, stopping him from continuing on.
“Philip. I’m. Fine.” You assured him, staring him in the face. He blinked for a few seconds, his face still full of worry. You gave him a stern look and a mumbled a small sorry, before leaning in and kissing your nose. You mind went blank, stern expression gone, you couldn’t hide the stutter in your voice.

“Ph-Philip? What was that?” You asked softly, Philip didn’t answer and instead wrapped his arms around your waist, pulling you into him. He was really warm and comfortable, but that was to be expected considering your current body temperature. He pressed a kiss to your head, and then pulled away and looked at you again. In a split second his lips were against yours, you were so shocked you barely had time to respond. He was kissing you. You! Kissing Philip! You placed your hands on his cheeks and deepened the kids, and you felt Philip grin against your lips.

After a few more seconds of bliss, Philip pulled away and looked at you, bright eyes with a smirk on his face. You gave him a look, wrapping your arms around his neck.
“What?” You questioned him, Philip let out a small snort of laughter.
“We are going to have the worst colds after this.” He laughed, going in for another kiss. He was right, but damn  was it worth it.

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