The Alphabet Challenge: Week 1

Hello, world.

You are reading the first post in a brand new installment on ExtraExtravagant: the Alphabet Challenge!

In a nutshell, the Alphabet Challenge is a weekly challenge where we take the featured alphabet of the week, think of a term starting with the alphabet, then write a blog post about it. The featured alphabets will just be the alphabets in sequence.

For example, this week, the featured alphabet is A. The term that I have chosen is "Asian," and todays post will be about my top five Asian beauty products. Since the featured alphabet this Saturday is A, the featured alphabet next Saturday will be B.

Is it starting to make sense?

My sister was the one who came up with this challenge so she'll be doing it too. We have also set it up so that anyone who wants to join can do so. If youre interested in taking part, please refer to the end of the post.
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The Her Campus National Intercollegiette Conference 2013 is Less Than Two Weeks Away!

Hello, world.

You probably know by now that I belong to the Her Campus Blogger Network. This position comes with many a perk, one of them being that we have access to cool events nationwide. There is one such event coming up: the Her Campus National Intercollegiette Conference 2013.

The Her Campus National Intercollegiette Conference will be held on the 28th in the concrete jungle where dreams are made of. Yes, ladies and gentleman, yours truly will finally be going to New York City! The conference will be filled with panels and workshops featuring keynotes from leaders in the media industry. There will be speakers from Glamour, SELF, Lucky, and more! Im hyperventilating just thinking about that because these are all magazines that I want to work for!

Basically, there will be presentations on things like what life is like as an entry level magazine editor (I didnt even know they accepted entry level editors!), opportunities in the book publishing world, freelancing guides, and loads more!

If publishing, PR, marketing, and the like arent your cup of tea, there will be blogging workshops as well for those of you looking to work on that.

If that still doesnt float your boat, there are freebies! Everyone loves freebies, amirite? (;

All attendees will receive a goodie bag (probably filled to the brim with awesome shiz)! There will also be activation stations like a braid bar, MANICURES (!!!), a BCBGeneration sample sale + more more more! AAAND Chipotle will be sponsoring lunch. Im sold!

So, yes, not only will I be attending my first ever blogger event, it will be one where I get to network with big names in the industries that I want to break into when I graduate in the next year as well as my fellow Her Campus bloggers, ambassadors, readers, executives. . . Oh and who can forget NEW YORK CITY!

Ok, I need to tone it down a little.

If youre as pumped about it as I am, you can register here.

Please, please, PLEASE register and go if you can. I'll be flying from Iowa, some girls will be flying from California so no excuses in that department! You can share hotel rooms to cut the cost.

I want to meet all of you lovely readers! Come say hello if you go! Also come say hello to these girls who I'll be rooming with/sharing a hotel with/heading to the conference with:
Alicia @
Emma @ (Yes, the Emma who did the guest post for me.)
Melanie @
Olivia K.
Sarah @
Semirah @
Tricia @

If youre a Her Campus blogger but havent registered (WHY NOT?!), you can register here.
*Note that it would then be on the 27th.
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Giveaway: 100 Followers! (Closed)

Hello, world.

I promised you that I will host another giveaway once I hit 100 followers. Its been a while since then, but I never got around to actually blogging about it. I posted a preview of it on my Facebook so for those of you who follow the page, you might already have an inkling about the prize pack.

I am sitting at 132 followers right now so its high time I put this up.

Prize Pack

There are five items.

Etude House Yogurt Wash-off Mask Pack

Forever 21 Stretchy Spike Bracelet

Revlon nail polish in Steel-her Heart

Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume mascara in Blackest Black

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede lipstick in Finale

So, there you have it! I hope that you will appreciate this because I really do appreciate the support that you guys have shown me so far.

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Guest Post: Travel Tips with ThroughTheEyesOfACaliGirl

Hey there, everyone! My name is Kriselle and I blog over at Through the Eyes of a CaliGirl, feel free to stop by my blog any time [: I am 18 and also going to be a sophomore in college at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California.

I’m so thankful to get to guest post for Sockwun! Today, I’m going to talk to you all a little bit about some helpful travel tips for long-haul flights!

I just recently came back from a trip to Peru, and the flight was a total of nine hours including a stopover in Panama. Growing up, I always flew with my family to the Philippines for Christmas or weddings, and those flights are between 14-16 hours from what I remember. Regardless, that all basically means that I’m used to flying long-distance flights. 

Most people I know don’t like long flights, and although, yes, they can get uncomfortable, I enjoy them because I just love flying and traveling. Flying on an airplane isn’t something I get to do often so I enjoy the time I have onboard, being 30,000 feet above the ground.

That being said, here are a few tips for long-haul flights!

1.      Dress comfortably! This is a tip I highly recommend, especially if you know you’ll be on a plane for longer than five hours. I try to avoid wearing jeans if possible, and I usually wear leggings and a shirt (see picture J). When it comes to shoes, I usually wear anything that can be taken off on the plane easily because I’m just more comfortable barefoot. I really don’t recommend wearing heels if you can avoid them, especially stilettos. Although you can always take them off for the flight, I just don’t think they’re a practical shoe choice unless you’re on a business trip. Wedges are more acceptable, I guess, but I just stick to sandals, flip flops, or flats. 

2.      Expect to sleep, even if it’s only a nap! No matter what time of day your flight is, for some reason, you just get tired at some point during the flight, even if only for 20 or so minutes. It’s hard to find a good position to sleep in if you’re flying coach or economy class (which is me all the time), so be prepared to be fidgeting around a lot in efforts to make yourself comfortable. 

3.      Bring something to freshen up! Most international flights give you something near the end of the flight to freshen up your face like a warm towlette or something like that, but in case they don’t, bring your own! 

4.      Bring magazines, books, anything to keep you occupied on the flight! Although most long-haul flights nowadays have personal tv screens to watch, movies, TV shows, listen to music, and play games, bring something in case you don’t like the selection. On my trip to Peru, I got tired of the music really fast and wasn’t very interested in the movie or TV show selection they had.  As a result, I read through some of the magazines I brought specifically for the flight! 

5.      You can use your phone on the flight, IF it’s on airplane mode! Okay, so this is sort of a lowkey tip I’ve learned from the trips I’ve done this year, but it’s true! Flight attendants will not endorse or encourage this tip because of possibilities that people may not use airplane mode on board, but it’s a tip I’ve learned is useful! You can take pictures on board with your smart phones and play games, read books, or listen to music on your phones. I just keep it out of sight when flight attendants go by [; whoops. Haha. But seriously, it does work so don’t worry! Just please keep your phone on airplane mode!

6.      Laptops and tablets are okay as well, as long as the wifi is turned off on your device. If you have a personal hotspot on your device so it doesn’t need wifi, I suggest turning that off as well. Unlike the phones, flight attendants won’t say anything about you using them. Some flights, however, do have wifi on board, but I’ve never seen them on board for international flights. Regardless, expect to pay extra to use it if your flight has it.

So, those are my simple tips!  I hope that you all find them useful next time you go on your next international adventure! Feel free to stop by my blog and leave a comment or look for me on any of my social networks (displayed on my blog)! I’d love to help you with anything you have questions on [:


Kriselle is a blogger from Los Angeles, CA, living in Costa Mesa. She blogs at ThroughTheEyesOfACaliGirl, a lifestyle blog. She is one of the girls in the HerCampus Blogger Network. Thank you for the wonderful post, Kriselle!
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