Stand Out

Looking good does not have to break the bank. This goes for men just as much as women. The trick is to focus on an outfit centerpiece.

For women this is often jewelry, but can also be an article of clothing — whether it’s a shawl, scarf, or something else. For men, it could be a snazzy tie, dress shirt, or other eye-catching piece. Then the rest of the outfit just sort of complements that stand-out element.

Less is more

Keeping Things Fresh

The other thing to keep in mind is turnover. You should be looking at your closet at least every three months and making some changes. I’m not suggesting you go on a spending spree, but instead saying you should notice the clothes that you never wear, and either get them into the rotation, or donate them. Then replace the items bit by bit — maybe one or two articles a month.

For the most part, quality still trumps quantity. Focus on three to five looks that work for you, and then purchase outfits and accessories that fit into those looks. You’ll always have something fun and fashionable to wear, and you’ll always be in style.

by Yör Valinda
Fashion & Style Editor
Residential Life Magazine

Catch Me if You Can

On the drive home today, I saw some lady throw a bottle and several wrappers out of her car window. She didn’t even care! Why should she?



Technically, littering is illegal — it carries a fine and possible jail time — but who is going to catch her? I’m sure as heck not going to try to make a citizen’s arrest. Not with people so on edge these days. She might shoot me on the spot!

Unless there’s a cop right next to you when you litter, there’s no way to nail these deadbeats. And even deadbeats are smart enough not to do something right in front of a cop!

Even if a cop does see it, they probably won’t do anything about it. It’s tough to prove, first of all, and who’s to say you won’t pull a weapon? People today are crazy! These days, if an officer actually makes it home to his family, it’s a feat.

Meanwhile, the roads are strewn with litter. This “law” is a joke.

by Tuppence “Penny” Piazza
Residential Life Magazine

The Reality

Have you seen or read “The Secret?” What a crock of horseshit!

The basic idea is that people can ‘will’ good things to happen to them, and if things aren’t going well, you just aren’t sending enough ‘good vibes.’ Bull.

Not All Bad

I have to admit that the bottom line is actually a good point: strive to keep a positive attitude, even in tough times. But this business of being able to ‘will’ something into being is asinine.

Life happens, and it’s not always pretty. You have to be willing to accept that sometimes things are going to happen that are out of your control. The way you approach, assess, and deal with each situation is up to you, sure, but don’t expect things to be perfect all the time.

I just think the people who swear by this ridiculous ideal of ‘willing’ things to happen are not only setting themselves up for a huge letdown, but are also robbing themselves of the learning and growing potential that failure often brings.

by Dragica Farnoush
Residential Life Magazine

Under the Radar

No one votes in mid-term elections. If you haven’t figured that out already, learn it. It’s not a good thing, and is certainly a problem, but that’s where we are right now.

Lately, though, I’ve noticed a trend. Sneaky political groups are getting their pet projects and policies passed, (sort of) under the radar. In fact, if you want something to be passed with little to no discussion or protest, get it on the mid-term ballot.

Believe me, I fully recognize the problem. So before any of you sociopaths write in with your maniacal solutions, save it. I get it. I’m not looking for an answer here. I’m just pointing out an issue.

At the end of the day, everyone who is legally eligible to vote is physically able to get their vote in, regardless of whether or not they can visit the polls. But so long as people are lazy and disaffected mofos, this cycle will continue.

by Danka Leebon
Residential Life Magazine

Working Stiff

It’s no secret that today’s working world is completely different from your parents’ time, and even 10 years ago!

These days, you can work your fingers to the bone, and no one even cares. You won’t get a raise, you won’t get a promotion, you won’t get any recognition or even acknowledgement whatsoever. You’ll probably actually get reprimanded. If your bosses can find a way to humiliate you publicly, they’ll jump at the chance!

Suck a lemon

Pink Slip

Once you get canned from that job — and blow through your unemployment and savings during the year it takes you to find another one — you can count on getting canned from at least the next three jobs, as well.

Oh, you’ll try to maintain a professional network and do things the “right way,” but everyone — every single person — will stab you in the back as soon as they get a chance, and kick you square in the ribs when you’re down. They’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. It why they get up in the morning.

Dead End

And don’t expect to retire until you’re at least 80. You’ll be lucky if the company gives you anything when you leave. They couldn’t care less. You’ll be dead within a few years, anyway.

In today’s working world, you’re nothing but a slave. I don’t care if you’re self-employed, work for a huge corporation, or even for a “cool” place like Google. Make no bones about the fact that you are property, through and through. And as soon as the higher ups get tired of playing with their toys, your ass is in the trash faster than you can blink an eye.

There’s no recourse whatsoever. That’s the way it is. And if you don’t like it, you can lump it ’til the cows come home. You are a nothing in today’s working world. Accept it and move on. There’s nothing else left to do.

by Ericka Ng
Residential Life Magazine

Deal With It

Some people are crazy. I mean straight-up insane. They want to have their cake and eat it, too. And then they want to complain about the taste!

I went to this city council public forum the other night about proposed airport expansion. I was just interested to know what’s going to happen. But you should have seen the idiots that showed up to rant!

This one dirtbag went on and on (well past the speaking time limit) about how the project would (somehow) hurt his family and his livelihood. It made no sense! And the best part is that this dude moved to the neighborhood just a few years ago, which means the airport was already well-established years before he even got there! Moron.

Open Your Eyes

And this kind of thing happens all the time. People move near airports, universities, shopping malls, and other high-traffic areas, and expect things to just remain the same year after year. In some cases, people move there because of the amenities, and then get all mad when things improve! These selfish little jerks want to have the best of both worlds: keep the good things for themselves, and keep everyone else from benefiting from the very things that attracted you to the area in the first place! Psychotics!

Here’s the deal: don’t make a concerted decision to move near a place that’s probably going to expand in the near future and then complain about the progress. And if you’re really so heated about it all… move! No one is forcing you to stay where you are.

by Tuppence “Penny” Piazza
Residential Life Magazine