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  • '90s Nick Back-To-School Wisdom

    Posted on 09/08/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    The lazy days of summer chillin' by the pool may have come to an end *sigh*. While September does mean that it's time to go back to school, it's also the very best time to start doing YOU.

    SO, if you're wondering how you'll possibly be able to balance school, extracurricular activities, and a personal life this year, you can derive inspiration from some of your good ol' Nickelodeon pals.

    Don't let bullies get you down

    '90s Back-To-School Wisdom

    There will always be those kids in school who will try to mess with your vibes. Keep your game face strong and don't let 'em get you down. You keeping your cool = You win. Simple equation. Side note: Take note from Clarissa, who calmly defends her little bro against his bully. After all, only she can call her bro Ferg-Face.

    Leave the drama for the stage
    '90s Back-To-School Wisdom

    Seriously, any friend/parent/teacher drama is so not worth it. It's distracting and frankly very stressful to let it get in the way of your happiness. Definitely channel the dramatics for the theatre or the football field.

    Do your homework
    You get ready to study, but then you watch this hilarious video of a cat making friends with a hamster, and then end up spiraling into that black hole called the Internet. Try to get rid of distractions by finding a quiet place where you can disconnect, and just FOCUS.

    '90s Back-To-School Wisdom

    Let Arnold's super sweet, ambient pad serve as inspiration for creating your own academic sanctuary.

    Be nice to the new kid
    '90s Back-To-School Wisdom

    The new kid in school may look a tad younger, be slightly lost in the halls, or may even smell a bit like baby diapers. Regardless, try introducing yourself and take this new cat under your wing. Because school karma is cool karma.

    Shoot for the stars
    '90s Back-To-School Wisdom

    Our favorite football head, Arnold said it best when he helped fellow classmate, Torvald, pass a super hard math test: "Now he knows that he has the power inside himself to succeed no matter what he tries." You go, Torvald!

    Embrace your unique self
    Sometimes, you might feel the inexplicable desire to be the girl in the pink capris.

    '90s Back-To-School Wisdom

    Talking about you, Courtney Gripling.

    '90s Back-To-School Wisdom

    When it comes down to it, embracing your individuality is what counts. Don't worry about following the wolfpack, just let your inner little seal girl shine bright.

    '90s Back-To-School Wisdom

    Oh, and whenever you feel lost, it always helps reach out to an older wise sage. Like, seriously. It really, REALLY helps.

  • 10 Reasons PCA Was Totally Your Dream School

    Posted on 09/01/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    It's that time of year again! For most of us, back-to-school can bring a mixed bag of emotions, but for the students of Pacific Coast Academy, it meant a return to the coolest school around. Here are 10 reasons why PCA was totally your dream school.

    10. PCA was in a prime location. Right on the beach in southern California.
    Zoey 101: PCA

    How could you not get pumped for school?

    9. The lounge areas were so cool and colorful.
    Zoey 101: PCA

    Note Quinn's textbook contraption.

    8. And the dorms were pretty rad, too.
    Zoey 101: PCA

    Shout out to the Ciara poster on the wall!

    7. One of the biggest perks of being a PCA student was definitely all the dining options the school offered. For example, coffee carts were a thing.
    Zoey 101: PCA

    Yes, while PCA students had lattes, the rest of us take double-tall, extra-soy sips from the water fountain.

    6. Their mascot was a Stingray.
    Zoey 101: PCA

    Need this backpack now.

    5. Anyone remember Sushi Rox?
    Zoey 101: PCA

    And how Zoey and the gang raised money to rebuild it after a fire?

    4. And yes, it was totally normal for a high school to have its own movie theater...
    Zoey 101: PCA

    SO. NORMAL. (Hey, Chase.)

    3. Of course, when you go to school right by the beach, it's easy to have parties right by the beach.
    Zoey 101: PCA

    Killer shades, Dana.

    Zoey 101: PCA

    Sunset! Sand!Smiles!

    2. And super-cool luau-themed school dances.
    Zoey 101: PCA

    Where you can get down like a clown.

    Zoey 101: PCA

    Or not.

    1. But most of all, PCA was our dream school because of the fun, quirky, awesome kids that made up its student body.
    Zoey 101: PCA

    Michael, Nicole, Lola, Dustin, Zoey, Chase, Quinn and Logan forever. <3

    What's your favorite PCA moment? Let us know in the comments!

  • Ned's Declassified Back-To-School Survival Guide

    Posted on 08/25/2015 by TeenNickBlogger

    Let's face it. When it comes to Back-To-School, you're either ready or you're not. There's a lot to think about (from what to wear on your first day to where you're gonna sit at lunch...) and back-to-school jitters are totally normal. In fact, no one knows this better than Ned Bigby, whose Declassified School Survival Guide contained anything and everything we needed to know about making it out aliiiiive.

    Just kidding, school is really kinda awesome. And it's time to get pumped. Check out a few of Ned's best tips for making the first day of school as memorable (or just, you know, as bearable) as possible.

    Ned's Back-To-School Tips

    Nobody wants to look like a helpless turtle on the verge of falling over.

    Ned's Back-To-School Tips

    Thinking about a new 'do? Probably best to leave it to the professionals.

    Ned's Back-To-School Tips

    Don't forget, September is still summer. Hold off on the snazzy fall fashions until the humidity dies down.

    Ned's Back-To-School Tips

    Even if your schedule splits you up from your friends, use your electives to stick together!

    Ned's Back-To-School Tips

    And just remember, if things don't go as planned, it's alll goood :).

    You can check out the full episode, "First Day" right here! Happy back-to-school, everyone!

  • Ten Reasons You Know You Have A School Crush

    Posted on 09/11/2014 by TeenNickBlogger


    It's the can't eat, can't sleep, can't focus in Algebra kinda stuff.

    1. SCENIC ROUTE: On your way to English, you take a detour through the Physics hallway just in case your crush is at his locker, which you know is in the Physics hallway. A successful drive-by could be a huge development in your relationship.

    2. DAY DREAMIN': While Mrs. Allen is going on and on about Punnett Squares, you helplessly imagine yourself boogieing down with your crush at Homecoming. After, of course, he asks you to go with him in the cutest way possible.

    3. PICKING PETALS: "He Likes Me, He Likes Me Not" is played in your head constantly. And every time you lose, you grant yourself countless do-overs.


    4. BUZZZ: You freak out whenever your phone vibrates, because it might be your crush. And when you realize it's just a push notification from your weather app, you legitimately feel like your phone has wronged you.

    5. WAIT, HE USED HOW MANY EXCLAMATION POINTS?: Butttt if your crush does text you, you over analyze any and all punctuation they use. Because we all know "Hey" and "Hey!!" mean entirely different things.

    6. QUICK, LOOK AWAY: You've mastered the art of casually, but hastily, looking away when your crush catches you staring.


    7. CIA (CRUSH INTELLIGENCE AGENCY): You've sufficiently stalked your crush's social media pages to find out everything there is to know about them without, you know, talking to them.

    8. BUTTERFINGERS: Except you've accidentally liked an old photo of theirs, revealing just how long you've been stalking them. And when it happens, you freak out, but you also know you were tempting fate all along.

    9. WHAT A WASTE: If you wear a nice outfit to school and your crush is absent, it's all for naught. In fact, you're so bummed, you may consider outfit repeating.

    10. EPIPHANY: After all the craziness is said and done, you realize that having a crush on someone is totallly normal. Even if your crush (for some silly reason) doesn't end up liking you back, just feeling these feelings means you're a human with emotion and not a cold, heartless cyborg. And if that's not a win I don't know what is.

    If you want to catch more crush-related fun, tune in to TeenNick's Date Night this Friday at 9pm ET for a mini-marathon of your favorite lovey-dovey episodes of iCarly! It all leads up to the TeenNick premiere of John Tucker Must Die next week! Don't miss a beat!

  • Five Back To School Nail Art Designs That Will Totally Help You Stay Class-y!

    Posted on 08/14/2014 by Kayla6548

    Can you believe in a couple weeks you'll be stowing away your bathing suits and sunscreen until NEXT YEAR?! Summer just started, am I right?

    Unfortunately... no. In fact, it's actually time to get in the back-to-school spirit! (Yep, we said it!) But here's the thing: TeenNick back-to-school is all about getting excited to go back to class. No sighing, groaning, or any other unexplained negative noises here because we have some awesome nail art to turn those end-of-summer frowns up-side-down.


    Back To School Nail Art

    Credit: The Daily Nail

    Our girl Melissa, over at The Daily Nail definitely knows what's up! Just look at those perfectly painted pencils. Don't they make you excited to sharpen a brand new box of shiny No. 2s? We can smell the shavings all the way over here!


    Back To School Nail Art

    Credit: The Nail Trail

    Nothing says "I'm ready to take on a new school year" better than a stylin' new wardrobe, but you better believe that includes a well-stocked polish pantry. Something tells us we should be taking notes from this nail art guru because her designs scream style with a side of confidence!


    Back To School Nail Art

    Credit: The Daily Nail

    Talk about an over-achiever! We think this manicure deserves an A+, don't you agree? It serves as a friendly reminder to try your hardest when doing your school work and when painting your nails!


    Back To School Nail Art

    Credit: Galactic Lacquer

    Are you a bookworm babe? Well, next time you're about to sit down and pick up your favorite pleasure read, remember to take a glance at your nails! We love how each finger is one little part of this overall design. It'll add some flare to your afternoons spent reading and help you show off the inner you! Plus, we all know painted pinkies are key for being prepared for class.


    Back To School Nail Art

    Credit: DivineCaroline and Nailed It

    We've got spirit yes we do, we've got spirit how 'bout you?! This year, instead of bringing an apple for your teacher on the first day of school, why not score the big points by fashioning some of our favorite back-to-school nail art designs. Just be sure to remember the #1 nail art rule: always stay class-y!

  • 10 Back To School Tips From Clarissa Darling

    Posted on 08/15/2013 by Rachel1016

    Clarissa Darling has the answers to all of life's hard-pressed questions. And with the beginning of the school year fast approaching, her wisdom will make your transition from the beach to the books a little bit easier. In honor of TeenNick's Snickiversary this Saturday, August 17th, when Clarissa returns to TV for ONE special night, we thought it only appropriate to seek out back-to-school tips from the girl who can, indeed, explain it all!

    1.  Be daring with your outfit choices. Hallway? More like runway.

    2.  If you see your crush walking toward you, remain calm.

    3.  Every school has haters, but you know who your real friends are!

    4.  Dental hygiene is never a bad idea. Especially when it's egg roll day.

    5.  When homework starts to pile on, figure out what motivates you.

    6.  But don't forget to take a study break every once in a while! Exercise is the key to a healthy brain.

    7.  And sometimes, "eeny, meeny, miny, moe" is a valid test taking strategy. 

    8.  When the bus comes late for the 23487th time, remember that patience is a virtue. 

    9.  Plus, let's be real, you might be getting a little bored of summer.

    10.  A new school year can be nerve racking. But at the end of the day, it's all good!

  • Who's your style inspiration?

    Posted on 09/27/2010 by Mary

    Who's your personal style inspiration?

    Not that you're a style-biter or anything, but is there someone -- famous or not -- who, every time you see them, you're like "I kind of wish I was wearing that"?


    This post sponsored by Macy's Style Lab

  • What's your favorite jeans wash?

    Posted on 09/20/2010 by Mary

    What's your favorite wash of jeans?

    And how particular are you about it? (I, for one, hate jeans shopping because I'm sort of a spaz about getting the exact shade I want, without any of that buffed out contouring thing they do... just a personal preference. And then, having to find the right fit on top of that... life is really hard.)

    Do you prefer (top left to bottom right)... (Click for a purchase link...) Dark wash, Faded and distressed, Light wash, Acid wash, Gray wash, or Black wash?


    This post sponsored by Macy's Style Lab

  • Back to school clothes: the importance of 'comfy'

    Posted on 09/10/2010 by Mary

    We asked to see your back to school outfits... here's a couple!

    ParTimeLvr says: "u cant see my whole outfit... but i wore a blue tank top, a blue striped knee length sweater and ripped jeans."

    Yeah, that's what I'm talking about... those drapey long sweaters. Something about those looks so snuggly... like wearing a security blanket. But a clean security blanket, without holes, that's actually cute.

    And check out Hello Deary's adorable skirt... "I picked it because it's super colorful, comfy, & cuteeee. Once I saw it, I was in love. lol, jk. But I lovedddd the skirt!"

    Cute but comfy seems to be a theme with school gear, dunnit? 'Cause who wants a tight waistband digging into your guts after lunch, I guess. And waking up early is bad enough as it is.

    What's your personal strategy for managing the task of staying comfy but still looking cute? Do you have a favorite item of clothing that's comfy without being pajamas-y?

    This post sponsored by Macy's Style Lab

  • Show Us Your Back to School Outfits!

    Posted on 09/07/2010 by Mary

    What did you wear the first day back? (Or what are you planning to wear? If you're one of those lucky ducks still sitting on the last few days of a summer vacation.)

    Post a pic on your profile, and let me know it's there by posting in the comments with a little info about why and how you decided on that outfit. I'll put a few selections in the blog and maybe we can all marvel at your fashion genius!

    This post sponsored by Macy's Style Lab