14 Summer Fashion Pieces You Need In Your Closet

Time to trade textbooks for stylish sandals and have some fun in the sun… with your wardrobe. Try patterns with tropical blooms, palm fronds and butterflies, especially when paired with summer’s hottest hues. The ultimate cheerful shade, swipe on pineapple-inspired yellow polish for a subtle pop of colour or go for the gusto with a vibrant crop top for a patio brunch with the girls. – Heidi Hofstad

Summer fitness gear to get you pumped

It’s time to throw your excuses out the door! Our favourite workout gear will help you create the perfect exercise atmosphere right at home. (Note: Always consult with your doctor before trying a new workout or exercise product.)

 

On our radar: UK artists you should know

Watch out! Canada’s music scene is experiencing a British invasion. We’ve got the scoop on which artists you should pay attention to before they hit it big here in Canada. – Kelsey Harper

 

 

Meet The Water Brothers!

Meet The Water Brothers!

Tyler and Alex Mifflin didn’t start out as The Water Brothers, but a passion for water conservation and backgrounds in film and environmental studies respectively led them to create, host and produce this award-winning eco-adventure documentary series.

Now in its third season on TVO, The Water Brothers follows Alex and Tyler as they explore the world, uncovering the most important water stories of our time. We caught up with the brothers in Toronto to discuss season three and the simple changes Canadians can make to help our planet.

Vervegirl: For those who might not know about the show, tell us a bit about The Water Brothers.

Tyler: Each episode explores and focuses on a different environmental issue related to water, whether it’s our oceans, fresh water resources, access to clean water and sanitation issues, or issues surrounding climate change. We want to take viewers on an adventure and show them how water connects us all, is vital to everything we do and how we can become part of the solution to these issues we face.

VG: You feature Canadian and international issues on the show, what are some examples of the domestic water issues we face?

Photo courtesy of The Water Brothers.

Photo courtesy of The Water Brothers.

Alex: All of the big environmental issues affect us here and plastic pollution is an issue we’ve looked at a lot. We did an episode about bottled water and all of the waste that it creates, with over 65 million plastic bottles going to the City of Toronto’s landfills each year. It’s hundreds of millions of bottles per year around the world.

We also have a lot of communities in Canada that don’t have access to clean water and  sanitation, surprisingly. This most disproportionately affects First Nations communities. One in five First Nations Communities in Canada don’t have access to clean water and sanitation. These are issues we usually think of in other places like Africa or India, but we’re dealing with them here in our own backyard.

VG: In addition to water conservation, are there any other causes that are close to your hearts?

Alex: Social issues like poverty and women’s rights. We did an episode, “No Woman, No Water”, where we went to Kenya and Tanzania to look at the clean water crisis as it applies to East Africa. What became obvious to us is that women in the developing world are tasked with gathering water for their families. When they don’t have reliable access to clean water and sanitation, it’s hours each day these women can’t go to school or get a job. When you build a well or toilet you’re saving women hours and hours each week that they can now spend in school.

Tyler: Proper sanitation is a huge issue [relating to women’s rights]. When girls get their periods they often don’t go to school for the week because there’s a lot of stigma against menstruation. Bringing access to clean water and sanitation actually empowers these women and strengthens the whole community.

VG: You see a lot of ways that society is taking advantage of our resources. Conversely, what are some things we’re doing right? What are positive changes that have been made in the last few years?

Alex: We’ve made huge strides with our marine reserves. It wasn’t that long ago that there was less than one percent of the ocean protected now almost three percent is protected. Every couple of months we see countries competing to establish larger reserves, which is really encouraging. There’s still a lot of work to be done to ensure that they’re being managed properly, but the fact that they are establishing the reserves is encouraging. We also see signs that where they control fishing we see the fisheries [marine life] come back.

Another sign of progress is the government initiatives to ban microbeads in beauty products. Both the Ontario Liberal party and the national Liberal and NDP party are working on putting together a motion to ban microbeads. This is also happening in the US. But, because of how bans work, it could be three or four years before these products are actually phased out.

Tyler: Generally, youth awareness of environmental issues is increasing which is encouraging. We do a lot of speaking in schools and we’re so impressed with the amount of knowledge that students have compared to 10 years ago when we were in school. How much more people are educated and becoming aware of these issues and engaged in the solution. It’s encouraging to see that general knowledge base and that the students care.

Catch The Water Brothers Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. EST on TVO or watch episodes online at waterbrothers.ca. Stay up to date on Alex and Tyler’s latest adventures on Twitter @thewaterbros or on Facebook.

In Perfect Harmony: The ladies of Fifth Harmony on their rise to fame

In Perfect Harmony: The ladies of Fifth Harmony on their rise to fame

When Ally Brooke, Lauren Jauregui, Camila Cabello, Dinah-Jane Hansen and Normani Hamilton auditioned for the second season of the hit show The X-Factor (US edition) they had no idea of where life on the stage would take them. But when Simon Cowell, the force behind One Direction, decided that these individual contestants were too special to let go, Fifth Harmony was born.

Now, almost three years later, Fifth Harmony is working with Aeropostale and Do Something on the Teens for Jeans campaign, blowing up the charts with their debut album Reflection and selling out venues across North America with their Reflection tour.

In their own words, the ladies of Fifth Harmony dish about the album, the tour and how far they’ve come.

Vervegirl: You ladies have come a long way from your X-Factor roots, what do you think has changed the most about your lives since then?

Ally: It’s tough being away from home, my friends and family. We also get a lot less sleep, but of course I’ve had some of the best times and most memorable experiences.

Photo courtesy of Sony Music Canada

Photo courtesy of Sony Music Canada

VG: What’s the best advice you’ve received about being in the business?

Lauren: Stay true to who you are, if not you go crazy.

VG: Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your pre-X-Factor selves?

Ally: Don’t be afraid to speak up.

VG: You had a huge year in 2014 with a VMA win, would you consider that to be your “I’ve Made It” moment? If not, what do you think that moment would be?

Normani: That was definitely one of them and also getting the opportunity to sing in front of the president.

VG: After so many singles you’ve launched your debut album Reflection, why was it important to launch the album now?

Normani: The fans have been waiting a long time to hear a full album from us. We’ve grown a lot and finally found our sound and I think this
album is a great ‘reflection’ of that.

VG: Tell us about the album. How would you describe the record’s sound? Were you involved in the writing process at all?

Ally: We had a lot of input in what we wanted to say in our records. It was definitely a crazy, unpredictable and fun process, but we were so happy with the outcome. I would describe it as eclectic and versatile, there’s not just one sound – it’s a lot of styles coming together.

VG: Any favourite tracks we should keep an eye on?

Normani: Definitely “Worth It” – it’s a fun party anthem that everyone can enjoy and we just shot the video for it.

VG: Five ladies with strong personalities, was there a bit of a learning curve to working together? Spending so much time together, how do you make it work?

Camila: Whenever we have an off day we try to have alone time or take time to spend with our friends and family. It’s important to spend some time apart when we live so much of our lives together.

VG: You’ve had the chance to meet and work with some pretty big names in the industry, was there anyone who left you star struck?

Lauren: I was sitting next to Snoop Dogg at the VMAs. That was a star-struck moment for sure.

VG: Who would be your dream collaboration?

Camila: Ed Sheeran

VG: What is the craziest or best fan experience you’ve had so far?

Photo courtesy of Sony Music Canada

Photo courtesy of Sony Music Canada

One time we were in New York driving to the airport and a fan literally followed us from Good Morning America to the airport! He ran alongside the car the whole time. It was crazy!

VG: You have a few songs on Reflection that are anthems for the ladies, what do you think about the resurgence of “girl power” in music? What (if at all) is this important?

Lauren: I think it’s beautiful, well-timed and necessary. I feel like the world of women is becoming more aware of the injustice and inequality we experience and for a whole generation of infl uential artists. Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor, Katy Perry – you name it – women are literally taking over the charts. For us to be a part of this moment of female empowerment and letting girls know they’re
beautiful and strong and capable of anything a boy can do is so amazing for us.

VG: What have you learned from your band mates on your journey so far (either about life or yourself or them)?

Lauren: I’ve learned so much from my band mates about all those aspects. I’ve grown so much because of these girls be it because of situations that have come up with them or things within myself.

VG: What’s your favourite song to sing in the shower?

Lauren: My favorite song to sing in the shower is “My Boo” by Usher and Alicia Keys.

Youtubers We Love: In The Frow, Cimorelli and Lucy and Lydia

Youtubers We Love: In The Frow, Cimorelli and Lucy and Lydia

Girl power! International Women’s Day may have come and gone but that doesn’t mean we’re finished celebrating. To keep the festivities going we’ve rounded up a few of our new favourite ladies on YouTube.

In The Frow

Fashion, lifestyle, makeup, travel – nothing is out of bounds for Victoria, the talented photographer, stylist, editor and writer of In The Frow. By day she works as a fashion retail lecturer at the University of Manchester. By night this lilac-haired beauty is posting about life in the Front Row (aka. the frow) and her latest fi nds on Youtube. Her Instagram feed is full of gorgeous outfi ts and accessories you’ll want in your wardrobe. You can even shop a few of the looks in her feed via liketoknow.it.

Check out Victoria’s trip to LA where she was featured in Vervegirl covergirl Meghan Trainor’s shoot for “Lips are Movin’” in “Meghan Trainor – Lips are Movin’ BTS ad | Inthefrow”. Plus, find out how she maintains her signature pastel locks in “How to: Pink Hair and Hair Extensions | Inthefrow”.

Follow Victoria on Twitter (@InTheFrow), on Instagram (@InTheFrow), on Facebook and on Youtube.

Cimorelli

Search for “Cimorelli” on YouTube and there they are: six smiling sisters performing the latest pop hits in an a cappella style, their voices blending in perfect unison. Not only do these girls know harmony, but Christina, Katherine, Lisa, Amy, Lauren and Dani each write their own songs and have individual talents that impressed executives at Universal Records, who signed Cimorelli in April 2010.

The girls’ Youtube channel features covers of hits from Katy Perry, Taio Cruz and Bruno Mars, with more than 500 million views and over two million subscribers. Check out the girls’ cover of Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off and their original songs Renegade and I Got You.

Follow Cimorelli on Twitter (@cimorelliband), on Instagram (@cimorelliband), on Facebook and on Youtube.

Lucy and Lydia

Double trouble! The lovely Lucy and Lydia are 20-year-old identical twins from Norwich, UK who love and are obsessed with all things beauty, fashion and music related! They regularly feature fun and energetic song covers of popular artists on their channel, along with beauty tutorials, Q&A sessions, vlogs and hauls with their favourite products each season.

See how the girls get their signature curls in “Our Everyday Curly Hairstyles – Ad ”, or watch as they visit Disney World for the first time with other popular vloggers in “VLOG: Our Disney World Adventure”.

Follow Lucy and Lydia on Twitter (@lucyandlydia), on Instagram (@lucy_connell and @lydia_connell) and on Youtube.

Feature photo credits:

In The Frow – Youtube.com/InTheFrow
Cimorelli – Mike Cimorelli Jr.
Lucy and Lydia – Youtube.com/LucyandLydia

 

On Our Radar: The cast of The Next Step

On Our Radar: The cast of The Next Step

With a new season of drama and dancing upon us, the cast of the hit Family channel show The Next Step is definitely on our radar.

Each week the talented cast members of The Next Step dance their hearts out in the mockumentary-style show about life behind the scenes of a successful  dance troupe. We caught up with cast members Brittany Raymond (Riley), Victoria Baldesarra (Michelle), Trevor Tordjman (James), Lamar Johnson (West) and Jordan Clark (Giselle) to find out about life behind the scenes and what we can expect from their characters this season.

Vervegirl: What can we expect from your character this season?
Brittany: Riley is a lot more mature this season. She has a greater understanding of what it takes to grow up and is forced to deal with more mature obstacles when it comes to her relationship with James. And, of course, she’s dancing whenever she can!

VG: How have things changed for you personally since being on the show?
Jordan: The biggest thing that has changed is being out in public and people knowing who I am. It’s pretty crazy but very exciting to meet new fans all the time.

VG: What song on the radio or your fave playlist gets you moving and makes you want to dance?
Trevor: Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars is SO groovy – I love it. I’m definitely dancing every time I hear that song.

VG: How do you balance your personality with your character’s? Is it tough sometimes?
Victoria: It is hard at times to balance the two personally. Especially this past year of filming because my character went through an emotional roller coaster so it definitely takes a toll on me sometimes.

VG: Are you all friends outside of the show?
Jordan: Yes! My fellow cast mates are incredible people and they will always have a special place in my heart.

VG: Looking ahead, if you had control over what happens on The Next Step, what would happen to your character?
Lamar: If I had control I’d either become dance captain and create my own rules, or move on to do a professional job outside of The Next Step. I think those would be great steps moving forward for West.

Watch the season three premiere of The Next Step on Family Channel March 16 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. New episodes will air Monday to Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT

On Our Radar: Elle King’s debut album Love Stuff

On Our Radar: Elle King’s debut album Love Stuff

A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll and a total badass, Elle King is a songstress with something to say.

Growing up in Southern Ohio, Elle had always been loud. When her family moved to New York when she was 10, her love affair with rock and roll began. Now, armed with a passion for the stage and a hunger for success, Elle King’s debut album Love Stuff is taking the world by storm.

We caught up with Elle leading up to the album’s release to chat about feminism in music, life in the business and the truth behind her single “Ex’s and Oh’s”.

Vervegirl: Your song “Good to Be a Man” pokes fun at male stereotypes. With the recent talk of feminisim in music, do you think there’s a place for female strength in music today?
Elle King: Hell yeah! There’s always a time for any woman to have something to say and be heard. Guys can write songs calling girls different things, but I write one song called “Good to be a Man” where I’m poking fun and fighting back and people say “Oh she’s a feminist, she hates men!” I got my heart broken and I wrote that song because it made me laugh and made me feel better. Most guys laugh at that song at my shows, too.

Elle King's debut album Love Stuff - available on iTunes now.

Elle King’s debut album Love Stuff – available on iTunes now.

VG: Talking about the new album, Love Stuff, what songs should we keep an eye out for?

EK: I love, love, love “Song of Sorrow”. It’s a very special song to me. It’s about where I’m from but it’s also a journey song about being young and lost and trying to find yourself and your way back home.
“Under the Influence” is a special song because it’s the first one that really clicked into my sound and helped to define it.

VG: Who was the inspiration for your single “Ex’s & Oh’s”?
EK: Those are all true stories. They’re all my exes from the past few years. One will never talk to me again. I give fair warning when I start dating someone that we’re either going to get married or we’re going to break up and there will probably be a song about you.

VG: As a new artist, what scares you about being in the music industry?
EK: There’s a lot that scares me. First of all I’m super open and that’s something that I’m proud of. I’m not afraid to say my fears. I’m not a size two but it doesn’t stop me from thinking that I’m beautiful or that I’m talented. If every singer put a black curtain in front of them and they just sang would how they look really matter? Would it change the way you heard them or love them? We don’t approach things like that so sometimes I’m afraid that people won’t be open (to my music) because I don’t look like certain people, but God gave me this body and I’m going to love it.

With anything you create there’s always a fear no one will like it. You have to put [your music] out there and hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. I think I’m more excited right now than I am scared. I’ve worked my ass off for this album and I’m really, truly proud of it.

Check out Elle’s album Love Stuff on iTunes now! Follow Elle on Twitter and Instagram.

Win a Spa Package from Glama Gal Tween Spa!

Win a Spa Package from Glama Gal Tween Spa!

Going to a spa for the first time can be intimidating for anyone. Not sure what to expect? Here’s where Glama Gals comes in to make it a healthy, fun and an everlasting memory! This package includes a dessert manicure & pedicure, Organic Edible Chocolate Facial, and Photo Keepsake to cherish your first and definitely not last visit at Glama Gal Tween Spa.

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Tips for applying to post-secondary school

Tips for applying to post-secondary school

So you’ve decided what you’d like to study after high school and you’re ready to apply to university or college. Now what? You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers.

Where do I apply?
You may pine for a certain school, but most good institutions receive countless applications and competition can be fierce. Therefore, apply to at least six schools, ranking your selections into three categories.

  1. Reach schools: Here is where you dream big. Include schools that are your top choices but may be a long shot, perhaps due to your grades or strong competition for a limited number of seats.
  2. Probable schools: You know with confidence that you meet these schools’ admission requirements.
  3. Safety schools: These are your back-up options – schools where you exceed the requirements.

 

Can I afford it?
If your folks can’t foot the bill, apply for financial aid, even if you think you might not be approved. Ask your guidance counsellor for information on scholarships and start to sock away money from any part-time job you may have. There are different payment plans at different schools. Call their financial aid offices to get a clearer picture of the bottom line.

Is it too early for me to start planning?
It’s never too early. Whether you’re in Grade 9, 10 or 11 you can:

PHOTO CREDIT: racorn/shutterstock.com

PHOTO CREDIT: racorn/shutterstock.com

  • Start your research via the Internet.
  • Meet with your high school guidance counsellor.
  • Get advice from people working in thecareer you’re interest in.
  • Visit schools you’d like to attend.
  • Connect through social media. (You can get valuable insights about what others may think by visiting a school’s Facebook page.)
  • Become more well-rounded through volunteering, employment and sports clubs. This helps you make yourself more interesting to admissions officers.
  • Build relationships with teachers who you might like to ask for recommendation letters.

I’ve applied. Now what?

Continue to work hard and keep your grades up. No one wants to get accepted into a school only to have the door slam shut again because of poor grades in the last semester. Do the schools you applied to have all the paperwork required? It doesn’t hurt to double-check. Also, get cracking on applying for financial aid or scholarships, and research housing options.

Your guidance counsellor is there to help you make important decisions. We asked Dr. Beth Robinson, a director with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, to give us the lowdown.

What kind of help can a student expect?
High school counsellors can help with the “what next?” questions. They can help you access information about various programs of study and admission prerequisites at trade schools, colleges and universities; post-secondary financing, apprenticeships and on-the-job training, employment services and youth volunteer service programs. School counsellors can help you explore and narrow the range of choices, based on your values, interests, strengths, goals and dreams.

How can a student prepare for an initial meeting to discuss post-secondary options?
Write down your questions. For example: Should I go to college or to university? Next, write down any decisions you’ve already made to help to clarify your thinking. For example, you want a post-secondary option that will allow you to continue to engage in a particular athletic or musical activity, or you might wish to stay in a specific geographical area. A third step is to spend time thinking about your goals, priorities and dreams, and discussing them with family and friends. Write out your thoughts. Bring a copy of each of these three documents to your first meeting.

How can a student make the most out of the student-counsellor relationship?
Plan to meet with your school counsellor more than once. Important decisions should be thoughtful and well informed. Expect to do some ‘homework’ between sessions, aimed at increasing your self-awareness, self-knowledge and insight. Attend sessions with an open mind and be willing to think outside of your comfort zone. Don’t be too quick to choose or to rule out an option. When reflecting on each post-secondary study and career path possibility, ask yourself what it is about that option that does or does not attract you and why.

When it comes to post-secondary education planning, what is a common roadblock?
One of the biggest challenges is thinking that you have to make the one, ‘right’ career choice. And then believing you’ll be stuck with it and it will be too costly to ever change direction. The reality is that you’ll change jobs several times in your life. This is not only normal, but offers a richly varied, rewarding, and satisfying work life with no regrets for paths not taken. Take the pressure off yourself
– you don’t have to make a ‘forever’ decision at this point.

Important Dates

Consult each school to determine important dates and deadlines. Use the chart below as an example of the process of applying to a college in Ontario. Dates may vary from province to province, and school to school, but one thing is consistent: missed deadlines equal late fees and retracted offers of admission.

  • November: Start sending out your application information for admission into the next school year.
  • February: All applications received by Feb. 1 are considered equally. Applications received after the deadline are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission decisions are starting to be made.
  • May: Applicants must confirm which offer of admission they are accepting.
  • June: Tuition fees are due.

 

Fix Dry Winter Skin with these Remedies

Fix Dry Winter Skin with these Remedies

Dry skin or not, the harsh conditions of winter can wreak havoc on the sensitive, exposed skin of face and hands. But have no fear! Expert Chloe McCauley, National Dermocosmetic Educator of La Roche Posay has a few tips up her sleeve to keep skin looking fresh all season long.

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PHOTO CREDIT: deepblue-photographer/Shutterstock.com

Why does skin get so dry during the winter?
In the winter a lot of people experience dryness (due to a lack of oil) and dehydration (a lack of water in the skin). Cold winds, the forced air of indoor heating systems and fluctuating temperatures cause skin to dry out. Going from indoors to outdoors all the time doesn’t help either.

What are some symptoms of dry skin?

  • Irritation, inflammation and redness.
  • A feeling of tightness in the face, especially when you smile.
  • Skin that is rough to the touch, or even flaking.

Can dry skin be treated or is it something we just need to suffer with until summer?
To treat dry skin, an inside-out approach really works best. If it’s a situation you really want to fix, you’ll need to commit to a bit of a lifestyle change.

Try these tips:
Trade in hot showers for warm ones and limit the time you spend lathering up. No more than 15 minutes. If you’re already lacking moisture, the hot water will start to break down the natural oils in  skin.
Don’t rub skin dry. Instead, gently pat skin dry with your towel and apply moisturizer immediately  after drying, while skin is still damp. This helps the moisturizer penetrate deeper into skin.
Omega-3s and Omega-6s. Omega-3s helps bodies hold moisture and keeps everything lubricated. Try adding a few Omega-3 rich foods like raw nuts, avocado and salmon to meals. Good thing granola, guacamole and sushi are so delicious!

How can our readers protect their skin against the sun’s rays while snowboarding, skiing or even while out for a walk?
Prevention is still key! In winter UV rays are still incredibly strong. Snow is a reflective surface and actually reflects 80 percent of those rays. What does that mean? It’s extremely important to use high quality sunscreens that push UV-A rays away from skin. These harmful rays are present all year long so it important to keep yourself protected. A broad-spectrum sunscreen can help.

Some acne medications cause dry skin. How can our readers who use these meds fight off  dehydration?
Aside from dry skin on the face, it can also happen on lips. Luckily there are a few products that can hydrate. La Roche Posay’s Ceralip is formulated for people on the acne medication Accutane. It’s also great for those who participate in cold weather sports.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Antonio Guillem/Shutterstock.com

The condition of skin can really fluctuate over the course of a month. Can periods have anything to do with that?
Definitely. The fluctuation of hormones plus the stress that can occur around “that time of the month” can definitely change our skin. Closer to your period, your skin produces a thick, sticky oil, which means you have a higher chance for breakouts. You may also find that your pre-period breakouts are always in the same spot, like your chin or forehead. This is caused by a single oil gland that produces more each month.

All about eczema

For some, living with dry, chapped skin is a daily occurrence. While some people face minor skin changes in winter, those with severe skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis can find their conditions become almost unbearable in the winter months. “People with eczema naturally have an overactive immune system. It’s like the skin wants to protect  against everything,” says Chloe. Using soap-free shower gels and hand washes can help. Consult your family doctor or pharmacist who can help you find a treatment that works.

 

The Dangers of Caffeine for Teens

The Dangers of Caffeine for Teens

Do you start your day with a double-double?

Though your morning macchiato sounds harmless and downright delicious, these extra jolts of caffeine can end up being a real downer to your health. “Drinking too much caffeine is associated with
rapid heart rate, vomiting, change in heart rhythm and psychotic episodes, and could cause convulsions and even death, warns Dr. Ran Goldman, professor, Department of Pediatrics at University of British Columbia, Child and Family Research Institute in Vancouver.

In the past, pop was the main caffeine culprit. But today Dr. Goldman says teens are consuming more caffeine than ever, thanks to the abundance of gourmet coffee and energy drinks. The recommended amount of caffeine for a teen is up to 180 mg (equal to a filter drip 8 oz. coffee), however, many teens are exceeding that limit.

And, not only can that be bad for your health, but its downright counter-productive. Think about it. You down a macchiato or two while cramming for your exam the next day. Sure, that caffeine might give you an energy boost long enough to get through the ins and outs of Algebra but it will also upset your sleep cycles. This, in turn, will sour your mood and have a negative effect on your ability to focus, leaving you with a less-than-stellar performance.

The solution? Grab for green tea instead, says Dr. Joey Shulman, bestselling author and a nutritionist who often works with teens.

“Green tea secretes EGCG and L-theanine, which are good for your metabolism and make you feel alert and calm at the same time,” she says.