Entries Tagged as 'Style on the Hill'

If Met Gala Celebs Were Your Professors

5.05.2017

By Rebekah Swank

It’s nearly finals week, and by this point in the semester you have a pretty good read on your professors and their personalities. There are good ones, bad ones, and ones that make you want to walk blindly onto Jayhawk Boulevard with the hope of getting hit by a bus. Here they all are as the 2017 Met Gala attendees. Because fashion.

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Lily Collins wearing Giambattista Valli

Lily is the professor you admire because she really has her shit together. She has six degrees, is head of the department and gets your assignment graded within a day of you turning it in. She’s a hard ass, but you respect her for it.

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Lily Aldridge in Ralph Lauren Collection Custom

Lily Aldridge, on the other hand, is the young, hip, fun professor you want to be. She completed her Ph.D. dissertation in Marrakech, and she doesn’t let you forget it. She wears stilettos or boots everywhere she goes, and you hope to one day run into her at a bar.

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Kendall Jenner wearing La Perla Haute Couture and Kim Kardashian wearing Vivienne Westwood

Kendall and Kim are like those TAs you love to hate. They are rude, not helpful and after you ask them a question, you suspect that they are talking about how stupid they think you are. When they are subbing the professor and realize no one has completed the assigned readings, they promise not to tattle on the class, but then they tell the professor and get the entire class a pop quiz.

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Rihanna wearing Comme des Garçons

Rihanna is the professor we all want to have. She doesn’t take attendance, curves every test, cancels class on a semi-regular basis and doesn’t require students to take a final. She curses, and she admits when she is hungover. She is beauty and grace. She is a queen.

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Joe Jonas wearing Elizabeth Kennedy

Joe is that cute professor you have a crush on. You try to pull a Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls and dumb yourself down so you have an excuse to talk to him, but he sees right through you.

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Jaden Smith wearing Louis Vuitton

Jaden Smith is that kooky professor who terrifies you. In the middle of his lecture, he says things that are weird, off-putting, gross or a combination of the three. He’s a creepy dude who wonders why he even holds office hours because no one ever comes.

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Zoë Kravitz wearing Oscar de la Renta

Ah, Zoë. She is the older professor you could talk to for hours. She seems to have all the knowledge and wisdom in the world, and you can’t hear enough of it. If you have to talk to her after class, you end up staying for 30 minutes longer than you had planned because you two get swept up in conversation.

The Ultimate Glossier Super Pack Review

4.18.2017

By Rebekah Swank

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I have been using the Super Pack for about three and a half months, and I can say with confidence that Glossier has stolen my heart. When I began this (kind of expensive) venture, my expectations for these three serums were low, but I was still hopeful. My skin was cluttered with small zits and terribly dull, but I think these serums have helped improve both of those problems.

At the beginning of my experiment, I was using Clean & Clear Continuous Control acne cleanser with benzoyl peroxide twice a day. However, a month ago I started using Alba Botanica Good & Clean Toxin Release Scrub, along with St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub and Aveeno Positively Radiant brightening cleanser. I’ll use one of the scrubs in the morning, and one at night, and follow each of them with the gentle Aveeno cleanser. I still use the Clean & Clear cleanser with a Clarisonic brush if I fall asleep with makeup on, or if I feel like I need extra exfoliating, but I typically only use it two or three times per week. I believe using products with more natural ingredients in combination with the Super Pack has boosted my results.

What I love most about these serums are the ingredients. Each serum has natural, gentle ingredients that help skin reach its healthiest form. Although my blemishes haven’t vanished completely, I can definitely see a difference in the texture and brightness of my skin.

These serums also go a long way; meaning I’ve been using them for nearly four months and I am only about half-way through each bottle. Because they are so concentrated with magical vitamin goodness, you only need to use three to four drops every day. That makes coughing up $65 plus shipping for these bad boys a little easier.

My favorite serum is Super Pure, which helps with blemishes and irritation. It flushes out impurities from makeup, junk food and alcohol—it’s like a free skin pass to do whatever you want! It feels light and clean on my skin, and I think it’s the Super with the best results.

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The Supers are a great, less expensive starting place for people looking into high quality skin products. They really do take care of your skin. However, I probably won’t purchase all three of them at the same time again. I like Super Pure and Super Bounce way more than Super Glow, so I will most likely buy those separately. I highly recommend the Super Pack; it’s easy to use, easy to incorporate into your routine and feels phenomenal on your skin. Overall, I give it 8.5/10.

Stick and Poke

4.12.2017

 

By Melissa Yunk

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“You do not want to poke too far to make yourself bleed but far enough to hear an audible “pop” when you pull the needle out.”

Rachel Bennett, a senior from Basehor, cringes at her friend’s words, but continues to wrap her sewing needle with some thread. She finishes sketching a small tree on her wrist, dips the needle in the bright green ink and gets to work. Stick. Pop. Stick. Pop.

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Bennett and her friend are giving each other stick and poke tattoos in her friend’s attic, surrounded by burning sage, discussing witchcraft.

“I was not initially planning on giving myself a tattoo, but I like to think of myself as a spontaneous person so it didn’t take much to change my mind,” Bennett says.

Stick and poke, or DIY tattoos are not a new trend—they’re common in jail cells across the nation—but they are the latest thing in tattoos among young adults and on college campuses.

A simple Google search makes it clear how much of a trend this is. In a matter of seconds, you’ll find quirky how-to videos, endless tattoo ideas on Pinterest and Instagram, and even DIY kits in stores such as Etsy and Amazon.

But you don’t need a kit—it’s possible to do at-home tattoos using common household products. All you need is a sewing needle, some thread and ink.

Caroline Roe, a sophomore with eight stick and pokes, has perfected the process. After cleaning and shaving the area of the tattoo, she does a rough sketch of her design idea. She then sticks the needle in the eraser of a pencil and wraps the thread around the sharp end of the needle to hold the ink.  After putting together her tool, either she or a friend continuously pokes over the sketch until it is finished.

A small stick and poke can take around two hours, approximately four times as long as a traditional tattoo. They also fade faster than professional tattoos and tend to hurt more. Roe says the consistent speed of a tattoo gun needle often helps numb the pain after a few moments. However, when tattooing yourself, the inconsistent speed and depth of the poke makes pain constant and more intense.

Roe also has a few traditional tattoos, but likes the DIY method because of the extremely low cost—practically free—and artistic freedom. “Sure, parlors might be more clean and it is nice supporting artists,” Roe says. “But I really like the spontaneity of stick and pokes and being able to have full control of the designs.”

However, sacrificing the cleanliness of a tattoo parlors is not such a good idea. Kim Ens, director of clinic services for the Douglas County Health Department, talked about the risk of acquiring infections such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and even HIV when using unprofessionally sanitized needles. The only way to guarantee a needle is sterile, she says, is to use a brand new one. Bennett sterilized her needle by running it under a flame and wiping it with rubbing alcohol.

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“It may not have been smart,” Bennett says. “But it was something.”

Ens added that ink that is not diluted or meant for tattoos can also lead to variety of infections or allergic reactions, so it is important to use the correct ink. “Overall, my opinion is to not do it to yourself,” Ens says.

Despite these concerns, there is still appeal behind stick and poke tattoos, whether it be the elongated adrenaline rush, the comfort of doing it in your own home, or the gritty appearance both girls spoke of.

“I feel brave and accomplished after finishing,” Bennett says. “Sure, slightly endangered but the feeling of doing it and being proud of something I made is worth it.”

Kansas City Fashion Week F/W ’17

4.04.2017

By Mary Ann Omoscharka

Kansas City Fashion Week celebrated its 11th season last week, from March 26th until April 1st. The Fall/Winter ’17 showcase offered four runway evenings and an amazing total of 37 designers. The event that used to take place at the Union Station premiered a new location, the spectacular Grand Hall at Power & Light in downtown Kansas City, MO.

The celebrations kicked off at the Bubbly & Bowties event at R24 Studios, with a strict cocktail and black tie dress code, unlimited champagne and a fabulous Dior beauty bar that gave us a little make-up upgrade with bold lipstick and a fierce cat eye. Sponsors included R24 Studios, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, J. Rieger & Co. Dior, Events with Soul and AUI Fine Foods.

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Thursday Night Runway Show at the Grand Hall at Power & Light

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ROGER FIGUEROA

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WIKI WANG

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AMANDA CASAREZ

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MADYSSEN JEAN

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LEE JEANS

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NOELLE DESIGNS

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CRYSTAL BRAKHAGE DESIGNS

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MORE THAN JUST FIGLEAVES & ERIN PAIGE

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Saturday Night Runway Show at the Grand Hall at Power & Light

Special thanks belong to the amazing designer Munelle De Vie who dressed us in her beautiful S/S ’17 collection that she presented at KCFW last season. You will be able to shop her entire collection on her website soon!

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MICHAEL DRUMMOND

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BARBARA BULTMAN

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GEORGINA HERRERA

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HOUSE OF COCHON

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LUCIA’S SARTO & DOLYN BAGS

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We would like to thank the organization team of Kansas City Fashion Week for having us and for creating such an amazing event and atmosphere. See you next season!

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A Beginner’s Guide To Male Skincare

2.21.2017

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By Logan Gossett

This one’s for the guys that struggled with endemic acne in high school; the guys whose hope diminished as the acne pervaded past high school; the guys who are engaging in a civil war with acne and acne scars. This one’s for the guys with dry skin; the guys whose oily skin resembles an embalmed sea turtle after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; the guys with a sweaty forehead. Everybody wants perfect skin, and this one’s for the guys who don’t know where to begin.

Even guys who are content with cratered, neglected, and flaccid skin should use a daily face cleanser and an all-purpose moisturizer. Cleansers and moisturizers are the meat and potatoes of the face. Without them, a man’s face will essentially be meatless and potatoless.

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The first step is choosing a cleanser. The optimal cleanser will largely be determined by your skin type. Almost all facial cleansers are marketed for use by people with normal, dry, or oily skin types. Most brands additionally offer peripheral alternatives for people with combination skin, such as normal-dry.

As someone with normal-dry-oily-useless combination skin, Cetaphil’s Gentle Skin Cleanser offers an exceptionally well-rounded facial cleanse. I also suffer from rosacea, or “Flustered Santa Claus” face. Rosacea causes skin to flare rapidly when it’s irritated, which occurs with an obnoxious level of frequency. Men with normal-oily skin often see positive results with the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser.

No matter which cleanser you choose, it should be used every morning and every evening before bed. Once cleansing becomes a habit, neglecting to cleanse will make you feel just as disgusting as forgetting to wipe. And, considering the facial fallout of acne that failing to cleanse causes, it basically is.

  1. Moisturizers

The second step is choosing a moisturizer.

When people are learning how to lucidly dream, they often perform “reality checks,” such as looking at their hands after walking through a doorway. These habituations act as triggers within a dream. Looking at your hand only to find 12 fingers and an eyeball with a monocle generally doesn’t happen in reality. Moisturizing is basically a reality check for skincare. Everybody should literally be moisturizing at all times. At this point, I struggle to wash my hands if I can’t moisturize them afterward.

Just like cleansers, most moisturizer brands offer products for each basic skin type. However, if your skin is easily triggered like mine, it’s best to refrain from an herbal or scented moisturizer. While they might feel soothing during application, they can irritate your skin and cause temporary breakouts and redness.

CeraVe offers an infallible selection of moisturizers. I use my CeraVe Moisturizing Cream (without SPF) more liberally than I use complimentary salsa at a Mexican restaurant. If you suffer from dry skin and can tolerate a scent, Dr. Lin Skincare Daily Hydrating Gel can be equally soothing and effective.

  1. (Optional) Sunscreen, Exfoliators and Masks

Sunscreen is invaluable, but it’s often neglected. Localities are beginning to provide sunscreen in public outdoor areas in an effort to mitigate damage caused by nefarious UV rays. Until sunscreen is universally available or the Sun dies, squirt some Anthelios 50 Body Mineral Tinted or Paula’s Choice Extra Care Non-Greasy sunscreen into your face before you walk outside. Many cleansers and dermatological treatments can cause increased skin vulnerability, making sunscreen especially important.

Exfoliators boast a healthy variety of methods, including chemical applicants (AHA and BHA), chemical peels, and scrubs. Cleansers can’t hoe all of the dirt buried in your pores. Chemical exfoliators like Stridex Maximum Pads and Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant are alcohol free, minimizing the irritation that exfoliants often cause. Overusing exfoliators can cause redness and rashes, but using exfoliators every other night can be a prerequisite for smooth, soft skin — which is the pinnacle of manliness. If you decide to regularly use an exfoliator, apply it after washing and drying your face. Wait five minutes, lather on some moisturizer, and your skin will look like an infant’s butt in no time.

Masks are what face care’s all about. Masks are both the cherry on top of the sundae and the sundae itself. Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Masque is a well-rounded mint julep option; Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay has the best product description on Amazon, “World’s most powerful facial,” and it’s a phenomenal clay mask treatment; then, if you feel like being a little bonkers, the My Beauty Diary Imperial Birds Nest Mask is a sheet mask that provides a feeling of unparalleled rejuvenation.

 Note: I did not expound on the minutiae of each product’s chemical composition, but, if you feel like doing some deep reading to accompany your deep cleaning, polish your skin and skincare knowledge over at the subreddit /r/skincareaddiction’s FAQ. The FAQ provides useful information about essential products and confusing acronyms, like AHA and BHA.

Another note: Burn = Bad. A seemingly refreshing sting on the face is actually your skin’s moisture barrier shattering. Neutrogena Men’s Invigorating Face Wash and Neutrogena’s AcneWash are caustic. The burning sensation is literally your skin burning.

The Model Designers Are Cautious to Dress

2.08.2017

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By Anna Meyer

As the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump has a lot of upcoming tasks at hand. She needs to pick out the White House china, focus on her chosen ambition to put an end to bullying and smile through all of the ceremonial duties that the lucky ladies of presidents get to do. When it comes to serving the country as not only a role model but a fashion model as well, First Ladies have been historically known (*ahem*, Jackie Kennedy and Michelle Obama) to set trends and create awareness for American designers through which designers they choose to wear.

But before Melania even got a chance to announce her inauguration outfit plans, designer Sophie Theallet tweeted a public statement after the election urging her fellow designers to refuse to dress Melania due to her husband’s racist, sexist, xenophobic ways.

Marc Jacobs didn’t even need to see Theallet’s tweet before declaring, “”I have no interest whatsoever in dressing Melania Trump. I didn’t see [Sophie Theallet’s] letter. Personally, I’d rather put my energy into helping out those who will be hurt by [Donald] Trump and his supporters.”

Lots of designers, including Tom Ford, Phillip Lim, and Derek Lim have joined Jacobs and Theallet and have all expressed disinterest in dressing Melania. But others, like Calvin Klein and Dolce & Gabbana, have said that they’d be happy to have a historical figure wearing their clothes. The opinions went viral post-election, and silent or neutral designers were being prodded by journalists and fashion enthusiasts to publicly address their stance.

To dress or not to dress Melania became the hot topic to write, research and inquire about in fashion news, and some designers were not having it.

“In the midst of this heated debate, the question actually seems somewhat irrelevant,” Cynthia Rowley told WWD. “She can simply purchase whatever she wants, so how can we control it? Just because she’s shown wearing a designer does not mean that designer is endorsing her, her husband or any of their beliefs. Checking someone’s ethical beliefs before they’re allowed to purchase, sets up an exclusionary dynamic that feeds into the exact mentality that is preventing us from moving forward in a positive direction.”

In the time since all of the drama began and her husband was sworn in as President, Melania has already worn designs by Hervé Pierre, Reem Acra, and Ralph Lauren.

Although it is easy to dismiss the style and dressing of the First Lady as a frivolous idea, it’s important to remember the tradition and pageantry involved in a presidency, and how the fashion choices made by Melania are no different, just as Vanessa Friedman wrote about for The New York Times.
“They paint a picture of the family that now represents the country, of their ambitions, goals and values, at a moment when the world is watching,” she wrote. “This time, the brush strokes swirled: not with accessibility, but with aspiration, and nationalism. A case of the emperor’s new clothes, or a harbinger of things to come? We’ll have to keep looking to find out.”

The Freedom of Going Braless

2.07.2017

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By Rebekah Swank

I’m a busty woman. I wear a size 36 DD bra. I started wearing underwire bras in elementary school and my back and shoulders often ache, which forces me to hunch over like Quasimodo. I have to wear a bra if I’m doing any kind of physical activity, otherwise the skin on my chest is painfully pulled and stretched. However, it’s a well-known fact that women love taking off their bras after a long day and I am no exception. Coming home after work or school and unfastening the clips of a bra—removing the constraints that have been cutting into your flesh for hours—is a liberating sensation.

About a year ago I forgot to put on a bra before a class. It simply slipped my mind. I realized as soon as I boarded the bus. It was awkward at first. With every swift movement and gentle jiggle I became increasingly concerned with who was noticing my less-than-perky chest. I considered making a run for it back home to strap the wild things down. Was anyone looking? Could anyone actually tell? Was it obvious? During the hour and fifteen minutes I was listening to the lecture, my apprehension gradually subsided. I no longer needed to fidget with my straps, or adjust the wire poking my side. I breathed freely and deeply. I went braless nearly every day for the remainder of the semester.

At times when I had to run to catch the bus or quickly hop down stairs I felt a little uncomfortable. I occasionally wondered if the jabroni sitting next to me could tell, and if he could, was he thinking about it? My under-boob sweat definitely increased. However, I felt free and womanly and confident. I’d had enough of the restrictions bras put on my body for a while.

I mentioned my new habit to my sister (who has a very similar body type to mine). “Ew, that’s too hippie for me,” she said. It was an unintentionally blunt comment that instantly became lodged in my brain. I hid my breasts underneath large sweatshirts; to be completely honest, I still do that most of the time when I choose to go without a bra. Something about the natural hanging of my breasts was unsettling. I wanted to bury them. They weren’t perky when I didn’t wear a bra, and that deterred me from wearing anything that would make it too obvious. I was afraid of being the hippie my sister (and so many others) judged, instead of accepting the womanly figure I wanted so badly to embrace.
I recently had a brief conversation with another staffer at a Style on the Hill meeting. We discussed our agony when we have to go somewhere that requires a more supported bust. We talked about how once you go braless, it’s hard to go back. She said, “you just have to get over what everyone else thinks about it and you’re totally fine.” I love not wearing a bra, so the scrutiny from others has become easier to ignore. As someone who has quarreled with body image and objectification because of my DDs, it’s challenging to embrace them without a push-up. When I don’t wear a bra, I love that I don’t feel constrained. I love that in some ways, I feel more beautiful with low-hangers. I love that I can own up to not wearing bra. I love letting my skin breathe. I love foregoing one item of clothing. I love the powerful feeling. I love being a woman, and I love being free of my bra.

Glossier Serums: How Super are the Supers?

1.25.2017

By Rebekah Swank

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Well friends, I have been using all three of the Glossier serums for about four weeks now. Here’s how it’s been going…

I pulled up the website to order these tiny bottles of goodness ($65 worth of goodness) and the Super Pack was sold out. I got onto Glossier.com four or five days in a row before I could finally order it (I took this popularity as a sign that the serums were truly worth it). When my package finally arrived, it came in a clean white box. “The Supers,” was printed in small letters on the front. When I opened it, powdery pink painted the inside. I pulled out a page of stickers, tiny emojis and graphics matching those from the website on it. Then I saw a poster, a few informational and promotional inserts, and under it all were the Supers. All three of them. I have to give it to Glossier, their design aesthetic is very pleasing.

When I first began implementing the Supers into my skincare routine, I realized that I was not exactly sure how to use these bad boys. Let’s face it, this was the most money I had ever spent on a skincare product (maybe any item ever) and I did not intend on wasting it. I didn’t know how to apply the serums, in what order to use them, or how they would react with my other skincare products. I tried searching online, but all I found were reviews and articles describing the serums. Then I realized something: Glossier is all about personalized and individual skincare and makeup. These products are gentle and natural so that they can fit into anyone’s routine. I am the one who decides how to use the serums. I make the decision on how to fit the serums into my daily routine. So that’s what I did. However, one thing became very clear during my research: one should never use a serum more than once per day. They are extremely concentrated.

Here’s how I incorporated them into my skincare routine. Every morning I wake up and use a tough cleanser with benzoyl peroxide and apply that with a Clarisonic brush. Immediately following, I use a gentle foaming cleanser from Aveeno. After I dry my face,  I apply a pore-shrinking toner to my face and neck with a cotton round. Then come the serums. I squeeze a drop of Super Glow on my forehead and both cheeks. I rub it into my skin, spreading it upward and outward. I do the same thing with Super Pure, and follow it with an oil-free moisturizer with SPF 15. I do nearly the same routine at night, and after toner I use Super Bounce (I usually rub this one over my lips and under my eyes too) followed by Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus moisturizer. Beauty is pain, right?

Since I have been using the serums, I see small changes in my complexion. My skin is extremely soft and smooth. I can definitely see Super Bounce at work. I think it is my favorite so far, especially due to its milky texture. I still have yet to see major changes in the brightness of my skin, and my breakouts have persisted. Perhaps, Super Glow and Super Pure need more time to take effect. All three of the serums feel light and clean on my skin, and they never feel slimy or heavy.

Overall I’m liking, not ~*loving*~, the results. Stay tuned for the final review in four weeks. TTYL <3

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Glossier Serums: What You Need to Know

12.01.2016

By Rebekah Swank

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If you haven’t heard of the beauty brand Glossier, you aren’t the only one. It is based in New York, and although it isn’t well known in the Midwest, it has been quickly gaining popularity across the states.

The brand stems from the beauty blog Into the Gloss (ITG), which was founded by Emily Weiss in 2010. According to the Glossier website, it has set out to start a “beauty movement that celebrates real girls, in real life.” It emphasizes enhancing women’s natural beauty while teaching girls to have fun and learn what works for them in the process. When you go the website, you are welcomed with white, pastel pink, and fun emoticons and graphics—it’s super hip—basically everything you imagined womanhood to be when you were growing up. ITG shares much of the same philosophy. The ITG site explains that “ITG editors sit on the bathroom floors of everyone from Jenna Lyons to Kim Kardashian to talk products, career, and what beauty means to women today.” These editors, especially Weiss, have truly made a name for themselves in the billion-dollar beauty industry simply by encouraging women to explore new beauty regimens, and to celebrate their own.

My interest in Glossier began when my older sister emailed me a 20% off coupon for my first purchase (probably just so she could also receive a discount for referring others, but hey, it worked). As I explored the website, I realized how unconventional it is compared to a majority of other beauty brand sites. The simplicity of the layout, the whimsy of the design, the bare, undone faces of the women modeling the makeup—it all seemed so different, and honest. TBH they really know how to market their products, because I wanted everything Glossier. From foundation, to face mist, to a terry headband with their logo on it—I wanted it ALL. Then reality set in. My poor college student budget, and cobweb-ridden wallet ended that desire very quickly. Unfortunately, these products aren’t cheap, even though they are more affordable than several other beauty brands offer.

I turned my attention back to the serums, which is what my sister recommended after she had been raving about them for some time. They are often called the “super squad,” and the website claims that the concentrated serums “refill your skin’s deficiencies, strengthening it day after day.” The three serums together cost 65 dollars. The first, Super Glow, is made with vitamin C and magnesium to brighten and rejuvenate dull, tired skin. The site says “over time, Super Glow evens skin tone, and creates a light-reflective complexion.” Sounds ~dreamy~. Second comes Super Pure. Made with zinc and niacinamide, this serum helps to reduce redness and blemishes caused by stress, junk food, and your period. Yes, plz. Super Bounce comes last, containing hydraulic acid and vitamin B5. This serum is meant to help improve elasticity and smoothness after your skin has been mistreated by travel, sun exposure, and, wait for it, hangovers. YAS! After reading through the ingredients and effects of these serums, I really considered paying for overnight shipping. Ta-ta to my paycheck!

I am going to try these suckers out and see just how ~*magical*~ they really are. I have combination skin, and suffer from breakouts often around my T Zone. I’m hoping that the serums reduce my blemishes and get rid of some of the scars I have from previous breakouts. After I use them for 2-3 weeks, I’ll let you know about the effects I’ve seen, and what I think about the super pack. Is it worth the $70? Should I have saved that money for pizza and wine? (Probably!) We shall see.

2016’s Most and Least Fashionable Politicians

11.08.2016

By Justin Hermstedt

Thousands of Americans find themselves between a rock and a hard place this election. Of course, millions of voters love Donald Trump, and millions of voters love Hillary Clinton. But, for the sake of argument, let’s stick to the left-leaning, Bernie-loving, millennial bubble that we call home.

Does the following describe your thoughts on the election? You remain undecided; you’re not quite ready to just flip a coin; and somehow you don’t take Gary Johnson seriously? Then maybe you should vote based on an under-appreciated aspect of our politicians. Don’t vote for who will do the best job. Vote for who’ll look the best doing it.

Let’s take a look at some options.

Donald Trump

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Signature look: suit and baseball cap

The Donald. Mr. Brexit. Drumpf. Cheeto Jesus. A man of many names, but next to no interesting outfits. Trump crawls his way up to a passing grade because he’s the only candidate to release a clothing line. That only get’s him so far, because the Donald J. Trump Signature Collection was cancelled by Macy’s pretty much the moment Trump announced his candidacy.

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Trump manages to make a closet full of designer suits look boring, and his signature hat looks like a 16 year-old designed it to promote his lawn-mowing business.

Hillary Clinton

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Grade: B

Signature look: pantsuit

Certainly the most talked about politician in terms of fashion, Hillary Clinton has developed her personal, consistent style against great adversity. This feat of individuality earns Crooked Hillary a commendable “B.” Clinton ultimately falls short of a higher grade because some of her outfits are unattractive, but she doesn’t let the haters keep her down, which we could all learn from.

Marco Rubio

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Grade: A-

Signature look: suit & tie

Marco Rubio isn’t going to be on the ballot today, but he was worth mentioning regardless. Rubio tends to sport a traditional but polished outfit, which seems to fit his brand. Rubio breaks into the “A” range largely due to the boots pictured above. The heeled boots by Florsheim sparked controversy across the political landscape. Everyone knows that one of the greatest forms of flattery to a fashionisto is having right-wingers question his masculinity.

Below we see Rubio outshining Ted Cruz while wearing the same outfit.*

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*To be fair, a potato could outshine Ted Cruz.

Barack Obama

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Grade: A+

Signature look: diverse casual-wear

“Barack Hussein”? More like, “Barack Slimane”. Sure, that only works if you butcher the pronunciation of “Slimane,” but the point is, President Obama has style.

President Obama gets an “A+” because no one else comes close. Sometimes it seems like President Obama serves primarily as a neutral backdrop to the elegant Michelle Obama, but he deserves more credit than that.

President Obama taking his jacket off, rolling up his sleeves, and shooting hoops is the coolest thing the White House has seen since Bill Clinton on the saxophone.  

A higher meaning can be drawn from President Obama’s clothing. Seen below is President Obama satirizing everyday apparel with a pungent normcore outfit.

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Are you still undecided? What, Barack Obama wasn’t the answer you were looking for? Term limits seemed like such a good idea, huh? President Obama is probably looking forward to having some free time for shopping anyway. In all seriousness, we should listen to Ted Cruz and vote our conscience.

Dishonorable mention: Jeb Bush

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Signature look: disappointment

 

 

DIY: No Sew T-Shirt to Purse Transformation

11.07.2016

By Natalie Gibson

Now that summer weather has officially ended, we all have a fair amount of short-sleeved t-shirts laying around that we will never wear again. Pick out your favorite one (or least favorite one?!)  and follow along in a tutorial that involves only 3 supplies, no sewing, and takes less than 10 minutes. Gosh, I love easy crafts!

Supplies:

  • Hot glue gun & glue
  • Fabric scissors
  • Old (but cute) t-shirt

Step 1: Gather your supplies.

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Step 2: Lay out the t-shirt flat on your work surface.

Step 3: Cut off the two sleeves and collar.

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Step 4: Cut the two sleeves in half at the top.  This will allow for you to create handles.

Step 5: Tie the sleeve strips together to create a handle for the purse.  Afterwards, tighten the knots and stretch the fabric to create a sturdy handle.  

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Step 6: Put hot glue on the bottom hem of one side of the shirt and fold the other side of the shirt over onto the glue.  This will create a bottom for the purse and make sure nothing falls out!

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Step 7: Show off your new creation around campus! P.S. You’d be surprised how spacious your new purse is!

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5 Essentials of Preppy Style

10.19.2016

By Justin Hermstedt

What is prep? Some say it’s a way of life. It’s more than just wearing Ralph Lauren (praise be unto him). It’s not what fills the closets in fraternities. In fact, it’s closer to your dad’s wardrobe than your frat-daddy’s one.

What we recognize as prep today can be traced back to the early 20th century Ivy League schools. Today, there are two major hemispheres of preppy style: Northeastern (think J. Crew) and Southern (think Vineyard Vines). Prep is about wearing clothes that never go out of style. It’s about practicality, versatility and effortlessness.

Here are five essential elements for a preppy wardrobe:

The Button-Down Shirt

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The button-down shirt is the most blatant prep staple. You can fit a button-down shirt into a wide range of outfits. It can work with shorts, under a sweater, or in a suit. However, not all button-downs are made equal. Seek 100% cotton and find a shirt that fits as perfectly as possible. Muted colors and modest patterns are most versatile.

Clean Sneakers

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“Clean” meaning minimalist and bright, not “smudgeless.” White leather sneakers are your best friend here. For business casual or more formal occasions, sneakers can be a bit of a stretch, so opt for a brown leather shoe. Go easy on the boat shoes though.

Chinos

AKA khakis, these are often the pant of choice for preppy dressers. Similar to the button-down, the best thing about chinos is their versatility. Toss in a navy blazer and you have the original prep uniform.

A Jacket for Every Occasion

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About 29 days out of any given month, the aforementioned navy blazer has no rightful place on an average college student’s body. There’s a right tool for the right job, and the same can be said for jackets. Fall is the perfect time to try out mid to lightweight jackets, from denim, to chore coats, to Harrington jackets.

Details

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Attention to detail matters in any look and can distinguish an excellent outfit from an okay one. In a preppy look the details are crucial. Add tasteful accessories. Get the perfect break on your pant legs. Wear clothes with textures that add dimension to your outfits.

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Photography by Georgia Hickam

Modeled and styled by Justin Hermstedt

KCFW S/S ‘17: Saturday Runway Show

10.18.2016

By Mary Ann Omoscharka

The finale night of the Kansas City Fashion Week was as glamorous as you can possibly imagine. The grand hall of the Union Station was filled with the finest people wearing the most outstanding outfits and having the time of their lives.

On Saturday evening, nine designers presented their collections. And because when it comes to the art of fashion pictures speak louder than words, here is a gallery of their most breathtaking creations we were lucky to witness on the runway.

Alicia Janesko and Janesko were the first ones on the runway with a wild, multi-color collection of caftans accompanied by modern accessories that made us want to follow the models “into the jungle”.

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As next, Lauren Bander showed a collection of aerial dresses decorated with delicate flowers.

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La Rae Fashions created a clothing line for the princess warrior in all of us, who love to be “Pretty in pink”.

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Atelie Samosi with Nino Patarkalashvili, a designer from the Republic of Georgia, who showcased his magnificent couture collection inspired by cultural elements.

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Nataliya Meyer for Lucia’s Sarto, a KCFW veteran brand, brought a magnificent couture bridal collection for extravagant brides with the boldest taste.

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Julia Fisher showcased her debut collection in deep fuchsia color tones, sheer fabrics and floral patterns.

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The evening continued with a highly feminine clothing line with prevailing Earth-colored-combinations and sophisticated cuts by Sara Kahrs.

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The final designer of KCFW S/S ‘17 was Christine Nelson with Annmann Designs, who presented a collection of grandiose jewelry in the form of spectacular headpieces and more.

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Thank you Kansas City Fashion Week for the amazing opportunity and experience!

Photography by Maggie Russell

Halloween Inspired DIY: Midnight Moon V-Neck

10.17.2016

By Natalie Gibson

As Halloween approaches, our mysterious, darksome sides tend to come out and haunt us. Decorations have been up since midst September and we just can’t wait to pull off a scary costume or just a dark nail polish and all-black outfit. But who said we could only be in spirit the weekend of Halloween? Follow along with this tutorial to learn how to decorate a fun and flirty black v-neck t-shirt to turn it into a spooky, Twilight-worthy accent piece.  

Supplies:

  • White paint
  • Black T-shirt
  • 1 piece of paper
  • Paint brush
  • Cardboard

Step 1: Gather your supplies.

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Step 2: Stick the piece of cardboard inside the t-shirt and flatten out the top of the t-shirt.

Step 3: Cut 16 even circles out of the piece of paper.  This will be the outline for the phases of the Moon.  Tracing a cup or a bracelet will help keep the circle consistent.  

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Step 4: Tape the piece of paper onto the t-shirt.  

Step 5: Start painting! Using a regular paint brush or foam paint brush will work the best to add texture to your painting.  The amount of paint in each circle should increase as you make your way towards the middle.  The full Moon should either be in the second or third row to equally transition from each moon phase.  

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Step 6: Let the t-shirt sit for a day and dry.  If you try to wear it right away you will most likely alter the paint on the shirt.  

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Step 7: Flaunt your dark side and show off your new creation!

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KCFW S/S ‘17: Thursday Runway Show & Chiefs Style Lounge

10.14.2016

By Mary Ann Omoscharka

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The second night of the Kansas City Fashion Week had a very special, “red” vibe. The Kansas City Chiefs football team hosted their fifth annual Chiefs Style Lounge in collaboration with the KCFW and the result was absolutely glorifying. The entire venue was illuminated with red lights and a great amount of guests wore the color in their outfits as an honor to the team.

The runway shows featured the latest Chiefs apparel combined with pieces from KC Garment District Boutique and Dillard’s, worn by not only current, but also Alumni Chiefs Cheerleaders.

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All designers were invited to engage in the “Chiefs Design Challenge”, where they could win a $1,000 prize for styling an outfit with a Chiefs Kingdom t-shirt.

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Chiefs Designer Challenge Winner, Kiana Godsey

In addition, five designers presented their S/S ‘17 collections.

The first one to hit the runway that night was Georgina Herrera, who brought her mesmerizing jewelry pieces on simple, yet classy black outfits.

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Keefe Cravat showcased his one-of-a-kind neck wear collection full of colorful ties and bowties for the boldest gentlemen, who love to make a statement.

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As third on the catwalk, Roger Figueroa and his contemporary dream collection for both men and women. His finale piece, a yellow “pants-gown”, completely blew us away.

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Barbara Bultman Designs presented her unique clothing line, full of diverse materials accompanied by expressive make-up.

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Last one on the runway was Kiana Godsey with a collection of astonishing bridal gowns and cocktail dresses for modern fairies.

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Photography by Maggie Russell

 

KCFW S/S ‘17: Wednesday Runway Show

10.13.2016

By Mary Ann Omoscharka

Kansas City Fashion Week celebrated it’s 10th runway season last night at the Union Station in downtown Missouri. Nine designers presented their S/S ‘17 collections on a European-style runway, where the models walked “freely” among the seated guests.

The atmosphere was full of excitement and high expectations that were definitely met by the end of the night. Style on the Hill sat front row, in order to make sure we bring you the most fabulous experience through our own eyes.

The evening opened with a collection by Eltee, a brand founded by Laura Talken in 2011. The leading highlights of the collection were peaceful nude tones united with breathtaking emerald green.

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The second designer to showcase her work was Irina Tevzadze, a designer and artist originally from the country of Georgia. Tevzadze presented a (not only) childrenswear collection in earthy colors and clean cuts.

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As next, the show continued with a two-in-one presentation by LV SWIM a brand created by Lauren Victoria Hulen, who brought patterned swimwear and Earkandie! POParazzi Inspired Jewelry, whose edgy jewels perfectly completed the ready-for-the-beach outfits and made us miss the summer already.

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TR Brown designs by Tiffany Brown, who took us on a cruise across the Mediterranean Sea with her combination of  turquoise-based garments and playful straw handbags.

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The night carried on with an adorable children’s clothing collection, Aerona by Morgan Mason. The models looked fierce in their über-modern outfits, frisky hairstyles and fancy face-art.

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Branded by Sher, established by Shermonda Green, followed with her visionary bright white garments and rainbow-y details that took us all the way back to the future.

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The only gentleman of the night, who showcased his work on Wednesday, was Sheraz Pompey, bringing powerful color tones, sheer materials and lots of sequins.

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Last but definitely not least, Munelle de Vie, who gave us all the feels with her Parisian chic inspired collection. Stripes and see-through tops. Preppy at first sight, sexy as hell at the second.

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Photography by Maggie Russell

From Sweaty to Spooky: A Transition from Summer to Fall Outfits

10.11.2016

By Darby VanHoutan

BREAKING NEWS: BREAK OUT THE RIPPED TIGHTS AND BOOT SOCKS. The only thing between us and a spooky day is the most magical time of the year – the transition from summer garments to fall clothes. The booties, maroons, and ripped jeans are back and they’re better. Here’s a few tips for when the temperature drops below 75˚.

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BALANCE. It’s not cold enough for long underwear and not hot enough for tank tops. Pair long-sleeved pastels with distressed capris or jeans.

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LENGTH. Fall understands that some days you want to wear shorts and some days you want to wear pants. Multi-length skirts and dresses help bring you the best of both worlds – just like fall.

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COLORS. The best thing about leaves changing color is that you have a great backdrop for almost any colorful combination. Pair an exciting pattern with a nude to accent your inability to choose just one thing.

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SHOES. There’s something special about the plethora of booties in the world when fall hits. A different pair for everyday or a reliable pair to get you through everything – even midterms.

Photography by Emma Creighton

5 Essentials of Palewave Style

10.10.2016

By Logan Gossett

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Collage by Reddit user /u/RipplingPopemobile.

Relaxed. Chill. Organic. Palewave blurs the line between baby-shower and reality. If you follow Mick Jenkins or Tyler the Creator on Instagram, you’ve probably seen traces of palewave. The minutiae of sanctioned palewave fits can be oppressive, but its primary identifier will always be its unobjectionable light colors. In an effort to make the tenets of palewave more potable, here are the five essentials when fashioning a palewave aesthetic.

  1. White shoes 

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Totally not fake Stan Smiths that were apparently lived in by somebody who kicks ant hills for a living. Consequently, these Stans are considered “beaters” (modeled by Nicholas Purcell).

Palewave, heatwave, no-wave, close shave — doesn’t matter: cop some white shoes. After mandatorily acquiring a pair of white shoes, you and your new shoes must commit to one of the following two options.

The first, beaters (pictured above), are exactly what they sound like. Should you designate your new white shoes as beaters, don’t walk to class; mercilessly stomp through rain puddles and mounds of dirt to class. Why wear Crocs to a block party (or at all) when you can rectify your repugnantly clean white shoes by power-moshing at the Granada or lacing them around a power line? The latter will definitely give them that “lived in by Electro/Zeus” look some hipsters have been aiming for.

Your second option is to clean your shoes. Duh. For instance, Ultra Boosts demand perpetual maintenance. The hand-crafted leather shoes offered by Common Projects or Acne Studios are traditionally kept clean because of their price, which exceeds that of a credit hour at KU.

    2. Light-wash denim

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If you feel insecure about your fit’s dearth of denim, feel free to double-up and curl into a light-wash denim burrito (somehow modeled by Logan Gossett. Photo by Nicholas Purcell).

“Upon this rock I will build my church,” – Jesus, who might as well be referring to light-wash denim.

This is the most important article of clothing when scaffolding your palewave closet. Hot outside? Wear light-wash jeans. Cold rain? Wear light-wash jeans. Climbing Mount Everest? Wear light-wash jeans and take lots of fit pics — the snow presents a cool background. National light-wash jeans day? Screw that, don’t conform; wear tan joggers to show off your new white shoes.

Not all light-wash jeans were created equal, however. If your denim has those loops for hammers (basically handyman lanyards), you’ve made a mistake. Turn around and return them to the Dillard’s from which they came. While you’re at the mall, cop some light-wash Levi’s 511’s or something from Dillard’s or JCPenney.  

    3. Looking comfortable

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This model may be sitting on uneven concrete slabs and fresh bird poop, but he couldn’t look more comfortable. Pajamas are comfortable. Palewave just presents the illusion of comfort (modeled by Nicholas Purcell).

It can be difficult to look relaxed when all of your shirts look tensed and stressed — like they just got out of a long day at work. You want them to look relaxed. Raiding your dad’s closet can yield lucrative hauls in this regard (see #5), but the line between relaxed and repulsive is uncompromising. Obviously, wearing obese Jared Fogle’s jeans isn’t a good aesthetic, but sizing up on a Gildan hoodie or two can’t hurt. Also, oversized Gildan hoodies have 100% less affiliation with a known pedophile, so that’s a plus (bonus point: Don’t be Jared Fogle. Seriously, can’t emphasize that enough.)

Shirts with minimal stretchiness are optimal for palewave fits. They typically fall onto your body rather than swathe it like jersey knits tend to. Oversized sweaters and hoodies are a reliable way to maintain warmth and comfort as Winter Is Coming. As far as bottoms are concerned, loosely pin rolling jeans will 1) expose those ankles to that sweet sweet breeze and 2) look good.

 4. Dadhats

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Kick that beanie off your head and hook that dadhat close. Dadhats can be just the icing that your earth-tone cake demands (modeled by Nicholas Purcell).

Sorry, beanies aren’t an effective way to conceal a bad hair day for those surfing the palewave. Dadhats are artificially manufactured online through Amazon or Ea$y, but pasture-raised, organic dadhats – fresh from a dad’s closet – are preferable. So find an effective dad-straction and conduct a quick closet raid for the best results. Dadhats have invaded seemingly every evasive cultural nook and cranny, and their next stop should be your head.

   5. Pastel colors

Last and most important – which is definitely the most logical sequence – pastel is a prerequisite for palewave. No fit with colors outside of this limited and unfair spectrum fit a purist’s definition of palewave (unless it’s pink or otherwise palewave-y).

Authoritatively amicable, palewave’s pointed approach toward color essentially prohibits the use of black or charcoal color schemes. Yes, I sold palewave as a relaxed super cool aesthetic. Yet, when it comes to color, you will be bombarded by earth-toned rocks and appropriately colored eggshells for deviating from pastels. Plus, part of the fun of palewave is looking like Easter after it was doused in bleach.

 

Kansas City Fashion Week Winter & Fall 2016

10.08.2016

By Mary Ann Omoscharka

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On a cool Thursday afternoon, I wandered into a magnificent hall full of young, energized people with expressive makeup and rollers in their hair. They were running around and taking selfies. Something was about to happen and I was going to be part of it.

Yes, I volunteered at KCFW this year, and let me say it was just fabulous!

Who said that people in the midwest have no sense of style? In fact, one of the greatest fashion happenings took place during Spring break week in the grand hall of the Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri. The atmosphere was more than spectacular. It was my first visit at the venue and I could not keep my eyes off the breathtaking architecture of the ceiling. The organization staff and committee did an amazing job preparing three stylish nights from Thursday through Saturday and the runway shows were completely sold out. The crowd could enjoy 22 not only local designers, who presented their work for the upcoming winter and fall season.

Thursday was the evening of the Charity Runway Show. When I arrived to the venue, everything was already running smoothly. The models were having their hair and makeup done backstage. I and several other young women and men were dressed strictly in professional black, which I was excited about, since my wardrobe basically consists of 99.9% black items. We were assigned positions and started preparing the seatings, the gift bags and anything necessary accordingly. The doors opened at 6:00 pm and the guests began to arrive. Everyone looked phenomenal.

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T. Michelle Designs, Photo by Sarah R. Shaffer

KCFW opened with seven designers that night. The first one, called The Little Line by Liz, is a local brand located in Olathe. The designer presented a beautiful artistic collection made from natural fibres. The show continued with T. Michelle Designs, which was an absolutely adorable and colourful retro collection for children. The next brand, More Than Just Figleaves, is Brooklyn-based and showcased a mixture of classic and contemporary designs in rich colours and fabrics. The fourth one, Ola Style, was a designer based in St. Louis, Missouri. She created stunning resort dresses in delicate floral patterns. Another brand from Missouri and my personal favourite of the night was Gypsy Blaque, who brought modern rebellion on the runway with some bold combinations. As next, KJ Clothing Design from Gladstone, Missouri was the only brand of the night displaying architecture inspired wedding gowns. Last but surely not least, The House of Khai, who came all the way from San Francisco and introduced an edgy street wear collection.

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Gypsy Blaque, Photo by Ryan Swartzlander

The Friday Evening Runway show brought another seven names on the catwalk. My Heirloom, a brand from Kansas City brought one of a kind romantic wedding dresses. The second Kansas City based designer that showed her collection was Present. by Rachel Anne Gottlieb. I absolutely adored her chiffon based, high fashion creations in combination with flamboyant jewellery, such as glorious headpieces. Her work spoke to me like no other on that event. As next, Kiana Godsey from Overland Park in Kansas, who designed a stunning gown collection, made from luxurious airy materials with a lot of movement. The tones that prevailed were black, gold and beige. The fourth one to show his products was Michael Drummond from St. Louis, who is a  Project Runway Season 8 alumnus and no newcomer when it comes to KCFW. Michael brought clean lines, lots of monochromes but print as well. Another name from St. Louis in Missouri, Lauren Bander, revealed a highly feminine collection of classic and crop top dresses with lace and colors like black, red or chocolate brown. The sixth name of the night, Paulie Gibson, is a St. Louis located menswear brand that came with a variety of casual and formal clothing items in black and blue shades. The night ended with the designs of the amazingly talented 15-year-old Madison LaRae Durant, whose collection is inspired by the 30’s era in one of the most fashionable cities in the world: Paris. I fell in love with her timeless couture gowns but also with her definitely wearable chic pieces. Sequins, leather and faux fur at it’s finest.

 

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Present by Rachel Anne Gottlieb, Photo by Laura Noll

Paulie Gibson, Photo by Mary Beth Russel

Paulie Gibson, Photo by Mary Beth Russel

The Saturday Night Runway was the closing night of Kansas City Fashion Week bringing six local KC designers. The expectations were high and the aura was cheerful. The first brand on the runway was Architexture, which brought diversity in structures, fabrics and colors for those with laid back, yet elegant preferences. The show continued with Tomboy Design Studio and their ethically produced futuristic pieces. As third that evening, Andrea Marie Long Designs, whose work took us back to the Roman Empire with her rich textures color intensities that deliver instant confidence. Next in order was Erin Paige, who showcased her fresh and distinctive jewellery collection that would be the cherry on top of every outfit. The fourth name to appear that evening was christianMICHAEL, a designer of modern, extravagant menswear bringing interesting patterns and  bright prints. At the grand finale, we saw Lucia Sarto by Nataliya Meyer. A mesmerizing collection of couture gowns made from dreamy and sparkly materials. And of course, lots of lace and attitude!

Architexture, Photo by Christiana Auer

Architexture, Photo by Christiana Auer

Someone probably very wise once said that “for some people, fashion week lasts all year.” If playing dress up is one of your favorite parts of the day, it might be your turn to volunteer as well. Applications open in August. Are you up for the challenge?

Photography courtesy of Kansas City Fashion Week

The ‘Suck it Up Phenomenon’: Choosing the hunt for success over our own happiness

10.05.2016

By Mary Ann Omoscharka

I want you to take a few minutes and think of three factors that you believe make you successful as a person. Is it the A’s that you keep on collecting in class? The internships and jobs you have managed to obtain? Are you a loyal friend, a caring girlfriend or a loving boyfriend? Maybe, all of the above?

So what is success? Let’s talk definitions. According to Psychology Today, “success is the achievement of a goal and the attainment of a higher social status relative to that goal”. On the other hand, they say that “happiness is far more abstract”. That is obviously because every single one of us has their own perception of that term. I felt happy today because a barista at a coffee shop drive-through told me I had a cool accent. That was literally the highlight of my day. A free cookie would have been nice as well though.

When I asked you to think about your own success, I wanted you to come up with three things that you appreciate about yourself. Some of you are probably doing the exact opposite right now, sitting in doubt and panic. And that is just obnoxious, don’t you agree? We all need to have confidence in what we are best at. That is key for establishing your own, personal brand. Yet, the expectations and competition today are so high, that we are often oblivious of our value and blindly continue in hunting down opportunities and “success gems”  to put on our resume, believing we are not good or ready enough, not yet.

Now, I would like to introduce you to the so-called “Suck it up” phenomenon. You know, when you don’t really like doing something but you still do it because you tell yourself you are not a quitter and that you just need to suck it up? That is exactly what I’m talking about. We are constantly reminded to challenge ourselves and set higher goals. There is nothing wrong with that, since we can never know how much we can handle until we have to face our barriers and tear them down. However, you need to set your priorities straight. Some things are not worth running after, if all they do is turn you into a miserable person. Do you hate your job? Do you think medicine is not the right career for you? Do you feel like you are not learning what you need? You have the right to change this. Do not quit. Change the path that will help you become what you strive to be. For example, I have myself found out that when all I do is (and let me quote Queen RiRi here) “work, work, work, work, work, work”, I don’t have enough inspiration to write. I am as empty as a college student’s fridge. No exciting revelations, not nearly enough new fascinating people to share their stories with me. Unless you are a firm reincarnation believer, you know you get to do this only once. All you need is a good laugh and something or someone to make your heart skip a beat. That’s where the magic is born.

If you are lucky enough to have the right friends, you will be reminded of your qualities every time you tend to forget. Personally, I prefer socializing with a collective of overachievers. My friends lead extremely busy and accomplished lives and whenever I feel like having a lazy day, I just remind myself of how hard-working they are. That keeps me moving on because I hate feeling like I am staying behind in the whole “life success” game.

And why shouldn’t we all have a lazy day anyways? Sometimes, you just don’t have the appropriate amount of energy nor motivation to get out of bed and suck it up. Stay in, watch four cycles of Law & Order and order those fried pork dumplings that you have been craving since you started chewing on carrots two weeks ago. Enjoy it. You can rule the Universe tomorrow.

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