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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.”

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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Grade: C-

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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Grade: F-

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.

T. Michelle Designs, Photo by Sarah R. Shaffer

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.

Gypsy Blaque, Photo by Ryan Swartzlander

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.

 

Rachel Anne Gottlieb, Photo by Laura Noll

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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How to Dress Granola

10.04.2016

By Emma Creighton

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With the fall season upon us, you may be looking to revamp your wardrobe and adapt a new style that suits the cooler weather. One style you may want to consider is the so-called “granola.” Along the growing trends of tiny homes, van life, and wanderlust, the granola style embraces the “rough around the edges” mentality and seeks comfort in fashion. If you seek adventure and have no patience for the clean and polished, perhaps the granola look is the one for you.

Two things are essential to the “granola” style; texture and layering. When in doubt, add another layer. Bonus points for mixing different textures and patterns! The core of this style is to be comfortable while still being fashionable.

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The granola style also mixes fashion with functionalism. Often times the populations that rock the granola look are very active outdoors and are always up for an adventure. Shoes like Chacos, Tevas, and Birkenstocks are considered fashionable and are appreciated for their easy wear and ability to cross variations of terrain. Layers are also useful because one can be prepared for cool weather as well as warm weather by stripping and adding layers. Just like a good boy-scout, always be prepared!

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Great places to buy clothes to begin building your granola wardrobe include Free People, Anthropologie, even American Eagle, and our very own Earthbound on Main Street in Lawrence. However, these stores can get a little pricey. Luckily, the granola style is all about finding odd pieces with lots of personality that work together in ways that are unpredictable. Try scavenging your closest, thrift shop or good will for flannels and chunky sweaters. Hit up Etsy for handcrafted rings that will last forever!

The granola style is all about adventure and comfort. It is a style you can make completely your own and is perfect for this fall season.

DIY Inspiration: An Embellished Beanie

10.03.2016

By Natalie Gibson

As the first week of October begins, the feeling of fall starts to set in and the desire to wear comfy clothes gets stronger. However, wearing the same coat or jacket feels slightly boring. That means only one thing: accessories, accessories, accessories!

Follow the steps below and decorate your own stylish beanie to help spruce up your comfy fall wardrobe and stay in budget.

Supplies:

  • Beanie ($3 at Target)
  • Fake flowers ($2 at Michael’s)
  • Beads ($4 at Michael’s)
  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors/ Wire cutters
  • Paper plate

Step 1:

Gather all of your supplies.

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Step 2:

Use your scissors or wire cutters to cut the flowers from their stem.  Cut off between 5 and 10 flowers.  I suggest using smaller flowers, as they are lighter and can be easily attached to the material the beanie is made of.

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Step 3:

Open the bag of beads and pick out your favorites.  I bought a collective pack of light grey beads, pearls, and diamonds and ended up using only the gray beads and pearls.  

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Step 4:

Lay out your beanie.  Place the flowers and beads on the brim of the beanie and play with the design.  Try out multiple designs. That way you know you’re going to be happy with the final product.  I went for different amounts of beads and flowers and tried to balance the ratio.  

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Step 5:

Glue down the flowers and beads to the beanie using fabric glue.  This is crucial because normal glue will not hold your accessories to your beanie.  Make sure to put a paper plate or piece of cardboard on the inside of it as you begin to glue so the beanie does not become glued shut.  

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Step 6:

After you have finished, leave your beanie to dry overnight.  This will allow the glue to set and the beads and flowers to stay secure.  

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Step 7:

Show off your new creation to all of your friends! Considering the price of the bag of beads, this project costs about $10 or less.  You have complete freedom to decorate with different varieties of colors and materials and it helps you accessorize for the season!  Have fun and make sure to send the pictures of your creations to the Style on The Hill Instagram!

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Modeled by Mary McCoy

Busty Girls are Chic Too: 5 Styling Tips for Top-Heavy Women

9.26.2016

By Rebekah Swank

If you are like me, then you probably understand what it’s like to be forced to grab a top the next size up, because that medium you thought would fit doesn’t even come close to squeezing over you lady lumps.  Yes, life is hard when your style icon is Kendall Jenner or Chiara Ferragni.  It’s a never-ending battle to find clothes that are stylish and flattering.  Most days you end up throwing something on, looking like a potato sack, and accepting that this might be your fate forever.  Well ladies, put aside your sweatshirts, because the only thing you’ll be swimming in today is compliments.  Here are five styling tips for busty women.

    1. Accentuate your waist

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This is the best thing you can do to avoid looking like you have no shape.  Avoid billowy tops that will hang off your chest and hide your figure.  These kinds of garments end up making you look larger than you really are.  By highlighting your waist, you can show off your real curves. 

     2. Balance with boyfriend jeans

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For years, busty girls have been told to avoid this trend.  However, wearing slouchy boyfriend jeans with a well-fitting top can actually provide a little bit of balance to the top and bottom halves of your body.  Try half-tucking a button down or v-neck top into the waistband.

    3. Rompers and jumpsuits can be flattering

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Most top-heavy ladies steer clear of rompers and jumpsuits.  In reality, they can be very flattering.  Most of the time they are cinched in just the right places, and the single piece means less time getting ready in the morning (bonus 10 minutes of sleep!).

     4. Long lines elongate your torso

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Sometimes, busty girls can look stumpy and short.  Wearing long lines on top, like a shirt with vertical stripes or an oversized blazer, will create the illusion of a longer torso. 

   5. Own it

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Busty women are often told what to wear in order to hide their natural curves. But guess what? Big boobs are beautiful too! Don’t be discouraged by the styles you think you can’t pull off, and embrace your lady lumps. 

Show off what you’ve got!

Photography by Jaidan Royal

Ethical Shopping on a Student’s Budget

9.20.2016

By Justin Hermstedt

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The only thing better than finding a new piece of clothing you love is finding it for a good price. But when I say “a good price,” I don’t mean a fair price. I mean a cheap price.

Throughout the last decade, fast fashion has made it easier and easier to find cheap, trendy clothing. Everything else seems to cost more, but you can go to the mall any day of the week and grab a pair of jeans from Forever 21 for fifteen bucks.

The inconvenient truth of the matter is that the fashion industry, particularly fast fashion, benefits from exploitative production methods overseas.

According to the American Apparel & Footwear Association, 97% of clothes in the United States are made outside of the country. Fifty years ago, over 90% was made in America. This outsourcing is fueled by a 71% cotton/29% polyester arms race, in which fashion companies vie to stay relevant by having the lowest prices. Companies that resist and only use factories in the United States, such as American Apparel, are basically being run into the ground. Strictly American-made brands cannot compete with fast fashion brands because, simply, the United States has much higher standards of how workers should be treated. There isn’t some nifty technology that has allowed clothes to be made cheaper. The cost has remained the same to construct a t-shirt, but the market demands the price to go down, so factory owners must cut corners to stay in business.

It’s widely accepted at this point that these factories barely provide their employees a living wage; the minimum wage in Bangladesh is $68 per month. However, the harms to communities in countries like Bangladesh are more than just underpaid employees. A more blatant, catastrophic example was the Rana Plaza collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2013. The Rana Plaza was a massive building that was composed of several clothing factories, a few shops and a bank. The day before the collapse, cracks appeared in the walls, but the man in charge mandated workers come back the next day for work, threatening to dock a month’s pay if they didn’t show up. The building collapsed, killing 1,130 and injuring 2,500.

The documentary The True Cost (available on Netflix) discusses these issues and covers the grand scheme of things, including legitimate environmental concerns.

Should you feel awful and guilty for supporting this industry? That’s for you to decide, but I don’t think so. The system itself is the actual perpetrator, while you were just fiending for some dope threads. All of this is sad, and no one wants to contribute to it, so what can one person like you or me do? Particularly as college students, it’s not feasible to buy only hand-made-in-the-USA luxury brands. Can ethical shopping also be economical? Fortunately, there are some tactics anyone can employ to shop a bit more responsibly.

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Explore the vibrant world of shopping pre-owned.

Thrift shopping is an excellent and unique option. Sure, you could only see your parents pulling off a lot of the clothes, but there are always some gems that you couldn’t find anywhere else. Many stores are selective of what clothes they take in, meaning you’re mostly looking through high quality pieces for a low price. In Lawrence, check out Arizona Trading Company and Plato’s Closet for newer, trendier, branded clothes. Wild Man Vintage, Goodwill and The Salvation Army  are perfect for finding some rare, frugal items.

If possible, stop supporting fast fashion.

Hear me out. As awful as it sounds, giving up on stores like H&M and Forever 21 is the best thing to do. Chances are you can find those brands at Plato’s Closet a month later anyway (for half the price as well).

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Shop more efficiently.

Seek quality over quantity. Your clothes will last longer and the extra money spent will be worth it in the end. Be sure to buy clothes that you’re excited to wear. If you have no use for a piece any more, donate it; more clothes are being bought than ever before, which means landfills are overflowing with them.

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All in all, the simplest advice is to reduce, reuse and recycle. As the consumers, we ultimately have the purchasing power to shape the fashion world of the future. Think of your dollars as votes. Vote for companies you want to see survive, and more importantly what types of unethical business practices you want to see die out. Every vote counts, after all.

 

Photography by Maria Rodriguez

4 to Know: My Current Favorite Face Products

4.28.2016

By Kelsey Baska

After a long day of school and work all I want to do is go home and take off my makeup, throw on a face mask, and watch New Girl on Netflix. Recently I’ve discovered some new badass products that make up what I like to call my “Dream Team”. The switch I made for these products is arguably the best decision of my life next to naming my cat after Lizzie McGuire (obviously). I’d love to share these favorites with you all so grab a glass of wine, sit back, and get ready to do some serious online shopping.

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1) Pacifica’s Sea Foam Complete Face Wash This stuff is an absolute dream. My sister is a huge fan of their products because she’s vegan and Pacifica doesn’t test their products on animals or use animal ingredients in their formulations. One day during a regular visit to Ulta she suggested that I try them out. I was totally down because I needed a new face wash anyway and OMG people I am never looking back. This product leaves my face feeling soft and clean. I also love the fact that Pacifica’s products are made with all natural ingredients and that some of their packaging is recyclable.

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2) Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof Makeup Remover & Cleanser I used to be obsessed with makeup remover wipes until I realized that our environment doesn’t appreciate them as much as I do. Recently, I discovered this product and I am LIVING for it. It is super gentle on my skin but powerful enough to break down all of my makeup without the need of any harsh scrubbing. Usually if I wear waterproof mascara it takes me forever to get it off but this product makes taking it off an absolute breeze. Plus, it’s only $6.99 so you have no excuses people.

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3) Nivea for Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm Ok, I probably took an unexpected turn and I’m sure some of you are like “WTF Kelsey”. But hear me out; this is the BEST foundation primer ever. Like most of you, I don’t wear makeup every single day because sometimes I honestly don’t feel like putting that shit on. But I work at a restaurant and go to school full time and sometimes I have to leave class and go straight to work. On days like those I have absolutely no time to stop by my apartment to get ready so I need my makeup to last from morning until night. My favorite makeup artist of all time (NikkieTutorials on YouTube) did a review over this product and after watching it I immediately drove to Target to buy it. This product contains the ingredient glycerin which, in a nutshell, makes your makeup stick to your skin and last all damn day. All you have to do is substitute this guy for your normal moisturizer, apply your foundation, and you’re good to go, bebe.

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4) Any Mario Badescu product ever made Next to Pacifica, Mario Badescu has been my favorite skincare brand this year. I’ve always known about this line, but it wasn’t until recent recommendations (and an Ulta sale) that I decided to take the plunge. I’ve never been a believer in buying any facial treatments that are more than $10. But I’ve realized that your skin is important and you should probably take care of it. Sure, this line might not be as cheap as what you can find at your local drugstore, but that won’t matter when you use them and you’re skin instantly turns into that of an angel. In comparison to other high-end lines, these products are reasonably priced and worth the extra cash because they’re extremely effective. I mean, I have yet to find an acne cream as magical as the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. And don’t even get me started on their Facial Spray that’s made with aloe, herbs, and rose water (who doesn’t’ want their face to feel soothed AND smell like a bouquet?).

Photography by Kelsey Baska

#TRUMPED

4.04.2016

Editorial By Maddie Farber

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For a while, the nation saw Trump’s campaign as a comedic act, an entertaining joke. But it’s time to face the facts: Donald Trump is a very likely going to be the Republican nomination for President.

Ezra Klein, the Editor-in-Chief for Vox’s news website, leads a liberal social campaign via social media. A video he posted on February 10 blew up my newsfeed and has been re-circulating ever since. In it, Klein urges his viewers that Trump’s run for CEO of America is something we, as a nation, need to take seriously.

“He’s a dangerous personality perched atop an ugly ideology. It’s time to stop laughing,” Klein says. “This is not political entertainment; this isn’t entertainment at all. This is real, live politics.”

I, not unlike many of my friends, laugh at the thought that the once The Apprentice star is honestly going to be the next leader of this nation. His bigoted and sexist comments during his rallies and during the Republican debates makes me think that there’s no one in their right mind, in 2016, who could vote for this man. My thoughts were solidified when he was even compared to Adolf Hitler. But as his numbers continue to grow, the more I start to be wary of the reality that Trump’s shot at the White House is growing, too.

In his video, Klein says Trump’s lack of shame is one of his scariest aspects.

“He has that reality television star’s talent for not caring what he seems like on camera,” Klein says. “It is the single scariest facet of his personality. It is the one that allows him to go where others won’t, to say what others can’t, to do what others wouldn’t.”

And I agree. Trump’s lack of shame has a serious appeal to his supporters, specifically the Nixonian “silent majority.”  Despite my bubble of left-leaning friends on social media, concepts such as “micro-aggressions” and “safe-spaces”, among others, have, in reality, not been received well by everyone across the country. In an era of political correctness, Trump’s war on PC-ness is perhaps what has garnered him the majority of his followers. In other words, Trump’s lack of shame is what has been his biggest advantage yet.

Despite John Oliver’s viral #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain, where he magnificently tore apart the pro-Trump agenda as well as his historical family name, we can’t ignore the facts: even though a recent Gallup poll found that 63 percent of Americans view Trump unfavorably, his winnings, like his followers, have continued to increase: his success in Nevada continued his path to get the number of delegates he needs to in order to be the GOP nominee, and his consecutive primary/caucus wins have made him the clear Republican favorite.

A poll released by Monmouth College shows that only 17.5 percent of millennials view Trump favorably, (so questionable), and while many of us are #feelingthebern, it’s important to finally recognize Trump’s non-strategy strategy has worked. Even the Democrats have told Hillary Clinton to not totally dismiss him.

So, think of Trump as a bad breakup: First shock, then denial, heartache, crying, (sometimes lots of crying), acceptance, and then finally, resilience.

It is yet to be determined if Trump will truly become the Republican candidate in the general election. But as his numbers grow, and he remains the Republican frontrunner, it’s time for us to be aware of the possibility of getting #trumped.

Graphic by Maddie Farber

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