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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.

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.

 

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.

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

Age of Athleisure

11.23.2015

By Hannah Pierangelo

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KU Fit Instructor leads a relaxing yoga class at the Ambler Recreation Center.

Among the rows of ellipticals, treadmills, and weight machines at Ambler Rec, fashionable gym wear strikes. Strappy-back sport bras, vividly patterned leggings, sleek-and-shaping yoga pants, and, of course, a sea of sneakers in every color combination imaginable.

Fashion meets athleticism, it seems, in a fast growing trend that’s sweeping the nation. According the global information company The NPD Group, US consumers spent more than $300 billion in the active wear industry last year. With the market expanding in a such a huge way, it’s not hard to see why an increasing number of companies are eager to jump in.

Stores like Forever 21, Gap, Free People, and H&M are among a few fashionable clothing stores that have joined the trend and added lines of active wear. In fact, H&M’s collaboration with Alexander Wang last year for sporty, stylish active wear and casual apparel was massively popular and sold out almost immediately.

The Business of Fashion guesses that the trend for wearing gym clothes beyond the gym most likely spurred from 80s aerobics culture, when sweatbands, legwarmers, and leotards were fashionable in every day outfits. Now, the trend has turned to yoga pants, athletic shorts, and stylish sneakers.

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For many, it’s comfort that reigns above all. Functionality still matters, and the added fashion is just a bonus.

“I typically wear athletic clothes on campus and while I am lounging because it is comfortable to me and looks better than wearing a big t-shirt and shorts,” says Lanie Leek, a senior journalism major. “It’s easy to wear in any weather. I am able to layer and sometimes I still feel like I have a sense of style while wearing workout clothes.”

Leek says she prefers to wear Gap athletic clothes because of their cost, but also wears Lululemon for its high quality clothing, despite the price tag. Her favorite item is a green Lululemon tank top that she wears all year long.

“I like to express my style with gym wear by pairing fun patterns together and wearing bright color in the summer and darker colors in the winter,” Leek says.

Since gym wear has suddenly gained a sense of style, it’s not uncommon for athletic clothing to be worn casually, too. It’s becoming increasingly popular to wear gym wear everywhere. Yoga pants are attending brunch with friends and fashionable sports bras are dressing up casual street style. While this is nothing new on campus (we’re all too aware of the important role Nike sneakers and leggings play in college day-to-day style), it’s also a hot trend with other demographics.

Dawn Dowers, 46, is a competitive bodybuilder from Wichita, Kansas, and also a health and wellness coach with Isagenix.

“I like to wear stylish athletic wear to the gym, but first and foremost, fit and function have to come first,” says Dowers. There are a lot of times I’m in my gym clothes almost all day long.”

Dowers estimates 90 percent of her gym clothes are Lululemon, and the rest are either Nike, Under Armor, and Victoria’s Secret.

“The reason is they simply hold up. Yes, you may pay more initially, but in the long run, it saves me money because they wear the best,” she says.

For Dowers, stylish and functional gym wear matter beyond comfort. They’re part of her job. “I take all of my gym clothes and have them branded with my company’s logo,” she explains. “Since my business is in the Health & Wellness Arena, I do not walk into a gym without being branded. That also plays into why I’m very aware of how my attire looks. If I look like I just threw something on this morning, it’s not going to make a very good impression for my business.”

From work to play, and everything in between in the day, gym clothes seem to fit almost any situation. According to The Huffington Post, we’re now living in the Age of Athleisure.

Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst at The NDP Group, says, “Casual and ‘athleisure’ have taken on a life of their own. This is no longer a trend—it is now a lifestyle that is too comfortable, for consumers of all ages, for it to go away anytime soon.”

Photos by Hannah Pierangelo

Bring on the Braid

10.16.2015

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We’re all too familiar with the man-bun trend that’s been taking over lately. But who needs buns when you can do braids?

Men with short hair can opt for small french braids to accent their stylish cuts or pull longer hair out of the way. Of course, long hair looks great with a braid too. We grabbed some handsome gentlemen to be our models, and styled their hair into one of our favorite new trends—the man braid.

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How do you feel about the man braid?

Austin: “I think man braids are interesting. I think people have always connected braids, and pretty much any “more-than-just-gel” hairstyle, with a feminine connotation, so seeing this rise in popularity is entirely inviting for a whole new demographic. I love it.”

Colin: “As an idea, I’m intrigued. Looking at it on hair models, it isn’t bad, but I’m definitely a skeptic to how long this will hold out.”

Jared: “It’s an odd style. I don’t know why men wore it hundreds of years ago and I’m not sure why we’re starting to now.”

Did you like how it turned out for you? Is this a style you might consider trying for casual, day-to-day wear?

Austin: “I only got to briefly see. I enjoyed the new look and it gave me ideas. I probably wouldn’t wear the hairstyles daily, but I am inspired to recreate it.”

Colin: “Honestly, I wasn’t a huge fan. Maybe if my hair was longer to do different styles, or something more subtle, but right now I’m definitely not sold on this becoming the next big style. For me, It seemed like a lot of effort for casual use, and a little flashy for my tastes.”

Jared: “It looks kind of neat but my hair is way too short to do anything fancy with it. I won’t be wearing a man braid any time soon because I prefer to keep my hair short. Plus, it seemed like a lot of work for another person to do, so I can’t imagine doing it myself.”

Do you think this a passing trend, or do you see it having some longevity in the future? Keep in mind that man-buns seem to have stuck.

Austin: “I think it’ll be one of those ‘why didn’t we think of this earlier?’ [moments]. Without being political, I think people finally integrating non-traditional practices opened the floodgates for new hairstyles.”

Colin: “It seems like this trend is a flashy imitation of the man-bun without as much substance. Part of what makes the man-bun work is how effortless and easy it is, but the braid is flashy, and a lot of work. Braids that imitate current hair trends, like an undercut french braid or a man-braid bun might gain some fleeting popularity, but as a whole, I would pin this as something that we’ll be over in a matter of months.”

Jared: “I think this will be more of a passing trend than the bun. The bun seems pretty easy to do, but having to braid your hair daily looks like it would get really tedious really fast.”

Styled by Emma Creighton

Photos by Ikeadi Ndukwu

Dressing to impress: a how to guide for landing the job

4.20.2015

By Ashleigh Lee

It’s the night before a big interview and you are getting everything in order for tomorrow. Your resume is polished and printed. Your alarm is set, even though you won’t be able to sleep a wink. The only thing left to do is to figure out what to wear. You check the email again for the dress code– business casual. What does that even mean?

Kelsey Ploeger an assistant director at the University Career Center helps students with mock interviews, resumes and topical workshops. Ploeger helps break the differences between business professional and business casual. “Business professional is most normal for interviews, unless indicated otherwise,” Ploeger says. “Usually for women it’s plain colors, a blazer, pants, skirt and a blouse, and for men it’s nice slacks and a blazer.”

Business casual is less common, but allows for adding more personality to the outfit. “Here women can wear a casual dress or skirt without a blazer but maybe a cardigan or a sweater,” Ploeger says. “Men can wear slacks and a sweater as well.”

Ashley DeMond, a recruiter for Netsmart Technologies, recommends not being too bold in your clothing choices. “It’s more important to let your personality come out when you answer the questions during the interview than in the way that you dress,” DeMond says.

She says that it’s better to err on the conservative side and to always look sharp. “A lot of times people will come in and their shirts will be wrinkly or the shoes look worn,” she says.

One piece of advice that DeMond offers is to be comfortable in what you do end up wearing. You will appear more confident and know what exactly what you will feel good in.

Caitlin Uyemura, a senior in chemical engineering from Osage City, will begin working at Chevron Phillips Chemical in Houston after graduation as a stream process engineer.

“Engineering is pretty boring,” Uyemura says. “It’s usually frowned upon to be out the box.”

Uyemura interviewed for a summer internship at Chevron and kept her outfit simple. “For that interview I kept it pretty basic in business formal,” Uyemura says. “I wore dress pants, a blouse and low pumps.”

Uyemura’s advice to anyone going up for a big interview is to be overdressed than to be underdressed.

“More likely than not, a company is not going to not hire you for being overdressed,” she says.

Except maybe if you’re interviewing at Google. Kendal Harland a senior in computer science from Olathe, will be working for Google as a software engineer after graduation. He says that the recruiters told him specifically not to dress up for the interview.

“There were no specific requirements on what I couldn’t wear, as long as I just didn’t show up looking like a bum,” Harland says.

Start up and tech companies are usually very causal and do not require employees to dress up while interviewing or even while working. Most employees can be seen wearing graphic tees and shorts or jeans.

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“For my interview I wore some nice brown boots and a button up shirt,” Harland says.

Harland recommends that people research what you should wear to the interview and the company by doing a Google search or talk to someone who already works there. He said that he saw what everyone was wearing when he visited.

“I think the only reason why I didn’t wear a suit and tie was because I looked at what people wore to those types of interviews,” he says. “It never hurts to do a bit of research.”

If you need help with your resume or searching for a job, contact The University Career Center http://career.ku.edu/appointments or call 785-864-3624.

From KU to KC: Girl Friday, Fabric, & Fashion

3.11.2015

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Photos and story by Aleah Milliner

Located at the historic Katz Drugstore building on the corner of Westport Road in Kansas City, vintage enthusiasts and design duo Lyndsey Helling and Lauren Tweedie spend their time dreaming up ideas and inspiration for their clothing line, Girl Friday.

They occupy two spaces out of the studio, a shared building for artists in the community, and have filled the walls with sketches, chalkboard wall quotes – “selling feelings from wall to ceiling “ – fabric samples, magazine cutouts (including a photo of delicious looking doughnuts), and various other materials. Silver and gold tinsel hang from the walls, and their hand painted fabric scraps are tucked away in a corner.

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Upon walking into their space, you get a sense strong sense of creativity and a fun, unique style that translates into Helling and Tweedie’s various clothing collections.

The girls met while working at Donna’s Dress Shop, a vintage clothing shop in Kansas City, MO. They worked together every Friday and bonded over their mutual interests in art and design, and especially of vintage clothing.

“The shapes are really striking. It is so much more unique than modern clothing. Vintage style is really unafraid,” said Tweedie, on why she gravitates toward the style.

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The pair began designing their line in their free time outside of their work at Donna’s. All of their clothing design has been a collaborative effort between the two, stemming from sketches and inspiration in the studio, and resulting in many hours and late nights of sewing.

Girl Friday debuted in June 2014 with a collection of shift dresses, circle skirts, and tunics, all constructed from vintage fabrics. They debuted their third line in September 2014, a dress collection using hand painted fabric, which included an eyeball-patterned dress.

Screenprinting was not an option for their designs, so they turned to hand painting.

“For the eyeball dress we painted yards at a time. Like a football field length of fabric. We just paint all of it, cut it up and assembled it. We wash all of the fabric first, paint it with textile pigment, let it dry, and then heat set the fabric. It is a very time consuming process,” said Tweedie, who worked with textiles in the Art and Design School while attending KU.

Both girls agree that they have grown creatively through designing Girl Friday.

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“I have gotten more confident. I don’t have the best sewing skills but I have learned a lot through this whole process. I jump at making the clothes instead of being hesitant about it,” said Helling.

Helling credits Finnish textile and fashion design company Marimekko as a major influence in her creativity. While her husband was conducting research in Finland, Helling had a lot of free time to explore, and there she discovered the company.

“I have this really amazing Marrimeko book that is so good and so inspiring. It talks about the company’s history, how it started, and how it evolved. I look at that book often for inspiration.”

As for Tweedie, she sparks her creativity through shopping, wandering through antique malls, and visiting The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. She also credits Instagram as a source of inspiration.

Helling and Tweedie are currently spending their time in the studio creating their new line.

The line will be a collection of 1970s Sportswear and will debut at the 18th Street Fashion show in Kansas City June 13th, an event open to the public.

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“We have a friend who can really rock a jumpsuit. We wanted to make a jumpsuit with a hood on it, and we designed it around her,” said Helling.

The newest Girl Friday line will include bold, graphic prints and their first men’s outfit. The collection will be for sale immediately after, however only five outfits will be created.

Looking to the future, the girls hope to be designing full time for Girl Friday and to sell their clothes in as many retail stores as possible.

“I feel honored when anyone expresses interest,” Tweedie said.

Edited by Katie Gilbaugh

Raw Denim 101

8.27.2014

By Evan Shinn

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If you’re a male who considers himself down with the fashunz, buying your first pair of raw denim jeans was probably baptismal to everything you know about #menswear today. Whether purchased from a brand like A.P.C., Nudie or Baldwin, you remember how sacred that moment was when you coughed over a couple hundred dollars for a single pair of jawns. But more importantly, you remember jonesing for the day you’d finally wash them.

Because raw denim culture insists you refer to denim’s lifespan in terms of “months, washes and soaks,” dudes go months and years without washing their jeans in order to individualize the denim’s fades, tears and rips. So, wash day is a big fucking deal, as it commemorates the time and effort spent “going hard” in a single pair of jeans.

If the term isn’t cringe-worthy enough, explaining the phenomenon is. Most dudes won’t even mention it as to avoid conversations that end with, “But won’t they, like, start to smell?” However, not washing jeans is just a response to the way raw denim is produced.

During the color treatment stage of raw denim’s manufacturing process, the indigo dye in which the denim is dipped isn’t 100 percent absorbed by the fabric. Because of this, the denim loses a bit of its color and rigidness with every wash thereafter. So, in order to sharpen and personalize their denim’s fades, dudes go six months to a year without washing their jeans, performing any and every activity that will emphasize the denim’s natural folds.

I remember when I first copped some raw denim. I was so hype about the whole not washing shtick that after a night of heavy boozing and throwing up all over myself, I tossed my jeans into the freezer and scraped off the frozen chunks the next morning. Everything worked out OK, aside from the fact that my jeans were walking biohazards; the denim wasn’t ruined, but I probably should have just washed them the next day.

Some denim makers refute a lot of what raw denim culture preaches, like Self-Edge founder Kiya Babzani and 3sixteen founder Andrew Chen do in a video for the Crosby Press, “Denim Mythbusters.” They explain why not washing your jeans and other methods of cleaning, such as freezing and ocean-soaking, are “moronic,” and recommend washing jeans every two months, at the least.

Unlike the actual show “Mythbusters,” Babzani and Chen don’t disprove techniques with experiments and results; you kind of just have to take their word for it. In all honesty, I take their advice with a grain of salt, as I’ve seen some successfully faded jeans using the methods denim heads have created for themselves, but I’m very behind the line of thinking, “If your jeans start to smell, wash them.” Airing out, freezing and spraying denim with Febreeze will only go so far.

I understand the fear of putting $250 jeans into a washing machine. However, there are other ways of making sure your jeans get cleaned on which I think both denim heads and the “Denim Mythbuster” dudes could agree.

Like many Kansas City-natives, I copped a pair of Baldweezys, and fortunately for you, a wash was due. As much as I’d like to have washed them in the Chi-O fountain in SOTH-like fashion to mock ocean-soaking denim nerds, it wouldn’t have been environmentally safe or effective. Instead, I washed them my usual way and provided a guide for all you noobs.

 

Video by Andrew Shepherd with music by Emilio Quezada

Edited by Hannah Swank

August Mood Board

8.01.2014

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Photos via: Sleepy Jones, Thor Elias, Refinery29, Alex and Ernest, Urban Outfitters, Oracle Fox

July Mood Board

7.01.2014

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Photos via Billy Farrell Agency, Alex and Ernest, Le-21eme, Olive Cooke, Olivia Bee, Oracle Fox

Ombre Trend Not Likely to Fade Out

6.18.2014

By Hayley Jozwiak

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Ombre was one of the most popular trends of 2013, but it’s not finished yet. It isn’t just for your hair anymore, either.

It’s a simple gradation of color, making one end darker than the other. It can be having dark brunette roots that gradually change to light blonde tips or nails painted a light pink ending in a deep red at the tip.

The ombre look became popular for hair because it’s very low maintenance. Elena Diaz, a hair stylist at Lou & Co Hair Studio in Lawrence,says its roots lie, well, in roots. “Ombre actually started when people got lazy and let their roots grow out without touching them up,” Diaz says. “They thought, ‘Hey, this actually doesn’t look too bad.’”

Ombre hair is making a comeback, but in a subtler way according to Leslie Stauffer, a hair stylist at Lawrence salon La Bella Vita Hair Studio. “Beauty blogs are saying that ombre is on its way ‘out’ and that sombre is coming in. Sombre is just a more subtle version of ombre,” Stauffer says.

Hannah Carey, a senior at the University of Kansas who recently dyed her brown hair with blonde tips, describes ombre as the “modern day tie-dye.” Her hair is light brown that gradually changes so that her tips are a darker blonde color. Her sombre look is so subtle, she says few people have noticed the difference.

Carey is excited about her refreshing look for summer and thought it was the perfect way to make a change to her hair without going overboard.“In a way, it’s non-committal,” Carey says. “If I decide I’m tired of it, I just cut my ends off. No harm done.”

Apart from her hair, Carey has painted her nails ombre a few times as well. She said it was easy to do because she already had a few shades of the same color.

Carey’s favorite part of the ombre trend is the opportunity to personalize it. “[Ombre] gives you a chance to add your own touch to it,” Carey says. “That’s what I love about it. It’s unique and individual, but still trendy.”

Or not, depending on whom you ask. Maddie Schultz, a KU junior, is tired of the trend because it’s overused. “I never understood the ombre hair trend, but at least it’s better than splashlights. Hopefully those never catch on,” Schultz says of the hairstyle that features a splash of color stretching from ear to ear to create a halo effect.

Another popular version of ombre has emerged through makeup. Stauffer says ombre has always been a big trend in makeup; it’s just never been called ombre before. Smoky eye makeup is a perfect example of this. It’s just a transition from a darker color to a lighter color found at the brow bone, Stauffer says.

Between the usual requests for smoky eyes, Stauffer has had a few clients ask for ombre lips. An ombre lip is a lighter shade toward the inner lip moving to a darker shade toward the outline of the lips.

Stauffer suggests to not overdo the ombre look: “If you’re going to do a smoky eye, tone down the lips and have them be a soft pink that is close to your natural lip color. If you’re going to do an ombre lip, then stick with a classic eye.”

Whether you try out the new sombre look, a smoky eye or even an ombre lip, it looks like this trend is sticking around, whether you’re into it or not.

 

Edited by Hannah Swank

June Mood Board

6.02.2014

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Photos via: Numero China, Olivia Bee, Wildfox, Oracle Fox, Front Row Mode, Akila Berjaoui

Nail Fashion Takes a Sharp Turn from Classic Styles

5.13.2014

By Kathleen Smith

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They are long, pointy and look more like a weapon of mass destruction than a fashion accessory – something more suitable for Catwoman than every woman. Yet despite the possible risk to humanity, they have become the newest trend in fashion.

When you turn the pages of InStyle magazine, you will spot them adorning the runway models during Fashion Week. They have many names from stiletto to almond to pointed to claw, but regardless, these nails have pierced the hearts of fashionistas everywhere and are quickly becoming a fashion staple.

Pointed nails are a trend many try through do-it-yourself projects. Gillian Walsh at Sally Beauty Supply in Shawnee, Kan., says the girls wearing them are about 22 to 30 years old and turn to Pinterest and how-to videos for pointed nail ideas. They then come to Sally’s to buy the acrylic nails, polish and clippers to make the sharp look.

Most of the girls are edgy or into fashion and want to wear a daring manicure. Despite having a nose bridge piercing, a nose ring and a large tattoo on her forearm, Walsh said she would never wear the look.

“I think they are to hard to work in. I might be edgy, but I also have a 3 year old at home,” Walsh said. “My friend Wendy wears them but she models and she’s more into fashion. She doesn’t have to get her hands dirty like me.”

You don’t have to do the nails yourself, since salons in Lawrence can achieve the pointed look for you. Tonya Wynn, a nail technician at Nail Citi, says you can get the look starting at $35. Its price is determined by how long your nails are and what polishes or appliques you may want.

Many customers go to nail salons but really don’t know the difference in the nail styles, so Tracy Meisenheimer, owner of Nails by Tracy and CND certified master nail tech, says she requests that her clients send pictures of what they want before appointments. She has been doing nails for more than 20 years and was the first artist in Kansas to do Mink, a heat-activated type of applique that has 100-plus design possibilities. She was Mink trained by Naja Rickett, the nail artist who stars on the WeTV show L.A. Hair.

Meisenheimer offers stiletto nails that are very long and narrow with a sharp point, oval almond-shaped nails that have a slight point and a kitten nail that is short, claw-like and really pointed. Most of her clients prefer the almond shape, though she often wears her nails in the long stiletto style so she can showcase the look. The stiletto costs $75 and it takes two hours to do. She must fully sculpt the nails on a nail form, place the metallic fringe on the natural nail and shape it into a point, and then add acrylic. The almond shape costs $40 for a normal length and $60 for a long length. It is made from nail tips and then shaped before acrylic.

“This type of nail can be for everyone,” Meisenheimer said. “Most of my clients wear the shorter almond or kitten nail style. You just have to figure out what length you are comfortable in and be a little daring.”

 

Edited by Hannah Swank

Photo by David Sims for Vogue magazine

A Bold Brow Takes Shape in Lawrence

4.06.2014

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“Hayley, you would be so beautiful if you would just let me tweeze your eyebrows.”

It’s not exactly what a girl in high school wants to hear from her peers. I was mortified every time someone suggested that I tame my eyebrows in order to be “beautiful.”

My bold eyebrows, dark brown with a defined arch contrasting with my pale skin, made me stand out. I felt self-conscious and embarrassed, especially when people drew attention to them and even offered to thin the bushy masses.

Just a few years later and I no longer receive backhanded compliments about my eyebrows: The power brow is back in style.

You can find it on young Hollywood stars today like Emma Watson and Lily Collins. They each have brows that naturally frame their face and bring attention to their eyes because of their heaviness. Collins’ eyebrows are so prominent they have their own Twitter account, @iamthebrows.

The power brow trend brings out a person’s natural beauty, said Jenn Streeter, a graduate student at the University of Kansas. “The bold brow look, to me, is very old Hollywood. I think it’s more natural than the drawn-on, pencil look that has been popular for a while,” Streeter said. “Seeing some brow on a celebrity shows me they’re real.”

Brea Cudney, a junior at KU, appreciates the trend because she has bold brows. She’s taken notice of stars like Lucy Hale and Lauren Conrad.  “I’ve followed the transformation of Lauren Conrad since her days on ‘Laguna Beach,’ and I’ve noticed how she’s let her eyebrows become more full and natural,” Cudney said.

Cudney is often ask how she “styles” her eyebrows, which she takes as a compliment. “Eyebrows are funny, but I definitely notice them on other people and appreciate when someone admires mine as well.”

Cudney is just one example of how the power brow trend is taking shape in Lawrence. Elena Diaz, a hair stylist at Lou & Co Hair Studio, said it’s socially acceptable to have big eyebrows now.

“I appreciate a fuller brow because it means that you’re not afraid to think outside the box,” Diaz said. “You have your own idea of beauty and you’re comfortable with what you’ve been given.”

Eyebrows are important because they frame your face, said Nasrin at Brow Expressions. “The first thing that you notice about someone is their eyes, and eyebrows go with that.”

Nasrin said that her clients often ask for a thicker shaped brow. “People think it’s old-fashioned, but it’s very popular among my clients.”

Whatever kind of eyebrows you have, one thing is clear: The natural look is best. Don’t let know-it-all high school girls make you feel ashamed of your natural beauty.

 

Get some professional help shaping up those bold babies right here in Lawrence.

Threading:
Brow Expressions, 2223 Louisiana St.

Waxing:
Lou & Co. Hair Studio, 2040 W. 31st St., Suite C

Simply Wax, 901 Kentucky St., Suite 102B

SkinCare by Jennie, 2311 Wakarusa Dr., Suite C (Brow tinting also provided)

Karin Kelley Skin Care, 2311 Wakarusa Dr., Suite C

 

Edited by Hannah Swank

Photo by Hannah Carey

Snagging a Pair of Highly Coveted Sneakers: A How-to Guide

12.04.2013

 

 

 

Copping a fresh pair of Nikes is harder that you think.

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Sure, buying those Air Max 90s with your mom at DSW was easy enough back in the day, but snagging a pair of highly coveted sneakers is much more difficult. There are pre-release campouts at stores, ridiculously long lines the morning of the release, and absurdly fast sell-outs. And that’s all in New York. The game is much harder to play here in the Midwest, where your best bet for a nice pair of sneakers is an out-of-state “friend” you met at a party who had good drugs.

First I’m going to handle the haters, because I feel their wrath coming and I keep my pimp hand strong. It’s not that hard – just buy them online. –SMACK- Why don’t you just go to the mall, or Foot Locker? -SMACK SMACK- Bitch please with that nonsense. If this were that easy, you all would be wearing Air Yeezy 2s or Nike Mag 10s instead of the Shocks and Sperrys I see y’all fools rocking. Respect your elders in the game, because I’ve been there.

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The bottom line that any true sneakerhead will realize about life in the Midwest is that good shoes are imported. There simply isn’t a large enough market for brand retailers like Foot Locker or FinishLine (or other good stores) to supply either the volume or selection that places in LA and NYC can cater to. Sure, they might participate in highly anticipated releases to ride the wave of profitability that these release provide, but shoe stores out here cater to a different market. And sadly, that market is flooded with Crocs.

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The second thing you should know about dedicated sneaker shopping is that shopping online can be just as unsuccessful on release dates. Especially on highly coveted pairs, sites like Eastbay of FinishLine have been known to experience server crashes when flooded with thousands of customers in a five-minute span. A crashed site, with an emptied cart, is not what you want.

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Your true path to glory will be had via Twitter. Follow “@nikestore” and keep an eye on their tweets the day before the expected release date, which can be found on the Nike store’s calendar. At some point, usually mid-afternoon, the Nike store Twitter feed will tweet something prolific, something that will resonate with a generation. Something like: “Extra responsiveness. Ultimate control. The @NikeBasketball KD V Elite launches tomorrow at 8am EDT. pic.twitter.com/24rrajgjmP”.

At this point the heat is on. You know the date. You know the time. Set your alarm, cue up a Twitter feed on perpetual refresh, and let the waiting begin.

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At the assigned time, Nike’s twitter will ring out again, although this time with a link to the proper Nike store page. USE THIS LINK. Nike’s site has a reputation as being the best place to buy sneakers, namely because their servers expect to handle the massive influx of customers. Move smoothly, but quickly, adding one pair, and only one pair to your cart. None of this Nelly, Air Force One, “Get me two pairs,” type nonsense. Some releases are extremely limited, and Nike will limit their sales to a certain amount per customer. Apparently you’re allowed to go over the limit when adding shoes to your cart, but come checkout time, the whole thing fails, empties your cart, and starts you over at the back of the line. Not a good place to be when the stakes are high and the bounty is few. Best to ensure you’ve got at least one pair before getting greedy.

Once you’ve got your cart loaded, do like I do when late in the semester and check the fuck out.

Sit back, wait for shipping, and prepare for hipster girls to swoon.

– Preston Bukaty 

Edited by Erika Reals

Photography by Vasu Gupta

Chanté Gossett Debuts Spring 2014 Collection

12.02.2013

At The Bauer, a charming loft-like gallery in the Crossroads District of Kansas City, Style on the Hill’s staff indulged in the latest craft cocktails drawn up by the Campground and spent the night mingling with the most elegantly dressed in KC, all gathered to watch the unveiling of Chanté Gossett’s Spring 2014 Collection. Who would have known that a textile major from KU could host such a decadant evening of drinks, laugher, upbeat house music and, obviously, fashion?

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As the show began, a sea of nuetral colors and lightweight fabrics hung on four models as they waltzed down the runway to an electronic tempo into their positions. Chanté’s show was broken into two phases and consisted of four models and eight looks. The collection presented Chanté’s hand-dyed and hand-printed fabrics that she turned into functional pieces perfect for a young, creative and stylish boutique shopper. The looks consisted of leather corsets, ’70s inspired jumpers, ombre maxi skirts, floor-length sheer dresses and high-necklined shift dresses.

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Chanté hand dyes and hand prints all of her fabrics through an intensive process using diperse dye to transfer her patterns to fabrics before individually constructing each piece. Her process begins by drawing inspiration from classic beauties of historical art and fashion then simulating her ideas and sketching them on paper. Her sketches are directed by patterns, prints and silhouettes, followed by color tests and texture choices. Chanté’s Spring 2014 Collection incorporated a mix of textures and fabrics. She worked by mixing leather with sheer-printed fabrics. Pieces that particularly resemble this was a sheer, ombre maxi in eggplant color mixed with a nuetral white leather corset. Her signature print in a pattern printed on sheer fabric and a speratic combination of bright colors was contained in a simple “x” shape. This signature print was used in many of her designs.

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Chanté Gossett graduates from KU this December and plans to begin a small line of ready-to-wear tops while focusing on her seasonal fall collection. Visit her website to preview her collections, and check her Facebook page for an update on upcoming events and watch her career flourish.

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Photography by Christine Carreira

Edited by Erika Reals

 

Blogger Diary: Indie Music and Charlie Chaplin Inspiration

12.02.2013

I have always been fascinated with people’s one-of-a-kind fashion. I love watching fashion week and seeing the new, fun trends that return or make debut, but there’s something awesome about seeing the unique concoctions of society.

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Over Thanksgiving break, while taking a break from stuffing my face with turkey and pumpkin pie, I got to hang out with one of my favorite and most creative friends. Landon Roberts lives in Salt Lake City and is complete proof that you can have style on a budget. Just ask him where he got his sick plaid winter jacket and he’ll tell you he got it from a thrift store for 5 bucks (totally beats the 300 or so dollars you spent on that one jacket you have!)

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I also have mad respect for people brave enough to mix patterns. Although when it comes to plaid you have to be extremely careful of the types, shapes, and colors you put together or else you might as well pack your bags and your kilt and head off to Scotland.

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How to do plaid right: Follow his subtleties when it comes to choosing what to mix. Landon’s dark plaid flannel is soft and muted next to his green stately jacket. It works and it’s not overwhelming.

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So with that EXPERIMENT! Try on every plaid thing you have! Be brave! and lastly, when you go out rocking your new plaid on plaid style CONFIDENCE is key.

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– The Bold Americana (Emma Johnson) 

Model and styling by Emma Johnson & Landon Roberts. For more go to The Bold Americana.

Photography by Emma Johnson

Into the Wild: Interview with Jewelry Designer Rachel Rieke

11.17.2013

Rachel Rieke creates jewelry that reflects how women want to feel: one-of-a-kind. As the designer and owner of Wild Mint Jewelry in Lawrence, Kan., Rieke designs bold, colorful jewelry with a Native American influence. She doesn’t make jewelry full-time, but she’s become a fixture at Lawrence craft shows. She describes herself as “Internet shy,” yet her Etsy profile has attracted international customers. I visited Rieke at her home and workspace to talk about her brand.

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HS: Until recently, the brand was RED Designs Jewelry. What was the inspiration behind the new name?

RR: I think changing the name was the right direction since I wanted something more “me.” When I was brainstorming, I wanted something clean and simple. I don’t think there’s anything negative about the word “mint.” It’s just easy, fresh and clean. The designs of my beaded work is where the “wild” part came from.

HS: How would you describe your jewelry?

RR: Colorful, unique, high quality. I have a hard time describing it as “Native American” since the trend of calling things “tribal” is so big now, but it definitely has a Native American draw. No matter what, while I take inspiration from things, it’s really important to me that I stay true to creating original designs.

HS: Quality is obviously important to you. Tell me about the materials you use.

RR: All ear wires are handmade and they are all either sterling silver or gold filled. The beaded work is made from delicacy beads that are all standard size and create clean design patterns. Other beads come in different sizes and can look messy. I glue and sew faux leather on the backs so the design isn’t distorted. The pieces are really made to last. I’ve had people tell me they’ve run pieces through a washing machine and they’re still intact.

HS: Are there other materials you want to work with?

RR: I’d love to start making stackable rings using real gold. I’m definitely a gold person over silver. I also want to start using real leather for the earring backs, though I want to use recycled real leather.

HS: What is your design process like and what do you like to do while you’re working?

RR: I don’t usually draw out my designs. I’ve been doing it so long that I usually have an idea in my head and just have a trial and error process. The beaded earrings take between two and six hours per pair and I usually have to force myself to stop because, at shows, I like to have around 50 pairs. While I work, I’ll usually have music playing but I’m a repeat watcher of television shows and I love “Arrested Development.” I can just put on an episode and not really watch but still know what’s going on.

HS: What’s next for Wild Mint?

RR: I want to be more active online and have professional photos taken of my earrings on models and really begin to develop a lifestyle brand. Something else I really want is to be more active with charities with a percentage of each purchase going to the Humane Society.

Find Rieke’s jewelry at upcoming craft shows:

  • Bizarre Bazaar
    When
    : Nov. 29 and 30
    Where: Lawrence Arts Center,  940 New Hampshire St.
  • LOLA Giant
    When:  Dec. 7 and 8
    Where: Van Go, 715 New Jersey St.

– Hannah Swank 

Photography by Hannah Swank

Edited by Kaitlyn Klein

This article was provided by University of Kansas’s Magazine Journalism class.

Blogger Diary: Fall Filters

11.09.2013

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…under the fading sun she savors the brightest in the fall…

Model and styling by Emma Johnson. For more go to The Bold Americana.

Photography by Bethany Hughes.

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