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High Waisted – A Party On Roller Skates

9.04.2016

By Darby VanHoutan

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Photo by Sabrina Sheck

Jessica Louise Dye weaved in and out of the crowd, gin and tonic in hand, before bringing her roller skates to a halt and introducing herself to me. Dye is the lead singer of the surf-rock band from New York, High Waisted. She, with three bandmates in tow – drummer Jono Bernstein, bassist Jeremy Hansen, and guitarist Stephen Nielsen – carried with them an infectious vibe that made you want to stay a while.

Their website (appropriately titled highwaisted.party) describes every show as a party. I was determined to see if this was true. After watching Dye bend in half while singing and playing guitar, Bernstein throw out his shoulder from drumming, and the infatuation of the crowd, I’d have to say that they live up to their website. I also got a few minutes to talk to Jessica about what inspires her and how she got to where she is.

 

Q: What are you feeling at this moment?

A: Oh man, I’m really excited to take off my roller skates. I’m in a really good mood. The best part is that these shows have been really early which is such a contrast of playing in New York. There shows don’t normally start until ten or eleven o’clock. They’re late, late nights. Basically, in New York you see the sunrise often. Here, I’m playing at sunset so this whole tour has been a different vibe.

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Photo by Sabrina Sheck

Q: How long have you guys been on the road for?
A: God, nine days almost? About a week. The whole tour is 32 days total.

 

Q: Are you stopping anywhere in Lawrence after this?

A: After this? I don’t know yet. Let’s see how many gin and tonics I have.

 

Q: I read that you moved to New York to follow a boy. What would you say to the girl who did that now?

A: I mean, I’m the same person. I’ve been the same person since I was like fourteen. I just have more experiences and a lot more fun now. I wish I could tell the girl who was going through that New York breakup to keep being lonely, and savor that loneliness because it’ll eventually work out.

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Photo by Sabrina Sheck

Q: How did you guys find your aesthetic that you have now?

A: I just really like surf music. I realized that I can’t really dance so much. I’m a goofy dancer. But if you put on a good twist-and-shout and I slay. Okay? That is my jam. So I thought, okay I wanna play music that even myself could dance to. We also all have common interests in the genre. It’s also really fun to play. I love a good sentimental, sad song, but that’s not fun to play every night. Imagine if you went on a tour for a month, and you had to sing these songs that were about pain, hardship, and sorrow. God! How depressing. That’s not fun. I don’t wanna do that. I want to get on a stage every night and maybe sing about things that are the catalyst of sorrow but then spin it, make it happy, shake my hair, shake my booty, have a drink, high five my best friends and go to the next city.

 

Q: Would you describe the band as your best friends?

A: Absolutely, yes. If they’re not then we’re fucking up.

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Photo by Sabrina Sheck

Q: Do you guys ever fight?

A: Absolutely! Don’t you ever fight with your mom or your brother? You have to. Your relationships aren’t healthy if you don’t tell someone that them clipping their toenails in the van is obnoxious. There are growing pains. We are brothers and sisters and we fight like that. That’s totally fine. We get to the venue and everyone does their job and we get on stage and everything is fine again. Even our fights are so baby. It’s like, “Wah, I wanted to go to Taco Bell and we went to Wendy’s”. They’re not real fights. They’re just family annoyances.

 

Q: What’s the difference between shows in New York and touring all over the United States?

A: It’s totally different. New York is like it’s own animal. People in the midwest actually watch your set. They come early and they’ll come talk to you at the merch booth and say hi. If they liked it, they feel obligated to tell you. That fun, positive feedback is really great. You don’t get that in New York. In New York everyone is just too cool.

 

Q: How would you describe a party?

A: Balloons, red lights, short skirts, and low ambitions.

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Photo by Sabrina Sheck

Q: Who is one person that inspires you creatively?

A: Patty Smith. I’ve read all her books and all her poetry. She’s such an influence.
The band is continuing their with a show today in Denver and other dates following it.

We’re Hiring! Apply to Join the Style on the Hill Team Fall 2016

4.29.2016

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Ever look around and notice that you’re the most stylish one in the room? If you’ve got a passion for fashion and want to show off your creative side through writing, photography, design, modeling or styling, then Style on the Hill wants you! We’re looking for extremely passionate KU students who identify with our mission: to document the stories and style at The University of Kansas and in Lawrence. If style isn’t number one on your list, don’t worry. We cover food, music, art, culture, entertainment, relationships, and more.

To apply, fill out the Application Form below and send a resume and samples to us as styleonthehill@gmail.com.

3 Things to Know Right Now

4.11.2016

By Kelsey Baska

Guys it’s official; I graduate next year. Yep that’s right; I’m a five year senior and feelin’ it. But that means that I have to start getting serious about my life because before you know it I’ll actually have to admit that I’m an adult. It’s kind of weird that being a grownup is coming in hot. But I’m also secretly excited because that means I get start to wearing professional business clothing to work and maybe I’ll have my own office or cubicle or something. But lately I’ve been feeling pretty inspired by some successful women and I wanted to share them all with you.

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Photo from Grammy.com

Brittany Howard is the lead singer and guitarist of the Grammy Award winning band Alabama Shakes. By now, I’m sure you’ve all heard how talented this band is. But my main obsession is Howard’s vocals. I mean, she has the most magical voice I have heard in a long time; it’s remarkably stunning and extremely powerful. This year was a big year for Alabama Shakes. Not only did Apple use their song “Sound and Color” for one of their advertisements but the band also made a huge sweep at the Grammys. They won Best Rock Song, Best Alternative Music Album, and Best Rock Performance. I mean they are killing it. If you haven’t already, go listen to their latest album. Every track is phenomenal; there isn’t a song on that that I don’t like. And if you haven’t purchased your Buzz Beach Ball 2016 tickets, go do so because they are headlining and I can’t wait to hear them live.

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Aliza Licht is one powerhouse of a woman. As SVP of global communications at Donna Karan International and Twitter personality DKNY PR GIRL, she is definitely someone to follow if you are interested in pursuing a career in social media or fashion. I just finished her book Leave Your Mark and it’s amazing. She writes about her personal experiences and how she was able to become successful by working hard and learning from the people around her. She also gives a lot of tips and provides professional guidance on how to land your dream job. After finishing the book, I felt inspired to do my best and take advantage of my current internship by soaking up as much information as possible from my bosses and peers. Her book is literally a crash course on how to get where you want to be and her lessons are definitely applicable to anyone, no matter what your major is.

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Photo from Bizjournals.com

Dr. Jane Rose has quickly become one of my favorite professors here at the University of Kansas. She is the Director of The Agency, which is KU’s new student media organization in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Seriously, just google her; the woman is legit. I’m currently enrolled in her Journalism 201 class and it’s been a great experience so far. I seriously recommend taking one of her classes, whether you’re a journalism major and it’s required or if you’re just looking for a rad elective course. I trust her knowledge and I respect her so much. You can tell that she’s really passionate about what she does and genuinely strives to give you real life lessons that you can apply to your future career. Not to mention her wardrobe is so chic I can’t even handle it. She wears black almost every day and one time she wore a pair of leather pants to her lecture and I immediately went out and bought a pair for myself.

The Science of Dressing Well

3.30.2016

By Hannah Sundermeyer

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Here at the University of Kansas, some days it feels like every day is pajama day. When you look around the Budig 110 lecture hall, you see a sea of sweatpants, ball caps, and oversize t-shirts. Nearly everyone appears to have just rolled out of bed, with the facial expressions to prove it.

But the guy and the girl dressed in jeans, sweaters and scarves are obviously out of place.

As I’ve seen re-tweeted countless times on Twitter, “College is really cool because you can wear the same shirt two days in a row if you have to. Your Monday, Wednesday, Friday people don’t know about your Tuesday/Thursday life.”

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While the allure to dressing down grows even stronger as we enter the painfully cold winter months, science and experts, including those who dress up, can tell you the benefits.

Harrison Rosenthal, a junior from Leawood, Kan., would describe his own sense of style as “professional student,” and says he likes to have his pants pressed, his shirt starched, and his shoes shined.

“I think that in college especially, it’s important to dress up a little bit to show that respect for your instructors and the work they put into the course,” Rosenthal said. “Dressing nicely is not a sine qua non of dressing expensively. You can look nice without spending a fortune on clothing. It’s important to be mindful of how you present yourself. Because that will ultimately play into your reputation, what people think of you, and that mindfulness is an important factor. “

But Levi’s said it best in their Winter 2015 collection campaign with the mantra; Do well, live well, and dress really well.

“You can express yourself and show people who you are without saying anything. I think that’s more important than the actual way you look. You can show what kind of person you are with what you wear,” says Christian Hardy, a sophomore from Derby, Kansas.

I personally swear by the motto, “Dress well, test well.” But is there any science behind this? According to a study conducted by Northwestern researchers Adam Galinsky and Hajo Adam in 2011, there just might be.

Galinsky told the Washington Post in 2012: “Findings show that it’s not just the experience of wearing the clothes, but the symbolic meaning they hold for people. It’s the simultaneous combination of the posture or the clothes and the symbolic meaning of them that matters.”

Participants were involved in a “Stroop test” involving the identification of the color of words written. For example—the word orange written in purple ink. One group performed the task in professional, white lab jackets and made half as many errors as the constant variable group without them.

While donning a lab coat may not be the best approach for your next exam, ditch the yoga pants and your GPA just might thank you.

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Don’t know where to start? Style on the Hill has you covered:

                                      GIRLS
·      Invest in a great oversized sweater. You can throw this on over a pair of leggings and stay warm and snuggly for your trek through campus.
·      A swipe of a brightly colored lipstick can upgrade a basic tee and jeans from casual to chic.
·      You can even dress up a basic pair of jogger sweats with a leather jacket and a patterned headband to hide even your worst case of bedhead.
                                       GUYS
·      Busy week? Take an hour on Sunday to iron a few button up shirts so that you don’t have to worry about it later. These can be paired with straight-legged khakis or jeans. If you’re looking for something even more casual, opt for a flannel.
·      Channel your inner Chuck Bass with a peacoat. When shopping, look for more neutral colors such as black, grey, and navy.
·      Check out JackThreads.com for unique and inexpensive pieces including a wide variety of tees, sweaters, shoes and outerwear.

$20 Challenge: Downtown Dining

1.22.2016

By Cassidy Ritter

After eating home cooked meals over break, it’s tough to face microwave ramen or the dining hall menu again. But as a college student, you have the ultimate superpower: thriftiness. Time to dust off that budget sheet and see how far you can make your dollar stretch. This weekend, we’ve got a brand new $20 challenge to keep you from going hungry or going broke.

On average, KU students say they spend $10 to $30 eating out on the weekend. College students’ time is spread thin and their wallets are even thinner. With an average meal costing $12.75 according to The Simple Dollar, it is often a challenge for college students to eat out. So, I left my credit card at home and hit the streets of Lawrence with only $20 in hand. My goal was to eat out all weekend, a total of six meals, on a $20 budget.

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I spent $3 at Einstein Bros Bagels on a plain bagel with cream cheese for breakfast. For lunch I enjoyed two chicken tacos at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop totaling $4.34­­– my most expensive meal of the day. Spending only $9.84 on Saturday, day one, I felt I was off to a good start.

For Saturday’s dinner, my roommates and I went to McAlister’s Deli. We used our student football tickets to get $5 off our meals. With the coupon, the Stud Max, a baked potato, cost $2.50. This meal was a large portion of two loaded potatoes that could easily count for two meals.

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Student Money Management Services employee Deanna Ambrose, a junior from Frankfort, Kansas, says if students are going to eat out they are better off paying more money for a filling meal that can result in leftovers for a second meal.

On Sunday I knew I needed to be picky about where I ate if I was going to make it through the weekend with $10.16 left in my pocket. My roommates suggested I indulge in fast food restaurants. Andrea Fogarty, a junior from Chicago, and Abbey Leis, a senior from Leawood, Kansas, say they eat at Wendy’s or Taco Bell when they need to save money. I steered clear of fast food restaurants because in my eyes, they were a cop-out.

Choosing not to eat breakfast at a fast food restaurant, I spent $1.72 on a strawberry knot and glazed doughnut at Munchers Bakery Sunday morning. For lunch I enjoyed two slices of pepperoni pizza and free honey at Pyramid Pizza. The pizza cost $6.01. For dinner, I ordered a single burger at BurgerFi where add-ons like cheese, onions, lettuce and tomato are free. I paid $5.95 for the burger, borrowing $3.52 from my friend to cover what was left to pay when my $20 bill ran out.

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Over the course of the weekend I spent $23.52 on meals in Lawrence. After looking at receipts from the weekend, I talked to students at Student Money Management Services who had a few suggestions to other students eating out on a budget. Alex Alexander, a sophomore from Shawnee, Kansas, says if students can wait to eat dinner after 9 p.m. they should go to Chili’s for half price appetizers.

   Tips to Save $$$
Ask for a Student Discount: Though not many restaurants in Lawrence offer them, it never hurts to ask.
Drink water: Most places charge $2 to $2.50 for a soda, so always ask for a water cup.
Choose Carry-Out: Get meals to go to avoid adding a tip to your bill.
Use coupons: Whenever you can! Look for coupons in the student coupon book or planner, with football tickets, and through apps like Eat Street.

Ambrose recommends students to use the app Eat Street. “The more you use it to order food, the more coupons you get,” says Ambrose.

While it is nearly possible to eat out in Lawrence on just $20, it’s not the healthiest option. After six meals of doughnuts, pizza and any other bready delight Lawrence had to offer, I was ready to eat a homemade meal. My body and mind were sluggish and in desperate need of a detox. I ate bad meals because they were the cheaper option. I probably would not have made it through six healthy meals at restaurants on a $20 budget.

 

 

 

The Breakdown:

Saturday:

1)   Einstein Bros Bagels: Bagel with smear, water cup = $3
2)   Fuzzy’s Taco Shop: Two chicken tacos, water cup = $4.34
3)   McAlister’s Deli: baked potato (Spud Max), water cup = $2.50 (w/ $5 coupon from football ticket), could have counted as two meals

Sunday:

1)   Muncher’s Bakery: strawberry knot (.90), glazed doughnut (.60) = $1.72
2)   Pyramid Pizza: Two slices of pepperoni pizza (walk in), water cup, free honey = $6.01
3)   BurgerFi: single cheeseburger with onions, lettuce, tomato (all free add-ons) = $5.95

Total weekend costs = $23.52

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