Staff Picks: Albums of the Year 2016


By Justin Hermstedt

2016 was a standout year for music. New Kanye, Beyoncé, and Frank Ocean barely scratch the surface. What were your favorite albums of 2016? Here are some personal favorites from the staff at Style on the Hill.

A Seat at the Table – Solange


This album is soulful and spiritual and imaginative. Solange is too often overshadowed by her sister, and this album showcases her incredible musical talents. Her music is powerful.

-Rebekah Swank

Starboy – The Weeknd


A pretty sexy album. It’s r&b and electronic without being too overbearing. The album seems to flow better when I listen to it as a whole.

-Georgia Hickam

Holy Ghost – Modern Baseball


I came for the witty, angsty expressions of social hijinks/struggles which highlighted Modern Baseball’s first albums, but I stayed for the honest, introspective stories of surviving in the face of loss and mental illness. This album kicks ass.

-Justin Hermstedt

Disappear Here – Bad Suns


Bad Suns had an awesome EP a couple of years ago and followed up this year with a dope album; Disappear Here is the perfect amount of peppy and artistic.

-Ellie Milton

Call Him a Doctor – GFOTY


GFOTY (Girlfriend Of The Year) created the EPOTY with Call Him a Doctor. Rarely does an artist’s magnum opus manifest as an EP, but with Call Him a Doctor GFOTY infuses her signature wit/bombast with an unexpectedly refined pop-punk and PCMusic electronica.

-Logan Gossett

The Ride – Catfish and the Bottlemen


Their first album was absolutely killer and this followed it perfectly. I honestly just don’t have any words for how great this band is.

-Ellie Milton

Awaken, My Love! – Childish Gambino


This album is so different from anything Childish Gambino has done in the past, and a lot of people don’t like it for that reason. I thought it was spectacular. I think his voice was made for this kind of music.

-Rebekah Swank

Blackstar – David Bowie


David Bowie hadn’t died in 2016, Blackstar would still be a top ten album of the year. But nothing exists in a vacuum, so the compelling narrative behind Bowie’s last LP secures an already enchanting album its place as my second favorite album of 2016.
-Logan Gossett

How to Be a Human Being – Glass Animals


Each track on How to Be a Human Being tells the story of a real person who Glass Animals have encountered in their travels. The unique narratives of these colorful characters coalesce into a uniform anthology, just like how the diverse and whimsical sounds form an awesome, melting pot of an album.

-Justin Hermstedt

Centerfold – MOTHXR


MOTHXR explored the decadent basin of New Romantic dystopia’s pits and excavated a dark, amethyst gem with Centerfold.
-Logan Gossett

Heard on the Hill


HOTH crop

  • “We didn’t need female ghostbusters; we didn’t even need Bill Murray.”
  • Person 1: “I hate tomatoes, I wouldn’t eat a tomato for $5.”
  • Person 2: “Really? I would eat a cat for $5.”
  • Person 3: “Not gonna lie, I would too.”
  • “He is just more Korean than you are.”
  • “I’d do cocaine over acid any day.”
  • “It’s not poop, it’s just like, butt juice.”
  • “I love it when my friends provide for me.”
  • “Your final is at 7.30 AM because God hates you.”
  • “Honestly, if you are really dating I actually expect to see your girlfriend on your snapchat story.”
  • “She has the same body as the dude from Despicable Me.”
  • Person 1: “Last night I was actually watching videos on what humans taste like.”
  • Person 2: “And?”
  • Person 1: “Apparently, the meat is similar to veal.”

WTF Is Up?! – A Gaga Performance, New VS Angels, and more!



By Darby VanHoutan

There’s nothing quite like the pain and damage of hell week. The light in professors’ eyes as they deliver you a test one week before a cumulative 12-page final is truly breathtaking. GOOD NEWS: There’s only two more weeks and then we’re all free. That doesn’t mean you get a pass on being informed, of course. Here’s just a few things to fill you in on WTF happened this week!


A student named Abdul Razak Ali Artan carried out an attack at Ohio State University on Monday. It all began at the Ohio State campus in Columbus, when Artan rammed his car into a group of students. He then left his car and charged at multiple other students with knives. This was as far as he got before he was shot and killed by an Ohio State police officer.

In total, 11 people were injured and hospitalized after the incident. The only evidence so far besides things left at the crime scene were Facebook posts by Artan sent just a few hours before the attack. It was through these that he expressed anger towards people treating his Muslim peers poorly. “By Allah, we will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims. You will not celebrate or enjoy any holiday” read one of Artan’s posts.

Arguably, the Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake put it best at his press conference Monday afternoon, where he urged his students to not jump to conclusions and believe it was terrorism or point fingers at other students. “What we want to do is really unify together and support each other; do our best to support those who were injured in their recovery”, said Drake.

A Love-Filled Gaga Performance

I have another reason for you to love Lady Gaga (though I believe you should already have at least 107 reasons to love her). The performer made a surprise visit to the Ali Forney Center in Brooklyn this past Black Friday. Who needs new thigh-high-leather-boots when you support the nation’s youth, right?

This performance by Gaga is so badass in particular because the Ali Forney Center is a housing center for LGBT youth, many of whom were kicked out of their homes for simply being themselves, in New York. While there, Gaga meditated with the entire group and performed an acoustic cover of her song “Million Reasons”. Of course, Gaga didn’t do it so that big news platforms would shower her in adoration, she did it because the young people living at the Ali Forney Center deserve to see her performances as much as anyone else and they’re probably chill AF to meditate with.

Tomi Lahren Gets Told

Tomi Lahren. You know her. She’s the angry, blonde, young woman who is always yelling about the liberal agenda on your Facebook page. I have many motivations to appreciate her being dragged on national television, some more important than others. Regardless, the young online talk show host appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah this past Wednesday.

For background, Tomi Lahren is the 24-year-old host of the show Final Thoughts on the conservative network TheBlaze. The videos are most commonly shared on Facebook with one of Lahren’s most popular being her three and half minute video (on professional football player Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful protest of the National Anthem) which was viewed 66 million times.

On The Daily Show, host Trevor Noah spent a staggering fourteen minutes interviewing Lahren, presumably trying to get a better grasp on WTF is going on inside her head. Noah began with asking Lahren why she’s so angry and continued with questions on her hatred of the Black Lives Matter movement, president-elect Donald Trump and more. Noah was level headed and delivered pointed (yet angsty) questions and Lahren was…passionate.

Some of my favorite comments were when Lahren said “I’m a Millennial so I don’t like labels…”. It was directly after this remark that, hopefully along with many other viewers, Noah realized what she said didn’t make sense and informed of the contradiction by saying “Sorry. My brain. You just gave a label to say you don’t like labels”. Along with this came Lahren said she “doesn’t see color”, thinks Trump is level headed and many other things you’ll likely hear again from your drunk uncle on Christmas.

Your Model BFFs Got Their Wings

If a bell rings every time an angel gets their wings, then Paris must have been ~lit~ this past Wednesday. Victoria’s Secret hosted their annual fashion show in Paris, France for the first time and events ensued.

The 40-minute show was separated into six themes: Road Ahead, Mountain Romance, Pink Nation, Secret Angel, Dark Angel and Bright Night Angel. It included performers by Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd (ex-boyfriend of first time VS model Bella Hadid). Oh, and speaking of the sparkling gene pool that is the Hadid’s, both Gigi and Bella strutted the VS runway and were adorned with wings along with fellow model and friend Kendall Jenner. Other models present included Karlie Kloss, Adriana Lima, Lily Aldridge, Taylor Hill and many more.

The entire evening was documented via models’ Instagrams and Snapchats, BUT the best news is that you can see it all for yourself on December 5 when it airs on CBS.

Glossier Serums: What You Need to Know


By Rebekah Swank


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.

Style on the Hill: Vol.5


Volume 5 of Style on the Hill magazine if finally here! The theme of the Fall 2016 issue is minimalism. In a world ruled by highly consumerist societies, this movement is here to say “You can be happy with less.” You will find inspiration in clean compositions and straightforward images that will bring you inner peace and hopefully a hint of motivation to take a moment and think of a way you could incorporate this “trend” into your lifestyle. We really hope you enjoy the work of our entirely new team!

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Heard at the Table: Thanksgiving Edition



  • “I always feel like a young Monica Lewinsky whenever I smoke swishers.”
  • “You were definitely the worst growing up, mom and dad agree with me.”
  • “All I need is Jesus Christ and Miller Lite.”
  • “You just put a straw down to the bottom with your finger over the end sticking out and take your finger off after you start chugging.”
  • “Who’s going to shotgun a beer with me?”
  • “Why don’t you shut up for once and just pass me the rolls.”
  • “I don’t think I’m evil enough to be a Slytherin, but I’m also not annoying enough to be a Hufflepuff.”
  • Cousin 1: “What are Aquarius?”
  • Cousin 2: “Liars, cold-hearted people.”
  • 6-year-old: “My dad called the cops on my mom. There’re taking it straight back to court.”
  • “Who taught Elias gang signs?”
  • “Everyone loves a pumpkin roll, no one loves Mark.”
  • “So, who did you vote for?”
  • “We heard the word election and ran for our lives.”
  • Person 1: “I couldn’t talk, I was so choked up listening to the Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack.”
  • Person 2: “Are you pregnant?”

Heard on the Hill


HOTH crop

  • “It’s the holiday season, of course I’m lit.”
  • Person 1: “I seriously have no time, I have to give up eating or sleeping.”
  • Person 2: “Because God knows you aren’t going to give up your knitting.”
  • “You don’t enjoy McDonald’s fries, you eat them until you hate yourself.”

  • “I don’t know how to say this, but you’re racist.”
  • “Fuck Marry Kill: Yoda, Jar Jar Binks, Anakin Skywalker with no legs.”
  • “Hufflepuff is the K State of the Hogwarts houses.”
  • “The harp if by far the hottest instrument.
  • *In reference to a puppy*
  • Person 1: “Why are you getting rid of him?
  • Person 2: “Oh, my 5-year-old daughter was just doing too much with him.”
  • “So, do you like have to chase the turkey first?”

WTF Is Up?! – Snapchat Updates, A New Trailer, and more!



By Darby VanHoutan

This was a week of recovery. A time to return to more fluffy news and look at cat pictures. Of course, my bank account, sleep schedule and let’s be honest – grades may never recover. Nevertheless, the sun rose and the Earth continued to orbit the Sun and that means we have to stay updated. Here’s WTF happened this week.

Kendall Jenner….WYA?

We all need a little detox sometimes. I once only ate yogurt for an entire week in high school because my friend told me it would help me sleep. Well, it didn’t. Television personality, supermodel and all around gangster Kendall Jenner is doing a little detoxing herself. A cleansing is what she credits her most recent decision to completely delete her Instagram.

She made the decision to do so at the beginning of this week and I miss her risque nipple slip pictures already. Although a lot can be said about the Kardashian-Jenner clan, Kendall was always on the forefront of pushing gender stereotypes and ridiculous rules on the picture sharing social media site. She herself had the most liked picture in history in 2015 with an extremely adorable picture of her hair in the shape of hearts that every teenage girl tried to remake in their friends’ basement.

On Wednesday, Jenner commented on the news while appearing on the Ellen Degeneres Show. She said the main fuel behind her decision was that she was becoming too dependent on the app, checking it when she woke up and right before she went to bed. Girl. I feel you. We all feel you. Please, come back.

Not Your Grandad’s Spectacles

Who would charge $129 for glass that comes out of a vending machine? Snapchat. The company has recently made an update to the app that is actually taking place not just on our phones but in real life. They created a pair of glasses, called Spectacles, that record videos straight from the shades themselves. Now we can drunkenly record our friends at the Hawk hands free! You just pair the glasses to your device and shazam! You can press the little button located on the glasses to record a 10 second video that gets saved to your Snapchat memories. It even comes in super cute packaging that has a case that serves a charger. What!? The future is ~lit~.

But wait! The Spectacles aren’t as easy to get your hands on as you’d think. The company sells the glasses through vending machines that look like giant minions that are called Snapbots. They pop up randomly with one appearing just earlier this week in Venice Beach, California. As you can imagine, they sell out rather fast and can also be purchased on E-Bay for a quick $600-$2,000. However, if you’d like to chase Snapchat’s bots around the world you can visit their website and prepare yourself to pay the $129 the vending machines charge for the product.

A Beauty and the Beast Update

I’m a sucker for Disney Fairytales. I can commonly be found combing my hair with forks like The Little Mermaid or belting out I’ll Make a Man Out of You from Mulan. So, of course, I was ecstatic when I saw that Disney was making yet another (they released a live action of Cinderella in 2015) live action version of one of their most beloved fairytales, The Beauty and the Beast. They strung me along even further this week when they released their second trailer for the film that premieres in March of 2017. It was a big moment for me since the first trailer was just Belle wandering around and saying “hello”.

The remake of the classic Beauty and the Beast seems to have a similar story line and will hopefully contain the same bangers like Be Our Guest and Gaston. It will also have the same romance between a very troubled beast man and an adorable bookworm played by wizard Hermione. I mean…actress Emma Watson. Regardless, this trailer isn’t enough to satisfy me and I already need more.

Heard on the Hill


HOTH crop

  • “Is Stephen King the one in the wheelchair?”
  • Guy 1: “Fuck, there are so many pretty girls here.”
  • Guy 2: “I wish I was a pretty girl.”
  • Guy 1: “Aw, you are a pretty girl.”
  • “Have you noticed that every time I drink parrot bay passion fruit run I turn into a hoe?”
  • “My eyes are watering – that don’t mean nothing.”
  • “Mickey stole my sweatpants money and used it to buy Doritos!”
  • “Ugh, Satan’s calling again.”
  • “I wish I was wearing a diaper right now.”
  • Person 1: “Eleanor!”
  • Person 2: “Her full name is Elizabeth.”
  • Person 1: “Oh…Eleanor!”
  • “My eyes are rewinding.”
  • Person 1: “Is that for cancer?”
  • Person 2: “No, I think it’s for zombies.”

Finals are Coming: A Survival Guide for the Worst Week of the Year




By Ellie Milton

You have barely survived the fall semester; sylly week was all fun and games, then the teacher switched from the syllabus to Chapter One. You’ve been coasting through your lectures and (barely) passing your tests, Dollar Night is a weekly occurrence, showing up to your 8am half drunk is still acceptable. You forgot to turn in your online homework, so you reassure yourself that you still have half the semester to make it up, right? WRONG! You thought you were doing great until you looked in the mirror and saw something that resembled a potato wearing a shack shirt. Finals are 5 weeks away and you know more about cures to a hangover than quantum mechanics or the War of 1812 – what’s a student to do in such troubling times?

Here’s a couple quick ‘n’ dirty tips to surviving the weeks leading up to finals:

  1. Focus, focus, focus: You aren’t going to get anything done if you spend all your studying hours ranting about politics on Twitter; put a pin in your Facebook fight with your racist uncle and sit your ass down at the library to finish that essay you’ve been ignoring harder than your one night stand who caught feelings. If you can rally for a night out at the bars after tailgating from 9am to 3pm, you can force yourself to hang out at the library for a few hours and grind out your homework.
  2. Organize your time: If you don’t already own a planner, scrape together the last few cents you have and invest in one. Writing down your plans for the day and allotting time for studying will motivate you to actually do it – or if it doesn’t, at least you can say you tried and pour one out for all the L’s you’ve taken this semester.
  3. Find a study buddy: This is just like picking up a guy/girl at a party, except instead of a party, it’s the library, and instead of being fueled by a couple of vodka RedBulls, you’re fueled by an overwhelming fear of failure and the shakes from drinking 7 consecutive cups of coffee at 5pm on a Tuesday. Forget getting curved in the Boom Boom Room! Most of the people in the library are just as mortified by the thought of a 2.3 GPA as you are, so you have nothing to fear.
  4. Learn how to fail: In my opinion, learning how to fail effectively is one of the most important things you’ll learn in college. This goes not only for accepting the fact that you once passed out in a bush on Jayhawk Boulevard after half a Moosebowl, but also for understanding the fact that your grades ultimately don’t define your whole life. Getting a bad grade on one final doesn’t mean that you’re going to end up working at a gas station/meth lab in Missouri; learn from your failures and use them as motivation to work harder for the next semester!

Finals season can be incredibly stressful, but rest assured (albeit limited) knowing that we’re all in the same boat. Hopefully, these tips will assist with any pre-finals anxiety and help you find solace in the fact that you can’t spell college without a couple of L’s.

WTF Is Up?! – A New Baby, A New Nation, and more!



By Darby VanHoutan

A Disclaimer: I’m not going to pretend that certain things didn’t happen this week. I simply refuse to go into depth on them because I already know that the 2016 Presidential Election is all over your timeline. Republican nominee Donald Trump won with 290 electoral votes. In many ways this sucks and in many other ways it’s a completely new direction for politics. Let’s not talk about it. Instead, here’s a list of a few not-sucky things that happened this week.

A “Dream-y” New Kardashian

After nine excruciatingly long months, Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna had their baby girl. Personally, I wanna roll it up in butter and cinnamon and eat it. However, I also have uncommonly strange hunger feelings towards delicious little babies – especially Kardashian descendants. The baby, named Dream, was born early on Thursday morning.

The yummy little gal’s full name is Dream Renee Kardashian. Mother Chyna shared her with the world via Instagram video. Another step accomplished on their road to marriage. Until then, I expect many more delicious photographs.

Minnesota Made Moves

Believe it or not, there’s a positive side to this 2016 election. Many women most likely feel disenfranchised but girl power is still in full force. Ilhan Omar was elected the first female Somali-American Muslim legislator in America. Girl. Freaking. Power. Along with, hopefully, a place to break stigmas for the message the president elect has pushed against Muslims. Omar herself spent four years in a refugee camp before arriving in America.

Oh, and on her journey she defeated a 44-year-incumbent to become the Democratic nominee.

What’s a Wu Tang?

In 2014, a band named the Wu Tang Clan announced it was only making one copy of their newest album and giving it to the highest bidder. Pharmaceutical executive (the one that raised a prescription drug more than 5,000%), Martin Shrekli, was the highest bidder. Okay, cool. Exciting. As we learn later, along with this album came a contract that Shrekli would never publish any of the music to anyone.

On October 27, Shrekli tweeted that if Donald Trump won the American presidency, he would release parts of Wu Tang Clan’s album. Shrekli made good on his promise to the people this week and posted, via Facebook livestream, and showed “clips” of the songs since his contract stated he couldn’t release the entire songs.

I really think this is enough news for the week. Here’s a holiday puppy.


Heard on the Hill


HOTH crop

  • “How do I tell a boy that I care about KU basketball more than him?”
  • “Your slipping sounds like a dog is slurping.”
  • “There’s so much red. It’s like my period and I hate it.”
  • “He does meth; he doesn’t want vegetables.”
  • “Zombie movies are bad influence on people.”
  • “It’s Halloween, someone has to die.”
  • “I just want to tell him ‘Hey, you’re cool and all but we should just be friends so I can date your brother.’”
  • “Your penance is to say 7 Hail Mary’s and go to Burger Stand.”
  • “Call me…piglet.”
  • “Embryos are cool and stuff.”

LFK Coffee Guide for Beginners: Alchemy Coffeehouse & Decade



By Elias Medici

Coffee is indeed a drug. Could you go to rehab for it? I believe you should. College students suffer the addiction, cringing for more while the night owl stays up late staring aimlessly on blackboard to decipher whether to finally start studying or keep wasting more money on Amazon. However, coffee does have its positive perks, one in particular being a social remedy practiced in the vast jungle of Lawrence’s exquisite coffee spots.

Let’s play the name game. When I provide a word, allow your brain to trigger its first response immediately to it. Okay? Okay. The first word is “mosquito.” You most likely thought of the word “bite,” or, “Malaria/Zika virus” to show-off your political relevance. Now, let me provide the word relating to this article’s purpose, “coffee shop.” What did you think? It was most likely “hipster,” and, yes, that is an accurate connection. Typically, this is a pre-cautionary signal to most people. But, these unique coffee spots are not just for the hipster breed; they are actually fun and cool!


Alongside my sidekick photographer Maggie, our first spot was Alchemy Coffee & Bake House on 19th and Massachusetts St. The little shop is located in a petite plaza with a narrow driveway and a huge parking lot that fits up to three cars. We were forced to park, illegally, at a residential lot not far from it. However, there is available parking across the street; we were just lazy.


The aroma walking in reminded me of a hookah lounge that had a baby with a nursery that lacked any plants. The space is tight with a small corridor in the back for food, a center with tables, and a main counter for coffee on the final side. All these intricate instruments were displayed and, to my surprise, there was no menu. I know what you’re thinking at this point, “Wow, that oozes hipster,” but bear with me. The man read my mind and translated my visible feelings into a dynamic concoction that he called “mocha.” It was wonderful and cheaper than Starbucks. We proceeded to sit down at an empty table and enjoyed the atmosphere. People were friendly and completed homework assignments politely in their own manner. For some reason, five of the 16 people in the shop were wearing Christmas sweaters. Don’t say the H-word; it was probably just an accident. We both rated this quaint, unique shop a strong A grade.


The next and final shop of our short tour was Decade, a coffee shop in the eastern section of Lawrence’s emerging art district. Thankfully, there was legal parking. The exterior had this architecture similar to a San Franciscan home with a tight landscape more than one story high. Walking in, we were greeted with a wooden staircase and a coat rack that immediately made me think of an Urban Outfitters entrance. Don’t say the word please. At the top, there were tables lined up and organized and people were smiling, completing their study. There were families with children, to my surprise, eating a light meal and enjoying coffee. On the walls were local art displayed and shelves full of ceramic and wooden works. The main counter was similar to Alchemy’s and had the diverse instruments that I could probably not pronounce a single one of their proper names correctly.

dsc_0148We ordered food this time, a $12 grilled cheese accompanied with tomato bisque topped with goat cheese. I ordered my second “mocha” and we sat down at the counter due to it being packed in the seating area. They also had a porch with a huge group of friends laughing and enjoying each other’s company. Definitely the outside area is a great place to hangout and chill, if it’s open. When we sat down, we were greeted with flash cards that had open-ended and extremely personal questions. We didn’t play it. By the time we were done munching, it was 30 minutes later. Upon leaving, I took the “In what ways are you a difficult person to have a relationship with?” flash card as a memory of our beautiful time at Decade. We rated it as well a strong A with a great emphasis on its social ability.dsc_0157

It’s highly recommended to unwind with some of your best pals at these shops whether it’s on the weekend or after class. Everyone needs a balance to his or her busy schedule, and this is a perfect way to counteract stress resulting from being productive. Can you get addicted to coffee? Yes, absolutely. Will there be a hipster at your planned visit to one of the two coffee shops mentioned? 100 percent there will. Will you have a wonderful time and enjoy yourself? I am positive of it. Take my word and go explore!

Photography by Maggie Russell

2016’s Most and Least Fashionable Politicians


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


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.


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


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


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.*


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

Barack Obama


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.


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


Grade: F-

Signature look: disappointment



DIY: No Sew T-Shirt to Purse Transformation


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!


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

Step 1: Gather your supplies.


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

Step 3: Cut off the two sleeves and collar.


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.  


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!


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


WTF Is Up?! – A Spooky Weekend, the End of a Curse, and More!



By Darby VanHoutan

I won’t deny how spooky this weekend was. Am I referring to arguably the world’s best holiday (Halloween) or my grades? The world may never know. However, the world will know WTF happened this week!

New Month – New Netflix

November 1 marked many things. It’s the end of the most beloved spooky season, the first appropriate day to blast “All I Want For Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey and, most importantly, a new season for Netflix!

The company stayed true to CFO David Wells’ promise and has 50 percent original content. One of these Netflix-produced series is a truly badass one called The Crown that serves as a biography following Queen Elizabeth II (The current Queen of England who is a true goddess divine). It consists of 10 episodes each an hour long and will hopefully have many more seasons following this one released today.

Along with the long awaited The Crown are comedy sketches from Dana Carvey, Colin Quinn and more. There are also movies such as Cujo, Just Friends, Boyhood and others. Oh! Let’s not forget the holy grail: Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Can you even? I can’t. Of course there are movies leaving Netflix as well. Movies like Almost Famous, E.T and others will be exiting our (or the ones we stole from our friends) Netflix cues this November.

Clinton’s Genius Ad

62 years ago a woman named Monique Corzilius Luiz, who was three years old at the time, stared in the most controversial political ad of her time. It was during the 1964 presidential election that Democratic candidate Lyndon Johnson premiered the TV ad dubbed “The Daisy Ad”. The ad showed a young girl, played by Luiz, picking petals off a flower before a countdown in the background leads to the explosion of an atomic bomb. It ended with the announcer saying “Vote for President Johnson. The stakes are too high for you to stay home”. The advertisement was tactical and effective before being pulled from television.

Current Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton brought not only the ad but the now 65-year-old star of the spot, Monique Corzilius Luiz.

WTF Your Favorite Celebs Were For Halloween

I wish the entire human race dressed as they did for Halloween much, much, much more often. I especially admire the famous goons on goblins that come out around October 31. I could get lost in pictures of celebrity costumes throughout the years that just whole heartedly ~slay~ me. Here’s a few of my favorites from 2016, with pictures all courtesy of Instagram:

1. Beyonce & Jay-Z & Blue Ivy as “Black Barbie” and “Black Ken”


2. Kourtney Kardashian and Family as Power Rangers


3. Ariana Grande & Mac Miller as both an adorable and psycho Eevee and Pikachu



4. Lena Dunham as a “Grabbed Pussy”


5. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s daughter as a hot dog



Heard on the Hill


HOTH crop

  • “In my opinion, few things match a nice circumcision.”
  • “Is it really a spooky day if you haven’t eaten an entire bag of salt and vinegar chips?”
  • “I got to ride in a Subaru today. It’s always a good day when you get to ride in a Subaru.”
  • “If I drove right now, I’d get a DUI.” (Heard at 11.39 AM)
  • “I’m so ugly, I’m leaving.”
  • “That’s just how I generally feel, not dead but crusty.”
  • “Fuck, I wanna be white trash.”
  • “Drink jumbo margarita like a dog.”
  • “I have $10 on my face right now, I am not sweating that shit off at the gym.”
  • “I don’t know why my mom is never excited when I meet boys.”

Halloween Jamz


We love Halloween here at Style on the Hill! We want to make sure you are being thoroughly entertained all day so here is a Spotify playlist to enhance the spookiness:

This Is Halloween: A Guide to Netflix Horror Movies


By Sydnie Germany

It is finally October 31 and that brings us lots of candy, pumpkin patches and lattes, and of course the amazing tradition of Halloween! There is definitely no better way to celebrate Halloween than with spooky horror movies and a big bucket of popcorn (or candy corn, depending on your personal cravings).

Ranging from your typical horror movie to straight up creepy, here is a list of eight scary movies to watch on Netflix to satisfy all your Halloween scare-fest needs. Enjoy!

  1. Would You Rather

2. Hush

3. 13 Cameras

4. Amityville Horror (2005)

5. The Dead Room


6. The Houses October Built

7. The Babadook

8. Creep

WTF Is Up?! – More Gilmore Girls, More That’s So Raven, and more…more!



By Darby VanHoutan

Okay so yeah, I got food poisoning and broke my phone, but now I’m 5 pounds lighter and have an iPhone 7! Let’s look on the bright side. Here’s WTF happened everywhere else this week.


Raven-Symoné released some big news this week. The actress and host is leaving “The View” before the end of the year. Oh wait, but there’s bigger news. She’s leaving the talk show in order to spend more time on the “That’s So Raven” spin off.

I know. Breathe in. Breathe out. Symoné will work as executive producer and actress (still portraying Raven Baxter). The show will feature Raven Baxter, older now as a single mother raising two children. One of the children discovers that they have visions. ~oh~. ~snap~. There’s no name or release date for the show yet, however it was Raven-Symoné herself that confirmed it on “The View”, calling the new show “That’s So Raven Two”. She’s working with both Disney and ABC and sounds like a very busy girl.

A Month Away from A Year of Gilmore Girls

Here’s a list of things to remember: November 27, Netflix, carry-out Chinese Food, the feels. Another vital thing is ~of course~ the return of Gilmore Girls. The show is picking up 10 years later with a four part event that will be released on Netflix on November 27. The series is titled “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.”

The Town of Stars Hollow website has been counting down via Countdown Clock last week with the following message:

What is this clock counting down to? We’re not sure! But we’ve seen such things around the world wide web and thought our site was equally deserving of some real state-of-the-art features. 

Please enjoy our brand new clock on the home page and join us when it hits zero to see what might happen. We have literally no clue how this works!

Well, surprise! The clock was counting down to a brand new trailer that debuted at 10 a.m. CST this past Tuesday. Spoiler alert: The trailer doesn’t disappoint and can be seen in full → here.

Bye Bye Vine

I personally spent an embarrassing amount of time scrolling through six-second-long videos on Vine in my younger years. I made truly hilarious videos in the halls of my high school that in all actuality, weren’t funny. It’s the thought that counts. However, in a press release issued on Thursday, the twitter-owned video sharing app announced some changes.

There will no longer be an actual Vine mobile application. They assured users that no content will be taken down and they will notify the public before any more changes. In the press release, they thank users and assure that more updates will be given via Twitter and their blog. In the meantime, please look off into the distance and have a moment of silence for all the Vines from 2013 to now that changed your life.

Not Everyone’s A Star, Mr. Trump

Ya know that exhausted, aggravated, petty feeling you get when watching anything involving the presidential election of 2016. Yes, the election is important and I am ecstatic to cast the ~frick~ out of my vote, but my brain just can’t handle it.

Well, someone was evidently feeling the same way this week. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is currently investigating the vandalism of Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star was found vandalized completely on Wednesday with a suspected pickax. In translation, someone just couldn’t, even. They grabbed an ax and they went to town on the Republican nominee’s Hollywood star.

The LAPD has currently one suspect, James Lambert Otis, in custody on $20,000 bail. In an interview with CNN, Otis said he would sell the parts to the star and give the proceeds to the women accusing Trump of sexual assault.

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