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blush MAGAZINE S T U D E N T P U B L I C AT I O N

SUMMER 2014

The Next Big Thing Designs By FIT’s Finest

Beauty And The Beach Your Guide To Summer-Ready Beauty

Vacation

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Issue


Dianna Mazzone

EDITOR IN CHIEF Victoria Vollo Creative Director Executive Editor: Joseph O’Brien Beauty Director: Alexandria Cott Art Director: Vivian Zhen Fashion & Style Director: Aaron Alonso Senior Beauty Editor: Jordyn Ferriss Senior Photo Editor: Ashley Naftaly Senior Editor: Avanti Dalal Senior Fashion Editor: Aaron Valentic Senior Style Editor: Amanda Brohman Fashion Editor: Ashley Laderer Health Editor: Nicole Armeno Managing Editor: Julia Shoop Contributing Men’s Editor: Steven Rodriguez Social Media Editor: Emily Scott

Contributors: Rebecca Aschen, Samantha Ayala, Monica Boylan, Lukrecija Brady, Micaela Burke, Elizabeth Cárdenas, Kimberly Cardenas, Kristi Cramer, Avanti Dalal, Juliane DeGiovine, Kathryn Farrell, Farah Ghaus, Gemma Gibb, Rachel Gray, Margot Hughes, Kareen Jeanty, Caroline Johnson, Eleonora Kukuy, Mikayla Madigan, Nora McCarten, Nyasia Miranda, Collins Nai, Kyle Ursin, Joyce Xu

Teri Rosenberg

ADVISOR


Summer 2014 The Best Of

Summer Beauty W E ’ VE ROUND E D U P T H E B E S T VACATI ONW O R T HY BE AUTY P RO D U C TS, PE R FECT F O R A DAY OF FUN IN THE SUN

All Dressed Up IN AN ODE TO THE DRES S , F IT’S DES IGN S TU DEN TS DIS PLAY THEI R F I N A L PI ECES

Beauty Without Borders THE BEST I N T ER N ATI O NAL BEA U T Y P I CKS


Contributors

By Kyle Ursin

STEVEN RODRIGUEZ

Contributing Men’s Editor

VICTORIA VOLLO Creative Director

MAJOR AMC HOMETOWN Holland, New Jersey FAVORITE VACATION DESTINATION “Anywhere in the Carribean!” SUMMER ESSENTIAL “The perfect straw fedora hat.” FAVORITE “SUMMERTIME” SONG “Steal My Sunshine,” by Len.

AMANDA BROHMAN Senior Style Editor

MAJOR AMC HOMETOWN Sweden SUMMER ESSENTIAL “Sunscreen, because my skin is so fair and burns easily. And strawberries.” FAVORITE VACATION DESTINATION “Before I moved here, it was New York. Now I’d say somewhere warm in Europe, Italy or Greece are constant favorites. I’m going to Croatia in June!” WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR DOWN TIME? “Do work for my blog, edit photos, and be with my friends and my family.”

MAJOR FMM HOMETOWN “Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, but my family is from Puerto Rico.” FAVORITE THING TO DO ON VACATION “I love to go the beach and lounge. I love the feeling of the sun’s rays on my skin relaxing all my muscles. It’s almost like a spa treatment!” FAVORITE “SUMMERTIME” SONG “‘What If,’” by Five for Fighting, it’s an energizing and uplifting song.” SUMMER ESSENTIAL “My Ray-Ban sunglasses. They add an extra layer of style, color, and fun to my summer outfits.”


Letter from the Editor

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t’s safe to say that whoever decided fall is the “season of new beginnings” wasn’t enrolled in college at the time. That’s because, for students, the summer is prime time for shaking things up, starting something new, and embracing a whole other side of yourself. (See Emily Scott’s “Are You A Different You When You’re On Vacation?” inside this issue for concrete proof.) That said, as exciting as it is to embark on the new adventure that is summer vacation, to do so would be meaningless without a little reflection on the past. For Blush, this academic year has been one for the record books. From establishing ourselves as FIT’s first beauty and fashion magazine to taking home the prize for “Best New Club” at the annual Student Life Inauguration and Recognition Dinner, it’s been a red-letter year for all involved. And, without the support of the FIT Student Association and you, readers, it wouldn’t have been possible. So, here’s to the closing of one chapter and the start of another. This summer, may our Vacation Issue travel with you to parts unknown—or even just a quiet, sunny bench on 27th Street.

Dianna Mazzone Editor in Chief


BEAUTY By Kristi Cramer

NEWS THE NEXT BIG THING IN BEAUTY

Inspired by the glamorous lifestyle of celebrities and their on-hand makeup artists, businesswoman Rebecca Perkins and actress Stephanie March teamed up to open Rouge New York in SoHo to offer everyday women the royal treatment. The salon offers a variety of services including a “You Only Better” natural makeup look for $50, or a full made-up face for a special night out for $75. Additional services include facial waxing and tattoo coverage. Rouge New York is a convenience-based salon offering same day appointments, perfect for the busy working woman on the go.

JOURDAN DUNN IS BORN WITH IT

Famously deemed the modern day Naomi Campbell, fresh-faced supermodel Jourdan Dunn has recently been named the newest face of cosmetic giant Maybelline. Despite working with an impressive list of designers all before the age of 23, the monumental moment isn’t lost on the six-foot tall beauty. “It is an honor to be a spokesperson for such an iconic brand. I am proud to say I am a Maybelline girl and hopefully I can make people feel the same way I did when I saw the advertisements growing up,” Dunn commented. “The brand imagery is always beautiful and positive. To now be a part of this is a dream come true!” Dunn’s first appearance for Maybelline will be for the brand’s Go Extreme Mascara, which will appear both in print and on television.

RAISING EYEBROWS

This year, as women across the nation flock to the plastic surgeon seeking a more youthful look, it isn’t fuller lips or higher cheekbones they’re after; It’s fuller brows. Supermodel Cara Delevingne and celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Kate Middleton, and Megan Fox are at the forefront of the bold brow trend. And, as such, surgeons have reported seeing a 30% increase in the request for eyebrow transplants. The minimally invasive and pricey procedure known as Neograft, wherein the hair follicles can be removed from the head and re-planted on the brow, can cost as much as $4,000-$8,000 and take an average of three hours in the operating room to complete. The recovery period is short, with a six to 12 week window in which the hairs regenerate and fall out, then reappear as stubble. Then, roughly 90% of the transplanted follicles will grow new hair within six to nine months post surgery.


Beach Bag Essential:

Coconut Oil By Margot Hughes

Coconut oil is the latest health and beauty fad! But what’s so great about the stuff? Well, you can use it for just about anything! Coconut oil is loaded with healthy fats, electrolytes, and vitamins that can help improve your skin, hair, and overall health. A jar of coconut oil is a great investment, since it’s one of the most diverse products out there. It’s not just an oil to cook with or eat, but also a valuable beauty tool. Here, are some tips on how to make the most of yours. Since coconut oil is a natural antioxidant, it’s great for your skin! Its got tons of vitamin E, making it a mega-moisturizer that can help protect against and repair skin damage and wrinkles. Apply a light layer on your face and body directly after showering and washing your face for maximum absorption. Even use it instead of shaving cream—you won’t have to moisturize your legs after! It’s also a great alternative to lip balm for keeping your lips soft and hydrated. But, it doesn’t stop there: Coconut oil can also be used as a natural, soothing eye-makeup remover that will make your lashes stronger and longer. Even try it as tanning oil at the beach this summer! The vitamins in coconut oil are also great for your hair. Use small amounts to smooth out flyaways and tame frizzy problem-areas and split ends. Or, use coconut oil as a deepconditioning treatment. Rub several tablespoons through all of your hair and into your scalp, and then tie it up into a bun—and top with a shower cap—for at least four hours, or even overnight. Then, wash it out to reveal your shinier, smoother, healthier hair! Beauty applications aside, the most obvious way to use coconut oil is as a food. You can swap out other vegetable and cooking oils for coconut oil in just about any recipe. Coconut oil is also a great alternative to butter on your toast or popcorn. You can use a spoonful to add flavor to your coffee or tea. Since it tastes so good, you can even eat coconut oil plain by the spoonful! Eating coconut oil naturally boosts your energy and can aid in weight loss and maintenance since it revs up your metabolism and improves cholesterol. Plus, it supports thyroid and blood sugar control. There are so many different ways to use coconut oil as a beauty product, health supplement, and overall everyday product. In addition to all the above uses, you can apply it to mosquito bites to reduce itching, rub it into leather garments to condition and soften them, and apply it to your cuticles to help your nails grow healthier. The possibilities are endless!


Beauty An d

Your Guide To Summer Glow By Katie Farrell

When naturally soaking in some rays this summer season, follow these five tips for a perfect-ten tan: E XF OLIATE! Don’t be afraid to revive your skin in the summer — you won’t rub off your tan! Actually, in order to develop a lasting tan, you need fresh, smooth skin. MOISTUR IZE! Studies have shown that moisturized skin turns to tan skin more easily and faster. Skin with moisture develops color more quickly and holds the tan longer. DON ’ T C O U N T OUT SPF! Using sunscreen won’t stop you from tanning, contrary to popular belief. So apply a 30+ SPF and reapply after a few hours in the sun or taking a dip in the ocean. Your burnfree skin will thank you later. I T’S A L L IN T H E TIMIN G ! Peak tanning time is from 11am to 3pm, so you actually don’t need to spend all day in the sun to achieve that bronze-y glow. Just a few hours midday will do the trick. EA T H E A L TH Y! This last tip may seem odd, but in truth, studies have shown that eating foods rich in antioxidants can help create a natural glow on the skin. Try foods like kale, spinach, carrots, and even lemons.


d The Beach Yo ur War m We at he r Pl ay l i st

Illustrated by Kyle Ursin

“Come a Little Closer”—Cage the Elephant “Crystallized”—Young the Giant “Young Blood”—Coasta “Transpose”—Bad Suns “Honest”—The Neighbourhood “Arabella”—Arctic Monkeys “Fever”­—The Black Keys “Luna”—Bombay Bicycle Club —Nora McCarten

The Best Beach-Worthy Reads By Elizabeth Cárdenas

1. THE WORLD ACCORDING TO KARL – THE WIT AND WISDOM OF KARL LAGERFELD This collection of quotes from the iconic designer Karl Lagerfeld is filled with humorous and clever remarks about style, luxury, and Chanel. 3. THE PURSUIT OF STYLE BY THE COUNCIL OF FASHION DESIGNERS OF AMERICA While you sip margaritas on the beach, get fashion—and life—advice from the grand minds of CFDA members such as Diane von Furstenberg, Zac Posen, and Ralph Lauren among others. This inspirational read offers wisdom about careers in fashion, wardrobe essentials, and other insights.

2. REVENGE WEARS PRADA BY LAUREN WEISBERGER Apply some suntan lotion and follow the footsteps of Andy Sachs, who now runs The Plunge, a bridal magazine, after leaving Runway behind. What she doesn’t know is that wherever she goes The Devil, Miranda Priestly, is waiting around the corner.   4. THE ANALYST BY JOHN KATZENBACH On those long summer days, we’re sure you’ll find yourself submerged in this remarkable thriller wherein Dr. Frederick Starks, a New York psychoanalyst, finds himself victim of a deadly game created by a revengeful patient.


Beach-y Hair Minus The Beach By Samantha Ayala

It’s time to start thinking about vacation—and we’re betting you’re headed straight to the beach. From lounging around to jumping through waves, it can’t get any better than soaking up the sun, beachside. Not to mention, the natural, mermaid-like waves created when the ocean’s water hits your hair. But, sadly, even in summer, we can’t be at the beach everyday. Luckily, there are styling products that can do the trick for maintaining your beach-y waves all season long. NOT YOUR MOTHER’S BEACH BABE TEXTURIZING SEA SALT SPRAY, $5.99, AVAILABLE AT WALGREENS. This product is perfect for daily use, no matter your hair type. It’s not only lightweight, but infused with a fresh scent reminiscent of the beach. Formulated with natural dead sea salt and sea kelp, you’ll be well on your way to tousled beach waves in no time. Don’t like the spray? Try it in the brand’s cream version! LUSH SEA SPRAY HAIR MIST, $12.95, AVAILABLE AT LUSH. Lush ensures all of their products are 100% natural, including their signature hair mist. The product not only contains sea salt, sea water, and seaweed, but includes orange flower, grapefruit. neroli, and rosewood blended together, leaving hair smelling beautiful. You’re just one spritz away from amazing shine, texture, and volume. BIOSILK BEACH TEXTURE SPRAY, $9.38, AVAILABLE AT DRUGSTORE.COM. Get extreme waves and body with Biosilk. The brand’s Beach Texture Spray creates natural beach waves with fabulous texture while still adding volume. Just spray this natural salt formula from roots to ends and gently work through damp hair. It’s like having the beach in a bottle right at home!

L’ORÉAL EVERSTYLE TEXTURE SERIES BEACH WAVES SPRAY, $6.99, AVAILABLE AT DRUGSTORE.COM. Fresh out of the shower with newlywashed hair? This sea salt infused spray is just for you! When applied on damp hair, this beach spray creates softly tousled, texturized, carefree waves with no excess buildup. Plus, it’s alcohol free, contains no synthetic dyes, and is 100% vegan. BUMBLE AND BUMBLE SURF SPRAY, $26, AVAILABLE AT SEPHORA. This award winning spray has been making waves since 2001. The best part…it can be used anytime, anywhere, and by anyone. The spray adds body to hair with its light hold and natural, matte finish. Get ready for one serious sexy, beach-y, windswept ‘do.


5 Summer-Proof Makeup Products By Mikayla Madigan

To many, it may not make sense to wear makeup to the beach. But, considering we spend all spring in search of the perfect summer bikini, why not find the perfect (waterproof) lipstick to match? Here, five affordable options that’ll stay put through all your fun in the sun. STILA WATERPROOF STAY ALL DAY LIQUID EYE LINER, $20, AVAILABLE AT SEPHORA. If your trademark is winged liner, why leave it out of your beauty routine this summer? The waterproof formula of Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner will assure that your winged look will last all day long. This liner comes in over ten shades, so you’re sure to find one that complements your beach outfit perfectly. SEPHORA COLLECTION COLOR LIP LAST, $12, AVAILABLE AT SEPHORA. Lipstick has always been a beauty essential, and this summer’s must-have shade is bright orange. Waterproof lipstick is a fairly new trend, but thanks to some research, we’ve discovered one formula that stands up to the test. Sephora Collection Color Lip Last has a staying power of ten hours and is made even more comfortable to wear with a little lip balm to help with dryness. We’re loving it’s ultra-matte finish, too.

CLINIQUE LONG LASTING MASCARA, $15, AVAILABLE AT MACY’S. Mascara is the one thing a girl can never seem to the leave the house without, even if she’s going to the beach. But of course, with the beach comes water, which calls for a mascara with waterproof protection. Clinique Long Lasting Mascara is clump and wax free, also boasting a small wand for catching all your lashes—perfect for that natural, beach-y look! MAKE UP FOR EVER AQUA CREAM WATERPROOF CREAM COLOR, $23, AVAILABLE AT SEPHORA. Make Up For Ever is known for its high quality and long lasting products—and their Aqua Cream Shadows are no exception. With 25 options, including bright colors and neutral tones, you’re certain to find the right shade for you. They’re super-soft and blendable, so don’t worry about looking too glamorized for the beach. MAKE UP FOR EVER FULL COVERAGE CONCEALER, $32, AVAILABLE AT SEPHORA. Finding a waterproof concealer that works for all skin types and that’s offered in a variety of shades sounds close to impossible. Well, that was until we discovered this amazing product: Make Up For Ever Full Coverage Concealer works with normal, dry, oily, and combination skin types. Its ultra-light-but-effective formula is also great for covering redness, acne, and under eye circles. Though it may be on the spendy side, perfect skin that lasts through a summer day is priceless, right?


STREET BEAUTY

By Monica Boylan | Photography by Mikayla Madigan WE TOO K A WAL K D O W N 2 7 T H STR E E T A N D ST OP P E D T O S NA P O UR FAV O RIT E BEAU T Y L O O K S . AND , I N HON OR OF O U R VA CAT I O N IS SUE , W E A SKED EA CH O F T H E S E B E AUTI ES T HE SA ME Q U E S T I O N: WHAT’ S Y O UR BEAC H B A G M U S THAVE ?

NAM E Erin Monette Owens HOMETOWN Burl ington, Vermont MAJOR Accessory Design “Bronzing sunscreen.”

NAME Mel Kotelova HOMETOWN Chicago MAJOR Fashion Design “Bronzer tanning lotion.”

NAME Dana Avolanti HOMETOWN New Jersey MAJOR FMM “Sunscreen, tanning lotion, and a hairbrush”


NAME Audrey Weiss HOMETOWN Buffalo, NY MAJOR AMC “Good face sunscreen.”

NAME Tatiana Kolaj HOMETOWN Monroe, NY MAJOR Fashion Illustration “Makeup remover wipes and blotting sheets.”

NAME Brittany Lemon HOMETOWN Long Island, NY MAJOR FMM “Oil for hair and Vaseline to keep my lips moisturized.”


Me, My Selfie, And I By Avanti Dalal | Illustrated by Gemma Gibb

Oh, the selfie. Oxford Dictionary named it the word of the year in 2013. It has its own place there now, sandwiched between “self” and “selfish.” Books have been written about it (“How to Take the Best Selfies – Smartphone Photography with Sarah Sloboda” is being sold on Amazon for $4.99) and anthems have been chanted in appreciation of it—“I don’t know if I should go with XX Pro or Valencia?” croons a band called The Chainsmokers in a song entitled “#Selfie.” Ellen DeGeneres broke the Twitter record for most retweets for the star-studded selfie she took with celebs the likes of Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, and Julia Roberts at the Oscars. Heck, even the Mars rover is programmed to be able to take photos of itself. From Kim Kardashian and President Obama to the Pope, everyone has jumped on the bandwagon. And, the 60 million (and counting!) #selfies tagged on Instagram alone would seem to indicate that this trend is going absolutely nowhere anytime soon. But why are they so bad? They seem harmless at face value. This is because selfies are all about you. Your selfie with your bagel in the morning, your outfit of the day selfie, your selfie in the car on the way to school. Indulging in this much ‘you-ness’ is the reason some experts frown upon selfies. According to some, they may be evidence of an unnatural obsession with your physical looks and take away concentration from other, more important life matters. There is also a very real danger that self-esteem may start to be tied to the comments and likes received when selfies are posted, a problem considering they aren’t based on who you are, your personality, or the way you think or feel—they’re based solely on what you look like. But with social networks like Instagram or Facebook, where it’s easy to get quick approval almost all the time, selfies can be a slippery slope. 205 likes on your newest picture means you’re up, but only 10? Confidence plummets fast and furiously.


Selfies haven’t just stopped at the ‘flip the phone, hold it high, suck in cheeks, turn to your best side and smile wide’ innocent definition. They’ve turned into the “#healthie,” (selfies that allow gym rats to publicize the fruits of their labor) and the “#bikinibridge,” which involves pictures of girls showing the space created by her hip bones suspending bikini bottoms. Not to mention the “#thighgap” which encourages girls to show off the space between their legs. It goes without saying that there’s a fine line between pride and true body image issues. On the flipside however, selfies help normalize how people look in their everyday lives. While pop culture and mass media convey the message that all women should look like supermodels in fancy circumstances, selfies show us ‘real people’ in real situations. And because everybody is using Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and Snapchat, we’re all being exposed to more ‘real people’ of all shapes, sizes, colors and skin tones than ever before—and that’s a good thing. Another positive outcome? An article published by Psychology Today suggests that selfies are just a creative outlet. They allow young girls and boys to develop an identity for themselves and portray it as they wish. If people can claim their online identity via selfies on social media (like Lena Dunham does), perhaps it’ll help them shape their own selves without relying on preconceived labels. #Here’sHoping.


Are You A Different You When You’re On Vacation? By Emily Scott | Illustrated by Gemma Gibb

Ever been on a trip with someone who suddenly becomes a perfectionist and needs everything to go perfectly when they’re normally able to go with the flow? Or, vice versa? Even best friends and couples who get along great at home might butt heads on trips. Though, yes, travel can be stressful, there may be more to our off-duty behavior than we realize. In fact, a study conducted by British psychologists and published late last year reveals many people actually change their personalities while on vacation. In the course of their research, those psychologists determined that there are four different personalities that emerge during travel: 1. “THE COMMANDER” naturally takes the leadership position in a group. They take charge of all activities and need everything planned to a T. They don’t like to “go with the flow” on trips—they plan meals, budgets, and may even schedule “down time.” This kind of personality may tend to clash with people who stray from planned vacations. 2. “THE INSPIRER” is the vacation go-er that is full of energy and positive thinking. They see the unknown as an adventure and like to go where the wind blows. They love to laugh, but feel threatened by people who dissect their actions. 3. “THE IDEALIST” is open to pretty much everything. They like to see everyone enjoying themselves, so they are willing to take a back seat when it comes to planning activities. Whether it’s a structured trip or an adventure, they can always have a good time as long as everyone else is happy.


4. “THE PERFORMER” is everyone’s favorite vacation companion. This is the friend who’s very outgoing, constantly cracking jokes and entertaining everyone around them. Their energy never seems to waiver throughout the trip—they have a care free attitude and are perpetually looking for a good time. Those on the FIT campus seem to all have encountered a “performer” while on vacation. Student responses to questions regarding a changing of personality while vacationing included laughter and widespread agreement that they’ve all heard about someone who has “gone wild” on vacation. Shane Thompson, a junior, stated, “I think it’s a common thing for people to change personalities on vacation because they’re around people they’ll never see again in their lives—they go a little crazy.” Conversely, senior Victoria Vollo, who is usually an organized and honest person, finds herself telling small, insignificant lies when she goes on vacation. “What’s a little white lie between strangers?” she asks. Even if the lie includes everything from name and career to hometown, Vollo justifies her fantasy life story by exclaiming, “I thought I’d never see them again!” Bottom line: Vacations are exciting because you can experience new things. And, who knows, you may even have the chance to experience a new side of your traveling companion. Hopefully, your holiday personality will get along with theirs.


Flying High:

Tips For Airplane Travel By Nora McCarten

We’ve all been there: you board the plane looking refreshed and ready to go, and get off looking like you pulled an all-nighter. Although it may seem difficult, avoiding the “I slept for forty-five minutes” look is actually pretty easy! With a few simple products and some deep breaths, you can arrive at your destination looking refreshed and better than ever. While being 30,000 feet in the sky definitely has its benefits (hello, cloud Instagram pics!), the recycled airplane air can wreak havoc on your skin and appearance. Start with a good moisturizer to keep your face hydrated—Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion has a simple, no-fuss formula. Don’t forget to keep hands, elbows, and knees from drying out, too! Bath and Body Works’ Triple Moisture Cream is a miracle for skin—the Sensual Amber version smells especially yummy. To prevent stuffy airplane air from creating unsightly bags under your eyes, swipe on Clinique’s All About Eyes Serum, packaged in rollerball form. Complete your in-flight beauty regime with a nourishing lip product (we like Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose) and a few spritzes of Evian Mineral Water Facial Spray. We all know that privacy on planes is limited... more like it doesn’t exist. So, when you need some “me time,” pop on the Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones. These revolutionary headphones block out all other sounds—even that three year old in the row behind you who cries the entire flight. A book or journal also helps to keep yourself occupied. Our Pick? Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, an intriguing story about outcasts who find solace in each other. Hopefully these tips can help keep your look (and sanity) intact during a long flight. When the plane lands, all that’s left to do is a slip on a pair of oversized sunnies and get ready for the good times ahead. Your vacation awaits you and as of now, you’re ready to face it looking as fabulous as ever!


The Next Step

By Victoria Vollo | Illustrated by Kyle Ursin

Working tirelessly all night on seemingly endless projects thinking to yourself, “I can’t look at this assignment for a moment longer” all builds up to one halfsecond in time: That moment at graduation when your name is called. And, thus begins your next step. From a graduating senior to wherever you may be in your educational journey, here are my five essential tips that took four years to learn. Because, after all, it’s survival of the FIT-test out there. 1. DON’T WORRY. SERIOUSLY.

Stress is and always will be an enemy to us all. No matter what situation you may be going through, worrying will only make the matter worse. Sometimes we want to be in control of everything and so when we begin to lose that control, we stress. However, stress only creates more stress, so always remember to step back, breathe, and repeat.

2. YOUR NETWORK, IS YOUR NET-WORTH. Go beyond your LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram—your connections are sitting right next to you. That friend you were suppose to grab coffee with weeks ago? Text them. That group project you dread every week? Embrace it as a networking opportunity. We are so eager to get into the industry that we need to remind ourselves that soon, not only ourselves, but the peers sitting next to us will be the industry someday.

3. WORK HARD, BUT WORK SMART.

Dress for the job you want to have and own that job to the fullest. This may include having to adjust your expectations. No internship is going to be the Anna Wintour-express, but hard work will get noticed. However, in any job you hold, you should always be learning. The minute you’re not learning anymore, it may be time to move on. It’s important to be aware that even though we work in a very high-intensity industry, our internships and jobs should be giving us as much as we are giving them.

4. FIND YOURSELF A GOOD MENTOR.

Let’s face it: We don’t know everything—nor should we. We all probably know someone who is a little wiser than we are and who wouldn’t mind taking us under their wing. Even if you don’t know someone, find someone who is living like you would like to live. (Hint—an FIT alum would be a perfect person for this. Never be afraid to reach out to someone! Everyone was once where you are now.)

5. LIVE IN THE PRESENT, PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE. Although this may seem like an overused cliché, there’s worth to this wise saying. No matter how long we’ve actually lived in New York City, we tend to think of ourselves as natives. Four years can only give you a basic sense of what this place truly offers, so put down the Netflix and make yourself a to-do list with friends or even yourself. Try something new every week. Explore all the boroughs and visit places outside of the norm. You’ll be thankful you did in the end. Netflix will always be there when you get home—promise.


Bright Eyes By Jordyn Ferriss | Illustrated by Kyle Ursin Sugarpill Burning Heart Palette, $34, available at Sugarpill.

LOOK TWO The cosmetics world was abuzz when Urban Decay announced their latest palette venture, the Electric Pressed Pigment Palette. A complete opposite of the coveted Naked palettes, the Electric palette features ten “electric” shades, ranging from bright pink, Savage, to chartreuse colored, Thrash. The colors are nothing short of pigmented, and offer Urban Decay’s easy to blend formula. Using Freak, a bright green with a gold shift, all over the eyelid, and Gonzo, a matte turquoise, blended into the crease, you can create an amazing vibrant lid. Finish off this look with Urban, a bright metallic purple, blended underneath the lower lash line.

LOOK ONE If you’re looking for vibrant, easyto-blend, all matte eyeshadows, Sugarpill is the brand for you. We were entranced by the all the colorful options at the Sugarpill booth at IMATS (International Makeup Artist Trade Show) in April. The brand’s Burning Heart palette, which features Flamepoint (Orange), Buttercupcake (Yellow), Love+ (Red), and Poison Plum (Purple), is perfect for creating a summer sunsetesque eyeshadow look.

Urban Decay Electric Palette, $49, available at Urban Decay.


THE COLD AND LONG WINTER LEFT MANY OF US FEELING DRAB AND D U L L , B U T I T S E E M S L I K E T H E W A R M W E AT H E R A N D S U N S H I N E A R E F I N A L LY H E R E T O S T A Y ! A S S U M M E R V A C A T I O N A P P R O A C H E S , I T ’ S A G R E AT T I M E T O R E I N V E N T Y O U R M A K E U P R O U T I N E A N D T R Y S O M E T H I N G D I F F E R E N T. T H E S U N D O E S N ' T H A V E T O B E T H E O N LY T H I N G S H I N I N G B R I G H T — Y O U R M A K E U P C A N , T O O . B E L O W A R E F O U R A M A Z I N G LY B R I G H T E Y E M A K E U P L O O K S T H AT Y O U C A N R O C K W H E R E V E R T H I S S U M M E R ’ S A D V E N T U R E S M AY TA K E Y O U !

LOOK THREE

Sephora Collection 10 Shades of Samba Waterproof Eyeliner Set, $61, available at Sephora.

If eye shadow isn’t your forté, try creating a beautiful bright eye with this vibrant eyeliner set from Sephora. The Sephora Collection 10 Shades of Samba Waterproof Eyeliner Set features, you guessed it, ten shades of eyeliner, with half being neutral and half being colorful. For a quick and simple pop of color, line your upper lash line with Blonde Ambition, a shimmery beige, in the inner corner of your eyes. Follow this with Banana Split, a bright yellow, accompanied by Romantic Comedy, a light pink. Keep working your way from your inner corner to your outer eye with Eccentric Diva, a shimmery purple, Summer Cruise, a vibrant blue, and finally, Caipirinha Dreamin’, a bright green. Finish this look off with the darkest shade of the set, Black Lace, a matte black, by creating a wing at the outer corner of your eye. Voilà, a beautiful bright yet simple look!

LOOK FOUR Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) was definitely a must visit at this years IMATS. Known primarily for their lip products, we were pleasantly surprised when sampling the brand’s loose powders. These are pure pigments, and can be used in more places than just the eye. Available in six shades, the possibilities are endless. It’s recommended that you use a primer and an eyeshadow base, like OCC’s Crème Color Concentrate as extremely colorful pigments may stain your lids, like many ultrapigmented products can. We created a simple yet striking look, featuring the shades Magenta, Turquoise, and Royal Blue.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pure Cosmetic Pigments, $14, available at OCC.


Global Glamour: The Best International Beauty Brands

P HO TO G R A PHY BY Ashley Naftaly S TYLE D BY Aaron Alonso, Aaron Valentic, Blair Savistky CRE ATI VE D I RECTION BY Victoria Vollo MA KE U P B Y Jordyn Ferriss MO DE LE D BY Cindy Jang


Take a trip around the world without having to leave your makeup chair by discovering the best-of-thebest international makeup and skin care brands sure to make your passport (and everyone else) envious. —Allix Cott AESOP

Australia’s leading skin care brand, Aesop, has taken the world by storm with its line of plantbased products full of antioxidants and only the highest quality of natural ingredients. Whether it’s their Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask or Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream, the brand’s attention to detail is as evident in packaging and formulation. Fill your beauty counter with these Australian wonders, mate!

SOAP AND GLORY

Britain’s best kept secret are the bold and fantastically fearless cosmetics (and skin care products!) by Soap and Glory. The company already has earned its fair share of awards and acclaim, including a New York Times beauty awards gold star for their “Make Yourself Youthful” anti aging peptide serum. The light-hearted brand approaches beauty with a fabulous motto, saying that, “while beauty absolutely matters, it doesn’t matter absolutely.”

OUT OF AFRICA

Out of Africa is an authentic African skin care brand most famous for their incredibly nourishing line of shea butter products. Their wide variety of offerings range from soothing bar soaps to moisturizing lip balms, each made from 100% pure, unrefined shea butter direct from Benin, West Africa. Thanks to the beneficial fatty acids and skin-restoring vitamins A, E, and F, your skin will feel refreshed and rejuvenated in an instant.

SOKO GLAM

Korean skin care brand Soko Glam is proof that beauty obsession is a common denominator for people all over the world. This revolutionary company harmonizes ancient Korean skin remedies with prices that make sense in any language. Innovation and quality are synonymous with this rapidly growing brand. Their tremendous selection of unique products includes an anti-aging face mask made with snail gel—for only $6!

MISSHA

Japanese makeup brand Missha is a company straying from the beaten path of high-cost cosmetics, instead offering a variety of lower-priced luxury products that truly deliver. With ingredients made from natural plant extracts, Missha believes that value and affordability can be achieved while still using the highest level of natural elements. Trust us, their BB cream has become an international hit for good reason.


SPF: Not Just For Your Face

By Nyasia Miranda

WE DON’T HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT BEACH SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER OR THAT FREQUENT USE OF SUNSCREEN, ESPECIALLY DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. AFTER ALL, THE SUN IS ONE OF THE FASTEST SKIN-AGERS AROUND. THOSE WHO DO USE SUNSCREEN RELIGIOUSLY MOST LIKELY APPLY IT ON THE FACE, ARMS, LEGS, AND TORSO. BUT, WE’RE BETTING THERE ARE A FEW PLACES ON YOUR BODY YOU DON’T THINK ABOUT PROTECTING LIKE YOUR HAIR, THE SKIN AROUND YOUR EYES, OR YOUR LIPS. LUCKILY, WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED WHEN IT COMES TO PROTECTING THESE OFTEN-IGNORED AREAS.

HAIR Ever wonder why you hair gets lighter in the summer? Your natural highlights are because of the sun—but too much exposure can lead to damaged hair. In fact, UV rays break down the proteins in the hair that make it strong and shiny. Our go-to for protecting our locks? AG Hair Cosmetics Conditioning Mist. The product boasts a PABA-free sunscreen formula that protects hair from UV rays. And, in addition to other great features like delivering natural moisture and strength, the mist adds shine and bounce to hair. AG HAIR COSMETICS MOISTURE & SHINE CONDITIONING MIST DETANGLING SPRAY, $16, AVAILABLE AT ULTA.

EYES LIPS Some may think that winter is the only time you need to protect your lips, but contrary to popular belief, they need protection all year ‘round. Just like the skin around the eyes, the lips have very thin layers of skin that can easily be burned by exposure to too much sun. The best and easiest way to protect your lips? A balm infused with SPF, like Nivea A Kiss Of Protection Lip Care. This little guy boasts an impressive SPF 30—and also moisturizes your lips to keep them soft and kissable all summer long.

NIVEA A KISS OF PROTECTION LIP CARE SPF 30, $3.49, AVAILABLE AT SOAP.COM.

PHILOSOPHY HELP ME SPF 30 RETINOL DAY TREATMENT LOTION, $47, AVAILABLE AT MACY’S.

They say that the eyes are the windows to our soul—so it only seems right to protect them. The skin around our eyes is very sensitive and thin, so overexposure to the sun can easily burn and irritate this area. The best way to protect our eyes from the sun is to wear sunglasses that have UV protection. But, for those of us who don't want tan lines on our face, we can use Philosophy’s Help Me SPF. This baby may be small but she sure packs a punch: Not only does this lotion have a broadspectrum sunscreen formula, but acts as a light hydrator to moisturize under-eyes. It reduces the look of fine lines thanks to retinol—formulated here to be suitable for use during the day.


Light Eats, Full Stomach GUILT FREE SNACKS FOR SUMMER By Nicole Armeno

BIKINIS, SHORTS, AND CROP TOPS ARE ON THE AGENDA AND LUCKY FOR US ALL, WE’VE GOT JUST THE FOOD TO KEEP YOU FULL WITHOUT JEOPARDIZING THAT BEACH BODY YOU’VE WORKED SO HARD FOR ALL WINTER LONG. THESE DELICIOUS, LIGHT SNACKS WILL FILL YOU UP MINUS THE GUILT. BEST OF ALL, THE INGREDIENTS IN THESE RECIPES CAN VARY BASED ON YOUR OWN PERSONAL TASTES—FEEL FREE TO ADD A LITTLE MORE OR LESS OF EACH COMPONENT DEPENDING ON YOUR PREFERENCES.

TOASTED CHICK PEAS

CUCUMBER SALAD

TOASTED KALE

These super-easy snacks are amazing because they cost almost nothing to make and they fulfill that crunchy craving. First, toss the chickpeas in a bowl with some olive oil and then add seasoning to your liking. (It’s impossible to go wrong with a little salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne to keep things spicy.) Toast the chickpeas on 400 degrees for about 30-40 minutes. Take them out, let them cool, and voilá: Crunchy, spicy goodness! INGREDIENTS 2 cans of chickpeas 3 tablespoons of olive oil 1 teaspoon of salt Spices (depending on your taste)

If you like cucumbers, a little vinegar zing, and are feeling hungry, definitely give this one a go! First, dice cucumber or cut into disks. Then, if you’re a fan of onions, mince one and add it to the cucumber. Toss the mix in olive oil, salt, and pepper. Then, add the vinegar—be it white vinegar, red wine vinegar, or even apple cider vinegar. Add a little sugar, one teaspoon of water, and if you have some dill on hand, add that to the mix, too! Chill before serving.

Toasted kale is salty and oh-so scrumptious. Cooked kale can be eaten like chips or paired with sautéed vegetables to turn it into a meal. Simply cut the hard stem off the kale and rinse. Then, let the kale dry and toss it in a bowl of olive oil and a teaspoon of salt. Toast for 15 minutes on 350 degrees. The kale should be nice and crispy, almost like traditional chips, but without the extra calories!

INGREDIENTS 2 cucumbers ½ onion 1 tablespoon of olive oil 1 teaspoon of water 2-4 tablespoons vinegar of your choice Pinch of sugar Dill (optional)

INGREDIENTS 2 small bundles of kale ¼ cup of olive oil 1 teaspoon of salt


Take A NYC Staycation This Summer By Farah Ghaus

There’s no denying that New York City is one of the most exciting places to in the world to live. Let’s face it: Whether you’re a native New Yorker, a transplant, or a tourist, there’s almost always something (or someone) interesting to see or do. So, lacking in plans for the summer break? Don’t stress. Give these staycation ideas a shot…

1. SPA CASTLE If you’re in need of some major rest and relaxation, this palatial resort may be the place for you. Spa Castle is a five-story, 60,000-square-foot urban oasis that offers its customers spa treatments from around the world. By paying an entry fee of $40, clients gain all-day access to its exclusive facilities which include two swimming pools, jacuzzis, and saunas, as well as other amenities, including a food court. Treatments vary in price and range from your basic mani-pedi to other services like their decadent Golden Caviar Facial or Honey Milk Body Wrap. Located at 131-10 11th Avenue, College Point, NY, a free shuttle service is offered with pickup at 39th and Union Street.

2. MERCURY LOUNGE Located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Mercury Lounge is one of the city’s best live music venues. Since the space is small and intimate, you’re guaranteed an up-close and personal experience with the artists that perform. Catch daytime or evening shows, depending on the schedule. Fun fact: The Strokes, a band native to New York City, got their start at this joint. Ticket prices typically begin at $10. Located at 217 E. Houston Street.


3. MUSEUM OF SEX Do we need to quote Salt-N-Pepa here? We’ll spare you, but let’s be real: Societal views of sex have always served as a major framework for the ways in which we think, interact, and even dress. Visit the Museum of Sex in order to witness this sexy evolution...and then some. The Museum, located at 233 Fifth Avenue, features a gift shop as well as a bar. Tickets cost $17.50.

4. CENTRAL PARK Whether you’re taking a relaxed boat ride on a warm summer afternoon or enjoying a whimsical ride on the carousel, no place quite compares to New York’s very own Central Park. With nearly ten restaurants situated throughout, including local favorite Shake Shack, you won’t have to worry about leaving when hunger hits. Visit notable spots like the bronze sculpture of Alice in Wonderland and Strawberry Fields.

5. TRAPEZE SCHOOL NEW YORK Catapult yourself off one of Trapeze School New York’s 23-foot-high platforms, catching a glimpse of what it’s like to fly while you’re at it. Not for the faint of heart, the school offers flying trapeze classes at Pier 40 and the South Street Seaport, among other locations, between the months of May and October. Classes are available for those with skills ranging anywhere from beginner to highly advanced. Prices per class start at $50.


Music Festival Mayhem: Here’s How To Protect Yourself

By Caroline Johnson | Illustrated by Kyle Ursin

Break out your flower crowns and retro sunnies—it’s festival season! Over the past few years, music festivals have gained incredible popularity for bringing together music lovers and fashion influencers to chill out and listen to bands they love. These multiple day events embrace nature by being held entirely outside, in hundred acre fields under the blazing summer sun.

What could go wrong at such a cool event…right?! Unfortunately, the hype and excitement that comes along with these iconic parties entices some festival-goers to take their fun too far. Just last year, two attendees at Electric Zoo (an extremely well known electric dance music festival in NYC) tragically died from an overdose of the popular recreational drug “molly.” The purest form of MDMA in either powder or sometimes crystal form, molly has become known as the festival or concert drug. It can severely interfere with the human body’s ability to regulate temperature meaning, combined with intense heat and the high probability of dehydration, molly can cause liver, kidney, and cardiovascular failure. Commonly, drugs and alcohol float around essentially every festival, no matter the genre of music being played. And while the case of these deaths last summer was extreme, there are still many more common injuries and illnesses that happen every year at music festivals. According to the Red Cross, the most prevalent injury incurred at music festivals is dehydration. People often forget to drink enough water over the course of what can be up to eight to ten hour days of festival-going. Alcohol and drug use only exacerbate the likelihood of dehydration when combined with high and concentrated heat from being outdoors in the summer. Additionally, heat-related illnesses, anxiety attacks, and exhaustion are common ailments caused by the high temperatures and large crowds. Festival organizations have recently enacted many more precautions at the sites to ensure their attendees have enough support to remain protected. There are now more free water taps, huge tents that provide larger shaded areas, and even redesigned venues to maximize safety as a whole. Music festival websites also make health and safety policies available to inform potential patrons. The Red Cross has also established the “Save-A-Mate” program, where volunteers are trained in first aid and drug education. The volunteers are young adults and are meant to make the crowds at music festivals feel comfortable and cooperative because of their similar age, taste in music, and judgment-free attitude. At many festivals, volunteers may be found simply walking around the venue handing out water bottles and sunscreen. Their goal is not to eradicate the use of alcohol and drugs completely, considering that an unrealistic expectation. Instead, they operate under a “harm-minimization framework” and attempt to minimize the risk of danger in a non-confrontational and non-judgmental way. This mindset increases the likelihood that people will seek out help if they feel they really need it, without fearing consequences. WHAT ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN DO TO STAY SAFE BUT STILL HAVE AN AWESOME TIME AT A MUSIC FESTIVAL THIS SUMMER? FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE TIPS.

O N E Drink more water than you think you need. T W O Apply sunscreen—more than once! T H R E E Eat regular meals. F O U R Don’t take anything from strangers—especially substances. F I V E If you feel something is wrong, seek out a volunteer and ask for help. MUSIC FESTIVALS ARE AMAZING, ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EXPERIENCES. KEEP YOURSELF SAFE SO YOU CAN SOAK UP EVERY INCREDIBLE MINUTE OF IT ALL!


Top 5 Shows Worthy Of Binge-Watching This Summer By Micaela Burke WHY NOT SPEND YOUR SUMMER NIGHTS WRAPPED UP WATCHING NETFLIX? AFTER ALL, IT’S YOUR CHANCE TO FINALLY TUNE IN TO THE SHOWS EVERYONE IS TALKING AND TWEETING ABOUT. HERE, OUR TOP FIVE FAVORITES.

5. LOST So, we realize the craze is over, but it’s never to late to jump on the “LOST” bandwagon. Creator JJ Abrams leaves his audience on the edge of their seats and clicking through episode after episode to keep up with a group of people forced to survive on a deserted island. But, the real reason we kept watching? To watch the steamy love triangle between Kate, Sawyer and Jack unfold. Is it hot in here, or is it just us? 4. PARKS AND RECREATION Looking for less of a time commitment? “Parks and Recreation” will be your perfect summer fling. Starring the hilarious Amy Poehler as a government official who has dedicated her life to serving the pubic, this show is jam packed with laughs and other well-known stars including Rashida Jones, Rob Lowe, and Aziz Ansari. Whether you’re starting at the middle, beginning, or the end, you’re sure to laugh the whole way through this NBC comedy series. 3. HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER­With the last episode of the series having just been aired, the HIMYM obsession is still a major topic of discussion. A favorite among even the most diverse of audiences, the story of how Ted and how his wife met unfolds in the most hilarious of ways. Catch up on all nine seasons and join in on the still on-going conversation. 2. SCANDAL Gladiators unite! Join the white-hat wearing obsession and discover why everyone is going crazy for Olivia Pope and her team of gladiators. The show follows Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, a crisis manger in Washington, DC, who makes government scandal disappear all while dealing with a healthy dose of drama—the president is hooking up with who?! The show brings out the Olivia Pope in us all and inspires us to take control and get what we want, when we want it. 1. HOUSE OF CARDS A Netflix original series from the creator of “The Social Network,” this political thriller is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Kevin Spacey stars as Congressman Francis Underwood, a man willing to do whatever it takes to gain power in the high-pressure world of politics. We’re not sure what it is about government drama that really keeps us on our toes, but we don’t hate it. Catch up with the show everyone is talking about just in time for the release of its third season.


WHEN CLOTHES COME FULL CIRCLE

What do you do with your old or worn-out clothes? Here’s hoping you don’t throw them away—11.1 million tons of textiles end up in landfills each year, which is equivalent to 70 billion t-shirts. While this number is high, there’s still hope for the future: DoSomething. org, one of the largest organizations for young people and social change, and one of the world’s largest retailers, H&M, are teaming up with actress Olivia Wilde to begin a campaign called Comeback Clothes. The effort focuses on getting young people involved with recycling and actively supporting sustainable fashion. How does it work? Collect your unwanted clothes (all conditions and brands are accepted) and drop them off at designated garment recycling bins at H&M stores between now and June 20. H&M will send all of the donations to a recycling facility where they will be transformed into new clothes for H&M Conscious Collection. All participants will receive a 15% discount off their next purchase plus a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship. Simply snap a picture of yourself dropping off your unwanted clothes and submit it through DoSomething.org for a chance to win.

D I O R T A K E S B R O O K LY N

The world renowned French fashion label Dior, a brand which has showcased its collections in Paris, Shanghai, Hong Kong is coming to Brooklyn. Yes, you heard right! Christian Dior will present its Spring/Summer 2015 resort collection in the outer borough, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. “We wanted the show to feel very New York and the Navy Yard’s view and space captures the city,” Dior’s spokesperson told WWD. It’s not the first time that Brooklyn will host a major designer show: Alexander Wang was the first to move away from Manhattan and showcase its AW14 collection at the same Navy Yard location.

FASHION

NEWS

By Lukrecija Brady

CHARLES JAMES: B E Y O N D FA S H I O N

From now until August 10th, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has the honor of presenting an exhibit of the legendary American couturier Charles James. Known for his impeccable aesthetics and master cutting abilities, the designer, who never took a formal class, is best known for his evening wear. The exhibition, “Charles James: Beyond Fashion,” features about 75 masterpieces portraying his sculptural, mathematical, and scientific approaches. From iconic ball gowns from the 1940s and 1950s (including the famed Four Leaf Clover, Butterfly, Tree, Swan, and Diamond designs) to wrapover trousers and body-hugging sheaths, James’ life work is on full display. For fashion lovers and admirers alike, this is one to add to your summer bucket list.


All Dressed Up In the famous words of Diane von Furstenberg: “Feel like a woman, wear a dress.” From demure to deconstructed, the dresses on the pages to follow define femininity in a whole new way. The kicker? Each and every one of them is the work of an FIT student. Photography by Collins Nai

STYLED BY Aaron Alonso CREATIVE DIRECTION BY Victoria Vollo MAKEUP BY Jordyn Ferriss MODELED BY Melanie Boykin, Kate Whatley DESIGN BY Kurtis Fox COVER DESIGN BY Neda Sharafi


DESIGN BY Leah Grossart


DESIGN BY Bingjing Chen


DESIGN BY Jenny Berntsen


DESIGN BY Yuko Kanal


DESIGN BY Olivia Johnson


DESIGN BY Carol ine Elenowitz


Sandals, Socks, and Birkenstocks... An Accidental Trend

By Juliane DeGiovine | Illustrated by Kyle Ursin

There are some fashions where, no matter how much we try, will never be in style. Up until recently, sporting socks with sandals was regarded as a fashion blunder so epic that the style was up there with faux pas like nylon fanny packs and acid-wash anything. Once only limited to fashionably cavalier middle-aged men, the socks with sandal combo has been seen on the likes of Man Repeller blogger Leandra Medine, as well as on the Spring 2014 runways of designers as varied as Band of Outsiders and Vivienne Tam. But what is even more surprising about this travesty-turned-trend is not its welcomed embrace by the (very critical) fashion elite, but that the sock-nsandal pairing actually looks (gasp) chic. Obviously, like any trend, it must be executed properly—otherwise you’ll look more scary than stylish. Try to find a sock that complements, rather than diminishes, the shoes themselves. We’re begging you: Don’t just rifle through the black hole that is your sock drawer for whatever is clean or has a match. Adding to the socks and sandals craze is the shocking rise of the previously feared Birkenstock. Originally chastised for its clunky design and masculine look, the Birkenstock has emerged in retailers like Zara as a chic, upscale version of its formerly anti-fashion self. In fact, dressed-up Birkenstocks have catapulted to Brangelina-like fame and have graced the feet of many a fashion influencer. The Olsen twins dared to wear their black Birks (far from the Hermes version) with, you guessed it, socks. Have we forgone the rigid rules of fashion for the sake of comfort and convenience? Or were impeccable socks and the well-received return of the Birkenstock all that fashion mavens needed to kick this trend into high gear? Only time will tell if this unlikely fad has true staying power. But, who knows—perhaps socks and sandals will be seen on a Vogue cover near you. Or, maybe the sturdy Birkenstock (socks optional) will become the shoe staple of the future. Just make sure no one tells Victoria Beckham.


Your Winter Wardrobe, Revisited By Kareen Jeanty

The last thing on our minds during the summer is, well, winter. We spend those teasing spring days refreshing and updating our wardrobe while trying to find ways to stuff that beloved fur trim parka into a box that you can only hope won’t be opened until mid-November. But before you kiss all of your winter wear away, there might be a chance you can still rock your favorite pieces all summer long! Here, we show you how. S W E AT E R S Staying cool during the summer is a definite must. Though you may not be able to wear that soft cashmere scarf or that wool blend vest, those cable and gauge knit sweaters and cardigans might come into good use at your chilly internship office. Go for silk or cotton blends for a lighter all day look that won’t become sweltering if you venture outside. You can layer these pieces over thin-strap dresses or tops or even rock them with your favorite pair of floral shorts. Topshop Clean Rib Cardigan in Cream, $76, available at Topshop.

BOOTS You now have another reason to wear your Chelsea boots! Pair your favorite ankle boots with a glitzy night-out dress to create a causal daytime outfit. For a bohemian look, you can wear a heeled ankle boot with a maxi dress or skirt to not only give your legs the appearance of extra length, but also to keep long fabric from dragging on the floor. Forever21 Western Cutout Booties, $36.80, available at Forever21.

Empyre Shoreline Mint Beanie, $16.95, available at Zumiez.

BEANIES Bad hair days happen during the summertime, too. When your strands just aren’t giving you that beach-y wave you’re going for, throw on a light knit beanie. It’s a simple and stylish option that can keep your look pretty and polished on even the most humid (and in turn, frizz-inducing) summer days.


The Metro Man Can: A Sit-Down With Moti “The Metro Man” Ankari By Joey O’Brien

PH OT OG RA P HY BY Janice Thi Tran S U I T AND T I E BY Theory S H IR T B Y Louis Purple S H A DES BY Warby Parker WATC H BY Daniel Wellington S H OE S B Y Hydroen-1

Amidst the hustle and bustle of New York City life, Moti Ankari and I sat down to discuss his fashion blog, The Metro Man. To the casual observer, it might look like a couple of twenty-somethings passing time, but truth be told, this conversation was far more in-depth than a casual chat: Ankari is a rising fashion icon with an eye for style, defying traditional norms of menswear by combining classic style with an exciting edge. This enterprising young blogger has developed a loyal following (including 25K followers on Instagram alone) of both men and women who aspire to emulate what’s become signature The Metro Man look.


J o e y O ’ B r i e n : How did The Metro Man begin? M o t i A n k a r i : I was studying accounting at Baruch College and at that time felt like I wanted to do something related to fashion because my sister was working at Cosmopolitan and she was my fashion inspiration growing up. In addition, I had a lot of people asking me where I got my clothes from, so I thought, “Why don’t I start a blog?” J O : And you are now an established blogger. How did you go from a small blog to an established blog with thousands of social media followers? M A : It was starting to gain traffic and then I monetized it in ways that I was forming relationships with small brands. It’s slowly grown to where I am now partnering with brands like Coach and Ferragamo. J O : Impressive! Of all the collaborations you have worked on, which were you most excited about? M A : In November 2013 I worked with Details on their newsletter for Ermenegildo Zegna. They asked me to come into the store and pull three looks, style three looks, and model three looks, that they photographed and emailed out to all of their subscribers. J O : As you know, many FIT students blog, however not everyone does it as successfully as you do. What advice do you have for those just entering the blogosphere? M A : Don’t do it for the free clothing, Instagram followers, or fame. Do it because you want to do it. J O : Understandable. Lastly, summer is right around the corner—what are some of your seasonal staples? M A : Stubbs & Wootton velvet slippers and Soludos espadrilles are the perfect summer shoes. Beauty-wise, Crew Holding Cream and Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat. Yes, I wear concealer! But I completely endorse it—you need it for pictures!


The Guys Have It: Menswear Street Style

By Steven Rodriguez | Photography by Eleonora Kukuy ON 27TH STREET BETWEEN 7TH AND 8TH AVENUES EXISTS A MECCA OF MEN’S STREET WEAR SENSE. AND, IN TRIBUTE TO THE MALE POPULATION ON FIT’S CAMPUS, WE CAPTURED A TASTE OF IT. WE ASKED EACH OF THESE STYLE-CURATORS TO DESCRIBE THEIR LOOK IN JUST ONE TO TWO WORDS. AND, THE RESPONSES WE GOT WERE AS ORGANIC AS THEY GET.

NAME Hyunghun Choi MAJOR Fashion Design “Chilling.”

NAME Dashiel Brahmann MAJOR Menswear Design “Quirky.”

NAME Boyd Sloan MAJOR FMM “West Coast casual.”


NAME Jonathan Paredes MAJOR Illustration “Make it work.”

NAME Andy Luong MAJOR Communication Design “Bradshaw.”

NAME Patrick Ching MAJOR FMM “Minimalist.”


Trend Spotting: Resort Collections By Elizabeth Cárdenas

The top trends from Resort 2014 are easy to integrate into your own summer wardrobe. Go to extremes this summer with monochromatic, minimalist outfits. Whether it’s black on black, or pristine, head-to-toe white, take over the beach, the city, or the countryside by channeling looks from designers such as Alexander Wang, Burberry Prorsum, Chanel, Dior, Lanvin, and Narciso Rodriguez. ▲ SHEER

Show a little skin (and that amazing body you’ve worked long and hard for) with strategically translucent fabrics. Fashion houses the likes of Chloé, Dior, and Givenchy offered easybreezy garments sure to keep you cool in the hot summer months.

▼ MONOCHROMATIC

▲NEUTRAL

Become one with the summer and submerge yourself in the landscape by wearing a neutral, natural palette. Designers like Derek Lam, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, and Oscar de la Renta showed subduedhued looks far from summer’s traditionally bold, bright palette.


Swimwear: From Modest to Modern By Ashley Laderer | Illustrated by Gemma Gibb

Perhaps no garment has evolved as much as the swimsuit. In the 18th century, swimsuits were created to hide the body. The first suits were pretty impractical—smocks worn with bloomers and stockings. Swimwear was meant to cover up a woman’s body so that no skin would be showing. Needless to say, fashion and swimwear did not go together. Once swimming became an Olympic sport by the end of the 19th century, swimwear was able to grow to become more practical. The shedding of long sleeves and long skirts meant less material holding women back from swimming with ease. As years went on, the skirts on swimsuits got shorter, and necklines got lower. Finally, women were able to flaunt their beach bodies! Today, swimwear has gotten more daring and fashion forward than ever before. Swimsuits are no longer boring or just for swimming. Now, they’re just an extension of our fashionable wardrobes. This summer’s swimsuits have crazy shapes and details that we’re betting would make 18th century women blush. Here, the top trends for the season.

REVEALING MESH

EXTRA STRAPS

Cover up but still show some skin with edgy mesh that leaves a little something to the imagination.

Unleash your wild side with sexy extra straps that draw attention to your best assets. Don’t forget sunscreen—this trend makes for some funky tanlines!

MINI SLEEVES

Give your swim ensemble a flirty yet demure feel with mini sleeves that bring out your girly side, even on the beach.

SCUBA INSPIRED Scuba suits are no longer just for snorkeling. Dive into this trend with bright colors, zipper details, and sporty silhouettes.


Are You Well-Equipped For That Summer Internship?

By Rebecca Aschen

SUMMER’S COMING, AND PRACTICAL, REAL-WORLD-WORK EXPERIENCE IS CALLING. ARE YOU READY?

Sure, your street style may be on-point, and your school year attire undoubtedly uniforms you for a casual day of classes, but dressing for an unfamiliar office environment could throw any young fashionista off her game. Add to that the uncontrollable seasonal variables—that scorching summer heat, steamy subway commute, and those sticky cubicles, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. So, when making a positive, lasting impression on your summer employer is the ultimate goal, the last thing you want to be wondering is if your favorite miniskirt is appropriate for the workplace (answers—probably not) or if your studded sandals are a no-go. Lucky for you, we’ve gathered some no-fail guidelines so you can focus on the really big stuff at your internship this summer.

Zara Classic Blazer, $119, available at Zara.

DO’S

►Take cues from what your fellow interns and the other employees are wearing to work. Put those observational skills to good use! ►Top off your look with a lightweight blazer; this topper adds instant sophistication, but is easy to take on and off depending on how high that A/C is blasting in the office. (Or, for a modern twist, try a chic vest that will keep you cool, yet covered.) ►Invest in lightweight basics such as simple button-ups, chic blouses, and tailored pants that can easily be combined to build tons of go-to office outfits.

H&M Patterned Blouse, $24.95, available at H&M.

►Inject aspects of your personal style to ensure that you stand out—you don’t want to draw too much attention to yourself, but make sure you don’t blend into the walls, either.

KAOS Blazer, $118, available at Yoox.

►Find a standby pair of comfortable, closed toe shoes that you can run around in all day. In other words, save those Jeffrey Campbells for afterhours. KEEPING THESE TIPS IN MIND, (WHILST TAILORING THEM SLIGHTLY TO YOUR PARTICULAR OFFICE ENVIRONMENT) YOU’LL BE SURE TO MESH SEAMLESSLY (WARDROBE-WISE, AT LEAST) INTO YOUR SUMMER WORKPLACE! Zara Trousers With Zipped Waistband, $79.90, available at Zara.

Topshop Kiwi Stripe Frill Shell Blouse, $60, available at Topshop.

DO NOT’S

►When it comes to skirt length, stay away from the minis and opt for a skirt that hits at least mid-thigh if not longer. (For extra ‘chic points’ try out a midi-length skirt.) ►Avoid jeans, unless permitted by your employer. Save those Daisy Dukes for your days off! ►Keep those straps concealed, and with that said, try to avoid all thin/spaghetti strapped tops entirely. Bare shoulders are best left for outside the office.

Topshop Black Gingham Tube Skirt, $48, available at Topshop.

►Along those same lines, also avoid excessively revealing clothing at all costs. We’re talkin’ plunging necklines, the ofthe-moment cutout trend, body-con dresses, etc. These NSFW trends will not only diminish your perceived level of taste, but will also likely hinder your ability to perform well on the job.


What’s in Her Suitcase? By Rachel Gray

THRILLED TO BE LEAVING FOR VACATION BUT DREADING PACKING? WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE. IT’S AMAZING HOW WE HAVE YET TO DISCOVER THAT SWEET SPOT IN BETWEEN UNDER PACKING AND OVER PACKING. TO HELP, WE’VE GATHERED A FEW KEY ITEMS TO THROW IN YOUR SUITCASE THIS SUMMER TO MAKE IT THROUGH YOUR NEXT TRIP.

SKATER SKIRT You can use this staple item to walk around during the day and then fancy it up with the right accessories to go to dinner on the town that same night. From flip-flops to wedges, this is skirt is the ultimate in versatility.

METALLIC FLATS PILOT FASHION ELLIE SCUBA SKATER SKIRT, $20, AVAILABLE AT PILOT FASHION.

J. CREW LUCIE MIRROR METALLIC SLINGBACK FLATS, $228, AVAILABLE AT J. CREW.

JOSIE MARAN ARGAN TINTED MOISTURIZER, $38, AVAILABLE AT SEPHORA.

STATEMENT BAUBLES TURQUOISE TEARDROP STONE STATEMENT BIB NECKLACE, $28.99, AVAILABLE AT STATEMENTBAUBLES.COM

BRIGHT NECKLACE

TINTED MOISTURIZER Pack sunscreen and makeup without the clutter of two bottles! Tinted moisturizers with SPF 30 are great for your face while in the sun and make for an easyto-use foundation substitute that won’t clog pores.

A metallic accessory is great to take with you on vacation because of the amount of pieces you can pair with it. Whether you’re sightseeing or taking a trip to the pool, these flats are totally appropriate—and fun.

This day-to-night piece is easy to slip into your bag and adds instant spice to any outfit. STRIKING SUITCASE

JONATHAN ADLER FOR TUMI "ARE WE THERE YET?" CONTINENTAL CARRYON, $545, AVAILABLE AT BLOOMINGDALE’S.

Your finishing touch! Walk the airport like it’s a runway. Put all your vacation must-haves in a piece of functional yet feminine luggage.


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Blush Magazine - Summer 2014  

Blush magazine is the Fashion Institute of Technology's first student-run beauty and fashion publication.

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