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BEAUTY 40 Rebecca Liceaga 46 Courtney Dailey

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chiffon Senior Editor Courtney Dailey Beauty Editor Rebecca Liceaga Fashion Editor Giorgia Severino

Chiffon Magazine is an artist created and run Fashion/Culture magazine. Here you can feel the pulse of fashion, while looking into the people and places behind these trends. Our magazine will bring you the fashion industry from the behind the scenes. Obtuse thinking is out, open minded is in. Our mission at Chiffon Magazine is to provide a fashion forward, open minded point of view. We don’t see fashion as two sided. While most magazines either feature mainstream fashion or eco fashion, we bring together both worlds. Our articles will be creative and witty. Chiffon will add humor to fashion, making it more fun then ever. Whether you’re shopping for a new face wash or a “snuggie” bar crawl, we’ll have the trends ready for you’re viewing pleasure. We at Chiffon believe that fashion should be fun and not so serious. Come on, we all rocked out a pair of parachute pants at some time in our lives. It’s time to celebrate fashion and our culture, fab or ridiculous.

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T H O S E D AY S T H AT W E A L L H AV E , Y E T A R E R E L U C TA N T T O A D M I T I T. I N O U R G O, G O, G O W O R K A H O L I C S O C I E T Y, W E S H U N T H E S E D AY S , C A L L I N G T H E M A “ WA S T E O F T I M E ” O R E V E N G O S O FA R A S T O L I E T O O U R S E LV E S , I N S I S T I N G “ T H AT N E V E R H A P P E N S T O M E !” Y E T, W E A L L K N O W T H E T R U T H O F T H I S R E A L I T Y. W E H AV E A L L E X P E R I E N C E D I T AND BEEN TRAPPED UNDER ITS LANGUID SPELL, HELPLESS TO FIGHT BACK.

T H E S E T I M E S I S P E A K O F A R E T H E D AY S O F S O U L - C R U S H I N G , M I N D L E S S B O R E D O M . W H E N L E T H A R G Y R U L E S O U R U P WA R D - M O V I N G M I N D S , A N D C O N F I N E S U S T O T H E C O U C H A N D B O O B T U B E . A L L W E C A N D O I S S I T B A C K A N D WA I T F O R I T S S T I F L I N G HAND TO LIFT OFF US.

O N O N E O F T H O S E D AY S I N PA R T I C U L A R , I F O U N D M Y S E L F S P R A W L E D O N T H E C O U C H M I N D L E S S LY F L I P P I N G T H R O U G H I N F O M E R C I A L S , S O A P O P E R A S , A N D L I F E I N S U R A N C E C O M M E R C I A L S . T H E B L A Z I N G 65 D E G R E E M I C H I G A N S U M M E R H E AT H A D D R I V E N M E I N D O O R S T O T H E U N S P E A K A B L E FAT E T H AT I S D AY T I M E T V. T H O U G H M Y E Y E S W E R E G L U E D T O T H E R E P E T I T I V E I M A G E S A N D S O U N D S , M Y M I N D WA S N O T P R O C E S S I N G A N Y O F I T. I H A D B E E N C A U G H T I N T H E T R A P T H AT I S D I S G U I S E D A S E N T E R TA I N M E N T.

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T R A D I T I O N , L O N G F O R G O T T E N I N M Y A D U LT P S YC H E . I B A R E LY C O M P R E H E N D E D W H AT WA S H A P P E N I N G , D U E T O T H E E X T R E M E S U R R E A L I S M A N D P O L I T I C A L C O R R E C T N E S S O F T H E D R A M A P L AY I N G O U T B E F O R E M E . C H I L D R E N O F A M Y T H O L O G I C A L UN NEIGHBORHOOD RUSHED DOWN WELL-KEPT STREETS TO THE HOUSE OF A COMR A D E . T H I S L E A D E R C H I L D A P P E A R E D T O B E PA W N I N G S O M E T H I N G T O T H E O T H E R C H I L D R E N . I C O U L D N ’ T D I S T I N G U I S H W H AT WA S H A P P E N I N G , B E C A U S E T H E O N LY S I G N T O D E C O D E T H E C H I L D ’ S A C T I O N S WA S F U L L O F S C R I B B L E S , S P E L L I N G E R R O R S A N D F L I P P E D L E T T E R S . A L A R G E Y E L L O W D O T … A N A , A D, A B A C K WA R D S E … W H AT D O E S T H I S A L L M E A N ? S U D D E N LY, A G R O W N W O M A N A P P R O A C H E S W I T H A L A R G E C O N TA I N E R O F Y E L L O W L I Q U I D. M Y M I N D R E E L E D, “A U R I N E D R U G T E S T F O R C H I L D R E N ?!” I F I N A L LY C A M E T O M Y S E N S E S W H E N A T R I V I A L B R A N D O F L E M O N A D E FLASHED ACROSS THE SCREEN.

“ L E M O N A D E S TA N D S !” I E X C L A I M E D T O M Y S E L F, “ I D I D N ’ T E V E N K N O W T H O S E E X ISTED ANYMORE. I THOUGHT THEY WERE WIPED WITH THE CRACKDOWN OF LEMON L A W S ! ” W I T H N O O N E I N T H E R O O M T O L A U G H AT M Y J O K E , M Y M I N D WA N D E R E D O F F T O A S I M P L E R T I M E . A T I M E W H E N T H E E C O N O M Y WA S B O O M I N G , B AY WAT C H WA S A N AT I O N A L T R E A S U R E , A N D B O T H M A D O N N A A N D T O M C R U I S E W E R E S T I L L C O N S I D E R E D S A N E A C T O R S T H R O U G H O U T T H I S G R E AT L A N D. T H E Y E A R 1 9 9 6 .

A S A Y O U N G M I D - W E S T E R N K I D, I WA S N O T Y E T E X P O S E D T O T H E F U L L G L O R Y T H AT WA S T H E 1990 S . T O O TA M E F O R TAT T O O S , T O O Y O U N G F O R S E I N F E L D, A N D T O O I G N O R A N T F O R T H E I N T E R N E T, I WA S L E F T W I T H V E R Y L I T T L E B U T M Y O W N I M A G I N A T I O N A N D E N D L E S S E N E R G Y T O K E E P M E E N T E R TA I N E D D U R I N G T H E G L O R I O U S S U M M E R M O N T H S . A N D O N E T H I N G T H AT WA S C O M M O N , N AY R E Q U I R E D, O F A L L K I D S , O F S U M M E R , WA S T O R U N A L E M O N A D E S TA N D.

T H E S E S TA N D S I N N O WAY R E S E M B L E D T H E F U T U R I S T I C P O P - TA R T S TA N D S O F T H E N E W M I L L E N N I A . R AT H E R , T H E S E S TA N D S W E R E A LWAY S O F P O O R Q U A L I T Y. A T H R E E L E G G E D C A R D TA B L E , P E R H A P S . A C O O L E R F I L L E D W I T H WA R M B U S C H L I G H T. O R I F Y O U W E R E R E A L LY H I G H C L A S S , A R E N O VAT E D B A R B I E H O U S E . N E E D L E S S T O S AY, I WA S N E V E R T H AT H I G H C L A S S … I P R E F E R R E D T H E T H R E E - L E G G E D C A R D TA B L E , D U G OUT FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE LAUNDRY ROOM.

O U R “ S I G N S ”, A S W E C A L L E D T H E M , W E R E R E A L LY S H E E T S O F PA P E R S C R A W L E D O V E R W I T H M A G I C M A R K E R S . T H E S P E L L I N G WA S A LWAY S R I G H T; R E A L E N T R E P R E N E U R S H AV E T H E I R M O M S S P E L L C H E C K T H E I R A D V E R T I S E M E N T S ( W O U L D N ’ T WA N T T O A P P E A R U N P R O F E S S I O N A L W H I L E S E L L I N G S U G A R WAT E R O U T O F D E N T E D PA P E R C U P S . ) U N F O R T U N AT E LY, T H E I N E V I TA B L E F I R S T S P I L L O F ’A D E W O U L D S M E A R T H E S E F L E D G LING WORKS OF ART INTO AN UNINTELLIGIBLE BLOB OF BLUE SURREALISM.

D E S P I T E T H E N O V I C E S E T - U P, T H E L E M O N A D E S TA N D WA S A T H I N G O F B E A U T Y - S O M E T H I N G T H AT W O U L D B R I N G M E I N D E S C R I B A B L E J O Y A N D F O R T U N E F O R W E E K S T O C O M E . W I T H T H E S E T - U P C O M P L E T E , A L L I H A D T O D O WA S P R E PA R E T H E B E V E R A G E AND USE MY VENDING SKILLS TO QUENCH THE THIRST OF THE MASSES.

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T H E B E V E R A G E O F C H O I C E , T H E ’A D E , I S T H E M O S T I M P O R TA N T PA R T O F T H E B U S I N E S S . I T I S T H E W H O L E R E A S O N Y O U A R E PA R T I C I PAT I N G I N T H I S R I T U A L ; E X C E P T T H E B O R E D O M O F C O U R S E ... A N D T H E P R O M I S E O F R I C H E S . I N M O R E R E C E N T Y E A R S I H AV E S E E N S U C H M O C K E R I E S A S “ G AT O R A D E ” O R “ KO O L A I D ” S TA N D S . J U S T T H E T H O U G H T O F U S I N G B L ATA N T B R A N D N A M E S TO CUSHION POOR MARKETING SKILLS MAKES ME F E E L A B I T Q U E A S Y T O T H E FAT E O F F U T U R E G E N E R A T I O N S . E V E N W O R S E , T O TA K E S U C H A S TA P L E A S A L E M O N A D E S TA N D A N D T O D I L U T E I T W I T H R I D I C U L O U S N E W, M A S S - P R O D U C E D G O O D S I S T H E R O O T O F I N S A N I T Y. T H I S I N S A N I T Y L E A D I N G T O T H E I D E A O F T H E “ P O P - TA R T ” S TA N D T H AT G R A C E D T H E C O M MERCIAL LEADING TO MY ECCENTRIC MEMORY FILLED STUPOR. FORGIVE ME, FOR I DIGRESS.

THE ONE REMARKABLE THING ABOUT KIDS IS THEIR ABILITY TO CUT CORNERS. PRACTICING FOR THE A D U LT W O R L D A N D T H E W O R K F O R C E , K I D S A LWAY S M A N A G E T O F I N D T H E L E A S T E N E R G Y C O N S U M I N G WAY T O C O M P L E T E A TA S K . A N D O F C O U R S E , T O R E C E I V E T H E B I G G E S T AWA R D P O S S I B L E ( N E V E R D O A N Y T H I N G F O R F R E E T H AT C A N B E C H A R G E D F O R ). N O S A N E K I D W O U L D AT T E M P T T H E T I M E C O N S U M I N G L A B O R O F M A K I N G “ R E A L” L E M O N A D E . T H E C O S T O F L E M O N S , O U R L A C K O F T R A N S P O R TAT I O N , T H E H E AV Y L I F T I N G , THE SQUEEZING, THE STINGING OF THE EYES, AND T H E S U B S TA N D A R D S W E E T N E S S M E A N T T H E H O M E M A D E VA R I E T Y WA S N E V E R S E E N O U T S I D E T H E O C C A S I O N A L D I S N E Y F L I C K . I A LWAY S U S E D M Y P E R S O N A L FAV O R I T E B R A N D O F “ W H AT E V E R I C A N F I N D I N T H E L A Z Y S U S A N ”. A N D L I K E M E N , K I D S H AV E A N I N N AT E I N A B I L I T Y T O F O L L O W I N S T R U C T I O N S . W H O WA N T S S E M I - S W E E T KO O L A I D ?!?! N O W E L FA R E D I L U T E D D R I N K I S G O O D E N O U G H I F I A M AT T H E H E L M . TA K E S O M E WA R M TA P WAT E R , T O S S I N A B O U T 80 S P O O N F U L S O F P O W D E R E D D R I N K , A D D A N O T H E R 84… N O 8 5 ( J U S T T O B E SAFE) SPOONFULS OF SUGAR, THEN STIR FOR ABOUT F O U R S E C O N D S A N D S A M P L E T H E C R E AT I O N . I F I T IS SWEET ENOUGH TO ROT CHILDHOOD CHOMPERS F R O M T H R E E YA R D S , O R C A U S E A F L A R E - U P O F A U N T B E T T Y ’ S “ S U G A R - B E T I E S ”, T H E N I T I S R E A D Y T O S E L L .

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Many people recur to prescription medicine to cure their depression symptoms, but few are aware of its side effects. After a while, your body will get used it, like any drug, requiring higher dosages. Not only that, but because the drug provides you with “happiness,” eventually you won’t be able to find happiness any other way, unless you take the drug. Plain and simple, you will lose your capacity to feel or even fall in love. Sounds like fun. That’s why scientists have researched alternate ways to cure depression, such as regular exercise, Omega-3, alkaline foods, sun light, and while many of these are proven more effective than prescription drugs, no one has ever considered the impact of SPARKLES in your life. Even though nothing has been scientifically proven yet, I have personally experienced the wonderful effect of sparkles. Sparkly dresses, sparkly clothes, sparkly shoes, sparkles on your eye shadow, sparkles all over your body, sparkles on New Year’s Eve, sparkles and champagne. Any way that I might have experienced sparkles, it has always cheered myself up and brought happiness into my life. In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy goes home because of sparkly red shoes! Jacqueline Kennedy, the most famous First Lady in American history, enjoyed wearing sparkly dresses! In Quinceneras, girls want sparkly pink dresses! As a bride, they look for sparkly white dresses! On the runway, you see nothing but sparkly make-up. Victoria’s Secret wouldn’t be the same without sparkly nightgowns! So, instead of prescription drugs or candy, why don’t you try some sparkles? Sparkles are a rite of passage in a woman’s world and they stimulate the senses provoking instant happiness in women and men! -Julia Melim


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On Brianna: *Black and white silk halter maxi dress: Tal Sheyn *White leather and satin shoes: Delicious *Ring: “Last September”, Los Angeles *White rose hair clip: “Diva”, Los Angeles On Jennifer: *Black with white polka dot, silk chiffon blouse: Tal Sheyn *Black and white houndstooth pencil skirt: Tal Sheyn *Black fishnet tights: Victoria’s Secret *Black leather platform heels: Jessica Simpson *Black rose shoe clips: H & M *Black rose hair clip: “Diva”, Los Angeles

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On Brianna: *Black shorts: Wet Seal *Black & white ruffle front shirt: H & M *Yellow sweater: H & M *Knee high boots On Jennifer: *Black shorts: Wet Seal *Black & white ruffle front shirt: H & M *Yellow sweater: H & M *Knee high boots

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The vine like patterns and stylized lines of silver or gold becomes a delicate statement against the skin.



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