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Come mid-October, signs of my homesickness are in full effect. I wear my faded tie dye Aerosmith t-shirt—a gift from my dad—to bed every night, scroll through photos of my childhood cat for unreasonable amounts of time, and crave a Philly cheesesteak at least twice a week. When I find myself missing home, I enlist a few go-to rituals. I slip on my coziest wool socks (thanks for the hand-me-down, Mom), brew green tea in my favorite mug (it’s elephant-shaped), and play a trusty Netflix throwback (Dirty Dancing, anyone?). For me, these rituals are little comforts: small acts that snap me out of my school-induced funk, allow me to live in the moment, and remind me that I’ll be home soon. This issue of Equal Time is full of little comforts. Whether you’re indulging in a bowl of gooey mac ‘n cheese (page 44), reminiscing about your wildest elementary and middle school fashion choices (page 34), or embracing the freedom to define yourself on your own terms (page 28), we’ve got the stuff to lift your spirits—even during the dog days of the semester.
F E AT U R E S E D I TO R Emma Baty – @emmabaty FAS H I O N D I R ECTO R Alexis McDonell – @AlexisMickD FAS H I O N E D I TO R Lauren Witonsky – @itslaurmar C O PY E D I TO R Darriea Clark – @labelledarri FACT C H EC K E R Victoria Razzi – @vcrazzi ST Y L I ST Danielle LaRose – @daniellelarose P U B L I C R E L AT I O N S D I R ECTO R Lindsay Igoe – @lindsayigoe S O C I A L M E D I A D I R ECTO R Morgan Gundrum – @morgangundrum W E B D I R ECTO R Sara Gatcomb – @saragatcomb
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G RAY I S T H E WAY
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GE TTING IT U P
A look at Viagra for women
W EB W O R K O U T S Harmful or helpful?
D R AW T H E L I N E
Break out of your beauty rut with bold eyeliner
T H E P E RFECT BREAK 30 ways to mix up your winter vacation
LI F ES T Y L E
B EA U T Y
FEAT U R ES
5 Bubbly Perfection
14 Eyes On The Prize
28 Redefining Gender
Your most luxurious bath yet
6 Savvy Saving
The eye cream ingredients you need
15 City Slicker
How to invest your paycheck now
Sleek hair in six steps
H EA L TH
Tiny tats take over
10 Flat Shoes, Big Problem
Grooming products you need now
FA S H I O N 30 Stems
18 The Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aisle
Your biggest shoe faux-pas
11 HIIT It
Treat your skin to a face mask
13 Catch Some Zs
The coolest subscription services
A new way to work out
Why you should nap now
What it means to be genderfluid
7 Matcha Mania
The benefits of matcha tea powder
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25 Box It Up
I N EVER Y I S S UE 4. Confessions 12. Like This, Try That 33. 1 Item, 5 Ways 43. DIY 44. Dig In 45. Overheard at SU
Celebrate your time off with these Equal Time-approved events and activities. by LESLIE GOMEZ
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Grab your mat and try a Bikram yoga class.
Crack open the pages of a new book like The Donor or Bound to Darkness.
Paint the town red (or white) with a wine and painting class.
12 Try a different happy hour every week (or day, if you’re up for it).
Grab your mittens and ice skate at your local rink.
16 Go to a midnight movie premiere.
Make a pitcher of spiked eggnog or winter sangria.
13 Make an itinerary and be a tourist in your own city.
Immerse yourself in culture and visit a museum.
Try out a new mac ‘n cheese recipe (see page 44).
Update your LinkedIn profile.
Book a hotel room for you and your bae.
8 Go to a live taping of Jimmy Fallon or Saturday Night Live.
Strip down and oil up with a couple’s massage.
9 Make yourself a bumpin’ workout playlist.
Learn a new skill with free online courses like one on Code Academy.
Play sexy truth or dare with a lucky someone.
Netflix and chill.
See your favorite artist in concert.
23 Mail a few postcards to friends.
24 Save water and shower with your lover.
Take sexy photos to send to your significant other.
Boost your resume with another internship.
10 Catch up with old friends from high school. 20 Do absolutely nothing.
21 Spice up your night with some new lingerie.
Take a crosscountry road trip with your best friends.
Splurge on a cup of Joe at a swanky coffee shop.
Take advantage of day-afterChristmas sales.
Treat yourself to a luxurious soak in the tub (see page 5).
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“I fell asleep giving my boyfriend a hand job.” “As a guy was taking me from behind, I noticed a set of handle bars on his wall. Apparently, they had been installed for just that purpose, support while getting it doggy style.”
“While dressed as a firefighter, my hero tried to throw me on the bed. My helmet ended up flying off and I smashed my head into a wall. You would think the helmet would have helped.” “I was in the midst of hooking up with a boy who insisted on taking off his cross that hung around his neck, saying ‘I don’t feel right f*cking you while wearing this.’”
“Last year, I told a much younger boy I met at the bar my name
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was Kylie, it’s not. I slept at his place and left in the morning before he woke up. I saw him at the bar this year and he called me out for giving him a fake name.” “My boyfriend and I were enjoying a wonderful weekend in Boston spending long days seeing the sights and tasting the tastes. By the time night came around and we had the opportunity to be alone we were both exhausted but apparently I was slightly more tired. Things were heating up as I was fighting to keep my eyelids open and the next thing I know I wake up with my hand in his pants looking at his face of pure shock. Yup, I fell asleep giving my boyfriend a hand job.”
“I was in the middle of having sex with a guy. All of a sudden, he “takes a break” to pee out the window of BBB before getting back into bed.” “I was at a party and this super hot guy started talking to me. I brought him back to my place and we started hooking up. I was totally into him until I started to feel something dripping on my chest. He was having a nose bleed— on me! I had to wipe his blood off my body. Talk about a bloody mess!”
“This guy and I broke into the bike shop where he worked and had sex on the counter. As I went to put my clothes back on, I noticed my ass was covered in grease, the kind used on bike chains.”
YOUR QUICK GUIDE TO ESSENTIAL OILS
Indulge your skin with a powdered milk bath, says Vickie Nichols, a clinical aromatherapist in Albany, NY. The lactic acid in milk helps clean, hydrate, and soften the skin. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and you’ll have a bath fit for a goddess. Opt for a natural milk powder and feel free to experiment with oils.
Never Use An Essential Oil by Itself A single drop of essential oil contains a complex array of chemical constituents, so be cautious. If not blended properly, they will sit on the water’s surface, irritate sensitive areas, and kill any hope of a relaxing bath. Blend four drops of your chosen oil with one teaspoon of carrier oil before blending with an epsom or dead sea salt.
Combine two parts tea tree oil with one part lavender oil to stop congestion in its tracks. These oils contain anti-bacterial properties, making them fit to fight symptoms of a cold. If you already have cold symptoms, use spruce or eucalyptus oils, suggests Nichols, as they are decongestants. For a gentler option, pair myrtle oil with sea salt.
sudsational Wash away your worries and spoil your skin with the perfect bath. by NATSUMI AJISAKA
hours to kill or a few minutes to yourself, you should make the most out of your moments in the tub. Instead of dunking a bath bomb into lukewarm water, optimize your time with essential oils and salts. By customizing your bath to your specific needs, you will not only relax your mind, but also relieve your body from stress.
When muscle aches ail you, eucalyptus or mint oil will do the trick. These decongestant oils fight bacteria, creating a calming effect on the body. Blend two drops of either essential oil with three drops of ginger oil for a potent yet gentle remedy.
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STOP MILD SKIN IRRITATION
Anti-inflammatory oils such as marjoram, bergamot, and lavender oil are perfect for reducing skin irritation. Lavender relieves pain, while marjoram contains anti-spastic properties. Use almond and hemp seed oil as carrier oils by mixing them with your anti-inflammatory oil of choice. A carrier oil helps your skin absorb essential oils, allowing them to best benefit your body. Avoid citrus oils, which make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.
Conduct A Patch Test Before you add an essential oil to your bath, mix a small amount of olive oil with a drop of an essential oil and rub it on your skin to ensure you don’t have a negative reaction.
SOOTHE MUSCLE ACHES
Simply swirl and soak your stresses away with this fusion. Combine a half of a cup of pink Himalayan salt with a tablespoon of jojoba oil, and two drops each of sweet honey, lavender oil, Roman chamomile, and sweet marjoram. Paula Begel, a clinical aromatherapist in Cicero, NY, says this combination is safe for most skin types. “It’s good for your skin, it’s good for your emotions, it’s very relaxing and sedating,”she says. equaltimemagazine.com | 5
PAY IT FORWARD
You’ve got your first real job and the salary to prove it. Below, we break down the three best ways to invest your paycheck now. by JULIA NAFTULIN Paycheck, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Before you do the math to determine the number of Forever 21 tops or overpriced movie tickets your most recent paycheck can buy, consider the alternative: investing your hard-earned cash the smart way. By placing your money in special funds and paying off bills and loans routinely, your paycheck can stretch to lengths you never thought imaginable. Here, we break down three ways the money-savvy millennial can invest in her future.
CREATE AN EMERGENCY FUND
After you score your first job, you inevitably inherit all the expenses that come with it: a car, rent on an apartment, and a workappropriate wardrobe. Despite these expenses, it’s important to put away extra money in case of an emergency. According to Mark Peters, president of Peters and Associates Certified Public Accountants, in Syracuse, NY, the first step to creating an emergency fund is to add up your monthly expenses. “Go through your checkbook and find what your rent costs, your food budget, your car payment, your entertainment 6 | EQUAL T IME Fall 2015
budget, your student loan payments,” he says. “Financial planners recommend putting three months of those expenses in a reserve account.” For example, if your monthly expenses are $2,500, you should have $7,500 set aside in a special account that is separate from your checking or savings accounts. Since it typically takes three months for someone to move from one job to another, having that cash available allows for a stress-free transition.
SCHOOL THE LENDERS
The student loans that loom over your head post-graduation mean you should set aside money from your paycheck each month to ensure you’ll be able to make regular payments. Instead of stressing about your debt, be sure to pay the minimum monthly payment to each of your lenders. After you rack up three years of monthly payments, you’ll have the leverage to contact your lenders, and negotiate your debt and lower your interest rates. “You typically play your different lenders off of each other,” explains Peters. “Most college graduates have two to five different lenders they have
to make payments to, so you try to get them to compete for your business. They want to loan you money, so they want you to borrow more from them if you have established good credit.” To get the best deal with your lenders, contact each and ask to borrow a specific amount at a low interest rate in order to pay off debt with a lender who charges a higher rate. For example, you could ask for $10,000 more from Lender X at 4 percent and use it to pay off the 6 percent interest rate you have on a loan with Lender Y. The goal is to eventually have your loans solely with the lender that gave you the best interest rate.
PLAN FOR A LUST-WORTHY RETIREMENT
While retirement is in the distant future for recent graduates, planning now ensures you’ll have plenty of money to live comfortably when the time comes. Peters’ biggest tip for recent graduates involves placing a portion of your paycheck in a pension plan. Through a pension plan, you contribute a portion of your paycheck to your account and the company matches that amount. According to Peters, most companies offer these pensions, or 401(k) plans, and they have professionals that manage the money for you. “You are getting free money and it’s tax free,” he says. “It’s the best way for anyone to save for retirement.” In most plans, you also have the ability to borrow from your 401(k) if a need arises, like the purchasing your first house. For those who don’t have pension plans available through work, Peters recommends investing in a traditional IRA, Individual Retirement Account. This type of IRA allows its investors to receive a tax deduction. “When you contribute $100 to a traditional IRA, you’re getting a $30 tax deficit, so you’re really only giving $70,” explains Peters.
meet your HEALTH & FITNESS
matcha Detoxify, boost concentration, and more with the help of this versatile green tea powder. by BEAUX WONGWAISAYAWAN
Photo: Frankie Prijatel
hether it’s a
nutritious food to integrate into your diet or a circuit of quick and easy exercises to tone your body, people always search for new ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle. A current trend gaining popularity is the use of this one ingredient: matcha. This tea powder contains cleansing health properties and can easily be integrated into a surprising amount of different foods. Matcha is a powder ground from whole green tea leaves. This concentrated form of tea originates from Japan and is traditionally served when welcoming guests. Since the customary process of grinding the matcha takes extensive time and effort, it has become a way to slow down and meditate in the moment. The green tea powder has a substantial amount of the amino acid L-Theanine, which positively affects the brain by boosting relaxation levels. This differs from other black and green teas because it can contain up to five times the amount of L-Theanine. Combined with the caffeine in matcha, this amino acid can also boost concentration levels and increase memory.
In Japanese culture, tea is taken very seriously and is believed to serve many other health benefits. Kaori LaClair, a Japanese professor at Syracuse University, drinks three to five cups of matcha every day. “I sometimes carry around a small can of matcha to mix with hot water at my office,” says LaClair. Since matcha has a stark bitter taste, it is traditionally taken in three sips alongside a much sweeter Japanese dessert. To compensate for the strong flavor, LaClair prefers to use a smaller amount of matcha and mix it with other types of tea powder, like barley. LaClair says some of the health benefits of the powder include lowering blood sugar levels, easing digestion, and detoxing the body. The green color of matcha can be credited to chlorophyll, an element that is also characterized as a detoxifier. Since matcha is grown in the shade, this protects the element from the sun, making the tea richer in the amount of chlorophyll and thus providing a better detox than other green teas. Matcha also helps with weight loss and boosts your metabolism. According to a study in the The American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition, the rate at which your body burns calories increases when you include matcha into your diet. If you want to start slowly incorporating matcha into your day to day routine, Wegman’s sells matcha powders that are imported from Japan. If you don’t like the taste of matcha, there are other ways to incorporate it into your diet other than just drinking it. Besides your average matcha ice cream, or mochi, that can be found at various Japanese restaurants, the ground up green tea leaves can be incorporated into a wide range of other desserts. Mixing it into vanilla cake batter can make for a tasty, green cupcake, which can then be topped off with the icing of your choice. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, you’re still in luck. There are easy, unexpected ways to incorporate this ingredient into dishes. You can sprinkle the powder on top of a typical granola mix or into plain vanilla yogurt, blend a bit of it with cream cheese for an earthy bagel spread, or mix it into your pancake batter. You can also use a little to season sautéed vegetables and even top off a mojito with a small pinch.
VIRAL SPIRAL Workout crazes like Insanity and P90X are easy on your wallet, but hard on your health. by ALEXA VOSS
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Fast-paced music pumps away in the background as the woman in the Instagram video does alternating leg jumps, lunges, squats, and burpees. She grips hand weights and launches herself up onto a nearby lifting bench in order to intensify the burning in her constantly working legs. Utilizing what some call “circuit training,” she entices her followers to mimic her, convincing them with every jarring jump squat that she can help followers attain their dream body with her workouts.
Photo: Frankie Prijatel
his short clip shows just a few moves of fitness professional Kayla Itsines’ various circuits that individuals can attempt in her 12-week “Bikini Body Guide.” Promising bathing suit confidence after running the gauntlet of her patented exercise and diet plan, Itsines’ Monday circuit of the first week launches its user into a thigh-crushing 30-minute leg and cardio workout. Itsines’ program makes certain assurances to customers, claiming in particular to help users “reinvent their entire shape” and “kick start their metabolism.” Other well-known video workout compatriots, such as P90X and Insanity, boast slogans like “Transform your body in 90 days” and “The craziest 30 minutes of your day for the best results of your life.” All three of the programs feature prominent and shocking before and after pictures, supposedly submitted by successful past users. Accompanying these slogans and photographs, though, is typically an asterisk. If you take the time to scroll all the way to the bottom of their websites or promotional materials, you’ll probably see a phrase that reads something like this: “Results vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition.” Using phrases like these are easy ways for fitness professionals to shift the blame of a product that didn’t work for everyone onto the customers in question. By extracting themselves from liability, some individuals who use these programs feel that it is their own fault if they haven’t achieved the promised result — not a downfall of the program. Megan Callahan, an avid user of Insanity and Itsines’ “Bikini Body Guide” and a senior studying magazine journalism at Syracuse University, says that it’s important to recognize that the professionals in these videos are not you. “Their bodies aren’t the same, their metabolism isn’t the same, they didn’t grow up playing the same sports as you so they don’t have the same muscles,” says Callahan. “You are really different people.” Thoughts of self-blame and underperformance can quickly lead to other unhealthy behaviors. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), exercise can easily become an obsession, especially when distorted body image or a fixation on certain body parts are involved. For fitness professionals like Peggy Pappas, a bikini competitor within the National Physique Committee, preparation for shows involves year-round training and dieting. Therefore, when she posts videos and images allowing her followers to gain helpful fitness hints from her, these tips may be misleading. Users who don’t know her day-in and day-out routine might be tempted to think they can gain similar results just by attempting to mimic whatever workout routines she decides to post. What may be forgotten is that if followers have not been lifting heavy weights as consistently as she does to increase muscle mass, they have an increased likelihood of injuring themselves while attempting to
follow her workout regimens. “Anything that’s overdone is unhealthy,” says Pappas. “Everything in life should be done in moderation. I think our society puts a lot of pressure on body image, making people want to obtain the unattainable, which could lead to an unhealthy lifestyle.” Though Pappas doesn’t think most workout videos are bad and while she typically finds them helpful, she believes they shouldn’t take over every single thing you do. “Working out should be a routine within your life, not your life alone,” she says. In an age where intense exercise has become fashionable and widely available, obsession with fitness or gaining a specific body type can lead to overexertion and injury. According to a journal published by the IDEA Health and Fitness Association, injuries can be exacerbated by exercise for which one is not well adapted. There are inherent risks involved when regular people attempt to suddenly adopt the exercise habits of professionals who have spent immense amounts of time properly building up their levels of endurance. Pushing your personal limits of exertion has become commonplace, even passé. It’s important to listen to your body and understand when enough is enough. ANAD lists certain activities as warning signs for possible obsession with exercise. Be cautious if any of the following start to occur: exercise interferes with your daily activities and relationships. You believe something bad will occur if you don’t work out. You work out despite signs of potential illness, fatigue, or injury. You begin to set physically unattainable goals, like a certain amount of body fat that must be lost or an excessive number of hours that need to be dedicated to working out every day. If you feel as if you do many of these things, or know someone who fits these traits, consider seeking help. ANAD reports that outside assistance is often necessary, as it is common for affected persons to rationalize their unhealthy behavior. If you are just starting on your workout journey, however, the term “obsession” may not apply to you. Just be cautious of dramatic increases in the amount and type of exercise you choose to do, as exposure to the unfamiliar stress on your body can lead to injury. Fitness professionals typically recognize that there is a fine line between a healthy, progressive approach to working out and one that simply uses excessive force and intensity to achieve a desired outcome. According to IDEA, participants using these services should know their own limits and capabilities and stop whenever they feel discomfort or injury. Pappas and Callahan agree that moderation is key. Understanding that your body may not be built to have the promised thigh gap or six-pack is important, because every body is different. “I think people need to realize that you can’t love your body until you love yourself,” says Callahan, “and you have to love yourself before you can really get the results you want.” equaltimemagazine.com | 9
While high heels are obvious culprits for foot pain, flat-soled shoes are proven to cause just as much damage. by NICOLE HARRIS Women today recognize the negative health effects of high heels, which explains why comfortable Converse and strappy sandals fly off the shelves at shoe stores. But what many women don’t realize is that not all flat shoes are created equal and that most of them come with their own range of health problems that affect the feet, legs, back, and hips. It’s time to reevaluate your collection of boots, flats, and sneakers. 10 | EQUAL T IME Fall 2015
A SURE-FOOTED SOLUTION
To prevent damage to the feet and tendons, buy shoes with adequate arch support. Jennifer A. D’Amico, a doctor of podiatric medicine at the Western University of Health Services in Pomona, CA, has three general criteria that people should consider when buying new shoes: a stable back, a rigid structure, and bendability only at the toes. Isaacson believes that most people need to wear a low one- or two-inch wedge or heel for their feet to function properly, “It decreases the strain on the plantar fascia and tendons, and relaxes the back of the foot.” Don’t throw away your trusty boat shoes or Converse just yet though. Hook says that people suffering from foot pain can look into custommade orthotics, which are inserts made by your podiatrist that slide into your shoes to offer support. They’re hidden, so you won’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. Next time you’re admiring a pair of combat boots, take a minute to examine the arch. You may save yourself from some pain.
Photo: Frankie Prijatel
AN ACHING PAIN
The problem with flat shoes stems from the lack of arch support, according to Ernest L. Isaacson, a doctor of podiatric medicine in New York City. Shoes that position your feet perpendicular to the ground don’t have adequate shock absorption or motion control. These factors place stress on the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints of the feet. “When you have a flat shoe, it kind of stretches everything out in the bottom of the foot,” says Isaacson. “Tendons in the back of the foot are really the most affected.” Specifically, shoes without adequate arch support strain the Achilles tendon and the posterior tibial tendon. When these become stressed, they trigger other complications. Stephanie Hook, a doctor of podiatric medicine and surgery with the Podiatry Services of Central New York, says the most common consequence is plantar fasciitis, which inflames and strains the band of tissue that stretches from the heel to the ball of the foot, causing severe heel pain. Isaacson mentions that in addition to plantar fasciitis, flat soles can also cause posterior tibial foot tendonitis, Achilles tendonitis, and generalized aching along the bottom of the foot. People with naturally flat feet are generally more at risk for all conditions associated with flat bottom shoes
HIIT ME WITH
Amp up your sweat session with a highintensity interval training workout.
YOUR BEST SHOT
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or many people,
getting in shape tends to mean going for, or attempting to go for, long, grueling runs. However, there is another contender in the workout world that perhaps has just as many if not more benefits and can be more diverse and exciting. High-Intensity Interval Training is an exercise technique that involves vigorous workouts completed in a short amount of time in order to elevate your heart rate and get your blood pumping. It is then followed by a resting period that involves either a complete rest or a much slower exercise, such as simply walking, which aims to bring your heart rate back down. The period of high intensity training can range from a few seconds to a few minutes depending on the workout. During this time, you are expected to perform the activity at 80 percent to 95 percent of your estimated maximal heart rate. Then, when you begin your cool down, you decrease to 40 percent to 50 percent of your maximum heart rate. If you follow this pattern, you allow yourself to recover just enough to be able to you bring your heart rate back up repeatedly throughout an entire workout period. The short lived yet strenuous effort thrusts more oxygen-rich blood around your body, in turn strengthening your cardiovascular system and allowing your muscles to improve their usage of the blood. This not only helps to enhance your stamina but also the coordination between your nervous system and your muscles improving your strides.
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For those who aren’t exercising to improve stamina, HIIT has other many other benefits. If you’re going for weight loss, HIIT revs up your body’s repair cycle so you will continue to burn calories even after the workout is over. If you’re looking for stronger and more toned, lean legs, the exertion of HIIT training tears your muscles and helps rebuild them with more mass. HIIT can even play in to making you a more content individual. “High intensity exercise releases endorphins, which make you happy,” said Lauren Brodey, spin instructor at Urban Life Spin in Syracuse, New York. To the cardio devoted, it may seem as if this constant increase and decrease in heart rate is less effective than running a few miles. Perhaps, if you fall into this category you should consider alternating between the two types of workouts. “They both have their benefits. A long run will improve your aerobic capacity and help you burn fat/calories. A HIIT workout will aid in building aerobic capacity, anaerobic capacity, and will build strength,” said Brodey. “You’ll also burn a lot of calories, while having a ton of fun.” Circuit training is one of the most practiced forms of High Interval Intensity Training. These circuits oftentimes include various workouts that are to be repeated in a cycle until the allotted amount of time runs out. They usually include a mix of cardio and strength training exercises to work various muscles in the body at once – arms, legs, abdominals, and glutes. Junior Harlie Yeldezian at Syracuse University transitioned from running
track in high school to trying various HIIT exercises in college after feeling stagnant with her workouts. After trying methods such as P90x to Insanity, Yeldezian found that this form of working out was something that really helped her. “I am short on time a lot and HIIT typically tends to be shorter workouts overall which was something that really interested me,” said Yeldezian. “Physically, I definitely leaned out when I was doing HIIT. It was a pretty steady rate as well. The more I kept up with it, the stronger I got. Emotionally, I felt better. I was generally happier and felt like everything was clear.” Yeldezian even noticed her endurance pick up over time as she made high interval intensity training her focus as opposed to strictly cardio. Jennifer De Castro, a senior at St. John’s University in Queens, New York found that performing HIIT workouts on the treadmill and on the track by alternating between jogs, runs, and sprints has helped her as well. “Emotionally, I felt great,” said De Castro. “It made me feel better about myself that I had the endurance to complete the workouts. Physically, my body would be more tired than usual, but that’s a given when putting in all that energy for a short period of time.” In the end, both Yeldezian and De Castro note that it ultimately all comes down to personal preference what type of exercise works best for each individual. However, if you’re looking for an alternative, exciting way to workout, maybe consider investigating some HIIT workouts.
LIKE THIS, TRY THAT
The next time a junk food craving hits, try these healthier but still satisfying alternatives. by EMILY ALEK Potato Chips
We’ve all heard of kale chips, but just about any of your favorite vegetables can be crisped-up in the oven to replace regular potato chips. Strong contenders include carrots, zucchini, squash, green beans, turnips, and sweet potatoes.
Next time you find yourself thinking, “Give me a milkshake or give me death,” try making a peanut butter, banana, and chocolate smoothie instead.
Sour Patch Kids
If you eat just one of these sugary candies, you are pretty much doomed to finish the bag. To save yourself from the empty calories make sour grapes instead.
What you’ll need: * 1 banana * 1 Tbsp peanut butter (or experiment with other nut butters like almond or cashew) * 1 Tbsp chocolate syrup/Nesquik powder * ½ cup of milk * ½ cup of ice
What you’ll need: * 1 bag of green grapes, washed * 1 box of lime Jell-O
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
The finished product yields a fun, sweet-and-sour snack that will satisfy any sweet tooth—at a fraction of the calories and added sugar of regular gummy candy. “Most Americans eat too much refined sugar. It is hidden in a lot of foods (like, ketchup and pasta sauce). So much of the time people don’t even realize how much they are consuming,” says Brann.
Lynn Brann, registered dietitian, nutritionist, and Assistant Professor in Falk College’s Nutrition Science and Dietetics program, recommends freezing the banana before blending the smoothie to give it a thicker, milkshakeesque consistency.
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Place the washed green grapes into a Ziploc bag with lime Jell-O powder. Shake the bag until the lime powder covers all of the grapes. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight before eating.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and arrange racks on the top and bottom oven slots. Thinly slice your favorite vegetable and spread out on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil until vegetables are lightly coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for about 25 minutes or until chips are browned and crisped. Move the baking sheet from the top rack to the bottom rack halfway through to ensure both sides of the chip are evenly crisped. Choosing homemade veggie chips over a bag of Lays gives you more fiber and reduces your intake of empty carbs and oil. “The problem with most junk foods is their lack of fiber, which is why they don’t fill you up,” says Diana Marlin, a registered dietician. For a store-bought option, Marlin recommends Beanitos chips, as they are lower in calories, fat, and sodium and higher in protein and fiber than regular potato chips.
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What you’ll need: * Your favorite vegetable * A drizzle of olive oil * Salt and pepper to taste
napqueen Feeling unproductive? A mid-day snooze is just what the doctor ordered. by CHLOE ANELLO
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with heavy workloads, various extracurricular activities, and late nights full of studying can only lead to one desire: a nap. Experts tell us that the longedfor power nap can positively affect the brain and often helps students make it through the day. Dr. Antonio Culebras, a board-certified neurologist who specializes in sleep, explains that there are two types of naps: the scheduled nap and the emergency nap. The scheduled nap is one that is planned during the day. The emergency nap, on the other hand, oftentimes occurs when students suffer from overtiredness or a sleep disorder such as narcolepsy, causing them to fall asleep inappropriately or without control. Dr. Culebras encourages napping, but says that they should be scheduled. A brief moment of shuteye is proven to be highly beneficial and extremely healthy. A short nap increases productivity and may restore alertness for the rest of the day. According to Les Gellis, an assistant professor of psychology at Syracuse University who specializes in sleep disorders, emergency naps can help sleepy aydreaming while dealing
students. “The sleep need tends to be higher for students, so it could be beneficial for productivity to take a small power nap during the day, even if it’s not planned,” says Gellis. He recommends a 20-30 minute nap when needed. Any longer than that and you’re verging into dangerous territory of potentially disrupting your sleep at night. Typically, college students maintain inconsistent sleep schedules. Some nights are filled with long hours of quality sleep and others include tossing and turning until the morning. Gellis explains that people who experience this inconsistency are more likely to benefit from napping. Therefore, it’s often necessary to allow your body to be at a still and calm state for 20-30 minutes a day. Even though students have such drastic changes in sleep schedules, they should aim to get a good nap in before 2 p.m., but also in the right environment: a dark room with minimal interruptions. This will make it much easier to get proper rest. If you constantly find yourself extending your nap longer than a half hour and realize that it’s difficult to sleep at night, Gellis recommends using your bed solely for sleeping and staying away from your room when you are awake. Doing homework in your bed can make you associate your room with work, making it more difficult to fall asleep later in the day. Next time you have to decide between taking a nap or grabbing a large cup of coffee to keep you awake, you may find that a quick nap rules as the better option. equaltimemagazine.com | 1 3
DREAM CREAM Keep an eye out for these four key ingredients to protect the most sensitive skin on your face. by ERIN REIMEL
When you start your daily skin care routine, you wash your face and pat it dry. You may use a toner or serum, maybe even an essence or sheet mask if you’re really into skin care. But there’s one essential step you might be missing: applying an eye cream. “Everybody 18 and over should be using eye cream every day,” says Lisa Selkirk, an esthetics instructor at the Continental School of Beauty in Rochester, NY. The area around our eyes is the thinnest part of the skin, which makes it one of the first places people tend to see signs of aging. But it’s usually the part of our skin care regimen that’s put on the back burner. From wearing makeup to rubbing our eyes when we’re tired, we put a lot of stress on the area around our eyes. It’s important to start taking care of it as early as possible. Set your sights on your new holy grail skin care product. Here are some ingredients to look out for when buying an eye cream that targets your specific needs.
Caffeine doesn’t just wake you up after you catch a fleeting five hours of sleep. It fixes those under eye bags too. Even better: it brightens dark circles caused by aging and poor sleeping habits. Try
Clinique’s All About Eyes Serum DePuffing Eye Massage
($30, Clinique.com). Its cooling rollerball refreshes the under eye area and gives your eyes new life, like taking a shot of espresso.
It’s never too early to start fighting wrinkles. Luckily a little miracle worker called retinol combats aging like no other. Selkirk recommends retinol to reduce fine lines and hyperpigmentation around the eyes. But be mindful: retinol can cause skin sensitivity in direct sunlight, so stick to a night cream when using it like RoC’s Deep Wrinkle Night Cream ($25, Ulta.
If you want to wake up that sensitive, tired skin around your eyes, go for an eye cream with hyaluronic acid. Found naturally in our bodies, this ingredient holds 1,000 times its weight in water, which helps give your skin that plumped-up look. Selkirk says it’s great to incorporate ingredients that are already found in our bodies into our skin care. Try Mario
Badescu’s Hyaluronic Eye Cream for a
non-greasy option ($18, Ulta.com).
At a young age, our bodies contain plenty of vitamin C, but as we get older, we lose more and more of it. As this happens, the area around our eyes begins to age faster. Incorporate an eye cream with vitamin C into your routine and you won’t get grandma eyes anytime soon. Try Ole Henriksen’s Total Truth Vitamin C Eye Crème ($45,
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This sleek ‘do adds a modern edge to your night-out look in just six steps. by SARAH MARTINEZ
TIP Use clips to hold back the side sections of the hair while you do your makeup. It will allow the style to set and last all night long.
1. Work a mousse, like Bumble and Bumble’s Thickening Full Form Mousse ($30, Sephora.com) into the roots of damp hair, then blow dry your strands flat to your head using a paddle brush. 2. Starting at the forehead, begin by combing your hair back with the paddle brush. Continue to brush while spraying hairspray all over the top of your head to add height and volume. 3. For added volume, lift the front section of your hair and tease it from the bottom with a small comb before lightly brushing it back into place.
4. Next, it’s time to pull out some product. “Do it when it’s a little damp so you can smooth the hair out, but still give it that ‘oomf’ with wax or hard gel,” Desire Cooper, hairstylist at Garbo’s Salon & Spa in Syracuse, NY, says. With your hands, gently and evenly distribute your product of choice to the teased section of your hair. Try Devacurl’s Ultra Defining Gel (Sephora.com, $20) for the perfect slicked back hold. 5. Spray the side sections of hair with Bumble and Bumble’s Spray de Mode ($28, Sephora.com) hairspray and smooth back with the paddle brush, focusing on one section at a time for maximum hold. 6. Lightly mist hairspray all over to set the entire look.
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THE BOYS Expand your product arsenal with these men’s essentials. by SHANTEL DESTRA
THINK LIKE A LADY, SHAVE LIKE A MAN
Men’s razors provide a silky smooth shave and are less expensive than ladies’ blades. Fashion is Freedom lifestyle blogger Zoe Malliaros uses both men’s and women’s razor brands like Gillette and Venus. She prefers the male-marketed razors by a long shot. “The men’s razors are so much more efficient than razors designed for women,” Malliaros says. The next time you’re in the market for a razor, try Gillette’s Mach3 Sensitive Disposable Razors ($7 for 3, Walmart.com).
SHOWER FIT FOR A QUEEN
“If you’re afraid to give men’s grooming tools a try, start off small with men’s body wash,” suggests YouTube beauty vlogger Jordyn Rosenberg. Begin with a travel-sized option, like Old Spice Red Zone Body Wash ($2, AllTravelSizes.com) or Dove Men’s Body Wash ($3, AllTravelSizes.com), which are inexpensive and give a soft yet masculine scent.
FIGHT THE FUNK
Men’s deodorant should rank at the top of your list of things to buy next time you head to the drugstore. “Guys sweat more than girls, so men’s deodorant is really protective,” Rosenberg says. The next time you work out, give Axe’s Deodorant Stick in Phoenix ($4, Target.com) a try to prevent odor for a longer period of time.
THE GIRL ON THE GO’S FAVORITE SCENT
Syracuse University sophomore advertising student Lauren Witonsky discovered her love for Sean John’s I Am King cologne after receiving a sample from Sephora. “I love how the masculine scent mixes so nicely with my skin—it’s not too sweet or overpowering like I find a lot of perfumes to be,” she says. If you’re bored with feminine fragrances, add Tom Ford’s Grey Vetiver ($95, Tomford.com) or Dior’s Homme Eau For Men ($89, dior.com) to your fragrance collection.
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irritation. Sephora Aesthetician Anna Shtikyan suggests Sephora’s Honey Sheet Mask ($6, Sephora. com) as another popular alternative. Its natural honey extracts nourish and balance skin.
IF YOU ARE PRONE TO BREAKOUTS…
Try masks that offer remedies for redness, along with a deep cleansing component. The Clear Start Cooling Masque by Dermalogica ($25, Ulta.com) uses licorice extracts to soothe redness. Purifying ingredients dig deep into pores and remove bacteria. Look for masks with glycerin, which removes oil, fights existing pimples, and protects the skin from future breakouts.
IF YOU WANT TO BRIGHTEN YOUR SKIN…
Look for pore minimizing masks that remove dirt, oil, and other impurities and revitalize your skin. Allen recommends Philosophy’s Detoxify Mask ($59, Sephora.com) which uses catalase enzymes and detoxifying cream to pull impurities out of the skin. To use this mask, break open a capsule of the enzymes and mix it into the cream. Apply all over the face to achieve a beautiful J.Lo glow.
maskerade Whether your skin is oily, dry, or somewhere in between, we’ve found the face mask treatment that’s just right for you. by SABRINA GOLDBERGER
craze over Korean beauty trends—more specifically, face masks—tons of new skin-perfecting options are hitting the market. Whether you want a dewy glow or a quick acne cure, face masks are a fun and easy way to get radiant skin. Here, we break down the options based on your skin type.
ith the recent
IF YOU HAVE OILY SKIN…
Look for masks that soak up excess oil and unclog pores, leaving your face refreshed and purified. Try First Aid Beauty’s Skin Rescue Purifying Mask ($30, Sephora.com), which uses natural, earthy ingredients like red clay and rosemary leaf oil.
IF YOU HAVE DRY SKIN…
Try masks that contain soothing ingredients like cucumbers, tea leaves, aloe vera, or oatmeal. ULTA Beauty Consultant, Kayla Allen, loves the Cucumber Gel Mask by Peter Thomas Roth ($45, Sephora.com), which has cucumber and chamomile to hydrate dry skin without
IF YOU WANT TO MINIMIZE REDNESS…
Soothing oils, moisturizing ingredients, and an antiinflammatory bases will keep the skin balanced and dry out irritated patches. Allen recommends the peel-off Caribbean Coconut Calming Mask by 7 Wonders ($6, Ulta.com), which uses coconut oil to relieve redness and soothe the skin. Hamamelis Virginiana, a vital ingredient in this mask, acts as an anti-inflammatory. It prevents bacteria from forming on your face, while also working as an excellent moisturizer. Shtikyan also suggests Sephora’s Ginseng Sheet Mask ($6, Sephora. com), which is enriched with natural ginseng root extract to tighten and bring out the natural vibrancy of your skin.
IF YOU WANT TO EXFOLIATE…
Find masks to refresh your skin. Crystals, willow bark, sugar granules, sea salt, and honey are all used to scrub away damage. Look for masks that will clear skin infections, fight acne, and use antioxidants to protect and repair skin. These ingredients reduce inflammation and speed up the natural exfoliation process. Allen says to try Philosophy’s Resurface The Microdelivery Dual-Phase Peel ($72, Sephora. com) as the product uses flower and seed oils to soothe the skin and prevent breakouts without irritation. NUDE Skincare Purify Deep Cleansing Mask ($38, Sephora.com), uses Mediterranean clay and sea fennel extract to exfoliate, and omega acids to moisturize and balance skin.
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spread yo Say so long to boring black. Bright eyeliner adds a bold finish to any look.
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beauty and the box Subscription services like Birchbox and Ipsy bring the hottest in beauty right to your doorstep. by KAITLYN FREY
Launched in 2010, Birchbox is widely considered the mother of all beauty box subscription services. Recently, the brand opened a brick-and-mortar store in New York City’s Soho neighborhood. Birchbox sends subscribers five deluxe beauty samples personalized for their particular tastes. Fill out a beauty profile when signing up so products always reflect your needs. Items are curated from high-end brands like Becca, Laura Mercier, and GlamGlow — which means you’ll get your money’s worth each month. Price: $10/month or $110/year Previous Products: Living proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo, Liz Earle Superskin Moisturizer with Natural Neroli, LOC One & Done Shadow Stick, MAKE Face Gloss
Michelle Phan, often dubbed YouTube’s number one beauty guru, created this affordable subscription service for product junkies. Not only do subscribers receive an adorable Glam Bag each month featuring five deluxe samples and full size products, but they can also share photos and beauty advice in an open forum community with other “Ipsters.” Price: $10/month or $110/year Previous Products: NYX 3-Color Shadow Palette, Pür-lisse BB Tinted Moist Cream, Peter Lamas Natural Exfoliating Pumpkin Facial Scrub, tarte Lipsurgence Skintuitive Lip Gloss
Each month, Glossybox subscribers receive five full-size high-end products from a mix of well-known and upand-coming brands. But the most exciting part of receiving your monthly package? Discovering what the box looks like. “To me, Glossybox boxes are the cutest,” YouTube beauty vlogger Samantha Schuerman says. “Each one has a different theme and they take the time to make it look special.” Price: $21/month or $222/year Previous Products: Le Soft Perfume, La Roche Posay Redermic, Lollipops Voyage A Paris, Nuxe Gelee Exfoliante Douce
Boxycharm subscribers receive four or five full-sized products centered around a common theme — one travel-themed box was called ‘Gorgeous Globetrotter’ and another beach-inspired one was titled ‘Sea La Vie.’ On top of creating fun boxes filled with products valued at over $100 each month, Boxycharm occasionally sends exclusive coupons for featured brands, too. Price: $21/month or $231/year Previous Products: Palmettoderma Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask, Doucce Punk Volumizing Mascara, Bellápierre Cheek & Lip Stain
PLAY! BY SEPHORA
Sephora jumped on the beauty box bandwagon and launched its own service, Play!, in September. Although it’s only available in select cities now, Sephora plans to make it available nation-wide by early 2016. Subscribers can find six deluxe beauty samples from prestigious brands like Bumble and Bumble and Marc Jacobs each month.
Price: $10/month or $120/year Previous Products: Sephora Pearl Face Mask, Atelier Cologne Mandarine Glaciale, Konjac Cleansing Sponge with Bamboo Charcol, boscia Detoxifyign Black Cleanser, fresh Black Tea Age Delay Instant Infusion Treatment Toner
ALLURE BEAUTY BOX
Loyal readers of this beauty magazine will love its beauty editor-curated subscription service. Get five to seven deluxe samples from iconic brands, plus some newcomers that editors rave about. Even better: each month, you’ll get an exclusive mini-magazine filled with trustworthy reviews from the eds. Price: $15/month or $165/year Previous Products: Red Flower Nature Lymphati Phytopower Sea Cleanser & Masque, Jouer Daily Clarifying Treatment Oil, Bumble & Bumble BB All Star Blow Dry Crème, Cargo Eyeshadow
Korean trends are changing the beauty market and Beauteque knows it. The company offers two subscription services: the BB Bag and Mask Maven. “I get the BB Bag and I love it. They send six full-sized products from Korean brands, which is cool because you discover things you can’t find in your local stores,” Schuerman says. With Mask Maven, subscribers get a Korean beauty staple: a box filled with nine to eleven different masks. Price: $24/month or $264/year (BB Bag), $15/month or $156/year (Mask Maven) Previous Products: Angellooka Hand Mask, SNP Cactus 90% Soothing Gel, Secret Key Glam Romance Perfume Body Lotion, Happy Bath Facial Yogurt Foam Cleanser
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The recent release of Addyi, otherwise known as Female Viagra, has helped promote ideas of female sexuality. But aspects of the drug prove that sexual inequalities still exist between men and women. by ANNA HODGE
or women, progress is now. Over the course of 2015, women have made gains across social and political arenas. The term “feminist” turned from an ugly label into a revered term used by Hollywood’s elite. With Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren as figureheads of the 2016 election, it’s becoming easier for Americans to imagine women taking the country’s executive leading role as president. Amber Rose combatted slut shaming at this fall’s SlutWalk. Transgender women have also gained greater exposure, thanks to Caitlyn Jenner and “Orange Is the New Black” star Laverne Cox. The recent release of Addyi, a drug commonly referred to as the new ‘female Viagra,’ is also providing a sense of progression in medical treatment options for women’s sexual
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health. But while it is often described as the latest accessory to female sexuality, the Little Pink Pill’s representation as the equivalent to Viagra conflicts with its tight restrictions, minimal effectiveness, and potentially dangerous side effects. Addyi (ADD-ee), produced by Sprout Pharmaceuticals, is the first prescription drug to treat hypoactive sexual desire disorder, which is defined as persistently or recurrently deficient (or absent) sexual fantasies and desire for sexual activity. Addyi was approved by the Federal Drug Administration in August, following a lobbying campaign that accused the FDA of gender bias for ignoring women’s sex lives while approving drugs like Viagra for men’s sexual interests. Addyi’s debut marked the first time a drug was approved on the basis of gender disparity.
Many advocates of Addyi belong to Even the Score, the coalition that pushed for its approval on the basis that a drug to improve women’s sex lives was long overdue. “The FDA has approved 26 drugs marketed for the treatment of male sexual dysfunctions, compared to zero [now one] to address the most common form of female sexual dysfunction,” reads the website for Even the Score, an alliance of non-profits and health-care companies – including Sprout Pharmaceuticals – that formed in 2014 to lobby for the drug’s approval. The executive director of the National Consumers League even celebrated the drug as “the biggest breakthrough for women’s sexual health since the pill.” However, the argument that this drug was pushed through the pharmaceutical industry in favor of women is questionable to Robin Riley, director of LGBT studies and assistant professor of Women and Gender Studies at Syracuse University. “You can’t talk about the pharmaceutical industry without talking about profit,” Riley says. “They’re not concerned about gender parity – they’re concerned about what they can make money on. We need to recognize this isn’t about caring about women, this is about making money.” Despite the drug being heralded as an innovative measure to address sexual deficiencies among women, Addyi is, in fact, the first drug ever developed to stimulate sexual desire for either gender, according to Kim Wallen, a sex researcher and professor of psychology and behavioral neuroendocrinology at Emory University. In this sense, Addyi greatly differs from Viagra, which is a treatment option for physical ailments in men. Viagra, or sildenafil, allows men to achieve erections or treat deficiencies of the hormone testosterone. Men take it before sex to increase blood flow to the genitals. Meanwhile, Addyi, or flibanserin, is supposed to be taken daily and alters the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain to increase sexual desire, according to Wallen. He adds that, while Viagra is taken within a two-hour window prior to sex, Addyi is a chronic drug and must be taken every day to have an effect. Although marketed as a pill that boosts the sexual experiences of women, Addyi wipes away previous ideals of desire urged on by notions of romance, according to Riley. “This drug perpetuates the idea that desire is created just by taking a drug,” Riley says, adding that desire is usually associated with a greater connection between two people. “This assumption that we make about desire goes out the window if we think we can just take this pill.” Despite Addyi being marketed as a desire-boosting tablet, its effectiveness is questionable. “We have no idea the effects this would have on men. On the one hand, it is a breakthrough. On the other hand, it doesn’t look like a very effective drug,” says Wallen. In one FDA trial, women who took the drug had an average of 4.4 “satisfying sexual experiences” per month, compared to 3.7 for women getting a placebo and 2.7 before the study began. According to the study, the drug did not increase desire more than a placebo when measured by a daily diary. However, the drug did modestly increase sexual desire when measured by a monthly report. Still, Wallen notes, the short-term minimal effects don’t necessarily outweigh the symptoms associated with Addyi. Prior
to its approval in August, Addyi had been rejected twice by the FDA – once in 2010 and again in 2013. The Administration cited marginal effectiveness and Addyi’s risky side effects when coupled with alcohol as reasons for the denials. When brought to market in October, Addyi’s label included a boxed warning – the strongest kind – saying that the drug should not be used by those who drink alcohol, since alcohol can increase the risk of severely low blood pressure. People are also advised not take the drug if they taking medications or suffer from liver impairment. The pill can only be prescribed or dispensed by doctors and pharmacists who view an online slide presentation and pass a test on their comprehension on administering the drug and its implications. Women are urged to stop using the drug if they see no effect after eight weeks. For female consumers, Addyi’s nickname of “female Viagra” masks the drug’s minimal effectiveness and potential symptoms, says Tatyana Laird, president of Syracuse University’s Students Advocating Sexual Safety and Empowerment. “When I first heard about it, I thought it was really interesting, and actually a major win for women,” Laird says. “I thought, there is finally something out there to increase the sexual experience for women, not just for men. However, it isn’t actually the major victory that people are calling it.” Wallen notes that while the drug stimulates sexual desire, research shows that there is no clear need for a drug like Viagra for women. “The pattern of sexual interest among women is different than men. Men’s sexual interest is strongly driven by testosterone, and therefore they have a much more constant sex drive. For women, they have a slight period of sexual desire opposed to men,” Wallen says. “Viagra affects male erections. Women have never noted issues with clitoral engorgement, so there isn’t necessarily a need to produce a drug like Viagra for women.” Wallen also notes that some drugs that are currently available benefit women sexually and allow them to enjoy intercourse; these drugs are capable of mitigating vaginal changes that occur during menopause and removing pains that may occur during sex. Still, the conversation remains focused on what lies ahead in the pharmaceutical world for female sexuality. While its long-term effects have yet to be determined, Addyi provides visibility to female sexuality, which is proportionally less researched than male sexuality. “My hope is that this drug will further open discussion and dialogue about women’s sexuality and their needs, not just men’s needs,” Laird says. “I also hope that it encourages other drug companies to become more open to options for women to boost their sexual experiences. I think that is the next push after this drug.” Still, Riley believes further gains need to be made in understanding desire before other libido drugs can be released. “If we could move into a space where we are seeing women more fully in charge of their own desires and sexualities, I think that might be a much better way of lengthening the period in which women want to engage sexually rather than giving them a pill for it,” Riley says. “If we could get to a point where women are viewed as sexual agents – they make the choices for their bodies and they act on their desires – if we get to this point, then we can really start to understand desire.” equaltimemagazine.com | 2 7
SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN Genderfluid individuals blur the lines between male and female. by TAYLYN WASHINGTON-HARMON illustration by CHELSEA HEMING
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oor* first questioned
their sexuality in middle school, but never questioned their gender until they came to college and learned that there are more identities beyond male and female. “It’s not that I feel uncomfortable in my physical body and who I am,” says Noor. “It’s that I don’t want to assign myself to connotations and ideas of gender.” This is a reality for many individuals that identify as genderfluid, a gender identity that varies over time. Controversial pop star Miley Cyrus’ recent ownership of genderfluidity launched the term into the public sphere when she stated in a June interview with TIME that she dislikes the labels ‘boy’ and ‘girl.’ “I’m just equal,” says Cyrus. “I’m just even. It has nothing to do with any parts of me or how I dress or how I look. It’s literally just how I feel.” Gender itself is not fixed, implying that it is 100 percent normal to not permanently ascribe to traditional gender roles and concepts of masculinity and femininity. “[Gender] becomes deeply structured into how we understand ourselves and become understood by others,” says Ann Pellegrini, the director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University. Another starlet bringing attention to the concept of genderfluidity is Australian actress Ruby Rose, Orange is The New Black’s strikingly attractive Stella Carlin. When Rose appeared on the show, she started a trend amongst seemingly heterosexual women who said they would “go gay” for her. “Gender fluidity is not really feeling like you’re at one end of the spectrum or the other,” says Rose in an interview with Elle in June. “For the most part, I definitely don’t identify as any gender. I’m not a guy; I don’t really feel like a woman, but obviously I was born one. So I’m somewhere in the middle, which—in my perfect imagination—is like having the best of both sexes.” Like Rose, Noor sees their gender beyond limits, presenting themselves in a way that is not one gender over the other, but in an identity that is uniquely their own. “I’m questioning, so I’m constantly fluctuating between feeling more of a masculine energy one day or more of a feminine energy the other or even in the same day or the same moment,” Noor says. Genderfluid individuals are not compliant with the gender norms placed
upon them at birth based on their sex, but not all genderfluid individuals experience gender dysphoria that may prompt them to have corrective surgeries. Out of rejection for gender binaries altogether, some genderfluid individuals may choose to use gender-neutral pronouns such as ‘they’ or ‘ze’ in reference to themselves. According to Pedro DiPietro, an assistant professor in the women’s and gender studies department at Syracuse University, those who identify as genderfluid are criticizing the categories of gender, and also rejecting the limits that come with them. Coming out to loved ones is not always the easiest discussion, due to common conditioning that a person is either a girl or boy, never both or neither. Gay marriage may now be legal in all 50 states, but still widely unaccepted by an older generation, which does not make the coming out process for LGBTQ+ individuals any easier. According to DiPietro, genderfluidity can become problematic when people want to have “the best of both worlds,” but don’t take on the negatives of either gender. DiPietro encourages genderfluid individuals to contemplate their representations of gender and gender roles and consider whether they are accepting or challenging masculine and feminine stereotypes. Whether they realize it or not, those who consider themselves cisgender, or compliant with the sex they were assigned at birth, challenge gender norms every day by rejecting gendered expectations. Due to the stigma of gender transgression, there are many individuals afraid to live outside of the gender spectrum in a world that makes you check a box as either male or female. Noor, a native of Kuwait, has yet to come out to their family as a whole. “I came out to [my sister] as bisexual in middle school,” says Noor. “Shortly after she came out to me, and through that we’ve grown through dialogues and conversations about gender and about pansexuality and about all sorts of things.” Away from home, Noor was able to find support from other individuals questioning their gender identities. “I think what I wanted to hear for a very long time is that you are not wrong or a horrible person or a freak or fad, because you are questioning your gender and that it is f*cking okay,” says Noor. “And no one can tell you otherwise.” *Name has been changed
DON’T GET IT TWISTED Cisgender Describes someone who feels comfortable with the gender identity and gender expression expectations assigned to them based on their physical sex. Transgender A person who lives as a member of a gender other than that expected based on anatomical sex. Sexual orientation varies and is not dependent on gender identity. Gender Normative A person who by nature or by choice conforms to gender based expectations of society. (Also referred to as ‘Genderstraight’.) Genderfluid An identity that falls under the multi gender, non binary, and transgender umbrellas. Genderfluid individuals have different gender identities at different times. Someone who is genderfluid has a gender that can change and switch. Pansexual A person who is sexually attracted to all or many gender expressions. Ze/Hir Alternate pronouns that are gender neutral and preferred by some gender variant persons. Pronounced /zee/ and /here/. They replace “he”/”she” and “his”/”hers” respectively. Gender Binary The idea that there are only two genders – male/female or man/ woman and that a person must be strictly gendered as either/or. Asexual Person who is not sexually attracted to anyone or does not have a sexual orientation. Definitions courtesy of the LGBT Resource Center at UC Riverside and The Center for Sexual Pleasure & Health.
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GRAYMATTER Runways are giving all-gray outfits, otherwise known as groutfits, a chic, of-the-moment makeover. by KAYLA ISAACS
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The groutfit can be seamlessly imitated for everyday wear. The key is to steer away from the dull and misshapen pieces of your past and aim for structured, sophisticated ones that fit your body right. Gunmetal sweatpants that linger just over the body, skimming your legs, feel fresh with a fitted tee or sweater, while a monochrome set of a skin-tight midi or A-line mini with a body hugging, sleeved top — channel your inner Kim Kardashian — is a more daring essential. Make the look more polished with flowing trousers cut to the ankle, paired effortlessly with relaxed long-sleeves. According to Giraud, mixing shades of gray is an easy way to nail the look, which means combining a charcoal top with a light gray base, or vice versa. As gray accessories also command the scene, a scarf or hat can play up the fun, while gray shoes show major commitment. Nevertheless, a little pop of color here and there is never a no; add a fashion sneaker in bold primary colors or give subtle flavor by adding a bit of white or hint of neon. No matter how you choose to wear the groutfit, testing out this allover shade is an absolute yes. After all, in Syracuse, gray is the way.
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ago, head-to-toe gray was deemed ridiculous, a look donned by ladies who just rolled out of bed or who tossed on a sweat suit for the gym. Now fashion has claimed control of the style, turning the statement getup into one that has all the elements for a serious look. “It’s picking up across the board,” says Michelle Giraud, a manager at the vintage clothing store, Boom Babies, in Syracuse, NY. “Gray is becoming the new neutral,” she says of seeing gray incorporated into casual, as well as more formal looks. Showcasing the groutfit in a fresh light, designers present the fashion as sophisticated and smart, pairing blazers and jackets with full-length trousers or midi skirts. Stella McCartney calls on the boss-lady with her versions in wool, and though her charcoal silhouettes are baggy in form, the hints of skin and cinched waists give way to a feminine and chic woman-in-charge vibe. Vivienne Westwood plays up the skin too, leaving it bare underneath jackets and adding a pop of color on the feet, while designers like Max Mara mix tighter, light gray pieces with darker toned flats. ot so long
ONE ITEM FIVE WAYS
THAT’S A WRAP
Cleverly incorporated scarves and bandanas instantly elevate any look. by AMBER CANNALE
WRAP IT AROUND YOUR PONYTAIL OR TOPKNOT
This hairstyle paired with a flannel is a fashion must this season. The outfit’s simplicity makes it great for chilly winter treks to class. Feeling extra creative? Braid your scarf into a ponytail. 2. USE IT AS A HEADBAND
Break out your little black dress and pair it with a folded bandana and Vans for a casual look. For a more polished outfit, ditch the sneaks and throw on some heels. This ensemble is extremely versatile and can be perfect for a date or going out to lunch with friends.
3. LOOP IT AROUND YOUR NECK
Simply knot your scarf loosely around your neck and let the ends of the fabric hang down. This look is great for a night out when paired with a leather moto jacket and skinny jeans.
4. TIE IT 50S STYLE
Tie your scarf in a square knot and you’re good to go. This look works with a simple white tee and an A-line skirt. Top it off with a trench coat and you’ll have an outfit that screams “retro.”
5. WEAVE IT AROUND THE STRAPS OF YOUR HANDBAG Tie your bandana or scarf in a square knot around one handle, or, if you have a longer scarf, weave it around both handles and tie it gently at the end. Depending on your scarf and handbag pairing, there are endless options, so experiment away.
From slinky metallics to structured pastels, these Zoolander-inspired pieces create really, really, ridiculously good looking ensembles. photography by JOSH CHANG makeup by TYRA BOOKER styling by DANIELLE LAROSE
On Victoria Pants (editor’s own); Silence + Noise Dawn Turtleneck Top (urbanoutfitters.com, $39) On Glo Third Space by Behno Culotte Short (urbanoutfitters.com, $135); Out from Under Zinnia Fusion High Neck Bra, (urbanoutfitters. com, $24) On Nina Cardigan (J. Crew, editor’s own); Bag (Michael Kors, editor’s own): Denim Pinafore Dress (Zara, $59.90); Shiny Court Shoes, (Zara, $49.90)
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On Caiti Free People Crop Seamless Cami (bouceboutique.com, $20); Skirt (Madewell, editor’s own); Purse (Whiting & Davis, editor’s own); Silence + Noise Jaycen Sandal (urbanoutfitters.com, $59) On Noutcha Silence + Noise Marled Mock-Neck Tank Top (urbanoutfitters.com, $29); Tube skirt (ASOS, model’s own) Purse (Whiting & Davis, editor’s own); Chain belt (editor’s own); Shoes (Forever 21, $32.90)
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On Nina Monki Metallic Leather Look Cropped Pant (ASOS, $72); Metallic Pleated Cami (Express, $49.90)
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On Noutcha Jacket (Sorbé, editor’s own); Leather Effect Trousers (Zara, $39.99); Silence + Noise Addison Mock-Neck Cropped Top (urbanoutfitters. com, $34); Flat Lace-up Shoes (Zara, $59.90); Belt (editor’s own) On Alex Reclaimed Vintage Jacket in Snake Print (ASOS, $90), Reclaimed Vintage Shorts in Snake Print (ASOS, $63) New Look Roll Neck Sweater (ASOS, $27), Shoes (model’s own) On Julien Pants (Forever 21); Sweater (editor’s own) On Arezo Low-cut Jumpsuit, (Zara, $49.90); Silence + Noise Addison MockNeck Cropped Top (urbanoutfitters.com, $24.99); High Heel Sock Style Ankle Boots (Zara, $69.90)
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On Noutcha Angel Sheer Raincoat (frenchconnection. com, $198.99) Coated Culottes (Zara, $69.90); Sweater (All Saints, editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own)
On Claire Metallic Asymmetrical Hem Sheath Dress (Express, $88); Contemporary Genuine Suede Belted Trench Coat (Forever 21, $79.90)
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On Andreacarola Ellison Suede Moto Jacket (bounceboutique. com, $84); Sweater (Aritzia, editor’s own); Blush Noir Suede Cutout Dress (bounceboutique. com, $74), Bag (Whiting & Davis, editor’s own), Flat Lace-up Shoes (Zara, $59.90) On Claire Cardigan (J. Crew, editor’s own), Paisie Palazzo Pant (ASOS, $112) Chunky Sweater With High Neck in Boucle (ASOS, $43); Metallic Heels (J. Crew, editor’s own); Bag (Michael Kors, editor’s own) On Nina Cardigan (J. Crew, editor’s own); Bag (Michael Kors, editor’s own); Denim Pinafore Dress (Zara, $59.90); Shiny Court Shoes (Zara, $49.90)
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DO IT YOURSELF
DOUGH IT YOURSELF YOU’LL NEED Flat head pushpins Mini pom-poms Hot glue gun and glue sticks Thin cork board Craft paint Paintbrushes
Sweeten up your space with this donut corkboard. Warning: not for consumption. by DANIELLE ROTH
1. Cut out a doughnut shape from the
cork board. Trace a plate to create the outer circle and a small cup for the inner circle.
3. Get creative, and paint the dough-
nut. Try using a light brown color for the doughnuts so it looks realistic. Use acrylic or an opaque craft paint.
2. Sketch out the icing shape onto anoth- 4. Paint the icing. A dark chocolate or er piece of corkboard. Trace the shape of the doughnut first, so you know what size the icing should be. Be sure to keep the icing’s inner circle slightly smaller than the doughnut’s circle.
HOW TO MAKE SPRINKLE PUSHPINS
strawberry pink color make for a realistic-looking icing.
5. Hot glue the icing corkboard to the
6. Paint the decorative icing. Try a
zigzag pattern, or paint this decorative topping however you prefer.
7. When dry, hang on your wall. The
doughnut should be light enough to hang with tape. Sprinkle the doughnut with the pom pom pushpins and your favorite photos.
1. Pick your favorite mini poms-poms.
2. Place a small dot of hot glue onto the head of a flat pushpin.
3. Gently press a mini pom-pom onto each pushpin.
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SAY CHEESE Sink your fork into these grown-up takes on a childhood favorite. by KAYLA HILLER
Macaroni Con Quattro Formaggio Serves 4
Cochon Butcher’s Mac ‘N Cheese Serves 4
1 lb. ½ stick ¼ cup 2 ¾ cups ¾ cup ½ cup ⅛ tsp ⅛ tsp ⅛ tsp ¾ cup ½ cup ¼ cup
1 lb. ¾ cup 1 quart ½ cup ½ up 2 tsp 1 stick ¼ cup ½ tsp 1 tsp Pinch 2 tsp ½ tsp
This beloved recipe blends an American favorite with the bold, classic tastes of Italy. Chef Robert Hiller, from Imagineer Menu Trendsetters, transforms a simple mac & cheese recipe into an international dish. Comfort food goes Italia! Farfalle (bowtie) pasta Butter (salted) Flour Milk Ricotta cheese Fontina cheese (grated) Nutmeg Cayenne pepper Red pepper flakes Mozzarella cheese (grated) Fresh Parmesan cheese (grated) Italian seasoned breadcrumbs Salt and pepper (to taste)
Dare yourself to try some heat with this sizzling take on macaroni and cheese, straight from the South. If you find yourself in New Orleans or Nashville, head straight for Cochon Butcher, the creators of this southern infused homestyle favorite.
1. Cook pasta in 4 quarts of boiling water for 10-11 minutes, 1. or until pasta is “al dente.” 2. 2. Strain and place in a large bowl. 3. Heat oven to 350° F. In a 2-quart baking dish, spray 3.
Macaroni (elbow or larger) White sharp cheddar (grated) Whole milk Heavy cream Onion (diced) Garlic (chopped) Butter (unsalted) Flour Salt Black pepper Nutmeg Hot sauce Ground cayenne pepper
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta until tender.Using a colander, drain, and set aside in a large mixing bowl. Add cheese to pasta and mix with a wooden spoon to shortening on bottom and sides. Put aside. incorporate cheese fully into pasta. Set aside. 4. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Once 4. In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter and add melted, add flour and combine. Cook for 1 minute. onions and cook until translucent. 5. Slowly add milk while constantly whisking with a wire 5. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. whisk. Mixture will slowly thicken to the consistency 6. Slowly add flour while stirring and continue for 1 minute. of heavy cream. 7. Whisk in milk and cream. Lower heat to medium low and 6. Whisk in the ricotta and fontina cheeses, continuing to stir continue to stir the sauce so it doesn’t stick to the bottom until all the cheese melts and is mixed together. of the pan. Cook over medium low for about 40 minutes 7. Add nutmeg, cayenne, and red pepper. Season to taste until sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. with salt and pepper. 8. Season sauce to taste with salt, fresh ground black pepper, 8. Add cheese sauce and grated mozzarella to pasta and mix. cayenne, nutmeg and hot sauce. 9. Place pasta into baking dish. Top with breadcrumbs and 9. Add sauce to pasta and thoroughly stir to heat pasta Parmesan cheese. through and incorporate all of the ingredients together. 10. Bake in oven until bubbling, about 25-30 minutes. 10. Transfer pasta to oven-safe dishes and place under a pre- Remove from oven and serve immediately. heated broiler for 30-40 seconds. 11. Carefully remove with a potholder and serve.
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