FALL / WINTER 2017 ISSUE 12
5 Letter from the Editor 7 Impulse Must-Haves CULTURE
9 Nineties Made New Kelsey Wort BEAUTY
15 Most Valuable Players Rachel Pickus 26 Vibrance Camille Baer FASHION
35 Modern American Woman Enrique Hernandez 42 The Transcendental Nature of Parisian Fashion Jack Parrott
51 Cigarette Daydreams Monica Wilner MUSIC
89 Amber Mark Bailey Wort 94 Jarring Bailey Wort TRAVEL
101 Empire Monika Wrobel 106 Home for the Holidays Natalie Diclementi ART FEATURE
111 Super Q Quentin Harvell 116 Lil V Swag Quentin Harvell
FALL / WINTER 2017 ISSUE 12
EDITOR IN CHEIF
PR & SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR
Quentin Harvell 4
Camille Baer Natalie Diclementi Saeed Durojaiye Elana Gatti Olivia Gatti
Kendall Hill Jun-yi Li Bailey Wort Kelsey Wort
Veronica Clements Alejandra Corral Donna Dimitrova Molly Divane Emily Etzkorn Adalila Faul Julian Freeman Elena Gatti Olivia Gatti
Kyle Harnen Quentin Harvell Kendall Henderson Magnolnia Klepacki Margaret Kots Josh Luka JJ Martinez Naambia Mitch Emily Moffat
Jack Parrott Erika Perez John Ray Jennifer Reardon Cole Weber Karoline Yacono Natalie Zajac Jack Parrott
STEFY LORET DE MOLA
The driving force behind this issue of Impulse was somewhat different from our two previous issues. This is the first issue with work from almost every member. We asked writers and photographers to pair up and tell a story about fashion, music, art or just life in general. Our goal was to include something from everyone for a 360-degree picture of what it feels like to be here living in this moment. What you’ll find on the following pages is a colorful compilation of our team’s explorations and experiences. We’ll take you to Paris and New York, and we’ll travel back to the 90s, all to find beauty – and we hope – something meaningful. We’ll introduce you to the work of vocal artist Amber Mark, the unconventional and playful photography of Quentin Harvell, the visual art of Veronica Clements, a.k.a. LilVSwagPrincess and much more. We also share with you our favorite beauty products from this season, which we hope will inspire our readers to find their own unique style for this upcoming winter season. It’s a big, beautiful world out there. In these politically divisive times, we hope our magazine will remind you that simply the search for beauty is something that can bring us together.
Emily Kaler EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
IMPULSE MUSTHAVES HOLOGRAPHIC STICK
LUCAS’ PAPAW OINTMENT
$28.00 // milkmakeup.com
$10 // freepeople.com
“It gives your face that galaxy glow everyone needs. It gives you that dewy look everyone is going for, with a cosmic twist to it. Your face will thank you.”
“If you know me, you know I’m like the Carmex obsessed girl (look it up)...I always have my Lucas Papaw lip balm with me everywhere I go.”
LA ROCHEPOSAY THERMAL SPRING WATER $13 // target.com “My go-to is my La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring - a life saver for my morning routines lately. In addition to soothing your face, it also cleanses your pores of any bacteria that may have accumulated overnight.” MONIKA WROBEL
MAYBELLINE LINE STILETTO $6 // target.com 7
“It is the only product I’ve never changed in my routine and it helps me create my winged eyeliner and this bitch always needs a wing.” MONICA WILNER
REPLICA BY THE FIREPLACE
MARIO BADESCU’S VITAMIN C SERUM
CICAPAIR COLOR CORRECTING CREAM
$126.00 // sephora.com
$45 // ulta.com
$50.00 // sephora.com
“It smells exactly as if you were cozied up in a cashmere turtleneck by a fireplace. With alluring notes of clove oil, gaïac wood oil, vanilla accord, and chocolate, it is bound to be your new decadent obsession.”
“If you struggle with hyperpigmentation, discoloration, or acne scarring this is a must for you! It’s a light facial oil that absorbs quickly into your skin and leaves it soft and fresh.”
“Honestly, this cream is some kind of black magic. Not only does it significantly reduce redness, but it also contains increadible healing proporties such as tiger grass and herbal extracts. I haven’t worn makeup in weeks.” JULIANY NAKAZATO
NINETIES MADE NEW by KELSEY WORT // photography by SAEED DUROJAIYE
hen looking at what your favorite twenty-somethings are currently wearing, chances are youâ€™ve been seeing mesh, velvet, platforms, pride for being products of the nineties like you would see someone rocking a well-worn denim jacket. The nineties were an era of surging girl bands, mom jeans with chunky belts, and the iconic Cobain sunglasses, all of which have been recent highlights of the style climate.
As the days are getting shorter and the cold is an intruder we can’t seem to shake, puffy coats are layering geometrically with high-waisted flood jeans, thick-buckled belts, and black platform boots. The creation of ungendered shapes with pieces archived from the nineties are striking and versatile, building personality intertwined with androgyny. Icons of sartorial androgyny include nineties deities Kurt Cobain and Winona Ryder. Ryder’s influence reigns in the form of her role in current Netflix smash Stranger Things, and while Cobain’s memory is cherished and beloved, his white sunnies ensure his immortalization in the fashion realm. As for the threads that you can find dominating the night scene, expect mesh tops layered over lace bras and velvet mini-dresses. Dark tones, an eternal classic, play a leading role in the context of nightwear, and are a tie that binds when looking on how to decipher which articles transfer seamlessly from 11 am to 11 pm in your closet. If charcoal, burgundy, wine, olive, or heather are colors that ignite your ensemble, chances are you’ve found the resurgence of the nineties to be a movement you can absolutely dig. When deciding which pieces flow easily from this movement into the realm of the timeless, focus on denim, leather, and flannel. Any denim jacket that is broken in 10
and an adaptable wash will always be the perfect finishing touch on an outfit thatâ€™s almost there. When deciding on a statement piece, leather is the category to be shopping. A pair of leather booties, a hobo bag, or even a thing leather choker rev a look up, added bonus that scuffs and wear only make leather look more authentic. Flannel holds the throne as the alt fashion staple, whether its sleeves are rolled up, itâ€™s tied around the waist, or even thrown over tights with those same leather booties, flannel will always be an eligible, fashionable choice. The mix of grunge pieces such as leather and flannel, with more structured, sensual pieces such as mesh and velvet balance a wardrobe and signal a full-on nineties comeback. The resurrection of the powerful androgynist style that was emblematic to the nineties mixes current with vintage, and is applicable to any gender inclined to its style. A salute to its culture and a nod to its icon, the adoption of nineties style into modern day fashion is the perfect fusion of nostalgia and innovation.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS by RACHEL PICKUS // photography by QUENTIN HARVELL
eeing that 2017 is already coming to a close, we’ve rounded up the products we’ve kept in heavy rotation this past year. From the glitter eyeliner we were wearing out to the face mask we slathered on at home; we kept our beauty routines functional but always fun!
GLOSSIER BOY BROW $16 // glossier.com
Millennial-loving brand Glossier has officially made its mark in the beauty industry this past year. Of their products, Boy Brow, the low-maintenance brow gel, has became a cult classic. To give brows definition and hold that will last all day, apply the gel by brushing up and out.
Mario Bedescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel Juvia’s place masquerade palette Mario Bedescu Vitamin C Serum Mario Bedescu rose facial spray LaNeige Night Cream Glossier Haloscope in Topaz NYX glitter eyeliner L’Oreal Mascara Blue Opal purple eyeshadow Glossier stretch concealer Hlossier Boy Brow Glossier Galaxy Greens UO nail polish in Oyster Juicy Couture Perfume
JUICY COUTURE VIVA LA JUICY PERFUME
If youâ€™re a child of the early 2000s, you have the talent of identifying the scent of Juicy Couture from a mile away. Bring back a note of nostalgia with the iconic Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy Perfume that is sweet but spicy: a true classic.
$76 // juicycouture.com
Mario Bedescu Vitamin C Serum
GLOSSIER GALAXY GREENS
$22 // glossier.com
Another Glossier product to love! Made with white kaolin clay, the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack detoxifies skin by extracting impurities and excess oil. Slap some on your face and let it dry for about 20 minutes to get smooth, hydrated skin.
VIBRANCE by CAMILLE BAER // photography by ELANA GATTI
s cold weather officially settles in, it’s only fitting to discuss the top makeup trends surrounding the beauty world at the moment. Over the past few months, Indie makeup brands have emerged victorious in the field of cosmetics, so it’s only appropriate to incorporate this aspect with some of the coolest trends this season’s runways have ever seen. Brands such as Milk
Makeup, Glossier, Fenty Beauty, Kylie Cosmetics, Morphe Brushes and so many more — the list is quite exhaustive — are paving the way for fresh, innovative makeup trends we can’t wait to get our hands on. Take a look at three of our favorite hottest looks for the holiday season, and dare to stray away from the usual rouge pout or smoky eye.
COLOR BLOCK POP Monochromatic is so last year; step into the now and switch it up with the vibrant new trend of color blocked lids. Try two or three colors stacked symmetrically on top, or smoke out the lower lid with a cool contrasting color. Finish off this bold but beautiful look with a glossy nude lip, a fresh face and unbrushed hair â€” so easy, right? Pick up an eye shadow palette from Morphe Brushes for a diverse array of hues thatâ€™ll make you a color-blocking pro overnight.
MODERN TWIGGY Defined lashes are making a comeback my friends, and it’s better than ever. Wispy, clean, separated lashes were seen all over the runways this fall, paying a not-sosecret homage to the beauty icon Twiggy. Brands like Milk Makeup and Glossier make this an effortless look to achieve, using tinted moisturizers and cream blushes for a youthful glow — a perfect combination with large doe eyes. Use single lashes to blend more seamlessly along your existing ones to have everyone fooled by your 60’s supermodel style.
HOLOGRAM Glitter cat eyes — yes you read that correctly. Over the top? Yes. Are we dying to try it? Absolutely. From Rihanna’s makeup brand releasing new glitter liners, to stars like Kerry Washington and Kourtney Kardashian—they’re all rocking this glitter lid. It’s bold, it’s festive and it’s now. Pair this dazzling feline eye look with a slicked back sidepart and a deep plum lip stain for the final look. People will be turning their heads from all corners of the room. 32
MODERN AMERICAN WOMAN by ENRIQUE HERNANDEZ // photography by KENDALL HILL
t is a brisk Saturday afternoon in November as Alejandra Corral and I are making our way to a cheeky little Thai restaurant in Urbana. We have just wrapped her shoot for the fall issue and we are both breaking into smiles after “serving face” for nearly two hours. Just a mere couple of hours before her 22nd birthday party, I ask if she’s nervous about entertaining her guests tonight, to which she replies, “No, I’m going to be making empanadas with my roommates.” We make our way to our table for two and finally have a chance to sit down.
Corral, looking out the window, is wearing her father’s vintage Tommy Hilfiger denim button down. It echoes something similar of Adam Selman’s Fall 2017 collection that featured denim biker jackets, trench coats, and miniskirts covered with rose appliqués. In the era of Trump, we have seen the largest social paradigm shift within our country. Racism has become increasingly normalized and White supremacy has been given its largest platform since the Civil Rights movement. In addition to this, the largest uprising as indicated by last year’s Women’s March, and the 2017 election, highlight efforts made to unify the country and revitalize the Democratic party. The fashion world, however, has asserted itself as a form of escapism in the era of Trump.
Michael Kors Collection Fall 2017 show was complete with power suits, cashmere sweaters, camel coats, and fur trimmings. Kors’s evening wear relied heavily on animal prints, with dresses featuring plunging necklines and thigh-high slits. The collection showcased the transition from day to night seamlessly and emphasized Kors’ sharp tailoring skills. Kors has been noted to have said he dresses a woman who leads, this collection was no exception. Virgil Abloh, the creative director of Off-White, has started a revolution of sorts at his own respective fashion house. Abloh concludes that being “new” is rarely ever “new”, as everything in art and fashion is consistently recycled and altered. The Fall 2017 collection showcased a pair of Levi’s turned into a bolero hat, a pair of jeans with 10,000 Swarovski crystals, and meta branding. One of the highlights of the collection were thigh-high boots that simply said, “FOR WALKING.” When our meals arrive, Corral and I are speaking of the complexities of dating in an era obsessed with hooking up.
“All men are trash unless proven otherwise,” she says, taking a sip of her iced tea.
or even your previous mistakes, is to allow yourself to grieve, feel, and prepare yourself to start anew.
“I think there is a lot of power in vulnerability, sex is intimate and one of the most vulnerable acts anyone can engage in,” she says, “but that doesn’t mean I don’t support anyone having fun once in a while.
After lunch, we are making our way through the Quad stepping over concrete that has been adorned with ProTrump propaganda. There’s this one striking display directly in front of the Union that says, “It’s okay to be white.”
We both laugh at the statement, but as everyone has learned the hard way, fun is only temporary.
When I point the sign out to Corral, she chuckles, leans in, and says “if you need to be reminded that being the majority is okay, then there’s some deep internal As hook-up’s come and go, and failed issues present.” possibilities for a relationship always linger, Corral offers advice that every- Without getting deep into queer femione should take in tow, “there’s some- nist theory and the essential cliché tools thing beautiful about letting go, letting needed to get through such turbulent them and your old self go and moving times, Corral limits her advice to one on.” quality everyone should be: Although easier said than done, it seems “Fearless.” as if the best way to deal with a breakup,
RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS:
Scary movie or Romantic comedy?
Leather or lace?
Vintage or new?
Blue jeans or Sweatpants?
Favorite swear word
What is are the qualities you look for in a man? EH:
Communication and honesty
What advice would you give to your thirteen-year-old self? EH:
Everything is temporary, also, donâ€™t wear black eyeliner on your waterline. AC:
THE TRANSCENDENTAL NATURE OF PARISIAN FASHION by JACK PARROTT // photography by OLIVIA GATTI
here’s a perpetual debate in the fashion community regarding the artistic nature of the fashion industry. At its core, the fashion industry is motivated by capital gains; designers and brands can’t survive without creating a product that can help them turn a profit. However, fashion differentiates itself from other industries because the fashion industry can produce a product that personifies a culture, place, or time like no other product can, thus propelling clothing above a blend of craftsmanship and fabric, and into a realm in between physical product and art. The ability for clothing to personify is no more evident than in the streets of Paris, as well as those inspired by the city of lights.
from the 1930’s and still look incredibly relevant today. Parisian fashion also offers the wearer a sense of empowerment that is difficult to find anywhere else. There’s something about a quintessential Parisian sleek, slim fitting leather jacket or a blazer with high, wide shoulders that exudes a commanding presence. Ultimately Parisian fashion elevates itself because of the variety and versatility that exists within its streets. Parisian fashion is a conglomerate of classic luxury, sleek grittiness and an avant-garde street style that reflects the youngest generation of Parisian innovators, and despite the obvious differences within the subcategories of Parisian style, they all have a common denominator, and that’s an aura of desirability and sophistication that not only mirrors So, what makes Parisian fashion more a city, but a culture as well. So, take a than clothing, and something that tranlook at our gallery that consists of some scends fashion altogether? A large porof our favorite, most quintessential Pation of Paris’ significance in fashion is risian styles. Maybe, you’ll find somedue to its history. Many Parisian fashthing that not only reflects your favorite ion staples have been a yearly presence aesthetic, but your personality as well. on runways for decades, meaning one can draw inspiration from a Chanel suit
THE CLASSICS. We like to think that the classic Parisian style is not confined by fashion rules such as those seen in traditional tailoring, rather Parisian fashion is defined by the distinct, graceful aura that it exudes. A long wool topcoat, a simple striped top, or a subtle turtleneck are all staples in the classic Parisianâ€™s wardrobe because they portray a sense of effortless style that when worn, mimic the majesty that engulfs the clothingâ€™s city of origin. It is this unassuming elegance that has made the look transcend a definition of fashion altogether, and instead it is a physical representation of one of the most iconic cities in the world.
YVES SAINT LAURENT. While equally significant as a more classic Parisian style, the Yves Saint Laurent look brings a grittiness and flair to the streets of Paris that has the ability channel the rebellious side in the most devoted of straight shooters. Unlike the traditional Parisian look, the Saint Laurent style is anything but subtle. Saint Laurent built their aesthetic on a foundation of leather jackets, slim cut black mini dresses, studded footwear, and more recently, sequined blazers. A Yves Saint Laurent inspired look perfectly blends elegance with a little bit of punk, and that is why we think the legendary house has been able to resonate with an incredibly large, worldwide fan base. 47
MODERN PARISIAN STREETWEAR
Streetwear generally greatly differs from the two aforementioned styles in that streetwear is always evolving. The Parisian streetwear style isnâ€™t defined by its geographic location like the classic Parisian and the Yves Saint Laurent aesthetic, however street fashion in Paris should not be overlooked, as the city is home to the most innovative and boundary pushing street fashion culture. Currently, the streetwear scene in Paris consists of a boundary pushing conglomerate of luxury and more accessible brands, thus resulting in a style that is incredibly unique, modern and inclusive. It is the modernity and inclusiveness of the streetwear scene in Paris that allows it to resonate with the Parisian youth, as it reflects the innovative, diverse nature of the population that make up the streets of Paris.
RETTE REAMS photography by MONICA WILNER
AMBER MARK by BAILY WORT // photography by SHAUN BALUYOT
On her unique sound and her newest EP entitled “3:33am”, this is: Amber Mark.
mpulse Magazine’s Bailey Wort went backstage to share a couch and some stories with Indie Artist Amber Mark in Chicago, Illinois’ Aragon Ballroom. Here are the highlights.
Your album is quite unique and atmospheric. I was wondering how you decided to build your sound in that way as well how you decided on the type of atmosphere that you wanted to create with it? When I wrote the EP, when I first started writing I didn’t even have the idea of an EP or anything, I was just messing around in my bedroom. I was writing a lot about the emotions that I was going through dealing with the loss of my mother, and because I was writing a lot about my mother, I wanted to incorporate a lot of sounds from India and stuff like that. She’s not from India, she’s German, but India was definitely her home and she would’ve lived the rest of her life out there if she could. I was raised for some of my childhood there with her. So, it was really important for me to incorporate the Indian percussion because A – I really like those sounds and enjoy those sounds and B – I just thought it would describe her quite well. As for the atmospheric sound, just whatever sounds I accumulated from working with other producers in the past, and whenever they gave me logic and stuff like that, whatever I could understand and research and download, I would just through all of that stuff and whatever caught my ear, I would just try to make things that I would enjoy listening to and whatever helped me to express my inner emotions. AM:
You talked about your mother passing away – would you say that’s what drives your music? BW:
I’ve always wanted to do music ever since I was a kid, whether it was the industry side of music or the creative side of it. When I was about fifteen I decided that I wanted to do music as an artist. Definitely my mother was the inspiration behind this EP, I mean maybe again I’ll write more about it but it’s not like I’ll be writing about my mom for the rest of my life. I’ve always wanted to do an album about my childhood and stuff like that, so I know she’ll still be sprinkled here and there – she always will be. AM:
Can you comment on your aesthetic as an artist? In terms of your EP cover as well as how you present yourself as an artist. BW:
I try and do things that I think are really beautiful. I love using flowers and stuff like that because I grew up around that. For the single covers for like “Monsoon”, I just used a picture of my mom and I because it was really directed for her, and the border is her artwork that she had done. For the EP, I had my sister shoot the cover because she’s really easy to work with and she’s easy going. We’re very honest with each other. We did it in my godparent’s restaurant. Again, I just AM:
wanted to incorporate this kind of jungle-y warm aspect to it – again I wanted to incorporate plants, that’s really important to me. I just think they add such a beautiful look. I got out of the shower and just put some makeup on and we shot just a simple look. I tend to do what I think looks really pretty, or I’ll feel inspired by something and want to incorporate it or try it for myself. Why 3:33am? Amber: Three has always been a prominent number in my life since forever. My mother was born in ’53, my brother was born in ’83, I was born in ’93. Then my mom passed away on June 3rd at 10:23pm in the year 2013. So, from there I was kind of like three is always showing up in my life. When I was writing the EP, which
again there was no idea of an EP yet, I would write at night a lot in my bedroom because I felt that I was the most alone then, it was always quiet in New York. I felt like everyone was sleeping so no one could hear me because I was embarrassed of people hearing me. So, I would write from 8:00pm onwards until around 8:00am. Around two weeks straight I was writing, and I was doing a lot of production stuff and I would zone out. Time goes by really quick, it would jump out at me, I would be like, “what time is it?” I checked, and it would always say 3:33am. It felt fitting to work in that time for the title. Also, “AM” are my initials so it works. Amber Mark’s music can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.
JARRING by BAILEY WORT // photography by JUN-YI LEE
Just the whole alternative-punk-emo type of style has always spoken to me personally. I’ve been playarring is an Emo-Punk trio com- ing piano since I was a little girl and I posed of: Sharon Li – Vocals/Bass, was always so forced to play it so I think David Simley – Guitar, and Mat- being classically trained, that was like a thew Truskowski – Drums. Impulse chore to me. Being into rock-music was Magazine’s Bailey Wort and Jun-Yi Li similar to classical with dynamics and spent the night falling victim to the al- happiness, but it was also almost the lure of one of Jarring’s house shows in opposite because it was what my parChampaign, IL. We cozied up with Jar- ents didn’t want me to do. ring after their house show set next to a washing machine to get the inside look DAVID: This music is so honest. I feel like into Jarring’s compelling lyrics, sound, a lot of times music in this genre is able and passion for punk. Here’s what we to say and portray emotions that I have but I’m not able to portray by myself. discovered. There’s a lot of lyrics that I’ll hear and BAILEY WORT: Why did you choose to pursue they’ll just have this weight to it because your unique style of music? On Emo-Punk, vulnerability, and intimate house shows, this is: Jarring.
I can relate to it. With the medium of music where it’s this powerful, organic, energetic thing that you can sort of dissolve yourself into – it’s really great when people are able to phrase things that you can’t yourself.
whatever aspect of your life, especially with love and growing up.
It lets you express very negative thoughts and feelings in a healthy positive light because I personally really relate to very spiteful and angsty lyrics. This type of music lets you know that it’s okay to feel certain things. Sometimes you’re just stuck in this headspace and you think that you’re totally alone in this world, but this music makes you understand that it’s okay to think certain thoughts and feel a certain way – in
Your lyrics are incredibly vulnerable, can you talk about writing those and how that affects you? BW:
The first song that we wrote was a song about my mom passing away from cancer, which is “Edith”, that just came so organically because I had so many emotions. I didn’t know how to handle my grief and my mourning and it just pent up. It was almost a year since her passing when we wrote it and it just came out so organically. I’ve been clinically depressed since forever I believe, but I got diagnosed my junior year, and
I’ve always had this pent-up anger inside of me and music and songwriting have really helped me put it in a healthier outlet. It took many years for me to figure out what I was trying to do. Similar to what Sharon was saying, I really don’t know how to contextualize anything in my life without music because it has always been a part of my life. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have some sort of musical outlet to just slam all of my emotions out on to the canvas that is playing music. MATTHEW:
What is it like to play a house show?
What I like about house shows is it’s like a community in itself, so you SHARON:
come to a show and you almost know a lot of people, if not everyone. It’s a great way to meet people and socialize, but also support local acts of art as well as touring acts that want to get more exposure. Yeah, it’s just a lot more intimate. We had a venue back home called the “Grayslake Oasis” and it was really legit in a sense, with all of the monitors and microphones and everything and being on a stage, it sort of separates you from the audience whereas when it’s in a house show it’s all just jammed into one room. DAVID:
When you go to venues it’s just 97
a bunch of people there, and if you’re there you are kind of like by yourself. You don’t really get anything done, you’re just standing there the whole time. But if you’re at a house show by yourself, everybody just wants to talk to you and like chill and it’s just sort of a different environment that doesn’t exist at like a bar or a concert venue. Jarring’s music can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. Follow their story on Facebook. See their next show on December 8th, details on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JarringIL/
EMPIRE article & photography by MONIKA WROBEL
s Ella Fitzgerald’s “Manhattan” illustrates, every nook and cranny of the New York island has its own unique personality. As a tourist, you might feel compelled to spend the majority of your time in the more well-known parts of the city. But exploring the less touristy bits is even more exciting. When making my yearly visits to Manhattan, I make it my mission to explore new parts of the city I’ve never visited before. Immersing yourself in the diverse Manhattan neighborhoods New York has to offer will definitely give you a much more appreciated view of the city and all of its distinctive quirks.
SOHO A tidbit I recently learned is that SoHo stand for “South of Houston” (be sure to pronounce Houston as “Housetin,” New Yorkers are super picky about this). As one of the most famous neighborhoods in New York, SoHo offers every fashion lover their dream playground. From high end boutiques like Acne or Stella McCartney to more affordable, but equally as exclusive storefronts such as & Other Stories and MANGO, SoHo has something for everyone. This neighborhood is a must for a good shopping trip as many of the boutiques found in the area have their sole brick and mortar store located there. Plus, the neighborhood acts as a great backdrop for the classic #OOTD shots. Best Italian Dinner and Wine: Epistrophy 102
UPPER EAST SIDE Feasibly speaking, this is the neighborhood we all dream of living in. With Park Avenue running down the center of the neighborhood to Central Park to your west, who wouldn’t dream of waking up in their lavish apartment here. Taking a stroll through the Upper East Side gives you a glimpse into New York’s high society. Take some shots of the uniquely Upper East Side architecture on 64th St while having the best cup of tea you’ll ever have at Alice’s Tea Cup. If you have some time to kill, take the Gossip Girl or Sex and the City tour (why not both?) to bring out the inner “society” within yourself. Best Cup of Tea: Alice’s Tea Cup, Chapter II
CHELSEA The best, and practically only, way to explore Chelsea is by walking across The High Line. Albeit in winter there might not be a lot of vibrant plant life to admire, but a stroll on the walkway in spring or summer will give you a profound perspective on how beautiful New York really is. Get on the line at 30th and 10th, keeping your eyes peeled for any pop-up shops Chelsea is known for. The High Line takes you all the way to Chelsea Market, where you’ll find some of the best food in New York. Given the assorted and international range of food choices here, I’ll let you decide what food is the best to eat at the market (seriously, it’s too hard to choose). 104
LOWER EAST SIDE When you picture the classic ‘70s New York with flamboyant, colorful clothing in dirty slums, you’re probably picturing the Lower East Side. This contrasting neighborhood has managed to create such a distinctive image for itself throughout the years that it’s definitely worth the visit. Make sure to stop by in the evening/night, as an entirely different demographic arises during the late hours of the day. Secret nightclubs, indie boutiques and incredible art galleries only make up part of the life the Lower East Side unearths. Best French Bar: Jadis
GREENWICH VILLAGE As one of the more laid-back neighborhoods in New York, Greenwich village is still one of the top non-tourist, tourist attractions the city has to offer. This neighborhood is the heart and soul of every 20-something year old visiting New York. With NYU’s campus located in the heart of the neighborhood, you’ll find inspiration from every corner. I had a friend tell me that she spent all of her summer afternoons in Washington Square Park just people watching because of how captivating every individual’s personality and style was. In addition, walk through the residential areas where you’ll find hidden gems like little boutiques, i.e. Jo Malone, or a particular apartment from one of the most watched shows in the ‘90s. Day or night, this neighborhood is never quiet, so live up this incredible neighborhood to the max. Best Mediterranean Breakfast: Jack’s Wife Freda 105
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS by NATALIE DICLEMENTI // photography by RACHEL PICKUS
t’s hard to believe, but this semester is coming to an end. It seems as though every time a school year starts, it ends in a blink of an eye.
ly. There is something special about seeing new places with the ones you love that brings you all even closer. Traveling embodies the spirit of the holidays, and so if you are thinking about getting away during your time off of school, do it!
It is well into the end of the year now and, although thinking about how fast time is moving is bitter, the one thing that rings in joy is students going “Home Aspen Colorado ranks at number one for the Holidays.” for the top place to spend your break, according to an article by Travel and Something about the air during this Leisure. The quaintness and charm time of year brings happiness and joy brought from this snow globe scene has to everyone and whether you celebrate made this town the merriest of them all. a holiday or not, the aesthetic that is felt Vail, Colorado is number two, and is is unrivaled. known for its ski adventures and winDuring breaks, “going home” has always ter activities. meant traveling together with my fami-
If you’re thinking something different, Latin America’s New Years Eve brings people together with unique traditions. Eating twelve grapes that symbolize twelve lucky months in the upcoming year is both a tradition and a superstition. If you’re looking for a party, Rio de Janeiro hosts the world’s largest party with almost two million people attending. People line up along the shores to watch the magnificent firework show. Wherever you may be going, traveling can be overwhelming, not to mention the holidays in general; don’t let packing add to that stress! After traveling to Hawaii and wrestling to close my suitcase this summer, which needed to remain under 50 pounds, I came up with some packing hacks to let my fifth favorite pair of shoes accompany me on the airplane. Folding skills are key to utilizing all the space in your suitcase. Simply stuffing up your clothes will take up too much room. Rolling your clothes and using rubber bands to make them stay will allow you to fit so much more.
Although it takes a lot of contemplation on the living room floor, be stingy with every item you bring with you. Try and take items that you can wear with multiple outfits, and forgo the ones that will only be worn once. My makeup bag weighs about five pounds and so for me, Ulta’s travel sizes are a lifesaver when reducing these extra pounds. Make sure to purchase a carry-on with optimal storage capacity. I purchased an Eagle Creek for my trip and it allowed me to fit everything that didn’t fit in my larger suitcase. During the holidays, you might need to fit gifts and other items you wouldn’t normally bring, and so it’s important to have some extra room! Whether you will be dabbling in the traditions of Latin America, or staying at home to celebrate your own traditions, keep in mind these special places to spend the holiday. Although traveling might not be a huge tradition in your family, it’s never too late to start!
SUPER Q statement & photography by QUENTIN HARVELL
y work often has this playful and animated feel to it. These images specifically are portraits of my friends and I in various staged settings that we construct together. I love working with other people because they always add to the image in a way that I never could have thought of on my own. My childhood is constantly referenced in these photos, but I always want them to seem new and current. These colorful images are definitely over the top, but that makes them fun to make and fun to look at!
LIL V SWAG PRINCESS
article and photography by QUENTIN HARVELL
his is a collection of works by Veronica Clements, otherwise known as LilVSwagPrincess, who is a senior pursuing a BFA in painting. The art featured, like her chosen name, is deliberately playful and embodies an emerging identity. The work combines references and media from childhood with past and present pop culture. The
layered media challenges the notions of expected material and subject matter. Ironically addressing what it means to be female in the art world, LilVSwagPrincess humorously explores the privilege, expectations, and challenges of art making. LilVSwagPrincess celebrates female identity, female friendships, and self-love.
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