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ISSUE No. 19


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IN THE GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY BY KENDALL EAGER MAKEUP BY TAYLOR NICHLLAIS HAIR BY LAUREN MORGAN MODELS JESSIE SCOTT AND ALEX SANDER AND KHARLYBIA ROANE


FEATURES

THE DREAMER REFRESH & RENEW

THE ACHIEVER HER MAJESTY MARIE

THE HOSTESS SIMPLY CITRUS

THE INTELLECTUAL WHY WE MARCH

THE STYLIST SPRING FORWARD

THE CONFIDANT THE ART OF A LETTER

THE BEAUTICIAN PRESERVE YOUR SEXY

THE EXPLORER OH SO NICOLE


“ You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. ” Maya Angelou

She opens the window to let in the spring sun and breeze. Eyes closed, she breathes in the

they want and accomplishing what may seem impossible. No one understands the

air of a new day. Gazing over the calendar, leaving behind the previous box marked with an “x”, looking forward to the blank canvas that is ahead of her. The birds return to the trees, filling the once cold, quiet air with a new song. Green buds populate the naked trees, the flower petals burst open and then just like that the white blanket of the season before is taken over with life.

challenges we face just from being a woman better than our fellow sisters. At the time, we might be uncomfortable, the challenge may seem to hard or the problem at hand may seem to big, but with consistency, perseverance and a focused mind, the future of women will always prosper.

Just like the seasons, that come and go without hesitation, our lives keep moving without skipping a beat. We tend to dwell on the moments that have passed and forget of the opportunities yet to come. How do we move forward and embrace the now? It’s important to remember the power we have within ourselves. Sometimes we have to take a step back, look at the situation and work with what we are given. Taking lemons and making lemonade. Maintaining what we have while still striving for growth long term. More than ever, women must support women. Pushing and encouraging our fellow ladies to never stop going after what

In this issue you will find themes of what it means to be persistent, to keep fighting towards a goal despite the difficulty, to stand up for what you believe in no matter the opposition. Embracing change with grace but not giving up your stance or beliefs. It’s about keeping on a steady course, while knowing you will face winter before you reach spring. So darlings, let’s never stop encourage ourselves and those around us to work towards a better tomorrow. Let’s find happiness in the world around us and in the people we surround ourselves with. With love,

Catherine Batres, Editor-in-Chief


DARLING TEAM CATHERINE BATRES Editor-in-Chief/Creative Director Savannah, GA catherinebatres.com

MADELINE KOSMALA Art Director Savannah, GA madelinekosmala.com

ALIA SOBREPENA Operations/Logistics Director Savannah, GA aliasobrepena.com

WILLIAM FANCHER Wardrobe Stylist Savannah, GA williamjosephfancher.com

LOGAN FLANDERS Fashion Assistant Savannah, GA loganrflanders.com


CONTRIBUTORS ALEX SANDER

KATIE FREZZA

NATALIE MAU

Model/Wardrobe

Photographer katiefrezza.com

Interviewee

ASHLEE CRUZ Model/Wardrobe

CASSANDRA CIESLA

KENDALL EAGER Photographer kendalleager.com

NICOLE NG Interviewee/Model

QUI ROYSTER

Interviewee

JESSIE SCOTT

Model

DIVYA SAMU

Model/Wardrobe jessiescottphotography.com

RHIANNON ROSS

Interviewee

ELLISSA NICOLLE SCHATZ Illustrator ellissanicholleschatz.com

EMILY WHELAN Wardrobe

FAITH NEWTON Interviewee

GRACE ROKELA Model/Wardrobe

JESSICA SCOTT Photographer jessiescottphotography.com

KHARLYBIA ROANE Model/Wardrobe

LAUREN MORGAN Hair

MARIE AJA-HERRERA Interviewee/Model

Interviewee

SAVANNAH SWENSON Photographer savphotography.net

SKYLER GUIDERA Model/Wardrobe

SOPHIE LITOW Assistant Food Stylist

TAYLOR NICHOLAIS Makeup


THE DREAMER it was when i stopped searching for home within others and lifted the foundations of home within myself i found there were no roots more intimate than those between a mind and body that have decided to be whole

POEM BY RUPI KAUR ILLUSTRATION BY ELLISSA NICHOLLE SCHATZ


Refresh & Renew WRITTEN BY MADELINE KOSMALA

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KENDALL EAGER

We all have busy schedules--and we all know how impossible it can be to find time to care for ourselves. Although self-care may appear seemingly insignificant compared to other pressing matters in life, taking the time to care for yourself is immensely important to both your physical and mental health. Often times, we fill our days caring for those around us: our family, our friends, our employers but every once in awhile, it is necessary (and healthy) to care for ourselves. Self-care looks different for every person. For me, selfcare looks like getting a massage, buying a bouquet of flowers, going to yoga, eating a salad, reading a magazine, getting a manicure, or going for a walk. For others, it may be running a marathon, painting a canvas, cooking a meal, or going on vacation.

STYLING BY MADELINE KOSMALA

SELF-CARE: A DAY IN THE LIFE 9:00 :

Wake-up and stretch

9:15 :

Brush and floss teeth

9:20 :

Wash face and moisturize

9:30 :

Eat breakfast (acai bowl)

10:00 : Do

45 minutes of yoga

10:45 : Shower 11:45 :

and get dressed

Go to the spa

12:00 : Get

a deep tissue massage

1:00 :

Get a manicure and pedicure

2:00 :

Eat lunch (salmon salad)

2:30 :

Buy a bouquet of peonies

3:00 :

Go home and read a book

7:00 :

Eat dinner (chicken and asparagus)

8:00 :

Take a bubble bath

8:40 :

Wash face and moisturize

Relax and recenter. Start the next day ready to tackle

8:50 :

Brush and floss teeth

the world.

9:00 :

Stretch and go to bed

Regardless of the mode of self-care, it is important you take the time to listen to your mind and body and tend to your needs accordingly. Take the time to “do you.�

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THE ACHIEVER of course i want to be successful but i don’t crave success for me i need to be successful to gain enough milk and honey to help those around me succeed

POEM BY RUPI KAUR ILLUSTRATION BY ELLISSA NICHOLLE SCHATZ


H e r M aj e s t y

MARIE


INTERVIEW WITH MARIE AJA HERRERA BY WILLIAM FANCHER PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHS MARIE AJA HERRERA PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHS

SUCCESS REQUIRES SACRIFICE, DEDICATION, AND PERSEVERANCE. HOWEVER, EVERY PERSON’S APPROACH TO SUCCESS IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT, REFINED BY ONE’S CULTURE, ATTITUDE, AND EXPERIENCES. FOR THE CREATIVE FIELD, SUCCESS REQUIRES AN ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT, SOMETHING OUR CURRENT INTERVIEW SUBJECT, MARIE AJA-HERRERA, SINCERELY REPRESENTS.

Marie Aja-Herrera is a prime example of the typical english rose in looks, with bright red hair and pale skin, but her personality is everything but typical. She is described by colleagues and students to have a spitfire energy, always ready to sit and dispense some of her wisdom gained from years of success in the fashion industry, quick with both a critique and a word of encouragement.

Approached to help develop the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Fashion Program from the ground up, serving as the Department Chair four years, Aja-Herrera helped SCAD become one of the top fashion schools within the United States, joining the ranks of Parsons School of Design and The Fashion Institute of Technology. While life for Marie Aja-Herrera today is different

An alumnus of the famed Central Saint Martins, and began her career in the famed Italian fashion houses, working with knits and striving to find her

than during her years directly in the fashion industry, she still maintains the same attitude while working with her students at SCAD, striving to

style. Quickly, her career took off and she began working as the head of Womenswear at Byblos, as well as the Innovation Director for Nike, bringing about some of pop culture’s most infamous products, such as Air Jordan’s, breathable fabrics, and many of the modern aspects of Nike that we enjoy today. While working at Nike, Marie Aja-Herrera found herself dropped into another role: mentor.

inspire her students to find the best in themselves and their design. She helps groom young talent for their futures, hoping each one will have the experiences that she was afforded after leaving college. Darling sat down with Marie to discuss her life, and gain some perspective on success, persistence, and the tools needed to be happy in both your life and your career.

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Q: To begin, where did you come from? Did you fit in?

He ended up in England during World War II, after surviving terrible things like Auschwitz, which never depressed him. There was this survival thing where you have to keep going regardless. And I think that has an impact on you, knowing people like that.

A: I grew up in a village called Allmney in the United Kingdom near London, somewhat between Oxford and Cambridge. It was a very small market town, you know, very conservative.

However, ultimately I was a rebel. I was never going to be what my father wanted me to be, an architect. I was never interested, I wanted to test the boundaries.

When I was growing up, people thought I was very weird because I would just dress in vintage, and nobody did vintage. I’d do things like where 1920’s beaded gowns with denim jeans and Doc Martins, and people would look at me like I was crazy! When I would walk around, people would just say, “Oh, don’t mind her. That’s just Henry’s daughter!”

Q: Would you say you had any other specific mentors that influenced how you work? A: Bobby Hilson. She was great, because she realized that you had a passion towards something, she would push you towards that. She was the nice one. She was great, she really encouraged me. I ended up doing great internships in college, thinking I wanted to do costume design. I started interning with BBC, working on Doctor Who, with zero budget, you really had to make it work. These experiences taught me that you really have to laugh at yourself. If you think you’re fabulous all the time, you won’t do well.

Q: It seems like you were always a creative spirit. Is that a family trait? A: Yeah, I was. I mean, it’s interesting. My dad was very, very creative. He started off studying painting, and then went into architecture, designing, and engineering. He really could do anything, even furniture design, which he would do in his free time. I never really saw my family as creative until one day, my husband met my family and learned that my cousin painted, and the other cousin took photographs, and another member was involved in a differing medium. I was the only one in fashion specifically, so I never saw the connection.

Q: What was your first job out of college? How did you fail? What did it teach you? A: After school, I was so burned out that I took a gap year and did job-placement temp work, doing all sorts of things. This taught me what I couldn’t stand, such as CMT-work with dodgy manufacturing companies. I lasted a week, I thought ‘I can’t do this. My God. You are a complete failure because you can’t handle this.’ I needed those experiences to help me see what I wanted to actually do, to see where I excelled.

Q: Your father was a big influence on your approach to life. Would you say the environment you grew up in fostered your independence, or were there challenges? A: He was, my dad would always say ‘if you are the girly type all the time, you won’t go anywhere in this world.’ And then he would tell me to always be willing to learn, which was a big influence. He was older than my mom and was originally from Poland.

Q: From your stories, it seems like a lot of your success is instinct-based. Do you believe perseverance is a personal thing, where everyone finds their own way?

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Q: Do you think you needed to have all of these experiences to be as successful as you are today?

A: Yes, totally, totally. You can’t be taught success. My way is keeping my humor, I actually laugh a lot, which helps. However, I think you have to

A: I think it’s a progression, as they are all quitedifferent experiences. It’s interesting because I have never worked on the same thing, like many people do today. I had to constantly learn, going from Italy to Hong Kong and back to England to Nike, and then moving to SCAD. I think it’s made me really calm now, I don’t really freak out anymore, unless it’s really stupid and I just can’t anymore!

be nice to people, no matter your position. You cannot do it on your own, it’s a team effort. You have to work with a team to pull the concept together. People forget it’s not just one person. Q: Did you ever feel, being a young woman in a leading position, that your gender presented a challenge? What was your biggest lesson from this time? A: Oh, God yeah. And not just there, anytime you

Q: To wrap this up, after reflecting on your time in school, working, and as a mother, what are your three main tips for recent graduates, or any young adult, pursuing a creative career?

are meeting with a board. But, you have to learn to go with the flow, and though I found it frustrating, but you have to learn, it’s a different culture. I think the primary lesson is that work doesn’t have to envelop you. I used to worry all the time, and just work until it

A: First, take every opportunity offered to you. Even if it isn’t where you want to be, don’t be stupid and make the smart decision, because the experiences in terms of learning and connection are invaluable. That’s one tip.

was done. Ultimately, it’s important to get your work done, but it’s more important to have your life together. Q: You make a lot of leaps in your career. What brought you to teaching?

Second, I would encourage people to try it all, I think it’s important to experience everything, different cultures and places, learn to go with the flow and trust the experience.

A: Well, I never thought I’d be doing this. While I was at Nike, I met Paula Wallace. I originally came, my husband and I believing we would come to America for a year. I came to teach initially, it was only a few of

Finally, have a sense of humor. I think it’s important to laugh and understand that life isn’t so serious. Anthony is a great example of this. It’s not worth it if you aren’t having fun.

us, including Sachi, and when I got there they asked me to be the chair. I agreed to one year, but I did it for four years. I set up all of the foundations, and we struggled to figure out how to make the SCAD Fashion department known. Once again, this took a team,

With Perseverance, at least for me, you just have to keep at it. Don’t give up. Just do it, as Nike would say.

and everyone needed to be invested to create success.

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THE HOSTESS you have so much yet you are always hungry for more the trick to being well fed is you have to stop looking up at everything you don’t have and look around at everything you do

POEM BY RUPI KAUR ILLUSTRATION BY ELLISSA NICHOLLE SCHATZ


si mply citr us WRITTEN BY ALIA SOBREPENA

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KATIE FREZZA

FOOD STYLING BY ALIA SOBREPENA AND CATHERINE BATRES AND SOPHIE LITOW

With flowers blooming, temperatures warming, and

ing the bank or having to visit 3 different grocery stores.

birds chirping -- spring must be on the way. It’s many

For this season gatherings, I want to prepare flavors

people’s favorite season because the days start

that evoke the refreshing mindset of spring. Citrus

to get longer while their winter slump disappears.

is perfect to incorporate into a meal because of its

We all probably haven’t maintained our New Year’s

dimensional flavor: crisp, zingful, aromatic, sweet and

Resolutions but spring is an opportunity to start over -- it’s

sour. Citrus fruit is fairly inexpensive and can be bought

“refresh season.” It’s time to start cleaning out those

to serve large quantities. Just pick up a bag of lemons,

closets, getting outside to play, and eating more healthy.

oranges, and grapefruits and you’ll be ready to go.

It’s always a pleasure hosting my friends at my

The simplicity of this citrus inspired meal is what

apartment but I find myself stressing out too. It can

I love most. Many of these recipes can be made

be challenging to prepare, cook, and serve a meal

in advance so it’s less stress for you on the day of

that’s delicious enough for everyone. A problem that I

the event. Spring food should be light, flavorful

have, which many can relate to, is that recipes have too

and healthy. Luckily for you, this array of dishes

many complicated steps or the grocery list is a foreign

does just that. So what are you waiting for? Invite

language. I want to impress my friends without break-

your friends over and have some fun. Bon appetit! 34


Citrus Salad Ingredients:

together orange juice and honey. You can add more or less of both ingredients to taste. Drizzle dressing over citrus until all are dressed. Tear fresh mint over top and serve.

2 Navel oranges 3 Pink grapefruits 1 Navel orange juiced 2 Tangerines 1 Lemon 1 Tbs honey Fresh mint

Grapefruit & Thyme Cocktail Ingredients: 3 oz gin divided 3 ruby red grapefruits 2 tsp elderflower liqueur

Instructions: Slice a little off the top and bottom of your citrus. This gives you a stable cutting surface and will also make it easier to trim away the rest of the peel. Using

1 small bunch thyme Ice cubes Sparkling water

a small sharp knife remove the skin and white pith.

Instructions:

Start at the top and slice downwards following the

Using two stemless wine glasses, pour 1.5 oz of gin into

curve of the fruit. Try to cut away all of the skin and

each. Using your hands or juicer, squeeze juice from each

the pith without also taking too much of the fruit.

grapefruit

Turn citrus onto it’s side and slice. Arrange slices on a

Add 1 tsp of elderflower liqueur into each glass,

platter and set aside. Mix up citrus slices to create an

along

interesting mix of sizes and colors. In a small bowl whisk

sparkling water and garnish with a sprig of thyme.

with

then

a

pour

handful

evenly

of

ice

into

each

cubes.Top

glass.

with


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Layered Veggie Salad Ingredients: 1 1/2 pounds cauliflower, cored, cut into 1-inch florets 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt Pepper 1 pound Japanese eggplant, sliced 1/4 inch thick 1 cup Greek yogurt, preferably 2% 1/4 cup tahini 2 garlic cloves 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons chopped dill 2 tablespoons chopped parsley 2 cucumbers, thinly sliced 6 cups watercress (4 ounces)


Instructions: Preheat the oven to 450°. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the cauliflower with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper; spread in an even layer. On a second rimmed baking sheet, toss the eggplant with 1/4 cup of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper; spread in an even layer. Roast the vegetables, stirring occasionally, until golden and tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to racks to cool.

Meanwhile, in a food processor, puree the yogurt, tahini, garlic and lemon juice until smooth. With the machine on, drizzle in 3 tablespoons of water and the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil until smooth; season with salt and pepper. Stir in the dill and parsley.

In a 3- to 4-quart glass trifle dish or bowl, spread the cucumbers in an even layer; season with salt and pepper. Top with the cooled eggplant and cauliflower and season with salt and pepper. Finish with the watercress and serve the salad with the tahini dressing.

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Citrus Chicken

Ingredients: 4 chicken breasts 3 lemons- 2 juiced, 1 sliced 3 oranges - 2 juiced, 1 sliced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 white onion, quartered 1 tsp red pepper flakes ½ tsp. paprika 1 tbsp. thyme Rosemary sprigs Salt and pepper

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Instructions:

mixture all over chicken, turning pieces to coat all

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

sides. (If you have time, marinate the chicken overnight to maximize the citrus flavor). Arrange slices of lemon,

In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, garlic,

orange and onion around and under the chicken. Sprinkle

lemon

all over generously with thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper.

juice,

orange

juice,

paprika,

onion

powder, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper. Bake uncovered for about 45 min, or until chicken is cooked Liberally season chicken with salt and pepper then

and juices run clear. Remove parts to a serving platter and

place in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Pour olive oil

garnish with additional chopped fresh herbs, if desired.


Lemon Cake Ingredients: 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt 1 1/3 cups sugar, divided

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into one bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the vegetable oil into the batter, making sure it’s all

3 extra-large eggs

incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan

2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (2 lemons)

and bake for about 40 minutes, or until a cake tester

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

1/2 cup vegetable oil 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Carefully place on a baking rack

Instructions:

over a sheet pan and let cool.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10-inch round pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper.

Frost with icing and top with fruit.


THE INTELLECTUAL i want to apologize to all the women i have called pretty. before i’ve called them intelligent or brave. i am sorry i made it sound as though something as simple as what you’re born with is the most you have to be proud of when your spirit has crushed mountains from now on i will say things like, you are resilient or, you are extraordinary. not because i don’t think you’re pretty. but because you are so much more than that.

POEM BY RUPI KAUR ILLUSTRATION BY ELLISSA NICHOLLE SCHATZ


W H Y W E M A R C H INTERVIEW WITH RHIANNON ROSS AND DIVYA SAMU AND NATALIE MAU AND CASSANDRA CIESLA BY WILLIAM FANCHER ILLUSTRATIONS BY FOR ALL WOMANKIND BY DEVA PARDUE

Marching has become the norm for demonstrating a large group’s dissatisfaction with political and social issues. They bring together individuals from different walks of life for just a moment, opening the door for conversation and progress. These moments of unity often create a roar heard around the world, encouraging the surrounding environment to listen, reflect, and learn. This year, a moment of dissatisfaction inspired millions of women around the country to band together. However, the event was not spurred by an attack, or an unwelcome political decision, but from a country full of confident women who refuse to be silenced.

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Rhiannon Ross, Washington D.C.

Marching on Washington is intricately woven throughout American history as a primary way

What did the 2017 Women’s March represent to you?

to voice a large group’s opinion to the presiding government. Large demonstrations were seen as

I don’t usually attend marches, and tend to want to challenge my activism in other ways. However, I was not a huge fan of this particular protest, but I felt it was important to be there with other women and see the issues they were experiencing.

early as the 1900’s, with women first marching on D.C,. in 1913, for the Women’s Suffrage March. Marching on Washington captured the attention of the nation a second time on August 28, 1963, during The March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs, where men and women of all creeds marched

While disorganized and somewhat chaotic, the march excelled in intersectional representation. While the speakers were diverse, the marchers were primarily cisgendered, white women, at least in Washington D.C., and it felt somewhat cis normative despite the message. To combat this, they did a good job of including a different variety of women speakers who represented different identities and cultures. I saw women of color, muslim women, transsexual women, all walks of life sharing their stories.

together to sound the voice against segregation, allowing the world to witness the historic “I Have a Dream” speech from the late, great Martin Luther King Jr. Each protest, each march, carried a singular message against a common enemy, or an event that unified them no matter their differences. The 2017 Women’s March seemed to have a different credo. No singular message was preached, but rather the overlying message of female equality and overall

What do you think the next step is for modern day feminism?

representation within the feminist movement. With an estimated 500,000 women attending the flagship

I think education is key to expanding one’s understanding of feminism. It takes a lot of time, patience, and a willingness to meet people different from you, a willingness to meet that person where they’re at. I think an important step was made this weekend by exposing cis-normative women marchers to speakers with different identities.

march in Washington D.C., and another 2,000,000 or more throughout the states, there were a plethora of issues represented on January 21st and 22nd. While many would lead you to believe it was simply an “anti-Trump” protest, The 2017 Women’s March acknowledged a large range of issues, spending time on LGBT rights, the importance of diverse

To have progress you have to lean into discomfort, not avoid it. Otherwise you can’t learn.

representation within feminism, and every woman’s right to their own body and personal beliefs. For the majority, it seemed to also be a march spurred by

Divya Samu, San Jose, California

the need to be courageous in the face of any threat.

What did the 2017 Women’s March represent to you?

In an effort to represent the diversity within the march, Darling has reached out to women

I think the first thing that struck me about the march is that, in San Jose, it wasn’t just white women marching and speaking, but women of color. That really drew me to volunteer and march with the San Jose chapter. It was great seeing the

from around the country, asking them to take a moment to reflect on their experiences from the 2017 Women’s March, allowing our readers to see the march from multiple perspectives. 48


figureheads of this movement be minority women. This march was also important for me, and my friends, because it altered the understanding of the word, “color.” Usually, people’s minds will jump to either Muslim of African-American women. San Jose represented the other brown people who tend to get ignored in America. But after 9/11, we faced the same discrimination as muslims. This diversity was reflected in the marchers as well, as they were primarily Indian women, Latina women, Asian women and other underrepresented minorities.

I have to also be involved so I can find solutions that I believe fit our best future. As far as specific issues, I marched primarily for LGBT women’s rights, as well as a woman’s right to her body. I grew up in a fairly conservative family, and while they respect my right to speak, they aren’t fans of the march itself. Where I live, everyone is really conservative so sometimes I don’t speak out because I’m a little concerned. This march gave me a chance to have my voice heard, and to be surrounded by women with common goals.

I marched for women who aren’t being fully represented. Watching the discrimination my mother faced post-9/11 showed me the importance of culture and having inner strength. Marching with her and my aunts was special. The San Jose March was diverse, and a really cool experience.

What do you think the next step is for modern day feminism? Being a cisgender, straight, white woman, I think it’s important to recognize the struggles of people who do not benefit from societal privilege. It can’t always come from my perspective, and embracing

What’s the next step for modern day feminism?

intersectionality is the only way feminism truly works. Without that, the movement’s goal of

My first thought is we have to preserve the rights we do have right now. We cannot let our government rip away our rights, especially when they have female representation to begin with. Especially when concerning abortion, birth control, and other healthcare essentials for women’s health. Equal pay is also important, but I think the focus needs to shift from white celebrities have lower paychecks to seeing that disparity for normal people, as equal pay is an even bigger issue for women of color in everyday workplaces. Ultimately, for me, understanding intersectionality and protecting our existing rights while fighting for new rights is important.

equality is moot. Use the privilege to help create the change, comfort isn’t an option. It’s all about listening and learning. You HAVE to listen. Cassandra Ciesla, Oklahoma City What did the 2017 Women’s March represent to you? The 2017 Women’s March represented a chance for me to become radically involved in what many would consider to be history in the making. Overall, it was very cathartic for me. It made me realize I wanted to be educated further, and be able to truly stand up for

Natalie Mau, Atlanta, Georgia

what is right for ALL people, not just people like me.

What did the Women’s March represent to you?

What’s next for modern day feminism?

I marched because I’m frightened, honestly. The current political climate we are in right now is dangerous and encourages a lot of hateful, harmful things. I just cannot sit back and let the nation go up in smoke, you know? If I’m going to be critical,

Everyone follows their own path. Instead of yelling about our feelings, we can try and understand the feelings and experiences of individuals on the other side. That way we can begin to understand, and then we can begin to create impact in the world around us. 51


THE STYLIST stay strong through your pain grow flowers from it you have helped me grow flowers out of mine so bloom beautifully dangerously loudly bloom softly however you need just bloom

POEM BY RUPI KAUR ILLUSTRATION BY ELLISSA NICHOLLE SCHATZ


SPRINGforward WRITTEN BY LOGAN FLANDERS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JESSICA SCOTT


Spring is the season of a new beginning, a time to grow. The heavy weight of winter, along with the bitter chill of the wind, is now replaced by the warmth of the sun on the surface of our skin paired with a refreshing breeze of possibility. It is a moment of relief, a feeling of releasing a deep breath that was kept hostage within your lungs that can finally be set free. Spring is a season of lightness; no longer confining you with layers of heavy clothing as a representation of the burdens you no longer feel the need to carry.

gives hope to new life as you witness a small stem peeping up from the soil with a smile knowing its potential to grow into what it’s meant to become. The textures of spring are reflections of the feelings you get from releasing the weight of wool and leather off of your shoulders. The translucency of chiffon, the comfortability of georgette, the fluidity of silk, and the delicacy of lace provide the room and space to grow without the feeling of being held down. That rose quartz chiffon

The flowers are blooming, the birds are returning in the sunny sky, and the oxygen in the air is allowing for the senses to collide where it is now possible for colors to be tasted and smells to be felt. You can finally wear that neon yellow skirt or that pastel pink blouse without a feeling of insecurity that someone will judge you. This is a time to feel comfortable in your own skin, to look in the mirror and know it is your time to grow, your time to persist.

wrap skirt flows in the breeze, as a transparent drape would behave in the frame of an open window. There are no boundaries in spring; you have the opportunity to take in all that you are capable, persisting through the negativity that was once binding you. Your clothing is the visual representation of the person you want to exhibit to the world around you. Whether the barriers you wish to break down were placed upon you by external factors, or whether they

Persist through the negativity, through the judgmental eyes, and move forward to make a difference within your own life and in others’. A new you has reawakened and it is time for renewal, and what better step to take towards renewal than within your wardrobe?

are ones you placed upon yourself in fear, spring is the transitional period you are given to make that change, to no longer fear the things that you cannot control. Cut those heavy, thick pants into fun, denim shorts. Replace the knit hat with a wide-brimmed sun hat. Take off the heat-trapping wool socks layered with thigh high boots and slide on that

Begin with color. There are so many meanings and representations of color and what they express about the person who wears them. The hues

pair of wrap sandals buried in the corner of your closet. Liberate your body of the pressure of the world telling you not to change, not to grow. Once you achieve

and tones of spring can be sourced and inspired just by looking all around you. The sky exudes a baby blue as calming as the waters that reflect it. The newly bloomed flowers provide every color imaginable that when you breathe in each one you can almost distinguish each colors from the other without having to crack an eyelid. The plethora of green

this on this outside, you begin to live it on the inside. Spring forward into a new formation of yourself; a time of rejuvenation and a new zest for life that was once buried beneath the harsh weathers of winter and the gravity of numerous layers of textiles.

“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves, otherwise we harden” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe 55


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THE CONFIDANT at times i want to stop writing completely when i feel it starting to destroy me i never want to stare at blank pages again the word poetry makes me angry the english language is a tsunami on my tongue and i’m just not sure i can weather out this storm it can’t be healthy spending nights this sleepless cause my mind is busy forming constellations out of words how can i be so utterly obsessed with the placement of letters but so entirely convinced they’re absurd

POEM BY RUPI KAUR ILLUSTRATION BY ELLISSA NICHOLLE SCHATZ


The Art of a Letter WRITTEN BY ALIA SOBREPENA

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAVANNAH SWENSON STYLED BY ALIA SOBREPENA

There’s something really special about receiving mail that’s unexpected. Our physical mailboxes are filled endlessly with: bills, magazines, promotional material, newsletters, and Amazon orders that we forgot we placed two nights ago. As a child, we used to run to the mailbox and check if anything was there for us. The digital world has taken away this excitement and has left us mindlessly scrolling through a news feed.

aren’t talking about a letter typed on a keyboard. Was the letter to your mother, grandmother or friend? Chances are you can’t remember the last time but you do remember writing dozens of cover letters to an employer. There was a shift towards digital in how we create, develop and deliver any type of material. People hardly write to-do lists, reminders, notes, cards or letters to one another. It’s unfortunate that this has gone away but I think people need to realize the power that a letter can hold.

In grade school, many of us were forced to learn how to write in cursive. We stared at the lined sheets of paper, hoping our characters flowed together well enough to create a beautiful looking sentence. Our teachers spent so much time helping us developing a penmanship style for it only to be used for a name signature. This and many other traditional ways of doing things have been lost but it’s what we yearn for most in today’s digital world. Think of the last time you wrote a letter, and we

Having grown up through screens, I enjoy receiving mail that’s been handwritten. I always look forward to my grandma’s seasonal cards that she sends me with her classic “Love Grandma xoxo.” It’s such a simple gesture but it’s something that means a lot to me. She could stop sending me them but it’s her, and many others, way of physically expressing that “I’m thinking of you.” 61


When someone writes a letter, they are taking the time to sit down and build a deeper connection with someone. It causes them to think more clearly and write more intentionally. It’s easy to write and delete on a word doc but it’s a different process with pen and paper. Everyone has such busy schedules these days but just taking a step back to write something to anyone can be relaxing. A letter doesn’t always have to be heavy and heartfelt. It can be about a: funny story, fond memory, life update, thoughts on a topic, or just simply asking “How are you?” Your recipient might be a bit shocked to have found a letter in their mailbox, but I’m sure they’ll be happy to have received it. It’s a quality gesture that shows you care about the individual. Often, a lot of people will cherish and hold on to what you’ve sent them as a reminder of what you said that they can revisit. More young people should start sending letters to their friends. It might be a better way of communicating because the recipient can take their time to cultivate a response, instead of instantly pushing send. Sending letters doesn’t have to be a chore either, it can actually be really fun. You can write on personalized paper, use calligraphy pens, and seal with cute stamps. So next time someone’s birthday comes around, I hope you wish them a happy birthday through a letter instead of posting it on Facebook.

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THE BEAUTICIAN that dazed look on your face when you can’t tell if i’m being friendly or flirtatious the way your cheeks flush as you wonder if this was a move or just regular conversation i fill you with so much fantasy you mistake it for adoration and it probably doesn’t help to know i did it all on purpose

POEM BY RUPI KAUR ILLUSTRATION BY ELLISSA NICHOLLE SCHATZ


preserve your sexy WRITTEN BY CATHERINE BATRES

ILLUSTRATIONS BY SHANI TSFONI

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KENDALL EAGER


You wouldn’t go a day without drinking water, right? Well you shouldn’t go a day without moisturizing and hydrating your skin. The benefits from moisturizing not only help today but will be visible in the years to come. More than ever, women are being proactive in skincare and anti aging regimes. Women are more into maintenance and flaunting what they were born with. And what is more beautiful than a freshly moisturized face? It is important to remember skincare is a routine that must be met with discipline and consistency. Finding the right moisturizer for your skin can be a task in itself. One of the biggest mistakes people make when using products is using a product that is simply not for your skin. You should first identify what type of skin you have, this is important when looking for a moisturizer that will cater to your skin’s needs. Once you know your skin type, finding a moisturizer will be easier but just like makeup, you have to try different products to find which one(s) work best for you. Hydration is what allows skin to function at peak performance. Skin cells in this condition can rapidly repair themselves and turnover fresh cells, which means huge anti-aging benefits down the road. It has been proven that those who used moisturizer were found to develop wrinkles at a fraction of the rate of those with dry skin.

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start the day Before you apply any makeup, you should always start with a clean face and a moisturizer. Most moisturizers already have sunscreen in their formulas which is very important since sun damage is the the number one cause for wrinkles and aging. Here we have a small list of moisturizers that will protect your skin. Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer $14 Clarins Multi-Active Antioxidant Day Cream $34 Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich $35 Clinique Moisture Surge Intense $39 Estee Lauder Day Wear $54

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end the day Moisturizing is the icing on top of a great nighttime skincare routine. A great all in one purchase we recommend is the Clinique 3-Step System. What is so amazing about this regimen is the fact that they are Dermatologist-developed and custom-fit to give you clear, smooth, and glowing skin. Step1: Cleanse , Step 2: Exfoliate , Step 3: Moisturize. We also have a list of moisturizers you can use to preserve your sexy while you rest. Cetaphil $15 Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion $26 Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream $28 Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins Cream $40

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THE EXPLORER i do not want to have you to fill the empty parts of me i want to be full on my own i want to be so complete i could light a whole city and then i want to have you cause the two of us combined could set it on fire

POEM BY RUPI KAUR ILLUSTRATION BY ELLISSA NICHOLLE SCHATZ


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oh so nicole INTERVIEW WITH NICOLE NG BY CATHERINE BATRES

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KENDALL EAGER

Imagine having an audience of over 30,000 people watching videos of you, liking pictures you post and following you on every platform. This is the life of up and coming beauty blogger, Nicole Ng , known to her viewers as “ohsonicole�. From short teasers to full videos, Nicole has found a unique way of connecting with her viewers and keeping her channel light and fun. Her bubbly personality shines through in every image and video she post. She is currently a Senior studying Fashion Marketing and Management at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. We got the chance to sit down and get to know the young, content creator. 75


1. How did you start youtube? I have always enjoyed looking at all things beauty related, whether it was in magazines, blogs and of course YouTube. So naturally as the years went by, my interest grew and I had collected a pretty large collection of makeup. I also enjoyed filming “vlogs� with my friends and editing videos. With these two hobbies combined, making beauty videos just seemed natural.

2. When did you realize that this was becoming a big platform for you? When I first posted my first video (a Valentine’s Day Get Ready With Me video), I shared it on my personal Facebook and Instagram which already had a following. At first I assumed it was just mostly my friends and people following me watching the video. I realized that YouTube was becoming a big platform for me when I got more response from my viewers, which actually surpassed the amount of people following me on Instagram!

3. What is your favorite thing about your channel/platform? Besides being about to share my interest in beauty, I also document my day to day life and travels. Not only do my viewers enjoy these moments that I share, but I also really enjoy looking back on them as they serve as a visual diary that captures the memories so much better than just photographs. My channel/ platform also has a wide range of audiences from different backgrounds and age groups, which makes it a great place to share tips and advices not only for beauty but also life in general.

4. Is it difficult keeping up with the fast past of the internet ? Being a Fashion Marketing major actually cuts my workload in half as some of the things I do in school can be brought to my channel and vice versa. Obviously there are times where I struggle to keep up especially during midterms and finals and sometimes life just happens.

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5. How do you keep a balance between your channel and social media ? Creating content for social media is slightly “easier” as it is less time consuming compared to filming and editing a video, therefore I try my best to post daily on social media/Instagram. As for my channel there’s is less of set schedule, as I do not wish to put out content unless I am happy with the quality of it.

6. You have so many people watching and following you , how do you keep your content interesting and fun? I started off YouTube talking about beauty, but I soon realized that my audience/”YouTube family” contained more than just girls who were interested in makeup. I had people watching who actually have zero interest in makeup and parents, yes mostly moms, watching as they were surprised by how close my mom and I are! From that I did more vlogs and started featuring my mom more on my channel, including doing challenge videos with her, Q&As, cooking videos etc.

7. What are your plans for the future in regards to your platform? When I first started Youtube, I had thought that it would just be a hobby as a student and I would stop once I graduate. However after doing it for 3 years now, it has become a huge part of my online and offline life. Although I am graduating this year, I do plan on continuing with my platform as long as there are people who enjoy my content!

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