Mirage Magazine Issue 01

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denim, head to toe

Tracking miles ‘til marathon day

IN THIS ISSUE Books for the Fireside #6 Beauty in Color #9 Into the Woods #15 Mindspace #18 American Woman #25 blue, baby #31 Out with a Bang #37




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Content Creators BEAUTY Victoria Price Jordan Bigelow FASHION Kayse Ellis

HEALTH & FITNESS Rachel Teter Riley Sawicki Kassidy King Madelynn Wood Madison Greer

LIFESTYLE Claire Hemme Chelsea Harper Hunter Sloan A&E Madison Greer Georgia Beatty Sydney Morgan


BOOKS For the Fireside Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

written by GEORGIA BEATTY photography by KRISTEN UPPERCUE

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

“After a brief stint in the psych ward, Camille Preaker is forced to return to her cursed hometown to cover the murders of two girls the town believes were killed by the same person. Her troubled mother and half-sister terrorize her homecoming. Through old connections and a new steamy romance, Camille begins to piece together the murders. But will she survive the homecoming too?”

“This is an autobiography by journalist Susannah Cahalan She has a perfect boyfriend, nice apartment, and good job. Suddenly, her life begins spinning out of control; labeled as psychotic and violent, she lands in a hospital. This book explains the process of Susannah attempting to reclaim her identity and return her life to normal. It’s a breathtaking piece of writing and an extremely inspirational comeback.”

-Kayse Ellis

-Kayse Ellis

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

“History fanatics: this one’s for you! You witness moments of anguish and happiness alike. All the while, the world’s atrocities grow hauntingly tangible in a way they’ve never been before.”

-Georgia Beatty All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

“This book begins with your typical boy-meets-girl scenario but quickly makes you fall in love with the characters. Finch and Violet question love and life in this novel that bring back memories of teenage angst and feelings of uncertainty. If you’re looking for a perfect Sunday book to binge read, this is the one.”

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

“Dystopian novels have long-since been growing in popularity. Fahrenheit 451 unfolds in a futuristic America where books are burned as a mode of censorship. “Firemen” like Guy Montag are responsible for setting fire to outlawed pages.”

-Georgia Beatty Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

“Lay down in your favorite sweater with a hot cup of tea and travel through every aspect of life from trauma to love through Kaur’s inspirational and relatable poetry. No matter what you’re experiencing in life, there is a poem in this book for it.”

-Kristen Uppercue

-Kristen Uppercue


POP CU “REPUTATION” BY TAYLOR SWIFT: The hard-hitting, more mature album

from Swift shows she means business and is regaining her presence in the industry. The album includes 15 songs, even featuring Ed Sheeran and Future. With sounds ranging from R&B on “Don’t Blame Me” to electric-pop on “So it Goes”, the album definitely has a sound that many were not expecting, but have since been pleasantly surprised.

G-Eazy’s highly anticipated album is set to release December 15 . Featuring artists such as E 40, Cardi B, Kehlani and Halsey, the album is telling the story of a “self destructive path” the artist faces within himself. The album is accompanied by a short-film with the singer staring in it.

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Riverdale: The show circles around the death mystery of popular jock, Jason Blossom, in the small town of Riverdale. His circle of friends must dig deep into the town’s history and discover its secrets around his murder, but will they bite off more than they can chew?

This is Us: Starring Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K.

Brown, Chrissy Metz, and a plethora of other actors, This Is Us is available to stream on Hulu and has been nominated for several awards, including Best Television Series for a Drama and Top Television Program.

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D.I.YMe Time Pumpkin Spice Bath Bombs From Ellesees.net


¾ cup baking soda 1 cup cornstarch 1/2 cup citric acid (try online or the canning aisle) pinch of Pumpkin Pie Spice OR 5 drops Body-Safe Pumpkin Spice Oil ¼-½ cup coconut oil


1. Mix the dry ingredients well (baking soda, citric acid and cornstarch.) 2. Slowly add a bit of coconut oil at a time and keep mixing. 3. Mix until it looks like wet sand. 4. Place into mold and press firmly. 5. Allow to dry 12-24 hours.

Peppermint Bath Bombs From Annesentitledlife.com


½ cup baking soda ½ cup ball jar citric acid ¼ cup cornstarch ¼-½ cup coconut oil Red food coloring (optional) 4 drops peppermint essential oil


written and photographed by JORDAN BIGELOW


1. Combine all dry ingredients and mix well. 2. Separate the two halves of of mixture into two bowls. 3. Add about eight drops of red food coloring in one bowl and mix. Add 2 drops of peppermint essential oil to each bowl. 4. Heat ¼ cup coconut oil in the microwave for about 20 seconds. 5. Add melted coconut oil a little at a time to each of your dry mixes. 6. Your mixtures should feel like damp sand. 7. Fill molds with white mixture first, followed by red mixture. 8. Press firmly. 9. Let dry for approximately 12-24 hours. 10. Turn your mold upside down and carefully pop out your peppermint candy bath bombs.

Legged The Four-legged RoomRoommate mate written by CHELSEA HARPER photography by KRISTEN UPPERCUE

Many young adults think getting a new puppy is a great idea. From the instagram picks to the snuggles, what could possibly go wrong? However, new pet owners tend to ignore the possibilities of late night trips to the vet or house training the puppy. There are many things to consider before adopting a dog—especially if you’re getting a puppy because it is a drastic decision. First, you must consider how much free time you actually have. Are you willing to give up a majority of your spare time? This is especially crucial to consider if you’re wanting a puppy because you will have to take the time to teach it everything it needs to know. If you will be gone for long periods of time, ask amongst your trusted friends to make a plan for him or her to help out when you cannot be there because it will take a while for a dog to adjust to the new atmosphere. Unless you are fortunate enough to have some help, many students have to work and pay for everything on their own. Having to afford a dog is a huge stressor, but it helps to make a budget and consider how much you spend on bills, food, etc. and how much that leaves for your new pet. To put it into perspective, research about how much it will cost per month to take care of a dog and ask your friends who have pets how they budget. It’s written by CHELSEA HARPER important to remember that you might have to pay additional charges for shots and checkups, so start photography by KRISTEN UPPERCUE saving in advance. You’ll definitely have to give up more than one luxury to be able to afford food, proper vet care, treats, toys and anything else your dog may need, so make sure you’re willing and ready to do that.


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or some people the “great outdoors” just comes naturally, as if they were born with hiking boots on. For others, getting down and dirty with the woods is a little harder. To start, you’re going to need a buddy to go adventuring with you. Setting up tents and reading maps are more fun and easy if you have someone to share it with. Next, you have to find your campsite. It’s pretty much just like renting a hotel. Consider the website recreation.gov to be your new best friend. Once you’ve decided where you’d like to go, you just pick the spot you want, pay for it online and get packing. The most important part of a professional campsite is how you set up your tent. First, lay down a tarp or thick plastic covering. Then, set the tent up on top of that and follow the directions that came with the tent. A really important part of your trip is knowing what to do while you’re there. S’mores and ghost stories will only keep you entertained for so long. Do some research about the area before you go, especially the local hiking trails and parks. The park rangers will be more than happy to tell you about all the great places you can go. They will also have maps in the office of trails and information on other parks you can check out. Make a note though, if you’re going to go hiking, you really need to get a good pair of hiking boots. Finally, you’re going to need to have something to cook with. Most campsites will come with a fire pit and grill. But you probably won’t want to cook after being out adventuring all day. To make things easier, try bringing a kerosene stove and skillet from home with you. These are gas powered stoves that take up little to no space, and also do not require any electric. Just open the valve a little, light it and watch those eggs scramble. It is a little scary to sleep without walls for the first time, but totally worth it. If you have any urge to go camping, hiking or anything else that takes place outdoors you should take advantage of it. Once you’ve seen the night sky without any pollution for the first time, you’ll never get enough. Everyone should go into the wild at some point in his or her life. Your soul will thank you for it.


In society today, body image is as important as it has ever been. Media contributes to a perceived

image of women and men that portrays the need to look perfect. One of the largest challenges we face as young adults in this social media-crazed world is feeling accepted. People don’t feel accepted if they don’t look a certain way or portray that “sexy” image that is unattainable. Somehow, we have to convince ourselves that we are perfectly imperfect. We are good enough just as we are. Body positivity is feeling opportunistic about your image physically. It is looking in the mirror, liking what you see and feeling confident about it. It’s learning and accepting that all body types are equally valuable. It’s when you come up with your own perspectives on what’s healthy and beautiful to you. The idea of body positivity coincides with what your mom used to tell you growing up— “it’s what’s on the inside that counts.” Once you learn to accept and love your body, your mind will perceive yourself as healthier and happier. This changed perspective will then lead to an increased likelihood of working towards and reaching goals in the future. Practicing body positivity leads to a boosted physical and mental confidence. The body positivity movement is about the idea that all bodies are acceptable bodies that deserve love, care and acceptance. It shouldn’t matter what size dress you wear, what color your skin is or your social status. You deserve to feel accepted and loved regardless of your physical appearance. Accepting the way that you look and truly feeling comfortable in your own skin is a long process. You might have days where you feel like a queen and days where you just want to lay in bed with the covers over your head. Falling in love with your scars, your bruises and the prettiest parts of you is a daily battle. It truly is a journey that you must take to change your life. Body positivity is a process that starts small by planting the seeds, which will continue to grow and grow through the years until you accept yourself in full bloom, which means that you accept the good parts about you that you like and the parts that you wish weren’t there. It is a learning process and there will be days that feel like it’s all for nothing, but you must hold strong and keep working through the issues. It’s not about waiting for others to approve the way you look, the way you feel or the way you act, body positivity is about loving yourself despite what others might say. Because once you accept yourself for who you are, nothing will be able to hold you back.


If you’re struggling to kickstart your journey to body positivity, here are several ideas to begin: 1. Unfollow Instagram accounts that make you feel insecure about yourself, or take a complete break from social media for a few weeks. This detox will help you more than you know. 2. Read a book related to body positivity. Here are some that our writers absolutely love: The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf & Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got A Life by Kelsey Miller 3. Start a blog about your body positivity journey to help you learn about body image and to invite others to join you and maybe even allow others to post their own stories. 4. It’s the little things that count. Drink lots of tea, eat healthy and take care of your skin. Do these small things everyday. written by RILEY SAWICKI & KASSIDY KING graphic by CLAIRE HEMME

It is well known that doctors recommend exercise, which can boost positivity and self-confidence. If you’re body feels healthy and strong, your emotional state will as well. Exercising does not have to always be a strenuous activity. If you want to focus on positive thinking and slow down at work, try yoga. Yoga is a way to exercise your body and mind at the same time without using high intensity. While yoga poses can differ for beginners and experts, this form of exercise allows you to control your workout routine. Some beginner poses to induce positive thinking are cat cow, warrior

II, sukhasana and the child’s pose. These poses are simple and stress free. There are also yoga classes you can take, which allow you to stretch your comfort zone to reach the highest level of positivity. Candlelight Yin classes are meant to strain your muscles during longer poses, which is great for restless minds and stiff bodies. Conscious Flow classes focus on the mind, while Restorative Yoga focuses on that imbalanced feeling to defeat uncertainty. written by MADELYNN WOOD photography by KRISTEN UPPERCUE



BusY Girl’s Guide: Get Fit Let’s face it− we don’t always have the time to set aside two hours to go to the gym, nor do we have the motivation. However, physicians recommend we squeeze in 30 minutes of activity each day, whether it be strength training or cardio. There are many easy stretches you can add throughout the day when you have just enough time for a little exercise, such as waiting for something to print or while listening to voicemail. You can even do this routine in your apartment in between homework assignments.

•Stretch •30 jumping jacks •Push-ups: do four sets of 10 reps •Sit ups: two sets of 20 reps •Squats: four sets of 10 reps •Lunges: two sets and 20 reps per leg •15 second plank •30 jumping jacks written by MADISON GREER photography by KRISTEN UPPERCUE


Finish Line written by RACHEL TETER photography by KRISTEN UPPERCUE

Training for a marathon can seem daunting, especially if you are a college student. Between blisters and a bad grade or two, the process can become overwhelming. It’s hard to balance both school and a training schedule, but it is possible. Here are seven easy ways to kickstart training for a marathon while surviving life as a college student. 1. Best buds for life. Whether it’s a buddy that runs with you or a roommate who yells at you to workout, you need a strong support system. A 10-mile run after a night class seems more plausible if you have an extra person encouraging you to meet your goals. 2. H2-Oh yeah. As my old cross country coach used to say, “Hydration starts the night before.” The more you sweat the more you need to replenish your body with water. 3. Write it out before you work it out. The key to success is to get a journal and fill out how far you need to run each day in one color. Then, with another color write down how far you actually ran and how long it took. 4. Midnight runs, anyone? Your class schedule is probably going to make it impossible to run at the same time everyday. Find times that work for you each day and stick with it! 5. Baby, it’s cold outside. Hopefully, your school has a recreation center and you won’t have to pay for a membership because once it starts getting cold and snowy, that indoor track is going to be your BFF. 6. Grilled chicken never sounded so good. Meal prepping is the best way to keep up with your busy school schedule and make sure you are filling your body with the goodness it needs to perform well.

(Disclaimer: I am nowhere near an expert nor should you start training without talking to a doctor.)


7. Do the dang thing. Pay for the race. Lace up your new shoes. Download NikeRun. Tie your ponytail and do it. Reward yourself with things you love after a great workout and be kind to yourself on bad days. It’s a long process but on race day it will be worth the months of training.

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, is a degenerative brain disease caused by repetitive hits to the head over the course of many years. Tau, a protein in the brain, forms clumps that slowly spread, killing brain cells along the way. While many athletes in contact-based sports have the possibility of obtaining CTE later in life, the disease has been specifically linked to football. Thanks to the movie “Concussion” starring Will Smith, which for the first time, brought to light for the general public CTE and its problems and highlights the National Football League’s attempt to cover it up.

In fact, the effects of this disease has caused many professional athletes to retire early, such as Calvin Johnson, Patrick Willis and Jerod Mayo. CTE has also been shown to cause a decline in youth participation in the sport.

From Ken Stabler to Junior Seau, there is no shortage of NFL athletes who have suffered from CTE. In fact, last summer a study, published by JAMA, found CTE in 99 percent of brains that were donated and studied from deceased NFL players.

Even though many people feel the sport is unsafe, the popularity of the NFL is as high as ever. The NFL is the highest watched show on four major networks, ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX. Popularity rates are not declining for high school and college football either. So, there’s no doubt that Americans love football, but at what cost? The focus needs to be on high school and college football. By re-evaluating these levels and making them safer, participation will still remain high, but without the long-term consequences. As for the professional level, that is a debate that will never end. Players understand the risk of the game, but shouldn’t have to assume they’ll get brain damage due to their profession. However, deciding how to change the sports atmosphere to make it safer for athletes is a discussion that should continue until a compromise has been made to protect current and future athletes.

CTE can only be found after the person is deceased and the brain can be examined. This leaves many cases to be undiscovered. One recent incident that brought CTE to light was the death of Aaron Hernandez. A study of his brain showed that he had Stage 3 CTE, out of four stages. The first stage of the disease is the least severe and associated with headaches and difficulty concentrating, according to a journal published in Brain. The third stage is where the emotional and memory symptoms of stage two worsen. In the last stage, people experience dementia symptoms, which is sometimes confused with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

It is becoming harder and harder for parents to let their children play football and other contact-based sports. A survey by USA today showed that 62.3 percent of parents feel that it is unsafe for children to play football under the age of 12. The survey also found that 100 percent of parents have been affected in some way by concussions in the sport.



Living in a landlocked state can make it difficult to obtain fresh seafood, but eating seafood regularly can positively affect your health in many ways. Seafood contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which are very important to your heart, brain, eyes and overall lifespan. These fatty acids are also powerful inhibitors to your metabolism. These recipes are timesaving and cost effective.

FISH TACOS $11.85 per recipe Serves 4

INGREDIENTS 1 lb. white fish 2 tbsp. cajun spice, 1 tsp. cumin 3 tbsp. olive oil 3 chopped tomatoes, 1 avocado 1/2 chopped green onions/scallions 1 juiced lime 1 tsp. dried cilantro 8 taco shells 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 cup shredded cheese 1 can chopped green chilies 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce DIRECTIONS​ Cut fish into one-inch strips and toss with cajun spice and two tablespoons of oil. Bake in 325°F for eight-10 minutes or until done. Meanwhile, mix chopped tomatoes and green onions with cumin, one tablespoon oil, juice of one lime and cilantro. Build taco with favorite toppings in a soft or hard-shell tortilla.

written by MADELYNN WOOD photography by JORDAN BIGELOW


TROUT ALMONDINE $10.66 per recipe Serves 4

INGREDIENTS 1 lbs. trout fillets 2 tbsp. flour 2 oz. olive oil 1 juiced lemon 2 oz. almond slices 1 cup green beans 2 tbsp. unsalted butter 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 1/2 tsp. dried parsley DIRECTIONS Heat oil in pan. Cover trout with flour and shake off excess. Place trout into heated pan with oil and cook for four to five minutes on each side. Heat green beans in microwave for two minutes on high. Using the same pan, add almonds to pan and lightly toast. Add butter, heated Worcestershire sauce, lemon and parsley to pan. Pour sauce over fish and put almonds on top.

All recipes can be found on http://www.seafoodnutrition.org


american woman The 70’s are back.

currated by KAYSE ELLIS photography by KRISTEN UPPERCUE


Flare pants flatter almost every body type—the trick is to find the perfect pair. Complete the vintage look by pairing the pants with a tight turtleneck and cool jacket.


A-line dresses and skirts can be seen just about everywhere and are perfect for combining the grunge and punk vibes with a feminine chic feeling.To make the pieces more winter friendly, add a long-sleeve top and festive tights with glitter or sparkles to compliment the holiday season.


A jacket lined with wool was a staple of the ‘70s because of the comfort it provided during the cold winter days. Pair the jacket with warm leggings to rock that comfortable look.


Corduroy pieces like pants or skirts add a vintage feel to any look, making it the perfect retro outfit. Layer this piece with a solid turtleneck and winter boots.


Functionally, turtlenecks are great to stay warm, yet stylishly, the piece goes with any outfit. Tight turtlenecks can be used to layer under overalls, dresses, jumpsuits and other sweaters. Nothing can beat a loose and cozy sweater turtleneck and a warm latte on a bitterly cold winter day.


blue, baby


photography by KRISTEN UPPERCUE






No matter how fast life goes by or how blurry it gets, nothing should stop you from ringing in the new year with your besties. From finding the perfect decorations for your NYE festivities to a cocktail that’s tasty enough to drink from sunset to sunrise, our guide, featuring a funky makeup and outfit combo, will show you how to welcome 2018.


DĂŠcor sets the tone to any party, so make sure your NYE party dĂŠcor also sets the tone of your new year. The gold tulle makes a great backdrop to take pictures in front of and balloons with confetti inside can be used as cute props.

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ID please! This simple cocktail tastes even better than it looks. The sweet and fruity taste is good enough to drink all night, even if you want to ditch the alcohol and just enjoy the mixed juices.


INGREDIENTS 1 cup ice 1 organge slice 2 oz. Smirnoff vodka 2 oz. ginger ale 2 oz. orange juice 1 oz. cranbrerry juice




An NYE party is the best place to show off your makeup skills and is also the perfect night to have fun and try something different. The more metallic and glitter the better­â€” there are no rules!

Picking the perfect outfit to ring in your new year can seem intimidating, but it’s easier than it sounds. Mixing fabrics, colors and textures between pieces is an easy way to add some personality to your look.



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