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F/W15 VOLUME 5 | Issue 9




Managing Editor and Bookings Director KAILIE WENDT Bookings Assistant KAY EDWARDS


Concept Director CAROLINE DOERING Womenswear Director ERICKA DIAZ

Womenswear Assistant ANNALISE BEEBE Womenswear Assistant HAYLEY O’BRIEN

Womenswear Assistant JOURDAN PORTER International Fashion Coordinator MERRITT REED Lead Art Director MASON BULLINGTON Art Director SARA JONAS

MULTIMEDIA DEPARTMENT Media Director AUBREY WADE Photographer/BTS Videography Director FRANKY VERDECIA Photographer/BTS Videography Assistant C DIAMOND Photographer MARINA WILLIAMS

MARKETING DEPARTMENT Marketing Director CAMERON PAZOS Marketing Assistant ABBEY HALE Advertising Director D’JENAIYA BOWSER Lifestyle Director and Events Coordinator NIKKI GONZALEZ Womenswear Features Director ALEX BEST




COVERGIRL | Jordan Phelan

THANK YOU TO OUR CONTRIBUTORS and SPONSORS Avant Garb, Curio, Dillards, Fabrik, Goodwood Museum and Gardens Matt Burke Photography, Narcissus, Olde Fields, The Edison, The Other Side Vintage, Total Qality Roofing, Vocelles, Walter Green, Wonsaponatime (see back for contact information)


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Intemperance 7

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At SWATCH, 2016 has been at the forefront of our minds for the better part of the past year; another issue means another anniversary and it’s always a good reason to look back at where we’ve come from and more importantly, where we are going. This landmark issue celebrates the first time our publication underwent stylistic refinement and redesign since it first hit the press. We started off by examining the past issues, spotting various elements that shaped the magazine’s trademark appeal. These advancements were fuelled by our desire to create a space where we could feature the work of local artisans and creatives, laying bare the secrets of the makers’ craft and its origins. Selecting “Origins” as our theme seemed almost natural to explore. To us it was about establishing new (x,y) coordinates – a new point of origin – and making a conscious choice to bring the best leadership to this publication while following our gut instinct. We entered SWATCH with the same anticipation and enthusiasm that comes with taking your first steps into a room with a fresh coat of paint millions of ideas rushing through our minds. As students we also undergo a personal renaissance as we stand at the crossroads of our past, present and future - examining our habits, mastering old interests and discovering new ones. Although we can’t quite formulate what lies ahead this is where most of us begin our journeys. In this pursuit to re-discover Tallahassee’s urban landscape and community our team ventured out into the city to capture the raw spirit of local flavors, filling this Fall/Winter issue with a variety of individuals from different walks of life each with unique stories to tell. Beauty comes in all forms and we believe that the rudiments of natural beauty boast in their simplicity needing minor adornment to accent one’s features. Our cover girl, Jordan Phelan’s chillingly refreshing elegance compliments her polished and cool yet jovial demeanor. Avant Garb owner Heather Wade’s passion for her vintage sartorial collections and thoughtful preservation of 8

garments will evoke an even deeper appreciation for the unique stories of how and why they were made. But we have to confess that the bewitchingly charming Goodwood Museum and Gardens was by far our most treasured find this fall, which inspired our editorial shoot. Enthralled with the dreamy warm glow inside the house we couldn’t help but wonder about the secrets kept within its walls, imagining the lavish parties, the affluent guests that once enlivened this luxurious estate parading their latest evening wear while exchanging amorous stares. However you’ve come to enjoy Tallahassee, whether it’s by skating through FSU’s campus, taking a walk at the Cascades Park or paying a routine visit for a latte at Blackdog Café there is no formula, no one way to make this place your own. We’re fired up as we throw open the doors to 2016. Our resolution? To continue to seek out the outré, noteworthy individuals, remarkable stories, and places—the abundant tesserae within our community—fashioning a bright and florid mosaic with Sisyphean dedication. Sincerely yours, Enara Nazarova Editor-in-Chief

Giovanna Alvarez Editor-in-Chief


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Natural Alternatives

LEMON By Bailey Hill


Imune Booster Lemons have the power to alkalize bodies which strengthens immunity to a wide range of toxins. Simply drinking lemon water in the morning can get your pH levels where they need to be and in-turn can boost metabolism! Before eating breakfast, mix the juice from half of a lemon with 12-16 oz of warm water. The lemon water balances, restores and also helps the stomach feel less hungry.



Cold Remedy Cold season is right around the corner so it seems appropriate to discuss the cold-healing benefits of lemon as well. Lemon can cure a sore throat quickly and easily. It has always been an old wives’ tale to take a spoonful of lemon and honey for a sore throat but no one seems to wonder why. Truth is, lemon is strong enough to break down the mucus and congestion that coats the throat when someone is feeling under the weather. Even half a tablespoon of lemon and honey mixture will soothe a hurting throat.


Teeth Whitener Lemon also acts as a bleaching agent for your teeth. It is said that Americans spend over $1.4 billion a year for over-the-counter teeth whitening products. To whiten teeth naturally and at home, simply mix baking soda and fresh lemon juice until it forms a paste. Use a toothbrush to coat your pearly whites with the paste and leave for one minute before swishing with water. This method will prevent your teeth from getting overly sensitive and brittle like they would with continuous chemical bleaching.


Moisturizer Many people like to add lemon to food and drinks because of taste and its ability to strengthen hair, nails, and teeth! In fact, a mixture of coconut water and lemon juice makes a solution that will moisturize, hydrate, clear, and brighten skin. Mix, stir, and lather onto the skin to exfolioate and watch how discolored skin lightens and new blemishes clear.


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Insect Repellent

Did you know that mixing coconut and tea tree oils makes a perfect bug repellent? There’s nothing good about the feel or smell of store-bought bug spray. This mixture keeps the bugs away without being harmful to the body or being sticky on the skin. If the bug spray step is forgotten, it may be good to know that coconut oil is also the best way to deal with bug bites. When the itch is non-stop, the redness is annoying, and the pests are all around, grab your jar of soothing coconut oil to heal it up right-a-way.



Hair Conditioner

Use coconut oil on hair! The oil is now being used in so many different conditioners because of how well it works. The truth is, though, that coconut oil alone can act as a conditioner and an overnight treatment. Lathering up hair with coconut oil moisturizes the scalp, repairs dead split ends, eliminates frizz and makes the hair shine. Coconut oil fights against dandruff by hydrating and healing the scalp with necessary vitamins. It also works like a charm as a detangling aid. Before brushing, rub a small scoop of coconut oil into the tangled parts and comb right through


Moisturizer The most popular way to make use of this wonder product is by using it as a moisturizer. Coconut oil is a great hydrator for the skin making it glow and also absorb nutrients. It’s only downfall is the sensitive acne prone skin. In that case, coconut oil should not be applied to the face because it will add excess oil, therefore possibly clogging pores. The positives of using coconut oil for an all-natural moisturizer are seemingly endless, but in comparison to normal lotion with chemicals that the body soaks up, its healthy saturated fats heal and smooth out the skin making it great alternative. It can also serve as a sunblock protecting the body from harmful sun rays with just a little dab of oil.


Cooking Oil And lastly, use it as a replacement for other cooking oils. Coconut oil is a healthier solution to warm up in the pan before sautĂŠing, frying, or baking anything. It has a hint of sweetness and it also melts fairly quickly. Remember to try it next time when cooking Asian or Mediterranean dishes. The coconut aftertaste is wonderful making it also a great replacement for butter and margarine.


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Photographed by Marina Williams


Avant-Garb V I N TA G E by Bailey Hill

Walking into Avant-Garb is like stepping into a time machine visiting now forgotten corners of the past. The walls at the entrance of the store date back the farthest. To the right are big displays of tons of jewelry displaying stunning rings some of which are shipped from other countries. When walking deeper into the store it’s hard to miss the colorful interior decor and myriad of hats, purses, shoes and scarves. Hidden in the crevice is a room full of old posters and boxes of vinyl to dust off before tossing them onto a record player. Avant-Garb is the spot to find all things vintage. The shop opened in February of 2006. Though some of the items for sale date back to 1915 the majority of the clothes in the shop range from the ‘50s to the ‘70s. One of the store sections that the owner recently started back up displays a wide range of modern pieces that are ready-to-wear and easy to accessorize. “My shop is unique because it is not a corporate box store with a formula. My business is pretty much the opposite because it is a reflection of my passions, hobbies, and my love for vintage clothing,” said owner Heather Wade. Wade, born in Nashville, TN, grew up in Tallahassee in the 80s since she was just a third-grader. Growing up, she always knew that she wanted to create her own business, but as a teenager she became more and more in tune to her obsession with clothes from different eras. Her mother was a collector of different sorts, but Wade watched her carefully seemed follow suit. Wade’s hobby of collecting and love for fashion sparked at a very young age. “My mom said when I was a child, I’d change clothes five times a day and rob her jewelry box. It was really like a character change,” said Wade. Once she realized how valuable these items were, her scavenging began. She began collecting early so that she could have the collection of clothes for years to come. Her claim is that she was inspired by the entertainment industry. Specifically, she idolized the vintage look by Debbie Harry of Blondie and the classic Gretta Garbo, Liz Taylor and Marilyn Monroe. These celebrities showed her how powerful it was to create an individual look. Her closet is full of pieces from all of her idol’s time eras. “Picking a favorite era is so difficult, maybe that’s because I’m a Gemini! I have more ‘30s and ‘40s dresses than anything, but I also love the ‘60s and ‘70s who feed off of the ‘30s and ‘40s,” said Wade. One of her favorite aspects of vintage clothing is how it was made. Everything crafted back then was made with the hopes of lasting for a very long time. Clearly that’s how these wardrobe items have made it through so many years in such great condition! Wade prefers the old way of making things; society carried a certain mentality of preservation so that items created were not so easily disposed. In contrast to the current social mentality of fast, cheap, items manufactured for short use.


“I carefully select all of the vintage items myself; I buy them from local people as well as people all across the country. I have many people that come to me because they feel an attachment to their items that they are purging and they know I will find great homes for those items. Most of all, they know that I respect these historical works of art,” said Wade. The clothes in the store range from casual jumpers to sequined ball gowns with everything in between. Avant-Garb is not only the perfect place to find a wild outfit to wear as a costume, but it’s also the place to find an eye-catching get-up for your next social or party. “Regarding my personal style, I enjoy combining key elements from extremely different time periods to create a look in the moment to define my mood of the day,” said Wade. This idea becomes realistic as soon as you walk in the door. The shop is home to many exquisite pieces that are just unlike anything you can find at the mall today. Beyond being eccentric and one-of-a-kind, each item in Avant-Garb is a piece of history that is very gently and throughfully cared for. Visit Avant-Garb any day (Tuesday through Sunday) on 522 W Gaines Street. 27

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Lilac Tulle Skirt and Photography by Caroline Van Doering





Men’s T-Shirts—Original Designs by Ben Middleton


PHAZE ONE Skate Shop By Yuly Perdomo

By Yuly Perdomo

Photographed by Franky Verdecia


Orlando Vasquez, known to many as Orly, opened up the Phaze One Skate Shop in 1994; little did he know of the long standing success that would follow. Today the shop sells clothing, accessories, skateboards, and helps repair and customize the boards. As a whole, the skate shop caters to skateboarder’s lifestyle by combining apparel and skateboard gear. Vasquez founded the shop with two of his friends who also had a passion for skateboarding which was far from mainstream in the ‘90s. “Back then the skateboarding scene was pretty much dead,” said Vasquez. Undiscouraged, Vasquez gathered together the small skateboard community scattered around Tallahassee and solidified a new group under the wings of his well-established skate shop. Phaze One, with its existing name, was originally located near the Tallahassee Mall on Monroe Street before Vasquez decided to relocate to Gaines Street. Vasquez thought the new place would be a better location for boarders to get their gear and skates. “There were no restrictions for skateboarding in the area of Gaines Street so we relocated” said Vasquez. Gaines Street is the ideal place for anyone looking to express their creativity, as well as a local art hive where artists showcase their work. The walls of Gaines are covered in graffiti art and cornered with fun vintage stores creating the perfect atmosphere for Phaze One to set up shop. Vasquez wanted to create an environment where the skate community could come and enjoy their culture; he started off by selling various street and skate wear pieces that catered to skateboarders of all ages. 35

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“Little kids come in here looking at the backs of the board but we teach them that it is more than that,” Vasquez said. He strongly emphasizes authenticity and originality; the shop doesn’t really carry many of the mainstream brands. “We carry Nike SB, Antihero, Habitat, and an upcoming label called F***ing Awesome” said Vasquez. These exclusive brands and word-of-mouth marketing is what kept this shop on the map. However his history with skateboarding started at a very young age when he moved to Miami, Florida as a kid. He attended Florida State in 1992 where he studied psychology and helped sell streetwear for a brand called Pervert. Pervert was a popular skate wear brand in the 90’s. In the midst of conversation, Vasquez and his friends came up with an idea to open up a store where he could sell popular skateboard clothing brands such as Pervert, Fuct, and Freshjive. With that goal in mind Phaze One Skate Shop was born. “I was a rep for Pervert back then and we wanted to create a space where people could come in and buy the merchandise” said Vasquez. “Rave kids in the 90’s loved skater clothing; kids would take pipe pants and put a pant leg over their body to know that they were big enough,” Vasquez said. As a former skateboarder, Vasquez felt passionate about his business and worked on many other side projects.


Along with his colleague Dave Wilcox, helped open up Mike Blankenship Skate Park in Tallahassee in 2001. This skate park was commissioned through the city and was built as a space for local skateboarders to showcase their talent, improve or just have some fun shredding. Vasquez also became a part of a newer DIY (Do It Yourself) skate park on Gaines Street built around five years ago. The park began as a small bag of concrete and is still under construction, but it’s an awesome spot that entices skateboarders of all ages to go out and work on their skill. “My job is to collect the funds for the DIY park so that skaters have money to buy concrete bags and go to the park and build it themselves; that’s the whole do it yourself concept” said Vasquez. The DIY Park sparks innovation within the skateboarding community by inspiring skateboarders to create what they want to see and what they want to skateboard on. “I’ve been skateboarding since 1988” Vasquez said. It seems like skateboarding is a passion of his that will never die and neither will enduring passion for the shop and the skateboarding community which is evident through the many projects he has been involved. “It’s really a camaraderie in this skateboarding community and for me it’s not about the money” said Vasquez. His commitment to his job is what makes Phaze One a special place for skateboarders from all walks of life to come in and acquire the most exclusive and coolest merchandise around.


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Straight to the Point By Isabelle Resnick

What’s the Point is a piercing exclusive studio located in the heart of College Town in Tallahassee. Kim Casey, the store’s owner, has been piercing her whole life. At thirteen, Casey pierced her own nose and ears and proceeded to pierce the lobes of all of her friends. She later sought an apprenticeship with an old friend whom she had been receiving work from. When she moved to Tallahassee for school, she worked in the spot she occupies now at 516 Gaines Street and took over the shop when the owner passed away to be able to continue piercing. Nineteen years later, the self-proclaimed one-woman show is still at it. Casey made sure that the business was not perceived as a room in the back of a tattoo shop. What’s the Point is set up like a hip boutique; the color scheme is a moody black and red decorated by off-beat wall art, a collection of voodoo dolls, and glass cases filled with organic jewelry, including hand-carved bone, wood, horn, and shell. “It’s me, me, and me. I do everything. I’m the person who does the piercing, who orders the jewelry, who does all the paperwork, who cleans the bathroom. Owning your own business, the hardest part is being the person who cracks the whip on yourself,” said Casey.


I might encourage them: treat yourself to a nice meal after this,” said Casey. What happens when someone comes to you with an infection? “I will perform a sterile procedure on you, but once you walk out the door it’s your responsibility. Most of the time, infections come from what happens after you leave the shop. It’s on the person. Now, there may be the chance that a place gives you bad jewelry placement or bad jewelry metal, but people don’t realize how much they’re responsible for once they walk out the door,” said Casey. You have a lot of great piercings. What is your favorite one on yourself? “My nose; it’s the first one I did on myself after my ears. My thirteen-year-old self pierced it a bit too low but I keep it in because it’s special to me,” said Casey. Is there a particular piercing you like to perform on others? “I don’t have a favorite one in particular, but I like a thought-out piercing. I like stuff that’s planned out and symmetric and not just haphazard and slapped about,” said Casey.

Despite its cool vibes and engaging aura, Casey’s studio is treated like a medical facility. She is a licensed piercing professional permitted for biowaste with an autoclave for on-site sterilizations. “I am essentially doing small microsurgeries here, so I set up a full sterile field. I want it to smell like a doctor’s office when you walk in,” said Casey. The studio is inspected once a year and maintains a workspace held to the same accountabilities to the department of health as a doctor or a dentist. What advice do you have for people thinking about getting a piercing? “Plan it out by being kind to yourself forty-eight hours prior to the piercing. Don’t do any heavy partying and eat some good food. Don’t weigh yourself down. Get some good sleep. That’s just going to allow the piercing to be executed easier, and for you to recover from it faster to get on the road to healing,” said Casey. That kind of advice is probably especially important for college students to hear. Is there anything unique about piercing that particular demographic? “College kids tend to not take care of themselves very well. I can tell when I pierce people who have been living on potato chips and diet cokes. Their blood is very thin, it doesn’t like to clot; it’s almost an orange color instead of a red color.

You started piercing when you were very young. Do you have any advice for young piercers? “I find it odd when people come in and ask me for an apprenticeship and they’re not even my clients. I would encourage them to seek an apprenticeship with whomever they’re receiving their piercing work from. That’s how I got my own apprenticeship way back when,” said Casey. As a one-woman show in the body art industry, what are some challenges you have faced in your line of work? “People misconstrue piercing as being a rowdy drunk thing. However, right now, we are standing in the passage of time where my industry is taking a turn and people are understanding that body art is a serious thing and not a drunken biker in the back of a garage, gruff beards and beer cans situation. It is becoming more recognized as a professional occupation. And I’m thrilled, because that’s what most of us have been working for our whole lives,” said Casey. It is people like Casey who are contributing to the professional reputation of her trade. She also drew some parallels that are hard to argue with, “I don’t think people realize that plastic surgery is construed as body art. You want to bleach your hair? That’s body modification. So is getting your eyebrows done and receiving tattooed eyeliner. There are different stages of it, different forms of it, levels of extremes to it, but on this level, it’s finally getting some respect,” said Casey. Hopefully as time goes on, piercings will earn the same respect as the other practices that fall under the umbrella of body modification. 39

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Lake Ella by Alexandra Pushkin

Wednesday afternoons at Lake Ella are characterized by the clatter of local farmers, visitors, and Tallahassee natives alike buying and selling fresh vegetables, honey, soaps, and other items all made by local artisans. The Lake Ella Growers’ Market is held every Wednesday afternoon, where a husband and wife bring the taste of their home to Tallahassee. Israel and Yocheved Artzi moved from Israel twenty-five years ago to their current home in Thomasville, Georgia; together they own Pita Queen LLC, a small food business. Israel and Yocheved grow an array of fresh vegetables, which they drive down to Tallahassee every Wednesday to sell at the Growers’ Market. “Someone told us about this market, so we called our coordinator, Jennifer, and she came and checked it out and found out only organic growers could sell here,” said Yocheved Artzi. Since then, Israel and Yocheved have been coming to the Growers’ Market for about four to five years, but for Yocheved, that does not even begin to compare to how long she’s been cooking. Although Israel and Yocheved have only been marketing their cooking and growing skills for just around five


years, Yocheved has been around food for much longer. “All my life,” Yocheved said about how long she has been cooking. “We’re Israeli. We cook.” Israel and Yocheved certainly bring a taste of their home of Israel to Tallahassee, selling items such as hummus, a dip made of cooked and mashed chickpeas, baklava, a rich pastry made of layers of chopped nuts, and of course, pita bread. Aside from growing organic vegetables and creating delectable meals native to her and Israel’s home, Yocheved continues work what she had been doing for years. “I’m a family therapist,” said Yocheved. “Not before or after, but now,” said Yocheved, who maintains her position while also dedicating her time to Pita Queen. Of all the beautiful vegetables, desserts, and other dishes Pita Queen brings to Tallahassee, Yocheved’s favorite recipe is a simple one. “Organic vegetable stir fry,” Yocheved said is her preferred meal to cook. “It’s something easy to cook when I don’t have enough time. Chop, fry, done.” However, when it comes to her favorite food, she has a taste for a popular item at the Growers’ Market. “Falafel,” Yocheved said is her favorite. “Our falafel.” Pita Queen can be found every Wednesday afternoon at the Lake Ella Growers’ Market, right in front of Black Dog Café.

Save a trip to the store and sample some of Tallhassee’s best locally sourced Israli cousine! It’s organic, it’s delicious, brought to you fresh every Wednesday

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Looking Glass Through the

by Alexandra Pushkin

The gentle sound of wind chimes is no stranger to Lake Ella. These chimes that hang in front of a stained glass door with windows decorated with colorful glass of all shapes in sizes tell a story, for they are far more than a simple decoration. These pieces are all handmade by Tallahassee native Susan Frisbee. Frisbee owns and operates Glasswork by Susan, a shop that specializes in handmade glassware. Upon entering the store, one immediately sees years of careful work; wine bottles molded into decorative plates, salt and pepper shakers, large stained glass pieces, three dimensional mosaics clinging to the walls, and more. Her works can be bought both in the store or custom made, even selling the supplies for customers to create their own works of art. From the small figures on the shelves to the larger pieces sitting in the windows, Frisbee does it all by hand. At the age of just nine years old, Frisbee made and sold her own creations. Her inspiration perhaps came from watching her mother. “I grew up in a house where my mother had a business out of her home and it led me to open up my own studio,” Frisbee said. Frisbee worked with many different media before eventually discovering her talent for glasswork. “I’ve played with clay and I used to sew my own clothes. I’ve tried my hand at jewelry making, quilting, knitting,” said Frisbee. She certainly found a home in glasswork, having made a livelihood out of her craft for thirty-two years. Residing at Lake Ella for twenty-three years, Glasswork by Susan both provides a livelihood and encourages a lifelong passion for Frisbee. Previously a respiratory therapist, Frisbee took her hobby and turned it into something more. That hobby led to a business, and that business to a livelihood. In addition to other crafts, Frisbee worked with a variety of processes within glassmaking. Naturally, each process produces a different effect on the glass; Frisbee displays multiple pieces within her shop that were created using these techniques. A frog hanging on the wall for example displays the mosaic technique, giving viewers the illusion that the frog had just crawled out of a mosaic painting. She established her skill throughout the rest of her store—as she can always be found working at a large wooden table. She frequents processes such as copper foil, lead came, firing in the kiln, glass casting, making beads out of glass, mosaics, and many more. “A little bit of everything,” said Frisbee. And like artists discovering their craft, each process lends variety to Frisbee’s skillset. Each piece around the shop came from a different area of glasswork. The glass beads are used in jewelry making, and can also be used for lamps. Amongst all the pieces Frisbee has worked on over the years, it comes as no surprise that she has many. “I have several. There is so many pieces I just can’t pick one,” said Frisbee. However, a few pieces that do not hang in her studio do hold significance: “I have several pieces at home that I made for my husband,” Frisbee recalls. As an artist, Frisbee inspires customers to try glassmaking themselves. The entrance to the shop displays two walls where she sells the tools for glassmaking, such as wire, specialized glue, and small rounded glass pieces for jewelry making. Down the hall to the back of the store, Frisbee sells larger pieces of glass and bags of smaller pieces of glass of all colors. With a variety of crafts both inside and outside of glassmaking under her belt, Frisbee has taken time to perfect the art that has come to be one all her own. “I think you find people that work with their hands try a lot of these things. You find what fits,” said Frisbee. Photography by C Diamond 43

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Compassionate Women by Isabelle Resnick

A story of three Florida State students who didn’t hesitate to act once they saw a need within a community. Passionate about empowering and creating purposeful motivation globally, Compassionate Women sought out existing potential and helped establish a sustainable business venture for Ghanian women. Photographed by Franky Verdecia


Two years ago, three Florida State students Melissa Magalhaes, Ljubica Nikolic, and Christina Summers visited Ghana on a study abroad trip through a program offered by the university’s Global Peace Exchange that changed their lives. This past summer, they traveled back to return the favor. The girls started Compassionate Women in June 2014, an organization that would allow them to raise money by selling handmade goods crafted by Ghanaian women for four times the profit when they returned to the States. “The second time we went to Ghana, our focus was to hear what they needed from us so that we could focus our energy doing something that would make a difference. We were told that we needed to create a women’s business. Each woman is highly skilled, but is often unable to take advantage of that skill for profit. We took those talents and started Compassionate Women,” said Nikolic. The girls set up interviews where they found out from each woman what her particular skillset was. Then, they got to work.


Magalhaes, Nikolic, Summers, and other Ghanaian women learned how to create patterns on fabric by a process called Batik. An intricately printed item of clothing began with a simple white piece of cloth. The women stamped the entire cloth with a wax-covered stamp of a particular shape. Then they created the dye they used by warming powdered dye over a fire. They cooked the stamped white cloth with the dye over a coal fire and let it soak. After a few hours, when the fabric was dry, they repeated the process with a different stamp to create two overlapping patterns. When that was done, they washed and ironed the fabric to give it a soft, wearable feel and prepared it for cutting and sewing. “When we worked with the women to create pieces that were marketable in the States, we were hyperaware to not compromise their culture’s values while also creating pieces that would sell. However, we had nothing to worry about. Everyone was excited to experiment with fashion. There came a point where the women produced pieces that they felt would do well based on what we had already showed them. They came up with great designs all on their own,” said Magalhaes. The Ghanaian women produced all of the products necessary to be returned to the States during their two-month trip. In addition to clothing, they also made headbands, backpacks, coasters, and jewelry. The bracelets and necklaces that the village’s Chiefs and Queen Mother wore could now be sold abroad as fashion items. The bracelets were made of glass beads of various colors, each one melted at a high temperatures to create a specific shape. Beads for necklaces are made from seeds from a nearby lake and wooden beads come from bamboo. 47

“Ghanaians are the most hardworking and generous people I have ever met. Once, I complimented a man for the shirt he was wearing. The next thing I knew, I had to stop him from taking it off his own back and giving it to me. Starting this organization was the least we could do to say thanks for their welcoming hospitality,� said Sanders. Apart from the money raised and returned to the women, there are lasting benefits to giving women opportunities like the ones provided to them by Magalhaes, Nikolic, and Summers this past June and July. Studies show that investing in women and their opportunities is one of the most effective means of improving state development. Twenty-five percent of the growth in developing countries since the 1970s came about as a result of giving women these opportunities. Women who have more decisions over their domestic incomes tend to spend more money on their children, including their education and food. We are excitied to see organizations like Compassionate Women sprout in our midst because they serve as steppingstones for creating empowered women everywhere.



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Briana Ali By Yuly Perdomo

Right now, more than ever, Generation Y is taking the world by storm and becoming entrepreneurs. People like Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, and Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, have paved the way inspiring young creatives to go out and spursue business . One of our own - a student here at Florida State University - has proven that that creating a business is possible even as a young college student. Briana Ali is the founder and creator of her online jewelry boutique called Bohindie Stream. She is a senior at Florida State majoring in Retail Merchandise and Product Development with a minor in Entrepreneurship. She has had her business since 2013, her freshman year in college. At the time she decided to start up her business she was nineteen years old.

Briana’s father was an entrepreneur which allowed her to be exposed to all the aspects of creating a business. As a young child, Briana would paint rocks and sell them to people. That was when she first realized that if she could put work into something she believed in, that it would do well. Once she entered college she realized she needed a job but did not want to go with the usual part time job. That is when she came up with the idea of making and designing necklaces to sell. However, making and designing necklaces was a foreign concept for her so she had to do a lot of research. Once she felt she was knowledgeable on making jewelry, she started making a few pieces.



Believing in your product and having determination is key



In the beginning, she set up shop at First Friday in Tallahassee and displayed her jewelry. She noticed immediately there was an amazing response to her jewelry and knew that this could be something that was beyond just making a small amount of money. “A pivotal moment for my business was being able to do a pop-up shop at Urban Outfitters in Tallahassee” said Ali. She said it gave her the encouragement and motivation to continue building and growing her business. What is most inspiring about this student is the passion that she has for a product that she created. “Believing in your product and having determination is key to growing your business,” said Ali. Entrepreneurship is a difficult career to tap into but Briana has made sure to persevere, selling her jewelry worldwide skillfully navigating the E-commerce industry.

Photo courtesy: bohindiestream.com

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Photographed by Franky Verdecia, Ilustrations by Drexston Redway


Floral Vest—Olde Fields Round Sunglasses—Quarter Moon


Black Corduroy Jumper—Wonsaponatime Vintage Pink Pillbox Hat—The Other Side Vintage

Green Sweater Vest, White Collard Blouse —Wonsaponatime Vintage Fur hat —The Other Side Vintage


Mustard Wool Coat, Navy/White Geometric Dress, White Purse –Olde Fields

Men’s Yellow Corduroy Shirt —Wonsaponatime Vintage


White Turtleneck Sweater—Wonsaponatime Vintage Burgundy/Red Coat —The Other Side Vintage Men’s Patterned Shirt, Red Shirt —Wonsaponatime Vintage

Taupe skirt, Raspberry skirt —Wonsaponatime Vintage

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Still searching for the perfect gift to put under the tree? Look no further! Check out our selection from Narcissus and Italian Independent — these unique yet versatile pieces will make anyone’s Christmas list.

- G&E

Photographed by Franky Verdecia


NARCISSUS Zac Posen Claudette Tassel Bag $350 | ITALIAN INDEPENDENT Color Changing Sunglasses $200 NARCISSUS Kate Spade Black Quilted Boot $398



NARCISSUS Will Quinn Cross Body Bag $295 | Seventh Avenue Cranberry Candle $25 Golden S Tartan Scarf $20 | NARCISSUS Chart Bottle Opener $65


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INTERNATIONAL AUSTRALIA Australia held back no qualms on silhouette this fall. With the moto of “go big or go home”, every detail in these collections was executted to the most of it’s ability

ISTANBUL This season Istanbul’s runways were filled with gorgeous burnt shades ofW reds, oranges, and browns embracing the “fall feeling” without being cliche.



by Merritt Reed

TOKYO TFW found inspiration from building interiors, turning what could have been considered drab wallpaper prints into floral masterpieces giving this season’s collections a unique cultural vibe.

RUSSIA Russia reinterpreted the calssic pant suit every possible way! From single breasted jackets to exaggerated sleeves and geometric hemlines on structured tops. This tradiional menswear piece is being transformed into a power staple of a power woman’s warobe. 73

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Photographed by Franky Verdecia and Matt Burke

Sheer Front-Wrap Blouse, Natasha Black/Gold Earing —Dillard’s

Gold and Black Gianni Bini Priscilla Brocade-Print Hi-Low Skirt, Steve Madden Heels—Dillard’s White Pants, Black Faux Fur Vest, Black Lace Blouse—BCBG at Dillard’s


Murano Black Shirt and Burgundy Jacket, Emporio Armani Black Leather Watch, Calvin Klein Black Dress Pants, Kenneth Cole Black Dress Shoe—Dillard’s

Ralph Lauren Gray Sweater, Murano White Dress Shirt, Murano Red Tie—Dillard’s Black Sheer Pant Romper—Gwen Everett String of Pearls—Vocelles Bridal Shop


White Sheer Blouse—Gwen Everett Teardrop Earring—Vocelles Bridal


Anastasia Sleep Chemise Sapphire—Dillard’s Sheer Black Lace Kimono —BCBG at Dillard’s


Hayley Candy Blush Dress, Lace Tulle Button-down Crop Top, Wtoo Pink Embelished Bridal Gown, Earrings—Vocelles Bridal



Blue Gem Necklace—Dillard’s Murano Black Jacket, Cremieux Bow Tie—Dillard’s 86

Red Side-cut Gown—BCBG at Dillard’s Earrings —Dillard’s Adrianna Papell Hi-Low Taffeta Skirt—Dillard’s

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By Nicole Morar



Tucked away in the discreet corners of Tallahassee’s past, lies an elegant piece of antique gold; the Goodwood Museum is a grandiose estate dating far back into the 1800s. The historic mansion is complete with a lovely garden open for the general public’s leisure stroll. The history of this spectacular estate begins with the first owner, Hardy Croom. The place began as a cotton and corm plantation in the 1830s. Sadly, Hardy Croom and his family died in a steamboat accident where the ship sunk and killed everyone on board. To this day, the mansion hosts much of the Croom’s belongings such as furniture and clothing. In particular was left this rare and unusual sofa with craved in dolphin legs. “We believed this belonged to the Croom’s family from the 1830s, it’s such a beautiful unique little sofa with little dolphin’s feet, which is very unusual,” said Jan Dunlap, a museum tour guide employee. After the tragic accident the ownership transferred over to Bryan Croom, where the twenty-four acre planation was a booming success thanks to the efforts of his many slaves. After the Civil War, the planation halted much of its agricultural production and the estate became a comfortable home to many generations. The estate ownership shifted to Hopkins until 1886 where the ownership again changed to the Arrowsmiths until 1911. The Arrowsmiths brought over a few fancy Italian paintings that hang today in the mansion’s corridors. “A lot of these paintings are from Italy, we believe that the Arrowsmiths brought them over here because the paintings date back to their era,” said Jan Dunlap. What is really amazing about Goodwood is the state of which all of its artifacts, clothes, furniture, painting, etc., are preserved. They have items dating back almost two hundred years all perfectly intact with minor signs of aging. Most of the families who resided in the estate left much of their belongings to the new owners, and all of their things are to this day in

pristine condition. The museum is like a time warp where things of the past stand still in their breath. “Yes everything is just so well preserved, after all these years, it’s amazing,” said Jan Dunlap. In 1911, the ownership passed to the Tiers family where the estate underwent a considerable amount of renovations. The wife had a drive to enhance the estate’s appearance and reconstruct some of its bones. She resized the home to convenience the household by building an inside kitchen. Before the 1900s, the kitchen was always kept separate from the house, in case of fire. Ms. Tiers closed off some the original living room, along with the back patio, and snuck in a kitchen. “Originally this was the back wall and it would look like this, it opened out into a back porch. This became the kitchen; the kitchen is literally right behind us,” said Jan Dunlap. The last owners of Goodwood were the Hodges from 1925 to 1940. William C Hodge was a state senator who resided for some years at the mansion before his death in 1940. His wife, Margaret Hodges, remained at the estate. She remarried to a man named Tom Hood, and together they ran the estate and hosted many guests. The mansion was an excellent venue for political and social entertainment. Tom Hood made a few renovations to the house as well. “Originally this was a music room, when Tom Hood lived here he turned into an office, and then the organization turned it back into a music room,” said Jan Dunlap. In 1978, Margaret Hodges dies and Tom Hood establishes the Margaret E. Wilson Foundation. The organization is centered on the preservation of Goodwood and its restorations as a public park and house museum. Today, the foundation ensures the maintenance of the estate and assumed stewardship of Goodwood. The museum today is available to the public and people of Tallahassee to come and appreciate its magnificent history and absorb its aesthetic splendor. 91

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Euardian black Battenberg Lace Jacket worn over black lace crepe dress. 1900-1910

The exquisite stitching and detail is deeply admirable making these wardrobe pieces seem so much more intricate than what we might wear today.The clothing that was left behind from each of the homeowners at the Goodwood Museum is a beautiful example of fashion dating way back to 1900. The women's pieces at Goodwood range from thick black jackets, to long detailed dresses, to spectacular handmade hats, to the most beautiful nightgowns and lace lingerie. Seeing these items so delicately worn and gentley preserved allows a visitor to timetravel through so many different eras in fashion. The museum kept these clothing items protected so they didn’t fade or deteriorate. It’s known that the homeowners often locked their items into large trunks so that sunlight or bugs couldn’t harm them.


INSIDE LOOK by Bailey Hill

An interesting aspect of the 900+ clothing items found at Goodwood is how formal they appreared. What would be worn at a house dinner party is very similar to what people wear now to a black-tie gala or a modern day wedding celebration. People sure did a lot more dressing up back then dressing up for tea parties with the girls routinely on the weekends. For years Goodwood volunteers have been trying to figure out how to get into a locked armoire in the house. No locksmith could figure it out and they didn’t want to ruin the stunning structure of the piece. About two months before our team got to visit the museum, they were able to access the armoire like a timecapsule discovering inside a myriad of men’s jackets and suits. The beautiful leather jackets hardly looked tainted as well as full patched military uniforms. Each of these items tells a story and keeping memories of thier previous owners alive.

Red velvet cape, trimmed in white ermine with unique draping and quilting on the back pabels (1918–1922).

Guardian black Battenberg lace jacket worn over black lace crepe dress (1900-1910).



DIRECTORS Nicole Morar

Cameron Pazos

Drexston Redway

Kailie Wendt

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BUSINESSES Goodwood Museum 1600 Miccosukee Rd (850) 877-4202 Total Quality Roofing Inc (850) 222-7663

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