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EDITOR’S LETTER Dear Readers, As this is our first issue, we’d ike to officially introduce the Pin Point and ourselves to you all. The Pin Point is a lifestyle and fashion magazine, aimed to inspire you all to enter every day as the bold, bright and beautiful people that you are. This issue is really all about fun. When we think of fall, we think of an excuse to drink hot drinks and pull out the sweaters in our closets. In North Carolina, it’s hard to fully embrace fall weather, as we rarely get it. Our days are often bipolar, beginning very cool, continuing on with warmth and ending cool again. It can be hard to plan correctly for the day, which is why our fall-inspired look book combines elements from summer with our favorite elements in fall. We hope you enjoy our first issue as much as we all enjoyed making it! - Brailey Lisath & Lilly Chalfant fall 2013 pg 3

We love this HPU Panther’s fall look. She pairs sweet, girly, warm-weather elements with grungy, dark, fall elements. The combination of the two creates a perfect for these in-between weather days, when it begins chilly, is warm through the day and then gets chilly again at night.


get the LOOK 8-eye victorian flowers Dr. martens $129.95,


erin crossbody bag $158.00,

light wood ray-ban wayfarer $122.39, fall 2013 pg 5

accessory report By Caitlyn Schaap After spending the last six months working in the accessory business, I’ve learned a lot about the art of accessorizing, which was a big jump for me considering how little and how seldom I accessorized before getting into the business. But, what I have learned most of all, is that women are lost when it comes to accessories. Most women don’t know what the trends are or how to wear them. So allow me to school you on what accessories should be a part of your closet this fall and how you wear them to rock the styles you already love.

knee-high boots Over-the-knee boots can be intimidating, but they can also be a cute and gorgeous way to transition into fall weather.   To avoid taking your thigh-high boots from sexy to sleazy stay away from to short of hemlines. The skirt or shorts you wear with the boots should hit no less than 1 inch above the top of your boots. Also, if the trend makes you nervous, try sticking to a flat riding boot style instead of a heel.

lyrical boots $42.50

midi rings

boyfriend shoes


Menswear inspired accents can add a lot of class to a simple fall outfit. To girly up this masculine inspired trend, try pairing your oxfords or loafers with a sock with lacy or ruffled trim. That way you can show off the polished masculinity of the trend while still keeping a young and feminine vibe.  

low-heeled shoes, $79.95

with love from ca $8.95

Above knuckle rings, also called midi rings, are a super cute way to change up your jewelry style. Unlike traditional rings, these sit in the middle of your finger between the points where your finger bends. Try mixing and matching these cute new rings with your other, everyday rings for a cool layering effect.

satchels leather/ suade satchel $298

Satchels are bigger bags, which makes them not only the perfect fall purse, but the perfect book-bag for school! They’re also super versatile because they have short straps so that you can carry the bag in the crook of your elbow, or a long strap to toss over your shoulder.

How to Make Your Own Knit hat / beanie DIY Hat Trend

(with straight needles because I don’t play that in-the-round game)

There are so many awesome looks in style, one of which is hats. A good beanie will look great on anyone, and will hide hair mishaps (Who has time to wash their hair anyway?) Also, hats are surprisingly easy to make yourself! So rather than drop anywhere from $10-20, why not make one yourself for less? It takes a little time and effort, but you’ll be proud of your wearable work in the end. By Tina Burchette

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Step 1

Get yourself some yarn and some knitting needles. Hit up your local Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or yarn store and go to town. The fun of knitting your own hat is you get to pick the color and the texture of the yarn. Make sure that the size of your yarn matches that of your knitting needles. It should say on the packaging which size needles you’ll need. Be aware that you can make a hat with circular needles or straight needles -- I explain the straight needle method.

Get yourself some yarn and some knitting needles. Also, if you’re buying knitting needles for the first time, you should get the wooden kind -- they’re less slippery so you’re less likely to make a mistake. Make sure you get enough yarn to make the hat. One ball should be sufficient, but I always get two just in case. If you have any left over, you can use it for other projects. You should also purchase an oversized sewing needle (a regular needle, not a knitting needle) to sew your hat together at the end. This will likely be found in the knitting section of any store.




If you don’t already know, learn how to knit (A kind of important step.). There are tons of videos on YouTube that are great for teaching yourself. There are written articles as well, but learning to knit is more of a visual thing in my personal opinion. It only takes a couple of hours to get the hang of it. I suggest using your extra yarn to practice knitting a few rows just so that you don’t make any fatal mistakes on your hat.


Measure the circumference of your head (in inches), and then figure out how many stitches it takes on the needle to make an inch. Then multiply the number of stitches per inch by the total inches. The first time I knitted a hat I ended up casting on about 80 stitches (20 inches x 4 stitches per inch) and the hat was far too large, so I would round WAY down on the number you come up with. The second time I made a hat I did about 60 stitches and it was still a little too big. Thankfully with knitting, can just overlap the two sides of your hat to make it smaller, no need to start over.


Start knitting! A simple knit stitch will do just fine for your first time. Knit until you believe the hat is at the length you want. Personally, I like really long beanies that flop around in the back when I put them on my head. If you want a very form-fitting hat, keep in mind that you’ll need about 1 to 2 inches of space at the top of the hat for decreasing your stitches.


Stitching the hat together. This is where the oversized sewing needle comes in. Before you do any “sewing”, take the hat and wrap it around your head to make sure it will fit. If it’s too big, then just overlap the sides until the size is to your liking. I would stick one of your knitting needles through the overlap when you’ve determined the right size so you don’t lose it, and then you can start sewing from the top of the hat. Take your oversized sewing needle and tie your yarn to it, then start sewing the pieces of the hat together. When you get to the bottom (if there is any overlap) make sure to sew the bottom edge as well. Tie your sewing up and then hide any extra yarn that sticks out on the inside of your hat. You should now have a really


Decreasing. Start by knitting 8 stitches, and then knitting two stitches together (so that would be knitting the 9th and 10th stitches together as one stitch). Then knit your next row normally. After that row, knit 7 stitches, and then knit two stitches together. Knit the next row normally. Keep decreasing the number of stitches between your double stitch until you’re down to one. At this point you should cut your yarn off from the remaining ball (make sure the piece of yarn is long enough so you can use it to stitch the sides of the hat together). The first thing you should do is string the yarn piece through the remaining stitches and then tie a knot. Now the top of your hat is tied together.

You’re welcome. cool homemade beanie that will be your best friend in the cold weather. If you couldn’t knit before this, you’ve just learned a fun, relaxing, and useful skill. You’re welcome.

You should now have a really cool homemade beanie that will be your best friend in the cold weather. fall 2013 pg 9



FASHION photographed by lilly chalfant and zachary hepp, styled by brailey lisath and lilly chalfant

leather, teal & pops of color it’s time to be a little daring and go a little bolder this season. Mix prints, mix colors and mix textures; but don’t forget muted tones can go a long way.

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gs we love obsessed, much? we’re obsessing over a lot this season. from music to movies, blogs to fall 2013 collections, technology to books, we can’t get enough - and we expect you wont, either.

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music ttttttttttt Have you ever seen a diamond in the flesh? If you’re not instantaneously humming the introduction to Lorde’s single, “Royals” you should be. We discovered Lorde this year and we’re wishing we had sooner. From her soulful vocals to her beachy brunette locks Ella Yelich-O’Connor has got us begging for more of her unique sound. Her sophistication and maturity are enough to makes us want to call her Pop royalty. As a teenage vocalist in 2013 it seems truly awe inspiring to give off such a social commentary on the luxurious and

St Lucia

frivolous lifestyles of her musical peers. Do a quick Google image search of her and you’ll find nothing but her signature voluminous hair and sultry eyes staring back at you, a testament to the forthright person she is trying to be. Embarking on her first international tour this fall, as well as recently dropping her first album “Pure Heroine” Lorde is taking over the electro-pop genre and we cant wait to hear more of her cool harmonies and infectious lyrics.


- Lilly Chalfant, Creative Director photo courtesy of James K Lowe

For you folks who enjoy 80’s-esque electronic pop music like myself, I recommend to you the up-and-coming artist St. Lucia. I heard about him thanks to my friends who went to an Ellie Goulding concert where St. Lucia was the opener. St. Lucia is Jean-Philip Grobler, who is originally from South Africa, and his origins definitely have an effect on his sound. This music is fantastic to listen to

if you’re in the mood for some dreamy and mystical beats that make you nostalgic for the 80’s you never had. Currently, St. Lucia only has about seven songs out, but Neon Gold is releasing their debut album early this October, so definitely be on the lookout!

- Tina Burchette, staff writer

tech ttttttttttt Receiving a GoPro Hero3 White Edition was one of the most versatile and inspiring gifts I’ve ever received. Why love the GoPro so much? It’s simple; who wouldn’t want a virtually indestructible camera that’s able to capture in amazing quality all the exciting things you do that would otherwise only be relived through memory. One of the perks of a GoPro is it’s incredible bang for your buck, whether you can function with a simpler version or you’re a professional looking to produce high quality videos they have a model for everyone.


GoPro’s are known for their hands free functionality but rest assured they make accessories to fit nearly any scenario you might dream up. Whether you’re like me using a helmet mount while riding my horse or you’re a surfer who needs to secure it to your slippery surfboard they’ve got you covered. Overall the wonderful thing about a GoPro is having it will inspire you to get creative. Who knows you might find a sense of adventure you didn’t know you had, and if you do you can get it all on tape!

go pro

- Lilly Chalfant, Creative Director

Our generation has been obsessed with recording and capturing everything we do and now you can instantly print it too. A company called Socialmatic is taking the nostalgic concept of the printable Polaroid and merging it with futuristic technology and the social media trends of today. They’re calling the production of the new camera a “silent revolution.” Not only can you take a picture of your favorite latte in 14-mega pixel quality but you can print it instantly making it ready to share with the world both virtually and physically. It is marked to come

out in the first quarter of 2014, and we know photographers and “Instagrammers” alike will be lining up to get their hands on this stylish new gadget. The next big tech purchase of the new year just might not be a smartphone, because the thought of being able to snap and share your favorites moments and then plaster your dorm room walls with them seems pretty tempting.

- Lilly Chalfant, Creative Director photo courtesy of ADR Studio

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movies ttttttttttt There’s nothing I love more than a good comedy. Well, that is, besides a good female-dominated comedy. Ladies, we’ve all seen and loved two comedies: Mean Girls and Bridesmaids. The ToDo List is the newest addition to that list. It’s a comedy that stars Parks & Rec’s Aubrey Plaza, centering around two things: college

The To Do List

and, well, sex. The summer before Aubrey’s character goes away to college, she decides that it is finally time to explore her sexuality after a high school career of being a virgin. This movie will keep you laughing from start to finish in all its uncomfortable, awkward glory.

- Brailey Lisath, Editorial Director

books ttttttttttt I’ve been following the blog of A Beautiful Mess for some time now. Owners Emma and Elsie are some of the most creative people, and they always post amazing craft/ fashion ideas! When I found out that they were coming out with a book, I was ecstatic to see what would be in it. It ended up being a photo idea book, which is right

up my alley and I think it will be for you, too. It gives great advice on how to photograph your lifestyle, your friends, your significant other and your family. It even includes Instagram ideas, a college student’s favorite social network! It’s definitely worth checking out as we enter the new season.

- Brailey Lisath, Editorial Director

a beautiful mess

blog ttttttttttt Ladies, we’ve all done it. We’ve all looked to blogs for fashion inspiration when we’re stuck on what to wear to an event, or just for the day. There are multiple blogs that I reference on a daily basis, however Cupcakes and Cashmere definitely has to be my favorite. Owner Emily has a way of making looks comfortable, simple

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and chic all at the same time. She also does some awesome tutorials on how to do your hair, your make-up, cook or even crafts. It’s a holistic blog that any college girl should give a look. My personal favorite look is her most recent sweatsuit outfit. Check it out!

- Brailey Lisath, Editorial Director

beauty ttttttttttt The DHC Face Wash Cleanser smells slightly of rosemary and looks like mother-of-pearl. It creates a really nice lather but doesn’t strip your skin of all its natural oils. I used it in high school before I started breaking out like crazy, and this summer I returned to it in the hope that it would help with my skin woes. Three weeks into using it my skin was so much softer and I definitely found myself breaking out less. Also, I have a lot of acne scars and I found that

dhc face wash

while using this product my face doesn’t look as red and inflamed as it used to (even when I am breaking out) -- I really think it’s the face wash. Seriously, if you have sensitive skin, this product is great. It’s great for all skin types because it is so simple and gentle. You don’t have to use a full pump to create a good lather either, so it should last you longer than a typical facial cleanser.

- Tina Burchette, staff writer fall 2013 pg 33

trendy transit

we go to school on a small campus, so why are we driving our cars all the time? cut the fumes and cut the calories. photographed by brailey lisath

We all know that being a student at High Point University comes with tons of perks. We have our own swimming pool, movie theater, arcade, steakhouse-- you know the list. However, one perk that is often overlooked on campus is our access to campus owned bikes. Why is this such a great perk? We live in a gated community on a very small campus. It’s not only possible to bike to all places on and off campus, it’s easy for anyone to do. Every morning when I go to class, the parking lots are filled with cars. Some people even create their own parking space when they can’t find parking nearest to their building. My question is, why? Cut the fumes while cutting the calories. Choose a bike instead of your car for an easy workout and to be easier on not only campus environment, but also the environment as a whole. Hence why having access to bikes is such an amazing perk this school has to offer!

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in a cup forget that line at Starbucks! these three recipes for the fall’s best hot drinks are super easy to make.

Recipe for Vanilla Apple Pie Chai Tea: Needed: 2 bags black tea (any kind), 1/2 teaspoon cardamom, 1/2 teaspoon allspice, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon apple pie spice, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and 5 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk. Fill a tea pot with 5-6 cups water. Add the tea bags and bring to a boil. Stir in the spices and turn the heat down to low. When you are ready to serve add 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk to each cup. Pour in the hot tea and stir to dissolve the milk.

Recipe for Homemade Iced Coffee: Needed: 2 1/2 quarts water (cool or lukewarm) to 5 ounces ground coffee, 2 tablespoons any combination of spices. Milks and sweeteners as you like (nutmeg, ginger, brown sugar, cinnamon). In a large pitcher combine the water, spices, and ground coffee. I prefer brown sugar in mine! Stir the mixture and let it sit for about 8 hours. After it has set strain the coffee through cheesecloth or a funnel and coffee filter in to another pitcher. Now you have your iced coffee base. Fill a glass with ice and pour in your chilled iced coffee. Add cream to your preference.

Recipe for Aztec Hot Chocolate: Needed: 6 cups milk, 10 ounces chopped dark chocolate, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, a pinch or two of cayenne (optional) and marshmallows. In a pot combine the milk and chocolate. Melt the chocolate over low/medium heat, stirring constantly. Once melted and the mixture is warmed through stir in the cinnamon and cayenne (if using). Serve hot!

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let it out

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By Tina Burchette

As we get well into our classes, it’s easy to become bored and overwhelmed with the workload. We’re all there, believe me. Regardless, I think it’s important to remember that we’re not getting up and going to classes every day just so that we can pass and get the credit, nor are we “just trying to get an A”. You are here to get an education, which is more than showing up to classes and doing the homework. I’m not going to parent you and tell you to focus on your schoolwork because I know that there’s way more to college than just going to classes. I’m not saying don’t have any fun. What I want to talk about is actively “claiming” your education. Adrienne Rich delivered a speech at Douglass College in 1977 that created this very idea of actively “claiming an education”. She spoke about the way that people are told to go to college and “receive” an education -- like the knowledge is going to be poured into them, whether they like it or not -- they are a passive and empty vessel. This shouldn’t be the case (and isn’t true).

“Real life is not all about the weekends.” We all know that just because you go to a class and sit there doesn’t mean you’re getting anything beneficial or educational out of it. I have classes where the professor rambles at you because no one will answer the questions they propose to start discussions. You have to actively participate in classes to get anything essential out of them. You have to “claim your education”, not “receive” it. If you’re bored out of your mind in class, ask yourself: am I actively participating? I know that it’s always been very hard for me to participate in class, particularly discussion-based classes. I always worry that if I speak up that someone will judge me, that what I have to say isn’t valid, I’m too intimidated because I think everyone else is smarter than me, or some other silly excuse. But I am wrong, and if you think that way you’re wrong too. Your opinion and input is just as valid as anyone else’s! If anyone in class is judging you, who cares? They’re probably not speaking up because they’re afraid as well, or they might not even be listening anyway. Don’t feel like everyone is smarter than you just because we always compare ourselves

to others. You are just as smart as anyone else, and if you have something to say you should say it. If you truly participate in class, I guarantee you will enjoy the class a lot more, or at least find it more fulfilling and educational. You’ll feel like you’re learning, because discussing with others is one of the best ways to learn anything -- you get many differing opinions and you can decide what you agree with and what you don’t agree with. Best of all, you’ll feel pride in yourself because you were brave enough to let the world know that you have something valid to say. And you do. We all have something valid to say, and we can’t be intimidated into silence by others. If your class isn’t discussion-based, ask more questions! Answer more questions! Do not let yourself sit there and be bored. Why go to the class if you aren’t going to actively participate? Take charge of your education. Do not “receive” it, “claim” it. It’s yours, and you’re paying for it. Make the most of your years here, because “real” life is not all about the weekends. fall 2013 pg 39

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