Twenty Something August 2011
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last month, then you know that Christina Fallin is Twenty Something Girl. We love, love, love her!
Twenty Something Life 054 Sherree Chamberlain reminisces about her years as a twenty something.
Looking for something to do this month? Look no further.
Womb Gallery 060
Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips is debuting his new art gallery this month - get the inside scoop on the pink building that has been causing quite a stir.
Shop Good: Mustache Bash 054 It’s that time of year again - get ready to sport your stache for a good cause.
A Chorus Line 084
We caught up with the leads in Lyric’s upcoming production.
Luke Stephens 142
Our very own relationship columnist - Carrie Bradshaw has nothing on Luke.
In the Know 144
Abigail Ogle gives all of you ladies insight into how to have the upper hand when it comes to sports talk.
Taylor Griffin 146
Find out what’s going on in the life of this basketball super star.
Workout of the Month 158 Steve Clausen of One Healthy Bod shows you how to stay in shape.
Rooms We Love 168
We love Haley Brown’s sense of style, espcially when it comes to decorating her home.
Twenty Somethings Around Town 170 Tree and Leaf Opening, Dirty 30, Sherree Chamberlain Concert at Devon Energy Sunday Twilight Concert Series
What We’re Listening To 088
Kaitlyn Smith 102
The Naked and Famous, Foster the People, Washed Out
On the Road Again 114
The minute we heard her voice, we were hooked.
Learn about our current Miss Oklahoma USA. Feeling the last minute summer vacation itch? Learn how to make the most of your time.
OK Restaurant 138
Blu is a spectacular wine bar and restaurant in Norman - we love this place.
OK Career 140
We sat down with the owner of CarolinaCakes...and enjoyed a few cookies ourselves!
Sarah Jaffe 090
Taylor Swift 092
Inside look into this lady’s new world tour.
Graham Colton 096
Learn all about this Oklahoman’s new album - Pacific Coast Eyes.
This singer/songwriter has a way with words.
Feature Store 014
Check out this month’s spotlight store - Ruth Meyers.
Styling a Splurge 022
Learn how to get the most out of your style splurges.
Nail Polish 024
Alex of The MakeUp Bar shares her love of polish.
Kelsey’s Must Haves 026 Shoes, shoes, shoes!
So long metro - hello lumber jack.
Fashion’s Night Out 030
Support local fashion vendors in Oklahoma’s second annual event.
On the Cover: Christina Fallin in Tadashi Soji
Street Style 056
New York, Atlanta, OKC - what are people wearing out on the street?
Planes, Trains & Automobiles 118
Check out what films we are excited about this month.
KSBI’s JaNiece & Kealey tell you what their top five accessories are.
Hold on to the seat of your pants... we’re taking off!
The Outlet Shoppes 136
We are counting down the days to the grand opening of this new outlet mall here in our great state.
This month we are channeling the one and only, Madonna.
August Movies 064
Just Crazy Enough 066
On the set of this film, featuring Chris Kattan and Desmond Mason.
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We chose this classic film for our movie inspired shoot this month we’re not in Kansas anymore.
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Sherree Chamberlain Feature Writer
Grace Davis Feature Writer
Laura Sabolich Guest Photographer
Daniel Whitfield Intern Feature Writer
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Luke Stephens Feature Writer
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Abigail Ogle Feature Writer
Bethany Young Editor-in-Chief Co-Creative Director Photographer
Kelsey Self Fashion Director Co-Creative Director Stylist
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came to Ruth Meyers right out of college, so I started working here when I was 23…I totally grew up here, so this [owning the store] has always been a dream,” Cindi explained. “I’m so lucky because I love this business and I love what I do…I always say retail is too hard to not love it, but it’s everchanging and it’s evolving and that’s what I want Ruth Meyers to be – stay authentic to who Ruth Meyers is, but evolve it into what’s current and what’s now.”
When it comes to fashion, no store compares to the timeless pieces inside Ruth Meyers. Opened in the summer of 1975, Ruth Meyers quickly became the go-to place for clothing and accessories, and that still rings true today. Since November 2009, new owner Cindi Shelby has breathed new life into the store while maintaining some of the Ruth Meyers’ signature qualities. “The store was very much the old salon days,” Cindi said. “That was the tradition for how the store went for many, many years, but of course as things have evolved and now the customers want to see and feel and touch; the customer is just so much more savvy now. The unique thing Ruth Meyers still offers is that we have merchandise on the floor now, but we are still very much like personal shoppers for our clients.” Whether you are planning for an event, a trip, or your everyday dress, the staff at Ruth Meyers will take care of all your shopping needs. “I say we’re great for the people who hate to shop,” Cindi said laughing. Before Cindi became the store’s owner, she was a contemporary buyer for 21 years. “I
As the owner, Cindi has made sure to appeal to all ages, while tapping into the younger crowd. “I want to reach out to the younger women and have them grow up here like I did and how a lot of my clients did,” Cindi revealed. Ruth Meyers offers clothing for each step in a woman’s life and particularly in the twenty-somethings category. “I think the twenties are a huge transition period – you’re a college girl then you’re entering the workforce, so there’s so much that goes on in the twenties; it’s just a huge decade.” Ruth Meyers is located in Nichols Hills Plaza and offers all things fashion from clothing to skincare. During August, Ruth Meyers will host two trunk shows featuring fall items – August 22-27 Shin Choi and August 25-26 Nicole Miller. “We’re not about an age,” Cindi said. “We’re for women who want to be fashionable…it’s about making every woman feel good.” For more information visit www.ruthmeyers.com and visit the store for a shopping experience unto its own.
Written by Meredith Foerster
Today there are so many eye-catching pieces out in stores, but some of them bear a hefty price tag. When it comes to purchasing things within your budget, thereâ€™s the internal struggle between want and need. First rule of making a splurge: choose something you love without a doubt. You know you have found a spend-worthy splurge when you are still obsessing about the item the next day. The trick to knowing if the item is wearable is to ask yourself four questions. 1. Can I wear it with three different things I already own? 2. Can I dress it up for a nicer occasion or wear it in a casual setting? 3. Can I wear it for at least 3 seasons? 4. Will I wear it more than 4 times? If you answer yes to all these questions, you now have a good buy. In these pages, two lustworthy splurges are paired with inexpensive, yet still chic items. Invest in clothes and accessories that are basic, yet speak to your personality. Let yourself shine through the clothes, not the other way around. Styling a splurge can be easy, often it just takes a little digging around in your closet to find items you forgot you owned.
Written by Grace Davis
Alex Mendez Kelley is the owner of the well known MakeUp Bar. There you can find all of your beauty necessities, including a wide variety of nail polish Alex’s favorite thing. Ok - So let’s just get it out there. I was totally giddy with drunken joy when I was asked to talk about polish. I have a major addiction problem with nail color. In the 90’s I suffered with this a little, and now in 2011 I am a full fledged addict. I am one of those that likes to change my polish color every couple of days for the following reasons: 1. I am an Aesthetician (fancy word for facialist) and my nails chip often. 2. As a makeup artist I get bored quickly with color. I know Shellac and Axxium is very popular right now, but really? Two weeks with the same color? Yikes! Plus, it is so convenient now to change your color. I use polish remover pads called Stripper to Go by Deborah Lippmann. $12 for 6 pads, and usually one pad takes off all of the polish. And now with all of the fast drying top coats, poof! I’m re-lacquered in no time! I love the OPI Rapid Dry, Addicted to Speed from Lippmann, Good to Go from Essie, as well as a wide variety of drying oils.
Let’s talk colors shall we? There are classics like OPI Cajun Shrimp, Dutch Tulips and OPI Red. Essie Polish is known for their soft and delicate colors. They have branched out into some bolds, but their fame is soft hues. For example, her Royal Highness, Princess Kate, wore Allure the day of her wedding. Others that are just as pristine and bridal? Ballet Slippers, Waltz, Made to Honor and First Dance. Making the bold cut is all time fav around here Turqs and Caicos, the perfect shade of green turquoise. Of course, who doesn’t love to wear Chanel? Remember when Vamp came out and how trampy that color seemed? [Whoa, I’m really dating myself here.] Yes, Vamp, the ever mainstream color that it is today, was in fact at one point thought, ssssh, escandeloso! Now it is seen on socialites as well as musicians. I am sure the Fall 2011 colors Peridot, Graphite and Mimosa will soon follow suit. But my two newest obsessions are by far, Butter London and Pop Beauty nail Polish. I have an unnatural attraction to blue nails and Butter gets me all the fixes I need! From Lady Muck to Artful Dodger to Blagger to Victoriana. The best part of Butter London is how well they stay on and the cute bottles. The names of the polishes are all slang words in London, and I’m told some are even a little naughty. The rebel side of me loves that! Then when I want loud, I mean really really loud, I go for POP. Considered by many a tween line, I swoon at the over the top exciting hues they make. Such as Raw, Grass, Pinkest and Violetta! Damn, I just chipped a nail with all this polishpalooza excitement!! Oh well, great nails are just another polish away……. Written by Alex Mendez Kelley
Retrosexual Clear the way Metrosexuals, your 15 minutes of fame are up. It’s time to bid adieu to your favorite bronzer and crack open a cold brew, because the macho man is officially back. This movement many have coined “Retrosexual” is sweeping the nation and affecting menswear worldwide. These men are going back to the styles, pastimes, and values of traditional masculinity yet maintaining a keen eye for fashion and appearance. Confused on how to identify a Retrosexual? “Look for the flannel-clad urban woodsman with an encyclopedic knowledge of single-malt Scotch,” says Women’s Wear Daily. The rise of feminism, as well as male economic insecurities are said to be the attributing factors causing men to look to their grandfather’s generation in order to adopt more stable and authentic forms of masculinity. This new breed of man takes the best from the past and leaves the cultural garbage, like racism, sexism, and homophobia, behind. To put it simply, he’s the modern-day gentleman; able to confidently fulfill the roles of both rugged man and sensitive caretaker. So, if you haven’t already hopped on the Retrosexual train, now is the time to discontinue your man-scaping and release your inner lumberjack because it seems as though the Retrosexual is here to stay.
Written by Daniel Whitfield
Oklahoma City Fashionâ€™s Night Out Styling: Kelsey Self Hair: Lil Doescher Makeup: The MakeUp Bar Photography: Bethany Young Clothing: On a Whim, Gretta Sloan, Ruth Meyers, Shoe Gypsy Models: Lauren Lundeen, Stephanie Shelton, Mikella Green
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Dress: Gretta Sloan Jewelry: Ruth Meyers Shoes: Shoe Gypsy
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Dress: Gretta Sloan Necklace & Shoes: On a Whim
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Dress: Gretta Sloan Jewelry: Ruth Meyers Shoes: Shoe Gypsy
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5 Cherry on Top Accessories
As women, we tend to observe everyone around us, in particular, other women and how they look. Think about your most recent trip to the supermarket or the mall - who stood out the most to you and why? The most eye-catching gal probably wasn’t the one who was dressed well, but the fashionista who dressed well AND put the cherry on top. We’re talking accessories here. It’s one thing to wear a trendy sundress, but you step it up to the big league when you pair it with some killer shoes and the right bangles. You don’t have to spend an entire paycheck on the proper items and you don’t have to have a ton of them. Here is our list of what every trend-setter should have that will keep you current throughout the seasons:
#1 Pearl Necklace & Earings
What is classier than a great strand of pearls and matching earrings? These can simplify a crazy print or dress up a LBD. Usually a hand-me-down from generation to generation, but if you are not next in line splurge for these must haves.
#2 Stackable Bangles
Bracelets are our favorite accessories. The stackable bangles can be a trendy piece that changes with the season. You can put many or only a few on your wrist to draw various amounts of attention. You will be sure to find whatever color or size you are looking for at Forever21, and walk out with a great deal every time!
#3 Flashy Clutch
Red patent leather comes to mind, or anything with bling! This is a great way to add attitude and personality to a somewhat drab outfit. Always keep one in your car or bag, that way you can just grab and go when going to an event or spur of the moment type formal affair.
#4 Bold Scarf
We absolutely love the hip new prints and bold colors. You can create warmth with layers and fashion with color all at the same time. The kind that just drape and fall around your neck seem to be the most flattering on all types. The more subtle the print the more use you’ll get!
#5 Great Glasses
Complete your look by turning those four eyes into something more along the lines of too cool for school. The thicker glasses seem to be in style right now and the cat eyes are coming back, but only on the right face shapes. Make sure you see an eye professional, and take pics to ask opinions before investing in the accessory of eyewear. When you look good, you feel good. So next time you’re about to run a quick errand and you think, ‘who do I need to look good for’? Rock one of these items just for you. You never know, YOU just might be the one who someone else remembers as the most fashionable one at the store. Written by JaNiece Cranmer & Kealey McIntire KSBI’s All About You
wenty Something Girl Styling: Christina Fallin & Kelsey Self Photography: Bethany Young Hair & Makeup: Lil Doescher
Christina Fallin: Twenty Something Girl As a member of Oklahoma’s First Family, the daughter of our Governor is much more interesting than the simple title bestowed upon her. With snow-white skin, the whitest of hair and her signature all black outfit, we sit down with Christina Fallin and uncover just what makes her so interesting.
only ones I truly care about. I could care less about what somebody thinks that doesn’t even know me, because they have no basis to make a judgment.“
Christina is not what the public would expect of a politician’s daughter. A woman of confidence and determination, she is beautiful, creative, outspoken and unlike anyone we’ve ever met. We wanted to get right to business and asked her to begin by clearing up some of the gossip and misconceptions that are sure to accompany anyone who lives in the limelight, as she does.
“I think color looks good on other people, but I personally get embarrassed. You may see me in dark purple or blue, but color frightens me,” she said with a laugh. “It’s just so embarrassing.”
Are you “Gothic?” After composing her laughter, she said, “I’m not gothic and that’s what’s so funny. I mean, Google Goth’s or go to Camden Market in London. Everyone’s got their own thing and they can’t figure out which box to put me in and so they just try to fit me into one that doesn’t fit. I am what I am and that’s just it. “
“I think black with different textures, and the nicest material of black clothes never go out of style. You will keep it forever and you’ll never regret it.”
Do you have any aspirations of becoming a model? “No” she said with a smile. “I have modeled before, and my dad [a former actor] wanted to get me into acting. When I was a 6 months old I was in a movie, Oklahoma Passage, so I have done a little bit of acting because of him and a handful of print work as a child. You know, who doesn’t want to be an actor or musician or a model at some point in their life? So I thought that was what I wanted to do. I helped out with a friend’s agency by doing styling, hair and makeup, and that was fun, but I don’t like the pressure that comes with it - to be thin and wear your hair and make up a certain way, so I have zero aspirations to do that again.” Do you act the way you do A. To spite your mom B. For Attention C. You don’t care what the public thinks of you. “If anyone has been around me for at least 5 minutes they know the answer is C. I honestly don’t care. I don’t care because I am myself and I’m extremely happy that I am who I am. I’m surrounded by good friends and family whose opinions are the
Christina’s look is her signature. Black. Even at this interview she is wearing a black tank top, black lace jacket, black pencil skirt and black flats.
Christina said that even at age 14, she wore all black with pearls and clean, pulled back hair to her first winter formal with the intention of knowing that when she looked back on it later she wouldn’t think, “What was I wearing?” With a look so specific, we asked just what is Christina’s style. She said, “If I had to describe my style, I’d say it’s a combination of period pieces. As in Victorian, Avant Garde and Modern. There is nothing more modern than pairing form fitting clothes like black leather, metallics or something that gives off a sheen with a piece that is structured. I guess my style is anything that is classic, streamlined and modern. That’s at least what I strive for.” Aside from her interest in fashion, Christina says traveling is what she is interested in most. The pages of her passport are stamped, and she says her goal is to see every country before she dies. “I love traveling more than anything else, and I try not to buy too many clothes or materialistic things so that I can travel.” This perspective was put in place after visiting third-world countries where she was surrounded by poverty stricken families. “It’s amazing how just giving a child some attention can light up their face. They don’t need a designer dress - they are happy with the little things,” she explained.
Jacket: Chanel Vintage Hat: Ebay
Pants: Zara Shirt: Topshop Ostrich Feather Jacket: Bebo, from House of Fraser Shoes: Made by Christina
Dress: Thierry Mugler
“It made me realize how unimportant material things are.” Christina’s favorite country so far is Israel. “It makes you feel alive, because things are so unsteady there. There is so much political and religious unrest, and when you are walking the streets you really never know what is going to happen.“ Vietnam was another place Christina enjoyed. ”There are thousands of motorbikes on the streets and the power lines are gathered in hundreds and strung across the streets. You can’t stand in one place and look long enough to fully understand what’s going on there.“
“I think anywhere that shocks me is my favorite place. I’m not so much a Paris kind of girl.” Christina is 24 years old and has always lived in Oklahoma. Earlier this month she was married in Ireland to Matt Bacon. They met through their interest in music. Matt was the lead singer in the band Stock Market Crash and Christina used to DJ around the city. Combining their artistic abilities, they have created Milk on Milk, which Christina says was chosen because when written on top of one another, “Milk on Milk just looks interesting.” “I love music, producing and editing music but I don’t like being the sole creator of it and that’s why DJ-ing was such a good fit for me.” Matt comes from a rock and indie-pop background - in his former band he sang, brought the instruments together, wrote the lyrics and created the melodies. “We are working together to find a common ground which is something that is electronic, computer based, keyboard based, less instrumental - more I guess of a dance groove with a rhythm kind of sound. So it’s a mixture of what Matt was and what I was. More importantly, we like the production of it. We like visuals as much as we like sounds.“ Milk on Milk currently has two songs and the duo will be filming their first music video later this month. With such a creative nature and a strong artist voice, not to mention all of her travels and interests, we wondered if Christina would continue to live in Oklahoma, or if she desired to explore a new place to call home. She said, “I don’t see myself leaving. The next step in Matt and I’s life
would be to have a family, and I really believe there is no better place. Where else can you get in a car, drive wherever you want and be there in fifteen minutes. It’s really like nowhere else.
“I’ve played with the thought of moving to London, or New York or DC but for me, exposing people to things that the rest of the world is already comfortable with, exposing them here is what is going to get us further down the line to becoming a cosmopolitan.” “Everyone wants Oklahoma to be this cosmopolitan and we often get compared to Austin. They want music, they want art, they want film and once somebody achieves a certain level of success everyone embraces them, but as people are going through the process of becoming a name that is recognized everyone shoots them down because they are different. If we want to get on the map as a city people want to come and visit, then the public has to change their attitudes about people who are unique and avant garde.” As many of our readers are aware, after our initial meeting with Christina and the release of our behind the scenes video, national exposure from media outlets through out the country was acquired. Many of these outlets chose to express displeasure in the creativity and style of this fashion shoot and, in a sense, encouraged their readers to respond by leaving comments. While we are aware of the right we have to express ourselves, we were astonished by the lack of open-mindedness and appreciation of artists at work. America today is the host of anti-bullying campaigns and cyberbullying campaigns, which are lead by our adults to educate our youth on the harm that words can create. It is instances just like these that they speak of and strive to eliminate, yet in an adult setting they are accepted. For Christina, she is able to brush situations like this off and never look back, but still agrees that treatment such as this to anyone is disheartening. We asked Christina what advice she would give to all of the Twenty Somethings out there. She said: “I am really happy with myself and my life and I just encourage you to be who you want to be and don’t ever compromise.”
Dress: Thierry Mugler
Jacket: Chanel Vintage Hat: Ebay
Twenty Something Life
Dearest Readers, By the time you are reading this I will have celebrated my 5th year of being a twenty something. In order to commemorate my being halfway through my twenty something journey, I’ve gotten all kinds of nostalgic, and traveled back through the past five years of my life for a quick play-by-play of what it’s been like to be me. Year: 2006-2007 Residency: “Hardcore House” Career: Coffee Shop Barista Highs: Discovering autonomy Lows: Discovering boxed hair color Bad Haircut: Growing out last year’s mohawk Boy Status: Nursing a broken heart In 5 words or less: Quintessential collegiate- coffee, music, vegetarian
In hindsight... Take a shower. Shave your legs. Eat a burger. Change your major. Feels a lot like: 19 Year: 2007-2008 Residency: “Tiny House” Career: Waiting tables/stuffing faces with my BFF Highs: Graduating college. My sister getting married Lows: Kissing a random bald guy on new years, seeing my best friend lose her mother Bad Haircut: None. I looked pretty fly at 21. Boy Status: Dated a sweet son of a preacher man In 5 words or less: Laughter heals
In hindsight... Rethink your sister’s wedding toast. It will haunt you the rest of your life. And seriously -change your major. Year: 2008-2009 Residency: “Murder Ave.” Career: High School Teacher Highs: Opening for Styx in Arizona (yep) Lows: Living across from a men’s insane asylum (seriously). Getting mono (woof). Bad Haircut: Shaving the side of my head Boy Status: Broke hearts, took names. In 5 words or less: Trial. Error.
In hindsight... Wash your dishes. It will save you years of “I’m a bad roommate” shame. Feels a lot like: 21
Year: 2009-2010 Residency: Mesta Park Career: Starving Musician/Waitress Highs: Writing a song with Taylor Hanson and Kelly Osbourne’s ex boyfriend. Meeting the King of all babies (my nephew) Lows: Totaling your car (#RIP) Bad Haircut: A mousy brown “lob” Boy Status: sweet photographer (brief) followed by a sour musician (briefer) In 5 words or less: aimless. satisfied In hindsight . . . . . put down the pizza and beer. Your body and music career will thank you later. Feels a lot like: 22 Year: 2010-2011 Residency: Paseo Career: ESL Teacher Highs: meeting the queen of all babies (my niece), falling in love with Dream Boy Lows: losing a friend to a drunk driver, taking on a job I wasn’t ready for Bad Haircut: Bangs Boy Status: sad in the fall, fell in love in the spring In 5 words or less: time to grow up . . . maybe
In hindsight... squeeze your friend Margo extra tight. She’ll be an angel this time next year Feels a lot like: 23
Feels a lot like: 24 Feels NOTHING like: 20
If there is one thing I learned by attempting to chronicle the past 5 years of my life onto one page, it is this – life isn’t a straight timeline of steps forward. It is a columniation of defining moments and lessons learned. Steps forward, steps back, running around in circles, and sometimes just plain stagnation. Sure, numbers are there for records, but the numbers don’t change you. It’s the journey on the way that does. 25 feels a lot like 24, but 25 feels nothing like 20. Growing older feels exactly like being younger, but with a little more wisdom and a little more cellulite. Am I right? Of course I am. I’m twenty-FIVE! Now go out there and buy yourself a cupcake, think about how immature and dumb you were 5 years ago, and celebrate the fantastic person you’ve become. Happy Birthday to me! Written by Sherree Chamberlain
Positioned among buildings of gray and brown, the pink brick of the Womb Gallery projects an unparalleled appearance.
Womb Gallery owner and The Flaming Lips front man, Wayne Coyne, turned his multi-layered tastes into an art gallery exclusive to Oklahoma. “The space is called ‘the Womb’ and we wanted it to feel as though you are part of this thing that is growing, this thing that is becoming all the time,” Wayne explained. Two of the men behind the Oklahoma City space are director and co-curator, Rick Sinnett, and co-curator, Jake Harms. With backgrounds in art and eyes for the unique, the two set out to create something unlike any other. “What we’re trying to do is do something that’s not boring,” Rick said. “We don’t know exactly what that is, but that’s what we’re trying to do is something cool and fresh. We paint huge murals, Jake and I, and we’ve been doing a project of 11 murals on Route 66.” Although Rick and Jake are artistically talented, the Womb Gallery will feature a variety of artists. “We’ll primarily focus on internationally renowned artists and bring these artists in to do these exhibits in a non-traditional way,” Rick said. “We want to engage the audience and make them feel as though they’re part of it. We want people to come in here and then leave feeling like they’ve experienced something more than just an art show.” One way the Womb Gallery plans to involve the audience is through the use of different media, such as a movie room, as well as a hidden area for the exclusive members and those dedicated to the arts. The Womb Gallery will feature Bigfoot One beginning August 1, as the first show. Titled “Nature Magic”, this art show will be displayed on items other than your average drawing board. “He [Bigfoot] does shoes, art, big installations, skateboards, watches, and all kinds of stuff,” Rick revealed. “He [Bigfoot] will come in and do a live install that will take a period of a week or so and we’d like people to come in and see this to watch his process and to be part of it. On August 5 at 7 p.m., we have the opening reception for his art, so just come down, come as you are, it’s open to everyone.”
The doors to the Womb did not open until August, but the gallery has managed to captivate an audience with the art displayed prominently on the building’s exterior walls. Painted by Maya Huyak, a New York artist, the structure is pretty-in-pink with vivid shapes in bright colors. “She [Maya Huyak] just showed up and didn’t know what she was going to paint and then just felt it and went with it,” Rick said. “We may change the appearance in some way over time…but just to see all the people of all walks of life that show up to take pictures in front of our building is amazing! I don’t think anyone will ever get tired of it.” The building has not only stimulated interest among the community, but travellers who have caught word of the extravagant mural have made stopping for a peek part of their journey. “Just the other day I met a woman from Virginia, and another group from Houston.” The uniqueness of the Womb Gallery is sure to create an experience for all viewers and passersby. The main goal – “We’re going to try to turn Oklahoma on!” Rick said. Visit www.wombgallery.com for more information, and make the Womb part of your Oklahoma adventure!
Owner, Wayne Coyne
Written by Meredith Foerster
Shop Good is a clothing and accessories store
that makes your shopping count.
Located in the heart of Oklahoma City, owners Audrey and Justin Falk partner with charitable manufacturers and organizations. “Everything in here gives back to a good cause and that’s either because the manufacturer that we buy from is associated with a good cause, or if not then we give it back to a local charity,” Audrey explained. Although Shop Good is a store of charitable efforts, the selection will exceed your expectations. “A lot of people think that because it’s associated with charitable giving that it’s more of a specialty item store, but we just got our first line of denim in and we have clothing and accessories,” Audrey said. “There’s a growing market of manufacturers who are giving back a portion of their proceeds.” This year, Shop Good has teamed with Sunbeam Family Services, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive family services. “The programming we’re focused on is their Early Head Start Program at Emerson Alternative High School,” Audrey said. “The Head Start is for children of teen moms who go to the school and we’re giving 5 percent of the sale price on those items to them for the next year.” Currently, this husband and wife duo is planning their second annual Mustache Bash, a mustache-themed block party to benefit Sunbeam. “We’re going to close the streets and we’ll have a giant tent that covers the street out front with different bands playing underneath and street food,” Audrey explained. “Sunbeam will be selling stick-on mustaches for donations and we’ll have some funny mustache-themed awards.” The Mustache Bash will be held Wednesday, August 10, on 9th Street in downtown Oklahoma City. The event will kick-off at 4 p.m. and continue until midnight. For more information, visit www.store.shopgoodokc.com and display your facial fuzz while taking in some of Oklahoma’s local music scene.
Written by Meredith Foerster Photography: Bethany Young
Just Crazy Enough
Identical twins separated at birth; one a distinguished psychiatrist, the other a life-long mental patient – that is the story of Fred and Ted, the characters in the upcoming film, Just Crazy Enough. Filmed exclusively in Oklahoma, the film follows twins Fred and Ted who meet at the institution and mistakenly switch places. Twenty Something Magazine caught up with this colorful cast to get the scoop. Writer/director Lance McDaniel is an Oklahoma native, who has worked on the film over two years with Executive Producer and Oscar winner Gray Frederickson, producer of The Godfather. “It’s an all-Oklahoma crew and cast except for Chris [Kattan],” Lance explained. “What’s been interesting about working with so many local actors is that the level of talent has just been out of this world.” Not only are the cast and crew Oklahomans, but more than half are from Oklahoma City Community College. “We partnered with OCCC because they have this amazing studio. We didn’t just look for the best people, we looked for the people we enjoy being around most.” The cast has a bond, which shines through on set. Chris Kattan, of Saturday Night Live and numerous feature films, says his experience in Oklahoma is different from life in Los Angeles. “People are so sweet, but it’s genuine and real. They’re honestly nice,” Chris said. Chris lives a double life on set as playing both Fred and Ted. “My homework for this movie was What About Bob and Groundhog Day for the role of Fred, and then Buster Keaton for the role of Ted. Fred is the conscious and Ted is the unconscious and it takes place in an asylum where Fred is mistaken for Ted, so he gets caught in the asylum and Ted escapes with the identity of being Fred.” In preparing for this roll, Chris also channeled an emotional side. “My dad passed away last year…it was rough on me, but probably emotionally it was good for this movie. You know how they say ‘art reflects life’, so I went through a grieving process, and instead of having things to distract myself with I had to feel it…but I got to access that level of myself so I could use it for this film,” Chris said. Though the film is a comedy, it spreads a family message. “The movie is funny for sure…and I’m happy it [the message] is translating.”
This comedic-based institution would be incomplete without peculiar patients. Desmond Mason plays Jason who has a distinct personality characteristic. “I’m a mental patient that only speaks in clichés, so I don’t really have a normal conversation,” Desmond explained. “My responses are always random clichés like ‘rub me nothing’, so it’s fun being a little silly and goofy.” Desmond, a former Oklahoma City Thunder player, returned to Oklahoma to enjoy a family life and create art. He currently has art shows across the state and a studio in Oklahoma City. This artist, however, can add actor to his list. “I never saw myself acting in film,” he said. “It wasn’t something I had a passion for, but this opportunity came up and the more I got a feel for it I decided to do it. It’s been a fun experience.” The quirky characters are expanded by 17-year-old Brooke Anna Leedy, who plays Dolores, another patient. “She [Dolores] is 18 and has been locked up in this mental hospital almost her entire life and she’s never known why, she just knows that she can’t leave,” Brooke said. “When Ted and Fred switch places, she [Dolores] finds out from Fred that the governor is her dad and he locked her up in there to hide her because he had another family.” This comedic film reminds us to look past first impressions and explore the meaning of those around you; proving that sometimes, to get through this wacky world, you have to be Just Crazy Enough.
Written by Meredith Foerster Photography: Bethany Young
Styling: Kelsey Self Photography: Bethany Young Hair & Makeup: Lil Doescher & Jenn Austin Models: Maci Cameron, Alyssa Bland, Kendall Harris, Clytee Burchett, Caitlin Sloat, Cherisse Miller Clothing provided by BodyTrends Boutique
Wizard of Oz
A Chorus Line
This month Lyric Theatre is putting on the clas- character I’m portraying, and always excited by sic musical, A Chorus Line, at the Oklahoma the immediacy of a live audience... it keeps me City Civic Center. We caught up with the leads on my toes. to bring you some insight into the show! Of all the experiences you have had in the theatre world, what has been the one that outshines the rest? To be quite honest, there have been so many, but if I had to pick one that jumped out at me I would say working with Chita Rivera. I love this lady, I have learned so much from her. We have done so many projects together, to name a few, Kiss of The Spiderwoman, and Chita + 2 which was her club act and where I first began working with her. Her quality and ethic of performance, and how to approach the work in all it’s honesty was very apparent to me especially during the rehearsal process. She is definitely a giver and never a diva; it is always about the Robert Montano plays Zach story, the project, and making that one moveTell us about yourself ment or moment work... spending countless I was born in Bayside, Queens, and raised hours until it felt right. in Hempstead, LI, with one sister, and two brothers. My father, a professor of Art at You have played many roles in Pratt Institute, and my mother, a jeweler. We both theatre and film, what would lived close enough to Belmont Park racetrack, you say has been your favorite which led to my first career as a professional character to play? racehorse jockey. However, by 18 years old, Pinch, in Comedy of Errors. I was doing a Jose Mother Nature caught up to me as I outgrew Rivera play at Actors Theatre of Louisville for my silks. Smitten by the film, “Saturday Night the Humana Festival, and on our opening night Fever,” I traded my jockey boots for ballet slip- the artistic director, Jon Jory had seen my work pers at age 20. I entered Adelphi Universities for the first time, and at the after party he came dance department, and just one week shy of to me and offered me the role of Pinch and the receiving my BFA I booked my first gig in the Second Merchant in Comedy of Errors. I reBroadway show, CATS. From there my career member saying to him with a chuckle, “I don’t pretty much took off. do Shakespeare, Shakespeare and I don’t get along.” He then replied, “Oh well let me be the How long have you been involved in one to properly introduce you to him,” we both theatre? then laughed. Two months later I was doing 28 years now. the best role of my life, and the most fun role of my career to date. Thank you, Mr. Jory! What is it about the theatre that inspires you? You are credited with performing I love living in other character’s shoes, and in the Academy Award winning discovering, and making that person come to film, Chicago. Tell us about your life through me... finding a different walk, talk, experience on the set in this film. or habit. I’m only the vessel to this particular Well, I actually didn’t want to do it at first. Rob
Marshall and I performed in Cats together on Broadway; he also came to save the day when he got his first big shot by choreographing Kiss of The Spiderwomen, so we already had a working relationship. One summer day I got a call from Rob asking me to come in to audition for him. By this time he knew I was primarily concentrating on just acting roles. He then said to me, “I understand you’re doing plays but I need dancers that come from an acting point of view.” So I went in and got the job, and to be honest it came at a great time because 9/11 had just happened and I was obsessed with CNN and the whole situation; I was glued to the television. We began rehearsals in Toronto, Canada, October 2001, and the experience was truly fun. It certainly took my mind off of such a horrible time. Rob set the precedence of having fun but also getting the work done. For some reason, when we were nearly done with the opening number, All That Jazz, I turned to one of the dancers and said, this is going to be an amazing film. I felt it, I knew it, and I am forever grateful to be apart of something that wonderful. It will be a classic, mark my words. On opening night at the Ziegfeld Theatre, I noticed Rob used me in the main poster putting me just below Catherine Zeta Jones! I couldn’t help but smile...
music, and hopefully they’ll have a better understanding of what all artists go through, not just dancers, but musicians, singers, painters, actors, etc... living on the edge, and what they are willing to sacrifice to make that audience member, FEEL. What advice would you give aspiring artists? I always say to any aspiring artist to follow their dream. They’re are no two way streets in this business, it’s one way and full steam ahead. If you’re thinking of a back up to study being a doctor, dentist, or whatever you choose then I always say, go do that. This business is too tough and only the strong survive. Yes, you’re most likely to experience some hard knocks but if you are truly tied to what you love then there is no stopping you, nobody can sway your passion, ever. And I mean, EVER!
Natascia Diaz plays Cassie
What should patrons expect out of this show? A Chorus Line is a brilliant show, no question. One of the best American musicals ever written. Patrons will walk out humming the
Tell us about yourself Born in Lugano Switzerland, (because my mom is Italian, and my folks wanted me to be born in a place where there had never been a war.) Raised in Manhattan, NY, where my folks met; he a handsome young opera singer and she a child prodigy ballerina. Started ballet when I was 3, first professional How long have you been involved in theatre? My first professional show in New York was NYC Ballet’s famous NUTCRACKER. I was 9. Then I toured as a child dancer with the New
York City Opera. I had to do that weird school away from school thing, but it was AWESOME. I was doing what I loved along with the 4 or 5 other kids in the company. What is it about the theatre that inspires you? Theatre is a temple of empathy. Think about it. How weird is it that we go into a box, turn the lights off, and watch other people pretend to be doing things...? Why do we do it? Because we are empathic creatures. We go there TO empathize with someone else’s plight, take their journey with them. Theatre allows us a place to be connected and empathic in our shared plight of being in the human condition. We all are. It is the best when people come up to me afterwards and you see in their eyes something you said, sang, danced, or spoke went right to the very core of their being. There is nothing like it. Theatre is my church. It is what I was put on this earth to give back to the world around me. And it is a privilege I take very seriously...and joyfully. Of all the experiences you have had in the theatre world, what has been the one that outshines the rest? Playing Anita in West Side Story, and the latest, starring in Paul Simons The Capeman last year. One, because I could do everything I got; sing, act and dance, and do it all to the most beautiful score I know...and Capeman because when you work with geniuses, it is really fun! I got to play and evoke a woman much older than me, and sing Paul Simons music. I mean... It doesn’t get a lot better than that. You have played many roles, what would you say has been your favorite character to play? They are all like family to me. Really. Some you feel really close to, some you can’t wait not to have to be in. But I have tried to love all of them, because it makes your performance richer and more effective when you do not judge them. But Anita was the first part that I played that I knew I felt was perfect. It was the first perfect thing I’d crafted as an artist. I loved playing the role that I won the Helen Hayes
Award for in DC. She was a 21 year old JewishScottish punk rocker songwriter. And she was like a comet. She sparkled. What should patrons expect out of this show? Expect to be challenged, to laugh, to be nervous, to be thrilled, to be heartbroken, to be shocked to be shown how in love with theatre and dance you have to be to pursue it as a profession. We are all like Don Quiote’s, with The Impossible Dream as our flag, flying high in our hearts. Artists are beautiful people. Brave and generous. It is a lesson on how to approach life. Do it with love, for love. What advice would you give aspiring artists? Find my fan page, and ask me any questions you want. Each one has their own curiosity. Stay that way. Try not to be afraid of your power. Be gentle with yourself and others. And, of course, listen to your heart. Always.
What we’re listening Song of the Month: Young Blood by The Naked and Famous
I’m sure you’ve all heard this song, but I love it. I hear it just about every day where I work, and it never gets old. In my book, that means it’s a good song. This band is a couple of years old and is based out of Auckland, New Zealand. Very catchy and very cool, The Naked and Famous definitely represent a new sound for 2011 and do a good job at being recognizable within the first couple of seconds of their songs. “Young Blood” however is extra special and deserves your attention.
Album of the Month: Torches by Foster the People
Let’s hope we’re all fans of summer. If you want to keep it going all year long, listen to this album. Foster the People are no doubt influenced by MGMT, who are great and all, but I say it’s time for something new. They released this album, which is their first, on May 23 of this year. Not too shabby for a first go at a studio recording. They’re fresh, upbeat, and always light-hearted with crazy tenor voices. “Pumped Up Kicks” has made their name famous on the radio, while “Helena Beat” is at its heels. Just like our song of the month, I could listen to these songs on repeat and not be bothered. “Houdini” is another favorite of mine from this L.A. based Indie band who clearly knows what they’re doing. P.S. ACL-goers, I would get to know this album if I were you!
to... Artist of the Month: Washed Out
Okay, I’m going to slow it down. Way down. Since our song and album of the month are upbeat, I decided we needed some balance with a band that definitely influences the “chillwave” movement. Washed Out is actually just a stage name for Ernest Green who composes all of this music himself. It’s pretty
amazing what some people can create from just their laptop. He started producing about two years ago out of his home and has blown up since thanks to his MySpace page. “Feel It All Around” is my favorite track of his, while “You and I” is a close second. He just released a new album July 11 called Within and Without that is already getting stellar reviews. I’m sure he’ll only be producing bigger and better music now that he probably has more to work with outside of his MacBook.
Written by Sarah Ethridge
Young and talented are two words to describe singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe. The 25-year-old musician is coming off the end of her summer tour where she played with Centro-Matic and the Old 97’s and sat down with us to tell us what’s next!
This fall, Sarah will release her latest EP of eight songs and two covers. “I just wanted to get it out there,” Sarah said. “The entire goal for this EP was to introduce new sounds. It was an experimental endeavor to play other instruments and continue writing.” A natural on the guitar, Sarah has recently learned to play the bass and the drums. “I’m definitely in the beginning stages of it…I get to re-visit the newness of music because I’ve been playing the guitar for so long now, I needed something else.” Another venture Sarah has tried is electronic music. “I love electronic music,” Sarah revealed. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and just never really had the opportunity. A couple of years ago I buckled down and got a laptop and decided to try.” The drums, bass, guitar, and electronic music are all featured on Sarah’s upcoming EP, but the new sounds still maintain the Sarah Jaffe element. “It [the EP] still feels very organic to me. It’s still a very large part of me…it’s not a new shocking direction.”
new songs…there’s a joyful art in playing a new song and having people relate to that,” Sarah said. “The writing can be a pain, but there’s something about finishing a song and being really proud of it.” When it comes to writing lyrics, Sarah looks to herself for inspiration. “Most of the time it’s in retrospect,” Sarah explained. “Until recently, I was never really able to step outside myself…it’s personal experience turned into cinema almost, taking real things and internalizing them.” One of her biggest hits, Clementine, began as a last minute decision. “I wrote that song with no intention of playing it more than once…I wrote it in my friend’s dorm room in about 10 minutes and I hated it at first…but now I think it’s one of those songs that could easily be related to... I would definitely say that I am a Clementine.” Sarah’s EP will release September 27, and she plans to continue recording to release a full length album early next year. For music, videos, and more, check out www.sarahjaffe.com.
Sarah currently lives in Denton, Texas where she says she has never felt more at home. “There’s something really charming about Denton,” Sarah explained. “There’s the music scene and it’s small, but there’s just such amazing talent and the musicians are gracious with their talent which is huge to me…and they’re humble.” Although Sarah is lyrically and instrumentally talented, she finds the most gratification in performing. “I love performing
Written by Meredith Foerster
Click this photo to watch a clip of Sarahâ€™s upcoming behind the scenes DVD.
Few people have the ability to bring a crowd
of thousands to their feet in applause. Taylor Swift is one of those people.
Less than six months in, the Speak Now World Tour 2011 has caused media frenzy and accolades for the 21-year-old singer-songwriter. “The Speak Now Tour is different than anything I’ve ever done before,” Taylor said. “We’ve got a bunch of new songs to work with and I take these songs case by case and develop a story for each one of them and so it ended up looking a lot like a theatrical production which is one of the goals that I have had from the very beginning.”
reminiscent of a Broadway experience. The show features aerialists, set changes, dancers, ornate costumes, and skillful choreography. Notably, Taylor plays five different guitars including acoustic, 12-string, and electric. She also plays two banjos, the ukulele, and the piano.
Despite the elaborate aesthetics, Taylor stays true to her form and her fans. “I think for me, I always feel most fulfilled when I’m leaving a concert feeling like I know the artist a little better,” Taylor described. “Some of my favorite artists who I’ve seen in concert, like Paul McCartney, he told these stories and really emotionally let the audience in and you walked away feeling like you knew him a little better. The Speak Now Tour launched in Asia and EuThat’s what I would really love, is for people rope earning rave reviews in both continents. to be entertained, for there to be a bunch of For the tour’s North American leg, Taylor spent moments during the show where they’re like time rehearsing in Nashville. “When it came ‘wow’, that element of surprise, but also this is time to rehearse for the North American tour, a chance for us to get to know each other even we were dealing with a completely different better than we already do.” stage, dancers, aerialists, and pyro[technics], but we had the music down,” Taylor explained. The Grammy-winning country star sold more “The rehearsing was mostly blocking and getalbums in 2010 than any other artist and was ting the set list nailed down, but having the named the Academy of Country Music Enterperformances under our belt from Asia and tainer of the Year, and 2011 is proving to be just Europe gave us an amazing opportunity to peras noteworthy. Taylor Swift is a name symbolic form the new songs for a crowd and see what of talent and poise, both on and off the stage. worked and what didn’t, what needed improvement, it was awesome. Plus the crowds were The Speak Now World Tour 2011 will debut awesome.” in Oklahoma this fall – September 21 in Tulsa and October 15 in Oklahoma City. One of TayFor this last dress rehearsal, Taylor turned the lor Swift’s favorite bands, NEEDTOBREATHE, empty seats into a charitable cause. By creating and several other country music newcomers the Speak Now – Help Now benefit concert, join Taylor as openers for the show. Deemed Taylor and her crew opened the rehearsal to “One of the genre’s most ambitious acts” by the public to raise money for the victims of the Billboard, the Speak Now Tour is a night of Alabama tornados which struck earlier this entertainment not to be missed. year. “I just felt like if there was any way that I could help…then I had to think of one and it came to me pretty quickly that here we are in rehearsal in an arena where there are empty seats, what if we filled those seats and gave all the proceeds to the victims of the tornados.” With Taylor’s generosity and the help of her dedicated fans, Speak Now – Help Now generated over $750,000 in ticket sales. The two-hour performance of Speak Now is
Written by Meredith Foerster
Graham Colton S
mooth sounds and easy listening is singer/ songwriter Graham Colton’s mode of operation. This Oklahoma native was drawn to music at an early age. “Music was always the first love for me, and I always knew that I understood it,” Graham said. “From the very beginning my dad played, and still does play in a band here [The Wise Guys], and they’ve been playing since college, so that was my first introduction and I thought it was the coolest thing.” During high school, at Heritage Hall, Graham put music on the back-burner and played sports. “I would play when I could, I played open mic nights and at my church, but I was never really able to go do it.” Graham continued, “Once I realized I wasn’t going to attempt to play college sports, I wanted to do something and I knew it was music, whatever that meant.” After high school, Graham attended Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas and dove into the music scene. “I started playing literally right when I got there and things started happening pretty quickly just because of Napster and the Internet.” With music as a priority, Graham found himself separated from the college crowd. “I was playing on the weekends so I didn’t really feel part of the university, which was different for me because I was so involved in my high school…so for the first time I really felt like a loner, but I was developing relationships with my band members and the people who came to my shows and it really just took off from there.” Although Graham and his band were playing different hotspots in Dallas, he admits they were not welcomed with open arms. “It’s weird, we weren’t totally welcomed by the Dallas scene…we were just kind of doing our own thing and once we thought, ‘wow, we really have something here’, we just got in the van and
toured,” he explained. A fearless act, though not entirely without fear. “It was scary. We didn’t even know what we were in for. We had a CD, we had a van, and we just did everything we could to open for whoever we could. We played colleges and universities and literally just didn’t stop.” The cross-country road trips gave the band plenty of face time, and eventually opportunities knocked at their door. In 2002, Graham opened for the band Counting Crows. “It was just right time, right place,” Graham said. “I think Adam, the singer, is just always trying to develop and help find new bands. At that time, touring was just easy. Concert tickets were selling like crazy. There was really a scene in the early 2000s…there was a need for these college rock bands…there were a bunch of us out there.” As a Counting Crows fan himself, Graham said opening for them was an experience of a lifetime. “When I was 16, Counting Crows was the first CD I put in my car. I got my driver’s license, came home, went back to school on my lunch break and that CD was in my car.” Graham has opened for other artists throughout his music career, specifically at The University of Oklahoma. “I’ve opened for John Mayer many times. The first time I opened for John Mayer was at the KA [Kappa Alpha Order] house in Norman for about 150 people.” This may seem shocking now, but Graham knew otherwise. “You knew it then; even then you knew this was different, that there was something happening there, so it was cool to be there.” Graham’s newest album, “Pacific Coast Eyes,” is his third installment and most personal. “There are definitely songs that came from the center of me, but there’s probably more songs that I felt I just want to have fun; I want it to feel good through and through.” When it comes to writing songs, Graham says honesty is the best policy. “It [honesty] has allowed me to open up more and do different songs. With this album I’m able to celebrate small victories, which really matter the most.”
Currently, Graham is touring to promote “Pacific Coast Eyes” and claimed the experience is unlike any past tour. “It’s going so well, this is my first independent CD, so it’s a total different thing,” Graham explained. “There’s something to be said about every single step making the album – flying to L.A. to write, sleeping on couches, cashing in airline miles. Doing all that just gives you a whole new respect for what it really takes to not only make an album, but to make an album that I feel raises the bar.” In the past, Graham appeared on numerous talk shows to promote his music, but this time he is taking matters into his own hands, and focusing on the fans. “I feel like in the midst of doing all that stuff [television appearances] I missed being on the ground. I just didn’t feel like I played enough to a room full of fans every night, and there’s nothing like doing that.” These days, Graham is proving that bigger is not always better when it comes to connecting with a fan base. “I play at a lot of small theaters and clubs and bars. I don’t take it for granted when people show up for one of my shows because none of it is major marketing, it’s all Facebook pretty much and word-of-mouth.” The path and dream to pursue music is a never ending road. “I feel better than I’ve ever felt, about where I am and where I’m going, it just feels really good.” – and with the sounds of “Pacific Coast Eyes” on the horizon, his fans feel just as good. To track Graham Colton, check out www. facebook.com/grahamcolton or www.grahamcolton.com and be sure to listen to “Pacific Coast Eyes.”
Written by Meredith Foerster
Photography: Laura Sabolich
In August 2003, fresh out of college, Jamie
Seerman moved to New York to play her own songs for the first time. “When I did my first performance, I didn’t know that I would continue to pursue music, so I lied about my name because I didn’t want anyone to know my real name, so to honor that experience I retained my pseudo-name.” – And in one performance, Jamie Seerman became Jaymay, a folk singer-songwriter. Throughout her childhood, Jaymay was exposed to music. “The first songs I started to write were from messing around on the piano, so we definitely had music in our house, but no formal lessons,” Jaymay said. When she entered third grade, Jaymay chose to play the violin and developed an even deeper interest in music. “It [interest in music] really came from watching Disney movies. I wanted to be Ariel from The Little Mermaid and I wanted to be Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I would just listen to all the songs when I babysat and I would always harmonize them.” When it came time for college, Jaymay got a guitar and began writing her own songs. “I would be writing songs in my room, but not performing them for anyone because I was very shy to play my own songs,” Jaymay explained. “When I graduated, I promised myself to go to an open mic and play my own songs…my first performance was a revelatory moment.” Jaymay’s songs are the result of whim and impulse. “I never deliberately sit down and write a song about something, it really just happens spontaneously,” Jaymay said. “Sometimes I don’t even feel like I write my own songs, especially the good ones. It’s so weird, like in the morning I’ll have coffee and I’ll sit down and I swear I can feel a song in me that has to come out.” Her modesty shows that songwriting is a talent embedded within her.
In 2007, Jaymay’s song “Sea Green, See Blue” was featured in the season finale of How I Met Your Mother after director Josh Radnor heard her on the radio. The two remained in contact and earlier this year Jaymay’s music was used in Radnor’s film, Happy Thank You More Please, totaling 14 powerful ballads on the soundtrack. “It’s a surreal experience,” Jaymay says of hearing herself on film. “It’s like seeing your name on a movie screen; it somehow seems more important than anything you’ve ever done.” Despite her busy schedule, Jaymay shows no signs of slowing down. She is currently working on two EP’s, one of shorter songs and another of full CD length. “I’m just trying to organize all these recordings I have and release them properly.” This fall, Jaymay also plans to release a new, interactive website complete with videos and lyrics. When it comes to chasing your dreams, Jaymay has advice applicable to all goals. “Never be daunted. You have to put yourself out there and trust yourself and listen to yourself.”
Written by Meredith Foerster
Styling: Kelsey Self Photography: Bethany Young Hair: Jamy Green Makeup: Meagan Owen Clothing provided by Ruth Meyers Special thanks to Sail Lake Hefner
Kaitlyn Smith Miss Oklahoma USA
Winning a pageant title is a lifelong dream
for those in the pageant world, but for Miss Oklahoma USA, a crown was not in her initial plan. Miss Oklahoma USA 2011, Kaitlyn Smith, moved to Oklahoma to attend school at the University of Oklahoma. When her dad lost his job, she took a semester off and worked two jobs to support herself. “I was just working and had done some modeling in Oklahoma City and one of the ladies I had worked for asked me if I was interested in doing Miss Oklahoma,” Kaitlyn said of her entrance into the foreign world of pageantry. “I didn’t think I wanted to at first because I had never done a pageant before and had no experience…but I wanted something new to challenge me and something to focus on since I wasn’t able to be in school that semester, so I decided to do it and somehow I won.” Kaitlyn continued, “I was really surprised. It [Miss Oklahoma pageant] was really fun and a cool experience…it [winning] pretty much changed the whole direction that my life is going.” The Miss USA pageant was held in Las Vegas, where Kaitlyn spent an intense three weeks preparing for the competition. “I made good friends with some of the girls; it was kind of like summer camp for three weeks but with 50 other girls,” Kaitlyn said. “I feel like I was more out of my element there than I was at Miss Oklahoma because that was just a whole different level, but we got to go all over Vegas and see it in this whole different way, it felt really special.” Throughout her time in Las Vegas, Kaitlyn maintained poise and calmed her nerves by mentally removing herself from the environment. “I tried to not think of it as Miss USA because there were a couple of times where I stopped and realized what I was doing and it starts to freak you out…I just tried to think of it as a giant fashion show.” As a Miss USA contestant, Kaitlyn worked with some well-renowned professionals in the fashion business. Fadil Berisha, a New York based fashion photographer whose clients include Halle Berry, Snoop Dogg, and Tyra Banks, was
the photographer for the pageant. “He has such a funny personality and he’s just so good at what he does that it didn’t take long for any of us to get our shots because he knows exactly what he wants and how to get it done; he’s amazing,” Kaitlyn explained. When it came time to get primped and ready, the ladies of Miss USA were in good hands. “It was all CHI hair products and Rain Cosmetics that worked with us the whole time. Everything was so organized and they did such a good job that it was never really chaotic.” Since she has been crowned, Kaitlyn has used the opportunity to help further her future endeavors. “I’m a pre-med major and want to get into pediatrics, so I wanted to get as involved with children as I could, so I did a lot with Big Brothers Big Sisters and with the Children’s Miracle Network and with the Children’s Hospital out of Oklahoma City. That’s what I mainly like to focus on because that’s what I’m passionate about,” Kaitlyn said. “I also go to Journey Church in Norman and more recently they started Love Works, an afterschool initiative for sixth graders, so I spent a lot of time with the sixth grade group of girls that go there after school.” In November, Kaitlyn’s title as Miss Oklahoma USA will expire and she will pass the crown to the next contestant. “I think this was the end of the road for me,” Kaitlyn said of continuing in pageantry. “It was fun and I’m glad I did it, but I’m ready to move on and see what’s next for the rest of my life.” For the future, Kaitlyn plans to continue to work with the Love Works program and finish her degree in medicine. “Mostly I really just try to take it one day at a time because I felt like I had this whole plan when I was younger and none of it turned out the way I thought it would.” The future may not be entirely clear, but for now Oklahoma can be proud of Miss Oklahoma USA.
Written by Meredith Foerster
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Styling: Kelsey Self Photography: Bethany Young Hair: Jamy Green Makeup: Sharon Tabb Clothing: Collectibles, etc. Special thanks to the Shores Family
In downtown Norman, there are hidden treasures everywhere you look; one of those is Blu Fine Wine and Food. Opened in January 2007, Blu was the product of three owners searching for a way to bring wine to the younger crowd. “The initial idea was to do a really nice wine bar, and the food just came along with it,” owner Tom Houser said. “We took a lot of queues from New York and Miami as far as style and food that would complement wine and an atmosphere that would complement a good time.” The fare is healthy with portion sizes and prices that will not bust your waistline, or your wallet. “We started with a sharable plate menu, but we lead towards seafood, though we are not a seafood restaurant…it’s a hodgepodge, I’d say it’s new American,” Tom explained. “We wanted to go with as fresh as we could make it with the healthiest fare possible and that was the next evolution of the menu.” As far as wine is concerned, the owners of Blu made sure to appeal the Norman population.
“We run the gamut with our wine list,” Tom said. “We’ve certainly got the most progressive wine list in Norman and that has a lot to do with the very young population. I think it’s the twenty-somethings that are driving a lot of the wine market today, and the great thing about twenty-somethings is they are fearless when it comes to experimentation.” Tom continued, “Wine used to be your parents thing…but younger kids nowadays realize it’s part of growing up, but they’re doing it in a very different way…the younger population goes for different types of wines, so we have a new group to sell different tastes to.” Every third Sunday of the month, Blu offers wine tastings of six different wines complete with the brokers who bring in the wines to educate their audience. Do not look for Blu to open near you anytime soon; this trio is bound to their Norman roots. “We like to stay community centered,” Tom explained. “We love Norman, we know Norman, we’re part of this community and the people who come here are our neighbors, they are our friends. Beyond providing food, we’re providing a social atmosphere.” This locally centered concept helps Blu’s owners maintain ties with customers. “We’re locally owned and operated and we have very much an ownership presence every day…we really truly care about the product we’re selling. It’s the hospitality industry and we have to make people happy…there’s really a lot of fun involved in that, it makes the food better and makes the drinks better.” Blu also caters to the younger crowd by offering lounges for events. “It’s open for all sorts of parties, bachelorette parties, bridal showers, divorce parties, or just to celebrate the end of your thesis,” Tom said laughing. Blu Fine Wine and Food is part of the Good Hospitality Group which owns several restaurants in Norman including Coach’s Brewhouse, Library Bar and Grill, and their newest addition, Blackbird Gastropub on Campus Corner. Blu relies heavily on word-of-mouth, so come in and try all Blu has to offer and help spread the word! For more information, visit www.blufinewineandfood.com. Written by Meredith Foerster
Photography: Bethany Young
One may find it hard to believe that
the elaborate creations of DC Cupcakes and Cake Boss could be re-created in the kitchen of a 20-year-old college student, but Carolina Low would put that disbelief to rest. Carolina Low is a student at Baylor University and the creator of CarolinaCakes. From Yukon, Oklahoma, Carolina began baking at a young age. “In eighth grade, I got a cookbook for Christmas and all the boys in my grade would have me make them chocolate chip cookies, like once, twice, three times a week, and I would just throw them on their table and they would eat them up.” Her sophomore year, the ambitious baker transferred to Yukon High School. “When I transferred schools, no one knew I was new…so I used baking to make friends,” she said. “I started making sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies for class at Christmas time, so I had all these gingerbread cookies and one girl was like, ‘I would buy these from you’ and I guess it [her business] just started from there.” Not long after, CarolinaCakes was born. At Baylor, Carolina is majoring in Entrepreneurship, an obvious choice for the business-minded student, and minoring in art. “I like that I can take the creativity that I’ve gotten through art lessons throughout my entire life and put it on something that people can actually use and consume.” Her artistic abilities allow her to hand draw on her baked goods. When it comes to concocting her tasty treats, Carolina looks to the client for inspiration. “For bridal showers or wedding showers we’ll look at the invitation and develop a color scheme from there,” she explained. “If someone wants a cake as a present, I’ll do a ‘get to know your audience’
kind of deal, so I’ll ask about the person getting the cake.” Carolina breaks the mold, literally, by creating some less traditional cakes. “I think the bikini cake is the most outrageous I’ve done,” she revealed. For her own delight, Carolina channeled another artistic talent. “I had been giving henna tattoos for some of my friends and been looking through the Indian literature, so that was fun,” she said of her hand-drawn henna cake. CarolinaCakes offers cookies, cakes, cupcakes, pies, and virtually anything your heart desires. When it comes to choosing her favorite item to bake, “Whatever people want!” she said. “Food is just good for bonding…I just like to make people happy and food is one of the few ways I know how to do that,” she added laughing. In the future, Carolina plans to expand her business. “Hopefully at some point I’ll be able to setup a bakery; a place where people can hang out and come together.” For the immediate future, she plans to experiment with more flavors to add to her already endless list of flavors, fillings, and icings. Currently, www.carolinacakes.co is the place to see Carolina’s masterpieces. The website contains an extensive gallery and detailed blog about the behind-the-scenes action. For those that want to taste the delicious desserts, Carolina’s contact information for orders is also listed on the website. If you ask, she will bake. “You can order whatever you like. If I don’t have it listed on my website, you can contact me and we’ll figure something out.” She may not be on the Food Network just yet, but Carolina Low reminds us that we all start somewhere. Written by Meredith Foerster
Ladies, I am going to give you a little word of advice: take social media seriously.. Because, if I may speak for my entire gender for a moment, guys (at least those with a proper sense for war time rules of engagement) take social media seriously. Let me clarify. We take the ‘in a relationship’ status on Facebook seriously. Let me share with you a terrible tale from my own sordid past. About two years ago I had spent an enjoyable evening with a female at a friendly get-together. When I arrived home I eventually (immediately) got on Facebook and checked out (creeped on) her Facebook profile. More specifically I checked her relationship status. And there wasn’t one. She had no status. Rules of engagement assessment? Fair target.
I assumed no relationship status meant she was not in a relationship. And you know what they say happens when you “assume”. It makes an “ass” out of “u” and “me”. And, sure enough, I made an ass out of myself. I got her phone number from a mutual friend and made the call. I was going to ask her out. Out on a date. She answered and commenced small talk. We talked for a few minutes about the previous night and I slowly made my way around to asking her out on a date. But before I committed fully to the ‘ask out’, I inquired (confident that I already knew the answer), “so, are you dating anybody?” The answer? YES. She had a boyfriend! A boyfriend of several years. My plan of attack for this phone conversa-
to suffer similar embarrassment, only she wasn’t on Facebook at all. The exact same situation occurred except that she was ENGAGED. Even worse!
tion had taken an immediate nose dive. I tried my best to get out of the conversation as fast as possible, but I fear it was apparent what my motives were. The whole situation was a fiasco. You know what could have prevented this problem? If she had clicked a simple ‘in a relationship’ button on Facebook. I assume this has happened to other guys (there I go again, assuming!). So, ladies, I am begging you, for guys everywhere, take your social media seriously. If not, you are asking for a very awkward phone call. Trust me. The saddest part is that this situation had happened to me before. Girl number sixteen on my blog www.everygirliveeverkissed.com caused me
I guess that these are the problems that a twenty something in the twenty-first century has to deal with. And they are problems that we have to figure out for ourselves. We can’t go to the generation ahead of us to seek advice because, thanks to technology, these are things that they have never dealt with. We are the first generation that has to define how to overcome the problems that we (or Mark Zuckerburg) created. Someday my son will come into my luxurious, leather bound book filled office (Let me dream!) and ask me whether or not he should call and ask out a girl who doesn’t have a relationship status on Facebook. And I will have the answer.. DON’T DO IT. See you next month, LUKE www.everygirliveeverkissed.com
Obviously Landry is very talented, but he is surrounded by a full team of superstars, making OU nearly unbeatable. Side note: Landry is engaged to OU basketball player Whitney Hand. OSU’s QB Brandon Weeden is an unusual college football player. Brandon, or B-Weed, was Of course, the most important thing about drafted out of high school to play BASEBALL. college football season is the clothing. Many local vendors create one-of-a-kind outfits to go He pitched for the New York Yankees organization. (Baseball organizations can be quite conperfectly with your cowboy boots. The second fusing, so I will save that discussion for another most important thing about college football time). After his time with the Yanks, he went is tailgating. Everyone knows this. Girls must to college and began playing football. Now he look cute and girls must tailgate. is breaking OSU records and becoming one of the most well-known players in college footIt is also crucial that girls know something ball... not bad for a 27-year-old. about the actual game of football and some of the key players. You don’t need to know much, Usually a QB has at least one receiver who is but just enough so that you don’t look silly in his go-to man. Landry has Ryan Broyles and front of your man-friends. Brandon has Justin Blackmon. These two guys are both phenomenal athletes and will be playThis is where I come in. ing on Sundays (meaning they will be drafted into the NFL). Hello! My name is Abigail Ogle-- a sports enthusiast and reporter. Yes, I am a girl and I report on sports... a living, breathing oxymoron As I write this, I am leaving Big XII Media Days, where I got to interview all four of these and I am here to help you. guys. One would expect athletes of their caliber The most important football teams in Oklaho- to be cocky but all of these men were joking ma are OU and OSU; the most important foot- around, laughing and great interviewees. I was ball position is the quarterback. So you need to proud to be an Okie at the Big XII Media Days. Go Pokes! Boomer Sooner! know Sooners’ quarterback Landry Jones and Cowboys’ quarterback Brandon Weeden. If you really want to impress those around you with your newfound football knowledge, you Let’s talk Landry. can throw out some stats like, “Wow! I can’t believe OSU was ranked 3rd in the preseason By the time he was born, Landry was destined media rankings. They were only TWO points to be a football superstar. His parents named behind Texas A&M!” Or you could slap somehim after the legendary coach Tom Landry-one with a question like, “What do you think the one who always rocked a fedora. (I would the Big XII Conference realignment will do to like to take this opportunity to thank my the Sooners’ or Cowboys’ seasons? I wonder if parents for not naming me after their favorite they are glad that they get to play all nine teams coach... Lombardi Ogle is not chic.) this season.” What you need to know about Landry: He I hope you have at least learned something by made his debut in the 2009 season opener this mindblowing article. You can always shoot when Sam Bradford went down with a heartme questions or thoughts on Facebook or Twitbreaking injury. Landry was literally thrown ter! And remember: There is no such thing as a into the mix and had Bradford-sized shoes to stupid question! fill.
Written by Abigail Ogle
Photography: Bethany Young Written by Meredith Foerster
Standing at 6-foot-7, Taylor Griffin rises above the rest, but stays grounded in his Oklahoma roots.
reunited on the court. “Playing together at OU was the same kind of fun [as high school], just a different stage.” A different stage set with NBA recruiters and future professionals.
Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Taylor was home-schooled for most of his life before transferring to Oklahoma Christian School (OCS) for high school. Homeschooling allowed Taylor the opportunity to spend more hours on the court, but basketball was not always his number one choice. “When I was little, just like most kids it depended on the season,” Taylor explained. “When it was soccer season, soccer was my favorite sport, but by eighth grade basketball was my favorite sport and I focused on that.”
In early 2009, Taylor was drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters. “To this day I still dont really know how it all went down, but it’s kind of a funny story,” Taylor reminisced. “Before the NBA Draft, they [Harlem Globetrotters] have their draft and they picked me as their number one pick, but my brother found out about it before I did because he was doing an interview and the reporter asked him about it, so after he called me and that’s how I found out.” Later that year, he entered the 2009 NBA Draft. After spending his whole life and college career in Oklahoma, Taylor made the move to Arizona to play for the Phoenix Suns. “It was really cool, I really like Phoenix, so it was a very easy adjustment.”
At OCS, the Griffin family remained close with both Taylor and his younger brother, Blake, on the basketball team and their dad as coach. “It was fun playing together,” Taylor said. “In high school, he [Blake] didn’t play a lot his freshman year, which is hard to believe, but towards the end of that year he played more. That next year is when he became one of the better players on the team and that year was really fun because we were both playing really well. It was fun to have my dad coaching and both of us playing; it was a little family affair.” When the time came for college, Taylor admits he was originally a fan of rival schools University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. “I was fans of both growing up because my dad was coach at OCS and when I was younger players from my school went to OU and OSU to play basketball, so I was naturally fans of both.” When it came time for a decision, however, Taylor became a fan of the crimson and cream. “OU was just a better fit, and now I’m a full OU fan!” The transition from high school to college basketball proved to be a smooth one for Taylor. “It was different,” he said. “It wasn’t a really hard adjustment, but you have to adjust to bigger, faster, stronger players and coaching…it’s a whole different thing when you get to that college level.” A couple of years later, Blake joined Taylor at OU and the two were once again
The next year, Taylor made an even bigger move; this time across continental lines to Belgium playing for their basketball team. “That was a little bit more of an adjustment,” Taylor revealed. “I learned a lot. Not necessarily to make me a better player, but it gave me a totally different perspective about basketball.” Taylor confessed that Liège, where he lived, was lonely due to the language barrier of the French-speaking town, but the loneliness was balanced by trips to Paris, Turkey, Sweden, and numerous other destinations for the team’s games. “The coolest part was the travel; I got to see a lot.” Although basketball has been a dominant factor throughout Taylor’s life, his devotion to the sport was not an instant epiphany. “I think it [the decision to play] kind of came in stages,” he explained. “When I was in middle school, eighth grade/ninth grade, I knew that my goal was to win a state championship and then get a college scholarship. When I got to college, my goal was to play professionally and then the last two years that goal became more attainable to me.” Basketball is not the only thing Taylor is devoting his time to, he is engaged to Marieka Wil-
lis, his college sweetheart. “We both came into college with relationships that ended around the same time and we were both recently single,” Marieka explained. “Our brothers were both on high school basketball teams and had a game against each other and my mom suggested I Facebook message Taylor and tell him our brothers were about to play each other. For whatever reason I ended up doing it...and then we started messaging each other more and more.” The two have been together over four years and were just married in Tulsa. For the next couple months, Taylor is in for a whirlwind. “Well, I’m getting married, and hopefully in the next few weeks we’ll find out where I’m playing next year,” he said. “So we’ll get married, honeymoon, and I’ll probably have to leave at the end of August, so it’s going to be a busy next two months.” Despite his rise to stardom, Taylor remains grounded in his faith. “I grew up in a very Christian family and it’s important for me to share that message when I get the chance.” He wears a ‘WWJD’ (What Would Jesus Do?) bracelet and uses that to help spread the message. “Kids at the games would always want something of yours, so it was cool to be able to give them one of these bracelets.” At only 25 years old, Taylor has already experienced the feeling of success. “I think the best advice I could give is to work hard,” he said. “I’m a huge believer in that if you work hard, something good is going to happen, even if it may not be exactly what you planned. Sometimes you can work hard and not see results, that can be frustrating, I’ve been there at times, but at the same time I have to trust that if I work hard God is going to provide for what I’m working towards and He’s going to come through as long as I do my part. That’s what I believe and that’s what has gotten me to this point.” As Taylor Griffin plans for the next stage in his personal life, the rest of the world will be waiting on edge for his return to the place we like him most – the basketball court.
Flashback to 1984 When we think of the past, and the people who have paved the way for fashion, freedom and creativity, without a doubt Madonna is at the top of the list. With dozens of chart toppers, movies, and signature looks, she is certainly an icon of fashion. In 1984 Like aVirgin debuted. This look is one that is often duplicated, even by other celebrities. We love the eighties, and this blast from the past takes us twenty somethings back to the time when our parents were the ones with the big hair, shoulder pads and not a care in the world.
Styling: Kelsey Self Hair & Makeup: Lil Doescher Photography: Bethany Young Model: Meagan Owen Clothing Provided by Bohemian Spirit Vintage
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