Up Magazine Fall 2010 Issue 04

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9 East High St.


special features 16






Closet Full of Memories



Victorian’s Secret

Men’s Style Icon these trendsetting men are inspiring style icons from the past and present

All in Good Health take that cutie in your accounting class on one of these healthy dates

Miami students share fashionable moments from their younger years

modern fashion in a shoot inspired by Miami archive photos from the Victorian era


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“Fashion is more usually a gentle progression of revisited ideas.” -Bruce Oldfield

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what were you like when you were younger?

couldn’t miss me in my Umbro shorts and t-shirt.” - Callie Andrews, photography

“I was a spicy, sassy little diva. - Caitlyn Gaynor, writer

” I was a very imaginative kid

who lived in a world of Disney and Barbie dolls.” - Krista Adkins, layout

“I loved to make up songs so most of my childhood was spent clunking around in high heels singing my heart out. - Meredith Fossett, stylist


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was an absolute ball of ” Ienergy and super stubborn. Not much has changed!” - Kelsey Olsen, marketing

Dear Readers, We wanted to explore the juxtaposition between past and present with this issue of Up Magazine. We were inspired by old photographs and Polaroid’s, and we love that trends from the 80’s are returning while futuristic fashion is taking flight. More than anything, however, this spring’s theme came from reminders of our own personal now-and-then’s –both the subtle and significant ways a person’s life changes over time.

made a dramatic switch ” Ifrom girly girl to tomboy. You



“more than anything, this spring’s theme came from reminders of the subtle and significant ways a person’s life changes”

I hope you enjoy reading the advice Up’s graduating managing editor, whose sarcastic wit and endless ideas will be sorely missed, Lauren Kreiser, wishes she had received as a freshman. Olivia Krawcyzk’s profile of her friend who has battled an eating disorder will draw you in, and you’ll smile as you read students’ memories of their fashionista moments growing up (featuring more photographs like the ones on this page). And, of course, you’ll get your fashion fix with Jeremy Smetana and Anne Kash Dobbins’ brilliant Victorian-inspired editorial. I’d like to dedicate this issue to AnnieLaurie Blair, our faculty advisor. Thank you, Annie, for loving the magazine, advocating for its future success, and offering your guidance along the way. P.S. If you are interested in being a part of the creative team behind Up, email upfashionmagazine@gmail.com for an application before April 16!

Lauren Kelly Editor in Chief

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current trends /

Roaring Twenty-Ten Hat, Forever 21, $14.80

Modern Swing Military Jacket, Nordstrom, $45.95

White Shirt, Nordstrom, $34

Sweater, Nordstrom, $39

Headband, Forever 21, $6.80

Headband, Aldo, $12

Oxford shoe, Aldo, $50

Brown Bag, H&M, $12.95

Oxford Shoe, Aldo, $50

Wedge, 6pm.

Yellow dress, Threads, $354 Pearls, Nordstrom, $18

Jacket, Forever 21, $34.80

Pink Dress, H&M, $34.95

photographed by callie andrews styled by alexandra morris

1920s Inspired


Women granted the right to vote

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com, $45


Enrollment at Miami is only 1,500 students

Inspiration for these pieces is pulled from famous flapper Louise Brooks, avant-garde French fashion designer Coco Chanel, and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s character Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby.

1940s photographed by callie andrews styled by brittany onello





Chanel introduces the “little black dress”

First talking movie, The Jazz Singer, is released

The stock market crashes

While men were off at war, women became highly active in the workplace. Consequently, menswear as womenswear became influential. Army green is a staple color while the flirtatious look of swing skirts were used for the jitterbug dance.






Attack on Pearl Harbor

Miami adds “war emergency courses” to curriculum

Miami’s student body is primarily female

WWII ends

Two piece swimsuits are first introduced

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New Found Groove

Current Material Girl Kimchi Dress, Urban Outfitters, $58

Dark Blue Top, September.1, Anthropologie, $50

Earrings, Target, $14.99

Tie-dye Dress, Criss Cross, Nordstrom, $40

Vintage track jacket, Ragstock, $7

White Crochet Top, Forever 21, $20 Purse, Stephanie Johnson, Unique Thrift, $15

White Embroidered Top, Hazel, Anne Van H Boutique, $50

shoes, Urban Outfitters, $20

Sunglasses, Urban Outfitters, $10

Scarf, City Buddha, $25

Denim shorts, American Apparel, $32

photographed by callie andrews styled by carly adkins

1960s Inspired

This decade evokes thoughts of free love, drugs, and enduringly excellent music. (The Beatles! Simon and Garfunkel! Jimi Hendrix! Bob Dylan!) Unleash your innie hippie with floral prints and tie-dye.






The Beatles become popular in the U.S.

U.S. troops are sent to Vietnam

MU starts regional branch in Hamilton, OH

Martin Luther King, Jr., is assassinted

Armstrong lands on the moon

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photographed by callie andrews styled by kelsey olsen

1980s Inspired




MTV first airs

Cabbage Patch kids are popular

“We Are the World” is recorded for AIDS in Africa

Every bad trend imaginable turned up in the 80’s. Legwarmers. Acid wash highwaisted jeans. Big hair. Shoulder pads! That said, the best of the 80’s is back. Don’t worry - it’s much more understated this time around.

1987 Les Miserables wins 8 Tony awards

1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall

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current trends / diy

tie dye/

wriiten by kristin higgins & kaitlyn rowsey styled by alicia gresia & carly adkins photographed by kaitlyn rowsey

For a different look, try scrunching the fabric and applying the bleach in random patterns

you’ll need a t-shirt rubberbands bleach a sponge

spring cleaning is here! Don’t throw out old tee shirts. Give them new life with a little bit of bleach! When trying this project at home, make sure you are working in a wellventilated space and wear gloves.

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First, wet the fabric by running it under water, and then ring it out to get rid of the excess water.

For the striped look, fold the fabric every half inch or so using a xylophone technique, bending the fabric so it fits in the sink.

Make sure you have your gloves on and pour a small amount of bleach onto a sponge. Rub the sponge over the fabric. It will change color within seconds. Rinse and ring out the fabric in water for about 2 minutes.

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DESTROY / denim


you’ll need

“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” - Mark Twain

large cheese grater a pair of stretchy jeans large, hard plastic cup Place the plastic cup in one leg of the skinny jeans

down and rubbing across the fabric

Grab the jean material, stretch it as much as you can around the cup and grip tightly

Move cup up and down the leg so the holes are dispersed across your jeans

Rub the small, puckered side of the cheese grater across the fabric

Try on the jeans to make sure there aren’t any more places you want to destory

Switch between rubbing up and

Repeat on other leg Flickr Creative Commons, Prettywar-stl

man up fashion for men in

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man up /

the iconic man Michael Jackson

written by jen heuerman photographed by kaitlyn rowsey

Frank Sinatra

written by lauren kreiser

The military jacket, Ray Ban aviators, and Sinatra’s fedora were all popularized by the King of Pop.

Frank Sinatra wooed women with his charm and stunned millions with his voice. His classic, debonair style, including his tilted fedora hat, became a national phenomenon. His own style advice says it all. “For me, a tuxedo is a way of life. When an invitation says ‘black tie optional,’ it is always safer to wear black tie. My basic rules are to have shirt cuffs extended half an inch from the jacket sleeve. Trousers should break just above the shoe. Try not to sit down because it wrinkles the pants. If you have to sit, don’t cross your legs. Pocket-handkerchiefs are optional, but I always wear one, usually orange, since orange is my favorite color. Shine your Mary Janes on the underside of a couch cushion,” Sinatra said.

Jackson looked to the pioneers of men’s fashion as he shaped his signature style. “Smooth Criminal” was inspired by Fred Astaire in The Band Wagon. The signature white socks and shiny black shoes mirror the iconic style of Gene Kelly. The pale pink button down he wore in the “Billie Jean” video helped popularize pastels on men. Jackson even showed us how to work a white suit with the album cover of “Thriller.” Since his death, fashion has seen the reemergence of military jackets and fitted leather jackets. All this from a man who also rocked tight pants and sequins. We say, if you can pull off any of his favorite looks, do it. The sidewalk may light up as you walk. photo courtesy of google images

Kayne West

written by lauren kreiser

The artistic videos, outrageous fashion statements, and bizarre behavior have all been done before, but West brings a new flavor to the game of hip-hop and world of fashion. His signature style includes statement watches, designer graphic tees, and sneakers. He has started numerous trends, most notably the outrageously useless shutter shades. He dares to wear plaid shirts under a fitted suits- and he gets away with it. He’s brought masculinity to the “man scarf.” He dares to sport luscious full-length fur jackets. He has transformed what was once feminine, into the manifestation of masculinity. West’s greatest strength - his fearlessness - is also his biggest weakness. He wears whatever he wants, whenever he wants. He says whatever he wants, whenever he wants. Sometimes it gets him into trouble. But at least it’s always exciting.

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photo courtesy of google images

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man up /

written by jen heuerman

Justin Timberlake

Starsky and Hutch

written by jen heuerman

He brought sexy back, he knows what goes around comes back around, and he’s something of a fashion icon. Justin Timberlake’s style mixes the eclectic, like fedoras or vests, with the classic, like ties or denim. In 2009, GQ voted Timberlake America’s Most Fashionable because he is a trendsetter who is not afraid to take risks. Timberlake also helps others dress as well with his clothing line William Rast.

Tom Brady

photo courtesy of google images

written by jen heuerman

The New England Patriots’ quarterback is known for mostly for his throwing arm and three Super Bowl wins, but Tom Brady shines off the field as well.

The 1970s might have been the days of disco and antiVietnam War protests, but it was also a time of eclectic, colorful trends. Silk scarves, bell-bottom jeans, hot pants, and platform shoes reigned during this unique era in fashion. In 1975 television series Starsky and Hutch made leather jackets and rebellion a trend teenagers started to follow all over the world. In 2004, the series was made into a fulllength film starring comedians Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. The 70s were brought back to life and the craze started all over again.

Brady’s style is relaxed and athletic, but it contains an element of professionalism and a suave composure. Brady is known mostly for wearing the allAmerican solid colored t-shirt dressed up with different colored jackets and coats, tie optional. His look defines classic masculinity at a time when sequins, flashy colors, and unique cuts are in style. Even so, Brady still manages to stand out by reminding us all what we often forget - less is more.

photo courtesy of google images

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“The best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural.� - Calvin Klein

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made up prepping you for pretty in

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made up /

juicy fruit styled by alicia gresla photographed by caitlin wilson

Above: Nail Color, Turned Up Turquoise, China Glaze Left: Nail Color, Hurry Honey, Sally Hansen

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this season’s hottest colors are inspired by nature’s candy and fruity drinks Nail Color, Craving Coral, Revlon

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“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live.� - Coco Chanel


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LOVE is high in calories and low in fitness. A couple eats, cuddles, drinks, and sleeps (sometimes together), and partners usually gain some weight. It’s time to fight the trend. Here’s a list of healthy dates with pointers from dating “expert”, Zach Adams. Zach is a sophomore at Miami who has had his share of good and bad dates.

written by lauren pax photography by caitlin wilson

dine at flavors eatery Don’t count calories anymore, because this restaurant is filled to the brim with healthy foods. Flavors Eatery, located just a half hour away from Oxford in West Chester, Ohio, is the perfect place for the health-conscious. Their menu includes salads, pizza, wraps and quesadillas. These foods may normally be thought of as unhealthy, but the majority of the items on the menu are geared to the Atkins and Weight Watchers diets. “Our specialty menu is unique and one of a kind,” said owner Elaine LoRusso. “We try to listen to what our customers want.” Our dating expert visited this


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restaurant and enjoyed being able to focus on the date and not having to worry about what he was eating. “Going to somewhere like Flavors would be a great way to eat healthy, since the majority of things on the menu are for health conscious people,” explained Adams. “You don’t really have to worry about what you’re eating and it helps put the emphasis back on the connection you’re making.”

have an adventure at hueston woods Hueston Woods, for those of you who haven’t come out of your room since you arrived freshman year, is a State Park about 15 minutes outside Oxford. The park offers all types of activities ranging from hiking trails to miniature golf. Zach says a date like this is a great opportunity to try something new together, such as canoeing or Frisbee golf. “It gives you both a chance to be out of your comfort zone. But, the important thing is that you’re together doing it,” says Zach. Whatever you choose to do, this date will be anything but boring.


eat a picnic at uptown park Head uptown and pack 3 a pre-made picnic. Fill your basket with organic produce from Kroger or stock up on local veggies and specialties from one of Oxford’s farmer’s markets. After you eat, stretch your legs and burn some calories by taking a relaxing walk around Oxford. “A walk gives you time to get to know each other better while you’re not just sitting and staring at each other over dinner or ignoring each other like you would over a movie,” said Zach.

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The couple that works out together, stays together. Lifetime Fitness, located in West Chester, Ohio, is an amazing facility that has all the amenities you need and

more. “It’s so much better than going to a movie. If you like to get dinner out, you can get a healthy option in our café. Basically, anything you want to do outside you can do inside our facilities.,” explains Dean Kilton, the General Manager of Lifetime Fitness. Lifetime Fitness offers more than just cardio machines, weights, or a pool. The gym includes a full service spa and a healthy café. One option is the couple’s massage and spa package. “Something I would definitely want to do while at Lifetime Fitness on a date is to get a couple’s massage. A lot of guys feel like since you have to go into the ‘Spa’ area it’s not okay to get a massage. But I think secretly, every guy likes getting his back rubbed. It’s a great time to talk to each other since both of you will be on extreme levels of relaxation during the massage. You can get more comfortable talking about things that normally make you a little self-conscious,” says Zach. spring/summer 29

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Bridget Vis helps you choose the gear you need to


Writer’s Top Pick: ASICS GELKAYANO 16 This shoe is amazing. I have been wearing them for years. The shoe is custom fitted, with specially designed arch support to cater to women’s unique foot shape. Their Asics signature GEL soles cushion your feet even on the hardest cement sidewalks. The Kayanos also feature an Impact Guiding System to improve your heel-to-toe stride, a plus for runners like me. Best of all, they’ve lasted me six-months and 850 miles.


For those of you who don’t know what pre-wrap is, it’s the brightly colored foamy material made famous by soccer players as makeshift headbands that does not pull on hair like other materials can. “I used to play soccer and it was the easiest thing available to use,” said prewrap wearer and gym attendee Rebecca Rowney (MAJOR, STUDENT, ETC). As Rowney illustrates, pre-wrap has extended its popularity beyond the soccer fields. Pre-wrap has a tendency to fall off, which can be very annoying. For college students, however, pre-wrap’s cheap price and array of colors makes it hard to resist.

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SOCKS Smartwool PHD Outdoor Light Half-cushion Micro socks

Smartwool has taken the average sock and transformed it into an awesome sock. Their Micro socks are built with WOW (Wool on Wool) technology, enhancing their durability and making them ridiculously comfortable. Smartwool’s 4 Degree Fit System prevents slipping during workouts by compressing them in place. Tom Hoffman, an employee at Walker’s Footwear and Apparel Uptown, recommends the sock. “They don’t lose their form if washed,” says Hoffman, “and they’re extremely long-lasting.” The sock’s only fault appears to be the warmth of the wool, which could make them too hot for some summer days.

ARMBAND Belkin Sports Armband for iPod

This armband is made of high-quality material that is durable and holds your iPod in place. Unlike some versions of iPod armbands, Belkin’s adjusts to fit arms of all sizes. Belkin owner Elizabeth Turner loves that the armband is washable. The armband also features slots for charging and earphones, which makes the product very user-friendly. Unfortunately, the Belkin has one major flaw—it’s near impossible to control the spin dial of the iPod through the thick plastic covering. “It’s so annoying,” said Turner. “I can never change songs or adjust the volume when I want to.”


Nike Tempo Track Women’s Running Shorts “I know it’s time to do laundry when all my Nike shorts are dirty,” Brittany Larkin, a Miami student (YEAR), says. It is quite possible these Nike shorts are the most popular workout garments on Miami’s campus. We love them because they cute and comfy. We adore them for their array of color options, even if it is hard to pick which one to wear each day. Style aside, the shorts are also functional. They are designed to be lightweight and combat unwanted sweat with Nike’s Dri-Fit fabric. They even have a brief-style lining to prevent awkwardness during sets of crunches.

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men + fitness class written by michael bloom photography by callie andrews

nothing wrong with this equation ...

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“Elegance is a question of personality, more than one’s clothing.” - Jean Paul Gaultier

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features getting real in

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otanical beauties

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photography by kelci house styled by kate gombach and xue (tina) qiu

Maybe you can’t swim in a straw hat or a long necklace, but accessorizing your suit sure looks good

Shorts, Abercrombie & Fitch, $50. Bikini top, Victoria’s Secret, $78. Hoodie, Nordstrom, $45. Metal necklace, handmade by Linda Doss

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Top, Free People, $88. Blue swim bottoms, Old Navy, $16.50. Earrings, For Love 21, $3.80. Bangles, For Love 21, $4.80 each. Necklace and turquoise bracelet, model’s own.

Hat, Charlotte Russe, $6.99. Denim shirt, J.Crew, $78. Pink bikini, Hollister, top: $34.50, bottom: $24.50. Necklaces, American Eagle, $15.50 each

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Special thanks to Harry Friedman at the Belk Greenhouse in Boyd Hall and to Linda Doss

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LESSONS LEARNED four years of wisdom, imparted.

written by lauren kreiser

Lesson 1:

“In twenty years, you will be more disappointed by what you didn’t do, than what you did.”

– Mark Twain


Read: “could’ve, would’ve, should’ve.” You will have them. You’ll look back on your four years and see the moments of infamy, along with the inevitable failures and guilt. I will graduate with Latin honors, an overflowing resume, and a full ride to law school. Impressive, but imperfect. Everyone has a different experience in college. Maybe you will form a new interpertation of Kafka, meet the love of your life, or just learn to live on ramen noodles and bad beer. Everyone also invariably learns something in college. Most lessons you cannot learn in a lecture. What follows is a list of the most important things I learned in the last four years. Take them for what they are, but I wish someone would have least told me lessons 1, 46, and 56, even if I wouldn’t have understood them as a freshmen.

Lesson 2:

The most significant lesson I have learned in college, is also the simplest: there are 24 hours in a day. Yes, I paid four years of tuition and took over 140 hours of classes to learn something any kindergartner could tell you. But the lesson extends further than simple mathematics. Life is about choices. You choose everyday how to spend your 24 hours. You choose how the year is going to go. You choose the direction of your life. You choose who you become. How do you want to pass the time? Who do you want to be? What do you have to do, to get there? Questions not easily answered.

At the Bicentennial Ball with my best friends

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Lesson 5:

College is a time for experimentation and exploration. The best parts of college are the experiences that push you out of your comfort zone. The best changes you. There’s whole world out there and its not all nice.

Lesson 31:

Kofenya is the best place ever to study. Period. End. Of. Discussion.

Lesson 38:

You have to work to be happy. Find what makes you happy and do it. This will not be as easy as it sounds.

Lesson 46:

It’s those drunken nights that approach the greatness of “The Hangover,” the lunch dates with girlfriends, and snow days spent sledding. It’s days spent lounging poolside with a bottle of wine, excursions to Jungle Jim’s, and of course, Green Beer Day. I wish I would have spent more time doing the fun stuff, just being a college kid. That is probably my greatest regret, placing so much pressure on myself to fill my resume and get all A’s.

Lesson 56:

NEVER play beer pong with absinthe. It will not end well.

Lesson 96:

Don’t let that $500 fine dissuade you from climbing the trees - the view is so much better from the top.

My advice to you:

WORK HARD PARTY HARD LIVE HARD But that’s just me. *missing lessons can be found at the Up Magazine blog http://upfashionmagazine.com/blog

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Closet Full of looking back at the crazy things we wore and the clothes that meant so much to us

Memories the changes i’ve made written by kienna smith-mcdowell

This morning as I looked in my closet, I saw what used to be. My style has evolved over time, and some of the things I used to wear I would be embarrassed to be caught in now. In high school, I had some crazy obsessions. The most memorable was a pair of shoes, this pink pair that I absolutely loved. I bought them to wear to one of the first school dances I attended. I wanted to stand out, but I was still nervous about what my friends would think. To my surprise everyone loved them. It was my first fashion risk and it paid off. After that, I would plan outfits around my beloved pink pumps. Some of those outfits were totally ridiculous, though of course I thought I was stylish. I still have those shoes, but I never wear them. I wear short dresses, scarves, and cocktail rings now instead of polos and pink pumps. My old clothes are still in my closet though, buried in the back. I’ve tried to let go of some items, but they are symbols of the changes I have made, both in my closet and in my life. They remind me of what used to be and what is now. I can’t let go of any of it. I keep my closet full of memories.

destined to be a fashionista written by caitlin gaynor

I’ve been a definite diva since the age of 2. My aunt thought it would be funny to teach me to say “Visa” and “charge it” as some of my first words. When I discovered jewelry, I was hooked. Anything bright and flashy was definitely my style. My favorite was a pair of long, dangly, plastic earrings that could turn even the cutest, most angelic outfit instantly tacky. Luckily my mom was all for letting me express myself through my outrageous fashion, and allowed me to wear them wherever and whenever I wanted. I even wore them to my brother’s baptism! I guess I was just destined to be a fashionista. To this day I still love flashy jewelry and try to get away with it whenever I can.

the Up staff takes a trip down memory


Kelsey Olsen

Bridget Vis

Olivia Krawczyk

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features / Mia Hennessey

a girly-girl at heart written by kelci house

Lauren Yalowitz

squeeze to please written by megan rigali

For me, nudity was never an issue; I was willing to take whatever job I could get. As a youngster I made my first hard earned dollar by being a baby model. It was a glamorous time in my life - picture America’s Next Top Model but with diapers. I got into all the hottest daycares and the cutest male baby models asked for my number. I was in a few clothing and crib newspaper ads, and I even was the understudy of sorts for a Gerber commercial. Despite my success, I was still a struggling model trying to make it in the cut throat industry. Then – finally! - I got my big break. My bare butt was going to be plastered on walls of doctor’s offices across America to sell Mycostatin. Mycostatin was used to cure very serious diaper rashes. Kind of the kid version of modeling for a herpes treatment ad. As I grew into my diva phase (those terrible two’s and three’s) photographers were looking for something a little bit younger. By the beginning of elementary school I was on my way to becoming a washed up model, a has-been. I gained a considerable amount of weight (stupid puberty), got braces and glasses. In no time at all, the money from the modeling gigs had dwindled. The only thing that remains from my modeling glory days are the bare-butt pictures hanging in my parents’ basement for visitors to giggle at.

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Xue (Tina) Qiu

Growing up with only brothers didn’t do much to help my fashion sense. It also didn’t help that I wasn’t encouraged to dress nice or wear cute clothes. As long as my shorts and shirts covered enough skin, my dad was happy. Nevertheless, I was a girly-girl at heart. I wore dresses and bright colors while building tree houses with my brothers. I had no problem at all bringing out the hose and shovels to make mud puddle galore – but I wore a bow in my hair everyday of my life up until 4th grade. My mom has told me stories of days she would send me off to school without a bow only to get a phone call hours later from a teacher explaining that she needed to bring me a bow immediately to stop me from crying. While I veered away from dresses for a few years and have graduated out of bows (thankfully), there is still nothing better than being that girly-girl and putting on a pretty dress, adding a cute hair accessory and having a night out with my friends.

Krista Adkins

Meredith Fossett

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retro remix Classic menswear with an old-school twist

styled by michael bloom photography by kelci house

Bow-tie, American Apparel; All other items stylist’s and model’s own

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Tie, Urban Outfitters; Shirt, J. Crew; All other items stylist’s and model’s own

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Jacket, Kenneth Cole; Tie, Calvin Klein; All other items stylist’s and model’s own

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Outfit, J. Crew; Hat, stylist’ws own

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out of control personal extremes

written by olivia krawczyk

“I felt like everything in my life was completely under my control. My day, my grades, my activities, but what I didn’t realize was that I was completely out of control. I was suffering from an eating disorder and I had no idea” Katie reveals. It all started on the basketball team.


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a.m. Wake up. Hit snooze.

Wake up at 6:15 a.m. Get out of bed. Examine my body in the mirror. Not good enough. Get Dressed. Look in the mirror, again. Eat a small bowl of cheerios. That’s it. Pack a lunch. Drive to school. 7:30 a.m. go to class. 12:30 p.m. eat packed lunch: peanut butter sandwich and carrot sticks. That’s it. More classes. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: basketball practice. Stretch. Hear all the girls talk about how much they hate their bodies. Feel bad about myself. Work hard. Work really hard. See the personal trainer. Feel really great about myself. Come home. Run on the treadmill for an hour before dinner. Eat a very small

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portion for dinner. That’s it. Don’t touch the bread. No more calories allowed. Evaluate my body in the mirror, again. Perfect. Do homework. Eat a piece of chocolate. Get upset. Get really upset. Take a shower. Suck in my stomach and look in the mirror one more time. Shouldn’t have eaten the chocolate. Go to bed. This was the perfect structured high school day for Katie* a junior at Miami University who like many people has suffered, and continues to fight, an eating disorder. Everyday Katie struggles to erase a mindset that has been starving her mind of self-respect and self-love for the last five years. She fights to reform a lifestyle of obsession.

“The girls on the team were beautiful and in shape and I strived to be just like them. Losing weight consumed their minds, every day, all the time. It became contagious.” They looked great, she wanted to be like them. They didn’t think they were skinny enough and soon, neither did Katie. She obsessed over the changes in her body, losing 30 pounds. She didn’t seek the approval of others, but off hand compliments drove her to push her body farther. “People really feed into it when they would compliment me and tell me how great I looked. That’s when it became out of control.” Funny how that works. You think you are doing your friend a favor by complimenting them, but in reality you’re accidently fueling their already spreading disease. Laura L. Smith, author of the book “Skinny”, a novel about a freshman in high school whose life spirals out of control when self inflicted by an eating disorder, says, “Compliments are what are referred to as ‘triggering’ in the

eating disorder world, and these triggers are something you have to be very careful of because one compliment can bring the entire, addicting mindset back into action.” Before she knew it, Katie was involuntarily starving herself and distorting her perception based on what other people would tell her. Anything she ate or anything that was said would completely alter her mentality. It was physically and mentally destructive, but she was not ready to admit it to herself. Not yet. “I was trapped in a lifestyle I didn’t want to be in.” Her relationship with her friends, family and boyfriend began to crumble. The people who cared about Katie could not understand why she obsessed over something that was driving her into depression. “I became sad and quiet. My fun and spunk were gone. I was always tired. It just wasn’t me. How can you ever be happy with anyone else if you can’t even be happy by yourself?” One of her best friends growing up and current roommate at Miami said that she first noticed a disturbing change in Katie when they sat down for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory one night in high school. Katie said her meal was the most ‘filling and delicious meal’ she had had in a very long time. “It was a really scary thing to hear,” remembers Katie’s friend now. “The amount of food on her plate was an amount that I would eat every single day.” That plate of food was Katie’s best friend and enemy at the same time. Katie went from a 160 pounds, a healthy weight for her body, to 125 pounds. She went from a size 8 dress and starved herself into a size 2, all in the name of beauty. “If we all devoted to ourselves to serious work outs and diets, only 5% of us would achieve that “hollywood” body, and 0% of us will achieve the body as seen on a magazine cover.” says Smith. Finally, on a trip to France with her uncle, Katie reached a breaking point. She kept torturing and reminding herself that she was going to gain weight in France; she had to be careful. She lost seven pounds. In one week. Her uncle confronted her about it. She got upset, but she listened.

Katie says that harsh criticism from the people she loves is the only thing that would give her a genuine wake up call, and she is thankful for that. “I would be lying if I said that I love my body every day. Now I’m at the same weight that I was before my problems arose and I’m actually okay with that. I had medical problems that resulted from my behavior that not only messed me up physically but emotionally as well.” Looking back at old pictures Katie is appalled and confesses that it is ‘the scariest thing she has ever seen in her entire life. “I wish I had never gone through that, but that’s life. I try not to regret anything in my life and I realized doing the things I love and being with the people I love is much more important to me than the way I look.” Recovery is continual for Katie, as she works to heal everyday. “I have every reason in the world to be happy. This mindset has helped me take the things in my life that were once out of control and put them back into my control.” *name changed due to the sensitive subject

body image: then & now written by jenni wiener

What was once beautiful is now labeled as fat. What was once labeled as emaciated is now seen as fragile beauty. Where women like Marilyn Monroe and Raquel Welch were once seen as goddesses, popular culture now tells us to worship the impossibly thin. “The average weight and size for women has decreased in the past 70 years,” says Madelyn Detloff, director of the Miami University’s Women’s Studies Program. “The most beautiful women were more plump. Today, female icons are considered heavy if they are over size six.”

According to the 2002 National Center for Health Statistics, the average American woman is about 5’3” tall with a weight of 163lbs and a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 28.9, which is almost obese. These statistics are not represented well in the media today , however. The average model has a height of 5’8” to 6’ with a weight of 110-130lbs and a clothing size of 0 to 4. The “ideal” body image as portrayed in the media may not be so glamorous. In 2006, fashion model Ana Carolina Reston, died of an infection her body was unable to fight off due to her weak-

ened immune system and organs as a result of anorexia. Reston weighed 88lbs when she died and had a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 13.4. A healthy BMI is generally between 18.5 and 25, a BMI under 18. 5 is considered underweight. Jane Cox, a graduate assistant in the Women’s Center, said that she thinks the media causes stress for people to fit in, which leads to physical and emotional effects, such as feeling imperfect, unworthy, and lacking confidence. “This may impact one’s ability to make relationships with others,” Cox says. “It’s easier for one to feel judged.”

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Matthews returned to the States in September of 2009 to a small neighborhood celebration. Matthews said he did not want anything big, and was glad just to be home. US Army Sergeant Jim Matthews dressed up like superman when he was five, wanted to be a firefighter when he was ten, and wants to ultimately work for the FBI. It was in line with his desires to make a difference, then, to join the Army Reserves in 2004, but his family and friends were still initially taken aback by his decision. “He didn’t do it for the typical reasons, for the money or to go to college. He did it for his country,” remembered Matthews’ father, also Jim Matthews. “We were all worried. The Iraq War was big at that time and we knew there was a chance he could be deployed.” Jim Matthews was a typical college student at Miami University when he joined the US Army Reserves. He was a marketing major, a member of a fraternity and he spent his free time playing videogames and working out. “It seemed like the right thing to do,” Sergeant Matthews said about his motivations for joining the military. It also seemed like the right thing to volunteer for a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2008. “I was worried for him since anything can happen over there,” explained Steve Uchida, Matthews’ friend and fraternity brother. “But he was going there for all Americans, and that meant me, too.” Matthews’ father took the news of his son’s deployment in stride. Mr. Matthews said the greatest strength his son possesses is his decisionmaking skills. “He is confident in his decisions, sticks with them, and, most importantly, makes good decisions,” Mr. Matthews said proudly. After two months of training, Matthews was sent to Bagram Airfield Base, near Kabul. There, he faced daily danger from attacks on his base by mortar shells. He said people around him were often hurt or killed in the mortaring, but luckily none of his close friends or himself was injured. “It’s a totally different environment over there,” Matthews explains as he tries to describe his War experience. The Afghan civilians he encountered were mostly positive towards the American troops, although the Afghan’s reactions depended upon where he was in the country.

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Both Matthews and his father emphasize that Matthews fell back into the routine of being home quite easily. He was always the nice guy that everyone gets along with. Matthews appreciates the benefits of being home more, and has become more mature, according to his father. Of course, his deployment did change him, at least somewhat. “I experienced many harder things than most people go through,” Jim articulated. He said he learned to roll-with-the-punches, since he rarely could control what happened in Afghanistan, while he lost his patience for stupidity, as that might get someone killed there. Matthews’ then girlfriend, Lauren Kelly, saw this frustration firsthand. Once, when she and Matthews were waiting to pump gas at a base gas station, she said Matthews became so angry after the people in front of line were not pumping fast enough, that he was ready to punch someone. She and Matthews both attribute the strain from the deployment to ending their relationship. The couple remained together for his deployment but broke up shortly after Matthews returned home.

“The hardest part wasn’t deployment. It wasn’t being bombed. It was being so far away and not being able to talk with everyone you care about,” Matthews reflects. “I didn’t know what I know now about keeping a relationship up.” Today Matthews still sees himself working for the FBI, though he’s more willing to look at a wider range of government jobs. He also is considering volunteering for another tour in Afghanistan next year. Most importantly, he hopes people continue to support the troops.

Hiding in my room, safe within my womb, I touch no one and no one touches me. I am a rock, I am an island. And, a rock feels no pain; And an island never cries. Paul Simon From song I Am a Rock

my own now and then “Soldiers go through a whole hell of a lot,” Matthews emphasized, “and they deserve our respect.”

written by an anonymous miami student

that lead to my depression.

I had always know something was wrong with me. For nineteen years I saw few shades of grey, only blinding white mania and suffocating black depression.

On August 9 2009, I got the answer I had spent my life looking for. I am bipolar. Hearing this for the first time was a bittersweet moment. I finally knew why I did the things I did; why it was that sometimes I felt like I could take on the world, and other times I wanted to give up on living. As relieving as this feeling was, the idea that for the rest of my life the words “bipolar” would be part of who I am was terrifying. Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that appears in about 1% of the population. It is a genetic disease but can also be influenced by environmental factors. Generally, effective treatment of bipolar requires some kind of mood stabilizer medicine and talk therapy. The thing about bipolar disorder is that it is not just sudden mood swings. I have definitely had moments when I go from up to down in an instant, but it is more than that. Being bipolar means that are two sides to who you are. Mania is the feeling of invincibility. It’s racing thoughts and sleepless nights. When I was manic, I literally could not control my impulses. I could hook up with someone else’s boyfriend and not care. I would cheat on boyfriends, steal from my parents and lie to everyone. When I was manic, I would think only of myself. I couldn’t see the effects my actions had on other people, and I lacked the mental capacity to stop myself or to look at the destruction and pain I’d caused. I look now at my broken friendships, the ex-boyfriends who hate me, and the pain and tears I caused my parents and wonder how I have anyone left. Sometimes I feel like my depression is karma for the selfish way I acted when I was manic. It was an all-consuming depression. I could not remember a time when I did not hate myself. It would have been easier, in terms of recovery, if I could have pinpointed an exact thing or event

Instead, every day was dark. My mind turned everything around me into something negative. I pushed my friends, my family and boyfriend away. I could not see value in anything or anyone. Everyday I woke up wishing I could go back to sleep. All I wanted was to be able to escape my thoughts and my emptiness. I look at the girl I used to be, the life I used to live and I genuinely wonder how I came out alive. It is as if I am watching a movie of someone else’s life. For the first time, I feel like I can control my emotions and my actions. Now that I am receiving treatment, I realized that I am so much more in control of my life that I ever imagined. I can see value in myself and I no longer destroy my relationships with my own selfishness. I can finally face life without fear. Although I still have trouble admitting that I am bipolar, I appreciate the benefits of my experiences. I have been through the worst, most self-destructive part of my life, and I survived it. I have learned to forgive, to love someone other than myself, and I have realized that I am in control of my life. I can accept the things I cannot control, with the knowledge that the worst is truly over. spring/summer 53

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When you slip into something vintage, you don another era. Fabric and thread have captured another moment in time. The faint hint of old perfume lets you imagine the owner of the dress watching Louis Armstrong at a jazz club. The funny looking polka-dot shorts remind you of photos of your mom when she was your age. Vintage clothing has become entrenched in modern style, but few people know where to look or how to wear the clothing. Few people know how to make something old look stylish again. Aside from the fact that vintage clothing is often an inexpensive option, acquiring classic or even wild vintage pieces is a great way to build your own

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personal style. Whether your obsession is cocktail rings, earthy dresses from the 1960s, or luxurious silk scarves, a vintage piece could become your signature item. Besides, you can almost bet no one else will have on that lacy, vintage button-up shirt with a mysterious stain you ’ve creatively hidden with a highwaisted skirt. For styles like the ones on these pages the stylist recommended checking out Casablanca Vintage in Cincinnati, Julie’s Insperstions in Convington, Kentucky, and Timeless Authentic Garments (T.A.G.) in St. Louis for your own vintage garments.

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“Seeing how well everything comes together, people don’t expect it. Even if you send one thing down the runway, you feel accomplished,” says Ganyukova. Designers fretting backstage, makeup artists putting last-minute touches on the models, music blasting, girls marching down the runway; this is the Miami University Club of Fashion Design’s annual show. This spring, MUCFD will put on its second annual student-produced fashion show. Dates and location are, at press time still up in the air. The view from the seats at their show may be the most exciting, but a peak behind the scenes reveals collaboration and creativity.

“Seeing how well everything comes together, people don’t expect it. Even if you send one thing down the runway, you feel accomplished,” says Ganyukova.

Finally, the models, all Miami students, are selected. Mandy Sandstorm, the club’s model coordinator, presides over the casting calls. Sandstorm photographs the model hopefuls and asks that they walk for her. She makes the final decision as to which model hopefuls will have the MUCFD begins planning by select- chance to own the catwalk. ing a theme. Event coordinator, Kasie Baltes, worked with the executive “I look for confidence because you board to select the perfect theme. can always teach someone to walk and pose. I also look for tall models, This year it’s “Sustain the Runway.” but it’s not a necessity,” says Sand“In the 60’s, going green was a trend, storm. now it’s a revolution within the indusThe most collaboration takes place try,” says Baltes. closest to the show, when every little The next step in the process was to bit counts and every person does establish which students would be their part. The models visit their dedesigning for the show. This year’s signers for fittings. The designers show will include 15 to 20 student help the event planning team to condesigners who work tirelessly to pro- struct the show’s set. duce their own collections. Everyone helps the club’s public relaThe club does not discriminate tions team, lead by Danielle Darah, to against students who don’t have spread the word about the show. much experience designing and making their own clothing. The club’s de- “It’s the process from start to finish sign coordinator, Natayla Ganyukova, that’s the biggest accomplishment” has organized sewing lessons for the says Darah. designers. She also monitors their When the first model emerges onto progress from start to show time. the runway, the club’s efforts will have all been worth it. 58 spring/summer

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Clockwise from top left; Dress, Sole Mio at Juniper, $36.50; Earrings, Erica Weiner at Juniper, $24.50. Dress, Lucy Paris at Juniper, $34.50; bracelet, Island Imports at Juniper; $18.50, earrings, Erica Weiner at Juniper; Vest, Jack BB Dakota at Juniper, $38; skirt, Nathan Hurst Fall 2009 Collection.

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From top left: Dress, Luluvia at Juniper, $44.50; Belt, JudysAccessories at Juniper, $12.50; Earrings, Ana Accessories, Inc. at Juniper, $12.50. Leotard, stylist’s own; Skirt, Tulle at Juniper, $26.50; Earrings, Erica Weiner at Juniper, $32; Bracelet, Jungle Girl Inc., $12.50. Men’s clothing, stylist’s own. Dress, Lush at Juniper, $44.50; Vest, Love Stitch at Juniper, $36.50.

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features / EVERYDAY COUTURE AND AN EXTRAORDINARY IDEA: GET TO KNOW NATHAN HURST. Nathan Hurst’s fashion design career took root in 2008 when a friend insisted that his Cincinnati art gallery was the perfect place for the 23-year-old to unveil his work. Now, only a little more than a year later, Hurst’s vision is really blossoming. In an attempt to bring relevance to the Queen City, Hurst founded Cincinnati’s very first Fashion Week, which will take place from April 19 to 24. The events are produced entirely by volunteers. Hurst will show his handmade designs, which he calls “everyday clothing with artistic aspects,” alongside the work of other designers’ from across the United States. Up talks with Hurst about his designs and the upcoming show. Up: Where does the inspiration for your designs come from? NH: I reconstruct clothes. So, I have some shorts are made out of old sweaters; I have dresses that used to be sheets. I take each piece of clothing and I look at it and think, ‘What can I do with the fabric?’ Or, if I’m making something from scratch, I’ll think, ‘I want to work with silks,’ so I’ll go to a thrift store, get a silk shirt, take it apart, and reconstruct it into what I want it to be. I used to call it “thrift couture.” Up: What do you want your designs to project? NH: Resourcefulness. I believe in sustainable living, which is why I take things and reconstruct them, so that I’m reducing my effects on the environment. Up: What is the most difficult aspect about being a designer? NH: I don’t look at it like that. I try to see everything as an opportunity. I really believe that if you put your mind to something, you just kind of overcome it and you get used to it. When I do produce [clothing], it’s normally for 16 to 18 hour days. That’s just something you have to accept. It’s work, and it gets you to your dreams.

Up: What is your philosophy on the art of fashion? NH: I think at the raw, base level, fashion is art. When you get into manufacturing and reproducing, fashion is more something that people are numb to, kind of like advertisements. I would love to see people appreciate more of what they are wearing: ‘Where did these “dots” come from? Who made these clothes that I’m buying from Forever 21? What inspired that?’ Up: Can you tell me a little bit about Cincinnati Fashion Week? NH: I thought, maybe I can create something in Cincinnati and make it a Mecca for young professionals, like designers, to get their foot in the door. I came back to Cincinnati [from a show in San Francisco] hand I was just bouncing it around, and it just kind of happened. You know, you start talking about something, and as soon as you saying something, it happens! I’ve been very fortunate. Up: How do you see the future of Cincinnati Fashion Week? NH: We’re going to create an annual event. We will hopefully create something sustainable in Cincinnati, and substantial. I want this to be a place for young professional designers, and even big names, want to come and appreciate the value of the market here. Cincinnati is in the heart of the Midwest. I love Cincinnati, and I’d love to bring attention to this area. Up: Do you have any advice for people looking to get into fashion? NH: A lot of people waste time thinking about what they want to do in life. I did for 22 years. In my own experience, if you just start doing things – pick up a needle and start sewing – if you do your part, normally things will fall in to place.

interview by lindsay o’hara written and edited by lauren kelly

From left: Blazer; Dress, Lani at Juniper, $34.50; Bracelet, stylist’s own; Belt, JudysAccessories at Juniper, $12.50. Top, Lucy Paris at Juniper, $34.50; Shorts, Nathan Hurst Fall 2009 Collection; Bracelet, Island Imports at Juniper, $18.50.

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Top, Nathan Hurst Fall 2009 Collection; Earrings, Kenze Panne at Juniper, $29.50.

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“Fashions fade, style is eternal.”

- Yves Saint Laurent

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book reviews written by ashlyn bohling all photos courtesy of google images

I Am Neurotic

By Lianna


Do you find yourself color coding everything in your closet, holding your breath over bridges, or checking to see if your fly is open five times a day? Lianna Kong highlights the quirky yet fulfilling rituals normal people religiously abide by every day. Each page is filled with a description of a particular neurotic behavior, and illustrated with humorous photos. This compiled cluster of odd behaviors is a breath of fresh air for the reader looking for something informative, yet entertaining to read.

Nightlight By

Havard Lampoon

Twilight fans, breathe a sigh of relief. Just when you thought the series was at a halt, Harvard Lampoon has created a hysterichal parody playing off the Twilight Saga’s plot. Nightlight twists the original love story, depicting Belle Goose as a crazy girl trying to convince Edwart Mullen that he is a vampire. Edwart starts to believe that Belle is off of her rocker, and will do absolutely anything to avoid her and her crazy accusations. The story is hilarious as it takes witty punches at the Twilight Saga.

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The Whigs TAKE A LISTEN: “Written Invitation’s” distant drum set and repetitive guitar riffs are relaxing textures behind lead singer Parker Gispert’s soft, ambling voice. The lyrics are saccharine – “freeze me with your smile and say my name, and I’m already gone,” describing the doubts a person may feel about making the first move in a relationship.

Music Reviews written by abby sapadin all photos courtesy of google images

If you’re a fan of Kings of Leon, Archers of Loaf, or Broken Social Scene, you don’t want to miss the work of this unique Southern rock trio from Athens, Georgia. The album was recorded in an empty fraternity house, the band members using cheap equipment they bought off of eBay. Despite its somewhat bizarre production, the album is diverse, unpredictable at times, and most certainly impressive.


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Then Ted Leo & The Pharmasists The socio-politically driven, indie, occasionally reggae, punk, and pop group Ted Leo & the Pharmacist formed in 1999 and has since been making impassioned albums with Matador Records. Many tracks include repetitive but captivating electric guitar parts, heartfelt vocals, and messages about a tired country and healthcare problems, to name a few.

TAKE A LISTEN: Tracks such as “Black Lotus” and “Someone’s Daughter” are some of the slower, raw tunes. “In the Dark” brings together elements of grunge, punk and rock for a catchy hybrid of sorts. The lyrics liken a power outage to a failure for people to communicate throughout one of the more energetic songs on the album.


TAKE A LISTEN: “Counting Down the Hours” begins with a soft acoustic guitar intro and a strangely soothing voice from Leo. However, the band soon launches, contrastingly, into an upbeat non-acoustic section that maintains throughout the rest of the song. It’s an extremely political piece from Ted Leo & the Pharmacists – “I could deal with trying to process pigeons acting like they’re doves, but not with interference from the power lines above,” Leo sings, sending the message that people may say they feel a certain way, but often don’t do anything to show it.

THE BRUTALIST BRICKS RELEASED MARCH 9th, 2010 The new 13-track album was recorded in Brooklyn’s Seaside Lounge Recording Studios. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Leo explains that the songs are a healthy “mix between ’snappy pop’” and “’straight-up punk’”. One element of Ted Leo & the Pharmacists’ style that stays consistent in “The Brutalist Bricks” are a broad range of subjects in lyrics, from veganism to aging. Overall the album is lively, impassioned, and a wonderful listen for all fans of toe-tapping indie pop.

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Now TAKE A LISTEN: “Even Heroes Have to Die” is an exciting listen with a range of musical textures and colors throughout. The song alternates between loud, open verses that combine acoustic and electric guitar with chugging, building chorus sections. “No one lives forever, love,” Leo sings, commenting that even heroes and role models will die away in time, despite their greatness.

While continuing their trend of distortion and gritty rock into their third and newest album, the Whigs change things up through finally choosing a permanent bass player - Tim Deaux, and including more complex drum set rhythms. Gispert’s rasping, moaning vocals paired with Julian Doro’s driven drum grooves are somewhat reminiscent of the Rolling Stones.

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Dr. Dog

FATE JULY 22ND, 2008 Mesh catchy 1960s pop with modern-day melodies and you’ve got Dr. Dog pumping through your speakers. Hailing from Philadelphia, the psychedelic rock group has been making music since 1999. “Fate” has varied instrumentation, ranging from multi-string guitar to organ. verall the album is a chill, characteristically Dr. Dog listen.

TAKE A LISTEN: “The Old Days” mixes the vocal harmony of the Beatles with vaudeville piano for a retro feel. A switch to double time and heavy tambourine partway through is most certainly danceinducing for all listeners.

nehT Now TAKE A LISTEN: “Mirror, Mirror” focuses on melancholy subject matter – “I know I’m just a memory, and I know that’s how it’s gotta be,” the first verse laments, resigned to not being part of a relationship any longer. The sound is bright but the lyrics dim things down.


Listeners should prepare for a darker, more modern aesthetic from Dr. Dog this time around. Another new element in “Shame, Shame” is the fact that Dr. Dog produced this album out of a professional recording studio. instead of in their home recording studio. Don’t let the bright chords, shorter songs and pop feel fool you – this album touches on heavy emotional subjects. Though the musical sound may be uplifting, this album’s message is of loneliness and disparity.

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Single Shoes

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It’s important to try shoes on carefully. You’ll inevitably make mistakes, make returns, or throw the shoes into your closet before wallowing in Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and sad movies. You may get a few blisters on the path to love, but once you find the right shoe, the relationship between you and your shoe should lift you up and enhance your beauty instead of breaking you down and making you feel vulnerable. The best relationship is one in which you can be yourself, you feel cared for and loved, and you feel supported in your every endeavor. If we learn from our past mistakes and have patience we will stumble upon the perfect pair, and that’s something worth a few failures.


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Frustrated, let down, and on the verge of giving up, I threw those shoes into the depths of my closet with the other rejects. I again returned to the store, where I was drawn to a pair of sexy stilettos with the skinniest heel. I thought to myself, “This is a terrible idea. You’re going to be heartbroken if these don’t work out.” Obviously I didn’t listen to my gut and splurged anyways. I took one step out the door that night, confident and beautiful. Then I wobbled. I wobbled again.Finally I landed on the concrete. I chucked the unsupportive heels into the closet and marched into the shoe store, fuming like a toddler having a tantrum. I demanded of the saleswoman, “Find me a shoe that is everything I’m looking for! Is it out there anywhere? She smiled knowingly. She walked into the back and from a corner shelf that is often neglected she pulled a simple box. She opened the box and showed me the beautiful shoes inside. It was love, with every bit of that Cinderella ah-the-shoe-fits! magic.


Nothing completes an outfit better than a pair of shoes that gives you confidence from head to toe. The trouble with finding the perfect pair is that they have to be comfortable, reliable, and supportive, qualities that are unexpectedly difficult to come across in one fashionable find. I know I’ve had my fair share of shoe mistakes. I once found a classy and suave royal blue pump bedazzled with jewels on the toe. I bought them, but felt self-conscious when I wore them out that night. They weren’t my style, and I couldn’t be myself in them. That was not going to work for me. I threw the shoes in my closet. I’d worn them; I couldn’t take them back. Now they are scattered among the other shoe mistakes of my past. I returned to the store, where I feasted my hungry shopping eyes on a pair of shiny sling-backs. I wore them on a date. They proved comfortable, but unreliable. They slipped off of my heels five times in the first hour. I couldn’t count on them to stick around.

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