One Dollar Slice

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Name: Mary Feddeman
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
Concentration: Journalism major, Creative Writing and Urban Studies & Planning double minor

JK: What’s the inspiration behind your outfit today?
MF: I think I was just looking for something comfortable and kind of interesting, and definitely something autumn-ish.  In the winter, I wear tights pretty often, and I love loose, soft sweaters. The combat boots are my favorite shoes.  I feel powerful when I wear them, and the heels make a ton of noise when I walk, so they’re perfect for walking around on the eighth floor of Davis or on bricks in the Pit.  I like the disruption.

So I guess my inspiration was my own passive-aggressive personality.

JK: How would you describe your personal style?
MF:
My style is probably most influenced by where I am, so I’d cite Chapel Hill as the main inspiration for what I wear daily because I’ve been here so long, which means it’s pretty earthy and relaxed.  Lots of jeans.

New York has also had a strong influence on my style.  I stayed in the city for a few months this past summer, and I was definitely influenced by some of the styles I saw on subways, where I worked, and in parks.  While I lived there, I wound up dying the tips of my hair bright red and getting a tattoo one day: two things I probably wouldn’t have done before.  So yeah, I think the city hardened me and my style a little.

Lately, I’ve been mixing hard and soft elements a lot – a little bit of urban and a little bit of small town.

JK: What are your favorite trends?
MF:
Growing up in Chapel Hill, I’ve been raised to love Birkenstocks, though I don’t think that’s so much of a trend anywhere else.  I really like hats, though I don’t really wear many.  And brown leather jackets, though I don’t (yet) own one.  I like florals, especially floral scarves.  And I love intricate earrings.  I also really appreciate it when someone loves a piece so much they wear it to death.  I like when you can tell it’s been worn.

I think honestly my favorite trend right now is that anything seems to fly – I like that people are borrowing so much from the styles of other decades, while at the same time coming up with original pieces and ways to wear them.

And I especially like that older styles are considered semi-fashionable because I’m extremely cheap, so I can buy old things at the thrift store and still feel like a college student when I wear them.

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My suede brogues shuffled along the sidewalks of north campus, obscured by the fallen autumn leaves.  By the light of the setting sun, my eyes scanned the grounds for a fashionista.  Then Mary caught my eye, a small town girl with big city dreams.  Mary’s outfit was the apple of my eye…well, I should say the “Big Apple” of my eye. It combined the hard element of the city with small town class.  She began with a light grey cord sweater from Old Navy.  Cord sweater are staple in preppy fashion.  What set Mary’s apart from a normal cord sweater was that it revealed a bit more than one would imagine.  She paired it with a dark grey skirt from PTA Thrift Shop.  A pair of white textured socks that she got from her mom hugged her feet, and Mary finished with a pair of black boots that she bought from Macy’s.  Combat boots, a year-round favorite, gave her a tough appearance.

Subtleties offset her neutral-toned outfit.  These small details mimicked the foliage in color.  Mary’s burnt orange tights from Target, her orange feather earring from Top Shop, and red lipstick really gave her outfit a fiery quality.  She continued to accessorize with a bronze triangle stud and golden bracelet from Top Shop.  Bronze and gold jewelry is perfect for the summer and autumn seasons.  Mary completed her outfit with tortoise shell browline sunglasses, which she haggled for in Chinatown.  Without a doubt, Mary showed us how to bring the big city to a small town.

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Street Style: Coffee Shop Chic

Name: Sara Farrell
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Concentration: Environmental Studies

While panning for fashionistas in the stream of students flowing through the center of campus, this nugget of gold caught my eye.  Excited that I asked her to be my model, Sara put down her Starbucks cup and took to the brick runway.

Sara describes her personal style as a “beautiful mess”.  This makes sense considering her taste in specific pieces, which alludes to a flexible wardrobe.  Upon asking Sara about her favorite trends, she told me that she loves commando boots.  Especially during these frigid days, boots should be your footwear of choice.  She also appreciates leggings, which continue to be popular in women’s fashion.  You can also find pleated dresses with a high neckline in her closet.

Paying homage to her birth state and the upcoming season, “winter in California” was the inspiration for Sara’s dress.  Her outfit was dominated by black and nude tones, a combination that has always intimidated me.  One of my style rules that I have held dear since high school is to never mix black and nudes, but Sara made me question it.  She tutored me in how to pull off the contrasting duo – don’t overthink it; subtlety will go a long way.  Pairing a cream cowl neck sweater that she brought from PTA Thrift Shop with black leggings from Forever 21, she demonstrates this delicate engagement.  Her nude textured flats from LOFT, which match her sweater, further enhance the effect.  Sara completed her outfit by accessorizing with a pair of pairs: H&M rose lens sunglasses and diamond stud earrings.  Although the palette was limited, simplicity colored her outfit.

The paralyzing choke hold of finals is just around the corner, but that is no excuse to dress down.  Instead, you should take after Sara and dress with an elegant simplicity.

 

Vitamins for the Perfect Skin

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The end of the semester is within view, but we still have a few weeks to go before we can throw our lectures notes in the fireplace and just kick back while listening to the embers crackle.  The last few weeks of every semester are always plagued with term papers, projects, and finals.  We try to avoid it, but the late nights spent studying are inevitable.  These sleepless nights are bound to take a huge toll on your skin.  Although your mind will be fried, here are some vitamins to keep your skin looking at its best.

Vitamin A is associated with fortifying bone cells, which are important for the health of your hair and skin.  Course, dry, blemished, and itchy skin can be traced back to low levels of vitamin A in the body.  The consumption of liver, carrots, and sweet potatoes, foods that are rich in vitamin A, can prevent these problems from developing.  Vitamin A is also found in topical forms, such as lotions and night creams.  It protects your skin from premature aging.  As college students, we don’t want to roll into class looking like we’re fifty.

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Niacin, also known as Vitamin B3, can hydrate your skin and reduce redness.  Inadequate amounts of B3 in the body can result in dry or scaly skin, possibly even dermatitis.  Vitamin B3 can be found in under the name “niacinamide” in lotions, creams, and serums and in foods, such as fish and peanuts.  The dry, winter air can really draw out the moisture from your face, so don’t be remiss about getting enough B3.

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Vitamin C is the master of aging prevention.  It plays a major role in collagen production.  Below the epidermis, collagen has the task of preventing the skin from sagging.  A vitamin C deficiency will produce coarse skin and will prolong the amount of time it takes for wounds to heal.  Many fruits, especially citrus fruits, are packed with vitamin C.  Having wrinkles when you’re in your twenties doesn’t sound appeal at all.

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The vitamin that is often associated with skin health is vitamin E.  This vitamin aids in evening out your skin tone and softening the texture of your skin.  Color discoloration is common for people, who aren’t getting enough vitamin E.  Many topicals designed for skin health contain vitamin E.  Seafood, nuts, and seeds are also full of it.  Vitamin E will keep your skin healthy and radiant.

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We all know that the end of the semester is a very stressful time, but your health should always come before your studies.  Taking your vitamins will take your skin to new heights, but don’t forget about the basics: getting sufficient amounts of sleep, eating well, and drinking water.  When the last week comes, you’ll be rolling into your finals with the freshest face.

Street Style: Pflupé Chic

Name: Meredith McDonald
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Jacksonville, NC
Concentration: Biology and Women’s & Gender Studies

In the spiritual words of Destiny’s Child, “I’m a survivor / I’m not goin’ give up / I’m not goin’ stop / I’m goin’ work harder.”  I asked Meredith what her inspiration was for her outfit, and with the biggest grin, her answer was: “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child.  I thought this was peculiar.  I’ve heard of outfits drawing patterns from animals, being inspired by celebrities, or paying homage to nature, but I’ve never heard of someone basing their outfit off of a song.  Meredith explained to me that the message the song conveys is the same message that she would like for her outfit to convey.

Independence (and star status) definitely radiate from Meredith’s choice of clothing.  Her outerwear was perfection: a bright red pea coat that was sure to grab attention.  Underneath the coat, Meredith wore a sparkly black top.  She paired the top with a skinny cargo pant in a dark shade of sea foam green.  Both are from Rugged Warehouse.  She slipped a pair of pointed black flats from Forever 21 onto her feet.  To complete her outfit, she accessorized with a handmade black scarf, a pair of black half-rim wayfarers that she bought from Aldo, and a pair of earrings from Beauty Supply.  Meredith’s choice in accessories and their styling made her look like a movie star.  Black was greatly represented in her outfit.  Black could represent solitude, or when seen in a different light: emancipation.

Unlike most people, who adhere to a certain style, Meredith is not confined to just one.  She told me that one day, her outfit could reflect the hippy/earth child lifestyle, and the next, she could be mistaken for the “it-girl” from an adored 80s sitcom.  Her favorite trend is the incorporation of both men’s and women’s clothing in an outfit.  She wants women to know that if they want to add a touch of masculinity to their outfit, then they shouldn’t be afraid.  Meredith shows us that just because you aren’t a superstar that doesn’t mean that you can’t dress like one.

Uncut: New Waves

Listen up, gentlemen!!  November is finally here, and what better way to start off a new month than with a new haircut.  You can’t just let your hair sit on your head – it’s just as much as part of your personal style as the clothes on your back.  I have three styles to show you for short, medium-length, and long hair.

First, let’s talk about short hair.  Adam Levine inspired this short cut.  It’s modern and sleek, and it’s perfect for the guy who’s always on the go because it requires little maintenance.  This short cut is a nice intersection between “bed head” and “I don’t give a f**k”.  To get this cut, the sides and back have to be cut really short using clippers.  Cut with scissors, somewhere between half an inch to one inch should be left on top.  As far as styling goes, you should apply some sort of styling wax and just mess up your hair.  I recommend Defining Paste by American Crew: it provides low shine with a great hold because it contains beeswax.

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Now, onto medium-length hair.  I find this style to be professional; very prim and proper, so it can be worn to work or out on a date.  There should be a contrast in length between the hair on the sides and back and the hair of top.  The sides and back should be cleaned up for a tighter look.  This style was worn by James Dean, but we updated it into a modern-day “high-and-tight”.  Because it is longer, it’s going to require some maintenance.  I recommend something with great hold, either Pomade or Fiber by American Crew.  Pomade provides high shine, and Fiber offers low shine.  It just depends on the occasion or your personal preference.  Both can be applied to dry or damp hair, so you can always “bounce back” during the day if necessary.

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Finally, long hair.  Long hair can easily go wrong – just look at Russell Band.  If you like that beach, surfer look, but want to look cleaned-up, I recommend this cut to you.  Bring your hair to shoulder length, and ask your stylist to texture the ends so your hair doesn’t look so full.  To prevent your hair from just hanging in front of your face, it has to be reshaped.  Ask your stylist to angle it, so there’s movement going away from your face.  Maintenance-wise, I recommend Forming Cream by American Crew.  It’s easy to apply, and that’s important since you have so much hair.

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Remember, gentlemen, we’re not twelve-year-olds anymore.  It’s crucial to have a cut that provides a sense of masculinity and professionalism.  Let’s bring in this new month right.  I expect to see some new haircuts around campus.

Street Style: Amaretto Chic

Name: Kay Rufty
Year: Senior
Hometown: Salisbury, NC
Concentration: Applied Mathematics major

Autumn weather is finally here, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a fun color palette.  Instead of rich colors that parallel the autumn foliage, Kay decided to take a lighter approach and incorporate cool tones and neutrals into her outfit.  Her long-sleeved powder blue tee from Forever 21 paired with her grey skinny jeans from Delia’s created a solid and subtle combination.  The juxtaposition of such a soft shade of blue and the light grey provides a feel of gentleness.  On her feet, Kay wore a pair of desert boots with a dusty quality from Forever 21.  In terms of accessories, she flourished her outfit with a Chinese scarf that she received as a gift from her best friend and a watch necklace that her grandma gave her.  The scarf displays a collection of colors: white, cerulean, gold, and midnight blue.  The necklace is not only fashionable; it’s functional.

Kay describes her personal style as comfortable and simplistic.  Whenever she goes shopping, she looks for versatile pieces that will work with a variety of outfits.  She prefers clothing that accentuates a woman’s figure, without being blatantly sexual.  Shapes and cuts of clothing are more important to her than patterns.  When it comes to accessorizing, Kay gets to choose from a collection of unique pieces of jewelry that she inherited from her grandmother.

When I asked Kay about her favorite trends, she told me that she loves the androgynous look: pieces and outfits that both men and women can wear.  Unless the situation called for it, you would never catch Kay wearing a dress.  Being simple, comfy, and androgynous, jeans are Kay’s best friend.  That goes to show that fashion knows no gender.

Hermès Menswear Spring 2013

We’ve all heard it before “mother knows best”.  Well, we should start calling Veronique Nichanian, the French menswear designer of Hermès, “mom” because her spring 2013 men’s collection is perfection.  A woman designing men’s garments?  Don’t be skeptical – fashion knows no gender, and Nichanian really delivered.  She truly had man in mind when she was creating her new menswear collection because it focuses on what men want in their clothing: simplicity.

When it comes to the most basic item of clothing, the tee shirt is the obvious winner.  Nichanian incorporates tee shirts into the new Hermès menswear collection.  In an interview about her new collection with Agence France-Presse, she said, “[translated] A tee shirt for me is a piece I really love because it is a signature item of the 21st century.”  She couldn’t be more correct.  The tee shirt is iconic.  These aren’t just any average cotton tees, these Hermès tee shirts are crafted from lamb suede and crocodile.

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Overall, the color palette for this collection can be described as a marriage of navy and neutral tones.  Pouring rainbows of color onto garments for the sake of adding color is absolutely unnecessary.  Nichanian proves this by only adding three colors to the collection’s muted palette: red, blue, and yellow.  The primary color trio injects fun into the collection without being overwhelming.

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Nichanian revives the white suit for her spring collection.  The white suit is not meant for the office; it’s a symbol of easygoingness.  Higher breaks in the sleeve and cuff and higher armholes characterize her white suits.  Her suits give off an air of sophistication, yet at the same time easiness.  The entire Hermès Spring 2013 menswear collection embodies simplicity and freedom of being a man.

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