First day, right foot
How to start off your job or internship in style.
Summer in the city
Survival guide for empty college towns
Sit back. Relax. Serve
How to make service a part of your summer
Jeans: Pause Boutique
Letter from the Editor
On the web:
Hi there. Welcome to our summer issue.
Things look a little different around here, that’s for
sure. Especially considering you’re checking out our
~free~ digital summer issue. This digital copy marks
the beginning of something new and exciting for Alice.
We’ve pieced together this issue to give you a peek
into what we’ve got coming up for the 2018 - 2019
academic year. We’re spicing things up and doing a bit
of rebranding — you may have noticed our new online
logo — and soon you’ll be seeing a lot more from
our online presence via alice.ua.edu and our social
platforms. We’re also switching up our publishing style.
Rather than splitting up our content into three issues,
our team will be hand-crafting two hefty mags a year
(a Fall/Winter and a Spring/Summer issue) packed
from cover to cover with content that strives to inspire
It’s better this way. Trust us.
It is our hope that you will find reflections of
yourself within these pages, as well as gain new
perspectives into the world around you. This upgrade
gives us an even bigger and better opportunity to
provide our readers with glimpses into the heart and
soul of college womanhood, in all its layered, diverse
complexity. We are the same magazine with the same
vision to harness the power of words and images to
ignite a celebration of every woman.
This little summer freebie has some of our favorite
images from our trip to Sun Studio in Memphis,
Tennessee (more of these to come in our Fall/Winter
issue). The articles we selected for this issue cover
“What Not To Wear” to your hip new job or internship
as well as how to stay busy in a deserted college town.
Whether you are lounging or laboring away, we tried to
cover all of the bases for your varying summer plans
while also keeping the online issue short and sweet.
We hope you find some insight within these pages
and get just as pumped as we are for the year to come.
As always, dear readers, thank you for the endless
support and love you show our little student-run mag.
We couldn’t do any of this without each and every one
Editorial and Advertising offices for Alice Magazine are located at
414 Campus Drive East, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.
The mailing address is P.O. Box 870170, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.
Phone: (205) 348-7257.
Alice is published by the Office of Student Media
at The University of Alabama.
All content and design are produced by students
in consultation with professional staff advisers.
All material contained herein, except advertising or where
indicated otherwise, is copyrighted © 2018 by Alice Magazine.
Material herein may not be reprinted without the
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Editor in Chief Allie Binford
Creative Director MK Holladay
Photo Editor Prestley Bramlett
Managing Editor Meg Mcguire
Market Editor Kristina Cusolito
Beauty Editor Lawson Mohl
Lifestyle Editor Rachel Wilburn
Fashion Editors Abby Abston and Chloe
Food and Health Editor Analiese Gerald and
Entertainment Editor Ellen Johnson
Social Media Coordinator Kristin Schulz
Contributing Writers Danielle Waddell, Sara
Beth Bolin, Kallen Sebastian
Contributing Photographers Prestley Bramlett,
Kathryn Grace Faulk, Kourtney King, Summer
Mahand, Sabina Vafina, Lindsay Tatman, Sarah
Models Kourtney King, Paige Burleson, Taylor
Reece, Landry Starks, Chloe Henderson,
Natalie Vande Linde, Abby Evans, Karina Tong,
Vaishnvi Sridhar, Laura Mangan, Alex Gandara
Hair and Makeup Vaishnvi Sridhar, Hailey
Coleman, Natalie Vande Linde
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Sales Representatives (205) 348-7845
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Published by UA Office of Student Media
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About the cover:
Summer is the time for spontaneous
road trips and sunsoaked afternoons.
That’s exactly how we spent our time
creating the images in this issue —
from a quick trip to Sun Studio in
Memphis where Elvis Prestley first
recorded, to an escape to the southern
oasis of Savannah, Georgia.
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6 SIT BACK. RELAX. SERVE.
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18 SUMMER IN THE CITY
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By Danielle Waddell
Summer break typically means higher temperatures,
slower days and fewer cares. Whether you’re
staying in town for summer classes or clocking in at
a new internship, summer is a chance for opportunity
and growth. Either way, this season of “self” offers
countless opportunities to give back by engaging
with the communities around us.
For Bama Year One team leader Allen Engle, these
opportunities present themselves daily. He regularly
serves alongside fellow college students through
the Center for Service and Leadership (CSL) at The
University of Alabama, watching the impact a dose
passionate effort and servant-hearted willingness
leaves on all involved.
When asked about college students’ greatest
gifts to offer in service, Engle’s answered without
“Their time and energy,” Engle said. “Unfortunately,
many people don’t believe they have the ability
to make a measurable change, but all it takes is an
Engle said even if the project itself is small, the
reward is undeniably fruitful. The benefits of community
service don’t end at the grateful hands of
recipients; it’s a win-win situation.
“[Service] is clearly beneficial for those who are
receiving help, but it’s also beneficial for those conducting
the service,” Engle said. “It’s been shown
that selfless behavior for the benefit of others leads
to a happier life and gives a sense of purpose.”
This happens, Engle said, when people find their
passion and serve in that avenue. Rather than feeling
confined to a preconceived idea of what service
ought to look like, or forging a path toward an
impassioned project, he encouraged partnering
with an already-existing program. Engle said these
types of partnerships allow for a more cohesive effort
through use of gathered resources and manpower.
Though offices like the CSL close for the summer,
community needs and service opportunities remain.
Engle cited organizations like Wings of Grace,
the Boys and Girls Club and West Alabama Food
Bank as a few who welcome volunteers at all times.
Opportunities for community service aren’t only
in Tuscaloosa, either. Through international organizations
like Habitat for Humanity, United Way or
Salvation Army, students undertaking summer internships,
jobs or travels abroad can take part in
“A big thing any person — college student or not
— can do is lend an ear just to listen,” CSL’s Bailey
Duke said, “also just to be willing to be in an environment
you’ve never been in with a person you
have nothing in common with and to know that’s
Duke, coordinator of volunteer management at
the CSL, spoke of the connections people make
through their time of service. Whether among a service
team or with the people and families they’re
serving, shared passions and experiences can build
an unexpected bond.
“Service is the center of all of that,” Duke said.
“You really have no idea who you’ll be working with,
which is such a fun aspect.”
For Jan Sikes, executive director of Arts ‘n Autism,
a non-profit organization located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
providing after-school and summer camp
services for children-young adults with autism, fun
is the essential part.
“Each day we have a different after-school curriculum,”
she said. “We have art, we have music, we
have dance, we have yoga, we have karate, we have
legos, we have photography, we have food exploration.”
They’ve got it all, and in the summer it’s multiplied.
Summer camps add to each of Arts ‘n Autism’s five
programs, offering students and volunteers opportunities
to learn new things and meet new friends.
No matter the avenue, beneficial results are likely
to follow service. Motivations, passions and organizations
vary widely depending on personal preferences
and beliefs, but Engle said the significance is
lost on no one.
“As a Christian, it’s important for me to show my
love for God and others by my service. I use it as an
opportunity to care for others like I’ve been cared
for and let people know that they are appreciated
and loved,” Engle said. “Whether you’re religious or
not, though, you can find yourself by serving, and it’s
a great way to meet new and caring people.”
No matter the location, a summer of service is
lined up for this season’s forecast.
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Editors: 15 • Photographers: 12 • Lifestyle Writers: 4 • Beauty Writers: 4 • Fashion Writers: 4 • Makeup Artists: 2 • Health and Food Writers: 3
• Entertainment Writers: 5 • Models: 21
None of the
None of the
women in this
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Summer in the City:
A guide for surviving empty college towns
By Sara Beth Bolin
As finals wind down and graduation passes, everyone
has their minds on one thing: summer. Students
return home, get an internship or summer
job, study abroad or spend their time tanning on the
beach. However, there remains just a brave few who
stick around after the campus empties and the traffic
becomes much more bearable.
Maybe you’re taking classes, working or trying to
save money after a botched attempt at subletting
your apartment. Whatever the case, these boredom-busters
are sure to add a little extra fun to
Mix Up Your Routine
In the midst of boredom, sometimes mixing it up
can add that little change you’ve been searching for
during a busy semester. Try a new coffee shop or
bar to frequent. Been a yoga junkie for a few years?
Give kickboxing a try. A simple change in diet, music,
or wake up time could radically change your
outlook on your college home.
Explore Somewhere New…
Sometimes, getting out of town for a day or two
can be enough to come back refreshed and ready
to go. Don’t be afraid to walk around the main
square of the next town over or travel a few hours
to a bigger city. Go to a nearby zoo or scout out a
music festival.Marianne Martin, a senior at The University
of Alabama, spent last summer taking classes
and decided to take off with a friend for a week
“We drove to Wyoming from Alabama to see my
roommate’s relatives,” Martin said. “And honestly, it
was just good to get a change of scenery. I came
back ready for the second session of summer classes!”
...Or Your Own Backyard
Have a restaurant you’ve always wanted to try?
Now’s your chance! Since there are fewer students
in town, wait times will be lower and you’ll likely get
more personalized service. Check out the hiking
trails or stores you’ve always eyed but never had a
chance to go explore.
Can’t think of anywhere new to venture? Try playing
what I call “The Dice Game.” Bring a friend and
some dice and roll to find your next destination.
Ones and twos mean right, threes and fours are
straight, and fives and sixes call for left. There’s no
telling where you’ll end up!
Discover an Unknown Passion
If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do
but never had the motivation, now’s your chance!
Maybe you’re a really good chef but never had time
to cook because you were too busy studying for exams.
Invite your classmates or co-workers over for a
girls night with a new recipe. Want to see if you’re an
artist? Pick up a canvas and some paint and go for it!
There are tons of hobbies like running, rock climbing,
knitting, finding a passion, becoming an activist,
baking-- even checking out books from your local
library and becoming a bookworm counts!
Find A New Crew
There’s lots to do, but your friends are off on their
own adventures. Who do you invite to come with
you? Don’t be afraid to talk to your new coworkers
and classmates; they won’t bite. Chat up the barista
who makes the perfect chai, or befriend the next
door neighbor you’ve never talked to. The town
may be empty of college students, but that doesn’t
mean no one’s there!
Yes, summer in a college town is different, but that
doesn’t mean it needs to be boring. There’s plenty
of fun things to spice up your summer if you have a
little imagination and an open mind. Maybe you’ll
meet your new BFF, pick up a hobby that becomes
your greatest passion, or just successfully get to the
fall semester. No matter the outcome, with these
tips up your sleeves, you’re ready to combat the
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By Kallen Sebastian
Molly is a sophomore studying journalism at Mizzou.
Why “Terrane Creations?”
“Terrain” refers to land and the necklaces are made of
clay. There is a verse in the bible about how all people
are created from clay and I think that’s a great message:
that we are all made from the same body and
can come together and move past our differences.
The name and mission of Terrane are kind of a sharing
of the gospel.
Let’s talk about your jewelry.
Since they are made from clay, they have a very
earthy feel. I tend to shift to neutral colors like pinks,
army greens, granite. The girls who purchase my
necklaces are into those vibes as well; more organic.
My four main necklaces resemble boldness, kindness,
simplicity and openness, and are named after
my friends who embody those attributes. I really value
my relationships. I think that community is so important.
When I came to college, community was a blessing
the Lord put into my life through tons of prayer. A
couple really great relationships speak louder than a
few surface-level ones.
How does social media play a role in the success of
My business is run entirely through Instagram. That’s
where I get the majority of my orders. Without social
media, my business would be nonexistent. Instagram
is a platform that is really growing for entrepreneurs
and small business. I asked around to see what other
small businesses were doing and found that it is the
most profitable platform, even over places like Etsy.
Customers DM me if they want something and I do
custom orders; people can message me if they want
a specific necklace or keychain.
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First Day, Right Foot
By Kallen Sebastian
It’s your first day on the job. Maybe it’s an internship.
Maybe it’s a real-life, rent-paying position. Either
way, you’re probably overdressed and a little
Good. You should be.
Overdressed, I mean. Not sweaty. Ew.
Workwear is kind of like politics: while most people
think they know what’s going on, the vast majority
of people are completely wrong and will never
know it. Fortunately for us, correcting our wayward
workwear habits is a lot less painful than becoming
politically educated, and it usually involves fewer
The most important thing you should know, whether
you are an intern, an entry-level job employee, or
simply “the new girl,” is that it is always better to be
overdressed than underdressed. Because you are
young, people are inclined to not take you as seriously.
Sharper silhouettes, cleaner lines and simple,
high contrast colors can help to establish you as a
professional. That being said, it’s difficult to establish
a blanket “professional look” because the standard
for professional attire varies across industries and
There are four basic levels of attire in the professional
Smart Casual: These are your Silicon Valley geniuses.
This is as casual as you will ever be and is
usually only found in hip startup environments. Like
your everyday clothes, but less edgy. Dark wash
jeans over light wash, that kind of thing.
Business Casual: This is fairly common in the artsier
industries like advertising and communications.
You’re not wearing a suit, but you’re not not wearing
one either. This would be a nice shirt tucked into
culottes or capris. Jeans usually aren’t allowed, but
fabric options are typically going to be flexible. To
stay in the professional zone, tighten your silhouettes
when you wear more casual fabrics. You’re not
confined to a pencil skirt, but skirts should still never
be any higher than an inch above the knee. Fun
colors and patterns are still an option and you have
plenty of room to play. Jewelry can be fun but not
distracting. Blazers are typically optional.
Business Professional: This is where business and
finance professionals will be found. You will be wearing
a suit; pant lengths and styles may be flexible depending
on your office environment and standards. If
you wear a skirt, make sure to wear a pencil skirt. A
structured blazer is required; this typically isn’t a level
of attire where you can play with looser, oversized,
or less structured blazers. Tread lightly with shoes:
your options are pumps or flats. Open-toed shoes
and wedges are not allowed. Jewelry is allowed, but
your big tassel earrings are going to have to take a
backseat to simple hoops and studs. Tops are still
fairly flexible as far as fit, style and fabric goes, although
I recommend sticking to small patterns (if
any) and simple tones and colors.
Business Formal: It is very unlikely that you, as an
intern or entry-level worker, will ever need to dress
at this level. Maybe for a presentation, award ceremony,
or other formal work event. This is more for
the C-Suite and is the most strict level of business
attire. Rock that pantsuit, but make sure that the
pants are full-length. Your go-to colors? Black and
navy, baby. This is not the time for that fun pink suit
piece. If you opt for a skirt, it must be of the pencil variety.
Tops should be plain colors: I suggest sticking
to blue or white. A button-down is standard, as are
pumps. Keep the jewelry to an absolute minimum:
wedding rings, watches, stud earrings.
Most offices dress in business casual, business
professional, or a mix of the two. On your first day,
opt for what you think is the absolute dressiest level
of attire this office may expect. It is significantly better
to be overdressed than underdressed in a professional
environment. Spend your first day observing
how others in the office dress and match yourself
to that standard as you move forward. Also, most
offices will have some sort of orientation session,
during which they will teach you about their rules for
You may find that your bosses and co-workers
break the standards for attire that your office sets.
Just because your boss breaks the clothing rules
doesn’t mean you can.
Just because your boss breaks the clothing rules
doesn’t mean you can.
Why? Because your boss is the boss. You are
the intern, or the “new girl.” Who is more likely to
get called into HR? The new girl. Who is worse off
if they get called into HR? The new girl. Don’t wear
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open-toed shoes just because your boss does. Don’t
wear skirts shorter than an inch above your knee
just because the girl in the other cubicle does. Your
coworkers will absolutely break professional attire
standards. That is absolutely not an excuse for you
to do the same.
What rules are they breaking exactly? A big one
Heels are always appropriate in the work environment,
but not all heels are appropriate. They should
never exceed 2.5 inches. 2.5 inches is the maximum
heel height. Do not exceed 2.5 inches. Just don’t do it.
I don’t care how cute they are. I don’t care how comfortable
they are. 2.5 inches is the maximum heel
height and the maximum heel height is 2.5 inches.
Be cautious with open-back or sling-back heels.
This is going to depend entirely on your office environment
and standards. In a hospital, for example,
you cannot wear shoes with an open heel for safety
One of the largest complaints about heels is that
they are not comfortable. There are a few ways to
get around this. First, wear a lower heel. Higher heels
put more pressure on your feet. Second, invest in
some shoe inserts. They are miracle workers. Blisters
are a bad time. Third, chunky heels are going to be
more comfortable than stiletto heels. If you have the
option to wear open-toed heels, go for it. However,
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most offices do not allow open-toed shoes so proceed
Tip: When you try on heels (you should never buy
heels without trying them on), do so at the end of
the day, especially if you have been walking around
a lot. You want to try on shoes when your feet are
swollen and sweaty. Sounds gross, but that’s when
you will find out if your shoes are too small (pinch) or
too large (you’re slipping around in them).
Flats are allowed at every level of attire except for
Business Formal. Do not give a presentation in flats.
If you can’t wear heels due to pain or preference, explore
other options. Cute loafers do exist. Mules may
be acceptable. Even kitten heels can work (although
personally I do not understand why you would
choose to be .5 inches off the ground and find them
very difficult to walk in).
Note: If you are at a conference or professional
event where you will be on your feet all day, feel
free to bring shoes to change into in between sessions.
Just make sure that they are also professional.
There is nothing more heartbreaking than a woman
in line for lunch wearing a fantastic suit with flip
flops. Please, in the name of everything glorious and
good in this world, don’t ever be the girl at the conference
in flip flops.
Oh, right. I almost forgot wedges.
Skirts are also an area of contention for many a
working woman. Many women are under the misconception
that any professional-looking skirt is a
“pencil skirt.” A pencil skirt actually has a fairly strict
definition. A pencil skirt is high-waisted (should reach
the top of your hips), made of lightweight wool or
cotton with stretch, tapers at the thigh, has a subtle
slit in the back and hits mid- or below the knee.
Mid- or below the knee.
Not one inch above the knee. Not three inches
above the knee. Mid- or below the knee. If the skirt
hits higher than mid-knee, it is not a pencil skirt.
That isn’t to say that all skirts above the knee are
inappropriate. Many shorter skirts are quite appropriate
for the office. The distinction is an important
one to make, however, as more formal work environments
will only allow for pencil skirts. The more
formal the office, the longer the skirt length. You do
not want to show up to an investment firm in a work
skirt that doesn’t make the length requirement for a
pencil. I’m looking at you, J. Crew.
Also important to note is the distinction between
pencil skirts and bodycon skirts. Some girls are
blessed with a little more booty and struggle to find
a skirt that doesn’t create those tense lines across
the thigh. I get it. But that’s why tailors exist. Just because
that skirt at Forever 21 is midi, high-waisted
and clings all the way down does NOT mean it is a
pencil skirt or that it is appropriate for work.
Note: Please do not buy professional attire at Forever
21. H&M offers a range of professional attire for
affordable prices. You will not find pencil skirts at
Forever 21. It is a bodycon wasteland.
Be wary of slits. As a general rule, do not buy work
skirts with slits in the front or side. Don’t do it. It is
dangerous territory. If you buy a wrap skirt, make
sure that at no point does it rise higher than two
inches above the knee. Pro tip: only buy midi-length
wrap skirts to avoid that issue. Work skirts should
only have slits in the back for increased mobility and
breathability. They shouldn’t gap open to reveal your
bee-hind. Make sure to remove the thread in the
back before wearing.
It is impossible to set guidelines for appropriate
skirts without running into the fact that women face
many more clothing restrictions in the workplace
due to the sexualization of women. These guidelines
are for meeting professional workplace standards,
not for “covering you up.”
If your skirt is too short, that is not an excuse for
someone to sexualize you. If your top is sleeveless,
that is not an excuse for someone to sexualize you. If
you show up to work in a bikini, that is not an excuse
for someone to sexualize you.
Harassment is not and never will be excusable or
tolerable, regardless of your attire. If you are being
harassed, contact Human Resources. You are not
being unprofessional; your harasser is.
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