Alice Vol. 3 No. 3


Published by UA Student Media in Summer 2018.



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

Top: Lulu’s

Jeans: Pause Boutique

Letter from the Editor

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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 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

and empower.

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

of you.

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

expressed, written permission of Alice Magazine.

Allie Binford


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

Caroline Wells

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


Advertising Creative Director Alexis Craft

Assistant Creative Director Grace Bryant and

Nataleigh Dang

Sales Representatives (205) 348-7845

Lizzie Mizenko, Jack Amthor, Gabbie Waller,

Emma Pyne, Rayven Lane, Abigail Wolfe


Editorial Mark Mayfield (

Advertising Julie Salter (

Published by UA Office of Student Media

Director Paul Wright

Table of


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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Sit back.



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

community service.

“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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All clothes: Lulu’s

Bellbottom Jeans: Pause boutique

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Outfit: SOCA

Glasses and top: Lulu’s

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Jumpsuit: SOCA

Top: Lulu’s

Dress: SOCA

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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

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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

your summer.

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

of adventure.

“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

summer blues!

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Molly Sullivan

Terrane Creations

By Kallen Sebastian


Molly is a sophomore studying journalism at Mizzou.


Clay Jewelry

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

your business?

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

Facebook posts.

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

workplace attire.

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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Jacket: Pause Boutique

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

is shoes.


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

with caution.

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.

Yeah, no.


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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