Alice Vol. 4 No. 1


Published by UA Student Media in Winter 2019.



A sexual assault survivor speaks out

about believing women



How to rise up against gender-based

price disparities


Alice sits down with a creator whose

video game fights microaggressions

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This season is all

about standing up

and standing out

The University of Alabama | Winter 2019

Chilly weather may

force you to bundle up,

but now is not the time

to cover up. Boldness is

all the rage this winter.

Letter from the Editor

Volume 4

Issue 1

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This semester we did a fashion shoot at Boone Cabin,

a house owned by The University of Alabama and tucked

away on the shore of Lake Tuscaloosa. The plan was to get

some shots of the models standing by the edge of the water.

The edge. Because we had clothes to return and models

to keep dry.

But Sabina Vafina, the lovely Alice photo editor, does not

live life on the edge. She dives right in.

Skipping directly to the water, she tossed off her shoes

and directed the rest of her crew to do the same. While the

models rolled up their pants (thank you!), Sabina walked

straight in, her flowing pant legs dipping into the lake and

trailing behind her. And that was that. Because when Sabina

Vafina walks into a lake, well, you do too.

As I watched my Ladies of the Lake, “Man, I Feel Like a

Woman” came on the photoshoot playlist. It got me thinking

about the best things about being a woman. Of course,

there’s the prerogative to have a little fun. And coloring hair.

And doing dares.

But the list is so much longer than Shania Twain made

it out to be.

The best things are the little pep talks the crew gave each

other before stepping on set. And the way they helped one

another out of the pesky holes that covered the lake’s floor.

And how they built a chain to pull each other along through

the sludge.

The best things are the things we women do to help

one another.

This issue of Alice has all the best things about being

a woman. We have women running for office and running

their own companies. Women encouraging other women to

be the best versions of themselves, and women channeling

anger into art. But it also has the sludge. It has sexual assault

and public body shaming and economic systems that keep

women disadvantaged.

It has the sludge because it’s there. Right below our feet.

We know you feel it. We feel it too. And we are here to build

a chain and pull each other along.

I want to thank my oh-so-incredible staff for all their

hard work and passion. This publication would not be

possible without the women behind the pages. The women

who ask the uncomfortable questions. The women who see

the wonder in everything. The women who do not stop until

they get it right. The women who walk right into the lake.

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.

Rebecca Rakowitz

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Editor in Chief Rebecca Rakowitz

Creative Director MK Holladay

Photo Editor Sabina Vafina

Managing Editor Meg McGuire

Market Editor Kristina Cusolito

Fashion Editor Kallen Sebastian

Beauty Editor Kali Sturgis

Lifestyle Editor Sara Beth Bolin

Food and Health Editor Anna Klement

Entertainment Editor Mia Blackman

Social Media Coordinator Ashby Brown

Online Editor Gillian Castro

Marketing Editor Alexis Wolf

Contributing Writers Morgan Abercrombie,

Lindsay Ball, Allie Binford, Sara Beth Bolin,

Keely Brewer, Daley Cline, Hanna Fridriksson,

Kaitlyn Gabaldon, MK Holladay, Annie Hollon,

Rachel Hughes, Anna Klement, Cassie Kuhn,

Payton Lambert, Mariah Link, Mikelah Luke,

Kyra Mangle, Meg McGuire, Tarah Morris,

Sydney Pellegrini, Irene Richardson, Kallen

Sebastian, Kate Silvey, Hannah Taylor, Natalie

Vande Linde, Katrina Waelchli

Contributing Photographers Prestley

Bramlett, Syd Cargal, Alexis Craft, Tristan

Hallman, Sam MacDonald, Grant Nicholls,

Kali Sturgis, Emily Swan, Ally Thomasson

Contributing Designers: Ramsey Chandler,

Elizabeth Enloe, Sarah Lumpkin, Amanda

Morris, Shana Oshinskie, Kiley Peruch, Sarah

Sliman, Hannah Taylor, Ally Thomasson,

Holly Welch

Models Anna Bell, Amber Chan, Xsuela

Douglas, Genuwine Farlow, Jada Foster,

Katharina Fox, Alexandra Huryn, Angelina

Kim, Anna Klement, Lauren L’Etang, Montana

Maniscalco, Alexandrea Nessi, Saxby Sperau,

Kali Sturgis, Tina Turner, Katy Vanderblom

Hair and Makeup Kali Sturgis


Advertising Creative Director Alexis Craft

Assistant Creative Director Grace Bryant and

Nataleigh Dang

Sales Representatives (205) 348-7845

Rayven Lane, Tricia Ownby, Emma Pyne,

Abigail Wolfe


Editorial Mark Mayfield


Advertising Julie Salter (

Published by UA Office of Student Media

Director Paul Wright

Contributing Artists: Emeline Earman,

Hannah Taylor, Ally Thomasson, Sabina Vafina

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The perfect makeup routine to complement your specs

By Hanna Fridriksson

If you wear eyeglasses, you

know makeup can sometimes be

a pain. But don’t let your frames

stop you from trying some

seriously fierce looks. With a few

tips and tricks, you can make the

most of your beauty routine -

bifocals and all!


When it comes to how

glasses rest on a face, the biggest

problem many people have is

their nose. If you have an oily or

combination skin type, glasses

do not help. Not only do they

make nose makeup budge, it

always feels like it’s collecting

oil on the bridge of the nose,

causing breakouts. To combat

oil, use products like a toner with

salicylic acid, as well as oil-free

makeup products. Other ways

to stay less oily are to use a good

primer, powder and blotting

sheets. Dry skin types should use

mattifying primers where their

specs sit, so the glasses won’t

cause makeup to smudge.


For the skin, tinted

moisturizers and BB Creams

work well for glasses wearers

because they don’t move around

as much. For foundation

wearers, staying light with

foundation is the key to not

having nose makeup move

around and to minimize those

annoying red lines. Extra

foundation and concealer can be

added to other areas as needed.

A brightening or lighter

concealer is also important for

under the eyes because your

specs can create shadows.


Eye shape and frames play

into what makeup looks are

most flattering. Generally,

super glittery and sparkly eye

looks do not pair as well with

glasses. When it comes to

eyeshadow, neutral tones in

mattes and a little shimmer are

more flattering.

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Nearsighted glasses make

eyes appear smaller. Lighter

colors open up the eyes more

and make them look bigger. Try

using a white or nude eyeliner

pencil in the water line and a

bright highlight in the inner

corner and inner lid.

If you are doing eyeliner,

match the thickness with the

thickness of your frames so

neither will overpower the

other. However, try not to use

an eyeliner that is the same

color as your frames because

it will obscure, rather than

emphasize, your eyes.

Curling lashes is best

when wearing glasses, because

straight lashes can touch the

lenses, but stay light on bottom

lash mascara.



Farsighted glasses make

eyes appear bigger. A smokier

eyeshadow look makes eyes

appear smaller, especially if

you put liner or shadow on

your lower lash line and water

line. You can do a look like

this for everyday if you put a

transition color a shade or two

darker than your skin tone and

smudge a darker shade on your

lash line.

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For the rest of your features, have fun! Don’t

forget your brows. Do them as you like, but know

that glasses will emphasize your brows, so try to

keep them tidy. Wear bold lipstick to play up

neutral eyes, and add a poppin’ highlight, because

you can.

Glasses don’t have to be a hindrance. Makeup

is supposed to be fun, and glasses can be super

stylish, so treat your makeup the same.





By Natalie Vande Linde

College life brings about a lot of budgeting, but

your self-care and makeup routine shouldn’t

have to suffer. These 10 beauty products from

Amazon are affordable and worth it.


For those struggling with oily skin and angry

breakouts, this is your new hero. The mask is to

be mixed with apple cider vinegar and applied

to the face. It works to pull out impurities and

shrink pores, combatting those breakout areas

and moderating oil production. However,

sensitive and dry skin readers be warned: this

mask packs a punch. Try using it for only a

short period of time to ensure the best results

given your skin’s texture.


An ice roller may not be number one on your

must-have list, but at an affordable price,

why not give one a try? Given their ability

to reduce redness, reduce the appearance of

veins, tighten pores, and even help the adverse

effects of an allergic reaction, the benefits are

seriously rewarding.


This is one that comes heavily recommended

by influencers and beauty gurus. L.A. Girl

is an affordable, cruelty-free brand that has

received a lot of praise. Scroll through the

Amazon comments on this product to see its

impressive coverage of dark spots or sharp brow

bone highlighting.

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BIO-OIL - $9

This gentle oil works to eradicate stretch marks,

scars, acne marks, and uneven skin tones. It can be

applied on any problem areas and since it won’t clog

your pores, you need not worry about breakouts.

Bio-Oil is hypoallergenic and packed with helpful

oils like lavender and calendula, so any skin type can

appreciate its benefits.



This price is truly crazy. Still, this brush set has

acquired an incredible amount of positive feedback

from buyers. Those who purchased this set are raving

in the reviews about how they’ve stopped reaching for

brush sets that cost $100 or more. Purchasing makeup

brushes can be overwhelming and intimidating, but

this set is a great place to begin or experiment with.


Milani used to be stocked in drugstores regularly,

but is a little harder to come by now. However,

Amazon still has it on deck. Milani’s baked blush

shades offer an iridescence that hints at a gleam

but does not overpower the face. Winter can

leave skin feeling and looking dull, and a baked

blush like this Milani one is just the thing to pull

vibrance and a youthful appearance back into

the cheeks.



This is a holy grail product. Hyaluronic acid works

as a water-binding acid. When you apply this to the

face, it begins to pull the humidity in the air and use it

to continuously moisturize your skin. This is a musthave

product through the fall and winter months that

can be quickly applied under any moisturizer to keep

your skin looking plump and hydrated. It works to

improve skin’s overall texture and brightens your

complexion. Bonus: Cosmedica offers a cruelty-free,

vegan version.

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Embryolisse is a long-time cult favorite. It’s a common

product among fashion week makeup artists, as it is

gentle, moisturizing, and revitalizes the skin with a

host of fatty acids. Embryolisse is cruelty-free, doubles

as a primer under foundation, and can be used as a

cleansing cream to gently remove makeup, or as an after

shave cream. It’s great for all skin types, and if your

skin tends to be sensitive or overly dry, it will adore this

hydrating moisturizer.


MASK - $10

This clay mask holds 4.2 out of 5 stars with well over

5000 reviews. Carbonation in the mask works to gently

exfoliate skin and clear pores of impurities. Although

this is a clay mask, it’s a bit gentler than the Aztec Secret

Indian Healing Clay Mask, making it more friendly for

all skin types. Many reviewers raved and left photos

suggesting that even if the effects weren’t so incredible,

they would purchase it again for the amazing spa-like feel

the mask left them with.


MATTE 35N - $23

Morphe is another affordable and cruelty-free makeup

brand to check out. This eyeshadow palette is stocked

with 35 amazing matte neutrals that can be mixed and

matched to create almost any look. Anyone can enjoy its

classic and blendable shades.

Amazon can be a great place to delve into the beauty world

and experiment with new products without breaking the

bank. As you search, remember that reviews are key.

Check other buyers opinions. Is it causing breakouts or

drying out their skin? These type of reviews can be red

flags when trying new products. However, make sure to

check the percentage of poor reviews and be mindful of

the type of skin these buyers have. Search for reviews of

those most similar to you.

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By Hannah Taylor

Let’s face it, commitment is scary. Even a simple

haircut can seem daunting at times. Whether

you’re thinking of chopping off your locks to keep

up with the latest fad, or considering trading in

your signature ombré look for a new bleached

“do,” any slight change of appearance can take a

lot of deliberation. And yet, according to a Pew

Research Center study, 38 percent of people

aged 18-29 have at least one tattoo. So how and

why, do so many people choose to permanently

modify their bodies in one way or another? New

developments in body modification practices and

technologies mean there are more possibilities

than ever for body alterations and enhancements.

People with experience in the field of body

modification sat down with Alice to give an inside

look at why so many Americans turn to tattooing

and cosmetic surgery.


Porscha Bryant, a tattoo artist with All Inked Up,

is the first woman to open her own tattoo shop in

Tuscaloosa, Alabama, received her first tattoo at

age 17.

Alice: What sparked your desire to become a

tattoo artist?

Bryant: The difficulty level. It’s trying to make

a picture on a moving curved surface, with a

moving canvas, and a vibrating utensil. It’s highly

complicated, and even some of the most wellversed

artists, they all give homage to tattoo art

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ecause it’s one of the most difficult art forms.

And then on top of that, once your art walks out

the door, you don’t know how it’s gonna look

when it comes back. Some people take care of it

beautifully and some people don’t.

Alice: Have you ever been treated differently

or received negative reactions because of

your tattoos?

Bryant: I definitely (saw) different treatment once

I started getting stuff done on my arms. People

look at you with a certain type of hesitation. I

would say it’s been positive and negative, because

sometimes I’ll have people walk up to me and just

grab my arm like, ‘Hey, what is this, that’s so cool.’

There’s other people that are scoffy and stand

offish. But I think it’s becoming more accepted

these days, where people don’t really care if you

have visible ink or not. I would say five to 10 years

ago it was still a little bit more taboo.

Alice: What is the most rewarding part of being a

tattoo artist?

Bryant: My favorite part is the therapeutic

aspect of tattooing. I get people that come in

that self harm. I’ve had people come in with cuts

coming all the way down their arm. Instead of

cutting themselves, they end up coming back and

getting more tattoos. Or they’re trying to cover

something...say they did cut themselves. They’ll

cover it up with a beautiful piece. It takes away

that reminder for people. People that are dealing

with lost loved ones, and things of that nature [will

get tattoos]. I’ve had people give me hugs, crying

because [the tattoo] helped them get through

whatever situation they were going through.

I would say that’s the most rewarding thing

about tattooing.

Alice: What is one “wrong” perception most

people have about tattooing?

Bryant: This is one thing I complain about, I feel

like the majority of people who get tattoos these

days, they look at it as going to get their hair or

nails done. They look for the cheapest possible

tattoo, not really caring about how bad it looks.

Then, when they don’t like it anymore they want

to get it covered up. And really, if you look at the

ancient side of tattooing, it’s more of a spiritual

thing, a rite of passage. And people don’t even

want to feel the pain anymore, like ‘hey can I put

this anesthetic on it’. It kind of takes the whole

meaning away from it.

Alice: In your experience, why do people choose

to body modify with tattoos?

Bryant: There’s a cosmetic aspect to it that I think

a lot of people like. A lot of times men come in

because they see their favorite rappers, rockstars,

or athletes [with certain tattoos]. They come in

with pictures of their tattoos and are like, ‘Hey I

want this.’ So I think it’s more of a look people are

going for these days. Then there’s other people

that purely want a form of self-expression. They

come in and they have this particular art piece

that they want done on them and it means the

world to them. And then there’s people that look

at it more in the ritualistic aspect of the older form

[of tattooing]. [They] really respect it as a craft.

I’d say there’s those three different types of people

[who get tattoos].

Alice: What is one thing you wished more people

understood about tattooing?

Bryant: That it’s actually an art form. People don’t

look at it that way sometimes. It’s art, and it’s very

difficult to do. It takes years to master, just like a

painter or a sculptor.



A rise of surgical body modification has followed

the rise of social media stars. From the Kylie

Jenner lip challenge, to the unprecedented

movement of “Snapchat Surgery,” the stigma

surrounding cosmetic enhancement is beginning

to dissipate. Some ends of the surgical body

modification spectrum has even begun to take the

form of an alientistic fashion statement, as can be

seen in the art installation, A.Human. The surreal

display of humans with hyper-realistic, sci-fi body

modifications was presented in correlation with

this year’s New York Fashion Week.

Although conversations of surgical enhancements

are beginning to take a more futuristic turn,

the majority of surgical body modifications

are centered around subtle enhancements. Dr.

Kenneth Sanders is a facial plastic surgeon from

Shreveport, Louisiana, who talked with Alice

about his experience in the field of surgical

body modification.

Alice: What is one “wrong” perception that most

people have about body modification?

Sanders: [The Negative stigma of plastic surgery]

was dying out hard in the 80s and 90s. Number

one, our procedures were getting better then;

practices were evolving then. Every once in a

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while people say well ‘I’m usually not a vain

person’, but then I say well what’s the difference

between caring about wrinkles around your eyes

and brushing your hair? You brushed your hair

this morning because you didn’t want messy

hair. What’s the real difference? More people are

looking at plastic surgery and enhancements this

way, now.

Alice: What are some of the strangest requests

you’ve had from potential patients?

Sanders: Pretty commonly, I’ve had people come

to me that want tattoos cut off. That’s not really a

good way to take care of tattoos. It’s not feasible

sometimes to cut of that large of an area of skin...

I’m not going to do surgeries that are going to

[result in] a weird, unnatural look.

Alice: How have social media and influencers

affected the industry of cosmetic surgery?

Sanders: [The Kardashians] hold a lot of power,

unfortunately, in my opinion.

Social media, in general, is huge. I do snapchat

story surgeries because I had people asking

about it.

Alice: What is the most rewarding part of your job

as a plastic surgeon?

Sanders: I remember in particular several young

girls, and when I say young I mean like even

middle school, grade school. Younger girls who

have really prominent ears, and you can pin that

back with a really simple little surgery. They come

in, one was literally crying as we talked about it

with her mom. It was that big of a deal for her. She

would never put her hair up. She didn’t want to

try out for cheerleading because she would have to

wear her hair in a ponytail. We do her surgery, she

comes bouncing in there with her hair in a ponytail,

joking, very happy. That’s pretty rewarding when

you do stuff with kids; anytime we do stuff with

kids that’s either reconstructive or cosmetic is a

pretty big deal because they’re getting picked on

at school. Even sometimes something as simple

as cutting a mole off a kids face [can make a big

difference]. Kids can be pretty cruel at school, so

that’s a real rewarding thing. One womean came

in, she was about 60 years old. She finally had her

financial status where she wanted it and she could

finally have her rhinoplasty done. She came in and

we did her rhinoplasty; she had a really big hump.

When she came in and we took the splint off, she

just broke down in tears, looking in the mirror.

Even at 60 years old, you could see the pain that

she had gone through in highschool and college.

That’s the most rewarding thing, when you can see

someone’s self confidence just get boosted hugely.



Crystal Heuton has always wanted to be a fairy,

and she got one step closer after deciding to have

horns implanted in her forehead, two years ago.

Heuton started self-piercing at 13 years old and

received her first tattoo at the age of 21. The 30

year-old body piercer of Prattville, Alabama talked

with Alice about her experiences in the realm of

body modification. .

Alice: How did people react to your horn implants?

Heuton: The people close to me were mostly okay

with it. They kind of saw it coming, I guess. People

on the street aren’t so nice about it. Most stare.

Some people have asked to touch them. When I

moved back to Alabama, about four or five months

ago, someone told me to “get out of their state.”

I was in Target with my daughter and a lady

was following us and when we walked out of the

store she tapped me on the shoulder and told me

that my ‘kind’ isn’t welcome here, and I should

leave Alabama.

Alice: Do you experience negative reactions like

that, often?

Heuton: I mainly get negative looks. It’s rare

that it becomes that intense. But once people

get to know me, they don’t even notice the

horns anymore.

Alice: Why did you choose to get horn implants?

Heuton: I came across them a few years ago and

it’s kind of something that intrigued me. Then I

started doing them on a lot of clients. It was my

way of becoming like a nymph fairy-type of person.

Alice: What does the horn implant

process involve?

Heuton: We numb the client up with lidocaine,

so they don’t feel anything. Then we make small

incisions and separate the muscle from the skin

and bone. It’s an implant grade silicone that we

shove underneath the skin, and then suture it

back up. They’ll take anywhere from a year to

three years to fully heal. It’s very painful once the

numbness wears off. There’s a lot of swelling. It’s

a lot more than what people expect. It’s a lot more

than what I even expected.

Alice: What was the healing process like for you?

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Heuton: It was really painful. The first week I

wanted to die, pretty much. There was a lot of

swelling. I looked kind of deformed for about two

weeks and then they started to take shape. It was

a lot to get used to. I kept hitting them on things.

Alice: What are some other body modifications

that you have?

Heuton: I have 80 percent of my body tattooed,

and pretty much everything visible is pierced.

I have large holes punched out of the tops of

my ears.

Alice: What drew you to the world of

body modifications?

Heuton: I was kind of born into the tattoo

industry. I just saw it as a way of expressing

myself. I know that sounds cliché, but it is.

Alice: What do you wish critics understood about

your choice to get body modifications?

Heuton: That it doesn’t change us. It doesn’t

affect how we work or how we are as people.

People see us and they think we have low morals

or we’re bad parents and stuff like that. We’re just

like everybody else, we just express ourselves a

little differently.

Whether it’s tattooing or surgical enhancements,

simple or bold looks, the world of body

modification is continuing to advance with new and

exciting techniques. Thanks to the ever-growing

movement of body positivity, body modifications

are more accepted and less stigmatized than ever.

So get that crazy tattoo, or don’t. Change your

face, or don’t. It’s your body and no one else’s.

But no matter what, never forget to love the skin

you’re in.

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Here’s the Forecast

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By Tarah Morris

and Payton Lambert

With chilly weather just around the

corner, it’s time to say goodbye to our

sun-kissed glows, and hello to trends that

will help you take on winter like a pro.

Hair Style

The Meghan Markle: This style

is no doubt a trend this winter. This

effortless and natural look is quick,

easy, and pairs great with just about

anything. Achieving this style takes five

minutes or less and is versatile enough

for class or a night out. Simply part

your hair to your preference, loosely

twist it into a low bun, then pull some

pieces forward to frame the face. Now

you can look like royalty everyday.

Sleek and Shiny: Looking for a style

that looks “fresh off the runway?” Then

this is the style for you. This look is

simple, yet classic and can be achieved

in no time! Smooth down your hair, use

a small amount of hair gel or a strong

hold hair spray, and push your hair

straight back. The result? A fashionforward,

edgy style that can be done in

a few minutes.

Hair Color

Warm: Even though the weather is

cooling down, your hair doesn’t have

to! When choosing your hair color

this winter, go for something that will

reflect light. Not only will warm tones

give your hair a beautiful glow, they

will brighten up your skin tone too.

Select a color that has an undertone of

gold, copper, or red to give your hair a

beautiful glow.

Chocolate: Deep, rich colors are a

must-have! A chocolate hair color, no

matter how light or dark the shade, is

guaranteed to stand out. To add more

dimension, ask your stylist to toss in

Green Jacket and Green Pants: Twice as Nice

Plaid Jacket and Plaid Pants: Lulu’s

pieces of contrasting shades. Your hair

color will be full of light and movement.

Jewel Tones: If you’re wanting to

make a statement, then this hair color

trend is the one for you. Throw some

pieces of jewel toned color into your

hair - whether it be a shade of purple,

emerald, or pink - and you will surely

turn heads.

Rose Gold: This hair color trend is

very versatile. If you’re feeling bold, go

for a shade with more pink hues. If you

want a more natural look, incorporate

more gold and pale pink hues, so

it blends seamlessly. You can also

integrate this color into a balayage or

wear it as an all over color.

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Mauve Tones: Mauve has been on the

rise since late 2017, and will definitely take

center stage this winter. Vivid enough to

be a bolder version of your typical summer

look, but subdued enough to be be worn

everyday, mauve holds all of the versatility

one could ask for. Its warm undertones

will still heat up your face during the

cooler months.

Colored Eyeliner: Play up the eyes by

using brighter and bolder eyeshadows to

make the eyes the focal point of the look.

Colored pencil liners are a great tool to

accomplish this. Apply a neutral shadow

and add a pop of color with the liner. Try a

dark purple for brown eyes, an emerald or

gold for hazel eyes, a navy for blue eyes, or

an olive or purple for green eyes.

Dramatic Eyelashes: Eyelash extensions

became extremely popular throughout the

summer, and the trend won’t stop this winter

either. Many makeup lovers desire a set of

beautiful, full lashes, and with the growing

popularity of eyelash extensions, these

perfect lashes are now possible. Falsies are

also a great option to get voluminous lashes.

A set of luscious lashes pair greatly with any

makeup look and bring extra attention to play

up those eyes.

Nude & Brown Lips: When playing

up the eyes, use a nude or brown lip to

tie everything together, while keeping

the eyeshadow the focal point. Nude lips

pair perfectly with the warm tones used

commonly in the winter.

Glimpses of Gold: With the popularity

of warm tones in the fall, gold is a perfect

mixture of a metallic shine and a warm

color. Using gold in smaller amounts

draws attention to focal points of your

look, while still remaining toned down

and in the typical fall color scheme. Gold

makeup can be used in sheer highlighters,

pigmented shadows, or even in shades of


Bold Brows: Bold, thick brows have

been trending for a while now, and their

popularity is only growing. Let your brows

grow out, and use a gel or pencil to tame

them. Bold brows look great with any

makeup look, and are easy to maintain

with practice.

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How to give your beauty

routine the NYFW treatment

By Kaitlyn Gabaldon

As New York Fashion Week comes to an

end, the makeup trends are just beginning.

I, like many other beauty enthusiasts, have

asked myself, “Can I pull off a glitter lip à

la Pat McGrath?” There’s just something

captivating about these makeup looks that

seem like an effortless work of art as the lights

of the runway hit them at the perfect angle.

Whether it’s a simple look or something

otherworldly, we can all draw inspiration

from NYFW and try the looks on ourselves.

In past seasons, there has been a

minimalistic approach: skin that looks like

skin, glossy highlights, and the blotted lip.

But this season, it’s all about maximalism.

Bold and bright looks are commanding the

runways as designers showcase their Spring

2019 looks. It’s a stark contrast from what

we’ve seen before, but it’s a refreshing change

from the muted and simplistic looks. Although

it may seem intimidating to incorporate these

looks into your day-to-day routine, it’s a lot

easier than it looks.

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The Blonds

The Who knew being bad could look so

good? The Blonds sent a Disney Villains-inspired

collection down the runway that captivated the

audience with pops of color intertwined with

the classic villain black. Dark eyes and bold lips

added to the high fashion looks that Cruella de Vil

would want for her wardrobe.

Want to go for a bold lip? Step out of your

comfort zone and go for a black lipstick. Use the

black pencil eyeliner from your makeup bag as a

lip liner to line your lips and keep your lipstick

from feathering.

If you’re not ready to commit to a black

lipstick, go for a deep red color. It will still give you

a darkened lip in a classic color that anyone can

pull off. And don’t be afraid to add an elevated

smoky eye to complement your bold lip.

Use a combination of traditional smoky eye

shades and jewel tones, such as emerald, royal

blue, and garnet, to incorporate color into your

eye makeup. For example, use emerald as a

transition shade in the crease instead of a black

or gray. Blend out the shades to have a seamless

gradient from one color to the next, You’ll get a

smokey eye with hints of color peeking through

that’ll put a spell on anyone.

Jeremy Scott

Move over foiled eyes, and say hello to foiled

lips! Statement lips had a comeback moment

during Jeremy Scott’s eclectic pop show. The

90s inspired looks were a tribute to Scott himself,

known for his marriage of colors, grunge and

flamboyance in his collections.

The foiled lip kept the look young and trendy

while the rest of the face was plain. It’s a fun

futuristic look that brings the attention straight

to your lips.

Exfoliate your lips before using liquid lipstick.

This is especially important for a foiled lip since

the look is texturized. Apply a matte, metallic for

a lustrous finish, or top it off with gloss to add

dimension to the lip.

Marc Jacobs

The Marc Jacobs show featured a

monochromatic look with heavily-lashed

blue, pink, and yellow pastel eyes taking

center stage. To make it pop even more, the

models’ hair was colored to match the shade

on their lids.

The overall effect only served to enhance

the color palette of the clothes, allowing the

models to become the human embodiment

of spring’s choice colors. While you don’t

have to match your hair to the color of your

shadow (though it is a cool effect), it’s easy

to pull off a monochromatic eye look. Pack a

matte pastel eyeshadow all over the lid, then

blend out the crease with a fluffy brush to

diffuse any harsh lines. For a bolder look, top

it off with black eyeliner and lashes.

Anna Sui

Once again we saw bright colors

surrounding the models eyes, but this time

it was taken up a notch. Makeup artist Pat

McGrath used diffused sunset tones to

create a yellow to pink gradient from midforehead

to the cheeks that’s reminiscent of

a tropical vacation. The sunset tones added

to the sense of wanderlust that encapsulated

Sui’s whimsical looks.

It isn’t a look for the faint of heart, but

that does not mean you can’t incorporate

the same color palette into an eyeshadow

look. Use yellow, pink, and coral shades

that compliment your skin tone, adding one

color at a time on the eyelid, then blending

in between each color to achieve a gradient.

The look is meant to be playful, so

play around with the placement of colors.

You can keep it just to your eyelid, or keep

adding color and blending it out toward your

temples to create the intensity of the runway

look. Add mascara to the lashes to keep

your eyes defined so not overshadowed by

the color.

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Marc Jacobs

NYX’s Hot Singles

Eyeshadows ($5) come

in a wide variety of

bright colors that are

perfect to use all over

the lid.

Anna Sui

The Maybelline Lemonade Craze

palette ($11) has all of the colors

you need to achieve this look.

Jeremy Scott

Foiled lips are made easy with

the Touch In Sol Metallist Liquid

Foil Lipstick Duo ($25). It comes

in a variety of colors with a

matching liquid matte lipstick on

one side and a gloss on

the other.

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By Sara Beth Bolin

and Mikelah Luke

Mallory Hagan grew up on the

stage. After competing in pageants

for years, she found herself crowned

Miss America in 2013, representing

the United States with a glittering

tiara placed on her head and crowds

cheering her name. Now, she’s hoping

to represent the United States in a

different way: as a representative for

Alabama’s third district in the U.S.


Hagan is one of a record number

of women running this election cycle.

According to the Center for American

Women in Politics, 256 women won

their primaries and will be vying for a

seat at the table this November.

“We’re one of the only industrial

nations that doesn’t have paid

maternity leave,” Hagan said. “We’re

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still arguing over Roe v. Wade. We’re

having conversations over whether

birth control is a worthy expense for

healthcare. There’s all of these things

that simply having more women in

power would allow us to have more

robust and diverse conversations

about, especially when making

decisions that impact not only me,

but other women across the country.”

Many of these women were

inspired by the events after Donald

Trump’s inauguration, including the

rise of the #MeToo movement and

the Women’s Marches that took place

across the world to raise awareness

about women’s issues. When women

started to talk about their own

experiences, more and more began to

realize that they were not alone.

“I think women—primarily

Democratic women—have been

galvanized by the audacity of

modern sexism,” said Natalie Purser,

field director for Sean McCann

for State Senate. “There’s a sort

of viciousness and symbolism in

pushing a possible sexual assailant

through a confirmation, regardless

of the wishes of women. It’s a bleak

time that’s prompted women to seek

change via activism rather than give

into despair.”

Hagan, like many women, was

inspired to run for office because

of her own experiences. During

her time as Miss America, Hagan

worked with representatives to help

fight child abuse, which allowed her

to gain insight into how the system

worked. In 2017, Hagan was thrown

back into the spotlight when sexist

and derogatory emails about her

from the Miss America Organization

officials were leaked to the public.

She condemned the organization and

called for the board to resign that


Less than a week later, Hagan

received a call asking if she would be

interested in running for office.

It’s a bleak time that’s

prompted women

to seek change via

activism rather than

give into despair.

Although Hagan had no formal

political training, she had the support

of others. Groups like Emily’s List

and She Should Run help mobilize

female candidates, teach them what

they need in order to have a successful

run, and offer endorsements that can

improve the candidate’s credibility.

“Our vision is a government

that reflects the people it serves and

decision makers who genuinely and

enthusiastically fight for greater

opportunities and better lives for

the Americans they represent,” a

statement on Emily’s List’s website

said. “We will work for larger

leadership roles for pro-choice

Democratic women in our legislative

bodies and executive seats so that

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our families can benefit from the open-minded,

productive contributions that women have

consistently made in office.”

Women are increasingly running for office

at the national, state, local and even collegiate

levels, allowing all governmental bodies to

be representative of their constituency. This

includes The University of Alabama’s Student

Government Association, where women are

constantly running for office.

“It is imperative to have women in the

Senate,” said Caroline Stallings, an SGA senator

for the College of Engineering. “One thing

people may not realize is that The University of

Alabama is over 50 percent female. In order for

the Senate to serve its purpose of representing

the student body, it should have a similar


Stallings is the only woman of seven senators

representing the College of Engineering. She

began serving in SGA in order to make an impact

on campus, but she is now there to represent the

ever-growing number of women enrolling in her


“Women make up less than a quarter of

the population of the College of Engineering,”

Stallings said. “These women deserve

representation. In this past election, I was the

only female candidate to run from the College of

Engineering. Going forward, I would love to see

this number rise.”

Stallings said no matter the results, women

will walk away from running with a new

confidence. Whether it’s president of the United

States or treasurer of your extracurricular club,

Hagan, Purser and Stallings encourage women

of all walks of life to run for office.

“When we have a seat at the table, we’re

not on the menu,” Purser said. “We can weigh

in on plans to limit how many reproductive

healthcare centers can operate, we have a hand

in developing more comprehensive sexual

assault policies. We can represent our own

interests. When somebody from a marginalized

group gains power, it’s a catalyst for other

women to pursue leadership.”

By Cassie Kuhn

For many women, traveling alone

at night poses serious safety concerns.

Evening jogs, being separated from

friends during a night out, and walking

from the library to the on-campus

parking lot are everyday situations

where women look over their shoulders

and grip their keys a little tighter.

When Lauren Gwin was a freshman

at The University of Alabama, she

became concerned for her safety due to

emails she received from the campus

police department and student stories

about crime. This concern inspired her

to create a fashion-meets-function selfdefense

jewelry company called The

Artemis Company, named after the

Greek goddess known as the protector

of young women.

“Self-defense jewelry is designed to

combine beauty and security to not only

dress for success, but dress to protect,”

Gwin said.

Although more old-fashioned means

of self-defense like pepper-spray and

pocket knives have their place, selfdefense

jewelry is easier for women to use

and access in case of an emergency.

“Even if you own pepper spray or a

taser, mostly these things just end up

in the bottom of your purse or latched

onto your keys – not the optimal place

for quick and effective use,” Gwin said.

“So, I realized that women needed

something that they could wear all of

the time that would be easily available

to use if they needed to.”

The Artemis Company offers a

variety of rings, bracelets and necklaces

with various functions. There are

three collections with different styles

and items which can be customized

depending on a woman’s color and style


Gwin’s design process varies from

piece to piece, but it starts with an idea,

usually inspired from her experience

doing martial arts growing up.

“The first step is rough sketches on

paper,” Gwin said. “When I have an

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awesome idea, I have to scratch it down

so I don’t forget it.”

Next, Gwin creates a model on her

computer. Those drawings are used

to order 3D printed metal prototypes.

Once the prototyping process is finished

and the designs finalized, Gwin has the

products manufactured.

One of Gwin’s favorite pieces

is a tassel necklace from the Blanca

collection. Inside the tassel is a

hidden spike.

“I think it fits perfectly with the

current jewelry trends, while offering a

hidden feature that could help you keep

yourself safe,” Gwin said.

The Artemis Company started sales

this fall, and Gwin has already received

positive feedback.

“I get messages on our social

media accounts from female survivors

of domestic violence thanking me

and encouraging me to keep going,”

Gwin Said “honestly, it’s this positive

feedback that helps me know that what

I am doing actually matters. I’m not the

only one that realizes how much women

need these products.”

According to the National Sexual

Violence Resource Center, 27 percent of

college women have experienced some

form of unwanted sexual contact.

“Having safety products has nothing

to do with a victim mentality,” Gwin

said. “It has everything to do with a

survivor mentality. No one looks at a

man carrying a pocket knife and thinks

of him as a victim. They view him as

strong and independent and someone

that can take care of themselves. Why

shouldn’t it be the same for women?”

The Artemis Company Jewelry

is sold at

Instructional videos are available on the

website to teach women how to properly

use the accessories.

By Annie Hollon

Your college years are a chance at selfdiscovery

and reinvention, whether it be in your

interests and style choices or your outlook on life

and identity. Change can be difficult for anyone,

but it does not have to be drastic. Here are small

steps you can take to build a better you.


Pulling all-nighters for assignments or that

new Netflix series you want to binge will not do

your health any good. Take the time to establish

a sound sleep schedule.

Matthew Cribbet, assistant professor of

psychology at The University of Alabama,

studies sleep and the impact it has on teenagers

and young adults. When it comes to a lack of

sleep in young adults, Cribbet said there is an

“epidemic” in this country around not valuing

the importance of sleep.

“We know that [a lack of sleep] really impacts

academic performance, standardized test scores,

attention,” Cribbet said.“It could even impact

things like driving or athletic performance or

musical or concert performances.”

If closing your eyes and counting sheep

does not cut it for you, find some alternative

sleep-promoting practices to help you drift to

dreamland. A popular tip is to avoid using your

phone or computer within a few hours of going to

sleep or to adjust the brightness on your devices to

make the transition easier. Avoiding caffeinated

drinks late in the afternoon and making it a point

to focus on relaxation are also great sleep habits.

Streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple

Music recommend late night music playlists to

help you wind down, and if none of those suit

you, curate your own nighttime playlist to ease


you into a good


night’s sleep.


Simple as it may sound, learning to say

“no” is one change you can make to almost

instantly improve your quality of life. As an

addition to your vocabulary, “no” allows you to

set and measure your own limitations and take

the reins on your personal welfare. Let this be

your way of establishing your limits for those

around you to respect. The reactions may not

be great from some, but those who truly respect

you will accept “no” as a reasonable response.

Begrudgingly going out with your friends when

you had every intention to rest and study is

not worth sacrificing your right to say “no” and

your sense of autonomy, so don’t fall prey to

peer pressure.

Saying “no” can be intimidating at first. If

you are not one for confrontation and assertive

statements, synonymous sentences that carry

the same meaning but more gently may be the

right choice for you. A “maybe later” or “I can’t

right now” can be just as good as “no.” This all

centers back to prioritizing you as opposed to

the satisfaction of those around you.


Even if you are feeling at your worst and

would love nothing more than to shut the world

out for a bit, make an effort to treat others

with kindness.

Sharing the love can be a simple task that

takes seconds. It can be as easy as sharing a

funny post with someone that reminds you

of or replying to your friend’s subtweet with

words of encouragement. Taking the time to

greet someone you have not talked to in a while

will make their day a bit brighter. Spreading

uplifting energy to others will reciprocate in you

and those who surround you.

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It’s easy to jokingly refer to ourselves

negatively by using deprecating names and

language. Whether it be calling yourself “the

worst” or “trash,” it is easy to fall back on these

terms out of habit when we talk about ourselves.

While it may all be for a quick laugh, associating

yourself with those negative terms leads to

subconsciously accepting that as a personal


Let self-love become the norm and make an

effort to use positive language when speaking

about yourself. Rather than call yourself

clumsy for tripping over your own two feet, call

yourself the epitome of grace. The irony in those

statements adds a tinge of humor but reinforces

a positive perspective. Speaking about yourself

like this not only lets people see you in a more

positive light, it will make you see yourself that

way too.


Whether you like it or not, your clothes are

a reflection of how you feel and who you are, so

do not be afraid to prioritize your appearance.

Putting effort into your wardrobe choices does

not mean sacrificing comfort. Rather, finding a

good balance of what makes you feel good about

yourself and what is practical for your day-today

life, will boost your confidence and comfort.

If you leave your room in the same crumpled

up t-shirt and messy bun you rolled out of bed

in, you are going to carry that grogginess with

you physically and mentally. By taking the time

to change into a clean outfit and do what feels

right to you as far as hair and makeup goes, you

outwardly present someone who is ready to face

the day, and you will feel that way too.


As much fun as it is to scroll through your

Instagram feed and send a flurry of Snapchats

to save your streaks, stepping away from your

phone can be beneficial in the long run. Whether

it be while you are with friends or studying,

leaving your phone out of the scenario can allow

you to enjoy what is happening around you.

According to a study conducted at Kent

State University in 2013, increased cell phone

usage directly correlated with increased levels

of anxiety among students. If decreasing the

time spent staring at a phone can lessen levels

of anxiety, it is an uncontested sign that your

social media can wait.


Pent-up emotions and thoughts can do

more harm than good, so take some pen to

paper and spell out what is going through your

mind. By taking the time to write about your

day, you can narrow down your thoughts.

Sarah Pirkle Hughes, assistant director of

the undergraduate creative writing program at

The University of Alabama, said writing does

not have to be “difficult or boring,” but it can

be a way of getting your thoughts organized.

Beyond just noting the mishaps and what-not

of your daily life, writing can be a means of

recognizing that you and your thoughts matter.

“One of the things that you have to have in

order to write is interest in yourself and interest

in your own life,” Hughes said. “You actually

have to love yourself and care about your

thoughts and about your experience as a human

being. Recognize that you have a voice and that

your voice matters, even if it’s only to yourself or

to your small network of friends.”


There’s no such thing as a guilty pleasure,

and you should not deny yourself the joy of a

cheesy movie because you’re embarrassed.

Whether it be rocking out to early Jonas Brothers

jams or indulging in your favorite sweet treat,

find a way to treat yourself and feel no remorse

in doing so. By owning what you love with an

air of confidence, you are making it easier for

yourself to have confidence in your everyday

decisions. They may even bring a smile to your

face in the process.

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Illustration by Ally Thomasson

The Snowbird

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By Kate Silvey

Gloria’s best bet, the doctors tell her,

is to head south. They show her an atlas,

point at the coast, and thumbtack towns

and cities that straddle those last stretches

of land before the country dissolves into

ocean: Pensacola. Miramar Beach. Gulf

Shores, Perdido Key. When Gloria asks

if there are pills, or maybe an antibiotic

instead, they shake their heads and gesture

again to the map, more sternly this time.

Migrating south, they say, is the the only

treatment they can offer for something like

this. Her only hope at getting warm again.

Seated on the examination table, Gloria

nurses her white knuckles and shivers. She

has never traveled outside of Minnesota,

she tells them. The meandering crisscross

of highways and interstates, printed

in purple and red and blue on the map,

are winding and reminiscent of the veins

that curve across her paling arms. A nurse

pats her shoulder and Gloria pretends

not to notice when she slightly recoils at

the temperature of her skin. When did

the cold start? asks the nurse, and at first,

she doesn’t have an answer. It runs in her

family — her mother suffered from it, her

grandmother, her aunt on her father’s side.

Secretly, instinctively, Gloria had always

felt it coming for her too, predicted it just

as she predicts snow from the plump,

plum-colored clouds sagging low over the

urgent care. So when it finally arrived,

when the goosebumps materialized across

her freckled skin and her lips turned blue,

she hadn’t been surprised. But she never

expected to have to leave home.

When Gloria goes south, she is 26,

alone, and drives a red pickup truck toward

the Gulf Coast of Alabama by herself, the

chattering of her teeth like radio static

— ample sound to fill the silence. As her

latitude falls, the temperature outside

rises. Still, she turns the knob on the

truck’s heater as far as it will go. She never

even sweats.

She is able to find a home by the beach to

rent for the winter months, a bungalow with

a drooping roof and a paint job peeling in

dollops. It is wedged in between two beach

houses on stilts, standing on their tiptoes

as if trying for a glimpse at the Gulf over a

skyline of condominiums and discount surf

shops. Like them, Gloria yearns for a taste

of the Atlantic. The doctors say the water

here is warmer; perhaps it will rub some of

its heat off on her. The day she dips her toes

into its waves for the first time, the high

outside is 65 degrees Fahrenheit and she is

wearing two fleece coats, a wool scarf, and

knows that everyone else on the beach is

staring at her. At night, the portable heater

plugged into the wall hums and she closes

her eyes and remembers the sound of the

sea, churning and frothing and she wishes

she could swallow it whole, like a mug of

hot cocoa.

The neighbor who lives in the

bubblegum pink beach house next door is

a 63-year-old woman from Panama named

Alma. She brings Gloria a basket of fresh

cookies the day after she moves in, steam

still wafting from the cracks in the dough.

The melted chocolate bubbles when the

cookies are broken in half, but when they

slide down Gloria’s throat to her stomach

she feels nothing, her taste buds failing to

detect even an ounce of heat.

“Are you a snowbird?” Alma asks her. Her

bronze skin glistens in the afternoon light.

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“Sorry?” Gloria says.

The woman smiles, her teeth like

polished oyster pearls. “That’s what they

call everyone from up north who comes

here in the winter. If you look at the license

plates this time of year, you’ll notice. All

over,” she sweeps her hand across the sky,

fingers splayed like the rays of the sun. “My

husband used to write down the names of

all the places. Canada, New York, Maine,


“Minnesota,” Gloria adds. About being

a snowbird, she feigns a smile and said,

“It’s something like that.”

Gloria spends her mornings in Gulf

Shores on the bungalow’s front porch, as

the doctors back home prescribed. She sits

idly in the sun for hours, arms outstretched

and hands tilted toward the sky as if trying

to collect puddles of light in her cupped

palms. Often, Alma emerges out onto her

balcony and talks to Gloria over the sound

of seagulls down on the beaches. She works

at a place called Captain Jack’s Crab Shack

as a dishwasher, she says, sitting in a wicker

chair and busying her fingers with peeling

a gallon bag of shrimp. As she watches

her snap the shells from the shrimp’s pale

bodies and pop their discarded armor into

a ceramic bowl, Gloria suddenly becomes

self-conscious of all her layers. Even

though Alma has never asked why she

wears so much clothing, she knows that

the older woman must wonder. She tugs

her sleeves further up her arms to hide the

goosebumps tattooed onto her skin.

Alma speaks as long as Gloria will

listen. She came to Alabama from Panama

years ago so her husband could find a job.

He died last winter from a violent heart

attack. There are children back home she

has not seen in years, she says, and cannot

visit. She misses home — the mountains,

the sancocho, the stickiness of papaya juice

dribbling down her chin. The ocean, at

least, is a reminder. Alma loved to sail when

she was home. Here, she watches the locals

and the tourists steer their boats into the

Gulf and prays that God will one day let her

join them, but buying a boat at this point in

her life would be frivolous, ridiculous — or

so she tells herself.

Gloria likes listening to her. It is one

of the only good and hopeful things about

this place, because even as the weeks roll

by, she still shivers. The doctors said being

here would help and she should be getting

warmer by now, but the longer she lays in

the sun with no improvements, the longer

she dips her toes into the ocean only to

feel like ice, the less she believes them.

At night, she dreams feverishly of snow.

The space behind her eyelids is washed

in white, crystalline arms jutting in all

different directions and spinning, pointing

like the spires of a compass rose. She wakes

panting. I ran from winter but it followed,

she thinks. She wonders out of desperation

if she ought to run further.

In a moment of restlessness and

panic, Gloria researches airfare to places

like Death Valley and Libya. Tunisia and

Iran. The hottest places in the world. She

frantically googles images of Panama,

scrolls past photographs of lush jungles

and translucent waterfalls and tropical

islands and imagines condensation rolling

off her cheeks, heat pooling in her chest.

She yearns to sit in the sun until she burns,

to peel back layers of sunburnt skin until

all that remains underneath is shiny and

new. I can’t go on like this, she whispers.

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I can’t go on like this. Outside her window

and past another row of beach houses, the

sea laps hungrily at the shore, begging it,

pleading it, desperate for its warmth.

It’s the middle of the night when Gloria

runs to Alma’s house and all the lights are

off, but she knocks anyway. Her neighbor

ambles to the door hugging a bathrobe to

her chest, bleary-eyed and barefoot and

mumbling muddled questions in Spanish.

Is something wrong? Why is she here?

For the first time since she went to the

doctor’s office in Minnesota, Gloria cries.

Tears leak from the corners of her eyes and

she swats at them with numb hands, trying

to wipe away the water. Is this what it feels

like to thaw? she thinks. Alma doesn’t

know what else to do but pull the younger

woman into her arms. She feels for the first

time the coolness of Gloria’s skin as she

presses her head into her chest, her fingers

weaving loosely, comfortingly, through

Gloria’s curls. Alma thinks of her daughter

back in Panama. She thinks of the last time

she held her like this. And she realizes,

standing underneath the sickly glow of the

moonlight in her late husband’s bath robe,

embracing another woman as she weeps,

what must be done. Something in her has

known what she must do for a long time.

Down the road, there’s a marina with

dozens of sailboats tethered to its dock,

their sails flapping incessantly in the

midnight breeze. Alma leads Gloria here,

the two women passing like shadows across

the gravel road. Gloria watches wordlessly

as Alma unknots one of the ropes keeping

a sailboat at bay, her fingers slender and

calm. The water is black. The tide is high.

Alma grunts and lifts herself onto the boat

once it isfree, itss bow creaking as she hoists

Gloria in behind her. With a few careful

maneuvers — a tug on rope, a firm twist of

a crank — their sailboat begins to trickle

slowly out to sea. No one hears them, no

one sees them. They steal away quietly into

the night, as if they were never there at all.

As the sailboat and its occupants

drift further out into the Gulf, eventually

disappearing from the view, Alma takes a

whiff of the air, smells salt, thinks of home,

and smiles. Beside her, Gloria hugs her

coats to her chest and faces the horizon.

She hears the birds gliding above them,

charting their course in the sky as they

make their path through the sea. All of

them, she thinks — the ospreys, the gulls,

the herons — all in search of warmer skies,

guided by some invisible current, some

innate desire.

She closes her eyes and listens. The

birds cry out in different languages, but

they are all saying the same thing.

Further south.

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By Katrina Waelchli

University of Alabama graduate

Saxby Sperau followed her love

for fashion to create her own clear

handbag collection in response to

new stadium bag policies.

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It was a sad day when students had

to put their beloved opaque purses on the

shelf following The University of Alabama’s

announcement of a clear handbag policy for

Bryant-Denny Stadium. The policy - which

has been implemented in stadiums across

the country for safety reasons - stated

that any bag bigger than a clutch had to

be see-through.

One University of Alabama alumna was

not going to let a rule stop women from having

a little bit of fashion fun. Saxby Sperau created

her own line of clear handbags in response to

the new stadium policy, saying “there is no

need to compromise style” when it comes to

the bags in her SAX B collection.


After being denied stadium access during

a fall 2016 home game because of her designer

purse, the search was on for Sperau to find the

perfect clear handbag to mirror her style. She

found multiple mundane, nearly identical

clear bags, and thus the idea of SAX B formed.

Sperau believes in self-expression

through fashion, which is why she started the

collection: to give women the opportunity to

still be fashionable at an event that requires

a clear bag.

“To me, fashion is supposed to be fun,

and you should feel confident in what you’re

wearing,” Sperau said.

Sperau’s bags are made with english

bridle leather, solid brass and nickel

hardware, and high gauge marine-grade

polyvinyl chloride (PVC). This increase in

quality distinguishes SAX B in a market that

typically uses “pleather” and low-grade PVC.

Right now, the must-have SAX B items

are the classic tote and crossbody. The

tote is the earliest SAX B design and the

classicality of the bag is perfect for any game

day outfit.

“SAX B handbags are for women who

own their own style no matter the time or

place,” Sperau said.

Sperau said her biggest SAX B

accomplishment is that the products are

completely American-made.

“We value the artisans who work in this

country and their skills, and we are thrilled

that we’ve been able to work with them,”

Sperau said. “We want SAX B to be a viable

and sustainable brand known for high quality

products and continue to manufacture in the

United States.”

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It was Sperau’s mother who initially

thought of the idea to create a line of clear

handbags. She continues to engage in the

company in several ways, including being

the inspiration behind many SAX B bag

designs. To continue making SAX B the

successful business it is, Sperau and her

mother capitalize on each other’s strengths

and share the workload equally.

“It’s inspiring to see someone change

paths in their life and pursue something new

to them regardless of their age and prior

circumstances with so much passion,” said

Sperau, speaking about her mother.

While Sperau was initially fearful of

this working relationship, she now values

working with someone she can be completely

honest with.

“Transparency between partners in a

business makes things run a lot smoother

and allows a brand to achieve its vision a lot

easier,” Sperau said.


The SAX B brand is rooted in promoting

female empowerment and adopting the

#GirlBoss mentality to break glass ceilings.

Sperau said that a #GirlBoss is a “fearless

hunter” who is always willing to learn and try

new things to better herself and her brand.

For Sperau, it is also important to support

other women. SAX B frequently sends

their products to female bloggers and small

business owners to grow the community.

“We want other female small business

owners, bloggers and influencers to feel

appreciated for what they do and sending

them a bag is a great way to show how

much their work is meaningful to the female

community,” Sperau said.

SAX B also frequently participates in

Girl Tribe Co. pop-ups, where women-led

jewelry, fashion and art businesses pop up

for one day to support each other.

“We have met a ton of amazing women

through their pop-ups, and it’s fun to support

one another in our efforts to help flourish

women-owned businesses,” Sperau said.


SAX B was a thought that turned into a

reality. If you have a similar desire to create

a company of your own, Sperau said to

continuously work toward achieving it and

don’t feel intimidated at the start. Her advice

for female entrepreneurs is to realize the

time commitment involved, but to never lose

sight of the reason you’re doing it.

“Don’t ever doubt yourself or your

product,” Sperau said. “There are millions of

people in this world, and there is a market

for any product.”

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Stain Removal

Secrets Every

College Student

Should Know

By Tarah Morris

Thanks to these secrets, stains are

a thing of the past. Goodbye stains,

hello “fresh-off-the-rack” clothes.

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Don’t let a “Wine Wednesday”

spill stop your night out.

White wine removes red wine

stains. Take a small amount of

white wine onto a washcloth

and apply to the red wine

stain. This hack saves the

day and is an excuse to open

another bottle.


Next time you get makeup on

your outfit, don’t panic; there’s

no need to change outfits.

Original Blue Dawn Dish Soap

removes makeup from fabric.

This trick works great on most

garments. Simply apply a small

amount of soap directly on

the stain.


Deodorant stains are so

inconvenient, especially on

anything black. Good news:

Dryer sheets remove deodorant

stains. This stain removal secret

is great because you can take

dryer sheets with you wherever

you go. Plus, they double as

an air freshener! Keep some

in your backpack, purse, sock

drawer or car.


Have you ever forgotten to

treat a stain? No big deal,

there’s even a trick for those

pesky spots that have already

been sitting on your clothes for

awhile. Mix baking soda and

vinegar to form a paste, which

will work the stain out. If it is

still resistant, add vinegar and

your detergent to water and

leave the item in the solution

for a few hours.


If you’re looking for a stain

remover at the store that will

get the job done, try Clorox

Oxi Magic Stain Remover. This

product comes in a spray bottle

and is easy to use. Just spray

directly on the stained area, let

sit for a few minutes and drop

in the washing machine. The

best part is that it can be used

on clothes of all colors because

it doesn’t contain bleach.

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Hit the refresh button on

throwback threads. Thrift store

steals and consignment looks add

new life to your wardrobe.

All Clothes and Accessories: Twice as Nice

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It’s in the bag

Alice returns for a big Spring 2019 issue this

coming March. Don’t miss it. Subscribe to the

magazine at and receive this

chic Alice computer bag with your first issue.

Use code ALICE2019.*

*Offer valid while

supplies last.

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The Sweeping Style of

Stevie Nicks

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Kimono: Soca

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There’s no band-aid to put

over the wound, it’s just

death by a million paper cuts

at this point.

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By Allie Binford

Fashion is a necessity, essential to

everyday life. Without something to clothe

you, you would quite literally be naked before

the world. Fashion is deeply personal — a

way of expression that can give you insight

into a person, their values and emotions. As

with any form of expression, with fashion

there is risk. There is risk of failure. Fear of

not being accepted. Fear of going too far or

not far enough. Fear of unoriginality. Fear of

exposing a piece of yourself to the world, and

it being rejected.

But there is also beauty.

Not beauty in the sense of vanity, but

beauty in honesty. The relief after getting

something off of your chest. The freedom of

showing your cards. Beauty in acceptance.

Challenging the status quo is the pulse

of the industry. Avant garde and haute

couture don’t exist for the mere mortal.

That’s why when you watch a fashion show,

you are not crazy to think, “What the hell are

they wearing?”

There is always more beneath the fabric.

In a sun-soaked room at The University

of Alabama, a group of senior apparel and

textile design students prepare for their

annual fashion show. One might expect the

scene to look like the Runway office in The

Devil Wears Prada, but the sewing room at

the heart of the fashion school was much

calmer, and much more personal. Sewing

machines rattled in the corner and students

sat at their workstations, captivated by

their tasks.

They were doing more than working.

They were creating.

Fashion for Life is an annual charity

fashion show where seniors in the clothing,

textiles, and interior design department

showcase their final collections. It is a

culmination of all they have learned at

The University of Alabama. This year,

the proceeds from the show will support

the Anxiety and Depression Association

of America.

Ask these students about their designs,

and you will learn more about them than

their final garments. Many of the designers

have familial ties to fashion. Mothers,

grandmothers, siblings — someone in their

family has mentored or inspired them in

some way.

For senior La’Shandra Garner from

Millbrook, Alabama, it was her mother who

bought Garner her first sewing kit when

she was a little girl, sparking her interest in

making her own clothes.

For Birmingham-native Jeff Austin, his

family was a sewing matriarchy. His late

grandmother’s expertise and encouragement

inspired him from the beginning. Austin

even pays homage to her in his Fashion for

Life collection with a specific shade of blue,

her favorite color.

“The blue — I tied that in as a memorial

for my grandmother because she would

always help me,” Austin said, his voice

changing from casual and light-hearted to

serious and sentimental.

The weight of his grandmother’s

influence on his life and designs was obvious

in the way Austin spoke of her.

“Whenever I had projects, I would always

take them to her because she worked in the

industry in factories doing inspections,”

Austin said. “I was trying to get an A, so I

would take [my designs] to her because I

knew she would tell me what I needed to fix.”

This personal undercurrent was echoed

by Christina Daughenbaugh, a design

student from Sacramento, California.

“Fashion, to me, is a way to express

myself,” Daughenbaugh said. “I tend to hide

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my feelings and thoughts, like my personal

feelings. Anyone will tell you I’m probably

the most blunt person you will ever meet.

Fashion is an outlet for me to speak my mind

and share my emotion. It also gives me a way

to connect with my grandma. She passed

away when I was really little.”

Daughenbaugh’s grandmother worked

in textile design in Argentina, specializing in

lace and hand embroidery.

For these designers, this show isn’t

simply a final project, it’s the culmination of

their college careers; both academically and

emotionally. For Austin, Fashion for Life is

a milestone that reflects hours of work and

extensive personal growth.

“[Fashion for Life] is not a big fashion

show, but I feel like this is something I’ve

worked toward my whole life,” Austin said.

“Just being able to do something seriously

and not just playing around with it. It’s

something that really resonates with me and

I was able to do it. I am doing it. It’s a big

thing for me.”

The charity show is a chance for these

students to show off their talent while

supporting a good cause, but it is also

a moment of vulnerability. Garner has

done fashion shows before, but this one

means more.

“I know I’ve done [other shows] before,

but this is kind of a debut. This is what I’m

about,” Garner said. “This is my talent. This

is what I can do. This is what I’ve worked

so hard for. It’s really exciting to be able to

share this with other people. It’s one thing

to finish it, see it and turn it in, but it’s

another for you to finish it and show it off

— to be able to share it and express it with

someone else.”

If you’re willing to look deeper than

the surface of fashion, you will find that

personal expression is at the heart of the

industry. These designers have taken time

to pour their hearts, souls and stories into

their designs. Fashion for Life will not only

be a celebration of their technical skills and

raw talent, but also their willingness to be

vulnerable. These designers are willingly

exposing their hearts to the world, but it’s

all worth it for that breath of relief. They’re

creating much more than clothes.

Editor’s note: The Fashion for Life show

is Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. in the Ferguson Student

Center Ballroom. The event is $5 and open

to the public. Designs from the show will be

featured in the Spring 2019 issue of Alice.

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Ladies of the Lake

Let’s get down to business and leave the gloomy grays to the winter skies.

These colors and patterns have something to say, and so do you. Don’t be

afraid to get your feet wet. These ensembles are ideal for both work and play.

Green Blazer and Yellow Jacket: Twice as Nice

Floral Dress, Plaid Jumpsuit and White Shirt: Fab’rik

Plaid Dress, Plaid Pants and Plaid Blazer: Lulu’s

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Purple Blazer: Twice as Nice

Pink Plaid Skirt and Pink Blazer: Lulu’s

Outfit: SOCA

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Jumpsuit: SOCA

Top: Lulu’s

Dress: SOCA

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Outfit: SOCA

Glasses and top: Lulu’s

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A Pretty Penny

for Pink

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“Women make less

than men and are

also charged more

for products.”

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Paying it

Forward with


All clothes: Fab’rik

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By Rachel Hughes

Sometimes trying to make a positive change in

the world is daunting. It can be difficult to know

where to start. Thankfully, there are ways to give

back just by shopping locally. Located in Midtown

Village, Fab’rik (pronounced “fabric”) is one of the

newest boutiques to come to the Tuscaloosa area.

The brand also has two locations in the Birmingham

area. Priced competitively to nearby boutiques,

Fab’rik donates part of its proceeds to two worthy

causes: Asher Babies and Free Fab’rik.

Asher Babies, named after the Fab’rik CEO’s

adopted daughter from Africa, provides funding

in countries across Africa for abandoned children,

many of whom are developmentally or physically

disabled. Every Fab’rik store sponsors a different

child, and when an article of clothing from their

Asher collection is sold, a portion of the proceeds

is sent to care for that child and aid in adoption

efforts. The Tuscaloosa Fab’rik boutique sponsors

a toddler named Tabitha, and a picture of her is

available at the store.

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“[Asher Babies is] an integral

part of our brand, and it’s something

that sets us apart from other stores,”

said Taylor Swafford, manager at

Tuscaloosa’s Fab’rik.

In addition to placing these children

with caring families, donations help to

pay for their education, therapy and

healthcare. In cases where children have

been wrongfully separated from their

parents, Asher Babies provides a service

helping children reunite with their

family. If a child is not adopted, Asher

Babies will provide for the child up into

their adolescent years. So far, 45 children

have received assistance through

the brand.

Through donations, Asher Babies

also helps girls fight against cultural

norms for women in Africa, tackling

issues ranging from poor educational

opportunities to violence and rape.

Fab’rik also supports Free Fab’rik, an

Atlanta-based organization that provides

housing and clothing for victims of sextrafficking

by partnering with other

organizations, such as House of Refuge.

Volunteers go to the homes or shelters of

these women with bags of clothes in tow.

Volunteers start by playing games

and chatting with the women, and

eventually racks of clothes are brought

out. The women are able to begin their

free shopping spree, each selecting

five articles of clothing. A volunteer

accompanies each shopper, acting as a

personal stylist. While providing nice

clothing to girls and women in need is

a practical goal, the primary purpose

of this mission is to return dignity and

confidence to the beneficiaries of the


Even though shopping for clothes

and other necessities seems like a

personal venture, it can be so much more.

When choosing places to shop, consider

making an impact on the world- not just

an impact on your wardrobe.

With brands like Fab’rik, you can

do both.

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By MK Holladay

Some people fight their oppressors by staging protests. Others face them on social

media. Momo Pixel chose to create a video game. She is an artist, art director,

singer, songwriter, creator and self-titled “bad-ass creative.” In late 2017, she

created a web game called Hair Nah. The goal of the game is to smack the hands

of people trying to touch a black woman’s hair. While the game clearly takes a fun,

sarcastic tone, the intent of the game is to bring attention to a microaggression

black women face on a regular basis. Microaggressions are unconscious

expressions of racism or sexism. Repeated constantly, these seemingly small acts

can have negative effects. Alice got to talk to Momo Pixel about Hair Nah and how

she overcomes oppression.

Alice: How did you decide to create Hair Nah? What was that process like?

Pixel: The idea came to me after writing a script called Hair Nah. It was based off

my experiences in Portland, and I was trying to explain the script to my creative

directors at the time. As they were trying to act it out, that’s when the idea hit me.

“This would make a great game.” The process was long, hard, and stressful. Like I

had a panic attack midway cause of all the work that needed to be done. But it was

also fun. Every time I finished designing a level I would get re-excited about the

game. I’d be hyped about my color choices and aesthetic. And finding the sounds

for the game was so fun!

Alice: I know from your Instagram that you do a lot of actual, tangible pixel art.

Were you doing that before the game? If so, did that influence the game?

Pixel: Yeah, so like before the game, I was doing pixel art with like Perler Beads

and stuff. I didn’t actually start doing digital pixel art until December of 2016 and

had the idea for the game in February. I’d only been designing digital pixels for like

two months but I think doing it analog for so long helped me understand it faster.

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Alice: Do you feel like any of your other

creative outlets contributed to the game?

Pixel: Anything that I intake influenced

the game. So I love colors, and that is all

up in there. But also just my love of anime.

I feel like they always have fantastical

backgrounds, so I tried to incorporate

that into the feel of the game, especially

like how beautiful the [airport TSA scene]

looks. Like the TSA be boring as hell, haha.

And I love video games. I mean, I have an

old school video game controller, and so

all the games I have are pixelated, and I

think seeing those over and over helped

me choose how to design the title.

Alice: Do you think of Hair Nah as a form

of activism?

Pixel: Yeah, I do. I mean, it’s my way of

being smarter than my oppressor. I did

something to help stop microaggressions in

such a big but unique way. It’s unexpected,

and it’s sneaky.

Alice: While making the game - or just

being creative in general - do you feel like

you faced any barriers because of your race

or gender?

Pixel: I would say in general. You have to

do things another way, cause people will

always try to stop you. And no, I didn’t

have too much trouble with the game.

There were some barriers, but I just didn’t

allow them.

Alice: What advice would you give to other

oppressed people who are trying to make it

in a creative field? Or just get things done

in general?

Pixel: To work on their craft. Find

something and hone in on it. Find multiple

things that you can work at and constantly

get better at them. So that you can

absolutely believe in your abilities without

validation from the world. You validate

yourself, but first, make sure you’re the

shit and not full of shit.

You can check out Momo Pixel’s game

Hair Nah at

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Vista Kicks

By Meg McGuire

Seven nights a week, live music

crescendos its way into the neon ambiance

of Memphis Overton Square from Lafayette’s

Music Room. The venue echoes with lyrical

testaments to records past. The 1970s

brought then-up-and-coming artists like

Billy Joel, KISS and Barry Manilow to its

historic stage before closing its doors for

nearly four decades. Post-resurrection,

Lafayette’s still swears by the same iconic

ensemble of tunes, food and artists that are all

equivalently soulful.

On an otherwise slow Sunday evening,

four California natives take the Southern stage

in maroon, silk blazers. In a frenzy of groovy

riffs and hair-flipping instrumental breaks,

the band transports the audience back to the

venue’s hay-day with a bit of a modern twist

that Vista Kicks lead singer Derek Thomas

describes as falling on the spectrum between

“booty-shaking rock ‘n roll” and “rock ‘n roll.”

Thomas leans into the microphone as his

fingers flirt with the piano keys, spinning a

lyrical narrative about the tension between

love and paranoia.

“She ain’t a woman, yet, she’s a girl,

22 and she’s in love with the world.

My cherie, mi amore.

I hear my lover knocking at my door.

Cherrybomb daisy, roller coaster baby,

Hotter than a lizard in the sun.

Long hair, lazy, loves to drive me crazy,

I think that she’s gonna be the one.


Look we’ve got the world in our hands.


How long can we live in wonderland?”

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Following the show, having traded their

coordinated garb for denim and leather,

guitarist Sam Plecker, bass player Trevor

Sutton, and drummer Nolan Le Vine concurred

with this eclectic genre description. When

asked what their band’s spirit animal would

be, they all had something to contribute,

finally settling on the combination of a saber

tooth tiger, monkey and butterfly.

A few tracks into one of their records, it

becomes clear to the listener that this selfassessment

is quite accurate.

The quartet’s narrative spans back to

their childhood in Roseville, right outside of

Sacramento, California. In high school, they

began entertaining at weddings, restaurants

and corporate events, covering legends like

Frank Sinatra and Otis Redding. The group

dispersed in college, but summertime reunion

jam sessions eventually evolved into EPs. At

the time, the group was performing as “Babe,”

but when a territorial Irish group by the same

name sent a series of aggressive Twitter direct

messages, they began to reconsider. The band

had just landed a national tour, so they deemed

it the ideal time to regroup and rebrand. Sutton

pitched the name “Vista Kicks.”

And so it was.

“It doesn’t mean much,” Pleckler shrugged.

“It just means us and our music,”

Le Vine said.

Drawing inspiration from a smorgasbord

of artists ranging from Bob Dylan and The

Beatles to The Beach Boys and ACDC, Vista

Kicks manages to deliver a cohesive sound

that is an altogether retro, booty-shaking good

time. Edgy lyrics sail seamlessly across the

soulful soundwaves of a bygone era. It’s jazz.

It’s funk. It’s rock ‘n roll. And it’s as Californian

as the artists responsible.

Vista Kicks released two full-length

albums over the course of the past year – quite

the feat for the new kids on the musical block

– or anyone for that matter. Booty Shakers

Ball (2017) offers a citrusy assortment of

dashboard-drumming bops that will have

snowbirds longing for warmer days and

summer flings. It’s cloudier counterpart,

Twenty Something Nightmare (2018),

delivers a moodier sound, studded with jazzy

bugle blasts, train whistles and piano solos.

Laced with handcrafted lyrics that dissect love

from every possible angle, both records pack

a punch in all their gritty, harmonious glory.

Plus, the instrumental breaks are a vibe-anda-half.

Sutton said if he could stress anything

to Vista Kicks fans, it would be the band’s


“We’re just like anybody else,” Thomas

agreed. “People can do what we’re doing.

We’re making our own music. We’re putting

it out there. We’re following our dreams, and

we’re taking risks in life – but we’re living.”

Gas station pitstops for sour octopus

gummies and sunflower seeds fuel crosscountry

van ventures to bring their endearingly

organic artistry to the American stage. From

their in-house music studio to the band’s own

backyard garden, the group invites their fans

into every moment of quirky nonsense and

musical genius.

One way in which Vista Kicks promotes

engagement is by encouraging the most avid

of fans to join their exclusive Kick Back Club.

Applicants are asked to answer three simple

questions in 300 words:

1. Why do you love Vista Kicks?

2. Why do you love yourself?

3. If you could change “it,” what would “it” be?

According to the band, the responses have

been both beautiful and tragic, allowing them

personal glimpses into the souls of those on

the other side of the aux cord. It is this sense

of relatability that they believe fills the gap

between listener and musician. They don’t just

want their fans to simply consume their art,

they want to also give them a platform to be

heard and make their own.

“The music is theirs,” Thomas said. “Once

they listen to it, once it becomes a part of their

lives, we no longer own all of it. We own all of

our music, but we share ownership with our

fans. That’s the way we see it.”

In typical rockstar fashion, it’s not

unusual for the band to be out after a gig or in

the studio until 3 or 4 a.m. only to have to be

ready to perform again the next day. It comes

with the territory, and with the dates for their

U.S. Winter Tour hot off the press, it looks like

things won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

When asked what the world could be

expecting from Vista Kicks in the future,

Thomas raised an eyebrow:

“Put simply? World domination.”

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Fireside Reads

By MK Holladay

While you’re cozying up by the fireplace this

winter, expand your horizons with this list of

books that offers perspectives from women

across all walks of life. So put on some thick

socks, make some hot cocoa, and step into

someone else’s world.



If you’ve never had the pleasure of escaping into

one of Meg Wolitzer’s charming novels, this is

a great place to start. Greer Kadetsky is a shy

and naive freshman in college who is head over

heels for her boyfriend Cory. She hears Faith

Frank, an older woman who has been fighting

for women’s rights for years, speak and her life

is turned upside-down. Faith takes Greer under

her wing and changes her life completely, for

better and worse. This novel will awaken your

ambition and lust for something new.



The Sally Field you grew up knowing and

loving, lead a much more complicated life than

you might imagine. Field’s memoir touches

on every piece of her life in a totally raw and

emotional way. From her acting career, to

her marriages, to the troubling sexual abuse

she experienced as a child, Field explores

her life candidly and works to figure herself

out in her writing. Every woman has a story,

and reading this will allow you to discover so

much of yours.

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If you like The Handmaid’s Tale, you’ll love

this novel. Set in a society in the not-so-distant

future, Vox describes a world where women’s

rights are slowly taken away. Now, women

must wear bracelets that limit them to 100

words a day or they will experience immense

pain. Some people say that Vox feels less like

a dystopian novel and more like a warning

for what’s to come given our current political

climate. Regardless, it certainly offers insight

into the oppression of women and how far that

can go.



This novel is a must-read for every woman.

Esther Greenwood is a college student working

for a women’s fashion magazine in New

York City. While she is living this incredibly

luxurious life, she’s in reality just a smalltown

girl with a man, Buddy Willard, waiting

to marry her. In the summer, Esther is forced

to go home and live with her mother. She tries

to write a novel, but she soon becomes deeply

depressed knowing her extravagant life in

New York City is over. The Bell Jar shines a

light on the postgraduate turmoil many people

experience and portrays mental illness in a way

that is simultaneously raw and relatable.



This novel is a mix of historical fiction and

fantastical realism. It takes us back to the

inception of Liberia, one of the West-African

colonies that former slaves from the United

States were sent to after the abolition of

slavery. Gbessa, June and Norman come from

different walks of life, but they all have magical

gifts that allow them to settle differences

between settlers and natives. The settlement of

Liberia and America’s involvement in African

governments are often overlooked in American

history. This book covers so much of that

history in such an interesting and enlightening

way. It’s an excellent read, not only for its

historical relevance but for its mystical story

that will leave readers empowered.

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Claiming the Roles

By Sydney Pellegrini

Jenny Lester and Julie Jurenas are two young

women trying to make it in the indie film industry

in New York. They are currently working on their

first indie feature-length film, What She Said.

The film is a “kitchen sink drama with a black

comedy heart” that follows the journey of Sam, a

Ph.D. student who has spent the last year in courts

pursuing charges against her rapist.

Alice talked to Jenny and Julie about their

upcoming film, their all-star all-female production

team, the importance of women representation in

the film/TV industry, and some films with female

directors that they love.

Alice: Tell me a little bit about yourselves and how

your production company, Shallow Graves, started.

Jurenas: Jenny and I met in college in 2010, and

we slowly became friends. Once we graduated, we

were besties, and we moved to LA together, kinda

boppin’ around [jobs], and we kinda switched gears

and tried to figure out what to do with our lives

and how to stay creative. We started making little

videos for ourselves, our friends, or for little short

competitions, just producing and editing them

ourselves, making them for $0, and submitting

them to things. We were like screw this. It's our

time, we’ve outgrown our jobs, and we obviously

have drive and ambition, and we need to follow

through with that, because it’s now or never.

Lester: We were working in this super A-List,

high-level creative world, and we were watching

everything and being like, “Oh my god, why

is everyone doing everything wrong all the

time? We could do stuff so much better with …

$200 and some string lights.” So we took that

principle and decided to start our own production

company officially.

Jurenas: One of our first bigger projects of any sort

of clout was our pilot to our web series which is

called Platonics.

Lester: We made it out of pocket and had a lot of

people rally around us to loan us their skills because

they liked our vision.

Jurenas: When we had a pitch meeting in LA, we

had a little bite, but it kind of fell to pieces, and we

were like, “Okay we're just going to move. We're

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just going to do it.” Jenny was really feeling New

York, and I was curious about it and didn't really

know what else I would do once I left my job, so I

was like, “Yeah, let's go.” We've been here for about

a year.

Alice: So you guys are best friends, roommates, and

you have a production company together - how

does that work?

Lester: I think right now we're in the best place

with it we've ever been. It takes some navigating,

and it takes sizing out how each other work. There

was a lot of frustration at first because we both are

super driven and get a lot done, but we work really

differently, so sometimes progress on one side or

the other looks different for one of us, and we had

to learn to let each other work the way we're going

to work. We push each other and it’s really great.

Alice: Tell me about the project you are working on

right now.

Jurenas: We are working on our first indie feature.

It is a family drama, and we plan on shooting

it in Virginia on my family's farm. This movie

is a kitchen sink drama where 10 people are in a

cabin, and the plot happens over the span of just a

few days.

Lester: But it has a lot of dark comedy, because I

wrote it.

Jurenas: Yeah, Jenny wrote a beautiful script.

Alice: Jenny, how long did it take you to write the

script? What was that process like?

Lester: From conception to now, I'd say it's taken

the better part of a year…the story deals with

sexual assault. The main character is a survivor

of sexual assault, and I just wanted to give a voice

to so many women who have gone through this

in a really respectful and really knowledgeable

way. I've been doing so much research this year,

talking to so many survivors, and talking to so

many organizations that work with survivors, and

watching documentaries just so that I could really

do the story justice. I wanted to make sure that

Sam, the main character, felt really authentic and

not be some sort of two-dimensional caricature.

Alice: Why is female representation in the film

community important to you? How is starting

to change? How can outside people continue

that change?

Jurenas: The film and television world is mostly

male. It's kind of disturbing. There are women that

are too afraid to pursue this because it's a boys’

club. One of our favorite filmmakers, Zoe Lister-

Jones, started a movement of an all-female crew

in her directorial debut in her movie called Band-

Aid that came out a few years ago. That was a huge

part of her campaign, and it was something she was

really passionate about, and so we wanted to do

the same.

Lester: There are so many women that are more

than qualified, but they are watching from the

outside. So we have the two of us who are leading

the production company. I wrote [the screenplay],

Julie is the lead producer, and we hired a director

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who is not only an actress and director and a

female, but she is also an activist. She works with

an organization in New York called Outsmart,

which is an organization that trains nightlife staff

on how to recognize signs of sexual assault before

they happen. She works with them and speaks with

them and trains them. We also have an amazing

up-and-coming female director, Alexa Wolf. She

won best short in the LGBTQ filmmakers showcase

at Cannes last year.

[So many] women actresses have said how much

more comfortable it feels to be on a set run by

women and how supportive it is and how much

more they're able to be vulnerable. Obviously this

is a story that involves a lot of vulnerability, so

we're excited to have an all-female-run set. Women

were only 18 percent of all behind the scenes work

on the 250 top-grossing films last year.

Jurenas: That’s absurd! There are more women in

the world!

Lester: Even in the show Godless, which won a

bunch of Emmy’s this year, I remember when

it first came out, even though it's a show about

women in a town where there are no men, the pilot

was something like 87 percent of the dialogue went

to men. In the pilot of a show about women. Like

what is anyone doing?

Jurenas: What are they doing?

Lester: We are obsessed with Indie movies and so

will see a lot of the things that come out and will

be like, ‘Are you kidding me? This was made seven

months ago, had a female director and writer, and

it's a cast of six men, four women, and they're all

white? Like what is happening?’ We don't have

any resources. We don't have any sort of pull. We

don't have any names attached, but we're still fully

committed to hiring as diverse a cast and crew as

possible, because you have to put your money where

your mouth is, and you can't say that you are - I

mean obviously we are working toward becoming

the best allies and the best intersectional feminist

we can be, and we still have a lot of work to do, but

if you can't even start with your own project, then

you don't leave yourself anywhere to go.

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The Anatomy of the

Perfect Cheese Board

By Anna Klement

Few things in this world are as

decadent as stinky cheese and fine

wine. Luckily, the level of

sophistication needed is not

symmetrical to the level of effort

required to build the perfect

charcuterie board. Wine and cheese

platters are a simple way to impress

guests without spending hours meal

prepping in the kitchen. The anatomy

of the perfect board consists of a

formula almost anyone can master.

Let’s start with the basics: dairy.

If you’re a Kraft singles kind of gal,

it can be a bit intimidating skimming

the deli section for cheese that

tastes luxurious, but does not break

the bank. Blue cheeses are a crowd

favorite and usually complement at

least one accompaniment nicely. It’s

also fair to include a cheese that is

sweeter or flavored with some kind of

fruit. For example, cranberry flavored

goat cheese can be found at most

grocery stores.

It’s imperative to include different

textures, flavors and sources. Consider

mixing cheese from cows, goats or

even buffalo. Include a minimum

of three different cheeses for

optimal results.

First comes cheese, next

comes crackers.

You need something with crunch.

As fun as it might be to eat cheese with

our fingers like our friends in France,

it’s courteous to give your guests the

option to make a miniature, cheesy

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your holidays

sandwich. Table Water crackers, pita

chips, baguette slices and Wheat

Thins are ideal preferences. The more

bland, the better since mixing flavors

of seasoned crackers could potentially

interfere with the natural essence of

the cheeses. However, the liberty of

charcuterie boards means there are

virtually unlimited combinations to

what you can serve.

Take things to the next level with

fruits, nuts and olives.

Since firm cheeses are typically

pungent, it is necessary to include

fruit or nuts that are slightly sweet,

but not overpowering. Think:

pears, apples, pecans, blueberries,

blackberries grapes and almonds.

For soft cheese such as Brie or

Camembert, strawberries make a

nice addition. Be liberal with your

accompaniments, since they add

plenty of color and variety and should

complement the cheese. It’s okay

to use savory flavors such as dark

chocolate covered almonds, tart

cherries, spiced pumpkin seeds or

marinated olives. And if you’re a fan

of olives, don’t be afraid to combine

kalamata with manzanilla. Because of

its distinct texture and umami flavor,

a small bowl of olives goes a long way.

Pickled cucumbers also enhance the

mildness of cheese and crackers with

an acidic gusto.

Lastly, there must be meat.

Charcuterie quite literally

translates to “the art of cooking

with meat.” It’s rare to find a cheese

board that doesn’t include some form

of cured meat. Adding salty flavor

is necessary for your taste buds in

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are probably what you would find on

a board if ordered at a restaurant.

Similar to the cheeses, texture and

diversity is encouraged. If the thought

of pâté makes your stomach churn, it

is acceptable to skip it.

It’s important to have options

that cater to everyone’s dietary

restrictions. Your friend who is vegan,

has a nut allergy or is dairy-free

should not have to miss out entirely.

Presentation is key for the perfect

cheese board. Seasonal produce

will always taste better and look

more appetizing for your Instagram

pictures. Fall boards including

cranberries, gouda, apples, cherries,

walnuts and toasted pumpkin seeds

will look better than citrus, sharp

cheddar and blueberries. Boards with

marble slabs and oak paddles add

a nice contrast. Hummus, drizzles

of honey, and light preserves can

flatter the palate as well. Small, white

ramekins can house your nuts and

olives to the side. Don’t forget a dull

knife to cut and spread the cheese.

Pro Tip: Buy cheese pre-cut from

a wheel for smaller servings and

easier preparation.

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Five Reasons to Get into a

Boxing Gym ASAP

By Anna Klement

Boxing allows women to knock out a high-energy workout and personal

therapy sesh all at once. There are few things in the world that can make a woman

feel more fierce than a punching bag and gloves. It doesn’t matter what your mood

is walking into a gym before a sweat sesh, endorphins always fight back to help

your mind and body. If done right, boxing will temporarily exhaust you, but leave

you with an incredible amount of energy for the rest of the day.

Historically, boxing has been a grungy-male dominated sport. Sometimes, the

amount of testosterone in the room can be overwhelming for anyone who has not

experienced a class before. Don’t let potential fear keep you from experiencing

your inner Rocky. You’re only a few punches away from some serious Michelle

Obama Arms.

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It is nearly impossible to daydream during a boxing

class. Concentration is essential in boxing, but it might

come naturally. Outside factors like physical pain should fade

as you focus on anticipating the next combination. Intentionally

focusing on current actions can promote mental clarity and retention.


Sometimes it just feels good to hit something. In addition to being a

wonderful stress reliever, boxing can also be an aid for tense muscles.

Frustration tends to builds up throughout the day, but punching a

bag can explode healthy energy into your body. Talk about a major

confidence boost! Ironically, fighting can contribute to overall

happiness and decrease levels of anxiety or depression.


Contrary to what some might believe, boxing engages every part of

your body. Most trainers will incorporate jumping rope, running and

core workouts in typical classes. Punching might seem easy until you

incorporate power, precision and speed. Kicking is an intense full

body collaboration. In a few seconds, your core is engages power to

balance your upper body when you lift your legs to rotate and forcefully

kick. It’s fun, efficient and will sculpt your muscles to improve body



Unfortunately, Michelle’s Arms probably won’t transform on you

overnight. Practicing combinations multiple times a week is rewarding.

You’re learning something, which means there will always be room for

growth. It’s fact that not even Muhammed Ali could always throw the

perfect punch. Boxing teaches self-discipline. To be good, you need to

practice form, mobility and accuracy. You’ll be better for it in the long run.


Boxing is quite literally self-defense. You’re training to fight back.

Most of the time, it’s a stationary bag, but there might be a time in

your life someday when throwing a jab and sliding out of a potentially

dangerous situation will pay off.

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Ditching Animal Products

A Quick Guide to Eating Vegetarian, Dairy-Free and Vegan

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By Mariah Link and Daley Cline

Editor’s note: Deciding to go

vegetarian, dairy-free, or vegan,

is a major health decision. Proper

preparation and research should

be done in order to reap the full

nutritional benefits. Please consult an

expert if considering. This quick guide

and recipe list is a great place to get



The transition from meat-eating

to vegetarian can lead to a healthier

lifestyle. Ethical reasons aside, meat

is not manufactured like it used to be.

Chances are, there are meats on the

shelves possibly contaminated with

antibiotics, GMOs, hormones, and

other additives. The plant-based diet

is a healthy option for many people.

Vegetables pack more nutrients per

bite than most foods and tend to fill you

up faster.


Ready for a community of selfproclaimed

animal lovers and tree

huggers? Welcome to veganism.

Finding the motivation to change your

current lifestyle is the first and hardest

leap of faith in becoming a vegan. Your

motivation might be animal welfare,

protecting the environment, or reaping

immense health benefits. Becoming

vegan is a lifestyle choice. Your

contributions benefit your diet and the

world around you. No need to worry,

vegan diets can satisfy your taste buds

just as well as a regular diet.

Environmentally, the benefits of

being a vegan have been linked to less

stress on our natural resources due to

the decreased demand for land, fossil

fuels and water for. Additionally, living

a vegan lifestyle helps put a stop to

factory farming, which is one of the

most extreme and common sources of

animal cruelty. A vegan diet can reduce

your carbon footprint as well as the risk

of multiple health conditions such as

type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease,

strokes, obesity, and even some

cancers according to MD Anderson

Cancer Center.


At an early age, we were often told

by elders and commercials featuring

celebrities with milk-staches to drink

milk for our bones to grow and become

strong. An increasing amount of

research may disagree with our former

motivators. According to a study

conducted by Harvard, animal milk

may be doing more harm to our bones

than good. Research has shown that the

consumption of dairy might be causing

various health problems – ranging from

bloating, fatigue, digestion problems

and frequent sinus infections, to

inflammatory skin conditions such

as acne or eczema. Although it may

seem impossible to quit consumption

of dairy, it’s more feasible than ever

thanks to today’s ranging options of

milk alternatives available at many

grocery stores. Cereal and smoothies

no longer have to sacrifice nutrients or

flavor thanks to the creative geniuses

behind oat, almond, coconut and

soy milk.

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Play with the delicious alternative recipes below to see how

yummy being vegetarian, dairy-free, or vegan can be.


Baked Blueberry Pancakes

INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 cups Bisquick Original Pancake Mix, 1

cup Almond Breeze Original, 1/4 cup applesauce, 1/2 cup frozen


DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease an 8×8 baking

pan and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine pancake mix,

Almond Breeze Original and applesauce. Stir until just combined

— do not over mix. There will be lumps and that is okay. Gently

fold in the blueberries until incorporated into the mix. Pour

into the prepared pan and gently smooth out the top. Bake for

about 20-25 minutes until the edges start to pull away from the

pan or a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let cool for five minutes, then slice and top with your favourite

pancake toppings.


Stuffed Sweet Potato

INGREDIENTS: 1 large sweet potato, scrubbed, ¾ chopped

kale, 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed, ¼ cup hummus

DIRECTIONS: Prick sweet potato all over with a fork.

Microwave on High until cooked through, 7 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, wash kale and drain, allowing water to cling to

the leaves. Place in a medium saucepan. Cover and cook over

medium-high heat, stirring once or twice, until wilted. Add

beans. Add a tablespoon or two of water if the pot is dry.

Continue cooking, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the

mixture is steaming hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Split the sweet potato

open and top with the kale and bean mixture. Combine hummus

and 2 tablespoons water in a small dish. Add additional water

as needed to reach desired consistency. Drizzle the hummus

dressing over the stuffed sweet potato.


Vegan Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

INGREDIENTS: 4 cups elbow macaroni, 1 large head

cauliflower, chopped, 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped, ½

cup nutritional yeast, ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil, ⅓ cup water, 1

tbsp lemon juice, ½ tsp onion powder, ½ tsp garlic powder, 1½

tsp salt, ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper, Paprika, as garnish

(optional), Vegan parmesan cheese (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS: Cook pasta according to package

directions, drain, and set aside. Fill a large pot with water, and

bring to a boil. Add in the chopped cauliflower and carrots. Cook

for 10-15 minutes, or until softened. Drain, and add to a food

processor or high speed blender. Add in the oil, water, lemon

juice, nutritional yeast, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and

pepper. Process/blend until smooth. Add cheese sauce to your

pot full of drained pasta and mix well. Serve, with a sprinkle of

vegan parmesan cheese and some paprika, if desired.

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at Bay

By Keely Brewer

Although it may not feel like it in the South, winter is

quickly approaching. For some people, especially those

who reside in areas with summers that are only bearable

in a poolside chair or an air conditioned building, these

cold months can not seem to get here fast enough.

However, others dread the onset of winter. Seasonal

depression is an issue that many people experience but

rarely talk about openly. Because it is something that

most individuals choose to deal with quitely, the scope

of its effects are often diminished.

Lee Keyes, executive director of the Counseling

Center at The University of Alabama said seasonal

depression is a form of mood disorder which occurs

during periods of low amounts of sunlight. Anyone can

experience seasonal depression, but it is more common

among people in northern latitudes.

“It’s less common in the South, but those who are

sensitive to sunlight can be affected here too,” said Keyes.

“Other mood issues can occur during low sunlight but

for other reasons such as staying indoors and inactive

for too long.”

For sufferers of seasonal depression, the sadness,

lethargy, and apathy that comes along with it may seem

inescapable. Luckily, there are ways to avoid the dread

of the winter months.

“Get plenty of sunlight, get outdoors, and get

moving,” Keyes said.

Soak Up the Sun

The sun rises later and sets earlier in the winter, and

there isn’t much anyone can do to change that. What

can be done, though, is adjusting one’s sleep schedule to

make the most of the little daylight available. Although

leaving a warm, cozy bed in the winter is no easy task,

having those extra two or three hours of daylight can

make a monumental difference in mood and energy.

Use the thought of the warm cup of coffee that could

be in your hands as motivation to get moving. A lack of

sunlight can lead to decreased production of melatonin

and serotonin, which directly affects mood and energy

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levels. In addition to waking up earlier, make an effort to

spend more time surrounded by natural light. This could

mean enjoying the brisk weather outside or simply sitting

near a window that lets in a little more light.

“When sunlight isn’t available, get phototherapy lights

you can install or use at home,” Keyes said.

HappyLight and Circadian Optics are brands that

specializes in light therapy lamps.

Fuel Your Body

SAD can increase cravings for foods heavy in sugars

and carbs. Resist those temptations and fuel your body with

foods that will give you energy instead. Satisfy your need

for sugar with fruit. Pomegranates, apples, bananas, and

passion fruit are just a few of the fruits available all winter

long, and you don’t have to worry about the sugar crash that

inevitably follows the consumption of other foods filled with

sugar. Appetite is one of the most common changes brought

about by seasonal depression. Making an effort to keep meals

packed with nutrients and whole foods is key to maintaining

your energy.

Keep Moving

Depending on where you live, you might experience

pleasantly cold weather that serves as a nice relief from the

last three months of humidity and heat. If this is the case,

take advantage of this and find time to exercise outdoors by

going for a walk or biking along a local trail.

If your winters are filled with below freezing temperatures

and consistent snow, opt for exercise at your local gym or

recreation center. Swimming at an indoor pool, utilizing

an indoor track, or riding a stationary bike are all great

alternatives to outdoor exercise. Group exercise classes like

kickboxing, cycling, or Zumba are also great ways to boost

your mood.

Seek Help

At the end of the day, only you know how you feel and

what works best for you. Advice that may help someone

tackle their own struggle with seasonal depression might do

little to help you. Adjust your schedule to fit your needs, and

make time for the things that will fuel you. Reach out to your

support system of family and friends.

Consulting a therapist or other mental health professional

might be the right option for you too. Keyes suggested

evaluation by a licensed mental health professional for

proper diagnosis.

“[People should seek professional help] when they

notice symptoms of depression, and it lasts more than two

weeks, or one feels impaired in terms of normal life tasks.”

Keyes said.

Just like other forms of depression, there are treatments

available to help ease the symptoms associated with SAD.

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By Daley Cline

Often times, people blame unhealthy

eating on external factors, such as not having

enough hours in the day to cook or shop for

healthy foods. We point fingers at busy

schedules, but eating healthy from morning

through the mid-afternoon munchies can be

easily maintained with proper preparation

and execution.


We know by now that breakfast is the

most important meal of the day. Even if

you can’t find time to sit down and savor it,

prepare the following healthy options ahead

of time, so they’re ready for you to grab as

you walk out the door.

Peanut Butter Energy Balls:

Ingredients include ⅔ cups creamy natural

peanut butter, ½ cups dark chocolate chips,

1 cup old fashioned oats, ½ cups ground

flax seeds and 2 tablespoons honey. Mix

your ingredients together in a bowl, roll into

balls, and store in the refrigerator for up to

a week. It’s ideal for breakfast or a midday

snack. You can also add chia seeds, dried

fruit and cinnamon to enhance the flavor.

Overnight Oats: All you need for this

filling and nutrient-dense breakfast is ½

cup liquid such as dairy milk, almond,

cashew or coconut milk, and ½ cup oldfashioned

rolled oats. Mix your liquid

and oats in a jar or container and let it

sit overnight in the refrigerator. In the

morning, add fruit, nuts, nut butter, seeds,

protein powder, granola, coconut, spices,

zest or vanilla extract on your way out. Don’t

forget a spoon!

Egg Breakfast Muffins: This is

dedicated to those with umami taste buds.

The ingredients include: 6 eggs, ½ cup

cooked chopped spinach, ⅓ cup crumbled

cooked bacon, and ⅓ cup of shredded

cheddar cheese.

To make, preheat the oven to 375

degrees. Coat 6 cups of a muffin tin with

cooking spray or line with paper liners.

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Crack the eggs into a large bowl. Use a

whisk to blend the eggs until smooth. Add

the spinach, bacon and cheese to the egg

mixture and stir to combine. Divide the

egg mixture evenly among the muffin cups.

Bake for 15-18 minutes. Pop the finished

product into the refrigerator and enjoy

your egg-cellent creation on busy mornings

throughout the week.



Surrounding yourself with nutritious

staples will satisfy your hunger and maintain

your energy levels. Consider stocking your

pantries and purses with the following

healthy snacks:

Jerky: Jerky is the perfect snack for

those looking for a high amount of protein

while keeping carbohydrates low. A oneounce

piece of beef jerky provides 9.4 grams

of protein. If beef doesn’t work for you,

turkey is equally nutritious. And if you’re

not into eating animals, it’s been written

that watermelon jerky is nature’s healthiest


Trail Mix: Trail mix is a great way to get

your daily dose of healthy fats. It’s possibly

the perfect cure for a sweet tooth. Opt to make

your own combo with preferred nuts, seeds

and semisweet fruit to avoid the unwanted

added sugars that often hide in store-bought

mixes. However, don’t feel ashamed to mix

in dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs if your

sweet tooth begs for something more.

Fruit: Apples, bananas and oranges

don’t require refrigeration, and therefore

can be thrown into your purse or backpack

without hesitation. Dehydrated goji berries,

apricots or figs will also satisfy your sweet

tooth and deliver antioxidants and fiber.

Bonus: they’re also great in trail mix.

Granola: Don’t underestimate the

flavor of this traditional yogurt-topper; it

tastes just as delicious on its own. Bring a

ziploc bag of granola to munch on when you

need a yummy crunch.

Popcorn: When air-popped and eaten

plain, popcorn is a healthy whole grain food

that is low in calories. Microwave at home

and throw into a Ziploc for later. If your

popcorn needs added flavor, try mixing

olive-oil and sea salt after it is popped. If

you’re looking for something prepackaged,

SkinnyPop or Boom Chicka Pop boasts

tasty flavors while keeping calories and

sodium under par.

“Better for You” Crackers: It is now

possible to find crackers that don’t make

you feel as bad after crunching on a few

more than the suggested daily serving. Nut

and seed flour-based crackers sans artificial

flavors are easy to find in most grocery

stores now. Try Simple Mills Almond Flour

crackers in Farmhouse Cheddar. It’s grain,

soy and corn free.

Dark Chocolate: A square of dark

chocolate contains iron as well as organic

compounds that are biologically active and

function as antioxidants. It’s important to

stay in the 70–85 percent cocoa range to

maintain the nutritious elements and less

sugar. The darker it is, the better it is for you.

112 Alice Winter 2019



Vol. 4 No. 1 Winter 2019

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