Alice Vol. 4 No. 1

Published by UA Student Media in Winter 2019.

Published by UA Student Media in Winter 2019.


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A sexual assault survivor speaks out<br />

about believing women<br />


FOR PINK<br />

How to rise up against gender-based<br />

price disparities<br />

HAIR NAH<br />

<strong>Alice</strong> sits down with a creator whose<br />

video game fights microaggressions<br />

$5.99 <strong>Vol</strong>. 4 <strong>No</strong>. 1<br />

This season is all<br />

about standing up<br />

and standing out<br />

The University of Alabama | Winter 2019

Chilly weather may<br />

force you to bundle up,<br />

but now is not the time<br />

to cover up. Boldness is<br />

all the rage this winter.

Letter from the Editor<br />

<strong>Vol</strong>ume 4<br />

Issue 1<br />

On the web:<br />

alice.ua.edu<br />

@alicethemag<br />

pinterest.com/alicemagazine<br />

Contact Us:<br />

alicemagazine.editor@gmail.com<br />

This semester we did a fashion shoot at Boone Cabin,<br />

a house owned by The University of Alabama and tucked<br />

away on the shore of Lake Tuscaloosa. The plan was to get<br />

some shots of the models standing by the edge of the water.<br />

The edge. Because we had clothes to return and models<br />

to keep dry.<br />

But Sabina Vafina, the lovely <strong>Alice</strong> photo editor, does not<br />

live life on the edge. She dives right in.<br />

Skipping directly to the water, she tossed off her shoes<br />

and directed the rest of her crew to do the same. While the<br />

models rolled up their pants (thank you!), Sabina walked<br />

straight in, her flowing pant legs dipping into the lake and<br />

trailing behind her. And that was that. Because when Sabina<br />

Vafina walks into a lake, well, you do too.<br />

As I watched my Ladies of the Lake, “Man, I Feel Like a<br />

Woman” came on the photoshoot playlist. It got me thinking<br />

about the best things about being a woman. Of course,<br />

there’s the prerogative to have a little fun. And coloring hair.<br />

And doing dares.<br />

But the list is so much longer than Shania Twain made<br />

it out to be.<br />

The best things are the little pep talks the crew gave each<br />

other before stepping on set. And the way they helped one<br />

another out of the pesky holes that covered the lake’s floor.<br />

And how they built a chain to pull each other along through<br />

the sludge.<br />

The best things are the things we women do to help<br />

one another.<br />

This issue of <strong>Alice</strong> has all the best things about being<br />

a woman. We have women running for office and running<br />

their own companies. Women encouraging other women to<br />

be the best versions of themselves, and women channeling<br />

anger into art. But it also has the sludge. It has sexual assault<br />

and public body shaming and economic systems that keep<br />

women disadvantaged.<br />

It has the sludge because it’s there. Right below our feet.<br />

We know you feel it. We feel it too. And we are here to build<br />

a chain and pull each other along.<br />

I want to thank my oh-so-incredible staff for all their<br />

hard work and passion. This publication would not be<br />

possible without the women behind the pages. The women<br />

who ask the uncomfortable questions. The women who see<br />

the wonder in everything. The women who do not stop until<br />

they get it right. The women who walk right into the lake.<br />

Editorial and Advertising offices for <strong>Alice</strong> Magazine are located at<br />

414 Campus Drive East, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.<br />

The mailing address is P.O. Box 870170, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.<br />

Phone: (205) 348-7257.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong> is published by the Office of Student Media<br />

at The University of Alabama.<br />

All content and design are produced by students<br />

in consultation with professional staff advisers.<br />

All material contained herein, except advertising or where<br />

indicated otherwise, is copyrighted © 2018 by <strong>Alice</strong> Magazine.<br />

Material herein may not be reprinted without the<br />

expressed, written permission of <strong>Alice</strong> Magazine.<br />

Rebecca Rakowitz<br />

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Editorial<br />

Editor in Chief Rebecca Rakowitz<br />

Creative Director MK Holladay<br />

Photo Editor Sabina Vafina<br />

Managing Editor Meg McGuire<br />

Market Editor Kristina Cusolito<br />

Fashion Editor Kallen Sebastian<br />

Beauty Editor Kali Sturgis<br />

Lifestyle Editor Sara Beth Bolin<br />

Food and Health Editor Anna Klement<br />

Entertainment Editor Mia Blackman<br />

Social Media Coordinator Ashby Brown<br />

Online Editor Gillian Castro<br />

Marketing Editor Alexis Wolf<br />

Contributing Writers Morgan Abercrombie,<br />

Lindsay Ball, Allie Binford, Sara Beth Bolin,<br />

Keely Brewer, Daley Cline, Hanna Fridriksson,<br />

Kaitlyn Gabaldon, MK Holladay, Annie Hollon,<br />

Rachel Hughes, Anna Klement, Cassie Kuhn,<br />

Payton Lambert, Mariah Link, Mikelah Luke,<br />

Kyra Mangle, Meg McGuire, Tarah Morris,<br />

Sydney Pellegrini, Irene Richardson, Kallen<br />

Sebastian, Kate Silvey, Hannah Taylor, Natalie<br />

Vande Linde, Katrina Waelchli<br />

Contributing Photographers Prestley<br />

Bramlett, Syd Cargal, Alexis Craft, Tristan<br />

Hallman, Sam MacDonald, Grant Nicholls,<br />

Kali Sturgis, Emily Swan, Ally Thomasson<br />

Contributing Designers: Ramsey Chandler,<br />

Elizabeth Enloe, Sarah Lumpkin, Amanda<br />

Morris, Shana Oshinskie, Kiley Peruch, Sarah<br />

Sliman, Hannah Taylor, Ally Thomasson,<br />

Holly Welch<br />

Models Anna Bell, Amber Chan, Xsuela<br />

Douglas, Genuwine Farlow, Jada Foster,<br />

Katharina Fox, Alexandra Huryn, Angelina<br />

Kim, Anna Klement, Lauren L’Etang, Montana<br />

Maniscalco, Alexandrea Nessi, Saxby Sperau,<br />

Kali Sturgis, Tina Turner, Katy Vanderblom<br />

Hair and Makeup Kali Sturgis<br />

Advertising<br />

Advertising Creative Director Alexis Craft<br />

Assistant Creative Director Grace Bryant and<br />

Nataleigh Dang<br />

Sales Representatives (205) 348-7845<br />

Rayven Lane, Tricia Ownby, Emma Pyne,<br />

Abigail Wolfe<br />

Advisers<br />

Editorial Mark Mayfield<br />

(msmayfield1@ua.edu)<br />

Advertising Julie Salter (julie.salter@ua.edu)<br />

Published by UA Office of Student Media<br />

Director Paul Wright<br />

Contributing Artists: Emeline Earman,<br />

Hannah Taylor, Ally Thomasson, Sabina Vafina<br />

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The perfect makeup routine to complement your specs<br />

By Hanna Fridriksson<br />

If you wear eyeglasses, you<br />

know makeup can sometimes be<br />

a pain. But don’t let your frames<br />

stop you from trying some<br />

seriously fierce looks. With a few<br />

tips and tricks, you can make the<br />

most of your beauty routine -<br />

bifocals and all!<br />

NOSE<br />

When it comes to how<br />

glasses rest on a face, the biggest<br />

problem many people have is<br />

their nose. If you have an oily or<br />

combination skin type, glasses<br />

do not help. <strong>No</strong>t only do they<br />

make nose makeup budge, it<br />

always feels like it’s collecting<br />

oil on the bridge of the nose,<br />

causing breakouts. To combat<br />

oil, use products like a toner with<br />

salicylic acid, as well as oil-free<br />

makeup products. Other ways<br />

to stay less oily are to use a good<br />

primer, powder and blotting<br />

sheets. Dry skin types should use<br />

mattifying primers where their<br />

specs sit, so the glasses won’t<br />

cause makeup to smudge.<br />

SKIN<br />

For the skin, tinted<br />

moisturizers and BB Creams<br />

work well for glasses wearers<br />

because they don’t move around<br />

as much. For foundation<br />

wearers, staying light with<br />

foundation is the key to not<br />

having nose makeup move<br />

around and to minimize those<br />

annoying red lines. Extra<br />

foundation and concealer can be<br />

added to other areas as needed.<br />

A brightening or lighter<br />

concealer is also important for<br />

under the eyes because your<br />

specs can create shadows.<br />

EYES<br />

Eye shape and frames play<br />

into what makeup looks are<br />

most flattering. Generally,<br />

super glittery and sparkly eye<br />

looks do not pair as well with<br />

glasses. When it comes to<br />

eyeshadow, neutral tones in<br />

mattes and a little shimmer are<br />

more flattering.<br />

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IF YOU ARE<br />


Nearsighted glasses make<br />

eyes appear smaller. Lighter<br />

colors open up the eyes more<br />

and make them look bigger. Try<br />

using a white or nude eyeliner<br />

pencil in the water line and a<br />

bright highlight in the inner<br />

corner and inner lid.<br />

If you are doing eyeliner,<br />

match the thickness with the<br />

thickness of your frames so<br />

neither will overpower the<br />

other. However, try not to use<br />

an eyeliner that is the same<br />

color as your frames because<br />

it will obscure, rather than<br />

emphasize, your eyes.<br />

Curling lashes is best<br />

when wearing glasses, because<br />

straight lashes can touch the<br />

lenses, but stay light on bottom<br />

lash mascara.<br />

IF YOU ARE<br />


Farsighted glasses make<br />

eyes appear bigger. A smokier<br />

eyeshadow look makes eyes<br />

appear smaller, especially if<br />

you put liner or shadow on<br />

your lower lash line and water<br />

line. You can do a look like<br />

this for everyday if you put a<br />

transition color a shade or two<br />

darker than your skin tone and<br />

smudge a darker shade on your<br />

lash line.<br />

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For the rest of your features, have fun! Don’t<br />

forget your brows. Do them as you like, but know<br />

that glasses will emphasize your brows, so try to<br />

keep them tidy. Wear bold lipstick to play up<br />

neutral eyes, and add a poppin’ highlight, because<br />

you can.<br />

Glasses don’t have to be a hindrance. Makeup<br />

is supposed to be fun, and glasses can be super<br />

stylish, so treat your makeup the same.

Amazon<br />

Deals<br />

and<br />

Steals<br />

By Natalie Vande Linde<br />

College life brings about a lot of budgeting, but<br />

your self-care and makeup routine shouldn’t<br />

have to suffer. These 10 beauty products from<br />

Amazon are affordable and worth it.<br />


For those struggling with oily skin and angry<br />

breakouts, this is your new hero. The mask is to<br />

be mixed with apple cider vinegar and applied<br />

to the face. It works to pull out impurities and<br />

shrink pores, combatting those breakout areas<br />

and moderating oil production. However,<br />

sensitive and dry skin readers be warned: this<br />

mask packs a punch. Try using it for only a<br />

short period of time to ensure the best results<br />

given your skin’s texture.<br />


An ice roller may not be number one on your<br />

must-have list, but at an affordable price,<br />

why not give one a try? Given their ability<br />

to reduce redness, reduce the appearance of<br />

veins, tighten pores, and even help the adverse<br />

effects of an allergic reaction, the benefits are<br />

seriously rewarding.<br />


This is one that comes heavily recommended<br />

by influencers and beauty gurus. L.A. Girl<br />

is an affordable, cruelty-free brand that has<br />

received a lot of praise. Scroll through the<br />

Amazon comments on this product to see its<br />

impressive coverage of dark spots or sharp brow<br />

bone highlighting.<br />

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BIO-OIL - $9<br />

This gentle oil works to eradicate stretch marks,<br />

scars, acne marks, and uneven skin tones. It can be<br />

applied on any problem areas and since it won’t clog<br />

your pores, you need not worry about breakouts.<br />

Bio-Oil is hypoallergenic and packed with helpful<br />

oils like lavender and calendula, so any skin type can<br />

appreciate its benefits.<br />


BRUSH SET - $7<br />

This price is truly crazy. Still, this brush set has<br />

acquired an incredible amount of positive feedback<br />

from buyers. Those who purchased this set are raving<br />

in the reviews about how they’ve stopped reaching for<br />

brush sets that cost $100 or more. Purchasing makeup<br />

brushes can be overwhelming and intimidating, but<br />

this set is a great place to begin or experiment with.<br />


Milani used to be stocked in drugstores regularly,<br />

but is a little harder to come by now. However,<br />

Amazon still has it on deck. Milani’s baked blush<br />

shades offer an iridescence that hints at a gleam<br />

but does not overpower the face. Winter can<br />

leave skin feeling and looking dull, and a baked<br />

blush like this Milani one is just the thing to pull<br />

vibrance and a youthful appearance back into<br />

the cheeks.<br />


ACID SERUM- $15<br />

This is a holy grail product. Hyaluronic acid works<br />

as a water-binding acid. When you apply this to the<br />

face, it begins to pull the humidity in the air and use it<br />

to continuously moisturize your skin. This is a musthave<br />

product through the fall and winter months that<br />

can be quickly applied under any moisturizer to keep<br />

your skin looking plump and hydrated. It works to<br />

improve skin’s overall texture and brightens your<br />

complexion. Bonus: Cosmedica offers a cruelty-free,<br />

vegan version.<br />

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CONCENTRE - $18<br />

Embryolisse is a long-time cult favorite. It’s a common<br />

product among fashion week makeup artists, as it is<br />

gentle, moisturizing, and revitalizes the skin with a<br />

host of fatty acids. Embryolisse is cruelty-free, doubles<br />

as a primer under foundation, and can be used as a<br />

cleansing cream to gently remove makeup, or as an after<br />

shave cream. It’s great for all skin types, and if your<br />

skin tends to be sensitive or overly dry, it will adore this<br />

hydrating moisturizer.<br />


MASK - $10<br />

This clay mask holds 4.2 out of 5 stars with well over<br />

5000 reviews. Carbonation in the mask works to gently<br />

exfoliate skin and clear pores of impurities. Although<br />

this is a clay mask, it’s a bit gentler than the Aztec Secret<br />

Indian Healing Clay Mask, making it more friendly for<br />

all skin types. Many reviewers raved and left photos<br />

suggesting that even if the effects weren’t so incredible,<br />

they would purchase it again for the amazing spa-like feel<br />

the mask left them with.<br />


MATTE 35N - $23<br />

Morphe is another affordable and cruelty-free makeup<br />

brand to check out. This eyeshadow palette is stocked<br />

with 35 amazing matte neutrals that can be mixed and<br />

matched to create almost any look. Anyone can enjoy its<br />

classic and blendable shades.<br />

Amazon can be a great place to delve into the beauty world<br />

and experiment with new products without breaking the<br />

bank. As you search, remember that reviews are key.<br />

Check other buyers opinions. Is it causing breakouts or<br />

drying out their skin? These type of reviews can be red<br />

flags when trying new products. However, make sure to<br />

check the percentage of poor reviews and be mindful of<br />

the type of skin these buyers have. Search for reviews of<br />

those most similar to you.<br />

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By Hannah Taylor<br />

Let’s face it, commitment is scary. Even a simple<br />

haircut can seem daunting at times. Whether<br />

you’re thinking of chopping off your locks to keep<br />

up with the latest fad, or considering trading in<br />

your signature ombré look for a new bleached<br />

“do,” any slight change of appearance can take a<br />

lot of deliberation. And yet, according to a Pew<br />

Research Center study, 38 percent of people<br />

aged 18-29 have at least one tattoo. So how and<br />

why, do so many people choose to permanently<br />

modify their bodies in one way or another? New<br />

developments in body modification practices and<br />

technologies mean there are more possibilities<br />

than ever for body alterations and enhancements.<br />

People with experience in the field of body<br />

modification sat down with <strong>Alice</strong> to give an inside<br />

look at why so many Americans turn to tattooing<br />

and cosmetic surgery.<br />


Porscha Bryant, a tattoo artist with All Inked Up,<br />

is the first woman to open her own tattoo shop in<br />

Tuscaloosa, Alabama, received her first tattoo at<br />

age 17.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: What sparked your desire to become a<br />

tattoo artist?<br />

Bryant: The difficulty level. It’s trying to make<br />

a picture on a moving curved surface, with a<br />

moving canvas, and a vibrating utensil. It’s highly<br />

complicated, and even some of the most wellversed<br />

artists, they all give homage to tattoo art<br />

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ecause it’s one of the most difficult art forms.<br />

And then on top of that, once your art walks out<br />

the door, you don’t know how it’s gonna look<br />

when it comes back. Some people take care of it<br />

beautifully and some people don’t.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: Have you ever been treated differently<br />

or received negative reactions because of<br />

your tattoos?<br />

Bryant: I definitely (saw) different treatment once<br />

I started getting stuff done on my arms. People<br />

look at you with a certain type of hesitation. I<br />

would say it’s been positive and negative, because<br />

sometimes I’ll have people walk up to me and just<br />

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

There’s other people that are scoffy and stand<br />

offish. But I think it’s becoming more accepted<br />

these days, where people don’t really care if you<br />

have visible ink or not. I would say five to 10 years<br />

ago it was still a little bit more taboo.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: What is the most rewarding part of being a<br />

tattoo artist?<br />

Bryant: My favorite part is the therapeutic<br />

aspect of tattooing. I get people that come in<br />

that self harm. I’ve had people come in with cuts<br />

coming all the way down their arm. Instead of<br />

cutting themselves, they end up coming back and<br />

getting more tattoos. Or they’re trying to cover<br />

something...say they did cut themselves. They’ll<br />

cover it up with a beautiful piece. It takes away<br />

that reminder for people. People that are dealing<br />

with lost loved ones, and things of that nature [will<br />

get tattoos]. I’ve had people give me hugs, crying<br />

because [the tattoo] helped them get through<br />

whatever situation they were going through.<br />

I would say that’s the most rewarding thing<br />

about tattooing.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: What is one “wrong” perception most<br />

people have about tattooing?<br />

Bryant: This is one thing I complain about, I feel<br />

like the majority of people who get tattoos these<br />

days, they look at it as going to get their hair or<br />

nails done. They look for the cheapest possible<br />

tattoo, not really caring about how bad it looks.<br />

Then, when they don’t like it anymore they want<br />

to get it covered up. And really, if you look at the<br />

ancient side of tattooing, it’s more of a spiritual<br />

thing, a rite of passage. And people don’t even<br />

want to feel the pain anymore, like ‘hey can I put<br />

this anesthetic on it’. It kind of takes the whole<br />

meaning away from it.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: In your experience, why do people choose<br />

to body modify with tattoos?<br />

Bryant: There’s a cosmetic aspect to it that I think<br />

a lot of people like. A lot of times men come in<br />

because they see their favorite rappers, rockstars,<br />

or athletes [with certain tattoos]. They come in<br />

with pictures of their tattoos and are like, ‘Hey I<br />

want this.’ So I think it’s more of a look people are<br />

going for these days. Then there’s other people<br />

that purely want a form of self-expression. They<br />

come in and they have this particular art piece<br />

that they want done on them and it means the<br />

world to them. And then there’s people that look<br />

at it more in the ritualistic aspect of the older form<br />

[of tattooing]. [They] really respect it as a craft.<br />

I’d say there’s those three different types of people<br />

[who get tattoos].<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: What is one thing you wished more people<br />

understood about tattooing?<br />

Bryant: That it’s actually an art form. People don’t<br />

look at it that way sometimes. It’s art, and it’s very<br />

difficult to do. It takes years to master, just like a<br />

painter or a sculptor.<br />



A rise of surgical body modification has followed<br />

the rise of social media stars. From the Kylie<br />

Jenner lip challenge, to the unprecedented<br />

movement of “Snapchat Surgery,” the stigma<br />

surrounding cosmetic enhancement is beginning<br />

to dissipate. Some ends of the surgical body<br />

modification spectrum has even begun to take the<br />

form of an alientistic fashion statement, as can be<br />

seen in the art installation, A.Human. The surreal<br />

display of humans with hyper-realistic, sci-fi body<br />

modifications was presented in correlation with<br />

this year’s New York Fashion Week.<br />

Although conversations of surgical enhancements<br />

are beginning to take a more futuristic turn,<br />

the majority of surgical body modifications<br />

are centered around subtle enhancements. Dr.<br />

Kenneth Sanders is a facial plastic surgeon from<br />

Shreveport, Louisiana, who talked with <strong>Alice</strong><br />

about his experience in the field of surgical<br />

body modification.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: What is one “wrong” perception that most<br />

people have about body modification?<br />

Sanders: [The Negative stigma of plastic surgery]<br />

was dying out hard in the 80s and 90s. Number<br />

one, our procedures were getting better then;<br />

practices were evolving then. Every once in a<br />

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while people say well ‘I’m usually not a vain<br />

person’, but then I say well what’s the difference<br />

between caring about wrinkles around your eyes<br />

and brushing your hair? You brushed your hair<br />

this morning because you didn’t want messy<br />

hair. What’s the real difference? More people are<br />

looking at plastic surgery and enhancements this<br />

way, now.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: What are some of the strangest requests<br />

you’ve had from potential patients?<br />

Sanders: Pretty commonly, I’ve had people come<br />

to me that want tattoos cut off. That’s not really a<br />

good way to take care of tattoos. It’s not feasible<br />

sometimes to cut of that large of an area of skin...<br />

I’m not going to do surgeries that are going to<br />

[result in] a weird, unnatural look.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: How have social media and influencers<br />

affected the industry of cosmetic surgery?<br />

Sanders: [The Kardashians] hold a lot of power,<br />

unfortunately, in my opinion.<br />

Social media, in general, is huge. I do snapchat<br />

story surgeries because I had people asking<br />

about it.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: What is the most rewarding part of your job<br />

as a plastic surgeon?<br />

Sanders: I remember in particular several young<br />

girls, and when I say young I mean like even<br />

middle school, grade school. Younger girls who<br />

have really prominent ears, and you can pin that<br />

back with a really simple little surgery. They come<br />

in, one was literally crying as we talked about it<br />

with her mom. It was that big of a deal for her. She<br />

would never put her hair up. She didn’t want to<br />

try out for cheerleading because she would have to<br />

wear her hair in a ponytail. We do her surgery, she<br />

comes bouncing in there with her hair in a ponytail,<br />

joking, very happy. That’s pretty rewarding when<br />

you do stuff with kids; anytime we do stuff with<br />

kids that’s either reconstructive or cosmetic is a<br />

pretty big deal because they’re getting picked on<br />

at school. Even sometimes something as simple<br />

as cutting a mole off a kids face [can make a big<br />

difference]. Kids can be pretty cruel at school, so<br />

that’s a real rewarding thing. One womean came<br />

in, she was about 60 years old. She finally had her<br />

financial status where she wanted it and she could<br />

finally have her rhinoplasty done. She came in and<br />

we did her rhinoplasty; she had a really big hump.<br />

When she came in and we took the splint off, she<br />

just broke down in tears, looking in the mirror.<br />

Even at 60 years old, you could see the pain that<br />

she had gone through in highschool and college.<br />

That’s the most rewarding thing, when you can see<br />

someone’s self confidence just get boosted hugely.<br />



Crystal Heuton has always wanted to be a fairy,<br />

and she got one step closer after deciding to have<br />

horns implanted in her forehead, two years ago.<br />

Heuton started self-piercing at 13 years old and<br />

received her first tattoo at the age of 21. The 30<br />

year-old body piercer of Prattville, Alabama talked<br />

with <strong>Alice</strong> about her experiences in the realm of<br />

body modification. .<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: How did people react to your horn implants?<br />

Heuton: The people close to me were mostly okay<br />

with it. They kind of saw it coming, I guess. People<br />

on the street aren’t so nice about it. Most stare.<br />

Some people have asked to touch them. When I<br />

moved back to Alabama, about four or five months<br />

ago, someone told me to “get out of their state.”<br />

I was in Target with my daughter and a lady<br />

was following us and when we walked out of the<br />

store she tapped me on the shoulder and told me<br />

that my ‘kind’ isn’t welcome here, and I should<br />

leave Alabama.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: Do you experience negative reactions like<br />

that, often?<br />

Heuton: I mainly get negative looks. It’s rare<br />

that it becomes that intense. But once people<br />

get to know me, they don’t even notice the<br />

horns anymore.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: Why did you choose to get horn implants?<br />

Heuton: I came across them a few years ago and<br />

it’s kind of something that intrigued me. Then I<br />

started doing them on a lot of clients. It was my<br />

way of becoming like a nymph fairy-type of person.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: What does the horn implant<br />

process involve?<br />

Heuton: We numb the client up with lidocaine,<br />

so they don’t feel anything. Then we make small<br />

incisions and separate the muscle from the skin<br />

and bone. It’s an implant grade silicone that we<br />

shove underneath the skin, and then suture it<br />

back up. They’ll take anywhere from a year to<br />

three years to fully heal. It’s very painful once the<br />

numbness wears off. There’s a lot of swelling. It’s<br />

a lot more than what people expect. It’s a lot more<br />

than what I even expected.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: What was the healing process like for you?<br />

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Heuton: It was really painful. The first week I<br />

wanted to die, pretty much. There was a lot of<br />

swelling. I looked kind of deformed for about two<br />

weeks and then they started to take shape. It was<br />

a lot to get used to. I kept hitting them on things.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: What are some other body modifications<br />

that you have?<br />

Heuton: I have 80 percent of my body tattooed,<br />

and pretty much everything visible is pierced.<br />

I have large holes punched out of the tops of<br />

my ears.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: What drew you to the world of<br />

body modifications?<br />

Heuton: I was kind of born into the tattoo<br />

industry. I just saw it as a way of expressing<br />

myself. I know that sounds cliché, but it is.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: What do you wish critics understood about<br />

your choice to get body modifications?<br />

Heuton: That it doesn’t change us. It doesn’t<br />

affect how we work or how we are as people.<br />

People see us and they think we have low morals<br />

or we’re bad parents and stuff like that. We’re just<br />

like everybody else, we just express ourselves a<br />

little differently.<br />

Whether it’s tattooing or surgical enhancements,<br />

simple or bold looks, the world of body<br />

modification is continuing to advance with new and<br />

exciting techniques. Thanks to the ever-growing<br />

movement of body positivity, body modifications<br />

are more accepted and less stigmatized than ever.<br />

So get that crazy tattoo, or don’t. Change your<br />

face, or don’t. It’s your body and no one else’s.<br />

But no matter what, never forget to love the skin<br />

you’re in.<br />

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Here’s the Forecast<br />

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By Tarah Morris<br />

and Payton Lambert<br />

With chilly weather just around the<br />

corner, it’s time to say goodbye to our<br />

sun-kissed glows, and hello to trends that<br />

will help you take on winter like a pro.<br />

Hair Style<br />

The Meghan Markle: This style<br />

is no doubt a trend this winter. This<br />

effortless and natural look is quick,<br />

easy, and pairs great with just about<br />

anything. Achieving this style takes five<br />

minutes or less and is versatile enough<br />

for class or a night out. Simply part<br />

your hair to your preference, loosely<br />

twist it into a low bun, then pull some<br />

pieces forward to frame the face. <strong>No</strong>w<br />

you can look like royalty everyday.<br />

Sleek and Shiny: Looking for a style<br />

that looks “fresh off the runway?” Then<br />

this is the style for you. This look is<br />

simple, yet classic and can be achieved<br />

in no time! Smooth down your hair, use<br />

a small amount of hair gel or a strong<br />

hold hair spray, and push your hair<br />

straight back. The result? A fashionforward,<br />

edgy style that can be done in<br />

a few minutes.<br />

Hair Color<br />

Warm: Even though the weather is<br />

cooling down, your hair doesn’t have<br />

to! When choosing your hair color<br />

this winter, go for something that will<br />

reflect light. <strong>No</strong>t only will warm tones<br />

give your hair a beautiful glow, they<br />

will brighten up your skin tone too.<br />

Select a color that has an undertone of<br />

gold, copper, or red to give your hair a<br />

beautiful glow.<br />

Chocolate: Deep, rich colors are a<br />

must-have! A chocolate hair color, no<br />

matter how light or dark the shade, is<br />

guaranteed to stand out. To add more<br />

dimension, ask your stylist to toss in<br />

Green Jacket and Green Pants: Twice as Nice<br />

Plaid Jacket and Plaid Pants: Lulu’s<br />

pieces of contrasting shades. Your hair<br />

color will be full of light and movement.<br />

Jewel Tones: If you’re wanting to<br />

make a statement, then this hair color<br />

trend is the one for you. Throw some<br />

pieces of jewel toned color into your<br />

hair - whether it be a shade of purple,<br />

emerald, or pink - and you will surely<br />

turn heads.<br />

Rose Gold: This hair color trend is<br />

very versatile. If you’re feeling bold, go<br />

for a shade with more pink hues. If you<br />

want a more natural look, incorporate<br />

more gold and pale pink hues, so<br />

it blends seamlessly. You can also<br />

integrate this color into a balayage or<br />

wear it as an all over color.<br />

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MAKEUP<br />

Mauve Tones: Mauve has been on the<br />

rise since late 2017, and will definitely take<br />

center stage this winter. Vivid enough to<br />

be a bolder version of your typical summer<br />

look, but subdued enough to be be worn<br />

everyday, mauve holds all of the versatility<br />

one could ask for. Its warm undertones<br />

will still heat up your face during the<br />

cooler months.<br />

Colored Eyeliner: Play up the eyes by<br />

using brighter and bolder eyeshadows to<br />

make the eyes the focal point of the look.<br />

Colored pencil liners are a great tool to<br />

accomplish this. Apply a neutral shadow<br />

and add a pop of color with the liner. Try a<br />

dark purple for brown eyes, an emerald or<br />

gold for hazel eyes, a navy for blue eyes, or<br />

an olive or purple for green eyes.<br />

Dramatic Eyelashes: Eyelash extensions<br />

became extremely popular throughout the<br />

summer, and the trend won’t stop this winter<br />

either. Many makeup lovers desire a set of<br />

beautiful, full lashes, and with the growing<br />

popularity of eyelash extensions, these<br />

perfect lashes are now possible. Falsies are<br />

also a great option to get voluminous lashes.<br />

A set of luscious lashes pair greatly with any<br />

makeup look and bring extra attention to play<br />

up those eyes.<br />

Nude & Brown Lips: When playing<br />

up the eyes, use a nude or brown lip to<br />

tie everything together, while keeping<br />

the eyeshadow the focal point. Nude lips<br />

pair perfectly with the warm tones used<br />

commonly in the winter.<br />

Glimpses of Gold: With the popularity<br />

of warm tones in the fall, gold is a perfect<br />

mixture of a metallic shine and a warm<br />

color. Using gold in smaller amounts<br />

draws attention to focal points of your<br />

look, while still remaining toned down<br />

and in the typical fall color scheme. Gold<br />

makeup can be used in sheer highlighters,<br />

pigmented shadows, or even in shades of<br />

lipsticks.<br />

Bold Brows: Bold, thick brows have<br />

been trending for a while now, and their<br />

popularity is only growing. Let your brows<br />

grow out, and use a gel or pencil to tame<br />

them. Bold brows look great with any<br />

makeup look, and are easy to maintain<br />

with practice.<br />

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Runway<br />

Ready<br />

How to give your beauty<br />

routine the NYFW treatment<br />

By Kaitlyn Gabaldon<br />

As New York Fashion Week comes to an<br />

end, the makeup trends are just beginning.<br />

I, like many other beauty enthusiasts, have<br />

asked myself, “Can I pull off a glitter lip à<br />

la Pat McGrath?” There’s just something<br />

captivating about these makeup looks that<br />

seem like an effortless work of art as the lights<br />

of the runway hit them at the perfect angle.<br />

Whether it’s a simple look or something<br />

otherworldly, we can all draw inspiration<br />

from NYFW and try the looks on ourselves.<br />

In past seasons, there has been a<br />

minimalistic approach: skin that looks like<br />

skin, glossy highlights, and the blotted lip.<br />

But this season, it’s all about maximalism.<br />

Bold and bright looks are commanding the<br />

runways as designers showcase their Spring<br />

2019 looks. It’s a stark contrast from what<br />

we’ve seen before, but it’s a refreshing change<br />

from the muted and simplistic looks. Although<br />

it may seem intimidating to incorporate these<br />

looks into your day-to-day routine, it’s a lot<br />

easier than it looks.<br />

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The Blonds<br />

The Who knew being bad could look so<br />

good? The Blonds sent a Disney Villains-inspired<br />

collection down the runway that captivated the<br />

audience with pops of color intertwined with<br />

the classic villain black. Dark eyes and bold lips<br />

added to the high fashion looks that Cruella de Vil<br />

would want for her wardrobe.<br />

Want to go for a bold lip? Step out of your<br />

comfort zone and go for a black lipstick. Use the<br />

black pencil eyeliner from your makeup bag as a<br />

lip liner to line your lips and keep your lipstick<br />

from feathering.<br />

If you’re not ready to commit to a black<br />

lipstick, go for a deep red color. It will still give you<br />

a darkened lip in a classic color that anyone can<br />

pull off. And don’t be afraid to add an elevated<br />

smoky eye to complement your bold lip.<br />

Use a combination of traditional smoky eye<br />

shades and jewel tones, such as emerald, royal<br />

blue, and garnet, to incorporate color into your<br />

eye makeup. For example, use emerald as a<br />

transition shade in the crease instead of a black<br />

or gray. Blend out the shades to have a seamless<br />

gradient from one color to the next, You’ll get a<br />

smokey eye with hints of color peeking through<br />

that’ll put a spell on anyone.<br />

Jeremy Scott<br />

Move over foiled eyes, and say hello to foiled<br />

lips! Statement lips had a comeback moment<br />

during Jeremy Scott’s eclectic pop show. The<br />

90s inspired looks were a tribute to Scott himself,<br />

known for his marriage of colors, grunge and<br />

flamboyance in his collections.<br />

The foiled lip kept the look young and trendy<br />

while the rest of the face was plain. It’s a fun<br />

futuristic look that brings the attention straight<br />

to your lips.<br />

Exfoliate your lips before using liquid lipstick.<br />

This is especially important for a foiled lip since<br />

the look is texturized. Apply a matte, metallic for<br />

a lustrous finish, or top it off with gloss to add<br />

dimension to the lip.<br />

Marc Jacobs<br />

The Marc Jacobs show featured a<br />

monochromatic look with heavily-lashed<br />

blue, pink, and yellow pastel eyes taking<br />

center stage. To make it pop even more, the<br />

models’ hair was colored to match the shade<br />

on their lids.<br />

The overall effect only served to enhance<br />

the color palette of the clothes, allowing the<br />

models to become the human embodiment<br />

of spring’s choice colors. While you don’t<br />

have to match your hair to the color of your<br />

shadow (though it is a cool effect), it’s easy<br />

to pull off a monochromatic eye look. Pack a<br />

matte pastel eyeshadow all over the lid, then<br />

blend out the crease with a fluffy brush to<br />

diffuse any harsh lines. For a bolder look, top<br />

it off with black eyeliner and lashes.<br />

Anna Sui<br />

Once again we saw bright colors<br />

surrounding the models eyes, but this time<br />

it was taken up a notch. Makeup artist Pat<br />

McGrath used diffused sunset tones to<br />

create a yellow to pink gradient from midforehead<br />

to the cheeks that’s reminiscent of<br />

a tropical vacation. The sunset tones added<br />

to the sense of wanderlust that encapsulated<br />

Sui’s whimsical looks.<br />

It isn’t a look for the faint of heart, but<br />

that does not mean you can’t incorporate<br />

the same color palette into an eyeshadow<br />

look. Use yellow, pink, and coral shades<br />

that compliment your skin tone, adding one<br />

color at a time on the eyelid, then blending<br />

in between each color to achieve a gradient.<br />

The look is meant to be playful, so<br />

play around with the placement of colors.<br />

You can keep it just to your eyelid, or keep<br />

adding color and blending it out toward your<br />

temples to create the intensity of the runway<br />

look. Add mascara to the lashes to keep<br />

your eyes defined so not overshadowed by<br />

the color.<br />

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Marc Jacobs<br />

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Eyeshadows ($5) come<br />

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Anna Sui<br />

The Maybelline Lemonade Craze<br />

palette ($11) has all of the colors<br />

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Jeremy Scott<br />

Foiled lips are made easy with<br />

the Touch In Sol Metallist Liquid<br />

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matching liquid matte lipstick on<br />

one side and a gloss on<br />

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By Sara Beth Bolin<br />

and Mikelah Luke<br />

Mallory Hagan grew up on the<br />

stage. After competing in pageants<br />

for years, she found herself crowned<br />

Miss America in 2013, representing<br />

the United States with a glittering<br />

tiara placed on her head and crowds<br />

cheering her name. <strong>No</strong>w, she’s hoping<br />

to represent the United States in a<br />

different way: as a representative for<br />

Alabama’s third district in the U.S.<br />

Congress.<br />

Hagan is one of a record number<br />

of women running this election cycle.<br />

According to the Center for American<br />

Women in Politics, 256 women won<br />

their primaries and will be vying for a<br />

seat at the table this <strong>No</strong>vember.<br />

“We’re one of the only industrial<br />

nations that doesn’t have paid<br />

maternity leave,” Hagan said. “We’re<br />

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still arguing over Roe v. Wade. We’re<br />

having conversations over whether<br />

birth control is a worthy expense for<br />

healthcare. There’s all of these things<br />

that simply having more women in<br />

power would allow us to have more<br />

robust and diverse conversations<br />

about, especially when making<br />

decisions that impact not only me,<br />

but other women across the country.”<br />

Many of these women were<br />

inspired by the events after Donald<br />

Trump’s inauguration, including the<br />

rise of the #MeToo movement and<br />

the Women’s Marches that took place<br />

across the world to raise awareness<br />

about women’s issues. When women<br />

started to talk about their own<br />

experiences, more and more began to<br />

realize that they were not alone.<br />

“I think women—primarily<br />

Democratic women—have been<br />

galvanized by the audacity of<br />

modern sexism,” said Natalie Purser,<br />

field director for Sean McCann<br />

for State Senate. “There’s a sort<br />

of viciousness and symbolism in<br />

pushing a possible sexual assailant<br />

through a confirmation, regardless<br />

of the wishes of women. It’s a bleak<br />

time that’s prompted women to seek<br />

change via activism rather than give<br />

into despair.”<br />

Hagan, like many women, was<br />

inspired to run for office because<br />

of her own experiences. During<br />

her time as Miss America, Hagan<br />

worked with representatives to help<br />

fight child abuse, which allowed her<br />

to gain insight into how the system<br />

worked. In 2017, Hagan was thrown<br />

back into the spotlight when sexist<br />

and derogatory emails about her<br />

from the Miss America Organization<br />

officials were leaked to the public.<br />

She condemned the organization and<br />

called for the board to resign that<br />

December.<br />

Less than a week later, Hagan<br />

received a call asking if she would be<br />

interested in running for office.<br />

It’s a bleak time that’s<br />

prompted women<br />

to seek change via<br />

activism rather than<br />

give into despair.<br />

Although Hagan had no formal<br />

political training, she had the support<br />

of others. Groups like Emily’s List<br />

and She Should Run help mobilize<br />

female candidates, teach them what<br />

they need in order to have a successful<br />

run, and offer endorsements that can<br />

improve the candidate’s credibility.<br />

“Our vision is a government<br />

that reflects the people it serves and<br />

decision makers who genuinely and<br />

enthusiastically fight for greater<br />

opportunities and better lives for<br />

the Americans they represent,” a<br />

statement on Emily’s List’s website<br />

said. “We will work for larger<br />

leadership roles for pro-choice<br />

Democratic women in our legislative<br />

bodies and executive seats so that<br />

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our families can benefit from the open-minded,<br />

productive contributions that women have<br />

consistently made in office.”<br />

Women are increasingly running for office<br />

at the national, state, local and even collegiate<br />

levels, allowing all governmental bodies to<br />

be representative of their constituency. This<br />

includes The University of Alabama’s Student<br />

Government Association, where women are<br />

constantly running for office.<br />

“It is imperative to have women in the<br />

Senate,” said Caroline Stallings, an SGA senator<br />

for the College of Engineering. “One thing<br />

people may not realize is that The University of<br />

Alabama is over 50 percent female. In order for<br />

the Senate to serve its purpose of representing<br />

the student body, it should have a similar<br />

percentage.”<br />

Stallings is the only woman of seven senators<br />

representing the College of Engineering. She<br />

began serving in SGA in order to make an impact<br />

on campus, but she is now there to represent the<br />

ever-growing number of women enrolling in her<br />

college.<br />

“Women make up less than a quarter of<br />

the population of the College of Engineering,”<br />

Stallings said. “These women deserve<br />

representation. In this past election, I was the<br />

only female candidate to run from the College of<br />

Engineering. Going forward, I would love to see<br />

this number rise.”<br />

Stallings said no matter the results, women<br />

will walk away from running with a new<br />

confidence. Whether it’s president of the United<br />

States or treasurer of your extracurricular club,<br />

Hagan, Purser and Stallings encourage women<br />

of all walks of life to run for office.<br />

“When we have a seat at the table, we’re<br />

not on the menu,” Purser said. “We can weigh<br />

in on plans to limit how many reproductive<br />

healthcare centers can operate, we have a hand<br />

in developing more comprehensive sexual<br />

assault policies. We can represent our own<br />

interests. When somebody from a marginalized<br />

group gains power, it’s a catalyst for other<br />

women to pursue leadership.”

By Cassie Kuhn<br />

For many women, traveling alone<br />

at night poses serious safety concerns.<br />

Evening jogs, being separated from<br />

friends during a night out, and walking<br />

from the library to the on-campus<br />

parking lot are everyday situations<br />

where women look over their shoulders<br />

and grip their keys a little tighter.<br />

When Lauren Gwin was a freshman<br />

at The University of Alabama, she<br />

became concerned for her safety due to<br />

emails she received from the campus<br />

police department and student stories<br />

about crime. This concern inspired her<br />

to create a fashion-meets-function selfdefense<br />

jewelry company called The<br />

Artemis Company, named after the<br />

Greek goddess known as the protector<br />

of young women.<br />

“Self-defense jewelry is designed to<br />

combine beauty and security to not only<br />

dress for success, but dress to protect,”<br />

Gwin said.<br />

Although more old-fashioned means<br />

of self-defense like pepper-spray and<br />

pocket knives have their place, selfdefense<br />

jewelry is easier for women to use<br />

and access in case of an emergency.<br />

“Even if you own pepper spray or a<br />

taser, mostly these things just end up<br />

in the bottom of your purse or latched<br />

onto your keys – not the optimal place<br />

for quick and effective use,” Gwin said.<br />

“So, I realized that women needed<br />

something that they could wear all of<br />

the time that would be easily available<br />

to use if they needed to.”<br />

The Artemis Company offers a<br />

variety of rings, bracelets and necklaces<br />

with various functions. There are<br />

three collections with different styles<br />

and items which can be customized<br />

depending on a woman’s color and style<br />

preferences.<br />

Gwin’s design process varies from<br />

piece to piece, but it starts with an idea,<br />

usually inspired from her experience<br />

doing martial arts growing up.<br />

“The first step is rough sketches on<br />

paper,” Gwin said. “When I have an<br />

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awesome idea, I have to scratch it down<br />

so I don’t forget it.”<br />

Next, Gwin creates a model on her<br />

computer. Those drawings are used<br />

to order 3D printed metal prototypes.<br />

Once the prototyping process is finished<br />

and the designs finalized, Gwin has the<br />

products manufactured.<br />

One of Gwin’s favorite pieces<br />

is a tassel necklace from the Blanca<br />

collection. Inside the tassel is a<br />

hidden spike.<br />

“I think it fits perfectly with the<br />

current jewelry trends, while offering a<br />

hidden feature that could help you keep<br />

yourself safe,” Gwin said.<br />

The Artemis Company started sales<br />

this fall, and Gwin has already received<br />

positive feedback.<br />

“I get messages on our social<br />

media accounts from female survivors<br />

of domestic violence thanking me<br />

and encouraging me to keep going,”<br />

Gwin Said “honestly, it’s this positive<br />

feedback that helps me know that what<br />

I am doing actually matters. I’m not the<br />

only one that realizes how much women<br />

need these products.”<br />

According to the National Sexual<br />

Violence Resource Center, 27 percent of<br />

college women have experienced some<br />

form of unwanted sexual contact.<br />

“Having safety products has nothing<br />

to do with a victim mentality,” Gwin<br />

said. “It has everything to do with a<br />

survivor mentality. <strong>No</strong> one looks at a<br />

man carrying a pocket knife and thinks<br />

of him as a victim. They view him as<br />

strong and independent and someone<br />

that can take care of themselves. Why<br />

shouldn’t it be the same for women?”<br />

The Artemis Company Jewelry<br />

is sold at theartemiscompany.org.<br />

Instructional videos are available on the<br />

website to teach women how to properly<br />

use the accessories.

By Annie Hollon<br />

Your college years are a chance at selfdiscovery<br />

and reinvention, whether it be in your<br />

interests and style choices or your outlook on life<br />

and identity. Change can be difficult for anyone,<br />

but it does not have to be drastic. Here are small<br />

steps you can take to build a better you.<br />


Pulling all-nighters for assignments or that<br />

new Netflix series you want to binge will not do<br />

your health any good. Take the time to establish<br />

a sound sleep schedule.<br />

Matthew Cribbet, assistant professor of<br />

psychology at The University of Alabama,<br />

studies sleep and the impact it has on teenagers<br />

and young adults. When it comes to a lack of<br />

sleep in young adults, Cribbet said there is an<br />

“epidemic” in this country around not valuing<br />

the importance of sleep.<br />

“We know that [a lack of sleep] really impacts<br />

academic performance, standardized test scores,<br />

attention,” Cribbet said.“It could even impact<br />

things like driving or athletic performance or<br />

musical or concert performances.”<br />

If closing your eyes and counting sheep<br />

does not cut it for you, find some alternative<br />

sleep-promoting practices to help you drift to<br />

dreamland. A popular tip is to avoid using your<br />

phone or computer within a few hours of going to<br />

sleep or to adjust the brightness on your devices to<br />

make the transition easier. Avoiding caffeinated<br />

drinks late in the afternoon and making it a point<br />

to focus on relaxation are also great sleep habits.<br />

Streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple<br />

Music recommend late night music playlists to<br />

help you wind down, and if none of those suit<br />

you, curate your own nighttime playlist to ease<br />

The<br />

you into a good<br />

Snowbird<br />

night’s sleep.<br />


Simple as it may sound, learning to say<br />

“no” is one change you can make to almost<br />

instantly improve your quality of life. As an<br />

addition to your vocabulary, “no” allows you to<br />

set and measure your own limitations and take<br />

the reins on your personal welfare. Let this be<br />

your way of establishing your limits for those<br />

around you to respect. The reactions may not<br />

be great from some, but those who truly respect<br />

you will accept “no” as a reasonable response.<br />

Begrudgingly going out with your friends when<br />

you had every intention to rest and study is<br />

not worth sacrificing your right to say “no” and<br />

your sense of autonomy, so don’t fall prey to<br />

peer pressure.<br />

Saying “no” can be intimidating at first. If<br />

you are not one for confrontation and assertive<br />

statements, synonymous sentences that carry<br />

the same meaning but more gently may be the<br />

right choice for you. A “maybe later” or “I can’t<br />

right now” can be just as good as “no.” This all<br />

centers back to prioritizing you as opposed to<br />

the satisfaction of those around you.<br />


Even if you are feeling at your worst and<br />

would love nothing more than to shut the world<br />

out for a bit, make an effort to treat others<br />

with kindness.<br />

Sharing the love can be a simple task that<br />

takes seconds. It can be as easy as sharing a<br />

funny post with someone that reminds you<br />

of or replying to your friend’s subtweet with<br />

words of encouragement. Taking the time to<br />

greet someone you have not talked to in a while<br />

will make their day a bit brighter. Spreading<br />

uplifting energy to others will reciprocate in you<br />

and those who surround you.<br />

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It’s easy to jokingly refer to ourselves<br />

negatively by using deprecating names and<br />

language. Whether it be calling yourself “the<br />

worst” or “trash,” it is easy to fall back on these<br />

terms out of habit when we talk about ourselves.<br />

While it may all be for a quick laugh, associating<br />

yourself with those negative terms leads to<br />

subconsciously accepting that as a personal<br />

truth.<br />

Let self-love become the norm and make an<br />

effort to use positive language when speaking<br />

about yourself. Rather than call yourself<br />

clumsy for tripping over your own two feet, call<br />

yourself the epitome of grace. The irony in those<br />

statements adds a tinge of humor but reinforces<br />

a positive perspective. Speaking about yourself<br />

like this not only lets people see you in a more<br />

positive light, it will make you see yourself that<br />

way too.<br />


Whether you like it or not, your clothes are<br />

a reflection of how you feel and who you are, so<br />

do not be afraid to prioritize your appearance.<br />

Putting effort into your wardrobe choices does<br />

not mean sacrificing comfort. Rather, finding a<br />

good balance of what makes you feel good about<br />

yourself and what is practical for your day-today<br />

life, will boost your confidence and comfort.<br />

If you leave your room in the same crumpled<br />

up t-shirt and messy bun you rolled out of bed<br />

in, you are going to carry that grogginess with<br />

you physically and mentally. By taking the time<br />

to change into a clean outfit and do what feels<br />

right to you as far as hair and makeup goes, you<br />

outwardly present someone who is ready to face<br />

the day, and you will feel that way too.<br />


As much fun as it is to scroll through your<br />

Instagram feed and send a flurry of Snapchats<br />

to save your streaks, stepping away from your<br />

phone can be beneficial in the long run. Whether<br />

it be while you are with friends or studying,<br />

leaving your phone out of the scenario can allow<br />

you to enjoy what is happening around you.<br />

According to a study conducted at Kent<br />

State University in 2013, increased cell phone<br />

usage directly correlated with increased levels<br />

of anxiety among students. If decreasing the<br />

time spent staring at a phone can lessen levels<br />

of anxiety, it is an uncontested sign that your<br />

social media can wait.<br />


Pent-up emotions and thoughts can do<br />

more harm than good, so take some pen to<br />

paper and spell out what is going through your<br />

mind. By taking the time to write about your<br />

day, you can narrow down your thoughts.<br />

Sarah Pirkle Hughes, assistant director of<br />

the undergraduate creative writing program at<br />

The University of Alabama, said writing does<br />

not have to be “difficult or boring,” but it can<br />

be a way of getting your thoughts organized.<br />

Beyond just noting the mishaps and what-not<br />

of your daily life, writing can be a means of<br />

recognizing that you and your thoughts matter.<br />

“One of the things that you have to have in<br />

order to write is interest in yourself and interest<br />

in your own life,” Hughes said. “You actually<br />

have to love yourself and care about your<br />

thoughts and about your experience as a human<br />

being. Recognize that you have a voice and that<br />

your voice matters, even if it’s only to yourself or<br />

to your small network of friends.”<br />


There’s no such thing as a guilty pleasure,<br />

and you should not deny yourself the joy of a<br />

cheesy movie because you’re embarrassed.<br />

Whether it be rocking out to early Jonas Brothers<br />

jams or indulging in your favorite sweet treat,<br />

find a way to treat yourself and feel no remorse<br />

in doing so. By owning what you love with an<br />

air of confidence, you are making it easier for<br />

yourself to have confidence in your everyday<br />

decisions. They may even bring a smile to your<br />

face in the process.<br />

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Illustration by Ally Thomasson<br />

The Snowbird<br />

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By Kate Silvey<br />

Gloria’s best bet, the doctors tell her,<br />

is to head south. They show her an atlas,<br />

point at the coast, and thumbtack towns<br />

and cities that straddle those last stretches<br />

of land before the country dissolves into<br />

ocean: Pensacola. Miramar Beach. Gulf<br />

Shores, Perdido Key. When Gloria asks<br />

if there are pills, or maybe an antibiotic<br />

instead, they shake their heads and gesture<br />

again to the map, more sternly this time.<br />

Migrating south, they say, is the the only<br />

treatment they can offer for something like<br />

this. Her only hope at getting warm again.<br />

Seated on the examination table, Gloria<br />

nurses her white knuckles and shivers. She<br />

has never traveled outside of Minnesota,<br />

she tells them. The meandering crisscross<br />

of highways and interstates, printed<br />

in purple and red and blue on the map,<br />

are winding and reminiscent of the veins<br />

that curve across her paling arms. A nurse<br />

pats her shoulder and Gloria pretends<br />

not to notice when she slightly recoils at<br />

the temperature of her skin. When did<br />

the cold start? asks the nurse, and at first,<br />

she doesn’t have an answer. It runs in her<br />

family — her mother suffered from it, her<br />

grandmother, her aunt on her father’s side.<br />

Secretly, instinctively, Gloria had always<br />

felt it coming for her too, predicted it just<br />

as she predicts snow from the plump,<br />

plum-colored clouds sagging low over the<br />

urgent care. So when it finally arrived,<br />

when the goosebumps materialized across<br />

her freckled skin and her lips turned blue,<br />

she hadn’t been surprised. But she never<br />

expected to have to leave home.<br />

When Gloria goes south, she is 26,<br />

alone, and drives a red pickup truck toward<br />

the Gulf Coast of Alabama by herself, the<br />

chattering of her teeth like radio static<br />

— ample sound to fill the silence. As her<br />

latitude falls, the temperature outside<br />

rises. Still, she turns the knob on the<br />

truck’s heater as far as it will go. She never<br />

even sweats.<br />

She is able to find a home by the beach to<br />

rent for the winter months, a bungalow with<br />

a drooping roof and a paint job peeling in<br />

dollops. It is wedged in between two beach<br />

houses on stilts, standing on their tiptoes<br />

as if trying for a glimpse at the Gulf over a<br />

skyline of condominiums and discount surf<br />

shops. Like them, Gloria yearns for a taste<br />

of the Atlantic. The doctors say the water<br />

here is warmer; perhaps it will rub some of<br />

its heat off on her. The day she dips her toes<br />

into its waves for the first time, the high<br />

outside is 65 degrees Fahrenheit and she is<br />

wearing two fleece coats, a wool scarf, and<br />

knows that everyone else on the beach is<br />

staring at her. At night, the portable heater<br />

plugged into the wall hums and she closes<br />

her eyes and remembers the sound of the<br />

sea, churning and frothing and she wishes<br />

she could swallow it whole, like a mug of<br />

hot cocoa.<br />

The neighbor who lives in the<br />

bubblegum pink beach house next door is<br />

a 63-year-old woman from Panama named<br />

Alma. She brings Gloria a basket of fresh<br />

cookies the day after she moves in, steam<br />

still wafting from the cracks in the dough.<br />

The melted chocolate bubbles when the<br />

cookies are broken in half, but when they<br />

slide down Gloria’s throat to her stomach<br />

she feels nothing, her taste buds failing to<br />

detect even an ounce of heat.<br />

“Are you a snowbird?” Alma asks her. Her<br />

bronze skin glistens in the afternoon light.<br />

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“Sorry?” Gloria says.<br />

The woman smiles, her teeth like<br />

polished oyster pearls. “That’s what they<br />

call everyone from up north who comes<br />

here in the winter. If you look at the license<br />

plates this time of year, you’ll notice. All<br />

over,” she sweeps her hand across the sky,<br />

fingers splayed like the rays of the sun. “My<br />

husband used to write down the names of<br />

all the places. Canada, New York, Maine,<br />

Michigan.”<br />

“Minnesota,” Gloria adds. About being<br />

a snowbird, she feigns a smile and said,<br />

“It’s something like that.”<br />

Gloria spends her mornings in Gulf<br />

Shores on the bungalow’s front porch, as<br />

the doctors back home prescribed. She sits<br />

idly in the sun for hours, arms outstretched<br />

and hands tilted toward the sky as if trying<br />

to collect puddles of light in her cupped<br />

palms. Often, Alma emerges out onto her<br />

balcony and talks to Gloria over the sound<br />

of seagulls down on the beaches. She works<br />

at a place called Captain Jack’s Crab Shack<br />

as a dishwasher, she says, sitting in a wicker<br />

chair and busying her fingers with peeling<br />

a gallon bag of shrimp. As she watches<br />

her snap the shells from the shrimp’s pale<br />

bodies and pop their discarded armor into<br />

a ceramic bowl, Gloria suddenly becomes<br />

self-conscious of all her layers. Even<br />

though Alma has never asked why she<br />

wears so much clothing, she knows that<br />

the older woman must wonder. She tugs<br />

her sleeves further up her arms to hide the<br />

goosebumps tattooed onto her skin.<br />

Alma speaks as long as Gloria will<br />

listen. She came to Alabama from Panama<br />

years ago so her husband could find a job.<br />

He died last winter from a violent heart<br />

attack. There are children back home she<br />

has not seen in years, she says, and cannot<br />

visit. She misses home — the mountains,<br />

the sancocho, the stickiness of papaya juice<br />

dribbling down her chin. The ocean, at<br />

least, is a reminder. Alma loved to sail when<br />

she was home. Here, she watches the locals<br />

and the tourists steer their boats into the<br />

Gulf and prays that God will one day let her<br />

join them, but buying a boat at this point in<br />

her life would be frivolous, ridiculous — or<br />

so she tells herself.<br />

Gloria likes listening to her. It is one<br />

of the only good and hopeful things about<br />

this place, because even as the weeks roll<br />

by, she still shivers. The doctors said being<br />

here would help and she should be getting<br />

warmer by now, but the longer she lays in<br />

the sun with no improvements, the longer<br />

she dips her toes into the ocean only to<br />

feel like ice, the less she believes them.<br />

At night, she dreams feverishly of snow.<br />

The space behind her eyelids is washed<br />

in white, crystalline arms jutting in all<br />

different directions and spinning, pointing<br />

like the spires of a compass rose. She wakes<br />

panting. I ran from winter but it followed,<br />

she thinks. She wonders out of desperation<br />

if she ought to run further.<br />

In a moment of restlessness and<br />

panic, Gloria researches airfare to places<br />

like Death Valley and Libya. Tunisia and<br />

Iran. The hottest places in the world. She<br />

frantically googles images of Panama,<br />

scrolls past photographs of lush jungles<br />

and translucent waterfalls and tropical<br />

islands and imagines condensation rolling<br />

off her cheeks, heat pooling in her chest.<br />

She yearns to sit in the sun until she burns,<br />

to peel back layers of sunburnt skin until<br />

all that remains underneath is shiny and<br />

new. I can’t go on like this, she whispers.<br />

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I can’t go on like this. Outside her window<br />

and past another row of beach houses, the<br />

sea laps hungrily at the shore, begging it,<br />

pleading it, desperate for its warmth.<br />

It’s the middle of the night when Gloria<br />

runs to Alma’s house and all the lights are<br />

off, but she knocks anyway. Her neighbor<br />

ambles to the door hugging a bathrobe to<br />

her chest, bleary-eyed and barefoot and<br />

mumbling muddled questions in Spanish.<br />

Is something wrong? Why is she here?<br />

For the first time since she went to the<br />

doctor’s office in Minnesota, Gloria cries.<br />

Tears leak from the corners of her eyes and<br />

she swats at them with numb hands, trying<br />

to wipe away the water. Is this what it feels<br />

like to thaw? she thinks. Alma doesn’t<br />

know what else to do but pull the younger<br />

woman into her arms. She feels for the first<br />

time the coolness of Gloria’s skin as she<br />

presses her head into her chest, her fingers<br />

weaving loosely, comfortingly, through<br />

Gloria’s curls. Alma thinks of her daughter<br />

back in Panama. She thinks of the last time<br />

she held her like this. And she realizes,<br />

standing underneath the sickly glow of the<br />

moonlight in her late husband’s bath robe,<br />

embracing another woman as she weeps,<br />

what must be done. Something in her has<br />

known what she must do for a long time.<br />

Down the road, there’s a marina with<br />

dozens of sailboats tethered to its dock,<br />

their sails flapping incessantly in the<br />

midnight breeze. Alma leads Gloria here,<br />

the two women passing like shadows across<br />

the gravel road. Gloria watches wordlessly<br />

as Alma unknots one of the ropes keeping<br />

a sailboat at bay, her fingers slender and<br />

calm. The water is black. The tide is high.<br />

Alma grunts and lifts herself onto the boat<br />

once it isfree, itss bow creaking as she hoists<br />

Gloria in behind her. With a few careful<br />

maneuvers — a tug on rope, a firm twist of<br />

a crank — their sailboat begins to trickle<br />

slowly out to sea. <strong>No</strong> one hears them, no<br />

one sees them. They steal away quietly into<br />

the night, as if they were never there at all.<br />

As the sailboat and its occupants<br />

drift further out into the Gulf, eventually<br />

disappearing from the view, Alma takes a<br />

whiff of the air, smells salt, thinks of home,<br />

and smiles. Beside her, Gloria hugs her<br />

coats to her chest and faces the horizon.<br />

She hears the birds gliding above them,<br />

charting their course in the sky as they<br />

make their path through the sea. All of<br />

them, she thinks — the ospreys, the gulls,<br />

the herons — all in search of warmer skies,<br />

guided by some invisible current, some<br />

innate desire.<br />

She closes her eyes and listens. The<br />

birds cry out in different languages, but<br />

they are all saying the same thing.<br />

Further south.<br />

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NEW LIFE<br />



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By Katrina Waelchli<br />

University of Alabama graduate<br />

Saxby Sperau followed her love<br />

for fashion to create her own clear<br />

handbag collection in response to<br />

new stadium bag policies.<br />

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It was a sad day when students had<br />

to put their beloved opaque purses on the<br />

shelf following The University of Alabama’s<br />

announcement of a clear handbag policy for<br />

Bryant-Denny Stadium. The policy - which<br />

has been implemented in stadiums across<br />

the country for safety reasons - stated<br />

that any bag bigger than a clutch had to<br />

be see-through.<br />

One University of Alabama alumna was<br />

not going to let a rule stop women from having<br />

a little bit of fashion fun. Saxby Sperau created<br />

her own line of clear handbags in response to<br />

the new stadium policy, saying “there is no<br />

need to compromise style” when it comes to<br />

the bags in her SAX B collection.<br />


After being denied stadium access during<br />

a fall 2016 home game because of her designer<br />

purse, the search was on for Sperau to find the<br />

perfect clear handbag to mirror her style. She<br />

found multiple mundane, nearly identical<br />

clear bags, and thus the idea of SAX B formed.<br />

Sperau believes in self-expression<br />

through fashion, which is why she started the<br />

collection: to give women the opportunity to<br />

still be fashionable at an event that requires<br />

a clear bag.<br />

“To me, fashion is supposed to be fun,<br />

and you should feel confident in what you’re<br />

wearing,” Sperau said.<br />

Sperau’s bags are made with english<br />

bridle leather, solid brass and nickel<br />

hardware, and high gauge marine-grade<br />

polyvinyl chloride (PVC). This increase in<br />

quality distinguishes SAX B in a market that<br />

typically uses “pleather” and low-grade PVC.<br />

Right now, the must-have SAX B items<br />

are the classic tote and crossbody. The<br />

tote is the earliest SAX B design and the<br />

classicality of the bag is perfect for any game<br />

day outfit.<br />

“SAX B handbags are for women who<br />

own their own style no matter the time or<br />

place,” Sperau said.<br />

Sperau said her biggest SAX B<br />

accomplishment is that the products are<br />

completely American-made.<br />

“We value the artisans who work in this<br />

country and their skills, and we are thrilled<br />

that we’ve been able to work with them,”<br />

Sperau said. “We want SAX B to be a viable<br />

and sustainable brand known for high quality<br />

products and continue to manufacture in the<br />

United States.”<br />

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It was Sperau’s mother who initially<br />

thought of the idea to create a line of clear<br />

handbags. She continues to engage in the<br />

company in several ways, including being<br />

the inspiration behind many SAX B bag<br />

designs. To continue making SAX B the<br />

successful business it is, Sperau and her<br />

mother capitalize on each other’s strengths<br />

and share the workload equally.<br />

“It’s inspiring to see someone change<br />

paths in their life and pursue something new<br />

to them regardless of their age and prior<br />

circumstances with so much passion,” said<br />

Sperau, speaking about her mother.<br />

While Sperau was initially fearful of<br />

this working relationship, she now values<br />

working with someone she can be completely<br />

honest with.<br />

“Transparency between partners in a<br />

business makes things run a lot smoother<br />

and allows a brand to achieve its vision a lot<br />

easier,” Sperau said.<br />


The SAX B brand is rooted in promoting<br />

female empowerment and adopting the<br />

#GirlBoss mentality to break glass ceilings.<br />

Sperau said that a #GirlBoss is a “fearless<br />

hunter” who is always willing to learn and try<br />

new things to better herself and her brand.<br />

For Sperau, it is also important to support<br />

other women. SAX B frequently sends<br />

their products to female bloggers and small<br />

business owners to grow the community.<br />

“We want other female small business<br />

owners, bloggers and influencers to feel<br />

appreciated for what they do and sending<br />

them a bag is a great way to show how<br />

much their work is meaningful to the female<br />

community,” Sperau said.<br />

SAX B also frequently participates in<br />

Girl Tribe Co. pop-ups, where women-led<br />

jewelry, fashion and art businesses pop up<br />

for one day to support each other.<br />

“We have met a ton of amazing women<br />

through their pop-ups, and it’s fun to support<br />

one another in our efforts to help flourish<br />

women-owned businesses,” Sperau said.<br />

YOUR TURN?<br />

SAX B was a thought that turned into a<br />

reality. If you have a similar desire to create<br />

a company of your own, Sperau said to<br />

continuously work toward achieving it and<br />

don’t feel intimidated at the start. Her advice<br />

for female entrepreneurs is to realize the<br />

time commitment involved, but to never lose<br />

sight of the reason you’re doing it.<br />

“Don’t ever doubt yourself or your<br />

product,” Sperau said. “There are millions of<br />

people in this world, and there is a market<br />

for any product.”<br />

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Stain Removal<br />

Secrets Every<br />

College Student<br />

Should Know<br />

By Tarah Morris<br />

Thanks to these secrets, stains are<br />

a thing of the past. Goodbye stains,<br />

hello “fresh-off-the-rack” clothes.<br />

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SECRET #1<br />

Don’t let a “Wine Wednesday”<br />

spill stop your night out.<br />

White wine removes red wine<br />

stains. Take a small amount of<br />

white wine onto a washcloth<br />

and apply to the red wine<br />

stain. This hack saves the<br />

day and is an excuse to open<br />

another bottle.<br />

SECRET #2<br />

Next time you get makeup on<br />

your outfit, don’t panic; there’s<br />

no need to change outfits.<br />

Original Blue Dawn Dish Soap<br />

removes makeup from fabric.<br />

This trick works great on most<br />

garments. Simply apply a small<br />

amount of soap directly on<br />

the stain.<br />

SECRET #3<br />

Deodorant stains are so<br />

inconvenient, especially on<br />

anything black. Good news:<br />

Dryer sheets remove deodorant<br />

stains. This stain removal secret<br />

is great because you can take<br />

dryer sheets with you wherever<br />

you go. Plus, they double as<br />

an air freshener! Keep some<br />

in your backpack, purse, sock<br />

drawer or car.<br />

SECRET #4<br />

Have you ever forgotten to<br />

treat a stain? <strong>No</strong> big deal,<br />

there’s even a trick for those<br />

pesky spots that have already<br />

been sitting on your clothes for<br />

awhile. Mix baking soda and<br />

vinegar to form a paste, which<br />

will work the stain out. If it is<br />

still resistant, add vinegar and<br />

your detergent to water and<br />

leave the item in the solution<br />

for a few hours.<br />

SECRET #5<br />

If you’re looking for a stain<br />

remover at the store that will<br />

get the job done, try Clorox<br />

Oxi Magic Stain Remover. This<br />

product comes in a spray bottle<br />

and is easy to use. Just spray<br />

directly on the stained area, let<br />

sit for a few minutes and drop<br />

in the washing machine. The<br />

best part is that it can be used<br />

on clothes of all colors because<br />

it doesn’t contain bleach.<br />

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New<br />

Life<br />

Hit the refresh button on<br />

throwback threads. Thrift store<br />

steals and consignment looks add<br />

new life to your wardrobe.<br />

All Clothes and Accessories: Twice as Nice<br />

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It’s in the bag<br />

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The Sweeping Style of<br />

Stevie Nicks<br />

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Kimono: Soca<br />

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There’s no band-aid to put<br />

over the wound, it’s just<br />

death by a million paper cuts<br />

at this point.<br />

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Deeper<br />

than<br />

the<br />

Fabric<br />

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By Allie Binford<br />

Fashion is a necessity, essential to<br />

everyday life. Without something to clothe<br />

you, you would quite literally be naked before<br />

the world. Fashion is deeply personal — a<br />

way of expression that can give you insight<br />

into a person, their values and emotions. As<br />

with any form of expression, with fashion<br />

there is risk. There is risk of failure. Fear of<br />

not being accepted. Fear of going too far or<br />

not far enough. Fear of unoriginality. Fear of<br />

exposing a piece of yourself to the world, and<br />

it being rejected.<br />

But there is also beauty.<br />

<strong>No</strong>t beauty in the sense of vanity, but<br />

beauty in honesty. The relief after getting<br />

something off of your chest. The freedom of<br />

showing your cards. Beauty in acceptance.<br />

Challenging the status quo is the pulse<br />

of the industry. Avant garde and haute<br />

couture don’t exist for the mere mortal.<br />

That’s why when you watch a fashion show,<br />

you are not crazy to think, “What the hell are<br />

they wearing?”<br />

There is always more beneath the fabric.<br />

In a sun-soaked room at The University<br />

of Alabama, a group of senior apparel and<br />

textile design students prepare for their<br />

annual fashion show. One might expect the<br />

scene to look like the Runway office in The<br />

Devil Wears Prada, but the sewing room at<br />

the heart of the fashion school was much<br />

calmer, and much more personal. Sewing<br />

machines rattled in the corner and students<br />

sat at their workstations, captivated by<br />

their tasks.<br />

They were doing more than working.<br />

They were creating.<br />

Fashion for Life is an annual charity<br />

fashion show where seniors in the clothing,<br />

textiles, and interior design department<br />

showcase their final collections. It is a<br />

culmination of all they have learned at<br />

The University of Alabama. This year,<br />

the proceeds from the show will support<br />

the Anxiety and Depression Association<br />

of America.<br />

Ask these students about their designs,<br />

and you will learn more about them than<br />

their final garments. Many of the designers<br />

have familial ties to fashion. Mothers,<br />

grandmothers, siblings — someone in their<br />

family has mentored or inspired them in<br />

some way.<br />

For senior La’Shandra Garner from<br />

Millbrook, Alabama, it was her mother who<br />

bought Garner her first sewing kit when<br />

she was a little girl, sparking her interest in<br />

making her own clothes.<br />

For Birmingham-native Jeff Austin, his<br />

family was a sewing matriarchy. His late<br />

grandmother’s expertise and encouragement<br />

inspired him from the beginning. Austin<br />

even pays homage to her in his Fashion for<br />

Life collection with a specific shade of blue,<br />

her favorite color.<br />

“The blue — I tied that in as a memorial<br />

for my grandmother because she would<br />

always help me,” Austin said, his voice<br />

changing from casual and light-hearted to<br />

serious and sentimental.<br />

The weight of his grandmother’s<br />

influence on his life and designs was obvious<br />

in the way Austin spoke of her.<br />

“Whenever I had projects, I would always<br />

take them to her because she worked in the<br />

industry in factories doing inspections,”<br />

Austin said. “I was trying to get an A, so I<br />

would take [my designs] to her because I<br />

knew she would tell me what I needed to fix.”<br />

This personal undercurrent was echoed<br />

by Christina Daughenbaugh, a design<br />

student from Sacramento, California.<br />

“Fashion, to me, is a way to express<br />

myself,” Daughenbaugh said. “I tend to hide<br />

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my feelings and thoughts, like my personal<br />

feelings. Anyone will tell you I’m probably<br />

the most blunt person you will ever meet.<br />

Fashion is an outlet for me to speak my mind<br />

and share my emotion. It also gives me a way<br />

to connect with my grandma. She passed<br />

away when I was really little.”<br />

Daughenbaugh’s grandmother worked<br />

in textile design in Argentina, specializing in<br />

lace and hand embroidery.<br />

For these designers, this show isn’t<br />

simply a final project, it’s the culmination of<br />

their college careers; both academically and<br />

emotionally. For Austin, Fashion for Life is<br />

a milestone that reflects hours of work and<br />

extensive personal growth.<br />

“[Fashion for Life] is not a big fashion<br />

show, but I feel like this is something I’ve<br />

worked toward my whole life,” Austin said.<br />

“Just being able to do something seriously<br />

and not just playing around with it. It’s<br />

something that really resonates with me and<br />

I was able to do it. I am doing it. It’s a big<br />

thing for me.”<br />

The charity show is a chance for these<br />

students to show off their talent while<br />

supporting a good cause, but it is also<br />

a moment of vulnerability. Garner has<br />

done fashion shows before, but this one<br />

means more.<br />

“I know I’ve done [other shows] before,<br />

but this is kind of a debut. This is what I’m<br />

about,” Garner said. “This is my talent. This<br />

is what I can do. This is what I’ve worked<br />

so hard for. It’s really exciting to be able to<br />

share this with other people. It’s one thing<br />

to finish it, see it and turn it in, but it’s<br />

another for you to finish it and show it off<br />

— to be able to share it and express it with<br />

someone else.”<br />

If you’re willing to look deeper than<br />

the surface of fashion, you will find that<br />

personal expression is at the heart of the<br />

industry. These designers have taken time<br />

to pour their hearts, souls and stories into<br />

their designs. Fashion for Life will not only<br />

be a celebration of their technical skills and<br />

raw talent, but also their willingness to be<br />

vulnerable. These designers are willingly<br />

exposing their hearts to the world, but it’s<br />

all worth it for that breath of relief. They’re<br />

creating much more than clothes.<br />

Editor’s note: The Fashion for Life show<br />

is <strong>No</strong>v. 18 at 5 p.m. in the Ferguson Student<br />

Center Ballroom. The event is $5 and open<br />

to the public. Designs from the show will be<br />

featured in the Spring 2019 issue of <strong>Alice</strong>.<br />

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Ladies of the Lake<br />

Let’s get down to business and leave the gloomy grays to the winter skies.<br />

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

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

Green Blazer and Yellow Jacket: Twice as Nice<br />

Floral Dress, Plaid Jumpsuit and White Shirt: Fab’rik<br />

Plaid Dress, Plaid Pants and Plaid Blazer: Lulu’s<br />

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Purple Blazer: Twice as Nice<br />

Pink Plaid Skirt and Pink Blazer: Lulu’s<br />

Outfit: SOCA<br />

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Jumpsuit: SOCA<br />

Top: Lulu’s<br />

Dress: SOCA<br />

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Outfit: SOCA<br />

Glasses and top: Lulu’s<br />

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A Pretty Penny<br />

for Pink<br />

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“Women make less<br />

than men and are<br />

also charged more<br />

for products.”<br />

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Paying it<br />

Forward with<br />

Fab’rik<br />

All clothes: Fab’rik<br />

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By Rachel Hughes<br />

Sometimes trying to make a positive change in<br />

the world is daunting. It can be difficult to know<br />

where to start. Thankfully, there are ways to give<br />

back just by shopping locally. Located in Midtown<br />

Village, Fab’rik (pronounced “fabric”) is one of the<br />

newest boutiques to come to the Tuscaloosa area.<br />

The brand also has two locations in the Birmingham<br />

area. Priced competitively to nearby boutiques,<br />

Fab’rik donates part of its proceeds to two worthy<br />

causes: Asher Babies and Free Fab’rik.<br />

Asher Babies, named after the Fab’rik CEO’s<br />

adopted daughter from Africa, provides funding<br />

in countries across Africa for abandoned children,<br />

many of whom are developmentally or physically<br />

disabled. Every Fab’rik store sponsors a different<br />

child, and when an article of clothing from their<br />

Asher collection is sold, a portion of the proceeds<br />

is sent to care for that child and aid in adoption<br />

efforts. The Tuscaloosa Fab’rik boutique sponsors<br />

a toddler named Tabitha, and a picture of her is<br />

available at the store.<br />

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“[Asher Babies is] an integral<br />

part of our brand, and it’s something<br />

that sets us apart from other stores,”<br />

said Taylor Swafford, manager at<br />

Tuscaloosa’s Fab’rik.<br />

In addition to placing these children<br />

with caring families, donations help to<br />

pay for their education, therapy and<br />

healthcare. In cases where children have<br />

been wrongfully separated from their<br />

parents, Asher Babies provides a service<br />

helping children reunite with their<br />

family. If a child is not adopted, Asher<br />

Babies will provide for the child up into<br />

their adolescent years. So far, 45 children<br />

have received assistance through<br />

the brand.<br />

Through donations, Asher Babies<br />

also helps girls fight against cultural<br />

norms for women in Africa, tackling<br />

issues ranging from poor educational<br />

opportunities to violence and rape.<br />

Fab’rik also supports Free Fab’rik, an<br />

Atlanta-based organization that provides<br />

housing and clothing for victims of sextrafficking<br />

by partnering with other<br />

organizations, such as House of Refuge.<br />

<strong>Vol</strong>unteers go to the homes or shelters of<br />

these women with bags of clothes in tow.<br />

<strong>Vol</strong>unteers start by playing games<br />

and chatting with the women, and<br />

eventually racks of clothes are brought<br />

out. The women are able to begin their<br />

free shopping spree, each selecting<br />

five articles of clothing. A volunteer<br />

accompanies each shopper, acting as a<br />

personal stylist. While providing nice<br />

clothing to girls and women in need is<br />

a practical goal, the primary purpose<br />

of this mission is to return dignity and<br />

confidence to the beneficiaries of the<br />

program.<br />

Even though shopping for clothes<br />

and other necessities seems like a<br />

personal venture, it can be so much more.<br />

When choosing places to shop, consider<br />

making an impact on the world- not just<br />

an impact on your wardrobe.<br />

With brands like Fab’rik, you can<br />

do both.<br />

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By MK Holladay<br />

Some people fight their oppressors by staging protests. Others face them on social<br />

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

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

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

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

sarcastic tone, the intent of the game is to bring attention to a microaggression<br />

black women face on a regular basis. Microaggressions are unconscious<br />

expressions of racism or sexism. Repeated constantly, these seemingly small acts<br />

can have negative effects. <strong>Alice</strong> got to talk to Momo Pixel about Hair Nah and how<br />

she overcomes oppression.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: How did you decide to create Hair Nah? What was that process like?<br />

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

my experiences in Portland, and I was trying to explain the script to my creative<br />

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

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

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

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

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

for the game was so fun!<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: I know from your Instagram that you do a lot of actual, tangible pixel art.<br />

Were you doing that before the game? If so, did that influence the game?<br />

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

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

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

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

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<strong>Alice</strong>: Do you feel like any of your other<br />

creative outlets contributed to the game?<br />

Pixel: Anything that I intake influenced<br />

the game. So I love colors, and that is all<br />

up in there. But also just my love of anime.<br />

I feel like they always have fantastical<br />

backgrounds, so I tried to incorporate<br />

that into the feel of the game, especially<br />

like how beautiful the [airport TSA scene]<br />

looks. Like the TSA be boring as hell, haha.<br />

And I love video games. I mean, I have an<br />

old school video game controller, and so<br />

all the games I have are pixelated, and I<br />

think seeing those over and over helped<br />

me choose how to design the title.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: Do you think of Hair Nah as a form<br />

of activism?<br />

Pixel: Yeah, I do. I mean, it’s my way of<br />

being smarter than my oppressor. I did<br />

something to help stop microaggressions in<br />

such a big but unique way. It’s unexpected,<br />

and it’s sneaky.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: While making the game - or just<br />

being creative in general - do you feel like<br />

you faced any barriers because of your race<br />

or gender?<br />

Pixel: I would say in general. You have to<br />

do things another way, cause people will<br />

always try to stop you. And no, I didn’t<br />

have too much trouble with the game.<br />

There were some barriers, but I just didn’t<br />

allow them.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: What advice would you give to other<br />

oppressed people who are trying to make it<br />

in a creative field? Or just get things done<br />

in general?<br />

Pixel: To work on their craft. Find<br />

something and hone in on it. Find multiple<br />

things that you can work at and constantly<br />

get better at them. So that you can<br />

absolutely believe in your abilities without<br />

validation from the world. You validate<br />

yourself, but first, make sure you’re the<br />

shit and not full of shit.<br />

You can check out Momo Pixel’s game<br />

Hair Nah at www.hairnah.com.<br />

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Vista Kicks<br />

By Meg McGuire<br />

Seven nights a week, live music<br />

crescendos its way into the neon ambiance<br />

of Memphis Overton Square from Lafayette’s<br />

Music Room. The venue echoes with lyrical<br />

testaments to records past. The 1970s<br />

brought then-up-and-coming artists like<br />

Billy Joel, KISS and Barry Manilow to its<br />

historic stage before closing its doors for<br />

nearly four decades. Post-resurrection,<br />

Lafayette’s still swears by the same iconic<br />

ensemble of tunes, food and artists that are all<br />

equivalently soulful.<br />

On an otherwise slow Sunday evening,<br />

four California natives take the Southern stage<br />

in maroon, silk blazers. In a frenzy of groovy<br />

riffs and hair-flipping instrumental breaks,<br />

the band transports the audience back to the<br />

venue’s hay-day with a bit of a modern twist<br />

that Vista Kicks lead singer Derek Thomas<br />

describes as falling on the spectrum between<br />

“booty-shaking rock ‘n roll” and “rock ‘n roll.”<br />

Thomas leans into the microphone as his<br />

fingers flirt with the piano keys, spinning a<br />

lyrical narrative about the tension between<br />

love and paranoia.<br />

“She ain’t a woman, yet, she’s a girl,<br />

22 and she’s in love with the world.<br />

My cherie, mi amore.<br />

I hear my lover knocking at my door.<br />

Cherrybomb daisy, roller coaster baby,<br />

Hotter than a lizard in the sun.<br />

Long hair, lazy, loves to drive me crazy,<br />

I think that she’s gonna be the one.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>!<br />

Look we’ve got the world in our hands.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>!<br />

How long can we live in wonderland?”<br />

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Following the show, having traded their<br />

coordinated garb for denim and leather,<br />

guitarist Sam Plecker, bass player Trevor<br />

Sutton, and drummer <strong>No</strong>lan Le Vine concurred<br />

with this eclectic genre description. When<br />

asked what their band’s spirit animal would<br />

be, they all had something to contribute,<br />

finally settling on the combination of a saber<br />

tooth tiger, monkey and butterfly.<br />

A few tracks into one of their records, it<br />

becomes clear to the listener that this selfassessment<br />

is quite accurate.<br />

The quartet’s narrative spans back to<br />

their childhood in Roseville, right outside of<br />

Sacramento, California. In high school, they<br />

began entertaining at weddings, restaurants<br />

and corporate events, covering legends like<br />

Frank Sinatra and Otis Redding. The group<br />

dispersed in college, but summertime reunion<br />

jam sessions eventually evolved into EPs. At<br />

the time, the group was performing as “Babe,”<br />

but when a territorial Irish group by the same<br />

name sent a series of aggressive Twitter direct<br />

messages, they began to reconsider. The band<br />

had just landed a national tour, so they deemed<br />

it the ideal time to regroup and rebrand. Sutton<br />

pitched the name “Vista Kicks.”<br />

And so it was.<br />

“It doesn’t mean much,” Pleckler shrugged.<br />

“It just means us and our music,”<br />

Le Vine said.<br />

Drawing inspiration from a smorgasbord<br />

of artists ranging from Bob Dylan and The<br />

Beatles to The Beach Boys and ACDC, Vista<br />

Kicks manages to deliver a cohesive sound<br />

that is an altogether retro, booty-shaking good<br />

time. Edgy lyrics sail seamlessly across the<br />

soulful soundwaves of a bygone era. It’s jazz.<br />

It’s funk. It’s rock ‘n roll. And it’s as Californian<br />

as the artists responsible.<br />

Vista Kicks released two full-length<br />

albums over the course of the past year – quite<br />

the feat for the new kids on the musical block<br />

– or anyone for that matter. Booty Shakers<br />

Ball (2017) offers a citrusy assortment of<br />

dashboard-drumming bops that will have<br />

snowbirds longing for warmer days and<br />

summer flings. It’s cloudier counterpart,<br />

Twenty Something Nightmare (2018),<br />

delivers a moodier sound, studded with jazzy<br />

bugle blasts, train whistles and piano solos.<br />

Laced with handcrafted lyrics that dissect love<br />

from every possible angle, both records pack<br />

a punch in all their gritty, harmonious glory.<br />

Plus, the instrumental breaks are a vibe-anda-half.<br />

Sutton said if he could stress anything<br />

to Vista Kicks fans, it would be the band’s<br />

reachability.<br />

“We’re just like anybody else,” Thomas<br />

agreed. “People can do what we’re doing.<br />

We’re making our own music. We’re putting<br />

it out there. We’re following our dreams, and<br />

we’re taking risks in life – but we’re living.”<br />

Gas station pitstops for sour octopus<br />

gummies and sunflower seeds fuel crosscountry<br />

van ventures to bring their endearingly<br />

organic artistry to the American stage. From<br />

their in-house music studio to the band’s own<br />

backyard garden, the group invites their fans<br />

into every moment of quirky nonsense and<br />

musical genius.<br />

One way in which Vista Kicks promotes<br />

engagement is by encouraging the most avid<br />

of fans to join their exclusive Kick Back Club.<br />

Applicants are asked to answer three simple<br />

questions in 300 words:<br />

1. Why do you love Vista Kicks?<br />

2. Why do you love yourself?<br />

3. If you could change “it,” what would “it” be?<br />

According to the band, the responses have<br />

been both beautiful and tragic, allowing them<br />

personal glimpses into the souls of those on<br />

the other side of the aux cord. It is this sense<br />

of relatability that they believe fills the gap<br />

between listener and musician. They don’t just<br />

want their fans to simply consume their art,<br />

they want to also give them a platform to be<br />

heard and make their own.<br />

“The music is theirs,” Thomas said. “Once<br />

they listen to it, once it becomes a part of their<br />

lives, we no longer own all of it. We own all of<br />

our music, but we share ownership with our<br />

fans. That’s the way we see it.”<br />

In typical rockstar fashion, it’s not<br />

unusual for the band to be out after a gig or in<br />

the studio until 3 or 4 a.m. only to have to be<br />

ready to perform again the next day. It comes<br />

with the territory, and with the dates for their<br />

U.S. Winter Tour hot off the press, it looks like<br />

things won’t be slowing down anytime soon.<br />

When asked what the world could be<br />

expecting from Vista Kicks in the future,<br />

Thomas raised an eyebrow:<br />

“Put simply? World domination.”<br />

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Fireside Reads<br />

By MK Holladay<br />

While you’re cozying up by the fireplace this<br />

winter, expand your horizons with this list of<br />

books that offers perspectives from women<br />

across all walks of life. So put on some thick<br />

socks, make some hot cocoa, and step into<br />

someone else’s world.<br />



If you’ve never had the pleasure of escaping into<br />

one of Meg Wolitzer’s charming novels, this is<br />

a great place to start. Greer Kadetsky is a shy<br />

and naive freshman in college who is head over<br />

heels for her boyfriend Cory. She hears Faith<br />

Frank, an older woman who has been fighting<br />

for women’s rights for years, speak and her life<br />

is turned upside-down. Faith takes Greer under<br />

her wing and changes her life completely, for<br />

better and worse. This novel will awaken your<br />

ambition and lust for something new.<br />



The Sally Field you grew up knowing and<br />

loving, lead a much more complicated life than<br />

you might imagine. Field’s memoir touches<br />

on every piece of her life in a totally raw and<br />

emotional way. From her acting career, to<br />

her marriages, to the troubling sexual abuse<br />

she experienced as a child, Field explores<br />

her life candidly and works to figure herself<br />

out in her writing. Every woman has a story,<br />

and reading this will allow you to discover so<br />

much of yours.<br />

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VOX<br />


If you like The Handmaid’s Tale, you’ll love<br />

this novel. Set in a society in the not-so-distant<br />

future, Vox describes a world where women’s<br />

rights are slowly taken away. <strong>No</strong>w, women<br />

must wear bracelets that limit them to 100<br />

words a day or they will experience immense<br />

pain. Some people say that Vox feels less like<br />

a dystopian novel and more like a warning<br />

for what’s to come given our current political<br />

climate. Regardless, it certainly offers insight<br />

into the oppression of women and how far that<br />

can go.<br />



This novel is a must-read for every woman.<br />

Esther Greenwood is a college student working<br />

for a women’s fashion magazine in New<br />

York City. While she is living this incredibly<br />

luxurious life, she’s in reality just a smalltown<br />

girl with a man, Buddy Willard, waiting<br />

to marry her. In the summer, Esther is forced<br />

to go home and live with her mother. She tries<br />

to write a novel, but she soon becomes deeply<br />

depressed knowing her extravagant life in<br />

New York City is over. The Bell Jar shines a<br />

light on the postgraduate turmoil many people<br />

experience and portrays mental illness in a way<br />

that is simultaneously raw and relatable.<br />



This novel is a mix of historical fiction and<br />

fantastical realism. It takes us back to the<br />

inception of Liberia, one of the West-African<br />

colonies that former slaves from the United<br />

States were sent to after the abolition of<br />

slavery. Gbessa, June and <strong>No</strong>rman come from<br />

different walks of life, but they all have magical<br />

gifts that allow them to settle differences<br />

between settlers and natives. The settlement of<br />

Liberia and America’s involvement in African<br />

governments are often overlooked in American<br />

history. This book covers so much of that<br />

history in such an interesting and enlightening<br />

way. It’s an excellent read, not only for its<br />

historical relevance but for its mystical story<br />

that will leave readers empowered.<br />

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college women contributed to this magazine

<strong>No</strong>ne of the<br />

images of<br />

women in<br />

this issue<br />

have been<br />

retouched.<br />

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Claiming the Roles<br />

By Sydney Pellegrini<br />

Jenny Lester and Julie Jurenas are two young<br />

women trying to make it in the indie film industry<br />

in New York. They are currently working on their<br />

first indie feature-length film, What She Said.<br />

The film is a “kitchen sink drama with a black<br />

comedy heart” that follows the journey of Sam, a<br />

Ph.D. student who has spent the last year in courts<br />

pursuing charges against her rapist.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong> talked to Jenny and Julie about their<br />

upcoming film, their all-star all-female production<br />

team, the importance of women representation in<br />

the film/TV industry, and some films with female<br />

directors that they love.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: Tell me a little bit about yourselves and how<br />

your production company, Shallow Graves, started.<br />

Jurenas: Jenny and I met in college in 2010, and<br />

we slowly became friends. Once we graduated, we<br />

were besties, and we moved to LA together, kinda<br />

boppin’ around [jobs], and we kinda switched gears<br />

and tried to figure out what to do with our lives<br />

and how to stay creative. We started making little<br />

videos for ourselves, our friends, or for little short<br />

competitions, just producing and editing them<br />

ourselves, making them for $0, and submitting<br />

them to things. We were like screw this. It's our<br />

time, we’ve outgrown our jobs, and we obviously<br />

have drive and ambition, and we need to follow<br />

through with that, because it’s now or never.<br />

Lester: We were working in this super A-List,<br />

high-level creative world, and we were watching<br />

everything and being like, “Oh my god, why<br />

is everyone doing everything wrong all the<br />

time? We could do stuff so much better with …<br />

$200 and some string lights.” So we took that<br />

principle and decided to start our own production<br />

company officially.<br />

Jurenas: One of our first bigger projects of any sort<br />

of clout was our pilot to our web series which is<br />

called Platonics.<br />

Lester: We made it out of pocket and had a lot of<br />

people rally around us to loan us their skills because<br />

they liked our vision.<br />

Jurenas: When we had a pitch meeting in LA, we<br />

had a little bite, but it kind of fell to pieces, and we<br />

were like, “Okay we're just going to move. We're<br />

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just going to do it.” Jenny was really feeling New<br />

York, and I was curious about it and didn't really<br />

know what else I would do once I left my job, so I<br />

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

a year.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: So you guys are best friends, roommates, and<br />

you have a production company together - how<br />

does that work?<br />

Lester: I think right now we're in the best place<br />

with it we've ever been. It takes some navigating,<br />

and it takes sizing out how each other work. There<br />

was a lot of frustration at first because we both are<br />

super driven and get a lot done, but we work really<br />

differently, so sometimes progress on one side or<br />

the other looks different for one of us, and we had<br />

to learn to let each other work the way we're going<br />

to work. We push each other and it’s really great.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: Tell me about the project you are working on<br />

right now.<br />

Jurenas: We are working on our first indie feature.<br />

It is a family drama, and we plan on shooting<br />

it in Virginia on my family's farm. This movie<br />

is a kitchen sink drama where 10 people are in a<br />

cabin, and the plot happens over the span of just a<br />

few days.<br />

Lester: But it has a lot of dark comedy, because I<br />

wrote it.<br />

Jurenas: Yeah, Jenny wrote a beautiful script.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: Jenny, how long did it take you to write the<br />

script? What was that process like?<br />

Lester: From conception to now, I'd say it's taken<br />

the better part of a year…the story deals with<br />

sexual assault. The main character is a survivor<br />

of sexual assault, and I just wanted to give a voice<br />

to so many women who have gone through this<br />

in a really respectful and really knowledgeable<br />

way. I've been doing so much research this year,<br />

talking to so many survivors, and talking to so<br />

many organizations that work with survivors, and<br />

watching documentaries just so that I could really<br />

do the story justice. I wanted to make sure that<br />

Sam, the main character, felt really authentic and<br />

not be some sort of two-dimensional caricature.<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>: Why is female representation in the film<br />

community important to you? How is starting<br />

to change? How can outside people continue<br />

that change?<br />

Jurenas: The film and television world is mostly<br />

male. It's kind of disturbing. There are women that<br />

are too afraid to pursue this because it's a boys’<br />

club. One of our favorite filmmakers, Zoe Lister-<br />

Jones, started a movement of an all-female crew<br />

in her directorial debut in her movie called Band-<br />

Aid that came out a few years ago. That was a huge<br />

part of her campaign, and it was something she was<br />

really passionate about, and so we wanted to do<br />

the same.<br />

Lester: There are so many women that are more<br />

than qualified, but they are watching from the<br />

outside. So we have the two of us who are leading<br />

the production company. I wrote [the screenplay],<br />

Julie is the lead producer, and we hired a director<br />

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who is not only an actress and director and a<br />

female, but she is also an activist. She works with<br />

an organization in New York called Outsmart,<br />

which is an organization that trains nightlife staff<br />

on how to recognize signs of sexual assault before<br />

they happen. She works with them and speaks with<br />

them and trains them. We also have an amazing<br />

up-and-coming female director, Alexa Wolf. She<br />

won best short in the LGBTQ filmmakers showcase<br />

at Cannes last year.<br />

[So many] women actresses have said how much<br />

more comfortable it feels to be on a set run by<br />

women and how supportive it is and how much<br />

more they're able to be vulnerable. Obviously this<br />

is a story that involves a lot of vulnerability, so<br />

we're excited to have an all-female-run set. Women<br />

were only 18 percent of all behind the scenes work<br />

on the 250 top-grossing films last year.<br />

Jurenas: That’s absurd! There are more women in<br />

the world!<br />

Lester: Even in the show Godless, which won a<br />

bunch of Emmy’s this year, I remember when<br />

it first came out, even though it's a show about<br />

women in a town where there are no men, the pilot<br />

was something like 87 percent of the dialogue went<br />

to men. In the pilot of a show about women. Like<br />

what is anyone doing?<br />

Jurenas: What are they doing?<br />

Lester: We are obsessed with Indie movies and so<br />

will see a lot of the things that come out and will<br />

be like, ‘Are you kidding me? This was made seven<br />

months ago, had a female director and writer, and<br />

it's a cast of six men, four women, and they're all<br />

white? Like what is happening?’ We don't have<br />

any resources. We don't have any sort of pull. We<br />

don't have any names attached, but we're still fully<br />

committed to hiring as diverse a cast and crew as<br />

possible, because you have to put your money where<br />

your mouth is, and you can't say that you are - I<br />

mean obviously we are working toward becoming<br />

the best allies and the best intersectional feminist<br />

we can be, and we still have a lot of work to do, but<br />

if you can't even start with your own project, then<br />

you don't leave yourself anywhere to go.<br />

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The Anatomy of the<br />

Perfect Cheese Board<br />

By Anna Klement<br />

Few things in this world are as<br />

decadent as stinky cheese and fine<br />

wine. Luckily, the level of<br />

sophistication needed is not<br />

symmetrical to the level of effort<br />

required to build the perfect<br />

charcuterie board. Wine and cheese<br />

platters are a simple way to impress<br />

guests without spending hours meal<br />

prepping in the kitchen. The anatomy<br />

of the perfect board consists of a<br />

formula almost anyone can master.<br />

Let’s start with the basics: dairy.<br />

If you’re a Kraft singles kind of gal,<br />

it can be a bit intimidating skimming<br />

the deli section for cheese that<br />

tastes luxurious, but does not break<br />

the bank. Blue cheeses are a crowd<br />

favorite and usually complement at<br />

least one accompaniment nicely. It’s<br />

also fair to include a cheese that is<br />

sweeter or flavored with some kind of<br />

fruit. For example, cranberry flavored<br />

goat cheese can be found at most<br />

grocery stores.<br />

It’s imperative to include different<br />

textures, flavors and sources. Consider<br />

mixing cheese from cows, goats or<br />

even buffalo. Include a minimum<br />

of three different cheeses for<br />

optimal results.<br />

First comes cheese, next<br />

comes crackers.<br />

You need something with crunch.<br />

As fun as it might be to eat cheese with<br />

our fingers like our friends in France,<br />

it’s courteous to give your guests the<br />

option to make a miniature, cheesy<br />

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your holidays<br />

sandwich. Table Water crackers, pita<br />

chips, baguette slices and Wheat<br />

Thins are ideal preferences. The more<br />

bland, the better since mixing flavors<br />

of seasoned crackers could potentially<br />

interfere with the natural essence of<br />

the cheeses. However, the liberty of<br />

charcuterie boards means there are<br />

virtually unlimited combinations to<br />

what you can serve.<br />

Take things to the next level with<br />

fruits, nuts and olives.<br />

Since firm cheeses are typically<br />

pungent, it is necessary to include<br />

fruit or nuts that are slightly sweet,<br />

but not overpowering. Think:<br />

pears, apples, pecans, blueberries,<br />

blackberries grapes and almonds.<br />

For soft cheese such as Brie or<br />

Camembert, strawberries make a<br />

nice addition. Be liberal with your<br />

accompaniments, since they add<br />

plenty of color and variety and should<br />

complement the cheese. It’s okay<br />

to use savory flavors such as dark<br />

chocolate covered almonds, tart<br />

cherries, spiced pumpkin seeds or<br />

marinated olives. And if you’re a fan<br />

of olives, don’t be afraid to combine<br />

kalamata with manzanilla. Because of<br />

its distinct texture and umami flavor,<br />

a small bowl of olives goes a long way.<br />

Pickled cucumbers also enhance the<br />

mildness of cheese and crackers with<br />

an acidic gusto.<br />

Lastly, there must be meat.<br />

Charcuterie quite literally<br />

translates to “the art of cooking<br />

with meat.” It’s rare to find a cheese<br />

board that doesn’t include some form<br />

of cured meat. Adding salty flavor<br />

is necessary for your taste buds in<br />

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a board if ordered at a restaurant.<br />

Similar to the cheeses, texture and<br />

diversity is encouraged. If the thought<br />

of pâté makes your stomach churn, it<br />

is acceptable to skip it.<br />

It’s important to have options<br />

that cater to everyone’s dietary<br />

restrictions. Your friend who is vegan,<br />

has a nut allergy or is dairy-free<br />

should not have to miss out entirely.<br />

Presentation is key for the perfect<br />

cheese board. Seasonal produce<br />

will always taste better and look<br />

more appetizing for your Instagram<br />

pictures. Fall boards including<br />

cranberries, gouda, apples, cherries,<br />

walnuts and toasted pumpkin seeds<br />

will look better than citrus, sharp<br />

cheddar and blueberries. Boards with<br />

marble slabs and oak paddles add<br />

a nice contrast. Hummus, drizzles<br />

of honey, and light preserves can<br />

flatter the palate as well. Small, white<br />

ramekins can house your nuts and<br />

olives to the side. Don’t forget a dull<br />

knife to cut and spread the cheese.<br />

Pro Tip: Buy cheese pre-cut from<br />

a wheel for smaller servings and<br />

easier preparation.<br />

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Five Reasons to Get into a<br />

Boxing Gym ASAP<br />

By Anna Klement<br />

Boxing allows women to knock out a high-energy workout and personal<br />

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

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

is walking into a gym before a sweat sesh, endorphins always fight back to help<br />

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

you with an incredible amount of energy for the rest of the day.<br />

Historically, boxing has been a grungy-male dominated sport. Sometimes, the<br />

amount of testosterone in the room can be overwhelming for anyone who has not<br />

experienced a class before. Don’t let potential fear keep you from experiencing<br />

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

Obama Arms.<br />

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It is nearly impossible to daydream during a boxing<br />

class. Concentration is essential in boxing, but it might<br />

come naturally. Outside factors like physical pain should fade<br />

as you focus on anticipating the next combination. Intentionally<br />

focusing on current actions can promote mental clarity and retention.<br />


Sometimes it just feels good to hit something. In addition to being a<br />

wonderful stress reliever, boxing can also be an aid for tense muscles.<br />

Frustration tends to builds up throughout the day, but punching a<br />

bag can explode healthy energy into your body. Talk about a major<br />

confidence boost! Ironically, fighting can contribute to overall<br />

happiness and decrease levels of anxiety or depression.<br />


Contrary to what some might believe, boxing engages every part of<br />

your body. Most trainers will incorporate jumping rope, running and<br />

core workouts in typical classes. Punching might seem easy until you<br />

incorporate power, precision and speed. Kicking is an intense full<br />

body collaboration. In a few seconds, your core is engages power to<br />

balance your upper body when you lift your legs to rotate and forcefully<br />

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

composition.<br />


Unfortunately, Michelle’s Arms probably won’t transform on you<br />

overnight. Practicing combinations multiple times a week is rewarding.<br />

You’re learning something, which means there will always be room for<br />

growth. It’s fact that not even Muhammed Ali could always throw the<br />

perfect punch. Boxing teaches self-discipline. To be good, you need to<br />

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


Boxing is quite literally self-defense. You’re training to fight back.<br />

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

your life someday when throwing a jab and sliding out of a potentially<br />

dangerous situation will pay off.<br />

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Ditching Animal Products<br />

A Quick Guide to Eating Vegetarian, Dairy-Free and Vegan<br />

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By Mariah Link and Daley Cline<br />

Editor’s note: Deciding to go<br />

vegetarian, dairy-free, or vegan,<br />

is a major health decision. Proper<br />

preparation and research should<br />

be done in order to reap the full<br />

nutritional benefits. Please consult an<br />

expert if considering. This quick guide<br />

and recipe list is a great place to get<br />

started.<br />


The transition from meat-eating<br />

to vegetarian can lead to a healthier<br />

lifestyle. Ethical reasons aside, meat<br />

is not manufactured like it used to be.<br />

Chances are, there are meats on the<br />

shelves possibly contaminated with<br />

antibiotics, GMOs, hormones, and<br />

other additives. The plant-based diet<br />

is a healthy option for many people.<br />

Vegetables pack more nutrients per<br />

bite than most foods and tend to fill you<br />

up faster.<br />

VEGAN<br />

Ready for a community of selfproclaimed<br />

animal lovers and tree<br />

huggers? Welcome to veganism.<br />

Finding the motivation to change your<br />

current lifestyle is the first and hardest<br />

leap of faith in becoming a vegan. Your<br />

motivation might be animal welfare,<br />

protecting the environment, or reaping<br />

immense health benefits. Becoming<br />

vegan is a lifestyle choice. Your<br />

contributions benefit your diet and the<br />

world around you. <strong>No</strong> need to worry,<br />

vegan diets can satisfy your taste buds<br />

just as well as a regular diet.<br />

Environmentally, the benefits of<br />

being a vegan have been linked to less<br />

stress on our natural resources due to<br />

the decreased demand for land, fossil<br />

fuels and water for. Additionally, living<br />

a vegan lifestyle helps put a stop to<br />

factory farming, which is one of the<br />

most extreme and common sources of<br />

animal cruelty. A vegan diet can reduce<br />

your carbon footprint as well as the risk<br />

of multiple health conditions such as<br />

type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease,<br />

strokes, obesity, and even some<br />

cancers according to MD Anderson<br />

Cancer Center.<br />


At an early age, we were often told<br />

by elders and commercials featuring<br />

celebrities with milk-staches to drink<br />

milk for our bones to grow and become<br />

strong. An increasing amount of<br />

research may disagree with our former<br />

motivators. According to a study<br />

conducted by Harvard, animal milk<br />

may be doing more harm to our bones<br />

than good. Research has shown that the<br />

consumption of dairy might be causing<br />

various health problems – ranging from<br />

bloating, fatigue, digestion problems<br />

and frequent sinus infections, to<br />

inflammatory skin conditions such<br />

as acne or eczema. Although it may<br />

seem impossible to quit consumption<br />

of dairy, it’s more feasible than ever<br />

thanks to today’s ranging options of<br />

milk alternatives available at many<br />

grocery stores. Cereal and smoothies<br />

no longer have to sacrifice nutrients or<br />

flavor thanks to the creative geniuses<br />

behind oat, almond, coconut and<br />

soy milk.<br />

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Play with the delicious alternative recipes below to see how<br />

yummy being vegetarian, dairy-free, or vegan can be.<br />


Baked Blueberry Pancakes<br />

INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 cups Bisquick Original Pancake Mix, 1<br />

cup Almond Breeze Original, 1/4 cup applesauce, 1/2 cup frozen<br />

blueberries.<br />

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease an 8×8 baking<br />

pan and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine pancake mix,<br />

Almond Breeze Original and applesauce. Stir until just combined<br />

— do not over mix. There will be lumps and that is okay. Gently<br />

fold in the blueberries until incorporated into the mix. Pour<br />

into the prepared pan and gently smooth out the top. Bake for<br />

about 20-25 minutes until the edges start to pull away from the<br />

pan or a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.<br />

Let cool for five minutes, then slice and top with your favourite<br />

pancake toppings.<br />

LUNCH<br />

Stuffed Sweet Potato<br />

INGREDIENTS: 1 large sweet potato, scrubbed, ¾ chopped<br />

kale, 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed, ¼ cup hummus<br />

DIRECTIONS: Prick sweet potato all over with a fork.<br />

Microwave on High until cooked through, 7 to 10 minutes.<br />

Meanwhile, wash kale and drain, allowing water to cling to<br />

the leaves. Place in a medium saucepan. Cover and cook over<br />

medium-high heat, stirring once or twice, until wilted. Add<br />

beans. Add a tablespoon or two of water if the pot is dry.<br />

Continue cooking, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the<br />

mixture is steaming hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Split the sweet potato<br />

open and top with the kale and bean mixture. Combine hummus<br />

and 2 tablespoons water in a small dish. Add additional water<br />

as needed to reach desired consistency. Drizzle the hummus<br />

dressing over the stuffed sweet potato.<br />

DINNER<br />

Vegan Cauliflower Mac and Cheese<br />

INGREDIENTS: 4 cups elbow macaroni, 1 large head<br />

cauliflower, chopped, 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped, ½<br />

cup nutritional yeast, ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil, ⅓ cup water, 1<br />

tbsp lemon juice, ½ tsp onion powder, ½ tsp garlic powder, 1½<br />

tsp salt, ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper, Paprika, as garnish<br />

(optional), Vegan parmesan cheese (optional)<br />

INSTRUCTIONS: Cook pasta according to package<br />

directions, drain, and set aside. Fill a large pot with water, and<br />

bring to a boil. Add in the chopped cauliflower and carrots. Cook<br />

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

processor or high speed blender. Add in the oil, water, lemon<br />

juice, nutritional yeast, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and<br />

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

pot full of drained pasta and mix well. Serve, with a sprinkle of<br />

vegan parmesan cheese and some paprika, if desired.<br />

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Keeping<br />

SAD<br />

at Bay<br />

By Keely Brewer<br />

Although it may not feel like it in the South, winter is<br />

quickly approaching. For some people, especially those<br />

who reside in areas with summers that are only bearable<br />

in a poolside chair or an air conditioned building, these<br />

cold months can not seem to get here fast enough.<br />

However, others dread the onset of winter. Seasonal<br />

depression is an issue that many people experience but<br />

rarely talk about openly. Because it is something that<br />

most individuals choose to deal with quitely, the scope<br />

of its effects are often diminished.<br />

Lee Keyes, executive director of the Counseling<br />

Center at The University of Alabama said seasonal<br />

depression is a form of mood disorder which occurs<br />

during periods of low amounts of sunlight. Anyone can<br />

experience seasonal depression, but it is more common<br />

among people in northern latitudes.<br />

“It’s less common in the South, but those who are<br />

sensitive to sunlight can be affected here too,” said Keyes.<br />

“Other mood issues can occur during low sunlight but<br />

for other reasons such as staying indoors and inactive<br />

for too long.”<br />

For sufferers of seasonal depression, the sadness,<br />

lethargy, and apathy that comes along with it may seem<br />

inescapable. Luckily, there are ways to avoid the dread<br />

of the winter months.<br />

“Get plenty of sunlight, get outdoors, and get<br />

moving,” Keyes said.<br />

Soak Up the Sun<br />

The sun rises later and sets earlier in the winter, and<br />

there isn’t much anyone can do to change that. What<br />

can be done, though, is adjusting one’s sleep schedule to<br />

make the most of the little daylight available. Although<br />

leaving a warm, cozy bed in the winter is no easy task,<br />

having those extra two or three hours of daylight can<br />

make a monumental difference in mood and energy.<br />

Use the thought of the warm cup of coffee that could<br />

be in your hands as motivation to get moving. A lack of<br />

sunlight can lead to decreased production of melatonin<br />

and serotonin, which directly affects mood and energy<br />

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levels. In addition to waking up earlier, make an effort to<br />

spend more time surrounded by natural light. This could<br />

mean enjoying the brisk weather outside or simply sitting<br />

near a window that lets in a little more light.<br />

“When sunlight isn’t available, get phototherapy lights<br />

you can install or use at home,” Keyes said.<br />

HappyLight and Circadian Optics are brands that<br />

specializes in light therapy lamps.<br />

Fuel Your Body<br />

SAD can increase cravings for foods heavy in sugars<br />

and carbs. Resist those temptations and fuel your body with<br />

foods that will give you energy instead. Satisfy your need<br />

for sugar with fruit. Pomegranates, apples, bananas, and<br />

passion fruit are just a few of the fruits available all winter<br />

long, and you don’t have to worry about the sugar crash that<br />

inevitably follows the consumption of other foods filled with<br />

sugar. Appetite is one of the most common changes brought<br />

about by seasonal depression. Making an effort to keep meals<br />

packed with nutrients and whole foods is key to maintaining<br />

your energy.<br />

Keep Moving<br />

Depending on where you live, you might experience<br />

pleasantly cold weather that serves as a nice relief from the<br />

last three months of humidity and heat. If this is the case,<br />

take advantage of this and find time to exercise outdoors by<br />

going for a walk or biking along a local trail.<br />

If your winters are filled with below freezing temperatures<br />

and consistent snow, opt for exercise at your local gym or<br />

recreation center. Swimming at an indoor pool, utilizing<br />

an indoor track, or riding a stationary bike are all great<br />

alternatives to outdoor exercise. Group exercise classes like<br />

kickboxing, cycling, or Zumba are also great ways to boost<br />

your mood.<br />

Seek Help<br />

At the end of the day, only you know how you feel and<br />

what works best for you. Advice that may help someone<br />

tackle their own struggle with seasonal depression might do<br />

little to help you. Adjust your schedule to fit your needs, and<br />

make time for the things that will fuel you. Reach out to your<br />

support system of family and friends.<br />

Consulting a therapist or other mental health professional<br />

might be the right option for you too. Keyes suggested<br />

evaluation by a licensed mental health professional for<br />

proper diagnosis.<br />

“[People should seek professional help] when they<br />

notice symptoms of depression, and it lasts more than two<br />

weeks, or one feels impaired in terms of normal life tasks.”<br />

Keyes said.<br />

Just like other forms of depression, there are treatments<br />

available to help ease the symptoms associated with SAD.<br />

110 <strong>Alice</strong> Winter 2019

On-the-Go<br />

Healthy<br />

Eating<br />

By Daley Cline<br />

Often times, people blame unhealthy<br />

eating on external factors, such as not having<br />

enough hours in the day to cook or shop for<br />

healthy foods. We point fingers at busy<br />

schedules, but eating healthy from morning<br />

through the mid-afternoon munchies can be<br />

easily maintained with proper preparation<br />

and execution.<br />


We know by now that breakfast is the<br />

most important meal of the day. Even if<br />

you can’t find time to sit down and savor it,<br />

prepare the following healthy options ahead<br />

of time, so they’re ready for you to grab as<br />

you walk out the door.<br />

Peanut Butter Energy Balls:<br />

Ingredients include ⅔ cups creamy natural<br />

peanut butter, ½ cups dark chocolate chips,<br />

1 cup old fashioned oats, ½ cups ground<br />

flax seeds and 2 tablespoons honey. Mix<br />

your ingredients together in a bowl, roll into<br />

balls, and store in the refrigerator for up to<br />

a week. It’s ideal for breakfast or a midday<br />

snack. You can also add chia seeds, dried<br />

fruit and cinnamon to enhance the flavor.<br />

Overnight Oats: All you need for this<br />

filling and nutrient-dense breakfast is ½<br />

cup liquid such as dairy milk, almond,<br />

cashew or coconut milk, and ½ cup oldfashioned<br />

rolled oats. Mix your liquid<br />

and oats in a jar or container and let it<br />

sit overnight in the refrigerator. In the<br />

morning, add fruit, nuts, nut butter, seeds,<br />

protein powder, granola, coconut, spices,<br />

zest or vanilla extract on your way out. Don’t<br />

forget a spoon!<br />

Egg Breakfast Muffins: This is<br />

dedicated to those with umami taste buds.<br />

The ingredients include: 6 eggs, ½ cup<br />

cooked chopped spinach, ⅓ cup crumbled<br />

cooked bacon, and ⅓ cup of shredded<br />

cheddar cheese.<br />

To make, preheat the oven to 375<br />

degrees. Coat 6 cups of a muffin tin with<br />

cooking spray or line with paper liners.<br />

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Crack the eggs into a large bowl. Use a<br />

whisk to blend the eggs until smooth. Add<br />

the spinach, bacon and cheese to the egg<br />

mixture and stir to combine. Divide the<br />

egg mixture evenly among the muffin cups.<br />

Bake for 15-18 minutes. Pop the finished<br />

product into the refrigerator and enjoy<br />

your egg-cellent creation on busy mornings<br />

throughout the week.<br />



Surrounding yourself with nutritious<br />

staples will satisfy your hunger and maintain<br />

your energy levels. Consider stocking your<br />

pantries and purses with the following<br />

healthy snacks:<br />

Jerky: Jerky is the perfect snack for<br />

those looking for a high amount of protein<br />

while keeping carbohydrates low. A oneounce<br />

piece of beef jerky provides 9.4 grams<br />

of protein. If beef doesn’t work for you,<br />

turkey is equally nutritious. And if you’re<br />

not into eating animals, it’s been written<br />

that watermelon jerky is nature’s healthiest<br />

candy.<br />

Trail Mix: Trail mix is a great way to get<br />

your daily dose of healthy fats. It’s possibly<br />

the perfect cure for a sweet tooth. Opt to make<br />

your own combo with preferred nuts, seeds<br />

and semisweet fruit to avoid the unwanted<br />

added sugars that often hide in store-bought<br />

mixes. However, don’t feel ashamed to mix<br />

in dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs if your<br />

sweet tooth begs for something more.<br />

Fruit: Apples, bananas and oranges<br />

don’t require refrigeration, and therefore<br />

can be thrown into your purse or backpack<br />

without hesitation. Dehydrated goji berries,<br />

apricots or figs will also satisfy your sweet<br />

tooth and deliver antioxidants and fiber.<br />

Bonus: they’re also great in trail mix.<br />

Granola: Don’t underestimate the<br />

flavor of this traditional yogurt-topper; it<br />

tastes just as delicious on its own. Bring a<br />

ziploc bag of granola to munch on when you<br />

need a yummy crunch.<br />

Popcorn: When air-popped and eaten<br />

plain, popcorn is a healthy whole grain food<br />

that is low in calories. Microwave at home<br />

and throw into a Ziploc for later. If your<br />

popcorn needs added flavor, try mixing<br />

olive-oil and sea salt after it is popped. If<br />

you’re looking for something prepackaged,<br />

SkinnyPop or Boom Chicka Pop boasts<br />

tasty flavors while keeping calories and<br />

sodium under par.<br />

“Better for You” Crackers: It is now<br />

possible to find crackers that don’t make<br />

you feel as bad after crunching on a few<br />

more than the suggested daily serving. Nut<br />

and seed flour-based crackers sans artificial<br />

flavors are easy to find in most grocery<br />

stores now. Try Simple Mills Almond Flour<br />

crackers in Farmhouse Cheddar. It’s grain,<br />

soy and corn free.<br />

Dark Chocolate: A square of dark<br />

chocolate contains iron as well as organic<br />

compounds that are biologically active and<br />

function as antioxidants. It’s important to<br />

stay in the 70–85 percent cocoa range to<br />

maintain the nutritious elements and less<br />

sugar. The darker it is, the better it is for you.<br />

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