Alice Vol. 4 No. 2

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WHAT IT<br />


A QUEEN<br />

Local drag queens discuss<br />

the impact drag has on their<br />

lives and their communities<br />

A TABLE<br />



<strong>Alice</strong> sits down to talk food with<br />

Birmingham’s 2018 James Beard<br />

Award winner<br />


How one woman turned love and<br />

loss into 240 square feet of solace<br />

<strong>Alice</strong> Spring 2019<br />

Redef ine<br />

<strong>No</strong>w is the time to defy expectations


<strong>No</strong> Parabens or Sulfates<br />

Cruelty Free<br />

<strong>No</strong>t Tested on Animals<br />

Gluten & Nut Free<br />

Available online at highereducationskincare.com<br />


Letter from the Editor<br />

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

Issue 2<br />

Romper - SOCA<br />

On the web:<br />

alice.ua.edu<br />

@alicethemag<br />

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Contact Us:<br />

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<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 />

In the <strong>Alice</strong> office, we often ask one another, “What does<br />

<strong>Alice</strong> mean to you?”<br />

For me, <strong>Alice</strong> is the ultimate role model. She embodies<br />

everything I love about womanhood, and she always pushes<br />

things a step further. She wears the bolder pattern. She is<br />

the bolder person.<br />

This issue, I have found new role models in the office: the<br />

<strong>Alice</strong> writers. Writers are now looking to <strong>Alice</strong> as not just a<br />

place where they report stories, but where they share their<br />

own stories.<br />

In the fall, we launched our Tell Your Truth blog, a<br />

platform for women to send us their narratives and have<br />

them published in an unedited, uninhibited way.<br />

On the Tell Your Truth blog, and in this issue of <strong>Alice</strong>, we<br />

have personal narratives about health and identity. We even<br />

have an affirmation on page 112 that our readers can start<br />

incorporating into their daily lives:<br />

I am in love with and respect my body. / I am treating<br />

my body well and my body is treating me well. / I am strong<br />

and healthy, full of energy and happiness.<br />

These snippets that we say to ourselves in the early<br />

moments of the day and before our heads hit the pillow,<br />

have the power to bring out our true selves.<br />

The honesty of our writers got me to be honest with<br />

myself about the sayings that have pushed me along.<br />

This year, my affirmation was “You are the Editor in<br />

Chief of <strong>Alice</strong>. You are meant to be here.” Before taking on<br />

this position, I was just Becca. And Becca was awesome. But<br />

she did not fit into the title of “Editor of <strong>Alice</strong>.” It was a little<br />

too big, and she was sure everyone noticed.<br />

Just as <strong>Alice</strong> had been my role model, “The Editor of<br />

<strong>Alice</strong>” became my cooler alter ego. If I was Beyoncé, (and<br />

I’ve certainly wished I was), The Editor of <strong>Alice</strong> was my<br />

Sasha Fierce: the secret, powerful persona who was pulling<br />

the strings.<br />

I repeated “You are meant to be here” over and over,<br />

encouraging myself to act how I imagined this mythical<br />

Editor of <strong>Alice</strong> would act. Through my affirmations that<br />

I was the editor, and I was meant to be here, I grew into<br />

my role. I started to see that the costume I thought I was<br />

wearing was really just my skin. I was Rebecca Rakowitz,<br />

Editor in Chief of <strong>Alice</strong>.<br />

She was there all along, I just needed my affirmation to<br />

find her.<br />

I want to thank my staff for their unwavering dedication<br />

to <strong>Alice</strong>. And to all the women who have shared their stories,<br />

thank you for telling your truth. Women being honest about<br />

womanhood – that’s what <strong>Alice</strong> now means to me.<br />

Rebecca Rakowitz<br />

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Editorial<br />

Editor in Chief Rebecca Rakowitz<br />

Creative Director MK Holladay<br />

Photo Editor Alexis Craft<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 />

Marketing Editor Alexis Wolf<br />

Online Editor Gillian Castro<br />

Art Director Ally Thomasson<br />

Contributing Writers<br />

Sara Beth Bolin, Kaitlyn Gabaldon, Lucy<br />

Hanley, Hope Haywood, Cora Kangas,<br />

Peyton King, Anna Klement, Meg McGuire,<br />

Sydney Pellegrini, Molly Powers, Rebecca<br />

Rakowitz, Irene Richardson, Emily Safron, SK<br />

Stephenson, Donnamy Steele, Rachel Stern,<br />

Camille Studebaker, Ariana Sweany, Hannah<br />

Taylor, Christine Thompson, Natalie Vande<br />

Linde, Lexi Wachal, Caroline Ward, Maleah<br />

Watt, Talya White, Bailey Williams<br />

Contributing Designers<br />

Shana Oshinskie<br />

Models<br />

Jamajah Anderson, Dani California, Alexia<br />

Carrión, Amber Chan, Xsuela Douglas, Amanda<br />

Flamerich, Jada Foster, Hanna Fridriksson,<br />

Court Geary, Bentley Harden, Alexandra Huryn,<br />

Flo Justens, Sumin Lee, Dia Lysis, Montana<br />

Maniscalco, Katie Merifield, Jess Moore, Anna<br />

Petrey, Angelita Randalson, Sage, Vaishnvi<br />

Sridhar, Rachel Stern, Dominique Stevenson,<br />

Kali Sturgis, Ally Thomasson, Tina Turner,<br />

Natalie Vande Linde, Maleah Watt, Kierra<br />

Wright<br />

Hair and Makeup<br />

Hanna Fridriksson, Leah Jackson, Donnamy<br />

Steele, Kali Sturgis, Christine Thompson, Sarah<br />

Tucker, Natalie Vande Linde<br />

Advisers<br />

Editorial Mark Mayfield (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 Photographers<br />

Tanner Bramlett, Syd Cargal, Tristan Hallman,<br />

Bentley Harden, Kourtney Iman, Sam<br />

Macdonald, Montana Maniscalco, Alyssa<br />

Motte, Grant Nicholls, Ally Thomasson<br />

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Beauty<br />

by the<br />

Decade<br />

A look at beauty standards in<br />

the last century.<br />

1940s:<br />

A decade filled with doubt and fear,<br />

the 40s also experienced a cultural shift<br />

as women in America joined the industrial<br />

workforce while men were overseas<br />

fighting in World War II. This shift led to<br />

the introduction of on-the-go makeup with<br />

powder compacts replacing the loose, messy<br />

powder of previous decades. <strong>No</strong>w working<br />

in environments which were considered<br />

unfeminine, women began to travel with<br />

their cosmetics. Of the many fads in the<br />

40s, the most prominent one was the full,<br />

red lip. Women were encouraged to outline<br />

their lips with matte liner, put on a thick<br />

coat of ruby red lipstick, and top it off with<br />

a smidge of Vaseline for a little shine. With<br />

those simple steps, the au naturel look,<br />

born out of wartime rationing, became a<br />

little more glamorous.<br />

Get the Look:<br />

Revlon Colorstay Lip Liner - Raisin<br />

Milani Color Statement Lipstick - Deep Red<br />

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1950s:<br />

As the 40s faded away, so did propaganda geared toward<br />

women in the workforce. Marketing efforts focused on the<br />

housewife outfitted with perfectly coiffed hair and hourglass<br />

figures accentuated by full skirts. The more defined the better;<br />

this was true of bodies, brows and eyeliner. Stars Grace Kelly,<br />

Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn sported thick, arched<br />

eyebrows framing doe-like eyes, emphasized with heavy,<br />

winged eyeliner.<br />

Get the Look:<br />

Glossier Boy Brow - Brown<br />

MAC LiquidLast Liner - Point Black<br />

1960s:<br />

The 60s saw the beginning of the second-wave feminist<br />

movement as young, independent women emerged from<br />

the wreckage that was the 50s marketing movements geared<br />

toward creating housewife robots. Women no longer felt the<br />

need to be constrained by what men thought they should look<br />

like and wear. Pants were all the rage, and the one-look-fitsall<br />

attitude toward beauty faded away in favor of a multitude<br />

of trends. Women began wearing their hair naturally, and the<br />

afro hit peak popularity in the late 60s. Gone were the days of<br />

dramatic red lips; pale nudes and pinks were the way to go.<br />

From the hippie girl’s preference of no makeup to Twiggy’s<br />

bold black eyeliner and false lashes, beauty in the 60s became<br />

a form of self-expression and independence from the societal<br />

expectations of what a “real” woman should look and act like.<br />

Get the Look:<br />

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick - Baby Pink Cream<br />

CoverGirl TruNaked Eyeshadow Palette - Smoky<br />

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1970s:<br />

As women pushed for equality,<br />

androgynous appearances became the<br />

new norm. False eyelashes were traded<br />

in for subtle swipes of mascara, and<br />

sunkissed, glowing skin was favored over<br />

full coverage foundation. Initially a small<br />

fad in the 40s, tanned skin exploded into<br />

a full-blown must-have beauty aesthetic.<br />

Coupled with earth-toned lipsticks and<br />

eyeshadows, the warm look we now<br />

associate with the 70s was born. As the<br />

second-wave feminist movement forged<br />

ahead, in 1972, Ms. Magazine launched.<br />

Co-founded by feminist pioneers Gloria<br />

Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes,<br />

the magazine paved the way for similar<br />

woman-led editorials. The 70s also<br />

saw a breakthrough in racial diversity<br />

in the fashion and beauty industry as<br />

supermodel Iman emerged on the scene<br />

and became a muse for top brands.<br />

Get the Look:<br />

Jergen’s Natural Glow Instant Sun<br />

Moisturizing Lotion - Deep Bronze<br />

L’oreal Paris Visible Lift Blur Blush -<br />

Soft Berry<br />

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1980s:<br />

“Don’t you ever refer to me as ‘your girl’<br />

again...I’m no girl; I’m a woman.” Released<br />

in 1980, the Oscar-nominated film 9 to 5<br />

was one of the first movies to address (and<br />

denounce) the issue of sexual harassment<br />

in the workplace. The 80s also saw the rise<br />

of feminism in opposition, as can be seen<br />

in The Heathers (red scrunchy, anyone?),<br />

a movie essentially about mean girls<br />

before Mean Girls existed. The cult classic<br />

perpetuated the idea of raging against<br />

the machine, going against the grain of<br />

stereotypical teen-flicks of the decade. As<br />

women’s attitudes became bolder, so did<br />

their beauty looks. Neon eyeshadows and<br />

lipsticks were all the rage.<br />

Get the Look:<br />

Tarte Color Splash Lipstick - Fuchsia<br />

Big Sexy Hair - What A Tease Backcomb in<br />

A Bottle<br />

1990s:<br />

Where the 80s were bright and bold,<br />

the 90s saw a shift toward muted browns<br />

and pastels, a la Drew Barrymore and<br />

Jennifer Aniston. The 90s also marked the<br />

full emergence of third wave feminism, a<br />

decade defined by debates. Female artists<br />

and pop stars were on the rise, providing<br />

young girls with liberated role models.<br />

Many argued this hypersexualization of<br />

women was contradictory to the ideals of<br />

the feminist trailblazers which came before<br />

their time. As young, independent women<br />

dominated the pop culture scene, so did<br />

the fads they introduced. From the Spice<br />

Girls to Missy Elliott, the music scene of<br />

the 90s was characterized by anthems<br />

of women empowerment. Female artists<br />

inspired other women and immortalized<br />

looks we now associate with the decade<br />

that brought us “The Rachel” and Cher<br />

Horowitz’s timeless “Ugh, as if!”<br />

Get the Look:<br />

Burberry Wet and Dry Silk Eyeshadow -<br />

Stone Blue<br />

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick - My<br />

Mahogany<br />

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2000s:<br />

In 2004, Dove launched its Real Beauty<br />

Campaign, a campaign geared toward the celebration<br />

of a woman’s natural beauty, steering away from<br />

the model-esque ideals of the common marketing<br />

targeted toward women. The 2000s also saw an<br />

increasing amount of young and independent girls<br />

at the helm of tween entertainment. Shows Hannah<br />

Montana, iCarly and That’s So Raven featured<br />

adolescent girls facing real world problems, albeit<br />

unrealistic scenarios. As a result, these young stars<br />

became the models for which teenagers and young<br />

girls sought to imitate in life and in beauty. Glossy<br />

lips and sparkly eyelids reigned supreme in the early<br />

2000s, gracing the faces of every teen.<br />

Get the Look:<br />

NYX Professional Makeup Foil Cream Play<br />

Eyeshadow - Woman of Steel<br />

Merle <strong>No</strong>rman Lip Polish - Diamond Diva<br />

2010s-Present:<br />

The present decade is one latent with opposition,<br />

specifically featuring two trends on opposite ends<br />

of the beauty spectrum. The age of YouTube and<br />

makeup bloggers ushered in a trend of full-faced,<br />

heavily contoured looks. More recently, a trend of<br />

light, minimalist makeup has developed, facilitated<br />

by millennial-based brands Glossier and Milk. While<br />

these two trends diverge, both looks stem from selfexpression<br />

and the belief that women should do their<br />

makeup based on what pleases them, not others.<br />

Get the Look(s):<br />

Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter<br />

Milk Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30<br />

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Show Your Skin Some Love<br />

Tips on how to make your skin feel and look better without the filters.<br />

By Donnamy Steele<br />

Mask.<br />

Who doesn’t love a good masking session?<br />

Whether you’re with your girls or having muchneeded<br />

alone time, taking at least 15 minutes out of<br />

your week to mask is not only fun and relaxing, but<br />

it is a great chance to focus your skincare routine<br />

toward your problem areas. Finding the best mask<br />

for your skin can be tricky, but most masks specify<br />

which skin type they work best on. Taking the time<br />

to find the right mask for you is worth it. You and<br />

your skin deserve some extra TLC.<br />

Product Recommendations<br />

Biorè Self-Heating One Minute Mask ($8)<br />

This charcoal-based masks brings a little warmth<br />

while also leaving your skin feeling clean as a whistle.<br />

LUSH Mask of Magnaminty Face and Body Mask<br />

($1)<br />

Mint isn’t only a good chewing gum flavor. This<br />

mask deep cleanses, exfoliates, and tones to give<br />

your skin a refreshed glow.<br />

L’Oreal Detox & Brighten Clay Mask ($13)<br />

This clay mask is infused with charcoal to clean<br />

out those pores and brighten up your complexion.<br />

Cleanse.<br />

Let’s be real – we’ve all fallen asleep with a full<br />

face of glam on before. But making it an every night<br />

thing can harm your skin.<br />

Makeup remover wipes may look like they get the<br />

job done, but they actually only scratch the surface<br />

of the dirt that is trapped in your skin. Using a facial<br />

cleanser after removing your makeup is essential to<br />

rid your skin of things that can cause breakouts.<br />

Tip for makeup lovers: You may need a little<br />

more than a face wash to fully clean your skin.<br />

Try preparing your skin with micellar water or a<br />

cleansing balm all over your face. These products<br />

break down makeup without tension and tugging.<br />

Plus, it takes half the time as a makeup remover<br />

wipe. Breaking down makeup will make your skin<br />

easier to clean when you go in with your favorite face<br />

wash.<br />

Tip for the au natural: Even if you haven’t put a<br />

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product on your face, your skin is still dirty.<br />

Pollution and dirt can seep into your pores.<br />

Play it safe, and give your face a good cleanse<br />

every day.<br />

Product recommendations<br />

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser ($21)<br />

This cleanser is gentle and effective! It<br />

cleanses your face of dirt and oils, and is soft<br />

on your skin.<br />

Skyn Iceland Glacial Face Wash ($30)<br />

This face wash has a foamy texture that<br />

smooths over the skin and leaves your face<br />

feeling refreshed and restored. It also focuses<br />

on clearing up stress-related bumps and<br />

acne, which is a huge factor for breakouts.<br />

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing<br />

Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Makeup Remover<br />

($9)<br />

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing<br />

Cleansing Balm ($34)<br />

Exfoliate.<br />

If you have ever struggled with acne or<br />

unwanted texture on your skin, focus on<br />

exfoliation. Exfoliating can do more than<br />

just rid your skin of dirt and grime. It makes<br />

your face feel smooth and ready for makeup<br />

application. It is also great for breaking<br />

down stubborn dry patches and bringing<br />

blackheads to the surface, ultimately helping<br />

you get rid of them faster. Try including this<br />

step before you go in with your face wash,<br />

2-3 times a week.<br />

If your skin is more on the sensitive side,<br />

add a little water to your exfoliating face<br />

wash to soften the product. When you apply<br />

it on your face, it won’t feel as rough on your<br />

skin.<br />

Product recommendations<br />

Vasanti Cosmetics Brighten Up! Enzymatic<br />

Face Rejuvenator ($34)<br />

Tone.<br />

Toner is important in order to fully<br />

clean your skin. Makeup, dirt, oils and more<br />

can seep into your pores, and if you don’t<br />

clean your face well and often, it will build<br />

up overtime. Try using a toner after you<br />

go in with your face wash and before you<br />

moisturize. This small step in your daily<br />

routine can prevent you from breaking out.<br />

It is totally worth the extra step.<br />

Product recommendations<br />

Thayer’s Rose Water Witch Hazel ($7)<br />

Toners with witch hazel are a bonus<br />

because they focus a little more on problem<br />

areas such as pores. Just saturate a cotton<br />

pad with the product and wipe your face<br />

down before you apply moisturizer.<br />

Moisturize.<br />

Moisturizing helps soften skin, prevents<br />

and soothes dry patches, and gives skin a<br />

healthy and hydrated glow.<br />

If you decide to add only one of these tips<br />

into your daily routine, moisturizing should<br />

be the one. <strong>No</strong> matter what your skin type<br />

is, it is always important to moisturize. Just<br />

like our bodies need water, our skin needs<br />

hydration. That is where moisturizers come<br />

into play.<br />

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Keep your moisturizer on your<br />

bathroom sink or night stand. It is harder<br />

to ignore when it is not tucked in the back<br />

of a cabinet.<br />

Product recommendations<br />

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream<br />

Intense Hydration ($32)<br />

This one is perfect for sensitive skin<br />

because you have the option to use a<br />

scented or unscented version of their face<br />

moisturizer. It also has SPF in it, which is<br />

great for protecting skin from sun spots.<br />

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream<br />

($89)<br />

It’s never too early to start using antiwrinkle<br />

creams.<br />

Clinique Moisture Surge ($19)<br />

72-hour auto-replenishing hydrator is<br />

great for if you need a moisturizer that will<br />

last throughout the day.<br />

All of these are great for moisturizing<br />

and can double as a primer to wear under<br />

your makeup. They keep your skin looking<br />

and feeling hydrated throughout the day.<br />

Breathe.<br />

Stress can cause breakouts, which<br />

causes more stress, which causes more<br />

chaos for your skin. We don’t want that.<br />

Take a moment to yourself. Read, take a<br />

bath, watch Netflix. Whatever your routine<br />

may be – don’t forget to breathe.<br />

Show your skin some love, and watch it<br />

love you back.<br />

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The Key to<br />

Edgy Edges<br />

By Christine Thompson<br />

The perfect way to jazz up any hairstyle<br />

is with some F I R E edges. Whether<br />

you’re off to a red carpet affair or<br />

the gym, this how-to guide will teach<br />

you how to slay your edges in a few<br />

simple steps:<br />

Products you’ll need:<br />

Styling Gel<br />

Edge Brush or a Small-Tooth Tapered Comb<br />

Rattail Comb<br />

Toothbrush<br />

Hairdryer<br />

Hairspray<br />

Sweetheart Natural Swoop Edges:<br />

Clean, Natural Edges<br />

1. Begin by squeezing a dime-sized<br />

amount of product onto your finger.<br />

2. Next, take your toothbrush and<br />

scoop the product off of your finger<br />

and onto the bristles.<br />

3. In a sweeping motion, use the<br />

toothbrush to bring sections of the<br />

edges down and then backwards (in<br />

the direction of hair growth). This<br />

should be a singular motion, but<br />

you can repeat the motion a number<br />

of times with the same section<br />

of hair to achieve a perfect halfcircle<br />

swoop. Repeat this step until<br />

you’ve completed all of your edges<br />

surrounding your forehead.<br />

4. Take the section of hair beside your<br />

ear. With a dollop of curl pomade<br />

(NOT gel) in between your thumb<br />

and forefinger, pinch the section of<br />

hair. Pull outward several times until<br />

it’s a uniform, free-hanging curl.<br />

5. If you have naturally straight hair,<br />

try the previous step while wrapping<br />

the tendril around your finger to<br />

create a curl, or curl it slightly with<br />

a wand or iron before applying the<br />

pomade.<br />

6. Spray your edges with your preferred<br />

hairspray.<br />

Fierce Fun Edges: Defined, Edgy Look<br />

1. Take your toothbrush and brush all<br />

the hair on the side of your head<br />

straight back in the same direction.<br />

2. Next, take gel and squeeze a dimesized<br />

amount onto your finger. With<br />

your toothbrush, scoop the product<br />

off of your finger, and apply the gel<br />

to your edges using the bristles.<br />

3. With the gel this time, repeat step<br />

one.<br />

4. Using your tapered comb, use the<br />

teeth to bring your hair down and<br />

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swoop selected sections. This should not<br />

happen in one, concise motion. Rather, it<br />

should be done in multiple small motions to<br />

make the swoop defined.<br />

5. Go back over it with the toothbrush to<br />

smooth it over. Be sure to avoid the the lines<br />

- you want them to stay sharp and clean.<br />

6. Separate the baby hairs closest to your ear<br />

and make them into a section of their own.<br />

Place gel on that section and smooth them<br />

downward. Then, using the very top teeth of<br />

the comb, create a swirl downward.<br />

7. Repeat the above steps on both sides<br />

8. Finish off with hairspray.<br />

Earrings - SOCA<br />

Baddie Baby Hairs: Swirly & Fun<br />

1. For this particular style, it’s helpful to pull<br />

your hair back, and brush your baby hairs<br />

forward so that they’re easy to style.<br />

2. Begin with squeezing a dime-sized amount<br />

of product onto your finger. Then, take your<br />

toothbrush and scoop the product off of your<br />

finger with the bristles.<br />

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Earrings - SOCA

3. Focusing on the front section of your edges: In a<br />

sweeping motion, use the toothbrush to style the<br />

edges in a half-circle similar to Step 3 in the first<br />

how-to.<br />

4. Then, focusing on the right and left sides of your<br />

edges vertical to your ears - put the pomade on the<br />

toothbrush, and brush the hairs downward toward<br />

the ears.<br />

5. Next, using the sharp metal end of the rattail<br />

comb, create waves, swirls and loops in the<br />

straight gelled hair. Do this by making swirling<br />

motions with the point, and pushing the hair back<br />

and forth as needed to create your desired look.<br />

6. Complete with hairspray. If needed, blow dry your<br />

edges on the cool setting to accelerate the drying<br />

process.<br />

DOs and DON’Ts<br />

DO deep condition. If you have coily/curly locks,<br />

moisture is K E Y. Especially for my 4C girls: A good<br />

leave-in conditioner does wonders for your edges.<br />

Make sure you’re keeping your hair healthy so that<br />

your edges can slay.<br />

DO avoid hairstyles that will pull out your edges.<br />

Traction Alopecia is REAL, ladies. If the braids are too<br />

tight, say something.<br />

DO wrap a scarf around your edges at night before<br />

you go to bed. The bonnet is not enough anymore. Find<br />

a cute satin/silk scarf in a fun color, and make it part of<br />

your nightly routine.<br />

DON’T do your edges before your makeup. In order<br />

to make your makeup seamless, you have to blend it<br />

into your scalp. This step can totally ruin your edges<br />

if they’re already done. If you do them before, wrap a<br />

scarf around your edges to protect them while doing<br />

your makeup.<br />

DON’T scratch your edges too much. Edges can,<br />

unfortunately, get really itchy: RESIST. THE. URGE.<br />

Don’t ruin all the hard work you put into doing them.<br />

If you really need to scratch, try lightly patting where<br />

it itches.<br />

DON’T put too much product on your edges at<br />

once. It’s always better to start off with a little and then<br />

add as needed. Too much product can lead to obvious<br />

buildup and a flaky look.<br />

PRO TIP: Have some bald spots in your edges?<br />

Don’t worry. It’s totally normal. Find an eyeshadow<br />

shade that matches your hair color. Then, using a small<br />

eyeshadow brush, fill in the gaps lightly. Remember to<br />

start off with just a little bit of shadow and build. Do<br />

this after you do your edges, so you don’t wipe off your<br />

eyeshadow with the gel!<br />

One final thing:<br />

I know edges can be frustrating. But remember...<br />

you got it, sis.<br />

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Flower Power Your Routine<br />

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Go green and bring florals into<br />

your makeup bag.<br />

By Kaitlyn Gabaldon<br />

Clean beauty brings the vibrancy of<br />

nature into your beauty routine. The trend<br />

has taken the beauty world by storm, with<br />

many new brands popping up and offering<br />

non-toxic products that are good for the<br />

environment and your skin. Taking things<br />

a step further, many of these products are<br />

formulated with plant-based components<br />

that provide skin-boosting benefits and are<br />

vegan-friendly.<br />

Plant-based beauty products keep<br />

ingredient worries at bay by making it<br />

easier to understand exactly what goes into<br />

products. Harnessing the power of nature<br />

provides powerful ingredients that aren’t<br />

harsh on the skin and pigments that bring<br />

colorful pops to your makeup.<br />

Using plants in personal care isn’t<br />

anything new, but today, it’s a more refined<br />

process with a wider expansion of products.<br />

Each plant has its own particular properties<br />

that can help deal with specific concerns. Mix<br />

and match plants to create your perfect green<br />

routine. Be mindful of where it’s sourced<br />

from and how the different ingredients react<br />

with one another.<br />

Here is a starter list of ingredients to get<br />

you started on a more clean approach to<br />

beauty.<br />

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Calendula: This derivative of marigold is<br />

great for soothing irritated skin and retaining<br />

skin’s natural moisture.<br />

Lavender: Lavender is so much more than<br />

a soothing scent. It also helps to reduce<br />

redness, increase the renewal of skin cells,<br />

and it can be used to treat dandruff.<br />

Prickly Pear: There is a reason this plant<br />

can survive hot and dry environments. Its<br />

moisture retention properties keep skin and<br />

hair hydrated. Bonus: It is full of anti-aging<br />

amino acids.<br />

Orchid: Brighten up your skin while reducing<br />

fine lines and wrinkles with this exotic<br />

flower.<br />

Chamomile: Chamomile works wonders<br />

against inflammation and puffiness. Pro<br />

tip: Brewing some chamomile tea bags and<br />

chilling them is a simple yet effective way to<br />

combat puffy under eyes.<br />

Licorice Root: Perfect for those with<br />

sensitive skin to treat blemishes and control<br />

oil production.<br />

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TO WASH<br />

OR NOT<br />

TO WASH<br />

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By Natalie Vande Linde<br />

The beauty industry is constantly presenting new hair care<br />

treatments to consumers. In recent years, the idea that not washing<br />

your hair can benefit it has prompted many women to transition to<br />

shampoo-free showers. Although we all want to feel fresh and clean,<br />

it seems a daily shower may not be the best way to achieve healthy<br />

locks. This idea has taken off as influencers and hairstylists alike have<br />

stressed the fact that not using shampoo everyday can regulate the oil<br />

production on your head and leave your hair shinier, softer and a lot<br />

less dry.<br />

Mary Hellen, a student at Appalachian State University, has been<br />

on a six-year journey to “no-’poo” showers.<br />

“Honestly, it started out of laziness,” Hellen said.”I just noticed the<br />

longer I went without washing, the healthier it looked.”<br />

Data gathered by consumer analysts at Kantar Worldpanel,<br />

illustrated that many women seemed to be experiencing this result<br />

when they phased out their trusty shampoo. In fact, Kantar’s data<br />

revealed that women are now washing their hair less than three times<br />

a week for the first time in a decade. However, transitioning out of<br />

using shampoo is a lengthy process.<br />

“It was definitely greasy for a couple of months,” Hellen said, “but<br />

I can just feel that it’s so much healthier.”<br />

Although Hellen experienced the common effects of transitioning<br />

from using shampoo, such as greasiness and dandruff, she said the<br />

process was well worth it and completely revitalized her hair for the<br />

better.<br />

“It’s okay if it’s a little greasy,” Hellen said. “People honestly don’t<br />

notice.”<br />

As for those who are interested in trying out this new method,<br />

Hellen’s advice was to phase out your shampoo slowly and to not be<br />

afraid of going without washing your hair. Hellen said she went from<br />

every other day, to every three days, to once a week before she cut<br />

out shampoo entirely and switched to her current products of choice:<br />

baking soda, tea tree oil and occasionally apple cider vinegar. Hellen<br />

most commonly uses baking soda, as do many other bloggers and<br />

women who have abandoned the shampoo route. Generally, Hellen<br />

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washes with baking soda every two to<br />

three weeks, using apple cider vinegar on<br />

the ends of her hair every once in awhile<br />

to add shine. Hellen recommends using<br />

about a teaspoon and a half of baking soda<br />

mixed with a small amount of water and<br />

tea tree oil to wash your hair. Massage the<br />

mixture into your scalp and let it sit for a<br />

few minutes, then wash it out.<br />

To ease up the process, mix the<br />

concoction in a little dish beforehand so<br />

that you are prepared for your shower.<br />

Hellen said to be careful in the winter<br />

when using tea tree oil, as it can dry out<br />

your hair and scalp.<br />

“Coconut oil hair masks help with<br />

dryness,” Hellen said.<br />

For those who are not quite ready<br />

to toss aside shampoos but still want to<br />

improve the health of their hair, Hellen<br />

said to look for shampoos without sulfates.<br />

Sulfates, though effective at cleaning hair,<br />

can often irritate the skin and strip hair of<br />

essential oils.<br />

She also advises washing every three<br />

days instead of every day or even every<br />

other day. Alternate your hairstyles on day<br />

two or three if you start feeling greasy - try<br />

out a pony or a slicked back bun. This is a<br />

method even Kim Kardashian has attested<br />

to, as she has shared that she only washes<br />

every five days. If you do decide to give the<br />

no-shampoo method a try, Hellen suggests<br />

giving it a go in the dead cold of winter.<br />

“I wore a lot of hats then,” she laughed.<br />

Transitioning out of shampoo is<br />

different for everyone. Thinner hair may<br />

need more frequent washing than thick,<br />

coarse hair. Additionally, if you begin to<br />

experience symptoms like severe itching<br />

or redness when trying to abstain from<br />

washing, abandoning shampoo might not<br />

be what is healthiest for your scalp.<br />

The beauty industry and the people<br />

in it present us with a multitude of new<br />

methods to keep our bodies at their best.<br />

While for some this may be ditching a wash,<br />

others no doubt want to hold onto those<br />

fresh-smelling shampoos. Remember that<br />

phasing out shampoo will take time to<br />

adjust, but the process is totally natural.<br />

Although “no ‘poo” may not be for everyone,<br />

try spreading out your washes a bit more,<br />

experimenting with new styles, and seeing<br />

how your hair reacts. Remember each head<br />

of hair is different, so go with that leaves<br />

you and your hair feeling healthiest.<br />

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HIDDEN<br />


Laura Lineberry is going beyond expectations and this<br />

realm, proving that female ghostbusters are not just a<br />

figment of hollywood’s imagination.<br />

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By Sara Beth Bolin<br />

Laura Lineberry has had a connection with the<br />

supernatural for as long as she can remember.<br />

It wasn’t until college that she realized that<br />

not everyone had the same experiences that she<br />

did. <strong>No</strong>t everyone felt the things that she felt when<br />

she walked into a room. <strong>No</strong>t everyone could sense<br />

when someone else was there.<br />

Lineberry moved to Tuscaloosa to work at The<br />

University of Alabama, first in communications<br />

and then in the school’s art department. But when<br />

she’s not mentoring future graphic designers or<br />

doing freelance work for clients, she’s investigating<br />

local hauntings with the Tuscaloosa Paranormal<br />

Research Group.<br />

The group offers free paranormal investigative<br />

services throughout Alabama for both private<br />

residences and businesses. They describe<br />

themselves as an “ethically-minded” group of<br />

people who are searching for the truth using<br />

scientific methods. And by doing so, they hope<br />

to bring balance to both our realm and the<br />

paranormal realm.<br />

Tuscaloosa Paranormal Research Group<br />

investigates using a doubt-first method. When<br />

they first walk into a client’s building, everyone is<br />

a skeptic. They check the building for copper or<br />

wiring problems that have been known to cause<br />

environmental issues, weird feelings and even<br />

hallucinations. But when every other possibility<br />

has been ruled out, the team starts using their<br />

training to find the root of the problem.<br />

Paranormal investigators use video<br />

surveillance, photography, and recordings known<br />

as electronic voice phenomenons, or EVPs, to<br />

find evidence of supernatural activity. Through<br />

multiple visits to investigation locations, the team<br />

procures hours of recordings to comb through.<br />

Lineberry explained that, although it may sound<br />

simple, these methods work more efficiently than<br />

one might think.<br />

Lineberry recalled one night when they<br />

recorded an EVP of a man who wanted to stay<br />

distant from them.<br />

“What was interesting was we investigated<br />

this place several times, and he was always very<br />

friendly,” Lineberry said. “But that night, he just<br />

wasn’t in the mood. His name’s John.”<br />

Lineberry explained that the group investigates<br />

both residual and intelligent hauntings. Residual<br />

hauntings are like a recording of previous events<br />

playing on a loop, like whispers or footprints.<br />

Intelligent hauntings, unlike residual, can interact<br />

with the environment around them.<br />

“Energy can linger,” Lineberry said. “We all<br />

know when somebody’s standing behind us, you<br />

know, and a lot of times, it’s just you could feel the<br />

energy of that person. So that energy, the residual<br />

energy, can be found in furniture, can be found in<br />

homes; pretty much anywhere. And an intelligent<br />

haunting is one that will literally interact with you,<br />

will answer questions, will move things when you<br />

ask it to move things, that kind of thing.”<br />

Lineberry herself has travelled all over the<br />

Members of the Tuscaloosa Paranormal Research Group:<br />

There are 9 active members of TPRG. Pictured are from left: Casey Lineberry, Laura Lineberry,<br />

Heather Boothe and Founder David Higdon.<br />

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country exploring haunted locations. One of the most<br />

famous locations she’s visited is the Stanley Hotel in<br />

Estes Park, Colorado, which became famous for Stephen<br />

King’s The Shining. King himself stayed there, and the<br />

experiences that he and his wife had inspired the events<br />

of the thriller. The hotel is known as one of the most<br />

haunted places in the country, and is a favorite place for<br />

paranormal investigators to travel.<br />

Lineberry has been to the hotel four times. One time,<br />

nothing happened until around 2 a.m. when she and<br />

her husband were asleep. A thump against the fourposter<br />

bed, like somebody running into the corner, woke<br />

Lineberry up.<br />

“I looked at my husband, who was snoring, and all<br />

of a sudden, I was facing him, and I felt the side of the<br />

bed coming down like somebody was holding it down,”<br />

Lineberry said. “I froze. I was about touch my husband to<br />

wake him up when something touched my back. And I<br />

lost it. Screaming, yelling, running.”<br />

The next day, Lineberry’s husband played the video<br />

and the recorder at the same time. They heard a voice a<br />

minute before Lineberry’s “freak out.”<br />

“It was a little girl’s voice that said, ‘Who’s that?’”<br />

Lineberry said. “Clear as day.”<br />

Everybody has the power to get rid of an<br />

entity in their everyday lives. All you have<br />

to do is be strong and say ‘go!’<br />

Although some of her experiences sound terrifying<br />

to a supernatural novice, she assures her clients that<br />

paranormal entities are normally not there to harm.<br />

Many times, they just want to stay in familiar territory<br />

and do not realize that they are scaring the humans<br />

that also occupy the space. But if these entities do make<br />

clients uncomfortable, it’s easy to get rid of them.<br />

“If you have to deal with somebody that’s intimidating,<br />

you stand up to him just like a bully,” Lineberry said.<br />

“Everybody has the power to get rid of an entity in their<br />

everyday lives. All you have to do is be strong and say,<br />

‘Go!’ or ‘<strong>No</strong>w leave my house.’ It’s literally that simple.”<br />

While ghost stories and supernatural tales can cause<br />

many people to run for the hills, Lineberry loves to deal<br />

with the real thing every day. She’s helped discover a<br />

ghost’s favorite song and even witnessed the spirit of her<br />

former dog run between her legs like the dog had years<br />

before she died.<br />

She hopes that her experiences help prove to others<br />

what she has believed for so long— that we are not alone.<br />

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It Just Blooms<br />

By Rebecca Rakowitz and Talya White<br />

Many people name children after their<br />

grandparents. Kristin Logan named a<br />

truck after hers.<br />

And not just any truck, a 1994 Japanese<br />

mini truck painted pastel lime green. A<br />

green that’s reminiscent of light green<br />

cupcake frosting, Pinterest-worthy Easter<br />

eggs, or the green buds that surround a<br />

cluster of baby’s breath.<br />

It’s a truck that has the steering wheel<br />

on the right, and a high-pitched, cartoonlike<br />

horn.<br />

It’s a truck that Logan had to learn how<br />

to drive in a high school parking lot. One<br />

she can’t take on the interstate because it<br />

tops out at 55 mph.<br />

It’s a truck with a bed outfitted with<br />

custom shelving and a zip-close canopy<br />

to protect the merchandise in case the<br />

weather turns.<br />

And it is a truck that is the cornerstone<br />

of her and her husband’s latest business.<br />

Kristin and Todd Logan are the proud<br />

owners of Bloom Flower Truck, a truck that<br />

is affectionately named Fern after Logan’s<br />

great grandmother. The only one of its<br />

kind in Tuscaloosa, Bloom Flower Truck<br />

is a make-your-own bouquet flower store<br />

on wheels. For the past year, Tuscaloosa<br />

natives could find the bright green truck<br />

parked around town on the weekends and<br />

Logan selling flowers by the stem out of the<br />

renovated truck bed.<br />

“I have always loved flowers,” Logan<br />

said. “[Women in my family] always had<br />

fresh flowers on my table.”<br />

There is a beauty in bringing fresh<br />

flowers home or gifting them to a loved<br />

one. Part of the beauty comes from the<br />

flower itself, but there is a quiet kindness<br />

that can be found in the way flowers bring<br />

about smiles.<br />

When Logan started seeing flower<br />

trucks on social media and during a trip to<br />

Nashville, the business model and product<br />

spoke to her.<br />

“I wanted to try to give it a shot and<br />

make it easy for people to buy flowers by the<br />

stem,” Logan said. “<strong>No</strong>t full arrangements,<br />

but where they can come up and make<br />

their own little arrangement, take it home,<br />

and put it in their own vase.”<br />

As often as she can, Logan gets locally<br />

grown flowers from the Tuscaloosa-<br />

Birmingham area. Last spring, she filled<br />

her car with buckets and buckets of flowers<br />

from a woman in Birmingham and fondly<br />

remembers how her car smelled of flowers<br />

for several days after.<br />

“It’s different and it’s special,” Logan<br />

said. “And I want people to appreciate<br />

the work that goes into growing these<br />

little flowers and especially for these local<br />

farmers.”<br />

Logan hopes to one day own a small<br />

warehouse to work out of and host flower<br />

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arranging classes. In the meantime, Bloom<br />

Flower Truck is filling a mobile market in<br />

Tuscaloosa. While there are a handful of local<br />

flower shops, none have taken their product to<br />

the streets where it can’t help but be noticed.<br />

“The thing that gets their attention is the<br />

truck,” Todd Logan said. “I mean, they see<br />

the truck and they’re taking pictures and, you<br />

know, doing all that.”<br />

Fern’s photogenic nature is nothing to be<br />

scoffed at. The rows of fresh flowers, rustic<br />

light bulb letters, and of course, the iconic<br />

green paint job make Fern the perfect photo<br />

opportunity. She is the kind of truck one might<br />

find on the Explore page of Instagram, but<br />

instead Fern is parked across from local coffee<br />

shops, in the parking lots of boutiques, and at<br />

the farmer’s market. Students make up about<br />

85 percent of the business, so being able to<br />

park where students hang out and study has<br />

made a large impact.<br />

For the Logans, business truly is blooming.<br />

Bloom Flower Truck has regulars who frequent<br />

the truck itself, moms from across the country<br />

who contact Logan to deliver flowers to their<br />

daughters at The University of Alabama, and<br />

husbands who buy flowers subscriptions, so<br />

new bouquets are delivered to their wives every<br />

couple of weeks. Fern also travels to birthday<br />

parties, bridal showers, and local events to<br />

bring everyone in on the fun.<br />

Logan describes herself as “not very<br />

business savvy,” but the success of bloom<br />

flower truck begs to differ.<br />

Logan’s advice to women who might<br />

describe themselves in the same way, is to get<br />

out of their comfort zone and start something.<br />

“You just kind of have to go for it and do<br />

your thing and not worry about everybody else<br />

around you,” Logan said.<br />

Going for it, and not worrying about<br />

everyone around you, are rules to live by for<br />

Kristin, Todd and their flowers.<br />

Like it says on the back of the Bloom<br />

Flower Truck business card, “A flower does not<br />

think of competing with the flowers next to it.<br />

It just blooms.”

My Lilly Pulitzer-Printed,<br />

Sorority-Stickered Gay Agenda<br />

By Sydney Pellegrini<br />

At the beginning of every semester, I walk a couple of<br />

blocks from my sorority house to the bookstore to pick up<br />

a Lilly Pulitzer agenda. It is a planner which I will start<br />

the year out writing my assignments in every day, only<br />

to inevitably abandon a few weeks into classes. Truth be<br />

told, I am not the most organized person. I am also not<br />

the most likely person to be an Alabama sorority girl.<br />

When I decided to go through rush at The University<br />

of Alabama, my mom was ecstatic. She went to a Big Ten<br />

school, had bigger hair, and was heavily involved in her<br />

sorority. I grew up hearing the stories of her glory days,<br />

and on some level, I always knew I would be a part of<br />

Greek Life. It seemed like the thing to do.<br />

I never thought much about the fact that I might not<br />

be the right “type” of girl to be in a sorority. That is, until<br />

I told my high school friends about my decision to rush,<br />

which resulted in a lot of confused facial expressions and<br />

teasing. I wasn’t a sorority girl. I was a theatre kid: your<br />

typical outgoing nerd.<br />

And I had a secret. I was (at least mostly) gay.<br />

I spent the majority of high school jumping in and out<br />

of the closet, telling only a few close friends who I had<br />

known since I was six that I might have feelings for girls.<br />

Sort of. I thought. Occasionally. Perhaps, but not<br />

really. But I would never, like, date a girl.<br />

I went to college. I pledged a sorority. I went out with<br />

fraternity boys and made friends with people within my<br />

little bubble. And I kept my secret.<br />

By the time my junior year rolled around, it was<br />

getting harder to deny the fact that I was falling in love<br />

with a girl. We had become close through class projects,<br />

rides home from bars, secret-sharing, sleepovers, lunches<br />

and weekend trips. It was October of that year when I<br />

realized I didn’t want to spend another minute without<br />

her, and I didn’t want to hide our relationship.<br />

So, I came out.<br />

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I came out to my friend Anna in a wordvomiting<br />

frenzy when I busted through the door<br />

of my sorority house the morning after my nowgirlfriend<br />

and I first kissed.<br />

I came out to my friends Jamie, Rachel and<br />

Caroline a few weeks later, in the tiny shoebox<br />

room right next door to mine after rumors started<br />

to spread. I wanted them to hear it from me first.<br />

I came out to my roommate while I painted a<br />

banner in the basement, shaking the entire time<br />

because I didn’t know if she would want to live<br />

with me again the next year.<br />

I came out to my Big while we both sat on<br />

the tiny couch in my room, and I cried because<br />

I didn’t know if she would be able to love her<br />

religion and love me.<br />

I came out to all the girls I sat with at lunch<br />

every weekday, making no eye contact to avoid<br />

the inevitable adverse reactions.<br />

And get this: <strong>No</strong>thing happened.<br />

<strong>No</strong>body shunned me or talked badly about<br />

me. <strong>No</strong> one gave me rude looks or avoided me in<br />

the halls. My roommate is still my roommate, and<br />

she’s never acted weird about changing in front<br />

of me or sleeping two feet from me each night.<br />

My friends barely batted an eye; some told me<br />

they knew all along. A long-standing rule against<br />

bringing girls as dates to functions was retracted,<br />

and I was even elected to a cabinet position. I have<br />

not once had a less-than-pleasant interaction<br />

with a girl in my sorority because of my sexuality.<br />

I have been embraced with open arms for exactly<br />

who I am. I have had younger girls come up to<br />

me at parties and tell me how much they love me<br />

and my girlfriend together and how happy they<br />

are for me.<br />

I am not saying everything is perfect here or<br />

in other houses or other social circles. I’m sure<br />

there are some people who don’t love the fact<br />

that I’m gay. And that’s fine — it doesn’t bother<br />

me. But I can honestly say that being openly<br />

gay in an Alabama sorority is not as scary as it<br />

sounds. I know all that “Sisterhood forever! I love<br />

my sisters!” talk is annoying, and I don’t know<br />

how much I buy into all of it, but I will say this:<br />

Sisterhood can be something unexpected. It can<br />

be something wonderful and real. It can be openminded,<br />

forgiving and sincere.<br />

I used to think I wasn’t meant to be a sorority<br />

girl. <strong>No</strong>w, I’m pretty damn proud to be one. <strong>No</strong><br />

matter how obnoxious my hot pink Lilly agenda<br />

might be.

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and Bac<br />

Editor’s note: The source in this article requested<br />

anonymity for safety and privacy reasons.<br />

Madison needed to sustain her narcotics<br />

addiction. It was the thing that was keeping her<br />

going.<br />

She had not always been like this. In fact, there<br />

was a time when she was clean. She quit drugs<br />

when she became pregnant with her son, but three<br />

years after his birth in 2011, she relapsed.<br />

Soon after, Madison’s father died and she<br />

relocated from Omaha, Nebraska back to the<br />

South.<br />

She was homeless. She didn’t have anyone to<br />

go to for help. She lacked a system of support,<br />

and she would soon fall prey to a system that was<br />

anything but.<br />

Next thing Madison knew, she was in<br />

Montgomery, Alabama, in a world she described<br />

as “Hell.” In this Hell, she was robbed, abused<br />

and raped. In this Hell, people preyed on her<br />

vulnerability. In this Hell, she was forced into the<br />

world of human trafficking.<br />

“I had lost my child, my health, everything,”<br />

she said.<br />

It was her drug use and vulnerable state,<br />

Madison said, that made her more susceptible to<br />

being trafficked.<br />

It all started out, she said, when the traffickers<br />

told her, “You don’t have to be one of those girls,<br />

you don’t have to do that.” But then they told her,<br />

“Here’s this much of drugs, go sell that.”<br />

The traffickers were setting her up to be robbed.<br />

Once she was robbed, she was in debt to them. So,<br />

she had to do other things to work it off.<br />

“All of the major cities are<br />

connected with interstate<br />

systems, and it flourishes from<br />

Huntsville down to Mobile.<br />

We are all connected to a<br />

statewide circuit.”<br />

“It’s like a moth to a flame,” she said. “They’re<br />

drawn to people like me who don’t have a network<br />

of support, and so – easy targets.”<br />

Victims can easily become trapped in an<br />

industry that is at work across the state of Alabama,<br />

and one that has become a pressing concern<br />

among law enforcement officials and human rights<br />

organizations throughout the Southeast.<br />

Madison is not alone as a human trafficking<br />

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k<br />

victim in the state. There were 31 cases prosecuted<br />

as human trafficking in Alabama in 2017.<br />

Tuscaloosa Police Department Lt. Darren Beams<br />

said Interstates 20 and 59, which stretch from<br />

near the Mexico border through Atlanta, are<br />

thoroughfares for human trafficking in Alabama.<br />

The interstate system brings the trafficking<br />

business to Alabama from neighboring states such<br />

as Tennessee, Louisiana, Georgia and Florida. The<br />

Birmingham area shows the largest concentration<br />

of trafficking activities, but the crime is a problem<br />

statewide, Beams said.<br />

“All of the major cities are connected with<br />

interstate systems, and it flourishes from<br />

Huntsville down to Mobile,” he said. “We are all<br />

connected to a statewide circuit.”<br />

According to the National Human Trafficking<br />

Hotline, 68 human trafficking cases in Alabama<br />

were reported in 2017, and 184 calls made to the<br />

hotline referenced Alabama.<br />

Efforts are being made in Alabama to reduce<br />

statewide human trafficking. Beams said law<br />

enforcement is working to establish a statewide<br />

protocol for all agencies to use and encourage more<br />

collaboration between local, state and federal law<br />

enforcement to help women, like Madison, who<br />

are victims of trafficking.<br />

Christian Lim, the project administrator for<br />

the Alabama statewide human trafficking protocol,<br />

said traffickers exploit the vulnerabilities of a<br />

person. He said anybody that has a vulnerability<br />

can be a victim of human trafficking.<br />

“For a lot of sex trafficking, it could be poverty,<br />

or it could just be something as basic as somebody<br />

lacking the relationships that they really need in a<br />

home or something like that,” Lim said.<br />

According to the Polaris Project, a national<br />

nonprofit organization that gathered statistics<br />

from the National Human Trafficking Hotline and<br />

BeFree Textline, 2,762 of the 10,615 cases analyzed<br />

involved minors in 2017. The top recruitment<br />

tactic for sex trafficking in 2017 was intimate<br />

partner or marriage proposition.<br />

Lim is part of a research team that conducted<br />

a series of 20 focus groups throughout the state,<br />

including interviews with 114 professionals who<br />

may have worked with human trafficking victims<br />

or potential victims. The team was able to identify<br />

617 potential victims of human trafficking that<br />

they had worked with in 2017. Out of the 617, he<br />

said about 354 were probably minors.<br />

Kat Kirkpatrick is the marketing supervisor<br />

for The WellHouse, a residential facility in<br />

Birmingham that houses adult women who are<br />

victims of sex trafficking, providing them a safe<br />

place to go and work on recovery. She said pimps<br />

will hang around schools or shopping malls where<br />

their potential victims are, adding that it is not<br />

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usually like the movie Taken, where the victim is<br />

stolen off the street.<br />

“It’s a lot of coercion and manipulating of<br />

trust, lies and kind of deceitfulness,” she said.<br />

“They seek out these<br />

women who are potentially<br />

fragile in that way and they<br />

exploit it.”<br />

Kirkpatrick said if the trafficker is female, she<br />

might befriend the potential victim at school and<br />

then say, “Hey, you know I’ve got this guy.”<br />

If the trafficker is male, he might become her<br />

boyfriend or take her out and buy her nice things<br />

and treat her really well because traffickers focus<br />

on people who are searching for and craving love<br />

because of a past trauma.<br />

“They seek out these women who are<br />

potentially fragile in that way and they exploit<br />

it,” Kirkpatrick said.<br />

After about a year in human trafficking, she<br />

found a way out of the life she was stuck in.<br />

After a couple stints in jail, she saw the phone<br />

number for The WellHouse in her Facebook<br />

messenger from her son’s grandmother. She got<br />

out of jail, called the number, and they picked<br />

her up the next day. She began her time at The<br />

WellHouse in October 2015 and was there for<br />

two years.<br />

“It was probably the best thing that I could’ve<br />

ever done,” Madison said.<br />

Once at the property, Kirkpatrick said<br />

women like Madison first go to a short-term<br />

house called the “immediate shelter,” where the<br />

goal is to improve their health. There is a doctor<br />

who comes once a week, and the women wear<br />

donated clothes because they often arrive with<br />

nothing.<br />

Madison said that never having to wonder<br />

what she was going to eat or where she was going<br />

to stay gave her an opportunity to think about<br />

her future and what steps she could take to reach<br />

goals she hadn’t had before.<br />

The women also have a caseworker, trauma<br />

counselor and a general counselor who have<br />

individual sessions and group therapy with the<br />

victims.<br />

“We try to get them back to square one,”<br />

Kirkpatrick said. “They’ve seen a lot of trauma,<br />

and they are in rough shape when we get them,<br />

and so it’s just all about recovery and restoring<br />

them to where they need to be.”<br />

Madison has been out of The WellHouse for<br />

a year now, and she is in school with full custody<br />

of her son. She was diagnosed with Hepatitis C<br />

when she first got to The WellHouse, but she got<br />

medication for it and is healthy. She reached her<br />

three-year sobriety anniversary in October.<br />

In a state where a network of traffickers is<br />

creating a stronghold, Carolyn Potter, CEO of<br />

the WellHouse, is creating an even stronger<br />

network of people fighting to put an end to the<br />

trafficking industry. Potter encourages people<br />

to support or volunteer with organizations like<br />

The WellHouse. She also recommends learning<br />

common signs of trafficking, such as branding or<br />

tattoos of the trafficker on the victim, downcast<br />

eyes, fearful posture, and the appearance of<br />

being malnourished and sleep-deprived.<br />

“Spotting signs of victims is key,” Potter said.<br />

“If you learn to spot the signs, you can call the<br />

police and save a life.”<br />

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Brooches,<br />

the Forgotten<br />

Accessory<br />

Brooches and Hat -<br />

Twice as Nice<br />

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By Emily Safron<br />

There is nothing we love more than the<br />

reemergence of an old trend. This spring, we<br />

see the return of the brooch. Originally used as<br />

cloak fasteners worn by the Celts and Vikings<br />

during the Early Medieval period, brooches<br />

have seen a thing or two. And now they’re back<br />

for more.<br />

Here are a few of our favorite ways to style<br />

your brooches:<br />

Wear Your Brooch on the Back/Clasp<br />

of Dress<br />

A common complaint for accessories that<br />

pin to clothing is that they leave a hole or ruin<br />

fabric. If you’re wearing your hair up, consider<br />

putting a brooch onto the back of your outfit or<br />

on top of the clasp of your dress for a little extra<br />

sparkle. It is a place where any potential holes<br />

will go unnoticed at a later date.<br />

Tie a Neck Scarf and Add a Brooch on Top<br />

In addition to brooches, silk neck scarves are<br />

having a moment. Select one of your choosing<br />

and, once tied, slide the brooch pin into the<br />

knot. By doing so, you can add a statement to<br />

an already trendy accessory.<br />

Add to a Headband or Hat<br />

Brooches are often seen as an accessory for<br />

hats. By adding one atop a cute floppy sun hat<br />

or beret, your look will catch so many eyes. If<br />

you’re more of a headband gal, clipping it to the<br />

side makes for another cute look.<br />

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Add to a Bracelet or Watch<br />

If you have a minimalistic bracelet that isn’t<br />

made out of metal, consider adding a brooch<br />

through it. One that is the same color as your outfit<br />

can even help it stand out more.<br />

Add a Brooch to your Hair<br />

Brooches are the perfect asset to your clothing<br />

and accessories, but what about including them in<br />

your hairstyle rotation? Spice things up by adding a<br />

brooch to the back of a ponytail, bottom of a braid<br />

or front of a bun.<br />

Wear Multiple Brooches<br />

Just like pins, brooches are great to showcase<br />

your personal style. Consider adding a cluster of<br />

brooches to your outfit. The pieces will play off each<br />

other and add an interesting touch to any outfit.<br />

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Dress and Earrings - Fab’rik<br />

Glasses- SOCA<br />










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Fashion defies<br />

circumstance. To reserve<br />

this self-expressive art<br />

form for special occasions<br />

is an injustice to your<br />

closet. Don’t shy away<br />

from the chandelier<br />

earrings. Rock the red lip.<br />

Wear the platform shoes.<br />

Every day is a new excuse<br />

to play dress-up, and<br />

the grocery store aisle is<br />

Monday’s runway.<br />

Lace dress and Shoes- Fab’rik<br />

Red shorts- Fab’rik<br />

White top - SOCA<br />

Earrings and Sunglasses - Fab’rik<br />

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How Hip Hop<br />

Culture Disrupted the<br />

Sneaker Industry<br />

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By Molly Powers<br />

The popularity of hip hop music has<br />

increased exponentially. The artists on top<br />

are dominating the music scene, consistently<br />

landing on Billboard Hot 100 charts, while<br />

hundreds of underground rappers fight to<br />

climb the SoundCloud ladder to meet their<br />

idols at the top.<br />

When it comes to being an artist in 2019,<br />

the whole package is a necessity for achieving<br />

success. This means how you dress, what<br />

you stand for, and who you know is just as<br />

important as creating good music. What an<br />

artist is wearing means everything to their<br />

fans. The consistent success of artists who<br />

sport exclusive sneakers, designer belts<br />

and clothes by brands the general public<br />

has never even heard of, has revealed a<br />

growing community of people obsessed with<br />

replicating their favorite artist’s style.<br />

In the splash zone of this newfound<br />

community lies hip hop icons and, thus,<br />

streetwear enthusiasts, creating a foundation<br />

of maximum originality. Having a strong<br />

personal brand and unique style increases<br />

recognition amongst the plethora of artists<br />

in the industry. French Montana’s popular<br />

hit <strong>No</strong> Stylist boasts about Montana’s<br />

personal style being so good he doesn’t need<br />

help getting dressed for events or parties.<br />

This emphasis on originality is translated<br />

from the artists’ lyrics into the clothes they<br />

wear and the way they present themselves.<br />

Virgil Abloh, creator of fashion<br />

brand Off-White and menswear<br />

creative lead of Louis Vuitton, is often<br />

credited with inciting the collaboration<br />

revolution we are currently in. Brands<br />

evermore are combining their designs,<br />

logos and specific styles with each other<br />

to create brand awareness in each other’s<br />

target market. Abloh<br />

famously redesigned<br />

seven of the most popular<br />

Nike silhouettes, putting his<br />

own recognizable “work in progress” designs<br />

on Nike’s classic, blank canvases.<br />

This famous collection opened the<br />

floodgates for, or at least popularized,<br />

the hundreds of sneaker collaborations<br />

between sneaker powerhouses and hip hop<br />

artists. The collaborations range from the<br />

trendsetting, groundbreaking Kanye West<br />

x Adidas “Yeezy Supply” collections, to the<br />

exclusive, limited pair of Travis Scott Nike<br />

Air Force 1’s. <strong>No</strong>t only are these artists<br />

setting trends by what they are wearing<br />

on their own feet, they are selling their<br />

personal designs, blurring the lines between<br />

the music and fashion industries.<br />

We are living in a time where no one,<br />

including hip hop artists, wants to be boxed<br />

in to one segment of their industry. It is<br />

becoming increasingly more common to dip<br />

your toes in several disciplines. As we move<br />

towards independence and originality, we<br />

begin to mix and match the “rights” and<br />

“wrongs” we were conditioned to consider<br />

while getting dressed in the morning.<br />

Those who do not subscribe to hip hop<br />

or streetwear subcultures are still wearing<br />

sneakers, whether they know the source of<br />

the trend or not. On the walkways of college<br />

campuses, there has been a massive influx of<br />

sneakerwearing, especially among women.<br />

In this era of breaking down barriers and<br />

stereotypes, women are wearing Nike Air<br />

Max’s with their flowy skirt instead of<br />

wedges or sandals. If you haven’t already<br />

got your own favorite pair of sneakers,<br />

don’t fret: the trend isn’t going anywhere<br />

anytime soon.<br />

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Earrings - SOCA<br />

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Jacket - Jeff McFly

Elevate<br />

Your Style<br />

Sunglasses and earring pairings you can<br />

use to elevate your style this spring.<br />

By Rachel Stern<br />

It’s time to go big with accessories this season.<br />

The miniature eyewear and handbags that<br />

dominated 2018 are slowly fading out, making<br />

room for the oversized and the bold: a glamorous<br />

look that continues to stand the test of time.<br />

On the runways at Dior and Prada for Spring-<br />

Summer 2019, we saw big bold sunglasses in<br />

vintage-inspired looks. Strutting on the runways<br />

of Stella McCartney and Gucci were sunglasses<br />

with a sporty, futuristic feel; imagine super-tinted<br />

ski goggles with embellishments and oversized,<br />

abstract curves.<br />

Turning to jewelry trends, 2019 is sticking with<br />

the glamorous, the glitzy and the embellished.<br />

Models displayed bright pearls, plenty of lavish<br />

beads, geometric shapes and luscious hoops.<br />

Ariana Grande owns this look in her 7 Rings music<br />

video, where she’s heavily beaded and layered<br />

with gems. An 80s look is also reemerging with<br />

retro and oversized heart hoops and studs.<br />

Anyone can bring these bold combinations<br />

of eyewear and accessories together to add some<br />

style to the everyday:<br />

The Classic Look: Pair Ray-Bans with oversized<br />

pearls or tortoiseshell hoops for a sophisticated<br />

and understated look.<br />

Cool and Edgy: Make the streets your catwalk<br />

with black shield sunglasses a la Gucci and<br />

chandelier-style beaded earrings.<br />

Chic Glamour: Miu Miu showcased gorgeous,<br />

giant shield glasses with gem-speckled rims,<br />

which would pair well with silver hoops for<br />

maximum glamour.<br />

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Street Style Icon: Pair futuristic shades of the shield or semi-rimless variety with geometric metal earrings. These gogglelike<br />

shades, stolen straight from the ski slopes, retain their functional feel, making them a daring fashion statement for even<br />

the sportiest among us.<br />

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Flirty and Fun: Embrace your girly side and rock feminine patterns and colors to feel light and fun this spring. Bella Hadid<br />

rocked pink polka dot shades on Fendi’s runway matched with big floral studs: the perfect pairing for any brunch or<br />

picnic outing.<br />

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Geometric: If you’re not into the<br />

big and the bold, you can still rock<br />

proportionally-sized frames in<br />

geometric shapes like triangles and<br />

rectangles. Even heart shapes are<br />

making an appearance, as seen by<br />

Each x Other. Pair heart glasses with<br />

heart-shaped hoops for a girly and<br />

youthful look.<br />

Truly, there are no rules that<br />

can’t be broken. As seen from the<br />

SS19 runways, the crazier and more<br />

nonsensical, the better. So don’t be<br />

afraid to mix and match different<br />

styles and colors with your earring<br />

and shade pairings. All of these give<br />

an instant elevation to seemingly<br />

common looks.

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Tiny<br />

Foundations<br />

By Meg McGuire<br />

In an office nestled on the third floor of Lloyd Hall,<br />

silvery light filters through a picture window overlooking<br />

the The University of Alabama’s Quad, sending warm<br />

shafts into a blue mug that reads,<br />

“Slow Down. Life is good.”<br />

Amanda Espy-Brown’s students can count on having<br />

fresh coffee brewed every morning in the breakroom to<br />

accompany seminars sprinkled with stories about her sons<br />

and kayaking trips with her dogs, Shiloh and Sadie.<br />

Between her time spent researching in Nigeria and<br />

trekking through the Alabama wilderness on geographic<br />

expeditions, her life has been characterized by taking<br />

on big challenges; but 50 minutes northwest of campus<br />

in a one-gas-station town, a small project stands as the<br />

manifestation of a narrative saturated with crushing loss<br />

and the bittersweet essence of healing. The foundations<br />

of this personal sanctuary are rooted in the true grit and<br />

trailblazing heart of a woman whose journey has been<br />

anything but tiny.<br />

Unexpected Change<br />

Espy-Brown rebelled against her family’s fivegeneration<br />

streak of civil engineering graduates from<br />

The University of Alabama to study geology at the rival<br />

Auburn University. It was there that she met her husband<br />

after a friend of theirs introduced her to his identical twin<br />

brother by mistake. After the mix-up was resolved, Espy-<br />

Brown was set up on a blind date with the real Warren<br />

Brown. She said it was love at first sight.<br />

After returning to UA for graduate school and<br />

discovering her passion for teaching, Espy-Brown went<br />

on to earn her doctorate and worked at Middle Tennessee<br />

State University. Her husband served as a combat civil<br />

engineer in the United States Air Force and earned the<br />

ranking of major. Eventually his career brought their<br />

family back to her Tuscaloosa roots where she took a job<br />

as the education and outreach coordinator at the Museum<br />

of Natural History.<br />

Soon after being hired, Espy-Brown’s husband came<br />

to her with significant peripheral vision loss. Doctor<br />

appointments eventually led to the discovery of a brain<br />

tumor. In their private moments together, the two of them<br />

discussed the logistics of transition.<br />

As the cancer progressed and concerns about their<br />

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teenage sons, Carson and Marshall, and uncertainty about<br />

what the future might hold began to sink in, Espy-Brown<br />

said that her husband steadily reminded her, “You can do<br />

this.”<br />

Warren Brown passed away a year and a half later,<br />

but she held tightly to his encouragement and took on<br />

her new role as a single mother. In the face of terminal<br />

illness, she said Warren declared that his time was not to<br />

be considered “a life cut short, but rather a life completed.”<br />

Raising two teenage boys without a father figure<br />

present meant that Espy-Brown had to begin adjusting<br />

her approach to motherhood. That same year, her sons’<br />

grandmother and close friend also passed away. Seeing the<br />

significant need for flexibility, she took a teaching position<br />

with The University of Alabama’s New College that would<br />

allow it. She said the move landed her the job of her<br />

dreams, combining her loves for geology and teaching. It<br />

was a fresh start.<br />

Inspired by her sons’ passion for outdoor<br />

sportsmanship, a hobby of theirs that had previously left<br />

her uneasy, she began the search for a piece of property<br />

to foster healing and a new sense of family. Espy-Brown<br />

said she never wanted her sons to feel like they had been<br />

cheated out of life experiences because they no longer had<br />

a father. She soon realized that being a parent, and not just<br />

a mother, required her to loosen her white-knuckle grip<br />

on security and allow herself and her sons to do things that<br />

scared her.<br />

New Beginnings<br />

On Christmas morning of 2013, Espy-Brown woke<br />

her sons to tell them that she had bought 130 acres of land<br />

in her own name. The trio drove out to the property to see<br />

the location of their new beginnings, and it was then that<br />

Espy-Brown began scheming the plans that would soon<br />

turn into blueprints for her tiny refuge. She said signing<br />

the deed without her husband’s signature to accompany it<br />

was equally surreal and empowering.<br />

“You have to be so, so intentional about rebuilding in<br />

a way that honors and leaves room for the person who is<br />

gone but also respects the need to carry on,” Espy-Brown<br />

said. “ I never, ever say ‘move on’ because we don’t do that;<br />

but we are obliged to ‘carry on,’ and I wanted to do that<br />

with joy and purpose.”<br />

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With an original budget of $10,000 and a<br />

team of her family and friends, Espy-Brown<br />

began constructing a tiny house in Belk,<br />

Alabama. Her father, an attorney and civil<br />

engineer, was instrumental in the construction<br />

and obtaining legal permits pertaining to the<br />

home. And even though they rolled their eyes<br />

at her giddiness upon receiving a chainsaw<br />

for her birthday, Espy-Brown believes that<br />

her sons secretly appreciate her willingness<br />

to defy the stereotypical motherhood mold.<br />

She said the bonding aspect of laying new<br />

foundations brought her family a fresh sense<br />

of purpose.<br />

“The tiny house was integral to the healing<br />

process,” Espy-Brown said.<br />

However, she also recognized the need<br />

to coax forth essential, personal healing. Her<br />

husband’s passing had thwarted the dreams<br />

and plans she had sculpted around their<br />

relationship together. Espy-Brown equated<br />

losing a spouse to simultaneously losing one’s<br />

past, present and future.<br />

“I always compare it to looking out over<br />

a field covered with trees,” Espy-Brown said,<br />

“And each of those trees is a milestone in the<br />

future - all the obvious things like our boys<br />

graduating and getting their first jobs, but<br />

also things like traveling and running races<br />

together. When Warren died it felt like that<br />

field got wiped clean and was just this vast<br />

space as far as I could see.”<br />

For Espy-Brown, the tiny house became a<br />

tree on that field. It was a tree she needed. A<br />

landmark to work towards and look forward<br />

to reaching.<br />

“I have to repopulate my future with<br />

things that will be meaningful and, honestly,<br />

things that will just be fun,” Espy-Brown said.<br />

“‘Fun is underrated.”<br />

The cabin itself now measures 240 square<br />

feet on the main floor, dwarfed in comparison<br />

to the acres of surrounding piney foliage. It<br />

features a galley kitchen, porch, bedroom<br />

loft and both an indoor and outdoor shower.<br />

The team was responsible for tasks ranging<br />

from surveying to laying wheelbarrows<br />

full of cement in the unforgiving Alabama<br />

summer sun. Other family and friends<br />

donated materials that contributed to the<br />

house’s eclectic personality. Windows were<br />

transported from a Habitat for Humanity<br />

Restore, while her aunt offered wood that had<br />

been in her great grandmother’s home. Espy-<br />

Brown said that she loved the idea of giving<br />

these pieces new life through her project. She<br />

credits the completion of the project to those<br />

who partnered alongside her.<br />

Continuous Growth<br />

Looking back on the journey, Espy-Brown<br />

can attest to the personal growth that she has<br />

experienced through choosing to step out of<br />

her comfort zone. She advised that others,<br />

especially women, take initiative and pursue<br />

new, adventurous tasks, no matter their age.<br />

She understands firsthand the initial fear<br />

of failure, but it pales in comparison to the<br />

rewards reaped in the decision to simply try.<br />

With the project’s slow progress measured<br />

in fish fries, games of fetch with her dogs, and<br />

fear being conquered in learning to operate<br />

a chop saw, it became apparent to Espy-<br />

Brown that the little things in life are merely<br />

a reflection of things far more significant.<br />

In the most daunting wilderness, there is<br />

refuge in community, rest in the deep sighs<br />

following a long day’s work, and healing in<br />

sunsets that make one’s soul simultaneously<br />

ache and rejoice. This place is a monument to<br />

her husband’s legacy. A testament to the daily<br />

choice to be brave. For her, the tiny house sits<br />

as a microcosmic reminder of the human<br />

spirit’s deep-rooted tenacity to overcome the<br />

reality of a love not lost, but simply redefined.<br />

In the midst of every season, it beckons:<br />

“Slow Down. Life is good.”<br />

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The Fine Art<br />

of<br />

Makeup<br />

A collection of looks inspired by<br />

paintings displayed at the<br />

Birmingham Museum of Art<br />

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Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California<br />

Albert Bierstadt<br />

Buffalo Vector Border Crossing (Yellowstone)<br />

Merrit Johnson<br />

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La boisson chaude<br />

Christophe Huet<br />

The Miracles of Wen Shu (Manjusri)<br />

China<br />

Revolutionary<br />

Wadsworth A. Jarrell Sr.<br />

Fleurs au Bord Belle-Île-En-Mer<br />

Maxime Maufra<br />

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A Table Conversation<br />

with Frank Stitt<br />

By Anna Klement<br />

Some would think the best chef in<br />

America looks like Wolfgang Puck or <strong>No</strong>bu<br />

Matsuhisa, maybe Bobby Flay. To me,<br />

America’s best chef looks like Walt Disney.<br />

Frank Stitt, the 2018 James Beard Award<br />

Winner, creates magic in his kitchen. What<br />

Walt Disney created for childrens’ cartoons,<br />

Stitt mimics with food. There is a very short<br />

list of chefs bred from Cullman, Alabama<br />

who value a salty oyster as much as a<br />

conversation on French philosophy. Stitt is<br />

as educated on history and culture as he is<br />

in agriculture.<br />

“Our cattle graze in sixteen different<br />

types of grass up to your neck,” Stitt said.<br />

He speaks of the quality of beef his<br />

farmers raise for his restaurant, Highlands,<br />

which was named one of America’s best<br />

restaurants. I could only imagine a restaurant<br />

higher than his on the list would have to grow<br />

seventeen types.<br />

Cross-trained in Provincial France, Stitt<br />

chose to take his extraordinary talent back<br />

home to Alabama because of the fruitful<br />

harvest seasons and his proximity to family.<br />

It’s clear he knows farm to table cuisine. Stitt<br />

grew up picking crops in his grandfather’s<br />

fields and organically learning that a chef’s<br />

relationship to cooking begins with seeds.<br />

He studied in California’s Bay Area before<br />

following a chef he was trained by to France.<br />

Like a francophile love story, he fell in love<br />

with the French countryside and the essence<br />

of slow food at a supper table. European<br />

fashion is to spend hours conversing,<br />

drinking and eating several courses. Dinner<br />

is the main event. After France, he worked<br />

in the Caribbean, for which he credits<br />

his incorporation of fresh seafood on his<br />

menu to.<br />

“I wanted to be crazy diligent about<br />

getting the freshest fish,” Stitt said. “Once we<br />

would get through our order of 20 snapper,<br />

we would move on to the next fish. That’s<br />

the reason we change our menu every single<br />

day...It’s kind of a badge of honor to serve the<br />

freshest seafood.”<br />

There wasn’t any formal training at a<br />

culinary institute to explain his level of<br />

excellence, but he did make an impression<br />

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on Julia Child before he was nominated on a<br />

decade long streak for Best Chef in America.<br />

For someone like Stitt to accomplish so<br />

much on his own, he remains one of the most<br />

humble people I’ve ever had a conversation<br />

with (and I’ve never spoken to anyone more<br />

decorated than him in the world of food).<br />

His three restaurants create a sense of place<br />

when you sit down at one of his tables, as if<br />

he was sitting across from you like he was<br />

with me. His eye contact is fixed on me when<br />

he speaks, and he remains engaged with the<br />

conversation.<br />

“I want people to be<br />

wowed by the sincerity, the<br />

genuineness, the quality of<br />

the food,” Stitt said.<br />

You wouldn’t know unless you looked<br />

at the top right corner of his menu for<br />

Highlands that it changes everyday. The<br />

typography of his menu and logo is simple.<br />

Yet, it makes a bold enough statement for<br />

someone like me who geeks out over fonts<br />

to appreciate it. The font speaks a lot for the<br />

restaurant's atmosphere. It’s classic and<br />

whimsical. It’s reasonably priced for a nice<br />

meal yet has the sense of exclusivity only the<br />

best restaurant in America could give. The<br />

details in the decor aren’t obvious to a naked<br />

eye. The restaurant itself draws inspiration<br />

from Creole and French artists. The walls of<br />

the kitchen and private business area are still<br />

intact from the 80s. There’s framed news<br />

articles and shadow boxes of older menus<br />

with detail right down to who the servers<br />

were for the night.<br />

“Birmingham is really a place where<br />

I could take my California, French and<br />

Caribbean influences here,” Stitt said.<br />

“My mom took a second mortgage out on<br />

her house to raise money, since I needed<br />

investors to open the restaurant. Everything<br />

I had was used equipment.”<br />

The sincerity of Stitt and his staff is<br />

enough to earn a spot as the Best Restaurant<br />

in America. It took ten years of perseverance,<br />

hard work and dedication climbing James<br />

Beard’s list for the title to finally stick. If<br />

there was one thing he wanted to strive<br />

for in opening three restaurants, a James<br />

Beard Award was never his end goal. It was<br />

always about having the highest integrity as<br />

a proprietor and chef.<br />

“I want people to be wowed by the<br />

sincerity, the genuineness, the quality of the<br />

food,” Stitt said.<br />

Behind a great man, is his two equally as<br />

talented and hardworking women. If it wasn’t<br />

enough to have a champion restaurant,<br />

his pastry chef since the conception of<br />

Highlands, Dolester Miles - known around<br />

the restaurant as Dol - is a James Beard<br />

winner as well. She began working along<br />

Stitt with no prior kitchen training, just a<br />

stellar work ethic and sweet tooth. In present<br />

day, she bakes the purest coconut cake with<br />

a crème pâtissière that I’m not ashamed to<br />

say tastes better than my own grandmother’s<br />

recipe.<br />

“Dol didn’t have any cooking experience,”<br />

Stitt said. “She helped us sew the curtains a<br />

week before we opened.”<br />

Though he’s humble, Stitt remains<br />

confident in his recipe development. He will<br />

not take credit for any measure of success in<br />

his restaurants without mentioning his other<br />

life partner who works just as hard behind<br />

the scene: his wife, Pardis. Pardis has been<br />

responsible for advancing the business<br />

interests since their marriage began. He<br />

says it’s frustrating when people credit his<br />

success without mentioning her.<br />

“If I were her I’d be so pissed off,” Stitt<br />

said. “How dare you not acknowledge the<br />

woman who’s been here the past 25 years<br />

working equally as hard.”<br />

He says he practices new recipes every<br />

evening with his co-owner, as a great chef<br />

should. His face lights up and his tone<br />

changes when asked about Pardis.<br />

“I owe it all to her.”<br />

It’s no secret his productions of food are<br />

sensational love letters to his wife, and that<br />

is something even Walt Disney would be<br />

proud of.<br />

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By Irene Richardson<br />

As drag queens become more popular in<br />

mainstream media, society is beginning<br />

to recognize drag performances as an art.<br />

Several new and experienced drag queens<br />

discuss the misconceptions that lie behind<br />

drag culture and how performing has shaped<br />

them personally.<br />

Leland Hughes always knew he wanted to<br />

be an entertainer. He just didn’t know the route<br />

he would take to get there until he discovered<br />

something he was really good at: drag.<br />

Before January of 2005, when Hughes first<br />

started performing, drag was never something<br />

he considered. After watching movies growing<br />

up, such as To Wong Foo, Thanks for<br />

Everything! Julie Newmar, a comedy from the<br />

90’s about three drag queens who take a road<br />

trip, he thought it was supposed to be funny,<br />

something people laughed at. But that belief<br />

changed when his friends took him to a drag<br />

show on his 18th birthday and he thought,<br />

“Maybe I could do that and do it better.”<br />

Today, drag has transformed and expanded,<br />

featuring different styles and forms. For many,<br />

like Hughes, who has performed as Genesis for<br />

over a decade, it’s a career that goes beyond a<br />

few minutes on stage.<br />

“One of the biggest pleasures I get from<br />

entertaining is you’ve got all this bad stuff in<br />

the world going on all the time,” Hughes said,<br />

“but for three to four minutes, maybe multiple<br />

times a night, people forget all the negative<br />

stuff going on in their lives… and their troubles<br />

kind of fade away for a moment.”<br />

The way a crowd reacts and the<br />

unpredictability of a show contribute to where<br />

a queen will take their performance. Hughes is<br />

concerned about everyone having a good time,<br />

but he also knows more can come out of a show.<br />

“[Performing is] being able to just see how<br />

people react to [drag] and being able to maybe<br />

change their mind about something they didn’t<br />

know before,” Hughes said.<br />

Drag queens provide entertainment, but<br />

performing is also an artistic expression<br />

and requires the skill, patience and practice<br />

associated with all other forms of art. When<br />

Ryan Pearson steps on stage as Liz Anya, the<br />

show culminates from several years of selftaught<br />

stage makeup, dance routines and<br />

sewing skills.<br />

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Like any artist, Pearson has continued to<br />

grow in his art over the past two years since<br />

he started performing drag in 2017. When<br />

he first began, Liz Anya’s outfits consisted of<br />

a pair of ripped jeans pulled over a leotard.<br />

<strong>No</strong>w, Pearson is taking inspiration from<br />

Cruella de Vil for his next project.<br />

“Drag is an art form. You can’t really rely<br />

on other people to help you out with it that<br />

much because it’s something that’s yours,”<br />

Pearson said. “You have to be able to fully<br />

know what you’re doing or else you’re not<br />

going to be doing what you want to be doing;<br />

you’re going to be doing someone else’s drag.”<br />

While wearing a design specifically<br />

tailored for yourself works as a method for<br />

creating more confidence on stage, nerves<br />

come with the performance. This was<br />

particularly true for Gregory Harvey who<br />

began doing drag for the first time only a few<br />

months ago. Harvey, a University of Alabama<br />

student double majoring in graphic design<br />

and marketing, started performing as Dia<br />

Lysis in October of 2018.<br />

The first time he performed was scary,<br />

even with the large amount of support<br />

Harvey received from friends. Part of these<br />

nerves are due in part to a comparison of<br />

what people view on TV, such as on the show<br />

RuPaul’s Drag Race.<br />

“Whatever you see on Drag Race is touted<br />

to be the future of drag,” Harvey said. “That’s<br />

a double-edged sword because it brings<br />

something new to new to drag of course, but<br />

they see what’s on Drag Race and go, ‘This is<br />

what drag has to look like.’”<br />

Shows like Drag Race have been positive<br />

in making drag culture more normalized<br />

and popular. However, with attention comes<br />

misconceptions and misconstrued notions<br />

about what it means to be a queen.<br />

One of the most common<br />

misunderstandings stems from a belief that<br />

all drag queens identify as transgender.<br />

While that may be the case in some instances,<br />

it certainly doesn’t mean the words are<br />

interchangeable. The assumption can result<br />

in the harmful effects of transmisogyny.<br />

“Drag is female impersonation,”<br />

Harvey said. “That’s not to say there aren’t<br />

transgender drag queens. There are plenty<br />

of those, and a lot of queens find themselves<br />

through drag…It’s a situation where they’re<br />

mutually exclusive. They’re not the same<br />

thing and should not be treated as the same<br />

thing.”<br />

Hughes notes that transgender queens are<br />

a huge part of the drag community and they<br />

deserve respect. Assuming every drag queen<br />

wants to be a woman, however, isn’t a correct<br />

way to view the overall drag culture.<br />

<strong>No</strong>t comprehending drag culture, the<br />

etiquette, and the art of the shows, can<br />

lead to uncomfortable situations. Harvey<br />

described several experiences where men<br />

could not separate the show from the person.<br />

He’ll often receive lewd comments and<br />

inappropriate propositions from men after a<br />

performance.<br />

“It doesn’t necessarily mean they respect<br />

you as a person. It’s a fantasy they’re trying to<br />

live out,” Harvey said. “What I’m presenting<br />

is just an illusion. It’s not real life.”<br />

For Pearson, even with the negative<br />

attention drag culture can receive, he feels<br />

it’s had a positive impact on the LGBTQ+<br />

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community. More people are seeing it as an<br />

art form that’s pushing boundaries rather<br />

than something once considered taboo.<br />

He describes how he feels on stage with<br />

one word: powerful.<br />

He tells himself, “I’m the only one. I am<br />

the only one.”<br />

“I definitely think, since doing drag, I<br />

don’t care about gender roles and things<br />

like that,” Pearson said. “It’s definitely made<br />

me feel like I don’t have to box myself in to<br />

anything.”<br />

Harvey, like Pearson, emphasized that<br />

drag is an individualistic experience. And<br />

while Harvey said he keeps his drag life<br />

completely separate from everyday life, it<br />

doesn’t mean drag queens leave everything<br />

on the stage.<br />

Confidence, pride and an overall sense<br />

of power are all traits that translate from<br />

the stage to the more mundane aspects of<br />

life. By pushing boundaries and breaking<br />

gender norms, drag culture has allowed the<br />

performers a new sense of self-assurance.<br />

Ethan Burt heads for the stage every<br />

weekend as Dani California, but on a dayto-day<br />

basis, he’s a third semester graduate<br />

student at Auburn for geography and<br />

community planning. Even though these two<br />

parts of his life don’t intertwine, they’re still<br />

connected by the things he’s taken away from<br />

his performances.<br />

“It’s hard not to be confident when you’ve<br />

dressed up as a woman lip syncing in front<br />

of people,” Burt said. “If I can do that, I can<br />

pretty much do anything else. If I’m not<br />

embarrassed about that, I have nothing else<br />

to be embarrassed about.”<br />

Before performing drag, Burt said he<br />

wasn’t a huge fan. One of the reasons being<br />

he didn’t feel it represented all of gay culture.<br />

<strong>No</strong>w that he’s been performing for around<br />

two years, he’s changed his opinion.<br />

He said being a drag queen, though an<br />

individualistic experience, works to bring a<br />

community together rather than using it to<br />

make a statement. It’s more of an outlet Burt<br />

can use to showcase his artistic abilities, but<br />

intentional or not, drag queens have created<br />

impact.<br />

“Drag queens have usually been kind of<br />

like the most seen people in the [LGBTQ+]<br />

community, and they’re kind of the ones who<br />

take the brunt from most of the attacks from<br />

anti-LGBTQ+ groups,” Burt said. “So I think<br />

that drag queens in general have had to carry<br />

a lot of the strength for the community and<br />

voicing it because they are so visible.”<br />

Many drag queens are involved in<br />

efforts that benefit their local communities.<br />

Queens will perform at shows that double<br />

as fundraising events for local Pride<br />

organizations. Performing drag also creates<br />

an opportunity to travel and meet people<br />

from all different social circles.<br />

Pursuing any form of art is tricky and<br />

comes with a lot of trial and error. For<br />

Hughes, however, at the end of the day it’s<br />

about doing what you love and having fun.<br />

Looking back, he gives his past self one piece<br />

of advice:<br />

“Know that you’re going to face some<br />

difficulties that are going to try and steer you<br />

off what you love doing,” Hughes said. “Just<br />

remember who you are and everything will<br />

turn out.”<br />

Drag inspires, it pushes and promotes<br />

and brings people together. The same way<br />

everyone in a movie theater cries together, or<br />

everyone at a concert sings along, there is a<br />

sense of comradery and community formed<br />

by drag.<br />

“<strong>No</strong>body does drag to change the world,<br />

but we do change the world doing drag,”<br />

Harvey said.<br />

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Outfit - Fab’rik<br />

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Floral shirt, orange dress,<br />

yellow romper, earrings - Fab’rik<br />

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The streets of New Orleans, Louisiana have witnessed<br />

the historical gamut of dark magic and jazzy jubilee. From<br />

its grand mansions and shadowed alleyways that whisper<br />

secrets of phantomed pasts, to the ever-present sound<br />

of a saxophone suspended in the air, there is something<br />

equally haunting and enchanting around every street<br />

performer’s corner.<br />

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Kimono - Fab’rik<br />

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Lingerie<br />

as<br />

Daywear<br />

By SK Stephenson<br />

Reclaiming and redefining<br />

the role of lingerie in fashion<br />

allows us to create space for<br />

versatile interpretations of this<br />

category. Women are intricate<br />

and complex within themselves,<br />

and fashion should be a vessel of<br />

expression that reflects all sides<br />

of the wearer. Lingerie is a direct<br />

symbol of women’s sexuality, a<br />

subject which has long been taboo<br />

in the public sphere. Gender roles<br />

and cultural expectations have<br />

taught women that femininity<br />

is equivalent to modesty, but<br />

modesty is a limiting notion that<br />

inhibits women from authentically<br />

expressing themselves.<br />

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These implications are important<br />

to consider in discussing lingerie’s<br />

place in fashion because intimate<br />

apparel is just that: intimate,<br />

vulnerable and deep. Pioneering<br />

this paradigm shift in fashion<br />

encompasses a developed and<br />

inclusive notion of womanhood<br />

that reflects the liberated women of<br />

today and subsequently empowers<br />

the women of tomorrow.<br />

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This trend of lingerie as<br />

daily wear blossoms in the<br />

spring. Gracefully swinging<br />

silk gives you the freedom<br />

to frolic through a blooming<br />

field. Intricate lace patterns<br />

resemble the shadows cast by<br />

late afternoon light peeking<br />

through the limbs of a budding<br />

tree.<br />

Key pieces in this trend<br />

encompass the essence of<br />

spring, so the colors should<br />

too. Think pale pinks and<br />

purples like flourishing<br />

wisteria vines, vibrant greens<br />

of new grass, and mellow<br />

yellow like the sun we’ve<br />

missed so dearly during the<br />

winter months.<br />

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By Cora Kangas<br />

The stage is dark, abnormally so for<br />

the beginning of a dance show. Then the<br />

lights come on in the form of phone lights,<br />

aided by minimal stage lighting. The<br />

dancers look down like people do on The<br />

University of Alabama’s campus on any<br />

given Friday, phone in hand, not paying<br />

attention to the world — even though they<br />

are halfway across it, in Scotland.<br />

Yonder Contemporary Dance<br />

Company, a student dance group<br />

from UA’s campus, explores themes<br />

of technological distractions in today’s<br />

society through a carefully-choreographed<br />

routine presented across the globe.<br />

The interactive performance featured<br />

dancers performing different scenes,<br />

all while drawn to their phone. The<br />

relationships people have with technology<br />

became the central focus for dancers<br />

and audience members, who were<br />

encouraged to use their phones during the<br />

performance.<br />

“[IRL found the] sweet spot between<br />

interactivity, playfulness and profundity,”<br />

said critic Jim Ralley in his four-star<br />

review on BroadwayBaby.com. “...The<br />

interplay between focus and distraction,<br />

togetherness and separation, was neatly<br />

executed time and time again.”<br />

Students choreographed the entirety of<br />

IRL. Drew Martin, a junior studying dance<br />

and chemical engineering, spent countless<br />

hours with his team perfecting the theme,<br />

storyline and steps.<br />

“I started to question how much I used<br />

my phone and observed how much other<br />

people were,” Martin said. “I also began<br />

to notice how easy it is to be sucked into<br />

trends because of social media and the<br />

internet.”<br />

When deciding what to do for the<br />

choreography, he wanted to show how<br />

much easier it is to be controlled by trends<br />

because of social media.<br />

These ideas then had to be translated<br />

into a show. But communication varies in<br />

all settings — no two people are going to<br />

hear or say something the same way. So<br />

in order to make the dances and the show<br />

flow, everyone had to be understanding of<br />

everyone else.<br />

“Everyone had to collaborate on how to<br />

make clear transitions,” Martin said.<br />

Dancer Maddie Arancibia, a student at<br />

The University of Alabama, performed in<br />

IRL. She explained that the team worked<br />

with two different choreographers: one<br />

who wanted to start from nothing and see<br />

how the dance developed, while the other<br />

had a set vision from the start.<br />

“Both let us create our own phrases<br />

and incorporate our own ideas,” Arancibia<br />

said. “The entire time, it just felt like an<br />

open space to be creative.”<br />

Martin and Kendra Giles, a UA dance<br />

major, both danced in the show and had<br />

a similar experience working with the<br />

choreographers. They said the pieces were<br />

a collaborative effort while retaining the<br />

original ideas from the choreographers,<br />

making the show more personal.<br />

“There were no boundaries to what we<br />

could make,” Giles said.<br />

Yonder Contemporary Dance Company<br />

took this show around the South, from<br />

Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia, then,<br />

across the Atlantic to Edinburgh, Scotland.<br />

They used audience feedback to mold the<br />

show so that when they went to Scotland,<br />

it would be as near to perfect as possible.<br />

“This offered a very personal experience<br />

for both the performers and the audience,<br />

since no two shows were exactly the same,”<br />

Giles said.<br />

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The dancers learned something new<br />

through every performance, such as learning<br />

how to perform in close quarters, work with<br />

different choreographers, and deal with the<br />

fatigue that accompanies a long tour.<br />

To Arancibia, the first tour was extremely<br />

important.<br />

“It allowed us to get comfortable with<br />

the show and develop chemistry with other<br />

company members,” she said.<br />

The final stop for the show was across the<br />

pond at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the<br />

biggest performing arts festival in the world<br />

Established in 1947, the iconic festival now,<br />

features over 53,000 performances across 25<br />

days. It was, as Giles said, “the experience of<br />

a lifetime.”<br />

At the festival, they handed out flyers for<br />

their show on the Royal Mile, a system of<br />

winding roads and alleyways in Edinburgh’s<br />

Old Town. IRL received praise from audience<br />

members, and even sold out for a show.<br />

“[The festival] is definitely something that<br />

will remain with the members of the company<br />

forever,” Giles said.<br />

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To All the Disney Classics<br />

We’ve Loved Before<br />

By Caroline Ward<br />

Picture this: the year is 2003. It’s a<br />

rainy Saturday morning, and you’re in<br />

your coziest pair of pajamas. You rush<br />

through breakfast because you can’t<br />

wait to watch one of your favorite Disney<br />

movies for the 200th time. You approach<br />

your TV, and after a few minutes of<br />

debating the options - and maybe an<br />

argument or two with your sibling - you<br />

finally decide on one. Popping in the VHS<br />

tape, you drift off into another world for<br />

90 minutes of Disney magic.<br />

For 90s kids, these memories are<br />

filled with nostalgia. The good news is<br />

Disney has started to produce live-action<br />

versions of the stories that defined our<br />

childhoods, to be enjoyed by audiences<br />

old and new. 2019 seems to be the most<br />

promising year yet, with an impressive<br />

line-up of remakes including Dumbo,<br />

Aladdin and The Lion King. Here is our<br />

Declassified Disney Remake Survival<br />

Guide in anticipation of what’s hitting<br />

theaters soon.<br />

Dumbo<br />

The live-action remake, which is set to<br />

fly into theaters on March 29, is loosely<br />

inspired by Disney’s 1941 animated film<br />

of the same name. Under the creative<br />

control of beloved and eccentric director<br />

Tim Burton, the film is expected to<br />

contain all the heartwarming elements<br />

of the original while focusing more on<br />

the stories of the humans surrounding<br />

Dumbo. Audiences can expect this<br />

version to primarily focus on Holt Ferrier<br />

(Colin Farrell), a former circus-starturned-war-veteran<br />

who is hired by circus<br />

owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) to be<br />

Dumbo’s caretaker. When Holt's children<br />

realize Dumbo can fly, entrepreneur V.A.<br />

Vandevere (Michael Keaton) and aerialist<br />

Colette Marchant (Eva Green) attempt<br />

to exploit Dumbo’s talent for their own<br />

greedy desires. <strong>No</strong>t much is known about<br />

the title character himself. Well, except<br />

for the obvious – that he makes for the<br />

most adorable CGI elephant! For those<br />

wondering about cherished characters<br />

like Timothy Q. Mouse, there are no voice<br />

listings for any animated animals, hinting<br />

at the new direction in which this film is<br />

headed. Guess we’ll just have to see for<br />

ourselves when the ninth wonder of the<br />

world makes his return this spring.<br />

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Aladdin<br />

Your wish has been granted! Disney fans should<br />

prepare to experience a “whole new world” starting<br />

May 24, as the love story between Aladdin and Princess<br />

Jasmine is brought back to life on the big screen. Prior<br />

to filming, Disney struggled to find diverse actors for<br />

the movie’s lead roles, who could both sing and act.<br />

That said, there is much promise for the actors who<br />

were chosen - Mena Massoud as the warm-hearted,<br />

street thief Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine,<br />

Marwan Kenzari as the villainous Jafar and Will Smith<br />

as the beloved Genie. Smith has promised to put his own<br />

unique spin on the Genie while paying homage to Robin<br />

Williams’ iconic performance in the animated original.<br />

Although it was previously unknown if animal characters<br />

would appear in the remake, it has been confirmed that<br />

Iago the parrot, Jasmine's pet tiger, Rajah, and Aladdin’s<br />

partner-in-crime, Abu, will all appear via CGI. The film<br />

is expected to follow a storyline consistent with the<br />

original while utilizing director Guy Ritchie's actionpacked<br />

style to keep things interesting. New music from<br />

award-winning composer Alan Menken and La La Land<br />

songwriting duo, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, is greatly<br />

anticipated to be featured alongside classic tunes from<br />

the original.<br />

The Lion King<br />

Next in the line-up is this 1994 animated classic. For<br />

those who haven’t seen The Lion King in a hot minute,<br />

this movie tells the familiar story of Simba, heir to the<br />

throne, who must fight for his rightful place as king after<br />

his family is struck by tragedy at the hands of his uncle.<br />

After spawning numerous spin-offs, including a sequel<br />

and a successful Broadway musical, this childhood<br />

favorite is returning to the big screen as one of the most<br />

highly anticipated films of 2019. It seems that much of<br />

the storyline will remain consistent between the original<br />

and the remake, leaving the roster of star-studded cast<br />

members (Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala,<br />

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, John Oliver as Zazu and Seth<br />

Rogen as Pumbaa) to spice things up. Fans of original<br />

songs like Hakuna Matata and Circle of Life, can rejoice<br />

since the new film will incorporate many of the same<br />

songs that made the first movie so iconic. Bonus for<br />

Queen Bey fans: She and Elton John have created an<br />

original song for the end-credits scene. There will be<br />

lots to look forward to when The Lion King drops July<br />

29, marking the 25th anniversary of the release of the<br />

original film. We love when things come full circle!<br />

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Overlooked Tuscaloosa destinations<br />

By Ariana Sweany<br />

Tuscaloosa is a historically important and<br />

culturally rich town with many local treasures that<br />

often go overlooked. For those who call this place<br />

home, or for those who are just passing through,<br />

the following historic sites and local museums are<br />

essential to visit during one’s stay in Tuscaloosa.<br />

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Capitol Park<br />

At one point, the city of Tuscaloosa served as the Alabama<br />

capital. From 1826-1846, Tuscaloosa boasted a picturesque<br />

capitol building. The building was built in the Greek revival<br />

style, complete with three wings and an expansive rotunda. The<br />

building was only used as the Capitol Building for a few decades<br />

and was later leased and used by Alabama Central Female College.<br />

However, in 1923 the building was burned to the ground during a<br />

fire which was started by routine maintenance repairs gone wrong.<br />

Today, the site of the ruins is known as Capitol Park and can be<br />

found on Sixth Street. The statuesque ruins create a haunting-yetcaptivating<br />

scene and are ideal for peaceful observation.<br />

Paul R. Jones Museum<br />

Also located on Sixth Street, this local museum houses the<br />

Paul R. Jones collection. The collection is composed of more<br />

than 1700 pieces of African American art, and is said to be one of<br />

the largest collections of African American art in the world. The<br />

collection is special partly because of its mix of art by both well<br />

and lesser known artists. The museum frequently collaborates<br />

with local elementary schools, striving to teach students about<br />

the importance of art in an exciting and educational environment.<br />

Paul R. Jones Museum frequently presents exhibitions to the<br />

public, showcasing artwork that celebrates black culture and<br />

artistic achievement. The museum is open to the public weekdays<br />

from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.<br />

The Murphy-Collins House/Museum<br />

This quaint two-story green home is located on Bryant Drive<br />

and serves as a historic relic frozen in time, as well as a museum<br />

of African-American history. According to the Tuscaloosa<br />

County Preservation Society, the home was built in the 1920s<br />

by Tuscaloosa’s first black mortician Will J. Murphy. The home<br />

was built using brick and included other materials salvaged from<br />

The Old Capitol Building remains. The museum, although small,<br />

includes a surplus of artifacts and materials to help one gain<br />

insight into the past. The museum is open to the public Tuesday-<br />

Friday, 10a.m- 3p.m.<br />

Old Tavern Museum<br />

Originally built in 1827, this building originally served as<br />

an inn and tavern and was located on a stagecoach route which<br />

passed through Tuscaloosa. One of the oldest hotels in the state,<br />

the inn served as a resting place for soldiers, politicians, and other<br />

important folks. The inn was occupied as a private residence by<br />

several different families until it was restored in 1964 and later<br />

opened as a museum. Located near the ruins of Capitol Park,<br />

Old Tavern museum is a quintessential part of the history of<br />

Tuscaloosa. Old Tavern Museum is open daily for guided tours<br />

Tuesday- Saturday at 10:30 A.M.<br />

The town of Tuscaloosa is shaped by the stories of its people<br />

and it’s land. Visiting local museums and historic landmarks can<br />

be sacred, almost like stepping back in time. History is sometimes<br />

wonderful and sometimes horrible, but all stories are worth<br />

recognizing in reverence of those who came before us. Every town<br />

has a story, and Tuscaloosa’s story is one worth knowing!<br />

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Jamison-Van de Graaf Mansion<br />

On Greensboro Avenue stands a local mansion<br />

which is open to the public and has interesting historic<br />

importance. The Italianate home is one of few homes<br />

still standing in the state of Alabama which was built<br />

prior to the Civil War. The 26-room mansion includes<br />

elaborate architecture, was commissioned for local<br />

political and businessman Robert Jemison Jr. in<br />

1859. The home was designed by Samuel Sloan, who<br />

also designed Alabama State Hospital for the Insane<br />

(Bryce Hospital). The mansion served as a public<br />

library from 1955-79 but is now open to the public<br />

for tours, weddings, and other events. The elaborate<br />

home is a Tuscaloosa time machine of sorts and is<br />

open for free tours every weekday at 1:30 p.m.

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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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Positive Pods:<br />

Upbeat podcasts by women, for women<br />

By Lexi Wachal<br />

Podcasts are the perfect cure for music boredom. Long walks call for something to keep you<br />

engaged, but not keep your eyes focused on the screen. Enter, the podcast. There’s a podcast<br />

for every listener and every topic, and we’ve rounded up a few podcasts hosted by women that<br />

will be sure to keep you entertained and empowered.<br />

Don’t Keep Your Day Job - Cathy Heller<br />

This podcast is perfect for a daily dose of inspiration when the world seems like it’s just<br />

too much. Cathy Heller hosts this uplifting advice podcast full of happy stories and steps to<br />

help craft the life you want. Heller wants listeners to know their dreams are achievable. With<br />

exciting guests, most of which are entrepreneurs, the listener gets an inside look at how to fulfill<br />

their dreams.<br />

Stuff Mom Never Told You - Bridget Todd and Anne Reese<br />

Put on by the popular podcast How Stuff Works, this podcast is for those of us who<br />

constantly call our moms to ask random questions. Hosts Bridget Todd and Anne Reese do the<br />

research, and keep women updated about any issue they need to know about, even including an<br />

episode on why women’s clothes need more pockets. From politics to fashion, and everywhere<br />

in between, this podcast takes the guesswork out of staying informed.<br />

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Call Your Girlfriend - Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow<br />

An oldie but goodie! This podcast is set up like a girls<br />

night with your best friends and has everything a girl<br />

could need. From discussing politics and world news, to<br />

Beyoncé and pop culture, it’s a little bit of everything in<br />

each episode. It’s funny and witty and the perfect show to<br />

share with a long distance best friend when you are each<br />

missing those quality talks.<br />

Good, Good Talks - Stephanie Lynn<br />

This biweekly podcast is essentially every young<br />

woman’s inner monologue. Still releasing new episodes<br />

today, host Stephanie Lynn weaves wit and humor with<br />

social commentary and news updates, as well as having a<br />

crowd of interesting guests. It’s a down-to-earth podcast<br />

that pours its soul to listeners, allowing them to feel like a<br />

part of the conversation.<br />

Off the Vine - Kaitlyn Bristowe<br />

Every Bachelor lover’s dream! This podcast is perfect<br />

for the listener who wants to let the stresses of the real<br />

world go, and enjoy a fun, light-hearted podcast. Host<br />

Kaitlyn Bristowe, a former bachelorette, shows her<br />

comedy chops in this hilarious podcast. With heavy hitter<br />

guests like Becca Kurfin and husband Shawn Booth, this<br />

podcast is a delight for Bachelor fans and otherwise.<br />

Another Round - Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton<br />

This Buzzfeed podcast. hosted by Heben Nigatu and<br />

Tracy Clayton, tackles serious issues like race, gender,<br />

and politics, with a hilarious twist. These women are<br />

funny, have serious chemistry, and make listeners feel<br />

comfortable talking about potentially divisive topics.<br />

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By Bailey Williams<br />

“Perfectionism” is really not all that perfect. It took me a few<br />

years and some heavy tears to figure this one out. “Perfectionism”<br />

is really not as great as she says she is.<br />

In a matter of seconds, we can all probably name off the girls<br />

in middle school who sent us home crying to our mother’s arms<br />

because we didn’t put on our mascara right. We weren’t invited to<br />

the sleepover. We chose Bath and Body Works over Juicy Couture<br />

body spray.<br />

I became friends with someone like this after middle school.<br />

We stayed together through high school. We became even closer in<br />

college. They say college is when you learn who you really are and<br />

how much your friends shape you. In truth, I was thriving with<br />

her. Early into my freshman year, I discovered a lot about myself;<br />

my individualism, my determination, my organization, and my<br />

driven spark to do everything well to prove I could make it on my<br />

own. The friend of mine began to rub off on my behaviors, even on<br />

my thoughts. She introduced herself politely and as a natural social<br />

butterfly. We were inseparable. We were so close, we even spent<br />

the mundane details of the day together. This was my college best<br />

friend, Perfectionism.<br />

Like our friends in middle school, the story goes a bit the same<br />

way. Multiple times Perfectionism sent me crying to my mother’s<br />

arms. She told me my makeup wasn’t good enough. Then, nothing<br />

became good enough for her. She convinced me I wasn’t desirable<br />

enough to hang out with and could never obtain nice things, no<br />

matter how hard I tried.<br />

My friend Perfectionism convinced me that my eating habits<br />

were the next problem to fix. My ultimate guide to happiness,<br />

success and control were in Perfectionism’s hands. I was no longer<br />

in charge of my decisions.<br />

“Good foods only” was my mantra of grace. Meticulous meals<br />

planned weeks in advance were all that mattered. Skinny, slim and<br />

skeletal was my vision of success.<br />

I used to strive to strictly eat only real and quality ingredients.<br />

Somewhere along my genuine journey for being green, my path<br />

turned from walking down a road to wellness to walking on a<br />

tightrope of perfection. Any little movement swaying me off my<br />

thin rope of rules and regulations was enough to blow me down<br />

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into anxiety, panic and punishment.<br />

Eating was my enemy. I was a foe to food. A prisoner<br />

to my perfection. Dictated by this disorder.<br />

I had come face-to-face with an unidentifiable<br />

reality. Completely stranded from the girl I used to be,<br />

I found my identity and body fat stripped bare. I could<br />

not find myself when I looked in the mirror. <strong>No</strong>r did I see<br />

the girl I envisioned myself to be. The very things I tried<br />

to control: exercise, ingredients, perfect portion sizes,<br />

slim physique, were all staring hauntingly back at me in<br />

a contorted body I could no longer name. My demands<br />

had begun controlling me. And she was winning.<br />

I can vividly remember the “sick days” of sixth grade<br />

when anxiety came over me like a fever. Similar days<br />

hit me the past few years of college until they finally<br />

suspended me on a much longer sick leave than a day in<br />

bed with Disney channel and cookie dough.<br />

My new friend, Perfectionism-Morphed-Eating-<br />

Disorder, had taken so much of my time and focus that<br />

I looked more like her than I did me. Skin and bone,<br />

appetite unappealing, enthusiasm stripped bare, and<br />

passion as absent as my body fat, I had been hanging<br />

around with the wrong friend and it ended up sending<br />

me home.<br />

Who would have thought that being “too healthy”<br />

was a possibility. Perfectionism and Eating Disorder<br />

convinced me this was the lifestyle leading to<br />

fulfillment. It took a whole semester plus some digging<br />

deep into these issues and wounds to recognize the root<br />

of Perfectionism and Eating Disorder’s roles in my life.<br />

I listened to their opinions so much because I wasn’t<br />

secure in my own. I allowed their voices to speak to me<br />

when I questioned the power in my own.<br />

My new friend, Perfectionism-<br />

Morphed-Eating-Disorder, had<br />

taken so much of my time and<br />

focus that I looked more like her<br />

than I did me.<br />

It is now junior year of college, and I can confidently<br />

say, I’ve found my new friends. Their names are Love,<br />

Peace, Joy, Happiness, Completeness, Recovery,<br />

Restoration, Contentment and Life. They are with me<br />

always. They are my friends who will visit me when I’m<br />

down, celebrate in my victories, and check in on me<br />

because they care.<br />

If you’ve become friends with Perfectionism and<br />

whoever else belongs to her posse, I promise there are<br />

better girls out there. Don’t let the mean girls get you<br />

down. There is another friend group waiting to embrace<br />

you.<br />

If you or someone you know is struggling with disordered<br />

eating, the National Eating Disorders Association has<br />

resources at nationaleatingdisorders.org and operates a<br />

hotline at (800) 931-2237.<br />

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Instagram Accounts<br />

to Inspire Every Eater<br />

Under the Sun<br />

By Hope Haywood<br />

The beauty of today’s social mediaobsessed<br />

world is that we can lean<br />

on complete strangers to give us<br />

guidance, inspiration, and even life<br />

lessons. Instagram in particular covers<br />

all of the bases in terms of #inspo. One<br />

of the easiest forms of inspiration to<br />

come by on Instagram is that of foodie<br />

accounts. These accounts are run by<br />

everyday people who have turned their<br />

passion for good eats into a full-blown<br />

business, and even better, followers<br />

can stare longingly for free.<br />

You probably have your go-to<br />

accounts for inspiration to bring out<br />

your inner Michelin star chef. There<br />

are accounts you can’t look at if you’re<br />

easily tempted, and the accounts that<br />

make you want to go through your<br />

freezer and toss out your pint of Ben &<br />

Jerry’s. <strong>No</strong> matter what kind of eater<br />

you are, there are food legends to<br />

inspire your every meal.<br />

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For the dairy-queens<br />

@cheesebynumbers:<br />

If you have a weakness for cheese boards,<br />

but can’t seem to perfect that “Instagram<br />

aesthetic” we all strive for, this account is<br />

a must follow. The page provides not only<br />

photos for inspo, but a step-by-step guide<br />

on how to build the perfect cheese plate for<br />

any occasion. After viewing this page, it’s<br />

a guarantee you’ll feel confident claiming<br />

the cheese platter for your next potluck.<br />

@thisisinsidercheese<br />

@dailycheesedelight<br />

@burratagram<br />

For the daring foodies<br />

@foodbeast<br />

If you are the opposite of our health gurus,<br />

and like to overindulge in the finer foods in<br />

life, this page is for you. This account covers<br />

all of the food bases, including (but not<br />

limited to) 50-pound ramen bowls, pizzastuffed<br />

burrata cheese, and pasta served in<br />

pub rolls. This is not a page for the weak of<br />

heart, so if you are feeling slightly peckish,<br />

and maybe even vulnerable, do not click on<br />

this page.<br />

@foodgod<br />

@thenaughtyfork<br />

@freshmen15<br />

For the carb-worshipers<br />

@foodsofjane<br />

Are noodles your kryptonite? We get it,<br />

and we have the account to fill all of your<br />

inspiration needs. Jane Schafer, who<br />

identifies as “noodletarian,” runs this<br />

account that covers everything from droolworthy<br />

mac and cheese to wonton soup<br />

recipes. It doesn’t matter what shape or<br />

form the noodles come in, she covers them<br />

all.<br />

@foodloversdiary<br />

@nycfoodcoma<br />

@pizzablonde<br />

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For the devout vegans<br />

@rabbitandwolves<br />

This one is for the vegans out there who<br />

are doing it all: eating clean and enjoying<br />

every second of it. With detailed recipes<br />

and aesthetically pleasing photos to<br />

go along with it, any Average Jane can<br />

recreate these super clean eats. The<br />

greatest part about this page is that the<br />

food sincerely looks amazing. Whether<br />

you’re vegan or not, you can give these<br />

recipes a shot.<br />

@veganfoodspot<br />

@rainbowplantlife<br />

@bosh.tv<br />

For the health gurus<br />

@wholesomelicious<br />

Certified nutritionist, mother and author<br />

Amy Rains is any health nut's ultimate<br />

inspo. She provides excellent healthy<br />

recipes ranging from zucchini noodle<br />

shrimp scampi to paleo peppermint mocha<br />

fudge. If you are focused on eating clean<br />

but becoming bored with your meals,<br />

Rains is your go-to gal.<br />

@holyhealth<br />

@hannahharvestinghealth<br />

@paleorunningmomma<br />

For the sugar addicts<br />

@purewowdesserts<br />

For those of you with a sweet tooth, it might<br />

be safe to assume that you are already<br />

following this account. If you’re not,<br />

what are you waiting for? With all kinds<br />

of cookie dough-covered, icing-smeared<br />

desserts, this page is highly triggering for<br />

those of you who are vulnerable to the<br />

sight of chocolate, sprinkles and more<br />

chocolate.<br />

@foodbykara<br />

@foodstirs<br />

@emcdowell<br />

@chocolatewithcoffee<br />

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PUMP IRON:<br />



By Maleah Watt<br />

The first time I entered a weight room, it was<br />

uncomfortable. Foreign. I felt like I shouldn’t<br />

have been there. I attempted to lift a 15 lb<br />

dumbbell around men lifting triple the weight.<br />

My confidence was low, and I was petite. I looked<br />

weak, and I felt weak too.<br />

But the main reason why I was uncomfortable<br />

in a weight room was because I am a woman.<br />

Despite my uneasiness, I kept returning to the<br />

gym to lift weights week after week. Over time,<br />

I began to realize I was not lifting for others to<br />

see, but I was lifting so that I could feel sexy and<br />

secure in my own body. When I became stronger,<br />

I became empowered.<br />

Weightlifting has numerous benefits for a<br />

woman’s physical and mental health. And yet,<br />

only about 17.5 percent of American women meet<br />

aerobic and strength training recommendations,<br />

according to Center of Disease Control and<br />

Prevention.<br />

Maybe you’re thinking, “I workout plenty. I<br />

run on the treadmill and I do tons of cardio.” And<br />

that is a very good thing. However, it is not the<br />

only type of training you should do for your body.<br />

Building muscle is crucial for health in both<br />

women and men to protect and support bones.<br />

Cardio is a go-to for losing weight, but did you<br />

know weight lifting actually may do a better job?<br />

Cardio will help you lose weight while you do it,<br />

but when you weight-lift, you continue burning<br />

calories up to 24 hours post-workout. The two<br />

go hand in hand in an ideal fitness routine.<br />

You should protect your bones and muscles by<br />

strengthening them with weights, and use cardio<br />

to tone and condition your body.<br />

Some women have a fear of looking “too<br />

bulky” if they lift weights. Getting stronger does<br />

not make you look bulky. It makes you look toned<br />

and empowered. Letting others tell you different<br />

only gives them power over something they<br />

shouldn’t.<br />

Weightlifting is up to your discretion. Any<br />

amount of weight, exercise and rep amount will<br />

leave you stronger than you were yesterday.<br />

There is freedom in this form of exercise that lets<br />

you get creative with your gym time.<br />

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This arm workout can jumpstart your love for weightlifting:<br />

Equipment: Dumbbells of varying, comfortable weights.<br />

Instructions: For every workout, aim for three sets of 10. Rotate through<br />

workouts to provide small breaks. Form is very important in these workouts.<br />

Getting the form correct is more important than lifting heavy weights. Once you<br />

have mastered the form, you can add more weights as desired.<br />

If you are unsure of how to properly do any exercise, talk to a professional at<br />

your gym.<br />

Arm Workout: multiple days a week<br />

Biceps Curl(2D): Use two dumbbells of a lower weight. Stand with your feet<br />

hip-width apart, holding a weight in each hand with your arms down at your<br />

sides, palms facing forward. This is the starting position. Slowly curl your hands<br />

up toward your shoulders, squeezing your biceps. Keep your elbows tight to the<br />

sides of your body. Repeat.<br />

Triceps Extension(D): Use one dumbbell for this exercise. Stand with your feet<br />

about hip-width apart. Hold a weight in your hands behind your neck, elbows<br />

bent and pointing toward the ceiling. This is the starting position.Without<br />

moving your upper arms, straighten your elbows and extend the weights directly<br />

overhead. Keep your shoulders down and your core tight. Repeat.<br />



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‘80S DENIM<br />




Overhead Press (2D): Use two dumbbells of<br />

a lower weight. Take two lighter dumbbells,<br />

and create two right angles by your head<br />

so that your arms look like a football goal,<br />

and your head is in the middle. Lift both<br />

arms to the ceiling above your head and<br />

lightly touch the dumbbells together while<br />

extending. Bring them back down to the<br />

right angles, and repeat.<br />

Trap Lift (2D): Use two heavier dumbells<br />

and hold them at the sides of your hips.<br />

Shrug your shoulders as if you are saying “I<br />

don’t know” with your body while keeping<br />

your arms straight and at your side. Repeat.<br />

Alternating Forward to Lateral Raise<br />

(2D): Use two dumbbells of a lower weight.<br />

Stand with your feet about hip-width apart.<br />

Hold a weight in each hand with your arms<br />

resting along the front of your legs, palms<br />

facing in. This is the starting position.With<br />

a slight bend in your elbows, slowly lift<br />

your arms straight up in font of your body<br />

until they are in line with your shoulders.<br />

Then, slowly lower them back down to the<br />

starting position. Next, keeping that same<br />

bend in your elbows, raise your arms out<br />

to the sides until they are in line with your<br />

shoulders. Slowly lower them back down.<br />

Continue this, alternating between forward<br />

and lateral raises.<br />

Upright Row (2D): Use two dumbbells of<br />

a lower weight. Stand with your feet hipwidth<br />

apart, holding a weight in each hand<br />

with your arms down in front of your body,<br />

palms facing you. With your back straight,<br />

core engaged, and chest lifted, slowly lift<br />

your hands to shoulder height. Your elbows<br />

should extend out to the sides. Squeeze<br />

your shoulder blades at the top and hold for<br />

a second. Slowly lower your hands back to<br />

starting position.<br />

Remember: Form is everything and<br />

weightlifting can target other parts of the<br />

body as well.<br />

Take control of your body and mind and<br />

prove to the world that no matter what<br />

weight you lift now, you will be able to lift<br />

more and more every time.<br />

Feel empowered and you will be.<br />

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Unbelieva-bowl<br />

The latest smoothie trend is thicker, yummier and even more photogenic<br />

By Lucy Hanley<br />

With avocado toast and artful lattes<br />

dominating the online foodie scene for the past<br />

few years, it’s time to accept the undeniable<br />

supremacy of the latest social media food trend:<br />

smoothie bowls.<br />

Looking back, 2018 was a year characterized<br />

by talk of veganism, mirror-glazed desserts,<br />

superfoods, #CleanEating, avocado, and<br />

unicorn-themed everything. This year,<br />

however, is the year of the smoothie bowl.<br />

<strong>No</strong>t to be confused with the also previously<br />

trendy açaí bowls, smoothie bowls are new,<br />

improved, and even more aesthetically-pleasing<br />

than a traditional smoothie. While smoothie<br />

bowls can be traced back to eastern cultures,<br />

açaí bowls originated in one of the only regions<br />

where açaí berries grow, Brazil. The berry is a<br />

regionally-renowned dietary staple, commonly<br />

employed as a nutritional supplement for the<br />

diets of those who cannot afford expensive<br />

grocery lists.<br />

Origin aside, smoothie bowls exercise more<br />

freedom in the composition of their bases.<br />

It’s meant to include a variety of fruits and<br />

vegetables to suit the individual’s dietary needs<br />

or preferences.<br />

Despite their flexibility of constituents, the<br />

bowls are expected to be carefully coordinated.<br />

They were conceived as a way to pair low<br />

glycemic fruits with nutrient-rich vegetables,<br />

nuts and other toppings, ultimately creating<br />

a delicious, nutritious and filling meal. These<br />

bowls are designed to be served thicker, colder<br />

and with a spoon. Their unique texture—one<br />

which is similar to that of a sorbet—allows for<br />

the addition of virtually unlimited toppings<br />

including coconut flakes, granola, sliced fruit,<br />

honey, nuts and berries.<br />

Lower glycemic fruits like cherries,<br />

apples, oranges, grapefruit and pears reduce<br />

inflammation in the body and help to maintain<br />

stable blood sugar levels throughout the day,<br />

making you feel fuller and more satisfied with<br />

your meal. These fruits also promote both<br />

weight loss and maintenance, as well as lower<br />

your risks of developing heart disease and type<br />

2 diabetes.<br />

Other common smoothie bowl ingredients<br />

like avocado, chia seeds and various nuts not<br />

only help to create a thick, creamy texture,<br />

but they also yield lots of anti-inflammatory<br />

omega-3 fatty acids. As far as diet is concerned,<br />

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omega-3’s are as close to purity as you can get.<br />

Foods rich in these fatty acids reduce your risk of<br />

heart disease, fight inflammation, keep your skin<br />

clear, and even help you sleep better at night.<br />

There’s more to this trend than photo<br />

opportunities. Smoothie bowls also encourage you<br />

to eat slower and more mindfully. The benefits of<br />

eating slower are so are quick to be overshadowed<br />

by the fast-pace lifestyle dominating modern<br />

society. Eating slower allows for better digestion<br />

and hydration, easier weight loss and maintenance,<br />

and a greater sense of satisfaction after finishing<br />

a meal. On average, it takes your brain about 20<br />

minutes after starting a meal to send out signals of<br />

satisfaction and tell your body that you’re starting<br />

to feel full.<br />

<strong>No</strong>t only do smoothie bowls pack an artful<br />

punch, they also provide consumers with<br />

seemingly limitless combinations of ingredients.<br />

As an excellent way to break out of the normal<br />

routine consisting of more “standard” meal<br />

options, smoothie bowls provide a great outlet for<br />

incorporating unique, nutrient-packed foods —<br />

those that you might not usually reach for—into<br />

your diet. Think about it, when was the last time<br />

you casually sprinkled raw coconut flakes, chia<br />

seeds or cacao nibs on your cornflakes?

Açaí Smoothie Bowl<br />

1 handful of spinach<br />

½-1 frozen banana<br />

½ cup frozen berries<br />

1 packet açaí (can be found in<br />

frozen food section at grocery<br />

store)<br />

1 scoop collagen protein<br />

½ cup of frozen, diced zucchini<br />

¼ teaspoon cinnamon<br />

1-1½ cups unsweetened almond/<br />

coconut milk<br />

Combine all ingredients in a<br />

blender. Blend until desired<br />

consistency. Pour into a bowl and<br />

top with almond butter, coconut<br />

flakes, cacao nibs and sliced fruit.<br />

Chocolate Coffee Buzz Smoothie Bowl<br />

1 whole banana (preferably frozen)<br />

1 tablespoon nut butter<br />

1 scoop collagen protein<br />

2 tablespoons flaxseed<br />

¼ cup frozen, chopped zucchini<br />

3 tablespoons cacao nibs<br />

1 tablespoon cocoa powder (optional)<br />

½ cup chilled coffee<br />

¼-½ cup almond milk<br />

1 handful of ice<br />

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until desired consistency. Pour into a bowl and finish with toppings of<br />

your choice.<br />

Paleo Superfood Veggie and Blueberry Smoothie Bowl<br />

2 handfuls of spinach or kale<br />

½ of an avocado<br />

½-1 cup frozen cauliflower or zucchini<br />

⅓-½ of a frozen banana (peel, split and half the bananas before freezing)<br />

½-1 cup frozen blueberries<br />

2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds<br />

1 tablespoon almond butter (to keep your recipe paleo, make sure your almond butter doesn’t have any added sugar)<br />

1 teaspoon cinnamon<br />

1 cup unsweetened almond milk<br />

Optional: for a sweeter bowl, add honey or agave to taste<br />

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Pulse a few times, then, once the mixture is slightly chopped, blend on high<br />

until desired consistency. Pour into a bowl and top with melted coconut butter, dried goji berries, hemp seeds, cacao<br />

nibs and dried coconut flakes.<br />

All recipes courtesy of @foodbykara.<br />

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An Affirmation to Heal<br />

By Peyton King<br />

I am forgiving<br />

myself for<br />

eating the<br />

wrong foods<br />

and feeling<br />

unworthy.<br />

I am nourishing my body with fresh food and clean water.<br />

I am enjoying the food I eat.<br />

I am mindful of the foods I consume.<br />

I am energized and happy when I eat well.<br />

I respect and am in love with my body.<br />

I am treating my body well and my body is treating me well.<br />

I am strong and healthy, full of energy and happiness.<br />

I am perfectly capable of balancing my life and nutrition every day.<br />

I am grateful for the challenges and positive doors that are open daily.<br />

I am healing. I am discovering my health.<br />

I am attacking the negative forces like a warrior with a sapphire shield.<br />

I am now the kind of person who can smile and radiate positive energies<br />

to others.<br />

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to see our latest items in for Spring!



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