Alice Vol. 4 No. 2


Published by UA Student Media Spring 2019.




Local drag queens discuss

the impact drag has on their

lives and their communities




Alice sits down to talk food with

Birmingham’s 2018 James Beard

Award winner


How one woman turned love and

loss into 240 square feet of solace

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Redef ine

Now is the time to defy expectations


No Parabens or Sulfates

Cruelty Free

Not Tested on Animals

Gluten & Nut Free

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Letter from the Editor

Volume 4

Issue 2

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In the Alice office, we often ask one another, “What does

Alice mean to you?”

For me, Alice is the ultimate role model. She embodies

everything I love about womanhood, and she always pushes

things a step further. She wears the bolder pattern. She is

the bolder person.

This issue, I have found new role models in the office: the

Alice writers. Writers are now looking to Alice as not just a

place where they report stories, but where they share their

own stories.

In the fall, we launched our Tell Your Truth blog, a

platform for women to send us their narratives and have

them published in an unedited, uninhibited way.

On the Tell Your Truth blog, and in this issue of Alice, we

have personal narratives about health and identity. We even

have an affirmation on page 112 that our readers can start

incorporating into their daily lives:

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

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

and healthy, full of energy and happiness.

These snippets that we say to ourselves in the early

moments of the day and before our heads hit the pillow,

have the power to bring out our true selves.

The honesty of our writers got me to be honest with

myself about the sayings that have pushed me along.

This year, my affirmation was “You are the Editor in

Chief of Alice. You are meant to be here.” Before taking on

this position, I was just Becca. And Becca was awesome. But

she did not fit into the title of “Editor of Alice.” It was a little

too big, and she was sure everyone noticed.

Just as Alice had been my role model, “The Editor of

Alice” became my cooler alter ego. If I was Beyoncé, (and

I’ve certainly wished I was), The Editor of Alice was my

Sasha Fierce: the secret, powerful persona who was pulling

the strings.

I repeated “You are meant to be here” over and over,

encouraging myself to act how I imagined this mythical

Editor of Alice would act. Through my affirmations that

I was the editor, and I was meant to be here, I grew into

my role. I started to see that the costume I thought I was

wearing was really just my skin. I was Rebecca Rakowitz,

Editor in Chief of Alice.

She was there all along, I just needed my affirmation to

find her.

I want to thank my staff for their unwavering dedication

to Alice. And to all the women who have shared their stories,

thank you for telling your truth. Women being honest about

womanhood – that’s what Alice now means to me.

Rebecca Rakowitz

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Editor in Chief Rebecca Rakowitz

Creative Director MK Holladay

Photo Editor Alexis Craft

Managing Editor Meg McGuire

Market Editor Kristina Cusolito

Fashion Editor Kallen Sebastian

Beauty Editor Kali Sturgis

Lifestyle Editor Sara Beth Bolin

Food and Health Editor Anna Klement

Entertainment Editor Mia Blackman

Social Media Coordinator Ashby Brown

Marketing Editor Alexis Wolf

Online Editor Gillian Castro

Art Director Ally Thomasson

Contributing Writers

Sara Beth Bolin, Kaitlyn Gabaldon, Lucy

Hanley, Hope Haywood, Cora Kangas,

Peyton King, Anna Klement, Meg McGuire,

Sydney Pellegrini, Molly Powers, Rebecca

Rakowitz, Irene Richardson, Emily Safron, SK

Stephenson, Donnamy Steele, Rachel Stern,

Camille Studebaker, Ariana Sweany, Hannah

Taylor, Christine Thompson, Natalie Vande

Linde, Lexi Wachal, Caroline Ward, Maleah

Watt, Talya White, Bailey Williams

Contributing Designers

Shana Oshinskie


Jamajah Anderson, Dani California, Alexia

Carrión, Amber Chan, Xsuela Douglas, Amanda

Flamerich, Jada Foster, Hanna Fridriksson,

Court Geary, Bentley Harden, Alexandra Huryn,

Flo Justens, Sumin Lee, Dia Lysis, Montana

Maniscalco, Katie Merifield, Jess Moore, Anna

Petrey, Angelita Randalson, Sage, Vaishnvi

Sridhar, Rachel Stern, Dominique Stevenson,

Kali Sturgis, Ally Thomasson, Tina Turner,

Natalie Vande Linde, Maleah Watt, Kierra


Hair and Makeup

Hanna Fridriksson, Leah Jackson, Donnamy

Steele, Kali Sturgis, Christine Thompson, Sarah

Tucker, Natalie Vande Linde


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Advertising Julie Salter (

Published by UA Office of Student Media

Director Paul Wright

Contributing Photographers

Tanner Bramlett, Syd Cargal, Tristan Hallman,

Bentley Harden, Kourtney Iman, Sam

Macdonald, Montana Maniscalco, Alyssa

Motte, Grant Nicholls, Ally Thomasson

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by the


A look at beauty standards in

the last century.


A decade filled with doubt and fear,

the 40s also experienced a cultural shift

as women in America joined the industrial

workforce while men were overseas

fighting in World War II. This shift led to

the introduction of on-the-go makeup with

powder compacts replacing the loose, messy

powder of previous decades. Now working

in environments which were considered

unfeminine, women began to travel with

their cosmetics. Of the many fads in the

40s, the most prominent one was the full,

red lip. Women were encouraged to outline

their lips with matte liner, put on a thick

coat of ruby red lipstick, and top it off with

a smidge of Vaseline for a little shine. With

those simple steps, the au naturel look,

born out of wartime rationing, became a

little more glamorous.

Get the Look:

Revlon Colorstay Lip Liner - Raisin

Milani Color Statement Lipstick - Deep Red

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As the 40s faded away, so did propaganda geared toward

women in the workforce. Marketing efforts focused on the

housewife outfitted with perfectly coiffed hair and hourglass

figures accentuated by full skirts. The more defined the better;

this was true of bodies, brows and eyeliner. Stars Grace Kelly,

Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn sported thick, arched

eyebrows framing doe-like eyes, emphasized with heavy,

winged eyeliner.

Get the Look:

Glossier Boy Brow - Brown

MAC LiquidLast Liner - Point Black


The 60s saw the beginning of the second-wave feminist

movement as young, independent women emerged from

the wreckage that was the 50s marketing movements geared

toward creating housewife robots. Women no longer felt the

need to be constrained by what men thought they should look

like and wear. Pants were all the rage, and the one-look-fitsall

attitude toward beauty faded away in favor of a multitude

of trends. Women began wearing their hair naturally, and the

afro hit peak popularity in the late 60s. Gone were the days of

dramatic red lips; pale nudes and pinks were the way to go.

From the hippie girl’s preference of no makeup to Twiggy’s

bold black eyeliner and false lashes, beauty in the 60s became

a form of self-expression and independence from the societal

expectations of what a “real” woman should look and act like.

Get the Look:

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick - Baby Pink Cream

CoverGirl TruNaked Eyeshadow Palette - Smoky

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As women pushed for equality,

androgynous appearances became the

new norm. False eyelashes were traded

in for subtle swipes of mascara, and

sunkissed, glowing skin was favored over

full coverage foundation. Initially a small

fad in the 40s, tanned skin exploded into

a full-blown must-have beauty aesthetic.

Coupled with earth-toned lipsticks and

eyeshadows, the warm look we now

associate with the 70s was born. As the

second-wave feminist movement forged

ahead, in 1972, Ms. Magazine launched.

Co-founded by feminist pioneers Gloria

Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes,

the magazine paved the way for similar

woman-led editorials. The 70s also

saw a breakthrough in racial diversity

in the fashion and beauty industry as

supermodel Iman emerged on the scene

and became a muse for top brands.

Get the Look:

Jergen’s Natural Glow Instant Sun

Moisturizing Lotion - Deep Bronze

L’oreal Paris Visible Lift Blur Blush -

Soft Berry

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“Don’t you ever refer to me as ‘your girl’

again...I’m no girl; I’m a woman.” Released

in 1980, the Oscar-nominated film 9 to 5

was one of the first movies to address (and

denounce) the issue of sexual harassment

in the workplace. The 80s also saw the rise

of feminism in opposition, as can be seen

in The Heathers (red scrunchy, anyone?),

a movie essentially about mean girls

before Mean Girls existed. The cult classic

perpetuated the idea of raging against

the machine, going against the grain of

stereotypical teen-flicks of the decade. As

women’s attitudes became bolder, so did

their beauty looks. Neon eyeshadows and

lipsticks were all the rage.

Get the Look:

Tarte Color Splash Lipstick - Fuchsia

Big Sexy Hair - What A Tease Backcomb in

A Bottle


Where the 80s were bright and bold,

the 90s saw a shift toward muted browns

and pastels, a la Drew Barrymore and

Jennifer Aniston. The 90s also marked the

full emergence of third wave feminism, a

decade defined by debates. Female artists

and pop stars were on the rise, providing

young girls with liberated role models.

Many argued this hypersexualization of

women was contradictory to the ideals of

the feminist trailblazers which came before

their time. As young, independent women

dominated the pop culture scene, so did

the fads they introduced. From the Spice

Girls to Missy Elliott, the music scene of

the 90s was characterized by anthems

of women empowerment. Female artists

inspired other women and immortalized

looks we now associate with the decade

that brought us “The Rachel” and Cher

Horowitz’s timeless “Ugh, as if!”

Get the Look:

Burberry Wet and Dry Silk Eyeshadow -

Stone Blue

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick - My


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In 2004, Dove launched its Real Beauty

Campaign, a campaign geared toward the celebration

of a woman’s natural beauty, steering away from

the model-esque ideals of the common marketing

targeted toward women. The 2000s also saw an

increasing amount of young and independent girls

at the helm of tween entertainment. Shows Hannah

Montana, iCarly and That’s So Raven featured

adolescent girls facing real world problems, albeit

unrealistic scenarios. As a result, these young stars

became the models for which teenagers and young

girls sought to imitate in life and in beauty. Glossy

lips and sparkly eyelids reigned supreme in the early

2000s, gracing the faces of every teen.

Get the Look:

NYX Professional Makeup Foil Cream Play

Eyeshadow - Woman of Steel

Merle Norman Lip Polish - Diamond Diva


The present decade is one latent with opposition,

specifically featuring two trends on opposite ends

of the beauty spectrum. The age of YouTube and

makeup bloggers ushered in a trend of full-faced,

heavily contoured looks. More recently, a trend of

light, minimalist makeup has developed, facilitated

by millennial-based brands Glossier and Milk. While

these two trends diverge, both looks stem from selfexpression

and the belief that women should do their

makeup based on what pleases them, not others.

Get the Look(s):

Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter

Milk Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30

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Show Your Skin Some Love

Tips on how to make your skin feel and look better without the filters.

By Donnamy Steele


Who doesn’t love a good masking session?

Whether you’re with your girls or having muchneeded

alone time, taking at least 15 minutes out of

your week to mask is not only fun and relaxing, but

it is a great chance to focus your skincare routine

toward your problem areas. Finding the best mask

for your skin can be tricky, but most masks specify

which skin type they work best on. Taking the time

to find the right mask for you is worth it. You and

your skin deserve some extra TLC.

Product Recommendations

Biorè Self-Heating One Minute Mask ($8)

This charcoal-based masks brings a little warmth

while also leaving your skin feeling clean as a whistle.

LUSH Mask of Magnaminty Face and Body Mask


Mint isn’t only a good chewing gum flavor. This

mask deep cleanses, exfoliates, and tones to give

your skin a refreshed glow.

L’Oreal Detox & Brighten Clay Mask ($13)

This clay mask is infused with charcoal to clean

out those pores and brighten up your complexion.


Let’s be real – we’ve all fallen asleep with a full

face of glam on before. But making it an every night

thing can harm your skin.

Makeup remover wipes may look like they get the

job done, but they actually only scratch the surface

of the dirt that is trapped in your skin. Using a facial

cleanser after removing your makeup is essential to

rid your skin of things that can cause breakouts.

Tip for makeup lovers: You may need a little

more than a face wash to fully clean your skin.

Try preparing your skin with micellar water or a

cleansing balm all over your face. These products

break down makeup without tension and tugging.

Plus, it takes half the time as a makeup remover

wipe. Breaking down makeup will make your skin

easier to clean when you go in with your favorite face


Tip for the au natural: Even if you haven’t put a

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product on your face, your skin is still dirty.

Pollution and dirt can seep into your pores.

Play it safe, and give your face a good cleanse

every day.

Product recommendations

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser ($21)

This cleanser is gentle and effective! It

cleanses your face of dirt and oils, and is soft

on your skin.

Skyn Iceland Glacial Face Wash ($30)

This face wash has a foamy texture that

smooths over the skin and leaves your face

feeling refreshed and restored. It also focuses

on clearing up stress-related bumps and

acne, which is a huge factor for breakouts.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing

Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Makeup Remover


Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing

Cleansing Balm ($34)


If you have ever struggled with acne or

unwanted texture on your skin, focus on

exfoliation. Exfoliating can do more than

just rid your skin of dirt and grime. It makes

your face feel smooth and ready for makeup

application. It is also great for breaking

down stubborn dry patches and bringing

blackheads to the surface, ultimately helping

you get rid of them faster. Try including this

step before you go in with your face wash,

2-3 times a week.

If your skin is more on the sensitive side,

add a little water to your exfoliating face

wash to soften the product. When you apply

it on your face, it won’t feel as rough on your


Product recommendations

Vasanti Cosmetics Brighten Up! Enzymatic

Face Rejuvenator ($34)


Toner is important in order to fully

clean your skin. Makeup, dirt, oils and more

can seep into your pores, and if you don’t

clean your face well and often, it will build

up overtime. Try using a toner after you

go in with your face wash and before you

moisturize. This small step in your daily

routine can prevent you from breaking out.

It is totally worth the extra step.

Product recommendations

Thayer’s Rose Water Witch Hazel ($7)

Toners with witch hazel are a bonus

because they focus a little more on problem

areas such as pores. Just saturate a cotton

pad with the product and wipe your face

down before you apply moisturizer.


Moisturizing helps soften skin, prevents

and soothes dry patches, and gives skin a

healthy and hydrated glow.

If you decide to add only one of these tips

into your daily routine, moisturizing should

be the one. No matter what your skin type

is, it is always important to moisturize. Just

like our bodies need water, our skin needs

hydration. That is where moisturizers come

into play.

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Keep your moisturizer on your

bathroom sink or night stand. It is harder

to ignore when it is not tucked in the back

of a cabinet.

Product recommendations

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

Intense Hydration ($32)

This one is perfect for sensitive skin

because you have the option to use a

scented or unscented version of their face

moisturizer. It also has SPF in it, which is

great for protecting skin from sun spots.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream


It’s never too early to start using antiwrinkle


Clinique Moisture Surge ($19)

72-hour auto-replenishing hydrator is

great for if you need a moisturizer that will

last throughout the day.

All of these are great for moisturizing

and can double as a primer to wear under

your makeup. They keep your skin looking

and feeling hydrated throughout the day.


Stress can cause breakouts, which

causes more stress, which causes more

chaos for your skin. We don’t want that.

Take a moment to yourself. Read, take a

bath, watch Netflix. Whatever your routine

may be – don’t forget to breathe.

Show your skin some love, and watch it

love you back.

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The Key to

Edgy Edges

By Christine Thompson

The perfect way to jazz up any hairstyle

is with some F I R E edges. Whether

you’re off to a red carpet affair or

the gym, this how-to guide will teach

you how to slay your edges in a few

simple steps:

Products you’ll need:

Styling Gel

Edge Brush or a Small-Tooth Tapered Comb

Rattail Comb




Sweetheart Natural Swoop Edges:

Clean, Natural Edges

1. Begin by squeezing a dime-sized

amount of product onto your finger.

2. Next, take your toothbrush and

scoop the product off of your finger

and onto the bristles.

3. In a sweeping motion, use the

toothbrush to bring sections of the

edges down and then backwards (in

the direction of hair growth). This

should be a singular motion, but

you can repeat the motion a number

of times with the same section

of hair to achieve a perfect halfcircle

swoop. Repeat this step until

you’ve completed all of your edges

surrounding your forehead.

4. Take the section of hair beside your

ear. With a dollop of curl pomade

(NOT gel) in between your thumb

and forefinger, pinch the section of

hair. Pull outward several times until

it’s a uniform, free-hanging curl.

5. If you have naturally straight hair,

try the previous step while wrapping

the tendril around your finger to

create a curl, or curl it slightly with

a wand or iron before applying the


6. Spray your edges with your preferred


Fierce Fun Edges: Defined, Edgy Look

1. Take your toothbrush and brush all

the hair on the side of your head

straight back in the same direction.

2. Next, take gel and squeeze a dimesized

amount onto your finger. With

your toothbrush, scoop the product

off of your finger, and apply the gel

to your edges using the bristles.

3. With the gel this time, repeat step


4. Using your tapered comb, use the

teeth to bring your hair down and

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swoop selected sections. This should not

happen in one, concise motion. Rather, it

should be done in multiple small motions to

make the swoop defined.

5. Go back over it with the toothbrush to

smooth it over. Be sure to avoid the the lines

- you want them to stay sharp and clean.

6. Separate the baby hairs closest to your ear

and make them into a section of their own.

Place gel on that section and smooth them

downward. Then, using the very top teeth of

the comb, create a swirl downward.

7. Repeat the above steps on both sides

8. Finish off with hairspray.

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Baddie Baby Hairs: Swirly & Fun

1. For this particular style, it’s helpful to pull

your hair back, and brush your baby hairs

forward so that they’re easy to style.

2. Begin with squeezing a dime-sized amount

of product onto your finger. Then, take your

toothbrush and scoop the product off of your

finger with the bristles.

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3. Focusing on the front section of your edges: In a

sweeping motion, use the toothbrush to style the

edges in a half-circle similar to Step 3 in the first


4. Then, focusing on the right and left sides of your

edges vertical to your ears - put the pomade on the

toothbrush, and brush the hairs downward toward

the ears.

5. Next, using the sharp metal end of the rattail

comb, create waves, swirls and loops in the

straight gelled hair. Do this by making swirling

motions with the point, and pushing the hair back

and forth as needed to create your desired look.

6. Complete with hairspray. If needed, blow dry your

edges on the cool setting to accelerate the drying


DOs and DON’Ts

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

moisture is K E Y. Especially for my 4C girls: A good

leave-in conditioner does wonders for your edges.

Make sure you’re keeping your hair healthy so that

your edges can slay.

DO avoid hairstyles that will pull out your edges.

Traction Alopecia is REAL, ladies. If the braids are too

tight, say something.

DO wrap a scarf around your edges at night before

you go to bed. The bonnet is not enough anymore. Find

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

your nightly routine.

DON’T do your edges before your makeup. In order

to make your makeup seamless, you have to blend it

into your scalp. This step can totally ruin your edges

if they’re already done. If you do them before, wrap a

scarf around your edges to protect them while doing

your makeup.

DON’T scratch your edges too much. Edges can,

unfortunately, get really itchy: RESIST. THE. URGE.

Don’t ruin all the hard work you put into doing them.

If you really need to scratch, try lightly patting where

it itches.

DON’T put too much product on your edges at

once. It’s always better to start off with a little and then

add as needed. Too much product can lead to obvious

buildup and a flaky look.

PRO TIP: Have some bald spots in your edges?

Don’t worry. It’s totally normal. Find an eyeshadow

shade that matches your hair color. Then, using a small

eyeshadow brush, fill in the gaps lightly. Remember to

start off with just a little bit of shadow and build. Do

this after you do your edges, so you don’t wipe off your

eyeshadow with the gel!

One final thing:

I know edges can be frustrating. But remember...

you got it, sis.

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Flower Power Your Routine

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Go green and bring florals into

your makeup bag.

By Kaitlyn Gabaldon

Clean beauty brings the vibrancy of

nature into your beauty routine. The trend

has taken the beauty world by storm, with

many new brands popping up and offering

non-toxic products that are good for the

environment and your skin. Taking things

a step further, many of these products are

formulated with plant-based components

that provide skin-boosting benefits and are


Plant-based beauty products keep

ingredient worries at bay by making it

easier to understand exactly what goes into

products. Harnessing the power of nature

provides powerful ingredients that aren’t

harsh on the skin and pigments that bring

colorful pops to your makeup.

Using plants in personal care isn’t

anything new, but today, it’s a more refined

process with a wider expansion of products.

Each plant has its own particular properties

that can help deal with specific concerns. Mix

and match plants to create your perfect green

routine. Be mindful of where it’s sourced

from and how the different ingredients react

with one another.

Here is a starter list of ingredients to get

you started on a more clean approach to


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Calendula: This derivative of marigold is

great for soothing irritated skin and retaining

skin’s natural moisture.

Lavender: Lavender is so much more than

a soothing scent. It also helps to reduce

redness, increase the renewal of skin cells,

and it can be used to treat dandruff.

Prickly Pear: There is a reason this plant

can survive hot and dry environments. Its

moisture retention properties keep skin and

hair hydrated. Bonus: It is full of anti-aging

amino acids.

Orchid: Brighten up your skin while reducing

fine lines and wrinkles with this exotic


Chamomile: Chamomile works wonders

against inflammation and puffiness. Pro

tip: Brewing some chamomile tea bags and

chilling them is a simple yet effective way to

combat puffy under eyes.

Licorice Root: Perfect for those with

sensitive skin to treat blemishes and control

oil production.

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By Natalie Vande Linde

The beauty industry is constantly presenting new hair care

treatments to consumers. In recent years, the idea that not washing

your hair can benefit it has prompted many women to transition to

shampoo-free showers. Although we all want to feel fresh and clean,

it seems a daily shower may not be the best way to achieve healthy

locks. This idea has taken off as influencers and hairstylists alike have

stressed the fact that not using shampoo everyday can regulate the oil

production on your head and leave your hair shinier, softer and a lot

less dry.

Mary Hellen, a student at Appalachian State University, has been

on a six-year journey to “no-’poo” showers.

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

longer I went without washing, the healthier it looked.”

Data gathered by consumer analysts at Kantar Worldpanel,

illustrated that many women seemed to be experiencing this result

when they phased out their trusty shampoo. In fact, Kantar’s data

revealed that women are now washing their hair less than three times

a week for the first time in a decade. However, transitioning out of

using shampoo is a lengthy process.

“It was definitely greasy for a couple of months,” Hellen said, “but

I can just feel that it’s so much healthier.”

Although Hellen experienced the common effects of transitioning

from using shampoo, such as greasiness and dandruff, she said the

process was well worth it and completely revitalized her hair for the


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


As for those who are interested in trying out this new method,

Hellen’s advice was to phase out your shampoo slowly and to not be

afraid of going without washing your hair. Hellen said she went from

every other day, to every three days, to once a week before she cut

out shampoo entirely and switched to her current products of choice:

baking soda, tea tree oil and occasionally apple cider vinegar. Hellen

most commonly uses baking soda, as do many other bloggers and

women who have abandoned the shampoo route. Generally, Hellen

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washes with baking soda every two to

three weeks, using apple cider vinegar on

the ends of her hair every once in awhile

to add shine. Hellen recommends using

about a teaspoon and a half of baking soda

mixed with a small amount of water and

tea tree oil to wash your hair. Massage the

mixture into your scalp and let it sit for a

few minutes, then wash it out.

To ease up the process, mix the

concoction in a little dish beforehand so

that you are prepared for your shower.

Hellen said to be careful in the winter

when using tea tree oil, as it can dry out

your hair and scalp.

“Coconut oil hair masks help with

dryness,” Hellen said.

For those who are not quite ready

to toss aside shampoos but still want to

improve the health of their hair, Hellen

said to look for shampoos without sulfates.

Sulfates, though effective at cleaning hair,

can often irritate the skin and strip hair of

essential oils.

She also advises washing every three

days instead of every day or even every

other day. Alternate your hairstyles on day

two or three if you start feeling greasy - try

out a pony or a slicked back bun. This is a

method even Kim Kardashian has attested

to, as she has shared that she only washes

every five days. If you do decide to give the

no-shampoo method a try, Hellen suggests

giving it a go in the dead cold of winter.

“I wore a lot of hats then,” she laughed.

Transitioning out of shampoo is

different for everyone. Thinner hair may

need more frequent washing than thick,

coarse hair. Additionally, if you begin to

experience symptoms like severe itching

or redness when trying to abstain from

washing, abandoning shampoo might not

be what is healthiest for your scalp.

The beauty industry and the people

in it present us with a multitude of new

methods to keep our bodies at their best.

While for some this may be ditching a wash,

others no doubt want to hold onto those

fresh-smelling shampoos. Remember that

phasing out shampoo will take time to

adjust, but the process is totally natural.

Although “no ‘poo” may not be for everyone,

try spreading out your washes a bit more,

experimenting with new styles, and seeing

how your hair reacts. Remember each head

of hair is different, so go with that leaves

you and your hair feeling healthiest.

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Laura Lineberry is going beyond expectations and this

realm, proving that female ghostbusters are not just a

figment of hollywood’s imagination.

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By Sara Beth Bolin

Laura Lineberry has had a connection with the

supernatural for as long as she can remember.

It wasn’t until college that she realized that

not everyone had the same experiences that she

did. Not everyone felt the things that she felt when

she walked into a room. Not everyone could sense

when someone else was there.

Lineberry moved to Tuscaloosa to work at The

University of Alabama, first in communications

and then in the school’s art department. But when

she’s not mentoring future graphic designers or

doing freelance work for clients, she’s investigating

local hauntings with the Tuscaloosa Paranormal

Research Group.

The group offers free paranormal investigative

services throughout Alabama for both private

residences and businesses. They describe

themselves as an “ethically-minded” group of

people who are searching for the truth using

scientific methods. And by doing so, they hope

to bring balance to both our realm and the

paranormal realm.

Tuscaloosa Paranormal Research Group

investigates using a doubt-first method. When

they first walk into a client’s building, everyone is

a skeptic. They check the building for copper or

wiring problems that have been known to cause

environmental issues, weird feelings and even

hallucinations. But when every other possibility

has been ruled out, the team starts using their

training to find the root of the problem.

Paranormal investigators use video

surveillance, photography, and recordings known

as electronic voice phenomenons, or EVPs, to

find evidence of supernatural activity. Through

multiple visits to investigation locations, the team

procures hours of recordings to comb through.

Lineberry explained that, although it may sound

simple, these methods work more efficiently than

one might think.

Lineberry recalled one night when they

recorded an EVP of a man who wanted to stay

distant from them.

“What was interesting was we investigated

this place several times, and he was always very

friendly,” Lineberry said. “But that night, he just

wasn’t in the mood. His name’s John.”

Lineberry explained that the group investigates

both residual and intelligent hauntings. Residual

hauntings are like a recording of previous events

playing on a loop, like whispers or footprints.

Intelligent hauntings, unlike residual, can interact

with the environment around them.

“Energy can linger,” Lineberry said. “We all

know when somebody’s standing behind us, you

know, and a lot of times, it’s just you could feel the

energy of that person. So that energy, the residual

energy, can be found in furniture, can be found in

homes; pretty much anywhere. And an intelligent

haunting is one that will literally interact with you,

will answer questions, will move things when you

ask it to move things, that kind of thing.”

Lineberry herself has travelled all over the

Members of the Tuscaloosa Paranormal Research Group:

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

Heather Boothe and Founder David Higdon.

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country exploring haunted locations. One of the most

famous locations she’s visited is the Stanley Hotel in

Estes Park, Colorado, which became famous for Stephen

King’s The Shining. King himself stayed there, and the

experiences that he and his wife had inspired the events

of the thriller. The hotel is known as one of the most

haunted places in the country, and is a favorite place for

paranormal investigators to travel.

Lineberry has been to the hotel four times. One time,

nothing happened until around 2 a.m. when she and

her husband were asleep. A thump against the fourposter

bed, like somebody running into the corner, woke

Lineberry up.

“I looked at my husband, who was snoring, and all

of a sudden, I was facing him, and I felt the side of the

bed coming down like somebody was holding it down,”

Lineberry said. “I froze. I was about touch my husband to

wake him up when something touched my back. And I

lost it. Screaming, yelling, running.”

The next day, Lineberry’s husband played the video

and the recorder at the same time. They heard a voice a

minute before Lineberry’s “freak out.”

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

Lineberry said. “Clear as day.”

Everybody has the power to get rid of an

entity in their everyday lives. All you have

to do is be strong and say ‘go!’

Although some of her experiences sound terrifying

to a supernatural novice, she assures her clients that

paranormal entities are normally not there to harm.

Many times, they just want to stay in familiar territory

and do not realize that they are scaring the humans

that also occupy the space. But if these entities do make

clients uncomfortable, it’s easy to get rid of them.

“If you have to deal with somebody that’s intimidating,

you stand up to him just like a bully,” Lineberry said.

“Everybody has the power to get rid of an entity in their

everyday lives. All you have to do is be strong and say,

‘Go!’ or ‘Now leave my house.’ It’s literally that simple.”

While ghost stories and supernatural tales can cause

many people to run for the hills, Lineberry loves to deal

with the real thing every day. She’s helped discover a

ghost’s favorite song and even witnessed the spirit of her

former dog run between her legs like the dog had years

before she died.

She hopes that her experiences help prove to others

what she has believed for so long— that we are not alone.

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It Just Blooms

By Rebecca Rakowitz and Talya White

Many people name children after their

grandparents. Kristin Logan named a

truck after hers.

And not just any truck, a 1994 Japanese

mini truck painted pastel lime green. A

green that’s reminiscent of light green

cupcake frosting, Pinterest-worthy Easter

eggs, or the green buds that surround a

cluster of baby’s breath.

It’s a truck that has the steering wheel

on the right, and a high-pitched, cartoonlike


It’s a truck that Logan had to learn how

to drive in a high school parking lot. One

she can’t take on the interstate because it

tops out at 55 mph.

It’s a truck with a bed outfitted with

custom shelving and a zip-close canopy

to protect the merchandise in case the

weather turns.

And it is a truck that is the cornerstone

of her and her husband’s latest business.

Kristin and Todd Logan are the proud

owners of Bloom Flower Truck, a truck that

is affectionately named Fern after Logan’s

great grandmother. The only one of its

kind in Tuscaloosa, Bloom Flower Truck

is a make-your-own bouquet flower store

on wheels. For the past year, Tuscaloosa

natives could find the bright green truck

parked around town on the weekends and

Logan selling flowers by the stem out of the

renovated truck bed.

“I have always loved flowers,” Logan

said. “[Women in my family] always had

fresh flowers on my table.”

There is a beauty in bringing fresh

flowers home or gifting them to a loved

one. Part of the beauty comes from the

flower itself, but there is a quiet kindness

that can be found in the way flowers bring

about smiles.

When Logan started seeing flower

trucks on social media and during a trip to

Nashville, the business model and product

spoke to her.

“I wanted to try to give it a shot and

make it easy for people to buy flowers by the

stem,” Logan said. “Not full arrangements,

but where they can come up and make

their own little arrangement, take it home,

and put it in their own vase.”

As often as she can, Logan gets locally

grown flowers from the Tuscaloosa-

Birmingham area. Last spring, she filled

her car with buckets and buckets of flowers

from a woman in Birmingham and fondly

remembers how her car smelled of flowers

for several days after.

“It’s different and it’s special,” Logan

said. “And I want people to appreciate

the work that goes into growing these

little flowers and especially for these local


Logan hopes to one day own a small

warehouse to work out of and host flower

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arranging classes. In the meantime, Bloom

Flower Truck is filling a mobile market in

Tuscaloosa. While there are a handful of local

flower shops, none have taken their product to

the streets where it can’t help but be noticed.

“The thing that gets their attention is the

truck,” Todd Logan said. “I mean, they see

the truck and they’re taking pictures and, you

know, doing all that.”

Fern’s photogenic nature is nothing to be

scoffed at. The rows of fresh flowers, rustic

light bulb letters, and of course, the iconic

green paint job make Fern the perfect photo

opportunity. She is the kind of truck one might

find on the Explore page of Instagram, but

instead Fern is parked across from local coffee

shops, in the parking lots of boutiques, and at

the farmer’s market. Students make up about

85 percent of the business, so being able to

park where students hang out and study has

made a large impact.

For the Logans, business truly is blooming.

Bloom Flower Truck has regulars who frequent

the truck itself, moms from across the country

who contact Logan to deliver flowers to their

daughters at The University of Alabama, and

husbands who buy flowers subscriptions, so

new bouquets are delivered to their wives every

couple of weeks. Fern also travels to birthday

parties, bridal showers, and local events to

bring everyone in on the fun.

Logan describes herself as “not very

business savvy,” but the success of bloom

flower truck begs to differ.

Logan’s advice to women who might

describe themselves in the same way, is to get

out of their comfort zone and start something.

“You just kind of have to go for it and do

your thing and not worry about everybody else

around you,” Logan said.

Going for it, and not worrying about

everyone around you, are rules to live by for

Kristin, Todd and their flowers.

Like it says on the back of the Bloom

Flower Truck business card, “A flower does not

think of competing with the flowers next to it.

It just blooms.”

My Lilly Pulitzer-Printed,

Sorority-Stickered Gay Agenda

By Sydney Pellegrini

At the beginning of every semester, I walk a couple of

blocks from my sorority house to the bookstore to pick up

a Lilly Pulitzer agenda. It is a planner which I will start

the year out writing my assignments in every day, only

to inevitably abandon a few weeks into classes. Truth be

told, I am not the most organized person. I am also not

the most likely person to be an Alabama sorority girl.

When I decided to go through rush at The University

of Alabama, my mom was ecstatic. She went to a Big Ten

school, had bigger hair, and was heavily involved in her

sorority. I grew up hearing the stories of her glory days,

and on some level, I always knew I would be a part of

Greek Life. It seemed like the thing to do.

I never thought much about the fact that I might not

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

I told my high school friends about my decision to rush,

which resulted in a lot of confused facial expressions and

teasing. I wasn’t a sorority girl. I was a theatre kid: your

typical outgoing nerd.

And I had a secret. I was (at least mostly) gay.

I spent the majority of high school jumping in and out

of the closet, telling only a few close friends who I had

known since I was six that I might have feelings for girls.

Sort of. I thought. Occasionally. Perhaps, but not

really. But I would never, like, date a girl.

I went to college. I pledged a sorority. I went out with

fraternity boys and made friends with people within my

little bubble. And I kept my secret.

By the time my junior year rolled around, it was

getting harder to deny the fact that I was falling in love

with a girl. We had become close through class projects,

rides home from bars, secret-sharing, sleepovers, lunches

and weekend trips. It was October of that year when I

realized I didn’t want to spend another minute without

her, and I didn’t want to hide our relationship.

So, I came out.

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I came out to my friend Anna in a wordvomiting

frenzy when I busted through the door

of my sorority house the morning after my nowgirlfriend

and I first kissed.

I came out to my friends Jamie, Rachel and

Caroline a few weeks later, in the tiny shoebox

room right next door to mine after rumors started

to spread. I wanted them to hear it from me first.

I came out to my roommate while I painted a

banner in the basement, shaking the entire time

because I didn’t know if she would want to live

with me again the next year.

I came out to my Big while we both sat on

the tiny couch in my room, and I cried because

I didn’t know if she would be able to love her

religion and love me.

I came out to all the girls I sat with at lunch

every weekday, making no eye contact to avoid

the inevitable adverse reactions.

And get this: Nothing happened.

Nobody shunned me or talked badly about

me. No one gave me rude looks or avoided me in

the halls. My roommate is still my roommate, and

she’s never acted weird about changing in front

of me or sleeping two feet from me each night.

My friends barely batted an eye; some told me

they knew all along. A long-standing rule against

bringing girls as dates to functions was retracted,

and I was even elected to a cabinet position. I have

not once had a less-than-pleasant interaction

with a girl in my sorority because of my sexuality.

I have been embraced with open arms for exactly

who I am. I have had younger girls come up to

me at parties and tell me how much they love me

and my girlfriend together and how happy they

are for me.

I am not saying everything is perfect here or

in other houses or other social circles. I’m sure

there are some people who don’t love the fact

that I’m gay. And that’s fine — it doesn’t bother

me. But I can honestly say that being openly

gay in an Alabama sorority is not as scary as it

sounds. I know all that “Sisterhood forever! I love

my sisters!” talk is annoying, and I don’t know

how much I buy into all of it, but I will say this:

Sisterhood can be something unexpected. It can

be something wonderful and real. It can be openminded,

forgiving and sincere.

I used to think I wasn’t meant to be a sorority

girl. Now, I’m pretty damn proud to be one. No

matter how obnoxious my hot pink Lilly agenda

might be.

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om “He

and Bac

Editor’s note: The source in this article requested

anonymity for safety and privacy reasons.

Madison needed to sustain her narcotics

addiction. It was the thing that was keeping her


She had not always been like this. In fact, there

was a time when she was clean. She quit drugs

when she became pregnant with her son, but three

years after his birth in 2011, she relapsed.

Soon after, Madison’s father died and she

relocated from Omaha, Nebraska back to the


She was homeless. She didn’t have anyone to

go to for help. She lacked a system of support,

and she would soon fall prey to a system that was

anything but.

Next thing Madison knew, she was in

Montgomery, Alabama, in a world she described

as “Hell.” In this Hell, she was robbed, abused

and raped. In this Hell, people preyed on her

vulnerability. In this Hell, she was forced into the

world of human trafficking.

“I had lost my child, my health, everything,”

she said.

It was her drug use and vulnerable state,

Madison said, that made her more susceptible to

being trafficked.

It all started out, she said, when the traffickers

told her, “You don’t have to be one of those girls,

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

“Here’s this much of drugs, go sell that.”

The traffickers were setting her up to be robbed.

Once she was robbed, she was in debt to them. So,

she had to do other things to work it off.

“All of the major cities are

connected with interstate

systems, and it flourishes from

Huntsville down to Mobile.

We are all connected to a

statewide circuit.”

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

drawn to people like me who don’t have a network

of support, and so – easy targets.”

Victims can easily become trapped in an

industry that is at work across the state of Alabama,

and one that has become a pressing concern

among law enforcement officials and human rights

organizations throughout the Southeast.

Madison is not alone as a human trafficking

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victim in the state. There were 31 cases prosecuted

as human trafficking in Alabama in 2017.

Tuscaloosa Police Department Lt. Darren Beams

said Interstates 20 and 59, which stretch from

near the Mexico border through Atlanta, are

thoroughfares for human trafficking in Alabama.

The interstate system brings the trafficking

business to Alabama from neighboring states such

as Tennessee, Louisiana, Georgia and Florida. The

Birmingham area shows the largest concentration

of trafficking activities, but the crime is a problem

statewide, Beams said.

“All of the major cities are connected with

interstate systems, and it flourishes from

Huntsville down to Mobile,” he said. “We are all

connected to a statewide circuit.”

According to the National Human Trafficking

Hotline, 68 human trafficking cases in Alabama

were reported in 2017, and 184 calls made to the

hotline referenced Alabama.

Efforts are being made in Alabama to reduce

statewide human trafficking. Beams said law

enforcement is working to establish a statewide

protocol for all agencies to use and encourage more

collaboration between local, state and federal law

enforcement to help women, like Madison, who

are victims of trafficking.

Christian Lim, the project administrator for

the Alabama statewide human trafficking protocol,

said traffickers exploit the vulnerabilities of a

person. He said anybody that has a vulnerability

can be a victim of human trafficking.

“For a lot of sex trafficking, it could be poverty,

or it could just be something as basic as somebody

lacking the relationships that they really need in a

home or something like that,” Lim said.

According to the Polaris Project, a national

nonprofit organization that gathered statistics

from the National Human Trafficking Hotline and

BeFree Textline, 2,762 of the 10,615 cases analyzed

involved minors in 2017. The top recruitment

tactic for sex trafficking in 2017 was intimate

partner or marriage proposition.

Lim is part of a research team that conducted

a series of 20 focus groups throughout the state,

including interviews with 114 professionals who

may have worked with human trafficking victims

or potential victims. The team was able to identify

617 potential victims of human trafficking that

they had worked with in 2017. Out of the 617, he

said about 354 were probably minors.

Kat Kirkpatrick is the marketing supervisor

for The WellHouse, a residential facility in

Birmingham that houses adult women who are

victims of sex trafficking, providing them a safe

place to go and work on recovery. She said pimps

will hang around schools or shopping malls where

their potential victims are, adding that it is not

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usually like the movie Taken, where the victim is

stolen off the street.

“It’s a lot of coercion and manipulating of

trust, lies and kind of deceitfulness,” she said.

“They seek out these

women who are potentially

fragile in that way and they

exploit it.”

Kirkpatrick said if the trafficker is female, she

might befriend the potential victim at school and

then say, “Hey, you know I’ve got this guy.”

If the trafficker is male, he might become her

boyfriend or take her out and buy her nice things

and treat her really well because traffickers focus

on people who are searching for and craving love

because of a past trauma.

“They seek out these women who are

potentially fragile in that way and they exploit

it,” Kirkpatrick said.

After about a year in human trafficking, she

found a way out of the life she was stuck in.

After a couple stints in jail, she saw the phone

number for The WellHouse in her Facebook

messenger from her son’s grandmother. She got

out of jail, called the number, and they picked

her up the next day. She began her time at The

WellHouse in October 2015 and was there for

two years.

“It was probably the best thing that I could’ve

ever done,” Madison said.

Once at the property, Kirkpatrick said

women like Madison first go to a short-term

house called the “immediate shelter,” where the

goal is to improve their health. There is a doctor

who comes once a week, and the women wear

donated clothes because they often arrive with


Madison said that never having to wonder

what she was going to eat or where she was going

to stay gave her an opportunity to think about

her future and what steps she could take to reach

goals she hadn’t had before.

The women also have a caseworker, trauma

counselor and a general counselor who have

individual sessions and group therapy with the


“We try to get them back to square one,”

Kirkpatrick said. “They’ve seen a lot of trauma,

and they are in rough shape when we get them,

and so it’s just all about recovery and restoring

them to where they need to be.”

Madison has been out of The WellHouse for

a year now, and she is in school with full custody

of her son. She was diagnosed with Hepatitis C

when she first got to The WellHouse, but she got

medication for it and is healthy. She reached her

three-year sobriety anniversary in October.

In a state where a network of traffickers is

creating a stronghold, Carolyn Potter, CEO of

the WellHouse, is creating an even stronger

network of people fighting to put an end to the

trafficking industry. Potter encourages people

to support or volunteer with organizations like

The WellHouse. She also recommends learning

common signs of trafficking, such as branding or

tattoos of the trafficker on the victim, downcast

eyes, fearful posture, and the appearance of

being malnourished and sleep-deprived.

“Spotting signs of victims is key,” Potter said.

“If you learn to spot the signs, you can call the

police and save a life.”

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the Forgotten


Brooches and Hat -

Twice as Nice

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By Emily Safron

There is nothing we love more than the

reemergence of an old trend. This spring, we

see the return of the brooch. Originally used as

cloak fasteners worn by the Celts and Vikings

during the Early Medieval period, brooches

have seen a thing or two. And now they’re back

for more.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to style

your brooches:

Wear Your Brooch on the Back/Clasp

of Dress

A common complaint for accessories that

pin to clothing is that they leave a hole or ruin

fabric. If you’re wearing your hair up, consider

putting a brooch onto the back of your outfit or

on top of the clasp of your dress for a little extra

sparkle. It is a place where any potential holes

will go unnoticed at a later date.

Tie a Neck Scarf and Add a Brooch on Top

In addition to brooches, silk neck scarves are

having a moment. Select one of your choosing

and, once tied, slide the brooch pin into the

knot. By doing so, you can add a statement to

an already trendy accessory.

Add to a Headband or Hat

Brooches are often seen as an accessory for

hats. By adding one atop a cute floppy sun hat

or beret, your look will catch so many eyes. If

you’re more of a headband gal, clipping it to the

side makes for another cute look.

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Add to a Bracelet or Watch

If you have a minimalistic bracelet that isn’t

made out of metal, consider adding a brooch

through it. One that is the same color as your outfit

can even help it stand out more.

Add a Brooch to your Hair

Brooches are the perfect asset to your clothing

and accessories, but what about including them in

your hairstyle rotation? Spice things up by adding a

brooch to the back of a ponytail, bottom of a braid

or front of a bun.

Wear Multiple Brooches

Just like pins, brooches are great to showcase

your personal style. Consider adding a cluster of

brooches to your outfit. The pieces will play off each

other and add an interesting touch to any outfit.

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Dress and Earrings - Fab’rik

Glasses- SOCA










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Fashion defies

circumstance. To reserve

this self-expressive art

form for special occasions

is an injustice to your

closet. Don’t shy away

from the chandelier

earrings. Rock the red lip.

Wear the platform shoes.

Every day is a new excuse

to play dress-up, and

the grocery store aisle is

Monday’s runway.

Lace dress and Shoes- Fab’rik

Red shorts- Fab’rik

White top - SOCA

Earrings and Sunglasses - Fab’rik

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How Hip Hop

Culture Disrupted the

Sneaker Industry

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By Molly Powers

The popularity of hip hop music has

increased exponentially. The artists on top

are dominating the music scene, consistently

landing on Billboard Hot 100 charts, while

hundreds of underground rappers fight to

climb the SoundCloud ladder to meet their

idols at the top.

When it comes to being an artist in 2019,

the whole package is a necessity for achieving

success. This means how you dress, what

you stand for, and who you know is just as

important as creating good music. What an

artist is wearing means everything to their

fans. The consistent success of artists who

sport exclusive sneakers, designer belts

and clothes by brands the general public

has never even heard of, has revealed a

growing community of people obsessed with

replicating their favorite artist’s style.

In the splash zone of this newfound

community lies hip hop icons and, thus,

streetwear enthusiasts, creating a foundation

of maximum originality. Having a strong

personal brand and unique style increases

recognition amongst the plethora of artists

in the industry. French Montana’s popular

hit No Stylist boasts about Montana’s

personal style being so good he doesn’t need

help getting dressed for events or parties.

This emphasis on originality is translated

from the artists’ lyrics into the clothes they

wear and the way they present themselves.

Virgil Abloh, creator of fashion

brand Off-White and menswear

creative lead of Louis Vuitton, is often

credited with inciting the collaboration

revolution we are currently in. Brands

evermore are combining their designs,

logos and specific styles with each other

to create brand awareness in each other’s

target market. Abloh

famously redesigned

seven of the most popular

Nike silhouettes, putting his

own recognizable “work in progress” designs

on Nike’s classic, blank canvases.

This famous collection opened the

floodgates for, or at least popularized,

the hundreds of sneaker collaborations

between sneaker powerhouses and hip hop

artists. The collaborations range from the

trendsetting, groundbreaking Kanye West

x Adidas “Yeezy Supply” collections, to the

exclusive, limited pair of Travis Scott Nike

Air Force 1’s. Not only are these artists

setting trends by what they are wearing

on their own feet, they are selling their

personal designs, blurring the lines between

the music and fashion industries.

We are living in a time where no one,

including hip hop artists, wants to be boxed

in to one segment of their industry. It is

becoming increasingly more common to dip

your toes in several disciplines. As we move

towards independence and originality, we

begin to mix and match the “rights” and

“wrongs” we were conditioned to consider

while getting dressed in the morning.

Those who do not subscribe to hip hop

or streetwear subcultures are still wearing

sneakers, whether they know the source of

the trend or not. On the walkways of college

campuses, there has been a massive influx of

sneakerwearing, especially among women.

In this era of breaking down barriers and

stereotypes, women are wearing Nike Air

Max’s with their flowy skirt instead of

wedges or sandals. If you haven’t already

got your own favorite pair of sneakers,

don’t fret: the trend isn’t going anywhere

anytime soon.

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Earrings - SOCA

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Jacket - Jeff McFly


Your Style

Sunglasses and earring pairings you can

use to elevate your style this spring.

By Rachel Stern

It’s time to go big with accessories this season.

The miniature eyewear and handbags that

dominated 2018 are slowly fading out, making

room for the oversized and the bold: a glamorous

look that continues to stand the test of time.

On the runways at Dior and Prada for Spring-

Summer 2019, we saw big bold sunglasses in

vintage-inspired looks. Strutting on the runways

of Stella McCartney and Gucci were sunglasses

with a sporty, futuristic feel; imagine super-tinted

ski goggles with embellishments and oversized,

abstract curves.

Turning to jewelry trends, 2019 is sticking with

the glamorous, the glitzy and the embellished.

Models displayed bright pearls, plenty of lavish

beads, geometric shapes and luscious hoops.

Ariana Grande owns this look in her 7 Rings music

video, where she’s heavily beaded and layered

with gems. An 80s look is also reemerging with

retro and oversized heart hoops and studs.

Anyone can bring these bold combinations

of eyewear and accessories together to add some

style to the everyday:

The Classic Look: Pair Ray-Bans with oversized

pearls or tortoiseshell hoops for a sophisticated

and understated look.

Cool and Edgy: Make the streets your catwalk

with black shield sunglasses a la Gucci and

chandelier-style beaded earrings.

Chic Glamour: Miu Miu showcased gorgeous,

giant shield glasses with gem-speckled rims,

which would pair well with silver hoops for

maximum glamour.

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Street Style Icon: Pair futuristic shades of the shield or semi-rimless variety with geometric metal earrings. These gogglelike

shades, stolen straight from the ski slopes, retain their functional feel, making them a daring fashion statement for even

the sportiest among us.

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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

rocked pink polka dot shades on Fendi’s runway matched with big floral studs: the perfect pairing for any brunch or

picnic outing.

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Geometric: If you’re not into the

big and the bold, you can still rock

proportionally-sized frames in

geometric shapes like triangles and

rectangles. Even heart shapes are

making an appearance, as seen by

Each x Other. Pair heart glasses with

heart-shaped hoops for a girly and

youthful look.

Truly, there are no rules that

can’t be broken. As seen from the

SS19 runways, the crazier and more

nonsensical, the better. So don’t be

afraid to mix and match different

styles and colors with your earring

and shade pairings. All of these give

an instant elevation to seemingly

common looks.














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By Meg McGuire

In an office nestled on the third floor of Lloyd Hall,

silvery light filters through a picture window overlooking

the The University of Alabama’s Quad, sending warm

shafts into a blue mug that reads,

“Slow Down. Life is good.”

Amanda Espy-Brown’s students can count on having

fresh coffee brewed every morning in the breakroom to

accompany seminars sprinkled with stories about her sons

and kayaking trips with her dogs, Shiloh and Sadie.

Between her time spent researching in Nigeria and

trekking through the Alabama wilderness on geographic

expeditions, her life has been characterized by taking

on big challenges; but 50 minutes northwest of campus

in a one-gas-station town, a small project stands as the

manifestation of a narrative saturated with crushing loss

and the bittersweet essence of healing. The foundations

of this personal sanctuary are rooted in the true grit and

trailblazing heart of a woman whose journey has been

anything but tiny.

Unexpected Change

Espy-Brown rebelled against her family’s fivegeneration

streak of civil engineering graduates from

The University of Alabama to study geology at the rival

Auburn University. It was there that she met her husband

after a friend of theirs introduced her to his identical twin

brother by mistake. After the mix-up was resolved, Espy-

Brown was set up on a blind date with the real Warren

Brown. She said it was love at first sight.

After returning to UA for graduate school and

discovering her passion for teaching, Espy-Brown went

on to earn her doctorate and worked at Middle Tennessee

State University. Her husband served as a combat civil

engineer in the United States Air Force and earned the

ranking of major. Eventually his career brought their

family back to her Tuscaloosa roots where she took a job

as the education and outreach coordinator at the Museum

of Natural History.

Soon after being hired, Espy-Brown’s husband came

to her with significant peripheral vision loss. Doctor

appointments eventually led to the discovery of a brain

tumor. In their private moments together, the two of them

discussed the logistics of transition.

As the cancer progressed and concerns about their

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teenage sons, Carson and Marshall, and uncertainty about

what the future might hold began to sink in, Espy-Brown

said that her husband steadily reminded her, “You can do


Warren Brown passed away a year and a half later,

but she held tightly to his encouragement and took on

her new role as a single mother. In the face of terminal

illness, she said Warren declared that his time was not to

be considered “a life cut short, but rather a life completed.”

Raising two teenage boys without a father figure

present meant that Espy-Brown had to begin adjusting

her approach to motherhood. That same year, her sons’

grandmother and close friend also passed away. Seeing the

significant need for flexibility, she took a teaching position

with The University of Alabama’s New College that would

allow it. She said the move landed her the job of her

dreams, combining her loves for geology and teaching. It

was a fresh start.

Inspired by her sons’ passion for outdoor

sportsmanship, a hobby of theirs that had previously left

her uneasy, she began the search for a piece of property

to foster healing and a new sense of family. Espy-Brown

said she never wanted her sons to feel like they had been

cheated out of life experiences because they no longer had

a father. She soon realized that being a parent, and not just

a mother, required her to loosen her white-knuckle grip

on security and allow herself and her sons to do things that

scared her.

New Beginnings

On Christmas morning of 2013, Espy-Brown woke

her sons to tell them that she had bought 130 acres of land

in her own name. The trio drove out to the property to see

the location of their new beginnings, and it was then that

Espy-Brown began scheming the plans that would soon

turn into blueprints for her tiny refuge. She said signing

the deed without her husband’s signature to accompany it

was equally surreal and empowering.

“You have to be so, so intentional about rebuilding in

a way that honors and leaves room for the person who is

gone but also respects the need to carry on,” Espy-Brown

said. “ I never, ever say ‘move on’ because we don’t do that;

but we are obliged to ‘carry on,’ and I wanted to do that

with joy and purpose.”

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With an original budget of $10,000 and a

team of her family and friends, Espy-Brown

began constructing a tiny house in Belk,

Alabama. Her father, an attorney and civil

engineer, was instrumental in the construction

and obtaining legal permits pertaining to the

home. And even though they rolled their eyes

at her giddiness upon receiving a chainsaw

for her birthday, Espy-Brown believes that

her sons secretly appreciate her willingness

to defy the stereotypical motherhood mold.

She said the bonding aspect of laying new

foundations brought her family a fresh sense

of purpose.

“The tiny house was integral to the healing

process,” Espy-Brown said.

However, she also recognized the need

to coax forth essential, personal healing. Her

husband’s passing had thwarted the dreams

and plans she had sculpted around their

relationship together. Espy-Brown equated

losing a spouse to simultaneously losing one’s

past, present and future.

“I always compare it to looking out over

a field covered with trees,” Espy-Brown said,

“And each of those trees is a milestone in the

future - all the obvious things like our boys

graduating and getting their first jobs, but

also things like traveling and running races

together. When Warren died it felt like that

field got wiped clean and was just this vast

space as far as I could see.”

For Espy-Brown, the tiny house became a

tree on that field. It was a tree she needed. A

landmark to work towards and look forward

to reaching.

“I have to repopulate my future with

things that will be meaningful and, honestly,

things that will just be fun,” Espy-Brown said.

“‘Fun is underrated.”

The cabin itself now measures 240 square

feet on the main floor, dwarfed in comparison

to the acres of surrounding piney foliage. It

features a galley kitchen, porch, bedroom

loft and both an indoor and outdoor shower.

The team was responsible for tasks ranging

from surveying to laying wheelbarrows

full of cement in the unforgiving Alabama

summer sun. Other family and friends

donated materials that contributed to the

house’s eclectic personality. Windows were

transported from a Habitat for Humanity

Restore, while her aunt offered wood that had

been in her great grandmother’s home. Espy-

Brown said that she loved the idea of giving

these pieces new life through her project. She

credits the completion of the project to those

who partnered alongside her.

Continuous Growth

Looking back on the journey, Espy-Brown

can attest to the personal growth that she has

experienced through choosing to step out of

her comfort zone. She advised that others,

especially women, take initiative and pursue

new, adventurous tasks, no matter their age.

She understands firsthand the initial fear

of failure, but it pales in comparison to the

rewards reaped in the decision to simply try.

With the project’s slow progress measured

in fish fries, games of fetch with her dogs, and

fear being conquered in learning to operate

a chop saw, it became apparent to Espy-

Brown that the little things in life are merely

a reflection of things far more significant.

In the most daunting wilderness, there is

refuge in community, rest in the deep sighs

following a long day’s work, and healing in

sunsets that make one’s soul simultaneously

ache and rejoice. This place is a monument to

her husband’s legacy. A testament to the daily

choice to be brave. For her, the tiny house sits

as a microcosmic reminder of the human

spirit’s deep-rooted tenacity to overcome the

reality of a love not lost, but simply redefined.

In the midst of every season, it beckons:

“Slow Down. Life is good.”

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The Fine Art



A collection of looks inspired by

paintings displayed at the

Birmingham Museum of Art

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Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California

Albert Bierstadt

Buffalo Vector Border Crossing (Yellowstone)

Merrit Johnson

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La boisson chaude

Christophe Huet

The Miracles of Wen Shu (Manjusri)



Wadsworth A. Jarrell Sr.

Fleurs au Bord Belle-Île-En-Mer

Maxime Maufra

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A Table Conversation

with Frank Stitt

By Anna Klement

Some would think the best chef in

America looks like Wolfgang Puck or Nobu

Matsuhisa, maybe Bobby Flay. To me,

America’s best chef looks like Walt Disney.

Frank Stitt, the 2018 James Beard Award

Winner, creates magic in his kitchen. What

Walt Disney created for childrens’ cartoons,

Stitt mimics with food. There is a very short

list of chefs bred from Cullman, Alabama

who value a salty oyster as much as a

conversation on French philosophy. Stitt is

as educated on history and culture as he is

in agriculture.

“Our cattle graze in sixteen different

types of grass up to your neck,” Stitt said.

He speaks of the quality of beef his

farmers raise for his restaurant, Highlands,

which was named one of America’s best

restaurants. I could only imagine a restaurant

higher than his on the list would have to grow

seventeen types.

Cross-trained in Provincial France, Stitt

chose to take his extraordinary talent back

home to Alabama because of the fruitful

harvest seasons and his proximity to family.

It’s clear he knows farm to table cuisine. Stitt

grew up picking crops in his grandfather’s

fields and organically learning that a chef’s

relationship to cooking begins with seeds.

He studied in California’s Bay Area before

following a chef he was trained by to France.

Like a francophile love story, he fell in love

with the French countryside and the essence

of slow food at a supper table. European

fashion is to spend hours conversing,

drinking and eating several courses. Dinner

is the main event. After France, he worked

in the Caribbean, for which he credits

his incorporation of fresh seafood on his

menu to.

“I wanted to be crazy diligent about

getting the freshest fish,” Stitt said. “Once we

would get through our order of 20 snapper,

we would move on to the next fish. That’s

the reason we change our menu every single

day...It’s kind of a badge of honor to serve the

freshest seafood.”

There wasn’t any formal training at a

culinary institute to explain his level of

excellence, but he did make an impression

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on Julia Child before he was nominated on a

decade long streak for Best Chef in America.

For someone like Stitt to accomplish so

much on his own, he remains one of the most

humble people I’ve ever had a conversation

with (and I’ve never spoken to anyone more

decorated than him in the world of food).

His three restaurants create a sense of place

when you sit down at one of his tables, as if

he was sitting across from you like he was

with me. His eye contact is fixed on me when

he speaks, and he remains engaged with the


“I want people to be

wowed by the sincerity, the

genuineness, the quality of

the food,” Stitt said.

You wouldn’t know unless you looked

at the top right corner of his menu for

Highlands that it changes everyday. The

typography of his menu and logo is simple.

Yet, it makes a bold enough statement for

someone like me who geeks out over fonts

to appreciate it. The font speaks a lot for the

restaurant's atmosphere. It’s classic and

whimsical. It’s reasonably priced for a nice

meal yet has the sense of exclusivity only the

best restaurant in America could give. The

details in the decor aren’t obvious to a naked

eye. The restaurant itself draws inspiration

from Creole and French artists. The walls of

the kitchen and private business area are still

intact from the 80s. There’s framed news

articles and shadow boxes of older menus

with detail right down to who the servers

were for the night.

“Birmingham is really a place where

I could take my California, French and

Caribbean influences here,” Stitt said.

“My mom took a second mortgage out on

her house to raise money, since I needed

investors to open the restaurant. Everything

I had was used equipment.”

The sincerity of Stitt and his staff is

enough to earn a spot as the Best Restaurant

in America. It took ten years of perseverance,

hard work and dedication climbing James

Beard’s list for the title to finally stick. If

there was one thing he wanted to strive

for in opening three restaurants, a James

Beard Award was never his end goal. It was

always about having the highest integrity as

a proprietor and chef.

“I want people to be wowed by the

sincerity, the genuineness, the quality of the

food,” Stitt said.

Behind a great man, is his two equally as

talented and hardworking women. If it wasn’t

enough to have a champion restaurant,

his pastry chef since the conception of

Highlands, Dolester Miles - known around

the restaurant as Dol - is a James Beard

winner as well. She began working along

Stitt with no prior kitchen training, just a

stellar work ethic and sweet tooth. In present

day, she bakes the purest coconut cake with

a crème pâtissière that I’m not ashamed to

say tastes better than my own grandmother’s


“Dol didn’t have any cooking experience,”

Stitt said. “She helped us sew the curtains a

week before we opened.”

Though he’s humble, Stitt remains

confident in his recipe development. He will

not take credit for any measure of success in

his restaurants without mentioning his other

life partner who works just as hard behind

the scene: his wife, Pardis. Pardis has been

responsible for advancing the business

interests since their marriage began. He

says it’s frustrating when people credit his

success without mentioning her.

“If I were her I’d be so pissed off,” Stitt

said. “How dare you not acknowledge the

woman who’s been here the past 25 years

working equally as hard.”

He says he practices new recipes every

evening with his co-owner, as a great chef

should. His face lights up and his tone

changes when asked about Pardis.

“I owe it all to her.”

It’s no secret his productions of food are

sensational love letters to his wife, and that

is something even Walt Disney would be

proud of.

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By Irene Richardson

As drag queens become more popular in

mainstream media, society is beginning

to recognize drag performances as an art.

Several new and experienced drag queens

discuss the misconceptions that lie behind

drag culture and how performing has shaped

them personally.

Leland Hughes always knew he wanted to

be an entertainer. He just didn’t know the route

he would take to get there until he discovered

something he was really good at: drag.

Before January of 2005, when Hughes first

started performing, drag was never something

he considered. After watching movies growing

up, such as To Wong Foo, Thanks for

Everything! Julie Newmar, a comedy from the

90’s about three drag queens who take a road

trip, he thought it was supposed to be funny,

something people laughed at. But that belief

changed when his friends took him to a drag

show on his 18th birthday and he thought,

“Maybe I could do that and do it better.”

Today, drag has transformed and expanded,

featuring different styles and forms. For many,

like Hughes, who has performed as Genesis for

over a decade, it’s a career that goes beyond a

few minutes on stage.

“One of the biggest pleasures I get from

entertaining is you’ve got all this bad stuff in

the world going on all the time,” Hughes said,

“but for three to four minutes, maybe multiple

times a night, people forget all the negative

stuff going on in their lives… and their troubles

kind of fade away for a moment.”

The way a crowd reacts and the

unpredictability of a show contribute to where

a queen will take their performance. Hughes is

concerned about everyone having a good time,

but he also knows more can come out of a show.

“[Performing is] being able to just see how

people react to [drag] and being able to maybe

change their mind about something they didn’t

know before,” Hughes said.

Drag queens provide entertainment, but

performing is also an artistic expression

and requires the skill, patience and practice

associated with all other forms of art. When

Ryan Pearson steps on stage as Liz Anya, the

show culminates from several years of selftaught

stage makeup, dance routines and

sewing skills.

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Like any artist, Pearson has continued to

grow in his art over the past two years since

he started performing drag in 2017. When

he first began, Liz Anya’s outfits consisted of

a pair of ripped jeans pulled over a leotard.

Now, Pearson is taking inspiration from

Cruella de Vil for his next project.

“Drag is an art form. You can’t really rely

on other people to help you out with it that

much because it’s something that’s yours,”

Pearson said. “You have to be able to fully

know what you’re doing or else you’re not

going to be doing what you want to be doing;

you’re going to be doing someone else’s drag.”

While wearing a design specifically

tailored for yourself works as a method for

creating more confidence on stage, nerves

come with the performance. This was

particularly true for Gregory Harvey who

began doing drag for the first time only a few

months ago. Harvey, a University of Alabama

student double majoring in graphic design

and marketing, started performing as Dia

Lysis in October of 2018.

The first time he performed was scary,

even with the large amount of support

Harvey received from friends. Part of these

nerves are due in part to a comparison of

what people view on TV, such as on the show

RuPaul’s Drag Race.

“Whatever you see on Drag Race is touted

to be the future of drag,” Harvey said. “That’s

a double-edged sword because it brings

something new to new to drag of course, but

they see what’s on Drag Race and go, ‘This is

what drag has to look like.’”

Shows like Drag Race have been positive

in making drag culture more normalized

and popular. However, with attention comes

misconceptions and misconstrued notions

about what it means to be a queen.

One of the most common

misunderstandings stems from a belief that

all drag queens identify as transgender.

While that may be the case in some instances,

it certainly doesn’t mean the words are

interchangeable. The assumption can result

in the harmful effects of transmisogyny.

“Drag is female impersonation,”

Harvey said. “That’s not to say there aren’t

transgender drag queens. There are plenty

of those, and a lot of queens find themselves

through drag…It’s a situation where they’re

mutually exclusive. They’re not the same

thing and should not be treated as the same


Hughes notes that transgender queens are

a huge part of the drag community and they

deserve respect. Assuming every drag queen

wants to be a woman, however, isn’t a correct

way to view the overall drag culture.

Not comprehending drag culture, the

etiquette, and the art of the shows, can

lead to uncomfortable situations. Harvey

described several experiences where men

could not separate the show from the person.

He’ll often receive lewd comments and

inappropriate propositions from men after a


“It doesn’t necessarily mean they respect

you as a person. It’s a fantasy they’re trying to

live out,” Harvey said. “What I’m presenting

is just an illusion. It’s not real life.”

For Pearson, even with the negative

attention drag culture can receive, he feels

it’s had a positive impact on the LGBTQ+

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community. More people are seeing it as an

art form that’s pushing boundaries rather

than something once considered taboo.

He describes how he feels on stage with

one word: powerful.

He tells himself, “I’m the only one. I am

the only one.”

“I definitely think, since doing drag, I

don’t care about gender roles and things

like that,” Pearson said. “It’s definitely made

me feel like I don’t have to box myself in to


Harvey, like Pearson, emphasized that

drag is an individualistic experience. And

while Harvey said he keeps his drag life

completely separate from everyday life, it

doesn’t mean drag queens leave everything

on the stage.

Confidence, pride and an overall sense

of power are all traits that translate from

the stage to the more mundane aspects of

life. By pushing boundaries and breaking

gender norms, drag culture has allowed the

performers a new sense of self-assurance.

Ethan Burt heads for the stage every

weekend as Dani California, but on a dayto-day

basis, he’s a third semester graduate

student at Auburn for geography and

community planning. Even though these two

parts of his life don’t intertwine, they’re still

connected by the things he’s taken away from

his performances.

“It’s hard not to be confident when you’ve

dressed up as a woman lip syncing in front

of people,” Burt said. “If I can do that, I can

pretty much do anything else. If I’m not

embarrassed about that, I have nothing else

to be embarrassed about.”

Before performing drag, Burt said he

wasn’t a huge fan. One of the reasons being

he didn’t feel it represented all of gay culture.

Now that he’s been performing for around

two years, he’s changed his opinion.

He said being a drag queen, though an

individualistic experience, works to bring a

community together rather than using it to

make a statement. It’s more of an outlet Burt

can use to showcase his artistic abilities, but

intentional or not, drag queens have created


“Drag queens have usually been kind of

like the most seen people in the [LGBTQ+]

community, and they’re kind of the ones who

take the brunt from most of the attacks from

anti-LGBTQ+ groups,” Burt said. “So I think

that drag queens in general have had to carry

a lot of the strength for the community and

voicing it because they are so visible.”

Many drag queens are involved in

efforts that benefit their local communities.

Queens will perform at shows that double

as fundraising events for local Pride

organizations. Performing drag also creates

an opportunity to travel and meet people

from all different social circles.

Pursuing any form of art is tricky and

comes with a lot of trial and error. For

Hughes, however, at the end of the day it’s

about doing what you love and having fun.

Looking back, he gives his past self one piece

of advice:

“Know that you’re going to face some

difficulties that are going to try and steer you

off what you love doing,” Hughes said. “Just

remember who you are and everything will

turn out.”

Drag inspires, it pushes and promotes

and brings people together. The same way

everyone in a movie theater cries together, or

everyone at a concert sings along, there is a

sense of comradery and community formed

by drag.

Nobody does drag to change the world,

but we do change the world doing drag,”

Harvey said.

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Outfit - Fab’rik

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Floral shirt, orange dress,

yellow romper, earrings - Fab’rik

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The streets of New Orleans, Louisiana have witnessed

the historical gamut of dark magic and jazzy jubilee. From

its grand mansions and shadowed alleyways that whisper

secrets of phantomed pasts, to the ever-present sound

of a saxophone suspended in the air, there is something

equally haunting and enchanting around every street

performer’s corner.

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Kimono - Fab’rik

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By SK Stephenson

Reclaiming and redefining

the role of lingerie in fashion

allows us to create space for

versatile interpretations of this

category. Women are intricate

and complex within themselves,

and fashion should be a vessel of

expression that reflects all sides

of the wearer. Lingerie is a direct

symbol of women’s sexuality, a

subject which has long been taboo

in the public sphere. Gender roles

and cultural expectations have

taught women that femininity

is equivalent to modesty, but

modesty is a limiting notion that

inhibits women from authentically

expressing themselves.

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These implications are important

to consider in discussing lingerie’s

place in fashion because intimate

apparel is just that: intimate,

vulnerable and deep. Pioneering

this paradigm shift in fashion

encompasses a developed and

inclusive notion of womanhood

that reflects the liberated women of

today and subsequently empowers

the women of tomorrow.

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This trend of lingerie as

daily wear blossoms in the

spring. Gracefully swinging

silk gives you the freedom

to frolic through a blooming

field. Intricate lace patterns

resemble the shadows cast by

late afternoon light peeking

through the limbs of a budding


Key pieces in this trend

encompass the essence of

spring, so the colors should

too. Think pale pinks and

purples like flourishing

wisteria vines, vibrant greens

of new grass, and mellow

yellow like the sun we’ve

missed so dearly during the

winter months.

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By Cora Kangas

The stage is dark, abnormally so for

the beginning of a dance show. Then the

lights come on in the form of phone lights,

aided by minimal stage lighting. The

dancers look down like people do on The

University of Alabama’s campus on any

given Friday, phone in hand, not paying

attention to the world — even though they

are halfway across it, in Scotland.

Yonder Contemporary Dance

Company, a student dance group

from UA’s campus, explores themes

of technological distractions in today’s

society through a carefully-choreographed

routine presented across the globe.

The interactive performance featured

dancers performing different scenes,

all while drawn to their phone. The

relationships people have with technology

became the central focus for dancers

and audience members, who were

encouraged to use their phones during the


“[IRL found the] sweet spot between

interactivity, playfulness and profundity,”

said critic Jim Ralley in his four-star

review on “...The

interplay between focus and distraction,

togetherness and separation, was neatly

executed time and time again.”

Students choreographed the entirety of

IRL. Drew Martin, a junior studying dance

and chemical engineering, spent countless

hours with his team perfecting the theme,

storyline and steps.

“I started to question how much I used

my phone and observed how much other

people were,” Martin said. “I also began

to notice how easy it is to be sucked into

trends because of social media and the


When deciding what to do for the

choreography, he wanted to show how

much easier it is to be controlled by trends

because of social media.

These ideas then had to be translated

into a show. But communication varies in

all settings — no two people are going to

hear or say something the same way. So

in order to make the dances and the show

flow, everyone had to be understanding of

everyone else.

“Everyone had to collaborate on how to

make clear transitions,” Martin said.

Dancer Maddie Arancibia, a student at

The University of Alabama, performed in

IRL. She explained that the team worked

with two different choreographers: one

who wanted to start from nothing and see

how the dance developed, while the other

had a set vision from the start.

“Both let us create our own phrases

and incorporate our own ideas,” Arancibia

said. “The entire time, it just felt like an

open space to be creative.”

Martin and Kendra Giles, a UA dance

major, both danced in the show and had

a similar experience working with the

choreographers. They said the pieces were

a collaborative effort while retaining the

original ideas from the choreographers,

making the show more personal.

“There were no boundaries to what we

could make,” Giles said.

Yonder Contemporary Dance Company

took this show around the South, from

Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia, then,

across the Atlantic to Edinburgh, Scotland.

They used audience feedback to mold the

show so that when they went to Scotland,

it would be as near to perfect as possible.

“This offered a very personal experience

for both the performers and the audience,

since no two shows were exactly the same,”

Giles said.

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The dancers learned something new

through every performance, such as learning

how to perform in close quarters, work with

different choreographers, and deal with the

fatigue that accompanies a long tour.

To Arancibia, the first tour was extremely


“It allowed us to get comfortable with

the show and develop chemistry with other

company members,” she said.

The final stop for the show was across the

pond at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the

biggest performing arts festival in the world

Established in 1947, the iconic festival now,

features over 53,000 performances across 25

days. It was, as Giles said, “the experience of

a lifetime.”

At the festival, they handed out flyers for

their show on the Royal Mile, a system of

winding roads and alleyways in Edinburgh’s

Old Town. IRL received praise from audience

members, and even sold out for a show.

“[The festival] is definitely something that

will remain with the members of the company

forever,” Giles said.

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To All the Disney Classics

We’ve Loved Before

By Caroline Ward

Picture this: the year is 2003. It’s a

rainy Saturday morning, and you’re in

your coziest pair of pajamas. You rush

through breakfast because you can’t

wait to watch one of your favorite Disney

movies for the 200th time. You approach

your TV, and after a few minutes of

debating the options - and maybe an

argument or two with your sibling - you

finally decide on one. Popping in the VHS

tape, you drift off into another world for

90 minutes of Disney magic.

For 90s kids, these memories are

filled with nostalgia. The good news is

Disney has started to produce live-action

versions of the stories that defined our

childhoods, to be enjoyed by audiences

old and new. 2019 seems to be the most

promising year yet, with an impressive

line-up of remakes including Dumbo,

Aladdin and The Lion King. Here is our

Declassified Disney Remake Survival

Guide in anticipation of what’s hitting

theaters soon.


The live-action remake, which is set to

fly into theaters on March 29, is loosely

inspired by Disney’s 1941 animated film

of the same name. Under the creative

control of beloved and eccentric director

Tim Burton, the film is expected to

contain all the heartwarming elements

of the original while focusing more on

the stories of the humans surrounding

Dumbo. Audiences can expect this

version to primarily focus on Holt Ferrier

(Colin Farrell), a former circus-starturned-war-veteran

who is hired by circus

owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) to be

Dumbo’s caretaker. When Holt's children

realize Dumbo can fly, entrepreneur V.A.

Vandevere (Michael Keaton) and aerialist

Colette Marchant (Eva Green) attempt

to exploit Dumbo’s talent for their own

greedy desires. Not much is known about

the title character himself. Well, except

for the obvious – that he makes for the

most adorable CGI elephant! For those

wondering about cherished characters

like Timothy Q. Mouse, there are no voice

listings for any animated animals, hinting

at the new direction in which this film is

headed. Guess we’ll just have to see for

ourselves when the ninth wonder of the

world makes his return this spring.

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Your wish has been granted! Disney fans should

prepare to experience a “whole new world” starting

May 24, as the love story between Aladdin and Princess

Jasmine is brought back to life on the big screen. Prior

to filming, Disney struggled to find diverse actors for

the movie’s lead roles, who could both sing and act.

That said, there is much promise for the actors who

were chosen - Mena Massoud as the warm-hearted,

street thief Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine,

Marwan Kenzari as the villainous Jafar and Will Smith

as the beloved Genie. Smith has promised to put his own

unique spin on the Genie while paying homage to Robin

Williams’ iconic performance in the animated original.

Although it was previously unknown if animal characters

would appear in the remake, it has been confirmed that

Iago the parrot, Jasmine's pet tiger, Rajah, and Aladdin’s

partner-in-crime, Abu, will all appear via CGI. The film

is expected to follow a storyline consistent with the

original while utilizing director Guy Ritchie's actionpacked

style to keep things interesting. New music from

award-winning composer Alan Menken and La La Land

songwriting duo, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, is greatly

anticipated to be featured alongside classic tunes from

the original.

The Lion King

Next in the line-up is this 1994 animated classic. For

those who haven’t seen The Lion King in a hot minute,

this movie tells the familiar story of Simba, heir to the

throne, who must fight for his rightful place as king after

his family is struck by tragedy at the hands of his uncle.

After spawning numerous spin-offs, including a sequel

and a successful Broadway musical, this childhood

favorite is returning to the big screen as one of the most

highly anticipated films of 2019. It seems that much of

the storyline will remain consistent between the original

and the remake, leaving the roster of star-studded cast

members (Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala,

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, John Oliver as Zazu and Seth

Rogen as Pumbaa) to spice things up. Fans of original

songs like Hakuna Matata and Circle of Life, can rejoice

since the new film will incorporate many of the same

songs that made the first movie so iconic. Bonus for

Queen Bey fans: She and Elton John have created an

original song for the end-credits scene. There will be

lots to look forward to when The Lion King drops July

29, marking the 25th anniversary of the release of the

original film. We love when things come full circle!

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Overlooked Tuscaloosa destinations

By Ariana Sweany

Tuscaloosa is a historically important and

culturally rich town with many local treasures that

often go overlooked. For those who call this place

home, or for those who are just passing through,

the following historic sites and local museums are

essential to visit during one’s stay in Tuscaloosa.

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Capitol Park

At one point, the city of Tuscaloosa served as the Alabama

capital. From 1826-1846, Tuscaloosa boasted a picturesque

capitol building. The building was built in the Greek revival

style, complete with three wings and an expansive rotunda. The

building was only used as the Capitol Building for a few decades

and was later leased and used by Alabama Central Female College.

However, in 1923 the building was burned to the ground during a

fire which was started by routine maintenance repairs gone wrong.

Today, the site of the ruins is known as Capitol Park and can be

found on Sixth Street. The statuesque ruins create a haunting-yetcaptivating

scene and are ideal for peaceful observation.

Paul R. Jones Museum

Also located on Sixth Street, this local museum houses the

Paul R. Jones collection. The collection is composed of more

than 1700 pieces of African American art, and is said to be one of

the largest collections of African American art in the world. The

collection is special partly because of its mix of art by both well

and lesser known artists. The museum frequently collaborates

with local elementary schools, striving to teach students about

the importance of art in an exciting and educational environment.

Paul R. Jones Museum frequently presents exhibitions to the

public, showcasing artwork that celebrates black culture and

artistic achievement. The museum is open to the public weekdays

from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Murphy-Collins House/Museum

This quaint two-story green home is located on Bryant Drive

and serves as a historic relic frozen in time, as well as a museum

of African-American history. According to the Tuscaloosa

County Preservation Society, the home was built in the 1920s

by Tuscaloosa’s first black mortician Will J. Murphy. The home

was built using brick and included other materials salvaged from

The Old Capitol Building remains. The museum, although small,

includes a surplus of artifacts and materials to help one gain

insight into the past. The museum is open to the public Tuesday-

Friday, 10a.m- 3p.m.

Old Tavern Museum

Originally built in 1827, this building originally served as

an inn and tavern and was located on a stagecoach route which

passed through Tuscaloosa. One of the oldest hotels in the state,

the inn served as a resting place for soldiers, politicians, and other

important folks. The inn was occupied as a private residence by

several different families until it was restored in 1964 and later

opened as a museum. Located near the ruins of Capitol Park,

Old Tavern museum is a quintessential part of the history of

Tuscaloosa. Old Tavern Museum is open daily for guided tours

Tuesday- Saturday at 10:30 A.M.

The town of Tuscaloosa is shaped by the stories of its people

and it’s land. Visiting local museums and historic landmarks can

be sacred, almost like stepping back in time. History is sometimes

wonderful and sometimes horrible, but all stories are worth

recognizing in reverence of those who came before us. Every town

has a story, and Tuscaloosa’s story is one worth knowing!

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Jamison-Van de Graaf Mansion

On Greensboro Avenue stands a local mansion

which is open to the public and has interesting historic

importance. The Italianate home is one of few homes

still standing in the state of Alabama which was built

prior to the Civil War. The 26-room mansion includes

elaborate architecture, was commissioned for local

political and businessman Robert Jemison Jr. in

1859. The home was designed by Samuel Sloan, who

also designed Alabama State Hospital for the Insane

(Bryce Hospital). The mansion served as a public

library from 1955-79 but is now open to the public

for tours, weddings, and other events. The elaborate

home is a Tuscaloosa time machine of sorts and is

open for free tours every weekday at 1:30 p.m.

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Positive Pods:

Upbeat podcasts by women, for women

By Lexi Wachal

Podcasts are the perfect cure for music boredom. Long walks call for something to keep you

engaged, but not keep your eyes focused on the screen. Enter, the podcast. There’s a podcast

for every listener and every topic, and we’ve rounded up a few podcasts hosted by women that

will be sure to keep you entertained and empowered.

Don’t Keep Your Day Job - Cathy Heller

This podcast is perfect for a daily dose of inspiration when the world seems like it’s just

too much. Cathy Heller hosts this uplifting advice podcast full of happy stories and steps to

help craft the life you want. Heller wants listeners to know their dreams are achievable. With

exciting guests, most of which are entrepreneurs, the listener gets an inside look at how to fulfill

their dreams.

Stuff Mom Never Told You - Bridget Todd and Anne Reese

Put on by the popular podcast How Stuff Works, this podcast is for those of us who

constantly call our moms to ask random questions. Hosts Bridget Todd and Anne Reese do the

research, and keep women updated about any issue they need to know about, even including an

episode on why women’s clothes need more pockets. From politics to fashion, and everywhere

in between, this podcast takes the guesswork out of staying informed.

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Call Your Girlfriend - Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow

An oldie but goodie! This podcast is set up like a girls

night with your best friends and has everything a girl

could need. From discussing politics and world news, to

Beyoncé and pop culture, it’s a little bit of everything in

each episode. It’s funny and witty and the perfect show to

share with a long distance best friend when you are each

missing those quality talks.

Good, Good Talks - Stephanie Lynn

This biweekly podcast is essentially every young

woman’s inner monologue. Still releasing new episodes

today, host Stephanie Lynn weaves wit and humor with

social commentary and news updates, as well as having a

crowd of interesting guests. It’s a down-to-earth podcast

that pours its soul to listeners, allowing them to feel like a

part of the conversation.

Off the Vine - Kaitlyn Bristowe

Every Bachelor lover’s dream! This podcast is perfect

for the listener who wants to let the stresses of the real

world go, and enjoy a fun, light-hearted podcast. Host

Kaitlyn Bristowe, a former bachelorette, shows her

comedy chops in this hilarious podcast. With heavy hitter

guests like Becca Kurfin and husband Shawn Booth, this

podcast is a delight for Bachelor fans and otherwise.

Another Round - Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton

This Buzzfeed podcast. hosted by Heben Nigatu and

Tracy Clayton, tackles serious issues like race, gender,

and politics, with a hilarious twist. These women are

funny, have serious chemistry, and make listeners feel

comfortable talking about potentially divisive topics.

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By Bailey Williams

“Perfectionism” is really not all that perfect. It took me a few

years and some heavy tears to figure this one out. “Perfectionism”

is really not as great as she says she is.

In a matter of seconds, we can all probably name off the girls

in middle school who sent us home crying to our mother’s arms

because we didn’t put on our mascara right. We weren’t invited to

the sleepover. We chose Bath and Body Works over Juicy Couture

body spray.

I became friends with someone like this after middle school.

We stayed together through high school. We became even closer in

college. They say college is when you learn who you really are and

how much your friends shape you. In truth, I was thriving with

her. Early into my freshman year, I discovered a lot about myself;

my individualism, my determination, my organization, and my

driven spark to do everything well to prove I could make it on my

own. The friend of mine began to rub off on my behaviors, even on

my thoughts. She introduced herself politely and as a natural social

butterfly. We were inseparable. We were so close, we even spent

the mundane details of the day together. This was my college best

friend, Perfectionism.

Like our friends in middle school, the story goes a bit the same

way. Multiple times Perfectionism sent me crying to my mother’s

arms. She told me my makeup wasn’t good enough. Then, nothing

became good enough for her. She convinced me I wasn’t desirable

enough to hang out with and could never obtain nice things, no

matter how hard I tried.

My friend Perfectionism convinced me that my eating habits

were the next problem to fix. My ultimate guide to happiness,

success and control were in Perfectionism’s hands. I was no longer

in charge of my decisions.

“Good foods only” was my mantra of grace. Meticulous meals

planned weeks in advance were all that mattered. Skinny, slim and

skeletal was my vision of success.

I used to strive to strictly eat only real and quality ingredients.

Somewhere along my genuine journey for being green, my path

turned from walking down a road to wellness to walking on a

tightrope of perfection. Any little movement swaying me off my

thin rope of rules and regulations was enough to blow me down

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into anxiety, panic and punishment.

Eating was my enemy. I was a foe to food. A prisoner

to my perfection. Dictated by this disorder.

I had come face-to-face with an unidentifiable

reality. Completely stranded from the girl I used to be,

I found my identity and body fat stripped bare. I could

not find myself when I looked in the mirror. Nor did I see

the girl I envisioned myself to be. The very things I tried

to control: exercise, ingredients, perfect portion sizes,

slim physique, were all staring hauntingly back at me in

a contorted body I could no longer name. My demands

had begun controlling me. And she was winning.

I can vividly remember the “sick days” of sixth grade

when anxiety came over me like a fever. Similar days

hit me the past few years of college until they finally

suspended me on a much longer sick leave than a day in

bed with Disney channel and cookie dough.

My new friend, Perfectionism-Morphed-Eating-

Disorder, had taken so much of my time and focus that

I looked more like her than I did me. Skin and bone,

appetite unappealing, enthusiasm stripped bare, and

passion as absent as my body fat, I had been hanging

around with the wrong friend and it ended up sending

me home.

Who would have thought that being “too healthy”

was a possibility. Perfectionism and Eating Disorder

convinced me this was the lifestyle leading to

fulfillment. It took a whole semester plus some digging

deep into these issues and wounds to recognize the root

of Perfectionism and Eating Disorder’s roles in my life.

I listened to their opinions so much because I wasn’t

secure in my own. I allowed their voices to speak to me

when I questioned the power in my own.

My new friend, Perfectionism-

Morphed-Eating-Disorder, had

taken so much of my time and

focus that I looked more like her

than I did me.

It is now junior year of college, and I can confidently

say, I’ve found my new friends. Their names are Love,

Peace, Joy, Happiness, Completeness, Recovery,

Restoration, Contentment and Life. They are with me

always. They are my friends who will visit me when I’m

down, celebrate in my victories, and check in on me

because they care.

If you’ve become friends with Perfectionism and

whoever else belongs to her posse, I promise there are

better girls out there. Don’t let the mean girls get you

down. There is another friend group waiting to embrace


If you or someone you know is struggling with disordered

eating, the National Eating Disorders Association has

resources at and operates a

hotline at (800) 931-2237.

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Instagram Accounts

to Inspire Every Eater

Under the Sun

By Hope Haywood

The beauty of today’s social mediaobsessed

world is that we can lean

on complete strangers to give us

guidance, inspiration, and even life

lessons. Instagram in particular covers

all of the bases in terms of #inspo. One

of the easiest forms of inspiration to

come by on Instagram is that of foodie

accounts. These accounts are run by

everyday people who have turned their

passion for good eats into a full-blown

business, and even better, followers

can stare longingly for free.

You probably have your go-to

accounts for inspiration to bring out

your inner Michelin star chef. There

are accounts you can’t look at if you’re

easily tempted, and the accounts that

make you want to go through your

freezer and toss out your pint of Ben &

Jerry’s. No matter what kind of eater

you are, there are food legends to

inspire your every meal.

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For the dairy-queens


If you have a weakness for cheese boards,

but can’t seem to perfect that “Instagram

aesthetic” we all strive for, this account is

a must follow. The page provides not only

photos for inspo, but a step-by-step guide

on how to build the perfect cheese plate for

any occasion. After viewing this page, it’s

a guarantee you’ll feel confident claiming

the cheese platter for your next potluck.




For the daring foodies


If you are the opposite of our health gurus,

and like to overindulge in the finer foods in

life, this page is for you. This account covers

all of the food bases, including (but not

limited to) 50-pound ramen bowls, pizzastuffed

burrata cheese, and pasta served in

pub rolls. This is not a page for the weak of

heart, so if you are feeling slightly peckish,

and maybe even vulnerable, do not click on

this page.




For the carb-worshipers


Are noodles your kryptonite? We get it,

and we have the account to fill all of your

inspiration needs. Jane Schafer, who

identifies as “noodletarian,” runs this

account that covers everything from droolworthy

mac and cheese to wonton soup

recipes. It doesn’t matter what shape or

form the noodles come in, she covers them





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For the devout vegans


This one is for the vegans out there who

are doing it all: eating clean and enjoying

every second of it. With detailed recipes

and aesthetically pleasing photos to

go along with it, any Average Jane can

recreate these super clean eats. The

greatest part about this page is that the

food sincerely looks amazing. Whether

you’re vegan or not, you can give these

recipes a shot.



For the health gurus


Certified nutritionist, mother and author

Amy Rains is any health nut's ultimate

inspo. She provides excellent healthy

recipes ranging from zucchini noodle

shrimp scampi to paleo peppermint mocha

fudge. If you are focused on eating clean

but becoming bored with your meals,

Rains is your go-to gal.




For the sugar addicts


For those of you with a sweet tooth, it might

be safe to assume that you are already

following this account. If you’re not,

what are you waiting for? With all kinds

of cookie dough-covered, icing-smeared

desserts, this page is highly triggering for

those of you who are vulnerable to the

sight of chocolate, sprinkles and more






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By Maleah Watt

The first time I entered a weight room, it was

uncomfortable. Foreign. I felt like I shouldn’t

have been there. I attempted to lift a 15 lb

dumbbell around men lifting triple the weight.

My confidence was low, and I was petite. I looked

weak, and I felt weak too.

But the main reason why I was uncomfortable

in a weight room was because I am a woman.

Despite my uneasiness, I kept returning to the

gym to lift weights week after week. Over time,

I began to realize I was not lifting for others to

see, but I was lifting so that I could feel sexy and

secure in my own body. When I became stronger,

I became empowered.

Weightlifting has numerous benefits for a

woman’s physical and mental health. And yet,

only about 17.5 percent of American women meet

aerobic and strength training recommendations,

according to Center of Disease Control and


Maybe you’re thinking, “I workout plenty. I

run on the treadmill and I do tons of cardio.” And

that is a very good thing. However, it is not the

only type of training you should do for your body.

Building muscle is crucial for health in both

women and men to protect and support bones.

Cardio is a go-to for losing weight, but did you

know weight lifting actually may do a better job?

Cardio will help you lose weight while you do it,

but when you weight-lift, you continue burning

calories up to 24 hours post-workout. The two

go hand in hand in an ideal fitness routine.

You should protect your bones and muscles by

strengthening them with weights, and use cardio

to tone and condition your body.

Some women have a fear of looking “too

bulky” if they lift weights. Getting stronger does

not make you look bulky. It makes you look toned

and empowered. Letting others tell you different

only gives them power over something they


Weightlifting is up to your discretion. Any

amount of weight, exercise and rep amount will

leave you stronger than you were yesterday.

There is freedom in this form of exercise that lets

you get creative with your gym time.

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This arm workout can jumpstart your love for weightlifting:

Equipment: Dumbbells of varying, comfortable weights.

Instructions: For every workout, aim for three sets of 10. Rotate through

workouts to provide small breaks. Form is very important in these workouts.

Getting the form correct is more important than lifting heavy weights. Once you

have mastered the form, you can add more weights as desired.

If you are unsure of how to properly do any exercise, talk to a professional at

your gym.

Arm Workout: multiple days a week

Biceps Curl(2D): Use two dumbbells of a lower weight. Stand with your feet

hip-width apart, holding a weight in each hand with your arms down at your

sides, palms facing forward. This is the starting position. Slowly curl your hands

up toward your shoulders, squeezing your biceps. Keep your elbows tight to the

sides of your body. Repeat.

Triceps Extension(D): Use one dumbbell for this exercise. Stand with your feet

about hip-width apart. Hold a weight in your hands behind your neck, elbows

bent and pointing toward the ceiling. This is the starting position.Without

moving your upper arms, straighten your elbows and extend the weights directly

overhead. Keep your shoulders down and your core tight. Repeat.










Overhead Press (2D): Use two dumbbells of

a lower weight. Take two lighter dumbbells,

and create two right angles by your head

so that your arms look like a football goal,

and your head is in the middle. Lift both

arms to the ceiling above your head and

lightly touch the dumbbells together while

extending. Bring them back down to the

right angles, and repeat.

Trap Lift (2D): Use two heavier dumbells

and hold them at the sides of your hips.

Shrug your shoulders as if you are saying “I

don’t know” with your body while keeping

your arms straight and at your side. Repeat.

Alternating Forward to Lateral Raise

(2D): Use two dumbbells of a lower weight.

Stand with your feet about hip-width apart.

Hold a weight in each hand with your arms

resting along the front of your legs, palms

facing in. This is the starting position.With

a slight bend in your elbows, slowly lift

your arms straight up in font of your body

until they are in line with your shoulders.

Then, slowly lower them back down to the

starting position. Next, keeping that same

bend in your elbows, raise your arms out

to the sides until they are in line with your

shoulders. Slowly lower them back down.

Continue this, alternating between forward

and lateral raises.

Upright Row (2D): Use two dumbbells of

a lower weight. Stand with your feet hipwidth

apart, holding a weight in each hand

with your arms down in front of your body,

palms facing you. With your back straight,

core engaged, and chest lifted, slowly lift

your hands to shoulder height. Your elbows

should extend out to the sides. Squeeze

your shoulder blades at the top and hold for

a second. Slowly lower your hands back to

starting position.

Remember: Form is everything and

weightlifting can target other parts of the

body as well.

Take control of your body and mind and

prove to the world that no matter what

weight you lift now, you will be able to lift

more and more every time.

Feel empowered and you will be.

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The latest smoothie trend is thicker, yummier and even more photogenic

By Lucy Hanley

With avocado toast and artful lattes

dominating the online foodie scene for the past

few years, it’s time to accept the undeniable

supremacy of the latest social media food trend:

smoothie bowls.

Looking back, 2018 was a year characterized

by talk of veganism, mirror-glazed desserts,

superfoods, #CleanEating, avocado, and

unicorn-themed everything. This year,

however, is the year of the smoothie bowl.

Not to be confused with the also previously

trendy açaí bowls, smoothie bowls are new,

improved, and even more aesthetically-pleasing

than a traditional smoothie. While smoothie

bowls can be traced back to eastern cultures,

açaí bowls originated in one of the only regions

where açaí berries grow, Brazil. The berry is a

regionally-renowned dietary staple, commonly

employed as a nutritional supplement for the

diets of those who cannot afford expensive

grocery lists.

Origin aside, smoothie bowls exercise more

freedom in the composition of their bases.

It’s meant to include a variety of fruits and

vegetables to suit the individual’s dietary needs

or preferences.

Despite their flexibility of constituents, the

bowls are expected to be carefully coordinated.

They were conceived as a way to pair low

glycemic fruits with nutrient-rich vegetables,

nuts and other toppings, ultimately creating

a delicious, nutritious and filling meal. These

bowls are designed to be served thicker, colder

and with a spoon. Their unique texture—one

which is similar to that of a sorbet—allows for

the addition of virtually unlimited toppings

including coconut flakes, granola, sliced fruit,

honey, nuts and berries.

Lower glycemic fruits like cherries,

apples, oranges, grapefruit and pears reduce

inflammation in the body and help to maintain

stable blood sugar levels throughout the day,

making you feel fuller and more satisfied with

your meal. These fruits also promote both

weight loss and maintenance, as well as lower

your risks of developing heart disease and type

2 diabetes.

Other common smoothie bowl ingredients

like avocado, chia seeds and various nuts not

only help to create a thick, creamy texture,

but they also yield lots of anti-inflammatory

omega-3 fatty acids. As far as diet is concerned,

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omega-3’s are as close to purity as you can get.

Foods rich in these fatty acids reduce your risk of

heart disease, fight inflammation, keep your skin

clear, and even help you sleep better at night.

There’s more to this trend than photo

opportunities. Smoothie bowls also encourage you

to eat slower and more mindfully. The benefits of

eating slower are so are quick to be overshadowed

by the fast-pace lifestyle dominating modern

society. Eating slower allows for better digestion

and hydration, easier weight loss and maintenance,

and a greater sense of satisfaction after finishing

a meal. On average, it takes your brain about 20

minutes after starting a meal to send out signals of

satisfaction and tell your body that you’re starting

to feel full.

Not only do smoothie bowls pack an artful

punch, they also provide consumers with

seemingly limitless combinations of ingredients.

As an excellent way to break out of the normal

routine consisting of more “standard” meal

options, smoothie bowls provide a great outlet for

incorporating unique, nutrient-packed foods —

those that you might not usually reach for—into

your diet. Think about it, when was the last time

you casually sprinkled raw coconut flakes, chia

seeds or cacao nibs on your cornflakes?

Açaí Smoothie Bowl

1 handful of spinach

½-1 frozen banana

½ cup frozen berries

1 packet açaí (can be found in

frozen food section at grocery


1 scoop collagen protein

½ cup of frozen, diced zucchini

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

1-1½ cups unsweetened almond/

coconut milk

Combine all ingredients in a

blender. Blend until desired

consistency. Pour into a bowl and

top with almond butter, coconut

flakes, cacao nibs and sliced fruit.

Chocolate Coffee Buzz Smoothie Bowl

1 whole banana (preferably frozen)

1 tablespoon nut butter

1 scoop collagen protein

2 tablespoons flaxseed

¼ cup frozen, chopped zucchini

3 tablespoons cacao nibs

1 tablespoon cocoa powder (optional)

½ cup chilled coffee

¼-½ cup almond milk

1 handful of ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until desired consistency. Pour into a bowl and finish with toppings of

your choice.

Paleo Superfood Veggie and Blueberry Smoothie Bowl

2 handfuls of spinach or kale

½ of an avocado

½-1 cup frozen cauliflower or zucchini

⅓-½ of a frozen banana (peel, split and half the bananas before freezing)

½-1 cup frozen blueberries

2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds

1 tablespoon almond butter (to keep your recipe paleo, make sure your almond butter doesn’t have any added sugar)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Optional: for a sweeter bowl, add honey or agave to taste

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Pulse a few times, then, once the mixture is slightly chopped, blend on high

until desired consistency. Pour into a bowl and top with melted coconut butter, dried goji berries, hemp seeds, cacao

nibs and dried coconut flakes.

All recipes courtesy of @foodbykara.

Alice Spring 2019 111

An Affirmation to Heal

By Peyton King

I am forgiving

myself for

eating the

wrong foods

and feeling


I am nourishing my body with fresh food and clean water.

I am enjoying the food I eat.

I am mindful of the foods I consume.

I am energized and happy when I eat well.

I respect and am in love with my body.

I am treating my body well and my body is treating me well.

I am strong and healthy, full of energy and happiness.

I am perfectly capable of balancing my life and nutrition every day.

I am grateful for the challenges and positive doors that are open daily.

I am healing. I am discovering my health.

I am attacking the negative forces like a warrior with a sapphire shield.

I am now the kind of person who can smile and radiate positive energies

to others.

112 Alice Spring 2019


There’s a Trunk Show Boutique inside

each Supe Store. Visit us at Ferguson

Center or at the Corner on Bryant Drive

to see our latest items in for Spring!



Vol. 4 No. 2 Spring 2019

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