When most people think of Kat Von D, her eyeliner, liquid lipsticks, and contouring kits likely come to mind. What stands out about her is her vegan approach to makeup and her commitment to cruelty-free products-- and KVD has announced she will also be incorporating her vegan values into her pregnancy and parenting.
The anti-vaccination movement was pushed into mainstream media by Jenny McCarthy and her claim that vaccinations caused her son’s autism. Her research was based on the work by one researcher, Andrew Wakefield, who faked his results and ultimately lost his medical license due to his malpractice. The incorrect viewpoint that vaccinations should be avoided to prevent autism insinuates that such a person would rather endanger not only his or her own child’s life but also others’ lives with compromised immune systems than have a child with autism. Although Kat Von D’s stance is not based on autism but rather supposed exploitation by “the industry,” her claims of being well-researched are directly disputed by scientific fact.
According to the Instagram stories posted by her husband, Leafar Seyer, much of their position on vaccines came from the well-known pseudoscience anti-vaccination documentaries, Trace Amounts and Vaxxed. Vaccines were developed to eradicate serious diseases that are beginning to reappear, such as Syphilis and Polio, which can kill someone without developed immunity. Those who are pro-vaccine believe that not only does Kat Von D's decision to not vaccinate her child cause a compromise to her/his health, but it puts other people in danger of contracting diseases if they are not able to receive the vaccinations themselves. Many fans of Kat Von D beauty have been calling for a boycott of her products following this announcement. Her fans aren't the only one sharing their views on how she should treat her child's health; her father also expressed a negative reaction to her preference for a medication-free childbirth at home with a doula and a midwife.
How do you feel about Kat's decision to not vaccinate, and do you think the public should have an opinion of how she chooses to raise her child? Comment below!
Crayola just released a new cosmetics line with ASOS, at first glanced, it seems like everything an arts-and-crafts-turned-makeup enthusiast could wish for. Complete with two eyeshadow palettes, a face palette with blushes and highlighters, a customizable lip palette, a brush set, along with a set of face crayons, this 58-piece collection covers every area of beauty except foundation and concealers. Every product’s packaging stars the signature Crayola squiggle and sleek white and black or shiny iridescent finishes, the outward aesthetics are up to par with a more grown-up experience.
However, if you are anything like me, you never purchase brand-new makeup products without first doing research by reading reviews and watching videos from trusted YouTube beauty gurus. After I settled down from my initial excitement and urge to spontaneously purchase every face crayon with expectations of perfect bold eyeliner looks, I set into several videos from YouTubers such as James Charles and Rachel Leary.
Wow, I was disappointed in what I saw… The results were not pretty. The highlighter stick was chalky and barely appeared on the skin and even removed the foundation beneath it. The mermaid palette, though decent in performance, was nothing special and contained mostly shimmer shadows that were not as pigmented as they could have been. The face crayons were maybe the biggest let-down of all the new products-- what do we even use face crayons for? While some were super creamy and pigmented, others (particularly the black) were not. Even those that were pigmented never fully set and did not blend very well. I also found the mermaid- and unicorn-themed makeup to be more like trends we saw in 2017.
Coming from a brand so well-known for its affordable art products, the price point was also disappointing. A brush set of just four brushes cost $40. The collection included 2 mascaras (one black and one bright blue) that cost $16 each. When there are so many drug store alternative mascaras that even outperform the best high-end options, this price for many of the products seems unreasonable in comparison to other affordable brands like Morphe, NYX, and Elf who offer inexpensive alternatives to quality products.
Crayola is no stranger to makeup collaborations, having previously released collections with Sally Hansen and Clinique. Based on this new solo foray into the beauty world, it seems that Crayola should stick to partnering with brands that already know how best to formulate successful products. As fun as the packaging and ideas were behind this collection, the products are not worth purchasing unless you solely aim for that childhood aesthetic and do not have any real expectations for superb performance.
As for me, I am en route to purchase my 120 pack of crayons and a coloring book for a cheaper and more effective throwback experience. If you bought any of the Crayloa ASOS products and have anything to share from your experience please leave a comment down below!
Everyone knows how Kanye just dropped his new album but what they don’t know is he is working on a low income housing project on the side. The rapper has been known for music and fashion but recently has announced he is getting into architecture. He is starting this project that people can now afford and looks similar to the YEEZY studio in Calabasas. He announced the project just a couple weeks after posting images of his new California home worth near 60 million dollars, which have us all questioning if these complexes are really going to be affordable to live in.
There are only a couple of design inspo pictures released and they are utopian style spaces. In each picture there is not much in the rooms besides some white jeanneret chairs that sell for around $16,000 apiece. This new complex is being made out of prefabricated concrete and polystyrene components with the same yeezy aesthetic that everyone loves from his clothing line. Kanye paired with co-designer and face modules founder Jalil Peraza to make this project come to life. Peraza was also the first one to post the first pictures of the project on social media.
Kanye also said this is his plan to “make the world better,” but we still are wondering if this is going to actually be affordable or if it might plummet. We all know Kanye doesn’t like failure so he is definitely going to push hard for this project to become a success. We still don’t know any details about when the complexes will be open or how much it will cost to live in the first ever yeezy development; but we are patiently waiting to hear all about it.
What do you think? Will this be a hit? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
As the never ending storm that seemed to have set up camp over Florida finally fades away, the feeling of summer has finally arrived. Scrolling through my Instagram feed during my down time after work, I can’t help but be jealous of the people who are spending their summer abroad or traveling to different states. For me, when I listen to the right song, it gives me the sudden urge to quit my job, empty my savings account, and buy a ticket to somewhere hundreds of miles away from home. This is a collection of my favorite songs to listen to while traveling, or in my case at the moment, planning my future dream backpacking-through-Europe trip.
Where’s My Love – SYML
Coastline – Hollow Coves
Somewhere – Sanders Bohlike
Sleep On The Floor – The Lumineers
Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Paint – The Paper Kites Mountain Sounds – John Vincent
III Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967 – John Mayer
Road Trippin’ – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Drive (Los Angeles) – Lolawolf
Call You Home – Mangas Colorado
Indian Summer – Jai Wolf
Drive – Oh Wonder
Airstream Song – Miranda Lambert
Featherstone – The Paper Kites
A Life That’s Good -- Lennon & Maisy
Home – Ben Rector
As a household name and fashion icon the tragedy of Kate Spade's suicide is a reminder to all of us of how precious life is. Kate Spade was pronounced dead early Tuesday morning in her New York City apartment. She was a mother of Frances Spade who is 13 and married to Andy Spade.
Kate Spade brought out a combination of femme and color with her stylish purses. She will be remembered for her pops of color and accentuating a dark outfit with a bright shining stylish purse. Kate designed her purses with in the working girl in mind stating the purses were to “assume the personality of the wearer, not the reverse.” Twice, The Council Of Fashion Designers of America, awarded Spade as Americas New Fashion Talent in Accessories in 1996 and Best Accessory Designer in 1998.
Kate Spade was born in Kansas City, but that did not stop her from pursing bright and bold fashion. In an interview she discussed her interest in fashion from such a young age commenting on her unique style back then. “I would have my mother take me to vintage stores and wear leopard swing coats and cigarette pants. In Kansas City I looked very odd.” She went on to earn a degree in Journalism from Arizona State University. She met her husband, Andy as a student at ASU. The couple then moved to NYC where Kate started out as a fashion editor for Mademoiselle and soon started her handbag business in 1993 with her husband. Mrs. Spade took a sabbatical break from fashion in 2006 when she sold the company in order to spend more time with her daughter Frances.
No longer affiliated with the company a spokeswoman from Kate Spade exclaimed “Although Kate has not been affiliated with the brand for more than a decade, she and her husband and creative partner, Andy, were the founders of our beloved brand, Kate will be dearly missed. Our thoughts are with Andy and the entire Spade family at this time.”
Our thoughts are also with the Spade family at this time.
It’s no secret Gucci does what Gucci wants. And when it came to designing the cruise collection, it was no different. The point of Cruise, compared to F/W or S/S collections, is to really take the audience to a place and create a story or vision— one that inspires and even tickles the imagination. Alessandro Michele did just that in a French cemetery three days ago.
WWD recapped: “As night fell and guests including Saoirse Ronan, A$AP Rocky, and Salma Hayek took their places on mirrored cubes, a line of fire ignited down the central alleyway, signaling the start of the show. The models took to the alleyway thick and fast in outfits so intricate, it was almost difficult for the eye to keep pace. Alessandro Michele sent out a dizzying 114 looks for women and men, mixing brand signatures — think plaid skirts, floral silk prints and tiger patterns — with outfits designed for fantasy characters ranging from rock stars to 19th-century widows. Shrouded in velvet dresses and richly embroidered capes, models wielding flower bouquets emerged from the fog, evoking spectral Madonnas in the purest Catholic tradition. A black moire cape swept dangerously close to the flames, while a black fur coat with leg-of-mutton sleeves had a Seventies Victoriana edge.
“After cruising New York, London and Florence, France was the most natural and organic landing place for Gucci. I wanted to pay my homage to this incredibly important and fundamental country for our culture and history,” he told WWD in a statement prior to the show.”
The overall drama of the entire show was breathtaking. I really appreciate the art Michele always puts into his designs. The collection definitely had some nods to the Catholic Church and Victorian era, which I found interesting considering this years Met Gala was also centered around this theme. Michele also included Gucci’s signature floral and plaid patterns mixed in throughout the entire 114 looks—both of which I think Gucci does best and have made iconic to their brand.
What are your thoughts on this year’s cruise collection?
Kim K and Trump? A meeting that shocked social media.
It is no secret that Kim Kardashian was in the Oval Office with President Trump recently, since it spread through social media like wildfire. Other blogs, media officials, and of course- fans have wondered if this meeting was going to drastically change anything. Kim broke the silence and has openly spoken about her meeting with our new president.
Kim visited Trump to speak about a women named Alice Marie Johnson, a 63 year old great grandmother who is currently serving a life sentence in prison for a first time, non-violent drug offense. Unfortunately, serving such long sentences for non-violent drug offenses happen pretty often. There has been a push for justice for these inmates claiming that some drugs aren't a big enough reason to end someones life of freedom and limit their options for second chances. Johnson has been in prison for over 21 years now, and has not been offered parole. This case hit a nerve with Kim and she decided to take action towards it, explaining that Johnson deserved, “A second chance at life,” and has been working for months to get Johnson released. Kardashian didn’t tell reporters much about the meeting but simply that she believed Trump, “really spent the time to listen to our case that we were making for Alice,” and that he, “really understood.” Kim is hopeful this will turn out very positive in the end. Directly after their meeting, Trump tweeted a photograph of the two with the caption, “Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing.”
Kim and Trump weren't the only ones to reach out and make statements about this meeting, in a letter to Kim Kardashian, “I am so humbled by what you are doing and have already done on my behalf,” Johnson wrote. “There are no words strong enough to express my deep and heartfelt gratitude. Ms. Kardashian you are literally helping to save my life and restore me to my family.”
Where will the power of celebrity and president end? Will we see reform from this because of it's exposure in the media? We'll see.
My favorite part about summer is riding with all four windows down in my car, blasting new and old tunes on my way to the beach or river with my best friends. What better way to get the good vibes flowing than with a bangin’ playlist? The genres of music that I listen to change with the seasons, so when summer rolls around I am all about the upbeat, bright, and happy songs that scream, “It’s 90 degrees outside and I’m tanning on the beach right now!”. Here is a playlist I have curated of some of my favorite songs to listen to while basking in the summer sun. Some songs are new, some are older, but they are all on the soundtrack of summer.
Walking into Harrods is like equivalent of a child walking into Disney World for the first time. As you walk into this massive department store, located in central London, you are immediately greeted by a man in a nice suit. As he opens the double doors to invite you in, you can’t help but feel special. They have all the most prestigious brand names known to man. You could say Harrod's is your dream closet where you find all the clothes you’ve ever seen on the runways from places like Milan to New York Fashion Week.
While studying abroad past spring, I was fortunate enough to be only 10 minutes away from this magnificent mansion. I constantly would go there to take notes on all the new incoming trends because London is about 1-2 years ahead in their trends than the U.S. Each time you walk into Harrods feels new, despite its monstrosity, the makes staff changes to every department every week and individual displays nearly every day.
Though my favorite part might fall in women's fashion, there is also a toy kingdom which is every child’s dream, a fancy food hall filled with glamorously displayed fish, steaks, produce, and chicken. One of my favorite rooms is what I like to call “the Willy Wonka room,” because there is no doubt the second you step foot into this room filled with chocolates and sweets, you will feel like you entered Wonkaland
If you ever find yourself wandering the streets of London, definitely stop by one of the world’s most popular department stores to enjoy the beauty of Gucci, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, and so many more.
Summer is the season of the year in which we, as college students, are able to break away from the busy schedules, course loads, and stress that the Fall and Spring semesters lay on us. We get to go back home for a few months, catching up with high school friends and blowing what little money we may have left on concerts and music festivals. These three months give us the breath of fresh air that we didn’t know we so desperately needed, and I believe it is so important to spend those days wisely.
Looking back on this past Spring semester, I realized that there are some things that I did, and did not do, that I usually love doing. I have loved photography my whole life, and yet I barely have any photos on my camera roll to show for myself. Painting is one of my favorite pastimes, but I did not once fill a blank canvas. School and outside commitments were the main reasons I was not able to pursue the things in my life that I loved most. Recently, I have been making a mental two-column list, with one side consisting of what I do in my everyday life, while the other side is filled with things that I genuinely enjoy doing. When the columns do not have anything in common, I know that it is time to change something in my daily routine.
With the free time I am so lucky to have this summer, I am going to spend it painting, listening to new music, going to yoga, and hanging out with the people that I am not usually able to be with while back at school. So, rather than spending your free time complaining about being bored, (we are all guilty of it…even as 20-somethings) make a mental list of things you love to do, no matter how little or big they are. We only have so many more summers of freetime spent in the comfort of your home before we need to enter the real world, where summer vacations are non-existent. Spend your free time wisely, because once it’s gone, it’s better to look back and know you did something worth your while.
For the many of us who have spent summers in Tallahassee, it is easy to agree we can grow tired of the brick buildings, and need a getaway. Fortunately, I am here to tell you how a weekend trip to Saint Augustine, just 3 hours south of Tallahassee, can turn your summer around! I was lucky enough to have spent the past week in Saint Augustine with family members , giving me that vacation I really needed.
Talita Von Furstenberg
The legendary Diane Von Furstenberg’s granddaughter, Talita, stepped onto the red carpet wearing an angelic gown with tiers of light blue chiffon and speckled with glitter.
SZA’s blush Versace gown, complete with a beaded top and flowing chiffon, grants her a spot on this list, especially considering the angelic references and golden halo that subtly correlate with the theme.
With a red ombre gown, Nicki Minaj references the wine and blood of Christ while wearing a head-covering similar to a mantilla, which more conservative Catholic women wear to masses.
In contrast to her simple wine-colored velvet gown, Priyanka Chopra’s delicate veil steals the show. Crafted with lace and jewels, it credits the Byzantine era while honoring her Indian heritage, as the veil was hand-crafted in India.
While most of the male attendees chose a simple black suit, Chadwick Boseman made a sartorial statement with a white suit and cape, resembling the robes of a Catholic priest, and adorned with jewel-encrusted crosses.
Rather than gathering inspiration from historic religious artwork or current Catholic practices, Zendaya chose to channel Joan of Arc, the heroine of the Hundred Years’ War and a canonized saint. While the chain-link armor is a direct reference to Joan, the silver beaded gown underneath lends glamour and sophistication to the overall piece.
Taking the saying “Fashion is Art” in a literal sense, Ariana Grande wears imagery from Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement with a beautiful gown created by Vera Wang.
Gigi Hadid’s Versace gown was inspired by stained glass and featured rose- and lavender-colored panels on a rich navy background. The detailed crystal embroidery juxtaposed with the one-shoulder cut and flowing train made this ensemble one to remember.
Rihanna’s buzzed-about outfits always draw attention, but this year’s ensemble stands out. Designed by Margiela, the completely beaded holy-white dress was complemented by a robe and a papal mitre, also fully adorned with beads.
By far the best dressed of all, Blake Lively stunned in a deep garnet dress intricately embroidered in gold thread and embellished with stones, reminiscent of the ceremonial wine, traditional altar coverings, and the stained-glass windows that are so prevalent among Catholic architecture. To finish the look, a gold headpiece with thin bars radiating from her updo created the appearance of a halo worthy of a religious painting.
Hope you enjoyed these looks and our recap!
- Anna Wood
Welcome to the perfect guide for college students.
Start with the basics. “The first thing I would say would be for a student to pick what platform they want to use for a portfolio,” says Cathy Barrios, Career Advisor for FSU’s English Department. For a basic format, Barrios recommends starting with the FSU Career Center’s layout. “It’s very official looking, very professional. If you’ve never done one before it can definitely help you get started.” The Career Center has a variety of tools on their site to help undergrad and graduate students build a portfolio to best showcase their skills, including tutorials and samples to guide users as they work. Accessible through portfolio.fsu.edu, the Career Center’s layout includes tabs to showcase a bio, resume, relevant skills, and artifacts, where students can both upload Word documents or PDFs of essays or articles, or attach links to online publications, graphic design, or artwork. When sharing the portfolio with a potential employer, users create an individualized key word to allow the company access. The site also shows when employers have viewed an individual’s portfolio.
Show off your creative side. Barrios recommends using creative sites, like Wix, that help users personalize their portfolios. “It has a lot of different templates, so if you’re not web design-savvy, it provides you with a lot of great resources to just pick a template and start from there,” says Barrios. Atavist is similar, allowing users to design a blog format, akin to Wordpress, to showcase and link future employers to relevant work. Users can play around with colors, backgrounds, and layouts to best fit their personalities or match the type of job they want to attain. However, a portfolio should still be clean and organized so that a company can focus on everything the student has accomplished and get a clear picture of how he or she can be an asset to the team. Need some extra help? The Williams Digital Studio also has excellent expert advice and resources to help students design their ideal portfolio, for free.
Think about prospective companies. What might your dream employer want to see in writing or digital samples? For students looking to go into journalism, strong communication and writing skills are crucial. “Your network is really important,” says Barrios, “so show that you can work with different types of people.” Experience writing for campus publications, volunteering, and holding public relations or creative positions in campus organizations are all great ways to gain experience in this area, outside of an internship alone. If entering the realm of public relations, examples of event planning and promotion, graphic art, and social media are amazing ways to demonstrate your abilities. “It’s more about results,” advises Barrios, “showing what you’ve accomplished to promote that goal or task.” PR agencies are results-oriented, so having stats on the results of a social media campaign, such as the number of viewers or followers gained, would wow an interviewer and demonstrate that your work has proven effective.
A resume, along with a portfolio, should be tailored to the applicant’s desired position. Paid or unpaid internships, research, leadership opportunities, and community service are all relevant experiences to include in a CV. “There really are so many different categories, and it all depends on what skills the employer is looking for and what experiences you’ve had to showcase those skills,” says Barrios. “At this level, any experience can be valuable.” Undergrads can find ways to hone communication and writing skills in almost any position.
When applying to a creative field, such as graphic design, social media, or fashion-related journalism, don’t be afraid to customize and demonstrate technical skills in the format of your resume. Software like InDesign or sites like Creddle can add color and infographics, setting yours apart from other applicants’. The Career Center has drop in hours, so students can swing by and have advisors take a look before submitting an application. The bottom line is to research, research, research. Know the company inside-out so you can tweak your portfolio and resume to the skills they seek. Make it impossible for them not to hire you.
Get involved. No matter if you’re an incoming freshman or a junior searching for internships, Florida State has over 650 Recognized Student Organizations to get invested in. “Start building your network, start finding great opportunities that seem interesting for the future,” Barrios advises ‘Noles. Clubs, on-campus jobs, even volunteer groups allow students to gain insight into potential careers and learn from other students how to achieve career-related goals.
I have taken it upon myself to help everyone out with some skin care essentials all under the low price of $20. Yes, we might think that’s still over a college budget, but let’s be real skin care products usually go for at least $50 and some even cost hundreds. With these products I've listed, it’s not hard to have that perfect, glowy, stress-free looking skin, while still getting your products at any local drugstore. I’ve listed ten products for each skin crisis you can go through, especially with the end of the semester approaching, and even products when you need some lovin’ (TLC) *cue Michael Jackson P.Y.T*.
Hover over pictures to see why I love these products!
1. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Face Wash (8.99$ Neutrogena.com)
2. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel (14.99$ Target)
3. Caudalie Grape Water (18$ Sephora)
4. Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment (5.97$ Walmart)
5. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (6.79$ Target)
6. St. Ives Exfoliate and Nourish Coconut Oil Scrub (6.99$ Target)
7. Elf Cleansing Duo Face Brush (14$ Elf Cosmetics)
8. Elf Hydrogel Under Eye Mask (8$ Target)
9. Eucerin Advanced Repair Lotion (9.99$ Target)
10. L'Oreal Paris Detox and Brighten Clay Mask (12.99$ Ulta)
Leave a comment below if you’ve tried these products or if you’re already on your way to purchase some!
ELLE Magazine launched their latest creative cover featuring personalized magazine covers! And who better than The Social Media Queen herself, Kim K, to put on the cover of their first issue?
FSU's Premiere Fashion Magazine