How to Ball on a Budget in the Athens Pt. 2

Per tradition, we decided this week to broaden our horizons once again in the Athens community and take a trip back to our roots: thrift shopping. If you have read our first blog, we would love to update you beautiful people. We are even more broke then we were our first month of college! If you can relate, we are excited to announce that we have fallen in love with a new thrift shop that is located just on Court Street! 

Athens Underground is a two-story thrift shop located on Court Street. We fell in love with the atmosphere of the place as its retro vibe gives you a nostalgic feeling of individuality throughout the ages. We had the pleasure of conversing with the staff that works at Athens Underground, and they are the most down-to-earth, selfless souls. The first floor contains an assortment of posters and postcards, as well as costume props that are perfect for the HallOUween season!

Once traveling up the stairs, the walls are filled with vintage, vibrant clothes. Each piece is unique; not one piece is like the other. We explored the racks for what felt like hours, seeking inspiration for Halloween costumes, as well as laughing at all of the witty posters. 

Overall, this place stole our hearts when we realized they had an entire bin devoted to stripes. That is how you win my heart people, a nice striped sweater. The best time to wear a striped sweater is ALL the time. 

If you have a love and appreciation for thrifting (and you’re wallet) like we do, Athens Underground is for you! Take some friends with you and make a trip of it! And when you’re done, give your wallet a little more love and go smash a 4-for-4 from Wendy’s 🙂 Enjoy!

Student Spotlight No. 2 – Nathan Calvis

Welcome back to another week of Student Spotlight! As per request, we have a very special student joining us for Student Spotlight this week. After reading our first Student Spotlight post, Nathan reached out to us directly and expressed his interest in being in the blog! To get to know more about my wonderful brother and where his interests in style come from, feel free to keep reading! If you too want to know more about getting involved with Student Spotlight, all of the information about how to apply will be posted at the end of this article. Enjoy!

Nathan Calvis is currently a junior at Ohio University with an intended major in environmental biology and a minor in geography. In Nathan’s free time, he enjoys spending time with his friends, playing video games, and singing or screaming in his basement for all of his friends. If you are a loyal fan of Nathan Calvis like we are, feel free to follow him @n8calvis for some quality content.

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How would you describe your style? 

Nathan describes his style as very laid-back. He wears what he wants, including a lot of band merchandise. He described his style as being grungy and a bit emo. 

 

Who or what influences your style? 

Music is a big influence for Nathan. The shirt he wore in our shoot is actually merchandise from the band Varials. Other bands he listens to include Sworn In, With Confidence, Neck Deep, Dance Gavin Dance, Born of Osiris and other metal and punk bands. 

Where are you favorite places to shop? 

Nathan shops at Urban Outfitters and ASOS when he wants something other than band merch. 

What are some of your go-to pieces in your wardrobe? 

Nathan’s go-to’s are neutral colors and pieces that are comfortable, yet stylish, black or white converse, and black or grey, above-the-knee shorts. 

What else do you use to define your style besides clothing? 

An Apple Watch, glasses, and a hair tie are accessories that Nathan almost never goes without. 

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HEY  YOU! Interested in being featured in Student Spotlight? If you are, feel free to email us directly at rc774117@ohio.edu for a chance to be featured in Student Spotlight! If you are chosen to be a part of Student Spotlight, we will contact you directly with information regarding meeting for a shoot, and all the pictures taken will be sent to you directly! Take the chance on us! Express yourself! Catch you in the next one 🙂

Four Fall Essentials For Your Lazy Day

It’s that time of year again Bobcats- the time where students are sick, overwhelmed and just overall over it. “Why do we have to go to class?” We ask ourselves these questions because, as college students, we are tired! But have no fear Bobcats, being lazy does not mean you have to look like a blobfish riding the waves to class everyday. In this article, we’ll guide you through the 4 fall, lazy day essentials for this upcoming season!

1. Dr. Jart Color Corrector

For people with redness in their skin, you’re in luck! Dr. Jart has created a rich formula color corrector that will freshen up your face before a long day of classes. By using this product, it will take the redness away from your face while leaving a bare complexion. This product is perfect for school days where you would much rather sleep in than get up to get ready! You can order this product from Sephora if it interests you.

2. Comfy pants

As we fall into the fall season, joggers are the way to go! With the feel of sweatpants and the look of leggings, they are the perfect lightweight formula for both chilling at home and on the go! We love to pair our joggers with a cropped shirt and gym shoes on days where jeans are just not an option. Joggers can be found at just about any store so you are able to find the right style for you.

 

 

3. Gym shoes and Birkenstocks

To complete your makeshift, lazy day look, you can pair your joggers with a pair of gym shoes or Birkenstocks. Referencing our previous post, you know that Birkenstocks are always my go-to, so of course they are included in this fall’s essentials! These shoes are comfortable and can be affordable as well! Mix and match your look to make it fit your style while not breaking your budget.

Another go-to for us is the Haven Adidas sneakers. They’re cute and comfy enough to keep your feet cozy on those long treks to class. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. DP DOUGH!

Ever crave a late night snack? DP Dough is a calzone restaurant in the Athens area that caters to all of your snacking needs. You can order online for delivery or stop by their Athens location for a guaranteed good meal. For the ultimate DP Dough experience, we recommend trying the Buffer Zone and the BBQ Chicken Zone! Enjoy your meal 🙂

These four fall essentials are perfect for a lazy day in Athens, Ohio! Good luck on the rest of your semester, and remember that we are all in this together.

 

Student Spotlight No. 1

Individuality. It comes in many forms, and Student Spotlight is the chance for you to get to know your peers and celebrate them for who they are. 

Welcome to the pilot episode of Student Spotlight! I’m your host Rachel Calvis and my colleague Emma Dengler is currently sitting with me while we write this introduction. Welcome to our fire collab!

Since this is our first Student Spotlight, we thought that we would take this week to introduce ourselves to the Ohio University fashion community and show you how Student Spotlight works. Every couple of weeks, we will introduce a new student to our blogosphere where they get a featured spot on our feed! Feel free to peruse through the article and find our contact information if you’re interested in participating.

Rachel Calvis

Hello, my name is Rachel Calvis and I am currently a freshman at Ohio University! I am a journalism major with intentions of going into public relations. In my free time, I enjoy taking photos with my camera (fun fact: all the pictures that we take for our blog are taken by us!), hanging out with all of  my newfound friends, writing, and eating a lot of food. Feel free to follow me on Instagram @rachelcalvisss to take a closer look at my life and all the craziness involved!

Emma Dengler

Hello! My name is Emma Dengler and I am a freshman at Ohio University. I am currently majoring in integrated media arts and studies, hoping to emphasize in design and minor in fine arts. When I’m not in class, I love to draw, write songs, play music on the guitar, and go out with my new crazy and wonderful friends. To catch a closer glimpse into my interests and life in general, feel free to check out my instagram page @e.dengler. Additionally, I hope that you are able to find out more about Rachel and I in this article and how we incorporate our art interests into this blog and our overall styles. 

 How would you describe your style? 
ED – “My style is pretty broad, though overall, I usually try to incorporate something artsy into my outfit, whether it be a vintage clothing item or handmade earrings. On a normal day, I guess my style could be described as artsy or chill, but when I go out, I think I tend to dress more punk.”
RC – “There isn’t one thing that can embody the essence of my style. My style is a broad spectrum between grunge and very casual. I tend to dress very laid-back, with lots of stripes incorporated into my outfits. It is all a sense of feeling for me.”

Who/what influences your style? 
ED – “My mother and friends are definitely the biggest influences on my fashion sense. They’re the ones who I shop with and who help mix and match my outfits. Social Media is also a big influence to me when it comes to fashion and overall style. Some of my favorite social media pages to get fashion inspiration from are @nanda_schwarz and @vanellimelli on Instagram. They are evidently part of the movement to bring back retro styles and chill vibes into fashion, which is pretty cool to see.” 
RC – “My friends are huge influences on my style. I don’t try super hard with my style, but I try to reflect my feelings into my clothes. The friends that I have made here have made me feel so comfortable in my own skin that I express myself how I please. It feels so rewarding.”  

Where are you favorite places to shop? 
ED – “I love shopping at thrift stores and quirky boutiques. I take pride in being able to wear unique clothing while simultaneously supporting local businesses and artists. Otherwise though, I do occasionally stop into H&M, Forever21 and Urban Outfitters.”
RC – “Target, Urban Outfitters, and thrifting are my go-tos. I don’t shop often, but when I do I always try to find new pieces that I have never seen before, but they still reflect my overall style. It is rewarding to find pieces that people acknowledge and your roomies borrow.”

What are some of your go-to pieces in your wardrobe? 
ED – “I tend to wear denim – a lot. My BDG denim black jeans and mom jeans are definitely go-tos for me, as well as my mom’s loose-fit denim button-up and a pair of jean shorts I found at the Goodwill in my hometown. I also love wearing cropped tops during this hot weather paired with high-waisted pants or shorts. As for shoes, my go-to is definitely my white Adidas Haven gym shoes, or black platform chunky boots.”
RC – “Birkenstocks and fun socks are always a go-to for me. Even when it is hot outside, I will always wear socks with my Birks without fail. I also love high-waisted shorts and jeans with any type of crop top.” 
What else do you use to define your style besides clothing? 
ED – “I use makeup and jewelry to define my style in addition to the clothes I wear. Because my hair is so short, it’s difficult to use it to really put together my outfit, so I tend to make up for that with makeup and earrings. On a normal class day, I usually only wear a small amount of makeup, if any. Though if I’m going out, I love to play with eyeshadow to define my eyes. Winged eyeliner and some contour are also usually used for my full makeup look as well.”
RC – “Besides the essentials, I also cannot go out without my watch, bracelets, and all of my rings. I have five.”

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HEY  YOU! Interested in being featured in Student Spotlight? If you are, feel free to email us directly at rc774117@ohio.edu for a chance to be featured in Student Spotlight! If you are chosen to be a part of Student Spotlight, we will contact you directly with information regarding meeting for a shoot, and all the pictures taken will be sent to you directly! Take the chance on us! Express yourself! Catch you in the next one 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

How to Ball on a Budget in the Athens Area

As broke college students, it can be difficult to afford a sandwich without your bank account begging you for mercy. So, as the broke college students that we are, we have to ask ourselves, “how must one ball on a budget?”

Out of sheer boredom, yet pure curiosity, we took a spontaneous trip to “New-To-You Thrift Shoppe,” which is located in Athens. This quaint shoppe is located just off of Columbus Circle, which is a short ten minute drive from Ohio University’s campus. Inside, the store was filled from wall-to-wall with clothes, accessories, and toys.

Once we made it inside, we searched through articles of clothing ranging from children’s clothes to Halloween costumes. As we were searching, we pulled individual pieces based off of each friend’s personality. It was so nostalgic to try on different pieces and paint a picture of how the final looks will appear in our heads. The pieces have been revived! Numerous laughs were shared and we truly balled out and popped tags on a $20 budget.

Many of the pieces that are displayed in our look book were hand-picked from “New-To-You,” but we were also able to incorporate pieces from our everyday lives. We enlisted the help of our newfound friends to bring these clothes to life and bring variety to our photos. The fact that we all met two weeks ago still baffles us. 

Friendship is so sweet. We have all come from different parts of the country and fate has paired us with each other. Our hearts are so full from the amount of love and support that has been reciprocated these past two weeks, and we are optimistic of what our futures have in store for all of us. 

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New-To-You Thrift Shoppe

*All photos were shot on Ohio University’s campus in South Green and at Seigfred Hall. They feature Bryce Bates, Rachel Calvis, Malie Curry, Dewy D’Amore, Emma Dengler and Sophia Englehart.

Thank you to all of our friends who helped us with this shoot. We love you all.