Hall 420 Girls Recommended, Face Approved: Morphe Palletes!

As stated in SEVERAL of our previous blogs, we are definitely broke college students, constantly contemplating if spending six dollars on a sandwich from Jimmy John’s is actually worth it or not. As lifestyle bloggers as well, we are always looking for a good deal to recommend to you!

Morphe makeup pallets are beautiful creations that every girl should have in their everyday makeup bag. From more natural looks to looks that are out of this world, you can mix and match to your heart’s desire.

To test this theory out, Emma and I had the pleasure of doing our roommates’ eyeshadow looks, and we are very proud with how they turned out!

[Malie]
[Rhiannon]
[Sophia]
[Rachel]
[Emma]
Morphe pallets are cheap in price (ranging from $30-40 depending on what size you get), so even broke college students can invest! They last almost forever, so they are also the ideal investment for the long run!

So, as the holiday season is around the corner, cherish the final days that you have on campus with those that mean the most to you beautiful people. At the beginning of the semester, the Hall 420 girls were all strangers, but college has gifted us with these beautiful souls. It is a never a dull moment with these beautiful girls, and for that we are nothing but grateful.

Happy Holidays everyone, stay warm. 🙂


Special shout-out to our friend Troy for taking photos!

Rachel, Sophia, and Rhiannon’s makeup by Emma

Malie and Emma’s makeup by Rachel

Four Essentials to keep you Comfortable this Winter!

Tis the season for freezing temperatures and finals season everyone! For the three weeks we have left on campus before we all migrate home, we have put our comfort in our best interest and we are creating a winter essentials list for you guys! As the holiday season is upon us, keep on reading if you want to know what you need to survive another cold winter!

  1. Sweater Weather

Bundle up people! A season of layers will ensure that you will not freeze while walking to each class. Our preferred sweater of choice is a cotton material that you can layer with t-shirts and heavy coats for when you travel outside. This casual look will ensure comfiness, yet stylish look.

2. Turtlenecks

The key to our hearts, for sure. Keep your neck warm this season with any turtleneck imaginable! Like sweaters, turtlenecks can also be paired with a heavy coat to ensure a chic look!

3. Socks! 

Another key to our hearts! If you have naturally cold feet like I do, socks are the perfect way to make your outfit pop, while keeping your toes in tact. 

4. Chai Tea

Looking for a warm winter drink? Chai tea is an herbal tea that contains just a bit of caffeine in order to start off what could be a long day. You can either buy chai tea packets at the market, or order it from any campus coffee shop.

Any way you go about your holiday season, do it with comfort! Stay warm Bobcats 🙂 

Student Spotlight No. 3 – Rhiannon Brown

Welcome back to another week of Student Spotlight! It has been a while since we have blessed your screens with quality humans in our community, so here we are! Our student this week is a dear friend of ours, and she deserves to be appreciated for her strength, as well as kickin’ style. To learn more about how you can participate in Student Spotlight, we will link the application process at the bottom of this blog! Enjoy!

Rhiannon Brown is currently a freshman at Ohio University studying communications studies. From Glouster, Ohio, she is an active member in her community. In Rhiannon’s free time, she loves to eat smashing food, hang out with her friends, and listen to music! If you are a personal fan of Rhiannon Brown, feel free to follow her on Instagram. To read more about Rhiannon Brown, keep on scrolling!

How would you describe your style? 

“I wear a lot of black. I try to go as typical as possible, wearing a lot of oversized t-shirt, leggings and shorts. My style is really reliant upon my mood that day.”

Who or what influences your style?

“My mood is the biggest influence on my style. It also depends on the occasion; I try to dress appropriate depending on the occasion, so it varies. I’m also into wearing seasonal clothes and colors that coordinate with the season.”

What are your favorite places to shop?

“Thrift stores, Bluetique, and Fligleaf”

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

“Black tank tops, converse high tops, and oversized cardigans.”

What else do you use to describe your style?

“My personality and anklets in the summer.”

 

 

 

Rhiannon’s style is one that can be described as laid-back grunge, but most of Rhiannon’s style comes from her strong personality. Rhiannon is one of our best friends, and we appreciate how independent, strong and hilarious this sweet girl is. Her style and personality make for an impeccable lady.

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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 🙂

Lettuce is in! And We’re Here to Tell You About it.

Coming from Cincinnati and Atlanta, the culture shock that hit us when we stepped foot on campus was like getting hit with a head of lettuce. Literally.

Lettuce (aka long hair on men) is in, and we are here to tell you about it! But how are we supposed to tell you about it you may ask? Well it wasn’t hard to find two qualified men to answer our pondering questions. Who knows, maybe after this you’ll want to grow your hair out too. 

Our short interview with Dylan and Dewy consisted of these few questions, helping us understand a little bit more about the lettuce-head culture.

Dylan

Dylan told us that he chose to grow his hair out because he went to a Catholic high school where it was against the rules to have long hair. Once out of high school, Dylan was able to embrace the look he wanted to.

The reactions that Dylan gets about his hair are mostly positive, he said. He told us that once a lady sitting behind him on an airplane even caught him after a flight only to tell him that he has nice hair. Contrarily, his sister doesn’t approve because she thinks it looks feminine.

When we asked Dylan about why he believes many guys don’t choose to have long hair, he mentioned that he thinks it has a lot to do with stigmas and societal judgement. He says many people may associate long hair with being “punk,” but he still likes it nonetheless.

Dewy

Dewy told us that he chose to grow his hair out simply because he likes the way it looks.

The reactions that Dewy gets about his hair are also mostly positive, though I [Emma] was with him once on Court Street when someone yelled at him to get a hair cut. Other times, Dewy says that he does get compliments from strangers saying they like it and they think it’s cool.

Along with Dylan, Dewy also believes that it’s possible some men choose to have short hair simply because they’re scared to grow it out.

We hope you take Dylan and Dewy’s words into consideration! It doesn’t hurt to try lettuce, it is college you know.

We Went as Post Malone and Girl Naruto for HallOUween Weekend – and This is How People Reacted.

As the HallOUweekend comes to a close, we would like to take the opportunity to reflect on our executive decisions to go as Post Malone and Girl Naruto for Halloween this year. As freshman here, it was our civic duty to go above and beyond, and this is what we came up with.

Rachel:

I decided that I was going to dress up as Post Malone for Halloween about three weeks before HallOUween. After going through every Halloween Pinterest board I could find, I basically gave up on the idea of looking adorable this Halloween and going for something more funny. That is where Post Malone comes into play.

My costume did not cost much to create because I either borrowed clothing items from roommates, or already had the pieces to my look. The most difficult part about creating my look was definitely putting on all of his many tattoos, making sure they were in the right places, and braiding my hair to resemble such an icon. 

Overall I could have not been more happy with my look. I looked hilarious and several people walked up to me throughout the night commenting things such as:

“We love your work!” And “What’s up Posty!”

God, I love my fans.

Emma: 

I am not the one who came up with my costume; the idea actually originated from my dorky friends and they’re obsession with the anime show, Naruto. 

When I first moved to OU and started meeting my new friends, many of them seemed to talk about the show Naruto, which I had never heard of before. They swore it was the best show ever, and that with my short hair, I even resembled the main character. Hence the prompting of me to actually be Naruto for Halloween, and so I did it for the meme. 

Putting together the outfit was quite simple. Online, I found a pair of orange khaki pants, then paired them with a black tube top and black boots. I also wore a wig to resemble the female version of Naruto that is sometimes featured in the show. 

As the anime fans must not have been out and about, the public’s reaction to me was less intense than that to Rachel, though I did get several compliments on the overall look and my pants. 

I was happy with the way my costume turned out, and the fact that it was a joke with my friends made it even better. 

Moral of the story: fantastic night. 

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.