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Top 5 Fall Fashion Trends to MAKE your outfit

By Sarah Osterle, Blogger

It’s the time of year where pumpkin spice lattes and fuzzy socks come out! This is also the best time to bring out new and maybe some old fashion trends to be stylish yet comfy. Fashion trends of 2021 have been quite funky from chunky rings to fun flared pants but for this coming fall, I have five fun trends that will add spunk to your outfit!

  1. Anything leather 

This can range from leather pants, skirts, jackets, etc. I mean ANYTHING leather can level up your outfit! For example, adding leather pants to a neutral top can really add a flare to your outfit and can work for class or even going out. My other favorite is adding a leather jacket to a bodycon dress. You can find the perfect faux leather jacket at H&M! This can make your outfit a little bit more edgy with no effort at all! Leather is a perfect way to add texture to a plain outfit.

  1. Shackets

A good shacket is so versatile. It’s perfect for a day at the pumpkin patch or even perfect as a jacket to wear over a going-out outfit. These jackets are so comfy! I recommend running to your nearest Urban Outfitters or even H&M or they will be gone!

  1. Funky Tights

Now there have been lots of funky patterns from this past summer like chunky patchwork to screen prints and even checkerboard! These patterns won’t stop there. Funky, or printed, tights have been on the rise and can make a dull outfit have some spice! Using a plain dress or skirt you can add a floral or highly saturated tight which can up your look. These will for sure add some uniqueness to your style and are so simple to do!

  1. Blazers

Although blazers were in style in the spring and summer of 2021, they will definitely be coming back into style this fall. A perfect oversize blazer can be dressed up and also dressed down – perfect for any occasion. Using an oversized blazer can change your silhouette by adding it with a mini skirt and a slicked-back bun. For a more casual look, you can use a cropped blazer with straight-leg jeans with a cute claw clip. Blazers have been seen on all of our fashion favorites ranging from Hailey Baldwin to even Chrissy Teigen!

  1. Tall Boots 

 Boots are simply essential in the fall, but tall, knee-highs can up your style. Tall or knee-high boots come in and out of style. For this season they are definitely back. Taller boot options can range from wider cowgirl styles, to loose fitting options, to even tight-fitting thigh-highs. These boots will lengthen your look as well as your height!

Quick & Easy Recipes for College Students

By Taylor Strnad, Blogger

Cooking in college can be a hassle. If you live in a dorm, you have to go to the front desk and ask to borrow pots and pans or ask one of your neighbors for theirs. Then you have to go to the community kitchen, which everyone is always using to make something, so you might not even be able to cook when you want to. All of this can make cooking frustrating and not worth the hassle. But, if you’re lucky enough to have access to a microwave and a microwave-safe bowl, then you are in luck. 

Here are two easy recipes for you to try!

The first combines two of my favorite things, cheese and pesto. So what can be better than making pesto macaroni and cheese? Making mac and cheese from scratch takes way too long for a busy college student and personally, those microwavable macaroni cups just aren’t satisfying.  

Ingredients:

  • Elbow Macaroni
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Milk
  • Pesto 

Optional:

  • Cream Cheese
  • Any topping you like with macaroni and cheese like broccoli, chicken, bacon, onions or even hot sauce!

Prep:

Fortunately, not much preparation is needed for this recipe. Just make sure to soften the cream cheese before adding it into the mix if you choose to use it. I would take the cream cheese out of the refrigerator as you start to cook the pasta.

Cooking:

  1. Measure out ½ cup of elbow macaroni and add it to a large microwave-safe bowl filled with ¾ cup of water. Make sure the bowl is deep enough so that the water does not spill over when cooking. 
  2. Microwave on high for four minutes. Cook the pasta until it is al dente, or until you like.
  3. Once the pasta is cooked, strain the water out of the bowl. 
  4. Now it’s time to add the milk and cheese. Add ½ cup of shredded cheese to the pasta. I personally like to use white cheddar cheese but any cheese will do. Next, you can add the ¼ cup of milk; I use 2%. Stir until the cheese is melted completely.
    1. Optional: If you like your macaroni and cheese really creamy, this is where you can add in a little bit of cream cheese. Add in one tablespoon. 
  5. After the cheese is melted, it’s time to add in the pesto and salt. Mix in one tablespoon of pesto and a ⅛ teaspoon of salt and whatever you see fit for pepper, then stir.
  6. Now you’re ready to pour it into a bowl and eat! If you are feeling adventurous, you can add some hot sauce, chicken, bacon, onions or anything else you’re feeling to give it more flavor.

The second recipe is for those who love a good omelette in the morning, or for our late risers, without the hassle of a hot pan.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Eggs
  • Red/Green Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Salt and Pepper

Optional:

  • Ham
  • Bacon
  • Tomatoes

Prep:

Like the other recipe, there is not much preparation for this meal. The only thing is to chop the vegetables you are using into small bite sized pieces. 

Cooking:

  1. Crack two eggs into a microwave safe mug and mix until the yolk is completely broken.
  2. Once the eggs are mixed, add in the red/green peppers, spinach and spices.
  3. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes, at the halfway point give the ingredients a good stir. Be sure to watch and make sure the egg doesn’t boil over!
  4. After stirring the ingredients, make sure to finish the cook time on high.
  5. Now it’s almost time to grab a fork and dig in! Be sure to let the omelette in a mug cool for at least 2 minutes!

These recipes are meant to be easy, quick and adaptable. The great thing about microwave mac and cheese and the omelette is that you can make it taste differently each time you have it. By adding different toppings to either of these dishes you can have a new meal every time!

Style Analysis: Kourtney Kardashian

Illustration by Kayla Edwards

By Kayla Edwards, Blogger

From shapewear to puffer coats, the Kardashians have had an impeccable influence on the fashion industry. Each one of the sisters have their own unique style and have all had their own period of capturing the media’s eye with their sense of fashion. Kendall usually sports her effortless but chic model off duty looks and Kim is most always dripped down in Yeezy, but recently Kourtney has taken the spotlight for own sense of style. Recently, Kourtney has taken on a bolder and more daring sense than we have seen in the past. Keep reading to see Kourt’s most worn pieces and how to incorporate these styles into your daily wardrobe! 

Rockstar Chic!

In recent months, Kourtney has taken on an edgier look than we’ve seen in the past. From darker shades to steel spikes, Kourtney has turned into the ultimate rockstar chic. Below you can see Kourt sporting this ultra chic look. Giving us total rockstar vibes by pairing a black corset with gorgeous leather pants.

Image from Instagram

Leather

In recent months Leather has taken over almost every Fashion trend. Leather blazers, leather pants, leather trench coat. Leather is everywhere and is a trend that we will continue to love. Kourtney has shown her love for leather by pairing it in a lot of her outfits this year. Kourtney sports leather in this all brown look. Wearing a brown leather leather trench coat paired with brown leather straight-leg pants.

Image from Hollywood Life

Red and Black, Black and Red

Complimenting Kourt’s newfound style, we have seen the A-lister sporting two main colors from her wardrobe, red and black. Although the Kardashian’s have been recognized for their love of muted tones, Kourtney has shown us that there is nothing wrong with an edgier color palette, and we agree! The star looks effortlessly stunning in this look from her recent trip to Italy.

Image from Instagram

Nails

Another great way to incorporate edginess in your wardrobe is in your nail designs! Kourt has sported many different nail looks. In the photo, Kourtney shows us red french tip nails, with small cherry designs. Oval shaped nails have been a steady trend, you can try this look by matching your nails with darker shades such as deep browns, blacks and pomegranate reds which are perfect for fall!

Image from Instagram

How to incorporate these styles into your daily wardrobe. 

If you’re looking to achieve Kourt’s ultra chic rockstar look, all you have to do is take a look into your closet. Previous trends such as leather blazers, black shades and corsets have all become staples within our wardrobes. For a simple night out look try pairing a black mini skirt with a black blazer and heels. To edge up the look, silver jewelry, and black sunnies will provide a nice compliment! For an effortless daytime look, any pair of black pants with a crop top, sunglasses and a shoulder bag will give off an effortless chic daytime look. To accessorize these looks silver jewelry will edge up each look, cuban chains, anklets and rings are perfect to pair with these looks! 

2021 Met Gala: The Best and Worst Looks of the Met

Illustration by Samantha Schimmoller

By Emily Squance, Art Director

From fur to sparkles, to even horse heads, the Met Gala has seen just about everything. The infamous red carpet has showcased  the most iconic looks for the fundraising event. Some of the biggest names have defined all expectations, slowly reinventing fashion today. Here are the best and worst outfits of this year’s, “American Independence,” themed Met Gala.

Lil Nas X
With the drop of his new album, his Matryoshka doll outfit gave fans a sneak peek of what’s to come in one of his music videos. He caught the attention of attendees during his first Gala with a Donatella Versace custom-made outfit. Nas showed up in a royal cloak that symbolized being in a shell, not ready to showcase his true self. He followed up with two more layers, each showing a different part of his journey within the music industry. The golden armor suit represented the fanbase and image he created. The last and most sentimental outfit was a fitted bodysuit, the final layer of himself and his personality. These outfits were not only iconic but tackled a conversation we all know too well. Breaking out of your shell and claiming your true self can be challenging, but vulnerability has power.  

Photo from TeenVogue.com

Troye Sivan

The fashion norm for men has shifted entirely in the past couple of years. Harry Styles’s gender-bending photoshoot with Vogue to Troye’s Met look proves that all clothing can be unisex. He defined the norm by wearing a tight, low-cut, black dress paired with platform heels. His outfit was designed by Jonathan Anderson for the Spanish brand Loewe and was paired with a leather arm band. He wanted to incorporate the classic, sleek black attire that is constantly popping up in New York City. This outfit fits the theme perfectly because America and its beauty norms are constantly changing and evolving. 

Photo from Popsugar.com

Iman 
Iman stole the show this year. The supermodel paired a golden top with matching trousers, a feather cage overskirt, and a matching headpiece. The outfit’s design involved a group collaboration between Dolce & Gabbana and Harris Reed. The feathers had a golden tint and fell perfectly while on the carpet. Fashion allows people to push the limits and be bold. That’s what Iman did; she sparked conversation while exceeding outfit expectations. American fashion has always been about pushing societal norms and stepping outside of your comfort zone. Iman killed this look and represented how fashion can be a fun tool to showcase your personality.

Photo from people.com

Cara Delevingne and Megan Rapinoe 

Some looks had backstories and some didn’t but this year some stars took the opportunity to advocate for social issues. Cara Delevingne’s outfit was designed by Dior and included a breastplate that read, “Peg the Patriarchy.”  Her look was simple, yet spoke volumes by sending a relevant message on social justice. This is one of her most subtle looks but the meaning behind it and her ability to use her platform for good speaks for itself. Megan Rapinoe wore a red and blue suit designed by Serigo Hudson, paired with a matching clutch that read “In Gay We Trust.” Not only did Rapinoe stray away from the traditional dress look, she also used her time at The Gala to speak on behalf of the LGBTQ+ communities. These two looks focused on the growth of activism in America proving that every voice matters. 

Kim Petras  

Petras had the most bizarre outfit of the night. She had a chaotically colorful dress on with a 3-D horse head strapped on her shoulders and chest. The designer was Collina Strada, but Hillary Taymour came up with the concept due to her being a “horse girl” in the past. This outfit’s relation to the theme is still unclear; however, it made a statement but whether it was a good or bad one is up for debate. 

Photo from bustle.com

Whoopi Goldberg 
Whoopi has never been shy of being brutally honest, but honestly, her outfit missed the mark this year. She wore a purple, ruffly Valentino cape with mint green gloves and a turquoise dress underneath. This eccentric outfit may be high fashion, but combining these colors makes the outfit chaotic. In addition, the outfit doesn’t match well; it just looks like three different outfits combined. Usually, big and extravagant looks are popular during the Gala. However, Goldberg’s cape causes her to get lost within it. 

Photo from cosmopolitan.com

This year the Met Gala had a wide range of looks that all had different meanings behind them. Some used the spotlight to their advantage, and some channeled icons from the past. Even though we missed many celebrities this year, it was refreshing to see The Met back with style.

Get To Know; Sarah

Hello beautiful beings!

My name is Sarah Ladipo, my stories are dedicated to my critical thoughts about all things related to myself, the world we live in and maybe even other worlds.

I’m continuously philosophically thinking about random things and I’m also ranting (with good reason) about things I think should change or exist in the society we live in. I hope you enjoy the plethora of random, yet important things I blog about.

The Wall That Heals

Photo By Emily Squance

By Emily Squance, Art Director

The Vietnam War was a devastating war for many; the events that took place will forever impact our society as we know it. However, with the 43 years that have passed since the war, many generations are growing up with little to no knowledge of its imprint. 

On Veterans Day in 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund introduced a replica of the memorial in Washington, D.C. This was “The Wall That Heals,” and since the introduction, it has made an appearance in 700 communities around the nation. When visiting the memorial you will be surrounded by volunteers that are equipped with informational pamphlets about different aspects of The Wall.

Doug Green, who originally grew up in New Jersey, graduated from Ohio University in 1974 and decided to volunteer to help with The Wall when it made its introduction into the Athens community. 

“I am a Vietnam Veteran and I feel very strongly about the wall and wanted to participate however I can. There is actually a plague on the courthouse here in Athens of the Hometown Heroes that served in the war,” Green said. 

Within the display provided by, “The Wall That Heals,” there is a section titled “Hometown Heroes” which includes photos of the service members on The Wall who list their hometowns as the local areas in which The Wall visits. This section ties into “The Wall Of Faces” which is dedicated to honoring and remembering every person whose name is inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., an effort to preserve the legacy of those who sacrificed all in Vietnam. 

“It’s a mixed bag of people that visit The Wall,” Green said. “My daughter and her kids were here and all they could do is grasp the moment of the 58,281 names on the wall. With that many names it is just enormous and it hits you in the gut. I think it generates an appreciation for all the sacrifices that were made for Veterans and for the families with people who were killed in action. It definitely has a lot of emotional strings attached.”

Dean Murphy is a volunteer who served in the military after Vietnam and has been traveling with The Wall for the last four years and has visited about 20 communities with it. “The Wall That Heals” travels to upwards of 40 counties every year and gives people who might not be able to go to Washington, D.C., a chance to see it. 

“Everybody’s experience at The Wall is unique because everybody’s relationship is unique. Everybody’s reaction is different but we find The Wall is part of a mourning process,” Murphy said. “The first step in mourning is to address the loss. You have to accept that person is never coming back. When you see that name engraved in The Wall it has that finality of a gravestone.”

Remembering the heroes that have fallen is a vital importance of The Wall as well as remembering how many lives were impacted on and off the battlefield. The “Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau” is an office of three people which helped look at opportunities to bring The Wall into the Athens community. Typically, to get a spot for the traveling Wall it’s a two-year waiting process, but luckily there was an opening for Athens County. Amy Spoutz who serves as the marketing manager for the bureau was able to work together with the city to introduce The Wall to Athens. 

“We have all ages of volunteers and they are out there working every single day. One of them is 80 years old and is a retired Veteran of The Navy. He helped us put the panels in and has had three heart attacks but continues to show up every single day.” Spoutz said. 

When visiting The Wall as a visitor, the impact itself is monumental. However, the impact the volunteers have on the visitors of The Wall is incredibly valuable to the experience as a whole. Each volunteer has their own story as to why they chose to volunteer and why they are so passionate about The Wall itself. 

“There is a gentleman who lost his brother in the Vietnam War and he and his wife have been very fluent in teaching the younger volunteers. They have lived the war, they know the war, but now are educating those of us who want to learn more. It’s something that’s still not taught in some history classes,” Spoutz said. 

For the volunteers, part of their healing has been being a part of The Wall and being able to share their own individual stories. The volunteers are extremely helpful in describing the significance of The Wall and the many stories behind it. During Vietnam, there were two colleges in Ohio that had student protests that involved The Vietnam War: Kent State and Ohio University. 

“I talked to a lady that was one of those protestors but at the same time her brother enlisted in The War and his name is on The Wall. He was killed in action. She said part of me was a protester but the other part of me was a sister,” Spoutz said. 

Ohio University and Athens County had many families who were directly involved with The Wall. Even the Ohio University Wrestling Team decided to volunteer in their own way by helping with The Wall through the setup of the panels. Boone Troyer, Executive Director for The Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau emphasized the impact The Wall can have on the students of Ohio University.  

“Whether you really understand what was going on during that time or not, to actually see The Wall physically in front of you, especially at night the lights bring tears to your eyes. When you think about what went on during that time it has a huge impact,” Troyer said. 

Even though Ohio University isn’t currently in session, The Wall is a valuable asset for all ages to experience. There still have been many students that have visited The Wall and had the opportunity to talk to the volunteers involved. 

“There has been flow back and forth between students and non-students. However, it is a part of everyone’s healing process. For students to hear these stories and see what this really meant to an entire generation is vitally important and you don’t get the opportunity for something like this very often. We had one guy come in who was never able to go to Washington, D.C., but he had a friend while he went to school at Ohio University who got drafted. They had Thanksgiving dinner together with their families. His friend was sent to Vietnam the next week and passed away two weeks later,” Troyer said. 

Oftentimes, there are mixed feelings about The Vietnam War and the soldiers that were involved. For many of the soldiers that continue to serve and have served in the past, their experiences will forever change the outlook of their lives. They made connections, formed friendships, and gained unique experiences. “The Vietnam Memorial” and “The Wall That Heals” are reminders that even if you think you know the story of Vietnam, learning it from a firsthand perspective can forever change your mindset. You might be surprised and you might even gain more insight and understanding than you ever could imagine. 

“In the military, we consider The Veterans and the other people in the military as our family. We, at times, are closer to them than anybody we have ever known. These are my brothers and sisters that I never knew. It’s an honor to be able to stand in front of this Wall and help people find the names of their loved ones,” Murphy said.

Get To Know; Emily

Hello, I’m Emily Squance. I am a junior majoring in strategic communications with one minor in business analytics and one in psychology. I have been working for Variant Magazine since August 2020. 

Ohio University has many opportunities to learn and grow; fortunately I have discovered my passions of writing and design through working with Variant. You can find me either typing up a blog, designing an Instagram story, or even taking photos for my blogs. 

Working with the Variant team has provided me with a lot of insight and experience with how my future career in strategic communications might look. 

When I’m not working for Variant you can find me reading a book or going on an adventure. 

Athens has been one of the most welcoming and comforting towns I’ve ever been to and part of the adventures I like to go on just involve exploring what this beautiful town has to offer. Athens and Ohio University have taught me a lot about myself and more importantly, where I want to see myself after college.

Get To Know; Hannah

Image by Brent Newlan

My name is Hannah Mazanec, I am a senior studying fashion merchandising with a marketing minor. I have been working at Variant Magazine for about a year now. I have written a few blogs about the origins of streetwear, cruise recommendations for a vacation, as well as how fashion trends are perceived among different body types. 

I have also occasionally helped out with makeup for some of last year’s photoshoots. The reason I wanted to apply to become a part of the Exec team here for Variant was because I loved the people that I worked with in the past and I also just enjoy the art of makeup. 

I have been playing around with my mom’s makeup since I was a little girl. When I was about 11 years old I started to watch YouTube tutorials and practice different looks on myself even though I was completely horrible at it. 

As I kept practicing I grew to love makeup way more than I ever thought and became much better at figuring out how to do things on my own. Makeup has always been a side hobby for myself and I never really went out in public with looks on since I used to get made fun of in high school for it, so being able to be a part of Variant for makeup is very surreal for me. 

I am just starting to figure out how to make content so I do not have my own makeup page yet but my Instagram is @Hannah_Mazanec

Outside of Variant, I work for Campus Recreation but other than that I love to paint, thrift, binge shows and movies, and hangout with my friends.  

Get To Know; Kayla

Hi! My name is Kayla Edwards. I’m from Akron, Ohio.

I am a senior studying Fashion Merchandising and with a minor in Business Entrepreneurship. I joined Variant Magazine last year as a stylist and now I’m very excited to be taking on the role as Head of Styling for this school year. 

I am very passionate about fashion. After college, I plan on furthering my education and pursuing my graduate degree in Fashion Design with goals of being a designer and starting my own label. 

Not only do I like designing clothing, I enjoy styling, sewing, as well painting, drawing and sketching. Anything that allows me to be creative and share my thoughts in an innovative or original way I take interest in.

I usually post my work on my Instagram @kaylacedwards. Aside from creative work, in my spare time I enjoy shopping, being with my friends, going to concerts, working out, and anything that is fun and exciting.

I also really enjoy listening to music. Some of my favorite artists are Lana Del Rey, The Smiths, and The Weeknd.

You can usually catch me on campus whether it’s at the gym, Court Street, or at Donkey Coffee. I am always around town so if you ever see me be sure to say hi and if you ever need a stylist I’m just a call away!