If you hadn’t heard, HOOT is doing a Stoop Swap today! Come to the Barnard Quad from 3-5pm to swap and sell anything you desire. There will be cotton candy, music, and lots of fashion! See you there.



CU Closets: Dylan Cooper

CU Closets is back!

JTS/GS ’18 student Sarah Belz gives Hoot a sneak peek into Columbia students’ wardrobes.


Name: Dylan Cooper

School: CC 2018

Major: Neuroscience & Behavior/ Pre-Med



Dylan defines his style as “All-American.” He enjoys sporting the preppy look, which he believes will always remain trendy. At the same time, Dylan loves to go bold.

“My father told me you ‘got to play the part.'” So if he is playing ball or hitting the gym, that means he is wearing his Adidas or Nike’s latest sportswear. But if he is going to class, he likes to be seen in his bright colored skinny pants topped with a printed shirt.

“We have a family policy not to purchase any full-priced clothes, so everything I own was bought on sale,” he added.



Favorite Fall Outfit:

Vineyard Vines breaker pants or black skinny jeans, topped with either a Lacoste or Brooks Brothers polo with a cardigan.

He likes wearing a bright color pant with a darker top because it makes for a good outfit during this transitional period.



Favorite Shoes:

Dylan reps his Memphis, Tennessee roots by bringing out the Blue Suede Shoes.

“To Boot New York has a great selection of kicks, especially the Medford collection, and if they’re not doing the trick, you can always lace ‘em up with bright colors. I know Johnston and Murphy has inexpensive, fun laces that can brighten up any shoe.”



Go-To Outfit:

“I wear a Pokémon-based yarmulke that has my name on it, a warm smile, a Bonobos Poplin cotton casual shirt, a Vineyard Vines whale belt, Façonnable pants, beige socks, and my To Boot blue suede shoes. It doesn’t get any better than that.”



Most Outrageous Outfit:

“[That] has got to be these Club Monaco graphite pants with a heart print that my girlfriend got for me. I wore them on a date to Times Square, and I’ve never gotten so many looks in my life – people left and right were asking me where I got them from… I haven’t worn them since, but I must admit they were a great gift.”



Most Unique Fashion Collection:

As an Orthodox Jew, Dylan also has a unique yarmulke collection.

“I’m wearing one all day every day – I see that not as a bore, rather as an opportunity.”

Dylan uses his yarmulkes to bring out his inner child. His yarmulkes include characters from childhood hit series, including but not limited to, Pokemon, Sesame Street, Mickey Mouse, Rugrats, and Thomas & Friends.


Sarah Belz


Halloween Recap

And we’re already back from break but here’s a recap of some Halloween looks we caught across campus. Don’t you miss it already?
Krishana as “Paying for Her Education”

Izzy as Army Nurse


Adiya & Faith as Two Blind Mice


Claire as Mime 


Josie & Adele as Lucky Cat & Hawaiian Luau Girl 


Daniel as Nerd


Sarah & Dylan as Superpeeps


Kayla & Laura as Festive Pink Wig & A Cat


Luke as Michael Jackson


John as Lumberjack


Dorothy as Dorothy 



Taylor Quinn

Halloween Makeup Series: Skull Face

It’s the night before Halloween! Here’s our final makeup look to get you ready for that dramatic appearance at whatever festivity you’re planning to attend.




Start off with your normal base.





Black out the eye sockets and nose as shown with a gel eyeliner. Set with black eyeshadow.



Using a white eyeliner or shadow base, create a base for the teeth, concentrating the color toward the center line and creating a slight gradient.



With the gel or liquid liner, sketch a black line from each side of the mouth until the end of the eyes.



Add vertical lines across the lines just drawn and the mouth.


 Create curved lines at the sides of the mouth as pictured. Fill with the black gel liner and set with black eyeshadow.




Using black eyeshadow, add definition between the brows, at the temples, and around the ‘teeth’ and cheeks to complete the look.



Be sure to show us your looks by tagging us @Hootmag


Anisa Tavangar on insta

20 Frightful Tunes

Halloween is notoriously a holiday of last minute planning, whether it’s what costume you’re going to wear or what party you’re going to go to. However, there is nothing worse than not having a good Halloween playlist on hand; you’ll end up listening to the same few Halloween songs over and over, and let’s be honest, there is nothing worse than having ‘Monster Mash’ stuck in your head as you nurse your post-Halloween hangover.  emoji

But no fear, we’ve got you covered with a killer 20 song playlist that will be sure to get you and your friends feeling sexy, scary, and ready for a ghoulishly wild night out.


Song List:

1. Howlin’ For You – The Black Keys

2. Glory and Gore – Lorde

3. Monster Hospital (MSTRKRFT Remix) – Metric

4. Pumpin Blood (The Chainsmokers Remix) – NONONO

5. Black Roses – Charli XCX

6. Cry Like A Ghost – Passion Pit

7. Hunting For Witches – Bloc Party

8. Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

9. The Ghost Inside – Broken Bells

10. Moar Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff – deadmau5

11. My Friends Never Die – Odesza

12. Withcraft – Wolfmother

13. EDM Death Machine – Knife Party

14. Spiderwebs – No Doubt

15. Boneless – Steve Aoki

16. The Fear – Lily Allen

17. Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites – Skrillex

18. Trick or Treatz – Metronomy

19. Ghost – Ella Henderson

20. Ghouls (Tha New Team Remix) – We Are Scientist


Ava Tunniicliffe on twitter & blog

Halloween Makeup Series: Broken Doll

The last look too spacey for you? Learn how to recreate this broken doll look for a spooky cute look. No frills.



Start off with your normal base and highlight the forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin with a matte product to make the skin a paler tone






With white eyeliner, extend the lower lash line down and white out the lower lashes




Apply a base to the eyelids and sweep a shimmering pink eyeshadow to the lids and a matte light brown to the crease. Highlight the brow bone with a matte white shadow.




Line the bottom of the white area created by the white eyeliner applied previously




Draw fake lashes extending from the line just drawn




Line the upper lash line with black eyeliner, making the line thickest at the center to make the eyes appear wider  and apply fake lashes to the upper lashes and finish off the eyes with a coat of mascara




Apply a pink blush to the apples of the cheeks, keeping the color concentrated to give a rosy doll-like effect




Conceal the lips with whatever base used earlier




Redraw your lips with a lip liner, making them smaller than your normal lips and fill in the shape with a matching pink lipstick





Create cracks with a gel or liquid eyeliner and highlight the cracks with a white eyeliner



Anisa Tavangar on insta

Halloween Makeup Series: Galaxy

Halloween can be a lot of fun. It’s the one day of the year when you can dress up in an outrageous costume but while some people interpret this as lingerie and animal ears, others, like me, would prefer to wear jeans. Without wild clothing, your costume can still turn heads using makeup you already own. It may just take a little more time and practice!



Start off with your normal base




Apply an eyeshadow base to the forehead and cheek on one side of the face




Using a blending brush, cover the area in a black eyeshadow




Apply purple, green, blue, and pink shadows to add dimension to the black and blend the edges with a silver shadow




Add stars with a silver eyeliner




Using the same colors used on the face, create a dark, colorful smoky eye








Fill in the lips with a dark purple lipstick




Cover the lips with the purple eyeshadow used on the face

Apply the blue and orange shadows to the center of the lips




And voila!


Anisa Tavangar on insta

Living the Urban Life


The Urban Outfitters store in Herald Square has taken their store up a notch, or should I say taken up 57,000 square feet. The new outpost of Urban Outfitters is offering a much larger experience: the Urban Lifestyle. Not only does the store include extensive women’s and men’s clothing departments, but they have expanded to include athletic wear, a record store, a coffee shop, housewares, a make-up shop, a full hair salon, a bookstore, and a huge shoe department. Many of these are supported by outside brands and companies. When I first heard that the store included all of these things, I was quite skeptical, so I set out on a recent weekend to explore the store.

Upon your entrance to the store, they have a few women’s clothing displays, mixed with shoes, bags, and other Urban Outfitters trinkets – on this visit I found exorbitantly overpriced maps of the best cupcakes in NYC and the Humans of New York book, among other things.




To the right is the attached coffee shop, Intelligentsia Coffee, which was originally based in Chicago but opened this location as its first New York outpost. I didn’t try the coffee, but the place was quite busy and seemed to have a big selection of salads, snacks, and bottled juices as well as the typical offerings. The baristas gave off a strong hipster vibe with their suspenders and fedoras.


In terms of clothing on the main floor, the store had an Urban Renewal section – Urban Outfitter’s vintage outpost. It seemed to have a pretty big selection, although I think almost every piece of clothing ranged between white and beige in terms of color, plus some denim thrown in. The styles seemed rather limited, but good if you like the type of clothing they had stocked.




Also on the main floor is Without Walls, a brand or athletic and adventure clothing that has been taken under the Urban Outfitter’s wing. The section was very large and had both menswear and womenswear. While there was definitely quite a bit fo Without Walls brand clothing, there was also North Force, Olympia Activewear, as well as yoga brands like Onzie and Teeki. There was a full-size old-school camper set up in the middle with sleeping bags and camping gear in bright rainbow shades (probably not suitable for real-life camping in the outdoors, where mud and dirt would ruin the pink and white patterned blankets). On the back wall, full size tents were set up above hiking boots and a wide selection on backpacks. Large letters painted on the wall read, “The Adventure Begins…”. It seems Urban Outfitters is telling us to go hit the trails and get out of our urban world.




If getting out of the city makes you shake in your boots, don’t worry. There was an extensive make up section with many Korean brands mixed in with some more well-known brands. Behind the make-up displays is the Hairroin hair salon, a Los Angles brand that Urban has incorporated into this location. You can’t wander about inside unless you have an actual appointment, but there were multiple people getting dye-jobs, so it must be somewhat legitimate. Also over in this section of the store is an eyewear outpost by Tortoise and Blonde where you can bring your prescription and get glasses (both regular and shades) starting at $97 according to their advertisement.



Also on the main floor (can you tell how massive this place is yet?) is a mini-record shop. The record section is presented by California indie-brand Amoeba music and seemed to have a pretty wide range of selection from your typical 2014 titles – Sam Smith, The 1975, Arctic Monkeys – as well more vintage titles, Amoeba Records says that they have 400 vintage titles only available at the NYC location. There was also a large Crosley turntables and Urban Ears headphones. There was also a small bookshop in the back corner stocked with some fluffy, light reads as well as stationary and some random phone cases in a side display.


Downstairs there was the menswear section that seemed pretty large. There was denim for days, as well as a sizeable shoe selection with acres of Converse. Prior to my venture I had heard word of a Converse printing station where you could put white shoes in and it would paint them according to your wishes but to my great disappointment I could not find it. The clothing seemed to be organized by brand with big hanging signs above which I thought was a nice touch.




Upstairs is the main women’s department, with a humongous shoe section. They had tons of brands ranging from Hunter boots to Vagabond to Adidas to Birkenstocks. I wanted to spend all day in the shoe section, which was pretty cleanly organized with all white counters despite the mass quantity of footwear. If you are searching endlessly for the dressing rooms, they are all the way past the shoe section which was a bit inconvenient.




The main part of the floor is a pretty large womenswear department. I didn’t notice the organization by brands, which disappointed me a bit because it made the room a little hard to shop in due to the vast amount of clothing. There was also a pretty large lounge and intimates section as well. The one downside I found was that the sale section was miniscule in relation to the size of the store and shoved in the way back. Upstairs also housed a large jewelry display and a rather cluttered home section – why they felt the need to have three full tables displaying little but candles I was unsure.


Overall, it seemed like the Urban Lifestyle store had made an effort to bring a lot of indie brands, attempting to up its indie-rock cred as well as pull in their current shoppers more by expanding their offerings. It really did seem as if they were creating the “Urban Lifestyle”, in that I probably could have bought anything I wanted to shop for there. There were also fun touches around the store like a bike repair machine, a healthy snack vending machine, multiple photo booths and an Instagram-printing station that made it a fun experience to even be in the store. Also, I spotted Wiz Khalifa strolling around the space and checking out the music section, so apparently the store is celebrity approved. The good news for the tired shopper is that there was plenty of comfy seating around (tested by yours truly), because getting through all 57,000 square feet of the store is quite a bit of work. If you set out to take part in the Urban Outfitter’s lifestyle, be sure to come energized and with a lot of time, it’s a commitment!


Ali Mcqueen on insta

Sole Desire: History of Heels Exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum

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I have always been one to smirk at the word “shoe-gasm”—until I experienced several this past weekend at the Brooklyn Museum’s newest long-term exhibit, Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe. The exhibit, which opened on September 10th and will remain until February 15th, takes museum-goers through the history of the illustrious history of the iconic shoe, from its very inception in the days of 16th century court life, to its most recent manifestations on celebrities and runways alike. Sure, the display is more than educational—it explains that heels were first worn by Persian men, as a way to prevent their shoes from slipping out of their stirrups. Fascinatingly enough, the heeled shoe spread to Europe as the ultimate masculine accessory. But the heel quickly evolved into a symbol of status and nobility, and of course, soon women took over the trend. The rest, as you know, is very fashionable history.


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Some of the oldest shoes at the exhibit included several delicate pairs of chopines from the Italian Renaissance—platform shoes initially created to help women keep their skirts off the dirty streets (some chopines could reach the incredible height of 20 inches. Fierce.) Along the same vein, the exhibit also has several pairs of heels from Eastern and Asian countries, including Chinese platform slippers from the 19th century, miniscule heeled slippers for bound feet, geta (Japanese wooden flip-flops with a platform made of two vertical boards), and a curious pair of Persian sandals on a foot-high platform, meant for wear in bath houses to avoid getting the feet wet.



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But at some point the educational aspect stops—and you’re simply exposed to the most jaw-droppingly beautiful pairs of shoes ever created. Jeweled heels, incredibly sharp stiletto points, bulky platforms, lace and feathers and silk and beads… It’s a feast for the eyes that includes both the whimsical and the practical, the architectural and the sexual. At some point, the heel becomes eroticized, fetishized—a highlight of the exhibit is definitely a video of Betty Page walking in a pair of heels so high that she looks as if she’s on pointe (conveniently, a similar pair of ballerina heels by Louboutin is displayed in a nearby glass case).

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Overall, the exhibit is a gem filled with gems—Marilyn Monroe’s signature black Ferragamo pumps reside next to a pair of black leather boots with golden figures climbing on it (custom made for Lady Gaga’s fragrance release). Glass slippers are in the same room as a pair of heels made from actual horse hooves and a pair of heels so agriculturally aware that the heel has a mechanism that releases plant seeds into the ground as you walk. Manolo Blahnik is neighbors with Prada and Chanel; Roger Vivier and Vivienne Westwood both have groundbreakingly modern takes on the heel.



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Ultimately, the girl’s best friend becomes more than just the best part of her closet at Killer Heels—the high heel simply becomes a work of art with a rich history of distinction, experimentation, and deep devotion from its adoring cult of fans.

All photos from The Brooklyn Museum

by Sasha Henriques

Editor’s Corner: Arianna’s Things



We don’t know about you guys but we’re just about ready for this warm weather to get the heck out so the sweaters, knee socks, and boots can have their stage time. But that hasn’t stopped us from doing some major fall stress shopping. This weekend, we’re featuring Arianna Friedman, our Lifestyle Editor this season. Check out her things because they are bomb (and she is just SO. FUNNY. Pardon my fangirling).  ~ Nancy



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Just wow. I can confidently say that I follow absolutely none of the math that went into making this map, but you don’t need to understand algorithms to appreciate this interactive infograph. It gives structure to something so vast and seemingly intangible. I wish I were that smart.

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Pic Stitch
True confession: I am a pic stitch bitch. I’m obsessed. Haters gonna hate, but let’s be honest, if someone took the time to make you a pic stitch collage for your birthday, you would more than heart it. Nobody has ever made me a pic stitch birthday collage, but then again, I have never made a collage for anyone either, only these repetitive mosaics.
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Astra Taylor’s research deconstructs hidden flows of capital behind seemingly democratic social platforms. It’s fascinating. You should read it.

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– Radiolab

Sorry not sorry, Ira. Radiolab picks more though-provoking topics than This American Life. If TAL is a nicely plated grilled cheese with gruyere, then Radiolab is the grilled cheese with jalapeño jack that fell on the ground so now you’re deciding how valid the five-second rule is in this context (just eat it). My daily commute to class is a leisurely 15 minutes one way (10 minutes speed walking), so I usually get through at least one episode a day. Some other favorites are Good Job Brain (a weekly offbeat trivia podcast) and Freakonomics.

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Those Theo chocolate bars they sell at Liz’s Place

I’m all about trying unconventional food. Last year I went through a bug phase (I mean, nothing big, like I ate a firefly larva–it was one time). Now it’s chocolate and Theo has a whole line of weird combinations. I’ve found that the curry chocolate and the gingerbread spice chocolate taste pretty much the same. The chili dark chocolate is underwhelming. I should probably start a blog about this. Ok, I will– boom.


Arianna Friedman on insta & twitterother places

Music Musings // Spotlight on FKA Twigs


FKA Twigs is a British singer-songwriter who received widespread recognition last year after the release of two hypnotic and visually intriguing music videos. The 26-year-old recently released her first album, LP1, this August.

Twigs began her career as a dancer, saying that black and white movies and ballet lessons were more formative for her than listening to music. But when she started to discover new electronic instruments, what she calls her “sonic palette”, she began to create haunting songs that are uniquely beautiful and probably unlike anything you’ve ever heard.

FKA twigs is notorious for the ethereal quality of her music: a mixture of synth and electro-pop. She is also hugely engaged in the creation of performance-art pieces to illustrate how she feels about her songs.

When it came to releasing her album, FKA twigs served as the artist and executive producer. These roles allowed her to reveal more about herself and bring her words to life. Her videos are particularly intriguing: they are like a portal into her own mind, especially her video release of the song ‘Two Weeks’, which is a glittery optical illusion. 



Twigs has a fast growing fanbase. LP1 was just shortlisted for the Mercury Prize Album of Year Award. In addition to gaining recognition for her music, Twigs has also become a fashion icon, recently posing for the cover of i-D Magazine and Dazed and Confused.





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Editor’s Corner: Andre’s Things



Aside from feeling the crushing seismic waves of exams and trying to ignore the pervasive ebola headlines, we’ve been ramping up ideas and concepts for this semester’s issue. On top of all that, we’re also getting our Halloween game on with some costume brainstorming so get ready to play dress up with us.  This week’s Editor’s Corner features the ever-so-dapper Andre’, our other co-editor-in-chief. We really really dig his hats. ~Nancy





– I’m a guy who believes in a good cologne. I’m currently rocking Tokyomilk’s Bulletproof. This scent is my clutch. It’s smoky and woodsy while still being light and refreshing.






Andre Benjamin is starring as Jimi Hendrix in the biopic Jimi: All By My Side. I recently went to a showing at the Sunshine Cinema in the Lower East Side. I’m a huge Jimi Hendrix and Andre Benjamin fan, so I definitely had to check it out! I could never pass the opportunity to see fly 60’s threads and listen to Hendrix beats. Highly recommended.






Virgil Abloh is a forced to be reckoned with at the moment. He serves as Kanye West’s Creative Director, is a co-owner of conceptual retail experience RSVP gallery, and can be seen partying with everyone from the likes of Theophilus London to Riccardo Tisci. His most recent menswear collection “Moving Still” was released at Copenhagen Fashion Week over the summer. It’s mad groovy. I wish I could afford some of this stuff, but hey, a guy can dream.




– Bumping lots of FKA Twigs these days. Her mysticism is super sexy.



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– I’ve been using the Dash app which has graciously allowed me the opportunity to expand my NYC restaurant palette and led me to Jacob’s Pickles. (Sidenote: iPhone apps can change your life) I love biscuits and a good beer and Jacob does it all right. I’ve already been back three times since my first visit. They have buttermilk pancakes served with fried chicken topped with fresh bacon bits and homemade maple syrup… ’nuff said.

Andre’ Fuqua on insta & tumblr