September 3rd, 2017
This summer, Hoot is highlighting a week in outfits as told by stylish CU students at their various jobs and internships. This week, we’re featuring Abby Clemente, Barnard Class of 2020.
My name is Abby Clemente, and I’m an incoming sophomore at Barnard College. I’m currently undeclared but am thinking of double majoring in economics with a political track, and art history with a visual arts concentration. For the past three summers, I’ve been working at a store in my town called Aerin. Aerin Lauder is Estée Lauder’s granddaughter. She decided to open up her own shop in Southampton, and has expanded it year to year, selling things from home décor, beauty, accessories, and clothes! My job basically consists of meeting each day’s profit goal, styling clients, merchandising and managing the store layout, shipping out orders, and checking inventory to keep up with replenishment and stock.
Sunday: Sundays are my days off, so I spent the day at a cute little town called Greenport before having a picnic at a vineyard nearby. The dress code for my store are meant to be more lighter colors and not a lot of black, so today I took advantage of my typical dark color scheme/wardrobe! I wore a plain black tee with some straight leg denims, a belt, an old pair of strappy sandals, and my new Tjmaxx find that I think makes the outfit, a long black Cynthia Rowley vest!
Monday: Back to work! I decided to throw on the easiest pieces I could find for a 9am Monday morning, so I guess I went for a kind of nautical look here. I wore a red and white striped tee, tucked into a white skirt (which I managed to stain with my salad dressing from lunch, of course!), and these beige t-strap sandals courtesy of Aerin.
Tuesday: I’m a big fan of a good quick and easy throw-on romper. I scored this fun denim one from Beacon’s Closet, a thrift store that you have to visit in Williamsburg if you haven’t already! It’s like a rendition of the typical overalls, but a little more dressy and more appropriate for work. Sunglasses are from Sunnies (a Philippine brand), and this Lola hat is my favorite one we sell in the store called “Dad’s hat!”
Thursday: Thursdays are usually replen day, and today was insane with 25 boxes shipped in! We received our new fall merchandise, as well as a bunch of shipment for our upcoming trunk show. It was a long hot day, unboxing and carrying boxes to our basement, so I strategized that morning with these soft, thin linen pants! And of course I accessorized with some gold accents, Aerin’s favorite!
Friday: Today I went with my favorite wrap around skirt I found from this super cute store in Greenport called Lido, as pictured in my Sunday ootd. The denim blouse I stole from my mom’s closet! Sorry mom. And the espadrille slip ons are my favorite go to’s for work. Also, we just got Rebecca de Ravanel’s new cherry earrings in for the store and I decided to try ’em on! ;)
Saturday: To end my week, that night there was an event going on in the Parrish Art Museum, so I decided to go last minute with my best friend! We checked out the new photorealism art installation, before going outside to listen to some live Ghanaian music, then watching some short films that spotlight a bunch of cool, talented, and creative people from Senegal and Ghana!
photographs and story by Abby Clemente
September 1st, 2017
This summer, Hoot is highlighting a week in outfits as told by stylish CU students at their various jobs and internships. This week, we’re featuring Paloma Raines, Barnard Class of 2020. Follow her on Instagram @palomaraines.
Hello from Hoot’s PR Director, Paloma. I’ve been traveling through Bolivia for the past few weeks, visiting family and touring the cities of Santa Cruz, La Paz, and Uyuni. This summer I’ve visited Mexico and worked as an intern in Levi’s Photo Studio. I am currently undeclared, but exploring different social sciences. I plan on continuing my work at Hoot and Meet Me at the Museum when I return to campus.
Monday: Touring the salt flats of Uyuni today called for a thick Tommy Hilfiger sweater and Levi’s jeans layered over Uniqlo and Lululemon thermals. I’m also wearing a pair of Ray Ban aviators, a red leather crossbody, and a brown suede jacket I borrowed from my grandfather.
Tuesday: To visit altiplano lakes at an altitude of 14,000 ft, I paired an Anthropologie top with Levi’s jeans, and the same brown suede jacket.
Wednesday: We returned to Santa Cruz today, and I decided on a vintage cutoff black denim skirt and white BCBG turtleneck with a pair of silver hoops for a family dinner.
Thursday: For lunch on an especially humid day, I let my hair stay curly and wore a vintage pink blouse with distressed light-wash Levi’s jeans. I also wore a pair of vintage Carrera sunglasses and platform brown leather sandals.
Friday: Today I stopped by one of Santa Cruz’s open air markets to pick up a few gifts and souvenirs. I’m wearing a shirt from Plastered, a Chinese shirt shop, Nike Air Force 1s, and carrying a Brujas sweatshirt. I also brought a tote bag from the Opening Ceremony x Esprit collaboration to hold everything I found.
Saturday: For dinner on a warm night, I decided to wear a AG jeans dress with layered beaded necklaces – some from Bolivian artisanal markets and others that were gifted to me. I left my curls combed out into waves.
Sunday: To visit the Guembe Bioparque Resort I wore a summery blue and white striped dress, platform sandals and carried an African woven bag.
story and photos by Paloma Raines
August 25th, 2017
Earlier this summer, Hoot’s co-blog editor Alyssa Gengos caught up with Wafia, an Australian singer-songwriter of Arab and Dutch heritage. They chatted about being a woman in the music industry, the importance of POC’s representation in music, personal style, and confidence.
Alyssa: Hey Wafia! You’re based in Brisbane, Australia, right?
Wafia: Yes! It’s really beautiful.
Alyssa: One thing that I’ve noticed about Australian artists is that there seems to be a strong community of musicians within the country. Do you think that has to do with just your proximity to each other, or is there something else that brings you all together? A lot of your collaborators are on your label – Australian producers.
Wafia: I think it’s different for everyone. For me, personally, I kind of built my own community because I felt like I didn’t fit into the ones that were preexisting. It all happened perchance, the producers that I worked with. Everything was pretty much a chance meeting. I worked with this guy called Thrupence who hit me up on Twitter because… he did [laughs]. One day, I was doing a photoshoot on some basketball courts and I met Ta-ku that way, and he hit me up that night. That same day, I met my principal co-writer, who has been [Ben] Abraham. Everything kind of happens perchance. In that, I sort of built my own community. And I always have to fly to see them, it’s not like they’re actually close to me at all. If I want to see Ta-ku, it’s like a 4 to 5 hour flight to the other side of the country. I think the internet makes it easy, if anything. Working with them is almost like having an LA collaborator, because I do think there is quite a lot of land between us.
Alyssa: Have you ever considered working with female producers or other female vocalists? It seems like there’s this pattern of female vocalist-male producer, and I think it just has to do with more male producers at the forefront. And like you said, you running into these people, this is all by chance – but do you ever consider your role within that pattern? Do you ever seek out female producers to work with, or do you know of any you’d like to work with?
Wafia: Yeah! There’s this producer called WondaGirl. I really love her stuff. I think she did a bunch of Drake. I love her. I just haven’t had the chance… I work with this co-writer called Caroline Pennell, who has become a really good friend of mine. But there just aren’t enough – there are women in the music industry, they just sadly aren’t in the limelight as much. I don’t know how to describe it.
Alyssa: Do you think it’s not as easy for them to get exposure, or do you think it’s because there’s just not enough women?
Wafia: I think it’s harder for them to get exposure, definitely. Like, it’s a male dominated part of the industry, the whole production kind of thing. I think most women end up more on the songwriting side then they do the production side, and it would be awesome to see more women doing more production. I do know that there is a community of women – people who identify as female – doing more electronic stuff in Australia, but I haven’t encountered that in LA. LA, to me, is still really fresh and new. I’m just scratching the surface.
Alyssa: Have you ever considered learning production yourself, or would you rather keep the two – your songwriting and your singing – separate from the more compositional background of your music?
Wafia: Personally, I know enough production to make a song. I’ve started songs by myself before. I know that I’m not good enough to produce out the full song, so it works really great on a demo level because I just want to get the ideas out as quickly as possible. I think there’s something beautiful in taking something to someone and saying, “hey, I can’t do this and I need your help to finish it.” I think it definitely keep me humble, because I like collaborating with people. I love getting to know people and knowing about their stories. I’m a woman of color, so it’s important for me to work with people of color, above all, more than anything else. That, to me, is a priority. If I bring this song to this particular person, it means I get to sit across the table from them for a few hours and get to know them and their life story. That, to me, is more of a personal gain than finishing a song by myself. You get to share the experience of writing a song with other people, and I feel like that’s more rewarding for me.
Alyssa: The more people you have working on one piece of music, the more diverse identities are going to be represented, especially when you’re performing live. Let’s talk a little bit about your live performance. How would you describe your personal aesthetic? Does your music ever influence the way you dress, or does the way you dress influence your music?
Wafia: For me, it’s always about comfort. I will always pick a piece based on comfort and make sure that I can sit and move around in it on stage. I’m not really a big dancer – I choose to just be in the moment and sing it. I think of where I was when I first wrote the song, and try to connect with the crowd as much as possible that way. I’m not a grandiose sort of performer. I think that reflects in my style of clothing. I like things that are really detail-oriented, like lots of embroidery, but it’s kind of hidden – it’s not always the first thing you see about that piece. I really like nice fabrics because, again, comfort. I want to be able to touch it and feel like it feels good on me. I think that’s what it comes down to in terms of my style. If I don’t have to be on stage, I’m not wearing any makeup, I’m not wearing any fancy clothes, I’m just in jeans and my favorite shirt that week, and Vans. It’s super casual for me, because when I have to be on, it’s a lot of work involved, and I just don’t enjoy doing that.
Alyssa: It seems like your style really reflects your music. Your live shows seem chill, really focused on the music and not as much on the performance. Your style really lets the music speak for itself – it doesn’t detract from your performance in any way.
Wafia: Yeah, I think that’s exactly right. For me, the song is king. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t have that experience that I wrote about that day – maybe that brought me here. The song is the thing that matters all of the time. If you strip it away and I sing it at a piano, is it still a good song? I feel like that’s how I feel. If you strip me away, could I still sing a song to you? Yes [laughs]. I’m not a great show-woman, I just like to sing.
Alyssa: I think that says a lot about your sense of self, too. You’re confident just being a person who sings and performs honestly and truthfully. Are there any musicians that you look to for style cues that don’t generally influence your own music? Someone that works in a different genre, or not even musicians?
Wafia: The obvious is Rihanna. What she exudes in her style in confidence. She’s just killing it. She’s always been killing it. That is the most powerful thing I think you have as a woman: being really unapologetic, and not shying away from the space that you occupy. Just be like, “this is me, this is where I am, everything else is whatever.” I really admire her for that. And then Zendaya. She dresses so well. Her stylist – I follow him on Instagram – he’s genius. They’re so good together. She does every look really well.
Alyssa: She is so cool.
Wafia: When she wore her hair in dreads [at the Oscars in 2015]… Again, so unapologetic, confident, and incredible.
Interview by Alyssa Gengos
Photograph courtesy of Wafia
August 10th, 2017
Most summer internships are not what they seem. They draw you in with the promise of a great letter of recommendation or opportunity to make connections while in reality, you spend most of your time doing data entry, getting coffee, and waiting to leave. But just because the work is boring doesn’t mean you have to look boring.
Colorful makeup can be tough to wear, especially in an office environment, but there are ways to do it without the touch ups of a bright lip or the anxious discomfort of stepping too far out of your comfort zone. Here are three ways to wear color on your face absolutely anywhere. Yes, even to your internship.
Try sweeping your blush, a pink eyeshadow, or even a touch of lipstick on your eyelids and match the tones in your cheeks and lips to finish off the face. If you keep the pinks toned down (i.e. not too purple or too neon), it gives fresh and summery flush. Try it with minimal skin and a single coat of mascara to keep the look modern and not going overboard with color already on the lips, cheeks, and eyelids.
For something more in your face, go for a bright metallic yellow-gold, copper, or silver shadow or pigment on the eyelids. Keep the color on the lid, careful not to extend it up into the crease, and use that same shade as your inner corner highlight. Avoid putting too much on the skin or cheeks but if you need more definition, use a bronzer on the cheeks and line the eyes with a blended gray or brown (not black!) liner or shadow.
If you want to wear some color without even looking like you’re wearing makeup, highlight your cheekbones and the center of your eyelids with a blue or purple tone highlight— try Glossier’s Haloscope in Moonstone or Milk Makeup’s Holographic Stick in Supernova. Just make sure to blend out the edges and start with a little bit of product and add more as needed. Leave it just like that or top with a matching frosty eyeshadow to intensify the color.
Written and makeup by Anisa Tavangar.
Photographed by Caroline Wallis.
August 8th, 2017
monday essentials: a bag full of socialist books and some Calvins
tuesday’s look: going to a block party with your conservative neighbors #BLM
thursday: ~elephant pants & chill~
friday: vaca lewks
photographs and story by Dan Reiser
July 21st, 2017
This summer, Hoot is highlighting a week in outfits as told by stylish CU students at their various jobs and internships. This summer’s second installment is Paris Parker-Loan, an incoming Senior in CC majoring in American Studies and concentrating in Sociocultural Anthropology. Follow Paris on Instagram @parisparkerloan.
Hey from Hoot’s Features Editor, Paris! This summer I’m living in the city and interning full-time at Tattly Temporary Tattoos in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. My daily responsibilities include organizing social media campaigns, assisting and modeling on product shoots, messengering samples to magazines and bloggers, and working events around the city. Though the dress code at my 15-person office is technically super casual, I’ve learned to look reasonably put-together every day–I never know when I’ll need to run an errand to the Vogue offices or give an actor a custom tattoo at their movie premiere (pressure’s on!). Here’s what I wore this week:
MONDAY: This morning I woke up far too late to think about coordinating an outfit, so I’m wearing a two-piece salmon set from Reformation with a Madewell silk scarf, some easy espadrilles from Calvin Klein, and a floral Tattly tattoo left over from a promo video I modeled for on Friday. Monochrome matching has saved me on many a slow Monday morning this summer…
TUESDAY: Today is the Fourth of July, and this burgundy, white, and denim combo is the furthest I’m willing to go for the ~patriotic theme~. I impulse bought the mules from Zara a week before their summer sale, which I’m definitely not still bitter about…Today I’m pairing them with cutoffs I thrifted and slashed up years ago, a dainty gold star choker (also from Zara), and a J. Crew white button down shirt worn off the shoulder and tied at the waist.
WEDNESDAY: This little Zara romper is the slightly-more-office-appropriate version of the crop top and cutoffs I wish I had on in today’s heat. I swapped my usual work bag for a roomy old tote so I could stash a blanket and a bottle of wine for an outdoor movie screening after work. I also have on matte black Quay circle sunglasses (not pictured) and my trusty Air Force ones, which I will keep wearing until the day they fall off of my feet.
THURSDAY: Spent the evening hanging around Brooklyn after work because I scored last minute tickets to see Alex G play Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight! Here I am killing some time in a Rag and Bone dressing room. These vintage trousers are much stuffier than what I usually wear to shows, so I’m glad I happened to dress them down with a basic Uniqlo navy tee and sneakers this morning.
FRIDAY: I stumbled upon these pants at a vintage shop earlier this summer, and they’re already my favorite item in my wardrobe. For work I added black Converse high tops and a Nine One Seven tee I picked up at Dover Street Market (plus a yellow ribbon choker to match the graphic), and this evening I’m styling them as cocktail attire for my best friend’s 21st birthday boat party. The dress code is just all white, so I’m having some fun with silhouettes by pairing the billowy pants with a fitted deep-v neck crop top from Aritzia. To top it all off, white sunnies I couldn’t resist grabbing at Zara and front-facing gold hoops I “borrowed” from my mother. Sorry Mum!
Photographs and Story by Paris Parker-Loan
July 13th, 2017
Traveling can be exhausting, especially when you’re squished like a sardine in the middle seat of a plane for the next eight hours. And it doesn’t help that the “air” blowing out from that hole above you is drying up any moisture that might be left on your skin. Some may advise that drinking water would help keep you and your skin hydrated – which is true. But if you’re stuck in the middle seat, getting up to the bathroom six times during your flight might just be a nuisance altogether.
After traveling for 30 hours in one day this summer, I’ve curated a routine that leaves your skin hydrated and looking like a freshly glazed donut once you’ve landed. I mean, looking like a glazed donut is possibly the best thing ever after eating plane food for the past day anyways.
What I concentrated most when curating this in-flight skin care routine was hydration. I looked for face masks, highlighters, and serums that boasted hydrating properties to help keep my face bouncy and dewy – even while waiting in baggage claim. The most common properties amongst the products I used were Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid. I liked Vitamin C because it gave my face a nice brightening boost and helped sustain moisture. Hyaluronic Acid does the same thing but it also helps build the collagen on your face too. If this all sounds like dermatologist talk, just remember these two components when building your own in-flight routine!
Prep your canvas! It’s important to get rid of all the dead skin cells on your face before layering on masks and serums and moisturizers. I used some off brand Target facial cleansing wipes just because of how travel-friendly they are.
An extra boost of hydration from a 15 minute mask can really help in the long run. You can choose either a full face mask or just a simple under eye mask and lip mask. I used Boscia’s Sake Brightening Hydrogel Eye Masks and then Sephora’s Rose Lip Mask.
Serums are great for tackling any specific need you might have for your skin. Just think of them as vitamin supplements! I used Drunk Elephant’s Virgin Marula Facial Oil to amp up my skins moisture levels. Finding serums in TSA-approved sized containers is tricky, so I thought it was nice to find these Drunk Elephant serums in travel-friendly packaging.
Moisturizer, Highlighter, & The Works
Once I finished with my serums and mask, I moved on to my regular beauty regimen. I usually like a glowy, natural look so this really went hand-in hand with my curated in-flight skin care deal. I applied Embryolisse’s Concentrated Lait Cream as a primer and moisturizer. I then went ahead with Glossier’s Haloscope in Moonstone since it’s very moisturizing in it’s stick form and applied it to my cupid’s bow, bridge of my nose, and around my eyes. I lined the waterline under my eyes with a white eye pencil just to make my eyes look more awake. I tapped on some rosebud salve to my lips and cheeks to give some color and ta-da! I finally look like a dewy princess!
Glowing and shiny!
story and photos by Carolina Dalia Gonzalez
June 16th, 2017
This summer, Hoot is highlighting a week in outfits as told by stylish CU students at their various jobs and internships. This summer’s first installment is Alyssa Gengos, an incoming Sophomore in CC studying Visual Arts and Art History. Follow Alyssa on Instagram @alyszsa, and check out her blog, Visions of New York City.
Hello, Alyssa here! I’m the Co-Blog Editor for Hoot, and this summer, I’m interning at Marchesa. I definitely did not expect to stay in the city during the summer after my Freshman year, but here I am! This is my first fashion internship, and since my only other internship experience has been more web-based (I’ve never had to work in an office before), I didn’t really know what to expect in terms of dress-code. I’ve been working here for a few weeks now, and I think I’ve got it down; I try look professional, but still casual and comfortable. Fancy heels are a no-no for this fashion internship, since I’m constantly running around both in-office and on the streets of New York. Nevertheless, jeans and sneakers are a little too casual (at least for an intern), so I have to find the perfect balance. I only work three days a week, and on my days off, I like to take advantage of my unlimited MetroCard and explore the city. Here’s what I wore this week.
Monday: Today was super hot and I didn’t have to go to work, so I opted to try to stay indoors and in the shade. I wore a zip-up top from Reformation, a vintage suede skirt that I bought at the Melrose Trading Post in Los Angeles (where I’m from), and black Birkenstocks (not pictured).
Tuesday: Another day off, another heat wave. I wore vintage Levi’s cutoffs that I also bought at the Melrose Trading Post, a vintage silk camisole that my grandma gave to me, a lacey bralette from Urban Outfitters, and my Mansur Gavriel bag. My belt was thrifted somewhere in Brooklyn. I wore my black Birkenstocks again, too. I spent most of the day handing out my résumé in Soho in an attempt to get a job in retail. Confession: I’ve never worked retail before! In fact, I’ve never had a paying job. Hopefully I can use my days off to my advantage and actually earn some money.
Wednesday: I went to work today wearing a Reformation two-piece and a J. Crew blazer adorned with vintage pins. I also wore black loafers (not pictured). Before work, I had a quick interview with one of the stores I applied at – hopefully it all works out and I can start working as soon as possible!
Thursday: I continued my blazer-at-work kick with a vintage houndstooth blazer, a vintage lace camisole I bought at a thrift store in Ventura, CA, and a black leather skirt from Reformation. I also wore my black loafers again.
Friday: Today, I’m wearing the same shirt I wore on Monday (oops) from Reformation, a pair of pants thats the perfect mix between athleisure and professional from Aritzia, and a leather jacket. It’s cooled down here in New York, so I took the opportunity to wear pants for the first time in what feels like weeks (it’s probably just been two).
photos and story by Alyssa Gengos
May 8th, 2017
NEW BLOOMS: Ready to step out into the summer sun after your last final.
1) GLOWED UP by KAYTRANADA, Anderson .Paak
2) Devil Eyes by Hippie Sabotage
3) DEVASTATED by Joey Bada$$
4) High You Are- Branchez Remix by What So Not, Branchez
5) TOGETHER by KAYTRANADA, AlunaGeorge, Goldlink
6) Love Again (feat. Ouici) by Keys N Krates
7) Whole Heart by Gryffin, Bipolar Sunshine
8) LOVE. FEAT. ZACARI by Kendrick Lamar
9) All Night by The Vamps, Matoma
10) Your Soul by Hippie Sabotage
11) YOU’RE THE ONE by KAYTRANADA, Syd
12) Innerbloom- What So Not Remix by RÜFÜS DU SOL
13) Marijuana by Chrome Sparks
14) My Boo (feat. Vince Staples, Kucka, Ngaiire, Vera Blue) by Flume
15) What If I Go? by Mura Masa
16) Trndsttr (Lucian Remix) [feat. M. Maggie] by Black Coast
17) Sleepless by Flume, Jezzabell Doran
18) LUST. by Kendrick Lamar
19) Lavender by The Trp
20) Zimbabwe- Flume Remix by New Navy
21) Bloom by ODESZA
by Allie Goines
illustration by Mar Alvarez
May 1st, 2017
“What we have here is an extension of something that can’t be defined within the realms of merely fashion. This is a portion of the beginning of a cultural renaissance, a shift in perception, and a gravitation away from what society has manipulated us into believing.
This is a mask. You are an imposter. This is Fraud.“
Model: Mickal Adler
Photographer: Alyssa Gengos
Hoodies from Fraud.
Jeans and shoes are models own
April 17th, 2017
Name: Katia Ariyan
College/Class year: Barnard 2020
Major: English & Film Studies
Campus involvements: Ignited Voices, Armenian Club, Kappa Alpha Theta
What are you wearing today and why did you pick it out?
I’m wearing this embellished denim jacket from Sunset + Spring. My jeans are Blank NYC and my sneakers are Giuseppi Zanotti. I wanted to wear the jacket so I built the rest of my outfit around it.
What is your favorite item in your closet?
This Moschino jacket which was my mom’s from the 80s. I like wearing it over jeans. Whenever I wear it out people on the street will normally comment on it.
What is your go to piece for when you are running late?
When I’m rushing i wear jeans and a t-shirt, preferably this Guns N’ Roses t-shirt from the Use Your Illusion tour. This is also my mom’s from 80s; she has a good closet so we share a lot of stuff.
What’s your least favorite item and why do you keep it?
I don’t wear this blazer but I keep it if I need to go to a business or professional thing. Even if I do have an event like that, I try to wear something else, but I just keep it to feel prepared and to keep my mom happy.
How would you describe your style?
It is a combination of edgy 80s inspired pieces and more classic stuff.
Who influences your style?
Michael Jackson & Jeremy Scott.
What are your current favorite and least favorite trends?
Right now my favorite trend is embellishments. My least favorite is the big baggy jeans and jacket 90s mom look.
Is there anything in your closet that you haven’t worn yet?
I bought this white Rag & Bone top from Intermix. I want to wear a strappy dress over it but I’m waiting until I find the right one.
Story and Photos by Taylor Drago