Get it Done

Remember Austen, the girl who does it all? With finals approaching, she gives us some tips to maximize time and get it all done:

Perhaps it’s my nature as a Virgo to be hard on myself, and that often leads to me taking on more than I can handle. Luckily, over the past few years I have picked up a few tips and tricks to make it all more manageable. Here are some tips on time management and organization:

  • Maximize time on public transportation
    • The commute to both my job and my internship (Rock Center and Soho, respectively) eats up a lot of time. However, when I know I have a book to read for my Creative Writing Seminar or I just made flashcards for Art History I’ll always throw them in my bag so I can make good use of my time.
  • Write it down!
    • I know it’s so easy to make flash cards online or type up your notes during class, but for me I always retain information better when I write it down. The act of writing is much more effective than hitting keys on a keyboard or touch screen.hannah_blackmore_photography5
  • Use your resources
    • Okay, I definitely need to do this more but professors and TAs have office hours. Go to them! If you don’t understand something this is a great chance to get some one-on-one feedback from the person who is grading you! If you understand everything, bring up one interesting point from a reading to discuss with them. If you have nothing to say, at least introduce yourself. In those big lectures, it’s nice to have a face to put with a name so they remember they’re grading a person.
  • #treatyoself
    • Don’t forget to schedule in time to relax! Reward yourself with some frozen yogurt or listen to a podcast.


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CU Well // Julie Moon CC ’17

CU Well is a new feature on the Hoot Blog that asks CU students about their self-care routines and personal philosophies that keep them grounded amidst a manic and dubious Ivy-League environment.

Julie Moon (CC, 2017) has the captivating spirit of a nymph. A certified yoga instructor, she teaches a Sunday night yoga class with Well-Woman, where students’ fatigued minds and bodies are eased and recomposed. Having experienced such composure in yoga and in conversation with her, I can attest that Julie Moon’s grace is truly something out of a dream.

4What does self-care mean to you?
I think especially in Western society, there is a mind-body dualism, there is this split between what you think and how you feel (physically). And I think a lot of people who struggle with mental or physical well-being its because they feel that one is supposed to be directed by the other. And I guess my rule of thumb is mind-body monoism, where what you think is in alignment with how you feel. Self-care is like trying to connect the two, so that your thoughts collaborate with your physical well-being, rather than you try to control your thoughts or your body.

Where did you learn about self-care?
The way I got into this, I had an eating disorder. Starting from high school, when I started getting treatment for it, it was not really formal in boarding school, but the doctor I was going to, she was like an aunt you never had or something, she recommended I do yoga. Because were having these really great conversations about mindfulness and I was like getting into meditation, to kind of get that mind-body connection. And she was like, you know you should do it with your body as well, not just the mind.


Do you ever find it difficult to make time for self-care at Columbia?
Yeah, so this is interesting because I feel like the answer for a lot of people might be “not having time for self-care”, kind of getting distracted by your schedule, but for me, its been more forgetting to make myself a priority. A lot of my self-care I think about it in terms of connecting with other people, because I’m a very social person, and spending time meeting people like you, spending time with my friends, I get a lot of nourishment from that.  But then, I’ll do a lot of that, and then kind of not feel connected with myself because my headspace is being devoted to other people. And that’s good, but to a limit.

What does your self-care routine look like?
I have this really great journal, it’s called The Desire Map. Basically, the planner, it asks you to write down the feeling you want to feel that day, it’s called Core Desired Feelings. And you kind of reflect each day. There’s a space under the lines for each day (to write) who you connected with, there’s a body/wellness part, a spiritual part, a creativity part. I don’t answer all those parts every day, but I just think about what I appreciated, what I want to change, and that is so helpful. So that’s my routine. Other than that, sharing meals with people. And this I’m still working on, but making time for meditation.


By Madeline Zechar | Photos by Esther Jung

Balancing Act

Wanna know a (not so secret) secret? College students are basically superheroes. Between taking classes, discovering their life’s passion and just dealing with the fact that they’re basically adults, they often push themselves far beyond their perceived limits. Columbia and Barnard students are no exception.

Meet Austen Tosone, a Junior who does it all:


I’m a Junior majoring in Art History. On campus I am involved in the KSACS Fashion Show, I am an active member of my sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, and I am a contributor to this very blog as well as the author of my own blog. Off-campus I have a part-time job at Free People and I am an Editorial Intern at Nylon Magazine, and sometimes I feel like I’m still not doing enough.



Most weeks have a rhythm to them with the occasional extra event thrown in. This is a look into my schedule:



Classes all day. I’m taking an awesome seminar in the art history department at Barnard called A Virtual Enlightenment. We’re creating a website about 18th century French decorative arts and we get to work closely with curators and experts of the Wrightsman Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sometimes we have class at the MET, and other times we have lectures on campus.


I’m taking the Intro to Art History class as part of the major requirement and Philosophy of Education for fun (cue the side eye). This particular week I also went to SoulCycle to get a workout in my busy week.


I have the digital lab for my art history seminar in the morning. We’re learning coding languages such as HTML/CSS, Python, Javascript and JQuery and we just started learning 3D Modeling using Rhinoceros. Since that’s my only class on Tuesdays I usually try to grab lunch or coffee with someone I haven’t seen in a while or get some homework done. In the afternoons, I work at Free People, which I love because it gets me off campus and I get to be surrounded by awesome people and clothes.

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This is my longest day in terms of classes. I have my art history discussion section as well as my Creative Non-fiction class called Gendered Memoir. It’s proving to be one of my favorite classes I’ve ever taken. Wednesday nights are usually the nights of events and workshops, such as meet and greets, cover letter and resume workshops, and alumni or industry panels. I definitively try to attend as many of these as I can and always make sure to have business cards on hand! Events in the past few weeks have included a CollegeFashionista x Rebecca Minkoff Shopping Event, an Ed2010 Happy Hour with Cosmopolitan Editors, and a fashion resume workshop.

Thursday and Friday:

These are my internship days! This semester I’m interning at Nylon Magazine and I’m really enjoying it. I’m in the editorial department so I do lots of fact checking, transcribing interviews, research for editors, and occasionally pitch to the web team! It’s great to be around fashion and writing at the same time -two of my favorite things!



I’m generally pretty open which is great because weekends should still be weekends (even for college students, right?).This semester I’m modeling in the KSACS Fashion and Culture show, and we have rehearsal in the afternoons. The rest of the day is usually spent doing homework or hanging out with friends (or both).


Also pretty open but most clubs and organizations like to have their weekly meetings on Sunday nights, which is great because it gives me an incentive to finish my work by then! This week, I had a philanthropy event for my sorority, Alpha Chi Omega in the morning and later a meeting with the Hoot team and then chapter for AXO.


Often, seeing someone else’s schedule broken down day by day gives me inspiration of how to manage my own time. I hope this post has been helpful in planning your weeks accordingly around jobs, internships and school work!


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NYFW Beauty Looks Recreated

We saw some beautiful looks on the runway this season and the lovely and ultra talented Anisa Tavangar recreated them for us on your fellow CU/BC classmates!

DSC00966Model: Krishana Raghubeer – Carolina Herrera inspired

DSC01017Model: Gabrielle Bullard – Jason Wu inspired

DSC01048Model: Talisa Ramos – Diane von Furstenberg inspired


DSC01093Model: Sylvia Korman – Victoria Beckham inspired


DSC01159Model: Alisha Bansal – Marc Jacobs inspired


DSC04037Model: Kira Tsougarakis – Cushnie et Ochs inspired

DSC01248Model: unnamed – Marc by Marc Jacobs inspired

Which look would you rock?


NYFW Fall 2015 // Lupe Gajardo


Birds and the homeless are seemingly unlikely influences for clothing, but Chilean designer Lupe Gajardo took these inspirations to a stylish, ready-to-wear level in her debut collection at New York Fashion Week. Dresses and jackets plumed with feathers in warm, autumn shades while worn-in burlap and patchwork denim took a structured form in pencil skirts and straight-leg trousers. According to Gajardo, the city streets acted as an additional muse, and the nods to street wear in the collection, from utilitarian fanny packs to effortlessly cool bomber jackets, are there to prove it.

By Ella Viscardi


NYFW Fall 2015 // PYER MOSS

NEW YORK (February 12, 2015) – New York-based men’s wear line Pyer Moss showcased its Autumn/Winter 2015 collection Thursday night in runway format during New York Fashion Week. The show took place at the Runway @ Venue 14 NYC, a new venue located at 353 West 14th Street.


The collection, designed by Kerby Jean-Raymond, was inspired by the movies School Daze and Cruel Intentions, featuring stoic colors and sharper, more tailored silhouettes. In a departure from the traditional Pyer Moss aesthetic, this season Jean-Raymond played with volume and shape, creating a collection where 70% of the pieces were draped instead of flat-patterned.



Key fabrications include hand dyed shearling, French terry, engineered stretch wool blends, black spacer fleece and viscose, while the Classic Leather Bomber and Biker jackets were updated in grey and blue camouflage. Custom shoes were created for the runway in a collaboration with GREATS.



By Andre’ Fuqua


Tadashi Shoji’s Fall 2015 show harmonizes his consistent expertise in creating effortless, feminine forms with motifs of avian and mechanical flight. The show features a variety of cocktail dresses, gowns, capes, coats, and skirts that incorporate these themes through the use of varied silhouettes, complex embroidery, striking appliqué, feathered fringe, and billowing tulle.


ONP_3879These elements create diversity between the garments and an ability to transition the pieces from breezy fall to biting winter. Over the course of the show, the color shifts from basic black and white, to metallic neutrals, to jewel tones that end the show on an energetic high. The transition from the first look to the last, moves between solid planes and sheer panels, creating a harmonious collection that speaks to a range of customer aesthetics.



ONP_3470Of all the looks, a floor length cape laid over a simple black gown perfectly weaves elements of hard and soft with metallic floral embroidery in geometric registers. This look’s uniquely ordered lines contrast the fluttering birdlike elements of many of the other gowns and reaffirm Shoji’s mastery in elevating classic silhouettes.



The beauty look also captures this balance. Firmly parted at the side and slicked down while the ends float with each step, the hair uses the hard edges of the manmade alongside gliding wings of natural flyers to add life to the looks. Placing pieces of gold glitter along the lash line paired with a natural pink lip, the makeup adds a metallic edge without detracted from the feminine softness of the collection.


By Anisa Tavangar // Image c/0 and


The fashion world left New York for Milan and now Paris (not that it really ever leaves) but we got a peek at some shows when bloggers, designers, and models were running amok for NYFW.  Sasha Henriques covers the art institute show below:


In a show that was sentimental and touching in the best way possible, Art Institute students’ collections brilliantly showcased their strong personal aesthetics rather than catering to the trends of the season.

The excitement was definitely palpable in the Main Tent at Lincoln Center. The theater, which held about 400 people, was packed with students, parents, and administrators alike, and was furnished with a sleek white runway that wrapped around a middle row of seats.

Twelve students and alumni from various Art Institutes around the country competed and were chosen to present their six-look collections—and the designers’ aesthetics couldn’t be more different. From evening gowns to sporty menswear, motorcycle chic to “multi-media assemblages,” according to final K-pop-ragdoll-inspired designer Zong Peng, the show was incredibly dynamic.

The beginning of the runway presentation was more than just inspiring—the first designer’s first look was worn by a model who has spent the last three years recovering from a debilitating disease that left her paralyzed. The model, accompanied by the use of a walker, attempted to traverse the entire runway. The struggle was tangible, and by the end of her journey the audience stood and applauded wildly. And with that touching moment, the show began.


IMG_4776Jamaree Eimmanassakul of Vancouver presented womenswear that was highly structured; she dabbled only in black, white, and gray, but her clothing managed to remain feminine and totally wearable, even with her play on the men’s tuxedo. Her last look, a studded “matador” suit, was a stunner.

Romina Vairo of Pittsburgh had a collection that was perfect for the recent weather—her knits looked warm and soft, and she played with fluid draping and soft silhouettes. She experimented beautifully with new materials and textures in unconventional ways, such as the holographic plastic she featured in her fourth and fifth looks. A particular favorite was her knitted gray cocoon-style dress—honestly the most comfortable-looking knit I’ve seen in a while.

IMG_4748The runway presentation kicked it up a notch with Alexa Dibiaso, an alum of the Houston school. Her collection brought some much-needed edge—deep blacks and a play on soft and hard with leather, chiffon, and crocheted accessories. Her looks were particularly daring and fresh.


Jesus Romero of San Francisco showed the audience some Golden Age glamour with his flowing, evening-gown-inspired looks. His strongest look included silky black high-waisted palazzo pants paired with a white satin blouse with billowing sleeves and a long train—the epitome of sophistication.




The strongest collection was presented by Daniela Ramirez of San Francisco. Not only was it en pointe trend-wise, with her sleek use of harem pants and geometric silhouettes, but her color palette—soft nude, oxblood, and black—was wearable and contemporary.

The closing collection, presented by Zong Peng, was one of the most visually strikingly I’ve ever seen. Drawing inspiration from K-pop, primary colors, and the freedoms of childhood, Peng’s three-dimensional pieces were incredibly creative and super strange. I can’t say any of them were wearable in the least, but they certainly ended the show with a yarn-filled bang.


A Make Up For Ever Holiday | The Classic

You can never go wrong with a classic red-lip and some twinkle in the eyes for a holiday look.  Tutorial by Anisa Tavangar using the Make Up Forever Studio Case. Check out the review she did here if you haven’t already!


Pack 516 onto the eyelid, keeping the color below the crease.


With a larger brush (or your finger), sweep 530 across the brow bone to lift the eyes without going overboard with the shimmer.


Lightly dust 122 onto the inner corner of the eyes. Tap excess shadow off your brush before applying to avoid too harsh of a highlight.


On a thin angled brush, line the outer half of the upper lash line with The gunmetal shadow will help to define the eyes while serving as a festive metallic twist.


Contour, bronze, blush, highlight— do whatever you are comfortable with to complete your face. Opt for a red-toned blush to coordinate with the lips.


Apply a matte red lipstick.

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Check out the other looks herehere, and here!


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A Make Up For Ever Holiday | Green Flashes


Want to stand out from the holiday reds and sequined festive looks? Flash those flirty lashes and a pop of gorgeous green eyeliner with this look! Tutorial by Anisa Tavangar using the Make Up Forever Studio Case. Check out the review she did here if you haven’t already!

Brush 544 over the eyelid and a little into the crease. The base of this look should stay simple in anticipation for the bring wing to come.


Lift the eye by sweeping 516 onto the brow bone.


Take your favorite black liquid or gel eyeliner and draw on winged liner. Do not be afraid to make your line a little thicker and wing a littler longer than usual— this look is supposed to be bold!


With a thin angled brush, carefully pat 236 over the black line created in the previous step. The black base will help the green stand out.

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Highlight the inner corners of the eyes with 516.


Curl the lashes and apply your favorite mascara.


Contour, bronze, blush, highlight— do whatever you are comfortable with to complete your face.


Apply a matte natural color to your lip, avoiding anything that might outshine the eyes.

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Check out the other looks herehere, and here!


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A Make Up For Ever Holiday | A Kiss of Warmth


With the weather a bit colder outside, warm up your face with this neutral yet oh-so-sexy look. Tutorial by Anisa Tavangar using the Make Up Forever Studio Case. Check out the review she did here if you haven’t already!


Place 828 onto the outer and inner corners of the eye. Make sure to leave the center of the lids free of this shadow.

Pack 826 onto the center of the lids and carefully blend the outer edges of the look and lightly blend the edges between 828 and 826, making sure to leave a distinction between the shades.


Brush 826 along the lower lash line for some added definition.


Use 530 along the brow bone to lift the eyes and clean up any dark shadow that made its way too far up the crease.


Create the appearance of thicker lashes by lining the eyes with Artist Liner in M-10.


Curl the lashes and apply your favorite mascara.


Highlight the inner corners of the eyes with 122 to bring light to this dark look.


Bronze and blush the face, mimicking the warmth of the eyes.


Apply a subtle nude lipstick to keep the focus on the eyes.

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Check out the other looks here and here!



Anisa Tavangar on insta