Mens Collegiate Essentials: Chinos

Levi 520 Khakis Modeled with a black and white gingham button up and a pair of Vans Shoes

Photography – Aldrin Tan

Autumn is approaching folks, time to say good-bye to honey dips in daisy dukes,  near triple digit weather, and those late nights galavanting around the city – now we are all back at our collegiate studies or work-force or both, late night study hours, and late night taco bell runs. A good pair of Chinos is as essential as a good pair of dark jeans.  For myself, they are reminiscent of my highschool years, when I was forced to pair them up with a odd color polo. But moving forward, chinos are versatile and essential in mens wardrobe – you can be as casual pairing them with a crisp graphic tee and some canvas shoes, or a dress it up with nice button down with some good wing tips. My general rule for this no matter  what color, or fabric – it’s all about the fit. Personally, I stick with the taper fit. My thighs are full size, but my calves are a little small. Don’t rush trying to get a pair cause its in style, be patient, try on different fits, and stick to ones you genuinely like. A good pair that fit will last you a life time and will prevent you from buying another.

Forever 21 $32.90 - Levis 511 Skinny Trousers  $58.00 -  H&M Chinos $34.95

A. Forever 21 $32.90 [Link] B. Levis 511 Skinny Trousers  $58.00 [Link] C.  H&M Chinos $34.95 [Link]

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Celebrity Hairstyles- Cheap & Easy

Almost every female college student wakes up with the same thoughts in her head. What am I going to wear today? How am I going to do my make-up? But those are often the easier questions. The hardest part for me, as well as I’m sure many girls, is figuring out what to do with my hair in an effort to make it look different from every other day. Here are 10 easy ways to do your hair that are quick and cheap yet still go great with your personal style as well as all the latest trends.

                                                                   Taylor Swift with Straight Hair


#1- Straight: Everyone loves the classic straight hair look but not every one realizes that you don’t need the expensive products to accomplish it nor do you need to damage your hair. You can buy a hair straightener for as cheap as $15 and budget-friendly hair products at any drugstore including Walgreens and CVS. Some of these products include Treseme’s Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray and Garnier Sleek and Shine Smoothing Milk. Straight hair is perfect to go with your clean, sophisticated look.

Tips to remember- don’t flat iron wet hair, always condition, and don’t forget to use a heat protectant.

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Cottonwood Arts Festival

If you are looking for something new and exciting to do this weekend, come out on October 1st and 2nd to Cottonwood Park in Richardson, Texas for the bi-annual event, the Cottonwood Art Festival! This event has FREE admission, so invite all of your friends and family.

The art being displayed was created by over 240 artists, falling under the categories of 2D Mixed Media, Metal, Acrylic and Oil Paintings, Ceramics, 3D Mixed Media, Watercolor Paintings, Digital Photography, and more!

Not only do adults get to view different art, but the festival is designed for the kids too! There is an ArtStop Children’s Area where children can participate in hands-on activities such as painting with life size paint brushes and making pottery! There will be many contests going around such as the Chair Art Contest. When you need a break from walking around, there will be local and regional musicians in “the Courtyard” performing; this will be perfect opportunity to just relax and eat while listening to blues, jazz, country, and rock and roll. Speaking of food, there are many delicious vendors open to serve you! In the Courtyard, there will be beer, wine, and frozen margaritas offered. Island Noodles will be having Hawaiian style wok-fried soba noodles and Kona Ice has shaved ice and ice cream novelties. Mario’s Cuisine has gyros and Sonny Bryans will be having their famous BBQ. There will be more than just the vendors listed, so come out to enjoy a meal while viewing creative and unique art!


A Scavenger Hunt of Deep Ellum Art Galleries

The wait for the red line DART train was almost more anticipation than a girl could take while on the road to attend an Art Walk in perhaps my favorite cubby hole of the city. On Saturday, September 24 I had the great pleasure of exploring the possibilities that were the Deep Ellum Art Walk.

Deep Ellum Texas welcome sign

A Welcome to Deep Ellum Texas

Being a thrifty college student, I decided not to drive but to let the city’s public transportation take me to my final destination; it didn’t hurt that UTD was so kind to give it’s attending students a free DART pass for all forms of DART transportation. My roommate and I hopped on the red line train, which only took about 20 minutes to get from Arapaho Station to Pearl Station, before we were launched off of the red line train and ran across the pathway to the green line train. We almost missed the green train towards Buckner which would drop us off right at the Deep Ellum stop so that we only had to walk a block to Elm St.

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New York Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2012

Color blocking of the future headed down the runways inside the Mercedes Benz tents at New York Fashion Week all last week as designers previewed their collections. Designers like Cynthia Rowley, Rag & Bone, and Marc by Marc Jacobs, just to name a few, are keeping the color blocking story alive in their Spring/Summer 2012 collections. Last year the designers gave us something pretty and polite walking down the aisles, with their pastel frocks and bold floral prints, to drive us into Spring and Summer of 2011, but this year we are going for sporty and edgy.

Color Blocking by Victoria Beckham S/S12

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Do It Yourself: Original Artwork

As fashionable, fabulous college students, it can be hard to marry a small budget and a well-decorated home harmoniously. So what do you do if you want to skip the Target home section and make your place a little more personal? Luckily, it’s easy to create custom artwork for your walls for much cheaper than you would be able to buy original art. This technique is so simple that you can do it even if you aren’t an artist.  The idea is to use tape and stickers to create a design that you then simply paint over. When the paint is dry, the tape and stickers peel off and you’re left with a unique canvas painting.

For this project, I had a budget of $35. My original supply list included a canvas, paint, tape, stickers, and a paint brush. I found a great deal on a 16″x21″ canvas two-pack, which was originally $15 but on sale for $6 (yes, for two!). I spent $4 for each of the acrylic paints, $4 on the brushes, $3 on the garage sale stickers (to make circles), $4 on the tape (which can be cut to make different sized lines), and $3 for each package of letters. Since I was under budget at $28, I also snagged some white glitter to mix in with my yellow paint. At $3 for a big tube, it made my grand total $31.

project supplies

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Fashion Week Picks: Mens Edition

With the emergence in the popularity of male catered fashion blogs and style publications, no longer is the clothing and fashion industry all about our female counterparts. With more mens brands beginning to emerge and already established brands taking their male audience more seriously, guys have increased selection and purchasing power now more than ever. Of course along with this growth comes saturation and excess. As the residential men style advisor, it is my duty to guide you through all this and as a fellow undergraduate student, curate your taste away from temporary and ridiculous, and progress towards timelessness.

Fashion Week is treacherous, and for most of you guys its probably a little overwhelming. Never mind the runways, what’s important is observing what our fellow men are wearing on the streets. As men, we decide what we wear based on function and purpose, then it is our personal aesthetic that lets us decide on how we will wear these items. Gathering images from some of the best photographers documenting fashion week, here is a breakdown of four budget  or no budget trends that my undergraduate peers can catch on too.

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(Applause to Tommy Ton and GQ for the visuals)

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