Fashion and Beauty

ATTENTION SOCIETY – MAKE UP YOUR MIND ABOUT MAKEUP

You’ve most likely heard them before—the inconsistencies and hypocrisies over wearing makeup. If you wear too much, you’re criticized for ‘painting’ your face, looking ‘slutty’, or even being unattractive. You must be, right? After all, look at all the makeup you have to wear in order to look decent! Then, of course, you have the people who criticize those who don’t wear makeup. Why? Because not wearing makeup has somehow become a sign of not caring about ourselves, of not wanting to look good, or of being lazy. So really, we can’t win either way. Women are either obsessed with their looks because they wear makeup, or don’t care about physical appearance because they don’t wear enough makeup, or any at all. The truth of the matter is, that the reason for women choosing to wear makeup or no...

BRIDAL FASHION WEEK DIARIES

While you may have seen the excitement of Bridal Fashion Week through Harness Magazine’s social media, there’s a lot of non-glamorous moments behind the scenes. While the who’s who of fashion may receive the VIP treatment, most fashion week attendees are one among the crowd. We walk for miles rushing from show to show, stand for hours in heels and squeeze into tiny standing areas just for a glimpse of the gowns on the runway. From the outside, fashion week seems to be only glitz and glamour, but what remains untold is the hard work and long days that go into it all. Truthfully, here’s how my time at Bridal Fashion Week went:   Thursday 3:15 a.m.: I wake up to find my phone charger that’s been hanging on by a thread finally died. I run to the 24-hour Walgreens down the street, still wearing...

“SHE’S A BLACK LACE BRA KIND OF WOMAN:” A HISTORICAL LOOK AT BLACK LINGERIE

Fashion is a force. It identifies, defines and expresses all aspects of ourselves. But fashion also changes over time, and what was once ugly or taboo becomes celebrated and lauded. For this edition of “Historical Titbits About Underwear,” I decided to take a quick look at how black lingerie went from being barely regarded to being the sex symbol it is today. At the start of the 20th century, most women’s undergarments (which would, over time, be referred to as lingerie) were white and made from cotton, linen or silk, but sometimes unbleached linen or muslin. If there was any adornment on them, it typically came from pink or blue ribbons as ties or bows. Black was a color associated with death and mourning, and any black undergarments that were around were regulated for mourning attire. An...

WHAT NYFW TAUGHT ME ABOUT CONFIDENCE

You know those moments where you think “if you told me five years ago I’d be doing this, I wouldn’t believe you?” That’s what my first NYFW felt like. The flashes of photographers’ lights, the long-legged models parading down the runway, the glamorous parties —it was magical. But what no one tells you about NYFW, is that there this unspoken air of self-doubt where everyone judges themselves more than each other. Can anyone tell this isn’t a designer bag? Should I have worn something else? As you scan the room, all you see are beautiful talented women.   My first night of NYFW, I landed myself a ticket to the Lulu’s Style Studio, a party I’d been dying to get into. In the crowd full of Instagram sensations, influential bloggers and fashion icons, I felt out of place. I was just a writer. Wh...

HARNESS YOUTUBE CHANNEL + NOVEMBER SUPERWOMAN MOLLYKATE CLINE

Harness Magazine is happy to announce our very own youtube channel. You will be able to watch the latest superwoman interviews, DIY videos, behind the scenes and SO much more! Be sure to follow along so you never miss a beat. Our first release is November’s superwoman, MollyKate Cline! MollyKate Cline is far more than a fashion student at the Columbus College of Art and Design. Cline is a fashion designer whose work has been featured in New York Fashion Week, a mental health advocate following her own struggles, and a wedding photographer. She’s young, she’s hungry, and she’s a superwoman. Harness Magazine sat down with MollyKate to learn just how she does it all. Get ready to feel inspired by our latest superwoman! Catch up with MollyKate on Instagram and Twitter. http://mollykatecl...

I AM NOT MY HAIR

“I am not my hair, I am not this skin, I am not your expectations, I am the soul that lives within.” – India Arie There I was, standing in the shower in disbelief at the clumps of hair in my hands. At first I thought nothing of it, but as the days went on and the clumps of hair continued, I thought something was seriously wrong. This cannot be okay. As someone who does not like white coats (what I refer to doctors as), I decided I had to make an appointment to see what was going on. After numerous blood tests and getting referred to a dermatologist, it was decided that the best course of action was to have a biopsy taken of my scalp to test not only for thyroid cancer, but a few other things, with all signs pointing to the big “C.” Great I thought. Just f—ing great. Two w...

AUGUST SUPERWOMAN: CHELSEA FUNK, FOUNDER OF PIT AND PUG ADAPTIVE

Every day, we get dressed: pull on our jeans, button our shirts, tie our shoes. For some of us, it’s not something we think about very deeply, but for others, the daily task of putting clothes on presents challenges that are unique to them. Chelsea Funk of Columbus, Ohio seeks to bring inclusive fashion to differently-abled kids through Pit and Pug Adaptive, and it’s a project that is changing lives. Chelsea knows what it’s like to feel like clothes never really fit right; she was born with amniotic band syndrome and is without part of her left arm. She specifically recalled having a hard time finding winter clothes that fit. However, this simply inspired Chelsea. She knew she wanted to help people full-time, and she had learned to sew from a mentor. Thus, she decided to give fashion a try...

SEE THE LIGHT

It’s like a dream where you know only the middle and not the beginning. I don’t remember how all of it started. I have spent half of my childhood believing that I can’t have it all or more like I didn’t deserve it. The reason was me being a dark-skinned Indian girl. From the very beginning, this terrible thought was etched into my soul that I was not good enough. My eight-year-old self used to believe that only fair-skinned and vibrant girls were allowed to be happy. On television and in theatre, I saw all these pretty fair-skinned girls and somewhere, somehow I began to believe that they were the only species of girls who were admired by everyone, who got to do pretty amazing stuff, fall in love and have a perfect fairytale ending. All those movies made me believe that nobody would fall i...

FIRST DATE FASHION IDEAS

You’ve met a wonderful guy online and your first date is coming up, but you still don’t know what to wear? This sounds way too familiar, and if that’s the case with you, don’t worry because you’re at the right place! Here are some useful first date fashion ideas, as well as some general tips on how to pick a venue where your date is going to take place, so check them out and accomplish your goal like a true fashionista! First of all – pick your first date venue Speaking of first dates, there’s one essential task you need to tackle before you make a decision on what to wear. Of course, we’re talking about the venue your first date is going to take place. The fact is that your overall outfit depends on it, so make sure to determine where you’re going to meet for the first time. Possibilities...

LIVING A “NO LOGO” LIFE

When I was in high school, every few months we had ‘no uniform’ days. I went to a private girls’ school, and ‘no uniform’ days were the equivalent to a teen fashion parade. It was a day where everyone could show how stylish, how trendy, how wealthy they were. The latest fad were low rise Sass & Bide jeans, if you had the logo plastered on your right buttock, it meant you could afford a $220 pair of jeans. You had made it. Logos are part of our everyday lexicon. Most of us have grown up with so much advertising, we have become numb to it. Logos fill every inch of our digital, visual and mental space.  When there is so much advertising noise in our everyday life, brands have to find new ways to scream louder to be heard above everyone else. This is true in the most literal sense &#...

3 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF IF YOU’RE STRUGGLING WITH ACNE

I can’t tell you how many times I sat on a cold examination table in a paper robe at the dermatologist’s office, asking the same questions over and over again, and unfortunately, getting the same answers. “Are you sure food isn’t causing my acne?” I’d ask, sheepishly. “Of course not, that’s ridiculous.” They’d respond dismissively, throwing me back into a pit of stress, confusion, and insecurity, again. I knew, knew, *knew* (intuitively) (even when I was 15 years old), that what I was eating was impacting my skin a lot. But I didn’t have the tools or knowledge to articulate this, and so I spent the next 15 years struggling with acne; trying every pill, cream, antibiotic and topical cream possible. Finally, I had one awful and completely shi**y dermatologist who, after 15 years of various t...

FASHION, VEGAN STYLE

  How to Create a Kind Closet Years ago, if someone mentioned vegan and fashion in the same sentence, I would think, “But I don’t look good in beige and hemp scratches!”  Fast forward, and here we are in a day and time with limitless kind choices. There is no reason to sacrifice color, look, feel, warmth or comfort – you can have your fabulous style and be kind! First, let’s talk about why. Why should we care about making our closets kind? Because when we wear animals, we are supporting pain and suffering. Just think about it for a moment: why would we truly want to wear someone else’s skin, feathers or fur? I would never wear my cat, so why would I wear any other animal? Here’s what I used to see when I would look in my closet: a down coat and vest, leather and suede boots, sho...

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