Tuesday, September 16, 2014

In Which a Character Charts Her Development

By Kelsie Bowler

As I write this, I am facing the harsh reality that tonight is the final chance to see One Direction on their stadium tour. I spent forty-three minutes this morning preparing myself for what I know will be a social media overload from those in a financial standing to go. Then I got restless, leading me to write this in an attempt to distract from my ultimate FOMO induced demise.

I got thinking, though, and it crossed my mind that I didn't mind so much. One year ago I would not have been able to handle this torture, seeing others bask in the glory of a boy-band has delighted my teenage fantasies for years. Especially tantalizing is the fact that of all the Instagrams posted from the concert, mine would have stood out like a shining star. A little over a year ago I did go see them. Easily (one of) the best days of my LIFE (#truelife). So why am I so content with not attending? The main reason is could probably be attributed to the severe lack of funds in my bank account, but instead I am going to refer to it as something far more eloquent: character development.

On Friday I only had a short moment to get ready in the morning, leaving me feeling justified in wearing a sub-par outfit (I was tired and I am in college and I felt a bit obligated to do it). The funny thing is that the outfit that I put on in a hurry was an outfit that I would have thought was fantastic a mere 12 months ago.

In an effort to prove to myself that I am a million times better that I was a year ago, I actually got ready before heading out on my Friday Night festivities. To say I looked utterly fantastic would be an understatement. Anyway, I recreated the look the next day so you could all take a look:

Because of this, today is going to be in memory of the Kelsie of a year ago. Cheers to the Kelsie that was obsessed with stripes and polka dots coming together in an outfit that didn’t actually provide that much interest, but thinking it was fashionable; to the Kelsie that couldn’t make a new friend for the life of her. Here’s to the Kelsie that didn’t really know what she wanted to do with her life except have a really full pantry. Cheers to the Kelsie that went to One Direction because she couldn't not at that moment. AND MOSTLY, here’s to you guys. LOOK HOW FAR WE HAVE ALL COME! 


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fahl Bluze (Fall Blues)

By Addison Butler

Despite what the photographs below may suggest, yesterday was just another installment in the overtly cruel book "The Bloody Heat of Summer" Mother Nature has obviously been penning. And as if that wasn't reason enough to crawl into my beautifully air-conditioned bedroom for another few weeks or so until the weather finally warrants for me to dress in more than one layer, the most important month in fashion just kicked off on the other end of the nation, leaving daydreamers such as myself equally inspired (by the incredible clothes being showcased) and sullen (by the fact that I'm not there to witness their unveiling in person). 

Friday, September 5, 2014

DIYFS #3: Those Damn Shoes

By Addison Butler

To many of you, the news that I am about to share may seem shocking. It may offend you deeper than being called a "dummy" on the playground and have you leaving this site wondering why you ever read Transmogony in the first place, but quite frankly it is something that cannot be withheld ANY longer. 

You see, for a vast majority of shoe-wearers (male shoe-wearers in particular), the craft and artisanship behind a pair of those weird leather things we traditionally strap to that one part of the body that repeatedly touches that nasty thing we call earth. Shoes require a ridiculous amount of care to the people who take them seriously, and for good reason. Without proper (and frequent) cleaning, polishing, and buffing, those things we wear can turn from something beautiful to a beautiful disaster. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

By Addison Butler 

As inhabitants of the modern world, we really ought to give a big round of applause for the internet and thank it for all of the incredible things it has brought us. I cannot even imagine the horror of a life before the building blocks of society were laid before us on innovative websites like Club Penguin, Runescape, and Homestar Runner. Aside from these obvious feats, internet's invention ushered a few other relatively cool and important things to humankind as well. For one, it gave people the access to nearly instant communication from anywhere on the earth's surface. Thanks to those music sharing sites of olden times, apps like Spotify granted countless artists a platform where acquiring a more global fanbase was not only possible but nearing on easy if something they produced became viral enough.  

In my eyes, however, all of the millions of accomplishments in the twentyish years since the commercial interwebz was a thing mean nothing in comparison to what I consider to be the single most important discovery to date: Net-a-Porter. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Next Big Thing #3: The Tie-scot

By Addison Butler

Some of the world's greatest inventions came to be almost entirely on accident. Don't quote me on this, but I'm pretty sure chocolate milk rose to prominence after some kid 'accidentally' squirted a bottle of chocolate syrup into his glass of milk at breakfast as an act of defiance toward his micromanaging, heartless mother who thought she had her son's best interest in mind but OBVIOUSLY DIDN'T... or something.

Likewise, the greatest finds in fashion and style are often brought on by accident in a fit of buzzed experimentation. Accoutrements like belts, hats, and scarves are worn a certain way for the simple reason that they have been worn that way from the dawn of their existence, often designed and invented for the sole purpose of being worn in such a way.