Fashion

COVER STORY: LA’SHAUNAE STEWARD IS FASHION’S NEXT SUPERSTAR // Monachopsis Magazine    La’Shaunae.  Her unforgettable moniker plays over and over again in my head like a mantra as I mentally prepare myself to have a chat with the latest fashion influencer to break the internet (hey  Paper , please don’t sue us, thanks), who just so happens to reside in the same city as  Monachopsis  HQ.  During this preparation I’m careful to taper my expectations so as not to be disappointed, as a handful of the influencers I’ve crossed paths with in this profession can sometimes carry their URL fame to nauseating extremes with IRL interactions, often overstating their importance and minimizing us normal folks in the process. (A shrill “Do you even  KNOW  who I am?!” still rings in my ears to this day as I instinctively remember these less-than-stellar encounters, haunting me like resurfaced photos of my 2014 hair style or a DM from an ex-boyfriend filled with unsolicited–and equally unremarkable–dick pics.)  Meeting La’Shaunae, however, proved to be a totally different experience altogether. With an Instagram account full of sassy quips, esteem-boosting affirmations that would leave Tyra herself shook, and a homegrown aesthetic that looks like it was ripped out of a 90s issue of  Dazed & Confused  (now known only as  Dazed ), I thought I was in for the “take no shit, I’m 100% that bitch” interview of the century–and don’t get me wrong,  I totally was , just not in the ways that I originally expected.  Although she is certainly blessed with Bad Bitch Energy™ that undoubtedly commands a room, the 22-year-old aspiring model also possesses a soft-spoken demeanor and is rife with incredible stories about her humble beginnings in the industry. Upon admiring her inviting gap-toothed grin à la Slick Woods, I felt like I’d found my long-lost BFF as we gushed about our favorite queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race and spoke openly about our struggles with depression. It’s rare yet refreshing to meet a human so deeply entrenched in online fame that’s still so surprisingly relatable.  Read More

COVER STORY: LA’SHAUNAE STEWARD IS FASHION’S NEXT SUPERSTAR // Monachopsis Magazine

La’Shaunae. Her unforgettable moniker plays over and over again in my head like a mantra as I mentally prepare myself to have a chat with the latest fashion influencer to break the internet (hey Paper, please don’t sue us, thanks), who just so happens to reside in the same city as Monachopsis HQ.

During this preparation I’m careful to taper my expectations so as not to be disappointed, as a handful of the influencers I’ve crossed paths with in this profession can sometimes carry their URL fame to nauseating extremes with IRL interactions, often overstating their importance and minimizing us normal folks in the process. (A shrill “Do you even KNOW who I am?!” still rings in my ears to this day as I instinctively remember these less-than-stellar encounters, haunting me like resurfaced photos of my 2014 hair style or a DM from an ex-boyfriend filled with unsolicited–and equally unremarkable–dick pics.)

Meeting La’Shaunae, however, proved to be a totally different experience altogether. With an Instagram account full of sassy quips, esteem-boosting affirmations that would leave Tyra herself shook, and a homegrown aesthetic that looks like it was ripped out of a 90s issue of Dazed & Confused (now known only as Dazed), I thought I was in for the “take no shit, I’m 100% that bitch” interview of the century–and don’t get me wrong, I totally was, just not in the ways that I originally expected.

Although she is certainly blessed with Bad Bitch Energy™ that undoubtedly commands a room, the 22-year-old aspiring model also possesses a soft-spoken demeanor and is rife with incredible stories about her humble beginnings in the industry. Upon admiring her inviting gap-toothed grin à la Slick Woods, I felt like I’d found my long-lost BFF as we gushed about our favorite queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race and spoke openly about our struggles with depression. It’s rare yet refreshing to meet a human so deeply entrenched in online fame that’s still so surprisingly relatable. Read More


Arts & Entertainment

SPOLETO PREVIEW:  THE LAST FIVE YEARS  TAKES AN UNCONVENTIONAL APPROACH TO THE LOVE STORY // Charleston City Paper   An examination of young love's evolution and eventual dissolution, playwright Jason Robert Brown's  The Last Five Years portrays the rise and fall of protagonists Cathy and Jamie during their tumultuous journey as a couple. The play follows an unconventional structure — Jamie's story unfolds on a linear timeline, while Cathy's perspective is told backwards. The two characters meet only once, at their wedding, in the middle of the show.  Loosely based off of Brown's failed marriage, the musical had its first run at Chicago's Northlight Theatre and was then produced Off-Broadway in 2002. International revivals have followed in countries such as Germany, the UK, and Norway. To call this story a tragedy would be to sell the work short. This ardently powerful musical, which is being produced by Footlight Players, explores not only the demise of a once-flourishing relationship, but also the uncapped vulnerability that comes with acknowledging that love is, often, a fleeting aspect of the human experience... Read More

SPOLETO PREVIEW: THE LAST FIVE YEARS TAKES AN UNCONVENTIONAL APPROACH TO THE LOVE STORY // Charleston City Paper

An examination of young love's evolution and eventual dissolution, playwright Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Yearsportrays the rise and fall of protagonists Cathy and Jamie during their tumultuous journey as a couple. The play follows an unconventional structure — Jamie's story unfolds on a linear timeline, while Cathy's perspective is told backwards. The two characters meet only once, at their wedding, in the middle of the show.

Loosely based off of Brown's failed marriage, the musical had its first run at Chicago's Northlight Theatre and was then produced Off-Broadway in 2002. International revivals have followed in countries such as Germany, the UK, and Norway. To call this story a tragedy would be to sell the work short. This ardently powerful musical, which is being produced by Footlight Players, explores not only the demise of a once-flourishing relationship, but also the uncapped vulnerability that comes with acknowledging that love is, often, a fleeting aspect of the human experience...Read More

SPOLETO PREVIEW: ALYSON SHOTZ EXAMINES THE INTERSECTION OF SCIENCE AND ART // Charleston City Paper   When patrons walk into the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art's exhibition space during Piccolo Spoleto this year, they'll be greeted by more than 50 of sculptor Alyson Shotz' ethereal, category-defying works. According to Halsey director Mark Sloan, this exhibition,  Alyson Shotz: Force of Nature  — which is jointly presented by the Halsey and Hamilton College in New York — will be Shotz' biggest, most ambitious show to date. Among the pieces it includes are large-scale sculptures, a wall drawing, and animation.  Like artist Patricia Boinest Potter, whose science-enriched "isomorphic map tables" were on view at the Halsey in January, Shotz examines the intersection of science and math in art through subjects such as light, gravity, and space. She expands on notions of space and form in sculpture by utilizing nontraditional materials such as glass beads and welded aluminum to construct significantly large-scale pieces.... Read More

SPOLETO PREVIEW: ALYSON SHOTZ EXAMINES THE INTERSECTION OF SCIENCE AND ART // Charleston City Paper

When patrons walk into the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art's exhibition space during Piccolo Spoleto this year, they'll be greeted by more than 50 of sculptor Alyson Shotz' ethereal, category-defying works. According to Halsey director Mark Sloan, this exhibition, Alyson Shotz: Force of Nature — which is jointly presented by the Halsey and Hamilton College in New York — will be Shotz' biggest, most ambitious show to date. Among the pieces it includes are large-scale sculptures, a wall drawing, and animation.

Like artist Patricia Boinest Potter, whose science-enriched "isomorphic map tables" were on view at the Halsey in January, Shotz examines the intersection of science and math in art through subjects such as light, gravity, and space. She expands on notions of space and form in sculpture by utilizing nontraditional materials such as glass beads and welded aluminum to construct significantly large-scale pieces....Read More


Music

H+P REDUX RESIDENCY WEEK ONE: MICHAEL FLYNN & THE LOVELY FEW // Charleston Grit   Electronic folk-pop trio  The Lovely Few  took the stage first. Comprised of husband and wife Mike and Kate Mewborne and Alan Davis, The Lovely Few joined the Hearts & Plugs family in 2012. With albums like 2010's   The Limited Abilities of a Man   and the subsequent   The Perseids   (2011), they often use the universe as an allegory of the human experience while incorporating both haunting instrumental tracks and cerebral lyric-driven pieces... Read More

H+P REDUX RESIDENCY WEEK ONE: MICHAEL FLYNN & THE LOVELY FEW // Charleston Grit

Electronic folk-pop trio The Lovely Few took the stage first. Comprised of husband and wife Mike and Kate Mewborne and Alan Davis, The Lovely Few joined the Hearts & Plugs family in 2012. With albums like 2010's The Limited Abilities of a Man and the subsequent The Perseids (2011), they often use the universe as an allegory of the human experience while incorporating both haunting instrumental tracks and cerebral lyric-driven pieces...Read More

BLURB: ANDREW BRYANT // Charleston City Paper   Solo artist Andrew Bryant learned at a tender age the struggles of balancing work and pleasure. As a youth, he spent a significant chunk of time assisting his father at the sawmill while learning to sing from his piano-playing mother, before ultimately deciding to pursue a full-time career in music... Read More

BLURB: ANDREW BRYANT // Charleston City Paper

Solo artist Andrew Bryant learned at a tender age the struggles of balancing work and pleasure. As a youth, he spent a significant chunk of time assisting his father at the sawmill while learning to sing from his piano-playing mother, before ultimately deciding to pursue a full-time career in music...Read More

H+P REDUX RESIDENCY WEEK TWO: ELIM BOLT & ET ANDERSON // Charleston Grit   Elim Bolt features a Southern-rock edge with dark undertones and sludgy guitars that coordinates with ET Anderson's blend of garage vibes and experimental R&B tunes. Both bands represent the rawer, more alternative side of the spectrum the label has to offer. From Elim Bolt's sordid-yet-honest lyrics to the madness behind ET Anderson's genre-bending setlist, these guys put on one hell of a sophomore show... Read More

H+P REDUX RESIDENCY WEEK TWO: ELIM BOLT & ET ANDERSON // Charleston Grit

Elim Bolt features a Southern-rock edge with dark undertones and sludgy guitars that coordinates with ET Anderson's blend of garage vibes and experimental R&B tunes. Both bands represent the rawer, more alternative side of the spectrum the label has to offer. From Elim Bolt's sordid-yet-honest lyrics to the madness behind ET Anderson's genre-bending setlist, these guys put on one hell of a sophomore show...Read More

BLURB: SWEATLANDS // Charleston City Paper   “I’ve learned everything I know about playing in bands through the bands I played in Charleston,” guitarist and frontman Walker says. Sweatlands infuses post-hardcore vocals and Mixolydian riffs with an emphasis on d-beats (a central drum pattern popularized in the ’80s) with loads of audio feedback — as evidenced on their debut Sebastian’s World of Gates... Read More

BLURB: SWEATLANDS // Charleston City Paper

“I’ve learned everything I know about playing in bands through the bands I played in Charleston,” guitarist and frontman Walker says. Sweatlands infuses post-hardcore vocals and Mixolydian riffs with an emphasis on d-beats (a central drum pattern popularized in the ’80s) with loads of audio feedback — as evidenced on their debut Sebastian’s World of Gates...Read More


Guest Blogging

DANDY WEARS: HOLIDAY PARTY OUTFIT// Dandy Boutique   This exquisite shift dress is guaranteed to make any Grinch’s heart grow three sizes.These garments not only fit the bill for posh partywear but also serve as pieces I can incorporate into my everyday style routine. For outside parties, I’d recommend adding a cute pair of tights and a cozy coat in order to stay warm. I’d also throw in a spiked hot chocolate for good measure... Read More

DANDY WEARS: HOLIDAY PARTY OUTFIT// Dandy Boutique

This exquisite shift dress is guaranteed to make any Grinch’s heart grow three sizes.These garments not only fit the bill for posh partywear but also serve as pieces I can incorporate into my everyday style routine. For outside parties, I’d recommend adding a cute pair of tights and a cozy coat in order to stay warm. I’d also throw in a spiked hot chocolate for good measure...Read More

THREE LAST MINUTE HALLOWEEN COSTUME IDEAS // Dandy Boutique   Woo boy, Halloween really snuck up on me this year! Luckily for me, my time in college made me an absolute pro at procrastination (I’m clearly making my professors proud.) For my fellow stallers, I’ve put together three last-minute Halloween costumes using pieces from Dandy... Read More

THREE LAST MINUTE HALLOWEEN COSTUME IDEAS // Dandy Boutique

Woo boy, Halloween really snuck up on me this year! Luckily for me, my time in college made me an absolute pro at procrastination (I’m clearly making my professors proud.) For my fellow stallers, I’ve put together three last-minute Halloween costumes using pieces from Dandy...Read More

FALL 2017 READING LIST // Dandy Boutique   Reading was hands-down my favorite activity when I was younger. I was a fairly introverted child, so finding a new book at the Scholastic Book Fair was always the highlight of school. As I’ve gotten older, though, the act of reading feels so much more forced. I find it difficult to concentrate as my mind races with all of the work I have to get done (#adulting, am I right?)... Read More

FALL 2017 READING LIST // Dandy Boutique

Reading was hands-down my favorite activity when I was younger. I was a fairly introverted child, so finding a new book at the Scholastic Book Fair was always the highlight of school. As I’ve gotten older, though, the act of reading feels so much more forced. I find it difficult to concentrate as my mind races with all of the work I have to get done (#adulting, am I right?)...Read More

INTERVIEW: LAUREN OF REDHEADED ROSES // Dandy Boutique   I, KiKi, have found that it’s important connect with other bloggers in your niche, specifically those who are new to this internet realm. (Us creatives have to look out for one another, ya know?) Funnily enough, I met Lauren Holton of  Redheaded Roses  through a co-worker, who insisted that I meet his super stylish, body-positive, animal-loving girlfriend, as (at the time) she wanted to start a style blog and was looking for some pointers... Read More

INTERVIEW: LAUREN OF REDHEADED ROSES // Dandy Boutique

I, KiKi, have found that it’s important connect with other bloggers in your niche, specifically those who are new to this internet realm. (Us creatives have to look out for one another, ya know?) Funnily enough, I met Lauren Holton of Redheaded Roses through a co-worker, who insisted that I meet his super stylish, body-positive, animal-loving girlfriend, as (at the time) she wanted to start a style blog and was looking for some pointers...Read More