Presenting: Miles Johnson

image (1)The world of fashion is ever changing, there isn’t a single doubt about that. Everyone wants to know what’s new and what’s in. But in all the overwhelming ideals of fashion, one never really stops to think about the people behind that authentic t-shirt or that fresh hoodie you’re wearing. Being able to take an idea and put it into action is exactly what 22 year old prospective entrepreneur and head of Cold Summer, Miles Johnson, is trying to do. And if i might add exceeding at it. Miles and I sat down and spoke about fashion, working, being a prospective entrepreneur, and how following your dreams can be a very stressful but rewarding mistress. We dwindled it down to you will have your ups, downs, and days where you ask “is this really what i want?” But, if you ask Miles, if that has stopped him, well just take a look at his apartment, his dedication is everywhere you turn. At the end of the day all Miles has said he really wants is to see someone wearing his designs, so he can finally say.. I made it.

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EEM: Tell me a little bit about yourself personally…?

Miles: I’m a 22 year old male who was born in Alexandria,VA. I was exposed to fashion at an early age and have been into it ever since.

EEM: When/Why did you start a company/fashion line?

Miles: I first came up with the idea of Cold Summer my senior year of high school in 2010. I got the idea to start my own line from my friend Taylor Comer. He was working on a line called “youu” which stood for “Universally Unique”. After being inspired to do something on my own, Cold Summer was born.

EEM: What made you choose “Cold Summer” as your brand name? Does it have significance?

Miles: The name Cold Summer stems from a mashup of music and fashion. Back then I grew up listening to Wale when he was still considered a local/underground artist. I also found myself loving the brand Northface. One day I was listening to a Wale track and heard him say the words “It’s gone be one Cold Summer, bless you if your coat is thin”. From that very moment I decide to name my clothing line after a rap verse and after my favorite jacket brand, lol.

EEM: Will your line come out with a different type of design every year?

Miles: I try and give my fans something new and exciting each season. Since I’m just now starting up I’m somewhat limited to a lot of my ideas. I find myself trying to do too much sometimes, lol. However, regardless of limitations, I work my ass off to give you the closest possible alternative I can find.

EEM: If you have one, what is your favorite article of clothing that you own (not from your own line)?

Miles: My favorite piece of all time has to be my SUPREME floral SnapBack which I got a month or two ago. I also favor my Projekraw jacket which is a close second.

EEM: What is your favorite piece of clothing from your brand?

Miles: My favorite shirt right now has to be the huskies tee. It was one of the first designs that I ever got around to doing. One of many designs which is close to my heart. image (2)

EEM: How do you balance working and designing a line?

Miles: Easily enough I work my serving job five days a week and I work on Cold Summer those two days I have off. Everything I make at Pappasitos Cantina goes directly to my clothing line. I rarely spend that money for myself.

EEM: What kinds of reactions have you gotten to your designs/ have you had any setbacks?

Miles: I’ve gotten mixed reactions but most of them have been positive. I’m surrounded by a very supportive cast of people which include friends and strangers alike, having something as time consuming as a clothing line takes you on one hell of a ride.

Speaking of setbacks, I’ve had plenty!!! What’s success without a lot of failures? From messing up shirts, wrong spelling on my shirt templates, incorrect information on your first batch of business cards, and dealing with slow untimely printing services. There’s a fair share of bumps in the road but it’s all about how you persevere.

EEM: What is your target audience for your fashion line?

Miles: My target audience really has no concept of demographic. Whether that’s age, race, or gender. I want each and every person to have fun with my clothing. Wear my designs with a sense of confidence and pride, your apart of something great!!!

EEM: Where can the readers obtain your clothing (online, in stores)?

Miles: We’re still awaiting models so we can shoot for the website. For now my stuff is available in Town Center Mall, located in Kennesaw, Georgia. We plan on expanding to other areas later on this year so be on the lookout.

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EEM: You started your line quite recently, what do you want people to take away from your line, and what do you plan for your line in the future?

Miles: The main thing I want people to take out of my clothing line, is that I’m doing something that I truly love doing. Nothing would make me happier, than to see someone completely random walking around in my clothing. I’m such a big dreamer and all I can think about is how big this can all become. No matter how much money I invest in Cold Summer, I’m going to continue to do what makes me content.

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-Cold Summer is currently being sold at Epic, a store located at Towne Center Mall in Kennesaw, Ga.

 

– Allie Mitchell ❤

 

 

 

 

 

Lending A Helping Hand

When we become college students we tend to focus on academics, getting involved on campus, and enjoying the new freedom that we have. All of those things are very significant in our college careers; however, it is also important to focus on giving back to the community. In every community, there are so many opportunities for you to help make a difference. Getting involved in different community service projects will better your college experience in more ways than you can imagine.

When choosing what type of project you want to get involved with, think about what issues you are most passionate about. You may have a soft heart towards the homeless or you may even know someone personally who is homeless. This should prompt you to work with different organizations, shelters, or even a group of friends to help the less fortunate. You may even have dealt with something during your life such as self-esteem issues or family issues. There are plenty of ways to mentor or work with children who may be dealing with the same issues. This could not only provide a child with the help that they may need, but it could even be beneficial to you.

The majority of all college campuses offer a variety of volunteer organizations for students to become a part of. Look into these organizations because there may be one that you may be interested in. You can even suggest to an organization that you’re in that they should begin to find volunteer opportunities. Getting your campus involved in the community is a great way to show people that your school cares. It is also a way for you to be involved on campus as well as in the community at the same time.

Do not limit yourself or your organization to the types of projects that you take on. Community service is more than just feeding the hungry or clothing the naked. There are animals that need to be saved. There are communities that need to be cleaned. There are also troubled youth that need to be guided in the right direction. Think outside of the box when determining how you will provide your contribution to society. With so many different types of issues, and people who need different services, this should not be difficult. Making a difference in this society has no limits!

Michaela C., Editor of College Life

Situationships!

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Being young adults in college, a lot of people have this movie scene in their heads when it comes to love and relationships. You know how it goes: boy meets girl, girl meets boy, they smile, start to talk, start dating, fall in love, and support each other. If you have been paying attention to reality, then you already know that things most likely will not happen that way. In fact, a lot of people find themselves in what I like to call “situationships.”

According to Urban Dictionary, a situationship is “any problematic relationship characterized by one or more unresolved, interpersonal conflicts, usually confused with dating.” I am not trying to put anyone in a box, but I would like to point out that most of the time it is the female who is confused in these situations. It is a part of her nature to fall for the guy that she initially likes, even if he tells her that he is not looking for a relationship. At first, she is okay with him not wanting to add a title on things because in the back of her mind, she believes that he will fall for her. For some reason, she thinks that she is the woman who will make him change. Wishful thinking? Time progresses, and he still has not made any moves towards commitment. The girl wants a relationship, but she tries not to stress it too much because she does not want to risk losing him completely. So where does this leave her? The answer is simple: she remains stuck loving a man who only sees her as his current situation. She chooses to stay hoping that he will eventually want to be in a relationship with her.

In all honestly, a situationship is not different from having a “friends with benefits” with one person catching feelings. We cannot blame the female for catching feelings after being told what it was in the beginning because the guy’s actions most likely did not match his words. How are you going to say that you do not want a relationship, but you do relationship type things for the girl? For example, romantic dates, gifts, bringing her around your family, and doing everything else that a normal couple does. All in all, situationships are not for everyone. If it is not for you, get out of it; you do not want to waste your time and put your heart at risk.

-Tatiana

Feel free to contact me on Twitter @TatianaMGMT or email me at tatianawynn1@gmail.com with questions or suggestions.

 

Professional Grooming Tips for Women

professional%20girlDo you have big interview coming up?  Have you just landed that dream corporate job?  Does your workplace have a strict dress code but, you still want to look ‘fly’?  There is a difference between getting ready for work and getting ready for a weekend outing when it comes to hair, make up and nails.  Here are some professional grooming tips so you can ‘keep it cute’ while also remaining workplace appropriate.

Hair: Your hair should be very conservative in a professional setting.  When dying your hair, subtle highlights are okay but limit yourself to shades of brown.  While the mermaid ombre’ is the hottest trend in street fashion right now, having turquoise hair for an interview or 9 to 5 job is totally inappropriate. For interviews your hair should be pulled back out of your face.  Once you have the job, you can wear your hair down but it should always look neat and well groomed.

Make-Up: Make-up should look very natural.  You don’t want to be the woman with too much make-up on at an interview or in the workplace.  It is a distraction.  You can wear foundation, just don’t overdo it.  Personally, for professional occasions I avoid blush and eye shadow.  But if you must wear eye shadow use very neutral colors.  Lipsticks should be in natural conservative colors; bright reds, purples and blues are inappropriate.  I, personally, like to wear a neutral lip gloss in professional settings.  Outside of foundation, eyeliner, lip gloss and mascara, you risk going overboard with makeup.  Remember you want to be recognized for your work ethic and skill set in professional settings, not your face full of make-up.

Nails: Nails should be well groomed and neat.  Avoid loud designs, obnoxious colors and trendy nails such as the 3D nails and claw/rounded nails.  Your nails should not be obnoxiously long.  Nails should be no longer than a centimeter past your finger tip.  Use modest nail polish color choices and make sure your nails are kept clean.

 

Keep in mind that every work setting is different and you may be able to bend the rules here and there depending on the setting.  These tips are best used for interviews and conservative corporate work settings.  However, if you are a make-up artist, clearly the make-up rules don’t apply to you. (And so on and so forth.)  A good rule of thumb is, if you are questioning it, it is most likely inappropriate.

 

Brandi Giles

Editor, Health & Beauty

 

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Lost and Found

It is agreed by majority that college is a place where people find themselves. We’ve all heard that a million times, but what exactly does “finding yourself” mean? Are we really lost? And if so, who is responsible for finding us? I have silently battled these thoughts within my head, and decided on what I believe to be a few answers.

For starters, I do believe that college is a place where people find themselves. Finding yourself means developing your inner essence. It is the shaping of values, morals, characteristics, and behaviors that ultimately creates the person that you are meant to be. So, how do we find ourselves? Simple, we find ourselves through the situations that we go through. With majority of college students in their late teenage years and early twenties, the situations that we are challenged with are really our first “grown up” encounters. The lessons that we take away from each situation are filed away into our personalities, further altering them towards maturity.

This early time in our lives is often seen as a struggle period. Though we are not completely on our own we are all gaining a sense of independence that, at times, requires us to not be as comfortable as we once were in our parent’s home. We are also at more liberty to make our own decisions without the consultation of anyone, which in turn sometimes leads to poor choices being made. However, it is these experiences that ultimately make us ourselves. Without discomfort we will never learn what exactly is comfortable for us, and what we must do to obtain that. Also, without the poor choices we make we would never learn how to overcome them.

The point I am trying to make is that though at times we seem to find ourselves in unwanted circumstances where we feel defeated, we must remember that every obstacle that we encounter is responsible for further defining our character. We must take the bad in order to make ourselves the good that we need. Whether we realize it at not, we are currently lost. We are half empty vessels waiting for the rest of us to be filled through life. In essence, we are responsible for finding ourselves. And, the best way to do that is to not shy away from any, and every experience you can get your hands on, and remembering that what may seem bad in the moment ultimately results in the betterment of you.

Jordyn Jones, Staff Writer

Show and Tell: Spicy Cheesy Chicken Dip

photo (39)Recently I’ve been trying to improve my diet.  From breakfast to dinner I’ve tried to make better choices.  My weakness however, is in my snack choices.  I usually resort to cookies, sugary drinks or salty chips.  To fix this, my grandmother taught me a healthy recipe for a homemade dip to snack on.  Today, I’m going to share it with you all!  It doesn’t take too long to make and could last you an entire week.  Enjoy this dip with tortilla chips in between meals for a guilt-free snack!  I’m not sure if there’s a name for this dip, but I prefer to call it Spicy Cheesy Chicken Dip.

What you need:

1 baking pan

1 mixing bowl and mixing spoon

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Seasoning of your choice for the chicken

1 block of cream cheese

1 cup of mayonnaise

¼ cup of yellow mustard

1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese (and any other cheeses you wish to add)

2 jalapeño peppers (OR crushed red pepper seasoning for a little more kick)

Tortilla chips

Directions:

  1. Wash the chicken breasts and remove as much of the fat as possible.  Place them in the baking pan and season them as you please.  Bake the chicken breast on 350 degrees for about 20-30 minutes, or until finished.
  2. Cut the chicken breasts into very small pieces and place them in the mixing bowl.  Add the cream cheese, mayonnaise, mustard and the cheese.  Mix well, until the mixture looks almost uniform.  Make sure the cream cheese is evenly spread.
  3. If using jalapeño peppers cut the peppers into small pieces and add to them to the mixture and mix well.  If using crushed red pepper seasoning, add the seasoning to the bowl and mix well.  Be careful not to add too much.
  4. One the dip is evenly mixed, spread the dip evenly into the baking pan and place in the oven.  Let the bake shortly on 350 degrees for about 5-10 minutes.

Optional: If you would like to brown the top of your dip, place the dip on the top rack and watch it closely until the dip browns.  It won’t take long so, do NOT walk away from the oven.

  1. Take the dip out the oven and let it cool.
  2. Place it in a bowl and enjoy!

This dip can be enjoyed warm or chilled.  Remember to mind your portions.  I hope this recipe was helpful to you!

Brandi Giles

Editor, Health & Beauty

Valentines Day or Single Awareness Day

We all know that certain day is coming up..Feb. 14th. If you have a significant other or you are celebrating/wallowing in your single swag, you can do either one and look fabulous while going about it. I want in this particular article to address both sides of the story. So let’s start with the simplest. Valentine’s day.

This all depends on where you are going, the weather, and of course what you feel most comfortable with. (pretty simple, i’d say) There are some questions that most girls tend to ask themselves when this occasion comes up.

– is the restaurant fancy or casual?

– if you are walking there..heels or no heels?

– short/medium/long dress?

– are jeans to casual?

I would clear most of these questions up before choosing an outfit (duh!)..who wants to spend money on an outfit that you eventually decide not to wear. It’s always good to always have extras that you can add to an outfit. Such as a jacket for that dress, or leggings.

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Now, lets take a turn to the seemingly overlooked single people. Now listen, just because you’re single, does not mean that you have to sit in bed, with a tub of ice cream, watching old romantic comedies (or for some of you, slasher films). It just means that get some friends together and go out. Go out to dinner, bowling, the movies, and if you want to eat ice cream..at least don’t do it alone. :p

– account for the weather

-choose something that says i have #singleswag

– at least be festive..wear a pink or red..just because you are single, doesn’t mean you have to mourn the day

– heels or no heels? if you are going out to dinner, make sure you know if you guys are trying to be fancy.

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And just for you guys..here is a little something that can work for either occasion. 🙂

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Allie Mitchell ❤