Author: Sierra Ochoa

Winter in the Desert: Tips for Dressing for a Warm Winter

It’s mid-November and by now, Arizonans and West Coasters alike are experiencing the warmest winter ever. When temperatures go from 55° F to 85° F in a matter of 2-3 hours, the giant coat you wore to work may seem silly now that you’re sweating. It’s been long determined and accepted that “layering” is the key to a successful and versatile winter wardrobe in warmer climates. But looking bulky in the morning and changing into shorts in the afternoon can be a drag and time consuming. Here are a few tips on how to effectively layer and wear clothing...

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Alice Cooper’s Proof is in the Pudding Finals Find Two Opening Acts

Alice Cooper’s Proof is in the Pudding finals were the evening of November 10th at the new venue, The Van Buren in Downtown Phoenix. The event was in honor of Cooper’s talent competition and sweepstakes, the Proof is in the Pudding. In the competition, Cooper gives young and up and coming artists the opportunity to prove themselves worthy enough to win a spot opening for the rock legend at his 16th annual charity event in December, Christmas Pudding. The two grand prize winners were Amelia, for the soloist performer, and Mariachi Juvenil de mi Tierra. Both will open for...

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How to Avoid Overeating for the Holidays

Winter is creeping up on us in Arizona— the weather doesn’t reflect it until too late! Before we know it it’s too chilly for shorts and all we want to eat is comfort food. While creamy soups, hot sugary drinks (can you say PSL anyone?), warm desserts and champagne may sound like exactly what we need for this time of year, the consequences of comfort food are very real. Before we realize it, there will be three casseroles on the table for Thanksgiving and you will be walking that tightrope between a desire to disregard all past healthy choices...

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Is Your Feminism Inclusive?

Throwing around the “F” word can get confusing. Feminism is an issue on everyone’s mind as women and many others fight for equal pay and rights. But there are different types of feminism and it is important to know where you stand. Feminism is supposed to be an equality movement inclusive to all people across gender, race, and sexual orientation. Those things are not considered in the dictionary definition of the word. It defeats the purpose if someone were to exclude other minority groups from the feminism movement The term “feminist” can then become confusing when someone says they are one....

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Faux Fur: Stylish alternative to the real deal?

This past month Gucci revealed they would no longer be using real fur in their collections, beginning in 2018. This is a decision that was a long time coming. Many other fashion houses pledged to remove fur from their future designs and collections in the past, but this decision brought the conversation to the forefront of people’s minds. Harvesting fur for fashion is not only in humane for the animals themselves, but also terrible for the environment. The fashion industry remains the second largest polluter in the world, and there are hardly any initiatives to make couture greener on...

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Self Care to Prepare You for the Holidays

Even though it is only October, the stress of the holiday season is already right under our noses. It seems impossible that 10 out of 12 months have passed by, yet here we are. While some of the more proactive women may already be looking past the spookiest month of the year, the rest of us are dumbfounded we even made it this far. For those of us who can’t bear to think about Thanksgiving, in-laws, cooking, baking, shopping, and all the other joys of the holiday, here are some self care tips to get you ready for what...

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