Here are two fashion articles that I wrote for my local newspaper, The Sentinel. I interned and wrote a weekly fashion column for The Sentinel for a year and a half, ending this past April. Included is the article content, along with links to where the articles were published online (all my articles were published both online and in standard newspaper copies of The Sentinel). I hope you enjoy them! I can’t wait to get started writing for The Uglies!
Written by Hope A. Pasztor
Up-and-coming singer Danielle Barbe sure knows how to rock ‘n’ roll. Hailing from Pittsburgh, the 22-year-old Indie performer has quite a number of accomplishments under her fashionably sequined belt. In addition to releasing a self-title debut album this past March, Barbe’s hit song, “Ghost Town,” will play on a future episode of the CBS drama “Ghost Whisperer.”
Barbe also performed at the “Ghost Whisperer” 100th Episode party and walked Hollywood’s legendary red carpet. Between her performances across the country in Texas, New York and Pennsylvania, we were fortunate to score an interview with Barbe and get the scoop on her musical talent and personal style.
“My interest in music started when I was around 6 years old and I began singing,” Barbe explains. “I’d dress up in costumes and perform for my family. I’d sit at the piano with my grandmother — she would play and I would sing.”
Like many other renowned singers, Barbe has always known that her career would be in performance.
“When I was very young, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I found any outlet I could in order to pursue music. As I got older I realized that I could make a career out of something I still love. I did school plays, sang in church, joined choirs and finally joined bands.”
Barbe’s music is a lively combination of classic rock, melded with a creative Indie spirit. Her vocals possess the powerful strength of Joan Jett mixed in with the femininity of Taylor Swift.
“My music style had changed so much and really evolved throughout the years,” she says. “I’ve been in all kinds of bands and done various genres of music.”
In the same way does Barbe’s wardrobe mirror the eclectic quality of her music.
“I think that my fashion and music tastes will always relate to one another. I know they’ll change, but I’m pretty certain that they’ll change and evolve together.”
Black leather pants, glamorous sequined tops and rocker-perfect chain necklaces harmonize beautifully with embroidered vintage vests, sumptuous furs and floppy bohemian hats.
Wide spectrum of fashion
As with her music, Barbe’s style spans a wide spectrum of fashion cults and decades. Her style is a blend of hardcore rocker chick and quirky bohemian hipster. What better way to achieve such a look than with an authentic vintage wardrobe?
“I got very into vintage around the age of 14 or 15,” says Barbe. “It was an easy way to find very cool, unique items that no one else would have. I hated having the same clothes as everyone else.”
Today, she still bears the same passion for vintage clothing.
“My vintage is becoming a pretty expansive collection. Any time my girlfriends need a costume for something, they just ask to visit my closet.”
Despite her busy schedule, with upcoming performances and shows, Barbe has managed to continue to fuel her love of fashion.
“I go to a lot of vintage and thrift stores in the Pittsburgh area, and when I’m on the road. I’m also a very competitive eBay bidder. I just got the application for my iPhone so that I can keep track of all the auctions. It’s such a great place for cool vintage and designer deals.”
And Barbe says the clothes, hair and makeup are not just for show.
“My everyday wear and performance wear are pretty similar,” she says. “I pull the same pieces out of my closet and wear them. I just style my looks a bit differently to suit wherever I need to go. Being a female rock singer is fun. You can wear just about anything onstage and get away with it as long as you have the right amount of confidence!”
Link to first article
Written by Hope A. Pasztor
For the past several years, my wardrobe has been greatly influenced by the whimsical charm of Lewis Carol’s “Alice in Wonderland.” Full feminine skirts, black Mary Jane heels, vintage pocket watch necklaces and brightly colored stockings have been mainstays of my recent style.
Directed by the legendary Tim Burton, the new “Alice in Wonderland” film provides a visual feast for Lewis Carol fans and surreal fashion fanatics alike. The fever for all things Alice has spread throughout the retail world, as Urban Outfitters, Hot Topic and even Wal-Mart are cashing in on clothing and home decor inspired by the film.
All about Alice
Even before rumors of this year’s film surfaced on the Web, fashion bloggers all over the world were emulating the vibe of this famed literary protagonist. Don’t assume that the only Alice-inspired look consists solely of crayon-blue skirts and blinding white tights. There are a myriad of different Alice fashion genres. If you love sweet, feminine clothes, go with an airy cotton frock in cool blue tones or with a subtle blue floral pattern. Offset the softness of the dress with a narrow leather belt in a warm cherry-red and add a pair of vintage Victorian lace-up booties. Top it off with a perky red hair bow, a quirky vintage pendant necklace, and simplistic eye shadow and dewy lip gloss.
If you’re more of a bold rocker chick, you can still incorporate the delicacy of Alice’s apparel into your wardrobe. Mix a pair of bright blue highwaisted skinny jeans with a simple white tee, adding some contrast with red Converse sneakers and a daring red headband. Finish your look with a load of chain necklaces and a key-shaped charm, complete with deep red lipstick, black nail polish and stylized black eyeliner.
Mad for hats
While you may not relish the idea of cavorting the streets in a Mad Hatter-esque ensemble, you can still borrow elements from this eccentric “Alice in Wonderland” character, namely a fantastic top hat. If you’re one to be daring in the way you dress, try sporting a traditional, old-fashioned black top hat. Wear your hat slightly angled on your head, balancing out the menswear vibe with a flirty romper, harlequin-print tights and high-heeled pumps.
If you prefer a slightly low-key look, buy a miniature top hat at your local craft store, and glue onto a narrow black headband, for a less drastic alternative. Dip further into the Mad Hatter look with crisp white gloves, a retro bow tie or even a vintage tuxedo jacket with coattails.
Queen of fashion
Conjure up your inner villainess with outfits inspired by the Red Queen. Tim Burton decided to morph the character of “Alice in Wonderland’s” Queen of Hearts, with “Through the Looking Glass’s” Red Queen. The result of this character configuration was a Queen Elizabeth I-like Red Queen. Take some fashion advice from this fiery-tempered monarch, before it’s “Off with your head!”
Add a majestic red blouse to a pair of skinny black jeans. Make this outfit truly fit for a queen with metallic gold heels, a textured black scarf, and heavy red and gold jewelry. If you prefer a more girly look, slip into your favorite little black dress, and pair with red tights, black stiletto ankle boots and gold chain necklaces. Paint your nails a deep red, and swipe on a hint of aqua eye shadow, complete with black mascara on both the upper and lower lashes, and 1920s-style Cupid’s bow red lipstick.
Keep these outfit ideas in mind as you take part in the current Alice in Wonderland hubbub. Dress in full costume when you go to the movie theater to watch the film, or incorporate gentler Burton-esque elements into your usual outfits. No matter where you go, you’ll possess the magical dreaminess of Wonderland.
Link to second article