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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!

FIRST ARTICLE

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.

Musical outlet

“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

SECOND 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

Comments (88)

istolethec00kies
istolethec00kies on July 12
like the boots :)
AndreeaDabija
AndreeaDabija on March 27
Nice style!
DeeBurns
DeeBurns on March 03
cute
beckysvilla
beckysvilla on February 27
love your style!
fashionateyoursenses
fashionateyoursenses on February 03
awesome pic! love the shoes!
desiree_paige
desiree_paige on November 22
ahhh, those shoes!!! awesome
lilykhumaira
lilykhumaira on October 28
cute!..:)
bluejeans18
bluejeans18 on September 19
very english
bluejeans18
bluejeans18 on September 19
chic.
michelle2119
michelle2119 on September 13
interesting shoes
RawwrKat
RawwrKat on November 17
GREAT look!
alinaceusan
alinaceusan on November 06
hehe cute
kss_23
kss_23 on September 17
Cute romper! Amazing photo!
chelyuson
chelyuson on August 31
great shot
nennen35
nennen35 on August 31
cute outfit! love your shoes!
Hawaiikidd
Hawaiikidd on August 30
I Love this look. Its so pretty. :)
imperfectidealist
imperfectidealist on August 28
this is such an edgy look! i love your sense of style (:
FairyColors
FairyColors on August 27
l so looove that floral pattern on your romper!! that's such a lucky find!! gorgeous florals and lovely romantic vibe!!cute pearls and hat too!! chic voted ;) xx
deathbyplatforms
deathbyplatforms on August 26
i like them chunky Maryjanes!
handlebarmustaches
handlebarmustaches on August 26
cute really vintage
KaileeBroadway
KaileeBroadway on August 25
love yur pearls and yur dress
chubbylumpkin
chubbylumpkin on August 25
Very cute 90's look!
deerdairy
deerdairy on August 25
really love the shoes!
candydoll
candydoll on August 25
Gorgeous!!!
pullyoursocksup
pullyoursocksup on August 24
Great stories and fab pic!
Duygu
Duygu on August 24
just wonderfull!
Squarectomy
Squarectomy on August 24
Great outfit and very great articles! Congrats on living out your writing dreams! Love Grace.
thoughtshavewings
thoughtshavewings on August 24
this is amazing, very Blossom! shoes are super!
jennsu
jennsu on August 23
cute outfit!
nikiadams
nikiadams on August 22
you look so cute!
artyaffair
artyaffair on August 22
cutee!
amazingrace245
amazingrace245 on August 22
lovely!
koozle
koozle on August 21
This looks so Bratz doll like with your body/frame. I totally love it.
districtofchic
districtofchic on August 21
That photo is awesome. I love your accessories, as always.
PepperoniAnyesse
PepperoniAnyesse on August 21
fab
love_aesthetics
love_aesthetics on August 21
FANTASTIC shoes!
BadassCute
BadassCute on August 21
Love how your miksing the dark, kinda hard shoes with the soft dress! It's a really good look! :D
coliessoule
coliessoule on August 21
I love the whole look dear! especially those shoes!!! =)
kenjs
kenjs on August 21
cute
LapinNoir
LapinNoir on August 21
pretty outfit!! love that you paired this dress with black tights! nice writing too :D
vevevea
vevevea on August 21
nice dress!!
AnazSiantar
AnazSiantar on August 21
so vintage I love it
Kikki
Kikki on August 21
lovely shoes and amazing dress too! I love it!
Donata
Donata on August 21
love this!!!
rougeallure
rougeallure on August 21
shoes look great with those tights!
LA_Chica
LA_Chica on August 21
love the vintage look (:
psykoKilla
psykoKilla on August 20
Great outfit,great photo! Lovely!
vernenciso
vernenciso on August 20
lvoe the photo!!!
lifestyle
lifestyle on August 20
Love the photo and the romper!
mandigarcia
mandigarcia on August 20
so cuteee!!! looooove those shoesss <3
fashionismypassion77
fashionismypassion77 on August 20
so chic!
freedomwings
freedomwings on August 20
this is adorable, love it!
chloetrayner
chloetrayner on August 20
great shoes
headbandit
headbandit on August 20
great romper!
immadi
immadi on August 20
cute shoes
anonymours
anonymours on August 20
love the romper!
violetheart
violetheart on August 20
so chic loving this photo :):) gorgeous pearls and dress!! chic vote
vivalaabi
vivalaabi on August 20
voted! :D
katslovefashion
katslovefashion on August 20
cute!
miaamos
miaamos on August 20
love the pic!!!you look chic and pretty!!!!
charchelle27
charchelle27 on August 20
love love your dress dear! cute pose too!
mahirahme
mahirahme on August 20
cute outfit!
lexloga
lexloga on August 20
I love every piece of this!
keogan42
keogan42 on August 20
love the floral
CheriChictopia
CheriChictopia on August 20
Love your samples! =)
Pink_Champagne
Pink_Champagne on August 20
Thank you! Do you know when I will get an official notification saying whether I've been approved? Thanks! =)
lissakahayon
lissakahayon on August 20
cute romper!!!!
MissSmile1423
MissSmile1423 on August 20
I like the dress :DD
Carlis
Carlis on August 20
great look! love your pose ;)
AmyIsham
AmyIsham on August 20
Amazing shoes, you look great. x
tealless
tealless on August 20
your shoes is sooo cute :D:D
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on August 20
love this! romper is perfect and cute pearls contrasted with black!
Coconut
Coconut on August 20
I love everything !!! The romper, shoes , necklace ! <3
angiekje
angiekje on August 20
cute romper, hat and shoes!! love that picture!
mavielle
mavielle on August 20
Your romper is so cute, love how u paired it w/ tights
Reybeltane
Reybeltane on August 20
great vintage find!
criscela
criscela on August 20
cool!!
Elekon_Chic_Boutique
Elekon_Chic_Boutique on August 20
love everything! CHIC!
goldencor
goldencor on August 20
I love your romper! :)
Odette11
Odette11 on August 20
so cute (:
VIRAL_THREADS
VIRAL_THREADS on August 20
This is so cute! I love your outfit!
folle_femme
folle_femme on August 20
Love your look..kinda rocker-feminine!
londondude
londondude on August 20
great photo! And your writing is very enjoyable, keep it up..please : ) The shoes are very cute
kayemoniquesgonzales
kayemoniquesgonzales on August 20
very pretty!
cityofbugs
cityofbugs on August 20
this is gorgeous!
thesmartdresser
thesmartdresser on August 20
i love it!
Mithrilia
Mithrilia on August 20
victorian chic! :)
stickybun
stickybun on August 20
nice shoes! very 60's
HollyAshley
HollyAshley on August 20
amazing!! chic voted!!
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