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The Harry Styles era of fashion

Beginning his journey on the X Factor UK in 2010, Harry Styles, former One Direction member, has stolen the hearts of many. Ten years later and he has single-handedly influenced a new era of style. 

Harry’s individual style started to really shine when he began his solo career. Without the boyband stereotype branding him, his personality seemed to show through his clothing. Towards the end of One Direction’s time in the spotlight, Harry stepped out of his comfort zone more and more when it came to press releases, red carpets and touring. His signature look of skinny jeans, Chelsea boots and a t-shirt quickly turned into polka dot dress shirts, flare pants and heeled boots. The bags started to become designer and then everything began to change. 

The change was gradual. He didn’t immediately switch to the style we now know him for today. Starting in early 2017, he began wearing more colorful suits, printed shirts and finally ditched the ankle boots. Once he kicked off the tour for his debut album, a trend started to develop and fans quickly began to catch on. In almost every performance, he was sporting an extravagant suit or a kilt (yes, he did that). It was a sort of game amongst the fandom of what he would wear next and we all looked forward to when he walked out on stage– not only for the music, but the style.

Behind all the great outfits or streetwear Harry has sported, there is a mastermind of style. Harry Lambert, a British stylist, began working with Styles towards the end of Harry’s time in One Direction. Although Lambert usually does editorial pieces, Harry has been one of the very few celebrities he has worked with. An introduction with gender-fluid designer Reed Harris by Lambert really unlocked Harry’s full fashion style. Shocking the world with his ensemble at the Met Gala, it is as if Styles carried the camp theme with him proceeding the event. This trio has crafted truly unique outfits and it will be interesting to see what they come up with next.

With his new look, fans and other celebrities all over the country have followed suit in creating more feminine and fresh approaches to their wardrobe. Inspiration outfit videos are almost every other scroll on TikTok and the red carpets are starting to get more and more interesting when it comes to the looks that the men show up in. The boundaries of fashion are expanding and I would directly attribute it to the influence of the 26-year-old curly-headed superstar.

Top “Off-Duty” Look: Rehearsal at The TODAY Show- February 26, 2020

The JW Anderson chunky, colorful cardigan paired with a vintage t-shirt, Gucci denim jeans with a unique cuff and white Vans made me a bit nostalgic. Styles went back to his roots in a way that still allowed for his new style to stand out. His mature yet youthful approach to a rehearsal fit had fans going crazy on Twitter. Also, can you remember the last time Styles walked out in denim jeans? With his hand painted guitar and neck draped in pearls, Styles had everyone googling where to get this cardigan- and by everyone, I mean me.

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Purple is Harry’s color. There, I said it. This custom-made Gucci glitter suit with the gold glitter accents was a dream during his show in Milan. Giving him a bit more structure than a normal suit, this piece perfectly embodies a major theme in most of Harry’s outfits– glitter.

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Another trend that Harry has seemed to bring back is the use of suspenders. Dressed in Gucci, this sheer, glittery dress shirt allows for his tattoos to be the star of the scene. Who doesn’t love a good tattoo moment? 

It’s safe to say that Harry’s outfits for the Fine Line tour are much anticipated. I can only predict that his feminine edge will only grow stronger and the desire to come up with greater, more glittery pieces will be a challenge for his stylists.

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Coronavirus album review

Well folks, we’ve done it now. Somebody took the name Coronavirus on Spotify and is pushing out albums themed – you guessed it – coronavirus (COVID-19). From hits such as “Hand Sanitizer” to “Cruise Ship,” this artist’s music is contagious. Don’t let the meager 25 Instagram followers and 8,674 monthly listeners fool you, this will be going coronaviral soon. 

To quote Trevor Noah, “started from the Wuhan, now we here” perfectly sums up Coronavirus’ humble beginnings to major success. What we experience as a pandemic is really just Coronavirus spreading itself all over the top charts and dropping a sick beat. So without further ado, I’ll be reviewing top tracks from Coronavirus’ latest album, “Pandemic.” 

  1. Pray for the World

Clearly inspired by the first track on the “COVID-19” album called “Pray for Wuhan,” Coronavirus takes it global with its new hit “Pray for the World.” For 4 minutes and 19 seconds Coronavirus explains to us why we need to pray for the world because we’ve got “diseases and violence and tyrants and all that stuff.” What a great message! Critically though, Coronavirus sounds like they have a bit of a sore throat in this song — but can you blame them?

Favorite lyric: that day you fall, you never know what’s gonna happen’ so Coronavirus is just gon’ sit here and be rappin’

2. Hand Sanitizer

In this classic hit Coronavirus advocates for keeping your hands clean, rants about the rising prices of hand sanitizer and then goes off in another direction about covering his genitals in hand sanitizer. * slow clap * Truly inspiring. (Ngl the beat is fire though)

Favorite lyric: you gotta pay a hundred bucks for some hand sanitizuh, it’s just f*cking alcohol and aloe veruh make yuh own!

2nd favorite lyric: Kind of wish this song didn’t exist. (Me too Coronavirus, me too)

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3. Cover Your Mouth

“Just stop. Please. Cover. Your mouth.” This line pretty much sums up the whole song. When Coronavirus itself has to tell you that you should be covering your mouth, please just cover your mouth. 

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Favorite lyric: you take a shit and then wipe your motherf*!king butt and then you go and just leave, close the door shut, but guess what? You forgot one thing – to f*#king wash your handssssss!

4. Martial Law

I think Coronavirus just straight up forgot the music and punctuation on this one. Just went up to the mic and started freestyling to silence about martial law and then trailed off into a regular conversation for a few minutes about how Coronavirus is the most conscious rapper and how people need to maintain their dignity. It was all good until Coronavirus ended by telling people that they should kill each other to protect themselves, but this is Coronavirus, what did you expect? 

Favorite lyric: You gotta be careful with the martial law ‘cause you aren’t the law…better stay inside.

5. Prepare (Stock up)

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Damn, you got a fever of over 100˚F? That’s because this song is so hot. While toilet paper is not an essential (despite what some Australians may believe), Coronavirus wants to let everyone in this song know that they should stock up on essentials such as food and water. 

Favorite lyric: You don’t wanna run out of nothin’ because when you run out of somethin’ you end up with nothin’

If you want to hear more, you can find Coronavirus on Spotify or anywhere really – it spreads fast. In coronavirus fashion, there is more than just one. There are actually two other artists on Spotify also named Coronavirus. What did I tell you – it’s going coronaviral. 

Ruckify: A Forward Thinking Community

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Ruckify is an idea whose time has come! Own less and do more. It comes down to this: if you own something useful or fun, you can make some money loaning it out. If you want to accomplish something that requires a tool or you want to have an experience that requires a valuable machine then Ruckify is your resource. The sharing economy is the economy of the future.

People love experiences and prioritize action over ownership. Consider this; do you want to dive into nature and kayak around Ladybird Lake? Or do you want to go to a store and purchase a kayak you have to store, clean, and use once in a while?

The world is changing and the way the economy works is up to us. Sharing simply makes sense. And while social distancing protocols are in effect we can still have a community. You can help people and make money at the same time by listing your rentable asset on Ruckify. If you want to get out in the world but are avoiding crowds, then Ruckify can give you a lot, like a tool to complete a project or a watercraft that can get you out in the open to enjoy nature.

Austin is the perfect place for the Ruckify ethos. People here love to get out into the world, try new things, and become great at what they do. With a metro area over 1 million people we’re urban yet we have access to space—parks, rivers, lakes, hill country. You can still make the most of it and Ruckify has opportunities.

Crisis has us all shifting the way we work, live and have fun. But people are responsive, creative and figure out how to adapt. If you find yourself with more time on your hands, try out some new hobbies, creative outlets, or physical activities that can keep you motivated to build your life as best you can. Join Ruckify and you’ll have an ever-growing array of options.

The Ruckify community is smart. And people get stronger by being in this community together. Transactions happen through the website and owners can develop smart procedures for getting their assets into the hands of renters including using the Ruckify Express touchless delivery service. People in the community also share sensible cleaning policies that show respect to all parties. The people of Ruckify, from members to employees, make it what it is.

When times are tough we all dig a little deeper to find ways to make ends meet. Ruckify is a great option. It can be as simple as a pressure washer. If you own one, list it. Someone will give you a reasonable sum of money and make use of it while you’re not using it.

So, if you need to fill some gaps financially, list your assets, share them and get a bump to your bank account. Depending on your situation, Ruckify can even be the side hustle that gives you a new and much-needed revenue stream. Look at what you own and think about how you can share. It’s a win-win scenario.

The good of the community is what Ruckify is all about. This includes caring for our environment. We know we need to be conscious of our impact and the sharing economy is an essential aspect of a livable future. To learn more about the impact the Ruckify community is having check them out on Instagram and Twitter or read the Ruckify blog.

Share more and do more while owning less. Sign up for a Ruckify account and download the app. Live well no matter what life throws at you!

10 activities for long distance couples

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For those of us who haven’t experienced a long distance relationship, the prospect of keeping your relationship alive during what could potentially be months of self isolation seems daunting. Even if you are still choosing to see your significant other during this time, there aren’t a lot of fun date options right now. You can’t go to a movie, a restaurant, a bowling alley, don’t you dare try to go to a bar and an arcade is already unsanitary enough even without COVID-19 floating around. At the end of the day, remember that self isolation isn’t just about your own health, but the health of your community. When you’re in a relationship, staying at home instead of going out to see your partner can feel like the end of the world, but there are so many things that you can still do together without being together:

1. Play a drinking game

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If you’re still hellbent on wilding out this break, you can play all sorts of drinking games with your partner over video chatting (you can even make beer pong work.) The added bonus is that the drunk conversations will be fun and you can even skip down to item #8 on this checklist and play 20 Questions. 

2. Make mixtapes

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This is a romantic classic that never fails to make someone’s day. You can make playlists to different themes, spelling out sentences in song titles or just compiling songs that you think they’d like. Personally, I love listening to new music recommendations, especially made by someone who knows you very well. 

3. Watch movies simultaneously 

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There are plenty of websites that will allow you to do this and if your internet happens to be really good, screen sharing the movie will work just as well. Watching a movie alone is good, but reacting with your partner to the movie is much more fun. 

4. Mail a letter

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Ever heard of snail mail? While texting is always great, having something physical and handwritten to hold onto is much more memorable. You can even send them a gift or drawing! (Just don’t sneeze on anything.)

5. Set fitness goals for each other

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Doing the same workouts or setting fitness goals for one another will help you both stay motivated, connected and positive during self isolation/social distancing.

6. Play video games together

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Transport yourself from off your couch and into a virtual world to go on a quest (or just build a farm if those are your kind of games) with your partner. You can talk to each other while playing and there are so many different video games to choose from! If you need some inspiration, check out our article on some freshly released video games.

7. Write a story sentence by sentence 

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This can be a good way to pass the time and get creative with your significant other. You can expand upon an absurd plot going back and forth sentence by sentence, it’ll give you a lot of laughs and inside jokes. 

8. Play 20 Questions

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A time killer and a relationship builder, playing 20 questions will spur conversations (or confessions) that you’ve likely never had or shared before. 

9. Get artsy 

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Video chat your partner while you both try to follow a DIY video, then compare finished products. 

10. Share screens

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Share screens on your device and go on a YouTube/Tiktok/meme binge together.


Things to Do While Social Distancing

The past few weeks have been a difficult and often scary time. Between UT’s shift to online classes and the continuously changing state of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel anxious or hopeless. One thing that we all can do to help slow the spread, or “flatten the curve,” is to take part in social distancing.

 Social distancing can look a bit different for everyone, but basically it boils down to limiting interactions with people and keeping a distance between you of at least six feet when you can’t go without that interaction entirely. It can be tempting to want to go out and socialize or still take part in spring break plans, but this issue is beyond us as individuals. For the sake of public health, we need to do our part and stay home. Obviously, this can get boring pretty quickly. Here are things to do to fight boredom while practicing social distancing.

Start Your Spring Cleaning

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I’d like to think everyone else has a drawer that is always a junk drawer. Whether you have old clothes sitting in your closet or a dresser that needs dusting, though, cleaning is both a time consuming and productive thing to do. If you have a big area to cover, try breaking it up into pieces to conquer throughout the week. Even if you aren’t one of those people who find it relaxing (I certainly don’t), there’s likely to be a sense of accomplishment when it’s all said and done. 

Make a Vision Board

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A vision board is a great way to set intentions and put your desires onto something tangible. The great thing about this activity is that it can be as elaborate or simple as you want it to be. I already have a large vision board made of a cork board, scrapbook paper, and magazine images, but I decided to make a smaller one to add to it. As individuals we are always changing, so this is an activity that can be done multiple times whether you’ve made it with long term goals and dreams or short term ideas. All you need is a surface such as a piece of paper/poster board/cork board, magazines or internet images to cut out, and glue/thumb tacks to secure the images. If you’re artsy you could even add paint or drawings to your vision board. This is also a great way to take your mind off of the craziness of the day and think about things you’d like to do for yourself. 

Host a FaceTime Party

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Even if you’re social distancing with your roommates or family members, it can still feel lonely and dull. For those having to leave the dorms or other living arrangements near campus, it can feel like you’re being ripped away from your friends, support system, and overall routine. Luckily we have technology at our fingertips that can help us reconnect. Text your friends/family and set up a FaceTime date. Grab some snacks, get comfortable, make sure your device is charged, and keep each other company! You could also try playing a game or watching a movie “together” if catching up feels repetitive.

Get Outdoors

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Avoid getting stir crazy by making it a point to go outside everyday. According to this Time article, going outside can lower stress, decrease blood pressure, and improve your overall mood. Walking your dog, going for a morning/evening walk, visiting a spacious park, drinking your coffee outside, opening up a window, having a picnic in your backyard, outdoor yoga, going for a run, or riding a bike are just a small sample of things you can do to get outside.

Workout for Free (and at home) with YouTube

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Instead of going to the gym, try something new from the comfort of your home. YouTube is a great way to get fit for free and there are literally hundreds of channels to choose from. If you’re looking for a quick, high energy workout, I recommend the Body Coach TV. Joe Wicks is the “Body Coach” and is probably the only person who can make me smile while doing a plank. His specialty is HIIT workouts and he has a huge variety of videos to try. For pilates or yoga, checkout Boho Beautiful or Yoga With Adriene. The Boho Beautiful videos are always in a unique destination that can either give you some future travel inspiration or help you pretend like you’re in Bali. Adriene from Yoga With Adriene is Austin based, so you can support a local yogi by watching her videos.

Bake

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Baking is another way to pass time that is productive, entertaining, and (hopefully) delicious. Whether you fancy yourself a future Food Network star or barely know what a whisk is, now is a great time to get cooking. Try and use what you have to avoid going out in crowds. If you don’t have a favorite recipe to whip up, these cookie recipes by Tasty can be made using cake mix and are both easy and delicious. Wanting to make something from scratch? This chocolate cake recipe or these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are two of my absolute favorite recipes. 

Start a New Show/Book

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Although the adrenaline rush of binge watching a series when you have an exam coming up may not be there, it’s still a great time to start a new series or begin reading a book. It doesn’t have to be actually “new,” either. Never understood the hype of The Office because you’ve never seen it? Now’s your chance. Wanted to read Michelle Obama’s book but didn’t have the time? Well, now you do. 

Journal

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Journaling can be both a creative outlet as well as a therapeutic release during times of stress or uncertainty. It can sometimes be difficult to keep up with a traditional journal or know what to write so if that isn’t your thing, try using a bullet journal or a prompting/list journal. I love this reflections and intentions journal because it has fill in the blank prompts for things like gratitudes, reflections, and mood while being flexible enough so if you miss a day it is no big deal. Plus, it’s designed to be used in the morning and again at night, making it more of an activity that you can add into your new routine. A bullet journal can be bought online for relatively cheap and is a great option for those looking to tailor the journaling experience with a bit more creativity and freedom to doodle. There is a ton of inspiration for bullet journals on Instagram and Pinterest, too!

Social distancing is an important part of slowing the spread of the Coronavirus, but it can be difficult emotionally. It’s important to remember that you aren’t alone and, while it may not always seem like it, staying home is one of the biggest ways you can contribute right now. It’s also important to recognize that while getting things done while at home can feel like a valuable way to pass time, it’s okay if you aren’t “productive.” Taking care of your mental health is just as important and that can look different for everyone.

 If you’re struggling with finding things to do while staying in, try the tips above or come up with some ideas of your own and don’t forget to let us know on social media how you’re social distancing! 

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