It’s hard out there for a … punk?

In a way we were just a tad disappointed upon arriving at college to find that the stereotype of Berkeley as a breeding ground for wild and wonderful eye candy was just that – a stereotype. In today’s seas of earnestly-inspired (but decidedly inoffensive) combat boots around campus, it’s next to impossible to spot a pair of New Rocks in Berkeley. How things have changed since 2004…

UC Berkeley Gets A - Er, Makeover

UC Berkeley style gets a - er, makeover. (Click to expand!)

In fact, when we were in grade school, Hot Topic was actually cool.

No, really.

It once was a place where your cool, mohawked older siblings went to buy Manic Panic and bondage corsets, read more »

6046180567_a24af92530_bFeeling artsy? The beautiful weather that has broken through the lightening storm is making us feel closer to the world of aesthetics. If you have had your fill of hangovers this weekend, and are at the point where the smell of alcohol is making you sick, it may be time to head over to the Legion of Honor for a different kind of sensory experience. The Legion of Honor is showing two very special exhibitions that will leave you feeling like quite the classy college student. Both exhibits are good for the brain and good for the soul. read more »

veryfashionableAlthough UC Berkeley was ranked the “Greenest School in the World” (according to a study conducted by the University of Indonesia) only eight months ago, we were dumbfounded to find out that we were left off of the Daily Beasts’ top 25 “Greenest Schools” in America list.

However, all hard feelings (including our continued dismay at Cal’s absence in the “Most Radical Schools” list by the Huffington Post — don’t think we forgot, Huff!) have been forgiven (temporarily) after reading the spectacular news that our institution has been ranked ninth in Her Campus’ “Most Fashionable Colleges” List.

And here we thought that being fashionable was only read more »

kathleen-murilloKathleen Murillo looks stunning. Always. To the point where we suspected superhuman abilities at work. As a psychology major and blogger extraordinaire, she shares fashion advice and commentary (complete with photos) on her blog, which has been featured in Teen Vogue, Elle, Refinery 29 and Chictopia, among others.

She graciously took time out of a hectic day to field overly nosy questions about what it takes to be amazing, inside and out:

1) How and when did you develop such an impeccable and inspiring fashion sense?

Ever since I was little, I’ve always had a love for art. I guess from there, I’ve developed a creative eye for things — including fashion! Just this past year I’ve grown a deeper love for fashion and with that, started my personal fashion blog back in September 2010.

2) How do you balance it all: The Berkeley education along with the blogging, shopping, two jobs, internships and extracurriculars? (Do you own a Time-Turner, and where can we get one?)

I seriously wish I had a Time-Turner in my back pocket! But, there is one item that is a must-have when it comes to balancing everything: My planner. If you take a peek into my planner, it’s practically filled with lots of notes scribbled everywhere, but helps read more »

feather earringsThey say if you give a man a fish, he can eat for a day but if you teach a man to fish, he can eat for a lifetime. While there aren’t actually any fish involved, BARE magazine is holding its DIY (Do-It-Yourself) event and trunk show tomorrow, teaching students how to make their own jewelry and accessories.

The event has free admission and will feature various booths, teaching the masses how to make their own high-quality earrings, bracelets, purses, and can cozies that can save you peeps some major bank. As if that isn’t enough incentive, there will be a live DJ, free pop chips, and a booth to get feather extensions (‘Cause who couldn’t use a few feathers?). If you have a flare for fashion or are just thrifty, check out BARE’s trunk show from 12-4 PM at Westminster House this Friday!

Image Source: agwagon2000 under Creative Commons

BARENewsomCoverThe winter installment of UC Berkeley’s leading fashion quarterly, BARE Magazine, found its covergirl in none other than Mrs. Mayor Gavin Newsom herself: Jennifer Siebel.

Student photgrapher Ericka Veliz captured several shots of San Francisco’s First Lady near Ghiradelli Square—what more delectable a fashionscape to revamp the whimsy that made Bay Area style iconic. Siebel sported local designers the likes of Christopher Collins and Colleen Quen for the shoot.

Newsom also sat down with BARE reporter Katie Sarna to talk about her upcoming documentary debut, “Miss Representation”, girl power, wearable San Francisco fashion, and what it’s really like to be married to Gavin Newsom.

The issue went to print this week, we urge you to snag a copy. We’re also intrigued by BARE’s coverage of “Cal’s Co-op Culture” (knit hats out of your compost much?), our campus Muslim community’s insights on the Hijab, as well as the “Primal Instinct” spread.

Image Source: Courtesy Ericka Veliz, BARE Magazine
Jennifer Siebel Returns To Camera’s Lens [SFist]

You heard us right. Get your fashionista on, snap a few photos and you could end up with 1,000 clams.

Deadline for Crossroad’s photo competition is May 31. A panel of their judges will pick the pictures, but there is a completely useless and unnecessary rating system

Hard As Nails full

if the public is so inclined. The top four will get some monetary love:
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Oh no you didn’t! Looks like fashion mag BARE has some competition: Chiq Magazine.

We came across the chalked advert for Chiq’s first meeting only because of its tagline: “UCB’s 1st Health, beauty + lifestyle magazine” (sic). Not exactly fashion, but we know BARE covers beauty too.

But that’s not our gripe. The proof is in the spelling. “Chiq,” with a q? Does that mean it’s pronounced “chic” or “chick”? Or is it supposed to be a confusing amalgamation of both? In case, we’re pretty sure that anyone who would honestly refer to herself as a “chick” is surely not chic.

Image Source: onlinewoman under Creative Commons
Chiq Magazine [Website]

Last week, as promised, two Cloggers attended the swankiest party the Clog has ever been invited to. After copious amounts of speculation about the precise meaning of “Semi-formal/cocktail attire” and “food will be provided,” cloggers Jill and Danica hopped on the F bus to downtown Bar and Restaurant. (And no, that wasn’t a typo, you capitalization Nazi.) read more »

Sometimes it pays to be a blogger, like when you get invited to parties you didn’t even know were happening. BARE magazine, UC Berkeley’s fashion publication, will host a VIP launch party this Thursday at 8 p.m. at Downtown Bar and Restaurant.

Later this week, one of our bloggers will grace the event, but in the meantime you can think of ways of impersonating us and crashing the party. Expect a wrap-up around the weekend.

BARE also has a quasi-Sartorialistic blog (shows you what we know of Berkeley blogs). We’re not sure we dig the what-I-wore-to-work-today posts, but we’re looking forward to pics of chic students–if BARE can find ‘em.

BARE Magazine Blog [Web Site]

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