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On Trend: "The Great Gatsby" Revives the Roaring ‘20s


-Rache’ll Brown

Drop-waists, berry lips, and embellished accessories; if only kitten heels were in fashion too. But it’s official—the ‘20s are back. With the recent release of The Great Gatsby, the beauty and fashion world has embraced all aspects of the generation, and this year’s trends reflect the recent fascination for the decade. From ‘20s haircuts to flapper fashion, Gatsby-inspired looks can be seen on both the runway and in stores. From red carpet to campus, these pieces can be used to create a classic look with a glamorous twist.

Shoppers can find ‘20s inspired items in almost any store catering young females this season. Drop-waist dresses, silk tops, and beaded details are all very popular. To avoid vintage over-kill, skip piling on multiple pieces that embody the trend all at once. The goal is to put together a fashionable outfit, not a costume. Instead, my advice is to choose one piece as a focal point and then to either pair it with basic pieces in neutral colors or pair with modern accessories to bring the past into the present.

As for makeup, there are a lot of ways to bring the ‘20s into everyday wear. Like clothing, I’m not a fan of all of the staples together at one time; I wouldn’t wear dark eyes with dark lips, nor is the popular thin, drawn-on eyebrows of the decade a look I would ever sport. Pairing something like MAC’s Lush Life with a more natural eye (matte, neutral eyes shadows with thin eyeliner and tons of mascara) would be a dramatic and appropriate interpretation of the time. A dark, smoldering eye with a nude lip is also another great alternative to ‘20s inspired beauty because kohl rimmed eyes were all the rage. Feeling more adventurous? Try out some hairstyles inspired by the decade! Short cuts, glamorous headbands, and most importantly finger waves, were a must. This post gives a good explanation of how to encompass the look.

It doesn’t matter if a girl identifies as a “Daisy” or a “Jordan,” bringing small touches from the past back into the present instantly revamps a girl’s style with a vintage twist. So embrace the 1920s and incorporate some old-fashioned glam into everyday wear–it is perfectly on-trend.

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Hot Tub Nostalgia Machine

– Jacob O’Gara

“Nostalgia” comes from a Greek word meaning “pain” or “ache.” It refers to a sort of remembrance of things past, a longing to return to a time previous, where things were “so much better.” The feeling of nostalgia for a certain place in time typically comes over those who have lived through that time; however, there are always people who pine for a cultural moment’s return who actually never lived through that moment. The latest case of this kind of pseudo-nostalgia is the embrace of “Hot Tub Time Machine” by those who weren’t even alive during the time period the comedy depicts.

The cultural moment on display in “Hot Tub Time Machine” is the Eighties, specifically 1986, and even more specifically, Winterfest ’86. Three men, whose friendship has become so strained over the years that only a suicide attempt can bring them together, inhabit the bodies of their younger selves and get the chance to relive the days of neon-colored ski suits, Poison, Ronald Reagan, and AIDS. What results is a movie with a title more ridiculous than “Snakes on a Plane,” and the best guy-bonding comedy since “Superbad.”

The film (yeah, I’ll be so bold as to bestow it with such an honor) is propelled by the friendship of Rob Corddry, John Cusack, and Craig Robinson. Cusack plays a throwback to the kind of angsty, soul-searching, heartthrob characters he played in the 1980s; Robinson is the lovable musician of the bunch, and Corddry plays the asshole of the trio, but in the words of Robinson’s character, “he’s our asshole.” And unlike Bradley Cooper’s debonair bastard character in “The Hangover,” Corddry genuinely comes across as the kind of friend you have and hang with, but don’t really know why. At times, his self-absorbed nature is grating, but then he turns around and does something selfless. Like all of the “our asshole”-types in our lives.

“Hot Tub Time Machine” probably isn’t going to join the pantheon of film comedy greats like “Some Like It Hot” or the Monty Python films, but it gets an A for affort. It’s more poignant and touching in its portrayal of male bonding than the goofy pitch-in-title lets on, and it’s one of the most quotable movies I’ve ever seen. Check it out before the millions of Facebook groups ruin it.