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Author: Leisa Loan

26 Jan

With Hair Comes Power

On my first day of junior high, I walked through the front doors of Boston Latin School.  I would walk through those same doors 180 days out of the year for the next six years.  On that first day of seventh grade, I remember all too clearly the outfit I had painstakingly chosen for such a momentous occasion.  I felt that however I looked that day would be how my high school peers would see me for our whole experience together. Sure, high school is all about growth, but in my thirteen-year-old brain, this first impression meant everything.   This be-all-end-all defining outfit ended up being denim shorts, slip on black and white checkered Vans, and a blue Ramones tank top...
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21 Oct

The Most Enviable Bleach Blonde Boys

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As a recent transplant to the South from the Northeast, I’m quickly learning that summer tends to hang on a little longer in different parts of the country.  With Halloween a week away and my thermostat reading 92 degrees, I can’t help but cling to summer a bit longer.  Don’t get me wrong, I love fall, but I’m not quite ready to give up the carefree feelings of summer just yet.  These last few days of hot weather hang heavy with denial.  I know soon enough I will wake up and smell in the crisp morning air; that cool September morning feeling of a high school student waking up to the first dreadful day of school, the cold faux leather...
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18 Jul

How to Survive Summer With Bangs

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Bangs. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they’ve been gracing foreheads for decades. From pin-up girls on the sides of WWII bombers—who kept the faith alive for the young, strapping men in battle—to Jane Birkin’s sixties-chic iconic fringe, to Zooey Deschanel’s adorable face-framing locks, many ladies (and even men!) have taken the oath to uphold their fringe.  Effortlessly tousled or blunt and sleek, people have been finding different ways to rock bangs with any look.  Personally, I just use them to cover up my five-head (kind of like a forehead, but think bigger), but that’s a personal problem. I have lived with bangs my entire life, excluding my sophomore year of college, a time when I was feeling foolishly bold. The photos...
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