Beyond the Graphite

    Social Sierra

    “I think the simplest answer is to go to work ready to work hard.” Sierra Sanchez hits the nail on the head when she talks about her work ethic, current position with Pottery Barn and the impact that Academy of Art University has had on her career. As a member of the millennial generation, the digital space is not a foreign idea for Sanchez. With this, she has accumulated much success.

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    Street Style: Back to Basics

    Black will always be the new black. This color has spread beyond its stereotypical business boundaries: bohemian, lounge, party/evening, casual, business casual, you name it. Its versatility and the endless messages it exudes are the exact qualities a girl looks for in a signature color. When spotted walking down these San Francisco streets, Mana Syed embodied the effortlessly chic woman San Francisco is known for. With the latest technology and an updated knowledge of the latest platforms, she is ready to go from day to night.

    Describe your style.

    Usually minimalist, focused on black, whites, anything in that group. A complete contrast to my occasional Pakistani style, which tends to include more colors and even patterns.

    Who is your style muse?

    Quite a few! Lou Doillon and Kate Lanphear.


    Mana Syed, visual merchandising major. top: Zara, pants: H&M, shoes: H&M, necklace: Forever 21 & sunglasses: Le Specs. Photo by Alexandria Ceranski.

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    Talking Passion

    Steven “NugLife” Solis talks local showcases, creative influences and goals

    I sat down with Steven “NugLife” Solis the evening of Saturday, Oct. 10 after an album release show for band War of Icaza at One Fam Café in West Oakland, Calif. NugLife and rappers Rocky G, Kaly Jay, Kwesi and more, have been popping up at many showcases in the area recently. I first met the DJ last summer when he started doing sets at Dolores Park, something I hadn’t seen before. I decided to catch up with him and ask him some questions.

    So Steven, who would you say are your main influences?

    Forward thinking people, creatives. People who wake up everyday and want to do something different. One person for a few months lately has been my homie Nite Owl. We’re doing totally different things, but I respect his drive. He makes me want to do more.

    What is your ultimate goal?

    Work with those I look up to. Just be beside them. Collaborate with like-minded beings.


    Steven “NugLife” Solis. Photo by Mia Felder.

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    Styling the Way to New York Fashion Week

    Lynee Ruiz is a hairstylist who started in the Milwaukee and Brookfield areas doing local test photoshoots and charitable runway shows, along with some smaller company photoshoots. She was working at Corenza Salon in Brookfield, Wis., when a spark lit inside of her.

    Friends of Ruiz have said that she simply stated to herself and her co-workers that she wanted to do hair for the next New York Fashion Week. Ruiz went on to do hair at some of the 2014/2015 NYFW shows. Having worked with Ruiz, I have personally experienced how she changes a set’s atmosphere. There is a seriousness and attention to detail, but it never distracts from her connection with the model or client. Her success derives from her spirit and determination.

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    'Academy Idol' Recap: Season 5 - Episodes 1 & 2


    Photo by Bob Toy.

    Episode 1: September 30, 2015

    Following a brief introduction from this season’s three hosts, Aundria Jolivette, Lorena King and Frank Diaz, season five of Academy Idol was underway. This year’s panel of judges, Keanna Moody, Alexis Moore, Elizabeth Sweeny, Matthew Cesca and Kiyomi Mitsuda, were on the edge of their seats waiting to see what kind of fresh talent they were about to encounter. In no time, the first contestant, Zachary Santos, was with Aundria Jolivette in the pre-performance interview anxiously awaiting his time in the spotlight.

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    'Hair' Brings Love Not War to Sutter Theatre

    The high-spirited musical brought with it great music and a peaceful message


    Ryan Vásquez, Christian Vilina and the cast of 'Hair.' Photo by Bob Toy.

    Hair the musical was here spreading peace and love. “Come to the Be-in!” the cast yelled out to the audience as they handed out flyers during the last part of Act 1.

    Hair takes place in the late 1960s during a time where unshaven, free spirited people known as hippies were protesting against the war in Vietnam. It was truly the “age of Aquarius” with signs that said “Make Love, Not War.” This high-spirited musical played for two weeks beginning on April 23 and ran through May 2 at the 620 Sutter Street Theatre.

    “This musical in particular has such great music and such a great message. Yes, I wanted to be a part of it in some way,” said Katie Meehan, who played character Sheila Franklin.

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