Can I Be You: Punk Goddess Meredith Graves

Can I Be You: Punk Goddess Meredith Graves

Photo by Kimi Selfridge. The worst mistake I’ve ever made in my life was taking Meredith Graves off speaker phone. She and the guys were Seattle-bound from Boise, Idaho, and it was noisy, and she asked me oh-so-nicely, but what I should’ve said was, “No, Meredith, I can’t do that....
The Ultimate Style Guide to Marsala

The Ultimate Style Guide to Marsala

At the end of 2014, Pantone revealed the color of the year for 2015 – Marsala. Marsala is a type of wine, which originated from the Italian city Marsala. It’s a hue associated with elegance, strength and earthiness. Just like the Marsala wine, this Marsala color is tasteful and stylish....
SWEETEST's Top 25 Albums of 2014

SWEETEST’s Top 25 Albums of 2014

It’s our second year ranking the best albums of the year from artists across all genres and stylings, and 2014 was definitely a powerful year in releases. A number of female artists made fierce debuts and some of the past’s greatest contenders have returned. Check out our list and let...
SWEETEST Originals: Pretty in Pink

SWEETEST Originals: Pretty in Pink

Photography: Doris Huang Makeup: Tyler Barnes Models: Alexandra Barrero Kameelah Pointer Tatiana Fenner Julia Naftulin Our models are 100% unretouched.
How To Pick New Year’s Resolutions That You Actually Keep

How To Pick New Year’s Resolutions That You Actually Keep

It’s that time of the year to start reflecting on your life and things you want to better about yourself or do. For many of us this can be very difficult and we end up with the played out weight loss goal resolution. However a new year’s resolution is meant...
#COLLEGE | How To Survive Finals Week, In Style

#COLLEGE | How To Survive Finals Week, In Style

Trees are starting to frost, classes have ended… Can’t mean anything else but the arrival of the most dreaded finals week. No worries, although it may seem like you won’t make it, finals week will come and go as soon as you know it. Here are some essentials to help...
#TheCandy | Week of December 8th

#TheCandy | Week of December 8th

News: Widespread protests are gaining momentum regarding the ruling against indicting the NYPD officer that put Eric Garner in an illegal chokehold, leading to Garner’s death. Listening: Yann Tiersen – Amélie (Original Movie Score). Easily one of the best movie scores of the 2000’s, Yann Tiersen composed a lovely film score that’s...
Interview: Elle Howard & Rylee Maver of Bruce Heart

Interview: Elle Howard & Rylee Maver of Bruce Heart

“Baby steps, but big picture, bigger goal,” says Elle Howard, Bruce Heart co-founder. This is her advice for creating big changes, such as the movement that Bruce Heart represents. Bruce Heart is the creation of Elle Howard and Rylee Maver, two ambitious and sweet entrepreneurs that came to Los Angeles,...
Forgetting Ferguson

Forgetting Ferguson

Illustration by Jameel Bridgewater. 107 days after the death of 18-year-old Mike Brown, the grand jury decided that officer Darren Wilson, his murder, will not be indicted and the case will not go to trial. Protesters and police officers continue to line the streets of Missouri as community members continue...
#TheCandy | Week of November 24th

#TheCandy | Week of November 24th

Uniqlo Spring 2015. News: A group of high schoolers from Norman, Ok. walked out of their classrooms in silent protest against rape and bullying as a part of the #YesAllDaughters movement. Yes All Daughters is a spin-off movement of Yes All Women, seeking to bring attention to the bullying that...
#FILM | Interview: 5 Questions With Rick Gonzalez

#FILM | Interview: 5 Questions With Rick Gonzalez

You may know him from his roles on Illegal Tender, Reaper, Roll Bounce, and Coach Carter. But Rick Gonzalez is more than just an actor. He is a rapper, an educator and an inspiration to an entire community. He’s certainly made quite an impression through the years. In his words,...
#BEAUTY | How To: Everything You Need To Know About Dyeing Your Hair Awesome Colors ( + Eyebrows! )

#BEAUTY | How To: Everything You Need To Know About Dyeing Your Hair Awesome Colors ( + Eyebrows! )

Charlotte Free for United Colors of Benetton. The question I am asked the absolute most over all others is “How do you do your hair/eyebrows?” I’m always shocked people are so curious about my process because it’s all very easy and self-explanatory. Today, I’m going to prove just how easy...
#FILM | 5 Horror Movie Starlets to Channel This Halloween

#FILM | 5 Horror Movie Starlets to Channel This Halloween

With Halloween fast approaching, spooky vibes are definitely on the mind. So how do you add some of the Halloween spirit to your every day look without walking around with a sheet over your head? Look to the most glamorous facet of Halloween lure: the horror movie vixen. I mean...
#FASHION | Interview: Lexi Kingery & Kenya Sherron of "Ostentatious"

#FASHION | Interview: Lexi Kingery & Kenya Sherron of “Ostentatious”

 Photograph by Taylyn Washington-Harmon. Ostentatious (adj.) – designed to impress or attract notice. Kenya “Ken” Sherron and Alexis “Lexi” Kingery of personal style blog Ostentatious seem almost unreal when you meet them. They definitely stand out from the slew of black and beige-draped guests at the local Starbucks where we...
#FASHION | Top 3 Trends from the 2015 Resort Season

#FASHION | Top 3 Trends from the 2015 Resort Season

Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter are two main seasons of the fashion world. But since wealthy customers like to go on cruises to places that have opposite weather, fashion designers started to launch the collection of “Resort”, aka “Cruise”. The clothes are ready-to-wear and mostly for warm-weather places.More and more brands are...
#FASHION | #Normcore: The Anti-Fashion (And Possibly Feminist) Fashion Trend

#FASHION | #Normcore: The Anti-Fashion (And Possibly Feminist) Fashion Trend

Every fashionist@ should be aware the “Normcore” trend. And to every other person who is not into fashion, you might just have gotten yourself into a trend revolution! So…what the hack is Normcore? It definitely does not look like Rihanna’s MTV Movie Awards look. Being minimalistic and simple does not...
#BEAUTY | 4 Best Runway Inspired Beauty Products For Spring

#BEAUTY | 4 Best Runway Inspired Beauty Products For Spring

The polar vortex is behind us! The weather is slowly getting warmer and I know you’re itching to finally bust out in cute shorts and wedges. I bet you’re also wondering what makeup trends have been sent out onto the runways this season. Here are just some of the best...
#MUSIC | Artist to Watch: Dylan Lloyd

#MUSIC | Artist to Watch: Dylan Lloyd

A few years back, when I played guitar in public for the first time at a local club, I announced my ACT score out loud to someone who asked what it was in the crowd. That person then ran up to me to high five me. That person was Dylan...
#FASHION | Top 5 Street Style Trends From Fashion Month

#FASHION | Top 5 Street Style Trends From Fashion Month

With the increasing popularity of street style photography, it’s now a total given to see these candid photos across all media channels as soon as fashion month comes around. For the entire month of February, fashion enthusiasts met in four key cities to partake in a host of fashion events,...
#FASHION | 12 Awesome Basics for Your Spring Wardrobe

#FASHION | 12 Awesome Basics for Your Spring Wardrobe

 All of the latest designer collections are out and you just can’t wait to get your hands on trendy pieces to mimic these looks. But without basic wardrobe staples, it’s easy to run the risk of looking like a fashion victim. Building a solid wardrobe foundation is the beginning of...
#MUSIC | The Ultimate List of Female Emcees

#MUSIC | The Ultimate List of Female Emcees

Angel Haze. (Image Source) According to The Smithsonian Magazine blog, the number of female rappers signed to a major record label has dropped from over 40 in the 1980s and 90s to 3 in 2010. Three. Seriously? To help increase awareness of this problem, Patrick Nease over at Praverb.net compiled...
#FASHION | 3 Top Trends for Spring Straight From the Runway and How To Wear Them

#FASHION | 3 Top Trends for Spring Straight From the Runway and How To Wear Them

After a whole season of freezing, spring has finally sprung! Winter can be problematic for a fashionista, but spring is just perfect for flaunting your edgy/sexy/elegant/sporty style. We took some of the best trends from Spring 2014 runway shows and give you a complete guide to play with these elements....
#MUSIC | Artist to Watch: Lorine Chia

#MUSIC | Artist to Watch: Lorine Chia

c/o. Lorine Chia is an artist that you definitely want to stay on the lookout for this year. Lorine has the talent to tap into various genres with hip hop and pop vibes. She has collaborated with various artists such as Chance The Rapper, Machine Gun Kelly, and Lili K....
#MUSIC | Artist To Watch: Chassion Rice

#MUSIC | Artist To Watch: Chassion Rice

When I first saw Chassion Rice walk into Panera Bread, I was a little bit impressed. For a 19-year-old rapper hailing from Plainfield, Illinois, I was expecting…well, I don’t really know what I was expecting. Chassion really carried himself with poise and a confidence that was easily noticeable. In short,...
The Playlist | Love & Other Drugs

The Playlist | Love & Other Drugs

February is the month we show our love to those who make us feel loved all year round and prep ourselves for that one make-or-break holiday for a current or potential relationship, Valentine’s Day. And Sweetest is here to give you the perfect playlist for it. Whether you’re home alone...
Top 10 Acts You Need to See At Coachella 2014

Top 10 Acts You Need to See At Coachella 2014

The Coachella lineup was officially released and thousands are scrambling for those pricey tix to see this year’s awesome acts this April. Don’t let yourself get lost in the fray when deciding which acts are worth your while. We’ve picked our top 10 favorites that are definitely not to miss....
Radiant Orchid: 5 Ways to Wear This Year’s It Color

Radiant Orchid: 5 Ways to Wear This Year’s It Color

Since Pantone’s announcement of radiant orchid as 2014’s color of the year, fashion lovers alike were surprised, enthused, and downright confused as to how they are to wear the color for the upcoming year. But no fear, with a little inspiration, there are countless ways you can wear the color...
Sweetest on the Street: What Are Your New Year's Beauty Resolutions?

Sweetest on the Street: What Are Your New Year’s Beauty Resolutions?

Happy New Year ladies! Most people are making year-long promises to exercise more, get better grades, talk to their crush, or just to smile more—all good things!—but what does the beauty geek aspire to do in 2014? I got to talk to three lovely girls to see what they planned...
The Top 25 Albums of 2013

The Top 25 Albums of 2013

2013 was definitely an incredible year for music. Artists are becoming more experimental and unpredictable, ultimately revolutionizing music as we know it. Especially thanks to the internet. Leaks, visual albums, animated album covers… We’ve truly stepped into a new age. Here are our top album picks for 2013. 25. SZA...
Meek Mill x Sweetest Mag

Meek Mill x Sweetest Mag

Photos by Sarah Valenzuela. Meek Mill made his second Syracuse University appearance Thursday December 5th at the Delta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha’s annual Hope Benefit Concert, where all proceeds went to different charities mostly around the greater Syracuse, NY area. “We wanted someone relevant, someone the audience could...
Sweetest on the Street: What's Your Winter Skin And Makeup Routine?

Sweetest on the Street: What’s Your Winter Skin And Makeup Routine?

It’s wintertime, ladies! The semester is winding down, the city is decked out in holiday gear, and the weather is colder with snowflakes blowing here and there. With the cold comes some changes to our skin. For an oily-faced girl, winter isn’t as rough on our skin and makeup compared...
#MUSIC | The 5 Best Mellow Tracks To Travel To

#MUSIC | The 5 Best Mellow Tracks To Travel To

When you’re preparing to travel, everything seems overwhelming. From the moment you begin to pack, to finding a great seat on the plane, everything seems hectic. The first sign of relief is when the plane takes off and you receive the “OK” to turn on your gadgets. Here are 5...
Fashion After Five: An Evolutionary Phenomenon (Photos)

Fashion After Five: An Evolutionary Phenomenon (Photos)

Photography by Tiffany Gomez. We live in a world that is constantly changing, and everything in it is evolving to adapt to these changes. Many things in our everyday lives have evolved, but we may not think of them right away. Be it the medicine we use, the birds that...
3 Delicious & DIY Oatmeal Face Masks

3 Delicious & DIY Oatmeal Face Masks

Photography by Margaret Lin. As winter’s cruel clutch starts creeping into your bones, don’t forget about what’s right on top! Your skin! Here are three quick and easy oatmeal facial masks that will transform your skin back to its sunny, summer glow in no time (minus the fresh tan). For...
Chance The Rapper x Sweetest Mag

Chance The Rapper x Sweetest Mag

Photography by Sarah Valenzuela. Chance The Rapper at Syracuse University’s Schine Underground was easily one of the most hyped campus shows of the year, selling out the box office in a mere 51 minutes. Hailing from my hometown, Chicago, IL, Chance is currently on a nationwide “Social Experiment” tour, making...
#MUSIC | Good Vibes: How Music Beats Depression

#MUSIC | Good Vibes: How Music Beats Depression

I do not know about you, but around Halloween there is a certain feel in the air. Maybe it’s the idea of the ever-approaching winter or the spookiness of early October decorations, but whatever it is I’m ready to curl under a blanket, drink hot chocolate, and binge watch Netflix....
Style Icon: Rachel Bilson

Style Icon: Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson is a street style goddess. Her style is simple, neutral, sophisticated, girly and sometimes a bit bohemian. She loves her basics, but she can also pull off a great statement piece. One of my favorite things about her is that her style is totally accessible because you can...
Style Icon: Cara Delevingne

Style Icon: Cara Delevingne

We just can’t  get enough of Cara Delevingne. This newly turned 21 British supermodel is a mixture of all spices: sexy, naughty and elegant. She has a strong runway walk and a unique personal style. She can be a cute, she can be sweet , she can be graceful on...
Ask Eileen: Of Boyfriends & Best Friends

Ask Eileen: Of Boyfriends & Best Friends

Dear Eileen,                   My boyfriend and I have been dating about 4 months, and a big part of our relationship has been hanging out in groups. This never bothered me until I started noticing that he and my best friend are really bonding. I’ve seen that he’s been texting her,...
Look Fierce for Fall: This Season's Top Beauty Trends

Look Fierce for Fall: This Season’s Top Beauty Trends

Just accept it, ladies. Summer is ending! Don’t cry, your perfectly-winged eyeliner will run! Embrace the changing seasons for one thing: the new makeup trends to try. The best place to pick up on new styles is the runway, and this season there is so much to experiment with. Read...
Back to Blues: The Best Denim for Fall

Back to Blues: The Best Denim for Fall

Denim is back! Check out  these stunning stars as they strut  in their denim-on-denim looks this summer: Rihanna, ditching jeans with for a denim pencil skirt, paired with a denim shirt, shows off her awesome body with this sexy outfit; Gwen Stefani rocked a denim jumpsuit with her iconic red...
How To: The Perfect Topknot

How To: The Perfect Topknot

It’s Monday, you hit the snooze button on your alarm one-too-many times and your hair is a mess! With barely any time to even run a comb through it, you begin to panic. You need to leave for class in 3 minutes and are in frenzy. But then, you remember...
College 101: A Step-by-Step Guide to Buying Textbooks

College 101: A Step-by-Step Guide to Buying Textbooks

Ah, fall, the season of wearing cozy sweaters, pulling on boots, drinking apple cider, and spending hundreds of dollars on college textbooks. While three of the aforementioned pastimes are arguably more fun than the fourth, each is as true of fall than the others. However, it is possible to reduce...
Sweetest TV: Episode 1 - How to Dress for the Park

Sweetest TV: Episode 1 – How to Dress for the Park

What makes summer evenings so special? The opportunity to really spend time with nature. One place that many of us love to go when we want to have quality time with mother earth is the park. Parks provide a cozy, comfortable, and sometimes romantic feel to your summer. There is...
Poisonous Polish: Is Your Mani-Pedi Safe?

Poisonous Polish: Is Your Mani-Pedi Safe?

Going to the salon should equal relation time, right? A time to bond with your girlfriends while getting groomed and pampered. You shouldn’t have to be concerned about the noxious chemicals you might come into contact with while getting a simple mani-pedi. But there could be cause for concern: dangerous...
Heavy Metal Lover: The Best Metallics for Fall

Heavy Metal Lover: The Best Metallics for Fall

Getting tired of sporting the “plain jane” typical outfits everyday? Still worrying about what to wear tomorrow? Why not flirt with shiny metallic items to ward off that  boredom? Burn up the end of this summer with hot metallic hues: from foil color dresses to silver-shining tops, golden jewelry to...
Ask Eileen: A Concerned Friend & Post-Break Up Behavior

Ask Eileen: A Concerned Friend & Post-Break Up Behavior

  Dear Eileen, My friend and her first serious boyfriend broke up at the beginning of summer, and she has since been making a lot of questionable decisions, and I’m not sure what to do. If we go to a party together, it’s just expected that she’s going to hook...
Stand Our Ground: The Zimmerman Trial & America’s Future

Stand Our Ground: The Zimmerman Trial & America’s Future

Nearly a year and a half ago in a gated community in central Florida, a gunshot rang out around 7 PM EST that would turn American race relations on their head. George Zimmerman’s recent acquittal of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges has pleased some, outraged others, and has without a...
The Reality Behind The Thigh Gap

The Reality Behind The Thigh Gap

The thigh gap… A damn near impossible beauty trend to follow, yet, it has become one of the biggest social media influenced beauty obsessions of the decade. The obsession follows the ridiculous and seemingly never-ending teenage body image pressures to be skinny. For those who are not familiar with this...
#FASHION | How To Pack the Perfect Seasonal Wardrobe

#FASHION | How To Pack the Perfect Seasonal Wardrobe

Believe it or not, before my first year at Syracuse University, I was not all that afraid of the cold, snowy weather. Trust me, I was warned and ridiculed about my choice of the not so desirable location of upstate New York, but call it naiveté, I was convinced I...
TV Talk: Summer's Hottest Shows for the Fall

TV Talk: Summer’s Hottest Shows for the Fall

Twisted centers around a troubled teen, Danny Desai, who returns to high school after spending five years in juvenile detention hall for murdering his aunt. He reconnects with his two best friends, Jo Masterson and Lacey Porter, who have been estranged ever since Danny was detained. Jo is at first...
Editor's Letter

Editor’s Letter

Dear Sweetest Readers, Sweetest Magazine is a lifelong dream of mine come to fruition. Here we have a diverse team of young women of all different backgrounds writing about what would interest you most. We’re here to give you only the best of being a young woman in this day...
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Review: Whitney (2015)

Review: Whitney (2015)

via Lifetime After the disappointing biopic of R&B singer, Aaliyah, fans of Whitney Houston hoped that Lifetime and director, Angela Bassett, would put out a more admirable and detailed biopic for the movie Whitney. After watching the movie, the consensus is that this movie was no better. A movie that should have been about the...
Black Art: Appreciating Without Appropriating

Black Art: Appreciating Without Appropriating

When Azealia Banks broke down during her interview on Hot 97 not too long ago, it wasn’t because of lack of success or lack of likeability, as some may think. In her own words from that interview: “It’s really upsetting when you read your social studies textbook and all you see is stories of you...
Lily Pulitzer for Target's Plus-Sized Problem

Lily Pulitzer for Target’s Plus-Sized Problem

Image from Lily Pulitzer Target recently announced that they would be carrying Lily Pulitzer‘s plus-sized collab line, however, excitement soon turned to anger when customers found out that the line would only be sold on Target’s website. A spokesmen for Target stated that the reason they decided to put the designer’s plus-sized collection online is...
What About The Female Victims of Police Brutality?

What About The Female Victims of Police Brutality?

It has been 6 months since the tragic death of Eric Garner, who was placed in chokehold for illegally selling cigarettes in Long Island. Since that day, more unarmed men of color, including 18-year-old Mike Brown, have been laid to rest. Marches up and down the streets of Ferguson, New York City and many other...
The Real Problem With Kylie Jenner's Pout

The Real Problem With Kylie Jenner’s Pout

via @kyliejenner For months now, Kylie Jenner has either been praised or criticized for the enhancement of her lips through using makeup. As a result, full lips have become the “new” beauty trend and Kylie Jenner has been named the queen of said trend. However, the idea that full lips have now just been deemed...
Selma Director Ava DuVernay Isn’t Your 'Safe Black Woman'

Selma Director Ava DuVernay Isn’t Your ‘Safe Black Woman’

The Oscar Nominees were recently announced and people couldn’t help but notice that Hollywood was looking pretty white when it came to some of the major nominations. The movie Selma may have gotten nominations for Best Picture and Best Song, but they were neglected when it came to a nomination for David Oyelowo, the film’s...
Selena Gomez's Mosque Controversy: Appreciation vs. Appropriation

Selena Gomez’s Mosque Controversy: Appreciation vs. Appropriation

Selena Gomez baring her ankles purposefully at the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque. Before ringing in the New Year in Abu Dhabi, Selena Gomez, along with her celebrity friends, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and others, caused a cultural appropriation scandal. In multiple pictures posted on Instagram, Gomez and company can be seen in the Sheikh Zayed...
5 Books Every Ambitious Girl Should Be Reading in 2015

5 Books Every Ambitious Girl Should Be Reading in 2015

So you want to make 2015 your year? Maybe you want to start a business, explore a new passion, or move up in the workplace? No matter how you intend to own 2015, reading something new is always the best start. Let these five books, for and by women, inspire you to take your goals...
Song of the Week: Still Parade - "Hunter"

Song of the Week: Still Parade – “Hunter”

Still Parade is one of those few lucky bands that “make it” early, just forming in 2013. “Hunter” is a dreamy folk single, debuting months after the inaugural EP, Fields. The track from this Berlin-based quintet is a perfect morning mood-setter, bringing the resurged folk genre to a more modern pace. Download “Hunter” for free...
Dear FIFA: Respect Women's Soccer

Dear FIFA: Respect Women’s Soccer

Women’s soccer has become a literal “turf” war. Every 4 years, soccer’s World Cup is a global event and carnival. People are crazy for the biggest sporting event in the world. This year’s Brazil World Cup was another success: we watched a lot of players from Latin countries show their strength and talent, we witnessed...
2 Gorgeous Christmas Makeup Tutorials

2 Gorgeous Christmas Makeup Tutorials

After you wake up early to open presents with the fam, you’ll probably be heading out to get together with relatives or find a couple of parties to attend with your friends. Putting on some makeup may be essential in your daily routine. Why not try these two looks for your day and night Christmas...
Emma Watson Named 2014 Feminist of the Year, And Why It's A Problem

Emma Watson Named 2014 Feminist of the Year, And Why It’s A Problem

Last month, The Ms Foundation for Women and Cosmopolitan Magazine decided to create an online poll for readers to choose the Feminist of the Year. The winner has been announced and Emma Watson was picked as the number one feminist for 2014, notably for the speech she made at the United Nations on gender equality...