Olivia’s Way: fashion profile — Graysen McConnell

Olivia’s Way: fashion profile — Graysen McConnell

A biology major on track for dental school, senior Graysen McConnell also keeps busy by managing her style and beauty blog and Instagram account “a hint of gray.” McConnell said her double passions in science and fashion make her feel like a walking oxymoron, but it has never bothered her. Fashion is something she shares with her friends, family and faith. “I try to allow my test scores and work ethic to talk for themselves,” McConnell said. “I enjoy marrying together my two passions even though it is unconventional.” Some forms of self-expression haven’t always come easily to McConnell — growing up she noted that she struggled with trying to fit into a “perfect mold,” or what others expected her to be. However, this crushing weight of perfectionism finally began to crack as she discovered the liberation of fashion. “In my opinion, fashion is the free expression and visual representation of someone’s personality,” McConnell said. “To be honest, I have to remind myself that it’s OK not to be 100% put together all the time. I remind myself that I am a human who deserves to roll out of bed and go to class sometimes. The stigma has definitely been a tough one for me to overcome, but I am getting there.” Once the new blogger started to give herself this “fashion leeway,” a new world opened in front of her. McConnell began to experiment more and started to receive feedback from her online community. However, McConnell noted that one of the best parts about her blog is being able to affect the lives of fellow believers. “The ways that...
Olivia’s Way: best Nashville eateries

Olivia’s Way: best Nashville eateries

If you’re a little tired of Nashville’s beloved Fido, Edley’s or Hattie B’s, then there’s good news: fabulous (and mostly affordable) new eateries have been popping up all in the Nashville area. Springing from East Nashville and spreading to Germantown and other parts of the city, these experimental restaurants have caught the eye of trendy taste-testers and locals alike. Recent Lipscomb graduate and resident foodie Kayla Ford suggested Plaza Mariachi as not only a great place for food, but also as great retail and entertainment options all at one central location. This Latin American shopping environment is being called a “city within a city” for its many diverse offerings. “Plaza Mariachi is the most unique and interactive food environment I have experienced in a long time,” Ford said. “It’s only 10 minutes from downtown and includes entertainment, cultural art, shopping and food.” With new diet fads like Whole 30, it can be difficult to go out with friends and share a meal without health qualms. However, many of these new places in Nashville cater to those who dine under dietary restrictions. One of these bistros is AVO. Located in Midtown, this vegan restaurant is devoted to healthy, raw options. From their Kimchi Spring Rolls to the Zucchini Pasta Verde, anything consumed here will leave you feeling full and fit. If you’re not in the mood to diet, there are still plenty of places that will meet your needs. “I am in love with Butcher and Bee,” Ford said. “Their feta and honey dip is life changing. But if I’m feeling less hungry, I always go for Barcelona with friends.”...
Olivia’s Way: top Nashville shops

Olivia’s Way: top Nashville shops

Nashville is a vibrant city known for having the full package: music, upbeat night life, top universities, unique dining options and, of course, style. Not only does Nashville have infamous chain clothing stores like Urban Outfitters, Madewell and Lucky Brand, but it also houses hole-in-the-wall thrift stores like Buffalo Exchange, Music City Thrift and Hip Zipper Vintage. “Two of my favorite places to shop are luckily close to campus,” Lipscomb senior Emily England said. “Native + Nomad and Castilleja have definitely changed my personal style. They’re both pretty affordable shops and have something for everyone.” Within recent years, the Nashville skyline has been expanding and, along with this expansion, street style has evolved as well. Campus style varies between the big three schools in Nashville: “hipsters” at Belmont, “preppy” at Vanderbilt and “southern granola” at Lipscomb. But the manifold shops around the city unite everyone. With all the gentrification taking place within the city, some of the best places to shop are hidden gems and involve leaving the Green Hills area. Some of the hottest, best-kept vintage secrets are Goodbuy Girls, Hang the Moon and Star Struck Vintage. Most people are gravitating towards thrift stores rather than full-priced shops to save money and acquire a unique sense of personal style. Once bigger chains like Urban Outfitters started to match this vintage look, but with full prices, people started going straight to the source. “As a college student, it’s obviously harder to maintain a certain look when you’re shopping at expensive stores in the mall or on 12 South,” England said. “Which is why I switched to mostly shopping at...
Olivia’s Way: back-to-school fashion

Olivia’s Way: back-to-school fashion

With long days in the classroom quickly approaching, one of the best things about school starting back is the new clothing. Ever since the first grade, back-to-school fashion has been a beacon of hope for students. Over the years, style has changed, returned and changed once again. For fall 2017, DIY (Do-It-Yourself) fashion has made a reappearance with the help of websites like Pinterest and Instagram. From new accessories made from old jewelry to plain white shoes used as a canvas to express personality with paint, this fall is already seeing how individualized style has become. “I think guys are able to have more of a voice in fashion now, which is exciting with the coming of a new school year,” Lipscomb senior, Daniel Collier said. “I’ve been cutting old jeans to make shorts, so I’m excited to try those out.” Along the lines of bespoke fashion is vintage clothing. Shopping at thrift stores like Goodwill has become a favorite pastime of most millennials. This allows shoppers to find unique and one-of-a-kind fashion statements, which is important especially among students. Current trends include anything denim (especially overalls), ironic sayings on baseball caps and T-shirts, leather backpacks, anything Warby Parker, Adidas Superstar Shoes and, of course, the Converse comeback. Style has become so broad and has broken off into so many sub-cultures that it’s hard to pin-point one set trend. People have attached to their signature “vibe” or “item” and have run with that, pulling everyone’s look apart from each other. One main style that is predicted to come back in full force with the start of the school year...
Haley Gilliland joins ‘Delight’ ministeries headquarters as summer intern

Haley Gilliland joins ‘Delight’ ministeries headquarters as summer intern

Started by two best friends at Belmont University, “Delight” is a unique women’s ministry with a message that reached down the street to Haley Gilliland at Lipscomb University. A sophomore at the time, Gilliland said she felt God nudge her towards pursuing this group of girls, and she wanted to get involved yet also be able to lead. During her study abroad experience, God pushed Gilliland to share her thoughts about starting a Delight chapter with other girls on the Lipscomb global learning trip. “While I was in Vienna, the girls on the trip really encouraged me to get involved in the ministry when I returned back to America,” Gilliland said. “I wanted to bring it to Lipscomb because we didn’t have anything like it on campus, and at that point, it was at every college in Nashville. I wanted a safe place for girls to come and share their struggles with one another in a judgment free place where we could connect with each other.” When Gilliland returned to the United States from being abroad, she assembled a team of girls, ranging in ages, ethnicities, backgrounds and friend groups to establish the Lipscomb chapter of Delight Ministeries. Lipscomb Delight was founded as a place for new students to find community and for upperclassman students to have a loving and Christ-focused space to explore everyday struggles, and it quickly became a part of several girls’ lives on campus. Gilliland prefaced her experiences of working with Delight by noting that she doesn’t want people to think she is perfect or has it all together, but through everything, she still struggles...