The Northern Southern Belle: Spring trends to help your wardrobe blossom

The Northern Southern Belle: Spring trends to help your wardrobe blossom

The following is a biweekly fashion column, complemented by George Wong’s column LU’s GQ. The weather yesterday was so beautiful and gave me hope for a gorgeous, sunny spring ahead! With the warming temperatures (which will hopefully stick around soon instead of just coming every once in a while!) starting to make appearances again, we can finally begin to put away the chunky sweaters and warm boots in exchange for more springy pieces. With that being said, here are some pieces that can be great transitions into spring. Floral anything I absolutely love most floral prints and wear them all year round, but they’re especially good for spring. They go with the fresh, new vibe that the season brings and are perfect for matching the stunning flowers that will soon bloom. One of my favorite pieces that I have is a thin floral kimono. There are so many colors in it, which provides numerous outfit options. I can pair it with multiple different tops and even solid colored dresses. In addition to the kimono, I own several floral tops and dresses. I find the patterns flirty, fun and calming, and I think that goes along with the season. I have always been a skinny jean girl, but recently I have gotten into wearing other kinds of jeans, too! My favorite pair is a boyfriend cut pair with roses embroidered up the sides. I love pairing them with a solid red top and hoop earrings for a bright look.     Short sleeve dresses! My favorite thing to wear! I love the light, airy feeling of them and the ability to...
LU’s GQ: Athleisure and how to pull it off

LU’s GQ: Athleisure and how to pull it off

Welcome back to the second rendition of LU’s GQ. With the world of fashion constantly changing and evolving, comfort has become the most sought out desire in the community. It is one thing to be fashionable, and another to be comfortable at home all cuddled up in cozy attire. But what if I told you that there is now a place where both these parallels meet? It’s called Athleisure. It started off with women in yoga pants, who went about their day in them. It slowly transitioned toward men, who wanted to be comfortable to go places or work, too. Athleisure is an urban definition created by todays millennials, where style and comfort meet while being stylish. Pieces like hoodies, track pants, sweatpants, joggers, hats and T-shirts are being incorporated into the normal work or daily outfits. You can even wear a hoodie with a sports coat and suit blazer and make it work! Celebrities and athletes are also huge advocates for Athleisure as they constantly fight the line between classic fashion pieces with sweatpants and sneakers. It is no longer a shame to wear sweatpants or hoodies in public. But it has to be done properly — otherwise the grunge look comes out, where it does not look you are trying at all. That’s not what we’re after. So, students of Lipscomb, I have compiled a few ideas and people who have showcased Athleisure. Here is how you can pull it off as well! Student Louis Robinson is the walking personification of Athleisure. From head to toe in classic name brands, making him an instant head turner on...
The Northern Southern Belle: Pieces you’ll love for Valentines Day

The Northern Southern Belle: Pieces you’ll love for Valentines Day

Thursday is the annual celebration of love, but it’s also a time to show off cute, romantic outfits. Whether you have a date planned with your sweetheart, or you’re planning on watching the classic movie “Valentine’s Day” with your best gal pals (my plans exactly), there’s something out there for you to wear to celebrate the season. We’re in luck, because stores have a wide variety of Valentine’s Day-related pieces for you to rock on the flower and chocolate-filled day. If you’re going for a night out with a fun and flirty dress, Altar’d State is perfect. They have a wide variety of red dresses, as well as floral ones, so you have options based on your personal style. Additionally, their options will let you choose if you prefer a tighter dress versus a more relaxed, flowing one. Pair with a cute pair of boots or heels and some red lipstick, and you’ll be set. Francesca’s also has an array of Valentine’s Day options, with an entire section online. They do have some dresses, but I am a big fan of some of their red and pink tops that can be paired with jeans or a cute jean skirt. Specifically, they have a red ribbed top with a jean skirt that I think is a super cute ensemble, but you can totally make your own at home with what you have, too. I have a pair of red sandal wedges that I think would look so cute with an outfit like this. Charming Charlie’s is the place for jewelry, with multiple Valentine’s Day-themed earring sets. If you don’t want...
The Northern Southern Belle: Preparing for possible snow, chilly temperatures in the South

The Northern Southern Belle: Preparing for possible snow, chilly temperatures in the South

Featured image by Anna Rogers I know I’ve already done a column about winter in the South, but since there is a possibility for some snow this week, I thought it might be good to circle back to this topic. While my fellow Clevelanders and Midwesterners are preparing for negative double digit temperatures this week (shoutout to you winter warriors, and prayers that you stay safe and warm!), Nashville’s supposed to experience some snow and cooler-than-normal temperatures that might be causing some wardrobe worry. Therefore, I figured I would give some advice from a lifelong-Northern girl on how to conquer the snow and cold in style. Long sleeves are probably the best idea for when the temps plummet and the snow starts to fall. Even with my heavy red peacoat that I love, I still get cold outside. Wearing a long sleeved top or a sweater helps with that, allowing me  to stay warmer as I walk to class or spend time outside. If you do not like long sleeves or are worried you might get too hot, try some layers. I love cardigans and kimonos to wear over short sleeved tops, and they’re great for if you get hot because you have the ability to take the long sleeves off. Not only do layers keep you warm and give versatility to an outfit, but they also allow a few pieces to create multiple looks! I got a new floral cardigan over break that I just absolutely love. It has quickly become a staple in my wardrobe because I can wear so much with it. It’s floral, so it...
The Northern Southern Belle: Fashion through the decades & how to incorporate them into your look today

The Northern Southern Belle: Fashion through the decades & how to incorporate them into your look today

Hello friends! Happy New Year! To start off 2019, I thought it would be fun to look back at six past decades and the fashion trends of each of them. In addition to seeing the styles shift every decade, there are ways to incorporate aspects of each of these decades into your wardrobe today. I was thrilled about this idea and then became even more excited when I was shopping in downtown Murfreesboro (which is so cute). My friends and I wandered into a store on the square called Sugaree’s, which was filled with vintage-style clothing. I seriously wanted to buy the entire store. So rather than using Pinterest as my inspiration for the styles of each decade, I thought we should look to our fellow Bisons. I spent hours on a quiet, cloudy Sunday sitting in the back of Beaman Library looking through yearbooks from 1939 to 1989 to find fashion inspiration from the classes that came before us. Enjoy these photos, styles and tips on incorporating the best of each decade into your daily look. The Best of 1939 A sweet photo of a couple filled an entire page in the 1939 edition of Lipscomb’s yearbook, The Backlog. Although it is just the backs of the couple, it gives a great depiction of the styles of the time. The girl is dressed in a plaid blazer jacket with a white knee-length skirt. The boy is dressed in a white jacket and dress pants as they stroll across campus. They are simply walking around campus, and they are dressed very nicely, which looks cute and classy.   A...
A YEAR IN REVIEW: looking back at Lumination’s top 10 stories of 2018

A YEAR IN REVIEW: looking back at Lumination’s top 10 stories of 2018

Editor’s Note: Click title to view each story 2018 was an exciting time to be a Lipscomb student. The year came with both celebratory and controversial moments. Lipscomb’s athletic teams reached new heights, the administration made steps toward connecting with LGBT students, Allen Arena hosted the GMA’s Dove Awards for the sixth year in a row and a recent alum joined Kelly Clarkson’s touring band. But amid the positive news, there were also times of controversy and frustration. A Trump cabinet member spoke at a private healthcare event in Shamblin in September, firing up students on both sides of the aisle. 21 Fast-Track MBA students were found cheating on a final exam. Hurricane Florence ravaged the homes of several students. Lumination journalists were there to cover all of this — plus more. By combing through Google Analytics and our social media platforms, we determined our top 10 stories of 2018: No. 1: Lipscomb basketball NCAA tournament coverage, by Erin Franklin, Cole Gray & Russell Vannozzi Lipscomb men’s basketball made school history by winning its first-ever ASUN tournament title and advancing to the NCAA tournament thanks to a 108-96 victory at FGCU on March 4. There were several top stories that emerged from the Bisons’ tournament run, including: – In their own words: Lipscomb students react to historic win, by Cole Gray – Column: Lipscomb finally breaks into NCAA tourney after long, disappointing road, by Russell Vannozzi – A look back: the rich history of Bisons basketball, by Erin Franklin – Lipscomb falls to UNC in first round of NCAA Tournament after historic run, by Cole Gray No. 2: Students cheat...