Best of SNO

Fashion-forward feminism

Fashion-forward feminism

By Spencer Goff

April 9, 2015

Senior Jourdan Gilbert wore a skirt that hovered a couple inches above her knees and a sweater that stopped just where the skirt began high on her hips. The buttoned shirt under the sweater cinched snugly around her neck. Against the masses of students wearing jeans and t-shirts, Gilbert stood out. On...

The hardships of hijabs: when style and stereotypes collide

The hardships of hijabs: when style and stereotypes collide

By Julia Petrillo

February 25, 2015

One of the first things many notice about senior Nargis Rajai is what she wears on her head. Rajai, like many other Algonquin students, wears a headscarf--often brightly colored or patterned--for religious and personal reasons. Muslim females often wear head scarves, also known as “hijabs.” The...

Avoid prom dress faux pax online

Avoid prom dress faux pax online

By Alexis Turgeon

February 17, 2015

Months in advance of the big night, both juniors and seniors are wondering who will be wearing what dress to Junior Banquet and the Senior Prom. To give everyone the chance to enjoy others’ dresses and to avoid repeats, Instagram pages were created for both events. The pages began by inviting a...

FAQ: What’s really under my head scarf?

FAQ: What's really under my head scarf?

By Summer Thomad, Southwest Career and Technical Academy

February 5, 2015

I was born and raised in the U.S. (more specifically here in Las Vegas). For the most part, I had a very ordinary upbringing. However, since I decided to start wearing the hijab at the age of thirteen, I have noticed a few recurring questions from peers, acquaintances, and strangers. Here are my fa...

Tortilla Babies: Alumna Katharine Harlan makes your kid cute enough to eat

Tortilla Babies: Alumna Katharine Harlan makes your kid cute enough to eat

By Maxwell Shukuya, Sacramento Country Day School, Sacramento, Calif.

October 23, 2014

Katharine Harlan, ’99, single-handedly turned blankets into gold. No, she didn’t conjure up King Midas or Rumpelstiltskin — instead, Harlan conjured up cute. Yes, cute. She cooked up Bon Vivant Baby, a business that produces food-inspired swaddling blankets with names like “Lil’ Eggroll...

The future of fashion starts with Yellow House

Senior Lizzy Grove and her business partner Megan Jenkins advertise their swim wear line, Yellow House Bikinis. They began making bikinis in fashion class and have gone as far as to sell their merchandise at the U.S. Open this summer.

By Alex Hall, Carlsbad HS, Carlsbad, Calif.

September 29, 2014

Aspiring fashion designers, Lizzy Grove and Megan Jenkins, have their own Carlsbad home-based bathing suit line: Yellow House Bikinis. The girls started making their bikinis in fashion class here at CHS just last year and have managed to exceed their expectations. “We were in fashion class toge...

Student struggles with social media fame

Student struggles with social media fame

By Skylar Cross, Santaluces High School, Lantana, Fla.

September 16, 2014

The issue of Insta-fame is one that goes highly unnoticed. Just imagine for a moment having the population of a small town following you on social media. Sergio Lopez, a sophomore at Santaluces, undergoes the constant burden of having to please some 16,000 people. “I do feel pressure to act a certain...

Students splurge on tennis shoes

Junior Giovanni Donio shows off just a few of his prized Jordans. He has been collecting shoes since his freshman year.

By Stephanie Zuniga, Akins HS, Austin, Texas

June 9, 2014

Sneaker boxes pile up to the ceiling with shoes that have never been used. Trading, selling and buying goes on at shoe conventions, which contributes highly to the sneaker head culture. Prices for the hotest editions pairs range from to $300 to even $1,000. Sneakerheads start off building their collection...

Student designer combines ingenuity and fashion

Nancy Ai of Diamond Bar High School in California displays some of her design projects.

By Emily Wong, Diamond Bar HS, Diamond Bar, Calif.

April 28, 2014

Whether making a dress from empty cans or constructing an animal with only wire, Nancy Ai epitomizes ingenuity. What started as a hobby blossomed into something bigger, something that distinguished her from the average art enthusiast. Wanting to help the environment but lacking money to purchase new...

Getting the hem of it: Student debuts hand-sewn skirts

Getting the hem of it: Student debuts hand-sewn skirts

By Frances Landrum, Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, Fla.

April 15, 2014

Seasonal trends fall out of place and then spring into action. As much of a struggle it is to get up in the morning and wear a new trendy outfit every day, it's even more of a struggle to be on top trend while still having your own sense of originality. Visual sophomore Emily Miller has found a way to...

The unfair criticism of Mindy Kaling and Lena Dunham on covers

Mindy Kaling on Elle and Lena Dunham on Vogue.

By Meilan Steimle, Harker Upper School, San Jose, Calif.

March 5, 2014

I’ll be honest: I don’t really follow the high fashion world. But even I was anticipating this month’s issues of Elle and Vogue, which are showcasing Mindy Kaling and Lena Dunham on their covers. In an age where female directors are a rarity, Kaling and Dunham stand out, both for directing, writi...

Passion for fashion: Junior girl makes own Homecoming dress

Courtney Carpenter is shown wearing the dress she designed for Homecoming 2013. Also pictured are some of her designs she plans to create in the future.

By Brianna Bennett, Kettering Fairmont HS, Kettering, Ohio

February 25, 2014

It’s not unusual for a teen girl to spend hundreds of dollars on a special dress for a big dance like Homecoming or Prom. And even then, she runs the risk of seeing other girls in the same dress on the big night. Fairmont junior Courtney Carpenter didn’t want to let that happen, so she ma...

Fashion scholarship brings students to the runway

Fashion student Natalie Forbess goes to work on her sewing machine. These fashion students work hard in the chance of gaining a scholarship to college.

By Celeste Burke, Carlsbad HS, Carlsbad, Calif.

January 24, 2014

Haute couture demands brilliant designers with wild imaginations, but with thousands of teenagers fantasizing about becoming the next Vera Wang, their chances are slim. However, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise (FIDM) has just increased that percentage. Every year, FIDM offers ...

Picky about ‘pinup’ style

Picky about 'pinup' style

By Jessica Rowan, San Dieguito Academy, Encinitas, Calif.

January 15, 2014

Pin-up is a style of dressing I stumbled upon years ago, back before my awkward “animal-hats-and-baggy-gamer-shirts” days. Pin-up takes the fashions from the '5os and, more or less, modifies it. I always spot ladies in pin-up around and yet tons of kiddos don’t get what pin-up is, or what it means. I...

Student creates a backpack out of soda can pop tops

Samantha Hardy shows off her soda tap backpack

By Ella Sorensen, Bullard HS, Fresno, Calif.

October 1, 2013

A creative junior, Samantha Hardy, has stepped outside of the box and made a backpack entirely out of soda cans and yarn. “The idea kinda just came to me because I make bracelets out of soda taps so I thought maybe I could make a backpack,” said Hardy. She has been making bracelets and belts...