Before Breast Cancer Awareness month ends, here is one more point of awareness in the form of a Monocycle podcast interview with Fashionista.com’s executive editor, who was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer when she was 21. Given the overwhelming financial resources that have been allocated towards research, we are uniquely positioned at this juncture to feel less helpless at the hand of breast cancer. As mentioned in a round table that ran earlier this month, though, it is precisely
In partnership with Squarespace. Aidy Bryant isn’t just living her best life, she is living everyone’s best life. The Phoenix, Arizona-raised comedian began doing teen improve groups at 15 years old. She went to college in Chicago for its improve scene, attending theater school by day and doing improve by night (like some sort of non-masked superhero of comedy!). Bryant was asked to join the iO Theater’s all-women ensemble, Virgin Daiquiri — which was like being asked by
In partnership with Squarespace. Outdoor Voices’ Tyler Haney cannot wait for the term “athleisure” to die. Perhaps that’s because, to her, life is about living, which means doing. And you need the right clothes to do things in, right? The founder of the popular athletic clothing line grew up in Boulder, Colorado riding horses and playing basketball and soccer. She idolized the late Olympic track-and-field star Jackie Joyner-Kersee and thought that running would be her destiny.
In partnership with Squarespace. Laurie Simmons has a message for artists: “those years when no one has their eye on you and you’re free to work, those are your best years.” The artist, filmmaker and photographer always knew she wanted to work in this field. She went to art school and sought out artist communes to find people who understood what she was pursuing; after she landed in New York City’s Soho art scene, she took a string of odd jobs to help keep her dream afloat (teaching
In partnership with The Newsette. Sally Singer, the Creative Digital Director at Vogue.com, grew up clipping her favorite articles from the printed fashion bible and slotting them into binders to create her own version of Vogue. Some might call it a mood board, we’d call it a self-fulfilling prophecy: she eventually went on to become a longtime editor at the magazine. In 2012, after a two-year break as T Magazine’s editor-in-chief, Singer returned to Vogue to focus on the
In partnership with Squarespace. Dear reader, I am sorry for taking you on a psychological roller coaster this week with Monocycle, but there is a lot of stuff on my mind right now! The least of which is how happiness feeds into whether or not you are a successful manager in the workplace and frankly whether or not all of the rhetoric that I spew in this podcast is ultimately telling of one universal and undeniable truth that I seemingly have no choice but to confront right here and now: Am I a
Hey Gorgeous! Oh no, so, this is awkward: I wasn’t greeting you just there. I’m sure you look like a damn summer peach, but Hey Gorgeous is actually a plus-size focused website and Instagram shop that features cool clothes, size 10 and up. And its founder — Aimee Cheshire — is this week’s Oh Boy guest. Chesire wanted to be a plus-size model her senior year in college so she did what any aspiring model would do: she bought a book on how to model, emailed the author,
As we inaugurated July as Let Loose and Relax month, this week’s episode of Monocycle digs a bit deeper into what that means — what I hope to get out of the month, what I hope you’ll get out of the month and the introduction to these weekly dispatches that I’ll start disseminating as podcast episodes next week wherein I assign myself a Let Loose task of the week and track my progress. For the week that just past, which found half of the Man Repeller editorial team out on
Jenn Rogien‘s a real jerk! The costumer designer of GIRLS and Orange is the New Black doesn’t like sour pickles, brownies or apple pie. Other than that, though, she’s perfectly delightful, which you’ll come to find in this episode of Oh Boy that’s all about her young life growing up in the Rockies (she still owns a canner — as in, to can pickled things that aren’t sour), her formative years in a liberal college town, how she found creative, crafty
Mattie Kahn has written for Man Repeller for a long time. Her name was all up in that byline area well before I began. Her name was all up in other publications’ bylines, too — Refinery29, Elle.com, VanityFair.com, Into The Gloss. She was still in college, and while talent and age rarely correlate, I was impressed. Her writing is really good, yes. Mattie has a way of breaking down the complicated and the uncomfortable and making it digestible. From politics to feminist standpoints on
Silas Howard frequently uses the word “freak” or “freaks” as a term of endearment in this 24th episode of Oh Boy. I love that he uses that word — at Man Repeller, we use it, too. To embrace that there is something odd or special or weird about a person is to embrace the beauty and importance of individuality. Color and eccentricity and difference are where new ideas come from. Interestingly, a lack of these things in one’s surroundings is so often where
You know Refinery29. How could you not? The women-centric digital media brand garners around 25 million impressions per month and doubles its audience each year. Co-founder and Global Editor-in-Chief, Christene Barberich, is the woman behind that growth. So how did she get there? Funny you should ask. Oh Boy host Jay Buim did, too! Christene likes a good challenge. The first of her family to attend and graduate college, Christene began sending her resume out to publications as a sophomore.
One of the best facts about Daryl Kerrigan, notable driver of that downtown, 90s aesthetic thanks to her Manhattan shop on 6th Street (and later, Bond Street) so frequently tied to words like “cult-status” and “cool girl favorite,” is that she designed the costumes for My Cousin Vinny in the early years of her career. It’s a fun tidbit to share considering that so much of her legacy is wrapped around the East Village music scene and her low slung, bootleg pants. (I
If you ever need a throwback hit to make your day better, might I suggest a classic that never fails to get the people dancing — and singing, I should add, because somehow everyone knows the words: Oh yes. “Love Shack,” baby. Of course, there wouldn’t be a “Love Shack” to make anyone’s day better if there wasn’t first and foremost a Kate Pierson — one of the lead singers and founding members of The B-52’s. In this episode of Oh Boy,
It may comfort you to know that Alexa Chung has trouble getting dressed in the winter, just like the rest of us. It’s sort of like finding out that the person who you thought “has it all” doesn’t really know what the hell that means, either, nor any greater clue as to how one achieves “it.” Chung and Leandra talk about both of those concepts in this episode of Oh Boy (which is the extended audio version of an upcoming Chatroom). Among the other topics they
Welcome back to Monocycle after a week-long break, inaugurating this episode as the first of the new year. This week, we’re talking about confidence — that elusive quality that we are all taught from a young age is vital to survive and succeed, which we all grapple with at some point. How does one teach confidence anyway? Can it be learned? Do you really need it in order to survive? Can a lack of it ever actually be considered beneficial — might it push you forward? I