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Don we now our gay apparel: A guide to this season’s trends

30 Nov

by Jessica Dawkins

Festive and fashionable

With the holiday season now upon us, dinner parties and photo ops are also in full swing. And with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter the essentials for documenting such events, partygoers might be interested in what’s trending this season to stay ahead of the internet shame game. (Why is it that pictures I’m tagged in are never as flattering as those I post myself?)

My new fave: Covergirl lipstick in #360 Euphoria. The best berry for my own skin tone.

My new fave: Covergirl lipstick in #360 Euphoria. The best berry for my own skin tone.

Tis the season to be berry

When the weather gets cold, the makeup goes dark, and lips are no exception. This time of year is all about the berry lipstick. As viviannadoesmakeup.com so accurately writes, “The [berry lip is the] perfect colour choice for those who need an easy way in to something more daring on the lips, with its natural raspberry tones that compliment all complexions, whiten teeth and make things look a bit wintery – in a good way.”

For more winter cookbook inspiration (including eye makeup and more), go here and here.

Heedless of the wind and weather

Wyoming residents understand: looking put together is nearly impossible when nature is bent on pulling you apart. So we put our hair in ponytails and cover up from head to toe, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look good doing it. Refinery29 has some great tutorials on dressing up the everyday pony, and Polyvore has endless inspiration when it comes to clothes for every season. It may not be easy in Wyoming, but it’s possible. After all, sweater weather is better weather!

Walking in a winter wonderland

Perhaps the most important aspect of fashion in Wyoming wintertime: boots. Snow boots, rain boots, cowboy boots, comfy boots, leather boots—boots. They may not always be visible in snapshots, but a good pair of boots is the difference between walking with confidence and slipping on the sidewalk.

The perfect pair of boots is hard to find, and often out of budget, but with holiday sales at their peak, your dreams might be in reach. A few good places to look for boots include Kohl’s, Target, and the Frontier Mall, but my favorite place to spend time (and money) is Hautelook.com. Similar to Zulily, events are only on the website for 3 days, but host astonishing markdowns during the sale period. Styles and products can run out quickly, so sign up for emails to make sure you stay on top of the sales.

Nailed it!

Last but certainly not least, the perfect accessory is at your fingertips. Specifically, your fingernails. Whether it’s a clear coat or a gel mani, putting something on your nails gives your entire look a polished effect. (Yeah, I went there.) Bonus points if you can match your nails to your classy berry lip, or offset a dark pout with taupe. Let your inner diva shine!

Now you know

So now you’re all caught up on what’s hot this year for Christmastime. Let us know in the comments below: what are your favorite trends for sweater weather? Is there something “hot” you think is “not?”

Just remember to be yourself and you couldn’t be any more gorgeous. Happy holidays!

Casting Call!

7 Nov
By Taylor W. Snell

Introduction to stardom

Sum up

I love making movies it has been my passion for a long time. I’m going to school for it, I’ve been paid for it, and I just really want to keep doing it. The problem is, I just want to keep making these independent films better and better. This is where you guys come in. I know you have the passion, whether it be for acting, writing, music production, cinematography work, etc. The Point being is you have that passion too, so it only makes sense to work together to become better. This is all about gathering local film makers and creating something great.

Communication and contact


Who doesn’t?

So, get a hold of me, let me know your talents, experiences, what movies you like to make, all that good stuff and more.

I have taken the liberty of creating a email for this “Casting Call” and this will be the best way to reach me at first.

Though Cheyenne will be the “hub” for this idea I welcome everyone from Wyoming to sent an email. I say that because today it’s just an idea, but maybe tomorrow it can be something great!

Can’t wait to hear from you.

Stay creative.


National Arts Program’s annual exhibit and contest returns

12 Dec

Cheyenne Civic Center celebrates 7th annual exhibit

From now, until Dec. 19th the Cheyenne Civic Center is holding its annual National Arts Program exhibit and contest.  The National Arts Program® is available to City of Cheyenne, Laramie County, State of Wyoming (Laramie County), LCCC, Laramie County School District #1,  Laramie County School District #2, Federal, VA and Warren AFB employees, their families and retirees.

Last Year’s exhibit:

Trails of Wyoming Part 1

21 Nov

The Transcontinental Airmail route stretched from New York to San Francisco. . It was started in 1924 and was run by the post office until 1926. It closely followed the modern route of I-80 through Wyoming.arrow

Stops in Wyoming

In Wyoming the route had three stops, Cheyenne, Rawlins and Rock Springs. On the website airmailpioneers.org one can read the original instructions given to the pilots as to which route to take and where emergency landings can be done safely. Most of these instructions reference the Union Pacific Railroad with very few compass headings.


To assist the pilots before radar and radio navigation were invented beacons were constructed along the route at 10 mile intervals. According the the BLM History Mystery Examiner these beacons were placed on arrow-shaped foundations that pointed the way to the next beacon for daytime flying and had two bright lights for nighttime navigation. The structures were painted with bright colors to improve visibility.


The majority of the steel towers for the beacon’s lights were torn down during the time of the Second World War for scrap metal. Advances in navigation soon rendered the beacons obsolete and they were not rebuilt. However to this day one can find concrete arrows out in the middle of nowhere and there are two close to Cheyenne. The first arrow is located on top of Pilot Hill in Medicine Bow National Forest. The second is ten miles farther east on private property.

Secrets of Pole Mountain

6 Nov
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View from on top of an abandoned bunker.

While some people may think of the Pole Mountain area of the Medicine Bow National Forest as just a place to recreate and enjoy the outdoors it has a rich and varied history.  To this day there are signs warning that it was once a target and maneuver area for the United State’s Military and one should be careful of unexploded ordnance (explosives).  I have personally traveled much of this area and there is much to explore and discover.

Brief History

The area was inhabited by Native American tribes for many centuries who according to legend gathered here to make medicine and bows, hence the name, Medicine Bow. Then came the railroads who used the lumber for railroad ties and telegraph pole, and gave it the name “Pole Mountain“. According to the Wyoming Military Historic Context, 1920-1989 pg.242 report, different parts of the forest came under Federal control over the years first as a  timber reservation, then a military training area and finally in 1961 came under the complete control of the U.S. Forest service.

Military Relics

There are two concrete bunkers, old foundations and abandoned rifle pits. I have been to both bunkers and they are in fairly good condition although sadly covered by graffiti. There is a large rock with a pipe cemented to the top of a rock that is said to have been used to run airplane silhouettes down to the ground on a cable to train anti-aircraft gunners. I got this particular story third hand but have personally seen the pipe,  remnants of the cable and ladder.  A gentleman by the name of Roger Ludwig has done an excellent job of cataloging some of these old sites and their locations.


There have been at least two movies filmed at the Pole Mountain area, incidentally both used members of the military for extras. The first was the “Charge of the Light Brigade” which depicted the famous charge of British cavalry in the Crimean War. It was produced in 1912 and used 800 troopers of the U.S. cavalry for extras. The second is “The Plainsman” which was produced in 1937 and starred Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur. Members of the Wyoming National Guard were used for extras in the cavalry scenes.

My next post will deal with more of the unique features of this place.

Underdog Candidate

23 Oct

Thomas Bleming


Thomas Bleming is running for the US Senate in 2014.  He announced his candidacy in May of 2013 and was the first to do so. He will be running against the incumbent Mike Enzi and Liz Cheney.  This is the second time that he has run for office, having challenged Sen. Barrasso for his senate seat in 2012 (he was soundly defeated).

Who He is

According to his Facebook page, he is 67 years olds and has lived in Wyoming since 1995. It says that he is a highly decorated Vietnam veteran and a photojournalist. It also mentions that he has traveled and lived in over 70 countries around the world. His basic platform is listed on his Facebook page and can be read here. Basically, he supports the Constitution, gun rights and supporting disabled veterans and the elderly. He says that he is against the Patriot Act, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and giving amnesty to illegal immigrants.

Quick Poll

I did some quick polling through Facebook and Google and here is what I found.

Thomas Bleming   306 Likes,              9,450 Results
Mike Enzi               5326 Likes,         336,000 Results
Liz Cheney            5,689 Likes    28,000,000 Results

While I am the first to admit that neither of those are very scientific polls, I do thinks that it shows the kind of opposition Thomas Bleming will be up against.

I mentioned Thomas Bleming in an earlier post where I basically dismissed his chances. However, I decided to do a more thorough examination of his candidacy this series of posts because of the feedback I received on that post. My next post will deal more with his platform and personal background.

Liz Cheney and the 2014 Election

10 Oct
Liz Cheyney

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Liz Cheney is running in the 2014 Republican primary for US Senate in Wyoming. So far she has been able to gain the endorsements of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Mark Levin. According to the Conservative Intelligence Briefing website, she is trailing the incumbent Republican Senator Mike Enzi, by a sizeable margin.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Sen. Mike Enzi is very much established in Wyoming politics and has a strong favorability rating. He won his last election by an overwhelming margin and has a good deal of experience. While Liz Cheney on the other hand has been involved in government but has not held an elected office. The fact that her Dad was the Vice-President under George W. Bush and is well respected in Wyoming may help her but only time can tell. Her other main disadvantage is how new she is to the state of Wyoming, she just recently moved back from Virginia and doesn’t even qualify as a resident for a fishing license.


The poll done by Harper Polling for Conservative Intel shows that 76% of Wyoming voters have are favorable towards Senator Mike Enzi, while 45% are favorable towards Liz Cheney. When asked how they would vote if the primary election was held today, 55% said they would vote for Sen. Enzi and 22% for Cheney.  According to another poll done by Public Policy Polling only 33% of Wyomingites consider Liz Cheney to be one, as opposed to 50% who do not. It also adds that 33% have a favorable view of her while 43% have an unfavorable.

Background Information

If your are looking for more background information on Liz Cheney here is a link to her campaign website, Wikipedia article, and my last blog post which also addressed that topic.

Comments are more than welcome.

New Political Day in Wyoming?

9 Oct


Elizabeth “Liz” Cheney has announced that she will run in the Republican primary for the US senate in 2014. She will be running against the incumbent Senator Mike Enzi, who will be seeking his fourth term as US senator. It seems that if she is to win the primary, it is going to be an uphill battle for her


Mike Enzi has served three terms in the US senate and had a long political career before that. According to his Senate website, he served six years in the Wyoming Air National Guard, two terms as Mayor of Gillett, WY, elected State Representative 3 times and State Senator once before being elected to the US Senate in 1996.

Thomas Bleming is a Vietnam War veteran who ran against Sen. John Barrasso in the 2012 Republican primary and was soundly defeated. After looking at his Facebook page and doing some web searches I don’t think he has a chance.
Liz Cheney
According to her biography on her campaign website, she had her first taste of campaigning at age 11, and traveled to Washington, D.C. when her father, former vice-president Dick Cheney was elected to Congress. She has practiced law and held positions in President George W. Bush’s administration. After President Obama was elected she founded the non-profit “Keep America Safe” and is a member of the International Board of Advisors of the University of Wyoming.

In my next post I will discuss what I think her chances of winning election are and advantages and disadvantages.

Swingin’ Around Town Update

19 Sep

Charleston Lesson

Remember to come to the Swingin’ Around Town lesson and dance tomorrow, at 7:00!  Tomorrow’s pre-dance lesson will be a 1920’s Swing dance style called the Charleston.  For this special session, the lesson time will be extended to an hour instead of the normal half hour.

For an example of some great Charleston moves, check out the video below.

Live Band

Instead of tomorrow’s dance being DJ’d as previously thought, a new band called The Angel Adams Preservation Society will be playing.  The dance begins at 8:00 and the band is scheduled to start at 8:30.  Since there is a live band, there will be an extra $2 charge for admission to the dance.

Information in the Details section below has been updated to reflect the change in lesson length and pricing.


  • Swingin’ Around Town event: Friday, September 20, 2013
  • Charleston Lesson: 7:00-8:00  (Price for lesson and dance:  Couples $10, Singles $7)
  • Dance:  7:30-9:30  (Price for dance only:  Couples $7, Singles $5)
  • Location:  Blossom Yoga located at 152 N. 2nd St. in Laramie, WY.

***** Remember, you do not need a partner, and all ages and experience levels are welcome to attend.  Hope to see you there!  *****

Swing Dance in Laramie

16 Sep

If you’re interested in learning to Swing Dance, now is the time to get involved!  Swingin’ Around Town has a lesson and dance the first and third Friday of every month, with the next lesson and dance happening this coming Friday.

Lesson and Dance

The night starts with a 30-minute lesson to get you started on the basics of Swing.  The lesson is followed by a dance that is sometimes accompanied with a live band.

No Partner, No Experience?

Don’t have a partner?  Don’t be shy – come anyway!  Attendees rotate throughout the lesson and dance, so everyone has a chance to dance and meet new people.

Beginning dancers are welcome.  This is a friendly environment and the lessons are geared towards people who have never tried Swing Dance before.  Experienced dancers won’t be bored though, as the lessons are a great opportunity to perfect your skills.

The Details

  • 1st and 3rd Fridays of Every Month
  • Next event: Friday, September 20, 2013
  • Lesson: 7:00-7:30  (Couples $8, Singles $5, Dance Included)
  • Dance:  7:30-9:30  (Couples $5, Singles $3)
  • *Note that $2 extra is changed on nights when there is a live band.  This Friday is a DJ dance so the extra charge does not apply.
  • Location:  Blossom Yoga located at 152 N. 2nd St. in Laramie, WY.

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Let me know if you are planning to go.  I would love to meet some fellow LCCC classmates!