HOW (AND WHY) TO SELF-PUBLISH YOUR OWN ZINE

Zines are different from magazines, although the name pays homage to the original source. While the term magazine implies a publication backed by some sort of publishing house or institution, zines are independent, usually self-published and distributed, and often used to promote the voices generally left out of mainstream media.

The coolest thing about zines? Literally ANYONE can make one. Yes, even you.

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I’m a big fan of zines. In college, I was introduced to Jess and Yasmina, co-founders of the zine, Basement Babes. It was an inherently feminist zine, usually consisting of written and visual art by women and non-binary folks. I contributed some art of my own and also made a short film about their journey for a Documentary class. I was SO inspired by the community they had built around their publication, how they collaborated with their peers, and the overall feminist F*** YOU to the mainstream media who often disregards the voices of “nobodies,” queers, and women. Plus, they threw events and sold physical copies of their zines where profits went to local organizations that supported women and girls in the arts.

When my friend Franny and I realized we wanted to be doing something with our art to help facilitate conversation and change, we decided to publish a zine of our own. We knew we wanted to create something similar, where we could donate profits to an organization we cared deeply about. So we started our first issue of WINE MOUTHa zine full of art by some absolute bad-ass babes we knew, and vowed to donate proceeds to Planned Parenthood.

That’s what makes zines so great. Is there a cause you’re passionate about? Something you or your friends are REALLY good at, but no one knows about? Are you an artist, writer, poet, crafter? Your zine can be a self-published cookbook, a gardening how-to, a homage to really good eye-liner application, or even a journal of your bad Tinder dates. Making a zine (and collaborating with your friends on it) can be a great way to get your voice heard by your community and raise awareness for the things you love OR it can just be a way to create something special to YOU. If you’re not sure where to start, I’ve crafted up a lil’ how-to to get you there:

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PICK A TOPIC/CAUSE

Whether going it alone, or collab-ing with a pal, the first step is deciding your zine’s topic and purpose. It doesn’t have to be philanthropic – maybe all you want to get some of your grandma’s ah-mazing casserole recipes out into the world – but whatever it is, it should be something you really care about.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS (OR NOT)

Next, decide whether you’ll fill your zine’s pages with work of your own, or seek out submissions from friends or strangers. Franny and I did include some of our own writing in WINE MOUTH, but we also put out a call for submissions on our Facebook pages. The interest from artists we knew POURED into our inboxes – you might be shocked like us to find how many of your friends want to contribute!

DESIGN

Historically, zine’s are endeavors of collage – handwritten text and pasted images in a little stapled booklet. Copy machines are a zine’s BFF. That being said, these days we have so much technology at our disposals, that if we want, we can get a little more creative. Franny and I decided to do ours digitally – creating our layout in Adobe Indesign and exporting a PDF that was ready for printing/posting online. Do whatever feels right for you! Don’t gotta get fancy with it – doing it by hand has a charm that digital creations just don’t have. But using a program like Indesign or even just Microsoft Word, might give you more options in terms of design. (Pinterest was my go-to for finding design inspo when we were creating WINE MOUTH bt-dubs).

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PRINTING/DISTRIBUTION

Okay, I’m going to get real with you – printing can be really expensive. Like, so expensive, that Franny and I decided our zine would be mainly online, available as a hard copy for those who wanted and could pay for it. There are ways to do it cheaply, like sacrificing color, size, and type of paper. But if you’re like me, and presentation is important to you, those may not be sacrifices you’re willing to make. But if you’re also like me, and you don’t necessarily want to pay out of pocket for a bunch of prints no one will look at or buy, you may not want to do that up front.

If you can do it cheaply, and you’re not looking to sell any copies, just do it. Leave your zines in coffee shops, laundromats, in the lobby of your apartment building or office, on your neighbor’s doorsteps, and tables in bars. If you DO want to sell copies (Franny and I were hoping to make sales so we could donate all the proceeds to Planned Parenthood), then figure out some sort of ordering system online. You can also collab with a band/show promoter to sell at concerts, or find a local flea market to set up a table at!

I hope this convinces some of you artists, activists, or Tinder-ellas out there to self-publish something special. If you do, let me know below! I’d love to read it. 💕

P.S. You can read old issues of Basement Babes here, and the debut issue of WINE MOUTH here.

(Feature image via Fly Girls Blog)

YOU NEED TO WATCH THESE GIRL POWER SHOWS ASAP

It’s no secret that the everyday vina enjoys a good television show binge, and every expert binger knows the agony of a #showhole – that sinking feeling when you’ve finished a great show and have nothing new to watch. Have no fear! VINA has you covered with this list of women-led, boss babe T.V shows to fulfill your binge-ing needs.

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JANE THE VIRGIN

This show has every thing a good binge needs: drama, drive, and great leads. Golden Globe-winner Gina Rodriguez stars in the CW’s hit show, and if you know anything about the actress, it’s that she’s a girl power icon! Not to mention her lovable character Jane is one with relatable faults and mistakes.

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“Unbreakable! They alive, dammit! It’s a miracle. These females are strong as hell.”

Yes, yes they are. Even from the catchy theme song, “Unbreakable” is about staying tough and defeating the odds. Produced by hilarious #bosslady Tina Fey, the show is filled with laughs and is an easy watch – perfect for a distraction.

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What can we say? You’ve gotta love Mindy Kaling.

Her show “The Mindy Project,” follows the life of hilarious, if somewhat self-centered, Mindy Lahiri. The show gets better as it goes on, and soon enough you’ll find yourself invested in Mindy, rooting for her to become a better person and for her dreams to succeed.

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Welcome to the twisting, turning, plot-shock world of Shonda Rhimes and Peter Nowalk, vinas. This show is a good binge for the suspense and oh-my-gosh-that-didn’t-just-happen loving gals.

The women on this show are powerful, tough, and know how to get what they want. Suspend your disbelief and go on a three season binge.

What are your favorite #girlpower T.V. shows? Share in the comments below!

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THE BACHELOR: IN WHICH TWO PEOPLE WHO DEFINITELY SHOULD NOT BE TOGETHER FAKE IT FOR TV. SHOCKING.

I have been SO OVER The Bachelor for a while (hence my lack of re-caps these past few weeks). But now that the season is finally over we can all reflect and move on. If you didn’t see last night’s Final Rose, there are spoilers ahead, obviously:

In last night’s 3-hour finale we found out that Nick is terrible about making life decisions (duh) and that he and Vanessa are almost definitely NOT in love. We need a body language expert to analyze last night’s interview STAT because I’m pretty sure they just straight-up hate each other.

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The proof is in the pudding. And the body language.

It’s not like any of us actually believe true love (whatever that means) could really be found on a show like The Bachelor, it’s just disappointing that these two people are so obviously miserable together. Can’t we at least have a fake fairytale ending to tie us over until the The Bachelorette?

Speaking of the The Bachelorette, probably the only redeeming thing that happened during that waste of three hours was the much-anticipated, promised “dramatic event” we had been waiting for all night. They brought out America’s sweetheart Rachel Lindsay and a few of her eventual suitors. The attempt at distraction was noted, and I mean, I guess I’m still sort of excited to watch her search for love. Rachel’s the type of girl I just can’t help but root for! Even if I’d really like to remain indifferent, who am I kidding? We all know I’ll be watching, wine and popcorn in hand, when her season begins.

Anyone else still kinda over it? Tell me your thoughts in the comments!

(Feature image via US Weekly)

 

 

10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR ♓️PISCES♓️ BFF

We’re in the midst of Pisces season, vinas!! Here are ten things to know about your water sign bestie:

THEY’RE LOYAL AF

Your pisces friend is SUPER loyal. She’ll always have your back, even if you’re being The Worst. Make sure you reciprocate by being there for her, too. These vinas are going to be with you for the long haul!

THEY’RE SENSITIVE

My Pisces bestie always was a self-proclaimed cry-baby, but that’s not true for all Pisces gals. They are however, a sensitive bunch. This means they not only feel emotions more strongly, but they also can empathize the best out of any of our friends.

THEY’RE THE LIFE OF THE PARTY

More often than not, your Pisces vina is always ready to party. They tend to be extroverts who thrive on human interaction!

THEY’RE ADVENTURE-SEEKERS

Your water sign babe isn’t just seeking the next best party, but also the next best adventure! They’ll be the first to suggest a hike, an amusement park, or even a spontaneous snow-boarding trip!

THEY’RE FIXERS

Pisces love to help. They always have the perfect advice and boy do they love to tell it to ya. We should listen to them though – being such good empathizers gives them a unique perspective than other friends.

THEY’RE HILARIOUS

How is it that all Pisces gals have such great senses of humor?? Whatever it is, it’s amazing and makes them super fun to be around.

THEY THRIVE OFF BALANCE

This water sign BFF is the most likely to love a zen yoga class, but follow it up with a night of drunken dancing. They thrive off the balance between calm and crazy, and that’s one of the things that makes them so fun!

THEY HAVE 0 CHILL

Pisces babes aren’t ones to have much chill. Their version of happy is ECSTATIC and their version of sad is DEVASTATED. As friends of these girls, we’re just along for the rollercoaster ride.

THEY IDENTIFY WITH THE HEROINE

And for good reason. They’re the first to come to help, and they don’t need anyone else to get the job done!

THEIR BEST FRIENDS ARE SCORPIOS

Are you a Scorpio? Better find your Pisces bestie ASAP! Pisces keep Scorpios dreaming and seeking adventure, while Scorpios balance it out by being extra grounded and honest. It’s the perfect match!

Send this to your Pisces bestie!!

HOW TO POWER THROUGH SENIORITIS (EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT IN SCHOOL)

It isn’t easy combatting the lack of motivation that sets in when you are so close to graduating. You have spent years in the game, pulling all nighters for projects; skipped parties to write papers (granted they should have been done weeks ago), and skipped that big ABC (anything but clothes) party to be studious!  You worked tirelessly to study for the multitude of finals professors cram in at the very end of each semester, and now you are just completely burnt out. Your motto went from “I got this, just you watch me” to “future tomorrow, nap now.” Ah yes, sneaky senioritis has shown its ugly face. The question now is, with time running out, how are you supposed to fight back?

Firstly, be sure you are keeping a harmonic balance between work and play. We all know there is such a thing as having too much fun. It’s quite easy to get carried away and make your school years all about social status, thus letting your studies slip away. However, it can be  as equally harmful to put too much focus into your studies while never allowing yourself and your brain a night off.

It’s absolutely true that we attend school to learn about historic events, proper grammar and the periodic table. Then we go off to college to focus on a major- a particular subject, or two, that creates the foundation for what it is we would like to do for a living. Without the Yin and Yang that is schoolwork and socializing, one can find it all too easy to lose motivation. Sometimes, senioritis hits so hard because you find that you have spent so much of your time on school work that you have completely cut ties with you social side. Thus the saying: “too much of anything isn’t a good thing.”

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Never forget how important those studies are though. They are the core reason for why you went to the trouble of going to college in the first place. I think we can all hatch up a story or two about someone we knew who went to college, but never seemed to be there for the diploma. Surely some people attend school solely for the “perks,” but don’t let yourself be one of these people. You will find it to be a very costly endeavor.

Even if you’re not in school anymore, you might find yourself just OVER. IT. Maybe you’re feeling unmotivated at work, slacking on your relationships, and/or feeling uninspired by hobbies that used to bring you tons of happiness. We all get in slumps, and this form of “senioritis” can be combatted just like the kind you experienced in school.

Remember what all your hard work has been for – you didn’t get yourself into this for nothing, at least I don’t think you did. You didn’t take on the students loans and the years of stress just to say “I’m tired,” and throw it all away. You started this to finish it, to get that little scrap of paper and have it framed for your wall. You did this to give yourself, your significant other, your parents and your children a better life. Remember YOUR life truly begins when you graduate and it beings hard and fast, so take charge of your future today, and save the nap for tomorrow.

Call up some of your vinas and plan a group study session to help with the perfect balance of social time and study time! Let us know some of your best remedies for senioritis in the comments!

(Photos via alexandra galbreath photography on pintrest)

BRANDS THAT KILLED IT ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

March 8th marked International Women’s Day and many brands, media agencies, publishing houses (including us at VINAZINE) celebrated the economic, cultural and political achievements of women worldwide. Here’s a roundup of a few brands who absolutely KILLED IT on International Women’s Day!

SNAPCHAT: FRIDA KAHLO, MARIE CURIE & ROSA PARKS LENSES

Snapchat created lenses featuring three of history’s most renowned women: artist Frida Kahlo, civil rights activist Rosa Parks, and scientist Marie Curie. The company worked with both the Frida Kahlo Corporation and the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development  to create the lenses. Additionally they also supported International Women’s Day by creating a special geo filter and showing celebrations from across the globe. (There was some controversy over the “make-up” attached to some of the filters, but it’s the purpose behind the campaign that we’re fans of here).

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Our buddies over at Tinder have launched a month long campaign, teaming up with Pledgling.com for #FundHerCause. For every tweet between March 8 to 31, the company will donate $100 (up to $250,000) to the female-friendly nonprofit of your choice.

DDB: NAME CHANGE

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In honor of International Women’s Day, DDB Worldwide changed its name for one day to DDB&R in honor of Phyllis Robinson, the agency’s very first female copywriter. In addition to the name change, DDB&R also launched a social campaign.  The agency tweeted a number of iconic ad campaigns created by some of the agency’s brightest female employees. It included an image of the original ad alongside an updated one created for International Women’s Day.

One of their  classic ads for Ohrbach, “Kid,” originally read: “We regret to inform you your school stuff is ready at Ohrbach’s.” The International Women’s Day version reads, “We regret to inform you that not all advertising classics were written by men.”

MICROSOFT: CHANGE THE ODDS

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Microsoft encourages girls to stay in the STEM fields and change the world, with its #MakeWhatsNext campaign, now in its third year, for International Women’s Day. The short film depicts young girls talking about their passion for curing breast cancer, cleaning up the environment and bringing fresh water to the world.The spot in turn asks these young women to fight the current system and make a mark in traditionally male fields.

PEPSICO: #BEBOLDFORCHANGE

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Using Linkedin as their platform of choice, PepsiCo, a partner of International Women’s Day, had employees pledge to #BeBoldForChange. The company shared stories of women in leadership roles and how they ‘pledge’ and plan on mentoring other women at the company to ensure progress and success.

Did your favorite brand stand up for equality and women’s empowerment on International Women’s Day? 

SPRING BREAK STAYCATIONS

Let me guess, it’s spring break but you’re spring broke- or are you just stuck with no place to go? Hey, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun while saving lots on travel and lodging! So find a vina and use these tips to craft a stellar staycation!

TREAT YOURSELF

Personally “staycation” to me is a license to spoil and enjoy myself! Use your break to get that massage you’ve been dreaming of! You can also invest in some fresh nail color for spring, or spend an extra long morning at your favorite brunch spot. Bring a vina along for double the fun!

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GET OUTSIDE

Chances are, you spend most of your time at work or school indoors, so getting some sun exposure is a sure way to break from your usual rhythm. Plan a day trip whether it’s a bonfire at the beach, a picnic in the park, a bike ride through the city, or even a long hike through the woods! Finding a destination nearby will make you see your home in a whole new way.

BE A TOURIST AT HOME

Speaking of seeing home in a new way- if you can’t visit someplace new, you can at least pretend to be a newbie in your own town. What’s that place every visitor talks about but you always avoid? What is your city or region most known for- the best chicken and waffles at the local diner or that charming art installation you should probably know more about? Whatever it is, grab a camera, don a touristy ensemble, and enlist a vina to help you on a photo scavenger hunt for your hometown’s attractions.

 

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CONQUER YOUR READING LIST

Spring break is a great time to tackle that book you’ve been wanting to read – or the home project you’ve been thinking about forever, the cooking class you’ve been salivating over, the craft you’ve been hesitant to start because you might get hooked. Whatever it is you’ve been putting off for lack of free time, do it! 

SO MANY VINA DATES

Finally, what’s a better way to spend your week off than with your vinas? Pour wine, splurge on fancy cheese, reconnect with old friends, and meet some new!

How will you enjoy spring break at home? Tell us in the comments!

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AUTHORS WE CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THIS SPRING

Curled up with a hot cup of coffee, lying on a picnic rug in the park, or cramped on your morning commute. It doesn’t matter what your circumstances – these awesome authors will provide a much-needed dose of girl power, and take you on a vacation to another world for a little while this Spring!

ZADIE SMITH

With the release of her latest novel Swing Time last November, Zadie Smith has catapulted back into the literary spotlight. Known for weaving astute social commentary into titillating plot lines, in Swing Time she touches on themes of change, perspective, and identity – all within the frames of female friendship and expression. Her first book novel written in the first person, Swing Time feels both classic and personal.

ROXANE GAY

Self-proclaimed “bad feminist” Roxane Gay is at it again with her latest series of short stories, Difficult Women. Never one to shy away from contentiousness, Gay’s latest release explores race, sex, class and relationships in a diverse range of circumstances. Dark yet hopefully, Difficult Women is a great pick for your next book club – or your Friday wine-down at home.

BRENÉ BROWN

Research professor and general life guru Brené Brown uses her fact finding and storytelling abilities to show us the power of vulnerability, courage and authenticity. Her last two books, Rising Strong and Daring Greatly, both hit #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list for good reason. Reading some Brené as the winter thaws out feels like a good way to do some mental spring cleaning, and to refresh that New Years motivation that might have faltered since January.

CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE

After skyrocketing to feminist stardom when her TEDx talk featured in Beyoncé’s ***FlawlessAdichie is always a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stifling political political climate. Whether you’re looking for a dose of activism – in the form of her essay We Should All Be Feminists – or a sprawling, intercultural masterpiece about love, nationality, gender (in the form of Americanah), Adichie’s back catalog will serve you well all throughout the year.

JESSICA BENNETT

While you may recognize her name from columns in the New York Times and Time Magazine, it’s Jessica Bennett’s debut Feminist Fight Club that we can’t stop leafing through. Based on the personal stories of a girl gang that would meet in NYC and vent about their sexist workplaces, the “part manual, part manifesto” works through tropes we all know and love – like The Manterrupter and the Bropropriator – and suggests strategies to navigate these microaggressions at work and support your women coworkers while you’re at it. *Raised hands emoji*!

Who are you reading right now? Tell us in the comments below!

(Featured image by Jackie Nickerson)

INSTAGRAM ROUND-UP: MARDI GRAS WAS LIT!

Beads? King Cake? Costumes? Hangover? Just a couple of things associated with Mardi Gras or ‘Fat Tuesday’. While we’re missing out on this year’s festivities, we’ve rounded up some of the best #MardiGras Instagram moments for you!

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Not sure what this is… this lion + cat + hipster groove, but we’re definitely digging it! (📸:@ztakespix)

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This lovely trio 💖 (📸:@gilbert_bernal81)

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Is a festival even a festival without someone rocking a T-Rex costume?! (📸:@seo.o.o)

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Cheers to a good time! (📸:@meghanlervold)

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Mardi Gras in full force, we love it! (📸:@sarahthepalepinup)

 

Tag us in your fave Mardi Gras moments!!

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INVENTING NICKNAMES THAT ACTUALLY STICK

You’re not really friends with your vina until you’ve given her a new name. But don’t panic if you haven’t yet- you can use some of these strategies to dub your vina with a nickname only you could create.

TACTIC 1: ASSOCIATE

Did you ever play that game where someone started by saying “orange” and then you had to say the first thing that popped into your head until you were back at orange? Start with someone naming your vina, and associate until you’re all completely confused about how you got to where you did.

TACTIC 2: LITERARI

What book character is your vina like? Who’s her favorite? Who does she talk about all the time or rave about whenever possible? Start calling her that character’s name; then, come up with a nickname for that name.

TACTIC 3: FOODIE

If your vina was a type of food, what would she be? Does her name rhyme with any food? Does she look like a type of food? Is she obsessed with a certain type of food? I’ve been called “Bekup” because it rhymed with “Ketchup,” and I knew a Nate who became “Potato” (from Nato-Potato, I guess, and he shaved his head, so there was arguably some resemblance). Be kind, but do stretch your imagination.

BONUS: You can do a similar exercise with animals. Or alcohol. Or really any category.

TACTIC 4: USE THE INTERNET

BUT FOLLOW THESE RULES. Rule 1: If you use the internet for help, you must do it in the company of at least your vina and preferably a larger group of close vinas! Rule 2: Search name generators (Spy name generator, Pirate name generator, Mafia name generator, etc.). Rule 3: find nicknames for everyone in the group, but only keep using the best one. Rule 4: Wine definitely helps.

TACTIC 5: BE LAZY

What’s the shortest, easiest-to-say sound that still resembles your vina’s name? What a shorter, easier-to-say sound than that? And then what’s one that’s kind of like that, but also makes you laugh a tiny bit, or even fits your vina’s personality? And then say it over and over again. And again. Until it’s easy and funny and couldn’t be anyone but your vina.

FINALLY: LAYER IT

Layers aren’t only good in fashion. The best nicknames evolve through stages and have many layers of meaning. Start with one of the above, use it for a while, combine it with another, throw in something random, and get other people on board. A nickname that stops growing won’t stick.

Have any other advice for making good nicknames? Let us know in the comments! 

(Feature image via Brandy Melville)