Now On Stands: DSM Magazine September/October 2017

“A Matter of Style, Naturally” Fall Fashion Feature & Cover Story

Producer and Stylist: Lacy Brunnette
Photographer: Austin Hyler Day
Production Assistant: Nicki Chaput
Models: Michael and Erin Greenlee
Location, flower arrangements and accessories: PepperHarrow Farm
Special thanks: Jeff Naples; Adam and Jennifer O’Neal
Brands, Designers & Boutiques, included:

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Body+ DSM and Women’s Equality Day

“Sexy does not come from the shape of a body, but the fire in a soul.”
– J. Iron Word

The first annual Body+ DSM, the brainchild of Flyover, was held at the Des Moines Social Club on Saturday — bringing together activists, progressives and creatives from across the Midwest. And fittingly, on Women’s Equality Day.

“The takeaway is people that join the day event will find themselves part of an affirming, supportive and inclusive community,” Flyover and Women’s March Iowa said in a joint statement. “(Body+ DSM is) part of the movement of changing politics, economics and social ideals by giving a voice to those that are underrepresented in our communities. Creating a safe, positive attention to our minority groups will inspire people to learn and opportunity to engage in the needed self-care that is a radically political act in the fight for progressive change.”

I was delighted to join political organizer and As Seen On M.E. founder Megan Evans and Women’s March Iowa organizer Lyra Halsten on a panel, for a discussion about fashion and political protest. While the bulk of our conversation was centered on the impact of the 2016 election and women leading the grassroots resistance, it is impossible to overlook the contributions of our female forebears from the Suffrage Movement and 19th amendment of 1920 to the Civil Rights movements, and all of the generations in between that helped move the needle forward on gender equality and more opportunities for the next generation of women. And while it seems that we’re living in an alternate universe with Trump as president, I am thankful that we have an opportunity to shape a new movement in history with activism and action. Now is a time to use fashion as a self-expression for your cause from “Stay Nasty” pins to giving new life to vintage finds (see cutting down on fashion industry/fast fashion waste) and beyond.

Me & Megan Evans on stage at the Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater.

Tatiana Giacinti & Megan Evans outside of the Des Moines Social Club (multimedia mural and photography by Jami Milne).


As Seen On M.E. accessories table plus my laptop and new Millenial pink lip purse from Aldo(!!!).

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Celebrating Design and the Spirit of Adventure with Modern Map Art

Great design is eliminating all unnecessary details. – Minh D. Tran

For the past year, my husband Jeff and I have plugging away at a midcentury modern renovation. We’ve worked to carefully preserve with intention and remove much of the clutter, carpet and old paneling that suffocated the space.

With more of the home’s architectural details highlighted, we also wanted to bring in more complementary artwork that celebrated modern design. I was beyond excited when the founder of Modern Map Art, Jennifer Beck, offered to send me a 24″ x 36″ map of Des Moines for our newly renovated home. The clean lines of the black and white aerial view are a fascinating interpretation of a city that I see in hills and trees and rivers every day.

Modern Map Art is a very new company. Conceived by Jennifer in 2016 after a global adventure and honeymoon, Modern Map Art explores city grids and imagery of locations from Philadelphia to Bangladesh to Bear Mountain’s ski trail.

Because I love a good backstory, I sent over some additional questions about her design inspiration.

Q: What are some particular influences and/or specific maps that inspired Modern Map Art’s design?

Jennifer: I enjoy simple designs. When I started to design the map posters, I wanted to strip away as much as possible to create something that wasn’t very complicated. I actually started at this level of just land, water, and roads, and once I started there I didn’t want to add anything else to the maps.

Q: Which types of home decor and aesthetic(s) do these maps work best with?

Jennifer: Modern/contemporary designs work best with our posters, but we have had people use them in cabins and other houses that have a more traditional look.

Q: How do you want Modern Map Art owners to be inspired?

Jennifer: I want them to be inspired to show off the places that they love the most—whether it’s the place they grew up, the place the fell in love, the place they got married, honeymooned, or had a great time with friends and family. Some of our customers have made great use of our art, and you can see some of that on our Instagram feed.

Q: What are some of the most interesting cities that you’ve created Modern Map Art for?

Jennifer: Some of the more dense cities — Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong — make for the best posters because the detail of the streets really comes through, especially on our larger sizes.

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