Matt Cusson: Super Human

Matt Cusson - New York, New York
Singer Songwriter / R&B / Pop
Song Submitted: “Leaving L.A.

A PHENOMENAL SINGER AND piano player, Matt Cusson crafts soulful, jazzy blues songs that melt us into a sweet state of mind. With the vocal finesse of Adam Levine and the oh-so-buttery John Mayer, he’s one of the better male vocalists we’ve heard — like, ever. From vocal control to dynamics, Cusson has us captivated. And with the addition of compelling song arrangements, as well as background vocals, soulful R&B has met its match. If this guy’s music isn’t in your playlist, you are missing out.

Deitra Beauty: All Glitzed Up

Written & Styled by Beauty Director, Kristen Lentz  
Photographed by Matt Loveland

One day back in October while shopping through the mall, I found THE most adorable holiday hair band; because you know that’s when Christmas starts in retail. Instantly, ideas started rushing through my mind of hair and makeup for a holiday beauty shoot. So, we found our model — the lovely Emma Elliott — and got everything all squared away!


Beauty Review: November Ipsy Glam Bag Subscription

by Tamara Styer
Just like many of our Deitra Magazine readers, I am a self-proclaimed beauty product junkie. I am obsessed with face creams, serums, whipped concoctions that smooth out my laugh lines, lipsticks, stains and velvety smooth overnight balms... You name it, I love it.

With this knowledge in mind, it wouldn't be a surprise then to find out that I'm also addicted to subscription beauty boxes. I have tried several, but I've been consistently thrilled with both the Allure Beauty Box and Ipsy Glam Bag. Today I'll be sharing with you, dear readers, about what I got in my November 2018 Ipsy Glam Bag Subscription.


SALIO: Sound of Unity

WITHIN THE FIRST THREE seconds of hearing SALIO, we sent her an offer. Her voice is seasoned with a raspy, velvety tone — equal parts emotion and control. Her songwriting is commanding, and holds the depth of an artist who is in tune with her own creative point of view. “Bring Me Love” is a jazzy, neo-soul tune that makes us move, but the rest of SALIO’s playlist is worth a good listen, with songs like the soulful acoustic ballad “Lonesome Tales,” and a smattering of europop dance and experimental electronica songs.

Digital Download: The Menswear Issue

Issue 14 of Deitra Magazine brings us into the realm of modern menswear, seen through masculine and feminine perspectives. This issue also features an interview between Editor In Chief Tamara Styer and Beauty Director Kristen Lentz, a fashion spread inspired by Marie Antoinette, an editorial piece on gender identity, and interviews with artist David Samples, actor Stevie Victory and popular a cappella group Six.

Beauty Review: bareminerals BarePRO Performance Wear Foundation

by Kristen Lentz

For around two and a half years now, I’ve been using bareMinerals products, such as their Original Foundation and finishing powders, blush, bronzer and Lash Domination mascara. I love the soft finish of the powders and how much volume I got from the mascara, as well as how it helps balance out my naturally oily skin. Recently, I’ve discovered my new love for their Bare Pro Foundation and Concealer! While I still like the powders, and still use them on more care-free days, the Bare Pro collection provides fuller, longer-lasting coverage.

Editor’s Favorites: Luna Retinol Sleeping Night Oil

by Tamara Styer

Every night as I tuck myself into bed, I begin applying an array of products, from tip to toe. I’ve been doing this ritual since I was a teenager, sampling creams, oils and toners from my mother’s medicine cabinet. Now coming up on the precipice of my 35th year, I am so grateful for the plethora of preventative and anti-aging products I have relentlessly applied for over half my life. Over those years — as you can imagine — I have used hundreds, maybe even thousands of products. There are so many that I love, and so many new products to try, it’s just endless.

Lydia: Taking it to the Street

THIS INDIE ROCK BAND out of the American Southwest is taking their organic ambient sound to new places, touring the States with a fresh album drop entitled Liquor. The brainchild of frontman and guitarist Leighton Antelman, Lydia draws influence from guys like Coldplay and Radiohead. Together with Matt Keller and Shawn Strader, Antelman performs songs with the sole purpose of provoking emotion. With a consistent touring schedule, fans at every stop and over 60,000 followers on social media, these guys don’t subscribe to the idea of fame, and are just along for the ride. Performing together on and off the road for the past ten years, Lydia delivers a breezy, feel-good sound that has captured our attention and landed a permanent spot our playlists. Deitra Magazine photographer Leslie Tucker got the chance to chat with Lydia when they performed at the Outland Ballroom in Springfield, Missouri on the Midwestern leg of their tour.


The Menswear Issue: Style & Substance




Boss Babes: Beauty & The Editor

Written by Tamara Styer | Photographed by Matt Loveland

DEITRA MAGAZINE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Tamara Styer and Beauty Director Kristen Lentz met while working at Victoria’s Secret in Springfield, Missouri. They have since become great friends and creative allies, on a mission to turn the local fashion and beauty scene on its head. These two boss babes sit down for lunch at Springfield’s Cafe Cusco to talk about their journey working together at the magazine since its debut in 2011 — as well as plans for the future and some of the most important moments in their careers. As seen in Issue 14 of Deitra Magazine!


Music Interview: The Underhill Family Orchestra

Photographed and interviewed by Matt Loveland

The Underhill Family Orchestra delivers an indie folk-rock sound steeped in a modernized rowdy Appalachian stomp. The band is made up of five musicians — Joe Grove, Steven Bryte Laney, Joelle Rosen, Benjamin Michael Cook and Roy Durand — all with diverse musical backgrounds and hailing from various parts of the South. Forming a home base in Mobile, Alabama, the band is seeking new fans and experiences across the States with a tour promoting their newly released album, Tell Me That You Love Me, which showcases what the band describes as Southern progressive popDrummer Roy Duran was featured in Issue 06 of Deitra Magazine with his previous band, Vagabond Swing, and contacted Editor Tamara Styer before stopping in at Front of House Lounge in downtown Springfield, Missouri. Deitra Mag's own Matt Loveland got the chance to catch up with this energetic collective to chat about their new music, performing on stage together and life on the road. 


Art Inspired Academy: Girls Just Want To Have Fun

Written by Kristen Lentz | Photographed by Matt Loveland

Back in March and April, I had an amazing opportunity to be involved in our community in such a fun and inspiring — if you will — way. The Art Inspired Academy held five weeks of classes for teenage and young adult ladies called “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.” Over the span of these five weeks, girls learned how to create vision boards of fashion they love, hair and makeup tricks, wardrobing, runway walking and so much more. At the end of the classes, we held a fashion show during April’s First Friday Art Walk in Springfield, Missouri where the ladies would strut their stuff in the outfits they chose! With differing activities each week, I loved how these girls felt more and more comfortable in their own skin, as well as with each other.


Deitra Awakening Fashion Show & Magazine Release

The bi-annual Deitra Magazine Fashion Show is set for June 2, 2018 at the Outland Ballroom! This event includes a runway show entitled "Awakening," featuring local clothing boutiques, budding designers, stylists and models. 

This event will also feature live music by popular vaudeville-rock band, Randall Shreve and The DeVilles, and a dance party with DJ Imperial to end the night! 

The exciting new issue of Deitra Magazine (#DeitraFourteen) will be available for sale at the event, along with some new Deitra merch! The first 50 guests will also receive our free goodie bags full of local business coupons and samples!

Doors: 8:30pm

Cover: $10 

Join the Event!


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