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CULTURECOUTURE Spring/Summer 2012


Look back on the night through pictures from our photo shoot and yours

Interview with surfer-turned-designer

! ! Jeff Yokoyama

Volume III, Issue No. 2

On Location: the best local thrift stores

Come in with your student ID, get 10% o!!

RACHEL’S 216 Marine Ave., Newport Beach 92662 (Balboa Island)


Learn about our cause, charity: water. Didn’t score tickets to Coachella? Listen to Maggie Ann Re’s (’13) playlist inspired by the music festival.

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Mukti Patel (’12) describes her experience balancing her Indian culture with American life.

pages 4-7 This is our time

Reminisce about Prom through our pictures and yours.

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An exclusive interview by Jenna Shapiro (’13) with surfer-turned-designer Jeff Yokoyama, founder of Generic Youth.

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Carlyn Kane (’13) describes the tricks and techniques of thrift shopping.

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Feast your eyes on this restaurant review of the best local eateries by Joelle Nanula (’14).

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Discover how to compliment your beautiful features with these tips from la maquilleuse herself, Elizabeth Frost (’13).

Editor’s Letter

Editor-in-Chief Jenna Shapiro Assistant Editor Elizabeth Frost Contributing Editors Carlyn Kane, Maggie Ann Re Photographer Maggie Ann Re

The theme of this issue's Culture Couture is "Our Time." It sounds a bit selfish and does not help my case when my grandparents say that our generation "wants to own everything" from iPods to other gadgets to every season of Lost on Netflix. However, we don't mean that we need to own time, but rather seize it. We should absolutely have fun, laugh, dance and enjoy the final stretch of school – see our Prom-themed photo shoot, as well as some of your pictures (!) from the memorable night, on pages 4-7. But it is also a time to hold onto the present moment and live it thoughtfully – to use our days in high school to express ourselves, learn about ourselves, create ourselves, and do something bigger than ourselves. In an effort to embody this call to our own generation to take action, Culture Couture is launching a new initiative – the Sage Hill Water Project – with the goal of funding one well (through charity: water) in an area in which people do not have clean drinking water (learn more about how you can help on page 2). So join us at our booth at the Multicultural Fair (April 28th) and also at the Eco Fair (in mid-May) to support this important cause and help change hundreds of lives. It is our time to better ourselves and to better our world. X's, O's, and H2O's,



All written work within this publication that is not the property of a third party is the property of Culture Couture and may only be used with the expressed and written permission of both the Editor and the Author of the work. Views and opinions within this publication do not reflect the views of Sage Hill School. Culture Couture is independently run and published by individual members of the Student Body.

by Maggie Ann Re (’13) You’ve been walking for hours while carrying a large forty-pound container full of cloudy, disease-ridden water on your back. The heat is unbearable, the air is far too dry, and you scan the land ahead for fear of attackers. Your back hurts, your feet are sore, and your whole body aches—but you know you must keep going. Your family relies on you.

importance, and intelligence in their societies. The women lead sanitation programs to improve overall health conditions and watch over the wells while children can finally have a chance to attend school to receive a much sought-after education. Recently, charity: water has funded its own drilling rig to increase the production of wells across Ethiopia. The rig arrived early and has already begun its work of drilling eighty wells —that means helping forty thousand people —per year. Charity: water’s presence in Africa continues to grow and change thousands of lives.

This scenario is the harsh daily reality many women and children face in many developing nations, affecting almost a billion people worldwide. We all know that water is a necessity of life, but what happens when you can’t turn on the faucet in your kitchen? What happens when your nearest source of water is miles away from your home with a dangerous Culture Couture’s main goal is to spread awareness and actively help fix the water journey in between? crisis. Anyone can start a campaign to raise This is where charity: water comes in. The five- funds at give up birthday year-old organization based in New York City presents, run a marathon, be creative! You has a simple goal: to bring clean, safe drinking can donate now at ccmagazine2012. 100% of all donations go water to those who need it. Donations made through individually run campaigns supply the directly out to work on the field. Just $20 can necessary funds to drill wells for communities bring a person access to a well, meaning fresh water and better health all around. Step in need. Not only do these wells provide by step, the worldwide community can come accessible water, but they also help the women and children who would be subjected together to end a dire crisis. The change is waiting to happen; it all starts with us. Learn to water transport to gain independence, more at

SAGE HILL WATER PROJECT Culture Couture is launching a campaign to fund a well through charity: water that will be built in a community in need of clean drinking water. 1 well = $5,000. Look for donation boxes around school, donate online at ccmagazine2012, and get involved. Every dollar counts, every drop counts.

Whether you are one of the lucky ones attending California’s famous annual music festival or not, put on this playlist and turn the speakers up for the next best thing (almost?). 1. Stop Stop – The Black Keys 2. Reckless Serenade – Arctic Monkeys 3. First Breath After Coma – Explosions in the Sky 4. Ceiling Of Plankton – GIVERS 5. Lions In Cages – Wolf Gang 6. Lotus Flower – Radiohead 7. Calgary – Bon Iver 8. It’s Only Life – The Shins 9. Animal – Miike Snow 10. Fitz and the Dizzyspells – Andrew Bird 11. How Come You Never Go There – Feist 12. Jesus Saves, I Spend – St. Vincent 13. Where Have You Been – Manchester Orchestra 14. Not Your Fault – AWOLNATION 15. Heartbeat – Childish Gambino

16. It’s All Good – The Vaccines 17. Tongue Tied – Grouplove 18. Civilization – Justice 19. Postcards From Italy – Beirut 20. High For This – The Weeknd 21. Eyes Wide Open – Gotye 22. Beach Comber – Real Estate


Two Homes Are Better Than One

Growing up as an Indian teenager in America by Mukti Patel (’12)

Mukti poses in her saree with Sasha Swerdlow (’12) at Prom

“Wait, what’s your name?” That’s a question I am asked almost every time I introduce myself to someone. My favorite instance is at the beginning of every school year, when my new teacher goes down the class roster to take attendance. I know that the teacher has reached my name on the list when there is a sudden pause, sometimes accompanied by a slight head tilt. I love that my name is hard to pronounce because it’s unique. I love that I have two sections in my closet, one for my American clothes and another for my Indian clothes. I love that my house is filled with the aroma of Indian spices. I really do have the best of both worlds. I remember that when I first got to Sage, all my peers were so eager to learn about and celebrate my culture. My freshman year, I was asked to perform a Bollywood dance at the Multicultural Fair. After I performed, I was surprised to see how much my friends, peers, and teachers enjoyed it. Bollywood dancing is a huge part of my life and it was reassuring to know that my culture would be accepted, and wildly celebrated, at a new school. Since then, I have continued to perform at the Multicultural Fair, as well as at the Spring Dance Show and Town Meeting.

I have loved that I have been able to share my family's traditions with my friends. Every year during Navratri, my family goes to the temple to do garba, a type of Indian folk dance, in order to honor Lord Lakshmi. One day when I was telling my friend Sanna Taskinen about this, she told me that she wanted to go. Honestly, I was very surprised. I remember telling her that she would probably be the only blonde girl, that she would be surrounded by hundreds of Indians, that she would have to wear one of my Indian outfits, and that she would have to learn the many different dance combinations, but she did not budge. At garba, she had so much fun meeting new people and learning the dances. These are the memories that I treasure because they remind me to stay true to my roots and to be eager and open to sharing my culture with my friends. ! One of my favorite things about being Indian is my family. I’m not just talking about my parents and my brother. When I say family, I mean all of the Patels, including my grandparents, uncles, aunt, and cousins. Not only do I get to see my family at school, but I also see them on the weekends when we have Patel family lunches or dinners. A major part of the Indian culture Mukti teaching girls to dance in a leprosy colony called emphasizes the importance and value of family. I can Rising Star in Chennai, India always count on my family; they will be there for me no matter what, ready to catch me if I fall. I must say though, the best of all is when we go on our family vacations. All fifty of us go to the airport together and, boy, does it take a while for all of us to check in and go through security. What never gets old is when we board the flight and other passengers ask what group or organization we are from. Every time, I proudly respond with some version of "We are actually all family." ! Though I am able to celebrate my culture here in America, nothing beats that feeling of reaching our village in India after a 22-hour plane flight and 4-hour car ride. When I stay at our village, time seems to disappear. I can enjoy the small things that I don’t always have time for here. I get to meet and play with little kids, walk through our mango groves and sugarcane fields, and sit on our swing and watch the cows and chickens in the road. I love visiting my family and being forced to eat food at every house we visit. No matter how long it’s been since I’ve visited last, whenever I go back to India, I feel right at home.




our time

Prom was our time to come together for endless dancing, laughter, and good fun. You sent us your pictures from the evening, and we were happy to find an excuse to throw on our heels and suits once more for a prom-inspired photo shoot. Cheers to the memories and the many more to come! Photos courtesy of Alayna Lewis, Jenna Shapiro, Maggie Ann Re, and Sophia Falmagne

A visit to Yoki Shop


by Jenna Shapiro (’13)

eff Yokoyama's clothing line, Generic Youth, perfectly reflects the designer himself: " innovative, visionary, and absolutely one-of" a-kind. Merging his passion for sustainability with a unique design aesthetic, and topping it all off with a California flair, Yokoyama uses repurposed fabrics to create hip and distinctive garments. Adding cashmere accents to V-necks, incorporating pieces of ex-Burberry trench coats into jackets, and making hoodies out of beach towels, Yokoyama blends his passions for design and environmental impact for a message that we found similar to our own at Culture Couture. I was fortunate to sit down with Yokoyama for what would quite possibly be the most inspirational hour of my life. manufacture in China and it would take six months before we saw the product arrive into the stores. And that is not happening anymore. We eliminated that carbon footprint, so to speak, in the manufacture of our goods. The designing is all done locally here. We do not send any tech packs to the Orient—to China, to India—we design right here. The "sell different" is that we don't sell our Generic Youth brand anywhere else—we pretty much sell it right here.

Can you describe your early journey into the fashion world? Back in the 1980s, I was twenty-four years old, and surf was the thing that was always on our mind. We thought, “Why don't we make some clothing that would go along with this surf type of lifestyle?” That's when we started a brand called Maui and Sons, which grew to about $18 million. We started out in our garage and, by 1988-1989, I ended up selling my ownership in it and moving on to start another brand. How did that evolve to where you are today? Seven years ago, we started out on a whole new journey. And that journey was to "make different, design different, sell different." Those three principles are the main things we still do today. The "make different" part is that we make everything here domestically, and we use things that are left over in the open market. So we have sweatshirts made out of old beach towels and shorts that were men's aloha shirts and men’s dress shirts. We’ve taken them, disassembled them, and made fabric out of them. With [our] other companies, we used to


Photos courtesy of Isabel Shapiro

Where did you originally get the concept behind this project, to repurpose clothing? My daughter went to play volleyball at the University of Oregon five years ago, and I asked her, "What do you do with all the leftover gear that you wear?" She said she gives it back to the equipment manager. I don't know what they've done with the last 100 years' worth of product, but I'm trying to make a difference on the next up and coming 100 years.

Because we now have a place for it to go, and that's our little shop Yoki's Garden. We’ve moved on to another project where we are partners with USC’s athletic department. By being partners with them, they give us all their leftovers. They have coaches’ jackets, football uniforms, t-shirts and sweatshirts that they don’t know what to do with at the end of the year. Instead of having it go to a landfill, we repurpose them—we make new bags, hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts. So we’re creating value from something that is normally being thrown away. Our next step is to work with Goodwill, [and] to start forming partnerships with hotels. What are your main sources of inspiration when you go to put pieces together? My inspiration is that I have to "make different, design different, and sell different." If we keep those three principles in everything that we do, then all of a sudden it inspires us to think of that a men's aloha shirt that people are throwing away can turn into a pair of men's board shorts and sell for $125. If you could get a zero-valued item because it's being thrown away...and design it so it has a value of $125, then at some point it's a whole new way of looking and designing and creating...That's where the design and commerce now meet. So now the business people can look at it and say, "Holy smokes—you people are developing something from're creating value."

want to bring it back into the area that they're familiar with— that is, you have to have a certain number of dollars in sales, and you have to have a certain amount of sales that will generate longevity in your company. I believe in that still, but there are different ways of doing sales.

That journey was to ‘Make Different. Design Different. Sell Different.’

Going along with the intersection between commerce and design, what challenges have you run into by having an eco-friendly component? Well, we're just doing our part, on the back end, more or less. On the front end, everybody in the industry—Nike to Chevrolet to Coca Cola—worries about where and how they make it now, and they're concerned about what type of carbon footprint they put on things—how much water they use, how much gas, everything. But nobody is concerned about the back end. What happens when the consumer is finished with the product? We need to try to create from what they're throwing away, and to create revenue from that because we want to bring our product back to the cradle. Cradle means it's born up here and then it goes out into the landfill, which is grave. So cradle to grave is what's happening right now. We're trying to create cradle to cradle—bring it back up to a newborn item—made out of fabric that’s already here, that’s leftover, that nobody wants anymore. In such a competitive industry, what have you found that you have to do or what qualities do you have to have in order to be successful? How do you design a sustainable business? Like anything, it's design, design, design. And to have the business people start thinking differently. When you haven't seen a business model like what we are doing here, then the business people always


What would be advice that you would give to someone who wants to have confidence in a new idea or just wants to break into the fashion industry? It's a good question because there's not necessarily one answer for it. It's not like you can't become a superstar overnight in a giant industry, but I don't know if superstars are made overnight. These people have been working at their craft. There's a basketball player right now that's an overnight sensation, Jeremy Lin—he's for real, he's good. But he's been practicing his craft since he was ten years old. How do you get into the industry? Start. Start what it is that you want to do and work your way through it. Because the day will come when four other designers will be gone, and you're the next designer. But if you don't start now, those four other designers that leave, you won't be able to fill that void. Look for the void. Be unique. Be one of a kind. Be special. !

Visit Yoki Shop at: 2429 West Coast Hwy, Suite 102, Newport Beach, CA 92663

H gh Fashion with a Low

B u d g e t

Walking into Crossroads, located in Costa Mesa, I see racks upon racks of clothing and an ever-growing line at the cash register. The job at hand is to make as many outfits as possible using vintage clothing. While walking around and trying to find my fellow salesearching friends, I feel like I am in a shopping wonderland; the walls are lined with designer jackets and blouses with dramatically marked down prices. After sorting through the neatly color-coded racks, I find a mixture of shorts, pants, blouses, and jackets that all range from seemingly new styles to noticeably older ones. I pick up a few things around the massive warehouse, including some shoes situated on top of the clothing racks, and I head for the dressing rooms. I spot Jenna and Elizabeth walking out of their dressing rooms with stylish dresses and holding at least three pairs of shoes each in their hands.

After trying on about seven outfits in the tiny dressing rooms and getting plenty of awkward stares for taking pictures in public, I feel like I have mastered the art of thrift shopping. First off, I learned to not discount anything just because it didn't look completely up to date; with a little bit of styling, (almost) anything can be turned chic. Second of all, keep out an eye for one piece that you truly love. When I create an outfit, I find a piece that I love and then come up with a theme to match. For example, I found a somewhat shrunken button up polka-dotted cardigan and I immediately thought of a classic beachy look. I dressed Jenna in white shorts, strappy sandals, and a straw floppy hat.


favorite local thrift stores

A great way to rejuvenate your closet is to buy and sell from vintage stores. You can sell the clothes you don’t like anymore, and use that money to buy more clothes at a cheaper price in the same place! If you find yourself thwarted by mountains of old clothing in your room and cannot make the trip to Crossroads or another thrift store,, the British onlineshopping enterprise that supplies about half of Sage Hill’s prom dresses, allows you to buy and re-sell clothing from your home. At, you have the option of selling a new piece of clothing, or a secondhand piece, which the company fondly terms “wardrobe recycling." Whether it be online or in person, selling old clothing is a great way to make a buck and update your closet. All in all, not only does vintage shopping bring new styles to your closet that no one else will have, it also saves you money; so make sure to hit up some local vintage stores!

by Carlyn Kane (’13)

Crossroads (Costa Mesa) Dee Lux (Costa Mesa) Rewear Warehouse (Anaheim) Swellegant (Newport Beach) Buffalo Exchange (Long Beach) 10

RESTAURANT REVIEWS Get a taste of the many different cultures that Orange County is serving up. We found these to be la crème de la crème.

BAMBOO BISTRO Located: 2600 East Pacific Coast Hwy, Corona del Mar

CANALETTO Located: 545 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach This Italian restaurant in Fashion Island is a winner for any occasion. Although it opened quite a while ago, it’s still a hotspot for couples out on dates, friends going out to dinner, and family functions alike. They start you off with warm, slightly crusty bread, to dip in olive oil and vinegar. Then comes the main meal. One of the most enjoyable things about Canaletto is the refreshing lightness of the food. Italian food is known for being inordinately heavy and buttery, and while Canaletto’s cuisine maintains the delicious, comforting taste we all look for in Italian food, it manages to do so without giving you the expected stomachache afterward. If you’re looking for a tasty, reliable place to host your next dinner party, call up Canaletto.

TAMARIND OF LONDON Located: 7862 East Coast Hwy, Newport Beach This critically acclaimed Indian restaurant, already renowned in the United Kingdom where it first took root, has come to the United States! You can find it in the Crystal Cove shopping center. Expect all your favorite Indian foods; daal, tandoori chicken, and lamb kebobs, to name a few; as well as some other dishes you probably haven’t heard of. No matter what you order, anyone who has visited Tamarind will tell you that the food is to-die-for. It’s prepared by a top-quality chef who treats food like it’s a form of art. If you’re looking to really treat yourself, go splurge on an exotic experience for your tastebuds at Tamarind.


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For lovers of Eastern cuisine everywhere, this Viet-Thai fusion restaurant is a must-visit. Located on Pacific Coast Highway, it’s a small, humble-looking place nestled in the shadow of a hair salon; but don’t let its appearance deceive you. Some of the best Asian food I have ever eaten has been at Bamboo Bistro. They serve everything you could think of ordering, from hot and sour soup, to fresh salads with all sorts of toppings, to countless varieties of spring rolls. And of course, their Pad Thai is a classic worth trying. Not only is Bamboo Bistro my favorite Asian restaurant, but it may also be my favorite restaurant in Newport Beach, period.

by Joelle Nanula (’14)


TACO ROSA Located: 13792 Jamboree Road, Irvine

KITAYAMA Located: 101 Bayview Place, Newport Beach If you have an appreciation for traditional Japanese food, or simply love sushi, Kitayama is the place to be. They serve everything from the fan favorites (California rolls, edamame, miso soup) to the more unusual forms of Japanese cuisine (octopus tempura). The atmosphere is equally as authentic. Indoor tables look outside onto a quaint, pebbled garden, dotted with bonsai trees and a miniature pagoda.#The whole family will enjoy a trip to Kitayama.

Amid the flurry of excitement that has surrounded Javier’s for the past few years, many other great Mexican restaurants have been cast aside. When you begin to tire of the noisy bar and dim lighting at Javier’s, I recommend taking a trip to Taco Rosa. There, you can expect a relaxed atmosphere, friendly service, and satisfying food every time. The menu is extensive, with numerous choices of enchiladas, burritos, and taco combinations.#There’s something for everyone! And they even start you off with a free appetizer. I mean, come on. It’s free food. What restaurant can top that?

CAFÉ BEAU SOLEIL Located: 953 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach Located in Fashion Island just below the movie theater, this chic, French café is an eatery and a boutique, all in one. American Rag Cie, a spacious clothing store filled with racks of funky, fresh styles, funnels into a little dining area with all the feel of a real Parisian café. From the dainty wicker chairs to the checkered tiled floor, everything is French. And the food is just as authentic. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert alike are served, in the form of warm croissants, artisan quiches, and delectable pies. A trip to Café Beau Soleil is virtually a trip to Paris.


M a k e U p Yo u r M i n d On Makeup! by Elizabeth Frost (’13)

When it comes to makeup, everyone has a different look. There are different tricks that can make your natural beauty even more beautiful. Makeup was originally made for celebratory purposes. In Africa, tribes are distinguished by their different tribal paint and makeup. But in the society of high school, makeup is more for fun and not a necessity. Makeup looks great if you do it right. Let your natural beauty sparkle and shine with a little boost.



The best way to make your eyes look nicely shaped and elongated is with a simple cat eye. A cat eye look is best accomplished using a gel liner or liquid liner. Some great brands are MAC or Bobbie Brown. Another easy way to make your eyes pop is by doing a little shadowing. With two eye shadows, preferably a darker and a lighter shade of the same color, put the light one all over the eyelid and the darker in the crease of the eye. It’s a simple, easy way of getting more of a dramatic shape to your eyes. Another trick is to put a white stick liner on the waterline of your eyes. It makes your eyes pop and the white against your eye makes your whole face look more awake. Add a few strokes of Lash Blast Mascara by Cover Girl and you will be a cover girl yourself!


If your eyes aren’t your forté, you can always bring out your lips by putting on a bold lipstick or lip gloss. But before you put on any pigmented color, it’s really important to keep your lips moisturized. Burt’s Bee’s lip balm or just some simple Vaseline can do the trick. Something that is really “in” right now is lip stain. Lip stain is great because it gives you the color you want and lasts a lot longer than regular lipstick. MAC lipstick has a long-lasting formula that has a little stain in it. Putting a lighter shade on your top lip and a darker on your bottom makes your lips look fuller and more defined.

For an even complexion, spread an even layer of foundation over your face with washed hands. Find a foundation that matches your skin tone or, if you can’t find a perfect match, use a slightly lighter shade rather than a darker one that will make your face awkwardly tanner than the rest of your body. As for a cover up to use under the eyes or over red areas, I suggest ELF’s concealer. This inexpensive option makes for a long-lasting cover up. Set your makeup with a light translucent powder to ensure your flawless skin won’t be going anywhere!

Contact Elizabeth Frost at or (949) 769-9167.

Elizabeth Frost can do your makeup for all occasions or teach you how to do your own makeup. Whether it’s for an

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Spring/Summer 2012  
Spring/Summer 2012  

Reminisce about prom through our photo shoot and yours, take a visit to Jeff Yokoyama's innovative shop and enjoy an interview with the surf...