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Haute Online Top 5 Editor’s Note

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Runway Realway Street Peeps

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DIY Branching Out DIY Calendar Craze DIY Rainbows

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All that Drag Traveling Fashion Mindfish Madness

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Rainy Day Toon in Fashion Travel Fashion Rant / Rave

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hauteonline Gary Pepper Vintage

A self-described dreamer, Nicole Warne created a style character, the Gary Pepper girl, to personify a quirky and exuberant girl with an eclectic sense of style. The Gary Pepper Vintage blog features gorgeous ensembles that range from casual cool to business sophisticated to nighttime glam, and back again. The photos are shot all over – city sidewalks, wooded areas and even the beach – and are just as beautiful as the clothes. Warne’s vision is to share her love of vintage clothing with a new generation. The looks may be vintage-inspired, but they can lead to fashion-forward ideas. —COLLEEN KRATOFIL

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The Gary Pepper Vintage Tumblr gives a behind-the-scenes look at the life of Gary Pepper mastermind Nicole Warne. She incorporates pictures from the blog and snapshots of her everyday life to create a personal experience for visitors, who can live vicariously through her ideal picnic afternoons and decadent breakfasts.

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After taking a look at the Gary Pepper Vintage blog, browse through the online shop. Warne sells reasonably priced vintage clothes, bags, shoes and accessories. Check the Lookbook section to gather styling tips and keep your eye out for Warne’s clothing line, which is set to premiere later this year. 4 | THREAD


Decade Diary

Diaries are generally private collections of thoughts, ideas and stories. Luckily, illustrator and collage artist Bernadette Pascua opened up her trendy diary to the world, spilling her stylish secrets. In 2009, Bernadette started the blog Decade Diary. Her posts feature intricate illustrations and creative collages as well as personal blog entries. She portrays the fashion world through the eyes of a dashing New Yorker, giving every viewer the chance to explore the sophisticated style of a free-spirited city. —MARLEY BRISON

COUNTLESS CATEGORIES

As if this style maven isn’t inventive enough, Bernadette organizes all of her works into detailed categories. Viewers can search posts about beauty, films, food, home interiors and music, just to name a few. There are also links to her personal accessories, shoes and clothes, which give browsers the opportunity to peruse the closet of an artistic and elegant fashion inspiration.

SKETCHBOOK AND ILLUSTRATIONS

For an even closer look into Bernadette’s style, viewers can click the links to her personal sketchbook and illustrations. These include drawings and designs of classy shoes, mouth-watering fruits, statuesque models and more. Not only do these creations form a scrapbook of ensembles for viewers, they show Bernadette’s eye for tasteful fashions. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 5


Sole Collector

Sole Collector highlights top stories in the world of sneakers. The site gleans the sneaker wire for new releases, performance reviews, features and celebrity sneakers. Anything new in the world of sneakers can be found here in the top stories section. It serves as a guide for sneakerheads, athletes and fashion folk alike in planning out what they want to throw in the bag on their next shopping trip.

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RELEASE DATES

Toward the bottom of the home page, Sole features upcoming release dates for the hottest new kicks. Each new release comes with a quick writeup featuring the colorway, when and where the sneaks will be available and what the community is saying about the shoes: cop or not?

KICKSOLOGY

The folks at Sole teamed up with sportswear dealer Eastbay to develop the science of kicksology. The sportswear superpowers test nearly each and every release worth mentioning. Each shoe gets a score for comfort and fit, cushioning, breathability, weight and more along with an overall grade. Kicksology is a valuable resource for anyone looking for a new performance shoe.

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What Did You Wear Today? The title of this forum says it all. Site-surfers submit their daily kicks for the chance to be featured on the Sole Collector website. 6 | THREAD


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DIP-DYED HAIR | Hair is one

of the first things people notice, so why not add some personality into yours? Dying just the tips of your locks a vibrant color punches up the aesthetic appeal of your 'do and creates a totally personal look. Just make sure to pick a color that you won't get tired of too easily. — BRIDGET MALLON

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STUDLY OBSESSION | Ever since

fawning over a girl’s studded combat boots and kicking myself for not asking where she got them, I’ve realized my like of all things studded has become an obsession. From shorts to shoes to iPhone cases, these pyramid pieces of metal are sure to be stapled into my wardrobe ASAP. —BECCA GOODBURN

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COLORED PANTS | The bouquet of hues in the world of trousers has primarily targeted women thus far. Now the trend of colorful chinos has burst into the men’s fashion scene. Gap urges customers to “Be Bright” and “True to Your Hue” in their spring campaigns while GQ featured the trend in their Spring Style Preview. —JUSTIN BROWN

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CONVERSE COLLAB | I could never reenact the euphoria I felt when I saw the Missoni for Target collaboration right? Wrong. The adorbs Missoni for Converse collab is enough to make my feet dance. —ALI MAZZOTTA

D-WHY | My future husband

is a budding hip-hop star and happens to dress like a J.Crew model. Yep. West Virginia University graduate and NYC transplant D-Why (AKA David Morris) may be the bestdressed rapper that you’ve never heard of, delivering quote-worthy lines that have his female fans grinning: “Need a girl who acts like Charlotte/ works like Miranda/dresses like Carrie/ f*cks like Samantha.” The up-and-coming rapper shows off his rhymes (and impeccable cardigans) on his blog, The Cleanest Corner. D-Why? D-yes. —MADDIE GAITHER

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editor’s note EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

ali mazzotta Hey Threadies! As this issue marks our second birthday, we decided to do a bit of spring cleaning and celebrate our anniversary by revamping our website. A lot of love was put into our newly designed site, so take a look around and see what we’ve changed! If you’re anything like we are at Thread HQ, you’ve been obsessing over The Hunger Games and although Athens would be located in District 12 of Panem, we gathered inspiration from the Capitol in our cosmetics spread on page 32. Also, check out our Rain Bows DIY tutorial to shed a little sunshine on a rainy day. This issue, our 6 Looks We Like feature outfit inspiration for the Nelsonville Music Festival, taking place May 18-20. Spring is the season to shed layers and our Thinly Veiled feature explores how social media could affect how one can feel comfortable in their own skin. We decided to put a college spin on a literary classic: The Great Gatsby. And if you’d like to celebrate Thread’s birthday with us, come to our Fratsby or Gatsby party on Thursday, May 3 at the J Bar dressed in your best Great Gatsby or frat-tastic attire! Thread would like to thank Athens Underground and The Other Place for keeping us in fashion and our web 12 | THREAD

goddess Megan Hillman for redesigning outhreadmag.com. Additionally, we’d like to thank Court Street Diner and the guys of Alpha Epsilon Pi. We’d love to hear what you have to say about our recent changes, so be sure to check us out on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter, or send us an email at our new address: outhreadmag@gmail.com. Cheers, Ali Mazzotta


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WRITERS

Megan Hillman

Abel Araya, Julia Baker, Marley Brison, Brooke Bunce, Jesse Cadle, Kayla Carpenter, Ben Clos, Julia Eberle, Maddie Gaither, Erin Golden, Amanda Hefflinger, Colleen Kratofil, Nadia Kurtz, Briget Mallon, MaryKate McHugh, Olivia Ohlin, Bradley Parks, Jazmine Reed, Rachel Sayers, Ali Shultz, Kate Sierzputowksi, Lincoln Sklar, Camisha Vigil, Becky Wagner, Bentley Weisel

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Sarah Balser, Heather Beaver, Kasey Brooks, Mackensie Cottingham, Elizabeth Emley, Levi Finley, Kara Frisiha, Allie Gottlieb Mary Hautman, Lauren Holle, Kate Irby, Michelle Kappeler, Michael Maurer, Sarah Miller, Emily Mueller, Tara Nulan, Bethany Puterbaugh, Jordan Petsy, Angelica Rees, Deanna Sakal, Meghan Shamblen, Becky Williams, Leah Woodruff

DESIGNERS

Ashley Cappellazzi, Lauren Capponi, Taylor Evans, Emily Gardner, Alexa Hayes, Megan Hillman, Hannah Hitchcock, Chloe Hoeg, Rachel Keaveny, Tia Kropko, Allison Lembright, Danielle Magary, Danielle Morris, Dorrian Pulsinelli, Gina Ranalli, Kelsey Reef, Marcie Richardson, Kaitlyn Richert ILLUSTRATOR: Virginia Adams

STYLISTS I CREATIVE ASSISTANT: Katie O'Connor

Sophia Borghese, Aly Fosset, Megan Fox, Shelby Gilgoff, Gretchen Greenlee, Lexi Lang, Charleen Modzelewski, Rachel Sharkey

COPY EDITORS

Brooke Bunce, Holly Coletta, Maddie Gaither, Bridget Mallon, Kathryn Potraz, Jackie Runion, Becky Wagner

PUBLIC RELATIONS TEAM | PR ASSISTANT: Nicole Ranieri

Jordan Anders, Sara Andrews, Marley Brison, Kayla Carpenter, Joceyln Chiu, Ben Clos, Sydney Cologie, Chelsey Geyer, Kelly Hayes, Jenny Joseph, Scott Lambert, Hannah May, Tina Mirabelli, Katie Neeley, Rachel Portek, Megan Scalf, Kyla Schmalenberger, Anastasia Souris, Jerika Struewing, Christina Uehlein, Riana Upton, Megan Valentine, Brienna Weibel

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Sophia Borghese, Brittany Calvin, Stephanie Cesear, Liz Dumler, Emily Evans, Stan Fink, Maddie Gaither, Joe Garman, Jessica Ghassemi, Shelby Gilgoff, Hannah Hollingsworth, Matt Johns, Jessica Kellar, Marcel Kooi, Sarah Kucinski, Mackenzie Mayerik, Morgan Otte, Catherine Susteric, Colin Walker, Jonie Xie, Jamie Yamanaka

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Giles Allen, Jen Barker, Steph Doan, Liz Emley, Kaylyn Hlavaty, Tony Iori, MaryKate McHugh

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runwayrealway By NADIA KURTZ | Photos by HEATHER BEAVER

KNOWN AS BEING one of the sexiest men alive, as well as an award-winning actor, Ryan Gosling has certainly stepped into the fashion spotlight this year. Style hasn’t always come naturally to Gosling, but it’s his major style evolution that has secured him a top place among men’s “Best Dressed.” When he first hit the red carpet in the ’90s, Gosling failed to impress by donning over-sized blazers, graphic tees and baggy jeans. Over the years, improvement was made only in the slightest, when he made the switch to white tees and more fitted pants. After Gosling stole our hearts in The Notebook he started to steal the spotlight too. Seen on the carpet in tailored jackets, dress shirts and ties, Gosling began to make a lasting impression. On a daily basis, Gosling’s style could be defined as laid-back, yet put-together. To achieve his classic look, match dark wash jeans with a button-down shirt, fitted jacket and suede Oxfords. One of Gosling’s main fashion staples is his Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses, which he is often spotted in on the street as well as on the red carpet When tidying up for more formal events, Gosling dresses up his slick look. He typically sports flashy tuxedos or fitted suits, bow ties and dress shoes. Going from grungy to trendy in a matter of years, Gosling has emerged just as much a style icon as he has an accomplished actor.

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Mixing a bold statement piece (lke a sequin camo skirt) with fitted classics will "Liven" up your look!

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By MADDIE GAITHER | Photos by HEATHER BEAVER

SPEAK THE NAME “Blake Lively” and ears will perk up. The blonde bombshell, who currently reigns as Queen of the Upper East Side on Gossip Girl, is of a coveted stature among young stars. Guys want to date her, and girls want to be her best friend – and her style consultees. Don’t let the native Californian fool you; never to be seen in flip-flops, Lively and her fashion choices are worth drooling over (just ask Christian Louboutin, who named a shoe after her). Pairing detail-oriented couture pieces with inexpensive classics is key for Lively, who is literally her own stylist. Despite her all-American girl façade, Lively never shies away from the dramatic look, warming up anything she wears with her contagious smile. Whether relaxing back home on the West Coast or cruising the streets of Manhattan with a classic Chanel flap bag in arm, this style icon makes any outing look like a red carpet event. To get Lively’s look, mix a quirky, trendier piece (think sequins, feathers, bold color or a popping pattern) with traditional staples (a little black dress, tailored blazer, chiffon button-down or chic shift). As for accessories, Lively typically opts for one item that will give her outfit a little punch. Go for statement earrings, a killer set of heels or a bold bib necklace – just not all three. Much of Lively’s appeal comes from her no-fuss face. Keep make up simple: highlight one of your features (lips or eyes), and play it up for special occasions with shimmery shadow or a bold lip. But it’s Lively’s luscious, golden tresses that always have the paparazzi buzzing. If you’re not genetically blessed with Lively-esque locks, you can still emulate her hairstyle with a slicked-back pony, loose chiffon or dramatic bun for fancier outings. Otherwise, let ‘em flow! OUTHREADMAG.COM | 19


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First year grad student Major: Mechanical Engineering WHAT SPRING ITEM OF CLOTHING CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT AND WHY? Bathing suits. A good pair of shorts can act as a bathing suit. I can jump in the water whenever I feel like it. WHAT SPRING FASHION TREND ARE YOU NOT A FAN OF? Socks with sandals or boat shoes when wearing shorts. It looks awkward to me. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ARTICLE OF CLOTHING YOU HAVE ON AND WHY? My boat shoes because they are comfortable.

Kaila Brown

Freshman Major: Business / Fashion Retail WHAT SPRING ITEM OF CLOTHING CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT AND WHY? Shorts. They’re cute and I like to show my legs. WHAT SPRING FASHION TREND ARE YOU NOT A FAN OF? Maxi dresses... just not flattering. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ARTICLE OF CLOTHING YOU HAVE ON AND WHY? My top because I like the color.

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Sarah Grothjan Junior Major: Journalism

WHAT SPRING ITEM OF CLOTHING CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT AND WHY? Colored jeans because I live in jeans, and I can switch it up. WHAT SPRING FASHION TREND ARE YOU NOT A FAN OF? Not a fan of pink colored pants. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ARTICLE OF CLOTHING YOU HAVE ON AND WHY? This shirt. It feels good on a nice day.

Nolan Alexander Sophomore Major: Video Production

WHAT SPRING ITEM OF CLOTHING CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT AND WHY? T- shirts. They are a classic. WHAT SPRING FASHION TREND ARE YOU NOT A FAN OF? Jorts. They're not very popular. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ARTICLE OF CLOTHING YOU HAVE ON AND WHY? My socks. I had a watch on, but it broke.

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Carvonne Stafford Sophomore Major: Mechanical Engineering

WHAT SPRING ITEM OF CLOTHING CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT AND WHY? Shoes. I like the variety, and they make an outfit. WHAT SPRING FASHION TREND ARE YOU NOT A FAN OF? Bro pennies. They are weird. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ARTICLE OF CLOTHING YOU HAVE ON AND WHY? My polo because it is comfortable all around.

Brittany Somerville Freshman Major: Business Major WHAT SPRING ITEM OF CLOTHING CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT AND WHY? Sundresses because they’re really fun and easy to wear. WHAT SPRING FASHION TREND ARE YOU NOT A FAN OF? See-through shirts without a cami underneath. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ARTICLE OF CLOTHING YOU HAVE ON AND WHY? My dress because of the color and contrast it has. I also love Urban Outfitters. 22 | THREAD


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blogger of the month

craftycollegiate By MARYKATE MCHUGH Photo by SARAH BALSER

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s college students, we quickly learn that our bank accounts and wallets are not regularly replenished with money, nor does money magically sprout on trees. I consider myself to be a girl who enjoys “the finer things in life,” but on a college budget, I usually cannot afford to buy “fine” items. I quickly realized, for example, that I couldn’t afford to buy three bracelets for $30 a piece nor a canvas for my dorm room for $70. This lack of funding is how I came up with the idea for my blog; I have learned how to recreate everything from fashion trends to home décor on a low budget. Rest assured, crafting is no longer strictly for the Martha Stewarts of the world. Nor does it obligate anyone to make collages of their favorite clothes and celebrities from magazine clippings. Learning how to properly cut a pair of denim jeans into a great pair of shorts, or how to accessorize an outfit with handmade crafts are useful, fun tasks that anyone can learn. Not only does crafting save money, it allows for uniqueness as well. It’s not so fun when you buy a great new item only to find that seven other

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people you know own the same exact thing. Crafting allows you to creatively change colors, materials and styles to make something your own. Personally, I find it extremely frustrating when I cannot find something I want in stores, as I am constantly trying to find new ways to create crafts. Half of the crafter’s battle is trying to recreate items on a budget. Staying within certain cash constraints may take more research and time, but it is worth the effort in the end. It’s an enormous feeling of accomplishment when you can tell an admirer that your bracelet cost just under $3 to make. I started blogging for Thread to share how recreate my crafts. My blog is a place for people to see easy step-by-step instructions and the small pricetag attached. Yes, we are all broke college students, but we are also quickly becoming the new generation of crafters. To meet monetary limits, students are starting to make their own fashion pieces and household items. So if you’re looking for a new piece of jewelry or canvas to spruce up your dorm room, crafting it yourself is the perfect affordable (and fun) option!


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ize matters — at least for accessories this spring. The time has come to lock away dainty pearls, kitten heels and delicate purses, and sift through grandma’s closet for costume jewels, embellished shoes and encrusted clutches. This season, it’s all about overdressing in over-sized accessories. Playing dress up is the greatest pastime, after all. Farewell subtle, hello statuesque! Socialites such as Olivia Palermo and

runway models at Prada and Dolce & Gabbana have been catching eyes this season, stealing the show by strutting in decorative adornments and showcasing sumptuous baubles. Tacky and over-the-top is in, so put away the credit card and hit the jewelry stands at Forever 21 and H&M; cheap has never looked so good. Easily accessible and always timeless, this statement piece can stand alone or accompany other spring trends.

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SHOES

Show off a pretty pedicure in a peeptoe heel with attention-grabbing, show-stopping embellishments. A simple ballet flat can make a huge statement when piled with faux diamonds or colored crystals. Even leather sandals are getting an upgrade with gobs of gems and sprinkles of sparkle.

JEWELRY

Take the exotic route with large, glossy stones in trendy colors like turquoise and tangerine, or make your entrance in candy-colored pearls. Bits of baubles make upgrading any monochromatic outfit easy. For a more subtle statement, pop in some bubble gum studs or chandelier earrings. Wrap your wrists in gemstone strands and embellished bangles, or flaunt a rock candy ring. All it takes is one over-the-top piece to grab the attention — and envy — of the masses. 28 | THREAD


HAIR PIECES

Ring in spring with gemstones in your hair. Let deliciously-minted stones, quirky barrettes and tiara headbands with soft-colored jewels accompany already luscious locks for a look that makes the hippie headband look so last season. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 29


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slaphappy By JULIA EBERLE Photos by ALLIE GOTTLIEB

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pring has sprung in Athens, and with warm weather and sunshine comes fresh fashion. Trends for this spring are centered around color — and this season’s shades get a little wild. Runways and stores are full of bold colors, bright denim, vibrant patterns and candy-colored jewelry. These eye-catching styles can leave you blinded by the glossy images of fashion magazines, longing for a

fresh spring wardrobe. Back in the real world, however, there is a fun and functional way to catch on to this spring fever. The slap bracelets, known as “slappers” in the ’90s, are making a timely comeback this season. The new slap watches embody the youthful spirit of spring trends, but with a practical twist. Spring is the right time to add these watches to your wardrobe for a bit of fashionable fun!

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Neon

Eye-popping neon shades are a spring staple this year, and accessories are no exception. Add some color to your wardrobe, and your wrist, with a vibrant SLAP band by Slap Watch. They come in all of the season’s boldest hues, from tangerine to turquoise. This wrist accessory can complement your style whether by accompanying an already eclectic ensemble or creating color in a neutral look.

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Color Blocking One of the major trends on the runways for this spring is color blocking. Designers from Marc Jacobs to Tommy Hilfiger heavily highlighted the two-toned trend in their spring 2012 collections. Watches made by designers like TKO Orlogi combine spring colors together in a fun, yet modern way. From the runway to your wrist, color blocking is a way to wear the bright colors of the season without running the risk of going color crazy.

Prints Spring is the time to release your inner wild child. Prints are everywhere this season, and accessories are getting this trend treatment as well. With a statement pattern, everyone will be watching you and your watch. The Slap Watch collection provides print choices from zebra to cheetah, as well as interchangeable watch faces, so you can mix and match. Embrace the designs and the fun that comes with this trend; don’t be afraid to get a little wild with your wardrobe. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 35


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he Hunger Games" film has taken the silver screen by storm with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The eccentric and offbeat styles of the Capitol have influenced fashion with its bright colors, sparkle and innovative styling. From hair that spans every shade of the color wheel to makeup that defies reality, the

haute couture-loving citizens of the Capitol have no cosmetic boundaries. While the literal fashion of the Capitol may be a little futuristic for today’s culture, inspiration can be pulled from this movie mega-hit to create cosmetic looks appropriate for daily wear. Focus on these features to capture the colorful essence of the Capitol. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 37


EYES It’s impossible to watch The Hunger Games without noticing the intenselycolored eye shadow worn by the characters. Effie Trinket, played by Elizabeth Banks, proves how lid-to-brow color (think plum and violet) can easily be transitioned to a dynamic evening wear option. To get the vibrant look, prep eyelids with a primer, then pick a complementing color family (we like purples, greens and blues), working the darkest color closest to your eyelashes as you fade the lighter colors towards the brow.


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LIPS Deep red and taupe-colored lipsticks may have been trendy during the winter, but The Hunger Games lightens this up for spring. Lipsticks in light pinks and purple tints are eye-catching, yet subtle enough for daily wear. Pick a color that suits your skin; baby pinks and corals for paler complexions and purples and deep blues for darker skin. Be sure to stick to matte finishes in order to avoid looking too Effie-ish.


HAIR Although it was completely commonplace at the Capitol, a full head of bubblegum pink hair is difficult to pull off in the real world (unless you’re Katy Perry!). But there’s a simple, temporary way to infuse some color into your locks: use artist’s chalk to add a colorful twist. If you’re not blonde, dampen the chosen section of hair before this process. Simply twist a strand and rub chalk in using a downward motion. Style as usual, and you have Capitol-inspired color for a day.


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NAILS In the Capitol, it’s conceivable to find manicures with vivid colors and outrageous decals on every hand. Sparkling polishes, like those worn by the Capitol residents, are an easy option for glamming up a look. The Capitol Colors nail polish line from China Glaze has a polish for each of the twelve districts featured in the movie. Our favorite is District 1’s “Luxe and Lush.”


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eryone finds it attractive to hold hands with someone who appears as if he’s been digging in the dirt all day. Spring is a time for renewal, rejuvenation and revival, so here are a couple of steps worth following to maintain socially acceptable hand hygiene, while keeping your masculinity in check.


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STEP ONE

WASH YOUR HANDS. After all that hard, manly work, it’s not only necessary to get rid of germs, but imperative to clean off all the dirt and grime. No one wants to reach for their boyfriend’s hand and wonder if she’ll catch the cold bug. A simple bar of Dove soap cleans off those germs and keeps you smelling fresh.

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MOISTURIZE. However simple this may sound, it’s an important step to take to avoid dry, cracked and bleeding skin. Lotioning up doesn’t make you any less of a man. Use a generic, non-scented cream that will hydrate your skin without leaving you smelling like a garden. Try using Nivea for Men Revitalizing Lotion to do the trick.

STEP THREE

CLIP YOUR NAILS; this will prevent ingrown nails and painful infections, including hangnails. If you aren’t a clipping pro, ask a friend to help you out. No one likes a guy with long, sharp fingernails (same goes with toenails). Any brand of nail clippers would suffice, even the inexpensive ones from Walmart or CVS.

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CLEAN UNDER YOUR NAILS. It’s easy for everyday dirt to get caught under there, and when buildup gets to be too much, it can be extremely noticeable and super unprofessional. You can use a Q-Tip or a plain pocketknife to get the job done. A nail file will work too.

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high-lowfashion By BRIDGET MALLON Photos by MARY HAUTMAN

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very year as temperatures rise, so do hemlines. Flirty, flouncy miniskirts typically abound during these months, but this spring ushers in a new twist on high hemlines. Hemlines are continuing to rise at record rates, but they’re retaining some elegant length at the same time. Miniskirts and maxi skirts are meeting in the middle this season, with dresses and skirts that are short in the front and longer in the back. Highlow hems have taken sartorial center stage for spring 2012, with designers like Jason Wu, BCBG and Vera Wang each featuring the silhouette in their ready-to-wear collections. After hiding under thick tights and corduroys during the long winter months, legs are liberated with fishtail-style skirts. Sunshine can stream onto uncovered limbs on warm spring days while the balance offered by the longer back keeps the style appropriate for class and work, making it a breeze to dress up or down. The rounded shape also gives ladies the chance to show some skin on College

Green without being too risquĂŠ. Reminiscent of the mullet hairstyles of the 1980s, the modern hemline treatment is being given to tops as well. Sheer chiffon blouses become undeniably unique when finished with a high-low hem, while solid and graphic T-shirts also are transformed into statement pieces, rather than just layering essentials. Tackling new trends may seem daunting at times, but trying out a high-low hemline is totally accessible, as these stylish spring pieces are available at myriad stores that fit the college budget. H&M, Forever 21 and Tobi.com carry a wide variety of highlow styles that make perfect additions to any spring wardrobe. High-low styles not only bring a new fashion aesthetic into the style scene, they encompass a wide variety of wardrobe pieces. Rarely do tops, bottoms and dresses all adhere to the same hemline, but the high-low cut gives these pieces a unified edge. Flattering fits are available for every body type, and trying out a new cut is a great way to usher in a new season.

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ature-inspired items are always fitting additions to spring wardrobes, but we rarely incorporate actual pieces of nature. These tree branch bangles are the perfect arm candy, whether outside basking in the sun or studying inside. Easy to make and fitting for any outfit, be warned that passers-by will be wanting to copy this idea. Measure out and cut the twigs so they wrap around your wrist once with a one-fourth inch of overlap. Wrap thin twigs multiple times for a fuller look. Note: As with any bangle, it should be large enough to slip on and off your wrist.

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WHAT YOU NEED Thin twigs or branch-like vines (the fresher, the more flexible) Spray paint (You can brighten up a duller color with glitter glue) Hot glue gun

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your own Instagram-inspired calendar? This quick and easy craft takes you back to a middle school summer camp project, but in middle school you probably weren’t packing an iPhone, and apps were just a glimmer on the horizon. So stay in on a rainy night this spring, grab some friends and take a trip down an Instagram-tinted memory lane to create a functional, beautiful calendar to organize your hectic schedule. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 55


Small calendar or printed calendar months from computer

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Choose your theme. For mine, I chose animals. I gathered my favorite puppy, kitten and zoo animal photos that I have collected throughout the past few months. Note: If you have difficulty finding a calendar in a store, resort to finding Google images of each month of the year (you can always start with April).

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Open the pictures in Microsoft Word and size them so they are all equal. Print the document and cut out the pictures.

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those April showers and elevate your mood is to accessorize the rain boots you already adore with another thing you love: bows! As seen in Joules’ collection of bow-embellished wellies, here are the three easy steps to make your own rain boots with ribbons.

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Pick your ribbon and weave it through the slits for a fun spin on your formerly average rain boots! Simply weave in a different ribbon or remove the bow entirely and the slits will go unnoticed.

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allthatdrag By KATE SIERZPUTOWSKI Photos by LEVI FINLEY

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t’s a little after 10 p.m. on a Thursday night, and Casa Nueva’s Bodega is in the midst of a flamboyant flux. “Secret Agent Man” quietly plays as the dinner crowd finishes their glasses of Merlot. Suddenly a pair of sparkling pink sunglasses peeks out from behind the stage; a tight black corset stands up from a nearby booth. Construction of a catwalk begins; a judges’ table unfolds and heavily made-up faces with a slight hint of five o’clock shadow begin to appear. Bright accessories continue to filter through the Cantina door in preparation for the Open Doors Drag Show, where one lucky drag queen will be crowned Miss Pride Week 2012. The back room has been transformed into a staging area for the queens where final adjustments are made to their alter egos. Tutus fluff, body paint is applied and tights snap into place.

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Daniel Warner, a freshman fairly new to the drag scene, has just secured his pumpkin-colored wig. He begins outlining his temporary tattoo of the sun that encircles his exposed belly button and accents the coinlined hip scarf that serves as his top. Warner is already well on his way to crafting his drag persona, Lilliana Licorice. The first name, Lilliana stemmed from Warner’s daytime hobby of Magic the Gathering, a wizarding card game, and Licorice “simply rolled off the tongue.” Warner first adopted his persona of Lilliana in order to bring contrast to his life and do something that only a small percentage of the population can boast they’ve tried. “For the majority of my life, I was the kid that would sit in the middle, just fit in with everyone else,” Warner said. “But on stage, everyone has their attention on me.” Transforming outwardly into Lilliana can take anywhere from two to three hours, but the personality can be adopted almost instantaneously. “When preparing to be Lilliana, everyday is different. Before one show there was a hateful comment on one of the posters advertising (the show),” Warner said. “That comment instantly got me fired up and ready to show them that I was fantastic.” As Warner gets ready, in bursts Adam Bialek, a veteran of the Athens drag scene, and his boyfriend toting an auburn wig. Bialek begins to transform into the well-established Sami Sparxx. Bialek’s inspiration for Sparxx ranges from Jessica Rabbit to Samantha Jones and when the look is completed, she appears as a 1920s lounge singer. She’s a strapping package with even strappier heels. It can take up to a week for Bialek to 66 | THREAD

fully immerse himself into Sparxx’s personality and attitude. “All of Sami’s stuff is packed away but when I am preparing to be her, my whole house becomes hers,” Bialek said. “Sami pretty much just takes over, and she doesn’t pay rent either.” However when Sami does arrive, it’s impossible to stifle her. “If my heels are on, I’m in character. I love to play it up because of how much people respond to it. I love just playing up the shtick. I mean I’m a man in a dress, I’m already a joke,” Bialek said. The show opens with a Britney Spears-esque queen who warms up the stage for belly-dancing Lillianna. Licorcie’s stage presence completely obliterates the image of the freshman from before the show. Lilliana Licorice dazzles the crowd with intense hip shaking, jangling the small coins attached to her outfit in a rhythmic pattern matching Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie,” which throws the crowd into wild hysterics. Sami Sparxx appears later in the show and is well worth the wait. Sparxx gives a dominating performance to Christina Aguilera’s “Candyman” dressed head to toe in what appears to be actual cotton candy. Sparxx provocatively rips the clothes off her earlier wig-holder, and flashes a seductive smile that coupled with the choreographed performance, successfully wins her Miss Pride Week 2012. When asked what Bialek will do with his seductive drag queen alter ego when he leaves Athens he explained, “Sami will still be with me. It’s not easy to get rid of her. She’s an independent woman and can do her own thing. If she wants to do something, she’ll do it.”


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travelingfashion By RACHEL SAYERS Photos by KATE IRBY

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o you want that in countries or continents?” Zelma Badu-Younge replied when asked where she has traveled. Her sincerity in posing this question shows that the associate professor at the Ohio University School of Dance has traveled far beyond the mirrored walls of Putnam Hall. The professor holds dual degrees in contemporary dance and choreography and dance ethnology, and a doctorate in integrated studies education. Her master's and doctorate research took her to West Africa, where she studied the music and dances of Ghana. Dr. Badu-Younge — through dancing, singing and teaching opportunities — can tout the honor of traveling to every continent except Antarctica. Growing up in Canada, Badu-Younge learned that individuality was something to be celebrated. She developed a personal style through her travels, accentuated with her design abilities, fabric collection and inspiration taken from all corners of the globe.

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Today she wears a simple black outfit complemented by minimal jewelry. The basic uniform serves as a backdrop for the striking purple eye shadow that offsets her deep brown eyes. This woman knows sometimes

the biggest statement boils down to detail. Born in New York, she moved to Canada at a young age. “[Canada]’s a very diverse country and rather more like a mosaic than a melting pot, like you’d find here in the U.S. … When you ask a Canadian where they’re from they’ll actually tell you where their background is rather than just their hometown,” BaduYounge said. Canada taught her to appreciate her own varied heritage. “My grandfather is Jamaican and Jewish, and my mother part Cherokee. ... I guess you could say I was born into a diverse setting,” Badu-Younge said with a chuckle. “I embrace a lot of things I saw growing up.” She describes Montreal as one of the most eclectic cities she’s been to, with influences from India, China and Ghana. “I grew up learning it was a good thing to stand out. I felt free to put whatever on. I never felt I had to dress like everyone else,” she said. Starting her career as a dancer, musician and researcher, BaduYounge said her fashion influences expanded from her heritage to more than 15 different countries.

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Badu-Younge said. “Or sometimes, it’s nothing more than a crosspollination of cultures.” Badu-Younge is a product of crosspollination: hand-dyed fabrics drape across her windows; a traditional Eastern robe hangs on the wall across from a closet full of African dresses. “Don’t mind the clutter,” BaduYounge said, smiling. “I just accumulate all these things when I travel, and they all end up either here or at my house.” Fascination with cultural influences on fashion drew Badu-Younge’s eyes to the pages of a recent issue of W magazine. One page featured an image of a young model dressed in a pair of West African pants traditionally worn for dancing. “A lot of times you see these high fashions and you assume [the designers] are somewhere in the U.S. or Europe creating these things but actually, they’re traveling around just like me getting these ideas,” she said. Badu-Younge continues to daydream about clothing, frequently designing clothes and buying fabrics. Since free time is short for the busy professor, the aspiring designer has since allowed a trusted Ghanian tailor to cut and sew her clothing. “I see things I like everywhere I travel, so I collect fabrics from all the different countries. You know, silk from Hong Kong and cotton from right here in the U.S. Things like that,” Badu-Younge said. “Then, every year when I travel to Ghana I have these things made for me. I create and design them and [my tailor] makes them so I can wear them.”

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“Fashion is really company started by Badu-Younge and her husband, Dr. Paschal Yao Younge — Badu-Younge often finds herself drawn to the fashions of her ancestors’ country, Ghana. “My art is influenced by the fashion and culture I absorb. And then there’s the costumes,” she said, her face livening. “There’s so many different costumes, and I just get all these ideas.” With a passport to possibilities in fashion, Badu-Younge has learned how to hone specific influences


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just the exchanging of culture. ZELMA BADU-YOUNGE into the costumes she designs. By providing the dance troupe with authentic, wearable clothing, BaduYounge has helped to ensure the company’s success. “We spent November performing with the National Orchestra in Hong Kong, but just last week, we performed for a group of children in Loveland, Ohio,” she said. “Several of the countries we go to shower us with gifts, often in the form of clothing. I’m exposed to even more fashion than ever before.”

Through her various travels, she has learned what it truly means to be fashion-forward in this globalized world by bringing together the cultures of all the places she visits, and using them to create a style entirely her own. “Fashion is really just the exchanging of culture,” she said. “Taking things that inspire me from all these different countries and putting them together in my own way. All designers are doing is using their individual take on a certain slice of fashion. That’s all I’m doing.” OUTHREADMAG.COM | 73


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mindfishmadness By BECKY WAGNER Photos by KARA FRISINA

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t’s a Friday night, and Casa Nueva Cantina is overflowing. A college-aged crowd clusters beneath the dim lighting, chattering excitedly and ordering drinks. Dean Tartaglia, dark-haired, lanky and coolly unruffled, takes the stage as his band, Mind Fish, starts to play. As the first chords rip, the adrenaline in the room skyrockets, and frenzied dancing breaks out in full force. A small booth in the corner offers neon face paint to the toetapping masses. General mayhem commences in the crowd along with the on-stage antics, and the night rages on along with the band. Mind Fish is a band that has cats on the brain and face paint whiskers on the cheek. A self-proclaimed ‘Nerd Pop’ indierock foursome, the Athens-based band brags a loyal local following. The band’s live shows are joyously energetic and heavily dance-infused performances, drawing crowds that are never afraid to cut a rug and shout along to the catchy melodies and chord-heavy riffs. Lead vocalist and guitar player

Tartaglia started Mind Fish with drummer Steven Warstler when he was still in high school. Since then, members have floated in and out of the band. Now the band consists of Tartaglia on vocals and guitar, Dan Barbera on guitar, Trent Rissover on bass, and Warstler on drums; they’ve been out and about since early 2008. Mind Fish put out its first full-length album, zealously titled "WATCHOUT!," in 2011. Tartaglia’s 2-year-old cat, Eric, has been a main creative muse in the band’s style. Felines appear everywhere on Mind Fish merchandise, from shirts to album artwork, and Tartaglia’s cat-inspired face paint whiskers and nose never fail to make a beloved appearance at shows. “My weird cat obsession sort of took over the band and became everything we’re doing,” Tartaglia said. “Cats are so cool, I want to be just like them.” While they make a point to dress “matching and classy,” (“No Spongebob shirts allowed,” Tartaglia said), the band does not have one, concrete look about them. If they had OUTHREADMAG.COM | 75


to be classified, they tout a casual, hip style. “We’re all kind of different and individualized. I’d say I’m the most flamboyant of the bunch, though,” said Tartaglia. The band as a whole digs combat boots, but Tartaglia name-dropped fashion mainstay Urban Outfitters as a great place to cop functional on-stage footwear. “They make these shoes 76 | THREAD

with really flat soles that are almost like ninja shoes,” he said. “They’re great for keeping your footing.” Comfort and practicality are key factors in Mind Fish’s style, especially when performing. Tartaglia listed lightweight shirts as an on-stage essential; they hold up well with the copious amounts of sweat produced during the band’s dance-heavy sets. Also given lavish credit were (drum


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My weird cat obsession sort of took over the band and became everything we’re doing. Cats are so cool, I want to be just like them. DEAN TARTAGLIA

roll, please): jeggings! “I like to wear jeans that are pretty much as tight as possible, and I found that girl jeans work best because they’re so stretchy anyways,” Tartaglia said. “I feel weird wearing jeggings, but they’re so comfortable… I can do whatever I want with my legs in them.” While Urban Outfitters and H&M are Tartaglia’s essential places to shop,

thrift stores like Goodwill and local Athens Underground are also favorites. “There’s no limit to what stuff you’re going to find,” he said. In Goodwill, he once found a bunch of multicolored tank tops, a weird cartoon-y Hawaiian shirt with cowboys on it, and his trademark sweatshirt. “The sweatshirt has a bunny on it, and I don’t think I’d be the same person without it,” he added. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 77


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Thread serves up a sample platter of fashion cake and ice cream in celebration. Frosted with lace and sprinkled with pastels, these candied garments are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. We think it’s perfectly fine to eat dessert first, so relish in our vintage diner setting. Just make sure that the embellishments on top of your treats do not outshine the macramÊ on your pastel dress! Photos by JORDAN PETSY OUTHREADMAG.COM | 79


The combination of light colors and lace evokes an innocent ensemble, but who said this pairing can’t be a little tart? MacramÊ cut-outs, muted miniskirts, and slinky black heels take this trend from frilly to flirtatious.

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A cake is not complete without a decorative frosted topping, and a frilly lacey dress is bland without the finishing touch of a classic pearl necklace. Clothes: Athens Underground

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Embrace your feminine side by appeasing your appetite for decorative appliques and lightly candied hues. Clothes: Athens Underground


Avoid the surprise of a monochromatic closet by choosing patterned pale and sparkled oxfords to ensure that your look piques interest. Clothes: Athens Underground

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The frozen looks of winter have melted away and provided a pasture of spring pastels. Not even a ruined dessert can spoil looks baked to perfection. Clothes: Athens Underground OUTHREADMAG.COM | 85


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What happens when you mix Jay Gatsby and OU bros? The Great Fratsby, of course! You're invited to our most unorthodox soiree yet, old sport!

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Raise your glass if you are a Fitzgerald, in all the right ways. Clothes: Athens Underground, The Other Place

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Ocean themes abounded on the Spring runways this year, and although the looks themselves aren’t made for life under the water, they do take inspiration from the seaside. Varying shades of ocean blue, paired with seashell-inspired pastels keep the sartorial spirit of the deep blue sea alive. We can’t all have the picturesque mermaid life of a Disney princess, but with this spring’s ocean inspired looks, anyone can channel the spirit of life under the water.

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Pairing a deep turquoise skirt with a pastel top keeps the sea inspiration light not literal. Clothes: Athens Underground

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Channel the beauty of the ocean with iridescent sequins, bright whites reminiscent of frothy waves and deep blue eye shadow. Clothes: The Other Place OUTHREADMAG.COM | 95


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Muted metallics in swoon-worthy seashell tones add oceanic interest to a classic dress silhouette. Clothes: Athens Underground

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A gauzy blouse will keep you cool, contrasting with other dark, dramatic pieces. Top it off with a classic bowler.

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Ditch the shoes and go au naturel for Nelsonville with neutral canvas fabric and necklaces studded with vibrant stones. 104 | THREAD


Tie-dye and music festivals make a heavenly duet. Delicate floral patterns and a fun head scarf balance out a bright palette. Don’t forget the fringe! Clothes: The Other Place OUTHREADMAG.COM | 105


Dip-dyed flannel is a must for festin’. A beanie is cool and comfy, while shades of olive green and slate look sleek and relaxed. 106 | THREAD


Lace up those combat boots in preparation for muddy fields. A light-colored denim jacket and vintage scarf will sweeten up an edgy tight-and-shorts combo.

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he role of the first lady of the United States can largely affect the public’s view of the president. As a public figure, what these women wear and how they portray themselves has been scrutinized. Famous first ladies have used their style to make an impact throughout history. The information gathered for this article was found at the National First Ladies’ Library in Canton, Ohio and through their website firstladies.org.

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Dolly Madison

1808-1817 Even though Dolly Madison was technically the fourth first lady, she is considered by many historians to be the first. She had a big personality that complemented her husband, James Madison’s quiet demeanor. At his Inaugural Ball, Dolly made her debut in a controversial dress. It was low-cut and showed off not only her shoulders, but also some cleavage. Nevertheless, Dolly continued trendsetting and was known for wearing decorative turbans. She was a role model for American women because her style and actions were ahead of her time. She is remembered for her courage in saving George Washington’s portrait during wartime. Dolly created the precedent that her successors were held to during their time as first lady. She is remembered as one of the most beloved first ladies, and making an impact on American society.

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Mary Todd Lincoln 1861-1865 Although Abraham Lincoln went down in history as one of the most influential and beloved presidents of all time, the same cannot be said for his wife. Mary Todd Lincoln did not have trust or admiration from the public. She came from a wealthy, southern family and was accustomed to an extravagant lifestyle. After moving into the White House, she continued in this manner and bought clothing from New York City at excessive costs. During wartime, when spending was limited, she had custom dresses made for her by her own dressmaker. These dresses were often shoulder-baring and accentuated with long trains, and the public criticized her for showing off her chest. Following her husband’s assassination, Mary remained in mourning for years, wearing only black. She continued to shop excessively to bring herself joy. This retail therapy caused her to spiral into debt and she was ultimately committed to an asylum by her son.

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Frances Cleveland

1886-1889, 1893-1897 Frances Cleveland made history by marrying Grover Cleveland during his first presidential term in the White House and becoming the youngest first lady to date. After being widowed, Cleveland was expected to marry his long-time friend Emma Folsom. But he shocked the public by marrying her 21-year-old daughter instead. Frances became an instant celebrity. American women copied her signature hairstyle, her poses in pictures and her style. Frances often wore dresses that showed off her shoulders and arms, which upset the Women's Christian Temperance Union. They sent around petitions and begged the first lady to cover up because she had such a strong influence on young American women. But Frances continued to indulge in her whims and wear low-cut dresses. Her influence became so powerful that two reporters made up a story about how she did not like the “bustle” in dresses and refused to wear it. By the following fall season, the “bustle” style was gone. Companies realized this influence and began to use her image, without permission, on their products to help with marketing. After this, Frances began to realize her power as first lady and started her own programs to help young women all over the country.

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Grace Coolidge

1923-1929 As first lady during the flapper era, Grace Coolidge was a trendsetter. Her husband, Calvin Coolidge, wanted her to have a more traditional role as a wife, however. Even without his approval, she dressed as a flapper with short hemlines and exposed shoulders. This captured the atmosphere of women during the era and their carefree lifestyle. She was full of energy and the press loved her — even though she did not speak to journalists about the presidency. She left her mark on the first lady role by planning and being in charge of the White House’s social calendar.

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Mamie Eisenhower 1953-1961 Following World War II, Mamie Eisenhower took the position of first lady with ease. She represented middle-aged American women of her time as she took care of the home, her family and her husband, Dwight Eisenhower, while still playing her role as hostess. She wore “The New Look” of the post-war era, which included sleeveless dresses that garnered public approval. She displayed her femininity through sparkly broaches, pearl chokers and fitted hats. Her favorite color was pink and she often wove it into White House decorations. She became famous for the “Mamie Pink,” making it popular in the textile industry. Mamie was the only first lady (until Michelle Obama) to be photographed in a sleeveless dress for her official portrait. Mamie was often included in various “Best Dressed” lists for her style and accessories. She was well-liked by the public and took care of her husband through various health problems. Mamie paved the way for her successor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, to become a fashion icon.

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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

1961-1963 Perhaps one of the most famous first ladies for her fashion and style is Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Inspired by her own fashion guru, Audrey Hepburn, she often chose Hubert de Givenchy to design her clothing. During the day, Jackie wore classic sleeveless dresses, Chanel jackets and Dior skirts — always paired with her signature hat. Perhaps most memorable are her over-sized black sunglasses, a style inspiration that still remains today. She gained international attention for the way she dressed and carried herself as first lady. When traveling abroad, she dressed according to the customs and traditions of her destinations. Her evening gowns were nothing short of spectacular as she donned backless or off-the-shoulder dresses that showed off her slim figure. One of her most famous outfits is the pink suit she wore when her late husband, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated.

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Nancy Reagan

1981-1989 Nancy Reagan moved from Hollywood to the White House with her husband, Ronald Reagan. She was accustomed to living her life as a movie star and was often criticized it. Although she is credited with having good style, she paid excessive amounts of money for her clothing when the country was in a time of economic depression. The media referred to her as “Queen Nancy.” Her inaugural gown cost over $20,000, so she wore it again before donating it to the Smithsonian—after she modeled it for Vogue, of course. She was often compared to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis because of her high fashion. She even had a signature color, “Reagan Red.” She captivated the American people with her fashions, however, she ran into a controversy when the White House left out her purchases from their disclosure forms. Nancy apologized and claimed that she had been borrowing expensive clothing from designers, and continued to do so afterward.

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Michelle Obama

2009-Present Michelle Obama has made a strong statement with her wardrobe as first lady. She frequently chooses pieces from more affordable designers, like J. Crew but also wears more extravagant pieces from upscale designers such as Michael Kors and Alexander McQueen. Michelle has also been compared to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis because of her love of fashion. Michelle steers away from the suited look of the Bush ladies and Hillary Clinton. Michelle takes risks that pay off, like her stunning Inaugural Ball gown designed by designer Jason Wu. Obama is a style icon for American women because of her outfit choices. She remains relatable while still exuding power and independence. She campaigned for her husband during his election, giving speeches and speaking to voters directly. She acted as a partner to be respected, and dressed as such. As President Barack Obama takes on another presidential election, Michelle will be by his side, dressed to impress.

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ho doesn’t adore Pinterest? It’s one of the easiest ways to gather favorite things in one spot – that lust-worthy pair of cheetah wedges, that needto-try DIY tutorial, that immaculately decorated study, or even that droolinspiring and delicious grilled cheese recipe, can all be kept organized on Pinterest. Massively popular social media networks such as Pinterest and Tumblr aren’t just for harmless enjoyment, procrastinating a term paper and wishful thinking, however. Sometimes, they can harbor much more dangerous environments — ones that could even turn fatal. Every day, women feel forced to achieve perfectly sculpted bodies; it’s nearly impossible to flip open a fashion magazine without seeing a flawlessly airbrushed body, free of imperfection that signals an averagesized, healthy human being. Nicole Mikuso is the former leader of Ohio University’s Eating Disorders Anonymous. Having struggled with an eating disorder at one time in her life, she knows all too well about the flood of unattainable perfection women and men must face each day. “Society is so consumed with a small group of people that look like supermodels … if they look at them and then themselves, they automatically think, ‘I need to do something to look like that,’” she said. “We’re trying to be people that aren’t even real.” As a result, eating disorders have become one of the most prominent problems in today’s society. Accord-

ing to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, up to 24 million men and women suffer from some type of eating disorder in the U.S. What’s even more frightening is that eating disorders are classified as mental illnesses — and of all mental illnesses, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate. Eating disorders completely consume the life of those affected, something uncommon for other types of illnesses. “Pro-ana” and “thinspiration” (or “thinspo”) websites have existed since the age of Myspace and Xanga, and more recently occur in the realms of Pinterest and Tumblr. These communities, disguised as a means of support and reinforcement, act as catalysts to the destructive behaviors that plague those with eating disorders. Simply typing “thinspiration” in a search bar can elicit a number of these communities that include images of emaciated girls – often taken from popular fashion magazines – that have been dressed up with text encouraging hunger and weight loss, otherwise known as “pro-ana mantras.” According to Mikuso, one small push can lead to a giant shove when it comes to weight loss websites. “People with eating disorders tend to be perfectionists and high achievers … they want to have control over everything. When they see tips being given, they take it and run with it,” she said. “People go to these websites to look for a tip … and they start to become consumed. It really is kind of sickening.”

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websites taking a stand against eating disorders Mikuso has even viewed “promia” sites (focused on individuals with bulimia) that instruct readers how to concoct mixtures that force them to vomit. It’s clear that pro-anorexia and bulimia sites harbor a false sense of “support” and community for those struggling with an eating disorder. However, with like-minded individuals feeding into this obsession, a vicious cycle of continued illness occurs. “People get brainwashed and make others think they’re okay and this is how they’re going to be happy; that they’re supposed to look this way,” Mikuso said. “It starts with one thing and turns into something much more.” One site, prettythin.com, said “Thinspiration, for many, is part of identifying with their eating disorder. They are often aware that they have an eating disorder, but seek things that will validate and justify the choices they make based on the struggle they have with their eating disorder.” It goes on, “There is an industry that markets thin, skinny, beauty, health, and fitness as if it’s all the same things … these images, when used to sell magazines, diets, and much more are

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acceptable in society. But don’t you dare talk about them in the context of an eating disorder.” What prettythin.com makes apparent is that “thinspo” images are not an orginal source; they come from celebrities, commercials and clothing advertisements that young people face each time they turn on a TV, open a magazine or even look at the side of a bus. For people who have struggled with body image, like Mikuso, simply watching commercials can be an internal battle. “If a Victoria’s Secret commercial comes on, I have to turn the channel. It’s tempting; they have body types of about one percent of women in America. You start picking at things you don’t like because you don’t look like the women on TV do,” she said. In the digital age, where information can be spread and shared in one simple click, these dangerous communities are easily accessible to the most impressionable minds. In 2008, a report by Optenet found that since 2006, websites promoting anorexia and bulimia have increased by 470 percent. Although these sites have been present for years, only recently

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have major social media sites begun to act on these horrifying statistics. A little over a month ago, Tumblr issued a statement that it would ban content that inflicted and encouraged self-harm. The statement read: “We are deeply committed to supporting and defending our users’ freedom of speech, but we do draw some limits. As a company, we’ve decided that some specific kinds of content aren’t welcome on Tumblr.” Similarly, Yahoo! removed any “proana” content from reaching audiences that utilized its search engine. And most recently, Pinterest updated its Terms of Use to include a section that prohibits anything that “creates a risk of harm, loss, physical or mental injury, emotional distress, death, disability, disfigurement, or physical or mental illness to yourself, to any other person, or to any animal,” put into effect April 6, 2012. In short, images of grotesquely protruding hip or collar bones with the tag of “#thinspo” should be a thing of the past. But will they truly be? Unfortunately, banning this content may not be the simple solu-

tion to an extremely complicated problem. Mikuso said that recovery begins as soon as people stop comparing and start attaining aplomb about their bodies. For her, keeping inspirational quotes around her mirrors helped exponentially. “It helped me not to spend so much time in front of a mirror breaking down my body,” she said. “You have to retrain your body how to think and feel. It’s a whole transition.” And ultimately, eating disorders need to shed their taboo image, Mikuso said. If society is to ever face this growing epidemic head-on, it needs to shed light on this devastating illness and rethink the way it portrays the “ideal” body image. “Saying you have [an eating disorder] is so taboo, yet society is forcing us to look a certain way and people are going to the extremes to achieve that,” Mikuso said. It’s clear that to get to the root of websites that advocate “pro-ana” or “pro-mia,” both individuals as well as media corporations are going to have to take a stand toward healthy, normal and practical body image.

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college, the go-to outfit for a rainy day is rain boots, running shorts and a sweatshirt. Why does an outfit have to match the dreary day? Brighten the day with color instead. Whether you add vibrant rain boots or a bright trench coat, it isn’t hard to stay dry and fashionable on a gloomy day. Athens weather can be confusing, so layering is key. Going from a chilly outdoor day to a heated classroom is a shock to the system. Shedding or adding layers can help regulate body temperature and add a fashionable twist to a rainy day ensemble.

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RAIN BOOTS:

Rain boots are essential on a typical Athens rainy day, and they come in a multitude of fun styles and prints. Jazzing up a pair of plain boots with a bow is also a great alternative to typical rain wear (see our DIY section). Rain boots are usually indestructible, so don’t be afraid to take a chance and splash around in those puddles.

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For girls, a belted trench coat is a classy way to stay dry and accentuate curves. Try different colors, such as red or light blue, to perk up the day. A lot of guys don’t want to carry umbrellas, unless it’s a gigantic golfstyle, so a hooded raincoat is great for the men who want to stay dry and in style.

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COLORED JEANS

Dark or bright-colored jeans are great for rainy days. Mint green is hot this season, so try pairing the pastel with a plain T-shirt. Red pants and a neutral top can also lighten up the gray skies. Be adventurous and try new looks; it will not only look cute, but also get rid of the rainy day blues. Try colorful tights or leggings under a slouchy top for a more comfortable look.

MAKEUP

Waterproof makeup is essential in rain. Mascara quickly runs after the raindrops hit, so invest in waterproof mascara to stay smudge-free.

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Nobody wants to ruin an expensive bag on a rainy day, so try one made of nylon or canvas materials. They are easier to dry and prevent rain water from seeping into the internal contents.

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If carrying a wet umbrella doesn’t sound appealing; throw on a hat to protect those locks. A beret could be stylishly unexpected, but even wearing a simple ball cap will do. If a hat doesn’t sound appealing, opt for a headband, colorful or subtle, to protect wild, frizz-prone strays.

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hether it was a Superman pullover or a Donald Duck blouse, cartoons inspired the clothing of our youth. Today, this trend has returned to the world of fashion, with clothing brands such as Forever 21 advertising Mickey Mouse labels and Hot Topic promoting shirts sporting Super Mario and "Adventure Time." Cartoons aren’t just for kids anymore. “Cartoons are starting to be seen as a legitimate medium of art,” said Luke Woodward, a senior majoring in creative writing. “Cartoons can be integrated into fashion especially well due in part to a shared love of the outlandish as well as the prevalence of attention-grabbing details.” 144 | THREAD

Each beloved cartoon character embodies specific traits, which are captured on each piece of clothing. The "Powerpuff Girls" and "Sailor Moon" represent female strength, while "The X-Men" represent the limitless possibilities of humanity. Some people tout cartoon characters to show off their individuality, while others wear the cartoons to connect with a likeminded community. “It … allows multiple people to easily recognize someone with similar interests and help create camaraderie among those people,” Woodward said. “This is personally one of the reasons I wear certain cartoonrelated shirts aside from the obvious fact that I enjoy the clothing.”


While the trend is only starting to take off when it comes to daily fashion, on special occasions like Halloween, everyone throws on their favorite throw-back styles. Many students don the looks of Scooby Doo or Fred Flintstone. This Halloween, Woodward decided to go as Ash Ketchum — the main character in the "Pokémon" series — with Ash’s signature hat and cut-off jean jacket. But Woodward so connected with the look, he now wears the hat daily. “I am amazed not only at the amount of people that recognize the design on it but how many people absolutely love it,” he said. ”Even random people on the street compliment me on my hat; the best

one so far being when I wore the hat into Kroger late at night and while checking out, the cashier got on his phone and began playing the ‘Pokémon’ theme song while he rang up my groceries.” Cartoons bring a different side of art to the already artistic world of fashion, and they allow those who sport the look to return to the childhood joys of a simple Daffy Duck sweater or Bugs Bunny backpack.

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When the alarm blares at 5 a.m. and it’s time to catch an 8 a.m. flight, the last thing most travelers care about is looking presentable. Throwing on some old jeans and a hooded sweatshirt is the usual airport ensemble. However, there are ways to still look composed while being comfortable on that three-hour flight.

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Start out your journey by applying simple makeup. This will create the illusion of being awake and alert at the crack of dawn. Apply concealer under the eyes and on blemishes, then add a light coat of bronzer, which will provide a glow even before your destination is reached. Next, add a light coat of mascara to the top and bottom lashes. For guys, simply wash your face to look more alert for the big day.

HAIR.............................................. The last thing any girl wants to do early in the morning is her hair. If unmanageable bedhead is a problem, style hair the night before and sleep on it. Pulling it up and out of the face into a sleek pony is another choice, or simply throw on a

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hat, like a fedora. For guys, a little bit of sculpting gel works wonders, just add a small amount to your locks for some texture and shine.

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Now it’s time to get dressed. Luckily, there are several spring trends this year that have a comfortable and practical element, including loose-fitting pastel shorts. These can be paired with a long-sleeve top or cardigan and flats. Throw on a skinny belt to tie the look together. Fitted jackets can also be an alternative to cardigans. Slipping on a threequarter length, neutral-


toned jacket over a tank adds not only style, but also warmth to a potentially cold flight. Girls aren’t the only ones working the pastel pants this season. For guys, coral trousers paired with a button-down shirt works for any kind of traveling. The versatility of the top provides options to help adjust to different locations. For a less daring look, substitute jeans or a pair of khaki pants. For girls who want to avoid jeans but stay comfortable, dresses are another practical and fashionable option. To get the same look while wearing separates, grab a skirt in a bold color and pair it with a soft, neutral-colored cotton top. Add an easy, slip-on sandal and some shades to round out the ensemble.

SHOES...................................... Easy shoes are important for traveling; a sandal with lots of straps, a sneaker with too many laces, or a

super high heel are all impractical for getting through airport security. Boat shoes are a practical option for both sexes. For ladies, flats are also great travel options. While heels are not ideal for traveling, wedges provide more stability and support than stilettos.

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Even a starlet knows the look isn’t complete without accessories. However, overdoing it can cause a hold up at security, so try adding a lightweight printed scarf and a pair of wayfarer sunglasses instead of chunky jewelry. Two carry-on items are allowed, so take the opportunity to add some style. An over-sized leather purse in a spring, pastel color, is the perfect bag for traveling. Guys shouldn’t hesitate to bring a bag on board. Large messenger bags can be a sleek alternative to boring backpacks and offer plenty of packing space. Traveling while looking and feeling good will allow for a more positive travel experience. Being comfy and trendy preludes smooth sailing.

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ohioSTAND By CAMISHA VIGIL Photos by SARAH MILLER

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here is something strangely beautiful about the countryside in the eastern Congo. Lush, overgrown vegetation stretches as far as the eye can see, toward the misty blue mountain ranges that frame the horizon; this is the quintessential image of the wild African Highlands. But beneath its majestic beauty lays a dark secret: a story of violence and poverty fueled by centuries of exploitation and corruption. When Katie Hargis, a second year master's student in International Development at Ohio University, arrived in Goma, a city in eastern Congo, she was stunned by the devastation the conflict had taken on the once prominent city. Families were forced to live in buildings that were destroyed by a volcanic eruption nearly ten years ago and ash is still blanketing the city; rebuilding from a natural disaster is the least of their worries. The war has taken an even harder toll on the countryside. “Congo has a very long history of outside exploitation starting with colonialism and continuing after independence,” Ellen Hamrick explained. Hamrick founded Ohio University STAND Against Genocide, a student organization dedicated to spreading

awareness about human rights issues in the Congo. The first conflict, which began in 1996, was an extension of the Rwandan genocide into Zaire, what is now eastern Congo. It lasted only seven months but ravaged the country. The second conflict began just a year later when rebel groups realized how profitable the vulnerable country could be. “What we’re seeing is the violence hasn’t actually decreased since the war technically ended [in 2003],” Hamrick explained, “in actuality we’re still seeing about 45,000 civilians die every single month as part of this conflict as well as 1,100 rapes every single day of women and girls in the Congo as a whole.” Hargis spent the summer of 2011 working with HEAL Africa researching gender-based violence intervention in Goma, where much of the conflict is centralized. “I wanted to understand how they were using theories of women’s empowerment on the ground,” Hargis said, “and particularly how they were localizing them, how they were making them relevant in their own settings.” HEAL is a Congolese-lead organization dedicated to the women, community and health of the region. Founded as a hospital in 1994, they OUTHREADMAG.COM | 151


... I think it’s important for people to realize that just because we live in Athens, Ohio doesn’t mean we don’t have any sort of connection with other people. KATIE HARGIS were the pioneers for human rights work in the Congo. “Their main goal is to give the community the resources to develop the infrastructure they need to combat a lot of social issues,” Hargis explained. They participate in research efforts throughout Eastern Congo and help people secure microloans to improve their livelihood. HEAL Africa also founded the Wamama Simameni House program, through which many organizations now collaborate to help improve the lives of Congolese women. Wamama Simameni Houses, which means Women Stand Up Together in Swahili, are community centers for Congolese women affected by the conflict. “These houses are the focal point of where women, not only just survivors of sexual violence but women in the community come,” she said. “It gives them a place to talk about sexual violence but also other things and develop strategies like 152 | THREAD

microcredit; that’s where it all starts.” For the Congolese people the path to security has been difficult, especially for women. “After almost 20 years of war how can you even start to… create an environment for women to be empowered?” Hargis wondered. But HEAL Africa is working to do just that. One of the most prominent initiatives that HEAL Africa champions is the Healing Arts program, which teaches survivors of sexual violence how to sew and make clothing and accessories that they can sell. “The issue of rape is so highly stigmatized in Congolese society that survivors are usually forced to leave their homes, and that’s a lot of the reason why they come into cities like Goma,” she explained, “because they’re ostracized in their communities, because they’re seen as something tainted or dirty.” Healing Arts gives these women the tools to create a new livelihood and gain independence. The program has been incredibly successful. Women throughout eastern Congo are making and selling purses, dresses, jewelry, “anything you want, really,” Hargis said, “a lot of ex-pats come and ask, ‘Will you make me this, or will you make me that.’” “As this was my first time in a ‘developing’ region, that initial exposure left me feeling anxious and frustrated about my cozy life at home,” Hargis said, so when she returned to the United States she brought with her the spirit of the Healing Arts cause. During her four months at HEAL Africa, Hargis and her supervisor became especially close with five of the women who had regained control of their lives with the help of Healing Arts. “My supervisor asked me if I would take some bags back and I came back with 300 plus,”


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she said. Today she has sold nearly 200 of them. Although Hargis is not working with HEAL Africa to sell the bags, all of the proceeds go directly to the women. “It’s a different approach,” Hargis said, but it has been very effective. When her supervisor returned to the Congo, Hargis was able to send back $1,500 she had made from selling the bags. “It just felt good, it’s so much money,” she said. Each purses sells for $20 and Hargis has gotten a great response, “People love these bags,” she said. She began selling them in her friend’s boutique in Louisville, Kentucky and now she also sells them around campus. “I’ve sold them at Baker (University Center) and at different events like the African Student Union Crossover and International Women’s Day,” she said. With each bag she sells, Hargis includes a picture of Anne Marie, one of the women who made the bags, standing proudly with her sewing

machine, along with a description of the cause. “Each purse was sewn by a woman who made or picked out the fabric and then handcrafted [it] with love,” it reads. For Hargis, selling the purses is about much more than fashion, it is a way of raising awareness about an issue that is close to her heart. “It’s a humanitarian issue. In the world that we live in I think that we’re all connected … I think it’s important for people to realize that just because we live in Athens, Ohio doesn’t mean we don’t have any sort of connection with other people,” Hargis explained. Despite the horrific effects of nearly two decades of war, Hargis found a sense of hope hidden beneath the wreckage. “What I also noticed immediately those first few days was the resilient nature of the people in Goma who, despite hardship, carry on in such a way that is truly inspiring,” she said. Hargis will be selling the purses at the International Street Fair on May 19.

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toeshoes Rant By JESSIE CADLE

My toes are a team and my little piggies like to stick together. Those who wear Vibram Five Fingers, commonly known as toe shoes, are fans of the toe show. "Here, world," they seem to say. "Observe each of my toes and soak in their goodness." No, thank you. When my toes are separated, they feel stretched and grow cold easily. They suffer from separation anxiety and prefer to stick together. Don’t get me wrong here; I understand that being barefoot is best for our biology, but we must have standards. These shoes make people look like long-nailed sloths or sticky-toed tree frogs. My most pressing question is why these shoes must abandon all good looks for the sake of functionality? Couldn’t they just … look nicer? And please, let’s not forget the Velcro. I know that retro is in these days and I too miss my light-up shoes, but let’s progress with the rest of society and leave Velcro for young children who can’t tie knots yet, and teeny-boppers who think it’s trendy (they’ll learn). Perhaps, if the shoes could progress, I could be otherwise persuaded. But, for now, none of my little piggies are going to the toe shoe market. Illustrations by TAYLOR EVANS 154 | THREAD


Rave By BEN CLOS

When hitting the gym, flashy attire and dressing to the prime are not the first things on our minds. Comfort, stability and getting through the daunting workout are more likely to dominate our thoughts. Finger shoes are a piece of your workout routine that aren’t meant to be the most fashionable. These exotic shoes come in a variety of colors and styles to suit your workout. They offer designs tailored to yoga, outdoor running, rock climbing and various other activities. The purpose of the toe shoe is to provide the experience of being barefoot, while still shielding one’s toes from the elements. Toe shoes target muscles in your legs and feet, a feature your body will thank you for during your “Golden Years.” As beneficial as this barefoot experience is for your body, wearing these to class and social events may not be the smartest choice. If you’re the type of person who’s looking for something to add some spunk to their workout attire, though, toe shoes are a great addition! They come in a variety of wild colors and patterns for men and women and are a fun way to make your feet objects of interest. Wearing these shoes optimizes your workout through maximal comfort. OUTHREADMAG.COM | 155


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Willie Hofmann Willie is a senior at Ohio University and is majoring in finance. Willie enjoys snowboarding and traveling in his free time. A fun fact about him is, when he was younger, he went to Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch.

Joe Lalonde Joe is a junior studying video production; he performs weekly in improvisation comedy shows with OU Improv and makes silly internet videos with Baby Mountain. He is also an aficionado and admirer of bread. In fact, the only reason Joe agreed to do the photo shoot for Thread magazine is because he misread an email and thought he was offered a chance to model for Bread Magazine (which is his dream job). 156 | THREAD


Grant Perry Grant is a student here at Ohio University studying criminology and sociology, as well as being a part of the Army ROTC program. In his free time he loves to workout, cook, work on his jeep and go to church on Sundays. One thing many people don't know about him is that he has been on seven mission trips including two to Honduras with his church here at Athens. Oh, and he enjoys playing my harmonica, too.

Samuel Sloma Sam is a senior. Samuel is an organizational communications student minoring in film. He is the creator and lone designer of Rust Belt Americana. It’s vintage junkyard jewelry. You might like it. Samuel's motto is "I search, I find, I create and therefore I am." He is ubiquitous in Athens, prolific at times, American always. Cheers!

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Yuxi Li Yuxi is a junior video production major. Yuxi loves to watch and make films, shoot photos and write stories. Move life to the screen is one of the most wonderful things to do in your life.

Martina Johnston Martina is a sophomore at OU majoring in communications. She is a cadet in Army ROTC and a member of the first and finest, Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She is the state runner-up in Pennsylvania for 22 cal. Competitive Rifle shooting. One of her favorite hobbies is modeling for Thread magazine.

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Mary McDonnell Mary is a freshman studying video production. She loves sports, as she is part of the Women's Club Basketball team here at Ohio University. Her favorite hobbies include: watching movies (Star Wars <3) playing sports, playing piano and doing mischievous things with her friends.

Kelly Phillips Kelly is a junior majoring in psychology. In her free time she loves being around people, being creative and getting outside and enjoying the weather when it's nice. Kelly has a strong interest in the creative side of fashion which is why she has enjoyed modeling for Thread magazine a couple of times. She loves the ideas Thread comes up with and she is always excited to see the new issues come out each month.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2012-2013 EXECUTIVE BOARD Editor-in-Chief Bridget Mallon

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