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Table of Contents WINTER 2018

18 Runway Realway


04 Haute Online 08 Top 5 12 Editor’s Letter 13 Masthead


22 Celeb Style 28 State Your Opinion 34 Carry On 40 Strengthen Your Strands 46 Wax On, Wax Off 50 A Touch of Silk 54 A Twist on the Tuck

70 Plant-Based Plates


58 Hygge Your Home 60 Step Into Something Cozy 62 Flair in the Air 64 8-Count Workout 76 Festive Flavors 2 | THREAD

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80 Movies That Matter 84 Beauty To Business

102 I’m With The Band


92 Glitter Galore 112 Defying Gravity 122 Street Stylin’ 132 6 Looks: Coats


144 Horoscopes 148 Quiz: Holiday Characters 150 What Does LGBTQ Mean To You?


156 Displaced 164 Taking A Knee 174 Retail Reality 180 Breaking Barriers 186 Technologically Tailored 192 Politics With A Pout 196 Rant/Rave: Fake Glasses

146 Athens’ Unofficial Mascot

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HAUTE ONLINE Looking for some new blogs to add to your radar? Whether scrolling for outfit inspo or needing a quick recipe, we’ve got you covered.

SALTY SEATTLE Whether you prefer linguine or penne, or you’re a lover of all things pasta, then Salty Seattle is the blog for you. Linda, the Pasta Ninja, is the creator of the energetic, carb-friendly website that is sweeping the internet. The “pasta powerhouse,” as described on her blog, has seen the pages of Business Insider, Buzzfeed, and Elle magazine, not to mention her custom pasta art that so many celebrities have gravitated toward. So, why is Salty Seattle such an interesting blog to follow? Her blog offers numerous ways to follow her journey into the world of pasta. From her FAQ page on all things pasta to her press page filled with interesting articles about her craft. If you’re looking to further stay up-to-date with Linda and her world of pasta, then check out her YouTube page or soon to be released book on creating vibrant pasta art. Or, if you’re looking for more hands-on engagement, then Linda 4 | THREAD


offers various workshops, so you can become a pasta artist, too. Linda’s love and lifelong dedication to crafting exquisite pasta is extraordinary to say the least, and not many venture to do what they love without the security of what they need. Isn’t that something? – COLLEEN HOWARD

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STYLISHLY GOOD VIBES When it comes to genuine blog content, Stylishly Good Vibes is the blog to beat. Alicia, the creator of Stylishly Good Vibes and former Thread magazine exec prides herself in her “optimistic thoughts on personal style, beauty, travel, and life.” Not only is her content light-hearted and down-to-earth, but Alicia really has a passion for what she writes about. Her seriously awesome style shines through in every post. It’s refreshing to see a recent college graduate push standards aside and show an audience how they can lead their lives as carefree as possible. The blog content is fun, intriguing, and informative; her style guide is super trendy, and her smile is contagious. You can find some helpful guides to skincare and great styling tips, as well as perspective on life-altering topics. There is no doubt that her writing is an influence for younger writers. Check out her posts “Learning to Slow Down and Be Present,” “How to Style a Monochromatic Outfit” and more! You may also find her on Instagram @stylishlygoodvibes. – GRACE ROY WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 5

YUMMERTIME In June 2014, Brock Williams and Chris Lin had a vision to create something that would inspire and provoke acceptance among young people and share their adventures with the world. In light of this, Yummertime was born. Their blog feed is full of bright colors with radiant stories that’s much more than the typical food, fashion, and travel blog. Every piece of the blog shares a special journey they’ve had together, while also highlighting the noteworthy things they’ve found along the way. Each post has an inviting and quirky headline, so a younger audience can find relatable content. They’ve transformed Yummertime into something that invites their followers to try new things, while also making documenting their exploration. They’ve poured their hearts into Yummertime, and said in their blog, “Suddenly, we were the happiest we had ever been, traveling around the world, finding our voices together.” – REAGAN MCCURLEY 6 | THREAD

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COOKIE+KATE “Good food in good company—does it get any better than that?” Kathryne Taylor’s vegetarian food blog focuses on incorporating nutritious foods into everyday meals. Kate believes foods should be as close to their origins as possible, which means she avoids processed ingredients in her recipes. Kate combined her photography skills and cooking prowess to begin her blog. Eight years later, Cookie + kate became an inspiration for people stepping into the kitchen, cooking nutritious meals, and indulging when necessary. The blog features all kinds of dishes, snacks to sauces. Navigate through her recipes to discover dishes from different cuisines, seasons, and diet types. The recipes in this blog may be meat-free, but that doesn’t stop her from incorporating protein-rich ingredients into her meals. Included in each post is nutrition information to give her audience an idea of how her dishes are nourishing their bodies. Kate has allowed us an opportunity to not only start the journey to eat better, but to enjoy each bite along the way. – GRACE ZIEMKE WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 7


Find out the top five things that our exec board is inspired by right now.


to Twitter, anime is cool once again. So, it’s time to put that third re-watch of The Office on hold and unleash that inner dweeb you’ve closeted since 6th grade. My Hero Academia is an electrifying coming of age story with a slow, yet rewarding crawl to unlocking one’s potential. Currently on its 3rd season, and streamable on Hulu, My Hero Academia is Sky High anime style. The show follows young Midoriya, a spirited, green-haired boy without his own special power, treated as a lesser by a society where a majority of the population has developed their own unique abilities. The show dubs these powers as “quirks,” and in this world, those with the most useful quirks become superheroes, while those without any are left behind. Through a series of fortunate events, in front of the right bystanders, and through an exhibition of unparalleled heart, Midoriya is granted a special quirk from the world’s strongest and most respected superhero. Follow his adventures as he navigates hero-school, awkward teen love, villains, and the honing of his newfound power. A lot can be taken from the show, most notably the idea that passion over skill will take us the farthest. Always remember to “Go beyond… PLUS ULTRA.”




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I’m positive everyone reading this has seen one of his photos. Brandon Woelfel is one of the biggest names in the photography industry right now, and the reason why is clear. His Instagram feed (@BrandonWoelfel) is an aesthetically pleasing masterpiece. He stays consistent with the components of his photographs, making his style instantly recognizable. While scrolling through his feed, you can find shades of blues, purples, and reds; light in every form from fireworks to Christmas lights to neon; and props like flowers, smoke bombs, and sparklers. I draw a lot of my photography inspiration from Brandon Woelfel. His outstanding images push me to pour my creativity into every photograph I take. – LEANNA SIUPINYS WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 9


NAILED IT! Nailed It! on Netflix is officially my new favorite baking show.

Instead of professional bakers, the show has amateurs recreate elaborate and extravagant desserts in a ridiculously short amount of time. Hosted by Nicole Byer, with master chocolatier Jacques Torres and one celebrity guest to judge the creations, the show easily becomes a comedy. It’s honestly one hot mess, and I love it so much. It’s definitely motivated me to bake more, and at some point, I want to challenge myself and try to recreate one of the final desserts. At the very least, watching the show is a good way to de-stress and have a good laugh. – HANNAH PRIDEMORE


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For those of you who don’t know of Mac Miller, when you look him up he is often dubbed as as “Ariana Grande’s ex-boyfriend” or a drug abuser. That does not define him. Malcolm McCormick was not just a rapper, but he truly was an artist. Each album he created, starting when he was only 19, holds its own story. He was always honest to his fans about his struggles and addictions. In the midst of it all, he crafted albums that were better than the previous. His talent and knack for playing various instruments made him unique and an artist of our generation. His death hit hard. Harder than I thought, and I was (but also wasn’t) surprised when others felt the same way. I have talked to many people about how his death felt like losing a dear friend. It was the first death of our generation that we held so close, like Freddie Mercury or Prince to older generations. With his sudden passing, he left us one of the best albums he’s made to date. Swimming encompasses every feeling of sadness, healing, and self-acceptance that we were lucky enough to recieve before his death. So thank you, Mac, for your pure soul and letting us into your beautiful mind. – SAMANTHA GÜT



about what I like right now in order to write this Top 5, I’m distracted. Specifically, I’m distracted with setting up my fantasy lineup. Now here comes what may be a rather unpopular opinion in Thread magazine—but I’m enthralled with all things fantasy sports. Currently, my mind is set on fantasy football. What quarterback will I choose this week? And who is playing the Cleveland Browns—because I’ll most certainly be choosing their defense. Take it with a grain of salt when I say “unpopular opinion,” as I’m unsure many folks in the Thread community are into sports or fantasy sports, so I’m not alone. This is my third year playing fantasy football with a group comprised of all men—including my brothers—and myself. Yes, you read that correctly. I’m one of ten players, and I happen to be the only female. So, as for what I’m loving right now? It’s all of the great energy that this fantasy league has brought into my chaotic semester. As it comes to the half-way point of the season, I know one thing for sure, I’m not ready for it to end. But then again, I do have fantasy basketball to look forward to.


Editor’s Note It’s hard to believe that 2018 is coming to a close. This year has been insane, but I’d also argue it’s been one of our best. Despite technical challenges and tight deadlines, our entire team pulled through to make amazing issues—print and online—all while remaining on deadline. I can’t thank our hardworking staff and exec team enough for making it all happen. As the year wraps up, we’re looking back at some of our favorite fashion moments, like Kehlani’s fluid style (Celeb Style, P. 24), the “french tuck,” made famous by the fabulous Tan France (P. 54), and urban-inspired streetstyle (“Street Stylin’,” P. 122). Hopefully it gives you some serious outfit inspiration as we roll into 2019! This issue, we’re beyond excited to have paired with Ohio University’s LGBTQ Center to share stories of what it means to be part of the LGBTQ+ community (P. 150). Students submitted songs, drawings, poems, and photographs for us to feature, and they are each so beautiful. I am so thankful they chose to share their stories with us. Speaking of powerful stories, we’ve also proud to share how certain celebs are choosing to stand up and use their priviledge for social change (“Taking a Knee, P. 164). For those of you looking to the


stars to see what next year will hold, we’ve got you covered. Check out the December horoscopes on page 144 to find out what’s in store for you. We can’t wait for another year with you all, Threadies. Thank you for a wonderful 2018; we’re looking forward to doing it all again next year!

Much Love,

thread EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Katie Pittman


PHOTO EDITOR Leanna Siupinys




SEAMS EDITOR Hannah Pridemore




DIY EDITOR Courtney Adams



WEB EDITOR Grace Ziemke

COPY CHIEF Jackie Osborne

VIDEO CHIEF Baylee Gorham

WRITERS Courtney Adams, Rylie Brown, Rachel Calvis, Taylor Dahl, Emma Dengler, Bailey Fink, Colleen Howard, Justin Markarian, Jennifer Prempeh, Hannah Pridemore, Grace Roy, Grace Ziemke COPY EDITORS Emily Barbus, Sara Dowler, Helen Horton PHOTOGRAPHERS Emily Barbus, Chloe Barkley, Lauren Britt, Taylor Dahl, Kara Fazzone, Allison Haas, Kate McCarthy, Jonathan Pierron, Kailee Richey, Leanna Siupinys, Andrew Thompson, MacKenzie Wagner DESIGNERS Megan Bomar, Nicole Dinan, Anna Johnston, MacKenzie Kress, Adriana Mazzotta, Sophia Reed, Jared Robb, Leanna Siupinys, Alexandria Vella VIDEOGRAPHERS Yana Durado, Baylee Gorham, Elijah Jimenez, Cynthia Martindale,

Hope Mueller, Leah Nutter MAKEUP ARTISTS Emily Barbus, Anne Elizabeth Fox-Strauss, Grace Roy STYLISTS Victor Baba, Emily Barbus, Cameron Carr, Ansel Croft, Taylor Dahl, Anne Elizabeth Fox-Strauss, Helen Horton, Erin Lesko, Elissa Matthews, Justin Markarian, Troy Waliszewski PUBLIC RELATIONS TEAM Darian Berdysz, Jena Catalano, Cali Cioppa, Nathaniel Stansbery, Johnathen Sweeney, Grace Ziemke MODELS Darian Berdysz, Lindsay Berndt, Caroline Bruce, Sean Curry, Samantha Güt, Ramsey Hijjawi, Liana Huge, Amy Kokal, Justin Markarian, Keshawn Mellon, Brooke Muntean, Travis Picquet, Kyle Pusey, Simphiwe Shongwe, Maya Stokes, Elizabeth Swansinger, Cash Thomas, Amanda Toolis, Michael Viox, Sarah Wartinger, Ruby Williams


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Kehlani, 24

Glitter Galore, 92



Defying Gravity, 112


Street Stylin’, 122


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SEAMS From the runway to the streets, and everywhere in between, here are this season’s most sought-after trends.




The Italian high-end streetwear brand, Off-White, has made its mark in fashion history since its creation in 2012 by Virgil Abloh. The brand has gained massive popularity online with its flagship Instagram at over 5.5 million followers. Off-White focuses on the “gray area between black and white,” according to the brand’s website. They strive to create looks that mesh popular streetwear trends and high fashion. Abloh, the brand’s chief executive officer, prides his brand in breaking boundaries and blending together lifestyles that otherwise would never meet. OffWhite’s branding is known for its iconic quotation marks, which are now a staple of its clothing. The brand’s Instagram followers can even use their “Instagram Face Filter,” which encapsulates their head in quotation marks. Abloh’s innovative collections have earned Off-White a spot at the top with other viral brands like Gucci and Balenciaga. Influencers and celebrities like Bella Hadid, members of South Korean pop group BTS, and Cardi B wear his clothing for their 18 | THREAD

millions of followers to see. Most recently, Abloh created a tutu bodysuit in collaboration with Nike for Serena Williams, which was a massive controversy that gained attention online. Off-White’s Fall 2018 collection is no stranger to the brand’s roots, with complicated patterns mixed with flowy pieces and chunky sneakers. Standout pieces include fitted corsets, structured blazers, and pencil dresses adorned with antique tapestry-like fabric, sleek, black snakeskin jackets, and long skirts. They’re futuristic while, at the same time, nodding to ’90s silhouettes. Quilted coats and tulle gowns also walked down the runway, creating a two-toned attitude that can only come from a brand like Off-White. Cornflower blue, dark maroon, stark blacks and whites, and earthy neutrals make the pieces an esquisite ready-to-wear collection. The brand’s standout pieces and streetwear edge give is definitely favored by celebrities, and students are sure to incorporate the high-low looks into their own wardrobes.






Brothers Ariel and Shimon Ovadia, founders of the relatively recent runway brand Ovadia and Sons, have seemingly struck gold yet again with their upcoming collection. The Fall/Winter 2018 collection is laden with patternand graphic-heavy statement pieces: bright cyan and neon yellow tops complement a slew of uniform-esque olive-drab trousers and vests. Patterns and colors playfully clashed in the Fall/Winter collection, creating a juxtaposition with clean-cut blazers and classic trouser silhouettes. Plaids, leopard, and pinstripes danced across cropped jackets and sweaters. Chains dangled from pockets or were used as belts, adding metallic detail to the rare monochromatic look. Models strutted down the runway with tousled hair, adding to the effortlessness of each outfit. Some looks were topped with berets, either embroidered with phrases or decorated with enamel pins. The Ovadia brothers had their first encounter with the spotlight in 2012, when GQ named them one of

the “Best New Menswear Designers in America,” thanks to their nuanced and modern interpretations of traditional school uniforms. Each subsequent collection following their limelight debut built upon their popular, alternative “preppy” motifs and has gradually leaned more toward the bright, eye-catching looks embraced by the majority of fashion houses today. Collaborations between artists and clothing lines are becoming a norm for many brands in recent history, and Ovadia and Sons is embracing this trend with open arms. The Spring 2019 collection boasts custom graphics by Stanley Mouse (creator of many Grateful Dead and Journey album covers), a figurehead in ’60s psychedelic art. Separate upcoming drops will feature collaborations with the Bruce Lee Foundation and the Bob Marley Estate. While Ovadia and Sons is primarily focused on menswear, the brand is being embraced by male and female wardrobes alike. Come next year, Ariel and Shimon’s new collection might be finding its way into closets across the nation. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 21


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CELEB STYLE Known for his sensual slow jams and R&B songs, Miguel tops Billboard charts and flaunts a signature style while doing so. BY ZACK ASHER PHOTOS BY KATE MCCARTHY

Miguel is an iconic figure in pop culture today and his vocal style is immediately recognizable. He describes his music as “fly, funkadelic, intergalactic-hip-hop-meetssexy-orgasmic crazy, dope sh**,” and it’s safe to say it has struck a chord in America. Miguel started his career when he signed with Black Ice Records in 2004, where he felt his style was cramped by the company’s expectations of what an R&B singer should be. He left the company in search of more creative freedom and looks back on his time there with distaste. “We shot a video, and if you ever see it, you will laugh your ass off. I have a fitted hat on and a white T-shirt and baggy jeans. I was 19-years-old, and it was the first time anyone had ever given me money.” The evolution of his style has taken place over a long period of time, starting with his brutal first music video. He’s become an R&B legend, but he dresses like a rockstar businessman. One could call his style reminiscent

of Prince or Mick Jagger in the ’70s. Leggings, leather shoes, button up shirts, fitted hats, and patterned scarves dominate his wardrobe. Miguel might go sockless and shirtless while wearing a blazer and suit pants. He blends past and present together in harmony, much like his music. Miguel’s music is also notoriously sensual, and he reflects this in his style. He’s known to be a minimalist when it comes to his appearance, and impromptu onstage outfit changes are commonplace with Miguel. In short, Miguel does what he wants. He’s an intelligent man who knows what he likes, and that is the major influence of his style.


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Known for her emotional music and advocacy for the LGBTQ community, Kehlani boasts versatile, fluid style, mixing masculine and feminine elements to create her looks. BY CHLOE RUFFENACH PHOTOS BY EMILY BARBUS

There are few artists who are willing to experiment with fashion. While many celebs stick to safe and comfortable choices, Kehlani is one of the few musicians who constantly surprises others with her style. She is not afraid to try new looks without defining herself by one genre of fashion. Since the release of her first mixtape, “Cloud 19,” in 2014, Kehlani has broken into the Billboard Hot 100 seven times and has collaborated with other artists such as Hayley Kiyoko, Zayn, and Cardi B. She gained notoriety from other pop culture icons like Demi Lovato, who asked Kehlani to be the opening act for her “Tell Me You Love Me” tour early 2018. Nick Cannon has been a huge supporter as well. He helped her establish her solo career and once said that she was “quickly becoming a Superwoman in music.” Now, Kehlani is well

known as an outspokenly queer artist with an emotionally vulnerable catalog of music and an impressively versatile style. Kehlani often plays around with androgyny, and she does so effortlessly by embracing both vibrant and neutral colors. Her style is creative and fresh, and she seems to try out new fashion choices almost daily. Her Instagram page alternates between pictures of her in baggy clothing to tight crop tops, from fitted pantsuits to flowing dresses. She is not tied to a specific style or pigeonholed by a particular brand. Instead, Kehlani treats her fashion like her music: fun, fresh, and simply different. There are few celebrities quite as versatile and creative as Kehlani. Her fashion is never stale or overused. Instead, she continues to surprise and keep her fans on their toes with every post and performance. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 25


How would you describe your blog?

Favorite part about becoming a minimalist? What’s your favorite part about blogging?

What does minimalism mean to you?


Would you ever live in a tiny home again?

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Becoming a Minimalist Have you ever wondered what becoming a minimalist entails? Annie shares what being a minimalist means to her as she details her journey in becoming one throughout her blog posts. If you’re interested in how she got started, check out her blog posts!

Living Small: Tiny Home Surely you have heard of “tiny living” on HGTV, but have you ever met someone that has lived it? Annie has! Take a peek at Annie’s blog to see pictures of the tiny home she lived in last summer, and find out what it’s really like to live small.












ccessorizing as a form of self-expression is making a big comeback, including using pins, stickers, and buttons to make statements about one’s personality. And for anyone who loves to find new forms of selfexpression, look no further. While finding pins on bookbags and stickers on laptops isn’t a new occurrence, it was only a matter of time before expressing political views through accessorizing made its big return, considering current issues surrounding politics in America. People are also discovering new ways to accessorize and love making statements about who they are and what they stand for. Having a creative outlet to do so only makes it that much more appealing. Flair allows people to be proud or passionate about something and to show it in all sorts of fun ways. As a stylish way to show what I care about, I personally like to put pins on my book bags that bring back memories or promote positivity. I have a pin from my sister that she got me from a store we frequent back home. It reminds me that she is always only a phone call away. I also have one that says “free hugs.” WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 31

“PINS AND STICKERS ARE NOT ONLY A WAY TO EXPRESS YOURSELF; THEY ACT AS AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR BRANDS YOU BELIEVE IN, SUCH AS SMALL-TOWN COFFEE SHOPS.” Here in Athens, you will see one of many stickers that support some of the local businesses here in Southeast Ohio. Donkey Coffee’s iconic “Say No to Corporate Coffee” stickers are probably the most commonly seen, often found on laptops. Pins and stickers are not only a way to express oneself, they act as an advertisement for brands people believe in. These accessories can make any statement—literally. Sometimes people prefer to make their own accessories as a DIY project. Local craft stores will have all of the materials needed to create accessories like these. No matter what you stand for, there is always a unique way to show it off.




CARR The duffle bag is no longer just for athletes as they have become an important part of streetwear and celebrity fashion BY SARAH TODAK PHOTOS BY JONATHAN PIERRON







he image of duffle bags is usually one paired with a sweaty athlete with large Adidas or Nike bags draped over their shoulder. However, duffle bags are becoming a prevalent trend in streetwear fashion as of late. This doesn’t mean that a Yves Saint Laurent model will be strutting down the runway with an athletic duffle bag adorning their look. But, these high-end brands have begun implementing their own

versions of the classic duffle bag. It’s common in fashion for there to be crossovers, like the heavy 2017 trend of bicycle shorts first implemented by Kim Kardashian-West. This wouldn’t be the first time that sports have crossed over into fashion. The fashion industry has a niche for taking previously random items and turning them into a fad that everyone is working to follow. A few years ago, it was solely about how small bags could be, and now it’s about how big the bags can be made. The trendiest duffle bags at the moment are classic, almost European, and travel-friendly. The most popular colors are neutrals like burgundy, navy, cream, black, and army green, and they are complete with leather straps. Full-on brown leather bags are also a key design. This fad is quite simple, but can elevate any outfit to a classy and sophisticated look. Although, there is an ultimate way to style these bags for autumn. Style the outfit to work in harmony with the bag. Meaning, wear warm colors and plenty of leather and jean material. Articles like trench coats, jean jackets, scarves, and heeled boots go well with a duffle bag. All of these items can be found at the


same places that fashionable duffle bags can be bought. Looking to invest in quality? Go ahead and splurge on bags from Topshop and Saks Fifth Avenue. But, there are plenty of affordable options to give the “I’m about to go to Paris” look without ever leaving Ohio. Stores like Macy’s and Nordstrom have slightly cheaper options that are similar in style to the high-end bags mixed in on their sites. With a wide price range from $35-$1,000, there should be something that fits every shopper’s needs. Duffle bags of all types are entering mainstream fashion, whether faux leather or a faux sporty look. This trend offers not only endless style options, but also plenty of plenty of carrying space. Just try not to lose your keys in the masses.





From straightening, blow drying, products, and beyond, hair needs to be properly nurture and taken care of. We’ve broken down how to properly take care of your hair. BY GRACE ROY | PHOTOS BY MATT JONES & KARA FAZZONE






It is safe to say that summertime makes hair and skincare fairly easy. But we all know when the days start getting colder and the air starts to dry out, our routines have to change. Winter weather routines can make it or break it when it comes to healthy hair. No matter what texture or style of hair you have, it’s important to prevent breakage and maintain beautiful locks all year round.

WASHING To avoid split ends, it’s recommended that you purchase sulfate-free products like shampoo and conditioner. Sulfates strip natural oil from the scalp. While you generally expect this from your shampoo, extended use of sulfates remove protein from hair and weaken hair follicles worsening brittle, thin, and frizzy hair. You may find low-cost, color-safe, sulfatefree, plant-based shampoo and conditioner, like Renpure, at almost any supermarket or beauty store. This product is not only sulfate and paraben free, it also reinforces hair strength by using biotin, collagen, argan oil, and coconut oil (depending on what type you choose to buy). Another great sulfate-free brand is Unwash. They have several types of products that do not strip natural oils and leave hair clean by removing dirt and build-up. Although pricey, a product like the Bio Cleansing Conditioner is a great addition to a winter hair-care routine; its non-lather formula is a cleanser and conditioner in one. It’s also recommended to use cool water when rinsing products, as this will prevent breakage. 42 | THREAD

MAINTAINING Another way to prolong healthy-looking locks is by using a hair mask. Hair masks can be found at beauty stores or online. If you choose to do this, make sure you’re checking the ingredients for any potentially damaging chemicals. To avoid this issue and stay within a budget, it’s possible to make a hair mask in a few short steps. Simple items like egg whites, honey, avocado, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil are great moisturizers for hair. Almost any combination of these items will leave hair vibrant and nourished. This DIY treatment lets you know exactly what you’re putting on your scalp. Simply mix together a few ingredients and apply to thoroughly dampened hair. After 10-15 minutes, rinse off the mask and dry hair. Use a hair mask about once a week or once every two weeks throughout the winter.


DRYING The fact that heat damages hair is not a new concept for people, but what many don’t know is that allowing hair to completely air dry is quite damaging as well. When you finish washing your hair, let it air dry about 75 percent. While it’s still damp, on a very low heat setting, and while holding the dryer about a foot away from your head, finish drying. This will eliminate heat damage and prevent breakage from overly wet hair that puts stress on individual strands.

STYLING Try avoiding heat damage by wearing hair naturally. If you choose to use heat, apply a heat protectant throughout the hair first. If worn in an updo, try using a soft scrunchy instead of tight hair-ties. Always avoid bleaching and over-dyeing hair and allow ample time for the scalp’s natural oil to build up; do not wash hair every day.




Everyone is familiar with the expression, “beauty is pain.” For hundreds of years, people have put themselves through painful beauty trends to enhance their looks. One of these painful, yet popular trends is waxing. Waxing originates all the way back to ancient Egypt, but hair removal back then wasn’t necessarily for beauty reasons. A lot of Egyptians waxed their hair to show social status and to avoid lice, fleas, parasites, and body odor. They used their resources and made wax out of sugar and beeswax. This is more commonly known as sugaring, with the addition of water and lemon juice. Sugar waxing is still very common today. It’s useful because it removes the hair from the root, without pulling at the skin. The combination of sugar, lemon, and hot water creates




a gel that binds to the hair and removes it nearly pain-free. During the Roman Empire, the less hair you had on your body the wealthier you appeared, just like the Egyptians. However, they had limited resources, so they used cocoa shells, tree sap, and razors made from sharp rocks to remove hair. They also used other peculiar ingredients such as arsenic sulfur, liquid chalk, and ash with vinegar. Taking a leap forward in time, France made commercial waxing available to the public in the 1930s, and the industry has been growing ever since. By 1960, wax strips made their appearance in the market and became a common method for


hair removal for the arms, legs, and underarms. Two common types of commercial waxing that are widely used today are soft and hard wax. Soft wax, also known as strip wax, is made of either paraffin or beeswax and can be applied either hot or cold by spreading a thin layer across the top of the skin with a roller or wooden stick. Soft wax is typically used for larger parts of the body and is useful for getting the tiny hairs on the skin you can’t see. Hard wax is used for smaller parts of the body, like the upper lip, eyebrows, and underarms. It is applied warm and then pulled off when the wax hardens. Hard


wax only binds to the hair and not the skin, which means it’s a less painful method than soft waxing. If you’re looking for a more natural route to waxing, fruit and chocolate waxing are also available. Fruit waxing works like hard body waxing and is excellent for sensitive skin. It contains fruit extracts, meaning it’s full of antioxidants and has vitamins that nourish the skin. Using fruit wax won’t leave any marks, which makes it another great skincare regimen. Chocolate waxing has become increasingly popular because of its richness in antioxidants,

which can help achieve bouncy and glowing skin. Chocolate waxing also contains oils like almond and soybean that can moisturize skin. Additionally, It’s anti-inflammatory, which makes it a top pick for people that are prone to skin redness. Nowadays, the idea of having silky smooth skin is considered the norm of society. Waxing is extremely convenient today, as it can be done by a professional or in the comfort of one’s home. Eyebrow, bikini, Brazilian, upper lip, and legs remain some of the most common places to wax on the body. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 49


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espite the cold, many wool scarves have found their way to the back of the closet and have been replaced with a simple silk square. Although this charming trend may not be the most practical in upcoming winter months, beloved knit accessories can’t compete with the versatility and Parisian flair of silk scarves. As for the history of this dainty accessory, the French fashion house Hermès designed the first graphic silk scarf in 1837. This was the same year that Europe and America’s fashion industry embraced scarves as a result of Queen Victoria’s preference for beautiful silk cravats with intricate prints—all to signify class ranking and high fashion sense. Thus, came about the birth of the modern neck accessory.


Now, the silk scarf is most often associated with French fashion or old Hollywood glamour icons such as Marilyn Monroe. But, of course, it all comes down to how one styles the accessory. Silk scarves have increased in popularity in recent months due to the endless ways they can be worn. The most popular way to incorporate the accessory into an outfit is around the neck. Wear it side-tied for some Parisian flare, bandanastyle for a pretty twist on the rustic festival essential, or tied in the front for a more striking alternative to a chunky necklace. Another favored way to style the silk scarf is in the hair. It can be worn over the head and wrapped around the neck to protect locks from wind and rain, tied up like a headband for a casual disguise for messy hair, or around a hair tie for extra appeal. The simplest way to incorporate the scarf into a daily look is by tying it around a purse handle or backpack strap. This can give a creative touch to


a rather simple accessory, and can even showcase designer prints like the Gucci logo or floral Dolce & Gabbana pattern that these luxury brands place on their namesake versions of the scarf. However, shops like Anthropologie and Etsy have just as beautiful alternatives. Lately, stars have been loving silk scarves for their ability to be worn as a top with highwaisted pants or skirts. Rihanna,


among other celebrities and influencers, has been caught turning designer scarves into tube tops and other forms of the simple, DIY cropped shirt. And the most wonderful thing about this? The fact that no one else will be sporting the same unique style and print. Not only have the scarves themselves been worn as tops, but designers have

already incorporated silk scarf-esque pieces into their archives, such as Salvatore Ferragamo’s Autumn/ Winter 2018 collection. The print has undoubtedly taken off, and stores like TopShop and Zara have already developed more affordable options. No matter how it’s styled, this trend will undeniably have you saying je t’aime.



The “French Tuck” has officially made a comeback. The French Tuck is a way of styling T-shirts and button-downs that’s not only easy to do, but very fashionable. This trick is one way to instantly look more put-together without adding or subtracting anything from the original look. The French Tuck, or the “partial tuck,” requires very little work to pull off. Simply tuck in a small section of the shirt hem into the front of pants. The part that is tucked in should be directly below the navel or behind the center button of the pants. There should only be about a handwidth of fabric tucked in for the ideal amount. Doing this trick can make oversized T-shirts and blouses look slimming. The French Tuck is particularly great when the shirt is a size too large, so that there is enough material that it can be tucked away without pulling the shirt taut. The shirt should also be made of a lighter, more flexible fabric so that it can be tucked away without much struggle or producing excessive wrinkles. This look was popularized by 54 | THREAD

Queer Eye’s Tan France, who promoted it as an easy way of looking cleaner and more put-together. Though it gained traction through the show’s use of this style for men, it is completely versatile and appears in both masculine and feminine styles, depending on the shirt being used. It can be worn casually with T-shirts or more formally with button-downs and loose blouses. The French Tuck takes mere seconds and can completely improve an entire outfit. It’s simple, slimming, and a creative way to mix up an otherwise unimpressive look.




Crafting the most intricate of knickknacks, working out the mind, body, and soul, and making the most delicious of treats.






Consider learning to knit so you can hand make wall art for your room, or look into DIY crafting for hygge. Some basic ideas—turning an old sweater into a pillow, weaving a wall decoration out of old T-shirts, or making sticks into candle holders.

Blankets, pillows, soft rugs, and textiles are super important in hygge homes. Keep your favorite blankets in easily accessible locations in your home so that you can have a quick cozy break on hand any time. Tapestries and throw pillows also add texture and comfort to stark walls and beds. Blanket forts are perfect examples of hygge happiness—consider spending a weekend with friends building one in your home or room!




Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah), is the latest in a line of Scandinavian lifestyle trends that have made their way stateside. Hygge is both an emotional state of being and a physical design choice. Emotionally, it focuses on memory making and being “in the moment.” Physically, it’s about creating cozy and relaxing spaces that allow you to feel at home and at peace.



An absolute must for creating a cozy atmosphere is mood lighting! Scented candles are best, but make sure to keep them in the same scent family and not mix too many smells. Or, use a few large candles and unscented tea lights to create more light with fewer smells. Can’t light candles or are worried about the fire? Sub in an essential oil diffuser for the scents. Some favorite cozilyscented oils are neroli, chamomile, and cedarwood.

Obviously, it’s important to be respectful of nature, but incorporating pieces from outside—like pressed leaves, stones, and even tiny succulents—serve to relax and center you.




It can be hard on college kids when the holidays roll around. We are broke, tired, and everyone keeps asking us questions about our futures, but one thing our families will always love from us is homemade gifts. Slipper socks are fun, sustainable, and everyone loves to have warm feet. All you need is an old sweater, scissors, yarn, and a sewing needle, and you are moments away from a pair of warm homemade slippers. 60 | THREAD


Trace feet with printer paper and a pencil. This will help determine how big the slippers are going to be.


Put the cut-out pieces of paper on the sweater, and cut out the soles from the sweater.


Put the sleeves around your leg and cut to desired length.


Pin together both sweater pieces and sew them together.

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There’s no better feeling than arriving home and being greeted with the sounds of decorative chimes that adorn the front porch. The soft music from a hint of slight wind always signals someone’s arrival. Whether it be a long road trip or a day at class, there’s solace in knowing that comfort is just moments away. Not to mention, sprucing up the outside of the house adds a welcoming feeling unlike any other.


materials for the wind chime. This is personal preference when it comes to deciding what to use. We used seashells brought back from a summer in Alaska, beads from Beads and Things in Athens, Ohio, and a fake starfish from a local craft store. The rest of the materials needed are a small hand drill, hot glue gun, and beading wire.


STEP TWO: After gathering the

materials, drill small holes into the shells and put them on the beaded jewelry wire.

STEP THREE: After beading and

putting the shells on the wire, all that is left to do is secure the wiring to the starfish and roping it in a knot so it can blow in the wind for all to see.

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Dancers are known for their graceful movements and limber techniques. What’s not as commonly known is all the hard work they put in to becoming that. To stay fit and on top of their game, dancers have to work out every part of their body. Here are a few non-barre exercises that dancers use to build core and leg strength without overexerting the body.


A pirouette is one complete turn of the body where one leg is placed at the ankle or knee. Start in first position with feet turned out. Using eight counts to keep a steady pace, extend your right leg directly out to the side, then move it behind you with your weight shifted to the front foot (this is fourth position) while in a demi-pliĂŠ. Then, lift your right foot to your left knee, rise to the ball of your left foot (known as releve), and hold for two counts. End in fourth position and repeat on the other side. Repeat for a total of eight reps. This will help with balance and core strength.




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PING COMBINATION In first position, do two successive jumps, making sure to bend the knees, keeping your back and butt straight. Jump forward once, then jump and do a 180-degree turn. Repeat for eight reps. This will help with balance and build core and leg strength.

DEMI-PLIÉ COMBINATION Choose an upbeat song with a clear eight-count beat. At the top of an eight-count, do half-squats with heels touching and toes turned out. This is first position. Do four halfsquats per eight-count. On the next eight-count, move your feet shoulderwidth apart with toes still turned out. This is second position. Alternate between these two positions for eight reps.





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Sitting on the edge of a chair, place hands on the sides of your hips, stretch out your legs, and lift your upper body and hips until completely straight. In this position, lift your left leg to your knee, extend it out to the side, bring it back to the knee, then back to the ground. Repeat on the opposite side. Do a total of eight reps.





Introducing more vegetables and skipping meat a few days a week doesn’t have to be difficult. Some recipes you find online can be confusing and intimidating, but creating veggie-packed meals can be simple and fun. With a few tools and tips, you’ll be able to use these vegetable bases to whip up several tasty meals to satisfy your cravings.






1. Prepare the zucchini by washing and cutting off about half an inch from each end.

• 1 diced avocado • 1 cup fresh basil • 1/3 cup pine nuts • 1 juiced lemon • 2 tablespoons olive • Food processor or

2. Place the cut end of the zucchini into the spiralizer. Every few twists, take a knife and cut the noodles to spaghetti length. 3. Sauté garlic in olive oil over medium heat for two minutes. 4. Add the noodles and toss gently to coat with the oil until al dente. Set aside. 5. At this point, the noodles are fully cooked and regular pasta sauce and toppings could be added. 6. For the avocado pesto sauce, add avocado, basil, and pine nuts to a food processor or blender and pulse until fully mixed. 7. Add lemon juice and olive oil and pulse until blended smooth. If needed, add water for the desired consistency. 8. Toss the pesto into the zucchini noodles and dig in! 72 | THREAD


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NEEDED FOR CAULIFLOWER RICE: • 1 large head of cauliflower • Cheese grater or food processor • Large bowl NEEDED FOR FRIED RICE: • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil • 2 chopped garlic cloves • 1/4 cup diced white onion • 3 cups cauliflower rice • 1/2 cup peas • 1/2 cup chopped carrots • 2 scrambled eggs • 3 tablespoons soy sauce • Thinly chopped green onions • 1/3 cup kimchi PREPARATION: 1. Wash, dry, and cut the large stem from the bottom of the cauliflower. 2. For a food processor, cut cauliflower into chunks and pulse into rice-like pieces. For a grater, place it into a bowl, cut cauliflower pieces, and run them along the largest textured side. 3. Use the cauliflower rice as the base. 4. Sauté garlic and onions in olive oil over medium heat until soft. 5. Add peas, carrots, cauliflower, and any other veggies. Cook for three to four minutes until soft. 6. Add scrambled eggs and stir continuously until eggs are cooked— about two minutes. 7. Finally, add kimchi and soy sauce and toss until warm. Garnish with green onionsWWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM and enjoy! | 75


Entertaining family and friends for the holidays can be overwhelming, but this drink recipe will help alleviate some of the pressure. Mojitos are a classic drink that are surprisingly easy to make. The ingredients are simple and the directions are short, giving you more time to spend with loved ones during the holiday season. Serve this festive cocktail at your next party and be the hostess with the (cranberry) mostess! MAKES: 4 cocktails INGREDIENTS 4 tablespoons of fresh cranberries 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves 4 teaspoons of agave 1 cup fresh cranberry juice 3/4 cup fresh lime juice 1 cup white rum 2 cups club soda



STEPS 1 Add cranberries, mint leaves, and agave to a large pitcher. Muddle the fruit and mint together using a muddler or the back of a spoon. 2 Add lime juice, cranberry juice, and rum. Stir together until well-mixed. 3 Finish with club soda. Stir. 4 Garnish with cranberries and mint leaves. Serve and enjoy!


WHO, WHAT, WEAR A glance into some of Athens’ most captivating people, places, and events.










tudents at Ohio University are always looking for ways to create safe spaces for important social conversations. A new way to create meaningful conversations is through socially impactful movies being shown by Brian Jones, a senior studying Political Science and African American studies. Jones came up with the idea because he wanted his organization, the Black Affairs Commission, to have an event it could call its own. “Historically, we have not had something we could call our own, and I wanted this to be something that could hopefully outlive my time as a [Black Affairs] commissioner,” Jones says. He chose movies as the event because he feels that they will be a relaxing way for students on campus to interact with each other. He went on to say that he feels this idea would be an effective way to interact with the student body and inform people through education. That is how the name “Movies That Matter” came to him. Jones feels that movies can affect and influence society. He feels the event he created will be a way to challenge perceptions, ideologies, and beliefs of students at Ohio University. “It’s a good way of changing those things and building upon that. Movies that Matter wants to highlight movies that speak 82 | THREAD

or touch on important societal issues and provide a space where students can meet and see the film and have a discussion about it,” Jones says. His goal is to push dialogue pertaining to race, gender, and social-economic status. He hopes students will have authentic and productive conversations about the films they watch. These films will not just be centered on black issues. Jones is aware that there is a need to make sure the films are inclusive. “I don’t want them all to be black movies. I want each

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movie to touch on a societal issue,” Jones says. “I’m hoping to highlight some stuff about women’s issues, hoping to touch on the LGBTQ community, and I just want every movie to push the conversation forward,” he says. Though Jones brought up the idea of Movies that Matter, he is not the one calling all the shots. He chose the first two movies, but he wants his BAC commissioners to also have an input on the movies shown. These events are not strictly for students. The aim is to bring awareness to campus, but Jones welcomes anyone who

would like to attend. “It’s open to anybody if you want to kick it and watch movies, eat some popcorn, have a good discussion afterward. You’re more than welcome to come” Jones says. The first Movies That Matter event was December 3 in Ohio University’s John Calhoun Baker University Center Theater. They showed I Am Not Your Negro which are excerpts of an unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin. The next event won’t take place until spring 2019, where they will show the film American History X. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 83



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he beauty industry is a huge money maker, especially within the past few years. Along with makeup, wigs have had a huge impact on the industry, and it is hard to scroll through Instagram without coming across a picture of an influencer or celebrity wearing a wig, channeling different personas. Wigs can be used to help people by letting those who don’t have hair feel more confident in their own skin. However, wigs can also be used to amp up a look for fun. Ohio University student, Charley Mone, takes the term “side hustle” to a new level with her talent and love for all things beauty. Mone has a variety of beauty-related businesses on Instagram: @beautytobusiness_, @freshfacesbycm, and @_charleyscloset. Beauty to Business is Mone’s hair extension and wig service that provides affordable hair services to college students. She’s WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 85

able to make her client’s hair look effortless and real. Fresh Faces by CM, one of her other businesses, is where Mone promotes her makeup artistry skills. She creates beautiful and effortless looks that leave her clients feeling amazing. Additionally, Charley’s Closet is Mone’s fashion business where she sells fashionable, yet minimalistic, clothing for women. Mone can successfully manage all three of these businesses as a college student and still make people feel beautiful. Finally, Mone has a YouTube channel where she makes beauty-related content, mainly focusing on hair, makeup, wig application tutorials, and more. Mone’s businesses often highlight the beauty of black women. They are seen modeling her clothing on her fashion Instagram, showing off her gorgeous eyeshadow looks, and are her core clientele for her wigs and extensions. It is especially important for minority women to support each other. Mone is clearly a 86 | THREAD

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major girl boss, and she is making a name for herself. Wigs have become a popular beauty trend, and Mone is contributing to the success of that. It’s fun for people to be able to change their hair without the commitment of dyeing or damaging it. People who provide services like Mone make it so much easier for consumers to spice up their looks with any kind of hairstyle they please. Mone’s website is currently

having a discounted holiday sale, and she also has a tab that includes extension bundle deals. The website easily shows customers what extensions are available. As for wigs, Mone makes custom wigs, so customers can consult with her and get exactly what they desire. It makes her experiences with customers more personal, and shows she truly wants to give them what they want and what will be best for them. Charley Mone takes the term “girl boss” to a whole new level and is someone to go to for any hair, makeup, style, wig, or other beautyrelated needs. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 87


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aamp is an indie-folk band from Ohio known for their love of light beer, denim, and good times. Taylor Meier and Evan Westfall are the two masterminds behind Caamp. They are two high school friends, both with a love for music and songwriting. Meier takes on lead vocals, drums, and piano while Westfall jams on the banjo, harmony vocals, and guitar. They got their start in Athens, Ohio, after coming to attend classes at WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 89 Ohio University.

Meier decided to drop out and fully commit to songwriting and performing. It is even rumored that he put “going to be a musician instead” on his withdrawal papers. The two soon made a name for themselves at venues like Casa Nueva and The Union. In 2016, they released their first album, Caamp, and have since released many singles and another album titled Boys, in 2018. With their newest release, they are excited to see where it will take them and “have high hopes and no reservations.” They are currently performing all over the United States to sold-out audiences and have just recently announced a European tour, a career first, making stops in Berlin, Amsterdam, and London. Caamp has a strong presence online with over 15,000 Instagram followers and over 2 million monthly listeners on Spotify. They have attended many music festivals and even performed at Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati with big-name bands

like Muse, The 1975, and Thirty Seconds to Mars. The two-person band has grown into a trio with their new addition, Matt Vinson. He’s added more harmony vocals and the bass. The band has a strong cult following and every time they come to Ohio, tickets sell out quickly. Athens has a strong music scene, and Caamp fits right in. They are a youthful band with energy and charisma, and they have nowhere to go but up. While there are many indie-folk bands in this world, Caamp can be easily recognized ” by Meier’s raspy vocals and Westfall’s soulful banjo playing. Their concerts are about connecting with the audience and making sure everyone is having a good time. It’s no surprise that they are consistently selling out shows and that their fan base continues to grow every day. It’s hard to find a band that is as fanorientated as this one, and, if you are lucky, you might even find yourself sharing a beer or a smoke after a show with them.



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OKS WE LIKE Winter Coats Just because temperatures are dropping doesn’t mean you have to opt for a bulky parka. These coats show that style and warmth can go hand-in-hand. PHOTOS BY LAUREN BRITT


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CAMPUS CASUAL Light-hearted reads for the quiz-taking, listicle reading, horoscope believin’ spirit in all of us.



Light-hearted reads for the quiz-taking, listicle reading, horoscope believin’ spirit in all of us.




CAPRICORN DEC 22 - JAN 20 Are you creative, Capricorn? If so, this is your month to shine. Follow your gut and turn that creative talent into a career. Saturn in retrograde isn’t going to affect you too much, but it will give you insight on the people you surround yourself with, which can be a positive thing! Don’t hold yourself back this month, Capricorn.

AQUARIUS JAN 21 - FEB 19 Your health and career houses are lit up this month, Aquarius. These two factors are going to be the focus of mid-November to late December, as there will be changes to your career and schooling. Health and fitness are going to be on your mind a lot. Meditate about where you want to see yourself in the new year and manifest those feelings. Start a new exercise routine and start networking to expand opportunities.

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We’re at the point in the semester where we can see the end, but we’re not quite there yet. The holidays are right around the corner and coziness levels are at an all-time high. How will you spend your winter, Threadie? We’ll read the stars and let you know!



What a great month for you,

NOV 23 - DEC 21 Sagittarius! Not only are you

a year older (happy birthday!), Jupiter, your sun ruler, is directing your relationships— which means that your friendships are going to be extra strong. But, beware with some of your decision making as Saturn, your “lesson bringer,” is in retrograde. Start reality checking future plans. Other than that, it’s a smooth and powerful month for you!

PISCES FEB 20 - MAR 20 If you have a healing touch, this is the month to hone those skills. As Saturn retrogrades through your house of creativity, opportunities to touch the lives around you will start to surface. This month will bring you spiritual enlightenment, so don’t push those thoughts aside. Your resilience is going to be your shining quality this month, Pisces, so take December head on!

ARIES MAR 21 - APR 20 Your professional life is going to be great this month, Aries. There will be challenges arising, but it’s nothing you can’t handle. It’s going to pay off in the end. Get ready to expand your horizons. Your focus should be sharp and your relationships will be strong, so there will be plenty of support around you. Focus on your career goals because it’s looking like you’re going to reach them. Keep it up, Aries!

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TAURUS APR 21 - MAY 21 Take a breather this month, Taurus, as your stubborn side is in full swing. You’re going to be very passionate at the beginning of the month until Mercury passes through Sagittarius and enters Capricorn. You’re going to be able to communicate effectively as Saturn is enters your house of Communication. Focus your passion into positive avenues, and use those communication skills in your favor!

GEMINI MAY 22 - JUN 21 Oh, Gemini, winter might not be your strongest season. Mercury, the ruler of the relationship house, is in retrograde, meaning you might have to put more effort in. Focus on listening when communicating with loved ones because conversation doesn’t always mean understanding. Also, Saturn is in retrograde in your money and selfesteem houses, meaning you need to be pragmatic about your choices.

CANCER JUN 22 - JUL 22 This month is kind of up in the air for you, Cancer. At the beginning, uncertainty and general moodiness might get you down, but the nearer we get to the holidays and the more time you get to spend with friends and family, your mood will improve. Try not to make drastic decisions, and try and delve into selfcare. Love those around you and dive into the holidays, and hopefully you’ll get through the slump.

LEO JUL 23 - AUG 22 This month is time for you to brainstorm, Leo. Jupiter is on your side as your communication and expanded thinking are the qualities that are highlighted for you. There’s even a chance for romance as Venus makes her presence known more toward the end of December. Even better news is that you’ll be in this state of total control and creativity until mid-February!

VIRGO AUG 23 - SEP 23 It’s time to get down to business with your finances, Virgo. Examine where you are with your spending, and try to make those pivotal adjustments before the new year. That being said, this is also a great time to get spontaneous with your choice. A last-minute party or road trip might do you some good, so shake that order-loving tendency and try something new!

LIBRA SEP 24 - OCT 23 You are entering a very intense time for love this month, Libra. It may be a good or bad thing depending on your actions, though. This period of time can either lead to arguments or really good communication— make sure you’re prepared to handle either. It’s natural for your relationships to have periods of closeness and distance. Don’t overthink it.

Scorpio, both Mars and Venus are entering your sun sign. As the god of war and the goddess of peace duke it out, this can be disorienting for you. You might be confused and have mood swings, but you can also learn a lot about your threshold for patience. Don’t let this inner battle ruin your holidays, Scorpio. Try to relax and’s going to be alright! SCORPIO OCT 24 - NOV 22




The Board of Elections office doesn’t typically sound like an exciting place to visit. One might think of long lines, DMVlike service, or bleak, white walls surrounding a few desks. However, take a stroll past the Athens Board of Elections and you will be greeted by a handsome, orange-coated cat with a certain twinkle in his eye, Pumpkin. On any given day, one could walk past the Board of Elections window located in uptown Athens and be blessed with a 146 | THREAD

view of Pumpkin sitting in his cat bed, atop a desk which is nestled in between two waiting room chairs. It’s almost as if he is inviting passersby to play. Pumpkin’s iconic presence and pose in the office’s window earned a Best of Athens 2018 award for Best Window Display. According to an article published by The Athens News, Pumpkin may be the first live winner of the category in the history of the award. If Pumpkin’s window award doesn’t attract the fame that he

deserves, the people of Athens surely have. A fan account for the fine feline graces Instagram, boasting various angle shots of Pumpkin to brighten the days of the pages 460 followers. Pumpkin’s Instagram fan page actually played a pivotal role in spreading the news that the Athens Board of Election office could be moving its location, putting Pumpkin’s humble abode in jeopardy. According to @pumpkin_the_cat_fanpage, the Athens County Board of Commissioner’s planned to meet on December 4, to discuss moving the office location to Campbell Street. The fan page encouraged followers to organize a group of students and citizens to attend the meeting to oppose the move. If people couldn’t attend, the page also listed Athens County Commissioners contact information to encourage

followers to reach out and stop the relocation. Some Athens residents think that uptown Athens wouldn’t be the same without Pumpkin adorning the office window many have grown to love. “I would be distraught. I don’t have a car on campus, and I can’t have animals with me at school. Being able to go and see Pumpkin on the weekdays is a nice refresher and anxiety reliever,” says senior Zoe Papay. With any luck, the Athens Board of Elections and Pumpkin will stay put for years to come. The opportunity to stop for a belly rub or a head scratch in between classes is too good to miss, and if you’re feeling zealous, feel free to sign his book that lays on the counter. He loves to read his well wishes and hellos. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 147



It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time for some holiday movies! Which movie character do you think you’re most like? Take this quiz and see which character aligns with your inner holiday spirit. BY KENNEDY DAUPHIN | ILLUSTRATIONS BY EMMA QUINN




A. Hot chocolate with extra whipped cream and marshmallows. B. Coffee, a year-round classic. C. Eggnog. D. A holiday beverage from a local coffee shop.

A. All year long! B. Never—christmas music is the worst. Christmas Day MIGHT be the only exception. C. Start right after Thanksgiving. D. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day only.





A. Last year’s decorations are still up; I’m ready to go! B. Decorating is too much work. Maybe I’ll string some lights and call it a day. C. The day after Thanksgiving the house will be a winter wonderland. D. Beginning of December, why rush?

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY SCENT? A. Peppermint. B. I prefer to stick with the same scent all year. “Holiday” scents give me a headache. C. The scent of a fresh cut pine tree. D. Freshly-baked cookies.

A. All the decorations, food, time spent with friends and family—there really isn’t anything I don’t like. B. The cold and snowy weather; maybe I’ll get snowed in. C. Hosting a big family get-together. D. Getting a Christmas tree and decorating it.




WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY TREAT? A. Candy canes. B. Popcorn. Why string it on a Christmas tree when you can eat it? C. Gingerbread. D. Sugar cookies from a family recipe.


WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY ACTIVITY? A. Ice skating. B. Sitting inside near the warm fire. C. Decorating the tree with family. D. Seeing all of the buildings around town lit up with Christmas lights.

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You love everything holiday related all the time! If you could, you’d leave the holiday decorations up all year and you’d want it to snow every season. There isn’t anything about the holidays you don’t like.

MOSTLY B’S THE GRINCH How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Holidays? Why would anyone like this time of year? You would prefer to just skip the holiday season all together, and you don’t understand why everyone loves the cold.


CLARK GRISWALD National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

The holidays are your favorite time of the year, and you want EVERYONE to know it. Because of your need for holiday perfection, you get stressed out easily and wish the season would end already. But once it ends, you immediately start thinking about the next Christmas and how you can out-do yourself.


You’re not 100% into the holidays, but you’re willing to give it a try. Once you get into the holiday spirit though, there’s no stopping you!



We paired with Ohio University’s LGBTQ Center to feature students’ work and art about what being a part of the LGBTQ+ community means to them. For more student work, check out our website,


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Dating in the gay community can be hard when you’re living in a small town. I fell in love with a boy in Arizona over the phone. When you talk to someone for hours on the phone, you learn a lot. I fell for his voice, his softness, his thoughts,

his dreams, before I even met him. I sent him flowers and the song below that I wrote. As fate may have it, he’s now my boyfriend. What do you know, gay prince charmings (despite their lack of representation in media) do exist.

“TALK TO YOU” BY BLAKE BORER-MILLER Dark eyes, James dean smize Your jawline cuts right through me, right through me. On my mind, Arizona nights You know babe I want it truly, want it truly Mmmmmm Cause we always pretending like we got better things to do, better things to do. Why can’t we see what we have to lose, oh what we have to lose. I wanna talk to you. Call me cause all I wanna do is talk to you, all I wanna do is talk to you, tell me all the things you want to do. Cause all I do all day is think of you Call me cause all I wanna do is talk to you all I wanna do is talk to you, come on tell me that you love me too. Cause all I do is think of you. Dark dye, night sky highlight Your softness gets to me, gets right to me On my mind, your artistic side Will you sing to me, oh sing to me Mmmmmmmm We always pretending like we got better things to do, better things to do. Why can’t we see what we have to lose, oh what we have to lose. I wanna talk to you. Call me cause all I wanna do is talk to you, all I wanna do is talk to you, tell me all the

things you want to do. Cause all I do all day is think of you Call me cause all I wanna do is talk to you all I wanna do is talk to you, come on tell me that you love me too. Cause all I do is think of you. I know distance separates us baby, and all these boys get in the way of us living our daydreams lately and maybe I am little over my head but I was hoping you maybe could, you maybe could fall, we maybe could fall instead Call me cause all I wanna do is talk to you, all I wanna do is talk to you, tell me all the things you want to do. Cause all I do all day is think of you Call me cause all I wanna do is talk to you all I wanna do is talk to you, come on tell me that you love me too. Cause all I do is think of you. So call me baby Mmmmmm So call me baby (cause all I wanna do is talk with ya) Mmmmmm Call me, call me, cause all I wanna do is talk to ya-ah-ahhh WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 151

“IN LOVE” BY MAX SWARTOUT Senseless things run out of mouths You try to fight, but you’re shot down Love is wrong they say We’re all wrong they say We want peace and we want love To stop the fighting and be Silly they look fighting love What’s the basis of their shoves? Give us peace and give us love We’re not doing anything wrong Oh, you say that you believe Well, so do we— In love We run out of things to say When all you do is make it a game A twisted one we’re forced to play For the freedom we deserve, oh, 152 | THREAD

we pray Give us peace and give us love We’re not doing anything wrong Oh, you say that you believe Well, so do we— In love I haven’t fought that hard Maybe, I haven’t fought at all So, I wrote this song for all stars Who gave their lives and weren’t afraid to fall We pray Give us peace and give us love We’re not doing anything wrong Oh, you say that you believe Well, so do we-In love



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Imagine one day, you leave the place you have always lived in and move to another area. Now, while that alone is stressful, try to imagine your new neighbors move the moment you move in, or the price of your new neighborhood increases and it forces you out. This common practice in today’s time is known as gentrification. Populations have shifted locations throughout history. While population shifts in this day and age are no different, what has changed is the reason for these shifts. People immigrate from their home country to another country for more opportunities. More often than not, the country they have immigrated to tends to be safer, as well. The recent trend, known 156 | THREAD

as brain drain, is when people with high intelligence and/or training in a specialized field leave their home countries for another. The common motivation for brain drain travelers is the search for better and safer opportunities. In the case of brain drain immigrants, populations that are popular destinations, like the USA, tend to become more diverse as shifts occur. Many of these brain drain immigrants are originally from developing nations like Venezuela and Uganda. Yasin Sadiq Mayanja, a Ugandan government economist, believes that it makes sense for highly-educated people to take their skills elsewhere to get experience: “There are sectors, what you


lete renovation of a community may be viewed as beneficial, many forget the ces long-term members of the community face due to higher property prices.

might think of as humanities or maybe arts subjects, where skilled manpower is in oversupply,” says Sadiq Mayanja. Adding that, “if we had opportunities, we would leave.” The controversy with brain drain immigrants is that as skilled people leave, there is often a negligence to their own country. However, some argue that even if skilled people stay in their home country, their opportunities are limited and the country may not benefit from them staying. Another concept that involves the shifting of populations due to cultural and societal notions is white flight–the movement of white people, typically those living in the city, to escape the

increase of minorities. Tom Jacobs, contributor to Pacific Standard Magazine and specialist in social science and culture, further elaborated on the trend of white flight, “today, the middleclass has diversified. However, the trend of white flight still persists.” Jacobs says, “strikingly… relative to poorer neighborhoods, white flight becomes systematically more likely in middle-class neighborhoods at higher thresholds of black, Hispanic, and Asian population presence.” However, in opposition to Jacobs findings, Alan Greenblatt, on cover politics and government, says, “white flight is now taking a different turn.” Greenblatt argues that it seems like a reversal of WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 157

what has happened in the past. White flight is seeming to follow a shift toward the downtown population, and in other cases, there is a shift outward—farther away from the city and the suburbs which are now becoming more diversified with more minority groups. Jim Russell, a geographer who studies the relationship between migration and economic development, says “if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck” on the parallels between white flight and brain drain populations. Russell also says, “Brain drain is white flight. Brain drain is gentrification. Again, people don’t move somewhere to get better. People leave a bad 158 | THREAD

place. Or, bad things happen which cause people to leave.” Keeping Russell’s comments in mind, it’s easy to see how brain drain and white flight become synonymous with the concept of gentrification. Both situations involve a minority group or members of a developing country moving homes and the response of new neighbors, who are typically of a majority group. When people move as a result of a brain drain situation and/ or white flight fear, it’s clear that another bigger and sociological trend is occurring: gentrification. Pete Saunders, who has a master’s degree in urban planning, defines this for us: gentrification “is the transition of a community

from low-income or workingclass status to middle-class or affluent status, largely through in-migration.” Some of the aspects that define gentrification include demographics like median age, education level, size of households, and the population composition. These aspects are manipulated and used to take communities without many businesses and turn them into revenue-churning areas for the city’s benefit. Even here in the states, we often see these trends of gentrification reach their pinnacle. “If you look at the top 10 most populous cities in the U.S. in 1950, eight have lower populations today. St. Louis and Detroit have lost more than 60 percent of their population… Consider Cleveland and Baltimore, they have thousands of abandoned properties and vacant lots as a result of outmigration,” says Geoffrey Buckley, a geography professor at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, who specializes in public lands and urban environments. Distilling the trends of brain drain and white flight into the

larger category of gentrification doesn’t exactly define what all three working trends’ capabilities are when combined, while keeping in mind that their overarching goal is prosperity. More often than not, when people leave a bad place it’s for a pretty valid reason. An example of this is in the Rust Belt, an area of the United States plagued with falling populations due to the decline of industry that the people in the community needed to prosper. People in the Rust Belt got a better education, which gave them more opportunities, and they left their impoverished neighborhoods they inhabited. People from other countries leave a bad situation to come to America where there are more opportunities to eventually prosper, even though the rhetoric in America may not be so accepting of them reaching their full potential. Furthermore, the trend of increasing prices in an impoverished area in order to gain back revenue for the city often pushes out the community members, who previously lived in a neighborhood that is being WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 159

gentrified. Buckley says, “When a neighborhood undergoes revitalization of some sort— improvements to housing and infrastructure or the addition of amenities like parks and street trees—this can lead to an increase in property values and rents.” He adds that, “This can push some residents, especially renters, out of the neighborhood because they cannot afford to live there anymore.” It’s important to note that Buckley says, “It’s an especially challenging problem in underserved communities of color.” Gentrification is a process that mainly occurs as a revenuegenerating scheme, which Buckley further explains. “Naturally, cities want to attract more residents (and their tax dollars and buying power) back to the city. When a developer starts buying up inexpensive properties, fixes them up, and markets them to a younger and wealthier demographic interested in the amenities of city living [that’s gentrification],” says Buckley. The major concern with gentrification are the undertones of harming those in the community whose voices have yet to be heard. These are people who are not in a position to either oppose it or do not have the ability to afford living in a community that is being gentrified. While all of these things are negative attributes to the process of gentrification, one thing is true: the developers benefit. Buckley elaborates on this by saying, 160 | THREAD


“If you are a developer or if you and begs the question of “how are behind the flow of investment can we improve conditions in capital from one our cities in a way location to another “PROPERTY VALUES GO that attracts new you might turn a residents and takes nice profit.” He also UP AND A WEALTHIER care of people says, “Likewise, already living DEMOGRAPHIC you could argue there?” Buckley DISPLACES A LESS that gentrification says that until this has provided a WELL TO DO ONE THAT can be figured out, much-needed it will continue to HAS RESIDED THERE, economic boost cause divide. in some locations Communities IN SOME CASES, FOR in terms of making that undergo A VERY LONG TIME. improvements gentrification to the built WHERE CAN THEY GO?” mainly displace environment and black communities, attracting people back to the but also affect areas with city.” Buckley warns that this often lower income white and Latino targets vulnerable communities populations. “People spend more

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time in cars because the distances between home and work, home and school, home and the grocery store are greater. Landscapes are designed around the car and there are fewer opportunities to engage in any meaningful way with other people,” says Buckley when talking about the separation that gentrification causes. If travel is longer and there are limited ways to travel, it drives the wedge further between those who are able to afford to live in gentrified communities. There is less interaction between different groups of people, and it makes those that can afford the price of gentrification to seem “better” than those who cannot. Gentrification often happens in one neighborhood, which then puts pressure on surrounding neighborhoods to follow suit. The “domino” effect of gentrification becomes dangerous as it expands

from community to community. According to Buckley, “Property values go up and a wealthier demographic displaces a less wellto-do one that has resided there, in some cases, for a very long time. Where can they go?” As the knife of gentrification slices through communities throughout the United States as well as on a worldwide scale, the separation of people based on demographics continues to ensue. When politicians and developers see dollar signs, they urge the promotion of growth in the community. While others see this “growth” as their neighborhoods, homes, and community integrity being stripped from them. Until we as a society can work together to mend the gaps between our demographic bias of one another, it’s difficult to see any change in the near future.




he land of protesting is a precarious one. From sit-ins to fasting, protesting has and continues to be a way to create social change. Celebrities like BeyoncĂŠ and Colin Kaepernick have used their platforms as a means to further social change and drive public opinion. However, celebrities protesting is not a new phenomenon. The advent of social media has created a new space unlike any other where people are increasingly able to project their ideas, thoughts, and feelings into cyber space for others to comment and react. And in this new age of social connectivity, protests have the ability to garner mass media attention and a huge response, such as the Dakota Access Pipeline protests that occurred in 2016. From the grassroots movements of Gandhi to the social media impact of the Arab Spring, protests have had many iterations and many changes 164 | THREAD


throughout history. One stage of protest that has recently garnered attention are basketball courts and football fields alike. Athletes are using their privilege and their influence to bring light to issues surrounding the world. One prominent stage that is frequently used for protesting is the Olympic stage. In 1968, Tommie Smith and John Carlos won the gold and bronze medals for the United States. Protesting the injustice that many people of color were facing at the time, Carlos and Smith wore black gloves and held up their fists as signs of solidarity with the Civil Rights and Black Power movements in America. After being booed while leaving the podium, Smith said in a press conference “If I win, I am American, not a black American. But if I did something bad, then they would say I am a Negro. We are black and we are proud of being black. Black America will understand what we did tonight.” They also used the opportunity to fight for international civil rights, including wearing badges in support of the Olympic Project for human rights, which fought against racial segregation around the world. In more recent years, one athlete who has frequently used his stardom as a means to protest is Lebron James. After the death of Eric Garner, a man who died from an illegal chokehold by a 166 | THREAD

police officer, James wore a shirt printed with, “I can’t breathe,” to remember his last words. He also paid tribute to Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old teenager who was shot and killed by a local community watch member, by wearing a hoodie and keeping his head down. In many cases, Lebron uses his platform, in order to bring light to unfair treatment of the black community and has said, “Being black in America is tough. We got a long way to go for us as a society and for us as African Americans until we feel equal in America.” As a private citizen, he has been working behind the scenes to make that statement true. He uses his influence and earnings to back organizations that support underprivileged people, such as the “I Promise” school, which was created in partnership with the Lebron James Family Foundation and targets at risk children. He’s also worked with the University of Akron in order to create thousands of scholarships for kids in the area. While he may be one of the best basketball players of all time, he’s also taken steps to be a philanthropist and activist in support of the black community. And from the NBA to the NFL, another athlete who fights for a similar cause is Colin Kaepernick. In 2016, Kaepernick sat for the National Anthem in a preseason game for the San Francisco 49ers. He explained his actions by saying “I am not going to


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for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.” Adding that, “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” After a discussion with Nate Boyer, who is a former NFL player and military veteran, Kaepernick began kneeling for the National Anthem before games. As the season went on and other athletes began to join in on the protest, Colin Kaepernick went the extra mile and pledged a million dollars to go to organizations that would support oppressed communities, donating $100,000 a month, starting in October 2016. In September of this year, Nike named Kaepernick as the face of their 30th anniversary of their “Just Do It” campaign, with the tagline of “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.” The choice was controversial, considering Nike supplies all the uniforms for all 32 teams in the NFL, and Kaepernick hasn’t played since 2016. He also filed a grievance against the NFL in October 2018 for colluding to keep him out of the league, which will soon go to court. Outside of his professional work, Kaepernick funds programs such as the “Know Your Rights” program, which is a free camp to “raise awareness on selfWWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 169

empowerment and interacting with law enforcement.� From the past to the present, and into the future, as long as athletes have a platform and ability to speak up on issues, there will always be room for them in the conversation of social and global issues. In the new wave of technology where anyone can have a platform on social media, celebrities and citizens have 170 | THREAD

frequently used their voices in order to change the narrative around certain topics and protest issues. One celebrity to do this is Amy Schumer, who rejected a Super Bowl commercial in support of Colin Kaepernick and his decision to kneel during the national anthem in protest the treatment of black citizens in the US. Schumer said in an Instagram post, “I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl

commercial this year. I know it must sound like a privilege ass sacrifice but it’s all I got. Hitting the NFL with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them. Stand up for your brothers and sisters of color.� She gives credit to her idea to Rihanna, who reportedly chose to step down from performing in the 2019 Halftime show, in support of Kaepernick, who hasn’t played a game in the NFL since 2016

when he started kneeling. And while these movements and commentaries have started on social media, and for the most part stayed on social media, there have been times where social media has been a major player for other kinds of protests and activist activity. Protests such as the #NoDAPL movement gained visibility on the internet, and criticism of organizations like the hashtag #Oscarssowhite WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 171

fought for visibility in nominations for people of color. As internet accessibility increases, we are increasingly available to information that allows us to educate ourselves about important topics and to allow us to share our voices and organize. The stage of activism during sporting events isn’t just for athletes. For the 2016 Super Bowl Halftime show, Beyoncé chose to wear a black leather bodysuit reminiscent of female Black Panthers and adorned her dancers with natural afros and black berets. Her stylist said in an interview with Essence Magazine, “It was important to her to honor the beauty of strong Black women and celebrate the unity that fuels their power. One of the best examples of that is the image of the female Black Panther.” Another reason that Beyoncé chose to celebrate the presence of the Black Panthers in history was that she also wanted to celebrate the female presence of the Black Panthers in the Bay Area (where the 2016 Super Bowl was held). The women of the Black Panther community fought police brutality and created community programs to benefit underprivileged people in the community. One New York Times contributor said that the performance “walked the cultural tightrope of delivering a song with such potent declarations of black pride on a stage that prefers 172 | THREAD

studied neutrality.” This form of activism wasn’t a formal protest, but instead a chance to honor the activists that came before, and to remember the goals that they worked to achieve. Protesting injustices also thrives in fields outside the world of sports as well. In 1995, Alexander McQueen premiered his show “Highland Rape” as a protest against England’s treatment of Scotland in the 18th century. He portrayed this with ripped lace, torn tartan and bruised models who walked on

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a runway covered in Scottish moss. Recently, The #MeToo movement gained traction after the accusations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein were made public, and actress Alyssa Milano encouraged others to share their story with the hashtag. Activism doesn’t exist in a bubble, and in a world where people have grown incredibly close, many public figures in different fields have chosen to speak up about issues that they feel are important. While protesting injustices isn’t a new

phenomenon, as we enter a new age of technology and communication, the landscape of protests has massively changed. From wearing a hoodie as a tribute to a slain teen to Facebook pages that have the power to start a revolution. Protests and activism are increasingly pushed to the forefront of today’s headlines and are the topic of many discussions. As the world continues to change and evolve, so will the activists and protestors who are going to change the world as we know it. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 173

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et’s be honest, when you work in retail, there is no such thing as a slow season. It does, however, get extremely busy around the holidays. This is true for any business, but especially at retail stores. Sales associates at places like Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics and Urban Outfitters know first-hand how hectic these places can be and how stressful it is for all the employees. All the holiday sales and promotions going on bring out a lot of people who otherwise wouldn’t shop at certain stores. The increase in retail traffic is defined as an important indicator of shopper behavior. If more people are visiting stores, there are more opportunities for retailers to convert shoppers into sales. When traffic is down, retailers have fewer opportunities, thus, typically, fewer sales. Many stores take to hiring extra staff just to work over these busy months, usually from October to January. Seasonal employees typically are hired more as support staff to give an extra hand when necessary. Without the dedication of hardworking employees, holiday shopping in stores would be nearly impossible. Working as a seasonal employee is a good way to transfer into a more permanent position because the year-round staff will know 176 | THREAD

how you are as an employee over some stranger applying for the job. Though in recent years, there has been an increased trend in online shopping. Many people still will always prefer shopping in stores. It allows you to actually see what products you will be purchasing and there will be no waiting or surprises. Especially around the holiday season, people will prefer to shop in stores, hence the need for extended store hours and an increase of staff. Additional

training is also often necessary as many stores will have new products coming out around the holiday season. The harsh truth about working in retail during the holidays is that employees often have to deal with a lot of stress. Stores will often run low or completely out of products, forcing workers to deal with unruly customers. People are often in a rush trying to get last minute presents, and if they show up to stores and they don’t have the products shoppers are looking for, they

will often be upset about it. Molly Parker, a sales associate at American Eagle, claims that there are many ups and downs to the job. “The best part is when people actually want your help finding stuff or picking things out because it means you actually get to do your job and it keeps you busy, so time goes by quicker,” Parker said. On the other end of the spectrum, Parker says the worst part is closing, because “around the holidays, nothing is where it’s WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 177

supposed to be at the end of the day, so it’s just hours of moving and restocking things and folding and cleaning in general.” During this shopping season, it is nearly impossible to get any time off from work. Even with extra staff, stores need multiple people on the floor helping to get tasks done. Everyone wants time off, but most of the time, managers will not grant it due to their need for extra hands on deck. Especially if you are hired as a seasonal member, don’t expect to get many days off unless you requested them before getting hired. However, the best part about working in retail over the holidays is that you will be making some extra cash to use toward holiday spending, and you will often get a nice discount at whatever store you are working at. The 178 | THREAD

worst part is, you will probably be working so much that you will hardly have the time to go shopping. With it being the busiest time of the year, many people’s schedules are booked up as it is, but adding a job to the list makes it that much more difficult. It is nice if you are in college though, because if you make a good impression on them, they will most likely allow you to come back and work over your breaks, so you don’t have to stress about not having any money. No matter what sort of job you’re looking for, the holiday season will most likely be extra busy. Find a job you will enjoy and can have fun at. Just make sure to remain calm, and find a job you enjoy because it will make it much more bearable.

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t’s common knowledge that the world we live in needs science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in order to make positive changes in how the world works. STEM, although not a new career field, has gained attention over the past five years as it has created a plethora of new job opportunities and fields for people to explore. When envisioning the number of STEM jobs, though, one cannot assume that there is an equal ratio of women to men. Most people don’t really know what many of these careers entail, so it can be surprising that the impacts of the field end up extremely involved with very intimate aspects of our lives—and we, as a society, take it for granted. STEM is important because it creates ease in our daily lives. Therefore, we must continue putting emphasis on new generations, specifically women, on how necessary STEM is for our future. Primary and secondary students are often at peak of curiosity during this point in their lives, and it is so important that we continue

encouraging curiosity and willingness to learn as they get older. Middle schoolers dream of changing the world, and they see no roadblocks when dreaming big. An article from Girls Who Code, an organization focused on teaching young women about the intricacies of computers, mentions that almost threequarters of middle school girls have an interest in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering, or math, but once it comes time for them to choose a college major, that ambition suddenly disappears. The next question is why? Many women have experienced this first-hand. Personally, in high school, I enrolled in a STEM program that gave me the opportunity to not only take more advanced, 21st century-centered classes, but to also work on a year-long STEM project that was presented at a state-wide expo event. This program not only taught me refined 21st-century computer skills, but it also taught me what it means to fight. I had to fight not only for basic recognition



in the field, but I had to fight to explain why I even deserved that recognition in the first place. Being one of two females in the program, I learned first-hand about the politics behind STEM education. Voicing an opinion translated to being rude and excelling in a specific task meant being a “know-it-all.” The dropoff of interest in STEM fields may be surprising at first glance, but the experiences girls have when entering a male-dominated field can be discouraging. Dr. Jody Jahn, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at University of Colorado Boulder, shared some of her findings about this topic. “Once girls start going through adolescence, they become more concerned about conforming to gender norms regarding career interests that their peers (or even parents) see as being gender ‘appropriate.’” A study done by Georgetown University found that for every 100 women pursuing a bachelor’s degree, only 12 are STEM majors. These numbers are even more drastic for minorities. African-Americans are extremely underrepresented in the STEM workforce, making up only six percent. Some of the factors behind this extremely low percentage include discrimination, unwelcoming classroom environments, and lack of mentors. 184 | THREAD

Besides the stereotypes attached to women working and studying in STEM, there is an underrepresentation of role models for women to look to for guidance. An ad campaign by Microsoft was released in 2016 where young girls talked about their fierce passion for science, but failed to name any female inventors. This problem is one more reason why many girls drop out of STEM education as they get older and no longer dream to change the world. When there are no role models, no women

standing in the shoes that these young girls want to be in, they cannot imagine what their future could look like. This, evidently, leads to that ever-so-depressing decline in STEM interest. The stigma behind women in STEM roles demands a change. The opportunities this world has to offer should be held within arm’s reach, regardless of gender, race, or other factors. Teaching young girls (and boys) about amazing female inventors, encouraging them to chase their dreams,

and imposing upon one another the simple rule of respect can change the narrative for generations to come. STEM fields have been known for decades as male-dominated industries, but women are here to change that. The fix, of course, is not easy. Women must fight. Think back to the middle school girl who wants to change the world. Provide her with the tools she needs and that alone is enough momentum in itself. Because if a woman says she wants to change the world, she will. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 185

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he first sewing machine was invented in 1790, and since then, technology in fashion has continuously evolved. Companies, such as ZOZO, are creating new technology to make shopping easier in the 21st century. ZOZO, founded by Yusaku Maezawa, is an online fashion retailer that provides shoppers with a black, polka-dot bodysuit that helps them find their true size. Maezawa created the ZOZO brand as a way to close the sizing gaps in today’s fashion industry. “ZOZO was created to be adaptable to each and every person. You don’t have to adapt to ZOZO. ZOZO adapts to you. People are unique, but they also want to be treated and accepted as equal,” says Maezawa on the ZOZO website. “This concept is reflected in the ZOZO logo. The circle, square, and triangles are all different colors and shapes, yet they have the same surface area. They are all unique but still equal.” ZOZO sends its customers a free bodysuit, plus shipping and handling, to be used in tandem with the ZOZO app and the online ZOZO collection. The ZOZO suit is covered in more than 350 white dots that are used to measure the customer’s exact size. It also takes the customer through audio instructions to take 12 photos to obtain accurate measurements. 188 | THREAD

After the photos are taken and the measurements are calculated, the customer can see a 3D-version of themselves, as well as his or her measurements. Maezawa prides his company in breaking sizing boundaries; so after the ZOZO suit takes a customer’s measurements it does not give the customer a size. Instead, it tells the customer what clothing would work with their specific measurements. The ZOZO collection has a range of basic items available such as T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, and jeans. The prices of the ZOZO collection range from

$22 to $58 for both men and women’s apparel. Unfortunately, the ZOZO suit only gives measurements for the ZOZO collection and will not work for any other website or store. Similar to ZOZO, some companies are using sizing technologies to improve the sizing discrepancies in the fashion industry. In 2011, Macy’s partnered with a startup company called True Fit to make sizing for online shopping easier. True Fit allows customers to fill out a profile with questions about their bodies and clothing brands that

fit them the best in multiple categories: dresses, tops, jeans, pants, and shoes. Without asking for measurements, True Fit uses the customer profile to find the correct size for the individual and give them information about the brand. As of now, True Fit partners with over 30 online retailers, including Levi’s, Ralph Lauren, Under Armour, and Kohl’s. The new technological innovations extend past sizing, however. Some companies are combining technology into their actual clothes. Ralph WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 189

Lauren created the 2018 Winter Olympics jackets that had small heaters inside to keep the athletes warm. Google teamed up with Levi’s to launch Project Jacquard in an effort to add computer technologies to clothing and make these technologies more available to everyday people. Many more companies have followed the trend of technology as they evolve their brand. While some companies are using technology to increase customer experience, others are using new technology to lessen their ecological footprint. “Ecoluxury” is on the rise as some 190 | THREAD

companies are using technology to create new fabrics out of sustainable materials. These new eco-friendly advancements are used at Modern Meadow, a startup company that made the first bio-fabricated leather, not made from animals. This genetically-engineered leather is an alternative to animal leather and pleather, which are both harmful to the environment because of the waste that results from manufacturing the fabric. Modern Meadow’s leather is made from the yeast left over in animal cells, making it a cleaner alternative to other leathers. “Fashion is ever evolving, and

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textile innovators are working to both develop more advanced textile products and lessen their impact on the environment,” said Lisa Williams, a Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development professor at Ohio University. Many companies are finding creative ways to make fabrics without harmful effects on the environment. Stella McCartney teamed up with Bolt Threads and created new sustainable silk that produces less pollution and does not harm silkworms. Other new sustainable fabrics include soybean fabric and fabric made from algae and pineapple leaves.

“With the rise of fast fashion and the consumer demand for on-trend and inexpensive fashion products, the industry has had to consider their impact on the amount of waste produced and will need to find a way to balance their drive for profit with their environmental impact,” said Williams. With technological products like phones, cars, and other gadgets constantly evolving, the technological advancements that are happening in fashion can be easily overlooked. However, these new technologies are making fashion easier and greener than ever before. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 191



t’s difficult to find that “perfect” lipstick. It’s even harder to find a lipstick that aligns with your politics. Lipslut, a company based out of Los Angeles, is working to do both, that is if your political views are left-leaning. The company was developed out of the “aftermath” of the 2016 election, according to their website. If that isn’t enough context, their website brands itself as “ a middle finger to the current socio-political landscape and practices found in the cosmetics industry.” So, while Lipslut is attempting to tackle political issues of the current administration, they aren’t forgetting about the controversy that consumes the cosmetics industry. This controversy revolves around the testing of products on animals, which is why all their cosmetics are vegan and cruelty-free. Lipslut prides itself in using makeup that has a cultural and 192 | THREAD


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political stance behind every purchase. Their liberal leanings help to craft cosmetics, which wouldn’t normally have anything to do with politics, and turn their products into a brand that has flourished. But, it’s difficult to avoid wondering if their promotional methods are the best way to sell their products, specifically their lipstick. From an objective perspective, yes. Their continued success and growing popularity proves their product works. According to an article by Allure, Lipslut’s lipstick F*ck Trump raised over $100,000 to aid in “helping families affected by Trump’s ‘zerotolerance’ immigration policy,” not to mention they successfully donated 50 percent of their profits for selling this lipstick in just two weeks. Lipslut isn’t just tackling the effects of the Trump administration, they also took


a stand against Hollywood and the Brett Kavanaughs of the world. Their product, F*ck Kavanaugh, was created by the customers of Lipslut’s products. It’s a calm, neutral color with the assumption that it provides juxtaposition to the rather spontaneous behavior of Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court nomination hearings. Fifty percent of the earnings from this product are donated to anti-sexual assault organizations chosen by the customer. As for their lipstick, F*ck Hollywood, it focuses on the recent overwhelming number of assaults coming out of Hollywood that have swept abusers and their businesses out the door. This bright, matte red is “ready for the red carpet,” as the website describes. Again, 50 percent 194 | THREAD

of all profits go to anti-sexual assault organizations. This product’s focus is similar to the F*ck Kavanaugh lipstick, but the products themselves differ. The added feature with this lipstick is that the customer gets a vote with their purchase. The customer gets to vote on which charity the money raised will go to in the end. As the website reads, “50 percent toward charity, 100 percent against abuse.” According to the site, the brand was built for three reasons: to take a stand, support a cause, and look to a better future. It’s a unique mission statement for a cosmetic line, so it’s no wonder that Lipslut has taken the internet by storm, especially for those with liberal views. One student from Ohio

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University had a few things to say about the brand. Olivia Tepe, a senior studying marketing at Ohio University says, “I would rather get a product in exchange for my money to support something (as opposed to) just donating the money.” While she wouldn’t buy this product in particular, she mentions that she would love to receive it as a gift. Adding that when it comes to purchasing cosmetics, she focuses on the quality before the mission. Although the opinions of this product differ from person to person, one thing is clear about

this product: it has the power to spark a debate. So whether someone identifies as liberal or conservative, it’s worth talking about this product, which is based on a controversial marketing agenda. It goes to show how important it is that products, no matter their political stance, are donating to causes that people should stand for. Whether it’s a civil liberties charity or an anti-sexual assault organization, they are both causes that need attention. And who knows, maybe that’s something that Lipslut is proud of as well. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 195




When it comes to taking a cute selfie for Instagram, I expect to see a cup of coffee or a detailed photo aesthetic with some elaborate background or a false lash to enhance a makeup look. But when it comes down to slapping some plastic lenses that you got from Target on your face, you’ve gone way too far. First of all, it’s offensive for you to pretend you wear glasses to make yourself look cuter. Do you realize people actually need them to function? Half of the time, wearing glasses isn’t even fun. We all know the pain of when you lie down—they slide to the side of your face. Not to mention that glasses are just one more thing you have to keep track of and ensure you’re not going to break. Keep in mind while you rock them for your 15 minutes of fame, someone has grown up experiencing the headache of finding the right pair, with the right prescription, and the right frames. Sure, there is no doubt glasses can bring an outfit together, but there are other ways to accessorize. For the benefit of the doubt, let’s make a list of reasons why you would wear 196 | THREAD


them: for a picture, for your outfit, to look smarter, and if you’re a hipster. But really, if we know you can see without glasses, do you really have to put them on? It’s like wearing a fake tattoo; at the end of the day, it’s coming off. Unless you are a hipster (which makes it way more tolerable), let’s eliminate fake glasses from our vocabulary. Take my advice and try to find something else that will enhance your look. If you look good with fake glasses on, odds are you’re beautiful without them too.

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Accessories are vital to any look. Some say that accessories can make or break your style. This time of year brings out a controversial accessory: fake glasses. What is the big deal with fake glasses? The argument is that it is appropriating visuallyimpaired people, who most times hate the fact that they have to wear glasses. But, if someone doesn’t like wearing glasses, it doesn’t mean they should ruin the fun for everyone else.

I’ve worn glasses from a young age, and I’ve worn contacts since the fifth grade because I personally don’t like how I look with eyeglasses on. This doesn’t mean that I have the right to tell individuals with superb eyesight that they’re not allowed to wear them, especially if fake glasses make them feel more confident, like my contacts do for me. Beside the valid argument that people should be able to wear fake glasses if they want to, there is something interesting about them. I’ve even found myself trying on fake glasses while I had contacts in.They are perfect for the staple “hipster” hotspots: art museums, coffee shops, parks, boutiques, etc. Don’t believe me? Try for yourself. For the ultimate autumn look, pair gold fake glasses with neutrals and various shades of red. Key items to include are leather boots, a knit sweater, a beret, and a trench coat or jean jacket to keep warm. Even to my fellow glasses owners, there are plenty of affordable sites online that sell glasses, fancy enough to look like they are fake ones from Urban Outfitters that can be ordered with a prescription. Join the craze of fake glasses instead of limiting the people who are attempting to elevate their style. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 197

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