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thread DECEMBER 2019

Drifting Away WADE INTO THE NEW SEASON AND EMBRACE THE CHANGING ATMOSPHERE.

Vogue Forces of Fashion A LOOK INSIDE VOGUE’S FORCES OF FASHION CONFERENCE AS TOLD BY ONE OF OUR EDITORS.

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Beauty & a Bandit NOTHING IS EVER SIMPLY BLACK & WHITE.


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Table of Contents

FALL 2017

FRONT OF BOOK

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

SEAMS

22 Celeb Style 28 Heavy Metal 32 One Size Fits All 36 Exfoliated 42 Hydrate 46 Kanye West 50 Kitten Heels

18 Runway Realway 68 Delivery at Home

DIY

56 Craft the Halls 60 Not Your Grandma’s Jewelry 64 Cold Tones 72 Frosty Cocktail

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WHO, WHAT, WEAR

76 Student Nail Salons

120 Retro Lanes

MIDDLE OF BOOK

82 Iced Out 96 Color Me Crazy 110 Beauty and a Bandit 134 6 Looks: NBA Players Off Duty

CAMPUS CASUAL

148 Horoscopes 150 Quiz: What Bad Holiday Gift Are You? 152 Holiday Superstitions

178 Retail Therapy

BACK OF THE CLOSET 156 164 172 184 190 196

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day Greener Intentions Leading Ladies Best of 2019 Clean Face, Clean Earth Rant/Rave: Sweatpants

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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 virtually.

BROKEN PLEDGE Over a year after Collin Wiant’s death, Ohio University students are still reeling and seeking answers. Fortunately, the six-part podcast, “Broken Pledge,” attempts to organize all of the facts surrounding the case in a digestible series. Throughout the podcast, The Columbus Dispatch uncovers all of the details surrounding Collin’s avoidable death. This podcast attempts to flesh out everything about the case from Collin’s relationships, his rape allegation, and the horrible circumstances that led to that fatal night on Nov. 12, 2018. Throughout the series, listeners are able to gain insight into the brutal hazing that Collin endured, as well as the systematic ways Collin experienced further isolation throughout his freshman year. The podcast follows Collin’s entire journey starting from his decision to study at Ohio University all the way until his 4 | THREAD

fraternity brothers watched him die from inhaling “whippets.” “Broken Pledge” seeks to shine a light on the disturbing reality of hazing on college campuses by specifically focusing on the errors that led to Collin’s untimely death. – CHLOE RUFFENNACH


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THE GOOD LIFE WITH STEVIE & SAZAN Stevie and Sazan Hendrix have established careers as influencers and entrepreneurs, and they expanded into podcasting in 2018. This husband and wife duo started “The Good Life“ with Stevie & Sazan podcast with the intention of sharing authentic and raw conversations. They publish a new episode every Wednesday and share stories of inspiration, advice, and motivation. Each episode includes a “Good News of the Week” segment that shares stories of ordinary people that always put listeners in a good mood. Most episodes have a guests who start conversations on careers, personal health, relationships, and navigating life. Some featured guests include Emmy Award winning journalist and host Catt Sadler and author of “Girl, Wash Your Face,“ Rachel Hollis. Stevie and Sazan record each episode with the goal of improving the lives of their listeners and encouraging them to live life to the fullest. They refer to their audience as the Good Life Family, because they’ve created a community of listeners who can laugh and cry together about anything and everything.

– BAILEY KORMICK

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OH BOY Podcasts have been all the rage these days, especially women-empowering ones like “Call Her Daddy” by Barstool; “Oh Boy” by Man Repeller is no different. Man Repeller is a fashion blog that was created by Leandra Medine while she was a junior attending a liberal arts college. Medine decided to extend the Man Repeller brand by creating “Oh Boy” back in 2015. Man Repeller prides themselves in “explore[ing] the expansive constellation of things women care about from a place of openness and humor, with the conviction that an interest in fashion doesn’t minimize one’s intellect.” Medine was originally reluctant to define the podcast because each episode holds a different meaning for every person that listens to it. “Oh Boy” averages an hour per episode, and it discusses a powerful woman’s successes in each one, sometimes needing two to cover their accomplishments. They seem very laid back and informal, allowing for open conversation and a deeper understanding of the person or people being interviewed. Man Repeller focuses on female empowerment, and “Oh Boy” allows listeners to hear about these powerful women and to develop a bond with them by merely tuning in. 6 | THREAD

– NATHANIEL STANSBERY

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VOGUE STYLE REVOLUTION For a sneak peek inside the fashion industry and to find out what it’s like to work as a fashion journalist, check out Vogue’s exclusive podcast. Vogue creative digital director, Sally Singer, along with contributing editors covered fashion from inside the industry in the weekly podcast “Vogue Style Revolution.” Although it ended in 2017, three years after its debut, there are still plenty of episodes available with exciting guests ranging from Kim Kardashian West to Tom Ford. Guests talk about their experiences in

the fashion industry and what it was like for them to grow as a business in the fast-paced world of fashion. The podcast was hosted by the infamous André Leon Talley, fashion journalist and now former Vogue editor. In the latest episode, Talley was joined by fashion designer Zac Posen to discuss his recently released documentary “House of Z.” A documentary that follows his upbringing as well as his slight fall in the fashion industry that eventually lead to him having to close his doors in 2019. With 51 episodes, the “Vogue Style Revolution” podcast holds an abundance of bold conversations with fashion mavens from all over. It can be accessed on Apple Podcasts and on multiple websites. – SARAH TODACK

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

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BON APPÉTIT Let me clue you

in on the best, most creative, most soothing form of a reality show: it’s the YouTube channel “Bon Appétit.” In an effort to innovate their brand, “Bon Appétit” created a cult following surrounding their personable and funny food editors by giving them each a personalized show based on their culinary talents. The channel features several beloved series, such as pastry chef Claire Saffitz’s series “Gourmet Makes” to “It’s Alive with Brad” and even the fan-favorite “Making Perfect” series which features all of the chefs and their quirky personalities. “Bon Appétit” has tapped into what makes reality shows great. They provide viewers with practical escapism into a world that is fluffy, comfortable, and smart, all while creating their own inside jokes and making you feel as though you’re part of the group. – MARIE CHAILOSKY


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GLOSSIER Glossier is a brand that’s been paving its own way for a few years now. With the minimalist, no-makeup makeup aesthetic and their slogan “skin first, makeup second,” it’s no surprise that it has become this popular. I buy a lot of their products, but when I found out that they were releasing a liquid eyeliner I literally cried with excitement. I ordered it as soon as the direct deposit hit, and I haven’t looked back since. It’s thin, so it’s easy to apply close to the lash line, and creating the perfect wing has never been so simple. – HANNAH PRIDEMORE

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JONAS BROTHERS

The Jonas Brothers are back, and they’re bigger and better than ever before. America’s favorite boys reunited after a six-year hiatus on March 1 of this year with a new mature vibe, and they have not taken a break since then. They’ve released four singles, two collaborative singles, a 14-song album, a Christmas song, a documentary, have received a Grammy nomination, and have a book in progress, all while touring the world on the Happiness Begins tour. It’s safe to say that after this famous comeback, they’re here to stay this time, and I’m just as obsessed with them, if not more, than as I was in 2009. – BAILEY FINK

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MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE

My Chemical Romance has been with me since my unruly teen years, and I come back to this band every fall. This year, however, is slightly different, given that the band recently announced their reunion after a six-year hiatus. On Oct. 31, My Chemical Romance announced that they would be putting on a reunion show on Dec. 20 at Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles, California. Shortly after, they announced a second show in Melbourne followed by a show in Japan. Now, when I listen to Gerard Way’s fantastic vocals in the cooling air, I can’t help but imagine how amazing their reunion shows are going to be. Their music defined an era for a lot of teenagers, and now that we’re all adults, we get to look forward to seeing them perform live again. I highly recommend listening to them the next time you are trying to push yourself through a workout or are feeling particularly angsty. – CHLOE RUFFENNACH


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GENTLEMEN JACK

I love watching the same shows on repeat until I know every word, but my friend recently sat me down and had me watch “Gentleman Jack” on HBO. The story is based off the diaries of Anne Lister, a landowner, lesbian, and firecracker. Her life and legacy are insane and seem almost fictional. I haven’t had a TV show amaze me in a while, and it’s a real treat to watch. I’m not kidding when I say I watched the entire show in less than a day. The characters’ personalities are almost addicting, and it’s the kind of show where you’ll never get bored. Occasionally, Anne talks to the audience, and it’s one of the best uses of breaking the fourth wall I’ve ever seen, which includes Jim Halpert’s looks in “The Office.” I can’t wait for season two, and maybe I’ll actually buy an HBO subscription.

– EMILY BARBUS

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Editor’s Note Welcome back, Threadies! I hope this semester is ending on a high note for everyone. I know I’m definitely ready for winter break, so why not kick back and relax after finals with the newest issue of Thread! As the holidays approach, buying gifts for everyone in your life is a constant stressor for those who may not be the best gift-giver (myself included), so hopefully, you can find some inspiration while perusing the magazine. For the skincare-obsessed person in your life, check out our In Good Fashion story on Face Halos (“Clean Face, Clean Earth” P.190), a new alternative to makeup removing wipes. They’re eco-friendly since they’re reusable and can be recycled when you’re done with them, unlike makeup wipes. Additionally, our story on scrubs (“Exfoliated” P.36) has plenty of ideas for good stocking stuffers. Give the gift of smooth skin this holiday season with scalp, face, and body scrubs ranging in a multitude of brands and prices. Check out our Campus Casual article on holiday superstitions (P.152) for a brief history and origin story of holiday traditions that are still practiced today. Also, it wouldn’t be the end of the year without a roundup of the best fashion trends, so check out our story discussing what we think were some of the most iconic fashion trends of 2019 and what trends we believe might come to fruition in 2020 (“Best of 2019” P.184). And if you’re looking for a little 12 | THREAD

outfit inspiration for yourselves this holiday season, don’t fret, Thread has got you covered! Top off any outfit with a new hat (“One Size Fits All” P.32); not only will it keep your ears warm, but it’ll also give any outfit a bit more personality. If you’re looking for a complete outfit overhaul check out our Celeb Styles on Zoë Kravitz (P.24) and Tyler, the Creator (P.22). They both have their own original looks that will be easy to recreate with pieces that are already in your closet. As always, we hope you love this new issue as much as we do. Have a wonderful winter break and happy holidays!

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thread EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Hannah Pridemore MANAGING EDITOR Chloe Ruffennach PHOTO EDITOR Leanna Siupinys

DESIGN DIRECTOR Alex Vella

FEATURES EDITOR Bailey Fink

PUBLIC RELATIONS CHIEF Bailey Kormick

SEAMS EDITOR Marie Chilosky

BUSINESS MANAGER Nathaniel Stansbery

WHO, WHAT, WEAR EDITOR Shaina Dubinskiy

PHOTO CHIEF Matthew Jones

DIY EDITOR Lindsay O’Nesti

FASHION DIRECTOR Erin Lesko

CAMPUS CASUAL EDITOR Taylor Dahl

WEB EDITOR Mack Wagner

COPY CHIEF Emily Barbus

VIDEO CHIEF Yana Durado PHOTO:

Grace Auble, Emily Barbus, Anna Birk, Lauren Britt , Jillian Craig, Ansel Croft, Sarah James, Matt Jones, Abby Kelman, Kate McCarthy, Kailee Richey, Mack Wagner

DESIGN:

Ashleigh Bublinec, Amber Eusebio, Megan Fogelson, Chastity Haxton, Anna Johnston, Rilee Lockhart, Kathryn Maynard, Jared Robb, Riley Runnells, Leanna Siupinys, Madison Stephey, Grace Sublett, Alexandria Vella

PR:

Darian Berdysz, Casey Calvetta, Cydnee Livingston, Audrey Secrest, Nathaniel Stansbery, Olivia Strauss

VIDEO:

Ansel Croft, Yana Durado, Caelin Parsons

STYLISTS:

Grace Auble, Marcell Byers, Ant Cordell, Max Daniels

WRITERS:

Margaux Augier, Emily Barbus, Marie Chailosky, Jillian Craig, Taylor Dahl, Shaina Dubinskiy, Bailey Fink, Maddy Fink, Bailey Kormick, Meah McCallister, Lindsday O’Nesti, Geena Provenza, Chloe Ruffennach, Riley Runnells, Leanna Siupinys, Nathaniel Stansbery, Amy Szmik, Sarah Todack, Mack Wagner

MAKEUP ARTISTS:

Emily Barbus, Kaley Toth

MODELS:

Tana Barret, Madison Bauza, Nic Benfield,Darian Berdysz, Marcell Byers, Jack Calvetta, Max Daniels, Jessi Dickinson, Natalie Dupre, Abby Ernst, Jessi Feilen, Olivia Gleissberg, Flannery Jewell, Erin Lesko, Leif Longstreth, Meg Mcdulin, Martine Mclaughin, Jazz Merz, Emily Nerderman, Bre Severns, Grace Sublett, Cash Thomas, Hannah Woodside

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Tyler, the Creator, 22

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

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Runway Realway BY GEENA PROVENZANO PHOTOS BY KATE MCCARTHY

Although Frame hasn’t even been around for a decade, it has certainly established its position in the fashion world. Designers Jens Grede and Erik Torstensson deemed it unnecessary to have a formal fashion show for their brand, and celebrities like Kaia Gerber and Rosie Huntington-Whitely have been wearing their clothes enough to attract fashion experts to their newest lines. For each line, Frame exudes consistency with rich denim, tailored suiting, high necklines, and silk. This season’s collection encapsulates the true essence of fall by featuring shades of cream and camel throughout. While Frame is known for its class, the brand also produces garments catered to those who are a bit more adventurous. This season they included velvet blazers available in moss, silver, and rose. Stripes and color blocking were also scattered throughout the collection as a whole. Not only does Frame make great clothes, but they are also doing great things to help the environment. They have their own line of sustainable denim for both men and women, as well as eco-friendly cashmere. Frame 18 | THREAD

has also partnered with the Blue Jeans Go Green denim insulation program. Any customer can bring a pair of used denim to a Frame store and receive 20% off of their next denim purchase. The denim is used to construct homes and buildings, diverting thousands of tons of textile waste from landfills. In addition to clothing, Frame also makes shoes, accessories, and a full line of men’s apparel. Although the brand is on the pricier side, Grede and Torstensson are guaranteed to produce quality garments that will last a lifetime.


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BALENCIAGA

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BY EMILY BARBUS PHOTOS BY ANNA BIRK

Paris Fashion Week was the ideal setting for Balenciaga to debut their Fall 2019 collection. The brand sent its models down the runway in front of a black backdrop and brash lighting, highlighting each look. This minimalistic collection kept characteristics that are true to Creative Director Demna Gvasalia’s vision of the brand: oversized suit jackets, structured collars, and denim. Balenciaga, a brand known to many, made a splash in popular culture with their Speed High Slip-On Shoes, also known as the “Sock Shoes,” in late 2017. Their elusive Triple S shoes also hit the popular market and helped perpetuate the “dad shoe” trend, which has now evolved into a staple wardrobe piece. Under Gvasalia’s direction, Balenciaga has taken a structured, off-kilter approach to their collections in recent years. Fall 2019 took shoulder pads to new heights with heavy wool opera coats and carefully tailored suit jackets. Closures in the front and sides of the outerwear varied from large wool ties to invisible buttons. There is one thing that this collection ensures, though, and it’s that no one wearing a Fall 2019 Balenciaga coat or parka will get cold. The amount of fabric used to create these pieces will warm anyone up on a cold winter day.

Another motif was the rolling-over of extra fabric on the shoulder seams of jackets and coats, creating a second collar and adding a boxy silhouette to the overall look. Bright red, teal, fuschia, and black were all standout colors used in accessories, skirts, coats, and dresses. The collection spanned from business wear to casual, keeping a range for their clients to dress for any occasion in Balenciaga. A particular focus on solid fabric with sheen minimizes distractions and helps focus on the careful tailoring and crafting of each garment that walked down the runway.

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TYLER, THE CREATOR BY RILEY RUNNELLS PHOTOS BY KAILEE RICHEY

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Celeb Style Even after 10 years, a mixtape, seven singles, an EP, and five studio albums, Tyler, the Creator is nowhere near his peak. Known best for his 2017 hit album “Flower Boy,” and more recently his 2019 Wall Street Journal’s Innovator of the Year Award, Tyler released his latest album, “IGOR,” in May, which premiered at number one on the charts. Born in Ladera Heights, California, Tyler Gregory Okonma developed his knack for creativity and design at an early age, designing album covers before he could even make music. His creative roots blend into his fashion sense, where he is most known for his loud patterns, vibrant colors, and stylish hats. His personal style developed into his fashion brand, GOLF WANG, where he designs everything. The main inspiration for Tyler’s look is street style, wearing oversized shirts and panel caps most of the time. For the release of “IGOR,” Tyler wore bright-colored suits, creating a more slick look. Since Tyler’s wardrobe mainly hails from street style, it’s easy to thrift clothes that are inspired by Tyler. Urban Outfitters, Zaful, and Zumiez sell pieces that represent part of his wardrobe. The other, more professional part of his

wardrobe can be purchased from stores like Express or Banana Republic. Tyler’s street fashion can also be described as gender-neutral, allowing women to emulate his style as well. At just 28 years old, Tyler is constantly pushing boundaries in every aspect of his life, but especially with music and fashion. Since his start with “Odd Future” in 2007, his rise to stardom and entrepreneurship in every aspect of entertainment has taken the world by storm. There’s no doubt that Tyler will continue to break barriers and redefine various forms of media.

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ZOË KRAVITZ BY AMY SZMIK PHOTOS BY ANNA BIRK

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With a multitude of talents, it’s hard not to recognize the name Zoë Kravitz. Daughter of musician Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, she is a well-rounded actress, singer, and model. Her popularity doesn’t just come from her various career endeavors, though. Her sense of fashion has caught the attention of the media and fans alike. Her outfits are a blend of grunge and elegance, and she exudes the “cool girl” label that the media gave her. Kravitz has gained attention for her style since she was in her teens. Unapologetic in her fashion, she isn’t afraid of standing out in the crowd; whether it’s on the streets of New York City or a red carpet premiere, she has managed to make it her own. From oversized, casual T-shirts tucked into mini suede skirts, to an all striped pantsuit, Kravitz doesn’t care about the trends or name brands, telling InStyle, “I’m very much a visual person. If I see something and I like it; it’s not because a certain designer made it or it’s on trend, it’s about how it makes me feel when I’m in it.” She also launched a lipstick line collaboration with YSL. Kravitz explained her inspirations in an interview with Allure, saying, “I always say that I really hope that this encourages people to highlight the things they love about themselves instead of covering themselves up.” She believes that confidence is the

key to beauty, and uses beauty and fashion as an outlet. “To me, beauty is an attitude, you know?” Kravitz said when interviewed by Byrdie. Her attitude toward style explains her refusal to conform to what’s popular and believing in self-expression. Zoë Kravitz is a force to be reckoned with. Multi-talented with a sharp sense of style, Kravitz is one of the most prominent women in Hollywood. Daring in her outfits, she never tries too hard, but instead follows what makes her feel the most confident in her own skin.

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Winter Workouts In this post, Courtney describes ways to stay in shape around the holidays. Here, she discusses and lists all of the best tips to keep active and fit during the cold season. So, head over to Courtney’s “Tips and Tricks for Staying Active This Winter” post to read her advice for looking and feeling great this winter season!

Survival Skincare Similarly, Courtney provides skincare tips and products for enduring the winter season. In her “Skincare Tips to Survive Winter” blog post, she provides several product recommendations for skincare lifesavers. This post outlines her favorite tried-and-true products so that you know exactly what to look for when changing up your skincare routine this holiday season.

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ayered necklaces are the latest staple to finish off any look since they are a simple, one-step way to make your outfit look more expensive and put-together. By adding

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several necklaces, an outfit can completely transform. Stars like Rihanna, Kendall Jenner, and Jaden Smith have adopted this look as a way to display their wealth and complete their outfits. While celebrities often wear jewelry that can be worth up to thousands of dollars, this look can be effectively recreated with hand-me-down, thrifted, or childhood necklaces to complete almost any look. Adding necklaces to an outfit is simple: all that is needed are necklaces and chains that vary in length, size, and, if preferred, color. By adding this jewelry to a look, the eye is drawn to the neckline, which can help emphasize scoop and V-neck t-shirts. The variation of necklaces can be changed and swapped


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out depending on the neckline depth as well. Additionally, the necklaces don’t need to match. In fact, all that is needed is a set of necklaces that add interesting shapes and colors to an outfit that was previously lacking. These necklaces can vary in every aspect including the length, width, color, charms, and sentimental value. Layering necklaces is all about personal judgment and will vary depending on what outfit is being accessorized. Stocking up on necklaces for this look can be easy, too, and it doesn’t need to be as expensive as celebrities might have made it seem. These looks can be put together using nostalgic, hand-me-down jewelry from relatives or borrowed pieces from friends. For less expensive, yet still quality pieces, local thrift stores might be the best place to

shop when looking for more accessories. Layering necklaces is a simple way to complete any outfit. It makes a look appear more thought-out and put together and only requires a few extra minutes in front of the mirror. This is perhaps the latest way to seem more stylish without wasting more time and money than absolutely necessary. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 31


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BY JILLIAN CRAIG PHOTOS BY LEANNA SIUPINYS

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hen the weather begins to drop to low temperatures, it often throws off every element of a well-planned outfit. A look that was once meant for cool weather 32 | THREAD

must now be transformed with mittens, hats, scarves, and other outerwear for warmth. When trying to wear a hat, another issue arises with how to style one’s hair. Hats can make hair messy, static-y, and tangled. Fortunately,


there are a few ways to remedy those issues. When wearing beanies and other stocking caps, twisting hair up into two small buns at the bottom of the head will keep hair from getting too static-y and also

allow it to stay in place. To create this hairstyle, part your hair in half and tie each part of your hair into ponytails. Then, tie those ponytails into individual donut-like shapes and pin them in place with bobby pins. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 33


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For flat-brimmed hats, a simple three-strand braid will protect the hair while keeping the look stylish. A three-strand braid can easily be created by first splitting the hair into three equal sections. Once divided, cross the left section over the middle then the right over the middle. Repeat that process until you reach the end of your hair. Finish the braid with a hair tie of choice. Finally, for berets and other similar hats, a low bun will make your hair look professional and stylish. The first step is to tie your hair back as if you’re tying a ponytail, but instead leave part of the ponytail out. Using that spare strand, wrap it around the base of the ponytail where the hair tie is

visible and secure the wrap with bobby pins. Trying to find a fashionable winter hat while living on a budget can be challenging, though. Luckily, there are a few stores that sell fashionable hats at an affordable price. ASOS, an online fashion retailer, offers hundreds of hats in a variety of styles. Many ASOS hats can be bought for as low as $8. Forever 21, an American retailer, sells beanies, flat-brimmed hats, and berets at budget-friendly prices. Multiple hats from Forever 21 can be purchased for under $20. If all else fails, a local thrift store will have incredibly affordable and fashionable winter hats. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 35


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xfoliating is one of the best ways to remove dead skin, and in the cold winter months, it’s more important than ever. There are two main ways to exfoliate: chemically and physically. Many dermatologists and skincare gurus are big proponents for chemical exfoliation when it comes to the face, as it is a lot easier to cause damage

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with physical exfoliants. More information on chemical exfoliants can be found in our March 2018 issue. Even though it is not always the best option, there is nothing wrong with physically exfoliating. Whether it’s with scrubs, dry brushes, or loofahs, there are multiple ways to get the job done. Scrubs are the most common form, though, and


can be easily found in stores. Depending on the ingredients, they can serve multiple purposes and can be a quick and easy DIY. It should also be noted that water can be added to any physical scrub to soften them up a bit. While most people think to use scrubs for their face, using a scrub on their scalp can actually be an important step to obtain and maintain healthy hair. Scalp

scrubs should be used roughly once a week to cleanse the scalp of any impurities and built-up products that can clog the pores. When using a scalp scrub, rub gently in a circular motion so as to not irritate the skin and to encourage blood flow to help with hair growth. When picking a scalp scrub, look for ingredients like zinc, which helps remove dead skin cells, and copper,

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magnesium, and keratin to help strengthen the hair. Scalp scrubs range vastly in price, but most still function the same. SheaMoisture’s African Black Soap and Bamboo Charcoal Pre-Shampoo Scalp is less than $10, Frank Body’s Stimulating Scalp Scrub is almost $20, and if you want to invest in a higher-priced scrub, OUAI’s Scalp and Body Scrub is $38. Even though scrubs aren’t always the best option for the

face, they can still be used as long as the product works well with your skin type. According to Glamour, scrubs with a sandy powder base are good for sensitive skin since they are buildable and it’s easy to control how much friction is applied. Face scrubs can be found at any drug store, but there are some brands that charge a steep price to do the same job. On the more economical end, Clean & Clear’s Oil-Free Deep Exfoliator retails

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for $4.99, Frank Body Creamy Face Scrub is priced at $22, and on the more expensive end, the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant scrub comes in at $59. For the body, scrubs are beneficial before and after hair removal to help prevent in-grown hairs. They can also help moisturize the skin, keeping it soft and supple if desired. Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrubs can be found at any drug store and

usually cost around $8, the Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub (a product that is quickly becoming a cult classic) can be found online for $17, and the Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish comes at the high price of $36 for those looking for a more luxurious brand. Scrubs are a great addition to any skincare routine, but for those looking for specific ingredients, they can easily be made at home with sugar, coconut oil, and any desired essential oils.

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veryone needs a good moisturizer for the winter. Whether skin is dry, oily, or somewhere in between, it is surely affected by the brisk winter air. At Thread, we love to talk about the importance of skincare, which is a vital subject when discussing beauty and self-care. Moisturizing is a key way to keep skin looking healthy, glowy, and most importantly, hydrated. Skincare starts in the shower; cleansers are essential at the beginning of a healthy routine, and washing your face with cool or warm water will help prevent dry or cracking skin. Pick a cleanser that will take all makeup, oils, and dirt off your face, leaving a blank canvas for products used outside of the shower. Before applying moisturizers, it’s important to think about what can go on before to help your skin begin hydrating itself. Hyaluronic acid is a hydrating ingredient that can be found in varying concentrations. Although the name sounds daunting, it’s something your body already makes. It is most present in your joints, skin, and tears, and by putting a few drops of hyaluronic acid on your skin after cleansing, it preps the skin for taking in as much moisture as it WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 43


can. This prevents flaky and dry patches on the skin. Shifting from a water-based moisturizer to a cream moisturizer during the colder months is another great step for battling dry skin. Water-based products are ideal for sunny, warm days, as they act as a light layer of moisture without making the skin too oily or caked on with product. Cream moisturizers, however, have a thicker consistency and usually are infused with oils, so your skin will be able to soak up more hydration. In the evening, if you need even more layers on top of a normal cream, look for products that are labeled as “deep hydration” or “ultra repair” to give your skin stronger doses of hydration. Also, don’t forget the rest of your skin! Find the perfect body moisturizer at any grocery store and use it daily as well. Anything after moisturizing is simply added moisture. So those FIRST AID BEAUTY ULTRA REPAIR CREAM $30

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with oily complexions, feel free to stop your routine here. The final step of a good winter skincare routine, especially with dry or normal skin, is face oil. Putting oil onto the skin can sound like too much, but adding a few drops of it at night does wonders for the skin in the morning. It helps your complexion glow, which is great during the winter when dull skin is common. Skin milk is another product that acts as another barrier from the harsh, cold wind outside as well as combating the dry heat inside. Fourth Ray Beauty makes a particularly effective skin milk, but there are brands that carry skin milks that are equally as good. Whatever or however many products you decide to use, remember to take care of your skin this season. Drink lots of water, shower with warm water, and pile on the moisture.


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anye Omari West was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 8, 1977. His parents, Donda West and Ray West, divorced when he was three years old, and from there he moved with his mother to Chicago. Kanye was known for being a creative individual from a young age. He started writing poetry at age five and began rapping at age seven. He was quick to acknowledge his passion and confided in his highly-educated mother about his possible career in the music industry. At the age of 10, West and his mother moved to Nanjing, China, where she taught at Nanjing University as part of an exchange program. According to his mother, West settled in well and quickly picked up the language, but has since forgotten most of it. Things started to get exciting when Kanye crossed paths with

producer No I.D., with whom he quickly formed a close friendship. He was Kanye’s first mentor, and he paved a path for him to get further into his career. West graduated from Polaris High School and then received a scholarship to attend Chicago’s American Academy of Art in 1997. Shortly after he transferred to Chicago State University to study English. West stayed in school until about age 20. He realized that his hectic school schedule was taking him away from what he really wanted to be doing. He soon dropped out, unknowingly inspiring his 2004 album “The College Dropout.” His big break finally came in 2000 when he began producing music for Roc-A-Fella Records. West worked alongside Jay-Z and helped him contribute to the 2001 album “The Blueprint.” He also crafted hit songs for Ludacris, Alicia Keys, and

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Janet Jackson. Despite his success as a producer, West struggled to make it as a rapper and to be accepted among record labels. Multiple record companies ignored him because he did not portray the image prominent in mainstream hip-hop at that time. After countless meetings with Capitol Records, West was ultimately denied an artist deal. Not giving up, his breakthrough came on Oct. 23, 2002, when West was traveling home from working late one night and he fell asleep at the wheel. He and another car got into a horrible accident, leaving West with a shattered jaw that had to be wired shut for surgery. This inspired his composition, “Through the Wire,” which he

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described as his medicine, and he claimed that working on it was a distraction from all of the pain. This is also around the time he announced he was working on another album, “The College Dropout.” Following the incident, West took a brief break from music and threw himself into fashion, only to end up in Hawaii for the next few months writing and recording his next album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” West also directed a film of the same name that premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival on a custom pyramid-shaped screening pavilion featuring seven screens. However, 2013 was a big year for West. His sixth album, “Yeezus,” was released in mid-June, which he received outstanding reviews for,


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they do in 2019. He went from colored suits and cardigans to jeans and dark sweatshirts. This style change could be attributed to West’s personal growth as he strives to live a more Christian lifestyle. Neutrals and earth tones seem to be West’s new go-to. Kanye West is a man of many talents, and leads an incredibly unique lifestyle. His career keeps growing as he implements new projects into his career. For example, On Jan. 6, 2019, West started his weekly Sunday Service orchestration. These services include soul variations of both West’s and others’ songs. Kanye West has set an excellent example for anyone who has aspirations and big dreams. Although Kanye’s life has been filled with both its pros and cons, it’s important to take after his style of confidence and motivation that he displays by taking every challenge head-on. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 49


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women of all ages. Typically stiletto heels are less than two inches high and traditionally closed-toed and nacked, but they can be found in styles that are open-toed. They also have either a closed back or strap around the ankle. These shoes are easier to walk in than higher heels, and many people prefer them because of this. This kind of footwear is extremely versatile. Whether you need a pair of nice but walkable shoes to commute to work, heels for a professional environment,


or just don’t love shoes with high heels, kitten heels do the job. If Michelle Obama, a woman who seems to be on her feet and working hard all day long, has a collection of kitten heels to help her do her job, then that goes to show how comfortable and trustworthy this shoe is. In fact, Michelle Obama is arguably the one to credit for the rise in popularity of kitten heels in recent years after so many photos of her dressed in them have been published. If you miss the simpler times when the children’s Disney princess kitten heels were in fashion and your feet were never in pain or blistered from high heels, this may be the best opportunity to invest in another pair of kitten heels while they’re back in fashion.

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

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nce the Thanksgiving feast is over and the snow begins to fall, it’s officially time to bring out the Christmas decorations. Getting into the holiday spirit can be expensive and a lot of do-it-yourself projects are time-consuming. The ideal Christmas DIY is one that won’t cost too much and can take around half an hour to complete. This holiday season, consider crafting the halls with Thread’s easy five-step garland. All of the materials can be purchased at the dollar store or JOANN Fabrics and Crafts for under $10. This burlap garland is the ideal addition to any college dorm or apartment to create a cozy holiday atmosphere. It’s easy to hang on any surface and takes up no storage space, so you can hold onto for years to come.

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Cut the green, red, and tan burlap ribbon into five-to-eight inch strands. Tie the burlap strands on the string of lights by alternating colors. The burlap strands only need to be tied in one knot to stay secured.

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NOT YOUR GRANDMA’S JEWELRY STORY BY TAYLOR DAHL PHOTOS BY SARAH JAMES

Turning household items into jewelry can step up your accessory game and give an outfit that extra edge that it needs.

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Search your home for old purses, sewing kits, or toolboxes that may have small silver hardware pieces that you could see being made into an edgy jewelry look. Also, see what dainty silver spoons you may have in your kitchen. Collect wire cutters, a hammer, pliers, and anything else you may need to snip old chains, bend spoons, and alter old pieces in your collection. See what hardware looks best as a necklace, earrings, rings, or bracelets (for instance, the spoons make the best rings and bracelets).

Get creative! Play around with the different combinations until you find one that suits your style the most.

Secure the jewelry. Make sure the jewelry you make is closed or secure with the pliers. You don’t want your new pieces to lose their small hardware when you go out.


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he cold season is tough for everyone, but it can be especially difficult to maintain your health. With little sunlight and the bitter winter chill preventing us from working out outside, it’s hard to stay motivated to keep active. Thankfully, there are easy workouts that don’t require leaving your house.

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WORKOUTS:: This workout is best done with the 50/10 interval. That is 50 seconds of effort and 10 seconds of rest. Two rounds for each step is suggested, but the great thing about this home workout is that it can be altered to fit your preference! BURPEES This is a great, intense, and quick warmup when beginning your home workout. Make sure to maintain good form; quality over quantity! 180 JUMP SQUATS Alternate jumping forward and backward while maintaining the same knee level and getting deep into each squat. BACKWARD LUNGES To target your quads, make sure you stay parallel with the floor. Keep a slow, steady motion to maintain balance. PUSH-UPS While doing them the classic way is always an option, they can also be done by alternating the traditional method with training knee push-ups. If you want a challenge, try knee push-up shoulder taps. 66 | THREAD

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ife in college is often planned down to the minute. Between classes, meetings, working out, and studying, no one has time to be making elaborate meals at the end of every night. However, microwavable meals get old and grabbing dinner on Court St. can become expensive. By planning your meals for the week and organizing the ingredients ahead of time, you can not only save yourself a lot of time, but you’ll be left with an amazing dinner that you’re proud to be eating. Meal delivery services have become very popular because of the convenience that they give their customers. By copying the model of these meal delivery services, you can guarantee that your meals are going to be quick, easy, and delicious. 68 | THREAD


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Delivery At Home

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INGREDIENTS Broccoli

Garlic, crushed

2 tablespoons of honey

Red and yellow peppers

Mushrooms

1/4 cup liquid aminos (or soy sauce)

Sugar snap peas

Extra-firm tofu

Olive oil

Red onion

White rice

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• rice Broccoli • use Extra Firm Tofu Make the according to the instructions, and a packet• of vegetable stock to add more flavor. When Red & Yellow Peppers • White Rice the rice is finished, transfer it to a food container to be • out Sugar Snap • 2 Tbsps of Honey portioned for the week. Peas • Red Onion • Garlic (crushed) • Mushrooms

• ¼ Cup Soy Sauce • Olive Oil

TIP: Make multiple servings to have with lunches and dinners. When reheating, add 1 tablespoon of water and cover the bowl with a paper towel before microwaving.

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While the rice is cooking, chop all of the vegetables into your preferred size and transfer them into a food container.

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In a pan with olive oil on medium heat, sauté the onions and garlic until the onions are soft and fragrant. Add the tofu or protein of choice and sauté until fully cooked. Add liquid aminos or soy sauce and honey to the pan to make an easy teriyaki sauce. Transfer the contents to a food container when done.

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Prepping ingredients is a great way to minimize your time in the kitchen while ensuring that you’re getting healthy and tasty dinners to end your busy day. Set aside time every Sunday to prepare for the week, and you’ll thank yourself later!

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As exam week approaches, everyone is looking for a way to de-stress. What better way to relax and get into the winter season than with a snowball martini? With minimal work, this drink is easy, aesthetically pleasing, and fun to make.

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INGREDIENTS • 2.25 ounces of vodka • .75 ounces Blue Curacao • 3 ounces pineapple juice • 3 tablespoons of coconut juice OPTIONAL • Honey and coconut flakes for garnish • Cocktail shaker • Margarita glass

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WHO, WHAT, WEAR

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

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increasingly popular lately, and students like Bella Bury and Kayla Ramsey are turning a hobby into money. ​College girls want to look and feel good, and making that possible on a budget is even more important. Bury and Ramsey, both third-year students, absolutely love doing their own nails and even have high-quality nail equipment to give

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Ramsey knew they could offer their services and even charge less. Bury, for example, charges $10 for a gel manicure, which is a steal compared to a $40 service that is similar in quality. Both of the emerging business owners agree that students would rather go to a fellow student for their services for not only the affordable price but to know exactly where their money is going. It is also a great networking opportunity. “I didn’t realize how many new people I would meet throughout this process! I love seeing my nail girls around campus,” Bury said. ​Some may not think that doing nails would be very lucrative on college campuses, but these girls have made good profit from their side job. While it is definitely an investment, the money earned is significant. Their business booms heavily during seasons like sorority recruitment, which is when physical appearance is something girls take very seriously. Bury and Ramsey were booked with nail appointments for weeks and met with girls for days on end. They agree this was their busiest time of year by far. What started with just a love of painting the nails of their family and friends has turned into a money-making hobby. Currently, Bury is taking a break from her 80 | THREAD

nail services and only does nail appointments during recruitment season, while Kayla Ramsey is continuously getting better at her craft with different nail services. She constantly posts her work and clients’ nails on her Instagram page, @nails.by.kayjay. Both women are business savvy and are successfully turning their talents into small businesses in the rising industry of student-run cosmetic services.


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BOLD, BRIGHT, AND BOB CUT

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PHOTOS BY KATE MCCARTHY

SPARE THE DRAMA AND EMBRACE THE NEW DECADE BY GOING RETRO.

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SIX SIX LOOKS LOOKS WE LIKE PHOTOS BY MATT JONES

NBA LOOKS OFF THE COURT

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CAMPUS CASUAL

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

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WINTER

HOROSCOPES BY TAYLOR DAHL ILLUSTRATIONS MADISON STEPHEY

VIRGO AUGUST 23 - SEPT. 22 Capricorn season starts on Dec. 21, which means you may be feeling a bit lonely — be careful about trying to rekindle an old flame or friendship, because Jan. 12 may bring conflicts your way. Try and avoid drama during Mercury’s backward march on Feb. 16.

SCORPIO OCT. 23 - NOV. 21 When the solar eclipse beings on Dec. 26, it may be a good time to finally message a prospective love interest, Scorpio. They may be keeping you cozy all the way through the Aquarius new moon on Jan. 24. But beware, trying to ignite an old flame may lead you into negative emotional territory during this winter’s Mercury retrograde.

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It’s time to get ready for change, Threadies! We have successfully transitioned from fall to winter, and with seasonal change comes cosmic change. What will the signs have in store for them? Will you be more social or more of a homebody? Will you be lucky in love or happily single? Leave me to read the stars for you.

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When the Aquarius new moon NOV. 22 - DEC. begins on Jan. 24, it may be the time to elevate things romantically with a new partner. You’ll feel a rush of clarity and energy, and maybe even the desire to assert what you want from this person.

LIBRA SEPT.23 - OCT.22 When Venus enters Pisces in January, you may be tempted to go back to the familiarity of an ex, but don’t get too cozy Libra. When Mercury begins retrograde on Feb. 16, it’ll be hard not to go back to the comfortable, yet harmful stability of old habits and ways. Additionally, you may be on the prowl for another, new romantic interest as the new year begins.

CAPRICORN DEC. 22 - JAN. 19 An unexpected development in a relationship or project may be coming at you this month, Capricorn. Adjustments in your work environment or even in your habits may be necessary to put your best foot forward to get everything you can out of these developments.


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AQUARIUS JAN. 20 - FEB. 18 You may feel extra inclined to keep your life and relationships private this winter, Aquarius. You may be in the midst of an unclear situation, but the outcome is most likely to be very favorable toward you. Embrace the changes.

PISCES FEB. 19 - MARCH 20 A desire for some luxury may be prevalent this winter for you, Pisces. Indulge yourself in expensive gifts this winter, and take the holiday season to splurge. However, you may be preoccupied with work or a project — take the time to focus on this diligently, and you should see an increase in personal income. It’s a win-win.

ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 19 The Gemini full moon on Dec. 12 will allow you to speak directly from your heart — let your true feelings come out toward a friend or partner because now is the time for clarity. Jan. 3 may be the optimal time for a fun night out or a date, due to Mars’ entrance into Sagittarius.

TAURUS APRIL 20 - MAY 20 November’s Mercury retrograde may have caused some serious emotional distress that you may still be recovering from Taurus, but things will start to chill out once Jupiter moves into Capricorn on Dec. 2. Your ruling planet, Venus, enters into Pisces on Jan. 13 and will give you an opportunity to reboot, allowing you to start off 2020 drama-free.

GEMINI MAY 21 - JUNE 20 You may be finally connecting with a certain special-someone after a series of unfortunate dates from this past fall, Gemini. However, you may have trouble settling boundaries around the time that Mercury, Saturn, and Pluto collide on Feb. 12. Be sure to set limits this winter.

CANCER JUN 21 - JUL 22 The effects of November’s Grand Water Trine will be affecting you this winter, Cancer. Get ready for Dec. 13, when a Venus-Pluto conjunction may push you toward pursuing an urge of unfilled desire in your personal life and relationships.

LEO JULY 23 - When Jupiter enters hard-working Capricorn on Dec. 2, you may get approached with a new opportunity for leadership. AUGUST 22 Use your natural charisma and confidence to lead your friends or coworkers successfully toward a big goal.

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Quiz::: What “Bad”

Holiday Gift Are You? BY SARAH TODACK ILLUSTRATIONS BY KATHRYN MAYNARD

Not every gift that you receive on the holidays is anticipated. Although all presents are appreciated, some still tend to be relatively bad. Take this quiz on your favorite holiday staples to find out what “bad” holiday gift you are this year.

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What is your favorite holiday snack? a. Christmas cookies b. Holiday cake pops c. Candy canes

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MOSTLY A’S WHITE PAIR OF SOCKS You’re attracted to the masses! Your taste for the holidays is as common as a pair of white socks. Although it might not be the most innovative gift, they’re still very useful and a staple in your sock collection.

MOSTLY B’S AN AVOCADO You got an avocado… thanks. Your taste for the holidays is new-age just like the phenomenon of gifting people avocados as gifts. You might not have needed an avocado but you appreciate the reference, and it’s a Christmas memory you won’t forget.

MOSTLY C’S OUT-DATED CALENDER You are still looking at the past like a calendar from 2017. Your holiday taste sticks to the classic oldies, and nothing says old like a possibly used calendar from the past.

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Holiday Superstions

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he holidays come with a slew of activities and traditions, but what about the superstitions that come along with them? Many classic holiday traditions even got their start from these long-practiced superstitions. For instance, hanging stockings on a mantle is supposed to bring good luck for the new year and are not just for gifts. There are multiple ways to participate in the superstitions of the holiday season, but these are just a common few. The use of green decorations holds many purposes for the holidays, but it should be noted that they should never be put up before Christmas Eve or else it will anger evil spirits, that is if you happen to believe in them. Evergreen trees, in particular, are a symbol of endurance and renewed life and their constant use throughout the years 152 | THREAD

has made them a lasting symbol of Christmas. Also, Christmas trees are the centerpiece of the holiday season and many families make it a tradition to decorate the tree together. Most people dispose of their Christmas trees through their local trash collectors, but in reality, all greenery should be burned or else there will be a death in the family. However, exactly when the greenery should be burned is still a hotly debated topic. Some say before the new year, others say the day after the new year, and some suggest keeping the greenery up until the first day of February. Boughs of holly and mistletoe were originally used to protect households from witches and lightning. While this specific use is never really talked about in popular holiday songs, many people still hang holly and mistletoe as decorations and unknowingly participate


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in this interesting form of protection. Also, while most people know that you’re supposed to kiss under the mistletoe, few are aware that this act is also believed to help with conception. Luckily, there doesn’t seem to be any ground to this claim for people who don’t want kids anytime soon. For those looking for love, they can put mistletoe in their pillowcase to help them dream about their future spouse. On a less charming note, it’s believed that if a person successfully steals something on Christmas day, they can steal anything for the next year without getting caught. This would be hard to prove and doesn’t make much sense, but at some point, people truly believed this. Also, every kid who still believes in Santa knows that if they have misbehaved throughout the year they should expect to get a lump of coal for Christmas. Apparently, however, if a present is opened before Dec. 25, the box will just be empty.

Many people set New Year’s resolutions to start off the year on a good foot. Houses should be cleaned before New Year’s Day so that the year can be started with positive energy and a clean environment. Regarding food, a common tradition in the south is eating a spoonful of black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day to bring fortune and good luck to the family. The peas are commonly paired with greens for money, pork for positivity, and cornbread for gold. Lastly, one of the most obscure and interesting superstitions is that a new jar of sauerkraut should be kept in a cupboard for good luck. The jar should be replaced at the beginning of every year, and if it’s not, it will bring bad luck to the household. Although these superstitions are often not taken literally, some of them are still wildly practiced today. These superstitions are the foundation for many of our holiday traditions, and their influence can be seen everywhere from the main street to the living room.

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small source of light has become a huge source of comfort for people living with mental health issues. What started as a simple box with different colored lights, almost comparable to a night light, has turned into an effective, short-term solution for panic attacks, depression, and other forms of mental distress. The point of the lights is to project colors that soothe the mind. Sunlight is a crucial element to a healthy lifestyle, so some lights come with a white 158 | THREAD

light that can mimic sunlight for those who don’t get enough on a daily basis. Others are equipped with lights that come in a rainbow of colors, such as blue to promote rest and calm or red to promote high energy and power. Each color is meant to help certain mental illness issues. They can be a solution to help with seasonal depression, sleep disorders, light deprivation, jet lag, anxiety attacks, and plenty of other symptoms. Using a light to help with mental illness is a type of therapy called light therapy, which provides full spectrum light without harmful UV rays from the


sun and can be used by those who cannot get outdoors where natural light is available. It gives the body signals to help with relaxation, focus, and revitalization. It works through our brain’s chemistry and body-clock, which are both affected by light. This is especially beneficial, as light stimulates hormones and neurotransmitters that influence our overall feelings and well-being. Being exposed to bright lights during the day stimulates the body’s production of serotonin, a hormone used to improve mood and happiness. It also regulates melatonin in the

evening, a hormone that helps to promote sleep. Several companies have monetized the idea of light therapy, including HappyLight, Carex, and Circadian Optics, which all focus on the sunlight projection. These also include Philips SmartSleep and Wake-Up Light, which simulates sunrises and sunsets through different shades of sunlight. There is also Bioptron, which focuses on using various colors of lights to instill various moods. Typically the lights range anywhere from $20 to over $100. Though some of the higher priced ones can prove to WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 159


be a solid investment, they’re affordable at lower prices as well. The lights also come in a plethora of shapes and sizes, including ones in the form of alarm clocks, portable ones that are smaller and easier to travel with, and bigger ones around the size of a typical laptop. One of the biggest uses for light therapy is seasonal affective disorder or SAD. This is a type of depression that’s related to the changes in seasons. Though SAD is different for everyone, it typically begins in the fall and continues into the winter months, soaking up a person’s energy and bringing out moodiness. The number one treatment for SAD is light therapy. Gretchen Leu, a licensed 160 | THREAD

professional clinical counselor, certified EMDR therapist, EMDR-approved consultant and facilitator, and certified yoga instructor, is the owner of a clinical wellness center in Perrysburg, Ohio, called Karuna House. For 20 years, Leu has helped her patients heal and work through psychological pain through the motto “falling forward,” meaning that struggle, failure, passion, and perseverance are necessary to realize people’s fullest potential. Leu, as well as other therapists from Karuna House, has had experience in helping her clients discover the benefits of light therapy. “Typically these lights are for individuals who suffer from SAD,


but you don’t even have to have SAD to benefit from using them,” Leu said. “If you live in a climate where there’s little sun for a long period of time, we definitely recommend them.” Leu describes a HappyLight as just that, a happy light, like a sunny day. Sun-filled days bring better breathing, clearer thinking, more vibrant emotions, and less fatigue. Though there are scientific explanations as to how the lights work, Leu is more interested in if they work for her specific clients; she inspires her clients to ask themselves if it works for them. Rather than focusing on how it works scientifically, she focuses on how it feels for each client, and that’s the measure of how effective the product is. Not only has Leu recommended these lights to her clients, but she has also used them for herself. However, a common misconception about the product is that the lights can

be used once and completely change a person’s mental health. “You use it once, chances are you won’t feel anything,” Leu said. “But it has a cumulative effect; the repeated, intentional use of it every day is what makes a difference.” Though the lights are typically recommended as a solution for those with mental health issues, they can be integrated into everyday life as a way to simply improve the body’s natural clock. Either way, the product has proved to be life changing for people. For Katie Wyckoff, an Ohio University sophomore studying sports management, light therapy was the perfect solution to her severe panic attacks. “They really used to soothe me and calm me down,” Wyckoff said. Wyckoff was struggling with her mental health when she decided to move home for a semester and attend Ohio University through a regional campus location. After seeing an ad for one of the brands of the soothing lights, she bought one to see if it could ease her panic attacks. “When going through something like a panic attack, the light was a very effective method,” Wyckoff said. The blue light worked best for her, as it promotes rest and calm. She would use the blue light to fall asleep and the mimicking sunlight setting during the day. Wyckoff loves how the lights WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 161


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are multipurpose and can work for a number of different mental health issues. Wyckoff and Leu both think that the growing numbers of technological advancements made to support people dealing with mental health issues is wonderful –– and crucial. “Mental health is so different for every person,” Wyckoff said. “You can generalize it with anxiety, depression, XYZ, but coming out with more technology to help specific illnesses is so incredible. It can make a big impact on someone’s life, even for just the short-term.” Leu believes that technologies are important, but they can’t be the only factor to assist with creating a healthier mentality. She says that typically, not one problem is solved through one solution, but rather requires a combination of things. This includes therapy, eating well, and other methods of self-care, including new technologies like therapeutic lights. More than anything, Leu believes it all comes down to helping oneself and one’s mental health as much as possible. Whatever form of self-care one deems necessary is what they should exercise in order to keep a healthy mental state. “If it’s winter and it’s below zero, I’ll wear gloves, or else I’ll end up with frostbite,” Leu said. “If it’s dark and dreary and I haven’t seen light in days, I’m going to give myself light, because it’s going to feel good. It’s that simple.”

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WHAT IS ZERO WASTE? The environment, sustainability, and zero waste have all been hot topic issues lately due to the climate emergency that was declared earlier this year. Zero waste is as the name implies: sending nothing to landfills. To do so, let’s go back to what we learned in kindergarten: the three r’s — reduce, reuse, and recycle. We have reduced what we need and are starting to reuse more as a society; however, we still need to improve on recycling and composting what can be composted. Sending nothing to landfills is the end goal, the simplest answer, yet this is obviously not as simple as it may seem. In sending nothing to landfills, it requires a whole redefinition of the system. According to goingzerowaste.com, “We currently live in a linear economy where we take resources from the earth and then dump them in a giant hole in the ground. The goal of zero waste is to move to a circular economy where we write trash out of existence. The circular economy mimics nature in that there is no trash in nature.” Instead of throwing everything away, there needs to be a set-up where all resources can be absorbed back into the system. A NEW SYSTEM? The circular economy mimics nature in that there is no trash or 166 | THREAD

waste. Even the “waste” is vital to the system and provides for it. A linear economy was stable enough until we consumed at higher rates than ever before, making our consumption rates unsustainable. In moving toward a new system, change starts with the consumer switching to a zero-waste lifestyle. “It’s using our personal lives and personal consumption habits as an act of rebellion or protest,” said Kathryn Kellogg, founder of goingzerowaste.com. There needs to be a shift of focus to buying only what we need and to reuse what we have as long as possible — with the use of maintenance, using the non-disposable option, and purchasing second hand. The


last, yet still important focus, is recycling and composting. If possible, reduce and reuse before you recycle. If enough consumers switch to this circular system instead of the linear one, more and more businesses will follow suit. BUSINESSES STRIVE FOR ZERO WASTE Tech companies, like Microsoft and Google, as well as car manufacturers, like Toyota and Subaru, have led the pack in striving for zero waste. Subaru reuses or recycles everything possible. Now, approximately 96% of Subaru vehicles can be recycled or reused. “The single Subaru manufacturing plant in the U.S. and two of the company’s

manufacturing plants in Japan haven’t sent waste to local landfills in over 12 years,” said Drew Brucker of Rubicon Global. Zero waste initiatives have also saved the company $1 to $2 million per year. The push came from the company’s employees. In 2004, Subaru of Indiana Automotive became the first assembly plant to achieve zero waste status. From then on, Subaru has been dedicated to helping other organizations and businesses achieve zero waste. In 2015, Subaru partnered with the National Park Services to start the Zero Landfill Initiative. The goal of the Zero Landfill Initiative is “to use Subaru’s expertise to identify, test, and promote practices that reduce the amount of trash parks send WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 167


to landfills. For the program, three pilot parks, Grand Teton, Denali, and Yosemite are tasked with becoming leaders in waste diversion and sustainable practices,” according to the National Park Service. Some things that have been done with the Zero Landfill Initiative include an art installation, a compost program, and partnerships with different solid waste and recycling centers, as well as putting new recycling infrastructure throughout. Additionally, all of the companies mentioned follow the Zero Landfill Initiative presented and created by Subaru. Toyota is a founding member of the U.S. Zero Waste Building Council. As of 2015, this company reduced, reused, and recycled to a 96% decrease in waste production. They also have 27 North American facilities that meet the national definition of a zero-waste site. General Motors announced three years ago that it had 152 168 | THREAD

zero waste facilities. All of this success again came from the employees, but also in recycling, reusing, and changing waste to energy. They also develop products from those recycled materials. GM saw a hefty savings, similar to that of Subaru. “GM uses recycled water bottles from Flint, Michigan, to make their engine cover insulation and some of their facilities air filters. GM has converted Chevrolet Bolt battery covers into wildlife habitat nest boxes. The ducks are grateful for those,” said Brucker. As Google is a company of big ideas, it only made sense that they needed to commit to becoming zero waste. Google first focused on their data centers with six out of 14 centers being zero waste. They also recycle and reuse approximately 80% of their non-data center waste. Microsoft is a huge company that committed to zero waste out of environmental impact, but also because of the economy. They


have programs in place to keep 90% of company waste out of landfills. “Of all the technologybased companies in the world, Microsoft was the first to have a facility awarded with a Zero Waste certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Microsoft saw a 27% decrease in power consumed after their IT department created a specific power management system that efficiently controls 160,000 of their computers,” said Brucker. Sierra Nevada is a beer company that has shown it takes an effort to make a difference, even in the business of beverages. The Sierra Nevada brewery in Chico, California, was a Platinum Certified Zero Waste company. The company claimed to save millions when they went full zero waste. Sierra Nevada also sends their used brewing ingredients, such as barley and hops, to local farms as feed. New Belgium Brewing has the same certification as Sierra

Nevada. They keep 99.9% of their waste out of landfills. “New Belgium Brewing conducted a waste audit of its 500+ waste collection points. Employees of the company then came up with repurposing options/strategies for the waste,” said Brucker. Fetzer Vineyards is one of the largest wineries in Mendocino County, California. It was also the first winery to report its greenhouse emissions with the climate registry. Much like New Belgium and Sierra Nevada, Fetzer Vineyards is platinum certified in zero waste. This winery also operates on 100% renewable energy. At least 240 factories and 400 sites of Unilever keep 100% of non-hazardous waste out of landfills. They claimed hundreds of millions in savings from going zero waste, as well as job creation. Unilever has also pledged for 100% of their packaging to be compostable or reusable by 2025. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 169


As a company, by 2020, Procter & Gamble wants to send zero waste to landfills. If they can do this, 95% of the total waste they produce would be cut out. Currently, P&G has 55% of their sites at zero waste. P&G waste repurposed materials are used all over the world, such as in China, India, and Hungary. It is important for companies to strive for zero waste whenever possible, but it is even more important for fashion companies, especially regarding the rise

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of fast fashion. “By now, we all know the fashion industry creates massive amounts of waste. In fact, an average factory can leave up to 40% of their materials as rubbish. From textile scraps, leftover fabric, to excess thread and paper waste,� according to Eluxe Magazine. Some fashion companies have started to shift toward zero waste. This was caused by the realization that wasted fabric equals wasted money, and it also


lays waste to the planet. Ways they have reduced garbage in the production cycle include cutting patterns differently, making clothes order-only, and recycling leftover scraps into small accessories. Tonlé is one of the world’s first zero-waste brands. The journey toward zero waste started with the fabric sourcing. “The design team visits factories to source scrap material to get the waste fabric before it hits landfill. Any excess fabric is

transformed into the recycled-fibre paper they make in-house, or is hand woven back into new yarn,” according to Eluxe Magazine. As sustainability and the environment become ever more pressing, seeing companies such as these striving toward zero waste is the first step. Hopefully, by seeing these successful companies doing this without it negatively impacting them, other companies will soon follow suit.

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top 100 films featuring a female in the leading or co-leading role. The past two years have brought many popular female-led movies including “Ocean’s 8,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Captain Marvel,” and even “Frozen 2.” Additionally, women are dominating television on cable and popular streaming services in shows like “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Almost Family,” and “Orange is the New Black.” However, while the number of females on the screen is steadily increasing, the number of female


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directors is increasing at a much slower rate. In 2018, female directors only accounted for 6.6% of all directors, according to the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. “For women in entertainment it’s the best of times and it’s the worst of times because… we’re seeing more women on the screen [and] we’re seeing more directors, in particular,” said Marilyn Greenwald, Ph.D., a professor of journalism at Ohio University. “A lot of people get their reality from what they see

on the screen, so if they see more women and if they see more women in [these] kind of powerful roles, they will think that’s natural and that’s the way life will be.” Greenwald says while the numbers aren’t ideal right now, it is still a step in the right direction, and she is optimistic that they will continue to rise. Today, there is more opportunity for women to take the lead in front of and behind the camera, especially with the increasing popularity of streaming platforms. “Streaming is so ubiquitous, WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 175


and women are taking an active role in that, so it’s a matter of the culture changing, technology is changing, and women seem to be changing along with that,” said Greenwald. “We see more women in non-stereotypical roles, we see more women directors, [and] we see more women in powerful roles. So, we’re inching along, with changes in the culture, changes in society.” These platforms are constantly putting out content and because of this, they can hire more women to work on screen and behind the scenes. However, some platforms are not taking advantage of this; according to the Women’s Media Center, Netflix hired the least women to direct their episodes in 2019. Additionally, some platforms are hiring a “token” woman to direct one episode of a show, without giving them creative control, which makes the number of females in the industry appear higher. “I think these platforms can actually take a lot more responsibility and kind of walk the walk, stop doing the talking and start actually funding writers,

putting the money where their mouth is,” said Lindsey Martin, an assistant professor of film. Also, after the “#MeToo” movement rocked Hollywood, it has given women more of a voice in the industry. Women are being listened to and that has led to producers and writers telling stories that female audiences want to see and are marketed toward women. “We’re seeing films that… I want to go see that, I want to go see these Marvel movies now because they're actually people and lives and characters I’m interested in,” said Martin. “When you see things that you can relate to it only empowers you and it makes you enjoy it or see yourself reflected in front of you. [Also] it’s just getting boring; we need new stories.” A conversation about women in the entertainment and media industry can’t be had without discussing the wage gap between men and women. On average, white women make 82 cents for every dollar a man makes, according to the American Association of University Women. In 2018, USA Today broke the

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story that Michelle Williams made less than $1,000 compared to Mark Wahlberg’s $1.5 million for the reshoot of “All the Money in the World.” Williams spoke out against the disparity, which sparked a conversation about inequality. “I think people roll their eyes when they see these women who are making tons of money come and say, ‘I need more money,’ but … that’s actually trickling down to people who don't make that much money on set,” said Martin. Even as the buzz surrounding female-led movies and televisions is growing, there is still a

long way to go. However, the entertainment industry has finally taken the first step in the right direction to portray more women and other minorities on the silver screen. “We have so many people watching right now that what you put out needs to be more than for entertainment and money,” said Martin. “A lot of people are realizing how far their voice can go in these platforms and are … hopefully taking a little bit more responsibility in the kind of content they’re creating just cause it can go so wide.” WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 177


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he world is made up of perceptions. People make assumptions about others based on a number of characteristics, but the first snap judgment is almost always based on appearance. How a person is dressed or put together can affect the way people view and react to them. However, the far more important perception that can stem from appearances is the perception of self. Cognitive psychologists Hajo Adam and Adam Galinsky of Northwestern University have been studying the way in which how a person dresses can directly affect their self-esteem level. There are psychological and performance-related effects to wearing specific articles of clothing. They even coined the phrase “enclothed cognition” to describe it in their book, “Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.” This encompasses the influence that clothes have on a person. Enclothed cognition involves two factors: the symbolic meaning and the physical experience of wearing clothes. Essentially, what someone wears can affect their mood and confidence. On the surface level, of course, clothes affect our moods. If someone wears something uncomfortable, they will not feel good — emotionally or physically — while they are in that outfit. Extend that idea to a

symbolic nature. When someone wears something out of their comfort zone they cannot feel at their fullest potential. Feeling at home in an outfit is the first step in being the best version of yourself. For this reason, it is especially important for people to dress for their specific body type. Understanding that different styles are catered to certain body types and that, when worn on other body types, they might not translate to look exactly the same is extremely important. That is not to say that people of varying body types cannot explore fashions beyond the models they see. However, it is important not to get discouraged when an appreciated style does not look the same on them. Different body types deserve to be catered to and loved through their clothing for the wearer to feel their best. “For me, comfort is a big part of my clothing choices,” said Lisa Williams, an assistant professor of Human and Consumer Sciences at Ohio University. “Even when choosing clothes for the office, I gravitate to options that will be comfortable throughout the day. When I can be at home without having any urgent commitments, the clothes I choose to wear make me feel safe, cozy, and relaxed.” It is also important to dress for the occasion. There are connotations to different styles, whether that is fair or not. For example, it would be pretty WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 181


difficult to feel natural going to the gym in a three-piece suit. Wearing “nicer” clothes (the definition of which might vary depending on the person) to a job interview will help people feel more prepared and impressive rather than if they were to wear sweatpants. People tend to adopt the characteristics of the clothes they are wearing. If someone wears leggings and a T-shirt, they are much more likely to behave in a relaxed manner than someone in a dress. In order to feel professional, sporty, casual, or

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any other mood, dress that way. Additionally, how a person dresses can also directly affect their self-confidence. “Because clothing is a form of self-expression, the feelings involved for an individual can be complicated,” Williams said. “People may feel confident, trendy, relaxed, energetic, and/or powerful in the clothes they choose to wear. But if a person does not have access to or cannot afford the clothes that they think are necessary to maintain their desired social


status, they may become stressed and anxious. Many people are influenced by what they perceive others are thinking about their outward appearance, and this can have both positive and negative impacts on their mental state.” Just like dressing for the right occasion, everyone should dress for how they want to feel about themselves. It is incredibly difficult to feel the best in sweats with messy hair. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to be comfortable, it can make it that much harder to

be pulled from a mental slump if they are wearing clothes that do not make them feel any better about themselves. Poor mental health is often linked with negative perceptions of one’s self. So, if a person dresses to look their best, every time they see their reflection, their self-esteem is likely to go up. It is true that the way someone looks affects others’ attitudes, but the only attitude anyone should be concerned about when it comes to their looks is their own.

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BIKE SHORTS Looking back at the beginning of the year, no one expected this to become the hottest trend of the summer. But when models walked down the Spring-Summer 2019 runways in bicycle shorts, the trend was set. Fashion houses like Chanel and Jacquemus paired the shorts with open-toed sandals and simple, solid-colored tops. It was to be a tricky but simple way to alter your silhouette during the warmer months. Kim Kardashian made headlines when she was spotted by paparazzi multiple times wearing athleisure-inspired outfits paired perfectly with bike shorts. Thanks to her, the trend became a staple in closets across the globe.

Since the spring, bike shorts have been sold everywhere, with brands like Aerie, Champion, and Urban Outfitters creating a more stylized version of the sportswear. A more casual look is often created with the shorts, acting as a modified, cropped legging. Oversized shirts have also become a popular companion to this trend, thanks to the internet’s current favorite viral sensation, VSCO girls, which are an honorable mention to this year’s top trends. TORTOISE SHELL Who could resist the tortoiseshell this year? It could be seen at every store; earrings, hair accessories, and even eyewear were made with this pattern. Originally made with

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actual tortoise and turtle shells, products with this pattern are now made artificially with plastic or a substance called Delrin. The big winners in accessories this year were specifically tortoiseshell hoop earrings and oversized clips. The earthy colors bring a natural tone to any look, which elevates it to a level of sophistication. ALL BLACK EVERYTHING My Chemical Romance didn’t reunite until late this year, but the resurrection of the all-black ensemble made a particularly early appearance. Striped long-sleeved tops, dark band T-shirts, and thick-soled combat boots once again became crowd favorites at the end of the summer. People of all genders paired these looks with dark eyeliner and lipstick — a perfect finishing touch harkening back to the trends of the early 2000s. This trend can be attributed to the e-boys and e-girls of the internet, particularly on the app TikTok. Their over-the-top looks, complete with heavy jewelry and colored hair, made waves in the fashion industry, causing many people to join in on the movement. TARTAN As summer faded into the sunset and brought the cool fall breeze, it was time for tartans and plaids to make a comeback. A more familiar trend, plaid 186 | THREAD


patterned pieces cropped up in almost every fall ready-to-wear collection. Plaid pants, peacoats, and blazers were among the strongest contenders this season, but the warm-toned tartan blazer managed to sneak through as the crowd favorite. Flannels are an acceptable interpretation of this trend but do not be surprised if the blazer section of Goodwill seems to be missing the usual plaid, shoulder-padded pieces. Blazers take a normal outfit to the next level, and wearing one with a plaid print paired with a thin belt is the ideal fall silhouette.

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PREDICTIONS FOR 2020 Since big clips, pigtails, and tiny bags seem to be rising back into popularity, I believe thin eyebrows will make a comeback. The trends these days seem to be taking inspiration from the late 1990s and early 2000s, so thin eyebrows may be the next look brought back from the dead. I also think platform shoes of all kinds will be featured in Fall-Winter 2020 collections. Chunky sneakers made a huge splash in fashion these past few years, so it is only natural that other forms of thick-soled footwear are to follow suit. Brands like Vans and Doc Martens already make a platform version of their traditional styles, so it’s only a matter of time before they become a fashion craze. Finally, I predict that wispy bangs will grace the foreheads of women all over the world next year. Thin, tuck-away bangs are already a popular trend in East Asian countries like South Korea and Japan. With Eastern culture already heavily influencing Western trends, I believe this is a style that will spread across the oceans and stay for a long time. Heavy bangs are falling out of style already; a softer, more feminine look will surely appeal to more hairstyles and textures.

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nyone who wears makeup knows that one of the most satisfying things is taking off a full face after a long day. It’s often something that doesn’t require any thought as you reach for the Neutrogena wipe and get to work. However, as the world attempts to become more sustainable, it is important to think about the waste that this ritual creates. When used on a daily basis, disposable makeup wipes can create a lot of unnecessary waste annually. Thankfully, the solution is simple, easy, a mere $22 dollars, and comes in a pack of three. Face Halo is one of the latest sustainable products to grace the makeup industry. This small, circular pad acts as a reusable makeup wipe that can be reused for up to 200 wash cycles, according to their website. These

little wipes can save up to 500 disposable makeup wipes from entering landfills. These non-toxic, recyclable products might just be the solution to an unsustainable nightly skincare routine. According to Face Halo’s website, the average makeup wearer contributes up to 730 makeup wipes that end up in landfills. These wipes can take up to 100 years to break down, which suggests that this abundance of makeup wipes will still be intact long after the user is gone. These simple pads might be the solution to this issue and can create an easy, sustainable alternative to something that makeup users do habitually. Face Halos are simple to use, too. Merely add cool or warm water to the pad and begin removing your makeup as you would with an average disposable

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wipe. According to their website, Face Halos are made of “fiber strands (which are 100 times finer than a human hair) to reach deep into your pores to remove and trap makeup.” These little pads are effective at removing makeup with ease and cleaning the face thoroughly. Cleaning Face Halos is simple as well. These wipes can be tossed in the washer with any white or light-colored load of laundry. If there is stubborn residue, Face Halos can also be hand-washed with warm water and soap. The cleaning process is easy and painless to make maintaining them as simple as possible. These facial makeup removers

come in packs of three. However, Face Halo also offers other products, such as a dual-sided mitt that can be used on the body to “exfoliate and polish” the skin. They also offer an accessories pack, which includes a wash bag that protects the Face Halos when they are put in the washing machine, and a headband to move hair out of the face when removing makeup or conducting your skincare routine. The company itself is fairly new and was founded by Lizzy Pike. She sought out a simple solution to removing makeup after hearing her friends mention that they often were too busy to remove their makeup before bed. She used her 15-year background WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 193


in fiber technology to create a simple, eco-friendly solution to this problem. Face Halo launched in May 2017 and quickly became a revolutionary way to remove makeup. Since its launch, Face Halo has received recognition and praise for being an innovative, sustainable solution to an everyday problem. They have been featured in publications such as Women’s Health and The Huffington Post, receiving praise across the board for being a smart alternative to disposable 194 | THREAD

makeup wipes. The website also touts many positive reviews from happy customers who found success with Face Halo. Face Halos are sold in packs of three for $22, and they come in both black and white. Their Face Halo BODY mitt is also $22 and has a white and black side to it. The accessories pack, including a headband and wash bag, is only $15, and the “Face Halo BFF Bundle” is sold for $30 and includes three white Face Halos and the accessory pack. The company promises free shipping


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to all U.S. and U.K. customers. Face Halos are the chemical-free and sustainable future consumers are seeking out. They are simple to use, easy to clean, and will save customers money in the long term. Sitting at only $22 for a pack of three, these small wipes will prevent makeup wearers from spending copious amounts of money on disposable wipes. They are both eco-friendly and cost-effective alternatives to the average chemical-laden makeup wipe. Face Halo also offers a 10% discount to those

who use their email to sign up for their newsletter, which provides even more of an incentive to make the switch. These products provide insight into an eco-friendly future. It is a small step that can be undertaken daily and has the potential to make a huge difference. By this one simple switch, hundreds of disposable wipes can be saved from entering into our landfills and cluttering our environment. Face Halo is the solution to a problem we didn’t even realize we had. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 195


RANT/RAVE SWEATPANTS AS HIGH FASHION ILLUSTRATIONS BY KATHRYN MAYNARD

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routfit shades rarely match, and neither do sweatpants with a blazer. Just like your gray sweatpants, athleisure is a gray area in fashion. Recently, sweatpants have become a trend, and right-minded stylists can’t seem to understand the hype. Comfortable and soft pants that are also high fashion sounds too good to be true — and it is. Wiggling their way into the workplace, sweatpants have been masquerading as high fashion, a crime that only the careless of fashion offenders will dare to commit. Sweatpants’ first problem? Their versatility. Sweatpants paired with graphic T-shirts or sweatshirts may be appropriate for your study session in Alden Library or your trip to CVS, but it’s almost impossible to make sweatpants look appropriate anywhere else. Sweatpants are an item of clothing that needs such precise styling in order to pull off that 99% of the time you’ll just 196 | THREAD

appear lazy or mismatched. In the workplace, athleisure can be easily mistaken for laziness, the exact opposite trait you want to display in a professional environment. As a busy college student with limited time for finding the perfectly tailored outfit, you might find sweatpants appealing. However, this is not a style you should display to jumpstart your professional career. If you decide to opt for the sweatpants in the workplace, they’re a difficult outfit to take seriously. Unless you already possess such authority or prestige in your everyday life, others will view you as careless simply based on the lack of effort in your outfit. Effort is important, and it’s still very possible to feel comfortable in properly fitting professional clothing like skirts and dresses. Students at Ohio University should keep this in mind as they move on from college to internships and beyond. Unless you work at the gym, sweatpants are not for work, nor can they truly be high fashion.


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They’re comfortable, they’re cozy, and now, they’re chic. High fashion sweatpants are on the come-up and are about to be your new non-guilty fashion pleasure. While some might be opposed to this trend, it’s all about how you style them. Pair them with stylish crop tops or a hoodie to match and you have yourself a look. No one will have to know that you really just rolled out of bed. With brands like Kith and Scott Disick’s athleisure brand, Talentless, you can wear high-end sweatpants that are as comfortable as they are of high quality. Fashion no longer has to be uncomfortable. Thanks to trendsetters like Gigi Hadid and Hailey Bieber, who were the first to go out in public wearing designer sweatpants, you no longer need an excuse to be comfortable and wearing sweatpants for more than just staying home and watching Netflix by yourself. Don’t want to look too lazy? Find some fitted joggers and pair them with some street sneakers for an edgier, effortless look. With brands like Drew House by Justin Bieber, you can also rock high fashion sweatshirts to match your sweatpants. As we approach the colder months, you no longer have to sacrifice your level of coziness to be trendy. You also don’t need

the excuse of being athletic to rock athleisure now, as your look can require minimal effort and still be cute. Want to wear sweats to work and still look professional? Now’s your chance. The key is to find woven pants that are any darker solid color and pair it with a blazer to match and a crisp white T-shirt. Víola. Comfort meets corporate. Soon, you’ll never wear anything but sweatpants. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 197


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