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Table of Contents

FALL 2017


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


18 Runway Realway 22 Celeb Style 28 C’est something 32 Slender Shades 36 Polish 40 Glow For It 48 False Hair, Don’t Care

44 Pierced & Fierce

DIY 54 Shelf Life 56 Sticker Shock 60 Put A Pin In It 66 Make A Splash 72 Good Morning Mimosas 2 | THREAD

68 Overnight Oats

76 It’s Still Today


82 The Art of Transformation 90 Let’s Keep Rolling


96 Acronauts 108 Glitch 132 No Boys Allowed 146 6 Looks: Global

122 Sweet Tooth CAMPUS CASUAL

162 Horoscopes 176 Spring Break Quiz 178 Splurges & Steals


204 Body Conscious 212 Think Ink 218 K-Beautiful 224 It’s That Simple 232 Rant/Rave: Clear Clothing & Accessories

164 Where Are They Now?

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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.

WHAT SHOULD I EAT FOR BREAKFAST TODAY To Marta Greber, breakfast is more than the most important meal of the day; it’s celebrating the first moments of the day and sharing that experience with loved ones. Her blog, What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today, holds exquisite breakfast recipes that guarantee a positive start. Unique to Greber’s blog is her ability to candidly share her experiences and personality through her creations. She does not simply list ingredients and instructions, but shares her insight, motivation, and recent events in her life that inspired a recipe. Greber’s exceptional food photography skills capture morning mood effortlessly. The monochromatic backgrounds of the photos are juxtaposed with vibrant colors distinctively highlighting the food. If ever wondering what to eat for breakfast, check out this blog for endless options to add flavor to your morning! 4 | THREAD


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STREET ETIQUETTE If searching for style inspiration, look no further than Street Etiquette. This Brooklyn-based blog showcases black men’s style through a cultural, historical, and urban lens and features inspiration from all over the world. Street Etiquette, founded by Travis Gumbs and Joshua Kissi in 2008, features the beautiful things that inspire its founders. “There’s more than one cool now for black people,” Gumbs said in an interview with The New York Times. “When we were growing up, it was just one kind of cool.” The blog focuses on using fashion as a source of dignity, echoing themes from the Harlem Renaissance to the Civil Rights era. Street Etiquette has worked on projects that exemplify black excellence, including making a series about style at the Black Ivy League, a group of historically black colleges and universities. The blog pays homage to its humble beginnings with a page entitled “Mood Board,” featuring images of the people, places, and things inspiring the team. The “Audio Visual” page


features playlists inspired by iconic fashion moments. Whether looking to switch up your own look or wanting to reminisce about black culture and fashion, Street Etiquette will give you all the black excellence you could want. – JULIA BROWN WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 5

CHINATOWN PRETTY Bright patterns, unique accessories, and quirky color combinations are just a few things found in the photos on Chinatown Pretty, a blog dedicated to showcasing the style of senior citizens in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Andria Lo and Valerie Luu, creators of the blog, began their photojournalistic adventure in 2015 after being captivated by the fashion senses of older residents they encountered on their everyday commute. However, the intricate outfits they saw were not enough of a story for the two. The photography duo uses their blog to post interviews of Chinatown locals about their life, filling in the gaps where their photos cannot. Buck Chew, one of the many stylish seniors featured, smiles toward the camera in a gray suit, plaid oxford, and a parrot necktie. Each post is like reading excerpts from a storybook. It is easy to see that Lo and Luu capture the soul of each individual. Everyone featured is always captured wearing cheerful smiles and confidently sporting their look. These wonderful fashion icons have made the streets of Chinatown their runway, proving to the world that fashion has no age limit. – JESSICA LUCAS 6 | THREAD

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THE 12ISH STYLE Over the past few years, the Body Positivity movement has gained mainstream support. Campaigns from Aerie and Dove aim to highlight the beauty in all women’s bodies, regardless of size. However, this movement is more than large companies featuring different body types; it’s body acceptance. Katie Sturino, creator of The 12ish Style, serve as an example of this. Sturino is a size “12ish,” according to her blog. The Manhattan native started her blog ”to introduce girls like her who wear sizes 12-18 to fashion-forward brands across extended and plus sizes.” Sturino also founded the fashion PR agency, Tinder PR. Since launching her blog in 2015, it has been featured in Refinery29, The Man Repeller, and Glamour magazine. The 12ish Style covers a variety of fashion topics, but with a focus on plussized women. Sturino’s style emphasizes quality and frequently references fast fashion and higher scale brands. If you are a size 12ish to 18ish living in a size two world, check out The 12ish Style. – KENYETTA WHITFIELD



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


QUEER EYE When I first heard that

Netflix was rebooting “Queer Eye,” a show about five gay men offering makeovers to their stylistically stunted counterparts, I’ll admit I was a little skeptical. It seemed a little archaic to think that gay men should be responsible for making the rest of us look and sound good, especially with the strides queer people have made to distance themselves from those stereotypes. But this reboot is so much more than that. As the Fab 5’s Tan France says in the trailer, “The original show was fighting for tolerance. Our fight is for acceptance.” At the heart of many of the episodes is the new Fab 5’s attempt to dismantle the toxic masculinity plaguing the men they’re making over—men who were taught not to talk about their feelings or their sexualities in an open and honest way. The show serves up looks, body positivity, and a healthy dose of heart. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll find yourself saying “Cheers queers!” every chance you get. 8 | THREAD




when times were simpler and our only responsibility were our little digital pocket pets? You would raise, feed, and entertain them, and you could even mingle with your friends’. Attached to your backpack, your Tamagotchi went wherever you did. Why were they so trendy? What did we find so appealing about cleaning up our Tamagotchi’s virtual poo? It was a simple creature with needs that could never be met. I killed a handful of digipets before I moved onto the next big thing. Now, nearly twenty years after its first release, the original Tamagotchi is making a comeback, and I’m here for it. – COLBY CALDWELL


BULLET JOURNALING I’m that person who buys

a planner and then forgets to write any plans in it. I have always struggled with keeping an organized schedule, but then I discovered the wonderful world of bullet journaling. It is the perfect hobby for any busy college student who wishes they had more time for creativity. The basic idea of a bullet journal is to use it for jotting down reminders or schedules, writing short journal entries, and drawing fun little doodles. For me, bullet journaling has not only become a way to stay organized and on top of my daily tasks, but also a way for me to express my creative side that I usually do not set enough time aside for. Perhaps the best part of a bullet journal is that there are no rules, so there are no mistakes! Writing and drawing are two of my biggest passions, and bullet journaling brought both of those things back into my life in a fun and productive way.. – CARLEY MATSON



H.E.R. R&B singer-songwriter H.E.R. is

known for her intimate and sultry lyrics, as well as her anonymity. The debut artist has released two EPs with RCA Records: H.E.R. Volume 1 and H.E.R. Volume 2. She has managed to avoid revealing her identity, except for a few shots of her silhouette and photos of her covering her face on Instagram. Besides H.E.R.’s mysteriousness (seriously, she could be a Scorpio!), her rich melodies, sporty aesthetic, and tomboy style give me life and flashbacks to the Aaliyah era. No wonder Rolling Stone placed her in its “10 Artists You Need to Know” roundup. H.E.R. is definitely an artist and fashion icon to take note of this year! – HAADIZA OGWUDE


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Editor’s Note Happy Spring, Threadies! Well, almost Spring. It’s only a couple of weeks away, but who’s counting, right? Now that 2017 is well behind us, I’m excited to continue looking forward instead of focusing on the past. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t take a walk down memory lane. This issue, we had the opportunity to catch up with Thread’s founding members in “Where are they now?” (P. 164). It was amazing hearing from some of the OG Threadies! Not only are our founding members and their successes inspirational, but the sunshine and spring breeze are also inspiring me to go out and try something new. Maybe it’s committing to living more sustainably and giving back to the community (“It’s Still Today,” P. 76) or eating a healthy breakfast every morning (“Overnight Oats,” P. 68). Either way, even the smallest changes in one’s life can lead to grand improvements. For those looking to prompt change with their purchasing power, perhaps focusing on only buying from ethical, sustainable brands is the way to go (“It’s That Simple,” P. 224). If seeking an experience, support local artists and performers who give back to the community, like Roger Wells, who donates all


proceeds from his shows to a local cause (“The Art of Transformation,” P. 82). I’ve been truly amazed by the work people are doing to create change in the world, and it’s obvious to me that some are using fashion as an instrument of change. Being empathetic and kind toward those around us is something that never goes out of style. Connecting through fashion and culture gives us the ability to create a community, join forces, and breathe new life into the world around us. Hopefully our first issue of the new year inspires you to do just that.

Much Love,

thread EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Katie Pittman MANAGING EDITOR Madison Cleveland PHOTO EDITOR Evan Leonard


FEATURES EDITOR Kenyetta Whitfield





PHOTO CHIEF Colby Caldwell

DIY EDITOR Jaida Sterling



WEB EDITOR Grace Ziemke


Emily Barbus, Kelly Bondra, Maggie Boyle, Allison Haas, Matt Jones, Evan Leonard, Elle Moore, Kaitlin Owens, Riley Perone, Leanna Siupinys, Kelly Wallace Additional Photo Edits By: Colby Caldwell & Leanna Siupinys


Kelly Bondra, Abby Brown, Nicole Dinan, Rilee Lockhart, Adriana Mazzotta, Makayla Montgomery, Sydney Otto, Maddie Schroeder, Audra Swan, Grace Ziemke


Haley Bender, Hannah Browsky, Bailey Kormick, Nicole Isenberg, Skylar Moore, Haley Mitroff, Abby Patsiavos, Nathaniel Stansberry, Allyson Vaughn


Baylee Gorham, Jessica Lucas, Cynthia Martindale


Maggie Boyle, Cameron Carr, Will Hippler, Nicole Isenberg, Sara Januszewski, Brooke Tokar


Kat Altier, Nick Battaglia, Shel Burton, Hannah Browsky, Emily Campbell, Shaina Dubinskiy, Efe Ashley Efeurhobo, Madeline Fink, Purva Indulkar, Alyssa King, Jessica Lucas, Carly McFadden, Rylie Miller, Jennifer Prempeh, Hannah Pridemore


Nicole Isenberg


Mark Bentley Logan Black, Jena Bonifield, Naomi Campbell, Mechela Cobb, Michael Cobb, Garrett Counts, Anthony Cruz, Adam DiMarco, Lauren Farnsworth, Sage Foote, Maggie Heltzel, Will Hippler, Jemeia Hope, Chloe Jeon, Abbey Kay, Hannah Kerns, Levi Kaiser, Kaylee Lacourt, Erin Lesko, Samantha Lehner, Miraluna Matar, Makaila McColley, Zenzi Mda, Nick Oatley, Ceren Ozcan, Nataliya Petriv, Geena Provenzano, Allen Sarver, Thibault Soula, Natalie Thomas, Senanu Tsikata, Hannah Wintucky, Rebecca Wojcinski, Hannah Woodside, Meihan Zhang


Behind the Scenes of

Thread’s photoshoots

Glitch, 108


No Boys Allowed, 132

2018 Sweet Tooth, 122



6 Looks: Global, 146





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


No. 6



s days are crossed off the calendar, it’s finally clear that the end of winter is within reach. New Year’s has come and gone, valentines have been swapped, and spring break is nearly here. As with all new beginnings, it is time for press reset on one’s wardrobe. It’s time to bid farewell to cable knits and turtlenecks and reunite with beloved lightweight fabrics and breathable pieces. The No. 6 Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear collection has arrived to fulfill that very need. 18 | THREAD


No. 6 is a New York-based fashion brand, founded by Karin Bereson in 2005. The brand boasts comfortable designs with a highfashion twist. “I’ll wear what I want, when I want to, and how I want to,” Bereson said in a Vogue interview. “You want something fun and bright, and you definitely don’t want to look like you’re trying too hard.” The brand is characteristically casual and pattern-infused. The Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear collection is no exception. The collection perfectly captures the essence of springtime. Bereson utilized light colors—namely bubblegum pink, tangerine orange, and soft yellow. Blooming florals were the pattern of choice, making the line feminine and airy. Stripes appeared on a few statement pieces, including a pair of trousers and a jumpsuit, adding an edge to the collection. A major standout look was a matching metallic lilac jacket and skirt set. A hot pink dress with a ruffled neckline added a formal element to the otherwise casual collection. Bereson’s cheery line ignites spring fever. The lightweight fabrics and unstructured cuts are effortlessly trendy. The line is extremely practical, yet artistic. The pieces are casual, yet can be dressed up easily. It is unrestricting and versatile, making it the perfect inspiration for those wanting a fresh, trendy look without compromising comfort. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 19

Todd Sydner



odd Snyder launched his first menswear collection in 2011, boasting an impressive résumé working in men’s retail. One year later, his fashion label was quickly picked up by Nordstrom and Barneys New York stores across the country, creating a buzz in the men’s fashion industry. For Snyder, quality is of the utmost importance. Purchasers are not only customers, but clients to him. His one and only flagship store welcomes any willing person. Located in New York City, the store offers vintage records, books, 20 | THREAD


fine art pieces, exclusive tailoring services, and a barber shop. Ever since Snyder launched his brand, Todd Snyder, six years ago, the Iowa-native has turned into a well-respected designer, slowly climbing the ranks to become a fashion mogul. His fashion shows speak volumes about the amount of prestige he holds in the fashion industry. The rows of attendees are full of iconic film and fashion industry socialites. One of the latest collaborations Todd Snyder has been working on is with Champion. Champion, a popular athletic wear brand, it has made an impeccable comeback as of late. Snyder and Champion collaborated to create a neutral-toned, comfortbased line that is sleek rather than sloppy. The line’s fitted sweatshirts and bomber jackets mesh Snyder’s New York attitude with Champion’s casual comfort. The modern, cool aspects of the collection make it extremely relatable and easy to translate into one’s everyday wardrobe. By pairing simple shades with a sleek trench coat, chinos, and a T-shirt, one can create a comfortable and put-together look. Snyder’s collection featured pieces including baseball caps and oxfords, which many already have in their closet. Creating a look inspired by Snyder’s Spring collection is as easy as combining classic staples already in one’s closet for a sleek and sharp outfit. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 21



ara Shahidi seems to be Hollywood’s new “it” girl, from her witty ways in the show “Black-ish” to now being the star of the spinoff show, “Grown-ish.” But besides her many hats of being a young, educated actress and student, she is dominating the fashion world. 22 | THREAD


The 18-year-old does not shy away when it comes to her sense of style. She shows confidence in what works well for her. Maintaining a classy, yet urban original style of her own, she can be seen on red carpets and award shows in something that plays on her personality. Shahidi has been on television for quite a while. She started her career as a six-year-old, appearing in TV and print ads for many companies like Ralph Lauren, Target, and Disney. With her background in modeling for companies, it’s not hard to understand why she is the fashion icon she is today. In 2016, Shahidi signed her first modeling contract with New York’s Women Management modeling agency. Not only does she model and act, but Shahidi has also directed her own film. Working with Refinery29’s Shatterbox Anthology in 2016, she made her directorial debut with a film that follows a character throughout their life in Los Angeles—a space that they do not have ownership of, but navigate nonetheless. Shahidi speaks up about what she is passionate about, which makes her a prominent social activist. She continues to impress her audience with how educated and outspoken she is, which in a way, plays into her fashion sense. It’s daring and consists of what she likes, instead of what society wants for her. Shahidi shows a great amount

of confidence when she steps out, and that same confidence can be seen in her style. She shows no fear being glammed up for red carpets. At the MTV Video Music Awards in August, Shahidi was dressed in a classy, one-shoulder gold dress. Shahidi has many style hats that work for her; she can be dressed up, or she can play off streetwear. At the 2017 Teen Choice Awards, Shahidi wore a baseball jacket, drawstring track pants, a sequin top, and satin heels. With the Teen Choice Awards being a casual award show, she was able to dress up a street style look and make it her own. Aside from red carpets, you can see how Shahidi incorporates her style into the roles she plays, like Zoey from “Black-ish” and “Grown-ish.” The young phenom has been dominating magazine covers in recent years, and everyone wants to know Yara Shahidi better. She does it all: actress, social activist, and style icon. Teen Vogue did an online thread of 15 Yara Shahidi looks, describing how she styles a bold mix of “traditional feminine silhouettes with menswear staples, from Brooks Brothers blazers to sequin Tracy Reese dresses.” You never know what Yara Shahidi will wow with next. And that makes her who she is— someone who is not afraid to try new things and dare to be different with her style. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 23



fter golden performances in the movies “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “ExMachina,” Oscar Isaac began to find some Hollywood stardom. Yet, it wasn’t until the release of the first Star Wars movie in the new trilogy that Isaac was launched into the spotlight 24 | THREAD


as the suave, hotheaded, “maybe Italian or, like, Spanish” fighter pilot that doesn’t mess around. Isaac was actually born in Guatemala, and at the age of 38, when he’s not running headon assaults toward Imperial Dreadnaughts, or arguing with BB-8, he’s exuding an incredibly accessible wardrobe that finds balance between rugged and suave. No orange X-Wing suits involved, this is truly a Poe man’s dream. All right, that was the last Star Wars reference. Repping a true Americana style, Isaac draws fashion roots from the sharp, “slick” look of the ‘50s. Blended with crude and earthy tones of the ‘40s, he comes off as somewhat of a modern greaser. Instead of pomade, his mediumlength hair is pushed back with a matte finish wax, cut in layers as opposed to the pompadour. The leather jacket is replaced with a more recognizable bomber jacket fitting over a white or grey T-shirt. And the blue jeans take on a darker tone with a more fitted cuff. What makes this look relevant is that it will work with just about anyone—it isn’t off the runway. A whole outfit emulating his style wouldn’t run above a reasonable $100. The colors involved aren’t excessive; the tones are kept very basic. It isn’t the “Easter basket look” that appears in the more colorful waves of pop culture. Black, white, tan, grey, and navy are the primary components,

often monochromatic in the same outfit. Isaac’s look can match any personality, any budget, and is relatively timeless. It also has range, meaning any look built with all of these parts will come out adequate enough for a trip to the movies, or a nice date. Bomber jackets and denim jackets alike can be found at any mid-range clothing store worth its weight in salt. H&M, ASOS, Urban Outfitters, and Nordstrom are good places to start and will have options under $40. A fitted pair of jeans and unbranded basic tees can be picked up at Uniqlo or Zappos. Both Clarks and Johnston & Murphy offer a nice selection of leather chukkas, boots, and wing tips. Zumiez, Vans, PacSun, and Dr. Martens have a variety of neutral-toned sneakers. Isaac keeps it real and keeps it classy by not trying to push the boundaries of fashion, but rather perfecting tried and true methods of dressing for any semi-professional male who just wants to look better than having just rolled out of bed. An outfit in this realm would look good on any 16-year-old just as it would somebody who is 50. It’s hard to go wrong with safe sometimes. Maybe Isaac’s day job of blasting the First Order is so intense that he wanted to keep it a little milder in his private life. But simple is good. There’s a reason it’s been around forever. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 25

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s 2017 drew to a close, the fashion world saw an unexpected trend rise: berets. Berets are soft, round hats, usually made of wool or felt, that originated in France and have been around since the 14th century. They are closely associated with a Parisian-chic style and have been considered a timeless accessory for centuries. However, many Americans have avoided the trend for decades in fear of looking touristy or out of place. With that being said, Americans are taken aback by the sudden upswing of berets on this side of the Atlantic. In order to pull off the hat without looking cheesy, a brief history of the iconic hat is required. The beret was created in the 1400s by European farmers and aspiring artists. Its invention began because felt was an affordable fabric at the time. Since then, the beret has been associated with artists like Pablo Picasso, who wore one himself and often portrayed the subjects of his artwork wearing one. It was worn by soldiers in the 18th and 19th centuries, giving a powerful meaning to it. In the 1960s, berets were a symbol of revolution as the Black Panther group adopted them. Throughout the ups and downs of the social and political implications of berets, they have long been a staple in the French person’s wardrobe, making WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 29



them timeless in the fashion realm. In early 2017, Americans were never thinking that they would be shopping for berets in fast-fashion stores like Forever 21 and H&M. However, Dior’s Fall 2017 Readyto-Wear line showcased the beret in a leather version during Paris Fashion Week. Since then, stars like Rihanna and Bella Hadid have donned the trendy headwear, along with many other celebrities. Now, the question remains: How does the average person pull off the beret in a sophisticated,

fashion-forward way? Rosabelle Forzy, CEO of Laulhère, told HighSnobiety that there are four steps to pull off the look. First of all, ensure that the knot on top of the beret is positioned at the back of the head. Then, place the leather or wool strap on the forehead and pull the rest of the hat back so that the weight of the hat is on the back of the head. The key this season is to avoid ultra-angular placements, which can create a touristy effect. Forzy advises to make sure that half the ears are still covered by the hat to avoid having the hat so far back on the head that a bobby pin is needed to keep it from falling off. At the end of the day though, fashion is art, and people are free to choose which way fits their particular style. The beret has symbolized many different things in the last few centuries. Today, the beret symbolizes a person who is both fashion-forward and socially conscious. Since making its way outside Parisian borders and onto the streets of New York, Los Angeles, and even Athens, the beret represents a person who is well-informed, cultured, and passionate. Those who choose to don a beret this season are sure to be seen as globallyminded risk takers. The beret has undoubtedly made a comeback in 2018 with a new underlying social message while remaining a timeless fashion piece.





Small shades have made a recent comeback. From designer shades on celebrity faces like Rihanna, Millie Bobby Brown, and Ashton Sanders, to the racks of department stores, these accessories are taking over. The trend has evolved from tiny sunglasses common in the ’90s. Like the growing trend today, the shades then were also worn by many. Both Lisa Bonet and Ozzy Osbourne have been wearing tiny sunglasses for decades. The versatility of the accessory is perhaps one of its more magical traits. Tiny sunglasses appeared all over red carpets this year. In May, Rihanna wore a white pair of Andy Wolf shades to compliment her ballgown on the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival. The shades resembled a futuristic, high fashion version of Keanu Reeve’s iconic “Matrix” sunglasses. Millie Bobby Brown sported a tiny, circular pair of Chrome Heart Diamond Dog glasses on the 2017 Teen Choice Awards blue carpet. The “Stranger Things” star wore an even tinier pair with a more casual outfit when she appeared as a guest on Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show.” Both of her looks resemble what will forever be remembered as John Lennon’s


signature circle sunglasses. Ashton Sanders, who played Chiron in the Academy Award Winning film “Moonlight,” wore a similarly styled black pair of circle shades to 2017 Oscars. Sanders changed into a plaid skirt and Vans for the Vanity Fair after party, keeping the shades on. Both Camila Cabello and Christina Aguilera rocked tiny shades with black berets, a combination not unfamiliar to Samuel L. Jackson. Rita Ora and Lady Gaga have each worn a wide


variety of tiny shades with jeans and T-shirts, creating an edgy street style. Today’s tiny shades aren’t limited to Matrix or Lennon-style glasses. While circular shaped glasses dominated the ’90s, tiny sunglasses have evolved to come in several shapes and colors. In the early 2000s, Britney Spears, Kate Moss, and countless others wore thin, rectangular frames. Today, cat eye frames and colored lenses are particularly popular variations of the trend. As a member of NSYNC,

Justin Timberlake often wore bluetinted shades. Selena Gomez and Robert Downey, Jr. have recently opted for red-tinted tiny sunglasses, perhaps wanting to see the world through rose-colored lenses. Tiny sunglasses serve looks beyond their protective purpose. The tiniest shades are worn halfway down the nose to glare over, rather than through. They’re being worn inside, outside, on the red carpet, and on the go. These shades know no boundaries, coming in a variety of styles worn by all ages and genders. Even Bono, who shared that

his signature concert glasses are worn due to his being diagnosed with glaucoma, wore tiny, bluetinted Lennon-style glasses while performing with U2 and Kendrick Lamar at this year’s Grammys. While most celebrities are wearing designer lenses, more affordable brands are selling their own versions of the trend. ASOS and Free People have a variety of tiny shades, most costing around $20. Whether they’re paired with a runway-worthy look or with everyday casuals, tinysunglasses embody a ’90s-kid nostalgia that works both on and off the red carpet. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 35





fter getting manicures or using fake nails, nails can become noticeably brittle, sometimes before polish remover is used on them. Leaving them alone, letting them grow out naturally, and adding less color are helpful ways to protect nails, but that’s not always enough. There’s more to nail care than skipping gel manicures and resisting the urge to bite whenever the mind wanders too far. The simplest way to start is by wearing protective gloves while

doing household work. Simple rubber gloves prevent nails from unnecessary water exposure and damage from harmful chemicals in household cleaners. Even doing something as harmless as washing the dishes can weaken nails, leading to chipping and snagging. Gloves should also be worn while doing outdoor work, as they protect nails from getting dirt under them while working outside. Dirt and germs under nails can lead to infections. It’s important to wear gloves in order to keep them both clean and safe. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 37

When nails do get dirty, use simple hand soap and water to clean them, scrubbing the underside of the nail as well as the top. For longer nails, a nail brush is best, but it can be done just by rubbing a fingertip against the nail back and forth, too. Nails should also be trimmed regularly. Depending on how quickly nails grow, it should be once every two weeks. This depends on lifestyle, too. For example, violin players will probably cut their nails more often than journalists. The nails should be trimmed with just enough space to see a divide between the nail and the tip of the finger. Use a smaller, curved nail clipper when it’s time to trim. Larger, straight edged clippers are best used for big toes and don’t match the shape of a fingernail. For brittle nails, it’s better to trim after a shower to prevent breakage. After trimming the nails, filing with an emory board is important to prevent snagging and eventual breaking. The best way to file the nail is in the same direction rather than back and forth in a sawing motion. File until the curve of the nail reflects the sligh “U” shape of the cuticle. Moisturizing nails, like skin, is important. Nail moisturizer and cuticle cream should be used as whenever nails are trimmed. The cuticles are a vital part of the 38 | THREAD

nail—it’s the barrier that prevents germs and infection from entering the body through the nail base. Moisturized nails and cuticles are healthier and less susceptible to breakage, especially when temperatures turn colder. Diet can also affect the health of the nails. Foods rich in vitamin B7, or biotin, like avocados, almonds, sweet potatoes, and eggs improve overall health in nails and hair. Chewable biotin supplements can be found in most grocery stores. Everyone has a few nights of the year where a coat of nail polish feels like a must, whether for fun, decoration, or in support of a cause. When painting nails, be sure to add a clear base coat first. When picking out a color, look carefully for ingredients like toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate. These chemicals found in some nail polishes and removers can damage and weaken the nail. The same caution should be used when shopping for nail polish remover, which contains acetone. Acetone dries out nails and the surrounding skin. Luckily, there are acetone free nail polish removers. Like any part of the body, it’s important to give your nails some love and care. These simple steps are small, manageable methods you can follow to keep your nails safe, protected, and healthy.





With the rise of natural beauty and no-makeup makeup looks, healthy skincare routines are becoming more commonplace in today’s society. Every skincare routine should include washing and moisturizing one’s face twice a day and not sleeping in makeup, but there are a few added steps that can make skin look healthy and glowing without makeup. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, approximately 85 percent of people between ages 12 and 24 have varying degrees of acne, and 95 percent of people will experience acne at some point in their lives. The cheapest and most common way to clear up acne is by using physical exfoliators, which can make the face feel fresh and clean, but they’re actually not very good for skin. They only remove dirt, sweat, and makeup from the outer layer of the skin and can cause multiple small abrasions which can lead to a damaged skin barrier. Dermatologists recommend using physical exfoliators no more than once a week. The best alternative to using physical exfoliators is toners, 40 | THREAD


peels, and serums. These are all chemical-based exfoliators that go deep within the skin to unclog pores. Most contain either Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) or Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) in small percentages because they are highly concentrated. A sunscreen should always be worn when these products are in use because your skin is at a higher risk of sun damage. Both will help smooth out the skin’s texture and tone. There are many benefits to using chemical exfoliators besides healthy, glowing skin. AHA’s break down dead skin cells on the outer layer of the face, which can remove dark marks, acne scars, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They work best on dry or normal skin because they also increase the amount of moisture the skin retains. The most common AHA’s are sugar cane extract, glycolic acid, and lactic acid. BHA’s work on the skin surface and inside pores by breaking down dirt or makeup that could be clogging them. They’re oilsoluble, so they work best for oily and normal skin to help get rid of pimples and congested or enlarged pores. They also help reduce redness and are used in most salicylic acids, commonly used to fight acne. There are multiple brands that sell peels, ranging in 42 | THREAD

price and acidic concentration. Glossier recently released its Solution, priced at $24, to help fight both teenage and adult acne. It contains lactic, glycolic, and salicylic acid to clear out pores, and gluconolactone to help moisturize skin. It claims to smoothen, brighten, and clear up the face within one week of usage and unclog pores and reduce redness in three weeks when used regularly as a toner. Pixi’s Glow Tonic, which has a cult-like following and costs $15 for a 100ml bottle, contains 5%


glycolic acid to gently break down dead skin cells on the outer layer of skin. It’s gentle enough to use twice daily as a toner, and it claims to create smoother and brighter skin within a couple weeks. The Ordinary carries a line of serums, peels, and creams made to brighten and smooth the skin for a reasonable price. Their Lactic Acid 10% +HA is a serum with 10% AHA and is recommended to use once per night, between a toner and moisturizer. They also have an AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution that’s meant to

be used once a week and applied as a mask. As society and beauty trends start to lean more toward the idea of natural beauty, it might be time to update a skin care routine. Even though the idea of a chemical exfoliator can sound scary at first, there’s multiple benefits to using them and skin can look radiant and glowing within a matter of weeks. There’s many brands and products to choose from, so do a little research to see what works best for your skin type and budget. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 43






he concept of piercings originated 5,000 years ago. From nose and ear piercings in Israel, to lip and tongue piercings in Africa, to nipple piercings in Rome— piercings are not a new trend. Certain piercings even have different meanings in different cultures or regions. In India, women sometimes get their left nostrils pierced to aid with menstrual pain. In the gay community, a man with his right ear pierced was a sign that he was gay. The hippie and punk movements of the 1970s and 1980s brought back the popularity of piercings in America as a sign of rebellion. Today, piercings do not always have that same edge or rebellious connotation. It is mainstream now, normal even. Many parents get their daughters’ ears pierced at a


young age, and it is odd to find someone without at least their ear lobes pierced. And now, it is no longer frowned upon for men to get earrings or other types of piercings. Some think the variance in types of piercings has gone too far. There are invasive piercings— such as in the mouth or on genitals—but to each their own. It used to be that belly button piercings were taboo, but now many people have them. It is known as the

“spring break” piercing, made for sporting bikinis and showing off one’s tummy. Nipple piercings have also increased in popularity. Gauges or stretched ear lobes are also becoming more commonplace. Maybe the changing of opinions on piercings is tied to the current, more accepting social realm. Tattoos are also reaping the same benefits: now people with tattoos and piercings have the same chance at jobs as nonpierced or non-tatted folks. The




point is, this “alternative lifestyle” is no longer alternative. The biggest piercing trend to have caught on recently has been nose piercings. It seems like everyone has one, some people even choose to have multiple. A stud or ring in the nostril is most common, but septum piercings are also rising in popularity. Recently, there has been a movement for body positivity and claiming one’s body as one’s own and loving it. People use piercings and tattoos as a form of loving their bodies. To pierce or tattoo is to augment the body into one’s own vision, doing it for

oneself and oneself only. Piercings can have a significant personal meaning or even be therapeutic. There are many people who choose to get pierced and feel both more confident and more themselves afterward. Piercings have been around for millennia, and they have a significant role in history and different cultures. The art of piercing is just that—art. Choosing to get a piercing is a form of expression and a sense of claiming control over one’s body. They can serve a major role in an individual’s life and sometimes even boost one’s self-confidence. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 47



FALSE HAIR, DON’T CARE Wigs are making a comeback as an easy way to change hairstyles without committing to a chop. BY JAIDA STERLING PHOTOS BY CELESTE JAKLITSCH


he hairstyle once worn by ancient Egyptians to protect their heads from the sun has become popular again—this time, wigs are one of the biggest fashion trends due to their versatility and convenience. Historically, wigs have been used by different cultures for different reasons. In ancient Chinese and Japanese civilizations, wigs were only worn by certain female entertainers or actors for theatrical performances. In European cultures, wigs were often worn by the elite to display income and social status. In Jewish society, some married women would wear a sheitel (wig or half-wig) out of modesty and conformity to Jewish law that said only their husbands should see their real hair. In African

American culture of the ’50s, women wore wigs to avoid the time-consuming process of straightening their hair, which is still the case for some black women today. And although Louis XIV wore wigs after his hair started thinning, people still believe the common misconception that only people who have little to no hair wear wigs. That is the case for some, but people tend to wear wigs for many other reasons including, but not limited to: a protective hairstyle, changing up their look without committing to a color or cut, for costumes or special events, and so on—just like many did centuries before. There has been a trend over the years, especially in African American society, of people getting a “big chop,” or cutting off a large chunk of hair WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 49

in order to transition into fully natural, healthy hair and ridding themselves of the damage caused by relaxers, heat, or dyes. Whether they feel like their hairstyle options are limited, feel people are giving them unwanted opinions about their new ’do, or not feeling the short look, many “big choppers” decide to purchase and try out wigs. Wigs are fun, easy, and versatile. The cost of wigs can range from less than $20 to over $1,000. They can be made out of human hair, animal hair, or synthetic fibers. Some can be straightened, curled, and dyed while others cannot. They can be bought in person at a local beauty supply store that also offers braiding hair, tracks, extensions, weaves, other hair products and accessories, or online at websites like SamsBeauty, SistaWigs, and TrendyWigs. Lace front wigs are the most sought after for their realistic look and movement. They can be bought pre-plucked and pre-cut, or can be customized at home. Wigs made of human hair are often sought after as well, but they are usually on the expensive side. Synthetic wigs are often much cheaper, have an extreme shine to them, and tend to be the wigs that come in vibrant colors. Some wigs are made to come in hairstyles like high 50 | THREAD

ponytails and french braids, making a wig seem more real and effortless. There are wigs made with twists and braids as well, so people don’t have to wait five to fifteen hours to get them done anymore. Although wigs usually can’t be returned to the hair store after being unboxed, that’s really the only downfall to them. Over centuries, wigs have come in and out of trendiness. Now, with the endless possibilities wigs have to offer in color, style and cost, this trend isn’t going anywhere for centuries to come.





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


Shelf Life

Tired of searching for a functional décor piece? Build your own customizable shelf. BY JESSICA LUCAS PHOTOS KELLY WALLACE


Finding the perfect storage for your jewelry can be hard sometimes. Although jewelry boxes have great intentions, earrings and necklaces become tangled or broken from being unorganized. A thrifty (and super cute) solution is building a customized jewelry organizer. This DIY jewelry organizer shelf makes it easy to choose the perfect earrings for that outfit, or choose the best necklace to match those earrings, because the jewelry is hanging right in plain sight. You can personalize the organizer to fit anyunique style or needs. All of the materials used were found at local craft and hardware stores.

Tools -Utility knife (box cutter) -Pliers -Hot glue gun -90-degree ruler -Wood glue -Hammer & eight 1-inch nails

Materials -Four 2-inch by 4-inch pine plywood pieces -1/2 inch cup hooks -Wood stain or acrylic paint -Unframed cork board -Fabric of choice -Fake flowers and plants -Foam core board -Dollhouse wood planks

diy: craft it


Start by nailing each of the four pieces of wood together, making a square. Use two nails for every joint. Make sure to line the end of each piece with wood glue where it will be nailed down to ensure stabilization.


Use the dollhouse wood to create sections within your square. Trim the dollhouse wood with a utility knife to fit the inside of the square, creating dividers. Attach these using hot glue on each end.

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Paint or stain the wood.

Cut a piece of foam core to the size of one section of the shelf. Hot glue it on the back of the shelf. Next, cut the frameless cork board to the desired size with a utility knife. This will fit into the open section right on top of the foam core. OPTIONAL: Cover the corkboard with fabric and secure with hot glue.

Cover the back of cork board with hot glue and secure it to the foam core. The foam core should be entirely covered by the cork board. The cork board will serve as a storage space for stud earrings.

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Screw in the cup hooks by hand to hang earrings, bracelets, or necklaces. Use pliers to help secure the hooks.

Finally, adorn the shelf with faux flowers and plants to create a one-of-a-kind piece!





Looking for a way to personalize your laptop? Try making some nifty stickers by printing your own at home with a few simple tools.

Stickers are easy to make with any type of adhesive paper, which can be found at many office supply stores. You can make stickers from images found online or even by creating your own art on an image editing software. Once you’re finished printing them, peel off the back and they’re ready to use. To get started you only need a few supplies: MATERIALS NEEDED

Microsoft Word Document


Sticker Paper (shipping label paper works well)







Look online for any images to make a sticker of. The images can be from a favorite movie, TV series, or even artistic renditions of quotes to stay motivated. Printing black and white lineart to color is also an option for those looking to go full-on DIY.

Print the images on the sticker paper. Sometimes, it helps to print out a small test image to make sure the paper is facing the correct way in the printer.

Insert the images into a Microsoft Word document to fit as many images on the page as possible. Manipulate the sizes of of the images as needed. This reduces waste and makes the most of the space on the adhesive paper.

Cut the sticker out and decide its placement. Don’t worry if the images overlap, this will create more room for future stickers. Once the placement is planned, peel off the backs of the stickers and pop them on your laptop.

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Hair accessories are an easy way to step up your hairstyle. These three accessories will make you stand out, and more importantly, you’ll get credit for creating them. Each accessory takes no more than ten minutes to make, and the materials are cheap and easy to find –– you might already have some laying around your house. They can be tailored to your unique style by switching out the materials such as different beads or crystal embellishments for the bobby pins, or a variety of funky fabrics and laces for the headband and scrunchie.



Simple Lace Headband

Materials Needed: · Lace · Skinny hair band · Fabric glue

1: Measure the length

of the lace needed by wrapping it around your head.

2 : Add 2 inches to the

measurement and cut the lace.

3 : Place a hair band on

the end of one side of the lace.

4 : Fold the lace about an inch over the hairband and glue lace together. Repeat on other side.

5 : Let the glue dry

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Embellished Bobby Pins

Materials Needed: 路 Pearl beads 路 Bobby pins 路 Cardboard scrap 路 Hot glue

1: Clip bobby

pins up right onto cardboard.

2 : Place a drop of hot glue onto each end of the bobby pins.

3 : Gently put

pearls on hot glue, holding the pearl for 25 seconds to set.

4 : Allow the glue

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Oversized Scrunchie Materials Needed:

路 Fabric (22 x 4 inches) 路 1/4 inch elastic (9 inches) 路 Scissors 路 Needle and thread


diy: craft it

1: Lay out chosen

fabric. Then, flip fabric over and fold it along the 4-inch side. The fabric should now be folded, 2 inches wide, with the opposite side showing.

2 : Stitch along the long open side.

3 : Place your fingers

inside the fabric, scrunching it until you reach the opposite end. Then, pull the fabric through to flip it right side out.

4 : Insert elastic into the fabric, and tie a knot to create a circle.

5 : Tuck one side of

the fabric tube into the other, closing the tube to create a closed loop.

6 : Make a small stitch to keep the end of the fabrics from separating.

7 : Even out the fabric around the band to create even scrunches. That’s it! Wear your new scrunchie with pride.


Make a


With winter coming to an end, swimsuit season is right around the corner. Get ready to hit the pool with some workouts bound to make a splash. These basic workouts make exercising a little more fun, while combining different training types into one workout. Moving through the water combines cardio and resistance workouts. Swimming also tones the whole body and helps reduce stress and rehabilitate injuries.




Step 2: Position both arms comfortably behind one’s back, holding yourself up.

Step 2: Raise legs parallel to the pool floor and spread them as wide as you can.

Step 3: Lift legs up out of the water, forming a V-shape with your body. Keep toes pointed and legs straight for a consistent movement in and out of the water. Do 10-20 reps.

Step 3: Squeeze both thighs to bring both legs together, crossing the left leg over the right. After crossing both legs, return back to the starting position and repeat. Do 20 reps.


Use these workouts to break out of your comfort zone and say goodbye to winter blues. Getting in the water is a perfect way to not only feel refreshed, but to destress. For an added challenge, do more reps or swim a few laps at the beginning or end of your workout.

Step 1: Sit on the edge of the pool with legs straight down, water about mid-thigh.

Step 1: Face side of pool and hold onto the edge, preferably in a depth where your feet are not touching the pool floor. Step 2: Hang legs toward the bottom of the pool and begin to scissor kick both feet forward and backward quickly, keeping toes pointed and legs straight. Step 3: Repeat for 1-2 minutes.

Step 1: Leaning against the pool wall, extend arms to hold the edge of the wall.

TIP: Don’t forget to moisturize after completing a pool workout. The chlorine and other chemicals in the water tend to dry out skin.



In their simplest form, oats are naturally gluten-free. They’re high in protein, fiber, and antioxidants. Naturally, oats are a great way to get in your whole grains. However, the health benefits of oats begin to change depending on the type of oats you buy. While steel-cut oats are the least processed, hardiest oat, they take a long time to cook. Rolled oats take longer to cook than instant oats, but they retain more nutrients and texture. Overnight oats are a tasty and convenient way to enjoy the health benefits and consistency that rolled oats provide. In fewer than five easy steps, this overnight oat recipe will pack mornings with a flavorful, nutrient-rich breakfast.




diy: make it

Ingredients Needed:


- 1/2 cup rolled oats - 1/2 cup non-dairy milk - 1 teaspoon chia seeds (for extra protein) - Optional sweeteners: Peanut butter, honey, agave, or maple syrup - Optional toppings: Fruit, nuts, protein powder, coconut shavings, or flax seeds

Combine non-dairy milk, oats, chia seeds, preferred sweetener, and fruit of choice in a mason jar or bowl.

Experiment with flavor combinations by changing up the non-dairy milk choice, sweetener, and toppings. This minimalistic recipe values your time without sacrificing flavor, but most importantly, it allows you to hit the snooze button a couple more times.

2 Stir mixture until all oats have been covered in non-dairy milk (if using peanut butter, it doesn’t need to be mixed evenly).

3 Cover jar with a lid or plastic wrap and place in refrigerator overnight for at least five hours.

4 Remove lid and top oats with nuts, additional fruit, and any other desired toppings in the morning.



Good Morning


“Have a little faith, and if that doesn’t work, have a lot of mimosas,” Blair Waldorf once said. It’s a perfect mantra to live by, especially since mimosas are so versatile and can be consumed almost at anytime, though they are often associated with breakfast. These drinks can be served at any function and are the perfect way to start a Sunday brunch.


PINEAPPLE SLUSHY MIMOSA (SERVES 4) INGREDIENTS -3 cups of champagne -1 cup of pineapple (fresh or frozen) -1 cup of tequila

STEPS: Step 1: Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Step 2: Pour into glasses. Step 3: Sip away!

-Juice from half a lemon


WATERMELON AGUA FRESCA MIMOSAS (SERVES 4) INGREDIENTS -1 small watermelon peeled and cubed (amounts to 6 cups of watermelon) -2 juiced small limes -3 cups of champagne STEPS: Step 1: Place watermelon cubes in a blender and blend until smooth. Step 2: Strain the watermelon cubes. Step 3: Add lime juice. Step 4: Mix the watermelon agua fresca with champagne. Step 5: Pour into glasses. Step 6: Enjoy! 74 | THREAD

CREAMSICLE MIMOSA (SERVES 6) INGREDIENTS -2 cups of orange juice -1 tablespoon of half and half -3 cups of champagne -2 ounces of orange liqueur -1 cup whipped cream flavored vodka


STEPS: Step 1: Mix together the orange juice, half and half, and whipped cream flavored vodka. Step 2: Pour to halfway into glasses, slowly top each glass with champagne. Step 3: Add a splash of orange liqueur. Step 4: Enjoy!



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





Founded in 2014, It’s Still Today inspires community engagement and sustainable living. BY HANNAH ELLINGER PHOTOS BY EVAN LEONARD


t’s Still Today is an organization created to inspire social change and encourage a more simplistic lifestyle through promoting sustainable living and being outdoors. In 2014, founder Kathryn Vancouver was living in North Carolina and was working as a photographer for a rafting company. She found that being around nature inspired her to create something great, thus, It’s Still Today was born. According to the It’s Still Today website, Vancouver coined the phrase “It’s Still Today” and soon after decided to make it into a sticker. The sticker’s popularity inspired her to start selling them to raise money for her hiking trip on the Appalachian Trail. Proceeds also went to the organization She Jumps, which

works to get women and girls outdoors. While completing her 1,550 mile hike of the Appalachian Trail, she found the inspiration she needed to continue pushing the company toward a sustainable future. She then began selling hand-printed T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan “It’s Still Today.” For Vancouver, It’s Still Today has never been about the money. “I am interested in becoming more involved in products that help promote sustainable living, if I can. My goal has never been to make a lot of profit, though I suppose the more I make the more I can donate to local efforts! If I could expand to more products also made out of recycled materials, I would be one happy gal,” she said. In 2017, she donated a WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 79



considerable amount of her revenue to She Jumps, and in 2018, she pledges to make charitable donations to Rural Action, Upgrade Ohio, and The Athens Conservancy. Creating It’s Still Today hasn’t come without its challenges, however. According to Vancouver, the biggest struggle she experienced while trying to start her organization was establishing an online market. She says that she still struggles with this today and always encourages her fans and followers online to take ownership of the brand in their own way, through photos and networking. For Vancouver, the brand has always been about preserving the environment. She encourages others who care about the environment to start where they live. She advises getting to know the people, issues, and organizations one wants to promote, and focusing efforts locally.

According to Vancouver, she is just getting started. “I have a vision of It’s Still Today branching out in all sorts of directions, but especially as a brand name with a blanket mission that materializes in whatever ways make sense for specific local areas,” she said. “I would love for It’s Still Today to be represented all over the country by individuals working to help promote environmental efforts in their own towns and regions.” Her goal is to one day open a storefront location and continue selling products made of recycled materials and products that help promote sustainable living. For now, the company continues to sell their hand printed T-shirts on their website, in many colors and designs. Vancouver never intended to build It’s Still Today into a brand. But, with the help and support of her community, she has created something truly inspiring. To find out more about It’s Still Today or to browse their wide variety of T-shirts or stickers, visit www.itsstilltoday.org.


THE ART OF TRANSFORMATION Roger Wells, a local hair stylist, teamed up with three other performers to raise money for the Dairy Barn Arts Center renovations through “The Art of Illusion” show February 10. BY KATIE PITTMAN PHOTOS BY MATT JONES 82 | THREAD



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ou’re going to want to keep those ones out,” an audience member said to her friend coming back from the bar. It was Saturday night at the Athens Dairy Barn and Arts Center, and the newly renovated American Electric Power Performing Arts Center room was packed with guests—students, locals, professors, and even the mayor. The show was sold out. Strings of lights and paper lanterns adorned the exposed beams on the ceiling and walls of the old dairy barn, transforming the space from a gallery into a performance venue. White folding chairs lined both sides of the room; a runway with an open stage sat in the middle of the space. Purple, blue, and red lights danced on the white walls while classical covers of pop songs played in the background. Guests chattered with excitement before the show began. All came to view the “The Art of Illusion,” a show put on by performers Roger Wells, Jacob Collins (Lucy Lippes), Scott Angel (Victoria Jackson), and DJ Johnny Blue (Felicia Brooks). The performers impersonated a variety of female superstars including: Cher, Adele, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, P!nk,


and Meghan Trainor, just to name a few. The show began with local artist Aubree Riley, 17, a self-taught singer and guitarist, singing a selection of her original songs. “I’ve been writing since I was 11-years-old, and I’ve had three albums since then,” Riley said. Riley will be moving to Nashville in September, after graduating high school early. MC of the event, Judy Pierce, kept the audience laughing all night long. Wearing a full tux for the first half of the show, she made sure to have the audience up and dancing during breaks between performances and intermission. The first performance of the night started with Roger Wells as P!nk, performing to the song “Get the Party Started.” Wells, who has been performing as a female impersonator for 30 years, started when his friends dared him to shave his mustache and wear a dress. “Somebody brought a cassette tape to a show, and said they had a special guest in the audience. They wanted to bring them up to come on stage and perform this number … I thought ‘I’m going to kill somebody…’ But, I also thought: ‘I can sit here and look stupid or I can go up and do it.’ I got up there, and I didn’t stop shaking for 30 days later,” he said, laughing. Wells said he enjoys being a totally different person on stage, plus it allows him and other performers to raise money for 86 | THREAD

causes they care for. His first performance in Athens raised money for the Aids Task Force. It was held in Bromley Hall’s dining room. Since then, Wells and his fellow performers, Collins, Angel, and Blue, have performed at nearly every theater


and bar in Athens. “The Art of Illusion” show at the Dairy Barn was held to raise money for much-needed renovations to the venue. All proceeds raised, from ticket sales to donations, went to back to the Dairy Barn. Despite all performing for the same event, each performer prepares for shows differently. Collins, who has been performing for 25 years, chooses to have a mixed drink before going on stage.


“A little alcohol takes the edge off,” he said while getting ready in the dressing room, sipping on a vodka and orange soda. Wells prepares for events by listening to his songs during his hourlong commute to work in Athens from Parkersburg, West Virginia. Rather than practicing routines in the mirror, he finds it more helpful to memorize the musical cues in his routines. Angel, who has performed for 12 years, impersonated Lady Gaga, P!nk, Meghan Trainor, and Rihanna during the show at the Dairy Barn. He said his practicing and planning for shows is minimal, “What you see is what you get!” DJ Johnny Blue, who performed as Felicia Brooks, has been perfecting a Tupperware Lady bit since ’85. Johnny Blue actually sells Tupperware on the side and is also a club DJ. During the performance, Brooks pitched a cake tote to the audience that conveniently held 18 cupcakes—or 34 Jell-O shots, but who’s counting? The lively show had audience members out of their seats, dancing and throwing dollar bills at the performers (all of the cash thrown was also donated to the Dairy Barn). The show ended with the four performers gathering on stage, holding hands. They received a standing ovation from the crowd. Near tears, Wells thanked everyone for coming to the show. The love in the room was palpable, and the show officially ended with Wells proclaiming, “Everybody is beautiful, are we not? I love you all!” 88 | THREAD




419 Students are gaining real-world experience through a film class in the Scripps School of Media Arts & Studies. Many of them may find themselves working in the film industry soon after graduation. STORY AND PHOTOS BY EMILY BARBUS


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ew Ohio University students outside the media school have heard of 419 Productions, but the same cannot be said about the rest of the world. Winning awards and earning recognition since day one, 419 Productions creates quality films that rival major motion pictures. The production class has a friendly and energetic atmosphere. Students excitedly talk with one another and constantly move around. A familiar tune from Justin Timberlake plays through the speakers while Frederick Lewis, the professor leading the class, stands at the door talking at length to a few eager students. Lewis, who has taught the course for 18 years, opens class with a few remarks, and after a short time, puts the spotlight on his students. After splitting into two teams at the beginning of the semester, the 60 students are currently in the process of producing two featurettes,


which are small films averaging from 25-35 minutes in length. Before the university moved to the semester system, 419 Productions was the capstone course TCOM 419, which is where the class got its name. The course was already branded by the time it switched over to its new name, MDIA 4719. “Thanks to the class being named 419,” Lewis said,“ alumni all over the country are able to link up and get jobs. It’s become a network of driven professionals.” Lewis has worked closely with his students over the years to create a total of 62 short films and two feature-length films, which have molded the class into a truly unique learning experience. Unlike most film and media school classes, 419 is a predominantly studentrun course. Its emphasis lies in teamwork and building the necessary skills to work well with others in a professional environment. “It’s more industry driven,”

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Lewis said. “[The class] fairly quickly became something where we try to emulate the industry model of teamwork and cooperation in specific roles on a crew.” From budgeting and hiring actors, to editing and filming, the students of 419 do it all. Lewis is the executive producer for the teams and oversees production, only interjecting to give advice or a helping hand. The highly-driven students who are a part of 419 have done most everything they can to make their films the best they can be. They often hold bake sales, work at Cedar Point, or use GoFundMe to raise money for their films. And they aren’t asking much. The average budget for a featurette is about $12,000 and with equipment becoming more readily available through the school of media, the cost has dropped considerably. Their biggest film to date was made in 2009, when Lewis and his class took on the task

of creating a feature film based on a collection of short stories by Russell Banks. The film, “Trailerpark,” took a year to write and four months to film, adding up to be the longest production time in 419 history. They rented eight house trailers and hired a cast of professional actors, and their work paid off. The film was chosen as an official selection for multiple festivals including the Cleveland International Film Festival, selling out all viewings. 419 Productions has also filmed in locations across the globe: from South Carolina and Tennessee, to Canada and Spain. The students work tirelessly to create the best picture they can make. “We push,” Lewis said. “It’s not can we do it, it’s how are we doing it.” Amanda Hall, president of 419 Productions, has been a part of the class since her freshman year. Hall says she values her experience with 419 because it gives her a glimpse into what the WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 93

professional film industry will be like. “My favorite part of 419 is being surrounded by 60 driven and passionate individuals who just want to learn and grow while we make movies,” Hall said. “You never stop learning in 419, whether it be about equipment or the types of people you get to work with.” Ben Carpenter, a sophomore and head of lighting for Hall’s team, also appreciates the push to work hard, even when problems arise. “We had to reshoot a day scene that was lost,” Carpenter said. “The only problem with that is that it was night. So, the grips had to stand outside in the 10-degree weather, anchoring four lights shining through the windows for about an hour. It was a good bonding experience.” Through all the late nights and many hours spent on production, the students agree that their efforts are well worth it. “419 is not only a special program to myself because of the lifelong friendships and industry connections I’ve made, but to so many others as well,” Hall said, “For a program that’s been running for 18 years, it’s affected the lives of a countless number of media students.” With a constant drive and passion for filmmaking, 419 Productions is successful year after year. And with the help of Frederick Lewis, nothing is impossible for the small and hardworking group.





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Learning how to navigate relationships can be tough. This year could be about strengthening your support group and building your relationship with friends, but aren’t you curious which route your relationships will take? AQUARIUS JAN 20 - FEB 18 This year could be full of sweeping changes in the relationship department, Aquarius. Take time to reflect on your current relationship, whether it be with friends or your boyfriend or girlfriend. Whatever you find, remember that it is important to focus on balancing your needs with others’ needs. Your energy is electric and people are easily attracted to you, but make sure you don’t dive in too deep with the wrong person.

ARIES MAR 21 - APR 19 Your head has been in the clouds for the past month and you’re getting a little carried away. Turn to your friends for advice instead of holding it in and dreaming all day. Being patient and allowing your relationships to flourish over time is important right now because you need time to sort out your own emotions. Don’t force yourself to be overly social until you feel comfortable again. Instead, focus on friendships and getting to know your partner again if you’re taken. 162 | THREAD

THIS MONTH’S SIGN The weight of demanding duties, schoolwork and applying for that summer internship might be clouding your focus so far this year. Even though you’re controlling over every aspect of your life, start allowing people in. You might be surprised at the people you meet and become close with. Pisces, face it, you’re a sucker for romance. Keeping yourself open to the possibilities of meeting new people or enhancing your current relationship will be just what you need to restore and clear the fog.


TAURUS APR 20 - MAY 20 The new year had an odd start for you, Taurus. Find balance between your work and social life in order to find order again. Forming a strong support system with friends or your partner is going to be important. Stop trying to please others all of the time, and focus on piecing yourself back together. Don’t be afraid to ask your partner for support when you need it, and your emotional side will be back in tact before you know it.

GEMINI MAY 21 - JUN 20 Now is your chance to take a risk, Gemini. Consider taking your romantic relationship further, or ask out the person who you’ve had your eye on. Any existing relationships you’re in could heat up, but make sure you take a minute to look at the big picture. A single Gemini could be feeling pressure to settle down lately, but don’t stress because taking time to love yourself will soon turn into love from someone else.

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CANCER JUN 21 - JUL 22 You’ve been looking for emotional security lately, but avoid desperation by settling. Steer clear of rash decisions and conclusions. If you and your partner need a reboot, go on a weekend trip to Hocking Hills or your hometown. Regardless of who you are trying to bond with, remember that relationships are a two-way street, and you deserve more than someone who is not giving you their all.

LIBRA SEPT 23 - OCT 22 Get ready, Libra because this is your prime season to find love. Your creativity and selfexpression attract others. If you’re a single Libra, put yourself on the market, but if you’re taken, you could be facing a big surprise in your relationship. Regardless of relationship status, remember to focus on self-care because you cannot give someone else 100 percent unless you’re healthy and happy.

LEO VIRGO JUL 23 - AUG 22 AUG 23 - SEPT 22 Leo, you’re known for your You have been blasted with impulsive nature and you a lifestyle and attitude shifts recently feel the need lately, so downtime is really to change everything important right now. Take about your life. However, things slow until you feel if you’re taken, it might more confident in yourself just be time to ask them by going on casual dates, for more support. If you’re ordering a pizza, watching a single Leo, a perfect, a movie, or going home to matching energy could visit family for the weekend. find its way into your life, If you’re in a committed helping you find peace relationship, a casual build up and balance again. Work could be just what you need to deepen your closest to recharge. Single Virgos ties in every relationship could be attracting new you have and a path to people in both romantic and reassurance will open. platonic realms, which could also help build confidence.

SCORPIO OCT 23 - NOV 21 Lately, deadlines and overwhelming loads of stress have been consuming you and leaving no time for relationship building, but that’s okay. Focus on family and friends right now. Once your schedule clears up everything will begin to feel normal again. If you’re currently in a relationship, you might be feeling sensitive lately and finding yourself in petty arguments. Take time to sync your schedules, but don’t forget to pay attention to your own needs.

SAGITTARIUS NOV 22 - DEC 21 We all know you’re famous for saying yes to everything and everyone, but keep an eye out for a real connection this year. Even though you might not have been feeling flirty lately, you’re still attracting a special someone whether it’s a new flame or rekindling an old one. Take a leap and go on social dates with a group of friends to ease back into the dating scene and put emphasis on communication in all of your relationships.


The beginning of the new year might have been rocky for you, so it’s important to take time and sort out all of your feelings for the ones that you love. Maybe your relationship status recently took a drastic turn, good or bad, and you’re not sure how to handle it. However, it’s going to be important for you to explore all of your possibilities and avoid shying away from your friends, family, and partner just because the going gets rough. As long as you stay transparent and state your relationship needs upfront, everything should be smooth sailing from here on out. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 163


WHERE ARE THEY NOW? In 2010, Ohio University student Jamie Ratermann noticed a major lack in campus clubs and publications that embraced fashion, diversity, and uniqueness. She gathered a group of fellow journalism students who shared her love of fashion journalism and who wanted to make a change. They all loved the idea of starting a new organization that the university was desperately lacking. From this, Thread was born. Starting with meetings in January 2010, they were able to release Thread ’s first issue in April. Fast forward eight years, and the original Thread gang is now spread out over the country with different jobs, accomplishments, and fashion senses than their former college selves. INTERVIEWS BY MADDY FINK INTERVIEWS BYPROVIDED MADDY FINK PHOTOS

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JAMIE RATERMANN OCCUPATION Brand & Social Media Strategist WHERE SHE’S LIVING New York City FORMER ROLE AT THREAD Editor-in-Chief & Founder

MADDY FINK: What made you want to start Thread? JAMIE RATERMANN: After working for The Post’s culture staff for a while and how enmeshed I was in digital and print fashion media, I felt like I was missing out on experience in college that I needed if I wanted to pursue a career in magazines or the like. I also loved the idea of a completely digital magazine and working with my VisCo friends to create shoots and videos from our creative perspective on trends and campus style. 166 | THREAD

MF: What was your favorite Thread story/ photoshoot you were a part of? JR: I Ioved the femme fatale style shoot we did at Tony’s for the winter issue. At the time, I was bingeing old Hollywood movies like “The Big Sleep” and “Chinatown” as a part of a class and appreciated how Thread gave me the opportunity to apply that film noir style into a photoshoot. MF: What would you say is your personal style and how has it developed from college to now? JR: Classic with a touch of glamour. I stick with

dark neutrals and tailored fits, but have no problem adding a print or sparkle from time to time. In college, I had a bit of a uniform, which was a blazer over a dress. Even in the winter, I still wore dresses with warm, printed tights to class. I am most comfortable if I’m a little “overdressed” when I’m out. MF: What have you accomplished since you’ve graduated from Ohio University? JR: Since OU, I’ve moved to New York and networked my way into now running my own business. It’s been seven

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years, and with that I’ve worked with companies like Henri Bendel, Interview magazine and TripAdvisor, but I’d always do freelance work like writing, editing, or creating a marketing strategy for clients as a side hustle. In the last year, I’ve begun to do that full time working with a few clients at a time. I love it so far and am excited about the freedom of working with new businesses and brands. MF: Who or what influences your style then and now? JR: Then, I had a love for

doubt about putting my skills, voice, – JAMIE RATERMANN and style out there, whether it was my personal actresses like Katherine brand, networking, or Hepburn and always ate up confidently approaching everything that Carolina a big project. Thankfully, Herrera put on the runway. I had amazing friends Now, I’ve relaxed a little and Thread staffers who about my style and find inspired and encouraged inspiration in places I’ve me through launching traveled and influencers Thread, and I still lean like Taylor Tomasi Hill and on the original executive Vanessa Beletic. staff today for advice in MF: What advice would my career and life. Putting you give to your your personal brand and college self? developing your voice JR: Experiment with online and in-person finding your voice. In opens doors for you. college, I had some selfWWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 167


AIMEE RANCER OCCUPATION Creative Strategist, Pinterest & Blogger WHERE SHE’S LIVING San Francisco, CA FORMER ROLE AT THREAD Seams Editor

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MADDY FINK: What made you want to be a part of Thread Magazine? AIMEE RANCER: Fashion has always been a great source of inspiration, and I used to consume fashion magazines like Elle or Harper’s Bazaar ever since I was a kid. When I got to OU, I was surprised by the lack of organizations that focused around fashion and writing. Seeing the void (and the opportunity!), a few of us in the school of Journalism started Thread. It took a while, but our fearless leader, Jamie Ratermann, really helped move things forward. MF: What was your favorite Thread story/ photoshoot you were a part of? AR: I think our first

ever shoot on College Green was my favorite. It was a cross-functional effort involving a ton of students, photographers, stylists and models! MF: What would you say is your personal style and how has it developed from college to now? AR: In college, I oddly wore a lot of heels and booties to class—I have no idea what I was thinking. Fast forward 8 years later, I now wear a lot of tennis shoes and flats—mostly slip on Vans, Stan Smith’s, and mules. My wardrobe consists of a few basics and some fun and funky pieces that add a bit of quirk and pizzazz to an otherwise traditional outfit. MF: What have you accomplished

since you’ve graduated from Ohio University? AR: While I’m still figuring things out (aren’t we all?), I feel like I’ve learned so much in terms of my personality and sense of worth since graduation. Getting out into the workforce after college is a nice slap of reality— allowing you to really grow, experience new challenges, celebrate successes. I’ve found a job I love, in a city that I adore, and I am excited for what’s ahead. MF: Who or what influences your style then and now? AR: I still am the biggest fan of fashion magazines— consuming them monthly. And, since I work at Pinterest, I’m on the platform 24/7 both for work and play—looking at street style, what fashion and retail brands are doing, and so forth. I would have never tried a beret if it weren’t for Pinterest! MF: What advice would you give to your college self? AR: Class is essential (and mandatory), but the extracurricular activities are what made college such a valuable experience. My advice is to join clubs that you have an interest in and vet from there! Over time, you’ll start to realize which ones make sense. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 169


ANDI TEGGART OCCUPATION Owner of Lucky Collective (a digital marketing shop) & Blogger WHERE SHE’S LIVING San Francisco, CA FORMER ROLE AT THREAD Public Relations Chief

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campus casual MADDY FINK: What made you want to be a part of Thread? ANDI TEGGART: Mostly because several good friends and classmates were a part of starting it, and asked me to join! I’ve always liked fashion and loved being involved in different student organizations, so the opportunity to be a part of a fashion magazine on campus seemed exciting. Staying involved in Thread throughout college was a no-brainer—the people on the Thread team became some my closest friends. MF: What was your favorite Thread story/ photoshoot you were a part of? AT: One memorable photo shoot was the cover story for the very first ever issue of Thread. The cover featured a bunch of women in cute outfits and one guy in just his underwear, and we shot it on College Green. It was particularly memorable because it was our first shoot, and the prep all took place in my apartment above Subway. I also loved our photoshoot inspired by the 1920s that we shot in Tony’s. MF: What would you say is your personal style and how has it developed from college to now? AT: I would say my style

is refined bohemian, approachable, and evolving. In college, I was drawn to a lot more trends and would mix and match lots of different “looks.” I’ve always been drawn to bohemian touches like fur, fringe, wrists filled with bangles, etc., but since college and throughout my 20s, I’ve streamlined and refined my style. Since having a baby in January, my style has gotten more approachable and comfortable. I like to think that my personal style is evolving because I don’t ever want to feel stuck in what I wear and how I choose to express myself in my outfit choices. Different seasons of life require different outfits. MF: What have you accomplished since you’ve graduated from Ohio University? AT: I moved to San Francisco after graduating and worked at a large digital agency doing work for brands like PayPal, Mattel, and Adobe. I’ve also worked at different startups and at Facebook, doing social media communications. I started my own company, Lucky Collective, where I do digital marketing consulting and event planning for different brands. My great

accomplishments aren’t career-related though, and instead personal. I’m most proud to be married to Eric, a new mom to Lucy, a dog mom to Jack, and that my life is filled with meaningful, rewarding personal relationships. I truly believe the people in my life are the greatest gifts and accomplishments I possess. MF: Who or what influences your style then and now? AT: In college, I read a lot of fashion blogs. Instagram and Pinterest weren’t a thing yet, so you actually went to blogger’s websites to get outfit ideas and inspiration. I’ve always loved the style of former Marie Claire editor Taylor Tomasi-Hill—her fiery red hair and impeccable, coolgirl style is inspiring. These days, I look to Pinterest for my fashion inspiration and outfit ideas. MF: What advice would you give to your college self? AT: Read more books. Call your grandparents. Stop taking yourself so seriously. Stop caring so much about what other people think. Be open to possibilities and opportunities that come your way. Say “yes” more than you say no. Accept and love your body, just the way it is. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 171


SAM FINK OCCUPATION Public Relations at Caesars Entertainment WHERE SHE’S LIVING Las Vegas, NV FORMER ROLE AT THREAD Creative Director

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MADDY FINK: What made you want to be a part of Thread? SAM FINK: I always loved fashion, so when some of my close friends started a fashion magazine, I knew I wanted to be involved. It was an opportunity to work with a bunch of talented people who also happened to be my friends. I learned so much from them and loved every minute of it. MF: What was your favorite Thread story/ photoshoot you were a part of? SF: It’s hard to pick just one, but I really just enjoyed exploring Athens while scouting for photo shoots and discovering areas I would never would have had the opportunity to otherwise. We worked so hard on the issues, so I remember the launch parties were always a blast too. MF: What would you say is your personal style and how has it developed

from college to now? SF: I would say my personal style is classic and comfortable with bohemian influences. My style has developed a lot since college—I used to love super trendy items and loud accessories, like huge headbands and oversized jewelry. Now, I’m more about quality over quantity. I enjoy simplicity in my life and not over complicating things so that translates into my personal style now. MF: What have you accomplished since you’ve graduated from Ohio University? SF: I’ve been able to do so much since graduating, and I owe a lot of that to my experience at OU and Thread. I’ve been able to move around the country and live in great cities like Chicago and Las Vegas, travel, find my passion, work with some of the best restaurants in the world, get a dog, meet so many great people, and learn

many life lessons along the way. MF: Who or what influences your style then and now? SF: I used to read so many magazines and fashion blogs in college, and my style at that time was trendier and influenced by that. Now, I’m influenced more by what looks and feels the best on me, and I don’t pay as much attention to trends. MF: What advice would you give to your college self? SF: Start healthy habits like working out, wearing sunscreen, eating veggies, and drinking a lot of water in college so it’s easier for you to keep those habits going throughout your twenties. Also, cherish and maintain all the friendships and connections you make in college. You’ll never have the opportunity again to meet so many great people in one place! WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 173


MADDY FINK: What made you want to be a part of Thread? JORDAN VALINSKY: The idea of creating a new, one-of-a-kind publication was exciting to me. Also, I wanted to meet new people, and this was the perfect opportunity. MF: What was your favorite Thread story/ photoshoot you were a part of? JV: I loved the shoot where we took over a hanger at the OU Airport. MF: What would you say is your personal

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style and how has it developed from college to now? JV: Affordable casual. I stock up on sales at Topman, Zara, Nike’s website, and whatever weird men’s stores I see in New York. I don’t go too crazy with patterns since I’m so pale in this dreary weather, so I gravitate toward earth tones and navy hues.. MF: What have you accomplished since you’ve graduated from Ohio University? JV: I’ve bopped around

at a few companies in various roles until I found an employer I truly like. My biggest accomplishment is my career so far, now I just have to work on everything else. MF: Who or what influences your style then and now? JV: I don’t have a specific influence, just whatever catches my eye with a sales tag on it. MF: What advice would you give to your college self? JV: Don’t take yourself so seriously. It’s not worth it.

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Which of these songs are you most likely to listen to when you are getting ready for the day?


Which artist would you love to see in concert?


You’re walking on the beach and “Island in the Sun” by Weezer comes on, you:


Your friend hands you the aux cord. What genre are you most likely to play?


You have had a bad day and want to listen to some music. What mood or style are you looking to set?

A. “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield B. “Finesse” by Bruno Mars C. “Chicken Fried” by the Zac Brown Band D. “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing” by Stevie Wonder

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Are instantly in a better mood Feel like you are Aquamarine Get annoyed by how overplayed this song is Want to hear something more old school

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For those who enjoy a scenic route and an old country song, Gatlinburg is the place to go. The beautiful Smoky Mountains surround the city, whether walking through Dollywood or horseback riding through the area.


Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C., fits those with oldschool music taste; for in Washington, everything is historic with a little modern flare. You can visit the White House or a Smithsonian museum to soak up the fascinating knowledge in each location. Your spring break is sure to be packed with enriching history!

Phoenix, Arizona

Davenport, Florida

Phoenix, Arizona, is a place for people who enjoy to vacation, yet yearn to explore lesser visited travel spots. If you prefer outdoor activities and nature, there are plenty of fun-filled things in Phoenix to fill up spring break desires: the Desert Botanical Garden, South Mountain Park, and Camelback Mountain. The best part? At each location you have free range to jam to your favorite songs!

During break, many people enjoy the beach, but hate the copious amount of people there. In Davenport, you can still enjoy all that the beach and warm weather has to offer while also getting that sought after quiet time. You love what is current, but also know that while on vacation you need time to unplug and relax.




y for spring break, but not sure where to go? Do you stening to music? Take this quiz and find out the perfect nation for much-needed time off.






Splurging on makeup and hair products at stores like Sephora and Nordstrom is satisfying, but expensive. Drugstore products can be the same, if not better, in quality compared to some expensive brands. The same can be said for hair care products, which can be more costly than makeup. While there are high-end products on the market worth the splurge, often the exact same look can be achieved for a more affordable price. 178 | THREAD

FOUNDATION FAVORITES Foundation is the base of one’s makeup and can transform the skin. It can give a dewy and hydrated, matte and poreless, or natural and smooth finish. Last year, Dior came out with their Diorskin Forever Perfect Foundation, which retails for $52 and provides a flawless finish for all skin types. Milani Cosmetics also released their Conceal and Perfect 2-In-1 Foundation and Concealer for $10. This drugstore foundation will give skin the same full coverage effect for $42 less. Both of these products contain a similar pigment percentage to achieve the coverage desired along with natural ingredients to improve skin’s complexion.


LASHES GALORE Benefit Cosmetics created Roller Lash mascara, similar in formular to Tarte Cosmetics’ Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara. These two products provide volume and length at the same price of $23. Within the past year, L’Oréal released their Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara, which gives maximum length, as well as thick and lifted lashes for only $9.99. Customer reviews reveal that it’s L’Oréal’s toprated mascara and has been compared to other high-end brand mascaras like Dior, Tarte, and Givenchy. 180 | THREAD

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PIGMENT OR PRICE Eyeshadow can be a tricky product to find dupes for because there are so many varieties of palettes and single shadows. Every brand creates different formulas for their eyeshadows and have the ability to mix different combinations to create the perfect, cohesive palette. The makeup community raves about the Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills ($55). This palette holds a variety of warmtoned shades with both matte and shimmer finishes. Soon after this palette was released, NYX Cosmetics released their Ultimate Finish Multi-Finish Shadow Palette in the shade Warm Rust for $20. Both palettes provide an identical shade range with extremely creamy and blendable shadows that will aid in achieving warm-toned looks. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 181

PREP AND SET When finished with makeup application, the final step is to secure and lock everything into place using a setting spray. Urban Decay is known for their All Nighter LongLasting Makeup Setting Spray, providing a natural finish with long-wearing technologies for $32. Recently, Milani Cosmetics stepped up the drugstore setting spray game with the Make It Last Setting Spray to prime, correct, and set makeup for only $10. 182 | THREAD

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BATTLE OF THE OILS Keeping hair healthy and hydrated is key to continuous growth, smooth texture, and color treatment. Oils are a great way to keep hair at its highest quality after washing. OUAI created an oil for all hair types that protects hair while hydrating with nourishing minerals. The Hair Oil costs $28, but is it necessary to spend that much for good results? Dove also came out with an oil called the Regenerative Nourishment Serum-In-Oil for $5.99. Both products have similar ingredients. They both provide the same benefits, but Dove’s is a quarter of the price.


Testing out products that work best for your skin and hair can be time consuming, but once you find the perfect product you know what to look for in the future. From foundation and mascara, to shampoo and conditioner, there are endless products that can help one achieve the desired results. Using customer reviews and ratings is a great way to narrow down choices if you don’t know what to try. High-end and drugstore products can provide the same benefits; all you have to do is try 184 | THREAD

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HAIRCARE’S HOTTEST Haircare products can make a world of a difference when it comes to hair color, growth, and texture. Hair masks can help improve all three areas with the right ingredients and product amount. Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment can repair damaged hair while keeping it nourished and conditioned for $43. Or, achieve the exact results for just $6 with the TRESemmÊ Nourish and Replenish Mask. Both products can be applied after washing hair with shampoo. It is recommended to put a generous amount throughout the hair and let the product sit for 5-10 minutes before thoroughly washing again. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 185

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BACK OF THE CLOSET An in-depth look at today’s most buzz-worthy topics.


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he fashion industry, like many industries, receives an ample amount of criticism for a variety of reasons. Among these criticisms, one is that there is a consistent lack of designers, stylists, and models of color. Some raise questions as to why people of color (POC) are not equally represented in an industry that supposedly caters to everyone. When looking at mainstream, successful designers, there is a quick realization that a majority of them are white. However, this issue has not gone unnoticed. The lack of diversity and representation in fashion has been tackled by writers in countless articles and think pieces. It is an issue on the minds of many: fashion writers, designers, and students at Ohio University. Rogene Evans, a student studying journalism and a fashion enthusiast, believes designers of color have yet to be given a platform to reach mainstream audiences. “There isn’t a lack of POC designers in general, but a lack of mainstream designers,” Evans said. “I feel like they


aren’t given the platform like so many other designers. How many of them have deals with large department stores to sell their clothes?” Evans’ comment is not far from the truth. After a quick look through any popular department store, it is clear that there is a lack of representation. Department stores like Macy’s, TJ Maxx, and JCPenney are all guilty of this. Most designers featured in these stores are white and American. But why? Designers of color are just as qualified and talented, and many of the designs featured by white designers have been heavily influenced by POC. For example, the recent explosion of streetwear-inspired designs. Streetwear style is influenced heavily by African American culture. Yet, mainstream designers have created lines and pieces that mimic streetwear without paying proper homage or respect. When this occurs, it appears as though white designers created a style that they did not. “It’s a paradox really,” said Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments, a Chicagobased investment firm. “AfricanAmericans have generally been the purveyors of style in our country for much of our history, and yet African-American designers have such trouble breaking out and creating 190 | THREAD


businesses of any scale.” Hobson also mentioned the difficulty shoppers face when attempting to support designers of color. “I do feel a responsibility to support our community, but when it comes to designers, what is challenging is their clothes are often not in the stores where I go,” Hobson said. “I have to hunt them down.” The state of representation of POC in the industry raises many questions. Perhaps POC are seen only as tokenizable. Or, maybe, it’s easier to steal or appropriate than to let the creators get recognition. Rasheedah Beatty, a student studying journalism, shared her thoughts on POC not being recognized. “I also think that designers of color do not get the recognition that they deserve, so they go unnoticed in the industry as being the masterminds 192 | THREAD

behind certain brands,” Beatty said. “I think POC designers are everywhere creating. But either someone that is already mainstream bites off their brand, or they can’t get the funding to be mainstream.” People of color have historically been exploited by mainstream retailers. This isn’t just within fashion. Black Americans have fueled much of pop culture for decades. Popular slang terms, like “slay” and “fleek,” were created by POC and are widely used in mainstream culture. Not only is there little to no recognition of this fact, but these terms are also consistently found on clothing and accessories. Shayne Oliver, of Hood by Air, has his own reasons for why he believes there is a lack of representation of men of color in fashion. “That’s our role: to wear

it, look cool in it, put lifestyle in it, as opposed to being the person pushing the ideas out,” Oliver said. “Making clothes is not seen as a man’s job in black culture.” Representation isn’t just missing from department stores and runways. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CDFA), a board created to represent fashion’s biggest players, is predominantly white. This is not an accurate depiction of those who are creating trends. So, where are the designers of color on that board? Tracy Reese is one person of color on the board. She designed Michelle Obama’s dress for the Democratic National Convention in 2012, and received quite a lot of buzz after her designing Obama’s dress. According to a New York Times article titled, “Fashion’s

Racial Divide,” Steven Kolb, chief executive of the CFDA, says that, “fashion is an industry that celebrates and rewards talent, whatever color it is and, indeed, when designers apply for the CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund, one of the industry’s most crucial mentoring programs, they do so initially with portfolios that do not include information about race.” The article also went on to say that schooling, funds, and underrepresentation of POC in the industry are reasons for the dismal amount of POC represented in the industry. However, lack of representation doesn’t end with designers. Many models of color are treated as though they are invisible. While in most recent years there have been more models of different cultures, shades, genders, and sizes, all is not well. Traditionally, WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 193

on runways and in magazines, one would see that most models looked similarly: tall, skinny, and white. It seemed like the same models were recycled, and that designers did not notice that there were a variety of individuals who could wear their garments. Once people started listening to those who wanted more diversity, the industry started seeing more models of color, followed by models of all sizes and genders. The industry boasts models who are more diverse than ever before. But, does that “solve” the issue of diversity? No. The fashion industry may be more inclusive now with models, but the lack of designers is still an issue. Amani Scottie, who is studying Sociology: Pre-Law and Philosophy, believes the lack of representation stems from leadership. “In terms of POC being CEOs of mainstream companies, there is a lack there,” Scottie said. In a New York Times article, Bethann Hardison, founder of the Diversity Coalition said, “There were more high-profile black designers in the 1970s than there are today.” As that may be true, there are still designers of color who have had successful fashion stories. Some designers include Edward Wilkerson, fashion director of Lafayette 148, and B

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Michael of b michael AMERICA, whose line is sold at Macy’s. Though it is not required for the fashion industry to reflect all POC, the industry and consumers should encourage more POC to be designers and recognize the ones present. Rihanna has made her mark on the fashion world by becoming an inspiration to designers with her creations and strong work ethic. She was previously awarded the CFDA Fashion Icon award, and Vogue named her the biggest influence of 2014 catwalks. However, Rihanna is a superstar, and her path to creating in the fashion and beauty industries was different from the experiences of many others. Nevertheless, she serves as an inspiration and example of what good can happen when representation is present. The fashion world can only gain from including, representing, and respecting people of color. From models to designers, representation has a long way to go. Hopefully, the industry will continue to evolve and acknowledge those who have been unjustly left out of the conversation for so long. Diversity must be more than just a box for industry professionals to check, it must be true and accurate representation.





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ith celebrities sporting all-black attire at the Golden Globe awards this year, the conversation about fashion and activism reached a new high, and the mingling of these two worlds can sometimes be like walking on a tightrope. On February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida, a neighborhood watch captain called 911. George Zimmerman told the operator he saw a “suspicious” person wearing a “dark hoodie.” Moments later, Zimmerman shot the person out of what he claimed was self-defense. Just a month later, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin became the reason for outcry across the country. Former talk show host Geraldo Rivera triggered debate when he said that parents of African-American and Latino youth in particular should

“not let their young children go out wearing hoodies.” Imani Perry of Princeton University’s Center for African American Studies told CNN, “Because of the pervasive and trenchant racial stereotypes associated with black young people, especially males, their styles are often singled out for criticism, as signs of criminality and misdeeds.” Soon, there were “hoodie marches” across the United States when WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 197

thousands sported hoodies in solidarity against racial profiling. Protesters marched in the name of anyone who was perceived as “suspicious” just for wearing a hoodie. While hoodies have always been popular among high schoolers and billionaire CEOs of companies started in basements, they began to show up at churches, senate floors, and rallies. LeBron James tweeted a picture of Miami Heat players wearing hoodies with the words #WeAreTrayvonMartin, #Hoodies, and #stereotypes. Soon, a rather unassuming item of clothing become a symbol for fighting against social stigma. Historically, fashion and politics have been intertwined. When the Nazis occupied France during the Second World War, women wore hats and accessories as a way to show resistance and celebrate French culture. The suffragettes dressed and presented themselves as men in direct opposition to oppressive gender norms. In 1963, women participating in the March on Washington wore denim overalls to show their support for civil rights. In this year’s Women’s March, many protests across the world were led by powerful women in pink hats. Minority communities have worn clothes 198 | THREAD


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that were traditionally used to stigmatize them and have worn them with pride in order to show their identity, even at the risk of violence. Designers like Rick Owens, Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, and Miuccia Prada have used the catwalk to ignite public discourse about issues of animal rights, body image, equality, diversity, and the refugee crisis. Brands including Dior, Public School, Prabal Gurung, and Opening Ceremony have also launched their own politically-charged T-shirts. But while there has been an unprecedented support for the T-shirts online, there is also an exclusivity factor that makes these clothes, and the messages they embody, inaccessible to most of the population. “The manufacturing of clothing—like that of perfume, clothing, and every other luxury good—now follows the pyramid model: the exquisite work is produced in a very limited quantity by a coterie of highly skilled traditional craftsmen in France, Italy, and the United Kingdom,” writes Dana Thomas in her book Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster, their price making them just a dream for most of the minorities they claim to stand for. The Internet age has given rise

to a consumer-base that is vocal about their beliefs more than ever before. Consumers today are holding brands accountable for their involvement, or lack thereof, in important social and political causes. Social media sites make it easy for followers to question the influential people they follow about their silence surrounding important events in the country. When Taylor Swift tweeted her support for the Women’s March, many were quick to question why she had not participated in it. The current generation of socially-conscious consumers are rethinking their own ideas about activism and can see right through the insincerity of certain brands and individuals who jump onto activist bandwagons. While most people are keen to see their favorite brands or celebrities support causes they believe in, they are also wary of movements that become aesthetic and dilute the original message. This commercialization of ideas, especially ones that speak against the everyday reality of certain groups in society who have been the target of violence or discrimination, stands the risk of being a marketing tactic. Activism using fashion might be a useful strategy for expressing WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 201

our beliefs, but activism done in a way that is profitable, especially by high fashion brands, can leave a sour aftertaste. The MUSHPIT magazine co-founder Bertie Brandes told i-D, “If fashion is the commodification of aspirational trends, which it is, this is a perfect example of a perfect product: aspirational in both price and politics.” Sometimes a glass ceiling is genuinely shattered. After Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, John Galliano, and Raf Simons, a woman was named the artistic director of Christian Dior, for the first time since the company was started 70 years ago. In September 2016, Maria Grazia Chiuri, in her first ready-to-wear collection, sent out an impeccably decked-out model on the runway wearing a T-shirt that loudly proclaimed, “We Should All Be Feminists.” The celebrities in her front row included the usual faces— Diane Kruger, Marion Cotillard, Rihanna—but her guest of honor was feminist Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, whose words from her essay were emblazoned on the T-shirts. The

shirt soon went viral, thanks to a little help from megastar Rihanna who wore it and shared a picture with her 60 million Instagram followers. Soon, Hollywood A-listers like Natalie Portman and Jennifer Lawrence were snapped by paparazzi wearing the same shirts. The Telegraph reported that the Fashion Museum Bath, which has been crowning a dress of the year since 1963 to mark the fashion moment of the year, chose to honor the shirt. In February, Dior announced that a percentage of proceeds from the sales of the now iconic T-shirt will benefit Rihanna’s non-profit organization, The Clara Lionel Foundation. The T-shirt in BERTIE BRANDS question would be available at all Dior boutiques and online for a price of $710. Rachel Lubitz in her article for Mic said, “Charitable efforts made via retail purchases are a useful way to raise funds, but making the price point so high, and using the not-meantironically text ‘we should all,’ on an item that costs more than an iPhone is making this a charity op exclusively for the rich. Seems counterintuitive to the cause, no?”


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Despite today’s popularity of shapewear and other constricting garments, body-modifying clothing’s history started centuries ago. While it may seem like Spanx and waist trainers are the first shapewear of their kind, this timeline of shapewear’s long history proves it has impacted the dress of many in both the past and present. Shapewear can be defined as a category of undergarments designed to temporarily alter a wearer’s body or specific body parts. This can include a variety of products, ranging from corsets in the early Renaissance period to spandex shorts of the current century.

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During the ’50s, the hourglass-figure once again dominated beauty culture. Pin-up girls and icons like Marilyn Monroe were a reflection of societal beauty standards. They had curvaceous silhouettes and wore shapewear that emphasized the breasts, waist, and hips. When people today think of traditional shapewear, the styles of the ’50s are often what come to mind. Girdles and petticoats were back in action, worn under big skirts, like those worn by the ladies in “Grease.” Circle dresses were worn to give the illusion of a small waist. Instead of the thin, straight-figured look of the 1920s, this time period was all about showing curves.


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The shapewear of the 1990s focused on flattening one’s stomach and slimming one’s figure. From the birth of Spanx in 2000, shapewear began to focus less on accentuating parts of the body and more on slimming them, especially with thin supermodels like Kate Moss and Linda Evangelista dominating fashion magazines. This became the age of “heroin chic,” a controversial term dubbed by Calvin Klein, whose campaigns featured models with pale skin and thin limbs that aimed to resemble that of heroin addicts. The obsession of appearing thin was extremely popular this decade, and Kate Moss claimed “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” 210 | THREAD


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Today, shapewear is often associated with fitness and toning. For example, the waist trainer is a corset-like garment that claims to aid in creating tight and strong abs. Many of these claims can be attributed to social media influencers. Pop culture icons, like the Kardashian and Jenner sisters, openly admit to wearing waist trainers and other shaping garments. Kim Kardashian-West recently revealed on her website, KimKardashianWest.com, that she wears multiple pairs of shaping shorts at a time. Garments today are also created using Lycra and other body-conscious materials, which allow for a more breathable and comfortable feel. Shapewear has become widely popular for the use altering the appearance parts of the body under articles of clothing. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 211

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he art of tattooing has existed since 2000 B.C. Egyptian mummies have been discovered with art all over their bodies, representing a variety of different meanings. Body modifications served as different symbols in Egyptian society, including indicators of class, status, religion, signs of adornment, or even punishments. Some tattoos were specifically placed on certain parts of the body due to different cultures’ superstitions. If one were to receive a tattoo around the wrist or fingers, then they would be able to ward away illness and disease. Some would get tattoos to send messages to others, like marking their forearms to show they possessed a certain skill or belonged to a certain group. Nomadic tribes in South America developed a unique

method for tattooing, which is what would be considered today as “stick and poke” tattooing. Tribes used bamboo needles dipped in ink and poked them into the skin to create a design representative of important cultural milestones. This underground method of self-expression has since evolved into a popular trend still common today. During the ’60s and ’70s, the stick and poke method began to circulate around Western culture. People began using pen ink, quill ink, black India ink, and sewing needles for their DIY tattoos. A common criticism of stick and poke tattoos is the potential health risk. Tattoo shops use professional equipment to ensure safety and sanitation when giving tattoos. Shops have “tattoo kits” that feature medical quality


tools that are pre-packaged, sterilized, and disposable. No needle is used twice. It is important for studios to sanitize their equipment and keep their equipment up to code for both safety and health reasons. When doing a stick and poke tattoo, taking health and safety precautions is extremely important. Since someone is most likely doing their tattooing at their home, they do not necessarily have access to the proper, sanitary equipment. Stick and poke tattooing serves as an outlet for people to make their creativity permanent. Many people choose the DIY route simply because it is less expensive or more entertaining. Others say that it is a good bonding experience and thrilling to create 214 | THREAD

something that will last a lifetime. Sometimes, the meaning behind a tattoo is just as important as who gives it to someone. Alan Sarver, a student at Ohio University, has quite the experience with stick and poke tattoos. While in Thailand, Sarver got a Sak Yant tattoo, which is done by a Buddhist monk or Ajarn. The tattoo is done with a metal rod and is believed to give the wearer magical powers, like luck, wealth, health, family, and protection. Sarver’s tattoo holds a special meaning and provides good fortune for life. “[The tattoo] is called the Hah Taew, it’s five lines. Each row in the five row Yant carries a different meaning, ranging from protection for my friends and family to good energy and good luck,” Sarver

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said. Sarver said he enjoyed his tattooing experience. Not only does the tattoo look great, but the fact that it was given and blessed by a monk added meaning to the his experience. Hannah Wintucky, a thirdyear student at Ohio University, has four tattoos. Only one is a stick and poke, and the others were professionally done. She experienced less pain with the traditionally-administered tattoos. She got a Sak Yant tattoo alongside Sarver in Thailand during summer 2017. Wintucky said that her Sak Yant tattoo was much more painful than her other tattoos. “With Sak Yants, they hammer needles into your skin with ink. Although it heals faster than regular tattoos, it hurt so bad,” she said.

Regular tattoo guns scrape skin, but Sak Yants pierce the skin and put ink in. Punctures typically heal faster than scrapes. “Mine is on my spine, and I could feel every pierce of the needle,” Wintucky said. Even with 15 piercings, she ranks her Sak Yant as her most painful body modification. Both Sarver and Wintucky participated in a special ceremony with the Ajarn who gave them their tattoos. The ceremony included praying, a gift ceremony, and consultation about their lives, which resulted in the tattoos they received. The Ajarn chanted quietly throughout the application of the tattooing process. Wintucky received a red lotus flower with a prayer down the middle of her spine in Khmei, the WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 215

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official language of Cambodia. The healing process of the Sak Yant tattoo was much faster than the healing of a professionally done tattoo, according to Wintucky. “My parents and friends were super worried that my tattoo was going to get infected. I got it in Thailand then continued to travel for two weeks after, but it’s been the best healing tattoo I’ve had so far. But other than that, everyone that has seen my tattoo have liked it. It’s really unique and has a cool story behind it,” Wintucky said. A DIY tattoo tells a story and represents a meaningful experience or moment in time that one can hold on to forever. Megan Barnes, a first-year student at Ohio University, has a simple DIY tattoo that reminds her of those close to her. “I have a stick figure of a girl on the inside of my middle finger, and my two best friends have matching ones,” Barnes said. The tattoo is a reminder of their friendship and everything they have been through together. The tattoo reminds them that their friendship will always be there, regardless of how far away they are from each other. Though maybe painful, the three have the memory of giving each other tattoos that provide reminder of meaningful memories that will last forever.


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The beauty industry has always held a strong influence in South Korea—with a number of television shows dedicated entirely to reviewing beauty products—but in 2011, the frenzy reached another level. In 2011, Korean brand Dr. Jart introduced its line of BB creams in Sephora, and their popularity soon prompted international brands like L’Oréal, Smashbox, Clinique, Jane Iredale, Stila, and Dior to introduce their own versions. It’s easy to see why Korean beauty products have become so popular. K-beauty, which includes practices like having an extensive skincare regime and wearing minimal makeup, focuses on having clear skin and a natural look. For those who are short on time or are just lazy, Korean skincare brands also offer a variety of face masks that target every skin problem imaginable. Several brands in South Korea source their ingredients from food products like vegetables and fruits,

packing them with nutrients from natural ingredients. The makeup trend, which emphasizes a look that is subtle and lowmaintenance, but long-lasting, has become a favorite of beauty gurus worldwide. Not only do these products have adorable packaging, but they are also created using the latest innovations in beauty technology and come at a variety of price points. For those interested in the weird, there is also the occasional offering of something unusual, but intriguing. Joyce Kong, the Korean beauty correspondent for Refinery29, told The New York Times in a 2014 interview, “There has been snail cream and snake venom lotion. Right now, donkey milk is a thing.” While this is true, K-beauty includes familiar products like cleansers, toners, serums, and mists. Now, it’s easier than ever to add some Korean products to an everyday beauty routine because many popular brands are available WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 219

from Amazon, Sephora, and Forever 21. Hyungjung Jeon, a fourthyear student at Ohio University, was born in Seoul and raised in South Korea. Compared to most girls, she began taking care of her skin quite early, as a 12-year-old. “I think the Korean products divide into too many steps; we have maybe nine different steps,” Jeon said. On a daily basis, Jeon’s beauty routine consists of four products: a mist, a serum, a lotion that is watery in consistency, and finally, a heavy cream to seal in the moisture from the lotion. She recommends using a cleansing foam during winter when skin tends to be more dry. “A lot of Korean women, they put cream and then facial oil as well,” Jeon said. When it comes to toners, the Korean beauty industry has two varieties including ones that strip away pollution and ones that have moisturizing properties. If prone to dry skin, Jeon also recommends spraying on a mist. “Tap it into your face to absorb it,” she said. Jeon also tries to use

a face mask once or twice a week, but her busy schedule often does not allow this luxury. When it comes to homemade solutions, she mixes black sugar with lime juice and to use as a scrub. For those looking to begin a Korean skincare routine, Jeon said that moisturizing is the key to clear, healthy skin. What kind of beauty advice did she get from her family? “I got don’t go out without sunscreen a lot!” she said. Often, it’s tempting to buy beauty products that are popular online or recommended by beauty bloggers, but sometimes spending money on these products may not be the best choice. Jeon suggests picking products that suit one’s skin tone and changing a beauty routine to suit the weather. Using heavy products, especially during humid weather, can cause clogged pores and result in acne. Jeon did not always have flawless skin, and she used to struggle with acne, but having a steady beauty routine from an early age helped a lot. Keep a routine simple with only a few products that are perfect for your beauty needs and commit to it.


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In July 2017, a new company with a simple mission emerged. Brandless is an e-commerce site that sells everything from household items to personal products. The new retailer is not just a typical online convenience store. What sets Brandless apart is its dedication to high-quality, low-cost products. How low? Every product that Brandless sells costs just three dollars. Brandless was founded by Tina Sharkey and Ido Leffler, who believe in quality over quantity. “Overconsumption is out, and access to the best stuff is in,” Sharkey wrote in a post on Medium.com. “Ido and I feel very strongly that a company has to be about something greater than any one product or service in itself. It has to be about the grander opportunity to inspire a movement that ushers in a new wave of consumer culture that makes sense,” Sharkey wrote. Brandless currently offers products in six categories: food, household, beauty, personal care, health, and home and office. Many of these items are organic, non-GMO, fair trade, or eco-friendly. While focusing on selling household staples to keep costs down, the site does offer some fun options like partiallypopped popcorn and maple sugar lip balm. The brand is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and Minneapolis, Missouri, but Brandless is an entirely online 226 | THREAD

company. Ordering the products online is one of the ways that the company is able to keep the price of their products so low. The creators opted out of a traditional business model and are instead taking a different approach. With no stores, there is only one distributor. With their model, the middle man ceases to exist, which means that everything purchased comes directly from the source.


As the brand name suggests, the packaging of each item is simple. Minimal packaging and labels also help allow Brandless to keep their products affordable. Brandless is not just dedicated to low prices. The company also takes a sustainable approach to shopping. Many of the paper products sold on the site, including toilet paper, napkins and tissues, are “tree free�

and made from sugarcane and bamboo grass to fight against deforestation. The food section includes gluten-free and Kosher options, in addition to a wide variety of organic foods. Many of the kitchen supplies are silicone or porcelain. Organic cotton is used to make two-forthree-dollar wash cloths and other everyday essentials. In the home and office section, one can find recycled mechanical WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 227

pencils and highlighters. Brandless has bleach-free, chlorine-free, chemical-free, and cruelty-free items in just about every category. With such high standards and low prices it seems nearly too good to be true. The simple truth is that Brandless believes that everyone deserves access to a healthy lifestyle, and they have found a way to make that a reality. Brandless also partners with

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the nonprofit Feeding America. For every purchase made, the company, in partnership with Feeding America, donates a meal to someone suffering from hunger in the United States. Brandless also allows shoppers another give back with their B. More membership. B. More members pay $36 a year, three dollars a month, for their memberships, which allows them to not only get more, but to give more. Brandless currently

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offers a five dollar flat shipping rate, but members get free shipping. With each purchase of a membership, an additional 10 meals are donated through Feeding America. With each member purchase, Brandless donates two meals instead of one. Brandless calls this its “mission to democratize access to goodness.” The Brandless business model, while different, is not a shot in the dark. CEO and co-founder

Tina Sharkey is a co-founder and prior CEO of Sherpa Foundry, a company that strategically advises major businesses like Uber and Airbnb. Sharkey remains a partner at Sherpa Foundry today. She was also the global president of Johnson & Johnson’s BabyCenter and a cofounder of iVillage, an online media company that serves women. Like iVillage, Brandless’ business model revolves around building a relationship between the company and the consumer by serving them more directly and transparently. Ido Leffler has also co-founded several companies with social missions similar to Brandless. Yoobi, an e-commerce site that sells school supplies, operates on a “one for you, one for me” model, and donates an item to a U.S. school in need for every item purchased. Impressive résumés and experiences aside, this company is filling a need in the market by strategically serving a specific audience. Online shopping is becoming more and more common. Many grocery chains now allow shoppers to order their groceries online and pick them up at the store for a small service fee. Brandless is eliminating the drive to the store entirely. Millennials make the majority of their purchases online and have been shying away from popular brands with unethical practices. According to an article WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 229

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change the industry. In the past, consumers were faced with choosing between companies that operate ethically and offer great products at high prices, or companies with unsustainable practices that sell affordable products. Brandless shoppers no longer face that choice.

“Brandless started because my co-founder Ido Leffler and I feel strongly that the system by which goods are produced, marketed, and sold in this country is broken. Your values have value, and people should not be priced out of them,” Sharkey wrote in a post for Medium.com. This is shopping made easy: no

hassle, feel-good products, and the ability to give back to those in need. While it isn’t possible to buy everything at Brandless, household staples are what the company does best. From olive oil, to vitamins, to moisturizer, they have what everyone needs, which is something to consider before braving the lines at the supermarket. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 231


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BY ANDIE HUNT You’ve seen it on the street, on your feed, but could you see it on you? Clear clothing is a risky choice to make—but it’s a good one. This innovative look changes the game. The trend came back into play in 2010, targeting everyone as the consumer, and again in 2016 in a line by Song Seoyoon resembling “wearable garment bags.” The trend seems to gone mainstream, as it has been used by many popular designers, including Calvin Klein, Fendy, Burberry, and even Kanye West. The Yeezy collection features thighhigh, clear rain boots, practical and plastic…plastical. Too much? The clear clothing trend has grown in popularity, but not in favorability. People are put off by the sheer fact that you can see right through the garment. But in a world where everything is unexpected and opaque, why not welcome some translucency? This edgy and youthspirited trend is not only cute, but also makes a political statement. The sheer plastic has been used in different instances of layering over other clothing or just bearing it all and ‘freeing the nipple,’ but either way it is always ready for the looming threat of precipitation.

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BY HANNAH ELLINGER If you’re like me, you love to stay upto-date on the latest trends. But one trend to skip out on is the clear clothing and accessories trend. I understand showing off a super cute outfit, but these clear plastic clothes look like a tacky rain jacket. The same look could be achieved by swaddling yourself in plastic wrap. At its best, clear sandals and shoes can be used to show off your oh-so-fancy socks or freshly painted toenails. At its worst, you will end up with very sweaty feet and a limp due to the awkward way you have had to walk around all day. Who even thought it was a good idea to make shoes out of clear plastic? The shoes themselves have absolutely no bend. If you manage to get the shoes onto your feet, forget about that midterm exam, because taking steps is now the biggest obstacle. Now comes the hardest part. Since the shoes are made from nothing but plastic, your feet will begin to sweat profusely. Not only are your feet sweating, but the sweat is visible because guess what? You’re wearing clear plastic, see-through shoes. As if it wasn’t hard enough to walk in the rock-hard shoes before, now you’re sliding around like butter on a sizzling frying pan because your feet are sweaty and slipping out of the shoes themselves. If this sounds like fun to you, go ahead and purchase a pair of clear plastic shoes and a matching parka. But I think we can all agree that much like your feet after a day of wearing these shoes, this whole clear plastic trend should be obliterated.


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