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SUMMER HOROSCOPES What does your summer ‘16 have in store?

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THE EVOLUTION OF MUSIC VIDEO STYLE

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Table of Contents SPRING 2016

FRONT OF BOOK

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

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16 Runway Realway 20 Celeb Style 24 Blogger of the Month 26 Kick It 30 Bend and Snap 34 Stand Corrected 38 Multi-Masking 50 Graphic Content

44 WORN OUT

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60 Coated 62 Bottle Service 64 Take a Hike 68 Baked Bouquet 70 Wake Up Call 2 | THREAD

56 SWEET TART


74 CALM OVER COURT

WHO, WHAT, WEAR

80 Gourmet On the Go 86 Personal Connection

MIDDLE OF BOOK

90 LUSH

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Pixie Dusted Opulence En Pointe 6 Looks We Like: NYC

CAMPUS CASUAL 156 158 160 162

Spring & Summer Horoscopes Seniors Tell All Take it or Leave it No Sweat

BACK OF THE CLOSET 166 182 190 196 202 208

176 CONSCIOUS CONSUMPTION

Sound in Motion Breaking the Binary Lock it in Socialite #CarryaCountry Rant/Rave: High-Wasited Bathing Suits


HAUTE ONLINE Looking for some new blogs to add to your radar? Whether scrolling for meal inspo or needing a quick DIY gift, we've got you virtually covered.

FORGET FASHION Forget fashion? Impossible when the man in front of the camera lens is intriguing from head to toe. Chris John Millington is that guy, and the brains behind the blog FORGET FASHION. The 26-year-old is a fashion model who is idolized for his Tumblr-worthy beard. Millington is based in Scotland, but was first scouted in a London coffee shop in April 2013. Millington’s blog showcases his modeling talent and accompanies it with his own passion for writing. He connects normal aspects of his life, like his passion for skateboarding as a child to his fashion and modeling career. Case in point, Millington is currently obsessed with sensible footwear because his body is worn from skating several hours a day in his youth. Aside from personal tales, Millington also provides tips and tricks for fashion woes, including a guide to denim fits and shapes, and how to style jeans. With his modeling position and his passion for writing, Millington’s blog is a must-follow for fashion enthusiasts. -PAIGE BENNETT 4 | THREAD


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LEHAPPY Alternative, rebellious, and bold, New York’s Luanne Perez-Garreaud touches on everything from fashion and beauty to travel and home décor on her blog, Le Happy. The blog features galleries of Perez-Garreaud in punk rock outfits showing off her stunning burgundycopper hair paired with fierce eyeliner and dark lips. Clicking through the blog is a little bit like rocking out to Nirvana because it gives off a let’s-start-a-riot vibe, but without all of the screaming. While most of the blog does show off ripped panty hose paired with a touch of leather or something distressed, Perez-Garreaud does do a good job of crafting professional looks to suit her style like a tribal romper, a tapered blazer, and a black pump. As we head into summer, Le Happy features videos on how to flaunt boyfriend jeans or vlogs about her trip to Cuzco to inspire summer traveling looks. Luanne Perez-Garreaud has raised the bar for what it means to have an alternative edge. She stays up to date on the latest makeup looks and style icons, and is always giving them her own flare to break away from the status quo. Unlike other fashion blogs, there is not a lot of written pieces as Perez-Garreaud prefers to stick to galleries and videos. A blogger, a beauty, and a badass , Perez-Garreaud is leaving viewers very Le Happy. – RYLIE BROWN WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 5


NOT EATING OUT IN NEW YORK Welcome to Not Eating Out in New York, where the experience of home-cooked meals is valued over the experience of dining out in a city saturated with new, interesting, and suave restaurants. Well, the interesting, suave restaurant that’s on the list of new places to try is now the kitchen at home. Cathy Erway returned to the stove in her kitchen in 2008 after a couple years of constantly ordering takeout, eating in restaurants, and having street stand food in New York City. Since then, she wrote two books about cooking at home, started a podcast, and began her blog, Not Eating Out in New York. A large variety of recipes are available to take home and try out, such as breakfast, seafood, pasta and noodles, grains, and meat and poultry. They are available to view either in a modge podge under her Recipes tab or by listed category. There are even options for vegetarians and vegans. For inspiration, Erway’s “Reason of the Month” provides constant motivation to cut back or completely quit dining out. Reasons such as “to better experience the seasons” or “to eat with purpose every time,” can even get the message to the most unmotivated person to move them to the kitchen instead of a restaurant. This blog encourages acceptance of imperfect dishes and cooking novices no matter the experience, and invites readers to learn more about what’s on their plates and what they can stock in their fridges. Even in her podcast, “Eat Your Words,” Erway opens up a new world and a new point of view on food and cooking at home. – COURTNEY MIHOCIK 6 | THREAD


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DECOR8 Luminous still images of bedroom décor, pretty potted plants, and DIY supplies are just a few specks of inspiration found on Holly Becker’s blog, www.decor8blog.com. Becker is a journalist and an interior designer who works with her husband Thorsten and the rest of her team to transform what was once a personal inspiration blog into a global design marvel. Established in 2006, Decor8 has since partnered with dozens of familiar brands including Etsy, Minted, Canon, Pinterest, Squarespace, and more to create brand content, packages, and promos on many types of media platforms for their clients. Beyond its interior design and branding elements, Decor8 hosts a section devoted to Books and Magazines where Holly indulges her readers with her love for new ideas and themes that are significant in her life. One blog post narrates her fondness of food trucks popping up in her village in Germany, as well as the new book, “Food Trucks” by Kreative Küchen auf Rädern, which highlights some of Germany’s best automobile eateries. As the author of three books—“Decorate,” “Decorate Workshop,” and “Decorate with Flowers”—she has developed a knack for what inspires herself and her readers. Other sections of the blog include Arts and Crafts, Color Inspiration, Recipes, DIY, Trends, and more—fit for any kind of artist seeking new material. - ERIN FAUSEL WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 7


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

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LACE UP FLATS There is

nothing that makes me happier than an accessory that is both stylish and functional. Instead of spending the warmer months stumbling around in uncomfortable high heels, I’ll be picking up a pair of lace-up flats—the spring trend that is straight off the runway from designers like Michael Kors and Salvatore Ferragamo. No ordinary shoe, the delicate, lace-up is playful yet more sophisticated than your average ballet flat. This upgrade on an old, classic staple will have your wardrobe all tied up for spring. – MICHELLE FRANTZ


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choker is back and 90s kids everywhere are rejoicing. Now, I’m not talking about the tattoo choker that made its reign years ago, but a more sophisticated and refined style with a millennial edge. I have loved wearing these for the past couple of months now. What makes the choker trend so appreciable is how versatile it really is. Whether I just throw one on with a sweatshirt and jeans or pair one with a deep v romper, I know that it will always heighten my look. From diamond encrusted, DYLANLEX inspired chokers, to bolo ties or even a dainty ribbon with beads, there is a choker out there for everyone and every occasion. – LINDSEY SMECKER WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 9


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NAOMI CAMPBELL Naomi

Campbell. The mere mention of her name is enough to strike fear in the hearts of some, to inspire iconic quotes (my favorite “Check your lipstick before you come and talk to me!”), and to always recall images of awe-striking beauty. Naomi Campbell is not new by any means, but she is always timeless, always fresh. Her recent ad campaign for Guess is the perfect reminder of her constant, age-defying beauty, with Campbell leaving even her fellow campaign co-star A$AP Rocky speechless. One thing that is also unfaltering is her confidence. It’s visible in her signature walk, but also in her ability to strive bravely forward, which inspires me always. To say Naomi Campbell is back would mean she left. She is and always will be iconic. – LOUIS BARAGONA 10 | THREAD


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RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE C’mon Queens! It’s time

for another season of wig snatching, mouth popping, and lip syncing FOR. YOUR. LIFE! Ru Paul’s Drag Race made it to season eight, and it’s fiercer than ever. Drag Race, which has contestants compete in sewing, singing, acting, dancing, comedy, make-up, and runway strutting, is without a doubt the most comprehensive reality competition series in the history of television. The heart of the show, tucked beneath its glamourous outer layer, is the candid discussions the queens have about everything from gender expression, to the difficulties of living as gay men, to the freedom from a mundane existence achieved through drag culture. While the queens are judged on charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent, the real winners are the loyal viewers, kiki-ing at home from the fun (and shade) of it all. – DEVEN MIDDLETON

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SAILOR MOON There are few

things in this world that inspire me more than Sailor Moon and its perfect host of characters. I’ve been rewatching the show, and I’m obsessed with the costuming. Obviously their sailor uniforms are fabulous, but the looks they rock when they aren’t fighting crime or going to school are even more exciting. Between Usagi Tsukino’s adorable blend of pastels and all the characters’ fabulous layered looks and high-waisted shorts and pants, there is boundless outfit inspo. If only hair actually looked and moved that way—I’d grow my hair out! P.S. One day I’m going to get a tattoo of Sailor Jupiter’s transformation pen with the words “Behave aggressive” tattooed in a ribbon around it. I’m COMMITTED. – MEGAN FAIR

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Editor’s Note So should I begin with a quote from Elle Woods’ iconic graduation speech? No? Ok. Maybe later. This issue marks Thread’s final issue of the school year. Being a small part of this magazine’s evolution has been a privilege. To create change and to participate in the cycle of evolution is not always easy, but oftentimes the results are positive, worthwhile, and beautiful. In the cosmetic and beauty industry, there has been an evolution towards individuality, encouraging the tailoring of one’s products to fit individual needs. Multimasking (P. 38) is the perfect example of beauty as an evolution towards making everyone feel uniquely beautiful. Within fashion, as well, there has been a shift in favor of tailoring towards the necessities of one’s personal expression, providing people with the opportunity to perform their aesthetic as they see fit, transcending the gender binary (P. 182). That all being said, the process of evolution isn’t always a major or industry-disrupting change, it can also be in finding a new relationship like Gigi and Zayn’s (P. 22), in discovering a new way to get fit on the hiking trail (P. 64) or just in feeling free

enough to mix floral print and stripes (P. 90). In looking around at the world, whether in the fashion industry or otherwise, it can make one question whether progress is possible or if the difficulty of change is even worth it. If my time as Editor in Chief of Thread has taught me one thing, it’s that having a hand in creating change, no matter how small it may seem, is a beautiful thing. The evolution that I’ve witnessed firsthand at Thread is proof of it. “You must always have faith in people. And most importantly, you must always have faith in yourself” –Elle Woods

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thread EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Louis Baragona MANAGING EDITOR

Alicia MacDonald CREATIVE DIRECTOR Lindsey Smecker

DESIGN DIRECTOR Kayla Breeden

FEATURES EDITOR Michelle Frantz

PHOTO CHIEF Royle Mast

SEAMS EDITOR Deven Middleton

PHOTO EDITOR Erica Brechtelsbauer

WHO, WHAT, WEAR EDITOR Megan Fair

VIDEO CHIEF Hannah Squeglia

DIY EDITOR Paige Bennett

PUBLIC RELATIONS CHIEF Morgan Borer

COPY CHIEF Courtney Mihocik

BUSINESS MANAGER Hannah Haseman

WRITERS

Tiffany Bey, Kayla Blanton, Julia Brown, Rylie Brown, Sara Defibaugh, Abby Grisez, Natalie Helton, Alyssa King, Rachel O'Morrow, Jackie Osbourne, Sam Parker, Katherine Pinter, Katie Pittman, LynAnne Vucovich, Alex Warner

COPY EDITORS

Kayla Blanton, Julia Brown, Erin Fausel, Abigail Grisez, Alyssa King, Alicia MacDonald, Jackie Osborne, Katie Pittman, Alex Warner

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Kinsey Ball, Dani Bartley, Kelly Bondra, Colby Caldwell, Isaac Gibson, Kaitlin Hatton, Lindsey Lemons, Evan Leonard, Ellie Moore, Juli Pierandri, Kate Stone, Melina Triffon, Jenna Wallace, Kelly Wallace, Brooke White, Caitlyn Withers

DESIGNERS

Sarah Blankenship, Kelly Bondra, Samantha G端t, Katie Hoderlein, Ashley Moreman, Mikayla Schweck, Kate Stone, Audra Swan, Yumin Zhang, Grace Ziemke

STYLISTS

Adriana Mazzotta

PUBLIC RELATIONS TEAM

Ciara Sebecke, Rachel Sinistro

BLOGGERS

Alex Bertolini, Sam Parker, Madison Cleveland, Sara Defibaugh, Candice Wilder

MODELS

Caitlyn Adams, Olivia Barth, Davin Beumudez, Tiffany Bey, Cara Binder, Avery Bogart, Jordyn Bryant, Erin Casey, Candace Cottrell, Zachary Crandall, Jessica Friedman, Elicia Gibson, Abby Grisez, Madison Hall, Alex Hernandez, Katherine Miller, Katie Nelson, Maddie Nickels, Julianne Pierandri, Jeana Rayo, Alison Roncevich, Anna Rudin, Casey Sayles, Rachel Sider, Anthony Smith, Maddy Steel, Mary Stuard, Khanh-Vy Tran, Afua Yeboan, Perry Yert

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RUNWAYREALWAY BY HAADIZA OGWUDE PHOTOS BY ELLIE MOORE

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olce & Gabbana has started a trend by reinventing signature styles and patterns then infusing them with modern tailoring. When looking through Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s designs of the last few years, it is fair to say they have been creating something truly spectacular by taking old elements and making them new, while creating a sense of familiarity and unpredictability in their collections. The Men’s 2016 Spring line is infused with classic Asianic-inspired designs and patterns with modern tailoring. The patterns, which included images of peacocks, dragons, and swallows amidst iconic bamboo forests, were tailored to fit in three-piece suits, patched jeans, and pajama-style blouses and shorts. Every look that passed down the runway was visually intense and inspiring. Every pattern was unique, full of color, and represented everything that is spring and summer. Some key looks from the Men’s 2016 Spring line included crew neck sweatshirts adorned in intricate dragon-themed patterns, with black and white geometric trousers; vertical striped polos and shorts; three-piece short suits with matching bird designs; and faded blue and red leather bomber jackets with khaki pants. Although this collection has many components to it, its range of style and elements 16 | THREAD

makes for an easy collection to emulate. The line is very versatile and has a lot of room left for interpretation and experimentation. The key to incorporating elements of this line into one’s wardrobe lies primarily in finding pieces that are intricately designed like the pieces in this line. Dolce & Gabbana found their inspiration for these patterns from the Chinese Palace of Palermo. The Chinese Palace of Palermo is characterized by its love of the eccentric and exotic. Pieces that are well-tailored, with satin or silk material, and a unique, eccentric pattern will be popular this season. Another item that is sure to be popular this season will be patterned shorts. Patterned shorts have become a popular item in women’s fashion these past few years, and they will surely gain popularity in men’s fashion soon. Footwear such as canvas and suede TOMS-style slipon shoes, and distressed denim with lots of overdone patches, are also key elements of imitating this line. Dolce & Gabbana is classic, and this is shown in their range of expert tailoring and unique designing, seen in their Spring 2016 line. This collection provides a multitude of styles and outfits to fit any occasion, and will be virtually easy for anyone to create a stylish and original outfit that embodies the characteristics of Dolce & Gabbana, class and originality.


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Dolce & Gabbana Shirt Perry Ellis

Shoes Aldo

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Jean Shorts Levi

Jacket Nordstrom

Mesh Top Thrifted

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lexander Wang is known for innovation and experimentation when it comes to his designs, and his tenth anniversary collection is a prime example of that. After his split with Balenciaga in July, Wang announced that he wanted to turn his focus toward his own brand. High expectations prompted Wang to name his Spring 2016 line “No Concept.” Wang is always looking for what is new and fresh, and he never fails to find it. His Women’s Spring 2016 line was the embodiment of his dynamic vision and impressive career. Designers, especially in this day and age, are constantly looking for new ways to be original and innovative, whether it be through fabric development or technology. Wang’s Spring 2016 line incorporates classic elements of urban sportswear then blends it with gothic components and early 2000s Caribbean-inspired beach attire. “Sometimes I feel like the innovation moves faster than what we’re prepared to absorb,” Wang said before the show. “Maybe the idea of the mundane and the rejection of innovation is what feels modern.” Fringed leather pieces, deconstructed denim, army jackets, and slip dresses were staples of this spring’s collection. Looks included white, cropped, ribbed tank tops with chain link straps, worn with low-riding trousers; an oversized, khaki trench coat over a silk, lace

slip dress; and a fringed, black leather biker bustier with a white, frayed, denim maxi skirt. Wang’s mix of sportswear with gothic, dark elements was brilliant to say the least. Every look in the collection flowed together effortlessly, while maintaining an element of “cool.” Although the collection is casual and easy to emulate, the details that Wang put into this line do not go unnoticed, from the army jacket trimmed in long, black leather fringe, to the oversized, hooded sweatshirts embroidered with the word “Oakland,” to the long, denim, skirts and cutoffs that looked DIY-inspired. Studded sandals are a great place to start when trying to incorporate elements of this collection into any wardrobe. Black and nude chunky Velcro sandals will be a popular shoe of choice this spring and summer. Sheer and netted tops will also be very popular this season, as well as ribbed crop tops, paired with baggy trousers. With Wang’s experimentation with slip dresses, and Grammy-winning pop star Rihanna’s signature slip dress look, it is no wonder this style is taking over the fashion world. Alexander Wang is a cuttingedge designer that continues to bring a unique perspective to the fashion world. Although his run with Balenciaga has come to an end, there is no doubt that we will continue to see amazing things from this talented designer. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 19


CELEB STYLE BY SARAH RICHARDS PHOTOS BY OLIVER HAMLIN

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odel Bella Hadid and R&B artist The Weeknd are one vampy duo. The pair typically match in all-black attire. Hadid adores plunging necklines, like the Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture gown she slipped on for the Grammys. Her man looked classic in an all-black suit, and won two awards that night with his girlfriend by his side. Off of the red carpet, the couple looks elegant in simple pieces. Hadid grabbed major attention on a night out in NYC in a plunging black bodysuit and high-waisted jeans. She styled the look with short, black boots and a pair of slicked-back braids. Take her cue and ditch traditional spring pastels for a night out. Pair a dramatic, skintight top with some dark denim and look edgy from head to toe. The Weeknd, otherwise known as Abel Tesfaye, withheld his identity from the public until he signed with Republic Records in 2012. Tesfaye maintains a mysterious persona by wearing all-black clothing. While out with his girlfriend the R&B artist wore 20 | THREAD

a sporty jacket and pant set, a long black crew neck T-shirt, and white kicks. The Weeknd’s outfit can easily transition from day to night because of its monochromatic composition. The pair went for a lighter look when celebrating Hadid’s birthday in matching denim wear. The Weeknd stuck to black by wearing a pair of black pants and a T-shirt. However, the musician sported a light wash denim jacket matching with his lady’s high-waisted distressed jeans. Hadid paired the denim with a cropped, knit sweater in white and some lace-up heels in, you guessed it, black. Both looked fantastic in the easy-to-pull-off, casual daywear. High-waisted, skinnycut denim with heels elongates the legs. Plus, the color palette is flattering on any skin tone. By layering a light wash jacket over black, the attention is drawn toward the face. The signature palette of the duo is simple, yet eye catching. Hadid and The Weeknd are a fashion power couple, looking sophisticated, mysterious, and ever so coordinated.


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Z AY N M A L I K & G I G I H A D I D

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odel Gigi Hadid and former One Direction star boyfriend, Zayn Malik, kill it in neutrals. This fashion-forward couple flaunts sporty styles, simple colors, and coordinated clothes effortlessly. For a night out with Malik, the Victoria’s Secret model proved she could do it all by wearing an Adidas track suit with a pair of white converse. The homage to the late ’80s was complemented by a high ponytail and an redorange lip. Malik stuck to an allblack look by layering a leather jacket over a black sweater and dark jeans. As a newly independent artist, Malik is finally expressing his personal style. In an interview with for the April/May issue of Complex, the former boy band member expressed how his look was restricted. “I wasn’t allowed to keep [my beard] … I also wanted to dye my hair when I was in the band, but I wasn’t allowed to,” Malik said. Malik now expresses his authentic style with dark colored clothing. The independent artist

looked simple for his night out in a leather jacket and black pants. The outfit may seem daunting to the average person, but by pairing contrasting textures in a single color, anyone can wear monochrome. The pair rarely strays from neutrals but they do experiment with clothing genre. Hadid brought a Malik-inspired edge when she wore a pair of gray jeans, a black crop top, and a leather jacket for a night out. Gigi finished the look with a thick choker and a pair of black boots. Anyone can sport this ’90s-inspired look by pairing gray or dark denim with a fitted black top and a choker, of course. Malik’s fashion is grungy and focused. Malik’s charcoal gray skinny jeans and black longsleeve T-shirt matches his girl to a tee. Although his tattoos add a lot of edge to the outfit, the look is daring on its own. This couple knows how to make a statement in simple outfits. This clothing trend is nearly effortless yet impactful. So stock up on versatile neutral pieces to be bold this season. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 23


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or as long as I can remember, I’ve loved fashion and its ability to help me express my mood and personality. My favorite part about clothing is its constant evolution, which is just like that of my own personal style. While I was working as a journalist for newspapers my freshman year, I found that I wanted to find a more creative way to use my journalism degree. I knew that when I came to college, I wanted to pursue art or fashion, but I also wanted to be a writer. This led me to Thread magazine, which has given me the opportunity to learn more about writing and fashion than I could have ever imagined. After being a writer for Thread for just one semester, I found myself enveloped in intimidation by the prospect of running my own blog. However, I’ve always enjoyed sharing my favorite places to shop and clothing recommendations with my friends. I decided to take the plunge and accept a position as a Thread blogger because I think that sharing my personal style can inspire and be helpful to others. As a college student, I hate wasting money on clothing that I will only wear once. Everyone has those pieces that end up buried in the back of their closets, never to be seen, let alone worn, again. I want my blog to give students insight on items that I think are worth the money, and others that aren’t. 24 | THREAD

Every week, I “glam” an item that I think is a necessity, and “sham” an item that I could live without. Glam pieces tend to be sophisticated and classic items that can easily transfer from season to season. Sham pieces are usually more of a trend, or something that fits my personal style, but aren’t necessarily a staple for everyone. There are days when it’s hard to come up with an idea that I think could make a worthwhile blog post. Some days ideas come easily, while other times it takes a few days. But, I just think that is part of the blogging process. Being able to have my own blog has definitely helped me grow as a writer and develop my own voice. My experience with Thread has inspired me to create my own personal blog after this spring semester is over. While working toward a strategic communications specialization, I want to find a way to encompass my love for fashion into my occupation. My dream job would be working on a public relations team for one of my favorite fashion companies, such as Kate Spade or Lilly Pulitzer. For the rest of the semester, I want to continue providing fashion inspiration on my blog to help readers transition their wardrobes into spring. I think that everyone has the ability to become a fashionista. You just have to be able to try new things and learn what’s “glam” and what’s a “sham.”


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Sneakers Adidas

vibe that incorporates a modern construction with monochromatic and tonal colors. The Creeper design is a low-top sneaker with suede fabric built on a platform. Another trend in sneaker footwear is the wedge. This particular style showcases an athletic running lace-up sneaker mixed with the sophistication of a wedge. Steve Madden, Guess, DKNY, and many more designer brands released a wedge sneaker. They are a simple way to create a playful and innovative look without the discomfort of a heel. A pair of wedge sneakers can be paired with a variety of garments, ranging from a pair of skinny jeans to a form-fitting dress. Kanye West’s Yeezy Boost 350 sneakers appear more casual and are recognized as an athletic training shoe. West keeps the colors on a neutral spectrum. There are several great attributes to this style of sneaker because of their sleek appearance and comfort. Yeezy's are versatile and pair well with distressed jeans, joggers, or a tracksuit.

Celebrities such as Kylie Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and Pharrell Williams are wearing Yeezy Adidas. Fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto has created a sneaker line through Adidas called Y-3. The spring/summer campaign for Y-3 sneakers focuses on motion and movement. His sneakers have a modern and intricate construction, but are meant for an active lifestyle. Y-3 designs come in black or white, and some styles such as the Y-3 Retro Boost have incorporated purple and blue. Most designs are laceup sneakers with a high or low rise on the ankle. The sneakers create a sense of luxury for athletic footwear. These staple shoes are reigning as the supreme silhouette this year. High-end sneaker designs can be paired with many garments. For example, certain silhouettes create an opportunity to wear the sneakers for a more athletic look or street wear edge. The versatility of sneakers can be worn in any season for any reason.

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hoever said baseball caps could only be worn during baseball games clearly needs a wakeup call. Whether worn with sweatpants, a hoodie, and sneakers or jeans, an elegant top, and a pair of heels, baseball caps never go out of style. Baseball caps are the perfect accessory for almost any occasion. Messy hair days disappear as soon as the cap goes on. Hats can be worn with locks down and curly, or in a slicked back ponytail to show off earrings such as large hoops or studs. Baseball caps have been so trendy lately, and all of the celebrities are wearing them. Fashion influencers such as Rihanna, Beyonce, Kehlani, Kendall Jenner, and Ciara are just a handful of celebs donning this accessory. One of Rihanna’s most talked-about outfits included a silk bronze dress, a long fur coat, a pair of stilettos, and a navy blue baseball cap. Kendall WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 31


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was seen recently rocking a casual outfit that included a pair of black Ray-Ban sunglasses, a black choker, a plain black top, black leggings, a pair of Nike gym shoes, and a black baseball cap. Baseball team logos on caps have been pushed aside. Today’s baseball caps are made with different fabrics such as leather and velvet. They also showcase different patterns, as well as bold words or

phrases. These unique caps can turn a cozy and casual outfit into something perfect to wear on a night out. Baseball cap fashion is prevalent on many college campuses, because who wants to get dressed up for a 9 a.m. class? Many college students also wear them out at night. Baseball caps are universal and are so easy to wear. Throw one on and it’s sure to hit a home run.


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he spring season has cosmetic brands thinking about beautiful pale pastel colors, but in an unusual way. Trends are often spotted coming down the runway, but this is one that can’t particularly be seen. Color correcting makeup uses the basic principles of color to make skin appear more flawless and radiant. Using products of opposite hues on the color wheel can help balance all skin tones. Beauty YouTubers like TinaCosmetics and Nicol Concilio use colorcorrecting products in some videos, creating fun designs on their faces, even though it’s not necessary when applying the makeup. Think of putting on this makeup like contouring— paint streaks on the face in areas where needed, then blend and coat with concealer or foundation. There is a myriad of color correcting products, so it can get a little confusing. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 35


HERE’S THE BREAKDOWN: RED Using a red color for dark spots and under the eyes is ideal for deep skin tones. Apply before concealer and blend into the skin for best results. Try the new Cover FX Correct Click in the shade Brick. PINK This light shade is multipurposed. It can be used to cancel dark circles and brighten dullness on light skin tones. A primer like Lancôme Miracle CC Cushion – Color Correcting Primer in the color Pinky Peach will combat both concerns. For a more budget-friendly product, try the Color Correcting Stick by Smashbox in the shade Look Less Tired (Light) – Peach. ORANGE Camouflage the inevitable, unwanted dark circles under the eyes with different shades of orange. Light to medium skin tones should use a coral-colored corrector, like Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in the color Peach. Tan to dark skin tones should use a bright orange. Erase Paste from Benefit Cosmetics comes in three shades of orange-tinted colors for under the eyes.

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YELLOW Similar to green, this soft, sunny color is used to hide overall mild redness on any skin tone. Correct the redness with Makeup For Ever’s Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer in the color Yellow. Then set those problem areas with Bright Set Loose Finishing Powder from the Sephora Collection. GREEN For both men and women, redness occurs naturally beneath the nose. Apply a green color corrector to intense redness to neutralize color. Use a finger to smooth it out, then coat with a small amount of concealer. Pick up the new TOUCHE ÉCLAT Neutralizer in Green by Yves Saint Laurent.


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most love. Sheet masks have been everywhere as of late. They come in a variety of options with different benefits. Sephora carries a range that offers everything including moisturizing, brightening, and toning. Not only are these masks super simple to use and clean up, but they also resemble the mother from the Austrian horror film “Goodnight Mommy,” which is perfect for scaring roommates and little siblings alike. This type of mask may not be for everyone, though. With all the supposed benefits, they aren’t great for those with sensitive skin. Complete face masks can WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 41


cause breakouts for some, but there are still plenty of options for those looking to show their skin some love. This is where multi-masking comes in, using different types of masks for different areas of the face. First, start with an under­-theeye mask. These are perfect for depuffing and getting rid of those bags from pulling an all n ­ ighter during finals week. Most of the formulas in eye masks are perfect for brightening and soothing that ultra­delicate skin under the eye. Once again, Sephora carries a great range of these masks, and other brands can be found at most drugstores. Think about all the layers of concealer that have been packed on top of those bags. These small, crescent ­shaped masks are the perfect opportunity to give them some much n ­ eeded R&R. Now let’s move onto the lips. With the recent trend of wearing matte liquid lipsticks comes the unfortunate aftermath of a dry, cracked pout. Try out a lip mask to

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moisturize and perfect. They come in a variety of formulas, but there’s one type that sticks out. Many are a creamy consistency, such as Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask. The more fun ones are a gel­-like substance in the shape of a big smooch. The brands Tony Moly and Pilaten carry this type and can be bought on Amazon. Next, rub a moisturizing mask on the cheeks and a pore cleansing mask on the T-­zone. The mask on the cheeks will help lock in moisture, which is the perfect recovery step after being out in the bitter cold all winter. Try the Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask. Then the mask on the T-zone should help clear up problem areas and zap out any excess sweat or oil that may have occurred while hustling to class across campus. For this one, the Bioré Self Heating One­Minute Mask is the way to go. Use this multi-­masking routine as a way to kick back and relax after a stressful week. The whole process is like a mini facial, minus the large price tag.


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rayed denim and worn clothing have been around since the days of Kurt Cobain and teen angst. Whether getting ready for class or for a night out, distressed clothing is the ideal look for dressing up or dressing down this season. The casual, loose, and destroyed style gives off a carefree vibe that is perfect for spring weather. Many designers have influenced the trend this spring including Kanye West, Bernhard Willhelm, and Samuel Ross. The third installment of West’s collection, Yeezy, builds on the line’s distressed, baggy style, but this time it takes a military approach to include camouflage, brown, orange, and yellow tones. Similarly, Willhelm’s Spring 2016 ready-to-wear collection has “featured lots of sliced and distressed square-cut clothes,” says Vogue. Unlike Yeezy, the ready-to-wear collection seems to feature a lot of color in shades of yellow and blue. British designer Samuel Ross was also inspired by this year’s shabby streetwear look in his label’s new collection, HOUSEHOLD. Ross included dull tones of traditionally spring colors as well as ragged hoodies and graphic tees. The trend certainly transcended leisure, travel, and work, and it has inspired a deconstructed and tattered

spring 2016. Although the collections resemble clothing that has been worn and washed out, the designer clothes do not come cheap. For example, West’s brilliant designs leave Yeezy ranging anywhere from $150 to $2,600 dollars, which seems to exemplify the fact that West can do whatever he wants and still sell. Celebrities such as Kid Cudi, Austin Mahone, 2 Chainz, Naomi Campbell, and Gigi Hadid, who all seem to be the only people able to afford the collections, have inspired cheaper alternatives at more tangible stores. Mimicking spring 2016’s distressed style is easy to accomplish. Stores such as H&M and Forever 21 sell the same celebrity-inspired styles at fairer prices. The key to achieving this look is finding neutral tones, baggy pants, and torn or faded sweaters and t-shirts. Forever 21’s damaged side-slit top rings in at a reasonable $80 compared to an expensive designer doppelgänger. H&M and Nordstrom also offer bargain options for battered, low rise boyfriend jeans which achieve the same military surplus look, especially if a combat boot is incorporated. As West and other famous WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 47


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designers steer the fashion industry into a grunge and alternative direction, many people have turned to their own devices in DIY attempts to mirror their favorite pieces. Erica Stolman, a blogger who founded fashionlush.com, refuses to pay full price for ruined tees and denim, and provides a step-bystep process on how to turn a cheap shirt into an expensive look-alike on the site. Rough and unraveled clothing is popping up everywhere in the fashion industry, as it introduced a new, high-end version of traditionally cheap clothing. The seams and hems of Yeezy’s third collection are fading, but the trend is not. The simplicity of the style is attractive to people everywhere, whether they are copying the trend in DIYs or forking out the cash for an original, the fashion industry has done it again.


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raphic tees have a pretty bad rep. Somewhere between god-awful Angry Bird-clad shirts and the Big Bang Theory, the simple clothing item became a constant reminder of the fashion failures of middle school. However, graphic tees are no longer just late-night gym apparel. In fact, graphic clothing is not so junior high anymore. A quick scroll through the explore page of Instagram or a Tumblr dashboard would show that graphic T-shirts have quickly escalated from a fun gift for a distant relative to a wardrobe staple. From halter crop tops with eccentric phrases to funky, feminist garb, making a statement and showing some personality is easier than ever. For a night at a party, or perhaps as an alternative to the same old little black dress, channel the Rihanna within.

Chunky platform sandals paired with distressed boyfriend jeans or a short shirt and an edgy saying such as “school kills” is not only on trend, but is sure to start some conversations. Springtime wouldn’t be complete without an assortment of crop tops overflowing from drawer to drawer, and thankfully graphic crop tops have not been forgotten. No, these are not the same half T-shirts proudly displaying the word “YOLO” that can still be found at the Jersey Shore boardwalk. A halter top with a tongue-in-cheek phrase along with a denim skirt is the perfect combination for a day trip with friends to the park. The great thing about graphic clothing is that that fun doesn’t end with T-shirts. Wonky words and clever phrases can be found on just about anything this spring season. Going to the beach? Channel Beyoncé and throw on a WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 51


jersey-inspired one piece bathing suit. Graphic baseball caps are also a great way to spell out how you’re feeling. Caps with the infamous Drake lettering that mocks the rapper’s album, “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” have exploded all over the Internet. The glory of graphic clothing is the simplicity and accessibility. Now more than ever it is easy to support small designers, be fashion forward, and make a statement. In this year’s political climate, the number of fun shirts that promote political activity is booming. Shirts promoting body positivity, and even the end of catcalling, are all available. Who says middle school can never make a comeback? Graphic tees and clothing in general don’t have to be the sign of immaturity this season. Don your favorite character or slogan this spring and bring it back to 2007. 52 | THREAD

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SWEET TART BY PAIGE BENNETT PHOTOS BY KELLY BONDRA

THERE IS NOTHING SWEETER THAN an ice-cold raspberry lemonade on a warm spring day. Enjoy the refreshing taste morning, noon, and night by applying a flavor-packed balm to your lips. With just a few simple, natural ingredients and a few minutes of your day, you can create a raspberry lemonade lip balm that will hydrate and exfoliate your lips. They are an ideal size to carry in your pocket or purse, and they make thoughtful gifts for friends and family. 56 | THREAD


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1 Heat the coconut oil in a microwave-safe dish for about 15-30 seconds.

2 After microwaving, stir in about three drops of the lemon juice.

3 Crush a few dehydrated (dried) raspberries in a separate dish. Once they are broken into small crumbs, sprinkle a teaspoon of the fruit into the melted coconut oil. Stir.

4 Sit the mixture in a room-temperature setting for about 10-15 minutes until it is thickened, but not completely hardened.

5 Carefully spoon a small amount of the balm into containers. You may use small cosmetic pots or eyeshadow containers, empty lip balm tubes, or small candy tins. Make sure you have washed your containers before adding your lip balm.

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DENIM JACKETS NEVER GO OUT OF STYLE, but they all tend to look exactly the same. They don’t have to, though! You can jazz up a denim jacket in several ways, but the coolest style right now is adding words or phrases to the back of your jacket. Some jackets come with words or phrases printed on the back of them already, but they also come with a price. Save some money and add character by painting the back of a classic denim jacket. Who wouldn’t want to create a jacket that no one else will have?

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Bottle Service BY ALYSSA KING PHOTOS BY COLBY CALDWELL

Small worlds are created in a terrarium. This trend has exploded in the forms of domes, jars, and centerpieces. This terrarium-inspired pendant is an earthy and edgy way to accessorize for spring. It’s a quick craft and a miniature work of art. You can use real or artificial plants. However, using live plants will require that you use materials to create a sustainable environment for the plant (desert plants are strongly recommended). Get creative with the materials to tailor the necklace to your personal style and to add a little life to your wardrobe.

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SUPPLIES Tiny Worlds brand miniature cork and glass jars Dried moss Small rock or sand Miniature plants (or pieces of plants) Gems or stones for decoration Super glue A necklace chain

DIRECTIONS Remove cork lids and fill the jar with either sand, stones, or moss for a base layer. Feel free to layer materials. Use a finger or bobby pin to push moss down as flat as possible to leave room for the tiny plant. Apply super glue to the bottom of the plant. Place it into the jar and hold it in place for 10 seconds. Add decorations. Secure lid on jar. Attach chain to the loop hole on the cork lid. Refresh your spring wardrobe with your new necklace. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 63


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GOING TO THE GYM EVERY DAY CAN QUICKLY become too much of a routine. Hiking offers the beauty of nature and the opportunity to engage with the environment. So grab a backpack, a few friends, and these items to make your hiking experience as physically and mentally fulfilling as it can be. 66 | THREAD


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SUN PROTECTION With the summer months ahead, it is crucial to protect your skin from harmful rays. Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF will shield your skin. You should also wear a baseball cap and sunglasses to shade your face from the sun. COMFORTABLE CLOTHING What you wear can have a major impact on your hiking experience. Check the weather the morning of your hike to help guide your dressing decisions. If it’s a warm day, wear athletic shorts and a T-shirt. Tie a lightweight jacket around your waist in case it gets chilly.

HIKING GEAR Invest in a comfortable and durable pair of hiking boots. They don’t necessarily need to be made for the sole purpose of hiking, but make sure they have good traction and support for your feet. For a backpack, any will do the job. Make sure the weight of the bag is comfortable and not too heavy for your shoulders and back. NAVIGATION TOOLS If you don’t know the area well, it’s a smart idea to get a copy of a field guide to help navigate your hiking direction. A watch can help you manage your time in case your phone battery dies. It is also important to bring along your I.D.

WATER BOTTLES Staying hydrated is a priority, especially while exercising. Drinking enough water during your hike will help you to feel better and keep your body refreshed. FIRST-AID SUPPLIES An exciting element of hiking is the unknown path a trail may take you. Adhesive bandages and hydrogen peroxide are necessities when taking a hiking adventure to prepare for anything. You may even want to throw in a pair of tweezers, just in case of a splinter. RELAXATION ESSENTIALS Pack a blanket or sheet to lay on flat ground during the hike. A little sitting (or lying) break will allow you to absorb the beauty of nature and rest your body. NUTRITIOUS SNACKS Ditch the chips and candy. Fuel your body the healthy way with protein bars, almonds, or bananas to gain energy and endurance. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 67


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Spring days call for extra sweet treats, and of course, florals. Combine these elements into one saccharine dessert: indulgent macarons with intricate floral designs. These delicacies are ideal for the warm spring days ahead. 1 Line baking sheets with on the parchment paper. Let the parchment paper. rounds stand for 15 minutes to 2 Sift almond flour and form a crust. Preheat the oven to confectioners sugar together in a 300°F while the rounds sit. large bowl. Sift the mixture twice. 7 Bake the macarons for about 18Set aside. 20 minutes. After they have baked, 3 Whisk egg whites in a separate remove them from the oven and set bowl until foamy. Be sure there is them aside for 15 minutes to cool. no yolk, or the egg whites will not 8 Using a sanitized paint brush, fluff up. Add a pinch of cream of glide the brush against the tip tartar and continue whisking until of a food marker. Paint simple soft peaks form. floral designs on the tops of 4 Slowly add the extra-fine sugar the macarons. Be gentle, as the to the egg whites, and continue macarons are fragile. beating until stiff peaks form. 9 After half of the macarons are 5 Sift the almond flour and painted, create sandwiches using confectioners’ sugar mixture into unpainted macaron halves on the the egg white mixture. Fold this bottom, buttercream filling (storebatter until it is combined bought is fine) in the middle, and and thick. a painted macaron on top. 6 Using a piping bag (or plastic 10 Sip your coffee and eat disposable sandwich bag with the your delicate floral macarons. corner snipped off), begin piping Leave your pinkies up for added out the batter into 1-inch circles sophistication.

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WAKE UP CALL BY MICHELLE FRANTZ PHOTOS BY COLBY CALDWELL

Nothing will help jumpstart your mornings and fuel long nights better than an icecold glass of a classic pick-me-up. The salted caramel blend will satisfy a sweet tooth, while the salty edge will keep junk food cravings at bay. Prepare to spend your summer break soaking up some rays and sipping on this energizing brew. 70 | THREAD


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• Begin by filling your glass with ice. For best results and to avoid that awful watered­down taste, prepare ice cubes beforehand by pouring coffee concentrate in an ice cube tray, rather than water, and freeze. • Pour ¾ cup of coffee concentrate over the ice cubes. • Add 3-4 teaspoons of sweetened condensed milk, 2 teaspoons of caramel syrup, and a pinch of sea salt. • Top the rest of the glass with half and half, or milk, as desired. Feel free to add more caramel syrup or sweetened condensed milk for a sweeter flavor. • Kick your feet up, sip your specialty coffee, and prepare to be fueled through your brisk summer morning, or your warm summer night.

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With a university that offers over 250 programs of study, there is no shortage of stressed young adults walking every brick street and cemented sidewalk in Athens, Ohio. As a college town, Athens is full of the hustle and bustle of busy college students. Little do they know as they pace Court Street, there is a studio five floors above them waiting to help with a path that directs stress away from their daily lives and toward personal wellness. CRE8 Wellness is a yoga and meditation studio located at 8 N. Court St. on the fifth floor. It is the creation of Jacob Brister, an Ohio University graduate. Brister, a Cleveland native, has always noticed the constant state of ‘busy’ that consumes many people today, and wanted to create a place that could be free of gadgets and stress. His mission was to grow his studio into a peaceful environment where residents of the Athens community could focus on their personal wellness. “This feels more like a sanctuary; a place where they can get away from their technology or the hustle and bustle,” Brister said. About 75 percent of the regular patrons are college students and 25 percent are Athens residents. According to Brister, technology doesn’t only affect the college students of Athens. It is a growing plague everywhere that also affects younger generations. “My seven-year-old

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nephew and four-year-old niece both have iPads, and at that age all I had was just being outside. I think that is the major difference between my generation and today’s kids…I just think that everyone is caught up in their own technology,” he said. Brister’s interest in meditation began at a young age as a hyperactive kid who was constantly getting in trouble because of his energy and inability to sit still. His mother’s opposition to medicating her children became a belief of Brister’s as well and helped him in coaching middle school track. Although many of his students would appear to have hyperactivity, he took the route of introducing them to practices such as meditation and Tai Chi in order to control the energy inside of them. “I find that by the time practice is over and we do a little Tai Chi, they go home and they have a completely different mindset than when they first came in,” Brister said. The CRE8 Wellness studio offers a variety of classes each week that focus on the positive health of the body through exercise, stretching, and deep breathing. Classes include yoga, pilates, Tai Chi, belly dancing, African dance, and kickboxing. Some are offered multiple times a day as well as throughout the week. The studio also offers private classes with the instructors by special request through their


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Facebook page. Physical wellness is more important to living a happy life than most people think. Having good physical health subconsciously affects one’s mental health as well. The leading cause of mental and physical illnesses in any human being is a lack of exercise combined with poor diet. “Not all of these people have time to prepare a good meal, so your options are to stay well hydrated… and well-rested” said Brister. To help combat stress and exhaustion Brister suggests trying to take the time to just stretch and do some deep breathing. “Even if you have a poor diet… doing simple activities like yoga, stretching, deep breathing, or even breathing fresh air can [increase your wellness].”

Mental wellness doesn’t just mean learning to be happy in one’s mind. It also means having the ability to control one’s thoughts and access a higher level of personal being. According to Brister, one of the most important things to stop and take part in throughout a busy and stressful day is finding the time to be quiet and still. Deep breathing can help control the constant movement and excitement in our bodies that can eventually turn into stress. As Brister pointed out, “Everything will be easier to deal with because you’ll recognize what is going on in your own mind. If you have a judgment about something, why do you have that judgment? It is oftentimes a reflection of your own mind. You can still gain wellness [through meditating].” WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 79


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n the middle of Ohio University, between the bustling students and the buzzing cars, a truck is parked along the side of the road. The color of the truck — a shade of green that is a few tints away from being Sky Blue — stands out amongst the burnt red of the famous Athens bricks. Inside, Stacy Peters is busy transforming liquefied chocolate into chocolate bars that even Willy Wonka would be impressed with. This is the Petru Chocolate truck, named after Peters’ grandparents that traveled to the United States in the early 1900s. In fact, the selling of treats has been in Peters’ family for a long time, starting with a candy store that was opened in Pennsylvania by Peters’ grandfather. “The name of the truck is an ode to him. I never was able to see the store but I felt as if I should pay my respects,” Peters explained. 11 years ago, Peters was told about how great of a place Athens was from a friend. On a whim, she decided to move over from Pennsylvania. Ever since, Peters has been involved in the chocolate industry in one way or the other. Before Petru was created, Peters was a

chocolate wholesaler, travelling to different stores to make sure the shelves were stocked. After a few years of wholesaling, she decided to start her own chocolate selling business at the local farmer’s markets in town. This venture as a business owner was the creation of O’ Chocolate, a small business that taught Peters many lessons about owning a business. “I learned a lot along the way. I learned how I should have a font and have certain colors that people can identify with your brand,” she admits. After four years of O’ Chocolate and multi-tasking with wholesaling during the same period, Peters was ready for a change. After extensive research online, talking to truck owners and other experts, Peters found herself sitting in the driver’s seat of an old oxygen selling truck, driving on the infamous New Jersey turnpike toward Athens. “It was hellacious. I had to go down the steps to get a ticket from the toll booth. My door came open and my seat belt came off. It was awful,” Peters said of the first time driving the soon to be Petru Chocolate truck. Once she arrived in Athens, WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 81


the work began. The interior was gutted and reinstalled with a restaurant certified kitchen. LED light strips were put in, giving the truck a clean and bright look from the inside. While the truck was being prepared, Peters took on the design of the company. “You do a lot of design work in the beginning because paying for designs can be expensive when you are just starting. I learned InDesign myself,” Peters said. The process of finding artwork for the chocolate bars was fairly simple. Peters found an artist in Columbus that had artwork that caught her eye. After a few emails, the artist agreed to draw the designs for each bar. Peters takes the drawing and puts it into the computer using Adobe InDesign, lays them out, and they are all ready to go. After opening in February, the week before Valentine’s Day, Peters is confident in the truck’s ability to connect with the students, which is fitting, seeing as the inside of the chocolate truck is no bigger than a single student dorm room on campus. “They are really exuberant and love to see how everything is made. There’s a lot of Instagramming and social media usage with the students,” Peters said. The size of the truck does not bother Peters however, in fact, she enjoys it. 82 | THREAD

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“I like the constraints of being in a truck, working in small spaces and having tight deadlines,” Peters explained. Every Monday, the truck transforms into an entire chocolate factory, with treats being made for the week ahead. Petru chocolate is preservative free, meaning that the chocolate that is made on Monday will last the whole week, but not a day longer. On any given Monday, chocolate truffles are made by the hundreds. An operation like this is time sensitive. If Peters is off of her game by just a few seconds, the chocolate that is being tempered and prepared for the truffles can seize up and

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become a waste. Along with chocolate bars and truffles, Petru offers s’mores, vegan and non-vegan hot chocolate, pudding, and ice chai on some days. With the summer months coming, Peters plans on incorporating frozen chocolate covered bananas. As well as new menu items in the future, Peters has big dreams in terms of where she wants to go. “I think that eventually I would like to go to music festivals and more events. I would like to go to Bonnaroo, Lollapolooza, or SXSW. I don’t think you would see another chocolate truck there,” Peters said. “Nobody is insane enough to do it, but I like to think we are.”


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nfortunately, every song must end. Although graduation is drawing near for Athens-based band Wished Bone, the music never stops. The local college band, made up of vocalist, Ashley Rhodus, lead guitarist, Brian Kupillas, and drummer, Eric Bishop, has a new sound that is gaining worldwide attention.The lo-fi folk band has played over 100 shows in the last year as well as recording their first album, Pseudio Recordings, on a 4-track in Rhodus’ bedroom. This is not surprising considering the style of the band. Through their emotional lyrics and soft sound, Wished Bone gets personal with their audience and transcends them into the depths of Ashley Rhodus’ mind. Rhodus has written all of the band’s songs by taking excerpts from her journal entries as well as poems she has written and arranging them to music. Bishop describes the lyrics to their songs as “a look into Ashley’s life.” Her thoughts and experiences accompanied by the slow tempo of drums and guitar are enough to put anyone in the feels. The band formed during springtime of last year, after the three members chatted at an Athens set and decided to jam together. “Our chemistry was great and it felt effortless playing music with 88 | THREAD

them so they let me keep playing in the band,” drummer Eric Bishop said. Since then, Wished Bone has travelled on tour as well as played at many Athens hotspots such as Casa Nueva Restaurant and the Smiling Skull Saloon. On tour, they’ve played different venues in states from Kansas, down to Florida, and back up, bringing their sound to fans throughout America. “I played in Arkansas. I have never been to Arkansas, but I was playing and there were a couple girls singing that knew all of the lyrics,” Rhodus said. “I was like holy shit, that’s intense.” Although this surprises Rhodus, it’s been her bandmates’ goal all along. “I'm not sure we are a band, but more just people trying to make her ideas bear fruit,” Kupillas said. The band’s unique sound and presence on streaming websites such as Spotify and Bandcamp has attracted attention outside of the U.S. The U.K. music blog, Gold Flake Paint, posted a review of Pseudio Recordings, calling it “a subtly intoxicating, quietly magic, collection of songs.” The band also receives outreach from fans in places like Switzerland and Germany. Through the use of a karaoke machine, a 75 percent-off pedal and a 4-track, Wished Bone has


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created music that appeals to the counterculture’s ear. Its low-quality, unclear sound captures the deep meaning behind Wished Bone’s metaphorical lyrics. “It’s like a curve in society where it’s cool to be really high quality and it’s cool to be really low quality—just like with photos or vinyl or anything,” Rhodus said. “I think that’s the reason people cling onto it, because it sounds nasty and not clear at all.” The band has performed countless shows on and around campus and takes advantage of the quirky backdrop that is Athens.. “The vibe of the town, especially the outskirts, has an effect on the music itself,” said Bishop. The band prefers to perform at house shows or DIY venues because there’s increased crowd interaction in those settings. “It's a strong community for music and they're open to a lot of ideas so that allows freedom on our end,” Kupillas said. They have played more shows than they have had practices, but the years of musicianship amongst all of the bandmates keeps them on cue. The members of Wished Bone will soon graduate and go their separate ways. Bishop plans to move to Cincinnati, while Rhodus and Kupillas plan to move to Los Angeles where Rhodus has been recognized by a record label. While Rhodus dreams of being a

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farmer, she would like to pursue music as a means for travelling the world. Each of the musicians plan is for music to accompany them through the rest of their lives, either as a source of income or for the enjoyment and expression of it. “It’s too late to quit music now, so I suppose we’re going all the way in one form or another,” said Kupillas. If there is more to hear from Wished Bone in the future, fans in Athens and across the world will be waiting with open ears. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 89


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SPRING & SUMMER

HOROSCOPES ARIES

03.21 – 04.19 Oh Aries,the summer is so close, and once it arrives, you can go back to being the impulsive soul that you desire to be. You’ll take road trips and spend nights under the stars. But, you’ve got to finish the semester first! Let your impatient nature take a rest. Professors will not move any of your finals up so that you can escape to summer. Remember to take a deep breaths, Aries. If all else fails, let your optimistic mind take over.

GEMINI

05.21 – 06.20 You are restless, Gemini. But, summer is the season for you. It gives you a chance to be your energetic and personable self. Make sure to use that energy to land a long list of references from your job or internship this summer. Snap judgments about a co-worker could make you appear twofaced. We wouldn’t want that, now would we? With the right amount of openmindedness, you’ll make wonderful impressions. 156 | THREAD

Another semester has wound its way down and the impending stress of finals is among us, but there is still much to look forward to. Will the end of the semester be a drag, or a new beginning? Either way, every sign needs a little summer fun. BY KENYETTA WHITFIELD & ALICIA MACDONALD ILLUSTRATIONS BY KAYLA BREEDEN THIS MONTH’S SIGN

TAURUS

04.20 – 05.20 Taurus, your generosity is so admirable. Your loyalty knows no bounds, but remember that offering to tutor someone during finals week doesn’t mean that they are your new best friend. Stubbornness and possessiveness do not make a summer fun. Don’t put all of your emotions into people too quickly. If you do, you’ll find yourself in a very moody place before the middle of summer.

CANCER

LEO

06.21 – 07.22

07.23 – 08.22

The end of the semester is going to be emotional, Cancer. That isn’t a surprise to you since at your very core, you're a ball of emotions. Try not to let everything get you down. One bad exam score is no reason to wallow in self-pity and it’ll ruin the beginning of break. This summer should be all about being independent and doing things for you. Start by doing something that you enjoy, like running or reading.

Leo, summer is when you thrive because it’s where you got your start! Make sure that although school is out, you don’t get lazy. On the first day of a possible new internship, make sure that you let your warm and vibrant personality shine through. This summer will be one with plenty of chances for you to show off your creative side, so make sure that you let your juices flow. Freedom doesn't come often!


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VIRGO

08.23 – 09.22

LIBRA

09.23 – 10.22

SCORPIO

10.23 – 11.21

You do know summer is almost here, right Virgo? Stop worrying so much! You are meticulous and practical, which are perfect traits for studying under pressure. If you worry too much before summer, you’ll practically bum yourself out until August. Instead of over-planning this break, make it a point to go with the flow. If your friends or family suggest an impromptu outing, say yes. This is the perfect opportunity for you to learn to relax and have fun.

Summer is the time when your peacemaking skills are most needed, Libra. All of your friends from home will be around and old drama is sure to resurface, but there is no need to worry when you’re around. Although you’re known for being the most civil when it comes to dealing with drama, there is one thing your friends will dislike about you this summer – your unreliability. Make sure you don’t flake out too much or you’ll see just how lonely summer can be.

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CAPRICORN 12.22 – 01.19

01.20 – 02.18

Sagittarius, you are such a jokester, and that is why summer is your time to shine. Once finals pass and you are free for the summer, make sure to find your way to a state fair or any other place that you can be free like a bird. You are a good luck charm, and this summer is sure to bring you plenty of good memories and potentially good fortune. Just don’t forget that the fun will come to an end eventually because summer is not forever.

There is no time for your pessimism, Capricorn! There is no need for it. Finals are stressful enough without the attitude. You’re responsible, meaning that although you may doubt yourself, you’ll do fine. Your ambitious nature most likely landed you an incredible internship or job opportunity for this summer, so be sure to look on the bright side. You’re a hard worker and you’ll do great things this summer.

Aquarius, you really are an easy person to get along with. Although you have a strong and distinct personality, most people feel at ease around you. Use that to your advantage this summer. Engage in as may intellectual conversations as you want, and do it with different people. You’re quirky, and that will land you at plenty of festivals and concerts. Just try not to be too pretentious because that’s not how you want people to perceive you to be.

11.22 – 12.21

The always aloof Scorpio. That’s what you are, and that can be okay – sometimes. But summer is a time to be around people and do things that make you feel warmth. Yes, of course your deep personality and burning intensity will be fun for many around you, but don’t forget to jump in the pool and let the lighter side of you show. Nobody ever got hurt by being a little less intense and you’ll quickly see that this summer.

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PISCES

02.19 – 03.20 Sweet, compassionate Pisces. Please let this summer treat you well.

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Before our favorite seniors say their goodbyes to Thread Magazine, we asked them to share their words of wisdom with us.

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EXTRACURRICULAR.

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ROYLE MAST LOUIS BARAGONA

PHOTO CHIEF Extracurriculars were the foundation on which I have built my best relationships, friendships and memories on during my time at OU. Regardless of how great they were, these experiences, like Thread, SPI and Southeast Ohio Magazine were what made up my Athens experience, and I wouldn’t exchange that for anything.

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DESIGN DIRECTOR Getting involved outside of class is key, no matter your major! One of the most inspiring experiences that I’ve had at OU was getting to work with talented students on things that they are passionate about. Not only will your own skills flourish, but you’ll also learn from your peers, and maybe even meet your best friends, and open doors along the way. 158 | THREAD

EDITOR IN CHIEF Let me begin by saying that I know academic advice is much easier said than done, and that I really should take my own advice. As cliché as it sounds, do your best. That’s as much as can be asked of you. That can be hard amongst the social and extracurricular obligations, but the key to academic success is remembering your goals. Don’t sweat the small stuff or freak out, just know that you’ve done your best and you’ve taken control of accomplishing your goals.

MORGAN BORER

PUBLIC RELATIONS CHIEF Get your GPA up your freshman year. It’s way easier if you start off on the right foot than trying to dig yourself out of a hole during your senior year. Once you get through the grueling Gen-Eds (philosophy, for example) your classes will become easier and more enjoyable, I promise!


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FRIENDSHIP

LINDSEY SMECKER ROYLE

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CREATIVE DIRECTOR As I think back on my college experience, a million memories seem to flash by in my mind. Whether it was devouring Souvlaki’s cheese balls at 2 A.M., pulling pranks in our sorority house or listening to sad music just to cry together, every memory meant something. Whatever the case, with each passing remembrance, I find friendship to be the common thread. I now know that the bonds made in college will last a lifetime.

HANNAH HASEMAN

BUSINESS MANAGER Finding and maintaining friends in college may seem like a daunting task if you’re anything like me (socially awkward, noncommittal, crippled with a fear of rejection, blah blah blah, etc. You get it.) In college you don’t see your friends every day, which means you need to make a more conscious effort by going a little out of your way to hang out with them, as well as being aware of what’s going on in their lives. While this advice may not seem particularly groundbreaking, it’s certainly worth remembering and making sure you implement in order to maintain close friendships.

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SEAMS EDITOR Keep your mind open to new connections and you’ll keep making friends. I’ve unexpectedly made some amazing friends my last semester of college, and now it’s hard to imagine my life without them. And remember not to piss off the friends you’ve grown with since freshman year, they have the best blackmail. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 159


TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT With summer just around the corner, having the bare necessities by your side at a moment’s notice is a must. Grab your favorite carry-all bag and fill it to the brim with these fresh and seasonally appropriate products.

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NO SWEAT With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, it’s time to prepare for the drastic change of seasons. Sun rays will surely be beaming brightly this summer, which leads to a problem that no one can escape – the heat. When temperatures start to rise, most accept defeat and retreat to the indoors. But with these tips, you’ll score cool points on even the hottest day. BY KENYETTA WHITFIELD ILLUSTRATION BY KAYLA BREEDEN

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DRINKS Hydration is one of the

most important things to do when the temperature outside reaches a nearly unbearable height. However, those recommended eight glasses of H20 in your water bottle will start to look, and feel, pretty lame. That is where cucumber and mint- infused water comes in handy. This refreshing drink has cooling properties that not only hydrate, but taste delicious too. Toss some cucumber slices and mint leaves into a simmering pot of water, let it cool, then pour into a clear water bottle. If cucumber and mint- infused water doesn’t suit your fancy, then unsweetened fruit or black iced tea is a go-to summer drink. For the ultimate ‘cool’ quencher, try some coconut water served inside of a real coconut. You’ll feel just like you’re on a vacation in the tropics, and you can’t top that.

FOOD Summer is a great time to

enjoy all of the natural wonders of the world. And by natural wonders, it’s all about fresh food. While anyone can opt for the typical spinach salad this summer, there are far more fresh and fun options to try. For a spin on the typical salad, try a lettuce wrap filled with fresh veggies and turkey. For a cool snack that doesn’t require as much preparation, opt for a fruit kabob. Watermelon and honeydew are great options due to their high concentration of water, which also makes them easier to digest. Simple digestion means less sweating

and more photo ops. When the heat reaches its peak, there is only one fix:, ice cream. A good oldfashioned sugar cone topped with a heaping scoop of chocolate ice cream is always a great option.

MAKEUP High temperatures

don’t mean that a flawless face of makeup is no longer achievable. However, some extra steps must be taken in order to look your best. Let go of that super contoured, heavy, matte look for the summer and let your natural skin glow. Opting for a dewy makeup look with a soft tint of blush is simple, yet light enough for the warmest of summer days. As for application, skip the brushes and apply foundation with just the fingers. All-in-one primers and BB creams are also a great alternative for eliminating heavy, caked makeup. In order to reduce shine caused by sweat, carry oil blotting sheets to polish up makeup throughout the day.

HAIR Summer can be an absolute

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usic videos have always served as visual representations of a song: its lyrics, its tone, and its message. Artists strive to give their fans entertaining and visually pleasing content that pairs well with their song, resulting in videos that either tell a story or give a concert-like performance. More recently, music videos have become like films. Artists are creating high-budget videos, shooting in luxurious destinations, and donning designer clothing items. Indigo Productions, a digital media company, states that the average music video budget ranges from $20,000-$500,000. In 1985, Madonna’s video for “Crazy For You” dropped. Her edgy black fishnets and wild hair inspired fans everywhere, giving many the desire to emulate her famous ’80s look. Since then, music video fashion has become popular in the mainstream media. As time moved on, the hype induced by fashion in music videos continued to grow. Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” music video cost over $200,000 to produce, Indigo Productions said. Her Lorraine Schwartz diamond ring, flashed at the end of the video, cost $5 million. Her oneshouldered black bodysuit inspired many to flaunt their curves like Bey did while shaking her hips to the beat. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 167


RIHANNA, WORK

Music videos continue to become more extremely produced. The lengths of videos are becoming longer, special effects are being used more often, and wardrobe budgets are expanding. Music videos are becoming less about hearing the music and more about seeing a representation of it through sets, lights, and fashion. This year, Rihanna debuted two different versions of a video for her song “Work” featuring Drake, allowing viewers to decide which version they preferred based on the video’s aesthetic. The first version, which takes place in a Caribbean club, is full of bright colors and movement. Rihanna is wearing a crochet dress and bikini, designed by Tommy Hilfiger. The dress is a runway exclusive piece, however Hilfiger’s Spring 2016 collection 168 | THREAD

contains similar items that are available for sale. In fact, Tommy Hilfiger put out a statement on Instagram to keep those lusting over the dress at bay. A company rep had to come out and deliver the bad news: the dress was not going to be for sale in stores. The second version of the video, directed by Tim Erem, boasts a “basement party vibe,” which contrasts the busy, clublike setting of the first video. Rihanna’s look mirrored current ’90s revival trends; she wore a distressed denim skirt and sheer tank top accessorized with delicate jewelry. “Only Rihanna could make us regret throwing this kind of ‘90s ephemera away,” The FADER said in one of their web posts. The site suggests a DIY version of RiRi’s denim skirt, rather than the $1,100 Vetements one she wears in the video.


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In late 2015, Drake’s “Hotline Bling” video debuted, inspiring viewers to don Timberlands and grey turtlenecks. His video, directed by Director X, features a bright, graphic set. The lighting is reminiscent of a club scene, despite most of the video taking place in an empty room. Bright blues, yellows, pinks, and reds flash across the white walls. Both Drake and Director X wanted to make the video memorable, which is becoming more difficult to do. In a Rolling Stone interview, Director X described the difficulty of standing out in the music industry today. “It's not enough to do something where you're standing somewhere and singing a song. Especially in the age of the Internet, you really got to work harder to make something that makes people stop and take notice.” People definitely stopped and took notice of the “Hotline Bling” video, which now has over 623 million views on YouTube. Not only that, but Drake’s Acne sweater sold out shortly after the video premiered.

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Designer clothing also played a huge role in Zayn Malik’s “Pillowtalk” video, which was styled by Jason Rembert. The rocker’s video boasted Malik and models dressed in items from designers like Tom Ford, Raf Simons, and Versace. Malik’s bomber jacket, by Louis Vuitton, fit well with the sleek, dark feel of the video. “It’s definetely edgy,” Rembert told Vogue. “It’s classic, minimal, cool. It’s dark.”

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Most recently, Beyoncé’s “Formation” video has initiated a tremendous amount of fashion buzz. Throughout her entire video, she meshes elements of high fashion and street style. Much like some of her song lyrics (“I’m so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress.”), her combination of couture and street style could be in reference to her life. She grew up in Texas, but now she’s Queen B—a hit pop artist and a modern day feminist and fashion icon. The video opens with Beyoncé in a red, collared dress by Gucci, sitting atop a police car. She also wears another piece from the Spring 2016 Gucci show, a sea foam green and lavender frilled dress. In fact, most of the pieces Beyoncé sports in this video are from the brightly colored Spring 2016 collection. However, the black dress and wide brim hat combination is the most notable of her looks. Jeweled accessories are piled on, stacks of bracelets adorn her arms, large earrings hang in front of her long braids, and a bib necklace by Dylan & Lex covers her décolletage. The hat sits low on her head, covering her eyes as she ominously bobs her head to the beat of the song. She “came to slay,” and now, so have all fashion enthusiasts who continue to worship the clothes and styling that appears in the video.


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Fashion media is also paying more attention to what artists wear in music videos. Magazines are reporting on what singers and models wear in the videos, where to get the clothing items, and how to style the pieces. Publications like Vogue, Elle, Glamour, and GQ all report on how artists dress in music videos and how to replicate the looks. GQ wrote an article detailing all of Drake’s looks in his “Hotline Bling” video, including where followers could buy the items in his outfit. Famous fashion websites like Man Repeller and Refinery 29 are also covering the latest music video looks, directly linking to the pieces worn in the videos. Once trends are spotted in music videos, viewers are quick to follow them. Fast-fashion stores like Forever 21 and H&M are also quick to duplicate the trends started by music videos, like Gigi Hadid’s bustier top in “Pillowtalk” or Rihanna’s denim skirt in the second “Work” video. The accessibility of these items makes it extremely easy for consumers to replicate the outfits of their favorite artists without the hefty price tag. Music videos have become more theatrical, expensive, and interactive, causing a major shift in the music industry. This transition from a music performance to a more aesthetically pleasing visual art form has caused artists to focus on wardrobe and location more than ever before. Artists are working with movie directors, short filmmakers, and talented animators to create a unique music video that will not only showcase their music, but also their personal brand and fashion sense — allowing for more of a personal connection with their viewers. Fashion and music will become more intertwined, more inspired by one another, and more influential as time goes on. Music artists are only going to become bigger fashion icons, and that’s something to dance about. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 175


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or most fashion-conscious American teenagers and young adults, shopping is therapeutic: it’s a way to be born again through the skin we choose to cloak our bodies with—clothes. Every garment worn says something about an individual’s personality, interests, or economic status. People shop for comfort, people shop for must-have runway looks, and people shop for no reason at all. Ultimately, fashion is an exterior annex of our internal beings. Of course, it’s fun to change up the wardrobe and people do it to express freedom through their looks. 176 | THREAD


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AT WHAT COST

Too many fail to realize the cost of the fashion industry—and not just the price tag. According to”True Cost,” a documentary film highlighting the real people and issues within our society’s fast fashion frenzy, “there are an estimated 40 million garment factory workers around the world today.” Japan, India, Bangladesh, and China are some of the top countries with workers represented in this 40 million. These workers don’t make livable wages and their workplaces often fall short of safety measures. In January 2015, 13 garment workers were “charred beyond recognition” in a factory fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh, according to a New York Times article. In June that same year, Rana Plaza, another factory in Bangladesh, collapsed taking the lives of more than 1,100 people. The Times refers to this as the “worst disaster in garment industry history.” 178 | THREAD

It’s easy to see how such sorrowful and inhumane deaths occurred. Much of it has to do with the neglect of basic human rights in the clothing industry. “True Cost” notes that an estimated 97 percent of the clothes purchased in the United States are constructed in countries like Bangladesh, China, and India. In each of these countries there are numerous records of insufficient factory structures, uncomfortable and hot working environments, starvation wages, and more disastrous realities that are shaping the industry of clothing production.

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handicaps to the pesticides used to grow hybrid strains of cotton. These chemicals contaminate the soil and drinking water of the native people, causing a widespread problem. In addition to the health defects, Indian cotton farmer suicides make up the largest wave of suicides in recorded history, according to the film. Redress founder and CEO, Christina Dean says, “you can’t deny that the fast fashion industry is having a massive impact on developing countries.”

WE CAN’T STOP

Meanwhile, back in the United States, millions of people shop on a daily basis without batting an eye. People don’t generally think about where their clothes are coming from, but instead focus on how good of a deal they can score. Purchase prices of clothing have dropped significantly over the past decade, the documentary claims, but the price to produce clothing has actually increased. It doesn’t take a mathematician to conclude this doesn’t add up. Thus, the “true cost” factor is revealed.

latest online shopping cart. You spent hours weeding through your favorite 20-something tops, choker necklaces, and highwaisted shorts, and by the time you viewed your final cart you got bored and trashed the whole thing. Must-haves no longer exist. The runway shows air, you follow the trends, and before you even purchase the “it” items, you’re through with it and start hunting for the next big thing. Designers are beginning to catch on to the oversaturation of trends which ruins them before they even hit stores—especially with the growing tendency to show new season styles further and further in advance than ever before. Designer Rebecca Minkoff has turned from trend to

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textbook and gone back to the idea of featuring seasonal lines just in time for them to hit stores. At the 2016 New York Fashion Week in February, Minkoff featured her Spring 2016 line to allow her customers and fans to shop for their new obsessions immediately, unlike her peers showcasing Fall 2016 fashion.

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that are already half-dead? Try raiding a family member’s closet, swap clothes with your besties, and make a habit of thrift shopping. Any form of used clothing swap is one step toward upcycling and a leap away from fast fashion production. Instead of throwing away ratty clothes or crossing your fingers they’ll end up on a Goodwill rack—repurpose, repurpose, and repurpose. Sweater sleeves make excellent faux legwarmers. Old affiliation t-shirts make great nostalgic blanket fabric. Old tube socks can be cut into soft hair scrunchies. The possibilities are limitless. Crafting isn’t for everyone, so find someone else who can make use of old garments. Reusing clothing


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balance of maintaining ethical standards in the workplace and the environmental costs to ensure fashion can continue to prosper. The change starts with actions taken now. No one is saying to stop shopping at Forever21, Express, and H&M, but consider the good that comes in purchasing clothes made to last. “If you don’t like it, you don’t have to buy into it,” fashion designer Stella McCartney stated in “True Cost.” Be thrifty. Be reasonable. Be wise. Fashion was never intended to be a disposable form of art, and with a change of heart, you can keep your wardrobe minimally problematic and majorly cool. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 181


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s the seasons of fashion wax and wane and styles shift from being “in” to “out,” many of the trends that take center stage are simply past looks reinvented. No matter the trend’s decade of origin, fashion fads from any era, like ’70s suede or ’90s flannel, are revitalized after a decade or two. While many old looks can attribute their return to a specific design or brand, the season’s most important trend makes its comeback on multiple fronts. Ungendered fashion has become a rapidly growing movement within the industry. The most modern incarnation of androgyny is more about fluidity than duality. In the past, pop culture icons like Frida Kahlo, David Bowie, Grace Jones, and Prince were all noted for embracing both feminine and masculine traits within their looks. For instance, Ziggy Stardust, one of Bowie’s most memorable alter egos, featured the legendary singer in pale blue eyeshadow, skin-tight jumpsuits, and a plume of bright orange hair. While the look was certainly eclectic and interesting, its mixture of styles from men’s and women’s fashions was what made the costume eye-catching and controversial for the time. However, ungendered fashion is not as cut and dry as it used to be. As the old dichotomies of sexuality, gender, and identity are being dissolved, a more inclusive, 184 | THREAD

fluid idea of the individual is being reflected in the movement towards ungendered clothing. Recently, some androgynous collections have been introduced into the mainstream fashion industry. Legendary fashion house Louis Vuitton showcased the trend in part of the brand’s Spring 2016 advertising campaign. As part of a series for the campaign, actor and social media star Jaden Smith was featured in a photograph displaying the brand’s womenswear collection. What’s notable about the picture, besides being shot by photography titan Bruce Weber, was that Smith and his fellow female models in the ad were all wearing variations of the same embellished skirt. The styling of the shoot echoed Smith’s street style, where he has been seen wearing skirts casually on multiple occasions. Overall, the choice to include Smith and his trademark look was a progressive move from Louis Vuitton, but it is not the only brand moving toward androgynous fashion. The fast-fashion brand Zara recently debuted a new line of apparel known as “Ungendered." Consisting of 16 pieces, the line mainly features wardrobe basics, like t-shirts, jeans, and sweats, but every piece comes in unisex sizing. While companies like Uniqlo and American Apparel have sold unisex pieces over the years, Zara’s line is more upfront on labeling the collection as free


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from the gender binary. This type of transparency with gender fluidity is relatively rare within mainstream fashion, but hopefully Zara’s move will encourage other retailers to make similar changes in the future. While brands take their time to adjust, fans of androgynous style can look toward celebrities like Jaden Smith or Ruby Rose for positive reinforcement of the ungendered fashion movement. After joining the cast of “Orange Is The New Black,” Rose became an internet sensation overnight and her androgynous personal style was immediately spotlighted. In a recent interview with Refinery 29 about her new 186 | THREAD

campaign with Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply, Rose opened up about her views on the future of fashion. “The more we make (gender fluidity) mainstream, the more this conversation continues and happens everywhere—that’s how a younger generation can be whomever they want to be. It’s freeing,” Rose said. Whether someone takes inspiration from a modern icon like Rose or a legend like Bowie, the underlying message of ungendered fashion remains as is: Embrace who you are beyond the constraints of society. Now that’s an idea that will certainly never go out of style.


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pply. Blend. Repeat. It’s a common morning routine for many who choose to wear a full face of makeup. But after a long day of hot summer weather, all evidence of that effort can fade. This is a result of skipping two very important steps in the makeup routine—using a primer and a setting spray. Although these should be the first and last steps, they're often forgotten or not known about. It’s time to make room in the makeup bag for these essential products. Primer, like paint primer? Yes. Makeup primers work the same way. Walls are coated in a white primer so that paint goes on more smoothly and sticks better. Applying a primer before foundation essentially does the same thing. Not only will it help foundation go on smoother, but it will also help makeup last longer. And it’s not just for the face. There are also primers for eyes, lips, and lashes.

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POREfessional by Benefit, 0.75 oz $31.00 at Sephora

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Hydrating Face Primer by ELF, $6.00 at Wal-Mart

FACE There are a number of different facial primers with a multitude of benefits for every skin type. For dry skin, combat it with a hydrating primer. Invest in a more expensive product like Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer from Sephora, or one from E.L.F. Cosmetics, which offers a more affordable hydrating face primer. For skin that becomes oily throughout the day, use a mattifying primer like the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. A mattifying primer will absorb excess oils for longer-lasting results. Many primers offer more than one benefit. For example, Lorac POREfection Mattifying Face Primer works to give the skin both a matte finish and minimize 192 | THREAD

the appearance of pores. Pore-reducing primers work to smooth large pores and create airbrushed-looking skin. One of the most popular primers for this is the POREfessional Face Primer by Benefit Cosmetics. It’s one that can be applied throughout the day when pores reappear. After moisturizing, pump a small amount of the product onto the fingertips and use a patting motion in problem areas to further reduce the appearance of pores. EYES Warning: Creasing and shadow fallout may occur when brushing eyeshadow onto the naked eyelid. The trick to keeping cream and powder eye color on longer is to use a primer that targets the lids.


Concealer may work for some, but a primer is guaranteed to last all day. NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is a lightweight primer that dries within seconds and prevents creasing. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original also works to ensure crease-free wear. LIPS Don’t let that bold lip fade throughout the night. Try applying a lip primer before putting on the color to get lasting results. This will prevent lipstick from feathering or settling into the creases of the lips. Try the Too Faced Lip Insurance, which is a clear, gloss-like formula that dries matte to prevent the color from bleeding. NYX also offers a less expensive version of lip primer. LASHES People with short eyelashes know how hard it is to get long, full lashes. Rather than get extensions, try an eyelash primer before mascara. They are made to strengthen and condition the lashes so that mascara will stick around longer. Tarte Multipleye Lash Primer conditions and lengthens lashes for a fuller look. Estée Lauder’s Lash Primer Plus also has multiple benefits. On top of prepping and conditioning, it promises to make eyelashes grow thicker and longer. Primers help makeup go on smoothly, but setting the face

Photo Finish Hydrating Face Primer by Smashbox, 42.00 at Sephora

Lip insurance Lip Primer by Too Faced, $20.00 at Sephora

Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray by NYX, $7.99 at ULTA


Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Original by Urban Decay, $20.00 by Sephora

will lock everything in place and keep it looking fresh all day. It’s an important step that’s often overlooked, but it is necessary. There are two ways to set the face, and both should be used for the best results. Setting powder is extremely beneficial for people with oily skin. Natural oils tend to shift makeup around the face and make it disappear throughout the day. A setting foundation and concealer can impede this process, prolonging makeup wear. A setting spray on the other hand, is the final product to be used in the makeup routine. SETTING POWDER Also known as pressed powder or loose powder, it has the power to keep foundation from moving and creasing. A Sephora favorite is the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. Dust this 194 | THREAD

lightweight powder on the face with a kabuki brush. If a pressed powder is more appealing, try Makeup Forever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation. SETTING SPRAY Think of it as hairspray for the face. It may feel like that upon first use, but the spray will dry and become unnoticeable. Be sure to spritz a comfortable distance away from the face. Mist on Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray before leaving the house. NYX offers a similar quality setting spray for a lower cost. Purchase a bottle of setting spray depending on the desired finish—matte or dewy. Anything that helps makeup stay on is a product worth trying. Say goodbye to melting makeup, and hello to a longlasting, fresh face.


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s we say our farewells to yet another fashion month, we can recall the models who graced the catwalks with their luxurious struts most often and with the most impact. According to the Instagram of Donatella Versace and virtually any account with noteworthy coverage of the runways, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid were the stars of the show. It’s safe to say that anyone who follows fashion news on any platform is greeted 198 | THREAD

by the faces and fabulous lives of #KenGi on a regular basis. However, some might be surprised to discover that the ultimate celeb duo of fashion and friendship appeared in a combined total of only 21 runway fashion shows for Fall 2016. So why is it that Instagram, Twitter, and other social media platforms are giving KenGi all the glory? In his book “Celebrity,” sociology professor Chris Rojek refers to a celebrity as “the


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attribution of glamorous or notorious status to an individual within the public sphere.” However, this “fashion famous” strand of celebrity is of a new breed. The speed of social media is the ultimate facilitator of the monumental fame of people like Jenner and Hadid in the fashion industry. It has allowed them to create their own micro-celebrity and control their own image and style without the filter of a publicist or gatekeeper of some

kind. Thanks to personal social media, the line between a private life and a public one is wearing thin for celebs like Jenner and Gigi.This is what makes them more than just models who walk down the runway, but influencers with the power to create trends with the push of a button. Ohio University journalism professor and researcher in celebrity culture, Dr. Elizabeth Hendrickson, agrees that although it has been effective, this mass influx of fashion WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 199


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seduction will eventually come to an end for KenGi. Although there is a supply and demand relationship between the celebrities’ social media posts and their followers, there’s a chance that their flooding supply of posts will eventually surpass the demand. “They’re going to reach maximum Kardashian capacity. It will happen, it’s happened with pretty much every celebrity who doesn’t have somebody managing their image,” Hendrickson said. She equated it to eating a lot of junk food. “At the end of the day, is it really food?” she said. However, that’s not to say there won’t always be an audience with 200 | THREAD

at least a slight craving for more. Colleen Kratofil, a style writer and reporter for People.com believes that the element of surprise will keep the social media celebrity alive. “The Kardashians (and Jenners) keep surprising us,” she said. KenGi coverage is prioritized at People.com due to the rush of inbound website traffic that is induced by anything remotely related to either supermodel. “We get the most readers clicking on them,” Kratofil said. On the topic of fashion, Kratofil mentioned the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s announcement of a new plan to


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revamp New York Fashion Week. “It will be interesting to see how the CFDA will work with social media more, and that might involve stars,” she said. Whether or not those stars include Jenner and Hadid is to be determined. According to Kratofil, “either way a new crop will appear.” This isn’t the first time that the fashion and entertainment industry have merged to create a new mold of celebrity. Hendrickson worked in the magazine industry during the late ’90s into the early 2000s at the peak of the industry’s transition from models to celebrities as cover stars, and she understands

the impact of celebrification on the fashion industry. Although a designer’s brand may be amplified over social media after a Jenner or Hadid walked down the runway dressed in their couture, it wasn’t a requirement by any means. “Certain brands have to think long term,” Hendrickson said. More times than not, the whole aesthetic of a runway show — the theme of the collection, set, and overall production — is more impactful than featuring one or two recognizable models. “I think if they fell off the face of this earth, the fashion industry would be just fine,” Hendrickson said. “Because at the end of the day, it’s about the clothes.” WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 201


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ost people on campus are wearing the same basic backpacks, but why not expand the search and wear one no one else has? For a backpack that attracts attention and has people wondering where it’s from, Taaluma Totes is the perfect purchase. Not only do these bags look unique, but purchasing one also makes a difference in the world. Taaluma Totes threads together fabric from around the world to create unique bags that make a difference. There’s no need to go far to embrace the cultures of the world—just get a Taaluma Tote backpack and #CarryACountry. Taaluma, meaning “culture” in Swahili, is a company founded by a couple of college students on a mission to explore the world’s cultures, people, and places, as well as share their journey with others. From starting in their college apartment to being featured on the ABC show “Shark Tank,” Taaluma Totes has come a long way and continues to connect cultures around the world. According to co-founder Jack DuFour, Taaluma Totes began when he and fellow co-founder Alley Heffern went on a mission trip to Uganda for a college engineering project. After experiencing the true beauty of the nation, they became inspired to show the rest of the world the brighter, happier side of a third world country. 204 | THREAD

“Their bright fabric was such a perfect representation of their culture, and we wanted to figure out a way to share that fabric. Being college students at the time, it only seemed right to do it through something we knew well and loved—backpacks,” DuFour said. When asked the hardest part about starting this company, DuFour said that it was finding the fabric. Because it is hard to find international fabrics in the United States, the Taaluma Totes team travels around the world searching for the fabrics themselves. Although this can be a challenging task, it is something the co-founders enjoy doing. “We get to travel to these countries to hunt down funky fabrics, meet the people who make them, and build relationships with them. It’s the most challenging part, but it’s the most fun, too. It’s what makes Taaluma unique from other traditional backpack companies,” DuFour said. These bags give anyone the opportunity to carry a piece of the world with them. Each bag is made with fabric from a different country around the world such as Guatemala, Indonesia, and Thailand, which makes them unlike any other bag sold in the Unites States. On the #CarryACountry website, there is a list of the countries each fabric originated from, so it is clear


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what piece of the world a person will soon be carrying. Because there is no guarantee the buyers will get the same fabric twice, the bags are even more unique. Although there are many different patterns and fabrics to choose from, customers also have the option to customize their own. It’s as easy as sending in any fabric to the Taaluma Totes team to be made into a one-of-a-kind backpack for a cause. Along with working abroad, Taaluma Totes partners with a local nonprofit organization called STEPS to employ adults with disabilities at their headquarters located in Victoria, Virginia, to create the bags alongside skilled seamstresses. Because of Taaluma Totes, many adults have the opportunity to support themselves as well as their families by making a steady income. Taaluma Totes also works to change the lives of people by providing microloans from 206 | THREAD

the profit of the bags back to the individual country each fabric is from. Twenty percent of profits from each bag are given back to farmers and small business owners in the country the fabric originated from. These microloans provide citizens of each country with the opportunity to support their way of life that will last even after the loan is repaid. Whether the loan is being used to buy fertilizer to plant crops, or supply tools for their small businesses, these loans provide the people with the ability to keep themselves and their families financially secure. Once these loans are paid back, Taaluma Totes uses the money to buy more fabric from that country, making this system of giving back a continuous cycle. DuFour said the biggest reward, though, is seeing all of the people who have helped them spread their word. “We started with 50 totes


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on 50 toters with 50 ‘tote-ally’ massive hearts that believed in Taaluma. And within 18 months, they spread the movement to thousands,” he said. “Through social media, we’ve followed their totin’ journeys across the world— up Machu Picchu in Peru, over mountains in Switzerland, and through savannas in Uganda. And they’ve joined our adventures hunting for the world’s wackiest fabrics. We’re just thrilled to have such an exciting and adventurous group of people on board”.

By purchasing one of these bags, one can be assured their money is going to a good cause, which makes owning one a little more special. These backpacks can be worn with pride because it will not only look great but also spread the message of Taaluma Totes. When it comes to the company’s future, DuFour hopes “to carry the whole world” by making bags from every country, so customers can carry a piece of each nation.

LEARN ABOUT CULTURE, EXPLORE THE WORLD AND ITS CONTINENTS, AND CARRY A COUNTRY—ONE TOTE AT A TIME. TO PURCHASE A TOTE AND BECOME PART OF TAALUMA TOTES MISSION, VISIT WWW.CARRYACOUNTRY.COM AND OWN ONE TODAY.

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BATHING SUITS HIGH-WAISTED

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High-waisted swimsuits and I have a complicated relationship. I love the look of them. They’re a great nod to the style icons of yesteryear and they appear to hide the part of your stomach that most people are concerned about—the lower-ab pooch. However, while I am a strong proponent of the “wear whatever makes you feel awesome” movement, the high-waisted bikini doesn’t exactly provide the look I’m going for. I have yet to find a high-waisted bathing suit that actually suits my needs of concealment for that lower area. Instead, most have a bright, busy pattern that only draws attention to my lower half. If not a busy pattern, they have some weird cutout down the side that allows my muffin top to spill out. The same goes for the way the leg holes are cut. They pinch the part of my legs that absolutely do not need pinching, leading to a sort of cup-runneth-over look that I don’t particularly enjoy. Then there is the issue of trying to find a high-waisted bikini bottom that actually fits properly. I have what I affectionately refer to as a “squatty body;” that is, my torso is incredibly short. The problem I find with highwaisted swimsuits is that the waist hits either too high or too low on my body. The bottoms always seem to be designed for a person with the squattiest of bodies or an Amazonian whose torso never seems to end. Onto the issue of functionality—high-waisted bathing suits aren’t very practical at all. In the sun, you develop a tan line that falls somewhere in the middle of your torso, leaving you with only a tiny sliver of tanned skin. As for wearing the suit to the beach—don’t. Getting sand in your normal bathing suit bottoms is problematic enough, but in a high-waisted bikini? Suddenly your bottoms turn into a gigantic, sandy diaper, and you’re the new spokesperson for Huggies. It’s best we just leave this trend in the past where it belongs. 208 | THREAD


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BAEwatch! You’re running down the beach in your two piece this summer and you’re feeling confident because the bottom of your swimsuit perfectly hugs your hips and sits comfortably at your waist. You’re sporting some high-waisted bottoms in a bright summer print with sexy cut-outs on the sides, you have a raspberry lemonade in your right hand, and you’re feeling on point. High-waisted bathing suit bottoms give wearers an hourglass shape and show off the slimmest, most flattering part of the stomach without hiding the whole thing like a one piece suit would. They are retro, flirty, and create a slimming effect that keeps us looking shapely and fashionable next to that one Crossfit friend who insists on wearing stringy thong bottoms. That friend may have chiseled, super-human abs, but you look like a vintage ’50s beach babe. These bottoms are a blast from the past and are a trend we should hold on to, unlike jelly shoes and bell-bottom pants, which should have stayed in their own decades. High-waisted bottoms paired with a cute push-up top allow us to show off only the assets we like. And the rest that we don’t like? It’s all a mystery. There’s no difference between the widelyaccepted high-waisted pants trend and high-waisted bathing suit bottoms. Let’s make high-waisted swimsuits the norm. In the words of Missy Elliott, “I’ve gotta cute face, chubby waist.” Same Missy, SAME. XOXO, every girl that doesn’t feel like skipping breakfast before hitting the beach or pool for a swim. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 209


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