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NORTH WEST All (style) signs point North

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THE BEST SOUL FOOD IN ATHENS

COLORS of the YEAR

Rose Quartz & Serenity

Iris!

The iconic and quirky style of Iris Apfel

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Table of Contents SPRING 2016

FRONT OF BOOK

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

SEAMS

16 Runway Realway 20 Celeb Style 24 Alex Bertolini Makeup 26 Work 34 Chasing Shadows 40 Faux Glow 44 Rule Breaker 48 Pucker Up

30 BABY GOT BACK

DIY

58 Body Blend 60 Take a Bow 64 Plié 68 Oh, Fudge! 70 Shake it Off 2 | THREAD

54 PLUSH


74 A LANE OF THEIR OWN

WHO, WHAT, WEAR

80 OMG 84 Reading & Riesling

MIDDLE OF BOOK

144 CROSS COUNTRY CAMPUS CASUAL

160 Mid-Semester Horoscope 164 6 Restaurants to Visit 166 Ask An Expert

BACK OF THE CLOSET 174 178 184 192 198 206 210

162 BAR QUIZ

PĂœRfect Suitable Rose Quartz & Serenity Please Subscribe Under the Radar Save the Elephants Rant/Rave: Chokers

90 Lazy Sunday 104 Current Mood 120 Iris 134 5 Albums We Like


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. NOELLE’S FAVORITE THINGS A Louisiana native gone Brooklyn, Noelle Downing is a blogger who loves gingham, kitty prints, Peter Pan collars, and sailor dresses, but these are just a few of her favorite things. Downing runs a blog called Noelle’s Favorite Things which aims to share snapshots of her life as well as to document her new style obsessions, latest adventures, mouth watering meals, beauty routines, and of course, pictures of her pet bunny, Monty. Downing posts whimsical pictures of herself in trendy outfits with accessories and cute backgrounds to set the mood of the photo. Outside of keeping up with her blog, she also runs an Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, and a YouTube account where she posts hauls from her latest shopping sprees. Downing’s style is vintage, preppy, and feminine. She always seems to be sporting an effortless sailor dress paired with a cute hat or pop of red, her favorite color. This winter, all of her photo collections are showing off a jacket that complements her ensemble. While capturing a classic and feminine style, this brunette beauty is still able to add her own flair to something that has been done before. Whether she is staying in, or hitting the streets of New York City, Noelle Downing is definitely doing it in style. – RYLIE BROWN 4 | THREAD


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OH ANTHONIO When winter makes its snowy arrival, many fashionistas pick outfits based off of warmth and comfort rather than style. Thankfully, there are endless bloggers to help us make rational (and fashionable) choices, regardless of the forecast. Among them is Anthony Urbano, a New Jersey native who currently lives in New York City. He runs up-andcoming blog, Oh Anthonio, where he shares his outfit inspiration for men, even on the dreariest days. Urbano created his blog in 2011 seeking an outlet for his creative interests. Living up north, he is no stranger to the seasons, so his style changes with the months. Oh Anthonio readers will find up-to-date trends for everyday style or more dressy occasions, no matter the weather. Recently, an all white outfit was featured in his blog, which was a huge look this summer. Urbano was able to be versatile and convert this style into a winter outfit. Although the blog is not updated daily, posts are usually published a couple times a week. Although fashion is the focal point, Oh Anthonio features other categories such as food and traveling. Each post features a small paragraph describing what he chose to feature and what drew him to it. On the style section of the blog, links are provided to pieces that replicate his style and tips on what accessories to pair with the look. The blog’s casual style of writing makes you feel as if you’re having a conversation with a friend, making it a fun addition to your weekly blog reading. – VANESSA COPETAS WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 5


FOR MORE DELICIOUS SNAPS, FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM @IAMAFOODBLOG

I AM A FOOD BLOG Food blogger Stephanie Le is just a regular girl with a passion for food. Her blog has over 300 hundred recipes that she creates herself, featuring pictures or gifs with step-by-step instructions for mocking her recipes. In addition, she has a cookbook titled “Easy Gourmet: Awesome Recipes Anyone Can Cook.” Le’s approach to food is trying to find a balance between being easy and quick and an upscale meal. This blog is perfect for college students because her recipes don’t take too much effort and are really quick to make. For example, she has a recipe called Perfect Microwave Nachos and the cooking time is only 20 minutes with basic ingredients such as nachos, cilantro, seasoning, and taco meat. A basic meal turned into a gourmet entrée. Another meal of Spinach Mozzarella Grilled Cheese only takes six minutes to make. With over 100,000 followers, Le’s fan base has become huge because of her easy and quick recipes. Whether you’re a college student or not, this is a blog you will want to check out ASAP! – TIFFANY BEY 6 | THREAD


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CARLY ROWENA Carly Rowena is the epitome of a healthy lifestyle. Her journey to health and happiness began when she realized her career as a marketing manager was not her destiny. She began creating YouTube videos and her subscribers rapidly increased. The positive feedback triggered her lifestyle change. Rowena came to her senses and knew she had to turn fitness into a career. She began her dream by becoming a certified personal trainer. Rowena’s unique perspective includes humor and highlights of conflicts everyone faces during their personal journey toward mind and body health. Rowena impacts readers the most in her fitness category. She hits on topics such as body dysmorphia as well as tips on staying active when you hate exercise. Her fitness category not only focuses on physical fitness, but it also focuses on keeping a healthy mind even when you feel like quitting. While covering a wide variety of topics, Rowena will never hide from the setbacks she faces on her journey. Another inspiring section to check out is Fashion. Topics in this section range from what backpacks to sport and the science behind compression fabric. You’ll be intrigued to click on each article by the natural beauty in her photos. Rowena represents an athletic yet girly style that incorporates texture from fabrics such as leather and nylon. The Travel category involves her eye opening trip to Zambia. Not only does she bring reality into each of her posts through her own life and perspectives, she instills confidence and power to readers who are ambitiously searching for a healthy mind and body. – RACHEL O’MORROW 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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FUR HOODS Winter came back in

full force and so has the (faux) fur hood, a necessary asset for every coat and jacket. When blistering cold winds whip snow and ice onto us, the fur lining protects our faces and keeps us warm while looking fabulous at the same time. Most coats with these specs also include matching fur lining along the shoulders of the coat, adding to the warmth and comfort of the outwear piece. My personal favorites are dark-colored fur-lined hoods on military green or navy blue parkas. I cherish my winter coats with fur hoods because somehow I seem to lose my warm knit caps every season. Fur hoods also have an edge to them that pull together any outfit meant for surviving a town that turns into a tundra every winter. – COURTNEY MIHOCIK


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round or square, tinted or mirrored are my shopping addiction. I for one have trouble finding the best glasses for my face shape, and buying them online doesn’t make that any easier. About a year ago I came across the California-based company, Westward Leaning. This company manufacturers flattering sunglasses, perfect for anyone who struggles finding the right shape for their face. While ordering sunglasses online makes me nervous, I’ve never been happier with a sunglass purchase than my pair from Westward Leaning. Olivia Palermo has even collaborated with the company to create a collection of specs. Each pair of sunglasses provides customers with an in-depth description about where inspiration for the glasses came, as well as where a portion of the proceeds will be donated. There’s nothing better than purchasing an item that also gives back to the community. So, take a look at what Westward Leaning has to offer. You won’t regret it! – ALICIA MACDONALD WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 9


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NPR As any other NPR-obsessed

eye shadows are always just there. You see them in your makeup palettes and skip over them because you don’t want to look like you have conjunctivitis. Luckily, that doesn’t have to be the case. Pink eye shadows are great for layering and somehow work universally for all eye colors. It’s not just for brown and hazel eyes. Not if I have anything to say about it. It compliments eyes of all colors. Pink eye shadows can help you to look more awake if you’re feeling tired, and add a subtle pop of color to your eye make-up for the night. Use a variety of pink eye shadow shades to brighten your eyes and appear more expressive.

college nerd, I listen to NPR and its member stations on the way to and in between my classes. This makes me feel like a cool yuppie mom who brews her own kombucha. As a result, I’ve been wearing a lot of normcore/mom clothes: a large navy blue Eddie Bower field jacket-esque coat, a thick, knit mustard yellow turtleneck sweater over a long black and white striped cotton dress, black thermal tights tucked into Timberland hiking books. Some days, as I listen to WNYC’s Radiolab, I pull on overalls and cover my hair with a nice floral scarf like I’m about to go discover something cool and scientific in the woods but I don’t want to get poison ivy on my legs. I even had my hair cut into a nice asymmetrical bob to match the look. Like the audio content NPR creates, my style has become sensible, comfortable, simple, and approachable. 

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RICK OWENS Born Richard

Saturnino Owens in 1962, Rick Owens has made a name for himself in the high-fashion world as odd, controversial and to some: genius. He was honored the nickname “Dick” Owens after socking a model in the face post-show for walking with a white cloth calling for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s death. His response: “Everybody had to know how strongly I disagreed with this,” he says. “I don’t mind drama, but I don’t like death threats.” The most recent venture in controversy was his Cyclops show, where he had his female models literally wearing one another as backpacks (he often casts models who are experienced gymnasts and athletes, so cool!) His intention was to illustrate the intimate relationships between women, motherhood and sex– something that innately inspires me, and while I’m not going to wear my girlfriends as accessories, I am constantly influenced by them, their style and their support. He is a master of black and experiments with highcollars and sharp, daring silhouettes. He studied drapery at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and his trade shines in his consistent innovation of classic techniques. His creations deconstruct loud, imposing designer branding, with a simple signature on his tags, hidden within the garments. You know a Rick piece by its shape, quality and color, and I assume that’s how he prefers it. – MARLEY SCOTT

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Editor’s Note Spring has sprung, Threadies! Now that the new season has arrived, one’s inclination tends to lean toward the old tradition of spring-cleaning. Out with the old, in with the new. We trade parkas for sweatshirts, jewel tones for pastels, and toss out our scarves and gloves. The age-old question is: What’s worth keeping? This issue has some solutions for what to bring into spring. There are some classics that stick with us throughout the seasons, items like Timberland-style work boots (P. 26) and backpacks (P. 30), both maintaining their sense of function and efficiency while also updating in style and form for the season. Comfort foods like yummy fudge (P. 68) and the items sold at OMG Rotisserie (P. 80) should never go out of style, no matter the time of year. Iris Apfel’s iconic style (P. 120) of quirky, bold, and eclectic prints, patterns, and jewels, is forever a major fashion influence, never a thing of the past but a constant reminder of staying true

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to oneself in the present. That all being said, it is a new year and a new season so there are updates to be made. Whether one wants to glow up with sunless tanner (P. 40), enhance their eyeshadow collection (P. 34), or incorporate barre-workouts into their routine (P. 64), change can be necessary. Pantone’s Color of the Year (P. 186) is an annual reminder of the changes in trend and season. I hope your 2016 is off to a great start and I hope this issue of Thread helps you remember what to bring into spring and what to leave behind.

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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, Mishalaina Coles, Vanessa Copetas, Andrew Downing, Abby Grisez, Milan Lavender, Rachel O'Morrow, Jackie Osbourne, Katie Pittman (archives), Jaida Sterling, Darian Randolph, Madeline Rotunda, Sarah Richards, Alex Warner, Sarah Weingarten, LynAnne Vucovich

COPY EDITORS Erin Fausel

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Kinsey Ball, Danielle Bartley, Rob Berry, Kelly Bondra, Maggie Boyle, Colby Caldwell, Isaac Gibson, Kaitlin Hatton, Lindsey Lemons, Evan Leonard, Ellie Moore, Juli Pierandri, Kate Stone, Melina Tritton, Jenna Wallace, Kelly Wallace, Brooke White, Caitlyn Withers, Anna Ventre

DESIGNERS

Kayla Beard, Sarah Blankenship, Kelly Bondra, Taylor DiPlacido, Abby Gordon, Samantha G端t, Katie Hoderlein, Ashley Moreman, Becca Ryan, Mikayla Schweck, Kate Stone, Audra Swan, Grace Ziemke

STYLISTS

Caitlyn Andrews, Alex Bertolini, Mishalaina Coles, Kaitlin Janes, Adriana Mazzolta, Noah Morris, Stacey Neal

PUBLIC RELATIONS TEAM

Vanessa Copetas, Sara Defibaugh, Gina Marucci, Hannah Miller, Mary Grace Monzel, Ciara Sebecke

BLOGGERS

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

MODELS

Jalen Carter, Chris Comisar, Quinn Corrado, Gretchen Craig, Patrick Connolley, Mara Diaz, Justin Gamble, Hannah Haseman, Eli Hiller, Jordan Hoffman, Sarah Holm, Kaitlyn Janes, Grace Kilcommons, Samantha Kontely, Evan Leonard, Taylor Leslie, Deven, Middleton, Meghan Minton, Courtney Moser, Meredith Mockier, Gabby Mottola, Nick Nord, Rachel O'Morrow, Ryan Parent, Tim Peters, Morgan Peterson, Alexa Riejterer, Kyle Robbins, Michelle Sebastian, Chloe Thompson, Alyssa Walker, Emma Williams

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Shirt - J.Crew Shoes - Toms

LOUIS VUITTON

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Pants - Express

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Runway REALWAY BY HAADIZA OGWUDE PHOTOS BY ROB BERRY

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im Jones, designer for Louis Vuitton, has done it again. Leaving the comfort of his Parisian paradise to roam the world in search of the next “it” looks for the season, Jones struck gold with this collection. “He’s already visited 15 different countries this year, eyes hungrily searching for rare animals, hidden crafts, and remote landscapes,” Women’s Wear Daily said of Jones. In an interview with Vogue.com, Jones said that he was fascinated with the way ideas migrate. This is evident in the Asian-inspired Spring-Summer 2016 menswear collection. Jones’ influences are apparent and unmistakeable in his designs of silk and satin souvenir jackets with Japaneseinspired embroidered cranes and Indonesian birds of paradise, red silk Hawaiian shirt with Chinese-inspired embroidered monkeys, and the blouson with an embroidered stripe from a Southeastern Asia region. His collection also resembles ‘70s disco tech and bowling league fashion. The silk neck scarves with the signature Louis

Vuitton logo, the handbags that imitated classic bowling ball bags, the dark wash silk-denim blend outfits, and the light, flowy organza tops are a throwback to the ‘70s funkadelic era. Emulating this look is much easier than it may seem. The key to achieving the look of Louis Vuitton’s men’s spring-summer line is in the silk souvenir jacket. The signature vacation-style jackets made an appearance on almost every model on the runway. It is nearly impossible to imitate this look without one of these jackets. Other pieces to add to a wardrobe are silk neck scarves, silk and satin loose blousons, and white Conversestyle sneakers. Incorporating black, various hues of blue, creams, and reds will help to really imitate this line, as well as occasional pops of silver, green, and pink. Louis Vuitton’s new collection is anything but ordinary. The eccentricity of the collection, and the detailed craftsmanship and creativity of Kim Jones made for yet another Louis Vuitton masterpiece. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 17


BY LYNANNE VUCOVICH PHOTOS BY KINSEY BALL

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nown for trying to unravel the limitations when designing clothes, Proenza Schouler crafted a collection that highlighted the undone. This New York-based brand is made up of designers Jack McCollough and Lazar Hernandez, who have been a collaborative force since their senior thesis in 2002 at Parsons School of Design. The name of the brand comes from the two designers’ mothers’ maiden names, and has put American fashion back on the map. McCollough and Hernandez have created collections based on what they know, and what they see in their daily lives. “We make fashion as a result of our experiences,” McCollough and Hernandez said. A Latin influence seems to drive the spring collection with eyelet detailing, ruffles, and colors. Black, white, and red are nearly only the colors shown, besides one standout green dress. These romantic looks were crafted carefully, with a focus on the construction and embellishment of the dresses. Two dresses in particular were created by threading one feather and one chain link together at a time to form the silhouette. “The Spring 2016 collection | THREAD 18 18| THREAD

explores the idea of unraveling, a sense of abandon—of cutting loose, of breaking things down,” the designers said about the looks. Large ribbons seem to be all there is keeping dresses and jackets held together, creating a cohesive, flowing shape throughout the collection. To draw inspiration from this collection, focus on loose layers, straps across the back, and cutouts on the shoulders and waistline. Showing the collection’s influence around campus can be done with tops with exposed shoulders, bell sleeves, or an open back. Maxi dresses that flare near the bottom, or have ruffles convey the Spanish influence from Proenza Schouler. Pieces with metal, or feathered detailing can bring similar craftsmanship to anyone’s wardrobe. Clothes that are well-tailored, and decorated cohesively are all that this collection is about. Think about pieces with eyelet details, strappy backs, and flowing shapes. Proenza Schouler proves that showing the body with clothes that are nearly falling away can be done in a sensual, but still tactful, way. This invigorating collection brings true craftsmanship back to the runway and showed how to push the boundaries of design.


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PROENZA SCHOULER

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Shorts - Brandy Melville

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CELEB STYLE BY OLIVIA COOPER PHOTOS BY RA’VAUGHN JARRETT

North West was just 13 months old when she made her modeling debut. She slayed with the perfect top-knot bun, and walked down the red carpet in a leotard while still looking high-fashion. Her statement outfit includes all-black tops and leggings with fur vests that cost twice the price of a college education. West was born to celebrity royalty by fashion and culture icons Kanye West and Kim Kardashian-West. Kanye’s leather, rock-influenced

Necklace - Forever 21, Pink Leather Jacket - Forever 21

Tutu - Abby Lee Dance

look mixed with Kim’s girlie, elegant demeanor creates West’s signature look. West never gets it wrong when she is caught by the paparazzi. Although West wears expensive furs, her stylish look can still be re-created on a college budget. Nordstrom Rack and Macy’s are great places to find high-quality fur vests to wear over a fierce all-black silhouette. Sleek hair, flashy black leather, and black flats are also vital parts of West’s look. A tight bun created with a hair pomade like Bumble and bumble Defrizz from Sephora can create a sleek, no fly-away top-knot, while simple leather pieces and flats can be found for reasonable prices at TJ Maxx. West never overdoes it, by always wearing the perfect amount of accessories to compliment her simple, yet statement-worthy looks. Next to puppies and babies, children wearing adult clothing will never stop being the most adorable thing on Earth. West is rocking it at such a young age and her fashion forecast looks promising. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 21


BY ELIZABETH SWANSINGER PHOTOS BY KAITLIN HATTON

It’s the classic story, a tale as old as time. Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. They get married then have an adorable little baby. In this case, boy is rock star Gavin Rossdale, girl is punk goddess and style icon Gwen Stefani, and adorable little baby is Kingston Rossdale. Nine-year-old Kingston Rossdale is giving his uberfashionable parents a run for their money and appears to have no problem pushing any style boundary to do so. On any given day you can catch this fearless kid rocking anything from a CEO-style business suit to a ballerina tutu. Having two incredibly stylish and talented musicians as parents has an obvious influence on his everyday look and his apparent love for experimentation with fashion. It seems that he has an unlimited supply of graphic concert tees that are often paired with skinny jeans and blazers creating a look that screams “rock star.” He also has no fear when it comes to trying out new hairstyles, whether it be a mohawk, a buzz cut or a half-shaved style. This seems to be a trait directly inherited from his mom, who has always had a thing for expressing her creativity through her own hairstyles. Fear not, his style is accessible to both toddlers 22 | THREAD

Graphic Tee - Hot Topic, Leather Jacket - ASOS

Jeans - H&M, Sunglasses - H&M

and adults. When it comes to skinny jeans, Rossdale doesn’t discriminate. Dark wash, light wash, and colorful jeans are all fair game. Pair them with some sneakers, some funky socks, and then throw on a graphic T-shirt. Although in cold weather, this doesn’t seem like a very practical look, so replace the sneakers with some kickin’ combat boots and throw a dark blazer or a leather jacket over the graphic tee. It’s time to channel the inner 9-year-old-child-of-rock-stars and take some chances to do some experimenting with personal fashion. If Kingston Rossdale can do it you can do it. No Doubt.


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BY ALEX BERTOLINI PHOTO BY ROYLE MAST

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f it were possible, I would eat, sleep and breathe makeup. What I mean by this is that if I had the opportunity to work with makeup and learn new techniques every single day, I would be making my dreams come true. This is pretty much how it’s always been for me; makeup has always been something I found myself incredibly interested in. The face is such a blank canvas so to speak, and I love being able to create my own style of art through makeup application. Up until about a year ago, I had no set direction when it came to what my career path would be or where I saw myself ten years from now. At one point in my college career, I even thought that I wanted to go to culinary school to eventually open up my own bakery. Although my college career path has been anything but decisive, I’ve finally declared a major that I’m so excited to pursue: Retail Merchandising and Product Development. Because of this so-called declaration, I started to think to myself, “Why not start a blog?” So, there it began. I started blogging every couple of weeks, writing posts about different makeup application techniques, product reviews and pretty much anything else that I felt like sharing with my readers. 24 | THREAD

When I began my junior year this fall, I did everything that I could to gain more experience with makeup. What began as me doing makeup for short films turned into doing photo shoots for Thread Magazine, as well as some freelance work on the side. My passion for creativity would soon be taken to the next level when I enrolled in a stage makeup class here at Ohio University. I was able to experiment with new techniques and mediums that I had never imagined I would have the opportunity to work with. When this past winter break came along, my obsession with learning more about the beauty and makeup industry continued to skyrocket. I got a job at my local Sephora where I immersed myself into the products and learned so much about how to cater to specific client’s makeup desires. My hard work finally paid off when I received the opportunity to intern with up-and-coming company, Milk Makeup, in New York City this summer. But, until then I’ll continue blogging for Thread Magazine, where I will give my personal insight on today’s beauty trends and tricks. So, I guess when you take everything that has led me to this moment, right now, it’s safe to say that I really do eat, sleep, and breathe makeup.


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ALEX BERTOLINI MAKEUP

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Hat - Steve Madden, Jacket - Forever 21, Jeans - American Eagle, Shirt - LF, Shoes - Timberlands BY SARAH RICHARDS PHOTOS BY RYNE BROWNELL

Whether worn with a nice pair of jeans and a peacoat or joggers and an oversize T-shirt, a pair of Timberland boots are a warm and in vogue option this winter. This durable footwear has transcended the ages as a fashion staple for longer than most undergraduate students have been alive. Not even the creator of the original wheat-colored waterproof leather boot, Sidney Swartz, had any idea that Timberlands would become such an iconic piece of fashion. Yet this style of boot has remained current since its inception in 1973. The shoe shifted from being the practical footwear of blue-collar New Englanders to having massive street cred within hiphop culture in the ’90s. New York City-based rappers such as Tupac and the members of the Wu-Tang Clan sported the yellow 6-inch construction boots and intertwined “Timbs” into their lyrics. The footwear is still popular among artists such as Kanye West, Rihanna, and Jay-Z. Timberlands rise to popularity can’t be entirely credited to their pop culture prevalence, a large part of their brand success comes from the boot’s 28 | THREAD


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practicality in harsh New England winters. Timberland’s new Modern Trail campaign focuses on the functionality of the boot for all styles of life and of fashion. The company is working with Publish Brand, Pendleton Woolen Mills, and many other brands to have all walks of life walking in their boots. The most recent of the brand’s campaigns has introduced many new styles of shoe to the Timberland collection. The Chelsea Boots, which are part of the Publish Brand collaboration, are a classic men’s shoe that look amazing paired with skinny slacks or jeans and a casual blazer or a slim-fitting hoodie. The new City Premium Side Zip boot is another spin on a retro style with casual accents that make it versatile. However, the most versatile of the boots are still the classic 6-inch yellow work boots. These shoes pair well with light wash straight-cut denim and a casual hoodie as well as a plaid button-down, skinny slacks and a jean jacket. As for women’s fashion the boot selection is vast. The women’s Wittemore Chelsea booties and the Beckwith LaceUp Chukka boots look amazing

for a casual brunch as well as a cool night out. They look astonishing with dark wash jeans and keep femininity in the look with a slight heel. Tall boots are great for wintertime warmth. The Swazey tall waterproof boots combine the practicality of Timberlands with the elegance of knee-highs and are formidable when worn with tights. Timberland offers more protective and durable boots like the classic 6-inch boots that come in several colors, are waterproof, and offer fleece- or wool-lined options. Pairing these classics with high-waisted jeans, a cropped turtleneck sweater, and a neutral winter coat is the best way to stay stylish and warm all day and night.


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BY SARAH WEINGARTEN PHOTOS BY ISAAC GIBSON

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ackpacks are usually an annual purchase for the beginning of the new academic year. But, finally, backpacks are having their out-of-season moment. The traditional school backpack has gotten a facelift into an in vogue accessory. Besides being trendy, backpacks are wildly convenient. They offer the space of a large tote bag with the hands-free convenience of a cross-body bag. Backpacks are the best of both worlds. Leather backpacks are great for creating a minimalist look. They are typically more structured than other bags, which provide clean lines and a simple, polished look. The paparazzi always snap pictures of Emma Stone wearing her creamy brown leather Madewell backpack and a plethora of designers like

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Calvin Klein, Coach, Fendi, and Balenciaga all sent males down the runway sporting leather backpacks. It’s becoming a staple in wardrobes everywhere. Clear backpacks are a fresh take. It is a bold move and an easy way to show off a cute wallet or pair of sunglasses without being obvious. Their tranluscency is a street style favorite, as demonstrated on WhoWhatWear.com in their


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London Fashion Week street style post. If the goal is to accessorize a look with a more eccentric vibe, choose a bag with heavy embellishments and bright colors. This will make it the focal point of any outfit so keep the rest of the look simple. The bag that started this trend is the graffiti Chanel bag that graced runways a few seasons ago. Since then the embellished pack has

taken off. Michael Kors offers a half studded bag and Fendi created a monster backpack. The best part about backpacks is that they’re not genderspecific. Yes, some backpacks are created and marketed to either males or females. Fortunately, the actual concept of the backpack is not even limited to genders, transcending the uncompromising social construct. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 33


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s cosmetic brands constantly release new eyeshadows, palette collections of makeup enthusiasts everywhere are piling up. It can be a bit overwhelming when there are 10 palettes to chose from but only seven days a week to create eye looks. Thankfully, eyeshadow can be applied places other than on the eyes. Since palettes vary in shades and finishes it’s easy to incorporate more than one palette in each makeup application. Defined eyebrows have been trending for a while and they still remain as a focal point for every makeup look. Makeup and beauty companies are beginning to sell brow products at higher prices. Why buy expensive and specialized products when eyeshadow palettes cost the same as one brow product, and achieve the same objective? Yes, an eye shadow palette in place of a brow product is a little beauty hack that can save someone a

decent amount of money. For example, Bobbi Brown sells marvelous eyeshadows great for brows. Their formula is very pigmented but powdery enough to achieve a faded arch. If someone enjoys darker brows, their eye shadow in black plum would do the job. Bobbi Brown sells a great range of colors that would suit all hair colors from blond to black. This company also has blank palettes available for personalizing palettes. Another trend on the rise is highlighting. But let’s be honest, why buy a bunch of highlighters when they are already included in many eyeshadow palettes? A great example of highlighters in a palette are the Virgin and Sin shades in Urban Decay’s Naked Palette. These shadows look wonderful mixed together and can be applied above the cheekbone, upper lip, the bridge and tip of the nose, in the inner corner of the eyes, and below the brows. For a creamy highlighter simply take a dampened beauty blender or WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 37


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a sponge applicator and use it to apply the product. A popular eye look is the smoky eye, usually created by applying eyeliner on the lower lid and then smudging it out. The harshness of the eyeliner stroke is avoided by skipping this step entirely. Instead, apply eyeshadow below the lower lash line with a pointed brush. This allows for easier smudging as it is applied. For color uniformity, blend the eyeshadow upward to match the shade on the lids. Any of the Lorac Pro Palettes have shades for this look. Their eyeshadows have a real sultry look to them with a rich, buttery formula. The versatility of eye shadow palettes is easily overlooked. Once the shadows are played around and practiced with, it is easy to become a pro. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 39


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Tanning beds are awful and pose health risks—blah, blah, blah. Anyone who’s used a tanning bed understands the perils of wrinkles, melanoma, and leathery skin with age, without concern for risks that aren’t immediate. However, a study conducted in 2014 by the Herpes Association proves that STIs can be spread through tanning beds, despite the heat from the UV lamps. In fact, the bacterium becomes stronger, according to independent. co.uk. Need more of a reason to skip the tanning bed? Fecal bacteria are also commonly found inside. Krisyn Pradas, responsible for the tans of Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show models, recommended many self-tanners to the Harper’s Bazaar website, including tanning oil to keep skin supple and to help the tan last longer, adding a serum to lotion to create a DIY inexpensive selftanner, or using a gel if time is of the essence. Oily skin? Try a mousse; they absorb quickly,so it’s important to wear a glove or mitt to keep hands from turning orange. A luxury brand option is Vita Liberata from Sephora. Sprays are an excellent way to achieve an even, all-over tan. They also make hard-to-reach areas accessible. Attractions on Court Street offers a well done spray tan for Ohio University students. For those looking for temporary color, use a towel. They wash off within a week, so small mistakes

won’t be noticeable for long. It’s also an excellent way for beginners to experiment using sunless tanners, because it’s relatively commitment-free. Tan Towel is a great product for beginners to try. Sensitive skin (read: face areas, or skin prone to breakouts) should use a gentle formula. Packaging should read “all-natural,” “dermatologisttested,” or “organic.” Because faces are filled with nooks and crannies, try a tanning water to reach everywhere evenly. There are also towels made specifically for facial tanning, but be sure not to mix them up with towels made for body tanning. Tanning towels for the face are generally gentler than those for the body. Want to ease into faking a glow? Makeup bronzer is a marvelous way to look sun-kissed without being overdone. Using a fan brush, gently apply powder bronzer to the jawline, temples, and just under the hairline. Once that’s mastered, add some just under the cheek bones, connecting it to the bronzer on the temples, and on the nose in a straight line above each nostril. If all of that seems complicated and daunting, use a fan brush and draw the number three on both sides of the face, using the temple, cheek bone and jaw line for points of reference. e.l.f. creates a fun and inexpensive product for this. Be sure to blend to avoid harsh lines and to achieve a natural-looking glow. Just remember, safe is the sexiest kind of tan. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 43


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Fashion rules tell people to put away their white after Labor Day. It’s time to break that rule and integrate these angelic hues of white into the wardrobe this winter. Designers like Louis Vuitton and Stella McCartney broke this fashion fad, sending

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women, the soft color is also very complimentary to any skin tone. The key to wearing this all-blanc look is to pair different shades of white such as eggshell, ecru, and beige to create a sleek look for the winter. To distinguish between garments, play around with various textures, weights, and layering. This head-to-toe monochromatic trend can be effortless and beautiful if kept simple. Pair a soft, beige cashmere sweater with white denim for a more casual look. The contrasting textures in this gender-neutral ensemble will add dimension and be cozy while still looking trendy. For a more sophisticated look, wear a fitted blazer in a pale neutral shade with a pair of white, polyester trousers. To emulate this 46 | THREAD

sleek style, it’s important to find well-fitted pieces. The polished pantsuit look is work-appropriate, and with the right accessories can be transformed into an ensemble fit for going out. One can still look fashionable when out and about in a pure white coat. Its stunning color will radiate against a heavy snowfall. Avoid wearing a puffy, oversized jacket. Instead find a coat that will frame the figure and stay warm against the frigid air. To complete any of these clean white canvases, style them with a few colored accessories such as a statement necklace, scarf, or small handbag. One could even wear a pair of colored shoes to add a little extra flare to their winter attire. Try not to over-accessorize, as this will take away from the all white concept of the outfit. Remember that less is more. A good pair of white pants is a staple piece for creating various blanc outfits. Grab a few pairs of white denim from Forever 21 to last all winter. Invest in a quality, white jacket for the snowy months from retail stores like Nordstrom or H&M. For more unique ivory garments, check out ASOS. White pieces don’t have to be put away anymore when the winter months arrive. Designers are showing that it’s time to stop letting fashion fads dictate what’s worn by assimilating white onto the runways. So pull the white out of the back of the closet because all shades of it are without a doubt trending this winter.


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hether glossy, frosted, sheer, or matte, lipstick is a transforming product. With just a flick of the wrist, it can take a look from girl-next-door, to punk goddess, to retro diva, and back again. Coco Chanel once said, “If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack.” Here are some of the latest lipstick trends that can be worn through everything from midterms, to finals week, all the way through a summer internship. Matte lips have been having a huge moment over the past several months, and the momentum is still going strong. The velvety finish defines the lips, making them really pop and appear fuller. Regular lipstick can be transformed into an opaque shade by applying it and then lightly dusting a translucent powder over it. A velvety, matte look can be managed with a product that recently blew up: liquid lipstick. Kylie Jenner’s Lip Kits, complete with a matte liquid lipstick and matching lip liner, sold out within minutes of its launch. For those who can’t fit a $29 lip

kit into their budget, there are some cheaper options. NYX’s new Liquid Suede collection offers a wide range of colors for just $7 each. Colourpop Cosmetics also has a huge collection of matte liquid lipsticks in almost every color imaginable, which won’t go over budget either at $6 a piece. The best part about these lippies is they last forever. Swipe some on in the morning, and it will stay on from a morning coffee to a sandwich for dinner. One of the biggest color trends for spring is a ruby red lip. Although red lipstick has always been, and always will be, a classic. Now is definitely the time to pick a signature hue. Many lipstick lovers’ favorite is MAC’s Ruby Woo, which costs $17. This shade’s gorgeous, bright, matte color looks amazing on all skin tones. For a cheaper option, try Maybelline’s Siren in Scarlet for $8. Ultra-matte red lips were seen on the Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week runways in shows such as Jason Wu, DKNY, Zac Posen, and Oscar de la Renta. Red lips give anyone the WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 49


chance to unleash their inner Hollywood starlet. Another lip color trend is almost a lack of color entirely. Nude, barely-there lips were seen at Spring 2016 shows such as Opening Ceremony, Tommy Hilfiger, and Moschino. With a natural, yet glossy finish, this look is the most wearable for everyday. Pick up a very lightly pigmented gloss or lipstick to finish a simple makeup look, or complement a smoky eye. The lips seen on models at Anna Sui and Miu Miu’s Spring 2016 shows were actually a bit surprising, but do not skimp on elegance or glamorousness. 50 | THREAD

Both featured a deep redberry tone. While this usually may be thought of as more of a fall hue, when paired with brighter clothes and beachy waves, it can be worn through spring and summer. NYX carries a lovely option of a Soft Matte Lip Cream in the shade Copenhagen for $6. All of these options make pouts look oh-so-kissable, but other lips beware, this girl has a lipstick bullet in her purse and she isn’t afraid to use it. So take advice from the fashion queen herself, Coco Chanel. Slap on some lipstick and go conquer the world.


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Pom-poms are appearing in modern fashion and inspiring accessories in the process. They are dangling from scarves and topping winter hats. In 2015, pom-pom bracelets hit the runway in Burberry Prorsum’s Fall collection. Michael Kors incorporates pom-

poms in keychain purse accessories. These fluffy fashion pieces can be made at the kitchen table or in your room. Inspired by the pom-poms on the runway, this bracelet is a delicate, but inexpensive craft that will leave you with the perfect spring accessory. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 55


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CREATING THE POM POMS Wad the yarn into a ball that is small enough to fit through the center of the pom-pom maker. Wrap yarn around the pom-pom maker, pulling the ball through the center. The longer your wrap, the bigger your pom-pom will be. Once the entire pom-pom maker is covered in yarn, gently wedge scissors under the wrapped yarn. Place one blade under the yarn and one blade above the yarn. Cut around the pom-pom maker. Move the rings of the pom-pom maker apart, creating a small gap that will allow you to tie an additional piece of yarn around the bundle you have created. Tie the string tightly around the bundle and remove the rings of the pom-pom maker. Now that you have your pom-pom, trim the ends until satisfied with the size, texture and look of the ball. Don’t be afraid to trim. This step is the key to creating fluffy pom-poms. Roll the ball between your palms to fluff it up. Cut the additional hanging yarn that you used to tie the bundle. Repeat these steps three or more times to create enough pom-poms to decorate the bracelet. Feel free to alternate colors. When all pom-poms are finished, line them up. Loop a piece of yarn to a sewing needle and push the needle through the pom-poms. Cut the needle free, leaving two strings poking out of each end of the line of pom-poms. Tie each side into a small knot. This will create a long loop through the pom-poms, which will allow you to attach each end to the split hoops.

CREATING THE BRACELET Attach one split hoop to the chain. Attach the other to one of the string loops. If needed, use jewelry pliers to pry open the hoops or cut the chain to a desired length. Attach the remaining string loop to the split hoop on one end of the chain. Attach the lobster claw to the split hoop that is not attached to the chain. Attach the lobster claw clasp to the chain to close the bracelet. Now enjoy and show off your new runway-inspired spring accessory. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 57


Body Blend BY PAIGE BENNETT PHOTOS BY ELLIE MOORE

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xfoliating beauty products are hardly known for their aesthetic qualities. Creams, lotions, and soaps often contain so many chemicals that they smell strange, cost a fortune, and harm skin more than they heal it. Instead of dishing out hardearned dollars on exfoliators, you can craft simple tea soaps in minutes. These cleansing bars are pretty and cheap, and they soften your hands with each use. Select your favorite teas for lovely, aromatic soaps. 1. Cut soap base into small squares.

melted soap base. Stir.

2. Put about four soap base squares into the microwavable container. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir.

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soap. It should pop out after cutting around two sides of the soap. 6. Exfoliate your hands, face, and body with your pretty little soaps.


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Mix up everyday casual wear with a formal accessory to turn heads. Using scraps of fabric from your closet, the trunk of your car, or your last DIY project, you can make something extraordinary out of the ordinary. Turn a menswear classic into your new favorite accessory. BY JAIDA STERLING PHOTOS BY COLBY CALDWELL

STEPS Take the large piece of fabric and fold it lengthwise, taking one half to the center and gluing it, then doing the same with the other half. Fold it along the width, taking the top half to the center and gluing it. Roll the edge of the bottom half under for a frayless, clean look, then glue it. Put the large piece of fabric to the side. Lay the small piece of fabric horizontally. Bring the top half to the center and lightly glue it, then do the same with the bottom half. Grab the large piece of fabric, turn it right-side up, and pinch the center of it. Glue the very center of the back of the pinch. 62 | THREAD

Turn it right-side up again. Fold the top half down until it touches the pinched center, and fold the bottom half up until it touches the pinched center, shaping it like a bow. Grab the small piece of fabric and glue the middle of the fabric to the center of the bow. Turn the bow around and hot glue the ends of the small piece of fabric to the back of the bow. Glue the alligator clip onto the back of the bow tie. Rock your bowtie by pairing it with a flirty A-line skirt, classic suspenders, and a button-down shirt, or try a flannel, ripped jeans, and Timbs. The possibilities are endless.


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MATERIALS HOT GLUE GUN/GLUE STICKS LARGE, 8-BY-5-INCH, PIECE OF FABRIC SMALL, 4-BY-1-INCH, PIECE OF FABRIC RULER ALLIGATOR CLIP

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BY RACHEL O’MORROW PHOTOS BY DANI BARTLEY Embrace the inner ballerina you never knew existed in the comfort of your own home or fitness center. Fitness culture has recently been introduced to new ballet-inspired moves to lift, tighten, and tone. The workout consists of isometric movements, concentrating on contracting specific muscle groups by performing more reps with smaller movements. Not only will this routine shape your body, it will also escort the discovery of a new-found grace within yourself. Routine details: Do one set of the recommended number of reps for each move, performed using a bar or chair. Be sure to have little rest between moves. Repeat the entire circuit three times total.

REAR FLY AND ARABESQUE LIFT – Hold a dumbbell in your left hand and stand tall with your feet together. Rest your right hand on the back of the chair or bar, and extend your right leg behind you, pointing your toes toward the floor. Bend your left knee and hinge forward from your hips, keeping your back flat and abs tight, and reaching your left arm toward the floor. Open your left arm out to the side, while lifting your right leg up behind your hip. Lower your arm and leg. Repeat 20 times on each side. HORSE POSE – Take a wide step out from chair or bar, and turn your feet outward while keeping your heels together. Bend your knees and squat down. Align shoulders and hips while engaging the core. Hold for 5 breaths and raise slightly. Pulse for 30 reps. 66 | THREAD

PARALLEL PLIÉ PULSE – Stand with your feet parallel and together, placing your hands on the back of chair. Press up onto the balls of your feet and bend your knees. Lower your hips as far down as you can, squeezing your inner thighs together. Be sure to keep your knees together. Lift up halfway while keeping your knees bent and then return to low plié position. Repeat 20 times. RELEVÉ PLIÉ – While facing the bar or chair, bring your heels together and turn your toes out, with your legs straight, and hands gently resting on the back of the chair or bar. With good posture and keeping your abs tight, rise up onto the balls of your feet. “Plié” by bending your knees halfway and out, above your toes. Straighten your legs. As you extend, squeeze your inner thighs together and then lower your heels. Repeat 20 times. PLIÉ PULSE TO PASSÉ – Stand tall, step forward with your left foot, turn it out, and cross it in front of your right. Rest your right hand on the chair or bar, with your left arm extended away from your body. Rise up onto the balls of your feet, and then squat, bending both knees out to the sides. Extend your right leg and keep your heels lifted, as you lift your left knee out to the side and lightly touch your left toes. Gracefully sweep your left arm overhead. Lower both your left foot and left arm back to their previous positions. Keep your heels lifted for the entire set. Repeat 20 times on each leg. TRICEPS SHAVER – Grab a pair of dumbbells and stand with legs together and feet rotated outward while keeping your heels together. Raise your arms overhead, bend your elbows out to the sides, and lower the weights slightly behind your head. Brace your abs in tight and press up onto the balls of your feet. Extend your arms overhead slightly in front of your body, palms facing forward. Lower your heels and bend your elbows at the same time, lowering the weights behind your head. Repeat 20 reps.


slug REACHING ROND DE JAMBE – Stand tall with your left leg extended forward, toes pointed and left arm extended upward with your right hand resting on the back of the chair or bar. Flex your abs and lift your left leg in front of your body as high as you can, keeping your back straight and standing tall. Slowly open your leg out to the side, lower your arm and keep your elbow slightly bent, palm facing forward. Circle your leg behind you, reaching your arm overhead. Lean forward from your hips to bring your torso parallel with the floor. Slowly lift back up, keeping your spine straight, and lower your leg and arm back into starting position. Repeat 10 times on each leg.

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Oh, Fudge! BY LOUIS BARAGONA PHOTOS BY MELINA TRIFFON

The days after Valentine’s Day can always feel like a bit of a letdown. Whether it was spent receiving a not-sothoughtful gift, guzzling a bottle of wine and wallowing in one’s single status, or not being able to see a loved one, there is always a cure for the post-V-Day hangover: food. The greatest way to indulge is with something sweet, simple, and shareable. The following recipe for twoingredient strawberry fudge is not only all of those things, but also a perfect answer to the real question of love: what’s in your tummy?

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INGREDIENTS 1 bag of white chocolate chips 1 can of strawberry frosting 1 microwave-safe bowl 1 glass bowl 1 spoon 1 medium-sized square pan Sprinkles

STEPS Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave for about 1.5 minutes, using a microwave-safe bowl. Pour the melted white chocolate chips into the glass bowl, stirring as you pour to make sure they don’t harden and are also fully melted, not chunky. Add the strawberry frosting to the white chocolate chips, stirring them together until they are thoroughly combined. Pour the mixture into a medium-sized square pan, which will help them take the classic shape of fudge. Cover the fudge in as many sprinkles as you see fit. Put the fudge in the fridge, allowing it to cool and harden. It will take around 30 minutes to harden enough to be cut into squares, so be patient and don’t think about your Valentine’s Day if it was spent alone. When the fudge is hardened, take it out of the fridge, cut it into squares, and enjoy. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 69


Shake it Off! It’s the season of love and nothing will make you more head-over-heels than a treat that will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. Spring may still be around the corner, but it’s never too soon to “whip” up a frozen drink. Whether you’re cozying up with your special someone or hosting a friends’ night in, this drink is sure to make anyone feel the love. BY MICHELLE FRANTZ PHOTOS BY MELINA TRIFFON STRAWBERRY WHITE CHOCOLATE MILK SHAKE

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¼ cup of white chocolate 5 large strawberries, fresh or frozen ½ cup of milk 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream

¾ cup of white chocolate 2 cups of heavy cream ½ teaspoon of vanilla 2 tablespoons of sugar

Melt the white chocolate in a microwavable bowl. Combine the strawberries, white chocolate, milk, and ice cream in a blender and blend until you reach your desired consistency. Pour into your favorite glasses.

Melt the white chocolate in a microwavable bowl and set aside. Combine heavy cream, vanilla, and sugar in a pot. Wait for the mixture to boil and remove from heat. Combine the mixture with the white chocolate. Use a hand mixer to blend until the mixture thickens into the correct consistency. This may take a few minutes. Top your milkshakes with the whipped cream and enjoy.

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n outfit is only as good as its accessories: usually things that jingle or sparkle, that dress up or dress down a garment. What happens when these accessories include a helmet, knee, elbow, and wrist pads, and a mouth guard? One certainly should be prepared for a different kind of runway, and more specifically, a track full of women racing full-speed. Based out of Athens is a team full of ass-kicking women who come from all different walks of life for one common sport: roller derby. The Appalachian Hell Betties are a roller derby team created in October 2010 by Jessica Beckford, an Athens native. Within the first six months of the team’s inception, it gained sponsors, its non-profit status, and a temporary home at Dow’s Roller arena in Nelsonville, OH. Dr. Loran Marsan, a professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Ohio University, first

met Beckford at a local music festival a year after the team was created. “I had recently gotten into really good shape and was bored,” she said. “[I] started going to practices and was hooked. I think I bought skates after two weeks.” Marsan explained that the name Appalachian Hell Betties was a variation of the song “Hell Billy” by Hank Williams, as well as a tribute to the small town roots that a lot of the original members of the team have. Most of the women who joined the Hell Betties team in the past five years are ones who found themselves drawn to a practice through curiosity. The current president of the team, Liz Hammer, said she used to roller skate when she was younger, but hadn’t picked it back up since childhood when she convinced a friend to accompany her to a practice. “I used to roller blade as a kid

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… we used to do ice skating games like in the Olympics,” Hammer said.. However, having past experience as a roller skater is not a requirement. “We have people come to us who have never done it. After a few weeks they’re cruising around. It’s amazing how quickly people can learn.” Although the sport made its television debut in 1948, the modern revival of roller derby has been subject to stereotypes that stem from the 1970s: that it’s all for show and isn’t considered an actual sport. Roller derby women were commonly known for wearing clever and colorful costumes, also called “boutfits.” These costumes became team uniforms with each skater having the chance to add their own twist. However, these boutfits don’t typically incorporate cute skirts and fishnets anymore. They are also certainly unlike what Raquel Welch wore for the cover of the June 1972 Life magazine-a plunging chest zipper and a uniform so low it covers any inclication of the actress wearing pants isn’t how it’s done nowadays. Although fishnets are still commonly worn, Marsan says they serve an actual purpose, creating a barrier between the knee and the pad and also holding up a sweaty knee pad to the skater’s leg. The Hell Betties’ preferred uniform is a red jersey with their name in black lettering, plus whatever bottom each skater chooses to wear. More often than not, the skaters opt for more 76 | THREAD

traditional athletic workout pants or shorts. Hammer agrees that for her it is more about taking part in a sport and being athletic rather than dressing up. “I’m an athlete and I’m proud of the work I put in to be part of the team. That is reflected in the fact that I don’t wear fishnets, I wear workout pants,” she said. “However, we do have a history of people dressing up.” Roller derby women are also portrayed as hard-hitting, heavy drinkers who might have committed a crime or two in their life. “We’re not out partying all night every night,” Marsan said. “A lot of women on our team are moms, professors, students, locals. We used to have a radiologist on the team.” The Hell Betties also find a stereotype of their bodies to be big-boned, heavyweight Amazons. Spencer Madison—a petite, yet fast skater for the team—said that when she first joined in September 2014, they were so accepting and excited to have her, even though she stood three inches below some of them. “I was only 100 pounds soaking wet because I’m 5’4”. About six months in, I gained 15 pounds of muscle,” Madison said. Muscle, endurance, and balance aren’t the only things to gain when joining the the Appalachian Hell Betties. Friendship and camaraderie are just as important to this group of women. Throughout the many practices and time spent


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together, these women inevitably form connections between each other. Hammer says it is traditional for skaters to have a “derby wife,” someone who shares their passion for the sport and can lift them up when they fall. A derby wife can be anyone on the team who a skater shares a connection with: the person they first talked to, had their first practice with, a mentor, a friend who is already on the team, or the person they constantly find themselves doing drills with. 78 | THREAD

“It sort of happens to everyone,” Hammer said. “You find the person on the team who you’re with all the time and can talk about things with.” According to the mission statement on its website, aord. org, the Athens Ohio Roller Derby “is committed to the empowerment of women of all races, colors, national origins, sexual orientation, ages, religious beliefs, and body types.” Hammer said that one of the biggest thrills she gets


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what you’re doing, and you finally get up there, and you’re pushing your body, that was the point when I was super proud of myself,” Madison said. “I think more women should push their bodies to exhaustion so their souls can be free. We bruise ourselves to take control of our emotions on the inside.” When asked if she had any questions, Madison jumped for the chance. “Yeah, actually. When are you going to get out there with us?” WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 79


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sides, such as their five cheese macaroni and cheese loaded with pepper and a nostalgic taste of homemade mac. It’s impossible to exclude the epitome of soul food side dishes: cornbread muffins. OMG’s muffins are so sweet and buttery that they melt right in your mouth upon consumption. With dessert options such as a cake of the day special and a fluffy, creamy banana pudding, OMG covers ground that will satisfy any dessert lover’s sweet tooth. While Rutter had hesitations about attracting the university crowd, students come all the way to Columbus Road for a bite of their unique collective of eats. “When we first opened here on Columbus Road, we weren’t expecting to see many students because we’re not in walking distance of campus, but we actually do get a lot. It’s funny because you’ll see like six of them get out of like a Toyota Camry to come eat here,” Rutter said. As for the future of OMG Rotisserie, Rutter hopes to expand her business uptown in the form of a food truck. “We’re working on possibly getting a food truck uptown with the same menu but slightly smaller so it’s easier for students and faculty who may have only 30 minutes for lunch and with their busy schedules,” Rutter said.


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s the door swings open, it gives way to a quaint room with purple walls, which are more on the plum side. Throughout the room a Caro Emerald Pandora station shuffles through the air on a hidden playlist, blending jazz and pop sounds. There are tables and sofas strategically placed around the dimly lit chamber with a group of friends at one of them, conversing while playing Life. A man wearing a button-down shirt with his sleeves rolled up, revealing arms that are delicately covered in tattoos, stands behind the bar that sits in the middle of the back wall. The establishment is Athens Uncorked, and the man behind the bar laughing and talking with customers is Nate Hayes, co-owner with his sister Kathy Blake, of the only wine bar in Athens, Ohio. 86 | THREAD

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“The Martian,” a New York Times best-seller recently adapted into a major motion picture starring Matt Damon, he featured a wine that resembled Mars—dry and red. Hayes’ knowledge of wine that has grown over the years helps him pick wine that will undoubtedly be liked by the members of the club, but that’s not always the case with the book selection. “I’ve discovered that my book club isn’t afraid to tell me that they don’t like a book,” Hayes said with a laugh. “Pouring some more wine it makes it easier. I’ve noticed that, if a book tanks.” “The Martian” was one of the first “mainstream” books that Hayes picked for the club and it brought out his highest amount of participants yet. He admitted that more books that are well-known to the public will likely find their way onto the club’s list, but Hayes

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doesn’t plan to stop challenging his members. “One of the things my parents taught me when I was younger is that you have to be careful not to pigeonhole yourself into a certain genre of literature. Sometimes my book club is really challenged with what I choose,” Hayes said, “I tell them when they are going to have to work for it. I love when I hear some of the members say that they never would have picked the book up but ended up loving it.” When the group meets at the end of the month, they cover the plot and character questions that one would expect from a book club. When the conversation hits a stalemate, Hayes is quick to offer up a new direction for the group so they can continue to express their feelings toward the story. With most of the members being teachers and professors within the community, there is a special appreciation for having someone to talk about books with on a level that’s deeper than the ordinary superficial talk. This appreciation does not escape Hayes, who enjoys being able to bring his idea of a wine bar and a book club to life. “As I’ve grown older, I wanted a quieter place to grab drinks with someone so I took it upon myself to make that place,” Hayes said. “If I hadn’t opened a wine bar I would have opened a small private bookstore. I always wanted to do that but I chose this route. I figured I’d bring something from my other passion into it.” 88 | THREAD


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“MORE IS MORE... AND LESS IS A BORE.”

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BACK TO BLACK, AMY WINEHOUSE

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MID-SEMESTER HOROSCOPES AQUARIUS

01.20 – 02.18

Aquarius, being so emotionally distant worked out in your favor. Valentine’s Day was a success because you had no expectations set, and the rest of the semester should be a success as well. Sure, you have some projects due, but because you’re intelligent and strategic, you’ll knock them out of the park. Try not to stress yourself out too much. You’re only young once!

ARIES

03.21 – 04.19

For most people, the middle of the semester represents a lull in their normal lives. For you however, it’s a whirlwind of impulsive decisions. Remember Aries, thinking things through does not make you boring. On the brightside, while all your friends are obsessing over hunting down summer internships, your alwaysenthusiastic nature will lead to you to at least one unforgettable night out. A fun second half of the semester is waiting! 160 | THREAD

The middle of the semester is the time for rebranding and making up for lost time. Midterms, spring break, and even scarier, graduation, all fill the streets of Athens. What will your future look like? BY KENYETTA WHITFIELD ILLUSTRATIONS BY KAYLA BREEDEN THIS MONTH’S SIGN

PISCES

Selfless ol’ Pisces. You’re the type

02.19 – 03.20 who would volunteer to coordinate

an event on top of your already busy schedule. What many don’t understand are your reasons for keeping your emotions to yourself . Go have fun! Open up! You may find out this semester that you are stronger than you think and that you can be a lot more self-indulged. Focus on yourself once in awhile, Pisces. Taking time to do the things that you love will be a great way to de-stress.

TAURUS

04.20 – 05.20

So, Taurus, you’ve decided that it’s time to get out of your head and start using your heart. Your midterms, although intimidating, are nothing you can’t handle. You are patient and persistent by nature. Meaning, the more studying you put in, the more you will get out of it. Just don't stress yourself out too much and forget to hang with friends before leaving for break. You may be stressed now, but that's nothing a little venting to a friend couldn't help.

GEMINI

05.21 – 06.20

People seem to forget, Gemini, that you are as versatile and easy going as they come. One weekend you may find yourself on Court Street flaunting your Big Mamma’s and the next you could be at the Athena, watching cool, indie flicks. You shouldn't, however, forget to buckle down when it comes to applying for summer internships and jobs. This is the time of the year where your summer plans can be set in stone. Stay focused, Gemini!


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CANCER

06.21 – 07.22

Please Cancer, no more tears over midterms! You have plenty of time to get your grades where they need to be. The same goes for searching for summer job opportunities. Sometimes you’ve got to let your moodiness go and leave things in the past. Just think, the semester is nearly halfway over, and there’s so much to look forward to. Stay optimistic, Cancer! The second half of the semester will be less stressful, leading you to have more fun this spring.

LIBRA

09.23 – 10.22

Most people can be indecisive, it’s a normal trait. However, you may be the king or queen of indecision, Libra. Being the social butterfly that you are, you’ve put off studying for midterms. You’re not worried because you always get your things done, and in style, of course. At times, you may be too self-indulgent, but treating yourself every once in awhile isn’t a bad thing. So go and get that Whit's Custard or Taco Bell. You deserve it.

CAPRICORN

07.23 – 08.22

VIRGO

08.23 – 09.22

Say it to yourself over and over again, “Laziness cannot get the best of me.” Leo, get it together! You’ve got dreams of getting out of Athens and being a star within your field. That being said, procrastinating is not an option when it comes to studying for midterms. Spring break will be here soon enough, so get studying, Leo! Book a room at the library or grab a coffee at Donkey. Anything to help you focus on finishing your midterms strong.

Patty Perfect. That’s you, Virgo. To some degree, it’s admirable that you started studying for midterms by the second week of the semester. Live a little, why don’t you? Stop being so practical. Go drink some pitchers at Lucky’s and do impromptu karaoke at the Skull with your best friends! Your passion for organization and planning ahead will surely pay off when applying for internship opportunities. Just don’t forget that perfection isn’t everything,

SCORPIO

SAGITTARIUS

For you, midterms came as fast as they went, and so will the rest of the semester. But Scorpio, do you ever let your freak flag fly? It’s time to finally get out there and try something new and exotic. Head to Jackie O’s for a cold beer or O’Betty’s for a yummy chili dog. Don’t let the moodiness from Valentine’s Day bring you down, spring break is almost here! The remainder of your semester will be full of taking chances. Get ready!

Half the semester is gone Sagittarius, it’s time to switch into overdrive. Although your “free bird” personality is an incredible quality to have, you’ve got to buckle down and focus on your grades.Your desire to take risks will also lead you on many adventures during the remainder of the semester. Keep your optimistic attitude; it will surely get you a job in the future. Just don't forget that with college comes responsibilty, so finish off this semester strong.

10.23 – 11.21

11.22 – 12.21

Capricorn, you are so disciplined. Your midterms don’t scare you

12.22 – 01.19 and neither does your future. You are poised and practical. So what

could even strike you as surprising? Well, a little something called spontaneity. With the second half of spring semester upon us, learn to just go with the flow! Don’t plan, and most of all, don’t think too hard about anything. Things will work out the way that they are meant to, so don't stress about the little things. Keep doing you, Capricon.

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WHICH OFFCOURT STREET BAR AND DRINK ARE YOU? BY ALICIA MACDONALD PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA MCGUIRE

WHAT COURT STREET BAR IS YOUR GO-TO?

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?

STEPHEN’S ON COURT

SOPHISTICATED, ON TREND OR CHIC

LUCKY’S SPORTS TAVERN J BAR PAWPURR’S BAR

COOL, HIP OR LAIDBACK CLASSIC, TRADITIONAL OR CASUAL QUIRKY, DIFFERENT OR EYE CATCHING

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WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL SATURDAY NIGHT? DRINKING WITH A CLOSE KNIT GROUP OF FRIENDS HANGING AT A FRIEND’S HOUSE WATCHING AN 80’S MOVIE BINGE WATCHING NETFLIX WITH ROOMMATES LISTENING TO LIVE MUSIC IN THE CITY

WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING IS YOUR FAVORITE TO EAT AFTER A NIGHT OUT? O’BETTY’S RED HOT BIG MAMMA’S BURRITO CHICKEN & WAFFLES FROM UPTOWN GRILL UNION STREET DINER


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ATHENS UNCORKED

WEST END CIDER HOUSE

Making its mark as the first wine bar in Athens, Athens Uncorked provides patrons with a refined ambiance. The wine bar features a full range of wines fermented in several counties across Ohio. Athens Uncorked is the ideal option for anyone looking for a mature and sophisticated night out on the town.

Playing a large role in the growth of the west side of Athens, West End Cider House has been reeling in customers with their one-of-a-kind brews and ciders. With a rustic feel alongside locally grown hops and grains, this cider house is a can’t miss. West End Cider House is a trendy place to spend a night away from Court St.

DRINK OF CHOICE Debonne Vidal Ice Wine

DRINK OF CHOICE Black Currant Cider

MOSTLY RED

MOSTLY PINK

JACKIE O’S BREWERY

LITTLE FISH BREWING CO.

A staple of the Athens area, Jackie O’s has been known for providing customers with great food, great times, and even better brews. This iconic bar hosts power hour every Monday through Saturday 8–9 p.m.. Ideal for anyone looking to pass up on the crowds of Court Street, Jackie O’s will continue to be a fundamental symbol of Athens culture.

A new brewery to the Athens area, this quirky bar is ideal for anyone looking for a change of pace from other local bars. Little Fish is the quintessential brewery for locals looking for a more relaxed atmosphere. With happy hours Tuesdays through Thursdays 4–6 p.m., live music every Wednesday and food from local food trucks, Little Fish is sure to be a hit.

DRINK OF CHOICE Firefly Amber Ale

DRINK OF CHOICE Saison du Poisson Farmhouse Ale

14 Station Street

22 West Union Street

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RESTAURANTS YOU MUST VISIT BEFORE GRADUATION BY ALICIA MACDONALD PHOTOS BY KELLY WALLACE

BEST BRUNCH

BEST GLOBAL CUISINE

700 East State Street & 33 N Court Street

21 West Washington Street

Sol Restaurant Well-known across the Athens food scene for having some of the best brunch, Sol has been whipping up Cuban fusion cuisine that will leave you craving more. The brunch menu features everything from Cuban French toast drenched in maple syrup and powdered sugar to Havana eggs pizza that’s topped with veggies and ham, bacon and Gouda cheese. Whether you’ve been to Sol’s rum bar on a night out with friends, or you’ve seen the sign on the corner by Wings Over, stop on in to feast your eyes on this tasty brunch menu. 164 | THREAD

Salaam

Tucked away right off of Court Street, Salaam offers an array of vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and meatlover options for the world traveler in all of us. Brightly-colored walls are complemented with patterned fabric chairs, creating a charming and exotic ambiance. Featuring a variety of daily specials, Salaam is ideal for anyone looking to step away from the norm. The Tabouli salad, topped with fresh mint, alongside the baba ghanoush wrap is a fresh and flavorful alternative for anyone looking to skip the fast food.

BEST COMFORT FOOD

Miller’s Chicken 235 West State Street Arguably a hidden gem in the foothills of Appalachia, Miller’s Chicken is the place to find the juiciest, flavorblasted chicken in Athens. Eating tasty food and making better memories seems to be the heart of this operation. With dishes like fried onion rings, zucchini, and mozzarella, Miller’s Chicken will undoubtedly curb your appetite for good ol’ comfort food.


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BEST FAST FOOD

Larry’s Dawg House 410 West Union Street Take a drive down Union on a Wednesday night to find the ever-changing sign outside of Larry’s Dawg House. This hot dog joint in Athens cherishes the classics with their array of hot dogs, cheeseburgers, shakes, and slushes on the menu. Order a regular dog, which is topped with mustard and chili, and finish off the meal with a chocolate malt milkshake. Stop by the Dawg House every Wednesday of the month for the unforgettable “Weenie Wednesday.” With fast and friendly service, customers can savor their dogs and shakes while watching owner, Larry Young, cook up the best hot dogs in town. BEST BAKERY & CAFÉ

Village Bakery 268 East State Street Village Bakery, a quaint and environmentally-friendly patisserie, has grown to be one of the most sustainable companies in Athens. Sourcing only local ingredients from Southeast Ohio, the bakery is known for their healthy and fresh goodies. Operating their business free of fossil fuels, Village Bakery is utilizing state-of-the-art equipment to halt damage to the environment. With items on the menu like breakfast pizza and smoked trout salad, Village Bakery is a can’t miss for any self proclaimed foodie.

BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

Lui Lui

8 Station Street Best known for their originality and attention to detail, Lui Lui blends eastern and western influences with an Americanized twist. Lui Lui is hidden from the hustle and bustle of Court Street, making it ideal for anyone looking for a relaxed meal. Their menu offers everything from roasted red pepper soup—which is incredibly savory—to the coconut shrimp, which is crunchy and delicious. Although this restaurant would be considered upscale in comparison to many other Athens eateries, Lui Lui is affordable for any college student looking for a mature meal. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 165


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EXPERT BY LOUIS BARAGONA

To be frank, Dr. Elizabeth Hendrickson is my favorite expert. Her experience on the frontlines of magazine editing and production, which ranges over a decade, reached new heights during a time when the industry underwent major shifts. She was there for the rise of celebrities in fashion culture, and has the Polaroids and stories to prove it. Dr. Hendrickson’s experiences make her the perfect go-to for expert insight. What was your experience in writing and editing fashion journalism? I was in the industry during a time of change in regards to women’s magazine content, I had great insight into the processes behind creating that content and its transition. My experience was booking celebrities in magazines but a huge part of that 166 | THREAD

was what are they going to wear, this designer, that designer, this color, making it all pretty hand-in-hand. I worked with fashion editors and beauty editors prior to shoots, sometimes they would need help with their sort of peg with a beauty and fashion story in terms of bringing in notable people and need my help. They’d ask me for information about

upcoming releases and premieres. I still have so many magazines from the time worked there and you can just see the shift, and not everybody was or is behind it. There were many people that believed the lines should be kept separate.

What are the most important parts about fashion writing? What makes good fashion journalism? Relevance to the audience and a strong narrative. Something outside of the physical clothing that will help the audience remember and connect. Good fashion journalism uses imagination and creativity.


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What are your favorite things to see in a journalist’s writing as an editor? My favorite thing is description. Rich, tangible description. I want to be there. I want to feel that. Do it with description, metaphor, make it relatable. It’s a perfect theory in practice. Don’t just tell. What exactly do you mean? Instead of telling the reader what to think, allow them to decide.

What are your favorite fashion publications for good fashion writing? What should avid fashion journalists be reading right now? I love the New York Times Style section. Katherine Horan is amazing. W has the most creative visual narratives but Vogue and Elle have the strongest consistent feature editorials.

What are your tips for those looking for a job in fashion journalism? Read everything you can about design history, understand ownership and the business of fashion, and listen to the people who have been in the industry and know it inside and out. It’s important to read as much content as possible, and to find favorite editors and writers, follow those people on social media, and to reach out and ask to take them out to coffee so that the student can ask them about their work and their lives. Always send a personalized, handwritten thank you note.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

is a piece of paper taken from inside a fortune cookie. It reads, “If you talk, you repeat what you already know. If you listen, you learn.” The weight of Dr. Hendrickson’s expertise is felt through her stories, through listening and learning. Whether she’s discussing the time she had to chaperone Melania Trump (then Melania Knavs) on a yacht, her favorite interview (Seth Green, due to his friendliness and beautiful eyes), or buying perfume in Paris that she still has today, it’s her stories that carry her experience into learning. She has a lot of stories, and a lot of advice to give, and I’m grateful for every bit of it.

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In loving memory of

Kyra Kurt Willner 12/31/1993-12/16/2015

Kyra's spirit and talent will be greatly missed, but always remembered. Kyra's work is viewable in the gallery space of Schoonover on the first floor in room 140. The exhibit will be open until February 27, 2016. To donate to the Kyra Kurt Willner Global Travel Scholarship, make checks to the Ohio University Foundation with "Kyra Kurt Willner Global Travel Scholarship" in the memo line. The mailing address is The Ohio University Foundation, PO Box 869, Athens, OH 45701. To make gifts online, visit ohio.edu/give. 168 | THREAD


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or cosmetics enthusiasts, it’s often not about what’s in the products that are being applied as much as it is about the finished face. With some cosmetics brands under fire for their chemical ingredients, unethical testing methods, and lack of natural, skin-enhancing creations, makeup artists are beginning to gain awareness about what’s going on their face, not just how it looks. For one brand, PÜR Cosmetics, creating beauty products that are good for the face, inside and out, is a priority. PÜR reached out to Thread and offered our editors and readers an inside look into their latest creations and innovations, as well as information on the process of creating products that are good for skin through and through. 174 | THREAD


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WHAT MAKES PÜR DIFFERENT FROM OTHER COSMETICS AND BRANDS IN TERMS OF ITS CREATION, CONTENTS, AND VALUES?

PÜR Cosmetics was a pioneer of the multi-functional, multitasking makeup trend with the launch of our 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup into Ulta Beauty stores in 2006. This single product offered a goodfor-your-skin mineral makeup solution that changed the face of the industry. The no-mess, pressed mineral powder is still today the brand’s number-oneselling SKU. Dubbed, “the 60-second makeup miracle,” the 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup combines the power of a foundation, concealer, finishing powder and SPF in one easy step. It’s the perfect foundation for women who desire a minimal routine but still want great-looking skin. Formulated without chemicals, petroleumbased oils or fillers, this antiaging foundation contains proprietary ingredients such as our Ceretin Complex containing purified retinol and moisturizing ceramides, along with and Shea butter and Vitamin E. The 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup is a perfect example of the PÜR Cosmetics brand standards and values. Our core functional attributes across the line include: · Good-for-your-skin ingredients · Anti-aging formulations · High-performance makeup and skincare · Quick and easy products · Multi-tasking makeup · High-quality products · Superior value 176 | THREAD

· Products that are comfortable from day to night As a brand, our core values are: Our people are at the core Our products inspire and delight Our customers are our passion. HOW DO THESE DIFFERENCES AFFECT THE PRODUCTION PROCESS AND THE CREATION OF THE BRAND'S COSMETICS AND PRODUCTS?

Known for being The Complexion Authority™, PÜR meets rigid consumer demands and exceeds expectations by focusing on high-quality, innovative technology coupled with Farm to Jar ™ botanical extracts, nourishing minerals and anti-aging skincare ingredients.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THESE DIFFERENCES AND THEIR PROCESSES FOR THOSE USING PUR PRODUCTS?

Our mission is to provide intelligent beauty solutions that deliver immediate results while enhancing the health of the skin over time.

DOES PÜR HAVE ANY OTHER PLANS ON EXPANDING OR CHANGING THEIR METHODS, FORMULAS, OR PRACTICES ANYTIME SOON? ANY BIG PLANS COMING SOON?

PÜR remains at the forefront of innovation and technology. We are hard at work to bring the best, most efficacious products to market that are manufactured under rigid standards. For instance, where possible, we produce products that are vegan-friendly, and gluten-free.


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HOW AND WHERE CAN READERS GET THEIR HANDS ON PUR’S PRODUCTS?

PÜR’s collection of skincare and makeup lines are available at Ulta Beauty stores nationwide and online at purcosmetics.com and ulta.com. HOW/WHY IS THE AFTERGLOW ILLUMINATING POWDER SO AMAZING (JUST KIDDING! BUT I DO LOVE IT!)

The Afterglow illuminating powder was created to literally breathe life onto the skin. Created with micronized minerals, Afterglow provides a beautiful highlight to the cheekbone, a lift to the face and a natural-looking luminescence to the skin.

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ne doesn’t necessarily have to sacrifice style—or comfort—in order to dress professionally. But, in order to dress appropriately, an employee must first understand the culture of the company he or she works for. Ohio University’s Career and Leadership Development Center provides multiple services ranging from professional dress tips and understanding company culture, to mock interviews that can help students land their dream jobs. Located in Baker Center 533, the CLDC is a great resource for students looking for internship, career, or graduate school advice. “Our job is to help you learn how to do it yourself,” said Erika Peyton, CLDC’s assistant director for employer relations and marketing. Staff members at the CLDC play the roles of career coaches or advisers, making sure students are given individualized attention based on their personal career goals. Peyton stated that this individual attention is “a time for students to just focus, to think

critically about their careers.” Each career coaching session is ended with action steps, suggestions that help students decide what to do next. These suggestions are there to tell students, “Let’s just get the ball rolling. You’ll be more confident to move onto the next step once you accomplish something,” Peyton said. Peyton suggested that students research a company’s culture when looking for jobs in order to get an idea for how lenient or strict dress code will be in the workplace. For example, if one wants to work in accounting, it may be more appropriate to wear a suit or dress to work everyday. However, if one works in the fashion or beauty industry, it may be suitable to experiment with more daring patterns or silhouettes when dressing for work. “It’s important to recognize limitations of fields, but to also to recognize the complexities,” Peyton said. But dressing professionally does not mean dressing uncomfortably. Jess Conroy, a junior at OU agreed. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 179


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“For me, I don't necessarily think comfortable while in the I have to sacrifice style for comfort. workplace. The CLDC suggests I definitely used to, but I've just creating a compromise between had to work to find clothing that I expressing individuality and like that matches my personal style professional expectations. while still being as comfortable as For those working in a businesspossible,” Conroy said. professional environment, perhaps When dressing for a business expressing individuality through casual environment, the CLDC accessories like statement suggests using this three-piece necklaces, cufflinks, or a tie is more rule: pair pants or a skirt, with appropriate. Gretchen Craig, an a nice shirt or OU junior, said ”FOR ME, I DON’T blouse, and statement necklaces a blazer or her go-to dress NECESSARILY THINK I HAVE are cardigan. To up items for business TO SACRIFICE STYLE FOR professional keep the look from becoming Purses COMFORT. I DEFINITELY situations. monotonous, and briefcases of USED TO, BUT I’VE JUST varying colors and add more color or pattern to an can also be HAD TO WORK TO FIND patterns outfit. used to accessorize CLOTHING THAT I LIKE THAT outfits. “One of my favorites things When working in MATCHES MY PERSONAL a business to do with my casual STYLE WHILE STILL BEING environment, there’s professional style is to add room for AS COMFORTABLE AS more small details, experimentation. POSSIBLE.” like wearing Add more visual basic black interest to an outfit JESS CONROY pieces and then with a printed pair of adding a pop of my personal pants or top. Keep extremely bright style with some quirky shoes,” colors and flashy patterns from Conroy said. Just remember to being too distracting by pairing keep heels at a reasonable height them with neutral colored pieces, and to keep toes covered in a like a solid colored cardigan or business-casual environment. blazer. However, there is always Although expressing individuality a little room to experiment at work is always important, there when dressing for work. are some clothing items to stay Dressing professionally while away from. The CLDC suggests still showing one’s personal staying away from exceedingly style is an important, if not high heels, short hemlines, and necessary, element to being ill-fitting clothing. “Moderation is a WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 181


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key element. When speaking with a potential employer, a candidate’s dress is, in part, “painting an oral picture of who you are. If [the employer] is distracted by these things, he or she sees a part of you that is not the most important in that moment,” Peyton said.. These items can distract others and draw attention away from what is really important: the candidate’s professional presence, expert job skills, and the likely ability for the candidate to be a good fit with the work organization. No matter what the work environment, personal hygiene is always an important element for looking put-together. Keep nails neat and clean, painting them only with neutral colors or choosing to exclude the polish all together. Facial hair should be well-groomed and kept maintained. Longer hair should probably be pulled away from the face, or at least not cause any distractions. “Sometimes subtle is safer,” Peyton said, especially when it comes to interviews. “I remember really struggling with the process, trying to figure out what professional style looked like. I choose to focus on being comfortable, being professional, and being able to get ready quickly and easily,” Peyton said about her professional style. Conroy said that it was a little easier for her to figure out. “My professional style really doesn't differ too much from my day-to-day style. I like to dress up either way. Most of my wardrobe is made up of dresses, so it's really

easy to adjust my wardrobe for professional settings. I love vintage blazers, so my professional style usually consists of a shift dress, blazer and loafers or Chelsea boots.” Similarly Craig said the same thing about her style. “I dress more conservative, so the majority of clothes I wear to class I could wear as business casual,” Craig said. Having go-to items definitely makes it easier to get ready in the morning, especially when these items can be incorporated into almost any outfit. “My go-to items are pretty simple: a black turtleneck, a black sweater dress, a Levi's jean jacket, and Chelsea boots. I feel comfortable and cute in these clothes, and I don't have to put a lot of effort into my look. Plus wearing all-black is always chic in any setting, personal or professional,” Conroy said. Peyton’s favorite piece is a striped gray cardigan with a wide collar. “It’s subtle enough that I can throw it on with almost anything,” she said. No matter what one’s go-to professional workwear piece is, the most important thing about dressing for the job is being comfortable. Being able to convey individuality to some degree in the workplace is an integral part of feeling professional, relaxed, and happy while on the job. Personal awareness of the steps taken to both express that individuality and demonstrate workplace professionalism is a good first step toward future career success. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 183


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Every year, Pantone declares a particular color, "Color of the Year,” which the company hopes to represent its predictions for the upcoming year’s fashion and cultural trends. Since 1999, Pantone has chosen one color to symbolize this snapshot. However, for the first time, Pantone introduces the blending of two colors—Rose Quartz and Serenity. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, the fluidity of these colors reflect “connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.” With the merging of two contrasting pastel colors, a warm rose tone and a cool tranquil blue, Pantone seeks to challenge conventional perceptions of color association. 184 | THREAD


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ot only is 2016 the year of pastel, it is the year for gender-based equality and acceptance of gender fluidity in the world of fashion. While the warm tones of pink have been perceived in the past to be predominantly feminine and respectively, cool blues masculine, we now face a time in which gender roles are no longer uncompromising. Pantone’s blending of the two colors represents a new era

of compassion. In a recent interview with Women’s Wear Daily, Eiseman shares the reasons for Pantone’s bold decision. “These colors have the opposition of warm and cool, they speak to health and wellbeing and all the positive aspects that are so necessary in our lives today with all the turmoil that’s going on. People are looking for something that will soothe and calm us.” Recently, many designers WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 187


have jumped on the pastel color bandwagon, sending models down the runway in both of Pantone’s chosen colors. A dusky pastel variation of Rose Quartz can be seen throughout Miu Miu’s Spring 2016 readyto-wear collection, as well as in J.W. Anderson’s Fall 2015 188 | THREAD

collection. The Victoria’s Secret fashion show featured an entire section dedicated to Pink USA, with traces of pale pink. Chanel’s Spring 2016 readyto-wear collection proves that designers are embracing the light blue color as well. Both Rose Quartz and Serenity have


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also been incorporated in makeup lines, fusing together futuristic elements with present trends. Sephora and Pantone Universe have united, once again, to create a makeup line that incorporates Pantone’s Colors of the Year. For a limited time, Sephora has released a

15-shade eyeshadow palette, lip glosses in six pastel hues, and both a Rose Quartz and Serenity lipstick shade. Being able to integrate the pastel colors Pantone has chosen into wardrobes can seem difficult, especially during winter. However, the secret to incorporating both WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 189


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colors is to combine rich textures with the delicate hues. A sheer Serenity blouse paired with Rose Quartz trousers creates an elegantly confident look. However, for those looking to incorporate the colors in an edgy way, pair the pastels with vibrant shades of red and blue or combine with dramatic prints. The colors appeal in all finishes, including matte and glossy. Metallic colors also work perfectly with the color, so combine silver with Serenity or gold with Rose Quartz. This year is all about being bold, and the lip colors Sephora released provide the perfect boldness to an everyday makeup look. In order to allow the bold colors to take center stage, contrast the vibrant lip colors with neutral eyes and cheeks. The world of fashion looks forward to seeing where Pantone’s Colors of the Year will appear next. Their decision to promote gender fluidity in the fashion world is a big step for gender-based equality in society. The double billing of colors is meant to be in sync with “societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumers’ increased comfort with using color as a form of expression,” Eiseman said. “And an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage that challenge traditional color associations.” WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 191


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For most, it all started with a clueless and nervous switch of the “record” button on a mediocre camera, in front of a window that provided the best natural lighting for a makeup video. Some of these individuals have created full-time jobs as professional beauty vloggers, while others consider it just a rewarding hobby. All channels started out equal, with zero videos and zero subscribers. However, each have taken different journeys to work their way up.

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KANDEE JOHNSON

Kandee Johnson is what some would call one of the “original” beauty vloggers to stumble into the world of YouTube, but that’s not where her passion for makeup artistry began. She spent several years as a celebrity makeup artist working on TV shows, commercials, movies, and celebrity appearances. She uploaded her first YouTube video in 2009. “There weren't really any ‘YouTube famous’ people at the time,” Johnson said. Her reason for becoming a makeup artist was to help people feel beautiful, and the internet was going to allow her to reach more than she ever would with her traveling makeup kit. It was a rough start for Johnson. She didn’t know the first thing about filming and uploading videos to the internet. "I pretty much Googled how to do everything,” she said.


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Seven years later, Johnson is teaching and encouraging over 3 million subscribers on a weekly basis. “Beauty to me is really about what you feel in your heart,” she said. She has dealt with a lot of negative comments and online bullying as her channel has grown, but to her it’s all worth enduring for those whose lives she is positively affecting. “There is nothing that is as important as that,” she said. Johnson uploads a wide variety of videos, from everyday makeup tutorials to full-on makeup transformations including, but not limited to, Marilyn Monroe, Miley Cyrus, and Ruby Rose. For this, she has been recognized in magazines like Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and more. She has also been featured on “Good Morning America” and was a judge on The Style Channel’s “How Do I Look?”

JACLYN HILL

It’s safe to say that YouTube completely transformed the life of Jaclyn Hill. She was married to the love of her life, Jon, at 19 years old—both of them striving and passionate artists of some kind. She worked at her local MAC Cosmetics makeup counter and Jon was an

aspiring drummer. They both loved what they did, and each other, unconditionally, but they couldn’t seem to get on their feet. After receiving so many compliments and requests at MAC for Hill to start a beauty channel, she sat down at her kitchen table one day and filmed herself getting ready for work. She joined the YouTube beauty community in 2010. Web surfers loved Hill’s goofiness and transparency with her viewers. She wanted people to come to her channel to have fun and share their love of makeup in a judgementfree zone. The free-spirit has always said, “There are no rules in makeup. If there were, I’d break them anyway.” Her channel grew rapidly, and before long, she was an internet celebrity. Hill has experienced some extreme highs and lows during her YouTube career, and she has kept her subscribers well-informed along the way. The self-taught makeup artist always joked about being refused by Sephora management for a job in the past. Now, her glowing image is on display at Sephora locations nationwide in advertisements for the highlighter she created in collaboration with BECCA Cosmetics. The Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop broke the record for Sephora’s most purchased product on its release date. Although this collaboration has been metamorphic for Hill, she gives all the credit to her dedicated subscribers. As she works her way toward 3 million of them, the most important part about being on YouTube for her continues to be spreading positivity among the beauty community. After dealing with sessions of WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 193


hateful conversation in the comment section of her videos, she uploaded a video speaking out against cyberbullying. An emotional and makeup-free Hill confronted the virtual world about the issues she was having with the cruel exchanges of words that were occurring on her channel. "This is about how you guys interact with each other, not just me. I just want to see women respect and encourage each other," she said. Less than 24 hours after the video was posted, publications like Seventeen and Refinery29 had written about Hill’s inspirational chat and how it immediately affected the entire internet. Hill recently announced the upcoming debut of her own personal makeup line, one she has been saving for since she was 18 years old.

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One day in 2008, Nikkie de Jager did what many teenage girls do when they’re stuck in bed with the flu. She turned on MTV and spent the whole day watching “The Hills.” Inspired by the flawless fresh faces of cast members Lauren Conrad and Heidi Montag, she found herself at her 194 | THREAD

computer typing “The Hills Makeup” into YouTube’s search bar. Three months later, her first makeup tutorial was filmed with her mother’s digital camera using a cardboard box as a makeshift tripod. After receiving her first “like” on a video, she fell in love and continued to create new content. Her dedication paid off, and she became the most watched beauty channel in The Netherlands with nearly 3 million subscribers. While continuing to maintain her channel, de Jager took makeup and hair courses with celebrity makeup artist Pascale Tesser. From there, her career took off. She signed with Tesser’s agency, Colourfool, and she had the opportunity to work on many photoshoots and events including projects with Marie Claire and Fashionista. In 2014, she left Colourfool and decided it was time to develop her own brand as a freelance hair stylist and makeup artist. In May 2015, de Jager was inspired to speak out against makeup shaming. Makeup enthusiasts everywhere have been shamed for being “misleading” with the amount of makeup they wear. She wanted her viewers to embrace their love of makeup, rather than be ashamed. In her video, “The Power of Makeup” she perfected half of her face with product, and left the other half bare to show that she was equally confident about both sides of her complexion. The video was shared on all social media platforms and has been viewed over 26 million times with massive amounts of positive feedback. De Jager continues to post new videos every week, and has uploaded videos in collaboration with other successful YouTubers and cosmetic line creators, including Jeffree Star and Kat Von D.


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something as simple as a makeup tutorial or fashion lookbook,” Strack said. “I have had so many subscribers reach out to me and let me know the positive impact my videos and posts have had on their life.”

KELLY STRACK

A blonde bombshell and a Jersey girl, Kelly Strack knows all anyone would need to know about beauty. Surprisingly enough, she attributes all of her knowledge to the beauty vloggers she watched for years before deciding to upload her first tutorial to YouTube in 2012. “[I] used my MacBook webcam to film myself doing my makeup in the poor lighting of my college dorm room and the rest is history,” Strack said. Now, after completing undergraduate and graduate school and acquiring 60,000 subscribers, she is excited to see what the future holds as her channel grows. Strack’s closet is always up to date with the current fashion trends, but she maintains a sleek reflection of her personal style. On her channel, she provides fashion inspiration to her viewers with seasonal “look books” and occasional outfits of the day. Although she said it can be a challenge to continuously create relevant and interesting content, she doesn’t fall short on positive feedback. “It is truly amazing the lives that you can touch through

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Leigh Ann of LeighAnnSays is a wonderfully quirky and fashionable individual who more times than not, has a joke or clever comment to follow each beauty tip she gives to her subscribers. Leigh Ann herself was just a viewer for a while, before she decided to create her channel on a whim in 2010. “I decided that I had something to add to the conversation,” she said. Over 700,000 subscribers later, Leigh Ann is dedicated to producing fresh content for her viewers. While she still produces the typical guru videos, such as regular monthly favorites videos and product reviews, she enjoys getting on a more personal level with her watchers. On top of sharing her favorite beauty items, Leigh Ann shares a favorite “magical moment” that occurred in her personal life each month, as well as other non-beauty favorites like Netflix series, music playlists, WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 195


and podcasts. She loves interacting with her viewers. “I have learned so much from my subscribers and I am always amazed by how funny, generous, and caring they are to me,” she said. Leigh Ann is one of few with channels as big as hers to choose to maintain a separate career outside of YouTube. According to her, with the “double” life comes a constant struggle with time management. “Shooting, editing, uploading, and chatting with viewers takes a lot more time than most people expect,” she said. “It's my favorite thing to do so it never feels like work to me but it does require some juggling.” When she’s not uploading videos, Leigh Ann and her threelegged, red-and-white Chihuahua, Luna, are always sharing their colorful personal styles and fun adventures on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Before she started her channel, she was amazed at how much she was learning from other makeup artists on the internet. “I feel like it’s still teaching me something new every day,” Meghan said, six years after creating her channel. The Florida native truly treats makeup as an art form. With many of her looks, she creates trends of her own. She often uploads sparkly eye looks and wears bright-colored lip shades that not everyone would consider “wearable.” Although her commitment to creating original content is appreciated by many of her nearly 800,000 loving subscribers, she has had her experience with negative comments on her videos. “You have to find a balance between growing a thicker skin and not letting it change you as a person,” she said. One of her biggest challenges as a YouTuber has been to overcome her desire to please everyone who watches her channel. Other than that, she gladly shares her favorite techniques and products with her viewers as if she were chatting with her best friends, rather than talking to the camera lens.

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and Chi Omega sorority member, Dani Austin, struggled through adolescence as a girl and found herself wishing for a “big sister” figure to coach her through tough times. She created her YouTube channel in an effort to be just that for other girls who might be feeling the same way she did. “My girlhood consisted of braces, insecurities, the mean girls, and more braces,” Austin said. She uploads videos on the topics of DIY projects, makeup, fashion, and life advice. She truly believes that one’s interest in beauty and fashion can make a difference in a person’s happiness. “I love how they can bring out someone's favorite attributes about themselves,” she said. She’s helping 100,000 subscribers, and more, to feel beautiful and confident in their own skin. Austin works with Big Frame, a network owned by DreamWorks Studios, which has allowed her to film videos at YouTubeSpace LA and partner with well-known brands like Seventeen Magazine. She had the opportunity to personally interview legendary fashion icon Iris Apfel and to assist in the coverage of New York Fashion Week 2015. After all, many beauty vloggers were never aware that their first video or subscriber would launch their careers as beauty influencers and internet stars. It’s easy to be blinded by the limelight of rooftop cocktail parties and business collaborations before realizing that most beauty channels were started by similar people—people who love makeup and who want to share their passion with the world.

“HOW DO YOU MAKE MONEY FROM YOUTUBE?” “How do you make money from YouTube?” This might be the most commonly asked question a YouTuber receives. It turns out that there are many different ways. The most significant source of revenue for vloggers is via Google AdSense, where they give Google permission to display ads in and around their videos, in turn, they get paid for each time an advertisement is viewed. Some YouTubers also produce sponsored content, where they get paid to review a product that a company shipped to them. Vloggers can also provide affiliate links for their viewers to use when purchasing a product from a company, in turn receiving commission from each purchase. These are just a few of the various ways a YouTuber makes a living. Regardless of how the money comes and goes, most of them will say that the “online best friends” are priceless. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 197


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RADAR Many style stars are just another pretty face, but what makes them different? How did they become the fashion icons whom we should know and idolize? Whether or not we know their names or their style, we may not really know who they are. Here are the stories behind the stars. BY JULIA BROWN PHOTOS BY PROVIDED

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PREETMA SINGH Preetma Singh is easily recognizable by her vibrant green hair, which might come as a shock for those who knew her as a corporate lawyer with degrees from both Princeton and Vanderbilt. After starting out as an associate at a law firm, the Toronto native realized she just wasn’t happy with what she was doing. She decided to make a drastic career change. After becoming an intern at Refinery29, Singh worked her way up the fashion magazine ladder, working for publications such as Vogue and Marie Claire. Since 2014, she has been working as the fashion market director at Nylon. Singh’s style can be described as preppy grunge —an oxymoron, much like the lawyerturned-fashiondirector. Her interests, however, go well beyond the realm of fashion and magazines: she’s also the drummer in Vomitface. The band collaborated with Nylon to promote some of their music videos. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 199


MIROSLAVA DUMA Miroslava Duma got her start in fashion as the style editor for Russia’s Harper’s Bazaar. Duma, who is Russian-born and currently Moscow-based, still works as a freelance writer for various Russian fashion magazines, but her reputation as a fashion icon stemmed from her website, Buro 24/7. She launched the site with her friend Fira Chilieva in 2011 as an online resource for Russian women on all things fashion, beauty, art, and film. Duma’s website illustrates her clean and classic style. Notable for both her beauty and brains, Duma holds a master’s degree in international business from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. She speaks regularly on the importance of combining business and online media. Currently Duma has plans to expand Buro 24/7 to an additional 12 countries.

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TAVI GEVINSON

Chicago native Tavi Gevinson is a household name in the fashion community, despite being only 19 years old. At age 11, Gevinson started her fashion blog, Style Rookie. In 2011, she launched an online magazine known as Rookie, a place for teenage girls to learn about movies, fashion, sex, and love, all through a feminist lens. Since 2012, Rookie has also branched off into a physical book known as the “Rookie Yearbook,” with Gevinson leading as the editor-in-chief. To add to her outstanding resume, she also starred in the Broadway show, “This Is Our Youth” alongside Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin, and appeared on television shows like “Parenthood” and “Scream Queens.” Having grown up in the fashion limelight, Gevinson’s style tends to be a little more adventurous and avant-garde. Recently, Gevinson was also photographed for the 2016 Pirelli calendar, which has been historically considered NSFW, but the calendar took a turn this year to photograph creative and powerful women.


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ANDREJA PEJIĆ

Andreja Pejić has become one of the most iconic models of our time because she is both a transgender female model and a war refugee. Pejić, born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, fled to Australia with her family at 8 years old during the Bosnian War. She was recuited as a model in Melbourne while working at a McDonald’s when she was 17. At the beginning of her career, Pejić worked androgynously as a male and female model, most notably walking in both the men’s and women’s shows for JeanPaul Gaultier in 2011. After undergoing gender affirmation surgery in 2014 and publicly coming out as transgender in July of that year, Pejić now models exclusively in female shows. Pejić’s off-duty style is a blend of sporty and preppy, making her an obvious style icon. As a war refugee herself, she continues to speak out about the ongoing Syrian Refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe.

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JUSTIN O’SHEA

With his signature Hugh-Jackman’s-JeanValjean-esque facial hair , Australian Justin O’Shea has made quite the impact in the worlds of men’s and women’s fashion. With humble beginnings as a miner and supermarket stocker, O’Shea’s fashion career began when he started working at streetwear and denim stores in Australia and Amsterdam. His career really took off, however, after he spent time in Kuwait as a buyer for luxury retailer, Al Ostoura. Currently, O’Shea is the buying director for MyTheresa.com, a Munich-based women’s retailer, which now generates around $130 million in revenue under his direction. O’Shea has become a master of blending business and casual, often wearing ensembles such as T-shirts with dress pants. His favorite fashion moment of 2015? When the boys of Zoolander made an appearance at the end of the Valentino Fall 2015 show.

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EUGENE TONG

Eugene Tong’s path to the world of fashion was rather unconventional. Tong, who was born in Taiwan, moved to the United States and attended school at Boston University before moving to New York City to find a job. During his job search, he decided to take on an internship at FHM magazine, and was eventually promoted to freelance fashion assistant. From there, Tong moved to Cargo magazine to take on the position of associate market editor. Tong made his way to Details magazine, where he has worked since 2005. Currently he is the senior style editor and the style director for the magazine. In addition to his extensive career in men’s fashion magazines, Tong was named Most Stylish Man in Fashion by Complex magazine in 2013 for his sporty style.

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The fashion industry is a world of wonder for any fashion enthusiast. For many, having a closet filled with hundreds of shoes, thousands of styles, and millions of patterns is the ultimate dream. High price tags and a declining bank account are a minor compromise for the perfect outfit. Yet, unbeknownst to many, the fur-lined jacket, leather belts, and wool sweaters that every fashion enthusiast desires, were made at the expense of an animal’s life—all in the name of fashion. Poachers in various regions of the world hunt commoditized animals for natural resources, resulting in numerous animals being put to death on a daily basis for profit. In hopes to raise awareness of animal cruelty in the clothing industry, specifically the poaching of elephants, Ivory Ella was founded in 2015 with the statement, “good clothes for a good cause.” Known for the cartoon-like elephant logo that adorns all their accessories and clothing articles, Ivory Ella— named after Ella, an Amboseli National Park elephant—donates 10 percent of their sales profit to Save the Elephants, a nonprofit organization. With each thread sewn and each item bought, Ivory Ella and Save the Elephants aspire to restore the gentle giant population to its former numbers. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 207


Through a business-oriented lens, elephants are valuable because of their ivory tusks. However, few realize that the tusks elephants are often poached for serve far greater benefits for the ecosystem. With their tusks, elephants are able to dig deep for water in times of extreme heat or drought. Their tusks not only bring water to elephants, but other animals that are also live in such harsh weather conditions. Each day, Ivory Ella helps to fight the war against the ivory trade and the organized crime that it creates. Traffickers smuggle elephant ivory through the same networks which other illegal products are traded in. Due to the ivory trade, an estimated 100,000 elephants were ruthlessly murdered and stripped of their tusks in Africa between 2010 and 2012. For each dollar spent through Ivoryella.com, and each dollar donated to the Save the Elephant foundation, both vital research and elephant protection programs are put into effect. 208 | THREAD

The research gives extensive insight into the lives of elephants and supports United Nations’ programming that monitors the illegal killing of elephants. The funds also allow the nonprofit organization to collaborate with wildlife departments, protected area managers, and communities that strive to stop the killing, trafficking, and demand for ivory. On Aug. 18, 2015, the six founders of Ivory Ella, Ryan Duranso, Jacob Castaldi, Richard Henne, Matthew Fiano, John Allen, and Esma Ilyas, launched their business. They hoped that the clothing line would help to make the Save the Elephants mission statement a reality. By selling something as simple as a T-shirt or necklace, Ivory Ella helps to “secure a future for elephants and to sustain the beauty and ecological integrity of the places they live, to promote man’s delight in their intelligence and the diversity of their world, and to develop


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a tolerant relationship between the two species.� From the thousands of pastel-colored shirts, sweaters, vests, and various accessories sold, Ivory Ella has donated over $285,000 to the Save the Elephants foundation and continues to expand both their sales and clothing line. The gender-friendly retailer offers various styles varying from oversize shirts to athletic sweatshirts that fit both the wants and needs of males and female, at a price all consumers can appreciate, with prices ranging from $10 to $80. Purchases can be made through their website and further information is available about their mission statement, as well as how to properly clean their clothes. The geometric, floral, and simplistic patterns that are offered create a fashion statement and support the mission statement. Volumes are spoken with each cartoonlike elephant printed on the clothes of children, teenagers, and adults. Ivory Ella gives the opportunity to be a part of something great with the purchase of any apparel item or accessory. Brave the cold with a warm beanie, hit the gym with an Ivory Ella water bottle, or protect your phone with their wooden phone cases; the possibilities are endless, yet give each customer a

reason to confidently flaunt whatever product they choose to purchase. A picture is worth a thousand words, and the Ivory Ella logo is no exception. Ivory Ella’s support continues to grow nationally, as do the number of elephants roaming free. The time for poaching has ended, but the time for purchasing is upon us.

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RANT BY SARAH RICHARDS

Plastic chokers should be left in the ’90s along with frosted tips. I love the look of elegant, simplistic chokers for layering, but the moment I see a thick collar around a celebrity’s neck, I worry their publicist has taken to walking them on a leash. Let’s focus briefly on leather chokers, or as I lovingly coined them, “50 Shades of No” chokers. If worn out in public, I’m going to assume you forgot to take it off post-BDSM session. Beyond that, I am very concerned for the safety of those who choose chokers because of the name. I don’t care what kind of fashion statement the necklace 210 | THREAD

makes, it should not harm your esophagus in any way. Besides, the way this attire shortens the proportion of the neck is unfortunate. From a standpoint of being a flattering look, I believe the thinner the better. Stick to delicate charms and chains. Cinderella might be the only person that can pull off this restrictive neckwear. But even then the creators of the 2015 rags to riches fairytale live-action remake left out this accessory. Coincidence? I think not. Okay, okay, I have a confession to make, some may label me a hypocrite but … I will admit I


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have worn a choker before. In fact, my pink “tattoo” choker went great with my floral halter top and cargo pants … when I was 6. I reject the style of chokers because I also chose to wear Crocs on a regular basis in that time of my life, and I am certain that was not my only fashion mistake. However, I do commend the people who wear chokers for

participating in a tribute to the fashion of old Disney Channel stars we know and love. You have to admit Lizzie McGuire sported some looks that Gordo wouldn’t even enjoy now. You have every right to rock your choker at a late-’90s-early’00s themed party, or put it in your scrap book, but please keep your choker in the privacy of your dungeon next time.

RAVE BY KENYETTA WHITFIELD

In the ’90s everything was just so cool. The jeans were wide, the hair was crimped, and the boy bands were everything anyone ever wanted. Though there were just as many fashion do’s as there were don’ts, one accessory has stood the test of time. The choker. From “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” to “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and even goth kids at the mall, the choker was the go-to accessory that transcended even the strongest cliques. For the past few years the statement piece has graced the necks of style icons all over the world, like a rash that won’t go away. Velvet vampire collars and tattoo chokers seem to be wrapped around the necks of hundreds of thousands from Rihanna to Willow Smith, and it is infectious. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing an edgy ’90s-inspired outfit topped off with a black tattoo choker so close to the skin

that it’s become friends with your trachea. Not edgy? That’s okay. Every popular girl of the ’90s rocked her skin tight cigarette pants with flirty chokers and chop stick buns. In recent years, the idea of emulating ’90s culture has been all the rage. The pre-digital age has blown up everywhere and chokers are a no-brainer. While a necklace says, “I put some thought into this outfit,” a choker says so much more. They add a funky and cool aura to any outfit. When giving off a witchy vibe, a tattoo choker with a moon pendant is the perfect blend of mysticism rather than costume. When you’re feeling tom-boyishly cute, the rainbow-colored slinky material adds a sort of underlying quirk to your whole outfit. As of now, it looks like chokers are here to stay and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Grab your chokers and party like it’s 1999. WWW.OUTHREADMAG.COM | 211


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