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Summer 2018 8 Crafting the Future of Fashion 10 Lighten UP 14 Remaking Meg 18 The Naked Truth 20 Hey, Batter Batter
24 Re-Creating Sustainable Fashion 26 Put Your Best Face Forward 30 Revamp Your Workout Routine 32 Color Block 38 Thinking Ecologically 42 Rethink Your Closet 44 Trendwatch 48 Kiss & Make UP 54 Save the Ocean, Buy Adidas 56 Fresh Faced 60 Take Two 64 Up Close and Personal
66 Reflections 67 Last Word
on the cover: Adriana Wilcoxon
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staff list Editor-in-Chief Madelaine Wood
Creative Director Libby Swofford
Fashion Director Olivia Mancy
Photo Editors Livvy List Junho Moon
Video Director Astrid Cabello
Event Planners Coley Frommeyer Rachel Price
Marketing Directors Claire Markley Britt Czodli
Senior Blog Editor Tori Levy
Blog Editor Vivian Drury
Copy Editors Haley Jena Kev O'Hara
Social Media Manager Brooke Figler
Social Media Designer Becca Nissen
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Erin Adelman Adrienne Bechtel Maddie Clegg Bella Douglas Nina Franco Madysen George Evie Howard Lauren Klocinski Molly Nicholas Emma Nolan Julia Plant Kaylee Spahr Sophie Thompson bloggers
Tyler Aberle Julia Asphar Lizzie Carter Gabriella Dini Bella Douglas Allie Eames Madelyn Hopkins Abby Malone Abigail Padgett Meg Scott Kaylee Spahr Megan Stapleton Hannah Star Claire Vaughn layout designers
Caroline Adams Corinne Brown Alissa Cook Stephanie Hamilton Morgan Lawrence Adzaan Muqtadir Becca Nissen Hanna Sylla Anneliese Zak
Douglas Chan Kendall Erickson Allison Jenkins Bel Meals Kira Salsman Christina Vitellas Lauren Walker Katie Wickman
Natalie Gruenwald Hailey Lowe Jaclyn Schutjer Meg Scott Samantha Shore Lily Sloan event planning
blog/street style photographers
Grace Dafler Shuo Han Morgan Minnock Caroline Plonski Daniel Romo Avery Salomon Maggie Smerdel Sophie Thompson videographers
Maddie Brown Ashley Hetherington Daniel Romo Christina Vitellas Katie Wickman Julia Wilson print stylists
Sofia Bazianos Amelia Boo Erin Haymaker Katrina Kariotis Ben Krautheim Kate Kronstein Caitlyn Maskalunas Maggie Miller Olivia Petas Lilly Schneider Tatum Suter Gigi Zhu makeup
Olivia Brown Erin Haymaker Hannah Silverman Lily Sloan
Brooke Bantle Bridget Bonanni Kendall Chabut Cora Harter Amy Holbrook Alex Jimenez Lauren Marchese Jenna Mrocko Jessica Pembroke Aleah Sexton marketing
Alexandra Bogut Madison Clement Casey Doran Morgan Henry Jillian Jensen Alex Jimenez Ellie Krug Annie Lougheed Taylor McManus Maggie Miller Brett Schaaf Sarah Semon Adriana Wilcoxon faculty advisor
Annie-Laurie Blair finance advisor
Fred Reeder Jr.
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letter from the editor
a wonderfully informative piece on page 18 that will inspire you to think twice before you clean out your closets.
REINVENTION as a concept can be interpreted in a variety
of ways. Whether it involves a new life approach or a refreshed frame of mind, shaking things up almost always inspires the best ideas.
As we were devising the plan for our summer issue, our team knew we wanted to emphasize fresh starts without forgetting the importance of learning from past experiences. In echoing this ideal, we came up with an issue inspired by the prefix “Re-.” We implemented this by including articles and photographs that highlight sustainability and environmentally sound practices while remaining true to UP’s mission of fostering creativity and encouraging authenticity in all of our readers. In keeping with this theme of new beginnings, for the first time ever, we decided to print UP as a full-sized magazine. We felt as though the significance of a sustainability-focused issue required extra space to accurately reflect the weight of the topic. With sustainability at the forefront of our minds, we partnered with our printer, RR Donnelley, to print the cover pages with 100 percent renewable green electricity on 100 percent recycled paper. What better way to spread our message than practicing what we preach? While you flip through and enjoy the exquisite photography and design work, take a few moments to reconsider the impact fast fashion has had on your wardrobe. Bella Douglas wrote
Speaking of closets, check out Evie Howard‘s article on page 42 about Cladwell, the Cincinnati-based fashion app. Cladwell’s technology enables users to re-configure clothing they already own into different outfit combinations to promote garment quality, not quantity. However, if you just can’t resist a little retail therapy, we’ve also included articles recommending sustainable brands and collaborations on pages 24, 26 and 54. In today’s world, there’s no reason we shouldn’t be conscious of our consumption habits. As I address you as editor-in-chief for the final time, I want to thank you all for contributing to UP’s continued success. We truly wouldn’t be where we are today without the love and support we’ve seen on campus and beyond. While I’m heartbroken to leave this fantastic publication behind, I can’t help but beam with pride at the outstanding work our staff produced this year. I take comfort in knowing UP is in the absolute best hands as Haley Jena takes over as editor-inchief. I know you will all find her passions and talents just as inspiring as I do. One final thank you to my right-hand women Lily Manchester and Libby Swofford—I’ve had the time of my life working with you two, and wholeheartedly look forward to seeing all of the amazing feats you accomplish in the future. While the school year and my time at Miami comes to an end, I encourage you to join me in pondering ways to incorporate the prefix “Re-” into more than just your vocabulary.
Much UP Love,
Madelaine Wood Editor-in-Chief
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a prefix, occurring originally in loanwords from Latin, meaning again, anew, once more; a vital step in moving forward.
create Re_______ new Re_______ juvenate Re_______ think Re_______ claim Re_______ invigorate Re_______ define Re_______
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CRAFTING THE FUTURE OF FASHION written by Molly Nicholas
ire, duct tape, exacto knife. Sketchbook, wire cutters, Sharpies. Glue sticks, safety pins, masking tape, Bristol pads, magazines and a ruler. Walking into the first day of fashion class, most would assume you just need a sewing kit and some fabric, but not in this course. Professors Kaley Madden and Liz Ricketts designed the syllabus of Miami’s FAS 241 “The Elements and Principles of Fashion Design” to answer the question: What is sketching? The class projects incorporate sketching through a variety of different mediums. Sketching in 3D with found clothes, line through wire, images through magazines and paper through draping are just a few examples. Madden and Ricketts set out to redefine new during the course’s first project. Students were asked to sketch in 3D with old clothing from their closets or items purchased at second-hand stores like Goodwill. There was a catch: electricity (i.e. a glue gun or sewing machine) could not be used to put the clothes together. Instead, only hand sewing, cutting, safety pinning and other similar skills were allowed. “I think something that we both are concerned about in terms of fashion education is this obsession with the new and teaching towards making something new,” Madden said. “We both kind of philosophically align on sustainability needing to reposition itself towards how we redefine what new is and how we use what’s already out.” With this mindset, the students took old articles of clothing and revived them, whether it was a pink puffer jacket from a thrift store or white Hanes undershirts from the back of their closet. Students cut apart old garments and put them back together in fresh, exciting ways. An old bed sheet set became pants, a jacket became a skirt and an oven mitt became a top. One of the most important takeaways from the first project for students was learning the impact that our never-ending shopping habits and overflowing closets have on the world. Fashion schools are trying to teach their students about sustainability, but they do not always emphasize the magnitude of the issue. “Too often, those projects in fashion schools are very token projects that the student is given one class period to upcycle something, and that can be very detrimental to how students interpret what sustainability is,” Ricketts said. “Sustainability should be something that you integrate into everything that you do and it should be something that’s integrated into every class in a fashion curriculum.” “It’s always a workshop!” Madden shouted. Ricketts and Madden ensure that their students understand that sustainability is not just a one-day workshop. It can be implemented into their lives outside of class, not just a single project. This is why they waited to give a presentation on sustainability until after the class had finished and avoided calling the project “upcycling.” Instead, students saw it as a new way to design clothing. Senior Nicole Thomas questioned what she should do moving forward to help with the sustainability crisis in the fashion world. She wants to
integrate some of her learnings from the projects into her line for the 2018 Miami University Fashion and Design show. “I never thought about it as recycling old clothes, I just thought of those as our materials,” Thomas said. “I would look for clothes at Goodwill with better materials, but I didn’t think of it as sustainability.” Like Thomas, if you’re looking for what you can do, helping the sustainability crisis is not simple. Even Ricketts and Madden admit that they don’t expect their students to stop buying new clothing. Rather, it’s about integrating sustainability as often as possible. There’s not an easy answer or solution, but there are ways to educate yourself and implement it into your lifestyle. “The environmental crisis is not going to be solved by an individual becoming a vegan, just like our fashion crisis is not going to be solved by an individual not shopping at Forever 21,” Madden said. “We are now facing a crisis so pervasive that we need money and technology to solve it. What an individual can do is work in the realm of ideas and spread the word and their own strategies. It’s just about making an attempt and being aware.” Madden and Ricketts are looking to change the mindset of a typical fashion designer through their projects. Something new doesn’t need to come from fresh fabric and a sewing machine. “Before we develop methods, we need to develop mindsets, and that’s what we were trying to do with this project,” Ricketts said. “The future of fashion requires collaboration.” Although there is not a quick-fix, education, research and a desire to spread that information play big parts in taking those first steps forward. This education expands your mindset to see fashion in a different way. Awareness of your own consumerist behaviors, and whether or not you truly need that trendy (for a week) top in your shopping cart, is essential. 9 | Summer 2018
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written by Adrienne Bechtel RE_____. Fill in the blank however you desire. Reunite with someone. Redesign a space. Rethink a math problem. Rejuvenate your skin. Restore a painting. Reconfigure the settings. Redefine the meaning. When we rethink a situation we have to look back at what was already there, identify the problem and adjust to achieve what was originally intended. In order to advance, that step back is necessary. Reinvention of our past ultimately leads to re-creation of ourselves and a step forward. But what does this redefinition look like when we actually put it in motion? Miami University freshman Meg Rimer is outspoken, honest, loyal and earnest. After being her roommate for the last nine months, I can honestly say that I have never had a friendship as true as the one I share with her. One of my favorite things about Rimer is that she forces me to be honest about how I feel. When I’m upset about something I have trouble hiding it, but I don’t always confront the actual issue. During our first semester living together, I was bitter about a falling out with high school friends, and it was obvious I was acting cold. She confronted me and said, “If we’re going to live in this room together we need to be honest with each other. If I did something or if something is going on that affects that, you need to tell me.” She hadn’t done anything wrong, of course, but it shocked me how right she was about the way I was acting. She knew something was troubling me and that I needed to talk about it. She forced me to break the barrier that was holding me back. Rimer is a fierce friend; not only does she always stand up for herself, but she also stands up for the people she cares about. I quickly learned that she is the kind of person who says what she means and means what she says. I also learned that Rimer takes pride in exhibiting this quality because she wasn’t always so outspoken.
“My boyfriend and I broke up, I cut 14 inches off my hair and changed my name from Meghan to Meg,” she said. These outward changes were just a reflection of the inner changes she made as she left high school. “I’ve changed the way I view life,” she said. “I was nervous to do and say things— I never spoke my mind. I said what I thought someone wanted to hear as opposed to what I believed.” Coming to college, Rimer wanted to dissociate from the reputation she had in high school. “I was known as the ‘nice girl,’” she said, explaining that it wasn’t a bad thing, but that it was based on an identity that wasn’t true to who she really is now. “I’m trying to be an honest, truthful person.”
“College gives young adults the ability to redesign themselves” College gives young adults the ability to redesign themselves not only because they’re in a new environment surrounded by people who don’t know their past, but also because they’re being forced to undergo monumental changes and challenges independently, away from the comforts of home. With these arduous challenges comes the opportunity to grow and learn. It’s easy to be frustrated when you mess up or things don’t go your way. Everyone knows what it feels like to have to restart and rethink where you went wrong. Whether it’s your own fault or not, it’s easy to feel defeated. “I stopped looking at it like that and stopped being mad at the world and started viewing it as: I’m going to take this and I’m going to grow from it. No matter the circumstances,” Rimer explained.
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Often times, however, the changing identities of new college students don’t necessarily exhibit new traits. “To put it simply, I was scared,” Rimer said. “Scared to break rules, scared to speak my mind. But fundamentally, I’m still the same person. The people I’m closest to knew how I thought about life, but now the rest of the world sees that, too. I’m not afraid to be how I want [to be].” I asked her if embodying these new traits was difficult because so many people from her high school go to Miami. She explained, “They see me as someone else than my friends now do, but I choose to make it what I want.” “Miami is big enough that I have the opportunity to make tons of new friendships, and to be this new person which I love,” she continued. “In my biology class alone, I have the opportunity to form 200 new relationships different from any relationship I had in high school.” “In college, no one knows who you are,” she further explained. “In high school everyone knows who you are and your reputation, but here I have a blank slate. I’m able to reinvent myself. I will be the person I want to be and not the person I should be.” Rimer remade herself. Taking cues from her past, she redirected her future. Even though we may have to look back before continuing forward, it is important to recognize that it is all in the name of progress. SO FILL IN THE BLANK. WHAT WILL YOU RE______?
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The Naked Truth:
Exposing the Harsh Realities of Fast Fashion written by Bella Douglas
e are no longer just wearing our clothes. Our clothes are wearing out the world.
Fashion has never been cheaper or more accessible. It’s also an enormous business. McKinsey & Company, a consulting firm based out of New York City, estimates that fashion is nearly a $3 trillion industry. In 2018, the typical consumer buys far more clothing than they did just a few decades ago. However, they’re keeping items only half as long. This phenomenon has been catalyzed by the rise of “fast fashion,” where styles are manufactured quickly and inexpensively to allow access to current trends at a lower price. Sure, fast fashion has granted us style and convenience at a price that the average shopper can actually afford—but at what cost?
“Sure, fast fashion has granted us style and convenience at a price that the average shopper can actually afford—but at what cost?” The wastefulness encouraged by buying cheap and chasing trends is obvious—I’ll admit that I have literally thrown a pair of Forever 21 boots in the trash. However, the hidden costs are even more appalling. Elizabeth L. Cline, author of “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion,” asserts that the concept of “disposable clothing” and our increasingly consumerist culture is hurting our environment, our economy and even our humanity. When we produce clothes that are effectively disposable, we run the risk of treating them like litter. We are getting rid of our clothes almost as quickly as we buy them, which exerts an enormous amount of pressure on our planet. This can be seen in the immense amount of waste fast fashion generates. Landfills have proven to be the dirty shadow of the fashion industry. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 15.1 million tons of textile waste was generated in 2013—of which 12.8 million tons were discarded. This fact is corroborated by a 2016 Newsweek article, which states that “in less than 20 years, the volume of clothing Americans toss each year has doubled from 7 million to 14 million tons, an astonishing 80 pounds per person.” Waste aside, fast fashion has also proven to be extremely costly of our global resources. For example: water. Water is easily taken for granted, especially in developed countries. However, a 2018 article from Quartz media mentions that the “$2.5 trillion fashion industry is the second-largest user of water globally, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), noting that producing one cotton shirt requires 2,700 liters of water—the amount a person drinks in 2.5 years.” Our shopping climate makes it easy to buy clothes without giving a second thought to where they come from or how they’re made. Considering about 90 percent of my clothes are cotton,
this is especially disturbing for me to think about. UNECE has named fashion, especially the growing sector of fast fashion, “an environmental and social emergency,” and an industry responsible for producing 20 percent of global wastewater and 10 percent of global carbon emissions. UNECE cites cotton farming, which is necessary for fueling the fashion industry, as “responsible for 24 percent of insecticides and 11 percent of pesticides despite using only 3 percent of the world’s arable land.” In addition to fast fashion’s devastating environmental impact, it also paints a disturbing picture of what life is like for the people that make our clothes. Everything we’ve ever worn has, at one point, been touched by human hands that aren’t our own. Fast fashion traps a generation of young workers in developing countries, many of whom are women, into poverty. Many enter the industry as young as 14. Unfortunately, due to the pressure to keep costs low and production speeds high, workers are bound to poor conditions with long hours and low pay. According to The New York Times, “it takes a garment worker 18 months to earn what a fashion brand CEO makes on their lunch break.” The relentless demand for cheaper clothes in the West keeps workers’ wages staggeringly low—so low that it can barely support the people whose blood, sweat and tears the industry relies on. In April of 2013, 1,134 people died and approximately 2,500 were injured after an eight-story factory complex collapsed in Bangladesh. Now called the Rana Plaza disaster, the tragedy drew attention to the horrific conditions faced by factory employees in Bangladesh and around the world, and also raised questions about transparencies in the garment industry. Aruna Kashyap, senior counsel in the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, believes that the transparency between global apparel companies and the factories that employ such workers is crucial. So, what has changed? According to a 2017 article from NPR, “two major agreements between global retailers and brands and trade unions—the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh and the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety—were signed after the tragedy.” Additionally, Nike, Patagonia and the H&M group are among 17 brands that committed to adhering to a transparency pledge at the end of 2017. Maintaining transparency within a supply chain allows companies to avoid potential human rights dilemmas. However, 17 brands is far from enough. Even though the rights and safety of workers are now in greater focus, the fashion industry still has a lot of work to do if it wants to fully address and fix these systemic issues. What we wear is a fundamental part of what we choose to communicate about ourselves. “Clothes are our chosen skin,” said Orsola de Castro, co-founder of Fashion Revolution. It is our responsibility, as consumers, to decide if we can remain satisfied with a system that makes us feel rich, while leaving our world and our environment so poor. Will we continue to search for happiness in the consumption of things? What does our careless production and endless consumption say about us? Answering these questions is imperative if we want to change our lives for the better. Our world and our collective soul depends on it. 19 | Summer 2018
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Celebrity Style Re - C re a t i n g Sustainable Fashion written by Sophie Thompson
elebrity style is often framed expensive garments crafted by high-profile designers that are worn by A-listers when traveling or walking the red carpet. These pieces might be seen only once or twice before being discarded. However, not all celebrities buy into the fast-fashion, wear-it-once lifestyle. For some celebs, there is a growing need for sustainability in daily life which extends to the fashions they wear to glamorous functions. Look at Emma Watson, for example. The actress, UN Women Ambassador and advocate for sustainable fashion has a closet full of classic black trousers and jackets, crisp white tops and a full array of colorful dresses that are easy to replicate using sustainable fashion brands from around the world. Her Instagram account (@the_press_tour) details the eco-friendly brands that she wears to press events and meetings, and has garnered a massive audience of over 500,000 followers. Additionally, Pharrell Williams, famous singer, songwriter and record producer, is also a notorious supporter of sustainable clothing. As co-owner of denim brand G-Star Raw, Williams launched a sustainable fashion campaign in 2014 called Raw for the Oceans, which features clothing made from recycled ocean plastic. Watson and Williams are just two of many celebrities raising awareness about where our clothing comes from and how we can incorporate more sustainable items into our own wardrobes. Using their looks and favorite eco-friendly selections as inspiration, here are some sustainable brands you can shop to recreate ecological celebrity styles.
VEJA Since its creation in 2005, VEJA has made 19 different models of shoes. One of the raw materials they work with is rubber, which is used in the sole of every VEJA sneaker. Since 2004, VEJA has purchased 130 tons of wild rubber from the Amazon rainforest, preserving around 300,000 acres of the land.
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Watson currently owns two sets of VEJA shoes, which she models on her Instagram account. You can match her style by buying a pair of sneakers on the VEJA website, starting around $121.
ALTERNATIVE APPAREL In need of a casual tee or a pair of comfy joggers? Alternative Apparel is the sustainable fashion brand to check out on days when you want to simply kick back and relax. Using organic and recycled materials, Alternative Apparel is an American company that creates eco-friendly clothes for both men and women. The company has stores in 31 states and features considerably low prices for their high-quality items, with T-shirts starting as low as $7.
CATBIRD If you want to channel celebrity style, wear Catbird jewelry, a favorite of Watson’s. She wore Catbird earrings to her London premiere of “Beauty and the Beast” in February of last year, and a Catbird choker to her film premiere of “The Circle” last May. Catbird creates jewelry in a Brooklyn studio with recycled or fair-trade gold. They have a plethora of necklaces, rings and earrings at affordable prices on both their website and in their NYC store. They also carry cruelty-free beauty products.
ZADY Zady serves customers with a more expensive taste. Trench coats, soft cable-knit sweaters, elegant silk dresses—each item for sale on Zady has its own description of all the natural materials used in its production and how it was made. Zady works with farmers, washers, spinners, knitters and sewers to ensure they make the most out of organic materials. They monitor pesticide use, water treatment, dye composition and the energy efficiency and sources of the factories they collaborate with. In addition to selling eco-friendly clothing, Zady also offers information on their website that explains the goals of sustainable fashion and the influence of certain materials on the environment.
REFORMATION Reformation is a brand that makes quality sustainable clothing for women of all shapes and sizes. Their collections cover a multitude of styles, from wedding dresses to jean jackets. Tencel (a fabric) appears in several Reformation pieces. Tencel is produced by an Austrian company called Lenzing, and is nearly identical to cotton. It comes from Eucalyptus trees and is produced without the use of pesticides or insecticides. Reformation also utilizes deadstock fabrics, which are the leftover fabrics that mills and garment factories usually send to landfills. Reformation purchases deadstock fabrics from other designers and warehouses and then incorporates them into their own looks. According to the company’s website, about 15 percent of Reformation clothing is made from deadstock fabric, and 2-5 percent of their clothing is repurposed vintage pieces, saving up to 13,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per year. No matter your personal style or budget, all of these eco-friendly brands are perfect for channeling celebrity fashion. Whether you’re craving the expensive, chic looks of VEJA and Zady, or want to explore affordable, trendy options like Alternative Apparel, there are countless ways to be both stylish and savvy, saving the environment one outfit at a time. 25 | Summer 2018
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PUT YOUR BEST FACE FORWARD written by Emma Nolan
was cursed with the world’s most sensitive skin. The first time I wore a full face of makeup was for my junior prom. The following day, my face was swollen and bruised due to “skin sensitivity.” From that point on, I made it my goal to find makeup that would work for my skin. I tested out different products with the same results almost every time. Before I started to look into natural makeup options a mere three years ago, I didn’t know what was in my makeup or what I was putting on my face. It wasn’t until I tried my friend’s natural RMS brand makeup that I found the solution to my problem. I knew there was no way I could ever go back. Intrigued by what I stumbled across, I learned more about the natural and organic ingredients that replaced the manufactured chemicals in my typical drugstore-brand makeup. After doing additional research, I found more brands like RMS with cult-like followings. There were an insane amount of natural and organic products out there that I had no idea existed. Seeing how popular these brands were, I began to question why people would buy anything other than natural makeup. However, over the past few years, the desire and demand for natural and organic makeup has increased and ultimately changed the industry as a whole. Change can even begin with just one person. Tata Harper is a female entrepreneur and successful natural makeup creator in the organic and natural beauty market, whose value is expected to earn $13.2 billion by the end of the year, according to fastcompany.com. When Harper’s dad was told to remove all synthetic materials from his daily life due to cancer, she tried to do the same thing. However, it was extremely hard for her to get rid of her
beauty products. Discovering this problem, she decided to make a change and create her own organic line. Harper spent years searching Europe for chemical-free skin products. She discovered that Spanish lavender extract holds the same properties that reduce wrinkle formation as certain chemicals. She also found rosehip seed oil as a retinol replacement. Finding these fixes only led to more discoveries. After her years of travel across Europe, she opened her eponymous makeup line on a Vermont farm and soon became a Sephora top-seller. Harper is just one success story out of several companies that have blossomed in the natural makeup movement. For instance, The Detox Market is a green beauty e-commerce shop that took off in 2010. Similar to Harper’s story, The Detox Market family was looking for a way to detoxify their life due to cancer. Building relationships within the green beauty movement, the Detox Market built four locations and developed an online site with over 100 natural, organic and/or vegan brands. The Detox Market has also influenced Sephora’s natural beauty section. One brand carried by The Detox Market is ILIA, an allnatural makeup line developed with the intent to create the purest possible products for skin to absorb. From personal experience, I can say that ILIA’s eyeshadow works wonders. The product is intense in both the look it gives and the skin benefits it provides. With a variety of different colors, there is one that works for everyone and does so in a healthy manner. 100% Pure is yet another natural makeup company taking over the beauty industry. 100% Pure defines natural ingredients as ones that “originate from nature and ONLY undergo chemical changes due to biological processes such as fermentation, distillation and cold processing.” Because of their totally organic regime,
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even the most sensitive skin (like mine!) can enjoy their products. My personal favorites are the Fruit Pigmented Mascaras and the Long-Lasting Concealer with super fruits. Application for both feels light and much cleaner than synthesized products. Additionally, the URBN corporation (which houses Free People, Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters, among others) has begun to sell a variety of natural and organic products over the past five years. These products come from companies such as ILIA and Juice Beauty, as well as brands like YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE, Dope Naturally and Frank Body. From sunscreen to highlighters, these manufacturers create and sell makeup at price points that work for every budget. After having such a great experience with the makeup products that I use now, I’ve developed my own natural beauty regimen. I use Tea Tree Oil on my acne and Coconut Oil on my face before bed when I need to restore my winter skin. I use Vitamin E oil to hydrate and prep my face for lotion every morning. When I wear makeup, even if it’s just mascara or concealer, I know to always check the ingredients for products that I can actually read and understand. Although I see many benefits of natural and organic makeup, the major variable that causes many people to resist purchasing it is the high cost. However, with the up and coming popularity of organic brands, major companies are making natural beauty more affordable and available to their everyday customers. It’s been years since I first tested natural and organic makeup, but it still makes all the difference. I feel healthier and happier than ever. When I choose to wear makeup for a special occassion or a night out, I always use organic products, because I know that I will never have to wake up with a red and swollen face again. We live in a world that is very focused on being healthy and fit. Celebrities and athletes encourage their own healthy diets and products, promising that they will make us feel and look like them. With all the hype surrounding diets and exercise, it seems that there is a clear connection between inner and outer nutrition, as well. If we care so much about what we put into our bodies, we should care just as much—if not more—about what we put on them.
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Revamp Your Workout Routine written by Erin Adelman
veryone responds differently to fitness. Some groan and complain all the way to the gym, and some grow obsessed with burning off the junk food devoured on weekends. Still, others find joy in exercise. While we all have different perspectives on staying active, two Miami University organizations are striving to change negative and potentially unhealthy attitudes surrounding exercise. New to Miami’s campus this semester, CHAARG (Changing Health Attitudes and Action to Recreate Girls) is a national organization with a goal to ignite a passion for fitness in young women. Sophomore Lia Hergenrother, Miami’s CHAARG ambassador, described it as “an organization that partners with local fitness studios to provide girls with new ways to workout and a strong community of women.” “Too many college girls rely solely on an elliptical,” Hergenrother said. “CHAARG liberates girls from the elliptical and shows them that fitness can and should be fun.” When it comes to exercise, everyone’s definition of fun differs. Hergenrother said CHAARG allows girls to “find their fit” by providing weekly workouts ranging from CrossFit to Barre to salsa dancing. However, CHAARG also emphasizes the importance of mental well-being. “College girls feel so much pressure to look a certain way … I believe an organization like CHAARG can help girls feel more confident in their skin while providing them with lifelong friendships,” Hergenrother said. “My goal for CHAARG is to show Miami girls that fitness should be fun and not a chore. Ultimately though, my mission is to empower every CHAARG girl to be the best version of herself … to create a positive community of capable women.” For students looking to combine faith and love of exercise, Faith and Fitness is an organization inspiring students to exercise with a healthy attitude while promoting holistic wellness. From kickboxing to cycling to yoga, Faith and Fitness provides free fitness classes weekdays at 6 p.m. at the Sesquicentennial Chapel. Founded in 2013 by Josie Rader, the program had humble beginnings. During Rader’s freshman year at Miami, she said she committed to make a change for her health and shed forty pounds on a personal fitness journey. “After losing the weight, it became easy to exercise,” she said. “I got to the point of becoming addicted to exercises, which negatively impacted my body and my faith. Fitness began overshadowing my faith, which was a huge battle for me.” During her sophomore year, she and her friends decided to exercise together to Christian music.
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“[We focused] on the way we felt, not the way we looked, what the scale said or how many calories we burned,” she said. “In 2013 Faith and Fitness was founded, and expanded on the idea to focus on our faith and not on perfection.” The group encourages members to view sessions not as workouts but as a form of worship. “Faith and Fitness shows individuals that we can bring glory to God through movement,” Rader said. Senior Caroline Kelley, the group’s Holy Yoga instructor, has seen it expand dramatically from only six members to 500. She said Rader’s love for people and fitness was what kept her coming back to every work out. When Kelley was offered a leadership position, she was hesitant, having never considered herself a leader. But she knew the organization and its mission were important. “I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and I knew God wanted me to do this,” she said. “What God calls us into are our biggest fears. This was a paralyzing fear … but God wants us to be entirely dependent on him.” However, Faith and Fitness is a group that never puts the pressure of performance on participants or instructors. Rader said the group welcomes members “no matter where they have been or who they are,” providing a safe place for everyone “to be themselves and find joy with others.” Rader believes the program is making a difference at Miami because it is a source of healing for some. “I have talked to … women battling eating disorders or broken homes,” she said. “Seeing them change, grow stronger and heal from the brokenness is amazing.” Rader called it a joy to plant Faith and Fitness branches in Dayton, Cincinnati, Jackson and Liberty Township. Columbus will soon have a branch as well. “We are helping students see the value of their lives and their worth. We are helping students find their strengths and break free from their struggles,” she said. “We are encouragers, motivators, sisters, brothers, friends and family. We are helping students see that there is so much more to life than empty exercise. Instead, there is fullness in movement … holiness in exercise … [and] glory in God.” Whether you join CHAARG for a sweat session or work out with Faith and Fitness, both organizations will offer much more than physical exercise. With the support of friends and welcoming members, exercise can become what it should always be: a celebration of what you can accomplish, not a chore to dread.
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written by Julia Plant
ummaging through piles and piles of old pizza boxes, banana peels and rotting food in the dumpster outside of Brandon Hall, student members of Eco-Reps performed one of their infamous trash audits. Eco-Reps, a club on campus dedicated to keeping Miami University green, works directly with residence halls to promote sustainability. After this specific audit, the reps found that of the materials thrown away in trash containers, almost 57 percent could have been recycled. Fifty-seven percent of materials could have been easily reused in the future had they simply been tossed into the blue container instead. I like to think that I do an okay job being “green,” but if we’re being honest, it’s all about convenience. If there’s not a recycling option readily available, I’ll throw away my plastic water bottle without a bit of remorse. This is how most of us operate, and it’s a mindset that organizations like Eco-Reps are actively fighting. But we all have to help. In the grand scheme of things, it takes minimal effort to figure out ways to live sustainable lives and ultimately help ourselves and generations to come. In 2013, Miami made the switch from multi-stream recycling to single-stream, meaning that instead of students separating their recyclables into different containers themselves, they put them all in the same bin. These materials are then sent to Rumpke, Miami’s contractor, who separate the garbage themselves. Cody Powell, vice president of facilities planning and operations at Miami, believes that this has made somewhat of a difference. “We got a lot of feedback from the campus community at that time that believed that was a very positive move.” Powell still thinks that the amount of items thrown away that could be recycled is “fairly disturbing.” However, Miami doesn’t always make it easy for us to recycle. Can you remember the last time you saw a blue recycling bin in Armstrong? Sarah Hale is vice president of communications for Green Oxford, a club that hopes to improve Miami’s environmental policies and inform the student body. “Miami makes an effort, but if the choice is between recycling and aesthetic, they will always choose aesthetic,” Hale said. “For example, there are different places on campus where there are more decorative trash cans and they won’t put out a recycling bin just because it doesn’t look as good. And I mean, I’ll go out of my way to find a place to recycle, but the average student won’t.” 39 | Summer 2018
“Once, we tried to put up stickers on towel dispensers reminding students to remember the effects of how many towels they use,” Hale continued, “but Miami didn’t let us hang them because they didn’t look good enough.” Educating people on how to effectively work within the system is essential in changing the complacency that lives within Oxford. While investigating recycling in Oxford, I was shocked by some of my research—and disappointed that I was so out of the loop. All of those 32-ounce trashcan cups you see on the floor at the end of the night at Brick Street? Not recyclable. Usually, cups with rims that are bigger than the bottom can’t be recycled—especially if they’re layered with residue from the sugary drinks that fill them. And even then, Rumpke doesn’t recycle number five plastic, which includes all clear plastic cups. Additionally, Starbucks cups proudly boast that they are made with “10 percent post-consumer recycled fiber”, but they cannot actually be recycled due to the waxy coating on the inside that keeps them warm. Starbucks may promote the use of reusable cups, but the amount of waste that must come out of their stores in a single day is baffling. Seeing an increase in recycled materials at Miami is a great first step. But ultimately, the goal is to actually see a decrease in recycled materials, with the hopes that we are living more sustainable lives. Yes, it would be great if we recycled our water bottles, but it would be much better if we drank from reusable water bottles—thus eliminating the need for trash bins or recycling bins. The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 committed the United States to sustainability so we could “create and maintain conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.” I want my future kids to play in a backyard that is not bogged down by excessive pollution. I want them to know what rainforests are—and know that they still exist. I want them to live in a world where their health is valued and protected. And that starts with us. Take the extra minute out of your day to find a recycling bin, or find a cute S’well water bottle and refill it instead of buying plastic over and over again. Ride your bike instead of driving one day a week. Take the bus. The solution to saving our planet is right in front of us—we just have to act on it.
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hat’s the thing you hate most about getting ready for the day? Doing your hair? Washing your face? For many of you, much like myself, it’s the treacherous hike across the room to heaps of clothing and overcrowded hangers that make up your wardrobe. After wearing all the potential outfits one can imagine, re-wearing an outfit once again can become disheartening. My friends and I often tend to take advantage of this beautifully innovative concept called “twoday shipping,” much to the dismay of our bank accounts. However, our wallet’s prayers have been answered with a simple solution that everyone with a smartphone has at their fingertips: Cladwell. This mobile app costs $7.99 per month once your three-day free trial expires, and it is designed to help users cut back on consumerism. Rather than buying new clothes after you feel you’ve exhausted all outfits in your possession, Cladwell has you select items similar to the ones you own, or provide pictures of the actual items themselves. The app will then put together outfits for you based on your selection. Cladwell’s purpose is to help people reimagine their closets so that they save money and time, as well as cut back on waste and overproduction. In accordance with their plight for sustainability, Cladwell’s website states, “If we can stop obsessing over what we don’t have and want, we can begin to truly see what we have and need. We believe it can start with the very clothes we wear.” Combining fashion with sustainability provides a medium where all people are able to feel environmentally conscious while staying true to their own personal style.
I was skeptical of this app when I first heard about it. But Cladwell has been carefully compiled so that every item in your closet is present. The outfits are guaranteed to look good on you because, unlike a personal shopping app, Cladwell uses the items you already bought for yourself when creating the outfits. The app has other features including “sortby” selections, which allows the user to filter through Cladwell’s creations by, say, choosing a certain shoe that they would like to wear or a specific pair of ripped jeans. Cladwell also combines every item you have at the touch of a finger, so by simply adding 16 of the items in my closet, I was able to have 174 potential outfits displayed on my phone. The app can even determine the temperature for the day and suggest outfits based on the weather if you allow it to access your location. Although the app was founded and is headquartered in nearby Cincinnati, I asked around Miami University’s campus to see who used the app and who liked it. I quickly found that few Miami students were aware of Cladwell, but once I explained it to them, almost everyone thought it sounded extremely useful and interesting. Some admired the dedication to sustainability while others loved the app’s ability to suggest daily outfits. “Cladwell has honestly made it easier for me to figure out what to wear in the cold here!” said Olivia Vengel, a Miami sophomore who is a loyal user of the app. Cladwell aims to help people rethink their possessions and reevaluate the quality of the items they buy in order to promote positive shopping choices. Their mission is to be sustainable and responsible, and the founders of Cladwell believe fashion “is not about getting more, it’s about getting smarter about what we have.” Re-evaluating, rethinking and reusing our fashion leads to a renewable future. Downloading the Cladwell app is an easy first step to take for those who want to enhance consumer sustainability.
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Trendwatch: UP’s Favorite Summer Looks written by Kev O’Hara & Haley Jena
he sun’s rays, warm with the promise of summer, kiss your skin as you lounge upon the lawn of Central Quad. Shielded by stylish shades, your eyes flutter closed and you imagine endless days on the beach. You dream of mild evenings in open fields, grass tickling the palms of your hands as the night flickers to life—listen closely, and you can hear the strum of a guitar over a crackling bonfire. Slowly, your eyes creep open and come to find that you are still at Miami University, with finals looming on the horizon. How are you supposed to cope with this grim reality, especially when summer is close enough to taste? Freedom may be just out of reach, but UP believes that it is never too early to take a study break and prepare for all of your beachy and beautiful rendezvous. Below, breeze through some of UP’s favorite on-the-rise summer trends.
PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ: Glitter and bling Very few things capture the limelight quite like a twinkling gem, which just so happens to be sparkling its way off of runways and on to Oxford’s brick roads. Elie Saab, Vera Wang and Valentino were just some of the fashion houses whose designs shimmered and stole the show with their blinged-out fabrics and details this season. Such a description might have you wondering: Could a college student like myself ever hope of shining just as bright? Fret not, dear readers, because your fairy UP-mothers are here to help you bippity boppity boo all the way down High Street. Forever 21 offers the opportunity to glitter like Gatsby in a vintage, knee-length dress bedecked in fringe and black sequins, while ZARA channels colorful embroidery amidst a metallic sheen in a $119 kimono dress—and for a more sustainable option, repurpose something of your own with the guidance of a tutorial using these frocks as inspiration. Even more fun, diamonds are no longer just a girl’s best friend! Gentleman who want a little glitz and glamour can search Pinterest for artfully crafted shirts, which include beaded collars and sleek patterns made of rhinestones. No matter which jeweled piece you choose, you are sure to be the belle (or the babe!) of the ball.
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WORK IT: Utilitarian-style jumpsuits Trend-setters and fashion pragmatists alike can rejoice in a revamp of the beloved jumpsuit. The utilitarian-style jumpsuit reports for duty this season with its flexible and insanely elevated style. With workwear details like casual drawstrings to cinch the waist and roomy pockets (no purse needed!), this one-piece is perfect for almost any occasion. Designers like Jason Wu and Nicole Miller showcased the boho-chic go-to during this yearâ€™s New York Fashion Week, and style icons like Rihanna and Zoe Saldana have been spotted donning this foolproof frock. Plus, college students without the couture budget can find options at affordable stores like Madewell and ASOSâ€”but snag one before they sell out, because this utility jumpsuit has been a bestseller. For a casual look when you really just cannot, pair a flattering jumpsuit in a color like olive or khaki with sneakers and a low ponytail; for a fun festival vibe, pair one with gladiator sandals and statement earrings.
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HOLD, PLEASE: Fashionable fanny packs What’s that adorable bag around her waist? It’s a purse! It’s a satchel! No...it’s a fanny pack! Yes, you heard us correctly, readers: those strapon pouches worn by your parents on trips to Disneyland are pouncing out of your memory books and onto the glossy pages of Vogue. 2018’s hottest collections, including those from Prada and Gucci, are bursting with stylish variations of our old friend, now known as “the belt bag.” Supermodels may be toting their makeup and Cartier bracelets in these expensive packs (take Miu Miu’s $890 Matelassé Faille Belt Bag, for example), but UP is here to prove that you can look just as fabulous for way less. In the mood for a simpler style? Check out Kate Spade’s website for a variety of plain, striped, patterned and even leather belt bags for $98. If none of those tickle your fancy, you can even create your own fanny pack. Just order one online, buy materials at your nearest Michaels or Jo-Ann Fabrics store, and have a crafting party with your friends. Whether you are going on a hike or searching for a cute bag to carry your necessities at Lollapalooza, fanny packs are a fun way to express yourself— and go hands free—this coming summer.
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GET LOW: Bodysuits with low-rise pants Suit up and get low with an unexpected marriage of two items you already have in your closet: the bodysuit and low-rise pants. Instead of opting for a high-rise pant to hide the cutouts, show a little extra skin and go for either a slouchy or tight pant that showcases your hips. At this year’s New York Fashion Week, high-end designers like Tom Ford and athletic brand Fenty Puma illustrated the versatility of this alternative duo. The best news? You can easily replicate this mod yet seductive trend. Throw on your favorite bodysuit and overlay with a low-rise pair of bell bottom or wide-leg pants. Complete with a wedge or heel for going out, or a pool slide for a casual daytime feel—a newly minted look perfect for hitting the town or simply lounging in a hammock.
COVER UP: Reimagined trench coats April showers don’t need to dampen your outfit this spring. A classic springtime essential still reigned supreme during New York Fashion Week and continues to hang in the closets of college kids: the faithful trench coat. This season, designers updated and reimagined the wardrobe staple, giving wearers a reason to come running back to this piece during rainy weather. Céline created an oversized trench look, Michael Kors splashed the coat with vibrant patterns, Max Mara added a metallic finish to the beloved jacket—the list could go on. No matter the fresh spin, the trench coat remains sacrosanct in wardrobes everywhere. Easy to toss on top of any outfit, don’t shy away from this fashionable fundamental whenever the weather—or your mood—calls for it. From the latest jumpsuits to the most luxurious fanny packs, these hot trends are sure to keep you cool all summer long.
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Rekindling Romance in a Socially Savvy World written by Madysen George
or anybody with any sort of dating history, there are certain life quandaries that seem inescapable once you and a significant other have parted ways; at any given moment, you may very well be navigating your own personal minefield. Maybe you were together for two beautiful, committed years; maybe the relationship was, as you’d like to explain it, “never official, but totally a thing,” or perhaps you were something within, or beyond entirely, the two extremes. Whatever the case, regardless of the parameters, it ended. The breakup itself may have happened innocently enough—you two parted ways because of distance or time, but then a post of them on Instagram with someone new makes you think, “Surely no harm can come from just one ‘How have you been?’” Or, the end might not have been so graceful, those you are both prone to vengeance by way of subtweet or a Snapchat story. Maybe yours was just a fast and flirty romance, and you have been the sender or the recipient of the classic “You up?” message around 2 a.m. There is a fine line between a second chance and a repeated mistake. The 21st century means that “out of sight out of mind” is no longer an option, unless you are brave enough to click “unfollow” and block the number. Whether you are guilty of stalking them on Facebook and found yourself on their aunt’s 30th wedding anniversary page, or you’re known among your friends for innocently looking at their posts upwards of 20 times, odds are social media has not made moving on any easier for you. The answers will obviously vary case to case, but the general inquiry stands: to rekindle— or not to rekindle— that old flame? The media has certainly played a hand in romanticizing exes getting back together, such as the famous case of
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth. But many are of the opinion that if you break up, there was, and is, a reason. “[Getting back with an ex is] always a mistake … the reason will never go away. The reason you broke up is the reason you should not get back together,” said Olivia Vengel, a sophomore at Miami. She added, “Social media doesn’t just make things harder after the relationship, but during. It makes [it] less personal.” Is our culture allowing social media to dehumanize us? As image-conscious as we have become, does that image come to replace some of the substance we once had? “Getting back with your ex is the easiest option, and that’s just human nature,” argued Kira Wirsig, another veteran of the onagain-off-again circuit. It may very well be as simple as that. Who among us, after all, is not prone to going back for seconds or reheating leftovers in lieu of taking the time to prepare a fresh meal? Surely something as delicate as love, or anything close to it, isn’t susceptible to such laziness. Yet here we are, scrolling to see if our high school sweethearts have viewed our latest post, and praying we look amazing the next time we run into them back home. Frankly, it’s a lot to consider. The constant visibility of our modern world only serves to add an interesting layer to an already-timeless dilemma, and despite the sage words of our peers, parents and every self-help book on the market, only the individuals involved truly know what’s best. Affairs of the heart go beyond photo tags and bios on a screen. Memories have their own filter, and it is nearly always rose-colored. “It’s the highlight reel people always play over and over in their head,” added Wirsig, “but the relationship is never the highlight reel.” Reach out if you must; ask about their family, get coffee for old time’s sake, but please don’t forget: you’re playing with fire. After all, a match made in heaven won’t burn out.
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buy adidas written by Kaylee Spahr
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very year, several million tons of plastic waste end up in the ocean, seriously endangering the ecosystem and ultimately our own life space. Oceans are the livelihood of Earth and of humankind. The vast bodies of water produce more than half the oxygen in the atmosphere that we use to breathe. According to the Ocean Conservatory, over 690 species have been documented to be negatively impacted by plastic waste in the ocean. With ocean waste at an all time high, it’s important to remember that “if the ocean dies, we die.” This startling knowledge propelled Adidas into an unexpected collaboration with Parley for the Oceans. Adidas announced that they would be updating the EQT Support ADV sneaker to be made of yarn from upcycled plastic waste collected from beaches and coastal communities in the Maldives. This running shoe’s structure reflects the ’90s while also calling upon its ocean origin with two color combinations. One color combo features contrasting navy and turquoise stitching, while the other style has white and turquoise accents. Additionally, The freeflowing stitch design creates a wavy pattern to emulate ocean crests. Another perk of these shoes is the mid-range price of $160. “Living in urban areas, our relationship with the health of the earth’s oceans is sometimes easy to overlook—this collaboration seeks to create a change,” said a spokesperson for Adidas in a press release. With a focus exclusively on our oceans, the Adidas and Parley collaboration is unlike anything created before. The result of this collaboration was the creation of the world’s first ever shoe to be made from ocean waste. Upcycling plastic waste into an actual wearable tennis shoe created a new buzz around the two companies. Like the shoe, Parley for the Oceans has a unique story that made the perfect partner for Adidas on this project. The organization was founded by Cyril Gutsch in 2012 when he made the drastic decision to convert his design agency into an environmental organization. Gutsch’s goal is to encourage other designers to stop using what he calls the “plastic drug.” In an interview with Dezeen Magazine, Gutsch said, “We need to reinvent plastic. We have to redesign the material, and question some of the product categories. We want to invent our way out of this.” Parley for the Oceans views collaboration and creativity as the only solution to ending the problem of marine plastic pollution. Although it may seem like a lesson we learned in kindergarten, it’s important to remember the old saying as we try to attack this life altering environmental problem: “Teamwork makes the dream work.” Through Parley’s A.I.R. (Avoid, Intercept, Redesign) strategy, there are effective guidelines for doing our part in saving the oceans. The first step is simple: avoid plastic at all times. No plastic bags at the grocery store, no microbeads in our soaps and body washes and remember to bring your own tumbler for your Starbucks latte instead of using their plastic cups. Next, Parley encourages us to intercept all plastic before it even has the chance to enter an ocean. Finally, by designing new products and innovative ways to implement them, we can ultimately eliminate the use of plastic all together. Through the invention of this collaboration, we can only hope a change has been set in motion by both fashion companies and their consumers. This partnership can be the beginning of a change that our environment desperately needs. In such a fast-paced world, this kind of creative thinking is the push we need to make greater strides in saving our planet.
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Re-evaluating Remakes written by Lauren Klocinski
s humans, it’s in our nature to critique, tweak and mold already-developed products into something more glamorous or more perfect. Our country is one that has always flown eons above and miles beyond what’s expected. This may seem like a positive trait at first, but at what point does it become too obsessive? At what point does the tweaking become fixing something that isn’t broken at all— and is actually quite the opposite? This ever-evolving principle is especially debatable today, but not for the reasons you might think. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Jumanji,” “Star Trek,” “Les Miserables,” “It” and the third or fourth set of SpiderMan movies (we’ve lost track, honestly) are just a few particularly controversial movie remakes from the past few years. Once in a while, Hollywood will produce a diamond in the rough, like “Beauty and the Beast,” but let’s face it: most of the time, they turn out looking like literal garbage. These unnecessary and often unpopular reboots are becoming way too big of a thing in the entertainment industry. In fact, Hollywood released more remakes in theaters last year than a person can count on two hands, and the number is just going to keep growing from there. According to David McVay, expert of entertainment and founder of GeekActually.com, it’s not that Hollywood is running out of fresh ideas, it’s that those money mongers just aren’t willing to run the risk of stepping outside the box. Especially now with Netflix and Hulu basically taking over the world, the public is growing more and more accustomed to waiting for movies to be released so they can watch them from the comfort of their couches. As overdone as remakes are nowadays, the screenwriters know one thing for certain: people will pay to see them.
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Logistically, reboots are a much more viable option for the film industry because they only require half the cost of advertising and rake in the same—if not more—profit. Believe it or not, remakes do just as well as original films in their perspective genre. According to boxofficemojo.com, in 2016, “Finding Dory” had double the sales of “The Secret Life of Pets,” “Moana” and “Sing.” Although it didn’t sit as well with audiences critically, it sure encouraged Hollywood to keep remaking old films. Of course, the classification of whether remakes are good or bad depends entirely on who you ask. Baby boomers might lean one way while millennials gravitate toward another. It’s no secret the graphics and visuals today are mind-blowing, but what ever happened to savoring the good ol’ days? Watching a remake means accepting that the story you once loved as a child might be transformed into something dissimilar from the one you fondly remember. “I don’t enjoy remakes that try to pretend the first movie never happened, because then it’s not really a remake of anything,” said Miami senior Kirklen Shedlock. “The key to a solid movie reboot is somehow tying it back to the original—whether it be an exact depiction or expanding on its past or future. At least then the plots line up.” He’s not wrong—the whole point of remakes are to depict a sense of familiarity for the viewer; people love the wave of nostalgia that accompanies a reboot. Viewers may grumble all the way to the theater, but nevertheless, they spend their money, which means the film studios are having no trouble rolling in the dough. I’ve come to the conclusion that Hollywood seems to value financial success over creative success. This might be the start of a new sort of entertainment industry—which is fine—but be sure to think twice before feeding into it.
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Re flections 1.
don’t allow yourself to get caught up in the whirlwind of life.
Make time to care for yourself and others in the midst of Oxford’s often-encouraged craziness. This also means throwing caution to the wind once in a while and enjoying the quirky town while you can.
embrace uncertainty. take advantage of miami’s countless student organizations.
The initial steps to get involved might feel forced, but we promise you’ll walk away with more than just an impressive résumé. Despite popular belief, bonds can form away from bar bathrooms and freshman dorms.
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value experiences and growth over letter grades.
find a space that inspires you creatively.
you are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.
take a moment for yourself everyday.
be grateful for the small things, the big things and everything in between.
s we prepare to leave the comfort of Miami behind and head into the sometimes terrifying real world, we reflect on the lessons we’ve learned and the lives we’ve led the past four years...
Although so cliche, it could not be more true. Remind yourself that class is not always the most productive way to learn (sorry professors). Prioritize opportunities that will help you grow.
It’s so important to discover a location that serves as a go-to in times of need— whether it’s prepping for a major exam or drafting an important email. Alone time in college is hard to come by, and a comfortable spot to unwind works wonders.
College is a time to be selfish; a time to prioritize self-discovery. But don’t lose sight of the importance of selflessness. Life isn’t just about your own needs, but also looking out for other’s needs as well. When you embrace this outlook, you’ll ultimately improve your life.
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Lots of love to our loyal readers for the best year we could’ve asked for. Thank you for the unwavering support!
—UP’s Executive Team
As organizations, businesses and consumers, we must recognize the implications of our actions. Human impact on the environment is undeniable, but embedded in such destruction is the opportunity for salvation; the chance to encourage sustainable lifestyles. UP values the brand recognition we’ve built, and feel like we have the perfect platform to incite change. Our magazine is always printed on recycled paper, but this issue’s covers are made of 100 percent recycled material and produced with 100 percent renewable green electricity. This special paper is free of chlorine bleach processing and FSC certified, meaning it has been sourced in an environmentally-friendly, socially responsible and economically viable manner. It is also Green Seal Certified, a prestigious label that highlights necessary commitment to sustainably sound endeavors. We must not forget that the greatest threat to our Earth is believing that someone else will save it.
Back cover quote by Chief Seattle of the Suquamish Tribe
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