Thursday, April 28, 2016

Haute Trash: From the Garbage Can

What is It?

 "Don't throw it out, wear it out!"

Imagine garbage that rots away, going to plug up a landfill, or possibly to the near recycling bin. You can recycle all you want, but sometimes there are things we can only throw out. Lots of packaging, plastic bags, and old things we just don't use anymore. People from local High Schools, the community, and UCM fashion students all came together to try and turn their garbage into something wearable.

What Goes Into It?

The goal of Haute trash is to create awareness for how much garbage we throw out, and how it can impact the environment. When a model comes out on the stage, a PowerPoint slide pops up behind them, with what the outfit is made of, and an Eco fact. 

(Photos taken from Dawn Snow on facebook)

Guess who had the opportunity to make all of those slides?

It was me!

My role in Haute trash was very behind the scenes, but it allowed me to see a new side of the fashion program we have at school.  Taking the sustainability for consumer products class at UCM, and having been a bit of a "green" person myself, I know the world is not in the best of shape. I researched all sorts of materials, I learned many interesting facts, and it is ingrained in my head that plastic bags are the devil. 

Show time came around, and I had a very unique view.
(taken from the "nest" by me via my phone camera)

I turned on the whirring antique of a spotlight and waited for show time. The show began, the room filled up fast. It was time to present. Models came out, their outfits really only recognizable from the logos or the slides pointing out what they were.

It was a unique view that offered a lot of fun with the garbage we normally throw out. We are past the point of flour sack dresses, but maybe we can make a comeback with mesh sacks used for fruit and potatoes?

... Maybe we're not ready for that, but there's certainly a lot to learn from our garbage cans.

Written By: Alix Jarnagin

Orscheln Isn't Just a Farm Store

When you think of or see an Orscheln I bet a farm store is the first thing that comes to your mind. Little do you know, we also having quite a bit of clothing in our store too! A lot of our selection is work apparel but we do have some trendy pieces also. Unfortunately not all of our stores carry the "trendy" clothing, most of our smaller stores just carry the work wear. As an employee of Orscheln I wanted to share with you some of our options with our trendy clothing which usually isn't too pricey either.

Outfit #1- Georgia Peach

The first outfit that I have put together totals around $175.98, luckily most of the items the model is wearing are on sale. The Kristin Marie Chiffon top is $19.99, The Blazin Roxx Black with Studded cross purse runs around $59.00. The jeans are Rock47's and they are $69.00 and the necklace is also a Blazin Roxx piece and it costs $27.00. A couple of the items in this photo like the purse and the necklace are actually on sale, which drops the price of the whole outfit quite a bit. 

Outfit #2- Southern Bell 

The second outfit is my favorite outfit that I put together, it totals around $251.97. Although it seems a little pricey its actually worth the money. The necklace pictured is a Montana Silver necklace it comes with matching earrings but the model is not wearing them, the total for the necklace and earring set is $89.99. The Ella Samani shirt is $21.99, and the Blazin Roxx black sequin purse with the cross is $75.00. The jeans the model is wearing are Wrangler Premium Patch boot cut jeans that run $64.99. The clothing items pictured are good quality and I would highly recommend purchasing one of the few listed. 

I hope both of these outfits will make you think twice about stopping at your local Orscheln!! 

Written by Kelsey Kasson 

Who said Henna was a Fad?


I’ve thought long and hard about billions of ways I could start a blog about henna. And I must say henna is not an easy subject. Every little detail is meticulous, every little detail is redundant, every little detail matters. Henna slayers continue to evolve. We go hard, and we master every detail to perfection.

Mehndi Art or Henna Art originated back in the day. I'm talking about way back in 700 bc. Henna is a fashion accessory, that keeps progressing. I heard Henna may have originated in Egypt and that ancient Egyptian mummies had red dye on their finger nails and in their hair. 

Inspired by henna art on Google. Henna appears brown when applied, and leaves red stain. 


Henna is a temporary paste, made from a Lawsonia intermix shrub. This flower is harvested, dried up, and ground into powder. Henna lasts up to 14 days, depending on skin type, the paste, and how often you wash the design.  Red and Brown Henna paste last 7-14 days.  Black Henna paste lasts about 4-7 days.   (Other colors may vary).


Have you ever heard somebody say, "time is beauty?" Well, they were referring to the henna designing process. Although henna comes out beautiful, it also takes a long time to perfect your skill, and create full hand, foot, shoulder, or belly designs. It can take up to 50 minutes to complete a full design in henna on a specific place of your body or some one else.

And if you think that's all ...Think again!.
You also have to wait up to 45 minutes for the henna to dry, because you would  hate to rush and smudge the henna, mess up your design, and have blotches of light red, black, or brown henna on you or your clothes.

Practice makes perfect. No one can really teach you how to create designs, you can look up other designs online, free style a bit, or create your own. Just trace your hand on many sheets of paper, and begin to let your mind flow. Then you have designs to show, and produce on yourself and others.

The ART  

When I think of henna, I think of it as another form of art,  tattooing, and of fashion. Some say it is a fad. I say it is everlasting. You can not just do the same designs forever, you'll have to come up with another collection. Henna is a free form of art, or fashion. Do your own thing. And remember...Do not force it! Your hand will start shaking, and what could have been a pretty flower is officially a blob of paste!

Seeing each design after you have completed a henna design on someone, or yourself, is a wonderful thing. You're automatically thinking, wow this really is beautiful. Did I do that?

So... if you are looking to start pursuing becoming a Mehndi or Henna Artist, never be discouraged. It's all in the wrist. You control the cone. You are the cone. Master the cone. 

How to MASTER the cone! 
Set you up a henna station, bring a friend, put your headphones in and do you boo!
P.S ...

If my professor likes this blog post, I might start henna blogging and showing DIY's on how to make henna cones, mix henna paste, where to purchase henna products, and more of my designs. Stay Tuned!

And if you are in the Warrensburg area DM me on Instagram @munkslays or @slaymyhenna and come let me slay your henna too!
This is a more intricate design done on a client using brown henna. 
Henna design done on myself, achieved with black henna paste. 
This is black henna. Black henna lasts up to 4 to 7 days. 

 Blog Post By: 
Zakkiyya Murarah, the Henna Slayer