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Why We OKC.

Photo of the Oklahoma City skyline by our very own, Jonathan Burkhart

Photo of the Oklahoma City skyline by our very own, Jonathan Burkhart

It's a common misconception that Oklahoma is behind the times (sigh). 

However, many Okies know the REAL truth-OKC has been on the rise and is actually pretty fantastic. At High Five Media, we're proud of our capital city, which is why we're giving you five reasons you, too, should OKC (yep, it's a verb). 

Since its inception, Oklahoma has been the wonderers destination. It started with those wanting the rush of the open frontier, railroad men, and early 89ers, all determined dreamers, dead set on leaving their footprint in an unknown wilderness. Today, in the same vein of the fearless explorer, start ups, risk takers, and entrepreneurs are reclaiming a city.

The steadfast pioneer spirit embodies and new generation of visionaries, who are not only shifting the culture, but are making Oklahoma City cool, again. 

Oklahoma City’s reinvention of cool, most obviously starts with the injection of the Thunder. But let's be honest, the metro area circa 2007 was already a sports hotbed. The University of Oklahoma was and still is a big league with seven national titles, five Heisman winners, twenty-three Hall of Famers and the longest winning streak in D1 history, and we’re just talking football. Up north there’s the brightest orange with OSU boasting fifty-one total national titles, Mike Gundy, an Oklahoma native head coach that’s birthed a powerhouse program, and billionaire Boone Pickens, who makes us feel that half-time uniform changes are somewhere within the foreseeable future. Add in a professional basketball team and you've got yourself a sports utopia awesome enough to make a governor serve up a slathered up platter of ribs to any national sports analyst – oh wait, that’s already happened. 

Which brings me to scoot my chair right up to OKC’s ample food offerings. Steaks, BBQ, burgers, whatever your little foodie heart desires, the city has you covered. Just please remember to generously add Oklahoma’s own Head Country BBQ sauce. When it’s not your cheat day, OKC has an amazingly progressive healthy food movement. Zoë’s Kitchen, All About Cha, Cafe 7, and Cool Greens are unanimous favorites because they strive to bring patrons into a healthy lifestyle community. 

Community is everywhere within this city. The Plaza District, The Paseo, and Midtown neighborhoods are products of OKC’s Renaissance. Millennial owned art galleries, storefronts, and restaurants now line these once dicey streets. This is where art and innovation converge and the new age pioneer’s roots run deep. 

Capital is increasingly generated, and the coolest thing about OKC is that Oklahomans give back. There is a certain standard in our state and it’s one that never hesitates to take care of our own. During challenges of catastrophe, natural disaster, or a mere case of someone down on their luck our citizens are always willing to give--Oklahoma continues to reign in the top ten most charitable states in the nation

We know that outsiders think first our tragedies and secondly the misconceived lack of culture; however, I truly believe OKC residents are the absolute definition of resiliency and innovation. So last but certainly not least, the pinnacle of cool in OKC is the Memorial Marathon. Coined A Race to Remember because of the 168 we will never forget, the Memorial Marathon is one of the United States' top 10 marathons. Similar to Oklahoma City itself, participating in such a worthy cause only gets better with every year that passes.

The Intern Files: Darken the Lipstick “Forevermore”

 

Once upon a lipstick dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,

Over many a quaint, bright, or curious color in the store—

While I searched, eyes promptly stopping—suddenly the color, popping,

As of some one pointing quickly, making me search no more.

“Tis my color,” I held it up, “this is it, I know for sure—

The color I’ve been waiting for.”

I’ve never been much of a lipstick gal, but this sure was a fun experiment.

Dark lipstick is IN, and what better time to try something new than in the month of Halloween, a time of costumes and all things outrageous?

Elle.com says ‘90s lips are back, from maroon to deep purple-reds to black shades. The lipstick trend that drove parents crazy in the ‘90s is back and more powerful than ever. Thefashiontag.com calls the throwback trend a little more 90s-mixed-with-70s: “glam but dark”. 

Trends are funny things.  Our culture loves them because they are fast-acting, short-lived blasts of novelty. Trends operate to catch our attention, so it is often our lack of attention (mindless scrolling) that draws us in. That’s not all bad though, right? Right! In doing some research, I stumbled across a study performed by Dr. Nico Bunzeck and Dr. Emrah Düzel. It explained that the part of human brains associated with reward circuitry is stimulated when presented with something new. Meaning, new things (like trends) give us neural payoff, almost like learning enhancement. Why do you think that we all know what’s trending on Twitter? It’s because we crave learning new things. 

New things stick with us, and something as simple as trying a new lipstick trend could help us learn things about ourselves. Trends are not only sources of novelty, but also sources of reinvention. So next time you’re thinking about trying out that new trend (like dark, dark lipstick), go all out for it! Maybe the newness will stick and you’ll transform into a new you—forevermore.  

What trends have you tried?

Source: Bunzeck and Düzel