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Don’t be Caught in These Summer Fashion Don’ts

18 Apr

Every Summer I see the same things over and over. I always think to myself, “why would anyone wear that?” Well, here are a few things that are more trash-ion than fash-ion:

1. Super short-shorts

I’m not quite sure that anyone wants to see that. You know how they say keep something to the imagination? … yea maybe keep some of it covered too when you’re in public. I don’t care if you’re a size 2 or a size 12, inappropriately short shorts are just tacky. Now, I’ve heard the motto “If you’ve got it, flaunt it” before and if you’ve got legs as tall as me, go for it…but there will always be something intriguing about a girl who is put together and leaving a little something to the imagination.

2. Inappropriate clothing 

You probably shouldn’t whip out your lowest vneck or backless halter when you’re at church. That would be an extremely poor fashion choice. It may be summer, but all your class doesn’t have to fly out the window. There are plenty of clothing options that can keep you cool in the blistering heat and yes, you can still show off all your fabulous assets; just do it at the right time. However, the right time would probably not be when you are at the playground when you’re baby-sitting or out to dinner with your parents. Be realistic and rational. It seems like the heat makes people wear crazy things. Really, is this necessary? Anyways, flowing maxi-dress or sundress are probably a much better option when its 100 degrees.

3. Foam flip-flops

We all have them. They’re not the problem…the problem is how people wear them. I’ve never been a fan except for in the freshman dorm showers at college… Just because it is summer time does not mean you need to wear flip flops everywhere. If you’re out to dinner at a nice restaurant or at a more formal gathering, the bar, work, etc. you probably should have on a nicer sandal (i.e. flip flops that aren’t made out of foam…wedges and flats are always great options and they can still be comfortable). There is a time and a place for your “beloved” foam flops.

4. Tanning

Your skin is one of your best assets. So, take care of it. When you spend hours in the sun not only are you risking Skin Cancer, but you might end up being a leather-y as your purse. ICK.

5. Socks with Sandals

We’ve been over this before. It’s just not acceptable.

6. Dress for YOUR body type

This is the most important rule…Don’t wear something just because it’s been in every magazine of the season. Wear it because it looks good and makes you feel confident. Not everyone is meant for bikinis and daisy dukes. A sundress might be the perfect summer look for you.

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So College.

28 Mar

Almost every college student struggles to make it work. Are you the one who anxiously awaits payday so that you can buy groceries?

Many of us are broke, working and scrounging up some change for food. This leaves zilch for a designer clad and fashion-forward wardrobe. With that said, I’ve put together a list of my favorite places to shop because I too am that broke, college student who will always love good fashion finds!

So, let’s talk fashion on a college budget:

1. Lauren Conrad

  •  FAVORITE. Her spring 2012 line is just absolutely fabulous. I am in love with the colors. She has pretty pale pinks, mints, creams, light lavender, and corals as her main color palates. These are perfect for spring and summer. This past Saturday I went shopping while I was home and I bought the cutest cream chiffon trimmed blazer with a bright mint pleated tank. I wore it the first chance I got and loved it.
  • Her clothes are reasonably priced and of good quality. I’ve had a few pieces for over a year now and I wear them quite a bit and they’re still in great shape!
                             
NOTE: Check the tags though (this is true for all clothing brands though) and watch out for rayon because it tends to shrink a lot in the wash. Rayon is super soft and it’s a great fabric to wear (if you’re never washing it…eww) so if you just can’t live without the piece, buy a size up and after washing it will fit like the smaller size.
2. TJ Maxx
  • Everyone knows TJ Maxx. Who doesn’t want to be a maxxinista and save money?
  • You can get some great deals if you hit the store at the right time. If you live in a larger city the quality and selection is much better than small town stores. They have more brand names and more seasonal styles.
  • I am a HUGE fan of their shoe department. Over the years I’ve gotten BCBG, Nike, Nine West, Aldo, Ralph Lauren, and a few other designer brands for prices under $30. Now, that’s my kind of steal. I love love love shoes and if I can get designer ones at a major discount, watch out.
3. Thrift Stores (example: Philadelphia’s Buffalo Exchange)
  •  Thrifting is a fabulous way to save money and find some unique pieces. I’ve had some great experiences in the Philadelphia area. I bought the most amazing light gray wide, double buckle belt about a month ago for $8! I just can’t get enough of it.
  • Yes, you do have to look and be conscious of what you’re choosing. However, you have the chance to get some nice items at great prices. Buffalo Exchange had an awesome purse/tote collection, as well as earrings and belts. Basically, I really enjoyed their accessories department. You are able to find both retro and modern pieces if you have the patience and time. Check out your local thrift scene, I bet you won’t be sorry.
4.  H&M
  • Everyone is always buzzing about H&M. They are fashion-forward, but affordable. I bought an oversize navy button-down with a long chain necklace (with a great, individual painted bead) for $16. Now, I’d say that is a deal. Right now, H&M has cute, spring dresses and tops all in the bright colors for the season. You can mix and match different pieces to create your own spring style.
  •  I am a fan of their accessories department, in particular, the bags. I’m currently looking for a messenger tote for my summer internship and I don’t have much money to spend. H&M has some great spring bags which I’m definitely going to check out in the next few weeks. You should too!

Now, this is just a short-list of my favorite places to shop on a college budget. I’m sure there are more out there with equally great deals, you just have to find them! Like I always say, you don’t need a lot to look straight out of the fashion mag…

It’s a Betsey Prom

14 Mar

Betsey Johnson exemplifies quirky. Her designs take risks and are always super cute and fierce. Since Prom is right around the corner for so many high school students, I thought I’d put together a list of my personal 2012 favorites.

All of her dresses take something that is a bit unusual and make something exquisite and beautiful. I just love how she plays with color and dimensions.

1. Blue Hues.

You definitely won’t be singing the blues in this formal dress. Below is an example of a fun, flirty, and simple dress that will compliment so many different frames. Something important to keep in mind when shopping for formal gowns is definitely simplicity. You don’t need a complicated, bedazzled gown to be stunning and beautiful. I was fortunate enough to have my Mom make my dresses for me so I was able to design them and  have them fit like a glove. Not everyone has that luxury. So, you want to make sure that you are showing off your best features (whatever they may be)! This dress is a great cut for many body types and the feminine bow cinches at the waist to create one fabulous silhouette.

2. Edgy.

If you’re a little bit edgy in your everyday style and love taking risks. I recommend this dress. While the color scheme was be simple, the dress screams individuality. LOVE IT. The tulle showing at the bottom along with the black overlay is perfection. The black allows you to be bold in your accessories. Try to add a bright pump (possibly a bright blue, pink or red). You’ll definitely shine is this Betsey number.

3. Girly 

If you’re anything like me, then you love everything pink and everything girly. This Iona dress will be the belle of the ball for whoever wears it. I love the bright pink cinched waist and the lace overlay. This dress has feminine perfection and will enhance the natural beauty of any young girl. It’s a modern version of Pure Princess Elegance.

…and lastly the shoes. If you’ve been reading my posts, you know I’ll never leave out the shoes. I LOVE them too much. These pumps are so amazing. I want them in my life NOW. They are rocker sheek, yet the bow is so girly. This is something that could be paired with a super elegant dress to make a statement. Take your accessories to the next level….get out of the typical prom shoe rut. Don’t just buy what’s plain and boring. Go for sparkles and bows (I know, I know, I’m shoe-obsessed). I love simple dresses because you have the ability to focus on something like a shoe and honestly, it just pulls the entire ensemble together into fashion harmony.

Think of these ideas as starting points. You have the ability to take your personal style to let that shine on your prom night! Always remember that you don’t have to spend a lot to look amazing. Look at what designers have out and then searchlocally to find similar pieces. Create your own look, don’t think you have to take something piece by piece from  a magazine.

Pick a simple style and have fun dressing it up with statement accessories (both bright and bold)! As I’ve mentioned before: less is almost always more. You’ll be stunning and perfect, turning heads right and left if you remember that.
Embrace your natural beauty and choose a dress that enhances everything that is wonderful about you!

“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she IS beautiful.” 

Rave Reviews…well sort of

21 Feb

I was asked to evaluate my blog to make improvements on it. Life is a constant learning experience filled with growth on various levels. I take this evaluation and improvements as another step towards greatness. Trial and error with a little bit of guidance goes a long way. I’m trying to market this blog to a larger audience of fashionistas and style guru’s. I have begun a small following of other fashion bloggers, as well as friends and family, but I hope that this is something I continue to use because I greatly enjoy discussing my fashion favorites (shoes, icons, colors, designers. You name it, I want to talk about it). I recently added a sidebar which I will continue to altar and edit as my blog grows and evolves. To do this I have begun tagging and categorizing my posts as a way to improve my search engine optimization.

Why Improve?

Fashion evolves daily. So, the way we talk about it should too. I’m on a constant journey to figure out who I am in this vast world. Where do I belong? What’s my calling? How can I make a difference? Does anybody actually care what I have to say? I carry all of these questions with me on a daily basis. I’m always thinking about how my words can affect someone else. Everyone connects with something and if writing is your release, then share your ideas. I like to tell myself that someone out there has the same love for the First Lady’s fashion and Jimmy Choo shoes as I do… or that Jason Wu’s designs, Fashion Week, and Award Shows are as much of an obsession.

If you have something to say…say it.

Let’s Reflect

15 Feb

Today I did a “digital log” to measure my digital usage. I lost the battle…I’m in digital overload and it’s no wonder I never get anything done (without logging off from the world). Even as I write this, I have various social media sites and my email account open. What I should be doing is writing the paper I’ve been trying to start for the last 3 days.

I wake up in the morning and after making coffee and breakfast the first thing I do is check my email. … Facebook and Twitter aren’t far behind from the constant email checking.

At work today, I attempted to write a pretty heavy paragraph for a paper that is extremely important. It’s the basis to the whole analysis. It took way longer than it should have because I

  1. Had to answer the phones for work and take messages
  2. Checked my email 4 times and read a new blog post from someone I follow.
  3. Texted my sister about multiple things happening in my life right now
  4. Had to reference online articles for the paper

It just never stops. I need one of those weekends where you go and turn off everything from the world. Problem: if I disconnect I might miss an important message. I’m constantly worried about missing a phone call or email from a possible opportunity. Just like in “Grown Up Digital,” Don Topscott argues that our generation is the future and we are reshaping politics and communications daily. We can be the unstoppable force for change. Barack Obama built his 2008 and now his 2012 campaign by creating a social-digital network of supporters. It is now possible to engage massive amounts of people through our digital usage.

I love the “digital world,” but sometimes I need to shut it off and get things done. This is probably the hardest thing for me because I like being connected. I enjoy checking my email and knowing what professors want me to complete. My calendar is constantly growing and since I was basically born organizing my clothes in a color coordinated fashion it’s important to my time management. I enjoy being connected to the fashion world and “what’s new” or “who’s new” … you can’t get everything from a fashion magazine once a month. Fashion media is my release from heavy school-work. However, I’ll be the first to admit that I need to watch my usage. I have a major rule: no texting while talking with friends or while out to dinner. I like my in-person time to be just that: in-person and fully engaged.

But…I did learn some stuff today:

  1. Obama’s approval rating is at 50%!!! Yay, Mr. President!
  2. The Colosseo in Roma has been damaged by the snow storms (NOOOOO. Non mi piace. Mi manca l’italia)
  3. And in fashion… well there is always something new in fashion. BGBCMAXAZRIA took spring’s hottest trend, color-blocking, and completely transformed it into a wonderful fall line. …And then there’s Diane Von Furstenburg’s Fall Collection. It’s bold and daring. It celebrates women. LOVE IT.

Designers I adore: Jason Wu

11 Feb

Jason Wu is one of my favorite designers. I first fell in love in January 2009 when Michelle Obama stepped out in his gown for the Inaugural Ball, but more recently I’ve fallen  for his perfectly tailored designs which play on femininity and strength. I love that he tapped into his cultural roots in the Autumn/Winter 2012 line. The warm colors and structural designs are perfect for fall. All of these reasons are why I am over the moon excited for the Target Collection he just launched because now I can finally afford a little piece of Wu!!!

Some media sources considered Michelle Obama’s choice to wear a Wu design on multiple occasions (Barbara Walters special and a Vogue cover shoot) are the reason for his career launch, but I just think she just has an amazing taste for fashion and went with the best designer. Now, maybe I’m a little bias in the First Lady’s favor, but I find that she is a style icon and one of the best dressed females in the public sphere. I love her daring choices and her ability to transform herself from collected and casual to gorgeous in designer gowns.

  

Everything which I had predicted as a trend for the upcoming fall season, Wu hit spot on. He utilized velvets, military inspiration, bold colors (red!), cinched waists, and draping. I’m such a fan of military (as evident from my previous post) and bold colors never fail. I mean, color blocking is going to be everywhere this season (shoes, accessories, and apparel). Cinched waists are a great way to create proportion and they almost always make an outfit look better (a friend pointed out to me that Jane in Abc Family’s Jane by Design is a perfect example of how belts can make the look). The draping element is something that I love to see on runways and on red carpets. There’s something delicate about it which I’m drawn to.

Here are some of my favorite Jason Wu looks from the Autumn/winter 2012 line:

 

 

  

I’ll leave you with this thought:

“Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity”

Mastering Mean Media

9 Feb

Okay, today’s post is going to be a little different. I’m going to give my version of a “PSA.”  The media, in a sense, runs our lives. We turn to it for guidance and answers on an array of issues. For the most part, I like to think that it is a valuable source of information.

However, everything that seems good typically has a downside or a “dark side.” For the teen generation today, that would be the media’s misconstrued view on beauty and the overexposure of drinking to young audiences. Now, I know how hurtful words can be; I experienced it first-hand and let them tear me down for most of my teenage years. What should have been the time of my life turned in to a nightmare that wouldn’t end. I let the words of my peers affect me. This issue of peer pressure on the premise of weight, body image, drinking and drugs needs to be addressed. Teens and college students feel the need to drink or diet excessively to gain a sense of belonging. Women (and men) are constantly trying to fit an unnatural mold. While we are by nature social beings, independence is a virtue which is under-utilized in society.

My point: The message that needs to be sent is that it’s okay to talk to someone when you’re feeling pressured. You aren’t alone.

Fashion should be a celebration of self-expression, but for some it has become an obsession of “perfection.” While this idea of perfection is absurd on multiple levels, it permeates our TV’s, internet streams, and fashion magazines. While I blame the media for skewing the image of beauty, I also hold peers accountable. I now see the absurdity that surrounds our culture and at times I understand the desire to conform. The underhanded comments and snide remarks from those who are important mean more to a susceptible young adult than the words in a fashion magazine. Not all situations are equal, but when positivity surrounds a person, they think of themselves in a positive light.

While the media may put some insane images out there positive role models can exist.

 

My girl Beyonce is a clear example of true feminine beauty and independence. Find your role model. Whether it is your mom or your best friend… Find someone who makes you a better person because “Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.”

I’ll leave you with this thought: Just earlier this week, I was talking to my best friend about the impact of media on self-image. She said to me “People need to understand that all sizes are beautiful.” If you’re healthy, you’re beautiful and perfect. The words people shout are just words and like the childhood saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me” you can’t allow someone to tear you down through bullying and peer pressure. Some people will never grow up. I’ve learned that even as a college student, girls are the worst offenders for hurtful words (most often said behind your back). So, like Christina Aguilera says “you are beautiful just the way you are, words can’t bring you down.”  The words that come out of someone else’s mouth will always come back. Karma’s a real bitch.