September 29, 2013 § 2 Comments
So I know, I know, I’m still not keeping with the updating as much as I said I would! But its a start (and hell, I think with my 400+ pages a week to read on top of class, interning, and work – updating every other week is still pretty good!). I’ve got a few fashion posts lined up for the next few weeks that should be coming out on Sundays, this is gonna be the first one to get me really back into the saddle, so to speak. Where is better to start off than your basic colour choices anyway! I’ve got some obsessions this fall, and some of them might be a bit shocking! Some of them are probably a little easy to guess coming from me (and my polyvore history…) but, that doesn’t mean I’m wearing them the same ways!
Colour Obsession: Vermillion
Vermillion is an orange-red colour that can have a lot of variance to it. Some companies call it orange where as some might call it tomato soup red (looking at you Jessica Simpson), and then you have names for it like Valentine (hello there American Apparel, how boring a name choice!) but in reality they’re both kinda correct depending on how you want to look at it. I’ve seen a few people sort of overdo the colour, but in my opinion it makes the perfect ‘pop’ for any outfit. My go-to item that fits in with this colour is a pair of (glorious) Cynthia Rowley pants (of which I own in multiple colours thank you very much). Especially during fall and with the multitude of blacks and greys that start creeping back into our daily wardrobes its the perfect addition to any outfit!
Colour Obsession: Wine and Navy
Well, I am an Anthropologist so it should shock no one that wine is a constant in my life – not only in cooking and drinking but when it comes to my clothing as well! And Navy? Who could say no to a lovely bright blue that makes any outfit just that much better. I’ve bought a fair bit of navy recently – the biggest staples have to be my H&M blazer and my peplum top – both are Navy but one is lighter and bolder while the other is richer and darker, that’s another great thing about Navy! So many options! I could talk about either colour for days – but my favourite thing about them has to be how amazing they look when paired together! We’ll just pretend my other favourite blazer (the forest green one) isn’t conspicuously in the photo.
Colour Obsession: Spring in Fall
Mint? Lavender? Wine (again, cough)? All my favourite things about a lovely spring afternoon in a park – who says I can’t wear them year round! I’m one of those people who spits in the face of all those who claim some colours are only for one time of the year – damn them and their opinions! I disagree! Vehemently! Angrily! LOUDLY! I will wear my mint in December OR April! I will wear Lavender whether it is 70 and breazy or 40 and dreary. I WILL do it! The great thing about these colours is they can cheer you up on even the dreariest of midwestern Mondays. I really need to get more of them in my life – my current set-up is just not cutting it!
No matter how you spell it out though, I’m obsessed with trying to make all of my spring mints and lavenders proper and fall – at least in their layering! But whats the best part of them? They pair perfectly with a nice wine-coloured lip and nail pairing. Ah yes, I do love when all of my favourites start to come together and be friends!
April 20, 2012 § 4 Comments
A nasty cold has me late once again! This rather gross weather outside doesn’t help to get one motivated either – but it can make for some good writing inspiration!
How is it one dresses in this disgusting weather? I find myself wanting to bust out my Spring fashionables and colours (those lovely purples and nudes and natural-stone tones I’m seeing everywhere make me die of happiness inside!) but its so nasty out this time of year that I find myself stuck with the b’s of Winter (that’s black, bronw, and bland by the by!). My Spring fashionables just don’t seem to live up to the test of this weather. Then I remembered something lovely about layering – there’s no problem with a little overlap of your winter staples into your spring wardrobe to weather-proof but keep it blooming!
First, a good pair of ankle boots is important for anyone who lives… well anywhere that isn’t near the Equator. They’re great for snow, rain, and can be worn during the summer to edgy up your favourite sundress. I suggest going for black always as it has the most versatility, but I myself have been eyeing some brown boots to add to my wardrobe since my black ones get so much use out of them.
Second, wraps and denim/flannel! Want to wear that cute nude tank top you bought when we got a glimpse of spring/summer weather that just POOF disappeared? Well wraps and overshirts are a must for any wardrobe, they’re great ‘transitional pieces’ things you can wear 80% of the year and you can throw over a cute dress or top if its a little chilly out. Wraps are great because, well we all know scarves in summer is a little taboo but on those days where it might get a bit chilly – they double up!
Lastly, a staple you should invest in during these Transitional times is jeans with some ‘pop’ to them. I know, I know how scene kid right? Wrong. I’ve always kinda had a thing against coloured denim – but I’m beginning to think that’s because they were neon back then. These new corals, purples, reds, and pastel denims? I’m kinda falling in love with them and they’re a great way to spice up any outfit!
March 16, 2012 Comments Off on [ Jason Wu for Target – March 15th, 2012 ]
So I was being a bit of a tease when I said it was a preview of this weeks Friday post! I’m sort of in love with these sunglasses and this dress, they’re definitely new staples of my wardrobe! The sunglasses are from Primark and were a lovely Christmas gift from my best friend, Zarah – my favourite gift by far. The weather here in Chicago has been really fashion friendly – warm, but not hot, and breezy, but not gusting. This is a great season for fashion since you can still make use of layers, but you don’t have to plan your whole outfit around keeping warm or wearing outerwear.
I apologize for the wonky awkward photos, jumping back from photobooth in 6 inch heels? And trying to make it look at least semi-attractive? Yeah not exactly the easiest thing I’ve ever done! I really need to invest in a new tripod.
I tried this dress with a few blazers and sweaters and ended up just deciding to simplify it by wearing it with a pair of heels I don’t get to wear often – hey its not easy to walk in 6 inch heels even when you’re a heels girl like me! The blazers I own just didn’t sit right or fall into the right colour shade and it was just far too warm out for my chunkier sweaters. I’m a little torn on the sleeves of the dress – I don’t like nor hate them but they do push me toward wanting to wear something over it to avoid having to think about them (at least they aren’t ugly H&M style capsleeves that awkwardly show my armpits).
I know I’m late on the blogging about the Jason Wu for Target line but I didn’t get my dress in the original sale. I lucked out on this dress, it was completely fate so of course I had to purchase it. It was the only Jason Wu item left besides one size 14 pleated black skirt and another size 12 dress and lo’ and behold it was also 75% off. Why was it 75% off? How did I luck out and get a $39 for $10? Because some silly person bought an online-only dress and returned it to the store not the website! So BAM, instant savings for me! I fell in love with the playful dotty pattern, but the lace piping is really what sold the dress for me. All the little details in this dress are what make it fantastic. Honestly, if it were just a plain blue dress of this shape I probably wouldn’t have even taken a second glance at it. But who could turn down such a perfect amount of subtle daintiness?
I really wish I could wear these shoes more often, there is something just really awesome about being 5’6″ temporarily and feeling like I’m a normal-sized person, but really 6 inch heels just aren’t practical for every day life. Beware: stairs without anti-slip are very dangerous in these shoes, as are curbs, oh yeah and cracks in the side walk. These shoes are more ‘hey I’m going out to a lounge’ or ‘hey I’m going to a fashion show’ or ‘hey I’m going to such and such event’. They’re special occasion shoes – and what is more of a special occasion then turning in two final art portfolios and an anthropology paper?
I should have forseen the fact that I had to walk up and down three flights of stairs… then two flights of stairs… not including the fact that I live on the second floor of my building. Lets just say by the time I got home, my feet were in much need of pampering and were promptly soaked in my sink with lovely salts for 10 minutes as they cried and moaned over the fact that I made a poorly planned (though sexy looking, I mean come on – look at those calves! thank you 8 years of soccer, thank you.) shoe choice.
September 12, 2011 Comments Off on [ transitions – 09.12.11 ]
While the English weather has been cooling down for a good while, I’m still posted in the States until the middle of the month and its only just starting to taper off in Chicago! Fashionistas and Fashionistos alike find themselves in a constant state of give and take with the changing climate. We still want to sport our summer duds but its starting to get a little too chilly to do it. The lovely CollegeFashionista editor Amy Levin likes to call this season “Sall”, a term I think I’m going to have to borrow from her. The Fashionista for this week also did a great job of seamlessly blending her fall and summer wardrobes, but in a much brighter way! Personally I’m all for transitioning your brights and florals into fall wear. It’s a huge misconception, if you ask me, that fall and winter should narrow your colour options down to neutrals and darks. Rock an outfit that truly stands out and brings those bright reds and corals to the table.
Check out my first actual article for the International CollegeFashionista site over here! I’m so excited to start snapping photos of Westminster students! Bring it on Fashionistas and Fashionistos.
August 1, 2011 Comments Off on [ not just a shirt – 08.01.11 ]
With the end of July and the coming of August, we turn the corner on the warmest months of the years. I know I’m not the only one who is in full pining mode for the days of pre-fall fashion and easy layering in the (hopefully) near future. We’re coming to the turn of another season of shopping and thrifting and runway shows that will herald in new trends to come. But for now? For now we’re stuck still hoping that no one notices how much we’re sweating in our cute dresses and towering heels as we saunter down the sidewalks of whatever city you find yourself in. Here in Chicago, it’s been a hot one indeed. Does my phone really say 111 heat index? I’d almost forgotten I was in Illinois and not the sub-tropics! Despite my hopes and dreams, this heat isn’t diminishing; so here we are again with some beat the heat and be chic advice.
Style On over at CollegeFashionista!
June 27, 2011 Comments Off on [ sunny day style – 06.27.11 ]
Ah, it’s summer and it is gorgeous out. 79 degrees and breezy? Light rays all about? Not a cloud in the sky? Count me in Chicago! Not only does this weather make me want to dress nicer, but it really makes me want to hunt out the most fashionable people possible, because summer is truly the breeding ground for showing one’s personal style. This lovely Fashionista brought to the table a timeless fashion that we see so often around college campuses in the summer, at least for the past few years! She’s taken a slight modern twist on some really great vintage classics. It’s a great look to pull off during the summer because it’s acceptable for both day and night and easy to put your own spin on!
Head over here to continue reading!