[ Colour Obsessions – September 29th, 2013 ]

September 29, 2013 § 2 Comments

ImageSo 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

ImageVermillion 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 Obsessions: Vermillion

Colour Obsession: Wine and Navy

IMG_3400Well, 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 Obsessions: Wine and Navy

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!

Colour Obsessions: Spring in Fall

[ Fight the Downpour – April 20th, 2012 ]

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!

The Transitional

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!

[ Jason Wu for Target – March 15th, 2012 ]

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.

[ summer of suedes and sandals – 07.25.11 ]

July 25, 2011 Comments Off on [ summer of suedes and sandals – 07.25.11 ]

Summer continues to rage on in a sweltering mass of heat and stickiness. It doesn’t leave a lot of energy in the bones of even the most brave of Fashionistas to really step out there and bear the burden of being a sweaty mess but looking fabulous. I want to take a swing at a focus I haven’t really put a lot of words into yet this summer – shoes, of course! Now, now, I know style advice is supposed to be about a whole outfit right? True as that may be, shoes can and will make or break your outfit.

Continue reading this style advice over here at CollegeFashionista!

[ show us your knees – 2.21.11 ]

February 21, 2011 Comments Off on [ show us your knees – 2.21.11 ]

With winter coming to a close and warmer temperatures returning to the Chicagoland area, I was the most excited I’ve been since I started here at CollegeFashionista to go out and shoot some fashionable gents and gals today. This start to the change of seasons also means another week of fabulous New York fashion shows has come and gone, which is at partial fault for my choice of Fashionista this week. Last year’s fall fashion week ranks as my favourite in the last few years by far, I’ve been so stoked on the prospect of the ‘60s and ‘70s rejuvenation; as well as the upcoming coral and pastel trends that will be featured this spring. It’s still a little cold here in Chicago, despite the much warmer temperatures this week, to really get into the spring trends, but it doesn’t mean you can’t at least get a head start on it!

Read the full advice here…

[ style on in suede – 2.14.11 ]

February 14, 2011 Comments Off on [ style on in suede – 2.14.11 ]

Winter always makes it a little harder to find Fashionistas and Fashionistos that really stand out. I was lucky enough to spot this gorgeous Fashionista and her wonderful coat studying outside of the library. My advice this week is for lovers of the camel and tan tones trend who aren’t necessarily peacoat wearing people. Camel and tan colors translate really well into any winter wardrobe and there are a lot of ways you can work this fantastic trend into your closet. My personal favorite is to incorporate it into your outer wear. You have a lot of options here as well; capes, peacoats, and the featured way, suede coats. Personally, I’m a huge fan of suede coats being a major trend again, they’re very instrumental in taking a simple look to the next level. My style advice this week focuses around that taking simple to the next level aspect of the trend.

Keep up with this style advice here…

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