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!
May 1, 2012 Comments Off on [ Fashion Ethnography – May 1st, 2012 ]
We started our Ethnography projects last week, or well I suppose we had our write-ups do before them but we actually had to start going out in the field to do our preliminary research which is due on the 4th.
I’m really excited about mine, for someone whose not interested in Anthropology, Fashion, or Marketing you’ll probably start gagging and wondering how the hell I could be interested in such a thing. My project is going to be looking at the Collegiate idea of Fashion. More specifically I’m going to be researching how important image (and I mean on a Fashion level) is the the Collegiate and how important they think it is to their every day lives. Do they think its important to look presentable for their advisor? How do they dress when they go to interviews? How do they dress at school? Do they think its appropriate to wear whatever they want infront of a teacher they may want to write a recommendation for a job or graduate school for them? I want to answer all of these questions and I’ll likely come up with a few more along the way.
We’re in the Preliminary Observations stage right now – that means I get to go and wonder campus and take notes on the type of outfits and style I see. I’m trying not to go into this too biased with too many pre-set categories of ‘dressers’ and ‘Fashionistas’ at DePaul, but I already have a generic idea of how the chips may fall as far as categories go. I want to add a lot of visuals (photos, possibly sketches) but the project doesn’t really call for that, because of the topic of my Ethnographic project I’m hoping the Professor will let me include at least a few pages – at least in my final report. Doing a project on Fashion, after all, is really nothing without the visuals.
After this portion of the project, we move on to the interview phase. Now normally this wouldn’t freak me out – I mean after how long I worked for CollegeFashionista I’m pretty used to talking to random strangers, but finding someone to sit down and talk with me for the required 30 minutes? That freaks me out a bit, I feel like its where I’m really going to run into problems. Now, that’s not because I don’t think people will be willing but I’m going to be pulling aside students who are rushing between classes and I’m just a little nervous its going to be really hard for me to pull off. If anyone is interested or feels like they know someone who might be who would have the time between classes I’d be glad for the opportunity to speak with them/you! I’m trying to keep this as random as possible by not asking people that I at least know their opinion on how important image is, but I know its going to be hard to get people to interview.
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!
April 14, 2012 Comments Off on [ Cabochon – April 13th, 2012 ]
Now silly me, I wrote this post but Comcast is the worst company in existence and my internet has been so shoddy, slow, and constantly restarting the last few days wordpress just wouldn’t load properly to post it – utterly rude if you ask me (so was the first lady who yelled at me, called me a liar, oh and refused to transfer me when I kept having to repeat myself, I have a lot of respect for people who work tele-comm customer service because of the rude douche entitled people they have to deal with, but if I have to say the same sentence 6 times and I ask to speak with someone else, there is nothing unreasonable about that or cause for you to be snarky when I was polite, kthx).
I immediately fell in love with the Tiger Cabochon ring the second I saw it on the jewelmint homepage when I logged in – knowing I had a free credit and wanted to treat myself to something nice for getting through the first round of papers and tests for this quarter (is it still treating myself if it was 100% free?). I’m always a little skeptical to order rings from websites – because much like shoes or jeans they can fit differently in every single style and brand and there really is no one size fits all, heck even a size 7 heel can fit differently just from one being a stiletto and one being an oxford pump! But thankfully, the ring fits comfortably my middle finger – right where I wanted it (though noticeably a little wobbly on really cold days, but thankfully that’s not often enough for me to care and I’m still definitely glad I didn’t go a size down, the ring would be much too large to not look silly on my ring finger.)
I’ve never been big on the huge ring thing but this one sold me, it wasn’t gaudy, it wasn’t obnoxiously big, it wasn’t silly abouts of this-is-obviously-from-Urban-Outfitters-and-worth-1/3rd-what-I-paid or just clearly out of my price range so maybe it was bitterness, that’s right actually ya know what I think it was bitterness.
My favourite part of this piece is actually how well it goes with all of my turquoise jewlery. On my left hand I wear the same three rings everyday: a little $1.50 ring I got in Wales, a great cheap thrift store find, and my one splurge in Paris – the big turquoise sterling silver ring I wear on my pointer finger (the other two go on my ring finger to cover up my tattoo, which I need to get touched up and its really annoying to get asked all the time if I’m engaged – no I just don’t need a diamond to make me happy, I’ve already got one!) I was honestly worried I was investing (kinda?!) in another piece of jewlery that I wouldn’t be able to wear very often because it didn’t go with my daily essentials! (I’m STILL wearing my Prarie Rose necklace daily, its perfect for my Springtime colours and trends!)
This ring is another one of those fantastic jewelmint pieces that just goes with so much of my wardrobe it makes me squeal on the inside. I’ll admit though, I wasn’t really sold on this whole mint franchise when CollegeFashionista first got involved with it when it was fairly new, I hate things that you have to pay monthly for (fun fact: of all the jewlery I’ve received as of yet, I only payed for that Oscar’s grab bag because its one of those awesome sites where referrals earn you credit, ie – freebies).
That being said, I have to say, I fully back this company – a true rarity for me with anything that requires monthly service (ahem, looking at you Comcast) – if only because its also so simple (unlike on many sites) to go in and ‘skip’ a month, I only wish they let you fully remove a credit card once it was added on to the account, because you can only replace it with another one which I guess makes sense with the skip option, but I don’t currently have access to a credit card so its a little annoying I can’t remove my old one without putting up my debit card when my finances really can’t risk me forgetting to skip a month. I’m honestly not as sold on StyleMint (the Olsen shirts and sunglasses version) because honestly, I could get anything on there at Forever 21 or H&M for half the price and it’d probably last me just as long. I do wanna take a spin around BeautyMint though, I’m always looking for new Beauty products to fall in love with! And there really is no price you can put on having good, clear, healthy looking skin.
Plus, the pretty jewlery certainly doesn’t hurt! And theres so much variety, there truly is a bit of everything for everyone!
This post brought to you in part by the really dreadful lighting in my apartment, and how much I hate how those eco-friendly lightbulbs do not make for good photo taking. Oh also, the lighting in my apartment just sucks – which I will be rectifying as soon as I get a bit of return cha-ching from someone owing me with another glorious trip to Ikea.
March 9, 2012 Comments Off on [ grab bags, take your chance – March 9th, 2012 ]
Welcome to my first weekly Fashion Update! Each Friday a post either reviewing some new item I’ve acquired or be a street style sort of post. We’re starting out this week, because I look like death and its finals and ya know what? Screw getting out of my PJs while I finish my final papers and projects. The day I got put on my medicine I bought myself a little present, something I felt would cheer me up and continue to get me trough the little rough patch. A little something shiny is the best way to start off a new chapter of your life and mine happens to involve three shinies!
As I mentioned last week, I took place in JewelMint’s little grab bag event – Oscars time means lots of fashion flops and fiascos, but it can also be the cause of some very great finds. In my case? Definitely some great additions to my jewlery box! The catch is that one person would win a diamond bracelet and other participants would receive 2 or more items, I lucked out and got three! Though I am a little bitter I didn’t get the diamond bracelet, I’ll definitely get more wearability out of the items I did get!
First we have the (poorly photographed due to my laziness of course) Wonderland Earrings. Now, of the three things I received these were the only ones I hadn’t been eyeing already on the site, and honestly are the only ones that don’t really fit in my ‘style’. This doesn’t mean I don’t like them though! They’re just the sort of thing I’ll end up wearing out to a special event, with a fancy dress or something, not something that would fall into my every day wardrobe.
Now, I’m a sucker for Victorian fashion and anything antique looking so, it goes without saying I love the effect these earrings have. They have a splash of girly, thanks to the bows, but they retain an elegant maturity that makes them, despite this portion, not ‘little girly’ but instead – feminine.
I have to say, at first I was skeptical but after I thought about it, I really am enchanted by these earrings, they’ll be perfect the next time I manage to find myself a fancy event or party to go to! Paired with a chic orange dress and some pumps, these would make any Fashion-savy lady stand out.
The most wearable item of the three that I received has to be the Huston Heritage Bracelet. I’m not a big person for gold, and often the closest I’ll come to it without putting up a serious fight is something antiqued or bronze, but this bracelet had actually been on my wishlist for a bit from the site. I saw it and was instantly attracted to the brilliant colour selection for the striking orange-red they used in it.
I’ve got fairly slender wrists/hands/fingers so often I stray from buying bracelets and rings online when I can’t physically try them on. That being said, you can imagine my ecstatic realization that it fit perfectly! Just the right mixture of loose by not, ya know, falling off my hands. This bracelet only goes about a third of the way up my arm when its lifted, which is also another bonus, meaning I can wear it with long sleeve shirts with a lot less possibility of looking like a tool at some point.
This bracelet has a ridiculous mount of versatility. Want to dress it up? Wear your favourite LBD (little black dress, for this uninformed!) with a standout pair of wedges and have yourself a fantastic night. Looking for something more casual? Try a simple maxi dress and a comfortable pair of sandals.
By far my favourite I received was one I had actually intended on purchasing in the near future – as in whenever I could afford it. I don’t wear earrings enough and I’ve really been wanting to get back into it.
These earrings perfectly complement my wardrobe. Not only can they be edgy, but the can be so many other things. I’ve already worn them three times and I only got my package on Monday! I could go on and on for ages about these earrings. Not only do they have the perfect antiqued look that I just absolutely swoon over – but they have rhinestones that aren’t obnoxious. Yes, ladies and gents, JewelMint has managed to do the impossible and have sparkle in a piece of jewlery that doesn’t look obnoxious nor does it look cheap or childish! This is a first for me. I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a company that wasn’t quite high-end. I really have to give them a huge cudos for pulling it off! You’re sure to see my next few street style posts of my upcoming outfits (holla, going to be 70 next week so it will definitely be an outfit post!) litered with the five pieces of jewlery I already own from them!
These earrings can probably be worn with anything, something edgy, something girl, but my favourite way to wear these earrings is definitely going to be something that I’ll call ‘boho chic’, relaxed, comfortable, but makes that ‘wow’ statement.
February 1, 2012 § 2 Comments
So just a brief little update on my foot. Apparently the situation got a little more dramatic Monday morning when I got called back to the hospital, for what I thought was just a tetanus shot. The nurses noticed I was breathing a little funny (I had been under the assumption it was just anxiety because I’m allergic to Penicillin so any antibiotics put me a bit on edge), well unfortunately I was actually having an allergic reaction so I got sent home with a new antibiotic and two additional bottles of pills to deal with the allergic reaction. Thankfully everything has been fine since! I’ve been pretty knocked out because one of them is pretty much prescription strength benadryl but my foot is looking better and its not wonky to walk on it any more!
Oh and I can breathe again, that’s a big perk.
Last week, with everything going on and putting me in a bit of a funk I decided it was time to just do something nice for myself – even better this niceness was free! Awhile back I got a free credit for JewelMint, now usually I don’t partake in monthly sites because usually it means me forgetting to cancel that month or something and then me ending up out money I likely already don’t have. But I had a free credit and ya know what? I needed a pick me up, I was picking myself out something pretty! I ended up looking about, typically I go after rings but this necklace, the Prarie Rose, really caught my eye, it goes with so much of my fall/spring wear that I was sold. Its a bit more lavender then brown in person, but you can thank cruddy iPhone photos for that.
I was really shocked to open my package and see two boxes in it! Actually I’m going to call JewelMint in the morning, I just haven’t had time since they arrived on Monday (perfect timing right? really cheered me up after the weekend!) Because I only ordered the one, but hey this other necklace is still gorgeous, I’d been eyeing it too and I may actually consider buying it if it was a mistake and they ask me to send it back. The Easy Rider necklace just fits the other half of my wardrobe perfectly. If it was a free gift for me the ladies at JewelMint did a damn good job of picking!
I’ve worn the Prarie Rose literally all three days since I got it, I love the way it looks with my turquoise ring I bought myself in Paris when I was abroad.
I’m contemplating doing a weekly outfit post of myself and talking about where I got the look from, sort of something inbetween just updating my Lookbook.nu and what I was doing at CollegeFashionista. It wouldn’t be specifically college based so no breaking of any promises there. But I think it’ll help me really get back into blogging and keep my writing chops strong! Thoughts anyone?
April 25, 2011 Comments Off on [ stone cold shades – 4.25.11 ]
Did you happen to look outside and ask yourself if you had mysteriously time traveled back to February? Well I assure you Fashoinistas, it is April and it is utterly depressing. I had sworn off writing about winter fashion weeks ago and I was in no mind to buckle under the pressure! I was successful enough to find a stylish student who wasn’t bundled up like she’d stepped into a time warp. To continue on my streak of how to make the Spring fashions work for you, here’s my ode to the neutral tone! I’m taking it a step past my favorite beige and nude colors and looking towards the other side of nature, sleek stones and gorgeous granites. This is another great spring trend that everyone can pull off as long as they go for complimentary tones for their skin as it looks smashing in many different types of garb!
PS. I am so sorry that I’ve been absent from the internet lately, there will be an update up here about it tomorrow and then things should return to normal!