Sunday, December 30, 2012

25. Holly Jolly

 
 
Dress: H&M // Jacket: Forever 21 // Tights: Target // Shoes: Sperry Top-Sider
 
 
 
 
Green: Essie in the shade "go overboard"
Gold sparkle: Sephora by OPI in the shade "The Golden Age"
 
I sported this look for Christmas 2012 with the family. I feel very blessed to have had a lovely year and fun holiday season.  I hope that all of you had a great holiday too, and here's to an amazing new year! Cheers!
 
 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

24. Take Three

 
 
Top: Brandy Melville // Sweater: Forever 21 // Shorts: Forever 21 // Tights: Target // Shoes: Target // Bracelet: Brandy Melville
 
Sorry y'all. . . I broke out this sweater again. I swear that I own other clothes--I just keep coming back to the chunky cardigan I have worn in my past two outfits. This will be the last time probably (unless, you know, I come up with another look I love that involves it). Anyway, they say third time's a charm!
What are YOUR staple wardrobe pieces that you always fall back on? Comment below!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

23. Remix

 
 
 
 
Dress: H&M // Sweater: Forever 21 // Shoes: Target // Purse: American Eagle // Bracelet: Brandy Melville // Ring: Brandy Melville
 
These photos were actually taken towards the end of November, when there was a bit of a heat flash in the lovely Cincinnati. Ironically, it is now December, and there was another little spurt of warm weather yesterday. It hit 71° F, which is definitely not normal for fall/winter, BUT it meant that this outfit wouldn't be that irrelevant anymore (yay!). Anyway, I guess if you live someplace that is warmer throughout the whole year, you could appreciate this outfit a little more, too.
 
I have actually worn both this sweater and this dress separately on my blog before, but I sort of fell in love with this outfit...and any outfit that I wear in real life is such a waste if I don't get photographed in it ;) Therefore, REMIX--sweater and dress combined to make a new look!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Fashion It List--Winter 2012

The Fashion It List--Winter 2012
 

1. Shorts (clockwise, starting at top): AllSaints, River Island, H&M, A.L.C., AllSaints
2. Velvet pieces: Zara (shoe), Elie Tahari (clutch), Topshop (skirt), Miss Selfridge (dress)
3. Brocade pieces: Topshop (collar), Matthew Williamson (pants), Jovonnista (dress), Accessorize.com (belt)
4. Tuxedo Blazers (left to right): Tibi, Warehouse, Haider Ackermann


The Winter 2012 Fashion It List

1. Shorts in the winter: Wearing shorts in the colder months is a lot easier done than you might think. Just make sure you look for heavier fabrics, like leather (faux or otherwise) or shiny, satin, or glittered looks (perfect for parties!). If it isn't too cold where you live, try the dark leather look with bare legs. If you live in a climate like mine, you may want to slap on some chunky tights before the shorts! Either way, it's a nice break from dresses and skirts!

2. Velvet: Luxe, luxe, luxe. Velvety textures scream winter-time, and they are perfect for party season! Or, dress velvet down by wearing it on a trendy shoe and mixing it with casual pieces, like denim jeans.

3. Brocade: Brocade is fabric woven with an elaborate design. This textile looks special and ornate. In small doses, like the collar pictured above, brocade fabrics can make any outfit look expensive and chic. Most brocade fabrics resemble Baroque-style prints, so these pieces also look very artsy and referential.

4. Tuxedo Blazers: These add a dose of fun to any winter look. Whether you choose a bright color or a classic black-and-white, you can easily dress up jeans or dress down a glam party outfit. 

 
Happy Winter,
 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Shopaholics, Unite! Another Black Friday Haul!

After a lovely Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, my sisters and I hit the mall to participate in the annual Day of Shopping Insanity, otherwise known as Black Friday.
By the time we arrived at 11:00 PM Thursday night, long lines were already forming in front of stores like Forever 21, H&M, and Victoria's Secret. My clan and I slipped into the H&M crowd--the first 100 people in line would get a scratch-off card containing a special Black Friday discount. Luckily, my discount was one of the higher ones: $50 off a purchase of $75 or more. In addition to that offer, H&M also had all kinds of amazing markdowns on their clothing and accessories (Hello, $5 sweaters!). After that adventure, including an hour-long checkout line, we headed to Forever 21. Most of the deals seemed to be already snatched up, so we didn't find much there. We popped into lots of other stores, too. Express had 40% off the whole store, as did Banana Republic, American Eagle, and probably many other stores that I didn't get a chance to look in! Overall, I scored lots of deals. Minding the lack of sleep and the packed crowds, it was an awesome day!
 
I snagged this printed blouse for only $5 at
H&M. The purse was $11 at American Eagle!
This warm winter coat from H&M
 ended up being about $23!
H&M sold this angora sweater for a Black Friday
special of $10. I got it in a large size so that it is
slouchy and can be worn over leggings on
a more casual day.
 
This dress wasn't on a special discount at H&M,
but I fell in love and couldn't pass it up at $25. The bag,
also from H&M, was on clearance for $15! Those snakeskin
printed loafers were a deal from Target for only $6.

I love printed denim, so I snatched up these pairs
of floral jeans from American Eagle when
they were $22 each.
These bags are both from American Eagle.
The red one was $11, and the studded black
bag was $22.



I love a good slouchy sweater, so I was thrilled upon
finding this warm, brown piece at H&M for only $5. I also bought a cool
handbag there for $10. The color is gorgeous and really on-trend for fall/winter.
On the right is a basic camisole from Banana Republic, which was $5.


I can't wait to wear this ring from Banana Republic.
It was discounted for just $5,but I think it looks a lot more expensive!
 
Did YOU go shopping for Black Friday? I'd love to hear about more stores' awesome discounts and discover what all of you found on the cheap! Leave a comment below!
 
PS~ I did a Black Friday haul last year, too! You can check it out here!
 

Monday, November 12, 2012

22. Brick

 
 
 
 
 
 
 Sweater: Forever 21 // Pants: H&M // Shoes: Sperry Top-Sider // Purse (old): H&M
 
 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

21. Tuck, Rumple, Repeat

 
 
 
 
Top: Urban Outfitters // Skirt: American Eagle // Tights: Old Navy // Booties: Forever 21 // Bag: American Eagle
 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Gone Shopping!

Between getting ready to go to New York and actually shopping in New York, I have done quite a bit of clothes-buying in the past couple of weeks! Keep scrolling to see my new wardrobe additions!
 

This blazer looked super cute with the blue lace dress!
I bought this dress for my TOPSHOP party in NYC.
 
 

 
I fell in love with this jacket while shopping in the city.

 
This sweater has become a staple in my wardrobe.

 
I love the peplum detail of this skirt!
I wore this collared top with the red blazer.
 
Black skinnies go with
practically everything.
 
This piece is super easy to dress up or down.


 






I'm obsessed with these studs.
 
The lace-and-pearl collar on this top is so pretty.

Scallops are a really cool detail,
 and this color is so trendy right now.


I love how this jacket is a little bit edgy without
being too over-the-top.


Simple, but pretty.


I am obsessed with these shoes! OBSESSED!
 
 


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Teen Vogue Fashion University: Photos and What I Learned

If you have been reading the last few posts from me, you probably know that this past weekend, October 19-21, I was in New York for a very special event: Teen Vogue Fashion University.
It was truly the most amazing experience ever, and I had such a good time.
In this post, I am going to show you photos of the events and highlights of the trip, as well as tell you about the most important things I learned from the speakers.
(If you stay tuned, in my next post [and final Teen Vogue Fashion University post], I will do a clothing haul of everything I bought on the trip!)

Friday night was kicked off with an exclusive party at H&M. The whole store was closed off just for us! There were "mocktails"," photo backdrops, a DIY bracelet table, a live band (Blondfire), and best of all, a 25% off discount on the whole store! I met tons of other girls there and made some great friends!
Here is a picture from the H&M party:
Me on the right, and my new friend on the left (check out her amazing blog here!)

Saturday started early with seminars all day, from 9:45 AM till 6:15 PM! During check-in, we were each given an amazing swag bag from LeSportSac. It was filled with goodies including an American Apparel tank, a TOPSHOP eyeliner, a $20 GUESS spending card, lots of perfume samples and coupons, and much more. By then, a huge line was already forming in front of the Hudson Theatre, where the event was being held. Once the doors opened, there was a mad dash to get the best seats.


First was the opening seminar with the legendary Grace Coddington, the Creative Director at Vogue. She was so funny and inspirational.


Next, I went to a seminar given by an awesome fashion designer: Chris Benz. He is hilarious, and his pink hair was looking brighter than ever. He also gave great advice for those wanting to be designers. Plus, at the end of his seminar, he met some students, answered more questions, and took pictures with us!


The third session was my favorite--it was an editorial floor tour of the Teen Vogue offices! The leaders of the tour were Kirby Marzec, the Accessories Assistant and Media Brecher, the Fashion News Assistant. They were both incredibly nice and took time to answer dozens of questions before the actual tour started. I took lots of photos during the tour, so enjoy!

in the waiting area outside of the official offices

me in front of the offices

holy shoes!
even more shoes
 
purses galore
LOTS of Teen Vogue

Jane Keltner de Valle's office. Love.



the mansion office that belongs to the one and only Amy Astley

The whole floor tour was sponsored by Sperry Top-Sider, and at the end of the tour, there was a raffle for a free pair of Sperry shoes! I won! Here are the shoes I picked out:


 After that awesome tour, the fourth session was a seminar by Erin Fetherston, a gorgeous fashion designer. She was really sweet and talked a lot about getting into the fashion industry and taking in all sorts of experiences along the way.


After Erin Fetherston was Session 5: a seminar led by Lauren Berger, also known as The Intern Queen and founder of internqueen.com. She was immensely helpful by answering all kinds of questions about interning in the industry.

For asking a question in her seminar, I was rewarded with a copy of her fantastic book:
 All Work, No Pay


The final Saturday seminar was another one of my favorites. It was a panel led by Amy Astley and other Teen Vogue editors, including Gloria Baume, Elaine Welteroth, Jane Keltner de Valle, Sheena Smith, and Andrew Bevan. This session was in a Q&A format. The editors gave so much insight on all things fashion, magazines, and life.



After that long (but amazing) day, I changed outfits, met some friends, and we headed down to Soho for an exclusive party at TOPSHOP. I did a separate post covering that event, so check that out here! While I was there, I also met Andrew Bevan, the Style Features Editor!


After the TOPSHOP party, I met a group of girls to head down to Little Italy for a late dinner and some gelatos. It was so much fun, and I became friends with great girls!

Then, on Sunday morning, I attended the final seminar: Fashion in the Digital Age. This panel included all kinds of technology/fashion gurus that know all about the digital formats of fashion and shopping.



 After that final seminar, we were dismissed to receive graduation photos and certificates.

 So, what did I learn on this amazing trip?

1. If you land an internship, actually work--you aren't just there to watch. In fact, everyone is watching YOU, so you need to make a good impression. Be such a good intern that the company won't want you to ever leave, and they will hire you later on.
2. Be nice to everyone--you never know who will talk to who or who you will end up working for!
3. If you want any job in the fashion industry, you need some base knowledge of clothing and design elements.
4. Ask for what you want (politely). If you are an intern, and you would love to do a certain task that isn't above your qualifications, ask the internship coordinator nicely if you could help out with it. The worst she could say is no!
5. Fashion is very referential in inspirations, so study up on and have a good grasp of language, art, history, music, film, culture, everything!
6. Don't stress or worry too much about careers when you are so young. Go out, be a kid, live your life, and you will have so many more experiences under your belt that will help you later in your career.
7. Have a clear vision of what you want, and you will get there.
8. Stay in contact with anyone that might be relevant to you and your career aspirations in the future. If you have an internship or are otherwise involved with a group/company, take time to email or talk to the people that you knew there at least three times a year.
9. Even if you don't live in the heart of  the fashion, you can still find local opportunities that relate to what you want to do. There's always something that can lead to something bigger. Make your own opportunities.
10. If Grace Coddington ever asks you if you like cats, say YES.


 Teen Vogue Fashion University was a wonderful experience, and I highly recommend it for anyone that is interested in a career in fashion! For more details, check out the website here.