Sunday, June 30, 2013

DIY: Closet of Inspiration

I was always very artistic. As a kid, one of my favorite projects was creating collages. Recently, I was working on de-cluttering my room and I decided my old pile of
magazines (Vouge, Elle, In Style, Marie Claire, Seventeen) was first to go. But while flipping through their familiar pages for one last time, I remembered my love of collages. So I began clipping out quotes, pictures, and anything else I could find that I liked. After laying out all those glossy scraps, I tried to find a place I could arrange them where I would see them every day. Where better then inside my closet? After all, its the perfect place to feel inspired. All I had to do was tape them to the walls of my closet. Ta-da! A unique and personalized masterpiece that helps me remember what is most important in my life, at a glance. 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Outfit of the Day: Lazy Sunday

Today was definitely a lazy day. Combined with the unusually cool weather, all I wanted to do was lay around the house. Shasta County's 100 degree average summer temperature plummeted to the low 70's and cloudy, even letting a few drops of rain fall. So I opted for a comfy pair of jeans, flip flops, and cozy top.                                                                                                             

1. Top 

Grey sweater shirt; Roxy; $13 

2. Belt

Skinny braided ivory belt; American Eagle Outfitters; $17

3. Bottoms 

Medium wash boot cut jeans; Miss Me; $60 (consignment)

4. Shoes (not pictured in full outfit)

Brown-black flip flops with glitter band; Reef; $35 



Saturday, June 22, 2013

New Trends

 New Trends
I believe fashion is about balancing the timeless classics with fresh new trends. Some of these trends can add new life to your wardrobe, while others are a bit ridiculous. Here are my Top 8 and Bottom 6 trends of the season. 

Top 8

1. Denim Jacket

The denim jacket is actually a revived classic. Known for their versatility, they can be worn in a causal setting or easily dressed up. This outerwear is comfortable too once you break it in, like a new pair of jeans.

2. Pop of Neon

No, neon does not exclusively describe flashy 80's attire and street signs. The florescent glow of an accessory or simple piece of clothing can brighten any outfit and instantly make a statement piece.

3. High-Low Hem

Today's styles are all about asymmetry. A high-low hem (usually higher in front than back) applied to different pieces is an unexpected way to alter the structure and drape of the clothing. This hemline is used for every level of formality, from a casual shirt-dress to a formal gown.

4. Sleeveless Shirt

This is a new take on the usually masculine and structured collared button down. A sleeveless shirt is an absolute necessity for the summer months. They range from every solid color to the most interesting of prints, as well as different materials, but chiffon and denim are by far the most popular.

5. Front-tie Top

A front-tie top sports a small knot positioned at the front or side of a blouse. Simple, cute, and can be added yourself using any long or oversize shirt.

6. Infinity Scarf

This scarf does not have two ends, but is one big circle that is wrapped around the neck. While this concept is the original idea for its name, I think the "infinity" part signifies that it brings infinite possibilities to an outfit. Their volume balances out a fitted top, but they can be accessorized with nearly every causal get-up.

7. Sweetheart Neckline

Most commonly adorned on dresses of all kinds, a sweetheart neckline adds a sense of youth and innocence.

8. Flash of Metal 

Unless you are a knight in shining armor, most of us can agree that our everyday attire is not made of metal. I think we can also agree that a small something shiny can diversify texture. I'm not suggesting you go bedazzle everything in your closet, but let it be noticeable, like a studded sandal.

Least favorite Trends 

Bottom 6

1. Jelly Sandals

They look cheap, feel cheap, but aren't cheap. Wait... whaaa??

2. An Overabundance of Bows

Yes, bows are cute... as embellishments on baby beanies and atop wrapped gifts. Wearing a hair bow, bow ring and bow necklace? I call that overkill.

3. Destroyed High-Waisted Shorts 

I'm on the fence about this one. I have seen several pairs of clean-cut high-waisted shorts in various prints and materials that I would love to welcome to my closet to pair with oversize flowing tops. But its the torn and heavily frayed denim of the super-short yet unflattering cut that seems to be most popular.

 4. Multiple-finger Rings

More commonly called brass knuckles, these chunky rings are popping up everywhere. Alongside their overly edgy appearance, they are uncomfortable and restrict movement. No thanks.

5. Galaxy Print

Before buying an article of clothing, you should always make sure that it can be matched with at least five outfits you already own. Looks like you'll never find me purchasing anything bearing that obnoxious swirl of blue, pink and yellow. As if another piece of clothing or accessory could possibly reduce the tackiness of galaxy print.

6. Denim Overalls

What has this world come to? Seriously though, these are meant to be worn for farm work or as play clothes for children. Lets keep the overalls in the barn and out of the everyday wardrobe.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

The Retail Experience: Now vs. Then

You may think because I am beginning a fashion blog that shopping has always been one of my favorite activities. If so, I am sorry to inform you but your assumption was inaccurate. In fact, as a child, a trip to the mall was not merely an unfavored but necessary activity, I dreaded it. First of all, I had no interest in fashion whatsoever. To me, it didn't matter if I wore in denim overalls (which I did, on regular occasion) as long as I was able to move freely to explore the vast wilderness inhabited by whimsical imaginary creatures, A.K.A my suburban front yard. You could say I was a tomboy with an extensive imagination. Knowing this, it may seem that I was pretty nonchalant regarding outfits, that I would be easy to shop for, right? Wrong. Another huge factor in choosing my apparel was comfort. Most kids tend to lean toward the most comfortable option in clothing, but I was borderline obsessive. Every tag, seam, sticker, or remotely itchy fabric that could possibly come in contact with my skin was extremely irritating. I insisted on wearing my socks inside-out to avoid those aggravating seams. As a kid, my perfect outfit would be something seamless, stretchy, breathable, provides a full range of motion and preferably, not pink. This isn't exactly easy to find.

I regarded clothes shopping as a complete bore. The simple fact that I wore children's sizes was limiting. I didn't grow up with exceptional wealth either, so I was used to shopping trips resulting in a B-line straight to the JCPenny's kid section. Not that I cared where my clothing came from, brand names were foreign to me. The entire process of picking out clothing, hunting desperately for my size, then trying on outfit after uncomfortable outfit was unbearable. I thought of clothing as arbitrary, just another meaningless and impassable obstacle. It wasn't until I was much older that I began to tolerate, and even appreciate, fashion.

I went shopping with a good friend without parent supervision for the first time when I was 11 years old. This was, undoubtedly, one of the greatest experiences of my life. The mall seemed to have transformed into a completely different place. Once the site of torturous afternoons and frustrated tantrums as a child was now a whole new world. A world where mannequins in the windows of various stores displayed art in the form of apperal I not only wanted to wear, but I wanted to be seen in. I discovered a whole new method of self expression, and I was in awe. The most shocking of all was that after trying on clothes from the "big girl stores" that carried juniors sizes, I found that they were even more comfortable that the stuff from the kids section, simply because they fit well. I saw that not everything needed to be seamless or super stretchy. Also, with thirty dollars in my wallet, a friend at my side, and the whole mall to explore, I felt an amazing sense of independence and maturity. The fact that I could buy things on my own that represented me and only me was uplifting. With this, I have discovered my personal style that will express who I am for the rest of my life.