5 Trends to Look Out for in 2019

First off, I want to apologize for totally neglecting this blog the past month.  Finals are rough and I had about 100 other things on my mind (us college students have it hard).  But we are back in business and looking forward to this next year.  I’m hoping to dedicate more time to this blog in shaping a better layout, writing better content, and working on my photography skills.  I cannot wait for what is in store for me, so stay tuned for exciting content.

With that being said, I’m kicking off the new year with what we all should expect in fashion.  2018 saw the rise in popular street style, bold statements, big brands taking center stage and instagram influencers.  Designer fashion has gone mainstream thanks to social media promotions and the like.  2019 will follow all of this, but bigger and brighter.  I mean we are getting close to the roaring 20s, folks.

  • Smaller independent labels will take the spotlight thanks to Instagram influencers
        • The biggest general trend of last year and which will only grow this year is fashion’s influence over social media, specifically Instagram.  I have a lot to say over this matter (more on that at another time), but there is no point arguing that it is changing the fashion industry immensely.  Influencers (people on social media with lots of followers and who are considered to have an influence on their followers) gain their revenue and rewards usually (especially at first) through small brands who want advertising and an online presence for a cheaper price.  As marketing and PR companies continue to expand their dealings with influencers, smaller brands will hopefully continue to seek out advertisers online which will help the industry grow and stay healthy.  Keep an eye out for fun new brands on your Instagram feed!

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  • Fast Fashion, for better or for worse, will continue to dominate, bringing in celebrity and designer collaborations
    • Fast Fashion is also something that I have a lot to say about.  I am generally against the idea and try to limit my Fast Fashion purchases, but I accept the scarce benefits that it has.  There is no denying that Fast Fashion is huge and will stay huge.  H&M, considered the OG of global Fast Fashion dynasties, has been doing designer collaborations well before other brands even came to US malls.  Most recently, the Moschino collection seemed to seamlessly fuse the two brands together with Moschino’s trendy street style vibe.  Recently, other brands have followed suit (most recently, a scandal with Beyoncé’s Ivy Park and Topshop), but expect the collaborations to become more frequent and publicized due to a growing fascination with celebrity and designer brands. Screen Shot 2018-12-31 at 1.33.24 PM
  • Faux Vegan (otherwise known as fake) materials will continue their rise to power
      • I am not totally sure how I feel about this growing trend.  I love luxe faux fur coats and such, but find some faux materials to seem rather cheap and inferior.  Environmental and welfare concerns have erupted in fashion due to the growing vegan movement, and with that, brands are labeling fake materials “vegan” to attract the environmentally focused.  Major brands such as Gucci, Burberry, and Versace have all pledged within the last year to go fur-free by the next 5 years, so expect others to follow suit do to growing pressure from activists.  I seriously doubt that fur will totally go out of style since it is a luxury material, but we will continue to see lux faux fur everywhere.  Leather is another issue that is waiting to be explored and we can expect the focus to be on vegan leather in 2019 (umm).Screen Shot 2018-12-31 at 1.57.08 PM.png
  • Silver, Gold and Metallic prints and colors will be gracing our Instagram feeds
    • Bold and bright is on the rise, evoking 80s-like style, so why not fully embrace it this year with going all out metallic.  Starting with New Years Eve, metallic hues will be the statement of choose for party goers (including myself).  Runways of late have been sporting shiny attire, and Instagram influencers (or any of us) love a good statement.  I suspect this trend will explode in 2019 along with other bright colors and prints.
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  • Hopefully (so I wish), “dressing up” to go out will continue to gain momentum thanks to our growing concerns over our online self-images
    • This might be my perception or dream, but I think social media has made us more concerned with what we wear going out.  I have never been shy to share my opinions about dressing up, so it makes me truly happy that we are “caring” about our appearances again (or at least I think we are).  Some might argue that we should not worry what others think, but I think it is important to present our best selves both in person and on social media.  Expect Instagram to help fuel everybody’s individual styles that they are proud dress in (in order to “impress”).

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Inside My Dorm

Ah the college dorm, the dreaded small dingy confined space barely large enough to fit that twin XL bed, let alone a girl’s wardrobe.  Decorating a dorm proves to be an oddly exiting challenge that students look forward to, including myself, at the beginning of each year.  There is something strangely satisfying about figuring out how to fit everything and “hacking” the space you are given.  Thankfully, this year as a sophomore, I was able to get a single room that, while still small, gave me ample space to decorate and customize to my heart’s content.  Last year, I was cramped into a room with two other girls and, although hard, it helped me figure out how to make the most of my space.  I swear by companies like Pottery Barn (PB teen has a specific dorm brand), Bed Bath and Beyond, and Etsy to find solutions for storage that are cute and minimize the clutter because, as you probably can tell by this blog, I love clothes (and shoes and jewelry and accessories).  So how do I manage this year?  Read below to see how I transformed my space to be comfortable, personal and practical! 🙂

To stay organized, I separated by dorm into different sections based on purpose.  I have my mini fridge (and freezer!) near the entrance in the little foyer on top of a storage unit for my snacks and kitchen ware.  My kettle, cups and mugs are all on top of the fridge making what I like to call my “vertical kitchen”.  Further inside the room, I have my wardrobe across from my “little sitting area”, my bed area with storage underneath, and then my desk area where I store all of my toiletries, jewelry,  makeup, and school supplies.

My Bed:

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I tried to keep the decor neat around my bed and stuck with a constant color scheme throughout my room.  The base is all light soft pink, and then I have a lot of navy, gold (including rose gold), black and white which all come together to contrast each other.  The floral lights are from PB Teen.  The little pinup board and monogram are customized from Etsy which is the place to go for custom decor at a decent price.  The dog painting is actually my dog and she’s right below an art piece representing my state, letting me have a little piece of home on display.  I got the The Breakfast at Tiffany’s picture from Art.com which is a fabulous place to get art at a reasonable price.  I know it’s super cliché but I love Andrey Hepburn and classic movies, plus the picture goes well with my overall theme.  The rose gold dots are from Umbra, a company that specializes in sleek modern home decor all at a very cheap price.

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You can never have enough pillows, especially in college when your bed doesn’t have a headboard.  I have yet another monogram on a pillow from Etsy (I love the cursive look and the personalization of them).  Two of the other pillows are from Lily Home, another from Kate Spade (it’s a Jane Austen quote since I love classic english lit), and a fun sequined pillow that is more for my own entertainment than practicality.  My bedspread is called Whimsical Waves from PB Teen.  I made sure to have a neutral solid spread, so I could go all out with pillows and other fun patterned accessories.

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As a storage hack, I have a special rail (PB Teen) that hangs under my bed to store my vests and light jackets.  It also shields the junk that I have under my bed such as my suitcases and boxes, so nobody has to see the cluttered mess underneath.  The little ottoman is from Bed Bath and Beyond and it also stores clothes.  It doubles as both a seat and a step stole making it absolutely awesome.

My sitting area:

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My favorite part of the room is the little make shift seating area I created.  The tapestry, which takes up the majority of the wall, is from Society 6, a great site specializing in funky affordable decor specifically for young people.  Tapestries are great since they transform a space with little to no effort on your part.  I honestly couldn’t resist having a pink and purple Prada Marfa sign in my room!  The seat and lamp are both from target, while the truck is from PB Teen.  The truck was a bit of an investment, but is multi-purposeful as both stylish storage and furniture for my room.

My Desk:

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I admit that my desk is a bit cluttered, but that’s partly because it serves so many functions.  The acrylic makeup container stores all of my hair and makeup supplies, along with lotions and perfumes.  I separate that with my jewelry which I have stored with a hanger from The Container Store and a small pottery and wire earring holder.  I use my desk as a vanity, so I have a nice foldable mirror from PB Teen that takes up limited space.  I’m a total Harry Potter nerd, so yes I have all of the books lined on the shelf, and as extra decor, I have the leather-bound version of two of my favorite classic books which mount my piggy bank.  Yes, I have a Chanel inspired piggy bank, judge away.  I taped up perfume campaign ads that Sephora sent me to add a little something to the area’s wall, and because I honestly had no idea what to do with them…

My Curtains:

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Over my window, I put up a white and gold curtain that hides the ugly vent and window sill.  To make my bed look a little cozier, and honestly more bed-like because dorm beds are so basic, I draped layered curtains behind and above the bed with hooks.  The drapery creates a canopy illusion and makes the room much more colorful while serving as decor for the overall bed space.

So there, my little cozy temporary home…

5 Takeaways and Trends from last month’s Fashion Week

Here I am, better late than never, to recap last month’s fashion weeks (last month, I know…).  I don’t know about you, but I always find it super entertaining to go through slides from the fashion shows and gawk at the sometimes overwhelming over-the-top outfits.  Other times, I’m stricken by the sheer beauty of the designer grab; the most carefully crafted articles of clothing made in the industry.  For this year’s Spring 2019 fall fashion weeks, everything from New York to Paris was bold and bright, fresh and fun.  Come spring, expect eye popping vibrant trends that we can only dream about on dreary fall days.  What I liked most about everything?  The sheer variety in styles; some classic like Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary show (was literally obsessed), and some crazy over the top like Rodarte’s creepy graveyard show during NYFW.  Certain looks stand out as notable including these 5 trends below.

  1. Ruffles and Lace
    • All about texture!  These avant-garde frilly looks are totally influenced by Victorian era fashion, and I am all for it!  Behind retro, Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana at MFW both showed high neck-lined layered pieces, while Erdem at LFW spared no expense in showcasing a Victorian by-gone era.  Modest, but stated, these kind of looks can be super fun when worn fearlessly.  Florals really embody ruffles which make for perfect summer time outfits. 

  2. Understated Tan
    • I am all about neutrals, and others seem to agree!  Stella McCarthy at LFW and Max Mara at MFW both had tan dominate shows and it proved to be simple and bold.  McCarthy and Ferragamo also showed oversized blazers which are super popular (and practical) right now.  I’m obsessed with this nautical Hermès look since it is understated, yet classy.  Bright colors are great in the spring, but neutrals always work too!
  3. Feathers Galore
    • Faux fur has been dominate the last couple of years in the realm of textures, and now we have feathers to add to the growing trend of “go big or go home” outfits.  While the former shows no sign of slowing down, feathers are a much lighter alternative that can easily be worn during the warmer months.  During NYFW, Oscar de la Renta made white feathers look effortlessly elegant, while Tom Ford contrasted them with black.  Marc Jacobs took a bold path with color, pairing two hot trends together on the runway.
  4. Strong Solid Colors
    • Who doesn’t like a big blast of color?  In a total contrast to some other major designers, both Chanel and Valentino, among others, showed bright hues that put a twist on both brands’ usual styles.  Chanel, at PFW, opted to bring their usual tweeds to the beach, giving them fun summery colors that we can all definitely get behind.  And for Valentino, red was seldom in Milan.  Instead, orange and neons made a statement.  It might be hard to think of warm colors now with winter almost upon us (East coast, why so cold?), but it’s comforting to think of wearing anything bright next year!
  5. Polka Dots
    • Black and white dots make for a classic statement and Celine, under a new creative director, brought forth the traditional pattern in new and funky ways for Paris Fashion Week.  Other dot expressions were seen with designers like Chloé and Givenchy at PFW, the later whom expressed dots through netting (another popular trend).  Along with other bold patterns, expects polka dots to bring the fun come spring!

Fall Fashion Guide

Hey guys!  So I’m back at school which means less exciting adventures, but I’ll still have time to write.  September is probably the biggest month in fashion which means there is plenty to write about and so much to be excited about.  It is also a complicated time since you have to try to seamlessly transition between seasons from loose and light summer clothes to fall layers, but it is always super exciting to put boots back on.  This year, patterns are going to be the “it” trend with plaid and florals taking center stage.  The 90s are also, for better or for worse, making a comeback (hello fanny packs:) which is contributing to the raise of a sort of “ugly fashion” moment.  What ever you might think, these 5 trends are definitely emerging to be big this season, so go out, get in the know and shop (potentially?)!

  1. Western Boots, booties, and cowboy style
    • It’s time to embrace our inner cowboy as the American west is inspiring big trends this season.  Go all out with full-on cowboy boots, or create a more subtle look with popular booties.  I have a pair of white cowboy booties which I try to fearlessly wear with any kind of cute dress to create a bold and confident look.  Western-inspired fringe is a popular look now with jeans, bags and belts.  It might sound tacky, but if worn in contrast to more contemporary clothes, it can look super cool.
  2. Belt Bags (the “classy” fanny pack)
    • Probably the most controversial trend of the moment, but also the most popular (thank you Gucci).  Fanny packs have rebranded themselves to be “belt bags” because people don’t want the shame associated with owning a fanny pack (but they are nearly the same thing).  However, the concept has been upgraded to having nearly every big name designer having one this season.  They have also been made more versatile as you can now wear them cross-shouldered or literally attached to your belt or pants.
  3. Plaid, by itself or with other prints
    • I know I write about plaid and tartan a lot, but that’s because I love it!  As a total plaid guru, it has been super exciting walking into stores to see plaid everywhere.  I can totally embrasse it now with it being so big.  The classic black and grey suiting plaid is having a huge moment, but so is bright colored plaids which evoke 90s vibes and cater to a more avant-garde crowd.

       

  4. Big Knits
    • We’re falling quickly into fall and you know what that means: sweater weather!  This year, large oversized chunky knits are taking center stage with bright colors and patterns designed to make a statement.  Opt to stray away from the traditional cozy fall colors for something a little more happy, yet comfortable in the knit and size.
  5. Fringed and Flared Jeans
    • Skinny jeans aren’t dead, but slowly, other styles are coming onto the scene.  Fall is the perfect time to wear cute statement jeans to complete an outfit since boots don’t need to be in the picture.  Slightly flared jeans look great with booties and mules, while fringed and asymmetrical jeans pair perfectly with a fun pair of sneakers.  The amount of cool jeans style out there right now is enormous making jean shopping fun and different.

5 Of My Favorite Products To Get You Through The End Of Summer

I have never really written a post about products and cosmetics, but I figured why not?  I’m a big Sephora fan, and I’m also always on the lookout to try new things, whether it be hair products, skin products, or makeup.  The summer heat and sun get to be rough on your body (that’s not to say that winter weather isn’t), so here are 5 new beauty products that I’ve been trying this summer that I totally 100% recommend.

*I am not being promoted for any of these suggestions

  1. Buddy Scrub Coffee Body Scrub

We all love drinking our morning coffee, but did you know that coffee, and to a larger extent caffeine, has skin health benefits when used externally.  In fact, coffee is proven to help reduce cellulite and promote smoother shinier skin.  This Buddy Scrub is the perfect product to use in order to get that “summer bod”.  Just lather and scrub your body a couple times a week and you’ll have yourself smooth and healthy skin.  The scrub is totally natural, vegan, and cruelty-free with no harmful products or ingredients you can’t pronounce.  It smells amazing too!

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Buy it here through Anthropology for $18

2.  The Pocket Palette, one-use make-up kits

The Pocket Palette is a start-up company that created these mini makeup kits for on-the-go travel and disposal.  Each palette contains a single portion of BB cream or foundation, a single portion of lipstick that doubles as rouge, and a single-use mascara brush.  The palette is tiny and can easily fit inside any pocket, purse or container making them super easy to carry with you.  I have used my pocket palette for overnight trips when I don’t feel like lugging a large makeup kit around and for after events such as golf where I need to quickly cleanup and make myself look presentable before dinner.  After use, you simply throw the kit away, and the makeup is great quality and very versatile.

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Buy them here in sets of 3 or 10 ranging from $12 to $35

3.  Tarte Mermaid Glitter Gel

Glitter is having a major moment right now thanks to the growing popularity of music festivals and festival fashion.  This gel-like body glitter is just the thing to get you festival-ready for all those instagram pictures.  It isn’t an eye shadow like other glitter products.  Instead, the liquid gel dries on to the skin, keeping it in place anywhere on the body.  Not only does the glitter work great against skin, but the jar is super fun and aesthetic.

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You can find it here from Sephora for $18

4.  Too Faced Hangoverx Replenishing Face Primer

This primer doubles wonderfully as a face moisturizer since it restores and helps contain moisture in the skin.  As the name suggests, it’s ideal for hangovers, but also any activity where your skin looses moisture such as working out and sun exposure. For those long summer days outside, this works as the perfect remedy making skin supple, smooth and lively.  As a bonus, Hangoverx has no shine or oily effects which is much appreciated when it comes to a good everyday primer and “lotion”.

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Buy it here at Sephora for $34

5.  OUAI Sun of a Beach Ombré Spray

Ever tried the old trick of squeezing lemon in your hair to make it lighter?  And it kind of works? Temporarily.  Well, OUAI has come up with a product based off of the classic lemon hack, but works stronger and stays longer.  Sun of a Beach Spray lightly bleaches the hair in a healthy way that doesn’t dry the hair out.  It smells nice and has little texture.  And, it actually really works!  The spray gives you a summer sun-kissed look which we all want while still looking very natural and healthy.

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Buy it here from Sephora for $24

*Pro Tip:  As I mentioned, I swear by Sephora.com since I love their loyalty program. Living in a rural area means that I need to order most of my products online, and Sephora is amazing for that.  I pay $10 a year to get free shipping which saves a lot of money in the long run, plus I get free samples which are great for travel, loyalty points for free awards, a birthday gift, and special deals that include a lot more free samples/minis.  It’s a fabulous program especially for college students.

May Picks- Summer Style Must-Haves

Summer has “officially” started (finally), at least for me as I’m back home and enjoying some incredibly warm weather ahead of what’s going to be a steamy Memorial Day Weekend.  Happily, summer means the end of a crazy last month of school, the start of summer jobs, and more time which makes me able to write more!  Leading into June, here are some summer “must-haves” and trends that will be all over the place soon.

Block Heel Sandals

  • Block heels, along with tiny kitten heels, have been seen all over the streets with good reason since they are super stylish and can work perfectly for a variety of occasions (casual to formal).  What’s also fun is that the trend is super broad, meaning that many different styles can have and are having a fun and bold block heel.  For summer, opt for a bright colorful pair to make any outfit stand out.

 

Cage Bags

Wide Leg Pants

Matching Sets

Slide Sandals

7 Trendy Essentials for a Stylish Spring Break

Spring Break- otherwise known as escape week… to a sunny hot destination with a beach where you can relax, recuperate and get very sunburn (the inevitable).  To prepare for the beach, a destination for most spring breakers (especially college kids), here are 7 essentials to bring on vacation to ensure a great and stylish week.

  1. A favorite trendy and fun swimsuit
    • Swimsuit styles are all the rage this year with many brands branching out to create fun and different trendy styles.  One of the most popular brands is Solid and Stripe who are making a splash with their bold styles and cool vibe.  One-pieces are huge all of a sudden, along with high-waisted bottoms, ruffle tops and off-the-shoulder sleeves.
  2. The perfect beach-proof scandals
    • I absolutely love my Jack Roger Boat Jacks which are a casual take on the classic Jack Roger flip-flops.  The sandals are waterproof, super light and can easily muster sand and dirt.  They look super cute and can even be worn outside of the beach or pool.  For me, they are much better than the typical plastic flip-flops since they offer a dose of color and style to any beach get-up.
  3. A  stylish straw hat
    • The sun can be merciless, especially if you are not used to it (like me) which means that you need to protect yourself as much as possible.  A hat is a great way to protect your face and head from the sun while looking stylish and beachy.  Straw hats are super trendy and make for a much more enjoyable (hopefully sunburn-less) vacation.
  4. Salt spray for hair
    • I swear by Lush’s Sea Spray to keep my hair from looking too rattled at the beach.  The spray makes my hair have that beach wave look but helps keep it together.  I spray it on before spending a day at the beach to create texture and embrace the inevitable.  Screen Shot 2018-03-20 at 8.59.19 PM
  5. An Insta-worthy pool float
    • Big colorful pool floats are taking over Instagram (you know, the pictures of blow up donuts and unicorns), and you can get them too from Sunny Life, an Australian lifestyle brand that sells all sorts of blown up shapes.  Who doesn’t want to relax on top of a blown up pineapple?

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      Yup, you’ve seen these, everywhere.  They are from SunnyLife.com and are amazing durable floats that make any pool (or beach) fun!

  6. A cute beach bag to carry everything
    • To go along with the straw trend, find a casual straw bag to carry everything to and from the beach.  A great bag is perfect for carrying water, sunscreen, magazines, books, sunglasses, and snacks, all things that are needed for a day out in the sun.  Look cute with a fun and colorful straw bag!
  7. The perfect casual coverup
    • To top off any beach look, the perfect cover-up is needed!  Solid and Stripe has some cute ones that double as casual wear.  I have a blue seersucker dress from them which is perfect for the beach.  Lilly Pulitzer has a great collection of brightly colored elaborate cover-ups which scream tropical paradise (it is Lilly!), and you can always covert an oversized tunic or casual dress into the perfect beach look!

February Picks (Fashion Week Roundup)

It’s that time of year when fashion capitals around the world come alive in what would otherwise be dreary February.  Haute Couture might seem like a distant fairytale-like dream, but, in reality, following the avant-guard trends of supermodels can be super helpful in figuring out the ins and outs of upcoming seasons, and keeping up with the world of fashion.  I love looking at the design that goes into the shows and reading about what everyone is wearing, so I came up with a list of the most common and most crazy trends that have been appearing on runways for my February article.

  1. Mini bags

High fashion tends to draw in the extremes with mostly everything over the top and big, but, in this case, the extreme is tiny with the idea that something subtle can easily catch attention.  The trend of mini bags comes at a time when people don’t need a huge purse to carry their lives with them since all that is really needed nowadays is a smartphone and credit card.  It’s a crazy concept, but it’s also super convenient and easy.  Who really wants to tote around a large bag all day anyway?

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Gigi Hadid spotted walking in Milan with a mini purse.  Vogue.com

2.  Suit wear and blazers

A bit of a surprising revitalization, but professional wear has been getting a fashionable makeover with elaborate blazers and classy suiting skirts.  I personally love this trend since it is very sophisticated and shows that dressing up never goes out of style.  Oversized blazers and embroidery are really spearheading it and allowing suiting to be an edgier concept.

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A model in Gucci’s Milan Fashion Week show sporting a New York inspired suit that had a very classic retro feel.

3.   Fringe

This fun trend is perfect for spring and summer, and can really add a lot of character to an outfit.  Practically every kind of clothing can be found this season with fringe from skirts and formal dresses to sweaters, shirts, and purses with tassels.

 

 

4.   Athleisure

Athletic clothing is starting to move more into high-end fashion with the growing trend of athleisure style.  It is pretty much a cross between athletic clothing and fashion that can be sported both inside and outside the gym.  This growing trend is perfect for busy days and really helps to keep you motivated and fit.

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Leggings as apart of a gym ready groutfit were found at the Alexander Wang New York show.

5.   Bold Prints and Stripes

Floral print, animal print, stripes (you name it) are super popular with brands showcasing a ton of color and bright bold patterns on their clothing.  Shake off the winter blues with fuchsia stripes (yes, fuchsia is trending), or floral everything to start off summer on the right foot.

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A look from the Michael Kors NYFW show that shows all sorts of prints at once.

 

6.   Plaid

Plaid is all over the place right now, literally everywhere!  Many designers are carrying out collections of vintage plaid suiting, tartan, and even rainbow plaid.  Burberry turned to color during London Fashion Week, and Versace had what is being deemed a Cher Horowitz Clueless moment with 90s style colored plaid everything outfits.  Plaid is a great timeless style that can be worn anywhere.

 

 

7.  Big Sleaves and big shirts

Make a statement with big sleeves and wrap shirts this summer.  Last year, off the shoulder and cold shoulder dresses were all the rage (and expect that to continue this spring/summer), but this year, the shirts are going to get even bigger.  Abstract wrap shirts are the perfect way to look put-together and fashionable, as they stand out and look chic.

 

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12 Tips for Smarter Online Shopping

In this cyber-obsessed world that we live in, shopping has become completely associated with the internet.  Commercial malls are dying a painful death, department stores are suffering, and small businesses are loosing more and more customers as people become reliant on their screens.  What has flourished as a result, however, is online shopping.  With everyone connected to their phones and computers, buying clothing online is becoming easier and easier.  It’s easy to see why with the convenience and accessibility; every possible thing is available online right at your figure tips.

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It is truly amazing being able to shop all day long on your computer, but the kicker is how fast the prices of everything add up.  I live in a rural town which means I am constantly relying on online shopping for every need, and being a college student who enjoys splurging on clothes, it’s vital that I try to save every penny I possibly can.  Here are 12 ways to help save money while shopping online:

  1. Promo Codes are your best friend
    • One of the biggest benefits of shopping online is the existence of promo codes which are essentially online sales that don’t usually happen instore.  Brands will have them all the time, and they range from “free shipping” to “25% off entire store”.  Using them is definitely the greatest weapon when it comes to saving money online.
  2. Stay clear of buying things at full price (unless you absolutely love or need that item)
    • As a general rule, don’t buy anything at full price (including the price for shipping).  It does not take long for items to go on sale, and, unlike stores, it is much easier to find great “full price-like” clothing online.  I usually spot something that I like and then wait for it to either have a promo code discount or for it to go on sale.  For me, there is literally never a need to pay full price.
  3. Discover online retailers
    • With a changing fashion industry and the growth of online shopping, the “online retailer” has emerged as a new and very popular concept for shoppers.    Many sites focus on curating a great selection of well-known (as well as new) brands with an emphasis on style and quality.  Shopbop is a fabulous online retailer that specializes in both boutique designers and haute couture to create a trendy mid to high range priced vibe.  Net-a-Porter and Moda Operandi are both well known high-end retailers that, unlike physical stores, make buying designer couture more reasonable with generous sales.  Asos is a British brand that focuses on more fast fashion with great prices.  It is super convenient and has a wide variety of clothing.
  4. But also check out department stores online
    • Department stores have been steadily declining for years (tear), but some stores are adapting to the internet by offering an easy way to shop their stores online.  Stores like Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Ave are practically just other online retailers with great selections of trendy and classic clothing.  They too have great promotions and offer ways to save money online rather than going to the actual stores.  Both Nordstrom and Saks often offer quick free shipping and have super easy free return policies.  It’s practically like you’re trying on their clothes instore in the comfort of your own home!
  5. If you are a student, always try to see if there is a student discount
    • Some stores have great instore student discounts which serve as an incentive to travel to the closest mall, but recently companies are starting to allow student discounts online, too.  Both Topshop and Asos use an online British platform that you sign up for once and are automatically eligible for a discount.  This is perfect for us Americans who don’t have much access to these stores.  As online shopping becomes even more widespread, I imagine that more companies will start offering discounts.
  6. Sign up for Honey (literally the best thing ever)
    • Honey is a program that notifies you of any promo codes while you check out of a store.  It’s super easy and does it all for you.  What is even more amazing is that Honey will also practically pay you to shop online.  You can get 1-10% or 1-5% back on purchases with sites that Honey is connected to and then redeem that cash for various online gift cards.
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  7. Become loyalty members at your favorite online stores
    • First of all, signing up to be on the email lists of stores is super helpful because you can get special deals and such, but some stores offer loyalty memberships that will offer you even more.  Sephora, for example, gives you points, free samples for every online purchase, and special free gift promotions for their members.  It’s perfect for any college student who cannot just get themselves to the nearest beauty supplier to restock on makeup, lotion, products, etc.
  8. Sign up for Shop It To Me (An AMAZING email service)
    • Shop It To Me is an email service that sends you daily emails of any items from your favorite brands that are on sale anywhere on the internet.  What is even better is that everything they show you on sale is guaranteed to be in your size since you give them all of your sizes when you sign up.  It makes bargain shopping extremely easy and accessible.  Screen Shot 2018-02-12 at 9.10.01 PM
  9. Download the app Keep
    • Keep is another great program that takes trending items from all over the internet and shows them to you in a feed.  You can then like or buy those items at the best price around.  If you like an item, Keep emails you whenever that item has gone on sale somewhere.  The app is essentially a social media platform for shopping and is literally addicting.  Screen Shot 2018-02-12 at 9.27.29 PM.png
  10. Subscribe to Cools (email publication)
    • Cools is another great fashion based email subscription that notifies you of big sales happening online, in addition to them constantly updating you on note-worthy trends.  They release emails every week or so, keeping you in the loop of everything fashion related going on online.
  11. Use Polyvore
    • Yet another great resource that can save you a lot of money online; Polyvore is a site that drawls in clothing vendors from all over the internet to show clothes categorized by the trend.  You can like a trend, and then get notified when items under that trend go on sale.  The site has a ton of other services that are amazing and very useful for online shopping, in addition to an email service that also showcases current trends from the internet every week.  Screen Shot 2018-02-12 at 7.50.12 PM
  12. “Like” items that you would buy at a lower price
    • Finally, a small but helpful trick to finding clothes at the lowest price is to simply “like” or “add to wishlist” an item that you would potentially buy if the price were to drop.  By doing this, many stores will then email you when that item is added to sale or its price is lowered.  They also notify you when that item is low in stock or when your size that they might have been out of comes back into stock.  Easy, but extremely useful!

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9​ Items that I Didn’t Think of Bringing to College

I have now somehow successfully completed my first semester of college.  The transition was not as difficult as I had imagined even though I was practically moving everything and myself across the country, but there were many things that I had not thought through before moving to college.  Packing my whole life up was a hectic process that could never in my dreams have gone perfectly.  Looking back, these are 9 items that I didn’t bring originally but realized I definitely needed later on.  Affiliate links included

1.   A sleep mask

Having a roommate is definitely one of the most challenging adjustments for new college students.  It would be almost impossible to go to bed at the exact same time as your roommate every single night, so to make those nights when you yearn for sleep easier, a sleep mask is an essential.  I never thought to get one before college, but I learned the need for one very quickly, and it has definitely helped with the adjustment.

 

I recommend a Slip sleeping mask since the high-quality silk prevents bags and eye wrinkles in the morning.  Click the image below to buy.

2.  A yoga mat

Working out in college isn’t that hard, but for those days where it’s pouring rain or 0 degrees outside, good luck trying to drag yourself across campus to the gym.  A yoga mat is a great way to help you exercise, relax and let off steam right from your room, in addition to being a great weapon to beat that dreaded freshman 15.

Lululemon has a great collection of cute and stylish yoga mats that can be easily stored in a dorm.

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3.  Crappy shoes that I’m not in love with

Parties in frat houses or other theme houses are a great part of the college experience.  However, they are also disgusting.  The last thing you want is to ruin a cute pair of shoes by getting them soaked in a gross mix of liquids that typically cover a frat house.   It’s gross, so shoes that can be gross are an essential.

Converse shoes are great to wear out because they are comfortable, versatile, and can get gross.  Order some by clicking the image.  

4.   Small folding desk mirror

With limited space in a dorm room, it is important to maximize the space that you have to work with.  With that being said, you cannot just have mirrors laying around everywhere.  A folding mirror that you can prop up on a desk is perfect for doing hair and makeup and can be put away easily to open up space on a desk.

5.   A stash of kleenex boxes

I swear I always had some kind of cold or allergies throughout my entire first semester.  The speed that I went through a box of tissues was insane and I didn’t totally realize the need to have whole a stash.  You honestly cannot have too many boxes of kleenex.

6.   Paper towels

Believe it or not, paper towels are hard to come by in college and should definitely not be taken for granted.  It might seem slightly ridiculous, but colleges cannot supply students with possible every need.  I learned quickly to have a roll of paper towels in my dorm for whatever I might need it for (because who wants to clean up a mess with toilet paper?).

7.   A large supply of Emergen-C

As I said before, getting sick in college is inevitable and thus makes Emergen-C your new best friend.  I’m practically reliant on the nasty vitamin powder to keep me moderately healthy especially during important times such as exams.  Taking Emergen-C at least once daily is a great habit for anyone in order to promote immunity and overall health.

8.   A soap container

This one is totally on my lack of thinking prior to me moving into my dorm.  I was dumb enough to not realize that I would need something to hold my bar of soap while taking a shower in the communal bathrooms.  College showers are outright disgusting, so it is best to keep everything together and sanitary.

9.   An air filter

Living in such tight spaces results in a not so great air quality, and dust is likely to easily build up in tiny dorm rooms.  To prevent illness and make my room more comfortable, I bought a small and easy filter.  It really helped my sleep quality and the atmosphere in my room.

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