Trends, Tips, and Snippets

This Blog was created due to my obsession with list making and keeping all of the things I wanted to buy organized. Eventually there were just too many lists, so I decided to start this, a blog where I could keep all of my thoughts, ideas, and prospective shopping all in one place.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Style Spotter #7


Nhuann Le, a biology major originally from Vietnam, sports a stylish meets practical ensemble with this very weather appropriate outfit. On a rainy day Nhuann dressed in a long neutral trench coat from LF Boutique, a basic white button down from Saks Fifth Avenue, Rock & Republic jeggings, and Tory Burch’s Reva patent leather ballet flats in black (worn “because they’re waterproof”).  Her accessories included beaded earrings from So Good Jewelry and the Coach “Poppy Glam” signature tote bag in black. I asked Nhuann, who also works part time at the Louis Vuitton store in Copley Mall, a couple questions about her classic and timeless style:

How do you describe your style?
“Comfortable, simple, but very put together at the same time.”

Where do you typically like to shop?
“Everywhere basically, but I like to shop at LF boutique, Saks, and anywhere on Newbury Street is my favorite.”

What inspired the outfit you’re wearing today?
“Actually my outfit was inspired by the Chanel Lipstick I bought yesterday at the Chanel counter in Saks. So I decided to dress neutral and classy.”


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ohh just some examples of really great street style....

I got these pictures from lookbook.com, and picked these girls because of the way their outfits stood out- but in the simplest kind of way. Am I making sense here? Maybe just check out the pictures and see for yourself...
This one is by far my favorite, I'm a HUGE fan of colored blazers (black gets a little repetitive after a few seasons). Also I absolutely love the leather leggings, I think they look a lot more put together than regular skinny jeans. The accessories are to die for, those suede booties are so in right now, along with the chiffon scarf, and Alexander Wang bag. 
This outfit is so creative and this chick makes it work. There are so many unique but classic elements that the average wearer wouldn't even think to put together for themselves. Like the old grandpa blazer (so cool), the off-white lace shorts, unexpected pop of mustard yellow in the T-shirt, and classic crossbody with flats.
This outfit is simple hippie-chick cool. The tights under jean shorts, skinny brown belt and crossbody bag, and of course that awesome chiffon paisley patterned shirt that looks like it took hours upon hours to discover at a thrift or vintage store. 
This outfit I love for its reoccurring use of neutrals throughout the ensemble: the nude/pink henley, with the beige belt and sandals. The bag adds a splash of camel into the outfit while still staying true to the overall color scheme, while the long black shorts keep it all from looking too washed out. 


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Style Spotter #6


Ting Yan Fung, an undecided freshman from Quincy, wears an eye-catching outfit inspired by her self-proclaimed “feminine and girly” style. Attracted to whatever clothing and accessories she likes, Ting Yan shops at Forever 21 and websites such as ebay, gravitating toward things that simply “catch her eye.” Ting Yan sports a faux fur jacket from H&M (and claims faux fur as her favorite trend of the Fall 2010 season), a short chambray zipper detailed dress purchased from a recent trip to Hong Kong, and patterned tights with simple beige boots to complete the look. Her accessories include the staple Louis Vuitton “neverfull” tote bag embossed with the classic LV monogram canvas pattern, and a black leather “bow tie” belt also from Hong Kong. Like a true fashionista, Ting Yan did not plan her outfit ahead of time but instead “grabbed whatever” out of her closet. With such dramatic and glamorous taste, her effortless style serves as an inspiration to us all.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Oh and check out my new boots!

Okay they're Steve Madden (whatever), distressed, black leather, and gorgeous. I'm Obsessed. Obsessed. I just want to stare at them, or like sleep with them under my pillow tonight. Maybe I'll just be normal and wear them to school tomorrow- yea I think I'll just do that.

Skull Scarves


So I know I'm kinda late to the party- but I'm becoming re-obsessed with that circa-2007 skull scarf trend. I just recently resurrected mine from the back of my closet and plan on wearing it out once again very soon. The skull scarves I'm especially digging are those from late and great designer Alexander McQueen. I think this accessory should really be considered a staple. Here some pictures of celebrities wearing this trend in the past:

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I'm using Halloween as an excuse...


And these:
...and be a cat


ALSO these
So that I can be Courtney Love on the second night. I'll be sporting her early nineties "Kinder-whore" look.

Halloween is really just an excuse for me to buy clothes I want. But my excuse is they'll be part of my halloween "costume".


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A 90's Comeback


If I don't get a pair of basic black leather boots for this fall I will be purchasing the next best thing- Dr. Martens. I know what your thinking, "ew gross," but you are wrong. The true fashionista knows how to put together a look that compliments and is complimented by these tough cookie shoes. The thing with Doc Martens is you need to have a somewhat alternative or grungy style, that being said it doesn't mean you can't dress trendy and girly in order to wear these shoes. The combat boot trend is very big this fall with many brands making the style their own. The thing with me is I like to go with the original- the brand that started it all in the early 90's grunge fashion era. (Dr. Martens have actually been around since the 40s and were invented by German doctor, Klaus Martens.) Anyway since the boot is very on trend this fall, this means you can pair them with other fall 2010 styles, and while your at it why not counter the look with a flowy feminine top and some skinny jeans? Here are some ways to work this look:

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Style Spotter #5


Dark, sleek, and very on trend for fall, this College of Management student combined key pieces and styles to create one glossy outfit. Fiona wears black skinny jeans from forever 21, a loose detailed purple shirt from Zara, and a cropped faux leather jacket also from forever 21. What really makes her outfit pop however, is her light Gucci bowler-style bag contrasting with the dark black of her outfit, the skinny black braided leather belt against the purple shirt, and of course one of falls most delicious trends, white and black toned oxford style heels from Aldo. When putting together and creating her outfits, Fiona looks to magazines such as Elle, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and also The Improper Bostonian. She draws inspiration by viewing runway shows online, such as those from her favorite fashion house Louis Vuitton. To bring her looks to life Fiona shops at very on trend and always changing forever 21, Urban Outfitters, 344, and international retailer Zara. Fiona’s dark and urban style combines trends, basics, and designer pieces to create an eye catching and posh ensemble.



Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Halloween!

Its getting closer to my favorite time of year, Halloween! One thing I'm not looking forward to though is all the slutty costumes. Come on Ladies! Lets keep it classy this halloween. Maybe with a sexy outfit and a masquerade mask. Trashy does not mean sexy. Here are some super glamourous, sexy examples:






Style Spotter #4


On a cool rainy day at the Umass Boston Campus, most students gravitate towards dressing in comfortable sweats, and hoodies. Not Audrey, this Communications Major brightened up the dreary day in a light cream colored jacket and a floral dress from Zara, a navy flowered scarf from H&M, suede Jeffrey Campbell boots, Gap Jeans, and Longchamp’s Le Pliage hobo bag. Just like her style icon, British actress Sienna Miller, Audrey made her outfit visually interesting by mixing the two different floral patterns in both the scarf and the dress, layering the dress over jeans, and finally adding a simple jacket. So as to not detract from the whole outfit, Audrey kept her accessories simple, sporting only a small silver pair of earrings. This exchange student from Montreal gathers her inspiration and ideas from UK based Lula magazine, subscribing to fashion blogs such as WhoWhatWear Daily, and scouring vintage stores. Audrey’s stellar casual outfit proves that florals aren’t only meant for spring, but can be worn in any season, and that mixing different patterns and textures doesn’t always have to be a fashion faux pas.


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Lucky Brand "Azura" Black Flat Boots

So as of recent, I've made it my own personal mission to find the perfect pair of black leather boots. This has proved difficult however. I bought a pair of brown riding boots last season, and didn't realize that almost every pair of flat black boots would be modeled after them this season. I was looking for a pair that was sleek, but at the same time wearable, and somewhat unlike last years pair. I finally stumbled upon the Lucky Brand Black "Azura" Flat Boots while perusing the Bloomingdales website. They are perfect. The site describes them as "Sleek leather boots with a slight wooden wedge for a comfortable yet stylish touch." And at $179 the price right.