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.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Orange is the New Black

Orange, in many ways is clearly a neutral. The way it goes with black, grays, blues, even hunter green is absolutely uncanny. In its similarity to camel and other shades of tan or brown it can truly be considered a neutral. I have recently purchased the "Madison Leather Lindsey Satchel" from Coach in "Brass." It is clearly an orange leather bag, and its popularity has reached a new hight. Sold out on the Coach website, try looking for it on ebay and you'll see it's selling for close to $500 (the bag itself is really worth ($398). Obviously at this price point Coach has gotten both this shade of orange and the quality and form of its leather right. The Madison Leather collection seems to be a higher end version of the Coach bags we have grown so used to over the years, and the Lindsey Satchel itself is a superb example of a slouchy and trendy leather satchel.  

Ali Larter and her Madison Gathered Leather Coach  
Mary-Kate Olsen with a similar shaded purse 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

NYC Living

Recently over my last winter break, my boyfriend and I decided to take a few days to go to NYC together. Now, I haven't been to New York since I was maybe fourteen years old, and even then only visited Times Square (most likely). This new trip was enough to strike a strong newfound love for me and the city. I love the ambiance, the atmosphere, the sheer massiveness of NYC. Most of all, I like its style and grace. NYC is definitely where it's at.

Style Spotter #30

Hikari Izumi, a senior management major, dons an ensemble full of earthy colors and sandy tones. Izumi is wearing copper-hued corduroy pants purchased from online website Nasty Gal, a cream burnout t-shirt from Urban Outfitters, and a gray zippered hoodie layered under a military inspired jacket from Japanese store, Spiral Girl. She matches this outfit with a pair of lace-up tan boots by Steve Madden, and dresses it up with a necklace from LF and an array of statement rings in various sizes and metals. She describes her style as casual, saying she has “a more boyish” look and likes sticking to neutral and monotone colors. Her inspiration comes from reading magazines, like Nylon and Vogue and she looks up to Kate Moss’s fashion sense adding that Moss “has a cool style.” Izumi likes to shop at Urban Outfitters, LF, and Topshop because “they’re not too girly and they have a lot of casual clothes.” Her favorite item in her closet right now is a chambray button down bought at a Japanese thrift store… very cool.

Style Spotter #29

Chloe, a freshman political science major, shows off her edgy yet sophisticated style with an outfit both dark and cool. Chloe wears a black button down chiffon blouse from Urban Outfitters, high-wasted lace shorts also from Urban, and a tight leather jacket from INC. She coordinates all this with a pair of black leather pumps by Guess, a Louis Vuitton vintage envelope clutch, diamond studs, and a bold red lip. Chloe describes her style as “unique; I like everything from preppy to edgy. I like mixing it up a lot.” She draws her inspiration from stars like Blake Lively, magazines like Vogue and Nylon and says that if she sees “a look in a magazine that I like, I ask how can I make it my own.” Chloe likes to shop at stores like Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, Saks, and H&M because she “like[s] the variety, especially at Urban.” When asked what she’s looking forward to this spring, Chloe replied, “I just bought a pair of high-wasted navy floral-print pants from H&M and I’m really excited to wear them.” 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Never fear, "Stay All Day" is here

I think one of the more important things a girl should learn in her life is how to do her eyeliner (liquid eyeliner that is) with a steady hand. Of course this may take years of practice almost as many as it takes one to obtain the skill needed to do ones own nails, but nevertheless it remains a most useful study. I have of course spent years on perfecting my cat-eye but as might be expected there have been bumps along the way. Having become a serious user of crayon eyeliner in the 8th grade, I then moved onto black liquid eyeliner in my college years. Afflicted by a troubling past of blue eyeliner from my high school days looming at feet, it was time to step over my misfortunes and dawn a new era. I spent nearly two years recovering form my "dark blue days" and of course it wasn't easy. Numerous q-tips were on hand for every time I misstepped. However I am pleased to inform you I have recently discovered the existence of a make-up miracle that makes it relatively easy to put on liquid eyeliner, even for a beginner. Available at Sephora, Stila's "Stay All Day waterproof liquid eyeliner" promises not to smudge or chip away for a whole day's wear. It also promises us that it is waterproof. This however, is doubtful for there is no such thing I assure you.

Stila "Stay All Day" liquid eyeliner, Sephora $20

Chanel 3176 eyeglasses

I've recently made an appointment with an eye doctor. Not because I can't see, or have trouble viewing things, but because I think that a trendy pair of eyeglasses are the perfect addition to a fashionable wardrobe. And I believe the trendiest pair that one can buy, is none other than the Chanel 3176 eyeglasses. They may be expensive, but they're classic. So classic that you can wear them for years to come and not feel as though your eyewear has become "out of date" or "uncool." My personal favorite colors/shades that the optics come in are colors 501(basic black), 502 (tortoise shell) and the sleeper hit here, 677 (transparent gray). I feel smarter just thinking about my new pair of shades.

Dr. Martens 1460 Boot

I've blogged about them before, I've been obsessed with them for so long... so why haven't I gotten them yet? Am I afraid of what people might think when they see me wearing them? Will they in turn look overly bulky on my feet? I'm not sure of these questions. What I am sure about however is that I can definitely see myself wearing "smooth cherry red Doc Martens" with black skinny jeans, and a gray crew-neck, walking along the city streets going to the drugstore or doing some last minute shopping in Back Bay before getting dressed up for a night out. The thing is, I don't plan on wearing these boots as a statement. I plan on wearing them to make me look cooler than ever, and to give off an I-don't-care-thats-why-I-wear-Doc Martens- and not ballet flats to be comfortable kind of vibe. I think that they can be thought of as a sort of basic staple that everyone of a certain style should have in there closet, like the hipper, trendier version of moccasins or riding boots. Riding boots... overplayed by the way, but thats a story for another time.

Style Spotter #28

Business Management major, Marc Antoine, pairs clean lines and complimenting colors for a look that’s sharp but not over the top. Marc is wearing a comfortable gray cardigan found at a Boston thrift store, a sage green button down from Saks Fifth Avenue, and a pair of 514 slim straight Levis. To complete the look Marc adds green hued Generic Surplus lace-up boat shoes and an eye-catching light up watch. Marc describes his style as “simple, quality clothing… always color-coordinated but never ‘matchy-matchy’”.  He gathers inspiration from stars like Kanye West and Big Sean, calling their style “trendsetting but so simple… it’s not over the top or metrosexual.” Marc admits to flipping through GQ magazine occasionally for inspiration as well, and prefers shopping at H&M because their clothes have “a nice fit to them and are never too much [or] too flashy.” Marc’s favorite clothing item right now? A navy H&M cardigan “because it goes with almost everything in my closet.”

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Style Spotter #27

Biology major, Abi Newell, shows off her trendy and edgy style and proves that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look like a million bucks. Abi paired American Eagle dark wash skinny jeans, with a black crew neck sweater from Old Navy, and a chic faux-fur vest also from Old Navy.  Brown leather lace-up booties from Rainbow add to her funky style, along with beaded feather drop earrings from Forever 21, and a cool wooden cuff from Payless. Abi likes to shop mostly at Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, and Old Navy because “they have cute clothes for less.” She draws her inspiration from fashion magazines like Vogue, Teen Vogue, Seventeen, and Cosmopolitan where she looks for “what’s in style and [tries] to find it at a cheaper price.” Abi’s fashion advice? “Don’t doubt your own style [and] don’t pay too much… you can always find something just as nice for less.”