Back in the day when I had long luscious box braids to rock
Long hair don’t care!
But actually I do care, because now that it’s cold I really could have used the extra warmth on my neck…
Outfit of the Day - September 23rd AKA My First Outfit Post In Ages Is A Combo of Two Random Outfits that Weren’t All That Outstanding but Whatever
One thing that makes me happy is the fact that all my clothes no matter how old they are and how many times I’ve worn them, are new to everyone here because everyone’s only known me for like a month : ) It’s refreshing. I feel like I have a whole new wardrobe even though I don’t and I have zero space for the clothes I have now.
I have to hang up clothes on my walls. It blows my mind. Like, I literally have shirts jackets hanging on my walls, piled up on my bed, still folded up in my suitcases under my bed, and in the actual closet provided. It’s crazy.
I’m kind of bummed though because I’ve had more interesting outfits than these two, but I forget to ask someone to snap a shot of me so they haven’t been documented yet.
I bought the coolest transparent umbrella with rubber ducks on it! I know it sounds crazy/childish/anythingbutcute but it is I promise. Of course now that I have an umbrella that works the weather decides to go all sunshine and blue skies on me but that’s okay because when it starts to rain again I’ll be SO ready. I also scored a lined thick winter coat, gloves, scarves, snow boots and the most comfortable oversized sweater in the world for less than 200 dollars at Burlington Coat Factory! I’ve seen necklaces that are 200 dollars. I got my winter clothes for the year at the same price. You guys already know how much I love a bargain!
Deep burgundy and crimson are my favorite shades for this fall hehehe I wonder why… : )
The Fashion Inspiration Binder (or FIB for short!)
When you flip through a magazine, instead of checking out the hot male models from the Calvin Klein ads, keep your eyes out for pieces that you like and would actually wear in real life.
The Fashion Inspiration Binder is an excellent way to figure out your personal style, the most important part of any wardrobe! Picking out the different colors and patterns and cuts and hemlines and clothes you like, lets you develop your tastes. When you’ve done that, all you have to do is cut them out and stick them in your fashion binder. What’s the point of a fashion inspiration binder anyway?
- outfit inspiration when you’re frustrated in the morning and you hate all your clothes and nothing looks good on you and you’re seriously considering just not going to school because you can’t think of what to wear. FIB to the rescue! Flip through and let the inspiration flow.
- staying focused while shopping. It would be weird to bring a binder with you while you hit up the mall, but a quick look through your Fashion Binder before a shopping trip is great to refresh your mind on what you’re looking for and what you like
- organization. A fashion inspiration binder doesn’t have to only be about fashion. You can have tabs in it to seperate pages on tasty recepies you see in magazines, tutorials, nail art desings, anything! Think of it as a physical, tangible pinterest account.
This is quite possibly the easiest DIY project you will ever do in your life. Remember those lovely 3rd grade days when you would make collages about fall or whatever? This is similar, but way better and more useful too.You don’t even need glue! Here’s what you do need though.
Why do you need photo refill paper instead of the regular stuff? Because photo refill paper, refill pages, photo album refill paper, or whatever else the nearest Target calls it, is adhesive! I discovered it while doing a project in junior year and I’ve loved it ever since. So useful! And this way you don’t have to deal with the messiness of glue.
Once you’ve got all your supplies lined up, making your binder is as easy as flipping through the old magazine of your choice (I like Nylons and Teen Vogues), cutting out whatever strikes your fancy, and placing them on top of the sticky adhesive refill paper. That’s it. You don’t even need magazines to do this, you can just print off looks from your favorite online stores or Lookbook users.
While the page I did on the left has a floral springtime look, the other page has fall outfits and an eyeliner tutorial. You don’t have to make each page themed, but sometimes I like to. It depends on you!
Tutorials, models, witty headlines, nothing is off limits because this is YOUR binder and YOUR personal style remember? Go crazy with it! Happy DIYing : )
LINKS À LA MODE Feature
Hey guys! Every week, IFB (Independent Fashion Bloggers) post their 20 favorite blog posts from the whole network of bloggers all over the world! This week, my post “How To Wear Fall Trends and Not Get Weird Looks From People“ was one of the posts selected. For the other nineteen posts, click here and enjoy!
Or you could just do a search off of this list : ) your call.
A Minor Obsession: How to wear brocade
Anthony & Elle: DIY glitter shoes
Bespoke Baroque: How one item can begin to change your life
Best Of Bklyn: 5 things to do in 5 minutes to look 5 times better
Chic Black Chick: How to wear the Fall trends
Classic Glam Blog: DIY Nautical Knot Rope Necklace
Crisis in Denim: Retail Therapy
Elegant Idiosyncrasy: A close-up look at styling a shoot
The Fashionistyle: Celebrating 66 years of the bikini
Fashion-opolis: The Art of Sale Shopping
Favor the Brave: Embracing simplicity
Girl in Betsey: Summer pieces and how to wear them in the Fall
Life.Style.Flash: A few honest thoughts on blogging
Madly Chic: An Interview with Project Runway contestant Joshua Christensen
Pish Posh Perfect: 10 Essentials for the Beach
Room 334: Some personal rules for blogging
Soffs Blog: The Swinging Sixties
South x Style: Five cheap ways to upgrade your look
Style Chain: The Formula to the Perfect Arm Party
The Style Confessions: How to shop successfully for clothes
FALL FASHION TRENDS 2012 (and how to actually wear them without getting weird stares from people at school)
July is almost through and next thing you know, it will be August - aka official back to school shopping month! You need a head start on all things fall fashion trends right now if you want to be prepared! Here’s a heads up from the wonderful ladies strutting their skinny stuff down the runways at fashion week.
Did I actually go to fashion week? No of course not *crosses fingers* maybe someday in the future though. Due to my lack of presence in the front rows, I picked the original pictures up online and links (as always) are provided in the click through.
Before I take you to the three main trends, can we all take a moment to appreciate the wittiness of my “That Sheath Cray” title? I just thought that was REALLY clever!
No Fear Sheer
This is pretty much a buildup on what I call the explosion of semi see through shirts and fabrics. Go to any Forever 21 or store in the mall and you’ll see racks on racks on racks - hehe another Watch the Throne reference - of chiffon blouses, sheer dresses, on and on and on. For an embellished approach, try a little bit of bold! A sheer tank dress worn over a unitard (or not if that’s how you roll) paired with statement collar necklaces says that you have no fear of sheer.
Military seems to always be in style and I like to think that it’s because we all love the armed forces so darn much, and not because army green is such a great color to match with everything. Regardless of your motives, the military look is easy to duplicate. Instead of going head to toe camo on everyone (never okay. unless you’re actually on the battlefield) work in army inspired elements such as studs, spikes, greens and browns.
Poppin Print Party
I have way too many prints in my closet. Last time I checked I had 4 different printed shorts, a pair of printed capris I got on sale from TJ Maxx for four dollars, 3 floral print dresses in different styles, and other items that I’m just not going to list because I’ve already made my point. One consequence of so many printed pieces, is that sometimes it’s hard for me to find things to wear them with…since all I have are prints. No longer a problem. Just wear all your prints together! Except not really because then you’ll look a little crazy. However, do try playing around a little bit. Stripes and florals are great and even better when they share a common color. Ikat mixed with paisley? Cheetah print and polka dots? Do what you wanna, but try to through in a plain colored item to balance it out!
I’m going to give you all a great tip. With fall rolling round, you’re going to be seeing some really cool, comfy sweaters in the stores. You might even be tempted to shell out thirty or more dollars for some nice, thick, oversized cardigans or something. Don’t do it. DO NOT DO IT. Walk out of there as quick as you can and head over to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. There, you’ll find an abundance of comfy sweaters; lots of them in really fun patterns and styles! You’ll thank me later. If you’re still in there and it’s been over 2 hours and you haven’t found anything…then I’m sorry you weren’t lucky and you can go ahead and buy the one you wanted to buy at Urban.
These are other trends that I just didn’t feel like making outfits for. Be on the lookout for these styles and the ones above this fall!
1. Leisure suits are back! Blazers, trousers, matching or not, business is casual again.
2. Deep burgundy wine shades will be all over the place this fall. You don’t have to go out and buy a dark red fur coat though. That’s a little bit much.
3. Metallic materials! Adding a little bit of shimmer to the everyday.
4. Leather, leather, lots of leather. Perfect of those chilly November days.
5. Monochrome dressing and all white everything. I don’t know if it’s a revolt against the color blocking that was so popular this summer and spring, but monochrome dressing seems to be making a comeback.
There you go! Happy shopping everyone!