What to Wear When it’s Cold Outside

Oct
12th

Chilly air that cuts your skin to the bone, falling autumn-colored leaves, and for some of us, a dusting of snow. When fall shows up, it can hit pretty hard. But hey, we’re prepared for the blow, with our wool sweaters and our long johns, right? Maybe you were so caught up in the glorious warmth of summer that you forgot all about the impending cool seasons. Fear not! I’ve got you covered, from head to toe:

•Headwear
Alright, so I know what you’re thinking. Don’t all the girls just wear a beanie, and call it good? While there are a number – a very large number – of cute beanies, they’ve been around forever, and when they’re overused they can become a stale staple of winter attire. Instead, might I suggest some other options: the elegant, retro cloche hat is a wonderful choice, and so is the beret. You can find winter variations for both of these! Another, more rare option is the Greek fisherman’s hat. Not just for the men, this cap goes well with the cold, and it’s full of style.

•Jackets and Sweaters (and more)
Part of the beauty of the cold seasons is the sea of wool that we wear to embrace the winter spirit. There’s so many sweaters, scarves, jackets, coats, and turtlenecks out there, it’s hard to choose just one to get for the season. This is one of those perfect opportunities where you can make your own fashion. If your personality is more flowy and fun-loving, a loose sweater would go great with it. On the flip-side, if you have a more rigid, logical perspective on life, then a traditional, no-nonsense look might be best. Make it your own!

•Pants and Leggings
When it comes to your legs, the guiding principles in fall and winter would be warmth, and color. There comes a point when you can only do so much with pants or leggings, and their style comes from your overall palette and look. This is where you can really have fun with it: complete your fall look with an autumn palette, blend in with the winter wonderland with white pants and a colorful coat, or if you’re brave (and warm-blooded), you can go for the cute legging/long, baggy sweater combo. Wrap yourself in your own personal style.

•Shoes and Boots
Like everything else, there’s a lot of options, but here’s where practicality meets high fashion. When the weather gets chilly, it also gets wet, and boots really come in handy walking through puddles! Depending on how wet you wanna get, there’s three great styles: booties, tall boots, and over-the-knees. Each has a different look for a different occasion, and when things aren’t that bad out there, which is an occasion in itself, you might go with some cute flats, a pair of mules, or if you’re feeling fancy, some festive heels. You might just want to listen to the weatherman before you decide!

There you go, those are some ideas to build your seasonal outfit from top to bottom. Stay warm and wonderful out there!

How to Wear Mule Loafers

Oct
5th

What’s the big thing in fashion right now? Well, since you asked, I’ll give you the inside scoop: mule loafers! One of the many reasons these shoes are on the frontlines of the fashion world is due to their versatility. You can wear these puppies on any casual Friday, or on any fancy occasion. The only time you have to put some thought into these statements is deciding what to pair them with! And you won’t have to spend long thinking about it. I’ll make it even easier for you: here’s some of my favorite outfits to go with your mules!

Midi Skirt

So this outfit is usually on the fancier spectrum, but it’s quite the showstopper! If you start with your loafers, you can use its color palette to build the rest of the ensemble. Colors aside though, a midi skirt is the perfect length and style to compliment your mule loafers! Pair it with a blouse and a jacket or cardigan to combat the oncoming cold, and you’ve got one fantastic look for a night on the town.

Boyfriend/Skinny Jeans

On the more casual side, pairing your mules with boyfriend or skinny jeans is a no-brainer. Everyone seems to have jeans lying around at home, and they go marvelously with these shoes. You can give it a dose of formal if you add in something more business-casual, like a blouse, or you can keep it low-key with a t-shirt, or any sort of cute top really. You have quite a range to choose from!

Patterns

Here’s an interesting one: use matching separates to create a unique, consistent look, and pick some loafers that accent the outfit, and round it out to complete the style! Most any pattern will do for this, and if you’re not a big fan of matchy-matchy, you can keep the same unique feel with some printed trousers. Again, there’s a lot to choose from, and it’s up to you and your personal style to make the final choice!

Those are just a few of my favorite looks. There’s plenty more, and that’s the fun of fashion: it’s all about your personal style! If you’re more of a laid-back gal, or more prone to primping, there’s a shoe for you.

Spoiler alert, it’s the mule loafer!

The Best Places with Fall Sales | Fashion and Style

Sep
27th

When it comes to Fall fashion, we all want to save a few bucks! It can get expensive to buy a season’s worth of clothes, especially when you’re trying to    build a classic and stylish wardrobe. Here are some of our favorite sites for getting the best prices on your senior wardrobe:

LOFT 

Before you go assuming this one is for only the career woman or its too “old” for a senior wardrobe, be sure to check out their newest items. They have really great staple pieces like cardigans, skirts, and more, and although they are on the more modest, conservative side, they would be perfect for your next interview or college scholarship event. We love their sweaters and dresses because of the way they wash up nicely, as well. They do amazing sales, almost every month, and you can find promo codes in their emails.

LOFT.COM

American Eagle 

We love the new stuff at American Eagle, and we really love their sales! They do half off denim quite often, and their X4 collection denim is some of the best of the price point. You can usually earn cash back as well on EBates, and their jeans are usually under $50. We also love their basic tees and tanks, because they seem to last and not shrink up in the laundry. Their plaid shirts are also a favorite!

Nordstrom

Nordstrom is known for being an expensive clothier, but their sales are CRAZY good. Just click the “sale” tab on their website and watch the prices fall. We especially like their house brands, Caslon and Halogen, because they are well made and beautiful. Check out the moto jackets by BLANKNYC and the jeans by Paige, they are some of our favorite and most loved in our closet!

Factory J Crew

Jcrew is also known as a bit of a preppy, expensive store, but their factory online store has plenty to love, with nearly everything under $50. We like the Studio Tee, the Mini skirts, and all their jackets! The prices are so good, you can buy lots of great staples and really expand the wardrobe you already have for fall, too.
They do great promo codes a few times a month, and the shipping is a great price.

 

Three Fun Activities to try this Fall

Sep
19th

Senior year is full of so many things to do, but don’t miss out on the fact that this is your last year before college to spend tim with friends and family, and create those lasting memories! Fall is the perfect time to do just that. Here are our picks for three amazing things to do with your friends or family members during this special season:

Have a Pumpkin Carving Contest: 

We know this isn’t exactly novel, but a pumpkin carving contest can be so much fun! It’s not just for kids. Gather a few friends and go to town! You can even set them pumpkins up afterwards to have your friends and family vote on their favorites. Some theme ideas are: Disney or movie characters, celebrity themed pumpkins, or animals! Check out these tips too, for maximum fun! Add in themed snacks, and a few movies, and you have the makings of the best halloween or harvest party ever.

Organize a Fall Yard Sale: 

We get it, this is a ton of work! But, here’s why fall is the perfect time to have a yard sale: Most of the country is still having nice-ish weather, and you can clean out your closets and earn a little cash just in time  for senior year. If you’re having a group sale, consider doing it inside a garage or somewhere that can be covered just in case of rain. Use color coded tags to organize items by person and help make tracking the sales easy. Advertise your sale on Craigslist or in your school newspaper, and do some deep cleaning…you’d be surprised at how much you can get rid of! This is also the perfect time, since before you know it, you’ll be packing for college!

Start a Book Club: With fall weather, sweaters and candles, it makes it the perfect time to cozy up with a good book. The best part of choosing a new book is that you can gather some of your friends to read it with you! The best book clubs include lots of good variety of books (check out Amazon’s list of best sellers for some great ideas for reads), and of course, fall related snacks! We love snickerdoodles, hot cocoa and popcorn, just for starters. Your book club can meet every week or every month, and is a great way to connect your friends before senior year is over.

How to Wear Kimonos

Sep
13th

One of my favorite things on this beautiful earth are kimono jackets. While they may not keep out the chilliest of breezes, they do have a tendency to tie an outfit together! Because it’s an accessory more than a windbreaker, there’s a lot of different ways to wear them. And each way is sure to add that flair that makes you stand out from the crowd – in the best of ways!

So start simple: you’re going out, and it’s warm out there, so you’ve got a skirt and a tank top on, and you feel like something’s missing. You check the mirror and you see that the combo you’ve got on is a bit… bland. But you’re not worried, you’ve got a kimono! So you slip it on, and you instantly have a far more interesting look. It’s that easy, and its ease gives it that effortless, airy feel.

Or maybe you follow the trends a little more closely, and you’ve got your romper in the closet. Now, a romper on its own is a fashion statement in itself! But pair it with a kimono, and baby, you’ve got it goin’ on! Or perhaps that’s just not your style. Well, a kimono, in all its versatility, will bend to your will. So if you’re more of a jeans-and-boots sort of gal, then don’t fret: this jacket is on your side.

Say you’re going formal tonight, and you don’t have the time or the place to change into your dress before the big event. You’ve got a shorter, tighter dress on that looks gorgeous, but doesn’t really work too well outside a less fancy atmosphere. That puts you in a bit of a pickle, until you remember you packed your kimono with you! It’s just the thing to complete your look, and tide you over until the sun goes down.

No matter what you wear, the fact remains that a kimono is a completer. When everything’s right, it pulls the whole outfit together and makes it a unique, unified look. Whether you’re layering it over other patterns, keeping it casual with cropped boyfriend jeans and a straw hat, pulling it over your maxi dress for a boho-chic look, or pairing it with simple jeans and booties, the kimono is the thing that ties all of those threads together, and does it effortlessly. It’s the jacket that keeps on giving, and I don’t ever want to see it go!