Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Geek

Shirt: Topshop | Skirt: Topshop | Earrings: Loren Hope Designs | Shoes: Converse | Clutch: Forever 21 | Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Sunglasses: Topshop

These photos are from a while ago, but because I'm feeling especially productive this week, I'm finally getting around to posting them. Go me. It's the little victories, people. 

So I really love T-shirts. I just do. They're comfortable, they're versatile and you can always add a clever slogan to the front of one if you're feeling witty. I bought this shirt on a whim on one of my many trips to Topshop (that place is my personal idea of heaven). I often pair it with leggings and Converse if I'm feeling casual (read: lazy), or tucked into a high-waisted skirt if I want to dress it up. Plus, it just tells people that I'm a geek, saving the awkward "oh, you don't obsessively watch Game of Thrones too?" conversation. 

Either way, I like this T-Shirt. It's hard to find basic, staple pieces that are also unique and fit your personality well. Plus, when people think of staple pieces, they are usually thinking of jeans and, as we all know, there is nothing I dislike more than jeans (because none of them are ever long enough for me). Graphic T-shirts such as this one are such an easy piece to build an outfit off of, because they go with anything while still remaining fun. There's nothing worse than wearing something in an outfit that just gets forgotten. You want everything to look good, right? That's not too much to ask. 

On another note, I'm wearing my Converse a little too much, people. Any advice on a new shoe that goes with everything, is comfortable and trendy (but, ya know, not too trendy)? Help a sister out. 

Also, I feel like I should mention that my ears have NEVER looked better than they do in these photos. Gotta love a statement earring and Loren Hope Designs

And a big, BIG thank you to Meaghan of M Photography for these photos! Always inspiring to work with creative and talented people.  












Thursday, April 3, 2014

Uniquely You For Modcloth

I was lucky enough to recently be given the chance to join other bloggers in creating a storyboard based around a wonderful piece from ModCloth. I styled this lovely Esther Williams Beach Blanket Bingo bathing suit with other awesome ModCloth pieces via Wanelo. I chose some other lovely vintage-inspired pieces that can be purchased on ModCloth and created a story board for the look.

I love outfits (especially beach attire) that channel vintage and retro vibes, and I think that a black, white and red color scheme is almost always flattering and stylish. I loved adding the wedges to add the perfect hint of femininity to the look. I think the overtly retro high-waisted shorts are the perfect complement to the high-waisted suit, and adding a modern graphic T-shirt pulls everything together and balances the look out - making it the perfect mix of trendy and vintage. 

Realistically speaking, I'm actually tempted to just go buy all of these pieces for myself ASAP, but I digress...

Also, I own this exact swimsuit in red (I bought it years and years ago) and it has been one of my very favorite purchases. I always feel so confident and ready to take on the world which, let's face it, is a pretty important feeling to have when headed to the beach or pool. 


Here's a closer look at some of the pieces: 






Visit my Uniquely You ModCloth Wanelo story board for links to all of these wonderful items! 


Friday, March 21, 2014

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things...

Top: Loft | Skirt: Topshop | Shoes: Zara (old) | Jacket: Tobi | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Rings: Charlotte Russe | Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Lipstick: Bite Lip Crayon in Grape

I love this outfit because it combines basically all of my favorite things in life (except for pizza) (that would be weird). Midi skirts are my most recent obsession, as you all already know. I firmly believe that leather jackets look good with everything. Studded, impractical shoes are what I live for. Bright lipstick is my go-to choice for any occasion.  Embellished collars are basically a necessity. Annnnnd, I could go on. Well, I probably will go on. Because this is my blog. And I can. 

To state the obvious, I should have ironed this shirt. But the truth is that I actually have never ironed anything successfully and usually just run the shower on full-heat and hang things in the bathroom, hoping for the best, when my shirts are wrinkled. Adulthood, is that you calling? But I digress.

Time for some real talk (do people actually say that?). Lately, I've been worried that my outfits are too trendy. I suppose that's a silly thing for a fashion blogger to worry about, but sometimes I feel like even though my outfits are wildly different than most of those around me, I'm still just buying into this culture of ever-changing trends and "must-haves" and everything else that goes into fashion, trying to convince myself that I'm unique when, in reality, I'm just trying to fit into another niché - a niché with jacket capes and ridiculous shoes and harem pants. 

But I guess that's just it, right? That's the nature of fashion. You wear what makes you happy and you look utterly ridiculous sometimes, but it's creative. It's fun. I suppose putting together an outfit is the same as any other type of art. Sometimes the idea of it is lasting, and sometimes it's not.

No, I may not like what I'm wearing in a year, but that's ok. I don't even iron my clothes; I can't be expected to plan that far ahead, right? 














Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hidden Gems

Top: H&M Collection (old) | Skirt: Topshop | Rings: Charlotte Russe | Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Shoes: Converse 

One of the great joys in life is finding something in the dark depths of your closet that you forgot you owned. While, often, this item turns out to be a bedazzled figure skating costume that you wore  when you were that really cool 10-year-old ice dancing to Avril Lavinge's "Complicated" (true story), sometimes it turns out to be something so much better (although admittedly less sparkly). The other day I went shopping with my lovely friend Aisha and had no idea what to wear.

It was one of those days when everything you try on just seems wrong. Nothing was fitting right or going well with the other items I wanted to wear. I was depressed and contemplating a complete closet overhaul (and a diet) when I found this H&M Collection gem in the back of my closet. I bought it when I was living in the Netherlands and haven't worn it since. And there I had it, a whole new outfit!

While some have called it the "Catholic school girl" shirt, I happen to love the two-tone combination of the green and white, and I just find something about a high collar really great. Naturally, I paired the top with my go-to Topshop leather skirt and threw up some Converse to finish off the look.

Oh, also, these new rings? Charlotte Russe. 10 rings for 10 dollars. Sometimes you have to go into stores you don't usually shop at to find the hidden deals! 






Sunday, February 23, 2014

Black and White

Sweater: Forever 21 (similar) | Skirt: Topshop | Clutch: Forever 21 | Earrings: H&M (old) | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Lipstick: MAC | Shoes: Sam Edelman 

As you can tell from previous posts, I'm having a recent love affair with the midi skirt. Inspired by the lovely Blair of Atlantic-Pacific (a fellow Gator!) and her many midis, I spotted this textured skirt in the Topshop section of Nordstrom and was immediately smitten. Midi skirts are quintessentially classic and leave a ton of room to play with different outfit combinations. 

For example, I wore this skirt out to a fancy dinner with a silk crop top, and I wore the outfit featured on this post to a casual day of studying and coffee (mostly the latter, let's be honest). I love a piece that can transition flawlessly between different occasions. Even if it's a little too formal for some things, the fact of the matter is that I am usually/always overdressed for most things in Gainesville anyway. In a sea of Nike running shorts and University of Florida T-shirts (I own more than a few of both), I am the one wearing an outfit that was fully planned the night before. 

I'm a college kid too. I understand that wearing gym clothes and cozy sweatshirts is much easier than a fully coordinated outfit. And don't get me wrong, I wear gym clothes often myself. More often than I actually go to the gym, really. But I digress. My point is that I understand how hard it can be to put effort into how you look when it is perfectly socially acceptable to dress in casual sorority/fraternity gear. And I also understand that some people simply don't get as much happiness as I do out of planning a new outfit. If we're being honest, probably no one does. I'm weird.  

But I encourage students to put some effort into how they look and to dress up just a little bit, in whatever way it is that makes them feel best. Because when you dress better, you feel better. And when you feel better, you do a better job of mindlessly surfing the Internet during lectures. I'm kidding. Obviously. I've never done that. 

It's sad to say, but I've come to recognize that there is campus-wide feeling that blending in is easier than standing out, especially when it comes to clothes. But blending in is really not on my list of priorities anymore. Life is too short, and clothes are just too pretty.