Tuesday, March 22, 2016

My Thoughts On Life... and Bad Girl RiRi

College, Rihanna, Anti World Tour, Concerts, Madewell, Kylie Jenner Lip Kit, Alessia Cara, Know It All

This past academic year has been a whirlwind, as I've said before. But that doesn't mean there hasn't been some amazing moments. All of the hard, sad, and crazy things that have happened seem less intimidating when I remember the amazing concerts I went to, the ridiculously fun times I had with my friends as 2 o'clock in the morning, the times when I fell in love with French culture all over again or finished a 10 page paper three days early.

...Teen Vogue has changed sooo much (for the better!) with more people of color, creative content, and relevant news in each issue which makes me super happy because Teen Vogue single handedly introduced me to the fashion industry.

...I love going to concerts, but Rihanna on her Anti World Tour tops my list of amazing performances.

...On the other hand, going to Alessia Cara in concert was an ethereal experience. I'd never been in such a soulful, dedicated concert crowd in my life and it was amazing.

...I love Madewell because all of their stuff is so cute/chic. I hate Madewell because literally nothing looks good on me from there.

...I kind of want a Kylie Jenner Lip Kit. I should be ashamed, shouldn't I?

...College is hard, That is all.

...But the number of great restaurants and my personal savior, Postmates, makes it bearable most days.

Friday, March 18, 2016

A Fashionista's Reading List: Spring 2016

Lauren Conrad, celebrate, Paris, city guide, Parisian Chic City Guide, Alice In Wonderland, cover art
Last season's Fashionista Reading List was entirely based around encouragement and self-motivation. I love the books I picked last time and am still trying to find more inspirational books to read, so if you haven't seen my list from this past winter I'd say you should stop what you're doing and find it because there are sooo many great pieces of encouragement in each one of the books I chose. This season, since it is spring, the theme is loosely based on starting new things and adventure... But that doesn't mean you have to leave everything behind. Spring is a mix of the all the new beginnings, so this year's spring Fashionista's Reading List includes a variety of new releases about the old, the new, and the right now.

by Lauren Conrad (16.99)
The third book in Lauren Conrad's quest to become the ultimate It women (the more refined version of the It girl) is being released this spring and it's entirely focused on celebrating. For all of you who have dreamed of hosting unnecessarily chic parties every weekend (like me), this is your opportunity.

by Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power (12.99)
For the self-proclaimed #girlbosses, you can add The Career Code to your collection of books to read. This book is being released in May and gives a plethora of advice on how to dominate in your chosen field. Whether you've got the corner office or the third cubicle on the left or own your own business, there's something to learn and live by in The Career Code.

by Ines de la Fressange and Sophie Gachet (13.99)
I am an unashamed francophile so I am in love with this book. It immediately jumped to the top of my ever-growing list of books to buy. Parisian Chic City Guide is exactly what you'd think it is based on the name -- a chic guide of Paris, France. And as a bonus the front cover is equally as chic as what's on the inside ,so if you're reading it while riding the bus or train (to work/school or while you're in Paris), you won't look like a hopeless tourist.

by Lewis Carroll and Anna Bond (19.99)
A new take on an old classic. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is one of my all-time favorite books. So many classics are being re-imagined with artists creating new cover art for their childhood stories. Though there are tons of new versions of Alice in Wonderland this cover is one of my favorites.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Mastering the Basics

free people, tank top, sale, spring, mock me, LA nite tank

free people, tank top, sale, spring, mock me, LA nite tank
 sequin hangers: (purple and light pink) Pearls  Pastries,(brown and dark pink) DIY; 
tank tops: Free People

As much as I love to keep all of my purchases within the small business market, sometimes there are just some big business things I can't resist. I am still a little too ashamed to fully acknowledge my last Forever21 shopping trip, but my recent obsession with Free People's LA Nite Tanks is 100% completely and totally unapologetic. It all started out with my usual weekly trip to one of my favorite local shops during Christmas break. After walking in twenty minutes before closing and trying on several outfits that I didn't end up liking, I felt bad leaving without buying anything. After a quick final sweep, I found the Free People intimates section and grabbed a grey LA Nite Tank and took it to the register. Since then I've been on the hunt for them in every color in a child-like attempt to "collect them all". So far I've got grey, light blue, and a pale pink as well as the black version of the Mock Me Tank which I mistakenly bought thinking it was an LA Nite. The fit of both styles is uber-flattering. They both come in so many colors that finding one that you like shouldn't be hard. Plus they are only $20 each which, by Free People standards, is practically free ninety-nine. And to add to all of that, despite Free People's status as a major brand, its products are proudly Made In The U.S. and properly sourced. So purchasing each tank in your favorite colors can contribute to the backbone of your wardrobe (I wear at least two a week) and create an effortless style that's basic in all the best ways.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Style Envy: Florence Welch

Florence Welch is the bohemian rockstar I aspire to be. Her characteristic red hair and passionate music are admirable enough, but add in her selective sense of style and boom! You've got a whole other type of artist. I switched the name of this "series" from Lovely Lady to Style Envy because 1) what the heck is a Lovely Lady anyway?? The title fit when my first posts were about Lily Collins and Julianne Hough, but beyond that I feel like it doesn't convey the message I want to send. And 2) this series is just a not-so covert way for me to talk about the celebrity style I love and want, so Style Envy is just a more honest description. What can I say? I always want style I can't have.

But on the topic of Florence Welch herself, her style is something I could never pull off but want to try anyway. Her color palette and silhouettes are so aesthetically pleasing on her that it almost seems unnatural. But alas, that is just the result of the amazing persona Miss  Welch exudes.