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What to Wear to…CAMPING

A.K.A…glamping, a term I recently saw in the H&M catalog which is essentially when a glamorous chick like yourself goes camping. Whether it’s to one of those camps for students with a group of friends or legitimate outdoors camping, I will do my best to outline essential outfits for GLAMPING.

Departure: You’re psyched. Everyone’s psyched. You’re hopping into a car/bus for hours. You’re going to wear comfy, but glamorous, clothes. And, of course, clothes that spell out fun! I chose a unique hoodie, a graphic tee, classic white shorts, and classic wayfarers.

Chilling/Exploring: Whether you’ve just jumped off the car, or it’s the last day before you leave. You are bound to just stroll with friends and talk and explore at some point. This calls for something not as hardcore as hiking clothes, but something casual and mobile, like a romper! For chilling/casual exploring, I chose a chambray romper, a soft sweater, a pair of casual shoes, and some sunscreen!

Hiking/Getting Dirty: And no, sorry to break it to you dears, but you can’t possibly go camping without getting dirty. This means that you can’t run around in rompers and Steve Madden shoes all day. Ha ha. No, not really. But, still! Who doesn’t like getting their hair messed up and getting dirty every once in a while? For this outfit, I chose a casual tee, a lightweight fitness jacket, denim shorts, and comfy walking shoes.

Lounging: This is different from chilling. Lounging is staying up with your friends playing cards and goofing off in the dark. This is the pre-bedtime period, where you’re all clean and fresh and just lounging until you feel ready to sleep. That’s why, comfy is key. A casual tunic, yoga leggings, a nice facial cleanser, and slippers.

Campfire: The ultimate camping classic that has had fashionistas tearing hair out for years. A campfire! Hot and cold, outdoors but not dirty, what do I wear? My twopence: a cute tee, a cute hoodie, capris, and some nail polish.


Getting Ready for Summer: 5 Outfits for All Your Summer Activities.

Is the sun coming out for you as brightly as it is for me? For many of you, graduation has already gone by and you are already on summer break!

Not for me though. My college is on a quarterly schedule. Damn it, which means..I don’t finish school until June.

Either way, summer outfits are totally in and are definitely not receding until August/September.

So here we are, 5 of my favorite outfits for your favorite summer adventures.

Backyard Parties-Whether it’s with your family or with your awesome buddies, you’re going to have to go to a backyard party sometime. And, yes, barbecues tend to get warm so be prepared. I chose a cool, breezy (but very chic) dress, neon pink shades, T-strap sandals, and a fantastic Smashbox bronzer.

Pool Parties-Basically like a backyard party. Only be prepared to get wet, to fall into a pull, to swallow a mouthful of pool water, and yes, to knock that cute guy from your French class into the pool by accident. For this outfit, I chose a bandeau bikini (I’ve always been a bandeau sort of person since they are so much more secure!), a breezy cover-up, and a rockin’ pair of flip flops.

Music Festival-If you live in Seattle (like me), summer is absolutely gorgeous. Bumbershoot and a variety of other music-related things going on. You can’t call yourself a true Seattlite college gal without going to at least one of those events during summer. For this outfit, I chose a casual cardigan, a floral top, a pair of distressed denim shorts, and some Nars SPF 25 Lip Treatment to keep your lips feeling as good as the rest of yourself.

Summer Nights: Friends, your boyfriend, your family…you will be staying out late on summer nights. I mean, who could resist? Summer has nighttime temperatures higher than daytime temperatures during the rest of the year.Whatever it is you will be doing on a summer night, stay pretty. For this outfit I chose, a light sweater for the little chill you be facing, a cute and vintage tee, a bright skirt, and some of Benefit’s lip and cheek stain.

Camp/Outdoors: And if you’re more of an outdoorsy person, you’ll be going camping! I know I will be in a matter of weeks. When camping it’s important to feel your best and look your best, without looking too high-maintenance. Think casual. For this outfit, I chose a light, plain jacket, a casual (but summer-y) tee, a pair of rustic denim shorts, and waterproof mascara (raccoon eyes are a big no-no for campers).

Well, that’s all, have yourself a wonderful beginning of summer!

Spring/Summer Outfits using your Fall/Winter Pieces

These past two days have been the best weather ever for us Seattlites. Traversing across Pike Place Market and getting sprinkled with water at the International Fountain were exactly what I was supposed to do on such beautiful weather. Yet, when I woke up to the sound of a lawnmower, I knew something was amiss. It felt like summer. Waking up to the sun creeping in through my window at 10 AM and my neighbors’ gardener already here to do the lawn-mowing. Not the first thought, but among the first to pop into my mind was: what do I wear? Looking frantically through my wardrobe from last summer, I was barely satisfied. So, in honor of random summer-like day in the middle of March, here are my tips on how to make your own spring/summer outfits with your fall/winter wardrobe.

Outfit 1: Your Fall Blazer…pair it with a cami and shorts!

Outfit 2: Your Cardigan…pair it with a graphic tee and bermuda shorts!

Outfit 3: Your dark colored clothing..brighten it up with patterns and colors!

As a closing note…I hope you have already started stocking your wardrobe with spring clothing. You know I would be thoroughly disappointed if you haven’t.

How to Dress Like Naomi from “90210”

Where does one start with Naomi? From her exquisite sense of style, to her extraordinary body shape and her hair, to her bossy and confident attitude! She is, undoubtedly, my favorite character on 90210. Yes, I know she’s bitchy and totally uncharismatic something, but I love characters who are just bursting with confidence and style. And the same goes with people. It doesn’t matter how they dress or talk, so long as they have confidence in what they do. I love unique people who love themselves. So, in celebration of all the free time I am bestowed with during spring break, here is my Naomi post.

California Beach Beauty:

Whether it’s chilling on a yacht, or just strolling with friends, Naomi conveys the very image of a Californian beach beauty, not to mention when she’s actually on the beach. Yet, I know, for many unfortunate souls (myself included) we simply don’t have the luxury of California beaches at our fingertips. However, believe it or not, the California girl wardrobe can still make a kick in your own outfits. Here’s how.

Interpretation 1: Oh the weather outside is frightful, but your inner fire is so delightful

Interpretation 2: Peek-A-Sunshine!

Interpretation 3: Ready to Rock the Beach

Yet, we all know that our homie girl Naomi doesn’t just strut her stuff in Californian apparel. She also has her evening looks and sleeker outfits.

Naomi’s non-beach style is totally classy and sleek! Look at her vintage outfit in the first outfit, her classic red sweater, and her show-stealing prom dress (she and Liam are definitely an item now! for those of you who haven’t watched the latest episode). You can pull off this sleek style anywhere you go. Here are my two interperations.

Interpretation 1: Sleek to School

Interpretation 2: Sly as the Evening Sky

Hope this is inspiring!

When I find myself in times of trouble

No, unfortunately, Mother Mary does not call to me. Rather, the awful world of capitalism and media beckons to me with her impeccable finger covered in a thick layer of Chanel nail polish and a Juicy Couture ring.  Rebecca Bloomwood said in Confessions of a Shopaholic

“When I shop, the world gets better, and the world is better, but then it’s not, and I need to do it again”.

But, hell no, I am not a shopaholic. Nor anything close to that. I love the smell of new leather and the feel of silk scarves, but I also love frugality. I must say that I do not salivate over Gucci handbags, nor do I “speak Prada”, and never would I spend $120 on a green scarf. As alluring as the world of capitalism can be, it is important for all fashion queens to keep a balance in their lives.

Yet, I am not dissuading any of you from the retail world. It’s a wonderful place really, the world of new clothes and accessories. But, beyond the racks, lies your credit card bill which many would shield their eyes from. A pertinent question at this point is how we can engage in retail therapy if everything accumulates into more and more money spent on materialistic lust? I introduce to you, my friends, the fabulous concept of “window shopping”.

For many people, my mother included, the idea is absolutely foreign. She is always in shock whenever I bus to the mall and spend hours there and come home having only spent $2.50 on a Tully’s cappucino. Suspicions are then hurled at me which I shield with my argument that window shopping the most frugal method of shopping that exists and my mother is silenced of course.

Why window shop?

  1. It saves money.
  2. It is inspiring.
  3. You are limitless. You can shop everything. Even Prada and Chanel. People who actually spend money while shopping usually only go to…affordable stores. A window shopper like me can go to Jimmy Choo or Salvatore Ferrragamo with an absolute purpose–we’re shopping…just not with a wallet.

But, isn’t window shopping a waste of time?

  • No, it’s inspiration. A fashionista should always have an idea of the trends and style across all sorts of brands/designers/stores.
  • It’s, in fact, more efficient than you might think. Window shopping exposes you to a grand variety of trends, some you might love and some you might hate. Thus when you go shopping with a wallet, you know what you want already.

This is my personal favorite form of retail therapy.

Wardrobe Essentials

This is probably one of those basic things that every fashion blog should have but I have put off until now. Anyways, this is totally based on my style and neglects what many fashionistas would consider “classic”. Here goes…

1. Essential #1: Comfortable Shoes that are Stylish

It is so embarrassing to wear a pair of the most beautiful pumps ever, yet to have to take them off and hold them for the rest of the night because they simply don’t fit right. That is the importance of comfortable shoes. But do not revert to Uggs and moccasins when looking for comfort. There are plenty of stylish shoes out there with padded soles, extra width, and flexible material. Ballet flats, oxfords, you name it! It just takes effort to really search for it. If you’re not willing to put in the effort for shoe shopping, you’re going to have to suffer the consequences and potential humiliation.

2. Essential #2: A Cute and Fitting Dress

Television does the worst job at dramatizing fashion queens. “Oh my word I have nothing to wear whatever shall I do!” Well any true fashionista already has a stocked wardrobe. The ones who faint over lack of clothing are just wannabes. In order to avoid looking like a faints-over-no-clothing wannabe, make sure you have a cute and fitting dress for any occasion. Whether it’s simply looking pretty with the girls or going out with someone, a cute dress that is comfortable is definitely a good idea.

3. Essential #3: A Throw-on Over Anything Sweater

Most of my weekends are devoted to studying. I dress in ugly sweats, a Puma sports jacket, and an old tee and voila..my outfit is complete. But then, about halfway into my studying, my pals call me up and they want me to go out…in ten minutes. Ten minutes! Only one thing to do….GRAB A SWEATER and throw it on over my tee and quickly change into jeans or leggings and out the door I go.

4. Essential #4: A Spice-it-up Accessory

On days when all you feel like wearing are jeans and a plain sweater, the best thing to do would be to put on a little accessory, whether it be a scarf, hat, necklace, or earrings to spice things up a bit and not look like a stale fashionista running out of outfit ideas.

5. Element #5: Something that makes you look hot

Face it darlings. Our 1950s cardigans and 80s jewelry boxes just aren’t going to cut it for house parties and hitting downtown with the girls. But, by golly, do not stray from your own personal style just to wear something that looks attractive. The past Fall, leather bombers were the thing to have. They simply make people smokin’ hot!  But I am not a motorcycle gal, or anything close to that for that matter, so I chose my own version of a bomber: a shearling bomber. Much more classic and much more “me”. But, finding an attractive article of clothing takes some searching. Don’t go to your local Forever 21 and pick out the most “risqué” top you can find. Find something that makes you feel “you”, yet that you know will have all the boys in your yard (forgive the Kelis reference, it was the first thing I thought of).

Trend Alert: Nautical

With New York Fashion Week just past us and new editions of Vogue and Elle appearing at our doorsteps, it is inevitable that we fashionistas have heard about the new “nautical” trend. For those of you who don’t embrace vintage clothes as much as I do, I still think this might be a trend to consider. I love (with a deep passion) vintage ruffled shirts/cardigans and old-school skirts (sort of like the stuff you parents wore back in the day). When one thinks of nautical, it is almost an automatic response to throw it to the back of your mind as something those 1940s poster girls wore and Popeye also embraced (go spinach!). But it’s not.

That’s right. I tripe dog dare you to try it.

Okay maybe I’m not the one to talk since I’m the raving blogger here who hasn’t gone and purchased a nautical piece yet (besides my mom’s earrings with little anchors on them…but that doesn’t count). So that triple dog dare (points above) applies to yours truly, me, also. Below, is one of my favorite favorite favorite fashion bloggers (another French girl) embracing the nautical trend.

How can you embrace it without “trying too hard” and looking too high-maintenance? By easing it into your wardrobe bit by bit. For my daring fashionistas (cheers, Suzanne), here’s your chance to be an aye-aye sailor.

Attempt #1: Just threw my favorite pieces on…oh and also that nautical piece-This is for those of you who absolutely refuse to spend too much on simply following a trend. I chose a cute little sailor shirt below (although it does cost almsot 50 bucks on ModCloth) because of how simple it is. This shirt is something that you could make a replica of with a T-shirt and some Sharpie. It’s a simple tee with that touch of nautical. The rest of the outfit is up to you. I just chose my favorite spring pieces: long cardigan, acid-wash denim shorts, and flat sandals!

Minimalist Accessories-Hint hint…dig through your Mom’s old jewelry box. You’re bound to find a pair of anchor earrings somewhere. For those of you who don’t even want to try a sailor shirt…try a nautical accessory to see whether this is a trend you are willing to embrace.

Look 2-I kinda like  the nautical look: So maybe after trying on a little sailor tee or maybe some of those cute, quirky nautical accessories, you’ve decided that this is a trend you actually like not merely because it is a trend but because it reflects on who you are and maybe helps you develop your personal style a little bit. How to bring more of it into your wardrobe? Bolder nautical pieces and bolder nautical accessories.

Bolder Accessories:

Look 3-Damn, Nautical is my thing! For those of you who have gone through look 2 and decided that you still can’t get enough of nautical, here’s to you. Let’s go to the beach baby!

See Modcloth’s Nautical page for more inspiration!