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DIY: Missoni Chevron Shoes

By: Mary Jane Greene

Looking to save some money on casual shoes for your fall wardrobe? Instead of investing in some over priced graphic sneakers, make your own pair! By cutting out a chevron stencil, create your one of kind kicks with the colors of your choice. 

Follow Refinery 26 step-by-step tutorial and transform simple white vans or keds into your own Missoni chevron shoes! 

What you will need: One pair of white canvas sneakers, ruler, manila file folder (or other stiff paper), pencil, scissors, fabric markers

Follow the link below and start crafting!

http://www.refinery29.com/who-needs-target-we-ve-got-diy-missoni-shoes/slideshow#slide-1 

Layer UP This Winter

Layer UP This Winter

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  By Hannah Wegman It’s happening, ladies and gentleman; it’s that time of year again, where the temperature is finally low enough for us to cringe at the thought of going outside. Don’t get me wrong, I know most of us love the winter weather because this is the season of holidays, snow, and a long winter break away from classes, but sometimes the cold can be too much to deal with.  In order to…

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What is fashion?

Fashion is something. A thing. Something i’m upsessed with. But i already told you that. Fashion is something you can express yourself with. Fashion is something you can live in. Atleast if you wear clothes, because some people use bodyart as there kind of fashion. Fashion is about clothing and styling and exploring and learning and expressing and more. But basically fashion is something we as humans create to diffence orselves from the others. Fashion is amazing, even if you are boring. Because the fashion is what makes you boring

Bordeaux Beauty

Pucker up, ladies! It’s time to embrace one of the season’s hottest looks- Bordeaux lips.  Paired with minimal eye makeup, hues of deep purples, reds, and plums have been gracing the lips of top runway models and celebrities. 

Gucci Fall 2012

Check out these lipsticks to achieve this perfect statement look:

Clarins Joli Rouge Long- Wearing Moisturizing Lipstick in Plum

Dolce & Gabbana The Lipstick in Ultra


Nars Lipstick in Scarlet Empress

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick in Brilliant Bordeaux

-Lauren Kiggins

Chalk It Out This Summer

Attention all you festival lovers: get all decked out this festival season with vibrant colorful hair chalk! Hair chalking creates a dip-dyed look without the money or permanent commitment.

Wondering how to create this fun look?

Follow these 4 steps:

1. First, wet the pieces of hair that you want to change the color of

2. Then, grab the color chalk you want to use in one hand and a chunk of hair around 1-2 inches thick in the other hand

3. Start brushing the piece of chalk in a down-wards motion down the piece of hair

4. Continue chalking the piece of hair until the amount of color you want is visible

Blonde hair works well with pretty much any of the hair chalk hues, but reddish/peach colors compliment blonde hair the best.

Those with red hair should use light colored hair chalk. Mint green, slate blue, and yellow look the best.

Vibrant and bright shades stand out the best on brown or black hair. Pink, magenta, mint green, and turquoise are great options.

With Lollapalooza, Governors ball, and Bonnaroo just around, be sure to order your hair chalk from Free People or Urban Outfitters to keep up with this summer’s hottest trend! 

- Amanda Romagnoli 

Dying to kick Up a summer day

It is often exciting to experiment with a new project, especially during a hot summer day when the AC feels heavenly!

Craftbyphoto offers an amazing recipe for a pair of dip-dye shoes ideal for a summer concert or festival. You can spice up those old summer pieces by adding some color and fun with a bit of fabric dye

If you don’t have any simple canvas sneakers you can purchase a pair from Payless for about $15. 

Supplies:

  • White Sneakers
  • Fabric Dye (your choice)
  • Vaseline
  • Baking Powder
  • Old Toothbrush

Instructions (from Frankie): 

1. Start by preparing your sneakers, removing any laces and removable inserts. To protect the rubber sole from discoloring, coat the sides with a thin layer of Vaseline or petroleum jelly. You don’t need too much, just enough to create a barrier between the dye and the rubber.

2. Mix your dye as per the packet instructions, with hot water and salt as required. Thoroughly wet your sneakers before starting, this will help the dye to take evenly.

3. Take your sneakers and quickly dip the toes in and out of the dye bath about 1/3 of the way. Check out the depth of the color and decide if it is too dark or light for your liking. If too dark, water down your dye mixture and dip again, this time slightly higher than your first dip.

Repeat the previous step staggering the level of your dip along the shoes so that the lightest shade starts at the tongue and the darkest shade is at the tip of the toes.

5. Take a damp cloth and gently rub the colour, blurring any harsh lines to create a smooth transition from light to dark. Dip the cloth into a watered down cup of dye if need be.

6. When you are happy with the color, allow to sit for five minutes and then rinse the shoes under running water until the water runs clear. Hang to dry overnight.

7. Once your shoes have dried, you can remove the Vaseline from the soles. Take a few teaspoons of baking powder and pour onto the Vaseline. Allow to sit for a couple of minutes and then, using an old dry toothbrush or bristled brush, scrub away at the baking powder. The powder should start to clump and come away in balls. Continue around the shoe until all the Vaseline is removed and wipe over with a paper towel. Repeat if necessary until the soles are no longer tacky to touch. (Any residual Vaseline will wear away over time.)

8. Return the laces to your shoes, pop them on and keep those summer days filled with activities!

- Mary Jane Greene

All Tied UP

Image taken from: Girlobsessed.blogspot.com

The sweat and mess from the summer heat leaves hair frizzy and all out of sorts. A perfect disguise to this catastrophic knotty chaos is a simple hair style paired with a head scarf. It keeps that head of tangles out of your face and is a simple cure to the miserable humid air.

Image taken from: iloverunways.tumblr.com

The bohemian hippie chick look is great by the pool or even on a busy day running errands. Try something new this summer and experiment with this popular trend. Create variations of the style by mixing up your hairstyles and rotating scarves.

Image taken from: curlyhairspot.com

-Mary Jane Greene

The sheer trend: Dresses and skirts

In fashion history, there lies a sequence of memorable fads; from “The Rachel” haircut to the Paris Hilton small-dog-large-sunnies phase, it’s safe to say we’ve seen it all. Looking back, we question what we were thinking, yet one new trend has hit the scene that runways and celebrities are ecstatic to try: the sheer skirt.

If you were watching the American Music Awards on Sunday, you saw Rihanna’s get up. She sported an all black ensemble featuring a bra top with a matching high-waist sheer skirt.

This extremely detailed outfit led me to think how far this trend could progress and if there lied a possibility if it could become one of the most memorable trends that fashion industries welcomed with open arms.

Runways such as Givenchy and Jean Paul Gaultier have featured these sheer skirts for their fall 2013 collections.

Celebrities have also been taking on this approach with the red carpet.

Jennifer Lawrence shines at The Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiere and takes on the sheer trend by wearing a totally transparent, and geometrically patterned, dress atop a bustier-like bodysuit and sealing the outfit with a belt.

Bella Thorne also works the sheer dress at the movie premiere yet looks more innocent thanks to the nude color and white flower embellishments.

With one of the most modest approaches for sheer dresses or skirts, model Ana Beatriz Barros takes on this trend but ads a sophisticated touch thanks to the sharp lines of her dress and a simple yet elegant belt.

Last but certainly not least, Adriana Lima is nothing short of a knock out in this dress that was featured in the 2013 Givenchy Fall Runway Collection. 

The sheer skirt and dress trend is loved by both celebs and designers, and it allows for a flattering and less racy approach to a look that is sexy yet refined. 

Here are some examples to start your own approach to the sheer skirt or dress trend. 

Forever 21 - Semi Sheer Maxi Skirt $14.80 

American Apparel - Chiffon Single-Layer Full Length Skirt $46

Nasty Gal - In Dreams Maxi Skirt $40.60 

-Alex Cooper

Winter waves

As the weather gets colder, you may find yourself spending more time inside the house to avoid the brisk winds and chilly weather.  More time inside can leave you with more time to experiment with your hair.  

If you’re sick of straightening or blowing out your hair, try a wavy look.  While we may find ourselves wishing we could snap our fingers and have wavy hair like the pictures we see on Pinterest, it may not be as hard as you think.  

For loose waves, both a straightener or curler can get the job done. Applying a type of volumizing moose can give your hair some extra body to go with your relaxed look.  Blow dry your hair then sort it into sections.

When using a curling iron:

You’ll want to find a curling iron with a large barrel to ensure your hair is only wrapped around a few times.  If you do use one that is more on the skinny side (or a wand) it can work just as well, but you’ll want to only wrap your hair around the barrel about three times (depending on your hair length).  Don’t use the clamp; instead wrap your hair around the barrel and hold the very end with your fingers.  Keep your hair loose as you curl it, and only hold it on the iron for about five seconds.

When using a straightener:

There are two ways to get this look with a straightener.  

One way is to use your straightener as it if were a curling iron.  Sort your hair into sections then take a few inches of your hair and put your straightener at the very end.  From there, wrap your straightener around your hair until you reach the root.  Hold for a few seconds then release.

A second way is to take several small sections of your hair and individually braid them.  Once your whole head is made up of braids, take your straightener and go over each strand.  Start at the roots and slowly work your way down.  Spray your hair lightly with hair spray then gently undo each braid.  

Part your hair down the middle for a Kardashian look, or part it to one side if you’re more comfortable.  If down the middle, use four bobby pins (two on each side) to secure your part.  If it’s to one side, criss cross two bobby pins. If you want a super loose look, ditch the bobby pins, spray a tad of hairspray, and you’re good to go!

If you want to add a bohemian look, find a thin headband to wear across your forehead.  Even though the 60’s Woodstock was a long time ago, the style is starting to come back, and you’ll be on the UP when you’re sporting this look!

-Jenna Pilipovich

Whatever You Want….At Your Fingertips

By: Mary Jane Greene 

Trying to draw some extra attention to your everyday look? Find some inspiration from WAH-nails, a popular nail company that originated in East London. The girls who brought this company to life in 2009 combined their passion for hip-hop fashion and the basic need for a decent manicure into a company shaping and polishing the future of art and self-expression. Their creative style and funky attitude give the word manicure a whole new feeling.

http://wah-nails.com/post/24819669339/victorias-birthday-wah-mix-r-hott-by-wah-girl

According to their about page on their website, “WAH has painted nails in cars, bars, clubs, at the Grand Prix, in an Airstream, in Japan, at festivals, at The Brits, for celebrities, for fashion people, for kids, for music videos at work and at home.” This company can really do it all. For those of you who don’t want the typical french manicure, WAH-nails is calling your name. 

“Tye Dye by Wah Gurl Iz !!”- http://wah-nails.com/post/24006619528/tye-dye-by-wah-gurl-iz

Still need more convincing that WAH-nails are the most creative manicures out there? Check out their website where they have booking, location, and pricing information. 

http://wah-nails.com/ 

Berry trendy

new season means anew look. Pucker up and make a statement this fall with a bold lipstick shade. 

Berry lips are this season’s hottest lipstick trend. Raspberry, and blackberry, and boysenberry, oh my! With a variety of berry shades to choose from, you are bound to find the right one for your skin tone. 

Dark Berry Lip Tips:

1. Buff lips to get rid of any dry skin before applying the lipstick. This can be done by gently brushing your lips with a toothbrush. 

2. For a more intense pigment color, apply a base foundation or concealer to lips. This will make the color “pop.”

3. Application: use a lip brush to apply the lipstick. A brush allows for controlled and precise application. 

4. Finishing touch: apply a clear or matching lip gloss. 

Fair Skin: look for berry lip shades with blue undertones and a sheer formula. 

(Maybelline ColorSensational High Shine Lipcolor, Dazzling Plum, $6)

Medium Skin: look for berry lip colors withred or orange undertones. 

(Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Color, Merlot, $26)

Dark Skin: look for thedeepest berry shadeyou can find.

(Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick, Shame, $22)

- Amanda Romagnoli

The little things

With the popularity of Alex and Ani bracelets, big watches, and other contenders of the “arm party”, it’s time to draw attention to another form of jewelry.  

Rings are an extremely easy way to make a “look” more feminine or add a little spunk to your bare hands.  Before even deciding what kind of rings are best for you, choosing between silver or gold is the first thing to consider.

If you wear a gold watch every day or your Alex and Ani bracelets are gold, it may be best to opt for gold rings, and vice versa for silver jewelry.  A look of all gold or all silver jewelry will make you look (and feel) consistent and put together.  On the flip side, mixing and matching can give you an edgy look that is fashionable as well.

As you know by walking into just about any store, there are several types of rings to pick from.  Symbols, monograms, words, simple rings, you name it.  Going more upscale, a David Yurman ring, though expensive, is very noticeable and stunning eye candy.

Stacked rings are becoming more and more popular.  Choose the number for your stack, or order a set of 7, but alternate each day.

Another fun trend is wearing a ring of your home state.  They come with a heart where the capitol is, and can be an extremely easy conversation starter.

Rings are a fun way to accessorize without over-doing it.  If you really want to make a statement, go for a ring with color on it.  Turquoise is a fantastic color to pair with silver or gold, as is coral.

**Here’s a tip - paint a clear coat of nail polish on the band to avoid your fingers turning green from the metal, etc. However, for more upscale rings, this is not a problem.

Have some fun and find rings that give you a an edge.

-Jenna Pilipovich

Look polished

Ever run into the problem of needing one last piece to complete your outfit?  You’ve got a really cute tank top, but need something to cover your shoulders for fall?  This season, grab a blazer for a sophisticated look.  

How great does she look?!

You can pair a blazer with just about anything - jeans, skirts, dresses, you name it.  They’re a great staple to have to throw on if you’re going for a more professional look.  Even if you aren’t trying to look super professional, they’re still super cute to wear this fall.  

Due to their high popularity, blazers come in several different colors and prints.  Want something that’ll show your loud personality?  Grab a hot pink or leopard blazer.  On the flip side, there’s nothing wrong with a classic black or navy blazer.  It’s a classic and will go with everything. 

Blazers are a smart investment, since you know you’ll wear them more than once.  They’re great to have in your closet and spending a little extra cash on them may not be the worst idea.  A great place to find a good blazer is the J. Crew Outlet.  

Blazers are great for both a day out as well as a night on the town.  As Ashton Kutcher said, “There is nothing sexier than being really really smart.”  Look the part too with a great blazer.

-Jenna Pilipovich

Mirror mirror

Protect your eyes in style this summer season with cool and stylish mirrored sunglasses. From aviators to wayfarers, there are many fabulous styles to choose from. You can also find these sunglasses in a variety of colors. Incorporate a touch of color to your outfit with these mirrored lenses. 

Which style suits you the best?

1. Aviator

2. Round

3. Printed

 

4. Flip Up

5. Wayfarer

Reflective lens’s are all the talk this season- espescially with celebrities. Stars such as Jessica Alba, Blake Lively, and Brad Pitt have been spotted wearing mirrored sunglasses.

Are you a fan of this look? Try out the trend for yourself! 

-Amanda Romagnoli 

Paint the rainbow

This summers nail art trend is the simplest one yet. Choosing only one of your favorite colors for summer can be difficult, so why not paint every nail a different hue? Skittling, or swatching, is a fun way to sample all of the bright, summery shades.

 

Source: alllacqueredup.com 

Instead of fussing with tiny designs, skittling is a more chic and easier form of nail art. The wild patterns can get messy; this look is neat and clean. And anyone can do it.

 

 Source: stephscloset.com 

Mix colors and sparkly textures for a cheery manicure that’s ready for summer.

Source: tumblr.com

-Greta Hallberg 

DIY: Decorated Denim

The start of outdoor concerts and presence of much missed sunshine bring on the sense of excitement to pull out the jean shorts along with the rest of our summer wardrobe. A quick solution to revamping your old pair or add some detail to a boring items in your closet is giving them a little makeover. By adding glue, gems, or maybe both, one can has an easy way to create this decorated denim product.

What You Need:

  • Jean Shorts
  • White Fabric paint
  • Sew-on gems
  • Needle and thread
  • Spray and squirt bottle

Step-by-Step:

  • Pour fabric paint into the squirt bottle
  • Quickly scribble on your jeans with the fabric paint
  • Let dry
  • Arrange the gems on your jeans and sew into place (optional)

Customize your vary own pair by adding as little or much extra detail as you desire.

The inspiration for this decorated denim creation stems from the infamous Coachella concert in California. By taking an old pair of pants or shorts and giving them a little extra attention you can create a plethora of new outfit options for the summer.

-Mary Jane Greene

Brocade Brigade

A common gold thread linked the Fall 2012 runways to Eastern Europe and Japan.

Embroidered, embellished brocade detailing was on everything from pantsuits to opulent coats.

  

Marchesa Fall 2012

Dolce & Gabanna Fall 2012

Feel like royalty when rocking some of the pieces below:

Cleobella- Dakari Handbag, $354

Eugenia Kim- Natalia Brocade Turban Knot Headband, $99

Stella & Dot- Chantilly Lace Cuff, $98

ASOS- Brocade Metal Plate Belt, 26.39

- Lauren Kiggins