The Morning Rush

I woke up exhausted this morning for no particular reason and preceded to throw together something to wear today. Thankfully, throwing on random layers of clothing is in this season and I came up with this outfit.

Trench: Thrifted

Shoes: Target

It was such a beautiful day outside, I was able to put away my winter coats and break out my trench for spring.

Denim shirt: Pacsun, Polka dot shirt: H&M, Necklace: H&M, Watch: Target

I'm sure passing students didn't think we were weird or anything.

Thankfully my friend is a photographer so she will help me out with my random photo sessions in the hallway. Although she has commented on multiple occasions that my point-and-shoot is a "piece of crap", so to her, and to you dear readers I apologize for the quality. However, I would like to say that I appreciate the comments I have been getting and I check out every blog who comments and follows me.



So it being Monday and all, I was not inclined to wear anything too over the top today. I'm not the biggest fan of jeans in terms of comfort (although maybe I'm just yet to find the right pair) so a simple cotton dress is my version of sweats.

Dress: Victoria's Secret, Belt and Necklace: Thrifted, Boots: Forever21

Can't forget the Leather Jacket and shades

Sunglasses: Forever21


Spring Fashion Trends

      With the Chicago weather being so unpredictable, it’s hard to tell quite when spring will begin. But in reality, spring is right around the corner. For this spring, the runways were filled with sporty separates that are both wearable and beautiful. Get in touch with your inner stylist and put together some looks with the top 10 trends of the season.  

1)      Peplums- This flattering style is characterized by a structured top that comes in and then flares out at the natural waist. It is commonly found on dresses, skirts, shirts, and just about anything else you can imagine. The addition of a peplum makes anything you’re wearing instantly more chic. 

2)      Strong brows- The feature of the moment is the eyebrow. Not only are celebrities and models who are naturally blessed with strong brows taking a moment in the spotlight, but designers are amping up the more sparse sets. While I am not suggesting dying them blue like one designer did, filling them in with just a little bit of pencil can make all the difference in framing your face. 

3)      Cropped pants- Audrey Hepburn inspired many designers to work this shape into their collections. A linen or a cotton pant that hits right above the ankle is the ideal style. Try either a classic black à la Audrey or pick a bright color for a modern twist.

4)      Neon- This range of colors may make onlookers shield their eyes, but it certainly grabs attention. This is an easily obtainable trend considering neon can be found almost anywhere. Look for a neon shift dress for a bold statement or choose a clutch for subtlety. 

5)      Sportswear- This season’s version of a sporty chic look is reminiscent of a weekend ski trip mixed with baseball. Sweatshirts had baseball tee-like color blocking, while pants were made of a fitted neoprene. Add a varsity jacket and a baseball cap and you’re set.

6)      Pastel- To balance the neon, many designers instead went for soft pastels. It seemed almost as if Easter had exploded everywhere (in a good way of course). These colors give off a girly vibe that translates into both day and nightwear. For double the sugar try pastel lace.

7)      Drop waist- This 1920s silhouette brings to mind images of flappers and in all honestly shapelessness. This trend is not always the most flattering on everyone, so those attempting should beware. However, for the courageous who have the audacity to give this one a shot will find an easy, relaxed look that takes chic to a whole new level.

8)      Anoraks- This is probably the most functional of all of the trends. Part utility jacket, part sleek coat the anorak is the perfect layering piece. Put it over anything in your closet from dresses to t-shirts, finish with a belt, and c’est fini. 

9)      Tangerine- Named the “Color of 2012”, tangerine is going to be everywhere. It can be flattering on anyone and it really makes a statement. Take it edgy or tone it down with neutrals, either way you’re on trend for 2012.

10)   Printed Pants- This Spring is all about making a statement and one of the best ways to do just that is to try out printed pants. A popular style is a generic pattern in any color combination imaginable. There is also the option of including digital prints, photographs blown up and put onto fabric, to stand out even more. Pair them with neutral separates or mix and match patterns for a different look.


Just a Quick One

 Blahblahblah what I wore to school. It's pretty simple, but I wore my hair straight today and this is not an often occurrence, my friends. Plus! If you didn't recognize me, it might be because I think this is the first time I'm actually wearing makeup in my posts. Well I'll quit talking (or typing rather) and leave you with this puff sleeved inspiration.
Shirt, Bracelet, Cameo: Thrifted

And in closing: Enjoy me looking like a serial killer.

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Milan Fashion Week F/W 2012

Gucci: This season Gucci was all about dark romance. The sheer fabric, soft tousled waves, and floral pattern all combine for a stunning collection.

Luisa Beccaria: This designer produced a beautiful collection full of pastels and lace. I think it took a little too much inspiration from Louis Vuitton S/S 2012.

Max Mara: Max Mara was all about military inspiration and simplicity. I hesitate to call it minimalism because of the details that you can pick up on further inspection. However, the monochromatic color scheme really speaks to the effortlessly chic persona.

All images from STYLE.com


Prep School Chic

If yesterday I was channeling my hippy self, then today is my classy, I-play-polo-and-drink-tea look. These are some of my finds I got at the Thrift Store. I wish I had an ivy wall at my house. I don't like to half-ass my theme of the day.

Cape: Vintage

Shoes: Thrifted

Blazer: Thrifted, Belt: Abercrombie and Fitch, Tank: Forever21, Jeans: Old Navy

Bracelet: Thrifted
I just got new hair curlers that I can sleep in and I won't have to fry my hair when I want big waves. I was a little nervous to take them out this morning; I was having flash backs to when I had to curl my hair for Irish dance and ended up looking like a poodle. In the end they were a tad bit damp but other wise acceptable.


I Guess I'm a Hippy at Heart

I was going for a 70's inspired look today and I really wanted to wear my Hermes scarf (aka DIY turban). This look was a little bit thrown together considering I had just under 15 minutes to get ready this morning (but that's a different story). I apologize if any of the following facial expressions come off as creepy.

  There is a tad bit of pattern clashing here. The fashion gods should be pleased.

Merci pour le foulard, Grand-mère.


Sweet Mandy B's

I went on a college visit today in the city and afterwards we stopped by a local cupcake spot that is my absolute favorite. I have to say if you're in Chicago give it a try. I'm not even normally a cupcake person but I really can't resist.

Necklace: Forever21, Shirt: PacSun, Boots: Forever21
Bracelets from top left: thrifted, Target, thrifted, Forever21, Forever21



Thrift Store Expedition pt. 2

Here are some of the fabulous finds I got from my expedition yesterday. Thrifting is so underrated. I have found some amazing things for a fraction of the price in any store. Check out your local Salvation Army stores or just do a search for resale shops in your area. 

Skirt suit that I will separate: $5

Skirt and matching blouse: $5


Apt. 9 Loafers: $4

Pearl cuff: $2, Bangle: $.50, Cameo: $1.50
Some things need a little work, but for these prices I'm willing to put it in. I'm still deciding whether I want to make the cameo into a necklace or a brooch. Suggestions?


Thrift Store Expedition

After school today a bunch of friends and I went went scouring the thrift stores to see what deals we could find. It was quite the adventure.
Jacket- Old Navy, Dress(worn as shirt)- Forever21, Belt- Abercrombie and Fitch, Skirt and Bag- Forever21
$1 Skirt
I was oh so tempted.

$4 Heeled Loafers
 I'll make a post tomorrow about all the goodies I found. Ta ta for now lovelies.

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