Consistency at its Finest.

Well, here I am, another few months too far from my last post. What made me stop and realize I had yet again been neglecting this page? It’s time I gave to sit down and truly think about the things I love. With all the hustle and bustle of travel season in the fall and a constant flow of visitors in the spring including the big visit days we host every couple of months, my job can get quite tiring. I do enjoy my job but when I forget to take time to myself, I can let it consume me and I tend to become more of a blob during my time off. Hence, the lack of posting.

I know I always say this, but I am hoping for less erratic postings and a more structured format (easier said than done…).

I want to focus on the things I love and enjoy more this year. I want this to be a year of growth, a year of adventure, and a year of learning.

Wish me luck and I look forward to learning and growing together with you!

NYFW Wrap Up.

My work week was filled with events and running around. I was cold and hungry. You’d think I was at New York Fashion Week, but instead I was stuck in Indiana helping run events for prospective students at the university for which I work. Instead of galavanting around New York, I was interviewing students in my office and checking students into residence halls for an overnight visit.

I came home every night this week exhausted from my own work day that I barely had time to check Style.com and The Cut for my daily dose of NYFW. I am now finally catching you up on everything you may have missed while I was working.

Banana Republic stepped up its game and started presenting with the big dogs of the fashion world. Unfortunately, Marissa Webb’s work seemed to stay within her comfort zone but didn’t look like J. Crew 2.0, which is what I was most worried about since Webb’s move to BR from J. Crew.

All photos courtesy of Banana Republic

All photos courtesy of Banana Republic

Speaking of J. Crew, Jenna Lyons and friends knocked it out of the park yet again. And not just with the clothes themselves but with the styling as well. J. Crew’s fall collection consists of bright yellows and sequins as well as a healthy amount of navy and grey. When Jenna Lyons says, “I think we were missing the sparkle a little. We’d gotten a little bit quiet. It’s not just us—fashion generally has gone a bit quiet, I think. So this season I was like: ‘Damn, give me sequins!'” you get more sequins.

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J. Crew

J.Crew also introduced the jumpsuit pantsuit for this fall. All the pieces were gorgeous. It was hard to just pick eight looks for this post. I suppose I am a bit biased since I worked for the company and still love it very much.

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J. Crew

In its totality, NYFW consisted of many prints and styles mimicking that of the 70s, though one show in particular did not: Rachel Zoe.

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Rachel Zoe

Zoe went for more of a 60s vibe.

Probably my favorite of the shows I have had the time to watch so far was Badgley Mischka. The pieces were gorgeous and the photos below do not do the collection justice.

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Badgley Mischka

If you have been on the lookout for Kendall Jenner this NYFW, one of the places you could have spotted her was in the Marc by Marc Jacobs show.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs

The show also included double-lined, winged eyes and one of the accessories that is making a comeback: the bumbag/fanny pack.

What are everyone’s thoughts about NYFW this year? Any standout shows? Any upsetting collections?

Marsala.

I have a bit of an obsession with Pantone. My latest phone case was a Pantone chip. When I worked at J.Crew this winter I tried not to obsess over this water bottle that had Pantone chips all over it that someone kept in the back room.

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My obsession is well-known (which can be kind of embarrassing) but good as well. One of the gifts I received for Christmas this year was the book PANTONE on Fashion: A Century of Color in Design. I have yet to read the entire thing, but I have skimmed everything.

Around the same time, I found out this year’s color. Unlike last year, Marsala is, well, less radiant than Radiant Orchid. I tend to gravitate toward jewel tones if I include any color at all in an outfit, so Marsala is a much more realistic color for me to integrate into my wardrobe this year than Radiant Orchid was last.

Blake Lively in a Marsala colored dress

Blake Lively in a Marsala colored dress

Here are some pieces you could add to your collection for the new year in the new “it” color:

H&M Shoes $29.95

H&M Shoes $29.95

3.1 PHILLIP LIM Zip Shoulder Pullover $416.50

3.1 PHILLIP LIM Zip Shoulder Pullover $416.50

ASOS Ultimate Slim Coat $104.23

ASOS Ultimate Slim Coat $104.23

Topshop Super-Soft Cape $52.00

Topshop Super-Soft Cape $52.00

 

Cara Loves Topshop.

As you may have heard, it was announced on Monday that Cara Delevingne was going to be the face of Topshop this fall. For Delevingners, this means you will be seeing a lot more of Cara modeling. So, do not worry, we are not losing Cara completely to the film and music world just yet.

Take a peek at the rest of the photos from the shoot on Topshop’s Google+ page.

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See the Topshop website for the new behind-the-scenes footage of the AW14 shoot.

3 Things You Need to Know About The August Issue of Vogue.

1. Blake Lively started her own website, Preserve, and she looks gorgeous (as usual) on the cover and in her feature.

In Blake’s Letter from the Editor, she says “The function of Preserve is part magazine, part e-commerce hub, part philanthropic endeavor and above all, a place to showcase the power of imagination, ingenuity, quality, and above all, people… We’ve created this space to multiply our experiences. So Preserve.us isn’t just the U.S. It’s all of us.”

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2. Christian Louboutin has created his own nail lacquer.

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The polish was inspired by the signature soles of the shoes which was originally created by red nail polish. This 0.4 fl. oz. bottle is anything but ordinary. Rouge Louboutin’s handle shape is “inspired by the tallest heel Christian Louboutin ever created- the Ballerina Ultima” which is 8-inches high. For an equally designer price, you can be the owner of the next most talked about nail lacquer. You can buy it here or at Sephora.

3. If you are a Delevingner, you will be happy to see her in two ads before you get to the Table of Contents.

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Check back on Thursday for more about Cara Delevingne.

Radiant Orchid.

Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2014 is Radiant Orchid. Pantone Radiant Orchid

So, what is there to love about this colour? Like 2013’s Emerald, Orchid is new and fresh, but you will be able to bring new pieces into wardrobe without breaking the bank. Celebrities, such as Kelly Osbourne, have been seen in the colour.

Kelly Osbourne in Radiant Orchid

Michelle Obama in Pantone's Colour of the Year

The First Lady has already been seen a few times in 2014’s colour. Below you will find a few options for your wardrobe in the new year.

Merona Women’s Opaque Tights $4.00 – $8.00

Tibi Sleeveless stretch-ponte skater dress $190 (was $475)

Stella McCartney Eco Faux Nappa Clutch $299 (was $770)

ASOS Pencil Skirt In Texture With Curved Hem $39.93

Topshop Purple Wool Coat by Boutique $390

NYE Outfit Options

Last minute purchases are being made, including last minute decisions for what to wear for NYE.

Here are a few options to choose from if you are lacking inspiration or just need to find that perfect dress for the occasion.

Alice + Olivia ELLIOTTE BEADED SHIFT DRESS $797.00

Free People Sleeveless Beaded Slip Dress $78.00

Forever 21 Darling Floral A-Line Dress $22.80

Forever 21 Asymmetrical Mesh Midi Dress $27.80

Zara PATTERNED TUBE DRESS WITH DIAMANTE 59.99 USD (was 119.00 USD)

Cynthia Steffe Sleeveless Lace & Ostrich Feather Skirt Dress – Daisy $450.00

Jacquard Ponte Knit Fit & Flare Dress $138.00

Topshop SEQUIN TINSEL T-SHIRT DRESS $140.00

Sparkles and sequins to feathers and mesh, your options are endless for this New Year’s Eve.

Back to Ring in the New Year.

Hello fellow bloggers and readers,

I am very sorry it has been so long since my last post. I let busyness of the past semester get the best of me and it distracted from my regular posting schedule. I am now on Christmas holiday from uni and will not be going back to school until the end of January.

So… I now have time to blog and look for a job after graduation in May. My January will consist of blogging, reading blogs, catching up with friends, serving at the bar and grille near me at home I have worked at for the past few summers, and sifting through PR agencies to send my resume to.

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Currently I am sipping on my free drink from Starbucks, a venti Caramel Macchiato. A much needed treat before work later.

I am hoping to have a few more posts up before the new year. If there is anything you would like to see me blogging about in the new year, let me know!

 

Crushed Dreams: Condé Nast Intern Program.

Last night a dream of mine died.

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Anna Wintour – Vogue Editor-in-Chief

Condé Nast decided to end its Intern Program.

Why?

They were sued by two interns who interned for W Magazine and The New Yorker for the summer who claimed to have been paid below minimum wage during their time at the corporation.

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Cara Delevingne W Magazine Cover September 2013

Unfortunately, this has not been the first corporation in the magazine industry to be hit with issues. A former Harper’s Bazaar intern sued Hearst Magazines last year for not being paid.

The opportunity to work for these companies and get a foot in the door before actually applying to be a full-time paid employee is now lost. This could be good, as it could level the playing field a bit, but it could also make it harder to get these journalist and editorial positions without previous work experience in the field.

What are your thoughts on Condé Nast getting rid of their intern program?

Sweater Weather.

Last night it snowed. Tomorrow is only a high of 45 degrees Farenheight as of now, most of the day being in the high 30s/low 40s. Tomorrow calls for a little sweater weather. Below is a similar outfit to the one I will be sporting tomorrow.

My snood is from ASOS last season and the sweater I thrifted. But here are some similar options.

Sweater Weather.