Teen Vogue x A Magazine Back-to-School Party

Out of the thousands of Teen Vogue IT Girls across the country, I was lucky enough to be chosen to host one of the thirty Teen Vogue Back-to-School events. Being an IT Girl has definitely been an honor. Thus far, I’ve been able to participate in exclusive product trials, be featured as IT Girl of the week, as well as attend Teen Vogue Fashion University, but this has been the cherry on top of a priceless experience. Of course, I chose to share this exciting opportunity with KSU’s Fashion & Lifestyle publication, A Magazine, where I work as the Managing Editor. Our fantastic team put our hard work and dedication together to make this event the best it could possibly be. We had our booth set at KSU’s Black Squirrel Fest which features over 200 organizations. Guests were encouraged to enter raffles by posting on social media with our hashtags, browse through various goodies gifted from Teen Vogue, and ask A Magazine staffers about what it’s like working for A. Kent’s massive student body, especially made up of fashion and media related majors, were the perfect prospects to introduce the latest must-haves from Teen Vogue. A huge thank to Teen Vogue, the amazing sponsors, A Magazine, and everyone who came out to celebrate the start of another incredible year at KSU!

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Trend Report: 2015/2016

As 2015 is coming to a close, it’s time to reflect back on the fashion trends that for some of us nearly broke the bank. The big question is: were they worth it? After careful research, here’s my list of trends that made the cut for 2016.

Trends to be left in 2015:

As fun as the 90’s comeback can be, there’s certain items that just aren’t adding any benefit to a woman’s wardrobe. Pieces like overly distressed denim, flatforms, and plastic chokers are adding more of a “tacky” feel than a real fashion moment. Sure, these items can done tastefully, but that’s the key. An edgy leather choker or clean, metallic choker can make an outfit. To continue these trends into 2016, it’s crucial to reevaluate if they’re really doing anything to complement your look or having the opposite effect.

Trends to welcome in 2016:

It looks like we’re in for an innovative year in fashion. There’s many trends from recent years making a comeback, but in a redefined way for 2016. Two years ago, cut outs were all the rage, but to the point where it took away too much class from a look. Designers are introducing the concept of showing skin in a more tasteful way this time around. Personally, I can’t get enough of the deep V neckline and cold shoulder looks seen on the Spring 2016 runways. Another trend that took 2015 by storm was the 70’s. Designers aren’t quite ready to let that end because even more suede and fringe took over collections this season. Finally, Pantone made a statement with their choices for colors of the year with Serenity and Rose Quartz. Not only are they beautiful, but go to show that the line between the segregation of men and women, especially in fashion, is fading.

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Trend Report: The 1970’s

As you’re flipping through a fashion magazine or browsing stores this season, you’ve probably noticed the immense take over of 70’s inspired fashion. The boho chic look is definitely an acquired taste, but certain pieces are fun to style and absolutely perfect for summer time.

Here’s a list of some of my favorite 1970’s inspired items:

Off the shoulder peasant blouse:

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$45 Asos

Suede Skirt:

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$30 Brandy Melville

Floral Shift Dress:

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$79 Brigitte Bailey

Fringe/Crochet Top:

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$38 Nasty Gal

Chunky Platform Heels:

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$110 Jessica Simpson

Teen Vogue Fashion University

 

I can’t thank Teen Vogue enough for such an incredible weekend. It’s clear they are a publication that throughly cares about their readers and the future of fashion. This weekend at Teen Vogue Fashion University, I was a part of the Business of Fashion Program. TVFU provides us with fabulous speakers and networking opportunities throughout the weekend.

We started off Friday night at the Express in Times Square for the TVFU kickoff party. The wonderful Marketing and PR women of Express were in attendance along with some of the greatest minds of Teen Vogue.

On the first official day of TVFU, we were mentored by a handful of incredibly successful industry mavens. I learned important tips from experts dominating the blogger field from the women of WhoWhatWear, fashion show production insight from LDJ, the key to publication success from Jason Wagenheim, launching an online store with Carol Kane, and fashion entrepreneurship from Jessica Simpson.

Sunday morning, one of the greatest PR career women spoke, Erika Bearman of Oscar De La Renta. I have so much respect for her drive and success reached at such an early age. It was an extremely inspiring moment to actually be able to hear her best advice about the industry and have the chance to meet her.

Every person, whether it was an student, editor or business maven, was so open and willing to help each student succeed. TVFU ignited my love of fashion and the industry even more than I thought possible. I’m SO grateful for the opportunity to have heard such great insight and network with current/future industry leaders!

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Fall 2014 Semester Recap

It’s finals week here at Kent State University, so I thought I’d do a recap on my experiences throughout this semester. At the beginning on the school year, I was questioning if KSU was going to be the right fit for me… But after fifteen weeks here, I couldn’t be more thankful to be a part of Kent State University’s Fashion School.

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I’ve tried to take advantage of every possible way of utilizing my time at KSU. I joined the Fashion Student Organization, which gets students more involved with the fashion industry than I ever expected. Something is always going on, whether it’s planning a fashion show or having an industry professional come speak to us. I also had the honor of being featured in A Magazine, Kent’s fashion magazine, along with other incredibly talented bloggers. Throughout the semester, I attended fashion shows put on by FSO, Modista, and was able to do press at Her Campus’s College Fashion Week in Chicago.

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I’ve already been busy hunting down opportunities for the spring semester. I’ll be working as a representative for one of my favorite stores AKIRA Chicago, as well as another exciting new internship with a Chicago styling company is in the works. To The Nines has been accepted into various affiliate programs, and I’m looking forward to seeing where that goes. I can’t wait for other amazing opportunities to continue to unfold throughout the next few months. Thank you to all the loyal subscribers for reading and supporting my fashion endeavors!

Her Campus College Fashion Week

This past weekend, I attended College Fashion Week put on by Her Campus media. I’ve recently joined the Her Campus Bloggers Network, so this was a great opportunity to become more involved with the company. Chicago’s College Fashion Week took place at the Revel Downtown located in the loop. As guests arrived, they were greeted with free trials and gift bags from the lovely sponsors. Bare Minerals offered make up touch ups, TRESeme gave guests the chance to have their hair styled, and Boohoo had items from their fall line set out for viewing. An array of Luna bars, VitaCoco, and caffeinated waters (What could be better than caffeinated water!?) were offered to guests as we waited for the show to start. It was the perfect time to socialize with other Her Campus members and college students from Chicago also involved in fashion and media.

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The looks in the fashion show were sponsored by Boohoo clothing. Their clothes are trendy and affordable, perfect for college students! The show was split up into three scenes to showcase the variety of styles offered by Boohoo. Imperial Styles had a cool edgy vibe. It perfectly embodied the military and athletic trend that is so huge for fall 2014. The pieces were great for a casual going to class look and ranged to more dressed up outfits for going out on the town. My favorite pieces were the olive romper, floral bomber jacket, and blush pink jumpsuit.

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Overall, Brooklyn Princess was my favorite segment of the show. The looks were girly and chic with an added twist of distressed denim, leather, and harem pants. I’m currently obsessing over all the faux fur this season, so the cream faux jacket they showcased was hands down my must have piece of the night. I also loved the long, cotton candy pink jacket. It’s a great coat to mix up the usual dark fall colors in the classic fall wardrobe.

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Woodlander is the epitome of fall fashion. It included dark wool fabrics, plaids, and fur. I especially loved the styling in this scene. The stylists reused pieces in completely different ways to show how versatile the pieces from Boohoo really are. The floor length oxblood sweater and fur vest looked fabulous styled with everything from dresses to distressed denim.

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College Fashion Week was such a great experience. It was amazing to see how involved college students were in the show. All the models were real college students from the area. Each girl was unique in size and shape, which truly showcased how perfect the clothes are for actual students. Performances from local students was also an aspect I really respected. I loved seeing how the Her Campus network brought students together to create an amazing night of fashion and creativity.

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