Cheers to a New Year

Throughout all the chaos, I will admit that 2016 has been my favorite year yet. I’ve grown academically, professionally and truly as an individual.

This year, I’ll be saying goodbye to Chicago for a bit while taking on a new adventure in New York City; I have officially survived my first week as an “amateur New Yorker”. It’s both thrilling and nerve-racking coming face to face with the unknown, but the endless possibilities are more than welcome.

I’m finishing up my junior year at Kent State University’s NYC Studio. The NYC program is a unique opportunity to learn from industry professionals in the classroom as well as immerse yourself into the world of fashion as an intern. I’ll be spending my semester as a Public Relations intern at Karla Otto, an international luxury public relations firm. I’ll also be keeping a long distance relationship with A Magazine as the Social Media Director.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve only dreamt about working in the fashion industry and now, it’s actually becoming a reality. I can’t wait to share with you as I embark on life in the big apple through To The Nines.

XOXO, Kendall

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Inspire Me: Vanessa Hudgens (aka “Queen of Coachella”)

I think we can all agree that the true art of dressing is about letting someone’s personality shine through and reveal their utmost confidence. Vanessa Hudgens has mastered the art of doing just that. Often referred to as the “Queen of Coachella”, I couldn’t think of a better person to draw influence from this summer. Lollapalooza is just a few short weeks away, and the stores are flooded with women of all ages seeking that perfect festival look.

We’ve seen Vanessa’s style grow with her from the sets of High School Musical to Spring Breakers and from her gracing the red carpet to the festival scene. She’s one celebrity that I always keep an eye out for no matter the event. It’s so obvious that she realizes fashion is all about having fun and creativity.

Like many of us, she’s ready to jump on the 90’s trend bandwagon. I’ve loved seeing these trends transform from simple plastic chokers and Converses to intricately crafted chokers and platforms that are bringing unique silhouettes to the shoe game. In a recent interview with Mehera Bonner of Marie Claire, Vanessa explained, “Fashion was playful in the ’90s, and that’s why I love music festivals as well. They have that playful essence.” She also revealed one of the major keys to festival fashion: accessories. “That’s one thing that’s so fun about festivals—you can never go too far with accessories.” I couldn’t agree more. Not all of us are lucky enough to hit the festival scene in VIP, so it’s important to stay cool and comfortable throughout the long days. Thanks to their ease of layering and versatility, accessories are the ultimate way to make your festival look standout.
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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!

Inspire Me: Olivia Palermo

With media playing such a huge factor in fashion nowadays, some of the most inspiring style icons are celebrities. We see their daring style choices on the red carpet, fashion events, magazines, TV, etc. I love watching to see what my favorite style icons are going to wear next! Therefore, I decided to start writing about style icons that I find most inspiring to my wardrobe.

For the first article, I chose to write about my all time style-inspiration Olivia Palermo. I swear I’ve never seen her in an outfit I haven’t liked. Olivia first came into the public eye on The Hills spinoff The City. She’s had numerous jobs working for leading fashion companies, such as Diane Von Furstenburg and Elle Magazine. She’s even been the face of Oscar de la Renta’s Outnet Collection and brand ambassador of the Maasai Project for Pikolinos.

Olivia Palermo is always dressed to the nines whether she’s strolling the streets of New York with fiancé Johannes Huebl or on the red carpet. These are a few of my favorite looks Olivia wore:

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This look is from Milan Fashion Week. I love the fur and pattern detail on this coat. She styled it to perfection with simple black pants and accessories.

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Olivia wore this to the Cannes Film Festival in France. The shimmery gold material looks stunning on the red carpet. I also                  love how she added the jacket for a different, fashionable touch.

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This look is perfect for spring. Olivia wore this to the Rachel Zoe runway show. The fit and flare skirt is fun, girly, and flattering. I found a similar one at Akira that I am dying to wear when the weather is warm enough. See here.

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Jumpsuits are so big for spring. I love how Olivia styled it with an edgy varsity bomber jacket. Jumpsuits are always something I’ve been nervous about wearing only being 5’4, but Olivia really owns the look despite her petite stature.

I could go on and on about all her fabulous looks, but I’ll stop here. Get her look here:

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