Reminiscent on Renaissance

The Fall/Winter 2016 runways had us reminiscing on the renaissance era with the abundance of rich colors, draping and lavish materials. But let’s be honest, not many of us will be walking around looking like a renaissance princess on the daily. To convert these extravagant looks into something wearable, it’s important to break the trend down into simpler aspects. Personally, I love the detailed silhouettes of the sleeves and drapings which create beautiful movement. I chose to feature those elements along with a rich color story to give the outfit a fall feel. The burnt orange top cinches at the waist and provides a great contrast to the flow of the kimono. I styled the rest of the look with wine colored boots and a complementing leather bag.

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Kimono: rue21/ Top: H&M/ Pants: Saks Fifth Ave OFF 5th/ Boots: Lulu’s/ Bag: Member’s Only

Athleisure

The athlesiure trend… I will honestly admit that I wasn’t a fan and still am a bit skeptical. That’s not to say it’s not taking over the market. Girls are bringing back their favorite pair of Adidas and rocking sweatshirts/shorts in an effortlessly fashionable way. For me, I’d be just as comfortable throwing on a great pair of booties or oversized sweater for the same effect. Fashion is about being playful and experimentation, so I decided to try my hand at this unstoppably popular trend. My take included a more dressed up pair of shorts that never fail to be flattering for my body type. I styled them with a simple t-shirt and satin bomber from Zara. Topping off the look with a single choker and “wannabe Vans” from Target. It was a fun experiment to embody this trend; but to be honest, I’d probably never wear this anywhere besides somewhere like Target anyway. For the girls out there who can rock the athleisure look, keep killin it and take advantage of this comfy, cool trend!

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Shorts: H&M/ Bomber: Zara/ Shoes: Target

Summer’s Must Have Style

When palazzo pants first made their comeback a year or so ago, I wasn’t quite sure if they’d stick around. Here we are nearly two years later, and it’s safe to say they’ve become a summer staple. They may seem intimidating at first; but with the right styling, they’re the perfect summer pant. The best part about palazzos is their comfort and versatility. They can be dressed up for a day at the office or paired with trendy pieces for a music festival. This look is something I’ve worn for a more casual day out in the city. I incorporated the shade of red-orange that has been popping up everywhere this season with southwestern inspired print on the palazzos. For a day at the office, I’ve styled these pants with a simple white blouse and gold jewelry.
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Pants: H&M/ Top: Zara/ Choker: Akira

Nothing like Summertime Chi

Summer has officially started, which means I’m back in the best city: Chicago. As much as I love Kent State, the atmosphere doesn’t quite compare to the ambiance of a big city. Lucky for me, my internship and free time adventures are allowing me to take full advantage. This outfit combines a few of my favorite elements: black, leather, and, of course, repping CHI. Graphics have been sweeping the fashion scene lately. The right graphic really allows for playful styling and personalized expression. I complemented the urban theme of my tank with edgy leather shorts, a black layering piece, and spiked statement necklace. This look is a great mix to the cliche florals of summer. Chicago may be the Second City but it’ll always be first in my heart.

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Tank: Akira/Shorts: H&M/ Vest: Coldwater Creek/Shoes: DSW

Guide to City Essentials

If I could choose one way to spend the day, it would be exploring a city. Whether it’s somewhere new or a place I’ve been to dozens of time, there’s always new adventures to be discovered. Arts, culture, and life lie around every corner. For a successful day, it’s crucial to bring along the a few essentials.

  1. Bring sunglasses. It may not even be THAT sunny, but with glares coming off of every passing car and building, you’ll be happy you had them.
  2. Download Uber and Transit. This gives you access to every possible form of transportation the city has to offer.
  3. Following the apps, make sure to pack a phone charger, so you can actually benefit from them.
  4. Your favorite lipstick. After a few cups of coffee, impulse macarons, and lunch, you’ll be ready to reapply.
  5. Satchel style purse. Whether you’re shopping or exploring a museum, worrying about your purse is the last thing you’ll want to be focusing on. This style allows for maximum movement and safety as it’s strapped around you.

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Coat: $26 SheInside/Buffalo Exchange/Top: $25 H&M/Pants: $25 Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th

Finally, Fall

It’s finally just about my favorite time of the year again: fall. The season of perfect fashion, mild weather, beautiful scenery, and tasty treats; what could possibly be better?Burgundy and black practically take up my entire wardrobe, so there’s nothing more fitting than to create an outfit around those for my first post of the season.  I couldn’t wait to bring out my favorite leather heeled boots for this season. I accessorized them with burgundy knee highs to accentuate the red in the cropped flannel. Since the sun is usually still quite warm around this time, I kept a more summery silhouette but used fabrics that best represent the upcoming season. There’s nothing more perfect than head to toe leather and flannel to welcome back fall.

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Cropped Flannel: $20 H&M/Shorts: $15 H&M/Knee Highs: $4.90 Forever 21

 

Patterned Pants

Whether they’re harem, palazzo, or a printed skinny, it seems as though the statement pant is here to stay. What start as a questionable trend has turned into a staple for almost every girl. Sure, jeans and black leggings are super easy to match; but every now and then, everyones’ wardrobe needs a bit of a splash. Patterned pants are honestly easier to style than they may seem. I recommend using a neutral or complementary color to the pattern and a contrasting silhouette (adding more volume on bottom & keeping it simple up top). For this outfit, I stuck with a geometric theme. I played the geometric pattern with pointed toe pumps, statement drop earring, and an elongating turtleneck to keep the flow of the outfit.

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Patterned Pant: $14.80 Forever 21/ Turtleneck crop top: $10  H&M/Pumps: $30 Forever 21