"A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous." -Coco Chanel

Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Exams!

Ahhhh finals...THE worst word a college student can hear. I haven't yet met a person who doesn't pull their hair out during finals. Quite frankly, it's torturous. And when you're headed to the library to study for hours upon hours, yoga pants and a big comfy sweatshirt, hair tied on top of your head in a messy bun, and some furry slippers are extremely tempting. I'm definitely guilty on the yoga pants.

Well, THANK YOU, Collegefashion for helping us through final exams. 
As I now study endlessly for the next two weeks, I wanted to share with you some of the tips that this awesome website has for looking cute during your final exam period! Stay tuned for more blogging post-exams and post below if you utilize some of Collegefashion's tips! Good luck on exams!

"Look for pieces that all go together and could be mixed and matched in a bunch of different ways. That way, when it’s time to get dressed, you just need to throw on some clothes from that pile and go ace your exam! No extra worries.On the Sunday before exam week, put together a wardrobe full of basics for the days ahead – as if you were packing for a vacation.

Don’t wear sweats or pajamas.

Exam week hair & makeup tips
  • At least one coat of mascara

The most important thing

As every college girl knows, fashion is pretty much last on the list of priorities during exam time – who has time to pick out the perfect outfit when you might fail your biology final?
And that’s how it should be. When you’re in college, fashion can’t come before doing what you’re there to do – pass your classes and graduate!
That said, I’ve received lots of emails and comments from readers who want some ideas on what to wear during exam week – outfits that are comfortable, stylish, and easy to put together when you’re pressed for time.
I think I can help you guys with that – just because you’re super busy, it doesn’t mean you have to completely abandon looking good. There’s definitely a middle ground; it just takes some planning.

A sample “exam week clothing list” could look like this:
* 3 pairs of jeans – One for every other day. You want to go basic here, nothing too crazy looking that would be hard to pair with your other clothes. When in doubt, go with dark stretch jeans. They’re always classy in any situation. Also, comfort is key – those super-skinny jeans might be your new faves, but sitting in them for 5 hours studying might not be very comfortable.
* Basic tanks and tee shirts – My wardrobe staples when I need a chic outfit in a hurry. I love American Apparel deep v neck tees in basic colors and A&F , H&M or James Perse tank tops (so comfortable.)
* 1 or 2 cardigans! – Another staple for me. Cardigans are so chic and they dress up a plain tank top or tee. Even better, they keep you warm! If you aren’t on the bandwagon with cardigans yet, see my article 5 Reasons You Should Own a Cardigan.
* Cute earrings – An easy accessory that will make a huge difference. If you’re going to be writing a lot or just bubbling in ScanTron sheets, having a bunch of bangle bracelets on your arm will annoy you and everyone else around you! Skip the bracelets and wear cute earrings instead.
* Ballet flats or flat boots – You want to make sure you’re comfortable and at your exam on time, so those 4 inch heels are out! A cute pair of ballet flats or some flat-heeled boots are chic options that are still comfy and easy to wear.
* A small purse – If you’re just taking a test and don’t have any other classes, a small purse is the easiest option. Just bring your ID, money, phone, and some extra study materials. Less stuff to carry and less to worry about are both good things to have on exam days!
While I know it’s tempting to stay up all night studying and go to your final in sweats, you’ll feel more awake and ready for your test if you’re dressed normally. Going to an exam in your PJ’s might make it difficult to concentrate, not to mention that it’s definitely not a stylish choice at all!
It’s no more difficult to throw on a pair of jeans before you go to your exam, and it will make a huge difference in how you feel during the test. Try it for yourself – I think you’ll be surprised at the results.

The best tip I can give you for doing your hair and makeup during exam week is keep it simple. There are few times in your college career that are more stressful than exam weeks, and the easier you can make it on yourself, the better.
Here are a few tips on how to look cute while still spending little or no time on hair & makeup during exam week.
Here are my makeup essentials – this is pretty much all the makeup that I usually wear on exam days:
My advice is to skip the eyeshadow, bronzers, eyebrow powders and complex makeup when you’re going to an exam! The goal is to look presentable without spending more than 5 minutes doing your face. Keep the complicated makeup for another time – after all, you have last minute studying to do!
Your hair should be out of your face so when you’re working on your exam it doesn’t get in your way – I hate when I’m constantly trying to pull my hair back during a test! Again, skip complicated styles and go with something basic, like one of these fast and easy hair styles. You’ll be ready in a flash and won’t be fixing a complicated hairstyle all day.
Another quick hair tip: don’t wear a headband if they can give you headaches. This happens to me occasionally and I wouldn’t want to be stuck wearing one during an important final.
Hopefully this article will help make it easier to look cute without worrying about it, so you can focus on doing your best on all the tests you have to take. I know it sounds cliche, but at the end of the day, what you wear during exam week isn’t as important as how you do on your exam. Good luck to all of you on your finals this year!"

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tuesday's Ten: Fun Wedges

The only thing on everyone's mind as we are teased by days of gorgeous warm weather mid-April is summer and summer clothes. As I sit here avoiding all studying, I'm dreaming of going out to dinner in a cute sundress, or white skinny jeans and a tank, and rocking some wedges. Instead of the usual classic wedges in blacks and browns, which, of course, are also great, sometimes it's fun to spice it up and wear some eye-catching wedges! There are definitely some gorgeous wedges on the market right now, so I wanted to share ten of them with all of you!

See by Chloe - $375

I love these wedges not only for the gorgeous royal blue color but also for the boldness of them. How amazing would they look with skinny jeans and a totally plain tank? This chunky wedge makes the perfect statement.

Stuart Weitzman - $375

L.A.M.B. - $345

Joie - $270 (On sale for $190 at Zappos.com!)

Circus by Sam Edelman - $120

Juicy Couture - $250 (On sale for $150 at Bloomingdales.com!)

I actually really like these wedges because while they're different and fun, they remain pretty classic and effortless. They also come in pink!

Salvatore Ferragamo - $675

Rachel Zoe - $395

I think these wedges are awesome. Paired with something toned down like a cute LBD or skinny jeans, they will be an exciting summer piece.

Enzo Angiolini - $130 (On sale for $104 at Bloomingdales.com!)

Rebecca Minkoff - $295

I love Rebecca Minkoff, and I love these wedges. They are understated and absolutely perfect for both night and day.

What wedges do YOU have your eye on for this Spring and Summer?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tuesday's Ten: Spring Bags

I may be in Miami but even in the Northeast, it's beginning to look at lot like Spring! Spring fashion is so much fun. White denim, espadrilles, and pastels define the season for me, and I love it. Why not buy a bag that embodies Spring that you can also wear throughout Summer?
Below are ten exciting Spring bags:

MCM - $885

3.1 Philip Lim - $895
I have to say...I absolutely LOVE this bag. I think the silhouette is so unique and fun, while the long strap makes it practical. It may not be bright (although it does come in some neons) but the light and unique color makes it absolutely perfect for Spring and Summer!

Tory Burch - $550

Furla - $228

Givenchy - $972
This tote is absolutely gorgeous! I picture it accessorizing white jeans and a white tee and looking so polished. How can you go wrong with this amazing pastel color?

Rebecca Minkoff - $195 
I love this bag and think it's so practical...but the best thing of all is that it comes in SO many fun colors.

The Cambridge Satchel - $180

Marc by Marc Jacobs - $548
This is the ultimate spring bag, and it's ADORABLE.

Alexander Wang - $895

Balenciaga - $1,599

Do YOU have a go-to Spring bag?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tuesday's Ten: Summer Swim!

It may not feel like summer yet, but before we know it we will be reclining by the beach drinking lemonade. Therefore, it is officially time to start picking out cute summer beachwear! Below are the bathing suits that made today's ten due to their unique silhouettes, fun colors, and bold patterns.

T by Alexander Wang - $325

Mara Hoffman - $233

Wildfox - $148

PilyQ - $132
I absolutely love this bikini and I think it is the perfect summer must-have! It is so flirty and fun and you truly cannot go wrong rocking this on the beach.

OndadeMar - $194

Zinke - $136
This bathing suit is insanely adorable! I love the unique pattern and soft touches of color as well as the peplum detailing.

Mouille - $164

Norma Kamali - $430

Trina Turk - $138
If you want to turn some heads with a unique and gorgeous bathing suit, this is for you.

Victoria's Secret - $55

It was so hard for me to choose just ten bathing suits because everywhere I look, there are HUNDREDS of amazingly adorable suits! This is making me even more excited for Summer!

What do YOU think of these ten?