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Dress it Up

Hello everybody! So as we are nearing the holiday season, it’s time for holiday parties and festivities. We all know how important it is to look our best for these festivities, because you never know who you’re going to meet. I know holiday parties are a great plot line for movies for romance, so who knows, it could happen in real life. Anyway, that isn’t really my point. My point is, that every girl needs to look her best, and the way to do that is having the perfect dress. Now, depending on the type of party you are going to, you will need a different style of dress. I know my sorority’s semi-formal is coming up this weekend, and I have been searching for a dress that could top last years, and I’m not the only one. All of my sisters have been going crazy searching. I also know that there are other holiday parties that are coming up that are going to need a different style dress than my semi-formal. It’s important to dress yourself properly for the occasion; even if your dress is killer, if it doesn’t fit with the theme, you won’t score those style points. So the following is a list, along with a few pictures, of what to wear for what occasion.
For a semi-formal, think of your high school Homecoming dance. You want a short dress that isn’t a sundress, because that’s way too casual, but you also don’t want a floor-length ballgown, that’s only appropriate for prom and maybe some galas. So a good rule of thumb with those is dressy, but not too much. You can have sparkly, and you can have a poofy skirt, but don’t go for something that you see on the red carpets at the Oscars, that’s a bit too much. I think the picture below is a good example of the types of dresses you want for a semi-formal. Mine is a high-low strapless sweetheart neckline that made me feel like a princess, without being too over the top. My sister Tia’s is a black strapless sweetheart neckline dress that shows off her curves, while keeping it classy. The little bit of sparkle to her dress is absolutely perfect for the occasion.

Now, for a holiday party, depending on where it is, these dresses might be a bit much, plus they don’t necessarily match the spirit of the season. With a holiday party, it’s best to go with a dress in a festive color, similar to a cocktail dress, so dressy, but not overly so. Good colors to go with for those dresses are red, green, blue, silver, gold, and black. And sequins are a yes. The holidays sparkle and so can you. I have attached a few examples I am in love with that I’ve found from various stores and from Pinterest. We want dressier than a sundress, but not at the level of the semi dresses above. I would advise you to put leggings under the dress if you are cold, and it’s outside, otherwise, just stay cold for a few minutes walking to your car. You’ll warm up inside the venue, and then you won’t have to worry about anything covering up the beauty of your dress.

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Keeping it Classy

A warm hello to all of my fashionistas. Today, we’re going to look at a fun, easy way to prep up an outfit. This accessory is especially popular among my sorority sisters. They are all obsessed, and I’m becoming the same way. It’s super easy and fun, and dresses up an outfit. Plus, it’s an accessory that is 100% Audrey-approved. Pearls. If anyone watches the show Ravenswood, they’ll have seen the latest trend there as well. One of the star’s outfits was perfectly accessorized with a strand of pearls. Now, there are many different ways to wear pearls. Some go with the classic, short necklace that is perfect for a business meeting or nice dinner. But the real trend lies with the longer strings of pearls, the ones that fit like a longer necklace and really give an outfit an extra punch. It’s preppy, but it’s fun too, and you can take an adorable outfit and make it a little more adorable with the pearls.
Now, before you go out and spend hundreds of dollars on real pearls, let’s focus on where you can find some cheaper ones. I was shopping around, and pearl necklaces that look adorable, but aren’t necessarily real, are very affordable and range from $10-$25. Which, if you’re a college student, is the perfect price. Besides, no one is going to notice if they’re real or not. Especially not when people are more focused on what you are wearing rather than, at least in my case, who you are wearing. Sure brand names and designers matter, but when it comes to accessories, it matters a little less than if it were a bag or shoes. Essentially, if it’s cute, people are going to like it, even if it isn’t designer.
Now, the photo below shows a string of pearls that I found that have cute little flowers on the chain as well. I personally love that because it adds a bit of a country look, which is perfect for my style some days. There are others that have other little accessories added on, that is completely up to you and what your personal style is at the moment. Essentially, just have fun with it! The pearls add a little bit of class to an outfit, and who doesn’t love that? Plus, every girl wants her chance to channel Audrey Hepburn, and now she can with the classic pearls, or the modified pearls that are popping up everywhere.

Back on Black!

Hello everybody! A great fashion trend that I’m seeing is the same color, but layered on top of each other. I’ve seen it with white shirts and white pants with a nice gold belt, or I’ve seen it with dresses with the exact same color jacket to go with it. Since I’ve seen this emerging as a trend, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and do the same thing, though with a bit of a twist. Since it is after Labor Day, I’m a bit more afraid to try the white on white, though I will give it a try in summer. So because of this, I chose to go with black on black. I was also dying to try out my new red lipstick, and let’s face it, red lips with a black outfit makes every girl walk with her head held high. Anyways, black on black. Rather than go with a completely black outfit, though I was tempted, I went with jeans, a black tank top, and a black sweater. Now, to pull this look off well, you need another brighter color thrown in to tie it all together, otherwise it just doesn’t work well. I mentioned a gold belt with the white on white. I threw on a cheetah print scarf instead. It helped to add a pop of pattern to my otherwise boring black/black outfit, and if the compliments I got while I was out shopping were any indication, the outfit was hot. Audrey would have been proud to wear that outfit and show off her style.
Now, while these outfits are a great trend, I would be very cautious with you using it with any color. Neutral colors seem to work really well (black, white, nude, etc.). However, I don’t suggest layering red on red, or yellow on yellow. That would just make you look like a highlighter, and we all know that is never a good look, unless it’s a Halloween costume. Plus, when you do the black on black, make sure you have an accessory or another piece of clothing that distracts from it and adds a touch of another color. If not, it most likely won’t be the best look, though who knows, you could pull it off. Something to break up the color is always a plus though, so a nice belt is good, or a scarf, or even a brightly colored bag and matching shoes. You can get creative with these ideas, and if you go with bright shoes and a bright bag, it’s even better to wear a nice neutral outfit so that everyone’s attention goes where it needs to.
I have included a picture of me modeling my outfit for everyone to see what I came up with. I love trying out new things and encourage you all to do the same. Fashion is fun, and even if you make a fashion faux pas, remember every celebrity has had that moment too, it’s not the end of the world.

Shine Bright

Hello everyone! As we head into the winter months, it can be tempting to stow away all of our brightly colored clothes in preference of darker colors. Well, I am here to tell you to throw away that idea. Bright colors have been in style for a while, and continue to stay in style. Granted, don’t put pink and yellow together, but bright colors in moderation are perfect for brightening up a look.

So what’s a good, bright color that will brighten up any winter look? Red, green, pink, mint, white, and coral. These were very popular summer colors, and now we are going to use them in the winter as well. Now, how do we want to wear these colors? As I said before, we need to use them in moderation, because it is winter and we need to match them with our darker colors to match the weather. A good example of this is to wear jeans, black boots, a black and white polka dot shirt, and a pink blazer over it. This outfit will keep you warm, ties into the darker color scheme of winter, and still has a pop of color with that pink blazer. With just a little bit of a warmer color, it is not too summery. As for the coral, red and mint, I’d wear those colors as pants or scarves. If you choose to wear them as pants, I’d suggest going with neutral accents, such as a creme shirt and a black jacket with the red, or a black top with the mint. Coral is great with hints of green too, so I’d wear a creme top with maybe a green necklace and those coral pants. By adding just a little bit of color to each outfit, you’re keeping yourself from becoming bored with the outfits that you own, as well as keeping everyone else excited about what you’re wearing. Neutral colors tend to make us blend in, whereas adding pops of color makes it so much easier to stand out.
Another great trend is color-blocking. This is especially popular if you are in a sorority, we all know how much we sorority girls love our bright colors. Wear those green pants with a very light, blush colored top. The blush gives the outfit a little more color without overwhelming the pants. If it’s still warm where you are, you could even get away with coral and green color blocking, though I wouldn’t advise that for the winter months as much. However, those green pants with a blue cardigan will look amazing, depending on the blue and green. Make sure if you do this, you use caution, and use a navy blue and a nice darker green, not a mint green.
If you’re unsure of whether an outfit will look good or not, ask a friend! We dress to impress other people, so get an opinion first! A second pair of eyes on an outfit has never hurt. 
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