All That Glitters Is Gold

As the summer days are winding down and the cool fall breeze starts to set in, the beginning of fall quarter is soon upon me. In preparation for school, and moving into my new apartment, I have been spending the last of my summer days indoors crafting quirky pieces for my new place. Finding inspiration from my Pinterest boards, I have created a glitter framed corkboard from an old picture frame and a make-up brush holder using a glass jar and vanilla scented coffee beans in place of colorfill. When creating the make-up brush holder I pictured myself at a vanity getting ready for the day, so when it was time to choose a color for the vase I knew I had to go for the gold. I can’t wait to set up my bathroom with this glittery piece!ImageImage

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Livin’ La Vida Local

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I have the extreme fortune of neighboring with a warm-hearted couple that works at the Farmer’s Market. Each Sunday they provide my family with a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs; at times, more than we know what to do with. With each season comes a new opportunity to find a way to creatively implement nature’s candy into each meal. In summer, our kitchen overflows with juicy heirlooms, crunchy bell peppers, and vibrant eggplants which provide the perfect addition to summer salads and stir-frys. As cold weather season is fast-approaching I look forward to the arrival of sweet potatoes, winter squash, and dark leafy greens which will make a delicious soup. I love getting produce from the Farmer’s Market because it allows me to connect with the growers and support local economy. A dish becomes much more delicious when you know who fostered, grew, and cared for the crop.

 

When I go back to school to start my Fall quarter one of the things I will miss the most is the soft knocking at our front door signaling that fresh produce awaits me on the other side. However, this year I am going to make a conscious effort to visit the farmers market in order to continue eating healthfully and sustainably. If you have not shopped at a local farmer’s market I highly encourage you to look on Google to find one close by. If this is not an option to you, I would recommend shopping at Whole Foods, Sprouts, Trader Joes, or Fresh & Easy; these grocers provide great produce and organic options. 

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(tonight’s dinner which was chicken, brown rice, and a medley of summertime vegetables)Image

City Creek Crush: Solange Knowles

Being the younger sibling of Beyonce Knowles cannot be an easy feat. Beyonce’s commanding presence and power has allowed her to propel career from 90s band member to all-around triple threat, earning her multiple Grammy awards and lengthy roles in box office films. Beyonce’s repertoire is not only astounding but is also intimidating; however, throughout Beyonce’s career, sibling Solange Knowles has been able to emerge from the shadows into an established individual in the media.

Like Beyonce, Solange’s claim to fame comes from multiple careers in the industry from releasing solo albums to starring in feature films. As audience members we have watched Solange make multiple transitions in her career, perhaps trying find her own claim to fame and avoid just being “Beyonce’s younger sister”. As Solange became more established in her career, her style began to reflected that allowing her to obtain a commanding presence in her own rite.

This artist/DJ/tastemaker extraordinaire prefers rich hues, partial to canary yellow and corals, exotic prints, and stand-out accessories. Siting the Fela Kuti Queens as a source of sartorial inspiration, Solange’s incorporates an Afro-centric flair into each ensemble. I love how she is able to mix eye-catching graphics, color, and culture into each outfit. Sasha Fierce, she may not be; but when it comes taking sartorial risks, Solange takes them own perhaps making her the fiercest Knowles of them all.

 Here are some of my favorite looks sported by Solange:

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Collared & Chained

Although I was never required to wear a uniform throughout my primary and secondary schooling, nothing fills me with more nostalgia for my childhood than a peter pan collar. First introduced on the fall runways in 2010, peter pan collars have undergone various renovations in order to make this look novel. Currently you can see peter pan collars adorned with bold spikes and eye-catching gem embellishments, and even crafted in unique fabrics such as lace and leather. My favorite innovation to the collar is the peter pan collar necklace. This necklace allows you to put a schoolgirl spin to any outfit. I just recently bought one from Macy’s (unfortunately it’s sold out online), which I am excited to pair with lace shirts, peplum dresses, and juxtapose with a leather tank. What is your opinion of the trend. I’d love to hear. 

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Chalk Factor

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Being a California native, Planet Blue’s Golden State bohème meets beach bum aesthetic has always resonated with my sartorial tastes. With the usage of fringe accents, paisley prints, and turquoise set in silver with the use of a mirror image effect no doubt, this lookbook had me at hello. I can’t get enough of model Amanda Booth’s chalked hair. Although the styled looks coincide with the western trends that have been forecasted for Fall, her sun-bleached locks dipped in oceanic blues and purples add intrigue to each outfit. (Like come on, how gorgeous is Booth the pic of booth in the fringe merlot-colored number). You can view the entire the Yesterday’s Flowers lookbook at Planet Blue. Don’t be surprised if by the time you are finished viewing the photos that you are order chalk from your nearest arts & crafts store. 

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Fiery Mother Pucker

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Looking back on my childhood, some of my fondest memories are holing up in the family bathroom trying on my mother’s wide assortment of lipsticks. From the softest of pinks to the darkest of rich wines, it seemed my mother had captured a pigment of the rainbow in each luxurious tube. I remember feeling so glamorous as I uncapped the lipstick and applied the slanted balm onto my lips. Each shade unleashed a different facet of my personality. 

I was not allowed to wear lipstick in high school but at the time it didn’t seem to matter. I found solace in flavored Lip Smackers and shimmering glosses. But lately I have been craving that surge of glamour into my every day life. Usually being one to play up the eyes, I am challenging myself to be more experimental when it comes to my beauty routine and play up another feature. This Autumn I look forward to painting my lips with rich hues of burgundy, chocolate, and copper pairing them with full brows, thick lashes, and a soft dew on my face. The photos shown in this post serve as my inspiration.

Above: Elizabeth Olsen wearing a warm berry hue; Below: Donna Karan Spring ’12 sporting a deep burgundy 

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Work It Out Foxy Lady

ImageGoing to the gym to work on my fitness is an essential part of my daily routine. I love the feeling of working towards something that at first seems unattainable and then proving myself wrong. Exercise has improved all aspects of my life. I joined the gym 8 months ago, regularly exercising five times a week and I can tell you physically, mentally, and spiritually I have never felt better. Whether it be getting down with my bad self at a Zumba class or kicking major bootay at Turbo Kick; regular exercise has provided me with confidence, strength, and clarity.

Throughout my fitness journey I have acquired tons of knowledge about proper eating habits and effective workouts, one of which is the importance of strength training for women. A lot of females avoid lifting weights because they feel as if it will make them “bulk up” or they are scared of the weird stares from men indicating that they do not belong. Never one to shy away easily, I combat weird stares from men by playing up my girly attributes. Sure they may snicker when they see me perkily walking towards the heavy weights with pink bows in my hair but I find when I look my best, I work out my best. And in the end isn’t that purpose. 

Here are my six ways to work it out like a fox:

  1. Trendy Sports Bra – The gym may be the only place appropriate for a girl to show off her bra in public. Might as well make it sassy! I personally love choosing brightly colored or patterned bras because they are an easy way to mix in your personality into a work out ensemble. 
  2. Hair Bows – Who says that ponytails have to be boring? Hair bows and colored headbands/hair ties are an easy way to mix in color into your workout attire. Put that sucker up in a p.tail and slap on a bow, and you are good to go. 
  3. Watches – Wearing a watch to the gym makes it easy to time your workout, circuits, or strength training moves and are overall just a practical decision. I love this G-Shock watch because of the vivid violet hue.
  4. Slogan Water Bottles – Drinking water is so imperative when you are working out. Although it may taste bland, your exercise bottle certainly doesn’t have to be! I always buy water bottles with fun slogans on them because for me they encourage me to workout. Right now I sport the green Victoria’s Secret water bottle that states “Let’s work it out.” Every time I see it I’m motivated to plan my exercise for the week and to drink more water. 
  5. Sassy Shirts – Shirts with witty phrases such as this Nike one are my absolute favorite. I feel like when I’m in the weight room with a T-shirt or tank similar to this, guys definitely don’t want to mess. 
  6. Colorful Sneakers – When exercising, shoes that support your activities are essential. When choosing the right shoe you want to look for comfort, longevity, and a style that is suitable for you. Shoes are also a great way to integrate color into your workout attire but if you like your look to be more cohesive neutral colors may be the way to go. 

Fedorably Photogenic

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With the sun’s rays beaming less heavily and the wind providing a much needed cool breeze, my sister and I took the opportunity to head outdoors. I could not get enough of the outfit my sister was sporting! She was wearing the perfect attire for a sunny but breezy day such as this: an aztec-printed top, cuffed shorts, TOMS, and a straw fedora she casually through on before leaving the house. Casual and yet put-together we spent the day perusing shops in our downtown area and scoring some major finds. More details of our loot to come! 

The pictures we took feature her outside of a local inn; the colors of which complemented her outfit picture-perfectly. 

Peplums & Pastels

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August is so awkward. It is the month that technically a part of the Summer season category; however with fluctuating temperatures and new back-to-school merchandise a girl can beg to differ. With the sweet cooing of the stock up sales on oversized knit sweaters, deep autumnal hued denim, and clunky leather western boots it has been a battle not to dump my summer purchases and have an autumnal affair. However, let’s not be too hasty. Retailers may be saying “Go! Go! Go!” on fall merchandise but the hot temperatures are saying “No, no, no.” That’s when the beauty of the transition piece comes into play. Mixing fall trends like floral peplums with summer staples (in this case pastel colored denim) is the perfect way to show some excitement for the upcoming season without abandoning your old wardrobe. This is the time to remix your wardrobe with the old and new, with the benefits being that because you preserved some of your new buys when the fall comes you’ll feel as though your wardrobe is still new. So no need to fret about August, as awkward as you are, you are increasing my cost-per-wear so I love you all the same. 

Sweaters, Starbucks, and Star Spangles

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In viewing the Olympics these past two weeks I have been inspired by each athletes courage, strength, and pride in representing their individual countries. With each win I felt their elation, with each loss I felt their heartache, and in each game I could feel the athletes’ desire to persevere.

When I spotted this girl outside of Brandy Melville I had to stop her in her tracks. What better way to celebrate the end to a once in a four year phenomenon than share a little national pride? I love how she paired a star spangled asymmetrical hem skirt with a cropped sweater; summer Americana at its finest. Although the Olympics won’t be showing until 2016 when it’s in Rio de Janeiro, it’s never a faux pas to show some pride. So show some spirit, rock your stripes, rock your stars, and find cheeky ways to incorporate some red, white, and blue. After viewing the fierce competition in each race, match, and relay, it is evident that there is much to be proud of.