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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