Stacks on Stacks on Stacks

Leandra Medine is undoubtedly a pioneer of sorts. With the birth of her blog The Man Repeller she showed us that not only was it okay that we freely express ourselves through apparel that would typically make any man scratch their heads in wonderment, but it was also okay to let our freak flags hang high. The thing I love most about the Man Repeller is the effortlessness and confidence she exudes through her exotic fashions; a confidence that I believe to be irresistibly (even to the opposite sex!). Of the various trends, tutorials, and sartorial pictures that her site has provided, one of the most notable features her blog was the introduction of the “arm party.”

Personally I am more of a statement necklace or earring girl but one does not simply deny the sartorial intrigue the arm party provides for an outfit. Although I have yet to come up with a successful arm party for myself, experimenting with bracelets and rings at the cash wraps of my favorite stores have provided me with insight to creating a cohesive look. It all starts with a theme (typically what you would describe your personal style) and it builds from there. For this set I chose a bohemian theme because when I look for jewelry, pieces that remind me of youth and freedom are what appeal to me. When creating this look make sure that you are purchasing/creating items that are uniquely you so when people check out your fully loaded arm they’re getting to know you as a person, not what was sold as a set at Forever 21. Have fun and experiment!

How To Create an Arm Party
My favorite arm parties, courtesy of Pinterest and Song of Style
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Daring Denim

Printed Denim

American Eagle Outfitters boat neck top / Whyred long sleeve shirt, $150 / American Eagle Outfitters racerback tank / American Eagle Outfitters jeans / J crew / Sam Edelman boots / Ballet flat

In the late 1800’s when Levi Strauss first fashioned denim jeans he was simply creating a solution to the unavailability of durable pants during the Gold Rush. What Mr. Strauss did not foresee was that he would start a revolution for American fashion that would relevant for generations to come. Over one hundred years later, denim jeans are more relevant then ever, considered a staple in the wardrobes of females and males alike. With jeans being around for so long it only makes sense that the innovators of the world had to reinvent this classic item in order to get a fresh take. With the help of autumnal hues, tie-dye washes, and floral prints, denim was revitalized this fall on the runway.

As exciting as this new perspective on denim is, it can also be difficult to find a way to integrate these custom-designed pieces into our wardrobes. If you want to get your cost-per-wear out of this trendy item my advice is to treat them like any other pair of jeans. Above I have shown a tie-dyed pair of denim. One way you can showcase this outstanding piece is to let it be the focal point in your outfit, pair it with neutral pieces such as the plain tank, pullover sweater, chambray shirt, and western shoes shown above. This kind of pairing is more preferential when wearing printed denim, where mixing patterns is a little more tricky For a more quirky take, don’t be afraid to pair this denim with a patterned piece such as a striped sweater or cheetah print shoes. Just don’t wear them both at the same time! You can also do this with patterned pieces if the patterns are same; for example is you have a small printed floral pair of jeans try pairing it with a shirt with different size of florals in the same color scheme. Last but not least, through on some of your go-to accessories to create a uniquely you ensemble.

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. 

September Issue Review

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Every August without fail, I stalk the magazine stands of the local Barnes & Noble in the unveiling of each magazines September Issue. I get a rush of excitement as I scan the covers. My eyse lingering on the glossy covers, scanning pages of ad-packed content and the trend reports that will allow each fashionista to put her best Isabel Marant sneaker-clad foot forward. From what I’ve seen on stands the current issues that are available include: Glamour featuring Victoria Beckham, Cosmopolitan featuring Lucy Hale, Elle featuring Katy Perry, Marie Claire featuring Miley Cyrus, and Seventeen with the youngest of the Kardashian clan Kendall and Kylie on the cover. So far I have purchased Glamour magazine and Marie Claire; a magazine I usually do not purchase but I’m a sucker for a good cover girl and Miley Cyrus was it. I’ve already devoured Glamour which had fashion advice oozing from each page. I’m excited to learn about a different interpretation from Marie Claire. This week you can expect a full report of my favorites from these issues. For now I’m going to sit back and relax, enjoy some refreshing summer fruit and veg, and savour every last page.