Monday, November 27, 2017

How to Style a T-Shirt Dress for Fall

How to style a t-shirt dress for fall! I love t-shirt dresses because they are so simple and versatile, and not to mention, comfortable! Although t-shirt dresses are very popular for summer they can also transition nicely into fall fashion too. T-shirt dresses can be solid colors or they can have a design such as stripes. I think that these are the two most common types and I prefer these as they are easy to style in a multitude of ways!

I can up with three different ways to style a t-shirt dress for fall! I also made a video  that goes along with this post showing you the different looks! (I included it at the bottom of the post). Let me know which option is your favorite in the comments!

The first option I wanted to share with you all is to wear a t-shirt dress with a neck scarf and some Steve Madden slip-on shoes. I think that using a small scarf or a bandana adds the right amount of chicness to the look yet it is still kept casual enough to work for so many situations due to the shoes paired with the outfit! A simple black, leather backpack also ups the chicness of the look and gets extra points for being practical and cute!

Another way you can style t-shirt dresses is by wearing a flannel over them. Flannels are an essential wardrobe item during fall and they are great for layering. They will not only give your outfit more color and a definite autumn vibe but also keep you warm when the days are starting to slowly get chillier. You can wear the flannel unbuttoned or button halfway or all the way (depending on your preference) or tie it. I did not button my flannel and tied it loosely in the center but feel free to play around and see how you like it if you want to tie yours! I paired this look with some black Converse to keep with the overall relaxed and comfortable theme of this outfit!

The last way I styled my t-shirt dress is by far the edgiest of the three options. I still kept it simple and easy though to achieve the look. I threw on a black leather jacket with some cool seam detailing and wore some black leather ankle boots. This look is perfect for a night out and makes a bold statement!

I forgot to take a picture of my ankle booties 🙈 but you can see them in the video!

One of the things that I love about fashion is how easy it is to wear the same item in so many different ways and achieve so many different looks just by changing a few things. I know I only showed three ways to style a t-shirt dress but there are plenty more! And in each of the outfits I only added two or three items and created a look with a completely different vibe!

And here is the video I made for how to style a t-shirt dress three ways!

In the future I hope to start doing more posts about how to style an item in various ways and I think I will also try to incorporate videos in my posts more often too! I hope you found this post helpful and thank you for reading, feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Summer Fashion Essentials

Summer 2017 trends: I have actually really been liking a lot of the trends I've been seeing this summer! I usually keep up on trends but that does not mean that I always like them or follow them. But the trends of summer 2017 were right up my alley and I wanted to talk about them!

It feels like the summer has just flown by, I can't believe that I'll be back at school in such a short amount of time! As I mentioned, I usually keep an eye on the trends of each season but I wouldn't label myself exclusively as a trend follower. Since I am a fashion merchandising major it is important that I know what is popular and trending but that does not always means that I will like the trends or incorporate them into my wardrobe. I wear things that fit my own style and I won't wear something I don't like just because it is "on trend". What I think is great about fashion is that everyone has their own unique style and fashion is a great way to express your personality. Even if you are wearing something that is trendy you can still put your own spin on it!

Below are what I consider to be the biggest trends of summer 2017 and the fashion essentials of the season! 

Summer 2017 Fashion Essentials

First I thought that I would start off by talking about some of the summer's key colors and prints and then move on to specific items and silhouettes!

Blue & White

This color combination had a major moment! Blue and white are both such classic colors that pair well with a lot of things and they look so great together too! Vertical stripes of blue and white were one of the main ways I saw this combo on shirts, dresses, and even on pants too. It makes pieces have such a timeless look and white and a lighter blue has such a fun and festive feeling too it while white and a darker blue such as navy is perfect for the office or a moral formal event, it makes you look very put together.

Millenial Pink

This tone of muted pink has been everywhere. It is very versatile and looks great on everyone. Sometimes pink can be very bold, loud, and look juvenile but a shade such as millenial pink does not look juvenile because it is so soft and toned down. It is an easy color to wear and works as wonderfully in a causal outfit as it does for a more dressed up occasion.
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Pale Yellow

This sunny color has gotten more attention recently too. Yellow was my all time favorite color when I was younger but I prefer pastel yellow over highlighter yellow and so I was very glad that pale yellow was the shade whose popularity increased. As with millenial pink it is a soft tone and tranquil which makes it easier to add to your wardrobe and style.
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Gingham was all over everything this summer. I found that a bit surprising at first because to me it is more of a retro motif and reminds me of fashion in the 1950s and 60s. I personally like the fashion of those decades and think that it's great that we can see the inspiration from them in fashion today. It is a very classic print which definitely has a summer vibe to it, when I think of gingham I think of the 50s, 60s, Jackie Kennedy, picnics/BBQs and just summer celebrations in general I guess.

Palm Print

Palm print has really gained popularity and it is perfect for summer time as palm trees and plants thrive during this season. There's just something about plants and plant motifs that is so refreshing and energizing. The palm  print is so cute and fun too! Also Pantone's color of the year for 2017 is Greenery which is very, very, fitting and shows how accurate they are with forecasting.
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Off the Shoulder

Off the shoulder was definitely one of the most popular styles of clothing I saw this summer. Flowy tops and dresses were very in and since they are  so comfortable it made the off the shoulder look even better! Having your shoulders exposed can help keep you a bit cooler during the summer months and it looks cute too which is probably why so many people wore off the shoulder items and is why it became a trend. Also, it is such a different silhouette than what has been in style and so a change is always exciting!

Fun Sandals

Wearing sandals that are not only comfortable but those that are very fun as well was a huge trend this summer. Sandals with various types of tying or various lace up styles were the most common footwear this summer. Sandals that had fun tassels or laced up were still very popular and so were back less sandals. We also saw that carry into other shoes such as mules.
Block Heels

Block heels was another style that was everywhere this summer. It was a simple and cute summer style that could be worn in a casual or more dressed up manner. Since it was so versatile and the fact that they're more comfortable than other types of heels makes the style such a winner.

Fun Accessories 

Tassels were a big detail this summer, as I mentioned they were used on sandals and tassel earrings were also trending and very prevalent. Pom poms were another decorative element I saw a lot on sandals this summer too. Another fun accessory was wide brimmed hats that had cute puns or sayings on them. Such as "Follow the Sun"

I hope that you enjoyed reading this summer trends recap! Did you have a favorite trend from this summer? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Review

I thought I'd do a review of some products that are fairly new to me! It's a new favorites review for summer 2017 beauty products!  I don't wear a full face of makeup very often, especially not often in the summer as I like to have a fresh face and let my skin breath. But I do enjoy playing around with makeup and trying different things out. I recently started using the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink liquid lipsticks and I've been loving them!

I do like the confidence boost I feel when I wear lipstick as I am someone who likes to look put together however I don't wear regular lipstick too often as I find it usually just rubs off. I also don't like how it leaves marks all over cups and straws and everything. Maybelline's Super Stay Matte Ink is different though!

It is a liquid lipstick with a great formula. I really enjoy this product! I actually prefer liquid lipstick over regular lipstick because it lasts much longer and does not leave much residue. Once I apply the SuperStay Matte Ink to my lips and wait a couple minutes for it to dry it stays in place. It is easy to apply; I like the applicator and the color goes on pretty smoothly. The applicator is an "arrow  shape" and allows you to apply the product precisely. There is great coverage! I also find that it does not smear and it does dry matte but it does not dry out my lips! Some liquid lipsticks can be very drying but that is not the case with this product!

It can take a little bit of effort to take the product off but that it to be expected as it's supposed to last up to 16 hours on your lips. If it came off super easily then that would defeat the purpose of this product. It is recommended that an oil based makeup remover is used to take it off. I usually use a makeup wipe such as Neutrogena's cleansing towlettes or I use Garnier's micellar water on a cotton round and these methods both work. I sometimes also use cold cream such as Pond's to remove my makeup as it is very gentle.

The liquid lipstick definitely does a super job staying on my lips (see what I did there since it's called  SuperStay *wink* ok maybe only I think it's funny 🙈) but I have not worn it for 16 hours so I cannot say if it truly does last 16. I have worn it for 10 hours and it was still fine, it did not look 100% the same as it did when I first applied it but it did not look drastically different. It still looked good! And 10 hours is a long time for a product to last. Also if someone needs to/wants to wear a liquid lipstick (or any product really) for up to 16 hours that mean's they're expecting a lot from that product and they shouldn't mind having to touch it up once if they want it to look as good as it did when they first put it on lol.

If you're in need of a new liquid lipstick I recommend checking out this product. It comes in 10 different colors. And even if you're not a huge fan of lipstick I still think you may like this because as I said it stays on well, does not smear, and is comfortable on the lips!

I did receive this product complimentary from Influenster to try out and review however all opinions are my own, I truly love this product!

I've included the colors that I have as well as a couple of the other ones so that you can see a selection! #SuperStayMatteInk

I hope you found this review to be helpful, thanks for reading!

Have any of you guys tried these liquid lipsticks?

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