Next time you’re in the library, a classroom, or even a bathroom stall, notice some of the things people write and reflect on them…many are truly beautiful.
Yesterday, as I sat in my room procrastinating on Pinterest (per usual), I noticed a pattern in the fashion shots and apparel that I like to “pin.” They all have a lot of really intricate details. From beading to embroidery, lace, rhinestones, colors, patterns, fabrics, and so on, every single photo had some detail or another that made it pop. As I thought more about it, I realized that this is how I like to style my own outfits too. I try to have at least one piece in each outfit have some detail that makes it stand out from the others, making the outfit just a little more special.
With Spring coming up, I keep picturing all the different things I can wear, and I keep coming back to lace and eyelet. What can I say, I like frilly things! They are both so delicate, but command a certain presence that not many other fabrics can. They are classically beautiful, but can be worn with almost anything. Both are so versatile that they can be edgy, natural, preppy, modern, and romantic, depending on what you put with them.
Lace and eyelet are feminine, flattering, and easy. They can be dressed up or down and always look pretty. I’m getting so excited just thinking about all the ways I’m going to incorporate them into my Spring wardrobe!!
In the mean time, I’m going to keep searching for inspiration and pinning everything I find on my Pearls & Lace Pinterest board and pretend that it’s warm out so I can start wearing them…
Though it’s not exactly warm outside, and spring might feel like it is light years away, it is much closer than you think. What could possibly be more exciting than the warm weather, longer days, longer nights, and looking uber fabulous in this spring’s hottest trends? Nothing.
Personally, I’m most excited for Spring 2012’s hot color scheme, which features colors that aren’t quite neon and aren’t quite pastel, but somewhere in between. Inspired by the colors of sorbet, gelato, and sherbet, these colors keep things sweet and cool.
So let’s get prepared and inspired. I’m going to think warm thoughts and about cool, sweet desserts, and hope that maybe Spring 2012 will come more quickly!
I don’t know about you, but for me this week has been awful. Like the typical BC student, I have spent 99.9% of my time studying, writing papers, and trying not to lose my sanity completely in the wake of finals. Sadly, this doesn’t leave much time for holiday excitement and anticipation (sigh). Craving a little bit of holiday cheer during your stressful studying? Here’s a few little things that you can do to make the next few weeks a little less painful!!
The other day, I decided I needed a 10 minute study break, so I painted my nails. Pretty standard, but I decided to go with a festive, shimmery gold from Jack Wills (Gold Dust Polish) instead of my usual pink. I am literally so beyond excited about this. The color looks amazing! It’s glitzy and exciting, but not too flashy. Reds, golds, and glittery polishes are huge this year, and you’re sure to look (and feel) more cheerful with them.
The Nail Polish
Not a huge fan of red and green ensembles? Not too excited to be wearing that beautiful sweater to class?
No worries, there are more subtle ways to dress Christmasy, like these great stud earrings. They’ll match anything, and add a little spark to your outfit.
Or, you could get something that is appropriate all winter, but still (kind of) screams “Christmas”…like this flannel from Jack Wills. I’m obsessed. After waiting a month for new shipment, I finally got one and could not be happier. It’s actually probably not the healthiest obsession with a flannel shirt…oh well.
Okay, so now you look festive, but do you feel festive? No? Neither did I…so my roommates and I spent an hour last week listening to Christmas music and cutting out paper snowflakes to finish decorating our room.
The guidelines actually worked!!!
Hello, winter wonderland in Edmond’s! Lights, a mini tree, nutcrackers, stockings, and paper snowflakes! Oh, and did I mention that I baked 130 Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies from scratch? If that’s not the ideal study break, I don’t know what is. Besides, you can’t have Christmas without cookies.
All of these were quick, easy, and amazing. And I definitely feel better now.
Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to start buckling down and preparing for finals. At BC, we typically do this by rolling out of bed, grabbing a coffee and some snacks, holing up in the library, leaving late, and getting a few hours of sleep, and repeating…up until we finish that last exam and can head home for some much needed R&R.
Sadly, this means that during the month of December we spend even less time on ourselves than usual, sporting the I-just-rolled-out-of-bed-and-really-don’t-care-what-I-look-like look, feeling tired and crumby, and letting our stress and crankiness get the best of us. Not good.
The solution? A comfy-chic wardrobe, some great study music, and some easy, quick activities that will help you de-stress and give you the study break you deserve.
When You Look Good, You Feel Good: The Wardrobe
The essentials: black leggings, cute boots, a big comfy sweater, and a scarf.
Throwing these on is just as easy as the sweats, but much cuter, and more comfortable. Layer a plain white tee under the sweater, so if you get too hot in the boiling atmosphere that is O’Neill, you can take it off and stay cool and chic. This season is all about big, chunky wool sweaters and patterned ski sweaters, so aim for something that screams “I’m cozy!” and you’ll be good to go. No time to wash your hair? Put it in a quick messy braid or a loose bun on top of your head.
An Atmospheric Balance: The Music
Okay, so you have your usual study play list that you listen to religiously when preparing for finals, but how about a change of pace? New music can give you a new energy and approach to studying that might just be the extra kick that you need. Not sure what to put on it? No worries. Check out StereoMood (http://www.stereomood.com) for some amazing play lists for each and every mood that you can imagine. It free and unlimited with no commercials, and most of the music on the site is not widely known so it gives you a great chance to discover something new!
Procrastination Station: The Study Breaks
And you’ve hit the wall. No matter how hard you try, you can’t absorb any more information, and sitting in the library is driving you crazy. So what do you do? Check Facebook? Tweet about your frustrations? Bang your head against a wall? Nope. Go to yoga, update your Pinterest, bake something yummy, or do anything else creative that you enjoy and that gives you a release from stress.
I’m going to have to get back to my own study session now (yes, this was my sanity-saving study break), but good luck prepping for finals. We’re so close…
While most (normal) people spend their Thanksgiving break at home with their families, stuffing their faces with delicious home-cooked food, I have spent the last 15 Thanksgivings of my life in hotels for the Mid America Irish Dance Championships. A weekend full of laughter, tears, dreams come true and disappointments, it is a truly unique experience that I wouldn’t change for anything.
This weekend isn’t all about the dancing, though. It is a chance when all the dancers, teachers, family and friends are together in one place, which can only mean one thing: we show off. We want to out-do everyone else, in our choreography, results, and especially the way we look. It’s a weekend full of fashion statements, both on and off the stage, and it is in this way that it is unlike any other weekend.
Firstly, we have the dance costumes, which are as colorful, sparkly, and ridiculous as you can possibly imagine. Yes, they might remind you a bit of the dresses that you see on Toddlers & Tiaras, but you have to remember that these are costumes. We are performers, and in order to be seen and stand out on stage, the glitz is a must. Between the tanning, wigs, makeup, costumes, shoes, and all-around glamour, it might seem unnecessary, but it is what many of us love about Irish dance. We can dress up and truly put on a show when we compete, and it becomes magical.
Off the stage, dance teachers, parents, friends, and dancers who are not competing on that day are trying to win another title: best dressed. You will see everything from the strictest business attire to dresses appropriate for a semi-formal dance, from tennis shoes to sky-high pumps. The range is amazing, but everyone looks fabulous.
My younger sister, Erin, who was unable to dance this year due to injury, was one of the many who wanted to look her absolute best when she couldn’t dance, so I put together an outfit for her to wear yesterday. I paired an off-white sequined tank from Ann Taylor with a pair of grey wool shorts from Jack Wills, a black silk trimmed blazer from Banana Republic, and a pair of suede ankle booties. The outfit was a statement, but also practical; she was comfortable, but looked effortlessly polished as well.
Other statement items were little black dresses and footwear, like these.
As one of the most fashionable weekends in the Irish dance world, it is one that we look forward to all year long. Next up, the World Championships in Belfast in April 2012, which are sure to impress even more.