How to Wear 2012 Oscar Trends

Watching the red carpet coverage of the Oscars last night, I couldn’t get enough of the stars’ gowns this year. Though usually I can quickly write some off as “ew,” this year I was ooh-ing and aah-ing all over the place.

To pick my favorites would be to post nearly every photo, so instead I’m going to focus on some of the night’s most popular trends and how we mere mortals can rock them.

Trend: Peplum

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

Tina Fey in Carolina Herrera

$$$: Le Petite Robe Di Chiara Boni

$$: Nasty Gal

$: Forever 21

Trend: White

Milla Jokovich in Elie Saab

Shailene Woodley in Valentino

Rooney Mara in Givenchy

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford

$$$: Cache

$$: Nordstrom

$: Lulus

Trend: Beaded and sequined details
(Milla deserves acknowledgment here as well, of course!)

Berenice Bejo in Elie Saab

Rose Byrne in Vivienne Westwood

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji

$$$: Jovani

$$: Adriana Papell at Nordstrom

Badgley Mischka only $ when you rent it at RentTheRunway.com!

Trend: Textured skirts

Cameron Diaz in Gucci Premiere

Kristen Wiig in J Mendel

Viola Davis in Vera Wang

$$$: House of Fraser

$$: ASOS

$: Threadsence

Some of the Oscar gowns included here weren’t my favorites, and there were definitely some favorites that I did leave out. Check out here and here, where I got all of these shots, for plenty more!

We make love with words. I mean to words. Either way, this wasn’t what I meant to say…

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We make love with words. I mean to words. Either way, this wasn’t what I meant to say.

First World Problems

"There are two ways through life..."

"You are loved"

"Life is good"

"You're procrastinating..."

"In love, the highs are higher, but the lows are lower and more frequent"

"The glass is actually twice as big as it needs to be."

"FOCUS"

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.

xoxo,

Caitlin

We don’t just drool over fashion…

This week, I decided to be adventurous.  I decided that I was going to branch out and get more creative in every aspect of my life, from my own personal style to the way I organize my closet.  One of the ways this manifested itself is through my grocery shopping and cooking experiments.  I’m determined to be able to cook, bake, etc. by sight and with feeling, so this is the first of many (hopefully successful) attempts.

I started out small this week with my own take on a classic recipe: puppy chow.  If you haven’t tried this yet, you need to.  If you have, there is no doubt in my mind that you’re probably craving it as you read this.  No worries.  This quick and easy recipe is perfect for dorm life and yields a ridiculous amount of delectably sweet, crunchy deliciousness to munch and share.

What you need:

9 cups Chex Rice Cereal

1 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet are best)

½ cup peanut butter

¼ cup butter

¼ teaspoon vanilla (optional)

powdered sugar

What you do:

Melt the butter, peanut butter, and chocolate chips over medium heat in a saucepan.  Mix them until they become a sauce.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla (optional—I completely forgot it and it still tastes amazing).  Put Chex into a large bowl and pour the mixture over it.  Stir gently until it is covered evenly.  Put into a large Ziploc bag with powdered sugar, seal, and shake well to coat completely.  Add sugar as needed, and allow to cool.  Eat.

Now sit back, relax and enjoy!

xoxo,

Caitlin

Recognizing Stylish Students on Campus: An Interview with the BC Sartorialist

“Hey Erin- I’m here. I have a camera in my hand.” This was the message Alex Lee sent me, in order to identify himself for our planned meeting at the Chocolate Bar. His camera is currently his most distinguishing accessory. Alex Lee is making himself known on the Boston College campus for his own version of the famous Sartorialist blog started by Scott Schuman. Today, Alex’s blog, the BC Sartolialist, has over 25,000 page views.

For someone who recognizes high-style students on campus, Alex does not disappoint in his own personal style. Despite the fact he is not the one being photographed, his outfit makes an impression at our interview. When I asked him to describe what he was wearing, he was very detailed. He began with his hat. It is from a small independent brand, ONLY New York. His striped jacket and printed shirt are both vintage Woolrich. His gold chain necklaces, a favorite find from eBay, feature Egyptian-style pharaohs. The finishing touches are his sweet Reebok pumps that he bought at Bodega in Boston. His outfit on the day of our interview matches his self-proclaimed style: “ a mixture of street-ware and vintage.” He likes clothing that “most people will not have.”

Alex’s interest in fashion began in middle school and continued into high school. He admired interesting clothes that made people look different. Entering college, he believed he would have more opportunities to observe different style possibilities. In addition, he believed this would be a time where he could “define [his] own style.” Interestingly,  his passion for photography only developed, in order to express his interest in fashion. He purchased his now frequently-used camera shortly before he enrolled at Boston College. He claims that his inspiration from Scott Schuman’s blog is centered around a “love [for] capturing people in their own element in their daily lives.” He shares a similar appreciation for “people who like to look good and be their own person.”

Alex transferred from Syracuse University to Boston College for the start of the 2011 fall semester. He admits that on the whole, there is not a lot of variation among the styles of the student population. He insists that this is due to a high prevalence for “preppy” styles. Yet, he is quick to acknowledge that there is a solid base of students who are stepping outside of their comfort zones, so that they can truly be classified as “originals.” In comparison to his previous school, Alex mentions that you seem similar patterns there. According to him, there is little variation with the styles at his previous school, especially among the female students. He believes that the male students at Syracuse had more of an artistic edge than the more preppy ones at B.C.

When I questioned Alex about his favorite outfit so far, he seemed conflicted. He kept showing me different pictures and pointing out certain details that he liked. In the end, he decided he couldn’t really pick a favorite. He enthusiastically insisted, “I like all of them! That’s why I took the picture.” Although this is currently a passion he is pursuing, in addition to his studies, Alex hopes this could eventually turn into a job opportunity in the future. He wants to intern at Karmaloop, a street-wear retailer based in Boston, over the summer. Outside of college, he would like work in fashion merchandising or marketing. He also mentions the possibility of eventually starting and managing his own brand, possibly helping with the design aspect. No matter what career he decides to pursue, his work as the BC Sartorialist has proven  that Alex is capable of greatness simply through his determination to combine his interest in fashion with hard work. He humbly admitted he spends approximately 10-15 hours per week working on his blog. Alex assures me, “It is almost like a job.”

Alex Lee definitely has talent as a style blogger. In addition, his kindness and his professionalism during the interview proved to me that he has real potential to be a success. As we shook hands, he graciously said, “Thank you for meeting with me. I like the way you dress. I like the way you act.” I considered this a true compliment from Boston College’s very own Sartorialist.  

Dressing for Success: It’s Interview Week

The first few weeks back at school in January can be a kind of extended “internship hell week” for students, especially juniors. Having gotten a taste of the internship hunt last year as a sophomore, I am back this year with my game face on.

Last week was full of information sessions, interview preparation (BC’s Career Center is a fantastic tool, use it!), and a two-day career fair. I had to dress up every day, navigating my way through dress codes such as “business formal,” “business casual,” or “casual.” Every time one of these events came up in conversation, the question naturally arose: “What are you going to wear?!”

Interview hell week didn’t end with this weekend, however. More information sessions and plenty of interviews await us juniors this week (not to mention seniors looking for full-time work and sophomores getting an early start). Here’s my guide for how to dress and where to buy it, so you can spend your time preparing for the interview instead of stressing about your appearance.

Business Formal

When a company specifies “business formal” for an information session or interview, they mean a skirt- or pant-suit, button-up shirt, and heels. Honestly, this is probably the easiest dress code to master. Buy one great outfit that you feel really confident in, and keep it on hand.

Express Pant Suit

Express Skirt Suit

Express Button-up Shirt

J. Crew Pant Suit

Ann Taylor Button-up Shirt

Macy's Skirt Suit

Banana Republic Skirt Suit

 

Just make sure that you have one suit where you bought both the blazer and skirt/pants together, as the resident CSOM career adviser warned. Don’t worry about wearing the same outfit over and over. Most likely, the employers won’t notice; and if they do, they know many of us are broke college students trying to land a first “real” job.

Business Casual

“Business casual” is where things start getting tricky. Generally, you can’t go wrong with suit pants or a suit skirt and a nice top. I usually stick to a more basic button-up, but I have also seen dressy tanks and sweaters. Including the pair from your “business formal” outfit, have 2-3 bottoms in neutral tones (black, grey, brown) that you can mix and match with a few button-ups.

Gap Dress Pants

Banana Republic Top

Banana Republic Top

Casual

Last week, I was surprised to see one bank specify “casual” for the dress code at their information sessions. I stuck with one of my trusty button-ups, and paired it with skinny black pants and riding boots. When I arrived, I saw a mixture of outfits, from guys in complete suits with ties to a couple of girls in jeans and a button-up. I think the lesson I learned on this day is that when it comes to potential employers, over-dressing is always better than under-dressing.

Heels

At 5’8″, I rarely wear heels. But as a general rule I wear them every time I meet with a potential employer. They will never hurt your cause, rather improve your posture; and, we’ve all heard about studies that have suggested people in leadership positions tend to be a few inches taller than average. As girls we are lucky that we can artificially add a few inches to our height and look the better for it.

All of that said, make sure your heels are appropriate. Keep them at 2″-3″, neutral toned pumps.

Steve Madden Unityy Pumps

Stuart Weitzman Easily Pump

Kate Spade New York Madia

Express Heels

Look Alike for Less: Top, Jimmy Choo Logan d'Orsay Pump; Bottom, Payless Pump

Hair and Make-up

Just like your go-to business formal outfit, have a go-to beauty routine for days that you are meeting with potential employers. Ponytails are perfect, but you don’t have to be afraid to leave your hair down either. Just make sure to pin the front of it back so you aren’t tempted to fix or play with it (I am guilty of this). If you’re going to be tempted, pull it back.

Your approach to make-up should be similar to your approach to heels on the day of an interview. Definitely wear some to put your best foot forward and show that you care about your appearance. But keep it basic–it shouldn’t draw attention away from your scintillating personality and resume. Cover-up, blush, a pale eye shadow and mascara should do it.

Well, there you have it! Take an hour now to put together a few outfits and plan your beauty routine. Then when you have ten minutes to get changed between class and an information session, you won’t break a sweat! Good luck…

Frilly Things

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.

perfect for the evening, a simple, but romantic lace dress looks great when belted and paired with a black clutch

the lace detailing on these shorts keeps them effortless and refined

the lace shirt paired with the blazer and necklace is perfect for the daytime. swap the shorts for a pair of jeans or black leggings, and it's perfect for nighttime too!

a lace crop top with shorts or jeans is casual and natural

a little bit more formal, this eyelet dress looks classic, elegant and effortless

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…

xoxo,

Caitlin

Photo Sources:

http://inspired-design.tumblr.com/post/6894849722

http://ohthelovelythings.blogspot.com/2011/09/happy-friday.html

http://www.tumblr.com/reblog/16543632244/Dbaxb83t?redirect_to=%252Fdashboard%252F32%252F16544017502%253Flite

http://www.kaboodle.com/reviews/butterfly-lace-crop-top

http://www.sunnysummerdresses.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Banana-Republic-Aliana-Eyelet-Racerback-Dress.jpg?cda6c1

Put Some Spring in your Step with Sorbet Inspired Pieces!

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.

Jean Pierre Braganza Spring 2012

Jean Pierre Braganza Spring 2012

Jean Pierre Braganza Spring 2012

Jill Stuart Spring 2012

Jill Stuart Spring 2012

Jill Stuart Spring 2012

Maria Grachvogel Spring 2012

Paul & Joe Spring 2012

Paul & Joe Spring 2012

Sachin & Babi Spring 2012

Sachin & Babi Spring 2012

Tibi Spring 2012

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!

xoxo,

Caitlin