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.
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)
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!
“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.
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…
Santa outdid himself this year, especially when it came to clothes. My sister and I are very lucky to be almost exactly the same size, so we can share most things, so we decided to take some of the best, most statement-worthy pieces we received and a few we stole from our mother’s closet (vintage clothing heaven) and put them together for a mini photo-shoot.
Erin is wearing a cropped turtleneck sweater, leggings and booties from H&M
Erin has on a bright yellow back-buttoning cardigan from LOFT and leggings and booties from H&M
Erin’s wearing plain black jeggings, booties from H&M, and vintage Irish wool knitted sweater
Erin is sporting a blazer from H&M, plain black leggings and turtleneck, vintage Etienne Ainger riding boots (thanks, mom), and a leather and sterling silver belt from Brighton
Erin’s wearing a cropped back-buttoning blouse from H&M, bandage wrap skirt from Express, and brown combat boots
More to come, but until then have an amazing New Year’s celebration!
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.