Bustier Georgette Maxi Dress, $148 BCBG
Havanna Clutch, $88 J.Crew
With a friend's beach style wedding coming up, I'm planning gifts and of course an outfit for the occasion I love this bright coral dress because the color reminds me of a beautiful summer sunset. It has a sexy silhouette with still enough room to get down for a night of dancing with the bride. I'd slap some bangles on with the woven clutch to create a perfect pairing for seaside style.
For you seniors, graduation is the most important moment in your educational career. And although your big day is all about celebrating what you’ve accomplished, why not go out in style? Come graduation you’ll be sitting awaiting your name to be called, but most importantly you’ll be taking your first steps into the real world. So you’ve got to look for all those photos that are going up on Instagram and Facebook. Most of your outfit will be covered for your five seconds of fame. You might want to consider opting for shoes that have a pop of color or accent since you’ll be walking across the stage.Just remember, don’t trip and practice that pageant wave or victory dance for your big moment.
Your Graduation Go-To’s…
Say this with me… cotton and color! Cotton garments will keep you cool and help keep you from totally sweating up your look. Gingham is a checkered pattern that is a trend to try for guys. Opt for rich colors like red and blue or green over dark greys and blacks. Roll up the sleeves and pair it with a skinny tie for that polished look that screams “hire me!” With the time spent waiting under the sun, don’t bother layering with a blazer under your gown. If you’re going out to a celebration lunch or dinner after the ceremony you can always bring your sports coat or jacket along with you for all those photos. Pair your look with bold colored oxfords like bright red or blue. Yes, it’s okay to play the match game when it comes to a celebration like graduation. The style is classic, polished and will definitely have you stand out amongst a crowd.
Go for glam with a statement necklace or a set of great bangles to show off as you wave to your guests. That grad cap gives major hat hair! So go with a hairstyle that will still look cute after the ceremony. A long braid with loose curls says finished and fabulous! Make sure to use lots of bobby pins to secure it in place.
When it comes to footwear, opt for wedges over heels so you don’t have to worry about sinking in the grass. Metallics are a great accent to any look and they’ll stand out as you walk across the ceremonial runway. To stay cool under your gown, wear flowy dresses or skirts that are fitted at the waist and cascade down the legs. A high-low skirt and a short sleeved patterned blouse is a perfect combo to stay cool yet still stylish. If your celebration occasion calls for a more dressed up look, you can always swap out the wedges for a high heel and throw on a nude blazer to top off your look.
iPad Mini Case, $32 Etsy
My iPad is my handy dandy study tool when I'm at school all day. I wanted a case that kept it safe but had still had some style to it. I love this studded leather case I found on Etsy because it looks like a clutch! It gives me all the more reason to bust it out to study and take on those finals I have this week!
Wool Floppy Hat, $40 American Apparel
Summer is just around the corner and as I'm packing for a beach weekend one of my first must-haves is my wool floppy hat. I love that I can wear it to top off my cute day outfit or keep the sun out of my face at the beach. It's the perfect accessory for a festival outfit or a weekend getaway.
My hip hop team is always booking shows because we know how to entertain a crowd. We're constantly asked to adapt themes for our performances and of course that includes music, makeup and costumes. Our challenge this show: Alice in Wonderland.
With no budget, back-to-back performances this week's challenge was putting together the opening act for CSUN's Fashion Show.We made it all work with what we had in our closets.
We took on Wonderland with a darker tone and decided to focus on the Mad Hatter and what it would be like if he threw a tea party.
When it comes to stage performances with many people I always go simple and bold colors with dramatic makeup. I styled everyone in structured black and white attire with similar shades of blue as accents.
Using team member's clothing as a base, I took garments and accessories from my own closet to create a collection of looks that all blended together to create a Mad Tea Party cast.
Check out our Mad House looks inspired by Alice in Wonderland.
Metal Plate Belt, $60 Witchery
It's amazing what a belt can do for an outfit. I'm a fan of the hardware trend on belts because it brings just the right amount of attention to the waist.The gold hardware makes it edgy but classy at the same time. I love styling it with a plain colored dress or an oversized shirt to create sexy definition.
I got to relive the Prom experience for a day! I modeled a mermaid style dress by Dalia McPhee for the top 2013 picks for Prom with style expert Alison Deyette.
I wore many hats that day being from assistant, make-up artist, to model...all in a days work!
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Nothing beats walking out of a thrift shop with a bag full of finds and still a pocket full of cash. My mantra has always been, “you don’t have to have mad money to have mad style.” Thrift shopping is your answer to looking unique and dapper without breaking the bank.The hit new song “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore has not only given us thrifters a themes song but has also projected this economical way of shopping as a mainstream trend. Just like the song says, $20 in your pocket will have you poppin’ tags! Thrifting is a cheap way to shop for gently used items like clothes, accessories and even things for your home.The alternative way of shopping is not only good for your budget but it benefits the environment as well. You can find cool unique vintage items that will add to your wardrobe, but you’re consciously consuming and recycling goods that would otherwise go to waste. If you choose to shop at the non-profit thrift chains like Goodwill and Salvation Army, the proceeds help fund jobs and assist families in need.
The minute you walk in, the hunt begins. The racks and racks of unsorted clothes can evoke euphoria and excitement for thrift-aholics, but for others it’s an anxiety attack waiting to happen. Fear not my fellow recessionistas/ recessionistos, these style tips will have you addicted to thrifting in no time. Here is what you need to know:
That old CSUN sweater may feel great with a pair of sweats, but you definitely have more potential to swag out your school gear. Classes, work, tests, homework… I know us college kids have a million things going on, but you don’t have to look as tired as you feel.
For that instant pick-me-up, look to your closet for a lift. If you’re feeling like it’s one of those long days ahead and want to look effortless and stay comfortable, school apparel is a great choice. It’s quick, easy and you have to make use of that shirt your mom bought you your first day on campus, right?
Go from drab to fab by pairing those plain CSUN tees and graphic sweaters with pattern and color. Playing around with those two elements can make your school apparel funky and fun. This way it won’t end up in the donation box and it’ll have some longevity in your wardrobe beyond your college study days.
Floral, camouflage and tribal patterns are the hottest trend to play with right now, and it’s easy to find in most major retailers. Patterns style up the outfit and make something simple, like your plain college t-shirt, more fun to wear. For that effortless comfy chic look, pair your CSUN t-shirt with trendy patterned jeans, sneaker wedges and a denim top button down. It’s the perfect outfit for taking on a busy day ahead.
Play with color! Wear styled colored jeans, a denim top with a subtle pattern and a black CSUN crew neck. Don’t think so much about making everything match, go against the grain with contrasting colors and bold patterns like camouflage or plaid to swag up your look. Rock it with a snapback and you can give off that “too-cool-for-school” feel. And we know you men are just as obsessed with shoes as women; they can make or break the outfit. Kick up your style with a bold pair of combat boots or keep it sleek in your favorite sneakers.