farewell, fuggs!

11 Oct

It’s time to face the facts: while they may be temptingly cozy, warm and snuggly with all the qualities of a personal bear cub curled up around each foot, Uggs are fuggs, and should be immediately trashed. Unless you’re in serious hibernation mode, and by hibernation I mean huddled in your dorm with your two best friends Ben and Jerry wearing nothing but your weirdly bleached sweats and glasses (because your contacts are 8 feet away and God knows that’s equivalent to an eternity), the Uggs have met their downfall. Sure we’ve clung to them for years past their expiration date, trying different styles and colors in the hopes that someday they will improve from their state of sheer ugliness, but it’s time to accept fate. So as you painfully make your way to the trash room to say your final goodbyes and a few parting words, I bring you inspiration for a hopeful future.

To move you speedily through denial and past the other four stages of grief, I present the newest crop of fall boots:

First on the must have list: combats baby! Time to get acquainted with your grungy, rock star alter ego and slip your feet into a pair of these army-inspired beauties. It’s a no brainer that combat boots look amazing with skinny jeans and leggings (God Karen you are so stupid!), but to they can also add a sassy edge to skirts and dresses. Grunge and girly compliment each other perfectly, especially when mixed with a bunch of floral layers or slouchy socks. These boots can be worn laced up, folded down, or completely loose and open. However, if you wear combat boots with any form of camo, Regina George (in her army pants and flip flops) will find you and proceed to push you in front of a bus.

Say goodbye to ugly grandma kitten heels and hello to suede wedge booties! Comfortable, sexy, and leg elongating, these cutie little booties fulfill every (short) girl’s dream. Wear them with cuffed boyfriend jeans or colored skinnies for a casual daytime look. A little tomboy mixed with a little prep, this look is sure to amp up any outfit.

Every wardrobe needs a classic pair of shoes that can be turned to during the hardest times: the outfit freak-outs, the sleep through your alarm days, the I-hate-the-world-and-have-no-effort-to-get-out-of-bed days. It is during these dark and hopefully infrequent occurrences that every girl must turn to their trusted camel colored riding boots like they are a shining beacon of hope. Even with the most minimal planning, riding boots always score big in the world of acceptable public clothing.

And with that, I only have one final thing to say…

Dear Uggs,

We are never ever ever getting back together.

Sincerely,

Proud new owner of combat boots 

~shannon~

the sunday skinny

7 Oct

With two weekends of the lovely October under our belt, it is hard to ignore all that is wonderful about autumn… not that I’m trying to.  As I meander through the historically scenic streets of downtown Boston, my college home, I am surrounded by crimson leaves and  burnt foliage that make me crave everything apple and cinnamon flavored.  As a Connecticut girl, I’m accustomed to seasonal activities like apple picking and pumpkin patch scouring which are kind of tricky to do in a city.  Luckily, Boston is fulfilling my unrelenting desire for full on fall immersion with plenty of farmers markets with fresh apple cider and mini pumpkins perfect for my dorm desk.  You could say I’m experiencing a fall frenzy.

Therefore, I dedicate this sunday skinny to all that is fresh and fun about fall.

Favorite Pumpkin Decoration:

Turn an traditional October staple into a trendy decoration by painting the outside of a small pumpkin with glitter, and carving out the inside to fit a fall scented candle.

Favorite Fall Drink:

Easy and simple: hot apple cider. All you need is a mug, a jug of cider, a microwave, and a cozy chair to drink it in.

Favorite Fall Look:

This look captures the essence of relaxed style, which makes it perfect for a day of fall festivities.

Favorite Fall Food:

A classic comfort food to ease you into the colder weather.

Favorite Fall Foliage:

I dare you to find a sight more enchanting than New England in the fall.

If this doesn’t leave you craving a pumpkin spiced latte, I don’t know what will.

-kelsey

fall must have: pastel skinny jeans

4 Oct

It’s officially October, which means saying a silent little prayer while simultaneously dancing, lunging and squatting your way into your (definitely) too tight skinny jeans from last season.  While you may be dreading the inevitable moment when your pants barely make it past your calves (believe me, we’ve all been there), have no fear. This week’s must have will give you yet another excuse to trash those old jeans and do what we do best: go shopping!

The preppy girl and fall fashionista have met and fallen head over Louboutin heels for pastel colored jeans. It’s time to dig deep (possibly very VERY deep) and let out your inner sorority girl while embracing the turquoises, minty greens and pale pinks of this season (she’ll thank you later). Adding a little prep to your step means doing big things for your fall wardrobe.

Okay so maybe you’re not ready for full-blown bows and pearls, but the key to rocking this style is sticking with a slim fit. Unless you’re trying to be transported back to the 70s (and seriously, no one needs to attain bell-bottomed hippie status again), skinnies are the way to go.  Not only are they flattering, but can also easily be tucked into your favorite pair of boots without awkwardly bunching.

Another great thing about colored skinnies is that they can be dressed up. Pair them with some cute pumps or suede wedges and a layered blazer for a style that is sophisticated and chic. Lauren Conrad, fashion goddess and all around worship-able human being, will be so proud.

Because this look is so simple, pastel skinnies give you the creative freedom to wear almost anything! So be bold, get creative, and let your prep flag fly. Check out some of my personal favorites:

~shannon~

flipping for flannels

27 Sep

Calling any girl who has donned yoga pants and a slightly too casual V-neck tee in an attempt to capture the ever-difficult cozy but cute look. The time has come to put the yoga pants down (I know they are tempting, but you’ll thank me later) and rejoice. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it comes in plaid.

The lumberjack gods have conspired to bring to the world of fashion a fall look that is comfy, cute, sexy…and affordable! That’s right, flannels are in. Unlike its previously butch and masculine history, button-down flannels take a girly stance on fall fashion which have become a wardrobe staple piece. While the shirt itself may not look like the hottest thing out there, flannels are so versatile because they can be dressed up or down with accessories, shoes, and layers.

The key to making a plaid shirt pop is by layering. This style looks great both under and over chunky sweaters, with a chambray shirt, or as a jacket. Flannel shirts usually fall a little longer than the top of the thigh, providing the perfect amount of coverage (check that half-cheek rule!) for leggings and jeans.

The other great part about this style is that it can be totally dressed up, or down, depending on the occasion. As seen below, a flannel shirt paired with skinny leather jeggings, bold heels, and knit sweater creates a chic and edgy vibe, especially when worn with chunky gold accessories.

For those of you in search of a more casual look, grunge chic is the way to go. It’s actually difficult to go wrong with leggings (unless they’re see through, in which case you should not be allowed to step out of your dorm), a cable-knit scarf, and lots of layered tops. If you’re going to go the rock-influenced grunge direction, you have to go big or go home. Take a cue from the beloved Rihanna and rock this look with some serious combat boots, and maybe a few studded pieces here and there if you are feeling really bold.

No matter how you decide to personalize the flannel shirt look, its obvious that this piece is a definite fall must have. If you’re still not inspired (or currently pulling up every online shopping website you can think of) take a look at these:

~shannon~

DIY magazine cover poster

28 Aug

So this DIY was actually for my room at home, but it could also be useful to fill up empty wall space in a dorm.  It’s colorful, stylish and simple.  When decorating a small space, it is important to avoid excessively busy or cluttered decorations.

  1. Supplies: magazines, ruler, pencil, scissors, poster, frame, tape/glue
  2. Find your favorite magazine covers and carefully cut them off of the spine of the magazine.  I recommend using the same magazine to keep the look uniform, but in varying colors to create contrast.

    glamour glamour glamour

    it helps to pull the cover off of the spine first

    3. Evenly space out the magazine covers on the poster board and then tape or glue them down.

    4.  Your dunzo! Hang it up and enjoy!

    just hanging with my girls tay and rih rih

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    -kelsey

DIY dream catcher

21 Aug

Dream catchers are making a comeback everywhere from tattoos to phone cases to jewelry, so why not have a real one in your dorm?

This project was extremely easy and fun to make, but it did require a lot of materials.

  1. Supplies {some that I used}: a round wooden hoop, a doily, string, beads, twine, lace, a hot glue gun, shells, feathers, and ribbon
  2. Wrap the twine {or any kind of chord} around the outside of the hoop using hot glue every few inches to hold it in place.

shannon demonstrating how to glue and wrap

3. After you’ve finished wrapping the whole hoop, use thread to weave in and out of the doily and around the hoop the secure the doily in the center.

the base

4. Start adding any kind of dangling strings that you want! This is the most creative and enjoyable part of the project.  Vary the lengths and the kind of material that you use as you go along.  I chose to keep mine pretty neutral with the exception of a few colored beads and ribbons.

the final product

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

here’s a link to the dream catcher that inspired mine!

-kelsey

cheers to a dorm apt.

21 Aug

Let’s let out a collective squeal of excitement for …wait for it wait for it… me moving into an apartment in two weeks!

After a year of living in a claustrophobia inducing dorm room, it is feels incredible to know that for the next year I will have a kitchen, two bathrooms, and a living room to call my own {and to share with four roommates but that just adds to the thrill} besides my own bedroom.

After basking in the sheer space an apartment offers, I started DIYing my way towards what I hope to be a trendy and chic living space- on a budget of course.  That’s why on rainy days this summer, and okay some sunny days too, I spent my time crafting for the bare white walls that await me.

Over the next few days I will be posting the step by step instructions on how to craft some of the DIY projects I have finished.  Check back soon!

-kelsey