College Fashionista/ Update

Hey Everyone,

I know I haven’t posted on this site in a very long time, but I wanted to do an update. Since June I’ve graduated high school and moved on to college in Washington D.C. I’ve just finished my first semester of college and can honestly say that I loved it and have met so many amazing people. Unfortunately, I’ve been pretty busy and haven’t been doing blog posts. I applied for a position at CollegeFashionista and got an internship there for the second semester. I am so excited to be writing a column for one of my all-time favorite fashion blogs! Be sure to check out the site and my posts in the George Washington University Section.

Thanks,

Oh, and Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2014 is an amazing year and a fresh start for everyone.

xo Liza

Gorgeous Graduation Dresses Under $50!

Hey Everyone,

So in honor of graduation season (can’t believe I’m graduating high school in less than 2 weeks!), I’ve decided to put together a set of beautiful, spring/summer appropriate dresses that you could wear either to your own graduation or to attend someone else’s. These would also be perfect for a summer dinner party, graduation party, or even a backyard barbecue if you want to look extra nice.

 

Graduation Dresses under $50!

Congrats to all of the graduates out there!
xoxo Liza

Retro Swimwear: Style Guide

Hey Everyone,

So since it’s Memorial Day, which is the unofficial start of summer, I thought it would be fitting to do a swimwear post. Here’s to one of my favorite looks, retro/ pin-up swim wear. Think of the 50s screen sirens like Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth along with pin up girls like Bettie Page. They accentuated their curves with padded, bra top halters and high waisted bottoms or with halter one piece suits and even little swim skirts or shorts. Though compared to today’s skimpy string bikinis, this retro style may seem a little covered up, the looks were scandalous at the time. Today, the retro swim look is feminine, classy, and sexy, not overly exposed.

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Marilyn Monroe

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Bettie Page

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Rita Hayworth

Get the look:

Retro Swimwear

Inpsiration: The Great Gatsby

Hey Everyone,

So as you may know, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby  just came out a couple of days ago. I’m seeing the movie tonight and I’m so excited! The costumes look absolutely incredible; Tiffany’s did all of the art-deco inspired jewelry and headbands. Prada did the flapper dresses. While not all of us can go to Prada and Tiffany’s for a fabulous 20s inspired look, you can get similar 20s looking pieces at tons of lower priced shops that you already go to.

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Images: All warnerbros.com

Get the look:

Gatsby Inspired

Have you seen the movie yet? What did you think? Comment below!

xoxo Liza

How to Dress for a Music Festival

Hey Everyone,

Now that the weather is getting nice (at least where I live) I thought it would be fun to do a post on dressing for a summer music festival. Music festivals, like Coachella, Bonaroo, Lollapalooza, etc. generally inspire a relaxed, bohemian sort of look. So pull out your denim cutoffs, grab a drink, and enjoy the music!

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Sofia Bush and Diane Kruger at Coachella 2013

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Julianne Hough at Coachella 2013

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Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Candice Swanepoel at Coachella 2013

Image Credit: All, nydailynews.com

Here’s a polyvore set I made of clothes, jewelry, etc. that would be festival perfect. Some general trends seem to be denim cutoffs, crop tops, eyelet, crochet, lace, and maxi dresses and skirts. Enjoy!

 

Festival Attire

Will you be at any festivals this spring or summer? Comment below!

Happy Mother’s Day!: Celebrate with Cardstore

Hey Everyone,

I’m so excited to be partnering with Cardstore through the Her Campus Blogger’s Network this mother’s day season!

Cardstore is a site that “allows you to create custom cards by adding personal photos, personalized messaging and your signature. Then Cardstore will print, stamp and send the card for you!”

I don’t know about you, but in my opinion,  receiving a card or letter in the mail is a real treat because it’s so personal and thoughtful. For the partnership with Cardstore, we’re supposed to write about the ultimate “mom memory” or a piece of valuable advice that she’s given you. So here we go, this one’s for you mom!

Here’s the card I’m ordering…

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If you want one too, go to cardstore.com and enter the code CSF3199 at checkout to get one card for only $1.99!

Disclaimer:

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My Mom Memory:

 

I can’t really think of one distinct, favorite memory that I have with my mom, but I can definitely remember a few trips that we took together. I’ve always loved to travel and have been lucky enough to go to Australia, Europe, and even simply travel within the United States. One of my favorite trips was one much closer to home. About a month ago, my mom and I went to Washington D.C. for my accepted students day. Accepted student’s day was Monday, but I was also taking Tuesday off from school so we could go back “leisurely on the train” as my mom put it. It was the week before Spring break and I’d only have to be in school for three more days. Naturally, I was pretty excited.

My mom and I rode down on the train together (which is something I’ve always wanted to do). Once we got to DC, we checked in at our hotel and got dressed to go out for dinner. We ended up trying a sort of fast-food Middle Eastern place about a block from our hotel, which was actually really tasty. I just love falafel! We walked around and got ready for admitted students’ day. I was a little nervous going into admitted students’ day because I didn’t know anyone (though I bet hardly anyone else did either) but my mom reassured me that I would be ok and that it would be great to get to see the school again. When that didn’t convince me, she promised to take me for burgers at my favorite burger place, BTS. We went to the admissions presentation and then ducked out to go for lunch. I ended up deciding that I wanted to go to school there and was also a little apprehensive about that decision. I was pretty indecisive when it comes to college stuff. My mom reminded me that there was no “wrong” decision, something that I found really comforting. She told me that there are just different options, not wrong option and that I would end up where I was supposed to be. As cliché as it may sound, her advice was pretty solid. I feel like we often put so much pressure on ourselves to make the “right” decision, as if there is only one correct path in life. In reality, people take all sorts of routes, but they end up where they’re supposed to end up in the end. I’ll always remember that trip to DC with my mom; not only did it help ease my fears about the following year, but it brought me closer to my mom.

Thanks so much mom for all that you do!

I love you.

-Liza

Inspiration: Parisian Style

Hey Everyone,

I just got back from Paris on Friday and though still jet-lagged, have decided to write a post inspired by style from the ultimate fashion capitol. I’ve always wanted to go to Paris since I was a little girl and now that I’ve gone, I can say that the city is truly beautiful and inspiring. Of course, I noticed the street style while I was there and fell in love with Parisians’ chic, put-together look. It’s still cool out right now there, so I don’t know what they wear in the summer, but I did notice a few key staples remixed over and over again. So here are the basics…

1. Leather Jacket

I literally saw women wearing leather jackets everywhere, good thing I brought mine! I’m a huge fan of this look anyways, so seeing it everywhere only made me want to have more. If you can, I would recommend splurging on real leather (my Zara jacket is one of my favorite items in my closet) but you can always go with vegan leather or faux leather as well.

2. Skinny Jeans

These may already be a staple of yours, but dark skinny jeans were paired perfectly with leather jackets, t shirts, and ballet flats in France.

3. Scarves

Almost everyone was wearing a scarf (granted it was a little cold) and the scarves were usually just simple wrap scarves in solid colors. They were the perfect finishing touch to any look and added a little polish.

4. Ballet Flats

Classic ballerinas in different colors were definitely the shoe of choice. They look chic and appropriate for running around during the day.

5. Classic leather bags

As a total handbag lover myself, I was obsessed with all of the buttery soft leather totes, satchels, and cross bodies seen on the arms of the most fashionable Parisians. Invest in a buttery soft everyday bag in a neutral color.

Here’s how to wear it all together…

 

Parisian Style

That’s all for now,
until next time.
xoxo Liza

Inspiration: The Notebook

 

 

Hey Everyone,

I haven’t done a movie inspiration post in a while and I thought it would be nice to pay tribute to two of my favorite actors (Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams) and one of my favorite movies, The Notebook. Allie’s wardrobe is a fabulous, retro 1940s mix that could fit in with your look today. I love simple, retro touches like these ones. 

 

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Get the Look for Less:

 

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Hope you liked this! Let me know if there’s a movie you’d like to see featured in the future.

xoxo Liza

Liebster Award: Questions and Nominations

Hey Everyone,

First off, I want to thank Lucy from Lessons from Lucy for nominating me for a Liebster Award. Now what exactly is a Liebster Award?, you may be wondering. According to Lucy it’s this.

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Basically, it’s a gauntlet. Thrown at your feet, this challenge (if accepted) requires you to tell your readers more about yourself. You must answer 11 questions in total. Then, you must pass the gauntlet on to 11 other bloggers you admire. And write 11 new questions for them to answer. Keep in mind that they may or may not pick up said gauntlet.

So, I’ve decided to happily accept said gauntlet by answering Lucy’s questions. Here they are, get ready…

1. What’s the hardest lesson you’ve had to learn? 

I would say the hardest lesson I’ve had to learn is that you can’t rely on other people for everything in life. Growing up, naturally, I would rely on my parents for help with anything that was bothering me, whether that be getting a cut and needing a band-aid or wanting a ride to go get ice cream. As I’ve gotten older, however, I realized that I have to advocate for myself. I am the only one who can work towards achieving my goals. I remember failing my license test when I took it for the first time. I had never really failed anything before and was totally freaked out. There was nothing that my mom or driving instructor or friends could do to change the results; I had failed because I messed up. Grudgingly, I took a couple of additional lessons and practiced on my own as well. When I took the test for the second time, I passed and it felt that much better to know it was something I had done entirely on my own.

2. Do you have a motto that you live your life by? What is it?

I’ve never really thought about something like this before. I would say that one sort of motto I try to follow is that you have to work for what you want in life. Nothing is going to just be handed to you; you have to have the motivation and drive to work for what you want to achieve in the end. Another motto of mine would be to live without regrets and to try as many new things as possible. I love to travel and try to join in as many new experiences as possible because that is how you grow, from going outside your comfort zone. As a naturally reserved person, that can be hard at times, but I do feel that it is necessary.

3.  What is your favorite publication and how often do you read it?

Honestly, Rookie Mag, the online magazine for teen girls created by Tavi Gevison is my favorite publication. They post three times a day, so I check it at least every day, sometimes multiple times. Rookie just has a way of reading my mind; whenever something is troubling me or if I’m simply curious or interested in something, I can find it there. I would highly recommend checking it out. I love that Rookie aims to empower young women, instead of causing them to feel insecure about their bodies or their worth, like unfortunately, much of today’s media is guilty of.

4. Why did you start your blog?

I was a sophomore in high school and I was bored. I’ve always loved fashion magazines, clothes, beauty products, etc. and wanted to share my opinion with my peers. Blogging has been an amazing way to connect with other young women and to give them (as well as myself) a voice.

5. What did you want to be when you grew up? Are you on your way there?

Growing up, I wanted to be everything from a princess to a rockstar to an astronaut. For a while, I wanted to be an actress or a model. Later on, I wanted to be a teacher. As a kid, I was constantly coming up with news ideas for what I wanted to do just because it sounded cool or whatever. Once I got to middle school though, I decided I wanted to do something in the fashion industry. I became really interested in media and eventually started my blog. I plan on studying journalism in college and hope to pursue my goal of working in fashion journalism.

6. Best dessert you ever had — 

This is a really tough one for me! I have such a sweet tooth and have enjoyed many desserts over the years. I would have to say my favorite was a chocolate hazelnut dessert (I can’t remember exactly what it was) that two of my cousins got at a restaurant our last night in Italy. It was basically the most decadent chocolate dessert you could think of and it was amazing.

7. Favorite place in the world.

I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to travel to a fair amount of places in different parts of the world. My favorite trip was a 16th birthday present to my cousin and I. We went to London and had the absolute best time. I loved going to all of the museums, art galleries, and just soaking it all up. The shopping was incredible too!

8. Where do you see yourself at age 30? 

To be honest, I don’t really know where I see myself at age thirty. I would say, maybe living in a big city and working in the media industry. I’d be married or would have a long term boyfriend. I know that’s pretty vague, but it seems so far away!

9. If you could interview anyone in history, who would it be and why?

I would definitely interview Jackie Kennedy, since she’s my ultimate role model and idol. She also didn’t give a lot of interviews. Jackie was poised, stylish, and elegant and was also extremely intelligent and passionate about history and the arts. I would love to hear more about her perspective on different world events and on life in general. I listened to some of the tapes that she recorded after her husband’s assassination and got chills. She was truly an amazing woman.

10. The last dream you had involved…

Ooh, this one’s hard too. I can hardly ever seem to remember my dreams. I was actually trying to remember today… I really can’t. How about I just say something about a particularly strange and memorable dream? Well, that one involved stealing the SATs from a table in a meadow. Talk about trippy. It was during my junior year and I was so stressed out about the test!

11. What is your favorite slang word?

Hmm, well it’s definitely not swagger. I hate that word. I really don’t think I have one. Maybe the word “bonkers” as in “going bonkers” since that’s just kind of strange sounding. HAHA.

I nominate…

1. Annie, Fashion and Beauty Inc. 2. Jamie, The Fashion Newcomer 3. Allie, All Dressed Up, Everywhere to Go 4. Harper, Harper Honey 5. Melanie, When Life Gives you Melanie

Ok, so here are my questions for the all of you nominees, have fun!

1. What is the worst movie you’ve ever seen? Why was it so awful?

2. What is your favorite vintage fashion era (eg. 50s) ?

3. What is your current favorite T.V. show?

4. Do you have a tumblr? If so, how would you describe it? If not, what are your impressions of tumblr in general?

5. Who is your favorite celebrity couple of all time? Ok, I couldn’t help myself, but let me just answer that one myself. JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette RIP. Just look at them.

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6. What is your “desert island” beauty product? If you could only have one thing, what would it be?

7. How would you describe your personal style?

8. How would you describe your music taste?

9. Are you superstitious? Examples?

10. What’s your favorite high school themed movie (or TV show) of all time?

11. If you could choose any destination, where would you travel to next?

Best of luck!

xoxo Liza

 

Link Love 3/30/13

Hey everyone,

This week, I decided that I wanted to share some of my favorite posts by other bloggers. There are so many awesome blogs out there and I saw this type of feature on some other sites and have always enjoyed it.

Here are my favorite posts of the week:

1. Bonjour, Paris

Blog: The Trendologist

This is an excellent style guide that shows you how to look chic and glamorous, inspired by the city of lights.

2. How to be a Femme Fatale

Blog: Rookie Mag

This is a great hair and makeup tutorial inspired by the pin up girl/ Dita von Teese look.

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3. The Six Trends you need for Spring

Blog: HerCampus

This is a beautiful style guide featuring spring’s top trends.

4. Swoon Worthy: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Blog: The Fashion Newcomer

This is a helpful review of a beautiful Marc by Marc Jacobs bag. I’m totally craving one now!

5. Gold Glitter on Navy Gradient

Blog: Tooth and Nails

This is a gorgeous nail tutorial, check it out!

 

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