Month: April 2012

Trends: I Want My Mullet (Skirt) Back…

I’m all for putting some edge and rock n’ roll in my clothes, but I’m still not 100% sure how I feel about the mullet skirt (also known as the high-low skirt, the asymmetrical skirt, the waterfall skirt… you get the picture). Whenever I step into a fast-fashion store, especially Forever 21, these could-be beauties dangle from the racks, and my more classically rooted side — you know, the one that lives in Gap denim and loves finding a nice pair of slacks that fit just right — prevent me from grabbing one and rushing to the fitting room. Maybe it’s because the majority of the ones I’ve seen are in obnoxiously bright colors and horrible polyester. But then I stumbled upon Kristin Cavallari in this floral stunner, and it made me reevaluate my feelings for this high-low number. I’m not sure if I’ll run to the nearest Zara and pick one up, but I may consider trying one on the next time I go to the mall or Santana Row. I love that Kristin …

Personal Style: Stripes, Scarves & Sisters in Top Knots; Friday Afternoon at the Dog Park

In observance of Good Friday, I had no classes today — so that meant I got to head home and enjoy the weekend one day earlier! For the first time in a while, my entire family and I were together, so we decided to take our new puppy Chopper to the dog park in the neighboring town of American Canyon. I knew that we had a lazy day ahead of us. My philosophy? Just because you plan to relax all day, that does not mean that you need to sacrifice style! So I slapped on some casual wear and tied my hair up in a top knot (an easy, clean style that’s all the rage right now!) and hopped in the car. Unbeknownst to me, my sisters ended up styling their hair in the same way, so we obviously had to snap a picture together. My favorite part about my outfit is the mixing of patterns: I love stripes, and I love flowers — so why not wear them together? Plus, after pairing these items …

“The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier”: A Must-See Exhibit!

Mar. 24, 2012 marked the beginning of my spring break — and the impending closure of an important chapter in my life (a.k.a. the upcoming conclusion of my college career). But that date also marked the opening of one of the de Young Museum’s newest exhibitons: “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.”The exhibit, which will run until Aug. 19, features haute couture, sketches, photos, and video clips — all spotlighting Gaultier’s work with notable filmmakers, choreographers, and musicians (Madonna’s conical brassiere, anyone?) and his influence in the fashion world. I’m a little disheartened that I missed last Friday night’s opening event, but there are a few more events lined up, including the opportunity to make Gaultier-inspired jewelry with artist Haute Gloo this Friday. My sister and I are thinking about getting dolled up (I’ll probably convince her to wear her mink scarf, and I’ll break out some of my fiercest wedges) and heading to the city for a fashionable night out. Will I be seeing any of you …

Personal Style: Business Casual

I’ve been looking for an entry-level job at different fashion retailers, so that means I have to make sure I have a slew of interview outfits that successfully combine professionalism and lots of style. Something I’ve learned about dressing fashionably for a professional event? It’s all in the details; make sure that your clothes are cleanly pressed — and that all your items have something about them that makes them a little more special. Here’s an outfit that I wore for an on-campus recruiting event with Macy’s Inc. — and it’s especially great with spring finally here! Want to copy the look? Follow the jump for details about each item.

Style Inspiration: Scarves, Scarves, Scarves!

As is customary during the first day of classes, my photography professor asked us to introduce ourselves and share what our favorite piece of clothing was. Obviously, it was extremely difficult for me to do so — how could I pick only one piece that I love the most??? So, I gave a cop-out answer: “It’s difficult for me to choose just one piece of clothing, but — in terms of accessories — I love rings, shoes, and scarves.” Scarves are extremely versatile, and they are great accessories that you can wear year-round. With spring upon us, pick up something lighter and gauzier. Florals are always appropriate for springtime, but try something more tribal this year, like this metallic ikat print scarf for $8 or this tribal print scarf for $10.80, both from Forever 21. Also, check out this video from Wendy Nguyen from Wendy’s Lookbook. This is one of the best tutorials I’ve seen for wearing a scarf! I love “Celebrity” and “Waterfall.” What are your favorites?

Personal Style: Spring Quarter Mani

Today marks the first day of the first week of the last quarter of my undergraduate career! It’s hard to believe that, nearly four years ago, I was just starting at Santa Clara University and — in a mere 11 weeks — I’ll be graduating. To mark the momentous occasion, I decided to give myself an at-home mani. As someone who loves black nails, dark nail polish is always my go-to — but I wanted to do something a bit differently and a teensy bit “lighter” as we transition to a brighter, lighter season. I used Sally Hansen’s Hard As Nails in Gunmetal and applied a silver glitter nail decal on my ring fingers as an accent nail. What do you think? Would you copy this look? And share your spring season manis with me!