Fashion, Humor, Pop Culture

“Pink is My Favorite Crayon”

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DSC_0992Motel ‘Rosebud’ satin bomber jacket, Emma & Sam cropped tee, Calvin Klein x UO boyfriend jeans, Furla customized ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in ‘Moonstone’ & ‘Petalo,’ Superga classic sneakers in white.

I have always loved the color pink. In case this post title doesn’t ring a bell, it’s a line from Aerosmith’s ’90s single “Pink,” which I liked so much that I named a pink teddy bear Stephen Tyler. (I was an interesting kid.) Given that I was seven or eight, I understand why no one felt compelled to tell me that, in this case, “pink” was being used a euphemism for the vagina. (Funnily enough, that’s also the story behind the singer Pink’s stage name…I like fun vaginal facts.) ANYWAY, I have always been into pink, but shied away from wearing lighter shades until recently. Considering my newfound confidence in wearing pastels and my affinity for bomber jackets, this one was a no-brainer. The pink jacket and purse give such feminine vibes, so I decided to balance this look out with these amazing Calvin Klein, khaki-colored, cropped boyfriend jeans. These jeans fit with unparalleled perfection, and I have a close relationship with denim. No one does it quite like Calvin, am I right? Unfortunately, these pants were designed exclusively for Urban Outfitters and are completely sold out. Their medium blue acid wash counterpart, however, is still available here.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Beauty, Fashion

Creep Creep: My Truest Sauce

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DSC_0316Top and jeans from LF Stores, Sandro Paris creepers, Spitfire sunglasses.

These Sandro creepers were part of a fall/winter collection, and I think this caused me to subconsciously, and oh so wrongly put them away for most of summer. Then I decided to give them a warm-weather makeover, and ultimately created what’s become my go-to summer outfit. I love the juxtaposition of this feminine-sexy, cross-back crop top with these cropped, distressed boyfriend jeans, and I love how my menswear-meets-Wednesday Addams creepers bring some eccentricity to what would be a very basic outfit otherwise. With my multi-colored hair and round, mirrored sunglasses, this look makes me feel like my most authentic self at this moment in time.

To me, the value of fashion is the confidence and sense of identity it can provide. Fashion isn’t about “looking good” by society’s standards—fashion and personal style are about physically demonstrating the energy you want to put out into this world. Like so many people, I have a tendency to get down on myself, and because I suffer from severe anxiety, it’s easy to fall into what I call “spiraling tunnel vision,” and hide under the covers for hours on end, consumed by self-deprecation. Lately, when I lose my grip on my wonderful reality and find myself focusing on the negative aspects of my life, I put on an outfit that I think represents the truest and best version of myself, put on my headphones, blast old school Missy Elliott and TLC, and go for a walk with my shoulders back and my chin up. I unashamedly check myself out in shop windows, and I remind myself that not only do the positive aspects of my life outmeasure the negative by lightyears, but also that my “negative” qualities contribute to many of the positive traits I wouldn’t trade in for anything. One great outfit (combined with some throwback hip-hop) has the power to remind me that I’m so proud to be the creative person underneath the clothes and the hair dye. The expression “dress for success” requires you to articulate your personal definition of success. Right now, my idea of success is to unapologetically follow my passions, and just be myself.

I find it kind of silly that we’ve established New Year’s as the official time for personal change. In my experience, September (and the fall season in general) has always seemed like a more prevalent time of transition. As summer comes to a close and September approaches, I encourage my readers who hope to gain more confidence to find the outfits they love, find their soundtrack, and go for a literal power walk. Smile at strangers. Dance while you wait at crosswalks. Strut your sauce. Repeat.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Crops on Crops

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IMG_0332IMG_0340American Apparel spandex crop top, cropped sweater & high-waisted boyfriend jeans from LF Stores, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Stoppard’ shoe, vintage collar necklace.

Try a top and sweater with drastically different necklines—and cropped hemlines—to create a fresh layered look. Jeffrey Campbell is definitely the king of sky-high, fabulously bizarre shoes, but he also makes the perfect simple, sleek footwear to give boyfriend jeans and crop tops a polished finish. Black oxfords are a must going into fall; they can dress up your jeans, and toughen up a bodycon dresses.

Photos by Matt McKenna

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Easy Summer Street Style

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Boyfriend jeans from Nasty Gal, LF sweater|vintage crop top, American Apparel wooden heel sandals, Chanel square sunglasses|Urban Outfitters round sunglasses.

You can give your boyfriend jeans a chic summer update with wooden-heeled sandals. Just about any kind of top will work with this look, from comfy sweaters, to flirty crop tops, to graphic tees.

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Denim on Denim: Simplicity with an Edge

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Madewell chambray button-down, Carmar distressed boyfriend jeans from LF, AllSaints leather jacket, Alexander Wang ‘Diego’ bucket bag, Tod’s boots.

The only thing better than denim and leather is denim on denim and leather. Virtually every girl has the pieces for this outfit in her closet, and they create a reliable formula for a look that’s effortless, casual, rough around the edges, yet still polished. If you’re in the market for a chambray shirt, Madewell is the ultimate destination for all your redneck tuxedo needs.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Bigger is Better

Proper size and fit are crucial elements of style. It’s never OK to wear clothes that are too small, but oversized pieces can take a simple outfit to a more dynamic place.1Q1A8267Boyfriend blazer from LF Stores, Sandro tee, American Apparel jeans & socks, Sandro creepers, Oliver Peoples sunglasses: this is my go-to look lately; it’s comfortable, and the tomboy sizing (and admittedly clown-like shoes) brings a bit of eccentricity to such basic pieces. Sometimes I swap this footwear for a striped sock and my plain black platform sneakers.1Q1A8270

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No Shirt November?

Nothing gets between me and my crop tops…1Q1A6840AllSaints leather jacket, American Apparel cropped tee, boyfriend jeans from LF Stores (circa 2008), Jeffrey Campbell suede booties, Le Spec sunglasses, beanie from CVS (lol).1Q1A6853Since crop tops made their comeback, I feel like they’ve been deemed appropriate only for summer or clubbing. Honestly, it might be a phase, but I think almost every outfit looks better when the top half is missing its bottom half. These medium-wash baggy boyfriend jeans and my oversized jacket (I went a couple sizes up so I’d have room for a sweater underneath, for those rare occasions when I let cold weather win) give my crop top a laid back, tomboy feel.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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