Cuffed Jeans and The Boots with the Heels

a fashion fanatic, chocoholic, and a DIY devotee

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Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez Headband Tutorial

If you’ve seen Taylor Swift’s “22” music video, you might have noticed Taylor’s adorable cat ears headband.

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I was obsessed and found this tutorial for them from The Sorry Girls. The Sorry Girls are a YouTube channel with awesome DIYs.

I then saw this picture of Selena Gomez:

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And I wanted a silhouette devil ears headband! I think this would look amazing with a little black dress for a night out!

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Here’s how to do it (I did bear ears for another example of a silhouette):

1. Buy wire – I got mine from Michael’s!

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2. Using pliers, trace the outline of a headband.

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3. Use a piece of paper to draw the ears/horns and then use pliers to form them with the wire!

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4. Attach with super glue! Super easy and super cute!

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Versatile Blogger Award

I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Thrifting Couture. A fellow engineer, she has great posts about thrifting and how she styles her pieces. I’m very jealous of her finds! Thank you, TC!🙂 For this tag, I list seven random things about myself and tag fifteen other bloggers.

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1. I love food. There is actually only one food that I really detest – carrot soup with milk. My favorite food – that’s hard to decide.

2. My new food find is a melon pan. It’s a Japanese pastry that is basically a cross between a brioche and a cookie. It’s so delicious.

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3. On that vein, I especially love spicy food. My dad called me asbestos mouth as a kid.

4. I have really weird, but very real-feeling dreams. When I was little, I had a dream that I met Mary Kate and Ashley and was so convinced that it actually happened. I told my friend while my mom was in the room and my mom was so confused since it actually didn’t happen.

5. I feel really at home in coffee shops. I love the people, the smells, and the coffee and pastries, of course. One of my favorite things to try in a new city/town is to try out the coffee shops.

6. I’m listening to music almost constantly. I listen to music when doing homework (except when I’m reading – that gets confusing), when I’m at work doing things independently, when I’m in lab, when I’m walking, and when I’m running.

7. I love finding music. I’ve found that Songza playlists give me the best suggestions!

Whew, that was difficult!

Now, for the fun part, here are my nominees:

1. Emily of The Frugalous Life – She has great posts about getting great pieces that are affordable too.

2. Jasmine of The Art of Imperfection– I’m obsessed with her outfits.

3. Whitney of Polish & Pipsqueaks– She has a great style and definitely has fun in her photo shoots.

4. Jessica of Desert Days– Her photos are so cool!

5. Alex of bodishblog– Her DIYs are amazing and I love her writing style.

6. Alice of scandalice – I love her style.

7. Belle of VisualĂ©poque– Amazing style, amazing photography.

8. Emma of The Ginger Rules– She is awesome and loves sequins as I do!

9. Melanie of Lace & Combat Boots– She gives great style advice and has a really fun style.

10. Kate of What Kate Did Next– She has the best name ever and has great beauty tips.

11. Tara Jeanne of three wishes style– I’m love her style and she has a great mix of thrifted and non-thrifted pieces.

12. Mckenzie of Why Buy it? DIY it. – Her DIYs are so awesome that they look like you could buy them in stores.

13. Spaceandshoes– She’s not afraid to wear bold prints and colors and has interesting outfits.

14. Ellie of today i will mostly be– She can mix casual and dressier clothes together with such ease.

15. Fiona of The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets– I love all her outfits.

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Play It Cool, Stay in School: Outfit of the Day

Yesterday was my first day of school. It’s still incredibly hot in Baltimore, so I pulled on my black skort (unfortunately it’s not the awesome Zara one, but one I was handed down a couple of years again) and an interesting printed tee.

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I paired it with a denim vest. To stay in the blue and white motif, I added a blue and white pin chained on necklace and a blue and white heart earrings to add as decoration to my collar.

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I had an amazing first day! I got free chocolate at the gym, had a really engaging professor, a good meeting at work, and a fun time in lab.

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I actually had to make an outfit change as my shoes are not appropriate for a lab setting (cancer cells are not good for your toes).

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Shirt: Thrifted

Vest: DKNY, DIY cutoff sleeves

Earrings: H&M

Necklace: Pin – Oma, Chain- Michael’s

Bracelet: New York and Company

Skort: Gifted

Shoes: Urban Outfitters

and sometimes, i sacrifice function over fashion #nobackpackforfirstdayofschool


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Labels of Love: My Style Evolution

When I was little, I wore some questionable outfits. My aunt says that I wore things with stains and colors that completely clashed. My dad says that I had favorite pieces of clothing and would want to wear them often. Even if they didn’t fit me, I wanted to wear those pieces. A lot of people have favorite shirts or lucky jeans, but I normally remember where I got a piece of clothing and where I’ve worn it.

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I didn’t really get into fashion until early high school. I was a tomboy growing up and that required jeans and t-shirt mostly. Some french exchange students visited our school and I was in love with the French and their style. I started wearing tailored, neutral colored (and a lot of black) clothing. I had an obsession with scarves. Literally – I’d wear them all year round. When I got my first trenchcoat, I wore it so much that people would be able to find me in a crowd if they saw a brunette with a trenchcoat.

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aforementioned scarf and trenchcoat

Later in high school, I discovered the fashion blogging world and started wearing very trendy pieces regardless if they flattered me… (I’m looking at you baby doll dresses and banded bottom shirts). Then, I realized that I was buying pieces because they were trendy instead of because I really liked the pieces.

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clogs and velvet dresses

When I got to college, my style was a mix of trendy pieces and classic French-inspired pieces. As the semesters flew by and my classes became more one-sided and math and science-y, I needed an outlet for some right-brain thinking. Fashion was this outlet. I started to love taking pieces and trying to find ways to wear it in unexpected pairings or in unexpected ways. This was incredibly fun and relaxing and my fashion got a little more eclectic.

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plaid and moccasins

I started playing around more with fashion and started reading more fashion blogs. I enjoy doing fashion challenges with myself; one week, I wore a monochrome outfit with a different color each day. As I got more into thrifting, I got more interested in refashioning pieces and was more likely to buy more trendy items as they were not as expensive as the pieces in stores. Now, I’m really interested in Asian fashion and have been loving the cartoon prints all over tops and pants in Tokyo.

and sometimes, i sacrifice function over fashion #nobackpackforfirstdayofschool

and sometimes, i sacrifice function over fashion #nobackpackforfirstdayofschool

So, if someone asks me what my style is, I guess I’d say it’s eclectic trendy with french influences with girly details. Does anyone have a word for that?🙂

How would you describe your style? 

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Style Rules for Guys

1. If you don’t care about fashion, but want to look good all the time I have two words for you. Desert. Shoes. These are literally the “sisterhood of the traveling pants” of shoes. They look good on men young and old, tall and short. They fit with a ton of different styles.

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2. Please don’t show me your white tube socks.

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3. Wearing suit vests without the suit add an instant polished look to your outfit without adding bulk. Wearing them with denim achieves a classic, but modern look.

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4. Don’t be afraid to wear pink! Pink is a calming color, so wearing it makes you feel more relaxed. I think lighter pink is easier to pull off, but with the right style of shirt, hot pink looks good too.

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5. Match your belt with your shoes. I may sound hypocritical as I break this rule all the time, but I think that women’s shoes are more of a statement item. HOWEVER, this doesn’t mean that you should complete match the shade. Wearing a belt in the same color family, but with an interesting detail is really cool.

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6. Just say no to jorts. Unless you’re a carpenter (or maybe if you’re wearing desert shoes. Seriously, these are fashion miracles).

7. Men can mix patterns! Polka dots and stripes together are not a fashion faux-pas, but a cool look.
Three pieces of advice:
1. If you’re mixing too things, make one piece have a larger print and one piece have a smaller print. Without this, the print will get lost and look busy.
2. Match the main color of one piece with an accent or lesser color in the other piece. This makes the look cohesive without looking matchy-matchy.
3. Another way to join a look together is by using opposite colors on the color wheel. This makes both colors more vibrant because there is a strong contrast.

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8. One of my favorite people ever is Bill Cosby and he illustrates this principle. There is nothing cooler than a guy with an interesting sweater.

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9. Don’t be afraid to have fun with fashion! Try a new trend, mix some patterns, or even add a pop of color. For me, there’s nothing more stylish than a guy wearing something different with confidence. And a pair of desert shoes doesn’t hurt🙂

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Ladies, what are your fashion rules for guys? Gentlemen, do you agree with my rules?

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Ways to Wear: Black and White and Read All Over

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give me something I can dance to

If you’ve never heard of IFB, you definitely need to check it out! They have amazing tips for any style blogger that are fun and easy-to-read. One of my favorites is the IFB Project, a weekly style challenge for IFB members. I love reading all the different posts and ways people spin the topic. This week’s project is Black and White Ball!

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When I thought of ball, I thought of dress codes. Is it a white tie? Black tie? I decided to style four different black & white outfits to attend any of these possible balls.

Look #1: Casual

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For me, there’s something great about a crisp white shirt. It’s so easy to pair and I love the sharp look when it’s paired with black jeans. I paired it with a black necklace, a white bracelet, and a clear clutch. Keeping with the black and white trend, I paired my DIY googly eye gladiators to finish the look. I feel like this outfit looks clear, but I don’t really think that can really describe an outfit🙂.

Shirt: Thrifted

Pants: Cotton On

Shoes: DIY

Clutch: DIY

Necklace: Thrifted

Bracelet: Gifted

Look #2: Beach Formal

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I think a beach formal dress code is the hardest thing to follow. I paired a white men’s dress shirt with my LBD. I wore my neutral sandals with this thrifted brown bag. My favorite thing about this bag is that it has a cell phone size a la Zack Morris pocket. My hair is down with a braid crown. This shirt is perfect because it can be tied for a more beachy look or untied for a looser look.

Shirt: Thrifted

Dress: New York and Company

Necklace: Gifted

Bag: Thrifted

Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Look #3: Cocktail

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This top was made my great grandmother. I love the sequins (if only sewing talent was genetic). I usually wear the skirt as a business skirt for interviews and events, so this outfit is super easy to throw on after work. Even though those shoes are a little high, they’re perfect for dancing as you can see.

Shirt: Gifted

Skirt: H&M

Shoes: White House|Black Market

Look #4: Formal

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I love this dress. It’s fun and flirty, but also is really classic. To play up the formal aspect of the outfit, I wrapped a bow tie around my wrist several times as a bracelet. I paired with my green wedges with the black and white detailing and a sequin-y purse. I admit it – I love sequins. Maybe a little too much. Nah.

Dress: Macy’s

Shoes: Payless

Necklace: Charlotte Russe

Bow tie: Dad’s

Purse: Thrifted

What’s your favorite look? How do you navigate difficult dress codes?

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Also, I’ve been loving taking street art photos this week and I thought they’d be a cool way to combine the many photos I take when doing my outfit posts. Please let me know what you think🙂

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The Sunday Edition: Links of August 18, 2013

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1. I love this bicycle ride-in espresso bar – so cool!

2. This is an oldie, but a great one – 25 reasons why you should dress up everyday!

3. Gingerbread cookie dough truffles. Count me in.

4. Buzzfeed’s 39 easy ways to decorate your walls is really inspiring.

5. Four words: triple. chocolate. mousse. cakes. Enough said.

6. These photos are portraits of family members without people. Very cool.

7. This latte art is incredible.

8. Another cool card DIY – using just a pin.

9. This is a really interesting photo project of girls and their rooms.

Favorite Song: Boomerang by Lucy Schwartz