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Happy Holidays!!!! December 25, 2012

Hey guys!!! Just wanted to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season!! I thought I’d commemorate the day with a style post for the holidays (and Christmas, of course :P)

Today, I got to use one of my Black Friday steals (been saving them for the holiday season!!) from Deb – they were having a 50% off sale on the entire store, so I got this ADORABLE burgundy colored ruffle halter top for about $9! Paired it with the cropped denim jacket from my “Mixing Metals” post and black pants that are pretty much like leggings, but heavier, warmer, and more comfy as far as I’m concerned!! To finish off the outfit, I’m also wearing “Black Lace Creme” by NYC on my nails, open toe pumps by Vigotti, the gold Charter Club hoop earrings my lil’ sister bought me this Christmas, and the necklace by Charter Club she got me last Christmas 😛

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Yes, that’s my guitar, and no, I don’t really play!!

Hair and Makeup!!

Hair and Makeup!!

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Cherokee cropped denim jacket – NO idea why this keeps posting sideways, but since you guys have already seen it before, I figured it wasn’t too much of a disaster 😛

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Vigotti pumps – got these at least 2 years ago from Zappos.com – they’re starting to show signs of wear, but they’ve served me REALLY well, and i LOVE these babies 🙂

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Vigotti pumps: Bow detail

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My $9 Deb halter top! So in love with the ruffles and the Lurex – my version of understated sparkles and sequins 😛

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LOVE these pants…. I think I wear them WAYY too much! The thing is they’re almost as cozy as sweatpants, but a LOT cuter (which works out for me, because I personally have a rule where I never allow myself to wear sweatpants unless I’m sick, dying, or crazy…. but that’s just me!!)

As for makeup, I’m wearing a little gunmetal-colored glitter eyeshadow from my NYX “Glitter Cream” eyeshadow palette (bought at ULTA for abour $5) and glitter eyeliner by NYX, topped off with my favorite Studio Gear mascara 🙂

The makeup look!

The makeup look!

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The makeup look – Closeup 😛

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Eyeshadow: NYX Glitter Cream Palette               Eyeliner: “Black Sparkle” by Palladio               Mascara: “Impactfull” by Studio Gear                Lipstick: “Deepest Cherry” by Maybelline

 

And to finish it off, I used a pair of Charter Club earrings and a necklace, both of which, my sister bought me for Christmas. These are classic staples that will go anything – I use the necklace all the time when I want to dress up an outfit or just accessorize. Super cute!!

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Charter Club earrings

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Charter Club necklace

Well, that’s my “short” style post for today!! I’ll do a couple posts before New Year’s on my Christmas Eve outfit (also compliments of Deb xD) and a quick one on my favorite semi casual party outfit (which will probably be out on New Year’s eve xD). Thanks so much for reading, following, and liking – it means so much to me!! You guys are the best!! Have a wonderful holiday season and a merry Christmas!!!!

<3Christiana<3

P.S. – thanks to my sis for doing 90% of the photography for me!! Taking pictures of myself is a pain, so she helps a lot!! ❤

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Camel, Chocolate, and Garnet December 23, 2012

Camel, Chocolate, and Garnet

Jones Jones prom dress
$97 – topshop.com

Warehouse
$57 – warehouse.co.uk

Stackable eternity ring
$140 – astleyclarke.com

Isharya handcrafted jewelry
$100 – pret-a-beaute.com

Diane von furstenberg
matchesfashion.com

Nail polish
$7.04 – ginatricot.com

 

Mixing Metals: Chrome, Titanium, and Gunmetal December 22, 2012

Mixing Metals: Chrome, Titanium, and Gunmetal

Nicole Miller linen dress
$460 – question-air.com

Luichiny bow sandals
bakersshoes.com

Nine west handbag
ninewest.com

Call it SPRING black handbag
$34 – debenhams.com

 

Chartreuse xD

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Chartreuse xD

Antonio Marras floral print dress
$1,605 – farfetch.com

Cinque chino pants
$180 – zalando.co.uk

Even&odd leather shoes
$68 – zalando.co.uk

 

Top 5 Fashion Trends for the 2012 Holiday Season December 12, 2012

So, it’s the 12th already, which means it’s 13 days until Christmas! And if you’re anything like me, you’re researching fashion trends for the holiday instead of starting your Christmas shopping (who starts Christmas shopping until the week of or before Christmas, anyway?? JK :P)
Well, I figured that as long as I’m looking up holiday trends instead of shopping for gifts, I might as well share my finds with you! So here they are.

1. Sequins

One of my favorite decorative things ever, sequins are on the top list of holiday fashion trends. They’re so much fun in the right light (you can literally see the lights dance on a flat surface!), and are definitely a fun way to mirror this festive season. If you’re feeling bold and a little flirty this season, try a sequined body-con dress like the one shown by AKIRA, or, if you’re not ready to go all-over sequins, try a dress or accessory that only uses sequins as accents (like the dress by Charlotte Russe or the Dorothy Perkins scarf). For the ultimate look, pair the dress with a pair of stilettos or boots, and the scarf with a fitted blouse and skinnies.

Two Tone Strapless Sequin Dress by AKIRA – $45
http://www.shopakira.com/products/two-tone-strapless-sequin-dress.html

2. LRD (Little Red Dress)

We’ve been through the LBD, and the LWD. Moving on to the LRD for a fresh take on a classic in a great holiday color! The best part about it is that red is a flattering color for every skin tone, according to the experts 🙂
Try out this holiday trend with the Vintage dress by Lindy Bop paired with classic pumps and jewelry to bring back the old-style feeling of Christmas, or with Modcloth’s cute A-line dress paired with red stilettos for a more formal, but girly look. And if you want to be extra-stylish, combine the sequin trend with the LRD trend for the ultimate party look with the funky Vera Wang dress pictured below 🙂

Classy Vintage Audrey Hepburn Style 1950’s Rockabilly Swing Evening Dress by Lindy Bop – $47
http://www.amazon.com/Lindy-Bop-Vintage-Hepburn-Rockabilly/dp/B00968D9FU/?tag=polyvore006-20

3. Nordic Print Sweaters

Everyone hates the old Christmas sweaters with the reindeer and Santa faces and Snowmen… they’re just so… old…. Unfortunately, they’re not going anywhere, but some more fashion conscious designers have reinvented the Christmas sweater to make it more attractive. So a few options for those of you who like being warm and comfortable, but cute at the same time, are these sweaters from sheinside.com – pair them with boots (either knee high or ankle booties) and a pair of dark skinny jeans, or semi-sheer leggings and voila – comfy chic ;P

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Red Snowflake with Deer Christmas Pattern Cable Sweater by Sheinside – $30
http://www.sheinside.com/Red-Snowflake-with-Deer-Christmas-Pattern-Cable-Sweater-p-105953-cat-1734.html

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Khaki Deer and Snowflake Christmas Pattern Hooded Sweater Coat by Sheinside – $50
http://www.sheinside.com/Khaki-Deer-and-Snowflake-Christmas-Pattern-Hooded-Sweater-Coat-p-103864-cat-1734.html

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Black Batwing Long Sleeve Deer Print Sweater by Sheinside – $32
http://www.sheinside.com/Black-Batwing-Long-Sleeve-Deer-Print-Sweater-p-101354-cat-1734.html

4. Lace Dresses

So lace dresses have been really big for a while now, and they’re here for the holidays as well! Sweet, flirty, and feminine, lace is a great way to show your girly side, and keep the holiday spirit – and the best part is that you’re not limited by color 😛
Try out lace (if you haven’t already) with the Dorothy Perkins white lace dress and a pair of camel colored boots and matching jewelry for an angelic take on the lace trend. For something a little more girly and sweet, try Modcloth’s adorable skater dress in blue, paired with mustard yellow flats and a cute hair bow to nail the look. If you’re looking for something a little more simplistic though, try the lace dress by Forever 21 with sheer black tights and black pumps, and a classic red lip.

White lace overlay dress by Dorothy Perkins – $35
http://us.dorothyperkins.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=34072&storeId=13065&productId=6439001&langId=-1&_$ja=tsid:34094|prd:Hy3bqNL2jtQ&cmpid=aff_ls_us&siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-kQeTOabhkQUzAKloq34uDg

5. Leggings

What’s versatile, cute, and available in a million colors and prints? Shoes? True… but I’m thinking of leggings! In the trend world, we’ve gone from straight leg jeans, to skinny jeans, to super skinny jeans, to jeggings, to leggings and tights. And by the way, this is a whole other post, but my theory is that skinny pants are going to go out really soon, and we’ll be back to the bellbottom/wide leg pant style in a couple seasons. But anyway, if you’re dying to try out this trend while it lasts, check out these cute leggings by Romwe, Chicnova, and Unikoo, paired with neutral tops or tunics and a pair of boots or ankle booties for a trendy spin 🙂

Spliced Lace Flowers Print Black Leggings by Romwe – $25.90
http://www.romwe.com/spliced-lace-flowers-print-black-leggings-p-48905.html

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Skinny Leggings in Metallic Sheen by Chicnova – $19.50
http://www.chicnova.com/skinny-leggings-in-metallic-sheen.html

Well, that’s the end of this post! Hope you guys try out some of these trends this Christmas (the one I’m most likely to rock this year is sequin, just because they’re so awesome!), and let me know how you styled them! Have an awesome holiday season! And get some shopping done!

 

Feathers – Fad or Forever?: Feather Lovin’ (2012) December 11, 2012

Hello all! I’ve finished following my feathers trend, but I wanted to wrap it up with some styling ideas for you all 🙂

I’ve also included the final presentation I did for my trend in class (below), so check it out and let me know what you think!

Feathers – Fad or Forever

The following four pictures are just styling ideas for each season that incorporate feathers. To see the actual sets, click this link (http://www.polyvore.com/feather_lovin_2012/collection?id=2110182)

Thanks again for following this trend with me! You guys are awesome 🙂

More to come soon!!
<3Christiana<3
 

Feathers – Fad or Forever (UPDATE) December 7, 2012

Hi again!! Here’s my latest installment in my collection of posts on the feathers trend 🙂

So on Monday, my fashion class took a fieldtrip to NYC and visited Cotton Inc. and the D&D (Decoration & Design) building, and got presentations/tours at each… long story short, it was awesome 🙂      And at the D&D building, I found another thing to add to my feathers trend, and the pics are below 😛

Basically, the peacock feathers are collected, then put together into a fabric, and this was the D&D display on the particular fabric.

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Peacock feather display

The actual feather is REALLY just gorgeous. The colors are so rich and vibrant, and I can’t imagine how good the quality is… It’s beautiful, though.

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Peacock Feather

This is just a closeup of the feather…. you can see how there are so many different colors in the feather that make up that gorgeous sheen…

Feathers (closeup)

Feathers (closeup)

These are the threads used to make the fabric. In the little part of the blurb on the picture I got in, you can see how the fabric is actually made.

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Feather threads

So not only are feathers in when it comes to accessories, but they’re also in when it comes to high quality, couture fabric. Hope you enjoyed this mini post! (Sorry – I thought I’d taken more pictures than just these, haha… guess not!)

Anyway, like, comment, read, whatever! Let me know what you think!

<3Christiana<3

 

 
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