Monthly Archives: August 2012

Friday Favorites-Color Blocking


Personally I am the biggest fan of black. I think it goes with everything and anything, on any occasion. It is timeless, ageless, priceless, and expensive looking. I have very few color options in my wardrobe. VERY few. Then the color blocking trend started to take place. I dreaded every color blocked outfit I saw….I was unsure of how to transition it in to my chic black and gray-toned wardrobe.

Then it hit me. Color is FUN! Fashion is fun, color is fun, and we are supposed to have fun with it! Put the mint jeans with the coral top and wear it with pride!

Now there are a couple rules. You should always be careful about color blocking. You should not go color blocking crazy, stay away from more than three colors, stay in the same level of saturation (pastels, neons, bolds) , and use large segments of color.

Find colors that are usually opposite on the color wheel. These colors make each other pop…like blue and orange! 🙂 Contrast is eye catching and makes a bold statement.

(Can you tell how the blue makes the orange look orange-ier and vice versa?)

Needless to say after trying color and playing with it, I became comfortable and fell in love. If you have not tried it yourself, you should too! Just remember the few simple rules, and have fun with it!




Concert Style-Mumford and Sons

This past Tuesday was probably one of the best nights of my entire life, thanks to the band Mumford and Sons. I was pretty stoked when I found out they would be performing in my little out-of-the-way college town at the ancient civic center. I expected to see a pretty good show, but what I did not expect was how truly beautiful and moving the concert would be. Picture this: strands of lights strung from the balcony to the stage effectively creating a canopy over the audience, plus the live sound of Mumford and Sons’ earthy and raw folk-rock music. Sounds pretty amazing, right? It was.

Since the theatre was small, and I knew it was going to be packed to the gills, I had to dress accordingly so that I could be comfortable and enjoy the experience whole-heartedly.

Here is what I wore to the concert…and why 🙂

Flowy summer dress-

  • The muted earth tone color palette of the tribal pattern payed a bit of homage to Mumford and Son’s folk style.
  • The butterfly sleeve allowed for tons of air movement to reduce any “sweatage” caused by the heat increase of a crowded concert hall.
  • A Mumford and Sons concert was the perfect place to debut this dress!


  • Well, first off they match perfectly 🙂
  • As tall as heels, but much more comfortable.
  • Secret height weapon=the taller I am, the better I can see! (not good for the people behind me…oops)

Small cross-body bag-

  • Hands-free solution to hold my phone, keys, cash, and lip gloss


  • The print of the dress is pretty busy so I decided to keep it simple by adding a skinny brown leather braided belt and some bronze-y chandelier earrings.

Overall, this look was stylish yet comfortable and allowed me to be totally immersed in the music without having to constantly adjust any straps, zippers, etc.

Also, I was fortunate enough to be able to dress my friend, C (on the right), for the event as well! Here is a breakdown of her outfit:

Tank top: Jack by BB Dakota

Skirt: handmade from personal design

Belt: thrifted

Earrings: Francesca’s

This concert truly was the experience of a lifetime. The best part of the entire evening was when they performed “Timshel”. Because this theatre was the most intimate venue and they wouldn’t be able to do it again on their tour, they performed without a PA system. Just their guitars and their voices. It was truly moving.

Their performance of “Where Are You Now” was a close second…enjoy 🙂



p.s. If you like my dress of C’s top, check out the boutique Main Elements at

Friday Favorites-10 Key Items for Your Closet

  1. Skinny Jeans– Perfectly appropriate for every casual situation, they are a wardrobe staple.
  2. Pencil skirt-Pair with a dressy top and some heels and be dressed to impress.
  3. Boyfriend Blazer- This works well with any body shape to transition your look from day to night!
  4. Belt– Skinny, thick, or “your man’s”, it is great for creating that classic hourglass shape.
  5. Scarf– Not only can it change up your simple look, it can be a great statement piece.
  6. Simple Black Pumps– These make you feel ready to take on the world! One word: confidence.
  7. Summer-y Print Dress–  A lightweight striped, tribal, or floral dress can go from summer to fall with a simple cardigan or jacket.
  8. Boots– A pair of riding boots for fall will take your clothing options to the max!
  9. LBD– Do I need to say why? A little black dress does it all!
  10. Red Lips– Lips that pop will amp up your energy and your look.


Until next Friday…


You Don’t Have to Own a Boat to Wear Boat Shoes…It’s a Sperry Nation

 Boat shoes have been all over the fashion scene this past year, even as platforms seen on the streets at New York fashion week! Check it out here: (slide 42). I for one am glad that this classic pair of footwear is getting some much deserved attention.

 My relationship/obsession with boat shoes began in Fall 2010 when I was dropped off at college as a clueless freshman with a very limited sense of campus style (fun fact: I literally thought that all college students wore sweatpants and tee shirts to class). I was pleasantly surprised to see the large variety of students with very different senses of style gathered in one place! It was a refreshing break from the logo sweatshirts and faded flare jeans that dominated the fashion (or lack thereof) scene at my high school.

 A little gem found among the Ugg boots, yoga pants, and school logo tees was the boat shoe. I noticed both guys and girls wearing this “grandpa” shoe. My first thought when seeing Sperry’s was “Why are these fashionable young co-eds wasting their youthful years sporting these nasty, beat-up,  ‘grandpa’ shoes?” I was not a fan. But then, it all changed.

I’m not quite sure when my disgust with “grandpa” shoes turned into “I need Sperry’s, like yesterday”. I think it was right around springtime when it was warm enough to retire my boots, but not quite warm enough to break out the flip-flops. It was then when I began to think about the benefits of boat shoes.

 1. Boat shoes are safe. Think of the yacht-owning yuppies on the East coast who needed non-slip, yet fashionable, shoes to wear on the decks and docks. There is always a ton of ice and packed snow where I go to college, therefore I need non-slip shoes. Sperry’s are non-slip, thus I have to have Sperry’s to ensure my physical well-being.

 2. Sperry’s are versatile. I could wear them with cropped jeans. Or with regular jeans. Or with shorts. I could wear them with a dress, or with a skirt. I could wear them year round! Since I am a broke college student, I would only need one pair!

 3. Sperry’s are ridiculously comfortable. All of my Sperry wearing friends touted the insane comfort level of Sperry’s. I am also a college student and comfort in clothing in necessary. Therefore Sperry’s are necessary.

 Armed with several justifiable reasons to shell out $70, I purchased a pair of the Sperry Bluefish 2-Eye in the very classic Linen Oat finish. Best shoe purchase of my entire life! Wearing a pair of Sperry’s is like walking on a cloud, or a marshmallow sidewalk. Because I firmly believe that everyone deserves to have a ridiculously comfortable, yet stylish shoe, here are a few tips and tricks when purchasing Sperry’s.

1. Go a half size down. Just trust me and everyone else I know who has Sperry’s. You need to go down a half size so that the leather of the shoes can custom form to your foot.

 2. You may have blisters the first two days. Don’t get scared and exchange your Sperry’s for a larger size. The rubbing and slightly uncomfortable feeling is caused because the leather is just beginning to stretch.

 3. Sperry’s age like fine wine. In my opinion, the more wear and tear you have the better. It reduces the ultra preppy vibe of boat shoes to something a bit more casual and less pretentious.

 4. Never, ever, ever, ever, EVER wear socks with your Sperry’s. It’s just plain wrong. Think of it logistically. If you were to go on a boat…why would you wear socks? They would just get soggy anyways!

After reading this, I hope you consider buying a pair of boat shoes. My friend and I love them so much we even decided to wear them with matching outfits when we got coffee together!


(That’s me on the left. Also, I am just kidding about the whole matching thing. Seriously. Our glasses, striped shirts, top knots, cuffed jeans, and Sperry’s were worn purely out of coincidence. I promise…I haven’t called anyone to coordinate outfits since the night of my first junior high dance.)

From the college scene,

 ~E~ Style.Study.Savvy

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