Monthly Archives: September 2012

Friday Favorites-Leggings

Leggings, leggings, leggings! They are my current obsession and hot on the fall and winter fashion scene right now! Leggings have come a long way from the basic neutrals. Now you can find patterned, textured, colored, and printed leggings all over the place…check out the examples below for some fashion inspiration!

Fair Isle

This traditional Nordic textile (usually found in fisherman’s sweaters) has been reinvented to keep your legs toasty warm all winter long.

Pair with an over-sized crew neck sweatshirt and slouchy boots to complete the look.



This fun zig-zag pattern would look amazing with a leather jacket and ankle boots.


Add a fun burst of color to a traditional outfit by pairing it with an extra-long tank, blazer, and riding boots.

professional leggings






$52 –

FAIR true patterned legging
$65 –

Flat shoes

Vero moda
$45 –

SOS- Style on the Sidewalks

Meet Hayley B. She’s 20 years old, from Berkeley, CA, a psychology major, and a vegetarian. She also happens to be a radiant example of campus fashion…and my first “style on the sidewalk” star.

Hayley was so gracious to let me snap a quick photo, and since she was done with classes she even granted me an interview so I could explore her personal sense of style.

Q: Tell me about your personal sense of style.

A: Well, I’m a California girl at heart and I strive to bring that sunshine everywhere I go.

Q: So how does that translate into your clothing choices?

 A: I like to wear a lot of interesting stuff…and I don’t take myself too seriously. I want to wear clothes that accentuate my personality. Pieces that remind me of home especially pique my interest. I really don’t go for a specific type of “look”.

 Q: What types of “interesting” pieces do you have?

 A: Well, my mom was a huge hippie back in the day (seriously), and she made me a maxi-skirt out of organic cotton from a 1970’s vintage pattern that she used when she was my age! It’s one of my favorite pieces and reminds me of where I come from.

 Q: That is so neat! So, tell me a bit about your outfit that you wore today?

 A: Umm…I wasn’t sure what the weather was gonna be like today…so I wore shorts and a scarf, just in case. As for the fedora…well I guess you could say I was feeling a bit sassy!

 Q: If you had to come up with your personal style motto, what would it be?

 A: Hmm…be an individual, and when in doubt look to your roots for inspiration.

So, there you have it. Some style inspiration hot off the streets…errr, sidewalks I mean!



Friday Favorites: Commands for the Military Trend…it’s Your (fashionable) Duty!

The military trend is nothing new. I can still remember senior year 2006 when I
thought I was too damn cool for school as I strutted the halls in my mangled Doc
Marten boots,  ratty denim cut-offs, and that amazing jacket I found at the
army surplus store for five bucks. The military trend seems to be sticking, and for
good reason: Can we please give a warm welcome to…FUNCTIONALITY!

Before I give some major do’s and don’ts of the military trends of today, I’d like to
take this moment to clarify that my style has refined a bit in the past few years; it
is NEVER okay to wear fishnets that have more tear holes than the netting itself. In
fact, it’s never okay to wear fishnets before six PM. PERIOD. Lesson learned!

With that being said, the military trend has a few defining characteristics:

-The most popular colors of the trend include, can you guess? ARMY
GREEN! With navy blue in tow, surprise!

-The “military jacket” is the capstone to this trend. So many cuts and styles
to this signature trend item. Always a tailored fit, always a button down,
usually embellished with golden buttons, cuffs, and/or army patches, the
military jacket is a staple item for everyone’s wardrobe.

-If the military jacket is the Batman of the military trend, then shearling
fabric is Robin (Wait… Is that a legitimate analogy?! I’m rolling with it…)
Whether it’s lining the jacket or cuffing the boots, shearling is the fabric of
choice for the military trend.

While the military trend can be incorporated into your every day wear,
there are a few “don’ts” that need to be addressed before you go crazy
with this trend:

-Don’t wear camouflage. It’s too soon. No. Absolutely do not wear
camouflage. You are not a six year-old little boy. I will point, laugh, and
make you wish you’d never been born if you wear camouflage in a
serious fashion.

-Don’t over-incorporate any one element in the military trend. Think about
it: a guy walks around your campus wearing aviator glasses, military
jacket, cargo pants, lace-up aviator boots. The first thought that pops into
your head? “Who let Rambo out?” No going balls-out with this trend. Stick
to accenting two, possibly three items per outfit, never more.

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The military trend, for all its wonder and amazement, can be a fun way to
dress your outfits up or down. Keep these pointers in mind and you will be
the queen (or king) of the catwalk in the military world. Now, everyone run
out and get a Burberry trench! Oh, and get me one while you’re at it. I’m
a starving artist blogging for the love of fashion. I will take all the Burberry
handouts I can get. NOW, BREAK!

For the love of fashion,

Fall into Autumn: Transitioning Your Summer Staples to Fall Fashions

Labor Day has come and gone and fall is officially in the air (I walked to my 8 am class in 50 degree weather…brrr!!) I was seriously regretting my decision to wear linen shorts and a sheer blouse. This type of situation happens to me every year. I go back to college with way too many summer clothes, and not enough warm days to wear them…I can’t help it though, summer is my season! With this particular dilemma in mind, I decided to jump right back into the world of academia and some solve problems! (Ok, it’s a fashion problem, but that still counts right?) Just follow these equations to transition your summer staples to fall fashions.

1 summer dress +1 jacket OR 1 cardigan (in a corresponding color) + neutral scarf+ riding boots+opaque tights= the ability to wear a summer dress year round!



(Does the dress look familiar? I wore it to the concert in the last post and will be wearing it much more!)

Another great summer staple to transition into fall is your pastel jeans!

1 pair pastel jeans+1 neutral cardigan (can be a print, as long as it has blacks, grays, browns, tans, or taupes)+ 1 pair riding boots+ scarf OR belt=a type of pastel outfit you can rock when the leaves start falling!

On a final note, just because fall in in the air doesn’t mean that you have to retire your favorite summer items. In the wise words of Tim Gunn from Project Runway,  “Make it work.”



Going Commando????

I’ve always been accused of being a bit of a “grunge” growing up. My mum was constantly nagging me, “When was the last time you washed those pants? Look at that dirt underneath your fingernails! Did you sleep in your mascara, AGAIN?” It wasn’t until a former boyfriend pointed out, “Oh man, Cait! Your hair is getting…greasy! When was the last time you showered?”
Which brings me to my point, in the most roundabout way, the “commando trend” as I have momentarily dubbed it. I’m seeing it everywhere in the celebrity tabloids, images popping up in the newsfeed of my Facebook page, crap! I’m seeing it occasionally on the streets of my unconventionally conservative hometown.
So when did it become a “fashion statement” to flaunt your most sheer shirt without a bra while shopping at the food mart?
Not that I am against this newfound trend, I digress. I thought that I, along with a few select individuals in the world (particularly those who wore their hair in dreads and added “special herbs” to their food) were the only ones brave (or high) enough to forgo the undergarments that since the Garden of Eden days, society has told us were mandatory.
My question for the blogging world:
Is it right? Is it fashionably, morally wrong? Have you fallen prey to this “trend?” Or am I blowing my own whistle thinking that this clothing (or the lack thereof) phenomenon is blowing up summer 2012 across the USA?
I’ve always been one to take a risk. You know, the type of girl that tries to shock a person for the sheer entertainment factor. Yes, a grunge by nature, I couldn’t be more tickled to see stars like Rihanna walking the street with both girls in plain view, or Miley Cyrus tugging her miniskirt over her bare hoo-ha whilst cruising her bike around town (Which, by the way, can you say CHAFE?” Crappers. Go Miley!)
So I say cheers to the “commando” trend. I embrace it full-heartedly. My opinion? Save some detergent. Laundry can wait another day. You can’t wear underwear with your leather skinnies, anyway! It’s summer 2012. Rock that shit.


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