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How to Start a Capsule Wardrobe

OMG! Hey guys! I know that it’s been a REALLY long time. I had all these summer plans for my blog and then I suddenly fell off of the Earth without any warning. I’m really sorry about that. If I’m being honest, this summer was extremely exhausting and kind of negative. I had three family members pass away which was sudden and unexpected. Also, I got promoted to a supervisor position at my retail job, so I was working a lot more than I was used to in the past. Let’s not forget the eight week business math course I decided to take as well (I’m a little insane). Overall, blogging and social media were the very VERY last things on my mind. It’s not like I took a break on purpose, it just kind of happened. I slowly found myself not posting on Instagram and not writing blog posts. I knew that if that was happening naturally, then it really was time from me to take a break away from it all.

Enough of that though because I’m back! I’m going into my senior year of college as a fashion merchandising major, and I couldn’t be more excited. I feel rejuvenated, motivated, and ready to blog again.

You guys know I have a large interest in fashion sustainability. I did a blog post over why a capsule wardrobe is beneficial, but I realized I never made a post over how to actually start a capsule wardrobe (yikes). Whenever back-to-school rolls around, I find it really difficult to pack for school. I still stay on campus, so I don’t like to bring a lot of items, but for some reason I always up bringing TWO bins full of clothing. Majority of the time, I don’t even wear the half of the clothing I brought. This semester, I was NOT about to fall into that trap again, so I kind of made a little back-to-school capsule wardrobe for this semester. I plan to show you guys what’s in my wardrobe very soon, but for now here are some tips on building your own capsule wardrobe!

1. Identify what you like to wear

This is a big step when it comes to creating a capsule wardrobe. You need to really think about the clothing that you wear often and identify why you wear those clothes as much as you do. For me, I love wearing basics. Just plain black, white, mustard, etc. tops. I find that clothing like this allows me to mix and match with different bottoms and shoes, so I’m allowed a lot more versatility when it comes to picking an outfit each day. This also subconsciously helps you narrow down your personal style and aesthetic which could benefit you when shopping in the future!

2. Figure out the weather where you live

Okay, this is a crazy important step too! Weather plays a huge factor in how you dress and what you wear each day. Whenever I first did my capsule wardrobe experiment last year, I didn’t properly prepare myself for the crazy Texas weather. I forgot that it can be 90 degrees one day and 50 the next (which is cold for us), so I didn’t have a lot of close-toed shoes or long sleeve items in my closet. I was walking to class shivering for a good week until I finally broke down and grabbed some items that weren’t in my capsule. This time around, I definitely packed more jeans, sneakers, and jackets/sleeved items.

3. Focus on versatility

I really suggest having a lot of basics in your capsule wardrobe. I’m definitely not telling you to clean out all of your statement pieces and patterned pieces, but you need to take into account what is easy to pair with other items in your closet. Also, try not to take duplicates of items because you’re wasting space in your capsule wardrobe. If you already have a black tank top, don’t add another one that you have in your closet that is just slightly different. You can most likely make the first black tank top work in the same way as the second one, so be smart about that!

4. Comfort is key

Whenever you’re picking items for your wardrobe, make sure that you aren’t just focusing on style, but you’re thinking about your comfort as well! During my capsule wardrobe experiment, I picked clothing that was more fashionable instead of comfortable, so I struggled a bit when it came to walking to and from my classes. For this semester, I picked a lot more of my sneakers to take to school with me and found ways to make them look trendy. I’m not saying to have ONLY comfort items in your capsule wardrobe. It’s okay to have a few standout pieces, like those four inch heels, but make sure that’s not all you have. Also, props to you if you can walk in four inch heels, because I can’t even walk in one inch heels (I’m serious).

5. Pinterest is your best friend

Lastly, make sure to download Pinterest! Before I started my capsule wardrobe, I used Pinterest mostly for food recipes. I realized that I could utilize it for fashion as well! A lot of the time, you’re going to get tired of wearing that same white boyfriend tee over and over. You may run out of ideas when it comes to styling it, and that’s where Pinterest comes in! By typing in the item you’re trying to style into the search box, you’ll get a ton of search results that feature your clothing item in outfits. I don’t think you guys understand how much this helped me out. There were so many moments where I wanted to reach for items not in my capsule because I grew frustrated and annoyed with the small amount of clothing I had to choose from. Pinterest really helped me to find new ways to style a ton of items I already own. Now, I spend my nights in bed, when I should be sleeping, searching for outfits for the school week and whenever I go out with friends or my boyfriend. P.S. PINTEREST DID NOT SPONSOR ME! I JUST LOVE IT THAT MUCH!

Other tips

  • Be prepared to do a good amount of laundry
  • For me, undergarments and accessories don’t count, but if you’re bold enough to include those as well, GO FOR IT!
  • It’s okay to miss clothing that isn’t in your capsule. Even though this is fun, it’s still an experiment which consists of trial and error.
  • Track your progress, journal about it, and maybe even share it on social media
  • Take pictures every now and then to see what kind of outfits you’re creating
  • Donate the clothing that you end up not using in your capsule or that you find yourself drifting away from. You could also sell it on Depop or Poshmark!

Overall, I really hope that you guys enjoyed this post! It feels really great to be back and sharing my fashion and college experiences with you all. If you have any questions about capsule wardrobes, or my wardrobe in general, definitely leave it in the comments below! I plan to have another blog post up in the coming weeks that talks about my capsule wardrobe that I catered to this semester. Thank you guys so much for reading!

Until next time,

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Can A Coffee-Lover Still Have White Teeth?

*This is a sponsored post and is in collaboration with Smile Brilliant. Read until the end to find out how you can win $$$ off of a whitening kit!

Hey hey friends!

I hope that all of you are doing extremely well. If you live in the US, then you know that school is winding down and summer is literally RIGHT. AROUND. THE CORNER. I honestly can’t wait. Even though I’m going to be working and taking summer classes, I don’t start either until late May, so I get a good two weeks to relax and, of course, SLEEP IN!!

I understand that most of my readers are college students or young adults, which is great because I’m really able to relate to you guys on a personal level. At this stage in our lives, we tend to be super busy and productive. We either are in school full-time with part time jobs, doing internships, or starting our lives in the career we pursued while in college. Even though all of these things are great, they’re EXTREMELY draining, and at some point, you have to turn to something as a pick-me-up.

And that’s how coffee came to be.

Okay, just kidding. I don’t actually know the origin of coffee, but I do know that it is commonly used by majority of the world. Despite it’s energizing benefits, the one thing that sucks about constantly drinking coffee is the effect it has on your teeth, ugh. I used to not be concerned about my teeth, but one day I got out of the shower and realized they were looking a bit yellow. I feel this is something people don’t really talk about because let’s be honest, it’s kind of embarrassing. We shouldn’t have to hide our wide-mouthed laugh or big toothy grin because we LOVE coffee (or even tea for that matter). I know there are tons of “ways” to fix this already out on the market like whitening strips or bleaching toothpastes, but something I have never tried before was presented to me: a whitening kit.

Smile Brilliant, a teeth whitening company, was generous enough to send me over a free whitening kit to try and review for you guys. I was a little hesitant because a lot of whitening products, like the ones mentioned above, haven’t worked for me in the past. I ended up doing them diligently with zero results. The whitening kit from Smile Brilliant ACTUALLY worked for me. First, they had me create a mold of my teeth so that the mouthpieces for whitening fit my mouth perfectly. The molds were then placed in a shipping envelope with the label on it, which they provide, and was sent back to the headquarters. The custom-fit dental trays came in the mail about a week to a week and a half later. I was extremely appreciative of this because I didn’t have to deal with any discomfort during the whitening process since the mouthpieces fit so well!

The whitening kit also came with whitening gel and desensitizing gel. The names of both of these gels basically describes what they do! These gels come in separate syringes which you squirt out onto the mouthpieces. Make sure that you don’t put too much product, or else the gel will overflow and get on your tongue. You’ll end up wasting product, and the gel is definitely not meant for the taste buds. You then insert the mouthpieces in your mouth, and it pretty much feels like you’re putting on a retainer. They recommend leaving the whitening gel on for 1-2 hours, the desensitizing gel on for 15-20 minutes, and to not eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes after the process. This was one of the things I struggled with and found difficult with the product. Because I had to wait to eat afterwards, the best time to whiten for me was at night after dinner. However, as a student I was always SO tired by nighttime, so I had to stay up an extra two hours to do the whitening process. I finally found my personal groove, and this might be helpful for you! I’d put on the whitening gel right after dinner and in the meantime, I’d study or watch an episode of America’s Next Top Model. Then, I’d put on the desensitizing gel and go take a shower because my showers are usually around 15-20 minutes. Guys, I literally thought I was a GENIUS by doing this. By the time I got out of the shower, took off the mouthpieces, dried off, got dressed, and put on lotion it had been a good 30 minutes, and I was free to grab water or a small snack before bed.

For me, the overall process took about a month to a month and a half only because I did not whiten every day. If you have sensitive teeth, the kit advises you to whiten every other day, and my teeth are very sensitive! I’m pretty sure if you whitened every day, the process would wrap up in a shorter period of time! I really struggled at first when it came to getting used to the whitening process and how to make my personal time work with the whitening time, but after I got the hang of it, I really didn’t mind it and it even became a part of my nightly routine. The kit is a bit pricey, being around $150, but ANYTHING that works correctly and efficiently will be costly. Plus, it allows you to still drink your coffee and have pretty teeth, and that’s a major win/win situation.

If you have the money and the opportunity, I suggest giving Smile Brilliant a try. It is such a friendly company, and the products do their job effectively!

GIVEAWAY & COUPON INFORMATION

Now, here is your opportunity to try Smile Brilliant! Tada! I’m partnering with them to provide the winner of this giveaway with $149 of Smile Brilliant credit to use however you want on their website. All you need to do is enter your email address, and all of it is done through Smile Brilliant’s internal platform, so NO THIRD PARTY WEBSITES! This giveaway will be closing Tuesday, May 1st and is ONLY OPEN TO USA, AUSTRALIA, AND UK RESIDENTS.

CLICK HERE FOR GIVEAWAY

If you’re SUPER eager to try Smile Brilliant, and don’t want to wait for the giveaway, here is a 15% off coupon code, on me, so you can get those pearly whites ASAP and still drink your coffee: lexichantel15

Look out for another post sometime next week about the direction I plan to take my blog and some cute outfit details!

Until next time,

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Tooth Whitening Gel
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Unique Minimalist Watches for Spring

*This post is in partnership with JORD watches! Read until the end for an amazing giveaway where you can win $$$ off of a watch!

Hey guys and happy Spring!

I hope that you’re all doing extremely well, and that the middle of the semester isn’t sucking the life out of you! Yesterday was the official first day of Spring, and I can definitely tell you that Texas still can’t make up it’s mind when it comes to the weather. Early in the morning the weather tends to be in the high 40’s. By 2:00PM, it’s 75 degrees outside! I’m a little confused as to what to wear in the morning because the weather is SO spontaneous, but hopefully things will settle down soon (who am I kidding, Texas never settles down when it comes to the weather).

As you guys know, I’m not a big person when it comes to color in my wardrobe. I have a few pieces that are light pink, olive, and mustard yellow, but even those aren’t very bold Spring colors. I’d like to categorize my style as very minimal and basic, and I’ve come to terms with that. It’s difficult for me during the Spring season to find clothing items that fit in with the so-called “trend” of Spring, but still cater to my personal aesthetic. If you’re similar to me, the best way to conquer this situation is to use accessories! Now, I’m not a huge accessories person either. My earrings are usually white pearls, silver studs, or silver hoops. I’ve definitely stopped wearing chokers and necklaces, and the only rings I wear are silver and very subtle. However, one accessory that I love investing in and buying are watches. Watches are really great because of the fact that they can pull an outfit together, and they’re a very functional accessory. I feel that every college student needs a watch because they’re beneficial during tests or classes where the room doesn’t have a clock (which happens more often than you think). In addition, you’re able to keep up with the time without having to pull out your cellphone every two seconds. An exceptional and eye-catching brand on the radar this Spring is JORD’s Wood Watches.

JORD is a minimalist watch company based in St. Louis, Missouri that hand-crafts unique wooden watches. These watches are made from REAL wood, and are eco-friendly and sustainable, which is great because I’m a huge advocate for fashion sustainability. Now, you guys know I always keep it real. These timepieces are a little pricey ($200+), however you’re paying for something of amazing quality that will last you a LONG time. That’s the whole point of sustainable fashion and having a capsule wardrobe: to invest in something that will last you a while, so you don’t keep feeding into low quality, fast fashion items.

Even though these unique watches aren’t extremely flashy or colorful, they fit the theme of Spring in a minimal way. The wood detailing relates to nature and wildlife which honestly is what Spring is about! All the cute animals come out of hibernation and strut their stuff. JORD allows people that don’t wear a lot of color (cough, me) to still be on trend for the Spring season without compromising our personal aesthetic. Even if you are someone that loves to wear bright colors, these watches are so versatile, neutral, and minimal that they pair nicely with anything.

My outfit on this particular day is not anything related to Spring, whatsoever. In fact, it’s so basic, that it doesn’t relate to any season. Part of that is because:

  1. It was 43 degrees
  2. I’m ALL about comfort
  3. I rolled out of bed 30 minutes before my 8:00AM chemistry lab.

Despite all of these conditions, I was able to pair an accessory with my look that made me just a little bit closer to the Spring season. This really highlights the flexibility of JORD’s pieces and shows that someone that goes to class in an oversized t-shirt and shorts could still rock this watch. Also, I caught my boyfriend sneaking a peak at my beautiful wrist accessory, and I was able to tell him that JORD not only has women’s watches, but men’s watches too. If someone you know has a birthday coming up or you’re just feeling generous, a watch is a nice gift to consider. You could even get it engraved to say something super sweet and cute!

If you’re interested in my outfit details:

Top: American Apparel Black Wrap Shirt (Thrifted)

Pants: Cello High-Waisted Skinny Jeans (Hand Me Down)

Shoes: Black Nike Roshe (Gift)

Hoop Earrings: I’ve had these since middle school, so probably Walmart..?

Watch: JORD Frankie Series Dark Sandalwood & Smoke

Giveaway Information

Okay okay, I know this is the part you were actually waiting for. As mentioned way earlier in this post, I’ve teamed up with JORD to present a giveaway to you guys! The giveaway prize is $100 off of ANY JORD watch of your choice. Even for just entering the giveaway, you get 10% off of a watch, and if you’re like me and still in school, you know every amount of money counts. PLUS (I know, so many positives) shipping is FREE WORLDWIDE. If you’re interested in entering this giveaway, click the link down below!

GIVEAWAY CLOSES APRIL 15TH AT 11:59PM CENTRAL TIME

Jord Giveaway Link

*pictures by Joey Frederick

Thank you guys so much for reading! I definitely hope I helped some of you get inspired for Spring without feeling too pressured to dress according to social standards for this specific season. Remember to always BE YOU and find your own creative and personal ways to participate in seasonal fashion!

Until next time,

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Luxury Wooden Watch
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How to Stay Organized and Stress Free

Hey guys! I hope you’ve all been having a great 2018 so far. I’m really shocked that it’s already March. Can someone please tell me how insane that is?! This year is flying by, and luckily for me, I’m on Spring Break!  I’m grateful for this week off from school, but honestly this semester has been very chill and mostly (not entirely) worry free!

As we start to approach the middle of the semester, we become exhausted, stressed, and very, VERY overwhelmed. By this time, we’ve all settled into our classes, and our resolutions to stay organized and on top of our schoolwork have gone out the window, completely. Procrastination and staying up past 12am are now our bestfriends, and we start to ask ourselves a very familiar question, “what is SLEEP?!” For me, these familiar, negative feelings, also known as the “mid semester blues”, have attacked me and tortured me for the past two and a half years, but this semester, they aren’t anywhere to be found (and believe me, I’m not complaining). I feel the reason why is because I’ve been doing a lot more to stay structured, productive, and STRESS FREE! Of course, this didn’t happen overnight. It took a lot of trial and error and listening to my body’s needs.

If you’re having a severe case of the “mid semester blues” or feel that little bug coming on, here are a few ways to fight the infection and get back on track!

1. Get a GOOD Planner

I absolutely can’t say this enough. A good planner is the key to keeping yourself organized and on top of things. Heck, it doesn’t even have to be a planner, just a good, planning system that is easy for you to keep track of. I don’t know how many times my planner has saved my butt when it comes to tests, quizzes, and deadlines. I also have friends that use other methods such as the calendar/schedule app on their phones, a whiteboard calendar in their rooms, or bullet journaling! Regardless of what method you use, find something that lets you write everything down that you need to do in an organized way. I used to be one of those people that kept everything in their head because to-do lists made me anxious, but I realized that I dropped the ball A LOT more when I didn’t make a to-do list of some kind. Especially as a college student, I really feel this is an essential step in being more organized and stress free. My planner, shown in the picture above, is by Day Designer. I got it from Amazon for about $30, and it was definitely worth the money. This planner has a calendar for the beginning of every month. After that, each day is divided into times from 6:00am to 8:00pm, which allows me to write out my exact schedule for the day. There’s also a to-do section, which is where I put homework, blog brainstorming, and chores. My favorite section of all is the small gratitude box at the very bottom. I’m super big into writing and expressing my gratitude every morning, so this planner let’s me do that!

2. Rest/Take a Break When You NEED It

This is something that I started to do at the end of last semester, and decided to implement fully this semester when I saw success from it. Our bodies are really good at telling us when things are wrong. Are you hungry? Then your stomach will growl to tell you that you need food. Are you exhausted? Then your eyes will droop and you may get a really awful headache. Again, our bodies will tell us when something is wrong, but as humans, we seem to think our work is more important than our health. You guys, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! It’s not lying to you, ever. I promise you that when I started listening to what my body was telling me, my overall performance in school, work, and life in general improved. If you’re tired, you aren’t going to perform well in class or retain any information you read when trying to study. I’ve taken up the habit of not studying very much the night before an exam. Some of you may call me crazy, but I now use this time to watch Netflix, go out to dinner, or sleep. Overloading your brain, especially when it’s tired, is actually counter productive and isn’t helping you at all when it comes to that big test you’re preparing for. If you’ve put the work in, you shouldn’t be rushing to study the night before anyway! Take that time to relax, have some fun, or get a good night’s sleep. P.S. Naps are actually super helpful and can lead to increased productivity! As long as it isn’t for 4 hours (like mine are sometimes…whoops).

3. Remove Toxic People From Your Presence

I don’t think this tip was expected, but it actually plays a big part in how you feel. When you have individuals around you that are constantly complaining, or spewing negative energy, it will start to have a huge effect on you. The effect can become so significant, that you will start to become stressed and exhausted because of someone else’s problems. Isn’t that crazy?! After coming to this realization, I definitely started spending less time with people in my life that

  • Gossip a lot
  • Complain about problems but never fix them
  • Talk bad about other people
  • Dwell in sadness
  • Don’t have any motivation to better themselves
  • Engage in negative self-talk

It sucks when some of these people are your closest friends, but overall I’ve noticed a more positive, uplifting energy coming from myself, and that’s extremely important. I’ve started sleep better and feel a lot more confident in my own abilities because I have better thoughts running through my mind!

4. Exercise, Do Yoga, or Go For a Walk

For the longest time, I ignored all the people that said exercise was a great stress reliever. I thought to myself “no! that can’t be true because I hate exercising.” Well, if you thought like I did, I’m sorry to say that you are wrong. Exercising actually does help to relieve stress and keep you from screaming and going insane. I sometimes will go to the gym, but my favorite form of exercise is yoga. I don’t feel pressured to burn a certain amount of calories, or run a certain amount of miles. Instead, I can focus on stretching, clearing my mind, and feeling relaxed. If you aren’t a fan of yoga, going to a dance class, the gym, or for a nice run will also do the trick! I also enjoy walking a lot. Even though I’m a junior in college, I still live in an on campus dorm. Part of the reason is because I love being able to walk to all of my classes (and parking is horrendous). It gives me time to listen to my favorite music and prepare for my day. If you don’t live on campus, take a walk around a nearby park to get some fresh air and clear your mind of all the worry, stress, and anxiety from school!

That’s all I’ve got guys! I know these tips are simple, but I’m TELLING you they definitely work. Take the time to care for yourself, and success will follow without a problem. Stress usually creeps up because something is wrong emotionally, physically, or mentally. A lot of the time, we think it’s school, but there are really bigger problems hiding under the surface. Beat those “mid-semester blues” by getting your thoughts in order and your mind on track!

Until next time,

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Hi friends!

I feel like I start off every blog post apologizing for me not writing in a long time, but life happens! As a full-time student who also has a job, needs sleep (and believe me I will ALWAYS get my 8 hours of sleep), and who still wants to have a social life, keeping up with a blog gets hard! I always try to blog at least two times a month to continue to inspire you guys in college fashion as well as keep you up to date with my college life and experiences.

Today, I’m coming to you with a series of questions about myself. I’ve started to enjoy writing these because:

  1. I love letting my readers get to know me
  2. It seems you guys love them as well based off of feedback I’ve gotten!

It’s a win/win situation!

Jael over at Simply Jaelicious nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I’m super grateful that other bloggers think of me for things like that and that others recognize the hard work I put into keeping this blog alive (even though I’m a little inconsistent, yikes).

Let’s get to it!

1.What makes your blog unique?

WOW. This is really putting me on the spot, lol. I feel my blog is unique in a way that it caters specifically finding fashion affordably and sustainably AS A STUDENT. There are a lot of college fashion blogs, and a lot of affordable fashion blogs, but I haven’t come across many that include finding sustainable fashion that is within a good price range for students that want to be stylish, yet still ethical. After learning about sustainable fashion last semester, I became so intrigued by it that I had to start pushing my blog in that direction.

2.How would you describe your personal style?

My personal style is extremely casual and simple. I wear a lot of denim and basic tees. I love things that are olive, maroon, black, white or gray. I have a couple of mustard things and a few blush pink items, but that’s about it. I feel my style reflects my current status as a student because we aim for comfort while still being cute. Mom jeans are my life, and probably my most favorite clothing items that I own. My shoes consist of sandals, Converse, Nike’s, Adidas, loafers, and ankle boots. Pretty basic, lol.

3.What do you like or dislike about your blog?

Likes: The color scheme, the name (because it’s a combination of my first and middle name), the layout, the font, the pictures.

Dislikes: That it’s not its own domain…YET (coming soon), that I don’t post consistently.

4.Where do you hope to be in 5 years?

I honestly have no idea. I want my blog to still be a place for college kids to come and find peace, inspiration, and positivity even though I’ll be out of college. However, I’m thinking about going to Fashion Institute of Technology for graduate school, so maybe that’s where I’ll be! If I don’t attend grad school, then I want to be in a nice, comfy apartment overlooking a city working from home with my online fashion resale business, fashion editor position, or stylist position.

5.What are some things blogging has taught you?

Blogging has taught me two main things:

  • How to meet a deadline
  • How to network

Without blogging, I don’t think my time management skills would be as great as they are now, which has helped me immensely in my school life. I’ve also learned from many other experienced bloggers how to send appropriate emails to companies, and I’ve met a lot of great friends through the blogging industry just by networking!

Sunshine Blogger Award Rules

1.Thank blogger/s who nominated you for a blog post and link back to their blog.

2. Answer the questions the blogger asked you.

3. Nominate up to 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them at least 5 new questions.

4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

I nominate

Lauren at The Spooky Peach

Hannah at The Beginning of Hannah

Daresha at Golden Essential

Hanna at Coffee Chaos and Converse

Veronica at Love Veronica XO

Questions:

1.Who/What inspired you to start blogging?

2.Who is your favorite artist?

3.Do you own any pets? If so, how many!

4.If you had to shop at ONE clothing store for the rest of your life, what would it be?

5. What are your long-term goals for your blog? Short-term?

You can add this cute little graphic to your page as well to show-off your nomination!

I hope you guys enjoyed reading a little bit about me!

Until next time,

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Men’s Street Style: College Edition

Hey guys! I hope you all had an amazing weekend.

Last Sunday, an idea sparked in my brain to start featuring men’s fashion on my blog. I personally think my boyfriend has a great sense of style, so I decided to take pictures of his outfit and show you guys what his daily looks are and why he picks certain items. My boyfriend is also a college student, so he fits in perfectly with my blog aesthetic! Here’s a bit about who he is and how his style came to be:

Joey is a 20 year old college student currently attending Sam Houston State University. He’s aiming for a Bachelor’s degree in General Business! Joey is a major sneaker head and owns pairs of Jordan’s, Yeezy’s, NMD’s and more. He eventually wants to make his own clothing brand and open a sneaker shop where the two are incorporated into each other. Just like how other people collect mugs or ornaments, Joey is definitely a collector of shoes. He sees them as a major art form and uses shoes to express himself, his fashion ideas, and personal aesthetic. It’s hugely important to be comfortable in your own skin and having your wardrobe be a direct representation of you satisfies that comfort. Joey’s wardrobe, especially his shoes, fits that description perfectly and shows the world his creativity!

The Jacket

This jacket is a variation of the army jacket that is popular and trendy, especially during the winter/fall months. The colors are a mixture of dark green, olive, light brown and tan, which fit in the season. Joey decided to pair this jacket with the rest of his outfit because it brings out the olive stripe in his Yeezy’s and is highlighted against the black shirt and dark blue joggers! This jacket is perfect for climates that aren’t too cold, but not too hot either. Even though he lives in Texas, the weather was pretty cool on this day, but not below freezing! The army jacket was bought from Shiekh Shoes, and the brand of the jacket is Broadway.

The Shirt

The shirt is a perfect basic item for ANY girl or guy to have in their closet. A black shirt can be bought in many variations and can be worn in a number of different ways. It can be styled in a warm color scheme with mustard yellow, burnt orange, and reds or it can be styled in a cool color scheme is blush pinks and light blues. This black shirt that Joey is wearing is a long tee, which are significantly longer than a regular, black crew-neck. Also, this is more a warmer theme because of the pop of gold on Joey’s watch! I personally love long tees because they give a very street style look to any outfit (sometimes I take his, but let’s not talk about that, lol). This black, long tee is from Pacsun.

The Pants

In this outfit, Joey’s pants are dark blue, distressed jeans. Joey prefers jeans from Pacsun because they’re more comfortable and have a huge selection. These jeans fit really well into the ripped jean trend, but don’t over do it to the point where they look unwearable, which is great! The cuffs also make the pants pair really well with the type of shoes that Joey likes to wear. The dark blue color works with the army jacket and the black shirt because it stays within the theme of darker, more neutral colors. These jeans are from Pacsun as well! (P.S. They usually have a sale on men’s and women’s jeans ALL the time, so make sure to check!)

The Shoes

The shoes in this outfit are absolutely the best part! As mentioned before, Joey is a major sneaker head. He loves collecting shoes and he incorporates every pair into his outfits in some way. You will never catch him not wearing a pair of Jordan’s, Yeezy’s or NMD’s. In this look, Joey is wearing the Olive Stripe V2’s which is a collaboration between Adidas and Kanye West. Otherwise known as Yeezy’s. These shoes are extremely on trend and because of the Adidas boost material, they are very comfortable on the feet. Even though the price is a little much for a college student, if you want a great quality shoe that is perfect for walking around campus all day, you should invest in the Olive Stripe V2’s. The olive in the army jacket mentioned above helps to bring out the olive stripe in these shoes. This draws the whole look together from top to bottom with little effort. This pair definitely gives off the aesthetic of athleisure or street style, depending on how they’re worn. These shoes are NOT sold in large retail stores, so if you want a pair you’re going to have to do your research. MAKE SURE TO READ SELLER REVIEWS ON WEBSITES LIKE EBAY AND MAKE SURE YOU ARE BUYING AN AUTHENTIC PAIR.

The Watch

Lastly, we have the one accessory in the look which is a gold link style Nixon watch. Joey loves to wear a watch with all of his outfits and owns this exact same one in silver and black. Watches are pretty essential to college students, especially when you have a busy day. They also come in handy when you’re taking a test and need to stay on top of how much time you have left. The use of the gold watch instead of one of the other colors is what makes this outfit have a warm color as opposed to a colder one. It definitely helps the look really come together. If you want a nice watch, but this one is a bit too expensive, check out some of Nixon’s other watches! It’s okay to splurge on yourself a bit, especially after working really hard during the week! (:

Thank you guys so much for reading this post today! I really hope you enjoyed getting to know more about my boyfriend and his personal style. Honestly, he gets it from me! (just kidding, we’re both actually very stylish (: lol). The items I could find, I linked in their matching paragraph, and for the jeans, I linked a similar pair! Just click the store name and it should lead you right there. Let me know in the comments below if you liked this post and if you’d want to see more men’s fashion!

Until next time,

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Three Ways to Participate in the Slow Fashion Movement: Broke College Edition

Hey guys and welcome back to the blog! I hope everyone had a relaxing and rejuvenating weekend. Even though school started about two weeks ago, I still haven’t come to the realization that I actually have homework due next week. It’s always really hard for me to get myself back into the mood of school, despite the fact I absolutely LOVE what I’m learning about!

I’ve mentioned before in a couple of my previous posts how interested I’ve become in sustainability, the Slow Fashion Movement, and ethical fashion. My Fashion in Society class really changed my perspective on the fashion industry, and even though I love shopping, after hearing about the way people are treated overseas, I had to cut down on my shopping habits and change the way I obtain clothing. Also, in that same class, I did a capsule wardrobe experiment for my honor’s project. That project really helped me realize that I could be happy and content with my closet without shopping every week or two at places with low quality clothing and horrible ethics.

The Slow Fashion/Sustainability Movement has seen a huge increase in awareness the past couple of years. It’s become a new trend within the fashion industry, so don’t be surprised at the amount of fashion startups that claim that they are sustainable and eco-friendly. Because of our technology and heightened media coverage, people are starting to see the negative side of the fashion industry that they couldn’t see before. This, my friends, is definitely a trend that you should follow. This is an instance where jumping on the bandwagon is okay! However, as college students, we don’t have a ton of money at our disposable to spend on these new, sustainable apparel companies where one cotton t-shirt is $40! This means we have to find other ways to participate in this newfound movement without breaking the bank or spending that $40 that was meant to go towards Starbucks and Chick-Fil-A. In this blog post today, I’ll be giving you three ways to participate in The Slow Fashion Movement from the perspective of a broke college student.

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1.Capsule Wardrobe

I know I mentioned this a little bit already, but doing a capsule wardrobe is a great way to be sustainable while not spending a ton of money. If you don’t know what a capsule wardrobe is, it’s basically where you take the closet you already have and decrease it down to a certain amount of items. These items are usually the things you wear the most, or the ones that apply to the current season. The length of time you work with that closet is completely up to you! Most people switch their clothing around or go shopping once a season to prepare for temperature changes or stock up on clothing that they don’t have in their capsule wardrobe. This allows you to participate in The Slow Fashion Movement because you aren’t constantly spending money on clothing from retailers that use fast fashion. NOW that money can go towards better things, like more food! This method is especially effective for those that have a ton of clothing items that are barely worn or have never been worn.

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2.Thrifting/Second-Hand Shopping

This is a big resource that college students should take advantage of! I’m a HUGE fan of thrifting and second-hand shopping. Most of the jeans that I wear were bought from the thrift store and customized (either cut into shorts, distressed, or both) by me. Thrifting does take a lot of patience, which makes it seem like a turn-off to most people. I’d recommend going early in the morning on a weekend so you can take your time and search through things thoroughly without feeling rushed and pressured. A lot of good treasures can be found, and a lot of not-so-cute items can be bought and manipulated into something amazing! Second-hand shopping also includes buying clothing off of platforms such as Depop, Mercari, and Poshmark. I love this method, and half of my closet is from a second-hand source. I use Depop the most because a lot of the items appeal more to my aesthetic (minimalist, trendy items such as oversized sweaters, mom jeans, crop tops, etc). If you’re looking for more high-end items, then Poshmark is your place to go! You can get a huge deal on a lot of brands that would usually cost $70-$100 in-store. This method has helped me save a lot of money on items that I would’ve had to pay full price for in a retail store. Also, you aren’t buying directly from fast fashion stores which really helps The Slow Fashion Movement. If you’re interested in buying from these websites, click the links to check out my personal shops!

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3.Borrowing/Swapping Clothing

I’m sure a ton of you guys do this unintentionally. If you have a best friend who loves your over-sized, waffle-knit cardigan, and you keep eyeing those cute, over-the-knee boots of hers, you guys have probably swapped items! This happens a lot within families especially between mothers, aunts, and sisters. Borrowing and swapping clothing is a very fast way to get some new things in your wardrobe without having to spend ANY money. For some, it’s hard to place clothing in the hands of someone else, mainly because they don’t trust others to take care of the clothing items. That’s why if you decide to borrow or swap clothing, DO IT WITH SOMEONE YOU TRUST. There are also things called Swap Parties. I’ve never been to one, so I can’t speak from experience. Basically, a group of friends will get together (4 or more) and bring huge piles of clothing that they don’t wear or want to give away. This allows everyone to dig through each other’s piles and find new, fresh items to add to their wardrobes. Surprisingly, this is even done by strangers who don’t know each other AT ALL. I know borrowing/swapping sounds a bit crazy and a little intimidating to be honest, but it really is a helpful way to get some new clothing without spending some cash. Some items in my outfit pictures aren’t even mine! A few things have been my little sister’s, and that Adidas top in the pictures above belongs to…MY BOYFRIEND. YES. If you have a husband/girlfriend/spouse/significant other definitely use their clothing to your advantage! You can really mix things up in your closet by snatching (I mean borrowing) a few things from them. Also, their clothes are usually more comfy anyway!

 

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all photos were taken by Meagan Curtis

 

I hope reading these different ways to participate in The Slow Fashion Movement definitely sparked some inspiration and motivation in you guys to start participating. This shows that you don’t have to do some big, closet-clear-out to contribute to fashion sustainability. It can be done quick and easy without leaving your home, apartment, or college dorm!

Outfit Details

Top: Adidas (my boyfriend’s)

Bottoms: Black Leggings from Charlotte Russe

Jacket: Camo Jacket from Charlotte Russe

Shoes: Adidas

*All of these items were bought about a year ago! I still make sure to incorporate old items into my outfits and clothing routines. This is a NEW outfit combination that I made from things I’ve had longer than a few months

Until next time,

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Minimalist Eyewear ft. Warby Parker Spring Collection

*This post is NOT sponsored. I’m just giving a little shoutout to a newfound brand I enjoy. I am not receiving any product or monetary compensation for this post.

Hey guys! I hope you all have been doing well. Things have finally been winding down from the holidays, and school is approaching REALLY fast. A week from today I’ll be moving all my items back to my college dorm and starting the spring semester of my junior year.

With a new year in place, I definitely want to put more effort into being minimal with my clothing and style. After doing my capsule wardrobe experiment, my perception towards fashion changed completely. I realized that I enjoyed more basic items and less items with bright colors and dramatic patterns. Also as mentioned in previous posts, my Fashion in Society class taught me a lot about sustainability and buying items that are made ethically and with good quality. Because of this, I’m choosing to change my buying habits in 2018, and if I do spend, I want it to either be 1. from a secondhand source or 2. an item that is made well and with organic, sustainable materials. Clothing items that have this criteria are easy to come by, but it’s a little bit harder for accessories.

Accessories, especially glasses, that are affordable and ethically made aren’t popular within our world. Most companies charge $300+ for a good pair of glasses. Usually, the ones that charge less are not very good quality and will break at the snap of a finger! Today, I have the opportunity to bring you guys a company that is actually accessible to college students, is sustainable, and honestly, fits perfectly into the minimalist aesthetic.

Warby Parker is an affordable, eyewear brand that targets college students. This company also recognizes that glasses aren’t something easily accessible to everyone in the world. Because of this, Warby Parker has arranged to give a pair to someone in need whenever a pair of glasses is bought! If you still aren’t convinced, every pair of glasses is designed and made in-home in an Italian family-owned workplace. THIS definitely contributes to the social and commercial aspects of sustainability and shows the comparison of Warby Parker to other companies that use women and children in third world countries who are paid below living wage to produce their items.

For me, glasses are a HUGE part of my life. I wear them every single day, and now they’ve become part of my style and aesthetic. As someone that likes minimalism and a very neutral closet, the new Spring Collection by Warby Parker represents that perfectly.

This collection features frames that are simplistic, yet dynamic. The colors and shapes are very neutral and light which allow for extreme versatility. They can be essential for someone like me, who loves black, white, and gray, or for someone that enjoys bright florals and plaids.

Also, the flexibility of these glasses means that they can be taken from a day look to a club or party look!

It’s about time for me to update my prescription, so I will definitely get my hands on the new Spring Collection, especially because these frames fit who I am PERFECTLY (I think this is like the third time I’ve said that, but it’s seriously true).

If you’re in need of glasses that won’t break the bank, but still perform well and are made beautifully, check out Warby Parker’s new Spring 2018 Collection. I promise they’ll fit in wonderfully with any wardrobe you have, and you’ll also help someone in need whenever you purchase your pair!

What has your experience been with styling eyewear with clothing? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

3 Reasons Why a Capsule Wardrobe is Beneficial to College Students

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Hey guys, and welcome back to my blog! I’m finally done with school and believe me, I’m enjoying every minute of my winter break. So far I’ve gotten the opportunity to play in the snow (yes, I was one of the Texans that freaked out about snow), and finally start watching This Is Us (which I LOVE so far, but don’t spoil anything for me). Aside from that, I also made the decision to keep up with my blog more frequently over the break because I have way more time.

As mentioned in previous blogs, I’m starting to become extremely interested in sustainability and ethical fashion. This semester I was enrolled in a class called Fashion in Society, and it really shifted my perspective and opened my mind to problems in the fashion industry that we really aren’t told. We also watched The True Cost, and I feel that was the absolute breaking point for me. That documentary really awakened something within me to start informing friends, family, and peers about the dangers of our fast fashion industry that has become so common and regular. Here are a few facts from the documentary that shocked me:

  • The fashion industry is the second leading polluter in the world.
  • Only 10% of donated clothing actually end up in thrift stores/going to the cause. The rest is dumped in landfills, so research who you donate to!
  • The world consumes 80 billion pieces of clothing each year
  • Most clothing in the US is produced overseas by factory workers that make a less than appropriate wage.
  • 1 in 6 people work in the global fashion industry, most being women that make less than $3 a day

These facts are things I didn’t know before taking this class and watching the documentary, but now that I do know them, I’ve started to become an advocate for the slow fashion industry.

Also this semester, I did an honor’s project that pertained to fashion. After following minimalism blogs and others on Instagram that did capsule wardrobes, I decided to do an experiment of my own. The College Capsule is what I called it. This experiment featured me decreasing my huge, chaotic wardrobe down to 45 essential items that I had to wear over a nine-week period. I chose 5 pairs of shoes, 15 pairs of pants, and 25 tops/jackets/dresses. Undergarments and accessories were not included. The experiment was actually a huge success, and I had to do a 20-30 minute presentation in front of my peers about my experience (which was extremely nerve-racking but went really well). Of course, all experiments have trial and error, and I did have a bit of a challenge which included me only having sandals and shorts because Texas decided to get cold WAY earlier than I expected. However, I learned a lot from this project and actually feel that a capsule wardrobe is pretty helpful and beneficial to the college population. Here are 3 Reasons Why a Capsule Wardrobe is Beneficial to College Students:

1.It Saves Money

When you’re in college, money is usually a huge problem. As students, we focus on getting the cheapest everything especially when it comes to food and clothing. Because of this mentality, we tend to shop at retail stores that have crazy sales or participate hardcore on Black Friday. Unfortunately, this is contributing to the fast fashion industry and is actually making us lose more money than we think. When you have a capsule wardrobe, your shopping is completely limited. The only time you shop is between seasons, if one of your items rips or falls apart, or if you outgrow something. Other than that, shopping isn’t really important anymore. The goal is to work with the items you already have. Also, when it comes to picking items for a capsule wardrobe, choose those that are pretty costly and good quality. I know I sound crazy, but you actually save money in the long run if you spend more money upfront. For example, if I buy 3 shirts from a fast fashion retailer for $10 each and then buy one shirt from a sustainable retailer for $30, the one shirt is going to last me way longer because it is better quality. The fast fashion shirt is probably going to shrink to some unwearable size, or get a hole in it after the second or third wash, making me have to buy more product to replace the one that fell apart. Having a capsule wardrobe has allowed me to have more money as a college student to spend on really good food and to save up for an exciting summer trip!

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2.It Saves Time

This one is pretty self-explanatory. When your closet is smaller, there’s not really a hassle over what to wear in the mornings. You have a very concise collection of your favorite items, so choosing an outfit becomes a lot easier, and doesn’t cause a delay. I found this extremely helpful in the mornings where I had an 8 am class and wanted to sleep in until 7:30 am. As college students, we all want to maximize our sleep, so I find having a capsule wardrobe helps with that in a simple way!

3.It Helps You Find Your Personal Style

This is a realization I came upon while doing my project, and I thought it was really interesting. When you buy clothing, most of the time you assume you’re buying things you like. Sadly, that’s not always the case. When items are on sale, we feel more inclined to buy them, even if we don’t LOVE it. Then, we get home, look at our closets, and realize we have a very small selection of clothing that truly represents our style and our aesthetic. Having a capsule wardrobe helps to zoom in on what actually makes you feel comfortable and happy. The idea of having to pick only a limited amount of clothing forces you to find the things that you LOVE, and leave the others aside. When the whole wardrobe is complete, you get a very detailed overview of what ACTUALLY attracts your eye versus what you THINK attracts your eye because it is on sale. In college, we tend to go out a lot and socialize daily. What you wear represents who you are, and when your closet isn’t a reflection of you, that kind of hurts your self-esteem and confidence. To me, my capsule wardrobe really helped me see who I was when it comes to clothing.

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*all pictures are by Meagan Curtis

 

I really hope this post was informative and inspirational! I’m wanting to make more posts about sustainability, and hopefully, encourage you guys to start participating in the movement!

Have you ever thought about trying a capsule wardrobe? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

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Three Reasons Why I Love Crochet Hair ft. Divatress

*This is a sponsored post

Hey guys! It’s been a while, like, a REALLY long while. Lots of really positive and exciting things are going on in my life right now that pertain to me furthering my blogging career and my fashion skills. I wish I could juggle blogging and going to school full-time, but I obviously haven’t found a consistent balance between the two. Winter break is on the rise, so I plan to blog twice a week during all the free time I’ll have between work and reviving my Depop and Poshmark accounts.

Today, I wanted to bring in a post that relates to hair. Even though I don’t talk about hair a lot, it’s a huge part of my lifestyle. I’ve been natural for the past four years, and spend a lot of time wearing protective styles when I get a little lazy and my college life gets way too hectic. My go-to college protective style definitely has to be crochet hair! Yes, it’s exactly as it sounds. It is synthetic hair that is crocheted into braids on your head using a crochet needle. At first, I was really skeptical, but I’ve come to love the process because it is way less expensive than paying a stylist to install weave, box braids, and Marley twists. Also, this hair only takes one to two hours to install as opposed to other non-crochet styles that take more than a few hours. There are multiple crochet styles from those that look like weave with straight and curly strands to twists or braids. My personal favorite and the one I get almost every time are crochet braids! When it comes to obtaining crochet hair, I go to the closest beauty supply store by my house (there are a few around town, but I’ve found one that’s very promising). However, some people don’t have the option to buy from a beauty supply store because they don’t have one! In this day and age, many beauty suppliers have taken to the worldwide web to start selling there items. One website in particular is Divatress.

Divatress is a company that sells tons of wigs, hair care products, and crochet hair online. They are an extremely successful company due to the fact that their products cater to multiple different clients including professional stylists and beauticians, mothers, and students. In addition they offer an amazing collection of braid hair and crochet braids which is super beneficial to me because I don’t even have to leave my house to buy crochet hair; I can just order online! The website offers a variety of different brands as well, so you can find the brand that works the best for you! Still a little hesitant to try crochet hair or braids? Well, here are three very good reasons why I love crochet hair:

1. Versatility
When crochet hair is installed, if installed correctly, your hair has the ability to be worn in a lot of different styles. Sometimes I’d wear my hair in a low bun, a high bun, a middle part, or my personal favorite, half-up half-down. With style also comes differentiation in color. I prefer to get braids that match my hair natural hair color, but whenever I actually get the courage to try a new color, the option is there! From red to pink and from blue to green, the whole rainbow is available to you when it comes to crochet hair!

pictures by Joseph Frederick

2. Timesaver
Because I’m a college student, time is literally of the essence. Between classes, clubs, and the ability to keep my sanity, it’s really hard for me to find time to do anything (even shower sometimes, but that’s okay we’re all honest here). Also, because I’m so overwhelmed, exhaustion tends to creep up on me out of nowhere. Sleep is extremely important and essential to productivity and health, and I LOVE hitting the snooze button and maximizing my sleep. Crochet hair allows me to do that! Because my hair is already done, I get to save time in the morning. Waking up 30 minutes early to prepare my twist out for a humid day is no more with crochet hair.

3. Protective Style
As mentioned way earlier, most people use crochet hair as a protective style for their natural hair. Sometimes, when the weather is harsh and cold, your hair just gets dry and brittle and will NOT hold moisture. That is the perfect time to throw a protective style on your head. These styles allow your hair to be tucked away underneath and not be exposed to the crisp winter air. Also, protective styles really help with hair growth because the natural hair is not being constantly manipulated in different styles.

pictures by Meagan Curtis

After these three reasons, I hope you have a little inspiration to try something new and get crochet hair! Also, don’t forget to check out Divatress for crochet hair that’s affordable (especially for us college students)

Until next time,

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