Ombré: Still Hot or Not?

I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen way too many bad ombré hair-dos.

I thought that ombré was going to come and go in the blink of an eye. “Oh, it’ll just be a passing fad,” I thought. Boy was I wrong!

Ombré has been really cool for a really long time. Believe or not, ombré exploded into popularity in, like, 2010 (don’t quote me on that, though).  Since then, everything from coats to crochet are sold in a variety of ombré’d colors. When done well, ombré is beautiful and simultaneously elegant and fun! At one point, my hair was subtly ombré (an unintentional side effect of putting off dying my roots) and I really liked the look although I only kept it for a few months.

A few weeks ago, I was thoroughly surprised when I saw Giambattista Valli (one of the designers who frequently steals my heart) featured not one, not two, but THREE ombré ball gowns in his Fall 2014 Haute Couture Show. There was a ton of ombré in the Elie Saab Fall 2014 Haute Couture Show as well!  I thought that ombré was on its way out, but I guess not.

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Giambattista Valli

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Elie Saab

Aside from Saab and Valli, not many people have not reinvented ombré in tasteful ways. Attempts to salvage whatever is left of ombré have overwhelmingly fallen flat. Give it up people, ombré lipstick is not cool. 

Ombré has been here for 4 years; 2 years too long if you ask me, though.

Huffington Post agrees with me! Do you? Comment your opinion!

Twinkle Toes

Blogging is a dangerous business for me: spending hours browsing online shops tempts me to whip out my debit card and click “order.” Usually, I gather enough self control to realize that I do not, in fact, need a sports bra with the city skyline printed on it or a bracelet infused with the Earth’s elements no matter how unique and cute they are, but last week I decided to be a little frivolous and indulge my impulse!! I bought a pair of grey sandals from Zara after I found myself repeatedly clicking the link to their page on Zara’s website in a previous post of mine.

The shoes only shipped to my house last week, and I’ve already worn them 3 times, earning me the nickname Twinkle Toes by some friends!  The first time I wore the shoes was also my first day of work (ah!), so they were an instrumental piece in my very important first-day-of-work outfit. I opted for a simpler outfit with minimal accessories since the sandals are bejeweled. I lovingly refer to them as foot jewelry.

I am an intern at CoCommunications Marketing and Public Relations where I mostly scour online and print publications for articles published about any of our clients. I really, really enjoy my job; I am learning a lot about what works and what doesn’t in the marketing/public relations field, which is my intended major in college.

 All of the girls at the office are very stylish, but not business-formal, which was perfect for me. I fit right in on the first day in my dark wash chambray shirt (similar), black ribbed jeggings (similar), and flashy sandals. I even got a compliment on my jewelry (bracelet and watch)! I couldn’t ask for a better work environment, and my coworkers are so helpful and friendly. We’re running a corporate 5k tomorrow! (I am very excited and very nervous at the same time, yikes)

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xoxo linds

Pajama Party

If you find yourself questioning if that girl in front of you on the Starbucks line is going for a too-boho-for-you look (chai tea?)  or a just-got-out-of-bed-don’t-bother-me look (trenti macchiato?), you’re not the only one! More often than not now, the lines between once-distinct styles are blurred, which explains your styling enigma. No matter what, though, you conclude that her outfit is on point and want to know how to snag it for yourself.

If you haven’t encountered such a problem and never heard of such a trend combo, I suggest you consider it for these reasons: 1) it is a surefire way to look like a million bucks (or close to it) while feeling outrageously comfy, 2) it is frowned upon to wear sweatpants every day (no matter how cozy they are), and 3) admit it, wearing skinny jeans 3+ days a week is too much work.

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Free People

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Pacsun

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Forever 21

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Anthropologie

So go ahead! Channel your 5th grade, Zoey-101-watching, American-Girl-collecting, ring-pop-eating, sleepover-loving selves and make every day a pajama party!!

xoxo linds

Shout-Out to Sandals

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Céline Fall 14/15

Since when did frumpy sandals become necessary wardrobe staples?

Every day, rain or shine, hot or cold, my biology teacher wore faded tan sandals with old white socks to school (not kidding. every. single. day.). The general opinion of his choice of footwear was negative; there were some days when the words “frankenstein feet” were uttered more than “binary fission.”

 In the two years since I took bio with Mr. Frankenfeet, that style of sandal had quickly transformed from uncommonly ugly to decidedly desirable. Shout-out to sandals for doing what every teenage girl hopes to do from the time they’re in middle school to the time they’re in high school! Their image turn-around has been so successful that practically everyone, including me, is currently on the hunt for pair of sandals (my mom already bought a pair! She’s ahead of the game).

While I was shopping around for the perfect pair, though, I was shocked at the amount of variation: some were color-blocked, others had gems, and a few were platforms! So, instead of looking for a pair of shoes to buy, I have to decide which pair I will buy (oh boy, decisions).

Here are some (of the many pairs) I’ve found online!

For the edgy:

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Asos $53

For the fun:

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Urban Outfitters $75

For the simple:

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Asos $38

For the glamorous:

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Zara $99

For the (very, very) adventurous:

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Urban Outfitters $79

Maybe my bio teacher has a secret passion for fashion forecasting…

xoxo linds

Black Tie Casual

Hey fashionistas! If you’re like me, you are always looking for an occasion to dress up. I love to wear an outfit that’s fancier than what I would wear to school or shopping. (I’m sure I’m not the only one!) My friends don’t really like to dress up that often, so I’ve had to find ways to look fancy while still looking casual. There’s not harm in looking nice!

Black Tie Casual!

I got these adorable black lace shorts at Nordstroms and I’ve easily incorporated them into my wardrobe. They become a fashion basic that looks casually chic. The tank top has a super cute Oxford look with the collar and wide neck. I got it at Forever 21, but it looks pretty high end (it looks very Zara to me). Never be afraid to mix navy and black!

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Blue Look in Red Hot Weather

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The massive heat wave that has been looming over the majority of the country has been horrible. The sun is so hot, the air is so still, and the humidity is definitely not my friend. Dressing in lightweight garments is a HUGE must for everybody; standing in those subway stations are absolutely killer. Yesterday I wore a lightweight, royal blue, chiffon shirt that was borrowed from my sister, Nicole, with the long sleeves cuffed up paired with a black skater skirt from Forever21 and studded flats from Kohl’s. Thank goodness that there’s a lot of shade in the city because simply standing in the direct sun for two minutes will make you melt.

I’ll post more about my week and my classes later! To get email updates, subscribe to Lindsay-Land.com!!

Four Looks, One Post

One thing I absolutely love about Fashion Institute of Technology is that when I’m there, I don’t feel like I’m at school. I’m learning, but I’m not bored. I can’t say that honestly about some of my other classes at high school (my precalculus teacher was particularly awful this year). When I’m at FIT I feel not like a high school girl at a college, but like a girl at the right place at the right time.

Since it is the Fashion Institute of Technology, I love styling myself in a way that’s fun, trendy, and a little nicer than something I’d wear to high school. I opt for skirts in the warmer months for they are so easy and look casual in a very put together way! Also, pieces with bright colors are definitely my favorite to wear. I can’t clearly define my style yet, and I think that’s a pretty good thing. One day I’ll wake up and think, “Hm… I want to look very Kate Spade today,” and the next I may think, “I’m feeling very John Paul Gaultier.” I always dress with a theme in mind, though.

Monday I wore a Forever 21 sheer polka-dot shirt with a yellow miniskirt from Old Navy (it’s surprisingly cute and quality)!

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Tuesday I paired this etherial ballet pink chiffon skirt from Ann Taylor Loft with a floral top from Forever 21. The eggplant bag is H&M and obviously the shoes are Converse!

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Hump-day aka Wednesday I was going for a leather and lace look (which was kind of a mistake since it was steaming hot in the city). I adore this floral short with lace shoulders from Marshall’s! My pleather skirt is from Forever 21 as well as my headband!

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Lastly, Thursday I wore a black and white aztec print shirt from H&M with black lace shorts from Nordstroms, the eggplant-colored purse (my favorite purse!), and royal blue studded flats from Kohl’s!

 

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Lots of Love! xoxo linds

Fashion Institute of Technology: Summer Live

(I’m so excited to write this post!)

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This week was the very first week of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Summer Live Program for high school students! My sister and I are enrolled in the program which lasts three weeks long and is held on the FIT campus in New York City. We take the train to Grand Central Station, then a subway, then another subway, and arrive on the corner of Seventh and 28th, the FIT campus, where we make our way through the bustling, well-dressed crowd of teens and twenty-somethings to the Starbucks in the cafeteria before class.

Class starts at 9:30 in the morning; the class I take is called The Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising. I feel as though I’ve learned so incredibly much even though I have only had class for four days! I have taken at least 15 pages of notes so far in my notebooks covering topics such as fashion during the French Revolution to color theory to fashion forecasting. As a class, we took a trip to Fashion Snoops, the immensely influential fashion forecasting website, where we learned how the trends are predicted and what to look for on the streets and in magazines to predict trends on our own. They even hinted that they were interested in having us intern for them in the follow years!

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Also, we visited the FIT library to learn how and where to find the materials we will need for out upcoming projects. We have two project that we need to complete by then end of the course: an analysis of the trends in a specific decade and a complete summary of trends for Summer 2013. I could spend all day in the FIT library simply flipping through pages of the books and magazines. The photos in the books are fabulous, there are collections of novels dedicated to flowers or landscapes or food to supply designers and students with all of the inspiration they will ever need, and a a myriad of how to books (how to drape, how to draw three dimensional animals, etc.)! I’ll be spending most of my time in the section where the history of fashion books are kept, so that I can do all the research I’ll need for my project, which I’ll probably do on the 40s.

In class on Wednesday, we were split up into groups to create trend boards using photos from the internet or from magazines. The girls in my group and I decided to make the central theme of our board to be “Print on Print.” Nowadays in fashion, stylists and designers layer bold prints on top of each other to add interest and depth to an outfit (which is a far cry from the massively popular minimalist trend that is walking the runway). We further concentrated on three smaller themes within the large theme: black and white print on print, colorful print on print, and same print on same print. This was the result of the board (which achieved praise by out professor):

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Every day after class, which ends at 12:30 pm, my sister, some friends from class, and I find a place to grab some lunch and hope it’s not a mob scene inside. So far we’ve had Panera Bread, Kobeyake, and Cafe Guy & Gallard! A lot of times, we stroll around the campus after lunch until we’ve worn ourselves out and make our way home.

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(my fab sister Nicole doing her thaang)

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I can’t wait to do this all over again next week!! xoxo linds

 

“We want more! We want more [Prints]!”

As the weather gets warmer and warmer, I find myself gravitating way more to bright, colorful pieces rather than the mute, monotone pieces I used to gravitate towards in the winter months. Spring is overall a happy season and it just makes me want to wear happy clothes!

Bold patterns and eye-catching colors have flooded every store out there and I can’t wait to get my hands on some unique pieces. I’m also really excited because yellows and oranges are really in this summer; I’ve always wanted to try out those colors but I could never find many pieces that I liked that were yellow or orange.

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I can always find one-of-a-kind pieces at Anthropology; that’s why I love that store so much! This pale pink ruffled peplum blouse is unique in its structure and pattern. I need to take a trip to Anthro soon!

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This jacket could be so versatile because of all the colors in it. It’s the perfect summer blazer and can be dressed up or dressed down. I actually met the designer for Parker NY and went to their NYC showroom. It was one of the best experiences of my life. They pride themselves on their unique patterns! Check them out!

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Isn’t this bag from Modcloth beyond adorable?! It’s so dainty and preppy that I wish I owned it. The combination of colors and the splash of polka dots makes this adorable bag a necessity!

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No print screams summer more than chevron! This casual dress is perfect to wear for a day in town or a dinner by the coast. I love the stark contrast between the white and the cobalt blue. Swoon!!

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The other day I was out shopping for a bunch of presents I needed to by for my friend’s and family’s birthdays and I got a little sidetracked and feel in LOVE with this peplum top by BUFFALO by David Bitton. I’ve never seen a print like this before; it’s like a brocade-animal print. I had to buy it. Styling it will be so much fun!!

xoxo

Stripes, Stripes, Stripes!

As the runway shows go on and on, we see trends begin to emerge and one of of the huge trends that has been reappearing in almost every designer show is black and white stripes. Thick stripes, thin stripes, vertical stripes, horizontal stripes, pretty much every kind of stripe is in, in, in!

It seems like 30 seconds ago stripes were walking the runways and already they are on sale in stores! Quick, get your stripes for spring!

Thick Stripes:

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Topshop

Medium Stripes:

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Forever 21

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Topshop

Thin Stripes:

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xoxo linds