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Sep 8, 2011

If You Like This Expensive Store, You’ll Love This Cheap Store

I'm going to be honest with you -- my first thought after watching that Shopaholic film was 'so this means if I got a credit card, I could have amazing clothes like that too?' Definitely not the point, as every person I shared my revelation with was quick to point out. But what's a shopaholic on a limited budget to do? Figure out how to do it on the cheap!

Aug 26, 2011

Budget Stylista: The Swinging Sixties

So maybe I've spent too much time catching up on the season of Mad Men, but I'm currently obsessed with the sixties. Lucky for me, my fav fashion designers are swinging to the same tune, with lots of sixty-inspired pieces flooding down the runway.

Nov 4, 2010

Fashion Porn: Tweed Orgy

Tweed might make you think of a stereotypical professor - the old man (who doesn't know how to use email) with elbow patches on the tweed blazer he wears every single day. Well throw this image out the window, because tweed is a gorgeous fabric that should be in every college girl's wardrobe.

Sep 23, 2010

Fashion Porn: Lovely Lace

Every morning when I get off the subway to go to school, I have to walk right past Forever 21. And it's torture. School been in session for three weeks now, and there has been this super hot navy lace dress (I think it’s a dress, but you never know with that store...) every time I walk by. Seeing as I don’t REALLY need another dress (remember how I bought 3 in the spring?) I’ve been trying really hard not to go in and buy it in all its gorgeous, lacy glory.

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Sep 16, 2010

Fashion Porn: Fashion Goes S&M

Leather is one of the biggest fabrics for fall 2010. It is also one of the easiest to embrace because EVERYTHING can be made in leather: bags, shoes, leggings, shorts, jackets, skirts...the list goes on. And I love it all. Leather is sexy. It's edgy. And it makes everything look cool.

Shop Your Closet: Military Jackets

When moving into either a dorm or an off-campus apartment, your wardrobe will face two major challenges: 1. A major lack of funding (to add more to it). 2. A major lack of storage space. For these two reasons alone, maximizing what you do own becomes essential.

Fashion Porn: Do It In a Fall Jacket

One mom approved must-have for both fall and college is a chic fall jacket. The perfect fall jacket is neutral, goes with all your favorite clothes and fits just right. Not to mention, it "keeps you warm on those walks to class. You don't want to catch a cold!" (Thanks, ma.)

Fashion Porn: Doin’ it in Plaid

Plaid is one of the 10 Modern Pieces Every Girl Should Own and the plaid shirt has become a uniform for both male and female college students. It's easy to wear with jeans, super comfy, and looks good even when it's been balled up on your floor and you only have 10 minutes to make it to class.

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Aug 5, 2010

Fashion Porn: Get It On in your Go-To Dress

What's the one thing you should have in your closet before moving to school? It's definitely not a pair of sweats or an oversized tee. But, if you do it right, this very special wardrobe essential can feel just as good.

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Aug 2, 2010

Wardrobe Wish List: Banana Republic Silk Pocket Skirt

A girl can only own so many pencil skirts. Actually, let me rephrase that. A girl can (and most likely will) own a ton of pencil skirts, but can only wear them so often before it starts to feel like all sense of a fashion identity has been lost.

Jul 22, 2010

Fashion Porn: Doin’ it in Cyan

Fun fact about color - any color in the spectrum that is a mixture of blue/green can be referred to as a cyan. Under this broad term is the ever popular turquoise and many similar shades of fabulous.

Jul 8, 2010

Fashion Porn: Doin’ It Out West

One of my favorite Spring 2010 fashion shows this year was D&G with their western wear inspired collection. Being from Calgary, Alberta, home to the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth," I see a lot of western wear during the 10 days of the Calgary Stampede. And most of it is tacky, ugly and ill fitting.

Jun 10, 2010

Fashion Porn: Chains and Studs Get it On

A few weeks ago Sarah Jessica Parker inspired Fashion Porn. This week, it's inspired by someone completely different. While doing my usual online browsing, I discovered Forever 21's "Inspired by La Roux" page. I've been drooling over pictures of Elly Jackson of La Roux's style.

Jun 3, 2010

Fashion Porn: Summer Skirt Orgy

As the temperature starts to rise, it's time to bare those legs, soak up a little vitamin D (just make sure to wear sunscreen!), and enjoy the lovely weather. Sure, you could wear shorts, but then you gotta deal with that whole "thighs rub together and shorts ride up" situation. Plus, skirts are way more fun, and a cuter, flirtier way to show off those gams.

May 27, 2010

Fashion Porn: Yellow Orgy

My inspiration for Fashion Porn can come from anywhere. (OK, anywhere except actual porn. Have you seen what those people wear?!) Last week, for example, it came from kicking off my third summer in a row by donning a cowboy hat for a week. And this week I'm feeling inspired by none other than Ms. Sarah Jessica Parker and that gorgeous yellow Valentino dress she wore for the Sex And The City 2 premiere.

May 20, 2010

Fashion Porn: Hats & Sunglasses Get it On

There's one thing that hats and sunglasses have in common that make them super sexy. What is it? The fact they protect you from the sun! Essentials for summer, these are not only functional, but they also add pizazz to your look. Functional and stylish! What's not to love?

May 13, 2010

Fashion Porn: Tie Dye Orgy

There are some things that you can't get away with past college, but contrary to what some may believe, tie dye is not one of those things. It's shown up on nearly every runway and celebrity this season, and unlike those tie dye tees you used to make at summer camp, it's taken on a whole new level of fun sophistication.

May 6, 2010

Fashion Porn: Wedge Orgy

Whoever said diamonds are a girl's best friend, obviously never tried to walk in 4-inch heels - if they had, they'd know that a woman's real best friend is a hot pair of wedges.

Apr 29, 2010

Fashion Porn: Shorts & Rompers Get It On

Chances are you're seeing the light at the end of the cold month tunnel and feeling ready to bare those legs again. While dresses and skirts are the obvious way to show some leg, their counterparts, rompers and shorts, are another equally adorable option. A much more practical option, I might add, as they won't blow up when a lovely spring breeze blows through.

Apr 22, 2010

Fashion Porn: Spring Dress Orgy

With the end (fingers crossed) of the rain and the new May flowers that follow, what better way to celebrate it finally feeling like spring than with a dress! This year, there are so many adorable spring dresses to choose from that's it's hard to pick! (I just bought three...I have a problem.)

Apr 15, 2010

Fashion Porn: Pastel Orgy

Pastels reminiscent of the colors of everyone's favorite chocolate Easter treat have made their way onto store shelves and I am excited! Pale blues, pinks, yellows, greens, etc. have a way of lifting the spirits, like a warm spring breeze or the smell of flowers on your way to class.

Apr 8, 2010

Fashion Porn: Trench Coat Orgy

It might be my inner journalist talking, but I've always been obsessed with trench coats. This obsession only grew when Burberry put my girl crush, Emma Watson, into their summer ad campaign - looking as lovely as always in some gorgeous trench coats.

Apr 1, 2010

Fashion Porn: Work Wear Basics

It's that time of year again - the time to start hunting for summer jobs or internships (if you haven't already), or start hunting for job or internship wardrobes (if you've already secured the gig). If you're working in an office or a professional environment chances are you're going to need to pick up a few pieces. Contrary to what some people think, Uggs and flip flops are not acceptable at most office jobs.

Mar 25, 2010

Fashion Porn: Prints and Patterns Get It On

There really is a pattern and a print for everyone. The only problem is, with so many options this season, how do you choose? Don't! Stock up on a wide variety of patterns and prints for a bright and fun spring/summer wardrobe.

Mar 11, 2010

Fashion Porn: Green Orgy

I'm going to be a little blunt - I personally think that dressing up for holidays is a little lame. There are, however, 2 exceptions 1. Halloween (duhhh) 2. St. Patrick's Day.

Feb 25, 2010

Fashion Porn: Polka Dot Orgy

The countdown to spring continues. Only three (fingers crossed) more weeks to go! As my school's spring break was last week, I am currently enviously admiring the tans of my classmates lucky enough to flee warmer weather. With most American schools still weeks away from break, now is the time to start thinking about what to wear.

Feb 11, 2010

Fashion Porn: Chambray Orgy

The '90s have made a comeback. No, MC Hammer won't be kicking off an international tour any time soon, but chambray is sweeping the globe.

Feb 4, 2010

Fashion Porn: Nautical Orgy

According to reliable sources - namely, Punxsatawney Phil - there are still six weeks left of winter. That's six more weeks of singing the winter blues as we trek to class in our layers upon layers trying to avoid frostbite while still looking cute.

Jan 28, 2010

Fashion Porn: Blazer Orgy

There are a few basic items that every girl should have in her closet. A pair of Alexander McQueen alien...

Jan 14, 2010

Fashion Porn: Grey Orgy

As we head back to school, the transition back to independence from mom's home cooking, added to the cold weather and lack of sunshine can lead to a gloomy, grey day. One way to embrace that blue mood is by dressing how you feel, made easy with the rising popularity of the color grey.

Jan 7, 2010

Fashion Porn: Ruffle Orgy

I rarely keep clothes I get for Christmas - there's usually something just not quite right with them (read: they're totally not me). However, this year, I was gifted this gorgeous BCBGeneration blouse (thanks, Mom & Dad!) that is absolute perfection. It's slate grey, it fits perfectly, and it has ruffles (!!) which are oh-so-hot this season.

Dec 24, 2009

The Know: This Sh*t is Bananas

Now that winter break is here, we all have some much needed time on our hands. And if watching this week's episode of Jersey Shore for the bazillionth time isn't really doing it for you, Bananagrams can be your go-to for continuing to be a waste of space without feeling guilty about it.

Dec 17, 2009

Fashion Porn: Scarf Orgy

When the weather outside gets frightful and bundling up seems quite delightful, the must-have accessory to keep you warm is a scarf. Not only perfect for keeping your neck warm (or covering up any unwanted marks left from last night), the scarf is also a chic way to add some oomph to your otherwise blah winter outfit.

Dec 3, 2009

Fashion Porn: Cardigan Orgy

While the cardigan can be associated with our favorite childhood neighbour, Mr. Rogers, the cardigan is no longer just for old men. A cardigan is easily the most versatile piece of clothing you can own. Chicer than a hoody, the cardigan goes with everything, be it with jeans or over a dress.