classic kicks covered in iconic prints

Everyone has a pair of Converses floating around in the back of their closet. With spring just within our reach, it’s the perfect time to check out the new collaboration between Converse and iconic Finnish brand, Marimekko. You are probably familiar with Marimekko’s bright, funky fabrics, which come in the form of everything from slouchy, shoulder purses to tablecloths to tunics. The Unikko fabric from the 1960s is the brand’s most recognized.

Unikko fabric

The kicks come in four different fabrics, with an assortment of fun colors. The fabric is from original patterns from the 1960s. They’re available in the All Star in hi-top or lo-top form, as well as in the Jack Purcell Helen style. Prices range from $75 to $85 a pair. My favorite is the Jack Purcells in the white and red print.

White and red Jack Purcells

Check out this video, which features a designer from Marimekko’s thoughts and some awesome footage of Helsinki, Finland, where Marimekko is based. Get your pair of these scrumptious, feminine shoes and welcome spring with open arms.

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Changes at Roulette Vintage…but not before a pretty party and lovely sale

Carrboro’s very own Roulette Vintage will be closing it’s storefront Sunday February 13 to focus on its Etsy store, but that doesn’t mean the fun is over.

 

Inside Roulette Vintage, photo credit Kara LaFleur

The oh-so-cute store, which sells vintage duds and local designer pieces, will hold its annual Valentines Day Party this Friday at its store from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The party will feature the designs of local brand Riverbasin Outfitters which makes repurposed clothing and accessories using recycled materials.

 

Star Hoodie Dress, on sale for $14, photo credit Riverbasin Outfitters

It’s also the Art Walk (held the first Friday of each month), so after you sip love punch while browsing at Roulette, you can check out the art scene in Carrboro.

Saturday and Sunday will be the store’s HUGE vintage sale. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all vintage will be 30% off. On Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. all vintage will be 50% off. If you’ve been to Roulette before, you know they have good prices anyway, so don’t miss out on this shopping opportunity! It’s your chance to find a one-of-a-kind cocktail dress for a steal. The owners will be taking out vintage from the back as well, so you’re sure to find something you love.

 

Roulette models in vintage clothing, photo credit Kara LaFleur

the perfect go-to fashion guide

If you’re looking for the perfect tool for keeping up with the fashion designers and innovators that have defined the last century, look no further than Phaidon’s purse-size book.

The Fashion Book

The Fashion Book is an A-Z collection of 500 designers, photographers, models and other iconic figures who defined fashion over the  past 150 years.

The A-Z format makes it easy to find things. Each entry comes with a photo or two and a short, but complete description of the history and trends behind the entry. And the book’s size makes it a perfect travel companion, whether you’re hopping on a flight, or heading to work.

McCartney, Stella

Vogue calls The Fashion Book “the fashion bible.” I’ve found it awesome for discovering new designers and photographers. Each time you flip through the pages, you’ll see something new and intriguing. If you are someone who loves learning about all things fashion, modern and past, this book is well-worth the $11.95 price tag.

 

totally tattooed- no needles necessary

It’s the middle of winter and you may be weary of your jewel-toned peacoat, black leggings and boots. So how do you spice up your winter look?

How about rocking a designer temporary tattoo?

Chanel debuted these beauties at their Spring-Summer 2010 fashion show in Paris. Each dainty tattoo plays a trick with the eyes- upon first glance, it’s hard to tell if they’re tattoos, or actual jewelry. Buy the pack of 55 and you’ll have a unique accessory for every night on the town.

 

Chanel garter tattoo

Beyonce’s House of Déreon temporary tattoos are bold and exciting.  Check out this dramatic spine tattoo. For a more subdued look, try one of the striking spider tattoos. At $34 for the deluxe pack, they’re affordable too.

 

House of Dereon skeleton tattoo

Betsey Johnson released a line of temporary tattoos this fall. Rock hers for a punk-look. Choose from snakes, an owl, a black cat or spiders and you’re sure to be a conversation starter.

 

Betsey Johnson temporary tattoos

Rodarte, who designed the costumes for Black Swan, used henna-inspired tattoos in its spring 2010 runway show. M.A.C. makeup artist James Kaliardos worked with the sister duo behind the brand for a month to create the tribal looking tattoos.  There aren’t any for sale, but if you’re feeling especially artistic, pick up some henna and use these as inspiration to try your own.

 

Rodarte henna-tattoo

Keep people guessing and look totally fabulous this winter with a temporary tattoo or two.

with pretty petals in her hair

The temperature may be dropping, but that doesn’t mean you have to hide your hair beneath a thick hat. Look like a snowflake in flirty, feminine headbands. There’s one for every occasion.

Try this flowery headband to dress up a simple outfit for day or night. The pale petals pop against dark locks, and give blondes a fairy, ethereal look. For daytime, wear black leggings and a simple tee with a chunky-knit sweater and lace-up boots. Wear with a black tunic and sky-high platforms or wedges to look especially chic at night.

Embellished Floral Chiffon Headwrap, Urban Outfitters, $20

For a festive look around the holidays, slide this crystal-encrusted headband into your straightened hair. With a jewel-colored, baby-doll  dress, black velvet pumps and black tights, you’ll look elegant and smart. A look that’s entirely Blair Waldorf, you’re sure to impress party-goers. For a crazier look, wear it with a bright lip or bold eye, black jeggings and a lace tee.

Formal Attire Headband, Anthropologie, $32

This pretty, crocheted headband is perfect for wearing to class. The look says carefree yet girly, and it’s sure to draw attention. Wear this band with boot-cut jeans, clogs and a button-down, for a totally effortless look. Or try it with a jersey, wrap-dress and ballet flats for a more put-together go-to outfit for class.

Crochet Mini Flowers Headband, ASOS, $17.24

Experiment with you head-wear this winter season, and free yourself from heavy, wool hats. Your ears may be a bit colder, but the nip will be worth it when you look as pretty as a snow angel. Tis’ the season to be lovely.

lavish leather

A real leather jacket can cost an arm and leg, but with super fakes on the racks at nearly every mainstream store, there’s an option at every price. The sought-after luxury-look of a leather jacket is now a reality for the masses.

Jack by BB Dakota Empress Jacket, $50, Polyvinyl Chloride

A good faux-leather jacket keeps you warm, but looking sleek. A thrown-together look for class is instantly upgraded with a leather jacket.

Sparkle and Fade Faux Leather Hooded Bomber, $98, Polyurethane

The real dilemma is choosing which color to buy. Black is trendy, and conveys a “don’t mess” look. Dark brown is classic looking, and more down to earth. A lighter brown is bohemian and lighthearted. Then there’s grey, which is mysterious and playful.

I suggest buying a faux one under $200 and wearing it for a season or two before making the leap and splurging on a real one.

Another way to justify NOT spending hundreds of dollars on a leather jacket? Faux leather is animal-friendly.

And if you simply cannot choose which color, get all three. With such a range of prices and shapes, why not?

For now, a college girl can only dream about owning this beauty.