How to look amazing on Valentine’s Day

No idea what to wear on Valentine’s Day? Look no further! Here are some options to fit any date (and budget!).

If you want to look classy, a great option is the Entr’acte Meeting Dress from ModCloth. It’s perfect for a sophisticated night out at a play, concert or upscale restaurant in the city. $89.99.

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Style File: Marina Diamandis

If you’ve shopped at Urban Outfitters in the last few months, chances are high that you nodded your head to the beats of Marina and the Diamonds’ infectious tracks from her 2010 album, The Family Jewels. But did you know that the young lady behind the music, Marina Diamandis, has impeccable taste in fashion as well? Vogue.com and Nylon Magazine were quick to notice Diamandis’ fun, quirky style – after seeing some of the outfits she’s put together, you’ll want to emulate her too.

In her noteworthy music videos, Diamandis has worn attention-grabbing neon outfits and colored body paints. If she keeps pulling out great everyday outfits, though, her personal style will become more memorable than her inventive video attire! We’ve pulled together some of our favorite Marina outfits and looks – which ones do you like best?

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Perfect Holiday Gift Guide

Tight on cash this season?  We’ve found the perfects gifts for the fashionistas on your list- all items $35 or less!

Essie Mini Polish Set
$17; essieshop.com


Essie’s winter 2010 collection creates an aura of mystique with a vision of wintery beauty that is darkly decadent and supremely elegant.

This 4 piece mini collection includes these fun hues:  masquerade ball, silken cord, hot coco, going incognito.

Sephora’s Black Studded Makeup Bag Collection
$24; sephora.com

A limited-edition ensemble of fiercely stylish cosmetic bags.  This range of chic makeup bags fuses attitude with function, to hold every aspect of your beauty arsenal. Four sizes and shapes, all featuring black faux leather and edgy studs, will get you organized and accessorized at the same time.

Ruffled Echo Touch Glove
$35; echodesign.com

Echo has combined two of their best selling styles from last year to give you the new and improved ruffled Echo Touch glove.  Keep your hands warm while you keep in touch!  Echo Touch gloves are engineered specifically with the new wave of technology in mind.  Adhered to the index finger and thumb of each glove, our eLink fabric interacts with touch screen devices, making them compatible with the iPod, iPhone, iPad and other touch sensitive digital devices.  Made of wool blend.

bareMinerals Keychain Kisses
$15; ulta.com


These mini shades contain a healthy infusion of 100% pure bareMinerals and a blend of exotic oils, botanical extracts and protective antioxidants for long-lasting hydration, superior shine and shimmering color – all without any stickiness. Plus, they’re keychain-ready, so you’ll always have your lucky lipgloss at your fingertips.

Studded Scarf Ring
$32; echodesign.com

Are you seeking studs? Echo’s studded scarf ring is trend appropriate and also looks great with any casual outfit.

 

ASOS.com – the Latest Site Worth Checking Out

Featured in fashion magazines like Nylon and Teen Vogue, ASOS.com has been off to a great start in America since they’ve started shipping to locations in the U.S. The site offers clothes and accessories from over 850 brands, including many upscale designers, like French Connection and Juicy Couture, as well as a few lines they’ve created themselves. Many of the designers featured on ASOS also have items in the “Outlet” section, which offers great markdowns comparable to what you would find in any outlet mall. And did we mention that they always have FREE shipping both ways to the U.S. (and for the holiday season, the whole world)? If you order something that doesn’t fit, or isn’t what you expected, you can just use the return label, which includes postage, and send your order back for a refund without breaking a sweat.

Items that are hot right now are pieces from the popular Alexander McQueen for Puma line, and their collaboration with Nylon Magazine. They’re also having a sale that boasts a 20 percent discount on select items, so you really have no excuse not to at least give ASOS a look! And if you subscribe to their newsletter, without even buying anything, they’ll automatically enter you to win a $1000 E-gift card to buy holiday presents for your family and friends, and something for yourself too!

Did we mention ASOS also has their own fashion magazine? It’s exclusively online and features models wearing products available on their site, but the magazine also offers feature articles and is consistently covered by It Girls of our time. Example: Jessica Szohr of Gossip Girl is the current cover girl, and other recent cover girls include Olivia Palermo, Emma Stone, and Bonnie Wright (of Harry Potter).

With so many things to offer, our only question to you is – which ASOS feature will you check out first?

ASOS AUTOGRAPH Faux Fur Cuff Lace-Up Boots, taken from the As Seen in Nylon section, $94.82 at ASOS.com

The Start of Something New…

Do you have old and tired clothes that are just hanging in your closet? Do you have “staple” pieces that are just screaming for your attention? We all have them, these classic, never-go-out-of style pieces that we are told we must own in order to make our wardrobe complete. But what happens when our old favorites are just getting plain old?

My name is Alexia Conley, and I am a freshman here at Carolina. I am currently hoping to be a business major with a minor in journalism. I LOVE clothes. Let me just say that again so we are clear. I LOVE CLOTHES.  I adore the feeling of wearing something you feel good in. Wearing the right outfit can give you an ease and confidence that only comes from complete faith in your appearance.

Keeping up with the latest fashion trends can make your closet happy, but it may not always be budget friendly. I will be the first one to tell you that I like a good deal. This is probably the reason why I tend to gravitate towards staple classic pieces, where my purchases can always be justified. But I often find myself getting tired of wearing the same items over and over again. So, in an effort to revive my tired wardrobe and help you with yours, I am starting this series of blog entries. Each week I am going to take a simple classic piece and put a new and modern twist on it.  Get ready for an easy style update using all the clothes you already have.

As Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City once said, “ I like my money right where I can see it… hanging in my closet.” So go ahead, buy those investment pieces because you never know when an instant style update is right around the corner!

Love always,

Alexia

Searching for the Great White

White Tanks
Image sources (L-R):Garance Doré, James Perse via Net-a-Porter, Madewell, T by Alexander Wang

One of my greatest quests in life is the search for the perfect white tank.  A wardrobe staple, it lends itself to any formality of occasion, playing nicely with any colors or accessories thrown into the mix.  I’ve bought an embarassingly high number of tanks from low-end brands like Hanes, more expensive brands like Splendid, and everything in between – honestly.  And I can’t say I’ve yet found my perfect tank: comfortable, loose yet fitted, keeps its shape, and most importantly – not sheer!  Do you share the same struggles?  And even better, have you found the holy grail of white tank tops?

fashion HERstory

Do you have a piece of clothing, an accessory, or body adornment that you just have to wear everyday? Have you ever found that staple item for your wardrobe that just seems to go well with everything? I know i can’t live without my white gold diamond heart studs–and if it counts, I have to have a pedicure.

In cultures around the world , I’ve noticed that women have embodied the customs of their culture, and past rituals have become today’s fashion statements.

I know in places like India the Bindi was once worn on the forehead as a “mystic third eye,” or a social symbol such as a wedding band. But today, not just married women have taken up this beautiful “accessory,” and the simple red dots have been replaced with colorful gems and jewels.

Indian Bindi
Indian Bindi

I would totally rock one of these for fun.

In Europe and America lockets were given during the Victorian Era as condolences to those who had lost a loved one. Today, giving a living love one a token of your appreciation in the form of a locket or charm is so romantic.

First-year Bella Cochrane sports two beautiful charms on her necklaces that, after wearing them for so long, have become a part of her. I would guess that whoever gave them to her is someone very special 🙂

UNC Bella Cochrane UNC Bella Cochrane's Necklaces

So whether your everyday fashion consists of beautiful gems placed on your skin, or a simple necklace or locket, or even a black- tee (Simon Cowell), those pieces may define who you are, or what you stand for, so go ahead, rock ’em!