Campus Spottings

One thing I really captured when studying abroad in London for 5 months is that there are absolutely no rules when it comes to fashion. You are the ultimate creator of your outfit and can decide what looks best with what. It wasn’t until spending so much time over there and being surrounded by the creativity of clothing that I realized fashion is literally what you make it. There were so many outfits I observed on the streets of Londontown that were created with such creativity that I became fascinated with these international influences.  People over there were less concerned with what was considered popular and more interested with simply expressing themselves. I came to admire and appreciate the imagination and confidence within these ensembles, and brought that perception of fashion back with me to the states. Since that amazing journey, I’ve kept this as my principal rule of fashion: There Are No Rules. Because of my recently re-constructed view of fashion, I’m more aware of original outfits surrounding me. I think it’s incredibly important to dress with confidence and to take pride in what you wear, and I believe that the way you dress effects how you feel about yourself. With that being said, I’m always noticing the fabulous chosen attire on the campus of College of Charleston. What I really admire about how the students at CofC dress is that generally everyone looks put together on a day-to-day basis. I thought it’d be fun to capture and share a few of the fashionistas that I came across on campus.

#flannel #jeans #denim #stripes  #urbanoutfitters #jcrew #seeeyewear #glasses #fashion #cofc

#flannel #jeans #denim #stripes #urbanoutfitters #jcrew #seeeyewear #glasses #fashion #cofc

Gabriela is a classmate of mine and always comes to classes dressed to impress expressing herself through fashion. She always has great outfits that she’s not afraid to put together and call her own. In this outfit, Gab is wearing a flannel from Urban Outfitters, layered with a striped long sleeve shirt from J Crew underneath. Her jeans are from Armani Exchange, glasses are seeeyewear, and the shoes are Dr. Martens which you can get from various stores such as Nordstroms, Macy’s, Steve Madden & more. What I especially loved about this outfit was her creativity and ability of mixing patterns: Plaid with Stripes.

#furvest #denim #jeans #flats  #sockbun #forever21 #urbanoutfitters #anthropologie #stevemadden

#furvest #denim #jeans #flats #sockbun #forever21 #urbanoutfitters #anthropologie #stevemadden

Lia is another classmate of mine, and she never fails to come to class looking fabulous. Here she is wearing a fur vest from Forever 21 worn over a sheer long sleeve black shirt, which is also from Forever as well. Her pants are from Anthropologie, and the flats are from Steve Madden. The piece of this outfit that stood out the most to me was the silver sparkly necklace, which is from Urban Outfitters.  I love how simple yet trendy and edgy this outfit is, and how it could be worn both to class, work, or even a night out.

#jacket #scarf #denim #jeans #boots #forever21 #jbrand #madewell

#jacket #scarf #denim #jeans #boots #forever21 #jbrand #madewell

Victoria is wearing the perfect fall outfit, and on this day it was colder than usual for Charleston’s typical fall climate. Her military-inspired jacket is from forever21 and her knit scarf is Forever as well. Her jeans are J Brand, her long-sleeve sheer striped shirt is from Madewell, and the boots are Frye. What I admired most about Victoria’s outfit was how she chose to make the sleeves of the shirt visible underneath her jacket, and the choice of scarf color which gave the outfit a more vibrant look.

#flannel #infinity #scarf #denim  #shorts #scarf #boots #toryburch #anthropologie #jcrew

#flannel #infinity #scarf #denim #shorts #scarf #boots #toryburch #anthropologie #jcrew

Zealand’s outfit is a cross-over between summer and fall attire, as she chose to combine denim shorts with a flannel, scarf, and boots. Her top is from J Crew and the boots are Tory Burch. Her sunglasses are Ray Ban Aviators, and the infinity scarf is from Anthropologie which can still be purchased here! I loved Zealand’s concept of a casual, cute, and comfortable outfit: perfect for class.

Finally, my outfit of the week is similar to Zealand’s, but I chose to pair the denim shorts with grey tights since it was on the chillier side.

#denim #shorts #infinity #scarf #tights #patterns #grid #combats

#denim #shorts #infinity #scarf #tights #patterns #grid #combats

The denim shorts are from American Apparel, the Grid Pattern Georgette Shirt is from Forever, the infinity scarf is from Nasty Gal and can still be found online here! I can’t help but notice that this outfit relates back to where this post all began, London, where I wore a similar outfit just as the one shown above and where my obsession for the same look first took place.

#denim #shorts #tights #combats #furvest

#denim #shorts #tights #combats #furvest

All of these fashionistas did a great job of demonstrating what it means to truly take pride in your outfit. Never be afraid to mix and match patterns, colors,  or anything for that matter. As Man Repeller once said, “This is my outfit. Does anyone like it? If anyone doesn’t…I don’t give a shit.” Go with it and rock it. After all, you are your own dresser. Anything goes.

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Halloween Festivities

Halloween can always be a stressful time to coordinate  outfits and deciding what the perfect costume will be. What I’ve learned about Halloween apparel throughout the years is that you don’t need to go out and buy a brand new expensive costume that you’re most likely never going to get much use of again. Instead you can put together pieces from your own closet, borrow something from a friend or even make something yourself. This year I was lucky and was able to borrow both of my costumes (Cat Woman and Wonder Woman) from two different friends.

#joyceleslie #croptop #scoopneck #chains #leather  #highwasited #leatherpants #catwoman #halloween

#joyceleslie #croptop #scoopneck #chains #leather #highwasited #leatherpants #catwoman #halloween

The leather crop top is from Joyce Leslie and can still be found on their website! The high waisted leather pants are from a small boutique in New Jersey, but you can find similar ones from Go Jane.

#goddess #punk #catwoman

#goddess #punk #catwoman

#goddess #punk #catwoman #tobi #brandymelville

#goddess #punk #catwoman #tobi #brandymelville

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#punk #goddess #catwoman #charleston

#punk #goddess #catwoman #charleston

The next night my friends and I decided to all be super heroes together.

#wonderwoman #crown #dress #sweetheartline #red #white #blue #halloween

#wonderwoman #crown #dress #sweetheartline #red #white #blue #halloween

#wonderwoman #crown #dress

#wonderwoman #crown #dress

#wonderwoman #crown #dress #sweetheartline

#wonderwoman #crown #dress #sweetheartline

#thor #captainamerica #americanapparel #cape #citizensofhumanity #converses

#thor #captainamerica #americanapparel #cape #citizensofhumanity #converses

#captainamerica #shield #americanapparel #converses

#captainamerica #shield #americanapparel #converses

#bodysuit #americanapparel #jeans #openback

#bodysuit #americanapparel #jeans #openback

#thor #hammer #cape #citizensofhumanity #superhero

#thor #hammer #cape #citizensofhumanity #superhero

The beauty of celebrating halloween with your friends is that you can swap costumes.

#catwoman #leather #croptop

#catwoman #leather #croptop

#backless #croptop #leatherpants #curls #catwoman

#backless #croptop #leatherpants #curls #catwoman

We finished off our eventful “Halloweek” by spending the day rowing boats at the same lake from where The Notebook was filmed in Cypress Gardens. It’s been a must on my to-do list in Charleston and I finally got to do it.

#cypressgardens #southcarolina #thenotebook

#cypressgardens #southcarolina #thenotebook

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I hope everyone’s Halloween was just as eventful & fashionable as mine! 🙂

Anastasia Halter

At first I was skeptical about purchasing Brandy Melville’s Anastasia Halter because of its cropped length and multiple tie adjustments, but when it came in the mail I realized I could pair it with pretty much anything and that it fit better than it had first appeared.  Just like most of my other favorite pieces, I absolutely love the versatility of this top. Wear it with a skater skirt, maxi skirt, skinny jeans or high-waisted shorts. This past weekend I chose to wear it with one of my simple black skater skirts from Top Shop (still available here), and of course my go-to Black Troopas from Steve Madden. It’s also a super inexpensive item that is still available online!

#halter #cropped #top #prints #ties #openback #anastasia #brandymelville

#halter #cropped #top #prints #ties #openback #anastasia #brandymelville

#halter #brandymelville #combats #troopas #skaterskirt #topshop

#halter #brandymelville #combats #troopas #skaterskirt #topshop

#halter #skaterskirt #rebeccaminkoff #troopas #nightout #charleston

#halter #skaterskirt #rebeccaminkoff #troopas #nightout #charleston

#backless #openback #halter #rebeccaminkoff

#backless #openback #halter #rebeccaminkoff

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hjkhjkhjk-001Going to a fancy dinner or party? Match it with leather shorts and bootie heels.

#leather #shorts #halter #sparkle #necklace #booties #heels #rosegold #gilt

#leather #shorts #halter #sparkle #necklace #booties #heels #rosegold #gilt

Casual but cute

#halter #top #highwaisted #shorts #americanapparel

#halter #top #highwaisted #shorts #americanapparel

Wear it as a perfect music festival outfit with denim shorts and converses

#denim #shorts #american apparel #converses #halter

#denim #shorts #american apparel #converses #halter

          As the seasons change, pair it with skinny jeans and knee-length boots

#citizensofhumanity #skinnyjeans #avedon #bloomingdales #halter #boots #etienneaigner #style

#citizensofhumanity #skinnyjeans #avedon #bloomingdales #halter #boots #etienneaigner #style

Or take the comfiest approach and wear it with a cotton maxi skirt…one of my favorite clothing pieces ever created.

#halter #top #maxiskirt #mossimo #target

#halter #top #maxiskirt #mossimo #target

Which ever approach you choose to take with the Anastasia Halter, be creative! Don’t be afraid to mix and match it for perfect pieces.

Wild Tiger

I’ve always been a big spender for maxi dresses because of their simplicity and relaxed feel, but not so much for midi dresses. I always thought it seemed like it hit your legs at an awkward length, but when I saw this dress at Forever 21 all of my feelings towards that perception totally vanished. This midi dress is great because it’s simple, lightweight and can be styled in so many different ways. I also couldn’t help but buy it because of the awesome tiger graphic. You can pair it with a fur vest, denim vest, flannel or even tie the flannel around your waist (a 90’s trend coming back that I’m really into). Depending on the occasion or way that you choose to style it, you can also change up the footwear.

#midi #dress #tiger #wildtigerdress

#midi #dress #tiger #wildtigerdress

#midi #dress #forever21 #furvest #headwrap #urbanoutfitters #troopas #stevemadden #style #gypsy

#midi #dress #forever21 #furvest #headwrap #urbanoutfitters #troopas #stevemadden #style #gypsy

The fur vest I’m wearing with this outfit is one of my all time favorite staple pieces in my closet. I got it at London Fashion Week in 2012 and have been obsessed with it ever since. You will see me wearing it pretty much every day in the winter time too. Not only can you pair it with the Wild Tiger Midi Dress but numerous other items to make a great ensemble.

#furvest #london #londonfashionweek #rabbit #fox #ducie

#furvest #london #londonfashionweek #rabbit #fox #ducie

Adjust the shoe choice to give it a more sophisticated and classy look.

#furvest #london #louboutins #christianlouboutin #paris #midi

#furvest #london #louboutins #christianlouboutin #paris #midi

#louboutins #booties #paris #christianlouboutin

#louboutins #booties #paris #christianlouboutin

Pair it with a denim vest

#denim #denimvest #nastygal #beanie #satchel #brandymellvile #converses

#denim #denimvest #nastygal #beanie #satchel #brandymellvile #converses

#denim #denimvest #studded #zippers #nastygal

#denim #denimvest #studded #zippers #nastygal

Try it tied

#flannel #90's #beanie #knitbeanie #combats #troopas #midi #tiger

#flannel #90’s #beanie #knitbeanie #combats #troopas #midi #tiger

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Or not tied…

#flannel #headwrap #converses #midi #tiger

#flannel #headwrap #converses #midi #tiger

Or you can take the simplest approach and wear it as is with a headwrap to make it look trendy.

#midi #dress #tiger #graphics #headwrap #urbanoutfitters

#midi #dress #tiger #graphics #headwrap #urbanoutfitters

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And I’m ending my post with this girl just because I love her.

#lanadelrey #inspiriation #converses

#lanadelrey #inspiriation #converses

 

Dinner, Drinks & Date

Happy Sunday everyone! This weekend my boyfriend came in to town from Jacksonville, Florida and it was an eventful one to say the least. We went out Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, so Sunday brunch was much needed today. It was our four month anniversary (even though it feels like a whole lot longer), and since we met in Charleston, it only felt right for us to celebrate it here.  We went back to our favorite Italian restaurant Pane E Vino and I snapped some pictures of us beforehand. I couldn’t help but also share some photos of the amazing food we had.  Charleston is getting somewhat chillier during the nights, (and by chillier I mean 75 at night rather than 80…) so wearing one of my new maxi dresses was absolutely perfect.

#maxi #prints #urbanoutfitters #denim #jcrew #paneevino #datenight #charleston

#maxi #prints #urbanoutfitters #denim #jcrew #paneevino #datenight #charleston

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#denim #jcrew #wine #paneevino #charleston

#denim #jcrew #wine #paneevino #charleston

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Of course I had to change up my outfit before heading out to the bars downtown. My outfit choice includes one of my recent favorite purchases from Nasty Gal: Hell Cat Shorts that are still available here ! Not only do I love how comfortable they are because of the stretch fabric, but also the fact that you can pair it with either a crop tank or sweater as a day outfit, or a sheer long sleeve shirt as a night outfit and still look fashionable and cute.

#hellcatshorts #nastygal #cheetah #highwaisted #zipper

#hellcatshorts #nastygal #cheetah #highwaisted #zipper

#hellcatshorts #nastygal #cheetah #sheer #denim #jcrew #prohibition #downtown #charleston

#hellcatshorts #nastygal #cheetah #sheer #denim #jcrew #prohibition #downtown #charleston

#friends #charleston #nastygal #urbanoutfitters #tobi

#friends #charleston #nastygal #urbanoutfitters #tobi

#friends #charleston #fun #laughs #cheetah #shorts #nastygal

#friends #charleston #fun #laughs #cheetah #shorts #nastygal

#hellcatshorts #nastygal

#hellcatshorts #nastygal

My boyfriend and I felt that it was also necessary one night to make an appearence at the bar where we first met downtown called Henry’s…and so we did.

#romper #nastygal #strapless #henrys #charleston

#romper #nastygal #strapless #henrys #charleston

#henrys #charleston #rooftop #bar

#henrys #charleston #rooftop #bar

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We ended the weekend with a much needed brunch at Toast in downtown Charleston. Here I am also wearing one of my new favorite purchases from Nasty Gal: Straight Up Shorts which are unfortunately no longer available online 😦

#straightupshorts #stripes #zippers #nastygal

#straightupshorts #stripes #zippers #nastygal

#straightupshorts #stripes #zippers #nastygal #croptop #brandymellville #alexandani #raybans #clubmaster #converse #sunday #brunch #toast #ootd

#straightupshorts #stripes #zippers #nastygal #croptop #brandymellville #alexandani #raybans #clubmaster #converse #sunday #brunch #toast #ootd

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The purse that I’m wearing with this outfit is a recent purchase from Brandy Melville, another personal favorite store of mine. I love how simple and light the Black Leather Buckle Satchel is, and that you can literally wear it with any outfit.

#satchel #purse #leather #brandymellville buckle #accessories #fashion

#satchel #purse #leather #brandymellville buckle #accessories #fashion

To finish off the end to an amazing weekend, my roommates and I tried paddle-boarding for the first time and watched the sunset at Sullivan’s Island Beach.

#sunset #sullivansisland #sunday

#sunset #sullivansisland #sunday

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+ Cross Obsession +

I’ve had a strange obsession with incorporating some sort of cross icon into my outfit for the past year or so. There is something about the image of a cross that makes such a strong statement in any outfit, and for that reason it is definitely one of my many staple pieces in my closet. It’s very versatile and can be worn in so many different ways. You can mix and match a cross item with pretty much anything depending on the occasion, whether it be fancy or casual. I think what I love most is that it’s so multi-functioning, and it allows you to be creative. Regardless of the approach you choose, you will always look a little edgy too. Here are some of my favorite cross pieces (yes, there’s a lot…) and some ways to put diverse outfits together.

#cross #sweater #skirt #combats #stevemadden #tobi #topshop #michaelkors #fall #gypsy #fashion #style

#cross #sweater #skirt #combats #stevemadden #tobi #topshop #michaelkors #fall #gypsy #fashion #style

#cross #sweater #crochet #croptop #combats #stevemadden #topshop #nastygal #tobi #forever 21

#cross #sweater #crochet #croptop #combats #stevemadden #topshop #nastygal #tobi #forever 21

#cheetah #cross #flats #highwaisted #shorts #necessaryclothing #nastygal #tobi

#cheetah #cross #flats #highwaisted #shorts #necessaryclothing #nastygal #tobi

#circleskirt #acidwash #cross #shirt #booties #heels #rosegold #gilt #michaelkors #necessaryclothing #urbanoutfitters

#circleskirt #acidwash #cross #shirt #booties #heels #rosegold #gilt #michaelkors #necessaryclothing #urbanoutfitters

Dress it up with heels

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Dress it down with converses

Comfy&Cute

#cross #sweater #prints #shorts #converses

#cross #sweater #prints #shorts #converses

#denim #tank #shorts #rips #combats #stevemadden #aldo #tobi

#denim #tank #shorts #rips #combats #stevemadden #aldo #tobi

#denim  #acidwash #highwaist #shorts #converse #necessaryclothing #urbanoutfitters #charleston

#denim #acidwash #highwaist #shorts #converse #necessaryclothing #urbanoutfitters #charleston

Layer it up for the grunge style 

#acidwash #denim #cross #michaelkors #urbanoutfitters #converse

#acidwash #denim #cross #michaelkors #urbanoutfitters #converse

And you can’t forget the accessories…

#ring #cross #nails #nailpolish

#ring #cross #nails #nailpolish

#necklace #cross

#necklace #cross

#bracelet #cross

#bracelet #cross

#necklace #cross

#necklace #cross

Take One

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It’s always been one of my interests to create my own personal fashion blog, so I decided to finally take a stab at it. Having transferred colleges and studying abroad in London for five months, I am now living the life of a super-senior…totally worth it if you ask me. As I finish up my fifth year of college, my two best friends from my hometown in Mahwah, NJ decided to move down south to Charleston, SC and spend the year living with me. It’s kind of their gap year between post-graduation and pre-“real world”… what better way to spend it than in one of the prettiest cities in the country and while living with best friends? I’ve always had a mixed obsession for fashion, photography, traveling and expressing myself, so creating a blog seemed like the most appropriate outlet and platform for me to portray these interests.  Although I’ve become accustomed to not having the standard ‘four seasons’ that I grew up with and having lived in Charleston for the past four years, my friends aren’t quite used to the humidity still existing in mid-September. They’re adjusting to the warm climate and having to alter their everyday fashion choices to accommodate to the local weather. I mean, it’s not so bad having the beach ten minutes away so I think they’ll adjust just fine. With that being said…although fall is approaching up north with the leaves changing and people getting out their leggings and jackets, down here we are still dressing in our light and simple summer clothes.

#floral #knit #combats #stevemadden #urbanoutfitters #forever21

#floral #knit #combats #stevemadden #urbanoutfitters #forever21

 

#floral #polkadots #skirts #silver #necklace #croptop #combats #troopas #stevemadden #friends #charleston

#floral #polkadots #skirts #silver #necklace #croptop #combats #troopas #stevemadden #friends #charleston

 

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#denim #croptop #combats #troopas #stevemadden #aldo #london #charleston #newyorkcity

#denim #croptop #combats #troopas #stevemadden #aldo #london #charleston #newyorkcity

 

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#skirt #sweater #houseofharlow #converse #red

#skirt #sweater #houseofharlow #converse #red

 

#croptop #highwaisted #shorts #michaelkors #prints #necessaryclothing #converse

#croptop #highwaisted #shorts #michaelkors #prints #necessaryclothing #converse

 

#denim #croptop #polkadots #shorts #michaelkors #converse #urbanoutfitters

#denim #croptop #polkadots #shorts #michaelkors #converse #urbanoutfitters

 

#croptop #stripes #highwaisted #shorts #converse #forever21 #necessaryclothing #newyorkcity #charleston #braid

#croptop #stripes #highwaisted #shorts #converse #forever21 #necessaryclothing #newyorkcity #charleston #braid

 

#croptop #bustier #black #prints #highwaisted #pants #style #fashion

#croptop #bustier #black #prints #highwaisted #pants #style #fashion

#crochet #shorts #croptop #michaelkors #converse #hightops

#crochet #shorts #croptop #michaelkors #converse #hightops

#highlow #dress #cutouts #gladiators #chanel #rebeccaminkoff #urbanoutfitters #newyorkcity #charleston #nightout #friends #fashion

#highlow #dress #cutouts #gladiators #chanel #rebeccaminkoff #urbanoutfitters #newyorkcity #charleston #nightout #friends #fashion

#pallazo #wideleg #pants #rebeccaminkoff #aztec #houseofsage #charleston

#pallazo #wideleg #pants #rebeccaminkoff #aztec #houseofsage #charleston

Meanwhile, my friends up north are starting to see the affects of fall.

#jcrew #joesjeans #vest #raybans #aviators #michaelkors

#jcrew #joesjeans #vest #raybans #aviators #michaelkors

#jcrew #scarf #vest #applepicking

#jcrew #scarf #vest #applepicking

#apples #lancaster #pennsylvania #fall

#apples #lancaster #pennsylvania #fall

While they spent the day apple picking and adjusting to the lowering temperatures, I spent the day at the beach.

#headwraps #follybeach #charleston #urbanoutfitters #forever21 #alexandani #beach #ocean

#headwraps #follybeach #charleston #urbanoutfitters #forever21 #alexandani #beach #ocean

 

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