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Fashion | Essential Items For Spring

Fashion // March 10, 2014

Spring will be here before we know it and I can’t think of a better reason to update my wardrobe with a few key pieces. This season is all about metallic, full shirts, leather, wide leg pants, suit shorts and so much more. As with all trends, you want to make sure you are styling yourself according to your body type. Here are a few ideas on how to rock the latest spring trends and pull off a flawless look.


Florals

Florals are no longer exclusively for your grandmother’s frumpy antique prints. From romantic lace, feminine flowers and bold prints, florals are making a statement this season. If you’re not keen on a head to toe floral look, try mixing a flirty full skirt with a solid top or a midi floral top with a solid high waist skirt.




Block heels

Make room stilettos, the block heel has made an appearance. Adding inches without sacrificing comfort, the block heel will be the obsession this spring. The block heel, which was once known as the “old lady” heel, has now evolved into something sleek and stylish. Try this style in sandals, pumps or even flats.




Cat eye makeup

This vintage makeup has reappeared on runways this season. The cat eye is a very versatile makeup look and can be worn with a more casual ponytail or more glammed up look with a high-textured curled look or bone straight hair. This look also affords you the opportunity to go crazy with an over-the-top lid and lip without looking clown-like.





Crop Top

Crop tops will be all the rage this season. Not only does it provide the perfect excuse to hit the gym, but it also allows you to show a bit of skin in an edgy, fashionable way. You can mix and match a crop top with a high waist skirt or jeans or let it all hang out with a maxi or full skirt, shorts or jeans for a great weekend look.




Graphic Prints

Stripes, swirls and dots, oh my! Daring prints are all over the runway this season. Fashion should be fun, so be courageous and mix and match patterns for an outrageously fabulous look. Mixing polka dots and stripes, colossal and mini print or geometric and retro shapes will be one sure way to achieve an eye-popping visual.




Sheer

Donning light, floaty, transparent sheer fabric provides a bit of added sex appeal. The sheer look can be extra sexy, played up for a more casual look or be ultra punk. Be careful to not go too sheer as too much of a good thing can be awful; it’s quite easy to go from classy to trashy with this trend.

What are some of the trends you like for spring? Let us know in the comments!


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MW University // February 10, 2014

There is nothing worse than having back-to-back classes and being stuck with no lip-gloss. If you are like me, your school bag is an important part of your ensemble, so you change it regularly. And, if you are really like me, rushing to class leads to forgetting the essentials. I’m sorry but being without essentials is extremely distracting. How am I supposed to listen to an hour lecture and type the speed of lightening with ashy hands? I can’t speak up in a group meeting when I’m afraid that the odor of my morning coffee and onion bagel might melt off my classmate’s mustache. In order to avoid these potentially embarrassing moments, I came up with a solution: the minimergency kit. This kit is only for your book bag, and carries everything that you might need in a moment’s notice during a hectic school day. Here is the recipe for the perfect minimergency kit:


1. The Bag

This kit should be about the size of a small make-up bag, and should be brightly colored, so you won’t forget it when switching bags. Here are a few of my favorites this season:


                       
                   Juicy Couture, $42                                                          Sephora, $18


2. Lip-gloss

Everyone has a favorite lip-gloss that they cling to for everyday use. However, you don’t want to put your favorite in the bag, because you will end up taking it out, and forgetting to put it back in. Either buy an extra of your favorite product, or put another option in the bag, so it’s always there. I always carry the Lancome Juicy Tube in Pink Horizon in my minimergency kit. Although, MAC’s Tinted Lip Gloss in “Oh Baby” is my favorite.

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3. Chap Stick and Lip Balm

Lip balm has different purposes than lip-gloss. There is nothing worse than having extra chapped lips, and trying to cover it up with sticky lip-gloss. There are a few chap sticks that have a tint, such as Maybelline’s Baby Lips, which have dual purposes. But, having some sort of soothing lip moisturizer is a must!

4. Lotion

I hate being ashy, and the hand soap in the lecture hall bathrooms is never kind to the skin. I like to keep a small bottle of hand lotion on me at all times. Also, during the summer, the terrain can be rough on sandaled feet, and you don’t want to be the girl with gray toes because you left your lotion in the pocket of your last book bag. I am a big fan of Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Shea Souffle, but I would suggest buying a travel size bottle of your favorite lotion.

5. Hand Sanitizer

Toilet seats have considerably less bacteria than a computer lab keyboard. And, believe it or not, there are still a few people that think it’s OK to sneeze into their hands, and then open the classroom door. Enough said!

6. Chewing Gum

Avoid coffee and bagel breath by keeping a pack of gum in your minimergency kit. Another perk: chewing gum can actually keep you alert by keeping you moving. It’s never a good idea to make a presentation while chewing gum. But, keep it on you for those slow mornings and potentially insulting breath.

7. Hair Ties, Hair Clips, and Bobby Pins

Having hair in your face can be incredibly annoying during a long day. I find that most people keep a hair tie around their wrist for this, but maybe I have big wrists, because they always cut off my circulation. I keep a whole pack of hair ties and one large hair clip in my pack. I have accepted that losing hair ties is just a way of life, so I like to stay stocked.

8. Mini Stain Remover

How many times have I dripped coffee or tea on myself and had to walk around all day resembling a 3-year-old? Hmm…too many. Learn from my mistakes and carry a Tide pen with you. Even if you don’t need it, believe me, one of your close friends will. Small stains are inevitable during a busy day, and have a reputation of ruining the cutest outfit.

9. Safety Pins

Another tool for outfit mishaps! You never know when the strap to your tank might finally come loose or the button on your sundress might give way to the extra 10  pounds you gained during freshman year. Better safe than sorry!

10. Advil, Tampons, and Pads

Your TOM (time of the month) always seems to come at the perfect time—NOT. Every woman’s worst nightmare is being stuck anywhere without the necessary precautions when TOM comes for a visit. Plus, cramps are the worst distraction in the world. Whether it is, Advil, Midol, or Ibuprofen, make sure you are not stuck in class while in pain. It’s just the worst.

11. Nail Clipper

For those awful hangnails!

You can build your own minimergency kit, or Sephora has a few options that you can buy. They are also great gifts or stocking stuffers for the holidays. Good luck!


Published in MW University
Saturday, 29 June 2013 01:38

Made Mommy | Maternity Clothes Essentials

Style // July 1, 2013

You've got the glow of a soon­-to­-be mommy, or so people are telling you. You may not feel very different -- or your pregnancy may send you running to the restroom all morning. Either way, you are noticing your belly starting to protrude; and it wasn't from the extra toppings at Yogurtland. It's the new life that is growing inside of you. That's when it hits you: your skinny jeans may not be very comfortable in a few more weeks. But the thought of buying a whole new wardrobe for just a few months is making you feel contractions in your wallet.

Let me tell you, there are a few maternity essentials that you may want to drop a few dollars on, but there are also few tricks you can use to extend your pre-pregnancy wardrobe through the last few months of your pregnancy. And you'll still look like the hot mama that you are.

In Your Closet

  • The Tunic - Using fabric ribbon or a skinny belt, cinch this versatile top just above your belly--empire-style.
  • The Mini Dress- Pair it with leggings and booties, and the dress becomes a cute tunic.
  • The open cardigan - The mild weather staple will be handy throughout your pregnancy. Throw it on over your outfit (thick coats may stay in the closet as you may feel your internal thermostat running hotter as your pregnancy progresses) and accessorize with a statement necklace.
  • Maternity Jeans - Select the cut you would normally prefer wearing. Soft elastic fabric replaces the zipper and button waistband. They come in over- and under-belly cuts that and feel very comfortable on your quickly stretching skin and navel, which at times, will feel sensitive to clothing hardware such as zippers, buttons, and hooks. Must-purchase!

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  • The Maxi Dress - Really, it's versatile anyway you look at it. Empire cut always works great with a preggie mama by slimming her down, but still allowing her to show off her new baby-carrying curves. If it's a tank dress -- again -- add a skinny belt or sash for an instant empire waist.
  • The Bella Band - a cotton lycra tube that holds your pants up. It allows you to wear your regular jeans longer through your pregnancy by holding them up, and hiding the fact that you hadn't buttoned your pants. It'll also hold up your maternity pants when they're still a little big.
  • Leggings - If you don't already own some, get a set. You may be able to wear your pre-preggers leggings throughout your pregnancy by allowing the waist to sit below your belly. Otherwise, maternity leggings come in above and below the belly cut. Leggings go with just about any outfit.
  • The ruched waist tee - Often, these t-shirts are made with softest and stretchy cotton. They come in a variety of cuts to compliment most pregnancy body types. They are so versatile--pairs well with your maternity or Bella-banded jeans, shorts, or skirts of any length.

With this list as my guideline, I never felt like a frumpy mama, nor did I go broke on my pregnancy wardrobe. I was left with plenty of extra cash to build my Made Baby's wardrobe.

Published in Made Mommy