Wednesday, September 21, 2016

New York Fashion Week S/S17

New York Fashion Week seemed quite bright and fun this year. This may be due to the longevity of the warm weather we're having (I mean seriously it's practically October and still 80!) Or maybe  everyone just wanted to take a break from being serious (something a college senior can very much appreciate) Either way, I found some great trends to fuel my spring shopping come March. Here are some of my favorites: 

Fun Proportions: I always feel a little lost trying to find interesting tops to wear. It's the easiest piece to get into a bit of a rut with, but bubble sleeves are to the rescue. The change is simple, but has an immediate impact in making something more unique. The Delpozo collection had a plethora of odd proportions in all their pieces as well, stretching the boundaries of what I'd wear a little further. 

PJ pants: Once I discover the secret of how to wear loose pants when you're short, I'll be hopping into pajama style pants. Being chic and comfy is always my goal. 

Dresses: My love for dresses has obviously not diminished, though I am surprised with the amount of ruffles this season. I don't think I'll don a full sequined, 80s frock anytime soon, but a touch of hankerchief hem here and ruffle cape there I can do. 


I think this is the third time I've picked Marissa Webb's show as an overall favorite of the week. It always feels like I could wear the entire collection every season. It's quite familiar, but still has new elements to try out. She also encourages my green jacket obsession, so she'll always be a favorite. 

J. Crew was definitely the surprise of the week. I loved the use of non-models, and they had a great bit of fun dashed into their classic, preppy style. I was more drawn to the beige looks because the pink was a tad too bright for me, and I'm getting little sick of blue, but everything looked lovely and wearable. The show was also a clear indication that ruffles are going to everywhere very soon. 

A look at Eva Chen's Instagram story and a quick peek at Vogue's review was all it took to put Altuzarra at the top of my list. The collection was so bright and interesting it makes me want to never wear black again.  You can't avoid the positivity of the collection. I also enjoyed how the structure of the clothes was still clean and simple. Joseph Altuzarra told Vogue Runway, "I wanted something that felt happy, joyous, flirty, and fun." I instantly got those feelings seeing the collection and those are the best kind of clothes. 

Enjoy thoughts of summer while you still can,
x Jasmine

All Photos from Vogue Runway

Sunday, September 11, 2016

5 Books to Read in Your Senior Year of College

Once I moved back to school my mind went straight into list mode, thinking about all the things I want to get done this year. (I'm sure by spring semester I'll be in full Paris Geller mode.) Mostly all these ideas are just a bit overwhelming, but one that was pretty clear was inspiring books. I searched through my to be read list and put together the ones that are really appropriate for senior year or anyone who's a young adult.

Senior Year Reading List

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso is the only book here I've already read and even did a recommendation on. It's a great read to inspire you to take control of your life and be creative in any field you're interested in.

I have seen nothing but good reviews for Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht. It gives insight into the fashion industry. If it's anything like her Twitter it's full of great career guidance and free of any sugar-coating.

 Nudge by Richard H. Thaler was a recommendation from my public speaking professor. It's simply about making decisions. I really look forward to reading this one because his approach seems similar to Malcolm Gladwell's.

I read about Works Well With Others and immediately knew I needed it. It seems like the perfect book for anyone who left high school or college and immediately felt like they didn't learn anything practical. Ross McCammon dives into business skills that help you feel comfortable and confident to help us all out.

Pitch Perfect's
 description makes it seem like Bill McGowan can give you superpowers. Though learning how to communicate better seems like it should be obvious, this book kind of caught me off guard. It's such a simple concept and I think it can be easily overlooked.

Senior Year Reading List 2

With all the seriousness above and the stress of taking on new challenges, you need an escape sometimes. So, here are some books to help you get away.

Sh*t Rough Drafts
 by Paul Laudiero explores the idea of what the rough drafts to popular books, movies, and T.V. shows might be like.

I'm pretty sure Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno has been on my reading list for years. It's a coming of age story with a punk twist, and it's about time I took the plunge and read it. 

Locke and Key 
by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez was a recommendation from SourceFed's Table Talk. I've been meaning to get into comics and graphic novels and this seems like a great adventurous start. 

I hope you find a comfy reading spot,
x Jasmine 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Reintroducing Skirts

In my continually growing love for dresses I sometimes forget about skirts. They always seem to be pushed aside in favor of shorts. There are only a few more weeks left of summer, so upon discovering another skirt in my closet I forgot about, I decided to give it some love. I love how the fraying gives it a more casual look, perfect for summer. Unlike the button up ones, it doesn't transition so well into fall, which is probably why I don't wear it much. Nevertheless, I don't have a summer tank top that doesn't pair well with it. 

As for the tank top, I picked it up earlier in the season in one of ThinkGeek's sales. I don't have any Attack on Titan gear and this design is great. The back is so cool and makes me feel just a little tougher than I actually am. I'm looking forward to exploring more of ThinkGeek's apparel. 

x Jasmine 

Dressed In: ThinkGeek tank, ASOS denim skirt (similar // similar), Teva sandals, American Eagle backpack (similar

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Favorite Summer Shorts

I can't even tell you how old these shorts are, but I've never gotten the urge to get rid of them. They are basically my perfect summer short. They have a bit of a sailor style, they're high waisted, they're super comfortable, and they break up the inevitable monotony of denim cut-offs. Pieces like this give me hope to try and buy items that I love and will wear for many years. As for my tee, I couldn't resist at least one boob shirt. I opted for this one because it has to be the cutest I've seen and I couldn't pass up a nod to my birthplace. 

Now that summer is winding down, most of my time is spent making sure I have everything for school and packing it up (which thankfully is appearing to be much easier this year - I'm actually ahead of schedule!) In between all that, I'm going out with friends for the last time until I see them again at Christmas. It's bittersweet, but in this heat relaxing and having some ice cream is just the right kind of calm fun. In this case, it was a window shopping outing, though I did cave and buy lipstick at Sephora. Bite Beauty's Amuse Bouche lipstick in Thistle is this odd, pale purple I can't wait to wear in the fall. 

Though I don't want to give up this warm weather quite yet,
x Jasmine  

Dressed in: Truly Madly Deeply/Urban Outfitter tee, H&M shorts (similar here and here), ASOS sandals

Lots of swatches at Sephora, ice cream and a new keychain 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Freaky Crop Top And A Bright Skirt

Between the heat and all the thunderstorms it's hard to get the energy to actually get dressed. But the other day I was pretty tired of athletic wear 24/7 so I decided to dress up in defiance of the heat. It lasted for a bit, but I ended up in the pool for most of the day, so I think this round goes to the weather. 

As for the outfit, I honestly forgot I had this skirt. I'm not quite sure how because it's the only electric blue item in my closet. I decided to give it another go (once I looked through my closet and realized I had it) and paired it with this new crop top. I find this top super fun and therefore great for the summer. The print is super freaky, and may turn some people off, but I just find it funny. A nice reminder to not take things too seriously. 

I hope you're not melting in the heat, 
x Jasmine

Dressed in: Pretty Snake crop top, H&M skirt(similar

Monday, August 8, 2016

Reading in the Rain

The end of July has been rather dreary, but I didn't mind so much. Most of my month was focused on rereading the entire Harry Potter series in preparation for the release of Cursed Child. Despite staying up many late nights (and sometimes until morning) to get some more reading in I've really enjoyed it. Not only did it clear up some details I had forgotten I also have a new appreciation for the series as an adult and lover of writing.

I did manage to tear myself away from reading long enough to grab some coffee with my friend and wear this dress again. I'm pretty sure it is technically a swim cover up, but I've just been wearing it as a dress all month. It's cotton, which is great for this super humid weather and a nice mix of two summer styles. I was drawn to the dress because of the classic stripes and button up style, but the rope belt is a nice touch to make it more beachy.

This is also the first post with my new glasses. I love the new round shape I have. It's super dorky and I'm loving having that bright blue to liven things up.

Enjoy the summer rain,
x Jasmine 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Why Tevas are My Birkenstocks

When Birkenstocks came back about a year ago, I mostly just watched the trend from afar. Since going to school in the city I can appreciate the desire for a seriously comfortable shoe and don't hate them, but I never really got the urge to snatch up a pair. So when it came to finding a sturdy pair of sandals for this summer I was only partially surprised to end up with these Tevas. 

Like many obsessed with Birkenstocks, Tevas were what I wore when I was much younger. I wore them while running around at summer camp for more years than I can count. I don't remember particularly liking them. I think I thought the velcro made me look much younger than I was. Many years later I stumbled upon this pair when I was perusing around Anthropology's site. I didn't realize they were Tevas but once I found out it kind of made sense. 

Nostalgia is nice, but this are definitely an upgraded version of the ones I used to wear. They're much more sleek and rather than a violently bright and dizzying pattern like the ones I had many years ago, they're a nice muted blue. I took them out for a true test (a day trip to New York to finally fix my computer) and they held up. They were super comfy and I didn't have to worry about my shoe sliding around like most sandals. Overall they're a good idea if you want to invest in a sandal. 

Sometimes the answer is in the past,
xx Jasmine 

Dressed in: Aerie dress (outfit post for it next week) 

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