Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Those Little High Waisted Shorts


The universe seems to be against me taking pictures anywhere outside of this bed. I wore this outfit with some sheer tights earlier, intending to take picture out in the city, but that morning they ripped and continued to get runs in them through out the day. Guess we'll have to make due. 
I find this outfit so simple and cute. The sweater is easily the best thing I bought this summer. It's thin, but the softness of it beats anything I have in my closet. I break out these shorts every time I decide to be cute for the day. Unfortunately, they're super old and I haven't found anything similar to them in H&M, but there are a few on ModCloth's site that I've been eyeing. 

I hope your luck this week is much better than mine. 
xx Jasmine 

Dressed In: sweater -Tommy Hilfiger shorts: H&M (old) knee socks - ASOS



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Bit of Fall in the City



A lot of my trips to the city this semester have been for school projects and I'm usually alone,leaving me with now outfit pictures, so I decided to share some pictures of Fall and some from Halloween night. I promise I'll return with regular posts soon.
Until then, enjoy!
xx Jasmine 


Fresh apples are the best 


Washington Square 


Central Park 

Central Park 


I went to The Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Halloween (like a harvest fest, only indoors) I had a lot of fun dancing and messing around. Any place where I can dance to hits from the 80's and 90's, play arcade games, and eat pie gets a thumbs up from me.

Mini-golf





My Keyboard (I was dressed up as Gene from Bob's Burgers) also I won mini-golf :)





Apple Pie from Daly Pie - SUPER delicious 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fall Coat

Dressed in : Coat - Zara, Sweater - Forever21, Lipgloss - Nars in Rouge Tribal 

Despite Mother Nature's attempts to push 70 degrees this week, it is definitely Fall and that means layers. Back in the Summer, when I was planning out what I wanted buy for the school year I decided I needed to expand my coat collection. I really only had one real coat (the winter one I featured last year). Beyond that I just had typical, plain fleece jackets, and some coats I stole from my mom or brother whenever it rained. Clearly, stylish coats were not in my wardrobe. I figured a Fall coat would be a good place to start. I purchased this coat during Summer Zara Sale (that event deserves italics). I loved it because it seemed very functional. I've been too terrified of cute coats having no warming capabilities to buy one previously, but the quilting and structure on this one is similar to ones you'll find at an average department store. 
First and foremost, this coat keeps me warm. No matter how much I try, that always ends up being the most important feature in a coat, and this one totally does the job. Zara has many beautiful coats, which I am guilty of lovingly gazing at from time to time when I'm suppose to be studying, but I was drawn to this one because of the leather detailing. The shoulder and elbow patches reminded me of items from Tommy Hilfiger that I've admired in the past. The shape is quite nice and flattering as well, but the kicker for me is the hood hidden in the collar. It can be easily tucked away or pulled out depending on the weather, and the hood is a great size. There is nothing worse than a short, half-assed hood that is useless when I'm caught in the rain without an umbrella. Unfortunately, I do have one aspect of the jacket that I dislike and that is the pockets. Because of the prominent zipper and the fact that they're horizontal I end up scratching my hand every time I try and keep my hands warm. Gloves are required. All and all, it's a great coat that will be worn until the snow starts to fall. 

Stay warm. 
xx Jasmine   









Monday, October 20, 2014

Blue Space


I took a little break from blogging and social media in general because I was a bit overwhelmed with school, but despite the time crunches I'm really glad to get back in the swing of things. So, starting off slow here's a quick outfit post. I love this outfit so much for it's simplicity and I'm surprisingly loving not wearing black for a second. I particularly like the shirt because it's much thicker than other cheaper shirts, and I know it'll be around for awhile. Looks like my new obsession is Madewell tops. 

Dressed In - Madewell top, Gap jeans, Urban Outfitters shoes, H&M necklace 





Monday, September 29, 2014

Book Recommendation: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso



I wasn't planning on doing another book review so soon, but when a good book comes along I can't resist sharing the awesome. When I heard about what it was, I wanted to read #GIRLBOSS instantly. Sophia Amoruso is the Founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, and this book is half autobiography and half motivational/self-help. I wanted to read it so badly because living in a pretty boring suburb I don't find books related to fashion often (independent NYC bookstores have become my savior), and I thought this book release would be big enough that I'd be able to easily get ahold of it this summer. I eventually bought it in August and read it my first week back at college. 

This is a pretty useless statement as far as helping to tell you about this book, but I have to say it: I love this book SO much. What really demonstrates the greatness of the book is the fact that Amoruso and I are very different people. From what she writes in the book I've learned, we do not share many beliefs in common, there's a good chance if we ever met our personalities would clash, and out paths through life (well the path I'm beginning) are polar opposites. But the advice and the way she tells her story is gold. 

The autobiographical part of the book gives the reader an idea of how Nasty Gal was founded and the real work that goes into building a business.  As the retelling progresses you do get to a time in Amoruso's life where she was committing crimes. Prior to reading the book, I had seen some people commenting that they didn't like it because it perpetuated the idea that crime can be a part of your path to success. Someone might get this idea if they read a really bad summary of Amoruso's life, but when it comes to those events in the book she clears that up right away. Yes, she did commit crimes. No, she is not under any delusion that that was a good choice. She is just as amazed as you are that she never had any serious consequences for these actions. But you shouldn't disregard this part of the book just because of these events. I enjoyed these glimpses into her life because you clearly see how she's grown as a person. I feel like there are always two camps: one saying that you should stick to the person you are, and one saying that you should be changing every second of your life, but really both are going on to make you one cohesive person.  The book clearly shows how Amoruso has grown as a person, as well as the parts of her that have remained through all the change. This more than anything humanizes her to me, and aided with convincing me I should be listening to her advice. 

The advice side of the book is the part I enjoyed the most. She gave real advice about sticking up for yourself and working hard to become a #GIRLBOSS. This type of advice is always floating around the internet, or popping up in vague quotes that are barely helpful, but I was captivated here because it was so simple. It was like getting advice from someone I respected, but wasn't unaware of how other people think. The advice was useful and applicable to everyone regardless of field or entrepreneurial aspirations. It was motivating because it gave me the urge to organize my goals and stick up for what I want. Even though I'm pretty much at the beginning of my path towards a career, it still got me thinking about decisions I'll have to make in the future, which is pretty important because they're my decisions to make and no one else's. Amoruso is not here to tell you what to do, she is here to tell you how to stand up for yourself, work hard, and how to go above and beyond to become the #GIRLBOSS of your life. That's just the kind of kick in the butt you need sometimes. 

The book also features cute illustrations, quotes galore, and profiles of other girl bosses in various careers. The profiles brought in even more advice and showed different career paths, giving a more well rounded definition of what being a #GIRLBOSS is.


Quotes, as always, will be on my Tumblr 
Good luck becoming a #GIRLBOSS 
xx Jasmine 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Making Do


Despite the pain they cause me, I'm in love with my new chelsea boots. They are exactly what my shoe collection needed, especially since all of my other boots have become quite worn out. Right now, I'm preoccupied with getting through a cold and finishing some school work, but I should be in a routine soon and that means more trips in to the city (and less photos of me in my half decorated dorm room). Looks like I just have to keep trudging through.
xx Jasmine

top and shoes: ASOS jeans: Gap necklace: Etsy


Nail polish: O.P.I in Where did cindy's man-go 

Friday, September 19, 2014

New York Fashion Week SS 2015

I took a quick break from blogging to get adjusted to school, but I'm back and sharing my favorite trends and looks from New York Fashion Week. So here we go: 

Button-up Shirts


(From left to right: Public School, Proenza Schouler, Proenza Schouler) 

A button-up shirt was my starting point for re-building my wardrobe. It was the one thing that I absolutely wanted to be a cornerstone in my personal style. I enjoy the idea of making the usually strict shirt more cozy and relaxed, but a classic outfit is always good as well.

Capes


(L to R: Tadashi Shoji, Tome)

Capes seem to be appearing more often (maybe because of the famous Lupita dress?) Either way I'm for it, it's a more formal, old school silhouette that I appreciate. I've already spotted some on Nasty Gal.

Crop tops and skirts 


(R to L: Prabal Gurung, Sally LaPointe) 

Some people may be getting tired of this trend, but I'm still in love with it. The shapes and ease it can create are amazing. More crop tops and skirts will be piling into my closet this spring for sure. 

Dresses



(L to R: Zimmermann, Erin Featherston, Marissa Webb)

As I've mentioned before, I'm starting to become more of a dress girl, so I zoned in on them at each show. I love the Zimmermann halter dress, because the metallic color looks so nice, and I was really drawn to that 90's style neckline. The Erin Featherston dress is just perfect, cute, and not over the top at all. Lastly, the Marissa Webb piece is effortless (easy, breezy, beautiful). Just what I want. 



Overall 

I'm so indecisive sometimes I don't know why I bother trying to pick one collection as my sole inspiration for the season. Here's three.

Band of Outsiders 




Band of Outsiders' collection was so relaxed without compromising any structure the pieces had. I could easily picture myself in all of the outfits (minus the hats though). 

Karen Walker 




I loved Walker's show because it made me want to wear more colors and patterns, and that's a big feat. I think the more 70's vibe of the clothes made them seem more approachable to me. 

Alice + Olivia 



The Alice + Olivia presentation didn't really spark any new trends or ideas that haven't been brought forth before, but that didn't really matter because what was presented was everything I love. A major portion was solely black and white and the clothes reminded me I don't have to grow up so fast. I should still enjoy dressing up just to look cute or adorable. It's okay not to want to wear crazy colors or traditionally clashing patterns. That's just not my thing.

I hope you enjoyed this round-up. 
xx Jasmine 

All photos are from style.com 
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