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