Thursday, August 1, 2013

Now Open: H&M for Online Shopping

If you've been anywhere near a computer or your phone today, then you have probably heard that H&M now offers online shopping in the United States. (Don't you just love social media for its news factor?) #AboutTime! 

Until now, I have had a love-hate relationship with H&M. I love the cheap prices on both of their wardrobe staples and trendier items, but I hate shopping in store. I usually can't find anything, even after scoping out their site beforehand. So, I'm very excited about their new online shop. I also think that it was a really smart business decision in regards to staying competitive with other online retailers, such as Forever 21 and ASOS. Unfortunately, while they offer free shipping, there are charges for returns, and clothes can't be returned in store.

In honor of the big news, I've picked some of my favorites from their online store to showcase. The leather accents, rich colors and patterned pieces are all incredible. Fall is my favorite season and I'm so excited for the fashion. Plus, I can't wait to wear pants. Is that weird? Another bonus, everything featured here is under $50. H&M for the win!

Are you excited about H&M's online store? What are your top picks?

Cheers to online shopping the night away,

Friday, June 14, 2013


Madewell Chambray Shirt/ H&M Dress worn as skirt (old)/ Boutique Sandals (similar here and here)/ J.Crew Clutch gifted from friend (old, similar)/ Ray-Ban Aviators/ Earrings (old, similar) and Bracelets from boutiques

At one point or another, I think every little girl dreamed about being a ballerina when she grew up. Enrolled in dance classes from the time when I was six, I know I definitely did. While my career aspirations have changed a little since then, I'm still borrowing pieces from a dancer's wardrobe.

As a lover of all things fashion, I'm definitely not one to shy away from wearing items that can be considered a little different. A tutu is definitely one of these included. I have a tendency to always be overdressed for anything that I do, but I've learned that you can tone down an item's fanciness by pairing it with a few wardrobe basics, like a simple tee, V-neck or chambray shirt. Plus, according to Oscar Wilde, "You can never be overdressed or overeducated."

I don't like to discriminate or play favorites, so the dressier items in my closet get just as much action as everything else simply by using this little trick. So don't be afraid to have a Carrie Bradshaw moment of your own! And for those of you wondering, no, this isn't the only ballerina skirt in my closet... ;)


Photos courtesy of Caroline Cliff
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Fraternity Collection

Sometimes, I like to believe that I'm a southern belle. Despite living in the suburbs of Chicago for my entire life, I have a definite affinity for the word y'all, monograms and all things Lilly Pulitzer. When I'm really serious about it, I'll even whip out my {terrible} southern accent which my friends love to make fun of me for. I still kick myself over not going to school in the south, really.

Like most southern belles, I tend to be overdressed on almost all occasions. I am not a sweats kind of girl. I only wear T-shirts to the gym or to sleep in. Enter, Fraternity Collection. Fraternity Collection is a southern based company, started by two fraternity members at Millsaps College. Fraternity Collection may sell quite possibly the prettiest T-shirts and sweatshirts ever. The idea? Create a clothing company which offers the highest quality fabrics that allows customers to design their own styles.

Fraternity Collection currently offers over 2,000 T-shirt combinations, with 42 shirt colors and 31 pocket patterns available for women. First, you pick what style of shirt you want. Then, you choose the pattern of the pocket square and finally you decide what color shirt it goes on. Voila, a brand new shirt designed by you, for you! There are seriously so many fun options for the pocket patterns, that it's nearly impossible to choose (The Hillary and The Natalie are just two of my favorites.) With summer weather getting as hot and muggy as it can, why not have a cute T-shirt to turn to after you've sweat through everything else?

The best part about Fraternity Collection is that they donate 10% of the price of the shirt you buy to a philanthropy of your choice. How awesome would it be to get a group of your sisters to all buy and donate the proceeds to your sorority's philanthropy? The even better news is that Fraternity Collection gave me a coupon code to share with all of you. Use the code “millsaps” when checking out in order to receive a 10% discount on your order!

Have you heard of Fraternity Collection? What patterns do you like?


These opinions are my own. I was not compensated in any shape or form by Fraternity Collection for this post.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Cold Shoulder

Free People top via T.J.Maxx (in blue)/ American Eagle Outfitters Jean Jacket via T.J.Maxx (old, similar)/ Gap Jeans/ Nine West Sandals (old)/ Ray-Ban Aviators/ Earrings gifted from aunt (similar)

Ever since I cut my bangs, I've really been experimenting with hairstyles. I've worn my hair curled, braided and in a ponytail or topknot more times in the last two weeks than I have in my entire life! With bangs being such a distinct style, I feel the need to mix it up here and there. Plus, if I have to style them every day, why stop there?

I haven't curled my hair in what seems like forever because it would never hold after bleaching {the heck out of} it when it was blonde. I'd like to formally apologize to my hairdresser, who's still mad at me about this. With a fresh cut and new layers, I couldn't wait to try out waves and this feminine Free People halter top was the perfect complement. The chillier weather has me utilizing a few of my other favorite summer staples: a denim jacket and pair of white jeans. I'm not a big fan of halter tops, but the gorgeous back on this shirt had me giving everyone the cold shoulder for an excuse to show it off!

What do you like to do to mix up your style?


Photos courtesy of Caroline Cliff
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Friday, June 7, 2013

Pop of Color

Love Culture Dress/ Heads Up Apparel Clutch/ ELLE Heels via Kohls (old, similar)/ Vince Camuto Sunglasses gifted from friend/ Von Maur Necklace (old, similar)/ Heads Up Apparel Monogrammed Earrings/ Bracelets from Kate Spade and boutiques

For a while, it was a running joke between my friends and I that everything in my closet was either black or white. I don't even know how this joke originated as I practically live in colored jeans now, but while I'll always appreciate the timelessness of this chic color combination, I do like to brighten up my wardrobe here and there. For me, the easiest way to do this is through accessories. As soon as I saw this dress hanging on the rack in the store, I thought that it would look perfect with a pop of color, particularly through a statement necklace. Alas, I brought the dress home and this teal piece paired perfectly. I added a pair of matching pumps, which really made the color pop from head to toe. See what I did there? For now, I'll let my mom retain her title as the reigning queen of the black and white closet.

Do you tend to lean towards one or more colors? How do you like to mix it up?


Photos courtesy of Caroline Cliff

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Let's Go to the Beach, Each

I don't know whether it's been the dreary weather lately or the abundance of cute straw totes wherever I'm shopping, but I've been seriously craving a beach day. I mean, it's supposed to be summer, right? No day at the beach is complete without a killer suit, and this one by Maaji, that I spotted while in Nordstrom the other day, is reversible. Your beach ensemble isn't finished there, but a straw hat to catch some shade under, a glittery pair of sandals and some retro inspired sunglasses should do the trick. Don't forget a towel that's pretty enough to lay out on and a classic summer read, a la The Great Gatsby, and you're ready to hit the sand!

What have you been up to lately? Have you been to the beach yet this season?


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Short + Sweet

Francesca's Dress (similar)/ American Eagle Outfitters Wedges (old)/ Steve Madden Purse via T.J.Maxx/ Thrifted Sunnies/ Head's Up Apparel Earrings/ Bracelets from Kate Spade, Angelina's Boutique and other small boutiques

Kate Spade said it best when declaring that "Playing dress up begins at age five and never truly ends." 

And how can I not feel like I'm playing dress up when wearing this fun pink dress? In all honesty, I used to hate summer because the weather was near impossible to dress for in my mind. Nowadays, I have come to appreciate the warmer temperatures that make it hot enough to throw on a sun dress without needing much else. Add a pair of cat eye sunglasses, some red lipstick with a bag to match and the cutest little bow wedges and I'm all dressed up in the perfect summer outfit.

What's your summer staple? 


Photos courtesy of Caroline Cliff

Monday, June 3, 2013

Back with a BANG

Vest: Target/ Sweater: Nordstrom BP (old)/ Skirt: Love Culture/ Booties: Carlos by Carlos Santana via DSW (old)/ Clutch: Urban Expressions via T.J.Maxx/ Necklace: Lucky Brand (old)/ Rings: Ann Taylor

Guess who's back? Back again. Champaign girl's back. Tell a friend.

I'm back! What better way to relaunch my blog for the summer than with a bang? Both literally and figuratively, that is.

School's out for summer and I'm ready to take it on with a full head of fringe. As for my summer plans, I'm taking a few online classes and working as a camp counselor. I'm also interning with CollegeFashionista as an editorial intern. As you may know, I worked at CollegeFashionista for the past two semesters as a Style Guru writing “Style Advice of the Week” and “Let's Hear it for the Boys.” I decided to broaden my horizons and branch out a bit as an editor this summer. My internship began two weeks ago and during the first week all I was editing were “Style Guru Bios.” These posts give the writers a chance to introduce themselves and I thought I'd write a bio of my own to let you know what I've been up to!

With the culmination of school for the summer, I am officially a junior in college. Seriously, where does the time go? This past semester, I officially declared a double major in Marketing and Management Entrepreneurship with dreams of moving to New York after graduation and pursuing a career in fashion public relations. Besides a few classes and my internship, I'm staying busy this summer updating all of the Her Campus Illinois social media accounts as I will be serving as the Vice President of Social Media during the coming school year. I'll also be tweeting from the University of Illinois' CollegeFashionista twitter account (@CFUIllinois) as Head Style Guru for the Illinois campus this summer. I'm traveling to Boston later this month for my sorority's national convention and I can't wait! I've never been before and if anyone has any recommendations on where to go or what to see, I'd really appreciate it.

Other than giving me a chance to let readers know what I've been doing, my bio always gave me an opportunity to reflect on my style. I would describe my style as feminine with preppy touches, but as you can see from these pictures, I like to experiment with all different styles from bohemian to classic. The thing I like most about fashion is that it allows you to be whoever you want. I like to joke that I'm shy until you get to know me, but clothes are a way for me to express myself without having to say anything. With fashion, I can be anyone, any day of the week. One of my favorite quotes by Caitlin Moran, author of How to be a Woman, describes this perfectly, “When a woman says, ‘I have nothing to wear!’, what she really means is, ‘There’s nothing here for who I’m supposed to be today.”

While I like to think of fashion as a mix of styles, I also believe that it is an art of pairing high and low end pieces. Being fashionable doesn't mean that you have the most expensive closet or taste in the room. I have and will always believe that the most fashionable women are the ones who can create a look with pieces from all different price points. These are the ladies who can wear a designer dress with $20 heels and not only look fabulous, but be discreet enough that you don't even know that she's doing this. I may have only been three-years-old, but in 1996 Sharon Stone wore a Gap turtleneck to the Oscars and people are still talking about it! This is Champaign Taste, after all. I'm a real girl on an all too real college budget. I like and wear the clothes I get from Target as much as my favorite BCBG dress.

While I'm home for summer, the weather has been less than cooperative. On colder days, I like to pair some of my favorite pieces for the season, like this maxi skirt, with layers like a big sweater knotted up under a denim vest. I also have a huge thing for “summer blues,” as I've termed them. As always, you'll see me rocking a lot of sequins, cheetah print, any shade of lipstick and accessorizing to the max with an arm full of bracelets and my Michael Kors watch.

Get ready for some serious style this summer, 'cause baby, I'm back and better than ever! 

Cheers to that,

Photos courtesy of Caroline Cliff

Friday, March 8, 2013

Pattern Play

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(P.S. This last one is me from this past summer! What do you think of my blonde hair?)

I don't think that I've been more excited for anything than I am now that it is finally March. Spring is my second favorite season (behind fall) and I am more than ready for it to begin. The long, cold winter always takes a toll on me- physically, mentally and fashion-wise. Anyone else find themselves in a fashion stand-still around this time of year, just itching to break out your new clothes and embrace the latest spring trends?

One of my favorite spring staples is florals. And I get it, Miranda Priestly said it best in The Devil Wears Prada when she stated, “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” One way to switch up your spring look and a style I'm currently obsessed with, is mixing florals with stripes.

What do you think? What are some spring trends you're excited for?

Thank you for all of your sweet comments about my internship style photo and to everyone who voted! I really appreciate it.