Thursday, December 29, 2011

Out with the old, in with the new

As the new year approaches I decided it was time to clean out my closet. After taking a load of clothes to a second-hand store, I happily hung up the new clothes I received for Christmas and from post- Christmas sales.

I got some really good deals the other day: Lululemon leggings: $49, Lilly Pulitzer Shift Dress: $45, and a pair of AG Stone-colored Denim for $45 were the highlights of my post- Christmas shopping trip. Looking forward to the fresh start in 2012 with some new outfits!
Out with the old...
In with the new! Lilly Pulitzer Cardigan, J.Crew Minnie Pant, and Sam Edelman Heels.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wearing PJs out and about?

There has been a trend lately of wearing PJs as normal clothing. A recent article on Refinery29 discusses wearing PJs, UGGs, and other slub-wear for finals week, which I think is totally acceptable as well. But I am not talking about wearing them just around your house on a lazy day or at 1am in the library, but in actual public places during the day. I am not certain how I feel about this trend yet. Sometimes it looks fine, but other times you literally looked liked you were too lazy to get dressed. I believe it entirely depends on your set of PJs.
I am not feeling these PJ bottoms, but I do like her sweater. 
She's pulling this off, but it's not a look for everyone.

Maybe if I come across the right pair of pajamas and am feeling adventurous and lazy at the same time, I'll give this trend a go. What do you think? Would you wear your pajamas out during the day?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A review of a college girl's wardrobe staple

The legging/yoga pant. When wearing it you can actually look like you are going to yoga, they can be sufficiently dressed up for a night-out, or can work for everyday, to-class-wear. Also, I am pretty sure yoga pants are not as accepted in the real world so I am going to wear them while I can.

Over the past five years or so I have owned numerous pairs of leggings/yoga pants - some definitely have lasted better than others.  It seems odd to think of them as an investment piece, but if you are a college freshman right now, trust me, they are! So here are the leggings I have owned and the ratings I give them:

Hardtail Forever Yoga Pants
  • American Apparel (Cotton regular):These are great basic and versatile leggings. They work for every possible scenario except formal events. I bought two pairs my freshman year and am about to retire them. They last awhile, but now are faded and stretched out.  Verdict: B+
  • American Apparel (Winter weight): They are called "Winter" for a reason. They are considerably heavier and great to wear to class during the cold months. They do not work as work out pants (way too hot). I have had them for a year and my pair has not faded or lost elasticity.  Verdict: A
  • Hardtail Forever: I have two pairs of their flared, tie-died fold-over, stretch, pants. Each one gets a weekly wear and are best for causal/sporty dress or the gym. They are super long or maybe it's just my 5'1 frame, but I had to have several inches hemmed off. My older pair (2 years old) has started to fade. Verdict: A
  • Forever 21: They are really cheap and you get what you pay for. The leggings are kind of sheer and may work better as tights than actual leggings.  Verdict: C
  • Aerie: I purchased a pair of leggings for approximately $20 so fairly inexpensive. I was pretty excited about the purchase and wore them the next day. They are black leggings with a fold-over top. However, after two wears they have started to fade and pill - super annoying.  Verdict: C-
  • BCBG: I got thick, ribbed, leggings from BCBG at an after Christmas sale last year. I bought them for about $45 and they were originally over $100 if I recall correctly. They didn't have my size so I decided to squeeze into one size smaller, although very form-fitting, I really like this more dressy legging. This legging is not for the gym and I almost wear it strictly going-out at night. Only downside- dry clean only! Verdict: A
  • The North Face: Their yoga pant is good for hiking, lounging around, and basically what you would expect from The North Face brand. One of the issues that I have with the two pairs I own is that they faded quickly. Verdict: B
 I plan on soon acquiring Lululemon yoga pants, which I am very much looking forward to and have faith that they will get a good rating. 

What is your favorite brand of legging and/or yoga pant?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Funky French

I have been sooo bad at blogging lately. I had some outfits that I fully intended on documenting, but alas it just did not happen. I blame the end of semester craziness, the on-going job search, and the start of the holiday season.

Although I probably should be studying or something like that, I instead decided to paint my nails. Lately, there has been so much cool nail art posted on the web (Refinery29 has some of the best). Usually I try some cool design and either mess it up or decide it looks too ridiculous on my nails. Today, I did a french manicure, but use glittery silver nail polish instead of white tips and I actually like how it turned out!

I will probably not be blogging much until after finals, but then again I could blog more out of procrastination. :)