Monday, March 31, 2014

Campus Style Feature: Jordan

Where do you find your biggest style influences?
I'm not entirely sure what influences my style the most. I really like to try to reflect my personality through what I wear! I think I influence myself a lot just by picking out pieces that I feel reflect who I am. I often just see people around with outfits I really like, and I'll mimic them in hopes it looks as good on me as does on them, haha!

What are your go-to pieces?
My go-to pieces in the winter are always black jeans and my Steve Madden Troopa combat boots.When the weather is warm I have a purple sundress I always thrown on because it's cute, comfy, and easy! But if I had one go-to, I would choose my baggy black flannel with a tank: it's cozy and not too much to think about.

Do you have a favorite accessory?
Yes! My wood dangling earrings, as well as my sun ring.

Is there a specific type of item (ei. tops, skirts, jewelry) you focus on when you get dressed?
I think I focus on what I'm wearing on my bottom half, like my jeans or skirt. I feel that what you wear on your bottom determines your entire outfit!

What are you eyeing this spring/summer?
Ahh summer! I need a new pair of rainbow flip flops because I lost my old ones. I'm also really looking forward to finding some high waisted shorts and painting them with fabric paint. I love doing that!

Where are your favorite places to shop?
I love PacSun! I also really like Goodwill and Urban Exchange (local) or Buffalo Exchange! If I have money, going to Nordstrom for some quality clothes is nice, too!


Friday, March 28, 2014

The Oregon Coast




Cannon Beach

I am completely in love with the "cold" beaches along the west coast. Of course there's nothing like sitting along the beach in 90 degree weather in a swim suit, but it's extremely refreshing to wear rain boots and a rain jacket on the beach and discovering the marine life. The Oregon coast is the perfect place to visit when looking for a mini-getaway and relaxation. My boyfriend Chris (my favorite subject to photograph) and I spent four days on the coast for spring break! 

Seaside is perfect for families and tourists. Broadway is full of fun shops to visit, toy stores, candy shops, great restaurants, and even a carousel. It was warm enough our first day there that I could wear this dress I featured in this outfit (details can be found at that post!). The sand was bright and so, so soft, but it was so windy! Chris had to buy sunglasses just so sand wouldn't be blown into his eyes. 

We also made a day trip to Cannon Beach. If you haven't heard, Cannon Beach's main attraction, beside being a cute, quaint little town, is a giant rock on the beach: Haystack Rock. Haystack rock is full of really cool marine life! There are starfish, sea anemones, muscles, barnacles, and there are a ton of seagulls. It was unbelievably windy (so windy that my eyes teared up enough to rub away my eyeliner!), causing the dry sand to blow across the beach. By the time we made our way from where we parked to Haystack Rock, it was too rainy and windy for me to keep my camera out and snap some pictures. I did take a handful of photos on my disposable camera, though!

What did you do for spring break? 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring Break Florals

Dress - Hollister  ||  Cardigan - Hollister (similar)  ||  Sneakers - Target  ||  Bag - Coach (similar)  ||  Sunglasses - unknown (similar)

Happy Wednesday! My first day of spring break was spent with my boyfriend Chris at the beach. Beaches in the pacific northwest are absolutely beautiful, but not very warm. Luckily for us, Oregon was warm enough to wear a dress - but it was so windy! We needed to wear sunglasses while on the beach so we could avoid sand being blown into our eyes. I love spending time on the beaches along the west coast. Seaside is no exception! 
I bought this little dress from Hollister awhile ago for this trip. It's the perfect spring and summer dress! I thought wearing it with sneakers and a larger cardigan would be cute and a little sporty, which I'm loving right now. Stay tuned for more photos later this week from my trip!

Have a great rest of your week! Cheers!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Finding the Perfect Prom Dress

Prom season is almost here. High schools in my area have prom anywhere from April all the way to June. My senior prom was the first of June last year. Luckily for us, the weather was perfect - you can't always trust Washington's weather. With prom right around the corner, it's easy to become stressed when looking for the right dress. Some girls spend hundreds of dollars on a dress that they're still not sure about! Here are my tips on finding the right dress on a high school friendly budget.

1  ||  Shop early. I started dress shopping during my spring break, which was the first week of April. I still had two months until prom, but I wanted to make sure I had a dress and wouldn't be scrambling last minute. Not having a dress close to prom can create unwanted stress!

2  ||  Figure out what you're looking for. Make a list of what you're looking for in a dress. Straps or strapless? Sequins or rhinestones? Chiffon or satin? A certain color? These are important so you can narrow down the possibilities. Thousands of prom dresses exist; there's no use in looking at dresses you're not interested in.

3  ||  Visit stores with reasonable prices. There are some beautiful dresses for $500, but I know there are dresses just as beautiful for less than half that price! Looking at dresses that are out of your price range won't benefit you (but it can make you sad!). Be realistic - great quality and stunning dresses exist for a great price. Stores like Macy's and JCPenny carry tons of dresses at lower prices.

4  ||  Know what looks good on you. Not every color looks great on every person. Know what your strengths and body types are - do you need something supportive up top? Is a dress too tight? Play up your strengths. You'll feel like a million dollars!

5  ||  Visit stores you don't normally visit. That's the beauty of prom dresses - they pop up everywhere! So many different stores carry floor length formal dresses in the spring. Even if you're not sure, pop in to see what they're carrying. You'll never know where you'll find one.

nice backdrop, right?

I bought my dress from Caché (no longer available). I originally wanted this dress in coral, but realized I didn't have that extra money to spend. This dress fell into my hands; I tried it on just to see how it looked and I loved it! The draping created a flowing, ethereal look that I wanted. The best part: I bought this dress for $105 after tax. The money I saved I used to pay for our party bus (woo!) and dinner. 

Some online shops sell dresses for under $100. Here are my favorite prom dresses this season, that could flatter all different body types. They start from just under $100 and go up!

Prom Girl

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I apologize for the low quality photos - I couldn't find any better ones online!

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Are you attending prom this year? Where are you looking for dresses?

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