Dress Up

So, I’ve been in LA for 2 weeks and it has made me realize how negligent I’ve been towards my style lately. Living in the south, it is totally acceptable, even normal, to be rocking the trends from 3-5 years ago. In LA, it’s a little different. I’ve been inspired to get back in my groove, so I did some research to catch up with these fashionistas. Here’s a list I’ve compiled on trends I’ve observed and noted from anywhere from Vogue and Who What Where to Olivia Culpo and Emily Ratajkowski’s Instagrams.

Denim

It Never goes out of style.

Feathers

I just bought a blush feather over the shoulder bag from Steve Madden and I’m in love with it. If you do incorporate this summer trend into your outfits, make sure to not make it excessive– a little goes a long way.

Red 

Ok, this one is easy enough. You may not even have to go out and buy something new! Here are some red things I found on Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. I bought the shirts! Also, to be honest, I probably would have sucked in and smiled in these pictures if I had known at the time that they would end up on my blog, but since I thought they were just going to my mom, this is what you get ūüôā I wore the first shirt for the 4th of July!

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Brandy Melville

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Brandy Melville

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Urban Outfitters

 

Tinted Lensed Sunglasses

Block out these haters and the UV rays all in one! Also, you can see the world in a shade for every mood.

Feeling blue? Here ya go:

Want to see the world with rose-colored glasses on? Be my guest. By the way, Sophia Richie has been photographed wearing these exact glasses.

 

The Black Belts

Gucci’s got moves.

Only $12!

Wow.

Loafers

I saw this very chic girl at USC wearing them and then I started noticing them pop up everywhere! They’re very A$AP Rocky/Kendall Jenner vibe. I want to buy a pair of the black studded ones on the far left or the black ones on the right. They’re like flip flops for ¬†refined people.

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Steve Madden

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Steve Madden

 

Across the Body and Mini Bags

All the celebs have been spotted wearing J.W. Anderson bags.

 Asymmetrical Shirts

Suggested by Who What Wear.

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Neon Swimwear

Spotted on Hailey Baldwin, Kylie Jenner, and Elsa Hosk, all who I follow on Instagram. My Cali friends make fun of me because they think I follow more celebrities and clothing companies than people I actually know. Whoops! Grab your bright swimwear on Revolve, they have plenty!

Purchase Prediction: Expect to fill your closet with velvet this fall. It’s supposed to be a total craze.

Ok this is gonna be real mushy, but bear with me. I feel like this is important to tell you guys.

Though trends are fun, your personal sense of style is the most important one to follow. Don’t just wear something because everyone famous is wearing it. Your style is a way to demonstrate your personality and vision to other people, and if you only wear trends the vision can’t break through. Personally, I buy things when I feel emotions from them. When I tried on a dress from NBD the other day, I knew I should buy it because I felt happy in it. It was a simple black dress with a slit, but it was really flattering, and when I looked at myself in the mirror, I felt proud of my body, something that most of the time I feel insecure about. My clothing made me feel good about myself, and that’s what yours should do too.

One reason clothing is so powerful is that you can transform your persona using it. If you want to look serious and powerful as a woman, you can wear a suit and slick back your hair to look badass. The next day, if you want to look innocent, you can wear a loose knee-length dress with a swirly pattern and a clip in your hair. In the span of two days, you were two different people to the people around you, and that is remarkable! This applies to makeup too. You can communicate with the world by my makeup. I’ll use myself as an example. If I’m wearing glittery eyeshadow, I’m feeling confident and spontaneous and ready to live in the moment. If I’m wearing eyeliner and blush with a full face of makeup, I’m trying to look pulled together and mature. If I’m wearing natural makeup, I’m feeling pretty down to earth and honest. This is my look most of the time. If I’m wearing no makeup, you’re either really close to me or I don’t care about you at all. Just kidding! (kind of). Anyways, remember clothing and makeup are more than just stuff to put on your body, they are an outward demonstration of your identity. Dress accordingly.

Love you always, Morgan

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Covet Fashion

I’m not a huge fan of games. I’m talking game apps.¬†While they’re generally fun, I usually find them time wasters and I prefer to spend my time working towards a goal or being productive with my time. But, (there’s always a but) I found an exception to the rule (there is always an exception). Time after time, I keep going back to the app store to get my fix. Since it’s release¬†in 2013, I’ve downloaded the app about 7 times, never creating a personal account, starting from scratch each time. This time I’ve decided I’m there to stay and made a username and such because the game is just so fun! Here’s a breakdown: you begin with a set amount of money and diamonds with which you purchase clothing. Then, you enter themed contests which require some item such as a piece of jewelry by a certain designer or from a certain year¬†and season. If you obtain a certain number of stars (usually 4 or higher), you win a prize of diamonds or a piece of clothing. After increasing your closet value to x amount of dollars, you then “level up” and win money/diamonds and unlock new hair and makeup styles. You can also join a house, and I have yet to do this, but I think the idea is you can borrow clothing from other users¬†in that house, which would allow you to level up faster (by having more options to use to enter contests) and expand your wardrobe (if others allow you to borrow from their closets). I’m on level two right now, but since I downloaded it last night and have played it for about four hours, I expect to climb up these levels pretty fast hahaha. Moderation is key ūüėČ These are some of the outfits I’ve created so far:

Try it out sometime, you won’t regret it!

xoxo, Morgan

A Blogger

A while ago I was surfing Instagram’s suggested page and I came across a picture of a fashionable girl named Justine Cuenco. After stalking her Instagram I decided to follow her @cococuenco. I loved her aesthetic and being a junior in high school and all, wanted to figure out what she did for a living. To be completely honest here, I am still unsure. I found out she works at Gypsum, which basically is a blog, and Revolve, a company that sells multiple brands of clothing to consumers. ¬†Gypsum Style¬†says she’s an “influencer specializing in social media content creation, creative production, and entrepreneurial endeavors. Her creative imagination and focused branding talents led her into catalyzing her own brands; Gypsum Style, an online retailer, and Blvnk Pvge, a production company, which has pushed her into her current¬†role as a Lifestyle Blogger.” So I really like Gypsum and wanted to let you guys know about it. Here are a couple of her posts:

This post kind of sums up what her blog is about:

http://www.gypsumstyle.com/and-im-back-2/

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http://www.gypsumstyle.com/you-like-to-scuba/

she’s so freaking cool and her style and vacations are enviable

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Want this bikini!

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http://www.gypsumstyle.com/work/

This article really motivated me to workout! Also her exercise apparel is v cute.

This is her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cococuenco/

Blvnk Pvge Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/_blvnkpvge/?hl=en

xoxo, Morgan

Dress to Impress

Hi Babes!

This is part 2 to my original prom dress article¬†Picture Perfect Prom (Dresses). ¬†I discovered a website called White Runway which has a lot of dresses with a range of prices. I still have not bought a dress, but there’s just so many options; I don’t want to miss out on anything! Here are the dresses I’m choosing from to wear for Prom.

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this one was on my first prom postred-dress-AT-L5080-b

After arranging these photos I’ve decided which one I’m wearing. But I’m not telling just yet…you’ll have to wait and see. I’ll post after prom ūüôā Let me know which is your fave!

xx, Morgan

 

Let’s Do Dinner

Hey babes,

If you’re a lady and if you have friends, you hear these three little words quite often. “Let’s do dinner!” That means you have to get out of those comfy sweatpants and stained t-shirt, turn off Netflix, and put on some real clothes. Thank God for friends; Without them we would never leave our houses. Or, at least, I wouldn’t.

Anyways, It’s Friday Night, I have a 15 minutes, a pile of greasy hair (ok maybe not, BUT if you do have greasy hair, try¬†dry shampoo) and a reservation for 7:15 at Wolfgang Puck (10/10 recommend). Truthfully, I was late. I’m always late. I left¬†my house at 7:15. However, being late was worth it because I felt very put together and stylish in my outfit. Dressing better really does make you feel better. Also, it makes you blog better, if you’re into that sorta thing.

So my outfit consisted of:

  • men’s ripped jean jacket
  • lace trimmed satin tank-top
  • tiny gold ball¬†earrings
  • faux Prada bag (courtesy of my Mom)
  • over the knee boots
  • metallic gold choker

 

 

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I was thinking of posting my makeup look, but when I thought about it I had already¬†washed off my makeup! Let me know if you’d like a tutorial or pictures with description. I love to hear your feedback!

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These chicas are some of my best friends ‚̧

As you can see, Wolfgang Puck ain’t got nothin’ on me. HA, that rhymes.

If you like my bedroom, I decorated it myself! Don’t worry all the fur items are faux. In addition, this jean jacket has a funny little story behind it.

I was touring colleges,¬†and after seeing UCLA, I walked around Westwood. I had previously seen these amazing pictures of Rihanna looking bomb in an oversized torn jean jacket and I was on the hunt for one. I walked in an Urban Outfitters with my Mom and saw the jacket ¬†and proceeded to buy it. I kept getting a lot of stares from guys in the store but couldn’t figure out why. My mom and I walked out and saw another Urban Store next to it, which we thought was strange. We entered and I realized they were two separate stores for guys and girls. The guys in the last store were looking at me because they were watching me¬†try on a bunch of mens clothing! It’s really not that unusual for females¬†to wear men’s¬†clothes, but I think they realized that I was oblivious to the fact I was in a men’s store.

I feel like this story makes me sound clueless, but where I live there is¬†only 1 unisex Urban Outfitters, and I had never seen separate store fronts for that company. Moral of the story: That small deviation from my path led me to find exactly the jacket I was looking for. Even though some stores may not be “you,” sometimes you can find great pieces in the most unlikely places.

Thanks so much for reading loves!

xoxo Morgan

 

Picture Perfect Prom (Dresses)

Hey ladies!

I know prom is fast approaching, and I’ve received requests from several friends to share some suggestions for dresses! I plan to split these suggestions into subcategories to make it easier for you to refine your search. I’ll include links for all of the websites on which you can find your dresses, which will¬†be displayed on the bottom¬†of the photos. Above the photos are a brief annotation on important information of the dresses. You will look your best wearing what you feel your best in, because your beauty really comes from the inside! I know I sound cheesy, but it is a clich√© for a reason. And that reason would be because it’s true.

The first few dresses are the most¬†expensive so don’t get discouraged!

*If you attend my school, I request you text or email me when you purchase a dress to ensure you don’t end up wearing the same one¬†as somebody else! Let the shopping begin!

Sweet

To be upfront, this dress is $650. If you can afford this, I highly recommend it, the dress is beautiful and I can only dream of wearing it. If you can’t afford it, we are in the same boat, my friend. If you have enormous calves, don’t fret! This is the dress for you! Just kidding ūüėČ Mermaid dresses are one of my favorite cuts though! Also, Sherri Hill is a very well-known label and of the best quality.¬†Peaches Boutique

 

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If you have dark complexion, a ripped¬†abdomen, and $225 to spare, you’ve found the dress for you! This dress is great for pear, hourglass, and rectangle body¬†types. It comes in several colors, including ivory,¬†plum, and black which look good with almost any skin tone. For the Sherri Hill, it’s a great price. ¬†Henri’s

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$300. Sherri Hill. One of my personal favorites. Highly recommend. Prom Girl

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Sexy

Ironically, this black and gold dress reminds me of Serena Vanderwoodson’s dress from the¬†White Party. $129 from¬†Simply Dresses

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Red rose dress from¬†Henri’s¬†$325.

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This dress from¬†Henri’s¬†is on sale now for $249! The color reminds me of A√ßai; Berry cute.

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Prom Girl¬†Ok, Ill be honest, I debated putting this dress on here because I may buy it for prom and I didn’t want anyone to have the same dress as me. The red satin is sexy and complements dark skin and hair as seen below. Guess the cat is out of the bag now! $268

Elegant

This dress is perfect for apple-shaped¬†girls¬†but truly flatters every body type! It’s also great for anyone who is self-conscious about their upper body or¬†wants to show off their legs. With unique sleeves, this¬†dress will make you stand out, and parents will love it because it’s classy not flashy ;). At $177, it’s a fair price.

This dress is classic. At $180, it is expensive for its quality, but the cut makes up for that fault. This dress shows the perfect amount of skin while still leaving plenty to the imagination, and it flatters all body types. The draping over the shoulders really sets this dress apart from the others. You will get plenty of attention and compliments wearing this, plus it comes in an array of colors. This is one of my personal favorites and I would wear it to prom myself. I suggest the navy color for females with blonde hair, the contrast draws the eye. Also, this dress sells out fast, so hop on it while you can.

Prom Girl $298

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This is one of the best $200 prom dresses i’ve seen. I may be biased because of my Sherri Hill obsession.¬†Henri’s

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Unique

Asos I! Love! This! Dress! $53.

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If you’re a true Queen B fan like me, you will automatically recognize this dress. It is strikingly similar to the one Beyonc√© wears in her¬†Hold Up¬†music video, but a little more “promy.” It’s also only $117 and looks royal on all body types. This takes confidence to wear, but¬†isn’t that what being unique is all about?

This dress speaks volumes about your personality. Whomever wears this is bold and outside of the box. The black makes the dress sexy while the flowers bring a playful, relaxed vibe that lets others know you don’t take yourself too seriously. Also, if you’ve been out of touch with the trends lately, embroidery and roses¬†are super in. This dress draws attention to the legs while accentuating your curves. At $119, this dress won’t break the bank. The longer I look at it, the more I like it. Keep jewelry to a minimum while wearing this, or it will compete with the pattern for the spotlight and confuse the eye. I recommend flat¬†silver rings or sans jewelry.

Rent a dress!!

This is a great idea if you will never wear the dress again and you’re trying to save $$$! Let’s face it, we all have those dresses that sit at the back of our closets, collecting dust, that were a little to pricey to be back there. Let’s not do that again.

Charlotte’s Closet

Greek goddess dress you can borrow for only $85!

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JJ’s House

$177

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JJ’s House

$114

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Steal!

I just discovered this store and they have some cute, low priced dresses! Here are some of the best ones.

This dress is made to look like the emerald Kendall Jenner dress. I fell in love when I saw Kendall wearing it. My only concern is that the fabric might look too cheap for prom.

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Another green Windsor dress $69. Over the shoulder is coming back in style and ruffles are a trend you should try.1_303069_FS_EMERALD.JPG

$59,¬†Windsor. The shoes are Steve Madden. The model’s makeup also goes really well with this dress and gives her a fresh yet¬†put togeather¬†look.

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$79,¬†Windsor¬†The rose gold sparkles will make you stand out–especially in photos.

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This dress is made by Capulet and is a steal at $120 on Revolve. While it is available in nude and champagne, nude is pictured below. This dress projects and elegant and sultry image and highlights your bust. With its sexy simplicity it gives you the “Oh, I look great? I wasn’t even trying” look.

Spring Fling

Hey my ppl!

As you know, spring is fast approaching. Either this whole global warming thing is upping the ante (it is) or I’ve been seriously misinformed¬†what February weather is supposed to feel like here in North Cackalacky. If long winter months are still ahead of you from where your reading this, don’t fret!! Seek refuge in my eclectic ‚ąľtropical oasis‚ąľ moodboard.

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To shop these looks go to:

Brandy Melville

ELINA LINARDAKI

NBD

Cinq A Sept

Urban Outfitters

FRANKIE

Kai Lani

Lovers+Friends

Shop on! Until next time…

xoxo, Morgan