Sheer! Trendy or Tacky?

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Sheer is filling the fashion magazines, and celebrities are rocking it. Some of the most known starlets are going all out, even showing off the twins, and that’s why I’m on the fence with the trend. I do not want to see your tatas, no matter how much you paid for them! So here are some of my ideas to keep sheer from getting too tacky. If I do say so myself, I’m keeping it totally trendy.

Just to let you know, this is one of the most conservative of the celeb styles I came across. I would not have felt comfortable showing you some of the images; they were risqué to say the least. But let’s talk about Fergie at the Grammys. I realize she can afford expensive underwear, but is it necessary to show everyone? And Fergie, why did you decide to go all Halloween on us? Maybe it’s just me, but I can never wear black and orange together without feeling like a big jack-o-lantern. Let’s just keep it for the holidays.

My version of a head to-to-toe sheer look is completely different than Fergie’s. She did pull it off quite well, I have to admit, but those of you who want to show a little less of your body while still getting into the trends can borrow my ideas. I went to dinner with some friends at an awesome Indian restaurant in NYC called Chola, and we happened to all show up wearing maxis, obviously showing that’s a style we love. You can also see from my outfit that sheer is doable for anyone. Both my skirt and shirt are completely sheer, but I am still covered in all the necessary places. I actually considered not wearing a tank under my pink shirt (not typical for me at all), but I would have worn a bandeau. I did opt for the tank top though just because it made me feel more comfortable. I would suggest if you just have to follow in Fergie’s foot steps that you invest in some cute bandeaus rather than lingerie. They give a little more coverage and keep you from feeling too exposed.

You would never think sheer would work in an office setting, but I wore this outfit to work. If I was just wearing a bandeau or a bra, I never could have pulled that off. The dress code at Galmour is fashionable business though so don’t think I’m crazy by saying you can wear this outfit to an office. All you CEOs out there will have to stick to pencil skirts and blazers and learn to make that as fashionable as you can, which is completely possible.

First of all, don’t make fun of me for taking a picture on the subway. When my family came to visit, my mom made me do this! She also made me take a picture with the “naked” cowboy in Times Square that smelt HORRIBLE! Can you say tourist? But anyway, this outfit is another involving sheer. The white top is completely see through, but I paired it with a white tank and very classy lacy shorts from Free People. The lace shorts are really in style right now too, and I think I kept it totally trendy.

Tori– One Hot Mommy!

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Can you imagine rushing into the emergency room with major back pain and coming out knowing you’re pregnant? Well, neither can I, but that’s what happened to my friend Tori.

So far on this blog I have written about fashion, my love for magazines, and my obsession with Sean Lowe, but I have a passion for learning about real women with real stories. I hope to eventually write and edit real life stories for a magazine so until that dream comes true, I will be sharing stories through my blog. I hope you enjoy. At 19, my friend Victoria Krusac found out she was pregnant with a baby boy. If that were me, I have to admit, I would immediately start thinking “my mom is going to bury me under the house, ALIVE.” I’m sure my mom would learn to live with it… eventually, but she definitely wouldn’t have the reaction that Tori’s mom had. Tori had a fantastic support system. She said, “my mom just started to laugh,” and her sister even told me, “Well sh*t happens.” I’m inspired by their great attitudes. Her family has been very supportive, and they helped her to push through the hardships of teen pregnancy and become one successful mommy. I talked to Tori about anything and everything you can think of regarding teen pregnancy and being an unmarried mom, and here’s what she had to say.

Perfectly Pregnant

Tori knew she didn’t want to get an abortion. She didn’t think that was the right thing for her, but realizing she was going to have a baby, in just a short nine months, caused a lot of fear. “The night I found out I was pregnant I slept in my mom’s bed and cried myself to sleep out of fear that I wouldn’t be a good mother to my baby.” She was scared she couldn’t provide for him, and because she had also recently split with the baby’s father, Brannon, she just couldn’t imagine having to confront him with this news. “Everything comes rushing to your mind in a moment like that. I was worried he wouldn’t believe the baby was his, and I was scared he wouldn’t want to be a part of our lives.(Hold on one second though ladies. Before you become a man hater, remember these are just Tori’s thoughts. Brannon was actually extremely supportive.)

Tori remembers the moment as if it were yesterday. She said, “I tried to tell him, but I felt like I couldn’t even move. I walked slowly and stared in his eyes and just broke down and cried, but as soon as I told him he wrapped his arms around me and didn’t let go for a long time.” What a sweet moment! Brannon immediately switched jobs to try to provide as much as he could for Tori and their future son, and he helped Tori buy a baby friendly, mommy car.

Welcome Baby Bryton

When baby Bryton came Tori said she had never been happier, and her life was going so smoothly. Brannon was able to take a week off of work to help her get back on her feet, and even with a few bumps in the road along the way, the couple is starting to hear wedding bells. I can’t wait to be there for that and see little Bryton in a tux!

Trouble in Paradise

So at this point you’re probably thinking, “Wow, this went really well for her!” You’re right, her family and Brannon supported her through and through, but we don’t live in a fairytale world now do we? So far when I have talked about living in a tiny town in Tennessee I have talked about how great it is, but it isn’t all fun and games. Tori’s story is a perfect example of the hard part about living in a small town: everyone thinks they know everything. Tori’s friends started to spread rumors about her, and they were even calling her a whore. I HATE that word. We are all women and we should respect each other enough to not be so degrading. That just gives men the right to use those words too. I could go on and on about my feminist mind set on the words whore and slut, but I’ll get back to Tori. She had to let go of people who had been in her life since childhood, but she finally realized who her true friends were. And Brannon was there through it all. Tori said her mind always went to Brannon in difficult times, and that’s when she realized that she wasn’t with him just for Bryton’s sake. She was with him because she truly loved him.

 I have to say, even though Bryton was a huge surprise, he was certainly worth it. And I think she chose the perfect name. He is constantly smiling, and he will certainly “Bryton” your day!

Colors of the Rainbow

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There is a fingernail polish craze happening right now, and I am hooked!

I used to have a horrible habit of biting my nails, and I was determined to fix it. I certainly didn’t want polish in my mouth so I started painting my nails all the time. I ditched that habit but got hooked on a new one. I became a picker. I would paint, pick, pain, pick. So to stop that nonsense I started trying really cool designs that I wouldn’t want to chip away, and it worked. I am cured. Here are some of the cool trends I’ve tried and the ways I use polish to spice up an outfit. 

The accent nail trend is running wild. It’s all over the Glamour office right now. Maggie, my intern friend that I will miss SO MUCH, and I came to work  with the exact same style (pink and grey color blocking). Great minds think alike! I love the accent nail look because it is a stand-alone statement, but the neutral colors don’t distract from any outfit. As you can see in the picture, I wore the colors with black and beige, and Maggie had on blue and white. I hate when I see a girl wearing a rocking outfit with nails that stick out like a sore thumb. (Was that a pun? Hmm, I’m getting fancy.) But you’ll never be disappointed with basic colors. You don’t have to stress about your nails looking like a rainbow exploded, and you’ll never have a horrible clash. 

This is the rainbow look with ombre. It’s pretty cool huh? I wouldn’t do it just because, like I said, I don’t want my nails to clash with my outfit, but I love the trend. I would probably just do it with greys, pinks, or pale blues.

So yet another cool trend is to splatter paint your nails. Let me tell you, it is a hassle, but it comes out really cool! Here is what mine look like.

I think the concept is super cool, but you have to really think about the color scheme. I started with a Tiffany blue color then splattered purple. I thought that looked awesome. But when I added the melon color it was just yuck! I need to practice what I preach because adding the melon made it look like a cantaloupe threw up on my nails. Sorry, I had to be dramatic for a second, but you probably agree. So here’s the cute version. I hope you like it. What have you done with your nails lately? 

Aside

Perhaps I should start by telling you that I’m obsessed with a lot of things. I started this blog talking about my magazine obsession, but I take it to a whole new level with The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Attention family and friends: I have a problem! I can admit that I become way too emotionally invested in these relationships, so here are all the things I just couldn’t wait to talk about.

First of all, thank goodness Emily didn’t choose Sean. That gives me a .01 chance of marrying him! Now, can we all just stop and take a moment to admire him?

So now that I’m done objectifying this man, let’s be serious. Sean really is a great guy. He’s who I would have chosen, and not just because he is beautiful. I fell for him (from my dorm room couch eating cookies in my pjs) when he said that his parents had shown him what real love was, and he told Emily that he would see Ricky as his own child no matter what. And writing a letter to Ricky, instead of Emily, on the episode that he got sent home showed me how great of a dad he could have been. He seemed to just get Emily. He knew how to treat her and how to earn the trust of a little girl. Who wouldn’t want sweet Sean? Not Emily apparently, but I think Jef is a great guy too. He is a smooth smooth talker. He always knows what to say, and just like Sean, he was always thinking of Ricky, which is why I leaned more towards him instead of Arie.

They make such a precious family, and they look like they just stepped off the red carpet.  Check out that dress! You can’t deny Emily’s sense of style (not to mention that her 6 year old is wearing wedges). They are just beautiful people, and Jef seems to fit right in. So what about that proposal? Jef seemed so sincere. The words he used to describe Emily could sweep any girl off her feet, and the smile on Emily’s face when she’s with Jef is something very special. But why in the world did she leave him waiting so long? He probably thought he was going to be stuck on one knee forever. Things like that are what make me think some of The Bachelorette is staged, very staged. I just know if the love of my life was proposing to me, I wouldn’t have to think so hard. Yes or no, Emily? Yes or no?

 I will say though, other than during the proposal, I think Emily has been completely genuine and serious through out the entire experience. The second she knew that a relationship wasn’t going to work she sent the guy home. She didn’t want to string anyone along or waste anyone’s time. Sending Arie home without even going on a date is not the typical Bachelorette style. Emily wasn’t playing games when it came to who she thought would be best for her life. My heart was breaking for Arie though. He had just made her a love potion for goodness sake. Note to self: When in Curacao, do not pay to make a love potion. It doesn’t work! I have to commend Emily for doing what she thought was right though, and now she is happily engaged. I have wanted Emily to be happy since I first heard her story on Brad’s season, and I can’t wait to hear what happens with them next.

So to end I’ll just say that I’m 99 percent sure Sean is going to be the next Bachelor. Chris Harrison made it pretty obvious on The Men Tell All episode when he asked Sean if he was ready for love again, and he responded with, “sooner rather than later.” So there you have it ladies, Sean is on the prowl. I’ll just leave you with another picture of him that is sure to blow your mind! Aahhh!

 

Yet Another Obsession– Sean Lowe

Purple Pattern Pants

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These are not your average jeans, and how great did Jessica Alba pull them off? She is rocking this new trend, and she doesn’t look like she tried too hard (always a plus in my book). I’ve had trouble creating outfits with patterns in the past, and with patterns everywhere (even mixing and matching them), I have to be on my fashion A-game. I tend to buy tops with a bold pattern and only wear them with plain Jane jeans or a solid black skirt, and then I feel like I can’t get as much use out of the piece because I don’t like to wear the same outfit over and over again. I will never say you can’t repeat your clothing. By all means don’t spend money on great tops and skirts without wearing them more than once, but I like to create new, unique outfits with pieces already in my closet, so I want each item to be versatile. I think these pants can get a lot of use. Jessica’s leather jacket gives her a cool rock vibe, but she could also try a loose-fitting, flowy colored shirt for a more artsy feel. She’s worn them with two different pairs of shoes, as you can see, which gives her even more range in her style.

So I decided to give the look a try. I went with purple pattern pants from Free People and paired them with a cute lacy bandeau under a textured tank with nude heels. These shoes have become my new best friend. Umm…ok that may be going a little overboard. If I’m being honest here, my relationship with heels has not been going so well. You’ll understand what I mean if you check out the bottom corner of this photo. Those flip flops were not supposed to make the shot, but  I was wearing them about two seconds before I posed for this picture. Carrie Bradshaw gave me a lot of false hope when she ran all over NYC in her Manolos chasing Mr. Big and hailing taxis. My feet will just not allow that to happen, but at least I tried to make the relationship last. The one and only, hilarious, Jenna Marbles says you have to make a vow with your shoes, “Till home do us part.” Well, I break that commitment quite often, and I feel no remorse. Scandalous, I know. But back to my outfit, I think my take on the pattern pants trend turned out well, and I already have some great ideas to wear it with different shoes, tops, and even jewelry to make it look like an entirely original outfit.

 

 

And just in case you were hoping for a closer look, here is the pattern!

Magazine OBSESSION

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Anyone have magazines lying around everywhere– on the coffee table, in the bathroom, next to your bed? You should see my book shelf! Along with Hemingway and Fitzgerald and of course my beloved Shakespeare, there stands Glamour, Cosmo, Self, Lucky, Seventeen, and People. I can’t make myself throw them away. I am totally OBSESSED. You can only imagine how I felt when I got the opportunity to work at Glamour Magazine as the books intern. You know how paper feels when it’s hot off a printer? Come on, you know you like it too. Magazines feel like that times 100. When I got to hold both the July and the August issue before they hit newsstands, I was sold. I am completely honored and excited to have this experience, and now I am confident that I want to be a magazine editor one day. After working at Glamour for just a few weeks I have been inspired to take more risks with fashion, read some intense romance literature, and start this blog (hints the title, ZINEspiration). My boss, who seems like a friend, told me that ideas are your currency in the publishing world, and I am taking that little piece of advice and running with it. I am going to share my ideas on fashion and beauty, my opinions on books, and hopefully share stories about real life women doing incredible things just like all the wonderful magazines resting on my book shelf. I hope you enjoy.