Fashion Bloggers You Need To Follow

Instagram is full of fashion bloggers who all have their own personal sense of style. I love following many of them to get different ideas to help build my own wardrobe. I’m sure many of you follow at least one fashion or lifestyle blogger, and maybe you’ll see your favorite on this list! 

Luanna Perez-Garreaud, known also by her blog name “Le Happy,” is one of the most popular fashion bloggers. I always saw pictures of her on Tumblr before I actually found out who she was. She’s based in New York City, and she’s notable for her red, long hair. Her style is elegant, but not without a punk edge that fits the aesthetics on her blog. She tends to stick to oranges, blacks, reds, and blues, and it all works with her hair color. Her posts aren’t solely based on fashion, but she also will keep her followers updated on traveling, beauty, home decorating, and more so there are a variety of subjects that she covers. 

“Deaddsouls,” or Lydia, has been gaining popularity in recent years. She is another fashion blogger who has an alternative fashion sense, and she incorporates more gothic and occult elements into her clothes. She tends to go for more vintage looks, and I love taking several pointers from her posts into my own closet. 

Danielle Victoria is a blogger and model, who I found because she is the girlfriend of Vic Fuentes, lead singer of Pierce the Veil. I started following her, and her style is very feminine and dressed up. She keeps her looks classy and sophisticated, and her posts show her traveling all across the country. She is honest and often writes about embracing yourself and being positive about who you are. 

I’ll give this one an honorable mention because she’s not necessarily a fashion blogger, but I do enjoy her posts; Victoria Snooks, known by her blog name “Victoria Kristine,” is much more of a lifestyle blogger. She talks about her life as a mother, her trips, and the recipes that she makes. Her posts are very calming to read, and she is open about her daily life. 

I highly recommend you look and read any of these bloggers’ posts! They’re all very interesting and distinctive in their own ways. I personally love following bloggers, so let me know what your favorite bloggers are! 

The Rise of Instagram Models in High Fashion

Hello, everyone! For this post, I’ve decided to write about something a bit different. I’ve noticed that in recent years, high fashion brands have utilized social media influencers to promote their brands. Now I’m not talking about celebrities; I’m talking people like Kelsey Calemine, Alissa Violet, and Sydney Carlson. They are well known for being popular on social media, and they’re normally referred to as “Instagram models,” because they model for brands on their Instagram accounts. Typically they become popular because they are attractive and generate a large following. The rise in these influencers has, not surprisingly, caught the attention of high fashion brands. These brands will pay large amounts of money to have these influencers promote their clothes, have them at Fashion Week, and sometimes even have walk in the shows. 

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It’s fascinating to witness this shift in the fashion industry. With our culture being so digitized, brands like Moschino, Givenchy, and Dolce & Gabbana have turned to social media to get to a larger audience. High fashion brands used to depend on fashion magazines and shows to promote their newest lines, but that has become a product of the past. Since most young adults have at least one form of social media, brands have caught onto this trend. The usage of Instagram models also steers the industry away from the regular supermodels that once dominated the catwalks. I find this interesting because the supermodel body type tends to be different from the average Instagram model’s body. Supermodels are notorious for their very thin and toned body types, which were a “must-have” in the fashion industry, but Instagram models tend to be curvier than what was traditionally accepted. This is not necessarily true for all of them, of course. Could it be that high fashion is also changing with the times? Or could it be because of the fact that the Instagram models just have a large audience? Personally, I believe it’s probably a mixture of both.

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Using social media influencers to promote a brand’s products has come as no surprise, but there has been criticism. Many still believe that the catwalks should be left to trained models over those who rose to fame because of their social media following. These brands are hiring influencers over trained models, most likely due to their popularity. While it’s a good strategy in theory, issues have arisen. A notable incident occurred when Instagram model, Meredith Mickelson, walked in the Philipp Plein show, and many took to social media after unflattering photos circulated online that showed her looking quite different from her Instagram pictures. This has led to people asking why high fashion brands don’t promote trained models and instead base their promotions off of whoever has the biggest following. 

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In this day and age, the idea of “models” has become blurred thanks to social media’s impact. High fashion has taken a hit because of its use of Instagram models. I don’t see an issue with using social media influencers to promote brands or ivititing them to events. I’ll admit, I do wish that high fashion did not focus on who has the best numbers and instead focused on their talent. Their reliance on follower counts is hurting the industry by not giving models who are trained any runway time. Is social media going to keep impacting high fashion? Absolutely. I know they will keep gravitating toward social media to promote their brands. It isn’t necessarily a completely negative thing, but I am curious about how high fashion’s reputation will change over time because of it. Let me know what you all think of this! I’ll see you all next week!

Closet Organization Tips

Organizing a closet can often be tiresome and end up in a mess. I know that sometimes when I try to rearrange my closet it ends up looking worse than when I started. While I didn’t figure out the perfect system by any means, I have several tips that have helped me.

Organize your closet by most worn. What I mean by this is that I will put the clothes I wear the most in the middle of my closet. This is so that whenever I open my closet, the first thing that I see are the clothes I typically wear. For me, personally, it works when I’m at home because my closet there is bigger. However, it can help when you’re at a rush at school and need to grab something off your rack right away!

The clothes that I would typically wear are in the middle of the photo while the clothes that I don’t normally wear are to the side.

Organize your closet by the type of clothes. I’ll put my jackets, cardigans, and flannels in one section, and my tank tops and tube tops will go in another so that I know what section I’m looking at when I need to pick out my clothes.

My jackets, flannels, and cardigans are all pushed to the right side of my closet. My T-shirts go next, then my tank tops and so on.

Hang up your jeans, shorts, and skirts. I don’t do this in my dorm, but at home I have a lot more hangers to do this with. That way, it empties out some drawers for undergarments, socks, and anything else. I normally put my skirts and shorts in a section together and my jeans in another back home. I have more room in my dresser for items that I don’t want in my closet anymore and haven’t gotten rid of yet.

Since my closet is too small at my dorm, this is what I normally do with my bottoms. I then organize them further based on whether they’re jeans, skirts, or shorts.

Put the shoes you barely wear in the back. It helps me to put my most worn shoes in the front because I know I’ll be wearing them. I normally put shoes like sandals, heels, or any other shoes for special occasions in the back.

I don’t typically wear my heels, so that’s why I put them in the back of my closet rather than my Vans.

Of course, no matter how organized I try to be, sometimes my closet ends up messy. Hopefully, though, these tips helped you make your closet a little neater or cleaner!

My Halloween Costumes

I hope that everyone had a fun and safe Halloween! This was my first time participating in Ohio University’s HallOUWeen, and I can officially agree that Athens knows how to have fun! Since it was my first year, I wasn’t sure what kind of costumes I should wear. I also knew that since my boyfriend was coming to OU, I had to make it something that we could both do. 

For the first day, I thought, “What’s a better idea than taking on another TikTok trend?” So, I decided to be a VSCO Girl. Since I don’t own any oversized shirts (most of mine are cropped), my friend let me borrow hers. I wore leggings and Nike socks with my Vans to complete the outfit. Of course, I piled on the scrunchies on my wrists to really give off the VSCO girl vibe. I made my boyfriend go as an e-boy by drawing an eyeliner heart under his eye and using my chain belt as a necklace for him. With him donning all black, we were the epitome of TikTok culture! 

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The second night we took on a classic movie; we went as the Smiths! This Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt movie about assassins seemed like the ideal costume idea.

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It was easy to do, and my boyfriend’s last name is already Smith. I know that in the film she wears a long dress, but I opted for a short one so that I could move around easier when we went out. I also decided against wearing black heels because I probably would have broken my ankle! I bought a black thigh band but didn’t buy a plastic gun for safety reasons. I don’t normally wear makeup, so I just decided to go for a red lip. It was bold, and it fit the look well. My boyfriend wore a white dress shirt with a loose tie to be the Mr. to my Mrs. Although it was absolutely freezing outside, the outfit was well worth the cold!

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I can’t wait for next Halloween to dress up again! Hope you all enjoyed seeing my costumes from this year!

Style Spotlight: “The Craft”

I’m someone who is into a more “alternative” sense of fashion. Many of my influences come from either the music I’ve listened to or the movies and shows I’ve watched. They all inspired me to feel comfortable in whatever I wear. One of the films that has helped shape my style is “The Craft.” In this movie about teenage witches, the actresses donned schoolgirl outfits with gothic accessories or all-black alternative outfits. It’s a cult classic film, and the fashion in the movie is still recreated to this day.

I want to take a closer peek at two of the most iconic looks from this movie, just in time for Halloween!

From the long floral dresses to the fishnet shirt under the vest, these looks mixed goth with boho. The dresses fit the boho aesthetic with the light patterns, but they were styled with boots and a heavy black denim jacket to make a great contrast. It was walking the line of feminine while maintaining a more grunge appearance. The other slip dresses were reminiscent of the grunge style that was popularized by female musicians in the ’90s. The long-sleeved fishnet shirt under the all-black vest with the cross necklace embraced the goth style. Red sunglasses and a purple lip topped off the look to create one of my favorites from the film.

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These schoolgirl outfits have become a defining look of the film. Worn throughout most of the movie, this twist on a classic uniform has become quite famous. While it still had the typical schoolgirl elements, they amped up their appearance. The black cardigan was somewhat more goth, but the mini skirts with the black knee-high socks gave the characters the “rebel girl” attitude. Layered with silver necklaces and spiked dog collars, the girls completed the occult style. The suspenders and mini skirt are the look that really drew me. In general, all of the outfits caught my attention because they were alternative but still had style to them. These uniforms resonated with fans all over the country, and these outfits have gained popularity again.

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“The Craft” had fashion that was very distinctive to me when I first watched it. These girls dressed how I wanted to dress when I was 15. To this day, the styles have a clear influence on me. “The Craft” itself is a great movie, and I highly suggest you watch it! Maybe you guys will take influence for your own style or a Halloween costume!

My Fashion Wish List

It recently hit me that I haven’t bought any new clothes. I missed the feeling of coming home with tons of shopping bags. Being at college means my funds are limited, so I can only buy new clothes when I have the money. To cope with the fact that I don’t have the funds to buy more clothes, I’ve decided to create my wish list for clothes I wish I had!

Lottie Moss Lace Bralette Top, PacSun, $26.95
It’s a little bit on the sexier side, but it’s not too over the top. The intricate lace detail of the shirt makes this the perfect shirt for going out. It could be paired with jeans for a fashionable daytime outfit, and then can be changed into a skirt to go out. I would love to wear this with a leather jacket, and go out all night.

https://www.pacsun.com/lottie-moss/lace-bralette-top-0731501980065.html

Amara Top, Brandy Melville, $22.00
I instantly was reminded of springtime and vintage stores when I saw this shirt. I felt like I could wear a denim skirt and walk right into a little cafe. I adore the little white floral pattern against the dark blue color of the shirt. I feel I should be going out on a picnic in this shirt right about now.

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Robbie Dress, Brandy Melville, $38.00
The elegance of this dress makes me dream of walking down the streets of Italy. I’ve never owned a dress quite like this, but it’s so pretty that I just need to have it. It’s a simple dress, and the light colors of the dress reminds me of summer. White flats and a silver necklace would complete this outfit for a sophisticated yet casual look.

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Vintage Green Surplus Hooded Jacket, Urban Outfitters, $69.00
I’ve always wanted one of these jackets. They’re more on the expensive side but it would be great for fall. The green color is darker so it’s not too flashy. I can picture it now: mom jeans, docs, and a black shirt with this jacket.

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My list goes on and on, but these are the most recent items that have caught my eye. Maybe in the near future I can make my wish list a reality! I hope you all enjoyed this week’s post, and that your fashion wish list come true as well!

My Favorite Clothing Stores

I love shopping; I mean, it is one of my favorite pastimes! Whether it’s online or at a mall, buying new clothes is the greatest feeling in the world. My bank account may not forgive me, but a brand new skirt makes up for it! I bet almost everyone loves to shop as well. I’m sure everyone has their favorite store, and I have several. There are so many different clothing stores that it’s impossible to pick a favorite!

PacSun:
There’s a good chance that you have seen this store in a mall near you, and it’s recognizable by the large brown entrance. I love this store because the clothing really shaped my fashion over the years. I wouldn’t say I have a specific aesthetic for the clothes that I wear, but a lot of my style is inspired by what’s trendy in California. PacSun was founded in California, so a lot of their clothing is based on what is popular there.

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A good portion of my closet is from PacSun. It’s trendy and simplistic at the same time; nothing is too over the top or crazy. The only downside is that they tend to be more expensive. However, the clothes they sell make up for the price.

YesStyle:
This online clothing store is based out of Hong Kong and has some very distinctive clothing items. All of the clothes are Asian brands, so there is a variety of different styles on the website. They tend to stand out more because it’s not the same style that Americans typically wear. They have stylized blouses and oversized graphic t-shirts among a variety of other different clothing options. I personally love the individuality of the pieces that YesStyle sells, and I enjoy that they aren’t clothes normally worn over here. They aren’t limited to just clothes; accessories, makeup, shoes and bags are just some of the items that are being sold on the website. It can be relatively cheap depending on what you order, however, it can take up to a month to be delivered.

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Brandy Melville:
Brandy Melville has a similar aesthetic to PacSun, which is probably why I like their clothes. A lot of their items are basics, so their pieces can go well with anything, and they’re quite minimalistic. Brandy Melville is not very expensive because most of their clothes are around $20 at the most. They aren’t located in every state, but PacSun normally will sell their clothes. There’s a section dedicated to their brand, so it’s worth it to see what they have!

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Urban Outfitters:
This is a store that I shop at after I get paid. It is definitely more expensive, but the clothes are all very stylish. It has a Tumblr vibe that I’ve always been attracted to. It isn’t just the clothes that I love, but I also adore the decor that they sell. They have an array of fairy lights, lamps, rugs, and just about anything to create the coolest bedroom ever! Their clothes also vary from brand names to their own label. Urban Outfitters is incredibly fashion-forward, and they often sell clothes that are trendy right now. Whenever I walk into an Urban Outfitters, it makes me want to divulge into self care and dress to impress every single day.

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There can never be enough clothing stores in the world, and it’s hard to narrow it down to just four. I’m sure there’s a possibility that you know all of the stores mentioned, but if you don’t, you should definitely check out their clothes!

Who knows, maybe you’ll find a new favorite store as well!

TikTok E-Girl Essentials

Recently, I caved into peer pressure and finally made a TikTok account. I physically cringed at myself while typing that, but here I am with four 15-second videos, digging myself into a hole.

If you aren’t familiar with the app, TikTok is where you post videos of lip-syncs, trends, and just about anything you feel like.

There is already notoriety regarding “e-girls” on the app. I’ve come across quite a few e-girls already with their chains, layered shirts, and little hearts drawn under their eyes. I felt it would only be appropriate, since I clearly am experienced on TikTok, to try and dress like an e-girl!

I realized that I had a lot of clothes that would resemble what an e-girl would wear (I’ll blame my emo phase for that), but I had to narrow it down to a few pieces that I thought would sell the look.

I finally decided on a Dolls Kill cropped long sleeve shirt that was mesh. I bought it a while ago in high school, but only recently started to flaunt it because I have been feeling more confident. I know many e-girls wear long sleeves under their graphic t-shirts, so my mesh shirt worked because of the longer sleeves. To go with my e-girl look, I picked a black t-shirt with the word “VIBES” in cursive writing on the front. I felt it was simple enough to not distract from the mesh sleeves.

Now, I was choosing between two skirts that would go with my look. Originally, I had a black, front-zippered skirt with red checkering on the sides that zip. However, I felt it was too tame for what I was going for. Instead, I opted for a black and white checkered skirt. It was more attention-grabbing and it went better with the white lettering on my shirt. Doc Marten boots were essential for this outfit because they were a great, edgy addition.

To accessorize, I added a chain belt and black velvet choker for a more “goth” look to help me pass as an e-girl. Now, I’m no makeup artist by any means, so unfortunately I couldn’t do the thick eyeliner or the hearts under my eyes, but I felt my style got the message across.

Hopefully I’m doing this e-girl thing right! I hope you all enjoyed watching me attempt this transformation! I’ll see you all next week!

My Fave Fall Looks

Summertime is coming to an end, the leaves are changing, the smell of pumpkin spice is in the air, and the weather is starting to get colder (kind of). A change in the seasons always means a change in wardrobe, and breaking out my fall outfits is one of my favorite things to do!

I love being able to wear all of the layers and cute jackets that I couldn’t wear during the summer. I’ve decided to share my favorite fall looks with you all, and maybe you can replicate them in your own style! Below are some of my absolute favorite outfits that I busted out just in time for fall!

This black and white polka-dot wrap dress is one of my favorite dresses of all time. While it’s a cute dress for the summer, I prefer wearing it in the fall because I feel like it fits the season more. Brandy Melville sells a lot of wrap dresses, and that is where I found mine. Pairing this dress with Doc Martens boots gives a bit of an edge to something so feminine. I love how this look isn’t too dressy (no pun intended), but it’s not totally casual either. I usually accessorize it with a long silver necklace just to add a little more to the outfit before I head out. This is a cute look for going out or for a date night! 

I love denim jackets because they are such a staple to have in your closet. I have a lot, but it’s too humid in the summer to wear them. So, autumn is the ideal time of year to break them out! I decided on a pair of green plaid Brandy Melville pants and a black tube top that zips up to go with my jacket. I love how the pants and jacket work together to make a statement. Vans work perfectly with this look, so just add a chain belt and voila! Your outfit is complete, and it’s super comfortable as well.

Flannels are a fall must-have, and they’re just so timeless. They came back into fashion, and I am very happy because they’re so trendy. I decided to go for a more “’90s grunge” look and picked out my ripped mom jeans to go with my gray and black flannel. This flannel is a bit thicker, and I like how it appears a bit oversized. A simple white cropped shirt is a great addition because the flannel is what really makes the outfit. To fit the “grunge” aesthetic that I was trying to go for, I styled the look with my Doc Martens and boom! Another outfit done! 

Fall can create so many cute looks, and hopefully, my favorite fall outfits gave you some inspiration! Until next time, I’ll see you all later!