The 5 Albums You Need on Your Summer Playlist

American Teen : Khalid

Khalid, a 19-year-old from Texas who recently rose to fame after Kylie Jenner played his hit song “Location” on her Snapchat, is by far one of my favorite artists of 2017. His debut album, American Teen, is the perfect combination of R&B, pop, soul, and funk. Sing along to “Keep Me” while driving in the car with your friends with the windows down, and if you’re like me and have an essential “sleep” playlist, add “Shot Down” to it ASAP.

Memories…Do Not Open : The Chainsmokers

As much as I don’t want to like The Chainsmokers, you can’t deny their ability to release hit EDM track after track. We’re all singing “Closer” in our sleep by now, so hopefully with this new album, we get some new songs to jam to (Don’t Say is my favorite), and add to our “Workout” AND “Get Lit” playlists.

Pure Comedy : Father John Misty

If you’re a huge Elton John fan like I’ve always been, you’ll like this album. He gives off serious EJ vibes in his typical flawlessly-acoustic way. This album is great for listening to on a long road trip, because each song is unlike the last. Definitely should be played around some campfires this summer.

Only The Lonely : Colony House

I’ve only met a few people who have heard of this band, but they’ve been a favorite of mine ever since I saw them open for Bad Suns when I was a junior in high school. CHECK THEM OUT! The lead singer, Caleb Chapman, has the voice of a literal angel, which he amazingly displays in the track “This Beautiful Life” (I cried the first time I heard it – seriously, listen). Some fun tracks to jam out to from their second album include “Remembered For” and “1234.

4 Your Eyes Only : J. Cole

I could have reserved the rap section for Drake’s More Life, but let’s be honest, we all know every song already. Just when I didn’t think anything could top Forest Hills Drive, J.Cole released this album with tracks like “Deja Vu” and “Immortal” that challenge the amazingness of his last album. He is nothing less than a storyteller – channeling inner emotions and recounting events from his past that got him to where he is today.

Your Spring Must-Haves

It’s beginning to feel like spring, but us Ohioians know not to hold our breath. The change in weather brings a change in attitude, and the sudden desire to break out our cutest clothes for the smallest of outings. It’s also the time for Spring Cleaning, so out with the old and in with the new (clothes, of course).

Here are just a few items you need in your wardrobe this spring.

The perfect pair of boyfriend jeans

Boyfriend jeans have been “in” for a while now, but lately people are turning them up a notch, and wearing them with patches or paint splatters, like Jessica Alba is seen doing below. Because spring is such a great time for softer colors, like pastels, it’s the best time to match a cute top to a lighter wash jean, rather than a dark wash.

photo via pinterest

A floral dress

Floral dresses may have taken a hiatus for the last few years, but this spring is all about the color and patterns. The ideal floral dress is one that you can put on with heels and wear out on a Saturday, but one that you can also pair with flats and a blazer for Easter Sunday.

photo via pinterest

An Off-The-Shoulder Blouse

These are a huge trend right now, for obvious reasons. They’re super cute, and can add a little bit of subtle sexiness to any look. These shirts are perfect for spring; they are loose and flowy, give off an effortless and carefree vibe, and coordinate well with denim shorts or boyfriend jeans.

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Fest Fashion

It may not feel like spring yet, but the start of fest season at Ohio University has all of us itching to break out our denim shorts and short sleeves. Whether it’s a dinosaur costume or someone walking around with a Kanye West mask on, you are bound to see some interesting outfits during fests.

If there’s one trend that might be taking over the typical “jersey and leggings” look that attracts so many, it’s graphic tees.  The weather isn’t always great and it’s bound to be muddy, so it’s a good idea not wear your nicest clothes. For some cute and inexpensive graphic tees, check out Urban Outfitters, H&M, and Brandy Melville. Add an oversized denim jacket overtop for when the temperatures are low. Add a cute beanie, some leggings, a pair of funky socks and sneakers, and you have your own unique look.

On the days when Mother Nature decides to bless us with warm weather and sunshine, it’s definitely time to break out the shorts and sunglasses. Walmart is always a good go-to store for a cheap graphic tee that you can cut to make suit your style; which you can then pair with denim shorts, Chucks, and a cute pair of sunnies.

New York, Baby

Well, spring break is over and for many, morale is low. Although we still have two more months of school, midterms, and finals, we can say that Fest Season in Athens has officially begun! While I didn’t spend my break on the beach in Fort Lauderdale or Cancun, I did have an awesome time visiting Manhattan for a few days, where I have accepted my first internship! All summer long, I will be working at Milk Studios in Manhattan as an intern to Zanna Roberts Rassi, Senior Fashion Editor at Marie Claire Magazine. Excited is an understatement.

I had my interview on Thursday, and was freaking out all week about what to wear. Trying to incorporate my own personal style (as a main part of my internship will be styling) into an outfit that still comes off as professional was a hard task. At long last, I finally decided on a pair of black loafers, high-waisted blue jeans with fringed ankles, a grey turtleneck, and black blazer jacket.

I also decided to wave my hair and pull it back into a sleek ponytail (the blizzard ruined it almost instantly) with a pair of hoop earrings as my only jewelry, and toted my Kate Spade bag. The outfit was very simple yet professional, and with the loafers and hoops I also managed to incorporate my personal style as well. I walked into my interview feeling confident, prepared, and professional, and it paid off!

 

All the Random Accessories We Don’t Need…But Really Want

You know the feeling: surfing on Amazon or strolling through Target and having to hold yourself back from buying EVERYTHING. We have to stop, take a breath, quickly evaluate our life decisions, and then realize that we don’t need to spend our entire last paycheck on ANOTHER EOS Egg or 500th tube of mascara. If it turns out that you DIDN’T happen to spend your last $50 on food (aka me every time), the items below can help you step up your accessory game.

 

  1. S’well Water Bottle

Before purchasing one for myself, I never understood the hype surrounding the S’well Water Bottle. My first thought was obviously, “$40 for a water bottle?!” Nope. Don’t need it. HOWEVER, my mom bought me one for my birthday, and it is the best thing ever. There is no feeling comparable to waking up having never been so thirsty in your life, reaching over, and taking a sip of water that is still cold literally hours after you filled it up. 10/10 recommend. (And they’re available in really cute patterns!)

 

  1. A Pom-Pom for your Keychain

While this emerging trend is definitely cute, I don’t imagine one of those pom-poms being able to fit in my purse or my pocket. Mix it up by attaching one to your purse instead; or even matching it to your outfit like Kendall does below. They’re the perfect combination of cute and chic, and add a little extra *oomph* to your look.

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  1. Lululemon Headband

The athleisure trend is still on the come-up, and these headbands are a great addition to your gym-wear wardrobe. They can make anyone appear sporty, no matter how many times per week you put off going to the gym.

 

  1. A Granite iPhone Case

These cases are super cute, trendy, and pretty cheap on websites like Amazon. If you’re well-dressed, why shouldn’t your phone be too?! …Unless you’re like me and can’t get by with anything less than an Otterbox case *a quick moment of silence for the 5 iPhones I’ve managed to crack/break over the last few years*.

photo via caseking.com

My Top 3 Online Retailers

In a college town like Athens, which doesn’t have many clothing stores to choose from, I’ve become a pro at online shopping (and definitely spent way too much time and money doing it). However, the key to online shopping is finding the stores with the best selections, sales, and prices in order to keep your college wardrobe looking great and staying on budget.

 

  1. Tobi
  • They continuously have sales
    • I swear, every time I go to their site they are having some kind of sale. Their most common sales are 50% off site-wide and 50% of dresses, both of which are awesome. While some items can be a little pricey, their 50% off sales are the best way to find what you want at a discounted price. They also sometimes give away discount codes exclusively on their Instagram page, so be sure to follow them and subscribe to their email list!
  • Shipping is fast
    • Their items arrive in 3-5 business days, which is great for last minute shopping!
  • Vast array of items
    • They have everything from clothes, to shoes, & jewelry.
  • Quick, easy, (and free) returns.
  1. ASOS
  • Awesome denim selection
    • ASOS is my go-to retailer for denim. They always have the latest styles, and come in a variety of sizes, including curve, petite, and tall, which is awesome for long-legged girls like myself who need a little extra length.
  1. Missguided
  • They have a 30% off student discount, which is the best thing ever. Everyone should have this.
  • Their shoe selection includes a lot of cute and inexpensive heels and booties, for when you’re looking for something fancy.
  • $5 standard shipping!

My Favorite Drugstore Makeup Products

I’ll admit that I’m not the best when it comes to makeup. One of the best life lessons I’ve ever learned is that a little mascara goes a long way, and there’s no need to overdo it. Because I’m pretty clueless about the art of makeup, I usually go for simple drugstore products when buying. It’s taken years to figure out which products work best for me, but now that I’ve figured it out, I’m able to buy exactly what I need at a low price.

Skin: Loreal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion

I’ve been using this foundation for about a month now, and so far I love it. It is super light, easy to apply, and the perfect middle ground between liquid and powder foundation. Because it is pretty wet, I use a fluffy brush to lightly apply Loreal True Match powder.

Photo Via Isabella Muse

Eyes: Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara

I absolutely love mascara and I have naturally long lashes, so all it takes to make a bold eye for me is Maybelline Push Up Drama mascara on my top lashes, and Maybelline Push Up Angel on the bottom lashes. While these two products are very similar, one is much thicker than the other, which is why I prefer the Drama on my upper and Angel on my lower.

Photos Via UltaBeauty.com

When I want to do winged eyeliner, Maybelline Master Precise Curvy liquid eyeliner is my go-to. However, to this day, I have never found a liquid eyeliner that doesn’t rub off onto my eyelids; this one included. Because of this, looking into higher-end brands when it comes to liquid eyeliner would be my advice.

Photo Via Isabella Muse

For eyeshadow, my two favorite palettes are Maybelline’s The Nudes and the Blushed Nudes. The regular Nudes palette has mostly neutral matte colors, whereas the Blushed Nudes have a lot of sparkly pinks and lighter shades.

Photos Via UltaBeauty.com

Eyebrows: NYX Sculpt and Highlight

This is the only product I’ll ever need for my brows. I have naturally blonde brows, so I tend not to do anything drastic when filling them in. This product comes in many different shades including blonde, and comes with a highlighter too for a little extra shimmer.

Photo Via UltaBeauty.com

The Style Risks You’re Not Sure Whether to Take

The laws of fashion are constantly changing, so how do we know when it’s okay to take a bold risk or try out a new trend?! The key is knowing how to pull them off within your own personal style.

 

  1. Denim on Denim

It’s no secret that ’90s trends are making a comeback. I’ll admit, a few years ago I wouldn’t have opted for the whole “Canadian Tuxedo” look, but times are a-changing. The secret to this look is achieving it without going overboard-Britney Spears/Justin Timberlake circa 2001 — so as long as you keep it simple, it’s totally achievable and A-Okay. This look has been demonstrated by the likes of Kendall Jenner, Zendaya, and Rihanna, and makes for an outfit that achieves the Three C’s — cute, comfortable, and casual. For a bolder take on this trend, go with a distressed or patched jean and/or a statement belt.

Photo Via Pinterest
Photo Via Pinterest

2. All Black Everything

Anna Wintour has been famously quoted saying she’d “never wear head-to-toe black,” but if you ask me, this look is fashion-forward and has the ability to be pulled off without seeming “gothic.” Color pieces are essential, but sometimes it’s just an all-black outfit kind-of-night. Black is a universally slimming and flattering color, and let’s be honest, has anyone ever not felt sexy while wearing all black?! Take a cue from style icon and overall-badass Victoria Beckham below, who is rocking this all-black look down to the sunglasses and clutch purse.

Photo Via Blogspot.com
Photo Via Blogspot.com

3. Camouflage

We’ve all seen the memes … and sure, the original intent of camouflage was to blend in, but nowadays people are wearing it to stand out. I’ll admit to having been hesitant about wearing camo pieces in the past, for fear of the “invisible” jokes, but so much of fashion is about taking risks, and this one is definitely worth a shot. See my girl Sloane’s way of rocking the trend below? Be sure to follow her on Instagram for some great style inspiration (@sloaneekielyy).

Photo via Instagram
Photo via Instagram

4. Juicy Couture Sweatsuits

Now I was SURE that these would stay in the early 2000s — where they belong — but low and behold, Kylie Jenner went posting a sexy Instagram snap wearing a pair of black, rhinestoned Juicy sweatpants last Monday, making them an instant trend once again. But seriously, Kylie Jenner could wear a hot dog costume and it would be turned into a trend … so you guys are on your own for this one.

Photo Via Instagram
Photo Via Instagram

The Style Risks You're Not Sure Whether to Take

The laws of fashion are constantly changing, so how do we know when it’s okay to take a bold risk or try out a new trend?! The key is knowing how to pull them off within your own personal style.

 

  1. Denim on Denim

It’s no secret that ’90s trends are making a comeback. I’ll admit, a few years ago I wouldn’t have opted for the whole “Canadian Tuxedo” look, but times are a-changing. The secret to this look is achieving it without going overboard-Britney Spears/Justin Timberlake circa 2001 — so as long as you keep it simple, it’s totally achievable and A-Okay. This look has been demonstrated by the likes of Kendall Jenner, Zendaya, and Rihanna, and makes for an outfit that achieves the Three C’s — cute, comfortable, and casual. For a bolder take on this trend, go with a distressed or patched jean and/or a statement belt.

Photo Via Pinterest
Photo Via Pinterest

2. All Black Everything

Anna Wintour has been famously quoted saying she’d “never wear head-to-toe black,” but if you ask me, this look is fashion-forward and has the ability to be pulled off without seeming “gothic.” Color pieces are essential, but sometimes it’s just an all-black outfit kind-of-night. Black is a universally slimming and flattering color, and let’s be honest, has anyone ever not felt sexy while wearing all black?! Take a cue from style icon and overall-badass Victoria Beckham below, who is rocking this all-black look down to the sunglasses and clutch purse.

Photo Via Blogspot.com
Photo Via Blogspot.com

3. Camouflage

We’ve all seen the memes … and sure, the original intent of camouflage was to blend in, but nowadays people are wearing it to stand out. I’ll admit to having been hesitant about wearing camo pieces in the past, for fear of the “invisible” jokes, but so much of fashion is about taking risks, and this one is definitely worth a shot. See my girl Sloane’s way of rocking the trend below? Be sure to follow her on Instagram for some great style inspiration (@sloaneekielyy).

Photo via Instagram
Photo via Instagram

4. Juicy Couture Sweatsuits

Now I was SURE that these would stay in the early 2000s — where they belong — but low and behold, Kylie Jenner went posting a sexy Instagram snap wearing a pair of black, rhinestoned Juicy sweatpants last Monday, making them an instant trend once again. But seriously, Kylie Jenner could wear a hot dog costume and it would be turned into a trend … so you guys are on your own for this one.

Photo Via Instagram
Photo Via Instagram

Revamping Your Winter Wardrobe

2016 is finally over, and while it brought us some great trends, I’m ready to see what 2017 has in store. Here we are in the dead of winter. December is behind us, but January and February are ahead and it looks like there’s no end in sight to this winter weather. (Fest season, wya?)

With warm weather and sunny days comes tons of motivation to leave the house in my favorite outfits, but in the winter all I want to do is curl up in blankets on my couch. Perhaps the reason for this lack of motivation is because style is really difficult to maintain in the winter! It’s too cold to wear your favorite leather jacket, and too snowy for your new open-toed booties.

You leave for class in 3 layers of clothing, and then you’re sweating your a** off by the time you make it up Jeff Hill. You want to wear that new tank for a night out, but also have to bring your 10-pound parka for the walk to Court Street, and then carry it around all night. Side note: Can Uber please exist in Athens???

Anyways … I am here to solve your most difficult of winter style problems.

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The key to a great winter wardrobe is finding the best coats. For me, I ditched my parka all together and went for a cropped coat with a fur lining for my every-day look. It’s not too warm and not too light for walking to class, and it’s perfect to wear over a light sweater. Not to mention, you won’t be hot once you’re sitting in class.

The great thing about this particular cropped coat of mine is that it can be worn with a casual day look, but it can easily be dressed up for night. So, while I sometimes opt for that coat when heading out on the town, it’s always good to have other options.

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One of my favorite outerwear items for night is a collared jacket that’s fur lined. It’s much shorter than the cropped coat, which is certainly a perk if your new jeans make your butt look amazing. It’s also super warm and cute enough to keep on throughout the night as an addition to your outfit. This way, your winter coat doesn’t have to be a burden on your night!

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Oversized scarves have also found their way into my wardrobe this winter. They’re literally as big as a small blanket and are amazingly warm and stylish, so warm that I’ve even gotten away with wearing one with my leather jacket and managed to not freeze. I usually go for the whole “incognito” look when going to class. I pair my look with a baseball cap and sunglasses on top, along with some classic cut jeans and knee-high boots on the bottom. Now I’m ready to face the ever-changing Ohio winter!

As much as we may want to rock our favorite open-toed booties this season, there are some awesome winter-friendly alternatives such as the sock bootie. These boots keep your toes and ankles warm and dry. Wearing a pair of these on-trend booties will get you one step closer to channeling your inner Kendall Jenner or Gigi Hadid.

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We all understand how rough winter can be on our wardrobes, but it doesn’t have to be! I’ve linked similar items that I mentioned above that won’t break the bank, so get to shopping!

Thanks for reading, now let’s all have a great start to the new semester!

Coat: H&M; $100

Scarf: Aldo Accessories; $30

Hat: Aldo Accessories; $18

Sweater: Hollister Co.; $30

Jeans: Asos; $40

Boots: Target Style; $40

Jacket: American Eagle; $70

Tank Top: Forever 21; $15;

Cropped Pants: Tobi; $60

Booties: DSW; $50