Thursday, May 8, 2014

Street Style: Campus Edition

I'm baaacckkk! As you may or may not know, I'd left Miami for Tampa a couple of months back and thought to myself, "What can I do to really make Tampa feel like my new home" And after throwing a couple of ideas around, it came to me. "Why not take pictures of strangers? Yet again."

So, I come to you with styles from some various street-stylish people on campus in Tampa.

As always, thanks to everyone who took out the time to talk and share a bit of themselves and their styles with me. I've met some really great people.

Carson [Marketing]
Shirt:Urban Outfitters
Jeans: Blk Dnm
Boots: All Saints
Malika [Computer Science]
Scarf: H&M
Jacket: thrifted
Shirt: thrifted
Belt: New Look
Jeans: H&M
Shoes: TOMS

Philip [Biochemistry & Biology]
Glasses: Ray Bans
Shirt: PacSun
Belt: JCPenney
Jeans: Hollister (skinny)
Shoes: TOMS

Justin [History]
Glasses: Ray Bans
Shirt: Cotton On
Jeans: Levi's
Shoes: Vans

Allegra [Psychology]
Glasses: Street fair (in South Africa)
Earrings: H&M
Jacket: eBay (Chinese shop)
Shirt: Gap
Shorts: Cape Town, South Africa
Boots: Doc Martens

John [Business, Marketing, & Advertising]
Glasses: Kenzo
Shirt: Ralph Lauren
Pants: Perry Ellis portfolio
Shoes: Quoddy Blucher
Jasmine [Biomedical Sciences]
Blazer: Love Culture
Dress: Forever 21
Shoes: Converse (Journey's Kids)

Mackenzie [Biomedical Sciences & German]
Glasses: Brooks Brothers (BB20-20)
Jacket: North Face Hyvent
Shirt: Haines undershirt (Target)
Pants: Levi's 511 Commuter jeans
Shoes: Teva Carbon Commuter (bike) shoes

Matt [Chemical Engineering]
Shirt: American Eagle
Jeans: PacSun
Shoes: Vans
Longboard: Island Water Sports (Deerfield Beach)

Courtesy of Naomi

Monday, January 27, 2014

Street Style: On Campus Edition

Although technically, we've been "back to school" for a while now, I found myself searching for more school outfit ideas. I know, I know, it's December but honestly at this point, my closet just wasn't speaking to me anymore. Karl Lagerfeld did say that sweatpants are a sign of defeat. 

So browsing through video after video, Polyvore after Pintrest, I saw that the only things that I could see myself wearing to school was more street style, less sweats. So, of course I had to stop and ask random strangers for their take on street style. Anything for you guys ;)

Fall in Miami
Alex [Sports and Fitness]
Tank: Volcom
Shorts: Volcom
To shop like Alex's look, go here

Susan [Fine Arts]
Glasses: Foreyes
Jacket: Forever 21
Shorts: Garage
Shoes: DSW

Gabriel [Journalism]
Hat: Urban Outfitters
Sweater: Asos
Shirt: Asos
Pants: Asos
Glasses: Perry Ellis
Shoes: Vans
Rings: Asos

Dez- Rae [Biology]
Shirt: American Rag
Shorts: Forever 21
Shoes: H&M
Bag: Cotton On

Ever [Health Service Administration]
Shirt: H&M
Jeans: Bullhead (skinny)
Shoes: TOMS Utility boots

Friday, January 3, 2014

On Wednesdays We Wear Black

Miami’s nonexistent snow and general lack of cold weather hinders our use of winter apparel.  With the holidays now behind us, it’s time to put away those Bill Cosby inspired “ugly” sweaters.  Winter doesn’t end until March 19th, so how can you enjoy the season without asphyxiating in a turtleneck?  Color.  The answer came to me while watching FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven.”

“Change your clothes.  Wear something black,” Fiona Goode told me.  I realized a dark color palette would keep the winter spirit without causing me to melt like the Wicked Witch of the West.

People dodge black outfits for fear of looking like a tombstone tourist; however, black can look sleek, slimming and edgy.

The key is to accessorize by integrating your different tastes.  Ivanna Gamez, third year biology major, says, “I don’t have a specific style.  I try to accessorize with things I like even if they don’t look punk.  I mix it up, and that’s why it doesn’t look scene or gothic.”

When accessorizing with a black outfit, keep it simple with a watch our a few bracelets.  Fourth year digital media studies major, Kristopher Saad advises the guys to, “Just cuff your jeans, and wear some bold, brightly colored socks that will contrast the color of your outfit.”  If you want to remain edgy, you can partner a simple bracelet and/or necklace with a dark solid colored hat or wear studded accessories like boots.

Go beyond all black.  Pair it with one dark color: Either burgundy, deep purple or grey.  Another color provides an accent.  If you want an accent that will pop, make it neon.  Whether it is one neon yellow necklace or a black dress with a neon orange zipper.

Colors go beyond clothes and accessories reminds Gamez, “My makeup and my nails are more seasonal than my clothes.  I probably wouldn’t wear the lipstick color  (MAC’s Punk Couture) I have on now in the summer.  The glitter pink nail polish I have on now, I paired by painting my ring finger black.  If it was summer, I’d wear it with white.”

A smoky eye with blood red lipstick looks eerie; however, paired with a bright, Marilyn Monroe red lipstick, the makeup is modified to be sophisticated.  Do not ice your face like a cake with makeup.  Dark colors grab plenty of attention.  I recommend the most obvious makeup to be black eyeliner on your upper eyelid and a matte lipstick color.  

For lipstick, try red (bright or dark) or a deep purple.  Be cautious with deep purple, and stay away from black and blue unless you want to look like you were in a bar fight.  For bright and dark red, I recommend Grenadine from Smashbox and Scarlet Empress from NARS.  For purple, I recommend both Heroine and Punk Couture from MAC. 

Wearing dark lipstick makes any dead skin on your lips visible.  Before applying, exfoliate with a scrub such as Lush’s Popcorn Lip Scrub.  After exfoliating, apply your favorite lip balm to avoid dryness.  Follow with an eye makeup primer to prevent lipstick smudges that’ll make you resemble the Joker.  If you don’t have eye makeup primer, apply the lipstick followed by a quick swipe of your powder foundation.  These tricks will help the lipstick last longer and prevent it from straying.

            If by some wizardry/black magic the temperature drops, do not get overly excited.  “Our weather doesn’t limit people because they still go out wearing parkas, Uggs and snow boots when it’s 65 degrees outside,” says Saad. 

Please, leave the snow gear cozily tucked away in your closet—especially your Uggs.  “First of all, they smell.  One thing is to wear black that gets hot, but another is to wear eskimo boots,” says Gamez.

            Ultimately, wear what you feel comfortable in without overheating yourself.  “You shouldn’t settle to wear certain things because of where you live.  You should base how you dress on how you see yourself,” says Gamez.

Courtesy of Coraline (including photos)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Modelspiration: Freja Beha Erichsen

For as long as I can remember, I've thought that Danish model Freja Beha Erichsen is one of the coolest models around. She can go from gorgeous and classy to grungy and a badass and she just seems to do it so effortlessly. And let's not forget about her street style. She's always put forth this whole kicking ass, taking names persona that just speaks to me on a personal level.

i-D Magazine
Freja for Free People

HarryWinston campaign

Tom Ford Eyewear

Friday, November 29, 2013

Modelspiration: Shalom Harlow

One of the coolest and stylish and classic model from the 90s that I've always loved is Shalom Harlow. This Canadian beauty owned the catwalk, exudes such class while being a complete badass. If the movie Craft employed supermodels, Shalom Harlow would be the character Nancy Downs. (P.S. If you haven't seen The Craft, watch it now, BUT make sure it's with a friend.) Now in her late 30s, she's still as cool as ever venturing into acting as well as keeping up with her modeling career.