Nasty & Nice

Images via Nasty Gal

     This weekend I read a fascinating article in the LA Times about the successful Sophia Amoruso and her online store Nasty Gal. The story mentioned how the company has had extreme growth selling other brands and is now designing their own collection. It debuted this past Monday and I decided to check it out. 
     The premiere collection features plunging necklines, fringe, and itty bitty shorts, which all live up to the brand's name. Being my girly self, the pieces that spoke to me most were feminine and pastel. The "Glitch" blouse and skirt are great silhouettes especially when worn together, and the bold graphic print looks pretty in blush pink. The "Censored Skater Dress" stood out because it reminded me of an old Versus collection I've always loved. Its sheer fabric and lavender color are lovely compliments.


Classic With a Twist

Alternative Apparel Top • Madewell Jeans • J.crew Hat • Superga Sneakers • Ariel Gordon Love Knot Ring • Self-Made Turquoise Ring

I'm a classic girl when it comes to fashion, but sometimes it's fun to add a twist to a timeless look. This white button-up shirt is updated with a deep-v neckline and a high-low bottom, adding a modern spin to my classic outfit.



All images via Charlotte Olympia

I learned about the shoe brand Charlotte Olympia from one of Garance Doré's Pardon My French videos and was instantly attracted to her imaginative and eccentric designs. After spending tons of time on the website I fell completely in love with the Kitty Flat. The shoe is a fun new take on the smoking slipper and comes in a variety of colors from neutrals to brights. These feline flats are quite pricy but a girl can dream!



OBEY Dress • J.crew Sandals

My school year has begun unseasonably early this year and the hot August weather has me dressing with a strong summery vibe. I love sporting dresses in the warm weather and this ikat frock is a great back to school piece. 



Audrey and I taking our final pose.

     A fashion show was the perfect way to end my summer at RISD. It consisted of all the fashion majors' final projects from an assignment called Paperama. Each student had to design and construct an outfit made 100% out of paper!
     I was inspired by this Ed Ruscha painting when I designed my dress and tried to take the phrase from the artwork and translate it into a piece of clothing. The bodice of the dress is very structured like the words in the painting, and the deep-v back and curls at the bottom of the dress represent the off-kilter word "that".
     The dress looks simple but it was not easy to construct. Even though I had to make the garment out of paper I wanted it to seem as fabric-like as possible. I did this by soaking the pattern pieces in hot water and by crumpling them to break up the fibers. I didn't have a sewing machine with me, so to "sew" the seams I used a stapler! To give the dress its baby pink color I painted it with watered down acrylic paint. I used the same technique to paint the curls at the bottom, adding bits of black and red as I went to give it an ombré effect. 
     Accessories and makeup were also an important part of the project. For shoes I bought a pair of white kitten heels and painted them a dark pink to match the bottom of the dress. I also made an ombré clutch which I wove out of the same strips that I used for the curls. I opted for a 1960s vibe for hair and makeup; a beehive and Twiggy eyes!
     Making the garment was quite a tedious process but it was completely worth it when it came to the fashion show. My friend Audrey and I modeled each other's designs. I will never forget how much fun I had at the fashion show, it was the cherry on top of my incredible summer experience!

Process photos of pattern pieces, ombré strips, and curlicues.

My final board that hung in the auditorium.

Audrey looking stunning in my design!



My final project in my drawing foundations class was to create an artist's book, and I decided to take my piece in an unconventional direction. The book I made is meant to look like a paper doll kit; one a little girl might play with. But the kit actually has a deeper meaning. The doll, who is supposed to be me, can dress up as different characters from movies and television or as real life celebrities. My paper dolls express how I admire these individuals' sense of style and how they each dress themselves in a distinct way. As a teenager, I feel like I'm still exploring my personal style, so the act of dressing up like different people can be fun. The last outfit in the book is one that I own and love to wear right now, maybe I do have my own distinctive style and just haven't realized it yet!


Dorm Details

Throughout my six week stay at RISD it was my goal to make my dorm feel as much like home as possible. I enjoyed decorating my room and giving it a personal touch and wanted to share some details of my summer space!

A cluster of black and white photos of pictures I love, from artists to models to cute boys.

Photographs of my family and friends that brightened up the headboard of my bed (and day).

Posters of a couple of my favorite Andy Warhol pieces.

All of my sun protection, nail polish, and Barbie

My trusty alarm clock to wake me up for class, perched on top of my summer reading and fashion magazines.

Lovely lavender Marimekko bedding.

My Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag for the weekend and my Thursday Friday tote to carry all my materials to class.



Forever 21 Dress • Sam Edelman Sandals • Thursday Friday Tote

This dress is the perfect example of simplicity. It has a very basic silhouette that is flattering and the royal blue hue is plain but pretty. A piece like this can be styled in so many different ways and works for every season. Here I wore it with t-strap sandals and a "Chanel" tote while exploring the beautiful Brown University! In the winter I can picture myself wearing it with a cardigan and tights. But for now I'm just keeping it simple!