Month: March 2016

StoryChick…

Hi everyone! My blog has been lacking a bit lately… I’ve been extremely busy, between work, class, spending time working out and writing, I’ve been non-stop. Although I haven’t posted frequently lately, I have been writing tons and hopefully I can get some work up soon! Speaking of writing… I am officially a blogger for StoryChick Magazine! It’s an online magazine that caters to mainly woman, and covers all topics you can imagine; from body, mind, soul, lifestyle, fashion, celebrities to news beauty and so much more, they really have it all! As well as a great set of bloggers! (; So far, two of my articles have been posted. I will be sharing many of them with you on here, as well as exclusively writing pieces just for this blog and the same for the magazine. Check out their page, and my two posts below, and follow them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to see their articles in your feed!

http://www.StoryChick.com

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My first two articles…

What to do When Your Heart is Hurting

The Key to Being a Chic Traveler: Airport Style

Enjoy xx

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Sultry Sunday…

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All images via Tumblr… see more at www.stylestudiesx.tumblr.com

Chic Ways To Travel: Airport Style…

If the stress of packing isn’t enough for you, then here’s the next thing to add to your to-do list: picking the most comfortable, yet head turning chic outfit to run around the airport in. Yes, I’m serious about this. As a fashionista myself, I strive for excellence at all times, but the airport in particular is one instance I like to leave an impression and feel good about myself, as should you. There’s nothing I envy more than a female with the, ‘I’m just so casually chic, I don’t even have to try’ look. You know, those girls with the crazy messy bun but it looks like a famous hair stylist created it? Ugh, the envy.

The reality is, they most likely put in as much effort on their hair and outfits as you do for a special occasion. And there isn’t many worse feelings than looking like a slob and seeing other people so beautifully put together, even in sweats, and trust me, I see them every time I’m at the airport… which is a lot. Be at your best whenever you can. Life is your runway, and the airport is the best way to showcase it because it’s the one place where you’re making an impression on hundreds of people from all over the world. Not only that, but it’s amazing to feel amazing and confident in yourself. I know, why should you care what other people think? And you shouldn’t, you should always be you, regardless of anything in life, but you should care what you think. And remember also, being in a place with hundreds of people from everywhere, many traveling alone, you never know who you could meet. Now, I’m not saying throw on your heels and strut your stuff into the Dunkin’ Donuts line to order yourself some munchkins. I’m saying be the Gigi Hadid of airport people (I guess that entails Starbucks instead?)…

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Gigi has awesome style all the time, even at the airport, hair tossed up with a pair of sweats and sneakers…

 

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(there it is! that bun!)

…and then get your munchkins (or venti iced vanilla latte with coconut milk). Take some inspiration and advice from celebrities like Kendall Jenner…

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It’s as simple as that! One of the easiest ways to look effortlessly chic while staying comfortable is layering, color coordination, a good black bag and a trendy pair of shoes.

The best advice to take from all of this is, you can be comfortable and stylish all while making an impression, even in sweats and leggings (and in the books of Kendall and Gigi, clearly don’t forget your sunglasses). Don’t forget to be your best self all the time, and I mean this not just in attire either. Smile at strangers, be confident in yourself (a good outfit can achieve this!), and always go out of your way for strangers even if they don’t for you, airport or no airport.

 

To the Regina George’s, the Cinderella’s, and all the Carrie Bradshaw’s In-Between…

I’ve felt very strongly about this topic since I moved to one of the richest areas in America, and never felt more compelled to write an article about it than I do now…

Since I was 18 and left home I have been, with the help of very close loved ones who I am so very, dearly lucky to have, living ‘independently’  without the support of my family and it has been hard. Unable to get a loan, shattered credit, ruined chances of financial aid for school, shi**y incomes and no qualifications. I felt like every time I tried to take the next step I hit a new brick wall. A few thousand saved and I finally get a car and it lasts me a mere year. The struggle between wanting to have fun and enjoy now and planning for a future. Arguments on the phone with financial aid officials, trips to the hospital with no health care. The list truly does go on. And I know I’m not the only one young in their 20s and struggling. But here, in this affluent area of families and their cheeky children who think their parents wealth is theirs, I do feel like the only one.

It’s a tiresome, grey day in the glorified Northern VA (NOVA, as they say) and I’ve come to a red light for a left turn to go down a road that leads to a secluded gated community (shock). A grey Mercedes quickly pulls up next to me (shocker #2… don’t you love my sarcasm?) and a blonde head leans forward from the passenger seat and onto the dash, peering at me (past the blonde driver, nonetheless… ok, I swear this is a coincidence; blondes in a Mercedes, shocker #3). She bursts into laughter and they rush away, so fast that before I am even fully around the corner, they’re already turning into the community. What just happened? Is my hair that messy? I mean, I am rocking a pony with a bit of a crazed curl today… but I thought it looked good? What was she laughing at?

And then it hit me like a slap in the face; I’m driving a ’98 Volkswagen Cabrio and they’re swinging around the streets, platinum locks and rap music oozing out of the windows, and here I am, next to them. Why else would she have been staring at me laughing? She definitely couldn’t have been hating on the hair, it was a chaotic masterpiece to say the least. I felt disordered… They just laughed at me…!? And I didn’t even get a chance to flick them off!? I felt like they were Jessica Simpson in Public Affair 

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Or yet worse… the mean girls from White Chicks…

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And I was Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids

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Exactly… hilariously ridiculous to everyone else but taking myself way too seriously.

Alright people I know, there’s no reason to get butt-hurt over some snobby young girls in a Mercedes their Mommy and Daddy got them, and I’m not, but I’m sad. I’m sad for our generation. I’m sad for those girls. I’m sad for my adorable Cabrio named Val. I’m sad for the girls that do grow up getting bullied and real-hurt because of girls like this. As I walked in the door to see my boyfriend I moaned, “I hate young girls in this area. They’re such snobby, rich kids,” (…aka giphy

 

…) and he stopped me. “I’ve lived here longer than you have to find out for myself that there are a lot of people like that, but there are a lot who aren’t. Most of the people I know aren’t.” And of course I rebutted, but only because he made me realize I was being just like them. I was assuming all girls here are like those two (& the many others who I’ve met that are the same… I mean, I did have a point) but he was right. I was generalizing all girls in the area to be snotty, just like those girls were generalizing me to be a (clearly outrageously funny) loser. I was committing the same evil.

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So I write this to everyone, not just to the people who are struggling to be independent in their early 20s while their supported friends and randoms are driving in their parents Mercedes, or even new Toyotas; not just to the people who are obnoxiously flaunting their parents success, or the humble people who have nice things but aren’t, this is for all of you and everyone else. Be humble, stay humble. Be sweet and thoughtful and kind. There are a lot of people who don’t have nice things because they have chosen to make poor decisions in life, then there are people in life who don’t have the nicest things because they’re living a completely different life than you and are working hard every day to create a better life for themselves. There are people who have beautiful expensive things because their parents work hard so their kids can live a life filled with them, but also taught them the moral values of being a good person. How would I know if they were or weren’t a good person by the car they drive or clothes they wear? (unless they are laughing at you from their window…l o l ) Respect that. Respect that everyone has a story to tell and never judge a book by its cover. Be grateful for your assets, big or small, and just always, always, always be kind. You never know what someone else may be going through and how much a small pinch of kindness can change everything. And lastly, to the bullies who think their parents money is theirs, who think money makes you better than others, you’re losing out. You’re losing out on all the things that money can’t buy; respect, kindness, and the people in life that you’ll meet that come along with those values.

(*drops the mic*)

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(I swear, we really are the same person)

Alex

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sultry Monday…

A little style inspiration to start your week off with good, chic vibes.

All images via Tumblr… See more like this over at stylestudiesx.tumblr.com

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That 70s Outfit….


  
  
  
  

Top: Forever 21

Jeans: Forever 21

Shoes: Forever 21 (similar here)

Sunnies: Rayban

Winter is gone here and it barely ever came! One blizzard of snow and now we’re basking in the sunshine of 80 degree weather, crop tops, and bright sunglasses all over again. The 70s trend is still holding strong, and I’ve stumbled across the most chic high waisted flare legged pants and cute little striped tee to match. Not to mention these thick, clompy shoes to pull the look together. I feel like a modern day Mila Kunis in That 70s Show and it’s a field day of fun.

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Wish List…

Hey Everyone! Spring is just weeks away and there’s no better time to get some online shopping done to get ready for the warmer weather! Here are some of my favorite pieces from The Royal Department Paris… and amazing, chic, online store that showcases pieces from all around the world. Use the code STYLESTUDIES20 for a discount off of your purchase! http://www.theroyaldept.storeenvy.com

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Spring Shoe Fever…

Ok… I can not stress this enough… ASOS’s collection of kitten heels and bright metallic spring shoes are literally TO-DIE-FOR. Ugh, it’s my dream to own every pair and to have the outfits to style with them… All I can picture is running through fields of flowers in flowing 50s inspired skirts in these shoes. I love them all so incredibly much, I figured I would share them with you… Which ones do you like best?

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Adore Me Lingerie…

Being such a tremendous lover of style has its pros and cons, one of those being feeling absolutely horrendous about having a unstylish slob like day wearing sweats on the couch, as I currently am writing this post 😛 but there’s one thing I do know for sure and it’s how to be chic and feel sexy, and it’s by incorporating lingerie into my every day style. I know… that sounds a little crazy, right?  But yes, I’m serious… Here’s a look of at an outfit lay from my closet, incorporating this gorgeous corset….


As you can see, the white lace up Emma & Sam shirt travels down pretty far, and what better piece to wear under it than this nude & floral bra? I wear it under white tees and other see-through pieces I have. It’s stunning, chic, and makes me feel so incredibly sexy! And you should feel sexy every day too!See more ways to style lingerie into your everyday wardrobe on Adore Me’s Instagram, and find some amazing lingerie pieces you can buy over there as well!

 

 

 

All Tied Up…


Top: Emma & Sam (sold out… similar here)

Bottoms: Tommy Hilfiger (similar here)

Sneakers: Topshop (similar here)

Heels: Aldo (last season)

 

I’m so much in love with this Emma & Sam shirt, that I bought two in different colors! It was reduced tremendous amounts and was selling out like crazy! I’ve had my eye on it for months and months, so luckily I was able to get it before it was gone. I figured I would post it with the two different types of shoes; going comfortably casual with sneakers and a bit more glam with the heels. The choker I made myself by cutting up an old black tee, and the Tommy jeans I also ripped myself, so instead I listed you an amazing similar looking pair from Missguided that I adore. Ciao!