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or everything a fashionista can stuff into her tiny dorm closet!
May 04, 2012
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ARM PARTY.

This post is pretty self-explanatory so I'll keep it simple...
Lately, it's all about the "arm party." Quite frankly, I'm obsessed. Above is my dream "arm party."

*scroll over the bracelets for pricing and designer.

note: font is downloaded from dafont.com created by Johan Holmdahl and I do not intend copyright infringement.

April 14, 2012
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Spring Obession: The Patterned Purse

So I haven't posted in... months. I quite honestly forgot about my blog, as I have been consumed with school work, jobs, and the day-to-day stresses of being a college student. Also, admittedly I have been rather addicted to Pinterest as of late, and spend my allotted procrastination time pinning away! However, I managed to pull myself away from Pinterest for a few moments to gather some of my favorite printed purses for summer and spring. I seriously swoon when looking at any of the above bags! Happy Spring (and soon-to-be summer)!

*To find out who makes each bag, simply just click.

February 26, 2012
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Downton Abbey Love, or Why Can't I be Lady Mary and Wear Long Dresses and Walk Around Yorkshire?

I am obsessed, OBSESSED with the British television show Downton Abbey (if you don't know what I am talking about, shame on you). I mean, it has it all: British accents, Maggie Smith, the English countryside, and dresses. Lots of pretty dresses. The show's costume designer, Susannah Buxton, does a lovely job of executing the palette, fabric, cut, and style of the Edwardian Period. If I could hop on a plane to England and roam around Yorkshire and sip tea with the ineffable Dowager Countess, these are some of the items I would pack.

*Note: To find out where the items are from, just click on them!

February 16, 2012
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Insta(slore).

Dane Cook (yes, very scholarly I know) once Tweeted, "F*ck it- I'm sayin' it. GIRLS OF THE WORLD relax with the instagram pix of everything in front of you all day captioned "(object) FUN !!"  Well, I will readily admit it.  I am an insta(slore) (I believe this is what the kids are calling it these days).  Boring piece of paper?  Not so boring when you filter it and blur it!  Drab bowl of cereal?  Not so drab when you make it sepia toned!  But I digress....

One of the main things I use this app for is to take pictures of my outfits.  At first I thought the whole idea was kind of weird and a little vain.  But then a lot of other bloggers I follow were doing it and I guess I sort of jumped on the bandwagon.  It's fun being able to see what other people are wearing and being able to notice what items I seem to revert back to time and time again, and again, and again.... Anyways, enough of the blabbing about my insta(slore)ness.  Here's a peek into my wardrobe (Instagrammed, naturally):

 

January 29, 2012
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Neon. Lights, Flashing.





Yes, I referenced Kanye in the title of this post. And no, I am not ashamed. So I am kind of (okay, really) obsessed with neon right now. However, I only wear it in very small doses (don't expect to spot me in a neon orange windbreaker any time soon...). Lately I have been painting costume jewelry with neon nail polish (I got the idea from a DIY blog my friend Alexa referenced me to) to add a touch of color to the drab and dreary winter palette that consists of puffer coats, rain-boots, and earmuffs. However, I am really hoping to carry my neon obsession on into the warmer months so I can invest in the new bright Sperry Top-Siders as well as some items from Bobbi Brown's "Neons & Nudes" make-up collection (and hopefully some other items featured above).








Now go listen to "Flashing Lights."

January 21, 2012
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Pretty Pastels

As I sit cooped up in my cozy dorm room, looking at the snow-covered streets of suburban DC whilst praying I am not getting sick, I can't help but already be thinking about spring.  As lovely as I find winter to be, I am looking forward to not having to lug around a down-coat, nor having to carry around tissues because of those winter nosebleeds I tend to get. (But maybe that was TMI.)  In honor of the upcoming spring, I wanted to share some items that I would really love to try out this next season!  Let me give you a hint: pretty pastels that look like yummy macaroons!

The view from my dorm room.  Taken with my iPhone and edited with "MagicHour"

Sephora.com

Asos.com

Asos.com (again).

Accessorize.com

modcloth.com

 

 

January 03, 2012
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New Year, New Resolutions.

Rumor has it that if I want to be a real human being I need to make New Year's resolutions.  Rumor also has it that unless you write down your resolutions, you won't hold true to them.  What better place to write down your resolutions than a blog?  Seriously, y'all better slap me if you see me breaking my resolutions.

1. Be consistent with the blog!  My goal is to have at least 3 posts per week. No excuses. (Although I think the fact that I'm still at home on winter break serves as an excuse).

2. GTL. Seriously, Gym, Tan, Laundry.  I need to work out 5 days a week (I normally do, but this semester was super busy so unless I wanted to wake up at 6am, working out wasn't an option).  Tan (I'm saving this one for when the DC weather isn't in the 40s). Laundry (I need to do at least one load per week instead of the usual five loads every two months, but maybe this is revealing far too much about myself).

3. Save, save, save.  Okay, I admit it.  I'm a shopaholic.  As soon as I get a paycheck I log onto my favorite websites (J Crew, Forever21, Sephora, Ulta, Ebay, etc.) and spend all my money until I have left just enough for food.  And that's only when I'm extra restrained.  I have recognized it as a serious issue, one Dr. Phil would argue I may need an intervention for... So, for 2012 (and all the years after, hoepfully) I am going to set myself a STRICT allowance.  However, there will be wiggle room when JCrew and Anthropologie are having sales....

4. Organize.  I seriously need to organize my dorm room at school and clean it up every night before I pass out for sleep.  I am a pretty organized person and I hate messes, yet my room currently looks like a bomb went off.

5. Buy textbooks right at the beginning of the semester.  This past semester I thought I would be a badass and "show those professors" by waiting until two days before I had to read an assignment to find the book.  This resulted in me paying overnight shipping for my French textbook only to get a call from my mom in California that my textbook had been shipped there.

6. No more Lean Cuisines.  Seriously, after eating those microwavable "meals" for the past three years of college I can't do it any more.  It's pretty much the same thing as eating cardboard, only more expensive.

7. Buy a new laptop.  During finals, I was writing my last paper and knocked over my Venti Skim Gingerbread Latte all over my laptop.  At first I thought my laptop was fine, but then the keyboard stopped working and now it sounds like two plane engines running everytime I try to turn it on.  I think I'm going to have to say good-bye to Apple for the next few years, as I can't justify spending over $1,00 on a laptop when I can get a decent PC for half the price.  If you have a PC, any suggestions would be appreciated (feel free to Tweet me @ehansen73).

8. Visit the South.  I have an obsession with the South, especially Texas.  It all started after watching my favorite television show of all time, "Friday Night Lights."  I picture myself moving down South following my graduation from college in May 2013 (believe me, I'm counting down).  However, I figure it would probably better if I actually visit the South (outside of Georgia, which I have previously been to and LOVE), before I up and start applying for jobs down there.  Therefore, one of my goals for 2012 is to visit Nashville, Austin, and Charleston.

Here's to a New Year!

 

November 30, 2011
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Wish (and I mean *wish*) List: Holiday Edition

Well, it's that time of year: wish-list-making season! Every year, I make fantasy wish-lists filled with items I would buy for myself (or ask Santa for) if I had an unlimited budget. I might end up buying a couple of these items for myself for the holidays (nothing wrong with gifting yourself, right?).



I. ASOS Heritage Blazer in Check with Elbow Patches


II.Kiel James Patrick Croffix Sailing Belt in "Brigg's Capeside Docks"


III. Anthropologie Color Pair Loafers


IV.Topshop Mustard Velvet Tie Double Breasted Coat


V. Rugby by Ralph Lauren Plaid Wool & Canvas Backpack


VI.J Crew Selvedge chambray popover

November 27, 2011
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GW Style Spotlight: Hannah Wendling

On my way to class a couple of weeks ago, I spotted my House Staff floor partner and stylish friend Hannah Wendling passing by, and blending in with the DC fall foliage.  I asked her to briefly describe her style and to pose for quick photo:

"Basically I enjoy being incredibly comfortable (old man cardigans are the perfect outerware) but also like to dress for the season. Nothing says fall like boots and warm, earthy tones."- Hannah

boots: Forever 21
tights: Target
shorts: vintage J Crew
tshirt: Target
cardigan: Gap
scarf: World Market
bag: Fossil

 

*Also, I apologize for my lack of posts lately, I have been drowning in my studies but hope to update more frequently next semester!

October 08, 2011
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Fashion Inspiration: Jane Eyre

I don't think a love story could ever be written more painfully, beautifully, and perfectly than that of Charlotte Brontë's "Jane Eyre." I first read this book as a reading assignment during the summer before my sophomore year of high school. I wasn't really a fan of Victorian literature at the time, so I dreaded reading the book. After reading the first half of the book however, I fell madly in love with Mr. Rochester. Not only did I find the mysterious Mr. Rochester very swoon-worthy, but I also found the stubborn and feisty Jane Eyre to be almost as surprising as the "Big Bertha" hiding in the attic.... Although I am yet to see the BBC television adaption of the novel, I saw the 2011 film version starring Mia Wasikowska and was swept away by the lace collars, long coats, plaid dresses, and obviously, Michael Fassbender as Mr. Rochester. Above is my modern-day approach to the fashions of Jane Eyre.

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