Just gobblin’ around in my Thanksgiving outfit of the day

Today, the temperature here in my hometown of Tampa, Fla. dropped to a shocking 60 degrees. I know, I know — most normal people consider this to be warm. But hey, normal is totally overrated anyways. Being the wimpy native Floridian that I am, I broke out my new favorite sweatshirt and leggings combo for Turkey Day.

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I love pairing this cozy, subtle Cotton On sweater with these bold tribal print leggings from Tilly’sImage

The latest addition to my closet and a must-have staple for fall and winter, this army green jacket is from H&M.

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As for the accessories, the gold fringe necklace was a gift from a friend, and both bracelets are from American Eagle.

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These grayish-brown combat boots are Steve Madden.

I hope all of you bloggers out there have had a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving!

Campus style spotlight: “Hell yeah,” it’s flannel time

While most choose to walk around campus listening to music or talking on the phone, I am perfectly content with walking around and just observing everyone I pass by. I am so thankful that I attend one of the most diverse, unique colleges in the US, the University of Florida. With about 50,000 students, I come across so many differing fashion senses on a daily basis. It’s safe to say I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly in my year and a half here thus far. Most days, I am lucky enough to run into a handful of true fashionistas that catch my eye in the Starbucks line or at the bus stop.

I love inquiring about others’ fashion choices and learning about what inspires them to dress how they do. That is exactly what this post is about – it’s the first of many “campus style spotlights” as I like to call them. I chose to do this first one about my friend, Kristia, whose style I absolutely adore. She took this somewhat basic red flannel button-down and made it her own by pairing it with an edgy graphic T-shirt and unique zipper combat boots, both of which I had never seen before today. For me, it’s all in the details, and the zipper accents on her boots take this look to the top in my book.

Check out Kristia’s blog about alternative music, and keep reading to learn more about her style!

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Name: Kristia Watkins

Age: 19

Year: Sophomore

Major: Public Relations

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Q: Where did you buy the items that you’re wearing in this outfit?

A: “My jeans are from Hollister, the boots are Steve Madden, my graphic T-shirt is from PacSun and I borrowed the flannel from a friend. I think it’s from Forever 21.”

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Q: If you could describe your style in one word, what would it be?

A: “Mine. [She laughs.] Just kidding! It’s hard to narrow it down to one word because I always base my outfits on my mood. If I’m feeling really laid back and relaxed, I’ll throw on a maxi skirt. If I’m feeling a little bad ass, I’ll wear my black zipper boots. Lately I’ve been into dresses with combat boots.”

Q: What are your favorite items in your closet?

A: “My American Apparel denim circle skirt and my camouflage harem pants.”

Q: Who is your style icon?

A: “I don’t really follow stylish celebrities so I have to go with my friend, Rafaela Sanchez.”

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Q: What are your go-to stores in the mall?

A: “Zara, American Apparel and Urban Outfitters.”

Q: If you could raid any celebrity’s closet, whose would you raid?

A: “Definitely Emma Roberts; I’m obsessed with her.”

Q: What is your favorite type of outfit to wear?

A: “Anything that doesn’t require a bra! [She laughs again.] I’m way too lazy sometimes, and it’s so comfortable to not wear one.”

Q: If you could bring back one trend from the past, what would it be?

A: “Overalls! I love American Apparel’s sunflower overalls.” 

Army green is the new black

What is it that’s so appealing about this color that is all the rage right now? Is it the resemblance to split pea soup? Definitely not. Is it the way that it makes us feel like Katniss Everdeen from “The Hunger Games”? Possibly. Is it the fact that it’s the perfect subtle shade of green that can be paired with various patterns and colors? Absolutely.

If someone were to tell me a year ago that army colored clothing would be considered stylish in a year, I probably would have laughed in his or her face. Until recently, I thought that camouflage colored clothing should be saved for hunting in the woods or going to army themed parties. But when I saw Harper’s Bazaar’s New York Fall 2013 Trend Report, I noticed how major designers like Kenneth Cole and Calvin Klein were able to transform this rugged color into something, dare I say, fashionable. Since I got over my former aversion for this color, I have truly come to love it.

While walking to classes every day, I’ve noticed that army green has become a prevalent color around campus among those who choose to actually dress up for class. These people do still exist, though sparsely, and it’s rather refreshing when I come across them. They’ve inspired me to come up with different ways to incorporate this earthy hue of green into my wardrobe.

My advice is as follows: Don’t be intimidated by this color. Wearing it won’t make you look like you just came straight off of the battlefield. Since the hue isn’t an in-your-face shade like kelly or lime green, there is a lot of room to experiment with it. Though many believe neutral colors are only the basics like white, black and beige, army green can definitely be considered a neutral color because of its versatility. I think it looks particularly great when paired with burgundy, coral, neon and patterns like stripes or tribal prints. Below are some of my Polyvore creations centered on this popular color.

Casual Fridays
A pop of coral

If you’re still in need of a bit more inspiration for diving into this fashion trend, check out this similar blog post that gives more tips on how to rock it.

Do you have any suggestions for additional outfit ideas? Please feel free to leave them in the comments section below. As always, thank you so much for reading!

How To: Pimp My Vans

Everyone enjoys a good pun every now and then, right? The title of this post was my somewhat lame attempt at being punny. It’s a play on words of the show Pimp My Ride that was popular on MTV in the 2000s. A van is a type of “ride,” but instead of “pimping out” cars, this post will be discussing the process of pimping out my Vans shoes. Get it?!

All puns aside, pimping out my Vans was one of the best fashion decisions I’ve ever made. The process was surprisingly not as hard as it may seem, and I ended up with a unique pair of shoes that add flair to any outfit. You simply need a pair of Vans or similar shoes like Keds, super glue, studs, toothpicks and a bit of patience.

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I purchased my studs from StudsandSpikes.com, though they are available for purchase elsewhere online like Amazon and eBay. At first, I was skeptical about buying something from a random website —  especially one with a name like StudsandSpikes.com — but the delivery was prompt and the service was great! They offer two types of studs: screw-back and two-pronged. I decided on gold cone screw-backs because pronged ones would have most likely taken longer to attach. Instead of actually taking the time to screw each one in, I chose to just glue the top of each one and not use the back part of the stud.

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There are many brands of super glue out there, and deciding on one for this project is almost as big of a deal as deciding what college to go to. Okay, maybe not. But it’s kind of a big deal. I personally opted for Amazing E-6000 super glue, and I highly suggest it because only one stud has fallen off since I made them.

The process of gluing the studs is fairly straightforward. I used a toothpick to apply the super glue to each stud so I didn’t get my fingers stuck together. Though I decided to glue them on the sides of my Vans, my friend glued hers to the top portion of the shoe and it turned out great as well. The key is to glue them in an organized fashion; randomly placing them will result in awkward empty spaces. I started on the bottom and glued the studs in a straight line and then started a new line until I reached the top. It’s as easy as that!

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If you’re more of a visual learner, then have no fear. Check out this YouTube video for a tutorial that shows how to apply both the screw-back and the two-pronged type of studs. Thanks for reading!