The 2014 Oscar Awards

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The 2014 Oscar Awards are among us and I’m super excited to see the fashion this evening (oh, and who wins)! I put together a collage of what my Oscar looks would consist of because since I obviously can’t attend the glamorous event, I can still dream of what I’d wear! 

I put together two separate looks: one is a dark blue and gold accented ensemble and the other is a gold and burgundy ensemble. Both looks aim to be elegant but more complex than the basic Hollywood look.

Since the first dress is quite busy with the gold pattern, the makeup for this would would be more natural toned with a nude lip and neutral brown eye makeup. When there’s a lot going on with the dress, it’s smart to keep your make up as simple as possible.

This doesn’t hold true for my second look because although the dress has a lot of detail, the color is so neutral that it would be appropriate to jazz up your makeup look. Burgundy lipstick with a burgundy and olive clutch would compliment each other (and the dress) really well…and I currently have a slight obsession with darker colored lipsticks. 

The shoes for both looks are simple and the heels are lower. Since the gowns are the focus and will most likely cover the shoe, there’s no need to wear uncomfortable platform heels. 

Of course I wish I could attend this event myself so I could dress up and see all the amazing celebs, but I’ll definitely be tuning in tonight! Whose fashion are you looking forward to seeing? Oh, and who do you want to win an Oscar? (I’m rooting for Leo)!! 

ElexisMichelle

Alpha Xi Delta Theme Party

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On Saturday, I got to go to a Date Theme party with my good friend Sarah. We had to come up with a “perfect pair” theme and with St. Patty’s Day coming up, what better “perfect pair” than a Leprechaun and a pot of gold?! 

Sarah was the Leprechaun (and her gorg red hair went perfectly). She wore a green dress and paired it with a thin orange belt. It was an adorable outfit that matched perfectly for a Leprechaun but is versatile enough to wear as a casual summer outfit as well. 

I was the pot of gold. For my outfit, I decked out in gold with a goldish dress and a lot of gold jewelry. Initially, I wore heels but since we had to walk across town in single digit weather, I opted out and threw on my combat boots.

Both outfits went nicely with our theme but are still outfits we could wear any day. We drew a line between costumes and cute outfits.

Unfortunately, we did not win the costume contest but all in all, it was a fun night out with a bestie! 

If you were to go to a theme party, what would you want to be? 

ElexisMichelle

Beanie Revolution

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Let me ask you a few questions: what do you think of when you see this $ $ $ beanie? What kind of message do you think I’m “trying” to send? 

Well, when I bought this hat for only $5 at Charlotte Russe when I was Black Friday shopping (of course), I honestly liked it because it was A.cheap, B.white and I had no white Beanie, C.I thought the dollar signs were pretty cool since they were gold and D.I obviously do enjoy my hard earned money.

This is my favorite hat/beanie that I own. Why? It causes a little “controversy” (not sure if I should call it even that) but it brings up conversation and raises questions. Oh, and I just think it’s really cute.

When I was going through airport security last month to visit my mom in NYC, the security guard asked me “so what kind of message are you trying to send with that hat?” and I was so caught off guard (no pun intended). I responded “I don’t know…I just liked the hat…and money” and I proceeded on my way.

It got me thinking. The clothes we wear do send off messages to strangers. To everyone who knows me personally, I’m not a money crazed princess who would cry if I got a red Mercedes instead of a black Mercedes. The only crazy I have for money is to pay off my college tuition. I work hard for my money and while I do indulge on a few shopping trips here and there, I am pretty smart with it. I don’t come from a family that’s wealthy but I come from a family who works hard and values money. 

I think it’s quite amazing how we can get points across just from clothing whether it be a simple dollar sign hat or a t-shirt with a phrase on it. Despite the fact that some misunderstandings or assumptions can be wrongly made, the power of our clothes is the point I’m trying to get at. We need to exercise this great part of fashion and take full advantage of it. If you believe in it, wear it! It’s a clothing revolution, I tell you! 

So, Mr. Security guard, I guess the message I want to send with my hat is that I value money…the money that my family and I work hard for. I will wear my beanie proudly because of that.

ElexisMichelle

CollegeFashionista.com Internship

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It’s pivotal to get as much experience as possible in the specific area that you are pursuing as a career. When I saw that CollegeFashionista was looking for college interns for different campuses around the country, and even around the world, I gave it a chance and applied. What did I have to lose? 

I was pretty excited to find out that I was accepted and was going to be a Style Guru photographer and writer for the men’s column for the University of Iowa campus. So far, this internship has been a great learning experience!

If you’re interested in fashion journalism, I would suggest anyone passionate to apply next semester! I get to explore the fashions on the campus and dissect them (in a good way!) through writing.

My posts are published every Tuesday on the site, so definitely check me out!

Here’s a link to my Style Guru Bio and from there, you can see a few of my other articles published: http://www.collegefashionista.com/style-guru-bio-elexis-rodgers/

ElexisMichelle 

Over my winter break (while I wasn’t working, bleh), I flew out to New York City to visit my mom. It was a much needed little vacation and I absolutely love NYC, so I was psyched to stay downtown in the Waldorf Astoria on Christmas Day and visit Rockefeller Plaza to see the big Christmas Tree. 

It was pretty cold, since it was December, so I wore a long coat that my mom gave to me (hand-me-downs, holla!) but I loooved it. She bought it in Amsterdam on a trip a while back. I paired the gray jacket with my brown, knee high boots from Charlotte Russe. It was a warm, simple, city look. 

We did some window shopping as well…because let’s be honest, I can’t afford most of the stuff in the name brand stores that I love (Chanel, BCBG, Gucci, ect.) and I had to take a picture of the displays from BCBG. I absolutely loved the all white, classy display at the front of the store and I fell completely in love with the jeweled overlay on the black dress (sorry for the reflective pictures, iPhones are no SLR cameras). 

We ate out quite a lot but one of my favorite places was a cute little Macaron coffee shop. We stopped for some breakfast tea and the place couldn’t have been any cuter! It’s right on 3rd Ave so if you’re ever in NYC definitely pay a visit. The place is just way too adorable not to!

My trip to NYC was way too short but I cannot wait to go back. Thank God my mom lives a 25 minute train ride away from Grand Central Station. See you soon NYC.

ElexisMichelle

Hunters and Pattern Leggings

While Black Friday shopping this year (which was cuh-razy), I noticed that tribal and patterned leggings and sweaters are the new trend. I think it’s a great look for winter because it adds some texture into the outfits…and not to mention, it’s nice to stay comfortable all at the same time.

I grabbed these black and white tribal patterned leggings at Charlotte Russe since they were having a buy one get one free deal. I bought another pair that I will post sometime in the near future when I get around to wearing them!

It was a muggy and cold day here in Iowa today so I broke out the Hunter Boots and thought it was a nice match with the leggings. Simple, comfortable but cute all at the same time.

This patterned leggings trend is one I’m willing to keep around for the winter but the cold weather can go somewhere else! Burrrrr.

ElexisMichelle

Piperlime.com

You have to check out this website! Being a branch off fashion line from the Gap, this site is sort of like a high end version of Forever 21. Although the clothes are pretty pricey (and most of you know that I’m a bargain hunter), I will definitely be using this site to “splurge” on a piece or two. 

What Piperlime.com does well is keep up with the current trends. It even has an entire category dedicated to “spring leather” (which I’ll be talking about in an upcoming post). In addition to the trends, they just have some overall fabulous and unique pieces that look like they’re right off the runway. There is a very nice variety of patterns and textures to choose from, including many different styles.

Personally, I’m absolutely obsessed with their dresses! I love that they have a mixture of extremely elegant dresses but also floral summer dresses. You also can’t help but look at the designer dresses that they sell such as Theory and Trina Turk

Definitely go check this website out! You won’t be disappointed, I promise!

Iowa Fashion Management Club Charity Fashion Show

        

                

           

Tonight was the University of Iowa FMC Charity Fashion Show so I attended with my friend/roomie, Chloe. 

The night started with us wandering around the information stands that included Victoria’s Secret PINK, ASOS, Rent The Runway, and a few others. We grabbed some sweet freebies (‘cause who doesn’t love free stuff?!) and then made our way over to get some hors d’oeuvres (okay, they were actually just small cake bites and chocolate eclairs but I like the sound of hors d’oeuvres better). 

We grabbed our sweets and sat down for the show.

Samantha Peterson, the creator and writer for the fashion blog The Brunette One spoke a few words of inspiration about her experience in the fashion industry. She’s definitely a role model for people like me, so I appreciated that. The actual fashion show part was a nice event with models wearing clothing that was all going to be donated to United Action for Youth Charity. 

All in all, the event was a nice little evening out with the roomie, an excuse to dress up, and I’m excited to see the progression of this Fashion Show in the upcoming years.

imageEver since elementary school, we’ve known what the primary colors are. Why not incorporate them into our wardrobe? These bright, eye-popping, colors can take a plain outfit to the next level and really make you stand out. 

Ombré Hair

Ombrè colored hair has inevitably become a big trend and it seems to be getting even more popular. For those who don’t even know what Ombrè hair is, it is the gradual lightening of your hair color from dark to lighter towards the ends.

I saw this hair trend probably about a year and a half ago while I was surfing the internet and for months, I had wanted to do it to my hair but I was scared! I didn’t want to do it myself but I also didn’t want to pay $150 at a salon.

After a few weeks of admiring this hair trend, I decided to attempt to do it myself. I did my research and initially opted to not even touch hair bleach because I wasn’t that experienced with hair color yet. I found L’Oreal HiColor HiLight For Brunettes dye which didn’t require you to bleach your hair before, it lightened your hair in one application step. *I highly recommend this product if you want to try out Ombrè but don’t want to use bleaching*

Over a span of a year, I applied the L’Oreal dye (in Natural Blonde) and it did lighten my hair…however, I always wanted it to be lighter because I feel like it would fade.

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^This was my hair right after an application of the L’Oreal HiColor dye. I think this was a good Ombrè but once it faded and became darker, I wanted it light again! (This picture was taken probably around December 2012).

So, I was finally brave enough to get the urge to try bleaching my hair. I had heard horror stories of hair bleach ruining your hair and making it fall out. I was pretty scared to bleach it but I figured that my hair wasn’t in the best shape anyway, so there wasn’t much to lose… (except maybe all my hair..eek!). 

I went to Sally’s Beauty Supply and bought these items:

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I used Ion because I had used their Demi-Permanent dye before and was pretty happy with the brand. You need the powder lightener (all the way to the right), dye developer (middle) (I used 20 so I could control the color better), and a moisturizing hair treatment for right after (left). All together, these items costed me about $12. Not bad.

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Some other things that were useful was a hair dye mixing bowl and brush for easy application, gloves for protection and a rat-tail comb to help section. These are also all pretty cheap at Sally’s.

After doing the bleach (I can do a separate post with details of how I applied the bleach if anyone is interested, just message me!), my hair came out sooo much lighter. I was really satisfied. It’s REALLY blonde at the bottom but as time goes, I know that it will fade (which is a good thing in this case). 

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Overall, I’m really happy with how it turned out with the bleach. The moisturizing treatment afterwards really helped repair my hair, so if you are thinking of doing this, please please please make sure to use a treatment after.

The bottom picture is with my hair parted on the side, so that’s why my hair looks a lot more blonde. This Ombrè, using the bleach, is a lot more bold and obvious than my previous Ombrè’s.

I really do love this trend and I encourage anyone to try it. It’s a fun and edgy style and if you get bored with your hair easily like I do, this is a great option! If not the bleaching option, the L’Oreal dye option is great for a more subtle look. There’s also a box dye especially for Ombrè which is a great option also. 

If anyone has ANY questions, is thinking of doing this on their hair or needs any help, please don’t hesitate to message me (the “Ask” button on the top menu bar)! Ombrè on, my friends. 

-ElexisMichelle 


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