“I dig music.”

Music has always played a huge part in my sense of style. Artists like David Bowie, Steven Tyler, Stevie Nicks, Lady Gaga, and Amy Winehouse are just a few of my favorite style icons. I’ve learned a lot from their poise and understanding of fashion as an art form over the years, and I appreciate that they are/were the kind of people who bring all of the arts together in everything they do. Fashion, art, music, movies, television, writing- there is an undeniable connection between them all. In the case of fashion and music, I often find myself becoming inspired by songs, music videos, and even album covers. Music creates a feeling, and fashion allows me to express it.
Of course, I also like wearing band tees for the sole purpose of showing some love for my favorite artists. They’re carefree, yet cool, and they’re actually an awesome way to make friends. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stepped out of the house wearing a band tee only to have someone tell me that they admire that artist too.The only annoying thing about band tees in the realm of fashion is the lack of appreciation that some wearers have for the actual musicians on their shirts. Remember when Misfits attire became wildly popular a few years ago? As someone who grew up listening to the band, it was strange to see people wearing that famous skull logo when they couldn’t name a single song.


Regardless, I love the influence that music has on fashion, and I wouldn’t trade my old concert shirts for the world. If you feel the same way, stock up with my latest Polyvore set.
"I dig music."

updated lipstick blogMad

Gwen Stefani for OPI

My dude just turned 21, leaving me in the dust with a beverage menu that consists of Shirley Temples and Italian sodas. But that’s ok because the highly anticipated Gwen Stefani OPI nail polish collaboration is happening!Image

Like most women, I’ve fallen in love with Gwen Stefani over the years. From her musical talent to her interesting sense of style, there’s no doubt (haha) that Ms. Stefani is an icon. She has been wildly successful in all of her endeavors since making the decision to fly solo, despite the never-ending pleads for the reunion of her old pop-ska group. Not only has she continued to make rad music, but she’s taken on the fast-paced world of fashion with her lines L.A.M.B. (an acronym for her first album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby.) and Harajuku Lovers. In addition to designing clothing and accessories, Stefani also has her own perfume line, Harajuku Lovers, which features a variety of scents called Love, Angel, Music, and Baby.

And now, the pregnant 44-year-old goddess and mother of two can say she has her own collection with OPI. This woman just can’t be stopped!


Shades: Hey Baby, I Sing In Color, True Stefani Fashion, Love. Angel. Music. Baby., and 4 In The Morning ($9)

I have to admit, I don’t really paint my nails that often, but between this collection and Demi Lovato’s The New Black, I think I’ll have to start!

What celebrity beauty product collaborations have you been dying to try?



New Years Eve Makeup

2013 was pretty kind to me. From landing a fashion writing internship with CollegeFashionista.com to excelling as a journalism major while amping up my freelance modeling game on the side, I was blessed with so many incredible opportunities this year. To celebrate all of them, I will be ringing in the new year with my family and boyfriend by my side. After a crazy and stressful year, a cozy night at home watching the ball drop on television just seems right. While I may not be celebrating in NYC or at a wild party with all of my college friends, I’ll still be kicking off 2014 with some killer makeup, so I thought I’d share tonight’s look!

NYE Gold

I started off with a clean skin look by using Boscia B.B. Cream and Palladio Rice Powder. Then I did some contouring with my Tarte Park Avenue Princess bronzer and highlighted my cheekbones with Benefit Watt’s Up. I exfoliated my lips using Lush’s Popcorn lip scrub, moisturized with Nivea’s lip butter in Vanilla Macadamia Kiss, and added a pop of my favorite CoverGirl lipstick in Divine. For extra shine, I used my favorite Nars lip gloss in Gold Digger.  After lightly filling in my brows with a simple Elf pencil in the shade “coffee,” I primed my eyes using Urban Decay’s Primer Potion and experimented with my new Makeup Academy Palette from Sephora, opting for tones of yellow and working my way towards darker tones along the outer edges and crease. I also popped on a bit of Urban Decay’s Space Cowboy along with a Sephora gold glitter duo to add some sparkle. I then lined my eyes using a black gel liner from my Makeup Academy Palette and prepared to apply my new falsies from the Sephora Glitz and Glam Party Sampler…too bad I didn’t have eyelash glue. :c Instead, I played up my own lashes using the Lancome Hypnose Star mascara from the same kit.

That was my look for half of the day until I got an awesome idea. I decided to apply my Buxom glitter mascara using a small brush rather than the standard wand. This allowed me to paint each individual lash for extra shine, while also adding a bit to the inner corners of my eyes for a more dramatic look. To draw even more attention to my eyes, I added a bit of Maybelline’s Color Tattoo eyeshadow in the shade “Too Cool.”


Wow, that was a lot of makeup for not going out, but at least it was a fun look to create! What kind of makeup are you rocking to ring in the new year? Feel free to leave a photo in the comments below.

Happy New Year, everyone!