I’m kind of the queen of lazy Sundays, rolling out of bed to the scent of my mom baking cinnamon rolls and spending most of the day in my oversized John Lennon t-shirt. I’ve never really been one for watching television, so I often find myself snuggling up with a stack of books and magazines instead. Before the end of the fall semester, my boyfriend surprised me with the signed edition of Alexa Chung’s highly anticipated book, It, but 21 credits and an internship didn’t give me much time to enjoy its contents. As winter break lingers on, I’ve been flying through the unopened books on my shelf and loving every second of it. Of course, my break wouldn’t be complete without some much-needed inspiration from my favorite model, television personality, and contributing British Vogue editor.
It by Alexa Chung is essentially a style scrapbook, complete with gorgeous photography, quirky doodles, and Chung’s thoughts on various celebrities and trends. I’m sure that even those who lack a familiarity with Alexa Chung can find an appreciation for It and Chung’s down-to-earth personality. With topics ranging from love and awkward teenage years to fashion and entertainment, there really is something for everyone within the pages of this book. I especially love that Chung includes thoughtful lists of music and movie recommendations as well as explanations for her personal sources of inspiration.Not only is It great for those who want to know more about Alexa Chung, but it’s a worthwhile read for any fashionista or blogger. It’s truly an inspiring collector’s item that would make a beautiful coffee table book in any lady’s apartment. Pick up your own copy here.
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!
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!
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?
As I prepare for my second semester of interning with CollegeFashionista, I can’t help but reflect on how many fashionable people I’ve encountered while writing for the What to Wear column. Check out a few of the best looks I’ve captured in the city.
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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!
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!