Good Day Sunshine

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The sun actually made an appearance in the ‘burgh today, and it was glorious! I can’t remember the last time the temperature was actually above fifty degrees. I’ve spent the past few months consistently working in the depths of my college suite, so today I treated myself to a bit of fresh air. I happily took to the streets with light layers and newly thrifted sunnies.  I found these sunglasses at Salvation Army last weekend, and I just couldn’t resist. Their shape is ultra flattering for round baby faces like mine, and the gold trim is just too cool. Plus, they’re actually dark enough to keep the sun out of my eyes. (Stylish AND effective!) But of course the best thing about these sunglasses is the fact that they were 99¢. Oh, the lovely little things you can find in bargain bins!

One of my favorite rules of thrift shopping is to ALWAYS check out the accessories section before you leave. It may appear small, but most thrift stores price jewelry and accessories considerably well. In fact, many thrift stores in my area make all jewelry and accessories one price. I’m not gonna lie- you WILL encounter some junk as you search, but you’re also likely to find a really cool new piece to add to your accessories collection. Just be sure that you don’t have any specific expectations to meet while you thrift. I didn’t go into SA in search of sunglasses, but I was definitely pleasantly surprised when I found them. Are you pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down? It’s just always worth a dig!

Have you done any treasure hunting lately? I want to hear all about your own thrifty purchases! updated lipstick blogMad

It’s been a long time since I rock and rolled.

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If I could only pick one music genre to listen to for the rest of my life, I’d dust off my mom’s rock ‘n roll records and make myself at home. There’s a lot to be learned from rock ‘n roll, beginning with rebellion and ending with style. I live for bold shades, thritfted leopard prints, and of course, wild accessories.

ImageWhen Senetha of Coco Rain offered me a $5 coupon code to use in her shop, I immediately began searching for something to add to my expanding collection of accessories. I was ecstatic when I came across these rhinestone round sunglasses, a rock ‘n roll alternative to the typical shades. How can anyone feel less than glamorous when they’re wearing rhinestones?

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Sugarcane in the Easy Morning

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“Through playful lips made of yarn that fragile
Capricorn unraveled words like moths upon old scarves”

Bedhead. Bare face. I unexpectedly dug this pale pink sweater out of my dresser last night and felt compelled to style it sweetly. While it feels odd to present myself in any color that isn’t a shade of black, brown, or grey, it seems like a nice way to welcome the strange and slow transition into spring. I’m longing for the blossoming of flowers and fashion trends. In the meantime, I’m clinging to my bottle of Jasmine by Demeter to keep springtime memories alive. Especially with this windchill. I have a few little numbers stashed away in the back of my closet just waiting to be worn in warmer weather. I adore layering, but sometimes a piece just has to shine on its own, sans jacket. And so I’m counting down the days until I can throw on a mini dress and rock it without hassle. I have a few particular pieces in mind, and most of them are still attached to their price tags.

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What will you be wearing this spring?

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Surviving the Polar Vortex

ImageThis is a bit of a lifestyle post today, but it’s below zero in the Burgh, and I couldn’t be more frozen. I didn’t even know it could get this cold in Pennsylvania! Almost everything is closed due to the the polar vortex, so I’m spending some quality time at home with plenty of mini coconut donuts, chai tea, and blankets.  I could use a conversation, though, so feel free to chat with me on Twitter. I hope you’re keeping warm and cozy wherever you are in the world.Image

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Outfit of the Day: Fur and Studs

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Coat: H&M Gloves: Target Earrings: Aldo Pants: Forever21 Boots: Delman Hat: H&M

Snow days are perfect excuses to dress like royalty in jewels and faux fur. Pittsburgh may be facing an “arctic blast”, but nothing will stop me from having stylish fun.

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Spotted: Favorite Fall Semester Looks in Downtown Pittsburgh

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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Caitlyn Riegal is a local fashion designer and blogger. Be sure to check out her blog,

The Girl From New York!

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Sending a big thank you to all of you beautiful and stylish ladies for helping me out and keeping Pittsburgh glam! I can’t wait to write for the Fashionista Spotlight column this spring.Image

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Pittsburgh Fashion Week 2013 | Student Designer Runway Show

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 Ahhh, fashion week.  Who doesn’t love tuning into the highly anticipated NYFW news and streams?  I know it’s always been a hobby of mine, so I was especially excited when I received the opportunity to participate in a similar event- Pittsburgh Fashion Week.

I recently had the pleasure of modeling for fashion designer Allison Bailey in Pittsburgh’s Student Designer Runway Show, a major highlight of PFW.

Bailey’s line, Allison Elizabeth Designs, embraces a focus on swim and resortwear with a classic vintage-inspired style.  I loved modeling her coverups on the catwalk- I can only imagine how pretty they must look on the beach!

While I usually have worries about being the shortest lady at fashion shows (I’m 5’3), I always have such a blast.  I’ve found that participating in these events can serve as a great way to expand my network.  I made so many friends at Pittsburgh Fashion Week.  From designers to photographers, and of course, the beautiful women I had the honor of walking with, I can safely say that I met some truly inspirational people at this event.

Does your city have a fashion week?  If so, I strongly urge you to get involved in any way you possibly can.  It’s always an empowering feeling to come together with local people who share the same interests as you and push you to shoot for the stars.

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