Summer Job Outfits…on a Budget!

Summer is here and – now that you’ve landed a great summer gig – it’s important to dress chic while staying within your budget! With these looks, you’ll be the fashionista of your office. Here are some outfits that are cute and appropriate for the work place whether you’re working in a business casual or corporate setting.

Business Casual Outfit #1

Color Block Dress (Target) $20, Sparkling Leaf Necklace (Forever 21) $9.80, Silver Gladiator Sandals (Asos.com) $48

Business Casual Outfit #2

Peplum Skirt (Forver21) $22.80, Studded Button Down (Forever21) $22.80, Gold Flats (Target) $15.99

Corporate Outfit #1

Black Pants (Forever21) $24.80, Embellished Button Down (Lord and Taylor) $33, Blazer (H&M) $30, Blue Heels (Forever 21) $35

Corporate Outfit #2

Neck Tie Blouse (Forever21) $18, Printed Skirt (Target) $23, Nude Heel (ASOS) $22

How do you shop for work outfits on a budget? If you like these outfit ideas, check out our other “Dress for Success…for Less!” ideas.

Written by Guest Blogger, Chloe Leach

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Made in the USA: Whitney Howard Designs

If an outfit is a cake, accessories are the frosting: they might not be essential, but they sure make things a whole lot better. Our most recent Made in the USA obsession,Whitney Howard Designs, takes accessories we love – necklaces, rings, bracelets – and puts a little extra heart into them.

If you’re looking for a small gift that holds a big meaning, these accessories are for you. From “Inspire Rings” to “Keys to Your Heart“, these tiny trinkets pack a heartfelt punch. The entire collection is inspired by the designers’ desire to bring peace, love, gratitude and healing, to those who give and receive them.

One of our favorite pieces is the Quotable Cuff. Each has a tiny graphic and inspiring quote that will keep you motivated all day long. Stack them or wear each cuff one at a time! We love that these earth-friendly products are made from recycled pewter.

Swing by select Barnes & Noble College Campus bookstores and pick out gifts for all those close to you!

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Made in the USA – Freakers

You’ve probably dressed up your pet before, so why not dress up your drink? Prevent that icky feeling you get from holding a condensation-soaked iced coffee with our latest obsession – Freakers. They’re like sweaters for your favorite frosty beverage and they’re part of our latest series, Made in the USA.

Few things are worse than that cold, drippy sensation that accompanies clutching a cold frappuccino or iced tea. Beyond that, those little cardboard sleeves sometimes just don’t cut it. With that in mind, Freaker USA has solved this problem with their array of fun and feisty beverage insulators. With names like “Baberaham Lincoln” and “The Dude”, they have somehow managed to take a mundane object and make it cool.

Which ones is your favorite? Post a comment or stop by select Barnes & Noble College campus bookstores and pick one up!

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Greek Gear

Whether you plan on rushing this term or are rounding the corner into your last semester of Greek Life, do it in style. Finding good, lettered items can be hard – finding affordable lettered pieces can be nearly impossible. That’s why we’re all about Greek Gear.  They let you customize and practically design your own Greek stuff, so you can be sure you get what you want. So whether you plan to lavish your Little with tons of new Delta Zeta clothes and accessories or give your soon-to-be-graduating Big-Big a Sigma Pi parting gift, Greek Gear is something you’ll want to check out.

We spent hours poring over the website and finally devised a list of our favorite items. You know we can’t resist sharing these lists with you, so keep reading to find out what made the cut!

Preppy Pieces: Some say it never left, some say it’s back…whichever way you look at, Preppy Chic is IN. Sisters will love this Ribbed Sport Sorority Collared shirt while brothers will look clean cut in this Classic Oxford. Customize it for your organization!

Bags & Accessories: If you’re looking for more subtle way to show your support for your Fraternity/Sorority, accessories are the way to go. We love the subdued statement these Oval Sorority Earrings make. Jewelry not your thing? This Vintage Coin Purse, available in tan or pink, is the perfect spot to keep keys & IDs (don’t want to forget those!). Or, carry all of your books and school supplies in a customizable Sorority Growth Tote Bag. For the record – we want all three.

Jerseylicious: Want something besides the standard lettered T-shirt? Make yourself really stand out with something unique. We’re obsessed with this Sorority Football Jersey Tee. Customize it just the way you want and turn heads at any event (Bonus Points for matching nail polish!).

For the Dorm: We think you should bring your Greek pride right into your dorm room! We LOVE these cozy Greek Sweatshirt Blankets and the silky smooth Damask Sorority Pillows, perfect for relaxing after a long day at a Philanthropy Event! And as total coffee-lovers, we’re all about the Ceramic Coffee Cups.

What do you think of our Favorites? Comment below with your own top picks!

Do any of these items catch your eye? Be sure to check out www.greekgear.com or the Student Offers page on your Campus Bookstore website.

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Made in the USA

No trend feels quite like home as much as the wave of Americana that’s been sweeping the nation. With a big nod to nostalgia, this trend celebrates all things that come from the land of the Red, White & Blue. We’re very excited to kick off our latest style series: Made in the USA. Each week we’ll be featuring a new product that’s – you guessed it – made right here in the United States. This week, we’re starting off with a set of tote bags that combine this trend with our other love – classic books.

Out of Print Clothing honors some of the greatest stories ever told through fashion and accessories. As their name suggests, they take iconic (and often Out of Print) book covers and feature them on their products. The result is a beautiful combination of literature and style. What’s even better – for each product sold, Out of Print donates a book to a community in need.

We’re thrilled to be carrying a few of their AMAZING tote bags in some of our stores. Whether you’re a devoted fan of Jane Austen or as intrigued by the mysterious Jay Gatsby as we are, you’ll be sure to fall in love with these bags.

The feathery Pride and Prejudice cover art comes from the original 19th century jacket designed by Hugh Thomson. However, if you’re anxiously awaiting The Great Gatsby film release this year, you can satisfy your Gatsby craving with the bag based off of the renowned 1925 first edition jacket by Francis Cugat. The Jane Eyre tote’s sweeping colors come from the Universal Library edition jacket.

These bags are available at select Barnes & Noble College bookstores so stop in today! Which bag will you be toting around? Post a comment!

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DIY Dorm: T-Shirt Scarf

There are few things we love more than a good upcycling project. When our Guest Blogger sent us this fun DIY, we were eager to share it with our readers. Keep reading for easy-to-follow instructions that show you how to turn an old T-shirt into a brand new scarf!

What You’ll Need:

T-shirt
Scissors
Puff paint

What You’ll Do:

1. Start out decorating the ends of the t-shirt with puff paint

2. Once the paint has dried, cut the shirt across (cut below the arms but give yourself enough room to cut strips).

3. At the bottom of the shirt, cut approximately 1 inch strips all the way across (getting close to making fringes!).

4. Hold the shirt down and pull each strip towards you to create the fringe effect. Stretch out each strip to make them longer (don’t pull too hard or else they might rip off).

5. Once you’ve created the fringe, you can then either single or double wrap your new beautiful t-shirt scarf you just made: easy and inexpensive fashion!

Written by Guest Blogger, Aksa A. of RIT

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#WhatsTrending: Color Club Nail Polish

From highlighter yellow to electric pink, neon shades have been hard to miss lately. Sporting this attention-grabbing trend is right at your finger tips – literally! A few coats of the latest Trend Table item (found at select Barnes & Noble Campus Bookstores, of course) and you’ll be on your way to a complete neon takeover.

Color Club Nail Polish (as its name suggests) focuses on one main thing: COLOR! For 30 years they have been a leader in professional nail color with their high-quality lacquers. Though the quality might be high, their prices are not. It’s never been so easy – and so affordable – to stay on trend.

So whether you choose fluorescent lime or eye-catching purple, your nails will be on everyone’s mind. Our favorite look? We LOVE pairing neon polish with a simple black dress and pumps. Tie it all together with a statement necklace with the same colorful accents.

The items we picked: H&M Jersey Dress, Black Mrkt Sonia Pump, Turquoise Stone Pendant Necklace, Color Club Nail Polish in “Chelsea Girl”

What do you think? How would you wear this trend? Swing by select Campus Bookstores and try it out for yourself!

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The IT List: Tweed

Long gone are the days when tweed was reserved solely for professors or librarians. Nowadays, anyone can channel their inner academic and sport tweed pieces fashionably. We decided to make this trend a little bit easier by pulling together some of our favorite tweed items. Keep reading to find out which ones we picked!

The items we picked: Steve Madden Women’s Classic Tweed Flats, H&M Blazer, Forever 21 Tweed Pencil Skirt, Mossimo Womens Moto Tweed Jacket, Boucle Crossbody Bag

Which is your favorite? How would you work it into your everyday style?

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The IT List: Belts, Belts, Belts!

Belts used for the sole purpose of hiking up an oversized pair of pants are now a thing of the past. There is no easier way to dip your toes in the trend pool than with these waist-cinching accessories. Whether you love all things glittery or prefer simple color-blocking, there is a belt for you. Check out our five favorites for fall and see which suits you best!

The belts we picked: Merona Chunky Glitter Belt from Target, Cutout Hearts Hip Belt by Forever 21, Life on the Edge Belt by ModCloth, Mixit Tabbed Colorblock Belt from JCPenney, Snake Embossed Skinny Belt from Express

Which one are you dying to get your hands on? Let us know in the comments below!

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The IT List: Graphic Sweaters

If you’re looking for a bold – but fun – fashion statement to make this fall, look no further than these graphic sweaters. They’ve been popping up all over and the bright, unforgettable patterns are hard to miss. They’re warm and fuzzy without being boring. Which one do you like?

Animals

If you’re looking for a sweater with an extra dose of cute, you might want to try one of these graphic choices. There’s one for the animal-lover in all of us.

Our picks: Master of the House Sweater by ModCloth, ASOS Panda Sweater, and Bough House Sweater

Symbols

Wear your heart – or star – on your sleeve in a graphic sweater like one of these. The bright colors go perfectly with a pair of dark skinny jeans and some flats.

Our picks: Knitted Start Motif Jumper, J. Crew Tippi Sweater in Heart Me, and Mossimo Supply Company Long-Sleeve Stars Sweater

Random

There are tons of graphic sweaters for whatever preference you may have. Whether it’s a vivd pattern or a quirky saying, there is something for everyone.

Our picks: Altitude Adjustment Sweater, Nevermind Sweater, and Vibrant Retro Print Sweater

Which sweater is your pick? Post a comment!

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