The IT List: Full Steam(punk) Ahead!

One trend we are loving for fall is steampunk. Now, there’s a good chance you’re thinking, “What is steampunk?”. We like to think of it as what the past would look like if the future had happened sooner. It’s a style that emerged from a sub-genre of science fiction that mixes the Victorian Era with the Industrial Revolution (cool, right?). It might seem intimidating at first – the intricate designs and costume-like silhouettes – but you don’t have to go full-blown Helena Bonham Carter to rock this quirky trend. Find out how we pull style inspiration from all things steampunk

One way to make a trend like this more wearable is by working it into your accessories. I like to think of this method as “catwalk” to “sidewalk”, a way to make couture more everyday. I’ve pulled together an “inspiration board” to help you kickstart your journey into the world of steampunk.

Steampunk Inspiration Board

Shop The Look: Ring: Etsy ($33) Pocket WatchEtsy ($24.75) Velvet BootsModcloth ($120) SunglassesAliexpress ($4.31)

Being the college-loving bunch that we are, we also can’t resist the steampunk-inspired school supplies from Pierre Belvédère. In particular, we’re big fans of the Agendas pictured below.  The best part? They’re available at your campus bookstore!

Pierre Belvedere Beauty Shot

How do you plan to work some steampunk into your every day style? Post a comment below!

Written by Guest Blogger, Chloe L. of Penn State

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The IT List: Coral

Now that summer has finally arrived it’s time to kick those neutrals to the curb and play it up with the hue that’s been making a big splash. Coral is everywhere right now, from subtle pops of color in accessories to full-blown attention grabbing lipsticks….and let me tell you, I am obsessed. This color can be a little tricky to navigate, but once you find the right shade you can rock this trend all summer long.

Let’s start with some subtle pops of color…Get the look: Essie Nail Polish, J. Crew Sneaker Laces, Forever 21 Cool Girl Geo Baseball Cap, J. Crew Reusable Water Bottle

…and then move on to bolder statements.

Get the look: NARS Lipstick, SheInside Pink Boyfriend Blazer, Neon Coral Crossback Cami Dress from GlamorousKeds Champion Ikat in Coral

Are you loving this coral trend for the summer? Let us know!

Written by Guest Blogger, Chloe L. of Penn State University

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The IT List: April Showers Bring May FLOWERS!

Well, I know it doesn’t feel like it yet for some of us, but Spring is finally here! It’s that time again to blow the dust off your favorite open-toe wedges and start chucking those haven’t-fit-since-the-seventh-grade-but-maybe-next-year jeans to make room for the hottest trends of 2014.

This year,  floral is all the rage and personally, I couldn’t be any more excited. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Floral?? I think my grandma lives in that part of the department store.” But have no fear! Whether your style is edgy or chic, girly or casual – I’ve got you covered!

1. For a casual look that still makes a statement, try out a high-waisted floral print legging or jean with a muted crop top or boyfriend tank. Add a pair of converse and – voila! This outfit is sure to get you some positive attention – without experiencing that uncontrollable urge to check how you look in any and all reflective surfaces throughout the day.

2. When blended with leather, any outfit can be edgy (even Grandma’s). This electric floral crop top is perfectly balanced by a high-waisted leather mini. Try something similar for a noticeable look on a fun night out with the girls. Keep it from being too over-the-top by candy-colored flats with a pastel clutch.

3. It’s festival season and our last look is perfect. Take flowery denim shorts, but tone down the “foofiness” by adding a relaxed graphic tee. Lace-up boots are perfect for dancing around in the mud all day, while spiky jewelry adds an edgy touch.

Shop The Look:

(Outfit 1) Leggings from Delia’s, Crop Top from Collective Habit,  Sneakers from Converse, Bee Charming Jewelry Necklace from MetroPark USA, Sunglasses from Aerie
(Outfit 2) Crop Top from Forever 21, High-Waisted Leather Skirt from NastyGal, Double Fold-Over Clutch from Daily Look, Flats from Whistles UK
(Outfit 3) Rose Denim Shorts from Forever 21, Volcom Graphic Tee from Tilly’s, Boots from 6PM,  Spike, Cross, & Skull Bangle Set from Charlotte Russe, Kalo Spike Earrings from Swell

1. A classic sleeveless floral dress is a look that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Its high-waisted cinch makes this a flattering outfit for all spring beauties. Whether you’re headed to class or out to lunch, you can’t go wrong with this look unless you don’t go at all!

2. For more formal occasions, try a floral midi dress paired with a cardigan. A stunning outfit can boost your confidence and help make a great impression when it’s most important. Use that flower power, girl!

3. Lastly, we have the gorgeous floral maxi dress. The flattering high waist and flowing, lightweight fabric give you the best of ALL worlds – formal, casual, chic, sleek and comfortable. What else could you ask for? A pocket built specifically for hamburgers? Maybe that’s just me.

Shop The Look:

(Outfit 1) Dress from Modcloth, Shoes from TopShop, Towne & Reese Lillian Earrings from Pink Mascara
(Outfit 2) Flower Print Midi Dress from Quiz Clothing, Cardigan from John Lewis, Shoe Cult Cobalt Pumps from NastyGal, Daisy Necklace from Brandy Melville USA
(Outfit 3) Black VNeck Floral Maxi Dress from New Look, Cat-Eye Sunglasses from zeroUV, Sandals from American Eagle, Layla Bangle Set from Forever New

All in all, I think it’s safe to say floral is going to be huge this season. Did you find something you like? More to add to the list? Let us know! Tag your floral fashion online with #bnITlist2014.

Written by Blogger, Sandy Gomez

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The IT List: Neons with Neutrals

Pairing neutral pieces with neon pops of color is a great way to add some vibrancy to an outfit, without going overboard. But which neutrals really complement all of our favorite neons? Sure…black goes with everything, but it’s camel that softens the glare of a hot pink top. And though a crisp white paired with neon yellow gives off a summery feel, it’s gray that really makes it pop. We decided to compile a handy guide showcasing all of our favorite Neon & Neutral pairs.

The Pair: Neon Yellow & Grey

Something about a muted gray really makes neon yellow accents pop. We started with a monochromatic look – a grey collegiate tee from any Barnes & Noble College campus bookstore and a pair of grey skinny jeans. We added in a neon handbag and neon-capped ballet flats, which really stand out against the grey.

The Pair: Neon Pink & Camel

Hot pink can be hard to pull off (unless, of course, you’re Barbie). However, pairing highlighter pink accessories with a camel colored dress makes for the perfect combination. We took a Military Shirt Dress from Oasis and paired it with neon pink skimmers. For accessories, we opted for a neon pink statement necklace from BaubleBar and a cork-inspired clutch from J. Crew (to add some texture).

The Pair: Neon Orange & Egg Shell

Neon orange is no longer reserved for traffic cones and life preservers. In fact, when paired with a soft egg shell color, it can come out looking quite pretty. We took a brightly-colored River Island Skater Skirt and matched it up with a lacy crochet top from Awwdore. The neutral tone and intricate details of the shirt offset the attention-grabbing shade of the skirt. We finished it off with some adorable Steve Madden Oxfords and a funky geometric necklace from Forever 21.

The Pair: Neon Green & Navy Blue

The last color-duo we’ll be tackling is neon green & navy blue. The brightness of a lime green looks fabulous next to a deep navy. We took a vibrant pair of lace-trimmed neon shorts from Forever 21 and a flowy navy blue top from ModCloth. We also decided to break away from solid colors with a pair of navy & white striped loafers and finished off the look with silver triangular studs.

What neon & neutral colors do you wear together? Share your advice in the comments!

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Five Ways to Revamp Your Style (For Free!)

We all know that it can get expensive buying makeup, going to the salon, etc so I found this fantastic article by the ever-so-lovely Lauren Conrad about how to switch up your style… without spending a cent! You can read the full post here but I’ll give you the quick overview of everything.

1. Change the part in your hair.

You can give yourself a whole new look just by parting your hair in different ways. Play around with it and see which way you like best! (throwback to the 90′s zig-zag part, anyone?)

2. Try bold lips or a cat eye.

Tweaking things in your makeup routine can make you feel refreshed and help you break out of a routine. Try rocking a red lip or some winged-out eyeliner to instantly feel fabulous and daring.

3. DIY face masks

You may not know, but you can make face masks with things in your kitchen! There are so many different kinds that are for all skin types and skin problems. Check out this list of recipes here.

4. Natural Teeth Whiteners

Drugstore whitening strips can do some damage to your wallet, so an at home recipe mixes baking soda and lemon juice together. It creates a paste that you brush onto teeth and let sit for a about a minute before cleaning off.

5. Fix Your Posture

Learn to stand up straight! It can really change your attitude and mood if you’re standing confidently. Perfect posture is something we should all be striving toward!

What are some of your tips to change up your style without spending cash?

Written by Guest Blogger, Chloe Leach

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The IT List: Summer Essentials Part I

Beat the heat with these awesome styles for summer. Whether it’s vibrant shades that add a much-needed pop of color or trendy accessories that help you keep cool during the hot summer months, these items should definitely be on your shopping list. Keep reading for our Summer Essentials, Part I!

Orange Orange Orange! Orange is the HOT color this summer. Add this neon hue into your summer style by incorporating small pops of color in order to make a BIG statement.

Matte Lipstick

Pretty pinks, bold reds, and exotic oranges are just some of the colors that you can wear with matte lipsticks. Unlike sticky lip-gloss, matte lipsticks provide bold or subtle colors that stay on longer and without the mess.

The “Short-Suit”

This trend is one that’s a bit more daring. From the innovative take on the “Pant-Suit” comes a fun, trendy, and stylish new outfit that is perfect for almost any occasion. The short-suit can be styled for a business casual look to a day out in the city. Coming in many different patterns and materials, this trend is definitely one to try this summer.

Check out this article for more ideas about how to wear the “short-suit”!

The Floppy Hat

Nothing says summer vacation quite like wearing a big floppy hat by the pool.  The classic piece can be worn with a bathing suit, a sundress, or a t-shirt and shorts! It is an essential that is both cute to wear and useful! These hats come in many different colors, styles, and sizes so you are sure to find one that fits you. The floppy hat is a classy summer essential that can spruce up any outfit!

Which of these will be you trying out this summer? Don’t forget to check back this week for Summer Essentials: Part II!

Written by Guest Blogger, Sydney Sheehan

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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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The IT List: New Year’s Eve Style

Finding the right New Year’s Eve outfit is as important to many people as watching the ball drop in Times Square. We know you’ll be filtering tons of Instagram photos and uploading tons of pictures to Facebook – so make sure you do it in style! We’ve got outfit ideas for whatever is you’ll be doing at the stroke of midnight.

PARTY WITH FRIENDS

You’re ringing in 2013 with 50 of your closest friends! We decided to go bold as a way of welcoming in the new year. A sparkly, champagne-colored dress paired with both a fuschia necklace AND pumps is fun and bright without looking tacky.

FAMILY GATHERING

Sky-high heels and a glittery dress might not be ideal for spending the last few minutes of 2012 with Grandma. Instead, try a sparkling sweater with skinny jeans and a plain tank. Black boots will keep you comfortable while statement earrings will add a little flash. Hellooooo 2013!

STAYING IN

Whether crowds aren’t your thing or you just want to relax while you count down to midnight, you can still look festive on a new year’s eve staying in. Pair comfortable leggings with a cushy pair of black loafers. On top, throw on a draped metallic sweater for a look that’s super comfortable, but still has a New Year’s flare.

Which ensemble will you be sporting this New Year’s Eve? Post a comment below and we’ll share it with our readers!

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Preppy Chic – Our Character Inspiration

We love that “Preppy Chic” has been making a splash again this season. The clean-cut style that generally includes collared shirts and loafers (and plenty of argyle) has gone through a real revival throughout the past few years. Gone are the pedestrian shades of yore – newer and brighter colors have made their way into the threads of this classic style. We decided to take it upon ourselves to compile a list of our favorite (and craziest) TV and movie prepsters for even more fashion inspiration. Check out our list and let us know your favorites!

Steff a.k.a. James Spader in Pretty in Pink

Part snobby rich kid, part angsty teenager and total jerk, even Steff’s horrible personality couldn’t stop us from appreciating his outfit choices. Though his morals were an absolute mess, Spader’s ensembles were always perfectly preppy throughout this 80’s classic.

 

Tracy Flick a.k.a. Reese Witherspoon in Election

Tracy Flick might be a manic and manipulative election candidate, but you have to admire her drive. The extreme example of “preppy,” Tracy’s outfits held real potential. A little less uptight, a little more colorful and she’d be on her way to being a regular fashionista.

 

Carlton Banks a.k.a. Alfonso Ribeiro in The Fresh Prince if Bel Air

Will Smith might have been the Fresh Prince but his cousin, Carlton, almost stole the show as the Preppy King. Despite being awkward and overbearing, Carlton was always dressed to the nines.

 

And the queen…Blair Waldor a.k.a. Leighton Meester in Gossip Girl

This “Queen B” is not only the reigning monarch of the Upper East Side, she’s the ruler of our Prepster inspirations. She never has a hair out of a place or an accessory out of season. With perfectly placed bows in her hair and the chicest school uniform around, Blair sits on the preppy throne with ease.

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The IT List: Ankle Boots

Our IT List items of the week are short and sweet. Ankle boots are the perfect footwear option for fall. They’ll keep your feet nice and toasty on brisk mornings but can be easily dressed up as well. From casual to dressy to edgy, there is a pair for whichever look you’re going for. Check out which ones we picked:

If you’re heading to class or venturing on an apple-picking adventure with friends, this casual pair of ankle boots is for you.

The items we picked: Blowfish Hatfield Bootie from DSW, Sandblasted Skinny Jeans, Stripe Off-Shoulder Sweatshirt, Vintage-Inspired Brown Horn-Rimmed Wayfarer Sunglasses

For a dressier look that’s perfect for fall, a sleek pair (like the ones below) will work beautifully. Give your peep-toe pumps a break and step out in these instead.

The items we picked: Michael Antonio Morea Bootie, Gold Blazer by H&M, Cutout High-Low Tunic Tank by Forever 21, Rizzo Leggings from Target, Wire Wrapped Teardrop Necklace

If the above two styles are too tame for you, try out a crazy pair like the ones below. Be careful though, they just might become the center of attention.

The items we picked: Anna Michelle Assassin Bootie, Mesh Sleeve Scuba Dress, Black Faux Leather Clutch, Silver Hoop Earrings by Nicole Miller

Which pair would you pick? Share your choice in the  comments below!

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