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: Delicate Jewelry

If you’re like me, then you’re not always sure which accessories to add to an outfit. This latest jewelry trend might be delicate, but it leaves a strong impression. Statement pieces have been all the rage for a while, but dainty jewelry is starting to make its mark. The best part? You can mix-and-match and layer until it really looks exactly how you want it to. Keep reading to see some of my favorite pieces…

Delicate Necklaces

I love the simplicity that a dainty necklace can bring to an outfit. They give the right amount of attention to your neckline without taking over your entire outfit. Different lengths are great for layering and will still maintain that delicate quality. Check out some of these super cute delicate necklaces that I’ve found!

Square necklace from Urban Outfitters ($14), Initial necklace from Forever 21 ($3.80), Heart necklace from J. Crew ($19)

Dainty Rings

I find dainty rings to be really feminine and perfect for any time of year. They don’t take over your hand, but they’ll still make your manicure pop. I’m really into the midi rings that I’ve been seeing around that only go down to mid knuckle. The good thing about these delicate rings is that you can really play around them and stack them up and they don’t look too cluttered or crazy. These are some of my favorites:

Rose gold knuckle set from Brandy Melville ($4), Arrow ring from Lulus ($11), BP. small stone ring from Nordstrom ($6), Heart ring from Nordstrom ($11)

Tasteful Bracelets

I’ve never liked having anything on my wrists because it always felt so bulky to me, but delicate little bracelets feel barely-there while still adding to what you’re wearing. They aren’t noisy like bangles and they aren’t bulky like cuffs, which is perfect for me! Here are some of the ones I love:

Love bracelet from Pinkmascara.com ($19), Handcuff bracelet from asos.com ($9), Alex and Ani College Logo Charm Bangle from select B&N College bookstores ($32)

Which do you prefer, delicate or statement jewelry?

Written by Guest Blogger, Chloe Leach

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The IT List: Gameday Boots

It should come as no surprise that one of our favorite times of the year is when football season starts up again. With a whole new batch of games on the horizon, an entire new array of school spirit & tailgate apparel becomes available. One of our favorite items for the new season is the handcrafted Gameday Boots. The school logo and intricate embroidery give a delicate, spirited appeal to the typically rugged footwear. We pulled together some stylish inspiration for whatever type of game you’re attending this year!

Homecoming

Homecoming is the perfect time to go all out with your school spirit. A loose tee and leggings are super comfortable without losing their stylish edge. Sunglasses will keep the sun off your face while the boots add the finishing touch.

Get the look: LSU Tigers Burnout Hi-Low Raglan Tee from LSU Bookstore, Aviator Sunglasses from Forever21, Gold Necklace from H&M, Gameday Boots from LSU Bookstore, Team Dynamics Game Faces Temporary Tattoos from LSU Bookstore

A Night Game

Stay comfy and cozy during a late-night game. We opted for jeans and a fleece crew to ensure maximum comfort while you cheer on the team. This pair of boots seemed like the perfect, spirited complement to the rest of the outfit.

Get the look: Gameday Boots from University of South Carolina Bookstore, H&M Jeans, South Carolina Elite Fleece, Reeds Hoop Earrings

Tailgating All Day

Some games just call for an all-day tailgate! Stay cool and comfortable in a breezy sundress with matching spirited shades. You’ll be ready for any photo-op with your logoed boots!

Get the look: Blue Eyelet Sundress from Madewell, Gameday Boots from WVU Bookstore, Key Necklace from Forever 21, Billboard Shades from WVU Bookstore

How would you wear your Gameday boots?

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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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The IT List: Swim Suit Style

It’s almost time to hit the beach – finally! Now is the time to start scouting out the perfect suit/cover-up combo so you can strut your stuff. It’s all about fun in the sun (with plenty of sunscreen!). Check out some of my favorite summer beach styles.

Swimwear

(left) floral “midkini” from Target – top $17.99/bottom $14.99, (middle) crochet bikini crop top from Victorias Secret PINK – top $36.50/bottom $18.50-$24.50, (right) fringe bandeau from Forever 21 – top $13.80/bottom $9.80

Cover-ups

(from left to right): floral racerback cover up from Target – $19.99, rip curl cover up from Pacsun – $43.5, abstract print cover up from Forever21 – $14.80

Beach Towels

surfboards beach towel from Target – $9, wild thing towel from VS PINK – $19.50, marilyn monroe towel from Bed Bath & Beyond – $29.99

What’s your go-to beach accessory?

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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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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The IT List: Emerald Green

Not long after the release of The Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz: The Great and Powerful, it seems as though the dazzling Emerald City has jumped off of the movie screen and onto the runways. This vivid emerald shade has been deemed Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year. We’re here to showcase some of our favorite looks featuring this dynamic shade.

Look #1: A night out is the perfect time to show off this vibrant shade. Pair a ruffled, emerald tank with a fun pair of skinny jeans for a bold look that doesn’t cross over into being tacky. Simple black booties and a stack of silver bangles are great finishing touches. Dab on some emerald nail polish to complete the entire outfit.

Get this look: Tangled Up in Green Top from ModCloth, Black Boots from H&MPolka Dot Denim Skinnies from Forever 21, Silver Bangles from Target, Essie “Going Incognito”

Look #2: Just because you’re going to an internship, doesn’t mean you can’t sport this trend. A belted dress (like the one below) is conservative, trendy, and comfortable. Add some diamond studs and a demure (but still trendy!) pair of heels and you’re ready to head off to work for the day.

Get this looks: Pleated Belted Dress from Oasis, Paititi Pyramid Studs, Moda Spana Penny Pump from DSW, Leather Messenger Bag from Etsy

Look #3: Want to add some emerald green to an outfit without fully committing? Emerald accessories are tons of fun and add a pop of color! Opt for a statement necklace (like below) or choose a green eyeliner to spice things up.

Get this look: Nine West Jeleena Leather Flats, High-Waisted Eyelash Lace Short, Mango Cropped Knit Top, Francesca’s Collection Arrowhead Necklace

How would you incorporate emerald into your own wardrobe? Post a comment and share it with us!

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