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We have all been in clubs that require us to wear our club t-shirts to every meeting. As a member of several clubs at school, I find myself having to wear these shirts at least once a week. And as someone with an interest in fashion, I sometimes feel like I wear club t-shirts so often that it takes away from the time that I get to wear my more preferred pieces.

So I decided to start styling club-shirts as regular t-shirts. That may seem like a no-brainer at first, but keep in mind that club shirts are often much bulkier than the average tee and don’t always have a cute design or the ability to be cut into a crop top.

My first and most basic tip when styling club t-shirts is to remember that YOU HAVE MORE OPTIONS TO PAIR THEM WITH THAN JEANS! Tuck it into a skirt! Pick some shorts that coordinate with the design!

Here you’ll see that I paired my NHS shirt with some tuxedo pants:

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The black shirt goes with the black stripe on the pants. The dark colors make the outfit chic, where jeans would have been boring and blah.

Luckily the NHS shirt is pretty classy, so it looks like it could be any shirt with a random design on it.

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Stay tuned for more tips on how to style “club” t-shirts!

Keep it classy,

Allie

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Those of you who follow my blog regularly may have noticed that I haven’t posted in about two weeks.  Usually that happens because I get lazy but this time I have a real reason! I went to Germany as part of an exchange program and was so busy that I barely had time to go online at all. I stayed with an amazing host family and had so much fun with my host sister! We went to Tönisvorst right outside of Düsseldorf and I got to take a side trip to Paris for a few days. I wish I could share every detail of my trip but it was all so wonderful that that would just be impossible. So since this is a style blog, I’m going to focus on what I wore and, more importantly, what I bought these past fifteen days.

Early in the first week was Karoline’s graduation, so I wore a few formal outfits:

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We went to parties almost every other night. They were more causal and the weather was much cooler than where I live, which felt great.

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Then for sightseeing around Köln, Düsseldorf, and our side trip to Paris, the weather warmed up so I stuck with shorter sleeves and shorts/skirts:

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Köln

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I made this headband

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Paris, day 1 (and my wonderful host sister)

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Paris, day 2

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Düsseldorf and my favorite outfit (note the unicorn on my shirt)

And finally, at the farewell party on the last night, I wore my favorite dress that I couldn’t resist packing just in case:

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Now of course, no trip to Europe would be complete without shopping. I think we went to about 5 different H&Ms, and while we do have those in the US, they were slightly different in Germany and France. So here’s what I got:

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Circle skirt!

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I HAD to get these just because of the stars on the lenses.

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This caught my eye in Paris and I couldn’t say no…

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Besides the shopping and fashion, I had an incredible experience. I drank beer in Germany, ate cheese in France, and made new friends that I intend on keeping for a long time. The trip was short but it definitely changed me and I can’t wait to do it again.

 

Keep it classy,

Allie

 

 

 

 

Hello reader!!

The other day I had the idea for an experiment. I wondered what would happen if, instead of dressing nicely and styling myself like usually, I went to school one day dressed as, well, a slob. I noticed that a lot of girls at school show up in sweat pants or yoga pants, big t-shirts, and hoodies. And while I could never understand how someone could go a whole day looking like they’re falling apart, I was really curious to see how it felt (and especially to see if the “comfort” was worth sacrificing an opportunity to dress up.

So today I rocked this “I’ve given up on life” look: my favorite hoodie, the only pair of sweatpants I own (which, by the way, don’t even really fit me– they’re about an inch too short), and a sloppy topknot. I even went all out and sported some second-day hair for the first time in the history of my school attendance.

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I observed people’s reactions and here were the results:

  • 3 “You look super comfortable!”s
  • 1 “You’re colorful today…”
  • 1 “I like your IDGAF look”

I didn’t get as much of an open response as I expected, but I did feel like people were looking at me weirdly all day. That could have been imagined, but it supports a claim that I hold as one of my basic fashion rules: If you feel fabulous, you will look fabulous.

All day I felt like a slob and I was way more self-conscious than I ever am in a short skirt or a tight dress. I didn’t feel fabulous. And I know no one looked at me and said “Wow, she looks great!” (Notice how the compliments I got were all connotation-neutral?) I’m not saying that you have to dress like a model in a magazine spread every day, but I am saying that the way you feel is directly reflected in the way you look. If that means wearing sweats and a hoodie every day, then more power to you.

But for me, I think I’ll stick with the fully styled outfits. The sweatpants weren’t even that comfortable for me anyway! And the bun made my head hurt. Plus it actually took MORE work to plan my outfit and hair and it was really hard to pick what shoes to wear. Like harder than usual. And I changed as soon as I finished taking these pictures, which I did as soon as I got home. It’s a sign that the bum look is just not the way for me.

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Does this face look like it cares?

I’m starting a mini series! Sometimes I notice that the stuff I like isn’t considered stylish, and is not likely to become stylish. Part of me treasures the knowledge that I have a unique sense of style, but another part of me wishes that others would recognize the sheer awesomeness of many of the same things I appreciate.

So over the next few days/weeks (who knows how long this will last) I’m going to share things that I think should be considered cool.

I really wish temporary tattoos (you know, the ones that come in a sheet and that you put on with water and a cotton ball) were cool. I think they’re cool, but I seem to be an outlier in a demographic of five-year-olds. They’re just as aesthetically pleasing as real tattoos, but they don’t have the permanence that can be a major turnoff for those looking into real ink-and-needle tattoos.

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I got these awesome things for Christmas one year and I decided to put one on for a few reasons:

1. I can’t resist anything with peace signs and smiley faces. They make me think of hippies, my main fashion inspiration. HOW COULD I SAY NO?!

2. It’s midterm week, which means I have to do as many small things to keep myself in a good mood as possible. Hopefully when I’m in the middle of my AP chem exam, I can look at my tattoo and be reassured that everything will be okay.

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It’s a flower AND a smiley face! How cute??

Anyway, would you wear a temporary tattoo? If not, WHY THE HECK NOT??

 

Keep it classy

-Allie

 

I’ve felt like I needed to change up my style for the past few weeks, so I decided to try something I’ve tried (and failed at) before: dying my hair green.

I attempted it two years ago, but the green dye didn’t hold in my hair, so I ended up with bleached tips which were cool but not what I wanted. I just recently worked up the courage to try it again.

Before any chemicals touched my head I got a haircut. I kept the length but added some layers and trimmed my bangs.

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Then I used the Manic Panic lightening kit I bought and bleached the ends of my hair to a nice orange. Even though I left it in for the full two hours, my hair refused to turn the pale “lemon yellow” it was supposed to be. I went on with the dye anyway and the results were kind of weird.

You can’t see the green in regular, inside, artificial light. But once I go in the sunlight I can see it. And it shows up on camera (I think because of the harsh flash).

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It’s more of a mossy green than the “electric lizard” in the bottle, but I’m happy with the results. I think it’s dark because my hair underneath is still pretty dark.

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The green pretty much shows up wherever the light hits it.

I think it was a pretty good way to start the new year.

 

Keep it classy

-Allie

I love owls. And puns.

Today I was getting dressed up and since I haven’t really styled anything in a while I decided to have fun and put some effort into my outfit and makeup. I also got to try out some pieces I found in my closet (one great thing about organizing is that you find old pieces– it’s like a free shopping spree :D).

I ended up wearing a dark floral skirt over black tights (inspired by Zooey Deschanel) and a black knit sweater. I was eager to put on the sweater and celebrate the fact that it’s actually cold today. That’s rare where I live.

Please excuse my awkward posing- I'm not used to modelling

Please excuse my awkward posing- I’m not used to modelling

Oh, and I almost forgot! I wanted a necklace to supplement the blank canvas that the sweater provided, so I wore a fabulous owl necklace that my mommy bought me.

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I even spent a good amount of time on my makeup, and experimented with my bottom lash line, which I usually leave alone. I coated my bottom lashes in mascara and dotted the lashline with eyeliner– it’s less harsh than lining the entire thing, which is usually too intense for me, but still created a smouldery effect. I love how it turned out.

The picture does not do justice to the fabulous eyeliner job I did.

The picture does not do justice to the fabulous eyeliner job I did.

I even managed to wing my eyeliner, after months of failing to make the wings sharp and even.

So I would say today was a good day in terms of fashion! And I have a feeling tomorrow will be too.

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Keep it classy

-Allie