THE POST ABOUT PANTS

THE POST ABOUT PANTS

Yes, that’s right, pants.

I never paid any mind to the bottom half of an outfit. For me, it was always a nice, medium to dark wash skinny jean, and that was that. That is…until I started thrifting. I know I talk all the time about thrifting and how ah-mazing it is. And it is! Not only is it extremely eco-friendly, but you can find some really phenomenal and rare pieces for, often times, pennies. When I first started thrifting, I only had eyes for that coveted pair of vintage Levi’s; trousers were ~outdated~ and completely out of the question. Well, I found my Levi’s, but along the way there actually were some trousers that caught my eye. I remember the first pair I ever picked up: high-rise, straight leg, blue and white pinstripe Brandy Melville look-a-likes. Little did I know that I would actually kind of become a little bit obsessed with thrifted trousers; the louder and funkier, the better. As I was packing up my dorm to go home for winter break, I realized that I had somewhere over 40 pairs of pants, all except for maybe my Reformation jeans were thrifted. As I’ve been sort of coming into my own and learning what my style actually is, I realized how much power is in a pair of pants. In this post, I’m going to share my favorite pairs of trousers that I have picked up over first semester, and how I style them!

Check out the video here! Make sure to like and subscribe to my YouTube channel, also!

XOXO,

STELLA

New Year’s Resolutions & Hello 2018

New Year’s Resolutions & Hello 2018

Hi readers,

To think that 2017 is coming to a close is really kind of mind-blowing to think about. Like most everyone else, I’ve been scrolling through Instagram looking at (and making my own) everyone’s sweet little sentimental story montages, and it got me to thinking about my New Year’s resolutions. I wanted to sit down and really put my heart and soul into these resolutions, as I have never really been serious or even given much thought to making changes to my life after the ball drops. But 2017 Stella is different, and has grown into somebody who does not want to stop growing. Like plenty of other things in my life, I thought what better way to bring in the New Year than to share it with the audience that has shown me what my true passion is in life.

  1. Pop more bottles (of Evian hahahahah I’m sorry. But for real, I need to drink more water.)
  2. Be more disciplined about spending time with Jesus everyday and really making it a point to seek God’s will in my life. None of this matters if God isn’t at the center of it.
  3. Spend more time outside (when it’s warmer, obviously)
  4. Journal! Journaling is such a great way to track personal growth.
  5. FILM MORE YOUTUBE VIDEOS! YES I KNOW, I’M INCONSISTENT, THAT’S GONNA BE FIXED IN 2018!
  6. Be more consistent in posting blog posts!
  7. Watch more movies
  8. Cook more
  9. ACTUALLY go to the gym. Getting there is the worst part, but once I’m in it’s actually not that bad.
  10. Combat anxiety and being pessimistic and look on the bright side, because there is always a bright side!
  11. Doodle more, paint more, draw more.
  12. Make more Spotify playlists.
  13. Spend more time with my family.
  14. Be intentional about spending time with people I don’t normally see on a daily basis.
  15. Be more intentional about friendships.

I’m keeping it short & sweet, and I’m so excited to keep up with these resolutions in 2018. This year has been a year full of so much growth, change, and development mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. I have closed a chapter completely on my life and opened a new one at the same time, and it has been the most incredible and trying experience. When I look back on this year, I think of the doors that were slammed shut, but then I think about the doors that flung right open. Some almost instantly, some required waiting and patience (probably the most important lesson that I learned this year), but nevertheless, I have been so blessed. I am so grateful for all of the people that have come into my life and remained; you all are such huge pieces of who I am and you make life so much brighter. I am so thankful and most of all, humbled, by all of the insane once-in-a-lifetime opportunities I have had this year. From hosting an event at Madewell to visiting the Mogul offices in Hearst Tower (an actual dream come true), to interning with College Fashionista and moving up in the program, all of these opportunities have reminded me that nothing worth having comes except through my God, who is so faithful, and from working your actual butt off.

My prayer is that you all have an amazing 2018: one full of triumph, motivation, inspiration, & growth.

Thank you all.

Happy New Year.

XOXO,

STELLA

BUBBLEGUM PINK & COLORBLOCKED EVERYTHING

BUBBLEGUM PINK & COLORBLOCKED EVERYTHING

My lovely readers!

I’m back yet AGAIN with one of my favorite outfits of all time. You all know by now that I’m on the rainbow express, and to be completely honest, I don’t think I’ll ever hop off. I’m completely OBSESSED with color and experimenting with different shapes and silhouettes, proportions, the whole nine yards. I scored these incredible J. Crew Collection wide leg, high rise, bubblegum pink trousers at a recent J. Crew warehouse sale (because getting beautiful clothing on sale is an actual adrenaline rush for me) and paired them with this super funky mock-neck crop top from Free People. What I love about this top is how simple it is, yet it fills the sort of ~void~ that would normally be missing from an outfit with a simple top. To complete this look, I paired it with my all-time-favorite platform Old Skool Vans.

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D E T A I L S :
J. CREW COLLECTION WIDE LEG PANTS – SIMILAR (HERE)
FREE PEOPLE NEED YOU PRINTED TEE – HERE
VANS OLD SKOOL PLATFORM SNEAKER – HERE

XOXO,

STELLA

PAJAMAS IN PUBLIC

PAJAMAS IN PUBLIC

So while I was in Georgetown for a quick post-Christmas weekend trip, of course I had to do some major shopping. Of all the places, I had the best luck in a Banana Republic, which I haven’t stepped foot in in years. Not only are some of their pieces totally slept on, but they had an insane sale in which I was able to pick up this INCREDIBLE silk blue, purple, and white pinstriped suit.

I bet you’re all wondering, “Wait, Stella, since when do you actually wear color?” Well, readers, I’m just as blown away as you are. Recently my eyes have been opened to how much fun color is to wear & style, and how once you’re out of your comfort zone, there is no limit to the possibilities of a sick ‘fit. This suit has me feeling all kinds of inspired and it’s also embracing one of my favorite trends: pajamas in public. For this look, I paired my Banana Republic suit with a contrasting Metallica tee from H&M to break up the matchy-matchy aspect of the whole outfit. To top it all off, I threw on my Gucci belt and my favorite, go-to platform Old Skool Vans.

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D E T A I L S :
SILK SUIT – BANANA REPUBLIC (SOLD OUT)
GRAPHIC TEE – SIMILAR (HERE)
SNEAKERS – VANS OLD SKOOL PLATFORM SNEAKER (HERE)
BELT – GUCCI LEATHER BELT WITH DOUBLE G LOGO (HERE)

XOXO,

STELLA

TREND PREDICTIONS FOR 2018

With 2017 coming to an end, it’s time to start planning for everything to come in the new year! There’s been some amazing LEWKS and you know what they say, everything gets better with time, so 2018 is about to take the game to the next level. To bring in the new year and new season, I’ve pulled together a compilation of some trends that I’m currently loving, and that I also believe we’ll be seeing plenty of in 2018.

ASIAN INFLUENCED PRINTS, PATTERNS, & SILHOUETTES

Lately I have been totally obsessed with everything Asian-inspired. From the high mock-neck dresses and buttons, to the wild colors and prints, I have totally fallen in love. Not only am I obsessed, but it seems the rest of the blogosphere is, as well. Brands, starting at H&M and all the way up to Gucci are starting to usher in a new wave of culture influenced pieces.

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PHOTO: ONNIE A. KOSKI/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

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PHOTO: PHIL OH FOR VOGUE

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PHOTO: GILDA AMBROSIO COURTESY OF STULE DU MONDE

PAJAMAS IN PUBLIC

Now, as much as I love a good street-ready outfit, sometimes it’s just impossible to convince myself to roll out of bed and put on a fresh change of clothes. Well, readers, in 2018 you won’t have to! Kidding, but there is some truth to that to an extent. The biggest way we’ll be seeing this trend in the new year is in simple silhouettes, silky fabrics, and probably half tucked into a sick pair of matching trousers.

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PHOTO: COURTESY OF ALWAYSJUDGING

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PHOTO: DOLCE AND GABBANA

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PHOTO: ERIKA BOLDRIN BY STYLE DU MONDE

STYLE WITH A STATEMENT

And by that, I mean a literal statement. Off-White has made wearable words the new black, and I have a strong feeling that this trend isn’t going anywhere any time soon in 2018, so break out your best vocabulary-clad pieces and hit the streets in style.

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PHOTO: COURTESY OF HOOK

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PHOTO: SABRINA MEIJER

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PHOTO: VIRGIL ABLOH

LOUD FLORALS & CLASHING PATTERNS

I don’t know if it’s just because everyone is longing for the Spring/Summer season to roll around, or if we’re all just now realizing that florals are SO underrated, but this pattern is coming back into fashion with a vengeance. I’ve seen loads of street style shots featuring loud florals, clashing colors and prints, and playing with pushing the limit, and we’d better get used to it.

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PHOTO: FOR RESTLESS SLEEPERS READY-TO-WEAR SPRING 2018

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PHOTO: FEI FEI SUN BY JOSH OLINS FOR VOGUE US DECEMBER 2016

WOMEN OWNING MENSWEAR

This is probably the trend that I’ve been rocking the most recently, and the trend that I think will lead us head-on into the new year without a trace of hesitancy. This trend is fearless, empowering, and it turns masculine structures into an exoskeleton of hard core girl power. Look out for blazers, yes, WITH the shoulder-pads, and tailored suits.

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PHOTO: JUSTWOMENSFASHION.COM

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PHOTO: KENDALL JENNER BY UNKNOWN

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PHOTO: MCKENNA HELLAM COURTESY OF BLOGLOVIN’

I hope you all enjoyed digging into the future of street-style just as much as I did! Make sure you leave a comment with what trends you think we’ll be seeing in 2018. See you all in the new year xx

XOXO,

STELLA

MONOCHROMATIC & PRIMARY COLORS | How To Wear It

MONOCHROMATIC & PRIMARY COLORS | How To Wear It

I have been so inspired by extreme streetwear brands, one in particular being Off-White by Virgil Abloh. Off-White is a super industrial, everyday-items-into-fashion type of brand, and I am absolutely obsessed. I love where streetwear is going because there is so much room for experimentation, creativity, and it’s okay to rock clashing primary colors. Bolder is better, and it looks super hard core. For this look, I really channeled my inner hypebeast and threw my own twist into it (denim on denim, it’s classic). I paired a matching beanie and long sleeve crewneck tee from J. Crew with this massively oversized Lee’s denim jacket that I thrifted, and my go-to high rise cigarette jeans from Reformation. To accessorize, I cinched the waist of my jacket with this super cool colorblocked D-ring belt, classic Chanel sunglasses, and this beautiful bright yellow leather bag that I picked up from J. Crew. The key to colorblocking with monochromatic colors like electric blue and bright yellow is to keep it concise. I tied in the shirt with the beanie, the bag with the belt, and brought the whole look back down to earth with staple pieces, such as high rise jeans and a denim jacket.

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the details

  • J. Crew Men’s Acrylic Solid Winter Beanie – (similar here)
  • J. Crew Long Sleeve Crew Neck – (here)
  • Reformation Camille High Cigarette Jean – (here)
  • Thrifted Lee’s Denim Jacket – (similar here)
  • J. Crew Parker Crossbody Bag – (here)
  • J. Crew Colorblock D-Ring Belt – (similar here)

XOXO,

Stella

HAPPY THANKSGIVING | 100 Things to be Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving, readers!

This is my third holiday season with this blog, and sharing my life with you, and for THAT I am thankful. Today is a day that is commonly associated with turkey, stuffing, and football, and trust me, I’m not mad about any of those things, but I am a firm believer in taking a moment to step back and acknowledge how many things that we have been blessed with in this life. In this season of my life, I have been focusing on #PositivitySeeking, and filling my heart and mind with things that are uplifting rather than things that worsen anxiety or cause unnecessary feelings of negativity. This life is far too short and far to rare to be spent worrying. So, in celebration of this Thanksgiving and to continue seeking positivity, I am going to share 100 things on my heart that I am thankful for, and I encourage you to do the same!

  1. First and foremost, I am thankful for everything that the Lord has done in my life. When I think about everything that I have encountered in my life, every trial, every high, every low, there is no way to deny the existence of an amazing, loving God.
  2. I am thankful for my family. My mom, who has denied herself a thousand times to put myself and my sisters first; my sisters, who have been by my side no matter what. I am thankful for my girl gang that I get to call my family, and the unwavering support that they have shown me.
  3. I am thankful for my friends, my very best friend in the whole world, Gillian, and for all the support and laughter that she brings me. Gil, you’re my twisted sister for life, my funky thrifting partner, and I am so thankful that God gave me a fourth sister! And to everyone that I have become close with in this season in my life, I am so grateful for the impact that each and every one of you have had on my heart.
  4. I am thankful for my silly roommate, and the fun and liveliness that she brings to our little room! Bails, you are literally the best ever and I am so happy that I get to live with you!
  5. I am thankful for my school, and the opportunity that I have to get an education in something that I am extremely passionate about.
  6. I am thankful for coming home over Thanksgiving break and being able to curl up on the couch on a weekday morning and watch The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
  7. I am thankful for my mushy little cat, Perry, whom many of you have without a doubt seen on my Instagram stories.
  8. I am thankful for creativity and being able to express myself through different mediums, and the community that creativity builds.
  9. I am thankful for thrift shopping. Are you kidding me? Heck yeah, I am thankful for thrift shopping. I have found some of my most treasured pieces while thrifting.
  10. I am thankful for reality television. It may be insanely staged, but hot dang, it is so nice to come home at the end of the day and veg out with my sisters with some Bravo.
  11. I am thankful for this stage of my life and how much I have been able to grow, learn, and work towards becoming the best version of myself.
  12. I am thankful for the next stage of my life, and the next, and the next.
  13. I am thankful for the smell of cooking a bangin’ Thanksgiving meal, and the atmosphere that Thanksgiving brings.
  14. I am thankful for late nights at college with my friends, and endless laughter.
  15. I am thankful for pulling a Grey’s Anatomy and “dancing it out” in a messy dorm room to relieve stress.
  16. I am thankful for all of the opportunities that I have been given, most recently with Mogul and College Fashionista. It is a major blessing and honor to be able to partner with such incredible companies.
  17. I am thankful for my health and my family’s health.
  18. I am thankful for having Christmas decorations up early!
  19. I am thankful for trips to the Humane Society, and being able to go play with some kittens and puppies in our free time.
  20. I am thankful for makeup, and for how much fun it is to be able to express myself through makeup.
  21. I am thankful for days when I get to sit in my pajamas all day and relax.
  22. I am thankful for busy days when I feel productive and I am able to get loads of things done (homework, homework, and more homework).
  23. I am thankful for forgiveness.
  24. I am thankful for everyone that I have not met yet, and for the impact that they will have on my life and in my heart.
  25. I am thankful for my future family, and for the fun that we will have together.
  26. I am thankful for inspiration and the sources I get inspiration from.
  27. I am HECKA thankful for music!
  28. I am thankful for technology and the resources that we have today (especially as a blogger).
  29. I am thankful for second chances.
  30. I am thankful for EPIC chances! Take epic chances, people. You never know what could come of it.
  31. I am thankful for playing it safe, and taking risks.
  32. I am thankful for blonde hair (hehe).
  33. I am thankful for HIGH WAISTED PANTS!
  34. I am thankful for travel, and for all of the beautiful places there are to go on this earth.
  35. I am thankful for making mistakes and learning from them.
  36. I am thankful for being at a horrible creativity block, and then having a huge “Eureka!” moment.
  37. I am thankful for rainy days and thunderstorms (as long as the power doesn’t go out, but sometimes that can also be a blessing in disguise).
  38. I am thankful for sunshine and the warmth that the sun rays give off.
  39. I am thankful for BABIES! There is nothing better than getting to hold a tiny human.
  40. I am thankful for sneakers.
  41. I am thankful for weddings. Everyone loves weddings.
  42. I am thankful for Netflix binge-watching.
  43. I am thankful for Chipotle.
  44. I am thankful for Chinese take-out.
  45. I am thankful for airports and the hustle and bustle and excitement that flows through them.
  46. I am thankful for New York City, my birthplace, future home, and forever my favorite place to be.
  47. I am thankful for my passion for the fashion industry, social media marketing and studies, and for the path that is being paved for my career.
  48. I am thankful for people who are willing to invest in me. Whether it be in life, or my career, I couldn’t do any of it alone.
  49. I am thankful for fuzzy blankets and sweatpants.
  50. I am thankful for the gift that is macaroni & cheese.
  51. I am thankful for candles.
  52. I am thankful for how pretty Fall is and the changing of the leaves.
  53. I am thankful for people who are willing to take blog pictures for me. Sometimes it’s a real pain, but I appreciate it so much.
  54. I am thankful for companies and brands who are willing to collaborate with me. There is power in numbers, teams, and networking and it is always an honor to be considered!
  55. I am thankful for #FPWriteThisDown (peep my twitter feed).
  56. I am thankful for extra long phone chargers.
  57. I am thankful for brownies.
  58. I am thankful for Instagram stories.
  59. I am thankful for the ability to communicate with someone from the opposite side of the Earth in real time.
  60. I am thankful for learning from my own mistakes and successes.
  61. I am thankful for warm showers.
  62. I am thankful for pedicures.
  63. I am thankful for The Late Late Show with James Corden.
  64. I am thankful for YouTube makeup tutorials.
  65. I am thankful for my camera (I swear I’ll make more YouTube videos! Pinky promise!).
  66. I am thankful for living in a place that experiences all four seasons.
  67. I am thankful for the beach.
  68. I am thankful for off-roading in the mountains.
  69. I am thankful for Saturday mornings downtown with my mom exploring beautiful little local shops and eating crepes for breakfast.
  70. I am thankful for late nights in the library that just turn into goofing off instead of doing homework.
  71. I am thankful for grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup.
  72. I am thankful for Chick-Fil-A.
  73. I am thankful for wifi.
  74. I am thankful for my dog, Louisa. She’s not very nice, but she has her moments.
  75. I am thankful for the way the air smells after it rains.
  76. I am thankful for the way the light hits glass sometimes and makes a rainbow.
  77. I am thankful for rainbows in general.
  78. I am thankful for microwaves.
  79. I am thankful for road trips.
  80. I am thankful for spontaneous road trips with friends to New York City.
  81. I am thankful for happy accidents.
  82. I am thankful for fireplaces.
  83. I am thankful for bonfires and s’mores.
  84. I am thankful for friends who let you borrow their clothes and who borrow your clothes.
  85. I am thankful for drives all by yourself and screaming to your favorite songs.
  86. I am thankful for going somewhere that you’ve never been before and finding your new favorite spot.
  87. I am thankful for blazers.
  88. I am thankful for people who stop to let you pet their dog.
  89. I am thankful for Pinterest.
  90. I am thankful for splurging on a pair of shoes that you’ve wanted for forever.
  91. I am thankful for people who keep their promises.
  92. I am thankful for Wendy’s chocolate frosties and french fries. Together. Like, you dip the fries in the frosty.
  93. I am thankful for Spotify.
  94. I am thankful for people who aren’t actually your family but are your family at the same time.
  95. I am thankful for knowledge, and how one can never have enough.
  96. I am thankful for healthy competition.
  97. I am thankful for everything that I have learned in my life thus far.
  98. I am thankful for everything that I will learn in my life from this moment forward.
  99. I am thankful for The Stella Files.
  100. I am thankful for my readers. For every person that has ever told me that they liked something that I wrote, that they liked an outfit that I posted, that one of my “Real Talk” posts really hit home for them and made them feel less alone. For every single person who has ever clicked on the link in my Instagram bio, for every single person who has ever told another person about my blog, I am so beyond thankful. Thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving.

XOXO,

Stella