Feeling Glad | Inspired by Man Repeller Partnered with Gladiola Girls

The Glad Life(style): (n.)

“A way of intentional living. A celebration of individual style, respect toward the world, and appreciation for quality and timeless character. Choose thoughtfully. Live divinely.”

There is nothing I love more than waking up on a Saturday morning and heading down to my favorite local shops. One gem in particular that I have become totally obsessed with over the past few months is a local boutique in Lynchburg called Gladiola Girls. Known for repping the “Glad Lifestyle,” this hidden treasure in my hometown has become the hot spot for the most amazing finds. Whether it be carefully and brilliantly curated vintage pieces, or the latest and greatest denim, I find something new that I love every time I step into this store.

Whilst scrolling through my Instagram feed, chock full of posts from my favorite bloggers, I spotted a trend that I’m slightly in love with, and by slightly, I mean head over (kitten) heels. The 2000’s dress-over-jeans phenomenon is back with a vengeance, everyone. My favorite blogger, Leandra Medine Cohen, the genius behind blog “Man Repeller”, has been rocking this look like a queen, and I couldn’t help myself from taking a shot at it.

I teamed up with Gladiola Girls to bring you my very own rendition of the dress-over jeans look for Spring. This look is one that took my heart absolutely by storm; it is every bit of feminine and edgy that I need in a look to still maintain my dainty (yet still hypebeast) Paris Fashion Week-esque thing I have going on. Here’s how I styled my pieces!

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I styled this beautiful Free People “Sweet Sunny Day” tunic with my favorite pair of DL denim, and Sam Edelman’s classic Ludlow kitten heel in the perfect shade of nude. I absolutely love how the Free People tunic hangs on the body, and how the skirt catches the wind to give the dreamiest effect. Not to mention these jeans by DL Denim; a mega-comfy high rise (my personal favorite) with effortless distressing to give a laid-back look. I just had to pair everything with these kitten heels, for one because I love a good kitten heel, and because they are quite possibly the most versatile shoe. Kitten heels are a great way to amp up any outfit while still maintaining comfort and wearability. You can stop in at Gladiola Girls to check out all of these items! Try them on for yourself and you’ll see what I mean (meaning you’ll become instantly obsessed, no doubt.)

Photographed by Tanner Henvey

A huge thanks to Gladiola Girls for constantly giving me endless inspo! Make sure you head to Gladiola Girls to check out these pieces!

4925 Boonsboro Road Suite F Lynchburg, VA 24503
Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM
Sundays 1 – 5 PM

 

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

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

MODE FILLE FRANÇAISE | How to Rock French Girl Fashion

MODE FILLE FRANÇAISE | How to Rock French Girl Fashion

If you’ve seen my “Recently Listened To” on Spotify, you’d see the Marie Antoinette (directed by Sophia Coppola) movie soundtrack, and that soundtrack has me feeling all kinds of ways. I tend to dress like what I listen to, and recently it’s been “Moi Je Joue” by Brigitte Bardot on repeat, and I’m totally not mad about it. The “it-girl” French fashion trend has us all wanting to glamorously stroll down the street to pick up a fresh baguette at a local café while rocking a beret and a neck scarf, but sometimes you have to make do with what you have! This weekend my city had a J. Crew warehouse sale, and after digging and digging through boxes of sample clothing from past catalog shoots, returned clothing, and random partnership pieces, I stumbled upon this glorious Millennial pink wool beret. To say my heart stopped beating is an understatement of just how excited I was to have found this treasure. To add to the excitement, it was only $8.00! The inner French girl in me was absolutely beaming at this find, and instantly I knew that I would be sporting this piece way more than I should.

I wanted to incorporate this gem into a wearable look, not just for an editorial shoot or for my annual holiday lookbook (which is coming up, by the way, so keep an eye out for the theme!), but something that I could wear to class and out in everyday life…because a non-French French girl has to be authentic, right? I paired this beautiful wool beret with a silk navy and white wide-leg jumpsuit with an amazing star pattern all over it, and layered the jumpsuit over a black turtleneck (because it wouldn’t be a LEWK without my “second skin”), and these amazing La Canadienne leather boots that I thrifted!

(And YES, I am blonde now! If you want to read all about it and see how I care for my blonde locks, read it here!)

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details:

  • italian wool beret – j. crew (here)
  • tissue turtleneck – j. crew (here)
  • petite tie-back jumpsuit in star print – j. crew (here)
  • solana booties – la canadienne (here)

AU REVIOR,

Stella