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 When I first started thrifting, I only had eyes for that coveted pair of vintage Levi’s; trousers were ~outdated~ and completely out of the question.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

Back and Blonder than Ever – Everything I Learned and Everything I Wish I Knew

Back and Blonder than Ever – Everything I Learned and Everything I Wish I Knew

So I’ve been planning on going back to blonde for about a year now (If you creep way, way, way back on my Instagram, you’ll find it), but like many of us, I was coming up with reasons why I should put it off. Mostly it was a bit of PTSD from the last time I went blonde which was an absolute disaster. I originally wanted silvery grey hair, so I went in to get it done and the hairdresser ended up just completely botching it up. There were spots with red in it, spots with my natural, mousy-brown hair color showing through, lavender, and even blue patches. After a bit of a panic attack, I went back in to get my hair corrected. It took about five hours and I still walked out with an odd-shade of silver. I was sort of happy with it…until I washed my hair and the toner washed out in the shower. Then I was left with an odd cluster of blonde highlights. From there I just kept lightening my hair and ended up trying to bleach my own roots (they turned about the same shade as a brand new penny), and finally just threw in my towel, raised the white flag, called it quits and dyed my hair back to brown. It’s been brown ever since…up until Saturday.

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My impulsiveness showed itself once again! My mom and little sister had a hair appointment Saturday afternoon, and I woke up that morning with the urge to just go ahead and go blonde that day. It all worked out and I was able to squeeze in an appointment with my miracle-worker hairdresser. It took about three hours in a salon chair, to the sink, back to the salon chair, back to the sink, and a hair treatment worn home. In the end, I am ridiculously happy with how my hair turned out, and I am so excited to continue in the lightening process (aka my roots). Now, with going from brunette to straight blonde, there are some things that could go very, very wrong. Thankfully, I didn’t have too much trouble, but there are of course things that I wish I knew or things that I learned after going blonde.

I normally only ever wash my hair once a week, because my hair is naturally curly, very fine in texture, and I use heat on it every single day. Before bleaching your hair, if your hair texture is anything like mine, I would recommend going at least five days without washing your hair or using any sort of heat on it.  And of course…DO. YOUR. DANG. RESEARCH! Find a colorist that knows your hair type like the back of his/her hand. Thankfully, my colorist (Jessica at Anthony’s & Co.) is an actual genius and made sure to study my hair and really sit down with me before beginning the process to be sure that there was no miscommunication. I can’t stress enough how important it is to make sure that you and your colorist have a good understanding of the end goal, especially when it’s something as drastic as going from deep brunette to blonde in a matter of three hours.

Obviously, your hair isn’t going to get out scratch-free when you bleach it, so here are some of my favorite products to use when dealing with the aftermath of drastic lightening:

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generic value products conditioning purple shampoo

The Generic purple shampoo is honestly a gift from God Himself. The name brand purple shampoo is half the size of this bottle and twice as expensive, but it does the exact same thing. You can get this from your local Sally’s Beauty Supply store and it’s just under $7.00! I use this to combat any brassiness or yellow tones that could be in my hair. When I use this, I run my hair under luke-warm water (avoiding heat damage at all costs now) and *GENTLY lather into my bleached locks. I do this after washing my face and body as to avoid any of it rinsing out. Then, I chill in my bathroom for about 7-10 minutes while the purple tones my hair! Once time is up, I rinse, towel dry, and THEN run conditioner throughout my hair. I know, I know, I put conditioner in my hair AFTER I get out of the shower? Yes, and I leave it in overnight. Shockingly, it’s almost completely soaked into my hair and there is no greasiness.

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ogx nourishing coconut milk anti-breakage serum

Again, this is an extremely affordable product (under $10.00!) and can be found at your local Target! When dealing with post-bleached hair, the second main concern after brassiness is breakage. I love this product because it’s specifically for fighting breakage, it’s lightweight, and it smells freaking GOOD. But seriously, this serum is great for concentrating on certain spots of the hair, specifically towards the ends. I use this on the little wispy bits that hang down when I pull my hair back, the ends of my hair, and the hairs framing my face. These are the sections that took the biggest hit and this serum has honestly made the world of a difference in the health and look of my hair.

For real though, I absolutely LOVE my hair and I am so thrilled with how it turned out! A huge thanks to my insanely talented hairdresser/colorist for making my locks slay the dang game! If you’re ever in Lynchburg and you’re looking for someone to step up your hair game, she’s the one to visit.

XOXO,

Stella