too cool for school

school2Is that time of year already! For some of us, there is no school no go to, and yet, we can reminisce about those wonder years wearing some key pieces. These 5 school basics that are very now, and have a slight 90’s vibe. To show their versatility, I’ve put together looks for both morning and evening for each piece.

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Backpacks are great for carrying a ton of stuff without having to balance the weight between two arms. There are cool designs for pretty much any style.

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Graphic tees are awesome statement pieces that are very simple, and can be worn to hang out at the mall or even go to a meeting if paired with the right accessories.

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Who doesn’t love an oversize plaid shirt? You can wear them as jackets, shirts or even as a dress if you pair them with a belt.

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Ripped jeans have become a must-have during all seasons, and can go very easily from casual to more sophisticated in an instant.

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Dust the sneakers and take them out of the closet! When running errands or having a full day of activities, sneakers are the best option especially if they have a neutral color.

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*The outfit photos were taken from google searches, and are not mine.

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gingham style

The gingham print is a favorite spring staple, not only because it looks fresh but because it does have a picnic-esque allure. Over the last seasons many designers have opted for this pattern to parade through their runways.gingham-designers-1

DVF brought the total gingham look to the spring 2015 runway.

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Back in 2010, Christopher Kane played with the print on different fabrics and textures.

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De la Renta also played with a total look, but with oversize squares.

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Aggugini incorporated the gingham with cartoon maps.

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Both Lam and Balmain took advantage of the feminine aspect of the piece in the silhouettes.

gingham-designers-6Michael Kors referenced the 50’s with full skirts on different occasions.

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1. Pair your favorite gingham piece with another pattern that has the same color.gingham-2

2.Wear different sizes of the pattern with the same color and add a pop of color with the accessories.gingham-3

3.Combine the pattern with pieces in different colors for a more original look.

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*The photos were taken from style.com, a great resource for watching all the  fashion shows and looks from famous designers.

art in the city :: Hoy Santa Barbara

Some local artists took on the walls of a small barrio and turned them into huge canvases. It was fun to watch them through the process and enjoy their creativity. Here are some of my pictures. SB1 SB2 SB3 SB4 SB5 SB6 SB7 SB8 SB9 SB10 SB11 SB12 SB13

And of course, it did inspire me to translate it to the fashion world. Graffiti inspired clothes are great statement pieces, and they are best worn with other neutral pieces. GRAFFITI-long

If you are interested in learning more about the Hoy Santa Barbara project and the artists involved, check out their fanpage on facebook.

inspiration :: mood boards

A mood board is a type of collage consisting of images, text, and samples of objects in a composition.

I’m currently working on a special visual fashion project and I was thinking of mood boards. They’re great for inspiration, but also for organizing all the ideas you have in your head. I find it best to look out to what my favorite brands and renown stylists are doing, and then just see what everyone else has come up to.

Here are some examples I found while browsing on the internet. I’ll post mine when it’s ready.

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You can always create a digital mood board on gomoodboard.com or on pinterest and share it with your friends.

I also found this very useful 24 pro tips for creating inspirational mood boards article to help me create a more professional mood board; but overall, I believe the most fun you have, the better it will look.

Enjoy!

trend alert :: cartoon cartoon

A new trend catching up during Milan Fashion Week was embellished handbags. How cool! Feel free to play like a kid with your favorite cartoons hanging by your favorite purse. This screams DIY, don’t you think?

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These are some of my picks from the renown photographer Tommy Ton, and you can check out all his photos at style.com.

trend alert :: street style

February, the second month of fashion, is quickly passing by! And while the shows are exceptional, I personally prefer to check out the countless fashionistas that impose trends for the rest of the year.

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Gray is a very tricky color because not all hues go well with different skin types. The best to do is to wear an all gray look is by mixing different patterns and textures.

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The 90’s most iconic cartoons are back! Wear one statement piece with your favorite character, and pair it with your favorite pairs of jeans.trends-metal

Metal details go great with darker pieces and add a touch of strength to any item.

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The structured lady bag in a smaller size is making a comeback in neutral and pastel colors, which go great with a fall palette.

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These are some of my picks from the renown photographer Tommy Ton, and you can check out all his photos at style.com.