Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Promzilla

High School is said to be some of the best years you’ll ever have. Although you probably experienced cheating “boyfriends”, hiding alcohol in water bottles, and some petty drama (what can I say, I went to an all-girls catholic school) everyone and everything seemed to go perfect for one night….PROM.

Saying I was a Promzilla is an understatement. Even though prom took place in April/May, I started my prom to-do list in January.  Finding the perfect dress, fake tanning, deciding whose house was going to be the “prom house” were just some of the many things that had to be completed before the special day. I was always so lucky when it came to having a prom date because I took my best guy friend (yes Jordan, I’m talking about you) to both of my proms.
One of the biggest difficulties about prom is affording everything. If you live in a town like Baltimore, you most likely go to a same-sex private school; which means you will be attending more than one prom. With social media, it’s basically impossible to repeat a formal dress. Yes, everyone wants to wear that knock-out Jovani dress, but spending $600+ on each prom is a bit ridiculous.


I decided to check out macys.com to see if they had any cute formal dresses…and boy was I surprised. Shown below are my top picks for Prom 2014. And guess what? They are all under $100!!!!! And to be honest, you’ll look just as good (if not better) than that girl who spent $500 on a dress. What are your favorite styles for prom this year? Tag your prom pictures with the hashtag #marylandfashionistaprom for a chance to win a “day before prom” goodie bag.This is a sponsored post c/o macyscampustour.com #macyscampustour. 
My Favorite Macy's Picks
Junior Prom

Senior Prom

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Button-down(town)

I have to say, only taking classes on Monday and Wednesday has been a blessing. Even though I have an 8am, my days go by quickly, and I have an entire day to work on homework for my classes. But enough about school work. Let’s talk about a very important topic….”how to dress professionally”.

I have to admit, sometimes I want to roll out of bed, and wear sweats to class, but what does our appearance say to others?” If you don’t take your appearance seriously, you won’t be taken seriously” is probably one of my favorite quotes. As a student, your JOB is to go to school, get good grades, and earn a diploma. So why not go that extra step? Most professors within your major most likely have MAJOR pulls within a related industry. So, dressing professional, yet stylish is a must. You never know, one of those teachers may be able to get you an internship….or better yet a job. But let’s be honest, they are not going to hire someone who presents themselves in an unprofessional manner. So, how can do you dress stylish in a professional manner?


Shown below is an outfit I wore a few weeks ago to an interview (even though it was on skype). Button-downs give a smart, yet clean-cut appearance. Find one with your favorite color/print, and you’re set. Adding a leather skirt may be a little risky….just make sure it is an appropriate length (like the one shown). Adding a statement necklace, clutch, heels, and watch give off the perfect finishing touches. 
Photo by Katie Frezza at http://katiefrezza.com/
As a college student, I’m always looking to save money. Visit www.macyscampustour.com for a coupon, and your chance to win incredible prizes. Stay tunes for more of my outfit posts c/o Macy’s. #macyscampustour**

Monday, March 31, 2014

Lace. Leather. Love.

Happy Monday everyone! Even though SCAD is only on Week 2 of spring quarter, I already have a countdown set for my next trip home (16 days, Baltimore). While my homework is already piling up, I am so excited to announce my newest collaboration with POOF Apparel. Poof Apparel was established back in 2000 when a void in the junior apparel industry was noticed. POOF is dedicated to the retailer, and by that, it means we listen to their needs, and provide a constant flow of new, and trendy merchandise that the customer can afford and can be proud to own. Poof is sold in major stores including Macy’s, Arden B, Wet Seal, and Body Central. Check out my first (and certainly not my last post) featuring AMAZING pieces c/o POOF Apparel. A special thanks to one of my best friends at SCAD (hi Nunzi) for taking these outfit shots of me after watching the Orioles vs. Red Sox game together. 


OUTFIT DETAILS
Blouse: POOF Apparel
Skirt: Zara
Booties: Forever 21

Friday, March 28, 2014

PROVOKE

Spring break is officially over which means classes are back in session. The first week of a new quarter usually ends with a great event. This week was a fashion show featuring the designs of a local designer named Merline Labissiere. Merline Labissiere is a recent SCAD graduate, who has decided to stay local and pursue her dreams of starting her own label. Her clothing line, Provokestyle is all about having your own voice within style. With clothing starting as low as $40 and accessories at $20, you’re guaranteed to find something you’ll love. After the show, I had the pleasure of speaking with Merline Labissiere. We talked all about our love for SCAD, fashion, as well as Maryland Fashionista 410. I asked Merline if she could give any fashion student advice on how to “make it big” what would it be? She responded, “Make sure you surround yourself with a group of people that believe in you. If it weren’t for my church or community, I would have never had the courage to start my own line or even host a fashion show”. A huge thank you goes out to Merline for allowing me to be front row at her show, and for the necklace (shown below). Check out some of the looks from the show, as well as her website.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spotty Spring

The first few days of spring have included 60 degree weather, snowstorms (if you live in the north), and rain…and we’re only on day 6. During the semi-warm days, I was able to wear one of my new picks.

This orange and white polka dot dress is perfect for the upcoming warm days (and also perfect for Orioles fans). Layering this dress with a simple shawl is ideal for a lunch downtown.
Since this dress was such a steal (only $25) it is unfortunately sold out. However, I found one very similar for a great deal. You can get yours here.


Check out how I styled my new dress c/o Macys. How do you wear your polka dots? 
As a college student, I’m always looking to save money. Visit www.macyscampustour.com for a coupon, and your chance to win incredible prizes. Stay tunes for more of my outfit posts c/o Macy’s. #macyscampustour**


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Find of the Week: Chevron Chic

While gearing up for spring, it can be hard to transition into bright colors. That is why I always start out with a popular spring print.This season, chevron is hot, and here to stay.

Thanks to Macy’s, I was finally brave enough to try out a chevron dress. At first, I was worried the horizontal stripes were not going to flatter my figure, but I am absolutely IN LOVE with the silhouette, colors, and length. This dress is perfect for a girls day, as well as in-class presentations. Although my dress is sold out, here is a similar look. Check out how I styled my new chevron dress. How do you wear your chevron?


Katie Frezza Photography 
As a college student, I’m always looking to save money. Visit www.macyscampustour.com for a coupon, and your chance to win incredible prizes. Stay tunes for more of my outfit posts c/o Macy’s. #macyscampustour**

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

"Tank" you very much

With finals AND winter coming to an end, it’s important to remember how to style your spring favorites. This is my first outfit post featuring one of my AMAZING picks from Macy’s. One of my favorite items I purchased was an oversized tank from the mystylelab. Tanks are such a versatile item. It can be dressed up or down; layered or non-layered. Since this week has been in the high ‘70s, I decided to pair my top with a statement necklace, white jeans, and black platform maryjanes. To dress up this look, try pairing the tank with a skirt and blazer.


Being a college student, I’m always looking to save money. Visit www.macyscampustour.com for a coupon, and your chance to win incredible prizes. Stay tunes for more of my outfit posts c/o Macy’s. #macyscampustour**

Special thanks to Katie Frezza for the amazing outfit shots.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Macy's/Mystylelab Collaboration

I have to say, finals have gotten the best of me. However, I could not wait to share this exciting news with all of my lovely readers. A few weeks ago, I was informed Macy’s decided to sponsor Maryland Fashionista 410. I could not be more excited to write about the hottest trends for spring, and how to style some of Macy’s top pieces.

I decided to shop on the Macy’s app (which can be downloaded through iTunes). It was so easy to navigate, and find pieces which were perfect for me. You can shop by category, color, size, and price (which is great for a college girl on a budget).


To be honest, I haven’t browsed a junior's department in 4 years. This is because I noticed everything was the same: skin tight and short. Since Macy’s wanted all of their bloggers to focus on their mystylelab department, I was worried I would not be able to find anything that mirrored my style aesthetic. But I was so wrong.

I think the hardest part for me was sticking to the budget Macy’s gave me. I was in LOVE with so many pieces; it was so hard to decide. Since spring is only a few weeks away (thank god) I decided to buy items perfect for the upcoming weeks, as well as on-trend. Take a look at the top colors for spring. 



Listed below are the items I ended up receiving*. Be on the lookout for posts to come about how I put my own personal twist on these AMAZING pieces.
Looking for more ways to save? Visit macyscampustour.com to download the app, and find more info about the spin and win sweepstakes. #macyscampustour

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Monogram Madness

Until this quarter, I had not taken an 8am course in college. I have to say, one of the hardest parts is actually wanting to get dressed. In Savannah, mornings can be pretty chilly. That is why I try to dress comfortable as possible..without looking like a slob.

I decided to shop around for very creative and cute t-shirts. That’s when I discovered StarSpangledChic on Etsy. Although monogramming is her specialty, Caroline also makes bow and state outline shirts. . Thank you Caroline for the lovely gifts. Check out my interview with the StarSpangledChic herself, and how to style your perfect 8am outfit. 

Maryland Fashionista 410: Your products are very cute. What inspired you to monogram?

StarSpangledChic: Thank you! Growing up in the south I was born and raised to love monograms. Knowing that the demand for monograms is high, I decided to open my own business. I needed a way to make money while I was in school. Luckily, I now have the opportunity to do so doing something I really love.

MF410: How do you juggle being a student and running a business?

SSC: Being a freshman in college and juggling a business can sometimes be stressful. Since monogramming is something I really enjoy doing, I don’t mind it. The key to staying on top of both my schoolwork and business responsibilities is staying organized.

MF410: How has social media impacted StarSpangledChic?

SSC: Social media has had a large impact on the success of my shop so far. Between giveaways on twitter and sharing pictures on Facebook and Instagram, my store reached many people.

MF410: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

SSC: Ultimately my goal is to expand my business and hopefully one day open up my own store.

Check out StarSpangledChic on Etsy and Twitter







Wednesday, January 8, 2014

"State"-ment Necklace

One of the hardest things about going to a college 13 hours away from home is not being able to visit on the weekends. Growing up in a town like Baltimore was such a privilege. I never realized how lucky I was to have lived there until I moved away (go figure). Living in the Northeast gives me access to some of the best cities, as well as shopping. Don’t get me wrong-Savannah has AMAZING store and thrift shops, but I miss being able to drive to the local mall and have the choice between Claire’s or Tiffany’s.

Although I can live without shopping in my beloved mall, I can’t go longer than a month without seeing my family and friends. One thing most people don’t know about me is the amount of times I talk to my mom in a day while being at school. 6 in-depth phone calls a day may seem like a bit much to most people, but it’s the only thing that keeps me sane with my busy southern life.

Before returning to school for the rest of the year, I wanted to have an item that always made me feel “at home” no matter what. While shopping on my FAVORITE website (Etsy, duh)I came across personalized necklaces in the shape of any state.  Check out this interview with Southern Charm Designs, and learn all about their company:

We are 34 year old twin sisters from a small town in Middle Georgia. We loved making jewelry as a hobby for many years - we especially love the creative side of it! After making jewelry for ourselves that long, we decided to start a small side business selling our jewelry to local friends and family. We started back in August of 2012 and then created a Facebook page to try and reach a larger audience. However, we still felt like we were missing A LOT of folks, and that's when we discovered Etsy! It was the perfect venue for us to sell our handmade jewelry! It gave us the opportunity to expand to a larger population, it provided us with an easy checkout system, and it made it easy to keep our inventory organized. We make jewelry part-time — we both have full-time jobs working for contractors for the Department of Defense. We love our jobs, but we also love making jewelry, so we combined them both in our daily routines!

MarylandFashionista410: Working with your sibling must be hard, right? Do you ever disagree on business decisions?

SouthernCharmDesigns: I guess being twins, we seem to think alike on a lot of things! We have the same concept for the business and it's so much easier working with someone that you don't have to explain every little detail to!

MF4: 2. How do you come up with the designs?

SCD: We come up with a lot of designs by what people want or what they are asking for. It’ s usually something that has become popular - like how the cross bracelets became so popular last year! Sometimes we'll just see what people seem to be buying or we'll go out on a limb and come up with our own designs! That's the fun part— we love creating new pieces!

MF4:  What is your best selling product?

SCD: Right now, the State Necklace is our best selling product [shown below]. These are in the shape of any state, and a heart is stamped in the vicinity of the town the customer wants - it's either where they live at, where they grew up, where they got married— so many other circumstances! We also charge a very reasonable price for these necklaces - only $16, which seems to be less expensive than other vendors’ products
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MF4: In today's world, so many people have online companies (especially fashion/jewelry related). How does Southern Charm Designs stand out from other online jewelry businesses?

SCD: I think we stand out by our low prices. We have some very well-made, beautiful bracelets under $10 and beaded necklaces starting at $12! We don't try to rip off our customers or make a huge profit margin. We're doing this because we enjoy it and want the end customer to be happy!

MF4: Where do you see your company in 5 years from now?

SCD: Life always throws curve balls, so it's hard to say where we'll be in five years. As of now, neither one of us has kids.... that’ s one of those curve balls that life could throw at us that could possibly halt Southern Charm Designs for a while. However, we would like to see SCD grow to a much larger audience! It would be nice to have more people ‘Favorite’ our Etsy shop and follow us on Facebook!


A HUGE thank you goes out to Southern Charm Designs for giving me an AMAZING Maryland necklace. I have been given so many compliments on it, and it makes me feel closer to home. Check out the awesome shots I took of the necklace c/o Southern Charm Designs below. 



Monday, December 30, 2013

Nothing Purse-onal

I can’t believe another year is coming to an end. Time sure does fly when you are having fun! And fun here at Maryland Fashionista 410 includes introducing our readers to the hottest designers and products. To end the year on a high, I wanted to introduce you all to a fabulous handbag company, as well as give everyone a chance to win a fabulous handbag for the New Year!

De L’avion, was founded in 2010 by Indonesian designer Marina. The company specializes in delivering the latest fashion accessories from different designers.  De L'avion is dedicated to providing the latest designs in fashion accessories. They are committed to provide unique fashionable products that bring out the A-Lister in everyone, and make everyone a ‘star!’ for a fraction of the department store price.

De L’avion was FABULOUS enough to send me a few bags for myself, as well as my readers. Shown below are the bags sent to me. Check out Maryland Fashionista 410’s Facebook with details on how to win the fabulous 2Tone Mini Satchel With Ostrich Flap





Thursday, December 19, 2013

Holly Jolly CC

One of the hottest items to hit the beauty industry this year was CC Cream. If you don't know what CC Cream is, you're going to want to keep reading about item #4 on Maryland Fashionista 410's Christmas List.

CC generally stands for “color correcting” and the products are meant to address issues like redness or sallowness (which is PERFECT for winter). CC cream is a color corrector and will be lighter on the skin than a regular tinted moisturizer. CC cream has a more of a whipped, light, fluffy feel and finish. Studio Gear Cosmetics sent me my own bottle to test, and I have to say I LOVE IT! To get your own bottle, click here




Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Brushing through the Snow

One beauty item I always forget to properly care for are my makeup brushes. To be honest, I found myself using two brushes on my entire face. Some people would think that's normal, but anyone in the makeup industry would call me crazy. Lucky, Crown Brushes sent me a set of their favorite brushes for me to review on my blog. Item number 3 on Maryland Fashionista 410's Christmas List will keep your makeup looking better than ever!
The HD Brush Set by Crown Brush is perfect for any makeup lover who sticks to a basic daily makeup routine. As shown below, the set contains a big powder brush, a tapered blush brush, a contour brush, a crease blender, a shadow brush, and a liner brush. The set also includes tweezers and a mirrored zip case. Although the brushed are made with synthetic fibers, they feel just as soft as animal hair. Considering the amount of time I spend traveling, this set is perfect for any Fashionista “on the go”. To purchase your own set, click here.


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Santa, Honey

One of the worst parts of the winter season is dry skin. Sometimes it feels like it takes all season to find the PERFECT moisturizer for you..and your budget. The second item featured on Maryland Fashionista 410’s Christmas List will help you end your search for silky, smooth skin.

Perlier Imperial Honey Body Butter is a product sold exclusively by Perlier and HSN. Perlier is an Italian Bath and Body line which has been bringing customers fabulous products for over 80 years. The Imperial Honey Body Butter has a very heavy texture, which allows its users to apply a small amount with great results. The sent is a mix between honey (obviously) and chocolate-who wouldn't like this scent?

As stated above, this product is sold exclusively through HSN and can be purchased here. To learn more about this product, check out my photos below! 



Monday, December 16, 2013

It's a Candy Christmas...Sweet

Does your special someone enjoy sweet treats (who doesn't?)? If so, you are going to enjoy the first installment of Maryland Fashionista 410’s Christmas List.


Les Cinq Amandes was founded in CT by a mother/daughter duo. Starting their journey in 2007, they have created hundreds of sweet renditions that are unique and tell a story. With the option to create endless combinations, you are sure to find anyone the perfect Christmas present.  The girls at Les Cinq Amandes sent me a few gift options to test. Before I get into detail on how delicious these candies really are, I have to talk about the packaging. Each item is arranged in a unique way, which shows how much this company cares about their products, as well as their customers.Overall, every piece was delicious, but my favorite was the  
Fleur De Sel CaramelLes Cinq Amandes was gracious enough to give my readers 10% off their next purchase with the code “HOLIDAY10”. To get a better look at their products click here, and look below at the AWESOME products they sent me.