Friday, July 11, 2014

Fashionista.com: How to Make it Conference

I apologize for the blogging hiatus. Between some major fashion events, summer classes and vacation, I have not had time to myself. Last week, I was lucky enough to attend the Fashionista.com conference in New York. This is a recap of everything that took place, as well as a peak at the AMAZING goodie bag.


The conference was an all-day event at The High Line Hotel in Chelsea. First, I’ve never stayed in Chelsea while visiting the city. I have to say, I will NEVER stay anywhere else. The area is just the right pace. It is quieter than time square, but more energetic than Baltimore. But enough about my future home….the event started had about 5 different panels, discussing different areas of the industry.


The first panel was my favorite. It was all about being an editor at a magazine. It included Amy Astley (my favorite), Robbie Myers, and Ariel Foxman. They spoke all about their journeys, as well as what they look for in a future employee. *Note: Later that day, I had a meeting with one of those editors, and I have to say it was the best experience of my life*



Next, we entered a panel all about the tech side of fashion which included Alisa Gould-Simon, co-ceo, Pose; Heather Park, digital media director, NARS; Ashley Bryan, CMO, Ippolita; Elizabeth Francis, CMO, Gilt. Although I never see myself in this part of the fashion industry, I have to admit it was very intriguing to learn about all the work that goes into the tech side.


The one-on-one interview with DKNY’s PR Girl Aliza Licht was probably one of the most inspirational interviews I have ever heard. Being a fellow Maryland girl, we automatically had a strong connection. Starting off in pre-med, she one day realized medicine was not her passion, and switched majors. Knowing how long she has been with the brand, as well as how much she has accomplished, is amazing for any aspiring businesswoman. She also spoke a bit about her upcoming book.



Learning how to make it as an upcoming fashion designer (even after fashion school) can be hard.  This panel included JoBeth Tananbaum, director, NYC Fashion Production Fund; Johanna Stout, professional development manager, CFDA; Jarrad Clark, global creative director, IMG; Shira Sue Carmi, founder, Launch Collective; Misha Nonoo, designer, Nonoo. These individuals spoke mainly about preparing for the CFDA Scholarship. Your main advice is WORK ON PRESENTATION. Presentation is everything. No matter how great your ideas are, you will never be taken seriously if your presentation is sloppy. Pace yourself, and turn in only perfect work!


The last panel of the day was all about the beauty industry. It included Panelists: Britt Aboutaleb, managing editor, Yahoo Beauty; Gregg Renfrew, ceo and founder, Beautycounter; Patti Pao, ceo and founder, Restorsea; Stephanie March and Rebecca Perkins, founders, Rouge NY. It was great to learn that most did not know they would ever end up working in the beauty industry.


One of my favorite parts of the day would have to be seeing the goodie bag. Take a look at some of the AMAZING products fashionista.com hooked us up with.



I am so thankful I got to take part in such an amazing event, as well as get feedback on my portfolio. I cannot wait for next year. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

POPSUGAR Must Have Box Partnership

In the past year, monthly box subscriptions have taken the world by storm. You can get boxes for pets, makeup enthusiasts, even movie lovers. That’s why I was so excited when I was given the opportunity to receive and review the POPSUGAR Must Have Box for June. Each month, POPSUGAR sends a box to your door filled with tons of full sized goodies ranging from books, accessories, makeup, and food. And the best part? The box is only $40 a month (which is about the price of one of the items). POPSUGAR is also offering an exclusive discount for Maryland Fashionista 410 readers. Get $10 off your 3-month subscription with the code JUNESELECT10. To order your own POPSUGAR Must Have Box C L I C K H E R E 


1. The One and Only : a book about Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby. She has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade. But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally gives up her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets.

2. You Smell Lemon Wipes:  Scented wipes perfect for those 90+ degree days.

3. Lollies Hair Ties: These stylish hair ties not only look great in your hair, but double as a cute bracelet when you feel like keeping your hair down.

4. Sachajuan Lotion: I have to admit..this was my favorite product in the box. I’m a sucker for an unusual scent, and could not stop smelling this lotion. Definitely my new signature scent.

5. Turkish T Towel: I have to admit, I did not know what the big deal was with Turkish t towels. I felt like everywhere I went, people were using them. I used mine a few days at the pool, and got so many compliments. It not only functions as a towel, but also as a stylish throw or cover up….because terrycloth is so 2004 (;

6. Native Union Gift Card: Native Union sent me a gift certificate, and I can’t decide between a stylish pair of headphones or speakers.

7. One Potato Two Potato Hawaiian Barbecue Chips: Two words: HOLY CHIP. These chips were AMAZING. And knowing they are made in PA makes them so much better.



POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Chloe + Isabel // Maryland Fashionista 410

It is officially summer which means….time to update your wardrobe.  I have a clothing obsession, but I have to admit…my love for accessories is much greater.

About a week ago, my friend Jess from Teen Vogue Fashion University contacted me. She works for a company called Chloe + Isabel. Chloe + Isabel has some of the most stylish accessories I have ever seen. And the best part? Their price range is perfect for a money-savy fashionista.

Jess has set up a shop exclusively for the readers of Maryland Fashionista 410. To browse, and purchase some great pieces visit http://www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/jesswoodard/1b424a .

Check out some of my favorite pieces below. 


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

SCAD Fashion Show 2014

As you have probably assumed, I have been pretty busy. With finals, and gearing up to go back to Maryland, my mind has been all over the place…that’s why this article should have been posted a week ago.

One of my favorite events all year would have to be SCAD’s Fashion Show. This event showcases the top Senior Fashion Design collections. Press/Designers from all over come to Savannah to attend the magnificent event. I was lucky enough to score two 8pm tickets (which is basically holy grail). All of the top designers attend this event, as well as the after party.

One of the biggest challenges of the night was “What am I going to wear?”. Even though I bought a dress specifically for the event, I ended up borrowing one from a friend.  Since I was wearing black (like most attendees) I wanted my accessories to stand out. Besides wearing a statement necklace c/o my roomie, one of my good friends designed my handbag. Josh is a sophomore FASM major here at SCAD, and is probably one of the most talented people I have met so far. Besides being a great fashion blogger, he also has a line of handbags. This Mango Sherbet tote is AMAZING for everything including carrying your laptop to class, or a night on the town. Josh’s prices are great for my fellow fashionistas/fashionistos on a budget. I honestly can’t stop using this bag because it is affordable, adorable, and durable.


To learn more about Josh and his amazing bags visit http://www.victoralexanderco.com/

O U T F I T   D E T A I L S
Dress: Asos
Shoes: Steve Madden
Sunglasses: DKNY
Necklace: Copper Penny
Bracelet: BomShell Boutique
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

#giftsforgrads shopping guide

With semesters coming to a close, you more than likely know someone graduating this year. Whether graduating from High School or College, this event is important to all. Sometimes figuring out what to buy your recent grad can be a toughie.
Thanks to eBay and their #giftsforgrads campaign, I was able to put together some of the hottest gift guides.
I have created two collections on eBay. One features the 10 Items Every Fashionista Should Have in her Closet. This includes clothing items and accessories for the workforce, weekend wear, and accessories. My other collection features Essential Tech Gifts for any Fashionista. This includes some of the hottest electronics on the market right now (and they are all under $500).
To find out more about the Gifts for Grads on eBay, visit http://www.ebay.com/rpp/gifts-for-grads
And to see my collections, click here or look below.


Create your own #GiftsForGrad collection and enter for a chance to win $500 to shop on eBay.” (sweeps ends June 15, 2014)

Monday, April 28, 2014

Glamour Magazine/Maryland Fashionista 410

Midterms have definitely gotten the best of me, and hindered my blogging schedule. I'm so far behind, I almost forgot to share some really exciting news. Last weekend, I was lucky enough to have been asked to come to New York for an event sponsored by Glamour Magazine.

The event was called "How to Get your Dream Job in 2014". The panel of speakers included Editor-in-Chief of Glamor Magazine Cindi Leive, Danielle Brooks from Orange is the New Black, and many more. I was lucky enough to learn some very helpful tips from some of the top industry leaders (Cindi being my favorite).

One of the questions asked was, How do you define Success? I have to admit...this is probably one of the most common questions asked. However, Danielle's answer has stuck with me since the event. She said, " I define success as having a place to live, being able to buy my own clothes, and provide for the people that I care about. I can officially do all of these things, so I think I'm pretty successful". This really made me think. I had never heard such a humble response to that question. Since then, I have been taking time during the day to really appreciate each moment that comes my way.

After the event, guest were able to mingle/network. I was given the chance to meet EIC Cindi Leive. Apparently no one around me knew how to function a Canon. So Cindi suggested we take a selfie since they're way cooler than regular pictures. Check out the recap photos from the event.








Tuesday, April 22, 2014

SCADSTYLE Recap

Hello everyone. I apologize for being MIA for the past 2 weeks.  Between midterms and going home for Easter, I’ve literally had no time for fun….well that’s a bit of an exaggeration. This week, I will be featuring awesome fashion events I covered last week in Savannah, as well as NYC.
I know I bitch about SCAD on a daily basis, events like SCADSTYLE solidify I made the right college decision.SCADSTYLE is probably one of the best weeks at my school. It is filled with seminars and Q&As from some of the top industry leaders. This year, Eddie Borgo, Bridget Foly, Domenico De Sole, Kate Lanphear, and…..ALEXANDER WANG.

I hate to ramble on and on about each seminar (hence one summary post about the week) Check out my photos from the week. And check out tomorrow to learn about which magazine invited me to do press coverage for one of their events. 






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