“Chaos to Couture” at the Met Gala 2013

One of my favorite things have always been red carpets. As I’m typing this, I realize it comes across like I frequent red carpets myself. I do not. The day after a big award show, or especially the Met Gala, I am glued to my laptop checking out the stars in their designer duds. It’s easy to critique a celebrity on a fashion mishap. I’ve always thought to myself, “These girls don’t have to save six month’s rent for this dress. They can wear whatever they want. They get couture after couture runway dresses thrown at them and can pick anything their famous heart’s desire. Why did they pick that burlap sack to wear when Marc Jacobs was hanging in the closet?” Maybe she wanted to take a risk. Taking risks is what the Met Gala is all about in the fashion world. These stars took the right risk and have made my…

BEST DRESSED LIST:

Kristen Stewart, America’s favorite drunk vampire disaster, didn’t shock anyone with her signature facial expression of ‘I don’t care.’ She DID shock me in this stellar Stella McCartney jumpsuit. The orange clutch is great too.

Speaking of K. Stew, vampires, and Stella McCartney.. This Stella purple number looks exactly like a costume from Twilight and I’m loving it. Not only is purple my favorite color and a bold look for Cameron Diaz, but the spiked belt is so major.

Ginnifer Goodwin is looking like a punk princess in this leather accented Tory Burch dress. I’m loving the gold to black ombre sparkles.

ANNE HATHAWAY  photo | Anne Hathaway

ARCHIVE ALERT! This brunette Disney princess has left the salon as a blonde. Anne Hathaway is wearing a 1992 Valentino and many said she was best dressed at the Gala. Keep reading to see who I think won the title.

Kate Bosworth never fails us with her choices. She is definitely one of my fashion idols and will continue to be after looking pretty in pink in this Balmain mini.

Cara Delevingne is a newcomer to my best dressed lists. I’m obsessed with the deep V and sexy spikes on this Burberry dress.

ALLISON WILLIAMS  photo | Allison Williams

Allison Williams is such a babe in Joseph Altuzarra!

MINKA KELLY  photo | Minka Kelly

Minka Kelly, please do not return Carolina Herrera her gown and ship it to me in Oklahoma?! I don’t even know where to start praising her. Purple, the dark lips, the beading, the lace, the long sleeves, the braids.. I could go on. Perfection.

STACY KEIBLER  photo | Stacy Keibler

Everyone knows that Stacy Keibler is edgy and can beat you up. She made edgy look so right in this Rachel Roy mini and insane booties.

AND THE WINNER IS…

Blake Lively is perfect. She’s married to Ryan Reynolds. I’m sorry, got a little sidetracked there, this blog post is about fashion. From head to toe, the slicked back hair, the long earrings, and the FEATHERS.. I’m freaking out. She is the queen of fashion at the Met Gala in Gucci Premeire.

PW Blog #9- What He Thinks About Your Place

I’m a frugal spender. I don’t like to blow money but I spend $4.99 on Cosmopolitan every single month, and I’d probably spend more if the price ever went up. I was reading an article the other day about a guys first impression of a girls’ house. Guest columnist, Joe Jonas, yes, one of the Jonas brothers gave some advice. I changed some stuff around in my house. It didn’t cost very much and it was all simple redecorating.

First, I went to my DVD collection. I put all my chick flicks like Mean Girls and The Notebook towards the back of my shelf. A good boyfriend will watch a chick flick with his girl every once in a while, but he’s going to spend more hours cuddled up on the couch with you if the first movies he sees are boyfriend friendly. Pull your Will Ferrell collection to the top shelf.

Next, tune down the pink and purple all over the house. Your bedroom is your personal space, so if pink is your thing; go crazy. Keep in mind that the rest of your house is a space you’ll be sharing with him though.

Keep it clean! If you aren’t a neat freak, maybe you should work on becoming one. This is one area that I need to work on. I’m that girl that will try on 10 different outfits and just throw them on the bed until I feel like hanging the clothes back up. If you don’t take care of your place, he’ll think you don’t take care of yourself.

Most likely, he’s also going to take a look inside your fridge. Guys are always hungry, and they are going to expect you to feed them. If your guy likes to cook, then keep a lot of fresh ingredients around so the two of you can have some fun together in the kitchen. If he stays over a lot, then keep some of his favorite snacks around the house!

Let me know if you have any other boyfriend friendly decorating tips!

PW Blog #8- Tricks to Losing Weight

I know what you’re probably thinking. This girl doesn’t know anything more than the rest of the bloggers that write about exercise, or the mini workouts on Pinterest, or the articles inside Women’s Health. I was just talking with a friend today that I wished I had more time for the gym. We are busy college students and part-time workers. Sometimes, the only time I have for the gym is bright and early in the morning before classes. Girls, I’m sure you’re the same as me but isn’t it so hard to wake up early? It’s cold outside. The last thing I feel like doing is climbing out of my warm bed, into my freezing car and driving across town to the gym. When I tough it out and go, it is so worth it though. I feel refreshed, focused, and ready to take on my day!

I wanted to share some of my tricks to staying in shape that I hope will fit into your busy schedules. When I wake up in the morning, even if I’m rushed, I always eat breakfast. “This is the most important meal of the day.” We’ve all heard this so many times, because it’s true! Much like going to the gym, eating breakfast makes you feel focused and ready for the day. If you don’t have time for a sit down breakfast, at least grab a banana or a granola bar on your way out the door. I’m a big fan of any high fiber cereal bar.

When class and work schedules are different every day, it’s hard to eat lunch and dinner at the same time every day. Just make sure you eat. In the past, I was very bad at skipping lunch because I was ‘too busy to eat’ and then eating fast food or a small snack in the late afternoon. This would hold me over for a few hours, but then I w0uld feel weak at work that night. Now I like to keep the kitchen stocked with quick and easy meals. If I only have 10 minutes in between classes and getting ready for work that night, I can pop a Lean Cuisine into the microwave or make a tuna salad. This saves money, and it’s healthy! I usually eat the same for dinner. If I go out to eat, I just order what I want. I personally hate going out to eat with those people that say “I’m on a diet. I’ll just have the lemon that’s in my water.”

I’ve learned over my college years that I succeed in staying in shape when I’m NOT on a diet. I’ve tried so many ‘diets’ to lose 5 pounds, and they just don’t work. When I’m on a diet, I’m tired, hungry, and cranky.  After starving myself for a week, I just pig out on everything I’ve been craving. If you want a cupcake, eat a cupcake. Don’t make yourself feel bad about it. Just don’t eat a cupcake every single day.

Make a list of goals to stay in shape this holiday season. Here’s mine:

1. Hit the gym 3 times a week.

2. Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day.

3. Avoid soda. Drink clear drinks. Avoid beer.

4. Get plenty of sleep.

5. Smile. Positive girls are the prettiest girls.

PW Blog #7- DIY Halloween Costumes

Halloween is the one day each year that girls are allowed to dress a little, or for some, a lot ‘scantily clad’ without being judged. Last year was my first year to be at the bars for Halloween. There were girls in red lingerie and plastic horns on their head. They were devils. There were girls in blue lingerie with white anchor accessories. They were sailors. Duh! This got me thinking about how simple halloween costumes can be. Halloween costumes can be simple, and they can also be cute without being trashy. I don’t know a nicer way to put it.

I wanted to make my own costume; something that would be appropriate for work and something I could change up a little bit and wear out to the bars or a Halloween party. I spent around $40 on my costume, and every piece of clothing I bought, I can wear again. I bought black shorts completely made up of sequins, a red tank top that I painted polka dots on, and some black ears. I already had some black high heels, and appropriate jewlery.

Can you guess what I was?

PW Blog #6- My New Addiction

Procrastination: To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness. l think every college student has put off homework at least once, or maybe every time they sit down to do an assignment. I absolutely hate cleaning but if I have a huge test to study for, I will do all my laundry plus my roommates, and clean every inch of my house before even cracking open a book. Other people procrastinate by spending hours on Facebook or YouTube, and now Pinterest is taking over a procrastinator’s life.

Pinterest is a an online ‘pinboard’ where you can organize and share the things you love. Not only is it a good way to waste time, but Pinterest is also an online shopper’s dream. You can click on links to clothes, shoes, home decor, and buy instantly. If you’re looking for a new cute little black dress, just type it in to the search engine and look through hundreds of dresses that other pinners have found. Yesterday I went home and my mom was in the kitchen making her own laundry soap. I knew her answer before I even asked, “Did you see this on Pinterest?”

I don’t even have a boyfriend but I’ve found myself planning photo sessions with my future fiance, planning ideas for my wedding one day, shopping sprees, and decorating my big girl house I’ll have one day when I finally graduate. I know this sounds crazy! If  you are a Pinterest fan, and you’re reading this, you’ve probably been doing planning the exact same things.

Here’s some cool stuff I know about, thanks to Pinterest!

Fashion Ideas:

 

PW Blog #5- Cute Coats

The first day of Fall weather at Oklahoma State brings dramatic clothing statements. Girls all across campus go from Nike running shorts and oversized T-shirts to coats; even if it’s only a few degrees colder. Almost everyone at OSU has a North Face jacket. Everyone in my family also has a North Face. Two years ago, we went on a family vacation over Christmas break. All four of us walked through the airport wearing the exact same black North Face jackets. My mom thought it was cute; I thought it was awful.

When a popular trend takes over at a college campus, it’s hard to stand out in the crowd. Coats are usually pretty expensive, but Forever 21 has hundreds of inexpensive, statement pieces for any girl or guys fall and winter wardrobes. The first coat I ever bought from Forever was a Cobalt Blue cropped Peacoat. It had oversized blue buttons and a hood and I loved it. It was around 30 dollars and I wore it for a year before one of the buttons fell off. That’s a really good deal in my opinion.

I looked through their website this season and picked out some of my favorite trendy coats for this year.

This Leatherette Bomber Jacket can be dressed down with a white tank or dressed up with a sparkle top and dark denim. It’s only $29.50 and has a cute hood!

I LOVE this cargo jacket! The army green color is a huge trend right now. This would look great with a T-shirt and short heeled booties.

The main thing to remember when choosing a trendy new coat is to choose a coat that will make you stand out. This bright red coat is eye-catching and the bow makes it perfect for the holiday season.

PW Blog #4- Blessed

I am so so blessed!! After a long and stressful week of projects, midterms, and working, I was so thankful to have absolutely nothing to do today!

OSU beat Texas this week and they are on their way to a National Championship! Fingers crossed!

Last night I went to sleep without setting my alarm. That is the best feeling. I went to church and lunch this morning with my parents and some family friends. This afternoon I took the longest nap I’ve taken in a long time (which I will probably regret tonight when I’m trying to fall asleep.) Tonight, I finally convinced my mom and dad to co-sign with me for a loan I’ve been wanting for years! I am doing something very excited in December and I was approved within minutes for my loan online tonight. I’m so excited and blessed.

My dad also got out the old home videos tonight. We watched my old birthday parties, and my first few Christmas’ and my little sister’s first Christmas. I was such a brat as a two year old. We laughed and remembered my grandparents that have passed away.

Today helped me to remember how blessed I am. Although I am a young adult and things like graduation and having to pay off debts are in my near future, I am remembering where I came from. The past 22 years have gone by quickly and sometimes I forget all that I need to thank God and my parents for. Without them, I would have literally nothing.

I am remembering to be thankful this week!

PW Blog #3- Fall Trends I love

It’s still sunny and very hot in Oklahoma! Although I am thankful for the sunshine, I’m ready for Fall weather to begin for several reasons: Crisp weather for Oklahoma State Football, Hot chocolate drinks with friends, leaves changing colors, and MOST OF ALL, Fall Fashion! In Oklahoma, Fall tends to come and go quickly because Summer outstays it’s welcome, and Winter replaces Fall in a blink of an eye. I wanted to share some trends that I’m loving this year.

Military Inspired Looks:

I love love love this trend this year! Although it is a trend that may not last for long, a lot of these pieces could also be fashion staples in a woman’s closet. Anything that is military green, has studs or chains, military inspired lace up boots, or cargo pants can be great if you want to incorporate this trend in your outfits. What I also love about the military look is that although couture designers are creating military inspired pieces, so are affordable stores like American Eagle and The Gap.

Sequin Blazers:

Another trend I love right now are sequin blazers! Some are long, others are cropped and 3/4 sleeves but I love them all. I’ve been looking for one that doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg for myself. Combining the masculine blazer with the feminine sparkle of sequins makes for a sexy fashion staple. I love them in black, navy, and white.

 

Colorful Denim:

Here’s one more trend I want to share! Bright demin skinny jeans are fun and flirty and can add a little style to a casual outfit.

Oops! I got a Journalism degree- PW Blog #2

It’s beginning to hit me that I’m a senior in college. It’s beginning to hit me that this journey of my life is about to end, and I need to make some very important decisions! That’s what my advisor, teachers, and parents tell me anyways. To be honest, I don’t want to graduate any time soon because I have no idea what I’m going to do once I do graduate. I have no idea academically anyways. I’d love to graduate, get married, have babies, and travel. I’d love to never have a job. But I know these hopes and wishes are not realistic and I should apply myself.

Right now I’m just trying to figure out where I’ll apply myself to.

I’ve always loved to write and that’s all I ever felt like I was good at in high school. Even in college, I’m not embarrassed to admit that I had to take college algebra twice. Seriously, math is like another language to me. So I came to Oklahoma State and majored in Journalism. I still love to write but it’s not a secret that the world of writing is slowly dying. Which has led to me doubting my future plans.

The first time I saw How to Loose a Guy in 10 Days, I knew I wanted to be just like her character in the movie. Kate Hudson plays a magazine columnist for a fashion magazine in NYC. She writes about fashion, men, love, makeup, etc. I’ve always wanted to be that and I haven’t really thought about back up plans until now.

It’s hitting me that most likely I won’t graduate and immediately get a a job at a magazine like Elle, or Cosmopolitan. I’ll have to work my way up and maybe work a PR or advertising job first. Or worse, be an intern. Which everyone knows ‘intern’ is code for “Coffee Girl.”

So now that I’m on the downhill slope of college, I need to make some big decisions. Do I still want to pursue a writing career? Or maybe I should look elsewhere? Or MAYBE, just maybe, I’ll luck out and marry rich.

A girl can dream, right?

Welcome Home!- PW Blog #1

I’m not sure how many people follow my blog, but if a few people are reading this I’d like to suggest you check out one of my new favorite blogs. The website is FeelGoodBlogs.com— Your Daily Dose of Happy. There are three picture/video blogs inside of the website of feel good moments that families have  shared with the website. Welcome Home Blog features men and women of the U.S. Army, Marines, Navy, Etc. surprising their loved ones, Mother Glow features expecting mothers sharing their exciting news with family and friends, and Ring on the Finger is all wedding proposal videos.

I have very close friends in the Army and the Welcome Home blog does just what it promises: Makes me feel happy. I have such a passion for men and women who serve our country and I hope this blog increases others to remember what all soldiers do for us.

http://welcomehomeblog.com/