Monday, March 12, 2018

My Favorite Carryalls

Whenever you see me out and about, I'm either carrying a ridiculously small bag or a ridiculously large one. While I am a big fan of my North Face backpack, it will never be the bag to tie a look together. So, on days where I am interested in functionality and style, I tend to go with one of my carryall totes. 

My absolute favorite tote is this one from Apolis. They have built a brand around this incredibly durable and good looking tote. I got this my first year of college for I think $70 (and that totally put a hurtin on my pocket back then), but it has been the single most used item I have ever purchased. This is my go-to grocery bag and it can fit everything ever, which is good and bad because sometimes it gets to be bit too heavy, but that's okay. The bag can hold at least 135lbs (!), has a waterproof lining so any food spills are super easy to clean, and the artisans who make these bags receive Fair Trade wages. 10/10 would recommend.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

5 Wearable Spring/Summer 2018 Trends

polka dots

1. Polka dots. One of the most playful prints of all time will have a strong showing this spring and summer. If you kept up with recent coverage of Paris fashion week, all of your favorite fashion women were seen wearing polka dots to ring in the warmer seasons.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Monday Blues

Confession: I have a thing for coats. Having grown up in Chicago, I know the value of a solid winter coat and also the value of a good looking wool coat for those not-as-frigid days. There is something so cool about seeing someone whose coat adds to their look. Enter: this gem of a coat from J. Crew. I stalked it for weeks, waiting for it to go on sale, for my size to come back in stock, for it to be on sale and in my size. One day, it randomly worked out and I got this coat for 30% off. I knew I wanted an office appropriate coat, but I also wanted something that wouldn't age me. So, I thought this coat was a happy medium of being sleek and work-appropriate, but it being navy instead of black with the piping kept it young and fun. This coat also has a belt, but I like to wear it open to take advantage of the movement of it.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chocolate chip banana anything is pretty much my favorite. Bread, muffins, shakes, all so good. I have been making these muffins for a while now, but I usually have three or so recipes open in different tabs, then mix and match the ingredients that I think make baking sense. Last time I made these treats, I decided to document my process and share it with you all. These muffins are soft, fluffy, and non-vegan approved.

Monday, January 29, 2018

The Style Grad

So…this blog has a new name. “All Worn Out” is now “The Style Grad.” Same good ol’ Stephanie behind the words, just some new name fun. All Worn Out started about 7 years ago as a digital media project for a high school journalism class. Allie, Miriam, Caroline, and I were the original authors on the blog. They are all a year older than me, and upon graduating from high school, I was the only one who wanted to continue to blog, so that is what I did.

As I have now finished college and joined the workforce, amongst many other life changes, I thought it time to change things up on this platform as well. I have found myself searching for more content online that was catered to women like me: women who are smart like me, women who like to travel like me, women who are civically minded like me, women who are fit like me, women who are Black like me, women who are into fashion like me, women who are driven like me. In some ways, I am having a hard time finding the content that I want, so I decided it would be as good a time as any to begin creating the content I would like to see.

With that in mind, the scope of this blog will expand from what it has been, which for the most part has been fashion. Those who know me in real life, know my interests go well beyond fashion and know that my writing extends well beyond fashion. In the future, expect more posts about food, travel, wellness, and my takes on timely news and events.

I am excited to write more in this space and explore my interests with you all. Please let me know if there are any topics you would like for me to write about. Otherwise, thanks for reading.