Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Brands You Should Know: Julie Scarves

My friend Julie can effectively be labeled as a trendsetter. I paid a visit to my high school a few weeks ago and I couldn't walk more than a few feet without seeing someone in one of her scarves. Julie Scarves are, clearly, a must have. It was during this same visit that Julie graciously gave me one of her creations. You can pick one up here via her Etsy shop.

This is my friend Christy wearing a Julie Scarf. It might be getting warm in Chicago (who knows??), but this is one of those purchases that you can justify. A) it will definitely be cold in Chicago in the somewhat near future and B) you need something to keep you warm on road trips/plane rides/cozy movie nights in that not-so-cozy-over-air-conditioned home. I took my scarf with me to Nashville this past weekend and it was such a great move. It kept me warm in the car ride down south and it doubled as "pillow" when I took a nap in the sun.

photo via Julie Scarves

Now, down to the nitty gritty. Julie hand-knits every scarf to give you a one-of-a-kind wonder. They take about three hours to make and they sell for fifteen dollars. I don't know about y'all, but it's rare that I find a scarf for fifteen dollars, especially one that is so well made. Julie learned to knit in elementary school and started her scarf endeavor last year. You can bet you're getting a top-notch product.

For the record, I don't vouch for products I don't believe in. I know Julie and she's the bomb. She's seventeen and taking the steps to get her name out there. Though this might be obvious, this product is made in America and your purchase would be helping a high school senior save up some cashhh before shipping off to college.

Hey, Julie!

This is Julie rocking her scarf in what looks like an enchanted garden. This could be you, too, if and only if you have a Julie Scarf. I know you want one. Head over to her Etsy shop, JulieScarves, and pick one up. It's fifteen dollars: that's like three unnecessary trips to Starbucks. Spend that money on something that won't disappear in twenty minutes. Julie Scarves even have a commercial. Check it out and buy, buy, buy.



Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Polka Dots, Sequins, & Stripes (Oh my!)

Final. Are. Over. Well, they are for me. And if you still have finals, power through! This week has been far too critical and it's only Wednesday. The good thing about not having any more exams is that I can finally chill. I'll be heading out to Nashville on Friday for a rugby tournament. I couldn't be more excited. The weather in Nashville will be warm. Oh, so, warm. Can't wait.

Last week, the weather gods blessed Chicago with one warm and sunny day. This was the same day that Chase decided to stunt. Though it was super petty for it to only be warm for one day, then straight snow the next, we take anything we can get in Chicago.

The weather had me feeling so good, I was like "nahhh, not going to work today." (I responsibly called off and all that because I'm an adult occasionally responsible college student.) But, moving on. I'm always surprised by the things I find in department stores. I generally don't like department stores, but sometimes I find something worth buying. Enter: the sequin skirt. I picked this one up from the juniors section in Kohls for ten bucks on sale. Seriously, if you have some sequined item, provided that it's not a circa 2006 spaghetti strap tank with rando sequins on the lace trim (y'all know what I'm talking about), break it out during the day and let it see some sunlight. 

On top, I wore a Ralph Lauren oxford, Gap denim jacket that I got on mad sale for 15 dollars, and a J. Crew necklace, also around 15 dollars on sale. 

I finished off my look with a Marc by Marc Jacobs watch that I picked up from the Neiman Marcus outlet for 120 dollahzz. Also, swerve. I just googled my watch and Asos was selling it for 431 dollars. Like, what? Come on, y'all, Marc Jacobs is not that real. I love my watch, but you would never catch me spending that much on it. And funny-ish story. One of my friends looked at my watch and said, "Isn't he a little conceited for putting his name where the numbers should be?" To which I said, "If you had a fashion empire, wouldn't you put your name there, too?" Basically, Marc Jacobs is time. Get with it, people. 

Peace sign game strong. 
I'll catch y'all in Nashville. See what shenanigans the lovely ruggers and I get into by following ya girl on Twitter and Instagram: @all_worn_out. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Campus Crush: Chase

The first conversation I ever had with Chase was about music. We were sizing each other up. Passing one another's test, we shared an unspoken agreement to trust the other's opinion. Funny how such an arbitrary topic can be the basis for such a great friendship. Chase is one of those people you can just count on. He's good people.

Chase is from the suburbs of Chicago, so like any true (almost) Chicagoan, he takes temperatures over 50 degrees as a cue to break out the shorts. Like all of us, he's excited for the warm weather to get here and stay. When asked what he loves to do when the weather is nice, his answer was one that anyone who knows him could have guessed: play basketball. 

I'm super into the brightly colored shorts trend that has been going on for a couple of summers now. Chase's are even more fun because they're covered in a banana print. I feel like a lot people, in general, shy away from wearing yellow, so I was surprised to see Chase in it. But, it's one of those colors that can embody a mood. That day was bright -- Chase's clothing choice matched that. 

Chase is wearing Ray-Ban sunglasses, Urban Outfitters shorts, and a Theory shirt. 

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Best Dressed: Oscars 2014

The Oscars were tonight and y'all know where this post is headed. I have to be honest,  I was not as impressed with the looks as I thought I would be, but some people straight killed it. I think the biggest issue I had was with people wearing colors that didn't flatter their skin tones. However, in true All Worn Out fashion, we will only be celebrating fashion. Take a look at muh short list.

Lupita N'yongo. Once again, Lupita takes my pick as best dressed in a Prada gown. She also took the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her acceptance speech was perfection. She is perfection. I would dare to say that she is reaching America's sweetheart status. Like, if you don't like Lupita, you should reconsider your path in life. 

Charlize Theron. I'm not sure who designed this dress, but the silhouette is sick. The sheer straps are weird, but the sheer train is pretty cool.

Emma Watson in Vera Wang. Emma is such a quaint beauty. Her eyes just scream, "Don't underestimate me." 
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