Monday, November 30, 2015

Snapshots from Granada

I should 100% be writing a paper right now...but we all know college students thrive at procrastinating. In looking through my old pictures to find some for an outfit posts, I came across some pics from a trip I took to Granada with one of my best friends, Natalia.

Granada was definitely the prettiest place I visited in Spain. The city felt young and storied at the same time. We went to Shawarma King (more than once), stopped into small bookstores, and shops housed in caves on the side of mountains. It's a great city to visit as a student, it wasn't very expensive and all the kids from university fill the streets at night. 10/10 would recommend.


Sunday, September 6, 2015

Instead of Tuition: Fall 2015

Imagine...a world where I didn't have to drop about $20,000 every few months to get an education...a world where I could blow that $20,000 on things I really don't need...a world where I dressed so well it would be rude...mmm imagine...

But, seriously, I've been sitting around looking at clothes, as I often do, and most things are out of my price range. Ya girl is broke. Since school starts in t-minus three weeks, I thought it fitting to make this a sort of back-to-school edition. If I didn't have to pay tuition, these are some things I'd be young and dumb and rich enough to buy.

I'm a college student -- I need a backpack. Some women get away with the tote trend, but I feel like that would be super uncomfortable, and I bike, so I def need my hands and arms to be free. While I am a loyalist to the North Face's Hot Shot style, these backpacks have the potential to steal my heart.

Fall Backpacks

Fall Backpacks by stephg09 featuring a knapsack

Proenza Schouler backpacks bag - $1,995
The Proenza Schouler PS1 backpack in black suede. A beauty. I already know that I'm going to lose my mind one day and buy the PS1 purse, but, for now, as a student, the backpack is the more practical option. The $2,000 practical option. 
Givenchy knapsack - $1,885
Just looking at these backpacks, you can probably tell that I'm super into black and white for fall. I'm not exactly sure what it is about this one, but the clean stripes really get me and the studs add a fun touch. 
Givenchy knapsack - $1,320
Another Givenchy pick -- the magnolia and moth backpack. This is raw print that Givenchy stuck on a few items, but I'm a particular fan of it on this bag. Honestly, I saw it and it reminded me of this essay I read by Virginia Woolf called "The Death of the Moth." So, for reminding me of a piece of lit, this one gets extra points. 
Want Les Essentiels de la Vie laptop backpack - $759
Here is the product description:"WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie Chalk (white) smooth leather Piper backpack styled with Seahorse (metallic salmon) leather trim." The fact that these folks are out here using descriptors that need clarification. I am dead. But, other than the utter extra-ness of the product description, this bag looks like it feels like butter. I am 100% here for it.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Snapshots from Paris

I'm the worst when it comes to sharing pics from vacations and things. So, in typical Steph fashion, I'll be sharing some photos from, ohhh, ten or so months ago. While abroad last year, I went to Paris with two of my best friends and immediately fell in love with the city. It was definitely a mix of the romantic ideas of the city that I had gathered from movies and books, and the actual romance of the city -- Paris is gorgeous. When I went, I also think I was relieved to be in a big, busy, dirty, diverse city, which was in direct contrast to Toledo (where I was living in Spain). And, so, on this beautiful day in Chicago -- my big, busy, dirty, diverse city -- I'd like to share a few, well, more than a few, of my favorite shots from the city of lights.


Sunday, June 14, 2015

In My Arsenal

I've been without laptop for a couple of months now, but I am happy to share that I just purchased a new on today. So...except some fire real soon. Until then, I just wanted to share a few pics of some things I picked up recently/some things in my arsenal.

After dropping mad guap last week and feeling bad about it for two seconds, I've now reached a point where I can say that the purchases I made were well worth it. Well worth it in that I recognize these might not have been the smartest purchases, but it be like that sometimes. So, on with it.

Supreme Malcolm X Baseball Shirt. I was just perusing the Supreme website because I'm a headass and came across this raw jersey. Yes, we can go back and forth about whether or not Malcolm X should be a celebrated figure in history, but clearly my feels lean in one direction.

Birkenstock, Monterey Black Leather. I've been wanting these for the absolute longest. They're all leather and so icy. I got them in the mail the day I finished my last final and promptly slid them onto my feet. The outfit was fairly crucial that day; we might revisit it in the near future. Also, I got the Malcolm X jersey a size too big, so I envision something cool happening with these birks and black denim.

J.Crew fishtail anorak.  Sometime during my senior year of high school, I lost my rain jacket -- R.I.P. Then, last summer I picked up the Dope Boy Magic pullover, which is waterproof during a light rain, but during heavy rains, I can get a slick wetness on my skin. No good. So, I decided I needed a legit rain jacket. Enter: the fishtail anorak. I stan pretty hard for fishtails and the color was so fresh; it was deemed "vintage mint" by the J.Crew gods. If you've been in Chicago for the past few days, then you can imagine how much this has come in handy. The fit is a bit large, but, yo, no part of me is getting drenched in this jacket. Perfection.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

English Teacher for a Day

One of the things I love about my friends is that there is a common understanding between us that we can send each other texts that read, "I look really good today," and we won't think anything of it. Arrogance doesn't exist in our circle. If you out here loving yourself, let everybody know. Ain't no shame in that. So, when Chase hit me up to tell me that his look on point, I figured we should make a photo shoot out of it.

You all might remember Chase from a Campus Crush post he was featured in almost a year ago. Crazy that it's been a year already?! But, yea, expect to see more of him in the future. He claims that he will be showing out come spring quarter. So, now that I've put this in the internet, he'll have to come through. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

House of MODA 2015

Last Friday, MODA, UChicago's resident fashion focused student organization hosted their annual fashion show. It's a solid excuse to get off campus and dress up. My night got off to a rocky start when our Lyft driver got lost and whipped the car into an alley and we all thought we weren't gonna make it out of that ride alive. But, alas, we survived to tell the story. After that, the night was smooth. It's always cool to see UChi dress up, so I snapped some pics of my favorite looks from the night.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Academy Awards Fashion 2015

Hello all! Here you'll find a few of my musings on tonight's Red Carpet looks.  Overall, tonight was a strong performance from the men and women of Hollywood.  Many actors and actress stuck with their tried and true silhouettes and trusty designers.  Surprisingly, the men took some of the biggest risks tonight with varying degrees of success.  Without further ado, let's get this party started.  Hope you all enjoy and thanks for reading!

Patricia Arquette is Rosetta Getty.  Personally, I’m a huge fan of a black and white outfit so this look is a winner for me.  Arquette frequently opts for the one-shoulder dress and she’s keeping with the trend tonight.  Granted, this look isn’t exactly a fashion risk, but Arquette is bringing some much needed ease and relaxation to the red carpet.  

Felicity Jones in a classic Alexander McQueen.  Alexander McQueen has perfected the high neckline.  Felicity proves here that she's not just another English Rose.  The color is delicate but the detailing on the bodice adds some edge.  Well played Jones, well played. 

Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent.  Robbie is following the 1970s trend well here.  Saint Laurent can do absolutely no wrong, but I think ditching the necklace and pulling the hair up could improve the look.  With the current accessories, her outfit almost looks like a costume. 


Monday, January 26, 2015

Cheap Monday: Derek Lam 10 Crosby

Long time, no blog, eh? School started and it managed to get the best of me. This quarter has been super busy, but busy in a good way. I'm loving just about everything I'm doing. And that, my friends, is a great feeling.

Since I have been so busy, I haven't had much time to take pics, so I'm going to share some snaps from Detroit & Spain. But, rest assured, I still turn up for class. Last summer, I visited my friend Maya in Detroit and we had a little photo-shoot. I met one of my blogger crushes, Lauren, and she recently did a write-up of our meeting last summer. Lauren goes to Stanford (slay) and has a great sense of style (go awf). Her blog is called This is Motown and is a solid mix of fashion, food, and critical essays. Show her some love and check it out.

At said shoot, I wore a Derek Lam 10 Crosby dress. Derek Lam has been one of my favorite designers for a while and his 10 Crosby line offers his designs at a lower price point than his namesake brand. So, I was bout it bout it when I found this dress for the low at Neiman Marcus Last Call. Lauren and I didn't tell each other what we were gonna wear, so it was a happy coincidence when we somewhat coordinated. 

As the temperatures began to fall in Spain, I decided to get creative and weather-proof that outfit. I remember getting dressed that morning in Spain and hoping that this outfit would work: stripes with plaid with lace, not a usual combination for me. 

Whenever I layer a shirt under this dress, I make sure there is at least one color in common to keep the pattern mixing from being too overwhelming. In most cases, it's navy blue that stays constant between the two pieces. The plaid stays true to the American sportswear feel of the dress and the lace tights simultaneously throw off that American sportswear feel. 

Natalie and I were just talking about trying to incorporate our nicer dresses into our everyday rotation and layering is a great way to make a dress more casual. I just took some photos of her today in which she layered a sweater over a dress. It creates for a more interesting look and lets you wear your cute summer dresses in cooler weather.

Stay warm, amigos. Follow ya girl on Twitter, @all_worn_out. I say funny things. Occasionally. Big thanks to Abby for the pictures in Detroit and Natalie for the pictures from Spain. ~~so traveled~~

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

First post of 2015! Woo! As you all can see, I took a bit of a break from the blog. And, lemme tell ya, it feels oh so good to be back. I got back to the States at the end of November and have been coolin it ever since. It was a great feeling to be back in my hometown and seeing familiar things and being in the presence of family, blood and chosen. I have mad photos from Spain to share, so we'll throw it back to the land of flamenco and tapas for this one.

Natalie and I decided to do a bit of color coordination for this post. We had talked about how some colors are more difficult to wear together than others, so we decided to try our hands at wearing navy blue and black together. And it turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself. 

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