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magazine clip-outs

I definitely need to start waking up much earlier, which means I need to sleep earlier, so I can get a fresher start to my day. I had a long weekend though, so that’s partly why I’ve been a bit sluggish the past couple of days. I’m feeling great today, though! My weekend was filled with silly laughs, good friends and great memories. There’s still so much I want to do before the summer ends: plan a trip to the beach and King’s Dominion, go on some hiking trip, visit the museums in D.C., dye my hair… just to name a few.

I was going through my, I hate to say, slightly disorganized room and stumbled upon this ‘fashion binder’ I created a year or so ago filled with tons of my favorite clip-outs from magazines. I figured it’d be nice to share a few of my favorite pages for those who seem to only skim through magazines, and try to remember specific articles, but don’t clip ’em out like I do (I’m kind of obsessed) I’d like to do this every once in a while – I feel it’s a great way to keep on top of the latest in fashion and beauty, and it helps me remember things I thought I forgot or didn’t have handy!

It really is good to have these clip-outs organized into some sort of folder/binder; I find it helpful to look back on specific articles and tutorials for guidance and it’s great to see how trends and beauty buzzes get updated. 
I also happened to find my Teen Vogue Handbook, which was gifted to me a few years ago and it’s incredibly helpful. It’s written by designers, stylists, editors, and photographers in the fashion industry and teaches aspiring fashion-enthusiasts like us the behind-the-scenes secrets about the business! I’ll feature that in a post soon, it’s a must-have buy for any fashion lover.
I’m off to do some thrift shopping for the rest of the day… I found some small stores in the area which I’m pretty stoked about! I’ll share any treasures I buy!

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Christian Siriano & Pink Jams!

It’s official! The fiercest of ’em all will be coming to D.C. (oh how I love living here…) on Friday, October 21st for the annual Pink Rocks the Runway show! If you’re unfamiliar with the event, let me enlighten you! Pink Rocks the Runway is an annual breast cancer awareness fashion event, combining couture fashion and live rock music with an important message. The occasion celebrates and features breast cancer survivors under 40 with a pink couture gown fashion show. This year, designs will be by celebrity FIERCE designer Christian Siriano, who is headlining the event with his entire Spring 2012 collection.

“I am proud to collaborate with Pink Jams! to raise breast cancer awareness for young women in the DC area. Pink Rocks the Runway will be fun and fantastic. I am excited to come home and bring the New York fashion scene with me.” – Christian

In addition, a dozen talented designers will reveal their pink couture creations on the runway. Each one has been paired with a young breast cancer survivor who will show us what they’ve got on the runway! My wonderful manager at Betsey Johnson, Jane Roser, is one of the members of the host committee as well as a pink model – so definitely look out for her!

At the conclusion of the event, Pink Jams! will provide a special grant to the Capital Breast Care Center, who works to provide women in the DC area with mammograms and health screenings, regardless of their ability to pay. This truly is a great event that brings in an important message all while presenting us with awesome music and a beautiful show!

For more information about purchasing tickets, supporting the amazing survivor models, or how to get involved with Pink Rocks the Runway, please visit http://www.PinkRocksTheRunway.com.

Sponsors and front row ticket holders will receive a meet & greet and photo with Christian Siriano himself. For information, please contact CEO of Pink Jams! Christa Floresca at cfloresca@pinkjamsdc.com. You don’t want to miss this event – especially if you’re right in the DMV!

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IFB | Independence | Betsey Girl

If you missed my previous post on three ways to wear red, white, and blue for the 4th of July today, take a look here before the big hoorah of fireworks tonight! I’m still not sure what I’ll be wearing to the festivities, but I’ll definitely be back with pictures to post!

As part of the Independent Fashion Bloggers (IFB) community, I stumbled upon their most recent project: Independence. In case you aren’t a member or have never heard of IFB, let me first give you a little background. IFB is an excellent community for fashion bloggers from all around the world to share their experiences, network with others, and create a resource so everyone can build a bigger and better blog for themselves. That’s just it in a nutshell; for more info and to sign up now – especially if you’re a fashion blogger like I am – click here! My profile can be found here (:

Their most recent project entails the theme of independence, that is, what we feel makes us independent – even more specifically, an item that makes us feel this way – “like an amazing pair of shoes or a vibrant lipstick color.” I really love this idea, because I definitely do believe that a certain item, just like an event, can make us feel powerful, free, and self-sufficient. However, it still took me a while to figure out what item of mine makes me feel liberated – I feel like I have so many pieces that can do this to me.

Send The Trend once asked on their Twitter what single item defines our personal style and I replied “I never thought of having a single piece to define my personal style. My pieces vary and I feel like that is what defines it!” It’s the same deal for this – I have tons of items in my closet that I can pick out and think “Hey! That makes me feel fantastic!” A few years back when I wore uniform to my private high school, I still felt the need to dress it up with colorful knee high socks, jewelry, scarves, and all sorts of crazy accessories just to make myself feel independent and stand out a little more than everyone else (even though I still feel that’s why they changed the dress code to no colorful socks/extra accessories… oops – at least I made a statement!)

When it comes down to it, I realized that the one item – or rather, collection of items – that make me feel absolutely, 100%, no doubt about it confident, strong, liberated, and happy are my Betsey Johnson pieces (specifically, the dresses). You don’t even have to add – although, definitely feel free to of course – the extra accessory to complete the look since the garment is already a complete masterpiece!

The fact that owning a Betsey piece has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl is pretty much reason enough. When you put one on though, you instantly feel like your own version of a princess has come alive inside – whether girly or rocker-chic – and a confident and independent aura manifests like you never thought could be possible. Working as a stylist at Betsey and dressing up in the clothes has made me feel more independent than ever; I love seeing girls so happy when putting on their favorite Betsey pieces. They, like I, really do give off this confident and powerful vibe when walking out of that fitting room.

I mean… look at Betsey herself: she comes forward with these incredible showcases of “Look at me! I’m wearing 5 different colors and patterns and I really don’t care!” Any piece that makes you feel like that, I feel, should be your IT independent piece!

Here I am at the National Pink Day Party we had! 
(just a few) of my Betsey pieces even get their own place together in my closet – how’s that for independence?! 
Do you have any items in your closet – or in general, really –
that make you feel liberated and strong? Share below!
Have a happy 4th! I hope it doesn’t rain tonight!
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thank you to IFB for this project!
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Betsey Johnson: Buy one, get one FREE!

Yes, it’s true. There is a Santa Claus, there is a Tooth Fairy, there is a Magic Genie!

Our annual spectacular BOGO began yesterday at Betsey Johnson Tyson’s Galleria, and this is your only chance to get the best deal ever. The promo runs until July 5th.
*All merchandise, with the exception of shoes, are buy one, get the second of equal or lesser value, FOR FREE!
*There is no limit to how much you purchase – go crazy!

& the Betsey Johnson Tyson’s Galleria ladies!
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Nifty 60s | Pretty in Pink

This past week and weekend was filled with getting decked out and dolled up! I love dressing up, and working at Betsey Johnson allows me to do that pretty much every day without any reservations. Being a stylist there has also definitely brought out more of my dressy side on a daily basis – not necessarily wearing dressier clothes but you know, dressing up, putting different outfits together based on specific styles and such.

via Ryan Charchian – thank you!!

On Thursday, me and the Betsey ladies & our amazing Betsey lovers celebrated National Pink Day with a pink party that had such a wonderful turnout! Most of my friends ended up coming which was a very nice treat – even some of the guys wore pink ’cause of course, real men wear pink!  Our lovely manager (also area manager) Jane Roser went all out for the party – and when I say all out… you’ll understand more of what I’m about to say with the pictures to follow. She let me borrow a beautiful metallic pink sequin dress that made me feel like a Barbie Princess… which I loved! As for decor, I blew up around 25-30 balloons to display in the window, we dressed our mannequins in our prettiest pink outfits, Jane created these adorable signs taped on popsicle sticks that read “Pink Me!”, “No! Pink Me!”, and she held a stick of pink cotton candy while I was given a (delicious) pink lollipop.

via Ryan Charchian – thank you!
How cute are the eye masks we have?! Jane stumbles upon the most unique little treasures and comes up with such great ideas for events – so much fun working with her and the Betsey girls! The rest of our party included pink jellybeans, cupcakes, donuts, champagne, lemonade, rock candy, and other yummy pink delights. During the festivities, we had a raffle every 10-15 minutes that gave off great prizes – Betsey bags, tees, and the biggest prize of all: an amazing original piece of artwork by Betsey herself!
via Yulia Mikhalchuk of DressHopper – thank you!!

All in all, the night was fantastic, our guests had a blast, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen that much pink in my life (which isn’t a bad thing!) I hope our store wins the competition – in case you missed my previous post on what this party was all about… I’ll tell you! It wasn’t just to celebrate and honor National Pink Day, it was also a contest between all the Betsey stores. Whoever throws the most spirited pink party and has the best ‘pink’ customers, wins a personal appearance by Betsey herself! I definitely feel we gave it our all and much more and above all, our customers had the best time. So we’ll just have to wait and see!

 
The following days left me in a spirited mood (Betsey does that to you!), particularly a retro-mod one. I was feeling 60s and what better way to get into the spirit of mod fashion than black and white, bold thick stripes, and polka-dots?! Yes… I mixed them all together – never thought I would combine these patterns but the overall look turned out ‘outta sight’ (I’m cheesy, if you didn’t know already)
 
What do you think of combining polka-dots and stripes? I had so much fun putting the outfit together – even completed it with a twisty bun on the backside of my head and a thick white plastic headband with hollow hearts.  I impulsively bought these nifty stockings off eBay about 2 years ago without knowing how I’d wear them, but I knew I had to have them. A few months ago, Forever21 brought back their mesh/cotton polka-dot dress (only $8!) and I snagged it immediately! Like I said, I never thought of combining the two patterns before, but when I put them on… I fell in love! The tights are sneaky considering you can wear them with the front showing black and the back showing white, or the opposite. Such a surprise when you turn a corner from someone – I had people stop me just to comment on them! What patterns would you pair together? Or do you think the idea is just whack?
That’s all for today; I hope you all have a happy Monday, 
despite the sort of gloomy weather (at least it is here!)
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