Swanky Scrunchie

Scrunchie – Whenever I’m chillen in my sweats, there is a 99.9% chance my hair is in a scrunchie. It’s the epitome of hang-time, the grungiest of grunge looks, and the cloudy with a chance of never leaving bed kind of spirit. Swankyadj. 1. A person or object that is posh, high-class, glamorous, classy, upmarket, etc. Paired side-by-side I consider this the godfather of oxymorons; quite frankly it is the paradigm that runs not only my life, but also my fashion style.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Keepin' it Classy




(Sweater: Bik Bok, Leggings: Calvin Klein, Jacket: Massimo, Florence, Italy, Boots: Franco Sarto, Bag: Carlos Falchi, Glasses: Tom Ford)

               The brisk wind is howling on my window as my alarm irritatingly beeps 9:00am. All I want to do is curl up in my warm bed and sleep for infinity, however this thing called class tends to get in my way. The trees are becoming barren and the crisp fall air is officially here. As badly as I would like to throw on an oversized sweatshirt, leggings and Uggs, my fashionista conscience is telling me no. I grab my favorite butt covering black crochet sweater and staple black leather riding boots to jazz up the mundane legging look. I found this lambskin motorcycle jacket in authentic leather shop in the heart of Florence. The decadent leather will definitely keep the chills away, I think to myself while scurrying out the door, already 5 minutes late. Word of advice: never sacrifice class for class ;) 




Sunday, October 16, 2011

Game Day Swag




(Hoodie: Colosseum Athletics Los Angeles, T-shirt: Alternative Vintage, Jeans: Biscote, Shoes: Converse, Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs, Hat: Zephyr)

              First and ten Wisconsin! Its that day of the week again that is so highly anticipated, GAMEDAY. Wisconsin spirit is in the air; there's no better feeling than walking down State Street in a sea of red abyss. Bright colored skinny jeans have been trending since the spring; so investing in your school’s colors’ is just as tactful as is it is spirited. These jeans are my party pants, their stretch and dexterity makes them ideal for not only tailgates but also Saturday nights at Logans. I try to wear “all red err-thing,” for true Wisconsin pride but this black vintage Bucky tee balances the outfit; lets face it, I’m not trying to wear a red jumpsuit. The flat-rim hat defines “swag,” and is my ultimate bad hair day accessory. These are my John Lennon shades; their circular shape is universally flattering. I haven’t been able to take them off since I got them! If you look closely at the Converse, they are adorned with studs and turquoise embellishment, definitely not your everyday Converse, hence I steal them from my sister on a regular basis J.  Embrace your school spirit; turn your swag on.
10/15/11            vs. Indiana *             Camp Randall Stadium            W, 59-7
Cheers,
Nik

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sequins and Skittles




(Blouse: Theory, Blazer: Maje, Shorts: sample sale on 5th ave, Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender, Bag: Alexander Wang)

               Lights! Camera! Skittles? Lets try that again: Lights! Camera! Sequins! Okay a little cheesy but I thought Campus Candy would be a vibrant venue for a photo shoot. This post is a shout out to those poor bedazzled garments that are thrown in the back of our closets, accumulating dust after wearing them once, more specifically on the night of December 31st. Sequins are most commonly worn for a night out on the town; however, throw in a daytime bag and nude flats, and you have yourself a chic outfit for work. The dapper blush blouse tones down the sequin shorts, giving the outfit a more conservative vibe. When I first saw this blazer in Paris at a store called Maje, we fell in love. Trying to cut back on my shopping splurges in ParĂ­, I resisted buying it. While perusing one of my best friend’s closets at school (thanks Alyssa), there she was, her glamorous cerulean sequins staring right back at me! This bag is an absolute must; it takes the basic black satchel to the next level with its adorned rustic gold studs. So ladies, do something bold and take your outfit to the next level by incorporating some swanky sparkle!
Au Revoir,
Nikki




Monday, October 10, 2011

Summer Lovin'








Danielle: (Blouse: Forever 21, Skirt- Free People, Clutch: Vintage, Flats: Yosi Samra)
Me: (Blouse: Joie, Pants: LF, Necklace H&M, Belt: Vintage, Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell, Bag: Matt&Nat)
                      Due to the fact that its almost mid October and the weather in Madison is still hitting 78°F we are holding on to summer as long as we can. Danielle’s skirt is my “go to” pool party cover-up, however paired with a linen blouse and evening clutch it is instantly transformed into the perfect “lets meet for drinks” outfit. The chiffon material drapes so elegantly and can be worn tied in a knot to show off a little leg as shown in the fourth picture. Yet again, more snake print, I know I’m going overboard (the background, the bracelet, the clutch, the shoes) but it’s a phase so join in!
             When I saw these pants crinkled in a ball in the corner at the LF sale, I knew it was meant to be. I saw two people pick them up and make that “eeek” face; haven’t they heard the expression don’t yuck my yums! These pants not only feel like pajamas, but they can easily be dressed up or down. I chose to wear a loose fitting neutral blouse and turquoise necklace to enhance the pattern of the pants. The belt feminizes this flowy outfit by cinching the waist and defining my curves. The Jeffrey Campbell oxfords are the perfect everyday shoe; they match with virtually everything and add a fashionista flare to every outfit. The last picture I had to post; I couldn’t ask to go to a more beautiful school. The sailboats and sunset are the epitome of summer lovin’. 
-Nik


TEST DRIVE







Courtney: (Blazer- Helmut Lang, Tank- Rag and Bone, Jeans- Jbrand, Belt- Chanel, Shoes- Sergio Rossi)
Me: (Pullover- Alice and Olivia, Tank- Helmut Lang, Jeans- TEXTILE by Elizabeth and James, Earings- Urban Outfitters, Shoes- Prada, Snake Bracelet- Forever 21)
               Appropriate title? I think so; I’m taking this whole blog idea for a test drive. The contrast of Courtney’s outfit is what makes it a total winner. The harsh cut of the blazer is softened by her dainty slingbacks. Not to mention the gray tank softens the disparity between her white blazer and black shoe. The awesome structure of the pants is a plaster-like material, giving the jeggings a true lux-leather shine. If you look closely at the third picture, the buttons on the blazer are of unique tortoiseshell; it’s the small details that really make a garment stand out!
              My silk mousseline pullover with embroidery makes quite a bold statement. Anytime I wear something that is a little over the top, I tone it down by making the rest of my outfit basic, like the plain white tank and jeans pictured above. I like to cut slits in all my pants, so you can imagine my enthusiasm when these jeans came pre-slit, no scissor necessary! My fancy for feathers began this summer, and I have to admit I’m still not over it. The white feather earrings are the perfect distraction from my post-gym ponytail; lets face it gals, not everyone has time to blow out her hair. The fashion industry is in a surge for serpents, thus I’ve been wearing my “medusa” bracelet out almost every night. Stay tuned for more posts!
-Nik