A few weeks ago, we covered ten things under $ 10 to prep yourself for finals week, that include various clothing, accessories, and tools to get you through the most agonizing part of every semester.
Of course, we at CF believe in staying fashionable and practical in all aspects of our daily lives, so equipping yourself for some serious studying doesn’t have to stop in your closet! Arming your dorm room with a few key gadgets and other must-haves can transform it into the perfect review space.
These tools don’t have to cost you much, either — check out our list below of dorm room essentials for finals week and get ready to crank out those papers!
Spot the difference? Photos: Getty, Victoria’s Secret
Owning a Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra doesn’t have to be just a fantasy any longer. Well…technically.
Following the airing of its annual fashion show Tuesday night, Victoria’s Secret has begun selling a replica of the ruby and diamond-laden Royal Fantasy Bra worn by Angel Candice Swanepoel on the runway. The Dream Angels Royal Fantasy Bra replica costs $ 295, a far cry from the original’s hefty $ 10 million price tag — but still a pretty penny for a push-up bra. (Especially if the 52 karat, pear-shaped ruby dangling down from the center of the original bra is missing.)
A rep for Victoria’s Secret confirmed that this is the first time the brand has ever replicated and sold a Fantasy Bra. A matching thong retails for $ 58.
OMG Hilary Duff was wearing one of my most fave leather jeans – the PAIGE Paloma Legging in black. These are so awesome because of several reasons: they are not just leather jeans in front and denim in the back, they are a total of a leather/denim jegging, extremely comfortable and trust me, durable until ….well, this I don’t know yet LOL! Another reason why I love them so much is that I can REALLY up- or down-dress them and they absolutely look insane either way.
Hilary opted for the “middle way” here, pairing them with a green plaid Equipment sweater and beige pumps with pointy black patent toes. So perfect for a day out when you want to be dressed for the night as well.
Free People customer Madisyn Fecko at an in-store event in Pittsburgh.
What comes after the personal style blogger? For some brands, it’s super customers, whose evangelizing ways make them an appealing asset on social media.
Free People, for one, has spent the last year reaching out to these power customers through its user-generated community board , FP Me. The UGC platform — which Free People built internally — has allowed the company to reach a whole new audience. Not just a select group of bloggers who one social media expert deems worthy.
That’s where the company found Madisyn Fecko, a 22-year-old undergrad from Pittsburgh, currently finishing up her communications degree in Raleigh, N.C. Fecko has always been interested in fashion, a love she inherited from her mother, whose bohemian style always stood out from the other parents. Her mom would wear velvet bell bottoms to a parent-teach conference while the rest of the moms would be wearing gray suits. “She inspired me,” Fecko says.
Attending college in Chicago has been such an amazing experience because the city is so lively and full of diversity. As much as I love it, there is one major drawback out here in the midwest: winter. Being raised in Florida, I probably didn’t pick the best place to experience my first real winter, and I quickly learned they don’t call it the Windy City for nothing.
However, being forced to stay warm and wanting to do so with style has made me well-versed with the variety of winter accessories. In really cold climates, fashion often takes a backseat and warmth becomes the main concern, which can really hinder your personal style.
When I saw a striped, lighter-color version of this dress in the window of a Steven Alan store this summer, I knew I had to have it. It was one of those things I couldn’t stop thinking about. It just felt like I couldn’t go on being Dhani Mau if I didn’t have that dress. And thanks to SA’s Black Friday sale (the only one I bought anything at), I now own it.
However, it’s a little summery and this green version in the exact same shape seems more appropriate for fall and winter. The shape is what I really love about it — the Henley buttons, the three-quarter length sleeves and the slightly A-line bottom make for such a sweet-yet-smart silhouette.
This week’s Fashion Inspired by Art is based on Edward Hopper’s “Girl at a Sewing Machine.” Read on to learn more about this work of art and to see three outfits inspired by this famous painting.
About Edward Hopper’s “Girl at a Sewing Machine”
Edward Hopper’s Girl at a Sewing Machine (1921) via Wikimedia Commons
More sophisticated than rich purple (which can feel a bit too Prince) and definitely more elegant than full-on pink, Radiant Orchid combines what you love about both shades in a more subdued and intriguing package. “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute about their choice for the 2014 Color of the Year. “Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination. An invitation to innovation, this captivating purple encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”
Compared to this year’s choice, Emerald – below with 2012′s Tangerine Tango & 2011′s Honeysuckle – Radiant Orchid is a universally-flattering shade that I think accurately represents the contemplative mood so many of us seem to be in as we prepare to welcome a new year.
In home decor, expect to see a lot of it used on walls; as accents with its sister shades of lavender, purple and pink; to liven up neutrals such as taupe, beige and gray; or for more vibrant visual appeal contrasted with pale yellow, turquoise and vibrant teal. In fashion, it looks lovely with greens such as olive and rich hunter. And for beauty, as blush it’s a no-brainer, but also looks gorgeous on nails.