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Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Library Influence

Currently I am living with my mom, before I was living with my 3 sisters, I miss that. However I am planning on getting my own place again. Hopefully next August when grad school is happening again I will find a place. Anyways I was just looking up little house ideas and decorations. I have always wanted a library. I know many people love books!!!! So here are some pretty photos of libraries in homes. Enjoy!

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Fashion Education 101: Dresses

I started graduate school this semester and was inspired to have a mini class of my own. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Fashion 101. LESSON 3!

Fashion Education 101: Dresses

It is the dress that truly belongs to the female wardrobe. It is the one article of clothing we don’t have to share with men. It is as old as time but has never let us down. Dresses come in all shapes and sizes just like women do. We have dresses forย religious’ affairs, prom, competition, work, celebrations and for just laying in the sun.

I know I have left some out but I feel that these choices are very popular or unique enough to know.

Enjoy!

1. A line

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2. Asymmetrical aka One Shoulder

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3. Blouson

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4. Bubble dress

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5. Bridesmaids

Not only a great movie but the dress the friend of the bride’s wears. Here is mine. I am wearing it for Amber’s wedding.

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6. Coat dress aka Shirtwaist

Think of the movie Under the Tuscan Sun. This dress is retro but classy.

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7. Cocktail Dresses

These are dresses suitable for semi-formals, black tie events and cocktail parties. Christian Dior was the first to use this term. Cocktail dresses fall under the evening dress category. They can be long but are usually short.

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8. Drop waist aka low waist

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9. Empire waist dress

Empire waist dresses are easily recognized by the seam ending right below the breasts. It is very popular in prom and wedding dresses.

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10. Evening/Formal dress

My grandma said what makes an evening dress is length. If a dress is not long, it is not evening. I hold to the same belief.

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11. Flapper dress

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12. High waist

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13. Jumper dress

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14. Kaftan dress

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15. Kimono

A traditional Japanese garment worn by men and women. However recently we have thought they make great robes and fabulous hang around wear.

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16. LBD

The Little Black Dress comes in every shape, size, style and cut. But every woman needs one because they’re effortless sexy.

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17. Mini dress

We have mini skirts so naturally we have to have mini dresses. These are the dresses that are so tight, hot and little. Some may call them the club dress.

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18. Maxi dress

Dresses that are awesome! They are floor length but casual.

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19. Mermaid dress

Dresses that the end of them look like Mermaid fins.

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20. Pencil dress

Same principle as a pencil skirt. To be tight and curve hugging, and going straight down.

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21. Princess dress aka Ball Gown

This is what I call the poof dress. It poofs out. ๐Ÿ™‚

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22. Peplum dress

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23. Pleated dress

The detail at the bottom of the dress is pleated. Notice they are different from Tiered dresses.

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24. Sweater dress

I love this look. SO cozy.

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25. Sheath

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26. Short/long

Short in the front, long in the back. It is the mullets of dresses. : >

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27. Strapless

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28. Tutu dress

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29. Tent dress

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30. Tiered dress

Note this detail goes horizontal while Pleated goes vertical.

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31. Tunic

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32. Wedding dress

I think the most important dress of a woman’s life. ๐Ÿ™‚

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33. Wrap dress

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Here is another helpful picture. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Fashion Education 101: Shirts/Tops

I started graduate school this semester and was inspired to have a mini class of my own. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Fashion 101. LESSON 2!

No Shoes
Noย Shirts
No Service!

Shirts, so needed and underestimated. It is easy to forget about something so simple. We put one on just about everyday; but there are some shirts that need a little recognition!!! You’ll sound super fashion smart when using these terms.

What I have noticed is that shirts/tops are usually named after their necklines, collar types and sleeves.

Also you may notice some types are missing, I am saving them for a different lesson. ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy!

Fashion Education 101: Shirts/Tops

1. Bandeaus

These little tops are in baby!

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2. Bell sleeve

When the sleeve becomes larger at the bottom.

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3. Cap Sleeve

The shoulder is barely covered by the sleeve.

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4. Corsets

There are corsets one wears under their outfits then there are fashion corsets. Thank all the rock stars, that this, is a now accepted shirt!

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5. Cowl neck

There can be low and high cowl necks. Just remember cowl is a a circular neckline with extra fabric.

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6. Crop tops

These cute shirts are also in style! When you type in crop tops, a lot of belly shirts will show but these are my favorite crop tops.

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7. Dress shirt

Classy! I love wearing men’s dress shirts. They always seem more comfy.

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8. Fitted tee shirt

Shirts that are tight to the body.

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9. Halter

Halters have a fabric connecting to each side of the shirt, that goes around the neck.

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10. Long sleeve

Shirts that have long sleeves. ๐Ÿ™‚

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11. Peplum Shirts

There are peplum shirts, dresses and skirts.

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12. Polo Shirts

They started as a man’s shirt but once again we have feminized them!

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13. Scoop neck

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14. Sleeveless

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15. Spaghetti Straps

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16. Square

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17. Strapless

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18. Tank

Tank tops have thick straps while spaghetti have thin.

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19. Tee shirt

Just the plain old fashioned tee shirt.

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20. Three quarter sleeve

These shirts sleeves end 1 to 4 inches below the elbow.

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21. Tunic

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22. Turtlenecks

Shirts that the neck is completely covered.

These are my favorites!

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23. V neck

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Here are some more types!

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Fashion Education 101: Shoes

I started graduate school this semester and was inspired to have a mini class of my own. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Fashion 101. Our first lesson, shoes.

Fashion Education 101: Shoes

Each year shoe sales in the fashion industry make $25 billion per year! So I decided there was just no better way to start our class.

“It’s really hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes — that’s why you sometimes need really special shoes!” – (Carrie) Sex and The City

“I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes. I had one thousand and sixty.” – Imelda Marcos

“Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life”

It is easy for some to scoff at couture shoes. Some people believe it’s just feet. Who cares? As long as they are covered. Shoes started out as protection; some are still i.e. construction workers. But now, shoes are another way to express oneself. They can tell us about a person’s income status, sub-culture, career and style. A great example of this is the shoe scene in Breakfast Club where all the students are dancing. Instantly each person can be recognized.

Shoes are to an outfit what cherries are to sundaes; presentation and completion.

I feel powerful and feminine when I wear my heels. I enjoy the feeling of completing my outfit once my shoes are on. I like the clicks my heels make when I walk on hard surfaces. It’s the little things in life!

So here is a compilation of shoes I think are noteworthy! Some are brands while others are types but I think the brands, I’ve included, have made an impact.

1. Ankle straps

Heels with straps on the ankle. : p

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2. Ankle Boots

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There is a difference between ankle boots and booties. Ankle boots end 1 to 4 inches above your ankle, where as booties (below) end right at the ankle.

3. Booties

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4. Boots

There are tons of types of boots!

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5. Cowboy boots

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6. Converse

There are high tops and low tops. Below is low top.

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7. Crocs

I don’t like these shoes but they have made their dent in the world.

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8. Clogs

I have noticed there are 3 shoes that keep popping up for Clogs. I am still learning the nitty gritty between them all but there are the flat one, heeled ones and the backless flat ones.

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9. D’Orsay

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10. Doc Martens

Doc Martens are in the flat boots family. : )

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11. Flats

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12. Flip flops

Use to be called thongs!

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13. Gladiator sandals

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14. High heels

Shoes that have heels on it! I know no one knew until I told them. I feel accomplished!

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15. Heel less

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16. Kitten heels

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17. Lobster claws

I know they aren’t popular but they are unique enough to remember their name.

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18. Mary Janes

Mary Janes have one strap that go across the foot.

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19. Moccasins

Moccasins can be flat, as below, and in boot form.

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20. Mules

I have read different meanings for Mules but a source I find reliable describes them as below. Still learning!

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21. Oxfords

These started out as a man’s shoe but we now have incorporated into our feminine wear. Oxfords can be flat and as heels.

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These are Saddle Oxfords.

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22. Peep toe

Shoes when toes show!

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23. Rain boots aka Wellington boots

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24. Riding boots

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25. Sandals

I feel this is the most broad of all shoes. Flip flops, gladiators, heels, etc. can be classified as a sandal. TOO many of them!

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26. Slingbacks

Slingbacks are shoes with the back that you slip on.

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27. T Straps

This one is hard, I know! But these are shoes that the strap is shaped as a T.

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28. Toms

I love these shoes!

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29. Uggs

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30. Wedges

Wedges are heels that connect from the toe to the heel.

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Shoes can start getting REALLY descriptive such as a T-Strap Peep Toe Kitten Heel. Here are some more helping charts.

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Hope you enjoyed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!