A Chanel kind of day…

So today my friend dragged me (okay, maybe I wasn’t as resistant as I could have been…) to the Short Hills Mall, or more eloquently known as, “The Mall at Short Hills”. This mall is legendary in NJ (and around the world, actually) because it is home to all of the high-end designer stores you can imagine. Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Michael Kors, Coach, Henri Bendel, Miu Miu, Hermes, Dolce and Gabbana, Tory Burch, and Betsey Johnson are just some of the top of the line brands that have their own personal shops all under this one roof. The Mall at Short Hills is so renowned, that people actually travel from across the country, and across the world to come visit it. And who said New Jersey was trashy? Anyway, I obviously was only a giddy admirer in these stores. In fact, I kind of felt like I shouldn’t be allowed to enter some of them, like I wasn’t “high society” enough. Let me tell you, the Chanel store had more security than President Obama did when he came to visit UVM. Three men guard the doors inside the store, while one stands outside looking in. It was insane, but these “guards” couldn’t help but spy and chuckle at my friend and I as we awkwardly snapped shots of ourselves standing under the logo. I guess even super serious high end body store guards have a sense of humor, too.

All of this designer lusting was made easier by the fact that my classic flap bag is now in my possession! My aunt got it for me for a great deal (the woman has connections, what can I say?) for my college graduation, and I have literally been too afraid to open it. Since I got home about a week ago it has sat in my closet inside of two bags, only to come out long enough for me to admire it’s beauty. Well, watching my friend try on variations of my bag inspired me to finally take the plastic off of the strap (I haven’t worked up the guts to take the plastic off the clasp yet), and actually like, try it on. Well, I’m obsessed. I still don’t think I’m sophisticated enough for it, but maybe everybody shouldn’t take Chanel so seriously. Besides the insane prices (and impeccable quality…) it is really not so different than any other high end designer, right? My bag is big, and I am little, so I was afraid that it would look awkward on me. It may look a bit large, but to be honest (or as you already know if you read my posts), I have a thing for oversized fashion items. Here is a picture: Please don’t mind the random bowl on my floor, it was filled with salad for my bunny.

What I’m Wearing:

Image 1 – Pretty Pleats tank in navy (nastygal.com), Free People white jeggings, DV by Dolce Vita wedges, Michael Kors purse, and pastel stacked skull bracelets. The shopping bag I’m holding is Anthropologie. I couldn’t resist this cute little cropped halter.

Image 2 – Frenchi bandeau, Audrey 3+1 shorts, Chanel classic flap bag in black and gold (caviar textured leather), and obviously, bare feet

Hope you are all having a fabulous day, xoxo

Advertisements

This is the end, beautiful friends…

Man oh man. I just took my last exam of my undergraduate career today. I have a final presentation tomorrow afternoon, actually based on my upcycled line, renamed Little Green Dress (I will post a link to the website when it’s up and running), and then I am finished with college academia. I felt strangely nostalgic walking around campus today, and  for the first time it truly hit me – “where the hell the last four years go?” In high school it was all about finally escaping to college, to another place away from home. Every time I went back to NJ for thanksgiving or winter break, I always knew that Burlington would be right there waiting for me to get back. Now this whole life here that has been built, with friends who have become family, experiences that have moved me forever, and an education that has completely changed my view on the world, will all come to a close on May 20th. I saw this quote and thought that nothing could be more suiting.

I know it sounds like I’m like, super depressed and everything, but I’m not. I really am ready to move on and see what else this world has to offer. It’s just strange because as I walked passed my old dorms, all of the memories hit me like a ton of bricks. I can’t believe I haven’t realized the intensity of this moment until just today. I truly do understand now why everyone said to me, “enjoy it and don’t take it for granted, because they’re the best years of your life”. I just rolled my eyes and thought, “oh yeah? then you write my midterm paper”. well, they were right. I know that this is a fashion blog, but I just felt that this huge life change deserves some recognition, as it is kind of all I can think about at the moment.

xoxo

Chanel can be Boho, too!

I should probably be sleeping. I completed a culminating assignment in one sitting today, on my floor, surrounded by clothes, soil (one of my hanging plants fell), my bunny hopping all over me, and all of my pillows (5 to be exact). Now I am completely finished with the class that the assignment was for, which is such a relief, because it was online, and online classes aren’t really my thing (I rely on participation and silliness probably too often…). BUT ANYWAY, here is just my final thought before my fried brain slips into slumber.

The universes have aligned – it’s Chanel, in boho! I’m not sure if this would be as easy to pull off as it looks in this photo, but damn, do I wish I had the chance to try. The lace shirt really does me in, I’m obsessed. Anyway, I am finished with academia (possibly forever…) on Wednesday! This is all too weird. I have presentations tomorrow and Wednesday, and an exam Tuesday. Three more “to do”s. Where did  the past 4 years go? I’ll try to keep the posts coming through the final stretch! xoxo

Tag Game

Carrie from StilishBabe included me in this game, and although I don’t have the time to fully participate, I thought the first question would be a fun one to answer, along with the personal question she tagged me in. Please check out her blog if you are interested in participating in this game. This is my official “tag” to all of my wonderful followers!

Q : What is the time period, as far as style goes, that you would have most loved, and which one would you have most hated? Why?

The time period best suit for me is definitely the current one! I love being able to draw inspiration from ALL the different eras when it comes to fashion. From the flapper-esque dresses of the 20s, to the bohemian flare of the 60s and early 70s, to the flannel and grunge of the 90s. I love having all of that inspiration in my back pocket. As for a time period that I would probably least enjoy being restricted to, I would have to say the 50s. Although the femininity of the dresses were cute, the patterns and collars aren’t particularly for me. My mom has a ton of vintage dresses from the 50s, and they all look awful on my body-type. I also don’t like this particular decade’s mentality of the woman being well dressed, yet expected to stay at home to cook and clean.

Q: Cea Green: What made you want to become a fashion blogger? Was it on a list you wanted to do or what?

Well, hearing myself identified as a “fashion blogger” is still new and exciting. I took a course last semester called Media Literacy and the Environment, where we had to make personal blogs, so I learned about how to make one that appeals to a particular audience. That blog was only for posts regarding classwork, but I felt comfortable using the blogosphere. Next, there is my passion for fashion (ha). I am obsessed. I love to shop, explore, as well as just admire and learn more about style. I realized that I have so much to say about it, and could probably offer some pretty good advice. All of my friends and roommates always come rushing to me asking me to dress them or approve their outfits. I’m no Rachel Zoe (though I’d like to be), but I figured, if I can help them, maybe I am worthy of my own blog dedicated to my perspective on fashion. No, this blog hasn’t been a long, thought out plan of mine – but it was a spark that ignited, and became something that I find really creatively stimulating, and something that I hope can lead me somewhere someday in the fashion world.

xoxo

Busy Week Ahead…

Oh man. I have 2 weeks left in my college career (aka final presentations, projects, exams, and graduation planning), as well as a full weekend filled with work at Stella Mae. I am so sad that I haven’t been able to put as much time as I want to into my blog recently, but I assure you that I will be back on track soon! As for now, here’s something that makes me chuckle on this cloudy Burlington day, and also speaks a lot about how I feel about my hours that will be spent at work this weekend. A good laugh never hurts.

Image

Wishing you all a lovely day, xoxo

Who am I, and why should you be taking fashion advice from me?

Well, I’m not going to sit here and say that I am god’s gift to the fashion world, but I DO know how to make a girl look good. I think that women spend too much time competing with each other, when we should be focusing our energy on EMPOWERING each other, aka, making sure we all look damn fine. I’m not going to pretend that I’m not the girl who sees a friend out in the same BB Dakota dress that I just bought last weekend and doesn’t get totally annoyed, but you can bet that I will also be the first one to compliment her on her obviously fabulous taste and suggest a pair of platforms that would make the look to die for.

I am the girl who needs to look her best to feel her best. I don’t consider myself shallow, and I certainly don’t judge someone who doesn’t care much about his or her appearance, but for me, every opportunity is a fashion opportunity. There is nothing better than strolling around downtown and feeling great about how you look.

I am also the girl who loves comfort. A lot of my fashion choices (but certainly not all) are based around comfort and practicality. No matter what I’m doing, I like to feel and look good doing it. Even if it’s just lounging around my apartment, I always take that extra minute to make sure my hair isn’t in a rat’s nest, and maybe even put it in a cute messy bun or add a braid. When you look good, you feel good – bottom line.

xoxo