I am obsessed with Spicy Mustard- the color, not the condiment!

I want to talk about the color trend for fall 2016 that I have been loving and hope to see carried over some into winter.

First off, I want to start by saying: Who told so many people they couldn’t wear yellow? Whoever it was cannot be my friend (just kidding). As so many people know, my favorite color is yellow! One of the top color trends for fall 2016 is Spicy Mustard by Pantone.

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Pictured above, you can see my friend Alyse and I wearing the color. We are different hair colors, different skin colors and are wearing it differently, but we are both still rocking the color!

There are many ways to also wear the color. I decided to wear my new red ballet flats with my spicy mustard cardigan, which I purchased at the Goodwill in Kent, Ohio and Alyse is rocking her spicy mustard skirt with more earthy toned jacket and scarf.

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I matched my outfit with my favorite Rebecca Minkoff Sofia Clutch purse.  As you can see, Minkoff added a touch of spicy mustard into the design by including a tassel that is spicy mustard! There are so many ways that you can this goldish color into your wardrobe without making it the main focus of your outfit.

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My favorite way to wear this color is definitely with a berry lip and gold accents, such as my watch in the picture above.

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Curious to see if you can also rock this color, head into your favorite stores right now because this color can be found almost anywhere this season. Also, don’t Alyse and I look like an American Eagle ad? (LOL)

I’m excited to hear what your thoughts are on the color, Spicy Mustard! Share them with me in the comments below or on social media @Danieminor13

 

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My Indie Fashion Media Finds

For a long time I wasn’t exactly sure if I knew the correct meaning of “Indie Fashion.” I was not sure if just meant trendy or hipster, so I looked it up and I have come to the conclusion that it really just short for the word individual.

After researching  some really awesome indie fashion magazines, I found The GentleWoman. They are a UK-based magazine that is in both print and digital. Their spring/summer 2016 issue is their thirteenth edition, which has Kirsten Dunst on it, which I was surprised by because she is an American actress on the UK magazine!

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Their almost 31,000 followers on Instagram could probably tell you that the magazine is known as a “fabulous biannual magazine for modern women of style and purpose.”

They feature ambitious journalism and celebrates inspirational, international women through its distinctive combination of glamour, personality and warmth. “The Gentlewoman offers a fresh and intelligent perspective on fashion that is focused on personal style – the way women actually look, think and dress” 

I started flipping through the magazine (they have an online preview of their magazine), I appreciated the magazine’s approach they took to appeal to the modern woman. I felt that I was not the reader they were trying to reach, but I still really enjoyed their magazine so I took a look at their online media kit.

The latest version they have is their media kit for 2015:

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If you take a look at it, I am a part of their target audience , I am 21 and I am confident, independent and most of the time stylish (haha), but they are really targeting women between the ages of 28-46.

The Gentlewoman is written more for the UK woman rather than the American woman, and I can tell that based off the adds they have on their website, along with their online preview of their print magazine.

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Their distribution is 62 percent within the UK and only 12 percent within the US, so I would hope they used ads that were more relevant for the UK woman.

Their magazine is unique, even starting with the name. I LOVE the name of their magazine. I think when people walk past a newsstand they would stop and have to think about the name for a second because at first glance they would probably think it says Gentleman, but nope it’s Gentlewoman!

I hope they continue doing what they’re doing because they seem to be pretty successful.

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NYC Street Style

NYC is the style capital of the world, so their street style is the place to see all of the hottest trends. This week I walked around NYC with my eyes wide open to find a few people who I thought were capturing current trends, in their own way!

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I also took a look at what people were wearing at a few events in NYC this week:

First event I decided to take a look at was the Pride Festival! I searched under the hashtag #Pridenyc2016 to see if I could see any trends that were being followed and sure enough, look at the girl below, she is a part of the ’90s choker trend!

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Second event I found was a blogger event, Carbs and Cocktails (I wish I could have gone, it looked adorable!) I loved that each blogger is rocking their own style. I ❤ the girl’s outfit in the middle.

Check out these bloggers blogs up next:

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American Magazines or Global Magazines?

So, I picked up two magazines last week, one American and one Italian, and I noticed some stark differences between the two. I do not normally read global magazines, but I was intrigued to pick up Vogue Italia last Friday. The American magazine I picked up was StyleWatch.

I immediate saw a difference in the magazines, as I know they are for different readers, but I was still surprised to see how vastly different the two were.

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Something I found really cool that Vogue Italia did was use an actual model for the cover, rather than intriguing people to buy the magazine using celebrities. American culture really heavily focuses on celebrities, so a lot of times if we do not recognize who is on the cover of the magazine, chances are we will not buy it!

Taking another look at the covers, we can also see how much more marketing the American magazine uses… screaming at the buyers to “FIND YOUR SUMMER STYLE!” ” 186 STEALS UNDER $100!” while the Italian Vogue simply says “New Vision.”

By me stating the obvious differences of the covers does not mean that I like the Vogue Italia cover more, because I actually enjoy the StyleWatch cover much more, but I do not know if that is just me being the American buyer that I am because I am used to covers like these, or if I actually genuinely enjoy the cover more.

After taking a further look into the magazine, I can also see that Vogue Italia continues their more simplistic style. Vogue is known for being mostly ads and editorials, so this is nothing new to see this. But their ads are completely different from ads that you would see in an American magazine, even American Vogue.

This ad is seen in Vogue Italia:

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This ad seen in American StyleWatch:

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Look how different these two ads are! While they are both fashion magazines, one is showing fashion and the other is showing an ad for birth control. I think StyleWatch is marketing to their readers by having ads such as the one above, while Vogue Italia is attempting to market the clothing using a creative approach.

Maybe if I had picked up American Vogue, I would not being seeing the birth control ad, but I would still see ads for shampoos, and I am not seeing that at all in the Vogue Italia.

A lot of StyleWatch’s articles are about “How to get this celeb’s look for less.” I LOVE these articles because being in college, I cannot afford the drastic prices they pay for clothing, but I still want to rock the same look as them. StyleWatch is actually one of my favorite magazines, and that is because they are attempting to market to young women, just like myself.

After taking a look at Vogue Italia’s media kit, I saw that they are targeting an older target market than myself. They are attempting to target women 25-44, who are “upper levels of the population” meaning they want upper class women who can afford the clothing they are advertising! (AKA…not me!) But this doesn’t mean I don’t love looking at the beautiful clothes across their pages.

Something both magazines doing a better job at than they did before is their use of who is shown in their magazines. Vogue Italia does a good job with incorporating women of older ages and StyleWatch does a good job of incorporating a ton of diversity, yay for doing things they should be doing!

I haven’t written anything like this article before, but if you would like me to continue to talk about different magazines from around the world, let me know @Danieminor13 on social media!

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Les Copains x ’40s

After doing some research, I really wanted to find a collection that captured ’40s fashion. I think it is really interesting how fashion changed because of World War Two.

I find amazing how all of the United States had to ration a number of items so they could save the fabric and money for uniforms, food and other supplies for the soldiers. Because of these restrictions, fashion had to also become “rationed” with shorter hemlines and new ways to recycle clothing.

“In the fourth year of the war, fabric has become an expensive commodity. Fabric economy is essential; magazines offer advice on how to recycle old clothing,” stated on http://www.marquise.de/.

I think one of the reasons I love the quote above is because I love thrifting. Although I do not live in a time now where I need to recycle my clothing, thrifting is my way of recycling clothing.

Looking into Les Copains Fall Winter 16 Collection:

While looking through photos, the first thing I noticed were the colors. She chose muted colors, which were a popular choice in the ’40s.

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Photos from the Les Copains FW16 Collection:

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All of these looks have the same hemline and skirts. The material used for skirts is also similar to the pencil skirts that were typical in the ’40s.  Her collection also includes the synched waist that was common within the ’40s.

Her collection combines a lot of texture, which also makes up for the lack of color in her collection.

The looks that I have posted above, my favorite is the last one because of the sequined top. Although this would not be typical in the ’40s, I like that she made these looks more modern for FW 16.

Usually when people focus their collections on the ’40s, designers will focus their looks on the “Rosie the Riveter” looks because women finally had the opportunity to go off and work because men were overseas fighting the war, but Les Copains focuses more on the feminine side of the ’40s.

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Isabel Marant x 80’s

In the era of the birth of MTV, Michael Jackson and hip hop music, the ’80s was a time of clothing fads that were inspired by music trends, teased hair and of course, we cannot forget, spandex.

Isabel Marant’s Spring/Summer 2016 (SS16) collection pulls inspiration right out of the ’80s. Marant’s collection has updated versions included modern parachute pants, metallics, cropped jackets and high-waisted shorts (if you can even call the underwear-esc bottoms, shorts!).

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A trend in the ’80s was the shoulder pads; in the photo above, Marant uses the shoulder pads as inspiration for the cropped jacket, without overdoing it. She has the silhouette mastered without having to include hefty should pads into the mix of the jacket.

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In a Vogue runway review, author Chioma Nnadi said “the influences on (Marant’s) new collection skewed more North India than South Bronx,” when comparing Marant’s SS16 collection to the 1980’s.

Before researching for collections that were inspired by past decades, I had never heard of Isabel Marant, but I can definitely say I really enjoy the way she incorporates her inspirations into her designs.

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In the look above, Marant followed two trends: the mini skirt and spandex pants.

With hints of Indian culture, metallics and hip hop, I feel like Marant hit the nail on the head with this collection. I will definitely be looking out for her next SS collection in September.

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Join the Monday Mingle!

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This Friday, I went to the 2nd annual College Town Kent’s For the Love of Fashion, fashion show! It showed all of the 2016 spring trends that all of the stores in downtown Kent, Ohio will have in stock.

Isn’t this such a cute idea? Wait, it gets better…

College Town Kent, which is a business that markets everything that downtown Kent has to offer to the student of Kent State and the Kent community, hosts a competition between all of the sororities at Kent to see which sorority the money from the show will go to from the ticket sales for the show.

This year the sorority that won was Alpha Xi Delta (AXiD)! Their philanthropy is Autism Speaks. Last year, I loved going to this event, and I know that many others did too since Kent State is number two for fashion merchandising and number four for fashion design in the country.

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The show opened up with looks form UniversiTEES. They showcased all of the various new Kent State apparel and accessories they are offering.

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We could see the models having a great time walking down the runway! There was even some “Dabbing” as you can see in the photo above! My favorite piece from UniversiTEES is the sweatshirt about that says “Home” but the letter O is replaced with the state of Ohio!
CTKFeatured next was Gracylane. The models walked down the runway in all black while featuring all of the latest accessories from brands such as Vera Bradley, Kate Spade and S’well water bottles.

I am definitely need one of the new umbrellas that they were featuring from Vera Bradley’s new collection, because spring in Kent= rain, rain and you guessed it- more rain!

The coolest part of the show was next…

One Love Yoga, a yoga studio and boutique, performed yoga positions down the runway. It was amazing to see the clothing presented in a way that wasn’t just twirling around.

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You go girl! This is amazing, I can only imagine how nervous she was holding this pose in a room full of people.

And finally of the boutiques that were featured was Carnaby Street Style, a London-inspired boutique. The owner, Emma is from England wanted to bring some of her home country to Kent, Ohio.

Their store really featured a ton of pieces that really captivated the 2016 Pantone Colors of the Year: Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Colored jeans, colored hates and floral dresses rocked the runway!

My favorite look from Carnaby Street Style was this fun duo!

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Every model from the show had their hair done by Rush by Dino Palmeri, my favorite salon in Kent! They also had a spot in the show. They named the top hair trends for 2016 are going to be: soft, sun kissed and natural colored hair!

If you’re looking for a great salon that has great prices, Rush is definitely your place.

After the show, they had a mini boutique where you were able to shop the looks of the show. I left with an awesome burnt orange floppy hat from Carnaby Street Style and a necklace that is handmade from the brand One Million Wonders from One Love Yoga.

I had an amazing time at the show and I am already looking forward to 2017’s show.

Did you go to the show? Please share your experience with me!

I hope you had a Happy Monday

 

XODanieSparkle

 

This was not sponsored content, all opinions are my own.