The problem within politics and fashion

I wrote this article for my journalism class and decided to share it here too, enjoy! Feel free to leave comments 

By Te'a DiNapoli

Fashion and Politics have always been intertwined, from the late 1960s miniskirt protest to Melania Trump channeling her inner Jackie O, there has never been a time in history where fashion wasn't a political statement. So why are people who enjoy fashion not taken seriously when speaking on political matters? Because there are still double standards instilled when it comes to taking interest in politics and fashion.

 Women protesting in Great Britten, in order to protect the mini skirt, outside the House of Dior in 1966, for its 'unfair' treatment of mini skirts. By Larry Ellis

Women protesting in Great Britten, in order to protect the mini skirt, outside the House of Dior in 1966, for its 'unfair' treatment of mini skirts. By Larry Ellis

Over the past year, there has been countless amounts of evidence proving that fashion and politics can certainly intertwine. Fashion media outlets, Models, women and men alike, used fashion as a tool to demonstrate their take on current social issues. Seeing this has inspired young men and women to speak out on these issues but, the media and double standards also make many nervous to.

 The Chanel spring/summer 2015 fashion show. Photos by Pascal Le Segretain and Patrick Kovarick (Getty)

The Chanel spring/summer 2015 fashion show. Photos by Pascal Le Segretain and Patrick Kovarick (Getty)

People who express a liking in beauty or fashion are still snubbed and rejected from political conversations, as if these interests were exclusive clubs and not to be crossed. Yet, people forget to remember that our clothing does not just reflect our personalities or likings, it also opens a gateway for us to enter influential spaces.

The most relevant example of how people snub fashion lovers was a broadcast on national television last year. Tucker Carlson, a male Fox News host, abruptly concluded the politically charged debate on current social issues with Teen Vogue writer Laura Duca. Carlson told Duca at the end of the 10 minute debate to “stick to the thigh-high boots.”

Throughout the debate, Tucker Carlson continuously demeans Lauren Duca's political stances based on the fact that she has been a fashion contributor for Teen Vogue. Duca took to her next piece for Teen Vogue to explain "the notion that enjoying fashion precludes the potential for critical thought espouses an absurd double standard with obvious roots in sexism." Our interests do not belittle our intelligence and thoughts on a subject, and we should never let anyone make us think they do. 

"The only requirement for expressing your politics is being informed; this applies to future shopping sprees and the next time a middle-aged man tries to tell you what you can and cannot talk about." -Lauren Duca

 From left to right: Prabal Gurung, Public School, Creature of Comfort and Christian Siriano (photo: Rex and Getty)

From left to right: Prabal Gurung, Public School, Creature of Comfort and Christian Siriano (photo: Rex and Getty)

It is our responsibility as American citizens to speak up on matters we truly care about, march for movements that speak to us, and fight to stop policies we know are inhumane. Wanting to have a political opinion does not mean you can't love fashion because we know how much fashion has impacted politics.

Regardless if you like to wear pink or if you write about what celebrities are wearing, our voices on political matters should not be deemed unqualified. Wear your mini skirts and continue to speak on current political issues, let's end the sexism and double standards.

Favorite Makeup Products

Hi everyone! So make up has always been a part of my life, ever since I was able to reach my mom's purse and steal her lipsticks. In middle school I started wearing eyeliner for the first time. I just want to thank god I have moved on from the raccoon eyes phase. In high school, there was not a day I did not put make up on. I started really experimenting with filling in my eyebrows and contouring my face. When Kylie Jenner came out with her make up line, I started getting into wearing fake lashes and lip liners. Now, almost 21, I hardly have weeks where I wear make up. I started to enjoy how I looked naturally around 18-years-old, something that was a lot harder for me years back. Since then, when I do put on makeup, I like to go for the more dewy natural look. But, on the weekends I still try to find a night to dress up and put on some makeup, because what girl doesn't like to do that?!

That being said, here is a list of some of my favorite products I like to use. 

 

 

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Foundations

I don't really like to use foundation but when I do use it I tend to buy more light coverage foundations. I also have dry skin so I found that these work good for me when my skin is prepped (this means washed and moisturized). 

  1. Fenty Beauty matte foundation  - I LOVE this foundation so much. It gives such an airbrushed look when I apply it with a beauty blender. This is a lighter coverage foundation but can be built onto your skin for more of a heavy coverage look. The shade I wear when I have a tan is '350'.  Be aware that this product oxidizes so it appears darker after applying. ($34)
  2. Laura Mercier Candleglow foundation - I always use this foundation in the summer time. It is so light on my skin and keeps it looking really dewy and natural. You can hardly tell that I have this foundation on when I use it. I also will mix this foundation with my fenty foundation for the perfect tan. I use the color 'Ivory', good for fair with neutral warm undertones.  ($48)
  3. Illusion Hourglass skin tint - This is also another great foundation if you are looking for a light coverage on your face. It is a tint, so it moisturizes and products your skin. Hourglass contains SPF 15. The product blends super well with a foundation brush or something with synthetic hair. You could also just use your fingers. The color I have is 'Beige'!   ($56)

 

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Concealer

I am thankful to have clear skin but, when a breakout comes I like to make sure I can hide it properly. Even though I do not wear concealer religiously, I have still tested a few from time to time and found some that are worth writing about.  

  1. NARS creamy concealer   - I really enjoy this concealer because it does not crease and I also like using it as a primer for eyeshadow. Sephora says you can use it to build up coverage but I think it's the perfect concealer with just a few tiny dots wherever it is needed. I also use this to highlight under my eyes because my dark circles start looking bad after a couple sleepless nights. I wear the shade 'Custard' but could also wear 'Macadamia' if I wanted less of a brightened under-eye.   ($30)

  2. Age Rewind stick  - The age rewind stick was the first concealer I ever bought and I can not find anything bad about it. It is also really cheap alternative if you are not trying to spend a lot on make up. I wear the 'Medium' or 'Light' shades.   ($9)

 

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Powder

I have only used two powders and since buying them I haven't changed. I will list those two first and then add another one which has been highly raved about & is something on my wishlist. 

  1. Laura Mercier loose setting powder  - I first tried this my freshmen year of college and I never realized how important powder was until I tried this product. This powder is great because its translucent so it has no color and it will not alter anything already on your face. It stays on majority of the day but I bought the mini size so it is easy to carry around if needed.  ($38)

  2. Fit me loose finish powder  - Fit me powder is another one of my favorites. It keeps my face matte where I want it to be and stays on majority of the day. Great alternative if you are on a budget.   ($8)

  3. Always perfect by bareMinerals   - This is the powder that I have yet to try but I have heard really great things about. I heard this powder works well in hot weather because it absorbs  excess oils.  ($15)

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Highlighters

The one product that I feel makes a whole makeup look, pop, is really the highlighter. I think highlighter is my favorite type of makeup. What makes highlighter so great is that it's versatile and it's a product you can build for higher intensity. 

  1. Fenty Beauty Killawat highlighter  - Fenty highlighters are truly a great investment. Depending on how you apply the product, you can get a more natural glow or a look with crazy luminizing color. It looks amazing in natural light as well as nightlife. Overall 10/10. I wear the colors 'Ginger Binge/ Moscow Mule'.  ($34)
  2. Becca Gel highlighter  - Gel highlighters are perfect fit for a natural makeup look. The texture of the Becca's highlighter makes it easier to build on your skin. I like this highlighter in the fall and winter when I am not as tan. The color I wear is 'Opal'.   ($19)
  3. Cover FX enhancer drops  - THIS IS A MUST HAVE! These enhancer drops have to be my favorite type of highlighter, hands down. I put these drops on my cheekbones, shoulders or sometimes collar bones if i'm going somewhere at night. I use the color 'Sunlight' because it really gives my skin a beautiful golden glow.  ($42)
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Bronzer

Picking bronzers can be hard and challenging. I believe this is because lots of people want to appear tanner, but buy products that are too dark for their complexion. The other reason is you buy a shade too close to your foundation color, not creating a contoured/contrasted look. 

  1. Bareskin liquid bronzer - I have been into wearing liquid bronzers for the past few months because it looks super natural and dewy on my face. This bronzer is super silky and lightweight. It is good for all types of skin tones and gives the perfect amount of color to your look. This is what I have been using for the past few months. I like applying it with a synthetic brush so the brush or sponge does not soak up all the liquid and keeps an airbrushed finish.  I use the shade 'Bare Sand 12'.  ($30) 
  2. Benefit Hoola bronzer - Benefit's bronzer is good if you're wanting a matte finish, perfect for more oily skin types. I picked this bronzer up on my sixteenth birthday at the Benefit store in NYC. I quickly became obsessed with the beachy, sun-kissed look it gave me. This bronzer gives such a natural tan. It comes in two shades, I wear the original 'Hoola' color.  ($29) 
  3. Too Faced chocolate matte bronzer - This bronzer smells freakin' amazing! Just one of the many reasons why I continue to buy it. It looks good on its own or over a liquid bronzer. Also, this product is good for oily skin types. I wear the color 'Chocolate Soleil' which is a medium to dark color.   ($30)
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Eyeliner and Mascara 

I have used a number of different mascaras and eyeliners since middle school. My favorites switch as time passes. Right now these are some of my favorites that I am using. I only use black mascara but switch between brown and black eyeliner. 

  1. Eyes to Kill mascara  - Giorgio Armani has an awesome makeup collection. The Eyes to Kill mascara is a higher quality mascara that I just started using. I like how this mascara kinda dries quickly when applying so you don't get it all over your lids. The application is smooth and the brush makes my lashes super fluffy. If you're wanting a higher end mascara I would recommend this one.  ($32) 

  2. Tattoo Liner - Kat Von D's eyeliner is great for bold wing looks. I do not wear eyeliner too often but if you are going to a special event or a night out with friends, this is a long lasting liner that is made to be super easy to put on. It is also not messy which is a plus. I am currently using the brown tattoo liner.  ($20)

  3. The colossal volum' express mascara - Maybelline's mascara will go down as one of my favorite mascaras I have used. I will continue to buy this mascara for the fact that it is just that great. This is a cheaper mascara but works amazing and stays on all night (even through sleep if it is one of those nights). It keeps my lashes looking full while giving me amazing volume. You can get this mascara really anywhere. I usually wear the waterproof addition. I use this until there is no product left, literally.   ($6) 

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Eyeshadows 

I LOVE eyeshadow when I am going out at night. I usually go for darker colors but, recently I have been getting into experimenting with hot-pinks and yellows with a touch of Face Gloss .

  1. Semi-sweet chocolate bar - This was the second eyeshadow palette I have bought. This palette is part of the same collection as the bronzer I use by Too Faced. It smells amazing, just like chocolate. The colors are a gorgeous mix of deep and warm shades of 'chocolate'. Some of my favorites to wear are 'Truffled', 'Hot Fudge', 'Bon Bon', and 'Sweet Chili'.  ($49)
  2. Milk holographic highlighter - This highlighter is so intense that it looks amazing on the eyes. I like to use it in the corners of my eye to brighten them and make them look a tiny bit bigger. The best part about this product is how hydrating it is for your skin. It has avocado and coconut oil, it even has mango butter in it. What isn't there to love?! I wear this in the color 'Supernova'.  ($24)
  3. Kylie Cosmetics bronze palette - I have had this palette for around two years and I am truly in love with the colors. The formula of the shades are smooth and blendable. I also love how there is a crisp orange color which just brings such a fall mood to this whole palette.  ($42) 
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Blush

I have noticed with blushes that I tend to stick with coral pink colors. Blush just brings the right amount of life into your cheeks and I think it is a staple in my looks. 

  1. Milk makeup lip&cheek - The perfect, quick and easy make up stick. I love that you can also use it for your lips. I haven't tried a 'liquid' type of blush besides this and I don't have anything bad to say. Again, Milk products are great for people with dryer skin like me. Like the highlighter, the stick also has mango butter and avocado oil to make it richer. I have the color 'Perk' but 'Rally' is high on my Wishlist.  ($24)
  2. Sephora collection blush  - This blush was introduced to me by a Youtuber, not too sure of her name. She wore it in one of her 'makeup looks' videos and I ran to Sephora to get it. It is a true coral pink that lasts all day. I wouldn't say this was a higher quality blush but it works similarly to one.  ($14)
  3. Milani baked blush  - The Milani baked blush is a must have blush. Not only is it very affordable but it is the best dupe for NARS 'Orgasm'  blush. It is so beautiful on, it gives you the right amount of color for your face while also highlighting. If you are looking to try a new blush I would suggest this.  ($8)  
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Eyebrows

Like I have previously mentioned, I was big on my eyebrows back in high school. I think my love for Cara Delevingne was starting to blossom and I just really wanted brows like her (I soon realized that was impossible). But, I did stumble upon a lot of products I really enjoyed on this long journey of eyebrow perfecting. 

  1. Anastasia brow wiz - This brow pencil perfects your brows with its easy applicator. I have been on and off with using this product for 4 years now and have tried to mix and match shades. 'Soft Brown' and 'Chocolate' are the two shades I use. It also has an attached brush you for your brows to make them look more natural.  ($21)
  2. Gimme Brow brow gel - When I want a defined, natural brow I always use this brow gel. The gel is tinted to give your eyebrows the perfect amount of color in problem areas. This brow gel somewhat gave me the Cara brows I have always wanted. I wear the shade 03 Medium.  ($24)
  3. Glossier Boy Brow - This gel is something I put on my eyebrows before I want to precisely fill them in. You can also apply this product at the end of the look, it just keeps your eyebrows in place. I enjoy this brow gel because it doesn't feel like glue on my brows. I use the clear shade but Glossier also has the shades 'Black', 'Brown', and 'Blond'.  ($16)

Extras 

Last but not least, my favorite extras. These are just additional products that I enjoy using when needed. They are an 'added-on' step, not makeup staples for me. 

  1. Fenty gloss bomb  -  Gloss is something that's (if you haven't caught on to the shimmery theme I like) essential to my makeup looks majority of the time. Fenty gloss is the perfect bomb because it last over a long period and brings out the true color of your lips. This is by far my favorite lip gloss to date. Fenty bomb is a universal nude, I recommend everyone to try it.   ($18)
  2. Marc Jacobs color corrector  -  I love color correctors just because of the brightening aspect of some of them. This formula by Marc Jacobs is SUPER silky and leaves my skin looking airbrushed. I started using this because my under-eyes were dull looking, making me look washed out. This product is underrated to say the least. The shade I wear is '310 Bright Now'.   ($42)
  3. NYX lip liner  -  I love nude lips, If I have lipliner on it is always a pinkish/brown/mauve color. This NYX liner is the perfect pink nude and dupe of NARS 'Lérins' lip liner. Again, this is one of the best less expensive lip liners that I have tried. I wear the shade 'Jewel'.   ($5)   

 

xoxo -T

 

 

 

6 trends of Spring 2018

Hello all my lovely readers and all that are new to my site! As requested on my Instagram poll, Today's blog post will be about the latest spring/summer fashion trends of 2018. These are some of my favorites and although they are unique, they are also very versatile! I also had a lot of guys who voted as well which is awesome so I am going to be adding some things that apply to both men and women in fashion as well. That being said, lets get into my top Spring trends!

PS. For those who voted for my Favorite make up brands & types of make up I'm really into at the moment, since I have been lacking on post, my next post will be tomorrow on that! xo

 

I have always been a huge fan of pastels in the spring/summer. According to Pantone.com  this years color of the year is Ultra Violet! I cannot wait to incorporate some pastel violets into my wardrobe this year. Now if violet isn't your color, no worries, blue, green, pink and yellow pastels are also super trendy this year. Down below are some of my favorite tops and dresses within the pastel theme and color of the 2018 year.

Tops:

Big sleeve pullover

Take me back barmi

Seamless Turtleneck bodysuit  

Satin topshop cami

 

Dresses:

purple haze wrap dress

Realisation flower dress

Valentina dress 

 

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For those who are unaware what Gingham is, it's just like plaid! I have been able to pick up a few of my favorite gingham looks at places like Pacsun and Topshop. Incorporating gingham into your look is a super easy way to add a little pop to your outfit in a neutral yet trendy way. It is so easy to mix and match with staples pieces.

 

Dresses:

Sawyer mini dress

ASOS off the shoulder button sundress

Pink bodycon mini dress 

 

Pants:

LOFT Rivera pants

Rag & Bon capri pant   

Brandy Melville pants 

 

Tops:

off the shoulder ruffle sleeve top

cropped tank

knot front top

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Raffia is known as the straw look. I really loved this trend at the end of summer 2017 but I wasn't sure if I wanted to purchase any of these bags because I did not know how long it would stick around and school was about it start. I am so happy to hear this is back for the Spring and Summer trends of 2018. Straw bags are super basic but can really put together a look. I also really loved the Raffia look on platform shoes last summer so I am going to list a couple of those as well.

 

 

Bags:

J.Jill cross body bag

Fendi shoulder bag

Sam Edelman 

 

Shoes:

Maisi platform sandal  

Kimmie platform sandal

 

 

 

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I can't even keep my composure when I talk about this trend right now. I am obsessed with the clear plastic trend this Spring, mostly when it comes to shoes. Now I know for a lot of people this doesn't sound appealing but when you can accessorize it well, IT'S A DREAM! Whether it is shoes or plastic bags, this is high on my list of favorite spring/summer trends of 2018.

 

 

Shoes:

Steve Madden clear heals

Jeffrey Campbell rain boots

Jeffrey Campbell petra clear heels

 

Bags:

clear tote bag

Chanel clear shoulder bag

Clear cross body/fanny pack

UO clear tote bag

 

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I talked about this in my last trend post and I really do not think I will ever move past this. Even before thin sunglasses became 'trendy', I have always been in love with 90's and early 2000's sunglasses. This really does apply for both Women and Men so I'm going to list a couple for both!

 

Sunglasses for Women:

translucent cateye sunglasses

Small Metal Square sunglasses

Roberi & Fraud Frances style

Vintage hexagonal sunglasses

 

Sunglasses for Men:

Small metal oval sunglasses

Vintage color rama sunglasses

Spitfire Hacienda sunglasses

 

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I have seen a lot of my favorite celebs in these not so attractive sneakers (BELLA HADID) but they have slowly grown on me. These super chunky and bulky accessories have made the list of Spring trends of 2018. Again, I think this trend is suitable for both men and women! Now this trend can be on more of the expensive side but there are also other alternatives from Urban Outfitters which i love love LOVE. Here are a list of some unique sneakers you can rock with some cargo pants or mom jeans.

 

Sneakers for men and women :

Balenciaga sneakers

Balenciaga sneakers

Nike Air Max 90 sneakers

FILA Disruptor II

Air Huarache All Star '90/10'

 

 

Other trends that are in this spring are cargo pants, rainbow, logos, and belt bags! Thats all for this post, I hope you enjoyed! xoxo

 

-T

 

 

Credits:

https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/fashion/shows-trends/g38445/spring-summer-2018-fashion-trends/

https://www.elle.com/spring-fashion/

http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/fashion/summer-fashion-trends-2018-553795

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/g15390855/best-spring-trends/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My favorite fashion trends of 2017

For those of you who know, or don't know, Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner have been my go-to style icons for a couple years now. They are chic, effortless, and timeless with their style. I got a lot of my favorite looks and accessories through their street-styled looks. There have been a ton of amazing comebacks in the fashion world that we never thought we would ever see again. That being said, here are some of my favorite trends in 2017 fashion. 

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Platform shoes 

We never thought we'd see the light of day: Platform shoes coming back in the fashion world. These shoes could of been seen in the cultured streets of London and amongst punk-rockers back in the late 80s early 90s. During 2017, they made a huge come back. These are seen anywhere from H&M to Nordstrom. They come in all shapes and sizes and definitely make my list for favorite trends of 2017. 

 

 

 

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Fanny Packs

Behold, the bag of the elderly and unfashionable is now back in a savvy way. Fanny packs used to be that one piece of fashion that made the youngsters eyes bleed of sorrow. A fanny pack? As if! Now, stars like Kendall Jenner are now making them trendy again. Thanks to high-end brands such a Supreme, and Louis Vuitton, it is now socially acceptable to wear your moms vintage fanny on a walk through the park or even a festival.

 

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Small Sunnies

When I think of sunglasses, I think of nicely framed glasses, stylish but fitting for my face. Bella Hadid was one of the many celebs of 2017 who showed us the smaller, the better. Designers like Roberti & Fraud gave us our 90s fever back (but when does it ever leave?) with there unique and classic sunglasses, perfect enough to make a bold statement. I will never get over this trend and will bring it with me into 2018, maybe even 2019.  

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Track suits and sportswear 

I never thought the day would come where I could crawl out of bed, put on some workout gear, and go grocery shopping showing some skin. Needless to say, 2017 taught me a lot when it comes to fashion. You really can do anything. I love the tracksuit and sportswear trend because again, it is effortless and can be dressed up with a bag, pair of sunnies, or oversized earrings. 

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Big hoops

You know what they say, the bigger the hoop...well thats not really the case anymore. Big hoop earrings are one of the bolder trends of 2017. Stars like Hailey Baldwin and Selena Gomez showed us how easy and cute big earrings can actually be. I loved this trend because it can dress up your outfit in just one minute. Whether they are thin hoops or thick, I am in love and ready for them to stay. 

Finding Your Personal Style

By Christie Tyler

Christie is a blogger & student in New York City, constantly creating and sipping cappuccinos. You can see more of her work on her blog,Nyc bambi   

Developing your own personal style can be magazine-tearing, blog scrolling, online shopping, Pinterest-inspiring pure fun, but it can also be filled with tons of hair-pulling, copycat fears, and piggy-bank sadness. We all know how difficult it is to cultivate and create personal style, especially when it seems as if everyone wears the same trends. Being a blogger myself, I too constantly struggled with creating my style and being unique in a world where an outfit can be shared by a tap of a screen.

I want to make style a reflection of my personality. An extension of myself rather than a reflection of the world.

This is how I crafted my personal style.

You need to find what makes you tick. Is it the rich, brown tones of a coffee shop or black and white monochrome buildings and art museums? Do you take photographs of glitter on lips or delicate lace against hips? It’s all about what you admire. If you love edgy, pouty Kate Moss in the 90s, be edgy. Make a Pinterest board and re-pin ripped jeans, chunky boots, all the edginess you need to inspire your wardrobe. If you love vintage Jane Berkin, create a board dedicated to pinstripes and collared shirts with buttons, cut out from old magazines (while listening to your record player, of course.) If you aren’t sure what you like, just grab any photos from Tumblr or Pinterest that call your attention and a vibe will start to naturally form.

 For example purposes, lets just stick with creating the perfect vintage wardrobe. According to you and what you studied, what are the absolute must-haves that will be the basis of your own personal look? Mustard cardigan? Striped cropped trousers? Oxfords? Write down the 5 staple items you must have and then you can continuously build off of these gorgeous, absolutely-you items.

 

After you have your essentials, you can start putting together simple outfits and looks. Just because you’re ‘vintage’ doesn’t mean you can’t throw a pair of mod sunglasses in. Be you. All the little accessories, or maybe just by adding a dash of a different style, can create and develop your personal look even more.

I can’t say this enough. Don’t care about what anybody else might say or think. Work this new style with a smile because, after all, you’ve worked hard to create this look and you will not let an anonymous Twitter comment ruin that perfectly assembled retro outfit. You look amazing in it anyway and everyone is just jealous.

 

I’m definitely not saying you must take pictures and create a flawless Instagram feed for your personal style. Have a messy Instagram feed, who cares about what anyone else says, as long as its you! I will say that being on social networks and creating your own page can help reinforce your style and make you feel even more inspired. I take photos of what I love because it helps me focus and hone in on the things that truly inspire me. Therefore, I’m able to seriously know what is me and what isn’t me.

 

I’ve been through literally all styles in the book; emo, preppy, vintage…so do not get discouraged if it takes a little bit for you to develop you. Perhaps you will have to go through this process 4 times before you can understand your personal style, and that’s completely fine! Just stay happy, stay you, and stay inspired.