All Put Together: The Oscars

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For me, awards season is all about the dresses. I love seeing the creativity of the designers shine through the beautifully crafted dresses they have worked on all season. Getting ready for awards season is a long, hard process for stylists and actresses, so let’s appreciate what these amazing women and their stylists have to put up with.

Jennifer Lawrence looked amazing in this red Dior gown. She was one of the few actresses who opted for a bold color, and it worked. I have to say that her necklace really pulled this look together.

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Lupita Nyong’o wore a powder blue Prada dress. The classic Grecian cut was elegant and classic, and the color made it far from boring.

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Cate Blanchett killed it in a nude Giorgio Armani dress. The tiny beads and paillettes made this dress stand out from the rest. The actress’s pastel-colored drop earrings perfectly matched the dress’s elegance and style.

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Emma Watson took a risk with this Vera Wang dress. The gown’s metallic fabric made up for the simple yet sleek design. The stars in her hair also added a playful touch to her look.

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Light pink was a popular color this year, but Camila Alves’s dress by Gabriela Cadena stood out from the rest. The flowing cape made the dress look elegant without being too dramatic.

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All Put Together: Spring Trends

I am tired of wearing winter clothing. It’s always a sweater and some jeans (with a few accessories, of course), and it honestly feels like a uniform to me. This term I’ve found myself online shopping and dreaming of what dresses I will get to wear in the spring. So yes, even though we are currently covered in what seems like 10 feet of snow, I’m writing about upcoming spring trends. Deal with it.

  1. I’m sure you’ve noticed the resurgence of the crop top. A simple white one is going to be essential for your spring and summer wardrobe.  It’ll go perfectly with skirts, jeans and shorts, and it’s perfect for the days you don’t really want to think about what you’re going to wear.Tip: If you don’t want to show too much of your belly, try wearing high-waisted pants or a skirt with your crop top . Trust me, it’s a good look.

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    1. Speaking of, high-waisted jeans have officially made a fierce comeback. I’ve been wearing Levi’s high-rise skinny jeans, and I have to say that they’re probably the best jeans I’ve ever owned.

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    2. I’m personally excited for pastel-colored sunglasses. You’ll be sure to stand out in a sea of Ray Bans with these lavender sunglasses from 3.1 Phillip Lim.

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    3. Literally anything with daisies. Floral prints are always essential for spring, but this year it’s all about daisies, especially for skirts, like this one from Forever 21. Make sure you wear a solid-colored top so you don’t draw attention away from the daisy skirt.
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All Put Together: Fashion Apps

Apps are wonderful. I can honestly no longer remember what life was like before my iPhone. It keeps me organized and helps me stay on top of my social life. Considering that Hanover has all of three stores, it can be difficult to keep up with new trends and news. So I’ve downloaded a few fashion apps that help me stay in touch with the fashion world. Here are some that I’ve found to be particularly useful and creative.

Snapette

Snapette helps users discover new products through photos. You can browse through pictures taken by others Snapette users, and every photo tells you where to find the product and how much it costs. It’s also great for following fashion trends in other parts of the world.

Style-Eyes

Style-Eyes is like the song-finding app Shazam, but for clothes. If you see something you want, you snap a picture and the app will find out where you can find it. The best part is that it if it can’t find exactly what you want, it will try to find similar items.

Rent the Runway

Rent the Runway came out with an app that helps you rent pretty much any item of clothing that you can think of. The app also has many useful features. It lets you ask a friend for their opinion on whatever you’re going to rent, and it lets you match items, its most impressive feature. You can take a picture of your favorite nail polish, and the app will find an outfit that matches it.

Stylebook

Clueless lovers rejoice! Cher’s computerized closet system is now a thing. Well, it has been for a while now. This app helps you organize your closet. It keeps track of your favorite outfits and even tells you how often you wear a certain style.

Threadflip

Threadflip is a fashion startup – Think eBay for fashion lovers. You can buy or sell anything on the app, ranging from Forever 21 to Dior. This website is great for thrifters, because you can find vintage pieces without heading to a store. 

All Put Together: Winter Skincare

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Each change in season calls for updating your makeup and skincare regimen. Since this is going to be a particularly rough winter, you should be extra cautious about the products you’re using (or not). Here are a couple of tips and products that you’re going to love adding to your winter regimen.

1. Neutrogena’s Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer with Sun Screen

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Yes, it’s the middle of winter. But sun screen should still be used everyday, especially to moisturize your skin in the morning after you’ve washed your face. This lotion by Neutrogena  with SPF 25, is great for sensitive skin. The colder air is harsh on your skin, so keep it healthy by moisturizing three to four times a day.

Also, cut back on exfoliating during the winter. Skin dries out after it has been exfoliated, and in the winter months, the dry air will make it even worse.

 2. ChapStick

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ChapStick may seem like an obvious solution for chapped lips, but the brand recently came out with what they call Hydration Lock. This formula is pretty great because it  lasts up to eight hours. It’s also perfect for when you go skiing or as a primer before applying lipstick.

You can also get rid of dead skin by coating your lips with Vaseline and scrubbing them with a toothbrush. Sounds gross, but it works.

 3. Burt’s Bees Intense Hydrating Day Lotion with Clary Sage

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Yes, more moisturizer. I try to wash my hands as much as possible so I won’t get sick, but during the winter that’s also bad for my skin. I personally love to use Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration on my hands after I wash them. It softens and smoothes your skin right away, and you’ll love the way the lotion smells.

 4. Use Dry Shampoo

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It’s winter in Hanover, so your wet hair will most definitely freeze as you walk to class. It’s also healthier to wash your hair every other day. When it comes to dry shampoo, you really have to be careful. Lush’s dry shampoo is great for blondes and removes the oil from your scalp. For anyone with darker hair, I would try Klorane’s dry shampoo with oat milk. It leaves your hair feeling and looking great.

5. Julep’s Cuticle Serum

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Don’t ignore your cuticles! Like everything else, cuticles crack and dry up during the colder months. Julep’s cuticle serum is easy to use and works fast.

All Put Together: Winter Boots

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Winter is probably the only term where practicality trumps fashion. And from what it looks like, this one is going to be particularly long and cold. But don’t worry, there are still some great finds that will help you survive the term.

Winter boots are rarely ever cute, but they definitely are essential. When it comes to winter gear, I would suggest splurging a little because you’re going to be using them all term long.

For the winter, I would recommend trying to find boots that can handle ice, slush and snow. These waterproof boots from Timberland are great for unexpected winter weather and their soles have stellar traction.

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Rain boots are pretty common at Dartmouth because they’re so functional and perfect for freezing rain. If you’re not too excited about wearing bright colored Hunters, here are a couple of pairs that you might like:

This pair by Sloosh Italy’s is for people who aren’t too keen on rain boots. You can literally wear it with almost anything and and as a bonus, the pair looks just like your traditional leather boots.

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These boots by Sperry Topsider look like a leather ankle boot, and the best part is that you can use them for almost every term.

 

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Another important factor is obviously warmth. 17s, there will be days when the sidewalks are clear of ice and snow — at least I hope so — but it still will be cold. The lining in Børn’s ‘Shea’ boots will keep your feet warm for those long walks from East Wheelock to the Life Sciences Center.

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The best of Oscars fashion: 2013

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The Oscars is perhaps the second happiest time of year for fashion bloggers. We finally get to see those couture gowns off the runway and creatively reassembled by stylists. This year most actresses decided to wear neutral, dark colored or metallic dresses. Personally, I preferred the outfits that played more with color and weren’t as traditional.

Zoe Saldana wore an Alexis Mabille Couture dress, Roger Vivier shoes, a Salvatore Ferragamo clutch and Neil Lane jewelry. This dress is feminine and flirty, but has some elements that clash, like the bow and the belt, and the ombre bottom and the floral bodice. These pairings work together because they’re not too dramatic and make us want to take a second look.

Kelly Osbourne decided to wear a Tony Ward Couture dress, Le Vian and Demarco rings, Norman Silverman earrings and a Judith Leiber bag. Osbourne has enough color in her hair, so it was wise for her to wear a black dress. The sequins and the dress’ asymmetry make it anything but traditional.

Jennifer Aniston opted for a classic red Valentino dress, Fred Leighton jewelry and a Salvatore Ferragamo clutch. She was one of the few women that decided to wear some color this year. The dress is rather simple, but simple is sometimes best.

Amy Adams wore a light grey Oscar de La Renta gown, pairing it with jewelry from Mouawad. The bustier top and voluminous top give it a princess like feel, without making it look childish, or even worse, awkward.

My favorite look this year: Kerry Washington wore a Miu Miu dress, Prada clutch, Christian Louboutin shoes, Fred Leighton ring and Chopard earrings. This dress is amazing! The color and bow are playful, but the sequined bodice makes this dress perfect for the Oscars.

Quvenzhane Wallis certainly made her Oscar debut a memorable one. She decided to wear a dress from the Armani Junior collection and accompany it with an adorable puppy purse, in honor of her nominated performance as Hush Puppy in “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” A puppy purse is probably a first for the Academy Awards, but she made it work.