An Open Letter to Boys Who Wear Socks and Sperrys

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To Whom It May Concern:

While you may have been able to hide your fashion faux-pas under khakis, cords or even ~chinos~ during the fall and winter terms, spring term proves to be less forgiving of your egregious fashion habits. As you may know, the turning of the seasons and warming of the weather brings a shift in clothing choices. Sundresses and salmon shorts alike begin to frolic on the Green and frequent the patio tables outside Collis.

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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.