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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Winter Fashion Trends

Winter Fashion Trends
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
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A few months ago, I created a blog post about the essential pieces to have in your college closet. It was really well-received and my take on winter trends was highly requested on twitter. Rather than talking big purchases, let's focus on microtrends. Microtrends are the part of fashion I definitely keep my eye on because they are the easiest to incorporate into your own personal style...and whatever weather you're dressing for. With post-Holiday sales and closet clean outs in full swing, I figured it was time to give some tips on how to update your wardrobe for the New Year. I mentioned many of these in a previous post, but a little repetition doesn't hurt.


Bell Sleeves and Bottoms

Fashion has a funny way of recycling trends every few years or so and more often than not the reiteration is nothing like the original. The first microtrend to incorporate into your winter outfits is the bell sleeve. Whether they're on your blouse, sweater, or the bottoms of your jeans you should invest in something that billows at the end. Bell sleeves used to be reserved for the bohemian and faux-free spirits trekking around the mall but not anymore! If you're still holding onto your skinny jeans for dear life, I suggest a bell sleeve sweater or even a bell sleeved chiffon blouse for the party season and beyond. Double points if you find any of these tops in a printed chiffon top.


Fun tights 

Tights are synonymous with the changing of the seasons. Thankfully tights have gotten an upgrade after we collectively decided layering was more of an aesthetic choice than for warmth. They can be found in all kinds of patterns from various fishnet sizes, to glitter, star print, etc. Tights are no longer hiding the skin, but showing it off. Wear 'em under destroyed denim or under skirts and dresses. A new *~look ~* to try is layering socks over tights. Add a cute loafer or heel into the mix and you're good to go.



Corset-look

The same girls who are wearing oversized hoodies as dresses can be the ones to thank for bringing back the corset. Needing a way to show off their cinched waist, the corset was brought back to life. The popularity of this trend can thank the lattice tops that took over for the past year and a half. If you don't want to go all out, don't fret. There are chokers, belts, and more that take heavy inspiration from the corset but with a bit more breathing room.



Roses

Earlier this year, I mentioned stars would be a print to look out for. Since then many different brands have the galactic print on any and everything, from embellishments to a simple printed graphic. Stars have outlasted the seasonal changes, so if you don't already have some of it in your closet, you can add it now. A print that is on the same trajectory is rose-print. Express your unrequited love or heartbreak with something adorned with the rose graphic or show off your refined side with a rose-applique dress. Watch for thorns.






Lingerie over everything

This trend has been popular for a while and though it may not be suitable for all temperatures, it's still one we can all embrace.  Slip dresses were the piece of the summer and since then they have become a staple for nights out. Pairing bralettes with t-shirts and mesh bodysuits has become commonplace. Just because everyone's embracing a trend doesn't kill it (necessarily). To stand out from the crowd, try the rhinestone look. I love this trend because it doesn't discriminate based on the size of your chest and technically, you're covered up. Wear it for the night out onto morning brunch. You deserve it.

I hope you enjoyed this post, despite the fact that we are well into winter. Hope you have a great holiday season and New Year. See you in 2017.


Monday, October 10, 2016

Ethereal

Ethereal
Monday, October 10, 2016
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Photograph me like one of your album covers.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Lust List #3

Lust List #3
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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Long time no talk! I have been seriously slacking on the blog. I think it's due to the inherent overwhelming nature of this time of the year. So many events happen towards the weird transition between summer and fall like finding the balance in an everyday routine, the beginning of Fall television, and the oversaturation of Fashion Month on all my news feeds. Although I have yet to experience Fashion Week for myself, I always like to keep up on what's going down the runway to see what pieces and styles and worth investing in. 

Keep on reading to see what I've kept bookmarked on my computer as I wait for those direct deposits to hit.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Current Playlist: September/October

Current Playlist: September/October
Monday, October 3, 2016
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I know most of these songs are not new releases, but these are the songs I find myself playing on repeat as more and more albums and singles are released during this prime time. I'll be adding to this playlist throughout the month, so keep it bookmarked. Check out the Spotify playlist below and if you have any recommendations for me, hit me up on Twitter!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Holdin' On

Holdin' On
Friday, September 16, 2016
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It might be the middle of September, but this heat has me hanging on to my summer wardrobe. Living in the Land of Eternal Sunshine also means my wardrobe doesn't have to be compartmentalized into different seasons. (Do you really live in LA if you don't continuously remind people about it?) 
Sunday, August 28, 2016

College Closet: The Essentials

College Closet: The Essentials
Sunday, August 28, 2016
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This year I figured I would create a list of some of my college closet essentials. I like to think that my junior year standing gives me a bit of insight on pieces you should keep (and toss). College is especially difficult to shop for when you have three different kinds of occasions to dress for (school, internships, and parties) which could all potentially fall on the same day. When you add the restrictions of a budget into the equation, well...it's not always easy. 

My school is already back in session, but I figured this could help those on the quarter system or those who lack some flair in their wardrobe. Keep on reading to see some of my key pieces in my wardrobe and how I would style them for any event. 
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Don't Sweat It

Don't Sweat It
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
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No one asked for it, but I'm here to deliver my interpretation of my Harley Quinn style guide. 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Character Style Guide: Harley Quinn

Character Style Guide: Harley Quinn
Saturday, August 6, 2016
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The downsides to half-assing a Harley Quinn costume a year before the movie comes out: no one knows who you are and just assume you have daddy issues.
Monday, August 1, 2016

Girls Girls Girls

Girls Girls Girls
Monday, August 1, 2016
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I just couldn't resist bringing some California vibes to Chicago this weekend.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Cheap Frills

Cheap Frills
Friday, July 8, 2016
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If you think my highlight is strong, just wait until you see my resting bitch face.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Do It For the 'Gram | #OOTD

Do It For the 'Gram | #OOTD
Saturday, July 2, 2016
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Friday, June 17, 2016

Trending Threads Vol. 2

Trending Threads Vol. 2
Friday, June 17, 2016
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The second installment of a part of the blog called "Trending Threads" has arrived. For those of you who don't know, "Trending Threads" is a compilation of things I've loved for the past few months. This time 'round there are far more tangible objects, so I'm ditching the "Hello"/"Goodbye" format to better showcase some of the things I've received lately. Many of the things I'll be talking about have already been mentioned on the blog.

Keep on reading to read my opinions on these products along with a music playlist.
Friday, June 10, 2016

Seeing Stars

Seeing Stars
Friday, June 10, 2016
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Friday, June 3, 2016

Hypebeast

Hypebeast
Friday, June 3, 2016
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Countdown to Lollapalooza

Countdown to Lollapalooza
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
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One of my favorite aspects of music festivals is the promise of repeat acts. By repeat acts I mean the artists that sprinkle themselves on different lineups throughout the country, although Lolla does have a few repeating headliners from last year. I love the idea of redeeming myself and catching acts I didn't get to see at the last festival I was at, whether I had to miss them over a stacked schedule or I just recently discovered the artist. My summers seem to become more and more career-oriented as I make my way towards the "real world" and internships become scarce, so my anticipation for Lollapalooza is only growing. I've only ever been to three festivals, with two under Goldenvoice and none categorized as "camping" fests.

I'm not a music expert nor do I believe I have the greatest taste in music. (For proof, see my music re-cap for 2015. Yikes!) But hey, music taste is ever evolving.

This post is more-or-less a reference guide for myself and my friends as "The Weekend" approaches. You can check wikipedia or the "About" section of streaming platforms to read actual bios about these artists or even similar artists, but if you want a few song recommendations keep on reading.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Mixin' it Up

Mixin' it Up
Friday, May 6, 2016
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I am starting to get bored of skinny jeans. This is probably why I've focused so much attention to the top of my outfit. I remember stocking up on pairs on pairs because I used to believe they looked more slimming than light wash jeans. As I've gotten older, I've started embracing my taste rather than the BS they publish in magazines about "dressing for your body." I'm no longer concerned with specific rules of dressing. Keep on reading to see what other rules I've thrown out the window.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Met Gala 2016: Manus x Machina

Met Gala 2016: Manus x Machina
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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I'm a sucker for a good red carpet moment so here we are with a Met Gala post. This year's theme was "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology." Overall I was extremely underwhelmed with the looks at this year's Met Gala. I suppose no one really tried after so many were critiqued for their causal cultural appropriation last year at "China: Through the Looking Glass:" so many celebrities and big-name fashion stars continuously confused Chinese aesthetic with anything that looked like it came from the continent of Asia. The laziness from last year's lack of research came back again this year. Was everyone too afraid to take risks? If anything, this was the year to do so, especially since there's no way to culturally appropriate technology. 

I loved the "Manus x Machina" theme for this year's Met Gala. The exhibit will focus on the blurred lines between handmade and machine made couture, with different techniques displayed in the museum. This theme is especially relevant this year since there were so many technological shifts in both the fashion and celebrity worlds like wearable tech; change in runway schedules to less seasons and faster buying schedule; the growing concern with fashion's impact on the environment; the introduction to 3D printing for textiles; and the way social media is changing modeling and advertising. I was disappointed that not many people dressed for the theme, especially since the retro-futuristic aesthetic was strong at the last NYFW. 

Keep on reading to see who I think killed it this year.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Lust List #2

Lust List #2
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
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I can almost taste summer vacation. The only things standing between myself and freedom are my finals and the move-out date for my apartment. To distract myself from these stressful situations, I do what I do best: window shop. I have compiled a small list of things I hope to find as soon as I purge half my closet. (Most of the things I'm lusting after would be great to have for the adventures I hope to have this summer.) Until then, I'm just going to continue to complain about the heat as I walk from class to class.

Keep on reading to see my current lust list and tricks to make spring cleaning/moving out/finding something of value to sell to second-hand stores as effortless as possible.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
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Driving through the desert is pretty picturesque. Although the gigantic windmill farms are equal parts ugly and terrifying, everything else from the mountains to the dozens of palm trees are worthy of a few snaps on your phone. Instead of boring you with photos from the festival, I thought I'd show off my favorite outfit and my favorite spot from this weekend.
Friday, April 15, 2016

My Perfect Music Festival

My Perfect Music Festival
Friday, April 15, 2016
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I am currently en route to Coachella, so this marks the beginning of my "sorry I won't stop talking about this music festival and adding salt to your FOMO wounds" period. By the end of the weekend I'm sure all of you will have sworn off social media after seeing yet another photo of a girl eating a watermelon slice on the Polo Fields. My apologies. 
Friday, April 8, 2016

Festival Season 2016

Festival Season 2016
Friday, April 8, 2016
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Festival season is both the best and the worst time of the year. I love it because of the promise of new music, fashion inspiration, and quality time with some of my best friends. However, it also brings out the worst in people like: elitist music fans who critique the festival or the groups of Instagram models/photographers who claim they're free-spirited but shell out tons of cash so they can make it on a "Best Dressed" list. (Is it salty in here or is it just me?) 


All of that aside, I really enjoy it. I embrace the clichés of it all and have a gr8 time doin' it. I'm also the kind of girl who will take any opportunity to dress to the 9s. Music festivals are the best place to try different looks because no one's judging you. (Everyone's far too busy worrying about themselves.) 

This year will be my third year at Coachella (and I've already secured a ticket to Lollapalooza) and with it only a week away I wrote this post to get psyched. 

Keep on reading to see my spin on festival wear. 
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Trending Threads Vol. I

Trending Threads Vol. I
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
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My blog title, “the trending thread” was meant to reflect current clothing fashion, but my inclination towards trends doesn’t stop there. I find myself immersed in everything on-trend, whether they’re new pieces I lust for from the feed of Vogue Runway or fulfilling my constant need to discover new (or simply new to me) music and films. The longevity of trends is both the best and worst thing about them: some trends fade while others latch on.

I couldn’t pass up using the ultimate pun…my own blog name. Welcome to a new segment on the blog, “trending threads.” Here I’ll be talking about a few things taking over my life, both fashion-related and not. I’m ditching the cliché “Monthly Favorites” format because 1. I’m no YouTube kid and 2. my favorite things do not change on a monthly rotation.

Keep on reading to see what stuck with me over the past few months what has faded since then. Let me know how you like this format by tweeting me at @torixcat or by leaving a comment below. 
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Warehouse Two

Warehouse Two
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
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School's back in session kids! My life for the past month has been focused on one thing: making it to spring break and surviving it. Luckily I didn't go to Cabo, so surviving spring break was relatively easy. I'm not entirely sure how I'll survive the "real" world where my life doesn't revolve an academic calendar, but until then I'm embracing the collegiate lifestyle. 

After spending a week visiting friends in New York City and Boston, I have done a lot of shopping and eating. Rather than wandering each city in search of tourist attractions or places I've seen off Instagram, I was able to spend time with my friends in their most frequented spots (aka I hardly left Manhattan or made it to the other side of the Charles River). New York City and Boston are two very different cities but they have one thing in common: great second-hand and consignment stores. 
Monday, February 29, 2016

Best Dressed: Oscars 2016

Best Dressed: Oscars 2016
Monday, February 29, 2016
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Last night the one-liners kept on rolling from the beginning of Chris Rock's monologue to the end of the show. (He candidly ended with a shoutout to #BlackLivesMatter.) However, the Internet was quick to call him sexist when he lightheartedly made fun of the "Ask Her More" campaign. This campaign started in 2014 with the goal of asking women on red carpets more questions besides "Who are you wearing?" Chris Rock reminded the viewers "Not everything is sexism. Not everything is racism."

In the fashion game, celebrities are given diamonds and couture worth millions to wear down the red carpet during award season. A-list actresses are hand-picked by the designer house to wear their gowns because they "fit their aesthetic" or their market. The ladies get a free haute couture dress for the night and in return the designer house gets free promotion. (When in doubt, assume anything in the media is a PR tactic.) So let the ladies talk about the designers they're wearing because no one cares about your Armani suit...unless you're Jacob Tremblay. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Squeaky Clean: Skincare Routine

Squeaky Clean: Skincare Routine
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
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Last month, I promised an updated skin care routine. So many celebrities and fashion collections began embracing "natural" make-up looks, which validated the importance I place on my skincare.(After all the best base for a great make-up look is healthy skin.) I also just wanted to share the products I've been using recently and how I've changed my mind on others. 

Many people tend to switch their skincare products when the weather changes. The combination of LA's sunny weather and my relatively problem-free skin make me somewhat of an exception to that rule. Instead, my skin care routine changes on the products I use up first or if I notice a specific problem affecting my skin. I have sensitive and oily skin, so I have a few products catering to my skin type. There are also a few other products that work for me that are created for all skin types. Let me walk you through my skincare routine.
Saturday, February 20, 2016

NYFW Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

NYFW Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
Saturday, February 20, 2016
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Just like that Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear comes to a close. My NYFW post from the SS16 season is my most popular post to date, so I figured I would continue to re-cap some of my favorite collections until I have the pleasure of complaining about #NYFWProblems. I wouldn't call myself a fashion expert, but I look at fashion collections in the same way I do tattoos: I can admire them based on the message/theme, the look, or a combination of the two.

Like my last post, I grouped certain collections together. A few of them shared similar influences, but were executed in different ways. The themes I created for this season are: Renegades, (New) Americana, Movie Muse, and Psychedelic.

I attempted to keep my commentary concise and entertaining. Keep on reading and let me know how I did.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Slow Down

Slow Down
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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Today marks the beginning of NYFW, leading us into the frenzy of Fashion Month. This year, some of the best minds in the game have critiqued the schedule and turn over rates of all these collections and how that's affecting brand aesthetics and the way we all spend our money. Womanswear, menswear, and pre-collection shows happen in January, February, June, July, September, and December, depending on one of the three categories of shows. So many designers are ditching this traditional calendar for consumer-facing shows. (This is the only time I'm appreciative of capitalism.) But why change, you ask? The speedy traditional timeframe allows fast-fashion stores to pick up on the trends and send them off before ready-to-wear is...ready.

 I'm sure we've all seen and bought handbags that are one stop short of being a complete knock-off or seen cuts and prints EXACTLY like those off the runway. (See my Celiné-inspired handbag that I wore too much last year. It was an embarrassing period.) Not only is it insulting to the aesthetic of a brand (especially one you hope to own for real one day), but it's bad for the green in your wallet and on our planet. So, what's a girl to do?
Saturday, February 6, 2016

January Favorites

January Favorites
Saturday, February 6, 2016
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Between striving to fulfill New Year's resolutions and getting back into my school routine, most of my monthly favorites have been movies and music as opposed to physical things. I have been spending far too much time and money at the movies this month as I try to see all the Oscar-nominated films. Award season is the best season, let's be real. I had a few "actual" favorites along with my monthly playlist. Keep on reading to see what I discovered and loved during the month of January!
Sunday, January 31, 2016

Make Up Looks: Haute Couture + SAG Awards

Make Up Looks: Haute Couture + SAG Awards
Sunday, January 31, 2016
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Ralph E Russo Maison Margiela via Vogue Runway and Harper's Bazzar // Viola Davis and Brie Larson via PopSugar
The beginning of the year is always so overwhelming for someone like me who is fully engrossed in fashion and pop culture. Earlier this month were the Golden Globes and Men's Fashion Week but Haute Couture Week, Sundance Film Festival and the SAG Awards rounded out this week in particular. Between the runway, street style, red carpet, and television and movies on display at all these events; I switched my focus to the make-up. 

I would not consider myself to be a make-up enthusiast or expert. I don't know the purpose behind baking foundation nor do I have a tight grasp on how to properly contour my face for the appearance of razor-sharp cheekbones. However, I find applying make up to be a very fun and soothing task. It is essentially painting with your face as the canvas. Scroll on to see what looks I loved the most from Haute Couture Week and the SAG Awards and how you can wear them, no glam squad required.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Interstellar

Interstellar
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
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Karlie Kloss for Wall Street Journal Magazine

With men's fashion week ending and the beginning of Haute Couture week and fashion month, trying to predict upcoming trends becomes messy. However, there have been many microtrends taking over designer houses and high-street fashion alike. (Most recently I talked about blush, the new monochrome.) Back in September, I assembled a list of my favorite designers and trends for the upcoming Spring/Summer season. One of the collections that blew me away was Karen Walker's sci-fi inspired line. It seems that this collection, along with Hollywood's love for films like The Martian and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has brought planetary prints into the spotlight. It's only a matter of time until fast fashion stores catch on. I'm really excited about this one because it's reinforcing my love of space and sci-fi novels. 
Friday, January 22, 2016

Gloomy Bloom

Gloomy Bloom
Friday, January 22, 2016
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Back to Black

Back to Black
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
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Friday, January 15, 2016

Lust List #1

Lust List #1
Friday, January 15, 2016
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I felt like creating a collection of images that have been inspiring my style lately along with some pieces I would love to add to my collection in the near future. Here are some of the images and pieces I've been eye-ing up recently.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Broad/Broad

Broad/Broad
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
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Friday, January 8, 2016

Fresh Start

Fresh Start
Friday, January 8, 2016
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Long time, no post! The "24-hour flu" I caught the day after Thanksgiving was not just a flu, but a throat virus! Between fighting infection and actually gaining weight during the winter holidays, I have not been in the best shape or mindset to post. To start the year on a positive note, I wanted to write a little post on how I will achieve my goals this year. For those of you interested, keep on reading.