3 Principles of Avoiding Bad Purchases

Well, it has been fun folks. I figured my last blog post as your residential ‘style advisor’ should be a tip that can applied season in, season out. With that being said, nothing is more seasonal than having making those bad and regrettable purchases. We all make them occasionally. You know what I’m talking about.. ‘that’ pair of pants that will never see the light of day or those pair of shoes that you have worn maybe 3 times in the past year. Sure they might have been only 30.00, but that’s 30.00 wasted and the only return you are getting for your investment is dust. Couple more of these bad purchases, and you are looking at a closet full of clothes, but nothing to wear. Avoiding bad clothing purchases can be a little tricky but is something that will help you save money in the long run. I’ve managed to break it down to three fairly simple rules

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DIY: Tote Bags

The tote bag is a college girl’s essential, especially around this time of the year. Whether it be to carry your books around campus, or to take your things home for the holidays, a nice tote bag is something you want to have handy. By this point, you may be growing tired of your old one, but you don’t have the money to buy a new one because of all the Christmas shopping you’re doing. Well, we have a solution to both problems- wanting a new tote bag and Christmas shopping- make your own tote bag at home! You can use it for yourself and give them to your friends as Christmas presents! It saves money and the hassle of trying to figure out what to get all your friends.

All you need is: fabric and a sewing machine. Here is a simple step-by-step you can use to help you make your tote bag. I gave it a shot myself and here’s how it turned out.

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DIY: Decorate It Yourself

In between classes, work, and play, all stylish undergrads need a chic pad suitable for crashing or hosting. There are two ways to achieve this: go out and buy the pieces you need, or create them yourself. Either way will work, but your wallet will be a lot happier with the second one. The best part is, you don’t need extensive DIY knowledge to make  your place come alive thanks to an abundance of websites with great tutorials. Here are a few places to start.

Design*Sponge
Featuring a category dedicated to DIY and another that highlights readers’ DIY before and afters, Design*Sponge is the place to start for how-to interior design. Recent tutorials include a vintage belt frame, a delicate centerpiece, and a vertical garden for your patio. Tutorials can be browsed by cost, difficulty, material used, and more. Continue reading

Do it Justice: Jean Jackets

There is no other fabric that represents American youth like denim, which makes the denim jacket the cream of the crop. Trust me folks, it doesn’t get more American than this; unless you find yourself driving around in a Hummer, about to get it on with that chick from your bio lab that you’ve been trying to get with all year, or Country Fried Steaks, but even that is only pretty close. It’s no secret that denim jackets have been slowly starting to resurface season after season, largely thanks to  actors like Ryan Gosling, who is channeling his inner Steve McQueen, and even singing sensation Usher and Kanye West below pictured with his former girlfriend.

Kanye West And Amber Rose in Denim Jackets shot by Terry Richardson

(Photo taken by Terry Richardson)

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‘Tis The Season!

Most people would say that there are two kinds of people in this world: those who plan ahead, and those who do not. I would  counter  that there are actually three, when you include the people who always intend to plan ahead. In any case, this post is for all of you.

A girl I know throws an annual Christmas cocktail party. Everyone dresses up, eats bite-sized food, and drinks out of actual glasses. As a one-time thing, it’s always a fun night. If you don’t have a friend like mine, you could become the person who throws the fabulous Christmas party every year. If it sounds intimidating, start small: the invitations. There’s a budget way to create beautiful invitations – using only your computer!

The website 123print.com is a great place to get started. It’s incredibly easy to use. They have hundreds of pre-made templates to choose from that you can then customize. You can add text and edit any text’s font, size, and color. If you’re ambitious, there are more advanced tools that let you upload your own pictures and add various characters into your text. For the Photoshop-savvy, there is a completely blank template that allows you to upload the entire design. You can make this in Photoshop in the specified size and simply save it as a.jpg, then upload it to the site and voila! Invitation!

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T-Shirt Reconstructing!

Everyone has those old t-shirts lying around in the back of their closets; instead of letting them go to waste, make them wearable! T-shirt reconstructing has become a common DIY (do-it-yourself) project. It’s a simple way to update your wardrobe without spending more money. All you need is a t-shirt (oversized ones are even better) and a pair of scissors (preferably sharp). With just a plain t-shirt, you can create an off-the-should look or turn one into a racer-back tank!

Adam Saaks of Ed Hardy
The best part of t-shirt reconstructing is probably weaving! This is when you braid, pattern, and create a new design element with your t-shirts. Adam Saaks of Ed Hardy is well-known for doing t-shirt reconstructing. You can get the same look without buying the expensive tops. Continue reading

Taking a step in the right direction

As a writer for this online lifestyle blog, catered towards college students, I try my best to prepare you for a life post graduation as well. Yes, I know that looks aren’t everything, but there are some words that can’t be taken back with a poor appearance. Lets face it, those chuck-taylor’s you wore with your Al’s Formal Wear tuxedo to your senior prom won’t land you a 6 figure salary during your interview, or help you pick up that lovely lady from the bar.

As of right now the current trend is to have a pair of Wingtips, but I know they are A. Expensive B. Almost impossible to find second hand and C. too loud to truly be versatile. Cap Toe Oxfords are your next best bet.  They are still a little expensive (come on, they’re leather dress shoes, not some Jordans made in china). but don’t fret, these shoes are a worthy investment because they certainly look more professional and are easier to pair with than those black dress shoes you have in the back of your closet. Not that there is anything wrong with the black dress shoe, but lets try to add some more sophistication in your wardrobe. Stores such as Footsmart, Macys, and Urbanoutfitters sell cap toe oxfords for a very reasonable price.

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