A little bohemian, a little chic.

FP Summer 2014 Internship

Thursday, November 14, 2013

URBN offers many summer internships at home office in Philadelphia for Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, and Free People. (For those who do not know, they are all owned under the same company, along with Terrain and BHLDN.)  I decided towards the last minute that I wanted to apply for fun, and one of the requirements is to create an inspiration board relating to a certain position. Since I chose the stylist option, I figured I would go with what I know and use Polyvore.

I put together an outfit appropriate for the chilly weather we've got going on, working with some of the great fall-to-winter layering pieces that Free People offers. While this outfit seems a bit 'busy' laid out like this, the heavy use of black and a neutral salmon balance out the outfit as a whole.

The striped sweater worn over the lace bralette and ruffled slip works perfectly with plain skinnies and patterned thigh highs. My favorite piece- one of the many gems I've been eyeing- the army green military parka, evens out the outfit and also adds another element to the outfit with the embroidered sleeves. And of course, a hat, necklace, and rings are added to complete the look!


Let me bring you up to speed

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Let me start off by saying that I am SO sorry for the lack of posts lately. Not that anyone is really losing sleep over my blog hiatus (or has probably even noticed), but it definitely hinders my credibility. No one really gets taken seriously for posting every few months. I started this project to stimulate my involvement in the fashion world and keep myself intrigued, but I've been so insanely busy with school and work and well, life. Life has gotten in the way, and I haven't had much time to pump out some quality posts-which in my opinion is way more important than posting really pointless, crappy posts everyday for no reason.

But besides my October blog hibernation, I have been pretty peachy. I've been workin', schoolin', hangin', yoga + pilate'in, and doing a whole lot of drivin'. And with that being said, I will be doing all of these things for the next month or so, so any kind of consistent blogging schedule may be placed on hold until the end of the semester. But I promise to try and get this thing going in the near future.   

A bigger issue that I've come across is that I am photographer-less. I have always wanted to go the more personal route- documenting my own experiences (and outfits), but I am unsure of how to do so on my own. I am aware that most fashion bloggers have a photographer friend/significant other to take these photos, but I am limited in the amount of people I know who are comfortable behind a camera. So, this leaves me to attempt on my own... which is, yes, you're thinking it... Awkward. With a capital A. I just kind of change the aperture/focus, snap some pictures, and hope a few turn out kind of neat. Exhibit A: Photos above and below.

So, here's my question for you! 
I, by no means, am a photographer. Nor am I a model. And I am not trying to claim that I am. I also don't want it to seem like I think I'm 'the shit', or conceited by snapping a few photos of myself and using them like I have above. How do YOU recommend I go about this? Self timer? Remote? Friend?

XO, Melissa 

The Model Alliance Video Campaign

Sunday, September 29, 2013

This is a little different than what I normally post, but I want to bring to attention something very important. As much as I love fashion, there are serious problems in the industry today that can't (and aren't) be overlooked. There is a large number of abuses in the fashion world, with issues ranging from models being incredibly underage (as young as 15!), to agents demanding improper health regimes and sexual abuse. This is wrong on so many levels, and former model Sara Ziff has decided to make a change by creating The Model Alliance. The Model Alliance is a non-profit organization that intends to give models a chance to speak up and have better working conditions. With well known names such as Coco Rocha and Trish Goff supporting the cause, they are bound to change the industry in great ways.

The Model Alliance Video Campaign from The Model Alliance on Vimeo.

Summer is Leaving

Thursday, September 19, 2013

// time to shine

Thursday, August 29, 2013

// Alice + Olivia Fall 2013 RTW

Saturday, August 17, 2013

If there's something Stacey Bendet does well, it's designing pieces that are unique and eye-catching, yet 'normal' enough to purchase and wear out without looking like Lady Gaga. In Alice + Olivia's Fall 2013 RTW collection, the rich colors and textures mesh together to create sheer elegance. It's gothic and edgy, but still manages to maintain the classy and feminine feel that Stacey has. This collection as a whole seems to lack a theme, but somehow they still seem to fit together in a way that makes everything stick out. Lace, ruffles, feathers, and floral give some pieces a spanish feel, while others embellished with fur, studs, and stripes favor an edgier side. I am in love with the crown braid that they used... I've seen it all summer at different music festivals- I love how chic it is on the runway!

(Photo Credit: NYMAG)

//Fall Blues

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Fall is right around the corner, and there's nothing more frustrating and more satisfying than finding a pair of jeans that you can truly say, "They fit like a glove!". After three or four months of wearing shorts and skirts, squeezing back into those skinny jeans can seem like a challenge. But with some solid, quality blues, it doesn't have to be!

I chose 8 different styles that I believe are fall staples that are versatile enough to go with the majority of wardrobes. I live in my favorite three pairs of jeans, which are basic black skinnies, denim skinnies, and printed skinnies, so I found new versions and included them in this set. But with this fall's trends taking relaxed, grunge, and military directions, it only makes sense that I added in a few others.

The first is the mid-rise denim skinny by Paige. I find that these would be perfect to throw a sweater on and lounge around in, or even throw on some heels like the photo and dress up. The second next pair is a floral skinny by 7 for All Mankind. I love a single piece that can instantly make a whole outfit stand out, and printed jeans are one of my favorite ways to do so! The next pair is Madewell's brand new high riser skinny skinny denim, which I can't wait to try out. Their jeans never fit me well in the hips and thighs because I'm not exactly the target height for their brand, but this new material is supposed to be stretchier and more form fitting than their other washes. The next pair is an army green skinny army green ankle jean by BDG. I'm all about army green in the fall- jackets, blouses, tees- and a good ankle jean is perfect to pair with boots, oxfords, and flats. The next two pairs are basic skinnies, in maroon (Paige) and black (Madewell), which I basically live in year round, so adding a color like maroon just adds a little variety! The 7th pair is a hit or miss for most, and you really have to have the shape for them so you don't look like you're lost in the 80's sans mullet. But if I could pull them off, I'd wear the hell out I'd these with cardigans and tees! The last pair is one of my favorites, simply because they look so unique. The design is very modern without going overboard, and the zippers add a little more dimension. Just as with floral denim, it's a great way to dress up an outfit with one piece.

Fall Blues.

Paige Denim skinny jeans / MOTHER jeans / 7 For All Mankind / Madewell boyfriend jeans / Madewell / Madewell skinny jeans / BDG cigarette-leg jeans / Paige Denim , $330

Hope you all are as ready for fall as I am! Bring on the jeans, and bring on the pumpkin!  

//Who, What, Wear: Stone Cold Fox, The Virgin Bride 2013

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Stone Cold Fox is a secret gem I've recently been lucky enough to find out about. Based in Los Angeles, California, designers Dallas Wand and Cydney Morris are doing big things for the fashion industry. Starting out sewing and crafting pieces on their parents' kitchen tables, they now have their own warehouse in Costa Mesa (Refinery29). Their brand is Califoria-hipster meets high fashion, and their 2013 line, The Virgin Bride, is true to the description. Elegant, chic, edgy, and feminine. With black, white, lace, and floral, how could they go wrong? 

//Lazy Sundays and Harem Pants

Sunday, August 4, 2013

 Hey everyone, I hope you're enjoying your Sunday! I'm dedicating today to reading Vogue and revamping the blog (which is so fun but a lot harder than it seems). I haven't picked up a magazine in awhile, and I'd say Vogue is pretty important if you're even slightly interested in fashion. Better late than never to start this whole thing though, right? I've finally got a few posts under my belt, and now it's going to be in the details to prevent it from looking like a 12 year old's Myspace. So if you have any tips or tricks, feel free to let me know! I'm currently working on finding a layout and making a quality banner, so that will be coming soon if I can find something worth keeping around. I toyed around with the idea of changing my blog name as well, before it stays with me too long and I just get stuck. But for now, it's usable. Stay posted! 

//Bangs Bangs Bangs

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Women who can rock some great bangs can usually rock any hairstyle. So having curly hair is both a gift and a curse- It's great because you can usually get by without doing much to it, but it's impossible to get any kind of trendy haircut! I've always wanted bangs, but they don't do much for me unless I blow out and straighten them every single day- which I'm way too impatient and lazy to do. (I had these AWFUL 'scene' bangs in high school, and ever since then I've been mortified to have anything but long layers.) But hey, a girl can dream. As of right now, my style is somewhere in between bohemian and J. Crew, and it's been swaying me towards similar fashion icons and bloggers. And in doing this, I've found that many of them have these awesome fringe bangs with loose tousled waves, which I'll forever be longing for. They're so perfect and casual- especially for the coming fall weather, when it's finally cool enough to have your hair down.

Rooney Mara: 
(Credit: Splash News Online)

Natalie Suarez:

(Credit: NatalieoffDuty)


(Credit: Anthony Nocella)

(*all photos belong to their rightful owners, please see links in name titles for sources!)

//Making the Best of These Rainy Days

Friday, July 26, 2013

My cousin Taylor of Hippie Chic Photography (Check out her Facebook page if you're interested in getting some photos done!) kindly took some pictures for me the other day in the little square by my mom's. I  have been wanting to make more effort in finding ways to personalize this blog, so I decided a little 'outfit of the day' post was a great opportunity to do so. I had never done any kind of modeling or glamour shots (or whatever people call them!) so I did feel pretty awkward at first. It stopped pouring just before the mini 'shoot', so we decided to take a chance on the rain starting up again. The fog made for an interesting, eerie, hair frizzing shoot! Some of the pictures turned out pretty cool if I do say so myself!

Top// Free People
Skirt// INC
Shoes// Steve Madden
Flower Crown// Etsy

//SkarGorn Tee: Three Ways

Monday, July 22, 2013

Today I went downtown to Lenox mall to run an errand and did my usual stop into Madewell to see what they had. I walked around for a bit, and to my surprise one of the main pieces that struck my eye was a huge oversized plain white tee that looked like it could have been bought at Walmart. I held it up, wondering why on earth they would even try to sell something so boring. And I must have been easy to read, since one of the employees (who happened to be wearing it) came over and told me it was one of her favorite shirts. When I saw her wearing it with a complete outfit, I realized that more thought was actually put into the shape, material, and stitching than it seemed. The neckline was slightly V-d (Er, is that a word?). It had a larger than normal front pocket. The sleeves were porportional, and the front was slightly higher than the back. It was REALLY cute on even though you can't really tell in the picture below! As I was talking to her, this brand, SkarGorn is actually one of her coworker's friend's brand that was started in California and has made its way over to the east coast. It's being sold online at Urban Outfitters (SOLD OUT!) and in certain Madewell stores. I can't wait to go back and get it!

(Hi! I'm real :] I apologize for the crappy and awkward dressing room photo!) 

Skar Gorn 1

                                  Skar Gorn 1 by thecurlygirl featuring a t shirt dress

Skar Gorn 2

                       Skar Gorn 2 by thecurlygirl featuring lightweight denim jeansSkarGorn 3

//Fashion Forward

Friday, July 19, 2013

I've been thinking a lot about where I want to go in terms of this blog, and the conclusion is that I'm not really a hundred percent sure. And I'm actually okay with that. When I started this blog last year, I never got the courage to post anything because I was afraid that whatever it was that I had to say would be pointless. Or that I'd seem like I'm trying too hard to be just like my favorite fashion bloggers. Or that I'd look completely stupid trying to act like I know a thing or two about style. Basically, that I'd be God awful at this whole thing.

And well... I kind of am awful at this. And I'm okay with that too. I'm learning. I want to progress with this as I progress as a person. I'm not Jane Aldridge or Natalie Suarez, but I am me. And as much as I just want to be great at this, I am a beginner. A fashionista in training. A 'Melissa' in training. And I think keeping up with this blog and 'practicing' will only make me better at finding my way into the fashion world and also finding myself and my personal style.

So if you bear with me through this bad layout, kind of forced URL, and these really awkward posts, I'm pretty sure I can really get somewhere with this once I can get the hang of it.

//These Boots are made for Walkin'

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

When it comes to shoes for a girl who can't walk ten steps in high heels, there's nothing quite like a great pair of boots. In my personal opinion, they are single-handedly the most versatile shoe style out there. Hey, I may be bias since they're primarily all I wear, but they can be worn in so many ways! Dress up an outfit with some thigh highs and make it more high fashion, or dress down something with ankle booties or combats to make it casual.  Depending on the style, some boots are so versatile that they can even be worn year long! I'm not sure about you, but I don't wear flip flops in the winter, or sneakers anywhere but the gym. Flats are awful in the rain, and heels are usually only suitable for certain events, and definitely aren't comfortable for everyday wear (once again, bias). But, anyways...

To find some that are both comfy and stylish isn't hard to do these days, but to be able to find that one quality pair that make you fall in love at first sight is a very rare thing. I have boots that I've worn day in and day out that I really love, but only recently have I found an unattainably beautiful line of handmade boots by Modern Vice that I'm longing for the day that I can buy a pair. Here are some that I've come across lately that I can't shut up about for fall: 

Modern Vice Black Jett

Jeffrey Campbell Ballantine Ankle Boot

Frye 'Wyatt Disc' Short Boot
Steve Madden 'Tennassee' Boot

What are YOUR favorite boots?


//Quick Post: Flowers in her Hair

Friday, July 12, 2013

Hi everyone! 
It's been raining like crazy for the past few weeks here in Georgia, so it sure doesn't feel like it, but it's still summer. And for me summer means music festivals, which means some of the best performances (and fashion) you'll see all year. Fringe boots, crop tops, maxi skirts, awesome boho jewelry  tie dye, and my personal favorite... Flower crowns! By no means is it new, but the trend has finally been caught onto by non-festival goers, and stores like Urban Outfitters, Free People and Anthropologie are making it easy for people to find super cute ones to add a little spunk to their everyday outfits! 

I stay connected by a handful of social networks, and I've followed different bloggers and companies (Check out the beautiful Flower Crown Society) that are putting their spins on the accessory, so I figured why don't I? I had been wanting to make myself one for a few months now, but my laziness had gotten the best of me and I simply never made time for it. But with the rain putting a damper on any chance of getting outside, I finally decided it was the perfect craft to keep me busy and do something (somewhat) productive.  

So after testing the water with my first crown, I decided it was a lot of fun and somewhat therapeutic to handcraft something like this, and opened up an Etsy account to list it! (ugh, sorry for the cheesy shop name... I felt like a 12 year old creating an email account. I'll see if I can come up with something a little  more fluid)  So, I'll be making a few over the next few weeks in my spare time, and if it goes anywhere, then I guess I'll have a little hobby on the side! You can check it out here, or by using the link at the top of the page! Have a great day, everyone!

//Inspired by Free People's July Catalog

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Inspired by Free People's July Catalog

As many of you may not know, I'm a huge Free People fan.  And as creepy as this sounds, I pretty much live and breathe them, haha. I follow them on Instagram, religiously read their blog, have the app.. the whole nine  yards. Yesterday the July catalog was released, and today the pre-fall preview was released, so you can guarantee I am completely flipping out. They are absolutely beautiful, and I'm so scared for my bank account. The July catalog offers so many amazing transition pieces for the summer as the nights start getting a little cooler, and for us Atlantans, it's perfect for all of this rainy weather we've been getting! Items like colorful ponchos, embellished lightweight jackets, and comfy sweaters are so perfect to throw on!

Their preview is making a great first impression, and I can't wait to see the rest of the collection. I've seen a few things that I can already see myself making staples... vegan leather skinnies, thermals, backpacks, and ankle boots to name a few!  

Images from freepeople.com

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