f/w 2013
all items can be found at Forever 21

1. I love this pleated romper. I've actually been dying for something long sleeved like this. I think it would look lovely with textured tights and a pea coat. 
2. When I began looking through the accessories, I knew one thing: I didn't want fingerless gloves. So, naturally, that's what I end up with. What really made me fall for these was the quilted leather. I'm some what obsessed with it. Plus, finger-less is a little bad-ass, so forgive me for living vicariously through my clothing. 
3. Plaid has definitely been the hardest fall/winter trend for me to utilize. Perhaps because I have none. I thought I'd start off small with this infinity scarf. With little doses of print, you can sophisticate an outfit without over powering it. This is why accessories like scarves, gloves, and hats are so important.
4. I've been dying for a pair of these shoes since last fall, to no avail. My hopes in putting these on the list was to catch them on sale somewhere, since they aren't the most practical for this season.
5. Teal is such a pretty fall color--one of my favorites. One of the most important parts of a piece is whether or not it's versatile. This shift dress can be worn alone or with layers thrown atop and will still look wonderful.
6. Not pictured, the back of this knit says "ROCK" in the same bold lettering. I think it's perfect for the punk forecast, while allowing for the glamour a girly-girl requires.
7. One word: mod. The hidden wedge in this booties is so clean and classic, making it irresistable. The cut adds a little bit of dimension and edge, again perfect for the punks. Despite this, I think they would look great with dresses and skirts with or without tights. 
8. With this skirt, I plan on channelling my inner Carrie Bradshaw (who, I'm telling you, is just dying to come out). It's super femme and a little ethereal. Although it'd work better Spring/Summer 2014, I cannot wait!
9. For some odd reason I find this style of shoe to be the flat equivalent of those in number 4. Which is why I have to have them. Until it becomes acceptable to wear heels to school I will purchase all of these flats, if necessary. These particular ones come with my favorite type of accents (the gold kind) and a pointed toe, which I feel class up any look. 
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 I'm not sure if it's obvious or not, but I'm a definite girly-girl. I prefer lace and heels to combat boots and military jackets. However, my preferred clothing choices are not always ideal in the winter. It's almost refreshing to back away from the fluff and into the dark side (boots are a thousand times more comfortable than pumps). So, when I found my favorite spring/summer color in my favorite fall/winter trend, I leaped.

Mint leather. The very thought seems cooling. The skirt comes with a silver zipper down the front, which I feel edges it up that much more. The mint's softness is greatly contrasted with the harsh black and white print, then kind of enveloped by the other black items. This way, the mint stands out a bit more. Colored leather is such a great way to bring the classic to a new dimension. Leather is no longer for the angsty rocker or the Greaser: it's for the masses. 

sweater: Forever 21 skirt: Forever 21 boots: unknown necklace: Charlotte Russe coat: unknown
Submitted to IFB's  Project Pastel Harvest

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In my Southern California city, fall is less of a transition stage and more of the season that drives everyone insane. The mornings are near-freezing, yet the afternoons are similar to a summer's day. It's probably one of the most challenging seasons to style. It is, however, a great time to transition spring/summer trends for the fall. 
I love the preppy New Englander aspect of this outfit. It's so classy and girly. I love bright colors during the fall because it's such a contrast to the gloomy, neutral, environment.. Bright florals play it up      
                   sweater: Hollister Co. shirt: Forever 21 shorts: Macy's boots: unknown                          
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Fall/Winter has officially become a most favorable season. The tomboys get their oversized coats, plaid, and suits while the girly-girls get pink. I think it's obvious who won here. 
Pink is an amazing color. It comes in so many shades that it can look nice with any color (within reason). Blush, for example, goes great with bright whites, pastels, and deep fall colors, like purple, burgendy, and navy blue. Pink is also great because it can play off of other pinks. 
This outfit epitomizes the usefulness of a loose knit sweater. Whatever you wear underneath can be seen. It makes it perfect for accent colors. I wore a hot pink tank top under the sweater to add a little bit of color to the top half of this outfit. All white is chic, but white offers a clean canvas to paint on. 
The soft colors are matched with gold accents. The gold on the shoes and on the brooch-like earrings give a little glam, head to toe. The light brown boots were chosen over black or white shoes because, again, too much black or white comes off a little too harsh for the light pink. When dealing with pastels like this, I find it best to stray away from colors like tomato red, black, turquoise, and bright yellow. Instead, opt for mint, deep purple, cream, pastel green, and gray. 
top: Forever 21 pants: Tilly's shoes: Charlotte Russe earrings: Forever 21

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A lot of the time, men aren't very showcased in the world of style blogs, a fact I find a little depressing. Sure, in women's clothing there is more room for trends. We have skirts, dresses, pants, heels & a whole other repetoire of clothing and accessories that men hardly ever touch. Men's fashion is a challenge. So being a fashionable man in this day and age is so much more worthy of repute. I find myself lucky to have friends who put effort into their clothing because it challenges me to translate what they do, into what's happening on the runway.

For example, mixed prints. Although barely seen in the photo the gray collared top has a small paisley print in a darker gray. It's size and being that it's in the same color family fits it so well with the argyle sweater. 
Using color was a concept that I, for so long, thought was lost on men. Although used basically, these two used color better than most women. Darker colors are perfect for fall, especially the burgundy. This season, however, it's been fitting to use black and white solely, letting them accent each other, as shown in the leftmost outfit. The slight red in the sunglasses offers personality and a little touch of chic. 
photos taken outside of aNoiseWithin in Pasadena, California 

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When summer ended, I had incredible plans for this blog. Posts nearly every day, guest posts with my best friend (who you can find here), and so much about fashion week. And then school actually started. I knew IB was time consuming, but I hadn't realized how mind-consuming. I'm constantly thinking about school, now and I find it hard to focus on anything else. Even now I'm contemplating quoting Jorge Luis Borges (if you don't know, you should). This weekend was the first in a while that I get a break. And it's the perfect time to make a comeback.
Throughout the month of October and, hopefully, forever, I'll be posting outfit of the days differently. For starters, they won't be labeled "ootd" as per tradition. They will, however, showcase the transition to Fall/Winter. It's going to be an amazing season filled with edge, suiting up, and over-dressing (you'll get the joke soon enough). I can't wait to log it all here. 

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