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Images of Halloweens Past

As a fashionista, Halloween is naturally my favorite holiday. When else can you dress as whomever, or whatever, you want without ridicule? It is the perfect opportunity to try something outrageous or become someone else.

The key to a good costume is recognition. I usually try to portray a simple character or someone from pop culture. Once I’ve selected my persona, I pinpoint a few key visual cues that define the character.
Example: if you have  wings and green outfit people will know you are Tinkerbell.

I hate commercial, mass produced costumes because they are cheap, over-priced, and unimpressive. When you use what is in your closet, or can be found at your local Target, the result is much more interesting. Bonus points if the items you purchase can be worn/used in the real world!

Scroll down for some of my favorite Halloween costumes from over the years.

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I recreated these costumes a few years ago.
Unfortunately I have no photographic record.

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I always liked being a princess.
This is also where my store-bought costumes end!

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Black hairspray, chopsticks, vintage silk jacket, home-made skirt, fan my father brought back from Japan.
My mom was on point with my makeup that night!

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These were from my first few years of college. My friends and I were all about dressing up and going out. One year, Halloween fell on a Sunday, so we celebrated all weekend with different costumes each night, but after the first we forgot to take pictures.

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I also like being a cat. It’s my favorite animal and easy as a costume. In the first picture, I am actually a tap dancing cat (complete with sequin leotard). The second is from my senior year when Halloween was on a school day/night and I never pass up an excuse to dress up.

These are the main elements for this year’s costume. I am so excited that my place of work encourages you to dress up!
Can you guess what I’ll be??
2014 Preview
Check my Instagram tomorrow for the complete look!

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Setting the Trend on Glenwood South

Last wednesday, I had the pleasure of assisting Revolver Boutique as they participated in a fashion show on Glenwood South.

The show was organized to unveil the newest Mercedes models, the C-Class and GLA.

Cars aside, the event was a blast and some of our boutique friends from Cameron Village joined in on the fun!

The following is my re-cap of the event, a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into a fashion show.

At 1:00pm on show day I met Liz, the owner of Revolver, at the shop to review the looks and go over our game plan. Some of the models were already present, so I led them over to Primp Salon & Bar to start getting ready.

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First came hair: I considered the look(s) each girl would be wearing and decided on a hair style that would complement the outfit.
Some ladies went edgy while others had a soft, feminine ‘do.

After hair came make-up and the transformation continued. While all of our models are absolutely stunning, it’s unbelievable what a little mascara and lip color can do for a girl.

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Once the beauty portion of the day was complete, we waited… and waited some more.
That’s half of a show is waiting. For hair, for makeup, for the show to start.
I treated myself to a mini manicure and a glass of champagne (thank goodness it was a salon/bar!) while other attendees networked, chatted with friends, or read fashion magazines.

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Around 4:00pm it was time to start getting dressed. The lovely staff at Raleigh Downtowner let us use their space to get ready. Bonus: their outdoor space made for a great photoshoot backdrop!

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Eugene and Gabby rocked it in alt-military inspired looks.

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Vanessa and Tariq were a dream duo in soft hues and cream accents.
I’m obsessed with Tariq’s Marc by Marc cardigan.

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ShinHae is a glamourous chameleon with her two totally different ensembles.
She goes from cute and retro to fierce in Dolce & Gabbana (peplum top).

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This is one of the two looks Emma worked on the runway.
This outfit features a Proenza Schouler dress that I am literally dying over, with a Haute Hippie blazer and DVF heels.

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How adorable is Sunny in this LBD?! Be sure to note her artsy Nicholas Kirkwood flats (LOVE).

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Despite the dark, I just had to snap a picture of these last few looks. The first features the most luxe reversible fur coat, the second a super cute Ocsar de la Renta sweater with a Proenza Schouler skirt, and the third an adorable Chloe skirt topped off by a MiuMiu shearling jacket. If these outfits don’t make you want to rush to Revolver right now, then you must be crazy!

All in all it was a wonderful night and a huge success!
I am so thrilled to be an honorary member of Revolver even though I’m no longer an employee.
Although fashion shows can be stressful at times, it is totally worth it in the end.
Can’t wait for the next one!

Hey! Have you ever wanted to shop Revolver but felt overwhelmed or don’t know where to start?
Fear not! I’m available to assist you (free of charge).
Comment below to schedule a shopping date or email me at tbgore@ncsu.edu 🙂

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Let’s Talk About Pants

I’m having a lazy Sunday, so I’ll keep this post short & sweet.

As the temperature drops, we rely (mainly) on pants to cover our lower half.
So it is important to know a few tips on purchasing & styling said garment.

Purchasing:

  1. On average, the waistband on your pants will fit around your neck when laid flat (great for buying in a hurry).
  2. If you try on a pair and you see “whiskering” at the hip, the pants are too small.
  3. On the other hand, if you try on a pair and the zipper slouches, creating a V at the crotch, the pants are too big.
  4. I worked as a tailor assistant for two years and in that time I realized that getting a pinch taken in at the back of the waist is the second most common alteration (hemming being #1). Thus, don’t give up on a pair of awesome slacks for this reason — its a $10 fix!
  5. The hem of pants is very important: skinny jeans should hit the skinny part of your ankle, while straight or bootcut pants should stop an inch above the floor. It’s not crazy to buy two pairs of your favorite pants to hem one for heels and the other for flats.
  6. Buy for your body type: pear shapes need a straight leg, if you’re top-heavy go for a wider leg pant, & athletic types benefit from the curve-enhancing skinny pant.

Styling

  1. With all of that said, don’t be afraid to try different styles of slacks. Just make sure what you pick actually looks good and you’re not just giving in to a trend.
  2. For cuffing, I find it best to use my thumb as a guide/depth indicator. This ensures symmetrical hemming and that you won’t cuff too deep or too shallow (which could end up looking silly).
  3. When stuffing slacks into a pair of tall boots, my trick is to cuff, stick a ruler (or something similar) in the cuff, and use the tool to guide the pant into the boot without it bunching up.
  4. Don’t be afraid of color. Some hues actually work as a neutral; like navy, olive, and brick red. Your wardrobe should contain a healthy mix of neutrals, color neutrals, bold hues, and fun prints.
  5. Feeling bold? Try the French Cuff! Simply take a pair of loose-leg pants, cuff once, fold in excess material, and continue cuffing to desired length. This gives an effortlessly cool appearance and is a great way to reinvent your favorite pants.
  6. And remember ladies, most slacks will come with the pockets loosely sewn shut. You are welcome to keep them this way (best for pear shapes, as it will keep the pockets from pulling open) but you can easily open them up using a pen or your fingers.

Have questions?
Feel free to comment below and I’ll answer any of your fashion concerns!

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Mid Century Autumn

Every season, Vogue publishes page after page telling you what’s “in” and what’s “out”, who wore who and the latest trends. Well news flash, it’s the same cat each time wearing a different hat. Remember that line from The Devil Wears Prada; “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” It’s truer than we’d like to believe. Each fall we are reintroduced to military, minimal, some version of “artistic”, western, inspired by (insert decade here), and layers (lots of layers). So why do we keep buying new things if fashion just repeats itself?

I’m not dissing the fashion world. To anyone who knows me, I’m a slave to fashion and dress (for myself, my own creative pursuit) every day. What I’m getting at is our infatuation with fast fashion, copying those with true talent, and the inevitable waste it produces at the end of the season.

In 2010 I began working at a local consignment boutique called Revolver. I was a shopper years before I became an employee and even now it’s one of the few places I actually shop. Sure, I’ll browse online, but I always go back to Revolver for unique pieces that are still in style. I can honestly say that at the moment I shop at three stores: Gap for basics, Belk for shoes, and Revolver for everything else. Revolver is guilt-free shopping: all items are in perfect condition, priced less than half their retail value, and vary from high end labels to unknown boutique brands.

I recently collaborated with photographer Terrence Jones, hair & makeup artist Keisha Kidd, and model Cassie Sebas to bring you six looks perfect for the upcoming season, composed of items found (and available for purchase!) at Revolver Boutique.

The overall theme for the shoot was classic, simple shapes with a focus on texture. We did a few looks in a neutral color palette and a few in vibrant hues. Either way, the statement is eye-catching without being extra. All ensembles were shot around the Milton Small building near NC State campus. I am in love with the use of materials in this Mid Century Modern structure, as well as the use of space to incorporate nature into a cosmopolitan environment.

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(Vintage Perry Ellis coat, vintage boots & vintage necklaces)
According to Elle magazine, the “robe coat” is huge for Fall/Winter 2014. Personally, I prefer this vintage Perry Ellis coat as it provides enough structure to keep the garment from looking like an actual bath robe.

N2(T Alexander Wang shirt, Magellan’s cape, Vince Camuto heels, metal bracelet)
Capes are also making a comeback this season and I couldn’t be more excited. I am a collector of capes and feel that they suit any occasion. With winter approaching, inclement weather is inevitable. This utilitarian cape is perfect for staying chic (and warm) come rain or snow.

N3(James Perse dress, Vince shirt, Joseph jacket, Harrods cape, BCBG Maxazria belt, Nine West boots)
I don’t know about you, but I absolutely freeze once the temperature drops below 60. The best way to combat the cold? Layer on layers on layers (Harpers Bazaar calls this look “The Wanderer). To pull this off, pair items of varying textures and colors, then cinch everything to keep your figure. This doubles as a wonderful opportunity to play with different trends in one ensemble (like a cape + plaid print).

C1(Theory sweater, Lauren Moffatt cardigan, vintage Goldrings Couture coat, Free People jeans, Korks heels)
Glamour Magazine noted the glow of orange on the runway for F/W 14, an unlikely color that could use more respect. The orange lip has become widely accepted, so why not let the color trickle down the rest of the body? In this ensemble, I played off of a split-complementary color scheme to create an artistic flair. Since the shapes of each garment are clean and simple, you can afford to mix crazy colors with cool textures, without becoming overwhelmed.

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(J. Jill dress, Carlisle cardigan, pashmina scarf, Haute Hippie belt, and Rebel boots)
I was inspired by the design of the decade (of the building) when composing ensembles for this photoshoot, thus my use of off-kilter color combinations reminiscent of Mid-century artwork. Sometimes the unexpected makes for the most striking visual; like the mix of sky blue, pea green, and brick red. As with the previous ensemble, the trick is to work with classic silhouettes. It is also best to keep hair & makeup simple, not overdone.

C3(Allude sweater, Michael by MK jacket, Hudson corduroys, Daniblack heels, vintage ring)
This is a minimal take on military. The muted hues of olive green and raisin let the red do all the talking. The ensemble is both cool and sexy, perfect for any event (day or night). A leather jacket lends a tough girl vibe to any outfit, but by choosing a colored leather, the piece becomes more versatile and softer around the edges (compared with a black version). I’m obsessed with these shoes, though. From the front they are your basic brown pumps, but catch and angle and be prepared to shock passer-bys!

So next time you go shopping for wardrobe updates, don’t consider the date. Check out Revolver Boutique on Glenwood South for amazing pieces that are unique as they are affordable.

Big thanks to Revolver Boutique, Terrence of J1S Photography, Keisha Kidd, and the ever fabulous Cassie Sebas!

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