*On the ripped-ness of pants

[Coat: J.Crew (similar), Sweater: H&M (similar), Necklace: Macy's (similar), Jeans: Gap (similar), Shoes: BCBG (similar), Bag: Jessica Simpson (similar)]

A few days ago a friend of mine experienced something most of us only see in movies. Sporting the classic sweatshirt-tied-around-the-waist look, he exclaimed that earlier he had kneeled down and, in a middle-school-nightmare sort of way, ripped the back of his pants. And we’re talkin’ RIPPED. More ripped than Pauly D. ...or Mr. T.

This hilarious adaptation of Spongebob Squarepants’s ripped pants calamity got me thinking about the fashion world’s fascination with ripped jeans and why my friend’s accident can’t be seen as a fashion statement. Maybe it’s a bold 'avant-garde' look? Rips in the front, rips in the back? My question for you now, is:

How ripped is too ripped?

Below, a progression of ripped-ness seen on the street. 
I’ve always been fond of having my jeans look like I pulled them out of a garbage bin, took a few tumbles on the sidewalk, and refused to wash them for three months; maybe now is the time to take that style a step further.

Before I venture further into this trend's , I decided to give my own pair of jeans a tiny rip revolution. You can see I was quite modest (lest we forget the purpose of this pair is to shield me from the weather). I was cleaning, I got bored, so I took a knife to my jeans. That’s not normal? Psychotic, even? Nevertheless, I stopped myself before getting carried away (reference above-right image).

How ripped would you wear your jeans, on a scale of Urkel to Gerard Butler? 



*Sorry Santa

Sorry Santa, but I've got a hefty list for Christmas this year. Hope that bag is big enough.

1. iPhone case: Shopbop
2. Ring: ASOS
3. Top: Madewell
4. Scarf: ModCloth
5. Blanket: ModCloth
6. Book: ModCloth
7. Nail polish: Essie
8. Gloves: Madewell
9. Bag: Zara
10. Bracelet: ASOS
11. Camera: Nikon D5200 (similar)
12. Hat: Target
13. Dress: Dorothy Perkins
14. Shoes: Zara
15. Skirt: ASOS
16. Watch: ASOS


*And the winner is...

[Cardigan: J.Crew, Sweater: Thrifted (similar), Scarf: My beautiful roommate's, similar one here, Watch: Guess, Dress (worn as skirt): F21 (similar), Shoes: Kohls (similar)] 

Thank you everyone for participating in my giveaway! Now it's time to announce the winner...drum roll please....

Congratulations to Kaitlyn Antonelli!!

This will (hopefully) be the first of many giveaways so keep checking for the next one!



*If my blog was a baby, it would be walking

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Now I don’t want to jinx it, but things are getting pretty serious between the blog and I. I mean, it’s been an entire year. We spend so much time together and the blog is always on my mind…guys, I think this might be true love.

And in honor of this 365-day long love, I’ve decided to thank all of you cool peeps for helping my blog grow (and become something people actually want to look at rather than something I force my parents to read). So I’ve decided to have a giveaway for this awesome necklace I'm wearing from Saks Fifth Ave Off Fifth.

Alls you gots ta do is follow the rules above and find out if you're 

Before I let you go, I got to reflecting on this past year and came up with the top 10 things I have learned from one year of blogging. Enjoy. And take notes.

1. Everything in life is instagrammable.
2. You will never stop receiving weird looks while posing for pictures. So get used to it.
3. “Put THIS on The Flare Al!” has become a common joke amongst friends for fashion no-no's.
4. If it’s 100+ degrees in July and you’re wearing a grey shirt at 4 in the afternoon, don’t think your blog pictures will turn out great. Or even acceptable.
5. Friends’ closets = extended wardrobe options = tearing them apart looking for the perfect top.
6. Seeing who will stand outside and take pictures in 30-degree weather is a true testament to friendship (shout-out to Marisa).
7. Photoshop is a girl’s best friend.
8. I will never master the model stare, yet I will never stop trying.
9. My nail-biting habits have created nail-hiding habits so that the former isn’t discovered in a close-up shot (clearly I still haven't learned if you saw the pictures above).
10. If you would stick out like a sore thumb in class, it deserves to be worn on the blog (AND in class, for that matter).



*On astronauts and Macklemore

[Jacket: Zara (similar ones here and here), Necklace: F21 (loving this one), Top: Thrifted (similar), Pants: F21 (similar), Shoes: Zara (similar)]

What is it that I love most about this outfit? Is it the shoes which are more spiked than the punch at a frat party? The metallic jacket that could be mistaken for high-end astronaut garb? Or, possibly, the fact that my childhood icon is bashfully grinning on the front of my shirt? Tough question. Let us evaluate.
SHOES These shoes are not only a fantastic addition to my attempted rocker-vibe (key word: attempted), but also a great self-defense mechanism JUST in case I'm confronted with a hooligan in the back alleys of Elon (just kidding, but really.) 
JACKET I bought this jacket at the same time as the shoes, so I guess I was feeling the whole space theme that day. There's nothing that makes me feel more credible as a fashion blogger than resembling an updated version of Neil Armstrong
SHIRT A thrifted treasure. Enough said. I pity the fool who threw this beloved mouse's face in the pile of clothes to donate, but I'm also thankful I stumbled across it in the boy's section (why was I over there again? Oh right, I was inspired by Macklemore's footy pajamas and ventured to see what I could find). 
I changed my mind. My favorite part is my $5 pair of aviators. Ray-Ban, I know your mind is blown. 



[Top: Thrifted (similar), Necklace: Macy's, Watch: Guess, Bag: J.Crew (similar), Jeans: American Eagle (similar), Shoes: Urban Outfitters]

They looked easy to walk in. They even felt pretty comfortable as I walked around my apartment screaming, quite abrasively, AREN'T THEY AMAZING?!?! But while I fumbled, tripped, and wobbled an embarrassingly long distance across campus I realized that these flamboyant-python-resembling heels were nothing less than precarious stilts ready to fail me at any hesitant step. It gave me a whole new respect for people like Lady Gaga, who manage to wear contraptions like these and not eat pavement.



Celeb Saturday: Taylor Swift

[Cardigan: Tilly's, Sweater: Topshop, Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane, Pants: Topshop, Bag: John Lewis, Shoes: Charlotte Olympia]
I know the shoes are adorable, and yes, I know they much more aligned with Taylor Swift's shopping budget than mine....


*Sans sleeves

[Necklace: F21 (cute one here), Sweater: J.Crew (similar), Vest: Bar III, Watch: Guess, Pants: Target, Shoes: Banana Republic (similar) Bag: Jessica Simpson (similar)] 
What's better than a well-trimmed, great-quality black blazer? A well-trimmed, great-quality black blazer SANS SLEEVES. My upper limbs feel as free as two noodle-armed birds and I can't get enough of it. No more of this "sleeves" nonsense constricting the creativity of extraneous body-part fashion (this blue sweater needed more attention anyway). I have the right to bare arms (pun intended) and I have every intention of taking advantage of this until they beg for mercy and protection against the bitter cold of November. 

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