Little Girl and the Big World

A Tennessean with a fascination with all things fashion and New York.

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Bugging Out

I’ve always been one for a strong pattern. In fact, I’m a sucker for pattern play as seen below. Plaid and floral? They were meant to be together.

However, these two are not the only patterns to grace the fashion world. Last year the vegetable trend was in full force, succeeded by the fruit trend. Now? Well, we’ve reached a whole new territory…insects.

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Although this trend was spotted in late 2013 during Prada’s collaboration with Damien Hirst, it recently resurfaced when none-other-than Solange Knowles sported this Azede Jean-Pierre outfit.

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Beetles, ants, and roaches, oh my! Have designers crossed the line of good taste? Whatever your opinion is, it is slowly but surely becoming the pattern of the summer.

1. Beetle Mania

Beetle embroidered cargo shorts by Burkman Brothers courtesy of Barneys New York

2. Queen Bee

Bumble bee dress courtesy of ebay.com

3. I Spy a Fly 

Rain mini bugs silk tank top by Joie courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

4. Beetle Right Back

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5. Bee Cool

Flat metal blue ballerina shoes by ALDO courtesy of ASOS

Now…for accessories…

6. Party Like an Egyptian

Large multi-stone scarab ring by Stephen Dweck courtesy of Neiman Marcus

7. Put a Ring On It

 

Kitschy bug ring set from Forever 21

Talk about statement!

Style On,

Sierra Cortner

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The Return of Queen B

I think my addiction may have returned.

No, not my addiction to Audrey Hepburn or orange marmalade or beef shawarma—this one precedes all three. Two words: Gossip Girl.

This December will mark two years since the mystery blogger was revealed (Dan Humphrey, really?), thus ending our affair in Manhattan with our favorite Upper-Eastsiders. However, the glory days must not be forgotten and, every so often, I find myself revisiting Dan and Serena’s wedding or episodes where the bitchy yet loyal Blair Waldorf reminds us why she is Queen B. Sorry, Beyoncé. Sorry, Lorde.

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If I had to describe my style in high school, it was definitely Waldorf-esque. In fact, I still have my collection of eccentric headbands that I donned on a daily basis. Thankfully, I’ve toned it down a bit. I wear headbands only when necessary (i.e. working out, when my bangs are uncooperative), and my style now borders between tomboy chic and Hepburn glam.

Oh, but Blair Waldorf will always be in my heart. So why not give an ode to the true Queen B? Let’s begin.

1. Breakfast with Blair

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2. Floral Fascination

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3. Pattern Play

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4. Queen B Takes Over

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Talk about chic! Blair has been turning heads since episode one. Whether disobeying Constance’s dress code or attending some ritzy event far away from the hoi polloi, her style inspired many of my outfits…and dress code misdemeanors.

We may be coming close to the two year anniversary of the Gossip Girl series finale, but there’s one thing that will never be over: my admiration for Queen B’s style…AKA the first stage in my style evolution. Thank you, Blair!

Oh, and did I mention she also gave sound advice? If you leave with one thing, leave with this:

     "Here’s my advice—have a little faith, and if that doesn’t work

      have a lot of mimosas.”

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Sierra Cortner

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Eyeglasses: The New Transformers

Albeit not a Transformers fan, my mum finally convinced me into going with her to see Transformers 4: Age of Extinction. If not for the over-dramatized plot and endless explosions, watch it for Stanley Tucci, right? Right.

If there was one thing I learned during the duration of this two hour and 40 minute film was this: ditch your contacts. From Stanley Tucci to Mark Wahlberg, the eyeglasses game was—for a lack of better words—on point. Why wear contacts when you have glasses like these?

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Interesting frames, huh? These are PANTARA by Mikita—a design that walks the line between sporty and sophisticated.

Mark Whalberg, on the other hand, sported these:

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Warby Parker prides itself on refined frames that make a statement. As if being Mark Wahlberg wasn’t statement enough. The Begley design by Warby Parker are perfect for a day-to-day look.

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From Begley to Pantara, these glasses will definitely transform your look (see what I did there?) So, maybe it is the age of extinction for contacts…

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Sierra Cortner

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CollegeFashionista x Seventeen

I’ve had a subscription to Seventeen Magazine since, well, before I was seventeen. I remember skimming past the relationship advice just to get to the must-have trends of the season. My love for fashion grew from my need to create my own sense of style, and magazines were the perfect place to start.

That is why when I received this e-mail the other day:

I was ecstatic. The thought of inspiring young women in their style choices, especially during their teen years, is an honor. Who knows, I may be on a few style boards as the inspiration for some first-day-back-to-school outfits. Let the style games begin!

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Sierra Cortner

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Purple Rain

Happy birthday to Prince Rogers Nelson (AKA the 80’s sensation Prince). Growing up, my father used to play his Prince and the Revolution albums at full volume as my family’s silver sedan barreled down the highway. “Purple Rain,” “Darling Nikki,” and “When Doves Cry” were among my favorites.

Besides being a phenomenal performer, Prince has also been glorified as a full-fledged Fashionisto:

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Pattern play is key in Prince’s wardrobe. Try a combo of polka dot on stripes or plaid on paisley for a revolutionary new look this summer like the Fashionista below.image

By mixing a striped crop top like this with a polka-dot skirt, you will achieve a Prince-approved look.

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Sierra Cortner

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Style Guru in the House…Or…In the Dorm?

It’s been a rainy Thursday in the South; however, that is not going to bring me down today! As a matter of fact, Thursday is when my articles for CollegeFashionista will be published…starting…TODAY. 

What’s CollegeFashionista, you ask?

CollegeFashionista is this fabulous website that prides itself on shining a light on young Fashionistas and Fashionistos around the world. Each semester Amy Levin and Sammy Luterbach receive a plethora (when was the last time you hear that word?) of applications from girls and guys who want the position of “Style Guru.” 

What do you do as a Style Guru?

As a Style Guru, I have had the privilege to “hunt” for students on Emory’s campus who exemplify everything that a Fashionista or a Fashionisto is. In other words, they have their own sense of style and are fearlessly unapologetic about it. This semester I will be writing for “What to Wear.” Last semester I wrote for “Accessories Report.” This semester I focused on the tiny details that encompass one’s style, but this semester I will focus on style as a whole.

Have has your internship changed you?

When writing my articles about these Fashionistas/os, I found my personal style changing! Read more about my style journey in my latest article:

http://www.collegefashionista.com/style-guru-bio-sierra-cortner-2/

Also, don’t forget to read about my fellow Style Gurus. They are an incredible group of girls from campuses across the country who have also influenced me along the way.

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Sierra Cortner

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That 70s Glow

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It’s no secret that the fashion world has a fascination with era-inspired pieces. To actually have a piece that is circa 70s creates a huge commotion, especially festival items that may have been worn to the 1969 phenomenon known as Woodstock. Shows such as That 70s Show work  to capture the allure of what my generation refers to as an “ancient” time. 

Television isn’t the only medium that tries to capture the 70s, however. The recent film X-Men: Days of Future Past (yes, I was able to type that without completely fan-girling out) does an excellent job of portraying this period—both in terms of politics AND, my favorite, FASHION.

Jennifer Lawrence, who plays the ever-so-fierce Mystique, rocks these 1970s staples:

1. Hat Eat Hat World

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2. Walk Me To the Halter

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Crop tops, wide-brimmed hats, and halter dresses…oh my! 

For JLaw’s wide-brimmed hat in photograph one, try the 70s Black Luxe floppy hat by Mu Du and courtesy of ASOS.

For a sexy spin on the halter dress in photograph 2, how about the Ladakh Sonoma Trim Embroidered Black Dress courtesy of Lulus? Add this mixed brown faux fur white coat from Choies for colder nights.

Now…as for Pietro Maximoff (AKA Quicksilver)…

1. Running Man

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2. Metallic-a

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The metallic trend is taking over this summer from Tyler Glenn to Pietro Maximoff (as seen above). To score his look, try the Silver Metallic Colby Leather Jacket by Allsaints and courtesy of lyst.com. Add a Pink Floyd T-shirt and these Johnny sunglasses in matte black by A.OK and courtesy of Oak to complete your outfit.

The 70s called, and they’re all the rage this summer.

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Sierra Cortner

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Single in the City

Ladies, it’s almost summer. Spring wardrobes are being sent to the back of closets, and high-waisted shorts and luxury birkenstocks are the most sought after pieces at the moment. 

Despite my love for fashion and international affairs, there is one topic that I cannot avoid, especially with summer just around the corner: summer dating. Whether you have recently “consciously uncoupled”—like the always gorgeous Gwenyth Paltrow—or have been single for a while, it is inevitable that we will be religiously rummaging through our closets this summer to find the “perfect outfit.” After all, from a college girl’s perspective, the “perfect outfit” is possible to find unlike the “perfect man.”

I am by no means a relationship expert, but I am a Style Guru (quite literally). Add these outfits to your wardrobe, and you will be sure to grab the attention of your summer fling or significant other. 

1. For Brunch or Coffee Dates

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My love for baseball hats resurfaces! Add a cap to your outfit to help strike up a conversation. Clare Meneely sports a denim button-down with a flirty skirt and flats.

Looking for a twist? Swap those bowed ballet flats for this pair:

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GO Taxi Flats by Kate Spade

2. Lunch and the Movies 

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Fashion blogger, Laureen Uy, sports a sequined button-down, high-waisted shorts, and pumps with a pair of flirty socks.

3. Dinner and Drinks

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Fuchsia trench coat with striped blouse, posh bag, sultry sunglasses, and faux leather pants

4. Not Your Mother’s Club

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Pop star, Miley Cyrus, sports a faux leather top with Daisy Dukes.

Single and ready to mingle? These four outfits are perfect for whatever the dating scene. Looks like this is going to be a fab summer.

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Sierra Cortner

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It’s A Hat Eat Hat World

Now that it’s summer, I am able to sport my favorite accessory on a day-to-day basis: baseball caps!

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Here I support the Braves in a casual knit top from Forever 21, straight-legged jeans, and canvas sneakers.

Even two of my Fashionistas this semester sported this trend:

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Hat by Obey, canvas sneakers by Converse, and cardigan from CiChic

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Hat courtesy of Emory University and sneakers by Ralph Lauren 

However…there is a problem…

Lorde, is there a problem!

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Looks like the baseball cap has some competition now that wide-brimmed hats are the accessory of the moment. What is a girl to wear??

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Extra-Wide Brimmed Fedora by Saint Laurent courtesy of Barneys New York

Which hat will you be sporting this summer—the one supporting America’s favorite pastime or Lorde’s go-to accessory? I’ll let you decide!

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Sierra Cortner

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So, as a belated birthday gift, my mum took me to see Neon Trees on the first night of their Pop Psychology Tour.

It was fabulous! Tyler Glenn, the lead singer of the alternative band, is the epitome of a true performer—from his heaven sent voice to his stamina to the non-stop outfit changes that were seamlessly woven into the show:

Tyler’s outfits were brilliant. I feel that men’s fashion is something that is often overlooked in today’s society, and I am glad that he went out of the box for these avant garde pieces. An Andy Warhol fashioned T-shirt? SIGN ME UP.

With the help of Mr. Glenn, I have comprised a list of must-haves for the stylish man at home:

#1: Graphic Tees (because style is all about statement)

Andy Warhol T-shirt (courtesy of Rerock 4ever)

LIAR T-shirt by Uniqlo x SPRZ NY Sarah Morris (courtesy of UniQlothes)

NOTHING T-Shirt by Uniqlo x SPRZ NY Sarah Morris (courtesy of UniQlothes)

#2: Trousers, Trousers, Sharp Trousers 

Metallic Gold Faux Leather Trousers by Comme des Garçons Homme Plus (courtesy of SSENSE)

Pt01 Tapered Trouser from Russo Capri (courtesy of Farfetch)

Paisley Trousers (courtesy of Ali Express)

#3: Shades

Sunglasses by Giorgio Armani (courtesy of Sunglasses Hut)

Sunglasses by Alexander McQueen (courtesy of Farfetch)

With a wardrobe like this, you’ll be sure to rival Tyler Glenn’s!

Style On,

Sierra Cortner

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