Happy Friday, everyone! Today’s selection was a little bit controversial here at BP. HQ. Some people wondered if maybe this video was too weird. Or too long. Or too…old. There was a lot of impassioned discussion. But then someone hit “play” and it took all of about 30 seconds for people to stop talking and start tapping their toes. By the two-minute mark shoulders were jerking around and heads were bobbing. By the three-minute mark, every single person in the vicinity was throwing down all their serious and signature dance moves. Houston, we have achieved lift-off. The dance party starts now.
The countdown to summer has begun! It’s almost time to travel to far-off places, do absolutely nothing, eat junk food, and make frequent visits to the pool and the beach. And you know what that means—choices, choices, choices. What will be your go-to swimsuit this summer? It’s definitely a summer for brights:
We’ve talked about the monochromatic trend before, but the single-color look is being revamped for summer. From fingergnails to shoes, white is turning out to be the color of choice.
I am all for this trend because I love wearing white. I am a huge fan of the LWD (the little white dress, cousin of the famous LBD), and I especially love flowy, white blouses. My mom makes fun of me because I have at least twenty in my closet right now. But white is so versatile, and it keeps your outfit light and bright.
The key to keeping your monochromatic outfit interesting is playing with texture. Instead of lots of colorful, visual interest, focus on the material and structure of the pieces to ensure an outfit that’s white hot.
For me, the perfect white outfit for summer consists of…
The first time we encountered Miranda July was at SXSW in Austin, Texas, back in 1997 or 1998. A friend talked us into going to see this performance artist (which phrase made us roll our eyes and lower our expectations significantly) who was supposed to “so amazing.” We were skeptical. But we went because the weather was nice and the friend was good company and we didn’t have anything else to do.
Two extremely weird hours later, we were total, passionate fans of Miranda July. And she hadn’t even made a movie yet!
There are so many cool things about Miranda July. She’s a writer. And a performance artist (the good kind). And an actress. And a movie director. And she’s really pretty and has sparkly fashion sense. How can one person do so many things so well? (Maybe she’s a robot? Or an alien. Or both…)
And she’s friends with Carrie Brownstein. (She is DEFINITELY an alien robot.)
We’ve all been there. You’re standing in front of your closet the morning of an exam, too tired from studying to even try to put effort into your outfit. As you survey your clothes, you have a simple choice: a sweatshirt or a cute blouse. While you contemplate your dilemma, I have a few tips for you.
1. Don’t give in. I know how tempting it is to just throw on a t-shirt and run out the door. However, picking out a cute outfit can give you the confidene you need to ace that test.
2. Be comfortable. The last thing you want while taking your exam is be distracted by how itchy your new blouse is. I recommend saving that brand-new blouse for a different day. Pick out your favorite go-to top that is cute and comfortable.
3. Stay minimal. You don’t want to be late to your exam because you were too busy getting dressed. Stick with a basic top and maybe one piece of jewelry.
4. Go bold. A bright, printed top or printed jeans make a statement with a minimum of fuss.
5. Bring (or wear) a jacket. You never know how cold your exam room is going to be. Go for something stylish like a jean jacket or even a blazer.
6. Take a deep breath. You’re gonna do great on that exam! You’ve studied the best you can and there is no need to freak out. Being calm can really help you focus.
Here’s what I wore today for my AP U.S. Goverment and Politics Exam:
This summer I was listening to one of my all-time favorite songs, “Otis“ by Jay-Z and Kanye West, and I was inspired. I started to sketch the outfits that I pictured in my head when I heard the song. I watched the music video and pulled colors from it (as well as the album cover for Watch the Throne). Then I gave the collection a hip-hop feel, and ’90′s silhouettes. I found out later that the ‘90s revival would be a trend, which I’m really proud of. (Future trend forecaster right here!)
I was thrilled with what I saw, but I had one problem—I couldn’t really sew. I mean, I struggled through Halloween costumes in fourth grade and my mom always ended up finishing them. I was registered to take a clothing class at my school but I wasn’t sure if I would be able to catch on fast enough or well enough. All I knew was that I needed to see these looks go down the runway.
In the fall, when clothing class started, we did something my teacher calls Boot Camp. We learned every part of the sewing machine and its purpose, all of the types of fabric and their make-up, as well as various sewing skills: making button holes, putting on zippers, cutting fabric and using patterns. It was so much fun. And now I’m here—20 days until the show, finishing up the last outfit, choosing accesories and getting butterflies!
Here are the things that inspired my collection:
My initial inspiration board.
And my Pinterest board, which you can check out here:
I’m super excited and I hope you are, too. Look out for an update to hear how everything goes!
When I was younger, I won a purple Bedazzled hand chain from one of those prize machines. I wore it constantly…I liked how unique it was. My friends might have had bracelets and rings, but I had both in one. However, I eventually lost my precious hand chain (probably for the better). Thankfully, though, hand chains are back and better than ever before. Gone are the purple rhinestones, replaced by delicate gold chains, natural stones and studs.
Hand chains are no longer restricted to music festivals, either. They are becoming more and more casual. They are popping up on an increasing number of blogs and on celebrities; Rihanna even rocked one at a basketball game.
A common misconception about hand chains is that they are heavy or intimidating. And it’s true, a lot of metal on your wrist and hand can be overwhelming. However, if you find one that is lighter and less medieval they can be great accessories to a casual or formal outfit. A crystal one with floral accents would be great with a dress, while a gold and shell hand chain would be killer with a crochet tank and jean shorts.
Nordstrom carries a couple of really nice hand chains. My favorites are the:
I just finished my returning application to be on the BP. Fashion Board next year! I’ve had so much fun learning about fashion trends, careers and Nordstrom. Hopefully, I will get to participate next year, too.
As I was thinking about my experiences on the Fashion Board so far, I remembered the project I made as a part of last year’s application. I created a fashion journal full of collages to show what trends I loved. Although it’s from a full year ago (I can’t believe it), it’s still surprisingly relevant:
It’s been unseasonably warm this week here at BP. HQ in Seattle (it’s supposed to be 80 degrees today—that hardly ever happens…EVER). In fact, the weather is so surprising that it’s left a lot of us scrambling for summery outfits while scratching our heads at closets full of sweaters, boots and jeans. So for today’s Friday dance party, we thought we’d slow things down—just a little—with a song that makes us want to BBQ by a bonfire ’til way past sundown.
Before he was a Hollywood superstar and pops to Willow and Jaden, Will Smith was The Fresh Prince and, along with DJ Jazzy Jeff, he created one of the best warm-weather jams we’ve ever heard. Pull up a hammock and swing along.