Lily

Hi, all. So this is my final post as a BP. blogger. I have had an absolutely amazing time this past year, seriously. Styling and writing new material every week was often challenging, but through the almost daily analysis of my taste I was able to soldidly construct my personal style, leaving me confident in both myself and my wardrobe.

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I made this collage highlighting some of my favorite moments as a blogger, from Homecoming to Halloween to San Francisco and Milan. There were too many fab moments to fit onto a single poster!

Clare and Alyssa: Thank you so much for being so generally wonderful! I’ve loved reading all of your posts and getting to know you as friends. You’re brilliant.

To our new batch of bloggers and bloggettes Amber, Bella, Caroline and James: I wish you all the best! I can’t wait to see what you have to share. 🙂 (Don’t procrastinate on Sunday if you need a post in on Monday,  just FYI.) [Editor’s Note: Seriously. This is really good advice.]

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I hope I’ve been able to introduce all of you readers to part of my personal style world, full of TSwift inspiration and Heathers references, DIY accessories and pleated skirts.

If I could leave you with one more piece of style advice, it’s this: Wear what makes you happy. It doesn’t matter if it isn’t on the cover of a magazine or lookbook. Translate yourself into your style and you’ll feel infinitely more confident and content. Allow your style to grow and change along with yourself. And always carry a scrunchie.

I love you all!

Stay golden!!
Lily

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Live in Levi’s

Sometimes I forget that jeans are actually just an item of clothing. To me, jeans have an unearthly, magical quality, a belief I can probably attribute to my addiction to Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsBut America has lived in jeans since the dusty 1800s, women have worked and struggled and learned in them for decades. Jeans are full of life, full of stories.

Levi’s was founded in 1853, so imagine the amount of life within each pair of Levi’s worn in the past 161 years. It’s insane to fantasize about all the adventures and scenes that happened in those pairs of jeans! Levi’s recognizes this beautiful, lively spirit of denim, and their new campaign urges customers to treat their jeans as a part of their life, to live fully in jeans.

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My Levi’s have lived mostly in the PNW, walking along the boardwalk accompanied by loafers, occasionally soiled by ice cream or torn by brambles on late-night expeditions.

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I’m a huge fan of denim on denim. Not only does the combination allow you to pay homage to Justin and Britney’s seminal fashion statement of the early 2000s, but it wraps you in a double dose of history and life: you’re wearing an unstoppable force of comfort and style.

Check out this Levi’s video highlighting the lives of people in jeans:

We really are all connected through this mystical, powerful world of denim. Grab some Levi’s, then tell me the craziest SOTTP situations that happen in them. 🙂

Stay golden,
Lily

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As the end of summer draws near, many of my friends are parting ways to seek out their own post-HS adventures. One of my friends, Claudia, has the incredible opportunity to go to school in London to pursue a career in fashion design.

Claudia was nice enough to answer some questions about her personal aesthetic, her new life in England and her future in fashion design. Enjoy!

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A few of Claudia’s sketches

Lily: So. Have you always known you wanted to be a designer? When did you first start sketching designs?

Claudia: I’ve always had an infatuation with clothing and aesthetics in general. When I was around 14 I started making simple things. If there was a trend I liked but couldn’t afford I’d customize my own interpretation of it, be it a simple modification of an old shirt or something more complex like making a bag. Until this year, actually, I assumed I would be an artist and work in fashion marketing, but when it came time to apply to university I decided I wanted to transition into the actual design aspect of fashion. This is when I started making original sketches and designs.

L: I love that you could make your own stuff. I think more teenagers should do that when they feel overwhelmed by expensive things. What was the actual application process like for your school? Did you have to send examples of your work?

C: Well, being the anxious and nervous person I am, I applied to an extremely wide array of schools. For Central Saint Martins  in particular, though, I needed a full art portfolio as well as two full sketch books. Not to mention the usual essays, references and grades!

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Claudia’s newly dyed, silver hair

L: That’s so much! Are you comfortable sharing your work with strangers?

C: I’m actually a very shy person. I’ve never been the one to “like” photos [on Facebook or Instagram] or start a conversation. With my art and clothing, though, I’m the total opposite. I feel like I’m able to express myself and show my individuality through the way I dress and the things I create. I’m super comfortable showing my work, it’s almost like my version of a conversation, if that makes sense. I love when people comment on my work or style, whether it’s positive or not. I think it’s cool to stand out through the way you dress and the things you make.

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Sketches of Coats

L: Total sense, your attitude about that is very cool. I love that fashion has the ability to enhance who a person is. Where do you find most of your inspirations for designs?

C: Well, my favorite designers at the moment are Alexander Wang, Helmut Lang, The Row, Céline, Rosie Assoulin, Opening Ceremony and Vince. I get most of my inspiration from architecture, nature, bloggers and social network platforms such as Vfiles. The bloggers that I get most of my inspiration from are Ivaana Carpio of Love Aesthetics, Sabrina Meijer of afterdrk , Karley Slutever, Olivia Lopez of Lusttforlife and Clymdraws.  I’m mainly interested in monochromatic, simplistic designs. I love neutral colours, earth tones, black & white with tonal greys. Design-wise I’m a big fan of simple clothing with a twist such as an intricate collar or an oddly shaped piece that fits well.

L: You have such an established aesthetic. Sort of reminds me of Alexander Wang, actually. How do you think being in London (!!) will influence your sense of style/self?

C: Well, I think living in such a large city will allow me to access so many more creative outlets then I can here in Vancouver. London is known for its fashion scene, so I think the latest trends will be available more cheaply, allowing my style to evolve.

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Some of her favorite pieces

L: Yeah, definitely. Topshop and Vivienne Westwood everywhere. Are you nervous at all for your move? Excited to finally start pursuing a real career?

C: I’m not very scared about moving, I’m mainly scared about the course load. My biggest fear is not being able to catch up with others in my course. I’m super excited to finally start taking classes in what I love and work towards a real job.

I’d also say for anyone interested in fashion: I think you should build up your closet with basics. My favorite items are my black and brass Alexander Wang Rocco bag, a vintage grey oversized Jil Sander blazer that I found for 14 bucks and my all-white Nike Air Max ’90s. I love them because they go with essentially every outfit.

L: Thank you so much, Claudia, you’ll be absolutely wonderful and fab in London. 🙂

For anyone else who has fashion school on the horizon—I wish you all the best!

 Stay golden,
Lily

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Cara for Topshop

Cara Delevingne has become one of my absolute favorite faces in fashion: she’s talented, hilarious and uniquely herself. And maybe a little crazy, so I feel like we can relate. It’s no wonder, then, that my style icon is the new face of Topshop! I am in love with the most recent Topshop campaign, so polished and quintessentially British.

Get inspired by some of my favorite shots of Cara as Topshop’s muse.

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blazer, ripped skinny jeans and pointed black boots make a perfect rock ‘n’ roll outfit. Also I think I am going to go paint my walls yellow.

 

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Smoky eyes and leopard print? Go for it!

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I adore this picture and outfit, Cara reminds me of Brigitte Bardot with her fur jacket and silver heels.

Not obsessed yet? Watch this video highlighting some of Topshop’s new collection, featuring Cara in all of her madness. Please tell me she wouldn’t be the most fun best friend.

Check out all of Topshop’s new collection and get in touch with your inner British Bombshell. 🙂

Stay golden,
Lily

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 Happy August! I can sometimes feel sort of apprehensive and sad for school during this month, but I have decided instead to live a glorious dance-filled four weeks. And what better way to do so than to immerse myself in music and sun? The Bumbershoot festival comes to Seattle every Labor Day weekend, featuring tons of amazing artists—a perfect event to fulfill my glittery August wishes.

For any of you attending Bumbershoot in the Emerald city, get familiar with both the fashions and musicians!

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For music festivals, it’s always key to dress for the extreme heat. Flouncy dresses and lightweight rompers are wonderful when shuffling through big, hot crowds. For Bumbershoot, add some Seattle flare with ’90s floral print dresses or overalls. You gotta embrace the grunge!

Need to familiarize yourself with some Bumbershoot artists? Check out two of my favorites that are playing this year:

This lovely video from The Head and The Heart features Troian Bellisario of Pretty Little Liars fame. I adore the vintage looks and antique cars.

Hurray for the Riff Raff is Alynda Lee Segarra, a very talented American folk artist whose voice and style remind me of a California breeze.

For the entire Bumbershoot lineup, head to their website! And then hit BP. and Topshop for your festival looks. 🙂

Stay golden,
Lily

 

 

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My friends and I recently decided to take advantage of a beautiful Northwest day to shoot a celebratory August lookbook out on the beach. What were we celebrating? Friendship, sunshine, adventure and wild beauty. Some of my favorite photos of the day feature our loose, individualized clothing and penchant for barefoot meandering.

Enjoy!

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I adore Andrea’s delicate, ethereal dress– fitting not only for occasions, but also for contemplating life and seashells on the beach.

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Get out and enjoy the last lovely summer days with your friends. In your wildflower shorts and stripes, admire the simple amusement of wandering and laughter.

And after you have your adventure, share your photos and stories with me. 🙂

Stay golden,
Lily

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OOTD: First Day of School

If you have to go back to school, you might as well do it looking fab. School is sometimes the worst, but if you can return to the hallways feeling like a vibrant scholastic damsel you may also be able to embrace some of school’s subtly magical moments.

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My back to school OOTD suggestion: go full-on classic schoolgirl! Embrace the cliche with a black pleated skirt, white button-up, striped knee socks and oxfords– and keep a scrunchie on your person for any sudden want of a ponytail (general life note, carry a scrunchie).

 

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For those of you going back to HS- good luck! Make your first OOTD set the attitude for the rest of the year, or at least try to…

Godspeed!

Stay golden,
Lily

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Dorm Decor


I absolutely love decorating and redecorating and decorating the decorations of my bedroom, to the point where there is very little wall space left to be seen in my burrow. Thankfully, I have been handed a new design opportunity: my dorm room! This fall, I’ll be moving into the famed world of college dormitories, and I am absolutely eager to start crafting all of the elements to be hung and draped in my new abode.

For all of you who are in the same University-bound boat as I am, I thought I’d share a few of my tips for creating a dorm room paradise. Plug in the glue gun, sister.

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Clare showed you how to make a photo clothesline not too long ago, and the decoration is wonderful for a dorm room. One extra detail you can add is to cut and glue your photos onto white paper to make them look like Polaroids (an idea I adopted from a tutorial on Rookiemag). You can hang the line over your bed or desk in your room! It looks adorable and you can easily change out the pictures- which is important, since you may not have the space to always have all of your fave pics on display.

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There are tons of movie stills and magazine cutouts currently on my wall, but I won’t have the room to bring them all with me. Instead, I converted a few of my favorites into more detailed crafts to be hung on my wall! Pick up cheap cardboard ornaments, like these stars, cover them with glitter and Harry Potter cutouts, and you have a comforting addition to your windowsill.

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My sister made this box for me, but it is an easy and fun DIY project. Collaging and embellishing can turn an old cardboard box into a little comforting dream world. I’ve filled my box with memories from the past few years: friendship bracelets, concert tickets, photos, corsages etc. It will be a colorful piece of home in my new room.

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Again, space is of the essence in dorm rooms, so a pinboard like this one allows you to concentrate Mindy Kaling quotes, One Direction beauty and BFF selfies into a single 8×10 rectangle. You can make this board by picking up a canvas and colorful paper at any art supply store.

Another tip I have: get fake/dry flowers and cacti to add some life to your space. They’re easy to take care of and will remind you of the outside world when you’re inside cramming for midterms.

I can’t wait to move into my new abode. Tell me of any decoration ideas you’re pursuing this fall!

 Stay golden,
Lily

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OOTD: Gladiator Sandals

After seeing the gorgeous Roman-inspired silhouettes at Valentino’s latest haute couture show, I have been utterly inspired to embrace my inner goddess. Check it out:

Beautiful, right? The long, simply constructed pieces and knee-length gladiator sandals make me want to run through the Forum. Although you and I probably can’t snatch one of these lovely gowns from Valentino, there are simple ways to create an equally enchanting look.

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For my gladiator OOTD (I imagine an actual gladiator OOTD would consist of, like, armor and weaponry, but you get what I mean), I grabbed a simple navy dress, light brown sandals and a small charm necklace. Dark colors and simple lines are what make Roman-inspired outfits successful.

Quick Tip: If you want gladiators in a hurry, wrap some leather craft band around your leg above your sandals and tie it with a bow behind your calf—no one will be able to tell!

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This one-shouldered chiffon dress (Topshop x Kate Moss) definitely gives off Roman toga vibes, but in a chic, modern way, while these fabulous gladiator sandals from BCBG add a silvery twist to a nighttime look.

Every day is a good day to channel a Roman goddess! Who’ve you been inspired by this haute couture season?

Stay golden,
Lily

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Trend Spotting: Pajama Style

Ever since Marc Jacobs’ models walked down the Louis Vuitton runway in silk nightgowns and robes last fall season, pajama style has branched much farther out than living rooms! This is perfect for me, as I try to live my life under the influence of Myrna Loy* and Eloise, both of whom were avid believers in comfortable pajama style in and out of the house. Seriously, who doesn’t want to just roll out of bed and go straight to work/school without a care? You can do that now! For real!

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Sure, this detailed top is excellent for sleeping, but throw on some black skinnies and ankle boots? You’re ready for the street-style photographers.

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If I’ve learned anything from looking at pictures from this year’s festivals, it’s that people are loving kimonos. So someday soon, swap out your short, fringed kimono for that satin robe you wear around your house (like this one my friend got for me in Hong Kong)! It’s a comfortable statement piece that adds interest to any simple outfit.

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These fabulous pajamas are from the Topshop x Kate Moss collection (all of which is now on sale, BTW). You could totally wear that patterned top with a blazer and jeans and no one would suspect your laziness.

 

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This Topshop x Ashish hoodie is inspired by hotel loungewear, but the thick towel-esque jacket is perfect for anything from beach nights to date nights!

Please join me in embracing this PJ trend wholeheartedly. Because it’s about time that sleep and style, the two greatest things, were finally married.

Stay golden,
Lily

 

*If you’re looking for more PJ inspiration, start searching for photos of Myrna Loy and her Thin Man character Nora Charles, you won’t be disappointed. 🙂

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