Last First Day of School

Hey everyone! I hope your weekend has gone well and you’re enjoying this last month of summer. I’m holding on to every second of it.

I haven’t updated my blog in a while, and for that I apologize. I’ve been swamped with working, practice, and all of life’s other responsibilities.

Inspiration has also evaded me. It can be challenging to come up with a topic to write about, and it was hard to share outfits when my summer wardrobe consisted mainly of workout clothes or work clothes. Super cute right? Not really.  I was sure that no one cared to see me in that attire.

With school fast approaching, I’ve managed to kind of get my life together-mostly because I have to. Hopefully, I’ll get back on track with posting blogs too because I really missed it.

My senior year of high school starts on Tuesday and I couldn’t be more excited. Not for the school part, but the last year part. It’s also kind of bittersweet because time has gone by so fast, and I’ll have to grow up pretty soon. I always tell my friends and family that I don’t necessarily want to be an adult, but I definitely want to be out of high school. Maybe I’ll find a way to maintain that balance.

The first day of school was always exciting for me growing up. There was something about meeting new teachers and seeing who was in your classes that made me eager to start. I’m going to get superficial here, but the first day is also the day to make first impressions after a long summer of not seeing anyone. Everyone always seems to dress their best those first couple weeks of school. Tuesday will be my last “first day of school” in the traditional sense. It will be my last time participating in the annual dress to impress day.

To celebrate, I thought I’d share a possible first day of school outfit that I threw together.

First, I had to get out the backpack.

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I wanted to go with a simple approach, so I put on some jeans and a white blouse.

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To stay in the spirit of summer, I added a pop of color to my outfit with my purple tie-dye adidas.

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It’s been a while since I’ve held my backpack, and let’s just say I didn’t necessarily miss carrying it everyday.

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My outfit was pretty simple, but that’s how I like it. Some of the boldest statements are made when you say nothing at all; the same can be said about fashion.

I’m still not sure what I’ll wear on Tuesday, but whatever it is, I’ll wear because I want to wear it. My advice to everyone starting school soon is to be yourself. High school doesn’t last forever, so don’t waste your time trying to impress people you are around for a small portion of your life at the expense of your own happiness. Make yourself happy because you have to live with yourself for the rest of your life.

Good luck to everyone starting school soon! I wish you all the best for this new year, and hope that you enjoy these last days of summer!

Couturely Sound ❤

 

Red, White, and Blue

This summer is flying by. I can’t believe it’s already July! Before I know it, I’ll be back in school.

One of my main goals this summer was to stay productive. So far, I think I’ve managed to do so. I just got a new job, and for the past couple of days I’ve been training. To all of you out there who think retail is easy, it’s not. My job will be a new challenge for me, but I’m so happy that it’s keeping me busy!

Due to the 4th of July promotion going on at the store, we were told that we could wear any red, white, and blue combination for the next few days ( if only the dress code were always that loose).

I could’ve just worn a basic red shirt with some jeans, but I wanted to play with my outfit a bit more. What I wore today wasn’t too complex, but I felt that it was still cute, functional, and festive.

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I wore a white( well, it’s more cream)camisole blouse with a bright red work shirt. I really like the cami because it has a corset in the back (which I’ll show another time) and it’s very frilly and girly.

The weather outside was warm, but I knew I was bound to get cold being indoors for a large fraction of the day, so that’s why I opted for a quarter sleeve layer.

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We were allowed to wear jeans today, so I definitely capitalized off of that! My light denim jeggings from American Eagle are so comfortable, and they are becoming such a staple for me. I can wear them in so many different ways. For today, they were the blue that went with my red and white.

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My dad got me on Sperrys about five years ago, and since then I haven’t been able to quit them. I got this pair a few months ago, and they are really comfortable-perfect for standing on your feet all day. They’re also pretty cute too. I like the contrast they create with the rest of my outfit.

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I don’t dabble in makeup much, but when I do, I keep it light like I did today.

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I also kept my accessories minimal, opting for my red studs and pearl earrings with my simple silver necklace. On the rings, the words “faith” and “joy” are engraved-they acted as simple reminders to get me through the day. I threw my hair into a ponytail to get it out of the way, and my look was complete! I felt festive, stylish, and ready for work!

I’m so excited for all of the opportunities and experiences that will come my way in the next year. I can’t wait to share them!

Happy 4th!

Couturely Sound ❤

 

Why Stylish is Better Than Trendy

I am completely immersed in media on a daily basis. Whether it’s through magazines, social networks, TV, music, or film, the media penetrates my mind.

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The fashion world uses the media as its vehicle for communicating all of the latest trends. While I understand that trends are fun, fresh, and time markers in a sense, I have never been one to keep up with them. Am I aware of trends? Yes, but I am not in the pursuit of them, unless I happen to really like a particular one.

It might sound strange that I am not fond of trends, so it’s probably best that I explain why.

1. Trends are not timeless

Remember how I said that trends are “time markers?” Well, this phrase is basically another way of saying dated. Trends come and go, and they are often something we laugh at ten years down the road. One year a certain top might be a hot commodity, and the next year, maybe even month, it will be considered trash. Despite this, I will admit that it is fun to look back on old trends. Sometimes the clothes we wear remind us of the past that we wish to remember.

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2. Trends create a homogenized society

I realize that fashion is a business, and if a new trend comes out, everyone will want it. That is where the money is made, but fashion is also about self expression. If everyone is wearing the same style of top, where is the identity? How does anyone stand out? An added benefit?  Having a sense of style makes you less vulnerable to dreaded “Who wore it better?” comparisons.

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3. Trends push people to spend money and keep up with the Joneses

Everyone wants to fit in or gain acceptance in some way or another. Trends provide another avenue for people to feel like they don’t fit in or can’t keep up with their peers. Clothes cost money, and as much as I love them, I don’t think it’s worth it to blow money in order to keep up with everybody else.

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I would rather be referred to as stylish, and here’s why.

1. Having a sense of style transcends time

I’m a big fan of fashion from the early 2000s. It was very quirky and fun. I would like to believe that a stylish person could construct an outfit based around that time, and still make it look good. Being stylish means that a person could be put into any era or any place, and still look fabulous.

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2. Being stylish means you can work with anything and save money

Many college students are essentially broke, and they learn to love Ramen noodles. In addition, the clothes a college student chooses to bring with them may not encompass their entire wardrobe. So, college students probably can’t keep up with trends, and they really have to work with what they have. A stylish person would still manage to look sophisticated and cool even if they lived out of a suitcase, and all they had to wear were trash bags. A “trendy” person might come down with a case of “I have nothing to wear” syndrome.

3. Being stylish allows people to have an identity 

Maybe you’re like me, and you really enjoy clothing from past eras. Having a sense of style would allow you to delve into your retro tastes and true fashion identity without looking out of date or becoming a laughing stock. Having a personal style also allows for people to stand out and resist being defined by the day’s trends.

 

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Trends aren’t necessarily bad. Over the years, I’ve adopted a few. Boyfriend jeans might be considered trendy, and I wear them quite frequently.

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I just wanted to take away the perceived importance of being trendy. It makes me sad that people feel lesser because they can’t keep up with their peers or can’t look like everyone else. To those of you who feel this way, I want to say that it is better to stand out, and you can work with what you have and still look good. Own your style and develop it! Trends are always departing, but your style will remain constant.

The great Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion changes, but style endures.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

❤ Couturely Sound

 

Friday Feeling

Well, its Friday. The weekend shouldn’t hold much significance to me, as I’m on summer break which is basically a two month long weekend, but it does. School may be out, but the grind doesn’t really stop in a lot of ways, especially for those who have summer jobs or rigorous summer workouts.

Today was absolutely beautiful. The temperature was nice and toasty just how I like it. The sunshine was endless, the sky was a vivid blue, and the trees were a calming green as they rustled in the slight breeze. Summer is my season; I love it to death.

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Luckily for me, I was able to step outside for a couple of hours. It was so nice to finally be able to wear an outfit and not cover it up with a jacket or sweater  because of a chill in the air. I don’t know how many times I had to do that this past spring.

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Green is one of my favorite colors.  It’s so pretty and calming. This fact may have been why I opted for this green top. It’s frilly, flirty, and perfect for summer.

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I love contrast, so that is why I added a purple tank under my top. I thought it complemented the light green nicely.

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To accent the colors in of my top and tank, I decided to wear my khaki shorts. They are one of my favorite pairs of shorts, and they topped my outfit off nicely.

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As for shoes, I chose my comfy brown sandals. Like I said, I’m a contrast type of girl, so naturally I chose dark shoes to balance out the lighter colors of my outfit.

Today was so nice, and I can’t wait for more sunshine and warmth to come. I hope your weekend is fun and bright.

Now, time for me to watch the NBA Finals. The Warriors just might sweep the Cavs( and their entire playoff run…) Crazy stuff!

Couturely Sound ❤

Fresh in Flannel

School is out, Memorial Day weekend came and went, and it’s June 1st. Summer is here, at least unofficially anyway. Summer is definitely my favorite time of the year. I love its liveliness, warmth, and chill atmosphere.

The one problem I have with summer time is my inability to find things to do with myself. Sometimes I get so bored. School is a drag but at least it kept me busy. This summer I want to make it a point to stay productive or at least somewhat entertained. It’s so easy to immediately retreat to my phone as soon as I get bored, and then the next thing I know, an hour has passed and I have accomplished nothing. I hope to stray away from this kind of behavior this year by reading, going outside, maybe landing a job, and hanging out with my friends.

Luckily I had an excuse to leave my house today.  My mom needed me to run a few errands, and then I went to go see one of my friends. I use any excuse to assemble a cute outfit, even if I’m not going anywhere that is particularly special. Today, I opted for layers and simplicity.

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The day started out pretty warm, but as it progressed, clouds began to move in, and the wind became much more than slight. Cautious of the ever changing weather, I wore my pink flannel over a white camisole blouse. I thought the colors and the textures worked pretty well together. It may not be visible in the photo, but my white shirt has a subtle floral texture on it, which is perfect for summer.

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During the summer time, I usually wear sandals, slip-ons, or sneakers, but today I wore my leather booties. This was a strange move for me, as I usually reserve these boots for the fall and winter months, but I thought they would go really well with the flannel. I also kind of wanted a lift. I l like to create levels with my outfits. The lift, I felt, would bring out the flare of my cami. It sounds strange, I know, but this is really how I think. Ultimately, I’m glad I took the risk!

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I kept my accessories minimal and simple. I wore a single silver bangle, my faux pearl earrings, and pink studs.

Summer is one of my favorite seasons for fashion. I can’t wait to share more looks in the next couple of months!

Hopefully, you’re staying productive!

Couturely Sound ❤

My Top 5 Favorite Looks from the Met Gala 2017

Yesterday was the first Monday in May. If you’re new here, or to the fashion world in general, I’ll explain why yesterday was so significant. The fashion world has its own holiday of sorts and it occurs every year on the first Monday in May. This day is marked  by an invitation-only event  held in New York  City called the Met Gala. The Met Gala is essentially a gathering of celebrities and public figures who walk down a red(or I guess beige in this case) carpet in order to get their picture taken, promote themselves, promote the designer they are wearing, and then proceed to party it up. In doing so, these celebrities provide funding for a brand new fashion exhibit (usually in the theme of the particular year’s gala) that is showcased at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art( hence the “Met” in Met Gala).

The Met Gala celebrates fashion, and the celebrities in attendance celebrate how beautiful and rich they are, as us commoners drool over their “perfection.” I won’t lie, sometimes I become one of these droolies before I begin to actually rationalize that the Met Gala is equivalent to a high school prom in the way that it is one big photo opportunity. I mean walking down a red carpet can’t be that fun, right?

I’ve been following the Gala for years now. Despite its excess and superficial nature, I eat it up every year. I love fashion, and this event showcases some of the best statements of the year. I mean that is every celebrities goal: to make the biggest statement(Rihanna usually wins this honor. Egg dress anyone?). So, who made the biggest statement this year? Time to find out. Below are my top 5 favorite looks from this year’s Met Gala.

 

5. Priyanka Chopra in Ralp Lauren

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I thought this was an interesting take on a trench coat. It’s really big and in your face which is the point. I’m just wondering how she was able to go to the bathroom in that thing-I mean look at the train!

4. Selena Gomez in Coach

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I don’t know what the theme for this year’s Gala was, and I probably won’t find out. Truthfully, I don’t really care about who sticks to the theme, so much as I care about who looks good and makes a statement. Selena Gomez did not disappoint. I love the simplicity of the gown. It is is feminine, sweet, and perfect for spring. Perhaps the real star of the whole ensemble is Gomez’s makeup. I mean it’s just stunning.

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3. Zendaya in Dolce and Gabana

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I don’t think I’d be caught dead in a parrot dress, but then again I’m not Zendaya. She really makes this look work. I think the wig adds an extra theatrical touch, and this was one of the best ensembles of the night for me.

2. Gisele Bundchen in Stella McCartney

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Okay, so Gisele looked amazing. Her dress is simple, sleek, and has just a touch of shimmer. What I love most about this look is how elegant it is. It is not trying too hard, it’s put together well, and it is truly timeless.

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Tom Brady (wearing Tom Ford) came along too. I forgot to mention that the coupled co-hosted the event this year. Not only does Brady win on the football field, but he also wins the red carpet. Go Pats!

1. Rihanna in Comme de Garcon

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So, I guess nothing has really changed. Rihanna won the Met Gala-again. Would I ever wear this? Probably not. As far as avante-garde fashion goes, however, this is a 10/10. Rihanna owns every look that she wears. This concoction is chic. I love the floral elements, the pink, and its geometric shape. The Met Gala is about going all out and bringing your A game. Rihanna does this without trying too hard. What a feat.

So there you have it. My top 5 looks from the 2017 Met Gala. If you want, you can check out my list from last year. A certain gossip girl took the crown….

Until next year!

Couturely Sound ❤

“A girl should always be two things: classy and fabulous.”

 

A Year and Counting

Today I got out the balloons and confetti. Why? On March 11, 2016 Couturely Sound launched, but I didn’t really feel like I had started a blog until I published my first (two) post(s).So today, I am celebrating the anniversary of my first blog post which was on March 19th of last year. I am so proud of my blog and all of the content that I have published thus far. Mostly, I’m really glad that I haven’t given up on it because it is so easy to when results don’t come immediately. This blog has been so fun to write, and I really can’t believe it has already been a year! I put my heart and soul into this thing, and I hope to for many more years to come. This blog of mine has been one of my greatest accomplishments!

Reflections aside, I want to talk about today. This time last year it was cold, snowy, and dreary as I prepared for my first shoot. Not the case today! Colorado has been experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures. Typically March and April are the big snow months but I guess the weather had other plans, and I’m not complaining. Thank you, weather patterns! The official start of spring is just a few days away, and it was sunny and 75, so I kept my outfit frilly and sweet.

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I wore this frilly dress  with an empire neckline from Charlotte Russe. I love the print and the color on this dress because it is still girly, and in the spirit of spring, but its not too bright. Sometimes I think spring fashion can be a little cheesy sometimes.

Earlier in the day, I was out with my family, and around 11 am  or so, it was a little breezy, so I brought my trusty poncho along with me.

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I was quick to take it off though.

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I can’t forget about the details.

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I thought this ring was perfect with my outfit! It was so nice to get out today and enjoy the weather!

Thank you to everyone who reads and supports my blog! Your encouragement is one of the reasons that I continue to do this!

Enjoy this weekend!

Couturely  Sound ❤