Sunday, June 30, 2013

blogger of the month: Elana of Room 334



I'm so excited to announce that Elana is June's blogger of the month! I recently came across her blog after she left a comment on mine (I think that's how it went down) and I fell in love with her cute smile and her way of putting outfits together (especially whenever she ties shirts over dresses, since that's something I love to do as well!). Be sure to check out her blog, Room 334!



First off, can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

Thanks so much for having me! Well, I'm an almost 21-year-old (in about a month) college student majoring in fashion merchandising and minoring in journalism. I was born and raised in Southern California, but I go to school out in the Midwest. I'm a lover of a good collar, a good deal, and a good movie or TV show. Did I say love? I meant obsessed. I'm also one of those people who insists on using sarcasm in pretty much every interaction I have. I like to think I'm funny sometimes.



Congrats on one year of blogging! What has been the best thing that has come from your blogging experience so far?

Thank you! I know this is what everyone says, but it really is all of the people who I've met! I love that I've made really good friends from around the world who have the same interests as I do. It's been great to start real friendships, even outside of blogging, with some of them too. I can't get over how many talented, stylish, intelligent women I've had the pleasure of meeting through this. I'm not worthy of them, but don't tell them that.


What about the biggest obstacle you overcame?

In terms of blogging? I guess it would be the time management things. Going to school, having a job, keeping up with friends and family, AND running a blog can be a little much sometimes, but I think I've figured out my balance over the past year.



I was so excited when I heard about your internship, can you tell a little bit about that?

It's kind of surreal actually! I'm interning with Sophia Banks Coloma, a celebrity stylist in LA. I only just started and haven't gotten to do TOO much yet, but it's crazy sorting through racks of designer clothes and then seeing a celebrity wearing something that I held. I just got to go through the studio and pick out clothes for a Just Jared photo shoot the other day and I'm still hyperventilating about how cool it was.



How would you describe your personal style?

Very, very feminine. I'm starting to lean towards wanting more classic pieces in my wardrobe now, but right now you're most likely to find me in something with polka dots, lace, or a Peter Pan collar. Fit and flare dresses are my homegirls.


Is there any piece of clothing you'll never get rid of? If so, what is it?

There are a couple, actually. There's this 70s gold belt that I wear a lot on my blog that was one my very first vintage pieces that I bought in high school from my favorite vintage store that I think I'll always keep. It's mostly the vintage stuff that I have a hard time letting go of.



What's it like working with the girls of Flock Together?

It's incredible of course! When Jessica (from Midwest Muse) and I started it together, we had no idea how it would work out, especially with so many girls. Luckily, we couldn't have chosen a better group and everyone has been nothing short of wonderful. It's great that now ALL of us are brainstorming ideas for posts and ways to make it even better; everyone is so involved. Plus, it takes a lot of trust to be sending out your favorite clothes to people who you've never met in person, so it's great that we've all developed that. I feel bad because we keep getting emails from AMAZING bloggers asking to join, but we just already have so many people. I wish we could have everyone!


I just finished up a week's worth of mixology posts. Do you have any tips for people who want to remix things but are a little unsure of how to do so?

Just play around with things! Even things that you don't think would go together, just try it. And never underestimate the versatility of a dress. I wear mine as tops tucked into skirts and as skirts with shirts knotted over them all the time to get more use out of them.



So what's next for Room 334?

Well, I just got a new design that I couldn't be happier about and I'm hoping to add some more variety of posts. I'm starting to bring back what I used to do on my old blog, and dedicate posts to up-and-coming designers and stores that I love. Other than that, mostly just a general trying not humiliate myself and finding ways to make my readers laugh when I think I'm funny. You know, the usual things.



Thank you so much Elana for letting me interview you. It has been great getting to know you!

Be sure to check out Elana on her blog, Room 334!









my week in instagram #50







hanging out with a cute pooch // baby bear chilling out in our neighbor's yard // oscar being adorable and distracting // shooting a panorama of the clouds // Matt on top of the world // @impulsings

Other things that happened this week;

1. Lots of frolfing. I'm not getting any better, but it's still fun. And it's been really fun hanging out with my friends.
2. Mixology posts. So much fun, also glad I can take a break from writing extensive posts! I'm excited for the next two weeks of seeing the results of what you guys come up with!
3. Finally finished my first big internship project! I redid my boss's website. You should look at it here! Lots of work, lots of stress and not knowing if I could do it, but I'm beyond happy with the results and got a nice bonus from it! I love my job.
4. Hung out with Matt a lot. Adventuring, doing menial things like walking to fabric stores, driving around just talking, it's been the best.
5. Finished watching Game of Thrones. :'( Need. Next. Season. Now.
4. Played a lot of Age of Empires. And as soon as I finish writing this post, I'm going to play more! I'm making a ton of kingdoms that are a part of my world I'm creating. Maybe I'll screenshot it all and put all the worlds together and show you guys (nerd alert amirite?)

Have a great week everyone!






Saturday, June 29, 2013

mixology results // neutral polka dots



shirt/skirt/cardigan: thrifted // shoes: payless




What if I told you guys that this week of mixology posts was just a huge conspiracy to get you guys to pick out my clothes for me? While that definitely is not the case, I still felt pretty cool when I woke up this morning and thought, "I wonder what I should wear today? Oh wait, I'll have my people decide for me!" Haha you are my people now. But all kidding aside, I really loved this outfit that Fernanda put together through my remix my closet post. Be sure to join in on the fun and read over all of my mixology posts from this past week! (intro//color//prints//combinations) I'll probably accept outfits until next week, and then it will be back to waking up and groggily picking out clothes in my half asleep daze every day.




All of the pieces in this outfit really work well together. First let's look at the polka dot shirt. Neutral color, neutral print, therefore it goes with anything. The lime green cardigan is my accent color because there isn't the same tint of green anywhere else in the outfit, but there are the same tints of other colors in the skirt (mostly the yellow and light pink).




I hope you have a great day, and thanks for a great week of mixology! Tomorrow I'll have two posts, first my week in instagram (because I'm addicted to it and love posting pictures there), and then June's blogger of the month! Who's it gonna beee? And then following Monday's June Review post we shall continue these mixology results, so you don't want to miss it!


Friday, June 28, 2013

mixology 101 // remix my closet [closed]



Now it's time to put all that new knowledge to the test! If you're just joining in on this week of mixology, be sure to check out the previous posts here: intro//color//prints//combinations

I've pulled together some select pieces (basically my entire wardrobe) for you to mix together! You can choose as many pieces as you want, you can choose multiples pieces in one category, the point is that you're the stylist, and I'm your client! You have full reign. Comment below with how you would create an outfit with these colorful printed pieces. A great example comment would be something like this: "I would love to see the lace button down shirt over the striped shirt, with the purple pencil skirt." And then tomorrow (or in the next couple of days, depending on how many people participate), I'll style the outfit and show you why it was successful or not so much. I hope you have fun doing this!



Button-down shirts (could also be worn as cardigans, can be tied, can be worn under or on top of other pieces):
1. lace, 2. beige floral, 3. pink floral, 5. denim leaf print, 6. purple floral



Regular shirts (can be worn tied, on top of other pieces):
1. zebra print, 2. floral, 3. striped, 4. polka dot, 5. crop top, 6. green polka dot



Cardigans:
1. gray, 2. purple, 3. green, 4. lace, 5. two-toned vest



Skirts:
1. orange floral, 2. purple pencil, 3. pink/blue, 4. green multicolored, 5. yellow floral



Pants:
1. High waisted striped, 2. pink shorts, 3. plum, 4. red



Dresses:
1. polka dot, 2. pink open back, 3. purple lace, 4. yellow zigzag, 5. ice cream, 6. geometric, 7. cherry



Legwear:
1. blue floral leggings, 2. pink/blue floral leggings, 3. lace tights, 4. green tights, 5. purple zigzag socks, 6. polka dot socks, 7. cupcake socks






Thursday, June 27, 2013

mixology 101 // combinations



Today we shall be talking about combining both patterns and colors in outfits. If you're just tuning in, be sure to check out the previous posts: intro//color//prints

We will also be discussing different types of fabrics and how to mix them (though I'm not as knowledgeable on the subject so I will be somewhat limited) as well as different structures of clothing.

So now you have all the knowledge (that I know) about colors and patterns individually; and now it's time to combine the two! Let's look at a few examples of mixing prints with color in mind.



Liz of Delightfully Tacky provides a great example of easing into mixing multiple patterns. Because the colors in the print of her shirt are so closely related to each other, the print almost acts as a solid color. She works that to her advantage by allowing the subtle print act as an accent print against the main print of the stripes in her cardigan. The cardigan also has the outfit accent color of blue. By choosing one print with one accent color and incorporating other prints with the main color (in this case orange), Liz really shows how you can begin mixing prints with ease.

I almost forgot to mention her polka dot hose, but that's just the point, since they are not only a neutral print but also a neutral color, I didn't even notice them at first! To add any sort of interest to an outfit, the easiest way is to add a neutral print in a neutral color.

Speaking of neutral colors, take a look at how Connie of K is for Kani (left) and Alex of Great Plain Style (right) both used neutral colors in their awesome outfits. Connie paired a geometric, neutral colored skirt with an organic, bold colored shirt. Her green jacket is the focal point because it is the brightest color, and the bag is a nice complement to the jacket.

Alex combined two organic prints, but since the leopard print contains neutral colors, it goes with the galaxy skirt. Technically, the pattern of the shirt is invisible because of its neutrality, allowing it to be paired with literally any skirt in existence.


Question: I've noticed, that sometimes it's not only a question of patterns and colors, I think from time to time it's about the materials too, and I find it problematic (what a strange word, used with this "primitive" topic :D). Sometimes I just take a really nice skirt and I think with that blouse it might look awesome, but when I try them on, it's a bit of disaster - because of different fabrics. Anyway, I may am too much choosy :D :) What do you think about it?

Perhaps my above statement of being able to pair any skirt in existence isn't exactly true. There are a couple other aspects to outfits, such as type of fabric and structure of pieces that affect how an outfit look. As a general rule, I would say similars work well and opposites work well. In the case of fabrics, I envision a fuzzy sweater working well with a leather skirt, or a leather skirt working well with a leather jacket. To take it a step further with structure, the fuzzy sweater could be tight fitting, and the skirt could be a flair skirt. That way you have two opposites, both in fabric and structure. I think Le Blog De Betty is one of the best blogs out there to gain some insight by way of observation about different fabric types as well as structure. Definitely scour her archives and see how she works the fabric and structure of clothes to their highest potential.



In my own outfit, I'm sporting three different patterns: the geometric pattern in my shirt, zigzags in my dress, and stars on my tights. Because the zigzags are a small print, they complement the large geometric print. Because the zigzags feature a yellow similar to the geometric print, they match each other well. The red and blue are the same shade, so they both work together and are therefore my accent colors. The yellow, because it is the most prominent and a much brighter color than the red and blue, is the main color. It's good to note that the shirt and dress are both made of a soft feeling fabric (I'm guessing cotton, but I really don't know off the top of my head), and both have a nice, flowy structure to them.


Marlen of Messages on a Napkin is one of the best when it comes to mixing prints and patterns. In fact, she's starting up her own mixing series, Layered Like an Onion! In this outfit specifically, she paired a geometric zigzag print with an organic floral print. Both colors on the prints are tints of red and blue. She then added a beautiful pastel green belt (an opposite of the red and a complement of the blue).


Here's another example of how any color within the same tonal range will work. You can see that even though I change the hue of the dress, it still complements the colors of the rest of the outfit, which just goes to show just how versatile colored prints really are. Even though any color works, the original blue-green color of the dress, or the red color in the gif above work the best, because one is the opposite of the red floral print, and one is the same. You should either be matchy-matchy or contrasting. (But really, any color works and any color would look great.)

takeaways:

1. To ease into mixing prints, choose a bold print with an accent color, as well as a subtle print that matches the main color.
2. Think in opposites or matches--in terms of everything: color, texture, structure, pattern.


If you have any questions, please let me know! Tomorrow we will be putting your knowledge to the test (don't worry, it will be easy) by remixing my own pieces! So be sure to check back here tomorrow to join in on the fun!

Have a fantastic day.



Wednesday, June 26, 2013

mixology 101 // prints



Today we are talking all about patterns! Every image on this post can be viewed in its original color when you hover your mouse over it. It is essential to look at the patterns without color to distract, but more often than not you will see how impactful color is to the success of wearing multiple patterns at one time. Today I will talk about combining patterns themselves, and tomorrow we will focus on both colors and patterns. Be sure to check out yesterday's post on mixing colors here.

The topic of patterns is a bit harder, not only because patterns include color, but also because there isn't as much of a science involved with patterns. But today we will focus on the patterns themselves.

When I was younger, I wanted to be an interior designer when I grew up. Even though I probably won't do that for a living, many things from interior design coincide with creating outfits. In fact, I don't think there's anything that isn't related between the two. This is a great article about mixing prints that you should definitely read (it's short!), and I will translate a few them to the clothing world.



A lot of people are nervous to mix prints together, and for good reasons. There's a fine line between a good mix and a bad one. One good thing to keep in mind is that like colors, there are neutral patterns. Polka dots and stripes are the two most basic patterns, and can be combined with any other pattern, including other neutral patterns. They are also great geometric patterns and work excellently with organic patterns like florals.

Jo of Lost in the Haze (left) and Keiko of Keiko Lynn (right) both show this idea of neutrals. The stripes and polka dots don't compete with each other. Even the bolder stripes on the bottom of Keiko's dress don't immediately draw your eye. Mixing these two prints are an easy way to incorporate mixing patterns into your outfit without fear of going overboard.



Liz of Delightfully Tacky takes this idea one step further by instead using hearts as a neutral pattern. These are neutral because they are very similar to polka dots. Generally, any repeating pattern could be considered a neutral pattern. Also since both of these patterns are the same height, one doesn't outshine the other. If the hearts were smaller, then the stripes would be the focal point, and vice versa, which certainly isn't a bad thing.


Size of the pattern does play a part, and I've always heard that you shouldn't mix two big, bold prints together, or two small prints together, but instead have one big pattern and one small pattern. A lot of time, however, I've found this not to be accurate. Patterns are similar to colors in that similar patterns often mix well, as well as opposite patterns.

A good example of similar patterns mixing comes from Jana of Bekleidet. Both of these patterns are big, but they have a lot of similarities. They are both pretty geometric, with circles and straight lines. In fact, the lines and circles in the pattern on the bag play off of the neutral stripe and polka dot idea.

That's the great thing about patterns, most of them link back to their hue, if you will, of stripes or dots. And that's the reason every print works with every other print--because of its origin (where people go wrong is with the color of the prints, but we will discuss that tomorrow).

You may also notice that her boots have a pattern on them. Even though this isn't a fabric print, it still affects the overall look. But because the pattern also has geometric lines like the other two, it works well for the entire outfit.




Ali of The Drawing Mannequin shows how a neutral print on her socks works with the big print of her dress. The pattern on her shoes also works because the organic shape matches that of her dress.




Olivia of La Voyageuse utilizes the lace texture of her shirt to act as a print alongside the neutral polka dots on her pants.





In my own outfit, I have a leopard print shirt, a floral dress (as a skirt), as well as polka dot tights. Floral is an organic print as well as animal prints, so they both work well together. Also, and I will give more examples of this tomorrow, since my leopard print shirt is in a neutral color, it automatically goes with my floral print. While it is necessary to look at the patterns in black and white to see how they respond to one another, if every print were in black and white, no one would have trouble mixing them. It's because of the color that gets people hung up.


takeaways:


1. Polka dots and stripes are neutrals. They go with any other print, including other neutrals.
2. Prints that are similar (two organics or two geometrics) go together, as well as prints that are opposite.
3. Basically, any print goes with any other print. Where people fail is in the color of the prints.
4. To slowly incorporate more prints in your outfit, wear either two neutral prints or one neutral print with a big print.




I do realize that this post basically gave no help because I said that all prints go with all prints, but as far as I know it's true. If you have any questions about this post or anything about mixing prints, please don't hesitate to contact me! I would even be more than willing to help you pair prints together in your own outfits and give advice where I can.

Tomorrow we will be looking at how color affects prints, which will be like the finishing touch on this post. I'm also going to talk a little bit about different types of fabric and how that affects outfits as well, so stay tuned!

Have a great day. :)







Tuesday, June 25, 2013

mixology 101 // color



First of all, I must begin by saying that these are just my opinions and may or may not be textbook accurate. But from what I know and have experimented they are true and they work for me, so I hope they work for you!

Second of all, get rid of all notions that one color doesn't match with another, because it's not true. Because colors exist in nature, they are all harmonious with one another. Where people go wrong is in the amount of combinations of colors they wear. Today I'll be showing you some examples (a lot actually, because I couldn't bear to not include some of my favorite bloggers) of colors you may not think work well that actually do.


When it comes to color, there's a vast amount of knowledge about the subject. You can read all about color on the internet, but one website I find especially helpful is this one. For now, we will start with the basic color wheel. These are the most basic colors, or hues, and from them come every color you see. Tints are the lightening of the twelve basic colors (think pastel colors). Tints are achieved by adding white to colors. Shades of colors are achieved when you add black (generally) to the twelve basic colors. (In painting, instead of adding black, you add the opposite color on the color wheel, i.e. add red to green to make the red darker, to not compromise the vibrancy of the red, but that's a different topic.) A tone is when you add grey to a color (think muted colors).

Now remember, all colors go together. You can mix (and I mean mix in the sense of pairing two different pieces of clothing together) a tone with a shade with a tint, of any color, with any color. There are plenty of examples below where people have done this successfully. The general rule, however, is that a color in close relation to another will compliment it. For example, colors next to each other on the color wheel (called analogous), or those opposite each other (complementary) fit well together. But now let's look at some examples to see the colors in action.


Connie from K is for Kani is the perfect contendor to begin with. I've long been a huge fan of her fun colors and she has an amazing knack to match things together. In this outfit specifically, you can see how she used complementary colors to her advantage. Her two main colors are both tones of red and green, opposites on the color wheel. She uses the yellow-orange tone as an accent color, which is in between both the red and green on the color wheel. Because she stuck with two main colors and an accent color, and because they were all tones, this color combination worked.




Question: How can I add more colors into my outfits easily?

Olivia of La Voyageuse is a great example of incorporating many different colors into an outfit. If you're nervous about adding a lot of color to your wardrobe, start with one piece at a time. In this ourfit, Olivia had a multicolored scarf with greens and pinks and blues. For this outfit specifically, she chose to add to the pinks of the scarf with (a shade of) red shorts and (a tint of) red sweater, allowing the blue and green (which are analogous colors) to be her accent colors.


Similarily, Katie of Alaskan Weredork (left) used her scarf as the main focal point, pulling from the greens in the scarf to match her shirt. A way she could remix this scarf would be to pair it with a yellow or blue piece of clothing, since both tints are also in the scarf.

Lauren of Someone like You used her neutral daisy romper as the main focal point, and a dark green as an accent color. This also brings up a good point about neutrals. Neutrals consist of browns, blacks (to include greys), white, and navys, and they go with any color (be it tints, shades, or hues) including other neutrals. (Whoever told you that brown and black don't go together was lying to you.) Because Lauren's romper consists of neutrals, she can pair any colored cardigan with it. Perhaps a red orange cardigan with a blue green belt (complementary colors)?




Hannah from Styles by Hannah Riles does an excellent job of showing how to pair shades of colors together. A beautiful maroon color next to a deep teal blue color is one of my personal favorite color pairings. In this case, because maroon is the most prominent color, the blue acts as a compliment. The tone of red also works because it is related to the maroon color. Even though they are two separate colors, they can be classified as one since they share the same hue: red.




If you hold your mouse over the left image, you can see how perfectly the two reds relate to each other. One is more of a tone, one is slightly closer to purple on the color wheel, but they both share the same shade (both have the same amount of black in them).

It's important as a general rule to keep your outfit to one or two main colors with one accent color.


Elanor of Missing Lovebirds (left) has the perfect outfit to showcase this rule. Her main color is this tone of green, with one accent color of red. The swatches of red that I have highlighted, of course, are in various tones and slightly different positions on the color wheel (some leaning towards red, and some leaning towards orange, but they are all derived from the hue red. Plus, it's easy to combine these reds because they are already together in one skirt.

Elana of Room 334 (right) also has a similar skirt to showcase this concept. She took the tint of blue in the skirt, and went straight to its hue in the pairing of her necklace.



Some more examples include Annika of The Pineneedle Collective (middle), pairing neutrals with a tone of yellow and her pastel pink hair; Kaylah of The Dainty Squid with a beautiful earth toned (ie browns, greens) outfit with a yellow cardigan (which plays off of the yellow-orange in her neutral browns); and Jessi of Haircut and General Attitude in bright analogous colors of red (pink), orange, and yellow.

Despite what this post suggests, this isn't an exact science. You can't go around with an eyedropper tool to sample every color you come by, though that would be incredibly cool. I learned everything I know from trial and error, and mostly from just instinctively seeing what looks good together and what doesn't. It was only in preparing this post that I saw how refined color mixing actually is. But that doesn't mean you have to make it refined. In fact, I want you to break all the rules I just gave you and wear whatever colors you want! That's the joy about personal style: you wear what makes you happy. But as far as I know, these are the best guidelines to mix colors together for one cohesive, stylish look.

takeaways:

1. All colors go together. Some just happen to go together better than others.
2. Neutrals are your friend. Browns, blacks, whites, and navys go with any color, including other neutrals.
3. If you're looking to slowly incorporate color mixing into your outfit, go with a piece of clothing that features many colors.
4. Above all, experiment. Always keep an open mind to color. Some combinations may surprise you!

If you have any further questions on color or need clarification on anything I've talked about, please don't hesitate to ask! I will be happy to answer your questions and give you more examples and help you mix color in your own outfits.

Tomorrow we will be looking at patterns and how to mix them, so be sure to check back soon.

Have a great day!