Monday, April 11, 2011

The Fashionista is going to England!

Yes, you read it right. In exactly 10 days I will be embarking on a band trip to Great Britain!!! More specifically, the band will be participating in the 38th Annual Harrogate International Youth Music Festival. After the festival is over, we will be heading to London to do some sightseeing and maybe catch a glimpse of the royals as they tie the knot on the 29th.
This weekend I began the daunting task of putting together a detailed packing list. I have never gone on a trip this long, so my packing list is now a flurry of scribbles and side notes of what to bring. That was my first question: What do I pack? ; which led to other questions such as How much stuff do I really need? Which shoes? Which jeans? What do I pack where? I’m sure whenever you go on a trip you ask yourself the same questions.
First, you need to know what the weather will be like wherever you’re going so you’ll know whether to pack shorts and flip flops or a parka. Then look at how much time you’ll be spending there and what kinds of activities you have planned. On my trip when we’re not rehearsing or playing in a concert we will be sightseeing. I know it screams “tourist” but when you’re walking all day, wear comfortable shoes! I plan to. I have to admit I probably won’t be very fashionable on the trip because all the activities planned leave me with little time to sleep, let alone plan outfits. But I will, on the other hand, look and see how fashionable the British are and I will definitely be coming back with souvenirs. I’ve already started looking into shopping in London. There is an entire street just with designer stores such as Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Ralph Lauren, and Burberry…which I will be avoiding unless I want to have no money left to eat. J Also, there is a huge department store called Harrods, as well as H&M, Topshop, and other stores I am looking forward to visiting.
Overall, I am very excited to be a part of such a great opportunity. I have been playing in my school’s band for the past four years, and I am hoping it will pay off. There will be people from all over the world participating in this festival, which means I may get a taste of style from other countries! Wish me luck and stay stylish!


The other style website that I recently came across (also via Seventeen Magazine) is called Looklet. On this website, you can virtually dress up models in a variety of different clothes and accessories, and then you can pick a background and ‘special effect’ to complete the look. Similar to Polyvore, you can create a profile and share with other users, or look through the ‘inspiration’ pages. Each day the website also picks a ‘look of the day;’ maybe you’ll be the next fashionista! The look that I came up with here is just a simple outfit that can pretty much be worn anywhere: school, work, or a date. This website is great for playing around with style, and there are many suggestions throughout the site for inspiration.  

Saturday, April 02, 2011

A Look Into My Style

I recently discovered (via Seventeen Magazine) an awesome website entitled Polyvore. On this website, you can drag and drop clothing, accessories, shoes, and makeup onto a blank area and organize each item the way you want. You can add text or other graphics onto the page as well, and you can create a profile and share your ideas with other users. I made one to reflect my feminine side; I love pinks, floral patterns, bows, and pearls. In the future, I'll make others to reflect different styles. Polyvore is definitely a website worth visiting if you're stuck on what to wear or how to piece different items together; or if you simply just want to have fun with style. Stay tuned: there is another style website that I'm loving right now and I can't wait to share!