Trash + Fashion = Trashion

      “No actual fabric can be used in the garment.” This was the assignment our professor gave us in ATD 121 to complete as a final design project. The challenge of this project was to manipulate 2-Dimensional objects to fit the 3-Dimensional form. We believed with a little imagination, creativity, and adventurous spirit we could make almost anything into a fashion statement! Below are some of the fabulous frocks made of the most unusual, sustainable, recycled materials to create some extraordinary and mind blowing garments! Hopefully this will inspire you to roll up your sleeves and try turning some trash into a treasure of your own!

*Emma Witte

New Years Eve in Chicago

“What are you doing for New Years Eve?”

I have heard this question time and time again, and I am sure that you have too. While I may not be kissing anyone at midnight, I will be surrounded by close friends, and of course…dressed to kill. New Years is an excuse to go all out and look your best, so why not? I have searched high and low for some killer outfits you can whip out. You know every other girl is going to be in a tight sequin dress…make a daring move and go for something different. I love precious metals and leather booties, and will be incorporating those trends into my look. While sequins are still at the top of my list, I chose a few dresses that will stand out amongst others. Not a dress person? Pick a fun top that flatters your shape and run with it.

 Going to the it party of Chicago? Considering that it’s fashion involved, you want to make a good impression. This is what you might catch me wearing on New Years. Good luck!
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1. Haute Hippie Lace Metallic Legging
These leggings are a great alternative to jeans, and can be worn in multiple ways even after the New Year. Wear it with a loose white tank top, black lace bra, and leather booties for a laid back New Years Eve look. 
2.  Blaque Label Feather Party Dress
This is the quintessential New Years Eve dress. The bustier top adds a bit of sex appeal, but the feathers keep the dress playful and unique. Paid it with strappy heels and a tuxedo jacket. 
3.  Topshop Baroque Print Bodycon Dress
Personally, I love a great patterned dress. This one has gold trim to flatter curves, and a pattern to hide unsightly lumps. Gold foil booties would top this off. 
4. Bailey 44 Faux Leather Window Pane Dress
Do not even get me started on this dress. There are endless ways to wear it. The leather is on trend for this season, but not over kill because of the paneling. Messy hair and platform booties would push this over the edge.

1.  Parker Embellished Camisole Dress
Green can be an intimidating color to wear, but it’s one of my favorites. Not a lot of people pick this color so you will definitely stand out, in a good way. I love the unusual back on this. Go with simple accessories to not kill the look.
2. Gryphon Confetti Miniskirt
Sparkle is always fun, but in doses. The shoes this is already paired with are perfect, but I would put my own spin on this with a boyfriend style concert T-shirt. Tuck it in.
3. French Connection ‘Moonray’ V-Neck Colorblock Sequin Dress
While I am not an advocate of short sequin dresses, this one got me because of the cut. The sequin blocking will help accentuate a small waist and give you a nice hourglass shape. 
4. Christina Karin Whitney 
The unexpected ruffle adds drama to this playful dress. Throw on a pair of red pumps, and you’re ready to go. 

 1. Topshop Collar Tip Shirt
Lately, I am a large fan of the sheer oxford. It’s an unexpected touch to an outfit, and a great alternative to a tank top. Pair it with leather leggings for a house party, or a leather skirt for a night out. 
2. Cotton Candy Couture Addison
This dress is uncommon and the color itself says it all. I own this dress, so I can personally vouch that it will look perfect on you. If I wear this on New Years, you’ll see me in classic black pumps, and a metallic clutch. 
3. BDG Twig High-Rise Jean – Metallic Stripe
Metallic jeans are a huge trend right now, and I think it’s great. You can pair this with a peplum top, or dress these up with a black sequin top. I would not wear these with the cheetah print wedges as shown, but more of a strappy Mary-Jane pump.
4. Reformed By The Reformation Tsunami Dress
This dress has the potential to be very casual, so depending on how you want to look, you would have to be careful. You could pair it with black combat boots and a great cross body bag for a NYE spent with friends. 
French Connection helped to dress the standard tshirt up. While this is not as formal as my other options, you could wear this wih skinny jeans and booties for an over all flattering look.
6. Topshop Big Gem Sweat
A sweatshirt? On New Years? YES. Pair this with a sequin skirt and wedges to dress it up. At least you’ll be comfortable all night.

What’s the best accessory for New Years…or…really…anytime? Your hair! I would visit Blowtique for an affordable, but fabulous service. Well done hair is the different between looking average, and taking over a room. Personally, I would go with “The Sunset-LA” which will give you a smooth, yet lightly tousled head of hair. Look out for a feature on them soon!

Street Style at Loyola

Jen Putis
 Loyola University

Jen is wearing a shirt from a small boutique in Santa Monica @ 3rd Street Promenade. Her bottoms are riding pants from Zara, tucked into Steve Madden Troopas. The rings she is wearing were both purchased from Tiffany’s. This is an over-all great casual, everyday, look.
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Amy’s Gift Guide

What does Amy want for Christmas? Well…this might give you an idea.
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1.  Printed backup battery for iPhone
2. Classic Wide Bangle
3. Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Sunglasses
4. The KC Market Bag
5. Personalized Stationary

1. Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Deluxe Edition)
2. Michael Kors ‘Peyton’ Double Wrap Leather Strap Watch
3 ASOS PU Biker Coat
4. The Sartorialist 
5. CLARE VIVIER Stripe Flat Clutch 

Street Style at Columbia

We all know that I’m a sucker for an edgy outfit. I fell especially hard for this one due to the neon accented, crystal necklace. The blazer and heels helps to polish the outfit out, while the grungy tshirt and casual jeans keep things down to Earth. This look would work on almost any occasion.

*Photos: Chelsea Kay

"He’s Just Not that Into You."

Photo Credit: Man Repeller

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      Six simple words. Would it really be that hard to say? Recently, I have noticed a pattern among my girlfriends. With my ventures back into the dating world, as you may have read about here, it is expected that not every guy I’ve gone out with is a keeper. Sometimes, admittedly, it’s not my choice. When something appears to be askew, and I go to my girlfriend about it, I usually get an uplifting response excusing the irregular actions (or lack there of) that causes me to second guess how I am feeling about that particular situation.

 “He cancelled plans. Three nights in a row.”
 “He’s probably just super busy with work.”
 “Oh my gosh you are so right. I’m just being silly.” 
Sound familiar?
Photo Credit: Man Repeller

In reality, you are not just being silly, your involvement with that guy is heading downhill fast. We have all been there, done that. Conjuring up a guys interest in you can be a shot in the dark, a very lengthily shot. When a guy is 100% straight forward with you, he probably shits glitter and rainbows too. While these chums probably send us plenty of red flags to avoid inevitable heartbreak, we choose to turn a blind eye. Why would we do this? Probably because our friends lie to benefit us. Point blank, your best friend is never going to look at you and spew out “He’s just not that into you.”   
           While pondering this subject the other night, I came upon the realization that women lie to each other in order to protect one another, but I have never had a male friend lie to me regarding my pursuits of the opposite sex. Granted, men are prevalently not as sensitive as women, but I would rather have someone tell me like it is. I sat nursing a heaping plate of orange chicken one day while discussing a failed fling with a close guy friend, inquisitively whining to him about how I could not figure out why things had suddenly changed, plans had been consistently cancelled, and a guy that had once seemed so well rounded and attractive could suddenly become so immature and flaky. It was like a light switch had been flipped off and I had been left in the pitch black…kind of like Helen Keller…but exceptionally well dressed. Rather briskly into the conversation, he cut me off and said “he just thought you were hot.” It was like a back handed compliment; a slap in my perfectly contoured cheeks. While this was not the best, or worst, thing to hear come out of his mouth, it was like ripping off a band aid. There was no “let’s play the guessing game,” or anticipation of things getting rekindled to their original state, it was over as fast as it had started, and that was that.
Photo Credit: Lena Ker
     In the end, by trying to protect each other, we are just dragging out the destined fate of those red flags and causing ourselves more harm then good. Women have become a sanctuary for each others fears, we constantly coddle each others thoughts. Genuinely, if we did not have a reason to decode the Egyptian hieroglyphics that were his last text message with our best group of girl friends, we would not have brought it up in the first place. Next time you feel that something is off, feasibly, it is, and no matter how many times your friends say he “was just preoccupied,” they are diffusely being dishonest with you. As girls, we know exactly what we are doing when we ask our friends for their opinion on a male dominated situation. We are indirectly asking them to lie to us, cover up the truth, and prolong the harsh realizations ahead. While debating the fact that our friends will never tell us the cold hard truth, or utter the words “he’s just not the into you,” with another StreetStyleChimember, I came to this conclusion: they shouldn’t have to. 
            Conversely, men lie to women as much as we lie to each other, but in very obscure ways. One thing I absolutely cannot wrap my head around, is the fact that guys cannot just end things in a direct form. It would be copiously in-complex for the man, and the woman, if he would just say “I’m not that into you.” Alright, maybe not those exact words, but somewhere along those lines would be extremely helpful. Why try to push us away? This seems like strenuous effort, when you probably will not obtain the result you desire. When a girl wants something to workout, she will ignore the irrational behavior being demonstrated at all costs. While I still do not understand this concept, I am now playing my own guessing game as to how this could benefit the male (or giving) end. Is the man slowly trying to deteriorate the relationship (fling, thing, etc) and have the girl realize it so that when the actual break up comes, she will apprehend it?  Without a doubt, they are just dragging the cluster fuck that they have created out further. While as strong females we should have the audacity to end something that is just not right, we often do not, so the guys warped plan in the end fails. I suppose that on some level, this is a guys version of trying to protect our feelings, which I still find extremely strange. Do they not realize that by playing these games, it makes the whole process of ending whatever it was, stickier then it needed to be? I once had a mutual guy friend with a guy I was seeing. When things started deviating from the norm with this particular guy, I was told he was trying to make himself as unattractive as possible to me in order to avoid confrontation.” Is that not the dumbest thing you have ever heard?
      Essentially what I am grasping at here, is the fact that girls would not have a reason to protect their friends feelings through lying if guys were direct. The female sex should not have to learn to read the numerous signs of when a guy is no longer interested. This is not what we signed up for. While I do realize men go through the same trials and tribulations, that is a whole different animal, that I am sure can be told exceedingly better from a male perspective. Maybe, just one day, the game of dating will become a whole lot less complicated. That, my friends, is a colossal maybe. In the end, there are only a few other men that I will ever instill my total trust in besides my Father and my Brother. That would be Christian Louboutin, Alexander Wang, and Oscar de la Renta. 



Willy’s Gift Guide

The gift-giving season has arrived! Everyone wants to get the perfect gift for their loved ones, but finding the perfect gift for each person can be really difficult. If you’re like me, you have a long history of trying to pick something unique that you think the person would love and would buy for themselves, and 99% of the time, you’re wrong and they hate it and you cry yourself to sleep. Recently, I have discovered the solution to my gifting troubles. It can be summed up in one simple phrase: “When in doubt, go classic.” These gifts are definitely worth splurging for, since they are timeless and go with almost everything.

2. Sunglasses: Ray-BanWayfarers  

In 1952, Ray-Ban designed the Wayfarer sunglasses. Recently, their popularity has skyrocketed one again. These sunglasses are probably the most recognizable sunglasses in the entire world and are definitely a fashion staple.
Who doesn’t love a good, classic blue pinstripe oxford!? Oxfords are so versatile and modern. They can be dressed down with a pair of jeans, and dressed up with a nice pair of slacks. Definitely a great gift.
If you can’t tell, I think versatility is great for gifts. Tweed pants have recently become more acceptable for casual wear, and I think that’s a great trend. I love the cut of these pants, as well as the color and texture. Obviously I just love everything about them.

As my parents could tell you, I’ve wanted a leather messenger bag since I’ve been able to talk. I just think they look so classy. I love the vintage look of this bag, but the modern conveniences like the padded laptop pocket make it totally functional for everyday use.

These shoes may not be classic, but I am head over heels in love with them. I love the brown with the maroon accents, as well as the combination of retro and modern elements in the shoe.
This watch is so modern and sleek, and the stainless steel really gives it a polished feel. It can easily be for daily use, but can be worn out for a nice dinner or in a professional environment.

StreetStyleChi Visits Green Goddess Boutique

It is no secret that Amy and I can often be found wandering the street Armitage when we’re bored, or just need a shopping fix. Between all of the amazing boutiques, how could we not? One of our personal favorites, would have to be Green Goddess Boutique. Whenever we walk through the door, we know it will not be a quick stop in. There are always countless new accessories to lust over, as well as unique designer pieces that we instantly start raving over. This store is extremely eclectic, which is great for gifts. Need a hostess gift? GGB has adorably packaged candles, as well as other homey items. Amy and I had the pleasure of hanging out with the women of GGB a few weeks ago and had a blast trying on jewels and chatting about the latest trends. Here are our favorite things from around the store. Of course, there are a million.
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Lily’ Gift Guide: Beauty Essentials

Our beauty expert, Lily, gives us an inside look at the best gifts for our girls that love to look their best. Check out her helpful picks and tricks!

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Heat Waves® Jumbo and Super Jumbo Hot Rollers $29.99

*heats up very quickly
*great for thick hair

M.A.C Cosmetics Fabulousness: Holiday Eye Kits $39.50 

*Compact with 5 eye shadows and mirror
*Classy look with a holiday feel
Benefit’s I’m Glam…therefore I Am. $36 

*great for makeup beginners
*comes with tips and instructions
Bare Escentuals Mini Masters Brush Set $25

*four mini synthetic brushes for eyes and face
*great for traveling 

Caboodles Black Lace Case $27

*Holds A LOT of makeup
*Easy to carry
*Classy look for all ages
Aquolina Pink Sugar, 1 oz. $30

*A very sweet perfume, soft and feminine
*Cute bottle design
*Great gift for girls Pre-teens and teens

Chelsea’s Holiday Wish List

The Holidays are right around the corner, which means here at Streetstylechi, we’re using that as an excuse to shop. Check out what made Chelsea’s wishlist in the $250-$500 range: