Nothing screams “surprise” more than a brightly colored, sparkly package in the mail. Every month, I receive a subscription “box” called Ipsy. Now, I don’t get excited about most things, but, feel free to ask my mother, every time I see the glimmer of pink on the kitchen counter I turn into …

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Welcome back to the mess that is my blog! Truthfully, I have been the busiest bee in the world and finding time to put on makeup is slim to none. With that being said, on a Friday night I decided to turn myself into a Bratz Doll. I don’t know her name, but I assume it’s something sassy like …

Welcome back to another article! It’s a new week and a new slate so let’s get started! My sleep schedule has been a bit messed up and I’m not sure why. I’ve been waking up way too early for my liking and haven’t been able to fall back to sleep, but early last Thursday I woke up to a really p…

I enjoy gossip. I am well aware that it is not a healthy characteristic of mine, but I don’t believe I am alone in saying that a juicy conversation about someone else’s life can put a lot of things into perspective. Suddenly, my day just seems slightly better and I’m able to appreciate the f…

For all students who are falling into a little bit of a fashion rut this season, the new vintage boutique in Uptown has plenty of fresh styles to spice up anyone’s look.

Editor’s Note: Madelyn Dowd is a freshman journalism major. She is from Elgin. Her blog will revolve around makeup. Follow her on Instagram @mdowd3033

Fashion influences are all around us. Some more obvious than others. It is so easy to look to celebrities and those in the limelight for the best fashion inspiration.

Once upon a time, fashionistas around the world hid away their beautiful white clothes come the first Monday of September. Fashion influencers continued to spread this rule decade after decade causing it to become one of the most famous fashion rules known to mankind.

Okay, some of you may have read the title and thought to yourself, "Fall and winter are forever away, why is she already talking trends???" Well, in the fashion industry, this is when fall and winter trends get reported, and just like every fashion blogger, I got excited and needed to be the…

With the warm winter months finally among us, it is a good time to talk about the beach, obviously. That being said, I am glad our society has come to a point where skin cancer has had more awareness and girls are choosing to get their bronze through healthier alternatives. There are many gr…

Although all the other fashion bloggers are reporting Cannes Film Festival and the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2017 show, I thought I would put a small hiatus in all those articles. Rather, I chose to talk about how to achieve the French girl’s style.

As we transition into spring there is one very obvious change in our wardrobes… colorful prints! SS16 was more about texture than prints so it is exciting for a little change. So what are going to be the top prints for SS17 you ask? Well here they are: 

Well, Earth day is here making it the perfect time to talk about sustainable fashion. With the rapid growth of technological fabrics and the wearable technology still being developed, it is no wonder we nod our heads to synthetic fabrics, as it could not be done without them. Synthetic fabri…

One of the things that has stuck with me the most from my first fashion course in high school was the pattern in which style evolves. Looking at the fashion timeline, dress hems started floor length and eventually went as short as can be…then reversed back to midi and eventually back to our …

With spring being at our reach, we are all in that awkward, transitional stage where we don’t always know what to wear or what will be appropriate for the weather that day. If there’s one thing we can predict about spring weather, it’s the fact that it’s completely unpredictable. Due to the …

There have been many suggestions about what this years Spring and Summer fashion trends are going to be and with a lot of research, I think I have the list of predictions based off of the popularity of trends on the runway shows and many reoccurring themes.

I like to think of Instagram as a resource for never-ending amounts of inspiration. Whether that be fashion inspiration, lifestyle ideas, creative concepts or inspiration for your next #OOTD, Instagram is one of the best places to scroll through. Though some might not like to admit it, most …

The model off duty look has been a trend growing in popularity and I am definitely a fan of it. Personally, I create all of my “model off duty” looks based off a balance between athleisure, professionalism and casual wear. I do not like to have too much of one and not enough of the others. I…

New year, new you! Right? At least that’s what is penetrated into our minds when January 1st rolls around. Though most think saying is so “cliché”, I truly think there is so much that comes out of a fresh start and a new year. In addition to all the distinctive fitness goals and behavioral c…

The ’90s were a time of grunge and exploration with fashion. With a huge influence from all music genres, the 1990s fashion trends were born. Whether you currently sport the colorful tracksuits by athletic brands portrayed by hip-hop artists or if you’re a believer for denim overalls, chance…

Tis the season of tweed and hot chocolate! My favorite part of December is that there is always an excuse for dressing up. Bold lipsticks and obnoxiously fancy dresses are not even questioned. For this spirited month, I found 6 fabrics and textures that I love to flaunt during the holiday season.

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You’ve decided that your bleached band T-shirt is totally last season and plan to toss it, whether that means bringing it to your local Good Will, selling it or by quite literally trashing it. Have you ever thought about what happens next? Where does the shirt really go? The destiny of your …

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As the holidays hit in full force, there are so many things to look forward to. From time off work and school to eating my body weight in mashed potatoes, there is nothing quite like the holidays. By default, the last thing on your mind is what you’ll wear to the festivities. The holidays ar…

I feel like us woman are always trying to find a new way to take care of our hair. There are many beauty hacks out there, but how can we trust which ones are right or wrong? As a hairstylist I have come across these hacks and I am here to tell you if they are actually helpful or not. Here ar…

Most of us can’t seem to get enough of fast fashion.  Twenty bucks for this top, fifteen for that dress and if it rips your mind automatically goes to the ever popular excuse of; “well I only spent X amount of dollars on it.”    With the fast pace that Americans are consuming, the amount of …

With all the faux fur options this season, how do you chose just one?  We are talking coats, scarves, and even bags.  Faux fur can sometimes feel a little too fancy for everyday wear.  This season there are so many more ways to wear your fur.  Which is making fur feel a lot more acceptable a…

If you are anything like me, then you would most likely live in leggings and an oversized tee if that were appropriate for every occasion.  Since that is not the case I have found the next best thing; mixing casual and fancy pieces.  I love playing around with different pieces in my closet, …

As an aspiring professional in the fashion industry, I love to hear stories of how different people found their niche in this business.  Whether you are pursuing a career in fashion or just about anything else, breaking into your desired field can be intimidating post graduation.  For me, le…

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“Turns out the most comfortable shoe is made of wool”.  Allbirds have taken the market by storm and completely changed the standards on sneakers.  Allbirds have introduced a running shoe made of wool.  The brand claims to be the most comfortable shoe on the market, but my first thought was, …

The temperature has dropped and just like you, I am diving full force into my fall wardrobe.  Whether it is 90 degrees or 30, you can always find me in a jacket.  A jacket has always been the perfect layering piece, for good reason of course.   It can add a mix of texture, a pop of color or …

In the fall and winter months, everyday comfort is essential whether you are walking to class, sitting in your local coffee shop or headed to work. That frigid air makes coziness a must, and I will be the first to acknowledge that! Little do most know, feeling comfortable does not mean takin…

With the kickoff of fall and the PSL making its anticipated return, I can’t help but switch over to my fall wardrobe.  The only downfall is parting ways with all of my summer favorites.  One piece that seamlessly transitions season to season is the infamous little black dress.  Whether it’s …

In both the fashion and real worlds, the thin line between male and female is slowly dissipating, making room for more inclusion. Say goodbye to the days of men’s wear and women’s wear because clothes made for all people are on the rise. The number of people who are embracing the idea of sim…

With the constant pressure to stay on trend while on a college budget, I am always on the hunt to find new ways to save or make a little extra cash.  My latest discovery has the best of both worlds, discounted clothing and a way to make money.  Poshmark is taking the secondhand clothing mark…

A few summers ago, my Aunt visited Tokyo and brought me back some goodies. She knows that I’m head over heels for any sort of fashion, especially for free. I was ecstatic to see what foreign items she had found for me. When returned, I was given a UNIQLO polo shirt in such a one of a kind so…

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This Saturday, September 3rd Illinois State University Football is making its way back to Hancock Stadium.  The Redbirds will be facing Valparaiso’s Crusaders. This weekend Redbird alumni, family and friends will flood the stadium to support Illinois State.  You’ve got your Red Alert Pass, h…

If there is one thing that is keeping Redbirds motivated the next couple of full days of school, it is spring break. Students in the classrooms, library cubicles and dorms are daydreaming of the sun-soaked filled adventures that lie ahead. Taking your midterm exams is obviously on the top of…

Everybody knows Illinois likes to ease into its season changes; one day you can expect hot weather, but you’ll need to bring out your parka the next day. Here are some pieces to help transition your summer wardrobe into fall on Illinois time.