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What Would Blair Wear?

In DC Fashion on March 3, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Channeling Blair Waldorf for my First Interview

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Naturally, the first thing that comes to every girls mind upon landing an interview is, “What am I going to wear?!” For my first real interview (excluding my Lifeguard interview, which was pretty chill), this question became a crisis. Do I wear a dress or skirt? Heels or flats? But most importantly, how can I let my personal style shine through? I was totally clueless when it came to how to dress professionally.

I decided to turn to Gossip Girl‘s Blair Waldorf for inspiration. As you all know, Blair is my icon and her wardrobe exudes a stylish sophistication. Alex, the manager at my local BP Nordstrom, was able to help me put together this adorable blazer-blouse combo that was fun and stylish, yet professional and totally Blair. I decided to sport the bold black and navy combo and borrowed my mom’s black Paige pants with leather down the side. I finished off the look with my favorite high heeled booties and a girly necklace to compliment the blouse.

Would Blair approve? I think yes.

xoxo Jo

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Ringing in the New Year, City Style

In Chicago Style, DC Fashion, LA Fashion, NYC Style on December 31, 2013 at 1:00 pm

City Style says goodbye to 2013 with our Top 5 Favorite Moments of the Year

2013 was a monumental year for City Style, as this was our inaugural year as a blog! If we hadn’t attended Pre-college at FIT or enrolled in Fashion Journalism, City Style would have never been born. We are so lucky to have met each other and are so fortunate for the small bit of success we have had thus far. Now that it’s (almost) 2014, we are looking forward to growing even more. Here are our Top 5 Favorite Moments of 2013:

5)  Jordan featured in Seventeen Magazine’s Real Girls Guide to Back-to-School style!

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“It was so cool to be featured on seventeen.com! I was so honored that they chose me, and it was awesome seeing my picture on their website” -Jordan

4) Alex from Los Angeles joins City Style!

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3) Lily goes to Lollapalooza!

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2) Jordan and Adrien visit CBS News and interview an intern from Seventeen Magazine!

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“These are experiences I am going to remember for the rest of my life! Being at CBS Studios was unlike anything I have ever done before-everyone there was so kind to us and hearing Kim’s story was truly inspirational.” -Jordan

“Devin was so sweet! She taught us so much about interning , writing for an online platform and shared amazing stories from SeventeenIt was a great experience getting to meet with her! -Adrien

1) Meeting eachother at FIT!

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Recognize anyone? From left: Jordan (DC Blogger), Adrien (NYC Blogger), Lily (Chicago blogger) and Victoria (of http://www.rawcouture.wordpress.com

“My week at FIT was probably the seven days of my entire life. I met amazing girls that I share so much in common with and I gained a ton of insight on the fashion and journalism industries. Plus, getting to spend a week in my favorite place in the whole world is priceless.” -Jordan

Happy New Year!

With love,

City Style

Uptown Girl

In DC Fashion on December 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm

It’s Christmastime in New York City! City Style DC heads to the Big Apple and takes on the Upper East Side.

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High waisted pants and a cold shoulder top for an unusually warm winter morning in NYC. I found these trendy pants at Target actually, and they are surprisingly comfy and decent quality. My black and white chiffon top was the perfect partner for these patterned pants. The contrasting colors of the shirt bring out the blacks and whites in the gray-toned pants. Polished off the look with silver statement earrings and my favorite black booties from Nordstrom.

It was amazing to be back in New York for the holidays.

Wishing you a happy holiday!
xoxo, jo

Not Your Average Leggings

In DC Fashion on December 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Sophomore, Alexa, rocks patterned leggings with a seasonal twist.

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Wootton Sophomore, Alexa, keeps it cozy with a knit scarf, argyle socks and snowflake patterned leggings. I fell in love with the playful, yet sophisticated feel of this OOTD. The scarf-sweater-combat boot get up is a pretty typical look at my school, but I LOVE how Alexa made it unique with her snowflake patterned leggings. Laugh if you must, but I think this girl is on to something. Patterned pants were huge on the runways, and the snowflakes are such a cute touch for the season. I legit have legging envy. But Alexa’s favorite part of her outfit? “My socks!”

xoxo Jo

Sporty Spice

In DC Fashion on December 2, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Spice up your wardrobe with apparel suited for a champion.

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Repping my favorite number with my favorite cobalt polish.

The latest sportswear inspired trend will have you feeling like a champion without breaking a sweat. Alexander Wang was the first designer to draw inspiration from athletic clothing, adding sporty elements to his signature basic tees and sweatshirts in his Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 collection.  The trend has since escalated, with designers like Philip Lim, Christopher Kane and Stella McCartney all incorporating sporty elements in their collections.

Vogue’s Esther Adams has declared an “athletic mood is taking over.” Indeed, it has. Retailers ranging from national department stores like Nordstrom and Bloomingdales, to fast fashion chains like Zara and H&M, to small scale boutiques like South Moon Under have all caught the sporty fever.

City Style asked Gloria Baume, fashion director at Teen Vogue to shed light on this latest trend. She told us that “fashion this spring is built for speed! Techy futuristic sporty fabrics in bright colors will flood the school hallways and beyond.”

Being prone to purchase more traditional, practical clothing, I opted for Under Armour-esque high-waisted leggings from Zara in a traditional black and a dark grey, rather than in a bright shade of red or blue like Baume suggested. However, she shared with us how to reach a happy medium that incorporates bright, sporty pieces with classic staples. Baume advised: “layer one bright piece under your shrunken blazer or sweatshirt to glam up your look.”

Take a look at City Style’s favorite sporty pieces from Zara that are perfect for high school fashionistas:

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Stay sporty!

xoxo jo

Bundle Up, it’s Furrrr-eezing

In DC Fashion on November 26, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Faux Fur Accents will have you feeling fashionably cozy this Winter.

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Love by Design ‘Zebra Sweater’ – BP Nordstrom // High Waisted Leggings in Dark Grey – Zara // Michael Kors Vest – Nordstrom Rack // Lulu Lush Faux Fur Circle Scarf – BP Nordstrom // Ugg Australia Leather Gloves with Faux Fur Trim – Nordstrom 

I bought this Love by Design Zebra sweater at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this past summer and was instantly drawn to its Chanel-y vibe and its casual, comfortable feel. I dressed it up with faux fur accents to highlight the zebra print and to keep the look ultra-stylish (oh yeah, and for practicality because it was -10 degrees). Faux fur accents are ideal for enhancing your winter ensembles because they are 1. suuuper warm and cozy and 2. so. freaking. cute. Simple touches like a fur trim or a fur collar give your look a dash of  glamour that is usually hard to incorporate into a high school wardrobe. Small  pieces like this Lulu Lush Faux Fur Circle Scarf  and this TopShop Faux Fur Cap are perfect for creating an effortless, yet polished look with faux fur.

stay warm and cozy! happy thanksgivikkuh!

xoxo jo

It’s a Plaid, Plaid World

In DC Fashion on November 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Gossip Girl’s Legacy Makes a Mark on Real-Life Fashion

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It’s been years since Blair, Serena and Jenny strutted the halls of Constance-Billard School for Girls sporting their signature plaid, but this fall the pattern traditionally reserved for private school preps extends its reach from the school hallways to the runways.

During the sixth and final season of the CW hit show, Gossip Girl, main character, Blair Waldorf (played by Leighton Meester), designed her first collection for her mother’s clothing line. After multiple episodes of struggling to establish the perfect idea, Blair finally had an epiphany. The concept? “B by Waldorf Designs”; a.k.a. dress like Blair. The collection was inspired by her Manhattan private school uniform and featured structured blazers, tailored blouses and chic plaid skirts.

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While the Gossip Girl-era may have ended, its influence on fashion has only just begun. It’s barely been a year since the episode aired, but Blair’s concept has already been translated into real-life fashion.  Plaid was spotted in multiple collections at fashion week including  Reem AcraKaren Walker, and Marc by Marc Jacobs (view the rest of the Elle slideshow here). Teen Vogue  dubbed plaid the “ultimate autumn essential.”

To grab some plaid of your own, check out some of my favorite plaid skirts.

1. TopShop Plaid Miniskirt from Nordstrom

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2. Brandy Melville Kaitlee Skirt

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3. Karen Millen Plaid Collection Skirt

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“Fashion is the most powerful art there is.” -Blair Waldorf

xoxo, jo

Your Stylish New BFF

In DC Fashion on November 8, 2013 at 12:55 am

Nordstrom’s new Pocket Style service provides fashion advice at the tip of your fingers.

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Nordstrom has just introduced a brand new service that allows their customers to text in style questions and receive advice from the fashion experts at the Nordstrom Headquarters.

Being a member of Nordstrom’s BP Fashion Board, I had the opportunity to test drive this amazing service. I asked for advice on how to style a  pair of Dr. Martens (as they are becoming increasingly prevalent amongst girls my age), and was thrilled when I got a speedy response featuring numerous options, all tailored to fit my personal style. After utilizing the service, I spoke on the phone with Nordstrom and provided them with feedback.

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I loved how they customized their advice to fit my personal style. All of the potential outfits they recommended I  wear with Dr. Martens were  outfits I could see myself wearing. That personal touch made it a lot easier to connect with the person behind the phone.

I highly recommend signing up for this amazing service. To sign up, head to: www.pocketstyle.us

And a HUGE thank you to Nordstrom for the sweet gift!

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Your fashionable BFF awaits.

xoxo, jo

Cozy Cardi

In DC Fashion on September 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm

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Casual Saturday

In DC Fashion on September 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Jordan Gets Ready for Fall Fashion

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A casual OOTD to welcome autumn weather. I love these pants that I purchased from Nordstrom’s Junior department, BP. They are super comfortable and fit really nicely. They are also high waisted, which gives them a ton of versatility. The possibilities are endless with these classic pants. I chose to keep it simple, and paired them with this sleeveless Leopard print blouse and gray cardigan, both also from BP.

Happy (almost) fall!

xoxo jo