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Not a fan of Vera Bradley

For those of you who don’t know, Vera Bradley, is an American design company that has swept the nation by storm. From handbags to accessories, Vera Bradley has gained the attention from women of all ages. It was all started by two ambitious women, Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia Miller. They started this business in 1982 with only $500 dollars in their pockets… hoping that this little amount of money would be all that they needed to get their business going – and they were right! Only three years later Vera Bradley became a multi-million dollar company. This accomplishment is truly remarkable but I appreciate the hard work that they’ve put into it but I just don’t find Vera Bradley products to be that special, nor appealing. 

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Why don’t I like Vera Bradley you may ask?

Sorry but Vera Bradley just gives me anxiety. I don’t like how all the products are made out of heavy quilted cotton. It makes the bags look heavy and tacky, the accessories overly eccentric, and the small handbags, nauseating to look at. Here are some points to clearly state how I feel about it, if you didn’t already get the idea. 

1. Do they even know what solid colors are?

Prints are nice if you do them right. The prints and patterns that Vera Bradley produces are very eccentric and in your face. They have bold colors and just make me dizzy by looking at them. I feel as if Vera Bradley incorporated more neutral tones and less patterns then I would consider looking in the direction of these bags – but I doubt that will ever happen. 

2. Cotton, cotton, and more cotton

Oftentimes when people look at Vera Bradley bags they automatically think “diaper bags” … I know I do. They’re made out of heavy quilted cotton and that right there should just tell you something. Cotton bags are prone to odors and are very easy to dirty. Yeah, you can wash them but then that just makes their colors fade and the fuzzy lint sticks to it. Overall, cotton bags are a no go. They’re not professional and just not worth it – in my opinion. I would rather spend my money on a casual bag that is lighter and can store more things in it. Aside from bags, they have cotton everything else… bedspreads, keychains, cross body bags, makeup cases, lunch bags, etc etc.. It’s practically my living nightmare.. I’m so certain Vera Bradley creates these things to taunt me with it. Why in the world would anyone want this ugly printed, cotton quilted pattern on their bed?! It makes absolutely no sense to me, it repulses me. 

3. Tacky or ….tacky? vvbb

If you want to spend over $30 on a bag I don’t know why anyone would immediately shout out “VERA BRADLEY FOR SURE!” …I know I wouldn’t. Actually, scratch that, Vera Bradley bags go up to about $100 …. like… does anyone else see a problem with this? In my opinion these bags are repulsive. They’re always in your face and they’re just the ugliest and weirdest things I’ve ever seen. (I feel very strongly about them as you can see.)  They’re the kind of bags you see at CVS when summer is just about to begin… but the thing is, they’re beach bags. They’re very cheap beach bags that sell for about $5 each. AND THEY LOOK JUST LIKE VERA BRADLEY BAGS!! – so I guess only Lord knows why someone in their right mind would be eager to buy these bags.The thought of even wasting money on that makes me cringe. Why can’t you just go out and buy a nice bag for the same price?

You know what another problem is? Vera Bradley is targeted for women of all ages – literally. The company designs them in hopes that teens and great grandmothers would both be eager to buy them.

Now that’s quite a big age pool if you ask me. 

I’m sorry if this was offensive but I really don’t see the point in these bags.. if you’re reading this please give me your incite if you agree but mostly, if you disagree with me because I feel like I need to come to somewhat of an understanding when it comes to Vera Bradley products. Thank you!

Colombian couture controversy

Since my attendance at Rutgers University I have been exposed to a very diverse environment. I have been introduced to different aspects of the fashion by engaging in the fashion communities of new cultures I have learned about here at Rutgers. A Colombian friend told me about fashion in her country and how recently there was a huge problem concerning a very famous fashion writer.

Pilar Castaño, a Colombian fashion designer, recently published the book “The Wonders of Being a Woman” that contained plagiarized sketches. Pilar Castaño is a highly respected Colombian fashion enthusiast that has published countless books all about the world of fashion. In 2013 Castaño decided to publish “The Wonders of Being a Woman” hiring an 18 year old girl who looked like a professional sketch artist. She thought could trust her, she thought she wouldn’t betray her.

photo by el tiempo

photo by el tiempo

Unfortunately this girl, Gabriela Salazar ended up taking the designs from different illustrators around the United States. Castaño’s book made it to Latin American Vogue where it was seen by one of the artists who’s work was plagiarized. This then caused a lot of controversy in the cyber world and called the attention of sketch artists all over the United States. It turned out that the designer Castaño did not verify the credentials behind every design of the young illustrator making her guilty of the chargers of plagiarism. This event caused a lot of problems for both the author and the illustrator. The credibility of the author is no longer the same, making her work of more than 30 years being questioned. This case stood out to me a lot, even though my specialty isn’t sketching it is the big picture that makes this so important.

The fashion industry is very difficult to succeed in , very few people actually make it in this fashion world.

With all the competition going on it is important to respect the work of others, avoiding all form of plagiarism. Vogue had to take back all of the books printed, billing the young illustrator 80,000 dollars. This does not include the amount that the sketch artists are asking for. This incident has affected the illustrator making her at risk in regard for her tuition at Parsons University in New York City. Gabriela received partial scholarship and sends her sketches as part of her portfolio. It was said that she is now being a question and debated for expulsion. Hopefully Gabriela has learned from her mistake and will give positive things to the fashion world instead of plagiarizing and giving innocent writers bad names. One day personally I hope to look back at my life and see that I have contributed positive things to the fashion industry creating a name for myself. Thankfully this incident has been brought to light and hopefully it has scared people and prevented them from committing this horrendous crime.

All about Dior

I have always had a passion for fashion. Everything about the fashion industry has always caught my eye. Everything about it is just so fascinating! All the different types of styles everyone in the fashion industry has is what makes it all so interesting. One of the main reasons I really became so interested was ever since I came across one of the best fashion designers to ever come about, Christian Dior.

His life story was just so interesting and to know how someone like him, with no family support, could make it so big in such a tough career really inspired me! Christian Dior, a French fashion designer, one of the top founders of the worlds top fashion house. Christian was born in Granville, France. His family had always hoped he would become something big, something different, something like a diplomat.

photo by fashion lover

photo by fashionlover

Something that was completely different of what Chrisitan ever dreamed of becoming.

Dior was always known to be very artistic, he wished to be involved in art. Everything about it just caught his attention like nothing else could. He would sell his fashion sketches for about ten cents each outside of his house. He then decided to leave school and open up a little art gallery with his fathers money. Christian and his friend would sell art by famous artists like Pablo Picasso. Sadly, three years later, many tragic events occurred to his family. His mother and brother had passed away, causing a huge financial disaster. Which meant the gallery had to be closed and caused his father losing control of Dior Freres. After leaving the military in 1942, he joined the fashion house of Lucien Lelong, where he was one of the primary designers. Since this fashion industry was labored for economic and artistic, he designed dresses for Nazi wives. After this, the fashion house of Dior was founded on December 8, 1946. The first name of his first line was called, Corolle. Dior was a master at creating shapes and making designs out of the ordinary. His dresses would flare out from the waist, giving women a curvaceous form.

 

photo by owened

photo by owened

Many protested because his designs often covered their legs. This was because of the limitation of fabric. Dior launched his first lipstick in 1953 “Rouge Dior”. He was then honored to be the first couturier to make the cover of Time magazine. Dior died on October 23, 1957, of a heart attack. Some say this happened after choking on a fish bone or after playing a game of cards, it is unknown. Some even say he died of a seizure. After his death, the fashion house of Dior launched many new fragrances, accessories, bags and clothes. Making success up in the fashion world. In 1995 the “Lady Dior is born” Princess Diana carries the legendary bag everywhere! Dior bags are very trendy. The designs of the hand bags are very rare and unique. His fashion line is just to die for! Everything about the Dior company is just incomparable and will always be the main reason for my love towards the fashion industry.

Calling all online shoppers

Living in the post-modern world isn’t always a good thing. Yes technology is great and all but sometimes people tend to take advantage of what they have. For an example, online shopping has become an obsession of many – causing those to lose grip and slowly sink into bankruptcy. That’s why I have a solution! Shopping online but saving a whole lot more. Are you tired of spending too much of your time and money on the internet? I’ll show you fashion savvy websites and apps you can download that give you a wide variety of cute and cheap clothing!

Tobi.com

Tobi is an absolutely fantastic website. They sell women’s clothes that are designated towards teenagers to adults. It’s an extremely afforable website that offers you great deals. It has anything you can think of – from handbags and accessories to vests and jackets. Sorry! No shoes though! The clothes always look great and fit just right. What’s great about this website is that it offers each customer 50% off their first order! Great deals & great clothes. I’d definitely check it out if I were you!

LookBookStore.co

Ever see cute outfits on Instagram and you don’t know where to get it? Your answer is Lookbookstore.co . This website is phenomenal, and believe it or not everything is super cheap. Aside from the jackets,  I haven’t seen many things over $35 … and the fabric of the clothes looks very rich in material – nothing looks tacky, it’s great. They have the absolute cutest rompers – perfect for summertime wear. My favorite is the cream lace romper (shown to the right). The format of the romper defines the best parts of a woman’s body. But it doesn’t stop there. The accessories page on this website is out of this world. The metal cutout necklaces are high in demand as well as the wing round cuff earring. There is just so much variety on this website you can’t NOT like something. 

Wanelo

Wanelo isn’t a website, it’s an app. You can download it for your iPhone or droid and if you’re a crazy shopper like me – you’ll love it. You see, I have this problem where I have an idea on what I want to buy, but I just can’t find it no matter how many times I’ve tried to google it. Now Wanelo, Wanelo will change your life. Wanelo is a shopping research engine app that, by solely looking at tags you’ve created in your search, pulls up hundreds of pictures of what you’re looking for. Now if you come across something that interests you, you can click on it and either choose to “save it” or “buy it.” If chosen to save it, it will stay on your profile until you’re ready to buy it. Impulsive shopper? click “buy it” and Wanelo sends you to the website that sells this particular item. It’s probably the most useful app I have. Download it now!

 

 

Fashion forward in the fall

               So now that summer’s long gone, fall is here. Autumn is my favorite season because it’s a little bit of both weathers – cold and warm. You’re able to mix up your summer and winter clothes together and wear cute tights and headbands and what not and still feel comfortable. It’s great.

In this post of Quinnchic, I’ll show you what to wear, how to wear it, and where you can get it!

Big Sweaters

Ugh, big sweaters are honestly my favorite things – they’re comfy, not fitting (which means they’re perf for any body type), and fashion forward. You can wear big sweaters with anything whether it be leggings, jeans, tights, shorts, and even skirts. Literally A N Y T H I N G and they’ll look good. My favorite outfit is wearing my big white sweater with my beige skirt and tights and combat boots to complete the look. It’s such a perfect asset for your wardrobe for the fall because it’s so simple and versatile.

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My favorite big sweaters?

  • Free People
  • Forever 21
  • Tobi.com
  • Aryn K

Tights

Tights are perfect. They come in different shades, colors, and patterns. You can wear them with dresses and laced up shoes or skirts and boots or shorts and shoes – whatever works!  What I find cool is that you can have a summer outfit, throw it over tights and cardigan and boom, fall outfit. It’s a perfect match maker! You’re always so warm in tights and they make your legs look nice as well!                                                                    You can find cool pairs at:

  • Forever 21
  • H&M
  • Aldo
  • Urban Outfitters

Headbands

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photo by quinnchic

These are becoming a more common asset to a woman’s wardrobe. They’re cool pieces that are SO IN this fall. They keep your head super warm and they go great with fall outfits. They’re comfy, extremely versatile, and of course – affordable. I have 2 pairs of headbands myself and they always complete my outfit. Whether I’m wearing jeans and a “T” or a cute dress, throwing on a headband always takes my outfit a step up from being average.

Get your headband now at:

  • Urban Outfitters
  • Aldo
  • American Eagle

So these are a few items that can help you spice up your wardrobe.  Let me know what you think and how you’ve worn these your way! 

Trends that come and go

 Some trends are timeless, others are not. The theme of the 70s is now coming back in style as it has become popular to wear jean jackets, maxi skirts, patterned leggings, and, wait for it… flare jeans. Yes, flare jeans are slowly making their way to societal acceptance everyone!  I’ll give you the low-down on how to wear these trendy garments and who’s wearing them!

 

Jean Jackets

Jean Jackets are single handedly the most basic item one can have in her wardrobe, but probably one of the most useful. These denim assets have come back and forth, time and time again. Hopefully soon they’ll be here to stay. You can literally throw them on anything you want. If you’re feeling bummy, throw them over a sweater and pair it up with comfy yoga pants. If you’re feeling super casual, throw on some combat boots, leggings, leg warmers, Imageyour jean jacket (or jean shirt!), and even a beanie if you’re feeling wild. Want to dress it up a bit? Look at how Rashida Jones, January Jones, and Emmy Rossum wore their beloved denim jackets. They’re fitted, classic accent pieces to any outfit. Jean jackets are always the way to go if you’re ever lost in your closet.

 

Maxi Skirts

Maxi skirts are the typical hippy skirts, but that’s what’s in right now. They can be casual or formal and thrown with a cropped top or big sweater. These have to be my most favorite article of clothing I have ever/ will ever own. Maxi skirts are everything to me. They’re so so so Imagecomfortable and so chic. I love everything about them! They fit everyone’s figure, short or tall, thin or thick – they’re great! Here’s a tip when wearing maxi’s : if you want to look taller, go for a maxi skirt that is tiered, it makes your legs look longer! Check out these fab celebs rocking their maxi skirts! 

 

 

 

Patterned Leggings

Does this make you cringe? It would’ve made me cringe five years ago. Now, patterned leggings are seen everywhere and are worn in any way possible: under skirts, under dresses, with boots, with sandals, with heels, big sweaters, and cropped tops. They’re a funky accent piece and range from tribal patterns to flowers, strips to polka dots. The possibilities are endless. My idol, Beyonce, rocked these blue tribal leggings walking around New York. She had an all black outfit on which looked great but with that splash of electric blue printed leggings, her outfit was complete. Leggings are great for everyone because they’re eccentric, make you look slimmer, cheap, and most of all, comfortable. Be like Beyonce and get yours now!Image

 

Flare Jeans

This may seem like a debatable topic but flare jeans are so in right now. Skinny jeans have taken the reign for quite some time but I’m ready to see the flare back in action. I like the look of flare jeans. They make outfits look more alive in my opinion, more chic and daring. They’re tricky pieces however because they’re only to be worn with high heels, flats, or sandals – nothing else. Combat boots and tall boots are so in right now so it’s hard to incorporate flare jeans into your wardrobe if you are obsessed with wearing boots, but I think you should give it a try. Just look at how lean and flattering Gwyneth Paltrow and ImageClaudia Schiffer look in their flare jeans. Grab a couple of shades of these flare jeans and experiment with your outfits. Add scarves and blazers to spice it up. Have fun with it!

Once upon a runway

Our favorite idols, our favorite actresses, and our favorite disney divas … 

Gone Right vs. Gone Wrong

Let’s look back when I was young, say, circa 2006, when there was Wizards of Waverly Place and Hannah Montana… to now 

boy how things change… 

These Disney Divas who starred in those shows are now growing up, in two very different directions. 

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photo by Strut her Style

Selena Gomez, Mexican-American pop star with a sweet smile who was known for wearing v-necks, skinny jeans, and converse is now strutting her stuff in sheer tops and leather pants. Her style now is a little bit edgy, but still presentable. Oftentimes she models what Rachel Bilson wears because she really likes her simple yet chic style. Selena wears what’s appropriate for her body size and always always always mixes it up. From fur vests and sneaks to sleek, backless jumpsuits, Selena knows how to get it together. She tends to keep in mind the phrase, “less is more.”

Even when Gomez was seen wearing that burgundy and white jumpsuit, it still looked great! She wore it the right way: with hair done, makeup simple, and shoes just right. When Selena mixes up her outfits, she does it right. I practically cringe at the thought of wearing sneakers and a dress but when Selena wears it, it couldn’t look any better.

“Three things that girls must have in their closet: jeans, heels, and a scarf.” – Selena Gomez 

And I couldn’t agree with that any more! Those are three basic items to one’s wardrobe but they couldn’t be any more useful. Jeans can be worn casually or formally, skinny to flare, anytime and anywhere. Heels are a no-brainer, c’mon. And scarves?! Let me tell you something, you can wear the same outfit for a week and with a simple scarf change, it looks like you’ve been wearing a different outfit every single day! … just kidding, that’s a little grimy but you get what I mean.

As you come to study more and more about her style, you realize how neutral the colors are of her garments and how she rarely wears jewelry. She just throws on a dark shade of lipstick, and pairs up crucial assets and calls it a day. You rock SG, love what you wear, all the time. 

 

Oh Hannah Montana now where do I begin with you. I love Miley Cyrus, I think she’s great, an inspiration (in many different aspects) and an overall sweet girl. However, this girl has gone crazy after her breakup with Liam Hemsworth. Maybe it’s the “growing up” part, maybe it’s the breakup, or maybe it’s just her gaining more publicity. But whatever it is, I don’t think it’s a good look for her. 

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photo by Steal her Style

Abercrombie shirts, flare jeans, cowboy boots, and can’t forget about the glittery accessories, all changed this past year. Miley Cyrus went from country girl lovin’ to literally living life on the edge. With a hair dye and hair cut, red lipstick, and skin tight clothes, Miley Ray Cyrus surely puts on a show wherever she goes. Miley doesn’t wear much nowadays… but if she does wear something it’s latex and leather. The things she wears isn’t giving her positive feedback so I think it’d be better if she had just stopped what she was doing and reevaluate her life a little bit. I love Miley but her outfits are way too revealing and simply look tacky. 

I loved Miley when she wore free people, H&M, and Forever21. She wore chic, hip, clothes that were presentable, fashion-forward, and form fitting. Miley just needs to get her act together and mature a little bit before she takes it farther than she already has.

Hopefully this is just a phase, a phase that won’t be repeated. 

 

 

 

Gypsy Gyps

I’m pretty sure I’m obsessed, it’s fine. 

These pants will absolutely be the death of me. I’m sure you’ve heard of them too and I hope you’re obsessed as well. 

Gypsy Pants

they’re all the rage………………….

These pants are finally getting back into style as being a hippie or “hipster” is what’s “in” nowadays. Gypsy pants have been around for ages but now they’re found to be more eccentric, vivid, and fashionable. Ranging from bright reds to grays to wild prints, gypsy pants are key in a typical teenage girl’s wardrobe. They can be worn with sneakers, sandals, flats, and heels (of course). Just do yourself a favor and please don’t wear them with boots, never do that.  Big no no. 

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photo by Quinn

           I never knew how much I would like these pants. It seems like just yesterday I was rockin’ my XS Hollister graphic tees and flare jeans. Now you can’t see me go a day without my midi rings, printed tanks, high-waisted shorts, or combat boots. Weird how things change – weird how style repeats itself as well. .. maybe that’ll be a topic in one of my future posts. Anyways, I recently became obsessed with these pants because they’re not only fashionable but they’re so so versatile and comfortable. They’re usually made from wrinkle- free fabrics, how convenient! I mean c’mon, it’s a win-win situation for all. 

Gypsy pants are pretty affordable also! They range from $15 to $50 (the most) at popular teen stores like H&M, Urban Outfitters, and especially Forever 21. They have the cutest patterns and colors. If however you see gypsy pants above that price, don’t buy them. So not worth it. They’re cute but they’re so easy to make, trust me I sew gowns for God’s sake. These pants are made out of four pieces and gather at the waistline and hem. It couldn’t get easier than that if you tried. 

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photo by Quinn

So why get these Gypsy Pants? 

  • C. Quinn wears them
  • affordable
  • colorful
  • they’re “in”
  • one size fits all
  • casual wear
  • formal wear 
  • comfortable

 

Think about it!

& let me know how you like them when you buy them!

DVF

Diane Von Furstenburg,

the world- renowned designer,

          graced us with her presence on December 31, 1946. After studying Economics at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, she realized that wasn’t her calling. Gaining experience in the fashion industry, whether it was working as a fashion photographer’s assistant or having an apprenticeship with textile manufacturer Angelo Ferreti, Diane was on her way to success. Coming from Imagethe lax lifestyle of Germany, she sure didn’t know what the future had in store for her. 

 In the 1970s after working with design and machine production and pattern making, Diane created her first silk jersey dress – the wrap dress. Year after year she started to become more successful, especially after meeting with Vogue. Meeting with Vogue editor, Diane Vreeland, certainly changed DVF’s life. Vogue made DVF’s designs popular, legitimate, and worthwhile. Aside from women’s wear, DVF specialized in creating her own line in cosmetics and a home-shopping business. Diane has never been a one hit wonder – she always looked to design and create new things that would sell.

                   The reintroduction of the wrap dress in 1997 really impacted Furstenburg’s path of success. Her iconic wrap dresses have never been out of style. They sell because they’re meant for everyone – skinny or overweight, short or tall. They highlight a woman’s best assets and can be worn both casually and formally.

Diane Von Furstenburg is edgy. She goes for what she thinks will sell, and it always does. From bold boho jumpsuits to classic semi-formal dresses, DVF never fails to spice up one’s wardrobe. In her Fall 2013 show, “Glam Rock”, Diane incorporated a more rock and roll theme to her collection.

She wanted glamour. strength. boldness. Image

She also used a lot of leopard prints along with splashes of tanzanite blue in some outfits. And of course, there was a suede wrap dress that had the audience in awe. This color scheme was a bit out of the ordinary – but it worked. Diane always makes it work and that’s why she’s my favorite designer. She’s driven and creative and steps out of her comfort zone every season.

You never know what will be on the runway with her collections and that is what makes her GREAT.

I see a bottom of a stiletto and I want it painted red

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photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images, Paul Schutzer/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Every girl loves a good pair of heels. Whether they’re business casual or friday night clubbing stilettos, heels are a must-have item in any girl’s closet. 

This trendy heel has been around since 1954 when French shoemaker and designer for Dior, Roger Vivier, created this 3-inch heel sensation.  From that day forward, stilettos became a world-wide obsession. From patent leather to suede, bright red to black, and 3 inch to 6 inch, the stiletto will never be out of style. 

But the type of shoe many women can only dream of having are Louboutins, Christian Louboutins. These stilettos are TO. DIE. FOR. and I have yet to meet a girl who doesn’t obsess over these. Ever since I saw my idol, Lauren Conrad, wear Louboutin’s at the 2009 MTV movie awards, I became passionate about them and obsessed to the point that I could notice if someone was wearing them without even looking at the red bottom.

Not only do I love the styles of the Louboutin stilettos but I love the red bottoms. They make them look different from other stilettos – it makes a statement. It’s bold. It’s fierce

Sadly enough, as much as I crave to walk a minute in these heels of my dreams, they are ridiculously expensive and my minimum wage job just isn’t cutting it. I wish I could pull a Blake Lively and buy 40 pairs of them in one setting, but I cannot. 

However……..

In the near future I do see myself in the fashion industry and I do see myself pushing me towards success and if I do reach my goal as a successful fashion icon, I will certainly treat myself to one of these beloved stilettos. 

As for now I’ll be buying some Steve Maddens, buckets of red paint, and a paint brush and get to work. Fake it ’til you make it, right?