Monthly Archives: March 2011

Fashion Profile: Diana Llaveria

Diana Llaveria, 21 years old

Description of personal style: My roommate today described my personal style as “punk meets hipster,” which I think is fairly accurate. (But I would add “meets lazy!”)

Favorite clothing stores: Urban Outfitters, H&M and Psycho Sisters

Favorite designers: Oscar de la Renta, BCBG and Guess!

Your style icons: Emma Watson, Jessica Stroup, AnnaLynne McCord and Helena Bonham Carter

Accessory that you can’t live without: I am obsessed with my feather hairpiece; I feel like it makes most of my outfits. It just adds that something extra.

Your go-to clothing item: I always grab my Gap skinny jeans. They are old and super ripped up; the style is called the “Diva.” And then with those, I would pair an old t-shirt.

Favorite trend for spring: Tribal prints! I have always been a fan, and I’m starting to see them everywhere. I just can’t get enough. I especially like the tribal print for loose, flowy shirts.

Best fashion advice given to you: My mom told me not to be intimidated by what I wear, and that if you decide to wear something then you own it; nobody can look at you funny for your fashion choices.

Your fashion advice for others: I would say do not be swayed by the generalizations others may make. Like, if you like a style don’t be afraid to wear it because people will label you as a “hipster” or as a “punk.” Wear it because you like it.

Fashion Event: Athens Fashion Week

Mark your calendars, glamazons, because the first annual Athens Fashion Week is less than a month away, and you will not want to miss this.

Combining the southern charm of Athens with the high style of top designers, this must-attend fashion event will be making its mark on the Classic City from April 20 – 22.

From specialty runway shows and trunk sales to black-tie events and exclusive after-parties, a complete schedule of events is available here. You can purchase your tickets directly from the link as well, and I recommend doing so sooner than later; they are going fast! With events such as a Victoria’s Secret swimsuit show and a meet-and-greet with Kim Zolciak from Real Housewives of Atlanta, it’s not difficult to imagine why.

For more information, visit the website at www.athensfashionweek.com. There are still opportunities to get involved for sponsors, hosts, models and volunteers. You can also connect with Athens Fashion Week on Facebook and Twitter (@athfashionweek) to get the latest updates about the event. Trust me glamazons, you will love it!

Photo by Lulu Hoeller/Art Institute of Portland.

Shamrock Shindig

Photo by Tiberiu Ana.

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow, and if you don’t have any set plans yet, consider inviting your friends over for a last minute get together. With easy-to-make recipes, cocktails and crafty decorations, all you need are some festive tunes and drinking games (think creating limericks a few cocktails in) to really get the party started.

1. Food: Nothing brings people together like good food, so make sure your guests have something delicious to snack on. For a festively green appetizer, try this pea pesto crostini shared by Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere. Equally simple ideas include reuben rolls, hot artichoke spinach dip and corned beef spread. For dessert, the mouthwatering options are endless. I could barely keep from drooling over these chocolate mint sandwiches and chocolate shots.

2. Drink: Of course you’ll have plenty of Guinness and green-colored beer on hand. (Remember, you must use a light beer for the green food coloring to show.) To add a fun twist, try concocting a lime shandy. The recipe requires minimal effort, and your guests will love it. If you’re thirsty for more, The Cocktail Lovers share three other ideas here.

3. Décor: When decorating for a St. Patrick’s Day gathering, paper shamrock cutouts and leprechaun images are abused and overused. There is no surer way to look overly cliché than resorting to “Kiss me I’m Irish” paper dinnerware and pot of gold centerpieces. Naturally, the genius that is Martha Stewart has found a way to make the occasion a classier affair but still equally as festive. You can view her decorating suggestions here. Personally, I love the whimsical green flower arrangements.

Packing for Vacation

Is there room for one more bag?

Spring break is here, and as we head off to the beach for a week of fun in the sun, it’s beneficial to remember a few key points about efficient packing. It’s as easy as 1-2-3… literally. Check it out:

1. Start with a list. While what you need to bring will vary slightly from trip to trip, there are certain essentials that you will need every time. Type up a general list of essentials that you store on your computer; then, print it off when you’re preparing to leave for vacation. It will serve as an excellent starting point for your packing, and sticking to your list will help to eliminate unnecessary items.

2. Pack coordinated, multipurpose items. Try picking a color scheme for your trip; this way the pieces you pack can be worn interchangeably. Also, pack clothes that you can transition from day to night. For example, a fun floral dress can be worn with a bright-colored cardigan, chunky necklace, flat sandals and beachy waves for an afternoon shopping spree. For an upscale dinner later that evening, keep the dress and throw on a boyfriend blazer, sexy heels and statement earrings. Pull your hair into a posh ponytail, and you’re ready to hit the town.

3. Cut out your “just in case” items. For this recommendation, do as I say… not as I do. I’ll be the first to admit that it is extremely difficult trying to pick a select few pieces to bring from a full closet of clothes. Because of this, I often end up packing way more than I need. Do your best to eliminate these “just in case” items because nine times out of 10 you end up not using them. If, however, you find yourself needing something that you didn’t pack, you have the perfect excuse to go shopping (like you needed one anyway).

Hangover Helper

All photos from Cupcakes and Cashmere.

If you partied a little too hardy for Mardi Gras last night, you probably woke up this morning with a nasty hangover.

A quick search on WebMD revealed that there is no cure for a hangover. The only sure solution is prevention: drink in moderation or abstain from drinking entirely. But before you panic, there are steps that you can take to minimize the aftereffects of a night out. Follow these steps, and you’ll be back to your fabulous self in no time.

1. Put effort into your appearance. While it is extremely tempting to skip your morning routine, don’t let this happen! If anything you need more personal attention than usual. Take the time to shower; it will leave you feeling refreshed. Follow your usual make-up routine and pull your hair off of your face. It will make you look more polished, and you’ll be needing that.

2. Drink plenty of fluids. Grab a tall glass of water, juice or a sports drink. It’s important to rehydrate and replenish your body with Vitamin C and electrolytes. While it may be tempting to grab a cold Coke or strong cup of coffee, step away from the caffeine. It will only continue to dehydrate you.

3. Get some exercise. I’m not talking about a 10-mile sprint, but do something to get your blood flowing and your heart pumping. I suggest taking a relaxing stroll outside. You’ll enjoy soaking up some sunshine.

4. Take a cue from the guys. Check out this article from BroBible.com about the 25 best hangover food and drinks. While these foods deliver absolutely no nutritional value, there is something to be said for greasy foods the morning after a wild night. The article suggests drinking a Bloody Mary; the tomato juice and celery provide a boost of vitamins, and your body focuses on processing the new alcohol, thus ignoring last night’s binge.

5. Catch up on your Zzzs. People sleep poorly after a night of drinking, so you’re already not getting a full night’s rest and on top of that, your body is actively processing the alcohol in your system. After your day is done, come home and crawl under the covers. From Health.com, here are 7 tips for the best sleep ever.