Hello again ABC Family Fans! Round #5 of my Jane By Design Style Challenge was inspired by the busy life. Like Jane, I also juggle a million things at a time so I can totally relate to never having time to change your look when going from work to a cocktail party. So this challenge totally spoke to me.
I was given a basic white collared button up shirt. Long sleeve for the winter. The challenge called for me to make an outfit for a day at the office and an outfit for an evening cocktail party using the same white shirt and items from my own wardrobe. Since I’m home for the holidays this week, I also took the liberty of “borrowing” a few things from my mother’s and sister’s closets. The lovely long necklaces are compliments of my mom and the leopard print shirt in the evening look was originally a halter top belonging to my sister that I magically turned into a skirt. I have to admit that I’m kind of obsessed with both these outfits. Fashion, no matter how extravagant, is always built on the basics. When putting together a day in the office look or one fit for a cocktail party, having something like a basic white or a basic black shirt in your wardrobe is so important. I suggest you get a bunch of basics and build your wardrobe from there.
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For Round #4 of my ABC Family Jane By Design Style Challenge, I spent my Christmas Eve making over an ugly Christmas Sweater Vest into a suitable outfit that I predict will be all the rage for Holiday 2012. So I turned what was originally an ugly Mr. Roger’s Christmas Sweater Vest into a chic holiday half poncho. Not quite a scarf or a poncho, this piece of holiday fashion fits nearly every size making it the must-have item for the upcoming holiday.
In fashion, it’s normal to think six months ahead, but this particular challenge required me to think 12 months ahead keeping me really ahead of the game. Added to a simple holiday party outfit, the Holiday Half Poncho acts as the fashion version of the star on top of the Christmas tree. I envision the half poncho to not only fly off the shelves at stores, they will also be the hot new fashion item to make at home out of all those ugly holiday sweaters hidden in the darkest corners of your closet. So they are a green item that will help the polar bears and fight global warming. I’m sure Mrs. Claus will be wearing one. What more can you want out of the next holiday fad? Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! Looking forward to living the Pippa Middleton life in 2012.
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For Round Three of my Jane By Design Style Challenge, I was told to go into my closet and find a purse that best represents me in a way that conveys the very essence of who I am. Having had a passion for purses from an early age, I fully embraced this challenge. According to Gray Chandler Murray, “You can judge a person based on the purse they carry. A sloppy bag shows the world that you are a disheveled mess, very likely in need of group therapy. A matronly purse says you are uptight, humorless and quite possibly spending your nights alone, with only your cat for company. But the right bag represents you better than any other accessory can. The right bag reveals the best aspects of your personality, winning you affection and admiration wherever you go.” I for one completely agree. That’s why the purse I chose out of my extensive collection is more than just a purse to me, it’s a companion.
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but purses are a girl’s soulmate. I bought this lovely Coach handbag at a Florida outlet right before my last semester of college when I was trying to put together a more sophisticated wardrobe. Nearly three years later, it still looks like new. When I graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Advertising in May 2009, that bag was with me on every interview, apartment hunt, and subway ride. During that turbulent time, it became the only constant thing in my life. I’ll always be grateful for the purse that kept me stylish and sane when I first moved to New York. Since I wear a lot of purple, it goes with almost everything in my wardrobe.
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*I had a feeling Gray wasn’t completely pleased with this challenge so I got inspired to make my Round #2 Style Icon tribute to Kate Middleton a little bigger and more opulent like her wedding on April 29, 2011. One time when I was wearing this skirt and cardigan,I was told that I looked like Kate Middleton so I figured they would be appropriate to add to the white t-shirt I was given in which I drew a British flag/crown design on using the fabric markers in my trunk.
For round two of ABC Family’s Jane By Design Style Challenge, I was given the assignment of creating a design on a t-shirt that represents my style icon or the person from which I gain most of my fashion inspiration from. Anyone who reads my blog on a regular basis, knows just how much Kate Middleton’s style and story inspire me. So it’s easy to say that the Duchess of Cambridge is truly my style icon. They say London isn’t as fashionable as Paris or Milan, but I always find myself drawn to British designers. My favorites include Mulberry, Ted Baker, and of course Alexander McQueen. Kate Middleton is the perfect person to represent her quite fashionable nation.
When people find themselves amongst wealth and power, they tend to lose their personal style by wearing what they think they should be wearing instead of what makes them who they are. The opposite is true with Kate. I have a deep admiration for her classic simple style and the fact that it has stayed classic as she became royalty. No matter if you’re Team Kate or look up to another style icon such as Audrey Hepburn, Madonna, or even your mom or favorite aunt, share your own style icon and why they inspire you on the Jane By Design Facebook Page. Don’t forget to say Aspiring Socialite sent you.
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Just call me “Vicky by Design!” As my first task for the ABC Family Jane By Design Style Challenge, I was instructed by the lovely Gray Chandler Murray of Donovan Decker to show off my style and personality by making my very own shopping video haul. For the video, I was given a $50 gift card to go shopping for fun styles. I bought a vintage vest and a pair a black boots to add to styles already in my wardrobe. After days of blood, sweat, fashion, and creativity I went all out and put together two versions of the same outfit based on what I was wearing when I met Erica Dasher, the star of Jane By Design, at a Lucky Magazine party in New York. She’s really stylish in real life too. In order to help me win, share your own haul videos and mention my blog on on the Jane By DesignFacebook Page. Don’t forget to tune into Jane By Design Tuesday Jan. 3rd at 9/8c.