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Ella’s Fashion Tour of London

In December, I was lucky enough to be invited to join my boyfriend and his parents on a trip to London. I had been to London once before when I was ten years old, and my memories of that trip are fuzzy; therefore, I was thrilled to have a chance to explore the city as an adult. Of course, London is at its most extravagant during the holiday season. Almost every street was decked in lights that would put D.C. holiday street decor to shame. The whole city was in the holiday spirit! London is a pretty glamorous city, so …

Seasonal Trends

Pantone Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet

Every year, Pantone announces its Color of the Year, which “provides strategic direction for the world of trend and design, reflecting the Pantone Color Institute’s year-round work doing the same for designers and brands.” Essentially, it’s the color you should expect to see everywhere this year! (Do you remember Kyle’s blog about the 2017 Colors of the Year?) The 2018 Color of the Year is Ultra Violet, a rich shade of purple that, according to Pantone, “suggests the mysteries of the cosmos” and “symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative …

Shopping Tips

Superdry, Superwarm, and Supercute!

I’d been on the hunt for a new winter coat for a while before I learned about the British brand Superdry. As warm as my lightweight down coat from The North Face is, it is also a size too big and my puppy poked several holes in it with her tiny teeth while she was going through her teething phase last winter. (What can you do?) Winter coats don’t come cheap, so I was struggling to find a quality coat that was both my style and in my budget. I was about to give up when my boyfriend (who was also …

Shopping Tips

May the Force of Fashion be with You

Who’s pumped for the new Star Wars movie? (*raises hand and bounces excitedly*) I was late to the Star Wars fandom. The prequels with Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman came out when I was a little kid and was too young to understand the story or appreciate the franchise’s cultural significance. In 2015, my boyfriend convinced me to watch the original Star Wars trilogy as preparation for the release of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens that year. While I had to giggle at the dated graphics and less-than-perfect acting skills of all but the fabulous Carrie Fisher …

Shopping Tips

A Comprehensive Guide to Holiday Party Outfits

You have some holiday parties lined up, but you’re not really feeling your current party wardrobe. Maybe you’ve literally or figuratively grown out of your current fancy dresses and festive jackets? Consider treating yourself to a new holiday look this season that excites you and suppresses the jitters you may feel about seeing acquaintances, extended family, or co-workers with whom you rarely socialize. (Party anxiety is totally normal, don’t worry.) Of course, there are so many places to shop for holiday looks, and all the sales going on right now might just be adding to your confusion about where to …