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On Trend: FYI, ‘90s Threads Are Totally Stylin’

-Rache’ll Brown

High-waisted shorts, denim-on-denim, revealing bustiers, and small floral print dresses—this spring, break out the grunge-inspired clothes because the ‘90s are back.

Although new trends arise every season, fashion is cyclical, and retro-styles make comebacks all the time. Some things should have died the first time around (Harem pants. Enough said.), but overall, I think the ‘90s were a great era for style. So, watch some Saved by the Bell, blast this playlist, and prepare to be taken back to the final, and disputably best, decade of the 20th century.

First off, decide which aspect of the rising trend to tackle. Retro looks are hit or miss. Bringing an old trend into current times is tricky because no one wants to look like they wandered out of a time machine. Hint: find pieces with ‘90s prints and current cuts, like a fitted small floral print top, and only wear one trend at a time.

Let’s start with denim: jean on top is huge. Chambray shirts (pictured above), and denim jackets and vests are easy ways to spice up a spring look. Pair a chambray top with black leggings, or a denim jacket with a girly dress to bring this fad to life. Denim-on-denim is no longer a faux pas! As long as both pieces are different shades, the embarrassment of a Canadian tuxedo can be avoided.

Another ’90s comeback look I’m loving is high-waisted anything. Shorts, skirts, jeans—it doesn’t matter. They are comfortable and stylish, which is ideal. A sheer, sleeveless, collared top in a pastel color tucked into high-waisted shorts can be paired with sandals for a girly and casual spring look. Another option is pairing high-waisted bottoms with a crop top, or bustier. This allows the trendy top to be appropriate for everyday wear, and it offers more body types a chance to utilize the style. But be careful! Bustiers can be really cute, but only when paired with something a little more conservative: channel Selena Gomez, not Keira Knightley. Trust me, less is more.

So embrace the ‘90s! Bring back the classics with a current twist by mindfully pairing old items with new. The great thing about fashion is that once something goes “out” it pretty much always comes back—but in a bigger and better way. I can’t wait to see what is next!

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What YouTube Teaches Me

-Rache’ll Brown

I spend way too much of my time on YouTube when I should be studying, cleaning my apartment, or writing an essay. But what can I say? I’m a procrastinator, and YouTube is just so much more appealing than a five-page paper. However, I don’t see this obsession as time wasted—YouTube teaches me a lot, and I have had more than enough time to narrow down my favorite channels that I frequent instead of tending to my grown-up duties (who wants to do laundry anyway?). So here are the YouTube channels that teach me how to dress better, cook better, look better, and feel better.

Wendy’s Look Book

This channel features a small woman with a huge wardrobe and a ton of style. Her outfits are impeccable and her videos are prime quality, and most of her “pairings” and style advice is spot on. Fashion-lovers will be impressed with her words of wisdom.


From the sisters of Pixiwoo comes a British fashion and beauty channel featuring celebrity-inspired tutorials, makeovers, street style, and more, all featuring everyday viewers that are yearning for a new look.

You Deserve A Drink

Hosted by actress and comedian Mamrie Hart, You Deserve A Drink (YDAD) is filled with cheesy one-liners (which are the basis of her built-in drinking game) and delicious drinks in honor of celebrities and current events.

Laura in the Kitchen

My dad is a chef, so the cooking channel is always on when I am home. And let me just say, Laura Vitale is better than everyone on there. Her Italian-style cooking, simple recipes, and sheer enthusiasm are inspiring. Plus she has some great close ups of delicious food.

Pop Pilates

Fitness instructor Cassey Ho shares her tips and tricks on efficient workouts, diets, and fitness apparel with this hands-on channel. Her workouts can be hard, but her optimistic attitude makes it a little easier to complete (although her enthusiasm can be slightly irritating—I mean, how is someone so happy while doing side plank extensions?). I feel great after completing one of her videos, and sometimes an at-home workout is much more appealing than heading to the Rec Center.

On Trend: New Accessories for Spring

-Rache’ll Brown

The sun is shining and spring is near, so ditch the gloves and throw on a statement ring instead. Forget the old tribal look, bright shades, and futuristic shapes of the prior vernal equinox: spring 2013 has an array of exciting new styles unparalleled to last year’s coveted pieces. With a new season on the horizon, it’s time to start preparing for the upcoming trends—and I can’t wait.

This spring, expect to see a variety of trends that will be easy to wear and even easier to find. With fringe necklaces, see-through bags, and chunky heels at the forefront of the trends, versatility and simplicity is key. And forget neon hues—it is all about pale pastels for accessories like shoes, bags, and scarves. This season is about simple femininity with a modern edge. To be more daring, throw on some knee-high Grecian inspired sandals or cutout booties, and metallic anything because gold, silver, and bronze are going to be huge. Regardless of personal style, this season holds trends suited for all.

It will be easy to incorporate these trends into everyday life, especially since most are simple and understated. Fringe necklaces make a great statement piece, so use it to dress up a simple dress or top for an effortless vibe. And the chunky heels? On behalf of every girl in the world: thank you fashion gods. Now those who have been afraid to rock a heel before can wear them with ease. Or, grab a bag in a beautiful pastel color (totes are back in!) to complete a look. Remember: an accessory is meant to enhance an outfit, so start with a good base, and whichever accessories that are added on will only make the final outfit look even better. Check out Style’s Spring 2013 Trend Report for more ideas—the options are limitless.

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On Trend: Smoldering Eyes

-Rache’ll Brown

Nothing is worse than a girl in a beautiful outfit with terrible makeup. It’s like baking a cake without adding the frosting: just wrong. Without well-done hair and makeup, a look is nothing. A beautiful outfit is just that if every aspect of the overall image isn’t polished. The right makeup adds a necessary touch that makes the biggest difference. When I wear a smoldering eye on a night out, I feel invincible: I know I look good from head to toe, and my confidence shows. This look is something I struggled with because I was afraid of messing it up, but with some practice I’ve finally gotten it down.

First of all, gather all needed products: eye primer, black gel eyeliner, pencil eyeliner or cream shadow, black powder eye shadow (matte or shimmer, whichever suits the occasion), a dark brown matte eye shadow (or any other desired shade, preferably dark and matte), a highlighting shade, eyeliner (I prefer gel with dark looks), and mascara. As for tools, I recommend a flat shader brush, a pencil brush, two blending brushes (one to apply crease color, one strictly for blending), and an angled eyeliner brush (but this only applies if using gel liner).

I always start by applying moisturizer and foundation, but I hold off on concealer and other face products until the eyes are done because darker colors tend to fall off the skin and create a shadow under the eyes. Next, apply primer all over the lids and smooth out evenly. Take the dark matte shadow (I prefer brown) and blend it into the crease for a transitioning tone.

Then, with a clean finger, press the gel liner, pencil or cream shadow from your lash line to the crease, but don’t bring it all the way into the brown. It’s perfectly normal for this to look messy because it will be blended out later. Take a flat shader brush packed with the black shadow, tap off the excess, then cover the black base entirely—it should be darkest near the lash line, fading up to a less intense color meeting the brown.

Finally, take a clean blending brush and make windshield wiper motions in the crease to create a gradient with the brown and the black. Clean up the fall-out under the eyes, apply concealer, and set with translucent powder. Apply black eye shadow with a pencil brush on the bottom lash line, then apply eyeliner to the upper waterline and lash line. To finish off, highlight with a light shadow under the brows and in the inner corner, and apply a thick coat of mascara—for some extra fun, add glitter or false lashes! Keep the rest of the face simple and neutral to emphasize the eyes, and voilá! A beautiful smoldering eye look for a fun night out.

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On Trend: Fashion Forecast – White for Spring

-Rache’ll Brown

Two times a year some beautiful things happen—an array of fashion weeks take place all over the world in cities including Milan, Paris, Los Angeles, and of course, New York. Although I adore winter/fall ready-to-wear runway, the 2013 spring/summer collections, which showed in September 2012, definitely did not disappoint. Through all of the trends, including lace, denim, metallic, and grunge, my favorite by far was the reoccurring appearance of the color white. Chanel, Alexander Wang, and Rebecca Minkoff, among others, utilized this crisp color for the upcoming season. And I love it.

To me, nothing is more beautiful and classic than a bright white piece of clothing. And the versatility! Don’t even get me started. Or do. Think of the endless possibilities offered by beautiful, white clothing. I mean, I’m all for being trendy with beautiful bold prints and exciting exotic cuts, but are they wearable? Not exactly. You can pair literally anything with white. This is a trend that anyone will be able to bring from the runway to campus without too much effort.

Here is how I see this going: white lace shirts paired with high-wasted shorts or bright skirts, chambray tops with white jeans and bright sandals, white flowing dresses with thin printed belts as an accent—these are just some possibilities while using white this upcoming spring.

But honestly, there aren’t a lot of limits that can be crossed while using white. Creating a beautiful outfit is like creating a piece of art. The perfect outfit needs a plain base like a painting needs a blank canvas. I believe that the best looks consist of simple pieces with one or two accent pieces. So take this trend and utilize it to its fullest potential—create a canvas that will lead to the perfect spring ensemble.

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Image from Fashion Slop at http://fashionslop.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/backstage-at-new-york-fashion-week-springsummer-2013-part-1/

On Trend: Wanelo – Online Shopping For Dummies

-Rache’ll Brown

“Want, need, or love?” I ask myself while sorting through page after page during an afternoon of procrastination via online shopping. As a girl who loves to shop, about 60 percent of my time on the computer is spent browsing various web stores—but going to the same five sites over and over again just gets boring. This is why I love Wanelo.

With Wanelo (a shortened version of Want, Need, Love), I can search for a specific item or style of clothing and find things from hundreds of sites. It introduces me to different boutiques I’ve never heard of, and it keeps me on one tab instead of having ten different ones slowing down my browser. And the site is so easy to navigate. Similar to Pinterest, once you find an item that catches your attention, you can either save it to a specific collection you’ve created, tag it for a friend, or buy it. If you don’t have something specific in mind, you can browse the trending topics or follow a feed of collections that friends have created. The interactive aspect is what makes Wanelo so fun. You can follow different sites you already love or compare different pieces with friends.

Best of all, Wanelo has a free app for iPhones, which is how I fell in love with the site in the first place. It’s easy to spend hours just hanging around and creating different collections–I like to have a collection for each season, plus any specific special occasions (my spring formal collection is getting insane! But what can I say, I like to be prepared). Another helpful aspect of Wanelo is that users can see what types of colors, cuts, and accessories are trendy at the moment. I mean, it’s not like I want to look like everyone else, but I think the best inspiration comes from everyday girls like me, and where better to find it then on someone’s dream collection?

So, fashionistas (female and male alike), I 100 percent recommend this site (and more importantly, this app)! The site is perfect for frequent shoppers and newbies alike! I’m completely obsessed with it, so head to the app store and download away!

Grade: A

On Trend: Style Profile – Dalouny Singkhek

-Rache’ll Brown

Students rush from class to class in an attempt to avoid the rain. The same bulky Oregon hoodies, rain boots, and sweats are everywhere. Let’s face it, most people look like a wreck during winter term. However, sophomore Dalouny Singkhek is one of the few to get it right–she has cold-weather style perfected with the use of layers, accessories, and comfortable yet functional pieces. The education major, who brands her style as “girly,” turns simple outfits into something more by adding winter-friendly pieces that keep her warm and look adorable, too. Drawing inspiration from starlets like Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Karrueche Tran, and Lucy Hale, Singkhek’s style is one to take note of. We sat down to chat about some of her cold weather necessities.

How would you describe your ideal winter outfit?

A scarf, headband, tight skirt, tights, loose sweater, pea coat, and boots.

Cute! So are those some of your “must have” pieces for winter?

Yes! Scarves, head-wear like beanies and headbands, and leggings are perfect for winter because they add something extra to simple outfits. And they help keep you warm, which is always a plus!

What is your favorite trend you’ve seen on campus this winter?

Definitely over-sized sweaters, beanies, and combat boots.

Agreed. Where do you like to shop for things like that?

Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, and H&M are perfect.

Do you have any advice for people who struggle to dress well in the winter?

You could wear leggings, boots, and one of those puffy North Face jackets to stay warm, but just throwing on a pair of long socks or leg warmers with your boots will make an outfit better. Also, adding winter headgear like a beanie or headband will make a simple outfit much cuter.

On Trend: Red Carpet Review – The Golden Globes

On Trend is a fashion column dedicated to street style, celebrity fashion, and current trends. I will be giving my opinion on all things fashion-related, as well as sharing my tips and tricks to keeping on trend.

-Rache’ll Brown

Sunday, January 13th, the 2013 Award Show season (or, as I like to call it, Red Carpet season) kicked off with the 70th annual Golden Globes. The show, which awarded the best in film and television from 2012, offered an array of fashion that both disappointed and impressed me.

First of all, I’ll start by saying I never really watch the show itself – I couldn’t care less which movies and television shows are considered the best because to me all that matters is the clothes. Every year many celebrities inspire and offend me, and this year two lovely women knocked it out of the park. Emily Blunt’s gold Michael Kors dress (top left) was sleek, well-fitted, and detailed perfectly. The accessories complimented it just right, and her up-do was a great choice (John Krasinski is a lucky man!) And Kate Hudson . . . wow. Her Alexander McQueen gown (top right) was to die for. She looked absolutely amazing, and I am obsessed with the pairing of black and gold (apparently many stars are too! Nicole Kidman, among several others, also rocked the classy color combo.)

The worst-dressed of the night was also a tie because I couldn’t decide if I hated Halle Berry’s or Jessica Chastain’s (Zero Dark Thirty) dress more. These two really need to start dressing their age! Berry wore a bright, outrageous skin-bearing Artilier Versace dress (bottom left) that looked cheap and childish, while Chastain might as well have saved her money and wore a drape instead of Calvin Klein (bottom right). And the hair? Just stop. Nothing irritates me more than when stars spend thousands of dollars on a couture dress, but just slick back their hair or put it in a ponytail. Take this loss into consideration ladies, and step it up for the next show.


Now, on to the trends. For textiles, there was a lot of satin, and I hated it. To me, the sheen of satin makes a dress look cheap, not high-end (but this can be an exception – Zooey Deschanel looked amazing in her satin Oscar de la Renta).  As for the shapes – strapless, sweetheart necklines, and mermaid cuts – I thought they were perfect. Personally, I love the sleek look, which Hayden Panettiere, Amy Adams, and Megan Fox wore well. However, my favorite trend of the night was one of the prominent dress colors. Jennifer Lawerence, Zooey Deschanel, and Claire Danes wowed me with their bright red-orange hues! Although this look isn’t exactly seasonal, I hope the trend sticks because it is fabulous. Overall, the Golden Globes started off the Red Carpet season with some hits and misses, and I’m excited to see what the rest of the award shows bring!

Images from http://www.popsugar.com

The Next Big Thing: Fashion Trucks

-Jamie Hershman

Food trucks are still a bit of a phenomenon. It has become trendy to try out the latest grilled cheese cart or the next taco stand that sell delicious, gourmet-like food for a quarter of the price. But, food trucks are soon going to be overturned by the next big thing in mobility: Fashion trucks. Fashion trucks have been around for just a few years but are quickly making a significant presence in the fashion world. Customers love the ease and excitement these carts bring with its unique products, as it can be monotonous for some to shop at the same stores over and over again. The shoppers that are attracted to these innovative fashion trucks are those who love the thrill of thrift store shopping and the pleasures of finding that unique item of clothing that is not being mass-produced.

Fashion trucks can be found in major cities throughout the U.S. like New York, San Francisco, Texas, Boston, Los Angeles, and, you guessed it, Portland. Many of the trucks specialize in different areas of clothing and accessories like Le Fashion Truck of Los Angeles that sells unique handmade jewelry designed by the truck’s co-owner. Here, shoppers can also find affordable vintage clothing as cheap as five dollars. In Austin, Texas, the fashion truck Bootleg sells one-of-a-kind footwear from around the world in a 30-foot Airstream Land Yacht. Green Street Vault in Boston is sells men’s apparel and accessories and is owned by a man. As the first men’s fashion truck, Green Street Vault takes over the Boston streets in its lime-green truck while selling skater-inspired street wear.

Lodekka of Portland is one of the more unique trucks. Founder Erin Sutherland bought a double-decker bus straight from Liverpool, England to transform into a mobile dress shop that opened October 2010. Besides dresses, Lodekka sells everything a girl would need to have a fashionable night out, ranging from accessories to shoes to even men’s clothing. The bus features a small dressing room, making it more appealing to shoppers than other fashion trucks. While the bus isn’t being driven from place to place, the bus stays in a parking lot off of North Williams Avenue so shoppers will always know where to find it. Even in the midst of the thrift-shop-heavy city of Portland, this bus stands out because of the pure personality of its structure and the hard to find pieces inside of it.

These trucks are the latest news of fashion, each one having something unique to offer that can’t necessarily be found in chain clothing stores. So, next time you’re going out to shop, look up the local fashion trucks in your area for a different shopping experience.

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Images from http://thefreshheir.com/tag/green-street-vault and http://www.greenpacks.org/2011/02/10/double-decker-ginny-transformed-into-lodekka-boutique

Students Use Trends to Define Style

-Rache’ll Brown

If the weather allows it, most afternoons I can be found hanging around Lillis people-watching. Although my fellow students can be quite entertaining, I’m not in it for the shenanigans—I’m in it for the style.

As a whole, students at the University of Oregon encompass a style of their own consisting of anything from indie, to edgy, to relaxed, to classic, and even if you don’t think you have a “style,” you do! (You may not be aiming to portray any certain look, but the type of clothes you wear still fit a certain genre and therefore you have style despite its fashionableness). If you take the time to check out everyone’s outfits like I often do, it’s apparent that even though most of the ensembles don’t resemble something off the pages of Vogue, for the most part everyone still looks pretty good. Most of what I see consists of practical clothing that provides comfort for on-the-go students, while still giving off the vibe that some sort of planning took place while getting dressed. Among these traditional outfits, many students do use trends to show off their personal style.

In the pictures above both girls have similar outfits: leggings, flats and oversized tops. The trend? Cheetah print. In the first outfit, the bold print is used as the focal point of the ensemble. Pairing a printed scarf, like the girl above, or a blouse alongside classic pieces such as leggings and flats create an effortless vibe that is comfortable yet still put together. The second outfit uses cheetah print as an accessory to enhance another trend, a neon top. Coupling a print with a bright solid color creates a chic and modern look without being “too much” for class.

This is exactly what I love about fashion: trends arise, and for the most part people follow them, but they wear them in a way that is fitting for their own personal style. Taking a look around, a lot of people have at least one thing in common with their clothing or accessories even if their outfits are polar-opposite of each other,

So, when you have time to spare, I recommend taking a moment to look and appreciate your fellow students’ style. In the mean time, check out my blog for more on-campus fashion.