Spring Trend Alert: Black & White

I started noticing the prominence of black & white in the past month or two, and have already been drawn to purchase a black and white button up blouse

I have been realizing the trend, and saw that Chictopia has proclaimed it as the trend for this Spring

How will you style this trend?
I will be pairing my white jeans and black jeans with vice versa color combos, with my black leather sleeves blazer, and my black combo boots

Black & White Inspiration:
This first look from the lovely Maya pushed me toward the trend; I fell madly in love with this look


How To Layer Dresses

Here is this awesome stylist tutorial, by Threadsence, on how to layer dresses.
Because dresses don't need to be locked away in your closet until spring.
They're great for wearing year round.
Enjoy :D


Looks Of The Week

Feeling Girly In Loose Pigtails
flower crown: K is for Kani/ sweater: Roxy/ dress: Forever 21/ sweater tights: Target/ booties: Antia 

Flowers in your hair, loose pigtails, and a dress are sure to get you in that girly mood.  

More on Feeling Girly In Loose Pigtails here.

Feeling Hip With 60s Flair
fedora: Target/ silver choker: Urban Outfitters/ cardigan: Forever 21
v-neck shirt: American Apparel (but printed on by Fashion Inc.)
high-waist jeans: Silence + Noise/ booties: Antia

Representing the Fashion Inc. club with our awesome club shirt.
This was the day all the clubs set up tables on the USU balcony to get more people to join.
Our goal was to get 15 people to add to the club's e-mail list.
But we did better than that and had 37 people interested in us!
Thought I'd keep things hip with my free girl, 60's flair sort of style.
And the maroon hat was sure to draw attention ^-^

More on Feeling Hip With 60s Flair here.

Stripes & Braids
striped sweater: Roxy/ scarf: Forever 21/ shirt: American Apparel (print by Fashion Inc.)
sweater tights: Target

Figured I'd make things interesting with stripes and braids
which can be seen in my extremely long scarf
and copied throughout my hair.
Brought in some cut-off jeans and sweater tights of the same color to continue the length.

 More on Stripes & Braids here.

Wine-Colored Stare
trapper hat: Target/ fake leather jacket: Xhilaration/ thermal top: Merona (in mens)
skinny jeans: BDG

Keeping it all the color of wine.
And fighting off the cold with my warm, furry trapper hat and fake leather jacket.
Love the edge this jacket adds to my looks.
Makes for a more serious way to wear my brightly colored jeans.

More on Wine-Colored Stare here.

I'm Warm. And You Are?
necklace: Forever 21/ sweater top: Liz Claiborne Liz Sport/ thermal top: Mossimo Supply Co high-waist jeans: Silence + Noise/ leather purse: Coach/ boots: Bass

The sweater top was one of my awesome buys from the thrift store ^-^
Tried to create an as close to monochromatic color scheme as possible.
Broke up the red-orange with some brown from my necklace, purse, and boots.

More on I'm Warm. And You Are? here.

Fievel Goes West
high-waist jeans: Levi's

Everything else in this look is thrifted and tag-less, so no clue where they're from.
But man they are some of my great finds collected over the years ^-^
Created a kind of western look with the scarf and colors.
Realized this look kind of looked like Fievel from Fievel Goes West ^-^

One of my favorite movies growing up.
I even had one of those Fievel stuffed animals.

More on Fievel Goes West here.

Darkness Engulfs Me
oversized sweater: Mossimo/ high-waist jeans: Silence + Noise

 Just feeling dark in my big puffy sweater.
Today Darkness engulfs me.

More on Darkness Engulfs Me here.

Minnie Mouse
 Minnie Mouse top: Disney/ high-waist jeans: Silence + Noise/ multi-stringed cuff: Forever 21

I absolutely had to have this Minnie Mouse top when I found it.
Reminds me of childhood with my favorite Minnie Mouse tops I wore.
Disney everything was a big part of my childhood :3

More on Minnie Mouse here.


Beautiful Dark Imagery


Super Cute Items

Some super cute items I saw well checking out these Lookbook pics.
If you like any of the items, just click on the picture and it will take you to that item to purchase
or to that person's look on Lookbook.

. Amanda .


Wardrobe-Dresser Experience

Go beyond the door of sketching and sewing garments.  Take some time to volunteer for events that interest you and get hands on experiences.  Doesn't matter if you want to be a designer, visual merchandiser, buyer, stylist, etc., every experiences count and you never know, you might discover something about yourself that you haven’t already.
Member of Fashion.Inc:  Nancy Hang (me) & Brandon Yang
(3 of Brandon's designs were show case in the fashion show)
I was fortunate to volunteer as a wardrobe-dresser for the Central California Family First Launch Party hosted at The Standard on January 29, 2013.  It was my first time as a wardrobe-dresser but I discovered that I enjoyed it a lot.  My duties was to make sure the model get the outfit that she was assigned to, assisted in dressing the model, make sure she was ready for her turn on the runway, collect the garments after the show, and return them.  One thing I found challenging as a wardrobe-dresser was when I put the dress on my model and the zipper wouldn't zip up.  But thankfully there was an extra dress.  Even when facing with situation like this, one thing I discovered about myself is that I like to feel the excitement and energy when the model rush to the changing room and I have to assist them into their garment for the next round.  I feel proud of myself when I see the model walking down the runway with the garment in place. 

So remember, the more experiences you have, the more you’ll discover about yourself and might get inspire to do something that you haven’t thought of it.  The fashion world is a broad industry so don’t limit yourself to one thing.  

My model:  Kaley

Wardrobe-Dresser Team:
Tori, Apneet, Nancy (me), Yolai
Gao (far right) is the activity coordinator for the event

The models


The Polyvore Designer Collective

If you haven't heard of Polyvore.com, it is a popular fashion website where you can create collages or "sets" with fashion items.   There are thousands of users registered, and the website has over 22 million unique visitors monthly. 

Today, Polyvore has unveiled their new program, called the Polyvore Designer Collective: "a new program that supports talented emerging designers and helps introduce their work to the Polyvore community."

What a great way to give back to the fashion community!

Currently there are four designers, but this number is surely to grow over time.
Here are two sets inspired by the Polyvore Designer Collective:

The Polyvore Designer Collective

The Polyvore Designer Collective: DANNIJO

 <3 Vani


Looks Of The Week

Red Licorice Legs
thrifted sweater: Chico's D.E.S.I.G.N/ high-waist jeans: Silence + Noise

My legs look like red licorice.
Mm I love to use them as a straw in my Fanta sodas.
Can never grow out of something as awesome and candy straws.
More on Red Licorice Legs here.

Burrowed In The Branches
sweater: Roxy/ top: Free People/ skinny jeans: BDG

Wearing cool colors of the temperatures
in items that I feel completely comfortable in.

More on Burrowed In The Branches here.

My Witchy Neon Socks
long sleeve top: Kirra/ skirt: Forever 21/ sweater tights: Target/ booties: Antia

My mom bought me these crazy neon striped socks
well in San Francisco for me.
I had the hardest time trying to figure out what to wear these with
but ta-da I created a look :D

More on My Witchy Neon Socks here.

Flower Girl? School Girl?
flower crown: Claire's/ school boy sweater: Merona/ lace maxi skirt: Forever 21
knee high socks: Target/ booties: Antia

Flower girl, because of my flower crown and skirt?
School girl, because of my school boy sweater and knee highs?
Nope just good ol' Amanda ^-^
Smile darlings.
More on Flower Girl? School Girl? here.

Dressy Tribal
skinny jeans: Billabong

Back from a night out with the girls.
Thought I'd spruce things up a bit with a collared shirt.
And then added some tribal necklaces to bring it back to more of my style.

The orange one is a Native American spirit necklace
to keep bad spirits away from the wearer.
The other one has some awesome lithographs on it,
but I do not know what culture.
It makes me think of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

More on Dressy Tribal here.


Trend - Above the knuckle rings

Above the knuckle and nail rings are a nice little trend seen online right now.  

This trend is something fun and different, simplistic and unique
 They do seem hipster, but hipster is definitely what is in

You can find them online, like on this webstore at etsy



Inspired While Shopping

Was inspired by many items in Love Culture.
Was walking by their store and was like
"Wait these are exactly the items I was looking for!"

My dream for the spring fashion show
is to have the five girls each in thin, flowy layers
pastels, lace, some jean material
and a bit of leather.
I'm going for a girly, earthy look.
Each will have their hair down with a crown of flowers atop their heads.
Was also inspired by some of these accessories in Forever 21.
Like the tiny touch of tough in the spiky bracelets
and the sweetness in pastel colored lace tights.
So excited for this spring show.
Think my biggest inspiration to style is Free People.
I love their fashion catalogs.

. Amanda .