Wednesday, December 07, 2016

College Fashionista December Post: Pin is In

Just popping in to share my December post for my College Fashionista Style Guru internship. Be sure to check it out and give it a RAD if you liked it! This month's post is featuring my friend Camilla and some of her awesome accessories. Here are a few sneak peeks, but be sure to check out the entire article HERE!

XO, Nicole 

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Empire Styles 2.0 & A Survey

Finding sources of inspiration and being creative has always been something that is super important to me. For as long as I can remember, I've cut out clippings of outfits, colors, photos and patterns from magazines to create inspiration collages and boards. I also love going on Pinterest and Tumblr for everything from outfit and home decor inspiration to beautiful photos of nature and cities. I wanted to share a few pictures and quotes that have been inspiring me lately. I've really been making an effort to stay informed and inspired, even when I'm super busy at school.

As I said in my last post, I've felt really detached from the blog in the past few weeks. School has literally consumed my entire life, and I try my hardest and pride myself in the consistency of posting at least once per week. That being said, there is always room to improve. I am hoping that next term I will be able to put even more time into the blog. I am a perfectionist and am always striving to make Empire Styles the best it can possibly be.

That being said, there's a ton of fun updates in the works. They're taking more time than I anticipated because I'm really working to make everything exactly how I want it to be, so expect some fun surprises in the coming months. My goal is to have everything finished by the end of the year- so stay tuned! I've been working on them since August and thinking about it even before that, so this is a long time coming.

I'm also going to attach a quick survey at the bottom of this post to get a better sense of you guys, what you want to see more of and what you might want to see less of. It would be incredibly helpful if you took this survey- it shouldn't take you more than five minutes, ten at the very most. There's a place in the survey to put your name, email and/or social handles, so as a thank you for taking the survey, I'll check out your account(s) and give you some love! If you have a survey going on about your blog, please comment the link below and I'd be more than happy to return the favor :)

Take the survey HERE:

And since today is Tuesday, November 8th.... today's post wouldn't be complete without encouraging everyone to go out an VOTE! I'm not going to tell you who to vote for, but I will encourage you to pay your civic duty because your vote counts and will shape our future. 

Thanks in advance for your help, and don't forget to vote!

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Outfit: Fall in Rittenhouse Square

I feel like I've been so MIA on the blog lately! While I've had content publishing every week, I feel like I haven't been actually interacting with you guys as much. Friends, family and other bloggers had always said how busy of a time college is, but I never truly understood that until I came to Drexel! I am literally always doing something, most of the time it's either doing work, hanging out with friends or eating. But it's mostly just doing work. Only a few more weeks until I'm done with my first term :-)

Last weekend, my roomie and I walked to center city to explore Rittenhouse Square and treat ourselves to a nice dinner out. What would a fun city excursion be without some good ol' outfit pictures?! A few weeks ago, I went home for the weekend and bought a super cute bomber jacket from the boutique I work at and I am in love. It is such a great layering piece and a perfect weight for the in-between fall weather we're having in Philly right now. As I talked about in my fall trend preview, I think bomber jackets are a huge trend this season and I'm so glad I finally hopped on the bandwagon. Here's how I styled mine:

How are you styling bomber jackets this fall? Comment below! 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Fashion News Sources to Follow

I've always loved following the news. For as long as I can remember, the news would be playing every morning in the kitchen while our family was having breakfast and getting ready for the day. In one of my English classes in high school, my teacher had us read the newspaper as often as we could to stay informed and also to help our writing. In addition to local, national and international news, I also try to keeps tabs on fashion industry news. This is something that I enjoy reading and learning about, and now that I am a fashion student, it is more important than ever that I stay up to date on the latest industry trends, news and updates. I do everything from follow sources on social media to subscribe to e-mail newsletters, so I figured I'd share some of my favorite sources today.

1. Fashionista // I subscribe to their daily newsletters and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I'm going to be honest, I don't read their articles everyday, but I always skim over the headlines mentioned in the email and if I see anything interesting I either bookmark it or read it. As a college student, I don't have time to read every article I see, but subscribing to the newsletter helps me at least stay in-the-know about the latest events.

2. Business of Fashion  // Business of Fashion is my overall favorite resource for fashion news. I follow them across all social media accounts and also subscribe to their email lists. I have found that BOF has the most well-rounded content. They publish about all the current news as soon as it happens, so I am always in the know. What I love the most about BOF is their editorial section. They discuss current hot topics in the industry and write different positions on them which is a constant source of inspiration for blog posts (for me at least!). I highly recommend subscribing to BOF's email list. They recently switched over from a completely free service to a paid service, but I believe the e-mails are still accessible without a paid membership.

3. New York Times Style Section // One of my professors from my FIT precollege courses had us read a lot of The New York Times style pieces and watch their videos, as well. Of course, NYT is where the legendary Bill Cunningham worked and published his weekly street style videos/ spreads. I particularly enjoy Vanessa Friedman's (the editor of the Fashion & Style section) pieces because she is incredibly honest in her collection critiques and commentary about trends in the industry.

4. Man Repeller // I mention Man Repeller a lot on here, and it's for good reason. Leandra and her team are seriously rockstars. They produce content that is incredibly relevant and timely, and they present it in such a unique way. Reading fashion news via Man Repeller is a breath of fresh air: it is not quite as serious as BoF or NYT, but all the information is still there. They also often editorialize and make their articles more of a discussion, which I love because fashion is a two way street that cannot work without the consumer participating.

5. AP Fashion // I follow AP Fashion on Twitter, and I think they're a super easy and great resource for checking the latest news in the fashion industry. I generally don't read the full articles/ briefs but following on Twitter is a super easy thing to do to make sure I'm always up-to-date!

What are your go-to fashion news sources? Comment below!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Trend Spotlight: Dainty Jewelry

I love jewelry and accessories; I truly think they make or break any outfit. There are a few statement pieces I have and love, but I mostly wear more dainty jewelry. Lately, my style has definitely been more minimalist and I'm noticing my jewelry is looking the same way. Lots of dainty rings, necklaces and earrings. I rarely even wear bracelets anymore, besides my watch occasionally. Also, I've always gravitated towards gold jewelry but lately I see myself loving silver. We'll see how long that phase lasts... For now, here's some dainty jewelry inspiration. And as for shopping, I've been finding most of mine at Urban Outfitters.

What's your favorite kind of jewelry to wear? Comment below! XO, Nicole 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

College Fashionista October Post

My October post for my CollegeFashionista internship went live over the weekend! Be sure to check it out, give it a RAD and tell me what you think! Clearly, I have an obsession with culottes lately (see this post), because my latest CollegeFashionista post is featuring my super stylish roommate, Emma, and her dusty rose culottes that I am completely in love with. Here are a few pictures of her outfit, but be sure to see everything in my post HERE!

Happy October! XO, Nicole 

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Crushing on Culottes

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Culottes have been up and coming for the past few seasons, but I swore it was a trend I would never understand and certainly never wear. During my recent trip to Paris, I saw all the Parisian and European women wearing them. And they all looked amazing. For a lot of reasons, my Europe trip influenced and sparked a change in my style for the better, and my new crush on culottes is one of these changes.

I love that culottes are a multi-seasonal piece, depending on the fabric, print and color, of course. While I was in Paris, I bought a pair of black and white striped culottes from Zara that I simply adore. On a warm Parisian night, I paired them with a black ribbed mock turtleneck tank top, but these can also be paired with a cropped sweater or tight long sleeve top tucked in. I also love the idea of layering my black mock turtleneck with a bulky denim jacket or black leather moto jacket for some dimension.


What trends were you initially nervous to try but ended up loving? What do you think about culottes? Comment below! XO, Nicole