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 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Best Snapchats to Follow

I've been loving Snapchat lately. At first, I wasn't sure how I felt about having brands, bloggers and influencers enter the social media platform that was exclusively social. By "exclusively social", I mean that before, Snapchat was a platform where users only followed their friends and family, no celebrities, stores, bloggers or anyone they didn't know. When brands and bloggers first started creating content on Snapchat, I was hesitant to add them, but eventually did because I didn't want to miss out on the exclusive Snapchat content. 

Now, I love how brands and influencers have adapted to this new platform to share their content and also explore their personal brand on a whole new level. Snapchat is so personal, so any user who us utilizing the platform as part of their business and/or brand, must have a deep sense of their brand and their Snapchat content must reflect that. Here are a few of my favorite Snapchatters to follow: 

1. Elaine Welteroth (elainewelteroth) // Elaine is the Snapchat QUEEN, guys. I love seeing little peeks into her life. Between living in NYC, traveling a lot and being Editor of Teen Vogue, there is always something exciting going on. She's great about updating her story, so there's always something new to watch from Elaine. She has such a great personality that shines through effortlessly on her snaps. If you add anyone from this roundup, make it her! 

2. College Fashionista (cfashionista) // College Fashionista has really adapted to creating exclusive content on Snapchat and they're killing it. They have a segment called #CFLive where different Style Guru's take over their snapchat for a few hours. CF did a really great job of integrating the Style Guru's, something that is the foundation of their publication, into their Snapchat, while still sharing some exclusive CF content as well. 

3. Man Repeller (manrepeller) // It's no secret that I love Man Repeller. With the recent introduction of Instagram Stories, Man Repeller hasn't been as active on Snapchat (boo), but I'm still listing them in my favorites because when they do snap, its gold. Pure gold. Behind-the-scenes, Leandra just talking and basically anything else you can imagine. 

4. Hallie (coralsncognacs) // Hallie is so freakin' funny. Between teaching Soul Cycle classes and maintaining her blog, there's always something fun and exciting going on in her life. She recently started doing an exclusive Snapchat series all about the horrors of Tinder which has been hilarious. 

5. Julia (galmeetsglam) // Julia seems to always be traveling to a new and beautiful place, and she covers all her travels on Snapchat. Definitely add her on Snapchat for a serious case of wanderlust! Not to mention, I love the series she does with her husband, Thomas, called "Four Eyes on the Pink Couch" which is just a fun Q&A they do together. 

6. Grace (grace.atwood) // I love Grace's snaps. It really shows the life behind what being a full-time blogger looks like. It's a lot more than just shopping and outfit posts. Grace is always going to an event or doing something for her website, which I really respect and admire. Not to mention it looks pretty fun! 

7. Teen Vogue (teenvogue) // Teen Vogue snaps are so on-brand, it's crazy (good). There's certainly a lot of content to tap through, but it's quality for sure. There are so many exclusive snaps and takeovers with different models and celebrities. I also love seeing any and all things behind-the-scenes at Teen Vogue. 

8. Jessica (jessicasturdy) // Jessica is so hilarious. This side of her doesn't always come out on her blog posts, so it's been so fun "getting to know her" over Snapchat and seeing more of her personality shine through. She recently travelled to Italy and documented every minute of her trip on Snapchat, which I loved. I felt like I was there with her! 

Who are your favorite Snapchatters? Comment below! And don't forget to follow me on Snapchat --> nicolecoppins. XO, Nicole 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

College Fashionista: September Article

My September post for College Fashionista went up today! Please check out my post here and don't forget to "RAD" my post if you like it. I have been loving this outfit for fall because it is so easy and comfortable to throw on. I can pair it with sandals for now, but as it starts to get cooler, I can swap them out for my favorite black booties and add a leather jacket and scarf for some warm layers. I can't believe it's almost fall. I can't wait for the crisp air, crunchy leaves, pumpkin flavored everything and cozy, soft sweaters.

 What are you most excited about for fall? Comment below! XO, Nicole 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The New Teen Vogue

via Teen Vogue

I've been a Teen Vogue reader since I was in middle school and I truly feel like the magazine has grown up with me. First, covering the basic fashion and beauty stories that I poured over in middle school and freshman year of high school. Now, the magazine also covers current social and political issues in a way that millennials want to hear about them, which is exactly what the more mature, college freshman in me cares about, in addition to all of the fashion stories of course. Especially after attending Teen Vogue Fashion University in 2015 and meeting the now editor in chief, Elaine Welteroth, I am so excited to keep following Teen Vogue through this new phase of diverse and digital content (and of course still read my print copy, ha!).

For those who don't know, there has been a recent change in leadership at Teen Vogue. Formerly, Amy Astley was the Editor in Chief. Astley founded the magazine back in 2003 by developing a new magazine niche: a magazine for teenagers beyond celebrity gossip and personality quizzes. Teen Vogue was exactly what it sounded like: a teen fashion magazine featuring trends and fashion that young people cared about. It was truly genius at the time; there was nothing like it. Sure, there were teen gossip magazines like Bop and Tiger Beat where teens could read about which celebrities were dating and who was performing at the most recent award show, but there was nothing with intelligent content that discussed anything besides the latest Hollywood happenings. 

Since then, Teen Vogue has evolved into so much more. In addition to the fashion and beauty stories that we all know and love, the magazine also has sections titled "Fashion at Work", which profiles women in the fashion industry about their job, successes and life, "Social Studies", a place where familiar faces and credible experts discuss issues that matter to Generation Z, and editorials and interviews that cover hot button topics and issues like the upcoming presidential election, feminism and body image. 

Their most recent September issue was described as the "for girls by girls issue" in which primarily women modeled, wrote and photographed the issue. The magazine also worked with Amanda de Cadnet of the #GirlGaze project which pushes for the female point of view from behind the camera, not just in front of it. The September 2016 cover star is also significant. Tavi Gevinson, creator and Editor in Chief of website Rookie Mag, actress and feminist icon, further emphasizes Teen Vogue's commitment to feminism and covering people and issues that are significant and quite frankly, more than just a pretty face. 

Reading an exclusive interview between Amandla Stenberg and Gloria Steinem epitomizes the way in which Teen Vogue is killing it lately. They're following the number one rule my high school English teacher taught us: "show, don't tell". Teen Vogue isn't telling its readers what to think, how to vote or who to be, but covering important national issues in a way that doesn't turn off the typical teenage girl. Hearing someone they are familiar with (Amandla) talk with Gloria Steinem, feminist icon, is much more appealing than just reading an interview or editorial about Gloria Steinem. This story was also unique because in addition to this story being in print, there was exclusive content with this two women on Instagram. This is significant because those following Teen Vogue who are not subscribed to the print magazine still get a taste of their content and point of view. 

Hillary Clinton's essay in Teen Vogue's September issue was an important step in making the magazine more of a platform for discussion. While Teen Vogue isn't specifically telling their readers to "vote for Clinton", they're publishing content that encourages readers to be engaged and educated about this nation's political environment, get involved in issues of importance and exercise their right to vote for their candidate of choice on Election Day in November. 

Teen Vogue is no longer just a place to get inspiration for the season's latest styles. It is an intersection of culture, fashion, politics, social issues and feminism in a way these topics have never been covered before. It is a place to learn about feminism, current social and political issues and fashion, and in the process, readers will become more empowered, confident and educated. The content we read molds who we become. Teen Vogue is gearing up to inspire and teach a generation of empowered, confident, multi-hyphenated women. The way in which Teen Vogue is covering these topics tells their readers, primarily teenage girls, that they have a voice and that their opinion and point of view matters because they are just as important to society as anyone else. 

With this shift in content also comes a shift in the content presentation. Instead of just the print magazine, Teen Vogue is utilizing all social media platforms and new technologies to connect with their audience in every possible way. Teen Vogue is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat (teenvogue), Pinterest, Tumblr and more. Not only are they on these platforms, they are in control of these platforms. As soon as there is a new update or trend, they're on it. Facebook live? They're pros. Instagram stories? Started using them the day they released. Teen Vogue knows the purpose of each different platform and caters their content accordingly. They're not blasting the same image and copy on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. They're individually publishing content that truly belongs on each platform. So, their followers are actually engaging with their content instead of just scrolling through it. What was once just a monthly print magazine is now an online community. 

Business of Fashion recently published a spread on Teen Vogue and its new chain of command: Elaine Welteroth (editor), Phillip Picardi (digital editor) and Marie Suter (creative director). Their article captures the business perspective on the changes I have discussed. The magazine's previous business model in which Amy Astley was editor in chief clearly needed a refresh in order to capture their millennial audience. With Elaine as Beauty & Health editor, it was a start, as she was paving the way for Teen Vogue on social media through the use of her own personal social media handles, especially her Snapchat. 

Reading Teen Vogue and seeing Elaine, Phil and Marie at the top is almost like getting advice and talking with an older brother or sister. They are at the upper cusp of millennials: old enough to be wiser and more mature than their readers but young enough to truly understand the latest tech trends and things their readers care about. 

Teen Vogue's commitment to their audience, diverse range of content topics and their mastery of social media is why I believe that this new era of Teen Vogue is going to be more powerful and impactful than ever before.