Moved!

29 Jan

We wish we could say we’ve moved to the Upper East Side,

but this is pretty dang close.

Check out the new page:

Follow Friday: Smile! You’re on Candid Campus!

28 Jan

This Follow Friday we’re keeping it close to home. Real close.

YFashionDaily is a photo blog that captures good, modest style on campus (filtered through the Honor Code Office, of course…). Hopefully some of our BYUStylistas have been captured by the lucky fashion camera.

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You guys may remember that we wanted to include people from campus as much as possible on our blog. We have tried, but have not quite reached the level of follower involvement that we’d like. We would love to follow the example of YFashionDaily and share more snapshots from and of our followers.

This is a call for photographers and aspiring fashionistas. Send us your pics! Of you, your roommates, the good and bad style sitting around you in American Heritage, anything! We can’t wait to see what you have to share.

XOXO

BYUStyle Girls

Winter Solutions

27 Jan

I tried to look up a poem for this post about all the bad things winter brings, but all I found was “big and bright” and “full of sun.”

First of all, where are these people living? And second, why don’t I live there?

So instead, here is a poem I’ve written. It is titled Winter.

W is for Wet snow ruining your leather boots.
I is for Ice–perfect for falling.
N is for Nothing will cure your dry skin.
T is for Tame my static hair, please!
E is for Expecting heartache and gloom.
R is for Really hate going out in the cold.

Cheer up, Charlie Brown, because if this describes your January, I’ve got the solutions to kick out your winter blues:
W–Remember to weatherproof your boots every few weeks with protectant. You can get it at Walmart for way cheap and it will help your boots last for more than one season.
I–Plan out your outfits accordingly so you wear the right shoes to school. I have certain boots that I cannot wear when it is icy because they have no traction. However sad and depressing that may be, look at it as an opportunity to buy new boots, switch up your closet, or resole your shoes.
N–My hands crack and bleed during the winter. The only way I can heal them is with a touch of neosporin (the gel not the cream) and a whole lot of petroleum jelly at night. Rub it into all the cracks and then either wear gloves to bed (I can never do that) or wash your hands with a mild soap right after. Do that daily and you’ll be surprised at the difference it makes.
T–This may sound weird, but carry a dryer sheet with you in your purse and run it through your hair when it gets static-y. By the end of the day, your hair gets a little oily, but it’s the price you have to pay for normal hair in the winter.
E–More people are depressed during the winter months than any other time of the year, so make sure you eat healthy and go to the gym, as well as take care of yourself mentally and spiritually, so you don’t get gloomy and glum.
R–Lastly, I’ve found that if I wear knee length socks under my skinny jeans, I feel so much warmer. Don’t forget mittens. And don’t be embarrassed to wear a hood. In elementary school it was nerdy, but hoods/hats are appropriate for the winter if worn correctly.

Hope these tips help! If you have any additional suggestions and cures for common winter symptoms, let us know and we’ll post about it!

xo xo

Katie

It’s the good advice that you just can’t take.

27 Jan

I apologize that all I do on this blog is complain. But there are so many styles that annoy me when they are worn incorrectly.

This includes grunge. I’m all about shopping at thrift stores, being comfortable, and looking like a hipster.

Well, I’m not all about it, but I believe some people can pull it off.

Some people can’t.

And I’ll tell you why.

  1. They try to dress like someone they’re not.
  2. They try to match other people’s styles and fail.
  3. They go too far with the idea.

If I can take this one step further, and I will, my word of advice for you is:

Don’t find your style. Let your style find you. This goes for all fashion styles. When you try too hard, it shows. So just let the look come naturally and don’t overdue it.

xo xo

Katie

Sweet, Sweeter, Sweetest

26 Jan

Loretta Young.

If you don’t know who she is, google her.

Loretta is a symbol even today for “beauty, serenity, and grace.” Her glamour and stardom did not stop at the surface. She was also known to be dedicated to her faith and family (not to mention, anyone romantically involved with Clark Gable goes down in my book of awesome).

Through elegance, Loretta’s exquisite style encompassed her.

My favorite quote from Loretta is,

Fashion should not be expected to serve in the stead of courage or character.

All we talk about is style on this site. The newest boots. The best nail polish. But you might as well throw all of those away without a respectable character.

You are not stylish if you wear timeless Seychelles but act moronic on your on your Friday night date.

You are not a fashionista if you’re rocking black skinny jeans but are senseless when it comes to what you post on Facebook.

It’s not just about the trends. That is second when it comes to style. First, it’s about disposition.

Simply said, don’t act like an idiot.

{Danica’s Sidebar}

I got this directly from a Hallmark Card. Well, that’s a lie. But it does sound cliched enough to be on one.

Nevertheless.

When you know who you are and love it, it impacts every sphere of your life. Find out who you are, who you want to be, and then use style, fashion, what-have-you, to create that. But in the end, Katie’s right. Fashion is nothing without character.

XOXO

BYUStyle Girls

Karly’s Closet…

25 Jan

Hey BYU fashionista’s.

I am excited and honored to be working with the brilliant and beautiful writers of BYU style.

I was born and raised in a relatively small town. I’ll never forget the day Old Navy showed up. I thought we had made it to the big leagues.

Needless to say shopping always required some creativity by my stylin’ Mom. My husband tells me I am turning into her. And I couldn’t be more flattered.

So, today my BYU Style tip comes straight from the mouth of my Mother.

My freshman year at BYU I was bombarded by brands. The only “true religion” I knew of was the one I practiced and I often wondered if “ed hardy” was the up and coming rock band or a cigarette company.

Feeling awkward that I didn’t own a pair of designer jeans I headed home for the Christmas break with high hopes of returning to my dorm room–arms full of brand name clothing.

I’ll never forget standing in TJ Maxx with my tattoo looking shirt in hand and hearing my Mom say…

“I just have one question. If that name wasn’t on the shirt–would you think it was cute?”

Suddenly I realized I was about to by a hideous shirt simply because of the logo. It wasn’t even remotely flattering or cute.

Since that day I have made a conscious effort to ask myself, “If this (insert brand name of clothing or accessory here) was hanging in Wal-Mart would I think it was cute?”

You will never believe what you will discover.

Suddenly bags with letters all over them simply become just that.

Bags with letters. What makes them cute? The brand or the design?

Look for unique items that people will wonder where did she get that or how much did it cost?

Be creative.

After all fashion isn’t about picking what someone else designed for you it’s about designing for yourself.

Posted by Karly Barker from The Married Life

Let’s Get Down to Business

24 Jan

To start off this post, I want to tell you all how disappointed I am in each one of you. We had a giveaway for some awesome eye concealer and the number of participants was (get ready for it)… below one. You all missed out. And be warned, if I spot you on campus with dark and puffy eyes, I might have to write a “frightful” post about you.

Okay, I probably won’t do such a thing because I can talk the talk but not always walk the walk. But I sure hope next time we have a giveaway, you’re a part of it. It’s easy. It’s free. And it’ll boost your style and confidence.

Next order of business on this Sunday evening is about shoes. Not my shoes. Not your shoes (assuming that you’re a girl). But your crush’s/ boyfriend’s/ husband’s/ lover’s shoes.

Today at church and this week on campus, I have seen a suspicious and horrifying amount of unpleasant shoes. This includes white chunky sneakers and pretend dress shoes that have a twist of gym shoes to them. You know what I’m talking about, the ones that are brown leather but then have a tennis shoe bottom and shoe strings.

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It’s time to take action and tell your significant other that there is much more out there for them. Take them to Macy’s. Take them to Shoe Carnival. Take them to D.I. I really couldn’t care less–just get them something else to wear.

It’s your responsibility. I’m counting on you. Please and thank you.

xo xo

Katie

 

 

{Belated} New Years Resolutions – Fashion Edition

20 Jan

Here we are, over halfway through January, and I have yet to post the promised Fashion Resolutions I came up with. I’m a huge fan of New Year’s Resolutions. I love fresh starts, lists and improving stuff. If nothing else, it reminds me that there are always things that can be better, right?

Fashion is no exception.

New year. New me. Better style.

  1. Color. This is probably my biggest goal. Those of you who know me know that black is a staple for me.  I’ll never let that go. But I am going to make a concerted effort to buy and wear more color. I did some shopping over the weekend and ended up with quite a bit of black, but some gray, cream and navy. Neutrals. Baby steps.
  2. Be interesting. I tend to gravitate toward simplicity. Monochromatic schemes, solids rather than patterns, plain instead of ruffled, everything safe. I’d much rather be simple and boring, looking formal and clean, than try to layer something, try something new, or put together a unique outfit. I have a great closet, but it’s really not flexing its muscles at the moment. I want to put together entirely new outfits. Resist repeating. Utilize inspiration. Layer. Actually wear my pounds and pounds of jewelery that largely go unused. Just be more interesting in general. Ideas and suggestions are always welcome.
  3. Develop a Working Closet. What do I mean? Check out Kendi Everyday’s Four Step Plan for the whole process, but it essentially means I grow up. I am going out into the world, teaching and acting like an adult, so I guess its time I start dressing like one. I just need more sophisticated style overall.
  • Clean House. I get rid of all the stupid graphic t-shirts I’ve been hanging on to (goodbye Sleeping Beauty tee), skirts that don’t fit, sweaters that are falling apart.
  • Inventory. I assess what I have and what I need. I’m excited to say I have some great shopping to do {black pencil skirt, nude heels, belts and a perfect white tee}, and it’ll be nice to go with something in mind, rather than blowing all my money at Gap and Forever XXI on random stuff I fall in love with. I’ll also keep a “want” list. Of course.
  • Storage. I will organize. I need this desperately. Hello Ikea organizers!
  • SHOP, SHOP, SHOP. I don’t need telling twice. I can’t wait to hit the Nordstrom rack, the mall and H&M.

Those are my resolutions. Maybe I should be held accountable for them come December. Remind me.

If you guys have any fashion resolutions, let’s hear them!

XOXO

BYUStyle Girls

Follow Friday: Married Life

14 Jan

Today we are highlighting one of our newest contributors to this blog:

Karly Barker.

Karly’s blog is filled with photographs that flatter

her and her hubby’s impeccable style.

Check out her blog, The Married Life and

be watching for her first post on BYU Style coming soon.

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Poorly Dressed Chart

13 Jan


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