Stop & FLARE

Want to make them stop and stare? Try a pair of fabulous, flattering flare jeans. Whether white wash, dark wash or anywhere in between, you will not regret this purchase. I have both a light wash denim and white denim pair of flare jeans and wear them every opportunity I have. Majority of the time, I find it necessary to wear them with wedges as it continues to lengthen your legs even more.


Mary Kate Donahue, 2016.

In the photo above, I have paired my white flare jeans from Express (now on sale!) with a Free People tee, OTBT Bushnell wedges and various jewelry. Despite this being a more relaxed look, I have also worn the flare jeans with an cold-shoulder top or even a blouse. There are certainly endless possibilities with such a sleek yet trendy pair of jeans. As such a trendy item on the market right now, you can find them at almost any retailer. Check out  Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, New York & Company, Free People, Forever 21 and Bloomingdale’s for some great options for any budget. Happy shopping!


Where to Shop: Bijou Eliene

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but I know plenty of women who also love to have a jewelry box full of statement pieces. Statement jewelry has become quite prevalent in today’s market of fast fashion. Because of this, it is often hard to find pieces that have both affordability and quality.

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One of my guilty pleasures is online shopping, and recently I stumbled upon an online jewelry retailer that provides both high quality pieces and a modest prince range. Bijou Eliene prides themselves in adorning the woman in jewelry “to reflect who she really is.” According to their website, the Bijou Eliene woman is a trendsetter who is interested in quality jewelry from a range of designers and styles herself uniquely with her garments and accessories.

Carrying brands such as French Kande, Jenny Bird, Sheila Fajl, Vanessa Mooney, Elizabeth Cole and Jenny Dayco, Bijou Eliene targets a variety of different women. As a nineteen year-old college student, I am particularly intrigued by the Sheila Fajl and Vanessa Mooney collections; whereas, I could see my thirty year-old sister loving a French Kande piece.

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Mary Kate Donahue, 2016.

About one month ago, I purchased a pair of Sheila Fajl’s Everybody’s Favorite Hoop Earrings in Brushed Gold from Bijou Eliene and I am very pleased! Not only were the earrings $7 less than most other retailers, but Bijou Eliene provided free shipping and notified me via Facebook Message about my order. I received updates after I placed my order, where my packages was during the delivery process and then a final message when it was delivered to my home. Bijou Eliene certainly has great customer relationships and communication skills.


Take a look at Bijou Eliene’s website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest to learn more about the retailer and their brand. No matter what statement piece you feel your jewelry collection is lacking, Bijou Eliene has it!


Fashion in the Classroom

As a second year fashion merchandising major at the University of Georgia, I have begun to experience fashion in a classroom setting. Last semester, I was enrolled in TXMI 3210- The Fundamentals of Fashion Merchandising. UGA Bulletin describes the course as an “introduction to the trends and influence of fashion in society and review of the international and domestic fashion resources. Identifies the various product categories in fashion merchandising and discusses the innovative processes that sustain the fashion business. Analysis of how fashion is conceived, marketed, and sold.” Additionally, this semester I am enrolled in another fashion merchandising course. TXMI 4240, Fashion Promotion and Visual Merchandising, is an “overview of promotion practices in the apparel design, product development, manufacturing, and retail merchandising environment, including promotion planning and budgeting, special event organization, advertising, public relations, publicity, fashion show production, and visual merchandising,” according to UGA Bulletin.

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Mary Kate Donahue, 2016.

In addition to fashion merchandising courses, I am also enrolled in an entrepreneurship course- FACS 2011. FACS 2011, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, is “an introductory course targeted to students interested in creating and growing their own businesses and will serve as the foundation for the Entrepreneurship Certificate Program” as defined by UGA Bulletin. Even though I have just started taking courses pertaining to my major, classes are much more enjoyable. Most college students change their major at least once, but I am convinced that fashion merchandising is the right fit for me. Follow me on my academic journey, as I study and learn about the fashion industry to reach my long-term goals with a career in fashion.


Mary Kate Donahue, 2016