Patriotic Picks for the Holiday Weekend

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, the looming dilemma of choosing clothing for the holiday weekend quickly arises. Often, it can be difficult to show patriotism, while remaining chic and fashion-forward. From a navy gingham shift to a pair of red tassel earrings, there are plenty of ways to be festive, regardless of your weekend destination. Take a look at some of my favorite  patriotic pieces and silhouettes for the holiday weekend and explore my tips on how to style them.

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TIPS

  1. Red, White & Blue: Choose Two. To honor America, most people opt to cover themselves in any and all shades of red, white and blue. With the intention of elevating your Independence Day style, try choosing two colors from our nation’s trifecta.
  2. Denim, Denim, Denim. A pair of white skinny jeans, a distressed jean skirt, a pair of dark wash flare jeans—the options are endless. Any wash or shade of denim is sure to give your 4th of July outfit, a laid-back patriotic vibe.
  3. Pop of Color. Summer whites are always in style, and luckily the hue is one of our nation’s colors. Consider an all-white ensemble and use accessories to add a pop of color. Perhaps, try a pair of white flare jeans, a white blouse and blue tassel earrings or a white frock with a red lipstick.
  4. Let Your Flag Fly. While it may usually be best to save the most patriotic symbol for children’s clothing, using the American flag sparingly in accessories can work—with the right styling. Look for understated accessories, such as a scarf or a clutch.
  5. Play with Patterns. If you prefer inspiration from American flag rather than actually wearing it, play with its two dominant patterns—stars and stripes. A navy sweater with a singular white star would shine, it paired with white denim jeans; a red and white striped tote bag would be the added spark to an all-white outfit.
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Cheers to 2017

After celebrating the new year over a week ago and continuing the celebrations for my 20th birthday yesterday, I believe it is time to formally welcome to upcoming year! Between relationships with family and friends, health and fitness and academics, I have several hopes, dreams and ambitions for 2017. Personally, I have grown to despise the term resolutions. In its truest sense, a resolution involves a making a firm decision or solving a problem. Therefore, I have come to realize that I must establish realistic, achievable goals instead of looming resolutions to design a successful year. It may sound cliche, but I do truly believe that 2017 has the possibility of being “my year” if I put in the effort required to achieve my goals. What are your aspirations for the new year?

Christmas 2016: Gift Guide

With only ten days until Christmas, it certainly is time to start your holiday shopping, if you have yet to do so! Whether looking for the perfect item for your sorority sister, beloved mother or BFF, I have compiled my staple items to give this season. From clothing and accessories to gifts for the home, it doesn’t have to hard to shop for everyone on your list, at every price point! From sweaters and gloves to stay warm this winter, to the season’s hottest trends like a pair of over-the-knee boots or even a scented diffuser for the home, you can spread holiday cheer in several, unique forms. Happy shopping!

Christmas 2016: Gift Guide

Festive Fashion: Christmas Eve OOTD

What’s better than planning the perfect outfit for a favorite holiday? In my opinion, there are few things that surpass it. Alright, maybe there are more fulfilling things in life, but looking (and feeling) fabulous around the holidays is essential to this trendsetter! As I was doing my holiday shopping for family members and friends, I could not help but pick up a few items for myself and my ensemble this evening incorporated a few of my new favorite pieces. With a simple black turtleneck, olive leather skater skirt and black tights, I paired rust booties and an almond bag and gold jewelry. Check out the links below to find shop this look. Merry Christmas, darlings!

 

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Black Turtleneck // Olive Leather Skirt Olive Leather Skirt // Black Tights // Cognac Booties // Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac // Monogram Necklace // Hermes Bracelet // Michael Kors Watch // Gold Hoop Earrings 

 

The Trendsetter’s Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again! With Christmas less than one week away, buying those last minute gifts is of the utmost importance. As a college student, I have provided my insight to what every collegiate girl might want to see under the tree this year. From useful pieces like hangers and an Amazon gift card to trendy items such as booties and a watch, the trendsetter’s Holiday Gift Guide is complete with ideas for every adolescent girl on your list. Happy shopping!
The Trendsetter's Holiday Gift Guide

 

Graduation Gift Guide

With April well on its way, graduation season will soon begin to rear its head. As a senior in high school, I am looking forward to graduation, but I know I need to start hunting for gifts for my dear friends! From a useful tool kit to a cute piece of jewelry, I have included gifts for every budget and every type of recipient headed off to college. And of course, there is nothing wrong with gifting that green piece of paper that everyone loves so much! Happy graduation season, darlings!Graduation Gift Guide

Kate spade purse
$310 – neimanmarcus.com

Pearl necklace
macys.com

Kendra Scott charm necklace
$85 – neimanmarcus.com

Kate Spade tech accessory
bloomingdales.com

Key chain
etsy.com

Gift Card
lushusa.com

Tool Set
onekingslane.com

 

The Best of 2014

Page 365 of 365. Weird enough, today is our 365th day this year, and 2014 sure did fly by! In order to properly ring in 2015 this evening, I intend to establish proper closure to 2014 with a list of my best moments. The Oxford English Dictionary defines best as “of the highest excellence; surpassing all others in quality.” Therefore, here are my own personal moments of “highest excellence” and my favorite things that “surpassed all others in quality.” Cheers to the end of 2014 and hello 2015!

The Fashionista’s Best Moments in 2014:

  • 17th Birthday: spent with great family members and even better friends; complete with my favorite meal and several surprises

    ©  Molly Donahue, 2014

    © Molly Donahue, 2014

  • Junior Ring Ceremony: a memorable day, receiving my beautiful high school class ring

    ©  Bridget Donahue, 2014

    © Bridget Donahue, 2014

  • Fourth of July Weekend: family reunion with my mom’s side of the family, spent at the beach; complete with many laughs, a lot of sun, and a crab feast

    ©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Trip to Annecy, France: an amazing week with nine classmates, learning about the history of our high school and taking in the breathtaking scenery

    ©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • First Day of Senior Year: hard to believe I’m a senior, but a great start to a fabulous school year

    ©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Trip to NYC: a marvelous day in the city to attend the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, as President of Think Pink Society at my school

    ©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Getting into College: the first acceptance was the most memorable and exciting, but all four letters have been equally amazing

    ©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Kairos XVII: a remarkable four day retreat, spent with close friends and making even closer ones

    ©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

The Best Moments in Fashion & Culture  in 2014 (according  to the Fashionista):

  • Best Trends in High Fashion:
    • Winter 2014: faux fur

      © Marie Claire

      Chanel                                         © Marie Claire

    • Spring 2014: full midi skirts

      Calvin Klein  © Style Caster

      Calvin Klein
      © Style Caster

    • Summer 2014: pastels

      Burberry © Vogue

      Burberry
      © Vogue

    • Fall 2014: shearling

      Tommy Hilfiger  © Style.cm

      Tommy Hilfiger
      © Style.cm

  • Best Fashion Shows:
    • RTW: Tory Burch Spring 2014 
    • Couture: Christian Dior Fall 2014 
  • Best Red Carpet Look: Sarah Hyland at the 2014 Emmy Awards

    ©  Red Carpet Fashion Awards

    © Red Carpet Fashion Awards

  • Best Beauty Product: NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in “La La”

    ©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Best Hair Product: Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

    ©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Best Nail Polish: OPI’s “Christmas Gone Plaid”

    ©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Best Book: Tory Burch In Color by Tory Burch

    ©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

  • Best Songs:
    • Pop: Blank Space by Taylor Swift
    • Country: Leave the Night On by Sam Hunt
    • Hip Hop: Flawless by Beyonce

      ©  iTunes

      © iTunes

  • Best TV Show: Project Runway (Season 13)

    © International Business Times

    © International Business Times

  • Best Movies:
    • Drama: The Fault in Our Stars
    • Comedy: Neighbors 

      ©  iTunes

      © iTunes

  • Best App: VSCOcam

    ©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

    © Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

That’s the Fashionista’s two cents. May all you darlings have a fabulous NYE! Cheers to many more “best moments” in 2015! xo

Ho-Ho-Holiday Shopping

Can’t decide on the perfect gift for women in your life? Look no further! The Fashionista has combined her favorite items and a few things from her Christmas list to share. From every style to every budget, there is something here for everyone. Happy holidays…but more importantly, happy shopping!
Holiday Gift Guide 2014

TIBI Skirt
shoplesnouvelles.com

Vince Camuto Leather Boots
lordandtaylor.com

Tory Burch Wallet
neimanmarcus.com

Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace
neimanmarcus.com

Michael kors bracelet
neimanmarcus.com

Rag & Bone Floppy Hat
neimanmarcus.com

Tommy Hilfiger Snood
usa.tommy.com

Archipelago Candle
gracioushome.com

Ashley Brooke Designs Ceramic Mug
$20 – chapters.indigo.ca