Fur Finishes

Findings, embellishments, trims and finishes, OH MY! For winter 2018, fur is certainly a major trend, but more often than not, it is fur of the faux variety. “Yes, affordable fur coats do exist. No, we’re not talking about the leftover options from last winter that have been marked down because nobody wants to buy them” (Bennett 2017). The key to phrase “affordable fur” is the fact that said fur is faux. In the past, faux fur held a stigma, as it tended to look less elegant or indicated that the wearer could not afford the “real deal.” However, in today’s fashion industry, faux fur has taken on a completely different connotation.

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A label from a garment created by sustainable designer, Stella McCartney.

On the heel’s of Gucci’s new no-fur policy, the popularity of faux fur is accelerating. In fact, Gucci “has signed up to the Fur Free Alliance, an organisation that promises to end exploitation and killing of animals for fur, as part of a wider sustainability plan” (Shannon 2017). As a global economy, sustainability has grown to the forefront of many people’s minds; therefore, the action of ditching fur certainly sends a message. Consumers want the look of fur without the animal cruelty and environmental impact that often comes with the material, which is why the fashion industry is currently in an era of faux fur.

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Mary Kate Donahue, 2017.

Personally, I have quite a bit of faux fur in my closet, as I love the cozy, elegant twist that fur can provide to an outfit. From faux fur pom-poms on a pair of slip-on sneakers to faux fur trim on a clutch, I am am finding that I prefer items with a fur finish, rather than the entire item comprised of faux fur. Don’t get me wrong, I love my faux fur vest, but small, random doses of faux fur on garments is both fun and thought-provoking.

As the temperatures are dropping (even in Georgia), my love for faux fur is continuing to heat up. Take a look at some of the season’s coolest pieces that will be sure to keep you warm!


Mary Kate Donahue, 2017.


Bennett, A. (2017, November 3). There Are $40 Faux Fur Coats at Target, and They Actually Look Expensive. InStyle. Retrieved from www.instyle.com.

Shannon, S. (2017, October 11). Gucci Bans Fur: ‘It’s Not Modern.’ Business of Fashion. Retrieved from www.businessoffashion.com.


Rockin’ & Rollin’ with Curtsy

Wednesday afternoons are more exciting when spent with the team from Curtsy UGA. Curtsy’s Instagram Manager, Kelly, and I had a rad time hanging out in downtown Athens and shooting at Wuxtry Records on Clayton Avenue.

In case you aren’t familiar with Curtsy, it’s an app that lets you rent dresses, rompers, and tops from women in your neighborhood. According to Kelly, this is Cursty’s second year on the University of Georgia’s campus and the app has expanded to over sixty college campuses! Be sure to download the app here.

The streets of downtown Athens, Georgia are filled with life and whimsy. From speciality boutiques, one-of-a-kind restaurants, numerous bars, and other random retailers—such as record stores, vintage shops and even a retro pharmacy—Athens provides such a fun atmosphere. As a UGA student, it is quite easy to fall in love with this little Georgia town. My past two years here have been incredible and part of me is starting to grow sad that I only have two years left in this unique place.

With the shift from August to September and the quickly dropping temperatures, I found it appropriate to fish out my brown suede skirt from the back of my closet. Paired with a simple black v-neck, black Steve Madden slip-on sneakers and, of course, some layered jewels, I am ready for any fall weekend.


Kelly Griffin, 2017.


Kelly Griffin, 2017.


Kelly Griffin, 2017.


Kelly Griffin, 2017.


Kelly Griffin, 2017.

No matter where you are spending your weekend, be sure to get out and explore. Discover some new music in record shop (like I recently did), go apple picking, get tickets to a local concert or relax in an eclectic coffee shop— the possibilities are endless!

Trend Alert: Gingham

Although this pattern makes me feel somewhat like the tablecloth at a picnic in the park, I am loving summer’s hottest print— gingham. Most commonly found in black or navy, gingham has exploded throughout the racks at various stores. Because the pattern, itself, is quite loud, wearing one gingham garment can truly let your ensemble do all the talking. Therefore, it is wise to pair gingham with more understated pieces and solid colors, especially white.

I paired this black and white gingham top from T.J. Maxx with white jeans and pink statement earrings from Bauble Bar x Target. Aside from the fun earrings, I kept my outfit more simple and allowed the gingham top to be the focal point.

Mary Kate Donahue, 2017.

Want to hop aboard the gingham express? Take a look below to get some inspiration and find out what retailers are stocking gingham. Each item is under $100, because who doesn’t love a deal!?

Honoring Elle Woods

Sixteen years ago on this very day, one of my greatest idols was born. She may technically be fictional, but we share a love of fashion (both Fashion Merchandising majors!), being a member of a sorority, female empowerment and- most importantly- the color pink! Believe it or not, Legally Blonde premiered sixteen years ago, which also means a four-year-old Mary Kate discovered her fascination with Elle Woods.

Mary Kate Donahue, 2017.

*Disclaimer: Legally Blonde was the only PG-13 movie I was allowed to watch at age 4. Thanks mom!

Despite our different hair colors, I idolized Elle Woods. On the surface, Elle can often be mistaken for a shallow sorority girl who only cares about clothing and her boyfriend, Warner. However, Elle certainly is a woman of much intellect and drive. After a harsh break-up with Warner, Elle is determined to win back his love. To do this, she studies hard, masters the LSAT and eventually follows Warner to Harvard Law School. Although her efforts may be propelled by a man, Elle eventually realizes that she has potential and self-worth as a single woman.

My favorite part of the iconic film occurs toward the end. Elle, given a chance to hold her own in the courtroom, uses both her training in law AND her background knowledge of hair care to win the case. Notably Elle states, “Because isn’t the first cardinal rule of perm maintenance that you’re forbidden to wet your hair for at least 24 hours after getting a perm at the risk of deactivating the immonium thygocolate?”Because Chutney Windham’s alibi involved her showering during the time her of her father’s murder, Elle was able to prove that Chutney was guilty. Her intact curls were visible proof that Chutney killed her father; after all, “the rules of hair care are simple and finite.” Certainly Warner would not have been able to win this case!

She taught us the “bend-and-snap,” imparted the importance of a good manicure, celebrated the vibrancy of the color pink, displayed the value in education and hard work, and most importantly- how to command the respect that a woman deserves (even when your law professor thinks differently).

I think y’all know what movie I’ll be watching this evening! Cheers to sixteen years of Elle Woods!

Beaded on a Budget: DIY Necklace

From a 14k carat gold bangle to a homemade necklace, jewelry completes any woman’s ensemble. Personally, I love receiving a compliment from a friend and being able to say that I actually made the item, when they inevitability ask where I purchased it. 

After seeing several jewelry retailers (primarily those gaining popularity throughInstagram), I have pondered the idea of making and selling jewelry. In the meantime, I simply make some pieces for myself from time to time. Most recently, I ordered pearl beads with large holes from Etsy and picked up some brown leather cord from Michael’s. Then, I just strung the beads on the leather cord, with random spacing, and tied knots on either side of the bead. After about 15 minutes, I was left with a simple yet striking piece of jewelry. 

Bridget Donahue, 2017.

What I love most about the newest DIY addition to my jewelry box is twofold. First, it only cost me about $15 to purchase the supplies (including shipping on the beads!). Secondly, I love that there are so many different ways I can wear the piece; whether I wrap it around my neck twice or tie the excess length in a knot, it always looks fabulous and carefree. 

Bridget Donahue, 2017.