Why Dolce & Gabbana’s Opinion On In-Vitro Fertilization Doesn’t Matter At All

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If you’ve been keeping up on your “fashion news” at all, I’m sure you’ve heard all about Dolce & Gabbana’s shocking statements about in-vitro fertilization methods. In case you missed the comment…

“You are born to a mother and a father, or at least that’s how it should be. I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalog.” – Domenico Dolce

Whether you or I agree with this statement is not what this article is about. What this article about, is the idea that any sort of political opinion/life choice/etc shared publicly by anyone who produces something artful, be it music, fashion, or otherwise, should bare no relevance in judging their product. Elton John, notorious gay dude and father to a couple “synthetic children” of his own lashed back publicly, saying we should all boy-cot Dolce & Gabbana and not buy their clothes.

Like I said, this article isn’t about my opinion on in-vitro fertilization; but I’ll tell you my opinion anyways. My opinion is I don’t give a damn what anyone does with their lives, their families, or their loved ones so long as they aren’t hurting anybody. Isn’t that the great thing about this country? Granted, Dolce & Gabbana hail from Italy, but still. Should them sharing a political opinion and life choice reflect our opinion of their work? To me, that is absurd.

If every musician, actor, director, designer, video game creator, interior decorator, or sculptor were to be honest and straight forward in the public eye and ear about what they believed, as if it should truly matter to anybody, we would be boy-cotting everything. Freedom of expression is art – freedom of speech is politics. Last I checked, “don’t ask, don’t tell” was a military idea, where a life choice is to be treated as a scarlet letter — Unless, of course, the chooser keeps quiet about it. Makes sense, huh? Yeah. Not really.

With all that being said I think until the art world, political world, and real world can coincide peacefully, we should probably all just try and chill the hell out. Let’s focus on judging these beautiful artists on their art, and not much else.

Beauty Favorites

I am the kind of girl who appreciates a simple and clean face. I’m not one for much glitter, and I’m certainly not one for a lot of color. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy makeup; I enjoy it very much. Putting on my face is one of my favorite parts of the day, and is something I do regardless of if I’m going to leave the house. It makes me feel good, and that’s the only reason I do it. I thought I would share with you all three of my favorite beauty products. All of these products are simple, versatile, and work great on any face!

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1. Clinique Black Honey – This almost-lipstick is sheer but buildable, creating the perfect pout. It literally looks great on every skin tone. Put on a quick swipe for a light look, or build it up for something more vamp-y.

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2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyebrow Palettes – I feel like the eyebrows truly make the face when it comes to makeup. I don’t care if they’re super light, barely there, covered with bangs – Whatever. Do your eyebrows, and do them perfectly with Anastasia Beverly Hills eyebrow palettes.

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3. Lancome Definicils Mascara – This mascara is perfect because it’s simple, doesn’t clump, and easy to apply. Plus the packaging is so chic and sophisticated (which I need if I’m going to spend a lot of money on make up. Who wants to pay a bunch of money for something clunky?) Anyways, I started using this mascara over drug store brands a year ago and I don’t think I’ll ever go back.

What are your favorite beauty products?

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I have a pretty serious problem. I love hats.

Now I know what you’re thinking; what’s the problem in that? The problem is that I have no money, I’m a fashion student/blogger (meaning I need money), and I only own two hats at the moment. Seeing as hats of all different shapes and sizes have been trending over the past two years, I was hoping that someone reading could give me some suggestions on stores worth checking out for hats. Hopefully at a decent price, but hey, I ain’t picky. Actually, I’m totally picky, but not when it comes to spending money. I should probably work on that.

5 Tips on Fashion Blogging

MarmaladeEntering the fashion blogosphere can be intimidating for even the most confident of ladies (and gents). It’s important to know what works best for you, and what works best period. Below are five tips to utilize when starting your adventure into fashion blogging.

1. Use Social Media Like You’re Getting Paid For it – And You Just Might
Social media and fashion bloggers go together like black and navy; if you’re doing it the right way, you’re going to be successful. If you’re doing it the wrong way, you’re going to look stupid. Look at other fashion bloggers’ Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts for inspiration. Take note of any trends you see among the most popular accounts. Don’t forget the most important part is making it your own; nobody wants a carbon copy of someone they’re already following.
2. Invest in a Quality Camera – Or at Least a Quality Photo Style

If you don’t have the money to buy a nice, high quality camera, that’s fine. Many bloggers are able to take nice photos with their iPhones. It makes it trickier to have eye catching photos, which is why it’s important to invest your time in getting quality shots if you can’t invest your money into ways of making that easier. Take extra notice of your surroundings, your posture, the camera’s angle, etc. in order to compensate for the lower quality images, and nobody will be the wiser!

3. Be Yourself

I can’t tell you how sickening it is after a while to read the same cheesy, whitty banter on every single blog out there. Some of my favorite fashion bloggers are the ones who are themselves in their commentary; so whatever that means for you, do it. Cuss, call people out, talk in slang; whatever. For better or for worse, people will respond to your personality which is a helluva lot better than not having one.

4. Wear What YOU Like

This one took me a while to understand, and maybe it’s because I’m still in my 20s, but I’m still not fully ‘there’ yet. You don’t have to dress like a punk to attract the punk bloggers, or chic to attract the chic bloggers, or high end to attract the high end bloggers, or boho to attract the boho bloggers; you just have to dress like yourself to attract followers. Think about the bloggers that you enjoy – They are probably all very different in terms of what they wear. Most people don’t like JUST one thing, they like a multitude of different styles, and with that, they like a multitude of different outlooks on those styles. So just be yourself.

5. Be Patient.

Build it, and they will come. Or in this case, blog and they will follow. Over time. A long period of time. Slowly. Trickling in. Discouragingly at times. Try not to compare your success to others; that’s toxic, and they are on a different journey than you are, so what’s the point? Everyone’s road is different. Sometimes I like to think of it this way – We don’t always get married at the same time. Some of us find our soul mates in high school, some of us in our 20s or 30s, some of us when we’re elderly. My point is everyone is on their own journey, and they reach their own check points at their own pace. Don’t be discouraged if it takes you years to get a good following, and don’t be arrogant if it takes you months.

Oscars 2015: The Bold, The Bland, and the Beautiful

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THE BOLD

Being bold is risky business, and the beg carpet offers the challenge of dressing boldly without dressing badly. These three ladies were about as bold as it got this years Oscar’s red carpet. Scarlett Johanson wore a Versace gown in green, a unique color choice this year. A lot of people felt the dress showed too much cleavage (hello, it’s Scarlett Johanson?) and was a red carpet miss, and though I’m not sure how I feel about the gown personally, I do admire her balls. Rosamund Pike, who could probably wear anything and still look perfect, stunned in this beautiful red Givenchy gown. The look was elegant, classic, but had just the right touch of Jessica Rabbit va-va-voom to keep it interesting. Lastly, there was Emma Stone, who kind of sort of always kills it on the red carpet, no matter what she does. Seriously, if I saw this Elie Saab dress on anyone else (except maybe Beyonce if we’re being realistic), I would be like “what the hell, no, what is this color?” but Emma Stone pulls it off flawlessly. It was a refreshing reminder that she can pull off feminine looks just as perfectly as she can a men’s suit.

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THE BLAND

Though I personally love to see stars push the fashion envelope, there is a time and a place for the simple shaped, neutral color gown. After all, it’s kind of Jen Aniston’s thing, and we love her for it. She didn’t disappoint me in Altier Versace this year, looking simple, modern, sophisticated, and gorgeous as usual. Next there was Anna Kendrick, who has been impressing me more and more in recent award shows, in Thakoon. I thought the dress was a beautiful color on her, and the neckline is stunning. Matched with her updo and dewy makeup, she looked gorgeous. Zoe Saldana, also in Altier Versace, opted for a nude toned dress as well, and the draping of the gown + the way it hugs her figure was absolutely gorgeous. There was a whole lot of “boring” at the Oscars this year, but this group of ladies made bland a good thing by keeping it classic, simple, and modern.

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I’m a sucker for sparkles when they’re used in an elegant way, such as in Jennifer Lopez’s Elie Saab gown. The dress balanced out the girliness of the sparkles with a neutral color, but kept it glamorous with the deep neckline and full skirt. Next we have Margot Robbie, who proves you don’t have to dress like a princess to look drop dead gorgeous, not that we thought that anyways, but the extra assurance is always welcome on the red carpet. Robbie looked moody, glam, sophisticated, and most impressively, comfortable and effortless at this years Oscar’s in Saint Laurent. Also in Saint Laurent, 50 Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson wore a simple silhouetted red gown, with embellished shoulder and high slit. It was a great look for her body type, and her hair and makeup kept it from looking too serious.

What did you think of this years Oscars? Do you feel like the red carpet is a place to take risks, or a place to play the classic card?

Reformation

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Reformation is a brand that specializes in sustainable fashion. Their catch phrase is “save the world and look good doing it”. Even if you don’t care about saving the world (no judgment), it’s still pretty cool to see brands out there doing their part. This dress that I’m wearing is from Reformation, and I love it. It’s a great quality, and the fit is great. It’s a little short, but I knew it would be that way when I bought it. I highly recommend Reformation to anyone who is willing to spend a little more on a high quality, sustainable product that will last for years.

To see full outfit details go to: http://girllfromthenorthcountry.com

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Nostalgia on the Runway: 1970s

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(In order: Etro, Chloe, Tommy Hilfiger, Anna Sui)

Fashion is always destined (and in some cases, doomed) to repeat itself. There’s a theory that whatever was popular twenty years ago is what will be popular again now. I’m not sure if that’s true, but I definitely believe that fashion repeats itself, in little ways and in big. Lately, the effortless bohemian styles of the 1970s have been making a comeback. Flowing fabrics, fun prints, sandals, and knee high boots matched with no-make-up makeup and flowing hair have been making too many appearances to ignore on the runways. Above, I shared a few of my favorite 70s designer looks.