Fashion Friday!

It is Fall Fashion Friday over at The Sisters Soiree! See what we have in store. The perfect fall dress for a perfect fall day!

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Bruch Style!

Nothing is better than getting together with your girl friends on a Sunday morning for a good ole’ brunch! The food, the drinks, the fashion, what is not to love! Today I am bringing you Soiree Style from my lovely sister and friend. Take a look!

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Frock On

Move over, little black dress, there is a new garment in town: the frock. OK, OK. “Frock” sounds very 18th century, but today the frock is a modern-style, boxy, loose-fitting dress. Whether it be dressy, casual, business day or summer night, the frock is interchangeable and versatile. The frock is the dress with no shape, comes in different types of sleeves and is available in all types of colors and lengths.

I typically think a dress with no shape is the best because you have so many options to style it. I  recommend getting a frock for your spring and summer wardrobes. I can promise you will never get bored with it.

Go for a solid color– By making sure it is a solid color, your frock will be the most versatile and you can get the most bang for your buck. Try colors like black, white or neutrals and then the frock can be worn in every season. If you’re looking for a spring or summer pick-me-up, try a bold and bright color.

Check for length– I find myself to be tall for a girl and whenever buying frocks, length is the number-one thing I check. I would prefer to have the dress fall beyond my finger tips rather than stopping right where they end. This way, I won’t be nervous about the dress riding up because of the loose fit. I also tend to like it a bit longer so if I want to add a belt to give a cinched waist, I will still be comfortable with it being a bit shorter.

Accessorize away– Think of the frock as a blank canvas. There are so many possibilities! Add a statement necklace, thin belt, summer scarf, denim vest — there are endless ways to accessorize the frock. By accessorizing it differently each day, you will never get tired of the look. It is like a new dress every day.

Day to Night– It is even possible to wear the frock to the office, then transform it before a night out. For a work or class outfit, try adding a cardigan and leggings with oxford shoes. Tie a belt over the cardigan and add a long chain necklace. For a night out, lose the leggings, change the jewelry and cardigan and add a pair of fun wedges.

Embellishments included–  While I suggest a simple frock, many are sold with details already included, like stripes, sequins and prints. If you are looking for an outfit that is already put together, go for this option, but if you are looking to have some fun with your wardrobe, then accessorize on your own.


Pinching Pennies

It is hard for me to believe that I, along with my fellow senior journalism majors, graduate in just about a month. While at Rowan for two years, I learned about saving money and managing budgets while living on my own. In turn, dinners consisted of ramen or soup because it was just so darn cheap. I learned to take advantage of the free Rowan shuttle to Camden, making my commute to Philadelphia a quarter of the price. And you can bet, no matter what store I go into, I have my reusable totes in hand to get the extra discount.

I’m proud of my frugal ways, however, I would be much happier if I didn’t have to eat ramen ever again. All these things I look forward to saying sayonara to this May, but one thing I will be sad to see expire is my Rowan I.D. card, the card that held my meals, granted me entrance into Rowan events and, most importantly, gave me discounts at the mall. Even though I loathed the card all through my Rowan career, with my awkward picture and the constant stress over losing it and having to pay for a new one, I’m sad I will no longer reap the benefits from it.

No matter what year you are in at Rowan, make sure you are getting the most out of your Rowan I.D. card. Here are some stores that give students discounts as long as you have your handy dandy card with you!

1.) Ann Taylor – 20 percent off

2.) Ann Taylor Loft – 15 perfect off

3.) Banana Republic – 15 percent off

4.) Charlotte Russe – 10 perfect off

5.) Club Manaco – 20 percent off

6.) J. Crew – 15 percent off

7.) Juicy Couture – 15 percent off

8.) The Limited – 15 percent off

9.) Ralph Lauren Rugby – 15 percent off

10.) Steve Madden – 10 percent off

11.) Target.com – 10 percent off. (Note* online only!)

12.) Top Shop – 10 percent off

13.) Good Will – 15 percent off

14.) Urban Outfitters – 10 percent off on select days only

15.) Glassboro Thrift Village – 20 percent off

Want more? The website Unidays (https://www.myunidays.com/) is an all-access pass to all retailers who offer student discounts. No additional card is needed, just verify that you are a student and you can start saving.

Where else do you use your Rowan I.D. card? Leave a comment, let me know!


Budget tips from Lauren Conrad!

Style icon, Lauren Conrad, has been one of my fashion inspiration for years now. Her collection at Kohl’s is fabulous and priced just right. Conrad speaks with Glamour about three money saving tips when it comes to shopping. See everyone is on a budget, one way or another!

See Conrad’s tips here!


Laundry tips to keep your wardrobe in check

As I am getting older, I find myself drooling over more expensive brands of clothing and shoes. I want to have a sophisticated look, but I also want to stay within my college student budget.

However, every now and then, I will splurge and purchase a quality item for my wardrobe. Before I go into buyer’s remorse, I know that if I take good care of it, it will last a long time. Sometimes I think of my clothing as my pets that need to be properly taken care of, I’m not ashamed to admit it.

Here are some tips that I use to make sure I am getting the most bang for my buck:

Avoid over washing– This tip is generally geared towards jeans. Get out of the habit of washing your denim after every wear. This may sound weird, but trust me! Over washing your jeans will cause the material to break down, which will make them loose and, not to mention, super faded. As a girl who practically lives in black or colored denim, the last thing I want to do is over wash my jeans.

Do’s and don’t’s of dry cleaning– It is very important to read all tags for proper care of clothing. For example, don’t think that a shirt will be fine on a delicate wash cycle just to save some money at the dry cleaners. There is a reason why the tag says “Dry Clean Only.” I have made this mistake one too many times. Even on delicate, the washer is too rough and may cause rips, not to mention what the water and soap will do to the fabric. However, even if the item does not say DCO, but is a bright print that may bleed in the washer, your best bet would be to leave it to the professionals. A few bucks to dry clean a blouse is well worth not ruining a whole batch of clothing in the washing machine.

Now, when you have done the right thing and have taken your clothing to the cleaners, the work isn’t over. When you get home, take the item out of the bag and off the wire hanger. The bag may trap moisture and grow mold. The wire hanger will pull the fabric, leaving you with stretched-out shoulders. To quote the 1981 classic movie “Mommie Dearest,” “NO WIRE HANGERS!” You don’t want Joan Crawford after you.

No rips, tears or tugs– Please, do yourself a favor. Do not rip off the price tag once you get a new item. Use scissors to properly cut the tags off. Too many times have I put on a brand new blouse and reached behind my head to rip the tag out before running to class. And more than once, I would hear, “Amanda, umm, there is a hole in the back of your shirt.” Talk about embarrassing.

Also, while you have the scissors out, cut any loose treads on pants or tops, this way when it heads to the washer, the loose threads won’t get caught and make a nasty pull or hole in the item.


How to Host a Clothing Swap Party

We all love the feeling of new clothes and accessories. It is an even better feeling when you don’t have to spend a dime on things. How is this possible, you ask? The answer: items from your friends’ closets.

 

I’m sure as you look through your closet each morning, quickly shuffling by each hanger, it seems like you have nothing to wear. We are all guilty of this. The clothes in front of us seem boring and overworn, but chances are that is not what your friends think and vice versa.

As a way to fix this problem, the idea of a clothing swap party is an intriguing option many people have been trying. It may just be another reason to throw a party, but add clothes and I’m sure your besties will be right over. Here are some tips on throwing a clothing swap party:

1.) Invitations. In hopes of making this a true party, invites are crucial. Whether they be via Facebook or traditional paper, send them to your gal pals. Offer the specific details such as time, place, date and instructions for what is going on. A common saying is “the more the merrier,” but in this case, the more the better selection of clothes! Even try offering food and beverages to make it a real party. Fact: no one says no to food.

2.) Set up rules. You don’t need friends bringing their old gym clothes to swap, so set up some ground rules to make sure everyone is getting a fair deal. First, the item must be gently worn. No holes, loose threads or stretched out material. Think of it as you selling your clothes and to get the best price, the clothes must be in tip-top shape. Second, the items must be in season. No one wants that holiday sweater from last Christmas. Right now would be the perfect time for you and your friends to go through spring clothes and see what you may want to exchange. These parties are great for the beginning of each season. Third, you must be able to part with it. If you are not yet ready to separate yourself from that floral maxi skirt, then don’t bring it. Don’t get someone’s hopes up for nothing when you can’t give the article of clothing up.

3.) Clean up. To make your space more inviting, try cleaning up your room or apartment. Make mirrors readily available. If possible, try to make the space look like a store, where each friend is able to comfortably display her goods and also browse the merchandise. To make it even easier on traders, set up stations with shoes in one corner, bags in the next, tops in another.

Let the swapping begin!

How did your clothing swap party go? Leave a comment and let me know!