One Fish, Two Fish

    | No comments
Sorry about the lack of posts lately. There has been a lot going on.

Anyways, I went shopping with my friend today and discovered a new spring trend. ANIMAL JEWELRY! What do you guys think? Like...dislike? Personally, I am so excited for this. I am a total animal person, but can never find a way to show it fashion wise.

I'm at my parent's house right now, and forgot my camera at school. I'll post pictures later this week of what I bought. I'll tell you right now, both things are from F21. But here is a picture I took a few weeks ago of one of the necklaces I bought then. It's a really long chain with a fish pendant! Isn't it adorable? I thought it was going to be really expensive, but it only turned out to be $10! Not too shabby. I saw the gold one on sale today for $4.90. What a steal!

Fish Necklace: Nordstrom B.P. $10

Rainy Days

    | No comments
So after several days of sun, the rain decided to come back. The "mock spring" was nice while it lasted. Sorry about the picture quality by the way. For some strange reason, when I try to make each picture larger, it becomes blurry. It's worked all of the previous times. Oh well.

For those who wish to know, my test went alright. It was extremely difficult, and to make matters worse, it was on my worst subject. I try to not tell myself that, though. I learned in Psychology, that if you tell yourself you are good at something, and have confidence in it, you can drastically improve your performance. At the same time, if you think about how hard you studied while taking a test, you will get a better grade. This is not actually proven, but there are correlational studies showing this.

Top: Urban Outfitters $10 SALE
Jeans: IT! Jeans in Black $60
Rainboots: Urban Outfitters $40
Lace Tank: GAP $6 SALE
Cardigan: American Eagle $20 SALE
Nailpolish: Sinful Colors in Thimbleberry $2

This is a ring I got from my aunt a few Christmas' ago. The little gems you see embedded all around are made from a rock called Marcasite.

On Hiatus (for the week)

    | No comments
On hiatus until next week! I have a math midterm next Tuesday. See you then!

Shoes: Payless

4 Ways to Fight Fatigue

    | No comments
So I was watching the show "Dr. Oz" last week, and here is what he had to say about preventing/curing the number one health complaint:

1.) Lose the SNOOZE. Try to avoid hitting the snooze button. In a typical good night's sleep, the most beneficial stage is REM (where dreaming and the occurence of restorative sleep takes place). Sleeping in for another 5 minutes will only allow you to experience what he calls "useless sleep"...pretty self explanatory. You might even end up being more tired. Something I like to do: Set 2 alarms 5 minutes apart. After the first one goes off, you can stay in bed, but keep your eyes open. Look through old text messages, think about what you're going to do during the SOMETHING until the next alarm goes off. That way, you'll be almost fully awake by the time you have to physically get up.

2.) Lemon. Have a cup of tea with some lemon...or lemonade that isn't full of sugar. It will help.

3.) Take a Multivitamin. It will help reduce fatigue, especially after a heavy lunch.

4.) Try D-Ribose. It comes in a powder form, and serves as a healthy energy booster. Mix it with a drink that isn't too sweet, like orange juice.

Of course, with the multivitamins, and D-Ribose, check with a doctor, or supplements salesperson about side effects and allergies.

Happy studying!

Everything Is Wonderful

    | No comments
I was talking to a friend last night about this blog, and she really inspired me. She gave me a lot of insight on what I should post about in the future. I am SO excited to share these ideas!

This is what I wore to school yesterday, with a black fleece zip-up and raincoat (not pictured). The weather was in the mid-40's, with light rain. I wouldn't reccommend wearing these boots in the rain though, because they weren't made to be waterproof. I'll make a post sometime next week, or the week after about what shoes are the best to wear in each type of weather.

Top: Rubbish, Nordstrom $12 SALE
Jeans: IT Jeans in Black, Nordstrom $60
Scarf: Old Navy, $12
Belt: F21 $4
Boots: Star Ling "Julian" in Cognac, Nordstrom $60 SALE
Nailpolish: Petitles in Cabernet $3

This is the hairstyle I wear almost everyday. Most people call it the "lauren conrad braid". If you type in those exact words into the search bar, you'll get dozens of great tutorials on how to achieve this hairstyle.

Flower Power

    | 1 comment

Thanks go global warming, this winter isn't anywhere as cold as the last. Actually, I take that back. I guess this is only true for the West Coast.

Anyways, spring is just around the corner and we all know what that means. With a new season, comes new trends. For those who can't wait to flaunt the florals, here are some simple accessory ideas you can start popping into your wardrobe while you wait for spring to arive.

Earrings: F21
 Necklace: Juicy Couture

Ring: Charlotte Russe

Smart Shopper

So a few days ago, I was browsing on one of my favorite blogs (cupcakesandcashmere), and I came across Emily's 5 tips on how to approach a sale successfully. I thought this was really important to know, especially for college students who are trying to save money. All credit for the 5 tips goes to cupcakesandcashmere.

"1. Dress the part. As tempting as it may be to show up in your most fashionable outfit, resist the urge. Instead, opt for comfortable basics that are thin, breathable and hug your body. I typically wear a good bra, tank top, leggings and ballet flats (plus a pair of socks in your bag for when you try on boots). This way, when you’re battling the hordes of women in the dressing room, you won’t waste valuable time contorting your body into awkward positions so people won’t see your thong.

2. Know what’s in your closet. Do you already own four pairs of black pumps? If so, put the ever-so-slightly-different pair back on the shelf and carry on. It’s easy to get caught up in a great sale, but if you already own something similar, you don’t need duplicates crowding your closet.

3. Do some detective work. Did you find the exact pair of shoes you were looking for…in the wrong size? Instead of dropping them to the floor and collapsing into a sobbing mess, scour the other racks since shoes are often misplaced. Case in point: these were in the size 5 section. I wear an 8.

4. Know your lifestyle. If you’re a jet setter that needs an array of fabulous cocktail dresses on hand at all times, check out the evening wear. If you’re more of a jeans and t-shirt kinda gal (nothing wrong with that), stay away from the floor-sweeping numbers that will simply collect dust in your closet.

5. Make a budget (and stick to it). It’s really easy to get caught up in all of the killer sales and while the savings may be substantial, they eventually add up. Go in with a particular game plan, (like a pair of sky-high heels and a sparkly clutch) and try not to deviate too far from your original goal."

All credit for the 5 tips goes to cupcakesandcashmere, linked above.

Lady In Red

    | No comments
OK-- So I've been thinking about this blog for DAYS! I just haven't been able to post because I had a test today. Anyways, today's topic is red nailpolish! YAYYY. A lot of my friends don't really like wearing red nailpolish because they say it doesn't compliment their skin tone. Well, I think that anyone can wear red nailpolish. You just need to find the right shade, and have that dash of confidence to go with it.

Here is the color I have on currently.
Petities, "Cabernet" $3

Left: Sinful Colors, "Thimbleberry" $2 <---this is a light red
Right: N.Y.C, "Big Apple Red" $1
Sorry about the lighting in these pictures. I didn't have time to take them this morning, and I didn't get home until 5pm, so I had to rely on artificial lighting which isn't too good in my apt. Lo siento!

I would show you guys the metalic red I have, but I left it at my parents house. It's called "Broadway Burgundy Frost" by N.Y.C. $1

All of the colors can be found at your local drugstore. I've found that N.Y.C is a really good brand. It's cheap, and dries fast. However, it can only go 3 days without chipping...but then again, that happens to me with ALL nailpolish (cheap as well as high end), unless I go out and get a manicure. But I'd rather do my own nails because I'm a college student! Let me know if you guys have any tips/tricks about making your nailpolish last longer.

Here is a good top coat I've been using for a couple years. (I've gone through a few bottles. Nailpolish usually lasts ~8 months) $1.

Silly Scarves

    | No comments
Today's topic: SCARVES! When in doubt, throw on a scarf. It can really pull the simplest of outfits together.

One thing I've noticed about these fashion necessities is that they come in a range of shapes, styles, and best of all, PRICES. I know that some scarves are intentionally made for style rather than warmth but when you're like me, and have to pretty much walk a mile to class, you might want to opt for the lighter weight ones. They'll do you good from the moment you step out the door, to the moment you're sweating, and heaving into your seat by the time you get to class. Trust me on this one.

The white one (2nd to the right), I forgot to include in the picture below. It's Jones and New York, from Macy's ($20)

Going from left to right (Scarf, Store, Brand, Price)
Lace- Nordstrom, Frenchi $22
Plaid Triangle- Old Navy $12
Knitted- Handmade from a friend $Priceless :)
Bright Blue- Old Navy $12
Hot Pink Cheetah- Nordstrom, D&Y $20

My favorite thing is to pair these with plain long sleeve shirts, and simple boots. I'll post example outfits later on. I'm way too lazy to get dressed up today, since I have absolutely nowhere to go. Not even school, because it's Saturday.

First Post!

    | No comments
My mission is to inspire college students. I have always struggled when it came to putting together outfits that were stylish and accomodated the cold weather at the same time. This blog will be postings of my take on this dilemma, as well as life in general. Enjoy! Without further adieu, here is outfit #1!

Check out that exposed zipper!
Sweater: Nordstrom $24
Skirt: Nordstrom $40
Tank: Old Navy $5 SALE
Tights: Old Navy $3 SALE
Scarf: Macy's $20 (very old)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack $40
Nailpolish: China Glaze, "For Audrey" $5 SALE

This outfit was kind of a splurge, but a replica of everything can be found for cheap at stores like forever21, or Target. (Two of the best stores in the world!)

**Edit: 11-22-12
It's been almost 3 years since I started this blog. I feel like SWEATshirt DRESSshirt has come a long way from what it once was. I would like to take this opportunity to redirect it's purpose. Since graduating from college, I still continue to embrace simple outfits that are budget friendly, and stylish at the same time. However, I found myself wanting to write about more. I wanted to experience more.

This blog is now a lifestyle blog, with the goal of inspiring others. In addition to fashion, I now write about food, traveling, DIY projects, and life.

Thank you for all your support!