Monday, May 2, 2016

Heritage Ball 2016

The question of the night: who needs the Met Gala when you have the Heritage Ball?

The Organization of Black Students hosted its annual Heritage Ball this past Friday at the Stoney Island Arts Bank. UChicago Professor Theaster Gates is behind the transformation of the 1920s bank into a community center, library, art gallery, and media archive. This was the first time the Heritage Ball was off campus and it couldn't have been held at a better location. About 100 students came out to the event and everyone looked really nice. Considering how stressful this past week has been for lots of students, I think Friday was a much needed relief. Also, we managed to avoid destroying any of the art, so I'd say it was a success.

As my girl Ariel pointed out, there were some very serious Solange vibes going, so we of course had to attempt to channel them in our pics. 

I borrowed a dress from my roommate/bestie/ride-or-die Natalie. She came through for ya girl. Like, I said in my last post, your friends' closets are prolly lit. That's Maya killing it in the jumpsuit gifted to her for her 21st birthday by the stunner in the red, Christy. 

Ariel came through with the fit from Uniqlo with the tattoo as the perfect accessory. And her twistout was on some next level stuff. 

Are you crying tears of black girl magic yet???

S/O to the greatest roommates of all time. That's Natalia in the black and Natalie in the silver. We all got cool while studying abroad in Spain and relive those memories whenever we need a good laugh. 

Some of my favorite ladies from the rugby team! I'd say we clean up real niiiice. 

Get at me on the gram and twitterverse, @all_worn_out. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Mom's Plaid

Coming out of the dark into the light with the warm weather in the Chi. The sun always serves as a solid pick-me-up, so I decided to show my face on the interwebs. Also, Lemonade. I can't even say much right now...but know that Beyoncé and James Blake working together is one of the most overwhelming facts in the world right now.

Over winter break back in December, my mom gave me one of her skirts from when she was my age. Or I think I found it and took it upon myself bring it back with me to Chicago. I wasn't too sure if I liked it, but as a true fashion girl, I'm drawn to things that are maybe kinda ugly. So, I took it upon myself to make it into an item I really liked.

Shoutout to my awkward leg. I paired the skirt with a black tank gifted to me by my cousin over winter break as well. I threw on my favorite tights and double monk straps from J. Crew. 

I kept the texture and print mixing grounded by picking up on the secondary colors in the skirt -- the black and red.

This is just a friendly reminder that some of the coolest pieces might not be something new. Picking through your mom's closet or your friend's closet is a cheap and earth friendly way to refresh your own wardrobe. 

Check out my instagram @all_worn_out to see why I've been gone for so long. Ya girl is officially DevaSTating...

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Completely Covetable: Fall 2016 RTW

Hellooooo out there. It's been a while since I've been on here, but, alas, New York Fashion Week came calling. While NYFW is not totally over yet, I figured I'd share some of my favorite looks so far. Ready to wear shows are my favorite: its wearable fashion. Yes, you'll get some off the wall looks, but for the most part, what's on the runway is something that you could wear as is. The shows are primed for inspiring everyday women like myself in our daily clothing choices.

First thing: runways and presentations are looking more diverse than ever. Zac Posen's had so many models of color -- truly a beautiful sight.

Now, on to the looks.

3.1 Phillip Lim. There is nothing necessarily remarkable about this look, but its simplicity is what drew me in. The silhouette and details on the coat are killer.

Prabal Gurung.  All in for this coat. 

Yeezy Season Three. Not sure what makes Season Three distinctly different from Season Two or Season One, but, then again, I wonder who Kanye even is anymore. I like the idea of this look -- the monochrome, the oversized sweater with fitted skirt and thigh highs -- more than the actual look. It would be so easy to recreate a similar fit, minus the tit peeking through the sweater. But, some people are into that, so maybe with the tit peeking through.

Altuzarra.  This scarf. This bib. This skirt. Here for it. 

Maiyet. This is the dress for all the she-devils out there who are secret romantics. So, I obviously need this dress. 

Banana Republic. RT if you went to my high school. 

Christian Siriano. Always a fan of the suit with a bare chest. This has an incredibly feminine shape to it, but coupled with a scowl, I'm sure you could scare a couple men into line. 

Christian Siriano. Another joint from Siriano. This a heavy, but also kind of light look; a chunky knit scarf top paired with wide leg pants and sunglasses. Makes you wonder what season it actually is. It's an intimate look with a bit of stomach showing, but the heaviness of the top keeps the sexiness subdued.  I've been thinking about scarves, and scarf like items, as shirts for a minute. One of my favorite bloggers, Karla Deras, often pulls off looks like this with much ease. 

There it is! Follow me on everything @all_worn_out

Monday, November 30, 2015

Snapshots from Granada

I should 100% be writing a paper right now...but we all know college students thrive at procrastinating. In looking through my old pictures to find some for an outfit posts, I came across some pics from a trip I took to Granada with one of my best friends, Natalia.

Granada was definitely the prettiest place I visited in Spain. The city felt young and storied at the same time. We went to Shawarma King (more than once), stopped into small bookstores, and shops housed in caves on the side of mountains. It's a great city to visit as a student, it wasn't very expensive and all the kids from university fill the streets at night. 10/10 would recommend.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Instead of Tuition: Fall 2015

Imagine...a world where I didn't have to drop about $20,000 every few months to get an education...a world where I could blow that $20,000 on things I really don't need...a world where I dressed so well it would be rude...mmm imagine...

But, seriously, I've been sitting around looking at clothes, as I often do, and most things are out of my price range. Ya girl is broke. Since school starts in t-minus three weeks, I thought it fitting to make this a sort of back-to-school edition. If I didn't have to pay tuition, these are some things I'd be young and dumb and rich enough to buy.

I'm a college student -- I need a backpack. Some women get away with the tote trend, but I feel like that would be super uncomfortable, and I bike, so I def need my hands and arms to be free. While I am a loyalist to the North Face's Hot Shot style, these backpacks have the potential to steal my heart.

Fall Backpacks

Fall Backpacks by stephg09 featuring a knapsack

Proenza Schouler backpacks bag - $1,995
The Proenza Schouler PS1 backpack in black suede. A beauty. I already know that I'm going to lose my mind one day and buy the PS1 purse, but, for now, as a student, the backpack is the more practical option. The $2,000 practical option. 
Givenchy knapsack - $1,885
Just looking at these backpacks, you can probably tell that I'm super into black and white for fall. I'm not exactly sure what it is about this one, but the clean stripes really get me and the studs add a fun touch. 
Givenchy knapsack - $1,320
Another Givenchy pick -- the magnolia and moth backpack. This is raw print that Givenchy stuck on a few items, but I'm a particular fan of it on this bag. Honestly, I saw it and it reminded me of this essay I read by Virginia Woolf called "The Death of the Moth." So, for reminding me of a piece of lit, this one gets extra points. 
Want Les Essentiels de la Vie laptop backpack - $759
Here is the product description:"WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie Chalk (white) smooth leather Piper backpack styled with Seahorse (metallic salmon) leather trim." The fact that these folks are out here using descriptors that need clarification. I am dead. But, other than the utter extra-ness of the product description, this bag looks like it feels like butter. I am 100% here for it.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Snapshots from Paris

I'm the worst when it comes to sharing pics from vacations and things. So, in typical Steph fashion, I'll be sharing some photos from, ohhh, ten or so months ago. While abroad last year, I went to Paris with two of my best friends and immediately fell in love with the city. It was definitely a mix of the romantic ideas of the city that I had gathered from movies and books, and the actual romance of the city -- Paris is gorgeous. When I went, I also think I was relieved to be in a big, busy, dirty, diverse city, which was in direct contrast to Toledo (where I was living in Spain). And, so, on this beautiful day in Chicago -- my big, busy, dirty, diverse city -- I'd like to share a few, well, more than a few, of my favorite shots from the city of lights.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

AWO is Under Construction!

I'm currently redesigning AWO. Please excuse the links that lead to nowhere and other mishaps that you might come across. It'll be up and running perfectly very, very soon!