Thursday, September 4, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Snapshots from Prague

In honor of my impending trip abroad, I thought it would be nice to shares some pictures from my trip last year to Prague, Czech Republic. I went there with a group of students from my high school and we each stayed with host families. We stayed for about ten days and traveled all around the city and to some other parts of the country. It was the first time I had been out of the country as someone with the ability to actually remember it. While all glass, super modern buildings are cool, nothing really beats old world charm -- and Prague has a lot of it.

Priscilla and Jada

Czech Capri Sun!

Army surplus store

I don't remember where the above photo was taken, but Prague has some really great street food. On our last day there, a couple of friends and I pigged out and got some of everything: deep-fried dough covered in ketchup and cheese (sounds super gross, I know, but it was so good), fresh potato chips, sausages, candy, and more. Too good.
Priscilla in a hall of mirrors.
Prague from above
Me and my amazing host/friend, Lucie

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September Moods

It's the middle of the night and I'm up looking at fashion blogs. Typical. I'm leaving for Spain (!!!) in 11 days and I'm going crazy to figure out what I'm going to take with me. Looking at what other people are wearing usually help me figure out things in my own wardrobe; they give me ideas on new ways to wear the stuff that I've had forever. I regularly check out other style blogs and, also, regularly save photos to my laptop for future reference. Here are some of the photos that I'll be keeping in mind while I'm packing.

Love the mix of fabrics and textures.

via Unabashedly Prep
via Classy Girls Wear Pearls 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Blacklight Magazine

This summer, I have been working on a very exciting project. At the end of my first year at UChicago, I was elected as the Editor-in-Chief of Blacklight Magazine. Blacklight Magazine is a publication of the University of Chicago's Organization of Black Students. The reason I'm so excited about this magazine is because its mission is something that I can wholeheartedly get behind: Blacklight Magazine provides a platform for the voices of underrepresented and traditionally marginalized students on campus. Having gone through the process of being hyper aware of my Blackness and woman-ness during my first year, I appreciate the fact that there is a publication on campus that is looking to publish stories like mine. 

With that being said, I am happy to share that Blacklight is now accepting submissions for its fall issue. The first deadline is August 15th. The second deadline is August 30th. We are looking for just about every type of writing and visual art. Feel free to write about your experience as a Muslim student or a Transgender student or a Korean student. Also, feel free to write about your favorite Peruvian restaurant or Black-owned clothing line. Like the flyer says, we want it all. You do not have to be UChicago student to submit and you also do not have to be a college student. I had a few high school students reach out to me and I was pretty excited that this magazine also appealed to younger folks. Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, @BlacklightUChi, to stay connected. 

There is a really fantastic team of people working to put this magazine together. We are all extremely excited to show you the finished product come October. If you want to submit something to the magazine, please do! We need your writing and art to make this thing work. Send submissions to You can also email me, Stephanie, at that email address if you want to talk about a possible article idea, have any questions, or want to donate a couple stacks to make sure we can print this magazine. Happy writing! 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

On the Run

About a week and a half ago, Chicago stopped and welcomed Jay Z and Beyonce into its warm embrace. For those of you who don't know, I have a twin sister named Jeanette. I have had the most ridiculous conversations about the fact that I have a twin sister. The. Most. Ridiculous. People have actually thought I was playing some elaborate trick. To which I always responded, "I would have to be straight up crazy to make up a sibling." Basically, quite a few people thought I was insane. Woo! 

So, now that we all know that Jeanette exists, we can move on. If you have ever had the pleasure of meeting my sister than you know that she has an infectious laugh. Anyone who hangs out with her knows that she is responsible for their deepening laugh lines. 

Going to this concert was fairly critical for me and Jeanette. She has been down in Missouri interning at the Department of Transportation, living in an apartment, and acting like she grown or something. Jeanette came back to Chicago for the weekend to bask in the glory that is Mister and Misses Carter. 

It was actually a pretty chilly night, but Jeanette still opted to show out in her neon romper. The color is right on trend for summer. She paired it with brown boots so as to not overwhelm admirers. She looked pretty cute, if I do say so myself.

I wore a Sox jersey (south side pride in the cut), Elizabeth & James pants, and Rag & Bone shoes. I didn't wear those shoes to the concert. Just had to do it for the 'gram. I'm actually selling those Rag & Bone shoes. So, like, buy them. Cool. 

Keep up with AWO shenanigans on Facebook & Twitter, @all_worn_out

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ridin' Round Acting Cool

Hey! This is Maya, Steph’s friend from school.  As I await her visit, I reminisce on our beautiful, fulfilling days in the windy city. A big part of our lives at UChicago was biking around Hyde Park like a mini biker gang of two; it’s also one of the things I love doing in my neighborhood. Since I’ve been back, biking has been a great way for me to pretend to exercise and avoid chores at home while endangering the general public by attempting to simultaneously photograph the adventure. 

My best biking buddy is fashion enthusiast Olivia Culver! We’ve been friends for years which can only be explained by the mind control tactics I’ve been employing. Olivia won best dressed back in high school and I’d credit that to her eccentric, eclectic, edgy and always flattering style that was hard not to notice in a school like ours.  She’s incredibly talented at utilizing thrift stores finds and layering accessories that make her outfits look effortlessly put together.  Here she is looking supes playful and sporty, perfect for our bike adventure!  

She’s wearing a Dimepiece jersey over a simple a-line camo tank dress from Urban Outfitters. The oversized shirt and loose skirt plays with a kind of juvenile theme which is accentuated by her converse. We agreed the outfit could have had a vastly different vibe were the shoes changed, a pair of wedged sneakers for example would make it more of a “going out” look.  For the purposes of our simple bike ride though, converse were majorly appropriate.  She also brought along a light wash denim jacket, the most casual of the denim jackets… but her huge timepiece still suggests she is a responsible young adult who knows how to keep track of time, lest we were fooled by her youthful outfit.

Friday, July 18, 2014

A.P.C. x Kanye

If you've been keeping up with life, then you know that the Fall/Winter 2014 collection of the A.P.C.'s collaboration with Kanye West hit the shelves yesterday. The first look at the collection was revealed a couple of weeks ago and, yes, like the first collection, it features a plain white tee.

The collection is simple with a clear military influence. The price points range from a $90 white t-shirt to a $2,865 parka with fur. In between, you get your $340 sweaters and $280 jeans. Maybe I spend too much time looking at expensive clothes and that has somehow skewed my perception, but these price points don't seem too insane. Check out the full collection here

While I do like the collection, I'm not exactly blown away by it. I know the fit and quality of each piece goes crazy, but I'm not sitting here trying to figure how to acquire a couple of stacks to get one of these pieces for myself. I'd still probably try to date you if you popped out in one of these pieces though. Just bein' honest.

Speaking of popping out, hella dudes were outside of APC's shop in NYC waiting to drool all over this stuff. The sneaker game was pretty strong, but this lady wins for standing out amidst a bunch of guys wearing hoodies in the middle of summer **no shade**.  

via Four-Pins

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Blues

It's actually been months since I've posted. Life got too real at the end of the school year and, unfortunately, I wasn't able to keep up with muh bloggie wog. Hope ya didn't miss me too much. And I hope you're as excited about Maya joining the team as I am. She's one of my best friends and I'll be visiting her in Detroit, excuse me, The D, very soon. 

Summer is finally upon us. Kind of. If you're in Chicago, then you've experienced the weather-related ups and downs that are indicative of this fine town. I've found myself jeans and a jacket quite a bit this summer, but I'll take a little cool weather over sweltering heat any day. 

And ohh haiiii, new hair. My friend hooked me up with some twists for the summer. They're super long and constantly leave me wondering how people who have long hair comfortably and effectively complete every day tasks, like getting dressed and eating without having their hair getting in the way of everything. Hmmm, the questions of life.

Today, I went to check out an art installation put up by the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health at the Hull House on UIC's campus. My friend Kami is involved in the organization and the work they do advocating for laws that ensure youth have control over their bodies is pretty great. Be sure to check them out if that's something you're interested in.

I wore Mom Jeans from Topshop, a jacket from Gap, a throwback University of Michigan Rose Bowl t-shirt that I cut into a crop top, and Cole Haan penny loafers. These are my favorite jeans, probably, ever. They're mad comfortable (I bike in them), and they're the perfect wash for summer. The only qualms I have with these jeans are the two rather large holes on my thigh, which were totally my fault, but still. If you happen to be a whiz with a needle, hit me up. I'd love to have those patched up nicely.

Also, do not let this t-shirt fool you. I am an Ohio State fan to the bone. This shirt was a gift and it is aesthetically appealing. Those are the only reasons I wear it. So, there. 

I hope you all have been enjoying the sun and summer. Keep up witcha girl on Facebook and Twitter

Big thanks to Kamaria Woods for the photos.