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.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Style Profile: Maya

Editor's note: I know you all remember Maya. Her style and wit will be regularly featured as she is officially a writer for All Worn Out. Check out her first post and show her some love. Welcome to the team, Maya!

What’s your name?
Maya Grever

How old are you?

What’s your major?
Arts and Crafts

What’s your uniform?
My school doesn’t actually require uniforms; lol I’m in college.

Who are your favorite designers?
I don’t think I have any.

What are your favorite stores?
In theory, my favorite stores to shop at would be Free People, Topshop, Anthropology and Nordstrom, but in reality I usually can’t afford to get clothes from there :/

What are your favorite blogs?
HonestlyWTF, it’s got travel, fashion, food and cool crafts, really just about everything there is in life. Reading it makes me feel “hip”! :)

Who are your style icons?
Stephanie Greene!!!!!!!!!!! but actually.. I gather the most inspiration from the cool people I see around me. Girls passing by wearing a cool maxi skirt or someone with their braids done up neat or a great shirt/tie combination. When I see something interesting, I try to think of ways that I can recreate it with what I already own. Inspiration can come from anyone, man or woman, of any age.  If a 12 year old has on a rockin' outfit I ain't mad..I’m taking notes.

What are some things you can’t live without?
The password to my friend’s Netflix account, constant attention and noodles.

What is your favorite item in your closet?
I guess maybe it’s my leather lace-up boots.  I’ve had them for over three years (and it shows) but I just love them so much.

What is your dream job?
Artistic director for a musical artist’s tours or an event planner for really swanky parties or a first lady like Claire Underwood, but less evil.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Brands You Should Know: Julie Scarves

My friend Julie can effectively be labeled as a trendsetter. I paid a visit to my high school a few weeks ago and I couldn't walk more than a few feet without seeing someone in one of her scarves. Julie Scarves are, clearly, a must have. It was during this same visit that Julie graciously gave me one of her creations. You can pick one up here via her Etsy shop.

This is my friend Christy wearing a Julie Scarf. It might be getting warm in Chicago (who knows??), but this is one of those purchases that you can justify. A) it will definitely be cold in Chicago in the somewhat near future and B) you need something to keep you warm on road trips/plane rides/cozy movie nights in that not-so-cozy-over-air-conditioned home. I took my scarf with me to Nashville this past weekend and it was such a great move. It kept me warm in the car ride down south and it doubled as "pillow" when I took a nap in the sun.

photo via Julie Scarves

Now, down to the nitty gritty. Julie hand-knits every scarf to give you a one-of-a-kind wonder. They take about three hours to make and they sell for fifteen dollars. I don't know about y'all, but it's rare that I find a scarf for fifteen dollars, especially one that is so well made. Julie learned to knit in elementary school and started her scarf endeavor last year. You can bet you're getting a top-notch product.

For the record, I don't vouch for products I don't believe in. I know Julie and she's the bomb. She's seventeen and taking the steps to get her name out there. Though this might be obvious, this product is made in America and your purchase would be helping a high school senior save up some cashhh before shipping off to college.

Hey, Julie!

This is Julie rocking her scarf in what looks like an enchanted garden. This could be you, too, if and only if you have a Julie Scarf. I know you want one. Head over to her Etsy shop, JulieScarves, and pick one up. It's fifteen dollars: that's like three unnecessary trips to Starbucks. Spend that money on something that won't disappear in twenty minutes. Julie Scarves even have a commercial. Check it out and buy, buy, buy.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Polka Dots, Sequins, & Stripes (Oh my!)

Final. Are. Over. Well, they are for me. And if you still have finals, power through! This week has been far too critical and it's only Wednesday. The good thing about not having any more exams is that I can finally chill. I'll be heading out to Nashville on Friday for a rugby tournament. I couldn't be more excited. The weather in Nashville will be warm. Oh, so, warm. Can't wait.

Last week, the weather gods blessed Chicago with one warm and sunny day. This was the same day that Chase decided to stunt. Though it was super petty for it to only be warm for one day, then straight snow the next, we take anything we can get in Chicago.

The weather had me feeling so good, I was like "nahhh, not going to work today." (I responsibly called off and all that because I'm an adult occasionally responsible college student.) But, moving on. I'm always surprised by the things I find in department stores. I generally don't like department stores, but sometimes I find something worth buying. Enter: the sequin skirt. I picked this one up from the juniors section in Kohls for ten bucks on sale. Seriously, if you have some sequined item, provided that it's not a circa 2006 spaghetti strap tank with rando sequins on the lace trim (y'all know what I'm talking about), break it out during the day and let it see some sunlight. 

On top, I wore a Ralph Lauren oxford, Gap denim jacket that I got on mad sale for 15 dollars, and a J. Crew necklace, also around 15 dollars on sale. 

I finished off my look with a Marc by Marc Jacobs watch that I picked up from the Neiman Marcus outlet for 120 dollahzz. Also, swerve. I just googled my watch and Asos was selling it for 431 dollars. Like, what? Come on, y'all, Marc Jacobs is not that real. I love my watch, but you would never catch me spending that much on it. And funny-ish story. One of my friends looked at my watch and said, "Isn't he a little conceited for putting his name where the numbers should be?" To which I said, "If you had a fashion empire, wouldn't you put your name there, too?" Basically, Marc Jacobs is time. Get with it, people. 

Peace sign game strong. 
I'll catch y'all in Nashville. See what shenanigans the lovely ruggers and I get into by following ya girl on Twitter and Instagram: @all_worn_out. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Campus Crush: Chase

The first conversation I ever had with Chase was about music. We were sizing each other up. Passing one another's test, we shared an unspoken agreement to trust the other's opinion. Funny how such an arbitrary topic can be the basis for such a great friendship. Chase is one of those people you can just count on. He's good people.

Chase is from the suburbs of Chicago, so like any true (almost) Chicagoan, he takes temperatures over 50 degrees as a cue to break out the shorts. Like all of us, he's excited for the warm weather to get here and stay. When asked what he loves to do when the weather is nice, his answer was one that anyone who knows him could have guessed: play basketball. 

I'm super into the brightly colored shorts trend that has been going on for a couple of summers now. Chase's are even more fun because they're covered in a banana print. I feel like a lot people, in general, shy away from wearing yellow, so I was surprised to see Chase in it. But, it's one of those colors that can embody a mood. That day was bright -- Chase's clothing choice matched that. 

Chase is wearing Ray-Ban sunglasses, Urban Outfitters shorts, and a Theory shirt. 

Keep up with All Worn Out on Facebook and Twitter

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Best Dressed: Oscars 2014

The Oscars were tonight and y'all know where this post is headed. I have to be honest,  I was not as impressed with the looks as I thought I would be, but some people straight killed it. I think the biggest issue I had was with people wearing colors that didn't flatter their skin tones. However, in true All Worn Out fashion, we will only be celebrating fashion. Take a look at muh short list.

Lupita N'yongo. Once again, Lupita takes my pick as best dressed in a Prada gown. She also took the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her acceptance speech was perfection. She is perfection. I would dare to say that she is reaching America's sweetheart status. Like, if you don't like Lupita, you should reconsider your path in life. 

Charlize Theron. I'm not sure who designed this dress, but the silhouette is sick. The sheer straps are weird, but the sheer train is pretty cool.

Emma Watson in Vera Wang. Emma is such a quaint beauty. Her eyes just scream, "Don't underestimate me." 

Kate Hudson. I usually don't like when people wear colors that are so close to their skin tone or hair color, but this totally works. The half cape and train add just the right amount of elegance. 

Amy Adams in Gucci. Simple usually wins. Amy Adams wins in this gown. 

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture. Dior is always a solid bet on the red carpet. And as per usual, Jennifer looks great. 

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Calvin Klein. I'm almost certain that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is going to be one of those celebrities that never appears to age. Leaving that aside, the fit of his tux is great considering his stature. A looser pant would have made him look even smaller, so the decision to go fitted with no break was a good one. 

Kelly Osbourne. She made the list once again. Her body looks incredible and I'm totally feeling the shawl. 

Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani. Again, this dress is pretty much the same color as her skin, but I think it looks great. 

Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves. We're just gonna focus on Camila. Yes, Matthew was the winner of the night, but Camila easily stole the spotlight on the red carpet. That color could have so easily gone towards baby-ish, but she keeps it grown-up. 

Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein. Simple and elegant. 

Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab. I was on the fence about this one, but my friend Natalie convinced me that she looked good. This dress is just very celebrity-esque. 

Keep up with All Worn Out on Facebook and Twitter.