Celebration Comments: Throwback/Fashion History

Sunday

Sunday

This week’s topic started out to be “Throwback” but it just ended up being more like thoughts on past trends and fashion history. My first question was “If you could go shopping in a different decade, what would it be?” Amber, from Lacuna Stitch, brought up a great point in her comment. She said that most people ask “If you could live in a different decade, which would it be?” and she said that it would be the present day because people have much more open minds than in the past. I totally agree that nothing is better than today. Not only is it said that our generation is will be the most open minded about the equality of all kinds of people but technology has given us all the knowledge in the world at our finger tips. And hey-back back back in the day, people smelled bad because deodorant wasn’t invented. Personally, I couldn’t deal with that.

Sam from Fabulous Petite “…Anyway, if I have to shop in a different decade then it would be the 50’s/60’s style. The ladies during that era are impeccable dress and so ladylike and girly. The poofy skirts and flawless make ups and all…”

and

“…I think I will shop the present decade since most of the styles came back now anyway only updated and fresh ideas to style it and wear it…”

Mariah from Theatricality by Mariah “…If I had to pick one decade, hands down it’s the 50s. The silhouettes were so flattering on every body type and I will never get tired of a gigantic circle skirt. Something I’m actually really excited about: my mom has a pair of my aunt’s saddle shoes and they fit me!…”

and

“…Hands down, I would stop Uggs and the velour track suit combo. Well, really anything Uggs. They’re a glorified slipper-boot…”

Anouka from LUXESSED “…I would go shopping in the 1960s – just my favourite fashion decade!…”

and

“…One trend I would stop? The mullet haircut; a crime!..”

Amber from Lacuna Stitch “…I love this question, because everyone always asks “what decade would you want to live in?” To which I always say the present decade, because although the past may seem like it was paradise, it really wasn’t! I like how our generation is full of people with open minds, and I wouldn’t trade that for all the swing dresses and cute diners that the 50’s had to offer. However, if I had to choose a decade to shop in, it’d definitely be the late 50’s/early 60’s. I’ve always gravitated towards that era of fashion (: …”

and

“… I don’t think my style is really inspired by a certain decade. Sometimes I like to wear skirts with a gathered waist that is very 50’s, but sometimes I feel like throwing on a shift dress that is very 60’s inspired! I’m kind of all over the place, haha…”

and (Go Amber!)

“…SHOULDER PADS. Any other trend I love (no matter how horrible) because it is just a reflection of the time, but if we could do without shoulder pads, then I wouldn’t have to keep ripping them out oof otherwise great thrift store finds (: …”

Rachel from All’s Fair In Love and Wardrobe “…As for the style trend that should have never happened: Crocs. No. Just no. Just…no…”

and

“…Oh and I would love to go shopping in the Victorian Era! Call me crazy but those dresses and corsets and hairstyles look like so much fun…”

Ashley from Southern (California) Belle “…I definitely feel like I’m inspired by the 50’s. The cuts of the dresses fit my body type best. While I loved wearing short dresses in my 20’s, I feel like a longer length suits my style better now…”

Rebecca from Winnipeg Style “… If I were to go shopping in any era I would love to go to the 40’s, so classy and the quality was amazing! I would love to get all the hats! …”

Nikkie from Chic Nikkie “…Let’s see.. I think I might want to shop in some 90s shop because all the clothes seem so hippie, effortless and so cool haha!…”

Tania from Inspire My Fancy “…I can’t pick just one single decade for inspiration because I find them all so interesting and fun. Right now it looks like the 80’s is inspiring me a whole lot based on the last few looks on my blog, haha…”

Tuesday

Tuesday

On Sunday's post, I mentioned how this wearing pseudo shorts could allow me to climb a tree. Someone asked me if I did end up climbing one and no..I didn't climb a tree. I climbed into a tree....? :P

On Sunday’s post, I mentioned how this wearing pseudo shorts could allow me to climb a tree. Someone asked me if I did end up climbing one and no..I didn’t climb a tree. I climbed into a tree….? 😛

This week’s Celebration Topic is… NOTHING! Starting August 23rd until September 6th, I will be taking a leave of absence from my blog. Basically, two weeks. The first week, I won’t have access to my laptop at all for my freshman transitional camping, team bonding trip. Then the second week will be my first week of college and I want to get a feel for it without having the time consuming blog to also keep up with! But then, I promise I will be back! In the meantime, follow me on Instagram at @oliviamonopoli for the latest updates of life 🙂

But, I do want to ask you this: How do you like the weekly series Celebration Comments? Should I keep it, ditch it, change it? Thoughts or concerns? And be honest! Personally, I love doing it and I find it a lot of fun to read about people’s thoughts to the different topics of the week. Of course, you are my audience and if you get no benefit from it at all, I would like to know!

Thursday

Thursday

Celebration Comments: College Style

Sunday

Sunday

If you have been following me for the past few months then you know that I finished high school, graduated, felt the nostalgia of the past four years, and am now on my way to start my first year of college. One of the many things I am unprepared for in college is the style of the college student. I mean, you all have seen my style: super girly and retro dresses, skirts and heels. (I may have to give up on the heels because my school is literally on a hill. Meh.) But I have no idea! Would I be frowned upon if I dressed up for class instead of wearing my PJs? Is it socially acceptable to wear red lipstick on campus?

So I thought I would ask my beautiful blogger ladies on their thoughts. Some of you are well past your college years, some of you are in college now, and some of you have yet to take the SATs. But wherever you are in your life doesn’t mean that your style doesn’t matter!

PS-Shoutout to everyone who wished me a good luck in college! Honestly, it means so much to me and I am happy I belong to such a great community! ❤ ❤ ❤

A Day in Owego

A Day in Owego

Here is what people had to say about College Style!

Erin from With a Wink and a Twirl “…I think there are different college looks that are best left in college and not appropriate for an older crowd…Mostly cutoffs and crop tops! 🙂 Otherwise, I think a lot of the college looks today can definitely be rocked at any age! 🙂…”

Deborah from Chiclyyours “…I do think that not all, but most college students wear styles that would classify as inappropriate. Fortunately, once college days are over, they realize that they need to change it up a bit in order to fit in especially when looking for jobs and so on…”

Hoda from JooJoo Azad ~ Free Bird “…As for college style, I think there is definitely a distinct “college look” for the stereotypical college student–A university hoodie, black jeans, and a heavy backpack! Although at my university (UChicago) most students are always walking around in sweats…”

Amber from The Lacuna Stitch “…It seems like EVERYONE at my college dresses in comfy clothes regardless of the time of day or the season. This includes cotton tanks, leggings, sweat pants, and sweatshirts. Hopefully this is just because I go to a 2 year college, though. I’m really one of the only people at my college who gets dressed up for school, and it really sucks!…”

Tanya from Attraction2Fashion “…I used to wear with a mini skirt when I was in a collage and still love it even now:)…”

Lily from Imperfect Idealist “…Anyways, we’ll be experiencing college together so I don’t have much to say for this post’s question, but I think college style is just like any other school style; there’s always that danger of conformity. But the people who are original really are a breath of fresh air. Here’s to us being those trendsetters 🙂 …”

Jackie from Something About That “…I can say my style has changed since college, but I’ve been out of school for a few years now and I think styles have just changed in general. I think I dress a bit more simple than I did before, but I like to experiment with trends more now than I did before.

I guess….there’s just more “contrast” to my style…”

Gabby from like a little fox “… i went to college in nyc, so i definitely dressed a lot more daring than i do now. it was a fun time to develop my personal style!..”

and

“… i would definitely make sure to bring lots of essentials to college. (pieces that are easy to match together) you’re going to be super busy for the first few months!..”

Rachel from All’s Fair In Love and Wardrobe “…College Fashion: I love how college students all have the same basic pieces but manage to rock them with their own personal flair. Like, everyone has gotta have a tank/tee with their college name on it. Most people wear them sweatpants and jeans, but then I was in the city and was amazed at how this girl managed to style hers with a mini skirt and heels! It looked so chic. There are endless possibilities!…”

Mariah from Theatricality by Mariah “…As for college wardrobe essentials. The biggest thing is a pair of cute but comfy flats. Depending on the size of your campus, you will be walking a lot! Since you’re preparing for the corporate world, a good blazer is a must. A go-to outfit you can throw on when you wake up late is also good. Those are my big three…”

Tiana from Inspire My Fancy “…Since you asked, my tipycal collage wardrobe consisted of jeans, t’s, sneakers, sandals, tanks, oversized sweaters, and of course some cute skirts…”

Mindy from ~Broken Eggshells~ “…I think for college, essentials would be the basics and a few cute dresses/skirts for events! I heard from a lot of my friends that dorm rooms are tiny and moving in/out is a pain so less is more.. plus we most likely will buy things in college.. so I’m trying to pack 2-3 weeks worth of clothes (including sleepwear, workout, daily wear)! …”Some great comments of the week include…

Anna from Melodic Thrifty & Chic “…It’s so nice to know that other bloggers put the same amount of time and effort into each post. It really is a lot of hard of work. I’ll spend days and sometimes weeks trying to figure out what pieces go together effectively. It’s one thing to just throw something on and go about your day, but it’s quite another to then photograph that outfit and put it up on the internet and basically tell people that it is worth their attention…

…Every now and then I’ll get really excited about sharing an outfit of which I am particularly proud with everyone and I’ll have the post ready and just count down the days to when it goes live. Haha. Those times are rare, but they do remind me of why I started blogging in the first place. So, it’s not all bad. ;D …”

Corinne from Skinnedcartree “…It’s great to see how far you’ve come over the past year. How do you think you’ll feel when you look at your blog in another year! We’re all constantly evolving and it’s awesome…”

Mariah from Theatricality by Mariah “…If you have the right roommates or hallmates, you will definitely be having plenty of random dance parties…”

Tuesday

Tuesday

Celebration Comment Topic: Throwback. If you could go shopping in a different decade, which one would it be?

Details

Details

Celebration Comments: Pre-Posting

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I’m not sure if I was asking the right questions this week on the topic but I was curious about everyone’s routine of putting up a post. Sure, we always see the end result but I’m sure you know as much as I do that there is a lot of blood, sweat, and tears that can go into creating a post. Like picking your outfit, taking the pictures, editing pictures, writing posts, etc. Lots of work! Mine includes:

  1. Picking out the outfit: Sometimes it is the outfit I’m wearing that day. Sometimes I plan out a specific outfit for the post. And even sometimes, if I’m super motivated, I’ll paint my nails. It really depends on the day. I can tell you for sure that every outfit I do wear, whether or not I wear it for the post or just because, it is an outfit I will wear out in real life-previously or in the future.
  2. Next is the photo shoot! (My favorite part….NOT!): Usually, I’ll take my mom’s car with my camera bag, camera, lenses, tripod, heels and lug it all up to the parks around my house. There I will take pictures and try not to be super self-conscious about people staring at the girl taking pictures of herself.
  3. Photo editing: Then I will lug all of that stuff home and proceed to upload about 100 pictures of me from different angles. (Does anyone scroll through those pictures really quickly and it makes you look like you’re dancing because I do. It’s funny.) Out of the 100, I’ll probably pick out 4-6 pictures I like and proceed to Pixlr.com-the online version of Photoshop and FREE!!!- to crop, brighten/darken, contrast, and saturate my pictures.
  4. Then I will write my post: It usually includes a story about a certain piece of clothing I’m wearing and I little blurb about the going-ons of my life.
  5. Publish: Either I will publish it of schedule it depending on how productive I am. But unfortunately, I’m finding myself publishing the post hours later than I actually wanted the post to go up. Hopefully that will get better!

Check out what other people had to say about pre-posting and be sure to share your thoughts on this week’s topic!

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Anyway, here is what you have to say about your Pre-Posting-Process! (PS-Sorry for the word heavy post: There were so many great comments this week!:))

Laura from I do deClaire “…My blogging routine changes from week to week depending on my work load. Typically we just take daily pictures then I edit them once a week and start to upload the pics to posts. I typically write the post the night before unless it’s a preplanned one like a link up!…”

Tanya from Attraction 2 Fashion “…Matter of fact, I’m all about everything you’ve mentioned here, picking an outfit, photos shoot on a way, edit, writing:). it’s like not a hobby anymore (even though I only do post 3 time/week), it seemed a fulltime blogger I am today:) as same as you and others I guess!…”

Mira from glamDevils “…I’m wearing an outfit esp. for the blog and then I always change back to normal clothes…”

Erin from With A Wink and a Twirl “…Sometimes I post what I am wearing, and sometimes it’s specifically for posts and worn a different day!…”

Markella from Do You Speak Gossip? “…As for your question: I always post outfits I’ve worn in real life on my blog. I don’t like wearing something just for the photos and taking it off the next minute. I find it fake. I might plan my outfit of the day, depending on whether or not I’ll take outfit photos in it, and of course the occasion, but I never post something I’ve never worn to go out in public…”

Amber from The Lacuna Stitch “…I take my outfit photos every time I go out somewhere. That may be odd, but I don’t like to get dressed solely for outfit posts. It makes for less outfit posts, but now all of my posts have some sort of memory attached to them of what I did that day, and I think that’s pretty awesome…”

and

“…As far as posts go, I prefer to just do it all in one setting. Otherwise, I end up constantly thinking about how I have to get it done and that is a big headache…”

Nikkie from Chic Nikkie “…I can’t manage taking outfit photos everyday.. such a pain as I usually try to head outside and walk to the park with my sister!! I usually take them before my blog post… and I try to take at least one or two outfit shots a week. I’d love to take them everyday though, but I don’t have an enthusiastic-enough photographer, haha. X…”

Mariah from Theatricality by Mariah “…For pre-posting, I don’t have a concrete process. I have some posts that I do every week (like comments and nails). It’s kind of what I’m in the mood for or have pictures for. Usually I only take pictures on days when I post. And you are seeing what I wore that day. I don’t “dress up” for my blog. It’s my personal style. It feels kind of fake if I don’t post what I wore. I might take off a jacket during the day, but that’s it!…”

Deborah from Style By Deb “…Answering your question, I usually create a post in one day, in some cases it took me two days because of photo editing…”

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My goodness! Like I said above, so many great comments this week. Here are some of my favorites:

Christine from Beyoutiful Hope in regards to a previous comment I said on her blog about how it’s not just the celebrities but clothing that has an influence on our view of beauty and of ourselves “…I totally agree… it’s not only the celebrities, it is also the stores… and sports too. But there is a line between being healthy and being not healthy and not caring at all versus loving yourself where you are at as you progress…”

Ali from The Drawing Mannequin in regards to a beautiful painting she just finished (check it out!) “…It wasn’t for a class but something I just did this summer to be productive–I really do love making art on my own. And I guess the inspiration behind it right now is just an intrigue in the gestural and the microscopic, so a marriage of those two?…”

Anna from Medodic, Thrifty & Chic “… I would totally wear something from the section of a store that caters to 13-14 year olds. I really don’t care about much, as long as it fits and looks decent. A friend of mine recently bought the cutest dress from the youth section of a department store…”

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This week’s topic is: College Style. Do you feel like college students have a distinct style apart from other people pre-college or post-college. (ie: They always wear leggings or they always wear college gear, etc.)

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Celebration Comments: Floral Crowns

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Tuesday and Instagram special

Wow. This week was a mess in terms of posting. In the wise words of Anna from Melodic, Thrifty & Chic “Damn, girl. You post so often I can barely keep up!”. Neither could I, Anna, neither could I. I guess my usual schedule is to post outfit stuff Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday with the Celebration Comments on Saturday. Maybe throw in a special post Monday like Makeup with Margarita (which is a new one is coming up soon! Yay!) if I have one ready. But with my trip to Canada, I couldn’t post my Celebration Comments last Saturday and everything got all screwy. So, I apologize.

But this week’s post was on Flower Crowns. I guess I’ve been kind of yes and no on the whole trend. The ones with the huge flowers always seemed so extravagant and a bit funny looking to me. Sort of like someone plopped a spring wreath on one’s head and called it a day. But I do love love love the smaller flowered ones that wind around your head like an actually crown. The ones that make you look like you are a fairy princess or something awesome like that. All summer, I have been dying to make myself a flower crown. I even have two kinds of silk flowers at the ready. I just have to get off my lazy butt and make them! To be honest, I was hoping that this topic would motivate me to do it. (It didn’t.)

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Thrusday

Anyway, as promised, here are what other people have to say about flower crowns and the weekly round up of the outfits!:

Mariah from Theatricality by Mariah: “…As for flower crowns check out Girl with the Flower for some awesome sartorial inspiration. I’ve been following her since I started blogging and she was part of my inspiration to start. Personally, it depends on how you want to wear it and what you’re wearing it with. I made an all white one for graduation since I had to wear a white dress (I think there are pictures somewhere on my blog). For every day wear, I like simpler elastic headbands. Overall, they’re a go from me!”

(Side note: her comment reminded me of my own graduation cap which I decorated with flowers! In all the hustle and bustle of getting called up for my diploma and such, the one thing I remember is someone shaking my hand and saying how he thought my grad cap was clever 🙂 Hehe, maybe one of these days, I’ll show it on here!)

MITCH from Oh Dear Bumblebees “Flower crowns are cute but I just don’t know where to wear that headpiece :/

Laura from Do I DeClaire “As for floral crowns they are pretty, but they are a nay for me. I think I am past the age I can make them look cool!”

Nikkie from Chic Nikkie “…Anyway, I have to admit, I’ve been seeing a load of flower crowns since last summer and I vowed to try and make one (either with real/fake flowers, or to try and crochet one) but never did got the chance. I think flower crowns are just so pretty and they make one instantly look so feminine and romantic. I’ve been craving one since I saw them!! Can’t wait to get myself one! 🙂 …”

Christine from Christine G “…Flower crowns? Yay!!!
They are kind of must have for me in summer time. I mean, if you know how to wear them they look really cute. I think that flower crowns are perfcet for some summer festival or something like that. So, why not?:)…”

Alexis Grace from North On Harper “…As for your question– I am going to say NAY over the age of 21 (with the exception of a music festival)… they just look a little forced…”

Ali from The Drawing Mannequin “…Hehe, I have made a few flower crowns myself! I don’t get to wearing them often, though, which needs to change…”

Instagram Special

Instagram Special

And some thoughtful comments:

Nikkie from Chic Nikkie: “…I still can’t believe you made that dress~ even though I was in fashion class where we learned some basic sewing, I forgot all about how use a sewing machine and how to make pieces. Super envious of you!…” (Umm I’m super envious that your school offered FASHION CLASS!!)

Jackie from Something About that “…I was in Atlantic Canada a few weeks back, and had the same feeling. Everyone is just so cute over there. And yes, they say “eh” a LOT!…”

Allie from ALLIE NYC “…I know going upstate is fun, and even better in summer. My friends live in Peekskill which is quite a nice town on the Hudson…”

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The topic of the week is Pre-Posting: What does your routine for creating a post look like? Picking out the outfit, taking pictures, photo editing, writing, etc.

Comment by Friday to be featured on next week’s Celebration Comments 🙂

Love,

Olivia

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Celebration Comments: Weekend Away

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This past weekend, I spent my days chilling at my uncle’s cottage in Nova Scotia. It was with my Canadian Clan where they say “eh” and “are you feeling peckish” and cute things like that. In honor of my cottage escape, I based my Celebration Comments on just that: A Weekend Away. I try to be a light packer by bringing a lot of clothes to mix and match. This time, I was convinced I would go out and take pictures for my blog so I brought a couple of extra outfits. (It didn’t happen.) Other than that, I made sure I had jeans and a fleece for those chilly nights and just your basic essentials. (That kind of didn’t happen either…) Anyway, here are what some other people thought about the topic!

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Jiyy from Petite Yeoja “…I personally quite bad at packing, tbh! Haha. Actually, I’m not going to bring a lot of clothes, maybe 2-3 pieces (that you sure you always can mix it up), one shoes for all. I believe you’ll shop and back with more clothes on your lugage lol…”

Amber from The Lacuna Stitch  “…As for your question this week, I’m really glad you asked this one, because I just got back from vacation! When I was packing, I was trying to keep the amount of stuff I packed to a minimum. My reason I do this is not because I don’t like to over pack (it’s always good to be prepared!), but rather because I like to have as little stuff to keep track of. So, when your packing, I’d recommend trying to find shoes/accessories that will go with every outfit that you brought. Also, it would be helpful to write two checklists (one for when your packing and one for when you leave) to make sure you don’t forget anything…”

Stephanie from Sartorial Diner “…To answer your question of the week, I’m horribly disorganized when I pack for trips. I’ll try to grab an even amount of shirts and pants and call it a day. Part of the fun of traveling for me is to not worry about looking great all the time. I’d rather focus on the sights, as opposed to being seen…”

Nikkie from Chic Nikkie  “…I just try to formulate mostly what I need, putting them down on a list so I can easily check off what I have packed and what I need to buy. Here’s an example of my before and after: BEFORE: 3 pairs of skirts, 2 pairs of shorts, 5 dresses, 2 hand-sanitizers (1 for home and one for when going out)..
AFTER: some cardigans, a few pairs of socks, loads of sweaters…”

Mindy from Broken Eggshells “… For my trip, I had to pack for a month which was so hard especially since they told me to pack light haha! I think packing is very hard for girls since we always have so many “what if” items we must bring!..”

Lily from Imperfect Idealist “…As for weekend getaways, I don’t have any planned, but if I were to pack, I always start with the essentials. So for me, that’s running gear, socks and underwear (I mean, you have to have it haha), toiletries, and then some versatile pieces. Like for example, my pajamas are often a t-shirt and shorts I can go running in, but fashion-wise, I pack basics that I can dress up–like a plain red long-sleeved shirt. And then I finish it off with a pair of shoes that go with everything, like keds or oxfords!…”

Mariah from Theatricality by Mariah“…If I had to pick a weekend vacation, it would probably be to Myrtle Beach and I would obviously pack a swim suit, shorts, a flowy tank, and loose fitting maxi…”

LUXESSED “…The shorts look great! I always pack light whenever I’m travelling – just in case I find nice things to buy when I’m away…”

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Thoughtful comments on my other posts:

Christine from Beyoutiful Hope “…One think I have found to love is upcycling- it takes time and is fun and feels better at the end and also is better for the environment. I have found some really cute things from Salvation Army that I have upcycled…”

Brittney from Another Beautiful Thing “…Oh, not only was jacket-tying a thing in my middle school, but there was a wrong and right way to do it (middle school politics, I know)…”

Stella from Sugar Pop Fashion “…Lol! I guess it’s the same with my dungarees! In the 90s it was soooo cool tying your sweater around your hips but then it was only embarrassing and now?! Everything came back and looks good all of a sudden!…”

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I’m so happy about the positive feedback I’ve gotten from both the series and the topics! It’s actually quite exciting to hear about what people have to say. Make sure to keep an eye out to see if your comment is up next week!

This week’s topic is Flower Crowns: Is this trend nay or yay for you?

Love, Olivia