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TikToking & Thrifting

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I remember the first time I saw the “fashion side” of TikTok. It was a young woman showing her viewers how to style various items she had recently purchased at a thrift store, mainly early 2000’s style clothing. In the comments, users raved about her tennis skirts and oversized sweater vests, demanding to know where she got them. The woman posted links to Depop stores and named a few local thrift shops, and upon further investigation, I learned she had many videos just like this. From this point on, I was hooked, thrifting videos filled my page. I began to get a lot of videos like this in my feed, mainly young women showing thrifted outfits or new styles, which also typically were upcycled clothing items. 

The surge of the aforementioned type of videos presented audiences with a resurgence of old styles, but they all had one thing in common for the most part- and that was the use of recycled/thrifted items, or items from small business owners through sites like Depop. The wave of popularity was swift, and soon more and more creators were showing their thrifted fits to their audiences, large or small. The result of this was teenagers and young adults flocking to thrift stores and online sellers alike, making off with items that aligned with the aesthetic of their choosing. At a glance, this may seem like a great thing- young people going out of their way to purchase goods from sustainable sources rather than funding fast fashion. However, there are pros and cons to this new trend, and they should be considered by consumers. 

Sustainable fashion


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Thrifting and buying from small businesses are well-known ways to take a step towards sustainable living. The environmental positives of shopping upcycled are enormous, from lowering emissions from factories by creating less demand to be supplied, to less pollution from runoff into water sources- the impact is clear. This is a sustainable lifestyle, as it is fairly easy to obtain secondhand clothing. 

A Shortage of Affordable Items

Everyone loves a good deal; whether it be on clothing, furniture, food, or anything else a shopper wants, nobody is going to turn down a discount. Thrift stores largely provide affordable clothing, being as it is not new. For a long time, thrifting was more popular amongst those who were unable to afford higher priced items. In the past year, thrifting has become more of a trend than a vital source of clothing for people of lower incomes. With the rise in demand for clothing from thrift stores, the prices have gone up along with it. This has in turn forced those that rely on thrift stores to be boxed out, leaving them with fewer options. 

On top of that, there is the problematic nature of reselling thrifted items. While there is nothing inherently wrong with reselling items on sites like Depop or Etsy, the problem arises when people purchase these goods at an extremely low price, and then resell them at double or triple the original price. This once again prevents those who genuinely rely on cheap clothing to accessing those products. 

Supporting Online Sellers


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While reselling items with a mark up that makes them unaffordable to the general public is problematic, there are creators that make it worth your while. A lot of people have taken to purchasing cheap clothing, and then altering the item to match their signature brand or style, and then selling it. The work the artists put into the clothing is worth the extra cash, and you are supporting a small business by making those purchases. With sites such as Etsy, Depop, and The Real Real, there are options for anything from streetwear to luxury clothing and accessories.

With concerns about ethical buying and sustainable consumerism at an all time high, it is important to know what options you have as a buyer, and the impact of those options. Old styles from previous decades are making an enormous comeback, so thrifting has been a great way for younger people to get ahold of some older fashion items instead of buying new. It is important to weigh your choices when you make the decision to shop sustainably, and knowing the pros and cons can help you make an informed decision before your purchase any items for your wardrobe. 

Thrifting is a fun way to sustainably amp up your wardrobe, but it’s important to thrift and buy responsibly. During these uncertain times, thrifting and shopping in general have become harder to do, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get back out there sometime soon!

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Street Style: Dec 2017/Jan 2018


Here at Cliché Magazine, we LOVE bloggers. We love their reading about their personal interests, seeing their stylish clothes, and getting a glimpse into their creative lives. In our recently released Street Style: Dec 2017/Jan 2018 feature, our lovely readers share their favorite looks and blogs with us! Get to know them a little better by checking out their profiles and blogs below. Don’t forget to show them some love on their social media, too!

Jemma Mrdak, 24
Location: Canberra, Australia
Occupation: Communications Consultant/Influencer
Loves: My vintage Burberry denim jacket.

Pingkan Melbourne
Location: Liverpool, United Kingdom
Occupation: Social Media & Digital Marketing Executive
Loves: My vintage ‘90s Chanel belt from my mama!

Chanèle McFarlane, 26
Location: Toronto, Canada
Occupation: Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Do Well Dress Well
Loves: A pair of statement earrings.

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Street Style: June/July 2016


Here at Cliché Magazine, we LOVE bloggers. In our recently released Street Style: June/July 2016 feature, our lovely readers share their favorite looks and blogs with us! Get to know them a little better by checking out their profiles and blogs below!

Summer Y.L., 26
Location: West Village, New York, NY
Occupation: Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger
Loves: Dresses

Esther Santer

Esther Santer, 25
Location: New York, NY
Occupation: Fashion Blogger
Loves: Chokers

Sarmistha Goswami

Sarmistha Goswami, 35
Location: India
Occupation: Fashion Designer
Loves: Bardot tops, lace, denim on denim, boots.

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Blogger Spotlight: Stephanie Velez


Our hearts have been effortlessly stolen and pulled into a peaceful bliss by the graceful being of Stephanie Velez, a fashion blogger and content creator of the blog Rags and Grace. New York born and currently living in Florida, Velez (known as @stephivelez on her beautifully designed Instagram page) brings forth a combination of simple living and impacting style. In each of her blog posts, she not only shares her impeccable outfits that we’d all love to have, but her voice as well—a voice that holds an uplifting power towards anyone who is reading. Her inspiring soul and gift with words are refreshingly authentic, making everyone that comes across her instantly know that she truly means what she says and shows it. She is a constant reminder to us, and her loyal readers, that what matters most in life is what you make of it, how you live it, and what you believe in. Become enraptured by the sweet life and soul of Stephanie Velez and find your own grace along the way. 
Stephanie Velez6Cliché: What inspires you to create content on Rags and Grace?
Stephanie Velez: I would say inner beauty inspired me to begin writing. I’ve read countless blogs that aim to acquire beauty by standards society has held high. I grew bored of the day-to-day blog posts about clothing and what the “trend” was at the moment. I love fashion, but it is not everything. You can be beautiful by appearance, but once your mouth opens, that all disappears.
What do you believe is the key to feeling confident in what you’re wearing?
Identity. If you know who you are, you can walk confidently, no matter what you wear. Boldness comes from knowing who you are, and no one can tell you differently.
How would you describe your personal style?
Bold. I’ve been told my whole life that curvy girls can’t wear certain things. While I agree on certain aspects, I feel we should learn to love our canvas and be bold with it.
If you could give our readers one tip to channeling their personal style, what would it be?
Just because something is in style doesn’t mean it’s your style. Remain true to yourself.
Scenario time! You have a date tonight and want to look your best, but don’t want to come off as someone trying too hard. How do you keep your date night look effortless, yet still special?
Black on black! Black has such a chic boldness to it, but it doesn’t scream for attention. I’d wear black trousers with a black top or a simple black dress with a black leather jacket to tie it all together.
Stephanie Velez3Do you have any fashion idols?
I don’t have idols, but I admire anyone who remains consistent to their style. This is something women struggle with day to day, and anyone who is able to be themselves is worthy of admiration.
What are your go-to items in your wardrobe or makeup bag?
In my wardrobe, I would say classic pieces such as a leather jacket and basic tops. In my makeup bag, I would say my favorite lipstick by MAC called “Persistence” and Chanel’s Allure perfume.  
What are your favorite stores/online retailers where you find the best bargains?
To be honest, Urban Outfitters has such great deals in their sale section. I always find lovely pieces there! Be on the lookout for extra percentages off on their sale section.
Let’s face it: we all have that one lipstick, eyeliner, or bronzer we cannot live without. What’s yours and why?
Currently, I have been loving the lipstick “Persistence” by MAC! As far as bronzer goes, I’ve been loving Bobbi Brown’s foundation stick in the color “Chestnut.” I use this as a contour/bronzer. It is the best!
What do you hope to create and spread on Rags and Grace?
My ultimate goal with Rags and Grace is that women will find themselves and walk boldly, for them to see beauty in themselves not because of physical aspects, but the content of their heart.
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Blogger Spotlight: Stephanie Velez photographed by Jomy Leon-Rivera

Blogger of the Month: Pia Gloria


This month, we’ve been dazzled from across the pond by fashion blogger Pia Gloria. Based in Brighton, England, Pia’s young and modern aesthetic is evident throughout her range of topics featured on her blog, Beauty and Ruin. Her minimal style and eye for monochromatic details are showcased in each of her posts that she shares with her readers. From lifestyle to inspiration pieces, Pia hones in her personal style in each one, making her work specifically represent who she is as a blogger. Pia focuses on style being one’s personal representation of themselves, whether that stems from how you are feeling on a particular day or an extension of your personality. She isn’t afraid about coloring outside of the fashion lines within the industry, but instead stays true to her own signature style that makes her pop and remain elemental. Youth and edge are two key factors in what she represents, making her blog truly “now” and within our fresh age. 
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Cliché: What inspires you to create content on Beauty and Ruin?
Pia Gloria: I’ve been reading fashion blogs since I was about 12 or 13, and personal style posts were always my favorite! I love seeing how different people style different garments, so I wanted to give it a go myself. I still consistently check up on my favorite bloggers to see their personal style posts, so I would say that definitely inspires half of the content on my blog! I’m also an editor for an online retailer, Thomas Gun, which is streetwear and menswear based, so I spend a lot of time reading up on streetwear and menswear brands. I would say that inspires the other half of the content on my blog as I have really developed a love for menswear as a result of working for Thomas Gun.
What do you believe is the key to feeling confident in what you’re wearing?
Wear what you want to wear! There’s absolutely no point wearing something that you feel like you have to because it’s “on-trend” if you’re going to feel uncomfortable and therefore unconfident. Dress for yourself—that is what will make you feel empowered and confident.
How would you describe your personal style?
It changes day-to-day depending on how I’m feeling, but mainly monochromatic and understated, occasionally channeling menswear with a hint of the Olsen twins.
If you could give our readers one tip to channeling their personal style, what would it be?
Don’t feel pressured to stick to one style. Wear what you want, when you want. I definitely went through a little dilemma a few years back where I was like, “Oh god no, I can’t wear that because it doesn’t fit in with the style I want to portray,” which is ridiculous. You can’t force yourself to be a style because that wouldn’t be personal. If you want to dress minimalistic and urban one day and like Debbie Harry the next day, then do it!
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Scenario time! You’re attending a small, intimate wedding later on in the day after running some errands. How would you style your hair and makeup?
My makeup rarely changes, so it would be my usual winged eyeliner with nude colored eyeshadows on my eyes, a matte bronzer to add a hint of contour (I am nowhere near skilled enough to actually contour properly!), and then for the wedding, I would add my Max Factor lipstick in the shade Burnt Caramel just before the wedding. Wearing lipstick all day means it never looks as nice when I re-apply for the evening. With regards to my hair, if I straighten it towards the end of the day, it ends up flicking where it hits my shoulders and I doubt I would magically have some straighteners on hand! So I would probably wash it in the morning, put it into a deep side part, spritz some sea-salt spray in whilst it’s still wet for some soft waves, and just dry and style the bits that fall around my face. For the wedding, I would pin one side of my hair back to make it look a little more “done.” Et voilà!
Do you have any fashion idols?
The Olsen twins would definitely be the first on my list as style icons. I love their oversized silhouettes they often create, including oversized sunglasses! Plus they are professionals at layering. They always look effortlessly incredible. One of my favorite pieces of clothing in my wardrobe is my leopard print faux fur coat. I love wearing it with pointed black courts, ripped black jeans, a tee, and red lipstick. I wonder where the inspiration for that outfit came from… Kate Moss, of course! She’s probably quite a cliché fashion idol, but I love her. Another of my fashion idols, who inspires the slightly more clean-cut and simplistic aspect to my style, is Swedish fashion blogger Victoria Törnegren. She makes the most minimal of outfits look stylish and fashion forward.
What are your go-to items in your wardrobe and makeup bag?
The first would have to be my faux leather jacket from H&M (I’m still saving for that dreamy All Saints one…) because it goes with pretty much anything! The second is my Topshop Leigh jeans which I DIY ripped them at the knees, and lastly would probably be my eyebrow pencil. I have a really bad habit of pulling out my eyebrows just with my fingers when I’m bored or stressed, and patchy eyebrows are not a good look.
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Where do you love to shop, and where do you find the best bargains?
I love ASOS and Topshop for those trend-focused items to keep my wardrobe up-to-date throughout the seasons. For those one-off pieces, such as my black Levi jeans or my woolen turban, which bring something different to my outfits, it would have to be Beyond Retro! I live in Brighton in the UK, which has an amazing, huge, warehouse style store, but they also have a store in London and online. The best thing about it is that it is so cheap! No need to spend unnecessary amounts of money on vintage pieces with Beyond Retro about!
What’s one item you just can’t live without?
I can’t choose just one because I wear all three of my absolute favorites every day! The lipstick would be Max Factor in the shade Burnt Caramel because it’s nude and pretty subtle, but makes my lips look a bit fuller. For eyeliner, it would be Collection 2000’s liquid eyeliner. I’ve been using it for years and never found anything better for such a cheap price point! And bronzer-wise, I use Sleek MakeUP’s contour kit because the bronzer is the perfect color for my fair skin and is completely matte!
What do you hope to create and spread on Beauty and Ruin?
I blog on Beauty and Ruin because it’s something I genuinely enjoy. Even if no one was to read it, I’d still probably carry on because I love having that little creative outlet. I occasionally got nasty comments about how I dressed and even about the fact that I blogged when I was in school. This really got to me sometimes and made me stop blogging about things I’m interested in and even made me change how I would dress around them, so I’d love to be able to inspire others to start blogging and motivate them to be themselves and express themselves via how they dress.
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Blogger of the Month: Pia Gloria “Blogger Spotlight: Beauty and Ruin” originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s Oct/Nov 2015 issue. Photographs courtesy of Josh Fletcher

Blogger of the Month: Grace Liang


You know those types of people who light up a room the instant they walk into it? Grace Liang, a fashion blogger and teacher born and raised in China and now living in Troy, Michigan, does just that. Her fashion blog Color and Grace shines right off your screen and into your heart, not only because of her ever-evolving style, but her personal story as well. While she shares a lot of her life with her readers, she also promotes the importance of self-love and finding out who you are. At 41 years old (I know, can you believe it?!), Liang is taking on the fashion world with a fire inside her heart by sharing her authentic self, being bright in color, and creating her own personal grace.
Cliché: What inspires you to create content on Color and Grace?
Grace Liang: That is a very good question! If you had asked me this question three months ago, I probably wouldn’t have had a clear answer. Back then, I just posted my outfit of the day along with some story from my past. It was kind of like my personal journey back then. But when my blog hit the four-month mark in April, I felt it needed to be more original and on a more professional level. So I had the brilliant idea (if I do say so myself!) of following different daily themes. This would allow me to branch out and focus on a variety of fashion topics.
The first theme is called “Fashion 101.” Here is where I demo how to use color and create different styles. I get inspiration from fashion magazines and websites and my sister bloggers, but honestly, I intentionally try to avoid being influenced too much by the fashion world. I know myself; the more I look, the more I try to be like someone else, and that means I’m not being me. And who needs that? There are already so many similar fashion blogs and bloggers out there, but there is only one Color and Grace. I need to keep the originality.
“They Got It Right” is where I give a shoutout to those fellow bloggers who caught my eye that week. Some people say fashion blogging is dying, but I say it is growing into a more professional industry. I like to think that if I can help build this industry, even just a little bit, it will benefit everybody.
“Fashion Gossip” is where I share the latest fashion news, compare different fashion views between East and West, and share some thoughts and experiences about fashion blogging.
What do you believe is the key to feeling confident in what you’re wearing?
You really have to know yourself. What colors, styles, and cuts look best on you? The colors you love may not love you! The hot trends that are right on target on others may miss the mark on you. How can you know yourself, you ask? It takes time, and you have to keep an open mind. Try everything: take notes and document the hits AND misses by taking selfies with all kinds of different colors, styles, and cuts of clothes. You’ll be able to see what works for you and why. When it’s right and you know it, the confidence will be there.
How would you describe your personal style?
I am a 41-year-old petite woman, but I don’t limit myself because I am over 40 or have a very small frame. I love to try all kinds of different styles and trends. I would have to say my core elements are always elegance, sophistication, class, and colorful fun! I can’t live without color and am way past the all-black phase.
If you could give our readers one tip to channeling their personal style, what would it be?
Keep an open mind! Most people fall into these two categories: One, they are trying to find out or create who they are; or two, they think they know who they are and stop trying new things. Treat fashion just like you treat your life. Keep trying new things and try your best. Trends come and go, but every year there are some new twists or new shades of colors. Give these new things a chance. You can never be sure until you try it first!
_DSC6510Scenario time! You’re back in college and are running from class to class trying to finish everything up before work. What outfit do you wear that can easily transition from casual to professional wear?
For summer, I will pick an over-the-knee fitted and flared dress since it flatters every body type. For the class to class dash, I’m wearing a pair of comfy booties or sandals. I’ve also got my favorite denim jacket because the A/C is always too strong, especially in that chemistry lab! Transitioning to work, I will just slip off the footwear and slide into some sleek pumps. Unless it’s casual Friday, I’ll also ditch the denim jacket and grab my tailored blazer.
Do you have any fashion idols?
I am Chinese and China didn’t really have any fashion industry until the early ‘80s, so when I grew up there wasn’t much fashion influence for me at all. Later, I was exposed to different fashion cultures, but like I mentioned before, I don’t like to lock myself in, so I don’t really have any fashion idols. But I do like the American styles of the ‘60s and ‘70s.
What are some of your go-to items in your wardrobe and makeup bag?
For summer, my wardrobe go-to item will be a pair of tailored shorts. I can wear it with a graphic tee to dress down or a blouse and blazer to dress up. In my makeup bag, it must be my SPF 50+ BB cushion cream. It is so light and breathable, but still gives me the strong coverage and protection from sun I need.
What are some stores or online retailers where you find the best discounts and bargains? Do share!
I’ve been a red tag shopper for years and am proud of it! I love it when I can find a great off-season piece with an unbeatable price that still looks great for the new season. I try to stay within my monthly budget, so I focus on well-made and classy pieces. For the trendy things, I just go to a few favorite stores to get my bargains! I have a golden rule when I go shopping: I don’t buy things just because it is a GREAT DEAL. I am very picky, and before I check out, I will rate everything from 1-10. If it’s not a 10, then I will not buy it. Below are a few stores that are my best friends:
Nordstrom Rack: I’ve found lots of shoes, designer jeans, and handbags there. I usually score some trendy pieces in their junior area as well.
Lord & Taylor outlets: This store usually has really good prices for off-season collections on labels like Free People, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, and CK. They have a very good shoe department as well.
Neiman Marcus Last Call: Designer handbags and sunglasses. I scored several cashmere sweaters there for only $20 a piece last month.
Saks Off 5th Avenue: Makeup (I found the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair line at about 20% cheaper than the regular store), designer handbags, and sunglasses. I got my Dior sunnies there for only $80 with all my discounts and a gift card they sent me. I also scored a Valentino handbag for less than $300.
_DSC6009Let’s face it. We all have that one lipstick, eyeliner, or bronzer we cannot live without. What’s yours and why?
Mine is “Morange” from MAC. It is an orange/red lipstick that has the magical power to make my skin look more even, fresh, and young.
What do you hope to create and spread on Color and Grace?
I want my readers to believe that anybody can be their fashion best at any age and on any budget, and I want to help give them the skills to pull it off. Women can do amazing things and do them every day. We graduate from college, raise families, and hold down jobs just as well as, and often better than, our male counterparts. I truly believe the old saying that “there are no ugly women, only lazy ones.” To me, this means that you need to make time to make yourself happy.
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Blogger of the Month: Grace Liang “Blogger Spotlight” originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s Aug/Sept 2015 issue.
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Vintage Flair: Dear Sunny


Modern fashion with a vintage twist defines Yvonne Huang’s personal style featured on her delightful blog, Dear Sunny Vintage. She has a knack for revamping modern-day styles with past ones, turning her outfits into intricate art. Dear Sunny Vintage is a creative oasis for this Jersey blogger’s imagination in which she not only experiments with her impeccable style and fashion trends, but shares D.I.Y.s, inspiration, and delicious food. Our fashion and food cravings are definitely both met when visiting her blog; it’s both fabulous and yummy! Yvonne’s genuine and kind personality is apparent in every one of her blog posts—it’s like she has known each one of her readers for years with inside jokes and the sharing of stories. Call her your blogger best friend! We sure do, and we believe you will, too. Read on for our interview with her in this issue’s Blogger Spotlight.
Cliché: What inspires you to create content on Dear Sunny?
Yvonne Huang: I look to the usual style bibles like Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar, online lookbooks, fellow bloggers big and small, and my stomach (that’s mostly for the recipes). I love publications like Vogue because they create these ethereal, dreamy editorials that transport me elsewhere that only books have ever been able to do. But I don’t dismiss online lookbooks. I love looking to those online because they offer insight to the newest trends. One thing that may be different is the old photographs of my ridiculously stylish mother. For a woman of 5’2”, she had legs for days in those 70’s miniskirts!
What do you believe is the key to feeling confident in what you’re wearing?
The key is fit. If you’re wearing something too loose or too tight, it’ll show in how you act as you wear those items. Imagine a dress that makes you look like Jessica Rabbit; you look great and feel sexy… for a split second before you realize you can’t breathe, let alone go out to enjoy a meal with your manfriend. You’re truly confident when you wear things that fit because you’re no longer relying on clothes to make you feel good; they’re now just an accessory to your natural beauty.
How would you describe your personal style?
Is eclectic a style? My weekly wardrobe depends on the weather, how I’m feeling, and what has recently inspired me. If I see a moody, maroon-soaked editorial, I’m likely to reach for my darker colors and add a deep plum lip. If I see flowers at the market, I may mirror their cheery colors in my wardrobe with pieces like my bright green daisy pencil skirt.

Korrine Young: Yesterday Suede


Korrine Young, the blogger (also mother, wife, educator, and yoga enthusiast) behind Yesterday Suede has created the perfect balance between life and style. Her blog encapsulates just that as she shares with her readers and us at Cliché (I check her blog on a regular basis) what is currently going on in her life through picture perfect photos and delightful reads. Ranging from wellness and beauty to food and nesting, Korrine’s blog caters to just about anything you have in mind. Need some tips on feeling and looking refreshed? Click on over to her post “6 Steps to Look & Feel Refreshed After a Sleepless Night.” Need some inspiration to get you moving each week? Check out her “Weekly Recap” series, where she shares what she has encountered and what has inspired her during the week. Among all of these wonderful components in her life and blog, her style shines right through with modesty, chic aspects, and a love for anything with a flare. I for one have become obsessed with the authenticity and feel-good atmosphere of Korrine’s blog that shares just who she is. What is better than that? Read on below for some tips Korrine shared with me on style and beauty; I’m sure you’ll become a quick fan once you do!
Cliché: What are you top beauty/fashion routines?
Korrine Young: As far as beauty goes, I have a pretty rigid skin care routine. Let me preface this answer with 80% of my skincare products are AVEDA; we’re kind of married. Okay, in the morning I wash with Aveda Purifying Creme Cleanser and after rinsing with COLD water (this helps tighten the face), I tone with Aveda’s skin firming toning agent, followed by moisturizing with their Tourmaline Charged Hydrating Creme. At night I do the same routine, only instead of toning I exfoliate with Aveda’s super gentle daily exfoliant. Sometimes I will add a couple of drops of John Master’s Pomegranate Nourishing Oil to my moisturizer.
As far as a fashion routine, I catalogue my wardrobe. I am going to write a post about it soon, but for now I will give you a brief low down. Once every 2-3 months, I dig through my closet and pick out bottoms (skirts, jeans, slacks) to make outfits with using my Pinterest fashion board for inspiration. I make 5-10 outfits for each bottom and write each outfit down in my catalogue journal. This saves me so much time in the mornings and also saves me a lot of money because I am maximizing the use of each piece of clothing. When I started doing this, I was wearing clothes that I hadn’t touched in years. It really gives you a fresh perspective on your resources. I hope this makes sense. Like I said, look out for the post in the near future.

Hanna Hotsyk: Dream. Love. Shop.


Ending our fall 14’ Style Column session beautifully is blogger, Hanna Hotsyk, from the gorgeous blog Dream. Love. Shop. Hanna is a fashion blogger with an exquisite sense of fashion that she features all the time on her darling blog. She mixes elements of European style and French details into eclectic outfits that you won’t want to take your eyes off of. She’s one of our top style muses when it comes to fashion inspiration (put her on your fashion inspo lists, gals)! You won’t get enough of the outfits she is always turning out. Hanna’s blog hasn’t only captured us, but other publications as well, including Teen Vogue, in which she is a contributor. Her talents also have allowed her to collab with many brands and designers such as Daniel Wellington. Doesn’t she sound like a Devil Wears Prada gal? We think so! Gain some inspiration whether it be beauty, fashion, or traveling from this gorgeous soul. Read on for some priceless style and beauty tips she eagerly shared with us!

Cliché: What are you top beauty/fashion routines?
Hanna Hotsyk: I love having a bit more of free time while getting ready to go out. In such situations I spend more time than usually doing my makeup. I love using the highlighter for my cheekbones (my favourite is the Benefit one) or playing with the eyeshadows (Marc Jacobs or Givenchy). I love having my hair curled with a straightener, but be careful, do not do it often because it damages your hair badly.
Name the top three products you couldn’t live without this season.
Body Creams and Body Butters (Victoria’s Secret, Body Shop, or Bath and Body Works), Candles (Yankee Candle, Zara Home) and Woollen skirts. Fall is the perfect time to wear a woollen skirt with a warm sweater and a leather jacket on a sunny day!
Any staple items that you think are fall must-haves?
A warm cozy sweater. Seriously, how can you survive ‘sweater weather’ without a sweater? This season, I am obsessed with grey and I love how grey woollen sweaters look with jeans and leather shorts and olive pants. And don’t forget a matching scarf. I love silky ones. Beige scarf combined with a grey sweater is a must-wear outfit.
What’s your number one tip to feeling confident in what you’re wearing?
Leave enough time for yourself. Do not get ready in a hurry. When you have time to carefully pick an outfit for the day and make your hair and makeup, you always get a satisfied feeling of a finished look. I personally always think of what I am going to wear the day before, try to find something original. It is hard for me to feel special in a pair of simple jeans.

Mariel Mendoza: Lifestyle Blog


Meet city gal and Manhattan inhabitant Mariel Mendoza from her blog of the same name! She treats New York City as her personal playground and frequently shares her encounters in the Big Apple with her readers. From series such as “First Look” that cover trends, stores, or new things she tries, to “Cover This” in which she focuses on something special, Mariel is continuously staying in the loop of anything and everything in the city that never sleeps. We’ll call her our personal travel tour guide for the city that we can’t get enough of! We know this gal is one to count on after previously living in Las Vegas — she’s a go-getter for sure. Check out her fabulous blog and some of her style and beauty tips she graciously shared with us below!


Cliché: What are your​ beauty/fashion routines?
Mariel Mendoza:
My beauty routine consists of cleansing, with a face wipe or a cleanser, and doing a swipe of toner. Afterwards, I moisturize under my eyes and around my face and if I plan on going out, this is when I apply moisturizer with SPF. My everyday makeup is fairly light, so I only use Smashbox’s CC cream, a microfinish powder to help mattify my skin, eyeliner and mascara to define my eyes, and a little bit of contouring and blush so I don’t look washed out.
Name the top three products you couldn’t live without this season.
Coconut oil, Lush’s Silky Underwear dusting powder, and Fresh’s Sugar Lip Advanced Therapy. You can literally use coconut oil for anything and I find it to be a great overnight moisturizer for the colder months. Lush’s dusting powders are just awesome because not only do they make my skin soft, they’re great for keeping me dry… especially when I’m all layered up and find myself waiting for a train in the hot subways. Fresh’s Sugar Lip Advanced Therapy seems to be the only lip balm that can really combat my dry and chapped lips.
Any staple items that you think are ​fall ​must-haves?
Capes and ponchos are my favorite fall fashion items and every retailer is carrying them this season. Zara has some beautiful ones at the moment but if you have a budget, Forever 21 has cute ponchos for a fraction of the cost.
What’s your number one tip to feeling good in what you’re wearing?
This may seem like a silly thing to consider as a tip, but having clothes that properly fit will make you feel good about what you’re wearing. If you’re wearing poorly fitted clothes, you’re going to find yourself being self conscious about how you look and that will eventually show in photos and your body language. I was actually a victim of this when I had bought a dress that was a size too large and I insisted on wearing it even though the shoulders were large and I constantly had to adjust the straps of the dress from falling off my shoulders. Needless to say, the entire time I was wearing the dress, the only thing I was obsessing about was keeping my straps on my shoulders.

Vicky Sullivan: Aspiring Socialite


Known as a modern-day Cinderella, Vicky Sullivan is a blogger that has certainly evolved through the online world. After finding herself in a place she wasn’t happy with in the hustle and bustle of New York City, she turned to the internet to switch her life up. Her dream of becoming a socialite out on the town making experiences and meeting people in a fabulous life came true — all thanks to the cyber world! From life adventures of a socialite to tips on beauty and fashion, Vicky has conquered all she could wish for and more. Check out some of the style and beauty tips she shared with us below. You may find some notes on how to make your dreams come true, too!

Cliché: What are your top beauty/fashion routines?
Vicky Sullivan: I have acne-prone skin, so I follow the daily beauty routine my dermatologist gave me very closely. In the morning, I wash my face with Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Foam Wash. I then moisturize with Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30. Lastly, I apply Acanya, a combination of Clindamycin Phosphate and Benzoyl Peroxide available by prescription only to fight acne.
At night, I again wash my face with Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Foam Wash followed by CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion. As the final acne treatment of the day, I apply the prescription cream Tazorac. This has really been the secret sauce to keeping acne away.
As far as fashion routines go, it really depends on the season and the occasion. While some days I dress up and do full makeup, other days I wear a t-shirt, jeans, and light makeup.
For more on my beauty routine, check out this post:
Name the top three products you couldn’t live without this season.
Three products I couldn’t live without this season include thigh-high boots, moisturizer, and black eyeliner. While thigh-high boots are both sexy and functional, a good moisturizer keeps your skin soft and smooth during the winter months. Black eyeliner always brings out my blue eyes perfectly, but I can’t really use it during the summer because it tends to melt off. So I take advantage of the wintertime and wear black eyeliner whenever I get the chance. I love liquid liners the best.
Any staple items that you think are winter must-haves?
A good pair of boots, a favorite sweater, and a pair of skinny jeans are your basic winter must-haves. Leggings and a stylish trench coat are also fabulous to have on hand for the winter.
What’s your number one tip to feeling confident in what you’re wearing?
If you feel comfortable in your own skin, you’ll feel confident in what you’re wearing. Wear what you feel most comfortable in and let your confidence do the rest.
What is your favorite piece(s) from your wardrobe?
My favorite pieces in my wardrobe include my dark skinny jeans, black tank tops, and black boots. My dark skinny jeans can be either dressed up or dressed down and make me look my best either way. Black tank tops are an essential to go under certain shirts and dresses, while black boots show that you mean business.

Ellen Borza: A Pop of Pink


Need some fall style inspiration? Ellen Borza can feed all of your fashion needs on her gorgeous site, A Pop of Pink. With just some typing and a click, you enter Ellen’s modest yet chic world where she shares her personal style, fashion favorites, “Pink Profiles” that spotlight other inspirational bloggers, and more. Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Ellen now attends the University of Pittsburgh as a Communications and Psychology student. Beauty and brains, right? Let’s just call her your modern day Elle Woods! Her blog started from her passion to write, and she made A Pop of Pink into something not only beautiful to look at but filled with beauty and words. Check out some of the fashion and beauty tips Ellen generously shared with us for our Style Column! You may want to add some of her must-haves to your lists as well!

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Cliché: What are you top beauty/fashion routines?
Ellen Borza:
I’ve really come to learn the importance of wearing lipstick in recent months. Now, I hardly leave the house without it. I think it’s important to have a lip color for day and night.

Name the top three products you couldn’t live without this season.
A blanket scarf (so comfy), combat boots, and a great dark nude lip for fall.
Any staple items that you think are fall must-haves?
Again, a blanket scarf is so chic and unbelievably cozy. There’s a reason that it’s called a blanket scarf. I also love combat boots when I want to add an edge to my outfit, but I also love my riding boots too.
What’s your number one tip to feeling confident in what you’re wearing?
I think confidence comes from the inside, and I think you should always wear clothing that makes you feel good and represents the best version of you or who you are in that moment.
What is your favorite piece(s) from your wardrobe? 
I just got a navy and white striped sweater dress from the Gap. It’s so comfortable, but it’s also timeless. I’ll be pairing it with my riding boots throughout the fall.