Stars, Stripes and Gingham

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I hope everyone had a great 4th of July! I may not have been within borders on the day known as the New Years Eve of July, but I was still displaying my American pride in the country that started it all, England! I guess you could consider my scenario a bit controversial: I’m British, but I’m also American…. So whom do I side with? Well I’ve never officially chosen, because then I’d feel as if I’m cheating on the other. Instead, I like to stay within a friendly medium between the two (haha).

The historic day has turned from a day of sole remembrance to a day filled with celebrations, friends and fun. Stripes and stars filter the decadent streets with parades and festivities all across the country. The best part? Arraying yourself in the greatest collection of reds, whites and blues that you can get your hands on. From American flag one piece swimsuits, to blue and white striped jumpsuits and red gowns; however formal or informal your day, it’s always fun to plan an outfit that may be a bit more out there than your norm (whether it be a patterned polka-dot or a bold red). Although in London, I still had a great time putting together my look in celebration. I went with a blue and white gingham print crop-top and white high-wasted shorts. Accessories consisted of bright red lips, silver sandals, a pale bag and sunnies that topped of the 70’s look. I don’t normally go with a bold lip color, but I have to admit I felt more put together with it on, and I felt it made the outfit more timeless.

Top: ASOS (exact)

Bottoms: Zara (similar)

Bag: Zara (exact)

Shoes: Sam Edelman (exact)

Sunglasses: Unknown (similar)

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Xx,

Tash

Sydney Street Style

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Yes, it was winter in Australia when I was visiting. And yes, I still insisted on going to the beach. St. Kilda Beach was one of the “must-sees” in my Melbourne travel guide (I’m such a tourist it hurts), so one morning my brother and I took the tram thirty minutes to the seaside to see what all the hype was about. I knew I would be wandering around the beach town instead of laying in a bikini desperate for the slightest bit of color so, I thought this look was perfect for the occasion. I wore a navy and white checkered baby doll tank and bright mustardy-yellow cross-body for a beachy feel. Then I remembered it was below 60 degrees (lol) and I would probably freeze my butt off, so I added on a tan suede jacket which went well with the tank. Lastly, I incorporated statement sunnies to make the outfit a little more unique and my-style.

Jacket: Revolve Clothing

Cross Body: Topshop

Top: Zara

Sunnies: Revolve Clothing 

Boots: Zara

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Xx,

Tash

The Royal Arcade

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One thing Melbourne is known for is its world-famous cafes. Every street you wander down, any direction you look, your eyes will spot a quaint little coffee shop or your nose will detect the delicious aroma of a fresh brewed long black. For me, this is great. I am not a coffee addict, but close to it. I could sip on cappuccino after cappuccino after cappuccino, and that’s exactly what I did. While my brother was slaving over his final exams, I chose a different cafe every day to spend a little time in. I know this might sound boring, but they all have so much character and each one is so unique that in my eyes it was time well spent and a great way to get to know Melbourne.

One famous pedestrian alleyway in Melbourne is the Royal Arcade. This narrow cobblestone street is lined with restaurants and brasseries, all distinct in adornment and identity. I think I might have made my way back here every day, at least to walk through and eye the French and Italian tourists make themselves quite at home as they lounged outside with their wine and cigarettes. Below are some images photographed in the Royal Arcade~

Hat: Zara

Sweater: Zara

Sunnies: ASOS

Backpack: Topshop

Boots: Zara

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Xx,

Tash

Aussie: Asymmetry and Simplicity

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The past few weeks have been completely crazy, and I have 100% been slacking on my posts. This has seriously been stressing me out and I have been feeling really guilty, so don’t worry I promise I’m back! After Abu Dhabi I spent two-three weeks in Australia, based in Melbourne (where my brother is studying). I spent one full week in Melbourne and then my brother and I ventured off into the unknown where we found ourselves cuddling with Koalas in the rainforest and swimming with sea turtles in the Great Barrier Reef. It was honestly one of the funnest, “yoloist” and most memorable three weeks of my life. I was hoping to leave with a new Australian accent, but instead I left with incredible memories and many new furry Kanga and Koala friends (satisfied!).

My first week in Melbourne was great, because I got to know the city really well. As it’s not that hard to get around and my brother was busy with classes that week, I spent most of my time wandering and exploring on my own. The weather was kind of (actually very) confusing- it’s currently winter there, but winter to them is like September/October/mid 60’s weather. WTF?! Packing was the most stressful thing ever- do I bring my winter jackets or do I not? And shoes? I had no idea. Here is one look I wore on one of the first days- it was so cold (and I was unprepared), so had to run to Topshop to buy this grey coat (not complaining about it, though).

This outfit reminded my of the Jacquemus Pre-Fall 2015 runway show. A ‘60s vibe combine with back-to-school uniform to sum it up. The effortlessness, symmetrical proportion, and simple hues are very similar to the pieces that make up this collection. Hope ya like it!

Blouse- Zara

Coat- Topshop

Jeans- Topshop

Lace Ups- ASOS

Back- Rebecca Minkoff

Sunnies- unknown boutique in London

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Xx,

Tash

College Fashionista Style Guru

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This summer, I will be joining the College Fashionista team as one of their Summer Style Gurus. College Fashionista is a fashion site where fashionistas can follow the latest trends that are popping up on campuses around the world. The team is made up of Style Gurus, students from across the globe who photograph and express current styles that are making an appearance on their campus. Each guru is able to express their own style and passions through their own personalized articles and homepage.

I will be posting my own articles every Wednesday throughout the summer. Because it is summer, I will not be posting from my campus, but from other locations during these next few months. Check back to this page every Wednesday for my articles on the latest trends and fashions that I come across!

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Xx,

Tash

Arrival in Abu Dhabi

This past week, on route to Australia, I stopped in Abu Dhabi for a couple of days. So it was me, for two days, in Abu Dhabi, ALONE. Pretty cool. The closest I had come to Abu Dhabi before this trip was the Dubai airport when I was traveling to Tanzania a few years ago. And man, even that airport was like a mini vacation in itself!

Since the moment the flight attendant told me to open my window blinds in preparation for landing, I was astonished at how beautiful this place was. I mean, I had no idea the sky could be so many shades of blues, oranges, pinks, and yellows, all at once! My eyes were paralyzed on the view for a good 75 minutes— no joke.  (due to amazing view + me being delirious from the 13 hour flight) I landed at about 7:30pm Abu Dhabi time (8 hours ahead of NY), sped through customs, security, baggage claim, and met my driver for a short 20 minute drive from the airport.

On my arrival I was greeted by a multitude of gentleman and was treated like a Princess. After being checked in, I was brought up to my room, where I was given a mini tour and settled in. At this point I was in utter awe at how amazing this place, this hotel, and these people are. I felt as if I was literally in a whole different world. Men and women walking around in their traditional Arab dress with the headpieces and everything. Of course I have seen Sex and the City 2 a million times, and it was actually just like that (to give you a better idea). Let’s just hope I don’t pull a Samantha and get kicked out of the country.

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Amazing lobby

 

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Quick shower, and an ever quicker unpacking job, I was starving and ready for my first bite of Arabian cuisine. Who knew that a hotel could have so many restaurants? I mean this one has at least five— all different and all delicious. So I ordered a seafood salad with some of their local dressing, cuddled up in bed with an (unknown) movie, popped a sleeping pill, and that was the end to my long first day.

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View of the Grand Mosque top right corner!

 

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This morning (day two) I woke up to my alarm at 9am. First thing I thought was this is just not gonna happen— I hit snooze, and fell back asleep until 11am. I rushed out of bed, went to the gym for like a minute (have you ever been to a gym with the perfect view of the Grand Mosque? I have!), then laid out by the pool. When I say “laid out”, I mean sat there uncomfortably drenched in sweat after 2 minutes because it was 100 degrees. No exaggeration. I then came to a sudden realization that i hadn’t had my morning brew yet. What! It’s already 12:15, and I haven’t had a sip of caffeine (even with this jet lag)!? So I headed to the oh-so-fancy Chocolate Lounge where I had a couple (or a few) cups. And that’s that.

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Where the chocolate-making magic happens

 

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Lounged there while writing 🙂

 

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This afternoon I am going on a Desert Safari organized through the hotel. I don’t know why it’s called a “safari” because since it’s in the desert, we will be seeing absolutely no animals (except Camels!). But, even better, I will be camel riding, sand boarding, watching belly dancing, henna painting, and feasting on an Arabian Desert- Barbecue. I literally can not wait! More to come…

Xx,

Tash

Weekend Getaway: Chicago Outfits

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Going to Chicago was a really good excuse to wear some new items in my winter wardrobe that I never get to wear in Madison. It’s usually either too cold, or I’m in a rush to get somewhere and   I have gotten into the habit of just reaching for my coziest sweaters and most durable jacket (I try to avoid frostbite at all costs). I had some coats and winter accessories that I was scared wouldn’t make it out until next winter season! But thankfully, while we were in Chi-town, yes the weather was cold, but it was definitely bearable, so I got to make some use of these pieces during the trip.

Here are some pictures of my outfits (backdrop being the bean ~ we were feeling touristy), and descriptions below of where the items are from (all of it super affordable!). We got a little carried away taking silly pics of me with my kiddie hat!

PS. You can totally figure out what my favorite stores are considering everything I wore was from basically the same three stores. Ha!

I paired faux leather skinny pants (H&M) with a white cropped sweater (Zara), and topped it off with a light pink trench coat with an amazing fur neckline (Zara). Accessories consisted of heeled beige booties (TopShop), aviator sunnies (CWonder), and a simple black tote bag (H&M).

On day two, I wore a chunky knit turtleneck (Zara), black and white checked cigarette trousers (TopShop), and a lightly embellished moto-style jacket (Zara). I finished this look off with a fun beanie (Zara Kids), Illesteva glasses (Illesteva), that same black bag (from day one, H&M), and black suede booties (TopShop).

Xx,

Tash