Fashionistas with Firearms

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I was never a super fan of guns but at the same time never against having them either. Growing up and going to school near a rural area you met a lot of people who were into hunting. I dated a guy or two throughout high school who owned their own guns, had friends both male and female who also owned guns for hunting. My boyfriend owns at least three firearms for protection and collection. Even in the fashion industry here I know quite the handful of women who own pistols and shot guns, I would be next.

As you get older you tend to find that the news has become part of your daily routine. You have it on in the morning where you’ll listen in to at least three or four stories in between blow drying your hair and applying your foundation. In the evening it’s on again after you’ve come home from work and stripped down to bed appropriate clothing.

It is the news that reminded me of how much danger lurks when you don’t expect it, or how unfortunate events happen to people everyday. I’m not ignorant to the fact that bad things do happen, but I do fall into that category of people who usually roll the saying over in their heads “that won’t happen to me.” But a particular recent occurrence pulled at me. Maybe it was the intensity of the video? The horrifying stress portrayed in the victim’s struggle? The clip being aired was the one of the young nurse who was abducted in Philadelphia. Watching the man drag her across the pavement while she kicked and fought, sickened me. Especially knowing that she was feeling much worse than what I was feeling just watching it. It was that video alone at that moment that tipped the scale towards definitely wanting to protect myself using all means available.

I had always carried pepper spray and a stun gun. I took a brief self defense course, but I wanted what I felt in my mind would be the ultimate protection for my small stature. You should know that weapons are an absolute last resort, but in the case that all my other defenses should fail I wanted to be prepared to the fullest. Having my parents home broken into three times within the last two years also helped me to decide I needed the perfect home defense…

I signed up for a ccw class. My boyfriend and I had been shooting for quite some time. When I told him how I felt, I had his full support. We took to the range several times throughout the last few months, and then finally committed to this class.

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As required by the state of ohio, we went through the 12 hour class. It was long but very interesting and informative. It also helped me with my aim and with my stance.

And so we completed that class in a day.

I couldn’t be more excited at this opportunity to practice our right brought on by 2nd amendment.

Just a few more steps in the process and I shall soon be a carrying citizen.

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Welcome to the Dark Side

2014-10-10 07.30.37With the new movie set to come out next year and with the boyfriend who’s love for Star Wars that had permeated my mind, I couldn’t help but be inspired to design a look of my own. Sure there were cute graphic tees out there…but they were mostly for men, hardly any for women, besides the one I had stumbled upon at target, as featured in a previous post. I found several on amazon as well, but I wanted something more unique, more “fashionable.” I couldn’t afford the star wars emblazoned runway dresses from Rodarte.

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Plus I’m not so sure those gowns are something you’d stride around in on the day to day.

Working in fashion you’d think I’d be on top of it and have a skater skirt or two in my closet by now, but I didn’t, and so that’s how I decided on my silhouette. I was hesitant to pursue this idea, because the last I had seen star wars fabrics at Joanns they were more so designed for linens rather than for apparel. I wasn’t in a patient enough mood to search and order fabric online either. I made the trip to joanns and stumbled upon a discovery of new star wars fabrics. Even better it was glow in the dark! Gahhh, how cool was that! I was sold.

I bought the fabric, drafted a circle skirt pattern, and whipped it out to wear for work the next day. Paired it with a quilted sweater from target, a simple gold necklace and my favorite booties. It definitely made for conversation at work, both for its star wars print and for its silhouette.

I shall leave you with this….May the force be with you!

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Happy Halloween, no sexy just classy. What says classy more than chanel?

Happy Halloween Eve.
Ive been in corporate world for almost two years now and have never been a lingerie sporting girl during this festive fav of a holiday. I also try to stay away from the usual nurses, cops, w/e. So I wanted something classy and rare.

Since I work for a fashion company I figured this costume would be perfect! Id expect almost everyone in the office to recognize who I was. We after all, are designers, and buyers ourselves no? Well they got it and loved it, however I had a few complimenters who liked my outfit as opposed to it being a costume, not realizing that it was indeed a costume.

Our office held a costume contest (which I decided not to partake, not to mention my team and I were swamped in designing the back to school 2015 collection) and even brought in professional pumpkin carvers.

Well that was just at work, Halloween isn’t over yet, wait to see my costume tomorrow!

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Pumpkin spice and Pencil skirts

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I tossed my make up bag into my tote along with the rest of the overnight items I had packed. My boyfriend was in Manhattan for the week for an interview and I decided to take advantage of the opportunity. NYC is like one of my many second homes and I had a moment of spontaneity. My flight was booked for me to leave right after work. We would meet in Little Italy for dinner and I would return back to Columbus early morning to make it in time for work friday. I even brought out my white wool coat which hadn’t been worn since I had it dry cleaned last year.

throughout the day I had thought to myself as long as I stay focused and worked really hard I would be out in time. But as misfortune would have it today was probably my busiest day this week. We were designing this and we were designing that we were preparing to present this to also present that while also meeting for this and for that.

At 4:30 my phone buzzed with a curious text, only to reveal disappointing news. Flight from Columbus to Newark New Jersey canceled due to traffic control conditions. whatever that meant. it had been about eight months since my last visit but to me eight months felt like decades so the news was rather depressing. Or maybe I was more so bummed out by the fact that this was so spontaneous and that is what made it much more exciting. I frantically tried to search alternative flights. all the New York flights were canceled the next flight into LaGuardia would not get me there until tomorrow Friday morning and the last and final flight available was to JFK however that was to depart at 6:50 and with the way work was looking I was not leaving that office until 6:15.

The reality sank in, I was not going tonight, and I returned my focus to finishing out the day.

We were prepping for our big meeting tomorrow where our team would present the summer design collection to the CEO. Finally 6:15 and the crazy day began to wind down and we would pick it up again tomorrow morning. Boy did I love the crazy world of design but it’s still hard to beat my love for New York. I sulked to my car and made my way to target where I could let my mind wander and not have to think about big decisions. After all my whole day was comprised of quick thinking as well as quick moving. I made my way out of target with pear and Gorgonzola pizza in one hand and pumpkin spice cookie dough in the other hand. While checking out the woman behind me took time to complement and admire my nails while the cashier had commented on my outfit and my bag. It was such a small yet nice way to end my shopping therapy and cracked a smile on my face.

While I missed out on pasta in little Italy with my dearest I ended instead with pizza, Pinot, and pumpkin. And sure, I didn’t make it to New York tonight but I sure dress like I’m there everyday.

So can you….bc who needs NYC to feel or look good, do it anywhere, do it everyday!

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My outfit:
-rampage white wool belted trench
-target black quilted heathered sweater
-black pencil skirt
-gold buckled belt
-nude Steve Madden bag
-black heel booties

-nails courtesy of Pinterest

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Faux Flower Child

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Faux because I’m not exactly a flower child, though it seems as everyone now a days that wears a crown of flowers seems to hashtag their pictures with #flowerchild or the likes. I love the earth but have no right to claim myself as a true tree hugger. I recycle at work bc the bins are there. At home the only thing I recycle are beer bottles so that my boyfriend and I have some for when we brew. I don’t hug trees, but I do have a “money tree” that sits on my desk and gets water on a weekly basis. I also don’t live a simple life, my closet is too full of evidence for that.

Funny thing is I swore myself away from the floral crown trend when it first boomed. All I saw were filtered pics everywhere with girls in flower crowns high waist cut offs and crop tops, throwing up peace signs. And I rolled my eyes at it thinking “what now everyone is suddenly a peace Mother Nature lover? Just bc the crowns are a trend?” Now don’t get me wrong it’s a cute outfit but it was a little redundant and to my point, people were wearing it how they thought it had to be worn instead of wearing it in their own way.

My office was in sample sale mode. I fished it out of a bin, passed up on it, where it later fell into my hands again within ten minutes. I stared at it. The flowers were obnoxiously huge, could I really pull this off? Then decided heck, why not, it’s a penny steal, I could challenge myself to find my own way of wearing it and if not well then it could make for a good centerpiece/Christmas decoration? I let it sit in the bag when I got home, and it stayed there for another few days.

It was a presentation day. My team was going to present their designs to the execs, and so I wanted to wear something a little more striking. I don’t know what it was but I thought about those flowers. They were a pretty loud accessory and couldn’t be easily ignored. But what to balance it? My favorite sheer long black maxi, in place of a long vintage floral one, my Bcbg feather printed v neck, in place of a billowy blouse, and a black belt with sleek gold hardware. I wanted to give the flowers a taste of my style instead of the other way around.

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I pinned my hair so it fell to one side, then wrapped the florals around my head.

It indeed said something. Something enough to generate a small conversation about it during the meeting. Thankfully good things.

So go ahead, try something new, but do it in your own way. This goes for all aspects in life. But you know that already.

Happy hump day!

Sunday Stroll

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It was time for a weekend in Georgetown. My grandfather was celebrating a birthday and the family flew in from all over to stay at my aunt’s in Vienna, VA, the Washington DC area. It had probably been about a decade since we had a reunion like this, all of us together. The third generation already in their 20’s, when what seemed like only a few years ago we were only in our teens. There were drinks shared, laughs, food, and photo album fishing, reminiscing about the old times like we were old timers ourselves.

It was fun having us all together in a new light yet in the same humor.

We celebrated at the family favorite “Sushi Yama” in Vienna. Poor Lolo was a bit of a grump at the start of our dinner, yet I guess that can be expected in the birthdays of your senior years.

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We decided to dedicate a day to a walk around Georgetown, a quaint trendy area in DC. Our lunch started out at the infamous French chain “Paul.” We delighted ourselves in perfectly portioned sandwhiches, quinoa salmon salad and macaroons for desert.

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Our experiences in the neighborhood were mainly our indulgences in the food and spirits. Our first stop was at “Thunder” for drinks. We then hopped over a few shops down for ice cream. That stop was soon followed by Starbucks and then topped off with the infamous cupcake bakery Sprinkles. Hmm sounds like the trip of a group of children at Wonka’s factory. Nope, just a group of 20 somethings enjoying what Georgetown had to offer. My diet was shoved to the back seat. All in all it was an enjoyable trip too quick with great company. 

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What did I step out in for this lovely weekend stroll? 

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Happy Strolling! 

Want more details on the restaurants we tried? The outfit I’m wearing? shoot me an email maryannfashionstyling@yahoo.com

 

Look what the cat dragged in

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I had bought my pair for fun after work with my friend to meet up for happy hour drinks. I don’t know what it was that compelled me to do it other than the fact that I LOVE CATS! I am THAT crazy cat lady. We were trying on different accessories and I pulled those cat ears from the peg, and after that they stuck on my head…even heading into the restaurant, knowing I’d encounter people I had never met before. “1st impressions are everything,” so I guess I didn’t care if they thought that I thought I was a cat. Funny enough it had turned out to be a great conversation starter (almost too much of an opening for some guys, eek). I kept them on the whole night. 

Today I thought I would try them at work, and sure enough they were a hit there too. In fact we had started our sample sale today and everyone else had snagged all the cat ears available, before I could dig through the right boxes and snag them for myself! What a fail! 

So anyway, work…how do you wear them to work, or public in general? Without looking like either A. a crazy cat lady, or B. like you are super early on the Halloween costume. 

Try a chic and playful outfit like the one below: 

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1. My black dress is from LUSH at Nordstrom

2. Headband – f21

3. Golden bow necklace – f21

4. Affirmation bangles – BCBGeneration

5. My black pumps – Charlotte Russe

6. Fluffy kitty…..well I have two, one siamese mix named scarlett and one orange tiger named Mr. Darcy <3

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There are so many kinds out there too! Mine are the leopard print and the rhinestone topped. But there’s  velvet, studded, lace, floral, anything to fix your fancy!

So who’s wearing them? Well from what I saw it seemed that dear Taylor Swift started it, then you’ve got model Candace Swanepoel, and then some more models, and now us…or me anyway. 

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Bring out that feisty feline! Try something a little fun and purrrty :)

“On Wednesdays we wear pink!”

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Can you tell I love that movie, I’ve quoted it enough throughout my writing. 

I stumbled across the Harper’s Bazaar September 2014 cover on twitter (come follow me MAlifeinFashion), and decided to revisit my pink high school days. After all, I’ve been on this pastel hair hype and my lavender had already gone through its three shampoos and washed away. It was late at night and I had originally intended the late night Walmart trip to provide me with a bag of cheetos and much needed allergy meds, but I shimmied over to the beauty dept just in case. JUST IN CASE my butt! I knew why I walked over there. I really wanted to color my streak again and this time a new color, so I quickly scanned the shelves and grabbed the pink. I tried to make it quick to make up for the fact that I told myself this would be an in and out 5 minute trip. 

The pink set in, I snapped a shot and sent it to my boyfriend in the morning, who to no surprise shot me back with a teasing comment. He’s not one for unnatural colors, and neither is my dad. I returned his comment with a screenshot of the Harper’s cover knowing it would be a failed attempt at convincing him. As if a fashion magazine would suddenly gain me his acceptance haha, I knew better. My work peers however, had welcomed it. and how could they not? An associate in the creative department has been donning lavender locks, while the accessories designer has been flaunting fuchsia in her pony tail. The director of fabric and color dipped her ends in red kool-aid while the director of marketing wore peek-a-boos of purple. It’s a world of color at my office and they’re not afraid to let it out. 

I wish I had my old pictures to recall my old pink locks. It was only a few years ago….shall we do a flashback? 

….AVRIL Lavigne days as she calls it…..

joanneOh, how they say, fashion recycles itself. From 2006 she says, so about 8 years ago. I could only laugh when she shared her hair coloring days with me, because boy do I know what its like to look at my own pictures from a few years ago donning outfit choices where I can now add critical commentary. She blamed this one on Avril’s influences. But hey I think the hair looks good. 

Now that I’ve got “hey hey you you I don’t like your girlfriend” repeating itself in my mind …. and possibly out loud…………

Just like the lavender, this was an easy hair project. Like I said earlier, picked up during the Walmart trip. The temporary, wash out kind, “splat” for about $3.99. Not bad for a “something new” look for a day, then you have extra left over for later days. Or you could do what my fabric/color director did, plus Kool-aid has an encyclopedia long list of flavors and so you’re choices to color are unlimited. Sorta.  

So what color or maybe even flavor will you be flaunting? 

send some pics! I’d love to see! Jealous if you can get a full head. Unfortunately attempting to pastel my whole head would result in bleaching and frying, so I’ll put a stop to that here. 

maryannfashionstyling@yahoo.com   <-send pics here. :)

 

Inspiration for your imagination

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From spending time as a stylist and working with clients for years to my time as an intern on set I learned that not everyone can envision things as instantly when it comes to dressing. Thats ok of course, everyone has different talents elsewhere. I found that styling is one of mine, and I love sharing it with everyone who comes to me for it. 

My first encounter with a new client, involved an exchange of small talk which eventually lead to life conversations. In the midst of the conversations we were trying to pick out her wear for an upcoming event. Finally coming to an empowering dress with the perfect fit, stepping into a 3 way mirror and seeing her smile, was the most rewarding part of the job. Its what inspired me to continue. I wake up in the morning feeling great, and confident in myself even more so dressing up to own the day.

I love getting to share that feeling of self confidence with someone else. When they’re finally in something they couldn’t imagine before, twirling left and right in the 3 way, peeking at a back view (as we all do ladies) and throwing your hands on your hips, pushing one hip slightly forward, because you finally feel great and ready to go! I enjoy taking part in making people look and feel their very best. 

There is a quote from Edith Head “you can have anything you want if you dress for it.” 

I agree!

So now I am offering a free service to anyone who needs the inspiration! Send me pics of a piece in your closet that maybe you are struggling to outfit, or a new piece you want to purchase but dont know how to wear. Or maybe you dont know where to start, period, and you need an entire outfit inspiration. Send me the pic or describe your needs and I will make your very own personal styling/mood board like the ones pictured here. 

Send it to: maryannfashionstyling@yahoo.com 

Or Facebook me: MA Carandang

GO BUCKS!

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