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Bloom Baby Bloom!

The trees and tulips shouldn’t be the only things in bloom right now…your style should be too! We have just entered into the 4th month of what seems to be a year of colorful patterns. Up here in New England, the (mostly) warm weather and flowery landscape has us with a head start on the age old proverb, “April showers bring May flowers.” With weather like this, who wants to wait until May to see flowers? Especially since most of them are out right now. So set your style in full-bloom with some phenomenal floral fashions. Some of my favorite flowery finds are featured below. I am not the biggest fan of the TOMS trend, but how cute would #5 be with a pair of jeans and a pink t-shirt? As a bonus, for every pair of shoes you purchase, TOMS will give one pair to a child in need. Since classy girls love giving back, get a pair and give a pair with TOMS! On another note, everyone in Connecticut knows umbrellas are a necessity for the month of April, so brighten up the sunless sky with #12! And remember, you can always find similar looks for less or you can even get creative and craft your own pieces. Hit up the fabric store this month, #9 would be a really fun project for any rainy day!

1. J.Crew, Flower patch bracelet in fresh mango, $68
2. Marni, Floral Printed Shorts in spring green, $509
3. Kate Spade, Japanese floral harmony, $328
4. Oasis, Floral Belted Dress, $90
5. TOMS, Corbel Women’s Vegan Classic, $54
6. Forever 21, Dainty Floral Floppy Hat, $8
7. Calypso St. Barth, Bounty Scarf, $250
8. Debenhams, Carved Flower Earrings in turquoise, $40
9. Marc Jacobs, Floral embroidered tulle skirt, $3,575
10. Christian Louboutin, Mini Loubi Lula Clutch, $895
11. Zara, Digital Flower Bikini Top & Bottom, $40
12. Mango, Flower print umbrella, $37

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Make a Statement

A statement is defined as the expression of an idea or opinion through something other than words. So it makes perfect sense to express yourself with a statement necklace! Show off your style by what you wear around your neck. These necklaces will add a lot of personality to your profile while still keeping your look simple and chic. Every jewelry line out right now has statement pieces so you don’t have to look hard to find ones you love. Watch Gossip Girl to get some statement necklace inspiration… not an episode goes by without the classy and fabulous Upper Eastsiders donning them dazzlingly.

1. J.Crew, Statement-stripe necklace, $78
2. Tasha Pave, Flower Statement Necklace, $158
3. Tory Burch, Resin Chain Necklace in lagoon, $195
4. Betsey Johnson, Nautical Theme Frontal Necklace, $150
5. Modcloth, Statement of the Art Necklace, $49.99
6. Michael Kors, Multi-Chain Twist Necklace in gold, $262
7. Gala, Green and Blue Mosaic Statement Necklace, $110
8. Gold and Citrus, Mollusk Necklace, $285
9. Kate Spade, Baublebox Bib Necklace in flo pink, $298
10. Stella & Dot, Alexandria Necklace, $98

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Tory Burch Takeover for Spring and Summer Shoes

Here is my spring and summer shoe hypothesis: if you want your style to survive the next couple seasons in Connecticut or anywhere just as classy, then add a pair of these tasteful yet tenacious Tory Burch shoes to your repertoire. These brilliantly bright shades of yellow, pink, and blue look absolutely ahhh-mazing with white jeans. The ballet flats and sky-high wedges will look perfect with anything from jeans to dresses. Perhaps the greatest thing is that you can dress them up or keep them casual to accommodate every occasion. I just purchased No. 1 and No. 9 at Nordstrom and No. 5 at the Tory Burch boutique in Westchester this week (all pictured below). I am so excited to wear them on my upcoming trip to Jamaica and then all spring and summer long! Popular sizes will probably sell out quickly, which is common with Tory Burch favorites, so don’t wait too long to make your purchase!

1. Criss Cross Sandal in gold, $195
2. Tumbled Patent Reva Ballet Flat in tory yellow, $235
3. Reagan Platform High Wedge in bleach, $295
4. ‘Ace’ Wedge Sandal in sienna, $295
5. Tumbled Leather Miller Sandal in love pink, $195
6. Solid Emmy Sandal in bright turquoise, $195
7. Angeline High Wedge in bleach/natural, $325
8. Raffia Straw Reva Ballet Flat in natural/tory navy, $235
9. Thin Flip Flop in black, $50
10. Reva Mini Leopard Printed Ballerina, $235

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Getting Crowned is Classy… and the Ultimate Total Sorority Move too!

The blue-eyed beauty (pictured above) is none other than Lauren Hagerty, Miss Albany 2012. She not only reps her home state of New York but also the University of Connecticut. Aside from being a typical college Sophomore and an Allied Health major, Lauren is a fun and fashionable trendsetter of her classy style! Lauren is more than just a beautiful face. She is a sister of Delta Zeta and the chapter’s Merchandising Chair, an outstanding student, an advocate for ill children, and of course…a pageant queen!

Lauren has a passion for pageants. She competed in her first pageant when she was 13 years old. Lauren looks back and reflects on her very first pageant, “It was the Miss Teen New York Scholarship and Recognition pageant. I had no idea what I was doing and my dress was hideous!” Interestingly enough, Lauren never wanted to be the typical “pageant girl”. So why does she do it?

“It was something that I really enjoyed doing for myself. And truthfully, throughout middle school and high school, I never really talked about it. Once I came to college and people started realizing I participated in pageants, everyone was so shocked and interested! Doing Pageants is just a normal part of my life! Now, I have learned to embrace it because competing has made a huge impact on my life. It has shaped me into the woman I am today, which I love sharing with people.”

Lauren’s favorite pageant moment happens during every pageant. She says, “It’s that moment right before they call my name to do my walk. It’s the only time when EVERYONE’S eyes are on me. I get to show off the greatest thing I have… myself! I used to be so nervous when they called my name, but now I embrace it. My heart starts beating and all I can think about is that little voice in my head saying, ‘you got this girl, go get ’em!'”

Lauren looks up to others, just as others look up to her. Lauren’s role model is Alyssa Campanella, Miss California USA 2011/Miss USA 2011. Lauren is inspired by her beauty and down-to-earth personality. Lauren told me:

“Before the national pageant, Alyssa was torn on the decision to wear the crowd-pleasing neutral white or cream dress or her favorite green dress, nicknamed ‘the green monster,’ which multiple stylists advised her to put back. It was a huge gamble, but Alyssa wore the dress she felt most confident in and won! Confidence is sexy, not what you’re wearing!”

Lauren has an endless amount of fans and supporters from her sorority, friends, and family. Her family is her biggest support system as they take her to all the dress fittings, travel across the state of New York to watch her compete, and make an overall pretty big investment in her pageant priorities. When it comes to Lauren’s friends, they always have her back. She says, “My friends have been fantastic… especially my sisters of Delta Zeta. They were there for me when I interviewed in New York City for States and at prelims with HUGE signs! I couldn’t help but cry on stage!”*


Lauren has a jammed packed schedule, always trying to keep a balance. Lauren values her academic and social life as well as various philanthropies. Throughout her rein as Miss Albany, many of her fundraisers have benefitted HuskyTHON, the 18 hour dance marathon at UCONN for the Connecticut Children’s Hospital. Lauren danced for the Delta Zeta team at HuskyTHON this past weekend. She raised hundreds of dollars, which helped the DZ team take the title of Top Fundraiser with $21,310.39 (that’s all For The Kids)! Back in New York, Lauren makes local appearances to promote positive self image, which she finds “SO important for young women today!”

Wondering if Lauren is participating in any pageants in the near future?

“I’m thinking about competing in a ‘Perfect’ pageant this summer, but I want to take time off and really get myself into a good state of mind mentally and physically to compete in States once I turn 21. Who am I kidding though? I will most likely be competing in Miss Hudson Valley again this year!”

Well, myself and our sisters totally support Lauren’s decisions. We cannot wait to see her get crowned again! I know I am no pageant pro… so if you need some girl-to-girl advice on pageant participation, Lauren has some for YOU:

“I say the second you get the opportunity, TAKE IT. It is an experience of a lifetime, even if you don’t win a crown or a title! The friends I’ve made and the opportunities that have been opened for me are unexplainable. The confidence you gain is worth more than 1000 ‘likes’ on a Facebook picture; it’s you, in the flesh, on stage, looking awesome, and showing your amazing self to hundreds of people. Who wouldn’t want that!?”

Lauren’s style inspiration comes from a “SICK obsession” with Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific. Recently, Blair has inspired almost all of Lauren’s outfits! Lauren thinks her style is “classically chic, but totally wearable,” which is exactly how she likes to dress. Well, great choice Lauren… one of my personal favorites as well! Lauren loves high heels, bows, and glitter just as much as I do (so she obviously has an impeccable grace)! If you like what you see… check out Lauren’s blog, Big Dreams, Little Pockets to get some everyday beauty and fashion tips and see more of her sophisticated style. Have I mentioned she is THE BEST fake eyelash applicator? She saved me from a fake eyelash faux pas last Halloween. If she can help me, I am sure she can help you too!

Want to get to know Lauren a bit better? Here are some of her favorite things and her reasons why:

Favorite color: Purple. “My coach makes fun of me though because 99% of my pageant attire is cobalt blue. She calls me ‘the blue girl.’ What can I say? I feel confident in it!”

Favorite evening wear designer: Jovani. “From the couture closet to the cute short dresses, there is something gorgeous for everyone.”

Favorite shoe designer: “My coach is famous for her ability to find the most gorgeous shoes for the cheapest prices, so as embarrassing as it is, I don’t own any designer shoes! My favorite shoes are my cheetah wedges I got from Charlotte Russe last summer. I wear them way more than I should.”

Favorite store: Forever 21. With her hometown hosting the second biggest store in the world, it’s a no brainer! “I could spend hours in there and everything I find is so unique. I also can’t help but love how inexpensive it is.”

Favorite nail polish color: OPI Strawberry Margarita. “I can spot it from a mile away. It reminds me of summertime!”

Favorite travel destination: Lake George. “My family has been going to Lake George since I was a baby and I absolutely love it. It’s the only place where everyone’s cell phones are off because there is no service so we get to have nice family time. I also love to water-ski, wakeboard, and cliff jump, which is perfect on the lake because it’s so big!”

Favorite restaurant: Panera. “The strawberry poppy seed salad is to die for. I mark the days on my calendar waiting for it to come out every summer.”

Favorite Song Right Now: Turn Me On by David Guetta. “Every time I hear it I freak out and start dancing… I’m so weird.” Well then I must be weird too because I LOVE that song! SO fun to dance to, especially on New Year’s Eve. I think our sisters Kaci and KC would agree!

Favorite Total Sorority Move: Missing a party because you had to go win a pageant. TSM.

Lauren and I have a lot in common from our classic style and song choice to our lifelong sisterhood. Delta Zeta is what brought Lauren and I together as friends, as sisters. As DZ means a lot to me, it means just as much to Lauren. She says, “Delta Zeta is my life. I never thought it was possible to know so many strong-willed, intelligent, beautiful women, let alone be able to call them my sisters. The bond we share is stronger than any friendship, and the experiences we’ve shared will be memories I will never forget. Joining a sorority was the best decision of my college career but joining Delta Zeta was the best decision of my life.” Lauren Hagerty is an All-American girl: a steadfast student, pageant queen, fashionista, and Delta Zeta sister all-in-one. Lauren, you have already accomplished so much, but there is a multitude more to come. You may not know where life will take you, but I know that wherever you go, you will go with elegance. xx

*Help support Lauren by “Liking” her page on Facebook!

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Swagga So Bright

For those of you who want to add some “swagga” to your style…look no further! You will definitely walk with confidence wearing any of these pieces so don’t forget to pack them for your spring break trip. Whether you are walking on a beach or into a bar, these bright beauties are sure to catch everyone’s attention, and like always, the compliments will bombard you.

1. Fornash, Channel Bracelet in Green, $25
2. Cosabella, Love Is In The “Aire” Three Pack, in Colbalt, Shocking Pink, and Sunshine, $55
3. J.Crew, Bubble Necklace in Turquoise, $150*
4. Betsey Johnson, Pink Strap Watch with Multicolor Dial, $65
5. MICHAEL Michael Kors, Jet Set Travel Tote in Tangerine, $278
6. NARS, Duo Eyeshadow in Rated R, $33
7. Chanel, Le Vernis Nail Color in Mimosa, $26
8. Tory Burch, Glitter Eddie Ballet Flat in Purple, $198
9. Kate Spade, “spring trellis” iPhone 4 & 4S Case in Pink Multi, $40

*Remember to present your student ID to receive 15% off each purchase (online and in-stores)!

“Swagga so bright I don’t need a light!” -Lil Wayne

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Crazy for Camden Markets

One of the many things London is famous for is its shopping and perhaps the city’s most famous shopping experience is Camden Markets. Take the Underground Northern Line to Camden Town or Chalk Town Road to get lost in a maze of marvelous markets. The marketplace is the compulsive shopper’s paradise where you can find anything and everything at fairly reasonable prices.

 

The merchant-rich streets are home to stores and stalls of clothing, jewelry, accessories, and home goods from antique to modern modes. Most clothing and accessories date back from the 1980s to 1950s. Shoes and accessories are the most common find and can be from as far back as the 1930s.

 

You can find booksellers with carts and walls of all types of literature. Throughout Camden Stables market, you can find tons of antiques items that would be great additions to your home. So whether you are looking for a good read or a good decoration, you are sure to find it here.

 

Camden Stables is also your place to find trendy jewelry and alternative fashion.

  

If you are looking for distinct souvenirs, you are in the perfect place. There are plenty of take-home keepsakes that will remind you of your time in London. Be sure to do your birthday and holiday shopping here to guarantee irreplaceable gifts for everyone on your list.

 

If you need a break from shopping, there are plenty of savory snacks to satisfy your sweet tooth. There are also tons of vendors that offer different international cuisines for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snack time.

 

The World’s End and The Camden Eye are popular pub’s with a great atmosphere where you can have beer and classic English dishes with your friends and family. It caters to a classy crowd and is a favorite of Kiera Knightley.

 

Camden Market is like no other market in the world.

At the end of your day in Camden Town, you will have had the shopping experience of a lifetime.  Your purchases will consist of classy items for yourself, your home, and most likely close friends and family members.
So next time you are in London absolutely have Camden Markets on your to-do list.
You won’t regret it and your wallet won’t either.

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Fall in Love with Fall

It’s the end of the first week of fall, and whether the weather shows it or not, we are all itching to switch to this sensational season’s clothing and accessories. The vibrant colors of autumn encompass blazing red, burnt orange, gentle yellows, and glowing golds. All these paint a magical illustration accompanied by a brilliant blue sky. Although the air will soon start to cool, these cozy colors are sure to keep you warm. Many of you will fall in love with this season while someone will fall in love with your fashion sense. For chilly mornings throw on some dark jeans, layer up, and add a scarf.  Don’t be afraid to use bold bags and shoes, as these will accent your outfits from the blander blacks, beiges, and browns.  As for the nail polish, use one, two, or all three colors to coordinate your manicure with the autumn landscape. And don’t forget your sunglasses because we are in store for plenty of sun-shining days.
Here are some pretty pieces for your perfect autumn outfit:

1. Anthropologie, Ascot Swing Coat, $168
2. DIANE von FURSTENBERG, Roxanne” Penny Loafer Pumps in Cranberry Suede, $280
3. Anthropologie, Tansy Pullover, $98
4. Essie, Midnight Cami, $8
5. Essie, Cute as a Button,$8
6. Essie, Shifting Power, $8
7. Modcloth, Meandering in Midtown Skirt, $42.99
8. Kate Spade, Lady Marmalade Small Bracelet, $148
9. Rag & Bone, Fray Edge Scarf, $175
10. J.Crew, Ankle stretch toothpick jean in classic rinse, $125*
11. Marc Jacobs, Quilted Large Single Shoulder Bag in Poppy, $675
12. Tom Ford, “Sophien” Sunglasses in Dark Transparent Brown,$390

So go put on that new outfit you’ve been dying to wear or go shopping with some friends to find one.
Embrace autumn and exist elegantly in all the foliage and fashion it has to offer.

*Remember to present your student ID to receive 15% off each purchase (online and in-stores)!

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