Baby Got Back[Packs]

Hate to say it, but back to school is quickly approaching! That’s means that it’s time for all of the kiddos to go back to class. I take my computer everywhere, especially when I was in school. Cramming that and my books into an oversized tote bag and luging it onto one shoulder to walk to class (let’s face it) sucked. I finally settled for your typical, black North Face backpack. It saved my back, but definitely downgraded how I felt about my overall look. Who likes wearing a sundress with a big, black backpack? Not me!

I do wish that Chanel had sent their coveted, canvas graffiti backpack down their runway when I was in school. It would have made me feel so much cooler rocking a backpack. I shouldn’t give all of the credit to Chanel for an amazing backpack though. We have had gorgeous Louis Vuitton backpacks at our locations.

If you are looking to splurge on a designer backpack, consignment is an avenue that you will want to visit. At STA, we get designer handbags from new to vintage and everything in between. Also, I personally feel like I would want to spend a little less money on an item that will be thrown around and weighed down by my things. Besides, who doesn’t love an amazing find that costs way less than the retail price? WE DO!

So, what do you think about backpacks? Sound off below!

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What We’re Loving: Birkenstocks

I know it’s a little late in the season, but I must profess my newfound love for Birkenstocks. Yes, you read that correctly. In the beginning of the summer, I started to see a lot of bloggers wearing them with their usual effortlessly fashionable garbs. I didn’t think that this kind of sandal was for me, so I stuck with my basic black flip flops. Then, I started to notice Birkenstocks more and more. I especially noticed that a lot of people wear them to commute on the train. I then decided that I needed a pair and I needed them now.

I purchased a pair of Madrid Birkenstocks in White (one strap sandal). I was SO excited to start wearing these on my commute back and forth from work. Right when I got them, I started wearing them for an extended amount of time.

Please, break them in BEFORE you start trekking in around in them. I just thought that since the brand is known for comfort that there would be no “breaking in” involved. Maybe others have had a different experience with them, but I definitely had to break them in before I wore them regularly and for longer distances. You should have seen my torn up feet, but that is a blog post in itself.

Sorry about the rant. I just wanted to forewarn you before you suffered the same fate. Anyways, I LOVE the look of my Birkenstocks with absolutely everything. It is the perfect way to may a look more casual/carefree/effortless without even trying. Who doesn’t love that? I’ve especially have been wearing my Birkenstocks with sun dresses and skirts. The more of an unexpected combination, the better!

How do you feel about Birkenstocks? Love them or hate them? Let us know how you feel in the comments below!

~Taylor, fashioniSTA intern

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What We’re Wearing: Tunics

I stumbled upon a poll the other day that surveyed what women wear to the beach. The options consisted of a sarong, maxi dress, romper, and tunic. I hadn’t thought of wearing a tunic to the beach before. I always thought it was more for casual wear. I then thought about it and a tunic would transition amazingly from the beach to walking the boardwalk. It’s also a great way to protect yourself from the sun when you feel like you’re getting burned.

There are so many styles of tunics to choose from too. I often opt for a more loose fitting tunic, but I absolutely love the look of a more structured one. Tory Burch has had an amazing selection of tunics for both the summer and fall (can you believe it!). See here and here.

Depending on the length of the tunic, you can get away with wearing it as a dress in the summer. If it is too short to wear as a dress, throw a skirt or pair of shorts on underneath. Try playing with patterns too! If the top has a print of a larger scale, pair with a piece with a pattern of a smaller scare and vice versa.

On cooler days, a tunic is a great transitioning piece. Add tights and a pair of booties or skip the tights and wear thigh high boots to keep your legs warm. I love the look of tunics paired with cuffed jeans too. I personally do lighter jeans during the day and darker ones come night. Who of thought a tunic was an all year round piece?

How do you wear your tunics? Let us know in the comment section below!

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It’s Time to Splurge

“[Fast] Fashions fade, style [and classics are] eternal.”

We’ve taken Yves Saint Laurent’s famous quote and made it our own. With this (edited) quote being said, we have rounded up the investment pieces that should/need to be in your closet ASAP. These pieces don’t necessarily have to be expensive (as in taking out a loan to afford), but you should definitely spend a little more money on them to ensure that they last you a long time.

Timeless Trench

The perfect transitioning piece. It is the easiest way to look effortlessly chic and pulled together without really having to try.

Tailored Blazer

Pair with cropped dress pants for the office or a loose fitting T for a cool, casual look.


Need I say more?

Heavenly Handbag

A handbag fit your lifestlye will last you until it is worn to the ground.

Professional Watch

Basic or flashy. You decide.

What pieces do you plan to splurge on? Or are there pieces that you think should have made our list? Let us know in the comment section below!

~Taylor, fashioniSTA intern

Photo Credit: Trench Coat; Blazer; Handbag; LBD; Watch

What We’re Wearing to a Girls’ Night Out

Happy Friday! In honor of our Girls’ Night Out event that took place at all STA locations last night, we wanted to spice things up with what we love to wear when we go out for a night on the town with our girlfriends. I always look forward to a GNO to not only catch up with my friends, but to bring out something a little more sexy than my usual 9-5 garb. Here is where my new obsession comes into play… The Crop Top!

It is effortlessly sexy and cool. What else could a fashioniSTA want from such a simple top? I’ve seen these babies paired with almost everything. I have to say that this kind of top serves perfectly at night when you’re trying to show just a little extra skin, but without going overboard. I have to say that I personally love a crop top paired with a high waisted skirt or pants.

What I also love about a crop top is that it shows the smallest part of you… your waist! Just that little sliver of skin will make you feel that much more confident and you’ll be dancing the night away.

Follow us on Pinterest for more of ‘What We’re Loving’ to wear to a GNO!

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How To: Fashionably Survive a Heat Wave

What’s a girl to do in hot times like these? Well, I have firsthand experience with what works and what doesn’t work in this weather. I dread this time of year. Obviously, I love the summer and all of the sun and fun it offers, BUT the heat waves do NOTHING for my hair/skin/commute in and out of the city… I feel gross going into work and even gross[er] coming home. Sweat isn’t attractive and I’m actually getting quite sick of feeling sticky all of the time. I figured all of us ladies are! So, I give you ‘How To: Fashionably Survive a Heat Wave.’

Palazzo Pants

Essentially, these are pajama pants that you can wear to work. They are THAT comfortable. Without saying, these are effortlessly cool, while keeping you cool. These are the only pants I will wear right now because of the easy breezy fabrics. I’ll be honest with you though, it took me awhile to find the right pair. Just like everything else, finding the perfect fit and cut is key. So, if you find a pair you love, grab them! Also, the louder the print, the better. It’s so fun for the summer. Your future hot (in temperature) self will be thanking you later when you’re waiting for the bus in 90 degree weather.

Oversized Kimonos

I have so many tops that are spaghetti straps, but my office (unfortunately) does not allow us to wear those kinds of straps. I will usually commute into work just wearing bare shoulders, but then when I get into the office, I’ll throw on a chambray top or a scarf. To take a look to the next level, throw a lightweight kimono over your outfit. The floral print ones are my favorite. I have been seeing a lot of fringe on them too, which I love. It definitely gives more of a laid back vibe. A great way to emulate what summer is all about.

Extravagant Accessories

Most of my summer wardrobe that is temperature sensible is pretty much neutral in color. I feel as though these pieces are meant to work well with others and get wear into many more months throughout the year. This being said, having amazing jewelry and accessories will help to vamp up your summer wardrobe without even trying. I have worn the same outfit, but with different accessories and felt like it gives it a whole new feel. I also feel more comfortable throwing my hair up into a bun when I have a sick pair of ear cuffs on.

How do you stay fashionably cool during the summer? Sound off below!

~Taylor, fashioniSTA

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What We’re Wearing on the 4th of July

Bust out the stars and stripes. This is the time to wear them! The good ol’ American flag is on everything these days. Shirts, shorts, shoes – you name it. What I love though, is mixing up the patterns with everyday pieces. Take a red pair of cropped pants and pair them with a stripped tee. Add a pair of sneakers for an effortlessly cool, girl look. Same thing goes for pieces that you already have that can be made patriotic in a snap. Take a navy piece from your closet and and red and/or white! That’ll show off your personal style while showing your pride.

Got any plans for the 4th? Tell us in the comments below!

~Taylor, fashioniSTA intern

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What to Wear: Sporting Events

I have to be honest here… I’m not the biggest sport fan. I tolerate it because (face it or not) it’s apart of life. Living in Boston, the sport scene is more than huge. The men in my life are all diehard Boston sport fans. I have had my share of being the awkward “bandwagon” fan more times than I can count. Reluctantly, I have learned to make the most out of sporting events.

Sports are definitely a great way to connect and socialize with everyone involved. I recently went to a work function that involved going to a bar and pre-gaming before a Sox game (nice way to relax after a long day of work, huh?). I was actually really excited to get to know my coworkers outside of the office, but my biggest concern was WHAT I was going to wear (of course). I scoured the internet for style inspiration and fell short. I finally decided that being comfortable and cute was the best way to go.

Jeans and a T-Shirt
You can never go wrong with wearing team apparel paired with your favorite jeans. I mixed up my go-to sporting event look with polka dot jeans. If you have printed pants that you love, wear them! Not only will you be comfortable, but you’ll stand out in a crowd of other sport fans.

Coordinating Colors
In the hot summer months, it’s hard to wear team apparel because it’s mostly jerseys and t-shirts. Hey, that’s okay though! Going to a game where the team color is green? Got a green, summer dress? Wear that! It not only shows that you’re supporting the team, but you’re keeping cool. Check out Cave Girl in the City’s look. She nailed coordinating colors for her favorite team! Grab a beer and a hot dog and you’re good to start cheering on your team.

Celebrating the World Cup tonight? You got this. Let us know what you’ll be wearing in the comments below. Go, Team USA!

Photo Credit: Cave Girl in the City

What We’re Loving: Polka Dots

We’re seeing spots at STA… And loving it! Every spring, I am determined to add more prints into my wardrobe (especially after a long winter). Florals are my usual go to for a spring pattern, but this year I am all about polka dots. These perfectly round spots have really wiggled their way into my heart (and closet). This has actually taken me by surprise because I would consider my style to be a little more edgy than girly.

I find the best way to wear polka dots is when paired with a little bit of edge. I love anything with polka dots because it is such an easy pattern to pair with your current pieces to make them more girly and fun.  I recently bought a pair of cropped polka dot jeans and I cannot get enough of them. When it is cooler, I pair them with an oversized sweater. With warmer weather, I wear a colorful top to really standout at work. I also LOVE polka dot blouses, specifically button down shirts. The perfect combination of girly and boyish is a polka dot blouse with boyfriend jeans. You’ll thank me later.

How do you feel about polka dots? Let us know in the comments below!

~Taylor, fashioniSTA

Photo Credit: Sincerely, Jules

Our Hits & Misses of The CFDA Fashion Awards

I’m sure you already knew that The Council of Fashion Designers of America held its annual Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in NYC this past Monday. Fashion elite came from far and wide for this exciting event to soak up the glitz and glamour. I have to say that that seeing my favorite stars dressed up at any red carpet event is what I hone in on. Don’t get me wrong. The event is important and I love how individuals are recognized in the world of fashion, but lets cut to the chance and name our hits and misses of the star studded affair! [We will spare you any more photos of Rihanna's look (or lack there of).]

STA’s Hits

I would have to say that Emmy Rossum in J. Mendel stole the show. This color way looks divine on her. I can’t forget to mention her hair! Who would have ever thought that crimping your hair would look so chic in 2014?

Sophia Bush in a romantic, white Marchesa frock. Lace in laser cut outs paired with that necklace makes the look so modern and swoon worthy. Her skin showing underneath the lace on the sleeves and hemline really make it sexy without going overboard.

Jenna Lyons, can I have this entire outfit? This is the definition of ‘cool girl style’ to the NEXT level. I want to be her. That is all.

STA’s Misses

I’m sorry. I know. I love her too. Blake Lively in Michael Kors reminded me of Gossip Girl, but in a really bad way. The scalloped hemline, over abundance of bracelets, and headband really just threw me off. I guess I just expected so much more from her after Cannes Film Festival.

Marion Cotillard’s Dior ensemble is interesting to say in the least… What are those things growing from her chest? Doilies? I love her shoes though!

Rachel Zoe in her own design… One sleeve, which has an oversized shoulder pad, an extra piece of fabric/lapel going across the collar, and a cinched waist. Just way too much is going on with that fabric and pattern… It just feels really cumbersome to her petite frame.

Those are picks of the evening. Who fell into your hits & misses? Sound off in the comment section below!

~Taylor, fashioniSTA intern

Photo Credit: Fashion Bomb Daily