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.

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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

What We’re Loving: Boyfriend Jeans

Boyfriend jeans are my go-to (more often than not). They are perfect for a casual day at the office when paired with a blazer and a great pair of loafers. Transitioning from day-to-night when wearing boyfriend jeans is a a piece of cake too. Throw on a sparkly blouse and over the top heels and you have yourself a look to take to cocktails after the 9-5 grind. Don’t even get me started on how amazing boyfriend jeans are on the weekends. Forget about your basic, black leggings! It’s as if these jeans were made for [presentable] lazy days. Pair them with a cute sweatshirt and converse sneakers. That’s what you’ll see me in come Saturday and Sunday.

There are a lot of ways your can style boyfriend jeans too. I prefer cuffing/rolling the bottom to show my ankles and (most importantly) my shoes. I usually wear a great pair of booties or sandals to really let them shine. Have a great belt? Tuck part of your shirt (loosely) into the front of your jeans. I love this trick. It makes the look feel effortless and carefree. With that being said, a looser fitting T is usually what I look for to pair with a jean like this. Last but not least… Taking your boyfriend jeans for a night on the town? Dress them way up with a multi-tier necklace, leather jacket, and a top knot! Believe me, styled or not, boyfriend jeans will amp up your cool girl style.

How do you style your boyfriend jeans? Sound off in the comments below!

~Taylor, fashioniSTA intern

Photo Credit: Song of Style

Backyard BBQs & Park Picnics

Ah, Memorial Day is here again. It’s time to break out your traditional recipes for the bash of your choosing (I’m sure you have had plenty of invites, now you just got to commit to one… maybe two). I’m getting full just thinking about all of the goodies that await, but what I really can’t wait for is to really bust out my spring staples after a long, cold winter. Here’s the roundup for creating the perfect look, so you don’t feel as bad while you’re stuffing your face.

Sunnies

Keys – Check! Phone – Check! Sunglasses… I always forget them when I’m leaving the house. I’m always sorry too because sunglasses give you instant glam. No makeup required. What a sweet relief! Also, it’ll keep you from squinting while playing horseshoes. You gotta be on your a-game, girl!

Fedoras

Failed attempt at tousled bed head looking more like a hot mess than a sexy mane? This go-to summer staple is a day saver without breaking a sweat. Actually… If you do break a sweat, a fedora will cover up the frizz and flyways. Everyone wins!

Skirts & Dresses

Once it’s warm, you will rarely find me wearing pants. I just feel like I have to take advantage of the season! Slip a dress on and you’re good to go! Maxi dresses and skirts – same thing! So easy to throw on and look effortless without even trying (which is funny because you shouldn’t have to try to look effortless ;) ).

Wedges

When attending any sort of an event that will be taking place on grass, you got to wear wedges. Heels will sink into the grass. No one wants to fall flat on their face in front of a whole party, do they? Keep the stilettos at home and grab a part of funky wedges to really get the party started!

Tell us below – What are your Memorial Day plans? And lets cut to the chase – What are you going to wear?

~Taylor, fashioniSTA intern

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A Thing or Two on Transitioning into Spring

It’s that time of year again where one day it is 80 and the next is 50 (this week is a PRIME example of this). Most days, the morning commute leads to a warmer, afternoon lunch break. Throw in some (random) on and off rain showers and you have yourself the most unpredictable season… There you are, Spring! We could never forget about you. The transition into to spring is a tough one, but it is even harder on your wardrobe. Don’t let the this ever changing season intimidate you, but let it inspire you! We rounded up our go-tos for transitioning into Spring!

The Timeless Trench Coat

A true investment piece. Outwear has never looked so polished. This makes for the perfect outerwear piece for commuting. Heavy enough for the chill in the morning, but light enough to throw into your tote bag when the sun starts to heat things up. I love a beige trench coat, but the pastels I have been seeing are definitely getting my attention!

Slightly Sheer Tights

Spring is the season to take your tights game to the next level. With the days constantly changing, your tights can do the same from opaque to sheer to everything in between. I love designs on sheer tights, like small hearts or faux stockings. It adds that extra bit of warmth and oomph to any outfit.

The Chic Motorcycle Jacket

A no brainer. The perfect piece to wear from day-to-night with no hassle. Classic enough for work, but edgy enough for Happy Hour. Dress up and down too! Most definitely t-shirt approved. Who doesn’t like to feel a little badass every once in a while?

No Boyfriend Needed Jeans

Hands down, favorite fashion trend/staple EVER! So comfortable and easy. Probably the most versatile and laid back jean out there. Who’d have known that stealing your ex’s jeans would have paid off this well?

How do you tackle The Spring Transition? Sound off in the comments below!

~ Taylor, fashioniSTA

STA Featured FashioniSTA, Madora!

Second Time Around wants to feature fashioniSTA, Madora! Both her Twitter and Instagram accounts are full of awesome and amazing fashioniSTAfinds and pretty photos! Just look at her style; so chic! At one of our locations, she found Nude Nine West heels for $25. Then, she attended our ‘Girl’s Night Out’ event and got a pair of Sam Edelman booties. Champagne and fashioniSTAfinds? Nothing gets better than that. Thank you for sharing, Madora! Keep the fashioniSTAfinds coming our way!

What a chance to be featured by Second Time Around? Tag us using the hashtag #fashioniSTAfind!

~ Taylor, fashioniSTA