Fall 2013 Shoe Picks

It’s chilly outside! Check out these closed-toed shoe options to keep you stylish this fall:Fall 2013 Shoe Picks

10 Affordable Alternatives to Uggs

I’ll admit it: I think Uggs are officially the worst footwear to ever become popular during my lifetime, with the exception of Crocs perhaps. Although they are known for their warm interiors and comfortable lining, I just can’t get over the fact that they are so incredibly awful looking. Despite the new riding boots craze, the Ugg style has managed to endure for year after year, and college campuses continue to be littered with them now that the temperatures are starting to drop. If you are a stylish young lady who is still clutching onto your Uggs for dear life, why don’t you do yourself a favor and check out these 10 affordable (and comfortable!) alternatives for the fall and winter seasons. I guarantee you that you feet will thank you for it — Uggs have no arch support, which can lead to aching feet and, eventually, to back problems.
10 Affordable Alternative to Uggs
I chose boots that either had no heel or just a very slight one so that they would be the most comfortable to walk around in. Neutral colors go with everything, but rich jewel tones can really bring a pop of color to an outfit. Let me know which one is your favorite — they’re all certainly much better than any pair of Uggs I’ve ever seen.

Fashion Inspiration: Picasso’s Ma Jolie

I just finished my test on Cubism last week in class and I noticed that a lot of aspects of the artistic style really matched up with current trends in fashion. If you ask anyone on the street to name a Cubist artist, Picasso is definitely the most well-known, so I focused on a work by him done in 1911 called Ma Jolie. The painting was given its title meaning “my pretty girl” as an homage to Picasso’s lover, Marcelle Humbert. By basing the outfit on the aesthetics of the painting as well as the represented person, I tried to create an artsy, yet feminine look.Picasso's Ma Jolie Fashion Inspiration
The statement piece of the outfit, the color block sweater, shows off the analytic cubism inspiration most prominently, while the other pieces compliment it. I used feminine jewelry to accentuate the title of “my pretty girl”, and the letters on the necklace mirror the stenciled words in the painting. The overall look is feminine, but laid back — and perfect for autumn!
Let me know if you like the art-as-fashion-inspiration idea, I’d like to do more if there’s a following for it!

One-for-One Companies: Shopping to Help Others

As a college student, I spend a lot of my time thinking about how in debt I am that I lose sight of the bigger picture. I am lucky enough to have been able to attend college, which is not something every 20-something can brag about. While I can consider myself blessed, not everyone can say the same. That’s why it’s important to give back to others any way you can. One way to make this possible is by purchasing things from one-for-one companies.  A one-for-one company is a business that, in return for you buying one of their products, will donate one of their products to those in need. It’s an easy way to get involved with giving back to your community and can be a gateway to volunteering for charity. Below are five one-for-one companies that offer fashionable items that can serve as alternatives to more expensive products.

Toms– Yes, everyone seems to have a pair of these now, but I just can’t tell you how comfortable they are. They come in a huge variety of styles and colors (I myself have the pink glitters pictured), and Toms is even doing one-for-one with eyewear now. Check them out, they are great for throwing on and looking cute on the go!

Roma Boots– Primarily focusing on adult boots, they also have options for children and a select variety of flip flops.

FIGS– This organization is for the boys- it focuses on ties and bow ties, but also has a selection of cashmere scarves. Why not give your guy a gift that also helps others as well? Plus, he’ll look super cute when he takes you out on your next date night.

Warby Parker– This company sells statement eyewear for both men and women. Their super cute frames are retro inspired and can make anyone look like Miss (or Mr.) Librarian in a snap!

You and Who– If your looking for one-for-one graphic tees, this is the site for you. Similar to the type of style you’d see on Threadless, these tees are brightly colored, a bit unusual, and sure to add some fun to your outfit!