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Movie Inspiration: If I Stay


If I Stay poster
Official Movie Poster

The drama filled romantic film, If I Stay, revolves around the story of a teenager named Mia, played by Chloë Grace Moretz. When the musically talented Mia gets into an accident with her family, she is comatose and has an out-of-body experience where she views her life from the outside. Based on the book of the same name, the film flashes between Mia’s out-of-body experience and her life before the accident, where she was dating another musician, Adam.

When it comes to the fashion in this movie, Mia had a style that was casual and easy to recreate for the school year. Many of her outfits featured fall-appropriate colors, such as maroon and gray, as well as many layers. Because of this, these looks serve as fantastic fashion inspiration for the cooler months ahead. Below are three looks inspired by the outfits Mia wore throughout the film:

On the Bike

If I Stay Bike
Official Promotional Image

This first ensemble is so perfect for back-to-school, since it includes autumnal tones, like olive, maroon, and gray. Though the pieces themselves are causal, the way they’re styled and layered really makes them stand out. This look would be perfect for those fall days when the weather is unpredictable.

If Stay Outfit #1
T-Shirt, Button-Down Shirt, Pants, Coat, Boots

To recreate this outfit, pair a plain white tee with an olive green button-down shirt. For an extra layer of warmth, throw on a gray fleece coat. When it comes to pants, these maroon-hued jeans add a fall-like pop of color to the look. Grab a pair of lace-up combat boots to complete this getup.

In the Hospital

If I Stay Hospital
Official Promotional Image

This next look was worn by Mia while she was having her out-of-body experience and visiting her family at the hospital. With its girly vibe and light colors, this outfit is quite different from the other ensembles she wore in the movie, but it is still chic and stylish. Although lighter colors are typically associated with the warmer months of the year, this outfit would work perfectly for the summer-to-fall transition.

If Stay Outfit #2
Top, Skirt, Flats, Sweater

For a simple yet girly look, pair a lacy white blouse with a gray skater skirt. Layer on a light pink cardigan for a pretty pop of color and extra warmth. Even though Mia wasn’t wearing shoes while wearing this outfit, we think they’re a good idea – especially if you plan to wear this look to class! So, finish the ensemble with these comfy, neutral-colored ballet flats.

Plaid and Ripped Jeans

If Stay Photo #3
Official Promotional Image

Like the first look, this final ensemble features a lot of layering pieces in fall-appropriate tones. The outfit has a casual vibe, but the on-trend touches, like the plaid shirt and ripped skinny jeans, keep things from looking too boring. We can’t wait to rock a similar look once the weather gets colder!

If Stay Outfit #3
Tank, Shirt, Jeans, Boots, Hoodie, Jacket

To recreate this outfit, start with the basics: a navy cami and a pair of ripped skinny jeans. Next, layer up with a plaid shirt and green hoodie. If it’s really chilly, put on maroon jacket to stay extra warm. The combat boots from the first ensemble make a reappearance in this look – they’re just so perfect for fall! In addition, the neutral hue of the shoes complements autumnal tones found throughout the getup.

What are your thoughts?

Did you watch If I StayWhat are your thoughts on the film and the outfits featured in this post? What movies would you like to see in future Movie Inspiration posts? Please leave a comment below!

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From Classroom to Catwalk: Curated Cool’s Melinda Fleming

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Melinda Fleming of Curated Cool
Photos Courtesy of Melinda Fleming

Melinda Fleming of Curated Cool lives the life I dream of one day living. She travels all over the world and shops at designer vintage stores, but is still down-to-earth enough to tell me how grateful she is to have a blog in the first place. Melinda, if you’re reading this: adopt me?

Here, Melinda shares what it’s like to meet the Dalai Lama, why your best friend should read your blog posts, and why you should stay on top of your emails:

The Interview:

College Fashion: Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

Melinda Fleming: Born and raised in Hong Kong, I grew up traveling with my family a lot. My father was an airline pilot, so we got to see the world at a really young age. I have worked mainly as a voice-over artist in all aspects, [and am] now [a] fashion and travel blogger. I love the world of entertainment and technology. Especially how in a digital format it is coming together.

CF: How would you define your style?

MF: My style would be minimal, classic, chic. I lean towards an unfussy look, and believe that less is ALWAYS more.

CF: How did you find your style? 

MF: Probably my mum. She was a minimalist as well. [She was] very classic and made every outfit look effortless. She has amazing style. To be able to make an outfit look effortless is always key!

Fashion blogger Melinda Fleming
Photos Courtesy of Melinda Fleming

CF: What inspired you to start a style blog? What motivates you? 

MF: I was looking to start something online, not even thinking about it being a blog. A lot of people, from friends to even strangers at a party, would always ask me “Where did you get that?” from what I was wearing, to accessories, to items in my home. They validated my taste and style, which gave me an “Ah-Ha” moment. So that’s how I knew to proceed forward.

CF: Did you go to college? If so, where did you go to school and what did you study? What was your college experience like? 

MF: I did not go to college. BUT I did travel the world. I traded a degree for a backpack, and spent those years traveling and living in different countries meeting amazing people and their cultures. I absolutely believe in college and education, I just personally picked a different path. The experiences I gained have allowed me to thrive today, and one of the biggest highlights was being blessed by the Dalai Lama in his home town in India.

CF: Where do you like to shop? 

MF: I shop at a lot of high-end thrift stores. Or stores that offer a great designer selection. Designer vintage is one of the best fashion investments, as you get it at a bargain price, and it will always be re-sellable. I also love unique boutiques that offer unheard of designers, especially the ones overseas. Anytime someone says to you “Where did you get that?” its a pretty huge compliment. Opening Ceremony and Barneys NY are key, too…

CF: What advice do you have for being stylish on a college budget? 

MF: Really know who you are as a person and what you want your style to be. It can always change at any time, but knowing who you are and how you want to be perceived will save you time and money. Also, focus on what works for your body, and you will always come out ahead.

CF: What are your favorite pieces in your wardrobe? 

MF: Oh gosh, where do I start! I have a cream-colored silk Céline blouse that melts my heart every time I wear or look at it. I have a collection of fine Italian leather bags that are vintage and slightly worn in, but that Italian leather… It is a statement to any outfit. And a wonderful chevron striped sequin top in blue and green. Everybody says to me “Where did you get that?”

CF: Who/what inspires you most? 

MF: Who? Talent inspires me. Art, well thought out ideas, and also the art of just doing it. Living in the moment is beyond refreshing.

What? I honestly want to be a better artist every day, and I love sharing content with the community that wants to listen. I push myself to try to do better than the day before. I get fired up by comments and the feedback. The community makes me want to do and be better, and I hope to.

CF: Any advice for new bloggers or college students starting a blog? 

MF: It might seem scary at first, but just do it! I know a lot of people worry about topic, font, design, what should I call my blog, etc., etc. Worry about the little things later – but the act of doing, being consistent and mainly having a voice, will lead you to where you are meant to be. Your voice will also grow.

And ALWAYS be true to yourself. You can’t please everyone, and you don’t need to. Have a best friend read a post and say to them “Is this really me?” You will find out pretty fast.

Curated cool blogger melinda fleming
Photos Courtesy of Melinda Fleming

CF: What’s writing a blog really like? Could you describe a typical day? 

MF: Ha! Well, I’m sure a few people have said it’s not always glamorous, and it’s true! Again, this comes back to your voice. Who are you and what do you want to say – Write that as a tagline and always look at it. It’s helped so many times. Being your own boss is hard for sure, having to discipline yourself to write, do your own social media, etc., is not always easy, but being organized and on an editorial calendar will help.

A typical day is editing pictures, writing a story (which makes people want to read) and really making it about your audience. We do this for them, we share who we are to help, so make it worth their while. Then, getting the next set of looks organized, pulled from certain PR houses if need be, collaborations, and always being a professional. Emails. Be on top of your emails!

I am beyond grateful to have a wonderful platform to share, and wouldn’t change it for a thing.

Your Thoughts?

Do you read Curated Cool? Who should I interview next? Tell me in the comments section!

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Nail Art How-to: Cute Cats

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Cat nail art tutorial

When I was coming up with this nail tutorial, I was a little torn. With the chill of autumn finally starting to set in, I wanted to incorporate a classic fall look, but wasn’t feeling much inspiration to go with it. And then, as my friend’s cat lazily yawned at me from the other side of the couch, it hit me; who doesn’t love cats?

I had a lot of fun coming up with this look, since I’m a bit of cat person. Okay, I’m sort of a future crazy cat lady, I’ll admit it! Using a great fall color and a light hand, you can have this adorable cat design on your nails, too! Scroll down to learn how to create this nail art:

Fall Fun

Sally Hansen Flirt base color

Can I just say that fall is my absolute favorite season? With the changing colors of the leaves, that satisfying crunch as you step on their fallen brethren, and the ability to start layering once again, what’s not to love?

Dark, plummy colors are a must during fall, which is why I decided to use Sally Hansen’s Flirt as a gorgeous base color. It is beautifully pigmented, and captures that vampy fall look perfectly.

All You Need is Love… and a Cat

Cat nail art tutorial half circle

Alright, now to the best part; the kitty! To start, paint a half circle across the top of your nails. I decided to paint just my thumb, index, and ring finger, and used a rich white nail polish.

The trick to this tutorial? Patience! Make sure every coat has been given ample time to dry. That way, as we layer on the cat features, nothing underneath will get ruined. So, let these half circles dry completely before moving on.

Cat ears nail tutorial

Next, the cat ears! I’m using my handy dried out Sharpie pen as a dotting tool, but feel free to use a toothpick or a small bobby pin for this part.

Dip the tool into a pool of white nail polish (I placed mine on an index card), then dot on two small triangles. You can also drag on the outline of the triangle to get more precise lines, but I found that my nail polish was a bit too opaque for this. Once again, wait for the ears to dry completely.

Cat attack nail tutorial steps cat face
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For this next step, it is important to use a very light hand to dot on all the features. Also, make sure you don’t have too much polish on your dotting tool. We want to avoid accidentally making large blobs on our cute kitty face!

Dip your tool into a small amount of black polish, then dot on the eyes. Use your ears as a guide so they don’t end up too wide set or too close together. I dotted mine on right where the inner part of the ear starts. Again, dot off any excess polish you may have on your dotting tool so the eyes don’t end up too big.

Next, using the Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in Light Pink, I painted on the nose right below the center of the eyes. Then, make a single dot within each of the ears and add a tiny flick to create a small triangle.

Finally, using a silver polish, drag your dotting tool across the outer part of the nose to make little whiskers. I made two on each side, but feel free to add on more! Remember to only have a small amount of polish on your tool and make very light strokes to create a clean and precise look.

Cat nail art final look

To switch up the look, I decided to paint little tails on my middle finger and pinky. For this part, you don’t need to be as precise as we were for the cat features, so feel free to have on a nice amount of nail polish on your dotting tool. I simply dotted a line close to the top of my nail before curving it slightly. Now your cat nail art is complete!

What Did You Think?

Are you a fan of cat designs? Would you wear this look for school? How do you feel about the cat craze that’s been taking over lately? Let us know in the comments below!

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