Friday Fashion Debate: Men’s Sweaters

We have a rare chill in the air today so I wanted to talk about sweaters, specifically men’s sweaters. I feel like this is one of those things that most men stay away from but when done right, it looks extremely stylish and can really amp up a man’s winter wardrobe.

All three of the above options are a definite yes in my book! The key to pulling off a stylist men’s sweater is fit though. You don’t want to go too over-sized or you might as well just throw on a big hoodie and call it a day. If you are going for a stylish upgrade, it has to fit well!

The things I do not like in this look is the overboard silly mensweater2patterns. The example with the fox and tree stripe pattern is a definite NO in my book. Woodland animals should not be on a men’s sweater. The only exception to this is if you are attending an ugly Christmas sweater party! You should stick with classic patterns such as the example in the top three photos.

Another important thing to remember is this look is that the pants you pair with your sweater matter. If you are going with slacks that is fairly easy to do but if you choose jeans for a more casual look, you want the right jean. This does depend on the sweater though so there is no overall rule. Just make sure if you choose a lighter sweater color that you may want to go with a dark jean and vice versa. You can see in the examples at the top that the cream sweater is with a darker fade denim but the one with the pattern that has a dark base is paired with a slightly lighter jean.

Men, what are your favorite sweater looks? Or do hate them? Let me know!

Happy Friday!!

Senior Spotlight: JackLynn

JackLynnGoreWM.jpgOur Senior Spotlight this week is JackLynn from East River HS. There is not much this outgoing student doesn’t do. She is involved in many school activities such as, Athletic Training, FFA, BETA, NHS, NTHS, Wrestling, Track, APEX, French Honor Society, CREW and more! JackLynn has also earned over 100 community service hours with a PTA Chapter at her previous elementary school and helped out in a Summer Sports Medicine program and spent time at an Orthopedic Sports Medicine office.

On top of all of her school activities and volunteer work, she also currently works as an office assistant for a local contractor which she told us has taught her organizational skills and responsibility.

JackLynn also has an interesting and unique hobby. She told us she has been scuba diving since she was 10 years old!

Her aspirations after graduating are just as high as her current endeavors. Plans include attending college to study Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy. Her focus will be to obtain her Doctoral of Physical Therapy which she hopes to use by working for the Department of Veterans. She would like to work with returning service men and women who are in need of physical therapy.

We learned that that there are three people who JackLynn credits for inspiring her and leading her to choose the career path of Physical Therapy. She has a brother who tore his ACL playing High School football which initially sparked her interest in sports medicine. She also credits her mom and Mr. Mirocha (Athletic Training Advisor) for being two of the most influential people in her life. She told us, “My mother has always pushed me to reach for the stars and beyond; no matter how much I fought her. Mr.Mirocha sparked my interest in medicine and pushed me to go outside of my comfort zones”.

JackLynn you are obviously a very driven and talented student and we are sure you will succeed on the path to pursuing a career in Physical Therapy! Good luck in all that you do!

 

 

 

Friday Fashion Debate: Thanksgiving

This week’s Fashion Debate is not about a specific trend or clothing item. This week we are going to debate what your family wears for Thanksgiving. For some people, Thanksgiving is a time to dress up. They put on their best outfits and sit down for a nice dinner with family and friends. For others, it is a day of relaxed fun and the more casual the better, such as your favorite sports jersey if your team happens to be playing on Thanksgiving (being from Dallas I am a Cowboys fan so our team always plays on Thanksgiving).

I admit, I like to step it up a notch on Thanksgiving but I definitely wouldn’t classify my attire as dressy. In fact, I have gotten more casual since I became the host of our Thanksgiving in Florida. It’s just not reasonable to wear my nicest outfits when I am going to be in the kitchen mixing, stirring, baking and preparing food all day. Plus you throw in the fact that it is usually somewhere around 80 degrees here and that tones down my outfit choices a bit. My husband undoubtedly will be sporting a Cowboys jersey every year. He even makes our dogs wear their doggy jerseys.

With all that being said, I think it’s great to go all out and dress up for this holiday. Thanksgiving is a special day where we look at everything we have to be thankful for an celebrate so I see nothing wrong with having your attire match the importance of this holiday.

I want to know what you wore for your Thanksgiving this year. Send us a pic or give us a quick explanation of which way you lean on this debate!

Hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving!!!

 

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Senior Spotlight: Gabriel

gabrielizaguirewmOur Senior Spotlight this week is Gabriel from West Orange High School. His school activities include swim team, water polo and Spanish Honor Society. Outside of school he also volunteers with his church by helping feed the homeless and he even went on a mission trip to Nicaragua!

Gabriel has big aspirations for his career. He would like to study pre-law after High School and then plans to go on to Law School so he can become a lawyer.

On top of his school activities and volunteering, Gabriel also had a job which he says taught him to be a better leader and helped him become more responsible.

We also learned that Gabriel’s US History teacher is the one who inspired him to follow his dream of becoming a lawyer. He told us “My US History teacher inspired me to choose the career I want to pursue”.

Gabriel we wish you the best of luck pursuing your law degree and hope you enjoy the rest of your senior year!

Friday Fashion Debate: Velvet

I am just going to come right out and say it, I do not like velvet. To be quite honest, I couldn’t even think of one instance where I would wear it, in any piece of clothing. This puts me on the no side of the debate this week because according to several fashion experts, velvet is a definite must have item this season.

While searching for the hottest examples of this trending fabric I did see a few looks that I was not completely against. Although in reality, I think it is one of those things that I may stop and look at it but will more than likely not even take it to the dressing room and will end up walking away without even removing it from the rack for a better look. However, I will share with you photos of the two velvet items that caught my eye while searching because I do think they are feminine and pretty and the patterns are perfection!

My definite would not EVER wear item is velvet shoes. If I am looking for a winter fabric for my footwear, suede is my go to. I can not find one velvet shoot anywhere on Pinterest that appealed to me, but here are a few examples anyway.🙂

Of course it doesn’t stop at shawls and shoes. We have velvet pants, velvet skirts, velvet dresses, velvet chokers, velvet tank tops, velvet button downs, velvet jumpers, and it keeps going on and on!

I am interested to see how many of you disagree with me on this one. I don’t feel like I have seen this trend out and about much yet but in reality it is staying in the high 70s and low 80s in this part of Florida so velvet may take a little longer to make it’s debut here.

As always, I welcome your opinions!

Happy Friday everyone!!

Senior Spotlight: Adrian

This week’s Senior Spotlight is Adrian who is a senior at West Orange High School. Adrian is involved in National Honor Society and playsAdrianDelgadoWM.jpg Baseball. He also volunteers at his church and helps with the youth groups.

After graduating from West Orange HS, Adrian plans to study Criminology & Sociology but hasn’t quite decided what school he is going to attend.

Adrian has had some pretty difficult challenges in his life. In 7th grade he was in the hospital in intensive care and it took him a full year to recuperate but he told us that experience made him realize how valuable life is. His dad has also helped him have a positive outlook on life. When we asked Adrian who the most influential person in his life was, he told us, “My dad, when he was younger he came over from Cuba. Growing up he had little and worked hard to achieve what he has today and he taught me to always my give my best”.

Our experiences definitely make us stronger and we are sure that you will use yours to do great things Adrian! We hope you have a great rest of your senior year!

Friday Fashion Debate: Fall & Winter Makeup

This week we are veering off the “fashion” path again to talk about Fall & Winter Makeup trends. We all know eye shadows and lip colors get darker this time of the year but we are going to go beyond that today.

One of the biggest trends in Fall & Winter makeup this year is the cat eye. While this look is not new, it did seem to die off for a bit but the cat eye was a popular look this season on the runway. Mix that with another big look for the season, metallic shadows, and your makeup will be spot on for the hottest trends of the season.


There is an interesting twist to these two dramatic makeup trends though, we are seeing a lot of the big names go for a more fresh faced approach by avoiding heavy blush or bronzer. This idea keeps the focus on the dramatic eyes and tones down the rest of the face. Makeup experts suggest using a light coverage foundation and powder and if you feel the need to use blush, keep it in neutral tones and use a light hand when applying.

The fashionistas of our society aren’t taking away our dark lip colors, but using a matte finish lipstick is going to be the best fit to complete this look. 8d45a11dbe5f0cc6102682e35036ac90.jpg

Are you seeing any other makeup looks that you think better fit our Fall & Winter season? Share them with us!

Happy Friday!

 

 

Senior Spotlight: Michaela

This week’s Senior Spotlight is Michaela, from Eamichaeladizneywmst River High School. Michaela participates in several school activities such as theater, Improv and National Honors Society. She has also volunteered at the Indie Book Festival.

After she graduates High School, she plans to go to Rollins College to study Theater and Film. She told us ” I’d love to see myself directing either on Broadway or on a move set. It’s a tough business for women to get in to and I want to prove that women can be amazing”. Michaela has been in theater since she was eight years old and is very passionate about the field.

Another interesting thing Michaela told us is that her sister, Rachael, has been her biggest inspiration. She said, “Rachael has inspired me by how strong and brave she is. She’s always by my side whether I’m up or down. Plus she’s been a hard-worker and I aspire to be like her”.

Along with going to college, she also mentioned that after graduating, she is most looking forward to traveling and hopes to go all over the world and volunteer.

Michaela, we love how inspired and driven you are! Let us know once you make it big on Broadway or in Film! We look forward to seeing what great things you do.🙂

Friday Fashion Debate: Gold & Silver

FullSizeRender.jpgThis week’s debate is about a fashion question I have asked myself for years! Are gold and silver jewelry ok to mix? I always had an issue with it and stayed away until I jumped on the Alex and Ani bandwagon. My husband bought me and adorable gold owl and I had a silver one already and a silver one I had ordered on the way. The point being, when you are just starting your Alex and Ani collection, if you have three you better wear all three or it doesn’t have that adorable stacked bracelet look. I have now gotten used to the gold and silver mix on my wrist but it is very subtle. Ronaldo bracelets...would love to have them all                                                                                                                                                     More:
Well today, I read that the mix is actually considered one of the top Fashion Accessory trends for Fall 2016! To take it a step further, a lot of accessories come with mixed metals, no mixing on your part needed.

We see it a lot in bracelets because the stacked trend has continued to stick around and mixing metals gives a bit of added dimension and drama. However, this look can be included in any of your accessories which may include, necklaces, purse hardware, earrings, rings, etc.

How do you feel about mixed metals? Let us know your opinion on the matter!

Happy Friday!

 

Senior Spotlight: Shayla

This week’s Senior Spotlight is Shayla from Apopka High School. Shayla is going to graduate with an Engineering Cord and hopes to continue on with that path and attend Florida State or UCF so that she can major in Electrical Engineering. Along with her interest in Engineering, Shayla was involved in Art Club and Stage Management at Apopka HS and has an interest in music.ShaylaBratcher-BrownWM.jpg

When asked who inspires her, she told us, “My cousin inspires me to be a female engineer in a world what women have low paying jobs”. Shayla also told us that she feels her involvement in the Engineering Magnet program gives her a unique experience to bring to her studies because it gave her a chance to explore digital engineering. It is obvious that a lot of thought has gone in to this career choice and Shayla certainly is taking a great deal of experience with her as she continues her studies in college.

She is also looking forward for the opportunity to travel the world after graduating and experience new cultures.

Shayla you sound like a very dedicated person and are sure to do great things! We wish you the best as you pursue your dreams!