Thursday, December 25, 2014

#alliwantforchristmas --Amanda's Christmas Day Outfit

Amanda's Christmas Day Outfit!

As I am sure you all are aware by now I am going to grow up to be a crazy cat lady! I am basically training for it now with my kittens, Simba and Nala.
So what better fit for me to have this amazing Christmas outfit that would not be complete without a little kitten with a Santa hat on!
I will be snuggled with with the family all day long opening gifts, eating lots of yummy food, and watching Christmas movies! 

I hope you all have a Magical Holiday!
And share with us below what your holiday outfit consists of!

Monday, December 22, 2014

#DianeCan --- #AlliWantForChristmas #Internship #FashionDesign


This Christmas what I really want is a fashion design internship for summer 2015.  This upcoming spring semester, I am studying abroad in Florence, Italy.  So before then I am asking Santa to help land me an internship.  So far I've interviewed with BCBGMAXAZRIA, Chico's, Ross, Forever 21, and more.  One of my fellow fashion friends now works for Oscar de La Renta (R.I.P), so maybe that's an option as well.  Upcoming soon, I am headed to my second round interview with Ross Stores for their product development internship.  They are flying me out to NYC next week for two days to do interviews and see their buying offices in midtown Manhattan.  Wish me luck, and if anyone runs into Santa, let him know I need an internship!  Happy Holidays.

Diane Lane

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Amanda's Poetry Hour -- You Are The Bobby To My Pins

Wake up to the lioness hair 
Look down to the iPhone glare
Sit down to the vanity chair 
Peek up to the devilish self stare

You are late.. Quit rhyming and grab the bobby pins to put up your hair! 


Thursday, December 18, 2014

# BreeBaresAll -- It's Christmas Time!

It's Christmas time again everyone!  Now I know while I am usually freaking out about now because it's finals time, this week I'm freaking out for a whole other reason.  The source of my worry right now is what I'm going to get all my loved ones!!

In my family, we draw names to do a sort of Secret Santa.  Of course this year I got one of the hardest people to buy for.  I have no idea what I am going to give them.  I love to give meaningful presents though, so I've got a lot of thinking to do about that.

Now what I'm really freaking out about is buying my boyfriend's mom a present.  I'm not trying to impress her or anything, I just really don't know what to get her...Did I mention this is the first boyfriend I've had in forever? So I feel totally clueless on all of this.

My friends are giving me advice but no one says the same thing.  I'll keep you posted on how it goes though!! be continued!  Oh!! I almost forgot!!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

#WednesdaysWeWearBlak -- Ali

Yet again Alicia has graced us with her beauty as the winner of 

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Monday, December 15, 2014

#DianeCan --- #AlliWantForChristmas

This Christmas all I want is some serious designer items.  If dreams came true and Santa didn't have a price cap, I would be receiving Christian Louboutin suede knee-high boots this Christmas along with designer mink scarves, a white cashmere blend coat and a House Check Burberry wallet. Other things I'm wishing for this Christmas are a new hairstyle and my first kiss under the mistletoe.   If I can wish for these fabulous things for Christmas, so can you!
Happy listing!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

#WednesdaysWeWearBlak -- VS Fashion Show 2014

I think my friend said it best when they said .. I used to be upset about the VS Angels because I was unhappy with my own body, but now I am in love with my self image and in love with the show too! There is a lot of back and forth that happens about the models and how "perfect" they are. We all can get to a place where we love ourselves enough to be able to appreciate the physique of a models body. Personally I am obsessed with the show! I love the theatrics and the amazing designs of each outfit! It is really amazing what this show has done to elevate what could be a simple piece of underwear to and amazing concept and design! Bravo VS Fashion Show! Bravo VS Angels!

The Victoria Secret Angels are our winners this week for #WednesdaysWeWearBlak. Show us your blak outfits every wednesday for a chance to be posted on our blog and on our social media! Happy Blak Wednesday Everyone!

Monday, December 8, 2014

#AskAmandaDare -- Screw Perfection, Celebrate Your Selflove

Q: How can I become more comfortable in my own skin?

A: There is no perfect person or perfect body or perfect anything! So to begin being comfortable in your own skin you first have to say... 
"SCREW PERFECTION!!" Say it, no SCREAM IT for all to hear! 
This is a new dawn in humanity where everyone is "normal" because there is no "normal" anymore. So embrace it! Embrace Self Love! Embrace Y-O-U!

People often tell me that I have a lot of confidence. I don't disagree, but I think that my confidence stems solely from my own self love. And to be clear, I am now 25 years old..... I am not 13 going through puberty. I have gone through high school and college and am in a marriage. I have gone through a lot in my life and I have learned a lot of life lessons,
all of which I am comfortable opening up about so feel free to ask away for specifics. 
What I am trying to get at is that this self love did not come over time. It has taken me a long time to get to this point. But I think you may be able to get there a little quicker that I did. 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

All I want for Christmas -- Chicago Look

Stunning view of the Chicago Skyline. Recreate my outfit :

Shoes: Payless

Jeans: Just Black
Made in the U.S.A.

T-Shirt: Golden Haze
Made in the U.S.A.

Sunglasses: Francesca's 

All I want for Christmas is my cousin's killer view every day. 
 We were able to spend a few days together this holiday season and I am obsessed with her Chicago loft! Please sign me on the lease! 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

#WednesdaysWeWearBlak -- Golden Haze

Golden Haze is the winner this week for #WednesdaysWeWearBlak!

They are having a SALE now through Saturday! 40% off Everything! Check them Out!
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Monday, December 1, 2014

#DianeCan -- Dressing Yourself in Neutrals

Everyone loves slimming black and popping colors, and the best way to combine the two is to add a beautiful medium... Neutrals!  Like black, neutral pieces are timeless and sensible for any occasion.  Ranging from blushes to nudes to tans, neutrals easily go with anything.  
Wearing a crazy outfit? ... Wear neutral shoes!
Can't match those new wild heels?... Neutral dress!
Feeling pale?... Throw on those neutrals!
#DianeCan wear match neutrals and you can too!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Fashion Flashback 1960's & 70's Journal --- Diane, Alex, Alexa, Yizhen

September 25th, 1972
Dear Diary,
When I began my freshman year at Indiana University in August I knew that I would have tons of amazing opportunities but I would have never guessed this… I am typing on a computer!! I have never been able to use one before but IU has entire labs full of them! My journalism professor encouraged us to ditch our type writers and test out these computers. So I have decided to keep my diary online! I have always had one but now I can share my experiences with everyone through the internet. I’m not entirely sure how this will work but I feel so lucky to have access to such modern technology at IU. My professor always talks about how you need to understand the audience and learn to write for them. I want to relate to college students through more than just posts about my classes. I want them to see the real me and relate to the challenges we all face. What better way to do that then to just share my diary? I better introduce myself first. My name is Jennifer Brown, but my friends call me Jennie, and I am from Evansville, Indiana. I am studying journalism to hopefully become a journalist or author someday. Some of my favorite things are the color yellow, sunflowers, and fashion. Unfortunately these computers have a time limit so everyone can have a chance to use them. But I’ll tell you more about me later!

Talk to you soon!
November 8th, 1972
Dear Diary,
Today is such a wonderful day! Richard Nixon was re-elected last night as President of the United States! He has done an incredible job keeping our economy up which is exactly what college students like me need. Now there is going to be a huge party on campus tonight to celebrate! I have made a lot of great friends here but I have not met a special guy yet. I’m hoping that could change tonight! Any of the guys at the party tonight will be Nixon supporters which already gives us something in common. Since I am on the search for a guy tonight I want to look my absolute best. As I have mentioned before, I love fashion! I am always reading fashion magazines like Cosmopolitan and Vogue to keep up with the latest trends. Everyone at IU is wearing bell bottoms right now and I am becoming obsessed! I think I will wear my new pair tonight with my bright yellow blouse. I hope I stand out! Isn’t that what all of us college girls want? I better start getting ready now!

January 27th, 1973
Dear Diary,
I can hardly believe I am saying this… there is finally peace!! A peace treaty with Vietnam has been signed and the war is over!! This war has been hard on so many families, including my own. My oldest brother Ryan has been fighting for our country for so long and I cannot wait until he is home! They aren’t all leaving at once according to my dad. They are doing some kind of “slow withdrawal” which means we won’t know when exactly Ryan is coming home. On another note, I just found out I got my first job! I applied to be an assistant in the journalism office and I start next week!! I am not too nervous about filing papers or taking phone calls, which are my main responsibilities, but I am nervous about what to wear! I have never had a real job before and I want to make a great impression. In this month’s Vogue they showed a vest suit as being the trendiest office wear. I think I may get one. After all, I deserve a little treat for being chosen right?! Anyway, I’m off to celebrate with my friends about the war ending and my new job!
April 3rd, 1973
Dear Diary,
I began writing in my diary online at the beginning of the year and now this year is almost over! It’s been a whirlwind year full of ups and downs. But keeping this diary has helped me through it all. I hope this diary has also helped other students out there. I am so grateful to my professor who encouraged me to try writing on the computer. It’s incredible that one person motivated me to create my own blog. My supervisors at work have been so impressed with my writing that I think they are going to offer me a job at the student newspaper for next semester! Even if I get that job I would never quit writing on here. Actually I have some news for you… I am going on a date tonight! I was at a concert last weekend and met the cutest boy. His name is Henry and he will be at my dorm to pick me up in an hour! I knew I had to write in my diary about it before I left. I can’t wait to wear my new dress out tonight! The milkmaid look is all the rage right now so I couldn’t help but buy a dress! Fashion really is my weakness…
I’ll tell you more later!

August 15th, 1973
Dear Diary,
I am so disappointed in President Nixon. I have always been a strong supporter of his, as you know from my previous entries. But what he has done is inexcusable! The Watergate Scandal, as everyone is calling it, is such a tragedy for our country. We have lost faith in our leader and now what are we supposed to do? It’s times like these when I know for certain I am going into the right field. I have such a passion for uncovering the truth and informing people about current events. I want everyone who reads my blog to be up to date on everything from fashion to politics. I want people to know my own personal opinions and why I feel that way. This blog is my true diary which I think is important for people to understand. I’m starting my second year at Indiana University and I have a feeling it will be just as monumental as last year. I moved back on campus a couple of days ago so tonight I am going to a friends for a party. Although I am not really in the celebrating mood thanks to President Nixon. But I have a new outfit which you know I can’t resist wearing!
Peace and Love,

February 12, 1974
Today I am heartbroken. I have been seeing Henry, as you know. I was so in love with him. We did everything together and have grown so close. But, today he broke my heart. He walked me to my History class like he usually does on Monday’s and then we went to lunch. At lunch he told me that he thinks we should break up. I asked why and he said that it was because I have been so distant lately and he thinks we are growing apart. I just have been so busy! I just don't get why he would do this out of the blue and when Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! I guess I will not have a Valentine this year. My heart is broken and I am feeling overwhelmed with my schoolwork, the newspaper and now this mess with Henry. I wish I could fix it all in an instant. But, I guess this is just a learning process. I will figure it out and do it all somehow!

August 9, 1974
Today I am mixed with emotions. Today the newsstands are buzzing! President Richard Nixon resigned from office. This is unbelievable! An article in the Washington Post stated that after the bitter public debate over the Watergate scandals, President Nixon bowed to pressures from the public and leaders of his party to resign. I can’t believe he is the first President in American history to resign. We discussed this topic today in my journalism class and I was assigned to writing the article for the school paper. I am a writer for the Indiana Student Daily. My advisor assigned me this task because he knows how much I love politics because he reads my blogs. I’m a little nervous because I have so much to research and investigate. I wouldn't want to inform the public with wrong information! Well, better get to my research!
Wish me luck!

October 30, 1974
Dear Diary,
I have a dilemma! I have no clue what to dress up as for Halloween. Halloween is a popular night to go out with friends in college. And, you have to dress up in a costume. I thought I grew out of this costume thing! But, luckily I have been writing about fashion more in the Indiana Student Daily. After my article about President Richard Nixon a few months ago, my advisor was so impressed that he gave me the freedom to write about whatever I want! Of course I choose to research and write about fashion trends on campus. Speaking of politics, I have to say that I am impressed with the new president Gerald Ford so far. He seems to have some good ideas and plans for the future of our country. Okay, back to my costume… what should I dress as? Also, maybe Henry and I should do couple themed costumes. He and I got back together the other day and I am so happy. I guess I will rummage through my clothing and see what I can come up with. Maybe it will inspire me to do an article in the IDS about student costumes in the next issue.
Talk to you later.
January 6, 1975
I am extremely excited today! I was promoted to fashion editor for the school newspaper. I get the authority to delegate responsibilities to the other writers in the fashion section of the paper. It is fun to hear other people’s ideas and then I get to make the decision of what we write about to each issue. So that is some exciting news on the work front. Also, today a new television show aired. Everyone on campus has been raving about this show starting. A group of my friends got together to watch it this evening. It was so good. It is called Wheel of Fortune. It is a trivia based game where people spin a wheel and get the chance to win money. Wouldn’t it be so exciting to go on that show! I think I would do great because I am great with puzzles and words. I guess I should be good with words though because after all, I am an editor now!

Dear Diary,
Today is the senior classes graduation day. I have many friends who are graduating from Indiana University today. It is a very exciting and thrilling event. I am proud of all my friends and their accomplishments. It makes me wonder what it will be like for me to be in those seating waiting to get my degree next year. I have recently found out that I was chosen by the IDS advisors to go on a trip to see the construction of the Alaskan Pipeline in a few months. It is extremely exciting and thrilling to get this opportunity. Watching this graduation ceremony makes my wonder what will the world be like in a year? What will our political leaders be doing for our country? What trends will be “in”? What will be my purpose in the world? All these unanswered questions have my head buzzing with thought and wonderment. The future is unwritten. The future holds hope for my career, our school and our beautiful country. I guess today I just reminding me to live life to the fullest.
Peace and love!


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Same Outfit -- Different Girl

Same Outfit -- Different Girl

Have you ever wondered if a friends outfit would look as good on you as it does on them?? We did!

We decided to experiment and see what the same outfit looked like on different girls!
 We love the results we have gotten so far...

Here are Amanda and Diane sporting the same outfit with minor differences. 
Amanda (left) decided to show off a more informal way to wear the outfit with a long necklace and tall boots. 
Diane (right) loved wearing the dress to a formal event with her favorite nude heels.

Next time you are curious about the outfit all you have to do is try it out! We would love to see your version of Same Outfit, Different girl on social media! Post them up with our #thenewblak or tag us @thenewblakblog! We would love to repost the images on the blog and on our social media!