I’m a bow tie kind of girl.

We all know that bow ties are in right now- whether you’re a fratstar or a hipster, they look good. But what about for girls?

If you have read my previous posts, you know how I feel about menswear. For those who are new, I LOVE menswear. I seriously could dress guys all day long and be content… J. Crew, will you take me?

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Anyway, another point I’ve made is how I like to wear mens clothing such as shirts or cardigans. An androgynous look with a feminine twist is very in right now. One accessory that is gaining wide spread popularity for women to wear is the bow tie. This summer when I was working for JC Penney, there were a couple of girls who came in and they were shopping for bow ties for themselves! At that point, I knew I was not alone in my love for the accessory!

One of my favorite things to sew for Southern Elle are bow ties. I got so jealous that I started making them and wearing them as headbands. My sister looks adorable rocking this maroon star bow tie headband. I have a tendency to buy fabrics that are pretty and then figure out what I’d like to do with them. I fell in love with a brown cotton blend with white polka dots and decided to make a bow tie out of it…for myself.  I love the way it looks with the chambray shirt. I’ll definitely be wearing it again. But don’t my word for the trend…Check out the Ralph Lauren ad below. She makes bow ties look phenomenal. Also, one of my favorite American made brand is Kiel James Patrick. He is coming out with a new collection of bow tie bracelets. I’m in heaven.

If the bow tie is a little too boyish for you, then try a similar idea with a scarf!

If scarves are still to big for you, then rock a lady tie! They are basically necklaces for your shirt.

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This trend may be new for some, but in reality, it’s only resurfacing. We saw this hit in 2009, but the masses are just now picking it up. That shouldn’t surprise you though, because when a new idea occurs we are usually slow to adapt.


Whether it’s for a costume or to show your trendy side,  rock a bow tie and you can’t go wrong.

p.s. Check out my latest Style post for Fleur Ibis!

p.p.s. I graduate in 40 days. Thank you Shutterfly.


There’s something trickling down…


There are certain things that just make me smile- some call these God-Winks. I love when I see trends hit mainstream that I have seen grow from the beginning. It makes me feel like I’m in the exact field I’m supposed to be in.

So, what exactly does it mean to “trickle down” ? Basically, these trends have made their way from couture to the masses.
For example...
-neon pants: I first saw these at J. Crew last November and loved them from the get-go. I have seen them reach the mass market- they now sell them in places like American Eagle and JC Penney for 1/3 of the price they cost at J. Crew last year.
-mens statement socks: I caught on these from David Wolfe this spring and fell for the fun nature. I searched long and hard to find my dad some (and eventually did from ASOS) but now they are more available and in a wider range of colors and patterns. I just love the way a fun pair of socks peeks out from under mens trousers.
-Peplums: This blast from the past of Christian Dior’s New Look has successfully made it from couture to college kids (and others for that matter). It has been popular on dresses, skirts, and tops, but will probably start to fade out soon.
-hi-low/mullet skirts:  Jason Wu wowed the crowd with this form of skirt for Spring 2012. I made one of these for myself early spring because I couldn’t find one that I liked. Now, however they are available in all different fabrics and colors.
Fall is basically a month away (September 22)… Can you feel it in the air? Fat chance if you’re in Texas; the heat is still upon us.  Though we may not be able to feel the cool air yet, let’s look at some of the hottest trends this fall.
DENIM: If you’ve been reading my previous blog posts, you know that I’m a huge fan of denim. It goes with anything and is so classic. It’s originally a trickle up trend…Coal miners wore jeans and then the upper class wanted them too! I’m very happy this trend is being carried into the fall. (Not that I’d stop sporting it if it “went out of style”…I really just do what I want.)  The up and coming trend for denim is to be faded and ripped. I personally don’t know if I will participate, mainly because I love my dark jeans so much and I already went through my distressed denim phase. Does that make me old? Oh well, here are some looks off the runway.
          –ANIMAL SKINS: This spring at FGI career day, David Wolfe said that cheetah was out- if you wore it you were either a superstar or a slut. I refuse to believe that, as I love it, even enough to have J. Crew cheetah Cafe Capris.  He said that zebra would be in, but that’s not what I think… There’s an influx of reptile print, snake more specifically. Michael Kors was one of many who participated in this trend for 2012.
      -AZTEC/NAVAJO: This print started popping up in stores as early as last winter and was all over the Dallas Market last week. From sweaters, to mini-skirts, this print is easy to wear. I purchased this Buffalo sweater and can’t wait to sport it this fall.
      –CHEVRONS: This isn’t as big as the previous two prints, but I think it will be around long enough to be considered a fad. Rachel Bilson is one of many celebs who have been seen wearing them.
DECORATIVE COLLARS: Louis Vuitton put a beautiful Peter Pan Collar necklace on the runway earlier this year and everyone else seemed to love it.  The craze is beginning to become more mainstream and will probably hit its peak this winter. Kate Spade just came out with bedazzled PPC  on blouses and they’re sure to be a hit. I worked at the Dallas Market last week and one of the most popular blouses had a lace collar! For those who can’t purchase the higher end garments, there are collar necklaces available at every price point. My friend Rachel bought her collar necklace last spring…it’s no wonder she’s a fashion major.
Coming soon:
MENSWEAR: This makes me oh so happy. There were some girls who came into JCP this summer for bowties…for themselves. I wanted to reach across the cash wrap and hug them. You’d know this if you read this post. I love when women done menswear in a chic manor. Urban Outfitters has some manikins with bowties for girls. I’m not really sure if this will hit the masses, but the menswear influence is definitely coming.
WIDE LEGGED PANTS: no, not bell bottoms- big pants all around…kind of like long gaucho pants. These are great if you can pull them off. I’m looking for a good pair, but have yet to find some. There were quite a few pairs of these at market, which inspired me to look harder to find some! I can’t wait until these Mink Pink ones are available.
New IT color: Mint has been one of my favorite colors this season and I will definitely continue wearing it, but it’s fixing to get kicked to the curb. This fall, Oxblood- a rich, deep redish hue, is going to make a scene. Basically, Oxblood is the new mint.
GATSBY: Like it or not, movies greatly influence trends. Remember when Kate Hudson wore Uggs with mini skirts in Raising Helen? That was the beginning of the snow boot being widely popular. Sadly, The Great Gatsby release has been pushed back to the Spring, but it will definitely still influence fashion; it’s trends are probably better suited for spring anyway. (pun intended) The Dallas Market theme this August was “Gatsby Goes Modern.”  It was amazing!
On that note, I’ll end with a quote from the The Great Gatsby:
“Can’t repeat the past?… Why of course you can!”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
After all, fashion is really just a repetition of what has already been done…

Menswear of the Moment.

The Avengers did more than beat the box office record for Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows-Part 2…they succeeded in making a hilarious yet action packed movie that many moviegoers fell in love with. RDJ’s witty retorts, Chris Hemsworth’s attractiveness, Scarlett Johansson sexiness, and Chris Evans’ fashion sense; I could go on and on.

Being an apparel major, my eye is drawn to clothing. Chris Evans’  very first outfit is what caused me to follow his clothing choices throughout the movie. The picture above is that very one I am speaking of. I love how the pants are a little more high waisted than usual. The waistband is thicker, which allows a wide belt to accentuate his midsection. I loved the color scheme and just how hipster and effortlessly cool he looked.

I’ve been a fan of him since The Fantastic Four, but I never really thought of him as a fashion icon until now. I love this denim Louis Vuitton button up, coupled with the skinny navy tie.

There he goes again showing off his fashion sense! The brown tie is modern, but classic and in my opinion, pulls the whole outfit together.

One of the clothing brands that I believe excels in menswear is Brooks Brothers. Who else can say that they have dressed 39 out of 44 presidents?  I’d say that’s pretty reputable. They always bring together timeless pieces with a trendy twists. Pops of color have been a major trend lately and I’m glad to see it transfer over into menswear.

Not only have I seen it in adds for J. Crew and Brooks Brothers, but I’ve also seen it on the streets. While studying for my Economics exam in one of Baylor’s libraries, I snapped this picture above. I really liked the guy’s choice of blue shorts and his loafers were classy. (Call me creeper if you’d like. I don’t care.)

My sister’s boyfriend’s prom was this weekend so I went with them to take pictures. This boy showed up to take snapshots with the group and I instantly liked his entire outfit. It takes a confidant person to pull off blue paisley pants but I think he did an exceptional job of it. I appreciate the lengths he went to in coordinating his outfit. Look at the detailing all the way down to his shoes!! His is also sporting a bow tie which is very in right now. While guys usually decide to wear all white suits and coordinate with pimp hats and canes to prom, I was happy to see that someone was willing to stand out and show some fashion sense.

This was another suit I appreciated. Khaki is just a fun color to work with. I thought it was crisp and clean, and of course I liked his bow tie.

(Obviously I thought my sister and her boyfriend looked precious.)

The direction that mens fashion is going in excites me. For the first time it may excite me a little more than womenswear. GQ  is great for finding out what is in and what isn’t- they’re just an overall  classic publication which is why I like them. Their Swagger-Jacking of the week this week featured Chace Crawford. He’s a Texas boy and a Gossip Girl star…what’s not to love? One of the items that was said to be his style and right on trend were skinny ties. It made me smile because those are the type of ties that I’m currently sewing and selling.

 Here’s some of my latest neckwear for Southern Elle.

“Fashion fades, style is eternal.” -YSL

Pascua,Pastels, and Parfaits.

(Pascua means Easter for y’all who don’t speak Spanish).

It’s Easter Monday!

That means yesterday Christians worldwide celebrated Jesus rising again.

That means I’m currently feeling the after effects of the smorgasbord of food I ate.

[My family can’t have a holiday without Doodle Salad.]

[We always make Jiggler eggs (jello).]

[Parfaits have been a part of Easter Lunch for as long as I can remember.]

That means I have gotten two  days off from school (It pays to go to the largest Baptist school in the world. Literally).

That means you can now wear your white shoes and jeans without getting a dirty look from me.

Yes, I do still follow the old Southern rule.

While we’re on the subject of Easter, a couple classmates and I just recently did a window display for our visual merchandising class. The theme we chose? Easter. (who’d a thought?)

Butterflies coupled with wicker framed dress forms, greenery, and a token bunny, made up our scene. Though I’ve done floor sets and changed manikins, I’ve never done an actual window display. While I was putting this one together, I pretended I was arranging it for Anthropologie. A girl can dream, right?

To me, Easter represents a time of newness…another time to celebrate and remember that because of Jesus we have new life and can start fresh everyday- forgiven!

“Experiencing new things”  has been the constant theme of my life in 2012 so far.

Here are a few “firsts” that I have experienced thus far:

Just a couple of weeks ago, I ran my first 5k.

Well really it was the first race ever that I actually ran in…I’ve completed the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure almost every year since I was in a stroller, but that was for a cause and I wasn’t striving for a specific time.

I finished in 29:00 minutes- the average male time was 32:00 and 36:00 for female. I finished 180th place out of 681 people and 95th out of 490 women. I will definitely do another race!

Another new thing I’ve recently done, is make neckties. I decided that I wanted Southern Elle to expand from just making bow ties, so last week I bought fabric and made a pattern for a tie. I’ve only made one so far, but I really like how it turned out and have already had people want to order one.

It is a bias cut 3” tie that is a little less than 59” long and constructed out of a heathered gray suit material. Be on the look out for other posts with colors and patterns would be the perfect spring accessory!

A new and somewhat surprise for most, is that I have decided to graduate in December–  a semester earlier than I had planned to leave Baylor. See you soon, December 15th.

If you regularly follow my blog, then you know for Spring Break I did THREE new things: go to Mexico, go on a cruise, &go to New Orleans. All things I had never done.

(Oh and got my first dolphin kiss;)

 I’ve tried countless new recipes, but you’ll have to wait for those gems, because they’ll be in a later post:)

If you looked through pictures of me from a year ago, my taste in color was very different. I loved dark clothing, especially black. But not in an emo way…in an “I can never have enough little black dresses” kind of way. I still enjoy wearing black, but have slowly been trying to add color into my closet.

In my opinion, I’ve had a pretty successful color integration into my wardrobe. My current favorite color scheme? Orange and blue, mainly in pastel forms.

I don’t know if it’s because Tango Tangerine was named color of 2012 by Pantone, or if I’m just newly attracted to the color, all I know is that orange is one of my favorite colors to see in the garment industry right now.

Never had I ever purchased white jeans before…until this weekend. I was raised under the impression that white was for weddings and the color of underwear that you wore to church. While I still adhere to the “no white shoes after Labor Day until Easter” rule, I have updated my beliefs about the “wearabouts” of the color. (no pun intended).

Yes, I have updated my approach to certain pieces of clothing, but I will never stray from classic, timeless pieces such as the dress below.

Upcoming new things: Seeing the Avett Brothers in concert for the first time ever and living in a state other than Texas for an extended period of time.

I’ll end today with a quote that I feel wraps up what I’ve said perfectly.

“Twenty years from now you will be disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the one’s you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover”.

-Mark Twain

 Celebrate new things.

Brand New.

Thanks to 2012, I now have…

A new Semester with new classes on my beautiful, Baylor Campus.

73 new members of Tri Delta, as well as a new leadership role.

New creations for Southern Elle.

People often use the new year for a reason to change or as a fresh start, which is well and good; however, the changes instigated often end up being reverted back to their original state.

It’s now the second week in January, which means that gyms are more crowded, and people are still trucking along on their New Year Resolutions…for now. Not that they aren’t kept on purpose, but if you only allow good changes to be made once a year, it probably isn’t good.

Romans 6:4 says “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”

So celebrate the new year as a symbol of restarting, but don’t let it be the only time you allow better things in your life- as Christians, God gives us that opportunity everyday.

On a lighter note, what am I resolving to do, you ask?

Well, I’m stealing Kate Spade’s idea…

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Did I mention there’s a matching bag and coin purse?

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Remember, every day you are given the choice to have a happy, NEW day!

Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.
-Ernest Hemingway

Can I just spray a little Pam down there?

Welp. The post I had intended for this week is going to have to wait. I was really excited about it too (you should be as well…it has some very tasty elements.) But, I just had to put this post out first…too many things I wanted to say.

So, here is a smorgasbord of  information. I hope you enjoy it as much as your Thanksgiving feast!

– Lilly Pulitzer Tumbler– I just bought this…I got tired of carrying around water bottles and this was cute (and BPA free) Oh, and did I mention that it matches my planner?:)

-My eclectic Sarah, re-dip dyed her hair again…but only for a day. She works at the Mïchael Kors outlet in Round Rock and they only allow “normal” hair and she wanted to go out with a bang, before she had to get it cut and re-colored.  She will be in Maastricht next semester; I don’t know what I’ll do without her!

I have blogged before about Elle’s Originals, which is the name I make gameday apparel and dresses under. My friend, Warren, suggested that I change the name to Southern Elle, so I did! Facebook wouldn’t let me change it officially, so it still is called Elle’s Originals on there. I also made a new logo.

I also started selling custom fit Beaux ties. They’re so fun to make.

I’m always interested in fashion books or style icon biographies (I really want to read this one ) But today, I purchased “Bringing Home the Birkin” by Michael Tonello. When I asked the lady at Barnes and Noble if they had it, she immediantly thought I mispoke and meant bacon instead of Birkin. I gently corrected her. I have to be aware that not everyone (especially in Waco) know of Hermes and their beautiful bag that is worth a pretty penny. I can’t wait to delve into it!

Here’s an article about J. Crew’s footwear. (Unless you have a WWD login, then you probably won’t be able to read it). It’s called Crews Control and is really interesting. They’re promoting their footwear line which ranges for $17 to $450, including flip flops, all the way to riding boots.

And, last but not least…this post’s namesake… Let me preface this that I love clothing, but I’m not a fashion snob. I have these light blue, twill pants from Target. The zipper has always been a little bit persnickety. I wore them all day, and when  I got home from class, naturally, I went to the bathroom. After that endeavor, I couldn’t get the zipper to go up. I tried, and tried, and tried. After calling my mom, and some deliberation, I decided to put Pam on the zipper. (being careful not to get the grease on the fabric) Guess what? IT WORKED. So, quoting one of my comedies…I say, yes. please do spray a little pam down there.