Fave Red Carpet Looks

Hey Couture Collegiate readers!

This weekend was full of star-studded events like the 2015 Kid’s Choice Awards and the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards. Stars are moving away from winter attire to more spring-friendly looks! Here are our top 5 favorite looks from this weekend.

1.) Jessica Szor 


The actress rocked this gold number on the red carpet at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards. She kept things simple by adding gold heels and black nails. Polished nails are important because they help complete your look!

2.) Sarah Hyland

On the red carpet for the 2015 Kid’s Choice Awards, Sarah Hyland went for an all white look. We like how she did all white but added a pop of color with her pink lipstick.

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3.) Iggy Azalea

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While it’s true that Iggy Azalea has had some questionable looks in the past, the Australian singer nailed it with this look! Iggy looked comfortable yet elegant on the 2015 KCA red carpet.

4.) Olivia Culpo

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The former Miss Universe and now, Nick Jonas’s current girlfriend (jealous… no pun intended ;)) also rocked an all white look at the Kid’s Choice Awards. We are absolutely obsessed with her long sleeved, white dress, paired with white pumps. Looks like white may be the new color for this spring!

5.) Taylor Swift

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Could Taylor Swift be anymore perfect? No! T Swift always looks flawless, whether it’s a day spent shopping or at a red carpet event. The singer rocked this black, sequined dress at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards. This dress is sexy yet chic and really shows off those famous, long legs.

There you have it! Our top 5 fave looks from this weekend. Who had your favorite look? Comment below or tweet us at @Couture_college


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Your Formal Dress Style Guide

Hey Couture Collegiate readers!

As you know, it’s formal season and that means online shopping for the perfect dress for either your own formal or a fraternities! Spring is one of our favorite times because not only do we get to break out some fun clothing to wear out in the sun, but we can experiment with different kinds of dresses to wear to formal!

Here at JMU, most of the formals are a fancier version of a date function, and since we love Tobi at Couture Collegiate we thought we would go through their website and pick out some popular dress ideas for Formal 2K15!


This dress is originally $76 but is on sale for $53

This dress is originally $76 but is on sale for $53

The Erykah Dress, which is shown above is for the edgier girl and has metallic detailing on the front. But the back of the dress shows a surprise with the mostly open back. (You can buy backless bras at Target for $15 dollars if you choose to wear a dress like this.) The dress comes in black, pink and white. I love this dress in white because it makes the person wearing it tan and it has such a crisp look to it. If you want to wear something fun and different check out Tobi for the Erykah Dress or something edgy like it!



This two-toned dress was originally $58 and is now on sale for $40.

Two-toned dresses are so different and flirty! They make your dress unique because most people won’t go for this kind of dress. The Cut it Out Dress is not only two-toned, but it also have cut outs which without a doubt are one of the most popular fashions in formal dresses right now. This dress comes in several different color combinations but we think the light coral and lavender combo is so different and you will definitely stand outfox all the right reasons if you wear something like this!


This dress is $46.

This dress is $46.

The Make It Sweet Dress is just exactly that, sweet. This is the perfect dress for the girly girl attending a formal. It is the perfect length and comes in light pink and mint, which are both colors that would look great with some killer brown wedges. This dress is perfect for a spring formal!


This dress was originally $56 but now is only $39.

This dress was originally $56 but now is only $39.


The Drop Low Shift Dress comes in Mint, Cream, Navy and Pink. We think what better way to stand out formal than to wear a bright color! This dress is classic in the front and then has a drop back on it! We absolutely love this dress because it is versatile with accessories too!


Formals are starting so soon and we would love to see your dress ideas for the season! Don’t forget to check out Tobi and the Downtown Harrisonburg Boutiques for your dresses! Send your pictures to couture collegiate@gmail.com.


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Contouring 101

Here at Couture Collegiate we are obsessed with all things fashion. There’s no better feeling than wearing an amazing outfit. So many times people focus solely on clothing items and forget one of the most important ways to finish a look: Makeup. Makeup can totally transform your look whether having a light look for class or a dramatic look for a night out.

One of the latest crazes in the beauty industry is contouring. What exactly is contouring and how can you achieve this popular look? According to makeup artist Beau Nelson,“Contouring is giving shape to an area of the face and enhancing the facial structure through makeup.” Makeup artists use two different shades of makeup and carefully apply it to different parts of the face to give a more defined look. Contouring defines your cheekbones and jawline, while making your eyes look more open, and making your nose look smaller.

All of this sounds very intimidating, but with practice, contouring can easily become part of your makeup routine! Keep in mind that contouring achieves a dramatic look, as seen on celebrities like Naya Rivera and Kylie Jenner. All of these products can be very stressful on your skin! I like to go 100% makeup free during the week and reserve the weekends for contouring and having fun with makeup!

By now your probably wondering how to actually contour! Well, you’re about to find out… Here is a list of steps you should follow, along with my favorite products to get a contoured look!

1.) First you’ll need a contour palette. My favorite is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit (Sephora, $40.00) http://www.sephora.com/contour-kit-P386335 The Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit is great because it has 3 light powders and 3 dark powders.

2.) Start by applying a lighter color powder on the bridge of your nose, above your cheekbones, on your forehead, and under your eyes (be EXTRA careful here, the skin is super fragile under the eyes!!)

3.) Next, make sure the lighter color powder is blended in really well. One time i didn’t blend mine in enough, and I looked like a ghost.

4.) After blending the lighter color powder, apply a darker shade to the deeper part of your cheekbones, along your hairline, along your jawline, and on the sides of your nose. This is what will give you that defined look.

5.) This time, blend the darker color powder in. Make sure you clean any dark powder that accidentally got on the lighter powder. thoroughly blending the powder is one of the most important parts of contouring. If you don’t blend enough then your makeup will look “cakey” and fake.

6.) Next, use a sponge or blender to really set the powder into your skin (again, blending is SUPER important!). I like the beautyblender, which you can buy from Sephora for $19.95.  http://www.sephora.com/beautyblender-P228913 20 dollars may sound like a lot for just a sponge, but believe me it is totally worth it! The beautyblender is pure magic for contouring!!

7.) After, I like to add some blush on the apples of my cheeks to give a little bit of a flushed look. I love Blushbaby by MAC for $22.00 http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/156/329/Powder-Blush/index.tmpl

8.) Next, to create a dewy look, use High Beam from Benefit Cosmetics http://www.sephora.com/high-beam-P1281 (Sephora, $26.00). This liquid highlighter gives you a dewy, luminescent look. Just dab a little along your eyebrows and at the top of your cheeks, and you will have an instant glow!

9.) Done! That’s all there it is to it. At first it may be tricky to contour, but after a while it’s a piece of cake! Remember to blend well and clean any stray powder that may have gotten on your skin. Also don’t forget that contouring requires a lot of makeup that can be harmful to your skin. Go for the contoured look for special occasions, like a night out with friends or date night.

Let us know if you use this guide to contour and send us pictures! We love to hear from our readers.


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There’s nothing like waking up on a Monday morning to an email from Tobi saying 50% off sitewide. If you’re a Tobi regular, you know that these sales happen semi-often. However, there has not been one for some time, so we’re excited to shop around for some cheap spring wardrobe at this AWESOME online clothing boutique!

One of my favorite things about Tobi is that they have TONS of cheap clothes and get TONS of new arrivals on the daily. And if you’re subscribed to get their emails, you have the pleasure to wake up every morning to a new arrivals email.

I wanted to share with Couture Collegiate readers what I purchased from Tobi during the sale and how I am going to wear it this spring.

1. Make My Day Tunic Dress $22

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I think this is the perfect dress to have this spring because you can literally wear this dress a million ways. I love how the model wears the dress with a flannel. I’m planning on wearing this dress with a cardigan sweater, a hat, and gladiator sandals to a day drink.

2. Soiree Top $28

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Can you tell I like black? I am OBSESSED with this top. I love the thin halter straps and the lace detail. It’s adorable how the model paired it with high-waisted jean shorts and a hat. I’m going to pair it with printed shorts or high-waisted jeans. This top is perfect for a concert or festival.

3.  Into the Night Skirt $26

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The Into the Night skirt is the last item I purchased. I think this skirt is perfect for going out in the spring and summer. I’ve seen kaleidoscope pattern A LOT so far this season. The pattern is so unique and would look so great with a black crop top, jacket, or heels! I just turned 21 in October, so this would be a great outfit to wear out to the bar this spring/summer.

In total, I spent only $76 for some great new clothes for spring! Take a study break to shop online for your new (and affordable) spring wardrobe. Hurry because the sale ends tonight at midnight, and don’t forget to use the code SPRINGFVR at checkout!


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Say Goodbye to Marc

Hi there Couture Collegiate readers.

If you haven’t already heard this is a sad week in the fashion world. Everyone break out your best black attire because Marc Jacobs is closing his Marc by Marc Jacobs brand.

According to Harpers Bazaar Magazine, “The diffusion line will merge into the main line.” While this isn’t saying goodbye completely to the designer, the brand that most women can actually afford will be no more.

While you might think this is not be a big deal, remember all the handbags, phone cases and other accessories that will no longer be at your disposal. Marc Jacobs was the company that many went for professional handbags that will increase drastically in price now. This brand had a cool style that was aimed more for the trendy girl and we loved it’s unique aesthetic.

So while you can, buy everything Marc you can! Hopefully we can all get through this tragedy together.


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3 Fashion Instagrams you should start following

Hey Couture Collegiate readers. In one of our last posts we shared our favorite fashion blogs. We love to surf the web and read fashion blogs to get caught up on the latest trends. Unfortunately, like any college student, sometimes we don’t have time to surf the internet. Instead we rely on apps like Instagram to get our daily dose of fashion. Here are three of our favorite fashion Instagram accounts, that we think you need to know about!

1.) @somethingnavy https://instagram.com/somethingnavy

SomethingNavy was started in 2009 by Arielle Noa Nachmani as a fun way to showcase her style. Now, in 2015, she has over 400,000 followers on Instagram and has worked with brands such as Armani and Saks.

Why should you follow @somethingnavy?

Because Arielle has an AMAZING shoe collection, full of Christian Louboutin and Valentino heels. Who wouldn’t want to scroll through beautiful photos of some red bottoms?! 😉

2.) @dulcecandy https://instagram.com/dulcecandy/

The owner, Dulce Candy Ruiz, is known for her signature girly look. With over 900,000 followers on Instagram, this account is perfect for some fashion and beauty tips!

Why should you follow @dulcecandy?

Because Dulce updates regularly, keeping your feed exciting and full of great photos. Also, she just released her book, The Sweet Life, which has been said to be a great read.

3.) @Negin_Mirsalehi https://instagram.com/negin_mirsalehi/

Saved the best for last! Negin Mirsalehi has a huge social media presence, with 1.9 million followers on Instagram, she is known as one of the top fashion bloggers in the world! Not only does Negin focus on fashion, but also on beauty, lifestyle, and travel.

Why should you follow @Negin_Mirsalehi?

Because it seems like Negin is in a different country each week! In the last three weeks she has been to Italy, France, and New York. Quite the world traveler! Also, her outfits are always on point, great for some fashion inspo!

There you have it, our top 3 favorite Instagram accounts. Make sure to follow these 3 ladies for fashion inspiration, tips, and news and of course don’t forget to follow Couture Collegiate @couturecollegiate 😉


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Day Drinking Styles

What is on everyone’s mind now that the warm weather has finally arrived? DAY DRINKS. Here at JMU several different people have come up to us at Couture Collegiate and asked us if we were attending this Saturday’s day drink (duh). But the second question we got was, “What are you going to wear?” So we thought we would compile all our day drink style knowledge into this post to guide you to having an Instagram-worthy outfit.

I think it’s fair to say that we LOVE Vanessa Hudgens and her Coachella-esqe style. Day Drinks are the perfect excuse to release your inner Vanessa. But, if you’re not so into the boho-chic vibe  Vanessa has got going on, you can wear more traditional dresses and outfits and still look fantastic!

Vanessa Hudges (picture courtesy of Pinterest)

Vanessa Hudges (picture courtesy of Pinterest)

The great thing about going to a Day Drink is that your clothing choices actually matter, and people will notice your style choices because it’s not night like when we would normally go out.  Also, dressing for this type of event is easier because it is more laid back and chill.

Here are some examples of day drink outfits!

Couture Collegiate writer Juli wore a more classic look to a Day Drink.

Couture Collegiate writer Juli wore a more classic look to a Day Drink.

There is an option to wear a more classic look, like a frock dress (shown on Juli) and cowboy boots, or you can take a more fun approach like below!

Couture Collegiate writer Julia wore a fun kimono, crochet top and cut-off shorts to a Day Drink.

Couture Collegiate writer Julia wore a fun kimono, crochet top and cut-off shorts to a Day Drink.

We found this great Day Drink outfit on Pinterest that was posted by Urban Outfitters. We love Urban, but it can run a little pricey sometimes… Always check their sale racks for one-of-a-kind pieces. Here’s some outfit inspo we found on Urban’s website!


Urban Outfitters (picture courtesy of Pinterest)

There are so many great online stores and local boutiques that could transform your Day Drinking wardrobe for this season! Check out Tobi, H&M, Forever 21 and Bluetique (Harrisonburg Downtown).

Send us pictures of your Day Drink outfits from this coming weekend and we will feature you on the website!


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New Fashion Blogs To Check Out!

Hey Couture Collegiate readers! We have been reading a lot of other fashion blogs lately for inspiration and we want to share some of our favorites with you! Reading several fashion blogs is a great way to see how creative people get with their own personal style and can spark ways for you to change yours! atyle The first blog we’ve read and love is Areta’s Style Secrets! I interned with Areta this summer at Karla Otto PR and she always looked so put together for work. Her fashion blog is full of classic trends that use great colors and patterns. She always accessorizes with such great purses and shoes! Check her blog out and her most recent post at http://aretastylesecrets.com/2015/03/13/mint-dream/ 11077835_10205669098222545_783039612_n[1]

This post from collegefashion.net highlights street style from Alessandra Ambrosio, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Rihanna. Demi from the University of Maryland presents the celebrity look and than an alternative look. Check out her post for some great outfit inspo! Read one of her posts here: http://www.collegefashion.net/inspiration/celebrity-street-style-of-the-week-alessandra-ambrosio-chloe-grace-moretz-rihanna/#comment-7283277
Another blog we’ve read is called The Budget Babe. Their tagline is “fab without a fortune”, which is very similar to our tagline “affordable fashion for the college fashionista”. The Budget Babe is a fashion blog for style-conscious women everywhere who are looking to stretch their wardrobe dollars.They also feature affordable beauty and decor on their website. Definitely worth checking out!  http://www.thebudgetbabe.com/archives/6943-Spot-the-Real-Rag-Bone-Perforated-Sneakers.html#.VQreZ8uM2Ul
Definitely check these blogs out ASAP they’re great!
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