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SN Style File

Winter style

By April Jones          Last updated: 03/12/14 7:26pm         

Even though it seems like winter will never end, the official start of spring is within the next couple of weeks.

With that being said, there are a few wintery fashion items that I wouldn’t have survived without this year.

Long down coat

For most students, you are forced to trek these wintery roads on a daily basis. There is a huge difference between wearing a coat that covers your bottom and legs vs. one that just covers the waist. The coat I had this year was a black Michael Kors down coat and it kept me very warm. The hood was oversized and could come down and cover most of my face if needed. You can find coats on sale around fall for good prices. Check out sales in department stores such as Macy’s during the changing seasons for a warm coat for affordable prices.

Basic Beanie

Beanies are definitely one of those items where if you never had one, you don’t exactly know what you’re missing. However once you start wearing them, it becomes a necessity. This winter, I bought a basic black beanie from Urban Outfitters for $15. The beanie being black went with everything I wore, but most importantly kept my head warm. It protected me from harsh winds while adding a cute accessory. Beanies with phrases on them are also sold for those who want to make .

Going out boot wedges

This winter, I invested in cheap black suede wedges from Forever 21. They have not only kept my feet warm, but were very stylish when going out on the weekends. The boots only cost me about $30. Despite my usual displeasure with their shoes, I never had a problem. They are comfortable and always put the final touch to my outfits. Because they were fairly cheep, they were my go to bar shoes where I didn’t exactly mind beer grazing by boots. They held up this season, and I may even continue wearing them next year. Keep those fingers cross, and hope they are available next year as well.

How to stay fashionable, yet warm this winter

By April Jones          Last updated: 02/19/14 7:38pm         

Even though it may appear winter is coming to a close from the storefront spring fashion trends, it’s not. The calendar says there’s a month left of winter and let’s face it, this is Michigan so it might be even longer.

When going out at night, it is important to keep covered to prevent sickness. Here are three major tips on how to stay warm but still fashionable when exploring East Lansing’s nightlife.

Keep it tight

Some occasions just call for that head-turning cutout dress, I understand. To get around wearing exactly what you want and while keeping warm, throw on some tights and you’ve got a winter-friendly outfit. Tights with a skimpy dress can save you judgmental eyes from other girls, they will give you the respect from the fellas and will help you retain feeling in your legs during a long walk home.

Zip it up

For those who drink, it may seem like the “alcohol jacket” is enough to get you from point A to point B. Little do some know that the warming effect you get is caused by the alcohol dropping your core temperature which causes you to lose heat rapidly, according to an ariticle by the New York Times. Save yourself the unwanted cold and grab a small jacket to keep warm.

Strut the sidewalks

Although some days are warmer than others, it’s still not time to bust out those favorite summer wedges. Even though shoes have the power to drastically change that perfect going out outfit, save yourself the hassle from tip-toeing the slush-filled sidewalks and throw on some boots. To be honest, no one ever really notices your shoes expect the fashion-obsessed girls in the bathroom who will critique you no matter what you wear. Walk comfortably and keep those legs warm. The 2 a.m. you will thank you.

How to style boots this (never-ending) winter

By April Jones          Last updated: 02/05/14 7:35pm         

It’s pretty clear winter isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. It feels like there’s another fresh snowfall in East Lansing every other day.

When walking through campus in the frigid temperatures, head down to avoid the chill, it’s hard not to notice the variety of footwear on people’s feet.

Here are a few tips to correctly match your boots with an ever-changing selection of college outfits.

Sweats vs. boot styles

Most students can relate to those lazy ‘roll out of bed, not trying to impress anyone’ type of days. It’s ok to have these days every once in a while. If you’re going to keep your clothes casual, match your outfit with a casual boot such as any classic UGG’s or snow boots. It looks silly to rock sweatpants with designer heel boots, or anything made with leather — save those boots for your real pants.

Pant color vs. boot color

Black and brown should never meet. It’s something we learn in our elementary school art classes. Those basic color principals should carry on to clothing, and people really need to start getting the picture. Black pants or leggings with brown boots are not ok, and the fashion Gods are angry every time it happens. If you chose to wear black bottoms, opt for black, gray, purple —anything else except brown boots. Just because everyone else is doing it, does not make it ok.

Pant type vs. boot type

If you’re wearing baggy bottoms, try not to stuff them into tight fitting boots. When doing this, you’re leaving lumps around your calves and possibly stretching out the material of the boot. Not a good look. Also, for low style boots, make sure the pants you’re wearing have enough fabric to reach the opening. If the pants are short, you can solve this by wearing leg warmers. Leg warmers are handy for staying warm and can spice up your style.

Super Bowl style

By April Jones          Last updated: 01/29/14 10:19pm         

Ladies, the Super Bowl is quickly approaching and the invites to watch parties are rolling in. Whether you’re a football fanatic or using the game as an opportunity to hang out with your best buds, Super Bowl Sunday calls for a sporty yet stylish outfit.

For those who know who they’re rooting for, go try to throw the team colors into the get-up.


The top is where the outfit will get its spunk. Whether it’s a jersey of the team you’ve decided to root for or just the team’s colors, your shirt will tell people the team you’re most interested in. If you have no preferences, try to choose a neutral color.

If you have time, try making a custom t-shirt. Not only is it an awesome souvenir to hang on to, but it can be used as a conversation starter. Just make sure to quiet down during game time.


Black pants or dark jeans are a good neutral bottoms, and they will hide the barbecue sauce from when someone dropped a wing on your lap, or the spilled beer when your team scored a touchdown.


Don’t be the girl who shows up to the Super Bowl party with heels on. It’s not the time or place to strut your 4-inch stilettos and quite frankly, the guys will totally think you’re trying too hard. Instead, try to go casual with winter boots or tennis shoes. When you find yourself constantly jumping up and down, you’ll be glad you did.

No matter what you choose to wear, don’t expect to draw too much attention. From the actual game to exhilarating commercials and an awesome half-time show, the guys will be preoccupied. Hopefully somewhere in their football-addled brains, they’ll remember later that you were looking awesome.

Aerie Real campaign features ads that aren't retouched

By April Jones          Last updated: 01/22/14 8:22pm         

This moment has been overdue for years. The moment when you can honestly, truly look at an advertisement and know it is real. No airbrush or slimming effects, just genuine modeling.

Last Friday, the lingerie clothing line Aerie revealed a new campaign called “Aerie Real”, where models will convey images of real people, rather than the typical carefully-polished beauties.

The images will portray the models as they are. Tattoos, muffin tops, blemishes, and yes, even stretch marks will show. The campaign will show models for who they are, not for who America has pushed to be the typical flawless model.

The Aerie campaign’s goal is to challenge supermodel standards by featuring women that haven’t been retouched in their latest lingerie collection.

And honestly, that deserves a deep breath of relief.

For years, clothing advertisements have shown the perfect model to be size four, B-cup bra size, with long lean legs and a height of 5-foot-10 and beyond. That’s great. But how many American women can truly relate to that stereotypical size?

Amber Tolliver, a 28-year-old model, is one of the many models who recently joined the “Aerie Real” campaign.

In an interview with ELLE Magazine, Tolliver spoke out on how it feels to pose for photos that are real and unedited.

“Our bodies, our flaws, our tattoos, our pimples, everything that is on our bodies is unretouched, and it’s beautiful,” she said during the interview. “It’s so incredible to be a part of (this campaign) because young girls see these photos and they’re like, ‘Oh, wait, this is what I look like,’ or ‘I can relate to that, and I can see myself in these clothes.’”

Even though the “Aerie Real” campaign recently has received a lot of media attention, it can’t be said that other clothing lines will follow. But it would be nice if other companies tried the same approach, even if it’s done in baby steps.

Award-worthy Golden Globe outfits

By April Jones          Last updated: 01/15/14 8:57pm         

It’s been five days since the Golden Globe Awards and people still are buzzing about the event. Sure, watching the actual awards show was great, but what people have been talking about the most is the glamorous outfits the celebrities pulled off Sunday night.

The Golden Globes provided the perfect opportunity for celebrities to showcase their style, and favorite designers, giving a glance into the new year of fashion. Here is a recap of a few of the the jaw-dropping outfits that stood out amongst the crowd.

Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren

Not only did the actress play a major role in the 2014 winning motion drama “12 Years a Slave,” Nyong’o also looked radiant while rocking the Ralph Lauren strapless dress. With an edgy look, Nyong’o used the feminine dress to compliment her figure, without showing too much skin.

Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Murad

The British gal turned a few heads when she emerged onto the red carpet dressed in a silver-sequenced mermaid dress. Keeping focus on the dress, Beckinsale wore only earrings and a small black clutch to accessorize her outfit.

Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhuillier

Barrymore made pregnancy look glamorous as she graced the red carpet with a stunning gown with coral and fuchsia flowers. The dress, fairly loose, looked comfortable for both baby and Barrymore.

Sandra Bullock in Prabal Gurung

Bullock walked the carpet using color blocking to her advantage dressed in a blue, black and pink high-low gown. The low-cut gown showed “Gravity” working in her favor, pun intended.

Designs on phone cases can show personality

By April Jones          Last updated: 01/09/14 2:54pm         

In a digital-based world, cell phones are typically an object that people turn to often. Whether battling an awkward situation, receiving a call from a parent or texting your BFF Jill, it’s safe to say that a cell phone will always be in your hands.

So why not dress it up to match your personality?

There are too many people on campus to really get to know everyone thoroughly, however, one thing I have found to be helpful while understanding a person’s personality is to simply take a peek at their cell phone case. Here are a few of the personalities matched with the type of phone case that I’ve seen on campus.

Girly girl

You know that girl, that girl who practically blinds you with the bling on her phone? There are usually rhinestones, big bows and a lot of shiny designs. It’s safe to say that fashion means a lot and she likes to shop. She strategically picked out the case that will get the attention it deserves. Whether you approve or not, that girl usually has a big personality and doesn’t care if people stare — at her phone, of course.

Sports Fan

A sports phone case will show your passion for a particular sports team or type of sport. People can easily find a common ground with others when seeing that another student has the same sports interest. It may often reveal where the person is from and what he or she likes to do in their spare time.


I personally think people who go without phone cases are very risky. The typical smart phone costs $100-$300 and one drop can shatter everything. Keep it safe and cover your baby.


This is directed to those who have phone cases ranging from huge panda bear cases designs, to cassette player cases and everything in between. These people know how to have fun and don’t care what others think. He or she buys them because they think it’s original and fun, and usually don’t worry about what people will say or think about the case.

Plays it Safe

This refers to the students who take extreme precaution to protect their phone. From OtterBox to thick screen protectors, they like to play things safe. They know the value of their phone and are willing to buy pricy cases to make sure it does not break. This could translate to their daily lives. Maybe these are the people who take the extra look before crossing the street — they wouldn’t want their life and phone to be in danger.

Picking the perfect purse

By Christine LaRouere          Last updated: 12/02/13 9:10pm         

With the amount of different styles and colors of purses available, you can find one for almost every occasion. Pairing a purse with an outfit is a simple and sometimes inexpensive way to add texture, color and uniqueness to an outfit.

While some purses can last a long time and hold everything you own, remember that not all purses are appropriate for every occasion and should be switched out from time to time.

Work or walking around campus can sometimes be a pain, but if you put all your needed items in an oversized purse, you are sure to look great and have a successful day. Many oversized tote bags can be found for a good price and in fun styles at stores such as Target or Urban Outfitters. The only bad thing about big purses is that items placed inside can get lost in the clutter.

For a night out, a cross body chain clutch is a safe option. The good thing about this purse is that it can hold what you need, such as your phone, ID and a few dollars for a cab ride home while not being too intrusive. Some even can be converted into wristlets. A good source for these purses is Charlotte Russe, which offers different patterns involving studs, colors and zippers.

Whatever the occasion might be, purses can be the last item to top off an outfit. Almost any retail store will have a variety of purses to choose from. Don’t be afraid to pick a statement purse to show off a sassy side.

Neutral colors work for Thanksgiving

By Christine LaRouere          Last updated: 11/25/13 7:18pm         

Thanksgiving is nice in the sense that you don’t have to get too dressed up to eat an awesome meal with family, but not having to be too dressy doesn’t mean you can’t look great.

When it comes to dressing for Thanksgiving, keeping with neutral colors is key. Beige, black, hunter green, gray and navy are just a few colors that usually are worn on the holiday. Because most stores already have transitioned to fall and winter collections, including Express and Nordstrom, these colors should be easy to find.

Incorporating these fall colors into an outfit usually can work well together. Black leggings, a white top and a beige tunic sweater with a colored scarf is a way to bring in a casual and cute style. To dress up more, pair a gray T-shirt dress with black tights and black pointed-toe heels.

For your feet, flats are very acceptable to wear at dinnertime. Flats are easy to wear around the house and, most importantly, are comfortable. Stores such as DSW have a wide range of different styles and colors of flats.

Makeup tricks for winter time

By Cayden Royce          Last updated: 11/24/13 7:36pm         

If you’re a busy student like me, then you know what it’s like rolling out of bed in the morning for those 8 a.m. classes without as much as putting a comb through your hair. Trying to hide under glasses, hats, scarves and layers of clothing is the usual go-to when it comes to getting ready for the day.

Putting your best foot forward is a necessity in life — just don’t forget to moisturize.

A makeup routine should follow a few simple rules, so as not to stand out from the crowd in a bad way.

First, less is always more. This might seem cliche, but I’ve witnessed many instances of a smoky eye gone wrong, or when everyone at an event is wondering who the girl with the orange face is.

Put that bronzer and eye shadow brush down. Keep your face clean and simple. Let a dash of blush and a hint of eyeliner do all the talking.

Next, play up your lips. If you’re going out, a store-brand lip gloss will do, but be careful to not make it look like you’re drooling. Dab off any extra shine with a tissue.

For daily use, stick with a basic, unscented, non-artificially-colored lip balm. The lips are an underestimated facial feature but can attract negative attention, especially if they’re cracked and dry during the winter months.

Foundation-wise, it takes time to find the perfect match to fit your exact skin tone and complexion. Do not match the foundation hue to the back of your hand. Your face and hand skin tones typically don’t match. Use the color of your wrist and neck to determine which undertone fits your complexion.

Once you do find one that works, either powder or liquid, it’s important to remember not to go overboard. You don’t need to cover every centimeter of your skin — this is where less is more comes into play. Hiding your skin under layers of foundation will ultimately cause wrinkles and acne because it clogs the pores for long periods of time, trapping dust and dirt, which form into unwanted blemishes.

Remember to tone down the amount of makeup you’re actually applying. Lightly dust bronzer on the bridge of your nose, chin, forehead and cheeks for some color in the winter time, and stick to a simple lip and eye makeup routine.

Makeup should be about presenting yourself in the best way possible and having a little fun with it. Stray as far away as possible from drastically changing your appearance. Enhance the beauty that’s already there.