Chic School Supplies We’re Obsessed With

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School Supplies

We talk a ton about décor here, but when you’re in college, it’s hard to forget that you actually do need to have your school supplies game up to par with your fashion. Luckily, school supplies have come a long way from the same old bland looks you probably recall from your childhood. With chic, effortless accessories for your desk, organizational tools for your backpack, and supplies you’ll want to show off, you’ll be ready to walk the classroom runway.

1. Moleskine Organizer

You may be obsessed with your phone, but high-fashion professional analog planners are back in style. We are particularly in love with Moleskine collection of planners. Sleek and modern, they are so well curated that you will find yourself carrying this planner around everywhere.

2. Poppin Desktop Trays

Ugly, fake wood desks need colorful upgrades, and that makes Poppin the perfect pick. These trays come in bright blue, red, and green desktop trays that seamlessly fit into one another. They are amazing in adding spice to your organizing game.

3. Rifle Paper Co. Flower Pencils

Rifle Paper Co. makes pencils your friends are totally going to want to steal. They come in folk and floral, making them dreams come true for vintage girls with an eye for style and a need for an eraser.

4. Cotton:On Eiffel Scissors

Your desk wouldn’t be complete without totally glam scissors, right? Of course not! But who wouldn’t want to splurge on a pair of super cute Eiffel Tower shaped scissors? Seriously, these are neat, sweet, and as cool as they come. You’ll be the talk of your classroom!

5. Urban Outfitters String Light Lightning Cord

You’ll need to charge your phone so why not do it with a little feminine class. This string light lightning cord twinkles romantically all while boosting your phone’s battery.

6. ModCloth Golden Rule of Communication Dry Erase Board

Think gold and modern with this upgraded version of your typical (ugly) whiteboard. Done in classy gold and magnetized for extra use, your friends will love leaving you notes and you’ll love tracking your day.

7. Anthropologie Cork Desk Accessories

Believe it or not, but high fashion brand Anthropologie is totally bringing back cork to the college student. The eco-conscious look is perfect if you’re going for a minimalist look while still carrying about where you stash your paper clips and pushpins.

8. Ban.do Bingo Dot Folders

Polka dots are for every girl, but it’s especially beloved by fearless fashionistas. Ban.do’s Get It Sorted Bingo Folders are perfect for your backpack and matched easily with simple, luxury notebooks. Organizing has never been so twee.

9. JumpFromPaper Comic Backpacks

Of course, we can’t forget about what to carry all of these school supplies around in! JumpFromPaper comic backpacks are 2D perfection. With tons of options, you’ll find the perfect cartoon style for your fashion sense.

10. Urban Outfitters Marble Journals

Home décor lovers all go nuts over marble everything. So why not bring in that luxury to your notebooks and journals? Marble looks insanely classy and gorgeous and goes well with bronze and rose gold accessories. Check out Urban Outfitters version for inspiration .

 

Back-to-School Style Guide

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Back to School Fashion

It’s time to throw away those cargo shorts and hide away the ratty t-shirts you’ve been lounging in all summer. Back-to-school shopping is FINALLY here, and that means replacing your wardrobe with the most popular new looks. From top to bottom, accessories and shoes, this back-to-school style guide has got your shopping list covered!

Textured Cardigans

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For both girls and guys, easy to throw on cardigans are an absolute must for college. While a few years back was all about fitted and boyfriend styles, this fall brings back an old favorite for lounge experts — the long, textured cardigan. Find a neutral color (gray is totally in), and look for one that hits you at your mid-thigh or knee. Then, select a cardigan made from an interesting, heavy material such as faux fur or chunky knit.

Rain Boots

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Puddle jumping isn’t just for your little sibling. You’ll be forced to brave the elements walking between classes on campus, so make the most of it by making a rainy day a stylish day. Hunter rain boots are all the rave this year. But you can easily find look alikes if their high price isn’t in your budget. Select one that is mid to high calf in a single, muted color. We especially love deep greens or a patent black.

Boho Sleeve Dresses

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Even though fall is fast approaching, summer festivals are probably still on your mind. Extend your summer obsession by picking dresses with interesting sleeve styles. Bell, flounce, and cut outs are great sleeve types to stay warm while looking effortless. Add a floral or tribal pattern in fall color patterns for an even more season-appropriate look.

Pencil Skirts

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Street style is bringing in the vintage flair with a classic take on an office favorite: the pencil skirt. Fitted tight to your legs and hips, you can rock this look with just about any top or shoe choice. Add a t-shirt and low-top sneakers when going to class and switch them out with a sleeveless, embellished blouse and heels for a girl’s night out or a first date.

Fall Beach Wear

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Again, you don’t have to say goodbye to summer just because your back in class. By mimicking beach and boat wear with your laid back looks, you’ll look stylish year-round. Start by breaking the white after Labor Day rule with skinny white jeans or ankle pants. Add the next biggest pattern trend, black and white stripes, and top off with a worn-in baseball cap. Don’t forget the bag! Beach bags are perfect for carrying around your books, laptop, and accessories.

Pink and Green Accents

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Tweed and preppy dressers should get excited. Pastel pinks and light greens are the must have color for accessories. Whether it’s in your purse and shoes or necklaces and scarves, these colors are both girly and street appropriate. We’re especially falling for rosey pink necklaces and earrings in gold and bronze, both of which can be matched with black or gray outfits.  

Summer Adventures: Time With Yourself

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Summer Alone Time

After two semesters of freedom at college, coming home for summer break can be a sudden adjustment to make. So when you’re not busy dividing your time between work, family and friends, it’s important to take some time for yourself! For us rising seniors, it’s uncertain how many summers we have left in our hometowns. And while it’s just as important to be making some final stomping-ground-memories with family and friends, I also like to make sure I’m connecting personally to the places and experiences that make my hometown home.

So now you’re probably wondering, how can you make time for yourself this summer vacation?

1.) Treat yourself to a solo shopping spree.

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Winter’s over, spring is on its way out, and now it’s time to revamp your summer wardrobe. On my wishlist for the summer? A cute, bright tee shirt dress that I could dress up or down.

On a solo shopping spree, you don’t carry the burden of working around another person’s schedule, preferences and shopping-pace. You can take your time flipping through the racks, or make it a quick in-and-out stop for that one thing you were looking for.

2.) Explore on your break.

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I’m fortunate enough to work in the heart of the always hopping downtown area of my hometown. If anything says summer to me, it’s being around the water. Whether that means going to the beach, exploring the gorgeous, mile-long jetty in my boyfriend’s coastal Maine hometown, or walking along the waterfront of downtown Newburyport, there’s nothing better than summer spent by the water.

On my break at work, I sometimes enjoy a solo walk through town in the sun. Whether I’m grabbing a bench outside to eat lunch, walking down the street for a coffee, or exploring aimlessly down the Newburyport waterfront, I love being able to get outside in the middle of the workday.

3.) Make a homemade, healthy treat.

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You’ve just spent two semesters with dining hall food, late night splurges, and especially caloric dinners out. Now that you have the resources, it’s time to treat yourself to something that’s good for you!

I recently made this delicious (and picture perfect!) smoothie bowl with some frozen bananas, frozen blueberries, strawberries, and a little milk. I added as little liquid as possible for that thick, creamy, smoothie bowl texture, blended until smooth, poured into a bowl and topped with fresh bananas and strawberries. Yum!

I hope you’re all enjoying your summer vacations and prioritizing your time to make it a summer to remember!

 

Holiday Style Guide for Collegiates

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Hello Our Campus Market readers! My name is Cara and I write a blog called Caralina Style. I’m so excited to be a new guest blogger for OCM! For my first post I will be bringing you a holiday style guide!

All photos from my Instagram! I LOVE the holidays, my favorite times of the year are Christmas and summer. I just adore how happy everything is, the decorations everywhere, the family time, the good food, the shopping, finals are over, my list could go on and on. Now that it’s almost Thanksgiving I’m starting to look for holiday outfits and thinking about Christmas shopping. I love how the holidays are an excuse to wear just about anything sparkly, red, green, or metallic from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. Here are some of my past holiday outfits and inspiration for more this year!

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1- J. Crew Factory confetti sequin tee 2- Grace Elements faux leather pleated skirt 3- Sole Society Anneke pumps 4- Essie Good and Gold nail polish (one of my favorites for the last few years) 5- Kendra Scott Miriam stackable ring set (I have and love)

6- J. Crew Factory plaid flannel popover 7- Topshop faux leather leggings 8- Baublebar Pearl Shower bib 9- Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick in “Beso” 10- Talbot’s Eddison glitter pointed toe flats

11- Ombre sequin mesh shift dress 12- Nine West Howley ankle strap heel 13- Kendra Scott Alex Earrings in Mirror Rock Crystal 14- MAC Lipstick in Plum Dandy 15- J. Crew tights

16- Loft Bow Chambray shirt 17- J. Crew Factory elephant jacquard skirt 18- Kate Spade bow pearl earrings 19- Kate Spade polka dot tights 20- Sam Edelman Dea pumps (I have these in black and they’re great)  And here a few more of my holiday favorites for this year:

Thanks for reading! Which outfits are your favorite? 

3 College Worthy Outfits for the Transition to Fall

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There’s a nip in the air when I wake up now, and it’s a warning that summer weather is coming to an end and fall is truly upon us. So break out your tights and cardigans again, because fall fashion is officially wearable again! Today I’m sharing three ways to transition your favorite summer pieces to fall.

Outfit 1: The Tank Top

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While it’s a bit too chilly to wear your favorite tank top solo, there’s an easy fix to it. Just toss on a knit cardigan! Pair it with some autumnal toned booties and you’re good to go.

Outfit 2: The Summer Dress

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This summer favorite is probably the most versatile piece any girl can own. A denim dress is the perfect material to work with, as it can be both a summer and a fall piece! Add a cozy print cardigan and match it with black accessories.

Outfit 3: The Shorts 

Summer Shorts

Those loose, floaty shorts you’ve worn all summer seem like the least practical thing to take with you into fall, but you’d be mistaken! With a pair of tights, you can easily squeeze a few more months out of them. I recommend fleece-lined tights if you’re in a state with really cold weather. Stick to a monochrome outfit if you can and don’t forget your trusty pair of fall boots!

4 Totally Cool College Backpack Styles

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For freshman college students, the days of having a locker are over. Now you’ll need some way of transporting your books to class, the library, study groups, and other parts of campus. Look for a backpack that is sufficiently durable to carry heavy textbooks or laptop through even the worst weather, yet comfortable enough to be toted from building to building. If you are looking for a traditional style backpack, OCM has a perfect option. However, if you want to amp up your style, check out these hot backpack styles for the fall.

1.   Leather Minimalism

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Easily, the look for the year is leather. But out of style is the over stylized look with fringe or added buckles. The minimal brown leather backpack or satchel is necessary. Not only is it sturdy, it will make it through the difficulties of fall weather. A chocolate or tan brown will also coordinate with any college outfit from dressy interview wear to sweatpants. Find one with thicker straps and zippers to ensure its good quality. A poorly made leather bag will unravel at the seams or look tattered before getting you through the semester.

2.   Flap Over

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An interesting take on the backpack is to go full out hiker with a flap over style. In this look, the top covers a majority of the pack and is held together with drawstrings that expand with whatever is inside. This may be a perfect, practical look for an art student with unusual sized classroom supplies. To stay on trend, select one that looks rustic.

3.   Subtle Prints

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Last year, prints were big, bold, and proud. This year, gravitate towards smaller scale, more detailed prints. For example, the nautical look is still going strong for fall. Tiny anchors or thin blue and white stripes are playful without being overpowering. Smaller or spaced out polka dots is another great example of a more laid back look that still manages to stand out against bland solids.

4.   Neon, Sporty Daypacks

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Your patterns may be subtle, but your sporty style backpack should be anything but. Neon colors such as a bright turquoise or a loud pink are back for those who prefer an athletic style pack. Toss in your running shorts along with your laptop with extra hidden, separate compartments. And with a sports bag, wearability is key. These straps can usually handle a larger load as well as make it through rain, sleet, or even a bit of snow.

The beginning of college gives you the chance to redefine your style. Ditch the old, ugly backpack for a new, hip style. Use qualities like minimal leather or neon-sporty looks to make your backpack an extension of your personal fashion choices.

New Trend Alert: Tribal Prints

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You’ve seen it in shop windows, on television, and at the mall. It’s on celebrities in the tabloids when you are checking out at the grocery store, and now it’s in local stores, available to you! This newest trend in the market has made its way to clothes, bedding, home décor, and down just about every avenue possible. These prints are reminiscent of patterns you may associate with the Aztecs or American Indians, but are updated with a modern twist in color or pattern. If you take a look at clothing retailers like Forever 21 or Free People, you’ll see just what tribal is all about.

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These patterns include a lot of triangles, diamonds, arrows, stripes, and zig-zags which make them visually busy patterns, but when worn simply, they are flawless. From swimsuits to tank tops to skinny jeans to oversized sweaters, you can find practically any item of clothing you want in a print that is distinctly tribal. Tribal is a style that is extremely popular at summer music festivals all over the country like Sasquatch and Coachella, where celebs flock, laid-back style is key, and just about everyone is rocking a vintage tee from their favorite band.

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To wear tribal prints successfully, pair them with something simple- make sure not to overdo it with other added patterns as this can end up looking like you got dressed in the dark. You can’t go wrong pairing a plain color and statement jewelry with your print. Simplicity is key with tribal, just as it is with any pattern.

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 Tribal prints also make great wall art, accent pillows, or rugs. Each piece and pattern really has its own personality and has the ability to pull an eclectic room together. If you are going to mix-and-match patterns in your home decor, make sure that they have the same color scheme so they complement each other and don’t look like they clash with the rest of the décor. Black and White is a classy, easy color scheme to mix patterns of the same style in.

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If you are afraid to dive in with a bold choice in clothing, try tribal statement jewelry or a tribal purse first. Once you figure out your own style, rock it! Don’t be afraid to jump in on this new trend and incorporate your own ideas now that you know how to wear it!

 

 

 

 

 

Tips for Rocking Bright Lipstick

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While it might sound silly, when I wear bright lipstick I can feel my confidence level rise. Let’s face it- it really does take some gumption to rock a bold color, especially when the color is on your face. If you’re hesitant to wear a new color, take some tips from my do’s and don’ts that I’ve learned along my lipstick journey! After all, you don’t want to end up looking like a clown when you’re trying to look like a diva.

Purple Lipstick:

When wearing purple lipstick, you need to keep your own skin tone in mind. If you’re fair like me, a true purple can make you look like Elvira- a look that should be reserved for Halloween. However, purple shades that have hints of pink and red in them look great during Fall and Winter. My favorite purple lipsticks from the drugstore range from Revlon’s Berry Haute, a muted berry color, to L’oreal’s Violet Chiffon which borders on neon purple, if there is such a thing. Keep your eyes simple so that the colors aren’t competing and you’ll be set!

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Bright Pink Lipstick:

My favorite lipstick to wear is Maybelline’s Pink Pop, a candy Barbie pink that almost glows. While I wish I could wear it every day, I know that it clashes with half of my wardrobe. Realizing that clothing can make or break your makeup choices is important- I typically pick out my outfit before choosing what makeup to wear for the day because when I don’t, it can be terrifying.

Pink lipsticks have a wide range, and the difference between cool and warm tones go a long way. Go to a makeup counter if you’re unsure what undertone your skin is, and then choose your lipstick accordingly. Wearing the wrong undertone lipstick not only can make you look sick, but can make your teeth look far from white!

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When in doubt, Google it out:

Most drugstore lipsticks are “dupes” or cheaper options based upon high end versions. If you want to try on a shade that you haven’t tried before, the worst thing you could do is buying from the drugstore and praying that all goes well. Like going to the makeup counter to see what your undertone is, go back to that counter and have a professional try out shades on you. If your wallet isn’t ready for a lipstick purchase upwards of 20 dollars, google the name of the high end shade with the word “Dupe” next to it. I guarantee that you’ll be able to find a shade similar, if not an exact match for a fraction of the cost! Just check out some of these dupes from Pinterest below! WHAT A STEAL!

 Image from http://beyondprettythings.com/2013/08/mac-lipstick-dupes/ via Pintrest

Radiant Orchid – Color of 2014

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It’s 2014, also known as the year of Radiant Orchid!  Or at least it is according to Pantone which has recently revealed this purple-pink color as their color for 2014.  Never heard of Pantone color of the year?  Well Pantone Inc., which is considered the “authority on color” has been selecting one lucky color every year that soon tends to appear everywhere from fashion, to household items, to even automobiles.  From celebrities on the red carpet and models on the runway, to paint swatches in your local hardware store, this color is everywhere.  You know the mint and emerald green that has been seen everywhere this past year? Well that is thanks to Pantones Color of the Year 2013, Emerald.

How does the color make the cut?

So how does one decide what color everyone will be wearing or what color will be the most popular decorative pillow color for this year?  A super-secret meeting in Europe of course!  No really, that is how they decide.  First they interview top designers, and professionals in every type of industry.  Then based on their feedback Pantone meets in a capital in Europe that changes every year and pick the color.  They decide this an entire year in advance so even though they’ve introduce Radiant Orchid recently, they’re already deciding what you will be wearing next year.

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Get your hands on Radiant Orchid!

There are plenty of ways to start sporting this color.  Beginning in 2012 Sephora has been creating Sephora Pantone Universe Collection starting in 2012 with the Tangerine Tango color.  The makeup line makes this color wearable for eyes, to nails and everywhere in between and it’s the perfect accessory to any look especially in the coming summer months.  This color also can be used to add that perfect pop of color to any wall or sofa.  Adding it to any room will give the room an inviting and embracing appeal and the perfect girlish touch.  If you want to add some flare to your morning brew, Keurig has now added this color coffee maker to their lineup.

Keep your eyes peeled through the coming months and you’ll see just how prevalent this color will be!

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Need some ideas how to dress up your room with Radiant Orchid for 2014?  Here are some perfect decorative pillows and wall art that feature this color!

Radiant Orchid Peacock Pillow         Radiant Orchid Floral Wall Art       Radiant Orchid Owl Pillow

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