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What’s Trending in the City

I have now lived in the city exactly a week and could not be more in love with the constant hustle and bustle. My apartment is in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. An interesting community full of Millennials. With the interest comes tons of weird, eccentric, and trending fashion. Every time I walk the streets there is something new to take note of. Not to mention my favorite actress sat directly next to me on the Subway a few days ago.

My favorite trends:

Cheetah is back

I remember freshman year in High School all I wanted for Christmas was cheetah attire. It was my absolute favorite. But with time, it started to look out of style. Well boy oh boy am I glad it is back rolling down the street because cheetah=life. I recently attended the POPSUGAR conference and wore a cheetah dress.

Vintage is always back

Williamsburg is known as a vintage hub. So far I have only made it in a few spots, but did pick up some 70s style high waisted denim shorts. While vintage has always been in, I see it steadily gaining popularity, even in new clothing with a “vintage appeal”

Best Vintage Stores in Williamsburg: Buffalo Exchange, Fox and Fawn, Rabbits Vintage Fashion

Graphic tees are the new work tee

I don’t know if every resident in Brooklyn works from home or what, but there is no denying the casual environment of relaxing, grabbing a bite to eat, and hitting up the local coffee spot to work on your laptop ( in a graphic tee )

Graphic tees are also just my favorite thing to buy so I had to throw this in here. Whether it be from a local vintage spot or a cute summer monkey eating a banana, graphics just add personality to your outfit. I am only hoping if I wear on enough I can learn the secret behind this no work lifestyle.

NYC health craze

I recently joined the fanciest gym I have ever seen in my life. Is it worth it? So far completely. I have spent every single day there since signing up and can even watch Netflix on the treadmill. There is no denying the obvious health in the air in New York. Everyone has those super lean muscles you never knew how certain skinny minny girls kept through your college drinking years. Give me this summer and I hope to have them too. With health keeps the continuing craze of athleisure. Although I see less yoga pant wearing girls and more on trend matching two piece types, it’s there.

Check out my gym here!

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Denim on Denim

The last Monday living in Kent. Whatttt?? Life moves so quickly.

Denim vests are my favorite thing. I shot this look a little bit back and wanted to share it with you guys on here! I actually got this vest while I was studying abroad in Italy at the local Zara in Florence. I have definitely got my moneys worth out of it and forever will. It is just a classic denim piece and the obsession has never ended. I wore it over a denim Calvin Klein dress that is the perfect layering piece. Hence- denim on denim.

Aside from the two denim pieces I am also sporting a leather backpack with my fav poof ball key chain, and platform shoes from Urban Outfitters. I will link the products or similar below!

What am I wearing? Denim Vest (similar), Denim Dress (similar), Platform shoes,

Poof ball keychain, Leather backpack

 

Hope you all have a superb week! I know I will (:

 

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Stripes for Life

I keep thinking it’s Sunday night but…. it’s Thursday so that’s weird. I guess that is what happens when you’re in the last few weeks of your senior year of college and are playing as much as you can! Today I wanted to come at you guys with my love for striped pants. These particular ones were a find from a discount store near my house in Ohio called Gabriel Brothers. I also got my h-o-m-i-e-s tee there! I’m going to miss finding treasures there when I move away!

Anyways, while I may not be able to find these particular pants there are SO many cute similar ones. I usually am not a huge fan of stripes, but I find the vertical set up on pants are flattering and fun!

Check out these TopShop and Urban Outfitters Patterned Pants!

Check out these two fun cropped tees I have had my eye on here and here!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday Night. XO.

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Best Sustainable Fashion Brands

Well hello there. Now that the semester is finally cooling down and I have more time on my hands I figured I should get a lot more consistent on Cat Bar Fashion! Today I wanted to talk about something that is true to my own heart, sustainability.

This is so important because the fashion industry is super destructive starting with the factory and ending with the donations/trash. A lot of people don’t realize how much the apparel life cycle has sped up in recent years, season releases of clothing barely existing and turning into two week cycles. All due to consumers attention span. Which I blame on technology (whole other issue for another time).

While many of my friends love Forever 21, Zara, H&M among other fast fashion retailers (don’t get me wrong I own certain items there too!) they are SO awful on our environment. The speed and price of the clothing not only is bad on the environment, but also on the workers abroad who are forced under little pay to work even quicker just so we can buy a shirt we might wear once for 5 dollars. After we are over this one wear shirt we happily donate it thinking we are helping newly developing countries abroad when really all we are doing is making it almost impossible for local retailers to compete.

Anyways, it is a never ending cycle and I could go a lot more in depth than I did. However, I really just wanted to place the seed in your mind so you’re more thoughtful about your purchases and only buy things you love! Below I am going to list my favorite sustainable fashion brands. So we can keep the environment looking as beautiful as this picture I took in Switzerland last year!

  1. Reformation
  2. Patagonia
  3. Girlfriend Collective

Reformation is the go to place for cute every day wear. They pride themselves on their sustainability and ethical practices. Plus I just love their stuff! Think of it as a small donation to the future.

Patagonia is all about fixing products and not over consuming what you don’t actually need. Cough cough everyone including myself.

Girlfriend Collective makes their products at an ethical factory in Vietnam made of recycled plastic water bottles!! And I have multiple pairs because they feel nicer than my Lululemons!!! No joke.

Check out these sites and let me know what you think!

Love you all,

Catherine

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Spring Must Haves

hey loves.

I recently went on Spring Break and was able to wear some of my new UO sale items. Today they are offering an extra 30% off their sale so it’ll be even cheaper for ya! I have always been a huge fan of the wrap dress. This fun polka dot pink wrap dress in the pictures is the perfect piece. It’s lightweight, but still has long sleeves. see it here!

Aside from this adorable wrap dress, there are so many cute sale pieces you MUST look at. Check out the whole section here!

ALSO.. check out this place for super adorable pieces for Spring as well- Storets. Just a quick post today! Have a wonderful night.

Xo.

 

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Success is an Adventure

Hey there,

Happy Monday! Its the start of another week and I am daydreaming about Spring Attire! I just had to do a product wrap up of some of my fav finds so far for Spring and life in general.. just click the links! After that, I have a life journey (so far) post if at all interested, or just curious about chasing after a degree in Fashion.

  1. These insanely cute embellished jeans ON major sale from Anthro. I recommend waiting until they have their additional percentage off clearance to purchase.
  2. Benefits new mascara that I went out in, slept with, and spent the whole next day with it looking JUST. AS. GOOD.
  3. These velvet Aerie high waisted bikini bottoms I will be rocking on spring break.
  4. Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer, I always heard it was great but it took me until recently to truly try it. I now wear it every single day.
  5. Anyone else have a peach fuzz mustache? I went and purchased one of those mini razors from Remington and love playing with it. Dont worry, the stache is gone!
  6. These crazy chunky perfect Free People Sunnies!
  7. The Revel by Thursday Boot Co. You guys already know how much I love these boots if you know me…. I wear them in all seasons everywhere all the time.
  8. In picture: Topshop Sweater, J Brand Jeans, Thursday Boots.

LIFE UPDATE HERE

So I, like many other college students about to graduate in a few months, am wondering a number of things….

  1. What do I do now?
  2. How did it happen so fast?
  3. Where do I move?

I have spent enough time stressed out about this life where everything works out perfect and my dream job magically appears. I have done everything from my first big move in High School (going to Philly over the summer for design classes) to moving to Ohio to go to Kent Fashion School. This led to a summer in Chicago and semester in Italy! I have accomplished so much yet I always feel like its never enough and I need the next adventure and step. I guess this post is just about appreciating how far you have come. Yes, this is about my adventures, but I know some people forget to reflect as well. We spend too much energy focusing on the future when we really should be looking at the present and what brought us to where we are today! I also hope this is helpful if you or someone you know wants to pursue a degree in Fashion.

These are some of the most transformative experiences I have completed so far, and hope to bring with me in the future endeavors post graduation!

  1. A summer at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. If you are at all interested in pursuing a career in Fashion Merchandising or Design they have some great programs where you can gain real college experience and credits. I completed this journey the summer after my Junior year of High School. I was aching for an adventure somewhere new and I was lucky enough to be supported by my parents as I followed my childhood dream of a career in Fashion. Here I learned how to be on my own for the first time in a big city, make new connections and friends, and study in a college level environment
  2. Next I graduated from my preppy (boring) High School and moved to Ohio. Somewhere so blase from what I expected. I remember in Anatomy class I was looking into moving to California, however I told myself to stay somewhat closer to home and went after a degree at the best fashion school nearby, Kent State. The first year at Kent was anything but perfect. I knew I was exploring my passions but I just didn’t feel like I felt into Ohio at all. However, I knew if I stuck it out I would be able to study abroad at the Kent campus in Florence, and boy am I glad I did.
  3. The following years at Kent were great, I met super close friends, started interning wherever I could (Summer in Chicago), and dreamt of the future studies I would have the Spring of my Junior year in Florence, Italy
  4. HELLLS to the yes. The semester was pure gold. I loved Italy, I loved traveling, I loved new experiences. Don’t get my wrong, the semester had its downs (I broke my arm) but nothing could take away from this experience. I highly recommend anyone, in any degree to take advantage of studying away.
  5. Finally, this brings me to my senior year. Senior year has been a tough one, and definitely not my favorite. I guess coming back to Ohio after the high of Italy was hard. On top of that I have to now decide what to do, where to move, and find a job. With that being said there is also more to be thankful than ever before, this is because I am surrounded by so many amazing people in Kent I would of never knew existed if I transferred my Freshman year.

You might of not read this all the way through, and thats ok. But if there is anything that I want someone to get out of this it is that success is the journey, not necessarily the final destination. AND there are so many downs. BUT the ups make it all worth it!

So how do I answer the three questions at the top of the post? Well I am not completely sure yet, pretty sure I am going to jump head first into another adventure and move to NYC, but I do know I am going to enjoy the lumpy bumps and work my tush off on the way there!! I also am looking to connect with girls who can share their city adventures and big moves to tell me what to do!

Keep you guys updated…

XO

Catherine

 

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Coffee Date

One of my favorite things about the city of Kent is the cute local coffee shops. Whether it’s a lavender latte or a spicy mocha they are always throwing me for a loop with the interesting flavors. Today I went with my girly Brook to Bent Tree and snapped some pics in my outfit. Of course I had to make a post in these Free Bird by Steve Madden boots. They are a definite statement piece and a favorite gift from Christmas.

Speaking of Christmas, how is it already February? Time is flying by and my anxiety about graduating in May and becoming a big girl is real. The most exciting part of the adventure ahead is definitely a change, while I love Kent and the cute coffee shops I am dying to get into the big city lifestyle. Hopefully I will find a job!! Send good luck my way!

To match my boots I wore a long knit sweater, with another knit Free People shirt underneath. It was a fun laid back look, and I will link what is still in store and similar items below.

I am trying super hard to get back at being consistent with blogging but it is so hard when I am attending classes full time. Hopefully my future city adult girl life will find more time, we will see!

Xo,

Cat

What am I wearing? Steve Madden Boots, Jeans (similar), Leather Earrings, Rebecca Minkoff Bag( Similar),

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Poncho Love

Hey guys. How is your Thursday treatin ya? So today I am talking comfy ponchos with you. I remember a time back in third grade my mom got me my first poncho, hand knit by another mom of a boy in my class. She ran a little knitting business and soon all 8 of the girls in my small Catholic school class were running around in them. I specifically can imagine the knitted flowers that were attached at the top of the bubble gum pink yarn. After a few years ponchos weren’t “cool” anymore and I moved on to the next big thing. So here I am 15 years later to tell all of you that I am back to sporting a poncho. Not that this is my first poncho since then, but in the past four years I have definitely seen them more frequently and man I am never going to be too cool for this one!!!!

I found this poncho at Jb&me. A boutique by my house in Grand Rapids, MI. I can’t locate the exact style but I can find lots of similar ones online. I will link them below. I matched it with some J Brand jeans, and brown booties.

What am I wearing? Similar Poncho, Similar Distressed Denim

 

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Fur Sleeves

Happy Tuesdaze. Less than a week till Santa!

So who doesn’t love a nice neutral colored sweatshirt? Add fur sleeves and you have yourself the softest lounging sweatshirt around. I obviously lounged in it quite a bit before the photo shoot because it looks like it needs to be ironed.. oops. I picked this up from Express when they were running deals around Thanksgiving, and they still have it in stock here for 50% off today! It also comes in Black which is a nice touch depending on you skin tone.

The boots are the new Modern style by Thursday Boot Co. my obvious fav. I got the daisy color just because I love to wear different shades of white all year long. Finally, you can’t miss these faux leather leggings by Spanx. They are the perfect touch to almost every outfit, especially when you just want to be comfy.

Xoxo.

 

 

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Blush and Black

Happy December!

I have decided there are two types of people in this world. The first is the person who already has their nails painted sparkly red, decorations up before Thanksgiving, and cheerful holiday tunes blaring in the car as they drive to work. The second is the person who hates the first person and only wants to hear holiday tunes one week prior to Christmas.(ya grinch!) So anyways, I am person number one and am so happy December is here so I can run around and be obnoxiously cheerful!

Todays outfit incorporates arguably my second favorite color, Blush! (first is olive green) Blush has been a huge trend for the past few years and can now be seen as a winter shade as well. I almost look at it as a neutral because it works so well with other colors. For this particular outfit I just used it as a statement for my all black ensemble with a hat, scarf, and my amazing Tod’s sneakers I sniped in Italy.

SO… I figured you should have some blush in your wardrobe as well if you don’t already! Am I right??

What am I wearing? Leggings,The hat is from a boutique by my house, JB&me