“You should never feel confined to fashion rules because last time I checked, there are none.”
This is the latest of quotable phrases in Emilie Etc., a fashion and lifestyle blog created by current Queen’s student Emilie Nolan. A mixture of fashion photographs, street style profiles, personal anecdotes, product reviews and even her own shop of personalized tees, Emilie Etc. aims to capture all things she believes to be aesthetically pleasing to her and her readers.
Nolan, a New Jersey native, is currently finishing up her studies in drama at Queen’s. She travels back and forth from Toronto, where she is the social media marketing manager for clothing company Hangar 9. See what Emilie has to say about her blog’s one-year history and own personal style, among a number of other topics.
How did you come up with the idea to ... Read more...
Starting my blog in high school at the tender age of sixteen, I never would have thought that “RachSpeed” would have such an impact on my life.
Fast-forward to my fourth-year of my undergrad, I found myself sitting at World MasterCard Fashion Week (WMCFW), with a press pass around my neck. The days I spent at WMCFW were such a whirlwind, between attending several shows (all Canadian designers) and just immersing myself in the Canadian fashion culture.
The coolest part of WMCFW is that it’s also open to the general public. There’s two show weeks ― one in October and another in March.
Whether you’re a blogger or just want to see what fashion week is all about, it’s extremely important to be prepared. Here are a few tips on surviving Toronto ... Read more...
Lines of clothing headed by Queen’s students pursuing careers in fashion design alongside their degrees seem to be rising in numbers.
A perfect example is Ohneka, a fashion line started by Madison Tyrell and her mother.
Tyrell, BFA ’17, has always loved the potential in altering second-hand clothing and, alongside her mom, has turned her hobby of altering thrift store finds into a line of denim wear that has quickly expanded.
Now the duo makes t-shirts, sweaters, hats and more, in addition to their signature denim jackets and cut-off shorts.
Though Tyrell is a Queen’s student, Ohneka remains based out of British Columbia, an obstacle to the line’s turnover.
“It is really hard because I’m from Vancouver, so we can really get the majority of our clothing done whenever I’m home,” Tyrell said.
“It is difficult in ... Read more...
DIY Halloween costumes are a great way to create an original costume while having fun making it in the process. There are a lot of creative ways to take what you already have in your wardrobe and use it to transform yourself for the night.
A great costume doesn’t have to cost you much if you make the right tweaks to what you already own and add the right accessories. Dressing up is fun, but can also be expensive and time-consuming.
That said, there are ways to avoid the stress and still have a memorable costume. These ideas are versatile and can be altered depending on your gender, budget and style.
This is a quick and easy costume idea, especially if you need to throw something together at the last minute. All you need is a plain t-shirt, ... Read more...
It’s time to break the silence: what’s up with all the man buns?
Don’t deny it, you’ve seen them too. This past September has been witness to record high numbers of man buns in the lecture halls and on the playing fields at Queen’s. They came back to campus with us when we returned from summer break and settled in our midst.
That isn’t to say that the man bun is a new phenomenon. In fact, the rise of the man bun over the course of the past year can be tracked using a tool called Google Trends.
Interest in man buns is plotted on a graph and has been increasing steadily over the years.
But at the beginning of 2014, things start getting interesting. That’s when Jared Leto wore a man bun to the Golden Globes, complete ... Read more...
It’s always hard to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall weather. Even more difficult is to bid farewell and pack away all those shorts and crop tops you’ve been rocking from May to August.
The key tip to wearing summer staples in the fall-time is layering. Try to layer different pieces with varying lengths and textures. A great way to work a summery piece of clothing into fall is to add fall accessories like scarves, hats or boots in darker colours.
With the right accessories, summer items can be easily be revived and transitioned into your fall wardrobe. Here’s how three summer staples can be worn in cooler weather.
1. The sun dress
It’s a huge misconception that sun dresses can only be worn in warm weather. If neutral colour, they can easily be brought into colder ... Read more...
Coco Chanel once said, “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous”. With her fiery, wind-swept hair, and elegant poise, these are words Heather Evans, an English professor at Queen’s, clearly lives by.
Never one for pants, Professor Evans keeps it classy with her pencil skirts and clean, straight lines. Upgrading simple, timeless black-and-white ensembles with distinctive handmade jewellery, a classic pair of heels, and accented scarves, she maintains an effortless, refined style.
How long did it take you to get dressed today?
I had a really hard time getting dressed today [knowing I was getting interviewed]! Probably around an hour. I usually take approximately 45 minutes. I don’t like to get rushed.
Describe the outfit you’re wearing today:
I don’t know any of the brands I’m wearing. I think I got the skirt ... Read more...
As Queen’s students are starting to pull out their Canada Goose jackets and Hunter rainboots, New York City is fast-forwarding to spring. New York Fashion Week just finished and designers delivered their all this year. From loud and edgy to soft and simple, New York Fashion Week had a lot to offer. Here are the highlights.
Every year fans can expect to see a new incredibly well thought out and designed theme for Tommy Hilfiger’s New York Fashion Week show. From an alpine resort to a street covered in ivy to a beach boardwalk, Hilfiger always manages to amaze audiences.
This year he managed to outdo himself with a Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club theme mixed with a music festival vibe.The look for this fashion show was typical vintage bomber jackets, ankle boots and patterned shorts but with a modern twist that still held the sentiment of ... Read more...
With the onset of fall, the temperature starts to dip and days become shorter. Having a wardrobe adequately prepared to face the season will certainly aid in the chilly transition.
Fortunately, fall weather allows for an assortment of accessories. Finding a balance between classic styles and new trends is often the best approach to piecing together fall outfits.
Shoes are a very large part of any outfit, so choosing a pair that’s stylish in addition to being versatile and comfortable is important.
A dark leather shoe or boot is a classic look that’ll go well with a whole variety of outfits. The versatility is a definite benefit — they can be worn casually or in dressier settings.
Depending on the shoe, they may transition well into early winter if they’re more of a boot than a ... Read more...
With Homecoming soon approaching, now is the perfect time to get back into the Queen’s spirit by making your own pair of tricolour shorts. It’s a great way to add our school’s colours to any wardrobe and avoid spending big bucks on a pair of Queen’s shorts that you plan to drag though the chaos and mayhem that is HoCo.
Step 1: Find a pair of shorts that are very light in colour and that are, preferably, made with cotton. Other tie-dye acceptable fabrics include linen, rayon and hemp. You can definitely experiment with other types of fabrics, but if you do I can’t guarantee how well the dye will show.
Step 2: Go to any local craft store and pick up a tie-dye set. Most stores usually offer a surprising variety of options from individual satchels of dye powder ... Read more...