We never say no to a party. In fact, there’s really nothing we love more than a good party. Birthday parties, holiday parties, Tuesday parties, parties big and small, you name it, we love them all (and apparently we love to rhyme about them too). So it’s no surprise that when the term “arm party” was coined awhile back, we became instant fans.
Most fashionistas are familiar with the phrase “arm party” which simply stands for the purposeful layering of bracelets on one’s arm. It’s no newsflash that arm parties are all that and a bag of chips, we just felt we haven’t clearly expressed our deep feelings for the trend so here it is.
Let it be known and heard all over, here at Purduelala, we can’t get enough of arm parties. And the best thing about arm parties are that no matter who you are, or what your style is, there is an arm party out there just for you. Below are a few that we tried out, but experiment with your own, get creative, and party on!
Now that we’ve come out of our finals induced hibernation period, we’re ready to take in all that the season has to offer. It’s easy to feel the opposite of merry and bright when just coming off of the stress of studying for a World War II History final, but this ThreadSence video did just the trick to fill our hearts with cheer. We’ve been a fan of ThreadSence look book videos for quite some time now, and each season they cease to amaze us with their impeccably styled looks, unique settings, and always complimentary soundtrack. So if you need a dose of holiday happiness, tune in to this.
Almost every girl has dreamed of being a princess at one point in her life. Admit it, no matter how old you get, every time the Princess Diaries is on TV or someone mentions the royal wedding, visions of you sporting a tiara and a cotton candy-colored ball gown jump into your head. You know we’re right. Well get ready to jump up and down like a giddy little first grader because we have an amazing opportunity for you to become that princess you’ve always dreamed of being.
It may only be November, but Indiana is already gearing up for the greatest spectacle in racing, The Indy 500. Ah, we can already hear the revving engines and smell the gasoline, can’t you? Aside from the race itself, one of the greatest traditions of The Indy 500 is it’s 500 Festival Princess Program. The Princesses serve as ambassadors for the Indy 500 and throughout the spring leading up to the race they participate in outreach programs, they serve the local community, and they do so much more. Not only is becoming a 500 Princess quite an honor, it is a blast and an opportunity of a lifetime. And we’d like to add that we know a couple of past princesses and they’re kind of the bomb.com to say the least.
If you’d like to join the company of these amazing young women and finally fulfill your dreams of becoming a real life princess, come to the Program Call-out on Wednesday December 5th at 6 pm in EE 170. Also click here to join the Facebook event and invite all your other princess loving friends along as well.
So this year, consider trading in your jorts and cut-off tee for a tiara and a sash. Step aside Kate Middleton, there are some new princesses coming to town.
We’ve always believed that change is a good thing. Nothing quite brightens our day like feng shui-ing our bedrooms or trying out a new shade of lipstick. Although many people may fear and avoid it, we’re always open to a little change in our lives and our newest transformation has come in the form of jewelry. While we normally covet chunky statement necklaces (which we often layer like here) and arm parties (see here), dainty and delicate jewelry, like from Petite & Co’s Etsy shop, has been grabbing our attention lately. From the creator’s use of simple geometric shapes, to carefully chosen accent colors and surprising elements such as spikes, we love everything about Petite & Co’s design aesthetic. And not to mention the price points start at about $10 a bracelet. It’s true then, less is more.
There’s just something about food that’s made from scratch. We all know that a bag of Chips Ahoy doesn’t stand a chance against your mom’s gooey, homemade chocolate chip cookies and that Eggos don’t a hold a candle to freshly made Belgian waffles. The same holds true for pasta sauce. This recipe for a light lemon cream sauce is our secret weapon when it comes to cooking, and it couldn’t be easier to make! But don’t tell everyone because we’ll loose some street cred. So take your penne from Chef Boyardie to Top Chef just by starting from scratch.
You don’t need to check weather.com to know that it’s officially cold outside and that the pre-winter chill has set in. With the cold though comes some of our favorite things like red cups at Starbucks, giant scarves (see here), and holidays dedicated to eating. When the cold comes around though, we tend to loose the ability to fashion together an outfit that’s not completely black or only made up of warm stretchy materials. As much as we try and resist it, sometimes we just can’t deny the temptation to throw on a sweatshirt and call it a day. Inspired by the studded sweater below though, we created the perfect DIY to step up our game a little on those sweatshirt kind of days to take our look from gym class to high class. See how you can make a studded sweatshirt too!
Christmas came early this year friends, in the form of music. Leave it to Lana Del Rey to lift us out of our music rut by bringing us nine melodic and haunting songs on her latest album, Paradise. Maybe it’s due to the giant girl crush we have her, but Miss Del Rey has outdone herself this time. Her raw and captivating music is a breath of fresh air in a world of catchy pop singles laced with nasally vocals and computer-generatered melodies. Not to mention the music video for her single, “Ride” is a work of art and poetry combined. We just can’t get enough of Lana. Take a listen and you’ll understand why.
If you’ve ever watched The Devil Wears Prada or viewed Anna Wintour’s ice cold demeanor in The September Issue, you know that fashion isn’t always all daisies and rainbows. The world of fashion can be a scary one, and is often times deemed superficial. In the past few years though, the fashion industry has taken a turn for the good as so many more designers are focusing on giving back and making a difference in the world.
A Peace Treaty is an accessories line that proves that fashion and philanthropy go hand in hand. Founded in 2008 by friends Farah Malik and Dana Arbib, A Peace Treaty strives to create ethically-produced jewelry and scarves for the high fashion market place, but do so through artisans living in third world countries suffering from socio-political strife. The artisans are allowed the chance to sharpen their craft while receiving a fair wage that allows them the ability to provide for their family. Not only are all A Peace Treaty products helping provide work for someone in need, their designs are of the highest quality and taste level. We know what’ll be on our Christmas lists this year!
We all know those people who can pull off just about any trend. They have a magical way of combining unlikely items together and somehow end up looking like Carrie Bradshaw every single time. Oh the envy. We promised ourselves this year though that we’d step out of our fashion comfort zones and channel our inner Sarah Jessica Parkers. When we stumbled upon the image below from thesartorialist.com, we knew a gemstone encrusted beanie was just the right risk to take. So like always, we got a little crafty and were surprisingly impressed with the results. A jewel embellished beanie might be a bit of an oxymoron, but then again we’ve never been conventional.
We’re constantly stumbling upon new designers, artists, and clothing lines that inspire us by their creativity and forward-thinking ways. There are just so many talented people out there! So since we’re friends, and friends like to share things, we thought we’d start a new column, Design Love, where we can share with you all the magical discoveries we find.
We came across the incredibly talented artist and knitwear creator, Yokoo, on Etsy.com a few days ago and ever since, we cannot stop drooling over her crocheted, cloud-like creations. The designer spends about fifteen hours a day hand making scarves, hats, and other accessories while watching classic movies and sipping on warm drinks. Not a bad life eh? Although our pockets aren’t quite deep enough to afford her famous Soopascarf just yet, we have a feeling about what we might be purchasing with our first “real world” paychecks. Groceries can wait, our necks are cold.