change is coming

Letter From The Editor: Transition Is Our Mission


Whether you’ve been a loyal reader, an occasional visitor or happened to stumble upon The Chic Daily today, welcome. For those that don’t know, our blog is a collaborative effort by Arizona State University’s Fashion Journalist Club (FJC). With Libby Allnatt as second-in-command, Madison Rowbotham is taking over the presidential reigns and I’m stepping in as editor.

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Just like fashion and technology, our style and staff are always evolving, with a few constants to drive the change. This spring, we’re making a commitment to expand our content, deliver more event coverage and ensure our evolution shows.

What to expect:

  • Site makeover
  • New Lifestyle section
  • Incorporation of local businesses and events

Karl Lagerfeld said, “Fashion is about two things: the evolution and the opposite,” and those words fit perfectly with the idea of what’s to come.

We had our first meeting of the semester: we met, we discussed, we pitched, we got a special visit from the ladies of the Sparkle Bar. The change is already evident to us, and soon it will be to you too.

Without further ado, meet our spring class of 2016.



Candice Maniga


College couture: How to dress cute for five days of class

By Libby Allnatt

After an entire month of wearing mostly sweatpants and old high school t-shirts (what up Christmas break), the idea of dressing up for class each day sounded mildly overwhelming.

But with an arsenal of new pieces thanks to the holidays, I was kind of excited to put together some new ensembles. I made the resolution to try and look as on-point as possible all week, no lazy-day clothes allowed! (But comfy stuff is welcome, obvi. Comfort is key when trekking around school.) Here are the five looks I put together (via Polyvore and in real life) for the week with items you may already have in your closet.

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Monday: That excited first-day-of-school feeling has followed me to college, and it always visits me on the first day of a new semester. Naturally, I wanted to break out my new coral scarf for my first day of class. The black jeggings and denim jacket kept it cold-weather appropriate (but this is Arizona, so by “cold,” I mean 60 degrees). The heeled ankle boots weren’t exactly the best choice, since Monday is one of my more extensive travel days, but I have no regrets (sorry, feet). I also broke out my rarely-used coral lipstick to go with the neck candy. Neutral basics + a pop of color = foolproof go-to outfit.
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Tuesday: On the second day of the week, I wanted to be a bit more comfortable (the stiff denim jacket and heeled boots the day before were cute, but not conducive to easy mobility). So I donned a new pair of printed legs in a dark color palette, a sheer black blouse, and nude flats. I often find it hard to make leggings look anything but casual, but I’m hoping that accessorizing with nice bracelets and buttoning my blouse all the way up to the neck (my secret trick for making button-ups look really polished) made the look a bit more dressed up.
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Wednesday: This day kicked off with a more professional obligation in the morning, then a full day of class afterward. Fashion magazines always tell you how to navigate that pesky day-to-night transition (remove your cardigan/add a statement necklace/swipe on some red lipstick and you’re ready for after-work drinks with the gals!). So this was my attempt at figuring out how to look professional in the morning and casual-cute the rest of the day (not to mention comfy) without having to change any actual clothing. Enter my black striped sweater and maroon skater skirt. I wore my nude ballet flats and a simple watch in the morning, then changed them out for sporty white Converse sneakers and a charm bracelet to make the look cuter for class. I also threw on a hair bow because why not.
Screen Shot 2016-01-14 at 8.21.55 PMThursday: This is when things started to get tricky. Due to coming back from winter break and my unwillingness to do laundry this week, options were limited. I have skirts and dresses galore, but the previous day’s maroon skirt left my legs a’shiverin. So, I re-wore the black jeggings from Monday. (If this is gross to you, I’m sorry. I would love to live in your world where you apparently have new, clean, crisp things to wear every day of your life. We’ve all done it.) Anyway, I also opted for the denim jacket and the brown ankle boots again (After all, the repeating rules are more relaxed for outerwear and shoes.. right?). This time, I passed up Monday’s preppy look and tried to go more rock ‘n’ roll with a black tee and a neon statement necklace. I definitely felt pretty badass in the sleek look, and it made me want to adopt more monochromatic ensembles into my life (or a simple trademark look, like Steve Jobs’ black turtlenecks). So if you need to repeat some items during the week, have #NoShame and just rework the outfit with different accessories to create a new vibe.

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Friday: I rounded out the week with one of my favorite classic college looks – printed leggings, a simple tee, and a black cardigan. You can never go wrong with something bold (whether it’s a crazy print or a bright hue) paired with neutral basics. Add in my trusty ankle boots, a delicate necklace, and brown lipstick for some extra glam and it was time to call it a day… and a week.

So there you have it! Five days of chic can be difficult, but if you re-work some of your favorite pieces and aren’t afraid to try something new, then congrats! You’ve aced your crash course in campus fashion. (#SorryNotSorry for the cheesy academic jokes.) I’ll probably try the experiment again when the weather warms up a bit so I can break out my plethora of skater skirts and sundresses.

DIY Holiday Nail Art

Story and pictures by Mikayla Morehead

Christmas is just around the corner and there is so much to do in so little time. If you don’t have time to get your nails done, no worries! Below are three easy DIY holiday nail tutorials:


 It wouldn’t be Christmas without snowflakes!

Step One: Paint a coat of red nail polish on your finger

Step Two: Make a cross in the middle of your finger with white nail polish

Step Three: Draw V’s on each end of the cross

Step Four: Draw an X in the middle of the cross

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Step One: Paint a coat of red nail polish on your finger.

Step Two: With white nail polish draw thin diagonal lines up and down your finger.


Nothing say Happy Holidays more than a cute little snowman!

Step One: Grab light blue nail polish and polish your nail completely.

Step Two: Grab a dotter tool and dip the tip with white nail polish to make the base of the snowman.

Step Three: Dip the dotter tool once again but this time, make the dot smaller than the first. This will be the head of the snowman.

Step Four: With the dotter make three small black dots down the body of the snowman. Add two small black dots side by side on the head of the snowman to make the eyes.

Step Five: Add a cute carrot nose by dipping the dotter in orange nail polish and putting the dot under the eyes.

Step Six: Draw a red scarf on the snowman by drawing a line in between the body and head. Once there is a line, attach two diagonal lines to the end of the first line.

Step Seven: Your snowman is almost done but with every snowman there is a hat. Above the snowman connect four brown dots to make a square. Add a brown line under the square to make a hat.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Guide

By Madison Rowbotham

It’s that time of year again where Ugly Christmas Sweaters are making the casual appearance at every holiday party you attend. Whether you buy one, or get your creative on and DIY, everyone can agree that these sweaters are all the rage during the holiday season and make for a good laugh. For those of you don’t have one of these sweaters that only makes an appearance once a year stuffed at the back of your closet, here are some festive sweaters to get you into that holiday spirit:

Everyone knows the line “Merry Christmas, Ya filthy animal” from the movie Home Alone, you know the one where a boy’s parents forget him at home during Christmas vacation and he has to protect his house from a pair of burglars. This sweater will evoke the same humorous reaction as watching the movie. Prepare for a lot of laughs.


Perhaps, the greatest sweater I’ve seen so far this holiday season- a nod to Drake’s “Hotline Bling” music video. By now, everyone has seen the video and can’t help but chuckle at some of his interesting dance moves. This sweater features some of his moves, complete with some snowflakes to add more of a holiday feel. Prepare to be the highlight of the party with this fun holiday Drake sweater.


Anyone who has seen the movie Mean Girls will appreciate this sweater. Everyone remembers the iconic line, “FOUR for you, Glenn Coco! You go, Glenn Coco”. This pink sweater even has four candy canes, you know so it’s accurate with the line in the movie. Prepare for people yelling the movie line at you from across the room the entire night.

ugly-christmas-sweaters-12I think the goal of any DIY Christmas sweater is to make it as loud and obnoxious as you possibly can. I’m talking ornaments, glitter, garland, bows- anything that really screams Christmas. Prepare for a lot of compliments on your very merry decked out holiday sweater.


Of course there are many more out there, just find one that suits your style. This is your chance to go all out and take that first place win on the best Ugly Christmas Sweater.


Holiday Treats

By Madison DeHaven

The winter holiday season is upon us. What better way to spread holiday cheer, (besides singing loud for all to hear, as said in the movie Elf than making some homemade treats? You can give them away as gifts or bring them to a holiday party. It can also be a fun way to spend time with friends and family by making them together.

Spiced Gumdrop Cookies

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Photo and recipe courtesy of: Taste of Home

When I first heard about these, I was pretty skeptical. Gummy candies in cookies? As strange as it sounds, the traditional holiday candy creates a pleasantly chewy cookie. They will definitely add a holiday flavor to otherwise plain sugar cookies.

Some recipes also include nuts and raisins to give the cookies extra texture and flavor.

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

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For a refreshing and sweet treat, add some peppermint to your basic chocolate chip cookie recipe. You can use a peppermint extract or, for extra color and flare, peppermint candy pieces or crushed candy canes. You can even sprinkle more crushed candy cane on top as a garnish.

To give them an extra wintery appearance, add a layer of snow. Just roll the cookie dough in powdered sugar before popping them in the oven.

Cherry Coconut Snowballs

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Photo and recipe courtesy of: Chef in Training

Many people have never experienced a white winter. It’s a little difficult to make snowballs without snow, but these snowball cookies are just as fun. This recipe could actually be customized in a few ways to better suit your taste. The maraschino cherry in the center will add a sweet, fruity kick. However, feel free to leave it out for a simpler flavor. If you want to make it a little fancier, you could roll your snowballs in white chocolate for a more solid coating, cake pop-style.

Graham Cracker Houses

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Photo and recipe courtesy of: The Decorated Cookie

Not really into baking? There’s still a holiday treat for you to enjoy, no oven required. Using graham crackers, you can make a pseudo-gingerbread house with frosting and your favorite candies. You can decorate an individual square like a cookie, or you can construct a three-dimensional house like a real gingerbread house.

What are some your favorite holiday treats? Whether you’re baking for friends, an office party or family gathering, these quick recipes are sure to inspire some holiday spirit this winter.