Flash Tattoos: Transitioning through the seasons

It seemed like everyone was wearing flash tattoos this summer as a fun accessory at the beach or music festivals. Beyoncé was seen in vacation photos wearing these temporary tattoos all over her torso, arms, hands and legs. I know what you may be thinking: How am I supposed to wear these in the middle of November? And although bikini weather has come and gone, these can still be a fun and fashionable way to accessorize your fall outfits.


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One of my favorite collections from Flash Tattoos is Sheebani, named after an orphan who inspired the start of The Miracle Foundation. With each purchase of this tattoo collection, 5% of the proceeds will go toward the foundation. Although the set may seem pricey at $25, it comes with four sheets full of designs that are henna-inspired and very versatile. Designs include elephants and mandalas in addition to an array of different designs that you can put on your ankles, wrists and even fingers. Imagine how you would stand out wearing these with your favorite fall outfit. Below you can see what the collection looks like and how one of the mandalas looks applied to the hand.


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Since it is warmer in Arizona, you can even try putting a tattoo on your back with an open back sweater like the one shown below.


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Applying a tattoo is fairly simple. After cutting out the tattoo and removing the clear sheet, place it face down on your skin and hold a wet cloth on it for about 30 seconds. Once you remove the paper, be sure to let the tattoo set before moving too much and get help from a friend for tricky spots like your back. The tattoos are waterproof and will last 4-6 days with proper care. They can easily be removed with an oil-based makeup remover and are completely safe for your skin.

I hope I helped you find a way to transition these unique accessories from just a summer fad to yearlong fashion trend!

For more information on Flash Tattoos and where to purchase, visit them at http://www.flashtat.com.

Story By Taylor Bishop

Shoesday Tuesday: Music to our Feet

One of the great things about college is the freedom to go anywhere and do anything you want, whenever you want. Hungry at 1 a.m.? Go to In-N-Out! Don’t have class? Have a movie marathon in your room! Want to go to a concert in the middle of the week? Go right ahead (especially if it’s free!).

My roommate and I are quite often participants in random activities during the week, especially in regards to concert attendance. Between the two of us, we have attended ten or more concerts since the beginning of the semester.

Depending on the genre of music, there is a different dress code for each show. So, I asked her to lay out her favorite outfits to wear to concerts, including the best shoes to wear.

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“Most of the concerts I have attended my seats were either general admission or on the floor so I had to choose shoes that were more function rather than fashion,” Kat Chapman said.

The balance between the girly skater skirts and the more masculine tennis shoes like these Converse or Keds creates a put-together functional outfit that allows for the perfect concert experience. It is never ideal to be adjusting your clothes all night, or not being able to dance to your favorite song because your feet are in pain.

Here are a few examples of outfits and shoe options for concerts from my closet.


These sandals not only can dress up any outfit for a night out, but they are perfect for a person who does not want to be on a crowded floor for a concert. These sandals do not have a heel so you can still rock out to your favorite tunes, but this option is definitely more fashion than function.


These boots would be fitting for either seats on the floor, or for watching up in the stands. I personally would wear these boots to a country concert, as they can add a little bit of country flare to any ensemble and are comfortable for dancing and standing for prolonged amounts of time.

What are your favorite shoes to wear to concerts? Post or comment below! Thanks for reading, and walk fabulously my friends.

Story and Photos By Courtney Mally

Campus Street Style | November 24

It was another stylish week on the Downtown Phoenix campus. We kept our eyes peeled for the cutest blazers, jackets, and sweaters and we were not disappointed! Here are our four favorite looks:

Sophomore Sarah Jarvis

Major/Concentration: Journalism

Sarah says her style is always changing, depending on her plans for the day, but she values comfort the most.

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Junior Danika Worthington

Major/Concentration: Journalism

Danika likes to mix masculine and feminine pieces, as she successfully does with her blazer and blouse.

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Freshman Melanie Whyte

Major/Concentration: Journalism

Melanie uses “eclectic” to describe her style, but her mixing and matching pays off with this adorable outfit.

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Freshman Kayla Boyd

Major/Concentration: Medical Studies

Maxi-skirts are Kayla’s fashion must-have, and she pairs the bright prints with solid sweaters.

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Story and Photos By Rachael Bouley and Lindsay Roberts

Refresh Your Manicure

In addition to makeup tutorials and Outfit of the Day pictures, an essential part of any Pinterest or Instagram feed is the classic manicure photo. Sometimes, a nail tutorial is included, showing viewers exactly how to achieve the intricate look. But sometimes you may want something a little easier—that’s where these nine manicure ideas that anyone can do come in. Just pick your desired look, grab your favorite bottles of polish and get ready to load Instagram with your own cute nail pictures.


1 - Classy

This look is a nail success because of its contrasts—the black and white mixed with the dainty pops of pink, geometric stripes and free-spirited floral, the elongating effect of the vertical stripes next to the circular accent flowers. Whichever way you spin it, the look is a mix of professional and feminine that can make any outfit look more put together. Use a striper polish for the lines and a pointed Q-tip for the flowers. (They are just a series of six dots each!)

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Who says neutral has to be boring? Employ two classic neutral shades—black and beige—to create something a bit more eye-catching than one solid color. Reverse the colors (beige dots on black bases) to create a darker look. Just use those handy pointed Q-tips, or the end of a paperclip for even finer dots.


3 - Glam

Nails don’t have to be extravagantly over-the-top in order to be glamorous. Sometimes all it takes is a two-tone design that puts a modern twist on the traditional French manicure. The key to this look is the opposite finishes—bright matte red-orange pops next to shimmery bronze. In order to get a perfectly pointed tip, put a piece of tape diagonally on your nail, basically creating a triangle stencil. Paint on the shimmery base color. Once fully dry, remove the tape, and carefully paint the remaining triangle with the bright polish.

4- Glam

Red, black and white are great colors on their own, but putting them together as a trio takes glamour to its maximum level. Amp up classic red nails with a black and white chevron accent nail. The accent nail may sound intimidating, but just use a striper polish to make the triangular stripes. Chevron is trendy at the moment, but any black and white print (stripes for something modern, polka dots for a more retro throwback) looks great as an accent nail for this look.


5 - Girly

Implement the classic femininity of pink and lavender when you’re feeling a little extra Barbie-like. Mismatched nails also amp up the playful factor. The trick? Have one solid design (in this case, pink), one graphic design (white and lavender stripes), and an accent (floral) to pull everything together in the most fabulous way possible.

6 - Girly

Get on the pastel bandwagon with a cotton candy-inspired manicure. The beauty is in the simplicity. Paint nails all one girly color, then keep your hand steady and just paint on a tip in a complementary shade. Bubblegum pink and mint green are classic pastel hues, but baby blue, powdery lavender, or even pale yellow would also work.


7 - Fun

Throw it back to grade school with a manicure of classic Crayola hues. Draw colors from the rainbow spectrum (red-orange-yellow-green-blue-purple) for a simple order to follow. Anchor all the nails together with a layer of sparkling silver glitter.

8 - Fun

It’s hard to not feel happy when your nails are rocking colorful daisies. Pick two bright shades (like sunshine yellow and lime green) and paint them in alternating order. Use a pointed Q-tip to top each nail with a flower. The bright colors and dotted daisies put a little dose of summer on your nails, even if the weather outside is getting a bit cooler.

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Put a more bohemian twist on the above look by putting white and yellow daisies on a black (or navy blue) background. The flowers are still fun, and the contrast of light on dark really pops. But the black base makes this version better suited for cozier autumn and winter outfits.

Story and Photos By Libby Allnatt

Scarf Style

Scarves are one of the easiest ways to stay warm in the fall while still expressing your personal style. They come in an array of colors and patterns that make styling any outfit for fall both fun and simple. Here are four looks I’ve put together to showcase how versatile scarves can really be!


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Dress up (or warm up) any basic tee with a colorful fall scarf. Scarves can make a basic outfit look that much more put together with almost no extra effort.


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Pair a printed scarf with a pair of black jeggings for a sleek yet simple look. Add a solid colored top and this easy look is complete.


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Accessorize your favorite dress with a pair of riding boots and of course, your favorite fall scarf. Throw on an oversized cardigan if you start to feel chilly.

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Scarves make an excellent accessory for your favorite evening dress. Keep it simple with a solid scarf or mix and match with different prints and patterns.

Scarves can be a great addition to all of your favorite fall outfits. They can be worn with nearly everything in your closet to give any outfit a bit of a stylish boost!

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How to find the Seasonal Balance in AZ

Since moving to Arizona just a few short months ago, I’ve had one realization: no matter what month it is, the weather is a blessing and a curse… always hot! Now, I know that is probably obvious to you reading this, but it still shocks me that in November I don’t need to be bundled up in a parka and boots. Whether one day it is 90 degrees and 70 the next, or the mornings start out quite chilly and the afternoons are causing you to break a sweat, trying to find a balanced way to dress has been a challenge. So, here are some examples of how to stay comfortable, and look on-trend this season.

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I personally love this outfit. The contrast between the preppy-ness of the collar underneath the crewneck and the edgy look of the destroyed jeans is a little unexpected, but they balance each other out for a relaxed but put-together look.

This outfit also gives you the option of taking the crewneck off and still looking on- point when the temperatures rise in the early afternoon. Layering is the key!

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Now, this is the perfect example of the, “I really didn’t want to get ready but I had to because I have stuff to do” outfit. Which I think we all understand at this point in the semester! And honestly, it still looks great. The leggings allow for comfort, but give an equalizing factor with the short-sleeve t-shirt so if the temperatures are a little lower one day, you won’t be freezing. The beanie is not only one of the best ways to hide a bad hair day, but adds the right amount of fall color to tie the entire outfit together.

When I was planning my move out here, I bought a lot of summery clothes like dresses and skirts in order to bear the early-to-mid-August scorching temperatures. Since the weather, although not drastic, is taking a turn toward cooler weather, here is an example of utilizing a summer dress for your fall/winter needs!

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The light, airy fabric of this dress allows for a lot of layering, without overheating. I simply have a black slip on underneath this dress; however, if it is a chillier day you could wear leggings or tights underneath. Or pair the boots with a jean jacket, or even wear a long-sleeve t-shirt to compensate for the colder temperatures. I love the simplicity of this black dress, because it allows for various uses and a lot of outfit options.

I hope this helped inspire some not-too-warm, but still hot fall looks! What is your favorite outfit combination for fall in Arizona? Post or comment below. Thanks for reading!

Photos and Article by Courtney Mally

Vogue: A History of The Fashion Bible

If you love fashion, odds are that Vogue magazine is one of your monthly subscriptions. Since the first issue of Vogue was published in 1892, the magazine flourished into a globally recognized fashion and lifestyle magazine that publishes 23 national editions, has an average print circulation of 11.3 million subscribers and 1.6 million online readers. It is no surprise the magazine is often referred to as “The Fashion Bible.” Here is a brief history of “The Fashion Bible” by its most groundbreaking covers.

December 1892: Vogue, then a weekly magazine, releases its first issue ever in America by founding publisher Arthur Turnure.


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1909: Vogue thrived after Condé Nast Publications acquired the magazine. The magazine started printing more pages and its main audience became women.


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1916 –1920: Vogue made its overseas debut in England in 1916. Due to it’s popularity there, Condé Nast published the first issue of French Vogue in 1920.


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July 1932: The first issue with a colored photograph as the cover. Edward Steichen, a world-famous photographer, took the photo for the cover and the pages of Vogue were no longer illustrated by only drawings.


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1960s: American Vogue fell under the leadership of Diana Vreeland. Issues became more sexy and liberal as celebrities started gracing the covers. Sophia Loren was one of the first celebrities on the cover of Vogue.


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1988: Noted for her bob cut hairstyle, the infamous Anna Wintour became editor-in-chief of American Vogue in 1988. She sought to reshape Vogue by enticing younger readers. The November 1988 issue was the first under Anna Wintour’s leadership.


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Present Day: Anna Wintour remains the editor-in-chief of American Vogue. She continues to experiment with new concepts that would make the magazine appeal to a wider audience. She also discovers new talent in the world of fashion every year through the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award. She surprised the fashion world this September when she included not one, but three models on the issue’s cover.


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Story By Serena Zhang