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My latest obsession is the studded jacket.  Well, it isn’t the latest but it’s the one that I’ve most recently accomplished.  See, the thing is that I’ve been loving punk fashion since I was about 13 years old.  All that time in between I’ve been wanting and craving for a chance to go and wear it.  Those chances have been available for so long but now I’ve finally done it.  The other thing is: I don’t like silver.  I’m a gold kind of girl so I needed some gold studs.  That’s where the whole stud craze came in.  Since everyone is going mad about spikes, the market finally opened for gold studs.  Yay!   Ok enough talk here’s my outfit:

Jacket: Forever 21

Shoes: Cole Haan

Socks: TJ Maxx

Shirt: H&M

Necklaces: My own gold nameplate necklace and a Medic Alert Coin pendant (NOT FOR FASHION PURPOSES.  PLEASE DO NOT WEAR THIS AS AN ACCESSORY UNLESS NEEDED)

Skirt: Urban Outfitters

Earrings: Betsey Johnson


This is something new I want to try.  I’ve always loved looking at street style on blogs.  In person I do it too and call it by something a little different (AKA people watching).  So, in my little city of Pittsburgh I believe there to be a a huge amount of totally rad street style.  Here’s my plan: to update you weekly on different neighborhoods or events I go to.  Now, the whole world will know that Pittsburgh has just about the coolest and most unique set of people. 

This past Thursday, I competed in a live Style-Off for Project Style in Pittsburgh.  It was hosted by the Robinson Mall and was INTENSE.  First of all, I’ve never been a competitive person.  Somehow, I found a part of myself that was determined to win and it basically enveloped every other part of me.  I was so excited and prepared by looking though magazines, shopping around the mall beforehand, and of course trying everything on (which I never do).

Here’s how it went down:

  • You arrive in the outfit you were wearing in the previous round.
  • You are given a $200 gift card to the mall to shop for a new outfit
  • There’s a twist!  Each one of us were given an accessory that we had to incorporate into our outfits.  Mine was a cheetah scarf I used as a shirt
  • Put on your outfit and RUN back to the stage to show it off.  Answer a few questions and you’re done!
  • THE PRIZE: If I won this, I would receive $1000 to shop and a chance to move onto the next round of Project Style: a national competition with a prize of going to NY Fashion Week.

Before I continue, I need to say this:


Showing off our original outfits. I’m the tiny one all the way on the left

Shoes: Forever 21

Pants: Forever 21

Shirt: Made from a cheetah print scarf

On My Feet: I have spiked bracelets from both Aldo and Charlotte Russe.  Put them on your ankle for a little extra oomph

On My Hand: Studded Bracelet from Forever 21.  My bag is from Aldo

Jacket: The jacket itself is from Forever 21.  To add a little something extra, I grabbed some stud earrings from Aldo and stuck them on the pockets.

Necklace and Earrings: I wore Forever 21 jewelry.  The necklace is wrapped around my neck to add layering.  I have two sets of earrings on

Hair and Makeup: DONE BY ME!!

Me and my Mama. She managed “Team Gianna” and turned out to have a pageant mom hidden inside her

Me and my Boy

What I Learned: I had the most awesome outfit I’ve ever put together.  Even though I didn’t win, I felt like I did.  My whole family was there to support me, and I know that I’ll still make it big in fashion.  I did some DIY, had the greatest hair there, and bought leather tuxedo pants all in one night.  How could I be sad?

Outfit Inspiration: For those of you who will sit here and read all of this, here you go.  I knew going in to the competition what I wanted to wear.  First of all, tuxedo pants.  I’ve always wanted a Tom Ford women’s tuxedo.  It’s classic style and looks so chic if you do it right.  Second of all, I love retro.  So I knew I had to somehow put that little bit of style in there.  That’s how the hair and makeup came to be.


PS: Congratulations to Anna, Leslie, and Anna for winning each of their rounds.  Their outfits were awesome.  This was a search for the next Trendsetter and their outfits all showed off how they’re wearing what they love in fashion. 


Ok, readers I’m in big need of your help!

I’m a semifinalist in the Project Style Contest 2012 at the Mall at Robinson here in Pittsburgh.  It’s Round 2 and I’m in need of as many votes as possible.  Dates to vote: June 15- June 30.

You can vote 1 time per day.  It’s easy: just create a profile and vote!

The final prize if I can get through each round is a trip to NYC Fashion Week!  So please help me out and vote!  Show some love to a blogger and stylist in need 🙂

Here’s my outfit and entry video just in case you were wondering:

Shirt: H&M, $17.95
Pants: Delia’s, $39.50
Earrings: H&M, $5.95
Necklace: H&M, $9.95
Nail Polish: H&M, $4.95
*Personal Item: My grandmother’s gold chained belt.
White Flowers: H&M, $3.95
Neon Flowers: H&M, $3.95
Golden Hair Comb: H&M, $5.95
Sunglasses: H&M, $9.95
Shoes: H&M, $17.95
Corazon Bracelet: BCBGeneration via Macy’s, $18

Oh and just so you all know, I’ve been tapping into the DIY trend lately.  I painted the bottom of my sneakers with some nail polish I bought at H&M.  Let’s me change the color as much as I want and get a good manicure, too!

Theme of my outfit:

Three Chained Ankle Bracelet

I’ve been searching for the right gold ankle bracelet, but have yet to find one.  When in doubt, just make your own!  Here’s how I made this three chained gold ankle bracelet.  It’s meant to hook on with any heels.  I can’t wait to wear it with an all black outfit and stand out.  More pictures to come soon of ways to wear them!

Here’s the mini tutorial. These are the two different types of pliers I used.  One was used to open the thicker chain and the smaller one did the rest.

Next step is to pick out your chains.  This to me was the hardest part.  You can pick out whichever ones you like.  I bought these from Pacific Trimming a while back.  You can have a thicker chain for your ankle to help distribute the weight better if it bothers you.

Measure out how large your ankle is for the smaller chain that you wrap around it.  Then measure for the thicker chain that will go under your heel.

This one will go on the back of your heel. This is supposed to be for belts or buttons, but you can still use it here.

Pick out another thicker chain, like the one above, to go on the back of your heel.  Now that you have all your pieces, it’s time to put them together.  This part is pretty simple.  Use your pliers to attach them all to a ring on either end.  So each end has a ring attached to it and holding the three together.  Attach one end to the clasp.  Wrap the chain around to see where you should link the other end of your chains. 


I’ve been wanting a Frida Kahlo inspired head piece for a while, but feel as though it’s not exactly the best thing to wear every day.  Here’s a little mini version with some of my own style added to it- aka the gold chain.  Adding some gold chain can fix everything.

My frightening workspace.

What you need:

  • Glue Gun
  • Flowers- any color will do.   I find that going to Michael’s or Jo-Ann Fabrics to buy a whole bouquet is the cheapest.  Just separate each flower and snip off as much of the stem as possible so they don’t show or stick out of the clip.
  • Hair comb
  • Gold Chain- I buy from Pacific Trimming
  • Scissors- to cut the flowers with
  • Gold Hoop Rings- to link the three gold chains to
  • Pliers- to link the three chains to the gold hoop

The Hoop is over the glued flower stem

To start, glue a few flowers to the clip.  Then, link your three chains to the golden hoops. There should two gold hoops that attach to both ends of the chains.  In order to get the chain onto the clip, just glue it down.  I hung mine over top of one of the flower stems.

Then, do the same with the other side of the chain.  Keep gluing flowers down so that there is a large quantity of them and you don’t see the base of the clip.  Once you’ve done that, you’re done!  Pretty simple.