Belt Bags

In the 80’s the fanny packs were invented for a lifestyle accessory. You could accessibly add all your basic necessities into a bag attached at the waist and enjoy your day. The fanny pack consisted of rayon packaging and neon colors no one cared for.

Obviously, this trend was never a hit. Yet, the concept of easy  travel and mobility were still a necessity. Taking a hint from sorority girls across the states, who use fanny packs religiously for all greek day events,  brands where able to reinvent the waist bag concept.

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Giving the mockable bag a comeback, Gucci’s Marmont GG leather belt bag lead the comeback. The started the reinvention with a new name, a belt bag. Simple but trendy. Plus with the 2017 environment toward classy minimalistic clothing the designer brands was perfect to pioneer the trend.

As festival season approached in 2018 every influencers online seemed to have a version of the leather staple. The belt bag appeared to be everywhere. It was the perfect accessory, clean, classy, and cute.

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High brands then adopted the iconic Gucci enablement. Brandy Melville added a horse bit across the faux leather pouch. Revolve took a different approach adding different belts to go with their bag. Nordstrom’s offers the belt bag in vegan leather or an eco-friendly version of cotton. All of these affordable styles appealed to brand marketers on instagram.

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Anyone who is currently following Coachella 2018, week 1 fashion can note that this style was rampant. It fit the music festival’s laid back modern bohemian vibe. The belt bag made transportation from one concert to another as easy as ever.

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Notably, the belt bag unlike its dinosaur ancestor, the fanny pack will be here to stay.

Five for Five Finds

Sales are easy to spot during hallmarked times. Christmas, New Years, Black Friday, Valentines, President’s Day, Easter, and Fourth of July are notorious for the targeted consumer giveaways.

Yet, when the holiday seasons are over its harder to spot the good deals or cheaper buys. Below are a few e-commerce stores that have good quality deals for five dollars or under.

  1. Forever 21– Offers 500 accessories all under five dollars. These items range from face masks to dorm decor. There are multiple chokers and scrunchies. The stores sale section and basic shop have physical clothing pieces for the cheaper price.
  2. Dog Dog– A quirky and modern clothing store has several inexpensive products. Primarily they have accessories and slogan shirts under five dollars. The store also has flower crowns and eccentric phone cases. For fun and minimalist fashion statements Dog Dog is the place to shop.
  3. Modcloth– Their home decor and accessories department always have a few items under five. While, most iteams are custom and quality. The store occasionally has a good sale on their products, making these quick deals wonderful. Especially since most of Modcloth’s products are $25 or over.
  4. Nasty Gal– Is hosting an amazing 80% off sale. This sale is featuring items starting at $2.00. You can find multiple products in the two to five dollar range in the first few listing of this sale. My favorite products I’ve seen are their artsy cards and fluffy scarves. They also have a few shirts, tassel earrings, highlighter, and bikini bottoms. All products are great buys for summer.
  5. YesStyle– is a Korean clothing store that offers custom items. Most of the store is cost efficient for lovely embroidered products. My personal favorites under five dollars are their beret hats.  They also have adorable socks, unicorn inspired beauty products, lace shorts, and play suites that fall into the five and under category. The whole store is a hidden online gem.

Missguided Top

In 2009 Nitin Passi founded and jump started the international, UK based, brand Missguided. Since its humble origins the brand has now expanded into an iconic label in young adult fashion.  Missguided is a lovely clothing site that can turn your wardrobe into a statement promoting edgy and creative looks.

The brand promotes flirty and dreamy fashion products for each occasion. Missguided offers several fun patterns from floral to snake skin prints. Likewise, there are several refreshing denim cuts that are a classic for all trends. Basic apparel or the necessities were given a modern twist. All products represent bold and fun lifestyle wear.

This weekend I kicked off my Friday with a classic pair of lace jeans. They were my current favorite style of tie, high waist denim. The lacing on the rib-bits were creme along with dark stitching on the sides.

To pair the outfit I choose to wear my new Missguided bardot top. The blouse was off the shoulders and had curled trimmed cut. The crop top was hemmed and offered a slimming feature with its neutral coloring. The blouse was a petite wardrobe item. Thus, making it wonderful for my small 5’2 frame. I had the crop top in my closet for a while so I was overjoyed to war it.

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Finalizing, my outfit choice I elected to match my outfit with a pair of black platform open toe wedges. They added a little bit of height to the outfit. The shoes also color coordinated with my Missguided top.

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Wombat Mange Care

Wombats are an Australian native species. They are apart of the macropod family; a marsupial branch of species located in the vast country’s wildlife. Like other marsupial animals they have fallen ill recently.

The spread of this disease is  disastrous because it is targeting wombats. These macropods, particularly the Northern Hairy Nosed Wombats,  are on conservation lists as endangered. As a vet student, a pillar I study under is sharing conservation methodology. Which is why I often write about God’s lovely creators on my blog.  Due to the endangerment of this species it is crucial to spread information on disease prevention and citizen residential support.

For most macropod animals vulnerability to the disease is much to blame for having weaker immune system. Unlike other macropods, wombat’s issues fall under the issue of mange. The mangy disease is attacking the small population of the 250 left in the wild.

Mange in basic jargon is when mites burrow into the skin. Thus evolving into itching, scabs, sores, and redness in the skin. Likewise, hair loss and crusty skin occur. After being infected with mange for a duration of a month the eyes and nose will crust over. An infection over a month will result in thicker scabbed skin resulting in death.

If a wombat is found by a resident and appears to exhibit these symptoms it is important to first enter the wombats information into WomSAT. Notably, WomSAT is an online citizen encounter report. After that information is logged be sure to contact an exotic veterinarian for care instructions or a local shelter.

If that isn’t available due to the location and vast outback of Australia take a holistic approach to healing the wombat. Utilize herbs and lotions that include valerian, aloe, chamomile, St John’s wort and kava. Particularly, bathing a wombat in aloe juice is the optimal choice. The aloe and chamomile offer a calming and anti-anxiety solution that doesn’t allow for disease progress and post care stress of the animal. Treatment should occur until the skin starts to heal. This can take a few months.

Wombats often suffer anxiety and stress. So, a normal treatment for mange will not work for wombats. These macropods will become stressed if given an antiparasitic steroid. Likewise, over the counter treatment for canine sarcoptic mange or didactic mange should not be applied. While, these medications might appeal to animal rehabilitators it can prevent the wombat’s immune system to warding off parasites in the future. In fact it makes them more susceptible to getting mange in the future.

Conservation of wombats, especially the Northern Hairy Nosed Wombats, is much-needed. Aiding these marsupial animals in the wake of disease is crucial. Due to their weak immune system it is vital to care for wombats in a holistic way and log their information. Contacting a shelter or veterinarian is optimal in this situation. Future hope for all macropod animals in the Australian wildlife scenery lies within proper research.

SSENSE CHANGE

For many young adults and aspiring stylists we mixed and matched clothes with a popular fashion platform, Polyvore. One could win competitions to fashion week, gain deals on your favorite designer brands, receive gift cards to popular online stores, shop for coveted trends, and test out your own personal wardrobe in cute sets. The app helped expand several style and create an online following centered around fashion.

However, polyvore is no more. The iconic fashion app was acquired by SSENSE. Notably, SSENSE is a e-commerce website that already had an enormous following. The site enables subscribers to make online orders from over 400 stores and be updated with fashion trends on their blog. Their blog showcases fashion statements throughout the years, along with today’s current trends.

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This function is similar to the online shopping search engine that polyvore showcased. Despite the similarity to polyvore, SSENSE still does not offer a outlet for members to create. The lack of fashion set innovation has caused an uproar over the acquisition, of the Oath Inc. subsidiary of Verizon. Due to the lack of sets, a term utilized for promoting your own fashion mood boards, the acquisition has struck uncertainty.

Particularly,  the 20 million active members are upset. The lack of knowledge on the acquisition has caused some hurt. Many users are at loss for the connections and friendships they’ve forged on the site. While, others are still trying to piece how they can access their property, mood boards they’ve forged.

While many like myself are searching for another fashion outlet admit the acquisition, there is still significance to SSENSE. The expanding site has brought upon us a large market to shop from.

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The hope of the site rests in the vast brands it offers us to browse from. Subscribers can search by style, category, gender, and brand. SSENSE also has a search engine to help one navigate the thousands of clothing options available. To refine searches on can sort by price and newest availability.

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So, SEENSE may have rid itself of our favorite fashion mood boards but it still holds promise to providing us the best online shopping experience. SSENSE offers the future of e-commerce based clothing stores. What we can take from this acquisition, is to SSENSE change.

Easter Sunday Outfit

“And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.”  1 Cor. 6:14

While Easter is about the resurrection of Jesus and celebrating the arise of new life, first world culture still places significance on Easter appeal. Whether it be from the brunch too a Sunday service there is an unspoken dress code for an Easter outfit.

The first unspoken word is to wear a softer color. Particularly, a pastel color works wonders. The popular color of the spring season is yellow. However, I wore a light pastel pink dress. I also saw multiples of lavender and baby blues throughout the day.

In the same fashion, a spunky print is also recommend. Polka dots and stripes were common due to the 2018 trend. Yet, the season classic and staple is to wear a floral pattern. Simple floral patterns that are stunning are daisy and roses. Also stitched outlines of flowers add an elegant touch. In my dress I had embroidered flowers and butterflies adorning the dress.

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Likewise, length actually matters. On Easters mini skirts and bodycon dresses should be avoided. A general guideline is to follow a business casual protocol, especially if you are going to be in attendance for a church service. A mid-thigh for skirts and dress length is a general standard for the holiday event. For those that are petite like me, an often struggle with this unspoken rule, can wear a shorter trim line skirt with mesh extending the length protocol. This is what I did with my dresses skirt line. The actual dress was shorter, yet the mesh was longer.

Notably, the last unspoken rule is shoes. While, I’m a fan of funky and edgy shoes that often make my outfit pop, I choose to follow the monday wardrobe capsule. A plain pair of heels that didn’t exceed 3 inches. I went with a pair of rounded nude heels. Similarly, white, grey, navy, or black heels would work as well.

 

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My outfit of the day was a more casual look then normal. When I’m not in scrubs or dressage apparel I try to wear chic outfits. However, I wanted to have a simpler look for taking my dog out to the park.

So, I sported my favorite brand and basic wardrobe staples. I opted for a cute flowy off the shoulder floral two way top from Billabong. The base of the top was black with soft white pink and yellow flowers printed among the top.

I then paired both with my favorite pair of jeans. A white lace up high rise denim jeans from Billabong. The jeans are a staple of mine due to the nice fit and stylish edge the lace provides.

Likewise I then matched the outfit with cute wedges I got from surf stitch. The black vegan pleather wedges provided height and a cute edge with the jeans. The little heel on the wedges helped elongate the outfit. To accessorize I wore a friendship bracelet from a sorority sister and a cute toe ring from the sawdust festival.

My outfit was laid back. Yet it still flowed nicely with the spring feelings, especially since Perth is in the “winter” season. Overall the outfit was ideal for a laidback warm weather look!