The Twitter Revolution

Boston, MA- The Arab Spring is a regional phenomenon that began in Tunisia on December 18th, 2010. The revolution began with the self-immolation of Mohammed Bouazizi, a fruit vendor who set himself on fire to protest against the high levels of unemployment, high costs of food, high levels of corruption, censorship laws and lack of freedom of speech. This led to a series of demonstrations across the country which eventually led to the resignation of Zine Ben-Ali. This seemed like an isolated event yet it would soon be understood that it was anything but.  Little did the world know that this phenomenon would spread through all of North Africa and some of the gulf countries as well.

The domino effect of the Arab Spring that was initiated by Tunisia was immediately followed by another North African country: Egypt. Things played out differently in Egypt since Hosni Mubarak’s regime was already alert that a “Tunisian-Style” explosion could occur in his own country.  In Egypt,the protests ran for 18 days until finally on March 4th, Mubarak resigned from his position as president of the country.The level of importance of this revolution was not only measured by outcome but also because of the methods utilized in order to achieve the success they did.

The usage of social media in order to organize these protests was probably the most influential factor in the entire revolution.  In countries where things like internet censorship, news bias and alteration and government oppression towards freedom of speech were the norm, the common citizen rebelled against this oppression and utilized tools such as facebok and twitter in order to voice their ideals. The revolution was actually documented by the bloggers, twitter users and YouTube stars more so than the mainstream news networks. Hence the nickname “The Twitter Revolution.”

Apparently you CAN judge a woman by her shoes

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, so I tend to rely on judging based on watches and drink orders. But now studies show that you CAN actually judge a girl by what she’s wearing on her feet.

Article retrieved from The Huffington Post.

The old adage goes: “Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins.” But, according to researchers, you may not have to walk at all to judge a person by his or her shoes.

In a study conducted at the University of Kansas, people were able to accurately judge demographic and personality traits of complete strangers simply by looking at their most frequently worn shoes. It turns out 90 percent of a person’s characteristics can be determined just by examining the style, cost, color and condition of their footwear.

As expected, extroverts wore flashy shoes (Ashanti’s sex shoes come to mind…), wealthy people wore more expensive shoes and conscientious people kept their footgear cleaner. And if you’ve ever thought a girl in ankle boots was aggressive, you’d probably be right.

We were surprised to see that those who wore uncomfortable looking shoes tended to be calm people. The last time we wore 6-inch heels, we weren’t in the most serene mood (but perhaps that’s why they wouldn’t be our most frequently worn pair). Mad respect goes to Jessica Simpson who teetered in stilettos during her third trimester of pregnancy.

The one demographic that participants in the study had a hard time judging? Those with boring shoes. Apparently, those shoe owners described themselves as “aloof and repressive,” had a hard time forming relationships and weren’t able to communicate many of their traits in real-life. (We wonder what this says about Kate Middleton’s nude pumps.)

Whether or not it’s our intention, our shoes are doing much of the talking for us. So if you want to appear more attractive, maybe it’s time you invest in a pair of Kanye’s Nike Air Yeezy II sneakers. Or you can just keep the shoes you already have clean

Disney movies that stuck with us part II

A pair of Louboutins are certainly the stuff that dreams are made of in Florida, so its no surprise that the hallowed house has announced its intention to take on the most sought-after and sigh-inducing shoes of all time. Can you guess which fairytale foot the brand is taking inspiration from? We’ll give you some hints: Due to the material, this heel wouldn’t be optimal for walking days or our yearly trip to the Magic Kingdom, they may be great to wear out (but not past midnight) and before Louboutin made the shoe, it only came from Fairy Godmothers (or, um, Marc Jacobs). Yep, in honor of Cinderella‘s appearance on BluRay and DVD this fall, Christian Louboutin is making the iconic glass slipper.

Of course, Christian’s Cinderelly’s slipper is supposed to have a “magic touch” on the shoes, and we wouldn’t need any magic to guess that his special addition might appear as a bright and bold sole. Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo. (WWD)

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Bye Shoecide

I’m pretty sure that when Levi Strauss came up with the blue jean he didn’t imagine that the pants he had created to make it more comfortable for farm workers to work in their fields, would progress into a luxury item that every person would have in their closet. I assume the same of the people of Nike, Adidas, Reebok and other sneaker brands who probably never envisioned a sport shoe would become a status symbol as well.

But designers have proved us wrong once again. This season sneakers are not only in, but some of them contain heels and platforms so when they are worn they cause the same effect a stiletto would on a woman’s leg– minus the shoecide. And the prices of these shoes have catapulted way above than a pair of Louboutins would, making them not only trendy but a sort of anti-status symbol that any fashionista should include in her closet.

Here are a few examples of this season’s high end sneakers.

The whole ‘luxury sneakers’ frenzy began with Isabel Marant’s Willow sneakers. These include an inner platform that is not visibly apparent but the effect if causes on a girl’s leg is pretty much the same that a platform sandal would create. Endless amounts of celebrities, fashion bloggers, and trendy girls who can shed $770 for a pair of sneakers have been spotted wearing these Marant shoes.

Miu Miu glitter studded leather sneakers

More Miu Miu

Balenciaga.

Marc Jacobs Wedge Sneakers

Luis Vuitton Sneakers

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More Luis Vuitton

Ysl Sneakers

Maison Martin Margiela cutout sneakers. The perfect hybrid between sneaker and sandal.

See by Chloe Leather & Suede Wedge Velcro Hi-Top Sneaker

Multicolored Marants.

Make a statement, Leave an impression.

This month, I’m all about the statement necklaces.

Olivia Palermo Jewelry

Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo Jewelry

Once again.

Yours truly.

And once again.

Dannijo Necklaces.

Baroque inspired Lanvin necklace.

Embroided Fabric Necklace.

Chiara Ferragni - 'Let's Party' By Coin

Chiara Ferragni.

Blake Lively Jewelry

And of course, my girl obsession Blake Lively.

Fashion, The Rite Way

 “I run everything out of my dorm” says the soft-spoken Emerson College sophomore Jake Bailey as he sits in the school’s Max Lounge. At 19-years-old Bailey is not only studying full-time as a Marketing major but also has his own urban street wear brand Rite Brothers CO.

The brand was inspired by the area of Houston where Bailey lived in, since in his town there was a great mixture of people both from Texas and from the rest of the country. There were a lot of people originally from California, that moved to Houston and brought their own style and mixed it up with the local one. Bailey remembers how the norm at his high school was to wear nice jeans and a funky t-shirt. His classmate’s funky style was ultimately what inspired him to start his own t-shirt brand. Bailey says, “If I hadn’t gone to that high school I wouldn’t have developed a taste for fashion”

So what makes Rite Brothers co. so original? Well, this company not only has eye-catching designs printed on their t-shirts but also focuses on providing its clients with a high quality product that will last you through the years which is something rarely found in most urban street wear brands. Another thing that makes this brand so special is the fact that it has a story. As its name says, Rite Brothers co. is inspired by the success of the brothers of the same name, however spelled differently, in their creation and vision of the airplane. Bailey chose them as inspiration because of their persistence in the creation of the airplane. While millions tried, it was the Wright brothers were the ones who actually got it right. They didn’t give up in the face of adversity.

Even though Bailey created this company, all the credit for it cannot be awarded to him. He has a team of about nine people- both within Emerson and outside as well- working on this project. “I’m the business side of the company” he says “I supervise and make sure that my designers follow my vision and I have the final say in all major decisions.” However, he says that he would like to get more involved in the designing process since he believes he has a very strong creative mind.

Even though business is booming for Rite Bothers co. right now, Bailey says this success did not happen overnight, “I have been working on this project since September, and it all finally came together two weeks ago.” The entrepreneur says a lot of his success is owed to social media and blogging. People buy his product and then post pictures of them online wearing it which sparks curiosity about his brand. This has led to many random people calling him and enquiring about the t-shirts. “It’s cool when people who aren’t my family or friends or know me want to make my brand a part of their lives”

If you would like to make Rite Bothers co. a part of your life, you don’t have to look very far. Boston’s very own Green Street Vault – which is a truck that doubles as a store- has been creating a lot of buzz about Rite Brothers co. t-shirts. You can also buy the spring collection online and, in about a month or so, their summer collection will hopefully be sold by multiple interested retailers both online and in Boston.The future looks bright for this young Emersonian.

Spring Trends Roundup

one, two, buckle my shoe

One Two, Buckle my shoe. Everyone from Isabel Marant to Balenciaga has incorporated  glam sneakers into their spring/summer collections.

Lets escape to Portofino

Pastel Colours.

Pastel + Peplum

The universally unflattering Peplum. Even its name is repulsive.

Bijou

Baroque style jewelry. Lots of rings, lots of bracelets, an overall hand and arm party.

Pastel + Florals

Florals + Pastel Colours.

RAWR LEATHER

Leather, Leather and more Leather.

Candyland

Candyland. A new version of an old classic.

Leather + peplum + neon.. I'm speechless. This outfit combines current trends with classic sexiness. well done.

Leather + Peplum + Neon. I am speechless about the way this outfit effortlessly combines current trends with classic sexiness. Well done.

Mynt hahaha

Minty Fresh + Pointed heels.

NEON!! BRIGHTS!!! TECHNICOLOR!!

Neon.

denim all over

Denim all over.

neon + floral

Neon + Floral

I Heart Isabel Marant

Embellished Jackets. Scratch that.

unhealthy obsession with jackets

Jackets.

YSL

Pantsuits.

Back Cleavage.

Mullet Dresses.

Pijamas during the daytime.

April Showers

Believe it or not, spring has sprung. This piece of news brings along a lot of happiness for the residents of Boston; it means the disgusting winter is finally over, and summer is only a few months away. The downside of spring is that the weather changes a lot and we are visited by my personal enemy: rain. But April showers don’t necessarily have to dampen your mood; you can make a splash in all the cute rain gear that’s popular this year

My recommended list of rainy day must haves is:

Rain boots: Yes they may make you look like a gardener but let’s face it, they’re the only shoes that won’t get ruined when puddle hoping.

Boot liners: To keep your feet warm inside those rain boots.

Umbrellas: Since this season is all about pastel colors, your umbrella should be no exception. Take cover under a baby pink umbrella that instantly adds sweetness to any look.

Trench coat: We all go through the constant spring dilemma where it’s not cold enough to wear a coat, yet not warm enough to leave the house without something on. This is where trench coats come in handy, since they’re the perfect solution for when it’s too warm for a coat and too cold for a light jacket. You can opt for a more classic model or take advantage of the fact that this season’s collections are full of color and buy a bright colored one or one with a funky print.

Hairy situation: Let’s face it, rainy days and good hair is impossible to achieve. If you see its drizzling outside it probably means frizz for your locks. The best solution or prevention method to avoid Diana Ross hair is to wear it up. Now a lot of people are completely opposed to wearing their hair up because it makes them feel less feminine, but celebrities such as Blake Lively, who constantly wears her hair in high ponytails and experiments with braids, has made wearing your hair up an effortless way to look glamorous. And as Pablo Picasso said: “it is when a girl wears her hair up that you can tell if she is truly beautiful.”

Blake Lively Ponytail