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Dubai is a staple in Middle Eastern fashion

By Olivia Rajska | March 19, 2013

This spring break, I had the opportunity to visit Dubai and Abu Dhabi. It was a wonderful cultural experience, and I got a chance to explore Middle Eastern fashion. As the Middle East has stricter dress codes than the United States, I got the privilege...

Spring break fashion tips

By Olivia Rajska | March 5, 2013

Palm trees, beach tides and swimsuit--oh my. Are you all packed for spring break? A time to relax our minds from all the tests, group projects and homework we tackle on a daily basis. Many students are heading to warmer destinations to get away from the...

Jennifer Lawrence (R), Oscar®-nominee for Actress in a Leading Role, interviews with Kristin Chenoweth (L) upon her arrival for The Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA February 24, 2013.

Inspiring celebrity fashion from the Oscars

By Olivia Rajska | February 26, 2013

The Oscars were filled with inspirational red carpet fashion moments. According to the fashion panel from “Live! with Kelly and Michael,” the Oscars were all about shimmer and shine for women and beards and bow ties for men. I selected the top best-dressed...

Men’s scarves are in season

By Olivia Rajska | February 19, 2013

A pop of color in an outfit goes a long way, especially with the right accessory. Senior textiles, apparel and merchandising major, Daryan Ross was spotted with his creative style at Wirtz Hall. I admire his outfit, which incorporated layers with a touch...

What you wear on V-Day is just as important

By Olivia Rajska | February 12, 2013

What are your plans this Valentine’s Day? Are you having a dinner date with your valentine? Will you be jamming to Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley at the Convocation Center? Or perhaps enjoying a girls night with some wine and box of chocolates?...

Add layers to your winter wardrobe

By Olivia Rajska | February 5, 2013

It may be hard to dress up for the cold, but that shouldn’t stop you from embracing your style. It is all about layers upon layers during this cold time of the year. Having that extra motivation to dress up will keep you warmer when you walk to class...

The Carrie Diaries Pictured (L-R): Freema Agyeman as Larissa, AnnaSophia Robb as Carrie, XX as Seth, and Ellen Wong as Mouse -- Image Number: CD103a_0046b.jpg -- Photo: Barbara Nitke/The CW -- © 2012 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

‘Carrie Diaries’ makes retro look trendy

By Olivia Rajska | January 29, 2013

Carrie Bradshaw is back: to the ’80s. “The Carrie Diaries” brings ’80s fashion up to date with fashion trends that are still in style for the 21st century. It simply goes to show that fashion always comes back. According to Julia Rubin of,...

Look fit and fashionable

By Olivia Rajska | January 22, 2013

A popular New Year’s resolution is working out more and staying fit, but most resolutions are not followed through the whole year. According to, only 46 percent of New Year’s resolutions are maintained after six months. So what...

Black and white is a must for any wardrobe

By Olivia Rajska | January 13, 2013

Let’s start this spring semester on a classy note: wearing black and white. According to blogger Jena Gambaccini, this simple yet classic color combination is one of the biggest trends seen on the runways for spring 2013 that you can start wearing now....

Dress to represent yourself, impress

By Olivia Rajska | December 4, 2012

Mayra Andrade, senior fashion merchandising major, is working her own style this season. She is wearing a cream fur vest from H&M, a black, long sleeve v-neck from Target with a light pink sequined Express tank layered over it, black skinny jeans...

Helpful tips to buy the perfect holiday gifts

By Olivia Rajska | November 27, 2012

Christmas is the time of giving, but sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect gift. Here are some helpful ideas for your holiday shopping adventures. For Her: If you’re looking for a gift for her, there are plenty of options to choose from. It is important...

Proper planning makes for the perfect Black Friday

By Olivia Rajska | November 19, 2012

I love the feeling I get at this time of the year: thankfulness for family, friends and life. Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate all the joys of life with the ones who matter the most to you. After finishing the last bite of pumpkin pie, it’s officially...