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Summer 2016's statement accessory

Nicole Couch

Remember back in the 90's when choker necklaces used to be the Cool thing to wear?? Well, worry no more because your favorite accessory from back then is now back and more popular than ever! 

These accessories were seen on every runway show, from New York to London, Milan and even Paris, choker accessories have even made their way into couture fashion. When these first came out in the 90's there was really only one basic style, the back elastic material that everyone had. 

John Galliano for Christian Dior

John Galliano for Christian Dior

Now, these chokers have evolved into an accessory that in some cases looks like an upscale art form. Made out of different fabrics and materials along with beadings, bows, and even flowers, what used to be a simple plain accessory has evolved into something that we have never seen before! Still love the originals?? Don't worry, they're around too. 

                   Cara Delevingne, Milan Fashion Week 

                   Cara Delevingne, Milan Fashion Week 

Fall into Fall: This years colors

Nicole Couch

It's hard to believe that it's already the middle of June! Summer seems to be flying be, so it's a fashion must to always be thinking ahead for next season. Soon it will be time to pack away the shorts and bring out your favorite knit sweaters! But what colors will be in??? Pantone has the latest on the colors that you should be wearing this upcoming season. 

1. Exhibit

In Fall 2016 look for deep blues, purples, reds, and browns. With a theme of exhibit, these colors allow each person to walk with confidence! 

Velvets at Dries Van Noten, Ellery & Haider Ackermann, courtesy of REX Shutterstock. 2. Reflect Colors such as greens, oranges, tans, golds, and silvers will also be very popular this Fall. These colors "reflect", accent, shine, and flatter everything that they touch. 

Velvets at Dries Van Noten, Ellery & Haider Ackermann, courtesy of REX Shutterstock.

2. Reflect

Colors such as greens, oranges, tans, golds, and silvers will also be very popular this Fall. These colors "reflect", accent, shine, and flatter everything that they touch. 

Image taken from pinterest.com

Image taken from pinterest.com

There you have it! Pantone's Report for the top colors for Fall 2016! Make sure to keep an eye out for these colors when you're shopping your fall favorites! 

Cities to launch your career

Nicole Couch

As an upcoming senior at Mercyhurst University, I've spent a lot of time figuring out where my place should be post-graduation. With my major being Fashion Merchandising, one of the most popular places to move would be New York City. There are incredible job opportunities there, and it is one of the major fashion capitals! However, I came across a recent article that researched the best cities for graduates to launch their career. 

 

1. Salt Lake City, Utah 

According to an article produced by Rachel Gillett in INSIDER, Salt Lake City in Utah is the #1 city for post-graduates to move to. It is overall ranked first in its opportunities, quality of life, and affordability. 

Photo by David Crowther/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by David Crowther/iStock / Getty Images

2. Denver, Colorado 

This same article revealed that Denver, Colorado was the second best place to start a career. It falls closely behind and ranks in 3 points in their professional opportunities. And for ever 100,000 residents Colorado has almost 130 entry-level jobs. 

Photo by arinahabich/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by arinahabich/iStock / Getty Images

3. Austin, Texas 

Finally, INSIDER came to the conclusion that Austin, Texas is the third best post-grad career locations. Their quality of life came to a 7 and have about 20 less entry-jobs available than Colorado. 

Photo by rbstevens/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by rbstevens/iStock / Getty Images

What do you think about these locations? Do they surprise you at all? Can your career land you in one of these cities? 

Weekend Getaways: Pittsburgh Edition

Nicole Couch

Now that you're all packed, it's time to check out some of the most popular weekend getaways from Pittsburgh. So pack your bags, grab your camera, and lock the door! The beautiful summer weather is finally here, and I'm here to share some great places to cover your weekends. 

 

1. Ohiopyle State Park 

Ohiopyle is filled with some of nature's best beauty. Ohiopyle is a center for any adventurer as there are mountain bike trails, water slides, hiking trails, waterways, and even rock climbing! You couldn't possibly fit this all into one day though, so why not spend a night camping? Covering almost 80 miles in length, Ohiopyle is on our summers "To-Do" list. 

                             One of Ohiopyle's falls, image courtesy of google images.    2. McConnells Mills State Park  This is another summer "must do," because of their gorgeous summer trails. Perfect for any hiker, these trails provide not only a great workout but also an amazing view. Spend a weekend away checking a glimpse of some of the best creations in nature.   

                             One of Ohiopyle's falls, image courtesy of google images. 

 

2. McConnells Mills State Park 

This is another summer "must do," because of their gorgeous summer trails. Perfect for any hiker, these trails provide not only a great workout but also an amazing view. Spend a weekend away checking a glimpse of some of the best creations in nature. 

 

Just one of many trails that McConnells Mills features, image courtesy of google images,   3. Moraine State Park This park is a perfect one to spend the day or weekend with family and friends. Bike, hike, and boat here, Moraine offers a fantastic view of the water. There are even a couple beaches right by the water that are perfect for tanning & a cookout!     

Just one of many trails that McConnells Mills features, image courtesy of google images,

 

3. Moraine State Park

This park is a perfect one to spend the day or weekend with family and friends. Bike, hike, and boat here, Moraine offers a fantastic view of the water. There are even a couple beaches right by the water that are perfect for tanning & a cookout! 

   

Moraine State Park on a gorgeous summer day, image courtesy of google images.    So unplug and destress for a weekend and spend a couple of days in nature. With these three places, you'll be able to getaway without having to go too far. Happy exploring! 

Moraine State Park on a gorgeous summer day, image courtesy of google images. 

 

So unplug and destress for a weekend and spend a couple of days in nature. With these three places, you'll be able to getaway without having to go too far. Happy exploring! 

Summer 2016: How to Travel and Pack like a Pro

Nicole Couch

As we start the summer off, I’m sure many of us are planning a weekend away from our jobs and our everyday hectic lives. Whether you might be planning a vacation across the country or a place a couple of hours away, we can probably all agree that packing might be one of the hardest parts of traveling. I had an amazing opportunity to travel all around Europe last semester, and since the summer holidays are upon us, here are a couple tips on how to travel stylishly and comfortably. 

Photo taken by Maggie McGouldrick in Dungarvan, Ireland. 1. Pack a pair of flats A cute pair of flats is one of the best ways to travel and be comfortable and chic. If you’re flying to your summer destination, they are perfect for going through security while carrying your bags and personal items. Stick to neutral colors such as tan, black, and brown to match almost anything in your wardrobe. 

Photo taken by Maggie McGouldrick in Dungarvan, Ireland.

1. Pack a pair of flats

A cute pair of flats is one of the best ways to travel and be comfortable and chic. If you’re flying to your summer destination, they are perfect for going through security while carrying your bags and personal items. Stick to neutral colors such as tan, black, and brown to match almost anything in your wardrobe. 

Ballet flats that are perfect for mixing and matching, Image courtesy of google search engine.  2. Embrace "Athleisure"  Athleisure is currently one trend that is dominating the house of fashion. Fashion forward pieces in Jersey, Lycra, and Cotton/Poly blends will keep you comfortable and well ready for a plane ride. Many celebrities such as Nicole Richie, Taylor Swift, and Vanessa Hudgens are strutting this style this summer.

Ballet flats that are perfect for mixing and matching, Image courtesy of google search engine. 

2. Embrace "Athleisure" 

Athleisure is currently one trend that is dominating the house of fashion. Fashion forward pieces in Jersey, Lycra, and Cotton/Poly blends will keep you comfortable and well ready for a plane ride. Many celebrities such as Nicole Richie, Taylor Swift, and Vanessa Hudgens are strutting this style this summer.

Vanessa Hudgens sporting "Athleisure", courtesy of google images.  3. Be Bold and Brave While packing light will help you save room for souvenirs on the way home, be sure to pack at least a couple of statement necklaces or scarves to update your look. These are perfect to pair with a t-shirt, cardigan, and a pair of jeans! 

Vanessa Hudgens sporting "Athleisure", courtesy of google images. 

3. Be Bold and Brave

While packing light will help you save room for souvenirs on the way home, be sure to pack at least a couple of statement necklaces or scarves to update your look. These are perfect to pair with a t-shirt, cardigan, and a pair of jeans! 

As seen on the runway in New York Fashion Week, this statement necklace is from J.Crew. Photo credits to Elle.com.  So what are you waiting for? Pack up your bags and head out for a fashionable vacation! Stay tuned to the blog for more of our favorite fashion trends and summer must-haves! 

As seen on the runway in New York Fashion Week, this statement necklace is from J.Crew. Photo credits to Elle.com. 

So what are you waiting for? Pack up your bags and head out for a fashionable vacation! Stay tuned to the blog for more of our favorite fashion trends and summer must-haves!