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Jewelry Designer Spotlight: Laura Wass

Posted: February 9, 2013 by jerkmagblog in TRIM -- style
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lwassIn my opinion, accessories definitely make any outfit.  My new obsession this season, is Laura Wass’ WXYZ jewelry collection.  The collection just launched for the Fall/Winter 2012 season, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. A talented artist, she draws inspiration from industrial design, science, and art, and designs her jewelry from repeated elements.  In other words, she uses old materials and constructs them into something new.  Her jewelry has a modern vibe, due to most of the metals used.  Most of her jewelry is statement pieces, like her white or black chocker necklace from her Spring/Summer 2013 line.  Her products range from $50-$1000.  My favorite accessories of Wass’ are the products she finishes in what she calls “oil slick.”  The bracelet on top of this article is finished in it, giving the metals an iridescent vibe. Wass says that she discovers the technique while on online forums for guns. Crazy, right? The finish is usually used to coat firearms.  I mean, I’d much prefer the finish to be used on jewelry then guns any day.  It’s safe to say that Wass has created unique pieces of jewelry that not many others will have, so if you want to be ahead of our time, go get em’!

— Lauren Levine


With the inauguration and inaugural ball only happening last week, I had to comment on Michelle Obama’s fashion.  It is important for a girl in this day and age to not only be fashion savvy, but to also be aware of what is going on in politics.  Hopefully you all know that President Barack Obama’s inauguration was Monday January 21, which also happened to be Martin Luther King Jr. day, (pretty cool in my opinion).  Anyway, of course Michelle as the First Lady had to look good and boy did she not disappoint.   During the ceremony Michelle Obama wore a navy-silk, checkered-patterned coat and dress by designer Thom Browne.  The outfit was completed with a jeweled J-Crew sash worn as a belt that is part of J.Crew’s bridal collection and retails for $265.  The belt will now unfortunately be retired.  Jenna Lyons, the creative director of J. Crew, stated, “We won’t rerun that.  She did her own thing to that, and out of respect, we’ll let her have that moment.”  J-Crew is a brand that Michelle constantly goes to over and over again for classic sweater and skirt sets.

As for the inaugural ball, four years ago, she wowed in a one shoulder ivory Jason Wu gown.  Now, four years later, she chose Jason Wu again. This time, however, she opted on a vibrant, bright, red gown of velvet and chiffon.  The dress was stunning and made a statement that said I’m here to stay…well at least for the next four years anyway.

– Lauren Levine

procrastinationWith February 1st swiftly approaching just a month after New Year’s Resolutions were made, we all need a little motivation for hitting the gym.  I know I’m not the only one who made “getting fit” their resolution, so I’m going to at least give you some ideas on what to wear, so that you can have the best work out possible.  Let’s first start with the shoes.  My suggestion is Nike’s Flyknit Racer or Nike’s Flyknit Trainer+.  The shoes were originally worn by the first, second, and third place athletes of the Men’s Marathon at the 2011 World Championships. (So they have to be good, right?)  Nike then made them available to the public in the fall.  They are the lightest sneakers Nike has ever made, which is good for flexibility. At $150, they are a little pricy, but surely worth it if you are serious about getting fit.  Obviously in Syracuse in the winter, you can no longer wear shorts, so pants or capris are the way to go.  My favorite workout pant is Gapfit’s gflex version.  They are a lot cheaper than other brands and absorb moisture to keep you dry.  Lastly, of course you can always wear a t-shirt of your favorite sports team, but if not, try Lululemon ‘No Limits Tank.’  I love the colors, and the fit is great for movement.  So get started! No excuses!  While it might burn and leave you sore, working out makes you look good naked… and clothed. But, mostly naked.

– Lauren Levine

Picture 7When it comes to going to the gym, finding the motivation to workout is half the battle. The other half is Syracuse weather. (Pause for laughter and some ha-ha’s.) Before I get ahead of myself, be sure to check out my fellow blogger, Chelsey Perry’s post about running in cold climates. You’ll be surprised how beneficial it is to your health!

For those of us cringing at the very thought of running in the cold, for girls especially, it’s due to the fact that we don’t necessarily want to layer our gym shorts with sweatpants when there is only an hour break in between classes for a workout.

Fortunately, where there is a will, there is a way. I’ve discovered that there are some types of athletic gear you can wear fashionably to class and still be able to head straight to the gym, without having to carry around another set of clothes with you all day long.
Now, this doesn’t apply to everyone, as there are some people that sweat kiddie pools in an average workout. But, if you are not that kind of person, get a pair of leggings made out of luon, or a dry-fit type of material, throw on some sneakers, and the look is good to go. Check out Lululemon luon fabric, Nike dry-fit fabric, and Under Armour, for winter-friendly workout clothes. Also, the new VSX athletic line by Victoria’s Secret carries newly designed tops with built-in support, so they’re gym friendly and fashion forward – which essentially means that you can nix the sports bra.

The final obstacle between a person and a workout at this point, is easily getting past the desk attendant with street shoes without them having to make a scene about it.

Fashionably yours,

Jenna Jacobsen

I’ve never been much a fan of sneakers.  Other than wearing them to the gym, along with the occasional times I break out my converse, I much prefer boots and flats.  I just think that sneakers of any kind make me look frumpy. However, with the snowy weather of Syracuse, I find that my flats and boots just don’t have the same traction as sneakers, which is why I sometimes end up face-first on the ground. Whoops!

So to protect my money-maker, I decided that I need to find an alternative. I started researching trendy sneaks, and actually found tons of cool, funky pairs that would look fabulous if paired with my everyday outfits.

My favorite designer sneakers include Michael Kors, Miu Miu, and Jeffery Campbell. Whether high tops or low tops, they really are fashionable, and can be worn with basically anything.

These three designers offer sneakers with studs and glitter, two of my favorite things!  I love the styles with studs for an edgier look, paired with jeans and a rocker tee.  This season, high top wedge sneakers have also been a huge fashion trend with celebrities from Beyonce to Gisele Bundchen.  Most designers offer these styles, and although it was first questioned if they were a fashion do or don’t, I think it’s safe to say they are most certainly a ‘do.’  In fact, most people say the wedge sneakers are just as comfy as regular sneakers!  I wouldn’t go trying to run a marathon in them, but they definitely are tomboy chic. So strut your sneaks, and be proud that you do!

– Lauren Levine

Picture 2The one trend that many people should probably regret, is the Graphic Tee. American Eagle and Abercrombie & Fitch were some of the original go-to stores for both witty and borderline inappropriate graphic tees from back in the day. But, as you’ve probably guessed, the fashion world is bringing back the obsession, making graphic tees back in style.

The cheap t-shirts that people get on vacation for five dollars at a surf shop will never be considered fashionable, but the chic ones can certainly be revived. Because the casual tees are back again, I’ll lend you all some tips on dressing it up.

First, wear your wittiest favorite graphic tee with a pair of skinny jeans, boots, and throw on a slouchy sweater. This outfit is casual enough for class, and dressy enough for wearing out to lunch on the weekend (unless you happen to pick up any of these at the store.)

The graphic tees that are a little worn in look better than the ones with block print tacky letters in a tacky font. If it’s long enough, it could also be paired with black leggings and denim button-down, as long as the graphic tee itself is a neutral color.
After this season, it’d be a wise decision to donate those graphic tees though, because it could be decades before they’re back in style.

Fashionably yours,

Jenna Jacobsen


As a girl who loves both fashion and reality television, I find Fashion Police on E!, just oh so entertaining!  I love seeing the couture gowns celebrities wear, and the commentary that goes along with them.   However, I constantly have to ask myself why the hell Kelly Osborne is a judge. I know she looks better than she did in her goth stage, but losing weight does not give her any credibility in judging what is hot and what is not. She looks like a train wreck half the time!  I’m also not even sure why Joan Rivers is the main host! Why is she even famous?  At least Joan provides entertainment with her inappropriate jokes, but that’s about it.  Giuliana Rancic is the only female on the show that actually makes sense. Pardon me for being shallow, but my God, the woman is gorgeous. She always wears the clothes, they never wear her. Aside from Rancic being the perfect fit for the show, it just wouldn’t be complete without George Kotsiopoulos. He just does the job; he has the proper credentials as a fashion consultant and stylist.  Not to mention, he does look snazzy in his classic suits and loafers.  But once again, Kelly Osborne?  Three words: kick her off!

– Lauren Levine


The women who play the main characters on HBO’s comedy series, Girls, love nail polish. Although their characters haven’t quite figured out what stylish clothes to wear yet, the one thing they have in common is their love of colored nails.

But, in order to have good style requires taking baby steps, and that is something that celebrity stylist Deborah Lippmann, understands full well.

In fact, Lippmann is releasing a nail polish line inspired by the show’s four main characters, Hannah, Marnie, Shoshanna, and Jessa.  The set of nail polishes is a collaboration between Deborah Lippmann and Girls creator, Lena Dunham.  The line retails for $45 and includes four bottles of polish; one for each of the four main characters.  The colors include Hapless Hunter Green for Hannah, Virtuous Vivid Violet for Shoshanna, Prim And Proper Pink for Marnie, and Bohemian Burgundy Jessa.  Deborah Lippman has previously created nail polish lines for True Blood,  Snow White and the Huntsman, as well as for various celebrities.

Go to Lippmann’s website to pre-order your Girls inspired nail polish now!

– Lauren Levine

Dressing for the Rain

Posted: December 14, 2012 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style
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At this point, I don’t think anyone would disagree with me that all rain sucks.  Sandy, you bad, bad girl.  Even without Sandy though, it seems like this has been an unreasonably rainy winter.  I personally blame global warming, and if that’s really the case, we’re all screwed.  Either way, I’m here to tell you how to look good on the rainiest of days because you can’t come to Syracuse expecting sunshine and rainbows. And if you do, you don’t even go here.

First off, wear color!  Rainy days honestly make me so depressed as it is, so if not for yourself, do it for me. I’m kidding. But really, wear color. All it takes is something as simple as a colored scarf/bag/shoes, whatever.

I’m not too big a fan of raincoats.  Yea, they get the job done and should be worn to sporting events and stuff like that, but if your just going to class, I suggest a trench coat instead.

So now you have your pop of color, your trench coat, and last but not least, the ultimate rainy day accessory: the umbrella. Besides the fact that they protect your hair (hey ladies), they’ll keep the majority of the rest of your body dry too.  This is always good, because I hate feeling like a soggy wet dog in class. With so many affordable umbrellas out there, don’t be that girl spending $200 on a designer one. That is beyond unnecessary, especially if you’re anything like me and lose them everywhere.

I suggest looking into the bubble umbrellas.  At first, I literally thought they were the ugliest things ever, but in Syracuse, they are necessary.  If not, you have to hold regular umbrellas at this awkward ankle so the wind doesn’t make them turn inside out (trust me its happened multiple times).  At first bubble umbrellas were just all clear; however, now they make them with patterns and colors.

You also can’t forget to wear rain boots. I can’t even tell you how many times I see people wearing moccasins to class when it’s torrential down-pouring. It may not sound like a big deal, but imagine sitting in class with wet socks for two hours. Yeah, that’s what I thought.

They might not be the most attractive things in the world, but it’s better to wear them than have to sit there smelling like wet feet. I’d give you a suggestion of a brand I love, but I know most of you that read this just buy everything else your peer group does.  So, just buy the Hunter’s and call it a day.

Rainy days don’t mean yoga pants and a hoodie. Class it up.

-Lauren Levine

The Naked Palette

Posted: December 14, 2012 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style
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I’m sure you probably clicked on this with hopes of me talking about Ryan Gosling’s latest nude pics. But unfortunately, those don’t exist, and I’m about to talk about makeup.

Most girls have that one beauty product that they can’t live without and never fails them, feeling the need to buy it over and over again. Mine, happens to be Urban Decay’s Naked Palette.  Although some may think it’s a bit pricy at $50, trust me when I say that it is well worth it, and lasts forever.  Individual Urban Decay eyeshadow is priced at $18 each.  So, you really are getting more for your money.  The brand first came out with their Naked palette in 2010, and due to its huge success, created the Naked 2 in 2011.

On the Sephora website, the Naked pallet has 5 stars with over 5,000 comments, while the Naked 2 palette has 4.5 stars.  Both palettes consist of 12 different shades of eye shadows that are all extremely pigmented.  The shades consist of neutral colors from beige to browns, to grays and silvers.  My favorite shade is Half Baked, which both palettes conveniently have.  Other Urban Decay Eyeshadows that are in the palettes include Booty Call, Foxy, Virgin, Snake Bite, Tease, and Blackout. A.K.A., there’s one for every girl in your sorority.

I use my Naked palette every time I go out.  The shades are perfect for blending together.  The colors are a little too dark for me for daytime use just because I like a more natural look.  However, there are definitely some shades you can use for during the day if you do not blend them with the darker colors.  Although both products came out a while ago, go buy them!  I continuously get compliments when I go out on my eyeshadow and my friends always borrow my palettes too.  Another bonus is unlike other eyeshadows the ones from Urban decay last until the end of the night and do not wear away.  So buy it people will say “Ya look good”.

-Lauren Levine