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Airport Chic

As a busy, busy college student (and as such, I haven’t written in a long time; I profusely apologize), I am becoming an expert at airports. Over the past six months, I have flown on a plane approximately seven times, which is probably up there with Ryan Seacrest or the Bachelor or something. Traveling is a hassle, and comfort is important, but at the cost of style? In order to navigate the many pitfalls of air travel, I have compiled a Guide to Airport Chic so that you can always travel in style–enjoy!

  1. Neck(lace) Pillow
    This is probably the most important, and therefore the first, piece of advice. We all know about neck pillows–those glorious circular poofs most often found on airplanes. Take it from me: invest in a neck pillow. Granted, you don’t even need to really “invest”, as they are generally under $20. I used to scoff, but when you nap on a plane (or try to, since I am awful at sleeping on planes) with a neck pillow, you never look back. When you buy one, however, I highly recommend ones that snap or button in front. Not only is this convenient to snap around the strap of your purse/backpack when not in use, but it is convenient to snap around your neck! That’s right, don’t believe what those fashion magazines tell you about never wearing your neck pillow around the airport as a necklace. Hands-free is key and the neckless look is in.
  2. Layering…
    At any given time, you may be flying somewhere with a very different climate than where you came from, and everyone knows that it can get chilly at 30,000 feet. Therefore, layering is your friend. That can mean layers upon layers…upon layers…upon layers. Start with a clean base: long underwear is nice, or perhaps a lightweight tank top and shorts in case you get realllyyy hot. And then just start moving up from there! You can go from cardigans to vests to scarves to coats and even parkas for the truly faint of heart. The bonus is that your jacket can become a blanket on the plane. Furthermore, other fliers love it when you share your coat blanket with them! Your seat is 17A? What better way to befriend the guy in 17B than to cover him with half a blanket, or maybe just a sleeve if he seems cold?
  3. …Or Just the Top Layer
    Layering not for you? Skip all of those steps with a simple onesie! Comfort is key, and footie pajamas are a super warm and eye-catching option that also offer a streamlined silhouette. Plus, they come in fun patterns or animal designs! Totally a conversation starter if you’re feeling friendly on the plane, or a conversation repeller if you’re not. After all, would you want to talk to the crazy grown man/woman in the footie pajamas?
  4. Carry-on Queen (or King)
    These last two tidbits are only semi-fashion related but will definitely help you with your airport experience! If you are an over packer like me and you find the two-carry-ons-per-person rule stifling, cheat the system! Here’s how. For “one” of your carry-ons, put things in multiple bags of varying sizes (think anywhere from mid-size purse to large tote). There should be a bit of room at the top so that you can stack them in each other. Hold all of the handles as one bag, and voilá! You’ve fooled TSA!
  5. Rollin’ Into a Window Seat
    Today as I waited in Boarding Group B for Family Boarding to finish, I saw a man with two small suitcases that looked like smiling monkey faces jog hastily towards the line of families. It turns out he was just meeting his family in line with his children’s bags, but at first I thought, “Genius! He’s pretending to be with children so he can get on the plane sooner!” So why not steal this fake idea? Simply bring along a backpack that looks like an animal or is graced with the faces of superheroes or Frozen characters. Wait a moment for the line of families with children six and under to establish and begin moving before running into line and standing near (but not too near) a one-parent group. Remember to bring your own grown-up looking carry-on so it looks realistic, and be sure to make the small one a rolling backpack. Kids. Love. Rolling backpacks.

So there you have it. I hope you never again find yourself wondering how to stay both fashionable and functional while flying. Safe travels, and remember never to let TSA keep you down.

Submitted with undying love for,
neck pillows, footie pajamas, and being back at Tulane,
I remain Madilyn Jayne Turken

My Guide to the Best Halloween Costumes this Season

Well, it’s that time of year again–Halloween. The night where it is suddenly acceptable to call lingerie a costume and/or to eat literal pillowcases full of candy solo. It’s already October 27th, but just in case you haven’t fully figured out your costume yet, here are some ideas that are sure to wow ’em (whether that’s your party peers or children trick or treating at your doorstep). Wanna be classic? I’ve got that. Wanna stay on trend in an ever-changing fashion world? I’ve got that too! Look no further for your Halloween needs than this comprehensive list of the season’s best hidden costume gems.

Madilyn’s Guide to the Best Halloween Costumes This Season

  1. A Roll of Toilet Paper
    You’ve seen the mummy costume. Now get ready for it’s utilitarian cousin–the toilet paper roll! It’s essentially the same costume, admittedly. Simply dress in brown (you are the cardboard here) and wrap yourself in your favorite toilet paper! (I prefer two-ply.) Not only is this costume nice and comfy, but think how creative you’ll seem when people ask, “Oh, are you a mummy?” and you blow their minds with your response. Bonus: If you’re tending to the trick or treaters this year and you’re looking for a healthy alternative to candy, keep the motif going and hand out mini packs of tissues! You’ll be the talk of the neighborhood and parents will love you–happy flu season!
  2. A Pretzel
    If you’re going for a sexy costume look this year, have I got a suggestion for you. Stay with me now–this look can be hard to pull off, but it will totally be worth it when the fellas think of the contorting and yoga themes associated with a pretzel. That’s right, you’ll be dressed as an edible pretzel, but metaphorically you’ll be referencing the pretzel pose! MAJOR CREATIVITY POINTS! So here’s what you’ll need: all brown clothing and white cotton balls (or if you prefer, and are committed, real salt). Simply dress, affix cotton balls to your person, and start contorting! Could there be anything sexier?!
  3. A Potato
    I know what you’re thinking–another food? Or what you may (and should) also be thinking–another sexy costume?? The answer is yes, as I understand that contorting may not be within everyone’s physical realms of possibility. For this costume (my personal favorite of the list, by the way), you’ll still need brown clothes, but this time focus on making them baggier. Next, wrap yourself from the waist down in tin foil (bonus: you’ll shine so bright, no one will be able to miss you!). Finally, decorate yourself with whatever toppings you please–that’s right, you’re a “Make Your Own Potato” (innuendo intended)! Extra points if you let people slather butter on you.
  4. Rihanna
    If you’re going for a more relevant/on trend costume, look no further than Rihanna, Queen of Fashion’s Most Daring. Here, we’re looking to evoke her now iconic Grammys look with a similar one. (see below)

    Rihanna in Giambattista Valli Couture at the Grammys 2015
    Rihanna in Giambattista Valli Couture at the Grammys 2015
    A cupcake
    A cupcake

    Let’s face it: none of us have anything Valli-esque in our wardrobes (although, I suppose I don’t know who this blog reaches, maybe you do; if so, I won’t ask how you got it). So why not model the costume after something closer at hand?  Simply dress in neutral colors from the waist down and wear a pink tutu around your neck. Violá! Bonus: Make it a party game by letting your friends toss sprinkles on you!

  5. A Katy Perry Shark
    If Halloween is going to be a bit chillier where you are, stay bundled up and cozy in a look that’s as funny as it is fierce! This year at the Superbowl, Katy Perry wowed us all, not just with her musical talent and snazzy outfits, but also with her backup dancers–two sharks who, let’s face it, stole the show.

    Katy Perry performing at the Superbowl 2015 in Moschino
    Katy Perry performing at the Superbowl 2015 in Moschino

    Go watch the video if you’re unfamiliar with it, but if you want to stay warm and still amaze on October 31st, you can order one of these bad boys on Amazon (who put it perfectly in calling these shark suits FINtastic).

  6. Donald Trump
    And finally, if you REALLY want to make a statement this season, why not go as the man who has made the most this year? Stuck on just how to nail the look? Here it is in a few simple steps. First, put on a suit. It doesn’t have to be particularly nice, as people may throw food at you if you get this look right. Next, get a wig reminiscent of a blonde baseball mitt. No need to invest in wig glue or anything like that–just slap it on. The next step is optional: either visit a tanning salon and ask for “Oompa Loompa”, or simply paint your face a nice shade of orange. Finally, furrow your brow and yell at people. Don’t worry about what to say either! What you say doesn’t need to make sense for you to get this costume right!

I hope you have found this list helpful as Halloween steadily approaches. Whether you’re trying to garner creativity points, stay warm, be a popular parent in your neighborhood, or attract some attention without being too uncovered, I truly tried to fulfill everyone’s needs. Remember to stay safe this Saturday, and Happy Halloween!

Submitted with undying love for,
Halloween, Halloween in New Orleans, 2 nights of Halloween, and the fact that one of my costumes includes a tutu obviously,
I remain Madilyn Jayne Turken

CEOs and Corporate Strong, Empowered Women

Well hello! It’s me, your favorite unreliable blogger, back from her hiatus settling into college (which has been great so far, and if you have any specific questions/requests regarding that, you could comment/email me, and maybe I will write about them)! College has brought all kinds of new experiences so far, and today I address one of them: frat parties.

Besides a loud, sweaty mass of desperate young people, frat parties are also an environment in which the gender norms and outdated views of society are painfully emphasized. This is demonstrated the most with their many party themes. These themes usually provide a choice of “costume”, with one presenting a clear expectation of being for males, and one expected of females.

For example, last night there was a party with the (optional) dress theme “Yoga or Toga”. Fairly self-explanatory, it’s options were stereotypical-Animal-House-style-toga-made-with-your-bedsheet-that-you-probably-will-still-sleep-in-later or spandex/lycra/any-other-tight-clothing-that-one-would-wear-while-sexily-bending-in-different-positions-on-a-yoga-mat. Furthermore, while not stated specifically, it is the general understanding that the toga option is for guys, and the yoga option is for girls. This makes it really easy for a guy to be already practically shirtless and and for a girl to wear tight, form-fitting clothing with the possibility of a sports bra sans shirt. Speed things up, why don’t we? However, are we really–as fully functioning and aware college-age women–supposed to ignore these obvious practices as reinforcing our position as sexual objects?  As things meant to be looked at and used as men see fit and as available at their disposal and for their enjoyment only?

Also last night, there was a different party with an even worse–and more obvious–theme: CEOs and Corporate Hoes. Besides the use of a derogatory term for women, this title also implies that women cannot be CEOs, but are simply in the workplace to fulfill fetishized schoolgirl/sexy secretary fantasies. In 2015, at the actual #41 school in the country (a ranking that could and probably will move up in the coming years due to a graduation rate overcoming Katrina), we are really expected to play to the stereotype that women can not be both beautiful AND smart, or that we should not be taken seriously in a workplace? We are the closest we have ever been, as a nation, to having a female president for god’s sake. If we aren’t going to legitimize women now, then when?

While I am fully aware that these juvenile party themes are only meant to be fun, and not necessarily to say anything about our society as a whole, it is difficult to ignore their implications. I find it hard to believe that there is no way to throw a party (even a themed party) free of misogynistic overtones, despite the fact that said party is thrown by a group of males. College girls are already throwing themselves out there enough in their normal party attire without having to wear a half open button-down and thigh-high socks.

Submitted with undying love for,
writing again and being the party pooper that points out perhaps meaningless flaws in the system,
I remain Madilyn Jayne Turken

WCW: Female Celebrities to Be Jealous Of

Hello there, computer/phone/tablet users! I’m sorry I’ve been a bit off the grid, as I’ve been incredibly busy with graduation parties (and their menus) as well as college orientation. I’m hoping to get back into writing more regularly, but I make no promises, so don’t complain this time next month when I am apologizing again.

For today’s post I decided that, in honor of #WomanCrushWednesday (are people still doing that?), I would compile a list of some the top women I find to be awesome (just some, as there are too many to pick from, so don’t go getting all huffy if your favorite Hollywood woman is not here). PLEASE NOTE: This is by no means a list of the women who are doing the most to better our society or who are striving the most for social equality or who are doing the most to break down gender barriers or anything like that. They definitely contribute to that and offer (I think) a positive image for women, but for our purposes, they are only on the list because I think they are basically perfect and I want to talk about them and I also would not at all mind switching bodies with them for a day or something.

Okay! So now you understand the list! Here goes:

The Top 5 Female Celebrities Who Are Sweeping the Nation With Their Perfection (Plus Eight More!):
1.) Blake Lively
Okay, Blake Lively is my absolute #1 famous woman who I would want to be if I could be anyone. Not that I don’t love being myself nor do I think we should want what we cannot have and blah blah blah, but come on. Here is Blake Lively (in jaw dropping ensembles, I might add):

In Gucci at the Met Gala 2014
In Gucci at the Met Gala 2014
In Zuhair Murad at the Time 100 Gala in 2011
In Zuhair Murad at the Time 100 Gala in 2011

Whether exuding Old Hollywood glamour or Disney’s The Little Mermaid, she is stunning. But that’s not all. Here is Blake Lively at six months pregnant, rocking a plunging neckline:

In Gucci at Gabrielle's Angel Ball 2014
In Gucci at Gabrielle’s Angel Ball 2014

And here she is at nine–yes, nine–months pregnant in a backless, NON-MATERNITY dress:

In Kaufman Franco at the L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth Awards 2014
In Kaufman Franco at the L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth Awards 2014

Is there a flaw on her? And besides being physically perfect, Lively is a great actress (if you enjoyed looking at her in various amazing outfits, you need to see her in Age of Adaline, which came out in April) and now, lifestyle guru. On her new site Preserve, she dabbles in everything from fashion and food to decor and design, while also probably giving me a run for my money with her blogging efforts. So all in all, she’s multi-talented, family-oriented, and beyond gorgeous. Perfect is not really a word I use a lot, but it may be appropriate. If you’ve never watched Gossip Girl, you wouldn’t understand.

2.) Rose Byrne
In case you are living under a rock and don’t know who she is, meet Rose Byrne. She is beautiful, talented, and funny. Here she is at the Emmy Awards two years ago:

In Calvin Klein Collection at the Emmys 2013
In Calvin Klein Collection at the Emmys 2013

And here she is in her new movie Spy:

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In Spy, 2015

Are you kidding? That hair, that dress, that cold and powerful stare! Did I mention she’s Australian? For more jaw-dropping photos, check out her shoot for Violet Grey. After really exploding onto the scene in 2011’s Bridesmaids (and flashing those enviable abs at the Emmys above), she has done everything from hilarious and cool in Neighbors to friendly and adorable in This is Where I Leave You to now totally ruthless and oddly likable in Spy. If you have not seen her in anything yet, buy a movie ticket or start up your Netflix.

3.) Sophia Bush
Sophia Bush is the epitome of hot, although those who don’t watch One Tree Hill or haven’t seen her in anything else (like her current venture, Chicago P.D.) would not necessarily know it.

In Gucci at PaleyFest 2012
In Gucci at PaleyFest 2012

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She has perfected the sultry stare and that subtly husky voice is the clincher. (Not to mention she was once married to Chad Michael Murray.) But looks aside, Bush is a really talented actress. On One Tree Hill alone, I’ve seen her be everything: mean, creative, intelligent, thoughtful, devastated, furious, heartbroken, heart warming, powerful, powerless, drunk. And now she’s a badass detective on a cop show. Take notes.

4.) Beyoncé
Not to include the queen herself would have been criminal. Although I’m not a huge fan of most of her music (so sorry, please keep reading my blog), she is unbelievably talented as well as stunningly beautiful.

In Nicolas Jebran at the 2014 VMAs
In Nicolas Jebran at the 2014 VMAs

Besides a picture perfect marriage complete with adorable kid and a ridiculously impressive singing voice, Bey was People magazine’s “World’s Most Beautiful Woman” in 2012, and she is practically a crusader for being curvy, makeup-less, and otherwise natural in any way. Just check her Instagram.
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5.) Anna Kendrick
She can act, she can sing, she’s immensely beautiful, AND she’s just as hilarious in real life as she is on her Twitter account?! A quadruple threat. She stuns at red carpet events…

In Ellie Saab at the 2013 Oscars
In Ellie Saab at the 2013 Oscars

…slays in simple T-shirts…
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…and staggers down the steps perfectly as Cinderella in the remake of Into the Woods

In a costume designed by Colleen Atwood
In a costume designed by Colleen Atwood

As if all that were not enough, Kendrick is a major supporter of the Love is Louder movement, a campaign against bullying, discrimination, and hate that is based on the idea that love is louder than the internal/external voices trying to bring us down. Kendrick’s Twitter bio reads: “Pale, awkward, and very, very small. Form an orderly queue, gents. Location: Probably by the food.” Where’s the said queue? Let me get in line.

6.) Julianne Moore
This woman is 54. Hopefully, she’ll teach a class called “Aging Gracefully with 2015’s Best Actress Oscar Winner”. It will probably include a bottle of red hair dye for those errant gray hairs–unless she doesn’t have any…?

In Alexander McQueen at the premiere of What Maisie Knew at the Toronto International Film Festival 2012
In Alexander McQueen at the premiere of What Maisie Knew at the Toronto International Film Festival 2012

7.) Jennifer Aniston
She’s taking the world by storm with perfect hair, mesmerizing eyes, and an Oscar nomination or two. All in a day’s work.

In Kaufman Franco at Elle's 18th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute
In Kaufman Franco at Elle’s 18th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute

8.) Elizabeth Banks
Between hysterical banter with John Higgins in Pitch Perfect, Banks is actress, director, and mom of two sons. Those cheekbones are still in place, though!

In Emilio Pucci at the LA premiere of Man on a Ledge in 2012
In Emilio Pucci at the LA premiere of Man on a Ledge in 2012

9.) Emma Watson
Our favorite Harry Potter actress grew WAY up and blossomed into a cool, beautiful, articulate womens’ rights activist (with the HeForShe campaign) rocking a dress over pants. I mean, have you given a speech to the UN lately?

In Dior Couture at the 2014 Golden Globes
In Dior Couture at the 2014 Golden Globes

10.) Emma Stone
As if that gorgeous hair weren’t enough, she’s exploded onto the scene with about a hundred Oscar nominated movies by now. Oh, and she’s dating Spiderman.

In Thakoon at the Met Gala 2014
In Thakoon at the Met Gala 2014

11.) Mila Kunis
The incredibly hot girl that you can also bring to sports games. And is it just being Ukrainian that gets her that gorgeous skin?

In Ellie Saab at the 2011 Oscars
In Ellie Saab at the 2011 Oscars

12.) Gabrielle Union
Where can I buy the underground Black Market face cream she must be using to get that pore-free skin?

In Issa at the 2012 premiere of Good Deeds
In Issa at the 2012 premiere of Good Deeds

13.) Jennifer Lawrence
Is it possible to be so badass and so hilarious at the same time? Either way, Lawrence seems to be doing it, one Hunger Games arena at a time.

In a Dior ad
In a Dior ad

Well, there you have it. Envy may be one of the seven deadly sins, but it’s still appropriate when it comes to these thirteen amazing women. Remember, be comfortable in your own skin. I just sometimes wish that skin was flawless and Ukrainian.

Submitted with undying love for,
these women, their style, their aesthetic, their hard working attitudes, and that face cream I am going to get from the Black Market,
I remain Madilyn Jayne Turken

Surprisingly Sexy?

Welcome to a very unique and uplifting list entitled: “The Top 10 Things that Totally Shouldn’t Be Sexy, but Somehow Are”. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope you either become inspired and relieved or envious and depressed after reading it as well!

1. Turtlenecks

 

Gabriella Wilde in Emilia Wickstead for Instyle March 2014
Gabriella Wilde in Emilia Wickstead for Instyle March 2014

Now when I think turtleneck, I think dowdy old lady and something my mother used to make me wear. And maybe it’s just because it’s Gabriella Wilde, the unbelievably hot-without-trying star of the remake of Endless Love, but this turtleneck dress is somehow made to be weirdly sexy. Could it be the alluring bright blue, the lace up heels, or the high-low hem? Who knows. Just remember that if you want to try out a turtleneck dress, you are not the tall, blonde, former Burberry model in the picture.

2. Tweed

Nicole Kidman in Chanel for InStyle March 2014
Nicole Kidman in Chanel for InStyle March 2014

If you are like me and the thought of tweed brings to mind something old and decidedly British, you have not seen this colorful tweed Chanel dress and more importantly, you have not seen it on Nicole Kidman. The pearl buttons should make it seem even more outdated–yet they give it an even more modern feel. Maybe if we all wear tweed with mussed hair and our finger to our lips, however, we can achieve the same sexiness of this photo. (But probably not.)

3. Capes

Lupita N'yongo in Ralph Lauren at the 2014 Golden Globes
Lupita N’yongo in Ralph Lauren at the 2014 Golden Globes

Apparently not just for super heroes anymore! Unless, like me, you consider Lupita N’yongo to be a super hero. She is undeniably drop-dead gorgeous, especially in this vivid Ralph Lauren ensemble with–what is that? A cape?? I could never pull it off like she does, but then again, I would resemble one of the Incredibles, while she exudes grace  and serious sex appeal.

4. Plaid

Miranda Kerr in a Chanel jacket
Miranda Kerr in a Chanel jacket

Plaid: synonymous with a schoolgirl or a kilt. But wait! On Miranda Kerr, it totally works with black separates like leather shorts and sheer tights. (If this makes you feel like you too can rock a plaid jacket, remember, you probably aren’t a Victoria’s Secret model.)

5. Anything You Wear at the Airport

Jessica Alba in J Brand jeans with daughter Honor at LAX
Jessica Alba in J Brand jeans with daughter Honor at LAX

Raise your hand if traveling means sweats, Uggs, and no makeup. (Congrats, you’re a white girl!) But for some, like Jessica Alba, it means looking just as fashionable as any other day. Sure, we don’t have paparazzi following us to the airport, but she could tone it down a little, right? I mean she is LITERALLY TOTING A CHILD and she looks more put-together than I probably ever have.

6. Jacket Tied Around Your Waist

Miley Cyrus out and about in LA
Miley Cyrus out and about in LA

This is that thing that your mom made you do when you were a kid because you didn’t want to carry it and neither did she. It wasn’t until later that you realized you looked like a poster child for Gymboree. However, it’s totally making a comeback, and Miley updates it with flannel, a crop top, and high waisted shorts. Not to mention the red flannel is a pop of color in a black and white get-up. It’s cool in the best hipster kind of way and totally sexy.

7. Gym Clothes

Nicole Richie in a Balenciaga jacket and bag
Nicole Richie in a Balenciaga jacket and bag

Much like effortless airport syndrome, the gym for me means shorts, a T-shirt, and atrocious hair (if I go to the gym at all, that is). However, once again, some like to prove they can be fashionable anywhere (thanks for making the rest of us look bad). Here, Nicole Richie makes sweating stylish by adding a scarf, an oversize bag, retro sunglasses, and a leather jacket in an unexpected color to her top and leggings.

8. Pajamas

Dakota Fanning in Louis Vuitton at the Fall 2013 Louis Vuitton fashion show
Dakota Fanning in Louis Vuitton at the Fall 2013 Louis Vuitton fashion show

Now I think we all learned from an early age that your PJs aren’t for public, but fashion icons are breaking the rules–with surprisingly sexy results. For example, Dakota Fanning went for a silk dress at Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2013 show. The pastel pink silk and lace trim is alluring, but she adds polish with a jacket and structured bag. You can try to duplicate the same thing, just make sure you are A. Dakota Fanning, or B. at a major fashion show.

9. Shoulder Pads

Blake Lively in Balmain at the HBO Emmy after party
Blake Lively in Balmain at the HBO Emmy after party

Apparently not just for football players or the 1900s anymore! With the right modern touches, shoulder pads can be a cool accent and can have sex appeal, or so I have found after browsing the good old Internet. Blake Lively chose a Balmain dress with a deep V and sparkles, adding the perfect backdrop for unexpected shoulder pads! If you want to get something like this and try it out, try being Blake Lively.

10. Neoprene

Khloe Kardashian in Alexander Wang
Khloe Kardashian in Alexander Wang

You know those wetsuits you have to wear when river rafting? Yeah, that material is neoprene. However, it can be made into something stylish, and even sexy with V-necks and zipper detailing, seen here on Khloe Kardashian. She also kept accessories in the same color family to let the neoprene shine (there’s something you don’t hear everyday).

So there you have it! You too can take something you never would have thought could be sexy and make it so! By the way, I was only a little bit serious when I said you could only pull this off by being these people. I’m sure with the right fashion savvy (that’s a word, I promise), you could look just as sexy as the women in these pictures. I just probably won’t try it myself.

Submitted with undying love for,
turtlenecks, tweed, capes, plaid, airport wear, jackets tied around the waist, gym clothes, pajamas, shoulder pads, and neoprene,
I remain Madilyn Jayne Turken