three ways to style wide-leg pants (aka sorry i’m hyper)

Happy Thursday, Magical Creatures!

For some reason, mother nature has decided that Muncie is not worthy of a warm, sunny May.

It has been rainy-and-cold with the exception of the occasional sunny-and-cold day.

As a result of this anomaly, getting dressed has been….challenging. In anticipation of the impending beauty that is summer, I’ve been dreaming about breezy dresses and slides, but have had to adjust my fashion expectations.

Luckily, I’ve found the perfect remedy to my chilly May blues: WIDE LEG PANTS.

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Specifically, these Gap wide-leg crop trousers.

Wide leg pants are all over the place right now, and I honestly never thought it would be a trend I’d get into. Once I tried a pair on, however, I was sold. Literally, because I bought them. Evidence: this post.

These pants, subtly different from flared jeans, are super high-rise and are fitted through the midsection, beginning to flare at the top of the thigh.

I was a little confused at first as far as styling goes because these pants are just…a lot. Don’t get me wrong, I love them, but they seem like a super bold statement (especially when you live in Muncie, IN).

But good news, magical creatures, the world is wide enough for both wide leg pants and me.

After a bit of work and experimentation with different outfits, I found tons of ways to style them. They are surprisingly versatile, like chameleon pants.

Mandy Underwood and I ventured out to the chilliest and windiest alleys in downtown Muncie to show you a few ways that I like to wear these beauties. Despite the cold, she managed to take some incredibly amazing photos and I would like to thank her publicly for all the work she does to help me. Wow.

Here are three different looks you can try when styling wide leg pants.

1. cute + flirty

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For this look, I tapped into my girly side. I feel like these pants don’t exactly scream feminine, so I was pleasantly surprised after putting this outfit together. For my top, I have a cold shoulder ribbed tank from American Eagle, because discount. Those ruffles, though, am I right?

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Also, these blush block heels from Kohl’s are giving me life. If you want to try a girly look, pair your wide leg pants with light colors and simple statement pieces.

2. classic + edgy

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In this outfit, I went with some classic black pieces, really letting these pants be the star. I paired this outfit with a sleeveless turtleneck and some ancient black slip ons from Nordstrom Rack. I added a little edge with a silver choker and some angular cat-eye sunnies.

3. fun + comfy

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If y’all know me, you know I love to be casual. This is probably my favorite of the three looks, just because of how comfy and fun it was to wear. Paired with one of my infinite bowie tees and sneakers, this is a look I would seriously wear every day for the rest of my life. I accessorized with a little bandana, just for fun.

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I was legitimately looking at buying Adidas Superstars for $80 when I found these babies at T.J. Maxx for $14.99. That is a true story. I know they don’t have the stripes, but they totally give the same vibe which is all I care about.

You can tell that I love this outfit because half of the pictures of me wearing it look like this:

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And this:

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And I’m only silly when I’m happy, therefore, this outfit. Love.
Well, magical creatures, my La Croix is running dry so it must be time to wrap this little post up.

What do you guys think of wide leg pants? Cool? Fun? Weird? Too much? I’m crazy?

Let me know in the comments.

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

getting rid of clothes and not buying new ones (aka bish, please)

Happy Thursday, Magical Creatures!

Let’s talk new years resolutions.

I’ve never actually made a new years resolution, because I don’t buy into the “new year, new me” myth. I know that I’m still going to be me come Jan 1, so there’s no use in trying to change something about myself.

This year is a little bit different. I’ve felt really suffocated by the amount of clothes I have lately, because fashion is clearly my weakness. I always seem to have a full closet and an empty wallet.

Recently there has been much talk in the fashion community about the benefits of minimalism and capsule wardrobes. I kind of feel like this topic has been over-covered, but it feels really relevant to me right now.

If you read my last post, you know that I’m going to be interning with a fair trade, sustainable clothing company this summer, Liz Alig. As I’m becoming more familiar with this company and the amazing work that it does, I feel drawn to leading a socially responsible existence.

About a week ago, I was doing laundry and Anthony was helping me by hanging some of my stuff up. I still had about two loads left to do when Anthony said to me, “You don’t have any more hangers to use.”

So, here I am, half-way through completely cleaning out my closet (does anyone understand eBay, or maybe just want to buy a couple of kate spades in like-new condition?). I’m actually having a more difficult time choosing to get rid of stuff, even items I’ve only worn once or twice. I seem to have an irrational emotional attachment to my clothes.

When I was little, my mom used to jokingly tell me, “It’s always better to look good than to feel good” (for some reason it was always in a germanish accent which I never questioned before but am now realizing I don’t understand why??).

This saying, albeit a joke, feels almost true for me. If I don’t feel well, emotionally or physically, I can always find a pair of shoes or a dress that makes me feel better. Shopping has always been my therapy. This is obviously a danger to my health and my bank account.

My criteria for keeping items are as follows:

  • Have I worn this item in the past year?
  • Do I feel happy when I look at this item?
  • Is this item versatile?
  • Is this item functional?
  • Do I feel good when I wear this item?
  • Do I look good when I wear this item?

If the answer to any of these questions is “no” then I give it a kiss goodbye and send it on its way.

My goal, by the end of this, is to only have items that I adore and that make me feel confident about myself. I’m setting myself up for style success.

What is going to be even more difficult for me is breaking this habit of buying clothes. I’ve made a deal with myself that if I don’t buy anything for the next month, I can buy one full priced item (I’m looking at you, black denim skirt).

After that, I’m only going to buy high quality items that fit perfectly in my personal collection. Each item that I bring in means one has to go out.

Keeping me accountable on this venture is my partner in crime, Manda, who has a very similar problem with keeping money in her bank account.

Not only is this going to help me out personally, but by owning and buying less units at a lower frequency, I can reduce my carbon footprint! Yay environment!

Wish me luck, magical creatures.

Also, quick update on the GPA thing from last semester, I thought I was going to get a 3.5, and I actually ended up at 3.611. Never thought that would happen.

Have an absolutely wonderful weekend. Let me know if any of you are chasing a similar (or entirely different) goal in 2017!

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

 

a midi-fall trend (aka let’s twirl)

Happy Thursday, Magical Creatures!

I hope that you are all finding some sort of peace during this very stressful week.

I am here to distract you for a moment with fashion.

I want to discuss a trend that has swept me off my feet and inflitrated my wardrobe. Hopefully it will stick around for a (moderately) long time.

Yes, I’m talking about the midi-skirt.

They are so feminine and flattering, and they might be a little more versatile than you might think.

Personally, I love a full, calf-length midi with an intriguing but classic pattern. It must be completely twirl worthy.

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I am dying to make my own midi-skirts with lavish fabric and vibrant hues. Unfortunately, I can’t sew. Would anyone want to give me lessons? (please)

Now, about working this piece into your wardrobe. I’ll show you how I would wear this specific midi-skirt for any occasion. This is, of course, purely for inspiration purposes. Don’t forget that you are the best fashion consultant for yourself.

In advance, sorry about the terrible lighting. Anthony did a wonderful job in slightly terrible circumstances.

Going to Class:

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Contrary to popular belief, you can definitely dress down a midi. You don’t have to be dressing up to rock this mid-length style. Try pairing it with sneaks or booties (I love my motorcycle booties from Target), and either a vintage tee or sweater. Keep hair and makeup casual, and no one will ask, “Why are you all dressed up today?” Instead they will say, “You look so cute AND casual!”

Going to the Office:

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I will usually pair the skirt with a slightly structured top for business situations. I add tights or hose (!!!!!!) to make the look a little more modest and warm while giving my legs extra length. Experiment with heels or classy flats, some simple jewelry and a sleek hairstyle. I would totally wear this outfit to an interview, because when I feel confident about how I look, I usually do better under pressure.

Going Out:

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Ditch the tights (unless it is REALLY cold), and go for a fun shoe like this peep-toe wedge. I made it a little edgy by adding a leather jacket and a bold lipstick. Underneath the jacket is a fitted sleeveless crop top.

It is entirely acceptable to splurge on this piece because there are so many different ways you can wear it! On the other hand, I have found some great skirts at Goodwill.

Here are a few super cute midi-skirts that are currently on the market. Click on the picture to find them online.

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Have a good weekend. Twirl away, magical creatures!

Stay positive.

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

stevie nicks is my hero

Happy Monday Magical Creatures!

Did you SEE the AMAZING thing that happened last night?

My dear children of the moon: the moon is incredible.

So, beyond blood moons…

Mandy and I did a shoot a couple of weeks ago inspired by young Stevie Nicks, and it’s finally edited! I have a few looks to share with y’all.

Dress: Gypsy Warrior, Hat: Forever 21, Blanket: Woolrich

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Dress: Forever 21, Pendant: Clear Quartz

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Mandy is back at it, and she continues to amaze me.

Wait, What? I heard that Mandy is accepting new clients! Contact her on her Facebook page if you’re looking for portraits, head shots, or photos of any kind!

Also, here is a bonus gift for you on this magical monday.

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I accidentally put my hand in a big spiderweb.

Have a wonderful week mystical beings.

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

a magical mystery tour…of my room

Happy Tuesday Magical Creatures!

I’ve had a lovely first week of being 21, and have decided it is going to be my best year yet.

I’m finally feeling at home in my new apartment, and decided to give you a virtual tour!

Go ahead and listen to this while you read.

I want you all to feel the pure happiness that my room provides me with.

I wanted my room to be a true representation of myself. At the same time, I want to have to put myself into the room when I walk in. I think that the neutral colors give me some room to grow. It feels very relaxed and lived in. And most importantly, magical.

I made my bed for y’all, so be happy. Other than that, this is a pretty accurate example of how my room usually looks.

Roll up! The Magical Mystery Tour is dying to take you away (to my room).

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It was very polite of you to knock. Please, come in!

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How are you doing on this mystical afternoon, beautiful ones? That’s wonderful to hear.

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Left to Right:

A doodle, a 1-hour photo of weeds, a painting of my iPhone background from 2014.

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Crystals:

Blue Quartz, Sapphire, Hematite, Amethyst; Quartz Ball

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Yes, those are replica vampire hunting stakes from Buffy, funny you should ask!

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Left to Right:

A picture of my dad as an infant, a tree I drew once, the car sticker for my ENO.

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A lunar calendar, because moon cycles are more important than you think.

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Meet Metallica, the unicorn.

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This handmade dreamcatcher is from my girl Torie McFerran at Fabled Fox Designs! Check out her amazing Muncie-based Etsy Shop!

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Left to Right:

SIGNED poster from the Vesper’s 2013 tour, a wallet-sized picture of my photographer Mandy being cute with her guitar, a 1-hour photo of my brother exploring Winona Lake’s mysterious “lions den.”

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This is all the energy I have to offer you today, my dear children of the moon.

May your week be filled with butterflies.

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

a trifle of soft grunge on this rainy thursday

Good Afternoon Magical Creatures!

It’s storming like crazy and I’m SO HAPPY. It means spring is finally here! I can’t wait for the warm summer rainstorms I’m going to witness over the ocean in Charleston this summer. Nature is fantastic, isn’t it?

The other day someone told me I was soft grunge, and I came to the realization that I kind of pretty much am. In response, I’m featuring this soft grunge inspired outfit!

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I like the relaxed look that this outfit has while still being feminine and a little edgy.

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Gorgeous photos by Mandy Underwood, as always.

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Also, I love that the weather is warm enough to wear this look. Brilliant.

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This quilted leather jacket is from Silence & Noise, and I got it on sale for $10. I actually wear it almost every day.

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Mandy told me not to step over onto the other rock. So I did.

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More adventures with rocks, I’m sitting on a rock that turned out to be exceptionally pointy.

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My mom bought me this flowy purple top from Free People on sale for $5. My mom is kind of the best.

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This is one of my everyday make up looks. I did soft grey eyes, mascara, and dark lips.

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The skirt is from TJ Maxx, I think I got it for about $15.

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These fake Birks I bought at Forever 21 for $25, and they are perfect for spring.

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We did this shoot in this beautiful area on campus over by CAP. It’s a really peaceful place that Fletch and I go to to meditate. And Mandy and I go there to jam. Stay on the look out for our new two girls and a guitar band, tea haus.

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Also I’m in love with the lilac nails for spring. I might actually keep the color for more than a week!

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One of the best things about this outfit is that it is just so darn comfy. The fabrics are ridiculously soft. Basically, I’m running around in my pajamas.

A QUICK LESSON ON HOW TO BE HIGH FASHION WITH RANDOM OBJECTS:

Mandy: “Hannah, use this stick as a stick.”

Me: “Kay.”

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Me: “I’m going to be high fashion with this garden hose.”

Mandy: “Kay.” (This is actually really funny because Mandy’s middle name is Kay)

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Mandy: “Go hug that tree.”

Me: “Kay.”

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Mandy: “Wait go lay on those steps.”

Me: “I feel dumb.”

Mandy: “That’s okay, you look dumb.”

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Okay, all jokes aside, recap of the outfit:

Top: Free People, Skirt: TJ Maxx, Jacket: Silence & Noise, Shoes: Forever 21, Necklace: Magical Thinking

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Thanks for reading my post today. You are my new favorite.

I’m going to go play in some rainstorms, I suggest you do the same.

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

a little punk, a little schoolgirl.

Happy Monday magical creatures of the world!

I’m having just a COUPLE technical difficulties with the site at this point, so for now all of my posts will be on the home page. Hopefully things will be set up correctly soon all thanks to my majestic brother Reido.

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This is one of my favorite, more eclectic looks.

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The skirt was the real inspiration for this outfit which is funny, because GUESS WHAT.

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I found it at Goodwill for $3. Thanks, Goodwill.

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Also, thanks to Mandy Underwood for braving the very cold weather with me! She takes such beautiful pictures of me on staircases. Like this one.

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The stairs were dirty and damp, my hands were gross.

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These nikes are my actual favorite. I love wearing them with dressy outfits because it’s unexpected and fun and sporty.

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One time, I wore this outfit and my friend Nate told me I looked like a punk rock schoolgirl. It made my day, so thanks Nate.

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While wandering through downtown Muncie on this shoot, Mandy and I stumbled upon this cute little record shop. Of course, we entered.

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The stock was incredible, but I didn’t see anything I needed.

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And then I spotted it.

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Styx, Great White Hope, $1.99.

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I also like to pair a bold skirt with socks and flats or motorcycle boots. For a more casual look I like to pair it with a vintage tee and a topknot.

With a patterned skirt, especially in this bright of a shade, I keep the makeup really simple.

Thanks for reading this post, next one should be up by Thursday!

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

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