Teen Fashion Blog

Fashion is the New Me - Putting together indie and vintage looks

Follow Mandi, our teen columnist, as she documents all the great finds she comes across in this fashion filled world, and where you can find them. (Visit the original blog at fashionisthenewme.tumblr.com)

February 6, 2015
Deadline extended for the 2015 Bookmark Design Contest

The deadline for entering the Lake County Library System 16th annual Bookmark Design Contest has been extended from Friday, February 13 until Friday, February 20. Entries will be accepted at any library location.

The Bookmark Design Contest offers Lake County K-12 students and adults the opportunity to be published and honored for their creative endeavors. The awards ceremony will take place on Friday evening, March 13 in the W. T. Bland Public Library in Mount Dora. The winning designs will be made into bookmarks and distributed to all 15 Lake County Library System public libraries and will be printable from the library system’s web site. Prizes will include gift cards for 1st - 3rd prize winners from our sponsor, Insight Credit Union.

This year’s theme will be Dreams and Nightmares, to compliment the Lake BookFest which will feature authors of fantasy, paranormal and science fiction. Complete contest rules & guidelines are available on the website.  Download the entry form here: images/teen_blogs/file/BookFest_2015_Bookmark_EntryForm_web%202.pdf.

New deadline for submission is February 20, 2015. For additional information on this contest call Linda Goff, Youth Services Coordinator at 352-253-6169.

May 27, 2014
Boho SUMMER!!!

Geezze Summer has sprung on us so quickly! Although It may just be me. Alright we love fashion, but need to endure the summer heat as well, a perfect balance the ‘Boho chic style’. You may have seen a lot of the celebs rockn’ a similar look during the Coachella Festival this year especially the veteran Boho Fashionista Miss Vanessa Hudgens. I love this look for so many versatile reasons. First it can be a ’ I really don’t care I want to do nothing look’. Second it can also function as ‘I have a really important meeting to attend but it’s so hot I’m going to melt if I attempt to wear jeans look!'

Okay, I have put together a few ideas for your brains which I found at the always reliable Ross (Skirts, printed short, bag and tops) and for the swimwear both DD’S discounts and TJ Maxx. Jewelry at Dollar Tree, Wet Seal and Tilly’s.

Happy Summer!

April 2, 2014
PASTELS are everywhere!!

It’s so unique how when the clocks spring forward our fashions automatically start to change, even if we don’t actually mean to do so. So one of the many 2014 spring fashion trends is pastels, a dose in your wardrobe can make all the difference. A thin over throw sweater, can be worn with shorts, jeans or a cute dress. A skinny jean in a pastel like, pink, blue or yellow is a great pastel staple piece and I found great ones at Target and Ross both under $20. Casual dresses and rompers are a big hit and always a great wear. I found these at Rue 21 all under $20 as well in different styles. You can twist your outfit by adding just a splash of pastel in your shoe choice like the wild paisley wedges, fold down combat boots or the skater girl high tops!

Enjoy spring, and remember a little dash of pastel is all you need!

December 9, 2013
The ‘Not-So-Ugly’ Holiday Sweater!

When we think of a holiday sweater we may have different ideas if a cat that meows when you pull the attached tail comes to mind or a heavy sweater that lights up!

Here are a collection of sweaters that are cute, and expressive without getting the authorities called for unnecessary ugliness to people’s eyes.

You can have a lot of fun with holiday sweaters without committing a fashion crime, with playful prints and loud colors!

I found these sweaters at Macy’s, Rue 21 and Ross all under $25.

October 17, 2013
Signature Fall Piece

Happy Fall!

This fall I have really fallen for the entire feeling of the faux leather jackets out this season.

No matter the color and in a variety of styles you can mix and match the jackets with almost every style from a concert with heels to a day at college in sneakers.

I found a beige indie style Faux leather jacket at Ross for only $11.99.You can also find these pieces at Forever 21, JCPenney even Hot Topic!

July 22, 2013
Enjoy what’s left of your summer loves!

I really think it’s fun to play around with fashion this time of year mixing summer with a hint of fall.

Suspenders are such a dorky accessory that they actually makes an outfit cute. Take your favorite band tee tuck it into a high waisted full skirt twist on a cool scarf and add suspenders now you’re ready for a super fun time!

With the hi/lo skirts you can be extra comfortable and super fashion forward by pairing it with a loose fitted tank top which can also be twisted by wearing a pencil skirt and wedges!

Enjoy what’s left of your summer loves!

I found all of these cute pieces at Hot Topic, Ross, Rue 21 and Charlotte Russe

April 18, 2013
Ahhh Spring!

The enticing allure of the warm Sunshine and extended days mean it is about time for some new pieces for your closet!

Sheer dresses are very flattering and great for spring/summer for so many occasions including to cover your swimsuit. I found these two on Modcloth.com and these great bags at Tilly’s. Fun jewelry is a great attribute especially during the hot months.

These snowcone earrings are from Hot Topic, the fedora from Target and the Candies flip-flops from Kohls! The Vintage style sunglasses swimsuit was from ModCloth.com, the dia de muertos pattern was Pin Up Girl Fashion and the punk influenced Heart swimsuit was at Hot Topic and well as the Music = Life bag. Then you can cover those up as well with the Bermuda shorts and the Crop top from Tilly’s.

Put on your shades, time for sun!

February 6, 2013
1 Hat, 2 FUN Looks!

Accessories can build any outfit to make it right for almost any occasion no mater how simple the base is. I found two wearable dresses that have a pretty simple design and low on the accents thus making them perfect for so many different scenarios because you can change the accessories.

Now, on the left is a high-low dress from Forever 21 that can be given a relaxed indie style with the bowler hat also from Forever 21, layers of bracelets and a large ring from Tilly’s ,with black boots with a girly jewel flare and skull scarf from Charlotte Russe.

For an edgier reflect on the indie style I choice a knotted black dress from Forever 21 still on the simple side. Once again the Bowler hat comes to play along with an arrowhead necklace and cross ring from Forever 21, dangling cross earnings and studded bracelets and watch from Tilly’s then bringing it all together with tights and black sandal wedges from Charlotte Russe! :) Happy February

November 14, 2012
Designer Fashions

Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, Carolina Herrera , Brian Atwood, Alice + Olivia, Proenza Schouler, Tory Burch and Marchesa are among the other top designers that contributed designs for this hot holiday collection.

Covering not only Juniors/womens and girls adorable designs but also accessories!

This is defiantly a special occasion to have so many top designs literally at the edge of our fingers.

Happy Shopping!

October 23, 2012
Fall is in the Air

The season means holidays are near and a change in wardrobe is a must!
Right now blazers and crop jackets are a great last part to any fall outfit.
In various colors and styles you will be able to find the one 'must-have-
blazer for your closet collection. You can find these Style's at Kohl's, Target
and Rue 21.

Target: http://www.target.com/c/juniors-women/-/N-5ouvk#?lnk=gnav_women|&intc=736560|null

Kohl’s: http://www.kohls.com/catalog/juniors-jackets-and-blazers.jsp?CN=3000001526&N=3000001526

Rue 21: http://www.rue21.com/for%20Girls/Tops.aspx


September 5, 2012
Enter this year’s T2F !!!!

The Lake County Library System will host the third annual Trash to Fashion Contest, on Saturday, October 20th at the Leesburg Public Library beginning at 11 a.m. This spectacular fashion extravaganza featuring eco-outfits from recycled or waste materials invites young people to think outside the recycle bin and design a piece of wearable art based on the creative use of “trash” — found, salvaged, scavenged, and repurposed materials. Entry to the show is free


August 20, 2012
Summer Trends

Cork! Is such a big impact on the season trends and pairing them with the wide selction of fun sundresses and you’re ready for almost every occassion. I love the collection that is currently being offered at Target ‘The Webster’ a cool boutique out of Miami bringing a summer clothing style to their shapes and patterns, and incorporating it in classic tie-up wedges.


ModCloth.com has a great vintage dress selection as always that I think is great on so many body types and just perfect for the summer days and nights!  From the pin-up girl, baby doll, tank dress and the shirtdress you can find a style and dress for you At ModCloth and even Tilly’s has some great pieces.

I found accessories at Rue 21 and bags from Hot Topic as well as Ross.


Happy Summer

June 4, 2012
Happy Summer!

Cork! Is such a big impact on the season trends and pairing them with the wide selction of fun sundresses and yo’re ready for almost every occassion. I love the collection that is currently being offered at Target. ‘The Webster’ a cool boutique out of Miami brings a summer clothing style to their shapes and patterns, and incorporates it in classic tie-up wedges.


ModCloth.com has a great vintage dress selection as always that I think is great on so many body types and just perfect for the summer days and nights!

From the pin-up girl, baby doll, tank dress and the shirtdress you can find a style and dress for you at ModCloth and even Tilly’s has some great pieces.

I found accessories at Rue 21 and bags from Hot Topic as well as Ross.


Happy Summer

April 16, 2012
Coachella Style

Day to night… I really love the inspiration you can draw from the Coachella style, and the pin-up Girl style can be so versatile for so many body types. Have a look at what I’ve found!

March 13, 2012
Spring into Fashion

I couldn’t seem to decide either to post a day or night look, or a work or school look… So I posted both ideas. I found the clothes at Tilly’s, The Jewelry and Crossbag at Rue 21 and the shoes and All Time Low bag at Hot Topic!

March 13, 2012

Just had to reblog this, the dress is too cute! fashiontipsfromcomicstrips: radiomaru:

Hey while I’m on the subject of cosplay and outfits, here’s the original reference pieces I used for Ramona in the end of book 6!
dress: opening ceremony
jacket: joyrich
boots: zanotti

For comparison, here’s Ramona Flowers’ ensemble from Scott PIlgrim’s Finest Hour:

February 21, 2012
Comfy with Style

The really fun thing about this post is that this entire look was put together at Rue 21, and all pretty affordable.  I wanted a look you could easily transition from a day at college to a night out while retaining both style and comfort. The look is kept fairly simple but you can add a headband or headpiece, earrings, bangles or keep it as is.

January 9, 2012
Poncho Style T-shirts … Welcome Spring!

Comfy poncho style T-shirts and hoodies can be paired with almost any look.  Here I have put together a few pieces that can be used for casual or dressy. By pairing the poncho top with a longer tank top underneath gives depth and length to the top then have fun with a stripped pencil skirt, and yess tights are a greattt accsessory for this look as well. Pair it with military style boots or detailed heel boots, then for a youthful infushion add a fun bag like this one of Sonic the hedghog and even a funky hat! You can find these poncho style tops at Target all for under $20 and the shoes, skirt and purple tank at Ross and the purse and hat at Hot Topic!

December 2, 2011
It’s Funky hat time!

A sock monkey, A panda, no matter where you’re headed this holiday season these fun hats will give the added personality and effect needed to make an impact or just express yourself. They come in a various range of prices and styles from $10-$30 and can be found at numerous retail stores including Hot Topic, Tilly’s, Target, Claire’s even Wal-Mart.

Stay warm and cuddley with these unique accssories this holiday season.

Happy Holidays!


November 14, 2011
Putting together indie and vintage looks

Tights, Tights everywhere TIGHTS!   And all between $2 - $12.

But please, if I might ask, don’t wear the sheer skin color. This Fall is all about being bold and seen in all the insanely creative tight designs. Now regardless of your destination, this trend can fit nearly every outing… except maybe skiing… but that’s "to each's own". Anyway, these styles can be quick. You have a nice blouse you found on sale at Kohls and a pair of shorts...or you found a nice pair or tailored shorts and pair the look with unique tights. Have fun with these designs. Then pair them with a ballet flat, traditional wedge, Mary Janes or a heeled ankle boot.

For the more casual girl, slip a loose fitted boho top, cute shorts, but keep their pattern subtle since the shirt may have the eye catching pattern. Then have fun with the tights. Shoes I would say should be a nice sandal wedge or even Minnetonka boots.

And my favorite for that inner indie rocker chick - the Vintage T is the staple of changing this third look. You can pair this with tailored shorts or a ripped denim jean. Have fun with ripped leggings on the more grunge style of tights,and pair them with ‘Lower East Side’ ankle high black boots from Payless Shoes, I found mine half price at the Clermont location.

October 27, 2011
T2F and Halloween with some 40’s flare

Hello! We have just completed the Trash to Fashion event on October 22nd and Halloween is nearing closer my dears! The most excellent Comedy Troupe VaudeVillians appeared at the event with a retro theme at T2F and that got my brain storming with fashion thoughts of the past most exactly the 40’s!

The 1940’s was defined not by what was in style or what the celebrities were wearing but by a time of lack and war. With the backdrop being WWII fashion designs had mandatory rules placed over their creations enforced all the way down to the amount of buttons on a jacket even how many pleats were permitted in a skirt. Coming out of the 1930’s that was typified by the decorated pieces with long hemlines and luxurious fabrics the pieces evolved into both unpatriotic and unfashionable, replaced by a more exact female silhouette.

Uniforms were highly seen in all classes of society as well as remodeling an old blanket into a winner jacket or updating an old look with new collars and addons. Stockings were a must have and a woman’s Naval influence. If they were out of reach, the woman would simple stain the skin with cold tea or gravy browning and a steady hand would draw a line down the back of their calf with an eyeliner pencil. In 1942 the Incorporated Society of London Fashion Designers created 34 smart clothing designs and all government approved, coined the CC41 label. Some of those guidelines included; minimal cloth usage, no turn ups, maximum button limits, no more than 2 pockets, no more than 4m stitching, And certainly NO unnecessary decoration!

Strong lines is the big key to replicating this look well. If you were going for the pin-up girl look the hair was key because during that time it was the only thing without restrictions. Remember all the headpieces? They really added to the personality and style. Next, a fitted pencil skirt, a simple blouse and seamed stockings, and for a dress look also strong lines and a great silhouette of the female figure. To really capture the era, go for a dress with the military influence. Try ModCloth.com and pinupgirlclothing.com for wonderful vintage styles and accessories.

October 11, 2011
Pencil Skirts and TV influence!

I love how we can get inspiration from everything and everywhere. With the fall in motion as we are trading in our Red Bull for warm coffee and swimsuit cover-ups for layered tanks and t-shirts so comes the TV invasion of new sitcoms and dramas. Even if we don’t watch it is impossible to ignore the previews and the magazines publizing all the TV takeovers. This season with the new dramas some of us are looking more forward to the fashion we can see than the actual episode theme. With Pan Am resurrecting the classic and vintage 1960’s based fashion attention is back to the pencil skirt and classic pumps. Once Upon a Time brings back the gothic/ romance influence. Then for all of those under 30, our parents had Sex in the City styles we have Gossip Girl. With this new season over flowing with juicy off the runway fashion for work and school looks from posh and stylish Blair Waldorf to indie meets prep ivy.

I really like to put the early 90’s inspired crop tops with a longer tank top and a pencil skirt, which you can find various colors from $4-$15 at Ross. Crop tops can also be found at Forever 21, even Target. You can pair the look with a colorful pump, comfortable converse and even ballet flats but I saw these Victorian inspired heels at Ross and I loved the vintage appeal and the fact they were $14.99!!!! Add a vintage wallet from ModCloth to resemble a letter, just have fun with this fashion, and be comfortable!

September 28, 2011
Trash to Fashion 2011

The rockn’ powerhouse duo Lisa and Gina of the pop/rock band Gemeni will be honoring us with an acoustic performance along with their undeniable talent during this year’s Trash To Fashion 2011. Come out and enjoy these amazing artist on Saturday, October, 22nd @11am On the Lake Sumter College Campus in Clermont inside the Cooper Memorial Library.Free admission. Also appearing will be the Comedy troupe ”The VaudeVillAIns”.

September 2, 2011
Earth friendly Design Contest

Do you have a great idea for a costume or outfit, Do you love making something new out of something old and maybe forgotten then enter the eco-friendly design contest ‘Trash to Fashion’ that will be held at Cooper Memorial Saturday, October 22nd open to ages 11-15 and 16-25. All entries must be at least 60% recycled.

Click Here to print out an entry form

Deadline is October 7th.


August 26, 2011
Music Festival or Fashion addicts playground?

There is so much inspiration from the music festivals recently, I’ve seen long hippie messenger bags, distressed jeans and tasseled boots, music goers are going for extreme comfort, with my favorite pieces being the classic vintage T’s and the most fun in my opinion is tracking down these hidden fashions treasures. Your local vintage/consignment store is a great place to start, you can be almost certain you will come across some unexpected finds. I happened to stumbled across a classic New Kids on The Block, Prince and Ozzy Osbourne. Now what’s so great is this trend is not limited to music for instance; Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles even Gumby. You can really go crazy and have a good time because any theme vintage T really works.

Pair it with a dose of DIY shorts, Originally black jeans found at the local Goodwill for $4, they really needed some cosmetic surgery so I cut them right above the pockets so that the pockets hang below the cut of the shorts, and done brand new look!

Minnetonka tassel boots I found in Platos Closet that were under $10, And for the medium lengthed feather earring’s I merley recyled a pair of Faux diamond earrings by combining them with a $1 feather hair piece. Along with a black straw Fedora and Long loose vest that I both found at Ross for under $8.

Then a DIY hoodie purse, stating its life as a hoodie gaining a new lease on life as a purse:) Remember the longer the sleeves on the Hoodie the longer the strap on the purse will be. Here is a great link that explains the process step-by-step!

P.S. Another great Hoodie/Sweatshirt use without having to alter it one bit is to make it a computer sleeve, which is fantastic and convinent for nights when you really wish you had a sweatshirt tied around your waste to slip on, well just undo the sleeve wrapped around your computer and you have a warm sweatshirt:) Here is a photo guide of how to do this.

August 8, 2011
DIY Looks

I see such cute designer ‘off the shoulder’ looks these days, but they are always so expensive. Well, I love recycling my old clothes and with the resurrection of this 80’s inspired look transforming old T-shirts and sweatshirts into something new with very little effort is easy. To get the signature look for your t-shirt or sweatshirt just cut a large circle (or oval depending on how much you would like it to hang off your shoulder) and you're done! Pair it with a long tank top or cami and I would say you are good to go! But below I have also pasted some great ideas for FACE-LIFTING your aged clothes for inspiration, hope you enjoy:) And if you happen to have some old shoestring you can have some fun with a shoestring hippie headband:)

Alright, I found this great website where you can transform all of your old items into new looks and give your old wardrobe a new lease on life. http://www.ehow.com/cut-t-shirts/

Here is a site showing some of the current off the shoulder trends :) http://highfashionstyle.net/ladies-off-the-shoulder-t-shirts-trends-2011

July 22, 2011
Look what I found!

I was walking out of a shopping center in Kissimmee off of Hwy 192 and sitting outside was a lovely girl making hand-made hemp jewelry.

I got this unique bracelet made from soda can tops.

If your in the area today check her out in the shopping center where Nike and the Dollar Tree are located.

July 19, 2011
Ready for the Water Park?


Quick summer update. I just stumbled across some great swimsuit looks all at pretty good prices! First, Target is showcasing their 2012 summer preview and I hightlighted my top three designs below and all priced at $14.

Next, I wanted to show you some of the really cute and retro inspired designs at Kmart all under $10!

Of course you need a a bag to carry a change of cloths in so from Forever 21 you can carry the ’ it’s hip to be square’ bag for only $1.50 and yellow shades for only $1.50! I also added a great dress you can slip on over the swimsuit for $8.50.

Have a sick summer fellow Fashion addicts :D


June 15, 2011
Summer Finds = Money Saved! Yay!

Hello People,

Enjoying this warm weather I hope! Well before you panic because you just noticed you have no summer wardrobe and not a lot of extra funds left for anything new ( if you plan on actually putting gas into a moving vehicle this summer). Here are some great pieces I found at crazy low prices!

I put together a summer casual ‘out with friends’ kinda look and I hope you can get some inspiration from it. Starting with a great tank and plaid Bermuda shorts from Tilly’s, a lazy summer cardigan that’s loose and awesome for hotttt weather from Ross for $7.99. I stumbled across this adorable ‘Love Is In Bloom’ bag from Forever 21 for only $1.50. I repeat $1.50! Pairing it with another $1.50 piece, the vintage feather earings and a the Fedora under $5, colorful bangles also under $5, the faux vintage gemstone ring, again under $5, and the WICKED “I’ve fallen for” blue pumps at Forever 21. Although they are a more expensive item at $15.99, they are so gorgeous and will work for so many things. I couldn’t pass them and leave them all by themselves. And it wouldn’t be summer without some shades so I paired it with black ones from Charlotte-Russe at yes …$5…

And as much as I lovvveee the blue pumps I know that fate has written that they will betray my feet, so when that does occur I have great back-up sandles stashed in that cute bag from Wal-Mart:)

Happy Summer!!!!!!!  Mandi