My favorite part about summer is riding with all four windows down in my car, blasting new and old tunes on my way to the beach or river with my best friends. What better way to get the good vibes flowing than with a bangin’ playlist? The genres of music that I listen to change with the seasons, so when summer rolls around I am all about the upbeat, bright, and happy songs that scream, “It’s 90 degrees outside and I’m tanning on the beach right now!”. Here is a playlist I have curated of some of my favorite songs to listen to while basking in the summer sun. Some songs are new, some are older, but they are all on the soundtrack of summer.
Walking into Harrods is like equivalent of a child walking into Disney World for the first time. As you walk into this massive department store, located in central London, you are immediately greeted by a man in a nice suit. As he opens the double doors to invite you in, you can’t help but feel special. They have all the most prestigious brand names known to man. You could say Harrod's is your dream closet where you find all the clothes you’ve ever seen on the runways from places like Milan to New York Fashion Week.
While studying abroad past spring, I was fortunate enough to be only 10 minutes away from this magnificent mansion. I constantly would go there to take notes on all the new incoming trends because London is about 1-2 years ahead in their trends than the U.S. Each time you walk into Harrods feels new, despite its monstrosity, the makes staff changes to every department every week and individual displays nearly every day.
Though my favorite part might fall in women's fashion, there is also a toy kingdom which is every child’s dream, a fancy food hall filled with glamorously displayed fish, steaks, produce, and chicken. One of my favorite rooms is what I like to call “the Willy Wonka room,” because there is no doubt the second you step foot into this room filled with chocolates and sweets, you will feel like you entered Wonkaland
If you ever find yourself wandering the streets of London, definitely stop by one of the world’s most popular department stores to enjoy the beauty of Gucci, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, and so many more.
Summer is the season of the year in which we, as college students, are able to break away from the busy schedules, course loads, and stress that the Fall and Spring semesters lay on us. We get to go back home for a few months, catching up with high school friends and blowing what little money we may have left on concerts and music festivals. These three months give us the breath of fresh air that we didn’t know we so desperately needed, and I believe it is so important to spend those days wisely.
Looking back on this past Spring semester, I realized that there are some things that I did, and did not do, that I usually love doing. I have loved photography my whole life, and yet I barely have any photos on my camera roll to show for myself. Painting is one of my favorite pastimes, but I did not once fill a blank canvas. School and outside commitments were the main reasons I was not able to pursue the things in my life that I loved most. Recently, I have been making a mental two-column list, with one side consisting of what I do in my everyday life, while the other side is filled with things that I genuinely enjoy doing. When the columns do not have anything in common, I know that it is time to change something in my daily routine.
With the free time I am so lucky to have this summer, I am going to spend it painting, listening to new music, going to yoga, and hanging out with the people that I am not usually able to be with while back at school. So, rather than spending your free time complaining about being bored, (we are all guilty of it…even as 20-somethings) make a mental list of things you love to do, no matter how little or big they are. We only have so many more summers of freetime spent in the comfort of your home before we need to enter the real world, where summer vacations are non-existent. Spend your free time wisely, because once it’s gone, it’s better to look back and know you did something worth your while.
For the many of us who have spent summers in Tallahassee, it is easy to agree we can grow tired of the brick buildings, and need a getaway. Fortunately, I am here to tell you how a weekend trip to Saint Augustine, just 3 hours south of Tallahassee, can turn your summer around! I was lucky enough to have spent the past week in Saint Augustine with family members , giving me that vacation I really needed.
Talita Von Furstenberg
The legendary Diane Von Furstenberg’s granddaughter, Talita, stepped onto the red carpet wearing an angelic gown with tiers of light blue chiffon and speckled with glitter.
SZA’s blush Versace gown, complete with a beaded top and flowing chiffon, grants her a spot on this list, especially considering the angelic references and golden halo that subtly correlate with the theme.
With a red ombre gown, Nicki Minaj references the wine and blood of Christ while wearing a head-covering similar to a mantilla, which more conservative Catholic women wear to masses.
In contrast to her simple wine-colored velvet gown, Priyanka Chopra’s delicate veil steals the show. Crafted with lace and jewels, it credits the Byzantine era while honoring her Indian heritage, as the veil was hand-crafted in India.
While most of the male attendees chose a simple black suit, Chadwick Boseman made a sartorial statement with a white suit and cape, resembling the robes of a Catholic priest, and adorned with jewel-encrusted crosses.
Rather than gathering inspiration from historic religious artwork or current Catholic practices, Zendaya chose to channel Joan of Arc, the heroine of the Hundred Years’ War and a canonized saint. While the chain-link armor is a direct reference to Joan, the silver beaded gown underneath lends glamour and sophistication to the overall piece.
Taking the saying “Fashion is Art” in a literal sense, Ariana Grande wears imagery from Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement with a beautiful gown created by Vera Wang.
Gigi Hadid’s Versace gown was inspired by stained glass and featured rose- and lavender-colored panels on a rich navy background. The detailed crystal embroidery juxtaposed with the one-shoulder cut and flowing train made this ensemble one to remember.
Rihanna’s buzzed-about outfits always draw attention, but this year’s ensemble stands out. Designed by Margiela, the completely beaded holy-white dress was complemented by a robe and a papal mitre, also fully adorned with beads.
By far the best dressed of all, Blake Lively stunned in a deep garnet dress intricately embroidered in gold thread and embellished with stones, reminiscent of the ceremonial wine, traditional altar coverings, and the stained-glass windows that are so prevalent among Catholic architecture. To finish the look, a gold headpiece with thin bars radiating from her updo created the appearance of a halo worthy of a religious painting.
Hope you enjoyed these looks and our recap!
- Anna Wood
FSU's Premiere Fashion Magazine