Articles by Jennifer Lam
Mar. 6, 2015
DIY: Wooden coaster
Interesting and fun coasters make great gifts or details in your apartment. Try this easy and quick project to up-cycle tree rounds and transform them into a new quirky addition to your home. You can also make them personalized as a unique gift for friends and family.
Feb. 20, 2015
In his bag: President John A. Fry
This week, President John A. Fry gave us a glimpse into his beige canvas Monocle tote bag that holds his essentials for his daily routine. He chooses to use a tote bag because it is both durable and simple to clean. “It’s just easier. I like the fact that it has zippers and pockets; most canvas bags don’t. Having those little things is great, because I tend to throw all my stuff in and just zip it up so I don’t lose it,” Fry said.
Feb. 20, 2015
Forever21 opening on Chestnut street
After waiting almost a year since the official announcement, and several years of secretly pining for this fast fashion retailer, I was one of over 600 people that finally lined up outside of 1708 Chestnut St. Feb. 14 for Forever 21’s grand opening. The first 300 people in line were given gift certificates to spend that day ranging from $10 to $220. Customers began queuing at around 6:30 a.m., and by 9:15 a.m., when I arrived to the party, there were already at least 400 people standing there in a line that wrapped around the whole block. When asked why they were waiting in line for so long, answers ranged from being avid fans of Forever 21 to just wanting to be a part of the exciting opening event. One customer said, “I came because I was excited for free money.”
Feb. 6, 2015
Blogger feature: Brent Luvaas
Brent Luvaas, founder of street-style blog Urban Fieldnotes, balances the life of a blogger, professional anthropologist and assistant professor at Drexel University. He currently teaches two courses, visual anthropology and media anthropology. According to Urban Fieldnotes, the blog is about “street style blogging, an experiment in auto-ethnographic research and open source fieldwork.”
Jan. 23, 2015
Pre-fall 2015 trend report
For those who enter the serious fashion limbo between spring/summer and fall/winter, pre-fall collections have finally arrived to satisfy our needs. Here is a quick report on the five most notable trends across designers and how to introduce them to your own wardrobe.
Nov. 21, 2014
Five ways to conquer winter static
Forget the whistle of below-freezing winds, the sound of teeth chattering and premature holiday songs, I know that winter is coming when I start hearing crackles of static coming from my head. From my hair, to my sweaters, all the way down to my warm pink fuzzy socks, static is virtually inescapable. All I dream of is a day where I can take off my infinity scarf without having my hair rise up and swallow my head. After trying lotion, water spray bottles, hydrating conditioners, I have narrowed down a list of easy methods that actually work to diminish static. Follow these simple fixes to finally rid yourself of this winter annoyance.
Oct. 24, 2014
Photo by Jennifer Lam Take one look around, and there is no denying that the ’90s are back! From the ever-popular crop top, jelly shoes and halter, a selective few of the decade old fads are making a big return to the fashion world. Based on a quick glimpse of my Etsy shopping cart, there is one clear ’90s trend ruling my world right now: choker necklaces. And while we used to live in a beautiful world where throwing a quarter into one of those prize vending machines could spit out a black (or neon rainbow) tattoo choker, life just isn’t as simple as the ’90s anymore. After hours of research and finagling with black elastic, I surrendered to the fact that it would take me at least another week before I could conquer the tattoo choker. Save yourself the time, and use these three lazy-girl ways to start rocking the choker again today! Materials: Old black cord necklaces, charms and beads, ribbon, ribbon clamps, jewelry clasps, old wristlet, scissors The first and by far quickest method to making your own choker necklace is to dismantle an old wristlet. Surprisingly, the measurements used to comfortably hold the wristlet are almost the perfect measurements for the neck. The most important tip for this method is to make sure your new choker fits comfortably on the neck. Carefully cut and separate the strap from the wristlet itself. Be sure to keep the clasp on. Adorn your new choker with a charm to personalize it, or wear it with the clasp in the front and rock both the choker and hardware trend for the fall. This second method is if you have a little more time and some old black cord necklaces to spare. Take your black cord necklace and string your desired beads on. To quickly shorten the necklace without too much hassle, simply tie a few knots. I personally tied the knots close to the beads in order to secure them as well as add to the grunge aesthetic. This last method is more time-consuming, but just as easy. Create a plain solid color ribbon choker to match with every outfit. I interchanged different brooches and pins to match each of my outfits easily. First, measure and cut your ribbon or lace into a 13-inch strip (adjust measurements as needed). Place on any charms or beads at this time. To ensure that the ribbon does not fray, use ribbon clamps at the ends of the strip and connect to your clasp. Now go out and show off your ’90s pride by rocking your brand new choker!
Oct. 24, 2014
DIY: Phone Case
When it comes to personalizing electronic gadgets, the clear phone case is my best friend. Not only because it is relatively inexpensive, but also because it is extremely versatile when it comes to easy and painless do-it-yourself projects. In this tutorial, we will be creating a pressed flower phone case. Just because the weather is chillier does not mean I can quite give up floral designs yet! If you are not a fan of flowers for the fall, feel free to use other materials as a substitute. Other ideas for personalizing your phone case are: using photographs, washi tape, glitter nail polish, or even fabric in a bold design.
Oct. 10, 2014
Street style: Zhengyuan Bi
Q: What is your favorite fall transition piece in your closet?
Aug. 22, 2014
DIY Clothing hangers
Living in the city for two years has taught me many things. One of the harder lessons I had to learn was that when it comes to my wardrobe, closet space is not the most abundant. My clothes live pretty sandwiched within the miniature built-in closet I have. And clothes hung closely together leads to one thing: clothes slipping off hangers and becoming a tangled mess. One solution is to purchase a whole new set of velvet hangers. Another is to read on and find out how to create easy, personalized hangers.