I grew up in the ’90s, child

There is a sense of nostalgia seeing black chokers, denim jackets with patches, and multicolored everything becoming popular again. The ’90s have been back for the past few years. I love it. It is everything I wanted to wear as a kid, saw the popular older girls wear, but never could throw myself into the trend because I was too young. Except for platform shoes, I had platform shoes and wore them with delight.

Watching  what I grew up on become the biggest sensation in fashion has me giddy inside. I proudly picked up two pairs of platform shoes; one pair of sneakers and one pair of sandals seen in these photos. I pulled out my light denim jacket, picked up a slew of chokers, and a few layered tank tops. I looked at my collection of ’90s garb, everything I wanted to wear but couldn’t back in the day. Who says you can’t have a second chance in life?

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This next week and a half, I am fortunate enough to attend New York Fashion Week! It will be a fun,dream-likee, world wind journey. I am going to do my best to post the runway shows and presentations as quickly as I can. But for the most up to date NYFW coverage, feel free to follow along according to what you’re most interested in:

Snapchat: username- rockpaperglam: streaming live coverage of events and shows that will not be posted anywhere else

Instagram: @elleselauner– all the behind the scenes, show decor, prepping, in between shows, events coverage and interacting with special guests. AND @rockpaperglam– all editorial fashion, street fashion, what I am wearing

Facebook Page– the most current articles from Rock Paper Glam and any outtakes from the week

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Back To School Shopping: Casual Look

Song for this article is Give Me Something by Jarryd James

It has been awhile since I’ve had to buy books, rulers, or pencils for classes. But I’ll never lose the love for back to school shopping. There is something invigorating and exciting about it. I am, to this day, anxiously anticipating what fall will bring. New experiences, new challenges, new goals to meet.

Of course, my favorite part of the experience of back to school shopping is buying new clothes. All the comfy sweaters, new denim pants, new silhouettes. I feel Fall is the beginning of a new phase in Fashion as well. New trends emerge that we have yet seen. It feels fresh and crisp as the Fall air. I just love it!

This look reminds me a lot of the first day of class either at high school (if I didn’t have to wear a school uniform) or even college. Brand new white platform tennis shoes, cute black skinny jeans, and a simple mock turtleneck top. Actually, my top is a bodysuit. It is the first bodysuit I have ever purchased and I am now officially in love with them! You never have to worry about your shirt untucking.  All I am missing is an amazing backpack and some lockers to lean on.

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Top: Mandee Mock Turtleneck Bodysuit in Grey

Pants: Banana Republic Skinny Jeans

Jacket: Zara Denim Jacket (old) – Similar here

Shoes: Superga Platform Sneakers

Sunglasses: Loft (old) similar here for $15

Clutch: Gigi New York

I wanted to feature a few more options as well as what I wore for Back to School essentials. Just scroll and click on what you like. It will direct you toward where you can buy the item. Enjoy!

What do you think of the look? Let me know in the comments below.

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Goodbye Summer, Until Next Year

Most people don’t know this but I started Rock Paper Glam as a way to talk about not only fashion but music. If you know me, you know my adorations and unforgiving affair with music. It is as part of me as my own hands feverishly typing away this last summer article.

I want to test something out. It could be fun or a fail, but I thought I would pick one of my favorite songs of the moment to accompany my articles. It will be either from Youtube or Spotify, and you can play it in the background while reading this piece. THIS IS NOT SPONSORED, this is just something I thought would be fun. The summer song that I felt fitting to this piece is King of Summer by Ayokay Featuring Quinn XCII…. Enjoy and let me know if you like this idea in the comments below!

Summer is winding down. Most people are sad about the idea of sunny days and long nights vanishing to cooler weather. But I am eager. I cannot wait. This summer has been difficult, to say the least. To quickly sum up what my summer had been like, it was 1 car crash (not our fault), 1 concussed mother, a move and 3 months of being annoyingly sick. At the end, I just threw my hands in the air and said, “I give up!” Summer ’16 was just not in my favor. So what. There is always more summers, more season, more chances to create fun memories.

These photos are of me embracing the shorter nights to come and looking forward to the change of weather. Soaking up the last bits of Summer sun but excitedly waiting to see what September and my favorite season, Fall, will bring.

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End of Summer Look ruffled off the shoulder Shein Zara pleated Skirt

Shein Blouse off the shoulder pleated skirt

ruffled off the shoulder Shein Zara pleated Skirt

End of summer look

ruffled off the shoulder Shein Zara pleated Skirt

ruffled off the shoulder Shein Zara pleated Skirt

 

Top: SheIn -On Sale and Ships in 24 hrs!

Skirt: Zara old, but similar here and more affordable here

Shoes: Target again old, similar on sale here and affordable here

Hat: H&M, similar for $7 here

Bracelet: Abercrombie&Fitch

BTW, mom’s okay. I am starting to feel better. There are ups and downs in life, that is just how it is. I am grateful for the good parts.

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Give ‘Em The Cold Shoulder

Still trending is the off the shoulder look. Who else has been loving this trend?! It has been my favorite go-to for a simple yet beautiful outfit. This time around, I have switched the ruffles for slits and ruching. The silhouette is a sleek, city-chic style. I found it easy to pair with black slacks and flats for a day of walking around the city. I personally love the bell sleeves, something I haven’t seen on many other off the shoulder tops.

I also appreciate the rust color, as it will make this piece easy to transition into the cooler weather. I’d pair it with black faux leather leggings and boots for the perfect fall look. The length is just perfect to be a summer or fall top.

I took this look up and down Fifth Avenue, including a short coffee break at the Grand Salon in the Baccarat Hotel. If you ever get a chance to visit New York, take yourself to this gorgeous place for a light bite and coffee. It is a stunning environment tucked away in the midst of the busy city.

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The shirt is from SheIn (more colors) for less than $20; Shoes from Target, Pants from the Banana Republic, and Sunnies from Balenciaga.

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My off the shoulder moment

This is one of my favorite trends for spring! Off the shoulder blouses doused in a ton of ruffles and preferably in blue. There is something so fun and playful about this look. In fact, I couldn’t stop twirling in my oversize blouse. Pairing the look with my new favorite cat-eyed sunglasses made the look that much better. I am starting realize that eyewear isn’t made to be taken seriously. I am really getting into wearing something funky! The funkier the better, right? Fashion is meant to be fun after all!

I like styling this look with a simple pair of black denim pants and no fuss tan sandals. The emphasis here are the ruffles in all their glory. This is a perfect outfit for while grabbing coffee or brunch with friends.

What do you think of this look? Would it be something you’d try for Spring?

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Zara blue striped off the shoulder blouse and balenciaga duel tone sunglasses

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off the shoulder blouse and cat eyed sunglasses

off the shoulder blue blouse and balenciaga sunglasses

Look Details: Blouse — Zara,  similar  here, and a more affordable version here. My black pants — Banana Republic, but any old pair of black jeans will work to recreate this look. ClutchGiGi New York. I love that you can customize their clutches with initials, a similar style in faux leather is available here. SunglassesBalenciaga, similar and more affordable style here.

P.S. I totally changed from my mule heeled sandals to my favorite Pumas half way through the day, and instantly became happier! Does that ever happen to you? Does putting on your favorite shoes change your mood?

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