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July 18, 2012

Gap pants, H&M belt and wedges, Rebecca Minkoff bag, Zara top, necklace c/o Blackbird
Oddly enough, before writing this “No Doubt’s Top 10 Style Moments” feature, I was already paying homage to my childhood hero Gwen Stefani when I shot this little midriff-flashing outfit for FASHION‘s Style Panel on Sunday. Our task this week was to show how to style treated/printed denim or how to give pre-existing denim a fresh update (I picked the latter), but I like to think now that it all happened so that I could give a nod to my 11-year-old self, the obnoxiously loud girl who was quite literally obsessed with Gwen Stefani and played Tragic Kingdom maybe five gazillion times. The trend (not that I was really aware of “trends” back then) that I stole most from her back then were crop tops – I had a whole collection. Don’t know why my parents let me wear them but they’re ’90s-tastic in the very best way and since they’re having a bit of a resurgence right now, I’m going to go ahead and embrace them once again.
I can’t believe it’s Wednesday let alone July 18 now! This summer is going to be all gone before I know it and I won’t have gotten to all the things that were on my bucket list (go to the amateur gay strip bar near us, S.U.P. in Lake Ontario, go to Niagara Falls). Is anyone else having this time-on-fast-forward problem right now too?
Happy hump day everyone 🙂

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  • Reply Bonnie July 18, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Hello, hint of skin! I love showing a bit of stomach while keeping most of my other parts covered. Then it doesn't look slutty. Unless I want to look slutty, and then I go alllll out.
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  • Reply Jenny Lauren July 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Love how you styled your denim! I've always wanted to try showing a little stomach, but need to do a million sit-ups first! 🙂 I just love the colour combination!

    xo Jenny

  • Reply JennaStevie July 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I love this super bright outfit, the hint of skin is the perfect amount too!! I love Gwen, and definitely listened to a lot of no doubt growing up as well. These pants are so awesome, so fun and bright!
    This summer is definitely flying by too fast!!

  • Reply Manda July 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    This is fun! Very flowful 🙂 (Yes, I did just make up a word!)
    Eat Cake

  • Reply Heather July 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I love Gwen Stefani. I remember as a kid doing gymnastics and listening to "I'm Just a Girl." Our YMCA would just play the radio during the class and that song was the hit that year. Anyway Tragic Kingdom is just one of those cds that I always go back and listen to. It never gets old. Anyway great look. Loving the showing of a bit of skin and your color blocking!

  • Reply Mounette July 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I love this simply look! thanks to show us..

  • Reply two birds July 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    i love your homage to gwen! these colors are great together, and i love the little peek of skin!

  • Reply Marie L. July 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I love how you styled this croped top with your bright pants! Great look! And my, summer is going too fast! Hope you get to do what you have in mind!

  • Reply Lauren July 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I am definitely having that problem, too! I'm starting school again in the fall which, to my dismay, is about a month from now! eeekkkkk!

    Love your bright-on-bright color combo today.


  • Reply StyleIDnet July 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Love the outfit. you look very pretty. … Necklace is wonderful.
    Style Id Net
    Filomenas Closet

  • Reply Well... July 18, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Whoa, now that is one awesome, colorful outfit! I love it 😀
    Gorgeous color combo. The accessories complement everything perfectly

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  • Reply Pink Chick July 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Love the color mix! Wish it could be summer down here!

    Love your blog!

    Xoxo from Peru


  • Reply Courtney Erin July 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I love the hint of midriff in this outfit – and the color blocking between the jeans and the top. It`s a great look!

    Courtney ~

  • Reply A Fine Balance July 18, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Summer even though we have longer days for some reason always seems to be shorter!

    PS I ll be in town (tdot on Aug 6th…fancy a blogger meet up?)

  • Reply thestylerack July 18, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I love those pink jeans on you! You're so prettty! Ahhhh.
    I can definitely relate to you about time going by fast. Summer's flying right past me!

  • Reply Just Another Shopaholic July 18, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I love those pants. Pink pants are amazing.

  • Reply Neris / Fashion Fractions July 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    i love blue and pink together! looking gorgeous 🙂


    Fashion Fractions

  • Reply Mrs C ♥ July 18, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I loooooved Tragic Kingdom! Probably still my all-time fave No Doubt album.

    I love this look! I used to hate pink & blue together but I really love it now. Love the necklace too. What is your nail polish color? I love it!

  • Reply Carmen July 18, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Lovely top, I like the colour combination 🙂

  • Reply July 18, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Loving the peep of skin! Summer is flying by miles to quickly as usual, totally agree!
    xo K

  • Reply Cee July 18, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Oh, the crop top 🙂 They were strictly banned in my house, to the point that I'm now way too self-conscious to experiment with this second go around of the style. I think you wear it really well, though – not just anyone can make a bare midriff look classy, but you've definitely pulled it off. Loving this mix of bold shades, too. So very you. Miss you, pally!

  • Reply Leah July 18, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Was thinking the same thing about this summer flying by! Love these colours together.

  • Reply lisa July 18, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Nice! It looks like this internship has given you plenty of opportunities to write and build up your portfolio so far. 🙂

  • Reply gloss_e July 18, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    fun outfit! and yes, this summer is flying by 🙁 and i haven't gone on vacation yet!

  • Reply Charles Ravndal July 18, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I like the colour combination and the whole outfit makes you utterly gorgeous (well, you're already gorgeous!) A first timer here btw 🙂

  • Reply Ramona July 18, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Alexandra, me too.Just today we was talking about it, with my boyfriend.We have made summer plans as well, but OMG its already middle of summer and just today I realize that friday is my Name Day.I'm a bit in panic, because I made plan to work this weekend.
    Wonderful colour combo and your Minkoff looks gorgeous with any look and colour combo.

    xoxo Ra

  • Reply Marisa July 18, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    I was a huge No Doubt fan too! And still am a fan of Gwen Stefani. You sure know how to make a cropped top look sophisticated, I don't know how you do it!


  • Reply canvasofculture July 18, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    love that triangle necklace! it looks like such a versatile piece, I'm sure it looks great with a bunch of different outfits:)

  • Reply xoxoCat July 18, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    You should do a post on your new position at Fashion Magazine and working in the fashion journalism industry.

  • Reply Kelly Yeh July 19, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Love these colors! great pairing with the belt =)

    <3 Kelly

  • Reply jules July 19, 2012 at 1:39 am

    i love those pink jeans, alex! and the matching belt & shirt look fab!


  • Reply Katie- Hems for Her July 19, 2012 at 2:07 am

    I LOVE No Doubt! And I have already pulled up your article- can't wait to read it!

  • Reply Kacie July 19, 2012 at 2:39 am

    These colors together are great and that crop top is perfect for summer!

  • Reply Aleksandra July 19, 2012 at 2:58 am

    ahk! you are so stunning! 🙂 Plus, you couldn't have a better name. 😉

  • Reply Maneet Jassal Gupta July 19, 2012 at 5:03 am

    You are so right about time flying. I can't even find out were my day goes! Summer is seriously taking a toll on the blog! 😉 Hope you find time to do all the things on your bucket list!


  • Reply MizzJ July 19, 2012 at 8:25 am

    haha I was so obsessed with tragic kingdom as well! Hope their new album is good. It's cool how trends are recycled, but also reimagined, like crop tops. The version now is so much classier than before.

  • Reply Judy July 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I didn't know some of these things about Gwen Stefani–especially the braces part! I was surprised about that part, haha. The crop top looks great on you, especially with the color blocking going on too. Ahh, I'm sad summer is almost over :(, I haven't gotten to a ton of things on my bucket list too, but there's still time to get some crossed off! Best of luck 🙂


  • Reply July 19, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    You look beautiful as always!!! Love the outfit.

  • Reply marbellagirl July 19, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I was just having the same thoughts about the time passing extremely fast. I haven't done anything exciting this summer yet, so I better act quickly (and you too! 🙂 ) btw, I love your pants!

  • Reply July 19, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Great post on Gwen's style! I was such a fangirl too in HS. I had pink plaid pants and the bra straps showing through a white beater tank, plus pigtails all to copy her look. Do you remember when No Doubt played at MuchMusic? She wore this mini black cardigan that had an Anaheim patch on the back. Well I went and got my nanna to knit me a replica of her cardi, which I still have today, and I put my own patch (it said Zero – ode to the smashing pumpkins) on the back.

    Really loving your bias cut top for just a touch of that navel peek.

  • Reply Ashley Aspinwall July 19, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    yes! summer has literally flown by, I hate it haha. I love how you color blocked this look, and the mid drift top def has a little bit of a no doubt vibe, but your missing the visible thong haha.

    xo SideSmile,

    SideSmile Style Blog

  • Reply Fashiable July 19, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Love the colour combination in your outfit. Well done!

  • Reply pinkandplum July 20, 2012 at 3:37 am

    Great colors! And I say as long as you have the midriff you have, you should show it off 🙂

  • Reply The Key To Chic July 20, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Summer is flying by too quickly. I'm trying to savor each moment. I love the resurgence of '90s trends, and crop tops are so fun for warm weather! Your color blocking is amazing, too!

  • Reply Suzi Maynard July 20, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Love your raspberry coloured pants by GAP!!
    I'm doing a series of posts on the classics-my first instalment is the Trench Coat.
    Suzi x
    For the Love of Audrey

  • Reply Bog-Bog July 20, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I love this color combo so much!
    I'm following you!

  • Reply Heidi July 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Niagara Falls was on my summer bucket list too! It's was so amazing, if you go make sure to get on the Maid of the Mist boat ride. It is only about a 15 min boat ride, but it is so worth it. -Heidi

  • Reply Petite Adventures July 20, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Such a great colour combination! You look great!

  • Reply Lynn {hearted girl} July 23, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    can we all just scream a little louder about No Doubt coming back on the scene! it's radness and super exciting you wrote a piece about Gwen's fab style, can't wait to peep it. the colors in your outfit are so cheery and the whole look's a complete standout! xo ♥

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