Shopping for a college student can be difficult. They need so many things! Here at Audrey, we try to break down and help show you what might be great gifts for that struggling college student that we all know and love.
Gifts Under $50:
Golla Laptop Case: Perfect and useful to keep laptops safe, and clean. $39.99, can be found at Best Buy.
We all have that one friend that loves watching hair and makeup tutorials on YouTube. She might follow the methods of Michelle Phan, or she might be the one making the videos with her own blog. With so many videos to make, or watching videos and practicing, a girl can run out of makeup and hair supplies fast! In honor of the Beauty Blogging girl, we’ve put together a gift guide made especially for her to help find the perfect gift for this friend.
For Under $50:
This lady might be your mother, your aunt, or your homely friend that loves to cook and do household work. She bakes the best cookies, has the best dinner parties, and her house is spotless. She is the spitting image of Martha Stewart. Whomever it is, this is the perfect gift guide to help find that motherly woman in your life.
Gifts Under $50:
Dish Play Gloves: They’re cute, and they bring entertainment to cleaning the house. $12 at Urban Outfitters.
Wok Set: Perfect for cooking those Asian dishes. Good for stir-frying, sauteing, deep-frying, steaming, and parboiling. This set allows you to cook with chopsticks, a stainless steel tempura rack, bamboo/stainless turner, and ladle a wooden steam rack. Can be found at Crate & Barrel for only $49.95!
The Asian Grandmother’s Cookbook: Written by Pat Tanumihardja, this cookbook features the real recipes of grandmothers from all over Asia including China, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, and India. There are many various dishes in here including the Filipino Chicken Adobo, or the Japanese Oyako Donburi. Can be found at Barnes & Noble for $20.24.
Other Great Gift Ideas:
5×7 Lace Medallion Rug: Beautiful for any place in the house. $89 at Urban Outfitters.
Caterer’s Flatware 3-Piece Box Set of 12: 12 each of forks, spoons, and knives. $119 at the Pottery Barn.
KitchenAid Classic Plus Stand Mixer: What would a Martha Stewart woman be without a mixer? Comes in 10 speeds and kneads, whups, mixes, blends, and beats. Includes flat beaters, recipe book, dough hooks, and mixing bowl. $229.99 at Target.
Crane & Canopy’s Ashbury Set: Beautiful bedding that starts at $99 from Crane & Canopy.
Zojirushi Rice Cooker: The new age rice cooker made from the Japanese company. Prices vary and can be found on Zojirushi.
Chilewich Gilt Rectangle Placemat: go for the gold when entertaining your guests this holiday season. Available at ShopHorne.
I’ll admit, I’m a bit of an addict…to shoes. Perhaps like many other women, my closet is filled with a myriad of different footwear – flats, sandals, sneakers, wedges and the list goes on and on. To be honest, it seems to be an addiction that won’t be ending any time soon.
Recently, the women of MIXXI – Nikki Tran, Ann Shimasaki and Evelyn Nguyen – have come up with a smart solution for this: shoe clips. Fashion-forward, fun and eclectic, MIXXI was even featured in this year’s Emmy gift bags. Check out our interview with the women of MIXXI as well as our own product review!
Here at Audrey, we have been doing our research when it comes to fall runway trends. With fall approaching shortly, here are a few of the top trends you should look out for.
There’s a whole lot of love behind the success of the clothing line Everly and it’s designers, Adriana Leaw and Fabiana Choi. The Korean American sisters grew up watching their parents nurture and run a clothing line in both Brazil and the U.S., and realized that somewhere deep down in their hearts that they had developed a love in fashion/retail as well.
Their passion for what they do on a daily basis: looking at trend after trend, designing, creating mood boards for the upcoming season is definitely one of the components to why their line is still very much alive, but the main reason is what their hometown Brazil has taught them: love. As Audrey carried on the interview, which felt more like a natural conversation, we discovered that the love and respect they have for each other is really why Everly has worked out so well. Not only that, but the signature image of Everly wouldn’t exist without their amazing aptitude of balance.
As close as they are, they in no doubt believe and know that they have two very different personalities: Adriana, the older sister, is more conservative and Fabiana is more likely to take risks. When asked if they fight over business and designing decisions, they both revealed that they rarely argue. If there does come a time where they see differently on a certain design, they are able to either compromise or trust the other and go with her choice. In fact, their differences in style is a blessing in disguise as their aesthetic tastes catch each other’s extremes. For example, if Adriana pushes a piece to more of the trendy side, Adriana’s preferences in the classic, clean lines look will bring it back to the perfect middle. While during the middle of all of this, we wondered how arguments and disagreements could not be in the picture, and then our question was answered when they began to talk about the place they spent most of their lives in: Brazil.
While we believe Brazil is a place full of exoticism and the beautiful wild, the dynamic duo sees Brazil a place where they saw an ample amount of genuine and sincere love. Claiming that everyone in Brazil is loving, kind, and family oriented love is what they really got out of growing up in Brazil. Another Brazilian characteristic that stayed with them was the vibrant and assorted colors in the country. The various colors of the place is why they believe they are so attracted to bold colors and daring prints.
We have a lot of thanking to do for Brazil’s smart teachings of color and prints to the sisters as we can find a lot of those two out there styles in their line, Everly. Describing the Everly girl as normal but quirky, a risk taker but always polished (can you see their two different personalities?), Audrey magazine is thankful for creating a line that’s young, fresh, and will immediately make us stand out in a crowd full of stylish girls. Adriana and Fabiana take essential and basic styles, like the shift dress (their favorite), and are able to add spunk and a twist to it that makes it Everly. However, at the same time the line manages to keep it still feminine, flirty, and most importantly happy.
Happiness and brightness is what we instantly saw when conversing with them and we see why Everly is the way it is. The love and respect that they have for each other is why their clothes is so perfectly balanced with two different takes in fashion. We hope that when the day is cloudy and gray and/or when the crowd of girls is swallowed in a sea of boring and uneventful trends, the clothes of Everly will help us change all of that.
Continue reading for the interview and a sneak peek at their Fall 2012 line!
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ISSUE: Spring 2012
DEPT: Audrey Style
STORY: Anna M. Park
Indie rocker Meg Frampton has always been frustrated with jewelry. “I think jewelry should have special meaning and should remind the person of something positive. It shouldn’t just be a shiny rock on a chain,” says the 26-year-old, who once worked at a jewelry chain store. So she crafted a robot out of base metals and vintage watch parts and named it Chandler (yes, the one from Friends — Frampton’s one-time obsession).
“Chandler the robot is quirky, steampunk, a bit on the ‘industrial’ side with a classy-feminine edge,” says Frampton. She’s expanded the collection to include other iterations of the original (Stupendous Chandler is particularly adorkable), bringing her visions to life while on tour with her sister Dia and country singer Blake Shelton. Her love of the quirky spills over into the Korean-Dutch American’s personal style as well, who finds inspiration in the gothcute aesthetic of filmmaker Tim Burton. “I love it when fashion has personalities,” says Frampton. “Sometimes I like adding a little
‘darkness’ to an outfit.”
My feel-good outfit: Cute shoes and a vintage dress. Big earrings.
Wearing straight off the runway: Floral accents, wedges.
Can’t wait to wear: High-waisted cut-off denim shorts — because I live in Austin, Texas, and I can.
Style secret: Keep a pair of flats in your purse if you know you are going to be out for a whole evening, just in case your heels are killing you.
More stories from Audrey’s Spring issue here.
Meet An Dyer of Haute Pink Pretty, this week’s Audrey Style Gal!
Celebs came out to celebrate Audrey’s Fashion Night Out this year and we made sure to ask them the tough questions.
Thinkers like “would you rather be good looking or a good dresser” and “what’s your biggest vice?”
Some gave heartwarming answers (PK Kim said, “a good personality” Aww…) and others were random fun (Jack Yang wants to go naked!)
Find out the rest below.
Audrey Asks: Would you rather be good looking or a good dresser?
“My stylist, Amanda, is the best, but I have no idea what looks good. Even just walking down the street, our cast is very good at that. They clean up real well and I’m like, in sweats and Nikes. I love it, but I think I should start looking nicer.” — Jenna Ushkowitz
We think Jenna looks pretty darned nice already and have compiled a few of our favorite looks from the starlet – including EXCLUSIVE quotes from our Fall ’11 Interview!