Walking down the graduation runway

Monday, December 6, 2010

By Jody Marich 

Today I was talking to one of my dear friends, Jill,  about having blogger's block. I told her I just couldn't get out of the funk I have been in. Maybe it's because I am graduating from college and have SO many other things on my mind. Whatever it is/ was she helped me come up with a brilliant idea for anyone who is graduating this December or anytime for that matter.

What to wear to graduation?

First and foremost, I think it depends on what type of school it is. If it is a public, state school or college, the dress code can be a little more lenient. 

Attending Flagler College, a private school, my dress code mandatory. If we don't follow the rules, we don't get to walk:
"DRESS FOR COMMENCEMENT: Men are to wear a dress shirt (preferable white) and tie, dark slacks, and dress shoes. Women are to wear a dress or dark dress slacks/skirt and blouse, and dress shoes. Students not adhering to this dress code, will not be allowed to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. Caps and Gowns must be ordered by the graduate with Jostens, Inc. at www.jostens.com or with a Jostens rep on campus on various advertised days . They will be delivered to the college for pickup during Graduation Clearance Week."- Flagler College website.

Remember, always to factor in:
❤weather- check the 10 day forecast to see if it's going to be cold, hot, or rainy, in case you have to make changes.
❤where the ceremony takes place- is it inside or outside? That should always be in the back of your mind when choosing what to wear.
❤what color your gown is - you don't want clothing to show through.

You want to look professional and polished, since you are officially moving into the "real world." Just remember the acronym: KISS - Keep it simple, sexy - I replaced stupid with sexy because this is your day to shine!

With all of this said, here are a few different choices on how to look perfect for you "graduation runway" debut. 

Miso One Shoulder Dress
30 GBP - republic.co.uk
One shoulder dress »

Faux Patent Wallet
$9.80 - canada.forever21.com
Wallets »

$2.99 - scrapbook.com

With this outfit, you could put the shirt and sweater together or just pick one piece to wear.

For each outfit, I chose a pair of flats and heels. If you wear heels be careful. You want to have something comfortable, so you can walk in them, maybe even do a little practice walk before hand.

These are just some outfits that could work for the big walk but a few things to remember when shopping is:
❤Find something that is versatile- something you can be comfortable in for the ceremony and then take pictures in afterwards, even go out for a celebratory meal in. 
❤Choose a piece or outfit that won't look weird under your gown- you don't want a dress giving you a strange figure (even though the gown usually makes us look like we are wearing a potato sack!)
❤Keep jewelry to a minimum- one or two little pieces works but like I said, keep it simple, there's nothing like getting an earring caught in your tassel or bangles jingling. 
❤Keep your ceremony venue in mind-  you don't want crazy shoes that sink into the grass or uncomfortable fabrics bringing you down. 
❤Remember, this is your big day. It's a day to celebrate with family and friends. Don't wear something that will make you feel uncomfortable around these people. 

With graduation comes a whole new chapter in life. It's a time to celebrate your achievements with the ones you love. The biggest thing to remember is HAVE FUN! This is your day to shine. Walk with pride and be the little superstar that you are. 

Congrats to all that are graduating! I know I'm excited about it!

It's not about fashion, it's about music

Friday, December 3, 2010

Video by Jody Marich 

I am so, so proud of this video. It was my last assignment for Advanced Reporting and will air on Comcast channel 24 in St. Augustine. 

The piece is a video essay. A new style of work that has been adopted by many news rooms. My focus was on Amy Hendrickson, the woman I call the "music of St. Augustine". St. Augustine is an oasis for live music and whether it's recording it, performing it, producing concerts or promoting local musicians, Hendrickson is at the heart of it all. 

I know it's not fashion but I'm so proud of this piece. I hope you all enjoy. 

The music of St. Augustine from Jody Marich on Vimeo.

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show faves ♥

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

This year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, “A Night of a Thousand Fantasies,” was one of my favorites. Starting with the gold glitz and glamour runway-- can I just say, to die for! I want to walk and roll around on it. 

There were six stunning sections that represented women: Pink, Wild Things, Game On, Heavenly Bodies, Tough Love and Country Girls

All of the themes were fabulous! My favorite by far was the "Wild Things"or as I'd like to call it, animal instinct section, followed closely by the "Heavenly Bodies" section with Akon performing his new song, "Angel" while VS Angles were taking the stage.

I adore anything that has to do with peacocks so of course, my favorite wings included the gorgeous feathers. 


Here are some other fabulous highlights from the show:

Selita is a fellow Caymanian ✽

The lovely Miss Katy Perry

Wild Things ♥


Loved these wings and model, Chanel Iman's shoes.

So cupid-esque.

All the gorgeous angels. 

All photos from Selita Ebanks and below are from zimbio.com.

Links à la Mode: The IFB Weekly Roundup: Giving Thanks ♥

Thursday, November 25, 2010



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Edited by: Holier than Now
It’s Thanksgiving here in the U.S. and many of us are looking forward to the Black Friday sales – oh wait, I mean spending time with our families and friends! But it’s wonderful (and kind of weird) that so many of the people that influence and support us on a daily basis won’t be gathered around our table; they’ll be hanging around our web address, retweeting our (sometimes) witty comments, liking our latest post on Facebook, etc. Whether or not you celebrate turkey day, as a blogger it’s hard not to be full of gratitude for the resources we share on a regular basis. This week, Tickle Me Chic helps ban the blogging blues, Previously Owned does your holiday gift shopping for you, and Make the World a Prettier Place sums up the reason so many of us are grateful just to be alive (hello? fashion!) with a visual history.



Get rid of those blogging blues

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Post and Illustrations by Jody Marich

Do you ever get the feeling that you're not a good enough writer/blogger or that nobody wants to hear what you have to say? I know I do.

We all have our off days or weeks, where we don't get any comments, readership drops, or you just can't think of anything to write, but don't let that discourage you. It used to make me feel like why am I writing or nobody cares what I have to say but if you keep writing, your skills and posts will get better/stronger, and more than likely you will get noticed. Even if it's two or three new followers or comments.

Everyone wants to be unique and have a niche that they cater to, but when there are so many fashion blogs out there not to mention magazines that have bloggers/freelancers, it can get discouraging.

Here are a few tips on how to get rid of the blogging blues.

Find a website like Independent Fashion Bloggers or
Bloglovin' where you can become a member and spread your blog.
 Network and mingle online. That's the best way to get you and your blog out there. 
❤ Leave lovely comments. I know I always feel encouraged when I hear "great blog"or "signs of a good writer" and I like to return the favor or follow their blog. 
❤ Make your blog unique like you. Find the perfect colors, background, theme, whatever it may be, make it your space that you can be proud to show off. 
❤ Know you are doing it for you. You enjoy writing about this specific topic and hopefully others will enjoy your posts too.
❤ Google Alerts. Once you figure out what you want to write about, sign up for a Google alert. It's a good way to get some ideas for new posts.
❤ Get inspired! Take a walk, people watch, admire the scenery. Find something that makes you think and turn it into a post.

These are some great posts to help you keep on keeping on and not burn out.
Independent Fashion Bloggers- Want to be a professional blogger?
Vogue Mornings- How not to lose motivation when blogging
Pro Blogger- Ten Tips for writing a blog post
Independent Fashion Bloggers- Burnout aversion tips from bloggers
Taste and Style Files- Keep being you!

We all have our moments of should I stop blogging? but push through those negative thoughts. In the end you might produce your best piece so far. Sometimes you need to sit back and listen to what's going on in the world of whatever you are blogging about. Find something interesting, different, or intriguing, where you can do a little research to make the post that much better. 

Just remember, when your blogging you're doing it for you. It's something that's your passion, whether it's fashion, music, health, beauty, whatever it may be, you're doing it for you and you enjoy this topic. And know somebody out there might stumble upon it and love it too.

Like my little word bubble above says: 
Be proud of your blog, it's uniquely yours. 

Happy blogging XO

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