Howdy and Happy Holidays,
The leaves of Fall have all fallen and so have the temperatures, but the heat is still on. I’m referring to the heat of crunch time in the last few weeks leading up to finals at the end of the semester. Dominican has just ended it’s Thanksgiving break (or segment of a break) and students have hit the libraries, books, and laptops hard to finish up the pile of work we have to chop down to free us for winter break.
I’m hoping that all students and you readers had a great turkey day and break full of family, friends, and festive foods. I actually had a very interesting experience visiting some extended family in Illinoisin a twon called called Country Club Hills. The houses were beautiful and the area reminded me of the subdivisions and large households in the nicer parts of Texas.
Aside from that experience I very much enjoyed seeing the campus turn into a ghost town with everyone gone, and catch up on my sleep, homework, writing, and downtown outings. Nothing like a nice view of fall and winter window displays, window shopping, and Black Friday deals to brace yourself for the flurry of tasks and assignments to come at the semester’s end.
On a lighter note, winter is sneaking its way into the Chicago area which means a few great things, hot drinks, chilly afternoons, and warm fashion. As a native Texan who isn’t used to snow storms and inches and inches of snow, I’m excited to see the campus after a storm. One of my favorite things about Dominican is how beautiful it takes to every season aesthetically. The snow falling makes this place look majestic; leaving you proud to strut around to class or wherever in layers and bundles of fashionable warmth.
Yes, finally Winter 2012 fashion is starting to emerge and, for now, it doesn’t look too different from Fall but there are a few notable pieces and ideas to keep in mind that I’ve seen around the area.
Scarves: These are an inevitable piece to have to survive those journeys through winter wonderlands. One very popular and advantageous trend I have seen is the use of infiniti or circle scarves. They come in many colors and wrap around the neck perfectly to bring warmth while not being too bulky or tight. A nice one of these in black, brown, a nice neutral tone, or your favorite bright color would be a great way to bring fashionable and warm flare to your winter survival wardrobe.
Boots: Anyone around the Midwest area will know that boots are a requirement for the winter. There are many styles to pick from that will be a great addition waredrobe. Just remember to keep your selections at a medium or high length. Generally anyone who cares to be fashionable (man or woman) will find him or herself satisfied by going with a nice, neutral, flat boot in a military style. These are cool-looking, practical, and versatile. They can be polished up or shined to look dressier or you can let the weather beat them up and get that tough, “I’m cool because I’ve been through some stuff” look. Also, these boots are great for keeping for the upcoming summer for a punk twist on tanks and shorts.
Color: You would generally think that color would be lacking in this season because many darker tones are warmer but on the contrary color in moderation is a good way to go. Don’t be afraid to brighten up your outfit with one or two bright, color-popping pieces. Anything that really jumps out and provokes the thought of “Why is that so bright during this season”.
Well, the next blog you will see out of me will be my farewell for the semester. Hopefully you all stay warm out there and have a good transition into the brutal winter.
Howdy and happy Fall readers!
If my face seems unusual or peculiar compared to the rest of the bloggers; it’s because I’m new on the team, and very excited to share my experiences and ideas with you through these wonderful inter-webs. For those who don’t know me (which I expect to be most reading this) my name is Daived (David) McCullough; yeah, weird spelling but I promise I’m completely normal…in most cases. I’m a senior here at Dominican majoring in Communication Arts and Sciences with a focus in Public Relations and minoring in my passion of Apparel Merchandising. Wow, that’s always a mouthful to say. Pretty much in short I’m a fashion student at heart. Now that the traditional academic info is out the way, I am now more than happy to tell you a little bit (or lotta bit) about myself and the perspective I’ll be operating this blog from.
First things first, I’ve noticed that a lot of students here at Dominican come from surrounding small cities, neighborhoods, the city of Chicago, or they do that thing where they say they’re from Chicago and you ask where and they have to explain the neighborhood since it’s not actually in the city; and then you have to give them that look like, “come on, we both know what ‘I’m from Chicago’ means and you, sir/ma’am are not.” Any who, that whole tangent was meant to lead up to me stating the fact that I’m not from here. I’m from Austin, not the CTA stop, but Austin, Texas; born and raised. Yes, I chose to embrace that and greet you with a “howdy.” I figured I would just shake out all of the stereotypes right from the start. I happened to conveniently stumble upon attending Dominican through some great recommendations and research from my high school counselor. I chose the school because it was close to Chicago, offered so many great majors and programs, and it just seemed like that aesthetically beautiful, small and homey school where everyone’s got your back; and it is. I can say that after sticking around for four years and continuing to come back willingly. I am pretty satisfied with my choice of institution. One might even say I have a bit of “Dominican Pride”, but let’s just keep that info within this blog.
So now you know about what I major in, where I’m from, but if you don’t mind I’ll just briefly explain one more slightly important thing….who the heck am I? Don’t worry, I’m not asking you, it was just rhetorical; just in case that sentence didn’t go over how I expected. Well there’s a lot to know about me yet simultaneously I’m a pretty simple guy. I’m pretty well invested in the hobbies of movie watching, singing, rapping, writing, and adventuring (I think that’s a word…if not, let’s make it one right now). I can never get enough of going out into the city of Chicago and being overwhelmed by the scenery of the tall skyscrapers as I crouch over and walk while looking up and twisting my head around like some urban velociraptor. My biggest hobby to date would have to be my life’s consumption within fashion, from just about every aspect other than design because if I touch a sewing machine I’m so bad that something will surely catch fire. Ever since I was 14 I’ve always been very into visual merchandising, advertising, forecasting, styling, and many other aspects. My favorite fashion related thing to do is to style outfits and do a bit of observing & reporting, but not like in some catty Gossip Girl or Fashion Police way; I enjoy exploring other peoples’ interest and perspectives on style. I believe that this is a big part of what I will be doing here, providing you with stylish inspiration, reports, inquiries, and trends both within the Dominican community and Chicago; all delivered with a southern twist. I’ll also be sure to provide the best of Dominican stories and experiences that give you an impression of campus life, Midwestern vs. Southern life with a mix of my very own tales, adventures, and attempts at online-published humor. Thank you very much for giving your time to read this introduction blog and put your interest into the things I have to say. As I continue to write for you all I will be revealing more about myself and journey here at Dominican and I hope to learn about you, the reader as well through comments, questions, or whatever else you have to say. I appreciate you stopping by and hope you stay tuned for many more “Howdy” blog publications/episodes to come.