new shoes

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Best feeling in the world (maybe next to getting into college or not burning toast): you're coveting a pair of shoes you found online and are slowly but surely getting swept away by the lure of online shopping. Mostly the lure of not having to leave bed/Netflix. So anyway there I was mid-covet, and I fell asleep. The next day I went to follow up on some fawning and the shoes were GONE. I looked under every category: shoes, boots, booties- I could feel the panic settle in when I made the most incredible discovery. They had gone on SALE!!!! (cue angels singing) So with no hesitation I plugged in some magical digits and in 5-7 business days I fell in love with these amazing shoes by Nasty Gal. And an added bonus? A #GIRLBOSS sticker came with the shoes! If you haven't read #GIRLBOSS yet and you're a human person, you must check it out. And that (that being this post) will probably be the opening paragraph of my What I Did On My Summer Vacation essay.








Photos by Emma with help from Brian

Outfit Details: Dress: Brandy Melville, Plaid shirt: thrifted (similar), Necklace: Brandy Melville, Armband: Gypsy Warrior (similar), Shoes: Nasty Gal Shoe Cult

yours,
Austen

brushstrokes

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I mean honestly, ideal intern attire would be what I used to wear to soccer practice: a T-shirt with holes and grass stains, running shorts and whichever pair of sneakers had less mud on them that day. But in New York you have to look the part and also be able to sprint anywhere at a moment's notice. That's why the combination of a T-shirt dress (everyone needs to invade the Zara sale if you haven't already!!!), a bag that can be worn cross body and barely-heeled shoes has become my go-to office attire. This week has been so crazy already, and we're just halfway through! I got to be on set for an awesome photo shoot this week which makes me twice as excited for the magazine to come out! But since the fashion world works as far ahead as it is allowed, I'll have to wait until October to actually see the finished product. Then again, July just snuck up on me so it won't be long









Photos by Celine 

Outfit DetailsDress: Zara, Bracelet: Forever 21 (similar), Armband: Gypsy Warrior, Bag: Free People (large size), Shoes: Jeffery Campbell, Sunglasses: Free People (similar)

yours,
Austen

firefly photo diary

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The moment I passed under the shadow of the big, white exit tent of the Woodlands, I knew I couldn't wait to be back. The expansive grounds, the smiling faces and bright lights of the Firefly Music Festival in Dover Delaware only exist for a few days a year, but they're some of the most magical days I know. This year's festival fell on the summer solstice where the sun woke me up just before seven and didn't set when you'd expect. And when the sun stays up past its bedtime, it just makes the days seem longer and more important somehow.

 I got to go on an adventure where I camped out for four days (if you're skeptical, I have the bug bites to prove it), met some pretty awesome people, and scoured the site for some Teen Vogue worthy festival fashion (time out...TEEN VOGUE BABY!) So here's to a perfect weekend of beaded tops, good vibes, unwashed hair, almost sexy dance moves and lots of kickass music by some incredibly talented artists- Band of Horses, Iron & Wine, Hunter Hunted, New Politics, Outkast, Foo Fighters, Ms Mr, and Imagine Dragons- to name a few. 


Outfit Details: Top: Free People, Shorts: Free People, Backpack: Free People, Sunglasses: Free People, Do you get it: everything is Free People 

family never looked so festive

jammin' with the jake


baked mac and cheese bomb (bacon cheeseburger edition)




Outfit Details: Dress: Urban Outfitters (similar), Bra: Free People, Flower Headband: courtesy of the lovely sisters of AXO, Boots: Sam Edelman

arm candy

crowd surfing never looked so purple

so close that they got to sweat on me. radical. 

girls on shoulders = classic 

pre-backflip lead singer

"the lawn" one of seven stages at the festival 

in the pit at Hunter Hunted! 

a pumped up crowd 

some goodies from the Hub

relics

#nomakeup



Outfit Details: Black Tank: Free People, Bra: Free People, Shorts, BDG (similar), Headband: Nordstrom (similar), Necklace: Free People (similar), Sneakers: Converse

amazing necklaces from the market, and creative display too!

i ran into two girls and a guy who passed this camera along to me! You snap a picture of yourself and pass it along to the stranger. It gets returned to the festival lost and found and the owner gets some fun snapshots from the festival. Sweet deal, right? 


this lovely crew <3
Photo Credits: Me//Jake//Brian//random people

Until next year, Firefly!

yours,
Austen 

market days

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Summer weekends in New York are for adventuring and marking territory. This weekend's conquest was the lower west side area and destinations included Chelsea Market, the Highline and the cobblestone streets of the Meatpacking District. Celine and I lingered outside of All Saints, picnicked in the shadowy parts of the former elevated train tracks and ambled through Chelsea Market eyeing  the latest Anthro window displays and some seriously decked out cupcakes. And speaking of food, I've started compiling a list of some intern slang that is said a lot in the Marie Claire office for you to munch on:

Board: each editor will have lots of these; they're basically cork boards that allow an organized way to view pulls for shoots. 
EOD: stands for 'end of day'- can be applied to editorial world in general, not just fashion
Pulls: looks from runway shows that editors hope to pull for shoots
Rack: something you should be ready to assemble in under 10 seconds. also, what clothes go on
RT: stands for 'run-through' which is where editors bring in options to fit on models for shoots
Run: an noun and a verb describing an errand and what you're going to do to get there quickly









Photos by Celine

Outfit Details: Top: Brandy Melville, Jacket: Gypsy Warrior (similar), Shorts: Free People, Boots: Jeffery Campbell, Long Necklace: Brandy Melville, Buddha Necklace: Gypsy Warrior (similar)

yours,
Austen 

desert sand doors

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Sometimes you just need to hide in folds of drapey darkness. After sleeping in until 11am (rare for me) after my first week of my fashion internship at Marie Claire, I couldn't get out of the pajama mindset. So by keeping it simple and creating this shapeless silhouette, I was able to hold onto my relaxed mentality. That is, until I slipped into heels to inject some daytime into the look. And for those who have been asking for details about work; the days are long, the to-do lists are endless, and multi-tasking is basically a religion. And I'm loving every second so far. 









Photos by Celine

Outfit Details: Top: Free People, Pants: Free People, Bra: Free People, Armband: Free People, Necklace: Free People (similar), Shoes: Dolce Vita (different color)

yours,
Austen

Press

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About

by Austen Tosone


Basics: Personal Style Blog, Austen Tosone
Purpose: To chronicle life, clothing and musings
Founded: June 2012
Location: New York City
Camera: Nikon D3200
Starbucks Order: Iced White Mocha/ Passion Tea Lemonade Unsweetened
Song of the Moment: Stay Awake by Ellie Goulding
Favorite City Spot: Lower East Side

"I don't have big anxieties. I wish I did. I'd be much more interesting." Roy Lichtenstein



i could say it but you won't believe me

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It seems that the proper mid-May attire will always be those light layers. We're approaching tank time, but until then it's nice to be able to wrap a kimono around your shoulders for the imminent breeze. The first of baby fireflies will emerge before you know it, and they'll dance in the humid skies until they are captured by mason jar. Aligning together in jars like constellations in the sky makes their relationships seem so simple and so free. Maybe we should take a cue from the little lightning bugs- or do you prefer when things are complicated? 












Photos by Lynne

Outfit Details: Tank: Free People, Shorts: Forever 21 (similar), Kimono: Free People, Bracelet: Gypsy Warrior (similar), Shoes: Jeffery Campbell

yours,
Austen

elapsed

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In the words of Mark from Rent, "I can't believe a year went by so fast." A year ago today, I was a lost little theater major at Muhlenberg. When I left, I didn't know if I was coming back or not because some hopeful part of myself convinced me to take one last shot at my dream school, knowing I had nothing to lose by trying. And as it turns out, I had everything to gain. I scored an awesome job at Free People, interned for CollegeFashionista, directed my own fashion show, and did some awesome shoots for Keep Calm! Shoutout to Celine and Ava especially for helping out with shoots. I'm really so grateful for this past year and grateful to all of the amazing people I met. And now I've moved out of my palace (seriously going to miss the best room/suite ever), packed up all my boxes (okay or I used Free People bags), and am finally home! ...Only to move back in a week. Can't keep me away from the city for too long.













Photos by Celine

Outfit Details: Top: Brandy Melville, Shorts: Midnight Marauders, Shoes: Jeffery Campbell x Free People, Necklace: Brandy Melville, Arm Cuff: Gypsy Warrior

yours,
Austen 

Modcloth x Keep Calm and Chiffon

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Hey guys! I'm really excited to announce that I have teamed up with Modcloth for their Uniquely You Campaign! I was given a styling challenge to create a look using their "The Way I Galaxy It Dress" (which, for any of you who know me knows this was perfect because I love galaxy prints!) I then created a story using Wanelo featuring some of my current favorites from the Modcloth website. As I mention in my story, one of my favorite things about dresses is that they're so versatile! I can easily imagine wearing this awesome dress all on its own, but it's fun to layer dresses as well! I paired this printed galaxy dress with a graphic tee that picks up on some of the colors in the dress. I also added in some funky sandals, a cute bag, a playful necklace and a floppy hat for an awesome spring look that's out of the box!
And there are so many more adorable dresses to choose from on Modcloth's website!

All products can be found on modcloth.com. Thanks to Amy for reaching out to me!

yours,
Austen

centralize

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There are musts, and there are desires. Things we must do: laundry, study for finals, check your privilege, etc. Things we desire to do: "I really want to try that new coffee shop on 10th" or "We should definitely go to Coney Island this semester" or "Maybe some of us will go to a poetry slam downtown and try to pick up some artsy boys." Alas, the musts get done. But when do we push beyond the brainstorming and getting to the actual doing? Well now I can check "Shoot in Central Park" off my list of desires and hopefully be more productive in list-doings over the summer months. 








Photos by Jim 

Outfit Details: Top: Forever 21, (similar) Shorts: Forever 21 (similar), Kimono: Necessary Clothing (similar), Hat: Free People, Bra: Free People, Boots: Jeffery Campbell

yours,
Austen 

outlaws

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I've never quite mastered the art of being a badass. I believe my last act of rebellion was writing the names of boys I had crushes on in the bathroom stalls at school with a crayon circa 2001. If you didn't laugh at that, you should know I was caught before the end of the day. Total time elapsed: less than 24 hours. My personality is pretty consistent- I'm dependable, punctual, and consistent; qualities that I pride myself on for sure. But talking the talk doesn't always cut it. You also have to walk the [tracks?] Some rules were made to be broken. Don't worry, I'm not going to shatter them all, but I'll ease my way in, starting with more daring additions to the wardrobe. You have your ways, and I have mine...  











Photos by Celine

Outfit Details: Jumpsuit: Free People, Shoes: Necessary Clothing (similar), Gold Armband: Free People, Silver Armband: Gypsy Warrior (similar), Bra: Free People, Long Necklace: Brandy Melville (similar)

yours,
Austen 

scarlet fever

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Starting with a plain silhouette gives you license to go anywhere. Jump off the deep end, or pace a few steps to your left- the choice is yours. And although the blank canvas started out as the finished product, a slew of happy accidents created a more solid look. The bracelet fell off my desk in a pathetic attempt to tidy up some chaos, I left the lipstick in my backpack from last week and recovered it after lunch, and I found myself camped out in Celine's room (typical) and stole her hat moments before we headed out to shoot. Ten years ago I would have said "take things as they come," but in 2014 the only applicable terminology is "YOLO."










Photos by Celine

Outfit Details: Top: Free People, Shorts: Urban Outfitters (similar), Shoes: Topshop, Bracelet: Gypsy Warrior (similar), Backpack: Free People, Necklace: Free People, Hat: Stole from Celine but Urban Outfitters (similar)

yours,
Austen

hippie sabotage

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Cotton candy graffiti outlines the streets of Soho; the perfect combination of soft and hard. Opposites attract, but you already knew that. After all, you and I used to once upon a time. Call out for a revival of Bohemia- reclaim our public spaces by whatever means necessary. This is our city, from the cobblestone alleys to the open-mouthed avenues. Get it before it's gone 'cause you'll miss it like hell.









Photos by Celine

And some Hippie Sabotage for your Sunday

Outfit Details: Top: Necessary Clothing, Jeans: BDG (similar), Boots: Dolce Vita, Necklace: Express (similar), Sunglasses, Free People

yours,
Austen

groundbreaking

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I'm looking in the mirror at Free People (obviously I spend my breaks at work trying on clothes) and I am seriously not expecting to like the dress I hesitantly pulled in to my fitting room. But I was determined to shake my comfort zone. Color is not my thing. Prints are not my thing. The two of them together is like the ultimate non-Austen situation. But I have to say, Free People figured out a way to make me love both. When you walk into a Free People store you immediately feel that connectedness that we miss so often in our modern consumer haste. It's refreshing, it's exciting, and it makes you fall in love with orange dresses with purple sunflowers on them.











Photos by Celine duh

5 Reasons to LOVE Free People <3
5 New York City locations, each with their own vibe
4 unique lines within the brand
3 wholesale showrooms
2 hearts that found each other love stories
And over 1 million Instagram followers

Outfit Details: Dress: Free People, Necklace: Topshop (similar), Bag: Free People (similar), Shoes: Free People x Jeffery Campbell

yours,
Austen 

just redo it

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stone    /stōn/    noun
1. the nonmetallic mineral matter of which rock is made, esp. as a building material
2. something shaped for a purpose, especially one of commemoration, ceremony or demarcation








Photos by Celine

Outfit Details: Top: Urban Outfitters (similar), Shorts: BP Nordstrom, Tights: Gypsy Warrior, Boots: Jeffery Campbell

yours,
Austen

backlight

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These days, there is so much pressure to be perfect. It is in my nature as a Virgo to feel that perfectionist part of myself take over at times. But it is also in my nature to realize that life is constantly testing us: pulling us in different directions, introducing us to new faces, and presenting us with new opportunities. Amidst the change, you expect there to be at least some consistency in everything, like the people you want to tell when incredible things happen and when less-than-perfect moments happen. And as these past few months have proven, sometimes people that you think will be a part of your life for a long time drift away without warning, leaving a bit of a mess behind. But as I look forward to the end of the academic year and towards the freshness and warmth of my favorite season, I want to vow to be messy. To make mistakes and to sleep in sometimes and trust my instincts. Because honestly, the best things happen when you're not expecting them. And even in my messiest moments I can usually uncover some clarity. 







Photos by Lynne

Outfit Details: Top: Brandy Melville, Vest: Urban Outfitters, Jeans: Free People, Shoes: Jeffery Campbell, Armband: Free People (similar), Necklace: Brooklyn Charm

yours,
Austen 

morningside

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Too often, we get stuck in our own bubble of the city. We find our complacent footsteps following the same sidewalks, which lead to the same intersections and we forget to wander. But after we've forgotten, we remember. We try to make it up to the city, which pardons us because it knows we are jaded in some ways, but not all. It turns out walking a few blocks out of your comfort zone reveals a pretty spectacular view, and a desire to get lost in the shadows of the six-story walk-ups as you amble back to safety. 








Photos by Celine

Outfit Details: Top: Lush, Jeans: BDG (similar), Jacket: H&M (similar), Shoes: Jeffery Campbell x Free People, Sunglasses: ZeroUV, Necklace: Brooklyn Charm

yours,
Austen