Holiday Outfits 101

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It’s the Holiday season and that means the need for some extra cute outfits for all of those holiday parties, family gatherings, and ice skating with friends. It can be hard to decide what to wear, but I’m here to send you inspiration for any event you may go to this holiday season.


Blogger Rachel Broas shares the perfect outfit for a holiday dinner date with your boyfriend or girlfriends. Velvet is totally in this season, and it is the perfect fabric to make a statement, whether that be with your shoes or a stunning dress.


Blogger Carly, a.k.a the College Prepster, shares the perfect outfit for picking out your Christmas tree this season. When picking out a tree it is essential to be comfortable and warm, so throw on a cozy sweater, a beanie, and some boots for the perfect outfit.


Ice skating is personally one of my favorite holiday activities, and I find this outfit by blogger Julia Engel, from Gal Meets Glam, to be perfect for an afternoon skating with friends, because it’s just warm enough and would look super adorable with some skates.


Blogger Rachel Parcell’s outfit is perfect for a day shopping for Christmas gifts. Nothing is better than shopping in a comfy yet chic outfit. Carrying loads of shopping bags can be very strenuous so you don’t want to wear an uncomfortable outfit.


Whether your tradition is to stay in your PJs or to dress-up for Christmas Day, bloggers Julia Engel and Jessica Sturdy have you covered. The perfect holiday PJs should be cozy and cute, the one’s Julia are wearing fit these requirements making them perfect for Christmas morning present opening. Need a cute Christmas day outfit? Jessica’s outfit is ideal for Christmas day with the family. I say Christmas is the perfect time to bring out the sparkles, so add a touch of sparkles in your accessories or even in your clothes, and you are all set for post present opening festivities.

Now you are all set to rock any occasion this holiday season!


By: Katie McCullough

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Fall 2016 Semester Recap

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Well that’s all folks! What an amazing semester it has been for FSO, which all began with the Soroptimist Fashion Show and ended with the spectacular Kent Clarks, FSO has made quite a lot of memories so far this school year. Today’s post is to commemorate the last meeting of the year as well as share all of the great memories made during this fall semester of FSO.

This was my first semester in FSO, and in my opinion I couldn’t imagine being apart of a better organization. Personally, my favorite moment this semester was participating in my first fashion show. I had a blast being apart of the press team and capturing the show backstage. FSO has not only made a huge impression on me this semester, but on many of its members as well. Delaney Huesgen said her favorite memory from this semester was the internship panel. She went on to say, “I really liked how I was able to hear from so many people about various experiences. They had a good balance of different types of internships and in different sectors of the fashion industry. I left the meeting and felt very excited about my future internship endeavors.” The internship panel was a chance for FSO members to get any questions answered from those students who had previously held internships as well as hear from students on the DOs and DON’Ts of the city, managing school and work, and lastly the reality of interning. 

The Art of Contrast show (read the post here) this year was titled, Works of Art, and showcased all forms of art. Students were challenged to create or style garments based on a work of art. The show was definitely a highlight of the year for many of the FSO members, including Autumn Barney, who actually won the styling portion of the show. Autumn exclaimed, “I’d say my favorite memory was definitely the Art of Contrast fashion show. It was my first real fashion show to both attend and be apart of and just seeing everyone in FSO come together to create such an amazing event was so awesome!” 

FSO participated in not only one fashion show but two, including the Soroptimist show at the beginning of the year (read the post here). President of FSO, Sabrina Pierotti, said the Soroptimist show was one of her favorite memories. She went on to say, ”This was our first fashion show of the semester. The weather was not only beautiful, but I got an opportunity to meet new members and work with them which was special for me; I don't get that opportunity too often.” 

Overall this semester of FSO was an enormous success. FSO finished the year with a special holiday meeting, which was definitely the most fun meeting this semester. 

The speakers for this meeting included Annie Skoch, which is the creator of the brand Anne Cate, members of NRF (National Retail Federation), and finally William, who enticed students into participating in the Fashion Tech Hackathon, which will occur during the last weekend in January.

Although, the speakers were very interesting this meeting, the Kent Clarks really took the spotlight with their incredible acapella covers. I had never seen the Kent Clarks before and they were truly phenomenal. 

The meeting closed with an Ugly Sweater Contest, which I actually won. What a great way to finish the semester in FSO!

Make sure you show us what you're up to this holiday season by using #FSOLove on Instagram and Twitter!

Do you have any great moments in FSO this semester? Leave a comment below. 

By: Katie McCullough

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The Fashion Girl's Holiday Gift Guide

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Image via Bright on the Day

By: Erin Keller

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Find the right gift for every friend in your life this holiday season. We’ve put together a few ideas!

For the artsy friend:

  1. Journal: Perfect for doodles, taking notes, or late-night thoughts.

  1. Polaroid ornaments: Turn the greatest memories into hipster X-Mas decor.
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  1. Pop Art: Spice up any living space with a splash of graphic color.
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  1. Laptop Sleeve: Protect your creative friend’s pride and joy in a safe yet stylish manner.

5. Fair Trade earrings: Support Fair Trade this holiday season with these gorgeous pair of earrings.

For the concert-goer:

  1. Concert tickets: Treat your bestie to experience their favorite artist live! Awesome tours announced for 2017 include Bruno Mars, Coldplay, and Justin Bieber.


  1. Fanny Pack: Feel feel to move and groove hands free with all your belongings around your waist. Festival lifesaver.


  1. Band merch: Deck the bod with Hot Topic t-shirts fa- la- la- la- la- la- la- la-la.


  1. Ticket Pillow: Save your tickets and fill your head with dreams of best night of your life.


For the sentimental one:

1. Picture frame: Find a vintage frame at a thrift shop, paint it a pretty color, and wrap it up!


2. Where will you be five years from today?: Allow your gal pal to dream up her future...and then look back at it 5 years later.
3. Map poster: Place a pushpin everywhere you and your best friend travel, or mark the distance between you with pictures of the past.


4. A jar full of memories: I gave my best friend a jar full of memories in high school and her reaction was still one of the best I’ve ever seen. The best part is you can continue to add to it.


5. Does your friend have a favorite city? Get a unique skyline pillow or clutch from one of our own member’s Etsy business Anne Cate!

Happy Holidays from FSO!

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Dress Up For Downs Fashion Show

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On November 19th, the new student organization ”Dress Up for Downs” put on their first fashion show partnering with the local Down syndrome community. This event was definitely like non other, with pride sparkling from every member, participant, and viewer of the show. The show opened with a small talk from the director of program development who explained how important groups like this were for the downs community to feel involved on campus and appreciated. From there, the show itself was an overall joy with uncountable surprises and lots and lots of dancing. Each member of the club was paired with a downs syndrome person (of all ages) to create an outfit that made them feel comfortable and fit their bodies. It was clear that the models were comfortable in not only their outfits, but also their own skin; each one shined as they danced their way down the runway with the audience constantly clapping and cheering along! Other than the amazing time had by all, the show had other successes in that it sold out the whole of Rockwell Auditorium and was also able to raise over $1000 for the Downs community.

Overall, the Dress Up for Downs first fashion show was a wild success and for all of those unable to attend, do everything in your power to go next year!

By: Autumn Barney

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Your Ugly Holiday Sweater Inspiration

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This upcoming Tuesday, November 29 is our last FSO meeting of the semester! We’ll be celebrating the holidays with our 2nd annual ugly holiday sweater contest, a performance from The Kent Clarks, and some Insomnia cookies and milk! All the fun plus some special speakers begins at 6pm in the Rockwell Auditorium.

We’ve gone ahead and found you some ugly sweater inspiration for the meeting...

Stay glamorous with this Christmas Sequin Bauble Jumper from Topshop

Show your love for Buddy the Elf with this Mr. Narwhal Elf Crewneck Sweater from Etsy

Go more traditional with this Christmas Lightup Story Pullover from Target

Be Santa’s helper while wearing this Elf Hooded Tunic from Francesca’s

Take it Slow in the Snow with this sweater from H&M

Don we now our ugly sweaters!

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#FSOGivesThanks 2016

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By: Katie McCullough

It’s that time of year again; Thanksgiving! I have always enjoyed Thanksgiving, because it’s a time to spend with family and friends as well as to eat amazing food, but I think this year is even more special because I haven’t been home since I’ve been in college. Maybe some of you are in the same boat, and therefore this Thanksgiving is even more exciting than most. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for whatever you have. Since most often we don’t think about all that we are blessed with, this time of year is the perfect time to step back and look at all that you have, whether that be family, friends, shelter, food, etc. Today I am sharing with you some reason why FSO members are thankful this year.

I am thankful for the friends and family I have been blessed with. They support me through everything and make me stronger everyday. They keep pushing me to be the best version of myself, no matter what they are my rock! I am so lucky to have them and I couldn't ask for any better people to surround myself with! - Bianca Oliver

I'm thankful for so much this Thanksgiving including fashion, music and art! Studying abroad is another thing I have to be super grateful for as well. But I think I'm most thankful for my family and friends, because I'm missing them here at Kent State! :) - Ashley Alpino

I am thankful to be going to one of the top fashion schools in the country, and having such supportive family and friends who believe in me. - Katrina Ore

Well, I'm thankful for so many things but the biggest one this year is that I was able to make so many amazing friends on such a big campus! - Raleigh Schofield

I'm thankful for my amazing family and friends that support everything I do, and for all the opportunities I've been gotten this past year by being a fashion student at Kent State! - Abby Bowen

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FSO 2016 Photoshoot Exclusive

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We are so excited to share with you the 2016 FSO Photoshoot! All the photos can be viewed on our Facebook page here, but today we’ll be sharing some of our favorite shots from the shoot.

This year, we set up three different shooting locations, from representing our little FSO family in downtown Kent, a chic black and white shoot at the new gorgeous Architecture building, and a Breakfast Club inspired shoot at the KSU Library.

Photos by Alyse Nelson, Ashley Alpino, and Montana Moyer

A huge thanks to all of our models, photographers, and PR Team members!


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