Category Archives: Fashion

The Sexy, the Gross and the Scary: Making Your Scary Costume Ideas Cute

meangirlsOne of the reasons that Halloween is so awesome is because of the creative freedom. For one night a year, you can disguise yourself as whatever you want to be and show off your creative side to all of your friends.

When it comes to costumes, we have seen it all – the good the bad and the ugly (or should we say the sexy, the gross and the scary). There are tons of options out there in the sexy category, but what if you want to go a different route? Dressing as certain characters or creatures is a huge trend right now and although stepping out of your comfort zone may seem intimidating, there are tons of ways to keep cute while dressing fiercely. Most ladies like to look good for their parties and pictures, and luckily we have some tricks and treats on how to take a creative spin on your gross or scary costume ideas to keep them attractive. Continue reading

The Link Between Halloween Costumes and Body Image

HalloweenCostumesBodyImage.RachelJohannes-2It seems these days the only epidemics on everyone’s lips are medical. The news is constantly gathering facts, spreading the word, and making sure the people are well prepared in a fight that hopefully, we never have to face. But what about the epidemics that don’t get national coverage? What about the epidemic of negative body image? In my opinion, this problem has as many serious health risks. In anticipation of Halloween and the culture that has become Halloween costume shopping, it is important to address the situation at hand.

While browsing the stores and websites, it has come to my attention that the costume selections are not very versatile. Almost everything offered for women comes with a title of “sexy this” and “sexy that”. These costumes are very revealing and tight – most with short hem lines and cropped tops. A lot of women don’t appreciate the lack of choices and are apprehensive to spend money on these pieces. Continue reading

When Boys Guess the Brands and Designers in our Closet

GuysGuessBrands_SkylarYuen-2Throughout the years we noticed those who are attached to brand names. From clothing to backpacks, we can tell who is “brand obsessed” and who just happened to score a deal. At Valley, we like to see who knows what the brand actually sells. So, we went to the HUB to interview some guys to see if they know their stuff.

These lovely gentlemen were told a brand and a designer’s first name to see if they knew what the brand was known for. Here are the results.

Rob and Mike who are chemical engineers were asked first.

“They sell makeup.”

“Shoes, purses and t-shirts.”

“Makeup and shoes.” Continue reading

You Are What You Wear: Valley Chats with Penn State Fashion Blogger Simi OA

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 2.15.00 PMSimi OA is a fifth-year senior from Lagos, Nigeria gracing Penn State with an unbeatable sense of style. Busy with her double major in psychology and business, Simi found spare time to create a blog sharing her passion for fashion with other college students. Although the site was started for fun, “House of Àrà” has gained feature on popular fashion websites like CollegeFashionista, Fashion Bomb Daily and The Style Hub. The site, containing fashion tips, inspirational quotes and beautiful photography, has gained steady traffic since its launch in March. Valley sat down with Simi to discuss the success of her blog and her keen eye for style.

Valley: When did you begin the blog?

Simi: I started off on, but the problem with (Blogspot) is that it limits how much you can do and how you can design the blog. So, I started with that and was using my phone to take pictures. You know, it was just horrible! After a while I’m like, “I really do want to do this,” and I invested the money to have someone design my website and got someone to take my pictures so they look decent. I launched this website in March of this year, so it’s pretty new.

V: What inspired you to make the blog about fashion?

S: I’ve always been into fashion. I actually come from a very conservative family, so that propelled me more. Finally when I left home I’m like, “Yes! I can finally wear all these things I always wanted.” With blogging, it was mostly my friends telling me I could do it. Most fashion blogs are about people in the “real world” and we don’t really have a lot of fashion blogs about college students. I know there are some like CollegeFashionista, but with that I still felt like there was something missing, you know? It shouldn’t always be just plaids and jeans and sweaters. Regardless of the fact it’s college, we can still be fashionable. Continue reading

Shopping Made Easy for Tall Girls


Just joking, but the girls over this height will understand the trials and tribulations of being a tall girl in college. Whether you like it or not, being tall wasn’t something sprung upon you during college, but something that was naturally instilled in you since you were a little girl.

Whether it was going through the awkward middle school phase of deciding what homecoming dress would be an “appropriate” length since your knees were two to three inches higher than your friends, or even battling the stress of not wanting to wear heels to prom just so you wouldn’t tower over your date. There is nothing wrong with being a tall girl, but dealing with the constant scrutiny of making sure the little things that other girls don’t have to worry about are in-check becomes a task in itself.

Alex Strach, a 5’10 junior studying education, talks about how shopping can be stressful rather than therapeutic.“Shopping for any type of clothes presents problems when you’re tall,” says Strach. “Long sleeves, sweatshirts, and jackets are all too short along with pants.” Continue reading

Maximizing the Power of the Sweater

UglyFallSweaters.JessicaLaGrecaNow that it’s October and the leaves are beginning to change colors, we can finally pull our favorite heavy knit sweaters from storage. For most of us, we like to throw our sweaters on over top of a pair of leggings and a cute pair of boots. It’s a simple and easy way to look like you actually tried to put yourself together even though you just rolled out of bed. Instead of wearing your usual go-to, try mixing up your fall flair by styling your best sweaters with these tips.

High-waisted shorts and cable knit tights

Instead of packing your shorts away, you can mix and match your denim with your sweaters, creating endless possibilities. Tuck in your sweater or wear it over your shorts. Try adding a light coat for more of a grunge feel.

Skirt and tights

Try pairing your sweater with a cute, flowy skirt and a pair of tights. You’ll be keeping your legs warm and using your favorite summer pieces. Continue reading

What Your Underwear Says About You

UndiesDanielleD'AngeloThere is one phrase that every girl wants to hear. It is guaranteed to put a smile on her face and turn even the worst day around. That’s right, it’s “Five for $26.”

Seeing that sale advertised in bold font on the big windows of a store means one thing only – new underwear. Girls love buying new underwear. There are so many colors, patterns and fabrics to choose from that it makes shopping for underwear almost…fun. But, it also takes some reflection. Do you want neutral or bright colors? Cheetah print or lace? Without even realizing, we select underwear that suits us and our personalities.

That being said, what does your underwear say about you?

Animal Print Undies 

Whether you’re sporting zebra or cheetah or anything in between, animal print panties are a sure sign you like to get wild from time to time. You’re a party girl, and you want your underwear to reflect that. The more basic and plain colored options bore you because you think everything you wear, even your underwear, should echo your fun and outgoing personality.

Sport Panty

If you find yourself heading straight for the sporty options, you are clearly a woman who loves her fitness. The last thing you want at the gym is for everyone to see a panty line through your spandex or yoga pants, so you are drawn to the seamless, stretchy sport panties. You appreciate practicality and you know when it’s time to focus. You don’t let anything distract you, especially while you’re in the middle of your daily workout.

Lace Thong

Can you spell “confidence?” If you rock a lace thong on a regular basis, you are sure of yourself and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You know you are fierce, so why shouldn’t your underwear be as well? You still keep a sense of delicacy and femininity, but you aren’t afraid to let everyone know who calls the shots.

Boy Shorts

Comfort, comfort, comfort. If it were socially acceptable for women to wear boxers, you probably would. But, boy short underwear makes a lovely and comfy alternative. You aren’t necessarily a “tomboy” per say, but you are just happy being yourself. It isn’t about being the center of attention for you, and you will gladly stay in your comfort zone.

Who knew underwear could say this much? So, next time you are loading a washing machine or folding your clean clothes in the laundry room, know that you might be telling people more about yourself than you even realize!

Photo by Danielle D’Angelo

Multiple Ways to Wear Scarves

IMG_0911Now that we have officially entered October, scarves are making a major appearance. Want to get away from the traditional styling? Valley’s here to give you the latest advice on unique scarf looks. We talked to Heidi McNeal from Dwellings, who gave us great scarf fashion tips and tricks.

McNeal recommends scarves to “dress up any simple black ensemble.” She shares that with a pop of color you can really pull together an outfit. McNeal also says that although “the sky’s the limit” on patterns, green is going to be huge this fall. With that in mind, she also told us to pay attention to the weather to determine which texture you should go with. If it is a warmer day, stick to a cotton or linen material. On those chilling winter nights, cashmere and wool is highly recommended.

For milder nights, McNeal suggests using a scarf as a shawl contrary to a light jacket. Drape a light scarf around your shoulders and gather it in the front. When it starts to cool down in the next few weeks, you can wear the scarf looped around your neck. Put the scarf on around your neck where the ends would be in the back at first. Then, you grab the ends and take them to the front over the opposite shoulder. This will allow the ends to hang in the front while still covering your neck from those harsh winds. Continue reading

We’re Fall(ing) for Overalls

IMG_8567-2Pumpkin spice everything, North Faces for days, and the realization that it’s only going to get colder from here – if you’re over all that is fall, take a second and reconsider that summer #TBT you were about to post, because we think we might have exactly what you’re looking for.

When the leaves start falling it’s time to do some overall-ing. Ditch your shorts and tank tops and get ready to strap on fashion’s favorite denim onesies, perfectly styled to take you seamlessly from summer to fall.

Picking Your Perfect Pair

First thing’s first (we’re the realest): mastering the overall-for-fall trend starts with finding a pair of ‘alls with an appropriate fit and wash.

Your goal is to choose a fit that hits the sweet spot between oversized-lumberjack staples and undersized sales-rack rejects. There should be just enough room around the waist to tuck in your shirt, but not enough that you’re accidentally flashing bystanders every time you bend down – think loose and comfy like your boyfriend’s jeans, but with a flattering, feminine feel. Continue reading

Take it Back to Black for the Fall Season

BackToBlack_SkylarYuenWith a season change comes a wardrobe change, and a basic girl’s favorite time of year is coming around again. Riding boots, oversized sweaters and knit scarves are on the rise.

But before you scour the stores for your perfect patterned cardi, let’s bring it back to the classic – black.

Sure, everyone loves to indulge in our favorite fall trends, but black is back for fall with a chic new twist. You’ve heard of color-blocking your favorite color combos, and every girl owns that perfect LBD; now vamp up your style with head-to-toe black.

It seems a little intimidating at first. After all, when you think “head-to-toe black,” it definitely takes you back to the middle school emo and scene days, am I right? But don’t forget that black doesn’t have to be bad. There are many reasons to love it, and you can literally wear it with anything. Continue reading