Month: October 2013

Fall Fabulous with Tiarra





img_4973Top: F21, Vest: Buffalo Exchange, Pants: H&M, Boots: Nastygal, 
: Urban Outfitters, Watch: Nordstrom

Model: Tiarra Dickens

Tiarra is a Sociology major at Vassar College from Bowie, Maryland. She loves Aqua by Aqua and Nastygal. Quote to dress by: “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.” -Gore Vidal.

Fun fact: She got to style Sheryl Sandberg!

See you later!

“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard”

– A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

We promise not to be too sentimental, but we wanted to write everyone that has followed our blog and supported us a couple quick messages!

Since we both graduated this past May and have come to the sudden (and shocking) realisation that we are no longer college students, we are leaving The College Catalogue in the hands of our third co-founder, Maggie Zhang. We know she’ll do great things with the blog, and hope you’ll stay tuned!! That said, as two proud mamas of this little blog baby, we’re not disappearing, just leaving the “diaper duty” to Maggie while we work on a little something new of our own 🙂

*ps. the photos on the left are our silly college freshman selves, and the ones on the right are from senior year. Spot the similarities – we clearly haven’t changed as much as we’d like to think!


First of all, I would like to address how Dani picked a photo of me from freshman year in a ridiculous outfit of black tights and long black sleeves (ugh) while she looks perfect at Paris Fashion Week. I kid, I kid. Dani has a great visual eye. Writing this post has been a little difficult for me because I’m secretly a micromanaging control freak sometimes (I’m sure Dani will gladly tell you about how I reacted when I thought we destroyed the coding on our site).  This blog has been like my baby for the last year, and though it’s hard to let it go, I have no doubt that the blog will be taken in the right direction in the hands of  Vassar undergraduates! I think the beauty of this whole thing is that we have gotten to meet and work with so many people from all over the world. From our friends at Raretruths in Japan, to our Vassar classmates, to people we knew when we were kids in Singapore or Hong Kong, all the connections really show that the world is a small place.  I encourage everyone to chase their passions because you can really learn a lot from something you call a “hobby” and you never know what opportunities lie ahead. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who worked with us and all of our readers!

And to Maggie, I’m so glad that we all got to work on this project together and it made us closer. You are now the creative director of the blog and we are your consultants whenever you need us for anything and I mean anything. I know you are going to do great things. I cannot wait for everything that is in store for you and I hope to see you in Hong Kong in 2014!

– Nicole


This is my dirty little fashion blog secret: I don’t read many fashion blogs, I only look at fashion magazines when they happen to be in front of me, and I don’t really keep up with the latest trends. When I decide I like something, I stick with it and that is why half of the clothes in my closet are either peach-colored, lace, a dress, or all of the above. It took me three years to look at winter wear without automatically picturing Violet Beauregarde as a blueberry (from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory). In fact, it took me a while to figure out how I even came to be part of this project.

Credit for the idea behind the blog actually goes to Maggie and Nicole, and I think I became involved because, well, I lived in the same house as my dear friend Nicole and I have a “big” camera, but also because it gave me the chance to get to know people, some of whom I thought I already knew. Working on this blog, and taking photos for this blog was really something I did for fun and for myself. But it has been so encouraging to see the response, to know that people are actually interested in what we’ve done, and more importantly interested in each other and getting to know each other, in this case through style and fashion.

So I just wanted to thank all the friends that supported us, both models and readers. But especially the models! Thank you for letting us get to know you by rummaging through your closet, invading your personal space, ordering you around in front of a camera, and making you suffer through a variety of weather conditions. And thank you for your time, patience, and willingness – you guys literally made this thing!


Fritz and Mash

nicole and daniNicole (left) and Dani (right)






IMG_0081on Nicole Dress: Dorothy Perkins, Wedges: other colors on sale at Seychelles,
ID Bracelet: customized gift from the Philippines, Arrow Ring:  Catbird in Williamsburg, Silver ring: from Scotland, Love ring: vintage gift from grandma (similar ones here and here)

on Dani Dress: Herve Leger (see similar styles here), Shoes: Pedder Red, Necklace: Tiffany & Co., Rings: Om ring from ABC home, swirl ring from Florence, Italy; big ring on right from Nissa

Founders Nicole and Dani share a long history that begins in Singapore and moves across the world. They used to ride the same school bus, lived 5 minutes apart from each other, and sang in middle school choir together, but then pretty much lost touch when Nicole moved to Hong Kong during high school. They reconnected in their freshmen year at Vassar College,  basically became inseparable, and then started this blog with Maggie Zhang this year.

After majoring in Asian Studies, Nicole now studies at the Johns Hopkins Center in Nanjing, China. Dani double majored in Music and Psychology and is now working in Singapore.

Nicole’s style icons are  her grandmother and Kelly Framel from The Glamourai. Dani’s style icon is Mila Kunis, and her style “influencers” (aka advisors) are her aunt, her mom, and Nicole!

ps. “Fritz and Mash” is Nicole and Dani’s upcoming project, so keep an eye out for more awesomeness & to find out what it means!

also, many thanks to Julia Chung our little helper.