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Dynamic Duo

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IMG_9630On Jordan (left) – Top: American Apparel, Skirt: American Apparel, Earrings: friend’s open closet, Turquoise Ring: mother’s, Other Rings: grandmother’s, Shoes: Y.R.U

On Iyana (right) – Shirt: thrifted, Dress: thrifted, Kimono: thrifted, Chocker: gifted, Ring: 50 cent candy machine, Socks: Target, Shoes: Dr. Marten

Models: Jordan Ross and Iyana Shelby

Jordan is a double major in Sociology and Chinese, Class of 2016 from Singapore. Her fashion inspiration used to be a blogger who goes by Rinny Riot, but more recently she has been into the blogger Robynthebank. She only realized this year that she could walk around in platforms and not eat concrete. Jordan does not consider herself fashion oriented at all: “I wear what I like and what feels good.”

‘Iyana’ is a short story portraying life as human trash. When she’s not figuring out what black item to wear off her floor, she’s attempting to maneuver Vassar College as ya #1 sad shawty. When she’s not looking mean as she walks through the Retreat, she’s chilling memorizing neurotransmitters as a Neuro ’16 major.

Photographer: Drew Leventhal

Touch of Red

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IMG_9372 Top: Song for the Mute, Pants: Twins Diverse, Jacket: All Saints, Button Down: Ralph Lauren, Hat: J. Lindeberg, Shoes: Aldo

Model: Yehudi Baptiste

Yehudi is senior majoring in Economics from Miami. He likes almond croissants, cooking, and Italian hand gestures. He is in a mature love affair with Zadie Smith. Yehudi wears black a lot, and he thinks everyone looks good in black.

Preppy State of Mind

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IMG_8640Shirt: Forever 21, Skirt: Forever 21, Sweater: thrifted, Socks: TJ Maxx, Necklace: Etsy, Owl Bracelet: gifted, Camel Bracelet: Mom’s from the 80s, Branch Ring: Etsy, Silver Rings: H&M, Shoes: Dr. Martens

Model: Miranda Fetterman

“My aesthetic is somewhere between ‘Chico’s mom’ and ‘Warped Tour Lolita,'” says Miranda, a freshmen from Hudson, Ohio. She’s usually inspired by specific pieces that she finds- the Vietnam jacket, the tall socks, a great pair of boots- and rearranges her existing wardrobe around the new staple pieces. She loves how fashion gives her the freedom to turn elements of what she was forced to wear as a kid (pleated kilts, knee-high socks, saddle shoes etc.) into vehicles of self-expression and individuality.

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!

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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

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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!

Love,
Dani

Fritz and Mash

nicole and daniNicole (left) and Dani (right)

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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.

Dancing in the Streets with Sabina

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IMG_9771Top: American Apparel, Skirt: from Bolivia (dresses with a similar feel here and here),
Wedges: Coach (similar ones here and here), Watch: Timex, Bangle: from an Argentine market,
Necklace: from the Brooklyn Flea, Earrings : Anthropologie

Model: Sabina Lundgren

Founders Nicole and Dani were schoolmates with Sabina in Singapore, where they all sang in Middle School choir together. Sabina graduated from the Global Liberal Studies program at NYU this past May. She and her friends visited Turkey over the summer, but she’s now back in NYC and busy dancing!

Sabina’s style icon is Minnie Mouse.

Double Trouble with Anais and Charlotte

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IMG_8200On Anaïs – Dress: Forever 21, Shoes: Aldo, Bracelet: Mango, Cross Earrings: Urban Outfitters,
Rings (left hand): Tiffany & Co, Knuckle and Swirl Rings: Exentrix Puerto Rico,
Arrow Bracelet: Exentrix Puerto Rico, Silver Bracelet: Mango

On Charlotte – Dress: from Paris, Shoes: Zara, Watch: Snow (from Paris), Ring: gifted

Models: Anaïs, Charlotte Andrews