I am always looking for ways to dress down and be comfortable while I lounge or travel without compromising my fashion taste and this right here is a great line that offers comfy alternatives that are perfect for any Fashionista/o. I just had to share:

Purple Tree began as a senior thesis project of Sarah Nathanson while attending the University of Michigan’s Art and Design School. She created a fresh new line of street wear including tees, long sleeve shirts and hooded sweatshirts using soft, light weight fabrics. The Purple Tree name began to quickly gain recognition from students at the university. Before long friends and family of these students also began to follow Purple Tree. The thesis project continued to grow exclusively by word of mouth into the business it is today. Purple Tree’s concept is about being comfortable and fashionable regardless of where you are and what you are doing. The ease and versatility of the attire reflects the youthful spirit of the modern day trendsetter. Each Purple Tree garment sports classic combined with an imaginative spin, inspired by the art and cultural lifestyle that founder Sarah Nathanson enjoys. Sarah has developed a natural proclivity to deliver timeless pieces that are a perfect fit for the culturally inclined, fashion forward consumer. was launched in March 2010 and has already been recognized by,, and as a new and up coming designer.

CF: Tell me a little about yourself and your background.

Sarah Nathanson: I grew up on Long Island in a house filled with my parents’ collection of art from around the world. Both of my grandfathers were artists and my interests in the different mediums of art were obvious very early on in life. I began taking painting classes at age 4 and found myself studying at the Huntington School of Fine Arts on Long Island during high school. After going through high school, my ever increasing interest and enthusiasm for art began to blend with my ambitions for success. I took the first steps to following my calling at the Art and Design School at the University of Michigan.

After I left for college, photography grew to be my main hobby. I became fascinated with the ability to capture photographs through my own eyes for other people to look at. My fast paced college experiences, UM football games and during my travels abroad, served as great forums for my new found passion.

CF: How did you get into design as a career?

SN: I explored a lot of different mediums while studying at UM. During my sophomore year, I took a fibers class and created a hoodie out of vintage fabrics as my final project. My friends really liked the hoodie, and I began to take orders from them. This was the birth of Purple Tree. I started going to the art school late at night to silk screen and sew so I could use the school’s facilities without getting caught. I taught myself how to silk screen and asked my peers questions. That next semester, I took a very tough course; Color Theory, which really opened my eyes to the world of color. I am forever grateful for that class, and for the professor being so stern. I really found a passion for the concept of wearable art. As senior year rolled around, I needed to come up with an idea for my senior thesis, which I would be working on all year. I chose to create a graphic T-shirt and sweatshirt company – Purple Tree. Now one and a half years later, I’m still working on my thesis.

CF: What are some of your favorite pieces in the collection?

SN: The trees and leaf design was one of the first graphics I ever printed. I have been reprinting it ever since and plan to keep it a staple in my line.

I also catch myself wearing the “Think Green” long sleeve hoodie. Its super cozy and a really great item to be lounging in, out on the go and especially traveling in.

CF: What is unique about Purple Tree?

SN: Each item is extremely soft and very universal in your closet. Most of the line is unisex and able to be dressed up, worn casually and great to lounge in. I’ve been able to work with vivacious colors but keep simplistic designs inspired by current events, history and my childhood.

Fashionista/os check out PurpleTree to search more unisex styles and order your own Purple Tree pieces.

STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Do it Right in Winter White

Good News! The piece to purchase for the winter will look like you have expensive taste but it won’t break the bank and it is completely cruelty free. This Fashionista is on the money with this luxe Joie winter white faux fur vest. She rocks it with J Brand black skinnies. To show her edgier side this Fashionista toughened up her look with motorcycle booties by Boutique 9. The pop of the winter white textured vest against a monochromatic black outfit makes quite the statement. She really pulls the look together with this colossal black leather and gold sunburst House of Harlow ring and Essie Luxedo deepest plum nail polish (from the new winter collection). Winter white faux fur always seems to remind me of the holiday season and what better way to bring in the holidays than looking hot (no pun intended) in a warm, cozy winter white faux fur vest.

While the weather outside is frightful, your fashion does not need to be compromised by the winter chill. Instead go glam and find a great winter white faux fur vest that will surely keep you warm and in style. I must admit that I myself own three faux fur vests and I live in every single one of them because not only are they versatile but they have become my favorite statement piece. This Fashionista proved that a faux fur vest is the perfect way to accessorize for class and, personally, I love to dress it up with heels and a mini for a night out. Though there are many styles, colors and price points for faux fur vests but the one thing to keep in mind is faux fur vests are making the switch from “winter trends” to “winter essentials.” They provide the warmth of a puffy down vest without the bloated extra fabric and create a look of sophistication and luxuriousness that most every Fashionista desires.

STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Shorts and Tights Done Right

Wool tights are back with a vengeance this fall and taking us all by pleasant surprise! Wool tights provide the perfect companion to any pair of shorts. Move over miniskirts because this season shorts are taking over by storm. You can dig through your summer wardrobe and take out all your shorts because you will get good use out of them this season. The practicality of wool tights is what I love about this trend. They provide comfort, warmth and most importantly great fashion. They are beyond versatile and can transform any outfit from preppy college gal to rocker chick to classy lady to trendy chic. They are perfect for pairing with jean shorts, wool shorts, tweed shorts and even leather shorts. This Fashionista rocked AG Jeans ripped denim shorts with HUE merino wool tights and slouchy suede flat Steve Madden ankle boots that make this look practical for class with an edgy vibe. The best part about this trend is that it can be instantaneously transformed from day to night. Swap the flat boots for a pair of heeled booties and you have a chic ensemble for a night out. This effortless transition makes wool tights and shorts easy, fun and practical for any college student with a busy schedule and even larger social calendar. Wool tights and shorts was a trend that was slowing evolving last year, but will be even bigger this fall and an important trend into the winter. This Fashionista completed her look with a black caplet with oversized gold buttons that was purchased at Forever21 last year. For extra warmth this Fashionista tucked a faux fur grey scarf into the neck of her caplet. Other pairing ideas for shorts and tights this fall are absolutely endless, from chunky knits, to turtlenecks, to blazers and oversized tees.

Hint: The best shoes to go with wool tights are boots and flats. Pumps can work as long as they have a trendy appeal to them (for example; suede pumps with chunky heel, wedge heel, platform heel, etc.).

STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Fringes are Fun and Flirty for Fall

What is that one piece that you think can make your entire outfit? For me, hands down, it is shoes. If I had room in my apartment, I’d have a closet dedicated solely to shoes. I love all shoes, but especially boots, so for this reason, I love the fall. This fall, I have been adding many boots to my collection but one pair that I think is a showstopper every time I see them are fringed knee-high boots. This Fashionista was rocking the fringe and I had to run after her to stop her in her tracks for a photo op. Purchased while studying abroad in Israel, these black suede fringed knee-high boots are the perfect choice for jazzing up any outfit. Similar fabulous fringed boots can be purchased from Minnetonka, Donald J. Pliner and Penny Loves Kenny. While these amazing boots grabbed my attention, they look great with a pair of leggings and an oversized thick knit neutral colored striped sweater purchased at H&M. The knit headband with flower decal from Forever 21, which is no longer available online, but can be purchased in most Forever 21 stores, is a chic way to finish off the look of glam. Fringe has exploded for the summer into the fall this year and incorporating fringe into your fall wardrobe is a must!

Hint: Whether fringe plays a part in your ensemble via your boots, handbag (like this Free People crossbody bag), a great fringed vest over a sweater (like this Lutz and Patmos fringed sweater vest), or a fringed scarf (like this Posted on Categories UncategorizedTags , , , , , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment on STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Fringes are Fun and Flirty for Fall

STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: The Bigger the Better

The question that always arises when the weather gets chilly is "How can I look cute while dressing appropriately for the fall chill?" I spotted this Fashionista on her way into Starbucks on campus and felt she answered my ever-pressing question. This is how you can look fashionable and cozy while still dressing cute for the chilling weather. I know personally, as soon as fall rolls around, I am overjoyed to begin wearing my scarf collection. I can wear a different scarf everyday because, to me, scarves are a fun way to add spice to an outfit and a cheap way to make any outfit look brand new. This Fashionista used a crinkle cotton beige scarf to tie together the beige long sleeve shirt under her chunky oversized sweater. The gray Calvin Klein chunky knit boxy sweater is a must have item for the fall. Not only is the color one of the fall’s hottest colors, but the oversized boxy nature is what more and more people are opting for this fall.

Hint: This look is easy to wear with leggings, jeans, jeggings or corduroys. But don’t let the casual comfort of this ensemble fool you because its practicality does not sacrifice its trend. With leggings and amazing calfskin Lauren by Ralph Lauren knee high riding boots, this Fashionista is ready to take her Starbuck’s on the go and set off to class making a fashionable statement. 


All of the latest fall trends for pants point in the direction of “boyfriend slouchy” and relaxed and casual. If you’re anything like me, you often find it difficult to swap the slenderizing skinny jeans for the more relaxed, just threw on your boyfriend’s jeans look. But Fashionistas, it’s time to make the switch and realize there is a way to wear relaxed slouchy pants without looking like you’re escaping in your boyfriend’s wardrobe. I caught this Fashionista on her way to the Communications School and fell in love with her 7 For All Mankind boyfriend army green twill pants. The cuffed bottoms make these cropped pants the perfect item to transition from the warm weather into the fall cooler breeze. A Collective Concepts gunmetal and taupe tie-dyed military inspired short-sleeved shirt tucked in allows this Fashionista to show off her figure and not get lost in the slouch. The silk shirt with epaulette detail and chest pocket provides the feminine touch to mix with the boyfriend pants. Her amazing army green MICHAEL Michael Kors lace-up peep-toe oxfords (a Nordstrom's exclusive) may not be practical for the many flights of stairs in the Communications Building, but since when do Fashionistas choose practicality over fashion? NEVER! While they seem high, this Fashionista reveals they are actually so comfortable. Accented with a gold mesh cuff and long gold chain with jewels is an easy way to accessorize and add spice to an outfit.

Throw on a pair of tortoise Ray Ban "Wayfarer" sunglasses and you’re all set for class. You can take this look into the evening and head to Route 1 after class for a dinner date with the girls. 

STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Welcome to the Jungle

One of my favorite trends for the fall is the exotic, sexy look of urban safari chic. The neutral colors and multiple shapes flatter every skin color and body type. You can channel your inner wild side while making this trend sexy. I caught this Fashionista coming out of the South Campus Diner and needed a closer look at her safari jacket. Purchased at Ann Taylor Loft, the twill four-pocket belted khaki jacket with slate colored cuffed sleeves was fresh and crisp. As pictured by this Fashionista, the jacket is worn open to reveal a black tunic and splendid leggings. This look is chic, polished and ultra-feminine when worn belted and cinched at the waist.

Dating back to the '60s Yves Saint Laurent dared to send this trend down the runway and it has been reappearing on runways (and in our closets) ever since. The safari jacket is a trend we all love and can relate to. It can be mixed and matched with items already in your wardrobe. Any Fashionista can pull of this look flawlessly and wear it to class with leggings, tights, jeans or trousers. This trend is suitable for both daytime and nighttime, adding a killer pair of heels to the ensemble will instantly take this look from laid-back casual to laid-back luxe. Statement flats or ankle laced-up boots will keep this style care-free and casual. Aside from its versatility, (this Fashionista revealed her multiple pockets come in handy for her iPod, cell phone and car keys) this jacket is a key item that every Fashionista should own for the fall. Noteworthy styles can be found at every store from Old Navy to Barney’s. Neiman Marcus has a great army green silk cargo jacket with drawstring waist and for a great steal check out this army green safari jacket from (spare your wallet without sacrificing your style). Word to the wise Fashionista, shop around and find the best urban safari inspired jacket to wear this fall because this trend is bold and great for the cold!


Was anyone else pleasantly surprised by the balmy 90-degree heat wave in Maryland? This throws us all for a loop because we have just finished packing away our summer clothes and happily jumped into our newest boots, sweaters, cargos and jeans. Well, now it's time to unpack those summer clothes and wear them for just awhile longer. I spotted this Fashionista on her way to class in the 90-degree heat and felt summer lovin’. Her strapless pink, purple and orange paisley and floral shirt brought me back to summertime BBQ’s and carefree beach days. Purchased at Target technically as a skirt, this Fashionista opted to convert it into a strapless flowy top for the warm heat wave. Her vintage leather biker vest incorporated the latest fall trends while dressing appropriate for the weather.

The combination of biker chic with girly and floral made this outfit fun, flirty and a perfect way to bring back summer clothes in the middle of October. Cuffed denim shorts are always a staple for any Fashionista and paired with gold sandals from J. Crew, she fashionably avoided overheating her feet on her walk across campus. A great accent to her outfit was her sentimental necklaces adopted from her mom’s own wardrobe. The two Robert Lee Morris leather corded gold hearts brought the outfit together. An oversized Foley & Corinna black and gold city tote is a great way to carry your books in style. Throw on a pair of large shield D&G sunglasses and you’ll be ready to fight the strong sun. Enjoy the warm summer weather in the middle of fall Fashionistas and Fashionistos!

STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Accessorize Your Outfit to Glamour-ize

When it’s chilly and rainy outside, there is nothing more appealing than staying cuddled in a warm bed all day and not dealing with the dreary weather. If you’re like me, and have a guilty conscious about missing class, the battle is figuring out how to dress for the inclement weather without compromising your fashion. I caught this Fashionista on her way to class on a chilly day with a chance of showers in the forecast. Her Marc by Marc Jacob sunglasses were clearly a necessity for the sunny weather while on her way to class, but the boots were ideal for the long walk when you know rain is likely at any moment. This Fashionista’s keen eye for accessories made her outfit multifunctional. Her beret was scooped up on a trip to the beloved Paris, France in charcoal gray, which is über chic. A wool beret can be scored in the U.S. at American Apparel in a rainbow variety of colors for only $24! The faux fur vest was a cheap steal at Forever 21 and a great accessory to layer for the fall. This vest is no longer available to purchase on, but an adorable faux fur vest from Rachel Zoe's collection can be bought online at at I have seen girls all around campus wearing combat boots  in a variety of ways and are definitely a must have for the fall. Her black cashmere eternity scarf from is an accessory that finishes off any look and can be worn doubled like pictured, or worn long and open or even tripled to really provide warmth. Her nails are painted in one of Essie’s new fall 2010 colors called “Velvet Voyeur,” (a deep amethyst) an accessorizing touch that adds fall fun to a dreary day. Her large green cocktail ring makes the outfit more playful and adds a pop of color to a gray skied day (and revealed by this Fashionista to be less than $4 from Forever 21!).

Accessorizing has always been my favorite part getting dressed because it is like skipping straight to decorating the cake instead of dealing with the boring measurements during baking. Accessories are a great way to put your own voice into your clothing. They are fun, easy, colorful, most of the time cheap ways to add drama to an outfit and bring it all together. This Fashionista's bare minimums consists of Topshop black leggings and a 3/4 sleeve Alexa Chung for Madewell shirt. With the addition of accessories this outfit is able to go from ordinary to extraordinary. Accessories are the way to make the difference, make an old trend look new and redefine your look. I'm talking bags, jewelry, shoes, hats, scarves, sunglasses and even nail polish colors! Fashionistas, the next time you are headed to class, take an extra second to add style to your outfit with the addition of one (or several) accessorizing touches.

Hint: Do NOT pull your hair back into your beret. You’ll look completely goofy! Frame your face by leaving your hair down and placing the beret an inch or so past your hairline. If you want to cover your head more, make sure you have some bangs or a few strands around your face pulled out.

STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Complete the Look with an Ankle Sock

Remember the days when socks sticking out of your shoes was considered totally unfashionable? I remember buying socks so low I would come home with huge blisters after a day of walking. Good news for our feet, ankle socks that come above our shoes are now considered fashionably chic. Whether this idea thrills you or you’re still feeling skeptical, there is no denying that showing your socks is no longer a fashion faux pas. Aside from their practicality, socks create a look that will make a great statement this fall. With trends reverting back to minimal, simplistic and clean lines, this Fashionista’s polished look fits the bill. Her V-neck from Urban Outfitters tucked into adorable BCBG denim shorts and washed cotton cardigan from American Apparel was finished off with a vintage woven belt scored from a yard sale. While this outfit is cute and great for class, ultimately it is the affect a pair of white cotton socks has on the overall appeal. The socks make the statement and my eyes were immediately drawn down to her feet. The gray rounded-toe Steve Madden trouser shoes are popping up everywhere this season and I’m loving it! What makes these shoes fresh for the fall is the addition of the ankle sock. A pair of socks can add color and texture to any outfit worn with ballet flats, oxfords or high heeled lace-up booties.

For confirmation on this “must have,” look to Christian Dior who sent models in sparkly ankle socks strutting down the runway for spring. No reason you can’t use this inspiration to funk up your look with a pair of sparkly ankle socks the fall – especially for a night out on the town. Have fun with this trend Fashionistas, it is an easy and thankfully cheap way to add glamour to your outfit. Dare to experiment with different color socks, and different textures. Thicker gauge wool socks in earthy tones and cream will create the look of laid-back country chic; while simple, thin socks or even sheer socks in black, white or gray will create the look of simplistic sleek.

Hint: How to wear it and rock it: Bunched up socks at your ankle can have the effect of making your legs appear shorter. Obviously, we all want our legs to appear as long as possible (even if you are only 5’2”) so for those who may not be blessed with endless model legs, try opting for a mid-calf version or choose a sock in a thin fabric that won’t bunch around your ankle.