Fashion Inspiration: Wizards of Waverly Place

Before I begin this post, I’d just like to thank you guys for all your feedback on my first Fashion Inspiration post. I’m actually really self-conscious about the stuff I post, so it was great getting lots of positive feedback! I hope you like my follow-up.

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I’ll admit it: on occasion, I still watch Disney Channel. I’m not even part of their main demographics anymore, but I love Sonny with a Chance and of course, Wizards of Waverly Place. The show is about a family of wizards living in downtown Manhattan. (Does anyone else harbor a secret crush on David Henrie? Or is that just me?) Selena Gomez (who I kind of adore) plays Alex Russo, the spunky and sassy troublemaking witch. I think Alex is a fun character for kids because she’s a regular kid, and she’s a slacker, not Little Miss Perfect. Plus, she has a great sense of style.

There are many components to Alex’s outfits. Throughout the series, her fashion has evolved from kind of urban-punk to more polished but still fun and unique. Alex is a huge fan of color, and lots of it. Rarely do we see her wearing something monochromatic. Alex uses layers with ease and she mixes prints like a pro. She tends to wear skinny jeans or tights tucked into boots (where she hides her wands)- she’s not a ballet flat kind of girl. Alex also uses jewelry and accessories like scarves, belts, and vests to add more dimensions to her outfits. Basically, it’s nothing at all like what I wear, but I still love her clothing. So I tried to put together a few outfits that Alex would love (I hope)- colorful, wild, but wearable.

Outfit #1

Wizards of Waverly Place- Alex #1

Asian Print Henley- Lucky; Cami- Vanity; Vest- Forever 21 (Canada); Skinny Jeans- Coggles; Earrings- Amazon; Converse- Journeys.

I started this outfit with a great henley (you can take a closer look at the print here). I layered a black cami over it because a) it’s a neutral so it won’t look too busy and b) it makes the print pop even more. Someone who is more adventurous might try the flowy vest (which I love) instead, so I included that look as well. I added the earrings because Alex loves her accessories. The red converse complete the outfit with another pop of color

Outfit #2

Wizards of Waverly Place- Alex #2

Gray Henley- Witchery.com; NYC Heart Tank- Deliah’s; Skinny Jeans- Deliah’s; Crochet Beret- Forever 21; Suede Boots- Amazon.

Not only does Alex love skinnies, she often goes for colored bottoms. Maybe it’s the artist in her. I picked these deep yellow jeans because the color is similar to the gold glitter heart featured in the tank top. The gray henley works under the New York tank because it adds layers without adding a competing color or print. For the boots, I picked this colorful, slouchy pair- you need confidence to wear them, so they definitely give off a “cool kid” vibe. The beret adds an artsy, bohemian vibe.

Outfit #3

Wizards of Waverly Place- Alex #3

Fleece Hoodie- Old Navy; Dress- Forever 21; Pink Peace Sign Scarf- Buckle; Tights- Bella Deco; Boots- Deb Shops

Alex does have a girly side, so that’s why I picked a dress for the last look. The dress itself is pretty interesting- it’s a tank dress in a fun floral print with an imitation sweetheart neckline. (At least according to me.) I picked gray patterned tights and gray booties, to give the dress a tough but sweet spin. A pink print scarf and a purple hoodie add layers and color to complete the outfit.

So what do you think? Do you watch Wizards of Waverly Place? Did these outfits capture Alex’s look? Would you wear any of these looks? (I know I’m thinking of incorporating some of this into my back-to-school shopping.) Let me know in the comments!

~ Sarah

Link Love

Hope everyone had a relaxing weekend! Enjoy this week’s links! ♥

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Yesterday, the fourth season of Mad Men premiered and I finally broke down and started watching the show. This video taught me everything I needed to know about Mad Men in less than five minutes. Did anyone else watch last night?

Are romantic comedies ruining relationships? The Daily Mail says yes.

College Fashion tells us why you should borrow clothing from your mom. I know I do!

Tips on what to pack for a summer getaway! I’ll definitely be using Michelle’s tips soon.

A great profile on my favorite pitcher, Josh Johnson. Strasburg who? And yes, I just had to throw in one sports story.

Video Love

This great video discusses the ill environmental effects of plastic water bottles. Take this as another reminder to invest in a reusable water bottle and filter.

I recently rediscovered Mandy Moore’s cover of Rihanna’s “Umbrella”. Mandy’s version is beautiful and melancholy- definitely worth a listen.

On a completely unrelated note, some girls from South Florida have made a hilarious spoof of Katy Perry’s “California Gurls”.

I know, this week’s link are all over the place! Do you have any links to share?

~ Sarah

Girl Crush: Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks at the 2009 Golden Globes

You might not know her name, but if you have a taste for comedy then you should recognize Elizabeth Banks. She was born in Massachusetts in 1974 and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. (Banks and Tina Fey single-handedly prove that you can brains, beauty, and a sense of humor.) After bit parts in movies like Spider-Man, Catch Me If You Can, and Seabiscuit, Banks’ breakout role was in the 2005 hit The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

Since then, Banks has appeared in numerous movies, including Invincible; Definitely, Maybe; Zack and Miri Make a Porno; and Role Models. She also had a guest stint on Scrubs. Banks has mastered the role of the spunky and bubbly girlfriend. She has shown her strengths as a dramatic actress in the biopic W., in which she played former First Lady Laura Bush, and the upcoming The Next Three Days, opposite Russell Crowe.

The reason I’m currently obsessed with Elizabeth Banks? Her guest role on one of my favorite shows, 30 Rock. She was originally slated to appear in four episodes this season, but she has already appeared nine times and by the looks of the season finale (which I finally finished watching on Hulu) she’ll be back. Banks plays Avery Jessup, one of Jack Donaghy’s (Alec Baldwin) many girlfriends. Avery, who is a conservative talk show host, stands out from the other female characters on the show. Jenna is dramatic, Cerie is sweet but shallow, and Liz is, well, Liz, but Avery is strong, smart, and confident. Banks is a great addition to 30 Rock, even if it’s just a guest stint.

So basically, Elizabeth Banks is pretty awesome. She’s talented, hilarious, and sexy. She’s one of today’s most promising actresses, and I can’t wait to see her career skyrocket.

What do you think? Do you love Elizabeth Banks too?

~ Sarah