SCHOOL TRENDS 2012-2013

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Girls wearing all Brandy Melville outfits//Soulcycle logo//A Pressed Juice 

I would like to just touch upon some modern fixations that have risen this school year, Death By Brandy Melville being one of them. Not that I don't like Melville's extremely comfortable clothing, but I find it crazy that on a normal school day, at least 15 girls are wearing a Brandy skirt in a different color and pattern. One thing about the brand that I admire though is that the clothing is all 'One Size Fits All', so basically that's the reason it's possible that more than half of the school owns at least one Brandy item (or every single item, in some cases). I have acquired the ability, along with many other individuals, to detect if a piece is from Brandy Melville by the iconic crop-tops, skull sweaters, and bralettes. 

Once the Brandy skirts are exchanged for spandex shorts, many Brandy lovers enjoy a workout at their nearest Soulcycle. Who doesn't love Rihanna on full blast while sweating just as much as the 20 people around you? I don't. I have tried Soulcycle one time and I hated it! I'm sure I'm the only one though, because based off of the merchandise around campus and the "wanna do Soulcycle on Saturday?" question, it's a favorite for many people. 

I've always wanted to try a Pressed Juice, but I have simply not had the time. I think it's fine to drink one for a snack or breakfast, but when people do the Juice Cleanse, it's too much. 6 juices only for 3 days does not sound very healthy to me. And for $200? I think not. Some of them do look very tasty, but I don't think I would be into the ones that label things that I can't tell if they are a fruit, vegetable, or herb. I think it's funny when I overhear someone asking something like "Have you tried the kale, cayenne, aloe vera, cilantro, coconut meat, watercress, lemongrass, mint, spinach, filtered water flavor?"

I wonder what the trends will be next school year...

xo amanda jane  

TURN UP THE VOLUME!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Not only is Solange Knowles and amazing singer and beyond gorgeous, but she is also one of my greatest style icons. Whether it's her awesome hair, prominent  lips, or fabulous suites, she's really got it right. I adore her pattern mixing, and her brightness. Everything Solange wears is complete with the exact right accessories and shoes- she's been ankle strapping it since the beginning. I put together some looks based off of her flamboyant fashion- but very few people can really pull off her signature style. 

EVERYTHING- Topshop

She's at the top of the music world as well as under the high fashion radar. 


xo amanda jane 


CHASING LACE

Wednesday, May 22, 2013











Madewell blouse // H&M bomber // Topshop skirt // Balenciaga purse // Superga sneakers // Pop Cutie necklace

I love lace, but I find so many lace items cheesy looking. That's why I was thrilled to find this lace bomber in the back of my closet that I bought a couple months ago- it's actually really trending ATM. Bombers are amazing- they compliment the shape of whoever is wearing one. They also look good fitted as well as over-sized. Last night my mom surprised me with this adorable French macaroon necklace! I'm obsessed with it. I'm obsessed with anything French macaroon, really. 

xo amanda jane 

DESIGNED TO THE T

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Other than the fact that they are absurdly expensive for what they are, these designer T-shirts are to die for. It's always hard to match chic with comfort, but this is an easy fix. Also, they go with everything. Jeans and a blazer, a high-waisted skirt, and... sweats. 

THE MIGHTY OLYMPIANS

Thursday, May 16, 2013


Is it bad that I thought that Charlotte Olympia and Olympia Le-Tan were one designer? Both growing more popular, the striking name "Olympia" made me think that both brands were the same. But who can blame me? They both utilize playful and bright themes of pop-culture, and they have collaborated before, so it wasn't that big of a mistake, right? Anyway, now knowing that they are totally different collections, I love them both equally. Food, book, and perfume clutches? Yes please. 

xo amanda jane 

TWIRLING IN TWEED

Wednesday, May 15, 2013










H&M coat // Madewell blouse // Vintage Levi's // 3.1 Phillip Lim tote // Blundstone boots

QUICK LESSON: "Never wear boots without socks!"- my blistering heels.

On this slightly overcast yet warm day, I wore an outfit that serves as the perfect example of two things: How to dress up jean shorts and how to wear jean shorts when it's not really that hot out. The blouse, a favorite of mine that I steal from my mom all the time, literally looks good with anything and everything. When I can't figure out what to wear, it's my basic plan B. It's loose, silk, long, and really comfortable. These kind of staple items are quite hard to find, so I am always on the lookout.  I don't loooveee H&M, but when I spied this tweed coat in a window I knew it had to be in my closet. Though, not surprisingly, it looks good with very little, mostly because of its short shape and brightness. I wore it to school today for the first time, after finally concocting an ensemble in my head the  night before. The boots, also my moms, I absolutely love. It's now though a love/hate relationship- I guess now I'll be able to finally get a pair for myself after a trip to the nurse and an art class without shoes. Never again will I wear a pair of boots a size to small, or without socks. Once again, fashion hurts.

xo amanda jane 

GET YOUR GATSBY, OLD SPORT

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


IMAGES FROM VOGUE.COM

It's hard to imagine what it would be like to have the privilege of designing the crazy costumes of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Prada, however, doesn't need to think that way. Her work is so impeccable, I couldn't imagine anyone else in her place. The movie itself was fine, but the fashion and scenery were beyond fabulous. The actresses are so lucky to have worn the gorgeous garments. No words can explain how beautiful I think 20's style is. If I could time travel, I would definitely stop in the decade and pick up some of this flapper party attire. Excellent job with the sketching and execution. To me, the glam style was the best part of the movie. 
Not to mention the over-the-top jewels by Tiffany & Co.! If just watching the diamonds shine onscreen wasn't enough, the collection of Gatsby inspired jewelry is actually for sale! Please daddy?


xo amanda jane

p.s. expect a drawing inspired by Gatsby soon. 


ON YEAR 1

Monday, May 13, 2013

Yay! It's my very first blogiversery ! Last May, I decided to venture into the blogisphere with low expectations. Little did I know I would stick with it and even expand my style horizons! Not to be cheesy, but Pencils and Pearls really has helped me find who I am- and what I want to become. Not only have I had a blast conducting posts, but I now seek inspiration from the millions of blogs swimming on the internet. I now take way bigger fashion risks, and I have been said to be the girl "who can pull anything off" which certainly wasn't me at this time last year. I love everyone who is actually reading this. Here's to another year full of fashion.

xo amanda jane

SNAZZY JEWELS

Saturday, May 11, 2013







I had a great time styling this ELLE May '13 issue with some of my most snazzy jewels. I saw the Great Gatsby last night, and feeling inspired by the women dripping in statement stones, I grabbed a few of my random treasures and composed them with photos that they looked good in.

xo amanda jane 

IS THIS REAL LIFE?

Friday, May 10, 2013

Ok. At first I thought it was the drugs wearing off from my wisdom teeth removal earlier in the day yesterday, but no, my dream actually came true. Not only did the lovely Leandra post my drawing of her on her über-famous instagram account, but it made the popular page and  Lena Dunham, a favorite of mine, liked it! So, on a painful pudding- filled afternoon, one of the best things ever happened to me. I was finally recognized for doing what I love. Hopefully this will happen again...
xo amanda jane 

MADAME REPELLER

Thursday, May 9, 2013

It felt really nice to draw last night after a couple stress filled weeks of no time to do so whatsoever. As I may have stated in many earlier posts, Leandra Medine of http://www.manrepeller.com is not only on my top-sites page, but she has been my idol for my 9th grade year. What really impresses me is her hundred-layer-don't-care (that was supposed to rhyme somewhat) attitude. She can pull off anything and everything, even a clown-suit (which isn't that crazy of an example), because even that would look absolutely amazing on her. To top that off, I met her at Coachella this year with a quite shaky shoulder tap and a shy "excuse me", and she is genuinely a very nice and easygoing person. She sends out a great message to everyone- wear what makes you feel good and don't let anyone stop you. 
I take this message quite seriously and I do wear whatever I want, even if my parents, brothers, and friends think I look like a complete weirdo. All I have to say to them is " you don't know what's fashionable becuase you don't read at least ten fashion blogs a day" or "you're lucky I don't look good in overalls (Repellers will understand this)". 
Thanks Leandra- keep on inspiring me over multiple social media outlets. You are a very amazing woman.

xo amanda jane 

CONTEMPLATING CHAOS

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Some of my favorites from the MET Gala event. I adore the theme! Punk is such a fun spectrum of style! Safety pin flowers, animal sparkle, hot pink cut-outs, studs, and metallics. 

Noted: Anne stole Miley's hair-do and Brooklyn is wearing the dress version of a Dannijo necklace. 

xo amanda jane 

STYLE STALK: LUCK OF THE DRAW

Monday, May 6, 2013





I have fallen completely in love with this collection by Vika Gazinskaya. Though not a recent collection, pieces like this are simply timeless. What a genius and unique idea! I really want to DIY this one day...

xo amanda jane 

INTO THE INTERIOR

Saturday, May 4, 2013







Topshop blouse // Zara skort and heels // French Connection bomber // Céline bag

I felt like my outfit went well with my friend's house. I actually find it cooler to do shoots indoors rather than outdoors- interiors of homes can be really fashionable too. 

xo amanda jane 

p.s. One of my favorite bands, Vampire Weekend, is releasing a new album May 7th! I'm so excited. Here is a song I'm super into right now: Step- Vampire Weekend. Favorite line- "Stale conversation deserves but a bread knife." Genius. 

DREAM AD- WHY SL?

Thursday, May 2, 2013


Another dream ad sketch of a Saint Laurent-eque clad lady. 

xo amanda jane 

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