The Clunkster

bralette

don't sweat it

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tank (by Lauren and Claire). shorts. bralette. sandals (similar). perfume (no longer being sold by Victoria’s Secret). sunglasses.

Hey babes! I hope you had a fabulous weekend. If you didn’t see on my Insta stories, I got my hair cut! I chopped off eight inches, which isn’t the first time I’ve cut a significant amount of my hair, but it’s still really exciting. I was holding on to my mermaid hair for a while, but I saw pictures of my split ends and was disgusted. So I took the plunge, and I’m so happy! My head feels so much lighter. 

I have a super summery look for you all today! My mom got me this adorable sweater tank that looks so cute with my bralette. The cut of the top is so interesting and looks great with my denim shorts

I got these sandals forever ago, but they’re still in surprisingly good shape! They’re the types of shoes that I can wear with both casual and dressy looks, which I love. I topped everything off with some spritzes of Coconut Passion by Victoria’s Secret (screw them but it smells so good :( ) and my gold heart sunglasses.

Do you have any fun plans for your hair this summer? Let me know in the comments!

funky clunky

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top (from my cousin). bralette. shorts. sneakers. sunglasses.

Hello, my beautiful readers! I hope you’re having a lovely week so far. It’s been nice and sunny in Boston, which is a nice change from the humidity and rain we had for a bit there. I always prefer the sunshine.

Today, I’m featuring one of my favorite tops in my closet. It used to be my cousin’s, and you can definitely tell that it’s straight out of the 90s, between the colors and pattern - which I LOVE! They’re probably my favorite parts of the top. I also love how flowy and loose it is. It’s perfect for those hot days in the summer, but it’s not necessarily a crop top. Fun fact, it also has a pocket! 

I paired this top with my denim shorts and black Converse, and wore my new bralette! My old one is starting to get a little worn, so I got this cutie from Aerie a couple weeks ago. It’s a little shorter than my other one, but it has cups, so I have a little extra support, which is never a bad thing.

Comment the weather where you are!

visitor

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sweater (no longer being sold at tilly’s). leggings. bralette. sneakers. perfume. sunglasses (use my code CLUNKSTER25 to get 25% off your order!)

Hey babes! I hope your weekend was fabulous. I got to spend mine with my mom! We went to the Institute of Contemporary Art, which I had surprisingly never been to in the four years that I’ve lived in Boston. It was so cool! They featured a piece by Ragnar Kjartansson called The Visitors, and it was hands down the most beautiful piece of art I’ve ever seen. I highly recommend checking it out if you can! I get goosebumps just thinking about it.

Speaking of goosebumps, I wore this outfit back when it was still a little chilly. This sweater usually keeps me warm enough without a jacket, but it’s not super heavy, which is nice. I always wear it with my black bralette and leggings. Sometimes I’ll wear boots, but most of the time I’ll wear my sneakers or moccasins. I always feel so cute and cozy.

I threw it back to sophomore year Kristen and wore my hair half-up-half-down, but left the choker in 2017. I also sprayed on some Indi by Katy Perry because it makes me feel so warm inside.

Sometimes I miss dressing cozy like this, but then I see the sun shining and remember how much I love summer. Do you have any cool plans coming up? Let me know in the comments!

last thursday of september!

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tank (gamma exclusive, sorry babes! but please consider making a donation to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation here). shorts. bralette. sneakers. sunglasses (mine are lighter!). perfume.

Happy Thursday! I’m so sorry I haven’t posted lately, sometimes I need to remember that I’m a student first and I need to get my shit done. My classes are pretty demanding this semester, but I know I’ll get on top of things and back to posting on a regular schedule eventually!

Here’s a cute little look featuring one of my favorite shirts. My sorority (did you guys know I’m in a sorority? I know I never mention it) did a walk for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation a couple years back, and we sold these adorable shirts to fundraise. The back has a big compass that says “Gamma will show you the way.” Hella cute, I love my sisters :’) I cut mine into a tank top because I’m ~hip and cool~, but for real, I really love the way I cut it. This tank is super light and looks great with my black bralette.

In fact, all of the black accessories in this look played off each other really well. My black shorts and black Converse really stood out. My hair was wavy and summery, and I didn’t wear makeup because heat. I wore my wood sunglasses (RIP) and Katy Perry’s INDI! I’m so excited to get her newest fragrance, INDIvisible! You guys will definitely be hearing about it, so stay tuned.

Would you guys like to see some perfume reviews in the future? Let me know in the comments!

making waves

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tank. bralette. shorts. sneakers. sunglasses (mine are lighter!). perfume.

Hello, my loves! I’m so sorry I haven’t been posting lately. I just moved into a new apartment and I’m starting my final semester, so my head has been a bit all over the place. I love that the school year is starting back up again so I can morph back into a busy little bee, but I need it to slow down just a bit. I can’t believe this is my final semester.

In celebration, I’ve been wearing my letters as often as possible. I know I can wear them for life, but I feel like they’re especially now as I’m ending my time as an active sister. I also just moved into an area where there’s a fair amount of fraternity and sorority life, and I feel the need to show my letters off more.

This is one of my favorite pieces of sorority merch. This tank is super summery and carefree. It’s really lightweight, so it’s perfect to wear in the heat, or when you’re lugging things up to your new apartment, or both. I wear my black bralette and pull a little French tuck with my denim shorts. I love the way they look with the waves.

I finished this look off with my white Converse and some neat-ish hair for once. I love how I feel in this look, it always puts a little pep in my step.

When do you start school? Let me know in the comments!

back to black

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top (by Nothing Sacred). bralette. shorts. sneakers. perfume. sunglasses (mine are lighter).

Happy Tuesday, angels! I hope your weekend was fantastic. I just got back to Boston for my last Orientation! I can’t believe how fast my time at Emerson has gone. I feel so old. I’m excited to start getting back into the swing of this school year. I miss being busy and seeing all the people I love!

This look is another simple one featuring a top I don’t wear enough! I got it from my cousins, and it looks so great with my bralette. It’s another top that I can wear differently depending on how I drape it. It’s made of pretty thin material, so this is a great top for these hotter days.

I wore my black shorts and black Converse, and let my hair down. I also wore Killer Queen, one of my favorite fragrances from Katy Perry, and my wood sunglasses.

How did you spend your weekend? Let me know in the comments!

a simpler time

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top (no longer being sold by Charlotte Russe). bralette. shorts. sneakers. sunglasses (mine are lighter!). perfume.

Hello hello hello! I hope everyone’s doing well. I’m back home on Long Island for a bit, and I’m having a blast! I didn’t realize how much I’d miss Long Island summers since this is the first one I spent in Boston, so it’s nice to come home and do typical Long Islander things and spend time with my family. I feel like I can move on from summer now.

Here’s yet another shirt I don’t wear enough! This color is so beautiful and unique. It looks like a sweatshirt, but the fabric is actually super thin, which is great in the hot weather that the east coast is suffering through. I wore my denim shorts and my black Converse to match my bralette.

I always hate when I don’t have a ton to say about a look, but this one is super simple! I always say that I need to wear more of what’s in my closet, so I’m happy I got to take this top out for a spin. I need to wear it more while the weather is still nice!

Where have you spent this summer? Let me know in the comments!

go gamma

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Happy Tuesday, angels! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. I got to see some of my sorority sisters on Sunday! Our Vice President was sweet enough to have a barbecue for us. We had so much fun! My heart is so full when I spend time with them. I’m so lucky to have them.

So here’s a sorority look! I haven’t worn this tank in a while! It’s hand-washable, and I only do those every now and then #adultingproblems. But I’m so happy I got around to washing it because it’s really one of my favorites. I used to be a cheerleader, and we used to cheer at Emerson’s basketball games, so I got it in Emerson’s colors, purple and white. I’m actually super lucky I didn’t get it in purple and yellow or gold, which used to be Emerson’s colors. They rebranded to purple, white, and warm grey/silver. I have so many feelings about it but I will spare you.

Anyway! This jersey looks great with my black lace bralette. We have a little ~French tuck~ action happening here (Queer Eye fans ;) ). I didn’t even know that what I was doing was a ~thing~ until I started watching Queer Eye! For those of you who don’t watch (you’re missing out!) Tan, the fashion guardian angel, often suggests a French tuck, which is basically when you tuck in your shirt tightly, then loosen it up so it hangs over your waistline a bit. I love doing it with most of my tanks and my denim shorts.

I topped off the look with my black Converse and a super high bun. I was torn between black and white Converse because of the letters, but I went with the black because I figured it accented them better.

What’s a piece of sorority merch you’ve been dying to get? Let me know in the comments!

happy august!

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top (similar). bralette. shorts (no longer being sold by Urban Outfitters). sneakers. perfume.

Hello, beautiful people! Happy August! I’m so excited to share this look with you all because I love it so much. I’ve loved this top ever since I got it from Serengetee last year! It looks so cute with this bralette. You can kinda switch things up in a way, depending on how you wear it. I’m a fan of leaving one strap hanging, or pulling the neckline down to show my bralette if I want. I’ve been trying a little bit of both lately, and playing around with a higher neckline and more of a crop top. No matter how you wear it, this top is adorable. I love the pattern so much, and it makes me so sad that they're not offering it anymore! But I linked a couple similar patterns if you click the link under my flatlay ;) 

I’m also pumped because my roommate borrowed these shorts and just gave them back to me! I forgot I had them, to be honest. But I’m so happy I have them back in my life! The cut is very interesting. They’re high-waisted, which I love, obviously, but and very tight at the top, which I also love, but makes things difficult when you’re pulling your pants down to pee. I have a big butt! They’re also a little short, but I just love the way they look. They’re a really cool material too. I honestly don’t know how to describe it, I hope you can kind of tell from the photos. And they have pockets!

I topped this look off with my black Converse and some curly hair! I left my wet hair in a messy bun for a couple days and I got all cute and curly. I milked it for as long as I could!

What’s your favorite Serengetee pattern? Let me know in the comments!

have mercy

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jesseandtheripperstankblackshortsblackconversetheclunkster.jpg

Hello my loves! It’s only Tuesday, but for some reason, it feels like this week has been super long already. I’ve been weirdly exhausted and not in the mood to do a lot, which is good every once and a while, I just wish I had more energy!

Today’s look is a cute one because it features one of my favorite bands, Jesse and the Rippers ;) For those of you who don’t get it, this is love of my life John Stamos/Uncle Jesse’s band from Full House, which is one of my favorite shows in the world. A couple years back, my mom and aunt got me tickets to see the Off-Broadway show Full House: The Musical! starring Perez Hilton, and it was amazing. They had these shirts as merch, and I couldn’t not get one. It was originally a full tee, but in true Clunkster fashion, I cut it into a tank with wide sleeve openings. It looks adorable with my bralette.

I tucked this tank into my black shorts, wore my black Converse, and left my hair messy and long. To be honest, I didn’t even wear these retro sunglasses because they’re still broken, I just did it for the flatlay. Sidenote, does anyone know how you fix sunglasses? Do I just get one of those kits from CVS? Literally the entire arm is off. SOS. These are my faves.

Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday, and that if it’s going super slowly for you too, things get better! See ya soon!

P.S. this post spawned a Full House marathon. Who knew it was on Hulu all this time?! I've been blessed. 

maroon monday

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tank (no longer being sold by Urban Outfitters). bralette. shorts. sneakers. perfume.

Happy Monday! It’s a brand new week full of endless possibilities! I had an awesome weekend and just watched this awesome Ted Talk so I’m in a fantastic mood. I woke up this morning feeling tired and lazy and not wanting to talk to or look at anyone, but sometimes you just gotta push yourself and things will work out.

This is one of my favorite tops that I don’t wear as often anymore! I used to wear it alllll the time last year. I love the color especially, but the unique cut of it is so cool and different. You can’t really tell in these pictures, but the straps of the tank knot in the back so the back is basically fully open. I always wear my bralette with this top because it just looks so cool.

I also love this top because you can wear it any way. I wore this exact outfit to a party a couple weekends ago, but when I took this picture I was wearing it for a normal day. It’s perfect for the hot weather.

I’ve styled it so many different ways since I got it, but this particular time, I just went with my jean shorts and black Converse. Once again, I went makeupless because it was hotter than hell, and put my messy hair into a cute half-up-half-down thing. Don’t you love humidity?

How was your weekend?! Let me know in the comments!

everything is blue

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top (no longer being sold by American Apparel). shorts. bralette. sneakers. perfume. sunglasses.

Happy Friday! We made it to the weekend, look at us! I’m seeing my parents this weekend, so I’m super pumped. I love any chance I get to spend time with them.

Here’s a look similar to one I posted way back when I started my blog. I’ve always loved this crop top (it’s a hand-me-down from my cousin) because it’s basic, cute, and a little flirty. When I first wore this look, I wore high-waisted, lighter wash denim shorts. Not gonna lie, as much as I adore these new shorts from American Eagle, I really miss the higher waistline that I’m used to with other bottoms. I feel like the space between the end of the top and beginning of the bottoms is too much sometimes. Nevertheless, I’ll always love this shirt, no matter how I style it.

I wore my hair in braids to protect my soul from the heat, ditched the makeup again, and wore my white Converse. I also wore INDI by Katy Perry (again! what a surprise) and my adorable (but still too big!) heart-shaped sunglasses. I get so many compliments on them.

Are you doing anything fun this weekend? Let me know in the comments!

it's july now???

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tank (no clue, I'm sorry!). bralette. shorts. sneakers. sunglasses (similar). perfume

Happy Sunday, my faves! The heat has me sweating ridiculous amounts. I’ve always been super self-conscious because I sweat a lot, and I’ve always thought that it’s gross! I have to remind myself that sweat is just your body’s way of cooling you off, which is pretty cool. Like, thanks body! Your body is so cool. It’s always looking out for you. I’m getting off track, but my point is that I have to remind myself that sweat isn’t something to be ashamed of, it’s a natural part of being a functional human being! How great is that?!

Here’s another one of my faves, my uncle’s tank top! He wore this one a lot, so I knew I had to hold onto it after he passed away. I wore it with my bralette and tried tucking it into my shorts, but it’s too long and got all bunchy and uncomfortable. I just left it out the Long Island way! Everyone knows you’re wearing pants, but it doesn’t really look like you’re wearing pants. But it’s chill, you’re comfortable and it’s lit. I finished off the look with my black Converse.

I love the summer, and I love summer style because I usually love wearing tight stuff, as you all know. But over the past year I’ve loved wearing more big, bulky stuff that tends to be heavier and not great in the heat! I need to go on another shopping spree.

Does anyone live in a place that’s hot year-round? Is it worth it?! Let me know in the comments!

pura vida vibes

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shirt (no longer being sold by Pura Vida). bralette. shorts. sneakers. sunglasses. perfume.

Hello cuties! I’m so excited to share this look because it features one of my favorite brands, Pura Vida! If you’re new here, I’ve been a Pura Vida rep for about two years now. It’s an amazing brand that provides great, consistent working conditions to artisans in Costa Rica who make beautiful rings, bracelets, and accessories that promote the ~pura vida~ way of life. You can get 20% off your purchase using my discount code, KristenBruck20!

This is the only shirt I have from Pura Vida, and I don't think they sell shirts anymore, so I'm really happy I have it. It's super comfy and cute. Look at me, venturing away from all black clothes by wearing a shade lighter than black :’) I love the pocket, the wash, the cut, the fabric, everything about it. It was a little too heavy for the heat of the day, but I still loved it!

These are some jeans I haven’t showed off yet! I got them at American Eagle the same day I got my new black shorts from last week’s look. These are also “midi” shorts, but these are a bit more stretchy than the black ones, which is awesome. They’re so comfortable!

I finished the look off with my white Converse (what a surprise!), and wore my bralette with my shirt. I’ve been going makeupless for basically the entire summer because it’s just so hot! I hate when my makeup feels like it’s melting off, even if I am doused in Urban Decay setting spray. It just makes my face so hot and things get annoying. I haven’t been doing much with my hair either, except for leaving it down or putting it in French braids.

If you know of any other brands like Pura Vida that you think I’d like, let me know in the comments! 

elephant in the room

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Hello hello! You know how I always post about really cute pieces, and I complain that I never wear them? I decided that this summer, in addition to adding more color to my wardrobe, I’ll also be breaking these pieces out more! Here’s one of them.

When I saw this top in Mystique Boutique NYC a couple years back, I instantly fell in love because I’m obsessed with elephants! They’re so perfect and adorable, and they also happen to be my sorority’s animal! (I wonder who had a hand in making that happen…) This top is super comfy, and I always love sparkles. 

I wore this top with my denim shorts, which happened to be the exact color of the blue detail on the top! Before I left, I threw on my navy blue flannel, and it actually looked really cute. I’m upset I didn’t get a picture with it on. I wanted to switch things up a bit, since I feel like I’m always showing love to my more neutral flannels. Like I said, I definitely need to rotate my wardrobe a bit!

At first when I put it on, I didn’t know how I felt. I thought it was a little too matchy-matchy. Sometimes I’ll try out different color combinations and not know how I feel just because I’m not used to them. But something inside me was telling me it worked, so I decided to go with my gut! As the day went on, I fell more in love with it.

I also wore my white Converse and Katy Perry’s Mad Love, which I don’t think I’ve ever posted about! It's super floral, sweet, and yummy! Getting the bottle to stay up like this was an adventure. If you zoom in super close, you can see that a weirdly bent paperclip did the trick. Flatlays are lit!

Moral of the story, wear what you love! I always say that when you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing and it’s something you love, your happiness will shine through and you’ll look beautiful no matter what you’re in. It’s kind of like something Roald Doahl said:

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

music television

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shirt (i have no clue tbh i'm so sorry). shorts. bralette. sneakers. perfume

It’s the weekend! I love how I was just talking about how happy I was that the weather was getting nicer, but it got kind of gross again! I know I talk about the weather a lot, but it really does affect my mood. I also have really annoying seasonal allergies, so the back-and-forth of it all is really messing with my sinuses. 

Here’s a look featuring a shirt I don’t wear enough! I love it so much because it’s super soft and comfy, and the old school MTV logo gives me all the feels. This summer, I really want to start wearing more colors, so I definitely wanna wear this more! I wore a bralette with it because it was really comfy, but it doesn’t matter what I wear underneath since you can’t see it. I could probably go braless in this shirt if I wanted to. 

I paired this shirt with my denim shorts and white Converse. I feel like white Converse make it more playful and fun! I also wore Katy Perry’s Mad Potion, which is another one of my favorite scents. It’s also pretty playful and fun, which is why I paired it with this look! It’s the perfect mix of sugar and flowers. 

Have an amazing weekend, my loves! xoxo

tribe vibes

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top (no longer being sold at H&M). leggings. bralette. sneakers. perfume. lipstick (in Sanctuary). 

Hello! Happy Thursday! I wore this look to a party a couple nights ago. Going to parties during the summer is so much easier than in the winter! No one has to wear their big bulky jackets, no one minds walking a lot or being outside, and everyone can get away with less clothes!

This wasn’t too much of a party, so I just decided to wear my high-waisted leggings and a crop top. I was a little bored with what was in my closet, so I borrowed this shirt from one of my roommates, and I love it! I think I had a similar one in hot pink a couple years ago. This was super comfortable, and the cut was perfect.

I wore my bralette underneath, and my white Converse to make my shirt pop more. I put my hair in a braided ponytail, and wore my darker lipstick. I love all the balance of light and dark in this look!

This one’s another simple one, but I’ve got a bunch of cool looks coming soon! Stay tuned, and make sure you’re following me on all my social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest.

sorority sunday: read my lips

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shirt (my design but this is the actual shirt). bralette. leggings. red converse. white converse. perfume

Happy Sorority Sunday! I’m so pumped to share this look with you all! This is what I wore to my sorority’s retreat, which was super chill. I loved getting to spend the extra time with my sisters, especially since my time in college is coming to an end! I know sisterhood is forever, but it still makes me sad. We had our formal last night and it was so amazing. 

Anyway, this shirt is near and dear to my heart because I made it! I was making another tee and accidentally bought a youth sized shirt, so I turned it into a crop top. I didn’t mean to cut it this short, but I love it. I love how you can see my bralette peeking through the bottom! This top would look great with a longer bralette. I designed the lips and words on Canva, then printed it on transfer paper, and ironed it onto the shirt! It’s such a hassle buying custom sorority merch sometimes, and if you know exactly what you want, it’s 100% worth it to make your own shirts. I made another that I’ll share eventually ;)

This look would be nothing without my high-waisted leggings, and my different colored Converse. I couldn’t decide which color to wear, so I chose both! Some people stared, but I was having a good time. A little girl on the T was amazed.

I’m so happy I can share this look with you guys! Stay tuned for some awesome looks coming this week!

serenget-it together, weather

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top. bralette. flannel (my dad's!). leggings. timberlands

Hello hello! This look is another product of a half-cold, half-warm day. I put on this Serengetee top because I love the floral pattern on the pocket. It reminds me of happy, tropical times in the sun instead of bundling up to take a walk to the supermarket. Its colors looked really great with my electric blue flannel! I also wore my high-waisted leggings, bralette, and lighter Timberlands.

I kept my makeup light and put my hair up in a braided ponytail because my hair was not cooperating. I have a bunch of hairstyles that I automatically flock to when my hair looks horrible, and this is one of my favorites. Most of them involve braids. I was thinking of making a how-to post about all of them, so if you’d be interesting in reading something like that, let me know!

I really love this look though, and it’s one I definitely wanna wear more. In general, if there’s something you guys want to see or read, feel free to let me know in the comments, or send me an email or DM! I’d love to hear from you!!!

Thankfully, it looks like the nicer weather is here to stay, at least for a little bit. Fingers crossed! 

"vintage, super cute!"

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tank top (my uncle's!). bralette. leggings. timberlands. sunglasses (similar).

It was warm last week! I wore a tank top! Well, it’s a huge tank top, but it doesn’t have sleeves! That’s a start! This is actually my uncle’s. He passed away this past summer, so I inherited a lot of his clothes. I wore my bralette underneath, which I especially needed because the sleeve openings are super low (which I love).

I wore my high-waisted leggings, and my lighter Timberlands. I basically looked like my uncle when he went to work, especially when he had long, brown hair like me. My makeup was super light, and I sea salt sprayed my hair! The combination of the tank top and natural hair and makeup keeps things casual and cute! I wore this to my friend’s dance show.

I feel like I say it every time, but I just can’t wait for more summer-y looks! It’s been cold for five months straight now and it’s getting annoying! Summer’s my favorite season. What’s yours? Comment below!